4/11/2006 07:01:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P|Over the weekend, I was chatting with some folks about some of the toys we liked as kids. The conversation frequently turned towards the advertisements that appeared in magazines and comics. Half the time, I liked the ads better than the actual toys. I thought I'd take a few posts to mention some of my favorites. First up, Big Jim ...
I think I had one Big Jim action figure--Dr. Steel with that karate chopping metal hand. But who needed the actual toys? I taped a cardboard wrist band covered in magic marker buttons to my arm and commanded my forces, just like Big Jim himself. Or I used my bow and suction cup arrows and pretended to be Warpath. Few people know this, but my little brother is named Jim because of Big Jim. In fact, when my parents asked for my input on my little brother's name, I suggested Tonto Jim Bunn, because I thought the Lone Ranger was pretty cool, too, and having a brother named after the Ranger's sidekick would make the pretend western adventures all the more entertaining.
I found conflicting information on the artwork for the ad. It certainly looks like Jack Kirby, and some sources say he drew the ad. I've seen some other reference, though, that says it was illustrated by someone copying the King's style.
Either way ... here's to Big Jim--the coolest action figure I never had!|W|P|114476545052837465|W|P|And Now ... A Word From Our Sponsors|W|P|4/12/2006 11:04:00 PM|W|P|vacuumboy9|W|P|I still have no clue what the heck that is.
However, I did want to tell you that I couldn't get your idea for Thinktank out of my head all day Monday and the more I thought of it, the more I dug it.4/13/2006 07:58:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P|Thinktank is one of those ideas there just HAS to be a market for ... only that market's so ashamed of itself that it's very hard to find. :) Maybe I can convince Chris to let me post the drawing he did of Thinktank and Freakhunter!4/10/2006 07:24:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P|The Writer's Guild of America has posted a list of the 101 Best Screenplays. But I can't help but wonder how they missed Big Trouble in Little China and Red Dawn.|W|P|114467927484837924|W|P|Screenplay Oversight?|W|P|4/10/2006 07:32:00 AM|W|P|Monkey|W|P|No COOL HAND LUKE!??!4/10/2006 08:52:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P|Holy crud! That is hard to believe. That movie made me wanna eat 100 eggs!4/18/2006 11:58:00 AM|W|P|Steven Elias Marx|W|P|They could have pulled Midnight Cowboy, Schindler's list, and Thelma and Louise to make room. These are three of the most overrated screenplays and productions in American filmmaking history.
Nice to see they got Casablanca and Princess Bride (my two faves) on the list, though.
"My name is Iñigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die..."
Steve4/06/2006 07:40:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P| This week's column has been posted at Broken Frontier, beginning a multi-part retrospective of the greatest comic series of all time--The Micronauts!|W|P|114433460162299900|W|P|They Came From Inner Space!|W|P|4/02/2006 08:50:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P|My friend Chris Samnee recently posted a drawing of Terry Hammett, the Freakhunter. A few years back Chris and I got together and discussed ideas for comics we could work on together. Freakhunter was an I liked, but I wasn't sure if anyone else would think my bring-'em-back-alive bounty hunter was as much fun as I did. Chris liked the character, though, and ran with it. After I saw his initial designs, I knew no one else could ever draw Terry. As Chris notes, hopefully one day we'll be able to bring our vision of Freakhunter to the comic-reading public.|W|P|114399352088790429|W|P|Say Hello to Freakhunter|W|P|