4/21/2006 01:14:00 PM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P|I could never be sure what mush-mouth Talking G. I. Joe was saying, but he was still one of my favorite toys. Around the time he came out, Habro rolled out the Adventure Team--the direct ancestor of the modern G.I. Joe (Real American Hero) incarnation. In addition to the talking Joe, we had Bullet Man (who had metal arms and came with this string from which he could rocket across the room) and the Atomic Man (*Cough, cough! Steve Austin!*). And long before Cobra Commander, the Joes faced a different foe--the Intruder, an armor-wearing caveman. I always felt a little sorry for the Intruder because he was all alone in his hatred of the Adventure Team. Did he have Destro or Major Bludd to back him up? Nope. Who did he have? A rubber shark and a vulture. Those were the only other bad guys Joe had to deal with. A vulture!? Why do you need a bionic (oh, I'm sorry--atomic) arm to battle a vulture? Also, the Intruder was a short little guy, and that endeared him to me ... mainly because around that time my older brother liked to tease me by singing "Short People Got No Reason to Live." |W|P|114565185870522794|W|P|"I've Got A Special Mission For You!" or "Gggh Hhh Ffgg Hrrggrug Vrr Oo!"|W|P|4/21/2006 02:47:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Steven Elias Marx|W|P|I had an Atomic Man with kung fu grip, yet. He and about forty pounds of other GI Joe (not the real American hero) stuff are out in my storage locker waiting to be organized and either sold or displayed. I'm afraid it's probably going to be the former...4/21/2006 07:13:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Cullen Bunn|W|P|You decide to part with that stuff, you let me know, man.4/28/2006 03:13:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Steven Elias Marx|W|P|I've got the classic Jeep, the space capsule that came out in the 60s, a *huge* truck-like thing which the name escapes me on, but it was an adventure team thing. Mobile Support Vehicle? Something like that. The Mummy's Tomb adventure. My parents went nuts with the stuff when I was little. Wow.

I'll sure keep you in mind, man. I think I'm going to have to sell.4/20/2006 05:01:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P| A new Broken Frontier column has been posted, this one about the rip-roaring 35th issue of Micronauts!|W|P|114553486181794860|W|P|The Coolest Comic With a Pink Cover ... Ever!|W|P|4/19/2006 06:44:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P|I realized last night that my vocabulary has changed, ever so slightly. Ten or fifteen years ago, I said good-bye with the phrase "be cool." Nowadays, "be cool" has been replaced by "take care." Cindy thinks this indicates that I'm becoming an old man. The good news is "dude" is still a big part of my vocabulary, and I've always got this blog to write about horror novels and comics and toys and cartoons. That should keep the Reaper at bay for a while longer. Be cool!|W|P|114545455500816157|W|P|Growing Old ... Word by Word|W|P|4/19/2006 11:59:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Cindy B|W|P|I don't recall telling you that it meant you're an old man. Just a lame man. ;)

Just kidding. I love you!4/16/2006 05:45:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P|As a kid, I loved little plastic soldiers, cowboys, safari animals, and dinosaurs. You could buy them by the pound in sealed plastic bags, haul them out to the backyard and set up sprawling adventures. The sandbox became a desert battleground. The base of the old oak tree, a prehistoric cave system. The patio, an airfield under assualt by a fiendish coalition of Nazis, thunderlizards, and lions. If I needed a swamp setting, I just ran the water hose in the grass for a few minutes--and later endured punishment for muddying up the lawn. There are probably thousands of tiny green infantrymen buried in the back yard of my childhood home. Eventually, many of my crack squadron fell beneath an insidious device created by a mad scientist--a giant magnifying glass that focused the sun into a beam of plastic-melting energy.|W|P|114519195592812596|W|P|Soldiers vs. Dinosaurs!|W|P|4/18/2006 12:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Steven Elias Marx|W|P|Not to mention freak explsions and mysterious rocks falling from the sky! One of my son's friends had the big bag of toy soldiers with the five or six characters: the kneeling bazooka guy, the rifleman, the mortar guy, the crawling on his tummy guy, and the shaking rifle furiously guy. MAJOR memory rush. Wow. I had the set in green and the set in silver-grey.4/18/2006 12:04:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Steven Elias Marx|W|P|Oh, and we had further settings also: Huge fortresses built from encyclopedia sets as well as the desk-and-bed terrain warfare4/21/2006 08:31:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Very nice! I found a place where you can
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Didn't stop me from buying more of the "crap" from the back pages of comics. I wonder how many big ticket comics I destroyed by ordering toy soldiers when I was 8?

JimmyZ5/16/2006 09:18:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Your are Nice. And so is your site! Maybe you need some more pictures. Will return in the near future.
»4/13/2006 07:48:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P|Sometimes, I was more excited about the ads that ran for Dungeons & Dragons in the early 80s than I was about the comic books in which they appeared. Each ad revealed one small portion of a much larger story. I doubt the entire tale was ever told, but I remember at least five installments. The trio of heroes encountered dragons and shambling mounds and green slime and werewolves. And who says D&D is a violent game? These adventurers never hurt anyone! I'd love to see all of the ads in order one day.

|W|P|114493995965981566|W|P|I Wanna Cast ... Magic Missile!|W|P|4/13/2006 04:48:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P|My friend Mike Oliveri has given Comic Geek Speak an exclusive preivew of the first issue of his upcoming Moonstone comic Werewolves: Call of the Wild. The first issue should hit the stands in the next week or so. If you haven't pre-ordered the first issue, go beg your local comic shop to special order it. The second issue is in Previews now.
|W|P|114492943893400918|W|P|Aaaaoooooo! Bark at the Moon!|W|P|4/13/2006 03:41:00 AM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P|The second part of my Micronauts retorspective has been posted at Broken Frontier. Hope you enjoy it!|W|P|114492511921937087|W|P|Another *tik* Broken Frontier Column|W|P|4/12/2006 12:49:00 PM|W|P|Cullen Bunn|W|P| Rom the Spaceknight was a pretty cool toy, and the ad features my all time favorite superhero catch phrase. "Rom has come ... evil is on the run!" I must have drawn pictures of a thousand heroes of my own creation, all with the "evil is on the run" tagline. I never had a Rom action figure (although I liked the comic) but my little brother received one under the tree one Christmas. I'm convinced I was supposed to get the toy, but there was a mix-up on Santa's part. After all, I was the older brother. Surely I should have been the one entrusted with such a high-tech piece of equipment. Rom had a flashing chest plate and eyes, and he made different noises for each of his weapons. He also made cool breathing and jet propulsion sounds. But most amazingly, Rom could answer simple yes or no questions! One bong means no, two means yes! "Rom, should I have a peanut butter sandwich for lunch?" Bong! Bong! "Hot diggity! Thanks for helping me choose a delicious meal, my armor-plated buddy." "Rom, should I swipe my little brother's allowance money so I can buy a Slurpee?" Bong! "That was a close one, Rom! Thanks for being my moral compass!"|W|P|114487204110235346|W|P|The Robotic Magic 8-Ball|W|P|4/12/2006 10:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Julius Deane|W|P|I looked at The Damned site some and now I'm even more interested in the book. I love the idea of the different families. Kinda like Vampire: The Masquerade, which is an awesome concept even though I'm not into rpg's.

Anyway, it was great to meet you guys at the show and thanks again for looking at my idea.

I made a post about it: http://stoplightsleep.blogspot.com/2006/04/comics-spektor.html#links4/13/2006 08:01:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Cullen Bunn|W|P|Thanks, man! It was great meeting you. Finish that comic proposal up and get it out there!4/20/2006 04:05:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.4/20/2006 02:34:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Cullen Bunn|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.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|Blogger 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|Blogger 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|Blogger Monkey|W|P|No COOL HAND LUKE!??!4/10/2006 08:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger 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|Blogger 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 IƱigo 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|