Friday, October 06, 2017

Free comics and good comics from the 90s

As regular readers know this was initially part of my belated birthday post to latin cult siren Thalia but I have decided to cut this and put ti into its own post because the Thalia post became way too long. Of course now that I have finished the Thalia post that post has gotten even longer and I shudder to think how long it would have become if I hadn´t spun off this.

I am doing this post because right now I am in - between posts and after all the things I had to do this and last week and the consecutive sleep deprivation I´m not in the mood for a FLASH FRIDAY WITH PAUL RYAN post. The good thing is that I already know what my next posts are going to be but I still have to prepare some stuff before I can get to it. One thing is THE BIG CHRISTMAS CONTEST for which I not only have to go through all of my free comics but I also have to decide IF and HOW I am going to do it.

Now I know that some people out there might say that it´s a bit early for a contest that will be at Christmas but usually you have to start three months earlier if you don´t want to get swamped in the final days and we are already at October. As I haven´t done this last year - because I DIDN`T manage to start three months before Christmas - I should kind of explain what this big contest is about especially since it´s done pretty quickly. The word " contest " might be a bit misleading here because there is no real contest involved. It´s basically me giving away a lot of free comics.

To complete strangers. Without expecting anything in return from them.

I know what you are thinking : " Okay, where´s the catch ? Nobody gives anything - and especially NOT comic books - away for free if he doesn´t get something from it. What´s in it for you ? What´s your agenda ? "

The catch is that there is no catch. I just want to get rid of a lot of comic books that would otherwise clog up my house and drive my mother crazy. And as anybody who has collected comics for some time can attest comics become like your kids so you can´t just throw them out ( I still cringe whenever I hear somebody tearing up paper because it reminds me of what happened to my first comic book collection ) you want to make sure they get a good home. Let´s get back to the part of the comics clogging up my house for a minute. The thing with free comics is that there are different ways to go at it. There are of course the regular guys who say : " Oh, a free comic book. That´s nice. " but doesn´t go out of his way to get specific issues. Then there´s the more experienced comic book reader who knows which comics are available when for free and gives his list to the comic book dealer of his choice. And there are those for who it´s a contest where they have to get them all and they become obsessed.

Now with comic book readers the collecting gene is a bit more developed than with others per se and I´m not saying that this doesn´t also apply to me. It´s only natural. And when this whole free comic book thing started I naturally wanted to get as much out of it as possible. Which I have come to learn doesn´t mean to hoard as many free comic books as you can. As ridiculous as that may sound. Especially if you keep in mind that to do the whole Christmas contest thing I DO need a certain amount of free comics because otherwise it´s not worth the effort. To back this up a little you might wonder where these free comics I am giving away come from. If I have a secret source where I can get uncounted quantities of free comics.

Damn, here I am constantly complaining that i never get any review copies from any of the big companies like other blogs out there and then I am giving away comic books. Which means that I am either a liar or a crook.

To make that clear. I still don´t get any review copies from any comic book companies out there except for the occassional album from my good pal Terry Hooper from BLACK TOWER COMICS. So I have to buy all the comics I read and write about on the blog myself out of my own pocket. Which is the reason why I am always pimping stuff when it´s available at a bargain price and it´s also the reason why I tell you a comic book is crap when it´s crap. Because I bought it myself, I didn´t get it for free and as long as no comic company deems me worthy of supporting or sponsoring I am going to write things like I see them. That doesn´t mean other people are not entitled to their own opinion as some people might love those comics.

Now while I don´t get any free comics directly from any of the comic companies there are however the free comics you can get at FREE COMIC BOOK DAY and GRATIS COMIC TAG. Which are limited to a certain number you can get at your local comic shop and you have to pay for the rest of them. Like I said earlier when I first became aware of this I tried to get as many free comics as possible because I love to read comics and the more the better. I had my list that I gave to my comic dealer but after a few years my regular comic shop went out of business - mostly due to the german customs office impounding the complete shipment of comics four months in a row - and I had to go back to the Sammlerecke in Esslingen which thankfully picked up all of my subscriptions without any big hitches.

But in the interim my list of free comics got lost in the shuffle and for some reason or another I never had the time to properly do the whole free comic thing. At the same time I found out that the online comic shop where I had to go to close those gaps in my comic collection caused by the transition between the two comic shops gave you one free comic for every 10 Euros of your order. Now I´m not ordering huge amounts of comics online every month. But with a few orders throughout the years those free comics accumulate and I had been ordering for a few years before I found this out. And while I don´t go out of my way to order comics online comics are pretty expensive here in Germany so that it´s relatively easy to have an order of 50 bucks or above which is when you get free shipping. Also since I don´t have a lot of money for comics each month there are series where I get behind and when I try to catch up I can´t find the back issues anywhere. So I have to order them online and if I have to do that anyway why not get some free comics at the same time ?

Right now I have finally caught up on CASE CLOSED - which is the only manga I´m reading - but I was more than ten books behind. I´m also at book 4 of THE TRIGAN EMPIRE ( at least that´s how it is called in Germany ) by Don Lawrence while the current book in comic shops is number 12.

There are also the collected editions of CAPRICORN, NATASCHA or YOKO TSUNO of which I can only afford to buy one book once in a while. There also are other comics like the SECRET WARS II omnibus which I could not find anywhere else. Which meant that I had to pay the full price but by ordering from my online comic shop I got ten free comics out of the deal.

So now that we have established where I get my free comic from the question remains why I have decided to give them away. As I have said, some people hoard the free comics - for whatever reason - while I have come to the point where I see this as a chance to test new comic series.

With the state the comic market is right now the best comics are no longer produced by the big two companies but there are so many comics out there that keeping up with all of them has become an impossible task. You can go with recommendations and the best lists that are published every year but I have learned that a lot of the comics that are on those lists don´t manage to hold my attention or make we want to spend my money on them while the comics I enjoy and love are mostly not on those lists. So free comics have become a valuable source to determine if a comic book series is worth reading because you can sample one issue without any financial risk. And sometimes the comics you read and don´t like are the best because now you know which comic series to avoid.

So I see the free comic book events as a chance to try out new things which is one of the reasons why I prefer series I don´t already know. Okay, now that I´m doing the free comics Christmas contests I do order things like Moebius´ THE INCAL because I know that I want to have that as a free giveaway since there is always one comic book reader out there who may have heard of it but never tried it and this is a comic that belongs in every comic book collection. But when I order the free comics I go for comics I don´t already know and thanks to the big two flushing their respective comic book universes down the toilet with their constant reboots, their big crossover events, incessant retconning and the SJW´s taking over the reigns at Marvel this year my first free comics were from other companies and mostly sci fi books. Anyway, when I order my free comics I do have some favorite series I already know and love and buy but I make sure to go for series I don´t know first. Which is kind of a win - win scenario because if I already am reading a title I can give away the free comic that much easier and if I don´t know a series but don´t like it it´s a no - brainer.

So yes, I give away comics but not because I have aspirations to sainthood or because I want people to like me or think I´m a cool guy. I´m pretty pragmatic about it because on one side like I said after a few years these free comics do pile up and I don´t have limitless space in my house. There´s no tesseract to store them and it´s not bigger on the inside.

There are some free comics I want to keep but there are a lot which I read and am not going to read twice and of course some I hate and can´t get rid of fast enough. That still doesn´t explain why I do the whole Christmas contest which my brother thinks should be a real contest where I give the participants some almost Herculean impossible labors before I hand out the free copies. Which completely goes against the whole reason why I´m doing this. I can´t throw comics away. Not as long as they are readable in any way, shape or form. Even the most battered comic book, when it still has all of it pages and the cover attached I prefer to bring it to my comic book store and sell it - even if I only get 1 cent for it - before I throw it away because I know that somebody else can enjoy it. So the contest is not a real contest ( although I think it sounds cooler than the time when Subzero gives away free comics and it´s shorter ) because I don´t want anybody competing for the comics which can lead to bad blood. There is already enough of that in the comic community. I also don´t want the people who get the free comics have to earn the comics. No, you get these comics for free and you don´t have to do anything for it. Which is the reason why I decided to do these contests - or rather  non contests - around Christmas. People seem more willing to accept free stuff at that time and if anyone feels guilty about that they can send me the postage or even some comics they don´t want in their comic book collection anymore. Which may also end up in the raffle for the following year. But anyway, I get more much neede space in my house, I get to read comics for free and other people get some of the comics so everybody wins.

That said it still takes a lot of time, work and coordination and I don´t know if I can burden that this year with all the other things I have going on. So my idea was that instead of having to do all the work to just give them to one place where they are distributed to people who would otherwise not get them. I know that one of the comic shops I visit on a frequent basis is the FANTASY STRONGHOLD in Ludwigsburg and I know that they don´t participate in these free comic book events because they can´t afford them. These free comic book things are not free for the comic shops ( so keep that in mind next year and don´t be so greedy ) and at least here in Germany you have to take the whole set even if you know that only certain free comic books are interesting for your clientele.

I already talked to the owner if he might be willing to do something with free comics - especially since Halloween is just around the corner and he might use the occassion to do something like Halloween Comicfest - and he´s interested. So when I have selected the comics that I am going to give away this year I could just bring them to the shop so he can decide if he wants to do it or not. For me it´s easier than writing announcements here and in two comic book message boards and if the shop owner does not want ALL of the free comics I can still do that. Or I could just tell people that anyone who wants free comics can go to that comic shop.

But I have to decide soon because I already have most of the free comics I am interested in from FREE COMIC BOOK DAY and GRATIS COMIC TAG and if these are for a Halloween comic event I can´t get any from this year´s Halloween Comicfest. If I do this on Christmas I can get new Halloween Comicfest comics but if we DO a Halloween comic event I have to dig out all the free Halloween Comicfest comics first. In any case, what do my readers think ? Should I go the usual route and burden myself with a lot of work or go the easier way and just drop them off at the comic store ?

The other post I have planned but can´t write just now because I still have to prepare some stuff for it will be a return to the dreaded decade of comic book declination commonly referred to as the awful 90s which will come as no surprise to longtime readers. I have written about this decade in numerous posts since I don´t think that it was as bad as some people paint it ( and by paint it I also mean the many artists who churned out art that gives me a headache ) because I was actually reading comics in the 90s and while there was a lot of crap out there there also were some gold nuggets and some of my all time favorite comic books are from that era.

What ultimately spurred me on to do this post - or rather series of posts since it seems that I can´t do the topic justice with just one post - is that while doing the research for some other post I came across original art by Joe Madureiras for Battle Chasers and Uncanny X - Men, 2 books I loved.

To back this up a little, Joe Madureiras was a real juggernaut in the 90s.

He was a monster. When all the big artists left Marvel to form iMAGE Joe Madureiras was one of the artists who took up the slack - together with the Kubert brothers and a few select others - and he became a big super star on UNCANNY X - MEN. He then left to do BATTLE CHASERS which became a sales phenomenon that injected new live into the swords and sorcery genre but he pretty much crashed and burnt his career because he preferred to play video games instead of drawing a monthly series and earning obscene amounts of money. He once said that if his wife knew how much money he basically threw away to play games she´d kill him.

Anyway, he has since then returned to comics but he has lost most of his fans and now he´s just one artist among others. His art still looks unique but most of the times his intricate pencils get butchered by the inkers and I think he was at his peak when he was doing BATTLE CHASERS.

In any case, when I saw the original art it rekindled the spark and I went back to my old issues of UNCANNY X - MEN because some of my favorite stories are in there. It took me a while to find them and in one comic box I found some crushed comics ( which I had to expel from my comic book collection so I will bring them to the Sammlerecke to sell on my next visit ) but I am currently re - reading my favorite issues and they still hold up.

Like I said, I am an advocate of the 90s and another pet peeve - especially with Today´s new comic readers who do not know anything about the history of comic books - is giving props to underrated comic creators who never appear in any best of lists. One of these writers is Scott Lobdell, who wrote a humongous chunk of X - MEN books in a time that was plagued by a lot of crossovers and he managed to spin gold out of it.

What´s more a lot of these issues are done in one issues which I also want to spotlight because it has become a dying art with modern comic writers who target their whole career for the trade market. So the next post will spotlight all my favorite UNCANNY X - MEN stories from the 90s by Scott Lobdell and Joe Madureiras - as soon as I have figured out my top ten.

Because the difficult thing was not to pin down my favorite stories - that was done in one minute or less - but rather rating them. At the moment I have my number one ( which was never any question at all and longtime readers might already have deducted which one it is ), my number two and the bottom ones but numbers three to five are still in flux. Maybe I will not give all of them numbers but like I said, there´s still stuff to do.

Since this is pretty much set up for other posts - and not even the real set up - I can not put any links that I need for these future posts in it. That said, while I like to think that the people who read my blog are mostly comic afficionados there is the off chance that somebody might come to the blog who isn´t so well versed in X - Men lore. Who probably found the blog through one of the many cult siren posts. So in preparation for the upcoming Scott Lobdell / Joe Madureiras Top Ten X - Men Stories here is the X - Men Primer 6 from FAN FRICTION that covers a lot of characters and storylines we will be talking about. There are also links to other X - Men Primer posts for those that want to brush up on X - Men knowledge.

Speaking of X - Men knowledge, most people get theirs from the cartoons or movies nowadays which in my opinion is not the best way to go about but not everybody is interested in the source material of movies. The last X - Men movie was a complete disaster but instead of posting something related to that I am finally seizing the moment to put Comicbookgirl19´s review of Logan on the blog. One of the stories we will be talking about - although I am not sure if it will be part of the top ten since it´s an entire storyline - is the original Age of Apocalypse so I will put any videos about the movie in that post. Anyway, back to Logan I really enjoyed the movie not only because they avoided most of the story of the godawful source material and I could really relate to Hugh Jackman´s Logan ( he really did a great portrayal of the character throughout the movies ) not in the way that I am an ex - X - Man team member who has lost almost everyone. But as somebody who has had to suffer from my share of injuries and health problems the last few years and who is trying to get back in shape I have to say that yes - I can understand where Comicbookgirl13 is coming from with wanting Logan to redeem himself - but sometimes it´s not a question of if you are willing to fight on but how much fight is left in you and how much more your body can endure. At some point you just reach the limit of your physical capabilities and you have to give your body time to heal.

Caliban plays a big role in Logan so here´s a post from SCANS DAILY about the Uncanny X - Men Annual 18 in which Caliban kidnaps everyone´s favorite asian mutant massssita Jubilee and keeps her in his secret lair.

I don´t know if my asian fascination was already in full effect when I read it but I was a huge fan of Jubilee from day one ( the fact that she totally boobed out later in the NEW WARRIORS reboot during CIVIL WAR didn´t exactly hurt either. Although the whole depowering during HOUSE OF M and the vampire crap that is going on right now has almost ruined her character ) and I should have picked up on the fact that Caliban was probably looking for some asian procreation here. I do remember that at the time I liked the art as cringe worthy as it may be now to look at it.

This part was split from the Thalia birthday post as I said in the beginning so for all who have not read that post yet I want to repeat that since I have two posts on the same day I have decided to split all the various birthdays between the two posts with the more riskier stuff in the cult siren post and the more regular stuff here in the comic book related post.

Or that was the plan. As usual the addendum in the other post got totally out of proportion and I fear the fun section in this post will also be longer than expected and not as tame as I hoped. Nevertheless I do my best.

We start with some of the celebrity birthdays I missed and the first one is singing sexbomb Christina Milian who is a real cult siren since she sings like an angel and she´s absolutely hot. She turned 36 on September the 26th.

Christina is one of those cult sirens where I always think I have written something somewhere about her but when I check there is nothing there.

I had a few posts about Christina Milian at my old boobblog and I thought I could fall back on those but after checking them out I realized that it was mostly pictures so I have to come up with something new on the spot.

For me Christina Milian was one of those singers who is always below everybody´s radar and I think the first time I actively sought out her albums was when I read somewhere that she did the title song of Kim Possible which is a show I mostly watch because of Ron Stoppable.

Anyway, I got a few CDs of her way back when I still listened to music on a regular basis which was not easy since she is not well known in Germany. I like her performance in most of her movies I have seen although she is in a lot of chick flicks or teen comedies like Bring It On. She also was in Ghosts of Girlsfriends Past where she is uncredited for some reason which is a real shame since her part - which I happen to see through the wonder of the internet - is spectacular. I really should get that movie because while it is another chick flick that lays all the blame in the world at the feet of men there are a lot of hot sexbombs in it like Lacey Chabert who turned 35 on the 30th of September and who is featured in the other post.

Coming back to Christina Milian, like I said I always think I have already posted something about her because I have a lot of bookmarks for her and I even made a special folder for her best pictures. But each year I have to postpone it for some reason or another so this year I have decided to include something about her even if it makes the post that much longer.

There is an almost endless supply of really hot pictures of Christina because she´s one of those women who makes all the other celebrities look bad. In every papparazzi shot she looks like she just came out of the gym and the pictures from her live performances are even better. I can´t begin to describe how gorgeous she is on the pictures of the photoshoots but here is a video from a red carpet where you can judge for yourself.

Since I mentioned her live performances I wanted to include one and this one has the best resolution I could find. Also her outfit is pretty on point. Now I could have put one of her music videos here but it´s too hard to chose just one and in the end most of them get deleted after a while.

September the 26th 1981 must have been a great day for singers who grow up to be real sexbombs since Collien Fernandes was also born on that same day. Besides being a starlet, vj and tv host the german photomodel who has to thank her portugese, indian and hungarian roots for her exotic look used to be a singer. Although she does not like to be reminded of that because her shortlived career as a pop star had less to do with her singing voice than with Collieen´s erectioninducing 34C - 24 - 34 measurements.
Her hardbody was also the main reason that she was hired as a vj for the first german music channel VIVA where she got the highest ratings when she was wearing a deep cut cleavage or reporting live from Spain in a tiny bikini. Sadly there are no clips from that show available in good quality but there is a video from one of her most famous episodes of the call - in show interaktiv where her huge boobs are almost completely visible in a deep plunging cleavage and her pokies are pressing through the thin fabric.

Besides doing lots of photoshoots for the kind of magazines girly men buy who are too embarrassed to buy real wank material like MAXIM, HQ and other Collieen was never in PLAYBOY in spite of being one of the hottest german celebrities. What a gip ! She also was on various tv shows like Maxim Tv where she often wore nothing more than a bikini or the german version of THE SIMPLE LIFE which was much better than the original show because with Collieen Fernandes and her best bosom buddy Gülcan ( who put a really big emphasis on the bosom part ) it had twice as much boobs.

Collieen also tried her hand at acting like in the horror movie Night of the Living Dorks where she was completely miscast. Let me tell you one thing : there is no way in hell a sexbomb with a centerfold body like Collieen would ever hang out with the kind of nerds that were in that movie.

What confirms this theory is that in real life Collieen seems drawn to alpha males or at least people that are successful to some degree which is the only reason I can think of why she married german douchebag Christopher Ulmen. Or maybe it´s true what they say : women just prefer @ss#0les !

On the other hand I know that mexican 40 C Über Power Girl Ninel Conde whom I have cast as Zatanna in my Justice League casting prefers real manly men. She celebrated her 47th birthday on September the 29th.

Ninel Conde is a mexican singer and actress and - with her incredible chest size of course - swimsuit model who has starred in the very popular telenovela REBELDE which you can see in a lot of countries like Spain.

Ninel Conde was born on September the 29th 1970 in Toluca which means that when I made the post with her red plunging cleavage dress from the Latin Grammy Awards she was around ...... 40 years ? ? ? Holy Makarel !

I bet if you look in the mexican dictionary under MILF ( or MMIGF in that case ) there´s a picture of Ninel Conde. And it´s a probably a foldout.

Since she is not well known outside of the spanish speaking world I also wanted to include some videos from other shows she has been on like Desmadrugados where I found one years ago where she is wearing a red dress with a generous cleavage that really showcases her ample bust. Sadly I could not find that on youTube although I did find a lot of sketches with her from the comedy show Estudio 2. In fact I found so many that I had to leave them all out and go for quality instead of quantity with these two clips where you can see why Ninel Conde has had such a successful career.

On September the 30th playmate, erotic movie star and wrestling diva Candice Michelle, the model who put GoDaddy on the map with her commercials that were so hot they were strongly censored turned 39.

I cast Candice Michelle as Catwoman in my Wrestling Babes and Swimsuit Models Special Edition of Casting The Justice League Of America which also includes April O´Neil, Cori Nadine, 36DD bombshells Tylene Buck a.k.a.

Major Gunns ( another wrestling sexbomb ) and busty hasian LeAnna Scott who were in the same Ironman Swimsuit Spectacular with April Hunter.

We are staying with wrestling - or like Uncle Sal put it so well opera for Hillbillies - as Terri Runnels celebrated her 51st birthday just Yesterday.

She is of course best known as Golddust´s bitch Marlena, the original wrestling MILF before the term MILF was even invented. Terri always looked like the small version of a blow up sex doll - the travel version that fits in your suitcase - and she was always at Golddust´s side sucking seductively on a big cigar while every male in the audience fantasized about getting some oral lubrication from Terri. She also wasn´t above using her naked breasts to distract her man´s opponent although sadly none of these great moments of wrestling history were captured on film.

What was shown was when Terri surprised the APA members in their lair and poured beer on her shirt like she was auditioning for a wet t - shirt contest. Of course the shirt was specifically chosen because it would not show her nipples but you could see her big pokies that pressed through the fabric like two big thumbs. Naturally all of this was just part of a cheap ploy to distract them so they could be brutally clobbered from behind.

Another great television moment in wrestling history had to do with the consequences of a fight in which Golddust lost Terri to Flying Brian Pillman and all the wrestling fans wishes came true when he made her wear a skimpy leather porn outfit. I don´t know if he really used Terri in his hotel room to vent his uncontrollable sexual stamina since there is no way to know if it really happened. Those are just the things where you can get no confirmation like on the rumour that the Filthy Animals took turns at banging Torrie Wilson´s brain out whenever they were on tour with her.

Besides participating in the usual badly shot WWE Diva videos like Divas in Hedonism , Divas Tropical Pleasure or Postcards from the Carribean ( the only WWE Diva video I can really recommend is Divas Undressed because the main part is a competition and therefore they could not screw this up ) another of Terri´s greatest moments in wrestling history was when she competed in the Miss Rumble Contest during the Royal Rumble in 2000.

Not only did she wear a suit that left little to the imagination - her entire backside was practically naked - she also knew what the audience wanted and leaned wide over the top rope to the point where she almost fell off.

I also have to give props to nubian sex goddess Jaqueline who seldom got as much play as she deserved for being an afro american wrestler with huge melons. Her swimsuit barely covered anything and her giant milkshakes were in full effect. Of course the WWE had to ruin the end - like they do in most bikini, swimsuit, wet t - shirt or other Diva contests that could arouse their audience - by bringing on some old wrestling fossils. I don´t know why they have to be so giant erection stoppers.

Although the post has already exceeded all limits I want to mention two more birthdays of Today. First off there is french tv cult sexbomb Julie DuPage turns 44 who may not be someone known to american audiences but I first saw her on the french tv show EXTREME LIMITE . The show was called DIE DRAUFGÄNGER in Germany which means THE DAREDEVILS so you might say that in some way it is connected to comics even if in title only. I tried to find it on Blue Ray or DVD but there was another show of the same name later on and it´s the only one that you can find. In any case, Julie DuPage doesn´t have as big breasts as the wrestling blow up sex dolls above but boy, did she know how to squeeze ´em right. I bet Mutenroshi would be beyond himself and when I saw this I instantly knew which part of my body would fit perfectly between Julie´s funbags.

Ah, that´s what I call poetry in motion, guys. Merci beaucoup, Julie ! 

Julie DuPage also played another character, Lucie on another french soap called SOUS LE SOLEIL ( Under the Sun ) or simply ST. TROPEZ in german with another tv cult sexbomb, Florence Geanty who was perfectly cast as she plays the ex - stripper Marie ( who is called Marion in the german version which made it a bit difficult for me to find infos on her ) who the ex - cop of the series tries to reform. It´s not hard to see why and he even ends up marrying her but like in all soaps it has to end in tragedy.

Now very often women in soaps don´t look like they could really do the job they have on these shows - like Kyra Sedwick who in real life couldn´t scare a mouse - but Florence Geanty really has a porn star body that could have launched her into a very successful career as a striptease super star.

So far I have only bought half a season of ST. TROPEZ - for some reason they have divided all the seasons into two parts - because the other one with the best episodes of Florence Geanty is going for an obscene amount of money at amazon right now for obvious reasons. But I´m not getting any younger and I really don´t know what exactly I am waiting for here.

We also have a comic related birthday with Adam Kubert who celebrates his 58th anniversary and is of course one of the sons of the legenday late Joe Kubert. Now you might ask yourself why I didn´t do a special post for him but the truth is that I have trouble to keep track of how many series he has worked on. Like I said in the main part of this post ( although with the length of this section one might argue as to what really is the main part ) he was one of the artists who picked up the slack when most of Marvel´s top artists left to form iMAGE and besides working on everything mutant related from WOLVERINE to the X - Men books where he did a lot of the heavy lifting with the also aforementioned AGE OF APOCALYPSE he did a bit of everything. Which also included a good chunk of Peter David´s legendary INCREDIBLE HULK run. So you might say that this is even more reason to do a special post about him but because he was so prolific his art is divided between various folders and would take a lot of time to sort it all out. One reason why that would be so time consuming is that I am not always sure which art is his and which was done by his brother Andy.

They both came to Marvel´s rescue during the artist´s exodus to iMAGE and I have to admit that their styles are similar enough that I don´t always know who did what. To make sure I got a piece of Adam Kubert artwork for this I went with a signed cover although sexy Storm being in it helped.

I already put a link about a german article on Don Lawrence´s masterpiece The Trigan Empire in the text but there´s also a post about the series on STEVE DOES COMICS and I could not pass up the opportunity to post this interview with the master. I think it´s from belgian tv but since Don Lawrence does speak english in it you should have no problem watching it.

Now I would like to end this post with a cartoon video but it seems that I have no X - Men related ones left. I did put a bookmark on one that was titled Apokalypse and apparently was part of the X - Men : Evolution series that I´m not particularly fond of. The only other cartoon video I could post at the moment would be from the Corto Maltese series and that really doesn´t fit the topic of Today´s post anyway. So as I promised in my last post I am going to write a bit more about MILF newscaster Oana Andoni who would be perfect for the role of Power Girl. I had hoped that I could find some more intel on her but like the Power Girl from italian tv Emanuela Boto there is not much information on the internet so her age or measurements remain a mystery for the moment. What I can tell you is that she works for the romanian tv station Pro Tv and like I said in my last post I have been looking for videos of her in vain for years which is one of the reasons why I am including her in this post. There are a few more videos I will include in my next post ( if I ever manage to finish this one ).

I also promised to tell the story of how I became aware of Oana which is quite simple : through channel surfing. Whenever my Mom is in Spain and I have access to the tv again I do that from time to time when I´m bored. At the time I first stumbled upon Oana we had this tv package where you get some foreign tv stations. They had only two spanish tv stations but for my mother this was enough and she is the one who pays the bill. So together with the two spanish tv stations there were all kind of foreign tv stations and I often flipped through them because in the past this has brought me great results. It´s how I first came across Quelli Che Il Calcio with mega MILF Simona Ventura and über Power Girl Federica Ridolfi.

Now I didn´t know much about Pro Tv but around New Year´s Eve I had also flipped through the channels and they had an interesting New Year´s Eve gala show with some hot sexbombs. But since we did not get those foreign tv stations through the regular tv cable it was almost impossible to tape it which was a real bummer. I did manage to tape part of one show but to do that I had to rearrange all the wiring and it also meant that I could only watch tv via the recording device and since I knew the rest of my family would not be okay with that I had to undo it again afterwards.

I don´t know if I have explained it in other posts but when it comes to New Year´s Eve shows or any kind of galas german tv sucks. Big time.

They used to know how to make these kind of shows but now it´s all crap.

Which is why I watch spanish galas or the ones from other countries whenever I can. So I had seen the New Year´s Eve show from Pro Tv and while flipping through the channels I had seen part of a comedy show that would never fly in Germany. I did not understand a word of what they said but you don´t have to understand the language to appreciate a hot chick.

They had a Putin lookalike in a giant birdcage hanging from the ceiling. Let me tell you this : you will never ever see a comedy show in german tv where Angela Merkel is inside of a giant birdcage hanging from the ceiling.

Coming back to Oana Andoni, I was looking what was on Pro Tv more regularly and one day I caught the news with her and of course I was immediately smitten with her which should not be a surprise to any reader who knows my fixation on women who look like Power Girl. Naturally I tried to find out more about her but back then there was even less info on her and definitely no videos on YouTube or anywhere else. That was two or three years ago. Now last week while working on a post I almost erased the folder with the few pictures of her I found on the internet because I mistook her for somebody else. Luckily I looked through the folder before erasing it and afterwards I went on YouTube to look for some videos of her more out of curiosity and not really expecting to find any. To my big surprise I did find quite a number of videos of her although to be fair the name Oana Andoni does not appear in most of the video´s titles.

So since I have been searching for these videos for literally years I want to put them on the blog as soon as possible and for this post I have selected the best three I could find. If you have seen any other please contact me.

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A belated birthday to the goddess Thalia !

As I have announced a lot of birthday posts will be done after the actual birthday this year since there is no way that I can catch up. So here´s me hollering at one of the biggest massitas on the planet, the devine Thalia.

I am doing this post because right now I am in - between posts and after all the things I had to do this and last week and the consecutive sleep deprivation I´m not in the mood for a FLASH FRIDAY WITH PAUL RYAN post.

The good thing is that I already know what my next posts are going to be but I still have to prepare some stuff before I can get to it. I wanted to write a bit more about that but as always it got a bit too long and if you are interested you can read all about it in this post . So back to Thalia.

Thalia is the total package because she is one of the nicest people on the planet, she has the soul of a saint, the voice of an angel and a relentless body made for sin. Her moves on stage drive men crazy and although she does not fall into the usual blonde archetype with big breasts she could easily multiply the circulation of any gentlemen magazine with her curves. She oozes sex appeal from every pore without coming off cheap or dirty.

If scientists one day start cloning the perfect woman they need look no further for a living genetic blueprint that Thalia who has the best stage outfits in the universe which would make other singers like Beyonce or Rihanna blush and her sultry fertility dance makes sex icon Janet Jackson´s patented erection inducing striptease moves look tame.

On top of that Thalia is also one of the biggest recording artist in spanish speaking countries ( to list all her accolades would bust the length of this post but if you have some extra time you can read her wikipedia entry ).

Ariadna Thalia Sodi Miranda ( born August 26, 1971 ), known simply as Thalia, is a mexican - american singer and actress. Her name is linked to soap operas which made her famous worldwide. Thalia began her music career at the age of 9. Her soap operas have been watched by over 2 billion people in 180 countries. She is known globally as " the queen of soap operas " for being the biggest tv phenomenon in the decade of the 90s. Thalia has the keys of more than 50 cities in the world, and has toured in five continents, making her one of the most internationally famous Latin singers ever. Thalia has received more than 2,000 awards throughout her career for both singing and acting and has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Her best selling album is Amor A La Mexicana, while her first to be released globally is En Extasis. She is also known among english speakers in the United States for her song I Want You from her english album in 2003 which went to #22 on the Billboard Hot 100.

But let´s start at the beginning of my love for Thalia. Which takes me back to my teen years - not exactly my earliest childhood but when I was a much younger lad - when I would spend all my summer holidays in Spain.

Readers abroad might not know it but here in Germany one reason why people still work as teachers despite the lack of respect and anything even vaguely resembling an adequate monetary compensation for all their grief are the long vacations which were around six week in the summer when I was young. I don´t know how long they are now but back then they seemed endless and every year we came home where everything just seemed better. The food, the people, the beach, the girls, movies, the tv but especially the comics. There was what seemed like an abundance of cool comic books. Of course some of the series were available in Germany but the german issues were waaay behind - sometimes even years - of what came out in Spain at the time and most of the cool series weren´t even published. So every year I couldn´t wait to get to Spain for a few weeks of good food, uncut movies, good tv shows and the best of comics.

Now longtime readers may remember that I mentioned that when I was in Spain the last times I was not exactly in a very highly populated area. So let me illustrate that further : maybe you know or you have heard about the city called Barcelona. It is one of the big Metropolises of the world.

Looks nice, doesn't it ? But that´s not where I was. Well, a little more to the Costa Dorada lies Torredembarra, a town that's your basic tourist trap but that still has a lot of places to go and shops and all kind of stuff. We used to have a small apartment there but that's another story.

Not as good as being in Barcelona but not bad either. But that's also not where I was. That was a totally remote area called La Pobla de Montornes which is an even smaller ..... just think Smallville but not as technological advanced. The streets of La Pobla look something like this .....

Now you might say : okay, that's not so bad. I haven't finished. This is La Pobla but ..... I was not actually IN La Pobla I was in an even more remote area that's outside the town. In fact you have to take the car and drive ten minutes to get to the town ( and I´m using that term very loosely here ) or walk for half an hour. And the streets look something like this :

So when I went home it became a habit to stock up on comic books, books, music and movies along the way as long as I had access to modern civilization because once I was there buying anything became a Herculean effort. I also had video mix cassettes for relaxation purposes only of the best scenes with hot sexbombs from movies or tv shows at my crib and I took a lot of them to Germany which had to last for the rest of the year.

I also made lots of tapes from spanish tv shows that had hot singers like Sabrina Salerno, Monica Naranjo, Marlene Mourreau, Carmen Russo or Mar Saura´s unforgettably sexy live wardrobe malfunction on VERANO NOCHE.

In fact there were a few of those on spanish tv like the one that shot Sabrina Salerno into superstardom all over Europe except Germany. It was on New Year´s of 1988 where she performed " Hot Girl " and couldn´t control her boobs - they popped out of her top showing a lot of nipplage.

Speaking about megahot live performances, while french blow up sex doll Marlene Mourreau never had any wardrobe malfunctions ( mainly because she either didn´t wear much clothes to begin with and got rid of the little she did wear very quickly ) her pornographic appearances were always so sexually charged and her stage outfits so skimpy that she almost got banned from spanish tv. And everyone who has seen the heavily sexual content they show on spanish tv knows that it takes a lot to get banned.

So one year I was very tired when I finally arrived home and decided to leave setting up the vcr for the next day and the first thing I saw on spanish tv was Sonia Monroy´s most oversexed tv porn appearance.

She became famous as a member of the aptly named all busty pop group Las Sex Bombs whose debut album sold 50,000 copies in Spain and went gold. She also was on Supervivientes which is the spanish version of Survivor and in the tv appearance that I managed to see but could not tape with the vcr she wore a dress with the mother of all cleavages even rivaling Kylie Minogue´s plunging mega cleavage in I Just Can´t Get You Out Of My Head. It´s a miracle she didn´t have a wardrobe malfunction on the set ( she had to straighten out her cleavage constantly during her appearance ) although the dress didn´t leave anything to the imagination where her gigantic 38D deluxe XXL double airbags are concerned either.

I set up the vcr the next day but of course the show was not repeated and it took me a few years to find even some small clip on the internet. From then on setting up the vcr was always one of the first things I did.

In any case, I always tried to get as much loot as I could - so to speak - and the rest of the year I lived of everything I brought over from Spain. Which really hasn´t changed that much in the years that have passed since.

I mean the number of good comics that are published in Germany have increased drastically and thanks to comic conventions and the availability of reasonably priced hardcovers via amazon or other internet outlets my comic library of non - spanish comics has grown quite a bit over the years.

But comparing the range of different genres, the variety of titles, the quality of national comics and the value for money ratio Spain clearly wins. In Germany comic prices are just way too high and also the market caters almost exclusively to collectors with an absolute lack of cheap, affordable good comics for the average reader like the DC SHOWCASE, MARVEL ESSENTIALS, BIBLIOTECA MARVEL or CLASSICOS DC lines. I mean, every time I´m on vacation you can read all about the superior spanish editions on this very blog and apart from that Spain is also at least 10 years ahead.

We had DRAGON BALL 20 years before the first comic or tv episode even made it´s way to Germany. And even then they had to censor certain scenes from the tv series to make it adequate for german tv audiences.

One of the censored scenes of the german version, which plays a big part in the following relationship between Yamcha and Bulma. As it could not be any other way the whole episode doesn´t make any sense without it.

And here we finally get back to Thalia. The bulk of the animated GIFs in this post are from Thalia´s performance of her hit MUJER LATINA at a gala at the end of the year 1998. Normally I was only in Spain during summer, but for some strange reason that year I had the luck to be there for Christmas and the end of the year so I could see all the big gala shows like this one where Thalia shows some awesome moves. Maybe it was fate.

I first saw Thalia on the show SORPRESA SORPRESA - where celebrities surprise their fans - and I really had no idea who she was or that she´s bigger than Madonna in the latin world. But I was immediately impressed by her dance moves, her looks, her erotic singing voice ( I dare any man to not get a boner when she screams out Ay ay ay during her performances as she sounds like she was just impaled ) and her overwhelming stage presence. I am usually a boobs man so I generally go with big breasted women - especially big breasted asian women. Especially big breasted asian cosplayers. And in particular asian cosplayers with huge 40D oppai !

Anyway, Thalia convinced me that you don´t always need big breast to be sexy. Thalia does not have huge breasts yet she just oozes sex appeal !

Like I said in the beginning of the post I had to cut part of this post because it was getting too long so I used the opportunity to split the birthday between this post and the next one. There are no links for this post so let´s get right to the birthdays which start with two celebrity birthdays that I missed this year but already covered in earlier years.

Our first one is Richard Corben who celebrates his 77th birthday and about whom I have written in various posts over the years, starting in March of 2009 when I pimped the Haunt of Horror hardcover that was at a bargain price at amazon. I also did a special post about Hellboy in Mexico with a lot of stuff about lucha libre - the mexican version of wrestling - and another Hellboy comic by Richard Corben, The Crooked Man was part of a post with some reading tips for Halloween . His version of The Raven was part of a double feature on Edgar Allen Poe´s anniversary together with The Black Cat by the great late Bernie Wrightson and last year I did one of my usual posts with lots of original art from series like Cage to Hellblazer.

Busty Baywatch beach body par excellence Erika Eleniak turned 48 who appeared in the pages of PLAYBOY and was the Playmate of the Month in July 1989. Despite being a total knockout she she never achieved the level of success Pamela Anderson did. Not even Traci Bingham achieved it and she´s build like a porn star - in fact none of the other cast members of Baywatch did. Erika appeared in a few movies like Beverly Hillbillies, Bordello of Blood ( which got censored beyond recognition in Germany ) and she had some very hot scenes in Chasers but it was her striptease from Under Siege that earned her an entry in the top part of my Top Ten Movie Striptease List and since there is nothing I could add at this point just check out the re - post I did last year with more and better GIFs.

In the post I had to cut from this one we have literal cult siren Christina Milian who makes other celebrities look bad whenever the paparazzi take pictures of her bikini hardbody. She celebrated her 36th birthday on the 26th of September and she played Kali in Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past although it was uncredited which is a shame because she´s phenomenal.

The reason why I´m bringing this up is that in this post we have Lacey Chabert who turned 35 on the 30th of September who played Sandra in that movie. Damn, I know it´s a chick flick but with so many hot sexbombs in the cast I should still get it if only for Christina. Lacey Chabert is best known for Party Of Five where her chest already started to develop and since I never watched the show I missed out on all that teen boobage.

Another big hit Lacey Chabert is associated with is Mean Girls with then teenage Busenwunder Lindsay Lohan ( who got her own entry as Supergirl in my Hollywood Edition of Casting The Justice League Of America Movie ) which I still haven´t seen. Probably because I am not sure if I already bought the movie on DVD or not. Man, I´ll have to go through my files. It is weird that I haven´t seen that movie because a. ) from what I hear it´s pretty funny, b.) there are some important messages in that movie which is one of the reasons why it has become a cult movie, another being that c.) Lindsay still had her real breasts back then. I mean, her big breasts.

She still has breasts and they are still real but it´s never going to be like in those early days when every horny shutin wanted to put her body to the test and there was even a countdown on the internet for when it was legal to have sex with Lindsay Lohan. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Speaking on mighty things and big racks, Lacey Chabert also played Penny Robinson in the otherwise forgettable Lost In Space movie from 1998.

In the movie her character has a huge crush on the ship´s pilot played by Matt LeBlanc who´s only interested in her bigger sister played by Heather Graham - who naturally doesn´t give him the time of day and is very abusive towards him without any reason. I recently re - watched that movie and when I saw the poor guy being put down by Heather Graham I wanted to scream : " Forget that snobby woman. Stick to her little sister. She´s utterly fallen heads over heels for your so just stay on her good side and wait a few years. You´re stuck here for a long time anyway and believe me SHE will turn out so much hotter than her uptight sister. "

I can´t say that I´ve seen a lot of Chasey´s movies, I only know that she is in a lot of Hallmark Christmas movies, like A Royal Christmas where she co stars with Dr. Quinn, Jane Seymour or A Christmas Melody which was even directed by Mariah Carey, her co star in that movie who naturally also sings. Talk about your hot sexbomb / mega MILF sandwich. Oh, Mama !

Mariah Carey also is in my JLA movie casting although in the alternates since I would basically give her any role just to have her take her clothes off in the movie. On the other hand I definitely would put her in the cast of a movie adaption of Kevin J. Taylor´s adult comic series The Girl since she has such superior stripper skills and she would naturally play orally fixated deepthroat specialist Jill since Kevin Taylor himself has cast her in that role and who am I to argue with such a master of erotic comic books ?

Besides movies Lacey does a lot of voice acting and she´s probably best known as the voice of Meg Griffin on the first season of Family Guy ( due to her workload at school and on Party Of Five she left to be replaced by Mila Kunis ), a show my brother doesn´t tire to tell me how funny it is. I always wondered who comes up with the kind of sick stuff that happens on the show but recently I saw an episode of The Graham Norton Show with Seth MacFarlane as a guest where he said that he never runs out of story ideas because he went to high school with many Peter Griffins.

Lacey Chabert also was the singing voice of the young Anastacia in my favorite Don Bluth movie ( Thalia did the part for the spanish speaking audience ), Tanya Mousekewitz in the An American Tail movies, Calista in Disney´s Hercules cartoon, two different characters on Gargoyles : The Goliath Chronicles, Gwen Stacy on The Spectacular Spider - Man, Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake on Avengers : Earth´s Mightiest Avengers - I am not sure if that is the same character that Chloe Bennet plays on Marvel´s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. - and Zatanna Zatarra and Isis on Young Justice.

We have another celebrity birthday from September the 30th with french Power Girl Monica Bellucci who turned 53. She is also in my JLA casting.

I put her in the finale of the Hollywood Edition of Casting The JLA Movie series as Wonder Woman but now I´m tending more towards Big Barda.

In the original FOURTH WORLD comics by Jack Kirby - and this definitely changed in the NEW 52 - Big Barda was built like a brick shithouse with the personality of a lady trucker, the muscles of a female bodybuilder, the hot measurements of a playmate of the year and the cupsize of a porn star.

She got that from her mother Big Breeda, the fiercest female warrior on Apokolips who - nomen est omen - was therefore selected by Darkseid himself to breed the next race of warriors. I don´t know if it was because she spurned his advances or if he just thought she would produce the best offspring but it is implied that they used her like a blow up sex doll !

All for the next generation of Akopolips´ finest of course. Now with Big Barda the melons didn´t fall far from the tree and when she began to develop, especially in certain parts of her anatomy that had to do with procreation Darkseid decided to let her follow in her mother´s footsteps and - like mother like daughter - personally introduce Big Barda to the breeding pens to continue the family tradition. So as soon as she got wind of Darkseid´s perverted plans for her Big Barda decided to ditch Apokolips and hitched the next ride to Earth. According to Big Barda she managed to do that before Darkseid had a chance to break her in but maybe she was so eager to join Mister Miracle because she had tasted the Darkseed.

For more on DC´s creepy sex stories with Big Barda - like the time when Superman starred in a porn mocvie with her and then claimed he could not remember a thing - check out BIG BARDA : DEATH, LIES AND VIDEOTAPES .

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Like I said, originally I casted Maria Grazia Cucinotta as Big Barda but keeping in mind her history I may cast her as Big Breeda. Not only to get Maria to do nude scenes that way but also because then I could cast italian 37C sexbomb Monica Bellucci as Big Barda and give the role of Wonder Woman to european 90s porn superstar Sarah Loiuse Young .

Speaking about Jack Kirby´s Fourth World I might have posted some of these links before but for some old school Jack Kirby art from the original Mister Miracle series the PENCIL INK blog has the cover and one page each for issues 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 7 , 10 , 11 , 12 , 13 , 15 and 17 . There might be posts on other issues but these are the ones I found while looking for a good picture of Big Barda by Jack Kirby and I don´t have the time to go through the entire blog. Right now there are a lot of specials and new series released by DC in lieu of the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby´s birth but while some things like The Kamandi Challenge or the Bug series look interesting I haven´t yet had the time - or money - to check them out.

Also I will probably wait until I can buy them in collected from. Which is something you should not do with the new Mister Miracle series according to the guy who made the video below because it´s an instant classic. My brother pointed me towards his channel - as unbelievable as it may sound - because he always roasts bad SJW Disney comics and then rips them in half but in most of the videos I have seen so far he gives good reviews.

And we are staying with cult comics as with our last celebrity birthday as Olivia Thirlby turns 31 Today. I have only seen her in Dredd where she did a terrific job portraying everybody´s favorite leather clad judge, the blonde bombshell with legs up to her chin, the seductive Psi Judge Anderson. 

The only negative thing I can say about the movie is that Olivia´s nude sex scene was way too short and filmed too much out of focus. What good are all the high definition cameras, blue rays and giant plasma screens with perfect picture resolution if the picture is all blurry ? This is the worst misuse of digital technology since Disney shrank Lindsay Lohan´s booming teenage boobs in Herbie Fully Loaded. What a waste of time, money and resources not to mention an incredibly horny sexbomb like Olivia Thirlby.

I don´t understand why they didn´t show the scene right and why it was not longer because in my opinion the movie could have only benefit from it. I mean we already got the adult rating and it´s not like we would have done anything different with blow up sex doll Judge Anderson in that situation than what the perverted perp really wanted to do with her.

Of course Psi Judge Anderson and Judge Dredd first appeared in the legendary british comic series 2000 AD and that´s a gap in my comic collection I still have to close. So far I have only read the Judge Dredd comic that DC put out and what was in the Free Comic Book Day issues.

Since I have written a lot about how I spent my teenage years I think it´s only appropriate to include a cartoon I would also watch around that time.

Like japanese anime shows the hentai movies also were heavily censored in Germany which was one of the reasons why I got all the good stuff like Cool Devices, Rei Rei, Urotsukidoji or La Blue Girl in the spanish version.

Of course not only the sexual content was a problem with german censors and so you could not watch the animes that were very violent like Fist of the Northstar where heads explode every 5 minutes or anything with ninjas or samurais. Which is only about 50 percent of all anime produced.

My next clip has nothing to do with the topic of this post but since I have been looking for clips of this woman for years I wanted to pu it on the blog as soon as possible. Since you are probably exhausted by this point I will only add that this woman with the Power Girl cup size is newscaster Oana Andoni from the romanian tv station Pro Tv. Everything else, like an explanation of how I came across her as well as her best clips from YouTube is in my next post. Expect to see more of this bra - buster in the future. 

Since most of the post was a nostalgic look back at Thalia´s career you could expect that I would end the post with a classic Thalia video which would be no problem since I have probably bookmarked a dozen. But I´m selfish and instead of an old favorite with bad resolution I´m posting two relatively new live performances by Thalia which I haven´t seen myself.

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