Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Month of... Board Games! Day 16: In Which I Play the Race Card



Cover of Mike Mercury in Supercar (Wm Collins Sons & Co., Ltd., London and Glasgow, 1961); art by Brian Lewis

Yes, it’s Supercar, strange automobile from another planet! Who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal cars. Supercar, who can drive down the length of mighty rivers, made of steel constructed by bare hands! And who, disguised as Park Dent, mild-mannered taxicab in a great metropolitan city, runs a never-ending race for truth, justice and burning rubber! And now another exciting board game in The Adventures of Supercar!

"Test Flight" in Mike Mercury in Supercar (Wm Collins Sons & Co., Ltd., London and Glasgow, 1961)
(Click picture to Jeremy Clarkson-size)


A Month of... Board Games! Day 15: Batman and Robin Chute First

Here's another game from that Concordium of Fun, the Batman Giant Games Book! (Here's the first one.) It's not just fulla games, it also has pictures to colour! here's one of 'em. get out yer crayons!

Today, the exciting game of skill known as Gotham Run! Which I thought was what you do if you want Tex-Max fast food and the only Taco Penguin is in Gotham City itself. But I was wrong.

"Gotham Run" from Batman Giant Games Book (World Distributors, Manchester, 1966), creators unknown
(Click picture to fists-of-justice-size)

The instructions show you that unlike most of the other games I've presented so far in this series, the object is not a race to the end, but instead a carnival-type spin-the-coin competition. Pennies and ha'pennies are suggested for use, but I am instead saving those to feed the birds. I'd recommend pennies and dimes, or, if you live in Latveria: Doomducats and Minidooms. For best results and to avoid costly harm to funriture, do not use the giant penny found in the cave beneath your home.

Riddle me this, Batman: When does it rain money? A: When there's "change" in the weather! Also, when you drop the coins on the playing board using the patented Batchute. No, not this...

...but this! It's a make-it-yourself spinner to twirl and drop the coin! Ask your parents if you can use scissors. That's just good advice all the time.

(Click picture to giant-centrifuge-size)

Follow these instructions to make the Bat-Chute! Unless you're one of those people who never reads instructions. You know who you are.

That's all you need to play Gotham Run! Aside from an actual desire to play Gotham Run.

Also: free at no additional pounds and/or pence, a games board for draughts or chess! I imagine you can use pennies and nickels for the pieces to play draughts, which is checkers with the windows open. For chess...well, just take the pieces out of your chess set and use those. And I suppose you can use the board in your chess set, too. Wait, this board is useless for chess!

Unless you've been hoarding these fine collectibles! Yes, the Batman Chess Set, each fine piece available from the Franklin Mint for a low monthly price of $79.99 plus shipping and handling for each elegantly designed chess...guy.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The MAD 1960 2016 calendar for Stupid September!

"The MAD 1960 Calendar: August" from MAD #52 (January 1960), script by Larry Siegel, art by George Woodbridge

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 244: Conspicuously absent at the Zebediah Killgrave Roast: Jessica Jones

Panels from Marvel Team-Up Annual #4 (1981), script by Frank Miller, breakdowns by Herb Trimpe, finishes by Mike Esposito, colors by George Roussos, letters by Diana Albers

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 243: He used to be your victim / Now you're not the only one

Panels from Green Goblin #6 (March 1996), script by Tom DeFalco, pencils by Scott McDaniel, inks by Derek Fisher, colors by Gregory Wright, color separations by Malibu, letters by Jim Novak

Monday, August 29, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 242: Even back then, Marvel kept trying to kickstart a Clone Saga

Panels from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #161 (October 1976), script by Len Wein, breakdowns by Ross Andru, figure finishes by Mike Esposito, background finishes by Dave Hunt, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Irving Watanabe

Sunday, August 28, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 241: Spider-Man easily wins the 1963 National Poetry Award

Panels from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #6 (November 1963), script by Stan Lee, pencils and inks by Steve Ditko, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Artie Simek

Saturday, August 27, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 240: Whose Earth is it, anyway?

Panels from Spider-Gwen (December 2015 series) #8 (July 2016), script by Jason Latour, pencils and inks by Bengal, colors by Rico Renzi, letters by Clayton Cowles and Travis Lanham

Wait, I thought you weren't allowed to call it Earth-616 after Secret Wars...?