Well, this is a surprise.
You may be thinking, "Yeah, you haven't done a blog post in over a year." Or at least, that's what you were supposed to be thinking. Instead, you're probably saying, "Umm, you posted already today. What gives?" You see, the first post sort of just happened.
Oh, I wrote it, and scheduled it for some distant day, but I totally forgot about it. I was planning on writing this post for today, which marks the 10th anniversary of my debut appearance as a blogger on Comics And...Other Imaginary Tales.
Even though the blog has sort of morphed into a private Facebook Group these days, it's still pretty important to me and I routinely go back to the well and resurrect links to old posts I remember writing. It was a big part of my comic (book-centric) life for a number of years and I enjoyed the creative expression. Although, I can't imagine how I ever had time to write every week for so long, was ready to take a break, was ready to try again, and now just glad it still exists out there like an old friend.
Anyway, I loaded up the site this morning, ready to compose something new, and the Ant-Man Marvel Masterworks review was up...brand new today! Foiled by time-travel! Past-me is awfully tricksey.
With today celebrating such a momentous occasion, I wanted to ruminate on the current state of my comic-book reading, collecting, etc. The hope is that by self-examining my own behaviors and habits, I may arrive at some new conclusions on what to continue doing and what to do next. After all, I'll be hitting 50 this coming May and I want to be "redeeming the time" well. While I'm not given to New Years Resolutions, I have been slowly retooling my pull list lately, moving toward some changes. [more after the break -- sorry no photos, but plenty of links]
Thursday, January 30, 2020
As much as I love Marvel Omnibuses, I have to admit that Marvel Masterworks (MMW) is my preferred hardcover of choice these days (a change from 4 years ago), especially now that they're delving into Bronze-Age goodness, both familiar and unfamiliar. I seem to be getting almost every new edition and when I do skip one, I end up regretting it when it goes out of print (OOP) [Like Luke Cage vol 1 - "sob"]. I also tend to be a completest, which means I'm loathe to begin collecting something that's already started. Although, sometimes that is unavoidable. A recent acquisition was MMW Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol 3, which came out just about 2 months ago. The fact that I finished it in just about a month (including a week away from it while on vacation) is a testimony to how much I enjoyed it.
It is thought that this is the last of the three volumes in the series. The first two focused on Hank Pym's adventures from Tales to Astonish (ToA). I wish I had these now (both are getting pricey) and the Essentials' (phonebook) versions I do have are almost unreadable with the blurry printing and lack of color. The biggest draw for me was the short-lived Ant-Man solo series presented in Marvel Feature circa 1972-1973. To my recollection, I had never heard of these stories before (much less read them), thinking that they were old ToA reprints similar to the Human Torch series of the early 70s. And I was especially ecstatic to learn that the first few stories were drawn by the late, great Herb Trimpe! [more after the break]