A Major Spoilers holiday celebration! I’ve long believed that you can tell a lot about a person based on the pop culture with which they grew up. Today, we’re going to find out why you need to be VERY suspicious of those who read a lot of comics in the early 1980s… As The Doctor once said, “This isn’t going to be big on dignity.” Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer #1 awaits!
Or – “IT’S AMBUSH BUG II, Y’ALL!” There are many characters out there whose appeal is obvious. The popularity of a Batman or a Spider-Man cannot be denied, but occasionally a character hits the public consciousness in ways that even the creators can’t quite figure out. Thus it was in the early 80s with Ambush Bug. One of the first characters to repeatedly break the fourth wall, the Bug’s madness was contagious, and his early appearances are still sought after by collectors today. (Not much else makes back issues of DC Comics Presents actually pop in price, to be honest.)
Or – “I Decided To Trick Or Treat With My Kid Instead… Sorry.” The MUSIC MEEEISSSSTERRRR! Sing the song that the world wants to heeeear! Man, I’ve had that stuck in my head for WEEKS, now. This particular RFR was meant to go up last week, just in time for the annual festival of half-price chocolate, but various things conspired to keep me from completing it until today. For those of you who can’t get enough comic review goodness, I’ve got the cowbell to slake your fever, and it’s time to ask ourselves, baby, what’s the word? In the words
Or – “What Happens When I Continue To Fall Behind On Everything?” What’s the scraping noise?Â Looks like the raccoon done busted out the heavy weapons, which means it’s time for another look at some of the comics that were too esoteric, too weird, or too numerous to look at individually: RAPID FIRE REVIEWS!Â BRAKKA BRAKKA BRAKKA!Â Make sure that the release lever is elevated, and that the debris shield is down, put on your safety goggles and PREpare… to REview!
Or – “Wasn’t There Another Reviewer At Major Spoilers?Â Some Old Dude?” It’s a little known fact that the month of December contains space-time anomalies that keep you from ever completing anything on time.Â Add to that a new paradigm at my office, wherein my team load has doubled and my patience halved, a tendency to want to spend time with my friends around the holidays, a scanner that works about half the time and my recent birthday, and I admit it…Â I may have been neglecting my reviews.Â Still, t’is nobler in the mind to beg forgiveness than it
Or – “I Honestly Have NO Idea When These Books Came Out…” Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends…Â much like the harassment you get when you wear the pizza suit and dance on the corner in front of a Cici’s.Â Even when you’re cutting back on comics purchases, like I have, the urge to review more comics than thereÂ is time to review themÂ is strong.Â Makes me with there were 8 days a week, actually.Â Thus, we at Stately Spoilers Manor have created this handy, dandy method of touching upon things going on at Penny Lane,
Or – “When They Said, ‘Get A Life,’ I Should Have Said ‘&$@$ YOU!” So, for those of y’all whoÂ were not awareÂ IÂ DOÂ have thingsÂ on my weekly scheduleÂ that are NOT comic-related.Â Not many of them, granted, but they do exist.Â One of them is my day job, overlooking (I almost typed overworking) twelve awesome telephone service representatives in their day-to-day quest to resolve issues for our beloved customers.Â August was a rough month for my guys (nicknamed “Team Ramrod”) and has required me to spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about AHT, IR, BP, SV, and other meaningless initials.Â In any
Or – “AÂ Week Late And A Dollar Short…Â Appropriate For The Bug.” Once again, I stand before you as “The Old Dude,” relating stories of things that happened long before most of you were cognizant of comics, before some of ya’s wereÂ born.Â My friend Becky has been known to remark that any story that starts with “Well, what had happened was…” or “There we were…” lets you know that you’re about to hear a bunch of lies.Â So, there we were, in the Summer of ’84, and what had happened was this: The comics world was in chaos.Â The DC