Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Redartz: Well, it's Thanksgiving week here in the USofA. So many of us will be busy preparing, travelling, cooking, or just building an appetite. And for all our friends 'cross the waves', hopefully a good week is underway as the holiday season approaches. At any rate, here at BitBA we like to keep up the conversation, so: I'm thankful for each one of you that takes a few minutes from your busy days to visit . Also many thanks for all the great subjects you've submitted this year. Which reminds me, what do you have for a topic today?
As we await your answer to that question, here's another for you. This question is inspired by our fine friend Doug over at Black, White and Bronze (which you should definitely check out, if you haven't yet). Over the past months Doug has presented a very thoughtful analysis and review of the monumental graphic story "Maus", by Art Speigelman. While reading Doug's column, it struck me that if somebody asked me what one single comics story they really should read, just one single comic story among all, Maus would be the one. And so, my specific challenge for you: if you could recommend to someone a single comic story (may be a single issue, may be a single story), one which impacted you like no other, one you would say EVERYONE needs to read, what would it be?
Best wishes to all, and thanks in advance for your participation!
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Redartz: Greetings; and welcome to the weekly meeting of Bronze age enthusiasts known as "Follow the Leader". And being the 150th. edition of said category, we shall observe this momentous occasion by looking over some comic books that reached that same milestone. So while you cogitate upon a promising topic for the week, enjoy these 'century and a half' covers!
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Redartz: Welcome, welcome, welcome! The day is here, the audience awaits, all we need is a brave soul with a topic for the week! It's your big chance; that question you've been pondering may be just what we've all been needing to discuss. So have at it; the world (or at least this little corner of the internet) is your oyster!
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Redartz: Welcome to our little Bronze age sharing session for the first week of November! Here in the US of A we (or most of us, anyway) just changed our clocks back for Daylight Savings Time. Not sure that it saves much, but there it is. As we await our first hardy responder with a topic for the week, let's think a bit about time. Did time in your youth seem more plentiful, or did school and other responsibilities eat it up like work in adulthood? Did you find it tough to fill your time, or did you never have enough of it? Were you aware of the overall pop cultural time frame in which you lived, or was it just Tuesday? What say we 'kill some time' and chat.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Redartz: Hello all; the Leader's back again this week and he's looking for a topic! We certainly don't want to disappoint him, so I'll throw open the doors and await the first brave soul to start the discussion. Cheers (oh, and Happy Halloween)!
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Redartz: Hello folks; surprise! We interrupt our usual "Follow the Leader" with a look at some titanic trading cards and the toys they depict. A good friend of mine chanced upon these cards recently and brought them to my attention. After ogling all the fabulous vintage toys featured on them, it was apparent that I'd need to share them with you.
The set is called "Classic Toys Trading Cards", and they were printed in 1993. Beyond that I have no information about them; perhaps someone among you will know more. The cards' backs contain a brief description of the item, along with a then-current value for the toy. This makes me think that they were affiliated with a price guide magazine of some sort. The toys depicted represent a nice assortment from the 50's to the 70's. I had a few of them (View Masters, Matchbox cars, Spirograph, and that Beany and Cecil Jack-in-the-box) and would have liked quite a few more.
Have any of you encountered these cards before? Do they bring back any memories of forgotten toys? Which did you have, and which would you have wanted? And what toys do you think should have been included in this set which, apparently, were not? Let's talk toys this week...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Redartz: Good day, Bronze agers everywhere! Are you ready for another team-up topic situation? I've got one, and you get to name one too. It's a winner all around...
Here's mine: this past weekend, we (my ever-faithful wife and I) hit another flea market. At this particular market, I was fortunate enough to find a book that's eluded me for some timeL Not Brand Ecch 13, the final issue. You may ask, what's so noteworthy about that book? Well, it's one that I specifically remember having in my childhood; and more, have a particular memory attached to reading it. My father was a doctor, and would sometimes take us kids along to wait while he did his 'rounds' in the hospital. On one such occasion I sat in the back seat of the family car reading that issue of "Brecch".It helped that this issue was a 25 cent Giant; it took longer to read it and kept this restless 8 year old occupied for the whole time...
Long story made short: while I'm generally selling off my collection, I'm concurrently acquiring such particular books that reside in my fond youth. So, the question: is there a comic or comics that hold a special memory trigger for you; not necessarily your first or most important comic, but one that is linked in your mind vividly? I know we've touched on this topic before, but it's always a fun trail to follow.
There it is. It's back to you again. Bet you can come up with a more original topic than I did !
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Redartz: Ah, October. My favorite month of the year. From Halloween to cooler weather to the spectacular display of nature's colors in the trees, Fall has a lot to offer. Add in the new television season, baseball playoffs and the Simpson's "Treehouse of Horror", and you can see why October ignites my enthusiasm.
Bet you know where this is going. What features of fall do you enjoy most? Perhaps there was a particularly memorable fall tv season for you (Fall 1970 was a good one for youthful Redartz). Maybe its the ubiquitous candy corn. Whatever it may be, share your Autumn attractions.
And, by all means, if you have a topic to throw out today, bring it on! Everybody loves a two-for-one deal...
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Redartz: Hello all; Tuesday is back, and so is the Leader. And you know what that means: he (and we) are awaiting a topic upon which to expound. So open up your minds and memories, and send us a subject!
While you're cogitating about that, here's another little 'BitBA Bonus Topic' for you. While on vacation last week, my wife and I indulged our fondness for flea market safaris. We hit five antique malls and flea markets over the course of our trip, and saw many intriguing things; but not many that convinced us to open our wallets. Until,that is, our last stop. This particular flea market had a small booth with several dozen old comics; by old I mean Golden Age to early Silver age. All the books were marked with pretty much the same price, about 25 US Dollars each. What struck me about them was that they were mostly in pretty nice condition; better than one usually encounters at a flea market booth. Given the age and condition of the comics, I was tempted to grab several; but my finances wouldn't cooperate. I did pick out one book, a sharp copy of Walt Disney's Comics and Stories from 1948 (featuring a Carl Barks Donald Duck story, and a cover by the great Walt Kelly).
It instantly became the oldest book in my collection! Anyway, to my question. I don't usually make such impulsive purchases, but this one pulled me in. So, I ask you: Are you prone to make an occasional impulsive comics buy? What kind of book would make you pull out your money and fork it over, despite a twinge of guilt? And what is the most you would (or have) paid for a comic? Okay, so there's actually three bonus questions today. Hey, we're pretty open minded around here...
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Redartz: Good day, folks! This edition of "Follow the Leader" finds your humble host traveling, so the onus (and honor) is yours to bring into existence a subject for the week! The BitBA assembled awaits the first noble commenter to put forward a titanic topic. Soooooo, take it away. Fear not, I'll be checking in...
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Redartz: Happy Tuesday, everyone! The week is (fairly) new, the lines are open, and the options available to you are limitless! Okay, perhaps a few limits, but you get the idea. What element of Bronze age life are you eager to discuss? There was quite a bit going on during the 70's and 80's, so those limits we spoke of are pretty loose...
And, for the sake of pump priming, I'll toss out another "Follow the Leader" extra bonus topic. The back story:
This past week, I decided to treat myself to a tablet upgrade (selling all these comics should have a reward or two, after all). In the course of transferring my files, images and music, a glitch occurred: all my playlists vanished into the ether. Therefore, every couple of days I reassemble another playlist from the voluminous mass of tunes on my computer. It's fun work, but still work; and leaves me a bit bleary eyed from scrolling. So, to the question: how do you enjoy organizing your music? What kinds of playlists do you put together? Do you simply stream, or do you take a more active hand? Do you go with genres (rock, classical, jazz, or whatever)? Or do you get more specific (say, all songs from a given year)? And what thoughts do you have regarding the ready availability of all that classic vintage music?
Okay, the table is set: one pre-set question and another impending topic. Let the discussion begin!
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Redartz: Greetings, folks! Here we go again; a team-up twofer with your questions and mine. As always, your question comes from the fortunate first commenter with a topic suggestion. Mine comes from the past week's doings.
Specifically, reprints. As noted previously on this blog, I've been gradually reducing the size of my comic collection. Generally I sell a book after I have it in another form from which to read it; for example an Omnibus or a tpb collection. Well, this week DC came out with another of their "facsimile" editions, specifically Batman 181 (first appearance of Poison Ivy). These facsimile editions are rather cool: truly identical to the original comic, even including all the original ads; and printed on something close to newsprint. Only difference is the price (4.99 as opposed to 12 cents), and the appearance of a UPC on the front cover. So, I picked up a copy to have the story, with the intention of selling my original. Incidentally, I compared the original with the reprint page by page; and they got it right.
Hence, my question: what are your favorite reprint formats? Nowadays the options are plentiful. So what formats most appeal to you? Ponder upon this, as you devise your topic for our weekly chat...
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Redartz: Hello everyone; ready for another round of "Follow the Leader"? I'm already looking forward to the fine conversation which your impending topic suggestions will create. But in the meantime, here's a little something to mentally chew over:
This past weekend I picked up (at one of those wonderful flea markets, of course) a copy of Marvel Super Heroes 14: the one that featured a special Spider-man story with art by Ross Andru and inks by Bill Everett. This was early 1968, quite a few years before Andru became a regular Spidey illustrator. Indeed, at that time Andru was still drawing Superman over at DC! Looking over the story, it definitely showed touches of the style that would become so familiar in the mid 70's. So it got me thinking, what other examples are there of artists who got an early taste of a character and only later became closely identified with them? Perhaps you can chime in on this too...