Comic Book Men, S02A – The Comic Book Issues: Episode Three

And before you know it we get the second episode with no books. Not a one.

That’s all right, that’s okay, I can write something anyway!

There is not a single point in my life where I could have made a good cheerleader.

I don’t believe in ghosts. I don’t not believe in them either. I’m agnostic towards them, I guess. Although I don’t think they exist, if I’m presented with evidence of their existence I’ll go ahead and start believing. That being said, I probably would have screamed like a little girl if Robert Bruce jumped out of the bushes at me in the middle of the night. His costume was pretty amazing.

Most of this episode revolved around the quick flip of a pair of Thundercats dolls, specifically Lion-O and Mumm-Ra. This is an example of a cartoon line that turned into a comic book thanks to the growing popularity of the medium in the 80s. Marvel produced a Thundercats book for a while, as did DC at a later while.

The transition from cartoon or toy line into comic books became ubiquitous around the beginning of the nineties, when Saturday morning cartoons started getting replaced with live-action teen television. The Transformers, G.I. Joe, Thundercats, all got comic books. Interestingly, He-Man is not part of that group. The very first He-Man action figures were packaged with really small comic books, making them one of the true visionary lines of the day.

One of the reasons the cartoons and toys of the late 70s through early 90s are so ubiquitous to geek culture is simple nostalgia. Everybody watched those cartoons. It didn’t matter if you were a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess or a criminal – you watched the same shows and played with the same toys. You just didn’t do it with people from the other cliques; you stuck to your own.

Now, all those people are in their thirties and forties and are sharing their nostalgia with their children. Those children have grown up in a geek culture. Those children have grown up in a culture where you don’t have to wait around for Saturday morning to catch the next installment, you can have them all instantly available on DVD, you can see adaptations of them on the big screen, and there are multiple lines of toys to choose from. While many people didn’t grow up reading comics, their children are being raised in a society that is being fundamentally driven by the comic culture. The people slowly taking over the comic culture watched the same cartoons and played with the same toys as the jocks and the criminals and the princesses, and they’re the ones helping to make the decisions on which franchises to reboot and re-imagine based on what would have the widest appeal, and Now It All Makes Sense.

The Stash is what? Red hot!
The Stash is what? Red hot!
The Stash is R-E-D, red! H-O-T, hot!
Once they start they never stop, uh huh!

Yeah, see, cheerleading isn’t really my thing.

And that’s all I’m really going to say on this one. There are actually books in the next episode. If you want a little more information about the toys, and just generally what happened in the episode, check out Michael Zapcic’s blog. Or you can get some aural stimulation from The Secret Stash #009: New York Comic Con 2012, which is one of those podcast thingamabobbers that the guys record as a companion to the show.

Season Two – Part One
Episode One | Episode Two | Episode Three | Episode Four | Episode Five | Episode Six | Episode Seven | Episode Eight

Other Seasons:
Comic Book Men – The Comic Book Issues: Season One
Comic Book Men – The Comic Book Issues: Season Two Bee (Coming Soon)

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