Monday, March 31, 2008

Shawn likes Ra's Al Ghul

When I was a kid I loved and hated this comic! I remember standing in the newstand in Spring Grove (where as a kid, I got about 90% of my comic collection), looking at this cover and being so sad that they actually killed Robin! How could they do that? He was my favorite hero! But that amazing artwork by Neil Adams MADE me buy it. Most comics are 10 inches in height and 6 1/2 inches wide - THIS book - a treasury edition - was 13 inches high, by 10 inches so it was MASSIVE!

Of course, comics being what they are - this scene doesn't actually appear in the book at all.

This book is a reprint collection of stories featuring Ra's Al Ghul (pronounced Raysh Al Ghoul - which I wish they would have gotten correct when they filmed 'Batman Begins') and his fight against Batman. As a kid - I couldn't really grasp why Ra's was doing what he was doing to Batman and Robin or what his endgoal was, but I knew that he wasn't just some guy who wanted to rob banks.

The ever-incredible 'Batman: The Animated Series' actually adapted this story in a two part episode (The Demon's Quest), and it was GREAT! The animated series didn't do a lot of comic book adaptions, preferring to tell original stories, but they hit a home run with this one!

*Another thing about this comic - I can still remember being really, really fascinated that I could see the upper collar of Robin's tunic, which was usually obscurred by his cape. LOL - yeah, I know - all these years later it makes SO much sense, now!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Shawn likes The Incredibles

... and they like me!

Shawn likes the Smurfberry Crunch Cereal Commercial from 1981

Shawn likes the memory of Smurfberry Crunch

Oh, how I spent many a morning eating bowl after bowl after bowl after bowl of Smurfberry Crunch, the best cereal EVER!

I'd like to think that if tomorrow I found a box of the 30 year old cereal I would stop for a minute, realize that the cereal probably isn't still edible and I wouldn't eat it - - - but we both know better!

Shawn likes The Super Friends Lunchbox

Super Friends would have to be my all time favorite TV show of all time - yes, even beating out Fame! ;-)

As you'll see - time and time again, I love group shots and this is a superhero lovers dream! 16 (16!) characters all packed on a metal lunch box with a hot purple plastic handle. Things suddenly make so much more sense about me and my future life.

Although I love this so much it always bothered me / worried me that on my thermos Batman's face is green. Wasn't my thermos doing it's job?

I could also never decide if, on the back of the lunchbox, Flash was trying to hit Batgirl - or hold her hand.

Although this wasn't my first lunch box (that honor goes to the 2-in-1 lunchbox of Inch High Private Eye / Goober and the Ghost Chasers), this was my favorite lunchbox by far!

When I first saw it in the store I wanted it so much, but couldn't get it. I can still remember the Saturday when Mom came home from work and said that she stopped at the store (probably Hills or K-Mart) and got it for me.

I was so happy to have it that I hugged it tight and then ran around the outside of the house, still hugging it and singing that I love it. What a dippy little kid I was, LOL - okay - still am!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Shawn likes Disney Park Merchandise

Hey gang - I wanted my first post to be something from my very first Disney trip waaaaaay back in 1984.

This is a round tin that originally held hard candy when I bought it at WDW, but now holds all of my pocket change.

I love this item because it has lots of Disney characters (I love group pictures) and quite a few of them, while not being obsure, very rarely turn up on Disney merchandise.

Merlin, Dumbo & Timothy, and Gus aren't exactly big name stars in the Disney world so I'm awfully glad that they're there.

And looking over this piece now, I just realize that only two of Donald's nephews have shown up for the fun!