Normally in this space I’d be crackin’ wise and offerin’ up the kind of colorful commentary that only the ol’ Ouija Board Kid can…but this time it isn’t going to be necessary. Ya see my creeps, the folks over at Channel 101 have created such a pitch perfect recreation of the wonders of terrifically terrible Turkish cinema that I don’t want to keep you from watchin’ this for one second longer! So here it is; Return to Supermans!!!
These are some great Marvel Halloween costumes for very squat and very muscular kids, but what’s with the “Camp it up as Captain America”? C’mon have some respect for the man! He gave his life for his country. Oh well. Disrespect aside, this is a great ad and it got me thinking.
I would like to suggest this Halloween that you: “Dance around as Daredevil”, “Mince it up like the Mighty Thor”, “Wobble like the Green Goblin” and “Do the worm like Wolverine”.
The 1980s were a magical time for blockbuster films. Sadly though, when it came to comic book movies, we had just a few Superman sequels and of course Batman in the late 1980s. So I was chatting with Vic Sage the other night and we started wondering what the pop culture landscape might have been like if they had released the Avengers in the 1980s. Would they have done the same release schedule? Would it have been a hit? Eventually we started talking about tie-ins and that got us thinking about video games.
Now neither of use are designers, but thanks to some great templates and the art of King Kirby, we were able to mock up what the game boxes for the solo Avengers titles (and the Avengers) might have looked like if they had been released for the Atari 2600 and in the case of the Avengers, the Atari 5200.
First we will kick off with Iron Man, which starred Bruce Boxleitner as Tony Stark…
Second came the big budget Hulk, with beloved Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner…
Treat Williams took on the role of the Star Spangled Avenger…
Schwarzenegger was already a growing star, so when he took on the mantle of the Mighty Thor, everyone was very excited…
Finally they all came together, with the addition of Michelle Pfeiffer as the Wasp and Rutger Hauer as Loki, in the biggest film of the 1980s, The Avengers. By this time, the Atari 5200 was in stores. Some say it was the high quality Avengers title that saved that system and prevented Atari from going under.
Chris Schieger, a fellow member of the Oklahoma Action Figure Collectors group on Facebook, recently posted a picture and shared the following story:
“I found my Hulk costume at my Mom’s from when I was about 6. I loved this thing! I slept in it for about a month after Halloween. She wouldn’t let me wear it to school and I remember being so mad I put it on under my clothes and stripped down and wore it anyway! [My] teacher called my mom and I never saw it again until this past weekend! And yes, I tried it on and no it didn’t fit.”
Here’s a picture of Chris’ costume.
I really wish I had collected the Marvel Mego Superheroes back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They might not have been canon, but deep down in my kid heart, I always wanted the Hulk to have a vehicle. Now of course they ain’t exactly cheap nowadays, but in mint condition with box, it is hard not to understand why.
According to Hake’s
4.5x7x2.25” deep box contains complete and unused parts for approximately 6” long free-wheeling vehicle for use with Mego’s Pocket Superheroes action figure line released in 1979. Produced by Mego Corp. but released through Lion Rock ©1980 Marvel Comics Group. Vehicle was intended for use and designed for Incredible Hulk Pocket Superhero figure and includes unused sticker sheet with “Hulk” specific images and text. Box shows lightest trace of wear, original cellophane tape strips have dried and shrunk with age. VF/Exc. with unused, N. mint contents. Old store stock. Rare and first we’ve offered.
Hulk Explorer Vehicle [@] Hake’s