Hey, remember the days when Namor, the Sub-Mariner, roamed around America, heading down the highway, looking for adventure, a hard-traveling hero with tiny itty-bitty wings on his ankles which meant he could fly where ever he went? Of course you do.
So why the Sam Scratch did he need The Sub-Mariner-Mobile?!?
One foot on the brake and one on the gas, hey! Well, there's too much traffic, I can't pass, no!
So I tried my best illegal move A big black and white come and crushed my groove again!
Go on and write me up for 125 Post my face, wanted dead or alive
Take my license n' all that jive I can't drive...55!
So I signed my name on number twenty-four, hey! Yeah, the judge said, "Boy, just one more,"
I'm gonna throw your ass in the city joint Looked me in the eye, said, "You get my point?" I said "Yeah, oh yeah!"
Write me up for 125 Post my face, wanted dead or alive
Well hello there, Monday Night Murals! Thanks for rescheduling our appointment for Tuesday instead of Monday night...Ben Grimm's adventures at the Oscars just couldn't wait to be posted! So, then, what have you got in store for us tonight in the wonderful world of interlocking cover images? Could it be...Avengers #379-382? Mmmmm...could be!
Wha...what the Sam Scratch is goin' on here?!? I know I'm not the best there is at puzzles, but that don't even match! Even the logos change partway through the comics from a classic title to one of my least favorite logos that The Avengers has ever had! Hmmmm! Did I do it backwards?
Well, yes. All I have to do is turn the comic books over and...
Covers of Avengers/Marvel Double Feature #379-382 (October 1994-January 1995), art by George Perez
Whoa, that's much better! Yes, this is the brief era when Avengers became a "Marvel Double Feature" book; a flip comic that had The Avengers on one side and a Giant-Man serial on the other. The story depended on which side of the book you were holding upif you accidentally kept plowing right through the Avengers into Giant-Man backwards, you'd see Hank Pym get hit by his wife, shrink down to ant-size, and have his series Tales to Astonish cancelled with issue #35.
Taken by themselves, each of these covers is kinda strange, isn't it? Well, at least the first two had Hank's eye on it...but #381 isn't exactly the sort of cover that inspires great interest. "Oh boy, this month we find out all about Hank Pym's chin!" But I do like the little happy Wasp cavortin' around with a chain o' ants on the final issue. Ah, happier days. Well, at least you could paste them all together and make yourself a Giant-Man mask for Halloween 1994! (Just watch out for...RAID!
I don't know whether it's a glitch, a sale, or just plain "Crazy Eddie" insanity, but there's a huge number of omnibus and archive-sized graphic novels on sale right now at Amazon for $15 each or less. (Since all the affected publishers are distributed to Amazon by Diamond, I'm guessing it may have been brought about by errors in the datafeed that Diamond has provided to Amazon, but that's just a hunch.)
EDIT, 3/7/10: Looks like it's all over but the shouting by fanboys, folks, as the prices and life returns to normal. I'll leave the links up a little while longer and then take them down later, so if you're still buying, check your prices in your shopping basket. Hope you got some good deals. Remember that it's entirely possible Amazon may cancel your order and refund your money (this unexpected situation would have left them without enough or any stock to fill these massive orders). And as Gail Simone so wisely tweeted: "Everyone who does buy something from this sale should make a point to go buy something cool at their local comic shop, as well."
EDIT #2, 3/7/10: Looks like everything has reverted or is changing back to normal, folks, so I've removed the links. You can try surfing around to see if anything is still marked down, but at this point it's likely you may get a nice "Sorry, we can't fill your order, here's your credit back" email from Amazon.
EDIT #3, 3/8/10: Part of my order has shipped, and the rest still shows as "Shipping Soon" or "Not Yet Shipped."
EDIT #4, 3/9/10: The rest of my order has been cancelled. Ah well, life. You pays for your ticket and you takes your chances.