Saturday, December 01, 2007

Separated at Birth: Getting Ahead

Crime SuspensStories #22/The Shadow #18
L: Crime SuspenStories #22 (April-May 1954), art by Johnny Craig
R: The Shadow #18 (January 1989), art by Kyle Baker
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Saturday Morning Cartoon: The Little King in "Christmas Night"

"Christmas Night" (also known as "Pals") starring The Little King (1933), directed by James Tyer, based on the character created by Otto Soglow

Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday Night Fights: He's Strong to the Finich

In which a little stuffed bull asks the musical question: Who's the punchiest guy around? Why, it's not the Hulk, and it's not's not even Russell Crowe! No, the punchiest guy in the land is the guy from the sea: Mister Popeye the Sailor Man!

Don't believe me? Well, cast yer good peeper on these...only a select few of Popeye's Greatest Hits:
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Say, just who did teach Popeye to punch like that? Well, he learned from the best in the business—his dad, Poopdeck Pappy...who likes to we say, more defenseless targets...:

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Like father, like son? Think about it, won't you...Olive?

Bahlactus will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

(Say! This is my 900th post on this blog!)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dumbass things you shouldn't do in the Marvel Universe, Number 242

Hooray! It's winter! Soon it will be snowing in Central Park and I'll be out sledding on my toboggan, strapping on my little skis, making snow angels, having snowball fights, and all sorts of fun winter activities that are great for the cold crispy snowy months!

But if you're going to play in the snow in Manhattan, make sure you play nice—not like these guys:

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Panels from Fantastic Four #242 (May 1982), written and drawn by John Byrne, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Jim Novak

So remember, you may be a crook, but that snow excuse for being a dumbass and trying to mug a superhero. Ben Grimm sure knows how to bowl 'em over, doesn't he? Why, he's having a real ball!

So take it from the Thing, the original abominable snowman: safe winter play is snow accident!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thank you very much, thank you very much! / That's the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for me

It's not even Christmas yet, but plop in the Bully mailbox landed two intriguing padded packages addressed to yours truly. What could they be? What could they be?

Wow! Two of my good internetty friends, Pal Dorian Wright and Jovial Jadzia Axelrod sent me some wonderful surprise-type presents! Why, is it my birthday? No! I just have really good friends!

Dorian must have known how sad I am that I am not going to London again this Christmas (sniff) so he sent me the next best thing: a wonderful colorful map of London!

It's big enough that I can play on it and pretend I'm in London. Hey look, everybody, I'm sitting on Graham Norton! Hah!

There are fun-type activities that will keep me amused for hours. I have to scour London to find Nelson's Column, a London bus, and a public loo. Wow. That last one is hard.

There were also fun London stickers in the map! You've gotta love free bonus stickers. They're like the sour cream on the Chipotle Burrito of life.

John said I could not put the stickers on the walls or the furniture. He did not say anything about not putting them on the cat! Tee hee! Stand still, are in London now!

Dorian also sent me a "Beauty Walks in Atlantic City" map. I think I am not pretty enough to use this map personally, but it will come in very handy the next time I play Monopoly. A hotel for Marvin Gardens, please!

When I opened Jadzia's's package, I was surprised and happy to find she had sent me a beautiful home-made Doctor Who sonic screwdriver! This is tons better than the manual screwdriver I have to use all the time! Everyone will be jealous of me in shop class.

It looks just like the real (Sylvester) McCoy! And the end actually really lights up! I can shoot sonic rays and unlock doors and get into the cookies wherever John has hidden them away.

It is especially good for fighting off Daleks. If they don't respond to the sonic attack, just hit them over the head with it.

Thank you, Dorian and Jadzia!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Popeye's Wishlist

Sing along with Bully!:

Christmas is coming
The bull is getting fat
Please to put some money
In the little bull's hat!

Why am I out on the street corner singing and dancing for pennies? (If you haven't got a penny, a ha-penny will do. If you haven't got a ha'penny, well, the heck with you!) Because I'm saving up to buy all my bestest friends wonderful Christmas presents as that holiday rapidly approaches. But y'know, you don't need to spend a whole hatful of pennies to make your friends happy on December 25th. Simply give them something that they really, really want, and they'll be pleased as punch on Christmas morning. That's what I'm doin' for my friend Popeye the Sailor Man. I went down to the docks and asked him what he wanted for Christmas and he squinted at me and mumbled "Aw, pipesk down, ya fuzzy swab...mindkst yer own bizness. I yam disgustipated." I scratched my little stuffed head over that for a while until Miss Oyl whispered that I could find everything a sailor man would possibly wish for on Christmas...and more...if I just logged onto the internet and searched for Popeye's Wish List!:

Misto Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer

I Am What I Am by George Jones (CD)

American Merchant Seaman's Manual, for Seamen by Seamen (book)

Dear Brutus by J. M. Barrie (book)

Spinach with Chocolate Sauce (book)

Alice the Goon by Nurse with Wound (CD)

Extra Virgin: Cooking With Olive Oil (book)

Jeep Owner's Bible: A Hands-On Guide to Getting the Most from Your Jeep (book)

Blow Me Down (CD)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adoption (book)

Raw Power! Building Strength and Muscle Naturally (book)

The Wimpy Name in History (book)

The Thin Woman (book)

The Very Best of Ultimate Spinach (CD)

Swee'Pea by Count Basie and His Orchestra (MP3)

Arm-A-Gettin': Your Guide to Building Massive Arms (book)

Also available for your holiday shopping convenience: