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Dinosaur Hunter Diaries #007: Friend of the Wolf

Monday, February 17, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments (0)

Turok: Son of Stone #7


Turok gets an adorable widdle puppy dog.
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Dinosaur Hunter Diaries #006: The Giant Ape

Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments (0)

Turok: Son of Stone #6


It’s an adventure comic from the 1950s, so you knew it was coming: enter the inexplicably giant gorilla.
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Dinosaur Hunter Diaries #005: The Secret Place

Monday, February 10, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments (0)

Turok: Son of Stone #5


Turok and Andar get a pet!
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Dinosaur Hunter Diaries #004: The Bridge to Freedom

Friday, February 7, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments (0)

Turok: Son of Stone #4


Despite appearances, Turok will not encounter a mastodon in this issue.
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Dinosaur Hunter Diaries #003: In Strange Waters

Monday, February 3, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments (0)

Turok: Son of Stone #3


Turok goes through high water and back to help friends in need.
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Dinosaur Hunter Diaries #002: The Mystery of the Mountain

Friday, January 31, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments (0)

Turok: Son of Stone #656


Nearly an entire year later, Turok returns to Four Color Comics and picks up exactly where it left off!
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Dinosaur Hunter Diaries #001: The World Below

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments (0)

Turok: Son of Stone #596


The humble origins of Turok, published by Dell Comics all the way back in December 1954, presented in the pages of Turok: Son of Stone… issue 596? What the?! We’ll get to that in a bit, don’t panic.
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“Have a 腐れ day!”

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 3:54 pm Comments Off on “Have a 腐れ day!”

You’ll have to forgive me for still being on my manga research kick. It’s just such a novelty, y’know? I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I felt so starved for video game ephemera as a youngster it was a blessing to see any video game franchise as merchandise, as a comic, whatever. I’m not sure if we even had Nintendo comics published in the UK, Nintendo Power and Valiant being such American staples; the closest we got were the two Sonic the Hedgehog comics and the occasional surprise in other magazines such as Max Overload, but it was slim pickings.

And then you turn to Japan and it seemed like it was coming down in video game media – more than I can count in the ’80s alone! Whether or not they were good is a whole other matter, but seeing obtuse one-and-done games like Star Force or Pirate Ship Higemaru getting a manga treatment just seems wild… and they’re darn near undocumented online. I could argue they’re interesting little nuggets of history, but I think that’s just me trying to sugar-coat my big dumb obsessions.

Just on a lark, I figured I’d make a somewhat chronological list of serialised Mario manga from 1985 to the mid-2000; I’d already been keeping tabs on these in my notes for Scans & Bits, but there was no point making proper sections for them until I had actual material of my own to share. It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s more out there; if working on the Bomberman media section has taught me anything, the moment you think you’re 100% comprehensive, three more obscure manga appear out of the woodwork!
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193rd DUNK: Infringement?! Slam Courtroom!!

Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 10:37 pm Comments Off on 193rd DUNK: Infringement?! Slam Courtroom!!

As part of research and documentation for Scans & Bits, I bought what could be scientifically described as a shit-ton of Comic Bom Bom. I definitely had to document Dr. Mario-kun, I wanted to get the full run of Ganbare Goemon, and I was curious about all those Ninja Turtles manga. But these 700+ page magazines are always full of funky curiosities, be it bizarre toy phenomena of the early 90s, coverage of video games long forgotten, or just its strange bevy of manga I’d otherwise never heard of.


The series that really got me guffawing with shock and awe in every instalment I saw was Katsuyuki Toda’s DANDAN Dunk! (DANDANだんく!), a sports manga following the pint-sized Makishima Dunk (or Danku, but where’s the fun in that) who makes up for his lack of height with some bomb-ass basketball skills. What sets it apart from other dry sports dramas is its joyous disregard for any attachment to reality – every episode I’ve seen goes some real crazy places!
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Some comics I read in 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 12:58 am Comments Off on Some comics I read in 2017

Another year’s about to wrap up, so you know what that means – I write dumb opinions about media I barely remember! I know, I’m sorry too. I’d no intention of doing a full article, and even the abbreviated list for last year was just too boring to go through again… but I still had a whole bunch of dumb opinions on media I barely remembered that needed an outlet. So, hey, let’s talk about some comics I read! If the thought of writing more doesn’t lull me and the audience into a never-ending sleep, expect another post for games and movies too, maybe.

Star Fox (Nintendo Power)

I’d been keen to read this since my big Star Fox kick last year. My early years online drifting around tiny fansites suggested people found it more compelling than the games, portraying a darker and deeper take on Star Fox lore that, most importantly for fanfic writers, gave Fox a girlfriend, Fara Phoenix. (he can’t fuck Wolf and Falco all the time!)

It’s a breezy light-hearted space romp that paints a fun picture of the Star Fox world. I guess to a young audience it might seem slightly mature, what with Fox grieving over his lost parents and hating Andross so much he’s willing to go on a kamikaze mission, forcing Falco to pummel him senseless… but it’s just so breezy it’s hard to see it that way. The dialogue is jokey and full of dreadful puns, and Andross’ goofy schemes undermine any attempt at seriousness, including his Gundam-shaped living-battery android pig assistant, and his brilliant plan to work alongside a clone of himself is foiled when his clone gushes his love for Fox’s gal. It’s a 80-20 skew of cornball and melodrama, and I love it.
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