Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Comic Book Pick: 8/15/18

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #1 (OF 4)
SPIDER-GEDDON IS COMING!
Spider-Punk is back and better than ever. After SPIDER-VERSE, Hobie Brown was a Web Warrior, but that didn't mean things back in his universe were solved. The writer of the SPIDER-PUNK story in SPIDER-VERSE is back and joined by VENOM'S Gerardo Sandoval! Spider-Punk's Earth is under attack both on the ground and from space, meaning his responsibility seems to outweigh his power. Don't miss this first shot of the SPIDER-EVENT of 2018!
(W) Jed MacKay (A/CA) Gerardo Sandoval
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com

Monday, August 13, 2018

Throwback Jam of the Week: 8/13/18

It's that time of the week again here at 20 Years Before 2000...It's time for the THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK! These are the jams currently on my trusty Creative ZEN MP3 player and they encompass everything from Motown R&B classics to hip-hop and rap from the 90s! I would like to share them with you in the hopes that they can get you on your feet and bring back some sweet nostalgic memories! So throw on your Starter Cap, cut your hair in the fresh Caesar style and slip on your British Knights as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: A Tribe Called Quest
Song: I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
Album: People's Instinctive Travels and the paths of Rhythm (Released 1990)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: The man in the sombrero that the Tribe encounters on the road in this video is played expertly by Mr. Peter Dinklage!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Wax Pack Revolution #4

A recent obsession of mine has been collecting old wax packs of trading cards from the 80s & 90s. Sure, I have a ton of these non-sport cards from when I was a kid, but the artwork and design of the packaging is something I missed. When you would buy one of these packs you would tear it open and throw away the wrapper. Never giving it a second thought. Seeing these again brings back memories of feeling the slick paper in your hands, seeing the simple artwork and the smell of bubble gum. Let's dive into a few of these packs that I have on display...AGAIN!
Batman Forever (Fleer, 1995)
Ah, Batman Forever...the follow up to Tim Burton's grim & gritty Batman Returns. This movie could not have been more removed from it's previous two films. The tone was more cartoony and almost could have been seen as a reboot of the Batman television show from the 60s with Adam West! Just add one dancing Batman and that would have done it! I did see this movie in the theaters, because I was crazy for anything Batman at the time. I collected the original Topps Batman movie cards, but as the series went on my passion for collecting non-sport cards declined. These are actually pretty nice looking cards and the promise of holograms is always a plus.
Bill & Ted's Most Atypical Movie Cards (Pro Set, 1991)
I am going to be honest and say that I never knew these cards existed up until a few years ago. I know if I had seen these as a kid, I would have tried to collect the whole set. Me and my brother were big Bill & Ted fans and would have loved to have this set in our collection. Even though the design is a little lacking, I think it's pretty cool that this set collects all the shenanigans from both Bill & Ted films!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 (Topps, 1992)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 may be my least favorite of all the TMNT movies, but I actually dig these cards! I like the borders of the base cards, the backs are nice looking and the art cards subset is a very cool addition. I only picked up a few packs of these when I was younger, but I look to rectify that error soon. I would like to add this set to my TMNT collection.
 
Shadow Hawk (Comic Images, 1992)
ShadowHawk debuted in the Image comics series Youngblood in 1992. He definitely was a hero of his time. He was dark, brooding and brutal to those he would catch in the act of a crime. He would literally break evil doers spines and leave them for the police to pick up. Pretty nasty stuff. These Comic Images cards are just like most of there other sets. Colorful backgrounds with decent artwork on the front and colorless card backs containing a part of an overall story. The only reason I bought any of these cards though was to see if I could score one of the elusive prism cards!
Super Stars MusiCards (Pro Set, 1991)
Here is yet another set of cards Pro Set put out in 1991. This one is a little more appealing to the eye due to the bold colors and stylish borders. I always wanted these cards growing up and would see ads in the comics all the time for these, I just never found them at the stores I got my cards from. I may have to search for a box online somewhere. Maybe I can find one cheap on ebay? Now relish in the glory that is the ProSet Super Stars Musicards commercial from 1992!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Comic Book Pick: 8/8/18

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
FANTASTIC FOUR #1
FOUREVER Part One. BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT - THE WORLD'S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE IS BACK! Since the end of SECRET WARS, there's been a gap in the Marvel Universe. A void no other team can fill. And it's time for the world to move on. But can it? A life-changing decision by the Thing! A momentous declaration by the Human Torch! A clarion call-to-arms that summons Doctor Doom! And a signal in the sky that heralds the return of hope to the Marvel Universe! All this, and Alicia Masters adopts kittens! So cute! Plus, the Impossible Man!
AND BONUS STORIES ILLUSTRATED BY SIMONE BIANCHI AND SKOTTIE YOUNG!
IF YOU READ ONLY ONE MARVEL COMIC THIS MONTH, THIS IS THE ONE!
(W) Dan Slott (A) Skottie Young, Simone Bianchi, Sara Pichelli (CA) Esad Ribic
SRP: $5.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com

Monday, August 6, 2018

Throwback Jam of the Week: 8/6/18

It's that time of the week again here at 20 Years Before 2000...It's time for the THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK! These are the jams currently on my trusty Creative ZEN MP3 player and they encompass everything from Motown R&B classics to hip-hop and rap from the 90s! I would like to share them with you in the hopes that they can get you on your feet and bring back some sweet nostalgic memories! So throw on your Nike Visor, cut your hair in the fresh gumby style and slip on your KangaROOS as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Vanilla Ice
Song: Ice Ice Baby
Album: To The Extreme (Released 1990)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 1
Bonus Fun Fact: Ice Ice Baby was originally released as the B-side of Vanilla's cover of Play That Funky Music. This was the first hip-hop single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart!

Friday, August 3, 2018

TMNT Alliance Video VHS

About a week or so ago, a coworker of mine was having a yard sale and said he was selling a bunch of movies for about $1 a piece. He is a big movie aficionado, so I was curious to see what flicks he was selling. I dug through his DVDs and grabbed a few. Nothing too great, but he did throw in about a dozen more of his picks for me to watch for free. On the way back to my car I noticed a box of VHS tapes stashed under a table. Something told me to take a look. I noticed the familiar box of the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie box and took it out. Something was different about this box though. It was a lot slicker and was missing the familiar FHE logo. Also, the Turtles on the front were flat, not embossed as usual! What the heck was this?
I took a closer look at the sides and noticed some more slight differences. Once again the FHE logo was replaced by an odd Alliance Releasing Home Video logo and a small Ninja Turtles cartoon head was placed under the picture of Donnie.
I took a look at the other side and noticed the same thing along with the addition of an MCA logo at the bottom of the box. I pointed these differences out to my coworker who never noticed these irregularities before. As a collector himself, I thought he was going to take the tape back, but he let me keep it. I asked if he knew where he got it from and he could not remember.
I took the VHS Turtles home and excitedly told my not so excited wife what I had found and noticed a few more things were awry on the back of the box! The first critique was not highlighted in red and the info on the bottom of the back was different too.
Finally I pulled the tape out of it's box, now this is where the differences were the most noticeable. This was a rental copy complete with green "Family" sticker and "BE KIND PLEASE REWIND" notice plastered to the tape. I love finding things like this. I wanted to see if anything was different with the actual movie recorded on this tape, so me and the kids popped it in and got ready for some radical action! The movie was exactly the same, except the commercials that ran before the movie were missing entirely!
Later that night I did what I should have done as soon as I got home and Googled "Alliance Releasing Home Video". It turns out this is the Canadian version of the TMNT Movie VHS tape! Who knows how it ended up in my buddy's yard sale, all I know is I am glad I have it! Now the question is, should I start seeking out all the other countries versions of one of my favorite movies of all-time?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Comic Book Pick: 8/1/18

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
INFINITY WARS #1 (OF 6)
As the Infinity Stones come to Earth, so too comes the war for control over them. But none who wield the stones know the truth about the power they contain...or what it would take to bring them to their END. The nature of the universe itself hangs in the balance as we learn the answer to the question on everyone's lips since "Infinity Wars Prime": WHO IS REQUIEM? Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, INFINITY COUNTDOWN) and Mike Deodato Jr. (ORIGINAL SIN, OLD MAN LOGAN) look into the Infinite and bring the truth to light!
(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Mike Deodato
SRP: $5.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com