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

Monday, July 30, 2018

Throwback Jam of the Week: 7/30/18

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: L.L. Cool J
Song: I'm BAD
Album: Bigger and Deffer (Released 1987)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 84
Bonus Fun Fact: Executive produced by Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons. Includes a sample from the theme song to the 1960s cartoon, Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary Cards

Every time I enter a Dollar Tree store, I rush immediately over to the trading card section. Most of the time you can find a nice selection of Baseball, Football, Basketball and Pokémon cards in addition to their comic packs and small novelty items. This time around I picked up a pack of Walking Dead Season 3 cards by Cryptozoic and these Star Wars 40th Anniversary cards by Topps! The Walking Dead cards were kind of plain and really didn't catch my interest, but on the other hand these Star Wars cards are AWESOME!
This Star Wars cards set consists of a 200 card base set and many insert set that include original art sketch cards, autograph cards and a buyback set. I don't believe any of these insert cards are available in the 4-card bargain packs though? Even though you may not have a chance to grab one of these special cards the set itself is excellent and includes character profiles, series highlights, art cards and poster cards! Each card has a foil stamped Star Wars logo on it and glossy coating.  
The card backs are not the best I've ever seen, but the border graphics are nice and they give you just enough info about the image on the front without being too wordy. Needless to say, this is a nice looking set and definitely worth the $1 I spent. Topps has created another great Star Wars set! I may have to see if I can get a box of these on the cheap to see if I can score one of those insert cards. If you are a fan of Star Wars and enjoy looking back on it's history in comics, film and toys I highly suggest giving this set a look. If  you find yourself in a Dollar Tree in the near future, check out the card section and grab a pack of these Topps Star Wars cards, you won't be disappointed.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Throwback Jam of the Week: 7/26/18

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: B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J & Busta Rhymes
Song: Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)  
Album: Space Jam Soundtrack (Released 1997)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: This song never made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the U.S, but it went all the way to #1 in Norway in 1997! The music video was directed by Hype Williams!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Comic Book Pick: 7/25/18

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
DC BEACH BLANKET BAD GUYS SPECIAL #1
It's summertime in the DCU and the bad guys are taking over! Beat the heat with 10 all-new stories by top comics talent starring DC's most spectacular super-villains! In this issue, find out what Mr. Freeze does on the hottest day of the Gotham City summer! Learn what made Grodd such a bad gorilla! Then, while in a small beach town, Deathstroke gets hired for murder by the last person he'd expect! And The Joker and Bizarro team up for a truly weird summer bromance!
(W) Paul Dini, Lee Bermejo, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Tim Seeley, Rod Fontana (A) Carlos D'Anda, Gabriel Hardman, David Williams, Otto Schmidt
SRP: $9.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com

Friday, July 20, 2018

Vacation Time Brothas!

Sorry, no feature post this week. You know why? Cuz it's vacation time brothas! Taking the family out for a little vacation time this week. 20 Years Before 2000 will return to it's normal schedule next week. Thank you and enjoy your summer!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Comic Book Pick: 7/18/18

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #0
A new age of mutant madness begins with the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! This special zero issue is your very first look at the new adventures the guys in green will be getting into this fall! Will the TMNT be able to master their new weapons, or will the weapons master them?!
(W) Matthew K. Manning (A/CA) Chad Thomas
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com

Friday, July 13, 2018

Whatever Happened to The Guys Next Door?

The Guys Next Door was a sketch comedy show that ran on NBC Saturday mornings from 1990-1991. The cast included Patrick J. Dancy, Bobby Leslie, Damon Sharpe, Chris Wolf and Eddie Garcia. The Guys were an actual band that was signed to SBK/EMI Records. Their song "I've Been Waiting For You" made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 list and they released 1 self titled studio album. The NBC program lasted only 13 episodes, but was nominated for a Young Artist Award for "Best Youth Variety or Game Show". They ultimately ended up losing to The All New Mickey Mouse Club, which is one more reason to dislike Justin Timberlake. I always felt it was NBCs attempt to cash in on the New Kids on the Block craze that was sweeping the United States around this time. Take a look at this episode and decide for yourself.
Even though the series was short lived, it did have a pretty big fan following (including my 2 sisters) and they did have some catchy tunes! But, these manufactured boy band pop groups usually have a pretty quick shelf life and The Guys Next Door were no exception.
 But what happened to The Guys Next Door after NBC evicted them from their Saturday morning lineup and the record label kicked them to the curb? I did some digging and this is what I could find!
Eddie Garcia
Eddie had been acting for a few years before becoming a Guy Next Door and appeared in the films Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) and Lambada (1990). After The Guys Next Door series ended in 1991 Garcia continued to act in various television and movie roles. Most notably in Boogie Nights (1997), Bringing Down The House (2003) and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)! He also took his dance talents on the road and danced for Michael & Janet Jackson and choreographed routines for the Dirty Dancing TV series and Jennifer Lopez: Live In Concert!

Patrick J. Dancy
Like Garcia, Dancy continued to act in television for a few decades after leaving The Guys Next Door in 1991. He appeared in a recurring role on the hit sitcom Family Matters as Ted and appeared as a guest star on the shows Living Single, In The House, The Pretender and NYPD Blue. His last acting gig was in 2004 on the TV series She Spies. In 1993 he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for "Best Young Actor Recurring In A Television Series". He lost to Aeryk Egan & Bumper Robinson. They tied for the award.

Chris Wolf
Wolf had been an actor for several years before becoming a part of The Guys Next Door and some might argue that it was his best work. He acted in the films Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) and Tango & Cash (1989). After The Guys Next Door his most high profile role may have been his turn as the Swamp Creature on the television show Big Bad Beetleborgs

Bobby Leslie
After the cancellation of their TV show, Bobby Leslie has never acted again and I really can't find much info on what he has been up to since! The Guys have reunited a few times recently, but Bobby has been nowhere to be found.

Damon Sharpe
Probably the most famous of all The Guys Next Door alumni, Sharpe has created an amazing producing and songwriting career for himself. Over the years he has worked with such A-list talent as Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Nelly just to name a few. He did act on few television shows after Guys. You may have seen him as a Male Student in the Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode "I Robot...You Jane". But his biggest on screen contribution was probably his role as a vocal coach on the hit television series The X Factor.
So there it is, a brief update on where the Guys went after they left next door. It was a short period of time where their star shone bright, but damn it was a hell of a ride. They even had their own board game for cryin' out loud! If that doesn't count as AWESOME, I don't know what does?
Just like every other boy band of the early 90s they left us too soon, but at least they left us with some freakin hot jams!!! Thank you Guys Next Door and may God bless you wherever you are!
For more investigative reporting on some of your favorite icons from the 80s & 90s, check out the posts below!
Whatever Happened to Billy Ocean? Whatever Happened to Chip & Pepper?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Throwback Jam of the Week: 7/12/18

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 Members Only Jacket, cut your hair in the fresh gumby style and slip on your LA Lights as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: 2Pac
Song: I Get Around
Album: Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (Released 1993)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 11
Bonus Fun Fact: Features Shock G and Money-B of Digital Underground. Samples on this song include drums from the 1985 Zapp song "Computer Love" and background vocals sampled from "Step in the Arena" by Gang Starr.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Comic Book Pick: 7/11/18

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is...Spider-Man?! But that's far from all you'll find here -  a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker's job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that's not enough, you'll see a new roommate, new love interests - and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to basics courtesy of Nick Spencer (SECRET EMPIRE, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN) and the Marvel debut of RYAN OTTLEY (Invincible)!
(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
SRP: $5.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com

Friday, July 6, 2018

Ninja Turtles Animation Cel

I would always see this advertisement to purchase authentic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animation cels in the pages of the Archie published Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comics. I always wanted one, but never could find them in any store near me. I just accepted defeat as a youngster and moved on with my life, until I was doing a search on eBay and stumbled upon some listings for TMNT animation cels.
I made a few bids on some of the cels, but only won one of the auctions. It was a scene with April calling from a phone booth. I know it's not the greatest example of animation art, but it is from one of my favorite properties of all time and it's mine!
Here is a closer look at the artwork. This is the first animation cel that I have purchased and I can really see myself starting a collection of these one of a kind works of past pop culture. Next on my list is an actual cel of the Turtles themselves!
I didn't pay much more than what these were actually going for back in the 90s at your local Toys R Us store. I'm glad the price sticker is still on this piece. The price tag itself is now a piece of pop culture history since we will never see these again on any toy packaging again!
The April O'Neil piece did come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Murakami Wolf Swenson Inc stating that this cel was used exclusively in creating the animation for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series! 
I love the packaging for this item. It has this great illustration of Mikey drawing the Shredder! Pretty cool! I will probably have this framed, so I can add it to my TMNT collection. Right now I am working on putting together a specific section in my basement dedicated to only the Mean, Green Machine and this will be a nice addition to my medley of mutant merriment! TURTLE POWER!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Throwback Jam of the Week: 7/5/18

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 sequined glove, cut your hair in the fresh wave style and slip on your Jordans as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Whodini
Song: The Freaks Come Out At Night
Album: Escape (Released 1984)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: NA
Bonus Fun Fact: In the early 80s Whodini was managed by Def Jam co-founder, Russell Simons. As a young child, So-So Def founder Jermaine Dupri served as a backup dancer for the group in the early 80s.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Comic Book Pick: 7/4/18

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
CATWOMAN #1
The wedding night's barely over, but Catwoman's back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who's pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she's attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham's most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn't have enough problems, don't miss the debut of an all-new villain determined to make trouble for all nine of Selina's lives. Don't miss the start of an all-new monthly series written and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominee Joëlle Jones!
(W) Joelle Jones (A/CA) Joelle Jones
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com

Happy 4th of July!!!

It's time to celebrate only as Americans can!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Sonic The Hedgehog Trapper Keeper

I uncovered this official Sonic The Hedgehog Trapper Keeper at a local thrift store buried behind some old electronics. The price was right at $1.99 and now I own the fastest way to keep my doodles in order! This reminded me of my own personal Trapper Keeper experience as a kid.
I believe it was around 3rd grade when I received my first Trapper Keeper like product. It had Garfield on the front, It had a pencil pouch on the inside right next to the 3 ring binder and paper slots. The only issue was that this was not an official Trapper Keeper!
Kids can be cruel at a very young age and they can sniff out a knockoff from a mile away and then use that as ammunition for embarrassment! I love my Mom and as I started to explain this to her it was like I was the Fresh Prince caught in a verse of "Parents Just Don't Understand"! Luckily for me, this bootleg Trapper Keeper featured Garfield and Garfield could withstand the torment of not being an official Trapper Keeper! I loved that Garfield folder and used it for quite a few years until it started to break along the folds.
Decades later I finally became the owner of a true Trapper Keeper and I was very happy! I was always a Mario/Nintendo guy, but I do have a deep appreciation for Sonic and his many games that have graced my screens over the years.
I wonder why these school organizational items fell out of favor with the kids? They featured some of the coolest characters around and were very functional as they kept your homework crisp and your reports in ship-shape order! As a kid I couldn't wait for school to be over, but now I wish I could go back to those 80s grade school days! Thank you Sonic Trapper Keeper for helping me remember those good times! You truly do rock!
Oh and before you leave, here is a look at the inside of this modern marvel. ENJOY!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Throwback Jam of the Week: 6/28/18

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 Kangol, cut your hair in the fresh shaved style and slip on your Zips as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Riff
Song: White Men Can't Jump
Album: White Men Can't Jump Soundtrack (Released 1992)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 90
Bonus Fun Fact: Riff formed as an R&B group in New Jersey and released 2 albums in the early 90s.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Comic Book Pick: 6/27/18

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
BATMAN PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING: HARLEY VS JOKER #1
Harley Quinn knows a thing or two about dysfunctional relationships. When she hears that her old flame is trying to get in the way of a happy new life for one of her best friends, the Maid of Mischief tracks The Joker down to give him a piece of her mind - and maybe a few blows from her hammer, too.
(W) Tim Seeley (A) Sami Basri (CA) Rafael Albuquerque
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com

Friday, June 22, 2018

Marvel Annual 2017 Cards!

Oh man! I couldn't believe these when I spotted them at a local Dollar Tree store. Upper Deck Marvel Comics cards for $1...YES PLEASE! There are 4 cards per pack, which is standard for Dollar Tree card packs and the odds of grabbing an insert were pretty good! The insert sets are "In Memorium Cards" (1:10), "Rookie Hero Cards" (1:10) & "Comic Cover Cards" (1:1.25). I grabbed one pack just to see what was inside and I was not disappointed. Here is what was inside.
I got a Quicksilver, Slizzik & Jessica Jones base card. These pieces of cardboard are slices of laminated perfection! The artwork is very nice, the layout is solid and each card has silver foil stamping! I am a sucker for shiny things. Time to flip 'em over!
We have some nice cover artwork featuring each card specific character and a very short snippet of what happened to them in 2017. This set is sort of a yearbook for Marvel's characters. But the greatest thing about these cards is the Attributes meters! Who knew Jessica Jones has an intelligence level of 2! I do question the ranking of Quicksilver's speed at only a 5. Isn't he supposed to be the fastest mutant alive? I mean even Slizzik's speed rating is a 6! I call shenanigans on this one. Either way these rankings remind me of my favorite Marvel cards of all-time, Marvel Universe Series 3!
I did end up pulling one of the insert cards from this pack. I got a "Rookie Heroes" card of Ironheart
I will be picking up more of these cards from the Dollar Tree. I may not get the whole set, but the fun is in the chase! Take a look at some more of the cards in the unboxing video below!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Throwback Jam of the Week: 6/21/18

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 Gold Chain, cut your hair in the fresh shaved style and slip on your Nikes as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Lost Boyz
Song: Renee
Album: Legal Drug Money (Released 1996)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 33
Bonus Fun Fact: A remix of this song was featured on the soundtrack to the Wayans brothers film "Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood".

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Comic Book Pick: 6/20/18

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
BATMAN #49
"THE BEST MAN" part two! Now it's up to Catwoman to rescue her one true love. It's the Cat vs. the Clown in one exciting showdown that sets the stage for our giant anniversary issue-and the biggest union in comics!
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Mikel Janin
SRP: $2.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com