Monday, April 19, 2021

Throwback Jam of the Week: 4/19/21

  Throw on your Timberland Boots and to the mean streets of Jersey as we take you back to the 90's! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK!!

Artist: Fugees
Song: Nappy Heads
Album: Blunted On Reality (1994)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 49
Bonus Fun Fact: This song was the first song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 for the Fugees, It also reached #1 on the Billboard "Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales" chart.

Friday, April 16, 2021

A Box of Deathwatch 2,000!

Continuity comics was started in 1984 by Art Adams as a way of gaining more freedom and money from his original creations. For about 10 years Continuity published some pretty solid comics including Bucky O'Hare, Captain Power and Samuree. In the 90's Continuity started riding the wave of variant covers, gimmicks and cross-over events. The biggest event in Continuity's history would have to be the Deathwatch 2,000 story. 
The story took place in the early 90's and spanned over 20 issues of Armor, Cyberrad, Earth 4, Hybrids, Megalith and Ms. Mystic. Classic even created a set of cards for the event in 1993. I had picked up a few of these packs back in the day and honestly, I thought they were pretty cool. The Adams style art and inserts kept me wanting more. 
Recently, I picked up a box off ebay for around $5. It contained 36 packs with 8 cards per pack. I was really hoping to score an Art Adams autograph card or one of the Ken Griffey Jr. or Shaq inserts.
Yes, Classic included these "Superstars" chase cards in random packs and this was my reason for grabbing this box. There also was a Manon Rheaume card in the set. If you don't know who she is, here is a quick history lesson:
Manon Rheaume, was the first woman to ever play in any of the major North American pro sports leagues. She signed a contract to be a goalie in the Tampa Bay Lightening system. She actually played in a few pre-season games for the NHL's Lightening in 1992-1993, but never actually played in a true season game. She won a Silver medal with Canada in 1988. She spent 5 years in the minor leagues and has since retired.
Okay, enough of that! Let's open some packs! I divided the packs into 4 stacks of 9, so myself and my 3 kids could all partake in the fun. We opened each pack carefully hoping to find a Junior or Shaq...
In the end we did not get either of those cards and ended up getting 1 Rheaume card and one of the cool translucent Hybrid cards.
We also ended up completing 2 full 100 card sets. I can't say I'm disappointed, but for $5 and a few hours of fun, it was worth it.
After we finished opening and did not receive a Junior or Shaq, my wife said I could pick one up off of ebay. I did a quick search and the prices are crazy for the Shaq card! Cheapest I could find was $24!!! Junior was a bit more reasonable at $8. My best bet to get these 2 is to buy one of the 40,000 card sheets Classic had printed up. These can be found for around $2. I guess the hunt will continue!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Comic Book Pick 4/14/21

  The comic book I am most excited to read this week is...

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Pasqual Ferry (CA) Ron Lim
Peter Parker once put on an alien suit that nearly destroyed his life - but what if he'd never taken it off? Ignoring every warning, Spidey embraces the dark symbiote! Haunted by terrible nightmares and exhausted by an endless barrage of bad guys, Peter can't seem to catch a break these days. So when the Hobgoblin attacks, he finds a hero at the end of his rope...and vulnerable to new dark impulses. Spider-Man is about to change his rules - but is it truly Peter who is in charge? Creative powerhouses Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry and Matt Hollingsworth bring you a terrifying tale of a Peter Parker possessed and on the edge!
SRP: $4.99
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Monday, April 12, 2021

Throwback Jam of the Week: 4/12/21

 Throw on your Ruff Ryders Bandana and head to Yonkers as we take you back to the 90's! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK!!

Artist: DMX
Song: Ruff Ryders Anthem
Album: It's Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 93
Bonus Fun Fact: This song, produced by Swizz Beatz, was initially rejected by DMX for not being raw enough! It has since become one of his signature songs. The music video features cameos by Onyx, The LOX, Swizz Beatz and Eve.

Friday, April 9, 2021

DC Bloodlines Cards

For those of you that may not know, "BLOODLINES" was a 1993 crossover event produced by DC Comics in an attempt to introduce new characters to their super-hero universe. The story introduced a parasitic, shape shifting race of aliens that fed on the spinal fluid of humans. The majority of these victims died, while others found that the attacks awakened their dormant super powers. Honestly, it sounds like a pretty cool concept, but the majority of the characters introduced were pretty lame and the execution was a bit iffy. That is probably why this event is forgotten by most comic book fans. The story spanned over 23 of DC Comics Annuals and most notably introduced the character Hitman.
The only issue of this series that I can remember buying off the rack was Superman Annual #5. I bought it because of the appearance of the Cyborg Superman from the Reign of Supermen storyline.
Flash forward to a few days ago when I was at a newly opened store that specializes in vintage toys, video games and cards. I saw this pack in a display case and since I am a sucker for vintage card packs from my youth, I picked it up. It was only $1 and I was hopeful that I would get one of the cool insert cards that included foil embossed "Supermen" cards (1 in 18 packs) and "Superman Exchange" cards (1 in 72 packs). Enough chatting, let's tear open this beautiful foil wrapped pack from Skybox and see what's inside!
Most of the cards in my pack show off artwork from the comics. These are pretty cool and show some of the highlights from the series, but...
The card backs are puzzle pieces! There is no description of what is happening on each card or anything to let collectors know what the story is about. Don't get me wrong, I love puzzle cards, but I feel like a little insight into the action on the front would have helped make this a better set.
The other cards in the pack were character bio cards which tell the powers, origin and first appearances of these new Bloodlines characters on the back. The artwork is very 90's but not bad overall.
The back of the evil alien card shows off her human form with no info on the character. I don't mind this as much as the puzzle pieces because at least you are getting a full look at the character from both sides of the coin. I didn't get any of the insert cards, but in the end I am not disappointed with my $1 investment. At least it gave me a few minutes of enjoyment and the basis for another blog post! Would I attempt to collect the set? No, there are way better 90's products out there that i would rather sink my money into.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Comic Book Pick 4/7/21

   The comic book I am most excited to read this week is...

(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) Marco Santucci/Dexter Soy
As this new Green Lantern series begins, the newly formed United Planets and the Guardians of the Universe hold an intergalactic summit to decide who can best serve and protect the cosmos from danger. With the majority of Green Lanterns called back to Oa, John Stewart arrives alongside Teen Lantern Keli Quintela, whose powerful gauntlet could be one of the most powerful and unstable weapons in the universe. With the entire landscape of the universe in flux, is this the end of the Green Lantern Corps...or a new beginning?
SRP: $4.99
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Monday, April 5, 2021

Throwback Jam of the Week: 4/5/21

  Throw on your freshest head band and head to Flint, MI as we take you back to the 80's! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK!!

Artist: Ready For The World
Song: Oh Sheila
Album: Ready For The World (1985)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 1
Bonus Fun Fact: This song features a fake Brittish accent performed by singer Melvin Riley Jr. because in his words, "I like that kind of accent, so I thought I'd use that sound"!