Slate.com had a great review of DC Comics new version of The Flintstones. Gone is the goofy group of cave people that lived in a little town called bedrock. Wilma and Fred are still here but they are less like the Honey Mooners and more up to date in a 1 million year BCE way. More up to date topics are covered – including gay marriage. The dinosaurs are still there and they still have personalities but more than just: “It’s a living.” These dinos reflect on their plight in life. All in all, it looks like a good book and with the first 6 issues being in trade paperback form, this might have to be something that I pick up to read. But my thought is: What if the Flintstones Were More Realistic?
All of that being said, I wonder what it would be like if The Flinstones were a little more realistic:
Family Time? Not so much. Try small groups with no family units. The strongest male is the winner and the ruler. The men would hunt, the women would do everything else, most likely.
The Wheel – No cars with foot power. Not only no cars but really all simple machines would have been out of their reach. Sad non-scientific cavemen. Also, no dino driven washing machines, cameras or record players. Not a single luxury – wait a minute that is the wrong sitcom.
Dinosaurs – Nope, no dinosaurs but they would have had oversized and undersized mammals and lizards. These mammals would have been their main source of food, clothing, etc. And no Dino especially the talking version that we had from time to time in the old cartoon.
Jobs – If simple machines eluded our ancestors, then employment would have been over their heads for sure. Now, that is not to say that Og the caveman might not have been regulated to cleaning the back of the cave but not paying jobs at the local gravel pit for Mr Slate.
Bloody, Short Lives – In reality, without the intervention of the Great Gazoo, the Flintstones would have had very short, very dismal, very bloody lives. Of course, you have to have the Great Gazoo – especialy voice by Harvey Corman.
Just in case you missed the wonderfulness of this statement… Josh Freakin Brolin is Cable.
Now, in case you missed it, Josh Brolin has been acting in Hollywood for a long time. He was a huge part of my childhood, appearing in one of my favorite all time movies: The Goonies. I will be honest though – he kinda dropped off my radar, even though he was still working, until he popped up in Planet Terror in 2007. After 20+ years, Brand from the Goonies had gone and grown up. What replaced him was a leading man that was ready for anything that Hollywood threw at him.
Some of my favorite Brolin flicks:
Old Boy – 2013 – This is a remake of a Korean film. It might be one of the most violent movies I have ever seen and I am a fan of violent movies. Kidnapped and hidden away from years Brolin is looking for revenge.
Men in Black 3 – 2012 – Potentially Mr Brolin, doing his best Tommy Lee Jones impersonation was the best, maybe only, good thing about Men in Black 3.
True Grit – 2010 – You got have special people to remake a John Wayne movie. In this case, you have Brolin and The Dude, I mean Jeff Bridges.
W. – 2008 – Maybe Brolin’s best acting performance ever. He became President Bush. He was W.
Planet Terror – 2007 – Rodiguez + Zombies + Brolin as Dr Block = Cinema Fantastic!
The Goonies – 1985 – This movie was and is my jam! I love The Goonies. It is perfect from beginning to end. And Brolin as Brand might be the best big brother in movie history.
Down to business. When you see Josh Brolin next to images of Cable it seems like such a no-brainer. How did we ever think of anyone else playing this role? He has the look. Ryan Reynolds has a few inches on him in height but I think Brolin will look bigger as Cable. And Brolin definitely has the ability to play the straight guy to Reynolds Deadpool.
I never thought as a comic book collector back in the day digging through long boxes at the comic shop that I would see a Deadpool movie, much less a second Deadpool movie with Cable. Now Brand from The Goonies is playing Cable. Such a wonderful world that we live in.
Go get Neck-Deep in a Long Box! I mean it. I cannot tell you the number of hours I spent, as a kid, digging through back issues in long boxes no matter where they were. Digging through long boxes at a comic book store was one of my favorite activities as a young comic book collector.
The first comics that I ever got, at least that I remember getting were out of the Sears catalog one year for Christmas. Back then, you could get a stack of 50 comics for very little money. I saw the ad in the Sears wishbook and it was on my list to Santa. Christmas morning, I woke up to see this stack of 50 comics. In that stack of comics, from every publisher under the sun, was one comic in particular that really captured my imagination: X-Men 171. For those of you that are not in the know, this is the issue where Rogue joins the X-Men. As I read this story, trying to figure out who all the characters were, I noticed these little notes in the panels. In case you are not aware, these were the citations to other comics, explaining the connections. These foot-notes drove me crazy. I wanted to know who these characters were and why they didn’t want this new super-hero to join the X-men. And who the hell was Carol Danvers?
Those comics stayed around my room for a few years. They were not bagged or boarded. I didn’t even know what bags and boards were at that point. I read them and re-read them. I bought the occasional unconnected issue from the local drug store where my dad was the manager. At that point, the covers of comics drove me to buy not necessarily the content inside the book. Fast forward a few years and my sister is going to college at Mississippi State. She is in class with a guy that owned a comic shop with his brother. It was called Gun Dog Comics and they operated out of their parent’s dog supply company. This was the first comic shop that I ever went into. I was hooked.
The best part about a comic book shop, besides having your own pull box (this is the box where they put al of the comics you subscribe to), is the rows and rows of long boxes containing back issues. Back issues were always my jam. I have been the person sitting in the comic store saying: got it, got it, got, need it, got it, got it. The problem with comic books is the fact that the back issue prices can range from expensive in the long boxes to the extreme if they have become wall books (more on that later).
To defeat the comic shop back issue price conundrum, I began to explore other avenues to expand my collection. My favorite avenue for this was the dirt mall, or flea market is you prefer. I have always been a fan of the flea market but when i started really collecting comics, this became my go to when I was on the hunt. I had a notebook with me collection listed out and I would pile through the long boxes at any flea market I could find looking for comic book gold. Found it a few times as well.
I think this is the part of the digital comic book revolution that makes me the saddest. Young comic collectors today will not know the fun of digging through long boxes like I did as a child, a young adult and a grown man. There is a lost art in the hunt of completing a collection and it makes me sad. So, here is my challenge to you, avid reader, go get neck-deep in a long box. Dig through the $1.00 box at your local comic store or venture into the dirt mall down the street and start checking out long boxes. You might be surprised what you would find.
I Sell Comics is part of the SmodCo network of podcasts. Starring Mike and Ming, this podcasts has at its heart comic books but it covers any and every other topic that happens to cross the minds of the hosts. From interviews to ribbing the folks at Tell Em Steve Dave, from what happened at their last con to what happened on their TV show Comic Book Men – Mike and Ming can discuss any topic and entertain the masses while they do it.
Mike Zapcic is one of the full-time employees at Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Redbank, NJ. He was part of the crew there before they all became pop-culture names. He is now part of the SmodCo network on I Sell Comics and any other show that he is needed for. He is also part of the cast on AMC’s Comic Book Men. Mike is also a walking encyclopedia of comic book knowledge. He has a very even eye when it comes to comics, not seeming to favor either of the big two (DC or Marvel) – though he is a huge fan if Nightwing so he might swing a little more toward the DC line of books. That being said he is able to speak to any of the many titles that he reads or has read.
Ming Chen joined up with Kevin Smith when he was hired to build the original website for Kevin’s brand www.ViewAskew.com. Since that time, back in the 90s, Ming has stuck with View Askew and all of the rest of Kevin’s projects. He is part of the cast on Comic Book Men and he is on every podcast that he can find. Ming has a talent for podcasting and for drawing good conversations out of people that he is interviewing. Add to this a great enthusiasm for whatever topic he is talking about and a being talkative to a fault and you have the best personality possible for a podcast.
One of my favorite parts of I Sell Comics each week is their recap of what has just come out. I used to collect and I enjoyed looking through those new issues and reading every issue that they put in my pull box. Now that I am not an avid collector anymore, it is nice to hear about what is going on in the world of comics from two guys that spend their days working in and around comic books.
I Sell Comics is a big part of my podcast playlist which covers many of the SmodCo podcasts. These two guys always bring a smile to my face and the part I like best is the connection and friendship that they have together.
As a little girl, growing up playing with Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite and Barbie. I thought for sure I would live in my Malibu Barbie Dream House with my hot pink Barbie convertible, but in March 2009, I met my geek. He opened a whole new world and I traded Malibu Barbie’s Dream House for Castle Grayskull and my hot pink convertible for an X-Wing.
What I have learned from my geek:
First, let’s start with comics, we are a Marvel family. Growing up I knew nothing about the difference between Marvel and DC. Since 2009, I have heard my share of reviews of the superhero movies. The Marvel brand won me over. Since the Disney company has produced both movies and TV shows their story lines tie together so much better than DC and Warner Brothers. And it does help that Marvel has Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine aka Logan.
Secondly, I have learned a lot about Star Wars and if only I could have those Jedi mind tricks. At first, I was super-confused by the order of these movies and why George Lucas would make them out of order, but with that said, it probably is one of the great love stories on film and you can only watch them in that order. I have to admit that I did tear up a little when Han Solo met with his death. I still sometimes do get the names mixed – up like C-3PO. My geek has to correct all the time – it’s C-3PO, you know what I mean the gold guy or R2D2, the trash can and the hairy one. Maybe one day I will have the perfect body like Princess Leia in the Return of the Jedi: Episode VI. I can see the smile on my Geeks face that I knew all of these names.
Lastly, but not the last thing I have learned from my Geek is a love of The Walking Dead. It took him about a year and a half to get me to watch the first episode. I am not a fan of Zombies. In fact, they really kind of scare me to death, but if you cannot beat them, join them. I gave it a try and OMG Sunday at 9 Eastern is one of my favorite times of the week. If the Zombie apocalypse happens I hope I have the guts of Rick, the courage of Carol and I hope I would be as bad ass as Daryl and hope I never have to deal with Negan and Lucille.
There is a lot of other geeky things I love about my geek and hopefully, will write more in the future. I love my geek and everything he has taught me about all his Geeky things. We have learned that Grayskull and Malibu Barbie can live under that same roof with a two car garage: hot pink convertible parked beside the X-wing. And who knows if and when that blue Tardis will show up.