Wednesday, December 30, 2009

with some help from the SILVER AGE!


LOOKIE HERE BOOZE-HOUNDS (and soft drink aficionados)!

In time for a NEW YEAR'S EVE toast, from their new "SILVER AGE" collection comes a NEW 'TOON TUMBLER from those folks at PopFun Merchandise...

"Silver Age"

Like most of their wares, this 'Toon Tumbler holds a full pint of your favorite cold beverage and is very well made.

As if stepping out from the "corner box" of old and standing astride the old Silver-age Marvel Comics Group logo, Doctor Strange and his original title logo are featured prominently!

The artwork for this pose was taken from the cover to STRANGE TALES v1 # 160 by Dan Adkins.

Oddly, that choice meant that someone from PopFun would have to "fill-in" the parts of the illustration that were concealed by other figures on the cover.

Take a look.

The golden edge design and both feet are the biggest items that required fill-in touch-up art.
The art touch ups are ok.
Personally, it seems like Doc's feet might be a little short, but not by much.
The gilded edge-work is ok. It's in the same style and patterns as the "real" cover art.

All in all the only error that is plainly evident is that someone colored the inner part of the cloak as being "yellow" gild (as seen under Doc's left arm) when it should be red (see the cover).
That's a common mistake from colorists. Too many have misenterpreted something as being a continuation of the yellow edge-work, when it really isn't.

Hopefully, you'll be drinking some good nog from this otherwise BEAUTIFUL tumbler and won't be able to notice the one flaw.


As any long-time reader of this blog knows, this is not the only DR STRANGE 'Toon Tumbler that I have featured here.

There were a couple of others - which can be found at this linkee [HERE].
One was exactly a year ago, and the other was from within days of my starting this here blog.
Those were both variants from the "BRONZE-AGE" collection.

Still, the overall quality and beauty of these products continue to be fantastic.
Available from their website for a mere $10.99 (plus shipping) this item can be yours.
(or any of the other 12 new "Silver Age" tumblers - featuring such heroes as:
Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Hulk, Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron-Man, Daredevil, Thor, Fantastic Four (group), The Thing and the Human Torch!)

Sadly, they seem to have discontinued the special packaging that was previously available with prior tumblers. Sad. It was nice.

Anyway, visit their web-site [HERE] and order yours now - and tell 'em that Sanctum Sanctorum Comix sent ya.
(not that I'll get anything, but I like helping out - and that feeling when my ears buzz... unless it's tinnitus... still, nothing that a good drink won't help me ignore.)


***Behind the scenes factoid***

I had originally meant to feature this tumbler in yesterday's "...And now a Word from DOOM!" post (as seen [HERE]), - in fact, it was the entire reason for that video-clip - but the Doctor Doom head mug I used was obviously a better choice.
Anyway, there's no shortage here of goblets and tankards from which I may imbibe and slake my thirst!


Anyhoo, until I suffer from CirrhOSHTUR of the liver...Here's a toast to YOU!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

...And now a word from DOOM!
Episode III


Yet again, Dr Doom takes a moment from his busy schedule of planning world domination to impart one word of his magnificent wisdom upon us all.

What shall he say today?


--- And now a Commercial Announcement ---

This post brought to you by...


The ONLY NOG approved by DOOM!


- That NOG label could be the worst bit of "Design" I've ever done. Hastily done or not.
If it were an ACTUAL product, it wouldn't be so busy, but as a one-shot prop, it has to have a bunch of elements that might not normally be required. Or at least - laid out better.
But, I'd imagine DOOM's ego being so rampant that ALL Latverian product must require his "seal" of approval upon them, and that seal should take up 1/3 of the top portion of the package and/or label.

- Hmmm... speaking of shoddy-looking... Castle Doom is looking a tad shabby there. Draperies all mussed up and junk.
You'd think that there would be constant clean-up and tidying crews of Doombots (or serfs) who would tend to these things, what with the constant invasions and battles.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

...And now a word from DOOM!
Episode II


Once again, Dr Doom takes a moment from his busy schedule of planning world domination to impart one word of his magnificent wisdom upon us all.

What shall he say today?


- This is wrong on EVERY level. **

** (But... it does seem quite comfy.)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

...And now a word from DOOM!
Episode 1

Dr Doom takes a moment from his busy schedule of planning world domination to impart one word of his magnificent wisdom upon us all.

What shall he say today?

(humbug!) *

-personally, I like how the credits are longer than the actual vid.
* (and that DOOM feels above the limitations of the "one word" restrictions, thus getting two words in via guile)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Diablo ex Machina
Blogging about NOT blogging is a sin

There are many times in my life that I feel cursed and put-upon by fate.
Such times are when I feel kinship most with lovable perennial losers like "Peter Parker", Howard the Duck or, maybe even moreso... Richard Rory
(close friend of the Man-Thing. Look him up on your interwebs... or just use the handy link by his name)

Usually, I take these things in stride, (with the occasional burst of colorful ephithets and expletives,) all the while realizing that things could be worse.

Under normal circumstances, these speed-bumps in my road of life aren't things that others might notice, as they may not impede my way completely in whatever tasks that need be done.

However, in the case of my blogging... the latest incident is the equivalent of a tire blowout and I have no real spare (or more accurately, I DO have a spare, but I don't have the jack).

If "Deus ex Machina" means "God from the Machine", a way of saying that some powerful force - usually one for "good" - is tampering with the natural order of things in the material world, then I am suffering (perhaps fairly literally) from the opposite; "Diablo ex Machina" - the DEVIL from the Machine... or perhaps more accurately... devil IN the machine.

As any of you who have been readers of this blog may know, I have been utilizing a laptop on-loan to me from a good friend (after "my" laptop had to be returned to my former employer after I was downsized). Well, sadly, it seems to have popped a cog and gone to Hardware Heaven.

Now, I honestly don't know if the problem is that I gave it some kind of worm or virus via junk software downloaded (even though MACs don't suffer from viruses under normal situations, if you download and run a bit of bad joob-joob, it's still going to fritz out on you) or if it was something beyond my doing or control.

My buddy had told me that it was broken before he loaned it to me, but had been able to get it repaired before he did so. However, he would be unsure of how long that fix might last, before it might crap out again.

It would seem that time has come.

This is one reason why I have yet to post my reviews of many comics and animated appearances of Dr. Strange (and others) that I had intended.

This is just my long-winded way of saying that, even though I DO have other computers, that my blogging has been seriously curtailed by this event, since the only real "free" time that I have to devote to this blog is at late night hours, where I would usually work into the wee hours of morning. Something that could almost exclusively require a portable device so that I would be free of the risk of waking anyone (female or feline).

I'll try to get back to this.
The blog posts are backing up (and have been since my initial layoff in April 2009), and I was only just starting to break out of that bottleneck before this occurred.

Bear with me folks.
Hopefully I'll be able to work a bit of Necrotech, and revive the dead thing.
As Doctor Strange has said on multiple occasions;
"My abilities are limited in their effect on the physical world."

R.I.P." l'il mac on-loan-from-a-friend"