Sluggo's colorful visit to a comics shop and subsequent chat with its dashingly handsome owner is meant to distract you from a wee bit of bad news. The debut of my Marvel Mondays series, an chronological issue-by-issue look at the Marvel comic books that were published in 1966, is being pushed back to next Monday, April 16. However, lest we all get too weepy here, the bad news comes as a result of two pieces of good news.
Readers of my message board know that Casa Isabella is again going through a trying time of repairs and renovations. I wasn't expecting progress on this front over the three-day Easter weekend. As it turned out, there was considerable progress.
Our old kitchen cabinets, which we had saved, were hung in our laundry room. A new counter top was bought and installed on those cabinets that were going on the laundry room floor. New carpeting was laid in the laundry room. In short, save for Sainted Wife Barb putting stuff in those cabinets, the official Isabella laundry room is finished.
My son Eddie stripped the wallpaper from our hallways to make them ready to paint for our contractor George. That could be done by mid-week.
Finally, new doors were bought and installed on the closet in our back foyer and our small restroom off the kitchen. All of the hubbub made it difficult and sometimes impossible for me to write, but it sure does look nice. My thanks to Terry and Nora Fairbanks for all their help.
My other good news is that I'm just about finished writing the first part of a comics project I won't be able to talk about until early next year. I'm bringing my work to the client this morning and, if it meets his approval, I will have landed the best-paying comics gig I've had in a decade. It was to complete this work that I had to postpone the "Marvel Mondays" debut.
Sure, I could have rescheduled the debut for later this week, but, let's face it, "Marvel Wednesdays" or "Marvel Fridays," just doesn't sing the way "Marvel Mondays" does. If I learned anything from Stan Lee, it was the power of alliteration.
My thanks for your patience...and my special thanks to Guy and Brad Gilchrist for starring me in yesterday's Nancy strip. I'm a huge fan of what they've done with this classic feature and I read it every day at:
ZERO: Burn your money before buying any comic receiving this rating. It doesn't *necessarily* mean there's absolutely nothing of value here - though it *could* - but whatever value it might possess shrinks into insignificance before its overall awfulness.
ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.
TWO: Basic judgment call. I found some value, but not enough to recommend it. My review should give you enough info to decide if you want to take a chance on it. Are you feeling lucky today, punk? Well, are you?
THREE: This denotes something I find perfectly respectable. There are better books out there, but I wouldn't regret buying this item. Based on my review, you should be able to determine if it's of interest to you. Let the Force guide you.
FOUR: I recommend anything earning this rating. Unless you don't like the genre, subject matter, or past work of the creators, I believe you'll enjoy this item. Isn't it uncanny how I can look right into your soul that way?
FIVE: Anything getting this rating is among the best comicdom has to offer. You should buy/read this, even if the genre/subject matter doesn't appeal to you. It's for your own good. Me, I live for comics and books this good...but not in a pathetic "Comic-Book Guy" sort of way.
Please send material you would like me to review to: