Puppies. That's what the internets need. More cute puppies. Anything to distract me from my nasty head cold and you, my beloved TOT readers, from the sad fact that I can barely see the keyboard. I should really get a puppy, preferably one that can type my column and only pee on cars with "Bush/Cheney" stickers. Those people are just asking for it.
In lieu of an actual TOT, please enjoy this selection of aged-in-my-files "Comics In the Comics" from last year.
Our new "Marvel Mondays" series, showcasing the Marvel comics published in 1966, begins on Monday, to be followed Tuesday through Friday with full-sized columns.
You have until sometime after midnight on Monday to cast your votes in our current "Tony Polls":
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.
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