Noncomics: Judge Dredd Beginners’ Books

The 1995 Judge Dredd movie -- the one starring Sylvester Stallone -- is generally not highly regarded among Judge Dredd fans. While there are some who do really like it, they're outnumbered by those who dismiss it, or even despise it. And there are those who see it more as a misfire than anything else. … Continue reading Noncomics: Judge Dredd Beginners’ Books

Noncomics: Marvel Chillers – The Frightful Four

When the Fantastic Four's creators Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were on top form -- specifically around the middle of their 102-issue run as a team -- the comic truly was spectacular stuff, with scenes and storylines that have rarely been surpassed since. Not that the rest of their time together was ever less than … Continue reading Noncomics: Marvel Chillers – The Frightful Four

Noncomics: KP Outer Spacers Free Space Posters

In the late 1970s, uncoincidentally around the time Star Wars was released and gave science fiction a massive boost in popularity, KP Snacks released Outer Spacers. Subtitled "Crispy Corn Snacks for Cosmonauts" these were cheap but tasty fried snacks -- sort of a sci-fi version of the more famous Monster Munch -- available in a … Continue reading Noncomics: KP Outer Spacers Free Space Posters

Noncomics: Making Superman’s Shield

For a change, today's article isn't about something created by someone else... this is a vanity project! (In stark contrast to the pure altruism that drips from every other article on this blog...) If you're a regular reader of this blog you'll likely be aware of my interest in logos and symbols, particularly when it … Continue reading Noncomics: Making Superman’s Shield

Noncomics: Superman: The Man of Steel – A Which Way Book

This 1985 paperback book opens with a warning: "Do not read the pages in order. If you do, the story will make no sense at all." Ah, the noble "choose your own adventure" experience! Game-books like this were all the rage back before we had convenient interactive electronic entertainment. The book looks like a proper … Continue reading Noncomics: Superman: The Man of Steel – A Which Way Book

Noncomics: Spider-Man – “Bells of Doom!!”

Spider-Man: Bells of Doom!! is one of a series of audio adventures based around your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. When I was a very young kid I thought that phrase meant that he was only the Spider-Man for friendly neighbourhoods, and I always wanted to see the Spider-Man who swung around the hostile neighbourhoods. Over four … Continue reading Noncomics: Spider-Man – “Bells of Doom!!”

Noncomics: X-Men – Morlock Madness

Having recently featured the first two novels based on Marvel comics -- The Avengers Battle the Earth Wrecker and Captain America: The Great Gold Steal -- I decided it might be interesting to take a look at a few of the other noncomics in my collection. What is a "noncomic"? Well, that's the industry-standard term … Continue reading Noncomics: X-Men – Morlock Madness