Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How To Succeed In Business The Archie And Moose Way!

Ever wanted to run your own business?  Didn't go to business school and you're not sure how to start?  No problem!  You don't have to get a useless business degree; Archie Andrews and his dimwitted pal Moose Mason can get your business off to a running and successful start!

Are they hawking some kind of business kit you can only purchase at 3 in the morning on some lame infomercial?  Nope!  All you have to do is scan the story below and business success could be yours!!!

Seriously, though, it's probably best you don't apply their techniques to a real-life business; this is a comic book story, after all.  And if you think it's because they dropped out of school, no, that didn't happen.  Archie and friends are still in high school after nearly 80 years!  Anyway, Archie and Moose end up running Pop Tate's Chock'lit Shoppe when Pop comes down with a severe cold.  Can they keep the soda shop up and running or will they run it into the ground?  Why not check out "Nothing To Sneeze At" and see?



       

Glassware?  I'd be more concerned with with the germs he's spreading.  The shop is now a giant petri dish ready to attract hungry and thirsty teenagers.




Oh, please!  What competition?  It's Riverdale, not LA!  Did they just open an In'n'Out Burger around the corner?  A Jack-In-The-Box?  Go home already!


Really profound statement there, Pops!  Do you want that carved on your tombstone?  If you don't take Arch's advice, it could happen sooner than you think!


About time you threw in your two cents there, Moose!  Affirmative with a "D'UH!" thrown in for good measure!  Sharp as a tack, that Moose!


Pop would never think that Archie and Moose would skim the till or even rob him blind!  But does Archie have another agenda in mind, being so adamant when trying to get Pop to go home?  Ever see that movie "The Founder"?


Yeah, because you'd have to go home anyway if the health inspector makes a surprise visit!  Not so much because you're ill but because of that severed pig's head you have in your walk-in cooler!


Now that the old man is recovering at home, time for Archie and Moose to remake the Chok'lit Shoppe in their image.  Archie puts a sign in the window; "Help Wanted - Hot Girls Strongly Urged To Apply!"  Just kidding!

Archie better keep a straight face, though; Moose might pop him one if he snickers over Moose referring to himself as a "jerk!"




Not off to a good start, I see; Moose accidentally tosses ice cream on his dad's head!  Well, no, that's probably not his dad, but what's a middle-aged businessman doing at a teen hangout?  Hmmm....



What do you do?  GO OUTSIDE before you bankrupt the place!


That's right, look at his eyes!  Moose is going all David Banner on your asses!  You might not like what's going to happen next!

Good thing Moose is not a Jehovah's Witness!  Or an Amway distributor!  Copies of "Awake" and bottles of G&H hand soap would become staples in many Riverdale households.



Oh, nice going, Moose!  Now Archie is seriously in the weeds!  A little help here, if you don't mind!


Man, that is depressing!  You don't have family?  Friends?  Just your shop?  If you do try to go back to work now, it probably WILL kill you!  Think about it!


It's great that business is booming, but as long as you're there, Pop, the guys could use a hand.

Oh, right, the "spreading the disease" thing...


So Pop is back home in bed, cup of hot tea with honey and lemon in hand while watching what appears to be "Gunsmoke" or "The Virginian" on the tube, secure in the knowledge that he won't end up in financial ruin with Archie and Moose running things.

But, Pop, I wouldn't get your hopes up about having a "lingering illness;" aside from the fact that you don't want to feel like crap for a lengthy period of time, the guys still have to go to school.  Sure they may be on Christmas break at the moment, but that's not going to last forever.  And their parental units aren't going to allow them to skip school just to run your business!

In any event, get well soon, Pops!

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That's gonna do it for this post!  My new website, www.comiccollecting101.com, will go LIVE in mere weeks!  I'm looking at late Jan./early Feb. for its debut.  If you'd like updates, you can shoot me a line at webmaster@comiccollecting101.com


And I won't forget this blog!  I'll try to have a new post later this month or early next!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Excelsior!!!

Alan,

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Comic Collecting 101 is coming!!!

Hi, kids!

Yes, it's been a while!

But there's a reason why!

I am in the process of building a website devoted to comic book collecting!

Why am I doing this?

Some months ago, I utilized Google to see if I could find any sites devoted to this hobby.

Unfortunately, the closest I ever came was various blog posts dotted across the web addressing the subject.  Nothing that was a centralized hub, however.

So a light bulb went off in my head; why don't I create such a site?

I have quite a vast knowledge on the subject (not bragging here) having been a fan and collector for a cumulative 30 years.

I'm not sure how it's gonna go, but I'm taking a leap of faith and going for it!

NOTE: this site will focus primarily on the fun and enjoyment one receives from comic collecting and not so much (if at all) on market values and investment.  Plenty of sites that cater to investing in and flipping comics, so mine is not going to be one of them.

So keep an eye on this blog for further announcements.  It will probably go live sometime between New Year's Day and Valentine's Day.

Or if you'd rather receive announcements via email, shoot me a line to webmaster@comiccollecting101.com

Feel free to offer suggestions on what you'd like to see on the site.  I have the site pretty much mapped out, but I'd love to hear from you.

And in the meantime, I'll try to get a couple of FBF posts here between now and then!

Till next time,

Excelsior!



And rest in peace,
Stan Lee 
(1922 - 2018)

Alan

Monday, July 30, 2018

And you thought the Archies were the only comic book rock band!

Hi, kids!

Sorry I haven't posted since before Christmas!  In addition to other things keeping me busy in life, I had to deal with a knee injury that happened just before Valentine's Day!  So I haven't had much time for posting as I haven't been very mobile, not to mention having to rehab the knee.  But I'm up and ready to get going once again.

This entry takes a look at The Maniaks.  Who are they, you may be asking?  Well, this fictional rock group debuted in Showcase #68 with little to no fanfare, probably why you never heard of them.  Heard of the Archies, sure!  Then again, Archie Andrews and the gang had been around for about a quarter century by the time some editor or writer at Archie got the idea to slap guitars on Archie and Reggie and stick Jughead behind a drum kit (it would be a few years before Veronica was put on keyboards and Betty allowed to shake it around the stage with a tambourine).

Digressing a bit there.  But have you ever heard of Flip, Jangle, Pack Rat, and Silver?  Yeah, me neither...until I came across this gem on eBay a couple of weeks ago.  So I pulled the trigger and paid about 5 bucks with shipping for Showcase #69 (hey, get your minds out of the gutter).  Personally, I think I overpaid, but I can add this to my campy comics section along with my Cowsills one-shot.  Hey, at least The Maniaks got a second issue!

So now I give you this oddity that debuted about two years before Don Kirshner decided to create a real live Archies ("Sugar, Sugar", anyone?).  I now present DC's contribution to the world of non-existent 60s rock bands, The Maniaks!!!  (APPLAUSE)


So the cover to this train wreck establishes that girl singer Silver is a gold digger!  But can you really blame her?  I mean, the Maniaks are likely not going to hit the big time, and even if they do, they probably won't have the longevity of the Stones, the Who, or Procol Harum.  Better grab that diamond ring while you have the chance, even if it's larger than your head (minus the silver hair).



Yeah, best not to use actual names!  That way, if Plan B has to be put into action, they can easily ditch the hideous clothing, get haircuts, and apply for real estate licenses.  Except for Silver; she can easily slide into a modeling career...or just marry the first billionaire that comes along!


They replaced the traditional Wedding March for this???  And why is no one giving Silver away?

This band is really hard up for cash if they have no choice but to play their bandmate's wedding rather than attend as guests.  I mean, look at Pack-Rat's drum kit.  Looks like he bought it at Toys-R-Us!  Or rescued it from a dumpster!

BTW, the Maniaks' wedding march can be sung to the tune of "Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees!"  Try it!


Did DC hire Foghorn Leghorn as a joke writer?  Sheesh!!!


Check out Slim being so cool and cavalier!  Not so much worried that the guy might end his own life; no, he's worried about blood, guts, and brains being splattered all over the nice, semi-clean street below!  What a guy!


Whoa, where did that come from?  The Alamo?  REALLY???  So if girlfriends and loved ones doesn't get someone to reconsider taking his own life, throw in a historical landmark! Yeah, that'll do the trick!


"WHAT???  You don't know what the Alamo is, you damn Yankee???  You don't deserve to live!  Nope, not going to loan you a history book!  Just jump already!!!"


Damn hippies!  Always taking walks on building ledges!  Next they'll be playing those godawful Jefferson Airplane records till 3 in the morning!  Sheesh!


And the crowd in the background chanting "Jump! Jump! Jump!"  And hey, why not?  Because yes...it's groovy...becoming sidewalk pizza...just...groovy, man...


Yeah, Flip, glad the fire department was on hand to contribute to your antics!  Never mind the eight-story tenement building about 10 blocks away now engulfed in flames because firemen are too busy holding a trampoline!

Yes, Fireman Fred, stop plugging the House of Ideas with your really bad pun!  Didn't catch it, dear reader?  Look again below!  The bold words!  Say them out loud!


"Spied A Man, Spied A Man, at least I never ever Spied A Can..."


You heard Johnny the DC Cop; KNOCK IT OFF!!!  It's bad for sales!  (Oops, too late!)



That's Shea Stadium?  Where the Mets play?  Where the Beatles played?  I've seen minor league stadiums bigger than this!

How did they manage to book this place anyway?  Who do think they are, the Beatles?

BTW, the Stones are playing Madison Square Garden tonight!  Maybe that's why so many empty seats at Shea.  Or maybe some people wanted to stay home and watch a very special episode of "Family Affair." Whichever!



Hey, buddy, being obviously as rich as you are, you would think you'd have more friends...or at least an entourage of leeches who found themselves a meal ticket!  But at least the Maniaks won't lose money on this gig!

As for that last line of lyrics Silver is belting out, does she call the pebble "Dare?"  Just wondering...


So you may actually believe he looks like the person he's impersonating?  Impressive!  This guy could give Rich Little a run for his money...


The audience obviously brought along some acid...


It took Jangle that long to recognize them?  


Richard doesn't talk about his "poor relations," but he has no problem hanging with a struggling rock band!  Got it!

BTW, Flip, Richard is telling you in a roundabout way that your singing sucks!  And he doesn't have the heart to tell you that your turtleneck is trying to swallow your head!


Can't plug that competition across town, but someone doesn't have a problem plugging Batman, both the comics and the TV show!  Holy in-house promotion, Batman!

A handy little runabout, Richard?  With bowling lanes?  Even Richie Rich wouldn't be that gauche! Besides, he's too busy funding genetics experiments that create animals adorned with dollar signs!


Yeah, bowties don't count!  And we sure as hell don't want any dirty, smelly hippies in here!


And like a boss, Richard buys the place so his friends don't have to deal with that snooty doorman!  BTW, Mr. Doorman, YOU'RE FIRED!!!


He bought a Playboy Club?  SCORE!!!


Turn the car around?  That's for peasants!!!


Oh, come on, Richard!  Is this really your first time buying a newspaper?  Or is your comment your way of telling the newsstand dealer to "keep the change?"

And now a word from an agency posing as the Ad Council:


Oh, geez, I hope your idea isn't selling greeting cards to the neighbors...or seeds...or Grit!!!


Yeah, "proper supervision" involves our young job seekers working on that ball field from dawn to dusk with a overseer on site cracking a bullwhip!  And don't even think of trying to go home early or taking a water break!  Oh, and by the way, NO PAY FOR YOU!!!


You won't get paid, but you'll get to stare at pieces of broken glass all summer!  A season well spent!  Riiiiight,,,

And now, back to our show!


Long Island?  Again, like a boss!!!  I'm curious, though; what about the other residents?  Or are they all under Richard's enslav...er, I mean employ?


Wow, this guy could have Richie Rich and his family subletting this place! 

I would probably take up golf if I could play on an indoor course, too!  Texas summers keep me away from the outdoor ones!


Pack-Rat, go help Lurch get a huge-ass cask of wine from the cellar!  And try not to get stepped on or crushed by said cask!


You heard Satan; GET OUT!!!  He's surprisingly patient, though; in no hurry to claim Pack-Rat's soul...



And the puns just keep on coming!  The Cask Of Amontillado written by Edgar Allan Poe.  We get it!


If Thomas could lift the tun by himself, why did he bring Pack-Rat along?  To keep him company?  For a chance to toss him into the fires of Hell?  Good thing for Pack-Rat that Satan rebuffed him!


I'm with ya there, Jangle!  Did Richard really have to twist Silver the gold digger's arm?


But you have to admit she's easy on the eyes!  Yowza!


Yeah, let's save her from a life of wealth and prestige and drag her back into a life of near-poverty!  I'm sure she'll appreciate that!

And what's with that walk?  I think the Monkees did it better!


The Monkee-Mobile is cool, isn't it?


Not to mention Richard wouldn't be caught dead in that mod outfit!!!


His friends know the deal with Silver yet Richard is oblivious to her gold digging!

You know you've got yourself some true blue friends when they'll help pick you up and lower you into your trousers!  And one will even water you so you'll grow up big and strong...


And how is she going to be admitted into the wedding without an invitation or a write-in on the guest list?

Oh, well, no matter!  The faux Mrs. Pipdyke has ponies to play!

Yes, we already saw this!  Are you guys at least getting paid for this gig?


Never mind Ms. Daily Racing Form; somebody say something QUICK!!!


But...but...this is the happiest day of your life!  Why the "deer caught in headlights" look, Silver, dear?


Oh, is that all? What are the odds Richard will go from riches to rags?  The man has more money that Gates, Bezos, and Zuckerberg combined!  Stop being so insecure; it isn't becoming of a gold digger!


And here's a tip for Jangle; forget about the band and spend more time at the race track!


I get the feeling Richard would continue to spend afternoons poolside surrounded by hot chicks, married or not!  If Silver had said "I do," she'd probably do very well in hiring the best divorce attorney possible.

As for the Maniaks, they would be featured in Showcase only once more before fading into obscurity.  Even if they managed to be awarded their own title, it probably would have lasted as long as Brother Power The Geek's run.  Things were really weird at DC during the late 60s, weren't they?

Two more examples of trippy weirdness below!  What WERE those guys at DC smoking?


Like it says on the Inferior Five cover, buy at your own risk!  Or if you've indulged in...um...recreational substances!  Then, by all means, go for it!

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OK, that does it for this post!  Don't hate me too much for it, OK?  And hopefully you won't have to wait another 7 months for the next one!  Soon, OK?  Till next time!

Excelsior!

Alan