Published On: Tue, May 20th, 2003

‘Punisher’ movie, comic books, ‘Spawn #1’ and Top Cult Movies

With the announcement of the “Punisher” coming to Tampa, I wanted to discuss Punisher #1 and Punisher War Journal #1: key back issues. These two comics were seriously hot commodities ten to fifteen years ago ($20-$50 market price) but have since fallen to obscurity.

Punisher comic book #1 MarvelIf fact, you may catch some collectors who will be elated to take get a dollar for these comics (Wizard list price is $5) There were in my garage sale box. Thomas Jane, John Travolta – a worthwhile cast don’t necessarily mean a worthwhile movie.

A superior movie doesn’t always translate into collector interest. So, on the heals of the big “Punisher” announcement: will Punisher comics become nostalgia or stay in the garage sale bin?

Time will tell.

 So it begins. Hulk: Grey will feature the red-hot Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. Hulk: Nightmerica, a six-part mini-series, will present new characters and a top secret new villain. An exclusive Alex Ross cover (variant) will be available at the convention in Philadelphia – more info at www.wizarduniverse.com. More next week.

Batman 608-612 (and beyond) is a still super hot commodity. Wizard claims it the first time a DC Title has nailed down the number one list three months in a row. BEWARE: there are now multiple printings of these issues.

$700 for Spawn #1: Yep. A perfect pristine copy of Spawn #1 – that’s CGC 10.0 – was listed at $699.99. What an abomination.

Mainstream news has now picked up the story involving a lawsuit involving in-line skating magazine Rejects. The April issue included a free DVD, but 10% of the distribution was mixed up with “Hard Hat Pigs”. A young boy viewed the pornographic material after purchasing the magazine at a Barnes & Noble. So much for those little plastic visors blocking the covers of Vanity Fair and Cosmo “protecting” my children from “inappropriate material”.

This week’s Entertainment Weekly lists their Top 50 Cult Movies. I wonder how they define “Cult”?

Successfully placing “Rocky Horror”, “This Is Spinal Tap”, “Eraserhead”, “Freaks”, “Chainsaw”, “Harold and Maude” and others – what is “Scarface” and “The Shawshank Redemption” doing on the list? Lastly, I was unaware of the “Office Space” frenzy that is embedded in our society. I guess I don’t know cult – at least not EW’s “cult”.


To Andy Lalino’s anti-Pixar disdain, my kids have the countdown to “Finding Nemo” release on May 30.

This is encouraged by my animal loving anti-“Matrix” wife as they now quote the trailer: “First we were like ‘whoa’, then we were like ‘whoa’, then ‘whooooaaa.’” I’m losing my mind.

Bruce Jones on Hulk and Garth Ennis’ Punisher – the reason these characters make it to the big screen.

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON


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