Toy Commercial Tuesday: Micro Machines Super Van City

While at my folks’ place a few weeks back, I looked through a bunch of boxes in the garage, mostly toys. I was looking for a trip down memory lane, but also a few things I could bring into the house for my kids — now five and two — to play with. So, when I found the Micro Machines box, I was pretty excited. The kids had a great time playing with the tiny vehicles plus the larger plane and boat I found.

It wasn’t until the last day that I looked through another box and found the Super Van City. What could have been! Oh well, it’ll be fun to break out next time we’re at the cottage! That is one cool playset made even better in my eyes because of the transforming nature. You could have made a stick that transformed into a tree with a few flips and twists and I probably would have been in love with it back then.

Moore, Moore, Moore: Miracleman Book One – A Dream Of Flying

miracleman vol 1 a dream of flying I recently realized that, while I greatly respect Alan Moore as a writer, I haven’t read much of his work. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is one of my favorite things ever and Tom Strong definitely did something cool to my brain, but what about all that other work?

My main source of comic book news and inspiration growing up was Wizard. Say what you will about the publication I would eventually go on to intern and then work for, but in the 90s, in addition to bestowing the virtues of all things Image and awesome, the monthly also told a generation of readers about Alan Moore’s work beyond the ever-present Watchmen, specifically and most memorably Miracleman.

Originally published as Marvelman in England, the character actually goes back to the 1950s, but eventually came under the creative guidance of Moore (and later Neil Gaiman!). Mick Anglo’s creation was your basic 50s hero with a wild, alien-based origin, a stable of sidekicks and even more menaces to face. By the time Moore, Garry Leach and later Alan Davis worked on the character in the pages of Warrior, though, he turned into a dark mirror by which to examine not just the early days of this character, but the entire history of comics. Continue reading Moore, Moore, Moore: Miracleman Book One – A Dream Of Flying