Category Archives: Ty Toons

Culture Shock Bun Toons! YAY!

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You’d be shocked at how little culture I have…

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I don’t care.  I’m going to look at things anyway.  Might even listen for sounds.  But clearly eating and drinking are right out.

I can’t wait to meet all the comic fans in India and learn about their creators and comics when I get to the Indian Comic Convention…and that’s on top of learning about their culture and country in general.  This is my first time over the Equator and my first time East of Europe.  It’s like there’s an entire planet out there outside of Canada and Europe.  Who knew?

That means I won’t be here for the Bun Toon next week…it will be a re-run…a good one, but a re-run nevertheless.  See you back here in two weeks, with probably lots of stories to tell of the trip.

Ty the Guy OUT of the country.

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Of course, I already know a thing or two about the sub-continent…after all I DID read Spider-Man India when it came out a few years ago…

Of course, there are local Indian comics, and I’ve been assured these are some of the more popular ones:

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These are the “Fighting Toads”, a set of characters who are clearly NOT based on martial artist turtles or shredding rats in any way, because that would be a lawsuit, right? I’m going to look into this.

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Super Commando Dhruva is sort of the Batman of India (so I’m told), even though he looks a bit more like Nightwing. Anything Batman-like is my jam, so I’m hoping to get one or two issues of this book.

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This is Nagraj…kind of the Superman of India. His super-powers are impressive, and highly snake related. This is probably the closest to an image of the character I can put up on the Bun Toon without freaking out my snake-phobic wife. Sorry hon.

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For last week’s Bun Toon about treasure hunting and good fortune, click here.

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For the Bun Toon Archive, click the silly rabbit in the space helmet.

 

Quick Diagnosis Bun Toon! YAY!

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  Thank god I’ve got socialized medicine.

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This had to have been a mistake in some way.  My MORE FUN #105 is in near mint shape, and should NOT have been in any kind of bargain bin.  I figure it got put in there by mistake, and the guy I was talking to was an employee, and not the guy running the booth, and he simply didn’t know.

I wish I could enjoy that kind of good luck, but I think about the boss coming back from his lunch and finding out his thousand dollar comics went for five dollars.

Ty the Guy OUT!

I have almost the exact same story with a copy of SHOWCASE #9, the first solo appearance of Lois Lane.  

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…though, to be fair, my SHOWCASE #9 is a little beat up…it’s still not beaten up enough to get for under ten bucks, though!

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For last week’s moment of reflection about Paris, click here.

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For the Bun Toon Archive, going back years, click here.

Bun Toons cops out.

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Some day, when I’m not dealing with raw emotions, I’ll probably find a way to post the clever but snide religious satires.

Not this morning, though.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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For last week's light hearted look at "innocent" era Supergirl, click here.

For last week’s light hearted look at “innocent” era Supergirl, click here.

For a Bun Toon archive, click here.

For a Bun Toon archive, click here.

Hop, Hop, and AWAY! BUN TOONS! YAY!

Today's Bun Toon will be the result of exposure to Red Kryptonite and it should wear off in 24 hours.

Today’s Bun Toon will be the result of exposure to Red Kryptonite and it should wear off in 24 hours.

Have you guys checked out the new SUPERGIRL show in CBS this fall?   Too much fun.  It almost makes up for Constantine being cancelled.

Still…if you’re unfamiliar with the MAID OF MIGHT, I’m here to help.

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In my spare time this last month, I’ve been re-reading the Supergirl stories from the Fifties and Sixties in my collection (I have nearly all of ’em).  Wow, what a bizarre ride of sexism and patriarchy it all was back then…just like the prevailing culture.

Thank Rao we’ve moved past all that.

Ty the Guy

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Supergirl has a doppelgänger named “Power Girl”, who is from a parallel universe where the inhabitants all have much larger boobs.

Here the two Karas argue about "who wore it sluttier?"

Here the two Karas argue about “who wore it sluttier?”

Strangely enough, the parallel world version of Kara is quite popular as a cosplay outfit.

Speaking of strange, the following two panels, from an issue in 1959, still sort of freaks people out…

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Then there’s THIS moment.

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It’s worth noting, that Supergirl is also a doppelgänger for Lois Lane, Lana Lang and a woman named Lesla-Lar from Kandor….all of whom can seamlessly disguise themselves as Kara Z0r-el without make-up or preparation.

Superman has the hots for ALL of ’em at one point or another.

Apparently women were interchangable in the Fifties.

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For the Bun Toon from two weeks ago, ALSO about Weisinger-era Superman comics, click here.

For the Bun Toon from two weeks ago, ALSO about Weisinger-era Superman comics, click here.

For last week's Halloween Bun Toon extravaganza, click here.

For last week’s Halloween Bun Toon extravaganza, click here.

For the Bun Toon archive, going back years, click here.

For the Bun Toon archive, going back years, click here.

Spooky True Tales of Halloween Bun Toons!

Boo!  Scared ya, didn't I?

Boo! Scared ya, didn’t I?

I’m doing a personal appearance at GOTHAM CENTRAL Comic Store in Mississauga this morning, so the Bun Toon is going to be a reminiscence of Halloweens past.  For angry subscribers who did not expect a “encore performance” this morning, contact me directly: refunds are available after an exhausting and humiliating process.

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For those in the Toronto/Mississauga area, I’ll see you at GOTHAM CENTRAL in Mississauga!.

Everyone else, enjoy the tricking treating.  Back here NEXT WEEK with an all-new Bun Toon!  I promise!

Ty the Guy OUT! 

For last week's ORIGINAL Bun Toon about Superman comics of the 1970s...click here.

For last week’s All-New ORIGINAL Bun Toon about Superman comics of the 1970s…click here.

For the increasingly un-updated Bun Toon archive, click here!

For the increasingly un-updated Bun Toon archive, click here!

Another Swan Song Bun Toon. Not So Yay!

This keeps happening.   I think this whole "mortality" thing is just awful.

This keeps happening. I think this whole “mortality” thing is just awful.

No preamble.  The Bun Toon says it all.

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Okay, I did end up with Ringo’s signature, but it was at the insistence of a friend, not me.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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The signatures...

The signatures…

Rather than just looking at the artwork, let’s consider the man we lost this week at 89  years old….

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That’s Murphy Anderson, looking dapper in the ever-present suit.

My middle name is “Murphy” by the way, so I had an EXTRA fondness for the only other person I’ve ever met who shares that moniker.

I really do think that these two comic books have more influence on me than any two comics ever published…

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This was the first time I saw the “new” Superman of the 70s…Clark and Lois worked for a TV station, and Lois was starting to dress in modern clothes (Jimmy, not so much.)  The story (by Denny O’Neil) seemed more “grown-up” than the previous Superman stories I read.  This seemed like it was “mine”, and not the old fashioned stuff my older brothers used to read.

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I still have my copies of these two issues, though they have long ago lost their covers (and I purchased nice new copies at a convention).  This one also introduced me to my life-long fondness of Nick Cardy (quite a cover, no?)…as it had a Teen Titans reprint found within.

These two comics started me down my path of obsessive collecting, which led to me learning to draw them (like Curt and Murphy if I could), which led me to working in the biz…

…Which led to me eventually taking Murphy’s job after he retired.

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Yup.  I became Curt Swan’s inker about two years after I met them.  Did it for a while, and it was like nothing I can describe to wake up every morning working your dream job.

Curt Swan and I even co-created ARM FALL OFF BOY, the greatest comic character of all time.

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But enough about me.
Let’s finish off looking at some Swanderson artwork in their prime…from Action Comics #410.  One of those first issues I ever bought, back when I was nine years old….

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Damn.  Look how good that stuff still is!  Every drop of ink is in the right place.

Thanks for the fantastic ride, Curt and Murphy.  You were both unimaginable treasures of my youth, and you are both unimaginably missed.

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For last week's nostalgic and yet, futuristic Bun Toon, click here.

For last week’s nostalgic and yet, futuristic Bun Toon, click here.

For the increasingly un-updated Bun Toon archive, click here!

For the increasingly un-updated Bun Toon archive, click here!

Back to the Future Bun Toons! YAY!

Time machines...the ONLY way to deal with deadlines.

Time machines…the ONLY way to deal with deadlines.

There’s Christmas, Halloween, Birthdays and Anniversaries…holidays that come but once a year.

But THIS week, we’re passing through one those holidays that comes but once in history.

Or twice, if you have a time machine.

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I’m the only guy who likes Ghostbusters 2, and Indiana Jones 4, so I can be bought.  But BTTF II still annoys me.

And yes, I know we wouldn’t have heard about hoverboards if no one released Back to the Future II, but parallel worlds are tricky things.  Best not to question them.

Ty the Guy OUT!

If I could go back in time to the early nineties, I would not buy this comic.

Even with a Gil Kane cover!

Even with a Gil Kane cover!

Speaking of Time Machines and second chances…

Coming Soon: Another kick at the can.

Coming Soon: Another kick at the can.

By the way…the Time Variance Authority is an actual thing…or at least an actual fiction thing.  From FF comics of the 90s, I think Walt Simonson came up with ’em.  They don’t dress as well as Agent X-29-J, though…

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For last week's Bun Toon, click here and travel to another time!!

For last week’s Bun Toon, click here and travel to another time!!

For the increasingly un-updated Bun Toon archive, click here!

For the increasingly un-updated Bun Toon archive, click here!