Comic Book Men: Cryptozoic Men
by Ashley Binion
In this episode, the gang really embraced the title of the series and became actual comic book men.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
The first item the gang saw was ginormous version of the Millennium Falcon. I would give a description of what the ship is and what it’s from, but I would just be preaching to the choir. Only 700 of The Millennium Falcon Extraordinaire were made in 1997 and were used for prop display purposes.
During the podcast side of the episode, Kevin and the guys discussed different starships and pop culture vehicles. Kevin ranked the Batmobile at the top, but I’m not sure I would agree with that. However, it could be said that almost everyone knows what the Batmobile is, so in terms of overall familiarity, he would be correct.
The owner asked for $2,200, but Walt talked the man down to selling it for $1,300. For The Stash, that was a pretty significant purchase.
A man came in the store inquiring about a Godzilla Shogun Warrior figure. It was made by Mattel in 1977. The man wanted to buy it for his kids because he remembered loving his so much. I loved how the Godzilla rolled on wheels and how the fist was able to fire.
On the podcast side, the gang talked about how parents love something so nostalgically, they want their kids to experience it and love it just as much. Kevin talked about watching Star Wars with his kid and how she wasn’t as thrilled with it as he was. I find this to be true. I’ve seen this happen so many times with parents and their children, gosh that even happened to me when I was a kid.
Walt was asking $250 for the piece, but the man talked him down to selling it for $225.
The last item that was brought in was Creepy #1, which was signed by Jim Warren and Frank Frazetta. This book was a horror-comic magazine full of fantasy art. Rob Bruce, resident pop culture expert, was there to price the item at $350. Walt negotiated the price all the way down to $200. Again, that is another item that Walt got at a great rate.
The guys created a comic book. Mike and Ming were in charge of creating characters for the book, while Brad was in charge of script. Ming wanted to do a half man, half pig character. What’s funny is that when they went to pitch the book to Dynamite Comics, his character wasn’t even featured.
Brad had an idea to do a pitch video along with their original plan. Again, Brad was the director of their adventure and it was hilarious. The video had an introduction by the King of Comics, Stan Lee. How do they keep getting Stan to do video introductions? First, in “Con Men,” where he introduced the convention, then in this episode for their book.
They got approval from Dynamite Comics for a five-issue miniseries including figures such as Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, and the New Jersey Devil.
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What is your favorite pop culture vehicle? What nostalgia from your childhood have you or want to pass onto your kids?
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars