Pulp

The holidays are over (Well not counting New Years, but that’s less of a holiday and more of a fixed point in time), which means I won’t be reviewing anymore Christmas figures for at least another 12 months. Hooray! As fun as reviewing holiday toys has been for me, I’ve received a lot of toys either as gifts or personal purchases over the past month and I really want to crank out some of these reviews.


Which brings us to Nemo Publishing’s Commander X! This is not the first time I’ve mentioned Commander X here on this blog, in fact it’s the fourth time for those counting at home and it started with this little Figure Comic that I put together using this toy. Since Commander X is still on sale at CaptnEli.com till the end of the month I figured it was time I sat down and truly did a review of the big guy himself.


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It’s rare you come across such nice folks online, but the Capt’n Eli team are excellent. They caught wind of my Commander X comic and enjoyed it quite a bit. In addition when I had a minor issue with my Commander X figure, they were super quick to make it right. Since I’m obviously a fan, it only makes sense that I mention that you can get your own Commander X figure at their website http://www.captneli.com/ as well as buy their comics.

This isn’t a sponsorship post, it’s just good feedback to those folks. Jay, Tami and the crew over there obviously care about their product, their characters and most importantly their customers and fans. That’s a rare feat these days, so go check them out. If you end up buying something, tell em’ Infinite Hollywood sent ya.

So yesterday I recieved my Mego-style Commander X in the mail. I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this figure for a while. He just seems like a lot of fun. Commander X is a classic pulp style hero, so when I recieved him I thought I’d make a simple little comic. I braved the blistering below zero weather to make this comic so I thought I’d share with you.

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Behind the scenes information:

– Although my Mego collection is growing daily, many of my Mego figures are pretty recognizable. With no villain that wouldn’t be recognizable, I decided why not go for someone really recognizable. Thus I came up with the idea of using George Washington. The evil Doctor Washington is a shape shifting terrorist from the 23rd Century who runs around in the form of George Washington while causing havoc.

– I imagined this a bit of a sequel to the actual Commander X comic book from Jay Piscopo. In Jay’s debut Commander X comic he meets up with the Yeti. It made perfect sense to get these guys out in the snow and use my awesome Yeti figure.

– One panel kept screwing up so even though I fixed it twice it still shows up in the final copy. It’s a minor thing though and I was tired, so I left it.

– In my mind I was going to have a big fight between Commander X and Washington before the Yeti showed up. However my brain was slowly freezing as it was negative ten with wind chill factor outside. I had started setting up rather haphazardly so I was good and cold by the time I was ready to shoot.

– The snow was just about perfect level where it was deep enough for convincing Mego snow, but not too deep.

– For the weapons and bomb I used GI Joe bits and pieces. 3 3/4 Joe stuff doesn’t really fit into Mego scale but it’ll work in a pinch. I liked the work I did on the bomb and thought it fit well. I had a long bomb sequence in mind, but again I was freezing.

– The REAL Commander X is property of Nemo Publishing and no copyright is implied or intended here. I’m just a fan.

Let me know if you’d like to see more or if you enjoyed this sort of thing.

I’m a big fan of the old pulp comics and Flash Gordon has become a recent obsession of mine. With that I decided to revisit the old Flash Gordon 1980’s epic in all its remastered DVD glory this past weekend. Along for the ride was my poor girlfriend who hadn’t the slightest clue who Flash Gordon was, despite watching a bit of the Sci-Fi revival TV show with me a few years back. Needless to say it made for an interesting experience.

It’s been at least a decade if not longer since I’ve seen Flash Gordon. I was surprised how well it held up. Now that might catch me some flack, but you know what? Screw it. Flash Gordon is an entirely enjoyable movie. Especially the recent DVD release. Outside of probably a handful of effect scenes, the movie looks REALLY good.

Flash himself is played to be a bit more of a bumbling goof than in previous incarnations and perhaps a lot of the movie is tongue in cheek, but the movie is never directly played for campiness. It’s inspired by some camp, it pays homage to the old serials, but it never crosses the line into parody. Thank goodness for it too.

I really loved this movie. It’s so beautiful, even by today’s standards. The sets, the colors, oh man the colors. Every outfit is bright, blinged out and even the skies of Mongo are like some day-glo tye dye trip. It’s impressive.

The plot is a bit weak, though honestly practically 100% true to the origins of the comics and the dialogue is pretty boring and weak throughout. Yet this movie delivers on the fun and light hearted adventure that Flash Gordon should be. In fact if it wasn’t for the Lizard people, whose costumes are downright 1960’s Star Trek bad, this movie would be playable today.

That’s not to say this movie is perfect. It’s not. Still, when so many terrible movies come out every week to the theatre, this is perfectly enjoyable. I found myself enthralled in the vintage sets, costumes and old school Flash Gordon feel. I don’t think everything has to be so intense and blood soaked. This movie feels like an updated old serial, which is exactly what it’s supposed to be.

Flash Gordon is not a great movie. But it darn sure is a fun movie. Flash remains a property that could probably be revisited and brought into modern times in a revolutionary way. So long as it doesn’t come about in the crappy halfhearted way that the Sci-Fi series did. That show, was an abomination of all that is holy and quite possibly the worst drek every to be spat up by that network.

No wonder my GF forgot Flash Gordon after that terrible Sci-Fi show. As is, I doubt this movie made her a Flash Gordon fan. Still it reinvigorated my love for the property and I applaud all things Mongo. Even Steve McMichael.

I’m a big fan of the old pulp comics and Flash Gordon has become a recent obsession of mine. With that I decided to revisit the old Flash Gordon 1980’s epic in all its remastered DVD glory this past weekend. Along for the ride was my poor girlfriend who hadn’t the slightest clue who Flash Gordon was, despite watching a bit of the Sci-Fi revival TV show with me a few years back. Needless to say it made for an interesting experience.

It’s been at least a decade if not longer since I’ve seen Flash Gordon. I was surprised how well it held up. Now that might catch me some flack, but you know what? Screw it. Flash Gordon is an entirely enjoyable movie. Especially the recent DVD release. Outside of probably a handful of effect scenes, the movie looks REALLY good.

Flash himself is played to be a bit more of a bumbling goof than in previous incarnations and perhaps a lot of the movie is tongue in cheek, but the movie is never directly played for campiness. It’s inspired by some camp, it pays homage to the old serials, but it never crosses the line into parody. Thank goodness for it too.

I really loved this movie. It’s so beautiful, even by today’s standards. The sets, the colors, oh man the colors. Every outfit is bright, blinged out and even the skies of Mongo are like some day-glo tye dye trip. It’s impressive.

The plot is a bit weak, though honestly practically 100% true to the origins of the comics and the dialogue is pretty boring and weak throughout. Yet this movie delivers on the fun and light hearted adventure that Flash Gordon should be. In fact if it wasn’t for the Lizard people, whose costumes are downright 1960’s Star Trek bad, this movie would be playable today.

That’s not to say this movie is perfect. It’s not. Still, when so many terrible movies come out every week to the theatre, this is perfectly enjoyable. I found myself enthralled in the vintage sets, costumes and old school Flash Gordon feel. I don’t think everything has to be so intense and blood soaked. This movie feels like an updated old serial, which is exactly what it’s supposed to be.

Flash Gordon is not a great movie. But it darn sure is a fun movie. Flash remains a property that could probably be revisited and brought into modern times in a revolutionary way. So long as it doesn’t come about in the crappy halfhearted way that the Sci-Fi series did. That show, was an abomination of all that is holy and quite possibly the worst drek every to be spat up by that network.

No wonder my GF forgot Flash Gordon after that terrible Sci-Fi show. As is, I doubt this movie made her a Flash Gordon fan. Still it reinvigorated my love for the property and I applaud all things Mongo. Even Steve McMichael.