Random Pulls from the Bargain Bin
This Column Originally Ran on Comics BulletinIn these economic times, finding inexpensive entertainment is difficult. Thank goodness for the local comic shop and a slew of comics nobody cares about anymore! Each week Daniel Elkin randomly grabs a comic from the bargain bin (for 50 cents) to see what kind of bang he can get for his two-bits. These are those tales.
January 18, 2011 – paid 50 cents for:
SYLVIA FAUST #1
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Jason Henderson
Art by: Greg Scott
Colors: Leslie Ann Barkley
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
THAT IS THE CHERRY ON THE CAKE OF MY DAY.
- The Summer Olympics were in Athens, Greece.
- Governor James McGreevy of New Jersey announced he is “a gay American” and resigned.
- Thieves with guns stole Munch's The Scream from the Munch Museum in Norway.
- From a bridge in Chicago, the Tour Bus for the Dave Matthews Band dumped approximately 800 pounds of human feces onto a tourist boat.
- Insane Clown Posse released Hell's Pit
- Leviathan is released by Mastodon
- Johnny Bravo is canceled
- Video Game company Acclaim declared bankruptcy
- Alien vs. Predator opened in theaters.
- Rick James, Elmer Bernstein, Fay Wray, and Julia Child all died.
Normally I can take all these disparate events and get a general feel for the zeitgeist of the moment. This time, though, August 2004 eludes me. I can't see the pattern. I can't put the pieces together.
But I think I know why.
In August of 2004, Image Comics released issue #1 of Sylvia Faust and it pulled everything all together within itself and left us wanting more.