Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) #1


In a few weeks (August 1, 2014 to be precise) we will see the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie so one more time for nostalgia’s sake I dipped again into my Longboxes to share with you some treasures of years gone by in the for of cover scans from early and not so early appearances of the Guardians in comic book form. I am including under each cover scan the title of the main story and the artists’s credits.

Also check out at the bottom of this post for the 2nd official trailer for the movie. Enjoy.

Marvel Presents (1969) #12

The Shipyard of Deep Space!
Script: Roger Stern
Pencils: Al Milgrom
Inks: Bob Wiacek
Colors: Phil Rachelson [as Phil Rache]
Letters: Irving Watanabe

Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) #1

But Are They Ready for… Taserface!
Script: Jim Valentino
Pencils: Jim Valentino
Inks: Steve Montano
Colors: Evelyn Stein
Letters: Ken Lopez

Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) #25

And Now…. Galactus
Script: Jim Valentino
Pencils: Jim Valentino
Inks: Steve Montano
Colors: Evelyn Stein
Letters: Ken Lopez

Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) #50

Coldly Sublime, Intolerably Just!
Script: Michael Gallagher
Pencils: Kevin West (breakdowns)
Inks: Steve Montano (finishes)
Colors: Evelyn Stein
Letters: Ken Lopez

Aaand here is the trailer.


With the impending release of the new turtles movie on August 8, 2014 I thought that it would be fun to go thru whatever backissues I left in my longboxes. I share with you the results of my search.

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It so happens that I have a 5th printing (1988) from the very first issue of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE comic. the following paragraph is an excerpt from a Wikipedia entry.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984 in Dover, New Hampshire. The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with friend Peter Laird.[3] Using money from a tax refund, together with a loan from Eastman’s uncle, the young artists self-published a single-issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Marvel Comics’ Daredevil and New MutantsDave Sim’s Cerebus, and Frank Miller’s Ronin.[4] The TMNT comic series has been published in various incarnations by various comic book companies since 1984.

The following #1 was published by Mirage Studios on 1993.
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On 1996 the turtles were briefly published by Image Comics.

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Movie poster for Trans formers: Age of Extinction.

Movie poster for Trans formers: Age of Extinction.

I just saw the latest Transformers movie. To sum it up really fast, it is the best robot-porn movie that you can watch this summer. It has so much robot on robot action (beating the cybertronian crap out of each other, of course) that they’ll probably make it illegal in some states on grounds of “cyber-obscenity”.

If you dig giant robots go see this movie.


On June 12, 2014, the Mondo Bizarro Bookstore and Art Gallery in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. presented the Chicacabra Book Presentation and Art Exhibit by International, Eisner-nominated, comic book artist, Tom Beland.

Tom Beland, best known for his multiple Eisner-nominated series True Story, Swear to God, brings his unique storytelling to IDW this June in an all-new graphic novel series, Chicacabra.

Chicacabra is a story infused with the humanity for which Tom’s work is so rightly acclaimed, but this time, Tom has written and illustrated an all-new cast of very human characters in a more supernatural setting.

In Chicacabra, you would think being a young woman in high school would come with more than enough drama, but for Isabel Sanchez that is a mere drop in the bucket of her life. On the outside, Isabel looks and acts like your average Puerto Rican girl but after a family tragedy and then a mysterious incident she finds herself with a monster capable of great brutality living inside her.


Chicacabra (1)


Publisher: IDW

Title: “Chicacabra”

Language: English

Writer: Tom Beland

Penciller: Tom Beland

Inker: Tom Beland

Coloring: Black & White

Letterer: Tom Beland

Editor: Chris Ryall

Cover Price: $17.99

Page Count: 200 pages

Sale Date: June 11, 2014


Plot Synopsis

The following excerpt was taken from a post at the Comic Book Resources web page. Click here for the original article.

“In Puerto Rico, there is a girl, Isabel Sanchez, who could be like any other girl you see in high school… except for the creature who lives inside of her that’s a ruthless killing machine.”



I bought this book with the pre- conceived idea that I was going to read a very fun, very light adventure story about a girl turns into a Chupacabra, I was dead wrong. This is not your run of the mill fantasy tale, no way, this is so much more.

This is the story of Isabel Sanchez, a girl that has lost a lot and also gains a lot; of Uncle Tony, a man who no matter how hard it may be, must be the rock from which Isabel hold’s on; of Angel Muñoz, a young man whose own personal journey crosses paths with Isabel’s. This is a story about the human condition set in today’s frantic society. This is a story about the loss of things that are most precious to us and the pain that comes with that, about how easy it is to destroy someone else’s dreams and how hard it is to achieve forgiveness and redemption on account of such transgression. The Chicacabra is the gravy of that big juicy steak of a story.

After putting together this tale Tom Beland has evolved and moved to the next level in that continuous journey that is the process of artistic growth. He has grown and evolved both as a cartoonist and has a storyteller by getting out of his comfort zone and giving us a story that is written and drawn in a very clear, very direct style in order to bring us not only the dynamic and heart wrenching journey of Isabel Sanchez and her Chicacabra but also he is giving us a most lucid portrayal of today’s Puertorrican youth with all their hopes and dreams together with all their fears and frustrations.

When you read Chicacabra you will find action and adventure, laugh and tears, triumph and tragedy, you will get it all and you will be left wanting more. Buy this book, you won’t regret it.