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I had extra panels that didn't get included in last week's column, so I thought I'd run them here, along with one or two more...

The Artiste

"Groo the Wanderer" #64 was my first Groo comic. In it, Groo becomes a famous artist despite being a crappy artist. At one point, he blames his poor art skills on his brushes, so he switches to painting with Rufferto's backside.

This is a panel from his initial meeting with a much-respected artist in town. I read this panel and realized that Groo was an Internet critic long before the Internet got popular enough to spawn such critics.

As always, this issue was written by Mark Evanier, drawn by Sergio Aragones, lettered by Stan Sakai, and colored by Tom Luth.

Galactus: Kinda Full of Himself

In the '80s, Stan Lee and Moebius did a Silver Surfer story titled "Parable." It's a very pretty book, predictably. I grabbed this panel from it just because I love a good cityscape.

Moebius admitted to changing Galactus' size as the story demanded it, and also that his art style might change from page to page depending on his mood that day. I like to think he was in a very good mood when he drew this page. It's a beauty. The large lettering is perfect for it, too.

Moebius lettered and colored the story, in addition to drawing it all.

X-Babies of a Sort

Like the Kevin Maguire dog piece last week, this came from "X-Men: Millennial Visions." I think the idea is that the original X-Men have aged and are mentoring the next generation of mutants. Chris Eliopoulos combined with Chris Giarrusso for this piece. Professor Xavier's head in a jar is a nice touch, and I love little Gambit's house of cards.

X-Babies and Avengers Go Retro

Drawn and written by Skottie Young, with Jean-Francois Beaulieu on colors and Jeff Eckleberry with the lettering.

I took my daughter to my old comics shop this weekend. It's the one I spent most of the '90s shopping at, and have only visited sporadically since. In fact, the last time I went, I carried her in because she wasn't even walking yet. This time around, she got a "My Little Pony" comic book. I picked up "Giant-Size Little Marvel: AVX" #1.

I dropped more than $8 for that pleasure.

This was a good reminder why I'm not part of the Wednesday crowd anymore. I used to joke when I shopped there regularly that I should pay for my comics by the pound. I spent too much, but I came home with a lot of comics. (This was still the days before trade paperbacks got huge.)

I got two comics for $8 this weekend. This one is only 20 pages long. "My Little Pony" has a cardboard cover, 22 pages of story, a complete story, and no ads in the middle of the story for the same price.

Netflix costs $9 a month.

I know these are all old arguments, and there are easy ways around this, such as on-line subscriptions and collected editions. I've gone with the latter, for the most part. I'm just lucky that I'm part of the "comics journalism" scene, so I have lots of access to review materials.

But, as much as I hate sounding like an old man, I just don't know how people justify spending this kind of money on comics anymore. Even if I didn't have a mortgage, I think I'd have moved to collected editions by now...

So, yes, please get off my lawn.

Oh, and one more thing: The amount of shelf space taken up by comics tagged as "alternate covers" is getting ridiculous. Even shopping for "My Little Pony" comics, I had to explain to my daughter that half the stock is actually the same comic as the other half, but with a different cover. To her credit, she picked up on that right away, and then had fun picking out the cover she liked the most.

There was more than one series on the shelves that, at first glance, I couldn't tell how many issues were available. It looks like two issues, but that might be one of issue #2 and four different covers from issue #1. I think this was the case with the "Lando" Star Wars comic, for example.

These trends come and go. I don't mind the idea of alternate covers, but the ridiculous formulas that retailers have to figure out to know how to order them is insane. Hopefully, sanity will eventually prevail and was can get back to fewer alternates with even distribution, instead of covers based on artificial sales numbers for short term sales gains.

One last tangent: December solicitations are out. Once again, Marvel has missed a Christmas season to publish an oversized hardcover collection of Skottie Young's Baby Marvel covers that would have been the easiest gift book for everyone's Great Aunt Edna to buy them. Better luck next year, Marvel!Twitter || E-mail || Instagram || DeviantArt || Pipeline Message Board || VariousandSundry.com || AugieShoots.com || Original Art Collection || Google+

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