Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mego-style Blue Beetle...the Adventure Continues!

After the multiple Ted Kord appearances in "Convergence", I decided it was time to get back to work on my custom Mego-style figures. Since I'd made the decision a while back to work on secret identities first, the only one I hadn't tackled yet was Ted. Golden age Dan was easy...he was a cop. Silver age Dan was also a breeze...he was an archaeologist. Even Jaime was pretty simple. But Ted? Ted was a challenge! What is Ted? An inventor? A student? A CEO? An every man? All of them really, at one point or another. So taking my inspiration from the Paris Cullins/Len Wein run I came up with this...the every man in a lab coat!

Is it perfect? No...but it works for me...for now. I'm still relatively new at this, so I purchased the head and clothes from Figures Toy Company, but repainted the eyes/eyebrows a bit in an effort to give him a more Paris Cullins-like expression. I'll have plenty of time to learn the ins and outs of sculpting and sewing clothes when I move into part two of this project...

Here's a nice shot of Ted, reunited with his mentor and friend Dan Garrett.

There they are, Dan, Dan, Ted and Jaime...the Beetles! And there you have it, secret identities completed. Maybe I'll revisit them again when I get a hang of sculpting, but for the immediate future...heroes will be the next challenge! Wish me luck!

Once again, thanks again to Anthony Durso of the Toyroom for the awesome custom boxes!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Blue Beetle #4 (Fox) Part 4

Hey Beetlemaniacs! Welcome back! Here's the final story from Fox Features Syndicate's "Blue Beetle" #4, Dan Garret rescues an heiress from a haunted house!

Join us next month for more golden age fun!

(click the pages to enlarge)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What the Kaji Dha? Where's Blue Beetle?

Over the last few years working on this blog though I've grown to have a greater appreciation for the character, the history, and the legacy of Blue Beetle...but sadly, he's now missing!

The golden age Dan Garret, the police officer, has been virtually ignored by DC. He was included in the DC Comics Cosmic Card series as part of the Hero Heritage subset, but hasn't been seen since. He was revamped for Alex Ross and Dynamite Comics "Project Superpowers"...and given the name "Big Blue". The original Blue Beetle is in the public domain so just about anyone can grab him up, unfortunately no one seems to do it very often, and his recent appearances are few and far between.

It's been quite a while, five years maybe, since DC published anything featuring Dan Garrett. There were appearances in books like "Booster Gold" and the "DCU Holiday Special", even some nice legacy moments in the pre52 Jaime Reyes "Blue Beetle" series...but for the most part he's been forgotten, which is sad. While covering his Charlton adventures, and looking at his "Secret Origins" appearance for an recent podcast guest spot, I've developed quite a fondness for him!

When "Futures End" begin with the Free Comic Book Day special issue in May of 2014 we got the first glimpse of Jaime we had since the cancellation of the short lived "Threshold" in August of 2013. Of course, it was set 35 years into the future and Jaime was being converted into one of Brother Eye's cyber-bugs by an equally assimilated Booster Gold. He had another appearance in "Futures End" #2, among the many heroes at Green Arrow's funeral...and then nothing. Comicbookdb lists appearances for Jaime in issues #6 & 8, but I've poured over them several times and haven't spotted him...unless he's a vaguely implied silhouetted background character somewhere.

When "Convergence" came along and we got TWO books featuring Ted Kord, (Convergence: Justice League International and Convergence: Blue Beetle) plus appearances in the main mini-series! It was an exciting, albeit short-lived time! 

With all the Ted Kord appearances in "Convergence" I really thought they were bringing "my" Beetle back full time...but the solicitations don't even hint at any upcoming Ted Kord guest spots, let alone a team membership or new book. Those same solicitations show no sign of Jaime either...well, there is a new action figure coming, but that's it. That means it's not likely the "powers that be" have shelved Jaime in favor of Ted. And Dan or Dan? Well if the other two are nowhere to be seen, I'm guessing his odds are slim and none.

So...what the Kaji Dha? Where is Blue Beetle?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Convergence: Blue Beetle #2

What's this? Another tease? Well...

...yes. Hop over to the Legion of Super-Bloggers (click me) to read my full recap of "Convergence: Blue Beetle" #2