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The most expensive item I was going to buy myself was the U-Control 7-foot lifesize ghost, which promises to be a remote-controlled, seven-foot-tall ghost for only 95 cents. These days, they are very rare and I got into a bidding war over it on Ebay. Basically, it's a balloon featuring the decidedly unscary Casper the Friendly Ghost, a spool of fishing line and a trash bag," he said.

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It turns out that Demarais' dad was right all along: Most of the too-good-to-be-true items found on the back of s-era comic books were crap. As a kid I would have been devastated, but now I enjoy the rip-off. It's funny to play the rube -- and I actually hope the items are smaller and flimsier than advertised. A darker area forms where the images overlap, which can be interpreted as the bones in your hand or the curves of a lady. For his money, the remote controlled hovercraft is the most satisfying item he purchased for the book.

Sadly, floating is something that happened to the two batches of sea monkeys he attempted to raise with his son. For the record, sea monkeys are also one of the most notorious comic book scams of all-time. Basically brine shrimp, they were sold as "sea monkeys" in comic books in ads that featured large cartoon renderings of a vaguely humanoid sea monkey family, including a shapely mother figure with blue skin and antennae. The ads made it sound possible to become the lord of a whole colony of oceanic creatures who would do your bidding.

We also planted Venus Fly Trap seeds and got nothing. Well, they got a teachable moment.

For while Demarais is recapturing his childhood innocence "There's a part of me that never grew up," he admitted , his book caused his son to lose his. Ultimately though, this book -- although it's meant to be fun -- illustrates the difference between our expectations and the harsh realities of life. Still, while Demarais tried to put all the comic book novelties, he admits he wasn't able to do one of them. US Edition U. News U. HuffPost Personal Video Horoscopes. Newsletters Coupons.

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Fool your friends! Each original page is scanned in color — so you can see every handwritten note, every blue line, and every correction. Walter does not sell his Thor artwork — so this book is the closest that anyone will ever get to see the originals of this now-classic material! But I just know there will be Marvel fans who will think that Marvel had something to do with its creation.

Jim Henson did. And this book is really great.

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You should already have it — but if you missed it, buy it now. Their big summer crossover event Flashpoint deals with alternate versions of your favorite characters. Issues spotlighting the s and s are also planned.

Plus, Swamp Thing with a superhero symbol on his chest is just so wrong on so many levels. Thank goodness some of the secondary titles including Detective , Birds of Prey , Secret Six , Batgirl , Superboy , among others are still worth reading. Maybe this time, it might, as Jason Aaron — one of the better mutant writers out there these days — takes on the whole franchise in the five-issue X-Men: Schism , which is promised to shatter the X-Men forever!

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Oh, great! Carlos Pacheco and Frank Cho are doing the artistic thing, so it will look dynamic and pretty!

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All right then! From Top Shelf — as in their stuff is really Top Shelf. All right then. Morrison draws on history, art, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this alternate universe to provide the first true chronicle of the superhero — why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are.

Or it could be a superhero self-help book, or a cult manifesto. It sounds like it might be anything! Helpful Reminders : Fantagraphics has a new Peanuts volume being listed this month.