Since the dawn of time, mailaway action figures have been a staple of the scene. That is, if you consider the dawn of time to be the day Kenner started releasing Star Wars figures. Though the trend has died down significantly in the era of the Internet, exclusives are still a very important part of toy collecting. As one of the final companies to offer mailaway incentives, the now defunct ToyFare magazine was one of the last bastions of trend.
Say what you will about the Wizard magazine empire, but for a long time, it's brand of geek culture coverage was all many of us had. ToyFare in particular was a great place for collectors to see what was coming, learn the history of industry, and to see how the sausage was made. What made the magazine even more special were the brand partnerships that allowed ToyFare to offer a variety of different collectibles based on Marvel, DC, animation and indie comic characters. Plus, you didn't have have cash and a dozen UPCs to send in to get your hands on something as rudimentary as a William "Refrigerator" Perry figure.
As you may know, Michael Allred is returning briefly to his signature creation, Madman, following an extended stint at Vertigo, drawing I, Zombie. That visit to his spiritual home will take the form of April's Madman All-New Giant-Size Super Ginchy Special.
"I, Zombie" #1 hit shelves this week from DC/Vertigo, a new comic that follows the exploits of Gwen, a female zombie gravedigger who, once a month, is driven to eat the brains of one of her corpse clients, and in the process absorbs the memories and last wishes of said deceased, prompting her to solve mysteries and embark on adventures. The concept, from writer Chris Roberson, could really go either way, but one thing's for sure, though: Robe
We've already mentioned Mike Allred and his new project today, but it'd be mad of us not to post about something as awesome as this mash-up of AMC's sexy '60s drama "Mad Men" and Allred's signature comics character Madman.
Illustrated by comic artist Andre Szymanowicz, the drawing captures "Mad Men" ad man D
Mike Allred wraps up his latest "Madman" series, "Madman Atomic Comics" at Image next month, but he isn't slowing down. Vertigo's Graphic Content blog announced today that Allred is teaming up with writer Chris Roberson in 2010 ("Cinderella," "Jack of Fables") for the new ongoing series "I, Zombie."
The title will follow the adventures of an undead Nancy Drew named
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