Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Vacation Part 7: U.K. James and Geppi's Entertainment Museum (part 1): Comics

Rob and Superman at Geppi's
James and Superman at Geppi's
This is part 7  of our friend James's visit. Today we're taking you to Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore.

- It's dedicated to presenting the story of popular culture since the nation’s earliest days in an entertaining and educational fashion so that our guests have the unique opportunity to walk through a timeline that parallels and is entwined with history as a whole.**To do this, they have things from pop culture like movie posters that span from Gone with the Wind to Star Wars, they include newspapers, comic books, local heroes, music through history, tv, radio and internet history and more! 

Action #1, Donald Duck, All American, Detective #27
This was the first time I (Rob) had visited Geppi's, and I can't believe it took me this long to get there! The collection of rare comics was mind-blowing.

ACTION COMICS #1 (DC Comics) - This is the comic book that Superman made his debut (June 1938)!  It is widely considered both the beginning of the super-hero genre and the most valuable comic book of all time: as of 2014 it is the only comic to have sold for more than $2 million for a single original copy! (My DAD said he got this comic when he was 10 years old and he said it was destroyed when he moved out of his mother's house). 
ALL AMERICAN COMICS (DC Comics) - Marked the debut of the Green Lantern (Alan Scott). He would later be replaced in the comics in 1960 by the Hal Jordan Green Lantern. 

The Shadow
DETECTIVE COMICS #27 (DC Comics) -  Published monthly since 1937, this is the issue where Batman made his debut. in May 1939.

THE SHADOW- I love this mysterious character!  The Shadow is a crime-fighting vigilante with psychic powers posing as a "wealthy, young man about town". One of the most famous adventure heroes of the twentieth century, The Shadow has been featured on the radio, in a long running pulp magazine series, in comic books, comic strips, television, serials, video games, and at least five motion pictures. The radio drama is well-remembered for those episodes voiced by Orson Welles.  Street & Smith published 101 issues of the comic book Shadow Comics from Vol. 1, #1 - Vol. 9, #5 (March 1940 - Sept. 1949).

We saw the Blackhawks, Brave and the Bold that featured the debut of the Teen Titans, Brave and the Bold with Batman and Green Lantern, Captain America, the Three Stooges, Wanted Dead or Alive, and 2 TV shows made into comics:   Leave it to Beaver, and even 77 Sunset Strip!

Even Spidey's debut issue was on display here!  Did you know?  On March 9, 2011, a private collector sold a near-mint issue of Amazing Fantasy No. 15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, Monday for a whopping $1.1 million -- a record for a single comic book from the so-called Silver Age of the 1960s. The issue sold for 12 cents when it hit newsstands in July 1962.

The Shadow and Captain Marvel from the 1980s

 In the 1980s, I was really into collecting comics, including the SHADOW and SHAZAM (Captain Marvel) - so it was amazing to see these on display, too!

Detective Comics with Batman!
Zip Comics- I want to know who this shirtless guy is!
ZIP COMICS? - I've been collecting comics since 1974 and never heard of Zip Comics- but the shirtless, muscular character on the front of an issue on display caught my eye (of course). I learned that he's "Red Rube."   WHO IS RED RUBE? - According to  Reuben Reubens was a 12 year old orphan who hated the orphanage, running away he hides out in what he thinks is an abandoned castle, there he meets an old man who gives him an elixir that lets him meet his ancestors most of whom is seems where great men who were also named Rueben Reubens, each of these ancestors give him an aspect of what made them great, be it bravery, strength, stamina or toughness. (pretty much everything but brains)
After this Rueben finds that by shouting the old carnie warning of “Hey Rube!” (even though none of his ancestors are known to have had anything to do with the carnival) he is able to turn into a powerful adult version of himself who becomes known as Red Rube.
He later becomes a cub reporter for the Daily Sun when not being Red Rube.

NEXT: Vacation Part 8: U.K. James and Geppi's: (part 2): Comics and People

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next