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Comic Blogs Should Be Good – Ye Olde Comick Booke Blogge

There are a lot of cool comic book blogs out there (see our sidebar for a list of a bunch of them), but I guess it is hard to pick which ones you think you’d like to read. So each week, I will feature a guest entry by a really cool comic blogger, and you all can then check out that comic blog after you see how cool they are from their guest bit. Today’s entry comes from Jake Bell, of Ye Olde Comick Booke Blogge, a fun blog where Jake basically just has fun talking about comics and comic-related stuff, mostly by taking a humorous look at older comic books. Occasionally, some of Jake’s friends even post!

For his guest entry, Will is sharing with us his thoughts on Now Comics’ 1993 release, Mr. T and the T-Force.

Enjoy!

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To select one single thing that was wrong with Mr. T and the T-Force would be like trying to nail down one thing that made Pol Pot’s reign a negative experience for most Cambodians. However, as with most travesties, there is always one point where the scales tipped beyond a point of being able to backtrack, like the attack on Pearl Harbor forcing the United States into a war it had vowed not to enter.

The comic was pitched as a refreshing alternative to tales both of fantastical, superpowered beings and of gritty, guns-blazing vigilante anti-heroes. Now Comics and Mr. T both were on message whenever discussing their upcoming comic co-venture, insisting they would be telling real stories about life in the ghetto. Now Comics’ website refers to Mr. T as “the comic world’s only real-life hero.” The difference between this book and others would be that Mr. T is a real person who is out to do the right thing even though he didn’t have superpowers and faced real danger of injury or even death.

Mr. T and the T-Force wasted no time in reaching that aforementioned point of no return, ruining the entire pitch that had been fed to fandom as part of “the largest media blitz in [Now]’s history” within the first two pages and going nowhere but down from there.

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That’s the decidedly non-superpowered Mr. T smashing a car’s front end with his fist so hard that the hood crumples like aluminum foil and the engine breaks into pieces that go flying in various directions like a porcelain “Precious Moments” figurine dropped on a tile floor. A page later, we see the damage is even greater than we might have originally guessed.

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For the record, Mr. T insists these stories are based on his personal experiences. Which raises the question of when he personally stepped in front of a car while it was driving down the street and punched it hard enough to shatter the front axle.

Making quick work of the four drug dealing thugs in the car using his “lightning fists” and Neal Adams’s seeming inability to remember where he drew people standing two panels earlier, Mr. T is attacked from behind by their boss and some of his more heavily armed muscle. While T isn’t looking, the bad guy jabs him with some kind of modified cattle prod spear, jolting the hero with enough amperage to make his entire body glow blue.

This turns the tables for almost four seconds.

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Mr. T gets back to his feet, grabs one guy’s gun by the barrel, and uses it to smash in his face, all while video taping a confession by the leader. When the drug dealer realizes T has a video camera, he orders the remaining thug to take care of the situation.

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With both his bodyguards down and possibly dead and facing the man who has destroyed a sedan with one punch and bent an M-16 one-handed, the drug dealer goes to Old Reliable, his cattle prod spear only to learn a valuable lesson.
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“Electrocute me once, shame on you; electrocute me twice, I’ll absorb the electricity and use my body as a conduit to turn the charge on you with such force it will blast you backward twenty feet.”

Having accomplished all this with the shear force of a positive state of mind and walking away without a scratch, Mr. T goes off on his next mission, pursuing the sound of a baby crying. He tracks it to a dumpster outside–I kid you not–Neal Adam’s Continuity Studios, inside of which he finds…

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… in his own words, “A crack baby, fool!”

Mr. T takes a few pages to explain that drugs are bad, crime is bad, babies are good, and crack is bad for babies, after which he gets back to those common, every day tasks non-superpowered people like you and I encounter every day like fighting twenty-foot tall Mayan warriors with machine guns…

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… and, if this subscription ad is any indicator, duking it out with either aliens or demons.

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Future issues of Mr. T and the T-Force dealt with other common man problems like bands of ninjas who rob skyscraper penthouse bank vaults, rocket launcher-wielding car thieves who drive monster trucks with metal jaws on the front, and neighborhoods so united against a boxer getting his shot at a championship belt that the people would resort to killing him if necessary to keep him out of the ring.

You know, a typical Tuesday for you and me…

Ye Olde Comick Booke Blogge

17 Comments

Jake gets all those old comics at the same store to which I give my patronage, so you know he’s cool.

I enjoyed this weeks much more than the past few.

Oh man that is awesome. It’s pretty sad that based on Mr. T’s fists in that first picture, Neal Adams seemed to have forgotten about basic concepts like foreshortening. Great post.

I own this one, actually, but I haven’t read it in ages and ages. Now you’ve got me wanting to go and buy the entire series.

So what is the “T-Force,” exactly? I always thought it’d be a band of spunky teenage sidekicks, but I hear it’s really Mr. T’s “super-powers.”

Anyway, it’s all true. My uncle was a ninja and Mr. T punched his spine right out of his body and then ate a motorcycle. For fun.

I picked up the majority of the series out of the quarterbox a few months ago. I try to review them, but it’s hard to describe so much idiocy without scanning every panel. Hell, I’ve spent entire days just talking about the letters pages. The letters were clearly all written by assistant editors or nine year old kids who were doing a letter writing format assignment for school

The T-Force was kind of like Alec Baldwin’s network of people he’d saved in The Shadow. Mr. T would give people a Dick Tracy-style wrist communicator and randomly call them to have them do things for him. Find a crack baby in the dumpster? Call the nurse at the clinic down the street. Need your van repainted for an undercover mission? Call the kids you busted for grafitti two months ago.

This is exactly the sort of comic I have a completely irrational love for.

Mr. T may be one of the few real-life celebrities who’s actually appeared in more than one comic company’s book. Wasn’t there a Marvel book based on his Saturday-morning show? And I’m pretty sure there was an A-Team book at one point for amonth or two, as well.

Now I gotta know, so a quick peek at the GCD and in addition to the one from Now Comics we have…

This one from last year…
http://www.comics.org/series.lasso?SeriesID=18730

And the A-Team–
http://www.comics.org/series.lasso?SeriesID=2857

Hmp. I was sure the Saturday-morning cartoon one with Mr. T driving the busload of kids around having adventures was a Star Comic at one point. Oh well.

It is now my life’s mission to track down and purchase every issue of “Mr. T and the T-Force” in existence. Only then may I die in peace.

I love how half of the cover is made up of his jewelry shining with the power of a thousand suns. His bling is the source of his power, kids. If you had seventy-three separate chains around your neck, you could smash sedans into oblivion too.

“the precious gold….in this!”

best. line. ever.

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to trawl through ebay for an entire comics run as much as I do right now. That’s just seven shades of awesome.

And it’s SO awesome, that nobody has yet resorted to saying anything about jibber-jabber or pitying the fo-

…oh.

For anyone who wants to get more of a preview of the world of Mr. T and the T-Force, here’s what happened when .

Oh God, I’m having an awesome overload. Consider your site added to the bookmark pile alongside this one, my good sir!

I remember the meeting in the NOW conference in 1992 when we started brainstorming about what the Mr. T comic book would be like. I saw a gritty urban drama, but my ex-partners and Mr. T saw a stepping stone for a campaign targeted to kids, who I tried to explain to them, wasn’t the primary audience of comic books.

It would’ve been so cool to create something that Dark Horse or Vertigo may have published, but with a real twist of reality, but unfortunately, by then, it was David Husman (silent partner) calling the shots and they wasn’t going to listen to this young punk. After all, I didn’t know anything about publishing comics.

I remember when Bernie Berkin called me at home and asked me if I thought a Mr. T comic book would work. I told him “sure, only if Mr. T comes with it.”

Although the creative aspect of the book was a horrific, suicidal adventure, Mr. T & the T-Force #1 sold over 300,000 copies – mostly on the newsstand. By the fifth or so issue, before NOW and I divorced in 1994, it was down to about 8,000 in the direct market and 50,000 on the newsstand. That’s what happens when you decide to ignore your audience.

I would like to point out one very important aspect of Mr. T & the T-Force and Mr. T.

In 1993, when Mr. T & the T-Force was released, and Mr. T was on his 17 city “T-Tour,” US comic book sales reached its highest point in the last 25 years, and I personally believe Mr. T had a lot to do with it. No, not Mr. T & the T-Force, but Mr. T promoting his comic book – HOLDING his comic book – on Entertainment Tonight, BET, New York Times, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, etc, etc. He was everywhere, all over the world, and I still have many of the media clippings from that time to prove it (part of the reference I used for my comic book white paper). Too bad the editorial direction wasn’t as exciting.

Movie stars today talk about “comic book movies” and “comic book characters” but how many of them are seen in the press HOLDING a comic book?

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I was given a signed first edition of this very same Comic by Mr T himself. Is that worth anything???

hi i have the first issue collectors item i’m wondering how i go about finding out the value or if someone is interested in this my number is 815-997-3943

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