I'm getting old. I know it. My kids are constantly reminding me of it. The color of my hair (or lack there of) shows me how old I am getting. My body aches make sure I feel how old I am getting. There is one thing though that makes me still feel young. My youth stays alive through my comic books. Not so much in the fact that I still read comic books, but everything that I loved when I was a kid has seen a resurgence in comic book form. There is Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters, Micronauts, He-Man, TMNT, JEM (don't judge me!) and a handful of other books that make me think of the good old times when I was a youngen. To continue this trend of nostalgia, the recent issue of Diamond's Previews (page 388 to be exact) showed me that another character from my childhood is coming back. Madballs. What?! You don't remember Madballs? You had to be a 7/8 year old boy in 1985 to remember this toy series. It was great for you boys in the mid 80s because the theory was that you could repulse your sister with them. Madballs didn't have a long life span. I remember 3 "series" of the toys and about 10 issues of a comic book from Marvel Comics' Star brand.
Roar Comics will be bring these characters back to life in April 2016. Now, with everything else that has come back I have to ask "Should it?". I've asked this question every time something from my youth comes back. Of course there is the thought that it was so cool and I can't wait to see it again. But what I thought was cool when I was 7 is not the same thing that I think is cool now. I've gone back to watch some of these cartoons that I loved when I was young and have caught myself wondering how it was possible that I liked this crap when I was a kid. My parents must have absolutely hated hanging out with me because of what I made the watch. I mean there are some shows that my kids love but I sit back and scratch my head. Absolutely HORRIBLE stuff. But will Rabbids have a come back 30 years from now when my kids are older in comic book form? I hope to God not because I will still be collecting comics then too. So out of everything that could possibly come back, what made someone think that it was Madballs turn to make a resurgence? What kind of story can small, gross balls cover? I will have to wait 2 months to see (or hopefully I can get a preview copy before then to let you know if you should buy it).
But seeing that someone is able to bring Madballs back, I am starting a campaign for someone, anyone, to bring me a comic book of Muscles. Now those were my favorite toys. The challenge is on you Comic Book Industry! Who is going to be the first to get the rights to make a Muscles comic book.
What toys from your youth would you like to see make a return in comic book form?
I, M. Willis, am the owner of the ICBR. I'm a huge fan of the Indie and Small Press books because I get tired of the same-old, same-old. While I put a lot of time into the articles that I write (each article usually takes me about 4-5 hours to put together), this section is for my quick thoughts on the books that I read throughout the week.