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Back in 1965, the American Aerosol Company launched Crazy Foam to "make bathtime fun for kids and easy for parents." The concept was simple, with shaving cream-style soap packed into a can that featured artwork from a variety of licensed characters. DC Comics and MARVEL were in the mix, and there were others like Popeye, The Smurfs, and more. By the 90s, there were even editions based of characters from The Simpsons, and then the brand went on hiatus. I vaguely remembered these from the late 70s/early 80s, so when I was pitched some samples for a Crazy Foam rebirth, I jumped on it. Thing is, after having these in-hand, my parental instincts kicked in and made two things very clear - Crazy Foam is creepy, and I'm not comfortable letting my girls use it based on the ingredients and propellants contained within.

Sometimes you just have to wait for things, and even if the wait equals years, the payoff is pretty good. A prime example arrived today - the result of planning ahead, and keeping a t-shirt in a drawer for six years. Weird to think that slightly more than a half-decade ago, I was in the midst of a late-night diaper run to Walmart when I started browsing some clearance kids' clothes that had been squeezed-in near their Garden Center. There was one particular rack that caught my eye - t-shirts featuring comic book covers from the 1980s... the exact time that I became a comic book fan myself. Hanging on that rack was a single t-shirt in a size 6/7 that bore not only a favorite cover, but the exact cover of the first issue of John Byrne's THE MAN OF STEEL from 1986 - the very book that hooked me on DC Comics. For less than $2, I purchased said t-shirt, and have waited six years for today to arrive - the day that it finally fit Addie. 

Published in James' Journal

Today (if you're reading this on September 26) is BATMAN DAY, an International Holiday created by DC Comics to celebrate The Dark Knight, The Caped Crusader... whatever you want to call BATMAN in any and all of his many forms. Growing up, SUPERMAN was always my #1 hero until the "summer of Batman" happened in 1989 and proceeded to give Bruce Wayne's alter-ego a nudge to the forefront. Over the years, I've had some cool BATMAN experiences - from seeing The Tumbler in-action on the set of Christopher Nolan's BATMAN BEGINS in 2004, to putting on the cape and cowl for Halloween last year. This year, I'm celebrating BATMAN DAY by giving readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine a shot at winning one (1) of two (2) complete sets of 2015 Hot Wheels BATMAN Series Vehicles by Mattel! There's six iconic vehicles in all, each packaged in matching artwork. Check this out...

Published in Rock Father Rides

If there wasn't a certain film called STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS set for release this December, I'd try using my time-shaper to fast-forward right to March 25, 2016 to see my two favorite superheroes battle it out on the big screen. See, BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE has me conflicted, if only because SUPERMAN was my favorite superhero during my religious reading of comic books in the 1980s... but then Tim Burton's 1989 BATMAN film bumped the caped crusader into the top spot, where he's forever remained. Personally, I believe it's because my own personality is closer to that of BATMAN and his alter-ego, BRUCE WAYNE... but knowing that they'll be going head-to-head is still a weird thing - but one I look forward to. Today, EMPIRE Magazine unleashed a trio of new images that will be featured in their September issue (get it here). Take a look...

Published in Movies, TV and More
Tuesday, July 21 2015 22:53

CBS' SUPERGIRL gets a new trailer...

On Monday, October 26 at 8:30/7:30c, CBS' SUPERGIRL will fly into living rooms as the latest television series ripped from the pages of DC Comics. After a stellar extended first-look a few months back, a new preview has hit the web and can be viewed below. This is one of my personal "most-anticipated" new series' for 2015....

Published in Movies, TV and More

2016 is already shaping up to be a huge year for fans of DC Comics, with DC SUPER HERO GIRLS rolling out, BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE hitting theaters, and the grownups-only SUICIDE SQUAD following down the line. For the toy aisles, there's a new addition that's just been revealed, and it comes from some old "friends."

Published in Rock Father Rides
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