Happy 90th to Mickey!

Today is Mickey Mouse Day and it just happens to be his 90th Birthday/Anniversary! (What a coincidence.)

I knew this day was forthcoming, so I bought some Kirin Lemon Zero.

With each six-pack, you score a towel.

Unfortunately, I only only landed these two before the offer ended.

I'm not sure when I won this Minnie Mouse bag, but I know it was thanks to another freebie with a six-pack.

Right now at 7-11, there's an Ichiban-Kuji draw featuring the 90 Years of Romance between Mickey and Minerva Minnie Mouse. I'm not going to bother trying any longer for the top prizes, I won this cutlery set of the happy couple.

Other items include a bunch of towels and pillows.

And plates, glasses and some Snow Globe-type thingie.

Here you can see 90 different Disney characters celebrate MM's 90th.

And if you're in the market for really expensive posters, check this out.

Happy Birthversary to Mickey! See ya for the centenary in a decade!


'Nuff Said.

This is a tough day for comics fans, my Facebook page is flooded with tributes to Stan "The Man" Lee. Others have expressed their thoughts of what Stan means to them far better than I could, so I've just sifted through some of my Japanese Comic reprints* searching for Stan's name. Here comes Thor...
(*Some of these pictures may look familiar from when I wrote about Kirby's 100th or Ditko's Departure)

The cover and/or title page from Mighty Thor #s 158-166.


The editor of the Kobunsha books has taken a cue from Stan and added his own Soapbox in which he speaks of the aforementioned Stanley Martin Lieber.

Next up I present Captain America issues 104-109 with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.



Issue 110 introduces artist Jim Steranko.

When the time comes, I'll show off issues 111-139.

I'm cheating a bit here but I don't have any early X-Men issues that Stan wrote. These animated episodes are the closest I have to some Stan Lee scripts.

Besides, he PRESENTS them, so that accounts for something.

Here is a Japanese version of the theme song. It's Metal as f**k.

Let's listen to this instead.


I've love the stickers that come with the book. Rogue looks great as an anime character.

Finally, I have a little bit of Spider-Man thanks to a reprint.


Most of these characters were created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.


Best Rogues Gallery ever!

There's much talk of Stan's cameos in the movies; my personal favourite is when he calls Iron Man, "Tony Stank". I recently learned that his appearance in Avengers 4 has been confirmed with possibly roles in Captain Marvel, the next Spider-Man movie and maybe even the Spidey-animated flick. One can only hope.

Rather than link to all those awesome cameos, here is part of his appearance in Mallrats.

Thanks Stan for helping me learn to read and build my vocabulary. You shall be sorely missed!


Poppy and Pocky and Pretz, Oh My!

11/11 is Pocky Day or Pretz Day or Poppy (Remembrance) Day depending on who you ask. For Pocky Day, there was a photo opportunity set up at Sendai Station as I passed by there early in the morning.

Upon return, there were several Pocky boxes on display.

Including some unique monster-sized Pockys (Pockies?).

I bought the Snoopy a while ago and the Almond Crush today. I also gave my Wedding gals some Coconut Pocky but didn't snap a pic.

As a result of my purchase, I won two chances at Pocky-Roulette. I lost the first time though the second time, I won the top prize!

I also scored an inflatable Pocky Bonking stick.

For the Pretz enthusiasts, one can buy Edamame-flavour.

I opted for Gyuton (Beef Tongue). It'll either be incredibly awesome or terribly disappointing.

I wore my Poppy all day in honour of Remembrance Day.

I'll finish off with Leonard Cohen reading "In Flander's Field".


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