Fourth of July Showdown: Uncle Sam vs Captain America

Posted in comic books, holiday, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2016 by Paxton

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Happy 4th of July! To celebrate today I’m back with a quick holiday themed Cavalcade Comics cover. If you remember, July 4th last year, I showed you Uncle Sam: The Ultimate Ninja. Well, I thought it was time to bring Uncle Sam back. But instead of my Ultimate Ninja version, I’m bringing you a more traditional version of the character. And he has a few words for Captain America.

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Yikes, Sam, that’s gonna leave a mark. I thought this idea was too perfect to pass up on this, the celebration of America’s Independence Day.  And I thought labeling it Civil War II was appropriate since Marvel is actually doing Civil War II right now.

So, where did I get the images? I found Uncle Sam from the cover of Freedom Fighters #8, June 1977.  The cover was done by Rich Buckler.

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Captain America was taken from his own title, issue #124 from 1968. It was drawn by Marie Severin.

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I had to jockey around a few things but for the most part the images fit together nicely. Now, the background. I’ll admit, I had the HARDEST time finding a background that worked. I originally wanted the background from Freedom Fighters but it was a generic city street. I wanted something more “Washington DC”, like the White House or Capitol Building. I was close to using The Flash #200 from 1970 as it had the dome in the background.  But then I happened upon another Cap issue, #444 from 1995.  And I decided to roll with that.

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As you can see, it’s got the nice government building in the background and I thought it would be great to have Cap and Sam slugging it out on the steps of that building.  I had to change the perspective a little and use layers upon layers to hide Cap’s shield, but I think it turned out nicely.

Two random vintage rap magazine ads

Posted in music, nostalgia, pop culture, rap with tags , , , , on April 22, 2016 by Paxton

I don’t have any more NWA specific scans, but here are two random hip-hop scans.

Def Jam ad
Here’s an ad for Def Jam records from the early 90s.  Notice the separate pics for the members of 3rd Bass (MC Serch, Prime Minister Pete Nice and Daddy Rich) who broke up right before this ad.  MC Serch’s pic is from his one and only solo album, The Return of the Product, which was actually a pretty good album.  Pete Nice & Daddy Rich’s solo album wasn’t quite as good, but it’s not bad for 90s rap.

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Here it is, the coup de grace. An ad for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s second album, You Gotta Believe. It was a followup to their hit debut Music for the People.  I’ll admit, I owned this album and I still to this day think the title track is pretty good.

Vintage ads for NWA solo albums (1992)

Posted in advertising, music, pop culture, rap with tags , , , on April 21, 2016 by Paxton

Here are some more scans from vintage hip-hop magazines.

Today I’m going to show you some ads for NWA member solo albums from late 1992.

Dr Dre The Chronic
Here’s an ad for Dre’s The Chronic from about a month before its release.

Ice Cube The Predator
Here’s an ad for Ice Cube’s The Predator from right before its release. In fact, the album may have already been released by the time the ad dropped.

Eazy E 5150
This ad is for Eazy-E’s 5150: home 4 tha sick EP. It had already been released when this ad ran. Note at the bottom the solicit for Eazy’s upcoming album, Temporary Insanity. That album was rumored for years and never released. I have no idea if the tracks are still out there or they were mostly used for the posthumous Str8 Off Tha Streets.

Dr Dre in-depth interview with The Source (1992)

Posted in music, nostalgia, pop culture, rap with tags , , , , on April 20, 2016 by Paxton

Continuing this week to show you scans of old rap/hip hop magazines featuring the members of NWA.

Today we are looking at the November 1992 issue of The Source magazine.

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The magazine featured an in depth cover interview with Dr Dre promoting the upcoming release of his solo debut, The Chronic, on Death Row Records.

Dre talks about a lot of things in the article including his new album, the break up with NWA, his beef with Eazy-E and his brand new record label.  Very interesting look into the head space of one Andre Young right before he’d change the face of rap with that aforementioned solo album.

He even gets candid about the “Dee Barnes” incident (mentioned in yesterday’s Rap Masters magazine scan), his buddy DOC’s car wreck and The World Class Wreckin’ Cru.  It’s a good read.

The article also has two sidebars, both interviews. One is with DOC and the other is with Snoop Dogg who very recently made his debut on Dr Dre’s song Deep Cover and will soon come into prominence due to his heavy appearance on The Chronic.

Here’s the article.

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NWA in Rap Masters magazine (1991)

Posted in music, rap with tags , , , on April 19, 2016 by Paxton

This week the Nerd Lunch Podcast is comin’ Straight Outta Compton with a very special drilldown on the rap super group NWA. To celebrate, I thought I’d dig out some of my old rap magazines and showcase some old pictures and ads featuring the group.

Rap Masters cover

This is Rap Masters magazine from July 1991.  It features a cover story about NWA.

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Here’s the actual article. It’s about the press NWA has received recently, good and bad, due to antics from the group. It starts by discussing Dr Dre attacking Dee Barnes at a Def Jam party because she allowed former member Ice Cube to “dis” them on her show. The article mentions that it was a party to celebrate the group BWP’s new album and Dre’s attack upstaged the group’s release party. The article also talks about Eazy-E’s invite and attending of a Republican dinner which also caught many headlines that summer. Lots of press to hype NWA’s upcoming second album, the article says.

Unfortunately, the article is unfinished. It says at the bottom that the article continues on “page 60”, but it must mean in another magazine because the only thing I found on page 60 was the rest of the Ice-T article that is showcased on the cover.

Check back tomorrow for some more rap magazine scans from the early 90s.

This month the Cavalcade turns 10 years old

Posted in blogging with tags , , , on March 17, 2016 by Paxton

Happy 10th anniversay to…well, myself.

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That’s right, 10 years ago this month, March 2006, I began The Cavalcade of Awesome. Check out the spiffy new 10 Years badge! You can give a shout to CT for that design. Tell him he did a great job. I love it.

So, 10 years. Here’s a link to that very first inauspicious article.

Actually, my blog wasn’t originally titled The Cavalcade of Awesome, the original title was What I’m Thinking.  Here’s that original blog header.

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And shortly after I changed the title to Cavalcade of Awesome.
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Here’s another early blog banner design. I used this one for a LONG time.  It’s based on Gmail’s “ninja theme”.

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Lots of cool, crazy stuff has happened to me on this blog. I’ve met so many cool friends.  Let’s talk about a few of the highlights.

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High Fantasy Month is back with a magical kingdom for sale and a crippled midget

Posted in books, pop culture, reviews with tags , , , , on March 7, 2016 by Paxton

High Fantasy Month

Click the above banner to see my other High Fantasy Month reviews.  I had recently picked up a new omnibus of a fantasy series and read the first book, so I thought I’d follow it up with a few more fantasy books and knock out another High Fantasy Month.

It’s interesting, the collection of books this month are all sort of similarly themed.  I really didn’t even plan it out that way.  Each of the books in this months collection are novels mostly set in a fantasy world, but have some twist to the story.  They aren’t straight up fantasy, they have a little something extra.  It’s an interesting mix this month.

Here are the reviews:


Magic Kingdom for Sale–Sold! (Landover Book 1) (1986) – Terry BrooksThe Magical Kingdom of Landover is a series, written by the great Terry Brooks, that has, currently, about 5 books.  I’ve read only one other Brooks novel and that’s the Star Wars Episode I novelization.  But it’s good, it really is and it made me want to read more Brooks.  I thought I was going to start reading Brooks’ other magnum opus, which sort of spawned this whole idea of High Fantasy Month, The Sword of Shannara, however, I found the first three books of the Landover series in an omnibus for super cheap so I snapped it up and started reading without much thought.  The basic premise is that a lawyer, disappointed with his life after his wife dies, finds an ad in a catalog to buy a magical fantasy land called Landover for $1 million.  Spontaneously he decides to do it, but it doesn’t turn out to be exactly what he expects.  Initially, that premise spoke “satire” to me. I fully expected a massively tongue-in-cheek parody of fantasy novels.  What I got was surprising.  The novel takes a while to really get started, but once it does, it’s really good.  It takes the premise honestly and earnestly.  It’s not a satire or a parody.  It plays the entire plot straight and is a better novel for it.  I liked it much more than I thought considering my expectations were completely wrong and the first 80 pages or so were kind of slow to get through.  I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.


Fool: A Novel (2009) – Christopher Moore – I have read two other Christopher Moore books and thought they were okay (A Dirty Job, Lamb).  He has interesting premises, but sometimes he’s a little too droll for my tastes.  Like the other Moore books I read, the premise of this book sounded pretty great.  A satire of William Shakespeare’s King Lear told from the point of view of the fool.  It has lots of mad kings, backstabbing daughters, witches, lusty maidens and, of course, a ghost (there’s always a damn ghost).  After years of wanting it I finally grabbed the eBook for cheap a year or so ago but just couldn’t get myself to start it until this month.  What did I think?  Similar to Moore’s other books.  Well written, very dry, sarcastic, British humor.  This feels like a BBC mini-series.  I wasn’t laughing out loud but I chuckled a lot and enjoyed the ride.  For the most part.  And now I can pretty much say I’ve read Shakespeare’s King Lear.


Sir Apropos of Nothing (2001) – Peter David – I love Peter David’s novels and for years I tried to read everything he’d written.  I originally read this book back in 2005 when I randomly found it on eBay.  I loved it.  The story is a parody of fantasy books in general.  It uses a lot of the tropes and has fun with them.  Peter David is great at humorous dialogue and he doesn’t disappoint here.  Essentially, it’s your traditional epic hero fantasy, except, instead of focusing on the hero, the story focuses on one of the side characters.  And that side character is well aware he’s in a hero’s tale and that he’s not the hero.  In fact, he prefers it.  Lots of fun with the fantasy genre.  Also, I’m surprised at how similar this book was to Moore’s Fool.  I guess it’s sort of the same idea, except David’s idea goes a little more broad with the concept.  And, honestly, I think it’s a better book.

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