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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I do mean to read Berserk but have been a bit hesitant because it's going to take effort to acquire the whole run. I think Lone Wolf and Cub has a fine art style which suits its story, which I adore.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I should add, it's been years since I've read it but I have yet to read a manga to match Lone Wolf and Cub. Am curious if others here disagree.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I have read all of the published Conan material by Howard and his literary successors; I plan to read the comic adaptations more thoroughly as I've only dabbled with them over the years. Am interested to see if I have a positive view of the initial run of Marvel by Thomas et al. which I have never read in full.
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    Dark Side of the Ring: Viceland docu-series

    Clearly I need to start drinking there, but I only go to bearable coffee shops.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I was aware. Insta-buy, obviously.
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    AEW Dynamite - October 6, 2021

    Dodgers vs. Giants in the playoffs will be insane. It's never happened and it's the most heated rivalry in baseball going back 70 years.
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    Bruno Sammartino

    I would argue the Bruno vs. Larry feud features some of the hottest crowds you'll ever find on tape (NY, Philly). At MSG Vince ends up shouting despite having a microphone ...
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    Bruno Sammartino

    It's really short but really fun.
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    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    Piper had plenty of ability in the ring and I'd put him up as a great, great brawler.
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    Stock Rising/Stock Falling

    This is textbook selection bias and a sample size issue. I'd wager when you contextualize the whole career from 75-92 the 80-84 period will remain the least exciting but there are still some excellent matches to be found.
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    Master List of All Pre-70s Footage

    The 1962 footage from the same channel is now up.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I don't think I've posted much about manga in this thread but I am a big fan of horror and so I should recommend the work of Junji Ito. Uzumaki is I think a masterpiece and I'm about to read his latest collection, Sensor.
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    Master List of All Pre-70s Footage

    This does look like a pretty interesting find, it would be nice to see if we can help get this into circulation and available within the community.
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    AEW All Out 2021 - September 5, 2021

    I agree. Punk was nearly a broomstick in that match. Darby did all the work.
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    AEW All Out 2021 - September 5, 2021

    I agree with this. If you made me submit a GWE ballot now for the 2026 poll I may well be the high voter for Christian.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    There is a great homage by Hickman in modern FF towards the great relationship between Johnny Storm and Spidey when he makes a special appearance as the guest of honour at Franklin Richards' birthday party. I think it's FF #574. I read it last year. Really good story. Spider-Man: Blue is a great mini-series by Jeph Loeb which I re-read recently.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I agree. A highlight for me in the Ditko run is ASM 25, which features the first appearance of Mary Jane Watson in a particularly clever way. I had a smile on my face the whole time (along with a great deal of sympathy for poor Betty Brant). Lee and Ditko use the fundamental tropes of situational comedy so well here. Misunderstandings, coincidences that aren't forced, narrative pacing and structure that keep the reader's attention and never letting it go ... brilliant stuff.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    Similar to Kelly I have been reading lots but have not felt the urge to post in this thread with reviews too much. I will say overall I liked Thor a bit more than than his last batch of reviews, although I broadly agree with much of it. I just found the run very fun overall even with its obvious flaws. Currently I am re-reading ASM from the beginning for the first time in ages and I'm not exaggerating, I think ASM is easily Marvel's best title of the 1960s and it's not close. Similarly I am about to re-read Doom Patrol and the 1970s Conan stuff. Then I am going to tackle Tomb of Dracula.
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    [1987-02-15-WWF-Toronto, ONT] Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat

    I guess I should say why, like another poster above, why I think this match is a top 5 match for the decade in WWF. First, this match is a great progression of a very heated feud, leading up to the famous WrestleMania climax. It has all the classic tropes of a babyface chasing the title who is equally desperate to get his revenge on the heel for the heinous injury angle that made this a blood feud on top of a title chase. Secondly, in this encounter, Steamboat alters his tactics and shows more fire and determination to get his revenge by ratcheting up the violence and trying to give Savage his comeuppance. It makes for a compelling spectacle. Thirdly, this match is structured so well with escalating violence, awesome selling by Savage, and the amazing spot where Steamboat is vulnerable draped on the barricade outside the ring and Savage tries for a devastating axe handle jump from the top turnbuckle, aimed yet again for Ricky's throat. Steamboat desperately evades! This transitions to a tremendous finishing stretch where some big moves are exchanged, Savage is busted open, the near falls are convincing and you get the heel win at the end as Savage snatches the win at the end by nefarious means. This is everything I want from pro wrestling, in 18 minutes of action that never loses momentum or overstays its welcome.
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    [1987-02-15-WWF-Toronto, ONT] Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat

    This is long overdue but I'll put my hand up as another hipster who loves this even more than the famous WM III match.
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    Pro Wrestling Love Is Now A PTBN Podcast Series

    How could you omit the best MLG match ... at least Marty didn't forget!
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    RIP Dominic DeNucci

    Those career highlights listed above in the twilight of his career are really fun. I particularly enjoyed the Hussein Arab TV match. A hidden gem if there ever was one. RIP.
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    Pro Wrestling Love Is Now A PTBN Podcast Series

    I wait with dreadful anticipation.
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    Pro Wrestling Love Is Now A PTBN Podcast Series

    ... which is the only reason I forgive you for omitting Valentine-Strongbow from '79 from your list.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    Glad to see others here voicing their appreciation what has always been one of my very favourite series. Easily in my top three all-time with Sandman & ASM and depending on the day I will say it's the best - and certainly the most consistently excellent - series I have ever read.
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