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Oh man you guys, look what I found under a bookshelf in my studio; it's issue thirteen of The Official Handbook the Marvel Universe, The Book of the Dead! Why, I haven't seen this in forever ...






















What I did here: Driving home from Seattle one night, I was idly thinking bedsheet ghosts, and somehow that materialized fully formed in my mind as Banshee, in his pose from the original Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe Book of the Dead, as a bedsheet ghost ... holding his pipe and hands upon cocked hip. What you see here is every _dead_ character from those two issues of the first series. I didn't draw the inactive characters, because those would just be people underneath bedsheets, not bedsheet ghosts. Also, I only did the characters from the inaugural OHOTMU/BotD, not the subsequent issues, and I mention all of this only to keep the nerds off my back. That being said, though, there is a bar bet attached to this one, so let's see who ends up owing me a dollar...

Oh, and it turned out that Banshee wasn't even actually DEAD back in the original entry, he was just inactive. Bummer. He looked great as a bedsheet ghost with his wee clay pipe ...

Comments

T

Oh my God this is the best thing that exists.

Re: T

Also you forgot to put in the names for the first four and because I am the biggest nerd: Air-Walker, Ancient One, Baron Blood, Baron Strucker!

Re: T

I forgot more'n just those, but they should all be fixed now. Also, glad you liked 'em!

Re: T

Is the bar bet "You misspelled Gamora"????

I WILL STOP COMMENTING NOW!

Re: T

Aw fuck, for real? It's testament to the pervasiveness of the comic book on my mind that I remembered that her name was spelled some crazy way totally different from the biblical spelling, and then "crazy way totally different" translated as "the way it actually is spelled."

Anyway, fixed, let me know if you see anything else - the governments of many Central American nations use this document as a writ of civil liberties, and I don't want to get anyone thrown in jail.
Holy shit, man, just, holy shit.

VAMPIRE COW?
That's "Hellcow" to you, my friend.
Ms. Cow if you're nasty!
Also, I would like to know what Harold H. Harold's deal is, but juuuuuust little enough that I don't want to look it up and I don't want you to tell me.
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Jon, these are awesome. Thanks for doing 'em!

I totally bought the Essential OHTMU.
I bought it too, and quickly came to realize that there's at least one part of the title that is a total lie ...
heh. Very true. I'm definitely a Handbook Nerd, though ...
Fun stuff, and great aging effects.

Now I'm trying to guess what kind of jackassery your bar bet was anticipating, though.
I've probably scared off anyone who'd be likely to mention it ... which was almost my goal ...
Probably true.

Oh, by the way, obviously you've ruined the whole thing by including a bedhseet Spider-Man in the UPC box when he, of course, is not actually dead.
Nice try.
I love the ghost boobies. Very silly.
The beardo ghosts run a close second.
This is so awesome!

Does the bar bet involve tampons? If not, I'm sorry I mentioned it.
I was considering doin' a Mini_Marvel version of the entire handbook...but I think i'd end up shooting myself...

...as it is, this is just about the most awesome thing I've seen all day...
Is "Mini_Marvel" a specific thing, or just a general term for little wee Marvel dudes?
General term for wee Marvel characters...a love of mine...
Of mine as well, I suggest you do it.
So, how many of these guys are no longer dead bedsheet ghosts?
my guess is this was the bar bet, and I was going to raise objections to Bucky and Baron Zemo on that basis at minimum. Probably more, but I don't care to do the research.
It was CLOSE to the bar bet, but not so much that I'm gonna charge this guy a dollar. The specific bet was that someone would unleash their nerd rage by saying something along the lines of "Of course, almost all of these characters are alive again, even Bucky! And Phoenix! I bet blurr blurr blurr argh argh yowwwwww etc"

I was charging for impotent outrage, basically.
Wasn't MODOK dead... for a while, anyway?
I guess, why?
Jeezum crow, Jon Morris. As if you weren't the best guy ever BEFORE this...
This is glorious, man.
I can say it no better than Kevin Church, you are an American hero.
I can't get over Baron Blood's little batwings..
i knew there was a reason i decided to procrastinately check what was going on on live journal tonight when i should be watching tv.
NEW WORD INVENTED!
The staples in the middle are a great touch.
I am pleased that someone noticed...
wait...so is Dracula undead or dead dead according to this book?
He was listed as "Destroyed." Which is how I want to be listed when I go.
Brilliant idea that made me laugh hard, even though I don't have a clue who all but two of these characters are were (can you guess which ones?).

And does this mean "It The Living Colossus" has to change his name? If so, I vote "Big Deathy."
nerd.