austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

I can make like a turtle

At Bugis Village I discovered a new store, the Daily Planet Store. This is devoted to selling DC Comics memorabilia. And by ``DC Comics'' I mean ``Superman, Batman, or Superman And Batman.'' I don't mean the whole lines of those books, just those characters. Occasionally Robin sneaks in. I know the back benches in the DC Universe reach pretty far and there's limited demand in a small island-nation for things to remind people of Blockade Boy, but I'd have expected they could reach at least down to Wonder Woman or Green Lantern. Also be ``memorabilia'' they mean T-shirts, shorts, belt buckles (Batman belt buckles are still available, but the Superman ones are temporarily out of stock, apparently due to a recent movie-related giveaway), skateboards, roller skates ... Missing are actual comic books, or compendiums of them, or DVDs or video CDs of the many shows and movies based on them. There's got to be a curious licensing scheme behind that all.

One of the posters in the store has Supes battling against Lex Luthor in that fetching green-and-purple robot suit that Lex bought when he was completely deprived of all fashion sense. Lex's word balloon reads, ``I'll share the tees if you put me down!'' and Superman reasonably answers, ``That's more like it, Lex!'' Still, you'd think they'd be able to fit something of a The Flash, or Aquaman, or even Lois Lane.

Right next to it is an Astro Boy store. This doesn't have any videos either, but there the heavy focus on Astro Boy in T-shirts, bookbags, and the like -- many of them with that refractive trick so you see different things from different angles (Astro's normal front, and a circuit diagram, most often) -- doesn't seem like it's overlooking quite so much of the universe.

I caught just a bit of the Emmys, particularly, when they gave themselves an Emmy award. That is so tacky. I know they do it because there aren't any other `variety' shows that anyone will watch anymore, except Saturday Night Live, which people only watch to mention about how it used to have molecules of funny in it long ago. It's still tacky.

Trivia: Levi Strauss's estate, when he died in 1902, was valued at about six million dollars. Source: Big Cotton, Stephen Yafa.

Currently Reading: Sweets: A History of Temptation, Tim Richardson.


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