Q: You started off as a customer at the Stash. What made you decide to start working there?
A: I was asked by Walt. This was when the store was in a different place, a much smaller location. Walt was really the only one working there. They ended up moving to the bigger store they’re currently in now. Walt only had one or two days off a month, so he was looking for somebody to help out, and he happened to ask me. He turned his best customer into an employee.
Q: You’re also a collector of rare toys. What’s the rarest item you own?
A: That’s tough, I’ve got a bunch of them. But one is an odd Indiana Jones — it’s not an old toy, it’s just not common. Back in the day, it was about a $7,000 figure. It was an import, so it was strictly limited to overseas. It was really a Japanese figure. There were only about 3,000 made, but they were never really sold in the United States, so that’s what makes it so rare.
Q: When did you start collecting and why?
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Comic Book Men star and Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash manager Walt Flanagan talks about creating the Cryptozoic Man comic book and meeting fans at Baltimore Comic-Con.
Q: What inspired the creation of the Cryptozoic Man character?
A: I was always interested in real-world monsters, ones that have a history of sightings. These aren’t creatures of literature, these are creatures that are based on people’s accounts of seeing them. No one has been able to prove that they don’t exist, but no one has been able to prove that they do exist either. I once picked up this old Plastic Man cartoon from the ’80s in a dollar store. In one of the episodes, there was this villain who turned into half-man, half-Bigfoot, and I just fell in love with that. So I thought I’d take that concept one step further and add these other creatures in — we’ll make him one quarter man, and the rest made up of all these creatures.
Q: Have you ever had a creature sighting?
A: No, not as of yet. I mean, I’d love to, it’s cool and spooky. But I’m definitely a non-believer.
Q: What was it like going through the creative process for Cryptozoic Man with the guys from the Stash?
A: It was a lot of fun. It wasn’t like anything we’d done before. It was cool to throw stuff on the wall, see what sticks, and try to create a stew of something that everybody has a hand in.
Q: What were some of the more outlandish ideas that got thrown out there and by whom?
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In the Mid-Season Finale of The Walking Dead, the Governor returns to the prison in full force, sparking a fierce battle that claims the life of one of the group’s dearest members, Hershel Greene. Since joining Rick’s group, Hershel has proven himself a vital source of medical expertise, sage wisdom and moral guidance. Now that he’s gone, what will the survivors miss the most? You decide…Cast your vote now!
Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock has repeatedly made a killing at the box office. But not only have his movies earned billions worldwide, they’ve also made millions of moviegoers think twice about heights (Vertigo), wildlife (The Birds), and even their neighbors (Rear Window). So which of Hitchcock’s top-grossing is your favorite?
Sometimes making it through the holiday shopping season can be as tough as surviving a zombie apocalypse. This year, avoid the herds at the stores and shop online for fellow The Walking Dead fans.
For the Desk Jockey: Character Mini Busts
Got a loved one who pulls long hours at the office? These mini busts of Rick, Michonne and others are not only a welcome sight for sore eyes, they’re utilitarian. Admit it: The Governor makes killer paperweight.
For the Pragmatist: Belts and Wallets
Paper and plastic money has no value for survivors on The Walking Dead but in the real world, zombified wallets (and belts) are a great way to pay homage to your favorite show.
The Dukes of Hazzard enthusiast Tom Felice talks about his appearance on Comic Book Men and building his very own General Lee.
Q: When did you start collecting The Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia?
A: After I built the car. It was a green hunk of junk when I bought it. I originally bought the car to make a Daytona out of it. When my son was born, I totally changed gears and went in a different direction. My buddy sent me an email saying, “You can buy a sticker kit online for the General Lee.” I said, “No way!” He said, “Yeah — the 01, the flag, you can buy it all for $65.” A friend of mine did all the bodywork and paint on the car. The irony is the sticker kit that made me decide to do the car never ever ended up getting used because the painter decided to paint everything on my car instead. All the stickers ended up in my son’s room, in the garage, all over the place in the house.
Q: How long did it take for you to convert that old Charger into the General Lee?
A: Altogether, it took two years and two months.
Q: What was your favorite moment from being on Comic Book Men?
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In Season 4, Episode 7 of The Walking Dead, the Governor once again assumes the mantle of leadership — and the ruthless tactics that go along with it. Although he believes he’s acting to keep his new family safe, the question remains: How safe are Lilly, Tara and Meghan with the Governor? You decide…Cast your vote now!
Weeknights during prime time on AMC, you can catch Story Notes — real time trivia and facts about your favorite movies! Below is the online version of the Story Notes for X-Men.
X-Men (2000) is the first of the blockbuster movies based on Marvel’s hit comic book series.
The 2011 movie X-Men: First Class tells the story of how Xavier and Magneto met.
According to X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Wolverine was born in 1832. He learns who experimented on him in X2 (2003).
Hugh Jackman has done two solo Wolverine movies, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013).
In 2003, Bryan Singer directed the sequel, X2, but then left the franchise to work on Superman Returns. After a decade away, Singer returned to direct the seventh installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
Comic Book Men‘s pop-culture merchandise expert Rob Bruce talks about being the Stash’s resident authoriuty on obscure items and his own most treasured collectibles.
Q: How did you become such an expert on pop culture merchandise?
A: In my late 20s, I started doing some work for Sotheby’s, dealing with mid-century furniture and pottery. I’ve always been into trying to figure out what something is and where it’s from. I’ve built up certain collections over the years. I was really into things like Pez, before anyone even knew what Pez were. I remember seeing the original psychedelic eyeball Pez from the ’60s — this was in the late ’80s — and thinking, “Wow, this is really cool. They don’t make things like this anymore.” So it’s always been a hunt. I always look at it like an archaeological, sociological fixation of “Why is this popular?” Through that, I can figure out the trends and know what’s hot and what’s not and manage to find some really cool things.
Q: For really obscure items that may not have a market value, do you have a formula for coming up with a price?
A: I can figure out the value of pretty much anything to a certain degree. I have an eidetic memory, so I tend not to forget things, and I have a pretty varied background. I can put pieces of the puzzle together. A lot of selling and collecting of pop culture items is really based on demography. You have a pool of collectors, the average age being 28 years old, so you look at a 28-year-old and see what it was that they were playing with as kids. Power Rangers are really big right now.
Q: How did you get hooked up with the guys at the Stash?
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In Season 4 Episode 6 of The Walking Dead, the Governor returns a seemingly changed man. After losing everything and wandering alone for months, could it be that the once-merciless leader of Woodbury is now a benevolent family man? You decide:Cast your vote now!