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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:37 am    Post subject: Rom, Spaceknight Reply with quote

"Rom The Space Knight" was a toy co-created by Bing McCoy, Scott Dankman, and Richard Levy (US Patent #4,267,551). It was sold to Parker Brothers, and was the inspiration for the comic book series. The toy was originally called COBOL (after the programming language,) which was later changed to "Rom" (after ROM, read-only memory) by Parker Brothers executives.



the comic book outlasted the toy which it was created to support. The series lasted for 75 issues over a seven year period, with Rom's regular encounters with mainstream heroes and villains establishing him as part of Marvel continuity.

I started collecting these when they came out. never had the toy. Sad Have found them in dollar bins a lot.

Bill Mantlo wrote both Rom and the Micronauts - yet I don't think they ever crossed over. and as far as I know, Marvel can no longer use Rom by that name - but everything introduced in the books belongs to them.

and unfortunately Mantlo was the victim of a hit and run and remains in a home being cared for.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Mantlo

I have....

2, 3, 5-10, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 30, 32, 33, 37, 39, 42, 45, 46, 48, 50, 55-58, 60-63, 66, 68, 69, 71, 74, A2.

I also need to buy these tie-ins...

Power Man and Iron Fist #73
Marvel Two-in-One #99
Incredible Hulk #296 & #319
New Warriors #73-75
Spaceknights #1-5



man, I love Jack of Hearts. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I collected ROM from issue 1.
It was great until it jumped the shark with Wraith War.
Then Ditko killed it with his crappy art.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I collected Rom from #1 as well, and like HLT I grew tired of the bad writing and bad art after a while. This title wasn't the first to be killed by Ditko.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we will have to disagree about Ditko.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember reading an X-Men comic with Wraiths in it... in the end, they scared them away with the illusion of Rom and some female-Rom being in the same room... and then reality was torn apart and I went back to reading the Incredible Hulk Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sgt.null wrote:
we will have to disagree about Ditko.


I suppose you disagree that the Giants beat the Patriots in two Superbowls, too.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Rom issue 35. I'm not proud of it though. I read a few issues and couldn't get past the subpar art. The character just wasn't all that interesting to begin with.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have #1. It's as close to the Ditko drawn ones as I care to get. The Micronauts were a much better toy-based comic.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very much don't like Ditko. Didn't care for ROM one way or another, but I have the PMIF crossover, of course. That was cool.

There were some excellent things in the Micronauts. I really enjoyed it. Started it well into the series, and went back and got many of the rest.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need to get the Micronauts issues with Captain Universe.

Tom - oddly enough I need #35. Smile

Dan - we have hashed out the Ditko thing before. I like, no one else here does. I hope to find a run of his Speedball....

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved what I had of Rom the Spaceknight. In fact, I have the issue you show in the initial post. I thought it was a very compelling story, but I didn't buy that much (since I never bought many comics ever).
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rom is being redone, see link...

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am hoping to pick it up. lots of nostalgia books currently being published.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A word on Ditko and nostalgia.

Back when I was a kid I didn't know one artists reputation from another. When I first saw each artist I had a pretty natural and honest reaction. I thought Ditko, Sal Buscema, Herb Trimpe, Don Heck and yes Jack Kirby were crap. I liked John Romita, Gil Kane, George Perez, John Byrne and Gene Colan.

However as I get older I find I appreciate all of the artists I immediately disliked in the past, mainly because I find the books they were featured in nostalgic. Nowadays its actually a thrill to open an early Fantastic Four or Amazing Spider-man and see Ditko or Buscema. (The only exception I can think of is Don Heck. Dude sucked so bad it defies nostalgia.) IMHO
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom - never liked Heck or Tuska.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the new series.



IDW is doing a crossover. Rom, MASK, GI Joe, Transformer, Action Man.



I want to pick it up when the collect it.
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... there's news today from Deadline Hollywood that Zak Penn has been hired to write the ROM: SPACEKNIGHT film for Paramount Pictures and Allspark, Hasbro's film division. Penn is hot off the critical success of the out-this-week READY PLAYER ONE, and has had a hand in many of the most successful Marvel Comics adaptations, including X-MEN 2 and THE AVENGERS (as well as some disappointments, like X-MEN: THE LAST STAND and ELEKTRA).
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