A History of Jacke in 100 Objects #10 – The Spitwad

This is a perfect example of good writing. Here’s the summary from the author: “A science teacher with zero personality confronts a bully, with a little help from the heavens.”

Jacke Wilson

Here’s something I’ve learned: teachers are human.

They’re not superheroes or gods. Not saints or demons. They’re human beings, with flaws and weaknesses like all the rest of us.

Don Ward was a fine man who taught high school biology to undeserving students in the same crumbling, run-down building for forty-three years.

How bad was our school? When I was there, ceiling tiles used to fall crashing to the floor. I’d never actually seen one drop, but at least once a month we’d see one in the hallway by the lockers, broken on the ground with a cloud of white smoke that was probably 100% asbestos. In the ceiling, there’d be a gap that stayed there forever, never to be filled. No money in the budget. Or maybe nobody cared enough to bother.

Not such a great workplace for Don Ward. How did he do it? Why did he stay? It…

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Dino-mites #1

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I’m selling a copy of Dino-mites! #1, although I don’t know if anyone would buy it. It has 28 pages and its size is 6 inches by 9 inches. The cover is glossy and the inner pages are newsprint. I bought it at a small-time school supply shop in Parañaque City during the late 1980s or the early 1990s. I had never heard of it before, and I’ve never heard of it since. The inner front page is an advertisement for a company in Las Piñas so perhaps writer/artist Robert Velhagen is from there.

Marvel Super Special #16

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I’m selling a comic book reprint whose cover is very similar to that of Marvel Special Edition #2 (with the cover price removed) but whose contents are from Marvel Super Special #16 (according to the indicia on page 1). It is a complete comic book adaptation of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, reprinting Marvel Star Wars #39 to #44.
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