Marvel Adventures #1

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maradv11 I’m selling this Marvel Adventures #1 reprinted by National Book Store most likely in the late 1970s. (This issue, in turn, is a reprint of Daredevil #22.) Note that the cover has the title Marvel Adventure, but the indicia on the first page shows that the actual title is Marvel Adventures. (Click on the images to see higher-resolution versions of them.) This reprint has 20 pages (all story pages), with the inner covers advertisements for NBS like the outer back cover.

Note that the white color of the outer cover is not as yellowed as my other Philippine reprints. This is probably because I had covered this comic in a plastic cover since it was somewhat new. This was one of my first superhero comic books, and one of the very few Marvel comics I have ever read.

From Beyond the Unknown #22

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fbtu1 I’m selling this reprint of From Beyond the Unknown #22 published by National Book Store, most likely in the late 1970s. It has 24 pages (3 stories, 1 letters page) and its inner covers are NBS advertisements like the outer back cover. (Click on the images to see higher-resolution versions.)

Swamp Thing

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306861 I’m selling these two issues of Swamp Thing reprinted by National Book Store most likely in the late 1970s or the early 1980s. (Click on the images to see higher-resolution versions of them.) Each has 20 pages and the inner covers are NBS advertisements like the outer back cover.

Issue 14 was illustrated by Nestor Redondo, a Filipino. It has a 20-page story (“The Tomorrow Children”). Continue reading “Swamp Thing”


Some time ago, my wife bought a copy of the Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Human (London: Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2008) on sale at a National Book Store. I liked the entry for Filipinos under the section Peoples and the subsection Far East (and the sub-subsection Indo-Malaysia).

Location Philippines; also US, Middle East, Europe
Population 84 million
Language Tagalog, or Filipino (including Visaya dialect); Ilocano, Cebuano
Beliefs Roman Catholic Christianity, Sunni Islam, Protestant Christianity, Buddhism, animism

The Filipinos are of Malay origin with some Chinese, US, Spanish, and Arab features. Most Filipinos live in the lowland areas of the Philippines and are Catholics. This shared religion has tended to promote a common Filipino culture; however, it alienates the large Muslim minority.

Some 4 million Filipinos work abroad, in around 140 countries. Regardless of background, the great majority are employed as domestic workers, although some are nurses, midwives, and medical technicians.

The fiesta is an important part of Filipino culture. Each city and barrio (quarter or village) has at least one festival of its own, usually on the feast of its patron saint, which means that there is always a fiesta under way somewhere in the country. The biggest and most elaborate of the festivals is Christmas, a season that is always celebrated with much pomp and pageantry.

The entry has two pictures. One is of people lighting candles with a statue of Christ on the cross in the background (with the caption “Catholic Devotion Despite having Malay origins, the majority of Filipinos are devout Roman Catholics. The Philippines has the largest Catholic population of any Asian country.”).

The other is of a man standing next to a jeepney (with the caption “Customized Bus In the Philippines, the population gets around on elongated and highly decorated jeeps, known as Jeepneys.”).

I found the entry honest. I also found it refreshing because, unlike typical descriptions of the Philippines and Filipinos, this one doesn’t mention the country’s Spanish colonization and American occupation.

Roy Lichtenstein

(Originally posted at on December 9, 2010 8:35 AM)

Roy Lichtenstein is one of my favorite pop artists.  I have two books that contain his work.

I bought Lichtenstein: Drawings & Prints (Wellfleet Books, 1988) at a National Book Store in the early 1990’s (I think).  While other art books cost more than a thousand pesos, I was elated to purchase this book for around 300 pesos (if I remember correctly).

The other book was given to me by my friend, Eduardo, much later.  Roy Lichtenstein’s ABC (Bullfinch Press, 1999) is a “mini-retrospective” for “art lovers, letter lovers, and those just cutting their teeth on the alphabet.”

The studies (Study for Nurse, 1964; Study for Frightened Girl, 1964) are from the Drawings & Prints book, while the paintings (Nurse, 1964; Frightened Girl, 1964) are from the ABC book.