The image of the Star Destroyer that mesmerized me 30 years ago.

I can’t believe that it was 30 years ago that Star Wars was released. I can’t say that I have a whole lot to say, but it’s still important enough to me that it deserves a mention. It was 30 years ago that I began to imagine a galaxy far, far away. It was 30 years ago that I can recall specific childhood memories. I can’t say that Star Wars changed my life or inspired me to become who I am, but I do know that it was that film that introduced me to the idea of sci-fi, fantasy, and myth that I still enjoy to this day.

The one thing that most amazes me is watching Carter and his love for the same types of things. He watched Star Wars for the first few times at the baby sitter’s house when he was around 2 years old. Now, at almost 4 he can name as many characters as I could when I was his age. It’s an amazing thing, to feel like you are watching your childhood repeat itself.

However, 30 years ago there were no DVDs. There were no VCRs. Perhaps that’s why I saw the movie seven times in the theater. We take for granted that we can watch these movie whenever we want, but 30 years ago, it was something special to watch Star Wars. I think that is the one feeling that I still carry today.

No matter how many times I watch the DVDs or the re-release in the theater (why didn’t they re-release it for the anniversary?), or it shows up on HBO, I’ll never have that feeling again. I’m not saying that in sadness. It’s a good memory. I still remember the first time I saw Jill (my wife). I still remember the first time I saw Carter (our son). I still remember the first time we started the 1970 Chevelle my Dad and I built and I still remember how it felt watching Star Wars 30 years ago and that’s a good feeling.

Star Wars is seldom on my mind these days. There are more important things, like family, work and the new house, that take up my time. Having said that, I think sometime this holiday weekend Carter and I (and Jill is she wants to) may have to curl up together and watch Star Wars.

Boba Fett airport promotional image for Star Wars weekends at Walt Disney World.

That’s a hilarious image. It’s one (of many) that will be appearing in Florida airports until the end of June promoting the Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World. I can’t wait until we can all go back and ride the Star Wars ride. Carter was about an inch too short this past April when we went, so we just looked at all the Star Wars items in the MGM Park. He got excited when R2-D2 appeared in the parade and said “he’s so silly.” Maybe when we go back, we’ll go for a Star Wars weekend (next year).

One more image from the airport promos. Check them all out here.

Darth Vader airport promotional image for Star Wars weekends at Walt Disney World.

Cover to Fantastic Four #210 featuring Galactus

I’ve posted before about my love for Captain Carrot. There’s something about that comic that just reminds me of being a kid. I only had a few issues of the series, the first of which I’m sure came with a “comic collecting starter kit’ ordered from the JC Penny (or Sears) Christmas Wish-book in the early 80’s. So it’s not a love from being over-exposed.

I suppose it’s the same love I feel for many of the comics that started my collection. I got the same feeling when not too long ago I located a copy of Fantastic Four #210 in a quarter bin. Flipping through its pages, I remember specific panels and was fascinated to read it again. I think that’s part of the reason I like Captain Carrot so much now. Back then it was just a “funny” book. Now, I read it and I see all the references it was making to the current comics of the time. It’s like watching The Simpsons, where kids find something funny and adults get a completely different picture. It’s a Meta-Text to the DC Universe and other comics of the time.

Cover image for Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew issue 1 from DC Comics

The origin of the team came about when Superman was investigating a strange phenomenon causing the citizens of Metropolis to begin acting like their primate ancestors. He soon found a ray streaking at him from a strange barrier surrounding the Earth, which prompted him to use a meteorite as protection. When the ray struck the meteorite, Superman and the meteor’s fragments were sent from Superman’s native dimension into Earth-C. There, Superman met several of the world’s residents, who had gained superpowers when they were struck by the various meteor fragments.

The animals and Superman soon teamed up to stop the source of the ray (which was also causing the denizens of Earth-C to behave like their non-anthropomorized animal ancestors), which turned out to be the old Justice League villain Starro, a sentient starfish, who was launching his de-evolution assault from the Earth-C universe’s Pluto. After defeating the villain, the animals decided to stick together and form the Zoo Crew, and Superman returned home.

Anyway, to get on with the point of this long winded post, DC Comics announced that the full run of Captain Carrot will be available in their Showcase format on September 26. For those unfamiliar, the Showcase format is a phone-book size collection of comics (usually 20-25 issues), printed on newsprint in black and white. For the past few years DC has been releasing their older comics (Superman, Batman, Justice League) in these collections. Marvel has something similar with their Essential line. Both lines are a great way for new and old fans to pick up full runs and large sets of story-lines or issues for very little $$. Both collections retail for $16.99 and can usually be found online for $10-$12. That’s a lot of bang for the buck. Don’t pass them up because of the black and white printing either. Before the 90’s, comic art wasn’t as detailed, so the simpler illustration style reproduces beautifully without to color, with some volumes looking better than their color counterparts.

Now have some fun and check out Issue 13 of Captain Carrot and His Zoo Crew. Just mouse over the image after and click the NEXT or PREV links to continue.

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