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Nov. 16th, 2018


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Title: Ripley's Believe It or Not #2
Author: Howard Mackie, Dale Mettam, Ben Meares, Oliver Kaplowitz, Deivis Goetten (Illustrator), Marcelo Basile (Illustrator), Renzo Rodriguez (Illustrator), Moy R (Illustrator) , Fred Harper (Illustrator), Lucas Meyer (Illustrator), Ceci de la Cruz (Illustrator), Roberto Epps (Illustrator), Robby Bevard (Illustrator), Marco Lesko (Illustrator), Fran Gamboa (Illustrator), Jorge Cortés (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.9/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: November 16, 2018
Book Summary: More fantastic tales straight from the vaults of Robert Ripley himself! Told by legendary talents and rising stars alike! 48 pulse-pounding pages of magic and mystery featuring Howard Mackie, the legend of Stingy Jack, Tony Isabella, the inexplicable Winchester Mansion, and much, much more! Even when you see it, you won't believe it!
Book Review: Have I mentioned how much I love this series so far?

Then again I love these type of comics that offer a fascinating look at true stories and what drove people to do the things they did in order to get the outcome either they were looking for or the result that came from the right moment.

Much like the last issue, you are given true stories and offered the tales behind them. This one was no different. So let's get started on these. :D

In our first story, "Framing Sequence", we find a married couple entering into the Ripley's Museum. They are greeted by hypnotic hologram of the collector who tells them to enjoy his collections from around the world. While the wife seems fascinated by all the odds and ends of the museum, her husband, however, is not. That is until he spots an unusal object....

"Egyptian Cats"
In the ancient world of Babylon, King Camnyses has demanded that the daughter of Pharaoh Amasis as his prospective bride. Unwilling to send his daughter but at the same time trying to keep the peace between them, the Pharaoh sends a body double of his daughter to Camnyses. Not fooled by this, Camnyses demands his advisors prepare to go to war. As the Pharaoh waits for the inevitable, Princess Nitocris tells her father that patron goddess Bastet would have protected Egypt where she had been allowed to go to Persia. Now they are about to be invaded....

"Frozen Girl"
In Minnesota, a worried young woman is trying to rush home before a winter storm comes. She races down an icy road more worried about changing the radio station than actually watching the road. In a matter of moments of her eyes off the road, her car comes up upon a rabbit. She serves her car to avoid hitting the animal. The car spins out of control and violently impacts a tree. She decides to run home only to be halted by the strong storm and ended up being frozen. The next day she is found by a man named Wally Nelson, whom whisked her to the hospital quickly.

"Irish Giant"
Meet Charles Byrne, the Irish Giant. He stood at 7 foot 7 inches. At this time, he was considered to be the tallest man alive. He was born to a rural irish couple and while they were happy, their boy kept on growing. As he aged, he continued to grow but he never waivered in his generosity. Charles decided it was time to move and did so by moving to London. There he would find people whom were jealous of his stature including a doctor whom wanted to learn his secrets.

"Winchester Mansion"
The Winchester name is synonymous with the rifles that it created and were used during the expansion of the West. William Winchester met and married a young woman named Sarah. The young couple welcomed a daughter named Anne. The couple were in bliss but that bliss did not last. Young Anne died and her parents found different ways to grieve for her. Her father, William, threw himself into his work and would later pass away himself. Her mother, Sarah, fell into deep depression and upon the death of her husband and child, moved herself to San Jose, California, where she would build the most famous mansion of all. All this due to a medium she consulted and told her to continue to build to keep the spirits at bay.

"Stingy Jack"
In New York City, there was a man named Jack, whom was notorious for bullying the patrons of a pub. The only thing that saved him from the angry patrons was his silvered tongue. One night a stranger appeared. He was dressed finely and easily ripe for the picking and Jack did so. He used the man for drink. After quite some time, Jack learned the man's name and he was quite taken aback when the man told him he could see the blackness of Jack's soul. Of course this makes Jack laugh and tell the man that the only way he would know is if the man were the Devil himself. In which the man would answer with a wicked grin. Time would pass and eventually Jack died. He found the Devil waiting for him at the Pearly Gates and would deny him entry. Jack carved the turnip that he had been buried with and used it to light his way.....

In this second issue, Ripley's story continue to come alive through these pages. They draw you in to the characters and give you a lesson to be learned with each one. I think I have actually found another series to quite enjoy reading. I am really quite looking forward to reading the next issue of this.

Oct. 6th, 2018


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Title: Ripley's Believe It or Not 001 (2018)
Author: Howard Mackie, Fox Kavanagh, Dale Mettam, Victoria Rau, and Ben Meares
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.9/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: October 6, 2018
Book Summary: A 48-page anthology of some of the most phantasmagorical oddities in the Robert Ripley collection, written and illustrated by by an equally mind-blowing mix of comic book legends and rising stars. You'll have to see it to believe it! "A Tale As Old As..." (THE REAL STORY OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), written by Howard Mackie and illustrated by Hakan Aydin "I've Been Working On The Railroad" (PHINEAS GAGE, THE MAN WHO SURVIVED A RAILROAD SPIKE THROUGH HIS HEAD), written by Fox Kavanagh and illustrated by Daniel Maine "The Ride Of His Life" (THE DEAD MAN WHO WON A HORSE RACE), written by Dale Mettam "Mother Nature Blew Her " (THE YELLOWSTONE VOLCANO THAT COULD WIPE US ALL OUT), written by Victoria Rau and illustrated by Pat Broderick "49 Lives" (THE CAT WHO COULD PREDICT DEATH), written by Ben Meares and illustrated by Marcelo Basile And 5 illustrated fun fact pages, featuring more juicy tidbits about the stories within this issue and Robert Ripley himself!
Book Review: As a child, television channels were fairly new. We were just getting channels like HBO, MTV, and other great channels that would offer great new material for people to enjoy. One of those great material shows was one called Ripley's Believe it or Not starring Jack Palance and his daughter, Holly, as the shows two hosts. I remember watching this during the weekends with my parents. It was fascinating and filled with interesting facts and some even having demonstrations of various pieces believed to bring innovation to the world. I was sad to see it ended and when it was given a reboot in the nineties, I suppose I was just not impressed with it as I had been with the older version.

However, when I found that this was coming out in comic book form I was thrilled. For the first time, I was seeing my childhood returning and I could not wait to crack this comic open.

In the first issue, we are given four stories.

In the first story called "A Tale As Old As", we are given the tale of the real beauty and the beast set in a Chateau in the north part of France. Here we learn of a young man Petrus Gonsalvus suffered from a condition known as hypertrichosis, where hair grows all over a person's body. He was captured and put on display until King Henry of France saw him differently. Henry saw someone of intelligence and a soul. So he took it upon himself to make Petrus somewhat of special project. He was given a tutor and taught but Henry believed there was something missing from Petrus's life - a wife. Both he and his wife, Catherine, set out to find the young man a bride. At first, the girl outright rejected him but Petrus persisted and in the end, the two of them were married by the King himself. The one telling this tale? His daughter, Antonietta Gonsalvus.

In our second story, "I’ve Been Working on The Railroad", we learn how Phineas Gage managed to survive having his head impaled by a tamping iron‍. Unfortunately the damage it did changed much of Phineas's personality and behavior during the course of the rest of his life.

In our third story, "The Ride of His People", the year is 1923 and Frank Hayes was a horse jockey whom was about to compete in the steeplechase at Belmont Park. Sadly while he was riding a horse named Sweet Kiss, Frank Hayes had a heart attack and died during the race. He is the first dead man to ever win a race.

Our fourth story called "Mother Nature Blew Her", a father tells his daughter what the future would be like if pollution continues to dirty our air and waters.

And our last story called "49 Lives", we meet a cat whom cares little for human companionship but tends to visit those on the verge of death and stays with them until the very end. The cat's name is Oscar and he lives in a nursing home. He visits those whom either have no family or the family is far away and unable to be there during the final hours before death claims their loved one.

To those whom may not know of this series may find some of these true stories utterly bizarre but quite interesting. For those, like myself, whom grew up with these sort of tales on television this is a nice added addition to your collection. Each story is unique and each one told by different artists and given their own spin upon these tales.</i>