Before the high end toy market exploded in the 2000s, dedicated fans would create their own custom figures with super glue, model paint, discarded bits and pieces from broken toys, even molding their own parts. With some time and determination, GI Joes became the classic Star Trek cast, Transformer parts and X-Men dolls could be fused to make Robocop, even the terrible Filmation Ghostbusters cartoon car (not the one based on the movies) could be hacked into a cool Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It was IRL recasting at it’s most DIY.
Which brings us to Livermore California…
Livermore California has two claims to fame. The Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Laboratory and the longest continuously burning light bulb known to man. It’s not the kind of place you would expect a killer comic store, but Fantasy Books and Games is an entertainment oasis.
and The Simpsons as The Legion of Superheroes.
Jim MacQuarrie recently reposted a great reminiscence Still the Geekiest Thing Ever! about his discovery of one fan’s quest to cleverly recast as many Springfieldians as he could, through repainted action figures, as members of DC Comics’ team of Teens From the Future, the Legion of Superheroes.
Check out the post for a bevy of pictures of the repainted Simpsons toys, and the story behind the project’s creator, Greg White.
Atomic Junk Shop is a great blog, its contributors are long time fans of comics, sci-fi, genre media who’ve been studying the stuff for years, and love what they’re writing about. It isn’t clogged with clickbait McNews, instead relying on passion, positivity, and knowledge to engage readers. The site regularly has in-depth articles about vintage pulps, obscure comics history, genre TV and books, overlooked stories, and recommendations for new work worth keeping an eye out for. They also post new episodes of House To Astonish, a Scottish podcast that is just about the best comics news, reviews, and fun you can download.