In recent years, it has become more common to find comic books serving as direct sources of inspiration for big budget movies and television. Comic books have also been key to the marketing approach to the launch of certain toy lines – helping to give each character personality and adventures that kids can imagine.
In this blog, we explore some of the back stories of original comic book art in Prop Store’s Toys, Comic Art & Collectibles Live Auction (March 4, 2020) that inspired the movies, television shows, and/or toys that we love!
Ask any toy collector which treasure they’d most like to own, and the chances are they’d all tell you the same thing: a rocket-firing Boba Fett.
The laconic intergalactic bounty hunter is widely regarded as the Star Wars saga’s coolest character, with his Spaghetti Western-style, jetpack armour and that iconic, narrow-slit helmet visor, which suggested a cruelty and merciless precision far beyond the Empire’s clumsy stormtroopers. But this isn’t why he’s so sought after in action-figure form. At least, not entirely.
The Coen brothers are always full of surprises. One moment they’re remaking Ealing comedy classic The Ladykillers, the next they’re adapting Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men. Over the years, they’ve made a baby-kidnap caper (Raising Arizona), reimagined Homer’s Odyssey as a Depression-era chain-gang musical (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), and delighted in repeatedly casting George Clooney as increasingly stupid men. But their latest movie was arguably their biggest surprise yet. Mainly because everyone initially thought it was going to be a TV series.
Across three seasons of the groundbreaking series Marvel’s Jessica Jones, the eponymous damaged heroine had to face some true demons, from a mind-controlling creep, to a full-on serial killer, to her own mom. In their own way, each of these antagonists reflects how showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and her team brought Jessica from the more heightened world of the comic book page to hard-hitting reality, dealing with serious themes while doling out crimefighting entertainment.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones was a watershed moment in Super Hero entertainment. We’d seen comic book characters tackle real-world issues before, but from its first season debut in 2015, the gritty, edgy Marvel show dug its nails deep into every piece of “reality” that could be approximated around its super-powered star.
John Wick tells the tale of a retired hit man that is forced back into the underground world of assassins when he embarks on a merciless rampage to hunt down his adversaries. With the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend, John Wick fights to overcome the world’s top hit men and women in a stylish tale of revenge and redemption.
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By Dan Jolin
I spent 10 years in Azeroth. The world of Massively Multiplayer Online role-playing game World of Warcraft was immense, compelling, exciting and a great way to spend a long evening — whether that was hitting dungeons with your friends, exploring its lush jungles or barren wastes, or just hanging out down the inn in Stormwind’s Old District chatting with your guild buddies.
A movie doesn’t have to be set in the distant past, or envision a fantastical future to hook us with its world-building. Often, it’s just as interesting to see how film-makers and craftspeople represent modern-day reality on our screens, no matter how tough and unpalatable it may be.
Life is difficult in Host-occupied Los Angeles. When the mysterious, intergalactic force known as The Hosts arrived on Earth, they quickly sequestered the world’s population in to manageable blocs, complete with gigantic border walls and an oppressive regime of human collaborators. Though many citizens have chosen to live through the occupation as peacefully as possible, human resistance forces are what keep the Hosts actively on the offensive when it comes to protecting their new territory. Take a look at some of the Host-highlights from the Colony Auction.
Ever since Blade Runner, cinematic sci-fi dystopias have always been stylish world-building affairs. Many continue to be heavily influenced by the noir-ish, raincoat-and-neon feel of Ridley Scott’s classic, but some strike out in bold new directions, building their look around their own, unique ideas; movies like The Divergent Series — as Prop Store’s next exclusive auction certainly proves.
In a futuristic, dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions based on human virtues: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). The Divergent Series is a thrilling action-adventure and global blockbuster franchise from Lionsgate. Prop Store is thrilled to offer collectibles from The Divergent Series to millions of fans around the world for the first time. No matter your favorite character or faction, you will find something one-of-a-kind to take home today.
Prop Store’s current Vintage Toys And Collectibles Live Auction represents another ground-breaking first for the company. In bringing together 750 original production toys, international collectibles, posters, cast & crew items into one auction, it is the first time Prop Store has moved into the toy collecting space with a carefully curated selection from some of the world’s most beloved movies: Indiana Jones, Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Marvel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rambo and of course Star Wars.
Each of us falls in love with the playthings we encounter as children, many of them still treasured as we grow up and out of touch with our sense of play. But sometimes we give our toys away, or lose them, or sell them to make space – and immediately after, we regret it. Now, Prop Store is returning those lost collectibles to avid and amateur collectors alike with its latest auction: a cornucopia of vintage figures, trading cards, vehicles, proof sheets, and more pieces from every stage of toy production. Whether you prefer Star Wars or Buck Rogers, Topps or Mego, our 2019 Vintage Toys & Collectibles Live Auction offers selections from across the world of collecting. Here are just a few highlight examples from the auction.
By Dean Craig Isadore Pelton
Great news! No, not a movie, stop crying. We are doing another auction! Yes, fellow Greendale Human Beings, we are opening the GCC vault once again to bring some timeless, Community College classics back to the auction block. What’s Dean got to do with it? Why, I get to give you the hot goss on the new lots, of course! Open your text books and let’s begin…
In a world of rampant technological advancements, it is often hard to keep perspective on how much the new devices effect our daily lives. Anyone with a smartphone has gone from relative anonymity to having a computer, and GPS, in their pocket practically all day long. But, advancements like the internet and smart phones were not a reality at the time the original Ghost in the Shell was created, and every adaptation since has made use of some of the fantastic tech at play in that world, even as the fantasy and reality move closer and closer together. Here are some highlight examples of future tech from the Ghost in the Shell Auction 2.0.
The near-future world of Ghost in the Shell presents a technological landscape where humanity and machine intersect at every corner. In a film concerned with questions of humanity and preserving one’s “self”, the world around the characters has been specifically designed to work against their better judgement, with technological advancements constantly on offer to distract from the harsh realities of physical life. Preview some of the auction lots now before bidding begins January 16th.
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What was your favorite show as a kid? You probably know without even thinking about it. The shows we watch at a young age tend to stick with us, quietly influencing our adult lives, whether through a colorful character, a well-remembered commercial, or an unforgettable theme song. Thankfully, these childhood classics are well-represented in the TV Treasures Auction. Today’s secret word is “Order.”
Television is a fleeting medium. A series that’s lucky enough to find an audience goes from concept to cancellation in a few short years, forever being replaced by the network’s next attempt at a hit. Culture at large tends to forget many of these stories, which puts narratives and characters that stick with us in the notable minority. These exceptions are the cultural heavy-weights; television that not only entertains, but lingers in the subconscious and plants seeds for thoughts that might not have formed otherwise.
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