I heard from Chris Hill, one of the people behind the AAA baseball comics…

You may remember the two Marvel giveaway comics, and you may remember how Chris Eliopoulos, who wrote the first comic, had a brief Twitter conversation with me.

Well, a few days ago I heard from another person involved with the comics: Christopher Hill, who helped make the deals that got those comics made in the first place and also did some of the writing. With his permission, I’m putting up what he sent me, with only one edit (removing a link to the comic overview, which I already posted higher up):

A friend just sent me a link to your blog articles on the books we did with Marvel. Thanks for taking the time. Great article.
We had fun writing those. Tough to pack so much in to a few pages, but we had a good time doing it. The boy on Hulk’s shoulder is based on my son. My favorite thing I have written! Glad you liked them.
We are working on a few new things in MiLB and MLB so I may circle back to borrow some of your ideas for future books! – Chris
PS – For those new things you can find me quietly on twitter @mPrintComics
Thanks, Chris!

Bizarre Baseball Culture: 2008’s Marvel Comics/AAA Baseball Crossover

In Bizarre Baseball Culture, I take a look at some of the more unusual places where baseball has reared it’s head in pop culture and fiction.

Last time on Bizarre Baseball Culture: I reviewed and overviewed 2007’s Triple-A Baseball Heroes.  In it, some of Marvel’s most famous and/or at-the-time-in-a-movie superheroes had misadventures at the AAA All-Star Game before learning the greatness and beauty of Triple-A Baseball. Also, the Hulk sang “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” If you haven’t read that, I suggest you do so.

And now, without further ado, it’s sequel, Triple-A Baseball Heroes #2.

The first “Superhero Day” giveaways around AAA must have been successful, because they did the same thing in 2008. Everything about the second issue of Triple-A Baseball Heroes was bigger. The scope was bigger, there were more alternate covers for certain cities, and instead of merely dealing with one event or city, the entirety of AAA baseball was at stake. It even had a cameo or two. You can even see the stakes raised in the standard cover (done by John Watson, who also did the cover for the 2007 edition). Where before it was but a standard “running towards the reader” scene, this one had conflict, as the Marvel heroes and AAA mascots surround Doctor Doom, Magneto, the Green Goblin and the Mole Man.

2008 Giveaway Comic coverI have to think, by the way, that the mascot of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs would be in trouble against Magneto.

So, what about the story itself? Well, go below the jump for that.

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Bizarre Baseball Culture Extra: A Brief Twitter Conversation with Chris Eliopoulos

Thanks partially to the efforts of Larry Granillo, the article about the 2007 Triple-A Baseball Heroes actually came to the attention of the comic’s writer, Chris Eliopoulos. His comment upon seeing it:

So, I asked him a few questions, and he was kind enough to answer what he could remember from 2007. For example, I asked how he ended up writing the piece in the first place:

In other words, he did the comic because he loves baseball and was willing to work with the clients (in this case presumably AAA Baseball). And, well, most of the unusual and/or bizarre things in the comic can be chalked up because that’s what the clients wanted:

Thanks to Chris Eliopoulos for tweeting with me quick yesterday. Appreciate it. Also, thanks to Larry Granillo for bringing it to his attention.

Bizarre Baseball Culture: 2007’s Marvel Comics/AAA Baseball Crossover

In Bizarre Baseball Culture, I take a look at some of the more unusual places where baseball has reared it’s head in pop culture and fiction.

I warned you. I told you it was coming. You could have gone away, but, no, you had to go and actually come here and read this installment of Bizarre Baseball Culture. This is a very special Bizarre Baseball Culture, as, for the first time, it’s something that I actually have in my very small personal collection of comic books. You see, in 2007, each Triple-A baseball team had a day celebrating superheroes, and as a giveaway, there was this comic:

2007GiveawayComic copyAnd, as you can probably guess, I was at that game and got the giveaway. And so, it sat in a drawer for almost seven years, ignored. Until today. Yes, true believers, tremble and prepare yourself for the 2007 edition of Triple-A Baseball Heroes, featuring the superheroes of Marvel Comics.

Now, a few notes before we get going here:

  • All of the images in this post were scanned by yours truly, and any problems with the quality of the images are my fault.
  • All characters and logos in the comic are property of their respective owners (such as Marvel Comics or Minor League Baseball). The excerpts from this comic used in this post are being used under fair use doctrine and are meant merely to support and enhance the opinions and facts stated in said post.
  • Click on any of the images to make them bigger.
  • To the best of my knowledge, the only way to get this comic nowadays is to find it on eBay or have gone to the games that had them released.

Now, go below the jump for the rest of the post:

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Coming Soon: Marvel Comics meets Triple-A Baseball

So I found this (among other things) in my drawer today….

2007GiveawayComic copyYes, coming soon from the Baseball Continuum by way of a 2007 promotional giveaway: Triple-A Baseball Heroes, guest-starring the Marvel superheroes.

If this isn’t Bizarre Baseball Culture, I’m not sure what is. Prepare yourself. For it is coming.