Photo Diary: March 2015 Part 3

Still very slowly working my way through these. Here’s the latest batch. More will go up…later.

I don’t usually do this, but here are a few links related to these posts. My action figure review went up on CBR and focused on three of the latest Greg Capullo Batman figures from DC Collectibles.

Here‘s my review of The Giant Mechanical Man which I really enjoyed. I also eventually finished that run on Amazing Spider-Man. It’s one of my favorites and I wrote about it on my pop culture blog.

You can read my posts on my author page. That’s been a really fun gig!


The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 25

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 25 runs the gamut, talking about two different kinds of Spider-Man, enjoying That 70s Show with Lucy and The League on my own and lots and lots of free plugs for Netflix.

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Apparently you can still buy Famous Covers Spider-Man and Electro 2-pack on Amazon!

I reviewed the first two seasons of FX’s The League over on The fourth season hits Netflix on September 3rd and the fifth season kicks off on FXX the next day.

To read the full 10 Ways Living With A Toddler Is Like Being In Prison, head on over to HuffPo.Itchy_&_Scratchy_&_Marge_33

I’m embarrassed to say that I referred to Marge as Maggie while talking about The Simpsons episode “Itchy & Scratchie & Marge.” Let’s blame it on the cold, shall we?

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The Pop Poppa Of The Week is none other than Uncle Ben as played by Martin Sheen in The Amazing Spider-Men, a film I reviewed over on


Peep Pocoyo and his pals above.


To see the Disney cartoons I mentioned, check out Walt Disney Animation Vol. 1: Mickey And The Beanstalk and Vol. 3: The Prince & The Pauper.

For more of me check out,, Comic Book Resources and @PoppaDietsch on Twitter.

The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 22

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It’s another roller coaster of emotions on this week’s Pop Poppa Nap Cast as I recount taking Lu to day care so I could interview Stan Lee, some of the things that have been bumming me out lately and then ending with Lu’s newly converted big girl bed.

You can read how my Stan Lee interview went over on CBR.

Here‘s the post I wrote about the cool new Mickey Mouse cartoons.

For more of me check out,, Comic Book Resources and @PoppaDietsch on Twitter.

I’ve Got A Spider-Fan On My Hands

my spider-man mug

When I moved away from home — can’t remember if it was to go to college or to come out to New York and work for Wizard because my memory’s pretty bad — my aunt Kristi gave me the mug you see above. As you can clearly see, it clearly features a classic image of Marvel’s longtime superstar character Spider-Man who you probably know more from movies, cartoons, action figures, video games and mugs than comics. This mug had a place of prominence on my desk all through my Wizard career and luckily made it home after I got canned. Since then, it’s been in my regular coffee mug rotation at home and has gotten bumped up to the big leagues after I broke the Blue Beetle mug my wife painted for me which I wrote not one, but two photo diaries about.

Anyway, now that the mug is in more regular rotation, I’ve been telling Lu about Spider-Man a bit. She even has her own take on his name that sounds something like “Pie-Der-Man.” Today, in an effort to get away from Disney’s atrocious live action line-up that seems too immature for my not-even-2-year-old. At first I tried putting on the 90s cartoon that first taught me about the character, but the music in that one’s a little more intense than I remembered. There’s only one real thing that seems to scare Lu and it’s music. If you remember the opening of that show has a pretty gnarly electric guitar piece that does not stand the test of time by any means. Luckily for both of us there’s like eight Spider-Man cartoons and they’re all on Netflix Instant. I decided to go as old school as I could and went with the one that premiered back in 1967 (which you can buy as a DVD set too, of course).

60s spider-manThis is actually the Spidey cartoon I’m least familiar with. I actually don’t think I’d seen a full episode, something I can’t say about the rest of the batch, though I’ve seen the memes around the interwebs. This one is much more Lu’s speed right now as the music is actually pretty funky and groovy and it’s overall very kid-friendly. Like every other Spidey cartoon I’ve seen, this one mainly focuses on introducing the Web Head’s rogues gallery (at least the first dozen or so, which we all watched today). There were two parts of the story that surprised me at least from a mythology standpoint: first, Peter Parker’s main love interest is actually Betty Brant instead of Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy and second, Peter isn’t presented as a high school student, but mainly as a photographer at the Daily Bugle when not in his Spidey gear. I thought that was an interesting point.

Anyway, I started playing these episodes for Lu and wound kind of fade in and out as far as what was actually happening in the specific episodes, but it looks to me like she fell in love pretty quickly. At one point in the day, I tried switching over to something else which lead to her staring at me and shouting “Pie-Der-Man! Pie-Der-Man!” until I turned it back on. I try not to give into baby peer pressure like that, but she had a rough night and was all up in my grill most of the day, so the time apart was welcome. Also, when she got up after her nap, I got the same thing but at a much lower volume.

So, it seems like my little girl is a Spider-Man fan which is great. I wonder if her fandom will be like mine which is actually reflected in the sentence I wrote in the opening. I love Spidey as a movie, cartoon and video game star, but never got into his comics. I also have a box FILLED with toys based on his cartoon and have three of his games on my “want to play on the Xbox 360” list. Actually, now that I think about it, maybe she’ll let me play video games if I’m playing Spider-Man. Hmm…