Anthony's Hidden Gems

So, I will be honest, I haven’t published a Blind Adam’s hidden gems in a while. I have a bunch but I am behind. Mostly because Adam uses voice to text and I have to decipher what is being said. It was a time consuming process. I will be publishing more in the future as my time frees up. (Life has been very crazy for me lately and I just haven’t had the time or energy to do a lot of stuff.) Anyway, one of the things I loved doing was padding the Hidden Gems lists with books I thought were cool. I would add a couple in every time I ran one. So needless to say, I still see books I love and want to spotlight so it will get the love and notice it wouldn’t otherwise get. So I am going to drop those nuggets here. Randomly, as I come across books I have or see that I think deserves attention.

Here is the first:
Transformers #53
Later Transformers covers got to be weird, violent, and sometimes creepy. These are my favorite covers from the series. This one features a scantily clad female warrior holding a worse for the wear Autobot by the wires. The great thing about this is it is an early Jim Lee cover from Marvel. Jim was about 1.5 - 2 years into his stint at Marvel, and before leaving to form Image.

This isn’t the only one Jim did either, he covered Transformers #67 featuring a triumphant Decepticon on the cover. Mycomicshop calls 67 “possibly Jim Lee’s earliest work for Marvel.” Not sure if they mean chronologically by when he completed and submitted the work, but it is certainly not the earliest published.

Finally, my favorite cover which reaches towards horrific is Transformers #70 which features two robots horrifically merged and holding up a simple “Help Us” sign.

And finally, while we are on the topic of Marvel Robot comics, one comic I think is highly undervalued, features multiple first appearances of licensed characters, and is just damn cool, is Shogun Warriors #1. I loved the toys as a kid and think I sprinkled this one in a Blind Adam post a while back.

So there you go, I hope you enjoyed the inaugural edition of Anthony’s Hidden Gems (with respect and love to Blind Adam)


Liking the transformers theme for this edition.

Having the complete run of this first series (many slabbed) I can say the black cover of issue 53 is a tough fun in NM+ or higher. Newsstand (shown in the pic) forget about it. Newsstands if all issues in 9.8 go for good money.

Issue 67 is a great cover. I don’t have that one slabbed, but on the lookout for a 9.6 or higher copy for the right price.

The two robots merged in issue 70 are Ratchet & Megatron. I haven’t read it in a while, but I think it was a story arc.

I have compiled a list of 1st appearances of the most popular characters that include the US and UK. I need to roll that out sometime.


Feel free to post it here man. Or start the D-Rog-Trans-Wiki for you


Shut up, Alana. Someone’s gotta get things started.

I’d like to create a page like the “hunt the shelves” thread a while back where anyone can edit it as they learn more info. Gotta look back to see how that worked.

After you create a topic, click settings and convert to Wiki.

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Time for another Hidden Gems. This one is about SpongeBob (kinda).

SpongeBob is the most popular Nickelodeon TV show, and will be a huge nostalgia factor in the future. Heck, it is already a huge seller on the secondary market, selling for over $100 on eBay.

If you are a fan of the show, you know the original name for SpongeBob was SpongeBoy. They had to change it due to an already existing character, not a mop like some online sites say. So let’s go down the rabbit hole.

The original SpongeBob actually appeared in a 1980’s comic called “Intertidal Zone” written by Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob, when he was a marine biologist. His name was originally Bob the Sponge. This is an absolute ghost, I have tried to find one, and have yet to locate it. It was an educational comic used as a teaching tool, so not sure if any copies are out there.

Anyway, when SpongeBob went to Nick, the original episode had been recorded with the name SpongeBoy. Nick’s legal department put a halt on the name due to an existing character, Sponge Boy. Sponge Boy was a character who first appeared as a sidekick to Flaming Carrot. Sponge Boy first appears in Aardvark AD in 3-D

Sponge Boy is kidnapped in the issue and doesn’t return for 3 years later when he shows up in Cerebus #104

Sponge Boy’s last appearance was in Flaming Carrot Comics #1 from Dark Horse Comics.

So there you go, the strange case of SpongeBoy comics


I believe the Bob in SpongeBob was in recognition of Bob Burden (flaming carrot writer/artist). Or so the story goes…

What the heck? I bought a copy of #1 a few years back for like $20 I think. Time to sell I suppose.

SpongeBob was a cartoon I didn’t mind watching when the kids were smaller. Stupid humor, but still I always enjoyed watching with the kids. Awesome write-up, I had no idea of the origins of the character.
I had a copy of issue 1, I sold it for $150/$180- I forget exactly how much-a year of two ago. Subsequent early issues of the comic can go for decent money too. Im not sure how long they printed the comic, but I’ve seen listings for issues numbered in 70’s/80s if I’m not mistaken.