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NYCC 09: 60s Toys Invade NYCC

Posted: Monday, February 2, 2009
Posted By: Kevin Powers

60s Toys Invade NYCC

Classic toys Captain Action, the Outer Space Men and Zeroids have announced a panel discussion at the fourth annual New York Comic Con. These iconic properties are also exhibiting at booths on the popular convention showroom in addition to this spotlight.

Captain Action will be returning to the New York Comic Con after a successful debut at last April's convention. Since then, the franchise has expanded with more comics published, new toys, a collectible statue, Graphitti shirts and more. A spin-off series planned features the new Lady Action with fan favorite Kevin Maguire providing the cover.

"Everything old is new again, and fans are demanding more from these beloved properties," said Captain Action Enterprises' Ed Catto. “In addition, we’re also finding new readers jumping on board too.”

The Outer Space Men, originally introduced in 1968, are a series of seven poseable action figures. Created by Mel Birnkrant, these figures have been held dear in the hearts of fans for 40 years.

Now, Ex-Wall Streeter Gary Schaeffer has partnered with an extraordinary team of creative minds to bring back the characters in a new Graphic Novel and other exciting projects. The website, live since July, has become a destination for nostalgia fans.

“We decided to bring back the OSM and now for the 40th anniversary they have returned first in graphic novel form and soon the bendable action figures will be back. With writing by Eric Hayes and brilliant art from Rudolf Montemayor and Mark Borstel, it cannot be missed. Fans will meet some of the OSM characters that were never seen from the iconic and elusive second series: The World of the Future", said Gary Schaffer the managing member of The Outer Space Men, LLC.

Writer, Eric C Hayes says "The process of breathing life into these beloved characters has been an exciting one. I've been truly fortunate to get to know these imaginative characters. Our journey began with the brief bios located on their packaging and continues with their inter-planetary adventures on the pages of their very own Graphic Novel."

The Zeroids were also introduced in 1968, were billed as "robots from space", and predecessors to properties such as The Transformers and Wall-E. This popular toy, always an eBay staple, will be returning in comic series written by Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon and published by Moonstone Books. The comic debuts summer of 2009 and is followed by a full licensing push - including collectibles and apparel.

"This great concept has the ability to reach the nostalgia market, as well as the potential to find a new home with kids today", said Captain Action's Joe Ahearn. Joe, a noted toy creator, had also created the 1990's hit Creepsters.

The panel will consist of both a nostalgic glimpse backward and exciting previews of upcoming programs. Panelists include:

Gary Gary Schaeffer: Publisher of the Outer Space Men Graphic Novel, and managing member

Joe Gentile : Publisher- Moonstone Books and Author

Joe Ahearn : Partner, Captain Action Enterprises and Toy Expert

Eric Charles Hayes: Author of the Outer Space Men graphic novel

arc Borstel: Colorist, Letter : the Outer Space Men GN
Ruben Procopio : Sculptor , Illustrator and Animator, Masked Avengers Studios

The New York Comic Con is held at the Javits Center in New York City February 6 – 8, 2009. The 60s' Toys Invade Panel will be held in room 1A23 on Saturday, February 7th from 6:30-7:30 PM. No pre-registration is required for this panel.

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