Steel City Con Recap

Loading up my Ultimate Super-Hero Mix on my iPhone and consuming a large Mountain Dew for extra nerd-power (essential for hunting for bargains!), I took off for this year’s Steel City Con at the Monroeville Convention center just east of Pittsburgh.

I haven’t been to this particular convention before, but it’s the smaller one of the two annual conventions in Pittsburgh (the Pittsburgh ComicCon being the big convention). This is mainly a dealer-based con, and they were out in force! A handful of back-issue dealers were present, but the majority of the tables were collectibles retailers: toys, statues, figurines, trading cards, t-shirts, card games, even movie props. It was quite an impressive spread.

Nice scan bait!

I had no particular goals for this con, just to get a look at the junk, maybe find some back issues on the cheap and check out the local artists/indie books. I rifled through the back issues, pulling some old Legion books I wanted to try my hand at scanning (picked up the entire Great Darkness Saga for about 7 bucks), and a couple more here and there. The complete Man of Steel miniseries by John Byrne was a particularly great find, along with early Superboy stuff from the Reign of the Supermen. I picked up a whole run of the indie book Iron Sirens (even had one signed by one of the female bodybuilders the book is based on), and I was surprised at the quality of the book. I must make a note to review it sometime soon.

The celebrities were pretty sparse. Richard Kiel was in attendance, and man has that dude gotten old. There were some wrestling girls from TNA (I’m not a big wrestling fan) and the obligatory Stormtroopers and a dude in a pretty nice Vader costume. There were a number of people in Mandalorian armor (seems like everyone wanted to be Boba Fett but more than one would certainly violate fake-costumed-character credibility!), including one with their plastic breast plate shaped like breasts. I’m going to assume it was a woman, but with the armor and helmet on I wouldn’t rule out a crossplayer. The only major celebrity (relatively) was the Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno. The line was 20 people deep and I saw he was charging $40 for a picture with him. Needless to say, I passed.

My favorite sign I've seen on a long-box in a while.

As befitting a con of this size, there were just a few fan costumes. I saw the world’s least curvy woman in a Catwoman suit. She was so stick-thin the vinyl outfit bunched up and she was not pulling it off. Better than that was a guy in a fairly decent-looking Deadpool costume and his companion, a passable Ms. Marvel (not really enough hips to make the sash hang right, but not bad overall). We have a phenomenon here in Pittsburgh of a group of guys in full-on Ghostbuster jumpsuits and proton packs. As I left, I saw their mini-van painted to look like Ecto-1 in the parking lot.

All in all, a decent Con for wasting a few hours browsing dealer tables, but not much more than that. Still, we really only have two cons here in Pittsburgh, so it was still the place to be for all the nerds, geeks and other dateless wonders. I just wish it was a little more “Who’s Who” and a little less “Who the hell?”.

Star Trek Card Game on the cheap. Makes me nostalgic...

A trio of B-9s, dwarfing Robby...

Ugh. I'm so done with people cramming zombies into everything else.

Some of the rarer DC Universe figures. Even a Sinestro!

Asps! Very dangerous! You go first!

So many Transformers

Old School Star Wars

Figures upon figures


I love the smell of longboxes in the morning...

Sliding bins like in elementary school... classy!

Collect them all!

My Ultimate Super-Hero Mix

What a shock... one of my favorite albums has a song on this list!

I got the idea from a friend to do a super-hero mix, suitable for pumping up the blood before a comic con. And with tomorrow being the relatively small but still fun Steel City ComicCon, it’s time for just that! Here we go, in play order (arranged thematically):

How can you not include Brainiac's Daughter?

Sunshine Superman – Hüsker Dü
Spider-Man – The Ramones
Divine Hammer – The Breeders
Superman – R.E.M.
Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me) – XTC
Brainiac’s Daughter – The Dukes Of Stratosphear
God of Thunder – KISS
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me – U2
Thunderstruck – AC/DC
The End Is the Beginning Is the End – Smashing Pumpkins
Silver Gun Superman – Stone Temple Pilots
Iron Man – Black Sabbath
The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning – Smashing Pumpkins

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