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Veronica Lake (1922 – 1973)
My 1940’s imaginary screen-writing persona knows that Hollywood studio executives worked without a Human Resources Department. There was no talk of employee well-being, anti-discrimination legislation, or duty of care. There were films. And there was money.
The Origins of Underrated Comics: "Darkchylde"
Since it was October and the spooky season is over, why not do a creepy monstrous comic origin to end it? Well with this comic origin it's far from your usual monsters like vampires, zombies, and werewolves etc. No, this beautiful but deadly creature is far from what anyone would expect in a monster of death. I hope you all will enjoy reading this and be interested in the comic yourself. Here is the origin of "DARKCHYLDE"...
That Dinner of ‘67 - Review
After the passing of the legendary Sydney Poiter, I came across BBC Four’s radio drama based on one of his iconic films. Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Adrian Lester and David Morrissey star in Tracy-Ann Oberman’s new play about the making of the ground-breaking movie, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
A Love Forged in the Storm
The year was 1943, and the world was engulfed in the chaos of World War II. In a small coastal village in England, the sound of air raid sirens and the distant thunder of artillery were ever-present. Fear and uncertainty loomed over the villagers, but amidst the turmoil, a love story unfolded that would be remembered for generations.
A Thanksgiving TV Memory
From 1973 to 1981, my family and I always began our Thanksgiving by watching The CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV from 9AM until noon. While NBC covered only New York City’s Macy’s Parade, this CBS show covered about thirty minutes each of five different parades throughout the USA and one in Canada.
Max Fleischer's SUPERMAN
I watched all seventeen short episodes of Max Fleischer's excellent, excellent "Superman" series from the early Forties, from start to finish. They were great, well-animated, slam-bang actioners the lot of them, and, although there was little plot to get in the way of the derring-do, they were all that much more a visceral bang of enjoyment, an old-fashioned childlike pulp fiction, comic book dive into all-American costumed hero mythology.
- Top Story - November 2023
"Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November..."
"The State sanctifies its own violence as law. Yours it calls crime." Max Stirner I've quoted the above little observation by proto-anarchist and egoist Max Stirner, author of The Ego and What it Possesses, many, many times; perhaps too often, but there is no other way I could think to introduce an essay on Alan Moore's V for Vendetta, the most important graphic novel ever penned, a book so transcendent in its scope, so vast in its vision of humanity (both dark and light), it has become a piece of cultural iconography. The Guy Fawkes Face Mask is now an endemic, ubiquitous symbol of covert rebellion. Adopted by the Anonymous hacker group, it has gone the rounds of the internet and the face of the globe, a way for the most radical and dedicated and subversive elements of cultural fuckery to disguise themselves, as well as meld into one single "hive mind"; a collective unit pushing against repression and corruption; or, alternately, pushing the world forward past the edge of the envelope of nihilistic rebellion. V for Vendetta, more than any other single comic book creation I can think of (outside of Superman and Batman) has transcended the realm of mere entertainment into having a permanent place in the cultural zeitgeist.
My Scene: The Forgotten Barbie Line
Barbie went through phases Just like how we go through different phases, But one of my favorite phases was the My Scene addition to the Barbie toys.
The Sandman: "Brief Lives"
There's no denying that Neil Gaiman's epic comic series The Sandman is a work of sheer brilliance; the sprawling horror fantasy encompasses ten volumes of individual issues, spanning various story arcs, all culminating in the saga of Lord Morpheus, Dream of the Eternals, whose brothers and sisters include Despair, Destiny, Desire, Delirium, Death, and Destruction. It is the latter, the renegade Destruction, who left his realm as an Eternal to strike out in the human world; on a remote island, with a curmudgeonly talking dog, and Destruction as his Boy (ala' Vic and Blood in Harlan Ellison's famous story). Across the way, on the famous Isle of Lesbos, lives Orpheus, son of Morpheus, a talking head guarded over zealously by a personal retinue of keepers.
Young Sherlock Holmes
I remember seeing Young Sherlock Holmes as a child, me and Mom being the only two people sitting in an empty theater in the freezing cold. The theater manager, because there were only two patrons, obviously didn't think it advisable or worthy to turn the heat on. I suppose that made sense to him. It added something to the film, even, as the thing takes place in a freezing London winter in Victorian times.
I have reviewed the comic book series called "The EC Archives".
Welcome back to the 1950s Science Fiction Podcast. In this episode, I'll be discussing three comics from the EC Archives. These stories were originally published in Incredible Science Fictions issues #31 and #33, by EC Publishing. The first story, Fulfillment, was printed in #31; the second, Has Been, was also published in #31; and the last story, Kaleidoscope, was published in #33.
Killers of the Flower Moon
With many crime film hits through the decades, Martin Scorsese has often set the rules for the genre. The formula often involves fast-talking, violent mobsters breaking in and out of the criminal underworld. He returns to more historical trappings with Killers of the Flower Moon, another excellent production that embraces both heritage and a more emotive tone.