Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Random stuff from the archive: Jet Dream

Some of you may not be aware of Jet Dream and her Stuntgirl Counterspies. That might be a good thing. The character was originally a backup feature in Gold Key's Man from U.N.C.L.E. series. She did manage to snag an one issue special, but the public didn't bite and the character faded from memory.  

But, thanks to the Internet few things go quietly into the the ether and there were a few retrospective pieces. I considered trying to publish the character, although I was unaware of the rights situation and didn't wish to get bogged down trying to obtain them from whoever owned them, plus as it turns out trying to self-publish requires a fair amount of capital. There was also a remix webcomic going around, although that seems to have gone silent.

So, in the end what do we have? A bunch of art that is gathering dust and some stories clogging the old gray matter. To alleviate that, I'll be introducing the characters here and there. Feel free to comment.

Beware the Batman: Sacrifice

"Sacrifice" Beware the Batman, Cartoon Network 28 Sept 2013

Back again and recap's aplenty

Flashback to the last appearance of Lady Shiva and Anarky.

Monday, February 16, 2015

She-Wolf of London/Love and Curses

To clarify, this isn't a review of the 1946 Universal film. No, this was among the debut lineup of the extremely short lived Hollywood Premiere Network, Universal's disastrous foray into the syndicated television market of the early 90's. I wasn't aware of this series until 1997 when it reran on the Sci-Fi Channel.

Before I go any further, if you're looking for a review of this that's both funny and informative, I'd suggest going to Phealous's site over in the links and checking out  Obscurus Lupa's Manic Episodes.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Essential Showcase: Spectacular Spider-Man volume 1

Digging through the archives and the dusty vaults, I found another interesting treasure. Essential Spectacular Spider-Man volume 1 contained issues 1 through 31 of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976-1979). The idea of a hero headlining two books is common place now and even in the 1940's, but Marvel in the 1970's tended to have their characters in their own titles, crossovers aside.

The idea of this series was to focus on more on Peter Parker, rather than Spider-Man. By this point, Peter was still a college student and dating Mary Jane. Flash Thompson had returned from Vietnam, and the Green Goblin and Jackal were dead. This volume shows the origin of the Lightmaster, the return of the Enforcers, and the debut of the Hypno Hustler. It shows the story that reintroduced Flash's girlfriend Sha-Shan and has them rebuild their relationship. It also shows the end coda of the Champions.

The stories are bronze era Marvel at its finest. Peter is trying to grow and efforts are made to move him forward. The villains introduced are a mixed bag; the Lightmaster never got above the B list, whereas the Hypno Hustler became a punch line for the 1970's. The Beetle has a decent story, and we see the introduction of Carrion. We also have enough appearances of the White Tiger to almost make him the official co-star.  

Bill Mantlo's handling of the characters is amazing. The book is worth it for that alone, but combined with the work of Archie Goodwin and Frank Miller before he went off the deep end, this is something to consider buying.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th (1980) , dir. Sean S. Cunningham, Georgetown Productions Inc./Sean S. Cunningham Films

Since this is the first Friday the 13th of 2015, why not look back at the first Friday the 13th? The story has been told and retold a hundred times since the early 80's, but let's just focus on the film's own merits.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Beware the Batman: Control

"Control" Beware the Batman  Cartoon Network, 21 September 2013

 -recap time. Remember Dr. Jason Burr and the whole cortex thing? It's going to play a part in this.