Monday, April 6, 2020

CoronaVirus Captain's Library I AM LEGEND: AWAKENINGS "Losing Voice: Ethan's Story"

When the post-apocalyptic pandemic movie I Am Legend opened in 2007...
...this comic, which combined both new material and adaptations of several motion comics from the film's website was distributed to comic stores and movie theaters!
Written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz, this was the first of four prequel stories set in the movie's universe.
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(But not the 1960s Vincent Price adaptation.
That one, you can get here...)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

CoronaVirus Captain's Library CRACKED "O'Meagre Man"

Much like Blacula, The Omega Man is one of the few 1950s-1970s genre films...
...that didn't have a "straight" comics adaptation!
For those who don't "get" the dated punchline, the final reveal shows the leader to be the primary character of the politically-incorrect 1970s TV series All in the Family.
Illustrated by John Severin (with an assist on likenesses by his sister, master caricaturist Marie Severin), this story from Major Publications' Cracked #100 (1972) is the only adaptation and only spoof of the movie, which itself is the second movie adaptation of Richard Matheson's novelette I Am Legend!
(The first was 1964's Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price!)
All three versions specify that a virus kills most of the human population and mutates almost all the survivors into creatures (ghouls/vampires/zombies depending on which version you're watching)!
Note: two of the three cinema versions specify that the disease is man-made!
(Thr original novella indicates it's a natural mutation of rabies and carried by animals!
In the Will Smith movie, it's called the "Krippen Virus" and was intended to destroy cancer cells.
In the Charlton Heston flick, it's nameless biological weapons used by Red China and the USSR in a border conflict which gets out of control!
In the Vincent Price movie, the plague's cause is unspecified.
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I Am Legend/Omega Man
Which features both the recent Will Smith version and the 1970s Charlton Heston version!
(But not the 1960s Vincent Price adaptation.
That one, you can get here...)
Last Man on Earth

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Captain's Library CATWOMAN Part 3

...Patience Phillips, resurrected from the dead and granted awesome feline abilities by the cat-goddess Bast, is now ready to avenge herself on those who killed her, starting with the man who shot her...
Things are not going according to plan!
Can Patience/Catwoman resolve the situation?
Will she stop Laurel's maniacal scheme?
Will Tom let his heart, rather than his head, rule?
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Friday, February 14, 2020

Captain's Library CATWOMAN Part 1

Some movie adaptations of comic book properties go so far from the source material...
 ...that a new comic book version is created!
Such was the case with the film featuring a well-known comic character that Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry starred in...
Talk about your life-altering experiences!
Check out our "sister" RetroBlog, Heroines, on Monday to continue the tale!
With only the name in common with the long-running Batman villainess/lover, this 2004 movie, done during the period when the Batman movie franchise was dormant, was determined to avoid any linkage to the Selina Kyle incarnation who had multiple appearances on TV (both live-action and animated) and two previous movies!
The comic, written by Chuck Austen, penciled by Tom Derenick, and inked by Adam DeKraker, follows an earlier version of the shooting script, so there are variations between it and what you've seen on-screen!
Halle Berry was no stranger to playing leather-clad genre characters... Storm/Ororo Munroe in several X-Men flicks...

...and "Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson in the James Bond movie Die Another Day!
Considering another Black actress, Eartha Kitt, had portrayed the classic character, you'd think Halle would've wanted to stick a little closer to the source material.
Guess not!
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