Friday, December 20, 2019

LOST Star Wars Stories!

...we're showing the only Star Wars comics that have never been reprinted in their original format!
Blackthorne's three-issue mini-series from 1987, Star Wars 3-D!
The reprints are non-3D line art!
Would you like to see the 3-D versions?
Let us know!
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Rene Auberjonois (1940-2019)

Though most genre fans know the late Rene Auberjonois... Odo, the metamorph from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, my first genre exposure to a very young Rene was in 1972, when the young up-and-comer played...Spider-Man!
Let me explain...
Art by John Romita Sr
LP records adapting comic strip and comic book characters into audio adventures date back to the 1940s.
The heyday was during the 1960s-70s when both brand-new adventures (often in stereo) and re-presentations of classic radio dramas competed for shelf space in record stores.
Art by John Romita Sr
But this album, from 1972, was a whole new approach to the genre...a superhero musical, loaded with genre-related talent!
Ron Dante, the voice and composer behind The Archies (remember "Sugar, Sugar"?), and his band performed the album's music as "The WebSpinners".
Besides Rene (who also voiced Dessad on both the 1980s Super Friends and 1990s Justice League animated series, and played several other characters in the Star Trek multiverse), there was Thayer David, known to genre fans as the villainous Arne Saknussenn in Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), multiple evil roles on the 1960s gothic soap Dark Shadows. and the blackmailing villain in the 1977 pilot for the live-action Amazing Spider-Man tv series, as The Kingpin!
The script and music were penned by Stephen Lemberg, who not only did this album, but the Fantastic Four dramatic radio show and the infamous A MARVEL-ous Evening with Stan Lee at Carnegie Hall! (Nobody's perfect.)

Here's the album's gatefold interior, featuring art by John Romita Sr, which enabled you to follow the story...and yes, that's Dr Strange as both Steve Ditko co-creations battle the Kingpin!
Is that kool, or what?

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Thanksgiving Turkey RED SONJA "Into the Realm of Darkness" Conclusion

...planning to save the world from Queen Gedren's plot to unleash the power of an ancient artifact that could destroy the world, Red Sonja and her allies reach...
Oddly, the comic ends five minutes before the actual end of the movie...
Think the creative women, writer Louise Simonson and penciler Mary Wilshire, just couldn't stomach doing those last few minutes?
BTW, a decade ago, director Robert Rodriguez planned a remake...
...starring his then-paramour Rose McGowan as the chain mail-bikini-clad version of the character, but it died in Development Hell.
in 2015, Rodriguez did produce a motion comic version of Gail Simone's story from Dynamite Comics...
but it's hardly the same.
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