Monday, July 9, 2018

Marvel Spiderman Co-Creator, Ditko, Dies

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Late last week, Steve Ditko, creator or co-creator of "Hawk and Dove," "Creeper," "The Question," "Dr. Strange" and "Spiderman" passed away.  But the brilliant and quirky creator/artist/writer was such a recluse in life that when his body was found, it was determined that he had already been dead for a few days.

     Steve Ditko, who some say was hard to get along with, argued with Stan Lee over the direction of Spiderman and quit the very day that he received a generous page rate hike.

     Over at DC Comics, Steve supposedly quit his own book, The Creeper, due to some minor writing that stated that one "ex-con" had some helpful information.  Steve's "objectivism" beliefs (Steve was an ardent follower of author, Ayn Rand and her beliefs) led him to think that there were no "ex" cons, only cons.  His set in stone thinking led to the creation of The Question and a sterner vision character, Mr. A.  Alan Moore based his own Rorchach character on the Question.

     I will have more on Steve Ditko, soon.

     Take care and adopt a (Steve Ditko) comic book today! 

Friday, June 29, 2018

I Have No Heart, Yet I Must Mourn. (Goodbye, Harlan)

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Just yesterday, I read that "speculative fiction" (as he liked to call it) writer, Harlan Ellison passed away.  My title placed above, is a sort of take-off, paraphrase tribute to Harlan's, "I Have No Mouth, Yet I Must Scream!"

     Regular readers of this blog will no doubt know that Harlan enjoyed comic books and even wrote a few when he was not writing television, essays and the on and off movie.

     Along the television line, Harlan is known for his scripts for "Outer Limits" ("Sodjer") which I believe he sued the makers of "Terminator, citing some similarities.  And of course the Star Trek episode, "City on the Edge of Forever."

     I have some more soon on Mr. E. including a funny meeting I had with him.  But for now...

     Take care and adopt a (any type of Harlan writing) comic book today!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Lambert at Lake Effect

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Stop by the Mentor Holiday Inn (rt. 306 & rt. 2) this Sunday, June 24th from 10am till 5pm for a great comic book convention.

     This wonderful annual comic book convention, The Lake Effect Con, is a wonderful mixture of old comics for sale, Cosplay, and artists featuring brand new work, product and commissions.

     So stop by, talk sci-fi, comics, movies and what-not with me, pick up a few of my newest Bystander Adventure novels.  And yes, I will autograph them.  The Lake effect comic con is an all day fun fest. Come on over and be part of it.  I'll see you then.

     Take care and adopt a comic (that you pick up at Lake Effect Con) book today!  

Monday, June 18, 2018

The World is Owned...Bat or Mouse?

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Just the other day, I saw that ATT purchased Warner/Time.  And Warner/Time already was part of AOL and other companies (such as Ted Turner), so now I consider the new company to be officially...ATT/AOL/Warner/Time/ maybe...God? (and Turner can't even get his name on the stationary.)

     Everything is either This new company or Disney!  So I guess soon, the whole world will either be wearing Bat ears or Mouse ears...Yikes!

     Take care and adopt a (anything you want, it's all owned by somebody else anyway) comic book today!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Another Lois Lost!

     I just learned, although no medical reason was given, that Margot Kidder, the Canadian actress who played Lois Lane, opposite Christopher Reeves, passed away at the age of 69. 

     Besides the 4 Superman films, Margot also played in "Amityville Horror" and Pygmalion, opposite Peter O'Toole for Showtime.

     Noel Neil just passed away fairly recently (I'm not sure if Phylis Coates is still with us or not) so some of the earliest, iconic Lois's are now gone. 

     Who now is all of the older Clarks going to get teased by?

     Take care and adopt a (Lois Lane) comic book today!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Thanos...Jor-el Gone Wrong?

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  I finally got to see Avengers: The Infinity War.  Well, talk about 3 hours of slugfest with some plot and pathos thrown in!  And although it does not follow the plot of the comic, at least the end result is attempting to be the same.

     But the reasoning...come on already!  In the comics, Thanos has a longing, almost a love for the character of Death.  He wants to destroy all of the stars (aka everything in universe) to give to Death as a token of his love.

     In the film though, he reasons with his home planet that if everyone does not "thin out the herd" (humanity) the planet and universe will destroy itself just the same.  They scoff at him and he goes ahead with his own plans anyway.

     Hmmm, throw in a rocketed to Earth baby before things go blooey and you've got Jor-el and Superman's origin.  Thanos does not deserve even this iota of pathos.  He is pure evil and I would have preferred the comic book reasoning for his actions, but then again, I did not shell out 500 million just to film this movie.

     Take care and adopt a (Thanos) comic book today!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Smallville Snafu!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  It seems that over the weekend ex-Smallville actress, Allison Mack (Cloey) has been heavily questioned for being part of a sex slavery ring.

     Now everyone is innocent till proven guilty, but I read that Alison is "co-operating with authorities and is singing like the Von Trapp family in "Sound of Music."

     I will say one thing though, I'll never watch Smallvile the same way again.

     Take care and adopt a (not a Smallville, but rather a Superboy) comic book today!