OK, I think this was from Son... may have been Ghost. Bela Lugosi as Ygor points out where his neck was broken when he was hung, but survived. I think in Son of Frankenstein, he was trying to get the current Doctor Frankenstein to heal his injuries, while at the same time he was using the Monster to avenge himself on the jury that tried him of his crimes.
I think in Ghost of Frankenstein, he had his brain transplanted into the Monster, which was appropriate, because in the next installment, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Bela Lugosi played the Monster!
So, I've had a chance to play all the games in the Superman Plug 'n Play game I bought some time back.
Overall, these are some decent games, none of them are that hard (heck, I was able to play each game for quite a while), so if you get frustrated by the difficulty of some of the more popular games, this is a good option for you!
Battleship Blitz was one of my favorites... Lex Luthor's got remote-controlled battleships, and you need to destroy the weapons on these ships (with heat vision) and put out dangerous fires (with super-breath). Items you can pick up give you an extra life, freeze breath (to put enemies out of commission temporarily), solar energy recharges, and shields.
Brainiac Blast was like a variation on Tetris, except that you can pick up and move Brainiac's nuclear charges, so that they'll disappear when four or more are directly touching. This was a bit difficult to play, as it proved a challege to drop stuff where you wanted it dropped.
Metropolis Quake Rescue kind of reminded me of the old Defender game. Luthor's got "ground thumpers" causing earthquakes, and you have to destroy all of them, and rescue the hostages (and fly them back to the Red Cross tent). This was probably the game that was most fitting for Superman, given that you need to save lives. One of the items you can get here gives you super speed, but even that didn't always speed you up as fast as you'd probably prefer. Still, I would have to say this was my second favorite game.
Warworld Armageddon was like the old Asteroids game... and Meteor Strike was like Space Invaders in many ways.
Overall, I'd say this was a good game to purchase... even at the regular price, it would be worth your money!
...which is one reason I'm blogging early tonight! You can read most of the details about our day on the new "Building Our Family Blog"...
...but what I don't say there is that it was Kurt Busiek who was appearing at Olympic Cards & Comics. I wasn't able to stay all that long, but Kurt was in fine form, providing some very humorous insights into how he sees Aquaman, and (in his response to my own question) his plans for Krypto in Action Comics (look for a multi-issue storyline coming up before too long). I'm looking forward to that!
...I just realized that I'd forgotten to keep track of how many ads I'd posted and how many were left, so the one I posted tonight will be the last one until I get a chance to scan some more in (which may not be until Tuesday night!).
OK, so I'll admit that I'm not really that certain off the top of my head which Frankenstein movie this is from... but I'd have to guess "Ghost of Frankenstein", since in "Son of Frankenstein" the monster got knocked into a sulphur or lime pit, and here he's clearly caked in something, with Ygor having dug him up!
That's Bela Lugosi in the beard as Ygor (different character from the hunchback in the original movie, who was named Fritz... Ygor was a criminal who was hung for his crimes, but didn't die... he was instead severely injured, with his neck broken). And I'm pretty sure that's Lon Chaney, Jr. as the monster (I think he had the role until Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, when he had to play his previous role... and I think Lugosi played the Monster there).
Here's the closest we've seen to a Monkees action figure line... I'm not sure how many "Showbiz Babies" were made other than the Monkees. I've always been rather disappointed that Mego didn't make a line of Monkees figures (for that matter, they could've done several series of Beatles figures, too... early 60s Mop Tops, Rubber Soul days, a Sgt. Pepper set, and maybe some Magical Mystery Tour versions, plus a Let it Be set to wrap it all up!).
Anyway... these things were probably two or three inches tall, and were definitely marketed towards pre-teen girls!
I don't think this one looks that much like Peter... we'll see how it compares to the other three over the next few days!
Here's a Monkeemobile I'd never heard of until I found a picture of it in a book about Monkees memorabilia! It's a battery-powered toy, which, as you can see, plays some Monkees music when you press the button!
Which Monkees song? Heck if I know... it was probably just a brief snippet of one, anyway.
And this begins several days of Monkees merchandise!
From the June, 1975 cover-dated DC books comes this centerspread ad for the "Best of the West" toys from Marx, featuring Johnny West!
I'll have to admit that a few things surprised me about this ad... first of all, the line art (by Jack Davis?) of the figures, rather than photographs.
Second of all, I guess I didn't realize that the Best of the West line lasted this long! Then again, it was a few years before Kenner's Star Wars line would change the size of action figures, for the most part... and the line must've been popular!
Normally, when I post a poster for a Universal monster movie, you know by now there'll be several days of stills from said movie (or at least, movies with that character)... but not this time! The book I got this picture from just didn't have any interesting Invisible Man stills to scan!
Apologies for the quality of the scan... here's the Mighty Kong, a battery-powered "remote control" (toy manufacturer shorthand for "there's a wire leading to the controller") toy... and you know what? I'd love to have one of these on my shelf!
OK, so this isn't from a movie per se... but this photo of Boris Karloff being made-up as the Frankenstein Monster by Jack Pierce was just too freaking cool not to post!
Have I mentioned that I did my own Frankenstein Monster make-up a number of years ago for a haunted house? I certainly didn't go as far as Jack Pierce's make-up went... I really kind of cheated a bit (although it was certainly good enough for the time). My headpiece started with a "forehead" piece of foam rubber I paid a fair amount of money for over the internet, and then I bought a rubber mask of a skull at a local store that I basically turned into a skullcap, attached the forehead piece to, and basically built it up with some liquid latex. Once I was satisfied with the shape of it, then it was time to attach the crepe hair to it, a very long process! I used liquid latex to attach the hair to the headpiece, and it came out looking pretty cool, if I say so myself.
The day of the haunted house, I couldn't get the neck bolts to stay on, so they were left off (I wonder if I even still have those?). Part of the problem was that I was about 100 lbs heavier back then, which made me have virtually no neck to speak of!
But of course, the biggest problem was trying to apply all this myself.
If I ever decide to do another haunted house some day, my hope is to get plenty of volunteers to be the monsters, and then I can create the makeup for them, and put it on, because it's easier to apply the appliances to someone else than it is to do it to yourself!
I still have that headpiece, as well as the green makeup I used... also the costume and boots I bought!
Here's a two-in-one installment... top half being a DC House Ad for The Amazing World Of DC Comics' Justice Society issue... and the bottom half being, naturally, a House Ad for subscriptions, complete with a 1960s Batman picture!
But getting back to Amazing World of DC Comics... I really think DC's missing the boat by not producing some kind of collection of this fanzine. Issues are very hard to come by, and even some kind of facsimile edition would probably sell very well to aging fanboys like myself. Marvel should do the same thing with FOOM, if you ask me.
From my "Cowboys and Indians" files, here's Green Lantern 33! Kind of ironic, in that it wouldn't be all that long after this he and his JSA buddies would be kicked out of All-Star Comics when it was changed over to All-Star Western, and the cowboys would be in!
Here's a really bizarre-looking Lurch doll... and it's not just bizarre because of the head vs. body proportions... I mean, it's just plain bizarre-looking! Almost like if Lurch was a character in Rocky Horror Picture show.
I'm making this my first blog entry of the night, which means that all further entries this evening will appear before it (assuming you're checking this blog after I've done all the blogging I'm going to tonight), and it's been over 24 hours since the show aired, so I'd hope you've had a chance to see it.
Like many people, I kind of felt a bit disappointed in this episode. All the promos were pointing to some epic battle with Sylar, and instead, we got 50 minutes into the episode before it happened (and with the follow-up stuff, I'd be amazed if the whole confrontation took 5 minutes of screen time).
I guess there's reasons for that, though... there was still a lot of plot to get to that point first, setting things up for the final dominoes to fall (Heroes is a very dense show - dense in the sense of a lot of stuff happens in every episode).
Some fans have been wondering why Peter Petrelli lost it so much that he was going to explode, and couldn't stop it. My explanation for this is that when he's absorbed/copied a new power, he has a hard time controlling it. For example, when he first met up with the cop (sorry, I'm forgetting names right now) that's a mind-reader, he had no way of stopping the power from working. Given it's a power that really takes control to use or not use, I can't say I'm surprised that when he started to go nuclear, he couldn't stop it this time. Heck, even Ted had his issues with the power, and he'd had it for much longer (although I suppose Claude would be disappointed in Peter).
Why didn't Peter just fly himself away before he went boom, and needed Nathan's help? Well, that's an easy one to answer... like the Legion's Ultra Boy, Peter can apparently only use one power at a time. Just before he started going nuclear, for example, he was using Nikki/Jessica's super-strength to beat on Sylar (it would've been easier for him to defeat Sylar if he'd been invisible AND used the super-strength, but he didn't, ergo, I figure he couldn't). So, Nathan flew Peter off, big blow-up, etc.
Actually, the most anticlimatic thing for me was Hiro's attack on Sylar. I would've thought that would've been more impressive than simply running up and stabbing him through. But then, everyone had their part to play in the drama, didn't they?
I have found myself wondering if anyone had a hand in ensuring that this particular sequence of events played out the way it did... definitely not Linderman (he appeared to really want Peter to explode, although I'm not sure anyone really knew it would be Peter, and not Ted or Sylar)... the Richard Roundtree character, on the other hand, could easily be responsible for things getting together (I wonder if he had anything to do with Isaac doing the 9th Wonders comic book?).
Speaking of Isaac, let's look at which of the characters who started out in this last episode are still with us, are gone, or may be gone...
Sylar, of course, certainly looked like he was dead... but that blood trail from where he fell going to the sewer makes it appear he's not quite dead yet! Early word is that the villain in the next volume might have helped him get away (this would be the one that Molly was especially afraid of).
Peter and Nathan? Well, I think we can be sure that Peter's still alive, since in the possible future, even after he went nuclear, he was still around afterwards, thanks to copying Claire's healing power. Nathan? Well, I've already learned the actor who plays him will be back next season, but even without hearing that, I figure Nathan could've just flown Peter far enough away that he wouldn't hurt anyone, and then let him go while he flew away as fast as possible (I can see Peter telling him to do that).
Claire and her father, Noah Bennett (so nice to have a first name for him, isn't it?) are definitely still around... as is Nikki (who seems to have gotten rid of the Jessica persona, although I wouldn't be surprised if Jessica's just hiding). Micah and Molly, as well as Suresh, are still around, too.
Matt Parkman (that's his name!) was in a bad way, as was D.L., but it's entirely possible they'll recover from their wounds.
Linderman... is he dead? I think he is... I don't imagine there's any way that he could've possibly used his healing power on himself.
Ando is still with us, although I'd imagine that he's going to be out of events for a while. Hiro is apparently going to be in the past for at least the first six or seven episodes, from what I've heard (there's some speculation he'll actually become the hero of Japan's past that his father had read stories to him about, but I've a feeling he'll simply meet up with him).
There's a lot that can happen in Volume 2: Generations... and I'd bet that rewatching the entire first season (which I hope to do when the DVD comes out) will reveal some clues to what might be going on there, too!
So as I've mentioned before, Jessi's off on a four-day training trip, so I've been "batching it" around here.
Today began at 6:30 when I woke up and made breakfast for Jessi, so I could drive her to work (thus allowing her car to be kept here at the house, instead of left at the reservation). We took the dogs along with us for the heck of it. I did get a chance to see where Jessi works and meet some of the people she works with, so that was cool.
I got home from that, grabbed a shower, and then watched a little TV before heading off to work. Since I was starting back on my old hours today, I had to be in to work at 10, with lunch break at 2 (and that for only an hour).
Work was all right, until shortly after I got back from lunch, when the file server we all need access to for doing our job went offline, and it took a little over an hour before it was working again. Fortunately, things went smoothly after that. It was during our down time that Jessi called to let me know she made it there safely.
I left work on time, came home, let the dogs out, watched some Enterprise episodes, and had dinner while I waited for 9 p.m, which is, of course, when Heroes came on for the season finale! I had Jessi on the phone so we could kind of watch it together. (I think I need to let this episode sit in my mind a little bit more before I can say much about it). We talked for about another 45 minutes or so after that, when she went to bed.
I already miss her, of course. I'll be glad when Thursday gets here, and she's home again.
I don't know about you guys, but I know that I'm getting bored with the Mummy pictures (as I believe I've said before, I've never been a big Mummy fan)... so this is a double-sized post, with the final Mummy image below!
So, apparently there's some fashion law in Metropolis that says if you adopt a baby that's from a different culture than your own...
...you have to dress like that culture. At least on the cover of your book. And it helps if you're drawn by Dick Giordano (I think he did this cover), too.
I suppose we should be happy that Lois didn't end up with a Chinese or other child of Asian descent... or a black child, or any other cultural background!
There were a lot of DC covers around this time (and, naturally, stories, too), especially in the Superman titles, that made use of Native Americans (or, if you prefer, Indians).
Of course, this particular one was during Lois' "relevance" stage, which never got the press (deservedly so) that Green Lantern/Green Arrow got... in fact, the Lois relevance stories were more often mocked (such as the "I Am Curious (Black)").
Yes, I'm still looking at December, 1978 cover-dated Charlton comics ads...
...and this one reminds me of how often Charlton would basically just imitate what DC and Marvel were doing at times.
I mean, during Bat-mania, the whole Action Hero line came about. And while I don't have the info to prove it, I'd guess that Iron Fist and Master of Kung Fu probably pre-dated Charlton's Yang (the Karate Kid and Richard Dragon books probably did, too). But this even extended into formats... Marvel had their black and white magazine line, and Charlton did, too (although, as I've pointed out before, Charlton's B&W line was limited to Six Million Dollar Man, Emergency!, and Space:1999, the latter pictured above).
And like both DC and Marvel, selected back issues were made available for mail order... and this, I believe, was a first for Charlton! Most of their mail order ads were for subscriptions (although I think there was an ad for the Charlton Spotlight fanzine, too).
You know, every time I look at a photo of the Land of the Giants Aurora Model Kit, I keep wondering... "When they got the license to do this, did someone at Aurora already have a sculpt of a snake ready for a model kit, and they just added the little people to it and create the kit from that?"
I mean... really. Yes, I know they also did a kit of the Spindrift (which is pretty freakin' cool), but this is kind of lame, y'know? But I suppose if they'd done, say, a kit with a tarantula menacing the little people, I'd be asking if it had originally been done for an Incredible Shrinking Man kit and reworked...
...that on Sunday, there was a new Cover Stories column (as there has been more or less every Sunday for the last 106 weeks, except for that one week I lost track of how many I had banked) up at World Famous Comics! You can use the link in the links list to check it out.
What reminded me of this? Well, probably writing column #113 earlier today (which puts me seven weeks ahead today, I'm hoping to get at least another five or six done before the week is out to buy me some extra time for when we get a child here... of course, if we don't get a child in the next three months, I'll need to bank more ahead of time again... but I'm also hoping that my Reader Challenge generates results before then).
Hmmm... you know, I really need to check the calendar, too, beause there's probably going to be at least one column coming up that I should really have a special theme for (like for Jessi's and my anniversary).
So, not much to report here... I forgot to mention that on Saturday, Jessi and I made a quick trip to Tacoma to pick up some yarn for Jessi that my mom picked up for us (Jessi's working on crocheting a blanket for our child, and the local store ran out of the yarn she was using), and then after we got home, we started that "building a family" blog I mentioned last night.
Today was more or less a relaxation day... Jessi took a little time to give a friend of hers some driving lessons, but aside from that, we just enjoyed a quiet day together before she leaves on her training trip tomorrow.
This Frankenstein monster battery-powered toy is certainly one of the most strangely-designed Frankenstein toys I've ever seen! Most of them owe at least something to the Universal Frankenstein monster, with a flat head and green skin... but this one looks more like an Igor-type to me!
This December, 1978 cover-dated Charlton comics ad is just plain strange... did anyone really spend money on this? I'd expect to see this kind of stuff in the National Enquirer or the Star or other tabloids... then again, there's plenty of other Charlton ads that are as hokey like this or worse!
So here's Crack Comics #1... and that's a title that I'd imagine wouldn't be used on any mainstream title today, would it? Underground comic, sure... although I shudder to think what "Crack" would be referring to...
Anyway, the characters you see here are kind of interesting, in an "obscure character" kind of way. Aside from the Black Condor, I don't belive much, if anything, has been done with the characters these days!
That cover image with the Clock is just bizarre, with the villain providing exposition for the image! I think the Clock was another of those non-powered masked villains, his gimmick being "The Clock Strikes" on a business card he'd leave when he defeated the story's villain. Madam Fatal, unless I'm mistaken, was comics first cross-dressing superhero, being a man who disguised himself as an old lady to fight crime!
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