Saturday, April 14, 2012

Geek TV: The Big Bang Theory!

bigbangtheory1Concept: It's Friends for geeks! Well, that's how I describe it. Most “fish out of water” programs feature what would be the oddball (i.e., Mork from Ork, etc.) as the character who doesn't understand what most of the characters are doing, but in this case, it's the “normal” girl who doesn't understand what all the geeky physicist types are all about that she encounters. Or, as the IMDB says, “A woman who moves into an apartment next door to two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.”

Total Episodes: By the time you read this, the show will likely have passed 100 episodes, as it's about halfway through the fifth season.

Original Air Dates: 2007-present

Original Network: CBS

Geek Factor: 10


bigbangtheory2Leonard Hoftstadter, Ph.D. (Johnny Galecki): An experimental physicist, often portrayed as the straight man on the series. Leonard is originally from New Jersey, and now lives in Pasadena, California, sharing an apartment with Sheldon Cooper. Both Leonard and Sheldon work at Caltech. Leonard is probably the least geeky of the main four geek characters, although he does have an expansive Superman comic book collection and a lot of other geek items! Leonard's entire family are also scientists, except for a brother who is a law professor at Harvard Law. He fell in love with Penny pretty much from the moment he first met her. They subsequently dated for a time, only to have their relationship sabotaged by Evil Wil Wheaton, but more recently got back together again, although their current relationship is in "beta testing."

Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D. (Jim Parsons): A theoretical physicist at Caltech, Sheldon is originally from East Texas. His specialty is string theory. He has no interest in romance, save from an analytical point of view. His inability to get irony, humor or sarcasm, strict adherence to routine, and other factors screams to many people that he's got Asperger syndrome. When someone accuses him of being crazy or insane, Sheldon will announce that he's not crazy, his mother had him tested. Sheldon's family is nothing like him. Sheldon doesn't care for Babylon 5, and his arch-nemesis for a long time was Wil Wheaton (who plays himself on his all-too-infrequent guest appearances).

Penny (Kaley Cuoco): Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Penny (yes, she has no last name, at least that they've mentioned yet) moved to Malibu to pursue an acting career. Naturally, she works as a waitress and sometimes bartender at The Cheesecake Factory. She lives across the hall from Leonard and Shelton. Her acting career highlights have included performing in "The Diary of Anne Frank" in a theater above a bowling alley and a commercial for hemorrhoid cream.

Howard Wolomitz, M.Eng. (Simon Helberg): An aerospace engineer, and the only one of the four core group who doesn't have a Ph.D. (something Sheldon has been known to call attention to now and then). Howard lives with his very Jewish (and unseen but definitely heard) mother. When the series begins, Howard thinks of himself as a ladies' man, with all kinds of pick-up lines (none of which ever seem to work). Fortunately for Howard, Penny eventually paired him up with her fellow waitress, Bernadette Rostenkowski, and the two of them fell in love and got engaged.

Rajesh Koothrappali, Ph.D. (Kunal Nayyar): Rajesh (usually just called “Raj” or “Koothrappali”) is from New Delhi, India, and is a particle astrophysicist. His parents are very wealthy, likely due to his father being a gynecologist. Raj stays in touch with his parents via webcam (probably Skype, although I don't believe it's specifically mentioned). Raj is very shy around women, not even being able to talk to one he finds attractive unless he's had some alcohol (or thinks he has). Despite this, he had better luck with women than Howard had before Bernadette came in the picture. Raj had a major crush on Bernadette during most of the fourth season, although he seems to be over this now. His sister, Priya, is an attorney who was Leonard's girlfriend early in the current season, but they've now broken up.

Leslie Winkle, Ph.D. (Sara Gilbert): Leslie appeared on and off during the first three seasons of the show, and is basically Leonard's female counterpart, and works in the same lab that Leonard does. Because her scientific theories are opposite Sheldon's, they are enemies. Leslie got kind of involved with Leonard for a time, but it was a purely physical relationship. She later had a similar relationship with Howard. I don't believe they explained why she's no longer around.

THE BIG BANG THEORYBernadette Rostenkowsky, Ph.D. (Melissa Rauch): Bernadette was a co-worker of Penny's at the Cheesecake Factory, working there to pay her way through graduate school microbiology. But now, she is in a high-paying science position. She and Howard initially didn't get along until they both connected over both having overbearing mothers. Interestingly, at least once, Bernadette yelled out in anger and sounded exactly like Howard's mother! Bernadette's father is apparently someone who you don't want to get angry at you!

Amy Farrah Fowler, Ph.D. (Mayim Bialik): When Raj and Howard decide to create a secret dating site profile for Sheldon, Amy is the only person who matches him. The two share many traits, although Amy seems to have more of an interest in the social niceties and relationships than Sheldon does. Amy is a neurobiologist. While Amy is a girl who is Sheldon's friend, Sheldon used to say that she is not his “girlfriend.” This, however, changed a number of episodes ago, and Shelton wrote up a "Girlfriend/Boyfriend Agreement" (similar to the infamous "Roomate Agreement" he has with Leonard) which Amy signed. She, Bernadette, and Penny have formed their own sort of core friendship group, often getting together to drink wine while one of the trio talks about their latest problem. They all hate Raj's sister. Amy has a tendency to opine that, while Bernadette is attractive, Penny is apparently Amy's idea of the most beautiful woman in the world (not that Amy seems to be oriented that way, she just has a tendency to say what she thinks).

Mrs. Wolowitz (voice of Carol Ann Susi): Stereotypical overbearing Jewish mother? Well, she's probably way beyond the worst of the stereotype presented on TV ever!

Priya Koothrappali (Aarti Mann): Raj's beautiful sister, an attorney who graduated at the top of her class. Five years before she's first seen on the show, she and Leonard hooked up in secret. When they start seeing each other again, they try to keep it hidden, but Sheldon discovers it. As of this writing, Priya moved back to India, and she and Leonard were keeping in touch via webcam. Apparently, they couldn't maintain their relationship that way and are now broken up.

Stuart (Kevin Sussman): Owner of the comic book store that the guys go to every Wednesday. A geek, but a geek with artistic ability. He actually dated Penny a few times, but when Penny accidentally called him “Leonard” the dating stopped. Stuard seems to know a lot of geek celebrities, given how much contact he's had with them. For instance, Wil Wheaton regularly buys his comics at the store; another time, Stuart manages to book Stan Lee for an appearance in the store. Stuart's store seems to be in financial trouble – odd, considering the guys probably buy all their stuff there (except for during Comic-Con, of course).

Evil Wil Wheaton (Wil Wheaton): Sheldon's arch-nemesis, ever since Sheldon took a 10-hour bus ride to attend a Star Trek convention Wil was to appear at so that Sheldon could get Wil to autograph his mint-on-card Wesley Crusher action figure. Wil didn't appear, instead appearing on The Hollywood Squares. Sheldon runs into Wil at the comic shop during the Mystic Warlords of Ka'ah card game tournament, vowing to defeat Wil, but when Wil bulls his way into convincing Sheldon that he didn't attend because his grandmother was dying, the guilt causes Sheldon to throw the game, allowing Wil to win the tournament. The next time Wil appears, he's headlining a bowling team that the guys are competing against, and he convinces Penny to break up with Leonard in order to win the game. Wil's third appearance is when he uses his celebrity status to get ahead of the guys in line for a big-screen showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark, causing the gang to not be allowed in. Sheldon then steals the print of the film and runs off with it, with Wil and a mob chasing the guys away. His last appearance to date has him inviting the guys to his house for a party (it's discovered Brent Spiner will be there). Sheldon isn't going to attend at first, but he changes his mind and shows up anyway. Wil surprises him by giving him a signed Wesley Crusher action figure, and Sheldon is so surprised that he hugs Wil. Unfortunately, Brent Spiner shows up then and, shocked to see a Wesley Crusher action figure, immediately tears the bubble off the card, causing Sheldon to make Brent his new arch-enemy.

Dr. Beverly Hofstadter (Christine Baranski): Leonard's mother, an overly analytical neuroscientist and psychiatrist. She acts a lot like Sheldon in many ways, and indeed, she seems closer to Sheldon than she is to Leonard, even telling Sheldon that she's divorcing Leonard's father long before Sheldon finds out.

Mary Cooper (Laurie Metcalf): Sheldon's mother, a devout Christian from Texas. She is Sheldon's “Kryptonite.”

Geek Guest-Stars:

Brian George, who plays Raj's father, voiced Lester Sludge and Ali Bombay on MASK, provided voices for the 1986 Dennis the Menace, voiced Botch on Camp Candy, did guest roles or voices on Darkwing Duck, The Real Ghost Busters, Quantum Leap, Batman: The Animated Series, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Pink Panther (1993-1995), and many other roles. He played Dr. Bashir's father in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He's had a very long list of geek credits besides all those. Including the voice of the Parasite and others on Justice League, Professor Warren on The Spectacular Spider-Man, and is providing the voice of Appa Ali Apsa on Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

James Hong provided a voice for two characters in the English dub of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, and appeared in a number of geek roles over the years, but might be most recognizable from his nine appearances on Kung Fu, playing different roles! He also guest starred in episodes of The Bionic Woman, The New Original Wonder Woman, and you might most recognize him as David Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China or as Lee Pow in The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. He's been called upon anytime they want a Chinese person who could be somewhat threatening! He appeared in two episodes as Chen, who runs the Chinese restaurant the gang prefers.

Katee Sackhoff appeared in one episode as herself, or rather, as Howard's fantasy of herself. She is, of course, best known for playing Starbuck in the re-envisioning of Battlestar Galactica. Eliza Dushku played an FBI Agent investigating Howard's background in one episode, but is probably best known as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Keith Carradine appeared in one episode as Penny's father, and of course, his father was John Carradine, who played Dracula in House of Dracula and House of Frankenstein. Keith appeared in a few episodes of brother David's Kung Fu show, playing a counter version of Caine.

The show has had a number of other famous people appearing as themselves aside from Katee Sackhoff and Wil Wheaton. Summer Glau appeared as herself in one episode; she's known from Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. George Takei, Mr. Sulu himself, appeared in the same episode Katee Sackhoff appeared in! Stan Lee, who needs no introduction, also appeared in an episode. Apple's Steve Wozniak is another cameoist, when Sheldon meets him and says he still has his old Apple II, Wozniak offers to autograph it, but Sheldon drops it in his haste to bring it to him. Wil Wheaton's Next Generation co-star LeVar Burton appears at the end of one episode, having been invited to a party by Sheldon via a tweet. And as of this writing, Brent Spiner is the latest geek guest-star on the show.

Geek Pedigree: Series co-creator Chuck Lorre wrote episodes of MASK, Heathcliff, Muppet Babies, Defenders of the Earth, Fraggle Rock, Beany and Cecil, and The Toxic Crusaders before writing exclusively for sitcoms (these include Roseanne and Cybill, shows in which many of The Big Bang Theory's cast members previously appeared on). Co-creator Bill Prady wrote episodes of You Can't Do That on Television, Fraggle Rock, The Jim Henson Hour, Here Come the Munsters, and Star Trek: Voyager. Director Mark Cendrowski's directed episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and The Witches of Waverly Place.

Dog of the Geek: Ren Hoek!

renBreed: Chihuahua

Original Appearances: The Ren & Stimpy Show (Nickelodeon, 1991)

Other Appearances: Ren & Stimpy comics and other merchandise.

Biography: Ren is a hot tempered, scrawny, violently psychotic Chihuahua, whose voice is an imitation Peter Lorre with a slight Mexican accent. His full name is actually Marlin T. Hoek. He is greedy, insane, delusional, violent, and insecure. When upset, he usually lashes out on best friend Stimpy by slapping him in the face or beating him up. Despite this and constantly picking on and berating Stimpy, he considers the cat a close friend. He has a Swedish cousin, Sven Hoek, who resembles Stimpy much more than Ren. 

Powers: None

Group Affiliation: None, really, although he's been shown as being an outer-space explorer.

Miscellaneous: Ren has been voiced by John Kricfalusi and Billy West (Billy was the voice of Stimpy, too).

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fandom Library: K-A #7!


Comic Reading Library: Dr. Graves #6!

So, some of you may have been readers of the Comic Reading Library, another of my daily blogs that recently ended... if not, well, then this won't make sense to you. I've decided to move that blog (so to speak) into Random Acts of Geekery, so every 12 days, I'll feature a comic book that I believe is in the public domain. If the copyright holder for something I present wants to contact me and let me know, I hope they do! But until then, here's Charlton's "The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves" #6!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Random Thought!

So... I'm probably not the first person that this has occurred to... but remember the whole "One More Day" thing in the Spider-Man comics, where Spidey saved Aunt May by making a deal with Mephisto, but as a result he had to give up his marriage to Mary Jane, and now he doesn't even remember he was ever married to her? Yeah, I didn't read the comic, either. But still... it Marvel really wanted to be gutsy about this, as well as stay true to the whole "deal with the devil" thing... After everything has been rebooted, nobody remembers Peter is Spidey, no more marriage, Aunt May doesn't have a bullet hole in her... ...and then May falls down dead, instantly, from a stroke. Nothing can be done to save her, because by the time anyone finds her, she's been dead for way too long. And somewhere, Mephisto laughs... No, it's not how I wanted it to end... but if Marvel's going to have one of their major characters make a deal with the devil (which, let's face it, Mephisto basically is), you have to stay true to it... the deal never goes exactly the way the person making the deal thinks it will, because you DON'T MAKE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, especially if you're supposed to be a freaking SUPER-HERO whose mantra is "WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY"! I'll bet Johnny Blaze would've been pissed off to learn how Spidey managed to basically get the better out of that deal.

Character Collectible Spotlight: The Atom!

It's time for a new recurring feature on Random Acts of Geekery! The Character Collectible Spotlight will be sort of a repurposing of some of the photos I've been using (or have yet to use, in some cases) for Cool Stuff, as a way to provide some spotlight to collectibles featuring characters that just haven't had enough merchandise produced featuring them to allow me to create a blog for that character, like I've done for Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Frankenstein, Dracula, Godzilla, The Mummy, and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. First, I'll be running through the DC Characters, beginning with The Atom! And... somehow the entire post got lost. And messed up the page entirely. Sheesh.

Puzzle Time!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Toy Spotlight: Aurora Prehistoric Scenes Models!

Man, I have to tell you, these were some of my favorite Aurora kits ever -- yes, maybe even more than the monsters or super-heroes, if you can believe that! Why? Well, as a kid, I was really into dinosaurs and other prehistoric life. Not like kids are these days, who get all their dino information from TV shows like "Dinosaur Train" or "Dino Dan," all of my knowledge came from reading every book on dinosaurs I could find at my local library in Tacoma, WA (as well as from the library in Sturgis, SD during summers my family visited my grandmother there) or from going to the museum in Rapid City, SD (my birthplace, y'know) and seeing the dinosaur skeletons there.

Of course, some of you may recall a "Portrait of a Geek" post or two that showed my interest in cavemen and sabertooth tigers, so does any of this come as a surprise?

Anyway, without further ado, here's some Aurora Prehistoric Scenes! These were designed so that the bases would fit against each other to form a fantastic scene, but I never had that many of these!

Cave Bear!

Cro-Magnon Woman!

Saber Tooth Tiger! I had this one!

Giant Bird!

Sailback Dinosaur, aka Dimetrodon!

Pteranodon, in a later re-release. I had either this, or the pterodactyl.

The line also had Cro-Magnon Man, Neanderthal Man, and a gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex that stayed in production for some time. There were others, too... I think there was a Mastodon. I really need to start searching for more photos of this model line!


And here's the next "new" feature on Random Acts of Geekery, the "Rant-Itorial" -- in other words, part rant, part editorial. In the past, I've posted a few rants about this and that, and there's still things that get to me that I need to vent about, so this is where that'll happen! So here's the first one:

I don't know what's up with kids and their toys today. It seems that these days, kids don't appreciate the toys they get, to the point where they seem to spend as much time trying to break them as they do playing -- if not more.

When I was a kid in the 1960s and early 1970s, I appreciated my toys, believe me! If a toy of mine got broken, it was because I played with it that much. It didn't take long before I started figuring out how to repair toys that needed it -- I restrung the elastic on a Mego or two, and did costume repairs on my Megos and my GI Joes.

Maybe it was because when I was a kid, we didn't have that many toys, so the toys we did have were that much more special. Or maybe it was that the toys themselves were more special -- certainly the 12" GI Joes of my youth were more fun to play with than the tiny ones made these days (and I didn't have to be locked into a particular backstory either -- it was just "The GI Joe Adventure Team," and you had them have adventures!), and argue with me if you will, but I think that the 8" Mego World's Greatest Superheroes action figures are much better toys than the multi-articulated or barely-articulated toys made these days, even if their vehicles make sounds or do all kinds of "cool" things.

I mean, check out my "Toys" tag, and you'll see a plethora of toys that grown men in their 30s and 40s and older will haunt eBay and comic book and toy conventions for, trying to recapture the same feeling those toys gave them as kids. Or maybe they're just trying to grab a piece of the past that they didn't have as a kid, such as I do with my Give-A-Show Projector collection.

I just can't picture my son, Tristan, 20 or 30 years from now, trying to replace his "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" action figures, or even his Hot Wheels... because I really doubt he'll even remember he ever had them!

But as I was saying three paragraphs back, maybe kids just have too many toys these days, and that's probably the fault of those of us who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s. When we go to Toys R Us with our kids these days (or the toy department of Target or other stores), we're faced with a bewildering array of toys, and I suspect that we can't help but think about all the toys from our childhood that we had, as well as those personal "Holy Grail" toys that we always wanted but never got (for me, it might've been the Mego Fantastic Four figures), and so when our kids ask for them, we probably think how we wish our parents had been more generous, and we give into them and spend the money.

Lots of money. Probably running into hundreds of dollars a year, depending on what your available income is.

And it's hard to stop, I know! It's been an ongoing struggle here to cut back on new toys at Christmas and birthdays, and we don't clear out old toys that aren't played with any more, probably because we keep hoping that our kids will rediscover them again. But honestly, I don't think Tristan's going to be pulling out his Batman and Plastic Man B&B figures or the Batmobile that turns into a Batplane ever again... nor do I think he's going to get a lot of his other toys out to play with again, because now he's into something different.

And it's not just boys... my daughter Desi used to be so much in love with Dora the Explorer that we got her a lot of Dora toys that she never plays with, either (well, except for a Dora doll that came with her twin baby brother and sister and sings songs -- but we got that at a garage sale, so it doesn't necessarily count). She's got Barbie dolls that lay around unplayed with, and I don't know how long it's been since she played with the Barbie-scaled doll house I put together for her over several hours on Christmas Eve last year (finishing just half an hour before the bug that was going around hit her, causing me to have to take her to the Emergency Room that night, but I digress).

I'm not sure if the lack of playing with a toy gets to me more than the deliberate breaking of toys does. Time and time again, I've seen children get a new toy and grab and pull and twist and yank on every part of it to see what pieces they can take off of them -- and these aren't pieces that are ever supposed to come off. As I'm writing this, it's been a week since my son got a new toy -- it's a spring-powered launcher for these foam glider planes -- that he absolutely had to have when he saw it. The weekend wasn't even over before the first of the planes was broken, and now all three planes that came with it are broken, making the toy completely unusable.

This has happened to way too many toys, some of which he didn't even have 24 hours before they were broken beyond repair. Maybe that's why I prefer finding toys for the kids at garage sales during the summer, because at least we're not paying for brand-new toys that'll get broken (oddly, garage sale toys don't seem to get broken, or at least they're rarely broken).

I wish I had an answer for this, honestly I do. But short of clearing out all but maybe ten percent of the toys we currently have for the kids, I can't see it getting any better.

And my kids wonder why I won't let them play with the toys they see in my office!

Monday, April 09, 2012

The Beatles Cartoon, Episode 5!

The first cartoon in this episode is "Baby's In Black," which opens with a sign announcing "Welcome to Transylvania," which the Beatles have traveled to because Ringo wanted to see it -- except that Ringo really wanted to see Pennsylvania ("Where the pencils come from") and he misheard the travel agent. They're at a

Government Comics!

Over the years, it seems as long as there've been comic books, the government has sponsored the publishing of special comic books to promote education and the like. In this new recurring feature, I'll be presenting a government-sponsored comic I think you'll find interesting! This time around, it's Adventures on Space Station Freedom!

The Indexible Hulk #19

Tales to Astonish 063Issue: Tales to Astonish #63

Title: “A Titan Rides the Train!”

Credits: Written by Stan Lee, Penciled by Steve Ditko, Inked by George Roussos (as George Bell), Lettered by Sam Rosen

Supporting Cast: General Ross, Major Talbot

Villain: The Leader, Humanoid, Chameleon

Hulk Intelligence: Brute who can still form complete sentences, for the most part

Guest-Stars: None

Plot: The tale opens at the lab of The Leader, who's just finished work on his Humanoid. He then flashes back to his origin (he was a laborer who was exposed to the explosion of a gamma ray cylinder, which turned his skin green and expanded his brain and intelligence). Back at the missile base in New Mexico, the Chameleon emerges from the rubble of last issue's battle and hopes he can do one last service for the Leader before escaping. In Ross' office, Ross briefs Major Talbot about the move of one of Banner's inventions to another base by train. Even though they both consider Banner a risk, the Pentagon insists that he accompany the train to explain its operation. Ross sends Talbot to keep Bruce under surveillance. Later, the Chameleon discovers the move is occurring, and contacts the leader, who activates his Humanoid and, after a short test, sends it off in a remote controlled helicopter to meet the train. When the copter arrives, the Humanoid is lowered to it. The soldiers on the train spot it and fire, but bullets pass right through it. When Talbot is alerted to the commotion, he locks Bruce in a train car so he can investigate, but as soon as the door closes, Bruce transforms into the Hulk and bursts out of the car! Meanwhile, the Humanoid has uncoupled the train car the device is on, but the Hulk spots this and leaps to the car. Unaware of this, the Humanoid looks at the device – the Leader sees through the Humanoid's eyes, so he studies it at the same time. Suddenly, the Hulk lands on the Humanoid, sending it to the ground, but causing the Hulk to bounce off it. The Hulk battles the Humanoid, but due to the elastic-like properties of it, none of his blows seem to affect it! The Humanoid sends an electric shock into the Hulk, which enables it to toss the Hulk off the train just as it approaches a bridge. It seems the Hulk is about to hit the bridge, but... (to quote the caption) “...he performs a seemingly impossible feat! By sheer brute power alone, by actual muscle control, he forces his flying body to lift itself up, over the sold stone trestle!” I know, patently impossible, even by comic book standards! The Hulk lands on the train again, and the Hulk and Humanoid begin to battle again, but the force of their fight causes restraining bolts holding the nuclear device in place to come loose! Then, the Hulk manages to damage the Humanoid enough that the Leader loses contact with it, causing the Humanoid to fall limp.The Hulk leaps back to the car where the device was, now jostled enough that it's about to strike a tanker car behind it (who thought of putting a tanker car full of explosive stuff right behind a nuclear device, anyway?). The Hulk knocks the device off the train safely, but the stress causes him to revert back to Banner. Shortly afterwards, Talbot and some soldiers arrive, and of course Talbot assumed that Bruce had something to do with the attempted theft, so Bruce is jailed. Meanwhile, the Leader ponders the idea that there's another gamma ray-mutated being out there like himself.

Invention Exchange: The Leader's Humanoid, Bruce Banner's “nuclear device” (it's not really made clear what it is)

Reprinted In: Incredible Hulk Special #1, The Incredible Hulk (Simon & Shuster, 1978), The Incredible Hulk #400, Essential Hulk #1.

Notes: Adapted as episode 7 of the 1966 Hulk animated series. Given that nothing about the device is specifically named, I suspect that Stan figured he'd come up with something by the next issue!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Cool Stuff! Arf, Arf!

This time around, we begin with this Sub-Mariner flicker ring!

Cliffhanger! King of the Rocket Men, Chapter 1!

And it's time for a new feature here at Random Acts of Geekery! About every 12 days, I'll be featuring a new chapter in a classic serial! I decided to begin with King of the Rocket Men!