Before we get into the meat of today’s post, I’ve got a couple of things that I want to share.
First, am I the only one whose teeth begin to itch when imagining a Green Hornet movie featuring Seth Rogen as both screenwriter and lead actor? I’m not going off all “scorched earth/Scarlett Johansson” here. When I imagine the screenplay Rogen and his buddies might write, my teeth itch. When I picture Rogen in the mask and hat, standing next to Kato, my teeth itch.
I’m holding my breath a little bit on this one. The action scenes in Pineapple Express showed a great deal of promise, but can they fit into a Green Hornet context? Are there any other fanatics feeling the same way?
Second, a short story that actually leads to something. In the past I’ve made reference to my daughter Maggie who has inherited (or unwittingly acquired)her Dad’s love of fantastical melodrama/comics/cartoons and other geeky pursuits (including accompanying me to Comic Con International in San Diego for the last few years). To understand exactly how deeply her geek roots go, I got a call a few months ago that is the perfect example.
It seems that Maggie was talking with some friends and in the middle of a story, she wanted to make an obscure animation reference, but her memory briefly failed her. Instead of giving up … or just moving on to the next subject … she called me on the phone.
“Dad, what is the name of the big stone gorilla in the Herculoids,” she said, skipping right past any attempt at “hello.”
“Igoo” I replied without hesitating.
“That’s right. Igoo. Thanks Dad, talk to you later … bye.” Click.
I felt used … and strangely proud. (Remember, she’s 23 … so any Herculoids reference should have been well beyond her natural frame of reference.) And I wondered why in the world she would need the information that I provided. I told you that story because my Fanatic Blog of the Week got extra special consideration because it recently posted a bunch of video featuring Hanna-Barbera’s FABULOUS The Herculoids.
FANATIC BLOG OF THE WEEK
For other blogs that might be interested in getting the “honor” of being my Blog of the Week, take heed … this one has just about everything that I look for in a blog to recommend to my fanatical readers. Generously illustrated, a wide variety of geeky interests, hard-to-find stuff (to reward readers who stop by), a sense of humor … and The Herculoids.
Okay, every good blog doesn’t have to have coverage of Gloop and Gleep, but it doesn’t hurt. Finish reading this fanatic post and then take a cruise over and see what Reis O’Brien is cooking over at Geek Orthodox. As a fellow blogger I really admire his hardworking, frequent, lengthy and thoughtful posts. And the guy in the Mexican wrestling mask, that might actually be Mr. O’Brien himself … but who knows for sure … he’s wearing a mask.
2nd STRING HALL OF FAME NOMINEE
I’ll be rolling out the nominees in ROUND FOUR one by one. And this new round of nominees is going to be all-female.
Lorna Dane/Polaris (Marvel hero)
Hard to believe that any character that has been connected to the X-Men franchise as long as Lorna Dane still gets so little respect and so little exposure that she can be considered for this balloting. Created by writer Arnold Drake and artist Jim Steranko for X-Men #49, Lorna is the mistress of magnetism, Magneto’s daughter, half-sister to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, the fiance (or ex-fiance) of Cyclop’s brother Havok. She’s the only character who springs to mind who has suffered from more bad costumes than Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp). In her long and twisted history, poor Lorna has been unable to sort out here relationship with Alex Summers (Havok) and her writers have altered her powers, took away her powers, gave her different powers, gave her pseudo-artificial powers and then took away her powers again. Poor Lorna. Her green hair is in no way related to gamma rays, at least not in any story so far.
I’ll keep providing new nominees in ROUND FOUR until all five have been featured. Then we’ll create a new voting box and let the fanatic balloting begin.
Today’s entry in the GENE COLAN PROJECT!
The cover art for 1982’s Night Force #1 from DC Comics … original art and finished cover. Enjoy.
Night Force is a series that Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan created at DC after Tomb of Dracula ended at Marvel. That big spooky head in the middle of the art is series star Baron Winter, who also starred in another version of Night Force in 1996.
— Dave Olbrich (DWO) Thurs. March, 26, 2009