Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lucy Meets Superman!

It's Lucille Ball's 100th Birthday... we thought we'd look at the most comic tv episode she ever did!
Lucy Meets Superman!
Lucy competes with her friend Carolyn Appleby over invitations and scheduling for Little Ricky's birthday party.
When Ricky mentions that Superman is in town, Lucy tries to get Superman to come to Little Ricky's party, sure that this will make it a much bigger draw than the one Carolyn is hosting.
Ricky tries, but Superman can't make the party. So Lucy disguises herself as "Superman", and much hilarity ensues.
Fortunately Superman does show up to save the day...

Though the episode was filmed and broadcast in black and white, George Reeves wore the "color" red/blue/yellow costume which looks almost monochromatic in b/w (as you can see)!
This was because the show was recorded in front of a live audience, and the high-contrast gray (for blue) and brown (for red) costume used in Adventures of Superman's b/w episodes wouldn't have looked "right" to the audience (or the kids on set)!
The promotional photo at left was shot in b/w and meant for b/w newspaper and magazine reproduction, so George wore the gray/brown costume to provide contrast between the "blue" and "red" costume elements.

Deliberately, George Reeves appears only in costume and everyone refers to him only as "Superman", not as "George Reeves" or "the man who plays Superman" or somesuch!

In one scene, a woman sees Lucy in her improvised Superman costume outside a window and screams!  When her husband asks her what she saw...
Man: Was it a bird?
Woman: No!
Man: Was it a plane?
Woman: No!
Man: Then what was it?
Woman: It was Superman!
The woman was played by Madge Blake, who several years later, was Aunt Harriet on the Batman TV series!

Now a special treat...the COMPLETE EPISODE "Lucy Meets Superman"!

For the record, besides this episode of her tv series, Lucille Ball has several genre credits including Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back, Blood Money, Five Came Back, and The Dark Corner,
In addition, the studio she owned with Desi Arnaz, Desilu Studios, produced the first two years of the original Star Trek before Paramount Pictures acquired the studio in 1967, forever placing her in the upper echelon of Fantastic Femmes!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Go Ape!

"Theatre THREE is 'Cowboys and Aliens'? Not Theatre TWO? Damn dirty multiplexes!"
As you may have guessed, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens today.
There's been a goodly amount of 'Net chat about the changes wrought to the storylines of the film franchise, and if this reboot will do for Apes what the "soft reboot" (which deliberately made the new version an "alternate timeline" from the original) of Star Trek did for that equally-long running property.
(Actually, Trek is a couple of years older! "The Cage" was shot in 1964 as opposed to 1967 for the first Apes film. Oh, let my geek flag fly!)
Like the revamp of BattleStar Galactica, which made the Cylons our own creations rather than homicidal alien robots, the new Apes puts the blame for our downfall on human arrogance and greed, rather than time-traveling simians!
Personally, I'm willing to see where it goes.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Comic Book Adventures of Captain Video!

Are you missing out on reading the four-color tales of Ed Norton's favorite tv character, the first space hero, the Man Who Will Save Us All From Certain Doom?
Click HERE to read them!
and the kool Captain Video stuff from Amazon, available below!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DC Comics Comments about the Fans...

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Part of DC's presentation to retailers at this year's San Diego ComicCon.
Well, at least they used classic Silver Age art! (But why did they screw up The Atom's costume colors?)
And these fandom-related goodies from Amazon...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Doc Savage and Spider-Man...the Team-Up that ISN'T a Team-Up!

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Currently-running over at our "brother" blog Hero & Heroine Histories™ is a never-reprinted Doc Savage comic story from 1975's Giant-Size Spider-Man #3.
Yes, Spider-Man and Doc Savage!
Sort of.
Want to know what we're talking about?
Click HERE!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Reading Room: RACE FOR THE MOON "Space Garbage"

Here's a tale that could be considered a "Space Western"...
...though it's actually from Race to the Moon #3 in 1958, several years after Space Western Comics folded.
Prospectors, claim jumpers, gunmen, fist-fights, a "frontier" town...
Seems like a Western in space to me...
Art by two legends in the field; Jack Kirby and Al Williamson.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Tax Cuts for Corporations & the Rich...

I don't usually get involved in politics on this blog...
but this whole budget mishigas in Washington has me confused.
Why can't we tax the rich?
Why can't we tax corporations?