Wednesday, October 20, 2021

My First Favorite Comics Titles-1966

Well, from Marvel and DC at least. These were some of the earliest issues I bought new, although cheap back issues were plentiful at the time so I was constantly finding earlier issues, too.  


Sunday, October 03, 2021

Gloria Steinem Helps Harvey Kurtzman-1960


Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Man Who Never Was the Man Who Never Was-1966

Here we see a short-lived ABC television series from 1966-67 starring Robert Lansing. The plot had him as an international spy on the run from enemy agents. Miraculously, he runs into a man who is his exact double. The agents kill that man by mistake, and the real spy decides to "become" him. AS it happens, he was an abusive, alcoholic schnook so everyone from the guy's own wife (who catches the replacement immediately) on down are kind of happy he's "changed"

Lansing was perfect for this role. Never a great actor but a great TV star, he had already played authority figures in leading roles in 87TH PRECINCT, 12 O'CLOCK HIGH, and he would go on to play Gary Seven in the much loved but unsold backdoor pilot on STAR TREK, "Assignment Earth."
BUT...he wasn't the original star of THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS. That was, in the first pilot, Canadian actor Don Harron. While the handsome, robust Harron certainly looked the part, apparently someone at the network balked at toplining a Canadian actor with little US experience at that time. Thus, Lansing took over for the brief run.

Don Harron didn't do too badly for himself, though, as just a few years later, he appeared for the first time as Charlie Farquharson, a role that would make him quite famous in the United States over that country-corn series' long and successful run on network, in first run syndication, and in perpetual reruns! Of course, I doubt most Americans could pick out the REAL Don Harron in a crowd! :P


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Paul Simon and St. Cecilia

“Cecilia” was the first song I ever heard on the radio by Simon and Garfunkel. I think I had seen them on TV earlier but this was the first record I came to know of theirs. It was also the first reggae-influenced song I had ever heard as far as I know. Story seemed simple enough. Girl cheats on a guy and then goes back to him and he’s happy. 

Not having been raised Catholic, I was today old when I first heard that St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians! 

A better interpretation of the song would be: a musician is writing a new song in his bedroom. He takes a break and when he gets back to it, he’s lost his inspiration, which makes him both frustrated and sad. He now hears other musicians playing new songs when he can’t. He prays to St. Cecilia to return his inspiration. Eventually, his muse does return to him and he is excited and happy again. 


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Batman at Shea Stadium

No idea where Burt Ward was when all this happened but in spite of the huge bat-buildup, the results were less than impressive. In interviews after the fact, Adam West routinely quoted different large numbers as far as how much money he made off the appearance, giving the impression he was pulling it out of the air each time.


Monday, September 13, 2021

They're Back! Batman Seasons 1 and 2 Essays

Yep, they're back. Let's just ignore the gory details of what happened but these two anthologies of great essays (if I do say so, myself) on BATMAN seasons 1 and 2, respectively, are once again available both as books and for Kindle.

My own essays on Zelda the Great and Clock King appear alongside those of an august grouping that includes Will Murray, Peter David, Robert Greenberger, Paul Kupperberg, Peter Sanderson and many more well-known names, all edited by Jim Beard (GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES) with Rich Handley.

Available again NOW!