Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thorsday with Erik Larsen - and She Dragon

This post has been on my agenda for quite some time but for one reason or another I have not been able to do it. Even Today I spent most of the time not feeling in the mood to write a post. But since another FLASH FRIDAY with Paul Ryan post is in the works - and I do not have enough material to properly honor Edgar Allan Poe´s birthday - I will try to do this.

Now longtime readers know that I already mentioned the plan of doing this post a few times in previous posts without giving specific details and since I also do not like those people who drop hints but never deliver the payoff I thought it important to delve into the genesis of this post first.

The whole thing started last year at the 8th of December which was Erik Larsen´s 54th birthday and also a Thursday. At first I was not sure if I should continue with part two of THORSDAY WITH JACK KIRBY : THOR 173 or do a Savage Dragon birthday post for Erik. And then as a Doctor Who fan I stupidly asked myself : why not do both ? I knew that Erik Larsen had done some issues of THOR when Dan Jurgens was writing his Superman with a hammer stories so I went looking for those. But I could not find much from those issues except for two covers and a double page spread of Thor and The Warriors Three doing their best Beatles impression. So that was not going to be an option. Then I remembered that there IS a Thor in Erik Larsen´s brilliant SAVAGE DRAGON series so I could still do a THORSDAY post even if the Thor would not be the Thor from Marvel Comics like in all the other posts. Which would actually be a plus because usually there is always a DC post followed by a Marvel post, followed by a DC post and so on on the blog rarely interrupted by posts about artists or the occassional cult siren. And that way I could have an iMAGE post between two Marvel posts or two DC posts if needs be. So now that I knew what kind of post I wanted to make the only thing left was find some pages from SAVAGE DRAGON with Erik Larsen´s version of the God of Thunder. Which was not easy to do because the biggest part of my SAVAGE DRAGON comic book collection is in a place where I just can´t easily reach it at the moment.

So I mostly had to rely on stuff I had on the laptop and the internet. There were one or two pages I had where the red - bearded, twisted Thor that Erik Larsen had envisioned appeared but for the most part that was it.

So I thought about putting all the pages from the different issues into one post but after putting them all into one folder I noticed that most of the pages were from the same issue. And since I didn´t have the necessary resources to do an apt overview / history of Thor within the pages of SAVAGE DRAGON I decided to give it one more try and see if I could not find more pages from that issue. Which to my surprise was pretty easy.

Which should have been the first warning sign. But I - like a stoopid fool - was happy as if I had just won a holiday on a deserted island with Yaya Han and kept going. Because I managed to get this done on Sunday I thought that I had enough time to go to the Sammlerecke in Esslingen and get the latest issues of SAVAGE DRAGON to celebrate Erik Larsen´s 54th birthday in style. The plan was to first do the post and then spend the rest of the day catching up on what was going on in the Dragonverse. I was so hoping for more crazy sex Shenanigans with Malcolm Dragon and Angel Dragon.

I don´t recall why I didn´t manage to go to the Sammlerecke Esslingen before Thursday but in order to follow through with my plan I didn´t sleep on the night before Thursday and thought I could just soldier on, get the new SAVAGE DRAGON issues, get a few hours sleep and then do the post and read the comics for the rest of the day. If push came to shove I could read just the first issue and the rest later. But things were not that easy.

Ever since my knee operation the long trek to Esslingen has become more and more taxing especially if I have not had the necessary minimum of eight hours of rest so my knee works properly. Additionally the lack of sleep had a negative effect on my concentration which led to me taking the wrong subway and having to make a detour that took one hour. So when I finally got back home with the new comics I was so tired that I could not write the post. The next day there was the monthly paperwork to do for the job agency but I was so burnt out from Thursday that I just could not get out of bed and for the next days I tried to do that but things just kept preventing me from doing that including the internet connection being on the fritz. In the end I also had to work through the night to get everything ready to hand it in under the wire which only delayed this post further. But that was not the end of my problems.

Just a few weeks ago it looked like I could finally do the post but being the perfectionist I am I tried one last time if I could not find any original art from Erik Larsen´s THOR issues. Well, as a cruel joke of fate I did not find that many original art but stumbled upon all three issues Erik Larsen had done for Dan Jurgen´s SuperThor. So I was once again faced with a dilemma and since I could not fit all three issues into one post which meant that I would have to do a THORSDAY WITH ERIK LARSEN series anyway I was back to my original plan of starting with an issue of SAVAGE DRAGON that featured his version of Thor. Who is more like the Thor in the norse mythology : with red hair, a beard and a bad temper. Anyway, we are finally starting the series and - unless something else comes up as usual - next week we will dive into Erik Larsen´s THOR issues for Marvel Comics. Which as bad as things were back then at least took place in a recognizable Marvel universe where Thor is still a guy ( even though Dan Jurgens had to go back to the unnecessary crutch of giving Superman his Clark Kent alter ego .... I mean Thor a new alter ego with Jake Olson - not related to the Olsen Twins ) and Jane Foster part of the supporting cast.

You might think that Today´s entertainment block might have something to do with Thor or Savage Dragon but for some reasons it goes in a totally different direction. The only connection that occurs to me is that our first birthday babe, Jodie Sweetin, who turns 35 would be a hot Angel Dragon.

One year ago I had no idea who she was since I had not seen that many episodes of Full House but thanks to all the brouhaha about how she puts the fuller part in the new show Fuller House and parent groups dissing the reboot because of references to sex and drugs - and because of Jodie Sweetin´s überdeveloped chest which is totally inappropriate for family viewing - I am aware of this. One of these days I have to start watching the episodes if there is really so much inappropriate boobage in them.

Apropos inappropriate boobage, Joe Staton has his 69th anniversary who was the artist who first defined the look of The Green Lantern Corps for me since he drew most of the stories in Grüne Leuchte Hefte - the Green Lantern comics by Ehapa. Fun fact : Green Lantern was one of the only DC titles german publisher Williams Verlag had in it´s repertoire although it was called Grüne Laterne ( it is a word much nearer to the english word Lantern than Leuchte which is therefore still used by comic afficionados from my generation ). Anyway, back to Joe Staton, he also drew a lot of Earth - 2 stories involving the Justice Society of America, the Huntress but most importantly Power Girl. And we all know the story of how artist Wally Wood made her breasts bigger in each issues to see how far he could go. At this point it has gone into the realm of fiction or legend but I don´t think it really matters since DC is not using the real Power Girl anyway.

For those of you who remember the good old times when the Huntress was the daughter of Batman and Catwoman and BFF with Power Girl - or those comic book newbies who want to know more about them - Diane Darcy from HELENA WAYNE HUNTRESS has numerous posts on Joe Staton, too many to post them all here, so I´m just going to mention the ones I came across during my research for this post which is The Best Of The Huntress which has the Huntress back up stories from Wonder Woman issues 274 , 275 , 276 , 284 and 285 and The Best Of Power Girl : Showcase Presents Power Girl 97 - 99 Review . BEACH BUM COMICS has another post on Joe Staton and the different series that showcased Power Girl over the years and please check out QueenRiot as Power Girl on DAILY COSPLAY .

Speaking about huge power girls, if there ever was a real life blow up sex doll born to playing a whorehouse matron in a musical it´s the aptly named singing double D sexbomb Dolly Parton who celebrates her 71st birthday.

She is famous for being the original singer of I Will Always Love You which Whitney Houston covered in The Bodyguard and which became a favorite on casting shows since then. She also holds the Guiness Book world record for a woman with the biggest breasts in a non r - rated movie ( which have been reported to be anything from 38CC up to 48E !!! ) in Nine To Five.

It´s a testament to her personality that she managed to retain a clean andwholesome and image despite looking like every guy´s dream girl.

Dolly always patterns her look after the town tramp but still had a very successful career during which she kept her clothes on for the most part.

I think another big factor is that she lives in America because in Germany a blonde with such huge knockers would most definitely have ended up in the adult movie industry like her cousin Julia Parton a.k.a. Nina Alexander.

People always wonder what convinced Sylvester Stallone to take on the role in Rhinestone and while he has said in interviews that it was because his agent told him if he´s not going to do it Arnold Schwarzenegger would do it I bet there were two big reasons provided by co star Dolly Parton.

Now back when I had my boobblog Dolly Parton would have been a prime candidate for my Search For Power Girl series but country music is only now starting to become popular in Germany so I have really no idea how big of a super star she is. For her video I wanted to play it safe and chose one from a talk show since all her music videos I had bookmarked were deleted by YouTube. Although her appearance on the Late Night with Jay Leno show I posted last year has been deleted and I had to re - post it.

Now another reason why I didn´t want to post a music video of Dolly was that I wanted to keep that option to give a shoutout to Robert Palmer. As usual things did not work out as planned because I was again trying to kill two birds with one stone and so was looking for the version of Simply Irresistible Rob Morrow had done in an episode of Northern Exposure. I did not find that clip but instead a full episode. And because they are deleted so fast I had to put it on the blog as quickly as possible. I will post a Robert Palmer video some other day and don´t worry, while the title is in spanish the video has the original english audio. Although it has subtitles which is distracting no matter if you can understand the language or not.

So far we have had gods of thunder and demigods, super heroes, savage dragons and cops, young Power Girls, older Power Girls, cosplay Power Girls and the real comic book Power Girl, cult tv series and rebooted cult tv series so the only things missing are cartoon and horror. Which as unlikely as it sounds comes courtesy of Edgar Allan Poe. Since I already used up most of my stuff about him in last year´s post you can go back and read that or if you have already done that you can read The Oval Portrait by Richard Corben from Creepy 69 on DIVERSIONS OF THE GROOVY KIND .

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I do have large boobs. I always had them. I´ve made a fortune with them so I don´t know if I´m supporting them or if they are supporting me.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Paul Ryan Flash Friday : Heart and Souls

Once again I´m late with the FLASH FRIDAY but this time I have a good excuse, I mean reason. In fact there are various good reasons for this.

The first and most important reason was to make this post possible. You see, up to THE FLASH 128, the issue I posted last week, I had all issues prepared in advance. Which is one of the reasons why the FLASH FRIDAY posts - at least for a while - were the only posts that came out regularly.

The only problem had been the special posts which interrupted the series and finding the time to write the posts. So I went to the website where I found the other issues but I could not get issue 128 of THE FLASH there.

What to do ? Now some people might say that now that the original Wally West Flash has returned in the DC REBIRTH universe there is no more need for these FLASH FRIDAY posts. Which is only partially true. Yes, one of my crazy ideas when I started this series was that if enough people got on the Wally West is the best Flash ever bandwagon that could generate enough buzz on the internet for DC to realize what a great character they are wasting. I am not sure if I really made a difference here. But the thing is that I also wanted to make people aware of the great run Wally West as the Flash had - the stories, the artwork, the character, the world building.

Now some might argue that too has become obsolete as the success of the tv series has finally prompted DC to reprint more Flash material which includes the FLASH run by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar and a separate line for Mark Waid´s run. Which means that I may finally be able to close one of the gaps in my comic collection - FLASH issue 70 - in May if only in trade form. Issue 1 is included in the THE FLASH - A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS hardcover which I initially bought as a birthday present for my brother ( but he told me he has no interest in the character ) so I don´t know if I will still be on the lookout for the issue in single form. Anyway, while together with the SHOWCASE editions and the FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS omnibus books this might now be the time that most of the FLASH lore is available in collected editions I do not feel that my work is done.

Last but not least one of the reasons for the series was to make people aware of Paul Ryan´s work so I will at least try to continue until I have posted all of his issues of THE FLASH. After that I don´t know. Maybe I will continue in numeric order or start again with number 1. As for Paul Ryan, there is that epic FANTASTIC FOUR run where I have only started to show the tip of the iceberg. Even before Paul Ryan passed away I had started to collect material for a DEATH IN COMICS : THE DEATH OF REED RICHARDS post and although I have not written the post yet because it is macabre it would be sad to let all that work go to waste. And it would be a way to keep featuring one of my favorite artists and prove not all comics that came out in the 90s were as bad as their reputation at the same time.

Anyway, now that my resolve to continue with the FLASH issues by Paul Ryan had been invigorated the question was what to do ? I could use the meager material I had on the rest of the issues to write up a summary - or a few of them. But so far I have always posted entire issues and I wanted to continue in that vein. To make a long story short ( or at least shorter ), I found another source for the issue and hopefully it will be smooth sailings from now on even if I have to reduce each page to post them.

Okay, that was the first reason why this post is late. The second one has to do with superstition so I don´t know if all my readers will agree on the validity of it. When I had finally finished preparing all the pages and stuff and bells and whistles I realized that it was already very late. Now I have been trying to go to bed earlier and also get up earlier and do more work during the day - and so far failing miserably at that - so that was another argument to wait one day with the post. As was that I would be posting on Friday, the 13th. Now I´m not sure if I really am that superstitious or cautious just in case but I decided it would be best not to tempt fate.

And finally reason number three is that I wanted to make some animated GIFs for the celebrity birthday section which was supposed to reduce the babe factor on the blog ( I am conscientious that people have commented that I need to dial things down in that regards ) but which - like always - has taken up more time than anticipated. But I think it was worth it. In any case, now I have finished with the preparations, I got all my ducks lined up, from all the FLASH pages of this issue to the celebrity birthdays and the corresponding animated GIFs and even all the videos. If nothing unexpected comes up at the last minute all I have to do is post the thing.

Now this is part two of Hell to Pay and you might go back to last weeks post and read that first if you have missed it. This story not only has Jay Garrick, my favorite second world war speedster, and the complete JLA with Zapp ! Superman and Kyle Rayner but also the Rogues ( of whom you might have seen the redneck version of Captain Boomerang in the Suicide Squad movie ) who have turned into demons ( I think ) after the fallout of the UNDERWORLD UNLEASHED crossover event. Yep, Flash´s Rogues kicked the bucket in that one but you just can´t keep a good villain down. Neron was ultimately punked by the Trickster and couldn´t get the pure soul he was after but he always has a plan b and now he has set his sights on the scarlet speedster. But enough recap, let´s follow the story in progress. 

So there you have it : Joe Quesada totally swiped the idea for BRAND NEW DAY from Mark Waid. Although he totally botched the story since he used it to undo 25 years of spider continuity. If you want to see how this kind of dilemma gets solved more elegantly by a good writer you will have to wait until our next FLASH FRIDAY because I don´t want to spoil things.

What I always found a bit strange is the lengths to which Joe Quesada went to eradicate every positive developments had happened in Peter Parker´s life going as far as bringing a possible future offspring of Peter and Mary Jane into the story only to tell people that this would not be happening in the future. Without commenting on the offspring Peter and Mary Jane already had in the present. Yes, most people forgot about it but it happened during the Clone Saga : they had a girl which was switched with a dead fetus and they were told that it was stillborn. Which is the story of Mayday Parker a.k.a. Spider - Girl. It seems everyone but me has totally forgotten this and if I could write one Spider - Man story that was what I would write. There would be a mysterious vigilante with spider powers and Peter would find out that this is his daughter. Although after the whole Marvel universe was destroyed in SECRET WARS III and then recreated by the Silver Surfer - and the whole Spider - Verse mischmasch - I don´t know if there still is a 616 Spider - Girl out there. Or any Spider - Girl. Or any trace of the 616 universe. Thank God the ALL - NEW, ALL - DIFFERENT Disney NOW universe has made things so much easier for us.

In any case, if you haven´t done so already your assignment is to go to your local comic shop or the internet and get EVERY issue you can of the one, true, MC2 Spider - Girl. This has my utmost recommendation !

Today´s birthday roll starts with Baywatch babes Nicole Eggert who turns 45 and Traci Bingham who turns 49. As longtime readers of this blog know I have done numerous re - posts of my Traci Bingham post and I thought this year I would just mention it in this post and then link to last year´s post .

Which would have worked if I hadn´t made new GIFs of Traci Bingham. Because after going over the old Traci Bingham posts I realized that not only would now my best GIFs of her not be on any of her posts the GIFs of all the other hot Baywatch babes were scattered all over the blog. So to make things easier I made a new post which naturally got completely out of hand and you can find it here . The good news is that I succeeded in not having so much stuff about Traci Bingham and Baywatch on this post. The bad news is that because of the new GIFs this post was delayed and the content of hot babes has not diminished on the blog. Aw, who cares ? I already said that I might make a new one if something tickled my fancy.

Originally I wanted to add the second Baywatch Special of Family Feud but I couldn´t find it for the life of me. Maybe I already posted it but after going through my bookmark list five times the point is moot. Now with every Traci Bingham re - post I come back to the subject of John Byrne´s X - Men run which after a few days prompts another X - Men post. Maybe this year I can finally find the time to do DEATH IN COMICS : THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION AND DEATH OF JEAN GREY a.k.a. The Dark Phoenix Saga. Which a lot of people think they know but they don´t. And since the Traci Bingham post is so packed I don´t want to add another video : 9 Things Everyone Always Gets Wrong About The X - Men which has in part to do with comics being complicated but also with people getting their knowledge from movies and cartoons instead of reading the comic books.

But even without Nicole Eggert and Traci Bingham we have no shortage of bikini clad beachbodies as Michael Worth celebrates his 52nd birthday who starred in a few martial arts movies but who is most famous for starring in the almost ( but not quite ) Andy Sidaris like tv series Acapulco H.E.A.T. 

Although not to slight Michael Worth but he was not the main reason for me to watch the series. And I´m not talking about Fabio here either.

Especially playmate Alison Armitage made me watch more episodes than was healthy and I never understood why she didn´t get more screen time than Catherine Oxenberg. I mean, the producers had to pay her anyway and to just have her in a few short bits in most of the episodes must have been a waste of money. Maybe I am naiive but to me that sounds like you got two weapons - a pointed stick and a gun - and always use the stick. If it was me after a few times I´d say f - word the stick and go for the gun right away. But that is probably one of the things that are done because they have always been done that way and therefore nobody questions.

Because of that it was extremely difficult to find an episode with Alison Armitage doing more than just a short appearance ( I can´t believe how many episodes of Acapulco H.E.A.T. are on YouTube - which probaly won´t last very long ) and also with Michael Worth getting some exposure.

We are staying with 90s tv series but we get from the lower level to the top with Julia Louis Dreyfus who turns 56. To Today´s audiences she´s best known as Vice President Selina Meyer on the comedy show Veep but I saw her first as the funny and sexy Elaine Bennet on cult show Seinfeld.

Even though it was not shown to the general public in Germany ( they always aired it when most people were asleep ) I managed to catch a few with Elaine´s best scenes. Seinfeld has been in amazon´s bargain section a few times now but as always I didn´t have the money to spend.

So far I haven´t seen an episode of Veep which also is a frequent guest in amazon´s 3 tv seasons on DVD for only 25 Euros bargain deals section.

Michael Worth is also the connection to our next birthday since he was in an episode of The John Laroquette Show. Which brings us to Richard Moll who celebrates his 74th birthday has starred in The Flintstones, Jingle All The Way but is best known for playing Nostradamus " Bull " Shannon on Night Court alongside John Laroquette and 80s Power Girl Markie Post .

Now usually I don´t like to post two similar videos in one post and we already have a complete episode from a tv series but as I could not find an episode of Night Court I could not pass up the chance to post another episode of The Fall Guy. This is one of the episodes I vividly remember because Markie´s character Terri Michaels is constantly interrupted by Colt while trying to make out with a guy. Anyway, I also count this as the music video as the story takes place in Nashville and we get so see a few country star perform. As does Colt when he loses a bet with Howie and has to perform his ballad of the unknown stunt man before an audience. So for everyone who wanted to know who wrote the title song : Howie did it.

As always we end the post with a Flash video and as there are less and less left Today´s video is about the alternate versions of the Scarlet Speedster.

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