As a kid, one of my favorite comics was the Justice League. And my favorite issue has to be #5, the Showdown between Batman & Guy Gardner. At Justice League headquarters, Gardner confronts Batman again about giving leadership of the team over to Gardner. Batman provokes Gardner to fight him. Gardner removes his power ring, lunges at Batman, and is knocked out by a single punch from the Dark Knight. With Gardner sleeping on the floor and out of the way, they attempt to commence with their meeting.
Back in February of 2013, while searching for images of my All-Time favorite Green Lantern G’nort (in re-enactment picture), I found this picture of a Cosplay reenactment of the One Punch Knock-Out of Guy Gardner by Batman!
This is how Howard The Duck #3 starts out: Aunt May holding up a tattoo parlor at gunpoint. And yes, that is Peter Parker’s Aunt May. Don’t believe me?
So who’s behind this foul act? The Ringmaster, a nemesis of Howard’s from back in HTD #1, Vol #25. I love how they keep his history, but I won’t spoil it for you. Go get your own copy.
While I’m enjoying this new reincarnation of Howard, I do miss a few things. I still miss his old look, which was more cartoony. He’s a bit more mellow, but I guess he has grow accustomed to this world he never made. And I miss the cigar…but I guess he can’t smoke like he did in the 80’s.
I also really miss his best human friend, Beverly Switzler. I hope we find out what happened to her!
In the meantime, here’s some music to read Howard by.
The AFOL Husband.
And thus starts another MAD idea for Second Geekhood by TimeSiren. In love with many of the talented artists on Deviant Art, I wanted to showcase their amazing talent here on our humble domain in the hopes of bringing some beauty to you, the readers, exposing you to something new AND encouraging everyone to support their efforts by requesting commissions from them. Many Deviant artists supplant their incomes by doing what they love and it is pretty obvious from such incredible pieces that they are accomplishing just that. So enjoy, share among your social networks and throw moola at them once in a while so they can continue to bring us such amazing contributions to fandom!
Our first Deviant Artist up is pushfighter. If you read his journal, it is apparent why he can’t be more prolific, taking care of an elderly, bedridden father, but he is very grateful for his followers and is pushing to be active on DA and social media this year. Drop him a note, tell him you saw him on Second Geekhood and really love his work. Caregivers have it tough, as I well know and even we need someone to care for us once in a while.
Top: Jedi Ariel
Top row, left to right: Sith Snow White, Sith Elsa & Padawan Rapunzel
Middle row, left to right: Carbonite frozen Sleeping Beauty, Bounty Hunter Mulan & Slave Princess Jasmine
No one can tell me which movie, but I will NEVER forget the scene: a dark basement in a black and white film. Christopher Lee as Dracula, brooding as his minion comes in. He waves long fingers at something on the floor and commands the minion to “Get rid of THAT!,” spitting out the words contemptuously. The camera cuts to a young woman dead at his feet, her throat ripped out.
Telling people outside my age group that Sir Christopher Lee was MY Count Dracula is tricky. Too old, and they say Bela Lugosi (very old and they say Klaus Kinski) was the King of the Vampires. Too young and they say Frank Langella or Gary Oldman. Every actor who has donned the mantle of the Undead Lord has brought something special and wonderful to the part, but Christopher Lee was, without a doubt, among the greater of them.
For decades now, as my husband and I mourn the passing of every great actor in Hollywood and England, we could always say, “At least Christopher Lee is still alive.” That tradition sadly ended last week as the venerable actor succumbed to heart failure.
Many lovely memories of this great man were shared across the internet last week, from Twitter to Instagram. Going through them, I found so many to be so true.
Professor Steve Chibnall, director of the Cinema And Television History Research Centre at at the university, said in part: “Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing were the most recognised faces of Hammer films and now we have lost both of these great actors.”
“Lee was the most disturbingly believable embodiment of Count Dracula, with a chilling screen presence that has never been rivaled. Vampires live beyond death, and the collective memory of Lee’s portrayal of Dracula will be immortal.”
Mark Gatiss of Doctor Who and Sherlock fame, said this of the man on Twitter:
A “Titan of Cinema.” No truer words have ever been spoken.
Rest in Peace, Sir Christopher Lee. You have well earned it.
02 January 1948 – Deborah Watling
08 January 1908 – William (Henry) Hartnell – died 23 April 1975
20 January 1934 – Tom (Thomas Stewart) Baker
01 February 1948 – Elisabeth (Clara Heath) Sladen died 19 April 2011
10 February 1939 – Peter Purves
16 February 1964 – Christopher Eccleston
01 March 1918 – Roger Delgado – died 18 June 1973
11 March 1967 – John (Scot) Barrowman
20 March 1979 – Freema (Frema) Agyeman
22 March 1950 – Mary Tamm – Died 26 July 2012
25 March 1920 – Patrick (George) Troughton – died 28 March 1987
06 April 1959 – Mark Strickson
13 April 1951 – Peter Davison (Peter R. Moffett)
14 April 1958 – Peter Capaldi
18 April 1965 – Camille Coduri
18 April 1971 – David Tennant (David John McDonald)
20 April 1951 – Louise Jameson
12 May 1968 – Catherine Tate (Catherine Ford)
08 June 1940 – Carole Ann Ford
08 June 1943 – Colin Baker
28 June 1951 – Lalla ([Lady] Sarah) Ward
29 June 1943 – Maureen O’Brien
07 July 1919 – Jon Pertwee (John Devon Roland Pertwee) – died 20 May 1996
10 July 1941 – Jackie Lane
22 July 1964 – Bonnie (Bonita Melody Lysete) Langford
20 August 1932 – Anthony Ainley – died 3 May 2004
20 August 1943 – Sylvester McCoy (Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith)
20 August 1962 – Sophie Aldred
22 September 1944 – Frazer Hines
22 September 1982 – Billie (Lianne Paul) Piper
11 October 1962 – Nicola Bryant
14 October 1949 – Katy (Catherine Anne) Manning
20 October 1941 – Anneke Wills (Anna Katarina Willys)
28 October 1944 – Ian Marter – died 28 October 1986
28 October 1982 – Matt (Matthew Robert) Smith
14 November 1959 – Paul McGann
19 November 1924 – William Russell (Russell William Enoch)
29 November 1942 – Michael Craze – died 8 December 1998
06 December 1975 – Noel (Anthony) Clarke
07 December 1947 – Wendy Padbury
12 December 1961 – Sarah Sutton
16 December 1929 – Nicholas Courtney (William Nicholas Stone Courtney) died 22 February 2011
17 December 1929 – Jacqueline Hill – died 18 February 1993
19 December 1961 – Matthew Waterhouse
24 December 1941 – John Levene (John Anthony Woods)
29 December 1928 – Bernard Cribbins
Have you ever wondered what some of the older Science Fiction series would look like if they were made if other countries? Doctor Who made with an American Time Lords with Texan accents. Or Lost in Space made in Turkey. Here is my take on The Greatest American Hero that I would’ve love to watch. The Greatest Scottish Hero Starring John Barrowman!
Back around Thanksgiving of last year, Leonard Nimoy & his son, Adam, started talking about how the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series would soon be here. They also talked about how there had never been a documentary of Star trek based around the character of Mr. Spock…so they did something about it. Father and son conceived the idea for the film, and Zachary Quinto agreed to narrate it.
As talks and negotiations progressed, and as all Trek fans sadly know, on February 27th, 2015 Leonard Nimoy passed away due to end stage COPD. With the show of fan support for Leonard & his family after his passing, Adam has made the documentary not just about Spock, but also about his father.
Adam has continued to work on the project since his fathers passing and is now to the point where he requires funding to do the bulk of the work on the film. Adam is asking for help from us all to complete his father idea of the documentary. So, to that end, he has start a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project. You will have until