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Gateway Essentials: Edmond Hamilton

Forty years ago, today, Edmond Moore Hamilton died, in Lancaster, California. Although his first published sale, ‘The Monster-God of Mamurth’ in the August 1926 issue of Weird Tales, was very firmly in the pulp tradition of Abraham Merritt and H. P. Lovecraft, Hamilton would go on to become one of the formative voices in American […]

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (or shall we say Captain America: The Cool Sounding Subtitle That is Actually Little More Than a Pretty Cool Subplot?)

So I took my twelve year son and my twelve year old self to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier (or shall we say Captain America: The Cool Sounding Subtitle That is Actually Little More Than a Pretty Cool Subplot?). It was fun. Chris Evans is very engaging and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is a superb […]

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Superhero Week: The Wonder of Lynda Carter

JandLAnyone who either knows me, or has seen my tweets, can’t help but notice I am something of a Wonder Woman fan. And it’s all because of Lynda Carter.

The former Miss America first slipped into the slinky costume of red, white and blue back in the 1970s for a TV movie called The New Original Wonder Woman, a wordy title designed to distance it from a terrible first effort a year or so earlier in which a blonde, tracksuited Cathy Lee Crosby played the super heroine but lacked superpowers, the iconic costume and screen presence (and the famous, catchy theme tune). Even earlier than that, the producers of the campy 60s Batman series sought out fresh TV gold from the pages of comic books and commissioned a short pilot film where Wonder Woman was played as a clumsy, single woman still living at home with her mother in 60s suburbia – the main joke appearing to be that as Wonder Woman she wasn’t nearly as attractive as she thought she was. A distinctly insulting approach for an iconic character. Both these curiosity pieces are available on YouTube if you want to lasso them down.

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Enough with the Spoilers! (Warning Contains Spoilers)

Hey, did you know the shark explodes at the end of Jaws? That Darth Vader turns out to be Luke’s father? And wait till you see what’s half buried in the beach in the final scene of Planet of the Apes… Today, boys and girls, I’m talking spoliers. Think how very different an experience Empire […]

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Batman Continues: The Dark Knight

Eye-popping, and somewhat challenging, believe it or not. Well, in the sense that the Villain-o-the-piece – the Joker – really was set up as Batman’s equal. Played by Heath Ledger, now deceased, the Joker proclaims himself an agent of chaos yet the meticulous, detailed planning he puts into his setpiece spectacles are anything but chaotic. […]

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