Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
|JIMMY OLSEN, JUDO EXPERT by Dave Goode|
expert. He used the martial arts from time to time in both his own comic book and World's Finest. One of my favorite examples of Judo Jimmy in action was in a story titled The Dragon Delinquent in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen No. 91 cover dated March 1966. The story written by Leo Dorfman and drawn by Pete Costanza freely "borrows" from the cult film High School Confidential (1958). The story also, aside from Superman, features DC's resident judo experts Batman & Robin.
Of course by the Bronze Age Jimmy had added karate and other martial arts styles to his bag of tricks. The thing I've wondered about for years was what rank Jimmy held in judo. Was it ever mentioned. The reason that I wonder about it is that in the Silver Age Bat-Girl was introduced as a "brown belt" in judo. And Batman himself says in issue of the Justice League as being able to qualify as a "black belt". Not that he was a black belt. Only that he could qualify as one. At the start of the Bronze Age Robin , the Boy Wonder was described as being a "brown belt in karate ". Wouldn't it have been amusing if Superman's pal was ranked higher than any of them.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Do you remember certain DC Comics of the Silver Age where the editors, writers, and artists would come up with a cover image and then create a story built around it? The adage you cant judge a book by it's cover was often true when applied to these comics. I got the distinct impression this was also the case for the 10 page lead story found in Bettie Page Comics No.1 from Dark Horse in 1996. You start with the cover illustration by the late, great Dave Stevens that itself looks like a homage to Frank Frazetta's cover to Thun'Da No.1 from the 1950s.
With a script by Jeff Gelb and Dave Steven the story is penciled by Bret Blevins with inks by Blevins, Mike Manley, and Dave Stevens. The story itself is a hilarious tribute to B-Movie jungle adventures. And features thinly disguised cyphers for Ed Wood Jr. and Johnny Weissmuller.
The whole thing was most likely inspired by a photo shoot with pin-up model turned pin - up photographer Bunny Yeager and model Bettie Page done at the Africa U.S.A theme park in Boca Raton, Florida in 1954. The sexy "jungle girl" outfit Bettie is wearing was in fact made by Miss Page herself.
I like to believe there is an alternate universe where a B-Movie producer like a Sam Katzman decided to make a jungle adventure flick starring Bettie Page. Maybe even co-starring Johnny Weissmuller. As Johnny Weissmuller and not Jungle Jim. And Steve Calvert as Bettie's faithful gorilla companion. Something that was missing from the photo shoot with Miss Yeager.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
His first movie TRIUMPH OF MACISTE (1961) a.k.a TRIUMPH OF THE SON OF HERCULES was one of my favorites. It's the old hero saves kingdom and girl friend from evil queen story. What makes it stand out are two feats of strength scenes. In one Morris arm wrestles 5 men at once. And wins. In the other he does the "Hercules Hold" resisting the pull of two horse drawn chariots. This was one of the better versions of this particular feat of strength.
Morris portrays Maciste again in THE WITCH'S CURSE (1962). This was more or less a remake of MACISTE IN HELL (1925) that starred the original screen Maciste , Bartolomeo Pagano. This flick has the seemingly immortal strongman saving a 17th century Scottish village from a witch's curse by entering through the gates of Hell and battling the forces of evil.
One of Morris' best known movies is HERCULES, SAMSON, & ULYSSES (1963). In this one, which is a favorite of fans of the genre, Morris portrays Hercules. It's famous for the fight between Hercules and Samson. The biblical strongman is played here by Richard Lloyd.
After the peplum movie cycle came to an end Morris would star in a number of other adventure flicks. But he would be better known as the star of a series fumettis.
This week's blog features a new Golden Adonis comic by Dave Goode & Vance Capley inspired by the gladiator movies of the 1960s.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Diane Webber became a cult figure as one of the top pin - up models of the 1950s and early 1960s. She modeled for art study magazines , nudist mags (she was a nudist activist) and all the top men's magazines of the period. She was Playboy's Playmate of the Month twice. In May of 1955. And in February of 1956. The second photo shoot was by the legendary Russ Meyers. I first knew her from an episode of the television series VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
(season 3 episode 19) in 1967 in which she played a mermaid. A role she also played in 1962 in the flick MERMAIDS OF TIBURON.
Born Marguerite Diane Theresa Emprey on July 29, 1932, she was the daughter of pulp and screenwriter Arthur Guy Emprey and the former Marguerite Andrus (a former Miss Long Beach beauty contest winner and actress). As a girl she would study ballet under Maria Bekefi. After graduating from Hollywood High, she took a job as a chorus girl in San Francisco. It was there that she began modeling for such noted photographers as Bunny Yeager. The camera loved her and her 39c-23-37 figure.
Diane would also appear on the covers of paperbacks and album covers. Among others she was the model on Nelson Riddle's SEA OF DREAMS and Les Baxter's JEWELS OF THE SEA. She was also featured on a number of popular television shows. A professional belly dancer Diane was also featured in such cult flicks as THE WITCHMAKER (1969) and THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK (1974) as respectively a belly dancing witch and a belly dance instructor. But I'll always remember her as the beautiful mermaid with the Creature from the Black Lagoon-like mate that I first saw as a ten year old on VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA.