Wednesday, May 24, 2017

R.I.P. Sir Roger Moore.

We mourn the passing of actor Sir Roger Moore, on May 23, 2017, at the age of 89. 

Roger Moore was the personification of British suave… and cool, regardless of the role. 

Beau Maverick, a late but welcome entry to the classic western series MAVERICK, TV’s Simon Templar in THE SAINT (the role I’ve historically associated him with), and my most recent Moore discovery THE PERSUADERS, with Sir Roger so perfectly paired with – and played against – Tony Curtis! 

But, unquestionably Roger Moore’s greatest achievement was making the role of James Bond “his own”, in the wake of Sean Connery’s indelible imprint on Agent 007!  

Indeed, one needn’t press me too hard to get me to admit a preference for Moore over anyone else in the role – especially on the two occasions where he encountered wacky Sheriff J.W. Pepper, played by actor Clifton James, who also passed away earlier this year.  

And “Moonraker”, which I liked so much I parodied the title for a Donald Duck secret agent story - "Tycoonraker". 

On a completely unrelated note, it was Roger Moore who convinced friend David Hedison to take the role of Captain Crane on the weekly television version of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1964-1968), after Hedison had turned down the same role for the previous feature film version of VOYAGE in 1961.  Moore had come to realize the virtues of regular work and pay on a regular series with THE SAINT (1962-1969), and so convinced Hedison.  

Ironically, it was his television work on THE SAINT, and perhaps THE PERSUADERS as well, that LEAD Moore to the cinematic role of Bond.  

  Thank you, Sir Roger Moore, for so many great – and historic – moments!   

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fun With Comics: Dis-Armed and Dangerous!

We all know how violent Tom and Jerry cartoons can be – at least the GOOD Tom and Jerry cartoons!

But, for all of Tom’s suffering…

…has an act of violence this shocking ever come his way? 

Consider the cover of 1955’s TOM AND JERRY # 133.

Now, examine the reprint of that cover for 1966’s TOM AND JERRY # 231. 


We may never know the gory details, but it appears that Tom has LOST HIS LEFT ARM!  Shudder! 

…And those callous little mice just go on swimming as if nothing has happened! 

Ah, but fear not, folks… some skillful surgery, perhaps on the part of Doctor Droopy, restored Tom’s arm for the next reprinting of this cover for 1978’s TOM AND JERRY # 308.   

"Shhh... Don't tell him how I did it, folks!"

So, all’s well that ends well!  

Then again, we only see Tom's RIGHT ARM, don't we?!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Surveying the Sixties!

No folks, this Blog is not dead... though it really should have come back long before now.  Unfortunately, its humble proprietor remains (all together now) horrifically busy with life's necessary chores and obligations, a need for more sleep in order to carry out those chores and obligations, and joyously still writing for IDW and Fantagraphics

However, we do take occasional time to enjoy ourselves, as noted in THIS BLOG POST by friend Marc Whinston. 

It details our activities of Saturday evening April 15, 2017, when Esther and I hosted something I've wanted to do for a very long time - and hope to do more of in the future. 

Also, as an added bonus, HERE is a link to Marc's post on a presentation I did at our Cinema History Class - aka the "Thursday Night Horror and Sci-Fi Appreciation Society".


Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year 2017! 

My plans to return to this Blog later in 2016 didn’t exactly come to fruition, did they? 

However, I’m still optimistic for a return some time in the first half of 2017.  But, since I’ve never failed to wish you all a Happy New Year yet, please have a very Happy New Year – and enjoy this festive (…for Eega Beeva and Ellsworth, at least) illustration by our friend Debbie Anne Perry!  I think it should have been an alternate cover to IDW’s MICKEY MOUSE # 15, the issue released most closely to, but not past, New Year’s Day!  Don’t you?     

...Though, shouldn't Eega's noisemaker go "Pfwee!"?

Please rest assured that things are good, but also remain (all together now) “Horrifically Busy” – though it sure feels good to squeeze out this Blog post. 

The (all together now) “Horrifically Busy Period” also cut into my IDW work during the second half of 2016 as well – but I still have a few things coming up.

A Two-Part Uncle Scrooge vs. The Beagle Boys with a medieval twist.

Super Goof’s rematch with a daringly different looking Dr. Dunk. 

Goofy gives romance advice to Clarabelle via an online video (!).

And Ludwig Von Drake lectures us on the subject of The Moon.  …He can do it too, because he's already been there!

Before I go, I just wish to thank each and every one of you for your support of this Blog.  It is that support that I hope to live up to in the new year of 2017!   And, thank you, Deb, for an illustration wonderful enough to sit me down at Blogger once again! 

After all, I can't let Melvin be a more prolific Blogger than me, can I?