I worked on this book for over ten years, watching episodes, writing and re-writing the various parts to it and even securing interviews with two of the actors. It was a true labor of love in every sense of those words. I had thought it was complete right up until press time and then... Warners Home Video released the entire series on three sets of DVDs, These are great sets as I've reviewed them elsewhere and am so happy to see them on legit DVD as one can only believe a fan would be. However...
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Tomorrow I am talking to the rep for Viz Comics about my Ultraman panel at Comic Con (did I mention I was doing this yet?). I'm excited but I also know I have some more homework to do, since most of my Heisei Ultra knowledge is limited to Ultraman Cosmos and Ultraman Mebius, English speaking Ultras notwithstanding. I'm really excited and can hardly believe I am headed back to San Diego in less than two weeks now. Maybe I miss it just a little bit.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Since I only ever saw 3 episodes of Ultraman growing up I never knew about most of the monsters he fought during his series. Sure, the episode "Graveyard of Monsters" gave me some inkling, but the glimpses were so brief I only vaguely remembered them until I saw the episode again many years later. I did wonder what would happen if Ultraman and Godzilla ever faced off. Here you can see a version of it.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
I am slowly but surely replacing all my Hanna-Barbera bootleg cartoons with the legit sets they sell through the WB archive. I've got the Herculoids and now the Shazzan DVDs. Both look great, as I have noted before. I've read some complaints about the way the cartoons are preserved here and there, but I can't see anything wrong with these, considering they are almost 50 years old and HD was something that was never even a dream back then, much less having them for sale for home viewing. I think they are amazing and am really happy to be able to ditch my other, less than perfect copies, as happy as I was to get them back then.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
I learned on Thursday that June 18th was the day Superman arrived on Earth. I never knew it was Clark's birthday. Superman has been around since 1938, and it's conceivable many of us will see his 100th birthday in 22 years. It's odd to think that true superhero comics haven't been around that long.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015
The American Dream is gone. I didn't know who Dusty Rhodes was when I first started watching wrestling, as he was not in the Georgia territory at the time, nor did he go to the AWA later on. And even though I was sorta "smart" to how wrestling was worked, I never thought much about who did the actual booking for the various fueds and how they got put together, or who thought up the various gimmick matches that showed up from time to time.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
As has been reported elsewhere, Sir Christopher Lee passed on today. While many younger fans know him as Saruman the White in the Lord of the Rings movies, many of us remember him in his early roles as legendary monsters (and some heroes). Though I didn't know it was him at the time, I first saw him as Dracula at a very early age, and like his predessor in the role, Bela Lugosi, he left an impression on me.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
So yeah, I'm going host a panel about Ultraman at this year's San Diego Comic Con. How cool is that going to be? I'm a little excited for several reasons, aside from the fact I'm the moderator at this panel. Usually I'd be involved with something with Gamera, but this time it's the hero from the stars. I've only ever done one panel before, and that was accidental. I kind of got drafted, but boy was it fun. This should be great as well.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
I picked up this volume on a whim cause it was cheap at Target ($8.00) and because it had crossover episodes with the Bionic Woman (Bigfoot and Fembots). I had watched both shows rather religiously when they aired, but since then was not very interested in them due to the lack of kinectic action. Slow-motion all the time to suggest speed... well, it's not that exciting. But since it has some appeal to the kid in me I thought I'd give them a try again.
Friday, June 5, 2015
In probably another futile attempt to prove there is music I like that was written past 1985, I present this really great song. I'd never heard of the band or the song until a few weeks ago, but danged if it's not one of my new faves.