Ol’ Pointy Ears Is Back

B&W photo of Adam West and Leonard Nimoy at a drum kit

That’s Leonard Nimoy hitting the skins next to Adam West.

I came across this photo from the late 1960s, photographer and location unknown
to me, via one blog link that led to another. You know how it goes. I hit a wall once a Tumblr post led to a Facebook page that I can’t access ’cause I’m not on Facebook.

Hungry Like Marv Wolfman

My old buddy Stefan Blitz, proprietor of Forces of Geek, mused on Twitter several weeks ago that if he opened a restaurant themed around people who created comics the menu would include Joe Quesadilla, Howard Chicken, and Darwyn Cookies.

Which means nothing if you aren’t in the loop and don’t appreciate the puns, but I got
a smile out of it — and the idea to brainstorm my...

Top Eighteen Dishes, Drinks, and Desserts
Served at the Comics-Creators Cafe

18. Karen Burgers

17. Gary Franks

16. Tuna Isabella

15. Veal Adams

14. Clams Robins

13. P. Craig Mussels

12. Marie Severin-Layer Dip

11. Nachos Whedon

Neil Armstrong 1930-2012

We’ve lost Neil Armstrong to the stars at the age of 81.

Close-up of Neil Armstrong, smiling, in lunar module wearing suit with helmet off
Neil Armstrong in the Eagle module after the moonwalk.
Photo: Buzz Aldrin for NASA.

An obituary up on the NASA website includes excerpts from and links to statements from the Armstrong family, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and President Barack Obama. The page also has embedded video of Armstrong and links to information on the historic moon landing of July 20th, 1969.

You can find The New York Times’ front page [bad link] for that day online, in miniature, along with the text of John Noble Wilford’s article. Worth a look too, but not for delicate sensibilities, is The Onion’s mockup of how that satirical paper would’ve run the story.

Hello, Goodbye

Shane Victorino of the Phillies having just swung the bat
Photo: Jeff Robertson for The Associated Press © 2012.

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Everybody Wong Foo Tonight

The blog’s faithful readers know that from time to time I’ve shared my submissions
to an online Top Ten contest held regularly at CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman website.

A few months ago, I put up a post with my riffs on a Twitter hashtag begun by Tony Isabella, writer both of comics and about them, champion of the oppressed, scourge of the unjust. I knew that I’d likely join the Twitterati sooner rather than later, and it dawned on me that I could use my contributions to such games as Top X posts here on the blog. What I didn’t know was that The Late Show’s Top Ten contest, along with its weekly E-mail newsletter, would shortly be coming to an abrupt end.

My follow-through after participation in enjoyable hashtags like #badnoir has been poor [although one of my titles for that got turned into a what-if mashup in 2014] but I can’t not import the results of a prompt I started myself after a pithy Twit from Julius Sharpe, as reTwitted by Hannah Kincade, which read “I think every movie should be personally addressed to Wong Foo”.

Sharpe was referring to the 1995 film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. His line stuck with me. I first replied, “At least from the Batman cast,” Julie Newmar being known as the first Catwoman in the camp 1966-68 TV sensation. Then I offered up some variations on the movie’s title involving said cast. Since I couldn’t shake the meme I took Sharpe’s advice and branched out to other movies.

Here then after far too long a preamble are...

My Top Eight Other Movies Personally Addressed to Wong Foo

Five-Panel Draw

I was quite taken by the following sequence from The Uncanny X-Men #166,
dated Feb. 1983.

A tier of five panels, each longer in height than width. First: Close-up of Wolverine's unmasked face giving a serious look -- one eye, nose, and mouth visible, totally filling panel with no background -- with a thought balloon reading 'They're my friends!', followed by a 'gutter' of standard width. Second, a bit shorter than the previous: Close-up of Cyclops' face, masked with visor, orange background -- one eye, nose, and most of mouth visible -- with a word balloon at top reading 'Well, Mister. What'll it be?', straddling the interior of the panel and the blank space above, followed by a slimmer gutter. Third, shorter still: Wolverine's gloved hand, twitching with motion lines, against yellow background, with quoted thought above it reading 'An' because they *are* my friends, I owe 'em life...', followed by a very narrow gutter. Fourth, even shorter: Wolverine's hand now clenched in fists, claws popping with a 'Snikt!' from panel into negative space below, against red background, with thought continued above the panel reading '... or a quick, clean *death*.' Fifth, the shortest, immediately following the previous with no gutter, abutting it or even appearing to have been overlapped by it: Kitty's alarmed face -- one wide eye, part of nose and mouth, filling the panel, with a jagged dialogue balloon extended from just within top of panel to negative space above it reading 'No!!'
Excerpt from The Uncanny X-Men #166 © 1982 and characters TM/® Marvel Comics.
Script: Chris Claremont. Pencils: Paul Smith. Inks: Bob Wiacek. Colors: Glynis
Wein/Oliver. Letters: Tom Orzechowski. Editing: Louise Jones/Simonson.

The set of five panels is at the bottom of Pg. 12 of the issue’s story, “Live Free or Die!”, drawn by Paul Smith in his second issue as penciler of the series.

If you’re unfamiliar with the issue and would like some context, you can head over to my friend Teebore’s post on it — the reason I was rereading the issue in the first place. What I have to say about the panels below is taken from comments I made there, but I thought I’d repost the passage here even though I’m on a bit of a vacation. It seems fitting to be publishing this analysis online from the same library where I did my first historical and critical reading about comics as a kid 35 years ago.

Midsummer’s Meaning

With new posts being sparse here lately and several months having passed since my
last volley of word-verification definitions, I declare it time for another.

The backlog is growing short, as I wrote earlier this year, thanks to Blogger’s switch
in formats yielding less choice material. I’ll probably close the door on this series after
a few more installments, based on current reserves and the sluggish pace at which new entires are added to my stockpile, whereas for quite some time after I began the well was replenished at a strong, steady pace. You are hereby referred to my stand-alone page collecting past entries, where this phenomenon is explained, if it’s unfamiliar to you.

agamsee — [uh gam see] phr. Edward G. Robinson pointing out some dame’s leg.

clonyma — [kloh nee mah] n. Your mother’s genetically engineered duplicate.

counduct — [kown dukt] n. How Dracula behaves.

daymews — [day myooz] pl.n. My cat’s morning wake-up sounds.

eReesen. A peanut-butter cup you can eat in Second Life. (Is that still a thing?)