This trailer has Razor Fist! One of the most ridiculous Marvel villains, although he’s less ridiculous here. (In the comics, the blades on his hands aren’t retractable; they’re permanently attached prostheses that would make going to the bathroom a challenge.) Read more
I think of it the other way around, with the ‘80s being a long decade rather than a short one. The ‘80s began in 1980, as the Reagan campaign got rolling, and they ended in ‘92, when the bulk of Nirvana’s singles from Nevermind hit the charts and the Bush presidency — the logical extension of the Reagan years — was… Read more
Larry Bird is the Hick from French Lick — French Lick, Indiana. He’s a Hoosier, not a Utahn. (I assume that’s what someone from Utah is called.)
Karnak, Ill., doesn’t even have that level of claim to fame.
In 2017, the regional newspaper, the Southern Illinoisan, published a story about a federal report that the covered civil rights and housing abuses Cairo had endured from local and federal authorities. Read more
He made a pretty good Cardassian — that is, a pretty villainous Cardassian — in “Second Skin,” a third-season episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Somehow, when my wife and I watched that episode last year, he was almost immediately recognizable under all the prosthetics, even though I hadn’t thought of him in… Read more
The Delenn scene I’ve thought about frequently for the last couple of decades — and to be fair, also misremembered for a lot of that time — was this one:
I will point out this reminiscence from Stan Sakai about Jack Kirby’s feelings about Nazis:
As much as I’ve enjoyed Carpenter and Quincannon stories by Bill Pronzini, I’m not sure why The Paradise Affair is included here. It’s a historical mystery; I’ve never seen anything fantastical or science fictional in previous stories. Is this a hint or an oversight?
From out of space came a runaway planet, hurtling between the earth and moon, unleashing cosmic destruction. Man’s civilization was cast in ruins! It was in all the papers back then.
I’m a bigger fan of the Hardy Boys than any middle-aged man should be, and I can’t say this particularly looks like the Hardy Boys. I mean, the Hardys as outsiders, a mother who may actually be doing something, the cops not doing the brothers’ bidding, and the huge age difference make the show not feel like the Hardys… Read more
Do you look like a boxer? Biff (real name Allen Hooper) got his nickname because he was a boxer in the very early stories.
I’d recommend a short story by Fritz Leiber, “Midnight by the Morphy Watch,” which follows a similar theme of greatness and madness among chess greats. I won’t spoil it, but it involves an amateur chess player gaining a pocket watch once owned by Paul Morphy, an American acknowledged as unofficial world chess champion… Read more
Well, he was ... but yes, that’s the guy.