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Gene Colan - A Call To Arms!
By now everyone associated with comic books should be aware of Gene Colan's health situation. Simply put the man isn't well, but when you look at it, he's not been all that well for a while now. Late last week Gene woke up with chest pains and shortness of breath, so his son took him straight to the hospital where he was admitted. He's now in a serious, but relatively stable condition, but the outlook could be better. A hell of a lot better.
Gene has had a rough trot in the past few years. First was his much publicized health issues, then there was the scandalous issue which we all know about. Then, sadly, his beloved wife, Adrienne, passed away. All of this adds up to a series of blows that would have seen a lesser man simply give up and wait for the inevitable. But not Gene, no, not by a long shot. Gene isn't going anywhere.
Clifford Meth is in touch with Gene on a daily basis and his reports have been encouraging. I had to chuckle when I read how Gene said he was enjoying the morphine drip, but then I began to worry - if Gene is on morphine then the pain must be savage indeed. Then Cliff announced the news that I think a lot of people had been expecting, even if Gene comes home, his days of drawing art are now behind him. It would appear that this latest blow has robbed Gene of his ability to draw art for any sustained period of time. The prognosis for recovery is as good as can be expected for somebody Gene's age, and with his pre-existing health issues, but time takes it's toll.
So, what happens next? There's no pension for Gene. Marvel won't be there to bail him out, nor will DC, or Archie, or anyone else that Gene has worked for over the years. What Gene will be relying on will be the proceeds of the sale of his remaining art, and the kindness of people. And that means you - people who've enjoyed Gene's life and career, who have read comic books with his art in them and salivated over them. That means the people who first saw his Iron Man and gasped. Who's first Daredevil comics were penciled by a guy listed as Gene 'The Dean' Colan. The people who were scared as youngsters by Gene's Dracula. Those people who were mesmerised by Gene's Dr Strange, or thrilled by his Avengers, or amazed by his Batman - that means all of you.
The final judgement has been handed down in the long running Gary Friedrich vs Marvel (Ghost Rider) case, and now we know the full amount that Friedrich owes Marvel. That's right, Marvel, a company that stands to make millions of dollars from the upcoming Ghost Rider II movie, and is paying Nicholas Cage millions to portray a character that Friedrich created, now wants money from Friedrich - in specific $17,000. And they'd like that $17,000 now, please. In full.
This stipulation has been agreed upon and so ordered by the court, with the final judgement reflecting all that contained within. This now means that Gary Friedrich has the right to appeal, and appeal he shall, but it also means that he now owes Marvel Comics, a multi-million dollar making machine, backed by the multi-billion dollar Disney company, $17,000 and cannot ever sell anything related to Ghost Rider, nor can he even say that he created Ghost Rider for any form of gain or advertising. Well done Marvel!! …
Was Yogi Bear gay or not? It's this kind of thing that keeps me wide awake in the middle of the night, clutching at the quilt, drowning in sweat and wishing that the ghosts inside of my head would just flee and leave me be. But they don't, so I instantly turn my thoughts into other realms.
Now, Yogi. On the surface of things he appears to be a normal bear. In the historical context of things he's just a cheap copy of Art Carney's Ed Norton (actually the Honeymooners was stolen better by Warner Brothers for their cartoon series featuring mice - Ralphy boy and his neighbour Martin).
Yogi used to hang around a place called Jellystone National Park and was, for the most part, obsessed by picnic baskets. Like a demented homeless person he relentlessly stalked people, slept on park benches, probably urinated in public, harassed people and stole whatever food and anything else that he could reach. All the time he was pursued by two people, the first being the anal retentive Ra…
Go and have a read, and, more importantly, pass the word on to everyone and anyone who is thinking of travelling anywhere and booking. First rule of thumb - NEVER pay anyone via a money transfer system such as Western Union or Moneygram. They assist the scammers, and once your money is gone, those companies couldn't care less. They've got their cut. Make sure you pay in such a way that you've got recourse - if it's a money transfer then it's a scam, as far as I'm concerned.