Friday, July 31, 2015
Posted by Jim at Friday, July 31, 2015
via my buddy Andrew Glazebrook:
"Found this online, not only has the artist completely plagiarized Ralph McQuarrie's concept painting of the 'Battlestar Galactica' Viper and Raider, the girls pose and gun are from Richard Hatch's Apollo, and we have Luke Skywalker's pose and outfit from 'The Empire Strikes Back' on the boy. Don't recognize what the robot is from, so it might be the only original thing on the cover!"
Thursday, July 30, 2015
via Lou Ferrigno:
The overall Ferrigno Legacy trophies are in progress! These are going to be finished with a faded metallic finish and the classic Hulk green. All mounted on a cast of an original Ferrigno 50 pound plate. (don't worry, it won't weigh 50lbs!) More photos to come!
Big thank you to the sculptor Chris Epting for creating the stunning work of art. You can see more of his work and follow him on his Facebook page.
from Den of Geek:
In 1989, Italian director Bruno Mattei made an amalgam of Aliens and The Terminator. We look back at a wonderfully bad film...
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then a 1989 Italian film called Shocking Dark pays James Cameron the ultimate compliment: it openly steals from not one but two of his '80s hits.
Now, it’s no secret that B-movie filmmakers have long taken ‘inspiration’ from hit genre movies - Star Wars, Alien,Jaws, and Mad Max are some of the most imitated films of the '70s and '80s, spawning such cult B-movies as StarCrash, 1990: Bronx Warriors, and Contamination.
Shocking Dark, on the other hand, occupies its own special place in movie history. We’re not just talking about an attempt to evoke the general atmosphere of a successful film here - we’re talking about the wholesale recreation of entire sequences. As an example, consider the following exchange:
Samantha: Mommy always said monsters don’t exist, but it’s not true.
Dr Sara Drumbull: Don’t worry. I won’t leave you alone for a minute.
Dr Sara Drumbull: Cross my heart.
Samantha: And hope to die?
It’s lifted almost verbatim from a memorable scene in 1986's Aliens. In fact, pretty much all of Shocking Dark’s main story unfolds exactly like James Cameron’s classic: there’s a squad of soldiers whose bravado outstrips their preparedness, a Ripley-like civilian onlooker (Dr Sara Drumbull), drooling monsters, an untrustworthy corporate stiff and an orphaned child survivor.
Remember that bit in Aliens where they’re all stuck in Hadley’s Hope, wondering how the aliens have managed to get inside? Where Hicks, Hudson and Ripley are all wondering why the motion tracker’s telling them the aliens are actually in the room, and then they look up in horror at the suspended ceiling? That’s in here.
Remember the bit in Aliens where Bishop’s dissecting a dead Facehugger, and for just a moment, we look into Bishop’s distracted eyes and think he might be just as scary as Ash was in Alien? Even that incidental moment re-emerges in thinly-disguised form.
Perhaps sensing that they had a lawsuit on their hands, Shocking Dark’s makers came up with a cunning way of confusing 20th Century Fox’s legal attack dogs: for its international release, they called it Terminator II.
Oh, and just to ring the changes, they set it not in outer space, but in Venice.
Read the rest of the article over at DEN of GEEK!
omg omg omg! JimSmash Reader DINO IGNACIO gave me a pack of SDCC 2015 exclusive HE-MAN M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E.s!
And they're the characters I wanted, too! Double score!!!!
Thank you so much, Dino! You are my hero!
* related: "Jim's Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad San Diego Comic Con"
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
AQUAMAN #41 was the first issue with new creative team of writer Cullen Bunn and artist TREVOR McCARTHY. On the 2nd issue of their run, there are 3 different artists, including McCarthy. Seriously? Did something happen that hindered McCarthy delivering 2 consecutive issues? If so, I hope it wasn't something too serious. If not, that's ridiculous.
Also ridiculous, in addition to the 3 different artists in the 2nd issue of the new creative team's run, is that McCarthy recycled his art from the previous issue's cover (Aquaman #41).