October 31st, 2007

Spidey: Icon

My buddy Steve Saffel has just penned Spider-man--The Icon,  a "spectacular chronicle that charts the career of the web-spinner in pop culture, from his earliest, super-rare four-color-comics to his big-budget blockbusters, revealing every aspect of the phenomenon."  

With a foreward by Stan "The Man" Lee, this is a labor of love that no true Marvelite dare be without!

'Nuff said! 
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All heads turn when the hunt rides by

A happy Samhain to all, and to all a good night. The ubiquitous Halloween lists are creeping across newspapers and blogs across the globe like mold after a basement flood — scariest movies, best Dracula, etc.

And so my thoughts turned to scary titles: to me, often the creepiest part of a book or story or movie, and the most evocative — reading the story hasn't yet spoiled the tale's promise. So, while I've never in fact read John Farris's "All Heads Turn When the Hunt Rides By," I've been suitably creeped out by the title that I've never been able to forget it. "Carnival of Souls" is another great one, and a truly scary movie.

A few others: "O Whistle and I'll Come to you, My Lad;" "The Beast with Five Fingers." Oh yeah, and "Psycho."

For the record, "Saw" doesn't do it for me. What about you ghoulies and long-leggedy beasties?
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Punch 7.00

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You'll note that all the illos in this series so far have been unsigned, making it almost impossible to delve into the history of these forgotten artists. Not so with today's offering, as it bears the very legible signature of one Bernard Partridge.



As for the topic of this editorial cartoon, it's still very relevant today, in this wartime era of the Patriots Act. If you read the small print at the bottom of this cartoon, it's arguing for the repeal of special wartime legislation--fourteen years after its enactment, and ten years after the war was over!


"1914. With the outbreak of the First World War, a package of emergency legislation is enacted in Britain.
Entitled the Defence of the Realm Act, and customarily (if seldom affectionately) known by its acronym DORA, the legislation gives the state sweeping powers to regulate and control the lives of British citizens, and to rule by proclamation where circumstances dictate the necessity of such a course (i.e., without the requirement to pass a bill through parliament). Much of the focus of the legislation will be upon individuals or actions that are seen to pose a threat to the moral well-being of the nation, and to thereby impact adversely on its war-effort."

Posted by Paul DiFi.