Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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• Superman: Man of Steel continues to add to its cast list. Amy Adams has been signed to play Lois Lane in the upcoming movie, which also includes Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent. Zack Snyder is directing, with Henry Cavill playing the title role.
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
Before he turned into The Spectre, Jim Corrigan’s first words in comics were “Search me! Either I’m the luckiest mug on Earth, or have it all over Clark Gable!” He said them in More Fun Comics #52 (Feb 40).
Whose first words in comics were, ““Dropped the screwdriver!”?
Jack Elrod (1924), comic strip writer and artist
Mort Drucker (1929), comics writer and artist
Val Mayerik (1950), comics artist
Elizabeth Hand (1957), comics writer
Marc Silvestri (1959), comics writer and artist
G. Raymond Eddy (1960), comics writer and artist
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now
Bruce H. Bolinger (1943), comics artist
Gary Martin (1956), comics inker
Toren Smith (1960), manga translater, founder Studio Proteus
Troy Nixey (1972), comics artist and writer
45 years ago: It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman opens in New York City. It stars Bob Holiday as The Man of Steel and is written by David Newman and Robert Benton. The show closed July 17 after 129 performances. (1966)
Question of the Week
What is the most ridiculous super-power used by a comic-book character?
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• Comics and pulp magazines aren’t the only popular culture forms with ongoing icons. While Warner Baxter won an Oscar as Best Actor for playing The Cisco Kid (1929), he went on to a continuing “B”-movie role as Dr. Robert Ordway, Columbia Pictures’ “Crime Doctor” (based on the radio series). Starting at 10:30 a.m. E.T., Turner Classic Movies airs Crime Doctor (1943, 66 mins.), The Crime Doctor’s Strangest Case (1943, 68 mins.), The Crime Doctor’s Courage (1945, 70 min), The Crime Doctor’s Warning (1945, 70 mins.), Crime Doctor’s Manhunt (1946, 61 mins.), The Crime Doctor’s Gamble (1947, 66 mins.), and The Crime Doctor’s Diary (1949, 61 mins.).
• Today’s the day that Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is released as a 44-minute direct-to-DVD animated feature. Boom! is adapting the feature as a graphic novel.