Sunday, September 24, 2017

THE JOURNAL OF JULIUS RODMAN; PETER PENDULUM, THE BUSINESS MAN (1840)

It's not hard to figure out why Poe never finished THE JOURNAL OF JULIUS RODMAN, his abortive attempt to compete with the popular novels of Fenimore Cooper. Though Poe tries manfully to create the sense of a trailblazing expedition in the Western wilderness, it's all too evident that he's doing a novel in the form of a "research-dump," using extensive research to convey the illusion that the author knows what he's talking about. All the wordy discussions of forest-lore would be excusable if Poe had even one interesting character. But RODMAN stands in complete contrast to the fascinations of THE NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM.

On the other hand, though I've thought most of Poe's early humor-pieces completely worthless, PETER PENDULUM is an ingenious satire on egotists who use their supposed genius as an excuse to do nothing. The story deserves to be better known, even allowing for the dated nature of its 19th-century concerns.

Friday, September 22, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #104

Primary LUCA BERCOVICI acted in SCANNER COP and three relevant TV shows.

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Primary TOM BERENGER acted in one relevant film, FEAR CITY.

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Primary CANDICE BERGEN (left) acted in MERLIN AND THE SWORD.

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Peripheral EDGAR BERGEN (right) acted in THE MUPPET MOVIE with--


Primary FRANK OZ (right), from EMPIRE STRIKES BACK etc.

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Peripheral POLLY BERGEN (not shown) acted in DR. JEKYLL AND MS. HYDE with--



Primary SEAN YOUNG of BLADE RUNNER.

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Primary TUSHKA BERGEN (right) acted in MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME and an episode of ANGEL.




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MONSTER MASHUPS #18

Stumbled across a 1967 episode of TOM SLICK, a feature on the GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE show, in which Tom races his car against--

--A werewolf, "Lobo Van Goosey."



-- A "frank" type of monster, Fred G. Frankenstein."



And the inevitable vampire, "Count Lew Gosey." (Two Lugosi puns seems like reaching...)


Saturday, September 16, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #103

Primary ROBBY BENSON  voiced the dragon (left) in DRAGONHEART A NEW BEGINNING, in addition to a few other cartoon roles.

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Primary BARBI BENTON (right) acted in DEATHSTALKER.

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Primary JULIE BENZ played the recurring role of "Darla" on both ANGEL and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, as well as having roles in PUNISHER: WAR ZONE and an episode of SUPERNATURAL.

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Primary DANIEL BENZALI acted in A VIEW TO A KILL and in such TV shows as STAR TREK" NEXT GEN and (the original) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.




Sunday, September 10, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #102

Primary NIGEL BENNETT  is best known for the role of the vampire Lacroix on FOREVER KNIGHT, as well as various other TV shows.

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Peripheral JACK BENNY (right) acted in THE HORN BLOWS AT MIDNIGHT with--



Primary REGINALD GARDNER from the BATMAN episode "Pop Goes the Joker."

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Primary AMBER BENSON played "Tara" on the BUFFY teleseries and appeared twice (in the same role) on SUPERNATURAL.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #101

Primary BRUCE BENNETT acted in THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN, SHADOW OF CHINATOWN, THE LONE RANGER, and DAREDEVILS OF THE RED CIRCLE.


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Peripheral CONSTANCE BENNETT acted in TOPPER TAKES A TRIP with--




Primary IRVING PICHEL (right) from the serial DICK TRACY'S G-MEN.


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Peripheral HYWEL BENNETT acted in ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND with--




Primary PETER SELLERS from CASINO ROYALE.

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Peripheral JOAN BENNETT acted in the teleseries DARK SHADOWS with--




Primary GRAYSON HALL for her role in a MAN FROM UNCLE episode.










Tuesday, August 22, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #100

Peripheral RUSS BENDER (not shown) acted in INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN with--



Primary FRANK GORSHIN, "The Riddler" on BATMAN.

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Peripheral WILLIAM BENDIX (right) acted in A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT with--



Primary RHONDA FLEMING of  THE NUDE BOMB.

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Primary DIRK BENEDICT has just one relevant role, in the original BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.

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Primary WILLIAM BENEDICT (right) acted in ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, ADVENTURES OF THE FLYING CADETS,  PERILS OF NYOKA, SHERLOCK HOLMES IN NEW YORK, and assorted TV shows.

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Peripheral ANNETTE BENING (right) acted in MARS ATTACKS with--



Primary PIERCE BROSNAN from GOLDENEYE and other Bond-flicks.

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Peripheral RICHARD BENJAMIN (right) acted in WITCHES' BREW with--


Primary TERI GARR for her role in the STAR TREK episode "Assignment Earth."