Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #58

Primary DAN AYKROYD acted in the two GHOSTBUSTERS movies, as well as having a small role in INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM.

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Primary FELIX AYLMER acted in just one relevant role, that of "the Old Man" who gives Britain's CHAMPIONS their superhero-like mission.

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Peripheral LEAH AYRES acted in THE BURNING with--


Primary HOLLY HUNTER, most recently known for a role in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #57

Primary LOREN AVEDON acted in VIRTUAL COMBAT and TIGER CLAWS III.

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Primary JAMES AVERY racks up the usual host of TV credits, including a Klingon on ENTERPRISE.

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Primary MARGARET AVERY (not shown) has a couple of relevant credits in the TV series TIME TRAX and the video film CYBORG 3.



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Primary MILI AVITAL acted in the movie STARGATE.


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Peripheral NINA AXELROD (right) acted in MOTEL HELL with--




Primary RORY CALHOUN, whose most visible credit is probably HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN.



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Primary HOYT AXTON (left) acted in an episode of BIONIC WOMAN and voiced a character on CAPTAIN PLANET.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #56

Peripheral JEAN-PIERRE AUMONT (not shown) acted in DON'T LOOK IN THE ATTIC with--



Primary BEBA LONCAR (right) of SOME GIRLS DO.



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Primary TINA AUMONT (aka TINA MARQUAND) acted in 1966's MODESTY BLAISE.

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Peripheral CHARLOTTE AUSTIN (right) acted in THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST with--



Primary EVE BRENT (left), the "Jane" in TARZAN'S FIGHT FOR LIFE and TARZAN AND THE TRAPPERS.


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Primary KAREN AUSTIN narrates BITCH SLAP and acts in various TV roles, including the mother of B'Elanna on STAR TREK VOYAGER.



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Primary PAM AUSTIN (right) acted in an episode of THE WILD WILD WEST.


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Primary TERI AUSTIN (right) acted in THE VINDICATOR.


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Primary GENE AUTRY (right) acted in the original PHANTOM EMPIRE.



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Primary FRANKIE AVALON (left)was surprisingly serious in THE MILLION EYES OF SUMURU.






Thursday, February 9, 2017

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #55

Primary MISCHA AUER (left) acted in TARZAN THE FEARLESS.

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Primary CLAUDINE AUGER acted in THUNDERBALL.

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Peripheral EWA AULIN (right) acted in CANDY with--


Primary MARLON BRANDO, best known for his role in SUPERMAN.




Thursday, February 2, 2017

RAR #23: THE OUTCAST



OUTCAST was a one-shot western idea completed by Steve Parkhouse and long-time CONAN artist Barry (Windsor) Smith. It was apparently completed in 1969 but not printed until two years later, in WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS #4. The one-shot ended with an editorial appeal to readers, but I don't imagine anyone wrote to demand more of the character.

Despite being colored with red skin, the opening implies that "the Outcast" may be a white guy raised by an Indian tribe, while one of his enemies calls him a "halfbreed." The story's only interesting as a marker of Smith's artistic growth, as he was still under the Kirby aegis at this point.

SUPERHEROES ARE DAMN-NEAR EVERYWHERE #54

Primary BARRY ATWATER, best known as THE NIGHT STALKER, essayed a smattering of TV-roles, the best-known being "Surak" in STAR TREK's "The Savage Curtain."

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Peripheral EDITH ATWATER (left) acted in STRAIT-JACKET with--


Primary LEIF ERICKSON (not shown), whose only credit is an episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN.

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Primary LIONEL ATWILL chalks up three combative film-appearances in the movie FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN and two serials, CAPTAIN AMERICA and LOST CITY OF THE JUNGLE/

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Primary RENE AUBERJONOIS has far too many live-action and animated TV credits to list, but his most visible role is inevitably "Odo" on STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE.

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Peripheral LENORE AUBERT (left) acted in ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN with--

Primary BELA LUGOSI from SHADOW OF CHINATOWN.

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Peripheral MAXINE AUDLEY acted in an episode of SPACE: 1999 with--


Primary MARTIN LANDAU, whose initial citation, from about 5-6 roles, should be "Count Zark" from THE MAN FROM UNCLE.


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Peripheral STEPHANE AUDRAN acted in THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISE with--


Primary FERNANDO REY (left) from the 1986 STAR KNIGHT.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

RAR #22: THE APACHE KID



I have little to say about the Apache Kid, though he meets my criteria for a "Real American" by dint of being a white orphan adopted into Indian culture. His original name was Alan Krandal, but after growing to manhood under the tutelage of adoptive Indian father Red Hawk, he took a new name, Aloysius Kare, a saddle-tramp who was essentially nothing but the secret ID for the swashbuckling Apache Kid. What he did to earn his daily bread when he wasn't making peace between white men and red men remains a mystery to me.

I've only read the stories reprinted in Marvel's WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS, and they strike me as singularly unremarkable. The feature's only distinction may be having the first western hero to sport the name "Aloysius."