Thursday, June 30, 2016

It is Black Power Thursday with Gil Kane

I thought about honoring Christopher Priest´s 55th birthday by doing another post about his BLACK PANTHER run but since the time I did my last post in 2012 most comic readers have realized the greatness of it.

Also I would have to re - read the whole series - again - to write the post. So instead of repeating what everybody will probably write about Today I bring you another selection of Gil Kane covers with black characters.

Yep, that´s the pre NEW 52 politically incorrect overweight Amanda Waller who now looks like a centerfold although I have mixed feelings about this change. On one side it was nice to see a completely average person be such a badass but a fitter Amanda does have possibilities. Although I doubt we have scenes like this in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.

Since there is only one other important birthday Today - and because I didn´t post Yesterday ( it may surprise my readers but even I have to sleep sometimes ) - I want to start the entertainment block with a few birthdays from Yesterday. In my last post we had a Doctor Who related anniversary and on June the 29th we even had two as Katherine Jenkins celebrated her 36th birthday - she was in my second favorite Doctor Who Christmas Special A Christmas Carol - and Maureen O´Brien turned 73 best known as Vicki companion to the first  Doctor, William Hartnell.

As fate - or the luck of the timelords - would have it I just found one of the DVD extra contents with Maureen O´Brien in it a few days ago.

Nicole Scherzinger celebrated her 38th birthday Yesterday and she started out as the frontgirl of the Pussycat Dolls. Is the group still around ? Since she was never the best dancer in the group I think they could continue.

To pay tribute airGbuzz ! has 17 more GIFS of Nicole Scherzinger stripping and here is a video from her appearance on Conan where he is distracted by her chest. Which I naturally missed as happens with most good things.

Our next candidate is Maria Conchita Alonso who is now 49 years old. She made appearances in Knight Rider, Predator 2, Chasing Papi, CSI Miami and Desperate Housewives although she´s best known for Running Man.

Another cast member of Predator 2 is Gary Busey who turned 72. Among his movie credits are Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Lethal Weapon, Eye Of The Tiger, Surviving The Game and two movies alongside sexbomb Erika Eleniak : Chasers and Under Siege where she does her famous striptease.

Speaking about Eye Of The Tiger, I went to the cinema to see two other movies with those words in the title : Rocky III - which was called Rocky III Das Auge des Tigers in Germany - and Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger. The special effects in the last one were done by Ray Harryhausen and Yesterday was his anniversary. Besides cult classics like Clash Of The Titans, One Million Years B.C. with pop culture icon / sex symbol Raquel Welch Ray worked on two more Sinbad movies The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad and The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad with Hammer film´s Caroline Munro.

It´s one of her best know movies as the producers were business savy enough to put Caroline into various bright colored and tight fitting outfits that left little to the imagination and showcased her breast features.

I could not find that movie on YouTube but here is the adaption of Jason And The Argonauts from 1963 which has a few famous special effect sequences by Ray Harryhausen in it like the swordfighting skeletons.

Speaking about adaptions : Yesterdays last anniversary was french writer Antoine de Saint - Exupery and his book The Little Prince has been transformed into any kind of media from comics and audio dramas to musicals, movies and cartoons. Originally I wanted to post a trailer but since that was only a fanmade trailer and not the trailer to an actual movie here is an episode from The Adventures Of The Litle Prince.

The only noteworthy birthday Today is Schlager icon Peter Alexander who worked with all the greats like Wencke Myhre. Boy, did I have the hots for Wencke in the worst way since she was not only funny, she had a tireless body in her prime and her wardrobe could even rival Caroline Munro´s Sinbad outfit or the uniforms of the female members of the Legion of Super Heroes. Fashion went horribly wrong somewhere from being only one small step above lingerie in the 80s to what women wear now.

Naturally I picked a video with Wencke and Peter and the preview picture alone is worth the price of admission. I have no idea how she pulled it off but despite her stunning physique and always wearing mini skirts and plunging cleavages she never was typecast as a sex symbol in Germany.

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