You probably thought you were getting the next installment of THORSDAY WITH ERIK LARSEN or - at least - another post singing the praise of SHANG CHI, MASTER OF KUNG FU as it is Doug Moench´s 69th birthday and I had planned something similar when I read that it´s Tom Peyer´s birthday too.
Now the name Tom Peyer has probably not come up very often on my blog and you won´t probably see it on any Best Of or Favorite Writers lists so I may be forgiven for not knowing which comic books he had written from the top of my hat. I then did what anybody with half a brain would do : I went to the internet to improve my superficial knowledge with half - truths and unverified facts. And surprise, surprise, Tom Peyer has written or co - written some of my favorite series. Because I spent most of the day preparing Tomorrow´s super special FLASH FRIDAY post I am just going to post some covers - kind of like the highlights of his career - but don´t think I made it easy on myself because I started with over 200 covers and had to bring it down to 23. So here are the covers I selected and each of them has the Subzero seal of approval. Oh, you might notice that some of the books are covering a certain area or time frame of the DC universe.
With this wide range of comic series there are a lot of links I could post but there are some who are specific to a planned post so I´m going with links that don´t fall into that category. There are always more Legion links and first Chris Sims at the old address CHRIS´S INVINCIBLE SUPER - BLOG explains why Princess Projectra is the toughest woman in comics, YOU ARE COMIC ? has a post on the L.E.G.I.O.N. series and then Tom Bondurant in his column Grumpy Old Fan at COMIC BOOK RESOURCES talks about how the NEW 52 deprives itself of a lot of what made the DC universe such a complex and well crafted world by erasing and replacing the Legion of Super - Heroes with Justice League 3000. For more on the Reboot Legion - as well as anything else Legion related - check out THE LEGION OF SUPER BLOGGERS and to read an actual Legion of Super - Heroes story you can depend on our trustworthy friend Old Groove over at DIVERSIONS OF THE GROOVY KIND who not only serves up his usual mix of far out retro comic art and timeless four colored greatness but on top of Murder Most Foul by Jim Starlin and Josef Rubinstein from Superboy and the Legion of Super - Heroes 239 but also the behind the scenes scoop why Jim Starlin never continued working on the Legion and what Steve Apollo has to do with it.
Speaking about Starlin´s work at DC, SUPERGIRL COMIC BOX COMMENTARY has a post on DC Comics Presents 28 where Superman teams up with Supergirl and which was part two of the three part story arc in which Mongul was introduced. Back to more Starlin goodness from DIVERSIONS OF THE GROOVY KIND we have a post with his glorious splash pages for the Warlock series and for more two - fisted action ( pardon the pun ) with Marvel´s gold skinned Jesus figure you can read the three part saga with Her by Mark Gruenwald, Jerry Bingham and Gene Day consisting of The Coming Of Her from Marvel Two - In - One 61, The Taking Of Counter Earth from Marvel Two - In - One 62 and lastly Suffer Not A Warlock To Live from Marvel Two - In - One 63. And to wrap up the link cavalcade check out Enji Night´s fabulous Supergirl cosplay at DAILY COSPLAY where she recreates the famous Adam Hughes cover but also Schpog´s inspired female version of Superboy on NERDGASMO and LES ENFANTS DE LA BD . Kudos to you all.
We start Today´s very short celebrity birthday list with retired mega porn star Dylan Ryder ( sometimes billed as Dylan Rider ) who turns 36. Because of her stunning physique ( 38E - 27 - 36 ) she became very popular in the MILF genre and there is no male who would not love to discover that she´s My Best Friend´s Hot Mom, My Wive´s Best Friend, My Dad´s Hot Girlfriend or My Fist Sex Teacher. Born as Shannon Lybarger she was a drug and alcohol rehab counselor before working in the adult movie industry.
She took a break from movies and became a correctional officer in Arizona but once word got out about her porn past it made life uncomfortable. Dylan finally became fed up with her male colleagues and female superior judging her for being a whore on camera and went straight back to the porn business. I put Dylan as Janet Van Dyne in my Casting The Avengers movie post ( which I still have to transfer to this blog ) and you know that depraved Hank Pym would do more to her than just slap her around a bit.
It´s not discussed much in the comic books but he probably assaulted her sexually too and there´s a reason why somebody who can shrink suddenly has the urge to get bigger. Speaking of Avengers movies Dylan also starred as The Poser in XXX Avengers and played the lead role in Katwoman XXX which delivers on all the bases Halle Berry´s Catwoman fiasko didn´t. That movie could have benefit from a few special 18+ action scenes with Halle.
Speaking of Catwoman, I already mentioned that Today is Doug Moench´s 69th birthday who has written the Batman books forever and a day. He also wrote most of Marvel´s successful Bronze Age titles for a period and of course readers of this blog know that my favorite from that bunch is THE HANDS OF SHANG - CHI, MASTER OF KUNG FU. Which Marvel is finally releasing in omnibus form and next month the third volume comes out which is the one I have been waiting for. It´s going to be all Mike Zeck artwork and if push comes to shove I would even pay full price for this one even if it means waiting until the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY issues for 2017 come out. Because one of the benefits of ordering from my regular online comic shop is that you get one free comic per every 10 Euros of your order which is not such a big deal when you order some comics for 50 bucks but with an omnibus that nets you 10 or 13 free comic books I prefer to wait for some worthy issues. Now while I won´t do a special MASTER OF KUNG FU post this year ( which is not that big of a deal since I did a special Doug Moench post last year ) I still want to put some Shang Chi content on the blog beginning with sharing CHRISTOPH ROOS post on Kung Fu comics.
We continue with the first part of Doug Moench´s Crossing Lines story which was serialized in the first eight issues of Marvel Comics Presents.
Our final birthday of the day is german author Erich Kästner who was a big part of the reading at school - at least when I was going to school - and many of his books like Emil and the Detectives, The Flying Classroom or Three Men in the Snow that we had to discuss in class had been adapted as movies ( in some cases more than once ) which made homework much easier. One of them is Lottie and Lisa ( Das doppelte Lottchen in german ) - or The Parent Trap like Hollywood renamed it - and it´s one of the films I can watch all over again mainly because the then cute as a button Lindsay Lohan played the title role. Of all remakes it´s the most entertaining one.
I was disappointed when I found out that Lindsay wasn't a real twin and this was all Hollywood's magic at work. I remember when she had real boobs and every man, teenager and prepubescent boy used her underage rack as jerk - off material / viagra substitute. Her body was out of control.
She was every male´s wet fantasy and there was a website dedicated to her that had a countdown to her eighteenth birthday. I bet she helped a lot of young kids hit puberty a few years prematurely through her films. I always thought Disney threw away a huge opportunity when they didn´t cast her as the lead in a life action movie of Kim Possible. Think about it : both Lindsay Lohan and Kim Possible were at the height of their popularity around the same time. It´s really mindboggling that nobody ever made the connection between those two up and coming teenage girl idols. A Kim Possible movie with Lindsay Lohan ( when she had big boobs ) would have totally rocked especially with some bikini scenes with Shego thrown in.
To give you an idea what a Kim Possible real life movie with Lindsay Lohan might have looked like here is Rumors in reminiscence of her brabusting glory days and the unfulfilled promise her youthfully bouncing breasts.
Coming back to Erich Kästner, with all the adaptions of his work I thought that there must be some cartoons but I only found some ugly computer generated trailers for some possibly upcoming film. The best animated clip I found is from Conference Of The Animals and it´s a really short one.
I also wanted to include a longer video so I went looking for the better known ones like Three Men In The Snow but I once again came up empty. There are a few versions of Emil And The Detectives on YouTube - one of them a british remake - probably because it doesn´t talk down to kids. In the story the grown ups are not very helpful as they don´t listen to Emil and don´t believe him and in the end it is Emil and his newfound friends who bring the thief to justice. In the end I decided to go with the less known Pünktchen und Anton which is mainly about parental negligence.
Since all videos you get when searching for Legion are from the Marvel series and one of the other big teams Tom Peyer has worked on is the Justice Society Of America I thought I´d go with a video from their current incarnation on the tv show DC´s Legends Of Tomorrow. Don´t worry about spoilers though, although it says that it´s the season 2 trailer all of the scenes are from season 1 and the first episode of season two.
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