I was late to school nearly every morning throughout the 1970′s due to cartoons. It wasn’t my fault that Force Five and Star Blazers were screened so closely to the time my bus arrived. Each day I mentally attempted to bend time and somehow watch both my favorite cartoons and get to school, but how can you argue with the grandeur that is Star Blazers?
The most space operatic of all anime to premiere on US broadcast syndicated TV, Star Blazers was a cult phenomenon to my generation. Will a live action version live up to the hype? Check out the trailer and decide for yourself!
It is the year 2194. The Gamilons, an enemy of undetermined form, begin an invasion of Earth. The nations of Earth pool their forces and fight back, but their armies are defeated and most of humanity wiped out.
Five years later, in 2199, the Earth has been polluted by space-to-planet bombs, and those who remain alive have fled underground. Even the former top pilot, Susume Kodai, has left the military. One day as he is exploring aboveground, a mysterious object falls out of the sky. This is a communications capsule from the planet of Iscandar, 148 000 light years distant. Apparently, on Iscandar there is equipment that will eliminate the radiation. The Defense Force of Earth equips the Space Battleship Yamato with a previously unknown propulsion system, a “wave-motion engine” based on plans found in the capsule. Kodai rejoins the Force, and resolves to set out aboard the Yamato. With the fate of the Earth in their hands, the crew blasts off for distant Iscandar. They have one year until radiation drives humanity to extinction. Kodai’s great battle has begun. Carrying humanity’s last hope with it, the Yamato blasts off!
Check out my article on Star Blazers at the Daily P.O.P.
To the uninitiated,Doctor Who ran from 1963 to 1989 yet there are over 100 missing episodes to date. This is due to the ‘junking’ of several episodes by the BBC Archives department. Thinking that the programs would never be shown again, the original prints were literally thrown into an incinerator unless fans intervened, such as Ian Levine.
Levine was passing by and noticed a tower of film cans labeled ‘The Daleks’ about to be destroyed and decided to hold onto them for the Beeb, knowing that they would change their mind regarding the repeat value (thanks, Ian!). Ian went on to become an advisor to Doctor Who in the 1980′s when producer John Nathan Turner imbued the program with several references to previous adventures, many of which were lost forever and only existed in the minds of devoted fans, such as Levine.
The image above shows Mr. Levine’s collection, consisting mainly of lost stories (notice that the Faceless Ones DVD case is blank… nice one).
Before they were Marvel Comics, the company was known for monster and sci-fi comics. When Atlas transitioned to the superhero-centric Marvel, a few of the former elements carried over, such as the fantastic Four appearing to be sci-fi adventurers (with one member a monstrous Thing that looked like it had come right out of the pages of Amazing fantasy) and of course the monster/hero the Hulk.
Meek and unassuming scientist Bruce Banner is first seen in charge of a bomb test using his own invention, the Gamma Bomb. Overseeing the project is the cigar-chomping General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross who despises the weedy Banner for many reasons, including the unfortunate fact that his daughter Betty is in love with the scientist. Banner nobly sacrifices his life to save a passerby Rick Jones who is stuck out on the test site just before the bomb is exploded. Taking on the full force of the explosion, Banner becomes infested with Gamma rays that cause an uncanny transformation into his massively destructive alter-ego, the Hulk.
One of Marvel Comics’ most popular creations, the Hulk is the perfect embodiment of frustration and rage that nearly every reader can relate to on some level. The strongest there is, the Hulk has no equal in sheer power… or danger. Due to his unpredictable bestial behavior, the Hulk is a wild card and often works against the Avengers as well as their enemies.
Below is a microsode for the upcoming Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes cartoon debuting on Disney XD on October 20th.
“Forever a man on the run, Bruce Banner heads to Las Vegas to track down an escapee from the super villain prison known as the Cube. But he gets more than he bargained for when a confrontation with the Absorbing Man causes him to transform into the Incredible Hulk.”
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The super-powered supergroup the Avengers was dreamed up as a solution to creating a monthly series in which the heavy hitters of Marvel Comics would appear together in one title. Amongst those heroes was the Mighty Thor.
The Asgardian thunder god debuted in Journey into Mystery in 1962, a kind of modernization of the classic myth combined with a bit of Captain Marvel. In the issue the lame doctor Donald Blake becomes separated from his tour group and stumbles into a cave. Finding what appears to be a gnarled old walking stick, he picks it up and is astonished to find that when struck against the floor it transforms him into the mythical god of thunder. Thor’s first adventure was against an invasion of rock people (no relation to the Fantastic Four’s Ben Grimm) and he hasn’t stopped swinging his enchanted uru hammer since.
The Asgardian thunder god is the star of this latest minisode (or microsode as I have seen them called) for Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series coming to Disney XD October 20th. In the minisode he single-handedly takes on the Wrecking Crew!
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Full list of minisodes from ComicbookMovie.com:
Iron Man is Born!
The Coming of the Hulk
The Man in the Ant Hill
Thor the Mighty
Behold, the Mandroids!
Hulk Versus the World
The Siege of Asgard
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This Monster, This Hero
My Brother, My Enemy
The Isle of Silence
Enter the Whirlwind
Meet Captain America
The Red Skull Strikes!
If This Be Doomsday!
Welcome to Wakanda
Lo, There Shall Come a Conqueror
Beware the Widow’s Bite
The Big House