RIP Bernie Wrightson

The famed artist has passed away, leaving behind some fantastic artwork.

While he’s rightly famous for his comic work and the adaptation of Frankenstein, I think my earliest introduction to his art was in the pages of the expanded version of Stephen King’s The Stand in the early to mid-80s. I was a big fan of King at that point and The Stand was, and still is, my favourite of his books (though it’s probably a tie with The Dark Tower series.) Wrightson contributed half a dozen or so black and white illustrations for the then-newly released version where, among other characters and scenes, he produced the following picture of the re-emerging Randall Flagg in the till-then unseen epilogue to the book:

RIP Bernie Wrightson.

DC TV – What Might Have Been

Back in the mid-90s, DC comics had a single page feature touting upcoming series or bits of news or random, silly items.

I came across this one in Guy Gardner: Warrior #19, cover dated April 1994 which shows a TV listing featuring various titles along with some interesting casting choices:

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There’s a few things there that caught my eye, not least the Batman Drama Anthology where Brad Pitt, Cary Elwes and Peter Horton all play Batman!

However, I thought these few worth highlighting:

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Keifer Sutherland as Aquaman (at least in the mid-90s) sounds like great casting!

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Similarly, mid-90s Christian Slater as Guy Gardner? Perfect!

But it was coming across the mention of Bill Paxton so soon after his death that really prompted this little post:

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Bill Paxton as Lobo. Your initial reaction might be “what were they thinking?” but here he is in Near Dark from just a few years before this article:

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So yeah, I can see it.

How things might have been, eh?

Thanks For The Spoiler, CBR!

I catch up on most of my comic/film/TV news via the Feedly feed reader – screw Twitter and Facebook, I’m happy with RSS.

One of the sites I subscribe to – and which has been pissing me off lately – is Comic Book Resources, or CBR. Not only do their articles contain annoying auto play videos, but it seems a large proportion of their articles are simply lists, usually made up of 15 items like this little beauty:

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Doesn’t that just make you want to read that article?

As you can see, the first few lines of the article get included in my feed reader. Most headlines tend to avoid the inclusion of spoilers and, if I notice something – particularly about an upcoming episode of a show I’m watching – that sounds like it might give something away, I can usually skim over it.

What I can’t avoid though is spoilers in the text like this (text redacted because, you know, spoilers, right?!)

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I was saddened to hear of Bill Paxton’s death and it makes sense that he’s going to feature in comic related news, but to include a bloody great spoiler in that first line was just pointless – the line I’ve left showing, beginning with “According to…” could easily have been the start of the article; there was no need to include that first bit.

Thanks, CBR, for dropping a spoiler on me and – I assume – others who want to avoid knowing what’s coming up.

My only comfort comes from my increasingly shocking memory which means by the time the episode referenced in that article airs in the UK, I’ll probably have forgotten about it.