Another Mystery Solved

A couple of weeks back, I mentioned how I’d come across an issue of DAREDEVIL from the 70s which, as a child, I’d read in an INCREDIBLE HULK annual.

A few days ago, during my lunch break, I was browsing Wikipedia, just going from one link to another as I often do, and ended up on the Hammer Horror page – those films were a staple part of my formative years; the first film I remember watching on TV was Curse of The Werewolf with Oliver Reed when I was about 5 or so. (That probably explains a lot…)

I followed some links and ended up in the page for the Hammer film Twins of Evil – not the best of the Hammer films, but one I remember fondly, partly because I’d read the comic adaptation of it, again in an annual – I think it might have been a HOUSE OF HAMMER or possible DRACULA annual, I’m not sure.

However, the page mentioned where the comic adaptation had originally appeared:

The film was adapted into an 18-page comic strip for the January–February 1977 issue of the magazine House of Hammer (volume 1, #7, published by General Book Distribution). It was drawn by Blas Gallego from a script by Chris Lowder.

Once back home, I looked it up on the site I use to buy back issues and, sure enough, there it was:

And while that was an interesting find, something else caught my eye . . .

When I was about 6 or 7, I saw an ad for a magazine or comic on the back page of something – I can’t remember what it was the back page of, just the ad. It was someone in a spacesuit but something terrible had happened to them as the skin from their face was melting or boiling or falling off . . . but the detail that struck me and has stayed with me for years, was that of one of their eyeballs having come loose from the socket and floating off within their space helmet!

Up until a day or two ago, I had no idea what the hell that advert was for – a toy, a game, a film, a comic, a book? No idea.

But scrolling through the list of issues of HOUSE OF HAMMER when I was looking for #7, I saw the cover of #5:

Holy crap! Never has a person dying in a spacesuit given someone so much joy!

It appears to be connected to the adaptation of Moon Zero Two which, judging by the details on IMDB, I can probably live without watching . . .

Man, the 70s screwed me up . . .

Crisis On Infinite Earths Coming Next Year!

Over here in the UK, the CW Elseworlds crossover between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl hasn’t aired yet – it’s due to start this week – so I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers on the various news sites I read.

However, I couldn’t miss the news that, at the end of part 3 of the crossover, we get to see this:

Yeeeeeeeeeesss!!

Pretty much since The Flash started there’s been the newspaper from the future that shows the Flash disappearing in a Crisis and it’s long been suspected that it might happen; with this year’s crossover showing the arrival of The Monitor, it seems the hopes were well founded.

While I’ll be very happy to see what they do with this next year, you have to worry about Flash and Supergirl – neither of those characters survived the original Crisis in the comics . . .

CW’s Monitor Revealed

With the upcoming Elseworlds crossover between TV’s FlashArrow and Supergirl (still no word on why Legends of Tomorrow isn’t included this year) promising to be fun, DC have released the first look at the Monitor or Mar-Novu as he’s apparently known:

How cool is that?

The book he’s holding though – that’s a new element added to the character and I can’t help wonder if it’s just a prop for the photo or has some significance – like Destiny’s book of fate, or whatever it was called.

Although, judging by the size of it, maybe it’s the Absolute Edition of Crisis on Infinite Earths . . . ?