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Saturday, June 11, 2005

I'm still organizing thoughts and pictures for posting. I'm still exhausted, to boot, so bear with me. In the meantime, here's something I meant to put up before we left.

You will fear them! Posted by Hello

Two weeks ago, I held The Wife captive and forced her to watch the two Captain America made-for-TV movies from the 1970s. God, those things were beautiful. I miss those 70s TV production values from my childhood, when even the incidental music was done by at least a 10 piece band/orchestra.

Almost 10 years ago, I taped Sci-Fi Channel's "Fifth Annual Mighty Marvel Marathon" that consisted of these Captain America movies, Dr. Strange, and the two "Incredible Hulk" movies from the late 80s/early 90s.

Back in the 70s when Marvel Comics made their forays into live action, they would take liberties with their characters' histories, ostensibly to update them. So "Bruce Banner" became "David Banner." Dr. Strange had a perm and was a cad doctor with a heart of gold, letting old alcoholic ladies detox for a night in the psych ward. And, Captain America was a laid back beefcake of an ex-Marine who wanted nothing more than to "hang loose," travel America (i.e. up and down the West Coast. Remember when that and shots of horse farms were the images the media would pass off as "America"?) in his custom van, and sit on beaches sketching and painting. Yes, to be a muscle-headed Marine version of Bob Ross was his plan before he was convinced to be injected with his scientist-father's legacy, which was literally, "the ultimate steroid." Ah, bringing old concepts up to date. I suppose back then, steroids would make more sense to audiences than "Super Soldier Formula." Nowadays, audiences would wonder that if Cap was taking steroids, then what's that sticking out of his costume?


datu_b said...

"Nowadays, audiences would wonder that if Cap was taking steroids, then what's that sticking out of his costume?" That has to be special effects...Holy Cod-Piece Batman!!!