Friday, May 30, 2008
Well, I typically found myself in a tough spot again today. "Gal" Friday is actually never easy for me. There are just so many lovelies who need to be pointed out to all of you desperate, depraved voyeurs. But here in the Catacombs we break a tie by flipping a coin and here is the lass who won out over a hot genre chick who will be returning to TV screens this fall.
Playmates! Ya' gotta love 'em and everybody has a favorite. Mine is the absolutely stunning Miss November 1984, Roberta Vasquez. From the first time that I saw her in another Playboy photo layout, prior to her selection as one of Hef's monthly Bunnies, she was "it" for me. I was single at the time and a horny military serviceman to boot, so in all likelyhood I would really have shot somebody to get a crack at this Hispanic hottie.
Think about these stats: Height - 5 ft. 8 inches, Weight - 125 lbs, Bust - 40D, Waist - 25 inches, Hips - 36 inches.
And at age 45, Roberta is still smoking hot. Her first Playboy pictorial also pointed out the awesome fact that she was a former California State Police Officer. I would really like to show you a more "revealing" photo of her, but while I play it coy from time-to-time here in the Catacombs, its best to avoid full nudity. That doesn't prevent any of you from "Googling" Ms. Vasquez and trust me, you'll be glad that you did.
Now, I've gotta go take a really cold shower and polish my set of handcuffs.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
"In the year 2258, it is ten years after the Earth-Minbari War. Commander Jeffrey Sinclair takes command of a giant five-mile-long cylindrical space station, orbiting a planet in neutral space. At a crossroads of interstellar commerce and diplomacy, Cmdr Sinclair (and his successor, Captain John Sheridan) must try to establish peace and prosperity between various interstellar empires, all the while fighting forces from within the Earth Alliance. It is a precarious command, particularly given that sabotage led to the destruction of Babylon stations 1, 2, & 3 and 4 vanished without a trace."
Babylon 5 ended its five season run in 1998 - TEN YEARS AGO - and secured its place as one of the best science fiction drama series ever to grace the airwaves. B5 really paved the way for better episodic genre shows like Farscape, Heroes and the current incarnation of Battlestar: Galactica.
Two storied attempts at spin-off shows, Crusade and Legend of the Rangers, met with less success, but 2007 saw the release of the popular direct-to-DVD Babylon 5: The Lost Tales which reunited a handful of the series stars. It remains to be seen if more "Lost Tales" are forthcoming.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is due in theaters at the end of the week, so for all of you who are anxiously awaiting the return of Harrison Ford in his signature role, here are three photos to whet your appetite.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Morbius also became the main feature of Marvel's bi-monthly Adventure into Fear anthology series from issues #20-31 (1972-1975). Michael Morbius was a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist, who had attempted to cure himself of a rare blood disease with an experimental treatment involving vampire bats and electroshock therapy. However, he instead became afflicted with a far worse condition that mimicked the powers and blood thirst of legendary vampirism. Morbius now had to digest blood in order to survive and had a strong aversion to light. He gained the ability to fly, as well as superhuman strength and healing abilities. His appearance became hideous—his canine teeth extended into fangs, his nose flattened to appear more like a bat's, and his skin became chalk-white. He also gained the ability to turn others into similar "living vampires" by biting them. Though he managed at one point to cure himself of his pseudo-vampirism(while retaining a thirst for blood), he eventually reverted back to his altered form.
Since I've mentioned that I had been feeling a little under the weather lately, and with the sad news of comic book legend Will Elder's passing, I though that it might reassure some of you folks that I am rebounding from my recent bout of spring flu.
As you can see, even here in the Catacombs, a couple of hotties can really help a guy rally from behind. When word went out that I had been feeling a bit stiff, these cute comics fans quickly prostrated themselves in a valiant effort to revive me. To my credit, I advised the young ladies that while I was feeling somewhat shaky, that all I really needed to do was to get something straight between us, before they administered their own unique form of healing prowess.
Well let me tell you, once they got their tender hands on me, I soon felt much more inflated than I had previously. I definitely rose to the occasion!
Courtesy of Newsarama:
Will Elder, the successful cartoonist and commercial illustrator whose work helped launch MAD Magazine, died Thursday morning, May 15th, 2008 at the age of 86.
In addition to his work on MAD, Elder also co-created Little Annie Fanny.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
20th century astronaut, Major Vance Astro spends a thousand years travelling to Alpha Centauri in suspended animation, arriving in the 31st century only to discover that mankind has colonized the stars during his long sleep and that the Earth’s solar system has been conquered by the alien race known as the Badoon. Vance joins up with three other displaced persons: Martinex T’Naga, a crystalline being from Pluto, Captain Charlie-27, a dense-gravity soldier from Jupiter and Yondu Udonta, a noble, blue-skinned savage from Beta Centauri IV.
They are bound by the fact that each is apparently the last of their kind due to the Badoon invasion, later during the course of the war against the Badoon, two other members are recruited – Starhawk and Nikki. The Guardians fight alongside Captain America, the Thing, the Defenders, Thor and the Avengers through a series of time-traveling adventures.
Now some dim-bulb currently at the top of the Marvel food chain has tossed together (sorta like a weird space salad) an eclectic grouping of cosmic-spawned characters in the wake of the company’s Annihilation: Conquest event. Sadly, somebody there also gets paid way too much money to approve crap like this, so we are getting: Adam Warlock, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Star-Lord and a new female Quasar as – you guessed it – “The Guardians of the Galaxy”. None of whom would be recognizable to long-time readers (except Rocket; it's pretty hard to mess up a raccoon). Detailing the visual changes that have gone on with the other characters would prove exhausting.
Yes. It does sound like a bogus reunion of the old Infinity Watch, with a few extras. Yes. Marvel has fallen very far from the tree yet again. No. This doesn’t make Jim Valentino’s god-awful 1990’s Guardians series look any better. Yes. Bullshit like this really is bad for you.
Monday, May 12, 2008
I am hoping for a little luck in my back issue box search during the summer convention season.
Dragoncon in Atlanta, GA has become less and less comics oriented over the past decade (so I've blown it off), but the Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC, is still a terrific "all-comics" show which I never miss. Other than a few single day weekend comics shows in my region, which can be somewhat disappointing or an unexpected treasure trove, that's about the size of my expected search area. I never purchased any of the first issues that are shown here: Ghost Rider #1, The Champions #1, The Micronauts #1 or The Savage She-Hulk #1. I had other early issues of the first three titles, but never bought any issues of the She-Hulk's first series, so I've added these to my current "want list".
I do hope for the best available condition that I can afford, but I have no intention of enriching some eager comics peddler beyond the point of fiscal prudence. In short, I'm looking for a bargain!
And no turtle shells, please. If you want to slab your stuff, bully for you, but I loathe the whole concept of the Comics Guarantee Corporation. A fool and his money, as far as I'm concerned!
And eBay has also become problematical, I've burned out on it - I guess. I'll let you know how successful I am at tracking down these bronze age gems as the convention season unfolds.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
These and many other fine comics publications will be waiting for you [FREE] tomorrow at your local comic book shop for "Free Comic Book Day".
Fun reading, festive atmosphere, nerds with their comics groove on, ah, the joys of springtime in America.
See you out and about on Saturday folks! And remember to say 'thank you'.