Wednesday, August 19, 2015

All Star Comics #8

All Star Comics #8 from the Fanboy Library

In my husband’s vast collection of omnibi, I found the first appearance of Wonder Woman in All Star Comics Volume 2. All Star Comics #8 began by introducing Wonder Woman with, “As lovely as Aphrodite – as wise as Athena – with the speed of Mercury and the strength of Hercules – She is known only as Wonder Woman, but who she is, or whence she came, nobody knows!”

I was a little worried about what I was going to encounter since I just read Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 by Noah Berlatsky, but it wasn’t as kinky as I thought it would be. Considering that William Marston wrote the comic under the pseudonym Charles Moulton, readers at the time would have been oblivious to Marston’s personal life and his beliefs about sexuality and submission. Without that background information, Wonder Woman isn’t that bad… if readers disregard everything they know about Greek mythology. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

MST3K XXII

I love the summertime because I am home by myself, and this means I get to choose what I watch. When my husband is home, he has to assert that he’s the dominant male by holding the remote with a vicious death grip. Since I have been able to do a lot of my school work from home instead of my studio lately, I have had time to enjoy my beloved Mystery Science Theater 3000 collection. I recently watched MST3K Volume XXII, which includes Time of the Apes (episode 306), Mighty Jack (314), The Violent Years (610), and The Brute Man (702).



Not only did Sandy Frank distribute the Gamera movies for an English speaking audience, but he also did Time of the Apes. This “movie” is pieced together from several television episodes in an attempt to make a Planet of the Apes-type film. Johnny and Caroline are the children protagonists who are accompanied by Catherine on their adventure in the future. They get frozen in a science lab and awaken in a time when apes evolved from man. The humans return back to home just in time to hear Joel and the ‘bots sing the Sandy Frank song.

Might Jack is another poorly dubbed movie presented by Sandy Frank. I have seen this movie multiple times, but I still can’t say what it’s about at all. I believe there’s something about a secret agent in it. The Satellite of Love captives note the viewer’s inability to remember anything about the film with their concluding sea shanty, “Slow the Plot Down.”

The Violent Years begins with a nightmare inducing sketch with Tom Servo sporting a ventriloquist dummy’s head! Fortunately, Mike defeats him and rips off the abomination, and Servo is returned to normal in time to see the short Young Man’s Fancy. This short touts the advantages of having electricity in one’s kitchen as a young woman tries to attract her brother’s friend.  The feature, on the other hand, follows the story of a teenager gang that terrorizes a small town. The young women loot, pillage, and rape. The ring leader faces the ultimate punishment: she is sentenced to life in prison and it turns out she’s pregnant.

Crow T. “Art” Robot is put in charge by Pearl Forrester during The Brute Man episode, which begins with The Chicken of Tomorrow short. The Brute Man is about a murderer referred to as “the Creeper,” who kills his former college chums. The host segments are fun to watch, and at one point Servo puts himself in an egg so he can experience life as the chicken of tomorrow.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

MST3K XXI

MST3K vs. Gamera is a special collection of Gamera movies in a metal tin. My husband was pretty excited when this boxed set of Mystery Science Theater 3000 came out because he was certain that there was no way the Sandy Frank dubbed films would get released. This collection includes Gamera (episode 302), Gamera vs. Barugon (304), Gamera vs. Gaos (308), Gamera vs. Guiron (312), Gamera vs. Zigra (316). These movies are fantastic for anyone who enjoys over-dubbed films about rubber suit monsters.

Unfortunately, there is no turtle meat in this tin.

For those who haven’t seen these movies, Gamera is a giant turtle who terrorizes Japan yet befriends small children. The first Gamera movie follows a child named Kenny who loves turtles, particularly one named Tibby. Even Tom Servo can’t resist Tibby’s charms and sings a love song to the turtle. Anyway, Kenny eventually upgrades his turtle to become Gamera’s best friend.

In Gamera vs. Barugon, Barugon is hatched from a radioactive egg. Barugon is giant lizard-dog-beast, and he can shoot deadly rainbows. The best part of this episode includes Servo and Crow dressed as monsters ordering dessert at a restaurant. Joel played the waiter, which required him to wear a lot of flair. Gamera is barely in this movie, but the Satellite of Love crew that’s because Gamera directed this movie.

Gamera returns to fight a new rubber monster in Gamera vs. Gaos. Gaos is a pointy headed flying fiend who loves to drink the blood of humans. The people construct a giant blood fountain at one point as an attempt to defeat Gaos, but it’s fails and Gamera has to save the day. Gamera also befriends a new Kenny named Itchy. During one of the host segments, Joel attempts to teach the viewers how to craft a Gaos of their very own. However, Crow and Servo spoil the bit at tell children to drink glue and cut out interesting pictures from library books!

Gamera vs. Guiron stars a pair of Kennies who travel via spaceship to a planet called Terra. The boys keep calling it a star instead of a planet, and it irritates the ‘bots.  Guiron is the king monster on this new planet, and he has a Swiss Army knife head. After witnessing Guiron chop up space Gaos, the boys meet a pair of Southern, brain-eating aliens. Gamera brings the boys back to Earth, and a man name Cornjob helps welcome them back home. The episode concludes with Joel, Servo, Crow, and Gypsy singing the Gamera theme song.

To celebrate the last movie, Gamera vs. Zigra, Joel turned Tom Servo into a root beer keg for their party. In this film, the preschool protagonist is Kenny and he’s accompanied by a little girl. I want to say that her name is Kennette, but it might be Helen. The children have parents that work at Sea World, which is depressing for anyone who watched Blackfish. The nemesis Zigra is a giant sea monster with a taste for human flesh, and he enslaves an Earth woman to do his evil bidding. Of course, Gamera saves the day. The host segments during this episode are pretty good, including a bit when the robots make dioramas of their Gamera experiences. This is also the episode when Dr. Clayton Forrester reveals his mullet!