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I really thought Conan 2 was Roy's Conan, not Howard's, but that was a huge improvement.
My biggest problem with Conan 1 was that he was a slave for so many years. Howard's Conan became Conan by being free. Such slavery would have domesticated him, and Howard's Conan would have escaped and killed his captors or die trying. I'm short on time. I'll add more later if I think of something worthwhile to say.
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p.s. Love the picture. Ahnold is so tiny!
On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 7:57 PM, Chet <mormonyoyoman@gmail.com> wrote:
First movie - something no Howard story ever was: slow and tedious. Filled with great scenes that were dragged down by nothing scenes, the movie left us feeling as if we had watched a series of still pictures. 
Dino always talked about how people would feel real emotions in his versions of movies. (Most notoriously with King Kong: the Expensive Error) We never felt any emotion in the first movie, even with the Belit swipe. The closest was a sense of…

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First movie - something no Howard story ever was: slow and tedious. Filled with great scenes that were dragged down by nothing scenes, the movie left us feeling as if we had watched a series of still pictures. 
Dino always talked about how people would feel real emotions in his versions of movies. (Most notoriously with King Kong: the Expensive Error) We never felt any emotion in the first movie, even with the Belit swipe. The closest was a sense of awe watching the boring and bored boy exercising at a mill and becoming a bored and boring Arnold. Even that sequence was lifted from (of all places) the Three Stooges Meet Hercules.  At least Arnold looked like Frazetta's Conan. 
Conan 2 was such an improvement that it's the only movie with Howard's Conan in it. 
Conan Remake - no desire to see it. 

#RememberTheWigglyEars!
--Grandpa Chet
On Mon, Mar 12, 2018, 15:31 Ian Johnston <ian@johnstonepictures.com> wrote:

Well, I'm knee deep in Conan territory…  Having been through …

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Well, I'm knee deep in Conan territory…  Having been through about 10 - 15 magazines at this point, I thought it would make sense to see Arnold's (pronounced AH'-knoweld) depiction of the character from the two movies (and soon third) that were made… 
Quick notes: • I didn't watch the 2011 re-release featuring . • There is a TV series in the work that was announced in February! • I haven't watched the 1985 Red Sonja movie, yet...
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First I learned that Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft were pen pals.  I think that is pretty awesome.  Lovecraft helped get Howard into Weird Tales. You can definitely see the influence as Howard faced some of his own demons. After watching his mom comatose / die of Tuberculosis, Howard shot himself in his car when he was 30.  He was bullied about his writing, found love in his best friend's girl, (the original "Jessie's Girl"), and suffered from mild Oedipus complex… Ahhhhh, the pains of genius… his s…

JLA and the creative process it took...

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Written by Chet on November 23rd: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We saw it. It's official - Wonder Woman is definitely a better leader than Batman. At least, the O'Neil edited Batman. 
It is obviously not the movie that preview audiences saw. Darkseid is completely missing, Superman is never under Darkseid's control, Diana's part (as well as the Amazons' plot point) is increased, at least one of the epilogues is a different teaser, and the dark scenes that didn't need to be dark were enhanced - almost all of which could be done in the editing stage. (Robert Wise, for instance, was a master at directing his movies in the editing room.) 

Oh, and it had the proper shield on Superman's chest. Haven't seen that on the big screen since "the Quest for Peace." Now if only someone could find his red shorts for him, because he STILL looks like a frozen Kryptonian with no gonad…
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My Favorite Vampire
With Halloween just around the corner, I've revived the annual tradition of watching some scary movies and reading some classic horror. In recent years, I've rewatched movies like The Thing and Little Shop of Horrors and read Shirley Jackson, H.P. Lovecraft and Mary Shelley, though I confess to having more affection for Bernie Wrightson and Boris Karloff's portrayals of the Frankenstein monster than Shelley's. I generally like to watch at least one classic Universal monster movie every year, and/or read the source material that inspired it.

This year, one of the things I've been reading is Marvel Comics' classic Tomb of Dracula run from the 1970s by the creative team of Marv Wolfman (words), Gene Colan (pencils) and Tom Palmer (inks). All three did an amazing job for an extended period of time and created an amazing synergy working together. Three different writers for the first six issues got the book off to an admittedly rocky start, held …

Len Wein: SNIKT! You'll be missed.

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Meeting Len Wein 
It was one of those moments I wish I was recording footage.  One of my most favorite superhero characters of all time, Colossus, his co-creator passed away.  Now don't get me wrong, Wolverine has done his share and then some.  Maybe too much. Colossus didn't appear in multiple films, but something about that armored Russian spoke to me.  A hard outer shell with the soft artist inside.  Someone I could strive to be like.  Len breathed life into that character and for one of those myths that connect with you, I finally had an idea of what it was like to have armor skin.

It's that hero power that Len needed during his last days.  He explained to me how he broke his neck.

"I tripped.  That's it.  There was a fold in the carpet I didn't see and I landed on my head.  They fused it (his neck) but I'm in a awful lot of pain now."

Len was often seen holding his head but always found a way to genuinely smile for every photo.
Not the conversatio…

The Thin Black Line

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WELL LET'S GET CONTROVERSIAL NOW, SHALL WE?
A highlight from our kamikaze raid on the San Diego Comic-con 2017.
Lynn doesn't hold any punches when I bring up Colletta.  Being a Kirby guru and probably next of kin at this point, Lynn's perspective is astute, educated, well read, memorized, and dare I say "fanatic" about the King of Comics.  So it naturally begs the question: Who might be considered Kirby's Arch-Nemesis then?
If Kirby drew it, this guy erased it.  If Neal Adams wouldn't let the man in the same room as his art and had to redo one of his pages because that standard wasn't adhered to, we are closer.  If Gil Kane says this man was his 2nd favorite inker only to "anybody else" being his first, we have a winner.
A staffer at the Two Morrow's publishing booth handed me this book and with a knowing smile let me know I was being asked to partake in something that gets under the skin of a lot of comic creators: a biography of the in…