Fuck, seriously, please stop buying our comics.
Peter Parker would be appalled by you right now.
Bill had loved it, too. Smiley didn’t doubt that for a moment. Standing at the middle of a secret stage, playing world against world, hero and playwright in one: oh, Bill had loved that all right.
Smiley shrugged it all aside, distrustful as ever of the standard shapes of human motive, and settled instead for a picture of one of those wooden Russian dolls that open up, revealing one person inside the other, and another inside him. Of all men living, only Karla had seen the last little doll inside Bill Haydon.
|—||John le Carré “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (via the-syndic4te)|
BLACK LIGHTNING #2 -
Black Lightning always strikes twice! Always! We discuss Martin Van Buren, the movie Torque, and whether or not floating magically is a shameful alternative to jetpacks.
McDonald’s New McNazi Chicken Sandwich. [HATE BY NUMBERS 94]
Our next podcast will review an episode first broadcast in the early 90s, it’s “Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star” with our guest, music critic Nate Patrin. You can check out the preview of the episode here!
Of course the best Chandler adaptation (based on Farewell, My Lovely) has the best poster.
FOX NEWS SAID SOME INCREDIBLY STUPID BULLSHIT ABOUT COMICS AGAIN
By Chris Sims
The great thing about Fox News is that it’s only Tuesday and you’re already about to see the dumbest thing you’ll see all week.
In this case, it’s a clip from Fox’s weekend morning show, where three people with the collective brains of a sack of doorknobs turn their reasoned and well-thought out opinions to the world of comic books. Specifically taking on Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman’s upcoming run on Thor, where the iconic Marvel hero will get a new identity as a woman, and complaining about Wonder Woman’s costume in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film by comparing it to Jim Lee’s redesign from four years ago that, according to them, appears to be a product of what they characterize as fundamentalist Sharia Law.
No, really, this dope on the left actually says that.
Before they get to comics, though, the Fox Friends turn their dead-eyed smiles to a tragedy of epic proportions, blasting animator Genndy Tartakovsky‘s upcoming Popeye film for removing the sailor man’s “iconic” pipe. The reason behind this is, of course, that this movie is for children and, in general, having a character for children using tobacco products is a bad idea what with that whole thing where they give you cancer and heart disease. According to Fox News, however, the original Popeye smoked a pipe, and since medical science hasn’t learned anything new about how smoking affects you in the past seventy years, this must be part of the ongoing liberal plot to “wussify” America, which pretty rich coming from a guy who famously got bullied out of wearing bow ties on television.
That man is of course Tucker Carlson (he’s the dimwit on the left, in case you’re unfamiliar with this confederacy of dipsh*ts), who even goes as far as to make a truly aneurysm-inducingly stupid comparison: “Popeye driving around giving the morning-after pill to fourth graders, that would be fine, but smoking a pipe, a symbol of masculinity and freedom and America itself, the reason this country exists, tobacco, that’s like… oh, that’s outrageous.” And you know, maybe it’s just that I’ve had to bash myself in the head with a hammer a couple dozen times just to get through watching this video, but I’m starting to think he’s right. Fourth graders should have the GOD-GIVEN AMERICAN FREEDOM to have as many babies and cancers as they want! I guess? That’s what he’s saying, right? And then they talk about how Popeye was a good message for the kids about eating your spinach, and smoking.
Also, they refer to the screenshots of the Popeye movie as “photos,” which makes me think that they actually think Popeye is a real person and not a computer drawing of an imaginary sailor.
Once that’s done, they move on to Thor, and it’s at this point where you can see three human beings (or at least three somewhat convincing reptilian simulacra) turn into a YouTube Comments Section given human form.
Wonder Woman, Popeye, Thor. The great thing about Fox News is that it’s only Tuesday and you’re already about to see the dumbest thing you’ll see all week.
S01E06 - Originally broadcast Jan 19 1972
Directed by Edward M.Abroms, Written by Lester Pine, Tina Pine and Jackson Gillis
Starring Roddy McDowall, Ida Lupino and James Gregory
There’s nothing quite like an episode with three writers.
Roddy McDowall plays an heir to a chemical fortune who suffers the combination of a domineering uncle-by-marriage (James Gregory, better known - to me anyway - as Inspector Luger from Barny Miller) and a profligate lifestyle. With his uncle threatening to reveal the dirt he’s got on the kid, Roddy’s being forced out of the company his father founded. Bum deal!
Interesting thing about this episode is that at the beginning, you’d be forgiven for thinking that McDowall’s the injured party; his uncle hired a creep to spy on him, is forcing him out of the biz, is a dick … but as the episode plays on, Roddy’s fun-time, anything-for-a-laff veneer peels away and you’re treated to the heightened awareness that all the characteristics which seemed endearing about him at first are actually pretty demeaning, insincere and even abusive. Dang.
A number of scenes end up on the Palm Springs Aerial Tram, a thing which terrified me as a kid and my parents hauled me on it when I was, I dunno, four years old.For the record, you used to be able to smoke on that thing and, brother, everybody was. It was like a slow-moving space capsule from planet cancer.