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Many years ago, back in the mid-1980s, I used to watch a late-night programming block called “Night Flight.”  Most of what I loved was trippy cartoons and messed-up short features, including ‘Fantastic Planet,’ which still wigs me out decades later.  But, interestingly, another of the recurring features was ‘Dynaman,’ a gag dub of what I know now to be an early season of the Japanese Super Sentai series that eventually came to our shores as Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.  I clearly recall the Dynaman series, and even stole one of my most beloved jokes from it, but I often wonder

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After last night’s recording of the Major Spoilers Podcast, Major Spoilers Intern/Cub Reporter Young Zach and I were trying to come up with a decent QOTD for today.  Sadly, the lad isn’t quite ready for the pressure of this particular feature and totally choked.  We’ll give him another shot later.  Maybe…  Stephen, thankfully, stepped in and saved us all (Sometimes it’s good to have a friend who always has an axe to grind with the foolishness of the comic industry) and based on September’s big ratings stunts, raises a very important and timely question. The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”)

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I still recall a time when everyone was excited about a cool new show called ‘Family Guy,’ which seemed innovative and hip and all the things that make Entertainment Weekly writers salivate and bust out their hyphenated adjectives.  Any more, it seems that the show just isn’t cool anymore, and in fact ends up being denigrated most of the time it comes up in conversation.  I’m not sure when the shift occurred, but I think it was expedited by the episode of South Park that explained how each episode of F.G. was written by manatees pushing random balls through hoops. 

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Bein’ as it’s nearly October, the movie channels are filled with horror and suspense films great and small, one of the quiet pleasures of my autumn season.  Of course, given the depth and breadth of movies made in the last 100 years or so, this can lead to dissonant moments like I had last night, with a viewing of ‘Scream’ (okay, but way too meta) followed by ‘Psycho’ (the original, one of the greats) followed by ‘Urban Legend 2’ (which makes ‘Monster a Go-Go’ look like ‘Citizen Kane.’)  The two overarching thoughts to come from this late-night smorgasbord of stabbery

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When I was a kid like young Zach, I used to enjoy sitting up each weekend to watch episodes of Saturday Night Live on the Quasar TV I bought for 12 dollars.  (That sentence is awful, and yet I’m somehow proud of it.)  I vividly recall some of the most memorable moments of SNL first-hand, including the assassination of Buckwheat (“brought to you by Mutual Life, because YOU could die tomorrow!”), the television debut of Spinal Tap, and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ impersonation of MTV’s Nina Blackwood.  Many of the jokes and bits of business stick with me to this day and

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The good part about working for Major Spoilers is having the creative outlet to talk about the things that preoccupy me and access to an audience that cares about comic books, bad movies, D&D and the adventures of Captain Marvelous and his intrepid crew.  (Well, at least parts of the audience care about some of those things.)  The only real downside, other than random d-bag internet comments and the inevitable grammar Nazis, comes when I don’t know if I’m up to the task of writing.  Even I lose my smile sometimes, and it can be a difficult task to recharge

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Major Spoilers is a celebration of pop culture and awesome in all its forms, but I am a fan especially of real-life awesomeness.  Not so long ago, Rodrigo and I reviewed an adventure of El Santo in comics form, an entertaining glimpse of the multimedia career of a real person with a larger-then-life reputation and public image.  These days, it seems that everyone has feet of clay, from our professional athletes to our favorite film actors to the high-profile celebutantes who help to fill the hours of programming necessary for today’s ‘500 channels and nothing on’ cable TV networks.  Still,

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Oftentimes, because I know a great deal about certain bits of television, movies and such folderal, people are surprised when they discover the gaps in my pop culture knowledge.  Even one who takes great pride in pop culture ephemera, as I do, has “blind spots.”  I have never seen an episode of ‘Lost,’ for instance.  It’s not even like I’ve been avoiding it, either, I’ve simply never crossed paths with the show at a point where I could sit and watch.  Of course, the older I get, the more this sort of thing ends up happening.  For several years, I

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Recent news out of the House of Ideas implies that Ultimate Captain America is going to be successfully elected as a write-in candidate for President of the United States of Ultimerica.  Leaving aside discussion of whether Ultimate Cap is a juvenile-wish-fullfillment-idea-of-the-military, jingoistic, sloganeering, aggressively confrontational jackwagon (which he unequivocally is, thank you) or the legality of such a bid (I suppose he is an American citizen over the age of 35) there are other unspoken issues at play.  Ulticap has been shown to be somewhat skilled in the role of field leader, but what real expectations could we have of

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For many years, I’ve had a devil of a time telling Bill Paxton (Chet from ‘Weird Science’) apart from Bill Pullman (Lone Star from ‘Spaceballs.)  Throw Adam “Jayne Cobb” Baldwin into the mix, and my brain will likely throw up a “Somebody Else’s Problem” field and ignore them all.  But a recent random internet posting pointed out that there are a lot more Hollywood doppelgangers than even I remembered, given the Elijah Wood/Tobey Maguire/Topher Grace paradigm and the ever-dangerous Bermuda Triangle of Clairol Mahogany that is Katy Perry, Alexis Biedel and Zooey Deschanel (whose entire name is as ridiculous as

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Yesterday, during my shift at Gatekeeper Hobbies, (Huntoon & Gage, Topeka!  Ask us about our Heavy Metal back issues!) I was overcome by a sudden sadness at the loss of Jay Garrick, elder statesman of the DC Universe.  During Wally West’s run as the Flash in the 1990’s, Jay was used as an avuncular presence, a superhero’s superhero, the guy who had it all together thanks to 50 years of thinking at super-speed.  After the Crisis on Infinite Earths removed Superman’s Golden Age origins, Jay replaced him as the first superhuman of the modern continuity, always ready with some folksy

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Back in the wild days known as 1982, all my friends were TOTALLY into G.I. Joe.  With a best-selling comic book, a fairly affordable toy line, and the brilliance of Larry Hama writing both, it was pretty much a guaranteed seller.  To this day, I can remember line-for-line some of the wonderful moments in the back-of-the-package file cards that Hama wrote.  Of course, while most of my friends were torn in whether they most dug Stalker (the cool Green Beret with the camo fatigues), Scarlett (the gorgeous bombshell who could knock you in the dirt in a second), or Snake-Eyes

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A wise man once said: “Where goeth The Legion, there goeth comic books…  Eventually.”  Okay, maybe it’s a little presumptuous to call myself wise, but at the very least I’m vaguely shrewd, at least in the ways of pop culture and the super-capes.  As a boy, I was fascinated by the fact that, while the Avengers had five members and the JLA nine, the Legion consisted of nearly TWO DOZEN heroes on active duty, as well as other rotating in and out as guest-stars here and there.  With the news that the Marvel NOW! relaunch of Avengers would have EIGHTEEN

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Throughout the 80-odd year history of comics, there have been a lot of strange occurrences, starting from the very existence of Air Male and Stampy, through the madness of the Bronze Age and the Hypno-Hustler, all the way through the disconcerting streamlining of the DC and Wildstorm Universes in the New 52.  (Don’t even get me started on unraveling the “five Robins in five years conundrum.”)  One character who has been through a LOT of change in that time is Supergirl, occasionally the cousin of Kal-El, aka Superman.  There were her earliest appearances where she was clearly visually based on

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