Or – “Vampires Seem To Operate On A Seven-Year Cycle…”
Back in the 60s, the sort-of-dreaded Comics Code Authority prohibited any mention of the undead. (There are many who claim, with more than just a little bit of evidence, that this was by design, to force EC Comics out of business a decade earlier.) Thus were Marvel’s revenants referred to as “zuvembies,” while the entirety of their vampiric activity was limited for some time to one Michael Morbius, whose pseudo-vamp powers were a side effect of a treatment to cure his strange blood disorder. With his 40th anniversary having recently passed, Morbius now graduates to his own book (again) and your Major Spoilers blood-sucking review awaits!
More After the Jump
One of my favorite all-time sci-fi movies is Forbidden Planet.Â Not only is it the first appearance of Robbie the Robot, but it takes Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a whole different direction.Â If you ever wondered what Forbidden Planet would look like if it were remade today, you will hopefully have your answer as J. Michael Straczynski has been hired to pen Joel Silver’s remake.
Released in 1956, “Planet” told the tale of an expedition sent from Earth to check on a colony of scientists on a far-off planet. They find two members, a man who has found alien technology that doubled his intellect, Dr. Morbius, and his daughter, both of whom have managed to survive an unseen monster roaming the planet.
This is one I can’t wait to see remade.Â What JMS did for Babylon 5 and his numerous comic titles mean this can only end one way – awesome.