Kids, Ask Your Parents: The Long Road to The Avengers

Avengers Japanese poster

The difference between Nick Fury the regular guy and Nick Fury the hero? The pose, baby. Just the pose.

That’s right, finally tonight at midnight we Americans–currently frothing at the mouth and wanting to strangle our smug friends across the pond–will get to see The Avengers. But it occurs to me that some of you might not appreciate what it took to get to this moment, when for the first time we have an actual movie universe unfolding on screens. And no, I don’t count something like Star Wars or Star Trek because those have their own movies. Really, the closest thing I can think of is the Godzilla series, but that was more, as I understand it, an accident of, “Well, let’s try this…will it make money?” I could be wrong. But with Avengers, a comic book company that evolved into a film company decided to take their premise of individual comics happening in a single universe and bring it to the screen with a deliberate plan–that’s what I’m talking about.

But there was a time, dear reader–especially you younger readers–when the tools to make something like The Avengers simply weren’t available. And I mean everything: FX, costume fabrics, hell–a time when actors would find it worth their while to sign on for a franchise like this.

We’re big believers in context. And in posterity. So I urge you–if you’re not doing the $40 Avengers Movie Marathon tonight–have your own movie marathon…of the Avengers-esque films that have come before. Here’s some recommendations.


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Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo: A Rocket, A Gong and a Dragon

Mystics Knights of the Oingo Boingo on the Gong Show

Yes, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo were basically what you would call Proto-Oingo Boingo, but only if you were being exceptionally silly. And speaking of exceptionally silly, here they are on The Gong Show which is basically what you would call Proto-American Idol, but only if you wanted us to thump you.

After the break, we go from here to the end of Oingo Boingo…from their Halloween farewell concert. Which is one of my favorite live albums ever.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Found via Boing Boing.

By | 2017-09-24T23:30:37+00:00 June 18th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

The Incredible Hulk: The Television Series Ultimate Collection (1978-1982) – DVD Review

The Incredible Hulk: The Television Series Ultimate Collection DVD cover art


Written by: Kenneth Johnson, Richard Christian Matheson, & Thomas E. Szollosi, based on the character created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee
Starring: Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno


  • Eighteen episodes from the series

Released by: Universal
Region: 1
Rating: NR (some mild violence)
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format

My Advice: Wait for full seasons


By | 2017-09-25T00:00:58+00:00 February 5th, 2004|Reviews|0 Comments