Thursday, June 19, 2014

Esoterica VII

Here is some randomness to give you a chuckle.

While 48 Hrs. and Trading Places made Eddie Murphy into a solid comic actor, this 1983 HBO Special is quite possibly his funniest performance in any medium.  For nearly 80 minutes, Murphy has the audience in the palm of his hand going through a wild array of voices, riff on the world and life and best of all, an extended bit on family cookouts that sees him at his best.  Just an awesome comedic performance.

This one was a favorite of mine.  Just level after level of action with some endearingly blocks graphics.  Love the end music which sounds like it came straight from a cheesy 80's science fiction film.

The 70's were a pretty damn good time for Marvel Comics.  Riding high on the success that started in the sixties, between 1974 and 1979 they released a series of trade paperbacks featuring the best of several of their properties through Fireside Books.  I have a decent amount of them, let's take a look. 

First off is this original story featuring The Silver Surfer.  Acting as a pseudo-sequel to the awesome Galactus Trilogy in The Fantastic Four, this finds Surfer at odds with his master in a nicely done epic.

You get the full Galactus Trilogy here along with a nice showdown with Sub-Mariner and confrontation with Doctor Doom.  It's about as good an anthology of their stories as one could hope for. 

Up next are two decidedly different takes on Spider-Man with the campy, cheesy version shown on The Electric Company...

Ans the real deal as seen in The Amazing Spider-Man.  Both books are jam-packed with a nice selection of stories.  I haven't always been the biggest fan of Spidey but his 60's to 70's output is definitely my favorite period for the character.

The Captain America book is just plain cool with some early stuff, his resurrection and joining The Avengers and a bunch of issues that see him going after Red skull.  Like the others, it;s a very good overview of the character.

The Hulk one might be my favorite though as we get a few stories from his first lackluster run and then a nice long arc from later when he began to really take off.  Lots of action, some great artwork and an overall sense of fun make this one a classic.

And from classics, we go to maybe the oddest, most genuinely WTF thing I have ever owned.  In previous posts, I've mentioned the storybook translations of hit movies aimed towards kids.  Well for some reason that even the greatest minds in the known universe would be hard-pressed to figure out, they not only did one for Dune but they divided it into two parts.

I'll be getting into the movie once I hit 1984 in my lists series but needless to say, there aren't a hell of a lot of films from this era less suited for kids.  The film is pretty dark and I think the age group this was aimed at would probably either be terrified by what they were seeing or simply bored to tears by the film.

Having said that, this adaptation probably ends up making the film more coherent than it ended up being when it hit theaters. 

That's all for now.

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