LEMUR Sunday Night at the Movies

With the leak and then official release of the X-cast photos this week, I thought back to that GL post from last November. First Class is set in the 1960’s, but what would an X-Men movie look like if it were from the 1960’s/1970’s? What if an X-movie had been made during the Neal Adams era of the team, circa 1970? As with last time, I’m working under the assumption that the movie would be a big budget affair with an all-star cast.

Although he wasn’t getting much panel time in the late 1960’s, you couldn’t have an X-movie without the X, Professor X. Bald, intelligent, and nigh stoic says one person: Yul Brynner. Outside of the look, he’s got the perfect voice to say, “To me, my X-Men!” Besides, what else was he doing in the early 1970’s, prepping for “Westworld”? On the flip side, in the adversarial role would be Jason Robards as Magneto. Robards had an interesting charisma and manic look at times that fits with the Magneto of the 1960’s/’70’s.

Moving on to our Merry Mutants, we’ll start with the leader: Scott, Slim, Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops.

During this era, we were finally past the pining for Jean every fifth panel phase, but not past the whole, “I can’t open my eyes a fraction of an inch…” Still, Scott had also proven to be an effective leader. There’s an earnestness and calm strength in his character in this time period. Richard Thomas showed these characteristics as the eldest son on The Waltons. Thomas also has the tall slender build, and if we are to believe the picture at right, the same fashion sense. Slap a visor on him and you’re done.

With his easy smile and clean cut good looks, a young Kurt Russell fits the bill for high flying Angel. For the youngest of the X-Men, Ron Howard would bring exuberance to the role at an age between this tenures as Opie Taylor and Richie Cunningham. With an air of intelligence and fun, Jeff Bridges could easily fill the tights of the Beast. Rounding out the quintet of mutant teens, is the lovely Jane Seymour. No good reason here other than I’d like to see a young Jane Seymour running around in a green mini-skirt.


With J. Michael Straczynski mostly off Superman (he still gets plot credits), we will not see his story come to fruition as he envisioned it. Originally slated to be a year long, LEMUR found out recently that DC wanted to lengthen the Grounded arc indefinitely. Sadly that won’t be happening now. What social ills and mundane issues won’t we see Superman tackling in his amended trek across America?

Adult bed wetting (planned for issue 707)

Teens and wet dreams (also 707)

Jaywalking (714)

Furries (709)

Treehouses and Huffing (720)

What to do with Gran’ma (717)

High Fructose Corn Syrup (708)

The Third Wheel (he’s always in the way in issue 711)

The Gout! (715)

The replacement of “aks” for “ask” (708)

Paper or plastic? (Issue #726)

Bubblegum Pop (722)

Sleep Numbers (709)

Programming mom’s VCR/DVR (740)

Game Tape

I almost didn’t get comics this week; there were two new books. Oddly, what brought me to the store this week was the positive reviews and probable turn for the readable in last week’s Superman #707. With JMS off, I took a flier on this one to see what Chris Roberson was adding to make Grounded more readable. So, I guess we’ll start there this week.

To begin with, I was off in my calculations by two issues. Way back when, I predicted that Superman would be in the Denver area by issue #706. Turns out he’ll be in Boulder in issue #708. #707 is a weird mash-up. There are preachy boring parts, and then there are brief glimpses of an interesting story to come. I won’t go into the preachy part and their inherent silliness; others have handled that aspect. The last page has me interested enough to see at least one more issue. Other critics point to this issue as indicating strongly that Superman has been under mind control; I’m hoping there might be some bleed over from the Jimmy Olsen happenings… but that’s probably just whistful hoping.

Boys #50 was as dark as it’s ever been. We’ve gotten some answers to questions that have been hanging out since the beginning. This story continues the look into the team’s past and includes that anniversary staple: the pin-up section. If you’re a current reader, enjoy. If not, I’d avoid it for it’s in medias res status.

Rounding out the week is G.I. JOE: Cobra #12. I think I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. The IDW revamp and re-imagining has been enjoyable, and no one has benefited more than Chuckles. A guy in a Hawaiian shirt that cracks jokes shouldn’t belong on America’s highly trained special missions force. Yet here he is, and he is kicking some serious ass. There’s a surprising and gruesome double page spread near the end of the issue. This series has consistently been my favorite for it’s grittier look and style. It also does a remarkable job of building Cobra into an interesting and believable threat. Kudos to Costa and Gage.

That’ll round out this short week.

Today’s Comics

Due to some traveling, we’re skipping Superhero Secrets today to get caught up with This Week’s Comics.  Here’s what I’m looking at this week.

  • BATMAN #706 – Getting Batman off the pull list hurts somewhat, but Tony Daniels’ work hasn’t been setting me on fire lately.  These will be easy enough to pick up on the cheap in a couple months.
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA MAN & WOLF TP – I don’t even know where to start with this one.  It’s generally accepted as a low-point of 90’s-era comics and the individual issues are staples of quarter bins around the country, so I’m not sure why Marvel is releasing this for $15, but if you’ve always wanted to overpay to read a crappy story, this is the week for you!
  • DC COMICS PRESENTS THE ATOM #1 – I feel fairly certain that whichever run is reprinted here will be something I haven’t read before.  I’m game.
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #500 – Aw, I’m a sucker for Anniversary issues, and I was very impressed by the first chunk I read of Matt Fraction’s run on IIM.
  • LOVEBUNNY & MR HELL TP VOL 01 – I probably have all of the individual issues that will be reprinted here, but I really like this title. It’s funny and the art is stellar.  It’s well worth trying out if you’ve had any curiosity about it.
  • SUPERIOR #4 – This grim ‘n’ gritty Captain Marvel has stayed pretty interesting.  It’s worth checking out, and I admit to being intrigued by the Superior/Nemesis/Kick-Ass crossover that’s being hinted at.
  • WOLVERINE #5 – I LOVE Jason Aaron’s work and Wolverine in Hell has been, by all accounts, incredible.  Pulled.

This week’s books have been added to my ongoing pull list.  That’s it for me.  What are YOU looking at?