Mike Baron scripted the ultimate superhero teamup that this columnist has seen since Spiderman worked with John Belushi and the Not Ready for Prime Time Players in Marvel Team Up #74. Godzilla vs. Barkley (Dark Horse comics) is a sport and comic collectors collectible. The storyline is comic magic. Godzilla vs. Barkley is in the same vein as giant-sized DC comic special Superman vs. Muhammad Ali in the early 1980s. This cross-over Superman comic book is now valued at $3.00. Because these specialty comics feature our sports heroes, they are often more prized as a personal item to be enjoyed, rather than as an "investment" sealed in sterile plastic.
Okay, I had to Put in a Dinosaur Item
What's a mammoth column without a dinosaur item? In the first issue of Movie Club veteran filmmaker and the first publisher of Cinemagic magazine, Don Dohler, takes the readers into examinations of new and old filmmaking. A scene in Jurassic Park features a banner proclaiming "When Dinosaurs ruled the Earth." This magazine goes one better by comparing the old dinosaur films of the past with the fictional park. Arresting reading written in a style you dont have be a fourth year film student to understand and enjoy.
This magazine also covers science fiction, fantasy, and horror films of the present and the past, both professional and amateur. I hope they review Way Bad Stone soon, I enjoyed that amateur endeavor. Six issues of the Movie Club are $15.75, 25% off the cover price. To order Movie Club, 12 Moray Court, Baltimore, MD 21236. Tell them you read it here!
Let's Take a Giant Leap
I liked the show Quantum Leap. You could never peg each episode into a certain format. Was it a mystery, a musical, a love story, an adventure tale, or something else? Dr. Sam Beckett, leaping from life to life with his hologrammed friend Al, meant something personal to me. The show was canceled in 1993, but it has spawned an extraordinary soundtrack album (Quantum Leap: Music From The Television Series) of the music from the show. This is due, in part, to the musical talents of actor Scott Bakula. So, (pardon the pun) leap to your favorite record store, get a copy, and relive this Emmy award-winning show again through its music. If you dont, youll be OH BOY-ing yourself to death.
Lon Chaney: The Men with the Thousand Faces
If youre a fan of modern horror, check out two books of film history on two film giants.
Lon Chaney: The Man Behind the Thousand Faces (The Vestal Press) is a tribute to an actor / makeup genius. This silent-screen star of Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame, still leaves an imprint on science fiction and horror fans, four decades after his death. After you read this book, you may understand why.
The Films of Ed Wood
Director Edward D. Wood, Jr. has a couple of claims to horror and science fiction fandom. He was the writer and director of Plan Nine From Outer Space. According to the Golden Turkey awards, its the worst science fiction movie ever made. He also gave fandom many schlock cult classics including Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster, and Night of the Ghouls. These B-grade films have become Midnight Madness masterpieces. In Rudolph Greys Nightmare of Ecstacy (Feral House Press), Woods life and filmmaking are examined through interviews with actors, family, and friends.
I'll be Con-curring about That!
On April 23 and 24, I will be a guest at the Greater Philadelphia Star Trek Expo with Avery Brooks and Arne Starr. After that I will be taking a convention intermission to attend the American Booksellers Association convention in Los Angeles at the end of May. In July, I will be back on the convention trail again. Ill be a guest at Castlecon over July 4th weekend. Then, Ill appear at Novacon on July 30 and 31 at the Tysons Westpark Hotel, Tyson Corner, VA with Michael Dorn and Walter Koenig. Of course at all conventions, I will be talking collectibles and will be happy to autograph your Strange New Worlds.
Moving in a new space is easy; moving out is hard. There is so much stuff you feel left unfinished. There are so many good-byes I want to say. I need to thank so many people for making this column a success. (And you thought, it was a one person job?) Before I shut out the light on this column, I want to say thanks to a couple of people. To Jo for being an editor/publisher who cares, supports, and gave me the chance to review my kind of science fiction collectibles. To my wife, Evelyn, who hides my shadow so she can keep me on an even keel, especially when the waters are rocky. To all of you who have taken this collectible column to your heart, by voicing your opinion, Thank you.
So, until next time, let's be good to each other! l