Monday, September 1, 2014
1 September 2014
Michael Adamthwaite b. 1981 (Nerds and Monsters, Arrow, Horns, Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, Fringe, Sucker Punch, Behemoth, Riverworld, Twilight: New Moon, Smallville, Reaper, Watchmen, Flash Gordon [TV], Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Dead Like Me, 10.5, Stargate SG-1, Jeremiah)
Camille Chen b. 1979 (Grimm, American Horror Story, Touch, Meteor [TV], Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over)
Adrienne Wilkinson b. 1977 (Star Trek: Renegades, Nobility, Charmed, Angel, Xena)
Scott Speedman b. 1975 (Underworld: Evolution, Underworld)
Burn Gorman b. 1974 (Game of Thrones, Pacific Rim, The Dark Knight Rises, Torchwood)
Jhonen Vasquez b. 1974 (Invader ZIM)
Maury Sterling b. 1971 (Extant, Dollhouse, Charmed, Star Trek: Enterprise, Angel, Dark Skies, Outbreak)
Ricardo Chavira b. 1971 (Warehouse 13, Piranha 3D)
Padma Lakshmi b. 1970 (Star Trek: Enterprise)
Zak Penn b. 1968 (writer, Pacific Rim 2, Alphas, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand, Elektra, X-Men 2)
James Nguyen b. 1966 (Birdemic 1 and 2)
Joe Jusko b. 1959 (artist, Marvel Comics)
James Rebhorn b. 1948 died 21 March 2014 (Coma , The Adventures of Pluto Nash, From the Earth to the Moon, Independence Day, Cat’s Eye)
Beau Starr b. 1944 (Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Final Days of Planet Earth, The 4400, Earth: Final Conflict, Relic Hunter, Total Recall 2070, Halloween 4 and 5, V, Knight Rider, The Powers of Matthew Star)
Zito Kazann b. 1944 (The X Files, Angel, Charmed, Buffy, Sliders, Waterworld, The Flash, Werewolf [TV], Automan, Tucker’s Witch, Knight Rider, The Greatest American Hero, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Don Stroud b. 1943 (Little Bigfoot, Babylon 5, The Alien Within, Carnosaur 2, Cyber Seeker, Frogtown II, Quantum Leap, Super Force, Hyper Space, The Powers of Matthew Star, The Incredible Hulk, The Amityville Horror)
C. J. Cherryh b. 1942 (won 1982 Hugo for Downbelow Station and 1989 Hugo for Cyteen)
Judy Levitt b. 1940 (InAlienable, Babylon 5, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Moontrap, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
Lily Tomlin b. 1939 (The X Files, The Incredible Shrinking Woman)
Ron O’Neal b. 1937 died 14 January 2004 (Hyper Space, Beauty and the Beast , Knight Rider, The Greatest American Hero, The Final Countdown, Brave New World)
George Maharis b. 1928 (Superboy, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Logan’s Run [TV], Bionic Woman, Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby, Death in Space, Journey to the Unknown, The Satan Bug)
Yvonne De Carlo b. 1922 died 8 January 2007 (American Gothic, The Munsters)
Vittorio Gassman b. 1922 died 29 June 2000 (Quintet)
Betty Blythe b. 1893 died 7 April 1972 (She )
Edgar Rice Burroughs b. 1875 died 19 March 1950 (author, John Carter)
Last year, the Picture Slot went to Yvonne De Carlo as Lily Munster, both as a fabulous babe and as the most iconic genre role of anyone on our list. This year, I went with a Frazetta illustration of John Carter, Warlord of Mars, just as a reminder the story existed before it was turned into a massive failure at the box office.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: In late summer, Hate Week is celebrated.
Reality: For the most part, I like to present a new prediction every day, but I'm repeating this from early September of last year because I love George Orwell's work. We don't pick one set week out of every year to hate our enemies, though if you look it up on Google you'll see several college sports rivalries consider the run-up to the big game a sort of Hate Week. In terms of politics, Hate Week goes on all year now, with websites like Raw Story and others giving left wingers the stories of people they should despise and The Drudge Report and others giving right wingers the same. We also get the occasional international outrage that we are supposed to get indignant about, like Boko Haram or ISIS or the downing of a plane in the Ukraine. Orwell was not very accurate on details, but there's a reason he deserves to have his name turned into an adjective, as the tone of our political discourse certainly has the feel of his book.
Stan Goldberg 1932-2014
Comic artist Stan Goldberg worked most of his career at Archie Comics, but in the early 1960s he was at Marvel, and as a colorist he decided the color schemes of many of Marvel's most famous characters, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Thor and the Hulk. He is also the artist in one of the oddest crossover issues in comics history, Archie Meets The Punisher, which I have trimmed and made this month's splash illustration.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Stan Goldberg. He is never to be forgotten.
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