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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 June, 2019, 04:30:26 pm »
Tarzan and giant spiders seem to go together,  I feel. At least on screen. In the original ERB novels I'm not so sure, as I've only just started reading them. Maybe it's the cryptozoological stories of the J'ba Fo'fi, but deepest colonial Africa and giant arachnids seem a good fit. So much so I would be surprised if they weren't featured on a semi regular basis.

That said, extensive Googling has revealed only Desert Mystery. I would LOVE to see any more.

The Ron Ely tv show, which was the Tarzan of many people now between 35-45 (being slightly older, my Tarzan is Weissmuller) was surely too low budget, and low on special effects to have featured them? And in colour, which my memories aren't. But- we had a black and white tv until at least 1973, and I had one in my bedroom a lot later than that. And memories, eh? Who can trust them?


Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 15 June, 2019, 02:22:07 pm »
A heads up that TALKING PICTURES TV (SKY 328) is, next Saturday,  showing The Night Strangler, Woman Eater and The Trollenberg Terror. All in one day. A day that happens to be my birthday.
They are also showing 1970s kids ITV supernatural series Shadows, every weekday at 5pm.


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 June, 2019, 02:19:45 pm »
I have a great deal of affection Eight Legged Freaks- as it was a favourite of my kids when they were small. However, the decision to give the spiders squeaky voices sunk it for me. The short film that got them the gig to make it in the first place (included on the UK dvd) is far, far better.


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 June, 2019, 04:29:09 pm »
Ha, no, but that is excellent and now I need to see that. There is no movie ever made that would not be improved at least 50% by the inclusion of a giant spider.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 June, 2019, 03:25:22 pm »
Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)

Johnny Weissmuller stars as Tarzan, no Jane is present but she writes to him asking him to go get some "fever medicine" that is located in a mysterious jungle across a desert and at the end of the film.

When he gets to the end of the film,  and reaches the jungle, Tarzan finds giant lizards, lions, carnivorous plants and eventually a giant spider. And it that huge arachnid that concerns me.

This is THE Tarzan film of my childhood. And the giant spider was at least as memorable as any number of Dr Whos,  Hammer House of Horrors or episodes of Nationwide in which Frank Bough warned us all about werewolves.

However, it wasn't this spider.

Honestly, the sequence is great but it's nothing like I remember. Wrong spider,  wrong size,  Wrong web, wrong location, wrong person in the web,  wrong wrong wrong.

So- is this a case of memory cheating? And if so, how do you explain my mate having the same memory as me? Is there another Tarzan vs Giant Spider epic? Do we both remember a completely different film, not Tarzan at all? And if so,  how? Were Weissmuller Tarzans always shown in a certain slot during the mid seventies and then one week something different was shown, so confusing two ageing men prone to reminiscing about.such things?



Prog / Re: Prog 2135 - Beware the woods...
« on: 13 June, 2019, 09:16:08 am »
This week's prog felt like a whole new start, despite seeing the end of one strip and surely nearing the end of another. Such was the impact of Thistlebone, which told a straightforward story in a way that the prog arguably hasn't done for ages.
Print it in black and white, with John Stokes on the art duty, and that could have come from Scream or Eagle in the mid eighties. And I mean that in the best possible way.
I've blown hot and cold on Simon Davis over the years, loving his Sinister Dexter, not enjoying his Slaine at all, but here I'm firmly back onside. It's absolutely beautiful, dripping in atmosphere, full of clarity and character, and already I'm salivating over the possibility of a hardback "European style" collection (if we are still allowed European comics after Halloween).

In the rest of the prog, Scarlet Traces is again the stand out. After losing its way in the last series (which now seems vital to reread to follow the whole story, annoyingly/cleverly) this one has been so far Top Thrill for so many weeks, it seems odd to relegate it to #2. Dredd was okay, a meat and potatoes installment that broke no new ground nor did anything particularly obnoxious. Nice art as well.
And Kingmaker is another one of those surprising strips that I started off resenting but ended up finding myself reading every panel with glee. When it returns, in probably a few years time, no doubt I will dread it from the first "coming soon" mention, then find myself absorbed every week.

And next prog we have Harry back. Joy! Thistlebone, Harry and Scarlet Traces in the same package. I reckon The Mighty One is somehow reading my mind's idle musings when wandering about. Thanks, you creepy green mind reader.


Yes, it was the more recent Dredd I was talking about really. IDW did their classics run, but that was yet again the early stuff that anyone familiar with the strip would already have read multiple times.
Dredd is a popular strip with a strong reputation, but how many casual punters across the States must surely be under the impression it either stopped years ago or that the newer stuff is just inferior? Trade paperback editions of most US monthly titles already exist with no perceived effect on the floppies that they contain.
I get all the arguments against, but it just seems very strange that Rebellion's flagship character doesn't have a regular place in the monthly schedules of such a huge market, and that they are content instead to have the property represented by the IDW version. Although to be fair, I've not bought or read that one for a good few years now, so it may have improved greatly.

General / Query: Why isn't there a monthly Dredd reprint title?
« on: 30 May, 2019, 06:36:24 pm »
Apologies if this has been addressed elsewhere by those in the know. Seeing as how the "Eagle Comics" Dredd reprint title was so seminal in bringing Dredd to a US audience back in the 80s, it seems odd to me that we don't have a modern equivalent. Rebellion don't seem inexperienced or catastrophic in putting out US format titles (most reprint, some not) and IDW have a license of some sort, with an inferior Dredd strip that seems to continually miss the mark, despite a host of seriously good creators and all the best will in the world. 

So why isn't the 2000AD/ Meg strip itself reprinted on a monthly basis for the American market? Has the strip finally succumbed to 42 years of continuity and become "too reliant on backstory" for there to be an easy start point?

Is it just financially not worth the outlay?

Personally I'd love to see it, reformatted for the US dimensions, printed on cheap paper to undercut the cost of regular comics, and starting from "some point a couple of years ago".

Anyone have any idea why it's not happened?


Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 28 May, 2019, 04:22:56 pm »
Simple question, as I know very little about these things:

Mythic Games' Solomon Kane, which is still undergoing Kickstarter stuff, but has raised well over a million dollars- anyone have any idea when we can expect it on shelves? 


Suggestions / Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« on: 26 May, 2019, 01:14:52 pm »
I'd be up for a collected trade. They were vital in managing to half-convince me at an early age (would it be too much to say "half-convince all of us?") that Tharg was indeed real and behind the scenes at the Nerve Centre was just as interesting, funny and important as whatever Dredd was up to that week.
So yeah, definitely.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 May, 2019, 08:42:38 am »
While I long ago ceased to be able to buy these on a regular basis, I do have a hankering for the new Stickleback one. Can anyone please tell me what it contains? Is it the whole thing? ( assuming the Moriarty reveal is the actual end, and that if the strip returns to 2000AD it will be in a whole new format, probably under a new title.)
I currently have only the first Rebellion trade on the shelf  (and all the progs in a box, obvs).

Megazine / Re: Meg 408 - Hard Country for Old Men
« on: 15 May, 2019, 01:31:19 pm »
Is it only in the south east that this Meg seems not to have been distributed today?

Prog / Re: Prog 2130 - 2000ad Regened
« on: 10 May, 2019, 01:49:09 pm »
Having had a few days to think about it, I realised I've paid more attention to (and seen more attention paid to it online, which must be good) this week's prog than any other for a good while.
Immediate thoughts: Chris Weston can do no wrong, and I'd love to see more strips both written and drawn by him.
Full Tilt Boogie, while my least favourite thing when I read it, has become more interesting in retrospect and I'd like to see more.
Rogue seems to suit a younger approach, but needs more disturbing and crazy violence and "horror of war" allegory. As a straightforward adventure strip it just doesn't work.

Everything else was perfectly adequate.

Re the logo, it doesn't look right in its new incarnation. Restore the textures! And then shove it back on the front of the prog, as this proves it still works.

While the cover was attractive, it shows how things have changed: wherefore the people being consumed by giant monstrosities and screaming flesh of yesteryear, that so attracted youngsters to the prog's delights on a weekly basis?

I'm quite happy that it "took the place" of the normal prog for a week. But I'd prefer a fortnightly regular edition, thanks.


Film & TV / Re: Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Thread
« on: 02 May, 2019, 04:50:42 pm »
Like a few here, while I didn't think it *quite* matched the sheer awesomeness of Infinity War, it was still just about as damn-near perfect as it's possible to be.
I have a few niggles, most of which have been mentioned elsewhere, so it seems churlish to bring them up again... but the one thing that *really* irked was Cap's swearing. What was up with that? That's a major character shift and I didn't feel it fully explained the whys and wherefores.
I've only seen it the once- I will go back- and maybe I missed something (having all six kids plus their various friends/ partners around does lead to attention being occasionally divided).

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 10 April, 2019, 01:21:24 pm »
I've just bumped into Mr Dan Abnett, while walking back to the car in Eastbourne, and after a) being shocked he recognised me,  b) introducing him to my wife and c) fanboy gushing at him for a bit, I had it confirmed to my actual face that Grey Area isn't over, The Out isn't connected to it, and SiniDex continues. The third was for my own peace of mind because I live in fear of it ending, and the first two were because my slightly panicked mind knew you lot were concerned. I completely forgot to mention Kingdom or Lawless to him, but fear I may have ended up just crying, so I'm kind of glad.

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