Big Movie Meme vs. Endemic Treponematosis

Alan sent it, I added a WYSIWYG editor to my blog to do it, and I do it to raise awareness of Endemic Treponematosis today, the last day of The Unofficial John Westmoreland Memorial Tribute Webring's zero year. I only italicized the movies I've seen all the way through, not the ones I quit watching after 15 minutes of crappiness.

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- BOLD movies you own in your personal video/DVD library
- ITALICS for movies you have seen

- Leave plain movies you haven't seen
- Add as many movies as you'd like, but keep it alphabetical
- Pass it on to three people at the end

The Big Red One (1980)
12 Angry Men (1957)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
28 Days Later (2002)
The 400 Blows (1959)
8 1/2 (1963)

Adaptation. (2002)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1939)
After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Alien (1979)
All About Eve (1950)
Amadeus (1984)
Amarcord (1974)
American Beauty (1999)
The American President (1995)
American Splendor (2003)
The Animatrix (2003)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Apartment (1960)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Apu Trilogy (1959)

Around the Bend (2004)
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
The Band Wagon (1953)
The Bank Dick (1940)
Barefoot Gen (Hadashi no Gen) (1983)

Batman (1989)
The Battle of Algiers (1967)
Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru) (2000)
The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Beat the Devil (1954)
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being There (1979)
Belle de Jour (1967)
The Bicycle Thief (1949)
The Big Heat (1953)
The Big One (1997)
The Big Sleep (1946)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Blowup (1966)
The Blue Kite (1993)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Bob le Flambeur (1955)
Body Heat (1981)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Bound (1996)
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Breathless (1960)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Broken Blossoms (1919)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Kabinett des Doktor Caligari, Das) (1920)
Casablanca (1942)
Chasing Amy
Children of Paradise (1945)
Chinatown (1974)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Citizen Kane (1941)
City Lights (1931)
Clerks
The Color Purple (1985)
Comic Book Villains (2002)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
The Conversation (1974)
Cries and Whispers (1972)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long) (2000)
Crumb (1994)
Damage (1992)
Daredevil (2003)
Day for Night (1973)
The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
Days of Heaven (1978)
The Decalogue (1988)
Detour (1945)
Die Hard (1988)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Don't Look Now (1974)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Dracula (1931)
Duck Soup (1933)
Dune (1984)
E.T - The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
Easy Rider (1969)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Ed Wood (1994)
Elektra (2005)
The Elephant Man (1980)
El Norte (1983)
Eraserhead (1977)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
Fanny and Alexander (1983)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Fargo (1996)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
F for Fake (Vérités et mensonges) (1976)
The Firemen's Ball (1968)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Floating Weeds (1959)
Four Rooms (1995)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
From Hell (2001)
Gates of Heaven (1978)
The General (1927)
Ghost World (2000)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
The Godfather (1972)
Goldfinger (1964)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1968)
GoodFellas (1991)
Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
Grand Illusion (1937)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Great Expectations (1946)
Greed (1925)
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Hand (1981)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
The Hearts of Age (1934)
Hellboy (2004)
High Fidelity (2000)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
House of Games (1987)
The Hustler (1961)
Ikiru (1952)
In Cold Blood (1967)
The Incredibles (2004)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Jackie Brown (1997)
Jaws (1975)
JFK (1991)
Jules and Jim (1961)
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
Killing Zoe (1994)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
King Kong (1933)
L'Atalante (1934)
L'Avventura (1960)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
The Last Laugh (1924)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Late Spring (1972)
The Lathe of Heaven (1980)
Laura (1944)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Le Boucher / The Butcher (2003)
Le Samourai (1967)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
The Leopard (1963)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
The Lion King (1994)
Lolita (1962)
Lolita (1997)
Lost Highway (1997)
M (1931)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Mallrats
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Man Who Laughs (1928)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Manhattan (1979)
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Mean Streets (1973)
Metropolis (1926)
Mon Oncle (1958)
Moonstruck (1987)
Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
The Music Room (1958)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
My Dinner With Andre (1981)
My Life to Live / Vivre sa Vie (1963)
My Neighbor Totoro (1993)
Nashville (1975)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Network (1976)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Nosferatu (1922)
Notorious (1946)
Not Without My Daughter (1991)
On the Waterfront (1954)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Orpheus (1949)
Out of the Past (1947)
Pandora's Box (1928)
Paris, Texas (1984)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Patton (1970)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Persona (1966)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Pickpocket (1959)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Pinocchio (1940)
Pixote (1981)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Playtime (1967)
The Producers (1968)
The Prophecy (1995)
Psycho (1960)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Raging Bull (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Raise the Red Lantern (1990101)
Ran (1985)
Rashomon (1950101)
Rear Window (1954)
Blue, White, Red (1994)
Red River (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Return to Glennascaul (Orson Welles' Ghost Story) (1951)
Rififi (1954)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Roger & Me (1989)
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
The Rules of the Game (1939)
Santa Sangre (1989)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Say Anything (1989)
Scarface (1983)
The Scarlet Empress (1934)
Schindler's List (1993)
The Searchers (1956)
Se7en (1995)
The Seven Samurai (1954)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Shane (1953)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Solaris (1972)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)
Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek Generations (1994)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Star Wars (1977)
The Straight Story (1999)
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977)
The Stranger (1946)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Stroszek (1977)
A Sunday in the Country (1984)
Superman (1978)
Sunrise (1928)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
The Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Swing Time (1936)
A Tale of Winter (1992)
The Tao of Steve (2000)
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
The Thin Man (1934)
The Third Man (1949)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Three Colors Trilogy (1994)
Three Women (1977)
Tokyo Story (1953)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Trial (Procès, Le) (1962)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
True Romance (1993)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Ugetsu (1953)
Umberto D (1952)
Un Chien Andalou (1928)
Unforgiven (1992)
Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2002)
The Up Documentaries (1985)
Vertigo (1958)
Victim (1961)
Walkabout (1971)
West Side Story (1961)
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Wild at Heart (1990)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Wings of Desire (1988)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
A Woman's Tale (1992)
The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (Macht der Bilder: Leni Riefenstahl, Die) (1993)
Written on the Wind (1956)
X-Men (2000)
X-Men 2: X-Men United (X2) (2003)
xXx (2002)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984)
Yellow Submarine (1968)

Three people to send it to: Gojira, Rose & Steven and Dino.

The 284th step on the last road home.

Everyone's Fucking But Me But I Will Wait For You

If it takes forever
I will wait for you
A thousand summers
I will wait for you
Until you're back beside me
Until I'm holding you
Until I hear you sigh
here in my arms

Anywhere you wander
anywhere you go
Every day, remember
how I love you so
In your heart, believe
what in my heart I know
That forevermore I wil wait for you

The clock will tick away the hours one by one
Until the time will come when all the waiting's done
The time when you'll return and find me here and run
Straight into my waiting arms

If it takes forever
I will wait for you
for a thousand summers
I will wait for you
till you're here beside me
till I'm touching you
and forevermore sharing your love

[-- Norman Gimbel and Michel Legrand]

Everybody's fucking but me
I just can't seem to get laid
Some girls even ball two or three
then they just seem to trade

I can't laid
A dazzling urbanite like me
And though it's well made
my pussy's useful only when I pee

Everybody's fucking but me
I'm dying of terminal lust
Christ it's so depressing to see
my plumbing covered with rust

My sex life is so gloomy
Even my dog won't do me
Everybody's fucking ... but me

Everybody's fucking but me
I guess I don't have no class
Lustful guys behind every tree
it's just a pain in the ass

All the men just seem to duck me
I wish they'd shout "whoohoo!" and fuck me
Everybody's fucking ....... but me

[-- anonymous cabaret wisenheimers]

The 278th step on the last road home.

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The 277th step on the last road home.

Graphics Uber Alles

Once again, found something cool that has nothing to do with what I was looking for: A big archive of World War II propaganda art.

Here's one lame Al Capp poster but Frank Robbins upholds the honor of the old outfit with a Gene Deitch-like piece.

I'm convinced that hookers never looked this pretty. And I don't say that simply because that girl somewhat resembles every woman I've ever dated.

I was surprised to this Dieppe poster about Lt. Colonel Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt in the American section, but I guess Canada doesn't merit its own section. Now Merritt, there's a tough-as-nails badass for you.

"Books Are Weapons in the War of Ideas: 'Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man's eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know books are weapons' -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt"


I would be surprised if this Broder piece isn't available as a poster somewhere. It should hang on the bedroom wall of every rebellious weirdo in the world.

"Should Brave Men Die So You Can Drive...?" Still relevant, albeit in a different context.

Here's some sloppy copywriting and/or super-positive thinking for you: So, Nazis burned books but ten years later, Free Americans can still read them. Not the slave-Americans, mind you. But freedom is so swell that if you have it, you can read 10-year-old ashes that were once books.

A chained man with a dark pointy hood over his head ... hmmm, I seem to recall seeing photographs resembling this in the news some months ago.

It's funny that in today's war-time America, it's often considered un-American to "refuse to pay more" for goods and services.

I remember seeing this one as a child, and it freaked me the fuck out. To this day, I imagine an invisible, imaginary Hitler is sitting in an empty seat whenever I'm in a car. I really should check out more of Weimer Pursell's work.

It's plain horse sense -- I could stare at this one for minutes.

Just plain weird. The "Waste Fats" at the top remind me of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and the "Explosives" look sorta Flash Gordon spaceships.

I bet workers injured in the often ramshackle and ludicrously unsafe factories felt really good being told that their mangled limbs were working for Hitler.

Somewhere, there is a van with a copy of this painting airbrushed on its side. Likewise, some biker dude somewhere has "Firebomb Fritz," The Li'l Nazi Bomb That Could tattooed on his arm, or maybe his gooch.

Chat-area admins and moderators should end all flame wars with this image.

This poster looks faintly phallic to me.

A naked man fights a snake with a hammer. Okay.

This Al Front guy got much love from the poster people.

This one is pretty snappy, although I barely understand what's going on in it.

Poultry for the Revolution!

Very droll. Takes a moment to get if you're Merkin.

I think I like this one the most. I'd put a good copy on my wall.

Insert divorce greeting-card joke here.

Is the officer talking to the woman or the horse?

I like, but I don't get: Um, I guess the Apache helicopter wasn't the first fighter aircraft to run on alcohol? Or is this poster against drunken pilots? Or is it saying that you shouldn't leave booze out in your backyard if you live underneath the flight lines of a nearby base???

I'm insulted by this one, but I can't seem to articulate why.

I was wondering when they were going to address the valuable contributions anthromorphic mailboxes made to the war effort.

Potato Pete does make good soup, but Dr. Carrot never did shit for me when I was a child. Great, now I want pots and pans shaped like the faces of world leaders. Why isn't Churchill smoking a cigar, though? FDR was the one who beat his heaters in a long holder. I bet Potato Pete tastes even better after you cook him in Hirohito's head.

The 275th step on the last road home.

The 273rd step on the last road home.

Take THAT .... HINDU LUNCHBOX!!!!!!!

Hey I just wrotted words that may make the life of me better! Sunny tomorrow for myself yes!

I thought I'd reward myself by adding another phrase to my lexicon of things to yell when I walk into a room: I was going through my art files the other day when I found this clipping:



So, standing proud alongside classics like "BADLANDS!" "GET ON THE TABLE AND DAAAANNNNCE!!" and "KISS MY NATURAL BLACK ASS, YOU TAX-AND-SPEND HONKY MUTHAFUCKER!!!" is this fresh addition: "HEY, YOU HINDU LUNCHBOX!"

Yell it as you walk into the nearest room; it's fun.

Sunday Comic Strip #2

My bandwidth allotment is holding up OK, so I'll leave last week's strip up another week. As for this week, please enjoy the mashed potato that is Flo and Andy Capp in "She's afraid of the vacuum cleaner, plastic bags and cameras," July 17 1994.

These stupid things start getting funny next week, I promise.

The 268th step on the last road home.

Santa, why are you looking at me like that???



Perhaps it's the dark, dirty-looking rendering of the cheeks and the beady eyes, perhaps it's the candy in his hand [since when does ol' Saint Nick work with sweets?] or perhaps it's just me, but this comic cover's Santa Claus makes me feel like the jolly old elf is touching me in places where my bathing suit covers. And not always in a good way either!

Santa is the best superhero, ever; he has cool powers and a neat vehicle and he helps almost everyone in the world in one night and all he wants from us is to be good to each other. And you never hear stories about Santa punching Lex Luther in the nuts* or giving The Joker a "Gandhi" to the forehead when he's not paying attention or giving Doctor Doom "bunny ears" behind his head just before the Red Skull takes their photograph or even talking trash about the freak-ass sex toys Betty and Veronica asked him to bring them for Christmas! The Green Goblin would never ever cockblock Santa with the girl he dated before he married Mrs. Claus, lemme tell ya!!!

What the world needs now is more Santa comics. Ultimate All-Star Santa Claus Comics.

* I accidentally typed "Martin Luther" here, which is a funnier image.

The 266th step on the last road home.

Sunday Comic Strip #1

I found a stack of Sunday-comics and advice-column "re-edits" I did for a few weeks a decade ago. Save for one or two stand-outs, I don't remember doing any of these or why I stopped, but they have my handwriting all over them, literally and figuratively speaking.

The rule, such as it was, for these re-edits was that I could only use text and panels from that Sunday's section in the mash-up -- a rule I quickly threw out the window as I amassed an envelope of leftover balloons and captions that were great but I just didn't have room to shoehorn into that week's edit.

I'll post a new strip every Sunday morning, an maybe try doing a new one now with that Sunday's comics. These files are huge, so I may have to take one Sunday down to put the next one up; if you like what you read, save the jpeg now.

And now, Flo and Andy Capp star in "Ice Cream Please, Mommy!" [June 10, 1994].

The 265th step on the last road home.

More stuff I've found while looking for something else

The film is pretty cheesy -- then again, all flash animation look like Terry Gilliam's cartoons, and never in a way that flatters -- but I liked the point this "explanation" of Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY makes: That in space, man has been reduced to infancy -- having difficulty controlling the simplest of tools, eating baby food and re-learning walking and toilet training.

Boy, someone doesn't think very highly of Jack Kirby or the comics form. This is somewhat ironic, considering what a weak, hacked-out affair Clarke's book is. Oh, and that Kirby adapted the movie, not the book ... which they acknowledge, um, directly under the title on the cover. That must be a book club that doesn't sweat the details, I guess.

This North Korean anti-American music video kinda rocks, terrifying as it is.

Why is Justin Green holding a bucket? No wonder the students were so interested; during my time on the stage, I learned that if you hold a bucket while you talk, no one takes their eyes off you until you put the bucket down or show them what's in it. [Also: When your act's done, if you swiftly raise your arms over your head, the crowd will automatically give you huge applause.] But I would assume that's not what's going on in these classroom photos, although the idea of Green finishing his lecture, dropping the bucket to raise his hands and getting a Standing O from the students makes me laugh.

The 264th step on the last road home.

This is what really happens when the Powell Doctrine is completely rejected.

Doing research on IMDB.com, I came across this page of User Comments for John Wayne's 1968 trainwreck THE GREEN BERETS. Here are my favorite comments:

I challenge Lenoard Maltin, Roger Ebert and Gene Shalit (all brilliant men to be sure) to view this film objectively just once. They my find something they didn't before. Personally I found it to be a moving and realistic portrayal of warfare that has scenes I will never forget. ... Stanley Kubrick could have learned a thing or two. More relevant now than in three decades as again America must fight for her people's freedom, as unpopular as it is.-- Author: superdavein78 from United States

It's easy to understand why so many viewers hated this movie. It goes against everything the media and entertainment industries (The same thing?) have put forth regarding the Vietnam War since the 1960s. ...Vietnam was a bad war, America was wrong, etc., while the North Vietnamese and VC were just peace/freedom loving folk...

What was so wrong about trying to stem the tide of communism, or to prevent south Vietnam from falling to the communist north? "The Green Berets" made the case that it was a noble goal, and brave Americans worked hard to achieve it.

This is not the best war movie, or even the best Vietnam war movie out there. Mel Gibson's "We Were Soldiers" is far superior in that it is less overtly political, much more realistic, and still shows a positive view of the American effort in southeast Asia. Check it out.
-- Author: csmchris from USA

I don't have time or the heart to pull the equally disturbing/funny pro-Vietnam comments I found on the pages that followed; it's interesting reading, at least. I'd love to know when the pendulum swung toward a massive quagmire being a tremendously good thing that only those cockbiting Liberals could stand against, though. I'm now nostalgic for the days when the Right and Left could unite in calling a clusterfuck a clusterfuck.

The 261st step on the last road home.

I have seen entirely new colors today

Owie owie owie, shooting pain in back of neck, stabby feeling in left side, victim of voodoo no doubt, OW! No eBay tonight, ten auctions tomorrow as soon as the new bottle of Advil arrives from the chemist.

Gonna go lay down and rest, you kids be quiet and play this Java-powered emulator of Bagman, best arcade video game ever, despite the dumb name. A tricked-out dimensional version of that game would be the shit and a half. Riding in mining cars and elevators, running from or chasing a hick cop with a pickaxe, running around looking for swag; there's a man's game for you.

Hound Dog Taylor had six fingers on each hand.



Yet this houserocking bluesman played slide guitar almost exclusively, which requires no more than one [1, singular] finger to play. You could probably make do playing slide with a stump, if you wanted to play Elmore James tunes badly enough.

I remember Mr. Westmoreland telling me that Taylor chopped the sixth digit on his other hand off himself. That's fucking impressive. I suppose everyone busting on a guy about wearing mittens every day of those loooooooooong Chicago winters for every year of his life would toughen him up something fierce.

The 260th step on the last road home.

For Dean Haspiel, on his 801st birthday

I don't know the title means either. Dino got me thinking about the first five comic books I can recall from my childhood. Even if my memory wasn't shot, this would be a hard one to do, since my grandmother loved daily comic strips but hated comic books. Color comics in general, actually, since they tend to be advertisements for something else. [Which is true for the most part.] A more accurate picture of my childhood comics-reading would be of the Smithsonian collections of Comic-Book Comics and Newspaper Comics, my half-sister's ragged PEANUTS paperbacks, Grandma's stack of daily-funnies tearsheets [it went back years] and DON MARTIN DROPS 13 STORIES. But Dino specified comic books, which Grandma did allow in her house if they passed muster. Here are the first five I can recall:



The local grocer didn't have a spinner-rack -- the closest thing to comics it had were CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED and MAD, both of which Grandma detested; the former for being bowdlerized yet boring, and the latter for being a waste of artistic talent -- so I rarely saw pamphlets and don't have the emotional attachment to them that some have. I owned a lot of tabloid-sized Marvel/DC Treasury books, since the local pawn shop had a pile of them at that never seemed to grow smaller and they were cheap enough that whatever relative who was with me could easily afford to buy me one. Also, Grandma bought and enjoyed the Tarzan and Dick Tracy volumes they put out, which warmed her to the Treasury format somewhat.

Grandma was not a Jack Kirby fan -- the King's style was far too crude for a Milton Caniff fan -- but she allowed CAPTAIN AMERICA'S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES, in part because of its reasonably accurate American history, but I think mostly because of the CAP comic below. She had quite a memory for such things.

Hard to believe, but I couldn't find a cover scan of the English edition of SUPERMAN VS. MUHAMMAD ALI; this one's from Sweden, I think. I liked this one because I liked seeing a white authority figure getting his ass beat by The Greatest; Grandma liked it because she loved Ali and recognized Neal Adams' artwork from the soap-opera strips he did.

I'm pretty sure I brought home ARCHIE & ME #113 and CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #199 from the same pawn-shop trip; my sister was babysitting and dragged me along to the shop so she could sell her old stereo for "weekend party [wink] money." I got these pamphlets before the ALI tabloid; I think I made my sister get them for me because they were the first comics I saw with black people on the cover and, again, I thought the brother beat the honky's ass inside. Grandma liked that the Falcon got title credit, and that he was an equal partner of Cap's. But she was absolutely appalled by the ARCHIE; I can vividly recall her sitting in her living-room chair, her reading glasses on, just agog and slowly shaking her head as she stared at the cover. She stopped, looked at my sister, held up the comic and said "This can't be a mistake." I'll remember that moment till the day I die, but I have no clue what the actual contents of either funnybook are at this point.

And the fifth comic is another "Limited Collector's Edition" tabloid, which I got and Grandma kept for the Alex Toth illustrated essay about drawing and animation in the back of the book. For quite a few years, it was the only how-to information about drawing I had. The illo above isn't the actual cover, which I couldn't find, but a poster DC put out a couple years ago to hype a regular-sized SUPER FRIENDS trade. It's hard to tell from the picture, but it looks like they used Toth's drawing of Superman's face for the poster rather than the one that Curt Swan or Murphy Anderson drew to be pasted over Toth's for the original Treasury's cover. That was standard practice at DC for years, for some sad reason.

Hey, this was sorta fun. Sorta.

Yeah, the Europeans respect comix way more than the Merkins do.

The Hungarians have mounted an exhibition of original art from Art Spiegelman's MAUS ... in 46 of Budapest's subway cars. Here are the money quotes:

Culture Minister Andras Bozoki said the comics reminded metro passengers of the world of children but the pictures raiseD serious questions.

"What happens when there are adults who never grow up, for whom the use of force and murder are only games ... This question is the subject of the infernal humour of Spiegelman's Auschwitz comics."


The report made Yahoo's front page, though.

The 259th step on the last road home.

This Week in The Wide Wide World of Senyru

The top five poems for the first week of March 2005:

No eye contact for
public onanist who yells
"I'm a WINNER! A win ..... NER!"

Why is poop bigger
than one of grandma's tea cups?
Quick clean, bathroom sink.

Squeezebox lessons start,
the cat resigns in protest;
girlfriend soon follows.

Potato gnocchi,
Black Zoidberg always amuses,
chunder down under

My last film's poster
read "Laughter is infectious ...
... but I am the cure."

And the honorable runner-up:

Shut up, get cut up,
don't wanna hear about it,
inches on the reel-to-reel


More pop-music haiku reductions are forthcoming, as soon as some of you bums wire me some scratch. I didn't put that Paypal button at the bottom of the righthand column because I find it aesthetically pleasing, you know.

The 258th step on the last road home.

Lincoln must have returned his class ring and his yearbook.

Via a Mark Evanier link, the California State Controller has set up an online bulletin board for reuniting CA residents with their unclaimed property. It seems that specific claim URLs keep changing, which makes linking impossible, but here are my 10 favorite finds, in alphabetical order:

Owner's Name: CHRIST JESUS
Amount: $28.00
Type of Property: Savings accounts/credit union
Reported By: THE GOLDEN 1 CREDIT UNION

Owner's Name: CRUMB DANA C ; CRUMB ROBERT
Amount: $18.17
Type of Property: Bank of America Settlement
Reported By: BANK OF AMERICA NT & SA
Reported Address: 705 CLAYTON STREET , SAN FRANCISCO

Owner's Name: DISNEY WALT
Amount: $13,474.80
Type of Property: Court settlements
Reported By: FIREMAN'S FUND INSURANCE COMPA

Owner's Name: GROENING MATTHEW
Amount: $80.00
Type of Property: Other
Reported By: PACIFIC BELL

Owner's Name: KIRK JAMES T
Amount: $606.48
Type of Property: Dividends
Reported By: DI GIORGIO CORPORATION

Owner's Name: LINCOLN ABRAHAM
Amount: $93.44
Type of Property: Other
Reported By: JOSTENS INC.

Owner's Name: MOSCOSO LILIANA ; MOSCOSO VICTOR
Amount: $35.00
Type of Property: Insurance premiums
Reported By: ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY

Owner's Name: SCHULZ CHARLES M
Amount: $495.43
Type of Property: Court settlements
Reported By: UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIA, N.A.

Owner's Name: WELLES ORSON
Amount: $173.32
Amount: $52.05
Amount: $273.43
Amount: $225.98
Type of Property: Royalties/residuals
Amount: $36.40
Amount: $223.38
Amount: $337.57
Amount: $269.91
Type of Property: Other
Reported By: MCA RECORDS INC

Owner's Name: WHEAT BUCK
Amount: $53.10
Type of Property: Insurance premiums
Reported By: CALFARM INSURANCE COMAPANY

The 254th step on the last road home.