Geeky Friday: IDW Rebooting The Crow and Deadworld Comics, MIB III, Star Wars Turns 35, Harlan Ellison: Gangbanger

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IDW Publishing is rebooting a couple of fan fav comics this summer. Devotees of The Crow take note that the comic and the film incarnation are being reborn. John Shirley, the Bram Stoker Award-winning author who cowrote the Brandon Lee film version, has teamed with Eisner Award-nominated artist Kevin Colden (Fishtown) for a new Crow comic coming in July, which follows the plotline of an upcoming film, which isTheCrow150 Geeky Friday: IDW Rebooting The Crow and Deadworld Comics, MIB III, Star Wars Turns 35, Harlan Ellison: Gangbanger set in Japan.

Also being revamped is Gary Reed’s zombiefest, Deadworld in a new five-comic series titled Deadworld: War of the Dead written by Reed with Sami Makkonen providing the art. It seems like everything with Deadworld over the years is culminating towards this storyline, yet at the same time, it is an opportunity to introduce new readers to the Deadworld saga. That’s why I’m so excited about this series, as it accomplishes both said Reed. War of the Dead debuts in August.

MIB III
Men in Black III opened today to respectable reviews. The first two films in the series were a blast, so fingers crossed that this one is worthy. Josh Brolin as young K is inspired casting. This film probably will finally dethrone The Avengers as the weekend box-office winner.

A Long Time Ago…(Ok, so 35 Years)
A big, big, big Geeky Friday happy anniversary to Star Wars (before it was Episode IV:A New Hope and Greedo shot first) and Return of the Jedi, which hit theaters on this date in 1977 and 1983, respectively. Who would have believed that 35 years later the Force still would be with us? I tell ya, kids, if you’re not old enough to have seen it on the big screen back in ’77 and instead grew up mainlining it on VHS/DVD then you just can’t fathom what it was like seeing this film for the first time when it was brand new. It really was like something from another galaxy; there had never been anything like it before (and, frankly, since). It was magic, pure and simple.

Right from the start with the incredible John Williams score blaring, the opening crawl, and then the big ship going across the screen…and going…and going…. You knew that this was something completely different. This right here put the hooks in me when I was 17 and never let go.

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There’s a whole new generation of fans, and Star Wars shows no signs of slowing down. Here’s a teaser trailer for the fifth season of the Cartoon Network’s kickass Clone Wars series. If you’re a Star Wars fan and you’re not watching Clone Wars you’re missing plenty, especially if you thought the prequel films were bantha droppings, because this is the Anakin Skywalker backstory we’ve waited 30 years for. The Clone Wars Anakin is the man you can believe becomes Vader, not that whiny kid in the movies.

The best book on the subject is Jonathan Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film. His Making of‚ĶThe Empire Strikes Back is equally good, and he’s working on a Making of‚ĶJedi volume as you read this (we’ve talked). Rinzler’s Making ofs rock; there’s great info and tons of killer pix. Thery’re must-haves for every Star Wars geek’s personal library.makingstarwars150 Geeky Friday: IDW Rebooting The Crow and Deadworld Comics, MIB III, Star Wars Turns 35, Harlan Ellison: Gangbanger

George Lucas catches a ton of crap, and maybe he has sold out and whored the thing away and raped people’s childhoods, blah, blah, blah, but once upon a time he gave us this remarkable thing that has brought joy to countless millions. Remember, kids, it’s George’s world, we just live in it (but Han still shot first!).

[Star Wars trivia: Lucas was so stressed out (only in his early 30s, he suffered heart failure near the end of the production) that he decided to ride out the film’s opening weekend in Hawaii with his buddy Steven Spielberg and find out on Monday whether SW sizzled or fizzled and if he still had a career. Of course, they talked movies and what they’d like to make. Spielberg confessed a life-long ambition to direct a James Bond film.

Lucas said he had something better. Straight out of the cliff-hanger serials they’d loved as kids, Lucas unfolded his idea about a nail-tough archeologist trying to prevent the Nazis from securing a religious artifact that would render them invincible. Named after his dog (who also inspired Chewbacca), the lead character was Indiana Smith. Spielberg thought the name too similar to the Steve McQueen flik Nevada Smith. Smith became Jones.]

The Original Street Lit?
Lastly, birthday wishes to the one and only Harlan Ellison, who turns 78 on May 27. Harlan, alas, has been pigeonholed as a sf writer, and he’s among the finest of that lot, but he’s a great writer, period, and one of the greatest short story scribes. He’s a sf god, but did Harlan invent what we now call street lit?Harlangangs1501 Geeky Friday: IDW Rebooting The Crow and Deadworld Comics, MIB III, Star Wars Turns 35, Harlan Ellison: Gangbanger

In the late 1950s, Harlan wrote a number of street gang stories under the pseudonym Paul Merchant (a guy’s gotta eat). A collection of theses long-forgotten shorts is being released May 27 by NYC-based indie-publisher Kicks Books as Pulling a Train (ISBN 9780965977753, pap. $14.95). The book sports 11 violent stories of naked passions and probably is seedy as hell, but it’s Harlan, so you gotta read it. The cover is a pip: a leather-jacketed punk cowering on the sidewalk and looking like he had the snot beat out of him by some chick in high heels and a short skirt rocking a switchblade in her left hand. So bad it’s good. I’ll try to get a copy for a proper write-up in my Classic Returns column.

Harlan wrote other gang stories that were published ages ago as The Juvies, which was reprinted under a new title, which if I can remember it I’ll die happy, by Severn House a bunch of years back. And I believe that one of them was made into an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode starring James Caan and Walter Koenig.

So, does this mean that Harlan pioneered street lit? It’s an interesting question.

Happy 73rd birthday to Ian McKellan. After 40 years of serious acting, he became an overnight sensation as Magneto and Gandalf. Never underestimate the power of the geek side!

Gotta go, daddyo. Have a wonderful long Memorial Day weekend. Even us LJ peons are off Monday. Get your geek on‚ see MIB III on the big screen, pop your Star Wars Blu-ray in at home, take in a ball game, or just catch some rays, but have fun.

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  1. >”Harlan wrote other gang stories that were published ages ago as The Juvies, which was reprinted under a new title, which if I can remember it I’ll die happy, by Severn House a bunch of years back.”

    You’re thinking of the excellent “The Deadly Streets”. He also wrote a novel about street gangs called “Web of the City” (original title, “Rumble”), and there’s also the collection “Children of the Streets” (a.k.a. “The Juvies) and the relevant part of his memoir “Memos from Purgatory”.

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