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Comic Book Spotlight: DEATH

Posted in Comic Books, Goth, horror, Horror Babes on May 6, 2015 by chrisdsav

Neil Gaiman in 1989 created Sandman aka Morpheus aka Dreamer.  This would become one of his most famous creations. 8 issues into the series he showed us a charavter who has been around since time it self DEATH.


But unlike the version depicted in all of cinema and tv up to that point this was a perky little goth girl. She would be the living embodiments of Death, but in a fun way. The original apearence of Death before the Crisis On Infite Earths is Werird War Tales #8. The artist on the Vertigo book was Steve Dringenberg. Marvel has their own version who is coveted by Thanos, the Avenger villian.
She tries to help her brother Dream lighten up after the crap he went thru with Dr.Destiny in the previous issues.

Death design is based on a singer.
Neil Gaiman is quoted below about Death

“Death is the only major character whose visuals didn’t spring from me; that credit goes to Mike Dringenberg. In my original Sandman outline, I suggested Death look like rock star Nico in 1968, with the perfect cheekbones and perfect face she has on the cover of her Chelsea Girl album.

But Mike Dringenberg had his own ideas, so he sent me a drawing based on a woman he knew named Cinamon Hadley the drawing that was later printed in Sandman 11 — and I looked at it and had the immediate reaction of, “Wow. That’s really cool.” Later that day, Dave McKean and I went to dinner in Chelsea at the My Old Dutch Pancake House and the waitress who served us was a kind of vision. She was American, had long black hair, was dressed entirely in black — black jeans, T-shirt, etc. — and wore a big silver ankh on a silver necklace. And she looked exactly like Mike Dringenberg’s drawing of Death”


She would return a few issues later to help a transgender Metamorpho with identity confusion.
Then in 1993 She got her own series. This is how I learned of the character and was hooked ever since. Death the High Cost of Living and in 1996 Death the Time of Your Life. Both were written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by Chris Bachalo.
In both stories she is taking a day off to help those in need. High cost is considered the better of the two.

Death demonstrates safe sex by placing acondom on a banana held by John Constantine. Lightening the impact of the underlying message, she informs the reader that when one is through with the demonstration, “you can eat the banana.” This was used in high school health classes and is also reprinted as an addendum to the Death: The High Cost of Living trade paperback.
There is a third Death series, but she never appears and acts more as a force of nature. So similar to what she is in real life.

Recently DC published all Death stories and art in one volume except the manga.

She had a DC manga series as well called At Deaths Door by Jill Thompson.

She made two appearance in the Marvel Universe, at the wedding of Rick Jones and Marlo Chandler in The Incredible Hulk #418 (handing Marlo a hair brush, a visual pun referring to Marlo’s recent ‘brush with death’).
Then in the JLA Avengers crossover she appears with the Marvel Universe Death, and Dead man a DC character.


Death appeared in Action Comics #894, which was written by Paul Cornell. Cornell confirmed that Neil Gaiman has given his approval for the use of Death in the storyline.  In the story, while searching for a black power ring. Luthor had encountered the rings in the Blackest Night story arc. Death never appeared and I never learned why.
Lex Luthor has a conversation with her in that issue. The cover is by David Finch and one of my favorite drawings of her.
She appears again in Action Comics #900 and in The Flash(vol. 3) #6, part of the Brightest Day crossover.

In the DC television series Arrow, a younger Felicity Smoak is shown with black hair and an ankh necklace as a subtle nod to Death

Death has yet to show up in the new 52, we can only assume it’s a matter of time before she shows up in new The Sandman series or one of the other supernatural DC books.

ALIENS / VAMPIRELLA’ Unite from Dynamite and Dark Horse

Posted in aliens, Art, Comic Books, vampires on April 27, 2015 by chrisdsav


Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming 2015 crossover, Aliens / Vampirella, pitting the iconic horror heroine against the Xenomorphs popularized in eight feature films and numerous Dark Horse Comics series. Written by Corinna Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy, Savage Hulk), the sci-fi horror crossover marks the first time that the two comic book universes collide.

Writer Corinna Bechko says, “I’ve loved Alien since I first saw it as a kid on a crummy old TV in a well-lit room and got scared half to death anyway. Now that I have the chance to add a little corner to that universe I couldn’t be happier. And pitting such an implacable horror against Vampirella? That’s a meeting that definitely produces very fertile story-telling ground. The Alien franchise has always thrived with strong women in the lead. Smart, self-assured Vampirella is a joy to write for, even when she may have met her match.”

Aliens / Vampirella continues our string of successful crossovers with Dark Horse Comics. This is an incredible series — featuring the iconic Vampirella against one of Fox’s icons, Aliens — and we’re proud to have Corrina Bechko as the architect,” says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.

“When I first heard about the Vampirella / Aliens crossover, I thought to myself, ‘How is this going to work?’ But then I read Corinna Bechko’s outline for the series, and all my doubts were dispelled,” says Dark Horse V.P. of Publishing Randy Stradley.

Vampirella is a raven-haired heroine who remains, even after 45 years of publication, one of the comic industry’s leading ladies, due in no small part to Dynamite Entertainment’s stewardship of the character. Since Vampirella’s very healthy resurgence in 2010, Dynamite has published two volumes of a monthly series, several miniseries and one-shot specials, and crossovers with multimedia brands and comic book peers. The Vampirella franchise is a haven for writers and artists with a penchant for the macabre.

For over twenty-five years, Dark Horse Comics has been the comic book home to the Aliens franchise, expanding upon the universe of terror first introduced in the 1979 Ridley Scott-helmed sci-fi/horror masterpiece. Featuring the nightmarish extraterrestrials as imagined by H. R. Giger, the Dark Horse comics have enjoyed unprecedented success in both the hobby and mass markets. Throughout the years, the Xenomorphs have interacted with many staples of the comic book industry, including Batman, Predator, Terminator, Judge Dredd, Superman, and Green Lantern.

Aliens / Vampirella will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Aliens / Vampirella with their local comic book retailers. Aliens / Vampirella will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Comics and Contests and Cowards

Posted in Comic Books, film, tv, Zombies on April 26, 2015 by chrisdsav

Tonight on the show we have The Rep from Diamond Comics, to talk with us about Free Comic Book Day next weekend on the first Saturday of the month is Free Comic Book Day, This event usually ties into a Marvel film and goes all the way back to 2005. Then What better way to celebrate Free Comic Book Day than with an actor who plays a comic book character, we have Josh McDermit who plays the Coward Eugene on The Walking Dead. Then we have the producers of the 48 hour Film Project on the show with us to talk about the contest next weekend. The 48 Hour Film Project is a contest that happens nation wide all over the year, this year I am involved in it.


We will play a variety of music thru out the night as well.

Comic book Spotlight: Morbius The Living Vampire

Posted in Comic Books, vampires on April 22, 2015 by chrisdsav

A living Vampire WEIRD right but still true in the 1950s when the comic code was introduced one of the things the code said was

Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, torture, vampires and vampirism, ghouls, cannibalism, and werewolfism are prohibited.

This seems like a bull shit thing considering the amount of HORROR comics that exsist today but it was a sad time for the industry and a lot of companies died because of this. Now I was introduced to Morbius in Marvel Tales #251-253 ( a reprint of his debut in Amazing 101 as part of the 6 arm Spider-man story) and Spider-Man #13 and it was Todd McFarlane who drew that issues that made me really think about how badass this Living Vampire was.

Morbius debut

Morbius debut

Morbius debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #101 (cover-dated Oct. 1971) following the February 1971 updating of the comic-book industry’s self-censorship board, the Comics Code Authority, that lifted a ban on vampires and certain other supernatural characters. It was the first issue of Marvel Comics’ flagship Spider-Man series written by someone other than character co-creator and editor-in-chief Stan Lee. Lee, busy writing a screenplay for an unproduced science fiction movie,bequeathed the series to his right-hand editor, Roy Thomas. “We were talking about doing Dracula, but Stan wanted a costumed villain. Other than that, he didn’t specify what we should do,” Thomas said in 2009, adding that part of the character conception came from an unspecified science-fiction film of Thomas’ youth, depicting a man turned into a vampire by radiation rather than magic. Thomas said the name “Morbius” was not deliberately taken from the antagonist Doctor Morbius in the movie Forbidden Planet.

Thomas and penciler co-creator Gil Kane created the character as a man who is given vampiric abilities and traits via scientific rather than supernatural means. Kane based the character’s look on that of actor Jack Palance.

Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius discovered he was dying, a rare disorder dissolving his blood cells. Not wanting to distress his fiancée Martine, Morbius began secretly working on a cure. With the aid of his partner Emil Nikos, Morbius attempted using distilled fluids from bats to stay his disease. While experimenting with such serums on board his yacht, Morbius had Nikos run an electrical shock through his system. The combination profoundly changed Michael’s body, transforming him into something resembling a vampire. Now driven by a blinding hunger for blood, Morbius slew Nikos, but stopped short of draining his friend’s body. Fearful that he would strike at Martine next, Michael tried ending his life by jumping into the sea, but self-preservation led him to escape the water’s embrace. He ran into a six arm Spider-Man who was waiting for Curt Connors (aka The Lizard) to come help him find a cure. They got it when they figured out Morbius blood had the enzyme needed to get rid of Spideys four extra arms. (Peter was trying to cure himself of his spider powers as they brought him nothing but pain following the death of George Stacy and Harry Osburnes drug addiction)

He ran around in Vampire Tales 1-11 for awhile stopping a death cult and being a Punisher style vigilante. It was a Dark and gothic comic book that was really trying to make use of the recent lift on the banning of dead characters in comics. These Comics can be found in Vampire Tales vol 1-3. Adventure into Fear #21-31 also featured him in main story arcs along with other Horror characters in the Marvel Universe

Morbius fought Spider-man in Marvel Team up #4 and then in Spectacular Spider-man #8 Spider-man being a constant thorn in his side till he was struck by lighting and cured of his Vampirism in issue 38. HOW?? Not sure it’s Science Marvel style. He was struck by a bolt of lightning while draining Spider-Man’s blood, catalyzing its radioactive elements and reversing much of his vampiric condition. He no longer required the blood of others to survive, but he retained a physiological need to drink it. Fleeing to Los Angeles, Morbius found work in a neuroradiology lab at the University of California. While working on a serum to cure himself of his continued craving for blood, Morbius met Jennifer Walters, the She-Hulk. Morbius gave Walters his serum, curing her of a degenerative disease and allowing her to control her transformations into She-Hulk. Walters later served as Morbius’ defense attorney during his trial for the murders he’d committed as a pseudo-vampire. The jury, convinced that Morbius had been unable to control his urges, convicted him only of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced him to five years in prison, to be served after completing his cure.

The cure for Vampirism??

The cure for Vampirism??

He remained human for many years and it seems Marvel killed off all their supernatural characters as around this time, the Montesi Formula was read in Doctor Strange #62 by the Doctor himself.

He eventually regressed back to his Vampire state and seeked the help of Doctor Strange in issue #11 of his title, but he was unable to cure him. Morbius hung out with some homeless people untill he found out they were stealing above ground homeless and feeding them to him as Spider-Man found out in Spider-Man #13&14.
Morbius was then contacted by Doctor Strange as well as other Supernatural Beings to form the Midnight Sons so they could help him fight the increasing battle against the force of Evil in the Midnight Sons story line, which crossed over with Ghost Rider, Darkholm, and Spirits of Vengeance.

New Comic by Ron Garney

New Comic by Ron Garney

Morbius would have his own title for 33 issues after that, out lasting most of the MS who had their titles cancelled. Morbius and Spider-Man had a truce of sorts, and even helped him during the Maximum Carnage storyline, which ran thru all the Summer Spider-Man titles in 1994.
Maximum Carnage crossover

Maximum Carnage crossover

His fiance who died defending him came back as a Sudo Vampire and had to be put down by Michael. He helped defeat the villain Crown who was a secret Hydra weapon but was later captured and when Crown became the Vampire Hunger Morbius was used as his tool.
Blade, Kingpin, and Spider-Man face Crown

Blade, Kingpin, and Spider-Man face Crown

It was later revealed that Morbius had signed the Superhuman Registration Act and was cooperating with S.H.I.E.L.D. in an effort to capture Blade. He had also presumably survived his genetic manipulation, as Blade was able to distinguish him as the same Morbius who ‘Took a Bite out of him in their previous encounter.

Morbius was next seen as a member of A.R.M.O.R. held captive by the Morbius from the Marvel Zombies universe. In Marvel Zombies 4 #1-5 He survived the invasion, killing his zombified counterpart in the process.Shortly after, he formed a new Midnight Sons with Jennifer Kale, Daimon Hellstrom, Jack Russell, and Man-Thing to contain a zombie outbreak on an isolated island, briefly running afoul of the Hood in the process. He would live underground in monster city off and On as depicted in the Legion of Monsters Mini Series #1-4.

Morbius later helped the Man-Thing reassemble a decapitated Punisher into a Frankenstein-like monster called FrankenCastle. Frankencastle #11-22

During The Gauntlet storyline, Morbius was behind the theft of a vial of Spider-Man’s blood. Spider-Man, learning that Morbius is planning to use the blood samples to create a cure for Jack Russell. agreed to help Morbius by giving him more blood.
During the Origin of the Species storyline, Morbius was among the supervillains recruited by Doctor Octopus to secure some item for him.

During the events of Spider-Island it was revealed to the reader that Morbius was the mysterious Number Six working at Horizon Labs. He assisted, in a hazmat suit to protect his identity, in preparing the cure to the spider-powers virus.

Prelude to Morbius #1

Prelude to Morbius #1

He went nuts in Amazing Spider-Man #688 and attacked one of Spider-Man’s fellow scientist and tried to help the Lizard cure him self only doing it for his own self interest, Spider-Man got tired of his pity parade and had his incarcerated. In Amazing Spider-Man #699, when Peter Parker trapped in Doc Ocks body broke out Morbius went along in secret despite Morbius being told off by Peter.

Morbius lived in Browsnstone NY with some homeless people and helped save their neighborhood by being their really fucked up guardian against The Rose. In Morbius vol 2 1-9 the book was cancelled due to poor sales and possibly a over saturation of Vampire Books on the market most people passed it up.

Morbius appeared in the Spider-Man animated series on Fox in the 90s, as well as the Maximum Carnage video Game.

New Ongoing series

New Ongoing series

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Review: Archie vs. Predator #1

Posted in Comic Books, SciFi on April 16, 2015 by chrisdsav


Awesome review of a great new comic

Originally posted on Graphic Policy:

archie vs predator 1Archie and his crew have met many folks. The Punisher, the cast of Glee are just two examples, and in those two, no one died in the end. Archie vs. Predator #1 throws all of that out, taking the bloodier tone of Archie’s recent hit Afterlife with Archie, but showing it all in the cartoonish style we’re accustomed to. Teaming up with Dark Horse, Archie Comics has the Riverdale crew take on their toughest enemy yet, the Predator! Written by Alex de Campi, with art by Fernando Ruiz, the first issue is a bit strange, as it has much of the tension and build up we’re familiar with in Predator, but all with the classic Archie style.

The first issue sees Archie and his friends head out for vacation to a paradise island. The usual hijinks ensue, and it’s all entertaining. But really, the comic is all…

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Actors, Directors and Cons

Posted in Comic Books, Convention, directors, Horror Movies, Interviews on April 12, 2015 by chrisdsav

Tonight on the show the director of the movie Echos. A movies whos plot you have seen in Whats Lies beneath and Despiria and many other films of a ghost who talks to the woman to tell them the man killed her ………Then we have one of the actors from Roadside on the show with us. Ace Marrero,

I fly solo again tonight but will be playing the music from White Zombie in honor of their 20th anniversary for their album Astro Creep 2000


We also have John on the show with us one of the show runners fro Super Mega Fest in Marlboro. They have people from nightmare before Xmas and Walking Dead coming and more.

IDW News

Posted in Comic Books, IDW, Monsters on March 30, 2015 by chrisdsav


Godzilla in Hell
Godzilla is plummeted to the deepest, darkest bowels of the infernal kingdom in the five-issue miniseries, Godzilla in Hell. This July the mystery of what led to Godzilla’s damnation, and what it will face, will take readers on a dark and twisted journey unlike any Godzilla story! A rotating creative team will each take Godzilla through a new layers of Hell, beginning with writer/artist James Stokoe with successive issues by Bob Eggleton; Dave Wachter; Ulises Farinas; Erick Freitas; and Brandon Seifert, with artists to be announced at a later time.

EC Comics Cover Month
July is officially IDW’s “EC Comics cover month!” A dozen IDW titles are getting a variant cover that pays tribute to the classic EC Comics cover designs from the 1950s. Your checklist is here!
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #3 – Robert Hack
Edward Scissorhands #10 – Drew Rausch
The Fly: Outbreak #5 – Alberto Ponticelli
Ghostbusters: Get Real #2 – Doc Shaner
Godzilla in Hell #1 – Jeff Zornow
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #216 – Andy Suriano
Onyx #1 – Alan Robinson
The Shrinking Man #1 – Mark Torres
Star Trek #47 – Derek Charm
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #48 – Ryan Browne
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 50th Anniversary Special – Andrew Pepoy
Zombies vs Robots #7 – Mark Torres

Kevin Eastman Exclusive
IDW Publishing has entered an exclusive deal with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, which will see new projects and further involvement exclusively with IDW.
Eastman will join the staff of IDW in their newly announced move to San Diego’s historic Liberty Station NTC offices with an office on-site, and his original works will be mark the inaugural exhibition of the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.


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