Wait, what did I just type? However, it is quite true – Dr Who met The Pigs in Space. Furthermore it was just last week that this unlikely event took place. All of it thanks to the live stage show The Muppets Take the O2 on July 13th and 14th. Better yet, during the two day event, depending on which show you caught you saw Peter Davison or David Tennant! As you might imagine when Dr Who met the Pigs In Space hilarity ensued.
In addition to both David Tennant as well as Peter Davison appearing in the show. The Muppets Take the O2 featured Bobby Moynihan as host, a role he filled in 2017’s The Muppets Take The Bowl. Which was of course the event at the Hollywood Bowl. You can see Moynihan getting a high five from Kermit in the below clip as well as Paul Williams and Floyd sharing a moment.
Besides Moynihan The Muppets Take the O2 also featured other celebrities. Such as Kevin Bishop who portrayed Jim Hawkins in 1996’s Muppet Treasure Island. It turns out he attempted to help the Swedish Chef create haggis during the show. Also performing was Kylie Minogue, Anthony Head and the British pop group known as Steps, among others.
Friends, I believe I first heard about Wolfman’s Got Nards last year, probably from the Bloody Disgusting site. As a lifelong fan of The Monster Squad it’s fair to say that bit of news certainly got my blood pumping. I thrill to the idea of course of watching other fans discuss what makes the 1987 movie so special for them, not to mention hearing from the original cast and crew who brought it to life. Furthermore I need to point out that Wolfman’s Got Nards was directed by Andre Gower, none other than Sean of the Squad!
When The Monster Squad was originally released in 1987, my Father and myself were there opening weekend. While I would love to tell you that the theater auditorium was in fact packed…the truth is we were maybe two of six people? Growing up as a monster kid, furthermore a fanatic of the Universal Monsters this was totally right up my alley.
Speaking of Universal Monsters, while the film isn’t an official entry into that canon. The Stan Winston Studios certainly were showing their love of those classic films in the designs of the monsters they crafted for The Monster Squad.
Furthermore I will go on record saying that Duncan Regehr’s take on Dracula is only second to Bela Lugosi’s! In addition, Tom Noonan does a fantastic job as the Frankenstein Monster too.
The Monster Squad Took Time To Find It’s Audience.
If you too are a fan of this film you know the sad truth already, it wasn’t the box office hit that the studio was expecting. All of us who visit this site can point to films that we cherish that for one reason or another didn’t find success when originally released. TRON, The Thing as well as The Rocketeer to name a few. Just like The Monster Squad it took time for them to develop into cult classics.
A cult classic though however has a fan base that is loyal and dedicated, taking great delight in introducing others to what they love. Case in point, the esteemed Shawn Robare of Branded in the 80s. Not only do I think he is a friend to this site he also can be considered one of the biggest fans of The Monster Squad. Which is of course why it appears that he is featured in the Wolfman’s Got Nards documentary!
Wolfman’s Got Nards Is Currently Making The Rounds At Festivals.
I obviously cannot imagine how both Fred Dekker and Shane Black must have felt to see the movie fail at the box office. Judging from the trailer below for the documentary, we will be able to hear all about it. At the moment you can only catch it at film festivals – which you can find where it is appearing by visiting the documentary’s official site.
I have no doubts of course that soon we will be able to rent it digitally or pick up a copy for ourselves. As soon as we hear anything we will be sure to let you all know about it. But for now, enjoy a little taste of what Wolfman’s Got Nards will deliver. Having not had the pleasure of seeing it for myself yet – I still feel this truly is going to be something special and even heartwarming.
Friends, writing these types of posts is never fun. We lost Ellison last week and yesterday it was confirmed that Steve Ditko has passed away. An interesting figure in the comic book industry to say the least. Even more so for his self-imposed exile from the public spotlight during his heyday of popularity. We must all remember that Steve Ditko no matter what helped create some iconic comic book characters. Such as Spider-Man, Dr. Strange as well as the Question!
Ditko upon graduating High School, served in the U.S. Army. Where he worked as a comics illustrator, thanks to his love of the newspaper strip titles of his youth. Prince Valiant as well as comic book heroes like Batman. In fact upon his discharge in the Army he learned that artist Jerry Robinson was teaching at School of Visual Arts in New York City. Thanks to the G.I. Bill he was enrolled and learned to further his artistic skills from the artist he very much admired.
That lasted, according to Robinson about two years. In the 2010 The Art of Ditko book by IDW, Jerry said: “He was in my class for two years, four or five days a week, five hours a night. It was very intense.”
That most certainly sounds like Steve Ditko had the urge to entertain with his art. As well as of course wanting to break into the comic book industry. Supposedly one of the guest speakers during Robinson’s class was none other than Stan Lee. Although it is rightfully assumed this is where Lee first was able to check out the young artist’s talent. It wouldn’t be until 1956 when Steve first worked on a Marvel Comic. Although at the time it was still Atlas Comics, he did a four page story for Journey Into Mystery #33.
Ditko would work on many titles of the day such as Tales to Astonish and Strange Tales. I feel it’s worth mentioning that with Ant-Man and The Wasp hitting theaters this weekend. The first appearance of Ant-Man was in the pages of Tales to Astonish #35. To be clear however that character was created by Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber and Stan Lee.
A Hero Is Born!
It was of course at Marvel that Steve co-created Spider-Man with Stan Lee. Although it’s been pointed out that Lee originally approached Jack Kirby with the character. Stan felt that the character should be more teenager than hero so he let Ditko take a crack at it. As published in Robin Snyder’s History of Comics #5 in 1990. The first element the artist felt needed to be tackled was the costume:
“One of the first things I did was to work up a costume. A vital, visual part of the character. I had to know how he looked … before I did any breakdowns. For example: A clinging power so he wouldn’t have hard shoes or boots, a hidden wrist-shooter versus a web gun and holster, etc. … I wasn’t sure Stan would like the idea of covering the character’s face but I did it because it hid an obviously boyish face. It would also add mystery to the character…”
The Lee and Ditko partnership really paid off. At least for a while. For 38 issues the duo laid the groundwork for what makes Spider-Man tick. As well as introducing nearly all of the iconic villains that Peter Parker would oppose over the years. During this time the artist would also co-create Dr. Strange…who I have talked about once or twice on the site.
Having said that though, Ditko left Marvel Comics after four years of success. It’s been said that Lee and Ditko stopped speaking to each other before that. In addition their have been many reasons given to the cause. Almost all of them contradictory. It’s sad that such a thing occurred but it did allow Steve Ditko to return to Charlton Comics. There he would create the Question, work on the Blue Beetle, and co-create Captain Atom.
Ditko Heads To The Home of Batman…
In 1968 he would jump to DC Comics. Co-creating the likes of the Creeper and Hawk and Dove. Returning from Charlton Comics in 1975, he would work at DC once again. Creating Shade, the Changing Man and working on a Man-Bat mini-series. Ditko also revamped his Creeper character and provided work for the Demon series as well as The Legion of Super-Heroes. Furthermore Ditko while not being seen publicly or having any desire to be interviewed for the press in later years, still kept working. Whether that be providing artwork for coloring books for The Transformers or his own zines.
As always when speaking of those who can be considered legends. They stood apart from the rest. Many times, just like with Ellison and Ditko, we may not agree with their viewpoints. But we can appreciate their artistry. While we are sorry for their passing we are left with their art. Something that future generations will be able to enjoy for many, many years to come.
While I gave a few highlights of Steve Ditko’s career. You might want to watch this video by Jog Mack on the artist, that was uploaded back in February.
Friends, I and others on the site have been known to share our love of Universal Monsters once or twice before. So you might understand why I was over the moon when these Super7 Universal Monster collectibles were announced. As well as feeling my crushing despair when I realized the truth. These are in fact exclusives to the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con. Having said that though it’s not like we cannot look upon the Super7 Universal Monsters exclusives and still enjoy them, right?
The exclusives will be part of a pop-up SDCC Boodega Monstore. They will open up the store at the following times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Friday – July 20th: 9:00pm to Midnight
Saturday – July 21st: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday – July 22nd: 11:00am to 5:00pm
The figures are naturally part of the ReAction line. Released by Funko to further their goals of taking over the world. One collectible at a time. First up, let us take a look at The Wolfman figure.
Like all the figures for the Super7 Universal Monsters Boodega Monstore. It is a 3.75″ Reaction figure with an exclusive die cut cardback. Next up is The Creature from the Black Lagoon!
Then we have 1932’s The Mummy. Famously played by the legendary Boris Karloff. Of all the special cardbacks that have been produced, this one is my favorite.
Okay. Let me talk a bit about the Metaluna Mutant.
I certainly hope that this will not offend any of you fellow Universal Monsters fans. When I was younger I had a real problem with the iconic character from 1955’s This Island Earth being included in the monster lineup. I also felt that way when The Hunchback of Notre Dame was included too. Chalk it up to the folly of youth?
Of course if you ask me now I am totally fine with these additions. In fact I feel a line should be developed for other ‘monsters’ of the Universal films. Where is my ReAction Victor Frankenstein set? Or perhaps a playset for the Rita with crew for the Creature to rail against?
There are more Universal Monsters goodies to be had at the Boodega Monstore!
For example you will be able to obtain some choice 7″ X 21″ felt pennants.
Which just happens to feature artwork from the soft enamel pins. The Metaluna Mutant is out in this case with Frankenstein’s Monster stepping in. For more information on the pricing of these collectibles, visit the Super7 site.
Now that you are aware of the Super7 Universal Monsters offerings. Why not listen to The Wolf Man episode of the Saturday Frights Podcast?
Dare I say that the Projectionist and myself might show you a…howling…good time?