Avengers - British Pathe

Did 1961’s The Avengers Influence Real Life?

Ah, the gloriousness that was The Avengers. The program’s stories successfully mixed elements of Cold War with sci-fi. Furthermore like 1967’s The Prisoner it found a cult following when it reached the states. How could it not though? Especially when in 1965 it added the beautiful Diana Rigg as Emma Peel to the mix? A perfect foil in fact to the more proper gentleman represented by Patrick Macnee’s John Steed!

[Via] Route Master 19

While I was born a little too late to catch The Avengers in it’s original airing. I was lucky enough in High School to see the episodes that were played in reruns on A&E. I really fell for the show in a hard way. Even mimicking the clothing style of John Steed…to a degree. I certainly couldn’t afford to go to school in a Savile Row suit – but a trenchcoat and fedora would do in a pich. As well as a sturdy umbrella at my side and it was all too easy to play the part of the gentleman.
Avengers - Mr. Vic Sage

Of course back then I didn’t actually realize I was actually just a young Anglophile. But thanks to a video posted on Facebook the other day by RetroArt. It seems like some elements of The Avengers crept into real life.

Or is it actually real life elements being brought into that series? As this film for the amazing anti-thief security case was released on December 18,1961. So says at the very least, the British Pathe website.

It bears mentioning that John Steed didn’t start wearing his trademark attire until the 1962 season of The Avengers. Previously he actually wore a trenchcoat and acted as an assistant to Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry). Beginning in 1962 with a rotating trio of partners – Steed began to dress the part of the gentleman.
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Now make sure to hop on over to British Pathe site for the full “Beat the Bandit” video. In addition to learning things like the briefcase was named the “arrestor”. You will also see how well a steel lined bowler stands up to be driven over by a car.

Now that you’ve witnessed the inventions of 1961 possibly affecting The Avengers series. Why not take a moment and enjoy Macnee and his co-star, Honor Blackman’s “Kinky Boots” from 1964?

[Via] Lord Skytower

Titan Books Presents: Joss Whedon – The Complete Companion

A big thanks to our friends over at Titan Books and PopMatters for allowing me the chance to review their new tome on one of my favorite creators of TV, Movies, Comic Books, and Musicals. Joss Whedon. Here is the Synopsis from the Titan Books site:

THE ESSENTIAL UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE WHEDONVERSE

Joss Whedon’s importance in contemporary pop culture can hardly be overstated, but there has never been a book providing a comprehensive survey of his career as a whole – until now. The Complete Companion covers every aspect of the Whedonverse through insightful essays and interviews, including fascinating conversations with key collaborators Jane Espenson and Tim Minear.

Over 40 contributors have been brought together by PopMatters, the acclaimed international magazine of cultural criticism, to provide an irresistible mix of analysis, interpretation and sheer celebration. Whether you’re a student looking for critical approaches to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or a Browncoat who follows Nathan Fillion on Twitter (or, let’s face it, both) there is plenty here to enjoy.

Covers all the TV series, movies, and comic books, including:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Fray, Astonishing X-Men, The Avengers… and more!” End Italics

I became a fan of Whedon a little late in the game, becoming addicted to Buffy the Vampire Slayer around the third season thanks to reruns on the FX network in the early afternoons before work quite a few years back now. While my work schedule has always kept me from watching the series that Joss has been connected with during their initial debuts I found myself wholly drinking of the Kool-Aid of Whedon when it came to Science Fiction western, Firefly.

I should also clear up from my comment up top that I didn’t realize I was a Whedon fan until Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s third season. Thanks to the Joss Whedon Complete Companion I learned that he was a script doctor for some of my favorite animated films like say…Toy Story, Titan A.E., and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He also rewrote the script for Speed but was uncredited as well as the 1996 popcorn flick, Twister.

Joss Whedon has gone on to do comic work, writing Astonishing X-Men and Runaways for Marvel Comics. Fray for Dark Horse comics which is a futuristic spin-off from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series which Whedon has written in comic form as well. Joss has written Angel, itself a TV spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in comic form for IDW Publishing.

The Complete Companion is a 477 page tome that like the Synopsis says, the 40 contributors are varied, some are complete serious scholarly writings, nay some are basically a thesis on a particular show or aspect of the Whedonverse. Others are from the viewpoints of fans that finds themselves compelled to explain the reason why Joss Whedon’s work inspires them in life.

With the absolutely fantastic Cabin in the Woods still in theaters, which Whedon co-wrote and produced with Drew Goddard, and the Avengers just hitting the silver screens yesterday, it is the perfect time for any fan of the many projects that Joss has been involved with to pick up this book. It’s a smart and educating read.

You can pick up a copy at Titan Books and Amazon.

The Origin Of Captain America (1966)

With the release of the Avengers film yesterday, and since some of us are working the entire weekend and won’t be able to see it until Monday…it seemed liked an opportune time to watch some of the classic 1966 cartoons from the Marvel Super Heroes lineup. So grab a bowl of your favorite cereal and join me as we watch the origin of Captain America!

[via] Megakisstallica12’s YouTube channel

What I love most about these particular animated shorts is getting to the wonderful artwork of Jack Kirby’s in motion…sort of.