RICHARD SALA'S MAD NIGHT IS ONE THRILLING SPOOKY
I've never read anything quit like Richard
Sala's "Mad Night" before. The black and white artwork is a mixture
of Archie comics and creepy woodcuts and the story is like a Nancy Drew
adventure with David Lynch as a guest writer. In the opening pages,
a gorgeous raven haired girl with glasses is quietly exploring her college
library when quickly murdered by some dark creepy dude with a mechanical
hand who proceeds to extract some fluid from her neck with a hypodermic
needle. He returns to his underground laboratory and uses it to
create some sort of mysterious formula.
The twists and intrigue keep on coming
throughout the 232 page graphic novel from Fantagraphics which was
originally serialized between 1998-2005 in Sala's book "The Evil Eye".
Priced at just over $16, it's one of the more thrilling and original comic
book adventures I've enjoyed in quite some time. An evil puppet
lady, an army of sexy pirate girls, a giant killer octopus, and a
precocious heroine named Judy Drood who's a great detective with a mean
right cross all add up to an exciting story that I'm eager to shortly read
again. If you're looking for something unusual and fun for an adult
comic book fan, or someone that just digs a good mystery, you can't do
much better than this.
to look at and buy all of Richard Sala's catalog at Fantagraphics.
Also, visit Richard's site at
RICHARDSALA.com for more mysterious goodness.
PAT "MR. MIYAGI" MORITA
The beloved Pat Morita passed away on
Thanksgiving Day at the age of 73 of natural causes in his Las Vegas
home. His work both as Arnold on the original Happy Days series, and
as Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid films were fantastic. Morita was
nominated for a supporting actor Oscar for his work in the first Karate
Kid film, which still ranks as one of the most funny, inspiring, and
quotable characters in film history. Morita has more than 100 acting
performances to his credit, and even had a stint as a standup comedian in
the 60s where he was known as "The Hip Nip."
Here's a neat old article from 1967 about his act at the time. We'll
be preparing a nice tribute soon on an upcoming
podcast. In the meantime, I'll have a glass of sake in your honor.
I learned a lot about life's confrontations from you as Mr. Miyagi, and
your restaurant was never as good once Al took it over.
GROSSEST LOOKING CEREAL EVER!
was at the grocery store the other day looking for some sugary goodness
and was startled to see this latest offering from the fine folks at
Kellogg's. How could anyone not think that the box looks like a
giant bowl of perfectly rolled up turds?. All that's missing is some
puffed corn to make it the most scat-a-riffic breakfast of all time.
I wonder if perhaps this is some tribute to the company's founder, RJ
Kellogg, who was a near crazy health nut who espoused the benefits of
This sort of thing is the stuff of pop
culture legend. Not since the ill-advised
Robin Prince of Thieves
cereal, which looked like a bowl of sugar frosted cocks has a cereal
looked so foul. Steve over at The Sneeze was
on the same
wavelength and picked up on this right away.
You just wonder if this
cereal was created on a dare. I can only imagine a room full of
bored cereal scientists wondering, "Hey I bet I could get kids to eat
cereal that looks like little pieces of shit!" Or is this a way for
folks to consider carpophagia without all the pesky risks of horrible
Of course, I suppose it's
fitting that the backside of the box would be even more repulsive than the
front. Johnny Ryan, known by many in the industry as the Scatmaster
of the comic book world, scanned a picture of it and sent it to share with
retroCRUSH readers across the universe.
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THE ENTIRE STORY, and MORE CRAZY PIX!
THE SPIDER PIT SCENE
A HISTORY of the LONG LOST SCENE FROM KING
AND PETER JACKSON'S ATTEMPT TO RECREATE IT
The original King Kong is one of America's
greatest movies. Though the versions that have existed through the
years have gone through dramatic edits. In 1938, 5 years after its
original release, there was wholesale chopping of over 4 minutes of
footage deemed too shocking and violent for the audiences. We
detailed much of this in an article on
The Censored Scenes of Kong
a couple years back. Luckily dedicated film preservationists were
able to track down those scenes, but there's long been a sequence that was
cut after an initial screening by the film's director himself, Merian C.
Cooper, that's never been found. Known as the "Spider Pit Scene", a
thrilling segment in which men are eaten alive by various creepy crawly
creatures after Kong shakes them from the log into the ravine, had been
spoken of by folks who read the script, with only scant evidence of its
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ENTIRE EXCITING ARTICLE
THE RETROCRUSH INTERVIEW
is best known for her roles as the comic
Appassionata Von Climax in Li'l Abner, a kind hearted prostitute
named Hildy in The Ballad of Cable Hogue, a retired hooker named
Linda Rogot who is married to Ernest Borgnine in The Poseidon
Adventure, and a tough Captain Taylor in the all female prison movie
Chained Heat. She's also been in over a 100 other movies and
HERE TO FOR THE STELLA STEVENS GALLERY AND INTERVIEW
THE AQUAMAN ARGUMENT
BY BRADLEY MASON HAMLIN
As a kid in the 1970s,
Aquaman became my favorite character in the comics—and his comic book had
already been cancelled! I read the back issues and followed his terrific
series in Adventure Comics, written by David Micheline, which included the
incredibly dramatic death of Arthur, Jr., otherwise known as Aquababy. But
most importantly, Aquaman was a founding member of the Justice League of
America, the best comic book team ever!
Perhaps the highest
achievement of Aquaman, and certainly what made him a household name, was
his involvement within animation. Filmation Studios created a truly
faithful version of Aquaman for the Superman-Aquaman Adventure Hour in
1967. That’s right, not the Superman-Batman Adventure Hour, Aquaman! The
Adventure Hour was my first experience with Aquaman and remains without a
doubt the definitive version of the character for me. Later, Aquaman
teamed up with the exclusive cast of headliners to form the Super
Friends—his place forever cemented in pop culture history.
So, what happened?
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THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, INCLUDING A TON OF COOL PHOTOS, AND A COMPLETE COVER
GALLERY OF THE ORIGINAL SERIES
GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' ISN'T WORTH 50 CENTS
Rappers can sometimes do a great job in
movies, but 50 Cent's attempt to follow their footsteps in Get Rich Or Die
Trying, to put it mildly...totally sucks. A shitty story, shitty acting,
shitty rapping, shitty pacing, and shitty shit shittiness makes this one
pretty shitty film.
50 plays himself, only he's called Marcus so they can embellish the truth.
He's shot within the first 3 minutes of the film and then there's a
flashback scene to his childhood. We're going to spend the next 90 minutes
"learning how it all began", or as Fifty would say, "learfing fow fit fall
fegan". Half of what he says through those piano key teeth of his is too
hard to decipher. A scene where he's talking with his mouth wired shut
(from one of his many gunshot wounds) is no more difficult to understand
than the lines he delivers prior to that.
50 has about 3 different expressions in the film
1) Angry face with mouth shut
2) Angry face with mouth open
3) Goofy smiley face with big teeth sticking out
Every minute he's onscreen, 50 just seems
empty inside. He looks tough, for sure, but his character just comes
off as a hollow shell of a man who's just reading his lines and going
through the motions.
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THE ENTIRE REVIEW
If you’ve never seen Dean singing his heart
out in the 1990 cult classic Rockula with Toni Basil and Thomas
Dolby you’re missing out on a rare treat. He’s also well loved for his
role as Chainsaw in Summer School which he says has been in a loop
on HBO since 1987. We recently talked with Dean about losing his mind on
ALF, hanging with Billy Bob Thornton in a Zombie movie, singing in a rock
band about Mr. T, and his thoughts on masturbation.
FOR THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW
Halloween is always the best time
of year at retroCRUSH! In the past we've given you The 100 Coolest
Monsters, The 100 Scariest Movie Scenes of All Time (before Fangoria and Bravo,
to boot), and even the biggest collection of Weird Halloween Costumes on the
internet! So we're keeping the traditional alive with a special look at
the 100 Greatest Horror Movie Performances. Once again, we've teamed up
with the resident horror geniuses at
Trash Film Orgy to put our spooky heads
together and come up with a list that really honors the greatest performances in
horror movie history.
CLICK HERE TO SELL ALL 100!
SELLING FOR CAPTAIN O
To poor comic book readers who couldn't
keep up with the stiff inflation rates to continue purchasing Jughead each
month, there were many money making opportunities to be had within the
pages of the comics themselves! I sold seeds door to door for The
American Seed company, and enterprising young kids could also sell
America's favorite newspaper, Grit! Keith Lowell Jensen explores the
pleasures and perils of selling overpriced greeting cards door to door,
all in the quest to win "fabulous prizes".
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READ IT, AND EARN FAMOUS NAME PRIZES OR CASH
CLASSIC ARCADE GAME SONGS!
I love classic arcade game music almost
more than I love Devil Dogs (sorry, Marcia). And it's the classic
games o' the 80s that always have the best music. Here's a trip down
memory lane with the best of them all.
#10 SPY HUNTER
Featuring a modified synthesizer version of the famous Peter Gunn theme,
it really gets you in the mood for hunting spies. Pretty much all
you did in this game was drive down the street and shoot every car you
saw, so they might as well have named it "Super Highway Kill Spree" and it
would have probably been more appropriate.
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FOR THE WHOLE LIST
HELP ME, I AM STUPID!
I screwed up while backing up my email and
to make a long story short, lost every single email from the last 4 years!
If you've sent something my way in the last couple months, please be a
dear and resend it to me! I'm especially in need of any photos,
article suggestions, and other whatnots. You can re-send them to
Thanks! Even just a quick email to re-touch base and say "HI" would
be nice so I can get you back in my address book! Especially if you're
that guy who sent me pictures of the refurbished Bates Motel!