Male, 65, lifelong aficianodo of comic strips, comic books, animated cartoons, etc.
Thatababy did a tribute to Ms. Nichols TWO DAYS after she passed away. I commented then that Coker had died. It’s nice to see him getting attention, too.
Phew. I was worried Rita would be Lwaxana Troi parading abound in the nude.
Popeye’s strip was called “Thimble Theatre,” and he didn’t appear until the strip was about NINE years old. Before Popeye showed up, the strip’s stars were Castor Oyl (Olive’s older but considerably shorter brother), Ham Gravy (Olive’s original love interest), and Olive. And toward the end of the life of the strip’s creator, Elzie Segar in 1938 (at age 43), Wimpy was almost taking over as the main character. (He had the whole anti-hero thing going for him. Had they made a live-action Popeye movie in the 30s, the perfect person to have played Wimpy would probably have been W.C. Fields. Just substitute alcohol with hamburgers — )Much of my information on Popeye came from Bill Blackberard’s chapter about the character in the book “All in Color for a Dime.”
And, as of today, we are now just 23 days from the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
On the other hand, as of writing this, I have watched the first three episodes of Netflix’s “Sandman” series. Neil Gaiman is an Executive Producer on the series. So far, it’s been very faithful to the source material. There are no super-heroes in this as there were in the early issues of the comic book series. And it’s Johanna, not John, Constantine who helps Morpheus get some of his tools back. That was probably because the rights to John still belong to other DC properties. And, besides, Johanna is played by Jenna Coleman, which is fine by me. We’ve already seen Cain and Abel (with Cain killing his brother twice in their first episode), The Corinthian (no good close-ups of his eyes so far), Lucienne (now a black woman). I may ery well finish up the series today. It’s THAT good!
Very nice, though I’m wondering how many people will know the source.
I also learned that Paul Coker, Jr, known for many MAD illustrations, greeting cards, and Rankin-Bass specials, passed away on July 23.
Back in 2013, I ws in an apartment in Wichita. I would let my two cats of the time go outside, going with them to keep an eye on them and make sure they didn’t wander off too far. One day, the older of the two (about 10 years old) headed back to the apartment door waiting to go back in, which I let him do. The other soon followed. I knew it was hot out and later learned the temperature was in three digits. I was glad they were able to communicate with me so well.
I recently had to look up some recipes that were cheap and easy to make online. That’s how I found and made the recipe for vinegar pie. It was surprisingly good.
I used to work for the Post Office and I’m pretty sure I once brought up a screen for launching the first strikes against UPS and FedEx.