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Wednesday 28 June 2023
Mom spent most of the past month touring the Western and Midwestern United States, visiting sites like Rocky Mountain National Park, Devil's Tower, Yellowstone, Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, and my personal favorite, Metropolis, Illinois.
Yes, she is wearing gold shoes. She always dresses up when meeting famous people.
Saturday 24 June 2023
Something tells me that three dollars' worth of hang-ups aren't as super as they used to be.
Sunday 18 June 2023
Last week, TCM ran a documentary on early 20th-century filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. I've seen at least parts of a few of Micheaux's films, including his response to Birth of a Nation earlier this year. I didn't include the documentary in my most recent movie reviews because I typically like to work my way through what I watch chronologically. However, we are running out of June, and I really should cover this one before the calendar turns to July.
59/2225. Oscar Micheaux: The Superhero of Black Filmmaking (2021)
As you can see from the title, documentarian Francesco Zippel really plays up the superhuman efforts that Micheaux had to perform to get his films about Black American life and starring Black Americans shown to (mostly Black) audiences. The film focuses on Micheaux's works and achievements but is light on actual biographical details of the man himself, admitting that many aspects of the man's personal life are unclear.
But what motivates me to post this during Superman Month is that Micheaux was born to a freed former slave in Metropolis, Illinois! That was 1884, about 90 years before the city embraced its tenuous connection to the Superman mythos.
The documentary concludes with a lamentation that Metropolitans would choose to erect a giant statue to a fictional hero instead of a true native son. But to be entirely fair, Micheaux was public about the social struggles of his early life in Metropolis, and he left town for good at the age of 17. On the other hand, everyone knows that once Superman moved to Metropolis, he stayed there.
A statue might be a bit much, but at the very least, you'd think they'd give him a plaque. Or a star on the sidewalk. If it's good enough for D.W. Griffith....
Monday 12 June 2023
My air conditioner has died, and the house is hot. It could be worse, I suppose. It could be August.
Of course, if I was Superman, this wouldn't be a problem. For one thing, I'd be invulnerable to heat, but I'd also have Super-Breath, which I could use to cool the house.
You may recall that Superman used his freeze breath to turn a lake to ice so that he could put out a fire at a chemical plant in Superman III. He first used that power decades earlier in Superman #129, May 1959:
You'll note that Superman debuts this power twenty years into his career only because his own previous Space Souvenirs are threatened. What, Jimmy Olsen never deserved a popsicle?
Tuesday 6 June 2023
Back in February, an image was posted to Facebook along with the news that high winds had blown the head off the Superman statue in downtown Metropolis, Illinois.
In fact, the Photoshopped image and accompanying story had originally been the April Fools' Day prank for SupermanHomepage.com... in 2017.
But that didn't stop a lot of people thinking it was true. The Metropolis Super Museum had to publicly refute the claim being repeated by "news" sites far and wide. What hope do we have against Deep Fake AIs when people can't even spot amateur use of Photoshop's clone tool?
In any event, we can all rest safe knowing that the statue will still be standing complete when the annual Superman Celebration kicks off this weekend. Better than ever, actually. The big guy just got a new coat of (lighter blue) paint in time for a rededication ceremony at 9AM on Friday.
Take that, high winds!
Thursday 1 June 2023
Welcome to June, the 17th annual Wriphe.com Superman Month, this year with 300% more Superman!
You may remember that this time last year, Superman was "dead" (again). As often happens in comic books, he got better. And in recent issues of Action Comics, he's been hanging out in Metropolis with three other characters who also call themselves Superman: his son, Jon; his clone, Connor; and the "New" Super-Man of China, Kong Kenan. It's Superman meets The Real World (where no one is an asshole to their gay roommate).
At this rate, 2023 might be the year we finally get an answer to the age-old question "Can you ever have too much Superman?"
Tuesday 14 February 2023
As previously mentioned, I recently had to replace my telephone. A new device calls for new backgrounds, and these are what I am using for my locked/unlocked screens respectively:
For the record, Batman & Robin are by JosÃ© Luis GarcÃa-LÃ³pez, and Superman is by Evan "Doc" Shaner. Together, they make the World's Finest pair of Pixel 7 phone backgrounds!
Monday 14 November 2022
It's been over a year (see: Mar 22, 2021) since I last posted pics of Coca-Cola product placement in movies I'd seen before I started tracking what I was watching. I've re-wartched quite a few films since then, so here's an update.
Goes great with donuts. (Beverly Hills Cop II)
Taste the future! (Blade Runner)
It's dark, we're wearing sunglasses, and we're drinking Coca-Cola! (The Blues Brothers)
Just don't spill it! (China Syndrome)
Keep your bodily fluids pure with Coke! (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)
Bring her in... for a Coke. (The Gauntlet)
No one hates Coke cans. (The Jerk)
A man's got to know great taste. (Magnum Force)
Coke looks great in glasses. (She's All That)
But it also looks good without them. (Superman)
Better. (Superman II)
Best. (Superman III)
The only good thing in life. (Tommy)
I don't know about you, but I'm getting thirsty.
Thursday 30 June 2022
Wednesday 29 June 2022
The world will always need a Superman.
Superman #7, 1941