SPIDER-MAN: 1970s CLASSICS 13: PUNISHER, MOSES MAGNUM AND CYCLONE

Here’s Part Thirteen of Spider-Man 1970s Classics. For Part One click HERE.

spider man giant 4GIANT-SIZE SPIDER-MAN Vol 1 #4 (April 1975)

Title: To Sow the Seeds of Death’s Day

Villain: Moses Magnum (First Appearance)

Synopsis: We pick up an unknown amount of time after the previous story. J Jonah Jameson is still in Paris, using his lawyers to fight being brought back for questioning regarding the new Mysterio, whom he hired to kill Spider-Man last time around.

Peter Parker, in his Spider-Man costume, is web-slinging around New York City one night when he hears a woman scream “EEEE!”. (Or it could be Ned Beatty, I guess.) Following the sound to its source he sees four masked men kidnapping a nightie clad woman from her apartment.

deaths dayOur hero defeats three of the four and a bullet fired from a rooftop by the Punisher kills the fourth. The Punisher flees the scene while Spider-Man takes care of the still-frightened woman. An ambulance and some cop cars show up on the scene. The police insist Spider-Man must come in to answer questions regarding the deaths of Captain John Stacy and Norman Osborn, both of whom he is mistakenly suspected of killing.

Spider-Man gets away from the cops and swings off to the Punisher’s van, which he enters without the Punisher catching on. He rides along to the Punisher’s latest secret hideout and surprises his old enemy/ ally when he opens up the back door of the van. Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS CAROL-A-THON 2021 KICKS OFF: LOST TV CAROLS

mascot chair and bottle picIf it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving, then regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know it’s the day when I kick off my annual Christmas Carol-A-Thon in which I review several versions of A Christmas Carol. I look at movies, television shows, radio shows and books which adapt the Dickens classic. Every year I present new reviews and a few old classics since new readers will have missed them.

To start off this year’s edition Balladeer’s Blog will look at what little is known about lost television versions of A Christmas Carol from the days of live broadcasts, when not even kinescopes were being kept. Previously, the Rufus Rose Marionettes adaptation from 1948 was the only lost version I looked at.

christmas present and scroogeA CHRISTMAS CAROL (1943) – An early experimental broadcast on December 22nd, 1943 from Dumont TV’s station W2XWV in New York, presumably to mark the 100 year anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol.

Very, very few people would have seen this production. George Lowther directed the Montebank Players, while William Podmore wrote the teleplay AND starred as Ebenezer Scrooge. This program aired around 9:30 PM as the second hour of a two-hour block of music, World War 2 coverage, commercials and a short film.

           Radio and Television Weekly called it “the longest and most elaborate studio play yet presented over television” and extravagantly praised the antique furniture and costumes in the production. Reviews of the time indicated that this Carol resorted to narration from the Dickens novel to cover story elements which could not be depicted by the primitive special effects of the time.

dumontCHRISTMAS, 1944 (1944) – This half hour production of the Carol aired on December 19th, 1944 at 8:45 PM as part of the Video Varieties television series. Dumont TV station WABD in New York presented the show in conjunction with WOR-TV in New Jersey. Reviews of the time indicated it was an adaptation of the story of Scrooge set in 1944.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1944) – The long-gone Dumont Network stikes again! The very next night – December 20th, 1944 at 9:30 PM came this half hour presentation. Oddly, though the existing records do not show who played Scrooge in this production, it is known that Carl Eastman played Bob Cratchit, Helen Jerome played his wife and Bobby Hookey played Tiny Tim. Continue reading

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POST THANKSGIVING NEWS CATCH UP

Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes a quick look at some news items that I set aside in order to celebrate the national holiday of Thanksgiving.

Congressman Byron DonaldsCONGRESSMAN BYRON DONALDS BLASTS JOE BIDEN’S “BUILD BACK” SCAM FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS. As Donalds points out the beneficiaries of Biden’s package are “the rich people in Blue States.” He also pointed out that “This is a complete giveaway to people who support Joe Biden”

DEMOCRAT PROPAGANDIST JEN PSAKI GETS FACT-CHECKED ON HER LIES ABOUT BIDEN’S DISASTROUS HANDLING OF INFLATION.    

democrat platform hatredEVEN THE DEMOCRATS AT THE NEW YORK TIMES ADMIT THAT DEMOCRAT HYPOCRISY FUELS INEQUALITY IN AMERICA.   Welcome to the party, pals! We former Democrats who became Independent Voters have been pointing out for years that financially comfortable Democrats are as callous and uncaring toward the poor and the working class as the worst George W Bush/ Mitt Romney style Republicans ever were.

biden callously liesBIDEN CALLOUSLY LIES THAT “SHELVES ARE WELL STOCKED” AS GROCERS RATION FOOD. The Biden Regime has been a running example of ruling class contempt toward the poor and the working class.

COURAGEOUS ASIAN-AMERICAN REPORTER ANDY NGO ON THE CAREER CRIMINAL ARRESTED FOR THE WAUKESHA MASSACRE. This brave journalist has suffered beatings at the hands of the Democrats’ hate squad yet perseveres. Meanwhile, Democrat news outlets go with headlines like “SUV Hits Parade.” Continue reading

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JAMES BATMAN (1966): A THANKSGIVING TURKEY

james batmanJAMES BATMAN (1966) – HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Balladeer’s Blog takes a Turkey Day look at a film from the Philippines. This movie teams up Batman, Robin and James Bond as they battle an evil organization called C.L.A.W. It’s another of the many unauthorized Batman movies from around the world. 

James Batman is in Tagalog with English subtitles and stars Filipino actor Dolphy as both Batman and James Bond, who is sometimes called James Wong in the subtitles and sometimes called James Hika. Dolphy also plays millionaire Dolpho, Batman’s secret identity (?). Robin, played by Boy Alano, is Batman’s brother. It’s that kind of movie.

Filipino Batman and RobinDolpho is in love with Shirley (Shirley Moreno), but she considers Dolpho boring and has the hots for Batman. Just as Shirley is oblivious to the fact that Dolpho really IS Batman, she has no idea that her sister (Bella Flores) is secretly the sultry costumed villainess called Black Rose.

Shirley and Bella’s father is the Chairman of the Free Nations, a quasi-United Nations outfit which is given five days to surrender to C.L.A.W. – a communist organization that desires world domination. Continue reading

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THANKSGIVING EVE WITH OLIVER!

"Please, sir, may I have some more?"

“Please, sir, may I have some more?”

It’s that time of year again! Just a note in the spirit of the holiday season to mention my favorite Thanksgiving Eve movie.

Every Wednesday before Thanksgiving I make a point out of watching the musical Oliver! And yes, I know it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving.

I know the musical sentimentalizes  several characters that Dickens portrayed in a sinister way in the book (especially Fagan and The Artful Dodger) but the finished product has always seemed very holidayish to me. Continue reading

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THE NATIONAL CHAMPION MATCHUP IN NJCAA DIVISION THREE FOOTBALL SET

DuPage Chaparralsnassau lionsThe COLLEGE OF DUPAGE CHAPARRALS and the NASSAU COLLEGE LIONS are the two teams competing in the 2021 National Championship Game in NJCAA Division Three football. This is the first year that NJCAA football has been separated into different divisions. Continue reading

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BIDEN REGIME CORRUPTION AND SCANDAL ROUNDUP: NOVEMBER 23rd

Biden I DID THAT SIGNS

SIGNS BLAMING BIDEN FOR GAS PRICES ARE THE LATEST ANTI-BIDEN TREND

“I DID THAT” SIGNS REMINDING THE NATION THAT BIDEN CAUSED GAS PRICES TO SKYROCKET MAY BE THE NEW “LET’S GO BRANDON”.

BIDEN REGIME’S CAPO JOHN KERRY OVERLOOKS CHINA’S USE OF UYGHUR SLAVE LABOR WHICH FINANCIALLY BENEFITS HIM. Crooked Joe Biden isn’t even pretending anymore that he’s not in the pocket of China’s government.

BIDEN CRIME FAMILY UNDERBOSS HUNTER BIDEN PROFITED FROM HIS FATHER JOE’S SUBMISSION TO CHINA. And remember how entangled Joe and Hunter’s finances are.

Senile Joe BidenMORE ABOUT HUNTER’S ROLE IN BIDEN REGIME CORRUPTION. And more HERE.

JOE BIDEN’S WAR ON THE POOR AND WORKING CLASS: THANKSGIVING EXPENSES THE HIGHEST IN THIRTY ONE YEARS DUE TO BIDEN’S POLICIES.

JOE BIDEN APPROVAL RATING STILL DOWN AT 36% PER QUINNIPIAC POLL.

RESIST THE BIDEN CRIME FAMILY: PIZZERIA OWNER OFFERS “FJB” (F*ck Joe Biden) PIZZA TO POKE BIDEN OVER THE SUPPLY LINE CRISIS HIS POLICIES CREATED. Continue reading

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RED ANN

While we all await further details and clarification from yesterday, let’s indulge in a look at an often neglected character from escapist fantasy – the superheroine Red Ann from Nedor Publications.

red ann bigRED ANN

Secret Identity: Ann (last name never revealed). She was created by Jerry Robinson so Ann Robinson would make a good name for her.

Origin: When Ann was in her early twenties she was a beautiful lady pursued by several men. She married an older but not elderly man named Bart (no last name ever given). On their honeymoon in Maine (Maine?) a gang of thugs employed by a supervillain called the Voice murdered Bart before her eyes, then drove off, leaving her there in tears.

red annAfter Bart’s funeral, Ann’s desire for revenge against the Voice prompted her to cut all ties with her family and friends, even former suitors. She taught herself marksmanship with handguns and learned how to fight. Adopting the costumed identity of Red Ann she set out to take down the Voice’s criminal empire and kill him for the murder of her husband. Continue reading

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DEMOCRAT SLOGANS: FASCISM AT ITS WORST

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“Many a true word is spoken in jest” as the old saying goes, and that becomes ever more valid by the year regarding Balladeer’s Blog’s handy list of Democrat Slogans. These slogans capture what the Democrats have REALLY become, not the glowing image that they have of themselves.

DEMOCRATS: YOU PEASANTS ARE ONLY AS FREE AS THE MOST INTOLERANT DEMOCRAT LETS YOU BE!

DEMOCRATS: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF SIMPLE-MINDED FASCISTS IN LARGE NUMBERS!

DEMOCRATS: ALL OF OUR OPINIONS SHOULD CARRY THE FORCE OF LAW!

DEMOCRATS: WE OVERUSED THE WORD “RACIST” TO THE POINT OF MEANINGLESSNESS. NOW WE’RE DOING THE SAME WITH “WHITE SUPREMACIST.”

DEMOCRATS: WE ARE THE FASCISTS WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!

DEMOCRATS: IF THE COUNTRY IS SPLIT ALMOST 50-50 THAT MEANS THAT ONLY THE PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH US ARE BEING “DIVISIVE” … NEVER US!

DEMOCRATS: JURY VERDICTS SHOULD HAVE TO BE RATIFIED BY OUR RAGING, HOWLING MOBS OF SHALLOW, UNINFORMED AND EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE POLITICAL ROBOTS! Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL POSTSEASON RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 20th

NCCAA

southwestern assemblies of god helmetVICTORY BOWL – The season-ending event in the NCCAA saw the SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS take on the STERLING COLLEGE WARRIORS this year. The Lions grabbed a 10-0 lead in the 1st Quarter and by Halftime held a 17-7 advantage over the Warriors. After the break SAGU outscored Sterling College 14-7 for a 31-14 triumph.

NAIA PLAYOFFS

Keiser SeahawksROUND ONE: GAME ONE – The KEISER UNIVERSITY SEA HAWKS took it on the road against the REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES (should be the Rottweilers). After a scoreless opening Quarter Reinhardt U led 6-3 at the Half. The 3rd Quarter ended with the Sea Hawks on top 10-6 and the game ended in a 16-13 win for Keiser University.

Marian Knights helmet newROUND ONE: GAME TWO – In this game the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS welcomed the SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS. The Knights led 6-3 in the 1st Quarter but the Moundbuilders were out in front 17-6 by the midpoint. Marian U made it a 17-14 game in the 3rd Quarter before coming from behind in the 4th to win it 21-17. Continue reading

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