Thursday, October 1, 2015

Crazy Comic Book Numbering 7

This is the latest in a series of posts covering how various comic series have had name changes or an unusual numbering pattern. The titles covered will give you a sense of what I’m getting at. To qualify the numbering must rename the same or if changed, there must somehow be an obvious tie to the original number somehow. Hiatuses not counted until there is a name and/or numbering change in between. There must also be at least three different names and/or renumberings. Info source:  the current edition of Overstreet’s price guide.

Five cases per post.

Case #31 (New Friday/Comic House/Lev Gleason)
·        Captain Battle 1-2 Summer 1941-Fall 1941
·        Boy Comics 3-42 April 1942-?
·        Boy Illustories 43-108 ?
·        Boy Comics 109-119 ?-March 1956

Case #32 (Charlton)
·        Brides in Love 1-45 August 1956-February 1965 then Title Split!
      o   1.
          §  Hollywood Romances 46-59 November 1966-June 1971
          §  For Lovers Only 60-87 August 1971-November 1976
      o   2. Summer Love 46-48 October 1965-November 1968

Case #33 (Mainline/Charlton)
·        Bulls-Eye 1-7 July-August 1954-August 1955
·        Cody of the Pony Express 8-10 October 1955-June 1956
·        Outlaws of the West 11-88 July 1957-April 1980

Case #34 (Harry ‘A’ Chesler/Superior)
·        Scoop Comics 1-3 November 1941-March 1943
·        Yankee Comics 4-7 1940s
·        Scoop Comics 8 1944
·        Snap 9 1944 then Title Split!
      o   1. Jest 10-11 1944
      o   2.
          §  Komik Pages 10 (oddly Overstreet says April 1945)
          §  Bulls-Eye Comics 11 1944 Then titles merge back as
·        Kayo 12 March 1945
·        Carnival Comics 13 1945
·        Red Seal Comics 14-22 October 1945-December 1947

Case #35 (Timely/Marvel) – also used Captain America: Official Index to the Marvel Universe as resource
·        Captain America Comics 1-73 March 1941-July 1949
·        Captain America’s Weird Tales 74-75 October 1949-February 1950
·        Captain America May 1954-September 1954

Quantum Leap 1989-1993 TV Series: Where are They Now?

Only actors in 3+ episodes noted.

Scott Bakula (Dr. Sam Beckett): in NCIS: New Orleans (27 episodes 2014-2015), Me Him Her (2015), Looking (8 episodes 2014-2015), NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2 episodes 2014), Caper (2 episodes 2014), Elsa & Fred (2014), NFL Training Video: How Not to Murder People (2013), Behind the Candelabra (2013), Geography Club (2013), Two and a Half Men (1 episode 2013), Enter the Dangerous Mind (2013), Untitled Bounty Hunter Project (2013); Basmati Blues (2015) in post-production; as Producer: The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015), 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014), 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013); as Executive Producer, completed: Two Cities (2015); as Self: CBS This Morning (1 episode 2015), Live! With Kelly and Michael (1 episode 2015), NCIS: New Orleans - Season 1: Starting Up in New Orleans (2015), NCIS: New Orleans - Season 1: A Big Easy Success (2015), The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards (2015), Entertainment Tonight (7 episodes 2014-2015), Extra (1 episode 2014), The Talk (1 episode 2014), The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (1 episode 2014), The Insider (5 episodes 2014), The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (2014), NCIS: Season 11 - NCIS in New Orleans (2014), The Real History of Science Fiction (1 episode 2014), Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise (2014), Membership Has Its Privileges: Making Geography Club (2014), The Arsenio Hall Show (1 episode 2014), Star Trek: Enterprise - In a Time of War (2014), Celebrity Liam Stone Candid Travels Texas (unknown episodes 2014), The Soup (1 episode 2013), The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (2013), 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2013), Star Trek: Enterprise - Uncharted Territory (2013), Star Trek: Enterprise - In Conversation - The First Crew (2013), The Captains Close Up (2 episodes 2013), To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise (2013).
Dean Stockwell (Admiral Al Calavicci): in Entertainment (2015), NCIS: New Orleans (1 episode 2014), Rusty Steel (2014), Persecuted (2014), Deep in the Darkness (2014), Enlisted (1 episode 2014), Max Rose (2013), C.O.G. (2013); as Self, filming: The Jack Richard Smith Documentary: A Portrait of an Artist (2015).
Deborah Pratt (Narrator/Ziggy): last known acting role in 2010, as Self in 2011.
Dennis Wolfberg (Gooshie/Gushie): died in 1994.
W.K. Stratton (Attorney Lawrence 'Larry' Stanton III, etc): last known acting role in 2010, as ADR voice casting in 2012, as Self in 2012.
Carolyn Seymour (Zoey): in Gears of War: Judgment (2013 video game); last known non-video game role in 2010.
Fran Bennett (Marie Billings): in The Fosters (2 episodes 2015), Scandal (2 episodes 2015), Jessabelle (2014).
Brad Silverman (Jimmy LaMotta): last known acting role in 2004.
Michael Bellisario (various): in Pretty Perfect (2014).
John D'Aquino (Frank LaMotta): in NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (1 episode 2015), The Mentalist (1 episode 2015), Another Assembly (2014; also Executive Producer), Major Crimes (1 episode 2013), Dexter (2 episodes 2013), Second Chances (2013; also Producer); as Executive Producer: Boundless (2015), Cartwheels and Backflips (2015; also Writer/Director), Pow Wham Night Wild (2015); as Producer/Writer: Super Impossible Squad (2013); as Self: The Redemption of Joel with John D'Aquino (2014); as Self, completed: Making a Mark (2013).
Willie Garson (Alik Idell/ Lee Harvey Oswald): in Whole Day Down (4 episodes 2015, 1 as Executive Producer), Weird Loners (1 episode 2015), Hawaii Five-0 (1 episode 2014), White Collar (25 episodes 2013-2014; 1 2013 as Director), Franklin & Bash (1 episode 2014), Girl Meets World (1 episode 2014; 1 2015 as Director), Walk of Shame (2014), How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) (1 episode 2013), Wendell and Vinnie (1 episode 2013), Two and a Half Men (1 episode 2013); as Self: Dinner at Tiffani's (1 episode 2015), Dinner at Tiffani's (earlier series; unknown episodes 2014), Home & Family (1 episode 2014), Fatherhood (1  episode 2014), Marie (1 episode 2013), The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards (2013).
Renée Coleman (Alia): last known acting role in 1996.
Stephen Lee (Deputy Sheriff Bo Loman): died in 2014.
Meg Foster (Laura Fuller): in The Originals (5 episodes 2015), A Place Called Hollywood (2015), Pretty Little Liars (4 episodes 2013-2015), Ravenswood (7 episodes 2013-2014), The Mentalist (1 episode 2013), Hjem (1 episode 2013); Irwindale (2015) completed; Investigation 13 (nd), Haunted: 333 (2015), At Sunrise (2015), 31 (2016) in post-production; S2K (2015) filming; Cannibals and Carpet Fitters Feature (2016) announced; as Self: Groovey.TV's Celebration of Badassery Interview Series (1 episode 2013).
Eric Bruskotter (various): in Sketchy (1 episode 2013).
Rodney Kageyama (Joda): in Therapy Required (2015), The Three Dogateers (2014).
Mary Gordon Murray (Leta Aider): last known acting role in 2010 but Face 2 Face (2016) in post-production.
Hank Robinson (Umpire): died in 2012.
Adam Logan (Young Sam Beckett): last known acting role in 2011; as Production Staff, completed: Fifteen (2014).
James Whitmore Jr. (various): last known acting role in 1996; as Director: NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (9 episodes 2013-2015), NCIS: New Orleans (4 episodes 2014-2015), The Good Wife (3 episodes 2013-2015), Madam Secretary (1 episode 2014), Suits (2 episodes 2014), King & Maxwell (1 episode 2013), Blue Bloods (1 episode 2013), NCIS: Los Angeles (1 episode 2013), Vegas (1 episode 2013); as Executive Producer, completed: Stanford & Son (2014).

Green Hornet 1940 Serial & 1966-1967 TV Series: Where are They Now?

Note: The 1974 movie is not covered because it’s actually a compilation of TV show episodes. The 2011 movie is not covered because it’s too recent.

1940 Serial
Only credited cast noted.

Gordon Jones (Green Hornet): died in 1963.
Wade Boteler (Michael Axford): died in 1943.
Keye Luke (Kato): died in 1991.
Anne Nagel (Leonore Case): died in 1966.
Phillip Trent (Jasper Jenks): died in 2001.
Cy Kendall (Curtis Monroe): died in 1953.
Stanley Andrews (Police Commissioner): died in 1969.
Selmer Jackson (District Attorney): died in 1971.
Joseph Crehan (Judge Stanton): died in 1966.
Walter McGrail (Dean): died in 1970.
Gene Rizzi (Corey): died in 2001.
John Kelly (Pete Hawks): died in 1947.
Eddie Dunn (D.H. Sligby): died in 1951.
Edward Earle (Felix Grant): died in 1972.
Ben Taggart (Phil Bartlett): died in 1947.
Clyde Dilson (Meadows): died in 1957.
Jerry Marlowe (Bob Stafford): died in 1968.
Frederick Vogeding (Max Gregory): died in 1942.

1966-1967 Series
Only Actors in 3+ episodes noted.

Van Williams (Green Hornet): last known acting role in 1993, as Self in 2006.
Bruce Lee (Kato): died in 1973.
Wende Wagner (Lenore Case): died in 1997.
Lloyd Gough (Mike Axford): died in 1984.
Walter Brooke (D.A. Frank Scanlon): died in 1986.
Gary Owens (Newscaster): died in 2015; The Adventures of Kaitlyn Kitty Kat Kay (2015) filming; as Self: I Know That Voice (2013).
Ken Strange (various): last known acting role in 1968.
Jack Garner (various): died in 2011.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

James Bond as Code Name: The Evidence for and Against Part 1

A popular theory out there is that in the official movies, not only 007 but even the name James Bond are codes for various secret agents as they are killed or incapacitated, or simply leave Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This series looks at the evidence from the various Eon Productions movies.

First off, a word about five key non-canonical Bond series and why they aren’t examined more closely. The big reason is they’re not part of the official series. Beyond that: The Casino Royale episode of Climax! treated Bond as an American secret agent. The original Casino Royale big screen movie, while it fits in nicely with the pro-code name side is a comedy that isn’t easily integrated into the core series, especially the ending. Never Say Never Again, while featuring former official Bond Sean Connery, is a remake of Thunderball. The cartoon series James Bond Jr. focuses on his nephew and not on Bond himself. And the GoldenEye TV movie is set in a pseudo real world where Bond is an ornithologist, not a spy.

Proponents of this theory believe that every time a new actor is cast as Bond, it’s a different character. If casting is that important an element to the theory, I think it’s also worth looking at all instances where an actor has been recast, not just Bond himself.

Dr. No (1962)


For this movie there are six recurring characters (in one case just barely so): James Bond (Sean Connery), Felix Leiter (Jack Lord), M (Bernard Lee), Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson, voices by Nikki Van der Zyl), Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell), and Major Boothroyd (Peter Burton). As this is the first appearance of all in the Eon series, there is no actor switch to consider at this early stage.

Other Evidence:

Bond right from his first scene throws out the name James Bond. As he does throughout the series, he is already pretty free with using this name publicly given his profession. Given that this is more or less a constant, it will not be examined further unless there is new information to examine.

The James Bond as code name theory raises the issue of why whoever is using the James Bond code name also consistently used then 007 code name and vice versa. Again, both names are used throughout the series so this also won’t be discussed unless there is new information.

Bond continues to use the name James Bond even when not in the field. While the obvious implication is that Bond therefore is his real name, it could also be the case that MI6 is particularly tight with security. Once again he is referred to as both Bond and 007 throughout the series during mission briefings.

From Russia with Love (1963)


The characters mentioned above reappear except Leiter (though he returns later). However, Sylvia, again played by Gayson/Van der Zyl disappears from the movies after this movie. Therefore, while not a bad character, she’s of no consequence to this particular debate. Connery, Lee, Maxwell also reprise their roles. While Dr. No is referenced, he does not actually appear. Two new recurring characters debuts here: an as yet identified man (played by Anthony Dawson and voiced by Eric Pohlmann) stroking a white cat, and the cat itself. Casting information on the cat is not readily available and for the most part thus will not be examined in this series except in one instance where the passage of time makes it certain that it was a different cat. It is probable however that many cats were used in the series.

Anthony Dawson is an interesting case as he played a different character in the first Bond movie. Normally the logical extreme conclusion of the James Bond as code name theory would be that different characters played by the same actor are in fact the same person. However, since Dawson is only partly seen, we can make allowances as we would for stunt doubles.

Desmond Llewellyn becomes the first instance of a character being recast, taking over from Peter Burton. While he would be known as Q in most of his appearances, in this film he is referred to as Major Boothroyd as per the first film. So if James Bond is a code name, it stands to reason that Major Boothroyd is also a second code name. This raises the question as to why someone who is rarely in the field (Boothroyd being the man who equips Bond with vehicles and gadgets) would need two code names.

Goldfinger (1964)

Connery, Lee, Maxwell, and Llewellyn all return, with Llewellyn now credited as Q, the code name of Major Boothroyd. Taking the Bond as code name theory to its extreme, this is the first time that Bond's gadget man took on a second code name.

Cec Linder takes over as Felix Leiter, Bond’s main American ally from Jack Lord. Taking the Bond as code name theory to its logical conclusion suggests that Felix Leiter is also a code name. However, after Dr. No, Bond seems to have familiarity with one another. If Bond and Leiter are in fact code names, people taking on the two code names seem to have a fairly easy time striking up a friendship with one another.

Next post: Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service