Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Yvonne Craig, 1937-2015, R.I.P.

Actress Yvonne Craig has died at the age of 78, after a long battle with breast cancer. Ms. Craig had a long list of acting roles to her credit, most notably her role as Batgirl in the third and final season of ABC's Batman.

Ms. Craig as Batgirl, arguably the best-known role of her career.

Ms. Craig out of uniform on the Batman set with the series' star, Adam West.

Funny thing... I'm sure there are dozens of men who are roughly my age that are blogging about Yvonne Craig's passing, and how she was their first -- or at least, an early -- celebrity crush for them. Not me, surprisingly. In fact, rather than when I was 10 or 11, I grew to appreciate Ms. Craig's charms as I got older. And it's not that I had yet to "discover" girls in 1967/68. That happened when I was in kindergarten.

No, the plain and honest truth was that I had pretty much given up on the Batman TV show by its third season, as had a large percentage of the rest of the TV viewing audience. Not sure what I was watching instead, though. Wikipedia's 1967–68 United States network television schedule article lists Cimarron Strip on CBS and Daniel Boone on NBC, and I wasn't watching either of those. But we all know Wikipedia's never wrong, so I dunno...

Anyway, if it'll make you feel better, I had a huge crush on Batman's Catwoman, played by Julie Newmar!

 But, back to Yvonne Craig...

For those of you reading this who disagree with my saying that Batgirl was Ms. Craig's best-known role, she was also notable for playing Marta, the "green girl" in the third-season Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy." Her character was even mentioned in an Eddie Murphy routine!

Ms. Craig and... uhhh... some guy, her co-star in
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) and Kissin' Cousins (1964).

And here she is, kissin' not another cousin, but an U.N.C.L.E.!
Well, sort of... She's with Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo in
the original, "real" Man from U.N.C.L.E. on NBC-TV!

A more recent shot of Ms. Craig, holding her book 
From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond.

Yet another shot of "Marta," because... well, because I can!

And finally, another shot of Ms. Craig showing off her
dancer's legs... Again, because I can!

Thanks for your time.



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sir Christopher Lee, 1922-2015, R.I.P.

He was in the Lord of the Rings movies and (some of) the Star Wars flicks -- to name just a couple of his more notable roles from a career spanning decades -- but to me, he was best known and loved as Count Dracula, in many films featuring everyone's favorite vampire!

R.I.P., Mr. Lee!

Thanks for your time.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Look Who's Back! ME!

Silver Fox here, letting you all know that Skip Simpson -- my creative partner -- and I have just posted an illustrated parody of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" on Amazon Kindle.

In order to get on Kindle's Recommended List, we need to have a lot of "hits" on our story. In order to help that process along, Skip and I have decided to offer "The Tell-Tale Timex" FOR FREE on Friday, February 27th, Saturday, February 28th, and Sunday, March 1st. I wanted to blog about it first so all followers of this blog will have a chance to check it out at no cost.

All you have to do is click here to take advantage of this freebie! Well, starting Friday, that is! Anyone who clicks on it starting Monday will have to pay, which will put a few pennies in our pockets, true, but I'm actually hoping all our readers take advantage of this free offer... and while I'm at it, PLEASE convince as many people that you can to give it a try? We would appreciate this SO much!

Also... All of my readers who have experience with Amazon Kindle are hereby invited to email me with your personal experiences, observations, difficulties, etc.  You can send those emails to davidzrantz [at] gmail [dot] com.

Thanks for your time.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Later, Gator.

This is not an apology.

I don't feel like writing. Hell, I don't feel like reading. So until I feel better -- meaning, until further notice -- I'm avoiding the library, and won't be posting any new posts OR visiting your blogs. Nothing personal.

Also, that means that it'll take me forever to reply if you comment on this post.

I repeat, this is not an apology.

Thanks for your time.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

"Great Minds Think Alike," Part One ~~ A "Comical Wednesday" Post

Welcome to the latest installment of our sporadic feature, "Comical Wednesday," fellow babies! For those of you who are unfamiliar with "Comical Wednesday," it consists of articles about comic books, comic strips,. or both.

For today's post, I'll be offering the first chapter of a three-parter called "Great Minds Think Alike." It'll touch upon three instances in comic history where two similar characters or groups of characters debuted in such a short span of time, it ensured that neither was copied from the other.

To begin today's "lesson," I'd like to tell you about two comic characters named Dennis the Menace. Now, that name may conjure up one of two very different images (both shown above).

If you're British, Dennis is a dark-haired chap whose original persona was rather vicious.That's when he first appeared in the pages of The Beano, issue 452, dated March 17th of 1951. This Dennis was created by Beano editor Ian Chisholm and artist Davey Law.

If you live in the USA, as I do, you may be familiar with an entirely different Dennis the Menace, one introduced in the comic strips five days earlier, on March 12, 1951! This Dennis was created by writer/artist Hank Ketcham and named after Ketcham's son Dennis. The USA's version was more of a "mischief-maker" than an actual troublemaker. 

In the interests of an unaccustomed brevity (for me), I'm going to spare you a lengthy entry on the UK Dennis or his American counterpart. If you'd like more information on the British brat, click here, and if you'd like to read up on the USA's Dennis Mitchell. click here.

Don't worry, I'll make up for my "short-windeness" in my next two chapters! See you then.

Thanks for your time, and Happy New Year (for those who care about that sort of thing)!.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Feel Free to Use This...

There are three little goals I have every year, starting in October and ending in December.

1. I try to make it through the Halloween "season" without hearing "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. I like the song, but after 50+ years, I'm sick of it.

2. I try to get through the Christmas season without hearing "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." The first half-dozen times or so that I heard it, those long years ago, it was cute. Now, not so much.

3. I try to get through the last few weeks of the year without having anyone say "See you next year!" to me. That one's really annoying.

Needless to say, every year my "survival rate" for all three sucks, because I have such little control over each.

However, this year, I came up with a handy-dandy reply to #3, one which I give you permission to use:

"Not if I kill you, now."

As I said, feel free to quote me... if you tell people where you heard it.

Thanks for your time.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For the Holidays

Just because I have white hair and a beard does NOT mean I like being compared to Santa Claus. Keep those comparisons to yourself. And I'm not the only one who feels that way. Keep that in mind, fellow babies, before you say something similar to any bearded, white-haired gent. And don't try to push it by saying "But you should take it as a compliment! Everyone loves Santa Claus!" or remarks like that.

(If you really want to give it a positive spin, offer the guy a job as Santa on the spot.)

Anyway, I was feeling decidedly UN-Santa-ish four years ago today when I posted the following original poem. Please excuse the grammatically-incorrect line, "I'm not him!":

I'm not Santy Claus!
You can call me Anti-Claus!
Don't bunch up your panties, 'cause...
I'm not him!

Going quite insane, here.
Love to cause you pain, dear!
What's for breakfast? Reindeer!
(I'm not him.)

I see you when you're sleeping,
I know when you're awake,
I see you when you're naked,
So give that tail a shake!

Lumps of coal to all o'you.
Anti-Claus will follow you,
Eat you up, and swallow you!
I'm not "him!"

Ask for toys, you'll get a slap.
Don't give me that "giving" crap,
And put yo' Mama on my lap!
I'm not him!

I deleted a reference to the TSA which was a lot funnier then -- it was more timely four years ago -- believe me.

If you want to read the original post, which included more holiday stuff, click here. If, instead, you'd like to see a whole sleigh-full of YouTube videos (and a few dead links) for the 2009 season, and some lengthy ruminations on Christmas songs in general, click here instead.

Or don't click on either link. Just don't tell me.

So, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to those of you who celebrate something, anything, this time of year. That includes Pagans, Muslims, Jews... even atheists and agnostics. (Some of them enjoy the holiday season, too, ya know!)

I'm the one on the right. On the right, I said!

Thanks for your time, fellow babies.


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