Monthly Archives: March 2010

Dick Giordano 1932-2010

There is very sad news today, award-winning comics legend Dick Giordano has passed away. He began as an artist in the 1950s with Charlton Comics and soon rose to editor-in-chief as he introduced their action hero line and brought in many new talents who would themselves later become legends in the field.

The realistic art style that defined the realism of the 1970s was largely due to his distinctive inking. Any artist he inked became instant dynamic, among them Neal Adams, Dick Dillin and Ross Andru. Some of the best known and loved versions of Batman, Wonder Woman, the Human Target and especially Green Lantern and Green Arrow hold his brilliant lines.

As an editor at DC Comics, Giordano helped to relaunch many of their characters in the 1980s. He helped create their mature imprint Vertigo, brought in talent from the UK like Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, and was instrumental in the fight for creators’ rights.

His legacy and inspiration is evident in every facet of the comics industry both inside and outside. We have lost one of the great ones. Dick Giordano will be missed. Rest in peace, sir.

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French Fry Diary 101: The Pub, Pennsauken NJ

Mexican Zucchini Oven Fries

Iron Man Extremis

Iron Man Extremis, written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Adi Granov, – the Motion Comic – comes to iTunes on April 16th. Be there!

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Robert Culp 1930-2010

Television icon Robert Culp was pronounced dead earlier today. Apparently he had fallen while taking a walk in Los Angeles and died. He was 79.

The Emmy-nominated Culp was probably best known for playing opposite Bill Cosby in the groundbreaking “I Spy” in the 1960s and then in the 1980s with William Katt in “The Greatest American Hero.” His television career however lasted over five decades including roles on “The Outer Limits,” “Trackdown,” “The Man from UNCLE,” “Columbo” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He also appeared in many films including Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and The Pelican Brief. Besides acting, Culp also wrote and directed on many of his projects as well.

I actually met the man and had a chance to speak with him for a bit at last year’s New York Comic Con. He was friendly, forthcoming and proud of his work. His knowledge of the television field both in front of and behind the camera was phenomenal. It was a pleasure to have had those few moments with such a great man. Robert Culp will be missed.

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Mighty Avengers #35 Reviewed at Avengers Forever

“Ultron Lives…” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #35, by Dan Slott and Khoi Pham, is now online at Avengers Forever.

Alone in Infinite Avengers Mansion, Henry Pym and Codename Blackjack face off against the Avengers’ greatest enemy Utron and his ten billion brides – all this and more – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=642

Also at the AF website, check this out:

“Avengers Assemble… Briefly” – my comic book review of Siege #3, by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel, is now online at Avengers Forever.

The real Captain America emerges and assembles a force of Avengers to take on Norman Osborn’s forces in the battle for Asgard, and Thor versus Sentry – all this and more – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=641

Enjoy!

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Avengers Assemble!

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French Fry Diary 100: Hot Potato Café

Rachel Ray’s Oven Steak Fries

Now This Is More Like It

In my opinion, what’s been missing so far in this year’s crop of Eurovision entries has been that bizarre campy quality. Lithuania more than makes up for it with “East European Funk” by InCulto. Best I’ve heard so far too.

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