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A Teenage boy with a passion for all things nerdy! Expect a lot of Doctor Who, Cult/Horror Movies, Literature and Novels, History, Comic Books and random thoughts. Posts published weekly on a Friday evening. DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the items reviewed on this site and i also do not own of the pictures (unless stated so). If you own one of the photos and wish for it to be removed contact me at this adress: Super.pig@live.co.uk. However all of the written work is my own and is protected under copyright law.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

A look at 'The Avengers'

Recently I’ve been going through a little bit of a 1960’s ‘Spy’ obsession which began after I started watching The Prisoner. Since then I’ve been trying to get my hands on anything from the Genre, consuming as much as I can. Of course one show that immediately came towards the top of my list was the 1960’s Avengers series. Whenever anyone mentions ‘The Avengers’, people immediately think of John Steed and Emma Peel, even though that characters era only consisted of three years of the shows nine year run.  As such my original intention was to watch one episode from each ‘era’ and only one from the Peel seasons, however finding episodes online proved rather difficult and Season 4 (Diana Riggs first season) seemed to be the only one with episodes readily available.   When I started watching this failed to bother me anymore as I was immediately swept away with the sheer charm and magic of the thing but just for contrasts sake I did seek out the surviving 20 minutes of the first ever episode ‘Hot Snow’. Its pointless me giving this a mini review of its own, as I said only the first 20 minutes survive, but I do feel like it’s worth mentioning just how different it all is. Steed is partnered with a man and it is this male character ‘Dr David Keel’ (played by the always brilliant Ian Hendry) who is the primary focus. The tone is gritty and dark and we are shown how Keels perfect life is ruined by an underground Drug syndicate. It’s realistic in tone and lacks anything that the public would come to associate with later episodes of the series even Patrick Macnee does not turn up until (I’m guessing anyway) much later in the episode. When comparing this to the whimsical feel of the episodes I viewed from season four it’s difficult to believe it’s the same show...

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Batman #234: Half An Evil

Of all of Batman’s rogues Two-Face is easily my personal favourite although I confess that my interpretation of the character owes more to his portrayal by Richard Moll in ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ than any of the comic books. However of the few comic appearances made by the character that I have read, I must say that the story ‘Half an Evil’ is certainly one of my favourites and one that I come back to time and time again. Originally published in 1971 this was during the now famous run of Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams, the men who brought Batman back from the depths of camp that the 1960’s Adam West show had taken it to and to new, strange but brilliant Gothic territory. The stories had much more of a supernatural flavour and Batman took on the role of the ‘Dark Detective’ that the animated series would perfect in the early 90’s.