ANT-MAN ROCKED24 Jul | '2015
Greetings Loyal Airmen, last week we mentioned being anxious to see the new ANT-MAN film from Marvel Studios. Well, Val and the Air Chief saw it today and both of us give it major thumbs up. As ever, Marvel has given us a story that combines drama, action and humor in equal measure…totally giving their audience a very entertaining experience. The cast is great, the cameos brilliant and that little girl playing Scott Lang’s daughter is such a cutie, she’ll melt your heart. Again, another winner for Marvel Studios. The irony is the Air Chief wishes their current comics were as good. Sigh.
While on the subject of movies, back in 1981 Universal thought to bring back an American icon and one of our personal favorite heroes, the Lone Ranger. So they cast a young Klinton Spillbury to play John Reid/the Lone Ranger and Michael Ironside to play his faithful Indian companion, Tonto. The Air Chief dragged his sons Scott and Kevin to see it and realized for the first time what cultural gap had come to exist in our country. My boys were bored silly, primarily because it was a western and not another big splashy Star Wars epic or some such. We doubt they ever forgave us for taking them to see this. Another sad note, the theater was nearly empty on a Saturday afternoon. And despite all this, the Air Chief liked the movie a great deal, perhaps it did harken back to my own childhood when we’d watch the great Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels on our little black and white TV set. You never really give up your heroes. Anyways, later the film was released on cassette and eventually DVDs …but always in the chopped up pan and scan version which cuts off much of the images in each scene. Well, finally, after that stupid Jonny Depp abomination of a year ago, someone finally got the rights to re-do a widescreen Blu-Ray edition of the 81 movie and we immediately picked it up at Amazon. Haven’t watched it yet, but am anxious to do so.
On the comic front we were extremely excited this past week to finally see some of the new artwork by Mark Grammel come in. Mark is the artist on our on-going series for Moonstone Comics – BLACK BAT – DOMINO LADY : Danger Coast to Coast. The page about shows Prof. I.V. Frost and his assistance Jean Moray meeting Elle Patrick, the Domino Lady in her civilian guise. All part of an adventure called “Beauty & the Bees.” We couldn’t be any happier with Mark’s work on our story, he’s captured it perfectly with his wonderful artwork.
Finally, we know how much you Loyal Airmen like sneak peeks at what we are working on here at the old Hangar 27. Well here’s a pencil composition by artist Zachary Brunner that will eventually become the painted cover to GHOST BOY # 2 now in production. Looks cool, doesn’t it.
And that’s our Flight Log for this week, Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by.
Ron – Over & Out!