Friday, 24 June 2011


Peter Falk (1927 - 2011)
Legendary actor PETER
FALK, famous for playing
rumpled raincoat-wearing
Los Angeles Police Detective
Lieutenant COLUMBO,
has died at the age of 83.

first played the character
in a 1960 episode of The
Chevy Mystery Show, en-
titled Enough Rope", with
playing the role when the
plot was used as the basis
of a 1962 stage play called
"Prescription: Murder".

LEE J. COBB and BING CROSBY were originally considered for the part
when it was decided to turn the play into a one-off TV movie, but Cobb was
unavailable and Crosby turned it down. The rest is history - Falk made the role
his own, first in the 1968 TV movie, and then in a semi-regular series from 1971
until 1978. Falk returned to the role in 1989 and continued to play his most
famous part for several more years, his last portrayal being screened in 2003.

The actor developed alzheimer's disease a few years ago, and
died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home on June 23rd.


Gene Colan (1926 - 2011)
Sad to hear that MARVEL legend GENE (The Dean) COLAN died on June 23rd. Who can forget Gene's astounding artwork on IRON MAN, DAREDEVIL, Dr. STRANGE, DRACULA and HOWARD THE DUCK, to say nothing of his pulse-pounding panels on DC's BATMAN and WONDER WOMAN?

I can't begin to do justice to any kind of tribute to Gene, so click on the link at the side of this page to MARK EVANIER's website for a worthy appreciation of the man and his work.

Saturday, 11 June 2011


You're looking at the design patent of G.I. JOE, first released in 1964
by HASBRO (Hassenfeld Brothers). Look at the illustration closely - count
the parts. I make it 20, yet in the ads which used to appear in American
comicbooks back in the '60s (The Adventures of Andy and George), it
was claimed that ol' Joe had 21 moveable parts. So, I have to ask - did he
originally have an extra part that was 'removed' before he went into full-
scale production? And if so, what do you think it was? (The mind boggles.)

And in case you ever wondered, 'G.I.' apparently stands for Government
Issue, although competing explanations include Galvanized Iron (after the
initials stamped on metal military equipment), General Infantryman, or an
army classification rendered in Roman numerals - GI. No doubt there are
various others.