Saturday Night Showcase: Black Scorpion

Roger Corman is not exactly known for high quality, big budget movies. Low-budget but fun schlock is more like it. His work on a Fantastic Four movie, mostly meant to keep the movie rights until they figured out what to do with him, has become infamous now that it’s sneaked out of the rights holder’s movie vault. However, this isn’t the only superhero production Corman has worked on. Have you heard of The Black Scorpion?

Created for Showtime’s Roger Corman Presents, the movie stars Joan Severence as the title heroine, who takes on the identity in order to avenge her father’s death at the hands of the evil Breathtaker (imagine a more evil version of the Asthma Monster that Captain America fought in those PSA comics and played by Adam West using Dark Helmet’s tailor). This is not easy as she also has to escape the police besides really being Angel City police detective Darcy Walker and has a complicated relationship with her partner, Michael Russo. She’s aided by former thief Argyle Sims, who created all of her gadgets but is also the brother of the Gangster Prankster, a sort of Joker/Two-Face hybrid merged with a gangster rapper (I’d give a name but I’m not up on my gangster rappers) the Black Scorpion fought in her second film, Black Scorpion II: Aftershock, alongside the title villainess. These two movies did well enough that Sci-Fi (oddly not Showtime) greenlit a one season TV series.

Lintel takes over from Severence as Darcy/Black Scorpion, Bruce Abbot’s Michael Russo is replaced by Steve Rafferty, played by Scott Valentine (having played a thug in the second movie) rather than either of the movie actors, and Garrett Morris is replaced by Brandon “BT” Terrell as Argyle. West would return as Breathtaker in a later episode, (fun fact, Frank Gorshin, the Ridder of West’s Batman, would appear as another supervillain in the series) and there would be one or two returns, but most of the cast changed.  While some of Black Scorpion’s enemies would return (through resurrection by a well-meaning mad scientist–which gives you some idea what you’re in for) the first episode has the hero dealing with a gun nut with a gun for an arm. Yes, it is that kind of show.

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Today’s Comic> Cristiano Ronaldo’s Striker Force 7 FCBD

I only see six here. That’s a ripoff!

Striker Force 7 Free Comic Book Day Special

Graphic India Pte Ltd (2019)

WRITER: Merrill Hagan

ARTWORK/CHARACTER DESIGN: Jeevan J. Kang

COLORIST: Lee Loughridge

LETTERERS: Rakesh & Mahadik

CONSULTING EDITORS: Pedro Moreira Dos Santos & Diego Guarderas

EDITOR: Sharad Devarajan

SERIES CREATORS: Cristiano Ronaldo & Sharad Devarajan

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What Ruined Hanna-Barbera? [VIDEO]

Or as Blue Falcon calls it, everyday.

I didn’t get to do the review I planned due to external elements, so I’ll leave that for next week. However, I wanted to get out of the trend I got into this week. So instead here’s a video by Saberspark discussing the brief history and downfall of Hanna-Barbera. HB was a huge part of my childhood as they were one of the dominating studios of Saturday Morning as well as numerous shows in reruns in the days before direct-to-syndication television as well as one of the prominent studios during that time before Fox Kids and Kids WB ruined it all. That’s a discussion for another time.

All of those studios are now gone come to think of it. DiC was bought by Cookie Jar Entertainment which is now Media DHX. Filmation was scattered to the four winds. Hanna-Barbera bought Ruby-Spears’ catalog before it was bought by Ted Turner before his media empire was bought by Time Warner, which is now WarnerMedia since fusing with HBO and AT&T. It’s a strange time but what led to Hanna-Barbera being a shell of its former self?

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Pirates Of Dark Water #3

“Since when is Pismo Beach inside a cave?”

The Pirates Of Dark Water #1

Marvel Comics (January, 1992)

“Dishonor”

TELEPLAY: Lane Raichert

STORY: Lane Raichert, Kelly Ward, & Mark Young

ADAPTATION: Dwight Jon Zimmerman

PENCILER: Bruce Zick

INKERS: Armando Gil & Ian Akin

COLORIST: Renee Witterstaetter

LETTERER: John Costanza

EDITOR: Rob Tokar

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BW’s Morning Article Link: The Novelty Of The Medley

There was a point in time when the medley, snippets of popular songs at the time, would be released as a single. Nowadays it’s filler for concerts. The Retroist contributor Brian Boone takes a look at Stars On 45. (The record speed, not the time period. This was from the 1970s.)

When Should Your Hero(ine) Be Sexy?

I don’t think this is how Chun-Li trained for her spinning bird kick.

This week we’ve covered James Bond’s sex appeal (in the form of the “Bond Girls”) and sexy armor in various fantasy settings. I don’t think the problem of women being sexy is…I don’t want to say as bad as certain parties says, although militants will always exaggerate everything, but it isn’t necessarily nonexistent either. The cover above for example was used by two different articles about the “Hawkeye Initiative“, which highlights how silly some men would look in similar poses that are clearly meant to just show off a woman character’s boobs and butt. While I think some of the artwork falls into the “you’re exaggerating” department they’re right on when it comes to others. Then you have artists like Ed Benes, who will take every opportunity to draw a woman in a sexy pose, or Rob Liefeld, whose idea of “sexy” is a woman with large breasts and a pipe cleaner-thin waist, or Greg Land, who outright traces porn. I don’t know if it degenerates women as a whole per say since porn and strip clubs exist but it certainly doesn’t treat the superheroine the same way it does the superhero.

On the other hand……

I have covered a number of instances over the years of complaints by usually militant feminists (I have to stress that because militants ruin everything on all sides of any political or fan-based debate and despite not wanting to write “militant” over and over I’m not talking about the entire group) about sexually attractive women or outfits. For every instance of an overtly endowed Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark version) you have that time Spider-Woman was supposedly in an overly sexual pose…when she was just climbing up the side of a building. The pose was the only thing wrong about that one. Then there was a shot of teenage superhero Miss Martian that gave an upskirt shot, which came off more as an unfortunate angle than the artist intending to show a teenage Martian girl’s bike shorts. Or that time everyone freaked out over a slightly aged Dora The Explorer based solely on her silhouette. Wonder Woman, a character once praised by feminists, was denounced by the militants when she was chosen as a spokescharacter for girls in a UN project because of her outfit, despite her creators being all about girl power before there was a girl power movement. The last one that comes to mind relevant to tonight’s topic is when militants upset with body shaming and promoting only sexual aspect of women did their own body shaming when they demanded Tifa from the Final Fantasy series get breast reduction, which was insulting to real-life women with large chests since Tifa was never about her boobies except to the perverts. It wasn’t necessarily fanservice…I’ve SEEN blatant fanservice and it never fails to be stupid. I’ve also known women who have larger breasts and they’re basically telling my friends they have no place in this world.

That raises the question of how much is too much? Is a woman drawn sexy or wearing a sexy costume necessarily a bad thing? Is it even the case that these women ONLY exist to titillate or are they just women who happen to be sexy? Or possibly both? I’m going with both.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Robotech #2 (Antarctic Press)

Only one of these characters actually appear.

Robotech #2

Antarctic Press (May, 1997)

COVER ART: Joe Wight

EDITOR: Herb Mallette

“Megastorm” part 2

WRITER: Ben Perry

ARTIST: Ben Dunn

COLORIST: ARNie

LETTERER: Joe Wolfe

Prototype 001: “Tigercat” part 2

WRITER/ARTIST: Ted Nomura

COLORIST: ATNie

LETTERER: Joe Dunn

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