Sing Me A Story: The Gambler

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I’ve noted before in this series that country music knows how to make a good narrative out of an under four minute song. We’ve also discussed songs that were somehow adapted into movies but Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler”, the single and title track off his sixth album, actually led to a series of TV movies with Rogers as a traveling Gambler getting pulled into various adventures. It’s easily one of his biggest and most well known hits.

However, songwriter David Schlitz, a computer programmer back in 1978, had a tough time getting it out there. Both Bobby Bare and Johnny Cash made a cut and you’d think that if Johnny Cash of all people couldn’t make your song work (though it should be noted this was during his drug using period and Cash actually disliked the song, so those factors may have affected his performance) it must be doomed. Rogers on the other hand took a…sorry…gamble, and the result was worth the risk.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Robotech Masters #5

“Stop loafing on the job.” “Tell that to my missing leg!”

Robotech Masters #5

Comico The Comic Company (January, 1986)

“Danger Zone”

ADAPTATION: Mike Baron

PENCILER: Neil D. Vokes

INKER: Keith Wison

COLORIST: Tom Vincent

LETTERER: B.J. Gurley

EDITOR: Diana Schutz

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BW’s Daily Video: 5 Times Other Media Shamelessly Stole From Video Games

WARNING: Potential swearing in this video.

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Are The X-Men Poor Bigotry Analogs?

I’m not really a fan of the X-Men and I’m not sure why. Granted there are few Marvel heroes I really gravitate to. For example I don’t really care about the Fantastic Four either outside of their historical importance to the history of Marvel Comics and comics in general. I respect that but I’ve never really been into any incarnation of the FF in comics or TV. Even the X-Men I can say I liked X-Men: Evolution, but that’s pretty much it.

What’s always bothered me is the idea that mutants are always hated and feared but other superheroes don’t suffer that issue…on a regular basis anyway and before the Civil War nonsense. The X-Men group of titles and related titles are supposedly an analog for bigotry, racism at the time though it makes sense that modern readers would throw in homophobia, transphobia, and whatever else is out there. (Though its always about what you are and not who you are. There is no analog for various worldviews because that the internet has decided we’re allowed to hate people for and not bother to figure out what they actually mean. I went over that on Monday with Dr. King’s speech.) However there are two reasons why this analog doesn’t really stand up.

The first is the reason I mentioned and the one that is usually used by critics of the mutant idea, that there isn’t a huge difference between Nightcrawler and Spider-Man outside of specific abilities and the fact that only Peter’s costume is creepy, due to Spidey’s origins in a mild horror comic and Kurt being a Christian forced to look like a classic depiction of a demon. However, there’s another argument that was brought up on Twitter recently. Comics, By Perch recently looked at that Twitter discussion and pointed out that maybe the X-Men are just bad analogs because there’s a difference between the mutants and the aforementioned marginalized groups. Maybe their concern has some merit. Or would if not for the follow-up video I have from NerdSync that cancels both theories out in a very stupid way.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Star Trek: Voyager #3

It’s amazing that Star Trek both created the holodeck and keeps proving why it’s a bad idea.

Star Trek: Voyager #3

Marvel/Paramount Comics (January, 1997)

“Repercussions”

WRITER: Laurie S. Sutton

PENCILER: Jesus Redondo

INKER: Sergio Melia

COLORIST: John Kausz

LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos

EDITOR: Bobbie Chase

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BW’s Daily Article Link: Scooby-Doo & Batman Team-Up A Whole Lot More

I’m not against the Scooby-Gang, or Mystery Inc, or whatever you want to call them teaming up with DC heroes. Scooby-Doo Team-Up was a great comic and I’m ready to read some more…if only to get to read a Scooby comic that actually has a full-length mystery story. However, it was them teaming up with different heroes I found interesting and wish Scooby-Doo & Guess Who had done a better job with instead of wanting to focus on the comedy with the celebrities and superheroes. I also liked the two episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries where Batman and Robin joined them in foiling plots by the Joker and Penguin, but for the same reason I enjoyed the gang appearing on episodes of Dynomutt alongside Dog Wonder and Blue Falcon. Plus maybe Batman is getting a bit oversaturated? Do we need yet another Batman title?

Well, I hope you think so because now we’re getting Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries, where the teen sleuths ONLY team up with Batman and presumably the rest of the Bat-Family. Does that mean the gang knows he’s Bruce Wayne now?

Chapter By Chapter> BattleTech: I Am Jade Falcon chapter 14

Chapter By Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

In our last installment Joanna got her battle with Ravill after learning a few interesting details about his origins and the science caste. So now we have a mechbattle in the arctic. Taking a quick look it seems to be done in this chapter. So far the human fights we’ve seen were pretty good considering you have to see them in your head. Hopefully Thurston does as good a job in prose form. Let’s find out.

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