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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 23, 2018, 01:53:11 AM »
Thanks for the further info, MB. The whole period of the early to mid 1990s was hellishly busy for me. It was also when I had my first few brushes with DS fandom. I really needed something that wasn't academic in my life.

With all the caveats you mention, thus far I think this comic book series was about 5000 percent superior to the "Gold Key" books.

Thanks again to yourself and Midnite for your work on this.  I am enjoying it.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:56:05 PM »
For anyone who's interested, this page includes links for each issue published.  Unfortunately, some of the pages are blank, presumably because whoever worked on this either did not have access to all the issues, or just never got around to doing treatments for certain numbers.

It states that issue 2 was published in August of 1992, and that the publication schedule was erratic. So maybe the first one came out in June, which always feels like International DS History month to me.

http://darkshadows.wikia.com/wiki/Innovation

Only the first issue of the third "book" was released when Innovation, the publisher, went out of business. I wonder if the complete storyline planned for that "book" was ever posted online.

Despite their disclaimer, the comics do seem to make use of material from the original series that weren't a part of the Universe of the 1991 iteration. For instance, in one story, Liz warns Vicki not to set foot in the basement, and Carolyn asks her what she's hiding, to Liz's displeasure. This idea of Liz keeping the basement locked up and warning people away from it wasn't spoken of in the 1991 episodes that I saw, at least, I don't recall it ever being mentioned.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 22, 2018, 01:13:06 PM »
Happy to help, Josette!

I think I saw a scan on a website somewhere, at some point, of the panel of Barnabas and Willie that's the central image on this latest page. I remember it being captioned something like "ever wonder what Barnabas looked like when Willie first opened the coffin?"  I don't think I ever saw this particular book, though. I am enjoying this feature about it.

I was teaching in Middletown, Connecticut, I think from the Fall of 1992 through the Spring of 1994. I'll have to look for info on when the Innovation comics started up. Maybe in the Fall of 1991?

Best, Gothick

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:23:52 PM »
It's really odd that the writer gave those lines to Barnabas in this scene. Because the original context in the novel, if I'm remembering correctly, is that Dracula just had Mina perform the vampire version of oral sex on him and this is his statement that she is now his Bride.

In the Lugosi film, he says "my blood now flows through her veins... she will live through the centuries to come" ... his voice, and bearing, were magnificent in that scene.

In this scene, Barnabas has simply made Willie his slave. But how this is portrayed here seems so erotic to me. Of course, I fully admit that I'm far from an objective viewer. And again, I don't have anything like the encyclopaedic knowledge about all of the 1991 stuff that some of you possess. I barely remember these shows.

For reference purposes, I'm using google Chrome on a circa 2009 MacBook to view the internet.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:16:24 PM »
I'm not seeing any artifacting on my screen.

Thanks!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 21, 2018, 03:16:38 PM »
I should have added that I think the words mean that because Barnabas has taken Willie's blood, Willie is now bonded to him. Forever.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 21, 2018, 03:11:53 PM »
He's addressing Willie--the lineal descendant of Ben Loomis. I don't think the two were related in the 1991 series but again, I never paid much attention to that.

I think this dialogue is a quote from DRACULA--either the original Stoker novel or one of the film versions.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:55:22 AM »
That's all quite cool, MB. I really don't recall this issue at all.  And I'm far from being the target audience for this feature, as I'm not a fan of the 1991 series. But I am enjoying the images and the dialogue immensely, so I'm glad you and Midnite are taking this project on.

A completely irrelevant comment came to mind when I saw today's selection. It reminded me of the episode of BATMAN where Liberace plays the dual role of piano virtuoso Chandelle and his evil twin brother, the larcenous Fingers. There's a scene where Fingers is plotting to get his mitts on Aunt Harriet's money and he kisses her hand while impersonating Chandelle. After the slippery crook slithers away, Aunt Harriet turns to Alfred and exclaims, "That wasn't Chandelle!  A man's kiss... well, Alfred--a girl can just tell!"

"YOU're not Ben Loomis!"  Famous last words...

Looking forward to more!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 20, 2018, 02:51:19 AM »
I forgot to mention that since Willie (in the 1991 show) looks just like Ben, Barnabas thinks he is the latter, not realizing that two centuries have passed. That's why Barnabas calls Willie "old friend" before he attacks him.

I'm fascinated that the sound a person makes when being fed upon by a vampire is "urk."

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 20, 2018, 02:24:48 AM »
I don't, but here's what I got from what has been posted:

Vicki is startled by the apparition of a strange spectre in the Collinwood foyer, in front of Barnabas's portrait. (I couldn't tell if the ghost was meant to be Angelique, Laura or another spirit.)  Barnabas and Dr. Hoffman enter and seeing that Vicki seems disoriented, suggest she go for a drive with them in Dr. Hoffman's very expensive silver Rolls Royce. (I doubt that this Julia would ever be caught dead in tweed.)  While they're cruising along, Barnabas starts to daydream, and goes into a flashback about Willie releasing him from his coffin. That is where we are now.

Don't know if I missed anything...

Best,  G.

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Interesting. I'm guessing that the main draw of what MPI is offering is some kind of lower rate. But does that even figure in given all the incentives Amazon offers its Prime customers?

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 19, 2018, 08:20:49 PM »
The complete image is even more sensuous.

It's strangely warm in here for a January afternoon...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:20:01 PM »
I'm sure I'm the only puppy around here who finds today's panel from the comic book distinctly homoerotic. Right? Oh, Barnie-boo, you BEAST.

I thought I had seen the first few issues of this book. But I have no memory at all of this issue or story.  I remember when it came out I was living in New Haven CT and commuting regularly to teach in Middletown, a neighboring burg. And there was a comic book store somewhere in town, close to the bus terminal I think. I'd stop in and pick up an issue of the Innovation comic occasionally just to have something DS related to peruse on the ride home.

The letters page of the comic was maybe my favorite part of it. Because people would write in and some would share their memories of the 1960s show. The one I remember best was this person who sent in their excerpt from a diary they were keeping way back when, and the entry had to do with an episode aired sometime in January 1971. These episodes (from the final phase of 1840) had yet to be released on home video in the early 1990s, and had never been seen on TV since the original airing.

The fan wrote in their diary about how delighted they were to observe that Angelique's poppet was a Barbie-doll covered with some kind of cheap modeling clay. And as she was incanting furiously and stabbing the poppet with a needle, the clay started to fall off the doll and suddenly Barbie, stark naked alas, had a cameo appearance on DS.

I was smiling riding the bus home that evening.

cheers, G.

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How VERY mysterious!

A friend told me this evening that all the Chick tracts are still being sold on some website for 17 cents each. That's far more horrifying than anything that ever happened at Collinwood.

G.

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This interesting article about a mention of "Dark Shadow" in an early 70s "Jack Chick" tract was posted on social media today. I don't know if the special update "confirmation" featuring a very rare contribution from "a certain Mysterious Benefactor (tm)" is recent or not.

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2016/10/the-unsavory-jack-chickdark-shadows.html

The second part of the article is a bit disturbing. These old tracts seem so campy and funny now, but we have to bear in mind that the people who produced them were often very disturbed, malignant individuals. This is shown in the second part of the article. Also, it's known that the tracts did inflict psychological damage on untold numbers of young readers.

G.

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