Friday, March 19, 2010

Some …”Did You Knows”

Did you know that in 1942….

Tim Publications created an official Superman fan club for younger boys (older boys got a Gene Autry club) which featured a 6″ x 9″ sized now hard to find monthly comic book. The books were mainly produced to sell the Tim clothing line. The Superman-Tim comics are now hard to find and highly valued pieces of Superman memorabilia

Did you know…

That Bruce Banner’s first name wasn’t always Robert? Way back in the halcyon early days of Marvel Comics, The Incredible Hulk appeared in fantastic Four #25. All through the story, Banner was referred to as “Bob Banner”. Of course, in very short order, many fans wrote in that Banner’s first name was Bruce. Stan Lee had made a huge goof! But not one to be dissuaded by such a glaring comic faux pas, the Smilin’ one simply renamed the Jolly Green giant’s alter ego ROBERT Bruce Banner. No harm, no foul and a legion of No-Prizes were had by all!

Did you know…

That Superman did NOT first encounter Kryptonite in the comic books? In fact Kryptonite was first introduced on the Superman RADIO program so that the show’s writers could create situations in which the Man Of Steel could be put in danger? In fact the long running radio program (1940-1951) ALSO introduced flight to Superman’s powers. Before the radio program The Man Of Steel merely leaped long distances ala the Hulk! AND the Radio program introduced the public to Jimmy Olsen! Quite a lot of “firsts” for a radio program!

Did you know…

That neither Kirk Allyn NOR George Reeves can lay claim to being the first actor to portray the man of Steel? That honor goes to Ray Middleton, a character actor in the 30’s and 40’s. He made Superman flesh on July 3rd, 1940, during the 1939 New York World's Fair's "Superman Day".

Did you know….
That William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy did not FIRST team up on Star Trek? William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy appeared together in a 1964 episode, "The Project Strigas Affair", a full two years before Star Trek aired for the first time. Shatner played a heroic civilian recruited for an U.N.C.L.E. mission, and Nimoy played the villain's henchman. It IS pretty apparent that Nimoy had just finished shooting scenes for the original Star Trek Pilot, “The Cage” though (which also started production in 1964). Check out that hair cut! (And yes Spock first worked for Colonel Klink!)

And Finally…Did you know….
It’s only TWO Weeks until Opening Day??? GO Yanks!

And THAT’S 30!


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