Tuesday was, as we all know, National Gorilla Suit Day. A brief synopsis for the latecomers: Back in the 1960s, MAD Cartoonist Don Martin told a tale in which benighted protagonist Fester Bestertester rails against a fake holiday invented by the gorilla suit manufacturers’ cabal in order to sell their product, and is hilariously punished for this affront in a myriad of ways. He named January 31 is National Gorilla Suit Day.
We’ve all done it. We take turns being That Guy. Fans, pros, even Peter Weller.
Let’s take a look at the trades and books I managed to read in January. I promise a lot of writing and maybe some laughs? I don’t know what amuses you people!
Dan Spiegle passed away on Saturday.
If you weren’t familiar with Dan’s work, I feel sorry for you. He was, simply put, one of the most ferociously talented artists that comics have ever produced. And probably one of the most underrated by fandom.
We’re wrapping up Sherlock Holmes Month here at the Atomic Junk Shop, and since we started it with the fourth season of Sherlock, I thought it’d be appropriate to finish it with a look at an earlier attempt to create a Sherlock Holmes for the modern day: ZERO EFFECT.
Released 19 years ago on January 30th, 1998, ZERO EFFECT didn’t make much of a splash in theaters, but it developed a cult following on home video. Written and directed by Jake Kasdan, it stars Bill Pullman as quirky private investigator Daryl Zero and Ben Stiller as his beleaguered assistant, lawyer Steve Arlo.
The bar on supernatural Korean dramas was raised so high by this drama that it became THE standard. Goblin, The Lonely and Great God came into audience’s hearts like a rainstorm …
Last week I wrote about Dick Gautier, and mentioned that one of his first major roles was on Mr. Terrific, CBS’ ill-fated attempt at grabbing some of the heat generated by ABC’s Batman. That got me to thinking about the fallout from Batmania. There were a few shows, specials, and most especially cartoon series that tried to get some bat-mojo going. I thought I’d dig up some of the ones I remember.