My Favorite Things: Six, Sixteen, and Today

Every so often someone sends me one of those pop culture survey things, like you see on Facebook or wherever, and I realize it might make for an entertaining column. So I use this space to answer it, on the theory that it’s silly to give away something on Facebook or Tumblr that can be re-purposed into actual pay copy. In this particular case, it was “favorites.”

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Favorite Current TV Show When You Were Six: That would be in 1967, and really it has to be the Adam West Batman.

I’ve explained why any number of times, most recently here.

Favorite Current TV Show When You Were Sixteen: That would make it 1977, when the bionic era of superhero TV was winding down. Probably The Incredible Hulk.

It wasn’t the Hulk show I wanted, exactly, but Bill Bixby was absolutely nailing it as Banner, and I became a big fan of the Hulk magazine that Marvel revamped from The Rampaging Hulk when the show became a hit.

I think the show served to remind me of all the things I liked about the concept and also that the Hulk character worked much, much better in a world that was not populated with superbeings (that was the approach the magazine version took, as well.)

Favorite Current TV Show Now: Well, right now, as of August 2017, most of the ones we watch are on hiatus. But of those, Timeless is the one to beat.

Explained why here. But it’s on hiatus at the moment. So airing RIGHT now, I guess we’d go with Dark Matter.

They are managing to ring all sorts of changes on the basic premise without actually damaging the idea beyond repair, and even now that most of the mysteries have been revealed, the series is still engaging. And this season they even let the actors be funny, which was a real treat.

Favorite Book When you Were Six: I think it would have to be The Scarecrow of Oz.

I still like it a lot.

Favorite Book When You Were Sixteen: This is a lot harder because by this time I was a voracious reader. Every nickel of the income I made mowing lawns and babysitting and so on went for reading material; this was the time when I discovered pulps and paperback series adventure and all sorts of great stuff. Even excluding comics, there was still just a huge avalanche of material I was consuming and I loved it all.

I was also falling in love with science fiction all over again, from Asimov to Zelazny and back, finding my way to classic SF through gateway-drug volumes like Laser Books, the Weird Heroes anthologies and David Gerrold’s nonfiction Star Trek books.

But I think the one I loved the most, just for its structure and its lean-n-mean prose style and its sheer punk-rock attitude, was the original Logan’s Run by William Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. The various attempts to adapt it for film and television all fell kind of flat but the novel itself is pure pulp adrenaline in science-fiction drag. I kind of backed into it because I had bought the first issue of Marvel’s five-part comic adaptation of the movie and couldn’t wait the four months it was going to take to get to the rest of the story. Knowing I wasn’t going to get to see the movie, I went after the book. (My usual work-around in those days.) And the book just about set my hair on fire.

It was very different from the comic– or, rather, the movie the comic was adapting– but that was all the better. The novel had all the action and adventure a pulp fan could dream of and also layered in some very cool social commentary that was biting and satirical without being too in-your-face about it. And the spare prose style, that still managed to seem sort of poetic, was something I fell in love with (and frankly stole from shamelessly when I started to write my own stories.) Nolan wrote two sequels, Logan’s World and Logan’s Search, that weren’t quite as good as the first but still very worthy books. There’s a great omnibus edition, Logan: A Trilogy, that’s sadly out of print but you can still find it used without too much trouble.

Favorite Book Currently:
Truthfully, I have too many to list here. But in the last year, the new-to-me book I think I enjoyed the most was probably either The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs or Art In the Blood.

The Burroughs book is one of those tribute anthologies, wherein various authors are invited to do a pastiche of a favorite Burroughs character. They’re all pretty good. I especially enjoyed Joe Lansdale’s “Tarzan in the Land That Time Forgot,” and Mercedes Lackey’s Pellucidar entry, “The Fallen.”

Art In the Blood is the latest in the long list of Holmes Vs. the Ripper stories, but it managed to ring some interesting changes on the idea. I still think Dust and Shadow is the one to beat, but this one is one of the better efforts.

Favorite Movie When You Were Six: Probably The Wizard of Oz. I have to admit it is the ONLY movie I remember from that age, because it led me to the Oz books.

Favorite Movie When You Were Sixteen: I didn’t get to see movies in the theater very often; mostly because of money, and also because Mom was insanely strict, so if we wanted to see something cool there was a fair amount of sneaking around to do. But the seventies were also the golden age of made-for-TV features, and of those, Spectre had me at hello.

It was a post-Star Trek pilot Gene Roddenberry and Sam Peeples wrote featuring Robert Culp and Gig Young as a sort of Holmes and Watson of the supernatural. And in 1977 it hit me right in my Dr. Strange/Robert E. Howard fantasy-loving heart, not to mention feeding the rediscovery of my love of Sherlock Holmes with The Seven Per Cent Solution. And also, Robert Culp in smooth supercool Columbo-villain mode (even though he was the hero.)

Let’s just say it ticked all the boxes for sixteen-year-old me. I saw it just once, the night it aired, and though my memory of the plot faded, I never forgot the sheer awesomeness of the final confrontation with the worshipers of the lizard-god Asmodeus in the hellpit beneath Cyon Manor.

Never got any kind of home video release and it was never rerun anywhere, so I lived off the memory of it for a decade or so. I finally found the Robert Weverka paperback novelization in the 1990s.

That had to suffice until the internet came along, when my old friend Rick D. from Studd very kindly sent me a copy of the actual film. It still holds up.

Favorite Movie Currently:
Well, again, we don’t get out much. But I guess it’s probably a tie between John Wick (both one and two) and The Legend of Tarzan, with honorable mentions to Star Trek Beyond and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.

So there you go, It’s kind of an interesting exercise because none of these are things that I consider my ACTUAL, all-time, favorites. For favorite TV show it’s probably either the original Star Trek or the original Mission: Impossible or possibly The Middleman; for favorite movie it’s either The Maltese Falcon or All the President’s Men or Quigley Down Under or maybe The Warriors, depending on what day you ask me. And favorite book is almost impossible to nail down. Best I can offer is favorite book SERIES — the original Ian Fleming Bonds or John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee or Robert E. Howard’s Conan. But it was fun to look back at specific years and try to remember where my head was at.

You can take a swing at it yourself down in the comments. As for me, I’ll be back next week with something cool.

32 Comments

  1. Mark Hopper

    Glad to see someone else likes DARK MATTER. The other SyFy Channel shows like KILLJOYS and THE EXPANSE get lots of praise but I have a fondness for DM. Great characterization, fun actors and plots. It takes a lot of generic sci fi tv show premises and does a unique spin on them. Never a dull episode.

    Playing the game as best I can:

    TV Show when I was 6: MACGYVER(live action) or G.I. JOE : A REAL AMERICAN HERO (animated)

    TV Show when I was 16: THE X-FILES. Right in the middle of season 3, had been watching since episode one and was obsessed.

    TV Show right now: TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN. Varies between absolute brilliance and outright hilarious idiocy. Might be my favorite tv show of all time if it sticks out the run of quality for the final few episodes. David Lynch is doing a victory lap for an astounding career.

    Book when I was 6: This is hard to remember, I remember really liking THE THREE INVESTIGATORS series when I was a kid, but don’t know if I was that young. Especially the ones with Alfred Hitchcock.

    Book when I was 16: THE ILLUMINATUS! TRILOGY by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. If I wasn’t a weirdo before reading this book I was afterwards.

    Book now: Currently reading and enjoying BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer. Loved VanderMeer’s book ANNIHILATION from a few years ago(and the movie adaptation is my most-anticipated movie of next year).

    Favorite movie when I was 6: THE GOONIES if only because I don’t remember the first time I saw any of the STAR WARS movies and they were more like a part of the tapestry of my life than specific movies I enjoyed.

    Favorite movie when I was 16: SEVEN. Or HEAT.

    Favorite movie now: My personal favorite so far this year is PERSONAL SHOPPER.

  2. frasersherman

    Nice to see someone liked Spectre besides me. It’s the post-Trek pilot I’d most like to have seen go series.
    Reread most of the Weird Heroes a couple of years back (I still have to get to the second Gypsy novel). Lots of really neat stuff including Englehart’s “Viva” and Archie Goodwin’s “Stalker.” A shame almost nothing continued after the series wrapped up.

  3. Edo Bosnar

    I’m finding it though to provide a clear answer to these questions in any of the three age categories. It’s easiest for age 6 (which, since I was a June baby, spanned from mid-1974 to mid-1975).
    Favorite current TV show: Hawaii 5-O, with Emergency! almost tied for first place.
    Favorite book: that year was first grade, when I was still having reading comprehension problems (early 1975 was when I obtained my first comic book, which would eventually set me down the road of becoming a voracious reader); I’m pretty sure at that point my favorites were the Curious George books.
    Favorite movie: my parents only very occasionally took us to see movies, and then it was usually G-rated stuff, like Grizzly Adams and the vaguely-recalled Challenge to be Free; I think my actual favorite was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which I watched on TV.

    Age 16 (1984/85) – favorite current TV show: it would have to be Magnum PI, which is pretty much the only then current show I was watching with any regularity; mainly I watched reruns of Star Trek, Gilligan’s Island and cartoons like the Flintstones (and I absolutely had no interest in this new show called Miami Vice that pretty everyone in my high school fell in love with instantly).
    Favorite book – I was reading all kinds of stuff at the time, so I can’t recall anything that was a particular favorite. I was getting into more serious SF at that point, so I was reading a lot of books by authors like Clarke, Heinlein and, especially, Ursula Le Guin (who is now my favorite author).
    Favorite movie – Star Trek III: Search for Spock.

    Right now: don’t follow any current TV shows, reading all kinds of stuff ranging from older to newer (in the past week I’ve read Quarry in the Black by Max Allan Collins, Fantastic Voyage by Asimov and Harry Harrison’s The Technicolor Time Machine) and nothing sticks out as a particular favorite, and the only current movies I bother seeing in the theater are the super-hero ones – so the last thing I saw was Spider-man: Homecoming, which I really enjoyed.

    On something of a tangent: the Logan books. I’ve all but given up ever finding those for a price I’m willing to pay. They’re easy enough to find online, true, but they always have a hefty price-tag (and/or exorbitant postage); I’ve never came across a copy of the trilogy book for less than $30.
    And Frasersherman, I definitely agree about Weird Heroes: it’s too bad the series itself ended after 8 installments, and truly a shame that we didn’t get to see the further adventures of some of the characters introduced therein. In particular, I would have loved some more stories featuring Goulart’s Gypsy, Goodwin’s Adam Stalker and Meachum and King’s Nightshade. (Reaves at least wrote a few more Darkworld Detective stories.)

  4. Le Messor

    I was just talking to somebody at work about Logan’s Run earlier today. Like Edo, he couldn’t find the sequel books for a good price. (I hadn’t known there were sequel books; but he didn’t know about the TV series, so we kinda broke even.)

    I interpret the last question slightly differently: not as ‘What’s your favourite X that’s kind of a going concern right now’, but as ‘What, right now, is your favourite X?’ (The phrasing on the movie one leans more towards the former, however.)

    That would mean, inasmuch as I remember 6yo me’s answer, my movie answer would be:
    6: Star Wars
    16: Aliens
    now: Star Wars (specifically, Return Of The Jedi).
    Funny how life works out, isn’t it?

  5. Let’s see now…

    Favorite TV show, age 6: I turned 6 in the fall of 1964. At my house, we lived for the Red Skelton show. We thought he was hilarious. Ed Sullivan and “Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” were also mainstays, but really, as far as TV was concerned, I was all about the Saturday morning cartoons. I watched all of them.

    Favorite TV show, age 16: Only just barely- “When Things Were Rotten” premiered less than a month before my 17th birthday, so I’m counting it. It remains a favorite. Truthfully though, the shows I watched most during my 16th year were late-night re-runs of “Twilight Zone” and Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life.”

    Favorite TV show, today: In these modern times of ETEWAF and on-demand streaming, it’s hard to have a current favorite. All-time fave remains “The Middleman,” but lately I’ve been watching a lot of stuff I’d previously missed, like the first couple seasons of Quantum Leap, as well as new stuff like The Handmaid’s Tale, which I would have liked better as a highly-unlikely sci-fi premise instead of as a documentary…..

    Favorite book, age 6: I was what they called a “reluctant reader,” but really I just couldn’t be bothered to learn to read; there were cartoons to watch and pictures to draw, so I didn’t read much at all until 2nd grade (I started Kindergarten at 4, so I was 6 when 2nd grade started), and that was when I discovered Dr. Seuss. “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” was totally my jam. Then came comics after the Batman show hit the air.

    Favorite Book, age 16: I took a “Science Fiction Literature” class that year, and powered through about 4000 pages of everything from Asimov to Zelazny. Enjoyed a lot of Heinlein and Ellison, but my favorite was Ray Bradbury. Still is.

    Favorite Book, now: Currently reading “Reuben, Reuben” by Peter De Vries, and loving it. It’s an early ’70s story about a crusty old Connecticut farmer’s friendship with a drunken Scottish poet, the basis for the film of the same name. The book is narrated by Old Man Spofford, who only has a couple of memorable scenes in the movie and is otherwise relegated to background, but I love this guy and want to be him when I’m a cranky old man.

    Favorite movie, age 6: I don’t remember ever setting foot in a movie theater with either of my parents, so any movie I saw at age 6 must have been on TV. “The Wizard of Oz” terrified me (not the flying monkeys, that giant flaming bellowing head that sends the Cowardly Lion leaping out the window), so I’d have to go with something that ran on Disney, like “The Absent-Minded Professor.”

    Favorite movie, age 16: Young Frankenstein. No question. I didn’t see “Phantom of the Paradise” until I was 17.

    Favorite movie, now: Still the same list. Garbo Talks!; Reuben, Reuben; Miracles; Phantom of the Paradise; The Producers….

    1. Le Messor

      “the shows I watched most during my 16th year were late-night re-runs of “Twilight Zone” and Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life.””

      I’ve never seen YBYL, but I do consider myself a Marxist. I’ve even got a calendar hanging up within sight of here that I got a An Evening With Groucho towards the end of last year!

      “All-time fave remains “The Middleman,”

      That one’s popular around here!
      The original article mentions it; I’ve seen a blog post by the producers that says the other Greg loves it.
      I’d honestly never heard of it until a friend came into my house at about the time of my birthday and handed me a wrapped up present…

        1. Greg Burgas

          Jim: Yes, but did Grillo-Marxuach name the planet that the boy band comes from after your email address? ‘Cause he got the name from mine! 🙂 (I don’t mean to crow about it, I just think it’s cool that he did, as it’s probably going to be the only time ever a piece of pop culture is connected to me.)

          Le Messor: Yes, I’ve written about The Middleman (the comic) quite often. I love the television show, too.

          1. Greg Burgas

            Jim: Hey, introducing anyone to Sakai is pretty cool!

            Yeah, my email used to include “chlothar” (Grillo-Marxuach spelled it wrong!). There were a few Merovingian kings in the 6th/7th centuries named Chlothar (it’s the antecedent of Luthor!), and as a person who studied the Merovingians in graduate school, I thought it would be neat to have it in my email. These days it’s just my real name, so I’m glad they weren’t making the show today, or he wouldn’t have used it! 🙂

          2. Pfft, I’ve been a fan of Grillo-Marxuach since he was a writer on the Pretender, so step off, bandwagoners!

            JK, of course. Actually, while I’ve read you guys all singing the praises of The Middleman (TV and comics), I’ve never actually been able to acquire any of it myself.

            I’ll have to use one of those handy dandy Amazon links that are included in all of the posts here at the Atomic Junk Shop!

          3. Edo Bosnar

            Well, after reading a number of references here and elsewhere to the Middleman, about which I know little (never read the comics, never saw the show), I made one of those for me increasingly rare impulse buys and bought the complete collected edition today – although not using an Amazon link, sorry; found a guy in the UK selling it on eBay for really cheap (it came out to about $16 total, with postage).

  6. Hmm. My memory is absolute garbage, so I shall try to play along!

    I turned 6 in 1985, which has a lot of my favourite movies now (Back to the Future) but I wouldn’t have seen any of them then. Especially being in Australia where everything was at least 6 months behind the rest of the world. (The “rest of the world” being America, which is how America likes it, I believe.)

    So… TV Show, I don’t remember being fervent about anything in particular, but around that time, there were things like Transformers, He-Man, Danger Mouse, Muppet Babies, Snorks, Inspector Gadget … I mean, take your pic!

    Book: possibly Where the Wild Things Are. I remember carrying a copy around with me to the weirdest places til I lost it to the wind scooping in through an open car window.

    Movie: We grew up with two channels, no trips to the movies, or any kind of vcr, so it had to be something on Wonderful World of Disney. Like Freaky Friday. Or any other old Disney we might have been lucky enough to catch, like Robin Hood. I do remember my uncle had the Star Wars movies on video when we visited him, but I had no idea what they were, and I may have been older by then anyway.

    At 16 (1995): Probably Seinfeld to my friends, or Red Dwarf to my nerdier ones, but my secret love of cartoons remembers Animaniacs from around this time. Especially since it was erratically scheduled and hard to find – makes it that more special!

    Book: I was still reading Terry Pratchett at this time, and Soul Music released the year before (according to Google), and that was one of my favourites. I actually might have met Terry Pratchett around this time too, at a book signing.

    Movie: I started watching TONS of movies around this time – well, since I was 11 probably – but it’s got to be City of Lost Children or Twelve Monkeys, which both blew my mind and I still love.

    Now (treating this as just things from this year, as opposed to favourites of all time):

    TV show: I was floored by The Good Place and I can’t wait for it to come back! Great cliffhangers every episode, interesting world building and the ballsiest ending to a season of anything I’ve ever seen, to the point where I have no idea what season 2 is even going to look like. Fun!

    Book: I’m a slow reader so I haven’t read much this year, but the Dragon*Princess trilogy from S. Andrew Swann was good times.

    Movie: I don’t get to watch much due to a 3 year old who lives here somehow, but Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was damn fun. I actually liked it more than the first. (That puts me in the minority, it seems. People are just never satisfied.)

    1. Le Messor

      “around that time, there were things like Transformers, He-Man, Danger Mouse, Muppet Babies, Snorks, Inspector Gadget”

      That’s weird – I don’t remember ever seeing Muppet Babies or Snorks here in Australia; only in America.

      “Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was damn fun. I actually liked it more than the first. (That puts me in the minority, it seems. People are just never satisfied.)”

      Well, that’s okay. I prefer the first, but not gonna tell you what to like.
      I just want to see a meme of Kurt Russell saying:
      “Peter, when someone asks if you’re a god, you say Yes!”

      1. I definitely remember watching Muppet Babies a lot, maybe even as a daily afternoon show (3 – 4 or 4 -5 was sometimes the “throw the kids a bone between the dour news programs” hour) but Snorks was one of those rare shows everyone was talking about, but I never got to see, so of course I was always on the lookout for it. I remember seeing it on all the tvs in a department store once and I didn’t want to leave. My bed was also plastered with Snorks stickers I used to collect with that tooth-breaking bubble gum.

        In rural Vic we only had channel 6 and ABC, so daily cartoons were always the ABC stuff and almost always British or Canadian. (Duckula, Mysterious Cities of Gold, Belle & Sebastian, etc.) but 6 had Six’s Super Saturday Show which was cartoons from 9am to noon every saturday and that’s where I got my US cartoon fix, but the schedule was always nutty. They’d show one thing once and never again, or just float stuff around all over the place. I hated it!

        Trips to Melbourne or Canberra is where I discovered other people have five or six channels with WAY more choice, Channel 7 being the one with the best stuff. (Channel 7 later had Saturday Disney, of course, with all the Gummi Bears, Wuzzles, Talespin, Winnie the Pooh, etc etc) Pandamonium, Mighty Mouse and Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch are ones I remember vividly watching at my cousin’s place that we never got at home.

        1. Le Messor

          “Trips to Melbourne or Canberra is where I discovered other people have five or six channels with WAY more choice,”

          Growing up in Canberra, I mostly had only three channels – it grew to five later on. (Remembering that I’m a little more than ten years older than you, this does all add up.)

          I used to love Danger Mouse and Duckula! 🙂
          And Mysterious Cities Of Gold (which recently got a new season).

  7. Le Messor

    Everyone else is, so I’m gonna do my list:

    Favourite TV show:
    6: Doctor Who. My family couldn’t afford a TV, so I’d have to go to friends’ houses to watch it (this lasted for years!). I remember being afraid of Daleks coming through my bedroom window. The fact I was on the second floor didn’t change that.
    16: Didn’t have one; there were a lot of shows I liked / loved, but nothing stood out as a favourite.
    Now: The more I read this, the more I see that it really is about ‘current TV’, not all-time favourites. So: current? None, really, but if I have to pick I’d say Once Upon A Time.
    All-time: Avatar: The Last Airbender. Buffy broke my long streak of not picking a fave, but later on, along came ATLA, which I decided I liked better.

    Book:
    6: I’m not sure I remember my favourite when we were six; or what we read when we were very young. My mother tells me I made her read The Pokey Little Puppy over and over, but that was probably before I was six. She read things like The Wizard Of Earthsea out loud at about that time.
    16: The Neverending Story (though my favourite author was Anne McCaffrey: she just had a lot more books I liked.)
    now: Good Omens

    I’ve given my movie choices above (though my favourite of the year would have to be a Marvel movie – was Doctor Strange this year?)
    So:
    Comics:
    6: As a child, I had an issue of Valley Of The Dinosaurs which, if I had it at age 6, was probably it (I was all about the dinosaurs when I was six).
    16 (which is the age I started collecting, natch!) : Alpha Flight
    now: John Byrne’s Alpha Flight

  8. Comics?

    6: I was still a year away from discovering that comics existed. But then it would have been Justice League of America, my very first comic book.

    16: I was reading pretty much everything on the spinner rack, my favorite would have to be the Defenders. Even before Steve Gerber got there, it was just goofy weird stuff. Of course, the next year saw the reboot of the X-Men and that changed everything.

    Now: The only things I’m buying currently are Astro City, Usagi Yojimbo, and the brilliant Hawkeye.

  9. M-Wolverine

    This starts off easier because my 6 year is your 16. So you help me out.

    TV- 1977 at 6: being too lazy to see what was the Saturday morning lineup then (if Godzilla Hanna Barbara was on, it wins) or syndicated cartoons, it assuredly was the Hulk.

    1987 at 16: Probably between Moonlighting and LA Law. I think Moonlighting was new and not in suck mode yet.

    Now: Easy, Game of Thrones.

    Books – 1977: probably a Star Wars book on tape. Or maybe the library had that book series on movie monsters, and the Godzilla one got record check outs by me.

    1987- Still From Russia with Love.

    Now- I have a stack of things I have to read still I’ve bought. Does that count? I got Gaiman’s Norse Gods waiting.

    Movies- 1977: too easy, Star Wars.

    1987: actually a secret good year for movies, but the Living Daylights. Listened in the soundtrack in my Triumph and loved the new real Bond and old world feel.

    Today: pretty good year for movies so far, but I guess Wonder Woman since that’s the only one I saw twice.

  10. Jeff Nettleton

    Let’s see…..

    Age 6 tv: Emergency!, though with the Odd Couple as a close second.

    Age 16 tv: that’s harder; we had cable and I tended to watch movies more than network programming. I’ll say Newhart.

    Current tv show now: None. I do not watch tv. The only current show I even view in dvds is Game of Thrones, and only after the dvds come down in price.

    Favorite book, age 6: Dr Seuss’ Happy Birthday to You-loved the architecture of the birthday palace and the weird contraptions. Also, Drummer Hoff.

    Favorite book, age 16: That’s hard to say; I was reading a lot of books then, and when I first read them blurs a bit. The one I reread a few times, in that era, was Excalibur, by John Jakes and Gil Kane (yes, as in the artist). It was a pretty decent take on Arthurian legend, trying to add more historically correct detail, though only in bits and pieces. Aside from that; probably Michael Moorcock’s The Silver Warriors (aka Phoenix in Obsidian). My intro to Moorcock’s Eternal Champion.

    Favorite book, currently: Terry Pratchett’s Night Watch-several years old now; but, it is my favorite of the City Watch books, which are my favorite Discworld titles. We get to see Sam Vimes both as an old experienced, cynical cop and a young, impressionable one, thanks to a journey through time. it also has the birth of his son.

    Movie, age 6: probably the Adam West Batman movie, though I hadn’t seen the whole thing, at that point (razzafrazzin early bedtime………)

    Movie, age 16: I had wheels and that was a good time for movies (82-83); probably Return of the Jedi

    Movie, current: not seeing many lately; within the last year it would probably be the Legend of Tarzan.

    It’s funny, when considering this, that many “favorites” were cemented in certain time periods. For contemporary films, my biggest period is from about 1983 to the mid 90s, when I saw just about everything or anything (such as came to local theaters) and there was a higher portion of quality material. After that, my interest starts waning and it gets worse with each decade. Most of my “favorite movies” are from the 60s. There is a nice blend of modern filmmaking and classic studio production; so, you get more experimental and transformative material, as well as more consistent quality from the studios. The corporate takeover of the studios in the 70s seemed to change that, especially after the concept of the blockbuster became the main focus.

    For tv, It’s the 70s, with a lot of 60s tv programs I saw in syndication, in the 70s. There was a lot of great tv in the 80s; but, the 70s shows seem to hold up better for me (comedy and drama, not so much things like The Rookies and other shows I loved as a kid).

    For books it’s different. My tastes changed as I grew older. My younger days were all about comic books and non-fiction, when I was interested in a subject. High school was all blood and thunder adventure, either fantasy adventure or military adventure, plus more comics. College and post-college was more fantasy adventure and spy thrillers. After that, it becomes more eclectic, with more humorous stuff, modern pulp, non-fiction and exploring classic pulp/adventure, with authors like Talbot Mundy, or Conan Doyle (the Brigadier Gerard stories).

  11. Louis Bright-Raven

    Favorite Current TV Show When You Were Six (1978): Live action probably BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. Cartoon it was a tie between CHALLENGE OF THE SUPERFRIENDS and BATTLE OF THE PLANETS.

    Favorite Current TV Show When You Were Sixteen (1988): Honestly, I didn’t really have TV at the time – I don’t really remember anything live action that stands out. I probably watched the MAGNUM PI finale and the SPENSER FOR HIRE finale. But that’s about all I can think of. I remember seeing the 1998 Ruby-Spears SUPERMAN run on CBS that Gil Kane did the character model designs for, also.

    Favorite Current TV Show today: Probably Dark Matter on SyFy.

    Favorite Book When You Were Six (1978) : I had three– Ray Bradbury’s THE HALLOWEEN TREE (1972), Maurice Sendak’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (1963), and Tolkien’s THE HOBBIT (1937).

    Favorite Book When You Were Sixteen (1988): LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy by Tolkien, and Chris Claremont’s FIRST FLIGHT (1987).

    Favorite current book: Honestly, I really haven’t been keeping up with the prose fiction lately. Only stuff I’ve been reading this year are 6 HELLBOY prose novels / short story collections by various authors (and haven’t really gotten too far with them – I only have read one so far), and none of that stuff is current, it was all stuff that’s been published over the past 5-8 years that I hadn’t known had come out and just ordered.

    Favorite Movie When You Were Six (1978): Either THE CAT FROM OUTER SPACE or the first Christopher Reeve SUPERMAN.

    Favorite Movie When You Were Sixteen (1988): Uhm… hurm. Again no TV and really no movie theatres – most of the stuff that came out during that period, I didn’t see until a couple of years later.

    Favorite Current Movie (2017): COLOSSAL starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, hands down. While GOTG2, WONDER WOMAN and LOGAN were all respectable films, they were all way overhyped and really didn’t measure up for me. Unless BLADE RUNNER 2049 or LAST JEDI topples it, COLOSSAL will likely be my favorite film of 2017.

    Favorite Comic When You Were Six (1978): Marvel’s STAR WARS

    Favorite Comic When you were Sixteen (1988) Claremont’s UNCANNY X-MEN.

    Favorite Comic Today (2017): Nothing really screams at me. I buy a lot of stuff, but nothing that makes me geek out. Maybe Matt Wagner’s final arc of the MAGE series which just started a week or so ago will do the trick, but it’s too early to tell.

    1. Le Messor

      “Favorite Book When You Were Six (1978) : I had three– Ray Bradbury’s THE HALLOWEEN TREE (1972), Maurice Sendak’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (1963), and Tolkien’s THE HOBBIT (1937).
      Favorite Book When You Were Sixteen (1988): LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy by Tolkien, and Chris Claremont’s FIRST FLIGHT (1987). ”

      Wow! I’ve read all of those except The Halloween Tree.

      “Favorite Comic Today (2017): Nothing really screams at me. I buy a lot of stuff, but nothing that makes me geek out.”

      Sadly, I feel the same way.

    2. M-Wolverine

      Great taste. Battle of the Planets was awesome. And that was the best version of the Super Friends by far. Good 16 TV taste too.

      I didn’t do comics, so at 6 it would almost assuredly be Spider-Man, in pocket book form. At 16 Dark Knight Returns. And now, same answer as you. I’m close to giving up collecting most things, but haven’t yet. Just don’t read them that often.

  12. Louis Bright-Raven

    I think it has to do with how the Diamond Comics Market is, guys.

    There are all kinds of books I’m enjoying, but how can one stay excited when the creators are always having to go on hiatus for months on end in order to whore themselves out to Marvel and DC or other publishers because nobody orders their creator owned stuff and they have to go make a living, or their books get canceled by their publishers, or they have to constantly live in Beggarsville at the corners of Kickstarter Avenue and Patreon Parkway with their hands out asking you to socially fund them and nobody’s books sell for shit and basically aren’t available through the shops?

    It’s depressing as hell.

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