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X-Men #1

It was 1991. The X-Men were a hot commodity, but as so often happens with comics there was so much continuity to deal with in the series that it was hard to pull in new readers. Marvel had two options, reboot the series or try to create a jumping on point for new readers. They went with the second option. It feels like they may have been trying to lure back old readers as well, since this book took old characters and put them back in familiar positions that they had strayed from. This series was running when the popular animated show started, and though the stories were taken from older books the team makeup and look was definitely influenced by this run. The story starts with some mutants who have hijacked a space shuttle being chased by agents in 3 other ships. The mutants are looking for Magneto, who has withdrawn from the world on his asteroid sanctuary. Even though he proclaims he wants nothing to do with world events, he is rather easily suckered into going down to earth to start

Magnum PI Season 1 Episode 1 Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii part 1

The first half of the pilot, originally broadcast as one long episode but now broken into 2 parts, starts off with Thomas Magnum narrating as he breaks into the estate of author Robin Masters to steal his Ferrari. Magnum explains that he is doing this at the behest of Masters, who has hired him to test his security. We get an explanation of Magnum's living arrangements and see his skills at getting past obstacles. We see his ring and the Vietnam flashback it triggers. Everyone in his unit had one of these rings. Cut to the title sequence. This is not the one I am familiar with. It had more of a 60's feel with a jazz inspired theme song and the emblem from his ring making a cutout into the credits sequence.  The rest of the first half of the episode is very 80's but also timeless in a way. It is obviously of it's time, the technology and vibe all scream 80's even though the decade had barely begun. Magnum and his friends were all Vietnam vets, just like in every othe

Favorite Friends

  Who was the most popular Friend on Friends?  We don’t really know about the audience, but we can tell who was most popular with the writers by looking at who got the most screen time all to themselves.  Monica had 69 scenes with none of the other Friends present.  Chandler got 88 scenes to himself.  Rachel was in 105.  Pheobe had 117 scenes. Ross got 139 scenes to himself.  Joey is the king of popularity, with 151 scenes that didn’t involve anyone else from the main cast.

Dell Movie Classics Hercules Unchained

The comic book adaptations of the 1959 Steve Reeves movie Hercules Unchained begins with Hercules parting ways with the Argonauts to take his new bride Iole back home to Thebes. He is bringing along young Ulysses to train him. Ulysses' father Laertes gives them some homing pigeons in case they run into trouble on their journey. Of course they run into nothing but trouble. The first problem they encounter is Antaeus, the son of the earth goddess. He wants to rob them, and he gains in strength every time he touches the ground. Hercules solves this by simply holding him over his head. One might expect this interlude to tie back in and play some part in the larger plot, but it does not. When they reach Thebes Hercules and company find that Eodipus' sons have convinced him to step down as king so they can take turns ruling Thebes every other year. Only it is now Polynices' turn to rule but his brother Eteocles will not give up the throne. Polynices has brought in a foreign army