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Friday, January 15, 2016
In Old Santa Fe... The Film Introduction Of...
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In Old Santa Fe...
Featuring The Film Introduction Of Gene Autry!
 
 
  
  

 TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #4063 -   This morning, while watching movies I had recorded on TCM to view later, I saw the first ever movie appearance of Gene Autry!  The film was titled 'In Old Santa Fe!

Contrary to the film poster shown to the left, Gene did not have any film credit in the original release of the film back in 1934!

Indeed, the film's scene with Gene was just a small part of the movie.  Both he and Smiley Burnette sang a couple of songs during a dance at the dude ranch that the film was filmed at.

That was it.  Period.  You see, the part was considered to be a 'film test' for Gene Autry.  It did show Gene had talent and he went on to be filmed in 92 additional films!

BTW, this was also the film that George Hayes created his character of being a 'cranky but lovable' sidekick.  From then on he was known as 'Gabby' Hayes.

Ken Maynard was the 'star' when the film first was released.  But when the film was re-released, Gene Autry received top billing at the start of the film.

Not a bad start for what Gene Autry was to become... America's Singing Cowboy!

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You may be asking what this blog has to do with comic books... Well, a few years back I blogged about receiving a consignment of Western comic books.

That consignment included several Gene Autry comics, as well as Roy Rogers. 

I mentioned the consignment to my mom, Lois E Hamersky, who had fond memories of Gene.  He was her favorite cowboy western actor, while Roy Rogers was her sister's favorite.

I lived in the Los Angeles area for several years, and watched several old TV Shows and films starring both Gene & Roy.  My favorite of the two was Roy Rogers and Trigger.  

During my years as a comic book dealer, (ComicBooksCircus.com), I have sold multiple westerns.  Most of them were sold to collectors in both Germany and Australia, when I was shipping outside of the USA.  You can see the Gene Autry comics that were published by viewing this link at comics.org. 

In summary, I enjoyed seeing the film where Gene Autry started back in 1934 in the movies!  If TCM shows it again, I'd suggest you DVR it to view later! 

~ Michael D Hamersky

 



 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Whom I Am Thankful For... The 2012 Thanksgiving Post!
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TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3748 -   For the past several years during this Thanksgiving Holiday Week I have had a blog series titled "Whom I Am Thankful For"... Which usually gets a lot of comments, messages, and emails after I post it.

Two years ago I posted it on Thanksgiving Day, as I was busy setting up everything for my 2nd Annual Black Friday Online Event via my then new Facebook Fan Page titled:  'Michael D Hamersky On Comics'.

Then last year I was busy setting up my 3rd Annual Black Friday Event, and extending it through Cyber Monday, as seen in this Facebook Event Page titled:  3rd Annual Black Friday - Cyber Monday Event From Michael D Hamersky On Comics!

This year, Tina and I went on vacation a week before this year's Thanksgiving, so I am a little behind in getting caught up from being gone a week!

I do have the event page for the 4th Annual Black Friday Online Event started, and also have been listing the prizes that are being awarded at this link!

As always, I do want to mention that there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to win one of the many Announced Free Gifts that are being given away during that one day period on Black Friday. You just need to make yourself eligible for them by two clicking two links:

1) Click the 'GOING' button at the event page, (which is easy enough, because you don't walk, run, drive, or fly to a 'virtual online only event' like this one!

And

2) Click the 'LIKE' button at the fan page, Michael D Hamersky On Comics!

That's it... Click twice and be eligible!

Okay... Enough of the 'commercial' presentation...

Back to this year's person I've selected for my annual Thanksgiving blog post.

First... Here are the re-posts from the previously posted archived blogs combined together in one long blog post along with the 2012 entry added at the bottom.

There are some minor updated revisions since the original postings several years ago, where needed:

Part I - Stan Lee, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday this year, (2012)! Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers were the reason I started collecting comics, instead of just reading 'funnybooks'. (Note: It started with the cover of Journey Into Mystery #72.)

Stan is shown to the left, signing my personal copies of Fantastic Four #1 and Strange Tales Annual #2 for me several years ago. Below is the text from that blog post:

Today is the time of year that many Americans stop, reflect and give thanks...

I am no exception to this as Tina and I get ready to go to my folks for Thanksgiving Dinner.

I was thinking about this as I was getting cleaned up just a few minutes ago...

I am thankful for many things, which is why this is but Part I, but one of the earliest things I can remember being thankful for was the early ability to read and comprehend which helped me become an 'A' Student in High School.

I have of course my great aunt and uncle who started me off with 'funnybooks', but it was pretty much one writer that moved me to look up new words in our dictionary that he wrote on his pages! Stan Lee also introduced new concepts and other genres of writing besides superheroes to me.

Additionally he made me and probably millions of others feel that we were part of a different world, that of 'Marvelmania' via his 'Bullpen Pages' where he wrote to fans like me!

His gift was that he never wrote 'down' to his readers, and his writing improved my vocabulary and started my interest in other pop culture items like Movies and TV Shows, etc.

I am thankful that he and I have finally seen the fruits of his early labors make it to the 'Big Screen' in the past few years. I am truly thankful that my love of comics in printed format have finally been transformed to good/great comic book movies that I am viewing today 49+ years later!

Part II - Engineer Bill... who has passed away since this blog was first posted. (William "Bill" Stulla (May 24, 1911 – August 12, 2008.) He had a great afternoon kids show with cartoons in Los Angeles during my childhood there. Below is the text from that post:

Yesterday was the time of year that many Americans stopped, reflected and gave thanks...

I was no exception to this as Tina and I got ready to go to my folks for Thanksgiving Dinner.

I am thankful for many things during my life, which is why this is but Part II, but one of the earliest things I can remember from my childhood was when my dad was stationed in Long Beach.

It was then that Engineer Bill (Stulla) hosted a kid's TV show on KHJ Channel 9 in Los Angeles.

He was a favorite TV show host during the 1950's and 1960's.

His show was broadcast on every week day about when school had been out for a while.

What really stuck out in my memory was his 'Red Light - Green Light' portion of the show, where my brother and I would drink, stop, drink, and so on when he would say 'green light' for us kids to drink the milk out of the glass, and 'red light' to stop drinking!

Some of the things that stick in your mind don't always make sense years later, but it was here that I found that drinking and eating what's good for you was fun!

By the way, other local televised kid's shows of Los Angeles during that time were Sheriff John, Chucko the Clown, and Bozo the Clown.

I don't remember many 'National' shows that I watched during that time but one for sure was Captain Kangaroo seen in black and white format.

Part III - Sheriff John, (John Rovick born October 2, 1919)... who also died since this blog post was published, (he passed in 2008). He was another of my favorite kids TV Shows hosts in Los Angeles. Below is the text from that post:

Yesterday was the time of year that many Americans stopped, reflected and gave thanks...

I was no exception to this as Tina and I got ready to go to my folks for Thanksgiving Dinner.

I am thankful for many things during my life, which is why this is but Part III, but one of the earliest things I can remember from my childhood was when my dad was stationed in Long Beach.

It was then that 'Sheriff' John (Rovick) hosted a kid's TV show on KTTV Channel 11 in Los Angeles.

He hosted the show from 1952 to 1970!

His program would open with Sheriff John entering his office while lip-syncing to the record lyrics of "Laugh and be happy and the world will laugh with you when people see you smiling, they can't help smiling, too..."

After that Sheriff John would go on to the check list, the bulletin board for pictures about safety, and then to the US flag for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The big thrill for kids with birthdays would be to hear your name called on the show!

Plus a birthday cake would be decorated with thick frosting, candy and lollipops. Then while Sheriff John sang the birthday song, the carousel cake spun in a circle while displaying the words "Happy Birthday Brigadiers" on the side of the cake!

It may sound cornball by today's standards, but it was fun in those days! Plus it started me on the 'straight and narrow'!

Part IV - Fess Parker.... aka Davy Crockett... who unfortunately passed away since this earlier annual blog post. One of my best Holiday Seasons was in 2003 when we stayed at his Inn in Los Olivos, California! (See photo of us with him to the left.) Below is the text from that Blog Post:

Yesterday was the time of year that many Americans stopped, reflected and gave thanks...

I was no exception to this as Tina and I got ready to go to my folks for Thanksgiving Dinner.

I am thankful for many things during my life, which is why this is but Part IV, but one of the earliest things I can remember from my childhood was our black and white TV set where I saw several TV Shows including one of my folks' favorites, 'Walt Disney'.

I definitely can remember those early years of watching Fess Parker as 'Davy Crockett' and made sure I would re-watch them when they were repeated years later!

Tina and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Fess Parker a few years ago at his Hotel/Restaurant in Los Olivos, California.

We had visited his Fess Parker Winery, his Hotel/Spa in Los Olivos, and had a great dinner in his restaurant while visiting 'Wine Country' in the Santa Inez Valley.

I appreciated finally meeting the man who had given me so many years of entertainment and was a good role model for me while growing up!

Part V - Howard and Marge McIntosh.... My Great Uncle and Aunt who are both responsible for giving me the first comic books to read at their house years ago!  Sadly Uncle Howard passed away on April of this year, following his wife's passing Here is the story:

Years ago when my folks would drive to Howard and Marge's house in Los Angeles, Howard & Marge would have 'funnybooks' for my brother and I to read in the back patio, so we wouldn't either bother the adults or get bored listening to the adults talk! The 'funnybooks' were a different world for me, and led me to really look forward to our regular visits to their house. Because we could take the 'funnybooks' home with us!

We are sharing this year's Thanksgiving Day with Great Uncle Howard with my folks. Howard turned 96 years old this year. Sadly, Marge passed away a few years ago.

Definitely Howard and Marge were instrumental in getting me to enjoy reading more via funnybooks, and that in turn led me to read the comic book that Jack Kirby / Dick Ayers illustrated, (mentioned in Part VI), that started me collecting comics!

Part VI - Jack Kirby, who 'showed' me that comics were made by real people and didn't all have to be 'funnybooks', as evidenced by the cover of Journey Into Mystery #72, which featured the 'Blob' - a MoNSter that stuck in mind for years! That comic book is what started me 'collecting' comics instead of just reading them....

Definitely that led to my life long fascination with reading and collecting comics, even though my tastes in comics have changed since I first started reading 'funnybooks'. In the photo to the left: Jack is shown at the left, with inker Joe Sinnott shown at the right.

Plus it was his artwork that kept going with comics, when I was told that 'comics' were for kids. I knew different as I watched Jack's pencils become more and more illustrative in the late 1960's and into the mid 1970's. Now it's known that comics aren't just for kids! Sadly though, most comics are printed for 'kids' anymore either... Thanks Jack for keeping comics important in my life during those transition years of 'comics are for kids'!

Part VII - Tina LoSasso, with whom I celebrated our 11th year of marriage this month!

As shown at the photo to the left... we are on quite a journey!

It's like I've stepped into a different portal to a new life being with her!

It's Tina who has merged my love of comics and her love of books into what we are both doing today; a business built on promoting comics and books, book launches and other publicity, including attending comics conventions, book signings and blogging!

(Tina has her own websites, including MakeItSoMarketing.com & her Facebook Fan Page:  Make It So Marketing Inc.) 

Here's the shout out from that year's blog post:

Today is the day that I give thanks to Tina for a Great Eight Years, and here's to many more!  

She would be here blogging too with an addendum, but she's been baking pies for two different Thanksgiving Dinners we are attending on Thursday!

 

 

Part VIII - Francis and Lois Hamersky, besides being my folks, were instrumental in giving me an 'allowance' during my early childhood, thus 'allowing' me to buy more comics to feed my 'collecting bug'!

In the photo to the left, my little brother Frank, and I are shown in the front of the Disneyland car, with Mom and Dad in the back. This is from a 1959 photo of my family when we were chosen 'Navy Family Of The Month' at the Naval Base in Los Alamitos, California, and awarded an all expense paid trip to Disneyland!

(Francis has his own web site, Whirlibirds.com, and his own Facebook Fan Page for:  Whirlibirds.com Fan Page For Whirligigs.)

Today is the time to thank them also for helping form my life. Thanks Mom & Dad!

BTW, I must have gotten that 'collecting bug' from my Dad, as he had a great coin collection for many years!

Part IX - Now for the 2010 entry! It was a 'toss-up' as to which of the two persons I first thought about would be selected and listed here... And then a third person came to mind. Since I only have time to do today's post, instead of a series of blogs, I've gone with...

Annette Funicello  Here's why!

When I was much, much younger, I of course was influenced by the Mickey Mouse Club on TV! Which Annette was first discovered by America and became a major star on this series!

Years later being a teenager, I was drawn to the Frankie & Annette Beach Party series of films! Of course, what young guy wouldn't be when there were record albums such as the one pictured here from 1963! And yeah, I did have all of her albums and singles!

I also collected the comics that featured Annette on the cover, as well as the Disney films tht she was in and those tht had one-shot comics published.

My 'Annette Funicello' collection at one time was stored in five 'perma-pak' boxes, when I was divorced.

My later girlfriend, Tina LoSasso, thought it ws a little strange that I would have an 'Annette' collection as well as an Elvis Presley collection, and of course a substantial comic book collection! Tina never had the 'collecting bug'!

That was okay though, as when I started selling part of my Annette collection, those items sold paid for Tina's engagement ring!

So my personal thanks to Annette, on whom I had an 'early crush on', which I'm sure thousands of other boys developed during her early career on TV and then the film series! Of course I had to see her last film, 'Back to the Beach', when it came out in 1987!

Thanks, Annette! And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

AND NOW FOR THE 2011 ENTRY:

Part X - I probably gave it away when I posted the photo of the El Cortez Hotel at the top right of this blog!

To the left is a photo of the (co-)Founder of what has been known by several names, including the San Diego Comic Con, and the Comic-Con International: San Diego.

That of course would be Shel Dorf

Yes, there are many others who also participated in the co-founding of this comic con, but several of the earliest founders name him as the 'Founder' of the con, so I'm going to go with that, and not get into the politics of later years.

It was there at the 1972 con, when it was Known as San Diego's West Coast Comic Convention, that I first set up as a comic books dealer, in the basement of the El Cortez Hotel, after buying out a dealer who couldn't stay for the last day of the con.  So I offered him an amount to take over his table and had so much fun that I bought my own table for the 1973 con, which when it was officially named as the 'San Diego Comic Con'!

Thus, Shel Dorf is the person... "Whom I'm Thankful For" this year, as I am continuing today, almost 40 years later, as a comic books dealer! And although I've had a 20 year hiatus of not setting up at comic cons, (since the mid 1990s comics crash), I recently set up at the 2nd Annual SoCal Comic Con that was held in Oceanside, California! Plus I am combining a 'Book Signing' along with setting up a table at the 2011 Nuke The Fridge Con in the City of Industry on December 10th! So after all these years of first selling at the El Cortez Hotel... I am back to my 'roots' as a convention dealer!

Thus, although I had someone else in mind for this year's entry, (who was also one of the three thought of in 2010), I have gone with Shel Dorf. 

Possibly I was swayed by the fact that this year, (2011), I was nominated as one of the five persons for the 'Comics Blogger of the Year' at the Shel Dorf Awards distributed at the Detroit Fan Fair

Plus I received my membership card, (shown at the above left), from Greg Koudoulian to the "Shel Dorf Fan Club & Entourage', with the title "Blogger of the Century and Shel's Pal".  Thanks, Greg!  Oh, and here is the link to one of Greg's ventures online, The Planet El Cortez Facebook Fan Page, that I suggest you check out further!

With all of the above events reminding me of Shel Dorf this year... I just had to name him as one of those "Whom I Am Thankful For" in this continuing series of blogs.   Thank you, Shel! 

And just as I ended last year's entry... I am of course also Thankful for a LOT of other people in my life, and they will be mentioned as the year(s) go on in this blog. After all it's just a 'Top Ten List' so far!

Part XI - Elvis Presley

And now for this year's blog post... And whom I probably should have mentioned long before this year!

Yes, that would be Elvis Presley!

It was a combination of Elvis 45s, 33s, comic books with Elvis in them, and Elvis movies that swung me over to liking him in the 1960s to his death in 1977.

At one time I had a massive Elvis Presley collection!  With so much stuff in my collections... and due to my divorce, I decided to start selling a lot of my collections, Elvis, Annette, Marvel Comics, etc.

To this day, I remember so many of the songs that Elvis sung, and the several times I was fortunate to see him in person.  The photos of him in this blog are from times that I saw him.

Matter of fact, here's the link to all of the Elvis Presley blogs or blogs with Elvis's name in them.

Even though I went on to see other bands, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rick Nelson, Johnny Cash, and many others... None had the charisma that this one man had when opening a concert!

I am truly thankful for having Elvis in my life!

~ Michael D Hamersky

 

 


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Sunday, December 25, 2011
Our Take On: Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Film - aka M:I:IV)
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Michael D Hamersky On Comics & Tina LoSasso Review...

Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol

(aka M:I:IV!)

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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3571:

It's Christmas Night... After we both took in a film on Christmas Day.  Which has turned out to be part of our annual celebration of Christmas for us.  No matter if we are home like this year, or on a year end vacation last like year!

This year, Tina chose the film.  Which was actually in the genre of films that she likes to watch this time of year.  Since there wasn't any 'James Bond' film out, she chose 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol'. 

My other choice was 'Sherlock Holmes -  A Game of Shadows'.  However, after seeing the first of this new series of films, she wasn't interested, even though it had Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr.!  The first one was too 'Wild, Wild, West' like for her tastes!

Here's Tina's 'Take' on the film we just watched, which will be posted tomorrow, Monday:

Review: Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol

Outside of the MI franchise, I haven't enjoyed Tom Cruise in a movie since 'The Firm'. Not a big  or even a little Tom Cruise fan. But I never miss the crazy ride of Mission Impossible and 'MI4: Ghost Protocol' delivers this Christmas.

These are the darkest days for Ethan's team since Mr. Phelps went bad in the first flick. Yet, this movie isn't bleak. In fact, strangely enough it has several strangely feel-good moments. I attribute this to the involvement of Brad Bird (The Incredible, UP). In particular, the end of the movie felt like the end of the franchise with all the summing up and pseudo happy ending.

If you've seen the ads, you know that the President invokes "ghost protocol" disavowing MIF when Ethan Hunt is set up to take the fall for the bombing of the Kremlin. With the US and former Soviet Union at the brink of nuclear war, Ethan and his new team are on the hunt for stolen nuclear launch codes and a mad nuclear strategist who's gone over to the dark side.

Why do we fork over our movie dollars to catch every MI movie on the big-screen? Action scenes, in particular, crazy Tom Cruise action scenes. If you're like me, you won't be disappointed. In fact, you'll probably yell out loud in shock at least once. And, possibly, claw your arm rest and be on the edge or your seat (literally) for several minutes as Michael was - technically, he was at the edge of my seat. Tom Cruise scaling the world's tallest building in Dubai is gripping stuff. Tom Cruise on crack, on Oprah's couch, crazy action stuff.

Ethan's new team misses the banter of the old team. Simon Pegg as Benji carries the load, here and makes the movie enjoyable. Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) lays an analyst (or is he?) who conveniently answers the mystery of Ethan's wife (or does he?).

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: watch this move on the big-screen. Don't think about it too much, just enjoy the crazy action.

My rating: 9.0 VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM) out of a 10.0 comic book grading scale.

~Tina LoSasso

Okay... Since it was Tina's choice of film to see, I thought I would present her 'Take' on the film first.  Now it's 'My Take':

First... I knew from the trailers that if we were going to see this film, we would benefit from seeing it on the BIG SCREEN, even though we have a decent sized TV set at home.

We have seen all four of the 'new' Mission Impossible films with Tom Cruise, although the first one with Mr. Phelps disappointed me with the twists that came about.  But I didn't let that stop me from seeing this film with Tina!  Besides the first one was back in 1996!  Here is the link to the Wikipedia entry for the series... Be aware that are multiple spoilers in that wiki entry!

And yes, there are now plans for a 5th entry in this series... Due to the commercial success (so far) of this film!

I'm showing a film poster of actress Paula Patton as Agent Jane Carter for my choice of featured actor.  Yes, the other actors did a fine job in the film, but too often the lead female character is too pretty or too demure to have a good onscreen prescence as Paula did. She was believeable as an IMF agent, and looked darn good in evening dress for that scene!

Tom Cruise was fine once again as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, as he has been in the previous films.

Seeing Josh Holloway as Agent Trevor Hanaway was fun.  I enjoyed his role in the 'LOST' TV show series... Which is his tie-in with J.J. Abrams, who is co-producer of this film.

Jeremy Renner as William Brandt, IMF Secretary's chief analyst, did a fine job, and I liked the way he was used in the film. But no spoiler alert here!

(Addendum:  Except that at Christmas Dinner, that we just finished 7:15 PM Sunday night... Tina told me that Jeremy Renner plays Clint Barton / Hawkeye in the upcoming 2012 Avengers film!  WoW!  That makes me even more excited about the 2012 film, as I can see Jeremy playing Hawkeye now!)!

Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, an IMF technical field agent and part of Hunt's team was used quite effectively.

Vladimir Mashkov as Anatoly Sidorov, a Russian intelligence operative following Hunt and his team played a key role in the film.  Plus did a fine job of doing it!

Léa Seydoux as Sabine Moreau, a French assassin for hire, played a key role in the film, but didn't have much screen time, or so it seemed to me.

It was nice seeing Tom Wilkinson as the IMF Secretary again! I like the continuation of that character in the series!

The storyline kept me on the edge of my seat in the theater!

Seriously! As Tina could tell you! I loved the action scenes of the hotel in Dubai! Great!

So were a lot of other scenes in Europe, Dubai, and Mumbai in India! Beautiful photography, and no wasted scenes! Well, until the end of the movie... Which after a very fast paced film from start till that point... It seemed an awkward way of stopping the film. Good thing for the very final scene!

Due to the slowness at the end, except for the next to final scene, I'm giving this film a Comic Book Grade of NEAR MINT MINUS (NM-) 9.2 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale.

But... This film has to be seen in the theater on the BIG SCREEN to truly appreciate the work that has gone into it!

And yes, you may be wondering.. Where is the comic book connection to this film? Well, there isn't a 'direct tie-in', just that I enjoyed reading and collecting the Mission Impossible comics books that were printed years ago when the MI TV Show was on! Here's a link to those via the GCD (Grand Comics Database) web site. Please note, there were five issues published by Dell Comics from May of 1967 - October of 1969.

Plus, if you are okay with knowing too much about the film before going, to see what else in it, you could read the stand alone Wikipedia entry for this 4th Mission Impossible film.  But if not, the whole entry is a spoiler alert!!

Hope you all had as much fun on Christmas Day as we did going to the movies!

~Michael D Hamersky On Comics!


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My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,571 total posts in number!   I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

BTW, You can 'follow' this blog by clicking the 'Follow' Button at this NetworkedBlogs app link!  We currently have over 2,654 'Followers'!  Thanks to ALL of YOU that have already clicked that button! 

And for those of YOU that haven't yet... I would appreciate it if YOU would!!!

~ Michael D Hamersky

Note:  My online 'Local' Comic Book Shop (LCBS), carries many different genres of comics, magazines, graphic novels, and comic con promotional items. Possibly even copies of the item(s) that was mentioned here today...!

If I have it... You can find it 'Under The Big Top Of Comics' at:  

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NOTE: All images and characters within this blog post are copyright and trademark their respective owners.

Comics Creators: If you are breaking into, or already work in the comic book industry or other pop culture productions, you are welcome to email or mail us press releases, news items, and updates that you feel would be of interest to our blog readers. Including YOUR own works!

To mail printed items to us for possible review, send to:

Make It So Marketing Inc., PO Box 130653, Carlsbad, CA 92013

 Also, if you are a Facebook member, I would have liked you to send me a 'Friend Request'. However, I have reached the maximum limit of 5,000 Facebook Friends and Fan pages already, so I've added a New 'Facebook Fan Page' so that even more of YOU can 'Like' what I am doing, and be interactive with me and others there.  Here is the link to that 'Facebook Fan Page': Michael D Hamersky On Comics! Please click the 'Like' button on that page! 
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Upcoming 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival In Carlsbad California
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Other Movie Genres

                                        

Michael D Hamersky On Comics Suggests You Attend...

The Upcoming 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival 

Which Runs On Friday Nights From August 26th thru September 23rd At The Leo Carrillo Ranch In Carlsbad, California

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Far Top Left Photo:  The front page to the two page flyer about the 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival.  (Right click the picture to see a full sized version of the first page of the two page flyer.)
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Above Topmost Photo:  The Leo Carrillo Film Marquee!
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Above Photo: From the 2009 Leo Carrillo Film Festival - See an episode of The Cisco Kid first, and then a film that Leo Carrillo was featured in... Either a starring role or supporting role!
  

TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3492:

Last Friday night we missed the Fund Raiser for the 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival in Carlsbad, California, as we were attending the final concert of the 2011 TGIF Jazz In The Park Series, also in Carlsbad.

This Friday night, August 26th is the first of the free films being shown for this season, which we are planning on attending.

Here is the link to the two page flyer with instructions on how to get there, and then on the second page is the listing of all the films to be shown this season. 

You'll notice that the 2011 Season is only five (5) Friday nights this year... But there are several good films to be shown, with an episode of 'The Cisco Kid' TV series shown prior to the main feature.

Plus, you can bring your own dinner & drinks, or buy from the food shack on the premises, which is what we are going to do the first night of the Film Festival.

I have blogged about Leo Carrillo and / or the Leo Carrillo Film Festival many times through the years.  Here is the link to all of those blogs or re-posts.

For those of you that are new to this Blog of mine, (ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com), you may be wondering what this topic has to do with comics... Well, here's the link to where you can see all of the covers to The Cisco Kid  comic books that Leo starred in.  Several have photo covers! Would you believe that there are forty (40) of them to collect?!

Plus several of the films that are shown during the Film Festivals have comic books that were published, but you'll have the fun of searching those out for yourself, at the same web site!

Hope that you can make it to one of those nights during this five night 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival!  If not... I'm sure that I will be posting photos from each night that we attend in a special photo album at my Facebook Fan Page.  Night #1's photos will be shown in this album.


  

~Michael D Hamersky - who is asking you for your vote in the current voting going on over at The Shel Dorf Awards web site. I was nominated for 'Comic Blogger of the Year' on Monday, August 8th!   

While being honored to be nominated, I'd also like to win! The competition has some other good nominees for the same category I was nominated for, so I'm asking for your help on this!  Voting ends on September 4th!

If you have enjoyed this blog or any of the others in the now over 3,482 blogs in this series of mine, I'd appreciate your vote!

Here is a direct link to the voting page. 'Comic Blogger of the Year' is the category, and 'Michael Hamersky On Comics' is the name I'm listed as to vote for.

Here is a link to blog #3481, where I went more into depth on this topic.

My thanks to any of you that take the time to vote for me!


NOTE FROM THE BLOGGER:

My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,492 total posts in number!   I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

BTW, You can 'follow' this blog by clicking the 'Follow' Button at this NetworkedBlogs app link!  We currently have over 2,530 'Followers'!  Thanks to ALL of YOU that have already clicked that button! 

And for those of YOU that haven't yet... I would appreciate it if YOU would!!!

~ Michael D Hamersky

Note:  My online 'Local' Comic Book Shop (LCBS), carries many different genres of comics, magazines, graphic novels, and comic con promotional items. Possibly even copies of the item(s) that was mentioned here today...!

If I have it... You can find it 'Under The Big Top Of Comics' at:  

http://www.ComicBooksCircus.com/ 

Web Page Note:  This blog post is written for the IE Browser standards.  Chrome, Safari, Netscape, Firefox and the other browsers serve the page up differently, sorry about that!

The screen display resolution is best seen at the setting of 1024 x 768 on your laptop or desktop computer.  Note:  As of Monday, June 27th, 2011, I'll be using my new laptop, where the default resolution is 'higher', so there may be some temporary glitches until I am used to the new resolution.

NOTE: All images and characters within this blog post are copyright and trademark their respective owners.

Comics Creators: If you are breaking into, or already work in the comic book industry or other pop culture productions, you are welcome to email or mail us press releases, news items, and updates that you feel would be of interest to our blog readers. Including YOUR own works!

To mail printed items to us for possible review, send to:

Make It So Marketing Inc., PO Box 130653, Carlsbad, CA 92013

 Also, if you are a Facebook member, I would have liked you to send me a 'Friend Request'. However, I have reached the maximum limit of 5,000 Facebook Friends and Fan pages already, so I've added a New 'Facebook Fan Page' so that even more of YOU can 'Like' what I am doing, and be interactive with me and others there.  Here is the link to that 'Facebook Fan Page': Michael D Hamersky On Comics! Please click the 'Like' button on that page! 
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Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 7:56 AM PDT
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Jerome 'Jerry' Leiber... 1933-2011
Mood:  sad
Topic: Other Movie Genres

                                        

Jerome 'Jerry' Leiber 

1933 - 2011

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Top Left Photo:  The front cover to the autobiography "Hound Dog" by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller & David Ritz Copyright © 2009 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
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Above Top Photo:  The front cover to the UK Elvis Presley record... 'Elvis Presley Sings Leiber & Stoller' from 1980, one of the LPs released after Elvis' death. The photo on the cover was taken in 1957 at the MGM Studio!
  

TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3491:

Jerome 'Jerry' Leiber passed away yesterday...

I heard this at 1:48 PM on the Sirius Satellite Radio station's Elvis Presley Radio channel as I was driving on an errand, which I found ironic, as Jerry Leiber with his partner, Mike Stoller, had co-written many of my favorite songs that Elvis had recorded...

Jerry was born April 25th of 1933, so he was 78 years old.

Jerry started writing music together with Mike in Los Angeles in 1950, so he was pretty darn young at the time.  Mike was the composer, and Jerry the lyricist. You can find at lot more details about the duo at this Wikipedia link.

For you younger readers, who didn't grow up with the duo's songs being sung by the likes of The Coasters, The Drifters, Jay and the Americans, The Exciters, and Peggy Lee, Jerry & Mike were serious song makers for many years, before going into the production side. Their last major hit was for Stealer's Wheel in 1972, with 'Stuck In The Middle With You'.

However, it was the songs that they wrote and were recorded by Elvis Presley, or ones they wrote specifically for Elvis Presley's films, that were my favorites. Basically because I was a long time Elvis Presley fan & collector. (See this blog #3319 for that info.)

The UK LP shown at the top right of this blog has what the producers thought were the best of Leiber & Stoller songs to present on that collection.  I would have to agree on that as the LP contains:

1. Hound Dog
2. Love Me
3. Loving You
4. Hot Dog
5. I Want To Be Free
6. Jailhouse Rock
7. Treat Me Nice
8. Baby I Don't Care
9. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
10. Don't
11. Trouble
12. King Creole
13. Steadfast, Loyal & True
14. Dirty Dirty Feeling
15. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
16. Girls Girls Girls
17. Bossa Nova Baby
18. Little Egypt
19. Fools Fall In Love
20. Saved

So yeah, I would have to agree with those selections.

As for Leiber and Stoller's works... They do continue on in pop culture. One of the more recent episodes of the TV show 'American Idol' had a 'Leiber and Stoller' Night on May 11th of 2011.

It's taken several years for the duo to receive their 'due'.  Awards started being presented to them back in 1969, but the big ones were only presented afterwards, such as:

 1985 – Induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
 1987 – Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
 1988 – Elvis Presley's recording of “Hound Dog” placed in the Grammy Hall of Fame
 1991 – ASCAP Founders' Award
 1994 – A star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of 7083 Hollywood Blvd.
 1996 – National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award
 

But as Paul Shaffer said..."Leiber and Stoller?  There would be no 'Rock and Roll' without them!".

Note: There haven't been any comic books that were based on this duo's songs that I am aware of.  However there have been several Elvis Presely comics and a couple of graphic novels printed.  Should there have been any printed on Leiber and Stoller songs I'll do an addendum to this blog.

I never met either of this duo in 'real life', but enjoyed many of their songs in 'reel life' on the screen in Elvis movies.  My thanks to both of them for years of enjoyment.

...And my condolences to Jerry's family and friends.


  

~Michael D Hamersky - who is asking you for your vote in the current voting going on over at The Shel Dorf Awards web site. I was nominated for 'Comic Blogger of the Year' on Monday, August 8th!   

While being honored to be nominated, I'd also like to win! The competition has some other good nominees for the same category I was nominated for, so I'm asking for your help on this!  Voting ends on September 4th!

If you have enjoyed this blog or any of the others in the now over 3,482 blogs in this series of mine, I'd appreciate your vote!

Here is a direct link to the voting page. 'Comic Blogger of the Year' is the category, and 'Michael Hamersky On Comics' is the name I'm listed as to vote for.

Here is a link to blog #3481, where I went more into depth on this topic.

My thanks to any of you that take the time to vote for me!


NOTE FROM THE BLOGGER:

My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,491 total posts in number!   I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

BTW, You can 'follow' this blog by clicking the 'Follow' Button at this NetworkedBlogs app link!  We currently have over 2,529 'Followers'!  Thanks to ALL of YOU that have already clicked that button! 

And for those of YOU that haven't yet... I would appreciate it if YOU would!!!

~ Michael D Hamersky

Note:  My online 'Local' Comic Book Shop (LCBS), carries many different genres of comics, magazines, graphic novels, and comic con promotional items. Possibly even copies of the item(s) that was mentioned here today...!

If I have it... You can find it 'Under The Big Top Of Comics' at:  

http://www.ComicBooksCircus.com/ 

Web Page Note:  This blog post is written for the IE Browser standards.  Chrome, Safari, Netscape, Firefox and the other browsers serve the page up differently, sorry about that!

The screen display resolution is best seen at the setting of 1024 x 768 on your laptop or desktop computer.  Note:  As of Monday, June 27th, 2011, I'll be using my new laptop, where the default resolution is 'higher', so there may be some temporary glitches until I am used to the new resolution.

NOTE: All images and characters within this blog post are copyright and trademark their respective owners.

Comics Creators: If you are breaking into, or already work in the comic book industry or other pop culture productions, you are welcome to email or mail us press releases, news items, and updates that you feel would be of interest to our blog readers. Including YOUR own works!

To mail printed items to us for possible review, send to:

Make It So Marketing Inc., PO Box 130653, Carlsbad, CA 92013

 Also, if you are a Facebook member, I would have liked you to send me a 'Friend Request'. However, I have reached the maximum limit of 5,000 Facebook Friends and Fan pages already, so I've added a New 'Facebook Fan Page' so that even more of YOU can 'Like' what I am doing, and be interactive with me and others there.  Here is the link to that 'Facebook Fan Page': Michael D Hamersky On Comics! Please click the 'Like' button on that page! 
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