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Today we’ve got another character from Angel Lite’s space cowboy series “The Ballad. I put a little extra work into this with color and a background because it was late and I missed a deadline….

Don’t forget, new Violent Blue tomorrow!

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In Defense of He-Man

defenseOne of the quickest ways to raise my ire is with the following words:

He-Man“He-Man is gay.”

It’s not just the insult….it’s the ignorance behind it, and the tenuious reasoning that brings one to that conclusion.

The thing is, there’s a whole generation that has a very different idea of what fantasy is than what it used to be. Tolkin and Dungeons and Dragons really laid the groundwork for when Dragonlance would come in and change everything (tell me I’m wrong. Go on, tell me.) He-Man doesn’t come from that school, and it’s one of the reasons he been so hard to update. He-Man’s look and a lot of the premise is grounded in an older heroic Fantasy arch type. He comes from the same linage as Conan and Tarzan. Wagnerian in nature, the same kind of strapping hero as Doc Savage or Captain Kirk, neither of which could keep their shirts on for more than half an hour.

It’s a kind of fantasy that isn’t created much anymore because it’s been labeled too “homoerotic” (there’s a scene in Family Guy where Stewie plays with Lion-O and He-man and makes that comment…and I just wanted to punch him in the face)

“But he wears Purple!”

Seriously?

“And Pink!”

imagesCAXN0PQMso by that logic, Miami Vice must have been the gayest show on the planet in the 80’s.

(for those of you without historical context, let me assure you that you will NEVER have more women than Don Johnson did)

The remarkable thing about He-Man is that despite the barbarian exterior…there’s something gentle, kind about him. It’s the same quality Superman has – you look at him and something in his demeanor just makes you trust him.

He really is Superman in so many ways, in his morality, his ethics, in the way he doesn’t need to show off his power. It’s just there when he needs it. This is a good hero, one we need more of really.

Check out the DC comic series that started last year. Maybe you’ll see what I mean.

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The Adventures of Mr. Kidzpointe part two

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Part two of The Adventures of Mr. Kidzpointe! And don’t forget, new Violent Blue tomorrow!


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The Devil’s Rain

forgotten bannerMV5BMTU4MDI3OTE5Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDQ5NDQzMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_The Devils Rain from  1975 starring  – get this- William Shatner,  Ernest Borgnine, and Tom Skerrit. This is a post Star Trek Shatner, but still a pre-TJ Hooker one. Interestingly enough, Skerrit is really well groomed in this. I always assumed that the look he had in Alien was his normal look for the 70’s and that by the time Top Gun came around he’d gotten older and trimmed everything up. Apparently I was wrong.

This is also John Travolta’s first film role, but don’t strain your eyes looking for him, he’s hidden under a black robe most of the time.

From IMDB : A bunch of Satanists in the American rural landscape have terrible powers which enable them to melt their victims. However one of the children of an earlier victim vows to destroy them.

A good enough description. Tom Skerrit comes to town trying to solve the untitledmystery of the satanic killings and wondering what happened to Captain Kirk.  It’s standard Satanist fare, and if you’re a fan of that kind of movie you’ll like this.  It’s mostly made notable for the cast. Earnest Borgnine’s devil makeup really has to be seen to be believed.

This was a discount title for the longest time, but it’s mostly vanished off the shelves (if it was ever on them). Take your chances on Amazon or eBay.


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Kathleen Gati

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I got this address from another autograph blog – Cliff’s Autographs. It’s been fun checking his feed and seeing who he’s gotten, and finding new faces to send requests to!

Kathleen is one of those background faces in a lot of movies you’ve probably seen like Meet the Fockers, Transformers and Jakob the Liar. Happy to have her in my scrapbook!

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