July 4, 2019: Super Secret Projects Revealed!

Finally.

Over the course of the past few months, I’ve been making vague references to a total of SEVEN different projects I’m currently work on, all in varying stages of development.  There’s that comic book adaptation and that horror novel adaptation and my (formerly) Untitled Awesome Project and that small-town horror and that BIG comic project and that other original comic book series and the near-future sci-fi.

Well, today, I can actually start referring to the first three by name as they were mentioned in a recent article for Playback magazine authored by the amazing Kelly Townsend, a piece that profiles former Dark Matter/Lost Girl Producer Vanessa Piazza’s upcoming development slate.  Among the projects are no less than THREE with yours truly…

That comic book adaptation…

July 4, 2019: Super Secret Projects Revealed!

Crosswind by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs

A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched—to potentially deadly effect.

As a longtime fan of Gail Simone, I was positively thrilled to be presented with the opportunity to collaborate with her on this, one of my very favorite of her originals.  It’s a terrific high-concept, character-driven series that offers not only suspense, action, and humor, but a provocative and thought-provoking narrative.

You can get the book here: Crosswind at Comixology

That horror novel adaptation…

July 4, 2019: Super Secret Projects Revealed!

Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

A trio of mismatched mercenaries—Micah Shughrue, Minerva Atwater, and Ebenzer Elkins, colloquially known as “the Englishman”—is hired by young Ellen Bellhaven for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven, where a clandestine religious cult holds sway. But shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. There are stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—and above all else, the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust soon grip the settlement. Escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral toward madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. All present here are now forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is marshaling its power—and it wants them all…

Five years ago, I picked up a novel called The Troop because I liked the cover blurb.  I started reading and was immediately drawn in.  The writing was exceptional.  So exceptional, in fact, that I was confused.  This random horror novel I’d picked up, written by an author I’d never even heard of, had no business being this good.  I’m talking Top 10 horror novels of all time good.  So I went ahead, did a little research, and discovered Nick Cutter is actually a pseudonym for award-winning Canadian author Craig Davidson.

I read and loved his (Cutter’s) next book, The Deep, and the one after that, Little Heaven.  The latter, I thought, would make a great series along the lines of The Haunting of Hill House or Castle Rock.  So I reached out to Craig and, over a beer or two, gauged his interest in collaborating on an adaptation.  Approximately one year later, here we are.

You can get the book here: Little Heaven at Amazon

And finally, my (formerly) Untitled Awesome Project that actually now HAS a title…

July 4, 2019: Super Secret Projects Revealed!

Yes!  In the spirit of the time travel-themed episodes I have written (SG-1‘s Window of Opportunity and Moebius Part 1, SGA‘s The Last Man, and Dark Matter‘s All the Time in the World and Isn’t That A Paradox?) comes this series which, a lot like Stargate and Dark Matter (and, quite frankly, Star Trek, Farscape, and Guardians of the Galaxy) is – at it’s heart – all about camaraderie, friendship, and family.  And, also, VERY colorful characters.

It’s Guardians of the Galaxy meets Dr. Who by way of Back To The Future .

And an insane amount of sci-fi fun.

So, there you have it.

I’ll hopefully have more details on these, and the other projects I’ve been working on, in the coming months.

Discuss!

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

These were my favorites…

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Action Comics #1012 (cover art by Jamal Campbell)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Action Comics #1012 (variant cover art by Ben Oliver)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Age Of X-Man: Extremists #5 (cover art by Rahzzah)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Batman: Damned #3 (variant cover art by Jim Lee)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Detective Comics #1006 (cover art by Dan Brown, Kyle Hotz)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Detective Comics #1006 (variant cover art by Dan Quintana)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Black Panther #13 (variant cover art by Carlos Pacheco)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Doctor Strange #15 (cover art by Jesus Saiz)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Fantastic Four #11 (variant cover art by Jay Anacleto)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #38 (variant cover art by Adits Gravnov)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Heavy Metal #294 (cover art by Donato Giancola)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Justice League Dark #12 (cover art by Brad Anderson, Raul Fernandez, Alvaro Martinez)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #44 (variant cover art by Rahzzah)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Darth Vader #1 (variant cover art by Gabriele Dell’otto)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #3 (cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Thanos #3 (cover art by Jeff Dekal)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Thanos #3 (variant cover art by Pyeong Jun Park)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

The Beauty #27 (cover art by Jeff Filardi, Jeremy Haun)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #4 (variant cover art by Gerald Parel)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

The War of the Realms #5 (variant cover art by Victor Hugo)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Thor #14 (variant cover art by Yasmine Putri)

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

The Weatherman #1 (variant cover art by Duncan Fegredo)

So, which were your favorites?

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

These were my favorites…

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Aquaman #49 (variant cover art by Joshua Middleton)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Batman #73 (cover art by Mikel Janin)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Batman #73 (variant cover art by Ben Oliver)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Captain America #11 (cover art by Alex Ross)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Captain America #11 (variant cover art by Alex Ross)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Deadpool #14 (variant cover art by Mark Brooks)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Marvel Annotated #4 (cover art by Alex Ross)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Marvel Annotated #4 (variant cover art by Alex Ross)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7 (variant cover art by Patrick O’Keefe)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica #12 (cover art by Fay Dalton)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Star Wars #87 (variant cover art by Rafael Albuquerque)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Star Wars: Tie Fighter #3 (cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Star Wars: Tie Fighter #3 (variant cover art by Jeff Langevin)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Teen Titans #31 (variant cover art by Alex Garner)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

The Absolute Sandman vol. 1 (cover art by Dave McKean)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Tony Stark: Iron Man #13 (cover art by Alexander Lozano)

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Tony Stark: Iron Man #13 (variant cover art by Clayton Crain)

So which were your favorites?

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

These were my favorites…

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Amazing Spider-Man #23 (variant cover art by Daniel Acuna)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Amazing Spider-Man #23 (variant cover art by Stuart Immonen)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Amber Blake #4 (cover art by Butch Guice)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Amber Blake #4 (variant cover art by Catherine Nodet)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Banja X #1 (variant cover art by Fabio Alves)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Catwoman #12 (variant cover art by Stanley Lau)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Champions #6 (variant cover art by In-Hyuk Lee)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Event Leviathan #1 (cover art by Alex Maleev)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Flash #72 (variant cover art by Derrick Chew)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Giant-Man #3 (cover art by Woo Cheoi)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Hawkman #13 (variant cover art by In-Hyuk Lee)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Immortal Hulk #19 (variant cover art by Emanuela Lupacchino)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Justice League: Odyssey #10 (variant cover art by Lucio Parrillo)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Red Hood: Outlaw #35 (variant cover art by Yasmine Putri)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Red Sonja: Birth of the She Devil #1 (cover art by Lucio Parrillo)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Silver Surfer: Black #1 (variant cover art by Gerald Parel)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Sonata #1 (variant cover art by Brian Haberlin, Geirrod Van Dyke)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Spider-Man: Life Story #4 (cover art by Chip Zdarsky)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

The Life and Death of Toyo Hara #4 (cover art by Mico Suayan)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

The Ride: Burning Desire #1 (cover art by Adam Hughes)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Transformers #7 (variant cover art by Livio Ramondelli)

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Wonder Woman #72 (variant cover art by Jenny Frison)

So, which were your favorites?

Hey!  Happy Dark Matter Day!

June 12, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

These were my favorites…

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Black Cat #1 (variant cover art by Stanley Lau)

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Captain Marvel #6 (variant cover art by Adi Granov)

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

DCeased #2 (variant cover art by Francesco Mattina)

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

DCeased #2 (variant horror cover art by Yasmine Putri)

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Deathstroke #44 (variant cover art by Riccardo Federici)

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Deadpool #13 (variant cover art by Adi Granov)

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Dragonsblood #2 (variant cover art by Geebo Vigonte)

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Female Furies #5 (cover art by Julian Totino Tedesco)

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Sword Daughter #7 (cover art by Ben Oliver)

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Tony Stark: Iron Man #12 (cover art by Alexander Lozano)

June 5, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Tony Stark: Iron Man #12 (variant cover art by Nexon)

So, which were your favorites?

May 22, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

These were my favorites…

May 22, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Batgirl #35 (variant cover art by Joshua Middleton)

May 22, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command #4 (cover art by Breno Tamura)

May 22, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Books of Magic #8 (cover art by Kai Carpenter)

May 22, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Detective Comics #1004 (cover art by Mark Brooks)

May 22, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Martian Manhunter #5 (variant cover art by Joshua Middleton)

May 22, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Neon Future #3 (variant cover art by Jheremy Repack)

May 22, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Jabba the Hutt #1 (Parallel Villains Cover – cover art by  Gerald Parel)

May 22, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #2 (cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards)

May 22, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Tony Stark: Iron Man #11 (cover art by Alexander Lozano)

May 22, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Wonder Woman #71 (variant cover art by Jenny Frison)

So, which were your favorites?

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

These were my favorites…

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Aquaman #48 (variant cover art by Joshua Middleton)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Black Widow #5 (cover art by Clayton Crain)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Giant-Man #1 (cover art by Wee Cheoi)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Giant-Man #1 (variant cover Dale Keown)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Immortal Hulk #17 (cover art by Alex Ross)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Joe Golem: Occult Detective – The Conjurors #1 (cover art by David Palumbo)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Justice League #24 (variant cover art by Jorge Jimenez)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Justice League #24 (variant cover art by Jerome Opena)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Lucifer #8 (cover art by Tiffany Turrill)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Naomi #5 (cover art by Jamal Campbell)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Old Man Quill #5 (cover art by John Tyler Christopher)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Old Man Quill #5 (variant cover art by Yoon Lee)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Robyn Hood: Outlaw #4 (cover art by Marco Mastrazzo)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Spider-Man: Life Story #3 (cover art by Chip Zdarsky)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Teen Titans #30 (variant cover art by Alex Garner)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Wars: Tie-Fighter #2 (cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards)

May 15, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #3 (cover art by Mico Suayan)

So, which were your faves?

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

There were my favorites…

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Catwoman #11 (cover art by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Detective Comics #103 (cover art by Andrew Hennessy, Brad Walker)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Heavy Metal #293 (cover art by Flavio Greco Paglia)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Justice League: Odyssey #9 (cover art by Juan Albarran, Daniel Sampere)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers vol 8 (cover art by Jamal Campbell)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Marvels Annotated #3 (cover art by Gabriele Dell’otto)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Red Hood: Outlaw #34 (cover art by Pete Woods)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Shazam #5 (cover art by Rafael Albuquerque)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Boba Fett #1 (cover art by Terry Dodson)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Villains (cover art by Leinil Francis Yu)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #32 (cover art by Ashley Witter)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Taarna #4 (cover art by Luis Royo)

May 8, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

The War of the Realms: Journey into Mystery #2 (cover art by Rahzzah)

Which were your favorites?

May 1, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

These were my faves…

May 1, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #3 (cover art by Gerardo Zaffino)

May 1, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Green Lantern #7 (cover art by Steve Oliff, Liam Sharp)

May 1, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Harley Quinn #61 (cover art by Guillem March, Tomeu Morey, Arif Prianto)

May 1, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Hashtag Danger #1 (cover art by Richard Williams)

May 1, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Justice League #23 (cover art by Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey, Alejandro Sanchez)

May 1, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Transformers #4 (cover art by Sara Pitre-Durocher)

So, which were your favorites?

April 23, 2019: More from the Stargate trove!

So, last night I found myself with a window of free time between my two scripts and my episode 1 cut (that never materialized) and seized the opportunity to go through the various discs, DV’s, and hard-drives I’ll be shipping out to MGM this week.  I can’t access a good 95% of the material, but if the descriptions scrawled on the labels are any indication, fans are in for a real treat…

April 23, 2019: More From The Stargate Trove!

Interviews with Michael, Chris and Colonel Carter no less.  Also crash burn and explosion tests.

April 23, 2019: More From The Stargate Trove!

Oodles of Atlantis stuff: McKay playing with a wraith torpedo, Atlantean gadgetry, and…the SG mascot?

April 23, 2019: More From The Stargate Trove!

Burning Vala, Atlantis stunt coordinator James “Bam Bam” Bamford, the complete Atlantis set, and a cast read-thru.

THIS is gonna be fun.

Also a lot of fun is this short excerpt from that Stargate: Extinction script.

April 23, 2019: More From The Stargate Trove!

Atlantis destroyed?

Future Todd??

WHAT is going on here???!!

April 11, 2019: Dark Matter Vault Drop! Playback!

Going through some old file folders and came across the awesome playback elements from back in the day…

DM313 – Aslanov Field Screen

DM313 – Ferrous Corp Lab Wall Graphics

DM313 – Ferrous Corp Shipyard Transparent Lab Monitor

DM313 – Ferrous Corps Shipyard Transparent Monitor

DM 313 – Ferrous Corp Shipyard Console

DM313 – Ferrous Corp Shipyard Store-room Inventory Screen

DM 313 – Ferrous Corp Shipyard Monitor (Aslanov Field)

DM313 – Aslanov Field Overload Initiated

Holy Rankings! The Top 10 Villains from the 60’s Batman Series!

Atomic batteries to power.  Turbines to speed.

T.V. shows from the 60’s hold a special place in my heart, and none more than the ’66-’68 Batman series with its gloriously colorful, over-the-top villains. Apparently, doing a guest spot on the show was such a blast that producers had big name actors lining up for a shot to chew up the scenery.  Over the course of its three season run, the show featured roughly three dozen villains (and variations thereof including three version of Mr. Freeze, three Catwomans [if you count the movie], and two and a half Riddlera [I say a half because in addition to Frank Gorshin and John Astin’s portrayals, stage veteran Maurice Evans was brought in to play the role of the suspiciously similar Puzzler following Gorshin’s departure].

Anyway, this is one of those classic shows that you can still re-watch and enjoy, this time as an adult with a whole new level of appreciation.   There’s so much to love, from Adam West’s gloriously straight-laced Batman to that insanely convenient utility belt to those incredibly manic villains.

These were my Top 10 Favorites…

Holy Rankings!  The Top 10 Villains From The 60’s Batman Series!

#10 – Shame (Cliff Robertson)

I ain’t all bad.  Just mostly.

Unlike most of Batman’s villains, Shame was a bit of an imbecile and that, I suppose, is what made him somewhat sympathetic.  Decades later, Robertson would return to the world of comics, playing Peter Parker’s uncle Ben in one of the innumerable big screen features.

Holy Rankings!  The Top 10 Villains From The 60’s Batman Series!

#9 – Bookworm (Roddy McDowall)

“Now the fact is that our bats have flown the belfry, unaccountably still squeaking.”

Not only was he a literary-themed villain, but he was played by Roddy McDowall, star of my favorite film series at the time, The Planet of Apes.  You get the sense McDowall truly relished his delightfully low-key performance (Well, certainly restrained in comparison to many of the other big screen greats who graced the Bat set).

Holy Rankings!  The Top 10 Villains From The 60’s Batman Series!

#8 – Mr. Freeze (Otto Preminger)

“Batman, but–but you were supposed to be a famous frostie freezie by now!”

Sure, the series boasted a slew of outlandish casting coups, from Liberace to Tallulah Bankhead, but one of the wildest was famed director Otto Preminger who positively revels in the role of the villainous Mr. Freeze (changed from the originally conceived Mr. Zero).  Rumor has it, however, that his demanding nature made the behind-the-scenes interactions with co-stars a little…chilly.

Holy Rankings!  The Top 10 Villains From The 60’s Batman Series!

#7. Catwoman (Earth Kitt)

“Karate isn’t effective unless accompanied by yelling. Let him howl until he springs a vocal cord, then get him!”

While she wasn’t the first actress to play the feline-themed seductress, she certainly sunk her claws into the role and made it her own.  Some southern affiliates objected to the casting and threatened not to broadcast her episodes to which the producers responded: “We don’t care.”

Holy Rankings!  The Top 10 Villains From The 60’s Batman Series!

#6 – Egghead (Vincent Price)

“Please, please, Miss Bacon. All of you are approximately the right age, in your early thirties, but I have eliminated you, Mr. Tyler, because you are lefthanded. No, the Caped Crusader is not portsider, and you, Mr. Savage, are out because of your accent. So aside from a couple of aging rock-and-roll singers, you, Mr. Wayne, are the only Gotham city millionaire who is athletically inclined with eggsessive agility. Therefore, you must be Batman!”

As someone who grew up on Hammer horror films, seeing Vincent Price guest on my favorite t.v. show was a real treat.  Yet another actor who really makes the most of his onscreen presence, Price was said to have loved the series which he considered well ahead of its time.

Holy Rankings!  The Top 10 Villains From The 60’s Batman Series!

#5 – Penguin (Burgess Meredith)

“Politics is wonderful! I can use all my lowest, slurpiest tricks, but now they’re legal! I should have been a politician years ago!”

Meredith (who took on the role after both Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy turned it down) holds the record for most villainous appearances in the series at a whopping 20 episodes.  The actor freely admitted his bird imitation was decidedly more duck than penguin (due to the fact that the smoke from his “prop” cigarette irritated his throat), but that trademark Waugh! Waugh! Waugh! became as essential a part of his character as his umbrella.

Holy Rankings!  The Top 10 Villains From The 60’s Batman Series!

#4 – King Tut (Victor Buono)

“It isn’t that I love you any less, Batman, simply that I love me more.”

Buono delivers a tour de force performance as the Professor-turned-King-of-Egypt going from zero to one hundred and back multiple times over multiple scenes.  I imagine filming his episodes must have been a hell of a lot of fun.  According to Buono: “Batman allowed me to do what actors are taught never to do, overact”.

Holy Rankings!  The Top 10 Villains From The 60’s Batman Series!

#3 – Catwoman (Julie Newmar)

“If you pick the right door, I’m yours, Batman. If you pick the wrong door, you’re mine. So which is it, Batman? The lady or the tiger?”

My first true t.v. crush.  She always struck me as one of Batman’s most formidable villains.   The fact she could wield a whip certainly helped cement that impression. According to Newmar, she was going to turn down the role only to have her brother, and his friends from Harvard, convince her to take it because it was their favorite show.

Holy Rankings!  The Top 10 Villains From The 60’s Batman Series!

#2 – Joker (Cesar Romero)

“Uh, Susie, Sweetie.  A special extra bonus.  A half pint bottle of the most exquisite Canadian perfume.”

Yeah, yeah.  Many other actors have portrayed the clown prince of crime on the big and small screen, but nostalgia makes it hard for me to love anyone else in the role.  Apparently, Frank Sinatra loved the character so much that he threw his hat in the ring in the event Romero ever grew tired of playing the Joker.  Still, as much as I loved Romero, his decision NOT to shave his mustache for the role (requiring a heavy application of make-up that never really held up in close-ups) kept his character from taking top spot.

Holy Rankings!  The Top 10 Villains From The 60’s Batman Series!

#1 – Riddler (Frank Gorshin)

With money, who needs friends?

Gorshin left the show after its first season due to a contract dispute, but returned for its third, garnering an Emmy nomination for his memorable performance and turning a relatively (at the time) obscure comic book villain into a formidable Bat-foe.  He apparently developed his character’s high-pitched laugh at Hollywood parties – and that laugh was won him the role.

Agree?  Disagree?  Weigh in with your opinions, Bat-readers!

February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

These were my favorites…

February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Amazing Spider-Man #15 (cover art by Paolo Rivera)

 February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Criminal #2 (cover art by Sean Phillips, Jacob Phillips)

February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Gideon Falls #11 (cover art by Moritat, Mico Suayan)

February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

House of Whispers #6 (cover art by Sean A. Murray, Maika Sozo)

February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Immortal Hulk vol. 2: The Green Door (cover art by Alex Ross)

February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Infinity Wars (cover art by Mike Deodato Jr.)

February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Infinity Warps: Two-In-One (cover art by Humberto Ramos)

February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Justice League Dark #8 (cover art by Brad Anderson, Raul Fernandez, Alvaro Martinez)

February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Marvel Tales: Black Widow #1 (cover art by Jen Bartel)

February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

The Punisher #8 (cover art by Greg Smallwood)

February 13, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Titans #8 (cover art by Blond, Mico Suayan)

And you?

 

Recommended Read: Recursion by Blake Crouch

Recommended Read: Recursion By Blake Crouch

The king of high-concept sci-fi returns with a mind-bending thriller that questions the very notion of reality – or what we perceive as such. Across the globe, individuals are falling victim to a terrifying virus called FMS, False Memory Syndrome. Those afflicted claim to possess impossibly detailed memories of alternate lives lived – experiences and relationships that do not exist yet feel real and, in some cases, preferable to their present existence. Many bemoan the loss of loved ones, wives, even children they once had that have seemingly disappeared in a blink.

For Detective Barry Sutton who investigates one such case, it’s the opposite. He has never gotten over the loss of his young daughter, killed by a hit and run driver so many years ago. So when he is struck by FMS and seemingly returns to that tragic night, can he change what happened and craft a new reality? And what would be the results?

Meanwhile, we are offered insight into the origins of FMS through flashbacks focused on neuroscientist Helena Smith who takes up an offer from a mysterious benefactor to pursue research that could help those afflicted with dementia (including her long-suffering mother).

The timelines – two at first, then multifarious – cross and converge, dissipate and reform, stutter, stop, and restart in a challenging, occasionally convoluted, story about humanity’s ability to shape its reality. The plot may seem fantastic and far-fetched, but its theoretical grounding makes Recursion truly thought-provoking. And, yes, while it does get damned confusing at times, the pacing never flags and the book is a rewarding read.

Release date: June 11, 2019

January 16, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

These were my favorites…

January 16, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Agent 47: Birth of the Hitman vol. 1 (cover art by Jonathan Lau)

January 16, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Fantastic Four #6 (cover art by Esad Ribic)

January 16, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Gideon Falls #6 (cover art by Andrea Sorrentino)

January 16, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Penny Dreadful: The Awaking: Artist’s Edition (cover art by Jesus Hervas)

January 16, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

Transformers: Historia (cover art by Sara Pitre-Durocher)

So, which were your favorites?