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An example of one of the many FANTASTIC costumes on display. The amount of work that went into this outfit must have been tremendous! 4-STAR FEATURE

C2E2 2016

  The opening salvo in this season’s program of mega-conventions was fired during the weekend of March 18-20 with the latest edition of C2E2. The Chicago-based pop-culture nerdy-gras boasted an attendance of some 75,000 enthusiastic fans.  Many refer to it as ‘San Diego light.’  There’s something for everyone, without being the top-heavy juggernaut of the west […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOAN CRAWFORD!

Today is Joan Crawford’s birthday! While the year is much-disputed, this great star is generally acknowledged to have been born today in 1904. Much has been written about actress Joan Crawford over the years–some good, some bad—most of it bad! But I come here on her natal day not to bury Joan, but to praise her! […]

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SHADES OF COLOR

  It’s always a pleasure to see someone you admire greatly achieve a new level of success. I’ve known Steven S. Williams for a while and I’m excited to present his upcoming photo book, Shades of Color. Author Williams describes his first book as a photo series of men of color, capturing the beauty, spirit, […]

Rashaad Santiago is flanked by two of his most outre creations. His handiwork made him winner of Season 6 of the Syfy Channel's 'Face Off' reality show. 4-STAR FEATURE

CATCHING UP WITH . . . RASHAAD SANTIAGO

  We caught up with make-up wizard Rashaad Santiago recently at the Indy PopCon held  in Indianapolis, Indiana (#indypopcon). Santiago, as many of you know, was the Season Six winner of the Syfy Channel’s popular reality challenge, Face Off. FO is part game show/part reality series, where aspiring cosmetic technicians labor to change humans into […]

Reality star SHONDO BLADES. (c) ABC 4-STAR FEATURE

…Catching up with SHONDO BLADES

He grabs your hand with a bone-crushing grip, looks you right in the eye and speaks forcefully….that’s how Shondo Blades greeted his many fans during an appearance last week at Indianapolis’ Indy PopCon. #Indypopcon He’s certainly an imposing individual! The actor/MMA fighter/motivational speaker/trainer and a half-dozen other things has had a fascinating career, even at […]

This glamorous portrait still of actress Jean Arthur is from another 1935 picture, Public Hero No. 1. A penciled note scrawled on the back of the photo remarks that the World Premiere of this film is to take place May 30 at Loew's State Theater in St. Louis. The old movie palace has been long-gone. I wonder if Miss Arthur and co-star Lionel Barrymore were in attendance? (c) Columbia Pictures FILM

THESE JUST IN….

  Folks often ask, “Where do you find all those great old stills you run in your posts?” My answer is always–“Everywhere!” I find them at estate sales, flea markets, private individuals, ebay, etc., etc! I found the accompanying batch of rare movie photos just the other day, quite by accident, in a local antique […]


 
 
 

 
Wow! Wayne Boring at his best! This will always be the definitive Superman/Lois  for Silver Age fans!

WAYNE BORING–ULTRA-RARE IMAGES!

  To many Gold and Silver Age fans, artist Wayne Boring’s rendition of ‘Superman’  is truly iconic.  While this may be debated by some fans, there is certainly no argument that Boring was one of the gre...
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SHADES OF COLOR

  It’s always a pleasure to see someone you admire greatly achieve a new level of success. I’ve known Steven S. Williams for a while and I’m excited to present his upcoming photo book, Shades of Color. Author William...
by Sam Maronie
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TRIBUTE TO NICK CARDY

By now everyone knows Golden Age comics legend Nick Cardy has left us at age 93. I’m not going to spend a lot of time here reciting the beloved artists’ stats. You can read those other places. Here I’m going t...
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PREHISTORIC HALLOWEEN MONSTERS

  This past weekend I came across this fantastically rare still from the silent film ‘The Lost World,’ made in 1925. This was one of model animator Willis O’Brien’s earliest screen assignments, and ...
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Two outre characters met up at Wizard World this past weekend. The villainous Joker and the heroic Beast put their heads together for convention photographers.

WIZARD WORLD ST. LOUIS 2014

A REVIEW OF WIZARD WORLD ST. LOUIS 2014   Well, well, well…. Wizard World St. Louis 2014 has finally come and gone. The much-ballyhooed traveling celebrity show rolled into St. Louis this past weekend for it’s ...
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ORSON WELLES

ORSON WELLES

  Many contemporary fans will be surprised by this dashing portrait of Orson Welles. Most remember him as the overweight, bearded bufoon who cavorted on cheesy TV variety shows in the 1970s and was a pitchman for low-grade...
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Rashaad Santiago is flanked by two of his most outre creations. His handiwork made him winner of Season 6 of the Syfy Channel's 'Face Off' reality show.

CATCHING UP WITH . . . RASHAAD SANTIAGO

  We caught up with make-up wizard Rashaad Santiago recently at the Indy PopCon held  in Indianapolis, Indiana (#indypopcon). Santiago, as many of you know, was the Season Six winner of the Syfy Channel’s popular re...
by Sam Maronie
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Carla Laemmle, at Monster Rally 1999 held in Washington, D.C. Carla was so pleased with this photo that she asked for extra copies to send to a foreign film museum's exhibit of her famous Uncle Carl's career. Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie.

CARLA LAEMMLE, GONE AT 104

  If I have to run one more memorial for the passing of a Hollywood great, I’m going to have to change the title of this site to Sam Maronie’s Obituary Funhouse. There’s certainly no fun in marking the pa...
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This exciting ad-art still for 1958's 'The Space Children' has it all! ....rocket-ships, aliens, military action, panicking crowds and threatened children! Whew! 1950's sci-fi exploitation at it's best! And it's even a pretty decent picture! (c) Paramount Pictures

MARVELOUS MOVIE ART

  Back in the long-ago, prehistoric, pre-Photoshop days, movie marketers relied on illustrators to help publicize their films with elaborate illustration art. Most studio releases were accompanied by these ‘ad-art...
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