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Comic Book Legends Revealed #708

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Welcome to the seven hundred and eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Did Hanna-Barbera Threaten to Sue over Bedrock’s Name?

How a Chance SDCC Meet-Up Led to One Last Haney/Fradon Metamorpho Tale

The Infamous ‘Missing’ Alex Toth Enemy Ace Story

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #707

Welcome to the seven hundred and seventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Was Magneto Meant to Look Like Quicksilver?

Was Incredible Hercules Going to be a Team Book at First?

Which Avengers Issue Was a Rejected Harlan Ellison Hawkman Story?

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Why Was Cheers’ Classic Thanksgiving Episode Protested?

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TV URBAN LEGEND: Cheers received protests over their famous Thanksgiving episode, “Thanksgiving Orphans.”

One of the all-time great episode of Cheers occurred in the fifth season of the series, Shelley Long’s final season on the show. Titled “Thanksgiving Orphans,” the episode was written by Cheri Eichen and Bill Steinkellner (they are married and Eichen now goes by Cheri Steinkellner, but I don’t know if they were married at the time that they wrote this episode together). The concept of the episode is that due to various events, pretty much all of the gang from Cheers are alone on Thanksgiving. Cliff’s mother is feeding the homeless, and Cliff wasn’t interested in doing that this year. Norm’s wife, Vera, was visiting her family and Norm did not want to go. Woody decided not to travel to Indiana to spend the holiday with his family. Sam’s girlfriend at the time had her sister in town and they didn’t want to spend the holiday with Sam’s friends. Carla’s kids were spending the holiday with her ex-husband, Nick, and his new wife, Loretta. Diane had been invited to a party by one of her professors, but discovered that he intended for his graduate students to work as servers at the party. Finally, Frasier was just plain lonely. So everyone joined together for dinner at Carla’s new home.

However, a screw-up with the turkey led to dinner being so late that all of the side dishes got cold and the guests all got heated. A little food was thrown and then suddenly, everyone was ready for a food fight when Diane walked in on them from the kitchen, where she had just been checking on the turkey…

She exhorts them to all calm down and it looks like she might be succeeding…when Sam suddenly hits her right in her face with some cranberry sauce and so the food fight began!

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November 22nd, 2018 | Posted in TV Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Was WKRP in Cincinnati’s Famous Turkey Drop Based in Reality?

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TV URBAN LEGEND: The famous “WKRP in Cincinnati” turkey drop was based on an actual turkey drop.

Probably the most famous thanksgiving episode of any television sitcom is “Turkeys Away,” from the first season of “WKRP in Cincinnati.” The series was about a struggling radio station that changed formats from easy listening to rock and roll. The conflict (and thus, the comedy) came from the contrast between the people who worked for the station beforehand, bumbling but kindhearted station manager Arthur Carlson (Gordon Jump), sleazy ad salesman Herb Tarlek (Frank Bonner) and timid news reporter Les Nessman (Richard Sanders) and the new, young and hip hires, program director Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) and disc jockeys Dr. Johnny Fever (Howard Hesseman) and Venus Flytrap (Tim Reid).

The seventh episode of the series, “Turkeys Away” (which actually aired on October 30th, 1978, despite being the show’s Thanksgiving episode), showed Carlson trying to take on more of a hand’s on approach to prove that he still had what it took to run the station. He came up with a secret promotion for Thanksgiving. It was all hush hush until the end of the episode, where Nessman was on the street, reporting live when the event occurred.

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November 22nd, 2018 | Posted in TV Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Comic Book Legends Revealed #706

Welcome to the seven hundred and sixth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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The Surprising Origin of Stan Lee’s Bullpen Bulletins

How Did Stan Lee Really Get Hired by Timely Comics?

Which Legendary Playwright Did Stan Lee Try to Recruit for Marvel?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #705

Welcome to the seven hundred and fifth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Who Was Marvel’s Mysterious Writer X?

ADDENDUM: An Interview With Writer X

Did Howard the Duck Receive Thousands of Votes in 1976?

How Triumph & Torment Squelched ‘Young Fantastic Four’

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #704

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Was Barbara Gordon Nearly Healed Right After Killing Joke?

Was Wonder Woman’s Costume Based on William Marston’s Lover?

When Marvel Retroactively Diversified Spidey’s Early Years

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #703

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Did Marvel Once Have a Special Fill-In Comics Series?

When Russ Heath Was Held Captive to Finish a Comic

Did Lee Marvin’s Objections Squelch His Name Is…Savage?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #702

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Did Stephanie Brown Become Robin BECAUSE She Was Dying?

How Keith Giffen Re-Completed the Great Darkness Saga

Did the Sable TV Show Block a Pierce Brosnan Sable Movie?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #701

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Did The Beast Become Furry Because of Werewolf By Night?

What Was Marvel’s Weird Planet of the Apes Restriction?

The DC Comics Superman Contest With a Mistaken Result

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