Comic Book Legends Revealed #603

Welcome to the six hundred and third in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, learn how close we came to a third Batman/Spawn crossover, find out which Luke Cage girlfriend was created as a challenge to Chris Claremont and just who named Mister Sinister?

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Did Red Shirts Really Die at a Greater Percentage Than Other Shirts on Star Trek?

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TV URBAN LEGEND: The most dangerous shirt to wear on “Star Trek” was a red shirt.

Quite often, when a television series finds itself in an established place in the overall popular culture, catch phrases and cliches from the series become a part of the national jargon. “Star Trek” is certainly no exception to this, which catch phrases like “Live long and prosper,” “Damn it, Jim, I’m a doctor not a _____,” “Beam me up, Scotty” and others like them long being part of the public collective consciousness. However, what’s interesting about the public collective consciousness is that it doesn’t always remember things correctly. We’ve pointed out in the past that Gracie Allen never actually said, “Good night, Gracie” on the “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show”. Similarly, Mr. T never actually said “I pity the fool” on “The A-Team”. Heck, even within the world of “Star Trek,” Captain Kirk never said the explicit phrase, “Beam me up, Scotty” (although he said things close enough that it’s not a major thing to quibble over). With all this in mind, can you really trust the collective public consciousness on anything? For instance, do red shirts even die the most on “Star Trek”?

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That’s the question reader Bob S. wrote in with the other day, telling me that he had read an article online that said that red shirts didn’t actually die the most on “Star Trek” and he wanted to know if that was true or not. Well, Bob (and everyone else), read on for the answer!
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November 22nd, 2016 | Posted in TV Urban Legends Revealed | 1 Comment

Comic Book Legends Revealed #602

Welcome to the six hundred and second in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, learn whether the X-Men were originally going to be called the “Merry Mutants”! See which famous artist liked to change the sound effect for Wolverine’s claws to “Sinkt!” And see what would have been Alex Ross’ first Marvel Comics work!

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #601

Welcome to the six hundred and first in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, learn how close we came to a Justice League/Transformers crossover, find out the Spirit-ual inspiration for Doctor Strange’s famous window and learn the real reason Sinestro wasn’t a villain on the “Green Lantern” cartoon!

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #600

Welcome to the six hundredth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, to celebrate the big six-oh-oh, we’re doing a special DOUBLE-SIZED edition of CBLR! There’s a theme, to boot! Each legend this week is connected to a past legend, with each past legend falling somewhere in each hundred group (so one past legend from #1-99, one from #100-199, one from #200-299, etc.).

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Did Major League Include a Line in Their Trailer to Mislead Audiences?

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MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Major League included a line in the original trailer designed to mislead viewers as to what happened at the end of the movie.

Sadly for Cleveland fans, the Indians lost the World Series last night to the Chicago Cubs, so 1948 remains the last time (for now) that the Indians have won the World Series. After playing well through the mid-1950s, the Indians then entered a long slump as a franchise, which was used as the basis for the hit 1989 comedy film, Major League, which is about a hapless Cleveland Indians franchise suddenly becoming good after the owner cut salary dramatically and only had walk-ons and has-beens on the team.

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A while back, I discussed how the owner in the movie originally was secretly the HERO of the film! Today, based on a suggestion from reader Gage, we look at whether a famous line from the film’s trailer was inserted into the trailer (and not the actual movie) in an attempt to mislead audiences as to how the film would end!
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November 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Movie Urban Legends Revealed | 2 Comments

Comic Book Legends Revealed #599

Welcome to the five hundred and ninety-ninth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, did world-famous author Kurt Vonnegut almost write a “Silver Surfer” comic book? Did the JSA almost get their own Earth after “Zero Hour”? And was “Green Lantern” nearly banned in Florida?

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How Winston Was Marginalized In the Original Ghostbusters

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MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Winston Zeddemore was a much different character in the original Ghostbusters script.

When you look at the history of American films, you can see why some actors are so highly paid, as many of the most successful films each year are based on “star power.” That’s why so many scripts are rewritten to tailor to certain stars, because the studios know the actors often more important to the film’s success than remaining faithful to the original script.

That’s why we’ve seen a script for a Brandon Lee movie rewritten into a “Lethal Weapon” movie rewritten into a “Die Hard” movie, or the classic story of how “Beverly Hills Cop” was a vehicle for Sylvester Stallone before it was retooled for Eddie Murphy.

When it came to 1984’s “Ghostbusters,” the importance of certain characters increased and decreased in based on which actor was going to play the roles. That’s how Winston Zeddemore’s role changed dramatically until it ended up being one that has (pardon the pun) haunted Ernie Hudson for years.

GHOSTBUSTERS II, Ernie Hudson, 1989, (c) Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection

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November 1st, 2016 | Posted in Movie Urban Legends Revealed | 2 Comments

Comic Book Legends Revealed #598

Welcome to the five hundred and ninety-seventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, did the “Superior Spider-Man” almost come out two years ahead of schedule? Did Robert Kanigher co-create Black Lightning? And did DC Comics edit a reference to the n-word out of a Dwayne McDuffie “Justice League of America” issue so that the dialogue no longer makes any sense?

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Did Dick Gregory Accidentally Receive Over Nine Million Votes in the 1968 Presidential Election?

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TV URBAN LEGEND: Dick Gregory accidentally received over nine million votes in the 1968 Presidential Election.

Some time ago, I did a pair of legends about celebrities who allegedly received actual support for their independent presidential campaign. In the case of Gracie Allen, it was false. However, in the case of comedian Dick Gregory, he actually did pretty well.

The popular comedian became more of a political figure after the release of his 1964 book, Nigger: An Autobiography (it sold roughly ten million copies!!!).

In 1967, he unsuccessfully ran for the office of the Mayor of Chicago.

In 1968, Gregory ran as a write-in candidate for the President of the United States. He won a remarkable 47,097 votes! However, a few commenters noted that he “won” a lot more than that. Read on to find out!
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October 21st, 2016 | Posted in TV Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments