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?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Movie urban legends featured so far.

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.

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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

Did Danny Aiello Record A Response Song and Music Video to Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach”?

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MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: Danny Aiello recorded a response song and music video to “Papa Don’t Preach”.

“Papa Don’t Preach” was a hit song by Madonna off of her third studio album, True Blue, which came out in 1986. It reached #1 on the Billboard charts. The music video was a sensation, winning the MTV Award for “Best Female Video.”

The video co-starred Danny Aiello as the father of Madonna’s character, who has to come to Aiello to reveal that she has gotten pregnant.

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Amazingly enough, Aiello actually released a RESPONSE song and music video to “Papa Don’t Preach”! Read on to see the hilarious reason behind the song and the even more hilarious video!
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October 19th, 2016 | Posted in Music Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Did the United States Government Create a Special Never-Broadcast Episode of Cheers?

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TV URBAN LEGEND: There was a special episode of “Cheers” made to help sell United States savings bonds.

One of the best things about our current era of popular culture is the sheer volume of content available to fans of TV shows and films. DVD collections and streaming services have made it easy to gain access to nearly any television series that you would like to check out. However, there still remains a bit of a treasure trove of material that has never been made publicly available since it aired (or, in some cases, since it was produced). For instance, the original “Big Bang Theory” pilot, with a much different (and sexually active) version of Sheldon Cooper in it, has never been made it on to any official release. Due to concerns over the racial stereotypes on the program, “Amos and Andy” will likely never be officially released for purchase by its IP owners. Some of these episodes, though, eventually end up getting released, like the infamous “R-Rated” episode of “Dexter’s Laboratory.”

In a whole other category, though, are the oddities that are the sitcom episodes made special for the United States government, including a “lost” episode of the classic sitcom, “Cheers”!

Read on to learn more about these episodes and to see the episode in question!
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