The Legend

This cave painting appears to be the first depiction of six immortal men whose immortality stemmed from this incident.The central figure has been known as a savage, a bloodthirsty conqueror, and a killer of his brother men. The other five men are the focus here, the two curious bystanders more so than the fleeing three men. You may be able to identify these men when I say that the three men from the other tribe were all rather short. One had a shaven head due to a ritual whose origins are lost in time, another was balding but with large tufts of hair on either side of his head, the last had a haircut that would one day be called the bowl haircut, also probably some ritualized style. Of course this information comes from other sources and cannot be seen from the cave painting. The two particular cavemen who are the subject of this group were ne'er-do-well's, probably low on the pecking order of their tribes and fairly inept at tool making or hunting. If it had not been for the falling meteorite that imbued them with immortality, they probably would have lived short violent lives. As Immortals they carried out this pattern of their lives. The pair was represented by numerous actors retelling their stories and jokes: Mutt and Jeff, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello. But the originals were actually Ollu and Buzsla.
Dennis Power-ImmortalBefuddled at the Wold-Newton site

Unbeknownst to the active participants in the foreground, there were also four persons in the area nearby otherwise occupied. There was the tribe's chief Shaman, The Wizard of Ugghh (W. C. Fields), the number 2 Shaman at this time tied up on the ground and being readied for sacrifice, Old Tumnus (Buster Keaton) and the latter Shaman's daughter and granddaughter, Cedar and Willow. Quite by accident these people were also passively granted Immortality. The two women were known to wander into and out of Ollu and Buzsla's lives throughout the ages and they were represented in later times by such actresses as Thelma Todd, Hillary Brooke, Christine MacIntyre, Leslie Easterbrook and Bobbi Shaw for the large and imposing woman Cedar; and ZaSu Pitts, Betty Grable, Jean Harlow, Vera-Ellen, Dorothy Provine and Teri Copley as the slighter and slightly forlorn woman Willow. On the Flintstones, Willow was represented as Wilma, and the women were joined by another Immortal (actually the daughter of Hercules, it was said), the darker-haired Beech, Betty Rubble on the Flintstones, most notably shown on films as Clara Bow and in cartoons as Betty Boop. The Wizard of Ugghh was created by Joe Kubert for Tor comics. The characters of Old Tumnus (Tunka), Cedar, Willow and Beech are all the sole property of Dale A. Drinnon

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Phantom Ladies

Some  Wold Newton sites advance the notion that The Phantom Lady (Sandra Knight) and the Invisible Scarlet O'Neil (AKA The Invisible Woman and presumably elsewhere known as "Starlet O'Neil") were the same person and I have written on the subject before. When I mentioned it before I thought it unlikely, however now I am prepared to say that the idea is likely to have more merit to it than I had originally thought. Jess Nevins has an alternate proposal: he says that Miss America was The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil. 

Actually this is more tangled than it might seem because the Miss Americas (several) were actually a subsection of the Wonder Women and new candidates were elected annually: and the Phantom Ladies were a splinter line from the line of The Phantoms and were simultaneously also Supergirls before the existence of Supergirl was officially revealed. And the main Phantom Lady was none other than "Mary Marvel" - it's complicated. Here is Jess Nevins' statement on Miss America:

“Miss America”

“Miss America,” in the Timely comics, was a woman who was in a lighthouse when it was struck by lighting and so gained a variety of powers. This very comic book creation origin would not work in reality, of course. A woman struck by lighting, or in a building struck by lighting, would simply be shocked, injured, or killed. Needless to say, there was no “Miss America.” There was, however, a woman with an extraordinary ability who fought against the Axis. Her name was Scarlet O’Neil, and she was an extremely potent weapon for the Allies. Her story actually begins with her father, Dr. Terence O’Neil. O’Neil, a native of Boston, grew up in that city’s South End, the Irish enclave of the city. He attended Harvard and MIT and earned two Ph.D.s by age 24. He married Eileen O’Flaherty, his high school sweetheart at 25, and she gave birth to two daughters, Scarlet and Nora, the following year, in 1920. However, their marriage abruptly disintegrated in 1921 following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Eileen was, like Terence, of Irish descent, and both felt strongly about Irish independence, having funneled money to the Irish Republican Brotherhood during the 1916 Easter uprising. However, Terence was more naturally moderate and felt that the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which gave Ireland limited self-government, was the best that Ireland could hope to achieve. Eileen felt that the Treaty was a betrayal of the cause. Terence and Eileen’s disagreements on this issue became increasingly heated and poisonous, until she finally left him and went to Ireland. She took Nora with her, and raised her to become a “freedom fighter” for the Irish Republican Army. Nora later became known as “Lady Nora O’Neil,” and was one of the most feared Irish terrorists. Terence raised Scarlet to be everything her mother was not: moderate, caring more for justice than for more selfish principles, and thinking of herself as an American, not an Irishwoman in America. Terence meanwhile concentrated on making weapons and technology for America, at some point becoming a member of the “Spindrift Island” coalition of scientists. (He was known there as “Dr. Wisecarver”) In 1940 Terence was working on perfecting a ray which would turn its targets invisible when Scarlet stuck her finger into the ray’s beam. The interruption in the ray gave Scarlet the ability to turn invisible but unfortunately created a feedback loop which destroyed the ray. Terence was never able to reconstruct the ray or make a working duplicate, and so was left with Scarlet instead of an army of invisible agents. She, patriotic to the core, volunteered her services in the fight against the Axis, and used her abilities to fight spies in the US and the enemy on its own ground. Like most of the other figures in this article, “Invisible Scarlet” O’Neil’s activities during the war remain Classified. However, rumors spread during the War about mysterious “angels of mercy” who helped American and Allied troops at odd times, especially during the invasion of Europe in 1944, and Stan Lee would undoubtedly have heard these rumors. Lee probably turned this image of a female “angel of mercy” into the superheroine “Miss America.”

Scarlet O' Neil was one of the "Spy Shadow" agents that operated by use of Astral Projection.
"Scarlet" was also a reference to her original; version "Supersuit" which was all-red and in fact was a "Marvel" costume (also used in another variation as the "Blonde Phantom": Blonde Phantom" and "Phantom Lady" were more or less "Supergirl Red and Supergirl Blue")

Below is the "Supergirl" costume of the 1940s

"Mary Marvel" was symbiotic with the blonde "Supergirl" who was actually Loana the Cavewoman. "Mary Marvel" was the one elsewhere portrayed as "Linda Lee Danvers" Linda Lee was using a skull ring that was handed down from the line of Red Phantoms, as explained on Cedar and Willow previously

Howard Hughes as Rocketeer (Later Iron Man)

Also from Lucas Garrett, but I could not get it posted before

On Cedar And Willow, we follow the scenario that Howard Hughes was the Rocketeer and then subsequently Iron Man, and that "Tony Stark" is only an alias for "Howard Hughes". He has not been Iron Man since 1976, although he was also in a series of Timetravel stories. The current Irn Man is actually War Machine but he has been granted full free use of the armour, the name, and the identity while Hughes has become one of the Doctor Whos (Doctor Hughes).

Its Not Cheap Being Iron Man
From Lucas Garrett

No surprise: Being Iron Man costs at least $1.6 billion

Unless you're blessed with superhuman powers like the Man of Steel, you need money — lots of it — to transform yourself into a believable crime fighter. How much does it cost to don the Iron Man suit and live Tony Stark's lavish life? Way too much money.
MoneySupermarket grabbed the trusty old calculator and got down to calculating some estimated costs of Iron Man's toys:
Here's the breakdown:
  • Iron Man suit: $110,302,000
  • Jarvis super computer: $10,000,000
  • Swanky house: $25,000,000
  • Cost for R&D got seven Iron Man suits + War Machine: $1,464,000,000
  • Fancy sports cars: $3,415,000
TOTAL: $1,612,717,000
As always, that's an estimated cost and actual figures would skew higher because a lot of his technologies just don't exist in real life, but it's still fun to take in.
For the laser-focused details on how MoneySupermarket came to that $1.6 billion figure, click to enlarge the infographic below:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Administrative Notice

I apologise that I have been unable to post owing to technical difficulties with this Blogger account. I still have the problem with my pictures and/or text being removed

Also I need to remind people that no anonymous comments are posted here, you need to identify yourselves. It is a posted policy. And all of the comments which have been posted during the hiatus have been wiped owing to technical errors also. I apologise for any hard feelings about that, it is out of my hands.

Luthor Lady

Connie Comics

Benny has been reprinting these. The series looks very interesting because it seems to be "Wilma before Buck Rogers came along"

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Administrative Notice

Technical problems at Blogger have been preventing the release of any new blog articles again. I have just managed to push a couple through but it looks as though the Blogger is not cooperating once again, since I am getting error messages both when I am signing into the account and when I try to publish anything.

I shall still keep on trying but I should let everybody know, there is no guarantee that I will ever see any of the comments that were made while my Blogger account was not working. Sorry.