Mr. Rogers had a connection to a famous end of the world director… who would have thought. Turns out early in his career George Romero would get his first paying job from Mr Rogers Neighborhood show…
I share this today to mark what would have been Mr. Rogers’ 90th Birthday.
Thinking of maybe doing a patreon at some point… one of the ideas of rewards is a downloadable/printable calendar page each month…
Along that train of thought…
I want to make a calendar for next year… End of the World themed. going to put my comic characters into scenes of the end… Any ideas people want to share? Bonus points if the idea is tied to something special about the Month… Already thinking Zombie Apocalypse for Oct… and of course the attack of the Giant Mutant Killer Turkeys for November!
When I was Kid I did an stay in the hospital at one point. While there I had a number of visitors and one of my visitors bought out all the Hulk comics the gift shop had for me… These are the issues that helped lock down my love for Hulk!
Today is the 50th Anniversary of the premiere of a little show called Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Mr Roger’s would teach us a lot of stuff over the years. This is one of his best lessons… which apparently originated from his mother. Turns out our mothers do know everything.
It was 50 years ago today that Planet of the Apes was unleashed upon the world.
The movie would go on to spawn four sequels, a live action television show, a cartoon, a remake and a reboot series of an additional three movies. Not to mention the comics, the novels,
the dolls… I mean Action Figures… video games and so much other merchandise…
Made on a budget of 5.8 Million Dollars, the original movie would end up with a box off total of 33.4 Million Domestic.
The Planet of the Apes was one of those defining movies for me. Those childhood movies that made me into the great big geeky freak that I am today. They are my comfort food so to speak… when I end up getting really sick and laid up for multiple days it is always the POTA series that comes out to keep me company on the couch as I curl up and whimper like a great big man child with the flu… Many a time have I sat and watched all of the movies while drinking tea and the TV show while strung out on Day-Quil…
I personally think it was the success of POTA that would open the door at 20th Century Fox to the idea of Star Wars… That would make them believe a sci-fi tale might be worth the gamble. I think it deserves far more credit for helping to open the doors and start us down the road to the world of popular geek culture that we live in today.
Happy Anniversary Planet of the Apes! Here is to another glorious decade for the franchise!
One of the greatest opening monologue in all of Hollywood History.
So I am going to start doing some random posts on related topics that don’t really warrant a podcast, or fit into the format… They well show up here on the website under the Everything Ends category.
Everything Ends was a blog column that I tried to get off the ground on another website at one point… hopefully it will have a much longer and livelier life here in The Last Hometown.