Tarzan Escapes (1936) / Z-View

Tarzan Escapes (1936)

Director:  Richard Thorpe, John Farrow (uncredited), James C. McKay (uncredited), George B. Seitz (uncredited), William A. Wellman (uncredited)

Screenplay:  Cyril Hume based on novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Stars:  Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O’Sullivan and John Buckler.

The Pitch: “Let’s make another Tarzan movie.”

Tagline: ” It’s New! It’s amazing! 2 years to produce!”


The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Jane’s cousins come to the jungle.  Their father has died and Jane is needed to see that the will goes through.  Jane agrees to go back to England for a short time and then return to Tarzan in the jungle.  Jane’s guide has plans to capture Tarzan and sell him to a sideshow.

Jane starts on her journey.  Tarzan is captured.  To make things worse a warring tribe is on the way to wipe out the white hunters.


Jack Carter and Gravedigger McCrae by Jonathon Brandon Sawyer

Jonathon Brandon Sawyer created his take on Sly as Jack Carter teamed with Chris Mills’ and Rick Burchett’s Gravedigger McCrae.  How cool is that?  Very.

To check out more of JBS’ art, head here. You can follow JBS on Twitter.  

Gravedigger: Hot Women , Cold Cash by Mills and Burchett gets an A+ rating and is available at the link. – Craig

The Top Ten Deadliest Gunslingers

The Vintage News takes a look at the Top Ten Deadliest Gunslingers and it has some real doozies.  Listed below is just a tidbit or two about each gun fighter.  You can get the full accounts of each (and they are worth reading) at the Top Ten Deadliest Gunslingers.

John Wesley Hardin – …claimed to have killed 42 men though the newspapers attributed only 27 killings. He was so quick tempered with a gun that it has been said that he once killed a man for snoring…

Jim “Killer” Miller – …credited with killing at least 14 people, though legend has it that the number is somewhere closer to 50… famously declared that he would kill anyone for money, and is rumored to have gunned down everyone from political figures to famed sheriff Pat Garrett…

James “Wild Bill” Hickock –  most notorious man in the Wild West. A gunfighter, gambler, civil war spy, Indian fighter, peace officer, Hickok was said to have killed more than 100 men…

Tom Horn, Jr. – following his resignation from the Pinkertons… he developed a reputation as a hitman and is said to have been responsible for as many as 50 murders in his 43 years of life.

Clay Allison – A head injury in the civil war is, many historians believe, what led to his violent temper and unpredictable behavior and…  explains some of his shockingly brutal actions, which included once beheading a man he suspected of murder and carrying the head into his favorite bar to share a drink.

Wyatt Earp – participated in numerous gunfights in his life, killing anywhere from 8 to 30. He would become the fearless Western hero in countless novels and films.

Dallas Stoudenmire – After the Civil War he… moved to the lawless and violent city of El Paso, Texas, to serve as sheriff. On the third day on the job, he killed three men with his two 44 caliber Colt revolvers in a famous incident known as the “Four Dead In Five Seconds“ gunfight.

William H. Bonney – All told, Billy the Kid is said to have killed a total of 21 men, one for each of the years of his life…

King Fisher – was known for gunning down three members of his own gang during a dispute over money and then killing seven Mexican bandits a short time later…

Sam Bass – robbed the Union Pacific gold train from San Francisco, netting over $60,000, which is to this day the largest single robbery of the Union Pacific…

Miami Blues (1990) / Z-View

Miami Blues (1990)

Director:  George Armitage

Screenplay:  George Armitage from a novel by  Charles Willeford

Stars:   Fred Ward, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Napier and Paul Gleason.

The Pitch: “How about a crime movie based in Miami?”

Tagline: “Real badge. Real gun. Fake cop.”


The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Ex-con, Frederick J. Frenger Jr. [Baldwin] heads to Miami for a fresh start.  A fresh start means stealing and conning.  When Frenger ends up with a cop’s gun and badge, he finds that it makes stealing and conning easier.  The cop [Ward] makes it his life’s mission to track down the thief using his identity.  Oh, and there’s a sweet prostitute [Leigh], too.


Walter Hill and Matz Team for Triggerman!

That’s a cover detail from Triggerman, a new crime comic coming from Hard Case Crime and Titan Comics.

Triggerman will be written by Walter (“The Warriors”) Hill with art by Matz.

In the mean streets of Chicago, a convict is thrown headfirst into a life of bloodshed and bullets to save the girl he left behind…

I love the sound and look.  I’ll definitely be pulling the trigger on Triggerman.

Sources: Flickering Myth and Down the Tubes.

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) / Z-View

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Director:  Charles Lamont

Screenplay:  John Grant from a story by Lee Leob

Stars:  Bud Abbott, Lou CostelloMarie Windsor, Michael Ansara and Richard Deacon.

The Pitch: “Hey, Abbott and Costello Haven’t Met the Mummy yet!”

Tagline: “It has been said that a man’s best friend is his mummy…”


The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Abbott and Costello are in Egypt… and they meet The Mummy.  Hilarity [ok, a fair amount of laughs] follow.


Jason Latour Talks to EW at Con-X

Jason Latour is the subject of a piece at Entertainment Weekly.  When asked about the tv adaptation of Southern Bastards, Latour responded…

“We’re hopeful that it will move forward… It’s a slow, slow process, but there’s really good people behind it and excited by it. At some point now, to do the comic everyday, you have to forget that there might be a TV show.”

A tv series would be icing but as long as Jason Aaron and Jason Latour keep the comic coming, that’s the cake, baby.

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