Wednesday, December 16, 2009

MTV names ROBOT-13 among best comics of 2009

Our friends at robot-fights-giant monsters comic Robot-13 got a boost from no less than MTV, which picked it among the best comics of 2009. Robot-13, named "Best Under-the-Radar Series," is certainly rubbing shoulders with some greats, including Planetary ("Best Finale"), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight ("Best Licensed Series"), Parker: The Hunter ("Best Comic Adapted From Another Medium"), and Chew ("Best New Series").

Related links:
The Return of Robot-13
I'm a Marvel, I'm a DC
ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth
ICONIC: The Life and Death of Talos the Bronze
Honoring the father of manga
KAIJU comic!
Free Comics Online

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Evangelion 1.01 - On DVD 11/17/09 - Trailer

From Funimation: "Tokyo-3 still stands after most of civilization was decimated in the Second Impact. Now the city endures the ceaseless onslaught of the deadly Angels, bizarre creatures bent on eradicating the human race. To combat this strange and ruthless enemy, the government agency NERV constructs a fleet of towering humanoid machines the Evas and Shinji Ikari is called into action, reluctantly taking his place at the controls of Eva Unit 01."





It looks like a repackaging of the show, which I loved. I just hope that when the cycle is completed that it'll have an ending that makes sense. (Or would that diminish the mystique?)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Delayed!

I'm trying to get a book proposal finished. This week's installment of our Johnny Sokko episode guide is postponed.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Rebirth of Mothra (1996) Trailer



Watch the movie free online -- at Crackle and commercial-free at Netflix (for subscribers).



More: Giant Monster Movies: Mothra

Sunday, November 8, 2009

What Is Your Favorite Godzilla Movie?


We're taking a poll -- click your favorite movie title below!



Related links:
Giant Monster Movies: Godzilla
Giant Monster Movies: Mothra
Giant Monster Movies: Rodan
Giant Monster Movies: King Kong

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Episode 03. The Gargoyle Vine, A Space Plant


Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot:
The Complete Episode Guide
The Gargoyle Vine, A Space Plant
Originally aired Jan 15, 1969


Gargoyle operative Doctor Botanus arrives on Earth with the fossil of an ancient space plant. Under orders from Emperor Guillotine, the evil doctor kidnaps a respected botanist and commands him to bring the seed back to life. When the scientist refuses, Doctor Botanus performs an operation on the man's brain -- which enslaves him. Now under the doctor's control, the botanist goes to work. The fossil breaks into two and a small black bud starts to grow ...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

KONG SURVIVES!

A Hollywood storyboard artist has worked out an alternate ending for King Kong, wherein the title ape survives ...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Giant Monster Movies: Rodan

The supersonic beast Rodan was unleashed on the world in 1956's Rodan (Toho Studios). Like studiomates Godzilla and Anguirus (Godzilla Raids Again), it was imagined as a type of prehistoric reptile mutated by radiation; the Japanese name for the monster, "Radon," is both a shortened version of "pteranodon" as well as suggesting its radioactive origins. Following the events of the original film, Rodan reappeared in several Godzilla films, as both ally and enemy.

Here is Rodan's filmography, pulled from our master list of Giant Monster Movies:

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Episode 02. Nucleon, The Magic Globe


Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot:
The Complete Episode Guide
Nucleon, The Magic Globe
Originally aired Jan 8, 1969


Emperor Guillotine brings a huge robot globe to the earth -- and orders the agents of Gargoyle to kidnap Johnny and capture Giant Robot when they come to destroy it. The globe falls to the top of Mt. Makone and starts to roll down the mountain toward the town; the tank corps of the Defense Force attack it in vain and town people are thrown into confusion. Johnny, now a full-fledged member of Unicorn, comes flying to the town and calls Giant Robot to save the day ...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Episode 01. Dracolon, The Great Sea Monster

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot:
The Complete Episode Guide
Dracolon, The Great Sea Monster
Originally aired Jan 1, 1969


The Earth is under attack by Gargoyle, a terrorist group led by the alien Emperor Guillotine -- who plans to conquer the Earth with an army of giant monsters. The first monster is batting planes out of the sky and attacking ships at sea. On one of those ships, a young boy named Johnny Sokko meets Jerry Mano, a member of top-secret peacekeeping organization Unicorn. When the monster sinks the ship, Johnny and Jerry drift to an island base of Gargoyle. While running from the gang, they find a scientist building a giant robot. The scientist explains that Giant Robot works by atomic energy and only obeys the person who gives the first order. Aware of Gargoyle's evil plans, he plants a bomb -- an atomic bomb -- to destroy his lab. After Johnny and Jerry escape from the explosion, Giant Robot rises from the ruins -- apparently, the atomic bomb activated its brain -- and Johnny is the first to speak to it ... and thus, only Johnny can control it.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ultraman Vol. One -- 5 BUCKS!!!


This morning at Target, I saw a special packaging of Ultraman Season One, Vol. One -- the first 20 episodes -- for a paltry five dollars! That's half the classic 1966 series.

If you need the whole set -- all 39 episodes -- you can still snag Ultraman: The Complete Series at Amazon for less than $15.

ASTRO BOY in theaters Friday

Osamu Tezuka's classic manga and anime icon Astro Boy hits your local cineplex this Friday (Oct. 23) in a big-budget, 3-D animated film from Summit Entertainment. According to Newsday, the film gives the '60s character a topical '09 spin, grappling with "topical issues, cosmic questions and metaphysical disorientation. If anyone still thinks animation is only for children, this first Astro Boy film will happily disabuse them."

More info at the Astro Boy official site.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Return of Robot-13

The creative team of writer Thomas Hall and artist Daniel Bradford returns with a second issue of the acclaimed robot vs. giant monsters comic Robot-13. (See sample art at their MySpace photo album.)

ComicNews.Info says: "Robot 13 continues to trek forward with the same original vigor and excitement that was set into motion in the first issue. Hall and Bradford allow themselves full liberty in borrowing from Greek mythology, providing a buffet for the imagination. Full disclosure: I’ve been in love with ancient legends since my youngest years. I also adored Clash of the Titans when I was a kid, and to say that I was once obsessed with Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Series is an understatement. Robot 13 manages to not only rekindle all of that long-forgotten passion, but it also injects a new flavor into the pleasure of remembrance."

Here's the press release from publisher Blacklist Studios:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Giant Robot: An Introduction

The next several Saturdays, we'll be posting a complete episode guide for the classic 1960s TV series Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot. The show originally aired in Japan as Giant Robo, a tokusatsu (special effects) series based on the manga (comics) by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, creator of Tetsujin 28-go (Gigantor).

Toei Company Ltd. produced 26 episodes of the original Giant Robo TV series, which aired in Japan from October 1967 to April 1968. The English dub version was produced by American International Television as Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Scared Silly

My friend Paul Castiglia, a noted comic book writer and editor, is launching a blog dedicated to comedy-horror movies, and working on a book.

In fact, he has a press release and everything:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Giant Monster Movies: Mothra

A kaiju that first appeared in the novel The Luminous Fairies and Mothra by Takehiko Fukunaga, the giant lepidopteran Mothra made her film debut in 1961's Mothra. Over the years she has appeared in several Toho tokusatsu films, and has both teamed with and fought with Godzilla on more than one occasion.

Here is Mothra's filmography, pulled from our master list of
Giant Monster Movies:

I'm a Marvel, I'm a DC

I was just watching these Mac/PC parodies from 2007 starring Spider-Man and Superman and wanted to share. Written and filmed by Michael Agrusso, they also include guest stars Batman, Wolverine, Hulk, Jor-El, and Uncle Ben. Click here to watch the YouTube playlist Hi, I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC: Round One (10 videos)

And some selections right here:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Swipe File: Mann vs. Superman!

Best Mann For The Job #22: This week's one-panel emergency-worker drama is *almost* a swipe of Action Comics #1 -- because when I wrote the script, I got out my battered old hardcover copy of Superman: From the 30's to the 70's (Bonanza Books)*, pointed to page 16 and told my wife, "Try to make it look like this."

Alas, Erica held to such higher standards as "integrity" and "good storytelling" and "I don't want to get sued." So while the result alludes to the aforementioned comics cover, it is actually more original than I'd hoped.

For those of you who wonder what I'm talking about: Action Comics #1 is the 1938 comic book that introduced the world's first superhero -- Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. (According to Wikipedia, the cover to Action Comics #1 remains one of the most homaged covers of all time.) Superman, of course, spent the following 70-plus years making billions of dollars for his corporate owner. And, all these years later, the original series is still being published -- and is just months away from its milestone 900th issue.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

We Kill Monsters #1

In comics shops today is We Kill Monsters #1, the first issue of a new comic book mini-series from the creators of Sci-Fi Channel's The Lost Room, Laura Harkcom and Christopher Leone. The comic charts the adventures of Jake and Andrew Basher, a pair of mechanics whose lives take an unexpected turn following a chance encounter with the supernatural. The mini-series has already generated all kinds of press, including interviews and reviews from ComicNews.Info ("a fun and endearing ride"), Ain't It Cool News ("EVIL DEAD meets SHAUN OF THE DEAD"), Kleefeld on Comics ("a great example of a comic book publisher doing things right"), Indie Pulp ("think CW’s 'Supernatural', only crank up the comedy and monster gauges"), and Comics Bulletin ("Jake and Drew are an affable pair ... and their responses to what happens to them are fairly grounded and relatable").

There's even a trailer!



Find a comic book retailer near you: ComicShopLocator.com

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Trailer: PENULTIMATE ADVENTURES!
Robot-13: Tech Vs. Myth
Dr. Whodunit
Free Comics Online

Monday, July 20, 2009

READ THE RULES: Viper Comics Talent Search ‘09

If you're an aspiring comics writer or artist, Viper Comics wants to hear from YOU! Between now and July 27, they're welcoming scripts and art samples at Comic-Con International in San Diego ... or, if you can't make it to San Diego, you can email your submission to them! However, the rules are VERY specific -- read them here!

P.S. -- Some more places to contact:
Submission Guidelines for every Comic and Manga Publisher in the Universe

More comics news:
Free Comics Online
Dr. Whodunit
Universal Press merges with Uclick
Sherlock Holmes: Don't Call It A Comeback
The return of FEMME NOIR

Thursday, July 16, 2009

ICONIC: The Life and Death of Talos The Bronze

Rafael Gonzales and Philip Clark put their own spin on Jason and the Argonauts with "The Life and Death of Talos the Bronze," telling the story from the point-of-view of the giant guardian. The twelve-page story is part of the independent comics anthology Iconic, which is chock-full of riffs on classic literature, from mythology and folklore to Ebenezer Scrooge and Sherlock Holmes.

Raf has posted loads of sample art and personal commentary from the "Talos" piece:
http://www.kaijuphile.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19566
http://enshohma.deviantart.com/

Iconic, which debuted last month at MoCCA, has received some great reviews:
"A book like this revitalizes our love for comic books and literature in general by jumpstarting our imagination and sparking that excitement we feel when we turn the page ... share it with everyone you can." -- Comics Bulletin

"A modern day classic that will surely be more than just another comic book ... it kindles the fire inside young minds to delve further and learn things that an Xbox360 or an iTunes gift card just won't teach them." -- Project Fanboy
Iconic is available for sale here.




Related links:
ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth
KAIJU comic!
Giant Monster Movies
Giant Monster Movies: Robots and Colossi
Free Comics Online

Friday, July 10, 2009

Trailer: PENULTIMATE ADVENTURES!

Here's a trailer for Penultimate Adventures -- a futuristic parody of superheroes, sci-fi, romance comics, and snack advertisements.

Penultimate Adventures :45


Related:
Free Comics Online
Trailer: BEST MANN FOR THE JOB
Japan's Spider-Man Ep. 1
Big Man Japan
HULK VS. trailers (Wolverine! Thor!)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Honoring the father of manga

We're now up to the 20th installment of Erica's and my drama/mystery series, Best Mann For The Job. Those with a keen eye may have noticed our subtle tribute to the legendary Osamu Tezuka (1929-1989), the first cartoonist to apply cinematographic techniques to Japanese comics.

In our original outline for this first arc of "Best Mann For The Job," our plan for the bank robbers was to simply have them jump in the car, get shot, and then lose their pursuers. But -- given what's coming up when they reach Hope Falls and cross paths with Grace Mann (who is, after all, the star of our series) -- we realized how much it would raise the stakes if these guys really caused some damage ... and, in the process, were more desperate themselves.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Icons of Science Fiction: Toho Collection

Coming August 18 is the three-disc set Icons of Science Fiction: Toho Collection, featuring the DVD debuts of three classic sci-fi films by influential director Ishiro Honda -- Mothra (1961), The H-Man (1958) and Battle in Outer Space (1959). Each film, digitally re-mastered in its original Tohoscope aspect ratio, includes both the original Japanese version (with English subtitles) and U.S. version. The set also sports two film commentaries.

Film synopses:

Mothra
Members of a Japanese expedition to a heavily-radiated island find two tiny, beautiful girls and take them home for observation. When the girls are taken off the island, a mysterious egg hatches, producing a gargantuan moth which destroys everything in its path as it searches for the girls.

Tokyo once again faces destruction when a giant caterpillar crawls into town to save tiny twin sisters from the clutches of entrepreneurs out to exploit them. The one-foot high ladies have been kidnapped from their remote island in the South Seas and taken to Japan, where they are now a sideshow attraction. However, the twins have supernatural powers and cry out for help from the huge caterpillar that has hatched back on their island. The giant insect comes to Tokyo, where it causes mass devastation. It then transforms into a moth that continues on its way to liberate the sisters. Meanwhile, a reporter tries to get the scoop on this unusual story. Will Mothra rescue the maidens? And, if it does, how much of Tokyo will be left?

The H-Man
A radioactive liquid turns people into slimy blobs that begin to reproduce and clutter up Tokyo's sewer system. The Tokyo sewer system is an oozing mess after a radioactive liquid turns people into slimy blobs that float down the drains following a rainstorm. To add to the havoc, the gelatinous masses then begin to reproduce. The blobs are ultimately destroyed in a fire that lights up the city.

Battle in Outer Space
The nations of the Earth unite in a common cause to fight off an invader from outer space. A series of mysterious catastrophes sweep the globe, causing world's scientists to conclude that beings from another planet are attacking earth. Two earth space ships damage attackers, giving the world time to prepare for gigantic battle in outer space.

Friday, June 19, 2009

ULTRAMAN '66 comes back to DVD

The folks at TVShowsOnDVD report that the out-of-print Ultraman: The Complete Series has been picked up by a Mill Creek Entertainment, which re-releases the set Sep 29. The new edition, a four-disc set with all 39 episodes, will only set you back about $15. Pre-order from Amazon.

Created by special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya (Godzilla, Mothra), the 1960s television series Ultraman remains one of Japan's most beloved sci-fi exports. Airing 1966-67, the live-action series followed a high-tech police force and the gigantic alien superhero Ultraman as they battled to save Earth from invading monsters and aliens. Starring AKIJI KOBAYASHI as Captain Cap Toshio Muramatsu, SUSUMO KUROBE as Shin Hayata, AKIHIKO HIRATA as Professor Iwamoto, MASANARI NIHEI as Mitsuhiro Ide, and HIROKO SAKURAI as Akiko Fuji.

Related:
Icons of Sci-Fi: The TOHO Collection
Giant Monster Movies

Monday, June 15, 2009

Design your own Transformer!

In honor of the upcoming blockbuster Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, USA TODAY wants you to design the "ultimate Transformer". Submissions are due Thursday (June 18). Online voters pick their favorite Sunday (June 22), and the winner will be interviewed and have their design displayed in the paper's print edition June 26. Details and sign up here.

Related links:
ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth
Good Monsters
Japan's Spider-Man Ep. 1
Transformers: Energon Ultimate Collection
Giant Monster Movies

Monday, June 8, 2009

Free comics!

My wife and I recently relaunched our website, StudioWell.com. The site is chock-full of comics and fiction and things. This month, we shine the spotlight on Penultimate Adventures -- a zany mash-up of superheroes, sci-fi, romance comics, and snack advertisements. We even added a brand-new pop-up text commentary -- if you're using Internet Explorer, hold your mouse over the images and the words should appear. (Firefox users: To read the commentary, control-click each image and check "Properties." You'll find it under "alternate text.")

Click here for more free comics online.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth

Making its public debut this weekend at the 2009 MoCCA Festival in NYC, Robot-13 is a rollicking comic book mash-up of Frankenstein and Greek myth. The series, created by writer Thomas Hall and artist Daniel Bradford, stars an ancient robot dredged up from the bottom of the ocean, with no memory where it came from -- and a mission to kill giant monsters.

The official press release:
MYTHOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY COLLIDE IN MODERN TAKE ON ‘FRANKENSTEIN’
Comic book creators debut new series at MoCCA Festival

BUTLER, NJ (May, 2009) – It was the most unusual catch the fisherman had ever seen: a robotic creation with a skull for a head! ROBOT-13 has no idea what or who it is, nor where it came from. All it knows is that it has an instinctual and irresistible drive to protect mankind from mythological creatures of destruction.

Two people who do know something about the creature are Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford, the creators of this new comic book series from Blacklist Studios set to debut at this year’s Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Festival.

As fantastical and imaginative as the premise of ROBOT-13 is, it all came together organically for Hall and Bradford. “Daniel had this robot design he was working on, and I had been reading Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ at the time,” explains writer and co-creator Hall. “I thought there could be a connection. Frankenstein was really a product of its day. People wondered if science had any limits and whether it should have them,” he continues.

Hall decided it would be fun to play with a main conceit of the Frankenstein legend. “If something is created that can think and reason, what would that creation think about itself?”

The original Frankenstein novel was subtitled, “A Modern Prometheus,” as a nod to the titan of Greek mythology who stole fire to give to mortals. Mythology plays a role in ROBOT-13 as well. “There’s a very Ray Harryhausen-feel to something mechanical with a skull for a head,” notes Hall, referring to the man who created the special effects behind such mythological fantasy films as “Jason and the Argonauts,” “Clash of the Titans” and the Sinbad movies. “Naturally, we decided our robot should fight giant monsters from mythology, just like the ones in the movies we grew up with!”

The monster mash-up of the Frankenstein creature and Greek mythology goes beyond mere battles between behemoths, however. “In Greek mythology, there’s always the journey where the hero goes to find himself. Having our “creature” follow that hero’s path, looking for who he was, gives me as a writer some great stuff to use. And who doesn’t love a giant monster fight?” explains Hall.

Working together since 2003, Hall and Bradford front Blacklist Studios. Other projects include their first series together, a moody, supernatural tale of serial killers and the apocalypse called “Enlightenment,” and the raucous action-comedy “KING!,” about a certain side-burned, peanut butter-and-banana-sandwich-eating rocker turned monster killer.

Now, striking the balance between “Enlightenment” and “KING!” comes ROBOT-13 #1. The full-color comic book with 24 action-packed story pages retails for $3.00. Readers can choose between two covers: a photo-realistic painted cover by fan-favorite Jeff Slemons or an edgy, frenetic cover done in signature style by series co-creator Daniel Bradford. Don’t miss Robot-13’s pulse-pounding debut, as he is dredged from the depths to battle a terrifying Kraken in the epic adventure, “Colossus!”

More information about ROBOT-13 and other Blacklist Studios titles can be found online at blackliststudios.com. Readers can also visit ROBOT-13 at myspace.com/robotthirteen.
The comic has been getting a ton of press:

Newsarama: Robot 13 To Debut at MoCCA

Publishers Weekly The Beat: Preview: Robot 13

Comic Book Resources: Six by 6 | Six questions with Robot 13 writer Thomas Hall

Undead Backbrain: The Coming of Robot-13

Diamond Scoop: Off The Presses: Robot-13 #1

Ain't It Cool: AICN COMICS SHOOT THE MESSENGER: PREVIEWS - HOOD! TRANSFORMERS! DARKNESS! GODLAND! ROBOT 13! & MUCH MORE!

Spawn.com: ROBOT 13 COMIC BOOK PREVIEW

Frankensteinia: The Frankenstein Blog: Frankensteinian : ROBOT-13

Related links:
Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot: An Introduction
ICONIC: The Life and Death of Talos the Bronze
Honoring the father of manga
KAIJU comic!
Free Comics Online

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Icons of Sci-Fi: The TOHO Collection

Through May 18, cast your vote for the cover of the upcoming DVD set Icons of Sci-Fi: Toho Collection -- featuring Mothra, The H Man, and Battle In Outer Space. (The set is available for pre-order). Also find several classic Godzilla flicks on sale 40-percent off!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Giant Monster Movies: King Kong

The giant ape King Kong, created for the groundbreaking 1933 film by adventurer Merian C. Cooper and brought to life by special effects wizard Willis O'Brien, captured the imaginations of filmgoers -- and generations of future filmmakers. Kong has appeared in several films, not to mention cartoons, books, comics, merch, video games, theme park rides, and more.

King Kong's filmography is pulled from our master list of
Giant Monster Movies:

Monday, April 27, 2009

CAPTAIN SINBAD (1963)

Captain SindbadOur friend Raf waxes philosophic about Captain Sinbad, airing tonight on TCM:
CAPTAIN SINBAD
Despite classics like "Forbidden Planet" and "War of the Worlds", during the 1950s-to-1960s, there was a surprising lack of interest for big budgeted, high-fantasy and science fiction films, outside the black and white cheepies and foreign distributed fair of course. So something like "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad", an above average-budgeted B-movie that has become synonymous with the aforementioned gems, left quite the impact back in the day. And unlike the other effects milestone which was the original "King Kong", most studios had the tools to emulate the fantasy style...though not always on the same level...

Ever wondered what the heroic and fanciful adventures of Sinbad the Sailor would look like if the producers behind "Gorgo" were in charge instead? Well in 1963, such a film occurred with the King Brothers' production of "Captain Sinbad".

The story follows Sinbad's (Guy Williams) attempts to end the tyranny of the evil and virtually immortal despot El Kareem (Pedro Armendariz), who also plans to forcefully marry Sinbad's love interest for this film, Princess Jenna (Heidi Bruhl).

Wow, Sinbad changes lovers just as badly as James Bond does...well, that's an unfair comparison actually; Sinbad sticks with one gal-pal per film, and so far has never used any of them as living shield. El Kareem fights back against our hero of course, by forcing the bumbling, but otherwise good-natured wizard Galgo (Abraham Sofaer) into assisting him with magic spells. At first, Galgo is ordered into transforming some of El Kareem's henchmen into giant Roc / Rukh birds, which attacks Sinbad's ship, the Golden Lion (stop laughing), by dropping boulders from the skies above.

Sinbad and his crew escapes these thugs-gone-avian-monsters, but are later imprisoned by El Kareem. Leading our main protagonist in having a very unfair duel with an invisible arena beast, that leaves behind giant three-clawed footprints.

Sinbad and his men survives this ordeal as well, and through Galgo and Princess Jenna, discover the secret of El Kareem's immortal power; his heart was magically separated from his body, and is safely kept within the Tower of Horrors; a far away land named such because of the monstrous threats within and without, the three-hundred foot tall structure. The film's last act takes place in this ominous landscape, filled with deadly jungle growth with vines that drag their victims to an unseen fate high above; oversized, possibly gigantic (and clearly rubber) masses of killer alligators (they have square snouts, as oppose to the longer, pointier ones of crocodiles); fatal geological elements such as whirlpools and a fiery volcanic Hell-ground; and the lone inhabitant of the latter area, a gigantic 12-headed dragon, done through full-scale puppet heads, and a full-body dragon suit.

But it is within the Tower itself that Sinbad faces off against the film's most memorable, if not just plain silly monstrous obstacle; a full-scale, 15-to-20 foot tall mailed fist / glove! This monster protects El Kareem's weakness directly in-person, and even more ludicrous, wags its index finger from side-to-side, as if to say 'that's a no-no' to Sinbad when he first approaches the living heart!

Now I usually don't mind spoiling the ending of most films and television episodes, especially since life is too short for 'spoiler-free'. And most of the stuff I talk about anyway is obscure and rarely seen to begin with. But I am happy (if not ashamed) to announce that Turner Classic Movies will be airing "Captain Sinbad" this coming Monday, April 27, so check your local listings for exact airing time.

I have not seen this film myself since I was seven years old, so no clue if it will still holds up, or be an experience in pain. But one thing is more than certain; the Giant Mailed Gloved Fist is going to be one bizarre subject for my Kaiju Portraits!

A trailer for the film can be found here at TCM.

Related links:
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Giant Monsters: Ray Harryhausen
Giant Monster Movies: Dinosaurs
Giant Monster Movies: Robots

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GIANT MONSTERS ON THE LOOSE!

This blog is for fans of classic giant monsters and monster-fighters from the movies, TV, and comics -- including King Kong, Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, Dogora, Johnny Sokko and Giant Robot, Ultraman, Fin Fang Foom, Titano, The Host, and more. We also salute the classic genre and special effects films of Toho Studios Universal Studios, Hammer Films, not to mention the Frankenstein Monster, Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, giant robots, sci-fi, manga, and anime.