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When I finally crack open the door to the pssibility, gratitude rushes past so quickly to reach the sunshine, there is nothing I can do to stop it. At this moment, I think it would be more apt to say, For news of a mother’s heart, watch her child’s face.

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Sporting the slogan “Get Down, America! Presidential campaign of , [7] [8] and led to Howard the Duck allegedly receiving thousands of write-in votes in the actual election. Marvel attempted a spin-off with a short-lived Howard the Duck newspaper comic strip from to , at first written by Gerber and drawn by Colan and Mayerik, [10] later written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Alan Kupperberg.

Gerber gained a degree of creative autonomy when he became the comic series’ editor in addition to his usual writing duties. With issue 16, unable to meet the deadline for his regular script, Gerber substituted an entire issue of text pieces and illustrations satirizing his own difficulties as a writer.

The Walt Disney Company contacted Marvel in over concerns that the visual design of Howard infringed on their trademark for Donald Duck. Marvel agreed to a redesign of the character by Disney artists. A key feature of the redesign was that the character would wear pants. In , Gerber was removed from the newspaper strip and the comic-book series due to chronic problems with deadlines. The final episode of the newspaper strip was published on October 29, Issue 31 May of the comic-book series announced on its letters page that it would be the final issue of Howard the Duck as a color comic.

Marvel then relaunched the series that year as a bimonthly magazine, with scripts by Mantlo, art by Colan and Michael Golden and unrelated backup features by others. The magazine was canceled after nine issues. On August 29, , after learning of Marvel’s efforts to license Howard for use in film and broadcast media, Steve Gerber filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Marvel corporate parent Cadence Industries and other parties, alleging that he was the sole owner of the character.

On November 5, , Judge David Kenyon approved the motion and dismissed the case. The only new story featuring the character between and appeared in Bizarre Adventures 34 Scripted by Steven Grant , it featured a suicidal Howard being put through a parody of It’s a Wonderful Life.

The original comic book series reappeared with issue 32 January It featured a story that had been written by Grant four years earlier. Howard co-creator Val Mayerik co-plotted the story and provided the art. It was released alongside an adaptation of the Howard the Duck feature film, which was published in Marvel Super Special 41 November and a three-issue comic-book series. The character was again living with Beverly Switzler, now working as a rent-a- ninja.

How they got back together was never explained. Beverly was not involved in the story, in which She-Hulk takes Howard on a trip through several dimensions with a theoretical physicist from Empire State University.

He had the idea to create an unofficial crossover between the two issues, where the characters would meet momentarily in the shadows, but which would not affect either story. Soon after, Gerber discovered that Howard was scheduled to appear in Ghost Rider vol. Gerber was not pleased with this development, and changed the “unofficial crossover” somewhat. As Savage Dragon and Destroyer Duck escape the warehouse, they reveal that they rescued the “real” Howard and Beverly, while Spider-Man left with two of the clones.

Howard has his feathers dyed green, and is renamed “Leonard the Duck”, and Beverly has her hair dyed black and is renamed “Rhonda Martini”. Featuring several familiar Howard the Duck characters, the series, like the original one, parodied a wide range of other comics and pop culture figures, but with considerably stronger language and sexual content than what would have been allowable 25 years earlier.

The series has Doctor Bong causing Howard to go through multiple changes of form, principally into a mouse as a parody of Mickey Mouse , in retaliation for the Disney-mandated redesign , and entering a chain of events parodying comics such as Witchblade , Preacher and several others, with Howard ultimately having a conversation with God in Hell. Howard had cameo appearances in She-Hulk vol.

In , he returned in Howard the Duck vol. This series was rated for ages 9 and up, though one issue was published with a Marvel Zombies tie-in cover with a parental advisory claim. In November , Marvel announced an ongoing series starting in March featuring Howard as a private investigator on Earth.

The creative team consisted of writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones. This led to a reboot produced by the same creative team starting with Howard the Duck vol.

Howard’s first appearance in comics is when he is abruptly abducted from his home planet by an unseen force and randomly dropped into the Florida Everglades by the demon-lord Thog the Nether-Spawn. He meets the Man-Thing , who had been attacked by Korrek of Katharta, and the three of them are confronted by warriors of the Congress of Realities. They then travel to the realm of Therea and destroy Thog the Nether-Spawn. Howard then accidentally falls off the inter-dimensional stepping stones that the group were traveling on [24] and materializes in Cleveland, Ohio, where he battles Garko the Man-Frog.

Howard also briefly encounters and kills a vampiric cow named Bessie the Hellcow. Howard makes friends with an artists’ model named Beverly Switzler and a bizarre series of encounters follow. He battles Pro-Rata , the cosmic accountant, then meets Spider-Man at the end of the battle. Howard and Beverly hit the road, seeking shelter in a gothic mansion where they battle a girl named Patsy and her giant, animated-to-life gingerbread man.

The Beaver falls to his death in a battle with Howard. Unfortunately, the bus’ passengers are all believers in various weird cults, and try to interest Howard in them. His seatmates are Winda Wester and the Kidney Lady, a woman who believes that the soul of a person lives in their kidneys and attempts to stop anything she sees as “anti-kidney health.

There he meets Daimon Hellstrom, and is briefly possessed by Hellstrom’s demonic soul, becoming the new Son of Satan. Later, while on the S. Damned , a cruise ship returning from scenic Bagmom, Howard and Beverly are taken captive by Lester Verde. Verde had known Beverly in college and had a crush on her and had assumed the identity of the supervillain Doctor Bong , [38] who illegally marries Beverly against her will and transforms Howard into a human.

After escaping back to New York and being restored to his natural form, Howard is hired as a dishwasher by Beverly’s uncle, Lee Switzler. Korrek pilots the ship the Epoch Weasel and drops Howard back off at Cleveland before he and their allies fly away. Howard is later kidnapped by the Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime. Winda is abandoned by Paul and Iris and Paul is shot and left in a coma.

Writer Bill Mantlo, beginning with issue 30, returned the series to its former status quo, bringing Beverly back into the picture and having her divorce Doctor Bong. Howard’s creator Steve Gerber, who left the series after issue 27, originally intended for Beverly and Bong’s marriage to be lasting and for Beverly to be written out of the series from that point on.

Howard and Beverly’s friend Paul, who had ended up in a coma after he had previously been shot by the Ringmaster, awakens from his coma and is released from the hospital. Beverly’s uncle Lee brings everyone back to Cleveland and employs Howard as a cab driver, while Paul, back to being a somnambulist after his release from the hospital, becomes Winda’s boyfriend.

Howard dons a suit of “Iron Duck” armor made by Claude Starkowitz, a man who has delusions of being related to Tony Stark and dreams of being the personal armorer to Iron Man , and battles Doctor Bong in the final issue of the original 70s Howard the Duck series issue On a later occasion, She-Hulk accidentally pulls Howard though a cosmic wormhole along with theoretical physicist Brent Wilcox and they are able to prevent other universes from crowding out Earth During this time, Howard meets a character called the Critic, travels to a dimension known as the Baloneyverse and again battles a group called the Band of the Bland, whom he had previously battled with the Defenders.

During the fight, Howard and Beverly get stuck in a warehouse full of anthropomorphic ducks, briefly meeting the Savage Dragon and Destroyer Duck.

Parker and Reilly leave the warehouse believing that they have the correct versions of Howard and Beverly with them. The disoriented dinosaur attempts to eat Howard, but spits him out when shot with John Blaze ‘s hellfire gun. Howard says that he relates to the pair being trapped in a world they never made before wandering off.

This origin traces the source of these dimensions to be projections from Franklin’s mind. Throughout the course of the adventure, Howard has a romance with Tana Nile, culminating in a kiss, after which he apologizes and tells her of his attachment to Beverly.

While Man-Thing becomes a self-appointed guardian to Franklin Richards, Howard goes off on his own and is captured by the Cult of Entropy , who wrap him in swaddling clothes. The cult wants Howard because he has part of the Nexus of All Realities , which shattered during Heroes Reborn , inside of him. Man-Thing then enters Howard’s mouth, and Howard vomits him back out with the fragment, but Man-Thing is left desiccated and practically dead.

Howard sets the Man-Thing down in the water, and he revives during Howard’s conversation with Namor. Once he sees that the Man-Thing is alive and well, he bids Namor farewell and says that he is returning to Cleveland.

Years later, back with Beverly, he undergoes further shapeshifting experiences after an accident at a chemical facility of Doctor Bong’s. Beverly is hired by Bong’s Globally Branded Content Corporation, which manufactures boy bands from protein vats based on the sexual arousal of a focus group of gay men. Attempting to destroy an escapee whom Beverly has taken in, Bong inadvertently knocks Howard into a vat, which changes him, unstably, into a rat.

Verde then goes to the press and claims that his building was attacked by Osama el-Barka “Osama the Duck” in Arabic. Howard and Beverly are sent back on the road after the junkyard office where they are living is destroyed by a S. One of the officers on the case is the same beat cop who mistook Howard for a mutant many years before. Suzy is the inheritor of the doucheblade , which starts to take her over when she wears an enchanted bracelet.

In a skirmish, the bracelet is caught by Howard causing him to be the wielder of the doucheblade. The doucheblade causes its holder to grow enormous bare breasts and armor in a parody of Witchblade , and, possessed by this, Howard kills the male lover of a businessman who works with Verde as he and Verde break into Suzy’s house.

Arriving at the Boarding House of Mystery, Howard and Beverly encounter Cain and Abel , the latter with a rock stuck in his head that allows him only moments of lucidity. There, they are granted their every wish, including Howard’s return to his true form, and Beverly never being poor again, and meet parodies of John Constantine , Wesley Dodds , the Endless , Spider Jerusalem , and Gerber’s own Nevada called Utah , all characters from DC Comics ‘ Vertigo imprint.

The downside to the House is that everyone staying there gets their every wish; so Che Guevara can have his revolution, but someone else can easily slaughter him. Upon leaving the House of Mystery, Howard is once again transformed into an anthropomorphic mouse. It is revealed that Iprah has been merged with an experiment by the Angel Gabriel called Deuteronomy, intended to replace God, because God has been spending all his time in a bar in Hell since Deuteronomy is a creature half-id and half-superego, while Iprah is an all-ego promoter of self-indulgent pop psychology.

Considering her dangerous, Gabriel sends the cherub Thrasher to resurrect Sigmund Freud, whose cigar blasts out half of Thrasher’s brains being immortal, this just makes him act drunk. It is a wonder that I managed to sit through more than two hours of unalloyed boredom. Mike S. Reviewed in the United States on February 12, Wonder Woman was the follow-up movie to Batman v. Superman and told mostly as a flashback telling Diana’s origin story. There are a couple of scenes set in the present that ties both to Batman v.

Superman, and the upcoming at that point Justice League movie. This movie was one that people saw as saving the DCEU, as pretty much all of the other movies had been ragged on by critics, unfairly for the most part. However, this movie had a lot better character development and setup, and honestly, should have been a follow-up to Man of Steel.

Most of the story in this movie is set during World War I. There are some scenes with a young Diana growing up on Themyscira, but the bulk of the story comes after Steve Trevor played by Chris Pine accidentally ends up in Themyscira while fleeing the Germans. He tells Diana about the war, and she is convinced that it is the doing of the god Aries, and sets out to find and kill Aries. From there it is mostly a period piece with Diana trying to integrate into early s society, help fight in battles, and aid Trevor and his team to find a weapon being developed by an evil German doctor.

There is a strong supporting cast including Robin Wright, Connie Nielson, David Thewlis, and other recognizable character actors.

For those who get the 4K disc, it is a two-disc set with just the movie on the UHD disc, and all the extras on a regular blu ray disc. The movie looks and sounds great in UHD, especially if you have a large screen and a soundbar.

There are over two-hours worth of extras including several behind-the-scenes features on making the movie, as well as several features on the overall character of Wonder Woman, and how the character has evolved over time.

Overall, the movie is great. It has a great blend of action and humor and has a message without getting too preachy about the message it was trying to send. Gal Gadot does a great job with the character. There was, of course, a lot of consternation when she was cast, especially since she did not fit the mold of Lynda Carter, the only other woman to play the character in live-action. Carter was definitely bigger than Gadot, height-wise and in other areas that Gadot joked about. However, Gadot is a lot more athletic than Lynda Carter was so she brought a lot more to the fight scenes than was ever done in the TV show.

The script was good and all of the actors did a great job with their parts. It is probably the best movie in the DCEU and is definitely worth the pick-up. Back to top. Get to Know Us.

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The Mercury custom has been fully restored. Olivia Newton-John formed a friendship with Yvette Nipar, the ex-wife of her former boyfriend, Patrick McDermott, who disappeared in after fishing trip. Anne Heche lived through mental health breakdowns and traumas triggered by alleged sexual abuse by her late father and Ellen DeGeneres breakup in It was Stein’s partner Alice who became the de facto hostess for the wives and girlfriends of the artists in attendance, who met in a separate room.

When guests showed up, Alice was called upon to entertain their wives. Hemingway frequented Stein’s salon, but the two had an uneven relationship. They began as close friends, with Hemingway admiring Stein as a mentor, but they later grew apart, especially after Stein called Hemingway “yellow” in The Autobiography of Alice B. During the summer of , Stein advised the young composer and writer Paul Bowles to go to Tangier , where she and Alice had vacationed. Stein’s writing can be placed in three categories: “hermetic” works best illustrated by The Making of Americans : The Hersland Family ; popularized writing such as The Autobiography of Alice B.

Toklas ; and speech writing and more accessible autobiographical writing of later years, of which Brewsie and Willie is a good example. Her works include novels, plays, stories, libretti , and poems written in a highly idiosyncratic, playful, repetitive, and humorous style.

Typical quotes are: ” Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose “; “Out of kindness comes redness and out of rudeness comes rapid same question, out of an eye comes research, out of selection comes painful cattle”; [56] about her childhood home in Oakland , “There is no there there”; and “The change of color is likely and a difference a very little difference is prepared.

Sugar is not a vegetable. These stream-of-consciousness experiments, rhythmical essays or “portraits”, were designed to evoke “the excitingness of pure being” and can be seen as literature’s answer to visual art styles and forms such as Cubism , plasticity, and collage.

Many of the experimental works such as Tender Buttons have since been interpreted by critics as a feminist reworking of patriarchal language. These works were well received by avant-garde critics but did not initially achieve mainstream success. Despite Stein’s work on ” automatic writing ” with William James , she did not see her work as automatic, but as an ‘excess of consciousness’. Particularly, he influenced her idea of equality, distinguished from universality: “the whole field of the canvas is important”.

Stein explained: “[T]he important thing Her use of repetition is ascribed to her search for descriptions of the “bottom nature” of her characters, such as in The Making of Americans where the narrator is described through the repetition of narrative phrases such as “As I was saying” and “There will be now a history of her. Social judgment is absent in her writing, so the reader is given the power to decide how to think and feel about the writing.

Anxiety, fear, and anger are also absent, and her work is harmonic and integrative. Stein predominantly used the present progressive tense, creating a continuous presence in her work, which Grahn argues is a consequence of the previous principles, especially commonality and centeredness.

Grahn describes “play” as the granting of autonomy and agency to the readers or audience: “rather than the emotional manipulation that is a characteristic of linear writing, Stein uses play. Lastly, Grahn argues that one must ” inster stand Toklas ; the book would become her first best-seller. Despite the title, it was actually Stein’s autobiography. The style was quite similar to that of The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook , which was written by Toklas. Toklas , despite Toklas repeatedly denying authorship.

Several of Stein’s writings have been set to music by composers, including Virgil Thomson ‘s operas Four Saints in Three Acts and The Mother of Us All , and James Tenney ‘s setting of Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose as a canon dedicated to Philip Corner , beginning with “a” on an upbeat and continuing so that each repetition shuffles the words, e. While living in Paris, Stein began submitting her writing for publication.

Her earliest writings were mainly retellings of her college experiences. Her first critically acclaimed publication was Three Lives. In , Mildred Aldrich introduced Stein to Mabel Dodge Luhan and they began a short-lived but fruitful friendship during which the wealthy Mabel Dodge promoted Gertrude’s legend in the United States. Mabel was enthusiastic about Stein’s sprawling publication The Makings of Americans and, at a time when Stein had much difficulty selling her writing to publishers, privately published copies of Portrait of Mabel Dodge at Villa Curonia.

In addition, she wrote the first critical analysis of Stein’s writing to appear in America, in “Speculations, or Post-Impressionists in Prose”, published in a special March publication of Arts and Decoration. In Gertrude Stein’s writing every word lives and, apart from concept, it is so exquisitely rhythmical and cadenced that if we read it aloud and receive it as pure sound, it is like a kind of sensuous music.

Just as one may stop, for once, in a way, before a canvas of Picasso, and, letting one’s reason sleep for an instant, may exclaim: “It is a fine pattern! Stein and Carl Van Vechten , the noted critic and photographer, became acquainted in Paris in Van Vechten served as an enthusiastic champion of Stein’s literary work in the United States, in effect becoming her American agent.

In October , Stein arrived in America after a year absence. Disembarking from the ocean liner in New York, she encountered a throng of reporters. Front-page articles on Stein appeared in almost every New York City newspaper. As she rode through Manhattan to her hotel, she was able to get a sense of the publicity that would hallmark her US tour. Stein prepared her lectures for each stop-over in a formally structured way, and the audience was limited to five hundred attendees for each venue.

She spoke, reading from notes, and provided for an audience question and answer period at the end of her presentation. Stein’s effectiveness as a lecture speaker received varying evaluations. At the time, some maintained that “Stein’s audiences by and large did not understand her lectures. The predominant feeling, however, was that Stein was a compelling presence, a fascinating personality who could hold listeners with the “musicality of her language”. In Washington, D. Stein was invited to have tea with the President’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt.

In Beverly Hills , California, she visited actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin , who reportedly discussed the future of cinema with her.

Stein completed Q. In , Stein began Fernhurst , a fictional account of a scandalous three-person romantic affair involving a dean M. All the forces that have been engaged through the years of childhood, adolescence and youth in confused and ferocious combat range themselves in ordered ranks and during which the straight and narrow gateway of maturity, and life which was all uproar and confusion narrows down to form and purpose, and we exchange a great dim possibility for a small hard reality.

Also in our American life where there is no coercion in custom and it is our right to change our vocation so often as we have desire and opportunity, it is a common experience that our youth extends through the whole first twenty-nine years of our life and it is not till we reach thirty that we find at last that vocation for which we feel ourselves fit and to which we willingly devote continued labor.

Mellow observes that, in , year-old Gertrude “had evidently determined that the ‘small hard reality’ of her life would be writing”. She credited this as a revelatory moment in the evolution of her writing style.

Stein described:. So it was with Gertrude’s repetitive sentences, each one building up, phrase by phrase, the substance of her characters. She began Three Lives during the spring of and finished it the following year. Gertrude Stein stated the date for her writing of The Making of Americans was — Her biographer has uncovered evidence that it actually began in and did not end until Her critics were less enthusiastic about it.

A much-abridged edition was published by Harcourt Brace in , but the full version remained out of print until Something Else Press republished it in In , a new, definitive edition was published by Dalkey Archive Press with a foreword by William Gass. Gertrude’s Matisse and Picasso descriptive essays appeared in Alfred Stieglitz ‘s August edition of Camera Work , a special edition devoted to Picasso and Matisse, and represented her first publication.

And you can imagine what that meant to me or to any one. Stein’s descriptive essays apparently began with her essay of Alice B. Toklas, “a little prose vignette, a kind of happy inspiration that had detached itself from the torrential prose of The Making of Americans “. Matisse and Picasso were subjects of early essays, [85] later collected and published in Geography and Plays and Portraits and Prayers. Her subjects included several ultimately famous personages, and her subjects provided a description of what she observed in her Saturday salons at 27 Rue de Fleurus: “Ada” Alice B.

Tender Buttons is the best known of Stein’s “hermetic” works. It is a small book separated into three sections—”Food, Objects and Rooms”, each containing prose under subtitles. Claire Marie Press My feeling in this is quite strong. Stein ignored Mabel’s exhortations and published 1, copies of the book in In an interview with Robert Bartlett Haas in “A Transatlantic Interview – “, Stein insisted that this work was completely “realistic” in the tradition of Gustave Flaubert , stating the following: “I used to take objects on a table, like a tumbler or any kind of object and try to get the picture of it clear and separate in my mind and create a word relationship between the word and the things seen.

The publication of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas lifted Gertrude Stein from literary obscurity to almost immediate celebrity in the United States. Eugene Jolas, editor of the avant-garde journal Transition , published a pamphlet titled Testimony against Gertrude Stein in which artists such as Henri Matisse and Georges Braque expressed their objections to Stein’s portrayal of the Parisian community of artists and intellectuals.

Grant as a religious leader, Wilbur Wright as a painter, George Washington as a novelist, and Henry James as a military general. Stein met her life partner Alice B. She was a golden brown presence, burned by the Tuscan sun and with a golden glint in her warm brown hair. She was dressed in a warm brown corduroy suit. She wore a large round coral brooch and when she talked, very little, or laughed, a good deal, I thought her voice came from this brooch.

It was unlike anyone else’s voice—deep, full, velvety, like a great contralto’s, like two voices. Gertrude and Alice’s summer of is memorialized in images of the two of them in Venice, at the piazza in front of Saint Mark’s. Toklas arrived in with Harriet Levy, with Toklas maintaining living arrangements with Levy until she moved to 27 Rue de Fleurus in In an essay written at the time, Stein humorously discussed the complex efforts, involving much letter-writing and Victorian niceties, to extricate Levy from Toklas’s living arrangements.

She said she did not have any plans for the summer. No one was interested in this thing in whether she had any plans for the summer. That is not the complete history of this thing, some were interested in this thing in her not having any plans for the summer Some who were not interested in her not having made plans for the summer were interested in her not having made plans for the following winter. She had not made plans for the summer and she had not made plans for the following winter There was then coming to be the end of the summer and she was then not answering anything when any one asked her what were her plans for the winter.

Soon after she purchased them from Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler ‘s gallery, [] the Great War began, Kahnweiler’s stock was confiscated and he was not allowed to return to Paris. Gris, who before the war had entered a binding contract with Kahnweiler for his output, was left without income.

Gertrude attempted to enter an ancillary arrangement in which she would forward Gris living expenses in exchange for future pictures. Stein and Toklas had plans to visit England to sign a contract for the publication of Three Lives , to spend a few weeks there, and then journey to Spain. They left Paris on July 6, and returned on October After a supposed three-week trip to England that stretched to three months due to the War, they returned to France, where they spent the first winter of the war.

With money acquired from the sale of Stein’s last Matisse Woman with a Hat [] to her brother Michael, she and Toklas vacationed in Spain from May through the spring of Toklas and Stein returned to Paris in June , and acquired a Ford automobile with the help of associates in the United States; Gertrude learned to drive it with the help of her friend William Edwards Cook.

During the s, Stein and Toklas became famous with the mass-market publication of The Autobiography of Alice B. She and Alice had an extended lecture tour in the United States during this decade. The two women doted on their beloved poodle named “Basket” whose successor, “Basket II”, comforted Alice in the years after Gertrude’s death.

Gertrude’s book “Wars I Have Seen” written before the German surrender and before the liberation of German concentration camps, likened the German army to Keystone cops.


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