Classic Hollywood

June 12, 2013 | 3:10 p.m.

‘Tribute: Marilyn Monroe’ comic explores icon’s life and loves

Where haven’t you seen Marilyn Monroe, star of such classics as 1953’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and 1959’s “Some Like It Hot”? Her early death at age 36 launched an entire industry of memorabilia — her image can be found on plates, T-shirts, posters, paintings and more. She was even the subject of a short-lived Broadway musical. And the iconic sex symbol now has her own comic book. “Tribute: Marilyn Monroe,” written by Dina Gachman with art by Nathan Girten and cover by Rob Aragon, is part of the “Tribute” comic book series from Bluewater Productions, which brings the lives of classic entertainers to graphic life. Something of a primer in all things Marilyn, “Tribute” explores Monroe’s tumultuous life through her own words, those of her husbands, including baseball giant Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, and others who knew her, […]
Jan. 25, 2013 | 5:47 p.m.

Angus Scrimm, ‘Phantasm’s’ Tall Man, still a striking presence

Angus Scrimm always thought that he would be the star of “sophisticated, witty drawing-room comedies.” But instead of making people laugh, Scrimm’s been scaring the heck out of audiences as the malevolent “Tall Man” in Don Coscarelli’s 1979 cult horror favorite “Phantasm” and its three popular sequels. Scrimm’s Tall Man is one of the great icons of R-rated horror films. A menacing mortician with a grotesque stare and superhuman strength — he can pick up and throw a casket into the back of a hearse like it’s a paper towel — the Tall Man transforms the dead into zombie dwarfs that do his evil bidding. His weapon of choice is also memorable: a deadly silver sphere that hurls through the air and attaches itself to his victims’ faces. It’s because of the Tall Man plus his roles in such horror […]
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