This is the first in a few instalments of the Super Blog to show you around the Fortress of Markitude, where many things fannish and Silver Age-ish come to collect dust.
It all began in 2004, when we had a new addition built onto the back side of the house (the north side). The room on the right, above, was the Secret Origin of the Fortress of Markitude!
Now you, too, can find out what it is, and how it came to be!
This is a shot of the exterior door. On the top half is a Monty Python "Ministry of Silly Walks" poster. The odd thing about the poster is the "How-to-do-it" stills across the top and bottom edges of the poster. They are numbered 1-6 on the top and 7-12 on the bottom. However, they are not in the correct order to perform Cleese's little maneuver correctly ...
At the bottom of the door is a comics shop poster promoting the 1992 "Death of Superman" storyline.
Hanging atop the Silly Walks poster is the little come-in-or-stay-away sign I made. One side of it, shown in the door photo, is the image at the top of the post, "Welcome to the Fortress..." and this is the other side.
As if anybody pays attention!
Take a look at the doorknob hanger.
Just for fun I made up the above conglomeration to hang when the room needs service. This is a real laugh, because not only would nobody else ever try to straighten things up in here (or ever be able to stop once they started), it's probably been years since some of the stuff has had a fresh fingerprint.
This is the other side of the door hanger. As you can see, this is an actual artifact. I stole it from the Holiday Inn where we spent our honeymoon night on January 14, 1978. The hairdo on the girl is a fine example of Young Person couture of the late 1970s/early 1980s. Joyce had a similar 'do at one of the sorority dances we went to.
Next time, we will actually take a step INSIDE this chamber full of Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruin (Shakespeare via T S Eliot).