Saturday, February 28, 2009

Attack of the Robot

From 1996, it's Attack of the Robot, written by Joe Edkin and illoed by Erik Doescher and Tim Harkins.

You see, this robot attacks. And Superman, Green (Kyle Rayner) Lantern, Captain Marvel, and Wonder Woman fight it. They help people who are almost hurt by the robot's attack.

And they catch the bad guy, Lex Luthor, who was behind the attack of the robot.

"You may have stopped me this time," he said, "but someday I'll get my revenge."

Note Supes's long, flowing locks post-Return but pre-Haircut.

Also herewith presented are images of the tattoos included in the center staple. For your consideration I have flipped the images so they're readable.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Holy Grail Mystery Solved

The author is Frank C Tribbe.

The copy I bought through Amazon was sgned and dedicated by Tribbe to a pastor who'd previously interviewed him. Also inside were two letters from the author to the pastor.

This quotation from one of the letters pretty much sums up the book's stance:

"Several of the Turin Shroud scientific researchers are now convinced, as I am, that the Face on the Turin Shroud is the true source of the Holy Grail stories. For the first millenium the Shroud was folded in a casket with only the Face showing, surrounded by a cloth-of-gold with lattice pattern -- early French greile, or grill, then grail. Legends, pilgom stories and bits of history, plus writers' and troubadours' imagination did the rest."

Well -- isn't that an interesting theory! There's probably no reason why it could not be true.

However --

This little book is subtitled, "A Fully Illustrated Research Odyssey." Illustrated it is. Research? How can I tell?

This book has a bibliography. It has photo credits for the many photos. The author is obviously well educated and insightful. But how can it be a "research odyssey" when there is NOT A SINGLE FREAKIN' footnote or reference given for anything? A bibliography IS NOT ENOUGH.

So, if you want to read more about this interesting little idea, this is the book for you. I had a hard time deciding whether to shelve it with my "Arthur" books or my "Shroud" books -- although the Shroud won out.
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