Sneaky Dragon Episode 497
Hola, Sneakers! Welcome to Episode 497 of the internet’s most favourite podcast that no one had ever heard of!
This week: frustration speaking; the circle of poo; guest birds; Corvid-3; the new gods; a noble garbage bird; cartoon animal problems; joke-alikes; all gain, no pain; inevitable alien destruction; tech vulnerable; long fall; evil deads; Spielberg – the mild-mannered maverick; comfortable action; you have to see this movie; what’s next for Indy; Time-Life books; the producer has an idea; ironic Wolverine; whither Toad; the god Pan showed up; recommended: The Wind in the Willows movie; children book’s not for children; discovering Michael Bublé; Canada is the new Japan; thanks for mentioning us; premium content; professional dad jokes; it’s time we worked out our differences; Dork Shadows – All About Eve; the Dark Shadows DVD box set sales pitch; vintage shows with vintage ads; Questions of the Week- Sneakers respond; ratings rated; where similarities end; intelligence means you’re not a dum-dum; “gifted” versus “on the spectrum”; let’s finally say “Boo, cocaine!”; and, finally, the perfect gift.
Question of the week: What is something you realy enjoyed as a kid, but no one seems to remember now?
Sub-question: What is a something promoted as being for children that is clearly not for children?
That West Side Story parody everyone is talking about:
If you don’t know the Andy Kaufman “incident” from the TV show Fridays, here it is:
And here is the fallout from that “incident”, the apology that appeared on next week’s show:
And the capper: “a year later” (actually about half a year), Kaufman was a special guest on Fridays and took the opportunity to introduce his fiancée, Kathie Sullivan (who really was a gospel singer who sang on The Lawrence Welk Show. This is not just a clip, but the whole show. You can see Kaufman’s bit at the 4:12 mark:
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The Telepath’s Daughter ◈ Chapter II
Story Summary: Amelia Xavier was just like her father, a mutant. Though, unlike her father; her powers didn’t end with Telepathy, It went much further. Charles loved his daughter with all his heart, but when she was forcibly removed from him, he unwilling had to adapt to life without her. That was until one day in 1973 when he found himself face to face with her once again.
Charles Xavier x Daughter!OC
Peter Maximoff x OC
WARNINGS: A little bit of angst.
Chapter Two ◈ The Forest
November 12th, 1962.
5 years later...
Charles woke up to the sound of crying; though he didn't hear it through his ears, it rang out in the back of his mind. It was his daughter. It had been months since her nightmares had stopped, to be completely honest Charles didn't think they were coming back, but as he pulled himself from the warmth of his bed, and limped down towards the bedroom of his daughter. He realized that something was wrong, this time it wasn't like the nightmares she used to get.
The objects in her room were lifted up into the air by a black mist; casting shadows beneath them as the five-year-old girl levitated over her bed. Even though her eyes were wide open in fear, it seemed as though she couldn't see the room around her. Charles ran to her bedside, he knew she had the mutant gene but her powers had never shown before,
'Make the voices stop,' she whispered as tears ran down her face.
Charles pressed his fingers against her temples, soon his mind was filled with the voices that his daughter had been referring to, she was just like him. Tears filled his eyes as he felt her pain, the voices were causing her a terrible migraine. But it wasn't only the voices, they weren't in her bedroom anymore; now they were enclosed by darkness, Charles could feel wet grass beneath his knees, and see trees that were seemingly as tall as the sky.
They were in a forest, one they had visited in the past, only now it was dark and cold. It was clear though, that they weren't really there, it was only an illusion; one his daughter created.
'Shhh... darling, close your eyes, and imagine we're back at home and I promise we will go there.' Charles said in a soothing voice;
'Dad? Is that you?'
'Yeah it's me, did you hear what I said? Just close your eyes and picture home' The five-year-old girl closed her eyes tight and inaudibly whispered to herself. The forest disappeared around them, they were back in the comfort of their home. Now the objects that were once floating were resting back in their places.
'What's wrong with me?' Amelia cried out clutching her head, the voices still not having left,
'It's okay, you're like me, it's the thoughts of the people around us'
'I'm like you? Can you make them stop?' this time she looked at her father directly in the eyes. Charles picked Amelia up and cradled her in his arms; just like he did when she was a baby.
'Focus on my mind, only listen to my thoughts, it will help drown out the others' Charles heard footsteps coming down the hall, they must have woken Raven up. The door opened slightly and her head popped through,
'Hey, is everything okay in here?' Raven questioned, eyebrows furrowed in concern.
'Yeah, I'll be out in a minute I just have to put Amelia back to bed' Charles responded, Raven, nodded and left.
'I think it working,' Amelia stated, beginning to calm down.
'That's great darling. I think it's time to put you back to bed' Charles carried her back to her bed and lied her down; covering her with her blankets. But just as he was about to leave the five-year-old's hand reached out from under the covers and grab hold of his arm, he turned back to look at his daughter.
'Can you stay? At least until I fall asleep?' the girl asked; her other hand gripping the material of her blanket, Charles didn't respond, instead, he just lifted the blanket and climbed in next to the girl, wrapping his arm around her and pulling the five-year-old against his chest. She lent her ear against his heart and listened to the calming and rhythmic beat it created, all the while closing her eyes. It didn't take her long to fall asleep, though Charles didn't leave straight away, instead, he continued to cradle her in his arms while he played with her hair. After some time had passed Charles slowly lifted himself from the bed, and quietly made his way to the door.
Charles continued towards the lounge room, only to find that Raven was still sitting in the couch, waiting to hear about what had happened with Amelia,
'What was that all about?' Raven questioned, even though she had just assumed that her nightmares had returned,
'Amelia just showed the first sign of her powers' Charles sighed, wishing to have saved the topic for the morning after.
'Really!? What did she do?' Raven's face now held an expression of shock and curiosity, as she tapped the spot next to her, motioning for Charles to sit down.
'To be completely honest I'm not entirely certain, she's a Telepath though, that's for sure. But she was also showing signs of Psychokinesis ' Charles said pinching the bridge of his nose, as
'Psychokinesis? What that?' Raven continued,
'It's another way of saying Telekinesis, basically, she can move things with her mind. But that's not it; she was also was trapped in an illusion of sorts, it was like she was morphing her own perception of reality, and as soon as I was near her; my reality changed too.' Charles said while sitting next to Raven on their couch.
'What happened' Raven asked, intrigued
'We were no longer in her bedroom, we were in the forest we took her for a picnic a few months ago; it felt so real, it was cold and I felt my knees dampen as I kneeled on the grass, but when we returned to the room it was like we were never there.'
'Maybe you teleported?' Raven stated, but it was more of a question.
'I don't think so, when I walked into the room it was like she was already there; her eyes were open wide and she looked frightened, besides, I didn't see the forest until I began to read her mind. Anyway, I think I best be off to bed, you should go as well. I don't see tomorrow as being an easy day, with Amelia having just discovered her powers and all. To be honest I was beginning to think she didn't have them.'
June 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of Marvel's Mutant Genesis!
The summer of 1991 was a great time to be an X-Fan. Marvel shifted into high gear with the introduction of new titles and creative teams that produced incredible storylines. The House of Ideas made a full-court press with its promotional campaign for Mutant Genesis, including creator appearances on the comic convention circuit, comic and fanzine advertising as well as an amazing set of retail displays and posters.
X-Force #1 - Marvel kicked off Mutant Genesis with X-Force #1 on June 25, 1991 following the finale of the New Mutants four months earlier with issue #100. With plot and art by Rob Liefeld and script by Fabian Nicieza, X-Force #1 hit like a big-budget summer blockbuster with tons of action along with plot twists and teasers for future stories.
X-Men #1 - Mutant Genesis continued on August 13, 1991 with the release of X-Men #1 amid extraordinary anticipation. This new title by Chris Claremont, Jim Lee and Scott Williams divided the X-Men into two separate tactical teams and introduced the Acolytes as new villains that would catalyze the return of Magneto as a villain.
Uncanny X-Men #281 - Plotted by Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio with script by John Byrne and art by Whilce Portacio and Art Thibert, Uncanny X-Men #281 introduces Trevor Fitzroy, a villain from the future who stages a vicious attack against the Hellfire Club in an attempt to win leadership of the Upstarts from Sebastian Shaw’s son Shinobi.
X-Factor #71 - As the original X-Men return to their core teams, Professor Xavier renews his government ties to help the U.S. form a new group under the leadership of Havoc with members Wolfsbane, Madrox, Polaris and Strong Guy in a fun and quirky title written by Peter David with art by Larry Stroman and Al Milgrom.
Excalibur #42 - Co-creator Alan Davis returned to the title as writer and artist alongside inker Mark Farmer with Excalibur #42 in a story that starts with the destruction of the team's lighthouse headquarters and is followed by the return of the bizarre extra-dimensional group called Technet and the introduction of a new hero Kylun.
Mutant Genesis had a seismic effect on the X-Universe and these titles brought together some truly remarkable creators that dazzled readers with amazing art and fantastic stories that channeled the best of the X-Men's history while introducing an incredible new array of characters and plots. These comics definitely stand the test of time and I'm looking forward to exploring them further over the summer.
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