Can the shining superstar realize her big-time dreams or will she perish before the pernicious power of Doom? With all the recent success of Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it takes some serious recollecting to travel back in time to when Marvel offered less-then-spectacular films on the silver screen. In fact, there was a period when Marvel Comics Group – despite all Stan Lee’s efforts to find a willing studio in Hollywood – couldn’t catch a break in bringing their Spandex-clad characters to life within a motion picture. Finally, the Casablanca Records label and Filmworks movie studio commissioned a project called “The Disco Queen” which was to feature a singing superhero from Marvel Comics. The plan was simple, a new disco-singing heroine would be introduced in the pages of Uncanny X-Men, feature prominently in Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and other titles, and then become a character in her own blockbuster movie! Artist John Romita Jr. originally conceived her as a mutant resembling Grace Jones (model, actress, singer) and she would possess the power to make people tell the truth. The movie studio, however, had other ideas, namely that she should look like sex symbol Bo Derek, and former […]
We are the World … We are the Children of the Atom In 1985, I was still adjusting to a new house, neighborhood and school away from everything I had ever known, but somehow became aware of an upcoming television program called “Live Aid”. There had been a devastating famine in Ethiopia that year and a large group of musicians, bands and other performers were getting together for a gigantic fundraiser/telethon to raise both money and awareness of the plight of Africa’s starving population.