Archie Andrews and the Riverdale gang are some of the most enduring characters in comics history. They’ve teamed up with superheroes, met countless pop music icons, taught Bible lessons, and fought Sharknados. Their stories range from innocently humorous vignettes to deeply emotional personal drama; Archie married both Betty and Veronica in divergent story arcs that converged again with Archie’s death. Archie Comics as a company has taken on a number of licenses through the years and never been afraid to push the boundaries of comics as an art form. I guess it was inevitable that the zombie apocalypse would eventually make it to Riverdale.
Delta-vee presents classic Old Time Radio productions and modern audio dramas, today’s episode: “August Heat”. William Fryer Harvey wrote mysteries and horror stories in turn of the century England. He came from a strongly religious Quaker background and received a formal secondary education that earned him a medical degree. Harvey’s family wealth and personal ill health caused him concentrate on his writing instead of pursuing a medical career. “August Heat” treats themes of personal choice and predestination, as well as lightly touching on the subject of human nature. Harvey’s religious background would have placed an emphasis on these aspects of his education. Protestant doctrine treats the predestination of humanity as a cornerstone tenet of salvation, while also emphasizing the element of personal choice as integral to the fulfillment of that destiny. This seeming contradiction has been the subject of centuries of theological dissertation and debate, and promises to fuel generations more. A second theme at the heart of this story is the nature of humanity, and the potential within each of us for great, unwitting, spontaneous evil. Harvey treats his themes with a deft hand, raising each question in turn, and involving the reader inevitably in the answer. “August Heat” first appeared in Harvey’s short story collection “Midnight House” in 1910. This episode of Suspense first aired on May 31, 1945. And now, our feature presentation ….
Some family, some not so family. Some good, some not so good. The wife and I recline and share some views on the movies we’ve seen this week, the movies we’re anticipating, and the state of movie making in general. We touch on the topic of horror films, highlight the technical improvements of the new Star Trek over the old, and despair for the glory days of Disney past like the old fogeys we are. Movies include: The Battle for Terra, Star Trek, assorted Disney films, Friday the 13th, and Halloween. Plus an update on November contests and stuff. There’s a whole slough of worthy links on the blog page, so don’t forget to click some of them.
Great things happening fast at Critical Press Media. A new magazine launches with the November issue: the Data Vault. We re-issue Edgar Rice Burrough’s classic adventures on the lost continent of Caspak in “The Caprona Adventure”. Check them out on the website, buy the magazine as a printed copy or digital download, and read thrilling adventure for free in the library.
Spirit Blade productions released Pilgrim’s Progress: Similitude of a Dream exclusively as a digital download from their website. Enjoy the trailer and then go buy the whole thing.
Just because I forgot to mention it on the show, release date has been moved to Thursdays. It fits my schedule better, ‘kay? Plus I get to find out what comics are new this week to see if I wanna talk about them. Line up today is a conversation about what’s on my TV this winter and spring. We focus on the new show on the CW, 13 Fear is Real, but grab a whole lot of nostalgia for TV past along the way.