Does There Have to be a Crisis on Infinite Earths?

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I'm hyped about the upcoming CW Network adaptation of Crisis on Infinite Earths! I'm excited about the cameos mostly. I've seen a few episodes of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl - I liked what I saw; unfortunately, I just haven't had time to binge-watch an entire season or series.

Smallville was the last series that I followed closely. I followed it, because at the heart of the Superman story is a story of adoption. At the time the show was in prime time network run, my wife, Cathy, and I were adopting three children. I followed Jonathan and Martha Kent's story. I really liked John Schneider's Jonathan Kent. I followed Tom Welling's struggle as Clark, with the fitting in, and the maturing into both man and Superman. Yes, it was a more angsty take on the Man of Steel. Early episodes struck me as kinda realistic... For my mileage, the show derailed when Clark did not go to college, yet still ended up a reporter as The Daily Planet. I know Christopher Reeve pulled that same thing off years earlier - somehow that worked! The Smallville microscope... not so much. But then, Smallville was trying very hard NOT to be the previous Superboy. Hence, the "no tights, no flights" commandment, I would imagine.

Photographs of Welling and co-star Erica Durance re-uniting for the CW Crisis are on social media. Michael Rosenbaum shared his reason for NOT reprising his role as Lex Luthor on social media, too.

(One of the cool highlights, is that it is quite possible that the Smallville: Season Eleven comic book storyline will be considered canon!)

Triple threat John Wesley Shipp will be appearing - again - as the '90's The Flash; the legendary Kevin Conroy - who voiced Bruce Wayne and Batman in the '90's Bruce Timm-Paul Dini Batman: The Animated Series - will appear as the older, grizzled Bruce Wayne from Batman Beyond - in live action!!! Brandon Routh will appear as the Kingdom Come Superman. Tyler Hoechlin, from Supergirl, join in as that version of Superman. '66 Robin, the Boy Wonder, Burt Ward is confirmed, but in an unspecified role. There's been rumors of Lynda Carter making an appearance as Wonder Woman. There's fan speculation over other cameos, too.

But, does there have to be a Crisis on Infinite Earths?

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We all know the point of the original Crisis was basically housecleaning. DC had a LOT of characters in so many different places. The point of Crisis then, was to put ALL of their characters in ONE place: one SINGLE Earth, with ONE timeline or history.

The point, then, of Crisis, was to eliminate all of those infinite Earths or realities down to a single timeline - or history - on a single Earth.

So, with Tom Welling, Brandon Routh and Tyler Hoechlin all appearing as a version of Clark Kent, will only ONE survive? There are fans calling for Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher to appear from their Lois and Clark series - but would their version end up being erased? I'd love to see Tim Daly and George Newbern appear. Both voiced the animated Superman, like Kevin Conroy voiced Batman. It would be cool to see John Haymes Newton and Gerard Christopher from the Superboy series appear. But would their versions be eliminated, too?

Is this CW adaptation streamlining DC live action - and possibly animation - continuity?

That's the big question on my mind right now.

Who will survive this live action adaptation?

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"Camp" Your Name Is "Freeze"

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Where I live, we just got nailed with the first "major" snow storm of Winter, this passed weekend. It's that annual cycle of, "Snow?!" Like some big surprise. Surprise that it's snowing - again! I love how the newspaper has to have a photo to go along with the front page headline; and the news programs have to have video to go along with the lead.

I'm a Batman fan. One of many. When it snows like this, I always - well, almost always - think it's the nefarious work of Mr. Freeze. Yes, I know there are other cold rogues. Jay Garrick's nemesis, Icicle. Barry Allen's adversary Captain Cold. Killer Frost. Blizzard. Those are just a few.

For me, though, it's Mr. Freeze.

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Excellently portrayed on the live action Batman '66 series by George Sanders. Sanders was the original The Saint in the '40's. He was also the voice of Shere Khan in Disney's The Jungle Book.

Sanders was the first to play Freeze in live action. He was followed by Eli Wallach, from The Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly; and, director/actor Otto Preminger. There are only two Bat-villains that were played by three different actors over the course of three seasons: Mister Freeze is one; Catwoman is the other. Michael Ansara brilliantly voiced Freeze on Batman: The Animated Series. Arnold Schwarzenegger later played Freeze in Batman & Robin. Clancy Brown voiced Freeze on The Batman.

Sanders played Freeze more like a Bond villain. Or, better yet, the Sanders Freeze was written more like a Bond villain. Freeze came across more like Dr. No. Instant Freeze/Rats Like Cheese stands out apart from other Batman episodes - even though it does have some zany, silly elements. Freeze enlists a squad of fake Freezes and Batmen for a grand fight scene to cover his escape from a heist. He does wear a suit, though; and later a smoking jacket with a cravat. He only changes into "working clothes" when he "goes to work". In later appearances, he's all in the working suit.

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The death-traps are pretty minor. The cliffhanger has Batman and Robin frozen. Imagine that! SPOILER ALERT: They are thawed out. Freeze kidnaps a baseball pitcher. Batman trades himself for the pitcher. Robin tracks Batman and is captured by Freeze, too.

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It's a brilliant story written by Max Hodge. Hodge is credited with creating the Mr. Freeze character from the Mr. Zero character that appeared in 1959. Hodge also wrote for shows like Mission: Impossible, The Wild, Wild West, Ironside and CHiPs. He was a producer and writer on The Girl From Uncle.

Of the three, Sanders has got to be my favorite Mr. Freeze. The Freeze that Ansara later voiced in the '90's was given more tragedy and drama to become more of a complex and complicated villain. As we all know, he was working on a cure for his wife, Nora, when he was transformed.

If there had been a fourth season of Batman, it would have been nice to see Sanders return; or, maybe someone other than Preminger - or Wallach - portraying the more tragic Victor Fries.

It's a shame Parker's Batman '66 couldn't re-imagine with some elements like that.

Is the Batman '66 part of the Arrowverse Elseworlds?

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My Fowl-Weather Friend

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Let me share my story.

In 2004, my wife was diagnosed with cancer. She was diagnosed on a Wednesday, and her surgery was a couple days later, on Friday. I never realized until then just how close I came to losing her. She's my Iris, my Sue. We'd been married for 14 years. My wife wanted to have kids since the second after I proposed. I said "I do", she said, "Let's get crackin' mister!" When she came out of surgery, she told me she wanted to adopt. We held hands tight. I said, "Yes, ma'am."

By October 2010, we were no closer to being a blended family than we were in August of 2004, after her surgery.

Hopeless, we were about to give up. We decided not to update with the agency we were working with. After Christmas that year, I posted a status on Facebook.

"I want to be a Dad in 2011."

Remember, we were not with any adoption agency at the time.

A friend saw my post.

"There's this boy..." A family was set to adopt our son. One of their natural children had just been diagnosed. The diagnosis set them on a very expensive path. They couldn't adopt our son.

January 3rd, 2011, I met my son for the first time. I was introduced to him as "Papa Dave". He was here from Kiev, Ukraine on a hosting program. We spent the final week of his three week visit together. After that week, my wife and I knew he was our son.

We left for Kiev to bring our on home September 11, 2011. He came home for good October 23rd, 2011.

Mission accomplished!

I took a number of comforts for the trip. I took my Bible. I took Alex Ross' Justice. I took my buddy Bill Halliar's Evilman. I took Wes Molebash's You'll Have That. I took Teen Titans: Year One. I took The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1 - Bottle of The Planets.

I picked up a copy of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl.

I devoured that book on the trip. I was lucky to find an English book store in the subway mall under Independence Square in Kiev. I bought and devoured the second and third book in the series. I read the comic book adaptation of the first novel. It's okay. Disney just released the trailer for the film adaptation due next August 9th. It looks pretty good from the preview. Dame Judi Densch does the voiceover on the trailer. Kenneth Branagh is directing. He directed Thor.

As you can imagine, I hope it's a spectacular adaptation.

I consider Artemis a good friend. I hope Disney and Kenneth Branagh do Artemis right.

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It's Not Easy Bein' Green

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Bruce Lee was born on this date in 1940. He died at 33 in 1973. His "dash" was pretty exciting.

Maybe you've read of the legendary fight between Lee's Kato and Burt Ward's Robin, The Boy Wonder during the filming of the Batman '66/The Green Hornet guest appearance.

If you have not read Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet by Ralph Garman, Kevin Smith, Ty Templeton and Alex Ross, you should, if only for nostalgia sake.

No disrespect to Seth Rogen, but I found his Britt Reid, The Green Hornet less than memorable. I understand what they were going for. I read or heard something that he was going for a whole Paris Hilton-thing. The Green Hornet film just seemed off.

I guess a lot of the old, classic shows I grew up with took themselves way too seriously. Starsky and Hutch, a show I enjoyed as a kid, was remade as a comedy. That seems to be the way to go with some remakes. I've read where The Six Million Dollar Man may get a remake with either Jim Carrey, Chris Rock or Mark Wahlberg. I would rather see Wahlberg than Carrey or Rock as Steve Austin. I like Will Smith, and except for the ending, his The Wild, Wild West seemed... okay. Nothing compared tot he original series. But, okay.

I make the joke "it's not easy bein' green" 'cos The Green Hornet came out at a time when The Incredible Hulk and Green Lantern both under-performed at the box office. I liked The Incredible Hulk. I thought it had what every fan wanted - big fight scenes. Green Lantern was at least two movies jammed into one. When I think of Hal Jordan, I think of William Shatner with an emerald power ring. There's a scene at the beginning of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Shatner's Kirk seems so serious, he's almost angry. He tells his ill-fated Vulcan science officer that he's going into a meeting that won't last more than five minutes. That meeting is to get his ship back. That's confidence. Confidence to the point of arrogance. That's Hal Jordan.

But that's not why you called...

Like I said, Seth Rogen is a funny guy. I just can't see him as Britt Reid or The Green Hornet. I could see Greg Kinnear as Britt Reid, though. He played Captain Awesome in Mystery Men. I was kinda bummed about what happened to him in that film, I really enjoyed his performance. I could see him as Britt Reid. I think the Seth Rogen film was kinda disconnected from the comics. Rogen didn't remind me at all of Van Williams. Which was kind of a shame.

I read the Now Comics The Green Hornet series. That was some good stuff. I haven't read any of the Dynamite Entertainment or Kevin Smith The Green Hornet stuff.

It's a shame that the character might be Kryptonite right now and there's no chance of a sequel, remake or reboot.

Maybe in a few years there'll be somebody like a Greg Kinnear to play the Van Williams version of Britt Reid.

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Thoughts on Stan "The Man" Lee's Passing at 95.

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Stan Lee passed away yesterday at 95. My phone blew up with text notices from friends and family members about it. They know I'm a comic book fan. The notices were from people who are not as deeply devoted to comic books as I am.

Both Mark Waid and Marv Wolfman posted on Facebook that if not for Stan Lee, comic books might have faded away, like the drive-in movie theater, in the '60's. For better or for worse, if Stan had not worked with Steve Ditko creating Spider-Man and Doctor Strange; and Jack Kirby... well, creating pretty much the rest of the Marvel Universe - The Avengers, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk - low sales would have collapsed comics.

Legend has it that Batman was very close to being cancelled until the television series came along to revive interest.

Stan Lee created the flawed comic book hero. DC Comics have their icons. There are no flaws to Aquaman, The Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Superman or Wonder Woman. They have weaknesses, but not flaws. That's the strength and popularity of the characters. When Ryan Reynolds celebrated his birthday a few weeks back, the thought popped into my head: Captain Kirk with a power ring. There's that scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, where Kirk tells his ill-fated Vulcan science officer that he is going into a meeting with Starfleet and he is going to get his ship back. He seems angry. But he is determined. Confident. That's Hal Jordan right there. My best friend growing up was confident to the point he seemed arrogant.

None of us can be Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, J'onn J'onzz, Arthur Curry or Diana Prince. We could be Dick Grayson. A few of us could be Hal Jordan. Realistically, we could be Barry Allen.

In reality, though, each and every one of us is Peter Parker.

There are days, when I see that if it weren't for my bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all.

From my near quarter-century in radio, Stan Lee was a showman. He was a ringmaster. A carnival barker. A car salesman. All compliments.

Stan Lee elevated the comic book creator. Comic book creators became something like rock stars. There are people like Bill Finger, Steve Ditko, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster - they let the work stand and speak for itself. Men like Bob Kane and Stan Lee, they were not satisfied with that. Stan Lee became as big as the characters he created.

He made creativity look easy. So easy, in fact, that any body could do what he did.

He didn't just co-create the Marvel Universe. He didn't just revive comic books. He inspired people like you and me to be creative. If Stan Lee could do it, so could you and I.


The Rogue Robin Hood of Gotham City!

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I may have mentioned - in passing, of course - a time or a million, that I'm stuck in '66 with both the live action Batman starring Adam West and Burt Ward and the tie-in comic book(s). Right now I am enjoying Archie Meets Batman '66. It's a sequel, of sorts, to Batman: The Movie. It features the United Underworld: Catwoman, The Joker, The Penguin and The Riddler. The Penguin has added in Lorelei Circe, The Siren. Thrown in for good measure, The Bookworm has been trying to steal the very first iPad reader. He broke Poison Ivy out of Arkham Asylum as cover. The United Underworld was following Bookworm's path, and decided to conquer a different frontier: Riverdale! Riddler has taken on Reggie as a sidekick; Penguin has taken over Pop's as a base of operations; Joker is attempting to turn Jughead to his side; and Catwoman is the new Riverdale High teacher, Miss Kitka! It's a fun read. I recommend it.

I grew up on Batman reruns. I took the show seriously. It was never campy.

Legendary comedian Art Carney was born on this date. He was the deadly The Archer. He opened the second season of Batman. He was The Archer before he was Ed Norton from The Honeymooners. I think I've maybe seen five episodes of The Honeymooners. The Flintstones kinda ruined the whole concept of The Honeymooners for me (The Flintstones was the animated - kid-version of The Honeymooners... But, you probably already knew that.)

The Archer episode(s) were a riff on Robin Hood. His gang was made up of Maid Marilyn, Big John, Crier Tuck and Alan A. Dale. To this day, I'll never understand why The Archer never made another appearance. Like I said, I took the show seriously. I never knew until just a few years ago, Batman almost won an Emmy in the sitcom category!

It would have been cool to see him go all in, as the Robin Hood one-off, and take on Chief O'Hara and Commissioner Gordon.

Or, maybe have him partner with actor Van Johnson's The Minstrel and Cliff Robertson's Shame. Robertson did get to come back as Shame.

If licensing were no big deal, and the producers of the series were thinking more like Jeff Parker, the return of The Archer could have brought a team-up between Mr. West's Batman and Green Arrow. Kinda like the The Green Hornet and Kato team-up later on is season two. Green Arrow and Speedy could have helped out The Dynamic Duo with The Archer. Or, just made cameos in their true identities.

While it is a shame that characters like Clayface, The Scarecrow, Two-Face and Poison Ivy were considered "Not Ready For Prime Time" on Batman, it's a shame that characters like Zelda, Bookworm, The Minstrel, Clock King and The Archer never made more than one appearance on the series. I was kinda hoping that Parker or one of the other extraordinary writers on Batman '66 would use The Archer. Unfortunately, he only made a quick cameo, facing the giant Bat-Robot created by Professor Overbeck.

Maybe if Archie Meets Batman '66 is successful, there will be another crossover event, and The Archer will get his due...

I can dream, can't I?

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The Blog at the End of the Day!

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This is The Blog at the End of the Day! Whenever you're actually reading this, just know that I sat down at the end of the day to share some thoughts.

I didn't read very many comic books during the '90's. My wife, Cathy, and I got married, May 6th, 1990. I had just started a job in the mailroom of a railroad company. I moved up into the accounting department. That didn't work out so well. I moved on to another mailroom. That didn't work out too well either. I was struggling to find the right fit. That was when my wife told me that I had a face voice for radio. I took a course in broadcasting. Cathy and I drove out to the class together. She'd read or do needlepoint or go to the mall, while I was in class. One of my classmates was a fellow geek. He was excited about The Death of Superman storyline. One night he came in with a box of Death of Superman trading cards he had just bought. He was telling us all that he was blown away that two years before, DC Comics and the creative team behind the storyline had begun planning it all.

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I'm not sure if it still works out that way, but I knew what he was talking about. A comic book takes time to write, edit, pencil, ink, letter, color and print before it hits store shelves. I may have missed a step or two, there, but you understand what I'm getting at. It's a process.

The '90's had it's gimmicks. The Death of Superman and Knightfall were just two.

There were two comic books that I followed regularly during the '90's. One was The Batman Adventures, a tie-in comic book to Batman: The Animated Series.

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The other was Starman.

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There was a third book. It was only eighteen issues and an Annual. It was Impact Comics' The Comet.

DC Comics had licensed a number of the Archie Red Circle characters.

It's been awhile since I've read The Comet. Tonight, I am digging all eighteen issues, the Impact! Special, the annual, the first three issues of The Crusaders and The Crucible mini-series to re-read. I remember the book being a lot of fun to read. The surprise twist near the end of the run was a real gut-punch.

I'm going to star re-reading The Comet tonight in honor of artist Tom Lyle's birthday.

I'll keep you posted on my progress.

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My Latest "Guilty Pleasure"

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I firmly believe that no comic book should cost $5.

And yet... I've gone to Wal-Mart and bought three issues of Batman Giant, the first issue of Justice League Giant and the Swamp Thing Halloween Horror.

I'm trying to figure out how to track down Batman Giant 2 without it costing an arm and a leg.

The reason I'm not a big fan of these over-priced exclusives is that for $4.99 there is only a twelve-page story that's new. The rest is all reprints.

My question is, Who decided that Batman Giant should reprint Hush? and Justice League Giant reprint Justice League: Origin? Both feature Jim Lee art. Would older stories from the '80's or '70's not appeal to new, younger readers? Maybe those older stories were not serialized like Hush and Origin. Hush was nine months. Origin was six months. Most nearly all current stories are serialized for trade paperback collection. I guess this is where it comes back around to the stories being re-released with other reprint stories in another collection.

Bendis has a Batman-Riddler story that just started in Batman Giant 3. The book is also reprinting a Nightwing storyline and a Harley Quinn storyline.

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The Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special is interesting because it has an original Swamp Thing story, along with a Swamp Thing reprint. The other reprints look fairly recent. There's a Classic Batman and Robin reprint! It's that one story by O'Neil and Adams that features that parade you might have read about. The Annual Rutland Parade. I think that's a real thing (in other words, I don't feel like doing the legwork to research if it is or not - Ha!)

The other thing that's interesting is that the stories feature more Superman, Batman - even Aquaman! Aquaman and The Demon - there's a unique pairing. I'm surprised that there's not a Hellblazer, Sandman Phantom Stranger, Spectre, Dr. Fate, Solomon Grundy or Shade story in there. Those are more the characters that I would think would be in a Halloween Horror, Spooktacular Special. Not even a Sinestro, or a Sinestro Corps story. I jest.

It was really cool to read the Batman and Robin story. It's more Gothic and suspenseful than horror. A murder mystery at the Rutland event.

Are you interested in the 100-page giant Wal-Mart exclusives? Which one seems the most eye-catching? I'm a Batman fan, so that's the one I went with. I have nothing against Bendis, so I like his Batman story so far. He's introduced a great- great- great- (not sure how many greats to go) grand-daughter of Jonah Hex. There's something about Batman and Jonah Hex that's cool.

Like I said, I'm wondering how I can track down issue two without it costing an arm or a leg. I think Batman Giant is going to fit well with my bucket list of gathering all twenty issues of The Batman Family.

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Hard-Travelling Heroes

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I wish I could say that I was going to miss Iron Fist and Luke Cage. This passed week Netflix cancelled Iron Fist midweek; and then ended the week by cancelling Luke Cage. On the other hand, there's been exciting news about the upcoming third season of Daredevil. I said I wish I could say I was going to miss Iron Fist and Luke Cage... Unfortunately, I'm That Guy.

I watched two or three episodes of Daredevil, and liked what I saw. I just never had the time to watch any more, or watch Jessica Jones or The Defenders. Right now I have a lot on my plate, and an hour is kind of a precious thing.

On the flipside, I haven't been watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, or many of the other super-hero series. I did watch a few episodes of the first season of Supergirl - that's another one I really liked! - and I did watch most of the first season of Agent Carter - AWESOME show.

Unlike Arrow and The Flash, I picked up the companion Supergirl comic book series. It was pretty good. Reading it, I realized I needed to watch the series to be able to understand what was going on in the comic stories.

I started watching Arrow, maybe a month or two ago, some of the guys at work were surprised I wasn't watching the show - being that I am a comic book fan - they wanted to "water cooler talk" about the shows, and I just wasn't up on what was going on. I promised to get caught up. I think that was June or July.

Now, I did watch Smallville. It was a show that was one of my favorites; and, when our kids came home, we bonded over watching it together. My kids came from far away, too. Another culture, almost like another planet. They are special. I know it's comics and television, but I looked up to John Schneider's Jonathan Kent. Glenn Ford really set the tone for the character. Kevin Costner... was okay.

I just picked up Smallville Season 11: Continuity. Wow! What a read!

My kids have been watching the Arrowverse shows. They love them. Whenever I sit down for a few minutes to watch with them, I end up providing a commentary tack, kinda like those comic book footnotes...

Like I said, an hour is a precious thing right now, what with three teenagers and a granddaughter. I'm not sure I want to follow DC and Marvel to their own streaming services. I'm already searching on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon...

I promise that one day - one day - I will get caught up. Really, I promise.

I'm from a time when there were only three major networks. My Spider-Man's webline looked like rope; and my Hulk was not CGI.

You kids today... it is pretty cool that there are more shows about super-heroes. Hopefully, cancelling Iron Fist and Luke Cage doesn't mean we're reaching an over-saturation point; or that the genre has peaked. Maybe it's to make way for Heroes For Hire. There's buzz about that, and that the characters may be moving to the Marvel streaming service.

Hopefully, this isn't the last we've seen of Danny Rand and Power Man.

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"Once I was the learner, now I am the master!"

Hi. I'm Dave. My wife Cathy and I have three kids. Two boys and a girl. All from the same orphanage in the town of Novisilky outside Kiev, Ukraine.

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One of the things that my wife, Cathy, and I both enjoy is reading. She's a romantic. Nora Roberts. Jude Devereaux. A few moons ago, we went on a cruise and she discovered The Twilight Saga through the first film with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. She discovered that there was a book series and just devoured it. From Twilight, she moved on to other Young Adult series like City of Bones. She read If I Should Stay. I don't think she's seen the movie. She's working on a YA series by James Patterson. Neither one of us knows what it's called. She's a huge fan of The Hunger Games films and the Divergent series. She's tried reading the novels, but enjoys watching the films more.

One of my best memories is my older brother Tim taking me to see the first Star Wars film. It was at the River Oaks Theater in Calumet City. Holla! This was before theaters became cineplexes. I'd never seen a theater as crowded as this one was. I couldn't figure out why. This was the first film I'd seen without either of my parents; or, even my Auntie Ei. Just a couple 'a' bros hanging out. This was the first movie I'd seen that wasn't Disney.

Mind = blown.

I found George Lucas' paperback novel for Star Wars and I devoured it. I got the giant size two issue Marvel Comics adaptation. I started reading and collecting the monthly Marvel series. I read the Star Trek adaptations; I read the original Battletsar Galactica. For awhile there Marvel had the Monopoly. Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.

When Superman: The Movie came out, I read the companion novel. The Blues Brothers came out, I read the novelization.

I collected the first dozen or so issues of The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones. I read Marvel's The A-Team.

One of my favorite things is an cassette - I said a CASSETTE - of Roddy McDowell reading the novelization of the 1989 Batman film starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger. I have that comic; Batman returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. I had the Superman III comic adaptation.

I've got the Smallville comic series. I'm still trying to fill in some gaps in the trades...

I've got a few issues of Titan's Ninth Doctor series.

I've read CSI and 24 novels and comics. Don't judge me.

In September of 2011, when we brought our son Justin home, I came across Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl. Fir me, it is better than The Lightning Thief. From 2011 to 2014, on the three trips we made to bring our kids home, along with Alex Ross' Justice, and a few other "comfort" comics, I read the Artemis Fowl series.

The reason I mention this, is that our son, Justin, has developed a rule. He will not read any book that has been adapted to a movie. He won't read the Harry Potter books for that reason. He's been reading Darren Shan, James Patterson and some other books. He's sticking hard and fast to The Rule. Except when it comes to Star Wars. He wants to read read them... All in order... From I through VI... The Phantom Menace... Through Return of the Jedi...

I say that slowly, because he vehemently denies that Parts IV, V and VI came before I, II and III. Which would seem logical. But no.

I am learning just how different my son at his age from when I was his age. I had to read the book before I saw the movie. Now, I'd rather do what he's doing. Read a book that hasn't or won't be made into a movie.

Comic books, novels, television series and movies are all separate, singular experiences. What my son is teaching me is that Batman may work as a comic book character, or as Adam West or Kevin Conroy, but not so much as a movie. Very few novels survive the Adaptation. Just look at Stephen King fer instance.

It's interesting learning from my kids.

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