Vintage Pulp May 5 2009
If LaVar Burton knew what he did in this comic, he’d have sued.

Rarely have we seen so recognizable an appropriation of a celeb’s image. Usually the Italian fumetti Terror Blu featured near-naked women on its covers, being assaulted or dismembered by robots, or perhaps stabbed and beheaded by aliens, so we can’t figure out what happened here. Maybe the publisher was sick and his niece was running the show that day. But even if the cover is out of character, the interior pages remain as unrepentantly misogynist as always. Cartoon LaVar brutally beats on several women inside, literally using them to train for a big fight. Considering how carefully celebs safeguard their images, we can’t imagine why LaVar didn’t call up Terror Blu and say, “Bon giorno, sono LaVar Burton, and you fuckers are so sued.” But then again, since we know nothing about the law, maybe Terror Blu didn’t infringe. Guess we’ll learn the legal ropes when Pulp Intl. gets sued. Should be any day now.


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The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
September 23
1952—Chaplin Returns to England
Silent movie star Charlie Chaplin returns to his native England for the first time in twenty-one years. At the time it is said to be for a Royal Society benefit, but in reality Chaplin knows he is about to be banned from the States because of his political views. He would not return to the U.S. for twenty years.
September 22
1910—Duke of York's Cinema Opens
The Duke of York's Cinema opens in Brighton, England, on the site of an old brewery. It is still operating today, mainly as a venue for art films, and is the oldest continually operating cinema in Britain.
1975—Gerald Ford Assassination Attempt
Sara Jane Moore, an FBI informant who had been evaluated and deemed harmless by the U.S. Secret Service, tries to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford. Moore fires one shot at Ford that misses, then is wrestled to the ground by a bystander named Oliver Sipple.
September 21
1937—The Hobbit is Published
J. R. R. Tolkien publishes his seminal fantasy novel The Hobbit, aka The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Marketed as a children's book, it is a hit with adults as well, and sells millions of copies, is translated into multiple languages, and spawns the sequel trilogy The Lord of Rings.
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