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Saturday, January 20, 2001
  1985


Hard to believe, but true -
some twenty years after a comic-book mini-series ended, and after the character in question made his last appearance, they released an action figure of the guy!
"The guy" being the sort-of cipher and bystander become "man in the know" called The Monitor...
Hmm... Is there such a thing as a 

"commemorative action figure," really?
If there isn't, DC Direct proudly pioneered the avowed money-funneling from nostalgics scam here...!
And, of course, they also issued one for his evil twin of sorts - his nefarious counterpart, the Anti-Monitor, the very one responsible for all the mischief and chaos in the original series called 

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS...
The murderer of countless heroes, in fact -
including...
ah...
well, so many of them have 

famously cheated death and
COME BACK SINCE...
(Only in comics...)
But a few have remained dead -
of those notables are
Barry "The Flash" Allen,
Aquagirl Tula,
the original Supergirl
the original Robin
(meaning Golden Age)
and Lord Volt, along with
his daughter Liana;
the dear ones of one
Lady Quark
(who survived the Crisis -
only to be killed off later on...!
Damn you DC!)


NOTA BENE: ''Liana'' not to be confused with 
this ''Lianna'' who came out (...) around the same time



Linda Griffiths' quintessential role... 
Jane Hallaren would have been a good Lady Quark! 
But that would have turned things even more 
awkward... controversial...screwed-up! 
Let's just... move on!!!





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BUT BACK TO CRISIS: 
I believe that they also made honorific figures
of The Monitor's ''henchwoman'' Harbinger
and that odd fellow called Pariah 

(replaced in DC lore, since, by lady Pandora!)
Hell, they even made one of Psycho-Pirate!!!
All CRISIS-related characters...
All dead these days.

Or are they...?








It felt as though ALL fictional characters 
from ALL possible derivative universes 
(derivative from true literature 
and bonafide mythology - of course) 
were coming together or being affected 
by this ''CRISIS''... 
one that spanned all boundaries 
of time and space...




Yeah... Flash will probably get all better from that "death thing" someday... 
In a most unexpected way, I'm sure...! 
Comic-bookies, y'know - no faith (much less respect) for the Grim Reaper!


Such was not the case - obviously. 
All of these chaps were spared, for instance:





And the true-blue official offshots or spin-offs 
from the official CRISIS... were sub-par at best:




















Ultimately though, 
it all boils down to it being just another 
series of generous donations 
from fandom to DC...!!!


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Thursday, January 11, 2001
  1987-1994
...



 The Boston Bruins
 have never been the same
 since Cam 'The Man' Neely's
 abrupt and premature
 departure from the game. 

 With him in their line-up, 
 the Bruins were an elite team  
 capable of toppling anyone  
 on any given night!

 *** 








 With Neely, the B's became 
 a perennial contender again. 
 Without him, 
 they turned into mere pretenders. 
 :(  


 It certainly wasn't
 chumps like
 Rolston, Thornton, Allison,
 Guerin, Anson Carter, Knuble,
 even Sergei Samsonov
 or (sic) Martin Lapointe (!!!)
 that were going to replace
 THE MAN...! 


 (And if you ask me, the only ones 

 who came the closest to accomplish the feat 
 were John Carter, Steve Leach, 
 Vladimir Ruzicka and Glen Murray 
- none of which could keep it up in 
a sustained way like Neely, though; 
and none remained with the organisation 
in another capacity after their careers 
as players were over...) 
 At least Cam Neely remains
 a Bruins ambassador -

and the eventual Team President...
 I guess that the organization
 hopes that, with him around,
 some of his grit and passion
 will rub off on the new
 Bruins players -
 namely young guys like
 Patrice Bergeron

David Krejci
 and Phil Kessel... 


 Let's hope it works! 

 The magical Stanley Cup runs 
 of 1988 and 1990 
 will never return though - 
 for those 
 -as well as the 1993 cup 
 and, in fact, 1990-1995 cups! -
 that should have belonged 
 to the Boston Bruins 
 with a healthy Neely 
 leading the way! 

 He was the archetypical 
 true power forward 
 and the most natural goal scorer 
 ever - in my book. 

 Neely's heroics on the ice are over now. 
 But his heroics off the ice continue - 
 click here to know more... 

























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