Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Matching Dragoons! We'll be closing up shop until next week but until then you can relive the wonderment of a Jonah Hex Christmas (that I posted 3 years ago, yeesh!).

And if THAT isn't enough, here is a shot of the DC Christmas card that was sent out this year:

Have a blessed Christmas, celebrate with folks you love and remember the Christ who was born sooo long ago. Peace to you.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

House Ads #29 Infinity Inc.

I read this book for some time and I have to admit, I miss Roy Thomas. This guy made a career out of historical/comic book research.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Another Jonah Hex set photo discovered.. me. Other folks have seen this before, but I was poking around the Jonah Hex Corral and found a few links that led me here.
Production workers spent about three weeks building a unique boat in the waters
off Bayou Gauche, and filming took place from May 11 to May 15. “This does
benefit St. Charles Parish,” Corey Faucheux, the parish’s economic development
director, said. “We’re seeking to capture as many production dollars as possible
and when those production crews shoot here, they spend money on things such as
renting property and equipment, catering and purchasing gas for their vehicles.”

Looking at the picture, you can see the scale of this thing and it is not a miniature. From what I can tell, they haven't completed it when this photo was taken. It will look even better in the film.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

House Ads #28 "Spectre!"

Wow, Jim Corrigan sure has a tough time of it but he isn't above threatening readers in order to sell some books.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pitchman-A-Go-Go #85

This is from waaay back in the day before the Brothers were considered "Super" and when Luigi got more face time than his upstart brother Mario. I remember plunking in quarters to play this one at the arcade.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Jonah Hex #87 "Resurrections"

Jonah Hex #87
Michael Fleisher, story - Tony DeZuniga, art - Ed Hannigan & Dick Giordano, cover

We have cheesecake, yes we do. We have cheesecake, HOW 'BOUT YOU?!?!?

Well, if you have a copy of Jonah Hex #87, you have enough cheesecake to open a factory and name it thusly. Our timely tale opens with Jonah Hex packing his bags while Adrian is lounging in an 'easy on the eyes' nighty in an obvious attempt to have Megan Fox portray her in the upcoming film.

Adrian wants to know why Jonah is suddenly leaving and Jonah finally fesses up that he doesn't want to be a lap dog to some high society debutante. Jonah does offer to take her along with him, back to the wild west, but Adrian is hesitant to leave her family and Jonah walks out with a slam of the door.

Meanwhile (and there will be a lot of that word being used this issue), Brett is reading in the Orleans Daily (even though they are 100's of miles to the west) about the bank robbery that was almost ruined by Emmy Lou. They get into an argument with Brett reminding Emmy that he alone is responsible for her safety and then grabs her and starts with the smoochy-smoochy. And of course, that is the moment the other two women in Brett's gang return with supplies. AWKWARD!!!

Several days later Jonah has hitched a ride in the locomotive of a westbound train. The engineer is slowing down to let Jonah off but then he sees something on the tracks ahead. Of course, it is several sticks of dynamite that blows the train to Hell & halfway back. Four hardcases swoop down on the wreckage and start looting the train.

Jonah, battered & bruised, manages to pull himself out of the twisted steel but manages to get spotted by the looters. He ducks and runs off into a nearby swamp.

Meanwhile, in the town robbed last issue, the sheriff returns with his posse, having not found hide nor hair of Brett and the girls. However, the banker's daughter has drawn up a fantastic likeness of Emmy Lou for the wanted posters.

Back at the swamp, the four corpses-to-be's are still tracking down Jonah. Sadly, slogging through the swamp has jammed Jonah's pistols with mud, so he has to rely on his wits to get out of this mess. He grabs his knife, some scrawny trees and gets to work.

Meanwhile, back at the cheesecake factory, uh, I mean, Adrian's, she is still prancing around in her nighty-nights and realizes that if she wants Jonah Hex, she will have to go get Jonah Hex and after a stiff drink, that is just what she does (after she gets dressed, of course.)

Meanwhile, back in the swamp, one fool steps into a loop of vines, causing a branch to swing loose and slam him into a tree with a knife tied to it at heart level. His death spooks two of the survivors but the boss isn't deterred. It is obvious that Hex's guns aren't working and his knife is gone.

Just then one of the goons spots Hex, takes a couple of potshots and then gives chase. Sadly, he steps onto a covered pit and quickly lands on the bottom of the spike-filled pit.

Back at Brett's hideout, the two girls want to have a word with old Brett. He tells Emmy to hold tight and Brett and the girls take it outside. They think that Brett is showing too much attention to Emmy and he starts laughung that they are jealous. Of course, he starts handing out hugs and kisses and everything looks like it's gonna be alright for Brett and the girls.

Night has fallen on the swamp and the two survivors have built a fire, planning their next move. Just then Jonah leaps down from a tree above them, kicking the loving crap outta both of them. The boss grabs his rifle and Jonah grabs the other goon as shield. The boss fires anyway and Jonah jumps the boss and pummels him senseless.

Just outside New Orleans in a doctor's office, The Gray Ghost lays on his deathbed. His son, Jeremy, comes in and the Ghost hands over the uniform of the Ghost and has Jeremy swear a solemn oath to continue the work of the Gray Ghost. Jeremy does this and the Ghost, dare I say it, actually gives up the ghost. Jeremy, swears that he will avenge his father's death by killing Jonah Hex!

Next morning, Jonah turns the three corpses and the surviving gang boss to the local sheriff. The sheriff pays out the bounty and tells Jonah that he would be very thankful if there are any other hardcases up on the board that Jonah would want to apprehend. That is when Jonah spies a wanted poster for...


Statistics for this issue
Men Killed by Jonah Hex - 3
Running Total - 420
Jonah's Injuries - none
Timeline - This one covers two days from last issue. No telling how much time elapsed between issues. I would say we are still in July 1878.

Not a bad issue. Jonah's killing of bad guys isn't advancing the plot here, just adding action. The plot now is mostly Jonah coping with Adrian and Emmy coping with Brett. We have seen no sign of Turnbull, Mei Ling, or JD Hart for some time now, but they will be returning. It's hard to review these issues as standalones, because they are chapters in a sweeping saga that will pretty much continue until issue 92 when things take a dramatic change.

I'll be posting more scans of this issue later, just wanted to get some color/flavor in there for now.

Next Issue: Copycat crimes, a bloody train robbery and the death of Jonah Hex!!!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Whew and hmmm with a little bit of arrrgh

Got through Thanksgiving as well as 8 in-laws in our house for my wife's big birthday. Now things should start getting back to normal

Via the Jonah Hex Corral, I found this tidbit on some casting calls (?) for Jonah Hex. Slashfilm states that there is some rewrite/additions going on.

Two weeks of reshoots and/or additional shooting will take place for Jonah Hex at the beginning of the year, and a set of casting call notes has gone out describing the characters involved. There are a few significant ones: Jeb Turnbull, son of John Malkovich’s primary villain, and Cassie. .... Casting these characters implies that a couple of sequences will be shot that are flashbacks to Hex’s past.

Cassie is mentioned but not seen in earlier drafts of the script. One draft I read had an extensive flashback featuring Jeb Turnbull, with a couple of big scenes, so the quick either/or supposition is that either that sequence wasn’t shot, or was extensively changed at the time and is now being reworked again. The former seems more likely. President Andrew Johnson is also being cast. That flashback was set in 1862, too early for him to be President (he took office in 1865) so there could be more than just the flashback to shoot. Also, I’m not sure how many drafts of Hex exist after the one I read, so don’t think any of this is set in stone.

Not sure how to take this news, could be good, could be bad. More backstory can be a good thing but it depends on what is in the history. I like the addition of Jeb, but I fear for the addition of Cassie, for a couple of reasons which brings me to...


From SpoilerTV.

[CASSIE] - wife of 'Jonah Hex' (Josh Brolin). Native American. Pretty, young, sexy.

[TRAVIS] - age 9 (to play younger)... Must be a match to Josh Brolin and Native American 'Cassie'.

[JEB TURNBULL] - son of 'Quentin Turnbull' (John Malkovich). 30 - 35. Skinny, southern accent. Needs one or two days for prosthetics.

[PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON] - 50-60. Look alike, if possible.

[ADVISOR] - to President Johnson. Younger, 1870's version of a "West Wing" character.

[DEAD GUY] - late 20s/30s. Scary looking.. May need a day for prosthetics/possible make-up.