#113
November 2004


A Super Animation Special!

Quest for Jonny

In this in-depth essay, David J. Schow scopes out Warner Home Video's JONNY QUEST: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, examining each of the 28 episodes, tracing the program's roots back to the 1930s DOC SAVAGE pulp novels of Kenneth Robeson (Lester Dent), and giving credit where credit is due to an under-acknowledged key creator!

DVD Spotlight

Tim Lucas takes a look at the fates of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and other greats of Warner Bros.' stable of cartoon characters on the big screen in a lengthy review of SPACE JAM and Joe Dante's LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION—complete with exclusive photos from Joe's own collection!

Other Animation Coverage in this Issue

Witness the dawn of cartoon animation in WINSOR MCCAY: THE MASTER EDITION... DC Comics on the move in BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES VOLUME ONE and JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED THE MOVIE... Vin Diesel, more animated than usual, in THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK: DARK FURY... and anime thrills in BLUE SEED: PERFECT COLLECTION, DANGAIZER 3: VOLUME 1, DAI-GUARD: TERRESTRIAL DEFENSE CORP. VOLUME 1—HOSTILE TAKEOVER, NOIR VOLUME 5: TERMINAL VELOCITY and ZONE OF THE ENDERS: IDOLO!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

Peter Cushing clamps an artery in FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL... James Earl Jones becomes the first black President of the United States in the Rod Serling-scripted THE MAN... Mimsy Farmer takes a lot of drugs and takes off her clothes in MORE... the 3D sexploitation of PRISON GIRLS... Jacqueline Bisset intrudes on a disturbed adolescent's SECRET WORLD... and Britt Ekland has a politically incorrect affair with stepson Mark Lester in WHAT THE PEEPER SAW!

Also Reviewed in this Issue

Beverly Garland trapped in the Louisiana swamps of THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE... the nostalgic ninja fu of Yuen Woo-ping's CHINESE HEROES... Lucio Fulci films naked women and werewolves out of focus in CONQUEST... Zach Snyder's no-holds-barred remake of George Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD... the silent screen gives rise to the first superhero in Louis Feuillade's JUDEX... Bert I. Gordon at his best in THE MAGIC SWORD... Woody Strode shakes a spear in the vintage TV series RAMAR OF THE JUNGLE VOLUME ONE... Roger Corman sends Touch Connors up river with a boatload of SWAMP WOMEN... superhero mythology is humorously deconstructed in SUPERGUY: BEHIND THE CAPE... a group of campers take a WRONG TURN... and Ichi the Blind returns in ZATOICHI 8: FIGHT, ZATOICHI, FIGHT and ZATOICHI 9: ADVENTURES OF ZATOICHI! All this, plus Import DVD reviews of Jess Franco's LA FILLE DU DRACULA ("Dracula's Daughter") and Danny & Oxide Pang's scary sequel THE EYE 2!


Plus!

"Biblio Watchdog" reviews of Brad Stevens' ABEL FERRARA: THE MORAL VISION and Mickey Knox's memoir THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DOLCE VITA: THE ADVENTURES OF AN ACTOR IN HOLLYWOOD, PARIS, AND ROME... and Douglas E. Winter's "Audio Watchdog" audits the soundtracks of Kenneth Anger's LUCIFER RISING, Klaus Badelt's NED KELLY and much more!


Other writers contributing to this issue: John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Kim Newman and Richard Harland Smith.


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