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August 2023

Some Box Office August 30, 2023

Tag-team championship wrestlers Oppenheimer and Barbie continue to rule the movie ring, and the summer box office is winding down with certain hard lessons: superhero movies are at a distinct disadvantage if any whiff of "lousy" is associated with them.

Box Office Report for August 30, 3023 – Summer is winding down

Henry Cavill Highlander rebootHollywood Reporter

The famous "rip-off" toys sold in the pages of comic booksMSN Groovy History

The gadgets discussed are: X-Ray Specs, Sea Monkeys (headline addition: sold by a nazi sympathizer), how to Win A Free Monkey, a Polaris Submarine (that couldn't go underwater), Shrunken Heads, wrist radios, life sized ghost, etc.

More: Sea Monkeys, X-Ray Glasses, Cheap Nuclear Submarines: The Rip-off Toys from the Back Pages of Comic Books

Ten underrated superhero movies

Story at Collider MSN

Discusses Bolt (2008), Watchmen (2009), Mystery Men (1999), The Old Guard (2020), Sky High (2005), Big Hero 6 (2014), Darkman (1990), Rocketeer (1991), The Crow (1994)

Article doesn't actually hit on ten films, but only nine, though it discusses Watchmen twice in reference to two different heroes: Silk Spectre and Nite Owl, so probably this article is a converted "Underrated Superheroes" article from the past.

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"Kang Full's hit webtoons have offered abundant sources for several films and dramas, but writing the script for Disney+ drama series "Moving" based on his superhero webtoon marked a turning point for the pioneer of the Korean webtoon industry"MSN K-Vibe

Kevin Smith comic book art collection to be auctioned

Story at Comicbook

According to the announcement at Bodnar's, Smith's collection includes pages from Preacher, Hitman, The Demon, Batman, Green Arrow, Daredevil, Sandman, and more. All of Matt Wagner's covers from Green Arrow will be up for sale, expected to fetch between $1,500 and $3,000 each...

Kevin Smith Collection PageBodnar's Auction – September 27, 2023 Tuesday 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Arleen Sorkin has died

The actress was the primary source for the original voice characterization of the Harley Quinn character. Meant to be a villain for a single episode of the Batman The Animated Series, instead the character grew to be one of the "top tier" characters in Batman's "Rogues Gallery" in every medium in which the Batman character appears.

Writer Paul Dini, who had gone to college with Sorkin, says he saw her in an episode of Days of Our Lives when he was home sick in bed and wanted her for the voice of Harley, a "wise-cracking blonde" and he was struck by her portrayal of a harlequin in a dream sequence in the show's episode.

Born on Oct. 14, 1955 - died August 26, 2023

The character Harley Quinn made her first appearance in the Batman: The Animated Series episode titled "Joker's Favor." It originally aired on September 11, 1992.

"Arleen Sorkin, Original Voice of Harley Quinn and ‘Days of Our Lives’ Actress, Dies at 67"MSN Hollywood Reporter"Mark Hamill, who often recorded his lines as the Joker opposite Sorkin, also remembered her in a tribute, writing: "Devastated to learn we’ve lost the brilliant Arleen Sorkin. Not just a wonderful talent, but a truly wonderful person. I’m grateful not only to have worked with her, but to have been her friend. Sending my heartfelt condolences to her family & loved ones."

"R.I.P. Arleen Sorkin, original voice actor (and inspiration) for Harley Quinn"MSN AV Club

"Arleen Sorkin, 'incredibly talented' voice of Harley Quinn, 'Days of Our Lives' star, dies at 67"USA Today

"Arleen Sorkin, 'Days of Our Lives' Actress and Voice of Harley Quinn, Dead at 67"People Magazine

[Prior to the Harley Quinn character appearing on Batman The Animated Series in 1992, there was a previous character called simply "Harlequin" with a radically different wardrobe that appeared as a villain in DC Comics.

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