Once upon a time, Marvel Comics got the comic book rights to, of all things, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Anyone who’s seen that movie knows it’s, well, an odd choice for any sort of adaptation for younger readers, but it still happened. It was also an ongoing series. Where do you take a story like that once you’ve recounted the story from the movie? This wasn’t Star Wars with the promise of ongoing adventures for the characters. Part of the answer for writer/artist Jack Kirby was to create a new character that would cross over to the main Marvel Universe, namely Machine Man.
That was not the only time a licensed character got into the main universe. That also happened with Bug.
I saw around the time of the San Diego Comics Con that the Sy-Fy Channel had produced a mini-series based on Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. Considered a classic novel in the genre, the news generated some excitement and even some confusion how a book of just over 200 pages could somehow produce a TV mini-series.
So, I read it the book for Gabbing Geek. I’d never read any of Clarke’s work before, so this was something new for me. Thoughts and potential SPOILERS after the cut.
This is probably one of my favorite videos on YouTube. Someone took tons of clips from tons of movies and TV shows and made a rather good techno-kinda tune out of it. I’ve seen lots of stuff, but even I can’t name all of them here. I tend to skip to this whenever I want a quick smile at someone else’s cleverness.