Monday, December 8, 2014

Traveling in Similar Circles...

Your friend and mine, the great Michael Rooker played Yondu in the Marvel Movie Guardians of the Galaxy.

It has been noted that Michael was a comic book reader before the part came up and was aware of Yondu.  He also (as I'm sure nobody is aware of) played Daryl's older brother in 'The Walking Dead' which is also based on a comic book.  His character was not in the comic, however.
If you have Netflix, you can currently view a movie Michael did in 1985 but wasn't released until 1990 called "Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer".  It is a very disturbing, deeply moving take on parental cause-and-effect.
What does this have to do with the circular nature of comics and movies?
In a scene where Rooker's co-star has just kicked in his TV set for not working properly, there is a closer view of the top of the Television:
Hey!  What's that on top of the TV?

A comic book!
What is it?
Close examination reveals it is a copy of Daredevil #217, from April 1985.

It has a great Barry Windsor-Smith cover and in my opinion:
Michael Rooker put it there!
He's a fan of comics and may have suggested it.
Minor point, of course but I always like to track down the comics I see in old movies.
Now if we could only forget about his role in Days of Thunder, life would be great!


Phoenix Preliminary Sketches by the Great Dave Cockrum....

How can you rise, if you have not burned a few wardrobe ideas?