Tuesday, April 15, 2014

'American Vampire, Vol. 6' debuts at No. 2 on best-sellers list this week

Today is Tuesday, so that means it’s time for my weekly breakdown of this week’s New York Times lists of best-selling graphic novels. According to those lists, the same two books are sitting atop the two major graphic novel lists this week.

“Fear Agent: Library Edition, Vol. 2” by Rick Remender, Tony Moore and others remained the No. 1 book on the Hardcover Graphic Books best-sellers list for the second week in a row.

“Saga, Vol. 3” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples remained the top book on the Paperback Graphic Books best-sellers list for the second straight week.

There were five books on this week’s Hardcover Graphic Books best-sellers list that weren’t on that list last week. They (and their places on the list) included  “American Vampire, Vol. 6” by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and others (2), “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean (5), “Noah” by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel and Niko Henrichon (7), “The Walking Dead, Book 1” by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard (8) and “The Joker: Death of the Family” by Scott Snyder and various (10).

There were three books on this week’s Paperback Graphic Books best-sellers list that wasn’t on that list last week. They included “The Harlem Hellfighters” by Max Brooks and Caanan White (4), “The Walking Dead, Vol. 18” by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (8) and “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier (10).

As a reminder, I’m posting these lists each Tuesday because they, as a whole, represent a great, contemporary recommended reading list. These lists are initially released each week on Sunday, and if you’re interested in reading them then, visit The New York Times’ Web site at www.nytimes.com. Below you’ll find both of this week’s best-seller lists.

1. “Fear Agent: Library Edition, Vol. 2” by Rick Remender, Tony Moore and others
2. “American Vampire, Vol. 6” by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and others
3. “Justice League: Trinity War” by Geoff Johns and others
4. “Hellboy: The First 20 Years” by Mike Mignola
5. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean
6. “Wonder Woman, Vol. 4” by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins
7. “Noah” by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel and Niko Henrichon
8. “The Walking Dead, Book 1” by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard
9. “A Game of Thrones, Vol. 3” by Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson
10. “The Joker: Death of the Family” by Scott Snyder and various

1. “Saga, Vol. 3” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
2. “The Walking Dead Compendium, Vol. 1” by Robert Kirkman and others
3. “The Walking Dead, Vol. 20” by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
4. “The Harlem Hellfighters” by Max Brooks and Caanan White
5. “The Walking Dead Compendium, Vol. 2” by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
6. “The Walking Dead, Vol. 19” by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
7. “Saga, Vol. 1” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
8. “The Walking Dead, Vol. 18” by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
9. “Pearls Falls Fast” by Stephan Pastis
10. “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier

In the end, let me know if you’ve had a chance to read any of these books. What did you think about them? Which would you recommend? Let us know in the comments section below.

How many of these Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winners have YOU read?

Columbia University announced this year’s round of Pulitzer Prize winners yesterday, and a number of outstanding books brought home top honors this year.

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Other finalists for that award this year included “The Son” by Philipp Meyer and “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul” by Bob Shacochis.

Other winners this year included "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832" by Alan Taylor, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History.

Other nominees in the history category were “A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America” by Jacqueline Jones and “Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety” by Eric Schlosser.

"Margaret Fuller: A New American Life" by Megan Marshall won the Pulitzer for Biography.

Other nominees in the biography category included “Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World” by Leo Damrosch and “Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life” by Jonathan Sperber.

"Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" by Dan Fagin won for General Nonfiction.

Other nominees in the general nonfiction category were “The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide” by Gary J. Bass and “The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War” by Fred Kaplan.

Before I wrap this thing up, I leave you with a complete list of the all-time winners in the Fiction category. If you’re looking for a good book, you won’t go wrong with any of these. Without further ado, here’s the list:

1917 – No Award.
1918 – “His Family” by Ernest Poole
1919 – “The Magnificant Ambersons” by Booth Tarkington
1920 - No Award

1921 – “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton
1922 – “Alice Adams” by Booth Tarkington
1923 – “One of Ours” by Willa Cather
1924 – “The Able McLaughlins” by Margaret Wilson
1925 – “So Big” by Edna Ferber

1926 – “Arrowsmith” by Sinclair Lewis
1927 – “Early Autumn: A Story of a Lady” by Louis Bromfield
1928 – “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” by Thornton Wilder
1929 – “Scarlet Sister Mary” by Julia Peterkin
1930 – “Laughing Boy” by Oliver LaFarge

1931 – “Years of Grace” by Margaret Ayer Barnes
1932 – “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck
1933 – “The Store” by T.S. Stribling
1934 – “Lamb in His Bosom” by Caroline
1935 – “Now in November” by Josephine Winslow Johnson

1936 – “Honey in the Horn” by Horld Davis
1937 – “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell
1938 – “The Late George Apley” by John Phillips Marquand
1939 – “The Yearling” by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1940 – “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck*

1941 - No Award
1942 – “In This Our Life” by Ellen Glasgow
1943 – “Dragon's Teeth” by Upton Sinclair
1944 – “Journey in the Dark” by Martin Flavin
1945 – “A Bell for Adano” by John Hersey

1946 - No Award
1947 – “All the King's Men” by Robert Penn Warren
1948 – “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener
1949 – “Guard of Honor” by James Gould Cozzens
1950 – “The Way West” by A.B. Guthrie, Jr.

1951 – “The Town” by Conrad Richter
1952 – “The Caine Mutiny” by Herman Wouk
1953 – “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway*
1954 - No Award
1955 – “A Fable” by William Faulkner

1956 – “Andersonville” by Mackinlay Kantor
1957 - No Award
1958 – “A Death in the Family” by James Agee
1959 – “The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters” by Robert Lewis Taylor
1960 – “Advise and Consent” by Allen Drury

1961 – “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee*
1962 – “The Edge of Sadness” by Edwin O'Connor
1963 – “The Reivers” by William Faulkner
1964 - No Award
1965 – “The Keepers of the House” by Shirley Ann Grau

1966 – “Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter” by Katherine Anne Porter
1967 – “The Fixer” by Bernard Malamud
1968 – “The Confessions of Nat Turner” by William Styron
1969 – “House Made of Dawn” by N. Scott Momaday
1970 – “Collected Stories” by Jean Stafford

1971 - No Award
1972 – “Angle of Repose” by Wallace Stegner
1973 – “The Optimist's Daughter” by Eudora Welty
1974 - No Award
1975 – “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara*

1976 - Humboldt's Gift” by Saul Bellow
1977 - No Award
1978 – “Elbow Room” by James Alan McPherson
1979 – “The Stories of John Cheever” by John Cheever
1980 – “The Executioner's Song” by Norman Mailer

1981 – “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole*
1982 – “Rabbit is Rich” by John Updike
1983 – “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker*
1984 – “Ironweed” by William Kennedy
1985 – “Foreign Affairs” by Alison Lurie

1986 – “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry
1987 – “A Summons to Memphis” by Peter Taylor
1988 – “Beloved” by Toni Morrison
1989 – “Breathing Lessons” by Anne Tyler
1990 – “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love” by Oscar Hijuelos

1991 – “Rabbit at Rest” by John Updike
1992 – “A Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley
1993 – “A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain” by Robert Olen Butler
1994 – “The Shipping News” by Annie E. Proulx
1995 – “The Stone Diaries” by Carol Shields

1996 – “Independence Day” by Richard Ford
1997 – “Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer” by Steven Millhauser
1998 – “American Pastoral” by Philip Roth
1999 – “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham
2000 – “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri

2001 – “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon
2002 – “Empire Falls” by Richard Russo
2003 – “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides
2004 – “The Known World” by Edward P. Jones
2005 – “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson

2006 – “March” by Gerladine Brooks
2007 – “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy*
2008 – “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz
2009 – “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout
2010 – “The Tinkers” by Paul Harding

2011 – “A Visit From the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan*
2012 – No Award
2013 – “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson
2014 – “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

In the end, how many of the books mentioned above have you had a chance to read? What did you think about them? Which did you like or dislike? Which would you recommend? Let us know in the comments section below.

Pulitzers were awarded in a number of other categories yesterday, including drama, poetry and music as well as a slate of journalism awards. For more information about the winners and finalists in these categories, visit www.pulitzer.org.

Daily Weather Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., April 15, 2014

Temp: 48.9 degrees F

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 1.65 inches.

Humidity: 81 percent (Humid)

Conditions: Overcast skies; drizzling rain; windy; birds audible; standing water on ground from recent rain; security lights still on in the distance.

Barometric Pressure: 29.41 inHg

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.65 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 6.30 inches

Spring to Date Rainfall: 9.65 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 23.25 inches

NOTES: Today is the 105th day of 2014 and the 27th day of Spring. There are 259 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hrs Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834°N Lon 87.30131°W. Elevation: 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

BUCKET LIST UPDATE No. 142: Attend the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo

'Snake Race' at the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo.
The Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo is an event that I’ve heard about all of my life, but for whatever reason, I’d never been to see it in person. I added this event to my “bucket list” several years ago, and I finally got the chance to attend this past Saturday. It was an experience that I won't soon forget.

Opp, a city of about 6,600 residents in Covington County, Ala., has been holding an annual rattlesnake rodeo every year since 1960. This year’s rodeo was the city's 54th annual, and the two-day event included a wide variety of activities. Crowds not only received a close up look at live (and deadly) rattlesnakes, but they also got to watch a 5-K race, a beauty pageant, multiple snake races, karaoke singers, buck dancing, a greased pole climb and a wide variety of entertainers.

My family and I arrived at the rodeo Saturday morning, and I was actually a little shocked by the size of the crowd. This year, the rodeo was held on the football field at Opp High School, and I was impressed by the number of people that had packed into the friendly confines of this old stadium. After we found a parking space within walking distance of the stadium, we headed towards the ticket window.

Admission was $10 per person, except for children age six and under. We paid and made our way into the stadium, where I was again struck by the size of the crowd. From our vantage point at the top of the stadium, I could plainly see that this was no run-of-the-mill, local festival. People were everywhere, milling about among the arts and crafts vendors, food stands and rides for kids.

We’d come to see Opp’s famous rattlesnakes, which are rounded up by professional handlers in the weeks leading up to the event. To get to the snakes, we walked counterclockwise around the stadium to a shaded pen where several handlers displayed large rattlesnakes housed in a long mesh cage. Every now and then, one of the handlers will pluck one of the huge vipers from the cage and walk him around so the crowd can get a closer look.

The crowd is kept safe and well away from the snakes thanks to a sturdy fence, but you still get a good look at the snakes. We also happened to be there when a reporter from the TV station in Dothan was there interviewing the handlers and getting video and audio of the rattlesnakes. She even lowered a microphone into the cage to get a close up recording of the snakes rattling, and we watched as one of the large snakes sank his fangs into the head of the microphone. 

Next we took to the crowded, but shaded, bleachers where we grabbed a seat and prepared to watch the rattlesnake race. The race we watched was actually the second heat in a series of races that would culminate at the end of the day with a championship race. (We didn't stick around for that, so I can't tell you who won.)

Before the race, handlers placed a dozen or so rattlers in a metal garbage can. Each snake was numbered for identification, and each snake was sponsored by an area business or organization. At the signal, the can was emptied into the center of a small circle, and the snakes “raced” toward a larger circle that had been drawn 10 to 12 feet away. The first, second, third and fourth place snakes advanced to the next round of the competition.

My family and I left after several hours of rattlesnake rodeo fun, but the event went on until late that night and continued on into the next day. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend that you check it out if you ever get the chance. For more information about the rodeo, visit www.rattlesnakerodeo.com.

In the end, how many of you have ever been to the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo? What did you think about it? Did you like it or not? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for April 14, 2014

Lt. Laula M. Middleton of Evergreen
APRIL 21, 1988

Local weather reporter Earl Windham reported .10 inches of rain on April 12 and 1.34 inches on April 18. He reported a high temperature of 83 degrees on April 16 and lows of 42 on April 12 and April 13.

“Three new fire departments have recently been established in the county at Paul, Brooklyn and Sand Cut. Memorandums of understanding and agreements of mutual aid were signed by the Alabama Forestry Commission, Conecuh County Commission and the three new fire chiefs. Taking part were Mrs. Katie Sue Burt, chairperson of the county commission, and Leonard Fialko, representing the AFC, Joe Findley, chief of Brooklyn Fire Department, Butch Cobb, secretary, and Clayton Cobb, chief of Paul Fire Department, and Bobby Edgars, chief of Sand Cut Fire Department. This brings to 18 the number of fire departments in the county, all volunteer.”

“William Carson Green, 71, of Ridge Road and Washington, Castleberry, died Tues., April 12, in a Brewton hospital. He was a prominent citizen of Castleberry and member of a well known family. He served as postmaster for a number of years and was a member of the Castleberry United Methodist Church.”

“Conecuh Inns, Inc. announced Vincent W. Henderson as General Manager and Master Chef of the Evergreen Inn.”

APRIL 19, 1973

“The 28th annual Conecuh County 4-H and FFA Fat Calf Show will be held Monday at the Conecuh Cooperative Stockyard Livestock Arena.
“Herbert Oakley, extension farm agent for the county, is show chairman. He states that only about 36 calves will be shown, the smallest number in many years.
“Exhibiting calves will be the following FFA and 4-H members: Jimmy Beverly, Kenny Brown, Mark Bolton, Scott Matthews, Jimmy McNeil, Mike Windham, Steve Windham, Randy Smith, Larry Bethune, Greg Graddy, Bobby Tingen, Harry Pipkin, Thad Lee, Neal Hayes, Brenda Pipkin, Charlotte Pipkin, Allen Pipkin, Johnny Cook, Cook Morrison, Ira Cook, Kent Cook, Lynn Lee, Randy Brown, Johnny Stowers, Paul Ellis, Jim Ellis, Stanley Stallworth, Edward J. McMillan, Lee Hamrac, David Bell, Teresa Kilpatrick and Joyce Little.
“Eugene Darby, president of the Conecuh County Cattlemen’s Association, will serve as master of ceremonies.”

“Heavy rainfalls in recent weeks have damaged county roads extensively, according to John Fleming, chairman of the Conecuh County Commission. He said there had been washouts four times on some roads.
“Right now county crews are working 10 hours a day, six days a week, trying to get the roads open. If the weather permits, all county roads should be passable by the end of the week.
“The most damage was suffered by roads in District 3 and 4, represented by W.E. Godwin and C.L. Smith, respectively.”

APRIL 17, 1958

“The 12th annual Conecuh County Fat Calf Show will be held at the Conecuh Cooperative Stockyards Monday. The event is sponsored by the Evergreen Junior Chamber of Commerce.”

“Patterson Attacks Folsom, Corruption In Address Here: Attorney General John Patterson lashed out at the Folsom administration in addresses here and in Castleberry Tuesday. Mr. Patterson is stumping South Alabama this week in his bid for the Democratic nomination as governor.
“Speaking from a flat-bed truck in ‘No-Man’s Land’ here, the attorney general minced no words in attacking the present administration.
“The attorney general was accompanied by Rebe Gosdin and his Sunny Valley Gang who played prior to his address.”

“Every school in Conecuh County will receive a new, high-fidelity recording of our National Anthem next week from the American Heritage Foundation, it was announced today by Guy Kelly, superintendent of schools.”

“J.H. Wheeler, Customer Relations Manager with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co., spoke last week to the students of Repton, Castleberry, Lyeffion and Evergreen High School. Mr. Wheeler spoke on Southern Bell’s part in the ‘Continental Air Defense of the United States.’”

APRIL 15, 1943

“Decorated In North Africa: The awarding of the Oak Leaf Cluster for Air Medal to Lt. Laula M. Middleton of Evergreen for the destruction of enemy aircraft and successful bombing missions in North Africa was announced by the War Department last week. Middleton, son of Mrs. Evelyn Middleton of Fairvew, graduated from Evergreen High School, and from there went to the Snead Junior College and thence to Auburn. He enlisted in the Air Corps early in November of 1941 and was assigned to Foster Field, Texas for his early training. He received his wings there and was assigned to a pursuit ship. He received advanced training in Orlando, Fla. and was then assigned to active duty as a bomber pilot.
“Lt. Middleton’s record is brilliant. He has been decorated and promoted to the rank of first lieutenant in less than a year from the date he was awarded his wings. So far as is known, Middleton is the first local boy to receive a decoration for his part in the war.
“His younger brother, Aviation Cadet Willis Middleton, is in the Naval Air Corps and is now in the process of earning his wings. He and Laula hope to unit over Tokyo or Berlin.”

“Pearson-Lowrey: Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Pearson of Auburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Betty, to Jacob Lowrey Jr. of Burnt Corn, Ala., stationed at Columbus, Miss., with the U.S. Army Air Corps, the marriage to take place early in May.”

“A letter received last week by Brown Hagood, young son of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Hagood, from Dr. M.M. Hagood indicated that he was now stationed somewhere in the Pacific.”

APRIL 19, 1928

“J.M. JONES TO ERECT STORE BUILDING SOON: Mr. J.M. Jones will begin at an early date the erection of a handsome brick store building on Rural Street adjoining the new building recently completed for the Sanitary Market. The building will be 20 by 80 feet and will be modern throughout. Plans call for an attractive front of press brick with large plate glass show windows.
“Work will begin as soon as material can be placed and other necessary arrangements can be made. When complete, Mr. Jones will occupy it with his business, which is at present located in the Taliaferro Building on the same street.”

“DROWNED BODIES ARE RECOVERED: Floating on the surface of the Alabama River, within 100 feet of the spot where he sank to his death, the body of George C. Brassell, 79, was found at four o’clock Friday afternoon by an employee of the Alabama Sand & Gravel Co.
“Mr. Brassell, together with his nephew, W.J. Brassell, lost his life on the morning of April 5, when a boat in which the two men accompanied by Joe B. Sayers had started out on a fishing trip down the river, capsized. Sayers managed to save his own life by swimming.
“The remains of W.J. Brassell were recovered from the river Thursday afternoon by Sayers and a companion who with many others were conducting a systematic search for the bodies of the two men who were lost in the river’s treacherous currents.
“After a careful examination of the body, Dr. S.E. Centerfit stated that death was due to accidental drowning. A verdict in accordance with this finding was rendered by Coroner J.J. Diffly.”

From an editorial by Courant Editor R. Gaston Bozeman - “EVERGREEN SHOULD HAVE A LANDING FIELD: Evergreen is well located geographically and otherwise to be a very desirable place for a landing field for aeroplanes. It isn’t too early to begin to plan for such a thing and if possible arrange one here. A good field here would put us on the map as few things could and it isn’t out of our reach to have one. According to reports, a permanent mail route between Chicago and New Orleans will begin at an early date and Evergreen will in all probability be on this route. Even though we may not hope to have mail service right away, a landing field would be decided asset in the event of an emergency. The town would be in position to put in a claim for this service at the opportune moment and in the meantime get some good advertising, by being designated as a landing field on all air route maps. Let’s be thinking this over at least.”

Daily Weather Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., April 14, 2014

Temp: 63.0 degrees F

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.00 inches.

Humidity: 86 percent (Humid)

Conditions: Partly Cloudy skies; birds audible and visible; standing water on ground from recent rain; security lights still on in the distance.

Barometric Pressure: 29.38 inHg

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 4.65 inches

Spring to Date Rainfall: 8.00 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 21.60 inches

NOTES: Today is the 104th day of 2014 and the 26th day of Spring. There are 260 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hrs Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834°N Lon 87.30131°W. Elevation: 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

COMIC BOOK OF THE WEEK – “Solo Avengers” #18 (May 1989)

'Solo Avengers' #18 (May 1989)
This week’s “Comic Book of the Week” is “Solo Avengers” #18, which was published by Marvel Comics in May 1989. This 32-page issue contained two stories, the first featuring Hawkeye and the second featuring Moondragon. R.F. Buckler was the cover artist for the issue, which sold for 75 cents at newsstands.

The first story was titled “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and its creative team included Howard Mackie, writer; Don Heck, inker; Ron Wilson, penciller; Morelli, letterer; Jackson, colorist; Mark Gruenwalk, editor; and Tom DeFalco, editor in chief.

That story begins with Hawkeye practicing his archery skills outside West Coach Avenger headquarters. He releases an arrow toward a target only to have it blow of course by a strong wind. As it turns out, the wind’s not natural. It was created by super-powered weather manipulator, Texas Twister.

Twister explains that he’s looking for his girlfriend, Shooting Star. Months ago, she disappeared after a demon took her place, and Twister now wants to see the demon face to face in order to figure out what happened to Shooting Star. Twister knows that the Avengers are keeping the demon prisoner beneath their headquarters, and he demands to see it.

Hawkeye takes Twister down to the basement, where the ugly, green demon is being held in a iron cage. Twister then grabs the demon in a bear hug and kisses it on the lips. The demon then transforms into Shooting Star. The demon the goes into Twister’s body, so Shooting Star and Hawkeye team up to bring down the demon.

In the end, they subdue the creature and force it to go into a statue. The demon complies and becomes trapped because it can’t release itself from an inanimate object. The last panel shows a reunited Twister and Shooting Star making goo-goo eyes at one another.

The second story was titled “Will You, Won’t You, Will You, Won’t You…?” Its creative team included Peter B. Gills, writer; James Brock, penciller; Roy Richardson, inker; Paul Becton, colorist; and Rick Parker, letterer.

This story is set on Titan, one of Saturday’s moons and features Pamela Douglas, aka, Moondragon. She’s the mother of a child that’s being gestated in a tank outside her body, and the child is a clone of herself that will serve as a host body for her cousin, Heather, who’s currently sharing Douglas’ mind and body.

The big day has arrived for Douglas to remove her child from the tank. Once she has the baby in hand though, she’s informed that once she transfers Heather’s mind to the child, she’ll have to turn the infant over to the priests of Shao-Lom and return to Earth. Douglas refuses.

They eventually work it out, and Douglas learns that she won’t be forced to leave. Later, while Douglas is traveling on a shuttle with her new baby, they get sucked into an alien spacecraft piloted by the beings known as The Dance. They eventually release her and allow her to return to Titan with her baby.

This comic (unless I’ve sold it) and others are available for purchase through Peacock’s Books on Amazon.com. If you’re interested in buying it, search for it there by title, issue number and date of publication.