Don Mankowski
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Don Mankowski replied to Captain Comics's discussion EC Archives: How close are we to the end?
"Johnny Craig had editorial control over Vault, whereas Al Feldstein controlled the other horror titles. I'd guess that Craig just liked drawing her! (I'm not sure if the editing arrangement didn't change late in the runs of these…"
May 3
Don Mankowski replied to Captain Comics's discussion EC Archives: How close are we to the end?
"I think that the stories in Impact! are quite good. That title demonstrates that the EC crew didn't need blood and guts (however well they might handle that stuff)."
Apr 8
Don Mankowski replied to Captain Comics's discussion EC Archives: How close are we to the end?
"I think it's because Bill Gaines, and numerous members of his staff, underwent psychoanalysis. No, seriously. Maybe he wanted to encourage others."
Mar 24
Don Mankowski replied to Captain Comics's discussion EC Archives: How close are we to the end?
"Despite owning nearly all of the EC books ion one form or another (having bought all of the reprint editions), I wanted to get the Archives, so that i could see the originals adverts, features and, most of all, reader letters-to-the-editor. The last…"
Mar 24
Don Mankowski replied to Emerkeith Davyjack's discussion "'Cause they taped it on only one day..." - NBC's The Sound of Music
"Damn Yankees was done on NBC, 1966 I think, when the real Yankees were terrible, so it had to run on nostalgia. The stars were Lee Remick and Phil Silvers, with Joe Garagiola introducing it. I remember that it was a curious production. Much of the…"
Aug 23, 2018
Don Mankowski replied to Emerkeith Davyjack's discussion "'Cause they taped it on only one day..." - NBC's The Sound of Music
"Right. Armstrong Tile sponsored TV remakes of this one and also Carousel, Kismet and Kiss Me Kate. You could get the soundtrack LPs for a dollar at their stores, and can still find used copies of these  in thrift stores. They never had video…"
Aug 22, 2018
Don Mankowski replied to Emerkeith Davyjack's discussion "'Cause they taped it on only one day..." - NBC's The Sound of Music
"Musicals, remakes of which I wouldn’t mind seeing … Brigadoon The play is nice fantasy, but the MGM film of 1954 is pretty bad unless you like endless dancing. Damn Yankees The 1958 Warner Bros. film is clumsy and flat, except when…"
Aug 22, 2018
Don Mankowski replied to Emerkeith Davyjack's discussion "'Cause they taped it on only one day..." - NBC's The Sound of Music
"No, only part of it, but I did record it, and may watch it yet. What I did see was suitably outrageous. (Rather strange use for a "live" production, but indicative of our attempts to keep up with the technology!)"
Mar 17, 2017
Don Mankowski replied to PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod's discussion Anything, Everything, or Nothing At All
"So, just why is there a second, silent "G"?  Because Rorgg always signs his name thus?"
Oct 4, 2016
Don Mankowski replied to PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod's discussion Anything, Everything, or Nothing At All
"Rorgg! Lee and Kirby had to give every monster a name, no matter how goofy."
Oct 1, 2016
Don Mankowski replied to Mr. Satanism's discussion On what Bronze Age Earth was Batman dead?
"I had to check it, but Adventure Comics #462 ("April 1979"), in its Justice Society feature, has "The Death of Batman." It's the Earth-2 Batman, complete with old uniform (no yellow bulls-eye). That's the one I…"
Sep 10, 2016
Don Mankowski replied to Luke Blanchard's discussion Reading BATMAN FROM THE 30S TO THE 70S
"I suspect that Jimmy Olsen was involved."
Sep 7, 2016
Don Mankowski replied to JohnD's discussion Shows You Were Forced To Watch When You Were a Kid
"My parents ran a grocery store, so as kids, my brother and I spent a lot of time at one grandma's house or the other's. Fortunately, each place had an older, black-and-white TV set on the back porch or in the basement. So, while grandma…"
Sep 2, 2016
Don Mankowski replied to Mark S. Ogilvie's discussion TCM is showing Mask of Fu Manchu tomorrow
"I don't know if Fu was ever lost, but for some time it was available only in a bowdlerized cut, with the racial slurs in both directions trimmed out. TNT used to run the "PC" version in those days before TCM existed."
Aug 26, 2016
Don Mankowski replied to Mark S. Ogilvie's discussion How much did the loss of the adds hurt comics?
"Yes, once. Early 1980s, I was coming out of a grocery store in West Columbia SC with my wife and son, and this teenage boy asks "Mister, would you please buy a Grit newspaper?" Very soft sell, but what a blast from the past.I felt…"
Aug 25, 2016
Don Mankowski replied to Mark S. Ogilvie's discussion How much did the loss of the adds hurt comics?
"Readers used to write in "Can't you just put all the ads in the back of the book so they don't break up the stories?" And the editors had to nicely explain that advertising doesn't work that way, and that these businesses…"
Aug 22, 2016

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