I wish I could recall the name of the book, but I remember seeing an anthology of feminist science fiction or fantasy or horror stories with a similar cover art concept, perhaps twenty years back. Not arguing originality, just speculating that this image may go back further than we realize. » 9/18/14 6:47am Thursday 6:47am

So that means that Yoda, disguised as Vader, killed Obi-Wan as soon as Luke grew up, because there could be only two Jedi opposing the Sith. And Obi-Wan told Luke about Leia because that would mean that Yoda would have to die (albeit five minutes before). So if Leia and Han have a Force-Kid, that means that Han has to… » 9/16/14 3:44pm Tuesday 3:44pm

The "defense" of the sub's not diving is that diesel-powered submarines were far, far slower underwater than they were while running on the surface. Of course, if you're trying to take something you've stolen from British Egypt without giving away your secret base on your secret island, I think you'd be willing to… » 9/02/14 2:36pm 9/02/14 2:36pm

Moving 40 blocks per day won't get the job done. The Great Pyramid is estimated to contain some two million limestone blocks, plus the long-gone polished casing stones, and at 40 per day, it'd take about 137 years to build it. You have to move something more like 200 per day to get the job done in a Pharaoh's lifetime… » 8/28/14 10:52am 8/28/14 10:52am

Hitchcock's Vertigo. The first three times I saw it, I disliked it intensely. (Hitchcock was such a terrific director that I won't give up on one of his films easily.) Stewart was out there, so crackers, that I found it hard to regard him as the protagonist. But then I heard a critic say that Hitchcock intended… » 8/26/14 6:56am 8/26/14 6:56am

Perhaps Batman should consult one of his predecessors, Doc Savage. Doc's "Crime College," where brain surgery removal of the "crime gland," medically-induced amnesia, and a combined course in civics and an honest trade turned most of his captured opponents — and the occasional Japanese or German POW — into fine,… » 8/25/14 10:31am 8/25/14 10:31am

Tangential only, but...Max Shulman wrote "Rally Round the Flag, Boys!" a novel about a missile defense system being installed in a small New England town, back in the 50s, long before the vast majority of this site's readers were born. Didn't work then. Doesn't work now. And the physics of ground-based rocket… » 8/21/14 9:27am 8/21/14 9:27am

Not speaking of this particular copy, but one of these days, we're going to see counterfeits of this comic offered for sale. (If we haven't already.) If a nearly 400-year old Rembrandt can be convincingly faked, surely a 75-year old comic book can be. The beauty of the scam is: how many men wealthy enough to blow five… » 8/17/14 7:40am 8/17/14 7:40am