Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 30

I won the wishbone pull. I wished that next year we won't have a barbaric celebratory contest in which we fight over the stripped bones of what we consumed.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 29

Blergh...ate too much. After we left. Didn't hang out with them while over there.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 28

A long day of cooking and maybe an hour and a half with the family, maybe an hour if I show them high BGL after eating.

Is avoiding the squabbling, poop-stirring, bitter, baby-talking adults, downer experience of family worth the health risk of sneaking something sugary so I can feel sick and leave early without being rude?


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 23

The famous WKRP 'turkey drop' from the classic Thanksgiving episode Turkeys Away (air date October 30, 1978). About 5 minutes long but worth it. You can also read Turkeys Away: An Oral History for some background on the episode.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 21

There are lots of  sexy Thanksgiving-themed pinups out there but most are women and very few feature sexy men. Took some searching but in the interests of parity I found one of some hot fightin' men taking a break from trouncing the scourge of the hun in 1918 to enjoy some cooked turkey.

Eat up, fellers! Keep up your strength and beat the Kaiser!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 20

This has been making the rounds lately and is supposed to contain all sorts of Easter Eggs for the future of the Batman titles at DC.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 18

Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen by O. Henry. Story first published in collected edition in The Trimmed Lamp: and Other Stories of the Four Million (1907). The O. Henry Playhouse television episode is from 1957.

Monday with Hayley Mills: Clearly Photoshopped

I don't know where this ridiculous 1966 image originated of Hayley Mills smoking but this is clearly a fake.


no way

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 17

From his expression, I'd double check that is a Turkey leg he's gnawing on and not some missing homeless guy.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 16

The Atomic Knights save Thanksgiving Day -- 1990! From Strange Adventures #132 (September 1961). Script by John Broome and art by Murphy Anderson.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 15

Donald Duck's 50th Anniversary appearing in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1984).

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 13

Because nothing says Thanksgiving like a robot holocaust!

Harvest printed in Weird Science-Fantasy #25 (September 1954). Credited to Al Feldstein, art by Joe Orlando and colors from Marie Severin.


Saturday, November 09, 2013

Friday, November 08, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 8

Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie (1967)

One of the most famous Thanksgiving-themed songs ever made.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Monday, November 04, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 4

It's a Land of the Lost Thanksgiving!

The Pakuni and the Marshall's learn a lesson in cooperation while foraging for food during a drought. The mythical elements of the Plymouth Thanksgiving is reversed in this episode though. Instead of the natives saving the Pilgrims from starvation it is the newcomers who save the day. At least it was from working together and not exploitation.

Based on the old folk tale, the Stone Soup episode of The Land of the Lost was first broadcast in December 1974. 

Monday with Hayley Mills: Magical

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 3

Don't even want to imagine what a JLA/JSA Thanksgiving gathering would be like in the New52. Probably a lot of spite, no one brings any food expecting that everyone else would, sneering comments about competence and fistfights.

From JSA #54 (2004).

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 2

Manifest Destiny is one of those heinous beliefs, partially supernaturally derived, that newcomers to the Americas had a right and duty to expand and change the land and peoples of the Americas so as to comply to their "real" beliefs and ways of living. It is a pernicious belief that still pervades American (and honestly, other countries) acts of nationalism into the modern era. In that form or another it is effective propaganda, serving to allow certain people in removing responsibility for their actions. After all, the Universe itself says it's okay, they know it and feel it and are told by their leaders it is so.

The 1872 painting American Progress by by John Gast reveals much of the prevailing attitude of the settlers. While technology, knowledge and advances in transportation and agriculture are good for a civilization so too was it a virtue to erase what came before. Notice the lighting in the painting. As the Spirit of America heads to the west bringing illumination the natives and their lifestyle flee the light of progress, staying to the darkness, unable or unwilling to embrace the new era.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Thanksgiving: Day 1

Many Americans would be surprised to learn that the first Thanksgiving, celebrated in a region claimed by what would be the United States, was held not by Pilgrims and Plains Tribe members but between Spaniards and the native Timucuans. There are a few variations of who did what first but it is recorded that the first Thanksgiving occurred around 1564, about 57 years before the famous and extremely mythologized celebration at Plymouth Rock.