The Purple Pinup Guru Platform

When purple things are pulsating on your mind, I'm the one whose clock you want to clean. Aiding is Sparky, the Astral Plane Zen Pup Dog from his mountain stronghold on the Northernmost Island of the Happy Ninja Island chain, this blog will also act as a journal to my wacky antics at an entertainment company and the progress of my self published comic book, The Deposit Man which only appears when I damn well feel like it. Real Soon Now.

Friday, May 09, 2003


I've got too much Matrix on the brain. I'm going to do a pre celebration this weekend by buying a fresh new virgin copy of the film on either VHS or DVD , well...most likely on tape because I just heard that they're still considering releasing a souped version of it during the summer. I also have a advance preview of the Animatrix DVD that is coming out in just a few short weeks which I understand is quite awesome. There are supposed to be nine short subjects by the hottest talents in anime and computer animation. Three or four of the short can accessed to view on the movie's website.

Other things I plan to do this weekend is well, in appoximately 10 minutes I'm clocking out of work to go over to the second or third Mega-City Comic Con over at the Burbank Holiday Inn. It's a small but yet satisifying gathering of comic book geeks and fans- I don't know which category I fit in- as I have authored a few myself- maybe I'm on a higher plateau of geekdom. But I understand Smallville consulting producer Jeph Loeb will be there. But I'm mostly there to grab up the freebies and the fifty cent comics- recent ones I hope.

Saturday morning it's back to the storage unit for part three of my inventory taking, which means I'll be a third of the way through with my project.

Sunday - it's a little light writing of the Deposit Man and hopefully a meeting with some of the staff of my proposed Landescape Productions to get these new Deposit Man books out on the supermarket shelves....

Yeah, right. Right up there next to Disney Adventures. Hey Kids- Deposit Man comics! Tell your gay and lesbian friends!

Yeah, don't remind me...,

My fifteen minutes are up.



Thursday, May 08, 2003


In addition to the Doc Savage Omnibus I was talking about yesterday, I also had the opportunity to pick up the McSweetney Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales edited by Michael Chabon at my local Border's. This tome has a collection of twenty swell tales by Michael Chricton, Elmore Leonard, Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, and others inspired by the old pulp magazines of yore with illustrations by Howard Chaykin. At $13.98, it's worth every cent if you ask me. It's going to be the highlight of my summer reading or maybe late spring reading depending on how fast I get through that Doc Savage book.

Finally, my studio is springing for a free preview employee screening of Matrix Reloaded a few hours before it officially opens in theaters, but it's a first come, first serve kind of deal. I sure hope I can make it to the lot on time. My only advantage is to get off at work at 5 and scurry down to the lot from where I work in Burbank and they'll be no line up prior to 5 PM. It's going to be a madhouse down there, I assure you.

I also brought some spare copies of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY specially marked books over from Rookies & Allstars in North Hollywood and displayed them in the lunch room. Needless to say, they disappeared faster than the Thursday delivery of the LA WEEKLY. You never know what a person or co-workers reaction is going to be when confronted with a free comic book shoved in their face. Forty of them disappeared within a matter of hours. I might go back and grab a few other cheap books like the twenty five cent Namor or Daredevil that Marvel put out recently and see how they fare.

Well out of time as usual. These Fifteen minute breaks sure do fly fast.



Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Welcome to another edition of HALFASS!

One of the treasured items I picked up at the last LA Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention held monthly at the Shrine Auditorium was a paperback edition of the last Doc Savage Omnibus that Bantam Books put out a decade ago. This volume reprints the last five Doc Savage adventures from the original pulps including the controversial Up From Earth's Center which chronicled Doc Savage journeying into the bowels of Hell to fight evil demons and whatever have you. I'm so glad I found this low distributed final volume, having read nearly all of them, I felt my not knowing on how the series ended was something that's left a hole in the fiber of my being. A few years back when I was publishing my Deposit Man book through a website, my publisher and friend wanted to commission me to write some filler material for his website on action figures. Now I don't know much about this whole action figure craze, but I do know that if they ever were to license a Doc Savage action figure series through some toy manufacturer, I'd be on it like a fly on shit. So I gave it to them, along with five other pieces, but I don't think he got the chance to load them on the site, and the site has been closed for a while now. So, here is what I consider one of my best unseen pieces of work- my love ballad to Doc Savage, simply because my love holds no bounds for this character. The Bantam reprint series served as a teaching tool for me to read when I first started to collect them at seven years old.

How about we take an imaginary trip this week ? Try to picture a world of the 1930's, an era when science and technology first started to work hand in hand in tandem, therefore giving birth to a cadre of heroes who made applied know how of these golden age techniques and had their adventures chronicled in the pages of a ten cent magazine. These magazines were once referred to as the Pulps and they usually shipped to newsstands once a month, some bi-weekly, and each contained a novel-length adventure, several short stories or novellas packed between oil painted covers that usually depicted the hero busy rescuing the semi-naked leggy damsel in distress from the mad scientist bent on trying to ignite a world shattering device with the intent of spreading utter chaos. Some existed in an era decades way before the inauguration of cape costumed do gooders smothered the imaginations of comic book geekazoids.

These special breed of heroes lived and operated within the boundaries of their own separate universes and their publisher never bothered with the pettiness of trying to do company crossovers or cross hatched marketing schemes. Simply put: Tarzan had dibs on the jungle. John Carter was out on Mars trying to bring peace and prosperity to a war ravaged planet while trying to find his own way back to his homeworld. The Lone Ranger tamed the old West. The Shadow reigned in eradicating the underworld and the Avenger was out doing his Nick Fury thing before Nick Fury was in diapers. However- one particular hero was unique above the whole troupe, a man endowed with superhuman strength and endeavored his life spine tingling adventures while trotting from one edge of the world to another in fantastic outer worldly vehicles as he vowed destruction to the gamut of evil doers everywhere. With a entourage of liked minded assistants to accompany him, here was a hero whose every facet was paid homage in the current craze of action heroes ranging from Superman to Tom Strong ( not to mention the covers of Wildstorm' Comics' Planetary ).

And yet, to this day, no one has ever manufactured a action figure of - Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze.

Take the time to pick up a Doc Savage novel ( if ever they still can be found )- you never know, you may find yourself heading for the center of the earth, the steaming jungles of the Amazon, a lost city in Arabia, or some remote area of the Canadian wilderness fighting off werewolves. My long unconsummated tenure devouring Doc Savage adventures began right after I graduated from mom buying me the entire series of Hardy Boys mysteries. In between the clusp of the dawn of dedicating my life to read comic books on a frequent basis. I think a few months later down the 20 cent six panel girded page road was when Marvel put out a short lived eight issued that served as " Cliff Notes " adaptions of the novels that I had trouble procuring. The sixties and seventies paperback book covers rendered by James Bama were so overwhelmingly hypnotic- they practically commanded me to spend my entire allowance I had saved up throughout the second grade on four .75 cent paperback novels: The Land of Long Juju, The Feathered Octopus, He Could Stop the World, and The Majii. All in all, there were approximately 181 novels that Bantam Books has published, not including the recent unearthed manuscripts found in the Lester Dent estate authored in his nom de plume of Kenneth Robeson.

I had a blast being transported to remote parts of the globe and being exposed to a variance of nifty scientific gadgets and a way-ahead-of-their-time vehicles such as Doc Savage's Auto-Gyro and the Helldiver submarine. Doc was also a trendsetter in a jack of all trades sort of way; he was a doctor, scientist, electrician, chemist, engineer, musician, had a few law degrees stashed away somewhere, and the list goes on and on. A small portion of these skills were far embedded in his psyche long before he ever took his first baby steps, hired by his father to be trained by the most prestige figures in their own field. He ran around with a crowd after escaping a World War I German POW camp that were equally qualified in their own accomplishments. The ensemble of these assistant were: Monk- chemist, Ham-lawyer, Renny-engineer, Long Tom-electrician, and Johnny-vocabulary expert and archaeologist.

I was pretty much obsessed over these books all the way through until I moved out to California- but it never quite reached the pinnacle than it did in 9th grade science class. I was, needless to say, more enamored with science fiction than I was with science fact- simply when the subject became too boorish, I'd try a to cram a chapter or two when no one was looking. Eventually I got caught. Mr. Faber spotted me before too long with pin point accuracy and the long law of the almighty yard stick of whose mental telekinesis of a painful slap on the hand on whose prophecy I would soon be enduring. But that blow never came or any other sugar plum punishment for that matter. Instead, Mr. Faber walked over to my side of the classroom with calculated icy calmness gleaming in his eyes until he was level with the blushness of my own and asked in a regal tone: " So, I gather you are into Doc Savage, correct ? "

" Yea-yea-yeah ", stammed I; a self confessed defeatist about to punch a one way ticket to his own inquisition.

Then suddenly, I could've faintly sworn him say 'good' as he reached his hand into a cabinet drawer under a lab table and threw a box that emitted a low crack when it landed just a few inches from my nose. " I've been wanting to get rid of these for months ", he proclaimed. Inside the box, my heart must skipped a Barry Allen heartbeat as I saw to my gasp of bafflement and amazement that there were at least forty old ragged and torn Doc Savage novels- a good percentage of ones to fill the gaping holes in my collection. The entire class turned around to look at me and my dropped jaw hitting the glass beakers- I mean, I was literally speechless- I guess I could describe the experience as when I saw Harlan Ellison receive a original Jacek Yerka painting on the Tom Synder Late Show. I just then broke out of my stupor and put the books underneath my desk and forever gave my undivided attention to Mr. Faber for the rest of the entire year ( except when it came time to dissect a frog ). I later perused used book shops in Morristown to complete the collection and kept up to date when Bantam released the latter ones written in the forties two to a book.

A lot of concepts and ideas were lifted or borrowed from Doc Savage throughout many other comic books, movies, and TV shows. Take for example: Doc's real name was Clark Savage Jr. The name Clark was derived to make up half of the alter ego belonging to Superman ( As the last name Kent was derived from the true alias of the Shadow, Kent Allard ) besides storing numerous failed and dangerous secret weapons in a arctic fortress of solitude. Doc's abilities as a death defying escape artist was mimicked in the opening sequence of the very first Indiana Jones movie. The same type of portable crime labs and multiple utility vehicles that Doc used were later incorporated by Batman.

But the poor mammoth of a man has never been paid the proper respect. George Pal's very last film was Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze and it was nothing more than a campy impoverished thanks, but no thanks that barely covered your embarrassment you felt after shelling out even for a matinee ticket. Now word's come down that Arnold Schwartzenegger has an active interest in next portraying the bronzed man of marvel. However, personal observation predicts that he is becoming way too old for the part.

I already assume that some hot shot toy company such as McFarlane Toys have their mitts in negotiations for the toy rights as soon as Arnold puts his Aussie John Hancock on the dotted line. I'm sure the molds for Arnold's face and pumped iron body cast are being manufactured even as we speak. The color variations of torn shirts from chest to sleeve are rudimentary in place ( the Bantam book covers always featured Doc egregiously posing in torn up shirts although the stories themselves never hinted that Doc was streaking all over the world half naked or he picked them up from the cleaners that way. In contrast, the original pulp covers had hardly a call for a portable sewing kit. ) Model builders are printing up the schematics applied to all air, water, and road vehicles present in Doc's arsenal.

It would be a gas if some toy companies would get the gumption to design some authentic action figures based on the pulps. I'm in admiration with what DC Direct is doing with their line getting them designed the way that both satisfies both the integrity of the company and the enthusiasm of the fans alike. Look no further than the models of Hawkman and the Arabian Nights Sandman. So what about the fans and collectors of pulp magazines ? Surely there's a market somewhere for Doc Savage fans besides reissues of James Bama prints and Randy Bowen sculpture busts. If a action figure of Doc and his Amazing five truly existed, imagine all the cool accessories to go along with it- for instance: the Doc Savage parka kit for those bone chilling adventures in the North Pole. The Doc Savage jungle exploration kit, The Doc Savage Shiek Yer Bootie kit ( with apologies to the late great Frank Zappa ) and a special gadget vest equipped with wacky amenities such as little glass balls filled with knockout gas, ultraviolet goggles, and super machine pistols that only fire " mercy bullets " ( bullets that do not kill, but simply implied to knock out a foe. Doc Savage does not believe in killing).

I can only just imagine what splendid designs they can do with Doc's Amazing Five. Monk would have to have longer arms than the rest of the group because he's always described as the homely looking of the bunch and he could come blister packed with his pet pig, Habeas Corpus just as Ham could be paired with his pet monkey, Chemistry ( the names are sort of reference to the ongoing feud the two share between each other, even though they consider themselves the best of friends ). Renny could come packaged with a broken door- because that happens to be Renny's favorite hobby and passion- slamming his gigantic fists through wood paneled doors. And of course, no action figure series wouldn't be complete without the hard to find 12 to 1 ratio jacked up pricey exclusive figure- so may I be inclined to suggest Doc's mettlesome tomboyish cousin, Patricia Savage or the nefarious John Sunlight- the only villain to return twice in the pulps to thwart the Man of Bronze ?

Playsets galore ! Just picture: a pull apart replica of Doc's 86th story headquarters equipped with free fall hidden private elevator, laboratory, and work out room. The Hildago Trading Company, the warehouse where Doc stores most of his extraordinary collection of vehicles. Plus, how could one not forget the ancient Mayan city where Doc stores most of his gold booty which he uses to finance his globe spanning adventures ?

The possibilities are endless. So I implore all of you major toy companies to get out there and jump on the Doc Savage bandwagon. It's what the world really needs right now- a true untarnished and incorrupted hero of a long misbegotten era whose only weakness was getting cooties from sultry and scantily clad females. Think of the perfect role models he would make for present or future to be tax exemptions.

I believe someday this could happen. Only, please don't make him to resemble Ron Ely.

Cary Coatney - December 15, 2000



Tuesday, May 06, 2003


One of those boring dreary days at work- when there's really not much to do other than to be a big pain in the ass to other workers in outside departments. You know, just trying to shake people down for info on upcoming animated episodes or sending annoying e-mail inquiries. They really like to keep secrets around here and I like finding them out and blabbing to the internet about them.

Well, I was sad to learn the other day that they will be tearing down the old Wild West town on the studio lot to make way for more office buildings. There's just no respect for historical significance anymore. I mean, they used this area to shoot Blazing Saddles for cripessakes. How are we going to honor our past if we keep tearing it down chunk by chunk? Come to think of it, when was the last time, an actual Western Movie or television series was shot on a studio lot? Maybe it signifies of the end of the genre in general. Don't quote me on that.

I'm starting to have doubts about getting a table at the comic con. I'm formulating an idea, that I would want to reach the people who have read the first two Deposit Man books and let them know first about the new forthcoming ones, instead of blowing a huge chunk of change on a producing a new 500 copy or so ashcan for the show. And I was thinking of doing a personal snail-mail one for them. I burned myself on the last one I did at a APE show a year or so back. I thought, people were going to dig on a low cost ashcan and when they didn't, the only one who fell for my ruse was Comics Journal editor, Gary Groth. Even though I was planning on springing money for a brand new cover, I've decided I should use the image as a postcard advertising the publication of the new books instead.

Because who knows, if I'm going to make it to the deadline.

And not only that, it's the timeframe. There's a little over two months to go. Things didn't start coming together until a few weeks ago. Too soon to mount an assault.

Well, more thoughts on this dilemma tomorrow.



Monday, May 05, 2003


Bah, Cinco de Mayo doesn't hold fart lit candle to the awesome weekend I had.

Last Saturday, I got up early to the most treacherous rainstorm I ever saw in LA in a long time, but it didn't deter me from getting in line for the Matinee showing of X-Men 2 at the Westwood Village Mann. I thought the whole film was awesome- there was rarely anything stupid or condescending and it was a definite improvement over Singer's first outing.

And when the rain subsided, then it was the celebration for Free Comic Book Day. I went over to new store that opened up in my neighborhood, Earth 2, grabbed a stack of the specially marked FREE COMIC BOOK DAY books, including Archie and Donald Duck (I gave them to my friend's daughter) and bought the first FABLES collected Tradepaperback and the new Road to Perdition prequel. I also raided the supply of Rookies & Allstars, brought the books to work this morning with inserted business cards and they were scoffed up in minutes. They disappeared faster than the Thursday delivery of the LA Weekly! Which goes show- no one can turn down a free comic if they tried.

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium had the one of the largest attendances I have ever seen for a single day show- in support of the Matrix Reloaded and the season finale of Angel. I got up at 5: 15 (symbolic, isn't it) and it still wasn't enough to score a baseball cap as the line was freakin' high way around the block. But what the hell- I got good deals on recent comics that were down to a buck and a rare paperback of the last collected Doc Savage Omnibus that featured the controversial Up From Earth's Center that has Doc Savage going to fight evil in the bowels of hell.

Shit, my fifteen minutes are up!