Avengers Assembled

As legend has it, it all started with a golf game.  It was 1961 and the game was being played by Jack Leibowitz, the head of DC Comics and Martin Goodman, the head of what would become known as Marvel Comics.  Liebowitz told Goodman that DC had begun publishing a team-up book of all of it’s heavy hitters.  Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman ect..  They called the book The Justice League of America and it was …

The Passion of Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ

The life and passion of Jesus of Nazareth or of Jesus The Christ remains the center of history.  Even though the terms have changed we still date everything from his birth and after his death and resurrection.  Even those who have never fully heard of or think of Jesus have lives that are affected by what he did during his time here on earth.

There are some who think that Jesus is not a historical …

April Fools’ Day

April Fools’ Day is day celebrated in almost all western cultures.  It is a day that people play pranks on each other, all in good fun, and when the prank is discovered the prankster yells out APRIL FOOLS!  It’s a fun day that from time to time may get out of hand but all in all a good time can be had by everyone.
The history of April Fools’ Day is bit obscure.  The following …

Detective Comics Number 27 The Debut of Batman

On breezy early spring day in New York City a young boy about ten years old ran out on to the street from the apartment he shared with his family. The Great Depression was coming to its conclusion but still many men were out of work. Charites and soup kitchens were busy helping the hungry and threat of war with Germany hung heavy everywhere. This young man was a bit more fortunate than most. His …

Harry Houdini Born March 24, 1874

Harry-Houdini_Water-TortureHarry Houdini AKA Erik Weisz was born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest Hungary.  His parents were Mayer Samuel Weiss a rabbinical lawyer and Cecilia Sterner.  Erik was the fourth of seven children.  The family moved to the United States in 1878 and settled in Appleton Wisconsin where his father got work as a Rabbi.

The position of Rabbi would not last long and the family found themselves living in poverty in Milwaukee.  At this …

Johann Sebastian Bach Born March 21, 1685

BachJohann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685.  Both his mother and father died in less than a year of each other when Bach was ten.  From this point on Bach was raised by his brother Johann Christoph.

At the age of 15 Bach was sent to join a  church choir in Luneburg Germany where he would become a much praised boy soprano.  It was here he would learn both the violin and the …

The Feast Day of Saint Joseph March 19

St_JosephNot very much is known of Saint Joseph or Joseph of Nazareth.  All of the information we have is found in the Gospel of Luke and The Gospel of Matthew.

The Gospel of Matthew tells us in the lineage of Jesus that Joseph’s father’s name was Jacob.  It is believed Joseph was born somewhere around 90 BC in the town of Bethlehem.  Since Joseph was of the lineage of David it is not much of …

Ash Wednesday and Lent

lent-wordcloud_2Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent a time of penance fasting and prayer for Catholics and for some Protestant denominations.

Ash Wednesday is the opening day of Lent on this day some Christians receive ashes on their forehead as a sign of penance.  With the ashes the Priest may say “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” or “Repent and believe in the Gospel”.

The tradition of receiving ashes …

Bruce Wayne Born February 19, Spotlight On Batman

BruceWayne-BatmanBruce Wayne born February 19.  Bruce Wayne is the son of Physician Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha.  Martha Wayne was a member of the prominent and wealthy Kane family.  Thomas Wayne’s family reaches back as far as the founding of Gotham City.  It was at that time that the Wayne family fortune began to build and continues to build to this day under the guiding hand of Bruce and Lucius Fox.

When Bruce was …

January 29th Curmudgeon’s Day

Curmudgeon’s Day.  According to The American Heritage Dictionary a curmudgeon is a “cantankerous person’.  And, according to The American Heritage Dictionary cantankerous means” ill tempered, quarrelsome, disagreeable, contrary.,” in other words cantankerous can be a mood or someone’s whole personality.

Curmudgeons Day is a day to celebrate the cranky people in our lives or a day to allow the cranky person in us to have a day out in the sunshine.

Some famous Curmudgeons would …

The Phantom Of The Opera On Broadway January 26, 1988

PHANTOM-articleLarge(PCM) The Phantom of the Opera did not get its start on Broadway.  The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opened On The West End London, at Her Majesty’s Theatre on October 9, 1986.  The West End is London’s equivalent to New York City’s Broadway.

The Phantom however has a much longer history than that.  The Phantom of the Opera was a French novel by Gaston Leroux and was published in 1910 soon drawing a worldwide audience.…

Edgar Allen Poe Born January 19, 1809. Quoth The Raven Nevermore.

edgar-allan-poeEdgar Allen Poe was born on January 19, 1809 to a married couple of traveling actors in Boston.  Soon after his birth both of his parents passed away.

Before reading this we must cast away our preconceived notions of the life of Poe.  For many years it was taught that Poe was an alcoholic, a drug addict and a madman.  The thought being that could some one write such bizarre works like the Tell Tale …