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 …

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 …

Fawcett’s Big Red Cheese: The Original Captain Marvel

One rainy evening in Fawcett City USA a lone newsboy name Billy Batson was selling newspaper on a corner.  He was wet, hungry and alone in the world.  Suddenly a stranger appeared in front of him.  The stranger was dressed in a dark overcoat and slouch hat.  Billy could not see the man’s face.

Billy, used to strangers asked, “Paper sir?”
The man’s eerie voice replied with his own question, “Why aren’t you home in …

Happy Singles Awareness Day (February 15th)

(PCM) Forget all the hearts and flowers stuff. Valentine’s Day is yesterday’s news. Today is Singles Awareness Day!

Singles Awareness Day (February 15th) was originally created in response to the famous saintly holiday celebrated the day before. As with most modern holidays, many people see Valentine’s Day as a marketing showcase of saccharine-sweet romantic notions to benefit jewelry stores, card companies and candy-makers.

Sure, this flowery consumerism can be a fun excuse to spoil a …

National Plum Pudding Day, February 12

Plum Pudding is a traditional English dessert usually served at Christmas and New Year’s.  There are no plums in plum pudding.  When the recipe was written in the 17th century all dried fruit was referred to as plums.

If you’re an American the term pudding may be a bit confusing.  In England all desserts are referred to as pudding.  In America a pudding is a flavored creamy dessert that is milk based.

A Plum …

Charles Dickens Born February 7, 1812

Charles John Hoffman Dickens was born February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth England.  He was the son of a naval clerk and his wife and he was the second of eight children not all of whom survived.

Dickens Father changed his place of employment more than once, though he kept the same job.  This eventually landed Mr. Dickens in London doing the same work but for less money.  Dickens was not very good with money and …

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, January 31

The origins of Inspire Your Heart With Art Day are not known, though it is annually celebrated on January 31.  The meaning of Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, is fairly clear, take a moment to step away for the craziness of life and enjoy the type or art that inspires you.

The word “inspire” means to “animate the mind or emotions.”  So to be inspired by art is to have your emotions stirred and …

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 …

Give Us a Hug! It’s National Hugging Day! (January 21st)

 (PCM) January 21, 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of “National Hugging Day”, a festival of physical affection invented by one Kevin Zaborney (a guy who knew someone who knew someone who made calendars back in 1986).

The creators of National Hugging Day embraced January 21st because it is the mid-point between Christmas and Valentine’s Day. The lull in between holidays can be rough, particularly in winter. This is something many of us relate to: the …

A.A. Milne Born January 18, 1882

(PCM) A.A. Milne (Alan Alexander) was born on January 18, 1882 in London.  He attended Cambridge University to study mathematics but soon found that his true passion was writing. After graduating from Cambridge, Milne began his writing career working for Punch Magazine.  He married Daphne” de Sélincourt in 1903.  He was writing for Punch when World War One broke out in 1914.  Milne enlisted even though by nature he was a pacifist. 

After the war …