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Stay Smokin,
Hot-Toddy
Co-Founder / Pittsburgh Underground

Monday, June 12, 2017

Announcements: Adam West R.I.P

Adam West R.I.P.
1928-2017

Adam West, better known to millions of his fans as ‘Batman’ from the 1960’s has left our world after a short battle with leukemia. He was 88 years old.

Mr. West passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family - wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. 
Adam West aka Batman
LIFE Magazine / March 11, 1966

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

Mr. West played a number of film roles in his lengthy career - West played a wealthy Main Line husband who meets an early end in Paul Newman’s The Young Philadelphians (1959), was one of the first two humans on the Red Planet in Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) and contributed his velvety voice to the animated Redux Riding Hood (1997), which received an Oscar nomination for best short film.

It was a character for a Nestle’s Quik commercial (Captain Quik) that garnered the attention of Batman producer William Dozier that forever associated Mr. West with the role of Batman / Bruce Wayne in 1966.

It was a very different world back when the show ended in 1968 and typecasting was the norm making it very hard throughout the coming years for the good natured West. As true as the hero he played on TV, Mr. West took every job imaginable as his alter ego in order to support his family - shopping center openings, car shows, and state fairs - nothing was beneath him as he took it all in stride.

West returned to voice his iconic character in such cartoons throughout the years as The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes, and SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show.

Lookwell! Pilot Written by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel / 1991 / NBC

He later starred in a rejected 1991 NBC pilot episode called Lookwell — written by Conan O’Brien and Robert Smigel — in which he portrayed a once-famous TV detective who thinks he can solve crimes in real life. 

Adam West then had a resurgence as animator Seth MacFarlane made it his mission to include him in the long running Family Guy series as ‘Mayor West of Quahog’.  

The Best of Adam West / Family Guy

“I had done a pilot with Seth that he had written for me. It turned out we had the same kind of comic sensibilities and got along well,” he said in a 2012 interview. “When Family Guy came around and Seth became brilliantly successful, he decided to call me and see what I was doing. He asked if I would like to come aboard as the mayor, and I thought it would be neat to do something sort of absurd and fun.”

Adam West Gets His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame / 2012

In 2012, after a long and storied career, Mr. West’s kids fought and finally won his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, captured in wonderful documentary aptly titled: Starring Adam West.

Starring Adam West (2012 Trailer) / Filmbuff / Chromatic Films

When Batman was canceled, “The only thing I thought is that it would be the end of me, and it was for a bit,” West told an audience at Comic-Con in 2014. “But then I realized that what we created in the show … we created this zany, lovable world.

“I look around and I see the adults — I see you grew up with me, and you believe in the adventure. I never believed this would happen, that I would be up here with illustrious people like yourselves. I’m so grateful! I’m the luckiest actor in the world, folks, to have you still hanging around.”

The gang here at Pittsburgh Underground loved Adam West. He was our Batman growing up. He inspired us to build our own ‘Batcave’ and always fight for what was good and just no matter what you were up against -  most importantly, the challenges of the real world. Sometimes it’s not as black and white as fighting the Joker, Penguin, or Catwoman - sometimes it’s continuing on when the powers that be try to stop you because of who they think you are as opposed to who you truly are. 

Adam West will always be our example, our teacher, and our hero. Our condolences to his wife and family. Godspeed Mr. West - we’ll always keep the Batsignal lit for you. 

Batman 1966 Television Series Opening & Closing

Friday, June 2, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Wonder Woman Starts TODAY!!!

She's finally here, the crown jewel of the Justice League. Wonder Woman graces the big screen starting today! Check out the trailer below!

Wonder Woman (2017 Trailer / DC Comics / Warner Bros.)

Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot in the role she was born to play, this is an origin story of  Diana, the princess of the Amazons and a lucky American pilot named Steve Trevor (played Chris Pine) who crash lands on the shores of Paradise Island as the first man she ever meets during the war to end all wars. Knowing the threat could affect her homeland, Diana joins the conflict to discover her true powers and her destiny. 


1st Appearance of Wonder Woman / All Star Comics 1941

Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics back in 1941, created by American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston (who was also the inventor of the lie detector) and artist Harry G. Peter. Sculpted from clay by her mother Queen Hippolyta and given life by Aphrodite along with the super powered gifts from the Greek Gods, her new origin has been updated to depicted her as the daughter of Zeus, but raised by her mother Hippolyta and her aunts Antiope and Menalippe to be the warrior princess of Themyscira aka Paradise Island.


Wonder Woman  Illustrated by Darwyn Cooke / DC Comics: New Frontier

She's gone through many changes throughout the years from her costume to even her physical stature, but most of her powers have remained the same - super strength, indestructible bracelets, a tiara (that served as a projectile), and her famous Lasso of Truth. One of the shifts from the comics to cinema is that Wonder Woman was actually created during World War II, not WWI where her story will start on the silver screen (you can thank Marvel's Captain America for that change). 

She's been through as many phases in the comics as she has been in media as well. William Dozier of 1960's Batman fame attempted to bring her to the small screen in 1967 with Ellie Wood Walker in the title role. Check out this link to see the one and only pilot episode (and the goofiest version of our fair princess ever made!).

From there, ABC aired the 1974 movie with Cathy Lee Crosby in the title role, although she bared little resemblance her comic book counterpart. Check out this clip below.


Wonder Woman with Cathy Lee Crosby / 1974 ABC TV Movie

The ratings for this TV movie of the week weren't exactly wonderous, but it did spark interest in the character which led to our favorite incarnation of the character played by the beautiful Lynda Carter one year later in 1975. The first year of the show found Diana Prince back in 1941 fighting in WW2 along side Steve Trevor played by Lyle Waggoner, but did an unexpected (and unexplained) time jump to modern day 1976 for the last two years of it's three year run. Check out the famous TV series intros for each season below!


Wonder Woman Starring Lynda Carter / 1975-1777 TV Intros

Twenty four years later, animation master Bruce Timm brought us Justice League: The Animated Series on Cartoon Network in 2001 with a brand new and incredibly faithful version of Wonder Woman (voiced by Susan Eisenberg) as she joined Batman, Superman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, and Hawkgirl. Check out some her more famous action sequences below:

Wonder Woman in Justice League: The Animated Series /
DC Comics / Cartoon Network 2001-2004

Fast forward sixteen years later and the line "you've come a long way baby" would be far from an understatement when it comes to Princess Diana of Themyscira. Wonder Woman starts in theaters today and we can hardly wait to enjoy her once more!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Comics To Rot Your Brain: Free Comic Book Day THIS SATURDAY!!!


Oh my stars and garters!!!! It’s that time again kids! Free Comic Book Day!!! This marks the 16tth year for this annual Saturday event (and every first Saturday in May) at participating comic book stores across the country to encourage readers of all ages to grab up some free comics and READ!!!

FREE COMICS ARE SEXY!!!

If you haven't been to a comic book store in a while (or sadly, have never experienced the wonders that await) then now’s your chance to experience it all!!! Sci-fi, westerns, super heroes, hot jungle babes, zombies, and MORE!!! It’s all in your local comic book store and this Saturday, select comics are FREE!!! Check out this message from Star Trek: The Next Generations very own nerd extraordinaire Will Wheaton!!!


Will Wheaton Talks Free Comic Book Day 2017 

Pittsburgh Underground recommends heading over to Duncan Comics in the North Hills (for you suburban types) or Phantom of the Attic (for you folks in Oakland) or the newest shop to the scene,  Southside Comics to nab them stacks on the racks!

What’s even better is that after you’re finished, you can go check out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at your local theater for even more comic book inspired goodness!

So zip on down to your local comic book shop for some free comics, costume contests, and MORE!!!

Check out the Free Comic Book Day Website for more info and to find a participating comic book shop near you!

Movies That Have Everything: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 STARTS TODAY!!!


Today's the day! Guardian's of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters with a vengeance! Check out the trailer below!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
(2017 Trailer / Marvel Entertainment / Walt Disney Studios)

Directed and written once more by James Gunn, The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.


The old gang is back for more as Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) are joined by Yondu (Michael Rooker), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell). Keep your eyes peeled for Sylvester Stallone playing Stakar Ogord as well as our very favorite - Howard the Duck (voiced once more by Seth Green).

Not only is Guardians of the Galaxy known for is super-awesome-happy-fun-time action, but also for collecting some of the very best music as you jam your way throughout the universe! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starts today at a theater near you - until then, enjoy the tunes...



Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - The Mixed Tape

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fundays At 420: Star Wars Day Is TODAY!!!


It's that time again gang! May 4th or as most of us nerds know it to be - Star Wars Day!!!

The tale for this event is as legendary as Star Wars itself when back on May 4th, 1979, the phrase was first used the day that Margaret Thatcher took office as UK prime minister. The Conservative party allegedly placed an ad in the London Evening News which read,"May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations."

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars,  Star Wars: Force for Change has geared up asking for fans to pledge their support for Unicef Kid Power and Starlight Children's Foundation in exchange for a chance at some pretty cool rewards. Check out the video below as Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill speak for the cause:

Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill / A Force For Change / Star Wars Day 2017

Star Wars: Force for Change is a charitable initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm with the goal of is harnessing the strength of Star Wars and its global fandom to empower people to come together to make a positive impact on the world around them to inspire people to be “forces for change” in their everyday lives.

For more info, check out the Official Star Wars: Force for Change Website to donate.

Also, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the passing of Carrie Fisher who will forever be our Princess. Below is a small tribute courtesy of StarWars.com .

A Tribute To Carrie Fisher / StarWars.com

May the 4th Be With You...Always...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Artsy Fartsy: 20th Pittsburgh Art All Night 2017 STARTS SATURDAY!!!


It's that time of year again! The 20th annual Art All Night for 2017 starts this Saturday, April 29th at 4pm until Sunday April 30th at 2pm. The new location for the event is at the Wilson McGinley Building / 85 36th Street, Pittsburgh PA. 15201.

So what is Art All Night? Here's a little synopsis directly from the gang in Lawernceville:

Art All Night is an entirely free (FREE!!) grassroots community art show put on by a very large group of volunteers every year during the last weekend in April in Lawrenceville. Anyone (ANYONE!!) can put one (and only one) piece of art in the show (for free) and then invite all their friends to come see said piece of art for free (FREE!!). A joyful celebration of the arts and community, the show grows in popularity each year, bringing thousands of people from all over the region into Lawrenceville for one unforgettable weekend.

Art All Night promotes artistic expression in all walks of life. The event particularly encourages children and adults to be actively involved by contributing artwork and engaging in interactive projects. The show includes and attracts seniors, long-term residents, novice artists, educators, students, seasoned professionals and parents with children of all ages.

Our motto is “No Fee, No Jury, No Censorship”. And we’d probably add “No Commercialism” too if it didn’t make the motto too long and cumbersome. You will see this on all media related to Art All Night and we mean it!

Art All Night is a catalyst for community development, shining a spotlight on our unique neighborhood. Lawrenceville has become a magnet for artisans, lovers of beautiful architecture, and people drawn to the spice and flavor of urban living.


Want more information? Check out the Official Art All Night Website and their Facebook Page for info on everything about this annual event!

* Art All Night is a family friendly, weapons free, community event. Public safety issues will be dealt with on a case by case basis by the security team with support from law enforcement.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tits For Telly: MST3K IS BACK!!!



It’s Movie SIGN!!! Talk about a good Friday!!! One of our very favorite TV shows, Mystery Science Theater,  is back thanks to Netflix, both the new and old gang from the Satellite of Love, and fans that raised $6.5 million clams to make it a reality!!! Check out the trailer below!

MST3K - Season 11 (2017 Trailer)  / Netflix

For those of you who have been living in a bubble for the last few decades (it’s been around since 1988) Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K for us MSTie's) was the story of Gizmonic Institute janitor Joel Hodgson (also creator of the series) who is sent into space to live on the Satellite of Love by his bosses Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) and Dr. Laurence Erhardt (J. Elivis Weinstein) who is  eventually replaced TV’s Frank (Frank Conniff) in their underground lair called ‘Deep 13’.


MST3K - TV's Frank (Frank Conniff) and Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu)

Joel is forced to watch bad movies that he has no control over in order to find the perfect B-movie to use as a weapon in Dr. Forrester’s plan for world domination. To keep his sanity, Joel builds some robot pals to interact with including Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy), Crow T. Robot (Bill Corbett), Gypsy (Jim Mallon), and Cambot (the ship recorder and announcer) who keep him company within the satellite and in the theater where they riff during the films. 


MST3K - Joel Hodgson, Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot

Originally a late night local TV show produced by Jim Mallon (production manager and voice of bot Gypsy) on KTMA-TV in Hopkins, Minnesota the show eventually made it’s way to “The Comedy Channel’ or what is now Comedy Central. Mallon and Hodgson, securing the rights to their show, created Best Brains Inc., splitting the ownership of the original concept equally. 


MST3K - Joel Hodgson / Mike Nelson

Although Joel had a great run between 1988 and 1993, he eventually split over disagreements with Mallon over creative control and Mallon’s insistence to create a full length feature film based on the show. Although the end for Joel, it was the beginning for Mike J. Nelson (also head writer for 11 seasons) who stepped up to play all new janitor to torture, along with Dr. Forrester’s mother Pearl (Mary Jo  Pehl) that would eventually spawn the full length feature film that Mallon had wanted, aptly titled Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. Check out the trailer below!

MST3K: The Movie (1996 Trailer / Gramercy Pictures / Universal / Best Brains)

Eventually, MST3K jumped networks once again in 1997 to the Sci-Fi Channel (before they started calling themselves SyFy) along with Mike Nelson, his bots, Pearl, and two new characters - the simian Professor Bobo (played by Kevin Murphy) and Observer aka ‘Brain Guy’  (played by Bill Corbett) who as his name would suggest, carried his disembodied brain in a petri dish. The show lasted on SyFy until 1999 when Mike and the bots finally escaped the Satellite of Love only to move into an apartment in Minnesota to, as you may have guessed, spend their free time watching bad movies and mocking them the entire time.


MST3K - Professor Bobo (Kevin Murphy),
Observer aka Brain Guy (Bill Corbett), 
and Pearl Forrester (Mary Jo Pehl)

Never fear - the monster that was MST3K did not die! During the hiatus of MST3K The cast broke off into two riffing camps. MST3K's creator, Joel Hodgson, spun off  Cinematic Titanic which ran touring engagements from 2007 to 2013, continuing the tradition of riffing on bad movies with MST3K cast members Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, and J. Elvis Weinstein. The Cinematic Titanic Youtube Channel still exists with some clips of their work.

Rifftraxx, launched by Mike J. Nelson in 2006 continued the riffing tradition on bad movies, but also on topical ones as well all available for purchase on the Rifftrax website by app, streaming, and downloads. Both Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett joined Mr. Nelson who also tour to theaters all over the country performing for live and streaming audiences (which can also be downloaded as well). They are still in operation today and well worth a subscription to their service!

That brings us to present day where Joel Hodgson finally reacquires the rights to his creation once more making the sky literally the limit. Running on the momentum of Cinematic Titanic along with his association with SHOUT! Factory and their home media releases of MST3K (and their awesome Turkey Day reruns every Thanksgiving), the additional reruns appearing on Netflix and their Youtube Channel, and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Joel has been able to do what no one could - bring MST3K back after 16 very long years!


MST3K - The New Cast

Fourteen episodes start tomorrow (Friday, March 14th) on Netflix with Felicia Day (as Kinga Forrester) and Patton Oswalt (her henchman Max) starring along side the latest resident of the Satellite of Love, Jonah Ray (playing Jonah Heston). Yes, the bots are back, but with new comedians helming the controls with Hampton Yount (Crow), Baron Vaughn (Servo), and Rebecca Hanson (alum of Second City) who will be the first female comedian playing Gypsy to join the crew.  Special guest appearances from Pehl, Corbett, and Murphy reprising their roles as Pearl, Professor Bobo, and Brain Guy have been announced along with more surprises along the way. 

If you’ve never seen an episode and have a Netflix subscription, now’s your chance to join in on the fun as new episodes of Mystery Science Theater start tomorrow. Once you’ve binged those, you can also catch some of the classic MST3K’s as well both on Netflix and the MST3K Youtube Channel!  Until next time...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Announcment: PU Turns Seven!!!

Greetings ghouls and fools! Where has the time gone?  That’s right! Good ol’ PU is having it’s seventh anniversary of bringing you the weird and wacky throughout Pittsburgh!!! With that, I just wanted to thank everyone out there who’s been part of keeping the underground alive and ticking for the last five years and greet those newbies who are just checking us out for the first time!

Pittsburgh Underground continues to be forum for comic books, science fiction, movies, geek & pop culture, puppetry, special effects, food, toys, video games, television, our PU originals with PU Pulp Posters or episodes of Dead Zed Zombie, and most importantly Pittsburgh’s zany, brainy, and painfully under appreciated creative community!

We are always looking for ways to connect the Pittsburgh community of artists and audience together - comic book creators, local theater troupes, indy film makers, musicians, local eateries, pop culture conventions, and everything around the edges. You tell us what’s up and we’ll get the word out!

Most importantly - FOLLOW US!!!

As always, I want to invite all of our readers to contact us with their creative projects or interests that fit within the strange and silly world that is Pittsburgh Underground. You can drop us a line at PU@PUzine.com or send us an event notification on our PU Facebook Page. Also, don’t forget to subscribe, like, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our Youtube Channel!

With that said, thanks for taking the time to join us here at Pittsburgh Underground and stay tuned for more as we enter our seventh year!

Stay tuned and stay smokin',
Hot Toddy / Head Honcho
Pittsburgh Underground

Friday, March 31, 2017

Movies That Have Everything: Ghost in the Shell STARTS TODAY!!!

Happy Friday everyone! The spring movie season continues with Ghost In the Shell starting TODAY!!!

In this live action adaptation of the 1995 animated feature (which was an adaptation of the Seinen Manga series) that takes place in the near future, with main character Major (Scarlett Johansson) being the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to, and her life was not saved. Instead, it was stolen. 

Directed by Rupert Sanders the cast includes Pilou AsbækTakeshi KitanoJuliette BinocheMichael PittChin HanDanusia SamalLasarus RatuereYutaka Izumihara, and Tawanda ManyimoCheck out the trailer below!


Ghost in the Shell (2017 Trailer / Paramount Pictures)


Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow (1989)

The original Ghost in the Shell (aka Mobile Armored Riot Police) was written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow and was first serialized in 1989 under the subtitle 'Ghost in the Shell' that eventually spawned two more books 'Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface' and 
'Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor'.

Ghost in the Shell (1995 Trailer / Production I.G.)

The saga didn't stop there as Animation studio Production I.G (who produced the first Ghost in the Shell animated movie in 1995) continued with a television series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex in 2005 telling an alternate story from the manga and first film, featuring Section 9's investigations of government corruption in the Laughing Man and Individual Eleven incidents.

2013 saw the start of the Ghost in the Shell: Arise original video animation series, consisting of four parts through mid-2014. The series was recompiled in early 2015 as a television series titled Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Alternative Architecture, airing with an additional two episodes (one part). An animated feature film produced by most of the Arise staff, titled Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, was released on June 20, 2015.

The history of this long loved saga continues today with this latest live action installment as Ghost in the Shell starts TODAY at your local theater.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Comics To Rot Your Brain: Bernie Wrightson R.I.P.

Bernie Wrightson 
R.I.P. 1948 - 2017

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Bernie Wrightson, the prolific horror comic book artist, died on Sunday after a long battle with brain cancer, his wife announced on his official website. He was 68.

Swamp Thing by Bernie Wrightson

Wrightson is best known for co-creating the DC Comics monster Swamp Thing with Len Wein in 1971. The character would go on to be the subject of Wes Craven’s 1982 cult horror classic.

The illustrator began his career as a freelance artist for the Baltimore Sun at the age of 18. He joined DC Comics two years later, going by “Berni” in his early professional work.
Creepshow / Father's Day by Bernie Wrightson

Wrightson’s many other projects include a 1983 version of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” released by Marvel and comprised of 50 ink illustrations. He also illustrated the comic book adaptation of the Stephen King-written horror film “Creepshow.” He worked as a conceptual artist on movies such as “Galaxy Quest,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Land of the Dead.”

Frankenstein by Bernie Wrightson

Wrightson was known for his vivid attention to detail, and took on the works of such authors as Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. He released his own interpretations of other famous superheros, including Spider-Man and Batman.

Mr. Wrightson was one of our favorite comic book illustrators here at Pittsburgh Underground and will be sorely missed. Our condolences to his wife and family. Godspeed Mr. Wrightson.