"The staple of the superhero mythology is there is the superhero, and there is the alter ego. Superman stands alone. Superman didn’t become Superman; Superman was born Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit, with the big red ‘S,’ those are his clothes. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.”
As Earle Bergey is to Barbarella, Allan Anderson is to Xena Warrior-Princess.
While Bergey’s cover girls were all cutesy miniskirts & ray guns, Anderson’s were chain-mail & badass battle-axes. And none more so than his Black Amazon of Mars.
Planet Stories, March 1951.
And Leigh Brackett, Leigh. Eff-ing. Brackett. Known as the “Queen of Space Opera”, one of the best and most prolific of all the women pulp writers, she wrote dozens of short stories & novelettes for Planet Stories, Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories throughout the forties & fifties before starting a jaw dropping screenwriting career.
Her first hollywood gig? Co-writing the adaptation of The Big Sleep…with William Faulkner. She then wrote a series of westerns for John Wayne before returning to the works of Raymond Chandler with Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye.
Her Final hollywood work? A little flick called Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
The Queen of Space Opera? All hail the Queen.
The Arabic letter ﻦ (“nun”) has become a symbol of solidarity with Iraq’s Christians ever since I.S.I.S. began marking Christian-owned properties with the letter with the intent of seizing them later. Worldwide, Assyrians and Christians (as well as others) have used it on protest signs, artwork, info-graphics, and as markings on their own bodies. The phenomenon even has its own hashtag on Tumblr and Twitter: #wearen.
From top to bottom:
Assyrians demonstrate in Ankawa, Iraq. (Photographer: Twitter-user AssyrianGrlProb)
Australians demonstrate in Belmore Park, Australia. (Photographer: Richard Milnes)
Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International presenter Dima Sadeq wears a shirt bearing the symbol. (from L.B.C.I.; screenshot from Daily Star)
An Assyrian-American boy, Ezra, wears a shirt bearing the symbol. (Photographer: Paul Benjamin)
French Catholics demonstrate in front of the National Assembly in Paris, France. (Photographer: Paul Malo - Aleteia)