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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Freddy vs Jason vs Ash comic books (2003)

Posted in Friday the 13th, Jason Vorhees, Leatherface, movies, pop culture, Texas Chainsaw Massacre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2012 by Paxton

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In 2007, Dynamite Comics and Wildstorm Entertainment combined forces to publish the horror comic crossover Freddy vs Jason vs Ash. Freddy vs Jason vs Ash 2003

The epic crossover was a 6 issue limited series written by James Kuhoric and Jeff Katz and drawn by Jason Craig. The awesome puzzle cover above for issue #1 was actually drawn by J Scott Campbell and Eric Powell.  You can click it to see it bigger on Flickr.

This series was based on a script treatment written by Jeff Katz.  The story served as a sequel to Freddy vs Jason as well as the Evil Dead series.  However, I think the licensing for Ash fell through and the studios decided to go another way.  So the story never went any further.  However, Katz kept his treatment alive and actively campaigned to get it made into a comic book.

Will and Lori, from Freddy vs Jason, return to Crystal Lake to get closure and finish off Jason once and for all.  However, Jason kills them.  We learn that Freddy is trapped inside Jason’s mind and is using the image of Jason’s mother to convince him to find the Necronomicon and deliver it to Freddy.  Freddy plans to use it to escape into the real world. Meanwhile, Ash is transferred to the Forest Green (formerly Crystal Lake) S-Mart and identifies the recent spate of disappearances and murders as the work of Deadites.  Ash gathers the teenage crew of the S-Mart to confront Jason and a newly formed and fully powered Freddy.  A bloodletting ensues.  There’s even a scene in which Freddy resurrects all of Jason’s previous victims in order to stop him when he turns on Freddy.  Pretty cool stuff.

I could see this being a worthy entry into the franchises.  Again, this seems to be Freddy’s story in which Jason and Ash make appearances.  I like how it was handled and it would have been fun to see this on the big screen.  And the artwork was really good as well.

In 2009, Jeff Katz and James Kuhoric returned to write a sequel called Freddy vs Jason vs Ash: Nightmare Warriors.

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The government resurrects Jason and Freddy looking to harness their supernatural abilities and the power of the Necronomicon to create an army of demonic soldiers. However, as you’d expect, the government can’t control them and they get loose. Ash forms a team to fight the monsters, known informally as the Nightmare Warriors. It includes former franchise characters Tommy Jarvis who appeared in Friday the 13th Parts 4-6 and Tina Shepard who appeared in part 7 and has telekinetic powers. Again, the story is fun and a definite horror fanboy’s dream.  Lots of killing and HUGE epic fights.  There’s also some subplots talking about how the original Freddy used the Necronomicon to become the dream being he is now.  Very cool stuff.  I highly recommend it.


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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Topps’ Jason vs Leatherface comic book (1995)

Posted in comic books, Friday the 13th, Halloween, holiday, Jason Vorhees, Leatherface, movies, pop culture, Texas Chainsaw Massacre with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by Paxton

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In 1993, Topps acquired the Friday the 13th comic book license. Their first release was a comic adaptation of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. Then, in 1995, Topps released a crossover comic called Jason vs Leatherface.

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The three issue miniseries featured the first meeting between Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th and Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The book was written by Nancy Collins and drawn by Jeff Butler.

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The story is a little weird, as is how this comic is supposed to fit into the established chronology of either series. The story begins with Jason chained to the bottom of Crystal Lake where he was left after Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.  Jason is liberated by someone dredging the lake with the intent to drain it and build a corporate headquarters.  The lake has been polluted with toxic waste by the company so the lake water is collected in giant steel containers and shipped by train to some disposal facility.  However, en route, Jason escapes, gets off the train and starts killing people.  He meets up with one of the members of the chainsaw family and is taken back to their house.  At the house he joins the family for dinner and becomes friends with Leatherface.  It’s a dysfunctional good time, but as always happens, there’s a disagreement, then a misunderstanding and so Jason and Leatherface actually fight.  Jason winds up leaving and returning to Crystal Lake.

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Like I said, it’s an odd story.  And, also like I said, it doesn’t fit continuity.  Since Jason begins this comic where he ended up at the end of Jason Lives, then the story should take place in the 90s.  However, two of the family members Jason meets in Texas are “Hitchhiker” and “Cook”.  The character “Hitchhiker” died in the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre which takes place in the 70s.  The “Cook” character dies in the second Texas Chainsaw Massacre which happened in the 80s.  Neither family member should have been alive when this comic happened.  Another problem involves a flashback to Jason’s childhood.  We see his father, Elias, who has only been mentioned in the Part VI novelization.  We see Elias beat Jason and then Jason’s mother kills Elias to protect the child.  That’s fine, I guess, but Elias calls Jason’s mother Doris for some reason when her name has been established since the first movie in 1980 as PAMELA.  Weird.  But I guess that just goes to prove that this is a horror “Elseworlds” tale.

I enjoyed this comic.  The art was over the top and funny.  Perfect for the story.  The covers are really good, as you can see.  It’s definitely a fun, interesting read.  Give it a shot, but be prepared, because it’s a little on the goofy and weird side.


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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Fangoria magazines featuring Jason Voorhees

Posted in Friday the 13th, Jason Vorhees, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2012 by Paxton

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I was a big fan of Fangoria in the mid-to-late 80s. I still have most of my issues I bought back in the day.  So I went into the archives here at the Cavalcade HDQ and found issues of Fangoria that featured the movie maniacs I’m talking about this month.  I was able to find issues featuring all of them.  So, today, I’m looking at Fangoria #68 from 1987.  It featured a cover story about Jason Voorhees.

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This is also the issue which featured the movie maniac beach party comic strip I posted on Day 1 of AWESOME-tober-fest.

The Jason cover story is an investigative interview with the actors who portrayed Jason in the first six installments of the Friday the 13th franchise.  It’s called The Six Faces of Jason and features some cool behind the scenes pics of the making of the franchise up to that point.

Here are the first 4 pages of the article.  You can click these images to see them BIGGER on Flickr.

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Unfortunately, this is a two part article so they only cover the first three movies in this issue.  I assume Parts 4-6 are covered in the next issue, which I don’t have.

The actors interviewed in this particular issue are:
1. Ari Lehman who played the child Jason in the original Friday the 13th.
2. Warrington Gillette who played the unmasked Jason at the end of Part 2.  However, this article doesn’t mention that Steve Daskewisz played “bag head” Jason throughout the rest of the movie.
3. Richard Brooker who played the first Jason to get the hockey mask in Part III.

Presumably, in the second part of this article in the next issue, they would interview:
4. Ted White who played Jason in The Final Chapter.
5. Tom Morga who played Jason in a hallucination in Part 5.
6. CJ Graham who played Jason in Jason Lives.

The most famous Jason, Kane Hodder, wasn’t a part of this article because he didn’t play Jason until 1988’s Part VII: The New Blood.  The article is an interesting look back at the previous movies and gives small insight into actor experiences and casting.  One piece of trivia I learned from this article was that only one of these six men were offered the chance to play Jason a second time.  And he refused.   The article in this issue didn’t mention who specifically, so I have to assume it’s one of the last three guys.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Movie Maniac Monster Party

Posted in Alfred Hitchock, Friday the 13th, Halloween, holiday, Jason Vorhees, movies, Norman Bates, pop culture, Psycho with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2012 by Paxton

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And we are off. Today is day one of AWESOME-tober-fest! Each week of this month will belong to a different movie maniac. This first week my focus will be Norman Bates. Next week will be Jason Vorhees followed by Freddy Krueger, Leatherface and finally Michael Myers.  There may be some mix-and-match in these upcoming weeks, but the majority of each week will feature one of the maniacs.  So, let’s begin this week, with a mix-and-match.

Here is an awesome full page comic strip starring all of the movie maniacs.  It comes from Fangoria magazine #68, 1987.  Click the image to see it BIGGER on Flickr.

Movie Maniac Beach Party

I also found a print from Deviant Art showcasing a party at the Bates Motel also featuring all of our movie maniacs.  It’s called Bates Motel Psycho Party and was done by frankenstylin.

Bates Motel Party
(Via DeviantArt)


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