Saturday, October 22, 2016


Another Saturday, another look at a TV character in the comic book universe.....

For forty years, my favorite TV show had been 'The Prisoner'. But it has finally slipped to become "the new Number Two" after 'Doctor Who'. 

Number Six is a Multiversal, existing in the fictional universes of Toobworld, the Tooniverse, BookWorld, the comic book dimension, and a world of audio dramas. 

There was a four part comic book sequel gathered as "Shattered Visage" and only recently the internet got to see Jack Kirby's vision of 'The Prisoner'. 

Here are some examples of Number Six in a four color world.....

Be seeing you......

Thursday, October 20, 2016


John Canfield was a retired Congressman who took Aunt Bee Taylor out on a series of dates. After going out dancing every night, they both discovered that neither of them had the energy for such a whirlwind romance.

Congressman Canfield had been previously married but his wife died some years earlier. Not having her there at his side in Washington that last term in office to advise him may have been a contributing factor in Canfield's decision to retire. 

They had a son, Benjamin, who was the head physician at the Eastman Medical Center in Los Angeles.  Dr. Canfield served as a mentor back in the 1980s to a child prodigy doctor named Doogie Howser at Eastman. 

Congressman Canfield's older brother had a daughter who went to university in Wisconsin. She liked the area so much that she decided to relocate there after graduating with her teaching degree in 1956.  She spent only one year at the Grant Avenue school before moving on.  (I'd like to think she taught for awhile in the third Rome, Wisconsin.)

Miss Canfield was a young and attractive, no-nonsense schoolteacher who taught a second grade class for the first time at Grant Avenue Grammar School in Mayfield, Wisconsin. 

Unfortunately, we don't know what the first name of Miss Canfield was. 

At any rate, Congressman Canfield and Aunt Bea didn't continue their relationship and he eventually moved to California in order to be closer to his son Ben. 

It's my contention that John Canfield  died in 1970....


Saturday, October 15, 2016


I've previously posted that Mayberry town barber Floyd Lawson had an identical brother named Mitchell Lawson living not far away from Mayberry in Pitchfield Flats, North Carolina. 

But it looks like there was a third look-alike and he was a barber just like Floyd. However, he didn't live in North Carolina. This barber was living in Mayfield and although the state was never specified, there is a theory that it could be found in Wisconsin. 

From Sitcoms Online:
03-11-2000, 12:43 AM
Originally posted by Karnage:
I know the town that leave it to beaver was from is Mayfield. However I was wondering what state this show was supposed to have taken place in?

wisconsin. there are several clues. Madison and Monroe are often mentioned; the W on the pennant in the boys bedroom; crystal falls is in the Michigan penninsula; there is a suburb of milwaukee called mayfield.

I can buy into that. 

It could be that Old Man Lawson, AKA Floyd Sr. and the father of Floyd and Mitchell, might have been a "rambling man", somebody who traveled the country around the turn of the century and may have succumbed to the temptations of the flesh when it came to the women he encountered. 

Perhaps Floyd Lawson Sr. was a tonsorial supplies salesman back then, before returning to Mayberry to settle down as the town barber and raise his twin sons. 

Meanwhile his illegitimate son, whom he sired in 1905, grew up in Mayfield on the stories about the father he never knew as told by his mother. If so, it could be that the lad was influenced to become a barber himself. 

It's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble....

By the way, the name of that Mayfield barber?  Andy - by coincidence, the same first name as the sheriff of Mayberry where Floyd lived and died. (Except for a time in 1930 when Floyd tried to ply his trade in New York City.)

One Zonk I don't have an answer for yet is why Floyd Jr. used the surname of "Colby" for a few months in the early sixties. 


'The Andy Griffith Show' 
'The Twilight Zone'
'Leave It To Beaver'
'Star Trek'

Friday, October 14, 2016


ITV has announced a slate of new projects which will soon go into production. Of them all, this one jumped out at me:

'White Dragon', from writers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, will be an eight-part series shot on location in Asia. The series will be made by drama indie Two Brothers, which was established by writers and producers Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing, Fleabag, One of Us).

Here's the ITV press pack info:

Ambitious and timely conspiracy thriller White Dragon, written by screenwriting newcomers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, has been commissioned for ITV from Two Brothers Pictures, the drama indie established by award winning writers and producers, Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing, Fleabag, One of Us).  The eight part series will be filmed during the autumn of 2017 on location in Asia. 
Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside-down when his wife, Megan, is killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Although she lived and worked there half the year, Jonah’s never been. He lives a small, sheltered life, and his fear of flying has kept him in London. But now he has no choice but to cross the ocean to identify the body of the woman he loved.
Not long after arriving in Hong Kong, Jonah makes a shocking discovery about his wife. Over the course of eight thrilling hours, Jonah is drawn deeper and deeper into a web of conspiracy as he comes to terms with this utterly alien and unfamiliar environment, battling to uncover the truth about his wife’s death.
Commented Harry and Jack Williams: “We’re delighted to be bringing Mark and Jonny’s incredible debut series to life. Their writing is rich and intelligent and combines a narratively taut thriller with a characterful emotional journey that we hope will draw audiences in.”
Writers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood added: "We are thrilled to be working with Two Brothers and ITV on this exciting new drama - we hope it will keep audiences gripped.” 

I got the feeling as I read those news stories that there might be some people who would think 'White Dragon' had something to do with the Anne McCaffrey novel in her epic science fiction (NOT fantasy!) series of "Dragonriders of Pern" books.  I wish it was, since I think the entire series would be a worthy successor to the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's 'Game Of Thrones'. 

Ruth the white dragon and his rider Lord Jaxom would have been a good focal point for a series.

Oh well. Better luck next time, Ruth. 



gave up on the new CBS show 'Bull' after the second episode.  Basically that's all it took to get the gist of the series. And I saw no reason why I can't assume it's to be found in Earth Prime-Time. 

But according to my online comrade Martin Ross, 'Bull' made that assumption official with the latest episode.....

From Martin:
Tuesday's ep "Ambiguous" -- defendant and rapist victim both Hudson students.  

And the NY Ledger.

Take care!

So that ties the show into the NBC 'Law & Order' franchise:
1) 'Law & Order'
2) 'Special Victims Unit'
3) 'Criminal Intent'
4) 'Trial By Jury'
5) 'Deadline'
6) "Exiled"

And by extension, all the shows in Dick Wolf's other franchise, the four 'Chicago' titles: 'Fire', 'P.D', 'Med' & 'Law'.

Plenty of other shows have referenced Hudson University and the NY Ledger, but not all of them are in the main Toobworld. 

Thanks, Martin!

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Last week, I took two examples of crew members caught in the shot - one from 'Columbo', the other from 'The Andy Griffith Show' - and made the claim that they were ghosts within the reality of Toobworld.

Here's another similar photo.....


Visible crew/equipment: 
In the scene where Starbuck attempts to retrieve Apollo's arrow, a crewman in a red tee shirt and dark vest can be seen standing just behind and to the right of the display case as she is shooting out the glass.
This is not a case of a ghost haunting; I've got something different in mind.....

First off, this version of 'Battlestar Galactica' did not take place in the TV dimension of Earth Prime-Time. That honor belongs to the original version from the late 1970s, no matter that the second series was a better production overall.  

The original show and its sequel ('Galactica 1980') have ties to the mosaic of the main Toobworld - to 'McCloud' and to 'America 2Night'. I'm not about to give that up. 

But it was tempting to keep the remake as well, especially since they landed on Earth back during the age of primitive man. But there were too many similarities in the names, the characters, the planets left behind, to be ignored. I think it's better they exist in the Land O' Remakes (where they can be that Toobworld's version of the Golgafrinchams.)

Anyway, back to our interloper in the scene...

First off, the good citizens of the main Toobworld know about that remake of 'Battlestar Galactica'; it's mentioned in plenty of TV shows, especially 'The Office' and 'The Big Bang Theory':

So Earth Prime-Time had a TV show about 'Battlestar Galactica'. And evidence suggests the show was based on the remake. As evidence, check out this fantasy of Howard Wolowitz:

I have no theory as to how the Toobworldlings knew about events that took place in an alternate dimension. Perhaps someone "slid" through the vortex and brought back enough evidence of that ragtag fleet to put together a proposal and then sold it to the Syfy network. Someone like The Doctor... or maybe a new kind of Rod Serling. 

No matter how it happened, that show will be around for centuries in some form of reruns. And that's where we're going for our splainin of that guy behind the case. 

What triggered my imagination was the description of that crew member: "a crewman in a red tee shirt and dark vest."

Who else wears red shirts?

I'm thinking that in the holodeck on board Deep Space Nine, the former Terok Nor, a member of the space station's security team was acting out an adventure of that supposedly fictional 'Battlestar Galactica' during his down-time. 

However, being a "redshirt", something probably went wrong with the scenario's programming and that security ensign more than likely got killed during Holo-Starbuck's rampage. 



Over the years, plenty of TV characters have been given the comic book treatment, translating them from one fictional universe to another. 

Today we're going to showcase one particular show and three of its characters: 'The Phil Silvers Show' with Sgt. Ernie Bilko, Private Duane Doberman, and their foil, Colonel John T. Hall. 

Here are about twenty covers from the comic books about Sgt. Bilko, with four from Pvt. Doberman's own title. 

I'm not sure if characters like Barbella and Henshaw especially showed up within those books (Barbella is mentioned on one cover), but those three characters are prominent throughout these cropped covers. 

I used the covers only because they are basically one-panel cartoons in themselves. 

I hope you enjoy!