Taking another look at the Strange Case of Doc Dare

Originally, I had believed that the Pulp adventuress known as Doc Dare was in fact two women: Bernice Reinstein/Joanna Dare from THE SHADOW AND DOC SAVAGE: THE CASE OF THE SHRIEKING SKELETONS (Dark Horse Comics) and DOC DARE (Eros Comics), and Patricia Clarke Lupin Wildman, the daughter of a certain Bronze-skinned Pulp hero of the 1930s and 1940s, whose exploits were told in “THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE” by Philip Jose Farmer and Win Scott Eckert, and “THE SCARLET JAGUAR” by Win Scott Eckert (Meteor House Press).


But I was mistaken.

I have since removed Patricia Wildman from that theory, however, there is still a connection to Doc Savage, but in a very different way.

Doc Dare is solely Bernice Reinstein, alias Joanna Dare, and she came about her rare condition due to her connection to a man who would inspire the tales of the Man of Steel, who himself was the grandson of a man who would become known as the greatest changeling in all of literary fiction.

Dr. Bernice Reinstein, later given the alias “Joanna Dare,” was an accomplished chemist, trained by her adoptive father, Dr. Josef Reinstein, the creator of the Super-Soldier Serum that later transformed Steven Grant Rogers into the American symbol of liberty, Captain America, in CAPTAIN AMERICA #1: “Meet Captain America” (1941) told by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

Bernice’s biological father was Hugo Danner, an extraordinary man whose life was chronicled by Philip Wylie in his novel, “GLADIATOR”.

Hugo Danner, by way of his own father, Abednego, was the grandson of the notorious Dr. Henry Jekyll, who, due to a peculiar formula, was able to transform into the uncanny Mr. Edward Hyde.

His story was chronicled by Robert Louis Stevenson in “THE STRANGE CASE OF DOCTOR JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE”.

The reason why Bernice/Joanna became Doc Dare remains the same as what I relayed in my earlier entry.

She was fixated, transfixed, subconsciously and consciously, by the Man of Bronze.

And that fixation transformed her in her most dire need into a certain “Woman of Bronze”.

The nature of the formula she injested has yet to be uncovered, and any samples of that formula were destroyed, along with the room Bernice was in, when Agent D, of the Nazi Gestapo, rigged the room to explode with Bernice tied up, and left for dead.

Thankfully, due to her ancestry, and quick thinking, she swallowed the formula, she survived the explosion, and she literally became a brand new woman.

What became of Bernice Reinstein/Joanna Dare after the end of the Second World War has yet to be told.

Only time will tell if or when that story will be revealed to the public.












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The Punisher: Son of The Black Terror of Nedor Comics!?!

After looking at the biographies of Frank Castle (The Punisher) and Bob Benton (The Black Terror) an interesting connection presented itself to me: There’s a possibility that The Punisher (Frank Castle/Francis Castiglione) might be the biological son of pharmacist Robert “Bob” Benton, a.k.a. The Black Terror, and that Frank was conceived in a moment of passion between Benton and Mrs. Castiglione prior to America’s entry into the Second World War.

Furthermore, it’s possible that Frank was born with Benton’s “formic ethers” in his DNA that made him an above average athelete, and an excellent United States Marine during the Vietnam War.

It’s also possible that Frank eventually found out that Benton was his biological father.

And perhaps this revelation inspired him to create a similar costume to hunt down those affiliated with organized crime after the murder of his wife and children by mobsters in Central Park.

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The second life of Dan Briggs: From MISSION IMPOSSIBLE to ALIAS

After watching all of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Season One, and Seasons One thru Five of ALIAS, a peculiar thought crossed my mind.

What if Dan Briggs and Jack Bristow were the same man?

Looking at the evidence, it’s highly probable.

Perhaps the reason why Dan Briggs, the first team leader of the Impossible Missions Force, didn’t return in the second season of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE is because he later went under the alias Jonathan Donahue “Jack” Bristow and was reassigned to another division within the Central Intelligence Agency. Probably as part of a long term covert operation.

And as Jack Bristow, Briggs was perhaps a founding member of the Alliance of Twelve in 1991 (perhaps an outgrowth of SPECTRE).

Moreover, as Bristow, Briggs and Arvin Sloane would later form the clandestine “CIA” secret division, SD-6, for the Alliance of Twelve, that was introduced in the first season of ALIAS.

Furthermore, Bristow and Sloane were perhaps the unnamed points of contact for the former Impossible Missions Force team leader, Jim Phelps, portrayed by John Voight, in the 1996 Mission Impossible film.

And its very possible that the NOC List Phelps was employed to steal was meant for the Alliance of Twelve to keep tabs of all known off-the’books agents and assets who could be manipulated into working for them and their version of the CIA.

Irina Dereveko, Jack’s estranged wife, and the mother of their daughter, Sydney Anne Bristow, was perhaps one of several Black Widows employed by the Soviet Union back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. And as well as being a graduate of their Red Room, Irina was possibly one of its noted instructors.

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How to integrate the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, if or when, the Disney/Fox deal gets approved

This entry is a bit of a divergence from my usual posts, but I figure that I might as well chime in on the apparent impending Disney acquisition of 21st Century Fox and what that might mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. 

In particular, this entry is my personal idea as to how to integrate the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will make the transition seamless.

With the prospect of Disney buying 21st Century Fox becoming a possibility, and the inclusion of the Fantastic Four and X-Men, as well as ancillary characters associated with those teams, more than likely coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would be interesting if Marvel Studios held off on introducing the X-Men until the tail end of Phase 4, and make the Fantastic Four the driving force behind Phase 4 of the MCU. The X-Men should figure prominently in Phase 5 of the MCU.

And ever since 2013, I have had an idea as to how to include them. 

So here goes…. 

My pitch:

Professor Charles Xavier was the Program Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Paranormal Superhuman Intelligence (PSI) Division between 1991 to 2000. He was the first S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to figure out that Hydra had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, being distrustful of S.H.I.E.L.D. having anyone not loyal to Hydra, he initiated a systematic mind wipe of all S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra personnel on a global level, and erases the existence of PSI Division from memory, including all computer mainframes and backup storage units. He then re-allocates all PSI Division training grounds, equipment, and resources, and this material is used to form the foundation of the Xavier Institute.

Knowing that Hydra runs the world from behind the scenes, Xavier creates the Underground Network as his counterintelligence unit to counter Hydra, Leviathan, and Advanced Ideas Mechanics.

And he initiates the Xavier Protocols that gives birth to the X-Men initiative.

And my choice to play Professor X is Colm Feore, the actor who played Lord Marshal from THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK.

The inspiration for this idea came from STRANGE TALES #141 (“OPERATION: BRAIN BLAST”) (February 1966).

Soon after reading this issue, I began to think that maybe Tony Stark wasn’t the only secret backer of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Perhaps Charles Xavier had a hand in the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well. 

Furthermore, it’s possible that Xavier was the founder and first Program Director of the original ESP (PSI) Division before the Program Director that Nick Fury encountered, named Niles Nordstrom, in this issue, and the following issue #142. 

Perhaps Mentallo wasn’t the only mutant telepath employed by S.H.I.E.L.D. 

Perhaps Mentallo was recruited by Xavier himself before Xavier disappeared from S.H.I.E.L.D. records until the debut of the X-Men in UNCANNY X-MEN #1 (September 1963). 

This is all speculation on my part. 

I could be mistaken. 

Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be that big of a retcon if Professor X helped in the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. back in the early days. 

Morever, he might have distanced himself once he was alerted to the truth behind its formation. 

The same truth revealed to my proposed incarnation of the character.

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Are the Dark Spark and Dark Energon from TRANSFORMERS PRIME, and Quintessence from VOLTRON LEGENDARY DEFENDER the same substance?

This week I have been watching TRANSFORMERS PRIME, a computer animated television series taking elements from Michael Bay’s TRANSFORMERS film franchise, and four episodes in, I find that I like it a lot. And as I usually do, I found a possible connection to another beloved animated series I have been watching: VOLTRON LEGENDARY DEFENDER. 

The connection comes in the form of two artifacts called the Dark Spark and the Dark Energon who apparently shares certain similarities to another rare substance in another universe from days of long ago where a legend resides. 

And that unique subtstance is known as Quintessence.

I will leave these three wikia links, and you can decide for yourself. 

Take care. 

Dark Spark:


Dark Energon: 




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Was AMERICAN NINJA (1985) a G.I. JOE movie in disguise?

Things that make you go hmmm…. 🤔

Was AMERICAN NINJA a repackaged G.I. JOE: SNAKE EYES movie featuring Snake Eyes, Stalker, and Storm Shadow under assumed identities?

American Ninja (1985) – Trailer – https://youtu.be/YPylYYIanQg

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Is it possible that THE TRANSFORMERS and MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM take place in the same universe?

I am seriously beginning to think that THE TRANSFORMERS (GENERATION 1) and the original MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM series take place in the same universe, but at different times in that universe’s history. 

Perhaps the war on Earth, and Cybertron, between the Autobots and Decepticons, led to expansion of the Earth Federation, created a year prior to the events in the MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE miniseries.

And the founding of the first human space colony taking place some 40 years after the events of THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE. 

I could be wrong, but it’s possible that I am not.




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What connects Solomon Kane and Kent Allard, a.k.a. The Shadow?

Yesterday, as I watched SOLOMON KANE on Amazon Instant Video, a thought crossed my mind: 

What if Solomon Kane and Kent Allard are the same spirit of vengeance that comes around every so often to deal justice in their own way throughout the ages? 

I doubt that there is a familial relation between the two remarkable men.

However, if there were, it wouldn’t surprise me at all.




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A dream team-up that might work….

If the day ever comes when Titan Comics gets their hands on the rights to THE SHADOW, or Dynamite Entertainment ever gets their hands on the rights to DOCTOR WHO, I want to see this team-up. 

The First Doctor and The Shadow. 

As well as the mysteries surrounding the signet ring worn by the First Doctor, and the girasol ring worn by The Shadow. 

And if the two rings share a connection.




Girasol Ring: The Shadow wears a unique purple ring which was a gift from the Czar of Russia, whom Allard had befriended. Later, when he faked his disappearance in the jungles of Guatemala, he discovered a tribe of Xinca Indians who bestowed upon him a companion mystical jewel (a second ring). It seems there were actually two identical rings, each with a fire-opal stone, which were the eyes of a Xincan idol






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Is there a connection between STRANGER THINGS’s Hawkins National Laboratory and the METAL GEAR SOLID universe?

I apologize for keeping many of you waiting. It’s been a hell of a few years. So to those of you who have stuck around, I appreciate you. Thank you. 

Okay. Enough of that. 

Weeks ago, I finished watching STRANGER THINGS on Netflix and I was blown away by what I saw. 

Especially, when it concerns the antagonist organization known as the Hawkins National Laboratory that works under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy. 

As I continued watching the 8-episode miniseries, a series of questions came to me:

What if the events of STRANGER THINGS took place months prior to the events of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN?

What if the Hawkins National Laboratory was tasked with creating paranormal agents to fight paranormal agents employed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War? 

Perhaps to counter the abilities of paranormal Soviet agents such as The Man On Fire (http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/Yevgeny_Borisovitch_Volgin) or the Third Boy (http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/Psycho_Mantis)…. https://youtu.be/EPzD-xBy80M

Perhaps the child test subject of the Hawkins National Laboratory known as Eleven was created and trained to be a paranormal agent in America’s arsenal to combat such individuals.

Furthermore, what if the Hawkins National Laboratory answered to the secret global network known as Cipher (http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/The_Patriots), created by Major David Oh, the former commanding officer of FOX Unit (http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/Zero), following the events of METAL GEAR SOLID: PORTABLE OPS, to replace the global power of The Philosophers (http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/The_Philosophers) introduced in METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER?

Only time will tell….

I can’t wait to see Season Two of STRANGER THINGS to find out.

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