Sunday, July 29, 2012

On This Date: July 29

1946: Republic Pictures released Conquest of Cheyenne, part of its Red Ryder series based on the Western comic strip by Stephen Slesinger and Fred Harman. Wild Bill Elliott once again saddled up for the lead role along with Robert Blake along as sidekick Little Beaver.

1953: Columbia Pictures released the jungle adventure Valley of the Head Hunters, starring former Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller. It was the 12th of the studio’s 16 films based on the comic strip character Jungle Jim created Alex Raymond and Don Moore.

1955: Illustrator Dave Stevens was born in Lynwood, California. In 1982, his pulp magazine-inspired hero the Rockeeter debuted as a backup feature in the second issue of the comic book series Starslayer. Nearly a decade later, the character appeared in the 1991 film The Rocketeer directed by Joe Johnston and starring Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly. In 2008, Stevens lost his long battle with hairy cell leukemia and died at the age of 52.

1973: Stephen Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He protrayed the villainous vampire Deacon Frost in director Stephen Norrington’s 1998 outing Blade.

1982: Allison Mack was born in Preetz, West Germany. She portrayed Clark Kent’s best friend and confidant Chloe Sullivan in the television series Smallville (2001–2011).

1994: New Line Cinema released The Mask, based on the comic book series from Dark Horse Comics. One of our favorite comics adaptations, the slapstick comedy stars Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz (in her film debut), Richard Jeni, and Peter Greene.

2011: Director Jon Favreau’s sci-fi Western Cowboy & Aliens was released. Based on the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the film features Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, and Walton Goggins.

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