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Guayaquil (often pronounced as “Gwy-a-keel”) is the largest city in Ecuador. It’s a sprawling metropolis of some 4 million people, located just south of the equator and just inland from the pacific ocean.

In downtown Guayaquil, next to a little cathedral, an unassuming city park block features trees and benches, grassy areas behind knee-high fences, coblestone walkways, and gaggles of kids playing with their families. And also, green iguanas. Hundreds of green iguanas.

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Ben Howard concert, tonight.

I’m so excited, I can’t stop thinking about how amazing tonight will be. I woke up this morning and I was so happy. I love Ben Howard so much and I can’t wait to see him live. I log in on twitter, and another of my favorite band, The Franklin Electric announced that they will be doing the opening act tonight. I’M FREAKING OUT OKAY. If you go on my blog often, all the songs on my blog are from them. I’m so happy right now, it’s going to be an amazing night.

Adventures of Superman #481 (August 1991)

Someone turned the people in Metropolis’ subway into skeletons, and Superman is like “say whaaaaaaaa…” The culprit is a mysterious purple person in a trench coat who can absorb energy and… oh, it’s the Parasite, OK? They don’t reveal his identity until the end of the issue, but come on, there aren’t a whole lot of purple, energy-sucking Superman enemies out there.

So, after sucking the life force out of every single person in six subway cars (plus some electricity from the rails), the amazingly still hungry Parasite escapes through the tunnels. Superman uses his super-senses to track him down, which just gives the Parasite an opportunity to continue feasting. This is like his luckiest day ever.

The fight continues until the Parasite knocks down a support column, causing damage to the tunnel (which was already in pretty bad shape due to the Eradicator-quakes last month). While Superman stands there like a dope, holding the column so the whole ceiling doesn’t come down, the Parasite gives him the slip. So, to be continued, I guess!

Character-Watch:

This is the Parasite’s first appearance in a Superman comic of this era: he already fought Superman during an issue of Starman (mentioned in Action #645), but he’d never been to Metropolis before, which probably explains why no one recognizes him despite the flimsy disguise. His secret origin is that he was a janitor at a S.T.A.R. Labs facility who tried to steal a vat full of chemicals, for some reason, but ended up accidentally taking a bath in them — which is Darkseid’s fault, somehow, because he just likes screwing with random people sometimes.

Besides turning people into skeletons, the Parasite also absorbs part of their memories and, in Superman’s case, powers. Apparently one of the people in the subway was Don Rickles or something, because the Parasite keeps cracking jokes during the fight with Superman, whom he calls “Lois” at one point (that should have been his nickname for Supes in all future appearances ever).

Plotline-Watch:

  • The bitter rivalry between Captain Maggie Sawyer and Inspector Bill Henderson continues as they awkwardly join forces to investigate the subway cars full of skeletons. Don Sparrow wants to know: “Did anyone else want the bickering between Henderson and Sawyer to end with a kiss? No? Just me then.” I think we all know who’d wear the pants in that relationship (it’s Mags).

  • Later, Maggie calls the Suicide Squad's Amanda Waller (who was in the hospital at the time due to a storyline in that comic) and Waller tells her that the Parasite escaped from Belle Reve prison. Of course, the real revelation here is that Maggie Sawyer and “The Wall” are buddies. See, THAT’S a fanfic-worthy pairing.
  • At the end of the issue we see that the Parasite is staying at the Pete Shoemaker Memorial Shelter — named after Jimmy Olsen’s hobo pal who was murdered by Brainiac. In fact, the idea for the shelter was already mentioned nearly forty issues ago.
  • Speaking of Jimmy and people who can’t afford their rent, the still unemployed Jimbo had a job interview at Newstime Magazine (this time for a better position than the cafeteria), but first he missed the subway, then his bus crashed, and finally Ron Troupe beat him for the job. It’s official: the Curse of Jose Delgado has a new host.

  • Ron got that job by demonstrating his ability to write political speeches on the spot, since Newstime’s owner Colin Thornton is running for mayor against the eternal Frank Berkowitz. We already saw last issue that Berkowitz is in danger of losing his job due to Metropolis’ recent economic troubles… actually, uh, I see that I didn’t mention this back then, probably because politics subplots aren’t the most exciting.
  • Poor Sam Foswell can’t figure out why everyone hates him so much, including bar owner/DC Comics editor Kevin Dooley. Why, all Sam ever did is fire a bunch of beloved Daily Planet staffers as soon as he became editor! Don wonders if Foswell has “multiple all-purple outfits, or is he just washing the same one each night?”

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The party in NYC last night - SOLD OUT at Irving Plaza. The @rockstarenergy #frozenflametour is hitting a city near you soon // 📷 @rayduker #missmayi #riseofthelion

1/24 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
1/25 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
1/27 - Quebec, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
1/28 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
1/29 - Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
1/30 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
1/31 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
2/1 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
2/3 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
2/4 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
2/5 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
2/6 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
2/7 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
2/9 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
2/10 - Murray, UT @ Murray Theater
2/12 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
2/13 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
2/14 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
2/15 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
2/16 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
2/17 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
2/19 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
2/20 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
2/21 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
2/22 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
2/24 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
2/25 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
2/26 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
2/27 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
2/28 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
3/2 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
3/3 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
3/4 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/5 - Charlotte, NC @ Amo’s Southend
3/6 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
3/7 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts http://instagram.com/p/yPuGtpkOup/

UnMet Again

Wrapped up a great session of Unhallowed Metropolis just now.

It was Grendal/Jesse’s first time running after playing several sessions as Fabien the Dhampir vampire hunter. 

There was only usmelinuk and I today as everyone else was busy.

Some hijinks involving the death of a Mourner during her vigil for some extraordinarily rich and aristocratic families dead son, the disappearance of the body and some shady goings on with a blacklisted former Mourner.

After a lot of running around, threatening and investigating it turns out he’s not quite as dead as we thought - not quite alive as I suspected - and is arm in arm with what turns out to be a Promethian (Frankenstein’s monster). Unwilling to be captured the Promethean blows both their brains out in the private box of some sketchy ass theatre called the Cirque du Monstre.

Thanks to some callousness and general dislike of the nobility on my part, we managed to con the - mostly - aristocratic audience in to thinking this was all part of the show.

In the meantime the disgraced former Mourner disappears after being spotted outside the theatre and the noble family bury a coffin sans-son.

All in all a lot of fun, but thoroughly expecting dear old Henry Abbot to wake up dead - which is actually feasible in Unhallowed Metropolis - any day now.

Aside from one pissed off former Mourner, I’ve got to deal with both Special Branch - a bunch of Psychics and weirdos with very little oversight - prying into the incident and an aristocratic family keenly interested in keeping things quiet.

Korakuen Hall, Bunkyō, Tokyo Metropolis (18:30 JST / 4:30am EST)
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SPECIAL SIX-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH (1 fall / 30-min)
Meiyu Tag (Katsuyori Shibata & Hirooki Goto) & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yujiro Takahashi, Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson (The Bullet Club)

SPECIAL TAG TEAM MATCH (1 fall / 30-min)
Togi Makabe & Yuji Nagata vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Shinsuke Nakamura (CHAOS)

TAG TEAM MATCH (1 fall / 30-min)
YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada (CHAOS) vs. Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale (The Bullet Club)

TAG TEAM MATCH (1 fall / 20-min)
Tomoaki Honma & Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Toru Yano

SIX-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH (1 fall / 20-min)
Time Splitters (Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA) & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) & Kenny Omega (The Bullet Club)

EIGHT-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH (1 fall / 20-min)
Tiger Mask, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tencozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs. Jay White, Mascara Dorada, Captain New Japan & Manabu Nakanishi

TAG TEAM MATCH (1 fall / 20-min)
Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka vs. reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly)

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The original premiere cut of Metropolis eventually disappeared, and a quarter of the original film was long believed to be lost forever. However on July 1st 2008, film experts in Berlin announced that a 16 mm reduction negative of the original cut of the film had been discovered in the archives of the Museo del Cine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Along with additional footage found in New Zealand, a long restoration process began. The fully restored film was finally shown on large screens in Berlin and Frankfurt simultaneously on February 12th 2010