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Thursday Drive-By Linkage

Column's probably going to be delayed this week, but in the meantime, here's a few amazing things I found on YouTube. These are clips so rare and weird that I've never even seen this stuff bootlegged at a convention.

Put it this way: my alternate title was See? See? I'm NOT MAKING IT UP!

Just to get the party started, here's a clip from the 1977 TV-movie pilot for "Exo-Man." I don't care what anybody says about the new movie with Robert Downey Jr., seeing this will convince you that all Marvel fans should be down on their knees thanking God nobody in Hollywood took a swing at making Iron Man till now.

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And here are a couple of the proto-steampunk Lone Ranger cartoons from 1966: Cult of the Black Widow and The Prairie Pirate. I'd forgotten this when I wrote the Ranger column, but Tonto got to have solo adventures on this show too -- here he is fighting The Snow Monster. These are even more demented than I remembered.

Two of the post-Adam West Batman attempts at campy television superheroics: Captain Nice and Mr. Terrific.

Just for Bill Reed: Young Samson and Goliath. Sadly, it's only the commercial, but you can at least get a taste of the sheer adrenaline-rush craziness of the thing.

... and finally, my new favorite music video.

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Enjoy. See you in a couple of days.

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