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Game of Thrones Endgame

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Saturday Stories April 27, 2019
Game of Thrones Endgame By Jonathan Aquino
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In the second and most recent episode of the eighth and last season of Game of Thrones, I was happy to see Brienne of Tarth became a knight which she fully deserves. Yet my favorite scene is when Bran Stark and Jaime Lannister finally came face to face – their first time since Jaime pushed Bran out of a castle window in the first season eight years ago. Bran, who was then ten, loved to climb the castle walls, but in one of the rooms of their family home in Winterfell, he saw their guests Jaime and Cersei Lannister making out, which would have been a big scandal because they were brother and sister, and Cersei was married to King Robert Baratheon. So Bran was thrown out so nobody would know.

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But Bran survived, and he became crippled, but he never told anyone. Since then, he had also become chosen as the new Three-Eyed Raven, a seer with clairvoyant powers whose mind can go through time and space. He can read…

Superman Begins

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Saturday Stories April 20, 2019
Superman Begins By Jonathan Aquino
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My favorite superhero of all time, Superman, first appeared on this month 81 years ago. This was on April 18, 1938 in the first edition of Action Comics with a cover date of June 1938. The creators Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster had already the core element – a baby from a doomed planet who has been sent to Earth with super powers. This is the iconic comic book that has been sold for $3,207,852 in 2014 on eBay. Nicholas Cage had another mint copy that was sold for $2,161,000 in 2011 in an online auction. So I'm happy that I have my own copy without having to spend millions.
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In the original story, the infant was turned over to an orphanage. There was no mention of Jonathan and Martha Kent and Smallville. Which is funny because, many years later, when he was about to be killed in "Batman vs. Superman," they discovered that their mothers were both named Martha. The boy still grew up to become a reporter n…

A Tale of Two Captain Marvels

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Saturday Stories April 13, 2019
A Tale of Two Captain Marvels By Jonathan Aquino

I first knew Shazam and Captain Marvel from the Saturday morning cartoons of my childhood. A boy named Billy Batson would say "Shazam!" and he would become Captain Marvel. So they were actually the same person. I think this what inspired the Filipino comic artist Mars Ravelo to create Captain Barbell who also has a younger alter-ego named Enteng. Captain Marvel's superhero name was Captain Marvel, not Shazam, and his costume was red with a bright yellow lightning symbol on his chest.

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So in the recent DC movie "Shazam", he was wearing his original costume – but he's not Captain Marvel. And in the equally recent Marvel movie "Captain Marvel," the hero was a girl with a different costume who was apparently an alien. So what's going on? Let's start from the beginning. The original Captain Marvel, the Billy Batson Shazam, was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Be…

The Amazing Spider-Man

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Saturday Stories April 6, 2019
The Amazing Spider-Man By Jonathan Aquino
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One of my favorite TV shows when I was a kid in the eighties was the re-runs of the original Spider-Man cartoons from the sixties. The theme goes like this: "Spider-Man, Spider-Man ... does whatever a spider can ... spins a web, any size ... catches thieves just like flies ... look out, here comes the Spider-Man..." That was also Peter's ringtone when Gwen called because he was almost late for their high school graduation in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," but he did not tell her he was on a speeding truck with President John Adams.
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It was in the cartoons that I first saw the super villain Mysterio, with his magic powers and a head that looks like a fishbowl. I think it's so nice that he will be on the upcoming "Spider-Man: Far From Home" as the Prince of Persia. But wait, I've seen Peter dusted by Thanos – along with Bucky, Wanda, T'Challa, Quill, Falcon, Dax, G…