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ISSUE NO. 649
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Hi reader! Welcome back to "Deadman Goes To The Movies," where I talk about my favorite films and what they remind me of. I'm your host, Boston Brand, aka Deadman, an ex-circus acrobat with the power to possess people until I find my own killer. Here's how Neal Adams depicted my origin...
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Today's film is a brilliant satire of Hollywood, THE PLAYER (1992). This film has more celebrity cameros than any other movie ever made -- more than sixty!

And these aren't "Dancing With The Stars" type celebrities, C-listers you never heard of. No, these people were superstars on the top of Hollywood's A-List in 1992 -- and quite a few still are! They all did this movie because it had a fantastic screenplay, and because they loved its director, the late, great Robert Altman. Altman's other films include M*A*S*H and Nashville.

To get the flavor of THE PLAYER, watch the celebrity-packed 30-second trailer below...
THE PLAYER, with its many celebrities "hidden" in background shots, reminds me of a STRANGE ADVENTURES cover I once posed for way back in December of 1967.

It was right at the beginning of my career as Deadman, and I was just starting my quest to find my own killer! The photographer, Neal Adams, thought it would be fun to do a symbolic-type image, with me standing in front of a bunch of heads representing people who might have killed me. I'm sure you remember the cover...
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But guess what? These aren't just random faces! Sneaky Neal Adams used several of his co-workers (plus his imagination) as models for the heads! Here's a guide to who's who, thanks to a little help from Arlen Shumer, the author of "The Silver Age of Comic Art," and Shadow pulp publisher Anthony Tollin.
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You can get a much better look at some of the heads on the cover of the Deadman reprint volume pictured BELOW, which shows more of Neal Adams art than the original, and adds a slight bit of coloring to each face.!
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Here's something weird -- take a look at Neal's original art for this cover, pictured BELOW, as published in a DEADMAN reprint collection. The heads at the top of the page are entirely different, and some of them even look like they were drawn by other artists!

To me, the face on the left of the "D" looks like Jack Sparling, and the woman above the "EA" look she was drawn by Lee Elias. The man above the "MA" looks like Rocky from the Challengers of the Unknown by Sparling. What a weird melange! Who are these people? Why was this cover altered? Who knows. That's show biz!

See you next time, reader!
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