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ISSUE NO. 651
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Welcome back to Dial B for BLOG's "DEADMAN GOES TO THE MOVIES" series. I'm your host, Deadman! Today's film is the science fiction classic FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966), starring Robert Boyd and Raquel Welch. For a refresher on the movie, check out this one minute clip...
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In FANTASTIC VOYAGE, a team of scientists miniaturize themselves and a "spaceship," then enter a critically injured man's body in an attempt to save his life. The special effects, mind-blowing when the film was made, are sort of primitive by today's standards, but it's still a pretty wild ride...
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...and it's made even wilder by the presence of the one and only Raquel Welch, seen below in two kinds of "special suits." No special effects needed.
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With the lovely Raquel as one of our tour guides, navigating the mysterious corridors of the human bloodstream and dark recesses of the brain tissue seemed kinda -- sexy!
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After seeing this movie, I enjoyed it so much, I originally planned on stealing its plot for one of my OWN "strange adventures."

But then I changed my mind and decided NOT to -- until I happened to see an episode of I DREAM OF JEANNIE
titled "The Moving Finger" (click play below) . . .
After seeing THAT, I decided, if THEY can do a story inspired by FANTASTIC VOYAGE, then so can I! So, when my friend Tiny got shot one time, after I finished delivering the most mammoth AARGH in the history of comics (as seen last issue), I knew exactly how to save Tiny! First, I screamed at him really loudly not to die...
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Then, in an adventure titled "The Call From Beyond," I miniaturized myself and entered Tiny's psychic bloodstream. Or something. (Please don't ask how I did it. I just DID.)
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Once inside Tiny's psychic bloodstream, I could almost feel physical pain at the pummeling of half-forgotten memories this new environment was hurling in my path. Still...
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It was rough for a minute there, but, just like the scientists in FANTASTIC VOYAGE, I somehow managed to save my "patient," and everything turned out all right in the end. (And UNLIKE the scientists in the movie, I didn't leave behind a tiny space ship!) By the way, Tiny recovered completely, and returned to the circus, where's he's been working for around 70 years now! (It's a time paradox thing. Again, don't ask.)
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EPILOGUE: You think entering a person's psychic bloodstream is wild? How about entering an ANDROID'S bloodstream? It happened to my pal Henry Pym aka ANT-MAN, who's about to become a big shot Hollywood film star! He once went inside the android body of THE VISION to do a similar repair job on the Vision's synthetic brain (courtesy of writer Roy Thomas and artist Neal Adams)...
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EPILOGUE: The Vision recovered, and he's been an Avenger on and off now for something like 40 years. Need I say it? Don't ask.

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