new
archives
faq
links
contact
facebook
X
ISSUE NO. 659
X
X
Hello reader, and welcome back to DEADMAN GOES TO THE MOVIES. I'm your host, Boston Brand aka DEADMAN! I'm a murdered trapeze artist who returned to life so I could find my killer.

Shortly after the 1987 film THREE MEN AND A BABY came out on video, an urban legend attached itself to the movie. In one scene featuring Ted Danson and Celeste Holm, there seems to be a strange, ghostly apparition standing in the background. People have called him "Ghost Boy." Here's the clip...
Here's a still of the scene -- you can see "Ghost Boy" nestled in the curtains on the left.
X
Freeky, huh? But as it turns out, it wasn't really a deadman at all -- it was a large cutout of Ted Danson, dressed in a tuxedo and top hat. Because of the angle, the top hat looks like hair, and because the curtains obscure the arms of Danson's tux, it looks like a t-shirt.

The Danson cut-out is also seen later in the film, still near the curtains, but at another angle where the top hat, jacket, and Danson's face are clearly visible...
X
So, there actually was no deadman in THREE MEN AND A BABY at all. But guess what? When I appeared as a back-up feature in AQUAMAN, the same sort of thing happened to me! The story, written and drawn by Neal Adams, was called "Deadman Rides Again."
X
In this story, I encountered a beautiful woman disguised as a "rat-cat" (more on her later in a issue) with inter-dimensional transport abilities. When I stared into its eyes...
X
Did you see it? While I was "shooting" the scene above, a strange apparition appeared! See it, down there in the lower right corner? It's a shadow image of ME, photo-bombing my own panel! Here's a close-up...
X
But just like THREE MEN AND A BABY, there's a perfectly good explanation. You see, Neal Adams (pictured below) has a huge standee of Deadman in his studio, and the cut-out's shadow accidently fell across the panel while Neal was "developing" it. Really! (Not really.)
X
X
X
X
X