Did you know that the world's greatest escape artist was NOT Mr. Miracle, but a man born Erich Weisz on March 24, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary. That's right, today is his birthday!
You probably know Weisz by his stage name, which also served as the title of a movie based on his life, HOUDINI (1953). The movie starred Tony Curtis and his wife, Janet Leigh. If you're younger, perhaps you know these people as the parents of actress and yogurt saleswoman Jamie Lee Curtis.
BELOW: Two lobby cards showing scenes from HOUDINI.
The events in this movie aren't entirely true, but it does provide an entertaining look at Houdini's life. In his later years, Houdini, played by Tony Curtis, traveled the country exposing fraudulent mediums and phony seances. Here's an eerie clip of him doing just that...
Of course, the seance scene in HOUDINI reminded me of another experience I had at a seance. It was published in ADVENTURE #464, as depicted by Jim Aparo. The cover is pictured below. Quick! Stop the seance, or Deadman will destroy us all! Too late...
BUM BUM BUM -- Here comes my big entrance!
Bet you knew THAT was coming, didn't you? What can I say, I just love to yell AARRGGGHHH in every adventure! Below is a recolored version of the ADVENTURE cover. There's no sound effect, but can you guess what I'm yelling? You got it.
This story was originally intended for publication in SHOWCASE #105, but the title was cancelled in the infamous "DC Implosion." Here's the original cover, by Jim Aparo...
And here's the cover presented in COLOR for the first time ever -- colored in Photoshop by Robby Reed! (Hey Tollin, how'd I do?)
BONUS! Unpublished Deadman drawing by the
late, great Jim Aparo, also colored by Robby.