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Fringe’s Alternate Universe Comic Covers


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Fringe has really come on in leaps and bounds, after a slightly shaky start during the first half of season one, quietly establishing itself as one of TV’s more intelligent sci-fi dramas.

The main story arc involves an impending war between our world and a parallel, alternate reality which is broadly similar to ours but has many subtle differences. It has also been badly damaged by a number of experiments that breached the barrier between the two realities.

Season two concluded this week on UK TV (a couple of weeks after the US airing). The two-part finale mostly took place in the alternate reality and if you were paying attention, there were lots of great little differences and changes from our world to spot.

For comics fans the best touch was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them set of framed comic books on the wall of an apartment where one of the main characters, Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), is taken after he crosses over from our reality to theirs.

They reimagine five of the most iconic and best-known DC Comics covers of the past 40 years, adding in some subtle, alternate-reality twists. It was hard to see them on the wall during the brief scene so here they are, alongside the more familiar covers which inspired them. Our original, real-world versions are on the left, the Fringe variants are on the left.

This one is my favourite, I think. The 1987 Giffen/DeMatteis relaunch of the Justice League, with Jonah Hex replacing Green Lantern Guy Gardner in the line-up:

This one is also very good. The famous “Death Of Supergirl” cover from issue seven of Crisis On Infinite Earths (1985) gets a very different outcome:

The famous Green Lantern/Green Arrow issue 76 (April 1970) – the first issue of the acclaimed, ground-breaking Denny O’Neill/Neil Adams run on the title – gets a colour shift:

Frank Miller‘s revolutionary 1986 miniseries The Dark Knight Returns becomes The Man Of Steel Returns:

And finally, another Batman/Superman swap, as 1992’s Death Of Superman becomes the Death of Batman (which happened for real last year in our reality – sort of):

You can see bigger, high-res scans of the alternate covers here, at the DC Universe blog.

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It’s Classic Clip Extra: Red Dwarf – Tongue Tied (Happy Birthday, Leanne!)


The Choob is always happy to take requests, especially for special occasions.

And today’s a very special day for the my friend, fellow journalist and professional Taggart fan, Leanne McGrath – it’s her 30th birthday!

She’s working far away from home at the moment and while I’m sure all her new friends in Bermuda will make sure she has a day – and night – to remember (at least until the cocktails kick in), this special Choob post should help remind her that her friends back home in Scotland are thinking of her, too.

Leanne asked me to post her favourite scene from the brilliant Red Dwarf, so without any further ado, here is the Cat (Danny John-Jules) performing his smash hit (it reached number 17 in the UK charts) Tongue Tied.

This is the full, uncut version of the scene that appeared in Parallel Universethe sixth and final episode of season two (which first aired in the UK back in October 1988 – so Leanne would have been eight years old!), and which is about a minute-and-a-half longer than the broadcast version:

But wait! Since it’s Leanne’s birthday, there’s more! If you thought THAT was an extended version, wait ’til you see THIS!

This is a special 30 minute video that accompanied the 1993 release of the song as a single and which does for Tongue Tied what the Thriller music video did for, er, Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Sort of. With cheesy acting. And none of the cool special effects.

It features two remixes of the song, complete with two new videos and guest appearances from Red Dwarfers Craig Charles (Lister), Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Norman Lovett (Holly), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Hattie Hayridge (Hilly/Holly) and even Charles Augins (who played Queeg in the fifth episode of season two and choreographed the dance routine in episode six). Oh, and Duane Dibley.

Plus Elvis (played by Clayton Mark, who also appeared as The King in the season four (1991) Red Dwarf episode Meltdown), Judge Dredd (yes, the 2000AD comic-book character) and the late Judge Dread (the reggae singer) and more! There’s also a making-of documentary at the end.

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