Monthly Archives: May 2007

Memorial Day

The exact origin of Memorial Day is unknown, however legend tells us that during the Civil War, women of the South bedecked graves of fallen husbands, sons, fathers, and brothers in order to honor them. By April and May of 1865, Union soldiers began to observe this rite to honor their fallen comrades. Soon the custom spread throughout the North and South and, on May 5, 1866, the ceremony organized by veterans in Waterloo, NY was recognized by Congress as the first Memorial Day.

The officially set date of May 30 was established by Gen. John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, in 1868. It was first known as Decoration Day, but became Memorial Day when it was extended to honor the dead from all wars.

To learn more about Memorial Day, consult Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary and Red, White, and Blue Letter Days: An American Calendar (Matthew Dennis, 221-225).

The BPCL has many more resources on holidays, festival, and celebrations. Here are some of them.

Please note that the Browne Popular Culture Library is closed for the Memorial Day weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 29, 2007.

Trivia: Women in Westerns

Question: “It was Grace Kelly’s first, last, and only western movie”

Answer: “What is High Noon?”

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From The Jeopardy Challenge: the Toughest Games from America’s Greatest Quiz Show, pop cult AG 195.T74 1992

If you would like to look at other items similar to the one above, see the BGSU Libraries Catalog with the subject search questions and answers.

Spidey Facts

Spider-Man 3 opens Friday, May 4! In honor of this, the BPCL has some interesting facts about Spider-Man.

Did you know that…

In Amazing Fantasy #18, Spider-Man battles Supercharger – the first super-powered villain he ever encountered. Previously, he had battled mostly small-time crooks.

Spider-Man (Peter Parker) is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Spider-Man was introduced in Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug. 1962). Due to positive sales and fan mail resulting from the issue, the character received his own title, The Amazing Spider-Man, the following year, which became Marvel’s best-selling series.

In 1972, a second monthly ongoing series starring Spider-Man began: Marvel Team-Up, in which Spider-Man is paired with other superheroes. In 1976, his second solo series, Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man began, running parallel to the main series; a third solo series, Web of Spider-Man, launched in 1985, replacing Marvel Team-Up. The launch of a fourth monthly title in 1990, written and drawn by popular artist Todd McFarlane, debuted with multiple variant covers and sold in excess of three million copies of its premiere issue, an industry record at the time. There have generally been at least two ongoing Spider-Man series at any time, with a typical minimum of four comics starring the character published each month.

Spider-Man’s first cartoon series ran from 1967-1970. It became known famous for its catchy theme song, which begins, “Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can….”

On May 3, 2002, the feature film Spider-Man was released. Directed by Sam Raimi, it stars actor Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker. Spider-Man opened at a record $114.8 million and earned more than $403 million in the U.S. and Canada, the highest North American
gross of any film released that year.

Spider-Man 2 was the first motion picture released in the Sony Universal Media Disc format for the PlayStation Portable, included free with the first one million PSP systems released in the United States.

Spider-Man 3 began production in 2005 under director Raimi. The studio has announced a theatrical release date of May 4, 2007, on a budget reputed to be more than $250 million. In addition to Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, the film will feature Thomas Hayden Church as the Sandman and Topher Grace as Eddie Brock Jr./Venom. Bryce Dallas Howard plays Gwen Stacy.

Spider-Man Stats:
Alter ego: Peter Benjamin Parker
Affiliations: Secret Avengers, Avengers, The Daily Bugle, Secret Defenders,
“New Fantastic Four”
Abilities: Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, ability to stick to solid surfaces, clairvoyant “spider-sense”, night vision, accelerated healing, toxic stingers that extend from forearms, ability to produce both organic and synthetic spider-webbing
Enemies: Dr. Octopus, Green Goblin, Vulture, Sandman, Electro, Mysterio,
Rhino, Jackal, Venom, Carnage

We have a lot more information on Spider-Man in our collection. Come and view our display cases for a portion of our Spider-Man collection.

Spider-Man facts provided by Jennifer Brandt and Tony McCosham, graduate student assistants in the BPCL.