Time sure is a strange thing. You can’t really see it, but you sure can feel it slipping away.

When I was young it seemed to stand still. I was always in a hurry to get some where else; the next grade, the next birthday, the next easy girl without much of a brain, the next summer vacation? you get the picture and you probably feel / felt the same.

As you get older you wanna take time and put it in reverse or at least try and slow it down. Days that used to drag on now feel like someone has greased the track and sent you flying at a pretty good clip. The last few years have been that way for me. Every day seems to be over before it started. I feel like I get a few things done, but there never seems to be enough time to get all my plans completed.

Part of it is my crummy time management, but most of it is just time going too fast. At least it seems that way to me. Not a day goes by that I don’t look up at the clock and it reads 3 pm. I kinda wonder where the morning and afternoon went. Don’t get me wrong, I get lots done, it just seems to fly by and there isn’t any time to stop and think about other things. Things that are small and things that are important.

I’ve gotta make and take the time.

Time really flies when I’m writing. It doesn’t matter if it’s email, comic books, screenplay stuff, Busted Knuckles or my Dottin’ The Eyes column for The Comics Buyer’s Guide? the time flies. I write a lot so that accounts to a good portion of my lack of time. It could be worse. I could be stuck in a job where I have no outlet for my creativity. I’ve been there. It’s a very frustrating place to be. If you have an ounce of creativity in you I don’t wish this on you. Those that like the 9 to 5 grind will never understand the feeling. Unless you’re creative it’s very hard to explain.

It’s Later Than You Think

Once you reach the age of 40 you really begin to think about how much time you really have left. Sure, you can always slip in the bathtub or get hit by a truck, but I’m talking about the non-twist of fate kinda thing. The long haul. People these days are living to be about 75 on the average. If you’re 40 or older you don’t need me to tell you that you don’t have all that much gas left in your tank. You also have to factor in how much of that life is gonna be of any quality. I’m not saying you should dwell on it, but it’s something to be aware of.

I spoke with a buddy the other day and the subject came up. He answered it in true cowboy fashion by saying “When my time’s up, it’s up. Not much I can do about it.”

Well, he is right to a certain point, but when that moment comes to shut the book on your life most folks find what they said in youth and good health is quite different from what is felt when you see and feel the last thread of your life being rolled out and off the spool.

Your faith and religion plays a huge part in this. When your faith is strong it prepares your to embrace the next part of your soul’s trip. You’re ready for a life better than the one you’re leaving. Again, this depends on your own personal beliefs and religion. I’m not here to tell you how it’s gonna be for you. That lies within your own thoughts and heart.

Time Waits For No Man

My friend and former boss, Todd McFarlane and I would have these talks some times at his house, on the road and on the phone. Neither one of us is really known for being tight lipped. Todd told me that when you die, in his opinion at the time, you’re worm food. I never agreed with that, but it was his opinion to believe just as it was mine to disagree. We didn’t argue, fight or try to change each other’s way of thinking. We are friends. We discussed it and respected each other’s right to have those views. It also beat arguing who was a better running quarterback, Bobby Douglass or Randall Cunningham. (By the way? it’s Bobby Douglass.)

What I’m saying here is that I’m not writing this to argue with you on your way of thinking. As you can tell by the topic of this column I don’t have the time. ‘Sides, it’s none of my business anyway. All I want you to do is to think about how you spend your time and what you want to do with it.

Don’t Piss Your Time Away

It don’t matter if you’re 15 or 50. It’s later than you think.

Choose wisely.

Movie Time

One thing I have been doing with my time is catching up on my stack of DVDs. I thought I’d take a little time and share some of my thoughts with you on one I’ve seen recently.

Serenity?I’ll be up front with ya. I never saw the TV series FIREFLY. It was on during a time when I was not in front of the TV much. As I’ve mentioned before in other episodes of Busted Knuckles, I didn’t watch a lot of TV for a few years. I’ve heard nothing but good things about FIREFLY so it is on my list of things to catch up on. Anyway, I rented Serenity just the same. It took be about 10 minutes before I got hooked, but once I got hooked I stay hooked. It was written and directed nicely because I didn’t have to know the entire FIREFLY series to be interested in the story and characters. Through good writing and directing I was informed and entertained right off the bat. If anything it only made me want to watch the TV series to be even more entertained and enlightened.

The thing that impressed me most with Serenity was that it captured a core trait that so many John Wayne movies that I have watched and loved have always given me. Captain Malcolm Reynolds took the lives of his crew, his ship and the loyalty to do what’s right serious the way a man should. Reynolds is a hero and one with flaws, but his knowledge to do the right thing is what is most important to him when everyone’s back is against the wall. That same trait is true with his crew and those he counts as family. They show it throughout the film. I was also impressed with the writing. Joss Whedon does what I have always preached to others that write, MAKE SURE YOU ADD HUMOR. There is humor in everything we do. Those that leave it out of a story are missing a huge point not only with story telling, but with their audience. The dialogue was great without being too cute or reaching too far to try and be cute. Nothing screamed “Listen to me, I’m saying something cool and witty.” Too many modern day writers do this, more times than not when they are making references to things in pop culture or what they think are inside jokes.

This movie was well cast. Nathan Fillion (Captain Reynolds) comes from a sitcom background. I thank the casting people for seeing past his TV resume and giving him a chance. Adam Baldwin (Jayne) you can never ever go wrong with him in a movie. Gina Torres (Zoe) continues to prove that she is not only a wonderful actress and easy on the eyes, but that she can play a jaw breaker with the best of them. Adam Tudyk (Wash) was cast perfectly because he has that “Your neighbor next door” look that works even better when the chips are down and he does some heroic stuff without acting like he is a Rambo act-alike. Morena Baccarin (Inara) I could watch 2 hours of her with the sound off and be happy. She is beautiful beyond words. Even better she can really act and is great at saying a lot without saying much. Jewel Staite (Kaylee) is a real joy. Here she plays this tomboy like mechanic of the ship that loves sex. Not in a vamp/vixen kinda way, but in an innocent way. Great character with depth as well. Summer Glau (River). Probably my least favorite of the characters. She’s got this skinnier Christina Ricci look to her. The kind the comic books guys that hang around my local shops seem to love. Too goth chick for ol’ Beau. I’ve also seen her play this off kilter role before on The 4400, so it was like a rerun to me. Her big fight was too much of a ballet. Even her big and bloody fight was not as impactful as it could have been.

One of my favorite parts was after and terrible act had been committed to the crew of Serenity’s group of friends. Captain Reynolds shows that he will do whatever it takes to stop the bad guys. Without giving anything away, he does something that is pretty brutal that I really thought said a lot. For those of you that did see it, it has to do with how he “camouflaged” his ship.

So, Serenity is on my manly suggestion list of movies you should see. It’s out on DVD and well worth you time. (noticed how I worked time in like I owned the word?) NOTE: I usually don’t waste my time with all the special features. I find them boring unless they are really talking about writing. I could care less about make up and other girly things. BUT? if there are bloopers and out takes then sign my ass up. The out takes for Serenity are great. Foul mouthed and funny as Hell if ya don’t live there. (Remember that, Todd) So check out the bloopers for certain.

Babe Time. The Busted Knuckles Babe Of The Week

Leila Arcieri and Morena Baccarin
– actresses

Since there weren’t any of the regular Busted Knuckles features last week you get a double dose this week. That means two babes!

Keeping with the Serenity tie-in, the first babe this week is Morena Baccarin who plays Inara in the movie and TV show. She has those exotic looks that tend to make my eyeballs pop out a little. You know me, the more exotic the more likely they end up as a Busted Knuckles babe of the week. Having great curves doesn’t hurt either.

Now and then you run across a babe that has that exotic look that you just can’t get out of your head. It doesn’t hurt when they also have a killer body. Leila Arciera is one of those babes. You may know her from TV and movies such as Las Vegas, Wild Things 2, CSI, and the upcoming sci-fi film Mammoth. Great eyes and voice as icing on her most inviting cake. (Okay, no “Have your cake and eat it too” remarks?too easy. You can do better.)

Busted Knuckles Manly Comic Book Cover Of The Week

As I mentioned above, last week there were no regular features in Busted Knuckles so I’m gonna give you two manly covers this week. These are a little more on the odd side. Not every manly cover has to come from the golden age, although they were more manly then.

Red Wolf #1
Marvel Comics 1973

As most of you know, I love the oddball characters from Marvel and DC. Red Wolf is another character that I’ve always wanted to write. I loved his series in the 70s. He also made a guest shot in the Avengers around this time that had a killer cover. Speaking of covers, this one has all the manly items you need to have a truly manly cover.

  1. The manly hero doing something daring, dangerous and manly. In this case swinging hundreds of feet over the city on a rope with one hand.
  2. A damsel-in-distress. In this case one in a sexy short dress and go-go boots. A manly hero can always save himself, but he is even more manly when he saves a good looking babe.
  3. A great wild animal as a sidekick. No bratty kid sidekick here. Nope. You’ve got the wolf, Lobo, who doesn’t think twice about chewing off the arm of a bad guy. Red Wolf also doesn’t have to put up with those Batman homosexual jokes either.
  4. Bad guys with guns. As long as you have lots of em’ and they have lots of ammo, you’re good to go.

The legendary Syd Shores and Jack Abel did this cover during a fun time for Marvel Comics. It was before things got all dark and gritty. The great Gardner Fox wrote this issue. It is a ton of fun.

The Phantom #44
Charlton Comics 1971

I will always remember the day I bought this comic. It was face up on the shelf of Nick’s Newsstand. Seeing the word balloon “He’s Insane” right under the logo of The Phantom was enough reason for me to throw down my 15 cents. There is nothing remarkable about the art, but the scene and the dialogue of this cover was worth the smile and the 15 cents. I thought it was a new crazy marketing slant that Charlton was pulling. “ALL NEW ADVENTURES. THE PHANTOM. HE’S INSANE”. Too funny.

Insane is always better than boring.

Speaking of boring. Ride over to Chuck Dixon’s website and see what pitiful attempt he has put up to out man my Manly Cover Of The Week. I’m laying odds that he has another cover of The Lone Ranger Huggin’ Tonto or another Conan/Fabio cover up. Check it out at http://www.dixonverse.net

Time To Go

Well, this week’s Busted Knuckles “Time” theme is over. It’s time for me to let you go hunt up issues of Red Wolf and the insane Phantom from the 70s. If you happen to run into a beautiful woman that you think should be a Busted Knuckles Babe Of The Week, send em’ my way.

Beau 1973.”Hmmm…Should I Buy Red Wolf Or Johnny Walker Red?”

Keep sending in those emails and letters. I always enjoy em’. As always if you want your photo to be proudly put on exhibit at my website http://www.flyingfistranch.com just send me a jpeg and I will make it happen. I’ve got the best looking readers in the world.

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Beau Smith

Beau Smith is a writer for Comics Bulletin