Saturday, May 8, 2010

Classic Character Profiles: THE BLACK CAT

Many comic book buffs believe Wonder Woman was the first female character to wear what amounts to a bathing suit while doing superhero work. Actually, several characters are tied for that dubious distinction — Quality Comics' Phantom Lady and Wildfire; and Harvey's Black Cat, all of whom beat Wondy into print by four months. (And the only reason they qualify for the "honor" was because Quality's Miss America (no relation) didn't have a costume yet and the others that debuted in August, 1941, Holyoke's Miss Victory, Lev Gleason's Pat Patriot and Bell Features' Nelvana of the Northern Lights, wore just a little bit too much.)

The Black Cat was Hollywood starlet Linda Turner, whose first adventure began when she suspected her director of being a Nazi spy. Trained as a stunt woman, she was an expert on Judo, motorcycle riding, lariat throwing, and other physical skills costumed crime fighters find handy; and her father, an amateur detective, had taught her the necessary mental skills. Knowing her superstitious quarry had a "thing" about black cats, she used that as a theme for her disguise. After smashing his spy ring, she combatted boredom with her glamorous but empty lifestyle by continuing to fight crime as The Black Cat.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Featured Model: Abigail Michelle

From the humble beginnings in the Midwest, Abigail Michelle is making her mark on the fashion, promotional, and import modeling scenes. The eldest daughter of Philippine-born parents, agency-represented and freelance model Abigail attributes her perseverance and strong work ethic to her mother and father.

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Career highlights for 2009 consist of a national ad campaign shoot for the appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg, filming for an Eli Lilly & Co. training video series, and features in numerous print and online publications. Abigail was honored as one of Maxim's Hometown Hotties and participated in the Playboy Girls of Golf. Placing as a finalist in several other model searches, Abigail's other credits include the Poker Hollywood Girls, Modball Rally Europe, Enjuku Girls, and D1 Grand Prix. In the past, Abigail garnered the Miss Follow the Nissan 370Z Nashville crown, placed as a semi-finalist for the coveted title of Miss Hot Import Nights, appeared in a skit appearance in "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and was featured as a tour model with General Motors Tuner Source and General Motor Performance Parts.

Named as a spokesmodel for 12Vspotlight,, Abigail showcases her work and interacts with both clients and fans through their online collaboration:

Abigail is a published writer and currently blogs for 12Vspotlight. Previously an online columnist as an official contributor, Abigail provided an "insider" perspective for tuner enthusiasts and aspiring models. As a philanthropist, Abigail dedicates her time regularly as a promotional model for local organizations. Among her charitable work, she served as an ambassador in 2009 to the Children's Heart Foundation of Chicago, Meals on Wheels Chicago, Marklund, and the World Motor Sports Breast Cancer Foundation. Accomplished as she is charming, her professional resume includes an engineering degree, an MBA, and a Mensa membership. Abigail currently resides in Chicago with her lop rabbit Sugar.

Pin-Up Artist Profile: Earle K. Bergey (1901-1952)

Earle K. Bergey (August 26, 1901 – 1952) was an American illustrator who painted cover art for a wide diversity of magazines and paperback books. Today Bergey is best recognized for creating the iconic cover of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for Popular Library at the height of his career in 1948.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bergey attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1921 to 1926. He initially went to work in the art department of the Philadelphia's Public Ledger, and he drew the comic strip Deb Days in 1927. Early in his career, Bergey contributed many covers to the pulp magazines of publisher Fiction House. By the mid 1930s, Bergey made a home and studio in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and he married in 1935.

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Featured Icons: Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) – Rock Music Pioneers

is a rock band whose founding members came from Seattle, Washington, USA in the early 1970s. Going through several lineup changes, the only constant members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. The group rose to fame in the 1970s with their music being influenced by hard rock as well as folk music. After diminishing in popularity by the mid-1980s, the band created a major comeback in 1985, experiencing further success with their power ballads throughout the rest of the decade. By the mid-1990s, Heart left their 1980s' sound and went back to their hard rock roots which they continue to play today. To date, Heart has sold over 35 million albums worldwide.

The Wilson sisters grew up in Southern California and Taiwan before their Marine Corps father retired to the Seattle suburbs. After Ann graduated from Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington, she joined Roger Fisher in the band Hocus Pocus where she met Roger's brother Mike in 1971, and followed him back to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Meanwhile, Nancy finished high school then went to college where she majored in art and German literature. She then played solo gigs until 1974 when she quit college and moved to Canada to join Heart

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