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What is the Dark Hold

The Dark Hold is a book of dark magic in the Marvel universe.  It is the one of the most powerful and famous items in the Marvel Universe.  The book is often considered the inverse of the equally powerful Book of the Vishanti.  The book has been held by a variety of powerful characters including multiple vampires, Doctor Doom, Morgan Le Fay, and even Doctor Strange.  The item was popular enough that a series was created called Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins that ran for 16 issues between 1992 and 1994.  The Darkhold is shown and mentioned in the MCU show Agents of SHIELD Season 4.

Alias:  Book of Sins, Shiatra Book of the Damned

First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #4



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Bio:
The Darkhold is said to have been created by the elder god, Cthon who was also the first pracitioner of dark magic.  Cthon was something of an academic and put down a great deal of dark magic into iron bound scrolls that eventually became the Darkhold.

The Darkhold was found and used by sorcerors of ancient Atlantis who called themselves the Darkholders.  During the fall of Atlantis the warrior Kull slew the leader of the Darkholders, Thulsa Doom.  Hoping to defeat Kull the remaining acolytes of Doom used the Darkhold to create the world's first vampire Varnae.  Varnae did not want to be controlled by the Darkholders and quickly killed one and escaped creating his own army of vampires.

Darkholders escaped Altantis with the Darkhold.  Since that time it has fallen into a variety of powerful magic users hands.  Pages of the Darkhold have also been copied into diaries and other nefarious magical books like the infamous Necromonicon.

Powers:
Massive collection of powerful spells and knowledge
The books spells are said to be useable in any language
Merlin thought the book was indestructible

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The Darkhold is shown and mentioned in the MCU show Agents of SHIELD Season 4.

Experiments by a high tech group have left its members in a ghost like state.  When they touch people or phase into them they cause a person to become overloaded with fear and homicidal.  The ghost researchers seek to find the book the Darkhold that they hope holds the key to revert them to their normal physical state.




The scientists that found the Darkhold appear to have found it the basement of Johnny Blaze.  This is not spelled out in the scene but there are a few huge clues that point directly to Blaze.  Johnny Blaze was a stunt motorcycle rider in a carnival before eventually becoming the Ghost Rider.  The first clue is that the scientists say they were entering the basement of the person known to have killed the last person who held the Darkhold.  This is very much something that Ghost Rider would do.  Then in the basement there are a variety of clues that point toward Johnny Blaze.  There are motorcycle helmets, parts, wheels and tools.  There is also a poster for the Quentin Carnival which was the home and work place for Blaze and his family.  Being that the scientists discovered the Darkhold many years earlier and that Blaze's basement appeared to have been left abandoned it means that Blaze in the MCU is likely older.  He may have operated as a hero in the 90s, 80s or even earlier.  It could be that the MCU plan with Ghost Rider is similar to their approach with Ant-Man.  They made the historical and original Ant-Man Hank Pym older allowing for him to mentor the newer Ant-Man in the modern age.

This also leaves open the possibility that Blaze could show up in Agents of SHIELD and potentially even help Robbie understand the Ghost Rider curse.

Who had Johnny killed to acquire the Darkhold?  Not sure but there are many Marvel villains who have had the infamous Darkhold in the comics.



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Gorgilla - Marvel Monster







Who is Gorgilla - Marvel Monster

Gorgilla is a Marvel monster that appeared on Borneo.  He is a giant Ape or Gorilla with human like characteristics.  Gorgilla was originally worshiped as a god on Borneo before being discovered by modern civilization.  The characters shares some similarities with the classic monster King Kong.


Real Name: Gorgilla

Alias:  Mister President, Monster of Midnight Mountain, Ape Man from Borneo, God of Vengeance

Final Appearance: Tales to Astonish #12



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Origins of Gorgilla are murky but he is speculated to be an experiment of the ancient Deviant race.

Scientists traced the humanities missing link to the island of Borneo.  The scientists collect the resources to launch expedition to the exotic island to locate physical remains of the missing link.  On the island the scientists encounter locals who recognize the creature the scientists are seeking.  The locals call the creature the "God of Vengeance who lives on Midnight Mountain."  The locals also tell the scientists that the area where the creature lives is untouched by time.  The shocked scientists set off toward the area to confirm the locals stories and see this god of vengeance for themselves.  Inland they encounter the fierce Gorgilla who attacks the scientists.  Before Gorgilla can do much damage to the frightened scientists a giant Tyranasaurus Rex appears who attacks the group.  Gorgilla defends the humans from the Dinosaur.  Gorgilla defeats the Tyranasaurus Rex back and then collapses.  The scientists believe they could capture Gorgilla in his weakened state but instead decide to honor their defender and leave him in peace.

The Deviant warlord Kro managed to take control of Gorgilla using a mind control device and loaded him on a ship for New York City.  There Gorgilla esapes and while not trying to be hostile he is attacked by terrified humans.  He flees into the sewers before eventually scaling the Statue of Liberty before being shot dead.  People later realize that he was simply trying to communicate with them and not hostile at all.

Gorgilla appears alive and well in a X-Men story on the Monster Isle.  How he survived the attack at the Statue of Liberty is not explained.

Gorgilla goes on a time traveling adventure with Fantastic Four's Mister Fantastic whom Gorgilla refers to as"Man in the Blue Pajamas" and Zarko the Tomorrow Man.  He prevents John Wilkes Boothe from killing Abraham Lincoln and in doing so creates an alternative time line where he himself is President of the United States.  Eventually, the time line is set right by Mister Fantastic.

Gorgilla appears as part of Mister Fantastic's program to reform monsters and works at the Baxter Building.  There he helps prevent a microscopic warlord from conquering the world while working with other reformed monsters in the team called the Monstrous Four.


Powers:
  • Super Strong - Not sure how strong relative to other monsters or heroes but was shown to have strength far surpassing a normal human.
  • Super Durable - 
  • Super Agility


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Who is the Scarlet Witch?


Who is the Scarlet Witch?

Who is the Scarlet Witch?
The Scarlet Witch is a Marvel character who has been depicted as both a villain and a hero.  She is a mutant with the super power of hexing (probability/reality alteration).

Real Name: Wanda Maximoff

First Appearance: X-Men #4

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Scarlet Witch first appearance

Wanda Maximoff along with her twin brother QuickSilver are the offspring of Magneto.  Magneto does not know of their existence while they are being raised.  The story of their birth is a little weird.  It involves the twins being born amongst the New Men of Wundagore mountain who are basically part animal part human people.  They hide the twins with a family called the Maximoffs.  There is also a demon that has a presence near Wundagore mountain and he gives the Scarlet Witch magical powers. Both twins also develop mutant powers.  Quick Silver develops super speed and Scarlet Witch gains the mutant power of hexing (altering probability).  While, they do not know their father, or he them they end up joining his group the evil brotherhood of mutants.

The twins never are very evil though and part with the group rather quickly and join the Avengers.

House of M - Scarlet Witch at a very high power level alters reality.  She utters the words "No more mutants" and removes the powers of most of the worlds mutants.


 Relationships:

  • Quicksilver - Wanda is the twin sister of Quicksilver and daughter of Magneto.
  • Vision - She is known for having a long on and off romantic relationship with the android Vision.   
  • Wonderer Man - The Ionic Avenger also had feelings for Wanda and it has been hinted at, that the Vision's feelings for the Scarlet Witch may stem from Vision's cerebral matrix being based off of Wonderman's mind. Scarlet Witch's connection was strong enough to Wonder Man that she was able to re-materialize him after his death.
Powers:
The Scarlet Witche's primary power is to caste hexes that affect the probability of events.  She can also wield chaos magic.
At one point her powers are elevated due to a cosmic power source and she is able to alter all of reality this leads to the event House of M.

Scarlet Witch concept art for 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' (Marvel)
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Movies:

The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are dualy owned by Marvel and Fox.  This allows both companies to use the characters in either the Fox Mutant verse or Marvel's MCU.  This is why Quicksilver was able to appear in both X-Men Apocalypse / Days of Future Past and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

So far a version of Scarlet Witch has not appeared in the X-Men universe.

In the MCU the Scarlet Witch makes her first appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Wanda Maximoff and her brother Pietro are given powers by Hydra human experimentation utilizing Loki's scepter from the Avengers film.  Scarlet Witch develops telekinetic and telepathic powers and her brother develops super speed.  The Avengers attack and defeat Hydra but not before the Scarlet Witch induces Bruce Banner to go into a rampage.

The pair join forces with Ultron who offers them revenge against the Avengers.  The two become disillusioned with Ultron when they realize the murderous true intentions are to destroy the world.  The pair switch allegiances to the Avengers and help them defeat Ultron.  Quicksilver is slain during the conflict.  Wanda is saved at the last minute by the Vision.

In Captain America Civil War, Wanda has joined the Avengers.  In the conflict between the pro registration Iron Man and freedom Captain America she sides with Captain America.  A deeper relationship is shown between Wanda and Vision even though the two squared off during the Civil War event.




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Pokemon Go Halloween Event








Pokemon Go Halloween Event is beginning October 26 2016


Pokemon Go is launching its first event tomorrow.  While Pokemon GO is still immensely popular the game has begun to lose many of the early players of the game.  However, the game has potential to bring old players back with new Pokemon, new features, and of course a mainstay of all mobile games......EVENTS!

Trainers across the globe have been debating whether Niantic would be able to launch an event by Halloween and the developer has finally answered the question. Beginning October 26 through October 31st the game will have a Halloween themed event.

Update 10/27/2016:  The Halloween Pokemon Go event has pushed Pokemon Go back to being the number one app game in revenue.


What will happen during the event?

Increased Halloween Treats
Everyone loves to get Candy on Halloween and the game is playing off that theme for the event. Increased Candy will be rewarded from Catches, Transfers, Egg hatches and Buddy rewards during the Halloween Event

2x bonus to Candy for each Pokemon Catch
2x bonus to Candy from for Transfer to the Professor
4x bonus to Candy from the Buddy
2x bonus to Candy from Egg hatches


The Appearance of Spooky Pokemon!


Spooky Pokemon will appear more frequently  which includes the Pokemon: Drowzee, Hypno, Ghastly, Haunter, Gengar, Golbat and Zubat.

There are also some  Pokemon that while not listed in the above group do appear to have greatly increased Spawn rates.  These Pokemon also seem to fit with the SPOOKY theme of the Halloween event.  This includes:  Cubones, Marowaks and Meowths.  I think I have seen huge up swing in all of these spawns.

While not the huge event that Niantic has hinted at this Halloween should still be a lot of fun and hopefully bring back some players the game has lost.  I personally wish they had done the event with a launch of a major feature like PVP battling or a fixed tracker but hey increased Candy and Ghost Pokemon is still a lot of fun.

Depending on where you live some of these Pokemon could be very rare where you live.


TOYLAB TIP: Use this event to get GENGAR!
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I see this event as a great time to try to get enough Ghastly candy to get a Gengar.  Gengar is a useful Pokemon to battle Snorlax with but he it is very hard to get all the candy to Evolve a Ghastly all the way to Gengar.  That said if the ghost Pokemon appear more frequently this is a huge opportunity to try to get this very useful and powerful Pokemon!.

Will this event be enough to get people excited for Pokemon again?  Well it worked for player I know already so my guess is YES!




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Who is Morgana Blessing? Doctor Strange Love interest



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Who is Morgana Blessing?

Morgana is a Marvel character that is appears in the adventures of Doctor Strange.  She is an ally and romantic interest of Strange.  It is possible she could appear in the Doctor Strange film as Rachel McAdams has been hired to play a still unnamed character.

First Appearance: Doctor Strange #48 (Volume 2)


 
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Morgana began wrote and published a book about Doctor Strange when it was believed he was deceased. She was a longtime friend and love interest of the Sorcerer Supreme.

In one story Morgana and Victor Strange were kidnapped and held hostage by the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.  Laveau wanted Strange to give her a spell called the Vampiric Verses that would recreate vampires in the world.  Strange refused to turn over the spell.  Laveau then attempted a spell to bring back Varnae the first vampire.  Laveau intended to use Morgana as a sacrifice for the spell but Brother Voodoo assistant Babu sacrificed himself instead.  His body was converted to the horrific form of Varnae.  Varnae then attempted to feed on Morgana but Doctor Strange came to her rescue and forced Varnae to flee.

She became a lover of Doctor Strange's brother Victor.  Victor became a vampire and would often feed on Morgana.  He began calling himself Baron Blood and fed off of criminals.  He gradually began losing control and Morgana bought and hid a stake to use on him if he lost complete control.  In the end Victor used this stake on himself as he felt his humanity was slipping away.

Powers:
None

She is a skilled Author


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Rachel Mcadams has been hired to play a role in the Doctor Strange film.  The character she is playing has been described as  Night Nurse but this may be a ruse.  Certainly, the character of Clea is a possibility along with Morgana Blessing.



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5 Tips for Pokemon hunting at night or in a Cementery




5 Tips for Pokemon hunting in a Cemetery

One of the things about Pokemon Go that is causing many consternation is the amount of Pokestops in places of serious places where people are mourning.  This is because Ingress, the game whose data effectively underlies Pokemon Go asked its players to locate places of spiritual and emotional importance.  This meant that Ingress players went out and found many places that were churches, memorials and ...cemeterys.

Some Cemeterys are welcoming players and some are banning them.  While it may seem a bit morbid Cemeterys were some of the first parks in our country and past times were often used for recreational walks and picnics.   Many cemeterys are also full of beautiful paths and historical sites that many people may have forgotten.

As far as Pokemon Go tips go keep in mind that ghost pokemon do not seem to be any more likely to show up at cemeterys or haunted locations.  As far as we can tell tips likes these are just rumors.  That said ghosts do seem to show up more at night and during the evening.

Catching Ghosts at night!!!!




Here are 5 tips for going Pokemon Hunting in a Cemetery.

1)  Select Carefully:  Find a cemetery with old graves.  These graves are more likely to be turned into Pokestops and this also keeps you away from funerals, and memorials for people who have died recently.  Also make sure that you have good service in the area or else there is no point.  Obviousily make sure the Cemetery has not banned players before you show up.

2) Don't be a dumb ass-   Stay away from funerals and mourning families.  I mean come on this should be obvious. Don't litter be respectful etc.  If you act stupid the cemetery is likely to ban players from that area.

3) If you go at night...Because hey its exciting and fun to be in a cemetery at night.  It also lets you catch different kinds of Pokemon in your are.  Make sure you bring a flash light or even a head lamp.  Also be sure you can exit area and know when the Cemetery closes.  Multiple cemeteries have reported Pokemon Go players accidentally finding themselves locked in.  Don't be one of those poor players.  Also be sure to dress appropriately and bring a extra battery pack for your phone.

4)  Find open areas for Tracking - Try to find fairly open areas where you can walk in nearly a 360 degree area this makes tracking down and finding the nearby Pokemon easier.  See our post on triangulation in Pokemon Go Guide.

5) Double Lures-  A lot of times there are so many Pokestops in a cemetery that you can find 2,3,4, and even more that effectively overlap.  Try setting up multiple Lure at once and catch a ton of Pokemon.

Night Time Pokemon Go

Going out to hunt Pokemon is pretty fun and awesome.  One advantage of going out at night is that the Pokemon that spawn at night are often different given a location.  This makes for some Pokemon hunts.
Going out at night does pose some safety concerns as you can both fall into obstacles and also be hit by drivers who do not see you.  To overcome these issues check out the gear store for some cool ideas beneath Night Gear.  You find Night Gear by clicking on Pokemon Electronics in the category menu.  The Night Gear ideas we have include Flash Lights, headlamps and the coolest things ever LIGHT UP SNAP BRACELETS.  It may sound silly but I can't recommend the bracelets enough as they really let drivers see you.




Night Gear beneath the Pokemon electronics category in the store you will find Night Gear.  I highly recommend checking out these options particularly if you want to go on a night time Pokemon hunting trip.  If you bring kids along with you at night then some items like light up slap on bracelets are a must.  Safety First.

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Who is Glenn Rhee from the Walking Dead?


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Glenn is one of the most popular characters from the Walking Dead comics and TV show. Actor Stephen Yeun plays Glenn on the Walking Dead TV series.   There has been rampant speculation on when Glenn will die in the show.  Glenn was killed by the villain Negan in Walking Dead #100 in the comics.


See bottom of page for Spoilers on his death in the TV series.

First Appearance: The Walking Dead #2


Death:  The Walking Dead #100



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Glenn was born in Michigan from Korean immigrants.  He moved to Atlanta and became a pizza delivery driver.  In a extreme debt prior to the apocalypse Glenn began stealing cars.  His knowledge of the Atlanta routes, hot wiring cars made him a valuable member of the scavenger teams from the Atlanta group.  It has also been hinted at that Glenn was a boyscout prior to the apocalypse.

During the Apocalypse Glenn becomes a leader of scavenging parties.  He does this for the Atlanta group, the Prison, and later for Alexandria.  After meeting Rick Grimes on scavenging runs he becomes one of Rick's loyal supporters.  He has a jack of all trades like skills and creativity that have allowed him to get out of numerous binds.  He is the go to scavenger leader for the group in each place they end up.

At the farm he meets and later marries Maggie Greene.  Her father Herschel becomes something of an adoptive father figure to him.  Maggie and Glenn adopt Sophia whose mother Carol had been killed.  The couple later learns that Maggie is pregnant with Glenn's child.  Maggie and Glenn name their child Herschel after Maggie's late father.

Glenn is one of the least violent main characters.  In his entire run in the comic's he was never shown killing another human.
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In Walking Dead #100 Glenn is captured by the Saviors and is killed by the group's leader, Negan.  Negan brutally smashes Glenn's head in with a barbed baseball bat that he named Lucille.


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Glenn is similar to his comic counterpart in the TV show.  He makes his first appearance in the episode Days Gone By.  His voice crackles over a walkie talkie, "Hey you... Dumbass... Yeah, you in the tank... Cozy in there?"   Glenn then helps save Rick and brings him into the Atlanta group. 

Glenn falls in love with Maggie Greene as he and the other survivors stay at her farm.  Glenn becomes close to her father Herschel.  Herschel is initially angry about Glenn romantic overtures toward his daughter but eventually accepts him into the family.

In Season 6, Glenn appears to die when he falls off a dumpster into a herd of zombies.  It is later revealed that Nicholas is being pulled apart on top of him.  Glenn survives by crawling beneath a dumpster.  Maggie reveals to Glenn that she is pregnant with his child.


At the end of season 6 Glenn seems to be facing of meeting the fate of his comic counterpart.  He is sitting helplessly as Negan chooses who to kill from the group.  The Season Finale ended without providing an answer.

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Amazing Incense tricks in Pokemon GO!




Incense is an item that attracts Pokemon to your location.  It tends to attract more Pokemon to your location.  Incense also attracts more Pokemon if you are walking and maintaining a steady speed than if you are stationary.
Generally trainers have found Lure at Pokestops seem to attract more Pokemon.  Lures come with the added benefit that the trainer can be stocking up on items periodically at the lured Pokestops.  These advantages are particularly noticed when a trainer goes to a location with multiple lured Pokestops.

There are few things that are overlooked with Incense though.

First you can take it with you anywhere while a Lure is stuck in a given location.  This provides some massive advantages to you.  Given that Incense Pokemon appear from spawn selection of the region you are in you can customize what type of Pokemon you get.

Two major strategies to use while using Incense:

Nest Incense:  If you use an Incense an area that has a Nest of Pokemon you are more likely to receive one or more of those special Pokemon while you have an Incense on.  To find a nest near you look at the Nest Atlas on SilphRoad.

Super Rare Walk:  If you use an Incense in an area with NO Spawns.  IE you are in the middle of no where but still have phone service the Incense will pull random Pokemon out of the Global Pokemon table.  This means you can get Pokemon that are not common in your area and are possibly super rare.  This is a great way to find unique Pokemon.  This may be the best way to legitimately catch super rare Pokemon in the game.

Walking is good in general.

Keep in mind that while walking in Pokemon Go you are also earning Pokemon Buddy candies, and also hatching Eggs.  Both can add significant value to a walk using Incense as well.

Lets also note that hey Walking is just plain out good for you.  Its fun, you get to see new things and its good exercise.  So go out buy some Incense find a cool (AND SAFE) place to hunt Pokemon and start walking.

Pokeon Go is always best to me when combined with a real adventure.  Hike somewhere that you want to see and catch Pokemon on the way.  Make the game an added bonus as opposed to simply the main attraction.



Changes to Incense in the works?

There are some who believe that we could see special types of Incense.  This is due to people scouring through the code and finding different types.  The thinking is that different types of Incense could attract different types of Pokemon.  Some of the types in the code are Spicey which might refer to an incense that attracts Fire type Pokemon.









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From the Vault: Giant Size Chillers #1

FROM THE VAULT 

The Toylab Vault holds a large collection of comic books and every once in a while one is pulled out, and dusted off.  Lets see what secrets this one holds...

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Giant Size Chillers #1
"Featuring the Curse of Dracula"

Published:  January 1974
 Writer/Editor: Stan Lee
Penciler:  Russ Heath
Cover/Artist John Romita Jr.


Who is Lilith?
Who is Dracula?


 
Why is GIANT SIZE CHILLERS #1 cool?
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Giant Size Chillers #1 is a 1974s comic that is a spin off the then popular Tomb of Dracula series.  It  marks the first appearance of Lilith the daughter of Dracula and it is the first of the Giant Size Chillers, which pop up from time to time afterward.  This is also one of the first horror comic one offs to have appeared in awhile as horror had previously been highly restricted.

Tomb of Dracula is a very interesting series.  The major publishers had been strictly prohibited from making horror comics for years.  Then in 1971 the comic's code authority allows publishers to begin making stories about vampires.  Marvel tests the waters with a quasi vampire character Morbius in 1971 who appears in Amazing Spider-Man #101.  When that character goes the rules without a hitch they decide to push a little further with a horror themed comic based on a vampire.   They base the new vampire series around  biggest name vampire of them all, Dracula and in 1972 Tomb of Dracula is born.

The series gets off to a bit of a rough start having different creative teams cycle in and out over the first 6 issues but  Tomb of Dracula #7 (Still in 1972) Writer Marv Wolfman and Artist Gene Colan are combined on the series and they become creative core of the book for the rest its historical run.

Not only was it one of the first Horror series released after the easing of restrictions but it was also one of Marvel's longest lasting. It is known for being the longest lasting comic with a villain as the main character in Marvel history with its run of 70 issues! It also introduced the hero Blade with Tomb of Dracula #10 who became one of the first African American heroes.

Giant Size Chillers appears in 1974 still early in the Wolfman run but after the series found its stride.  The goal of the series is to have a fun one off tie into the Tomb of Dracula series.  It is designed a little deeper into Dracula and debut a new characters his daughter, Lilith.  The book not only introduces Lilith but it also reveals her origins and in doing so some of Dracula's as well.

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In London, Angel O' Hara a pregnant young women is being yelled at by her irate father.  She has just revealed that secretly married and is pregnant.  The irate father kills her husband.  This makes Angel extremely angry and attracks a spirit with a similar feeling at rage.  This spirit is that of Lilith who also hate her father.  Angel is overcome and turned into Lilith who quickly kills Angel's murdering father.
Lilith then sets out to find vampire hunter, Quincy Harker who had killed her 30 years prior.  She dispatches of Harker.  She then goes off to confront Dracula himself.

Meanwhile, Dracula has an interesting meeting with Sheila Whittier an owner of a haunted castle.  Rather than simply kill her Dracula comforts the woman and promises to help her solve the castle's secrets.

Dracula and Lilith then run across each other and chase each other through London as bats.  They stop at a soccer game to discuss their histories.  This is where we learn the origin of Lilith.

As a man, Dracula is forced to marry Lilith's mother by his father.  Dracula loathes Lilith's mother.  The two have a child but as soon as Dracula's father dies he leaves them.  Dracula goes off and marries his true love and starts a new family.  Lilith scorned by her father finds her self living with a witch.  The witch also does not like Dracula and curses Lilith.  Lilith becomes a quasi vampire who is destined to battle her father, forever.  She can not die fully until her Father is destroyed.
The two leave each other without working out their differences.  They both seem to agree that they dislike eachother very much.

Dracula returns his sight toward the haunted castle where he find that Lord Henry is using dark magic to make the castle appear haunted.  Henry kills himself but Sheila will continue to live on in the castle and wonder about its mysteries.

Lilith goes on to reappear in some Dracula stories as well as reappear in Nick Fury's Howling Commandos.


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Pokemon Go - How to Track Pokemon


Pokemon Go - How to Track Pokemon

Pokemon Go actually supplies a couple of tool to help you find Pokemon but they are not very well explained.  After a lot of trial error, reading and asking I have set upon a fairly solid way of triangulating a given Pokemon's location.

1) Leaves
When you are walking you will occasionally see leaves fly up in the air.  This means a Pokemon is in that vicinity.

2)  The Sightings Screen - Nearby Screen

Note-this screen is now called Sightings after a Pokemon Go update.

 The bar in the bottom right corner provides a screen that shows Pokemon nearby.  This is the primary tool to locate Pokemon as you are walking around.  It is also generally misused.   When you open the Sighting- Nearby tool you see all the pokemon near you.  You can see all the Pokemon that are in your general area.  If you have the caught that type of Pokemon before it will show up in color, if not you will simply see a silhouette.

Steps:
Update 7 31, 2016 the Pokemon Go has received an update and the step icons have been removed.   This is due to the steps not working correctly.   I am going to leave the next bit on the steps just in case they are brought back.

The new Sightings screen does not seem to have a distance measure like the original footsteps.   Instead all the pokemon appear in grass.    The Sightings screen seems to have a smaller radius, and actively updates.   When it pulses it is updating spawns and despawns.
The Sightings screen only shows a type of Pokemon once.   Even if there are 5 ratatta only one will appear.   This is so you can focus on the harder to find Pokemon.

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Each one has a number of steps underneath it.  The steps measure the distance from and each Pokemon.

Steps:
3 Steps - Far away
2 Steps - Pretty Close
1 Step - Really Close
0 Steps - You are right on top of it just wait



More often than not you will turn this on and see that all of the Pokemon are 3 steps away.


3) Triangulation
The Steps do not tell you where the Pokemon actually are, or even in which direction they are from you.  You can however use one extra piece of information to help with this.  The Pokemon that appear are in an order where those in the top left are those that are closest to you.   Those in the nearby screen toward the bottom right are the farthest from you.  You can use this fact to triangulate upon the location of a Pokemon and at least get to the point where you hit 2 steps so you find a Pokemon's general location.

To do this try to go to an open area with lots of Pokemon.  Then walk in a given direction while watching the Nearby screen.  When a pokemon moves up in the order you are walking toward it, when it moves downward in the ranking you are moving away from it.  If the rankings do not move then they could be clustered together or you should try to walk in an altogether different direction.

Sometimes the screen will freeze.  When this happens I reset the game to ensure I have the freshest information.

Generally, the Pokemon do not seem to move that much.  They seem to pop into existence at a given location so you have time to actively search for them.

The Pokemon that comes from Incense and Lures do not seem to be related to the Pokemon in the Nearby window.  These Pokemon are separate from these.

4) The Perfect Spot
  I find the ideal location to triangulate are open parks, fields where you can walk in 360 degrees.  I prefer to start in a central area that gives me plenty of room to walk this way or that.  Also make sure your phone is well charged or have a back up battery.

One other area that is a bit creepy but tends to be great in this game is cemeteries.  For whatever reason there are a ton of Poke Stops in cemetaries and they are also fairly wide open to allow you to move around and triangulate upon where the Pokemon you are hunting are located.

5) Learn the Spawn Spots
Many Pokemon seem to respawn after a given amount of time in a single spot.  By recalling where you caught certain Pokemon you can return to pick up others often at the same locale.

6) Flashes - The nearby screen will occasionally Flash this means that the nearby screen has been updated.   Check to see if any pokemon have altered in distance from you.


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Mummex - Marvel Monster







Mummex - Marvel Monster

Mummex the king of  theMummies is a monster that appeared in early Marvel comics in the early 1960s.  He appeared as the villain in an issue of Tales to Astonish.  This post is part of the Toylab Marvel Monster series that focuses on old Marvel Monsters in preparation for the 2017 Marvel Comic event Monsters Unleashed.

Real Name: Raaka

Alias:  Mummex

Planet: Andromida

Galaxy: 7th Galaxy


Final Appearance: Tales to Astonish #8



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Bio:



A giant mummy appeared to be walking around tomb to tomb in Egypt.  The giant monster created a panic amongst locals who thought it was a demon sent by Allah.  An archeologist began to follow the massive creature only to learn its true secret.  The giant mummy Mummex was not a mummy at all but an alien named Raaka from a missing person's bureau.

The space suits of the aliens look like Mummies.  When Raaka encountered Earth its scans showed various Earth mummies and Raaka investigated to see if they were actually missing alien space explorers.  Once finished with his exploration Raaka left Earth in his space ship after creating panic on Earth.



Powers:

  • Super Strong - Not sure how strong relative to other monsters or heroes but was shown to have strength far surpassing a normal human.
  • Super Durable - 
  • High amount of technology capable of space travel




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