July in Doctor Who: Doctor Who Magazine Nos 114, 126, 138 & 150

DWM_114The 114th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1986.

The cover features cover artwork from Doctor Who and the Web of Fear by Chris Achilleos.

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The 126th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1987. Following Patrick Troughton‘s death on 28 March, this issue served as an obituary with tributes from several people.

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DWM_138The 138th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1988.

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The 150th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1989.

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July 30, 1984: Queen’s Roger Taylor releases “Strange Frontier”

“Strange Frontier” was the second single, after “Man On Fire”, to be released from Queen drummer Roger Taylor‘s second album Strange Frontier. Released in the UK, USA, Canada and the Netherlands on 30 July 1984, with “I Cry For You” on the b-side, it reached #98 in the UK Singles Chart.

Taylor provided vocals, drums, keyboards, bass guitar, and guitars on the track, with David Richards playing additional keyboards.

July 30, 1938 in all good newsagents: The Beano featuring Big Eggo and Lord Snooty

The Beano is the longest running British children’s comic, published by DC Thomson. The comic first appeared on 30 July 1938, and was published weekly. One of the best selling comics in British popular culture, along with The Dandy, the weekly circulation of The Beano in April 1950 was 1,974,072.

Its characters include Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, The Bash Street Kids, The Numskulls, Roger the Dodger, Billy Whizz and Ball Boy. Earlier characters who have been phased out include Ivy the Terrible, Calamity James, The Three Bears and Pansy Potter. Some old characters, like Biffo the Bear, Lord Snooty, Baby Face Finlayson and Little Plum, have more recently made a return as “funsize” quarter-page strips.

The style of Beano humour has shifted noticeably over the years, though the longstanding tradition of anarchic humour has remained. For decades strips have appeared to glorify immoral behaviour, e.g. bullying (Dennis the Menace), dishonesty (Roger the Dodger) and even robbery (Baby Face Finlayson and The Three Bears). Although the readers’ sympathies are assumed to be with the miscreants, the latter are very often shown punished for their actions. Recent years have seen a rise in humour involving gross bodily functions, especially flatulence (which would have been taboo in children’s comics prior to the 1990s), while depictions of corporal punishment have declined. For example, the literal slipper (Dennis the Menace’s father’s instrument of chastisement) has become the name of the local chief of police (Sergeant Slipper). [Wikipedia]

Big Eggo was a British comic strip series about an eponymous ostrich, published in the British magazine The Beano. He first appeared in issue 1, dated 30 July 1938, and was the first ever cover star. His first words in the strip were ‘Somebody’s taken my egg again!’ It was drawn throughout by Reg Carter.

Eggo remained on the cover of The Beano until issue 326, dated 10 January 1948. Biffo the Bear took over two weeks later, as at this time the comic was published fortnightly due to paper rationing. He continued inside the comic until issue 358, dated 2 April 1949 (the strip ended because his artist died), although a picture of him remained on the front cover (next to The Beano legend) until 1954, when he was replaced by Dennis the Menace. [Wikipedia]

Lord Snooty (or Lord Snooty and his Pals) was a fictional character in a comic strip in the UK comic The Beano, first appearing in issue 1, dated 30 July 1938, and was the longest running strip in the comic until Dennis the Menace and Gnasher overtook it. The central character was Lord Marmaduke of Bunkerton, known to his friends as Snooty, a very ordinary boy who just happens to be an Earl.

The strip was mostly drawn by Dudley D. Watkins until his death in 1969, though Leo Baxendale and Albert Holroyd occasionally filled in for Watkins. The strip had an 18-month hiatus from the comic between June 1949 and December 1950. It was at this point that Snooty’s original pals (from Ash Can Alley) were replaced with his new pals who lived in the castle. Some of these had previously appeared in other Beano strips. The strip had another hiatus from 1958 to 1959, before the comic began reprinting older Lord Snooty strips. Watkins returned to drawing the strip in 1964, before Robert Nixon took over in 1968. Nixon continued to draw it for the next few years, before being succeeded by Jimmy Glen in 1973. Ken H. Harrison took over in 1988, and continued to draw it until the strip disappeared from The Beano in 1991. Lord Snooty was the only remaining strip left from the first issue when it was withdrawn. [Wikipedia]

July 30, 1998: The cruise ship ‘Disney Magic’ makes its maiden voyage

Built in 1998 by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the Disney Magic can hold approximately 2,400 passengers. Since the summer of 2000, the Disney Magic has been offering weekly cruises to Castaway Cay and multiple Caribbean islands out of its homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida. In June 2005, the Disney Magic was dispatched to the West Coast in honor of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

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July 29, 1959 in UK cinemas: Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”

“Wondrous to see – Glorious to hear – A magnificent NEW motion picture!”

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution and originally released to theatres on January 29, 1959. The sixteenth animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon, it was the last animated feature produced by Walt Disney to be based upon a fairy tale (after his death, the studio returned to the genre with The Little Mermaid), as well as the last cel animated feature from Disney to be inked by hand before the xerography process took over. Sleeping Beauty is also the first animated feature to be shot in Super Technirama 70, one of many large-format widescreen processes (only one more animated film, The Black Cauldron, has been shot in Super Technirama 70). The film spent nearly the entire decade of the 1950s in production: the story work began in 1951, voices were recorded in 1952, animation production took from 1953 until 1958, and the stereophonic musical score was recorded in 1957.

It was originally a failure and did not make up the huge cost of the film. Along with the mixed critical reception, it was also noted to be the film that made Walt Disney lose interest in the animation medium. However, the subsequent re-releases proved massively successful, and critics and audiences have since hailed it as an animated classic.

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July 29, 1988 in US cinemas: Touchstone Pictures releases “Cocktail”

“When he pours, he reigns.”

Cocktail is a 1988 romantic drama film released by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Roger Donaldson, the film is based on the book of the same name by Heywood Gould, who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Tom Cruise as a talented and ambitious bartender who aspires to working in business and finds love with Elisabeth Shue while working at a bar in Jamaica. The original music score was composed by J Peter Robinson.

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July 29, 1998 in US cinemas: Lindsay Lohan springs “The Parent Trap” in this Disney remake

“Twice the Fun, Double the Trouble.”

The Parent Trap is a 1998 family film remake of the 1961 Disney film of the same name. It was directed by Nancy Meyers and stars Dennis QuaidNatasha Richardson, and Lindsay Lohan (in her feature film debut). It is based on Erich Kästner’s novel Lottie and Lisa (Das Doppelte Lottchen). The plot involves a set of twins who have been separated at birth and, upon meeting by chance, decide to work together to reunite their divorced parents.

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