Classic Poetry: Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) Kubla Khan Or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment. In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man     Down to a sunless sea....

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Sunday Classic Comics – June 26, 2022

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Megadeth is Back with “We’ll Be Back”

Loudwire reported on June 23, 2022 that Megadeth had released a new song: The first new Megadeth song from their imminent sixteenth album, The Sick, The Dying… and the Dead! arrived early on Thursday (June 23). The rippin’ track is called...

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The Traveler by Joseph B. St John

Image by Oleg Gamulinskiy from Pixabay Running through the atmosphere, lost, tired and bewildered, the traveler moves to another time. Pulling aimlessly at his memory, he stands alone and lonely, watching the stars and moon fall around him.  ...

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Tomato Soup by Alan Caldwell

Image by Petra Tant from Pixabay The Woman wiped the blood from her thighs and sat on the folded feed-sack sheet to absorb the flow. She took the Child who had been inside her for about three months and...

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Planet of the Apes Returns to Marvel

CBR announced that Marvel Comics would return to publish the Planet of the Apes franchise. Marvel Comics has announced that Planets of the Apes is returning with new stories launching in 2023. Having first published Planet of the Apes comics’ stories in 1974,...

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Sunday Classic Comics – June 19, 2022

 

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Change A World Before My Eyes by Joseph B. St John

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay Change a world before my eyes. Change the color of the stars. Stare off into the sun and rhyme a lullaby.   The cold ice drops off every word. A...

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Spy Smasher No. 2 (Winter 1941)

This “Golden Era” comic transports us back to time when America was preparing for war in Europe and beyond. It’s the winter of 1941 and Fawcett Comic’s Spy Smasher is already fighting Nazi Germany.  Like all the superheroes of that...

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Bubbles By Alan Caldwell

Image by Trinh Nguyễn from Pixabay The Man shook the blue Ball Mason jar and watched the small clear bubbles form and then quickly dissipate. The Man knew that strong whiskey could never hold its bubbles and that weak...

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Classic Comics: A Return

In the past, SGC presented classic newspaper comics as past of our weekly features and we are presently working on being able to do this again.  Until then, we hope you enjoy some of the comics we have presented...

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Morning Rain by Joseph B. St. John

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay Caress the morning rain. Surrender to the moisture’s cool comfort.   Expression and time moves toward continuum. The dampness erases the burdens of the soul.   Pull yourself toward the heavens. Feel your skin...

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Plastic Man in the Game of Death (1943) by Jack Cole

This week’s classic comic is Plastic Man in the Game of Death created by the legendary Jack Cole.  This is a true “Golden Age” tale from one of the Masters. This story shows all the humor and creativity that...

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Middle C by Alan Caldwell

Image by Martyn Cook from Pixabay The Girl used her index finger to strike the center key over and over again. The solitary note rang out through the empty country church. Every Sunday, while the bulk of the congregants...

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The Black Terror 01 – Feb 1943

The Black Terror 01 – Feb 1943 In keeping with SGC’s commitment to the “Golden Age of Comics,” this edition will introduce a very popular 1940s superhero, Black Terror of Nedor Comics.  Published in 1943, this comic focuses on...

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No… His Name is NOT Shazam

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has eclipsed anything that DC Comics has done in the movie business and Marvel’s domination has a strange deja vu quality to it. It happened before in the 1960s-70s, when Marvel overtook DC Comics as...

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Gothic Sunrise by Joseph B. St. John

Image by Mrexentric from Pixabay Gothic sunrise sitting prone, alone– mesmerized by life’s encouragement. Water, cool and easy, reflecting the light of a still dawn.   Colors, purple, blue and orange, calling  from the sun. A wet mist covering the...

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Desire by Joseph B. St. John

Black Mountains roam across the sky. The moon hides its distance shore in a bask of remembrance. A man clothed in deep blue and gray walks purposefully through the night.   Steel eyed and gaunt, his pale reflection stands...

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The Marvel of Marvel Comics and Culture (Video)

#60s, #70s, #babyboomer, #Marvel, #MCU, #CaptainAmerica, #Comicbooks, #Comics Marvel Rules! Just like the old days, Marvel was Number 2 and then kicked DC Comics’ #$^%*&a% butt.   The following link will help you follow along: Comic Books – They...

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SGC: Robert and Joe talking about Missing our World, 1960-70s – It was so Rogue (Video)

#60s, #70s, #NFL, #Rogue, #TVcommercials, #babyboomer If you were raised in the 1960s or 1970s, you understand that the good old days were not always good, but they were fun. They were also damn rogue. The following videos will...

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Southern Gothic Creations: A New Beginning – Lets Talk About Culture

#marvelcomics, #DCcomics, #MarvelUniverse, #MCU, #Comicbooks Today’s Episode will discuss Marvel Comics and movies and living long enough to understand it all! Maybe? The following links will help you follow the program: True Crime: True Crime Comics (1947-48) Comic Books...

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Edward Edwards: “To Tell the Truth” and the Ultimate Conman By Joseph B. St. John

One of the fascinating things that happen when you begin to report on “True Crime,” is that whether or not you want to admit it or not you start to become an “Armchair” profiler.  Even after 30 plus years...

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Nine Classic True Crime Stories Everyone Should Read

by Joseph B. St John Continuing our “True Crime” series on SGC, I have compiled a list of nine books to get anyone started on their true crime journey. These are not just books that I consider to be...

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America’s Obsession with True Crime: It is Not as New as You Think

By Joseph St. John There is no denying that America is obsessed with true crime, but it is nothing new. Also, it is not necessarily bad. People should be interested in the legal system and how criminals are affecting...

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True Crime: True Crime Comics (1947-48)

By Joseph B. St. John As SGC kicks-off its series on true crime, I am including one of the classic True Crime comics for our readers to review.  It is an eye opener. It is True Crime Comics from...

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Do Not

Photo by Khamkéo Vilaysing on Unsplash   Do not be afraid of the dark Even if it rains, And you have no one to hold Or anyone to hold on to Do not be afraid of the dark Do not embrace the...

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In Loving Memory of Vickie Reed

Above: Vickie (left) with her dear friend, Ashley Vallette Over the years, you have the opportunity to meet many people, but only on a rare occasion do you meet someone who shares your creative flair. Vickie was one such...

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An Essay of Time and Water

Photo by giuseppe Peppe on Unsplash An essay of time and water, a celebration of memory intertwined through our minds and riding a crafted sunset. Life passes easy from time to time. A colorful dream eased in to a peaceful sleep –...

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The Clock Reaches Zero

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash When the clock reaches zero, Whisper quietly. Move in close divine. Breathe a gentle kiss- in rhythmic time. Joseph St John

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In Defense of Conspiracy Theories

It is easy to see a project like SGC or 40+&Fit and think that is a one-man show. However, there are many people in the background who help to make the operation run. As with all my media adventures,...

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The Prince, The Yellow Tiger

Photo by Hans-Jurgen Mager on Unsplash Sun, like water- colors are vivid, pink and green, hallow blue. The prince rides the yellow tiger. One eyed and valiant, the beast sets boldly against the sunset. Strong and vibrant, the golden man glides across...

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The Officer Survival Creed: A Tool For Life

Last week, I had an opportunity to teach at the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy and it is always great to be teaching new recruits. The men and women I meet every time at the academy make me...

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The Field Of Corn Green

(Green Corn by Vincent Van Gogh) Swirling blue on canvas. Images appear vaguely through the paint. Faces through the clouds look over the field of corn green. Cypress impale the morning air Rolling hills move toward the west. A...

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Jim and The American Night

Lost next to the Earth’s highway the stranger stands firm, unscathed hunting the American Night. He pulls off his shirt. The hot air breathes life on his tired skin. Abandoned, lonely, he walks defiantly across the black asphalt. A...

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“Red, White and Blue” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Red, White and Blue” first appeared on the Vicious Cycle album by Lynyrd Skynyrd and was written by Johnny Van Zant, Donnie Van Zant, Brett Warren, and Brad Warren in 2003. It is one of my favorite songs by...

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Photo by Ivan Diaz on Unsplash Riding through the plains, Outlaws and Rebels locked in gold’s quest. Sunshine abandoned- Horses pull and force their way onward. Colt steel stands firm blazing a harden trail. The riders move toward the Mexican Line. They...

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Happy 4th of July, Americans!

On this 4th of July, let’s take the time to read the Declaration of Independence. Yes, take the time to read the original content. If you love America, take the time to understand America. Download a copy here: Declaration-of-Independence...

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“Heartland”

A little art now for the art site:  Photo by Chad Peltola on Unsplash Raging through the Heartland in a cream-colored Cadillac, I saw the light’s ray illuminate the dust from my dashboard. Running through Nowhere, Midlands, I lost my innocence somewhere...

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To Honor Our Vets 

From time to time, SGC and our sister publications will take the time to honor our Vets. The men and women who have served our country should be honored every day in our hearts and in our minds. Freedom...

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Don’t Confuse Compromise with Surrender

by Joseph B. St John There is always a battle between being forceful and being passive. It is always part of any equation when dealing with work or your personal life. When do you push and when do you...

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A Little Critical Thinking Will Go A Long Way

by Joseph B. St. John Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and...

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Freedom – It Sounds Good To Me

Freedom. It is a strange word and means many different things to many different people.  For some, freedom is a freedom from responsibility and for others it is having a few hours for themselves. This word has a strange...

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The Law

An Open Letter from SGC: Be Smart One of the interesting things about the Internet is that anyone can be anything. Sometimes, it is done innocently. Sometimes, not so much. Knowledge is good but understanding the knowledge you have...

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Upon Butterfly Wings

Photo Credit: Yuichi Kageyama on Unsplash by Joseph B. St. John  In the space of one morning, I saw the tiny doves fly into the sunrise. One after another, they disappeared into the brightly colored coat of the sky. Dew laid...

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Church in the Moonlight

by Mark Poe The distant glow of flood lights gave a point to follow through the thin path amongst the underbrush of the swampy surroundings. The chorus of the creatures of the night was joined by the crackling speakers...

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Comic Books – They Never Were for Kids

Growing up in the late 1960’s and 70’s, superhero comic books were a big part of my life. It was a weekly pleasure to pick up my preferred titles: Batman, Spiderman, the Fantastic Four and my personal favorite, Captain...

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Pilgrimage

by Ron Parlato Pilgrimage is an event held in many towns in the Deep South to celebrate the antebellum period of cavalier manners, graceful elegance, and spacious homes. It is a time for the owners of these homes to...

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Why Monsters Matter

Photo by Max Kleinen from Unspalsh Unfortunately, there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and...

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Earl Hutchins

by Ron Parlato My name is Earl Hutchins and I own the Hutchins Run B&B in Linings, South Carolina. It’s about as much of a bed and breakfast as Hadley’s Rest, a sorry piece of lumber that’s only good...

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