GREAT MAN’S PASSING: AUGUST 29TH, 1987 WE LOST LEE MARVIN

Great Man’s Passing
It was 26 years ago this weekend that we felt the loss of the great man’s passing: we lost Lee Marvin to the ravages of time.The loss to many of those closest to him, such as friends, family, and co-workers, is well chronicled in Lee Marvin Point Blank.
However, as is often the case, at the time of his passing, news of his death was overshadowed by the loss of another iconic fim personality: John Huston, who had passed away the day before, at the age of 81. Still in all, Marvin’s death was indeed recorded such as in the following obituaries, like this one from the L.A. Times:
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In the actor’s home town of Tucson, the following obit ran:
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The now long-defunct Herald-Examiner ran a piece in which they spoke with several of Marvin’s co-workers:
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However it was the N.Y. Times, in the city of his birth, which gave Marvin’s passing the most complete coverage:
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Ironically, one of Marvin’s most frequent co-stars, Charles Bronson, did not comment on his death but would himself pass away from Alzeheimer’s Disease exactly 15 years later to the day in 2003!

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MAD PARODIES MARVIN & COMPANY

MAD PARODIES MARVIN

From the July 1967 issue of Mad magazine, here’s their parody of The Professionals by artist Mort Drucker and writer Larry Siegel. Just another way of showing how popular Marvin had become during the mid to late 60s, as written about in detail in Lee Marvin Point Blank.
As to the parody, I love the way Drucker drew Ralph Bellamy’s private train as a NY subway car and the ‘asides’ they give Woody Strode. Oh, and do you sense a trend in the way Drucker draws Lancaster? Only thing missing are bugs on his teeth. And then there’s the…ahem…’charms’ of Ms. Cardinale that are interestingly rendered…. And so, without further ado…..

INTRO: “And now MAD presents its own version of the recent Western movie — well, it wasn’t exactly a ‘Western’ movie, it was more of a ‘South-Western’ movie about –well, it wasn’t exactly a ‘South-Western’ movie, it was more of a ‘South-Western Mexico’ movie about four –well, it wasn’t exactly a ‘South-Western Mexico’ movie, it was more of a — a … Well, let’s face it, it was a ridiculous movie about four ridiculous hired gunmen who should have been called:

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