Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Remember when comic book legend Jack Kirby was part of a mission to rescue U.S. hostages in Iran?

The plot of "The Avengers" has nothing on the plot of "Argo." You remember "Argo," right? It was a small Canadian science fiction movie in the late 1970s that took place on a desert planet. You don't remember? That's OK, because the movie was never made.

It was never made because the production of "Argo" was a cover story for a bizarre attempt by the CIA to rescue a handful of hostages who went into hiding after the U.S. embassy was seized in 1979. The idea - gain access to Iran under the guise of making a movie and then slip the hostages out with the rest of the film crew.

No, I am not making this up. Click here if you don't believe me.

To lend the mission credibility, a fake script was worked up and Jack Kirby (co-creator of X-Men and one of the giants of comic book history) was commissioned to provide concept drawings.

The movie may have a Bruce Campbell feel to it (hmmmm ... why not?), but it stars such well-known names as Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and John Goodman. Affleck also directs. And now we have a trailer, complete with hilarious fashions from the late 1970s (talk about science fiction). All we need is a release date.

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