Monday, April 2, 2012

April 2

April 2
Babae Entertainment Magazine Taon 2 Blg. 88, Abril 2, 1985
On the front cover: Coca Nicolas
On the back cover: Faridah Yulo

 Events that happened on April 2
1883 – The Hongkong-Shanghai Bank, the oldest foreign bank in the Philippines, established a branch in Iloilo.
1988 – Captured coup d’état (against Cory Aquino’s government) leader Lieutenant Colonel Gringo Honasan escaped from his prison ship, the BRP Andres Bonifacio, together with 14 of his guards.

Personalities and celebrities born on April 2:
1788 – Francisco Balagtas (real name Francisco dela Cruz Baltazar), poet, author and "Prince of Tagalog Poets" – in Panginay, Bigaa, Bulacan. (d. February 20, 1862).
Portrait illustration of Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar
on the cover of Philippine Panorama (March 28, 2004).
1917 – Cesar Legaspi, pioneer of neo-realist painting in the Philippines and National Artist for visual arts (1990) – in Tondo, Manila (d. April 7, 1994).
1948 – Anthony Alonzo (real name Antonio Viana Hernandez), actor – in Quezon City (d. October 9, 1998).
1976 – Geneva Cruz (full name Geneva Mendoza Cruz), actress and singer – in Manila.
Geneva Cruz
on the covers of Celebrity World  (March 13, 1995), FHM Philippines (April 2001), 
and MOD (October 21, 2005).

The Hulk vs. The Thing
Two instances where the Hulk encounters the Thing:
Left, Fantastic Four #25, April 1962, and right, Silver Surfer #96, September 1994.
          The first time the Incredible Hulk battled Ben Grimm a.k.a. The Thing was in the April 1962 Fantastic Four #25 issue. It was billed “A Marvel Super-spectacular” and “The Battle of the Century.”
          The Hulk guest-starred in Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s Fantastic Four #12, which was the first time Marvel heroes had a cross-over. In the issue, the Hulk discovers that he has been replaced on the Avengers by Captain America. He decides to travel to New York City to destroy the Avengers. Once in New York, the Human Torch tries to slow the Hulk down, but he is no match for the Hulk. Mr. Fantastic had just come down with an illness and while the Thing and the Invisible Girl wanted to stay with him, he insisted that it was more important that they try to stop the Hulk. During the ensuing battle, the force field of Sue Storm-Richard (Invisible Girl) couldn’t stop the Hulk, and she and his brother Johnny Storm (Human Torch) were taken out of the fight, leaving the match Marvel fans had been waiting for – the Hulk versus the Thing.
          The fight takes up the rest of Fantastic Four #25 and a large chunk of issue #26, as well. Right from the start, Ben Grimm (The Thing) realizes he is in real trouble as the Hulk is a great deal stronger – and smarter – than expected. 
Two-page spread inside Silver Surfer #96 (Part 4 of “Down to Earth”),
penciled by Jim Hall and inked by Mark McKenna.

          In Parts 3 and 4 of “Down to Earth” (written by Ron Marz), Silver Surfer #95 (August 1994) and #96, (September 1994), another comics “encounter” (as guest-superheroes) was briefly showcased. Ben “The Thing” Grimm again almost mixed it up with the Hulk who at this point can talk clearly and is “no longer a mindless monster,” had not the Silver Surfer literally cosmically stopped them. The two powerhouses, met each other when the Silver Surfer accompanied Ben, Ant-Man and the Human Torch to investigate a peculiar seismic readings.  
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Katharine Heigl on the cover of
Entertainment Weekly (April 2, 2010),
after she said farewell to the
television series Grey’s Anatomy.
Picture Trivia
          Katharine Heigl played the role of Dr. Izzie Stevens in the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award as “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series” in 2007. On March 24, 2010, however, she announced that she would leave the show to have more time taking care of her family.                             o     O     o

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