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Thanos

Thanos is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer-artist Jim Starlin, made his first appearance in The Invincible Iron Man #55. Thanos is one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe and has clashed with many heroes including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men; the character appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portrayed by Damion Poitier in The Avengers and by Josh Brolin in Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame through voice and motion capture. The character has appeared in various comic adaptations, including animated television series and video games. Writer-artist Jim Starlin conceived of Thanos of Titan during college psychology classes; as Starlin described: I went to college between doing U. S. military service and getting work in comics, there was a psych class and I came up with Thanos... and Drax the Destroyer, but I'm not sure how he fit into it, just anger management probably.

So I came up to Marvel, editor Roy Thomas asked if I wanted to do an issue of Iron Man. I felt that this may be my only chance to do a character, not having the confidence that my career was going to last anything longer than a few weeks. So they got jammed into it. Thanos was a much thinner character and Roy suggested beefing him up, so he's beefed up quite a bit from his original sketches... and on I liked beefing him up so much that he continued to grow in size. Starlin has admitted the character's look was influenced by Jack Kirby's Darkseid: Kirby had done the New Gods, which I thought was terrific, he was over at DC at the time. I came up with some things. You'd think that Thanos was inspired by Darkseid, but, not the case when I showed up. In my first Thanos drawings, if he looked like anybody, it was Metron. I had things I wanted to do, which became Thanos and the Titans. Roy took one look at the guy in the Metron-like chair and said: "Beef him up! If you're going to steal one of the New Gods, at least rip off Darkseid, the good one!"

Thanos's first appearance was in The Invincible Iron Man #55, featuring a story by Jim Starlin, co-scripted by Mike Friedrich. The storyline from that issue continued through Captain Marvel #25–33, Marvel Feature #12, Daredevil #107, Avengers #125, he returned in an extended storyline that spanned Strange Tales #178–181, Warlock #9-11, Marvel Team Up #55, the 1977 Annuals for Avengers and Marvel Two-in-One. He was featured in a short backup story in Logan's Run #6 and had a small role in the Death of Captain Marvel graphic novel; the character was revived in Silver Surfer vol. 3, #34 and guest-starred until issue #59, while appearing in The Thanos Quest #1–2 and The Infinity Gauntlet #1–6. After an appearance in Spider-Man #17, Thanos had a recurring role in Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1–42; this was followed by crossover appearances in Infinity War #1–6, Infinity Crusade #1–6, Silver Surfer vol. 3, #86–88, Warlock Chronicles #6–8, Thor #468–471, Namor The Sub-Mariner #44, Secret Defenders #11–14, Cosmic Powers #1–6, Cosmic Powers Unlimited #1.

Thanos appeared in a connected storyline in Ka-Zar vol. 2, #4–11, Ka-Zar Annual, the X-Man and Hulk Annual, before featuring in Thor vol. 2, #21–25 and the 2000 Annual. The character was next used in Captain Marvel vol. 4, #17–19, Avengers: Celestial Quest #1–8, Infinity Abyss #1–6 and Marvel: The End #1–6. In 2004 Thanos received an eponymous title. In 2006, the character played an important role in Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1–4 and Annihilation #1–6; the character was re-introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, #24–25 and played a major role in The Thanos Imperative: Ignition and The Thanos Imperative #1–6. The character returned in Avengers Assemble #1. A mini-series titled Thanos: Son of Titan by Joe Keatinge was planned for publication in August 2012, but was cancelled; the character's origin was expanded in the five-issue Thanos Rising miniseries by Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi, published monthly beginning in April 2013. That same year, Thanos played a central role in the Infinity miniseries written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Jim Cheung, Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver.

In May 2014, Jim Starlin and Ron Lim worked together on the one-shot Thanos Annual, a prelude to a new trilogy of original graphic novels. The first, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, was released the following August. Beginning in February 2015, Starlin penned a four-issue miniseries titled Thanos vs. Hulk, set prior to the graphic novels; the second installment in the trilogy, Thanos: The Infinity Relativity, was released in June, 2015. The third graphic novel, Thanos: The Infinity Finale, as well as the connected mini-series The Infinity Entity were published in 2016. At the same time Starlin was writing these graphic novels and tie-ins, the character appeare

Damon Ming

Damon Ming is a Bermudian footballer who plays for Dandy Town Hornets. Ming has gained much experience in UK and US football over the years, playing for Barnet, Maidenhead United, Aylesbury United and Northwood in the English leagues. In November 2008, he joined Dandy Town Hornets after being released from his Bermuda Hogges franchise contract that prevented him playing in Bermuda, he re-joined the Hogges prior to the 2009 season, played in 20 games for the team during the year. Ming made his debut for the Bermudian national team in a December 2003 friendly match against Barbados and has earned over 40 caps since, making him the most capped player of the national team, he featured in 13 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, scoring 4 goals. Damon Ming at National-Football-Teams.com profile at the Bermuda Hogges website

Vapors (film)

Vapors is a 1965 short film directed by Andy Milligan and written by Hope Stansbury. The film portrays the lives and conflicts of a group of homosexual men set during one evening in a New York bath house for men. A young man riding a New York City bus disembarks and goes inside a building, the St. Marks Baths, he asks for a room and is told by the clerk that the weekend price is $3.50 the average price of two dollars which are on the weekdays only. He is given a white robe, slippers, as well as told to deposit his wallet and valuables with the clerk prior to entering, he is told that there is no food or beverages allowed in the baths or any of the rooms. The young man enters a dark room, changes into his robe, sits on a bed looking at the vapors of the baths as other men, run past the room talking loud and behaving weirdly. Nearby, a clerk named Sam, talks with another employee about the large number of customers for this Friday night; as the young man sits in his room, a middle-aged man enters asking.

The middle aged man tells the young man that this is his first time at the baths, the young man brags about coming there three or four times a week. The middle aged man becomes awkward and asks the younger man if he would like something to drink and offers to sneak up some coffee from the convenience store in the lobby area. After the middle-aged man leaves, two gay couples, a pair of flamboyant out-of-costume drag queens known as Miss Parrish and Mavis, as well as another couple named Thumbelina and Taffy, walk by where Miss Parrish asks the young man if he would like some company for he is all alone; the young man tells them to leave. A minute or so the middle-aged man returns with a pair of soft drinks which he claims to be Coca-Cola and 7 Up where he serves one to the young man; the middle-aged man introduces himself as'Mr. Jaffee', the young man introduces himself as Thomas. While Miss Parrish and Mavis runs around talking degrading things about the other attendees to each other, the awkward conversation between Mr. Jaffee and Thomas continues.

Mr. Jaffee tells Thomas that he came to the baths because he did not want to return home to his wife whom he claims to have been married to for 19 years. Thomas confesses to Mr. Jaffee that he lied for it is his first time at the baths for he just wanted to see what goes on there. Mr. Jaffee refers to it as "a lunatic asylum for homosexuals". While Taffy and Thumbelina talk outside of an intruder that walks by them, Mr. Jaffee talks about his unhappy home life to Thomas and further talks about a dream he once had about women's feet and how his wife's feet are repulsive to him. Mr. Jaffee plays with Thomas feet while reciting the nursery rhyme "this little piggy went to market". Mr. Jaffee talks about dealing with the analysis of women's sanitary pads and Thomas tells Mr. Jaffee how when he worked in a restaurant had to fish them out of a toilet because too many women tried to flush them down which clogged the restroom toilets. Mr. Jaffee tells Thomas that one of the real reasons he came to the bathhouse is that it is the first anniversary of his 16-year-old son's death.

Mr. Jaffee delivers a disturbing monologue about his son who drowned while swimming in an upstate lake which led to the disintegration of his marriage. Mr. Jaffee spooks Thomas more when he tells him that his appearance reminds him of his young son. Just Miss Parrish and Mavis, Taffy and Thumbelina, burst into the room looking for a party, when Thomas angrily tells them to leave, which they do. Mr. Jaffee tells Thomas that he wants to give him a gift and tells him not to leave for he will return soon. After Mr. Jaffee leaves the room again, Thomas sits on his bed for a long time, smoking a cigarette, staring at the black ceiling, looking at the steam vapors in the room, staring at the obscene and vulgar graffiti on the walls. Just the two couples return to the room with a wrapped package in which Thomas again tells them to leave and asks the whereabouts of Mr. Jaffee; the four men tell Thomas that Mr. Jaffee got dressed and left, but he asked them to deliver the package to him. Thomas opens it up to find a paper sunflower.

Thomas tells the guys to leave him alone, he sits on his bed and cries over his abandonment. As Thomas continues to cry, a man walks by his room and peaks in asking if he is all right for he heard him crying. Thomas tells the man, but just when the man turns around to leave, Thomas tells the man to come on in and keep him some company. The man enters the room and without saying another word and walks towards Thomas to have sexual relations with him. Robert Dahdah as Mr. Jaffee Gerald Jacuzzo as Thomas Hal Sherwood as Miss Parish Hal Borske as Mavis Richard Holdberger as Thumbelina Larry Ree as Taffy Joel Thurm as Clerk Ron Keith as Intruder Mayron Williams as Attendant Matt Baylor as Man William M. Hoffman, well known NYC Playwright and friend of Andy Milligan, has said that all of the interior shots of Vapors took place in a vacant apartment floor on 199 Prince Street, Manhattan in the same building where both William and Andy lived during that time. Joel Thurm, who played the bathhouse attendant, has said that the shots of the transaction with the clerk took place in a candy store a few streets away either on 6th or 8th Avenue.

The opening exterior shot of the bathhouse was the only shot filmed outside the actual St. Marks Bathhouse on 6 St. Marks Place in the East Village, a destination famous as a rendezvous for gay sex, illegal at the time; the film was shot on 16mm black-and-white film. Vapors was Andy Milligan's first official film, it was first released as an underground gay film in selected art houses on D