Cobra Month Concludes

Recently I posted that Nick Martinolich and the fine folks over a Media Potluck declared June to be Cobra month! Earlier this week I received the following from Nick…

Nick Martinolich and Media Potluck wrapped up a month’s worth of Cobra celebration with an interview from StalloneZone’s Craig Zablo, guest blogger Chris Michaud
comically reviewing the film inWhat’s So Funny About the Crime Problem,” and a Cobra Resource Guide including links to fan art, alternative DVD commentaries, rip-offs, and more.

June is “Cobra” Month

Nick Martinolich and the fine folks over a Media Potluck have declared June to be Cobra month!  They’ve created a podcast, are filming a fan made version of Cobra, are having a double feature night [Cobra and Cop Land] and are even going to post an interview with me.

They are asking all Stallone and Cobra fans to get involved and send their thoughts, opinions, and critiques of the film to mediapotluck@gmail.com or on Twitter with #cobrafilm.

Working with Pony Ghost Productions the team is setting out to work with the online community to re-imagine a low budget “sweded” version of Cobra. Everyone involved will get to direct a sequence from the film and put their own twist on this classic. No money, a love for explosions, and a whole lot of match sticks. Head over to http://www.facebook.com/l/1c88d;www.mediapotluck.net to get involved in the festivities!

Want to join in on the fun?  Just click here.

Sly Stallone Strikes Over Stolen ‘Cobra’ Car

On December 1, 2009, TMZ broke the news that Sly is suing to get back the famous 1950 Mercury used in the filming of “Cobra”Sly first reported the car as stolen in 1994 and recently came across it in an internet ad offering it for sale.  When the current “owner” refused to return it, Sly went after it through legal means.

According to TMZ, “a suit filed in in L.A. County Superior Court begins with a quote from the movie — “Crime is a disease. Meet the cure.'” You gotta love that.  Sly is suing for an immediate return of the car as well as three million dollars in damages since his name and image were used without the proper permission to promote the auction.

You can read the full piece at TMZ, as well as see more photos of the Cobra car by clicking here.

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Andrew Charipar’s Cobra

Here’s Andrew Charipar’s take on Stallone as “Cobra” and a humorous story that goes with it.  I got this sketch from Andrew at the 2009 FX con.  Although I regularly visit Andrew’s blog, I’d never met him.  A few weeks before FX, Andrew posted that he’d take requests for sketches to have ready for anyone attending the show.  I put in for the Stallone character of his choice.  A few days later, Andrew posted the Stallone piece you see here and said I could pick it up at FX.

The weekend of the show arrived and I found Andrew’s table.  He had art available for sale, his sketchbook, and comics spread out.  A small group of folks were around his table ordering or picking up sketches.   I waited my turn, stepped up and said, “Hi.  I think you have a Cobra for me.”  A puzzled look crossed Andrew’s face and he replied, “I don’t think so.”  Now I was the one looking confused.  Andrew asked, “Are you sure you requested a Cobra from me?”

Now I know that he’s drawn the piece — I’ve seen it on his website, but I can tell by the look on his face that he has no idea why I would think that he’s drawn me a Cobra sketch.  I go on, “My name is Craig Zablo.  I requested the sketch through your website and you decided to do Stallone as Cobra.”  It’s like a light went on and Andrew replied, “Oh, a Stallone Cobra!  My buddy and I were just talking about GI Joe and we thought you were referring to ‘that’ Cobra.”  Andrew then proceeded to pull out the piece you see above.

Andrew’s a cool guy with very reasonable prices for his sketchbook and originals.  Check out his blog and give him some props.

Cobra Collectible Knife

Mark from Hollywood Collectibles checked in with the following:

Hi Craig,

I hope this finds you well!

I wondered if our latest offering, a totally accurate reproduction of  the knife used in Cobra, would be of interest to your website users?   It is my all time favorite movie knife!

This is the link; http://www.hollywood-collectibles.com/cobra_knife.html

I have also organized a 10% discount as before for your guys using the  following when ordering;

Discount Coupon: COBRA

Oh, and it is available in limited numbers right now!

Best,

Mark

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Thanks for the SZoner discount, Mark.  You guys do great work at Hollywood Collectibles.  Please keep us informed about new Stallone items as they become available.

Digital Spy Scores

The Digital Spy has posted up two items of interest to Stallone fans.

In the first, Sly defends the level of violence in “Rambo” saying, “As horrific and bloody as you think the film is, I don’t, because that’s what war is.” He goes on to add, “Gratuitous violence is a guy dressed up in a fright wig with a meat cleaver chasing ten teenagers around the woods for ten hours. That’s gratuitous, this [Rambo] is war. And civil war is by far the most vicious of all wars.” Click HERE to read the full post.

In the second Sly discusses the film that bothered him the most: “I think the biggest mistake I ever made was with the sloppy handling of Judge Dredd. I thought that could have been a fantastic, nihilistic, interesting vision of the future – judge, jury and executioner. That [film] really bothered me a great deal.” Sly goes on to talk about characters that he’d like to re-visit: “I think Cobra could have been kind of interesting on a certain level only because I always saw him as Bruce Springsteen with a badge! That character would’ve been nice to go back to.” Sly also “added that he wouldn’t mind going to see if Sheriff Freddy Heflin, the character he played in James Mangold’s Cop Land, ‘lived happily ever after’.” For the full piece click HERE.

Sly opens the door for some very interesting possibilities. Especially if Mangold joined him. – Craig