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Today in Nerd History | December 19

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on December 19th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

BAH, HUMBUG

In 1843, A Christmas Carol was first published. A Christmas Carol is a classic story of how a miserly and cold-hearted man named Ebenezer Scrooge learns to embrace the spirit of generosity, kindness, and Christmas after being visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Nerdy Fact: Dickens created a special version of the book for his public readings, where he cut out descriptive scenes and added stage directions for himself. The only known prompt copy of the book, with Dickens’s handwritten notes, is owned by the New York Public Library.

DEMON IN A BOTTLE

In 1978, Iron Man #120 started a 9-issue storyline called “Demon in a Bottle” where Tony Stark dealt with his alcoholism. This story has been recognized by critics as the quintessential Iron Man story, one of the best super-hero sagas of the 70s, and as a story that continues to influence writers of the character today.

Nerdy Fact: The storyline was considered too dark and controversial for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and was only hinted at in some scenes of Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3. The directors of these movies said that they wanted to explore Tony’s flaws and vulnerabilities, but not to the extent of the comic book version.

FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

In 2001, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring released in theaters. The Fellowship of the Ring is a movie about a young hobbit named Frodo who embarks on a perilous quest to destroy the One Ring, a powerful artifact that belongs to the Dark Lord Sauron.

Nerdy Fact: Gandalf’s painful encounter with a ceiling beam in Bilbo’s hobbit-hole was not in the script. Ian McKellen banged his forehead against the beam accidentally, but stayed in character and delivered his line.





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