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 9th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
IT’S CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN
In 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on CBS. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic animated special that follows the depressed Charlie Brown as he tries to find the true meaning of Christmas by directing a school play and choosing a humble real tree over a flashy artificial one.
Nerdy Fact: Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, insisted on having no laugh track in the special, despite the network’s preference. He wanted the show to have a natural and realistic tone. Schulz also fought to keep Linus’s speech about the true meaning of Christmas, which quotes the biblical account of Jesus’s birth. Some executives thought it was too religious for a secular program, but Schulz argued that it was the heart of the story.
EATER OF WORLDS
Also in 1965, the massive Marvel villain Galactus made his first appearance in The Fantastic Four #48. Galactus’ initial origin was that of a space explorer named Galan who gained cosmic abilities by passing near a star. As Galan’s universe came to an end, Galan merged with the “Sentience of the Universe” to become Galactus, an entity that wielded such cosmic power as to require devouring entire planets to sustain his existence.
Nerdy Fact: Galactus does not have a fixed appearance. He can alter his size, shape, and color at will. He also appears differently to different races, depending on their perception and culture. For example, he looks like a humanoid to humans, but like a tentacled eyeball to the Skrulls.
In 1994, Tekken released in arcades. Tekken is a 3D fighting game that was released by Namco. It was ported to the PlayStation in 1995 and featured eight playable characters and a unique four-limb control system.
Nerdy Fact: Tekken is the favorite fighting game of Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon, who praised the series for its unique characters, deep combat system, and its ability to keep up with the times.
CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
In 2005, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe released in theaters. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a film adaptation of the classic fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis, in which four children enter a magical world through a wardrobe and join forces with a lion named Aslan to defeat an evil witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
Nerdy Fact: The Witch is 7 feet tall and has skin as white as paper, which happened when she ate the fruit of eternal life. She was played by Tilda Swinton, who wore a corset and high heels to achieve the height and posture of the character.