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Today in Nerd History | February 7

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 February 7th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

THE ANTI-MONITOR | 1985

In 1985, The Anti-Monitor made his first appearance in DC Comics. The Anti-Monitor is a powerful cosmic villain who first appeared in a cameo in Crisis on Infinite Earths #2 and made his full debut in Crisis on Infinite Earths #6 a few months later. He is the evil counterpart of the Monitor and the destroyer of multiple universes in the biggest comic event in DC history.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • He is the evil counterpart of the Monitor, a cosmic being who oversees the positive matter multiverse. They were both created when a scientist named Krona accidentally unleashed a wave of entropy that split the original universe into two.
  • He can manipulate antimatter, a form of matter that annihilates normal matter on contact. He can use this power to create antimatter blasts, shockwaves, constructs, and even antimatter universes. He can also absorb the energy of destroyed universes to increase his own power.
  • In the 1985 story, He was opposed by the Monitor, who gathered heroes and villains from different worlds to stop him. He killed billions of lives and several superheroes, including Supergirl and the Flash, before he was finally defeated by a coalition of heroes and villains.
  • He returned in the 2007-2008 storyline Sinestro Corps War, where he allied himself with the Sinestro Corps, a group of yellow lanterns who use fear as their power source. He also recruited other powerful villains, such as Superboy-Prime, Cyborg Superman, and Parallax, to his cause. He planned to use a device called the Anti-Monitor Tower to unleash a new wave of antimatter that would wipe out the positive matter multiverse. He was confronted by the Green Lantern Corps, the Justice League, and other heroes, who managed to destroy his tower and weaken him. He was then killed by Superboy-Prime, who betrayed him and threw him into a star.
THE LEGO MOVIE | 2014

In 2014, The LEGO Movie premiered in theaters. The LEGO movie is a 3D animated film that follows Emmet, an ordinary LEGO minifigure, who joins a resistance movement to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO world into his vision of perfection.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The movie contains 3,863,484 unique Lego bricks, and if you wanted to recreate the entire movie by hand, you would need 15,080,330 bricks.
  • The movie features 183 unique minifigures, some of which were childhood favorites of the directors.
  • The movie was the first theatrical film to feature Wonder Woman, voiced by Cobie Smulders. The movie also features cameo appearances by celebrities voicing famous characters, such as Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, Channing Tatum as Superman, Will Arnett as Batman, and Shaquille O’Neal as himself.
  • The movie’s catchy theme song, “Everything is Awesome”, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song.
JAY LENO LEAVES TONIGHT SHOW | 2014

In 2014, Jay Leno hosted his final episode of The Tonight Show… again. Jay Leno’s final episode was an emotional and star-studded farewell, after 22 years of hosting the NBC late-night show.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Billy Crystal, Leno’s first guest, was also his last guest, with a surprise musical farewell led by Crystal, featuring celebrities like Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, Carol Burnett and Oprah.
  • A cameo by President Obama, who joked that Leno was being replaced by a younger, more energetic host.
  • This wasn’t the first time Leno left the show. The first time Leno left The Tonight Show was on May 29, 2009, when he passed the torch to Conan O’Brien after hosting the NBC late-night show for 17 years. Though, instead of retiring, NBC moved him to his own show called The Jay Leno Show that aired before The Tonight Show, and even pushed the long-running hit show back later in the schedule. The Jay Leno Show was met with mixed reviews and was canceled after five months. However, Conan, refusing to accept the later time-slot, negotiated a $45 million settlement with NBC for him and his staff, and left the following January. Conan would move to TBS to host a popular and long-running talk show there, and Jay Leno returned to The Tonight Show in March 2010.

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