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Today in Nerd History | March 5

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 March 5th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

STARMAN | 1941

In 1941, Starman made his first comic book appearance in Adventure Comics #61. He was introduced as Ted Knight, a scientist and astronomer who invented a gravity rod that allowed him to fly and manipulate energy.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Ted Knight was a member of the Justice Society of America and fought in World War II. He later suffered a mental breakdown and retired from superheroics.

  • The third Starman was Mikaal Tomas, a blue-skinned alien from the planet Talok III. He came to Earth to stop a group of alien invaders, but was betrayed and captured. He escaped and became a superhero, using a sonic crystal embedded in his chest to fly and shoot energy blasts.

  • The eighth Starman was Thom Kallor, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes from the 31st century. He traveled back in time to the present day and joined the Justice Society of America. He had the power to manipulate gravity and mass, and suffered from schizophrenia.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND | 2010​

In 2010, Alice in Wonderland premiered in theaters. Alice in Wonderland is a film adaptation and re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic novels, where a 19-year-old Alice returns to the fantastical world of Underland and joins a rebellion against the evil Red Queen.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Anne Hathaway was offered the title role of Alice, but she turned it down because it was too similar to other roles she had previously played. She was keen to work with Tim Burton, so she was pleased to be cast as the White Queen.

  • Johnny Depp was originally asked three times to play the Mad Hatter before accepting. He and Tim Burton worked hard to give the character more depth and presence than in past portrayals.

  • The movie was shot in 2D and then converted to 3D. Most major films are shot with cameras that are specifically designed to shoot 3D, not 2D.

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