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Today in Nerd History | October 16

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 October 16th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

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KITTY PRYDE

In 1979, Kitty Pryde arrived in Marvel Comics. Kitty Pryde is a superhero who can become intangible and disrupt electrical fields. She made her first comic book appearance in The Uncanny X-Men #129, where she was introduced as a young mutant who was sought by both the X-Men and the Hellfire Club.

Nerdy Fact: Kitty Pryde is one of the most powerful and influential female heroes in Marvel Comics. She has been described as “the heart and soul of the X-Men” by writer Joss Whedon, who wrote a story arc called Astonishing X-Men: Gifted that featured Kitty as a central character. She has also been ranked as No. 47 in IGN’s Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.

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NO TIGHTS, NO FLIGHTS

In 2001, Smallville premiered. This show tells the story of a young Clark Kent, who grows up in a small town in Kansas and discovers his alien heritage and superpowers, while also dealing with the challenges of adolescence, friendship, love, and destiny. It is a prequel to the Superman saga and also focuses on a younger Lex Luthor and his early friendship with Clark.

Nerdy Fact: Smallville is the longest-running comic book-based TV series in history, with 10 seasons and 217 episodes. It also holds the record for the longest-running North American science fiction series.

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GOOSEBUMPS

In 2015, Goosebumps premiered in theaters. This movie combines comedy, horror, and fantasy genres, based on the popular children’s book series by R.L. Stine. It follows the adventures of a teenager who accidentally releases the monsters from Stine’s books into the real world and has to team up with Stine, his daughter, and his friend to stop them.

Nerdy Fact: The movie features a fictionalized version of R.L. Stine, the author of the Goosebumps books, played by Jack Black. In the movie, Stine is a recluse who keeps his books locked up to prevent the monsters from escaping. In real life, Stine is a friendly and humorous person who enjoys interacting with his fans.





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