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 9th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
In 1996, Clark Kent and Lois Lane got married in the pages of DC Comics. After a long and tumultuous relationship, Clark Kent and Lois Lane finally exchanged their vows and became husband and wife in a star-studded ceremony that was attended by many of their friends and colleagues, as well as some of the world’s greatest superheroes, in Superman: The Wedding Album.
Nerdy Fact: Although Clark and Lois officially tied the knot in 1996, they actually had a secret marriage in the daily Superman newspaper strip back in 1949. The story was written by Alvin Schwartz and drawn by Wayne Boring, and it showed Clark and Lois getting married in a small town after Superman lost his powers due to exposure to a mysterious meteorite. However, the marriage was never acknowledged by DC Comics or the other Superman media at the time, and it was eventually erased from continuity by the Crisis on Infinite Earths event in 1985. The newspaper strip marriage is considered a forgotten masterpiece by some fans and critics, as it explored the emotional and psychological aspects of Clark and Lois’ relationship in a realistic and mature way.
In 1997, Fallout released on PC. This role-playing video game lets the player explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland full of mutants, raiders, and other dangers, while trying to save their underground community from a water shortage.
Nerdy Fact: Fallout was originally intended to use the GURPS system, a tabletop role-playing game system created by Steve Jackson Games. However, due to disagreements over the game’s content and direction, Interplay decided to drop the license and create their own system, called SPECIAL. SPECIAL stands for Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck, which are the seven primary attributes of the player character. The system allows for a great degree of customization and flexibility in creating different types of characters and playstyles.
In 2019, Nancy Drew premiered. This mystery drama television series follows the adventures of a young detective who solves supernatural crimes in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine. The series is based on the classic novels by Edward Stratemeyer and features a diverse cast of characters and a modern twist on the original stories.
Nerdy Fact: The series pays homage to the original books by incorporating references and Easter eggs throughout the episodes. For example, the pilot episode features a cameo by Pamela Sue Martin, who played Nancy Drew in the 1970s TV series.