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Comic Book Legends Revealed #282

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COMIC LEGEND: Marvel produced two full issues of a Fallen Angels sequel mini-series before canceling the project.

STATUS: True

Fallen Angels was a really odd Marvel mini-series in 1987.

Written by Jo Duffy and drawn by a few different artists (originally Kelly Gammill), the series began as a New Mutants spin-off, as Sunspot accidentally injures Cannonball. Distraught, he leaves the team (Warlock follows him)…

He eventually ends up on a “team” of various mutants, including, most notably, Boom Boom, Madrox the Multiple Man and Siryn (the latter two became an item during the series, although it was later determined that the Madrox in Fallen Angels was a rogue duplicate of the “real” Madrox)…

The series is perhaps best known for bringing Jack Kirby’s Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur into the “regular” Marvel continuity…

In any event, Colleen Doran was approached to finish up the art for the original series. She turned Marvel down, and then later regretted it, so when they offered her the job as the regular artist on the follow-up mini-series in 1988, she quickly said yes.

The follow-up series, again written by Duffy, with pencils by Doran (and inks by the legendary Terry Austin), featured the team (sans Sunspot, Warlock and Siryn, who we see Madrox sadly part with here – obviously, at the time, this was intended as THE Madrox)

gaining a new member who could interact with animals through telepathy.

Here, the new member meets the team…

Doran also did re-designs of most of the characters, as Marvel gave her pretty much carte blanche to do what she wanted, design-wise.

However, a bad guy called the Broker wants the young mutant caught…

The whole concept was a bit of a hodge podge, as the book alternated between silly and really dark (the boy was a victim of abuse from his father) and eventually Marvel wished to drop Duffy from the project. They asked Doran if she would continue with a new writer. Doran, in a strong showing of loyalty to someone she had not worked with before, said no.

So Marvel just dumped the project entirely.

The problem for Doran was that she just spent a lot of time (each of the two completed issues were double-sized) on a project that was not even going to see the light of day, so that likely set her career back a bit.

While the project was still on, Duffy, Doran and Austin did a story in 1988′s Marvel Fanfare #38 featuring Dazzler and Rogue of the X-Men meeting up with a famous musician…

The plan was for PJ James to be introduced later in Fallen Angels II, where it would be revealed that he was a mutant and his power involved his musical abilities. Instead, the Fanfare story went nowhere.

Madrox and Siryn went on to become major characters for Marvel, including more recently together in the pages of X-Factor (written by Peter David, who also had a series called Fallen Angel – it all ties together!!)…

and Boom Boom was in Nextwave, so she’s set for life…

but the other characters pretty much got stuck in limbo (although Ariel, a member of the team who was in limbo for years before she began appearing in the X-titles, would probably prefer limbo to what happened to her after she began appearing in the X-titles, which is get killed during a crossover).

Allan Harvey did a feature on the mini-series in Back Issue #21. That’s where the above pages are from. Be sure to pick up Back Issue #21 to see more pages of the rejected series and read Harvey’s great interview with Doran.

Thanks to Harvey and thanks to Colleen Doran for getting the pictures out there. Check out Harvey’s website here and check out Colleen’s website here.

COMIC LEGEND: A translated version of the Dan Dare radio show led to a “brand new” Spanish comic book hero!

STATUS: True

Dan Dare debuted in the first issue of Eagle (a weekly British comic magazine) in the ongoing strip Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future.

It quickly became one of the most popular British comic book characters EVER.

Dare also became the star of his own radio serial in 1951 on Radio Luxembourg five times a week. The show lasted for five years.

The radio serial was adapted for airing in Spain in 1953 on Cadena SER. Eduardo Lacueva and Joaquín Peláez each played Dan for awhile before the Spanish radio station decided that the show wasn’t Spanish enough. So they just stopped using the English scripts and just created their own Dan Dare knockoff, Diego Valor.

Diego Valor proved quite popular, running for 1200 performances, and inspiring, oddly enough, his own comic book series!!

Enrique Jarnés wrote the comic under the pen name of H. Jarber and Braulio Rodríguez drew it under the pen name of Buylla and Bayo.

Here are the covers of the first ten issues of the weekly series that ran for 124 issues!

Isn’t that amazing? They just decided not to adapt Dan Dare and do it themselves.

Eventually, the more recent Dan Dare series (the one from 2000 AD) was translated into Spanish, making Dan Dare’s first Spanish comic appearance occur two decades into his comic existence!

Thanks to Kerschner & Taylor’s absolutely BRILLIANT Dan Dare website for the scans of the Diego Valor comics! And great big thanks to reader Gerard R. for suggesting I feature this one!!

COMIC LEGEND: DC considered using Steve Rude to re-draw the Superman faces in the style of Jack Kirby when they reprinted Jack Kirby’s Jimmy Olsen stories.

STATUS: False As Far As I Can Tell

This is interesting, because this is one of those rumors that is recent enough that I can remember it making the round of the internet back in the early 2000s.

As you might know, when Jack Kirby drew Superman in Jimmy Olsen, DC would have another artist re-draw the face of Superman (I covered this in greater detail in an earlier edition of Comic Book Legends Revealed) so that Superman would look consistent with the “standard” look for Superman (Kirby was not the only legendary artist they did that to – click on the above link to see what other Hall of Fame artist got the same treatment).

So when DC was getting ready to reprint the stories in the early 21st Century, the rumor was that DC was going to get Kirby’s original pages and re-ink them using Kirby’s original drawings. Whether DC tried this or not, it would not have been possible because not enough of his original pages existed.

The NEXT rumor, though, was catchier – it was that DC was considering using the great Steve “The Dude” Rude (who, by the way, is having a monster sale on his artwork at his website! Read more about it here – you get a great deal and you help a legendary artist keep his home! The proverbial win-win situation!), an artist with a similar style to Jack Kirby, to re-draw the heads in the STYLE of Kirby.

However, when the comics were reprinted, that did not happen (Rude DID ink a Kirby sketch for the cover of Volume 1)…

And at the time, Bob Greenberger (then Senior editor in DC’s Collected Editions department) stated, “At no time did I talk with the Dude about reinking faces.”

Likely, what happened was that folks were misinterpreting something the great Mark Evanier had written on his website in 2003:

DC recently issued the first of two volumes reprinting Jack’s Jimmy Olsen stories, just as they were originally published. There is no way to actually restore what Jack did — only a few stats of a few panels have survived — but there was once talk of having someone (probably Steve Rude) redraw the redraws into more of a Kirby style. In fact, I somewhat instigated such discussions before finally becoming convinced that it was impractical.

This, though, is why I’m going with “as far as I can tell,” because I can’t read the mind of whoever makes the final decision on these things. Maybe someone DID, at one point, plan on having Rude re-draw the faces, but it was never officially planned, and as Evanier makes perfectly clear, it really never went past “talk.”

Still, when DC announced plans of doing a massive four-volume Omnibus of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World material, once again the Rude rumors started up.

And when the project was released in 2007?

The same re-drawn faces were used.

Again, though, let me stress that maybe someone at DC did plan at one point to use Rude (and perhaps that was the origin of all the rumors), but if they did, it was never stated anywhere officially, so I feel pretty safe going with a “false” here.

Thanks to Mark Evanier for all of his great information about the life and work of Jack Kirby. And thanks to Bob Greenberger for the quote about Rude. Be sure to check out Steve Rude’s art for sale, people!!

Okay, that’s it for this week!

Thanks to the Grand Comics Database for this week’s covers! And thanks to Brandon Hanvey for the Comic Book Legends Revealed logo!

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56 Comments

I read Jack Kirby’s autobio, and I have to say it’s such a shame how he left Marvel due to getting jerked around just to go to DC and arguably get jerked around even worse!

man, I can´t help thinking PJ James music must have sucked

Huh. Never knew Madrox & Theresa hooked up before X-Factor. Interesting.

Huh. Never knew Madrox & Theresa hooked up before X-Factor. Interesting.

They did and they didn’t. It’s kind of complicated, like all things 90s and X-related.

This link explains it if you have the patience:

http://marvel.com/universe/Multiple_Man

T.: So that’s what that bit was about between them during X-Cutioner’s Song! Damn, I thought it was just a throw-away thing, not a reference to past continuity. Thanx for the linkage.

>The problem for Doran was that Marvel had not even announced the project, choosing instead to wait until it was finished,

Not true; it was promoted in the “Mutant Watch” pages of Marvel Age and some of Doran’s art was even published somewhere…Marvel Age Preview#1, I think.

Fair enough, Michael!

Robert, exactly right! Pretty good memory there! That’s exactly what that moment in X-Cutioner’s Song was referring to.

Good point, T, I should probably throw in a little disclaimer so as to not to confuse current readers of X-Factor that Madrox and Siryn have been together since Fallen Angels.

I really enjoyed Steve Rude’s version of Superman and Batman in WORLD’S FINEST 3 issue mini-series.

Worth checking out.

Hope he got a reprieve from his house being foreclosed.

So that’s why Doran drew the main art for Ariel’s entry in the OHOTMU ’89 update–and why she appeared with a “look” that was very different from her previous appearances in FALLEN ANGELS. The OHOTMU art was apparently a preview of what her character design would be in the defunct sequel. I always wondered why someone had come up with a new design for Ariel instead of art representative of her appearances to date.

OOoooOOooh! Don Diego Valor!

So P.J. says he’s going to play bass, yet in the very next panel he’s clearly playing guitar– a very Gibson Les Paul inspired guitar no less.

Diego Valor is an awesome name.

“Don Diego Valor!”

Sounds like some bizarre mashup of Zorro and the post-Crisis Mon-El.

Interesting piece on Fallen Angels. My real interest in that title though is an in house add just a month or two before the publication of issue #1, volume one, of a book called “Misfits” which seemed to include all the same characters. I’ve always guessed Glenn Danzig’s punk band of the same name had something to do with the change.

Michael, you’re right, the preview for FA II was in that comic. Every once in a while I wonder whatever happened to that mini (b/c I enjoyed the first mini). Now I know!

After reading these few pages for that aborted mini, I’m glad it was never released. What cliched garbage…

Which famous rock star is PJ in that Dazzler comic supposed to represent? I’m missing the reference…

Ken, about the Misfits ad name; IIRC, it had to do with trying to avoid confusion with the show “Misfits of Science.” I could be wrong though…

Buylla was not a pen name but a real artist Adolfo Álvarez Buylla. He worked with Braulio Rodríguez (Bayo) and then on his own. Several years later he worked with Alan Moore in a Star Wars story: The APndora Effect.

A curiosity: He met Al Williamson when they both were kids in Colombia and years later when they became professional artists.

I remember when Fallen Angels came out, the confusion over the Misfits name, etc. The only thing I want to bring up is that Fallen Angels was not Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy’s introduction into the greater Marvel Universe. That came in Godzilla #21 back in 1979. (In that issue, Godzilla is sent back by Doctor Doom’s time machine to a “prehistoric” era, where proto-people and dinosaurs lived together. Fallen Angels and later appearances make it appear, however, that Devil is from an alternate reality — after all, dinos and people never co-existed. Maybe Godzilla’s radioactivity made the time machine malfunction.)

Daniel
Now that you’ve mentioned it, I do strongly remember that being on TV about the same Fallen Angels was in publication. I’d still like to see the add again though, if anyone should happen to have a copy. I can’t for the life of me remember which titles I saw it in, but it’s not in anything I still have from the time period.
It really was a better title though, and may have resulted in a better reception, although I suppose it’s for the best with the level of storytelling inevitably being so stinky. I’d totally forgotten that was where Devil Dinosaur & Moon Boy were unnecessarily dragged into the 616.

Dan Dare ran in 2000AD during its early years, being the top story because it was allocated the colour centre pages, and heavily plugged from Prog 1 on. Astonishingly Judge Dredd was a comparatively minor figure, didn’t appear until Prog 2, & it was obvious they didn’t know what to do with him for the first 20 or so issues. Despite stellar art from Bellardinelli (a superb Italian who sneaked his likeness into stories, especially in the later Ace Trucking Co, is not well known in the USA but is a 2000AD legend) and the young Dave Gibbons, D.D. never sat well with 2000AD’s gritty, punky, cynical 70s vibe.

It finally limped to a (not) conclusion a couple of years later in 79 – the strip just stopped with an airy ‘Dan will return soon’ midway through an epic arc where the Mekon takes advantage of DD’s lost memory to make him an outlaw.

Then 2000AD’s company IPC revived Eagle in the early 80s, and Dan too. Eagle this time was a photo-story comic, but Dare was drawn, harking back to his 50s-heyday style. I didn’t buy or collect Eagle for long so I don’t know how successful this update was, but it lasted quite long (to the late 80s before it merged, like so many UK comics did with legendary war comic Battle), & 1 of the artists was Gerry Emberton.
Any other UK readers of this site got more info? P.

Steve Rude and Mark Evanier did a pretty cool issue of the Legends of the DC Universe (issue 14 to be exact) that seemed right out of that era of Jimmy Olsen. Worth checking out.

My mistake. It was Suzuki who states that he prefers to play bass, but he also appears to be playing a standard six-string electric guitar as well. A bass would have a much longer neck and usually only has four strings.

The Broker later showed up in a Wolverine storyline written by Mary Jo Duffy.

re Bellardinelli and Dan Dare, his artwork was quite divisive amongst readers – I always found his human characters a little awkward in terms of poses and his faces a little bland / similar. Were he excelled was with grotesque humans or ugly / scary / absurd aliens and monsters, hence his popularity on the Ace Trucking strip (and in some ways, the early Slaine stories he drew) – his occasional early work on Dredd was pretty crummy (and he also revealed Dredd’s face in one episode but the editor didn’t like it and pasted over it, starting the long running ‘no one shows Dredd’s face’ rule). To my mind, his Dare work was OK with occasional flashes of genius – the Biorg aliens (with their ‘organic’ technology) were great and made for a really striking early cover for 2000 AD.

As for Dredd’s popularity, his personality and portrayal was petty inconsistent for the first 90 or so episodes (to be fair Pat Mills wrote some good stories with a bit of depth / characterisation) until his co-creator John Wagner came back on board as the (almost) permanent writer (or co-writer), a position he still holds to this day. However, Dredd WAS popular early on – readers started to rank the strip highly (via the post in vote forms on the letters page) around the robot wars storyline in prog 10 or so. After the launch phase ended, some real crap stories started to creep in – both Dredd and non Dredd strips / in house writers that had been rejected from the launch but were on file / staff so had to be used as that was the company line for IPC back then). I mean, I love the nostalgia of rereading old 2000 AD but it was very hit and miss for the first 2 years… the breakout hit strip as voted for by readers for those first 50 issues was the cheap Bionic Man knock off ‘MACH 1′ and stories like Dare and Ant Wars weren’t popular / well received… As great as 2000 AD became, it had a good launch followed by a really rocky road those first 2 years and nearly didn’t make it to issue 100!

Scott

That Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy lived on a parallel Earth rather than in Marvel-Earth’s past was first established in Marvel Two-in-One #73 (although they themselves did not appear in that story), six years prior to the Fallen Angels mini.

The Misfits ad can be found in New Mutants #36. I just bought it last week and the ad really surprised me. I was pretty certain it was referring to Fallen Angels, since there was no other similar mini-series around that time, but I’d never heard about it having another title. The ad only shows Roberto and Warlock; the other characters are in silhouette behind them.
I’ve never heard of Colleen Doran as far as I can remember. I do like her art here, at least on the Fallen Angels sequel. did she ever do anything else for Marvel?

Dan Dare doesn’t know it, but I like the Mekon.
(Nobody identified that quote the last time I mentioned it.)

Interesting bit on the Spanish Dan Dare. Reminds me of the way Marvelman was created in the UK when they ran out of Captain Marvel’s to reprint.

I wonder if Diego Valor is one of the few genuinely Fascist comic book characters – that is to say, a comic book character created in a Fascist state rather than one made up later like Master Man. Anyone know of any others?

Of course, I’m not saying that the writer on Diego Valor was a Fascist, only that the series could have hardly presented demcoracy in a good light or dictatorship in a bad light given where and when it was written.

Mary, you really need to look up Colleen’s work! She hasn’t done a lot of work for Marvel, but she’s done quite a bit for DC & Vertigo and is primarily known for her A Distant Soil series. (She even has her own DVD…)

Look at all the results for six string bass guitar.

http://www.sweetwater.com/c954–6_string_Bass_Guitars

And I can’t tell from looking at a drawing how long the neck is supposed to be. It’s just funky perspective to my eye.

I read Jack Kirby’s autobio, and I have to say it’s such a shame how he left Marvel due to getting jerked around just to go to DC and arguably get jerked around even worse!

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What book are you talking about here? Kirby never wrote an autobiography. Mark Evanier wrote a GREAT book about Kirby a couple of years ago and has been working on a full biography for even longer to be released when completed. Not trying to give you a hard time, just curious.

Thanks for featuring another Steve Rude thing! Buy some stuff, people! He’s got a bunch of cheap comics for sale at steverudeart.com so you should all check it out.

Man, if Colleen had been working in comics years earlier, she would have done awesome romance comics.

Mary needs to check out Colleen’s stuff STAT! I liked Reign of the Zodiac (written by Giffen) myself, you can probably find the 8 issues in a cheapo bin. She’s also done Legion of Super Heroes stuff. There’s the Orbiter GN written by Warren Ellis. Not sure if she did much Marvel stuff, and given what she went through here (and with WARP involving ADS) at the time, you can see if she didn’t want to go back to Marvel, especially if DC was giving her work.

I think Colleen would have still been in her mid 20s at that point, right? She broke into comics really young.

What’s she doing now? Did she ever finish ADS?

I just read a new comic book for the first time in months.

When did this Hostess Green Lantern Balls thing start?

Heh, Nextwave… just re-read by trades about a week ago. And Devil Dinosaur may have been “unnecessarily dragged” into the mainstream Marvel Universe, but that fact was used to such brilliant effect in Nextwave (and yes, I’m aware that Nextwave is probably not deemed canon…)

@Travis: As far as I’m aware, Colleen is still working on A Distant Soil but when I last spoke with her about it (at Heroes Con in 2008), she isn’t able to get as much done as she’d like because she does get other work that helps her do silly things like eat and pay rent. ADS is her labor of love, but the book doesn’t sell nearly enough for her to really make a living. (As I confessed to Colleen, I love ADS–ever since the WaRP Graphics run– but I end up waiting for the trades because the single issues are so infrequently released. And she actually didn’t seem the least bit surprised by my confession. Colleen is a truly lovely woman, in EVERY sense.)

And such a pity that Colleen turned down the first Fallen Angels series.

And such a pity that Colleen turned down the first Fallen Angels series.

Sorry, in case I am being misleading there, she turned down the chance to FINISH the first Fallen Angels series, when they needed a new artist.

I always wondered what became of that second Fallen Angels mini-series. Can’t believe Doran did that much work and they still didn’t publish it.

I’m pretty sure Nextwave IS canon.

here there’s a”diego Valor” radio show episode (in spanish of course).
http://fonotecaderadio.com/html/diego_valor.html

By the way, it’s also some kind of a legend but it looks like Diego Valor had a short lived TV series aimed for children in spanish Television. I used the same actorsform a Theater version and some from the Radio show
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0331738/
It was in the begginings of television in spain and way before VCR so there’s hardly any information about it and no images.
the only thing I found are these scans from a magazine with images form the theater play
http://navarrobadia.blogspot.com/2009/07/el-teatro-de-diego-valor.html

Mary Warner – Where else did you quote ‘Dan Dare (Pilot Of The Future)’ that I (obviously) missed it?

Fallen angels was great. Just crazy. But kinda moving in the end too.

Didnt Know Coleen Doran had worked that much into the second FA mini .. what i remember from that periode (hearsay and all ..) was that coleen was too slow at drawing..so the project had taken enormous lateness.

If you take a look at the Marvel Ag (nda) of the period you can find an article presenting the Misfits Mini (MA 37) and we learn the FA was supposed to be a 4 issue mini, In MA 48 K. Gammil is interviewed regarding the newly renamed Fallen Angels mini, still 4 issue long… (MA 49 has some Keith Bowden art printed ^^ )
In MA 78 , in a Bob Harras Interview we have a statement for FA 2 , and some art (wont be out for a while ..)

Marvel age has some oddities in it .. (First published art from Steve “Checkmate” Erwin, Mark Bagley, Ron Garney, unused art from differents series .. like the first few pages of Nightmask #2 drawn by Tony Salmons..)

never were a fan of coleen more mainstream comics, but ADS is a MUST read !! (and collecting)

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 16, 2010 at 7:11 am

@ Mary Warner:

If you’re interested in Colleen Doran’s work, you should also check out Warren Ellis’ ORBITER ogn from Vertigo, and JMS’ THE BOOK OF LOST SOULS from Marvel.

Both are excellent works by Doran.

Keith Bowden, did you ever get work for Marvel after entering that competition for Marvel Age or whatever it was in the 80s

I’d imagine P.J. James sucked about as much as P. Diddy, T-Pain and M&M.

PJ James was based on Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.

A Distant Soil. Right over here.

http://adistantsoil.com/

As well as six string basses, you can get shorter neck basses (Fender Jaguar?) but I don’t think I’ve seen the two combined!! I’ve seen a 12 string bass which was pretty freaky.Just to muddy the waters further, you can also get baritone guitars (Jack White uses one occasionally – John Lennon used one in the last days of the Beatles) which is the same notes as a tenor but an octave down, I think.

Wow, two comments on my old Marvel Age page (the inking award category from the Atlanta Fantasy Fair)… I’m sitting here in shock! Alas for me, I never did anything else for Marvel and the rest of my limited work in comics was some lettering. But I have fond memories from the period (and a year at the Kubert school).

Man that 1980s music video hair everyone has in the Fallen Angels segment is just terrible! Whew!

A shame, Keith, as ifound your work reminiscent of John Romita (or was thatKieth Paul)

Brian from Canada

October 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Nextwave is not considered in continuity because of the inconsistency between Boom Boom’s appearances there and in the X-books. And, IIRC, Devil Dinosaur & Moon Boy do show up in another comic (forget which) some time afterwards.

Which is a pity, since Nextwave’s edge of ridiculousness coupled with Tabitha and Bloodstone’s relationship are a big bonus to the series and totally make them worth reading. And returning. Because, you know, Marvel should actually produce series that aren’t repeats of the same characters under a new Avengers banner. ;-)

Thanks, madeleymade. Actually, I was inking John Romita Jr on that page (from the 1983 Marvel Try-Out book) and I really appreciated the comments and guidance that John Romita Sr gave me on it.

“man, I can´t help thinking PJ James music must have sucked”

…Nah, it just made you wanna jump up and kiss yo’self. :P

“I’d imagine P.J. James sucked about as much as P. Diddy, T-Pain and M&M.”

…Jeez, he couldn’t have been anywhere near the spooge artist as Kanye West. As I’ve said since the first time his autotuned droning excuse for (c)Rap showed up, “Kanye West? Kanye shut the frack up?”

“If you’re interested in Colleen Doran’s work, you should also check out Warren Ellis’ ORBITER ogn from Vertigo,”

…As most of us Space Historians and Enthusiasts have pointed out, the sole problem with Orbiter has been that it was hacked by Warren Ellis. Other than that, it’s perfect, and Colleen put a *lot* of research into just how much detail their was in the Shuttles which is why it looks so God/Yahweh/Roddenberry-blessed excellent! Except for Jack Kirby’s Fourth World titles and his Eternals issues, Colleen’s work on this GN is the only one I wished I owned every single page of original art for. If I had to pick just *one* issue as her “Magnum Opus”, it would be Orbiter

If only I could convince her to have the GN reprinted, sans word balloons and “dialogue”…:( :(

“And when the project was released in 2007? The same redrawn faces were used.”

…AIUI, those faces *and* the S-Shield were redrawn by Al Plastino, and not 100% willingly in this case. Al was usually the go-to guy when DC – then National – needed someone to maintain the “house style” of how Superman’s face and insignia should appear. This was pretty much restricted to “newer” artists and/or artists who didn’t regularly draw Superman. The only two I can name right off the bat who never got the Plastino retouch were Wayne Boring and Curt Swan, although ISTR some years ago of someone – maybe Gil Kane or Mark Evanier – saying that Bob Oskner also never had his Superman faces redrawn, at least not by Al Plastino.

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