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Weekend Word Wrap: Hollywood

Seems the last week we've had so many posts related to Tinseltown, it made sense to me to finish the week with a look at one word: "Hollywood," well, not so much the word itself, but the word-sign, mounted up in the Hollywood Hills.

It all started in the late 1800s, with an agricultural community, when a fella named Harvey Henderson Wilcox bought 160 hilly acres of land in the countryside to the west of Los Angeles.

Though no one can agree on how the word Hollywood became associated with Wilcox's land, one of the more interesting stories has Mrs. Wilcox appropriating the name from a lady stranger she got to know on a train trip who'd frequently referred to a country home she owned called "Hollywood."

Slowly, the agricultural community became a real estate development and it's from that phase that we get the well-known Hollywood sign. Erected in the early 1920s, it originally read "Hollywoodland"—acting as one gigantic advertisement for the development.

There's a fantastic website with a detailed timeline and all sorts of interesting photos of the sign in construction. I'd have posted some of their photos, but they're part of a Flash slide-show. I'd urge you go check it out here, really worth seeing.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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