Thursday, June 4, 2009

R.I.P. David Carradine

The sad news hit the internet today that David Carradine is dead.  Some reports are saying that he hanged himself in a Bangkok hotel room, which is even more tragic.

David Carradine was one of my heroes growing up.  I watched Kung Fu every week.  Even though I loved the slow motion action, I also loved the flashback scenes in China and Caine's philosophy of peace that he tried to teach savage Americans.  I asked my brother-in-law to take me to see Death Race 2000 because I was such a fan of Carradine.  I was disappointed when he faded into obscurity after Kung Fu's demise, but I was really thrilled when Quentin Tarentino cast Carradine as the Big Bad in Kill Bill.  Carradine proved his acting chops when he delivered that Superman/Clark Kent speech that Tarentino wrote.

Naturally, being a Marvel Comics addict, my memory flashes back to this 1974 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #4 cover...

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu 4, David Carradine cover by Neal Adams

Neal Adams did an awesome job of recreating Carradine's likeness as Caine. 

Rest in Peace, David Carradine.  Nuff said.

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