November 23, 2009 |
These pirates don't wear mascara! Indeed, one only has to look at the covers of Dynamite's outstanding new series, "Blackbeard: Legend of the Pyrate King," to realize this is a brutal, realistic tale that couldn't stand in starker contrast to "Pirates of the Caribbean" - the only successful pirate-themed entertainment vehicle in recent memory. Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow stood out in the cartoonish, campy "Pirates" films with traits highlighted by his clownish nature and affinity for eyeliner.
July 8, 1992 |
Marcus Hook Borough has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of its incorporation, and guess who has been left off the invitation list? None other than Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the Pirate, a renegade sea captain who used the tiny Delaware River port as a haven and watering hole between his forays in the early 18th century. Accounts of Teach's carousings along Discord Lane (now Second Street) in the Hook have long been a part of local lore. Even though history describes him as "brutal, bloodthirsty and utterly depraved," Blackbeard has been romanticized by time, and residents are quick to point out the house along Market Street where he frequently visited a woman known only as Margaret.
April 15, 1997 |
All history is revisionist. We regularly rediscover the past, see things from a different perspective, find new ways to compare ourselves with distant ancestors. Consider the early 18th-century pirates - Blackbeard and friends - as they have been rediscovered by colonial historians and nautical archaeologists. The pirates are still what they always were: freebooters and seafaring adventurers who plundered the merchant ships that crisscrossed the Caribbean and the western Atlantic.
September 22, 1991 |
It's pretty tough to keep a good town down. Take Marcus Hook, for example. It has been bombarded by the British, pillaged by pirates and invaded by Warlock bikers, and it still bounces back stronger than ever. Joke all you want about the Hook and its aromatic refineries - and many Philadelphians do - it doesn't upset the locals. They love the town the way parents love a baby, because it is their own. Life there, like the river it bounds, just goes on. And now Marcus Hook is planning a centennial celebration, 100 years of progress - and jokes - since it split from Lower Chichester in 1892.
September 22, 2014 |
As blasts from cannons filled the air, dozens of 18th-century reenactors swarmed Marcus Hook on Saturday, harking back to an era when the Delaware River community was a haven for plundering pirates, including the notorious Blackbeard. Hundreds turned out under sunny skies for the sixth annual Pirate Festival, a daylong waterfront event to raise money to preserve the Marcus Hook Plank House, a 1700s property that, according to legend, belonged to one of Blackbeard's mistresses, Margaret.
March 23, 2013 |
Looking for something to do Friday night? If you like Pirates, then this is for you. A documentary, Treasure: The Story of Marcus Hook , will be holding a free special preview screening at 7 p.m. in the Marcus Hook Community Center. The film chronicles the efforts of the Delaware County Borough of Marcus Hook to change it image - and future - by highlighting it's history. Pirate history to be exact. Arrr Matey, What say ye? The struggling Delaware River community of 2,400 residents, is sandwiched between two dying refineries.
May 30, 1993 |
Patricia Ann Miller wrote a book about "The Hook," to which local residents may at least give a look. That's because Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania: A Pictorial History, compiled and released last year in time for the borough's centennial celebration, is more visual than literary. The book was on sale yesterday at Marcus Hook's annual Memorial Day Parade. "They really don't read here in Marcus Hook. It's very blue collar," Miller said, as she sat on a park bench across the street from the borough library.
September 6, 2014 |
Who is Nicholas Brody? Is the antihero at the heart of Showtime's espionage thriller Homeland an American hero or an Islamist terrorist? Portrayed by British thesp Damian Lewis ( Life , The Forsyte Saga ) with a reserved intensity that can be disquieting to watch, Brody was a U.S. Marine sergeant held prisoner for eight years by al-Qaeda who came home in the pilot episode a hero. In Season 1, we found the military man had converted to Islam - and the Islamist cause - while in captivity.
June 9, 2008 |
In an industry dominated by superhero titles, Zenescope continues to make a name for itself by offering quality titles different from anything else on the shelves. First, they turned "Grimm Fairy Tales" into a successful, "Law and Order"-esque franchise. Next, they breathed new life into the undead genre with "The Living Corpse. " Now, with the launch of "1001 Arabian Nights: The Adventures of Sinbad," the Fort Washington-based company has again produced a quality title for those looking for a fresh take on an old genre and a unique read.
November 15, 2011
ONE OF the first things you notice when you enter Pat Croce's Villanova home is the pirate memorabilia. Sure, there are some mementos from his days as owner of the Sixers and there is evidence of his fascination with the late Harry Houdini. But the skull and crossbones motif is everywhere. On the walls, pillows, his desk - even in his mouth, where a molar is tattooed with a tiny skull wrapped in a red bandanna. On the stairs leading to his spacious home office, each step is decorated with tiny skulls and crossbones.