Marvel vs. DC: Who Prevails in Your State?

Travis Petersen and USDish wanted to try and figure out who the most popular superhero was in each state in the United States, but also the most popular superhero universe. To identify each state’s most popular superheroes, they used SEMRush keyword volume data. Once they had their list of 20 superheroes total (10 for DC Universe and 10 for Marvel Universe), they used Google Trends to see which state googled which superhero the most. For each state’s most popular comic book universe, they analyzed each state on Google Trends to find out which of the comic book universes they googled the most.

I don’t know if the results are surprising or not. Obviously some searching comes from buzz around upcoming releases. So, is Flash a true state favorite, or are just a lot of residents curious about the upcoming movie? I mean, is Morbius really Alaska’s favorite superhero, or did a lot of Alaskans just not believe anyone was going to make a Morbius film so they hit Google to find out? See what I’m saying.

Okay, no more stalling. Here’s what you want to know.

State     Most Searched Superhero     Most Searched Universe
Alabama               Flash               Marvel Universe
Alaska                Morbius	          Marvel Universe
Arizona	              Deadpool	          Marvel Universe
Arkansas	      Flash	          DC Universe
California	      Captain America	  Marvel Universe
Colorado	      Deadpool	          DC Universe
Connecticut	      Flash	          DC Universe
Delaware	      Flash	          DC Universe
District of Columbia  Green Lantern	  Marvel Universe
Florida	              Superman	          DC Universe
Georgia	              Black Panther	  DC Universe
Hawaii	              Aquaman	          Marvel Universe
Idaho	              Deadpool	          Marvel Universe
Illinois	      Superman	          Marvel Universe
Indiana	              Deadpool	          Marvel Universe
Iowa	              Hawkeye	          Marvel Universe
Kansas	              Flash	          DC Universe
Kentucky	      Batman	          Marvel Universe
Louisiana	      Flash	          DC Universe
Maine	              Deadpool	          DC Universe
Maryland	      Black Panther	  DC Universe
Massachusetts	      Captain America	  Marvel Universe
Michigan	      Superman	          DC Universe
Minnesota	      Deadpool	          Marvel Universe
Mississippi	      Flash	          DC Universe
Missouri	      Superman	          Marvel Universe
Montana	              Deadpool	          Marvel Universe
Nebraska	      Deadpool	          DC Universe
Nevada	              Batman	          Marvel Universe
New Hampshire	      Flash	          Marvel Universe
New Jersey	      Flash	          Marvel Universe
New Mexico	      Harley Quinn	  DC Universe
New York	      Superman	          DC Universe
North Carolina	      Superman	          DC Universe
North Dakota	      Deadpool	          Marvel Universe
Ohio	              Deadpool	          DC Universe
Oklahoma	      Batman	          Marvel Universe
Oregon	              Flash	          DC Universe
Pennsylvania	      Captain America	  Marvel Universe
Rhode Island	      Superman	          Marvel Universe
South Carolina	      Superman	          Marvel Universe
South Dakota	      Deadpool	          DC Universe
Tennessee	      Superman	          DC Universe
Texas	              Harley Quinn	  DC Universe
Utah	              Black Widow	  Marvel Universe
Vermont	              Captain America	  Marvel Universe
Virginia	      Flash	          Marvel Universe
Washington	      Captain America	  Marvel Universe
West Virginia	      Harley Quinn	  Marvel Universe
Wisconsin	      Deadpool	          Marvel Universe
Wyoming	              Deadpool	          DC Universe

What do you think? I can’t believe that Doctor Strange and Spiderman are nowhere to be found. I get Illinois going with Superman, because Metropolis is Chicago. However, New York also went Superman? Come on New Yorkers, Gotham is New York. Also, have we as a society decided that Harley Quinn is a superhero? I love Harley Quinn, particularly the cartoon on HBO Max, but a hero? Honestly, this list creates more questions than answers!

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Top 10 Video Game to Film Wish List

Anyone who has had a wonderful, immersive, video game playing experience has thought it. “This would make an awesome movie.” We all know to be careful of what you wish for, because movies based on video games still tend towards the bad end of the film spectrum. However, I’m sure you’ve thought about it. FandomSpot.com certainly has, and they polled 2,000 of their community members to find the top ten game to movie adaptations on their wish list.

1. The Legend of Zelda
2. Grand Theft Auto
3. Horizon: Zero Dawn
4. God of War
5. Hollow Knight
6. Animal Crossing
7. Final Fantasy
8. Fallout
9. Super Mario
10. Red Dead Redemption

I’ll admit, I’ve had movie adaptation thoughts about Grand Theft Auto, God of War, Fallout, and Red Dead Redemption. I would add Saint’s Row to the list, probably based of Saint’s Row 3. I can certainly understand the potential of The Legend of Zelda or Final Fantasy. I’m not as familiar with the other games on the list, but after the Super Mario Bros movie from the 1990’s, are we in that big of a hurry to try it again?

You can read the full article here.

What video games would you like to see a movie adaptation for?

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10 Questions with Heather Greene

Today we’re talking with editor, author, and journalist Heather Greene about her latest book, “Lights, Camera, Witchcraft: A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television.”

1. Your latest book is “Lights, Camera, Witchcraft: A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television.” I guess the most obvious question here is, why explore this particular facet of history?

Stories of witches and witchcraft permeate so much of our culture across time and space. It is a fascination that is made of both adoration and fear, it would seem. In this study, I examined how American pop culture, specifically Hollywood and television, told these age-old stories and defined the character of the witch.

2. Your book discusses a dizzying volume of movies and television shows. Do you have any idea how much time you spent watching movies as research?

I could do some math based on the average length of shows and movies, but no, I do not have a number. In fact, in some cases, I watched the films or shows multiple times for analysis, and I also watched a good number of films not listed or mentioned. So basically, the answer is “a whole lot.”

3. How has the role of women in American culture been reflected by the role of the witch in film?

This is actually one of the main threads in the book. In short, witchcraft is more often than not an allegory for a woman’s or girl’s power. Therefore, the witch character reflects mainstream society’s relationship with that power at any given point in time. When her innate power is feared as in mid-century, the witch is an example of what not to be. When it’s celebrated as in the 1990s, witchcraft is a symbol of feminist expression or so called ‘girl power’. This is just a taste of a complex social history.

4. Overall, how has the witch in cinema evolved?

Again, this is the main thrust of the book itself. A quick answer: the witch began as a copy of stories and lore that had come before and expanded over time with a changing society. Her stories became more involved, more focused on her as a central character, and more nuanced in the definition of magic itself. The witch evolved into a uniquely Hollywood creation and a true reflection of American society’s negotiation of religion, gender, race, ethnicity, and power.

5. Has the portrayal of men as witches been a part of your research?

Yes. While women make up most of Hollywood’s witches, there are some standout male figures, and that needs to be discussed as well. Given that witches have long been associated with women within Western society in general, it is important to examine male representations and the roles that they play. There is a distinct difference and I discuss that point in the book.

6. Do you remember the first witch you saw in American film or television?

I would guess it would be Glinda and The Wicked Witch of the West. I loved The Wizard of Oz. However, it may have been Sabrina the Teenage Witch in her cartoon form or a Disney animated witch.

7. Who’s your favorite fictional witch?

The Wicked Witch of the West, although I’m partial to Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel and Disney’s Maleficent.

8. Now that you’re done with this book, what are you watching on television?

I’ve been watching some wonderful British films that have absolutely nothing to do with witchcraft. British filmmakers have a wonderful way of telling compelling slice of life stories. The Beautiful Fantastic is one example. However, I did just start watching The Wheel of Time, which is in fact a great addition to the story of the witch on screen.

9. What’s next? Do you have any upcoming projects that my readers should be aware of?

As an acquisition’s editor at Llewellyn, I’m currently spending most of my time working with other authors on their books, which is something that I deeply enjoy. Helping authors go from idea to book-in-hand is fantastic. We like to call ourselves “book midwives.” I do post the books that I work on publicly in my photo library on Facebook. It is called My Llewellyn Book Shelf. https://www.facebook.com/heather.greene.165

I am also a religion journalist, covering predominantly witchcraft and pagan related stories. Readers can follow my work through my Twitter account @miraselena01.

For all my antics in one place, www.heathergreene.net.

10. Parting shot! Ask us at The Magical Buffet any one questions.

What is your favorite witch movie and why?

That is a really tough question. When I was young, I went through a pretty hardcore “Bell, Book, and Candle” phase. Then I had the prerequisite “The Craft” love affair. My last witch movie obsession was “Practical Magic”, and I think that may be my favorite. It’s a mature take on magic and witchcraft, with a fantastic cast (Stockard Channing for life yo!), and a Stevie Nicks heavy soundtrack.

About Heather Greene:
Heather Greene is an editor, author, and journalist living in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently an acquisitions editor with Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd and a freelance religion journalist. She has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA from Emory University both in Film Studies. Her work can be found at Religion News Service, Religion Unplugged, The Washington Post, Circle Magazine, and The Wild Hunt. Her book “Lights Camera Witchcraft,” tracing witches in American film and television, was released October 2021. She is a member of Covenant of the Goddess, Religion Newswriters Association, and Circle Sanctuary.

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US Horror Movie Death Count: How Safe Is Your State?

I know we just had a not entirely scientific pop culture article, but when CableTV.com reached out to me with this, I couldn’t resist sharing. “US Horror Movie Death Count: How Safe Is Your State?” Awww, yeah.

So, what is the methodology? Pretty solid. “First, we narrowed down Rotten Tomatoes’ 200 Best Horror Movies of All Time to include only movies with a US location. Then, we found the number of deaths in each film using Bodycounters.com and Fandom’s list of deaths.

With 63 films containing over 1,300 frightening fates, we totaled how many cinematic slaughters stack up in each state. (And if you’re in one of the 26 states not included, you should be safe . . . for now.)

Death totals include some non-human characters, and we did not include any deaths that weren’t shown on screen.”

Here’s the regional breakdown:
Northeast: 954 deaths
West: 225 deaths
Midwest: 108 deaths
South: 93 deaths

Apparently living near the coastline helps balance out your odds: The twenty non-coastal states accounted for nearly 59% of the horror movie deaths while the thirty coastal states accounted for just over 41% of the total kills.

Okay, no more teasing, here are the deadliest states according to horror movies:

State          Number of Deaths          Number of Movies
Pennsylvania          615                       6
New York              254                       7
California            163                       17
Maine                 60                        4
Illinois              45                        4
Ohio                  39                        4
South Carolina        36                        1
Nevada                34                        1
Missouri              16                        1
Texas                 15                        2
West Virginia         14                        1
Massachusetts         13                        1
Utah                  13                        1
Rhode Island          12                        1
Virginia              10                        1
Michigan              8                         2
Colorado              7                         2
North Carolina        7                         1
Florida               5                         1
Washington            5                         1
Tennessee             4                         1
Oregon                3                         1
Washington D.C.       2                         1

You can read the whole report by Trevor Wheelwright here.

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Cooking with Disney Villains

When I posted this book on social media, you guys were EXTREMELY interested. I think this proves that one of the best ideas Disney has had is creating a “villains” franchise. It certainly took them long enough to realize that princesses are nice, but villains are where the fun is to be found. Obviously, Insight Editions and author Julie Tremaine agree because they published and wrote, respectively, “Disney Villains Devilishly Delicious Cookbook: 50+ Dishes Inspired by Your Favorite Villains, Including Ursula, Scar, and Cruella De Vil.”

Let us tell you the thing you most want to know first, what villains are represented in this book?
Tamatoa from Moana
Flotsam and Jetsam from The Little Mermaid
Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog
Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
Iago from Aladdin
Gaston from Beauty and the Beast
Lady Tremaine from Cinderella
Scar from The Lion King
Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians
Ursula from The Little Mermaid
Hades from Hercules
Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
Mother Gothel from Tangled
Jafar from Aladdin
Madam Mim from The Sword in the Stone
Mr. Smee from Peter Pan
Evil Queen from Cinderella
Captain Hook from Peter Pan
Chernabog from Fantasia
Shere Khan from The Jungle Book
Anastasia and Drizella from Cinderella

Yes, villains new and old are well-represented throughout the book. The variety of food and beverage recipes is just as diverse. Tremaine does an excellent job of offering beginner friendly recipes, such as Jolly Roger Brisket, Flotsam & Jetsam Party Mix, and Hypnotizing Snake Staffs, but also supplying more complicated recipes for chefs looking for a challenge, such as Voodoo Top Hat Cake, Huntsman’s Pie, and Poor Unfortunate Rolls.

Obviously, I needed to try a recipe and I chose a beginner friendly recipe that I thought would go well at a barbeque that I was invited to, Horrible Wholesome Sunshine Salad. Its name is based off a quote Madam Mim says in The Sword in the Stone, “I hate sunshine! I hate horrible wholesome sunshine! I hate it!”


As you can see, as promised it was a simple recipe that does not require too much in the way of ingredients. Unfortunately, my local grocery store was lacking in citrus diversity and was out of fresh mint, so I was forced to use dry.


That said, this recipe came out great! Light, refreshing, healthy, and went great with all the assorted grilled meats.

Is “Disney Villains Devilishly Delicious Cookbook” by Julie Tremaine a necessary cookbook? Not really. However, if you love Disney villains and cooking, Tremaine’s book is absolutely worth every penny!

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National Unicorn Day

Did you know that tomorrow is National Unicorn Day? Well, it is. One year it was brought to my attention that April 9th is National Unicorn Day and since I like unicorns, I made note of it on my calendar. However, a cursory internet search could not tell me WHY April 9th became National Unicorn Day, just that it is. And that concludes the historical portion of this article.

Honestly, there has just been a bumper crop of unicorn related books lately and I thought this would be a could occasion to give you a giant list o’ links to check stuff out. How better to celebrate unicorns than by buying books about unicorns, right?

You might remember that in January 2020 I profiled a “Stampede of Unicorns!” That review features “Unicorn Magic” by Tess Whitehurst, “Llewellyn’s Little Book of Unicorns” by Angela Wix, and “The Wonder of Unicorns” by Diane Cooper. It turns out that Diane Cooper also has “The Wonder of Unicorns Game” and “The Wonder of Unicorn Cards!” She even has a compact disc of guided meditations, “The Unicorn Meditation.”

I personally own a very worn-out copy of “The Unicorn Tarot” by Suzanne Star with art by Liz Hilton. The outer box art has changed, but the deck is the same.

It is out of print, but if you want to read the book that turned me into a unicorn fan, try and get a hold of “The Unicorn” by Nancy Hathaway. If you can get one in good condition, it would make a beautiful coffee table book. Of course, mine is so worn out it can barely stay together, let alone let visitors casually flip through it!

Lastly, you cannot discuss unicorns without mentioning “The Last Unicorn.” After all this time the animated film is still magical and the book by Peter S. Beagle is even better! I own the DVD, and two different print runs of the novel! Perhaps Friday is the perfect day to dig out the DVD, or reread the book?

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, I hope you have a magical National Unicorn Day!

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The Wakanda Files

Attention Marvel fans! Epic Ink was kind enough to send me a copy of their new book “The Wakanda Files: A Technological Exploration of the Avengers and Beyond” by Troy Benjamin, and it is a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan dream.

“The Wakanda Files” is framed as a compilation of Shuri’s research of the advanced technology of the MCU. Shuri is T’Challa / Black Panther’s intelligent, savvy, younger sister, so it makes since that “The Wakanda Files” reflect her accumulated knowledge of human enhancement, weapons, artificial intelligence, armor, and more from the MCU. As anything worthy of the Shuri name, “The Wakanda Files” is full color, hardcover, with a frosted plastic slipcase. It also comes with a UV light that when shined on pages reveals extra information printed in UV ink.

I wish I could hand the book to you through the screen, so you feel the quality.

Sexy hardcover.The center “bead” is the UV light.


Hard to photograph, but the UV light works!


You know Shuri was all up in Pim’s business.


Loads of schematics throughout!


Loads to geek out on!

With so much content, “The Wakanda Files” would make a great gift for any fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

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Docu-mania!

Have you been spending more time at home? Well, you should be, there IS a pandemic going on after all. I should be using this time to accomplish loads of things, but honestly, I’m not. Sure, some people are learning new skills, or getting shape, but there is nothing wrong with just maintaining. That’s pretty much what I do…. maintain.

An odd, but welcome development is that I have been all about watching documentaries. In a world of limitless new entertainment content, for some reason I have settled on this. I have been watching loads of them, from various streaming services. In case you have been looking for a diversion from your usual entertainment I thought I would highlight the tons of documentaries I have been watching.

Remastered: Devil at the Crossroad (Netflix)
Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil to become the greatest bluesmen to ever live. This fantastic documentary dives into the life, death, and legend of Robert Johnson, who was one of the greatest bluesmen to ever live.

Kathy Griffin: A Hell of Story (Amazon Prime)
I have ALWAYS loved Kathy Griffin, and this “docu-comedy” just makes me love her even more. Follow the fallout from the publication of the infamous photograph of her holding Trump’s severed head and into her comeback. All of it culminates with a fantastic stand up special that is not to be missed!

Bill Nye: Science Guy (Netflix)
An intriguing look behind the scenes of Bill Nye’s life. It covers his roots as the “Science Guy” to his strong second act of becoming the public face of science in the climate change debate. What’s nice about this documentary is that it shows Nye as a human being, prone to ego and fear as well as a kind-hearted proponent of science.

Tickled (Hulu)
This documentary begins with the directors attempting to make a film about the world of “competitive endurance tickling”. Believe it or not, it gets jaw droppingly weirder from there. Welcome to the unintentional conspiracy film you never knew you needed.

The Brink (Hulu)
This film follows Steve Bannon from getting booted from Donald Trump’s administration through his attempt to create an international super group of nationalist world leaders, and the United States mid-term elections. It is presented judgement free, but trust me, you will judge him.

Get Me Roger Stone (Netflix)
Some people love to be the villain, and Roger Stone is one of them. This neutrally presented documentary will leave your jaw on the ground…. or else you might not have a soul.

Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (Netflix)
A genius sculptor, the underground comix scene, Nazis, redemption, the nature of language, and more are to be found in this riveting documentary. Hands down an amazing story. It is hard to encapsulate, you will just need to trust me when I say, watch it.

Have you seen any of these? If you have, or watch some of them, leave me on comment on The Magical Buffet’s social media letting me know what you though!

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What is Cinemastrology?

We have got a fun book to discuss today! “Cinemastrology: The Movie-Lover’s Guide to the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars” by Stella Wonderly. In a world of overwhelming movie choices, thanks in no small part to the abundance of streaming services, “Cinemastrology” is here to help you use your Sun sign in deciding what to watch! See? I told you it was going to be fun!

Equal parts astrology, trivia, and movie outlines, each Sun sign is given quite a bit of information. First, Wonderly gives a rough outline of the characteristics of the sign, throughout which she makes film suggestions. Then you’re presented with some top picks, date movie suggestions, comedies, and classics. Better still, there is a section of suggestions for films for each Sun sign to watch with different Sun signs! For example, a suggested film for a Gemini and Scorpio to watch together is “Sin City” (a movie I love). Each section concludes with a list of film stars that are of that Sun sign (Ian McKellen and I are both Geminis with our birthdays only days apart! Apparently, I have the same birthday as Annette Bening.)

“Cinemastrology” by Stella Wonderly is a great book for film fans and astrology lovers alike! A fun pick me up for these shut in days!

You can learn more here.

To up the fun quotient, I am giving away a copy of “Cinemastrology”! As per usual, we are doing the giveaway using Rafflecopter! This contest is open internationally and ends on June 12, 2020 at 11:59PM eastern.

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Hail Satan?

I received a press release about a documentary that I definitely want to see! Check it out!

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.

Hail Satan? will be in theaters April 19th! You can learn more and find tickets at https://www.hailsatanfilm.com/.