Goodbye to a Magnificent Bastard: R.I.P. David Canary

David Canary Adam Chandler

Adam Chandler, silver fox. Swoon!

Even as a child, I had no taste for pretty boys–give me your intense, misunderstood miscreants, your dark and complicated antiheroes. Give me Adam Chandler from the dearly departed All My Children, masterfully portrayed by David Canary, who passed away yesterday at age 77 from natural causes.

Adam was introduced as a wealthy businessman who financed Erica Kane’s autobiographical movie (titled Raising Kane, natch) and married her, to boot. Over the 27 years he spent on All My Children, he married (or was known to have married) 10 women (several of them twice or more), introduced a sweet, sensitive twin named Stuart, and fathered or adopted eight children.

He behaved like a total bastard to all of them. And yet you loved him anyway! That was due to the skill and charisma of five-time Daytime Emmy Award-winner Canary, who drew a portrait of a power-hungry man who clawed his way up from poverty to protect his loved ones–and yet ultimately didn’t believe he was worthy of love.

I mean, just look at some of the things he pulled (from Soap Central):

  • Had his brother Stuart locked up in the west wing of the Chandler mansion for years
  • Faked his own death to test wife Erica Kane
  • Illegally divorced Erica; had Stuart stand in for him
  • Cheated on wife Brooke English with their maid, Dixie Cooney, after learning Brooke was infertile and couldn’t produce a male heir (in his defense, Brooke told him the marriage was over and Dixie was hot to trot!)
  • Tried to drive wife Dixie crazy, in order to get custody of their son, Adam Jr. (okay that was bad)
  • Hired a thug to shoot lifelong rival Palmer Cortlandt
  • Blackmailed Erica into marrying him again
  • Kidnapped Erica and took her to Canada
  • Staged his own kidnapping to test wife Gloria Marsh’s loyalty (I see a pattern here . . . )
  • Swapped Jake Martin’s sperm specimen with his own so that wife Liza Colby would have his child
  • Tossed Arlene Vaughn’s lifeless body overboard from the Fidelity after believing that his daughter Hayley had killed her (Arlene sucked)
  • Kidnapped wife Krystal Carey’s baby and planned to sell it on the black market (what, the baby was Tad Martin’s!)

My favorite Adam pairing was of course, levelheaded former wild child/magazine journalist/Erica Kane’s rival Brooke English. Theirs was a sexy, mature romance between intellectual equals that just crackled with chemistry–even when Brooke knew being with Adam was a bad idea (especially when it was a bad idea). The silver lining of the demise of All My Children is that they looked like they were finally gonna make it work!

Here’s a great, hilarious clip of their 2002 affair:

I enjoyed Canary’s portrayal of sweet, sensitive Stuart as well–although that got a little weird in the later years. When Stuart was first introduced, he was clearly meant to be somewhat mentally disabled, and yet they eventually featured him in a romance and marriage with the very adult Marian Colby (mother of Adam’s then-wife Liza Colby–soaps!). So that was kind of Big for me. But whatever.

So goodbye, David Canary, and goodbye, Adam Chandler, you magnificent bastard! The world is a little less entertaining without you.

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Happy Monday! Links to Make Your Day Brighter

RevivalHello, everyone! How were your weekends? I hope you had the same gorgeous weather we’ve been having here in the Pacific Northwest!

We scooted out of town (skipping Free Comic Book Day, which was really weird for me) to the Oregon coast with my folks. My plans were set: get a bunch of writing done, since my parents would be enjoying extra time with their granddaughter and Scott and Sid would be hitting the bike trails.

The reality? Scott came down with a cold, which was bad. But then my poor Mom woke up Saturday morning with what I had (and she nursed me through) last week–much, much worse. She didn’t leave her room in our gorgeous rental house in Manzanita and we all felt very bad for her.

However, my Dad and I did go on a bike ride with Sid (and Scott did a couple times as well), and I’ve got to say–I forgot how fun it was! And it was incredible for us to see Sid riding like he’s been doing it for years (it’s been just two weeks). My Dad got lots of Sarah time in the early morning, since she’s decided to start sleeping through the night–yay!–but wake up at 5 am or so–nooo!

Scotty was sweet enough to get up with her this morning so he could catch Mad Men before work, and I got to sleep in until the lovely hour of . . . 7:30 am. It really did feel luxurious. Having a baby changes frickin’ everything, amirite?!?

But enough about me: here are some links to entertain you this Monday morning:

Did you miss out on Free Comic Book Day? Not to worry: Things From Another World is extending FCBD through Friday! Not only will you save 20-50% on almost everything online, but you’ll get two special FCBD comics, free, with any in-stock purchase made by May 8 (while supplies last). Pro tip: since TFAW is the sister company of Dark Horse Comics, there’s a better-than-average chance that you’ll get the exclusive Fight Club 2 prequel!

Unsure of what to purchase? I have some suggestions:

  • Revival by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton is a fantastic choice if you’re a fan of small-town horror, The Walking Dead, and strong female characters. One day in a tiny Wisconsin town, the dead come back to life–not as zombies per se, but it’s still unsettling. As the outside world desperately tries to get in–is it the rapture?–Officer Dana Cypress must deal with getting to the bottom of the mystery, while the secrets and shadows of her small town threaten to boil over. The characters and storylines are tight, and Norton’s gorgeous, gory art makes this a must-read.
  • Abe Sapien by Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, Sebastian and Max Fiumara, and Dave Stewart. Full disclosure: I am married to Scott Allie (and, um, friends with Tim and Mike above), but I can stand behind this book without bias! If you’ve seen the Hellboy movies, you know something about the character of Abe Sapien, fish man. But he is so much more. In this series, he’s on the run from his former cohorts from the B.P.R.D., wandering an America that has been destroyed by monsters while trying to determine–is he one of them? And what will he become? It reads like one part parable, one part Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.
  • The Art of Archie: The Covers. Everyone loves Archie–no, really. They do. This is an exquisitely produced book showcasing decades of classic art in a premium format, and it’s 40% off right now. This would be a great gift at any age. So get it!

In non-comics linkage, it’s Cinco de Mayo tomorrow! Here’s an easy taco filling recipe from Martha Stewart, and I’ll post my taco salad recipe this week to deal with the leftovers.

Finally, in nostalgia: I’ve really, really been missing my favorite soap, All My Children, so I’ve been watching old clips on YouTube. Here’s a classic clip of Erica Kane, world’s shortest supermodel, out-weirding a crazy homeless lady as she attempts to deliver a ransom to Billy Clyde Tuggle for her presumed-dead (eaten by sharks!) husband, Adam Chandler. There’s also a great bit by Christine Baranski (The Good Wife).

See you later this week!