Monday, October 13, 2014

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: MARTIN KOVE

HIS ROLE AS MARY BETH LACEY EARNED CRITICAL ACCLAIM.



NO FOOLIN' AROUND WHEN THIS SUB ARRIVED AT MELVILLE HIGH.


THE CARD

  • One of two The Karate Kid box-toppers from the 2012 Topps Archives set, celebrating the rascally Cobra Kai clan from the 1984 coming-of-age hit. Martin Kove, of course, played Sensei John Kreese, owner and ninth-degree asshole of the Cobra Kai dojo.
  • Kove makes a fashion statement with a Count Dracula-inspired jacket and pose. How fitting.
  • This is another mail-it-in design effort from the Big T using the '84 template, but the idea is sound. What it has in common with baseball, though, I have no idea, but if you were around when the movie came out and are a fan, these box-toppers scratch a tingly, nostalgic itch.

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • Adding "Sensei'' was a nice touch, like spitting on the ground after you KO someone. 
  • I'm no handwriting expert, but this looks like the autograph of a ruffian prone to intense bouts of mayhem and insecurity.

THE PLAYER ACTOR

  • Kove was born to play the part of Kreese. He had the look and attitude of someone who after taking your belongings and dignity went home to drown baby chicks in the toilet.
  • Had one other martial arts role occurring in '93-'94 in two episodes of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, playing ''The Shadow Assassin.'' What, you thought he'd be playing a Tibetan monk?
  • As a homage to his Kreese character, Kove and several other The Karate Kid cast members reprise their roles in the '07 No More Kings music video parody Sweep The Leg. It's pretty funny in an oddball sort of way.



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