Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Coming up: The Beach Boys "1967 - Sunshine Tomorrow" - "Wild Honey" remix and more

Out June 30. Order from Amazon now.

This unique 2CD compilation pulls together a slew of previously unreleased material from America's favorite band, The Beach Boys. The collection includes the new stereo remix of Wild Honey, as well as unreleased outtakes from the session recordings. Also included are unreleased session tracks from the Smiley Smile sessions and live tracks from Hawaii, Washington, DC and Boston. 

New comics May 24, 2017: Groo; Superman; Silver Surfer; Little Lulu

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Groo Friends and Foes

Superman Adventures Vol. 3

Superman Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 4

Silver Surfer Epic Collection: The Infinity Gauntlet

John Stanley: Giving Live to Little Lulu

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Listen: J.R.R. Tolkien reads "The Hobbit"

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" covers from Vanity Fair

Including a poignant portrait of the late Carrie Fisher.

So long, Roger Moore

Roger Moore, famed for his role on "The Saint" TV series and his stint as James Bond, died today at age 89. The BBC has an obituary here.

Moore's arched-eyebrow portrayal of Bond rubbed some fans the wrong way - they felt he played the character too much for laughs. There's no question the Moore-era Bond films are campy and silly. They got more ridiculous as they went on. But most of them are also tremendously entertaining.

Although I prefer Sean Connery and will even make a heated argument for George Lazenby as being a better Bond, Connery was the first actor I saw in the role - in the theater in "The Spy Who Loved Me" in 1978. At age 12, I was swept up in the action. The movie was a blast. And, after that, I enjoyed seeing Moore as Bond during ABC's "Movie of the Week" presentations of "Live and Let Die" and "The Man With the Golden Gun."

Yes, I'll be predictable and name "Goldfinger" or "Dr. No" as the best Bond film (or "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," when I want to throw a curveball). But Moore made Bond fun and I'd still list his early films in the role in my top 10.

So, so long to another icon of youth - another figure from my pop culture youth, gone.

New on video May 23, 2017: "Get Out"; "Logan"

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Get Out


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Eisner 100: Kitchen Sink's Spirit comic series pt. 1

Continuing our celebration of Will Eisner's centenary.

Before DC Comics got into the game - publishing a complete run of Eisner's Spirit strip in hardcover as part of its Archives series - Kitchen Sink Press had another crack at it, publishing reprints in a comic book formate, with new covers by the master.  Here's the first installment of our gallery collecting them.