Saturday, February 28, 2015

Vintage Tintin promotional poster

Video find: The Rolling Stones perform "As Tears Go By"

Proud to be in the new Beatlefan!

Cross post with The Glass Onion Beatles Journal:

Thanks to the long-running Beatlefan magazine for using two of my book reviews in its latest issue.

Along with my reviews of "The Beatles Through Headphones," by Ted Montgomery and Louise Harrison's new memoir, "My Kid Brother's Band, a.k.a., The Beatles," you'll find lots of great stuff.

Here's the official skinny:
In honor of Ringo Starr's induction on his own into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beatlefan #212 has a special package of articles that includes a couple of recent fan encounters (including a tale of how Ringo is himself a Beatles memorabilia collector!) from Cortney Kintzer and Dave Persails and interviews by Ken Sharp with some of the current All Starr Band. 
Also in the new Beatlefan is All About That Bass, in which Rick Glover, who is a bassist in addition to being the original Fan on the Run, takes a look at the various bass guitars Paul McCartney has played over the years, with a focus on the iconic Hofner and its place in his legend. 
Among the other features in the new issue are Ken's interview with legendary record producer Glyn Johns, who talks about The Beatles' "Get Back"/"Let It Be" sessions; Bruce Spizer's 50th anniversary look back at the "Eight Days a Week" single; and Howie Edelson talking with Nick Lowe of Rockpile fame about opening for Wings in 1973. We also have an opinion piece by Jeff Cochran inspired by the recent reissue of "Wings at the Speed of Sound" and Bill Harry's tale of the girl The Beatles left behind. 
Plus, four pages of reviews and all the latest news! 
A sample issue costs $8 in the U.S. or $11 abroad. U.S. funds only. If you want the latest issue, be sure to specify #212. For more information, email 
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Pop artifact: Superman Rub-Ons

Friday, February 27, 2015

Video: Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner's first TV appearance together on Man from U.N.C.L.E.

From the "Man from U.N.C.L.E." episode "The Project Strigas Affair." The episode will air this weekend along with several other shows featuring Nimoy as part of a tribute on MeTV.

Still more Avengers: Age of Ultron posters!

After views of Iron Man and the Hulk earlier in the week, here's Black Widow, Thor and Nick Fury, courtesy of Samuel L. Jackson's Twitter feed:

So long, Leonard Nimoy

I'm not a huge "Star Trek" fan, but enjoyed the original series. Nimoy always seemed like a classy guy - smart and good humored. Sorry to see him pass. The New York Times has an obituary here.

Pop culture roundup: Wonder Woman; Lego; Tom Wilson; Duck Tales; The Saint

Take a peek at Wonder Woman '77 a new series that debuts online this week from DC Comics and which will be collected later in print. Inspired by the 1970s TV series starring Lynda Carter, it follows on the heels of DC's fun Batman '66 series, inspired by the Adam West show.


Lego artist Nathan Sawaya, whose work was featured in the recent Academy Awards performance of "Everything is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie," will create sculptures of DC Comics heroes for a new traveling exhibit.
 “The Art of the Brick: DC Comics” will showcase Sawaya’s interpretations of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, the Joker, the Penguin and Harley Quinn as sculptures, as well as their vehicles and environments in galleries.

Good article on Tom Wilson, the African American record producer behind classic LPs by Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Frank Zappa and the Velvet Underground.


The Disney XD channel plans an update of the beloved-by-many "Duck Tales" series focusing on Uncle Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and his nephews. It's set to air in 2017.
“‘DuckTales’ has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history,” Marc Buhaj Disney XD’s senior vice president, programming and general manager said in a statement. “It drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment hat connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”

Britain's ITV network is reviving spy series "The Saint," based on the novels of Leslie Charteris. A pre-Bond Roger Moore starred as Simon Templar, the title character, in the 1960s version.
“There is a post-Breaking Bad appetite for morally grey characters,” says producer Ed Whitmore, who's also penned the upcoming ITV serial Arthur & George based on Julian Barnes’ book about a real-life case involving Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

“Simon Templar is a kind of Robin Hood figure, he's timeless,” he adds.

Bill Schelly, who's published excellent books about the history of comics fandom and comics great Joe Kubert, has a new volume out soon focusing on Mad Magazine founder Harvey Kurtzman. You can read an excerpt here.

Fab Friday: Rare Beatles mags and clips

More Beatles posts at The Glass Onion Beatles Journal.

Thursday, February 26, 2015