Wednesday, April 06, 2005

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Good stuff ahead from TwoMorrows Publishing

The nice people who bring us great mags like Alter-Ego and The Jack Kirby Collector announce some cool upcoming releases:

ALTER EGO #49
Spotlights CARL BURGOS and his fumin’ HUMAN TORCH, plus other hot topics from the Timely/Marvel Age!

We lead off with afantastic new painting by MARK SPARACIO, from a never-before-seen 1941layout by CARL BURGOS—of the Torches giving Hitler a hotfoot! CARLBURGOS—creator of Iron Skull, The Thunderer, White Streak, the 1966Captain Marvel—and, oh yeah, The Human Torch—is revealed at last in the first-ever interview with his daughter SUE BURGOS—conducted by JIMAMASH, and featuring art by BURGOS—BILL EVERETT—ED ASCHE—JIMMY THOMPSON—MIKE SEKOWSKY—DICK AYERS—et al.!

A dozen-plus fierily fabulous unused, previously-unpublished 1941 cover layouts almost certainly byCARL BURGOS and other Timely titans—including Human Torch andSub-Mariner in battle! TOM LAMMERS on the 1957 Atlas Implosion—GER PELDOORN on a villainous Human Torch by artist MANNY STALLMAN—plus the one-and-only flare-up of The Blue Flame! Also, a Fawcett Collectors of America (FCA) section with MARC SWAYZE and BILL BLACK—BILL SCHELLY on comics fandom—MICHAEL T. GILBERT and MR. MONSTER—and MORE!

$5.95 in theU.S. and ships 8 June


SECRETS IN THE SHADOWS: THE LIFE & ART OF GENE COLAN
From Daredevil to Dracula, from Batman to Brother Voodoo, from Howard the Duck to Stewart the Rat, Secrets in the Shadows: The Art & Life of Gene Colan is the ultimate retrospective on one of comics’ all-time unique artists.

Featuring rare childhood drawings, photos, ecently-discovered wartime illustrations, and original art and sketchesfrom throughout his nearly 60-year career, this book offers new insighton the inspirations, challenges and successes that shaped Gene ‘theDean’ Colan.

Among the highlights are: A comprehensive overview ofGene’s glory days at Marvel Comics! Marv Wolfman, Don McGregor and other favorite writers share plot/script samples and anecdotes of their Colan collaborations! Tom Palmer, Steve Leialoha and other noted artists show how they approached the daunting task of inking Colan’s famously nuanced penciled pages!

Plus: a new portfolio of never-before-seen collaborations between Gene and such masters as John Byrne, Michael Kaluta and George Perez, and all-new artwork created specifically forthis book by Gene Colan, who is still inspired by the “Secrets in theShadows.”

The Deluxe Hardcover Edition is limited to 1000 copies, and features 16 extra black-and-white pages and 8 extra color pages, pluscustom end leaves and dust jacket.

Written by award-winning journalist TomField, who was given unprecedented access to the Colan family’s insights and archives, this book paints an intimate portrait of one of comics’most inimitable talents. The 168 page (plus cover), 8" x 11" perfect-bound Trade Paperback with a full color cover, black-and-white interiors and an 8 page color sectionretails for $21.95 in the U.S. and ships 29 June 2005.

The 192 page (plus cover), 8" x 11" hardcover limited edition with afull color cover, black-and-white interiors and a 16 page color section retails for $44.95 in the U.S. and ships 29 June 2005.


Modern Masters: José Luis García-López
Ask any comic book artist who the best draftsman in the business is, and you’ll come up with one answer: García-López.

A master of anatomy, ofcomposition, and of storytelling, he not only astounds his readers, buthis peers as well. He is also one of the most visible artists in the industry, as his illustrations can be seen on toy packaging, in DC’s“Got Milk?” advertisements, and even on jars of peanut butter. But it’s his work on DC’s “Big Three”—Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman—that earned José Luis García-López the title of Modern Master.

Modern MastersVolume 5: José Luis García-López is composed of an extensive,career-spanning interview lavishly illustrated with rare and unpublishedart, as well as a large sketchbook section.

The 128 page (plus cover), 8" x 11" perfect-bound Trade Paperback with a full color cover and black-and-white interiors retails for $14.95 in theU.S. and ships 22 June 2005.


JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #43
Behind sterling Kirby covers featuring theSilver Surfer (inked by Joe Sinnott) and Silver Star (the originalpresentation drawing, never-seen and hand-colored by Kirby himself), we present our most personal issue yet, as those closest to the Kirbys share memories, anecdotes, mementos, photos, and never-seen art from Jack and Roz!

Included are former Kirby assistant STEVE SHERMAN and his brother GARY in an uproarious feature interview, plus contributions fromRAY WYMAN, MIKE THIBODEAUX, and many others!

Plus: A never-published1966 interview with KIRBY himself! Our regular columnists and features, including MARK EVANIER answering Frequently Asked Questions about Jack! A SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT that will change Kirby collecting forever! And a special 1960s Gallery showcasing a Kirby pencils-to-Sinnott inks comparison of TALES OF SUSPENSE #93, featuring Kirby in his penciling prime, and at whopping TABLOID SIZE!

$9.95. Ships 20 July 2005.

BACK ISSUE #11
And who better to headline the ish than CONAN? ROY THOMAS, KURT BUSIEK, and JOE JUSKO spill their guts in a meaty retrospective of Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian series, with tons of rare and classic art by JOHN BUSCEMA,BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, NEAL ADAMS, Jusko, and others.

SERGIO ARAGONÉS andMARK EVANIER chew the fat about GROO THE WANDERER in a “Pro2Pro” interview, and Heavy Metal artist extraordinaire ARTHUR SUYDAM shares his insights and illustrations in an exclusive interview.

Plus: “The Greatest Stories Never Told” investigates DC’s never-published KING ARTHUR series by GERRY CONWAY and NESTOR REDONDO, unveiling for the first time several of Redondo’s glorious pages from the series; a Gods and Warriors “Rough Stuff” art gallery by JACK KIRBY, MOEBIUS, GEORGEPÉREZ, JOSÉ LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, DON HECK, and others; the scoop on the secret artist who contributed to the 1976 clash of titans SUPERMAN VS.THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN; and a spotlight on BRIAN BOLLAND’s covers for1980s British Annuals! With a striking painted CONAN cover by JOE JUSKO,recreating JOHN BUSCEMA’s frontispiece to Savage Sword of Conan #17!

$5.95 in the U.S. and ships 13 July 2005.

ALTER EGO #50
It had to happen—we guess! RASCALLY ROY THOMAS celebrates 40 YEARS in the Comic Book Biz—with the help of a few friends (and a few others) in ALTER EGO #50 (100 pages, $5.95)!

Behind two full-color covers,featuring art by JOHN BUSCEMA, JACK KIRBY, and ALFREDO ALCALA (Marvelside) and JERRY ORDWAY (DC side), ROY’s career is completely covered, from MODELING WITH MILLIE #44 (1965) to STOKER’S DRACULA (2005)—withAVENGERS, X-MEN, CONAN, ALL-STAR SQUADRON, INFINITY INC., et. al., in between!

He talks writes about working with NEAL ADAMS, DICK AYERS, RICH BUCKLER, THE BROTHERS BUSCEMA, ERNIE CHAN, GENE COLAN, ERNIE COLÓN, STEVE DITKO, BILL EVERETT, DICK GIORDANO, STAN GOLDBERG, DON HECK, GILKANE, JACK KIRBY, MICHAEL LARK, STAN LEE, MIKE MACHLAN, TODD McFARLANE, JERRY ORDWAY, GEORGE PÉREZ, STEVEN PUGH, FRANK ROBBINS, JOHN ROMITA,WERNER ROTH, JULIE SCHWARTZ, THE SEVERIN SIBLINGS, SCOTT SHAW!, BARRY SMITH, HERB TRIMPE, GEORGE TUSKA, MORT WEISINGER—and many others!

Extra: From the 1999 CBG poll of pros and fans—“The Top Ten Favorite Comic Book Writers and Editors of the 20th Century”—revisited! Plus: MICHAEL T. GILBERT on Roy’s letters to GARDNER FOX—FCA with MARCSWAYZE, etc.—ALEX TOTH—and MORE!

$5.95 in the U.S. and ships 6 July 2005.


JUSTICE LEAGUE COMPANION, VOLUME ONE
Commemorating the Justice League of America’s 45th anniversary, The Justice League Companion is a comprehensive examination of the Silver Age JLA.

Written by Michael Eury (author of the critically acclaimed Captain Action and co-author of The Superhero Book), The Justice League Companion traces the JLA’s development, history, imitators, and early fandom through vintage and all-new interviews with the series’ creators, an issue-by-issue index of the JLA’s 1960–1972 adventures, classic and never-before-published artwork, and other fun and fascinating features!

Contributors include Denny O’Neil, Murphy Anderson, Joe Giella, Mike Friedrich, Neal Adams, Alex Ross, Carmine Infantino, Nick Cardy, and many, many others.

Plus: An exclusive interview with Stan Lee, who answers the question, Did the JLA really inspire the creation of Marvel’s Fantastic Four? With an all-new cover by Bruce Timm (TV’s Justice League Unlimited), The Justice League Companion is a must-read for JLA fans new and old!

The 224 page (plus cover), square bound, 8-1/2" x 11" trade paperback with a full color cover and black-and-white interiors retails for $24.95 in the U.S. and ships 20 July 2005.



HEROES AND VILLAINS: THE WILLIAM MESSNER-LOEBS BENEFIT SKETCHBOOK
Inkpot Award-winning artist/writer Wm. Messner-Loebs (Journey, TheFlash, Wonder Woman) has fallen into financial ruin, landing the beloved comics creator in a Salvation Army shelter.

To make matters worse, his wife is chronically ill and there’s no medical insurance and no work orfunds coming in. In response, leading comics creators have joined forces with TwoMorrows Publishing to produce Heroes And Villains (96 pages,$24.95), a gorgeous sketchbook and tribute, the proceeds of which will directly benefit Messner-Loebs. Edited by Clifford Meth, the book will include art from Mike Allred, Brent Anderson, Chris Bachalo, Mark Bagley, John Cassaday, Travis Charest, Dave & Paty Cockrum, Gene Colan, Alan Davis, Mike Deodato, Cully Hamner, Dean Haspiel, Greg Horn, RafaelKayanan, Andy Kubert, Steve Lieber, Steve McNiven, Tom Palmer, JoeQuesada, Darick Robertson, Walt Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Billy Tucci, Sal Velluto and a host of other top pros!

PLUS: Written contributions from Neil Gaiman, Peter David, and Beau Smith, and a new cover by Neal Adams!

Don’t miss your chance to help a worthy comics veteran; with more names being added daily, this powerhouse collection of talent will beunparalleled!

The 96 page (plus cover), square bound, 8-1/2" x 11" trade paperback with a full color cover and black-and-white interiors retails for $24.95 in the U.S. and ships 13 July 2005.

New "Batman Begins" poster surfaces

Here 'tis:

Monday, April 04, 2005

Extras detailed on upcoming "Batman," "Super Friends" DVDs

We'll see the third season of "Batman the Animated Series" and the second season of "Super Friends" out May 24.

According to Toon Zone, extras include:

Batman
  • Audio commentary on "Read My Lips" and "Harlequinade" by producer Bruce Timm, writer Paul Dini, director Boyd Kirkland and composer Shirley Walker.
  • Video commentary on "House and Garden" by most of the above.
  • "Gotham's New Knight" featurette on Batgirl.

Super Friends

  • "Pajama-Rama: Super Friends Retrospective": A group of pop culture enthusiasts and celebrities share their memories of the world's greatest team of '70's super-heroes.
  • Music Video: "The Ballad of Zan & Jayna."

Shooby Taylor truly is the Human Horn

Check it out.

Golden goodness

Heritage Auctions has a buncha new stuff up for bid, including original artwork for several of those comic art "portfolios" that were common in the early- mid-80s. This gem is from Michael Golden's "Doctor Strange" portfolio. What a great artist. I sure miss seeing his work regularly.

Heritage also is offering up artwork from the "Marvel Team-Up" portfolio (featuring work by Walt Simonson, John Byrne and others) "Black Widow" portfolio (Paul Gulacy), "Cloak and Dagger" portfolio (Rick Leonardi and Terry Austin), two "X-Men" portfolios by Fastner and Larsen, a "Batman" portfolio by Marshall Rodgers, and a couple of portfolios by Michael Kaluta.

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Friday, April 01, 2005

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Meanwhile, in gratuitous Julie Newmar pics

Today in gratuitous pics of Julie Newmar

Here's the "King Kong" teaser poster

The new "Who"

Man, it's turning into Whoville around here today. From Moonie paper The Washington Times (actually it's a wire story), comes news that Scottish actor David Tennant, last seen in a BBC production of "Casonova" will be the 10th Doctor Who, after Christopher Eccleston bailed after only one serial.

The "Casonova" show was written by Russell T. Davies, who's scripting the new "Who" shows.

Tennant also will be seen as Barty Crouch Jr. in the upcoming "Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire."