Friday, November 11, 2005

Pop Artifacts! Superman picture puzzle

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Marvel Comics sneak peeks Nov. 11

Mile High Comics has first looks at: Books of Doom #1; Captain Universe X-23 #1; Daredevil vs. Punisher #6; Fantastic Four #532; Marvel Knights Spider-Man #20; Mutopia X #5; Runaways #10; Thing #1; Weapon X Days of Future Now #5 and X-Men #177.

ABC launches official "Lost" Fan Club

Details from the press release:

ABC and Creation Entertainment today announced the launch of The Official LOST Fan Club for dedicated viewers of the hit television series which airs Wednesday nights at 9/8c on ABC.

Members will receive a LOST "Survivors" Package containing an exclusive club DVD, a t-shirt, cast photos, trading card and poster, bumper stickers, an Oceanic Airlines Carry Bag, frequent flyer card and a boarding pass to the mysterious ill-fated Flight 815.

Fan club members will also gain access to an exclusive on-line content site featuring regularly updated cast and crew interviews, photos, news and games.

Erin Ferries, V.P. of Licensing for Creation Entertainment, said, "It is our hope with The Official LOST Fan Club to give the show's most loyal viewers a chance to really be part of the action and mystery of the series. The storylines and cast of LOST really make running this fan club a uniquely fun experience, one that will take our members into the heart of this great show."

The Official LOST Fan Club is priced at $27.95 and can be ordered at www.lostfanclub.com

See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

Quick hits

Is the WB considering an Aquaman TV show?

Fox has cut back its episode order for "Arrested Development" (a.k.a. the funniest show on TV) from 22 to 13 due to poor ratings. Bummer.

Bedazzled continues his series of really cool TV music videos with The Turtles on the Mike Douglas Show.

Nothing says Chrismas like Darth Vader (via Boing Boing).

Mike Sterling takes a look at some disturbing, comics-related (sorta) eBay auctions.

Disneyland has launched an official podcast. More Disney.

Details on the upcoming Brian Jones bio-pic. More Stones.

Action-Figure.com has a nice gallery of some upcoming DC Direct "Elseworlds" figures. More DC Direct.

More upcoming Marvel Legends figures

We recently mentioned the lineups for series 14 and 15 of the Marvel Legends action figures line, but also just came across this list of planned figures.

We can't vouch for the accuracy, nor provide additional detail. But, for what it's worth, here it is:

Marvel Legends Face Off Twin Packs
Kingpin vs. Daredevil
Hulk vs. Leader
Captain America vs. Red Skull
Captain America vs. Red Skull - variant
Hulk vs. Leader - variant
Kingpin vs. Daredevil - variant

Box Sets
Marvel Legends - Fantastic Four Box Set
Spider-Man Fearsome Foes Gift Pack
Marvel Legends Young Avengers Gift Pack
Marvel Legends Monster Gift Pack

MARVEL LEGENDS MASTERWORKS - NEW

Marvel Legends Masterworks Asst 1 with Comic
Spider-Man - 2 pcs
Fantastic Four #1 - 2 pcs

Marvel Legends Masterworks Asst 1 with Comic
Hulk vs. Thing - 2 pcs
Galactus vs. Everybody - 2 pcs

MARVEL LEGENDS ICONS - NEW

Marvel Legends 12" Icons Asst 1 with Poster Book
Captain America - 3 pcs
Iron Man - 3 pcs
Wolverine - 3 pcs
Captain America - variant
Iron Man - variant
Wolverine - variant

Marvel Legends 12" Icons Asst 2 with Poster Book
Spider-Man - 3 pcs
Venom - 3 pcs
Hulk - 3 pcs
Spider-Man - variant
Venom - variant
Hulk - variant

MARVEL LEGENDS SUPERHERO SHOWDOWN

Marvel Legends Showdown Starter Set Asst 1 COLLECTORS ONLY
Hulk & Wolverine - 2 pcs
Spider-Man & Thing - 4 pcs

Marvel Legends Showdown Starter Set Asst 2 COLLECTORS ONLY
Mr. Fantastic & Mole Man - 3 pcs
Colossus & Magneto - 3 pcs

Marvel Legends Showdown Starter Set Asst 3 COLLECTORS ONLY
Ghostrider & Vengence - 2 pcs
Logan & Chopper - 2 pcs
Namor & Shark - 2 pcs

Marvel Legends Showdown Battle Pack Asst 1 COLLECTORS ONLY
Black Costume Spider-Man
Doc Ock
Ghostrider
Punisher
Berserker Wolverine - chase

Marvel Legends Showdown Battle Pack Asst 2 COLLECTORS ONLY
Iron Man
Human Torch
Dr. Doom
Captain America
Spider Sense Spider-Man - chase

Marvel Legends Showdown Battle Pack Asst 3 COLLECTORS ONLY
Green Goblin
Beast
Juggernaut - variant
Juggernaut
Elektra
Elektra - variant
Silver Surfer
Beast - variant

Marvel Legends Showdown Battle Pack Asst 4 COLLECTORS ONLY
Daredevil
Daredevil - variant
Thor
Venom
Classic Invisible Woman - variant
Classic Invisible Woman
Cyclops

See a complete list of Marvel Legends figures.

Top 10 bestselling graphic novels, DVDs, CDs and action figures/toys Nov. 11





From Amazon:

Graphic Novels

1. Black Hole

2. Watchmen

3. Batman: Year One Deluxe Edition

4. V for Vendetta

5. Day of Vengeance (Infinite Crisis)

6. Bone: One Volume Edition

7. The Acme Novelty Library (Acme Novelty Library)

8. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

9. The O.M.A.C. Project (Infinite Crisis)

10. Batman: The Long Halloween

DVDs

1. Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition)

2. Madagascar (Widescreen Edition)

3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition)

4. Friends - The Complete Tenth Season

5. The Polar Express (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)

6. Lost - The Complete First Season

7. Cinderella (Disney Special Platinum Edition)

8. Batman Begins (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition)

9. U2 - Vertigo 2005 - Live From Chicago (Deluxe Edition)

10. March of the Penguins (Widescreen Edition)

Rock CDs

1. 12 Songs ~ Neil Diamond

2. Confessions on a Dance Floor ~ Madonna

3. Born to Run: 30th Anniversary 3-Disc Set ~ Bruce Springsteen

4. Thanks For The Memory...The Great American Songbook IV ~ Rod Stewart

5. Aerial ~ Kate Bush

6. Amarantine ~ Enya

7. Prairie Wind ~ Neil Young

8. Caught In The Act ~ Michael Bublé

9. Breakaway ~ Kelly Clarkson

10. American Idiot ~ Green Day

Toys and Action Figures

1. Mr. Potato Head Darth Tater

2. Star Wars Build Your Own Lightsaber

3. Star Wars Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet

4. Mystery Machine Ghost Patrol (Scooby Doo)

5. Batman Begins Deluxe Batmobile

6. Power Rangers S.P.D. Delta Command Megazord

7. Transformers Cybertron Leader: Optimus Prime

8. Power Rangers Delta Enforcer SPD Super Cannon

9. Real Lights Sound Arena

10. NFL Series 12 Figure: Surprise Figure



Last week's list.

"Doctor Who": Check out the new Cybermen

The robotic villains have been updated for the new century. Details from the BBC here.



See the Best "Doctor Who" Sites on the Web.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Pop Artifact! Batman road racing set

Vintage DC Comics house ad

"Lost" clues episode 6, season 2: "Abandoned"

Official ABC recap:

Abandoned
Air Date: 11/09/2005
Our castaways may be stranded on an island, but human nature is a very powerful force. So when Sayid presents Shannon with a brand new shelter, we aren't exactly surprised when she invites him inside to spend the night. And until Sayid leaves to get them a drink of water, we might think that things are finally finding their way back to normal. But when Walt comes strolling into the tent, still dripping wet, any thought of normalcy goes flying straight out the hole in the tarp that serves as a window.

Shannon screams at the top of her lungs but by the time Sayid gets to her, Walt has disappeared again. Half the beach is awake now and they all rush over. Sayid tells her (and everyone listening) that it was only a dream -- everything is fine. But the fact that Sayid publicly refutes her story leaves Shannon feeling angry and hurt. When Claire arrives with the baby, Charlie scolds her for waking the baby up and Claire actually apologizes.

In FLASHBACK, we see a younger Shannon and we're surprised to find her genuinely sweet and caring. She works as a ballet instructor, dreams of landing an internship with a prestigious dance company in New York and lives her life with the ease of someone who knows they have their bet covered. But when her father is killed in a car accident things go from bad to worse. In her father, she lost her best friend. And her relationship with her stepmother Sabrina isn't exactly what you might call loving. Boone does what he can to be there for her, but this type of grief takes time to process. Still, she soldiers on the best she can and even gets word about the internship in New York -- it's hers! There's just one problem -- the internship is unpaid and she doesn't seem to have any money. Her father always took care of that, so Shannon goes to see Sabrina to ask when she is getting the money left to her by her father in his will. And it's here that Shannon's world is turned completely upside down. Her father had no will. And through a living trust, all his assets go to his wife…Sabrina. Sabrina tells Shannon it's time to start taking care of herself -- that everyone has to work for what they have and that the free ride is over. And as Shannon is literally kicked out of the only home she has ever known we see the pain on her face and know she is being pushed down a path that will change her forever.

On the island, Claire finds herself more and more upset about having her parenting skills questioned by Charlie. As Locke helps her get the baby to sleep she rails against Charlie, admitting that she knows very little about him -- he could be a religious freak for all she knows. Why else would he carry a statue of the Virgin Mary around with him? And as this lands on Locke, we realize Charlie is walking a very dangerous line.

Halfway across the island, Ana Lucia and Mr. Eko are leading what remains of their party on a trek to join our castaways and unite the clans. They race against the clock of Sawyer's infection and the ever-present danger of the Others until silently and without warning, another of their clan simply disappears. Mistrust and paranoia reign as they fight their way through the jungle and into the driving rain -- never knowing they are on a collision course with tragedy just moments away.

And elsewhere, Sayid tries desperately to connect with Shannon, who has resorted to using Vincent to try and track Walt. When he finally catches up to her in the jungle, it's all he can do to prevent her from falling into hysterics. She tells him she knows he thinks she is crazy and that they found the message bottle from the raft. She knows he will leave her as soon as they are rescued. She knows this because everyone leaves her. So he should just go now. But Sayid tells her he believes her; promises her that he will never leave her no matter what happens. And then he says something neither of them thought they would ever hear or say again…He loves her. And as they fall into an embrace, Sayid sees something that couldn't be there. He sees Walt -- and Shannon doesn't know whether to be frightened or relieved. She takes off after him into the jungle and it takes a moment for Sayid to jar himself into action. But that second is all it takes for life on this island to take yet another tragic turn.


Observations and speculation:

* We get our first-ever Shannon flashback (everything in season one was from Boone's perspective) and BAM! she's knocked off.

* The Others "took" nearly all of the tail-end survivors shortly after they crashed. That seems to mean the missing passengers were killed, but there are also hints that they kidnapped children among the survivors, and that those children are still alive. Libby (the blond Tailender) asks Mr. Eko is he saw "the kids" after she learns that he, Michael and Jin have spotted the Others. Did Libby lose a child to the Others too?

* Libby is a clinical psychologist, which could come in handy when it comes to figuring out what's up with the Hatch project, etc.

* What's the deal with the Others and their child-snatching ways? Ethan Rom wanted Claire's baby. The sea-bound Others snatched Walt. Evidently the Others took children from the Tailenders. Are they using children to perpetuate whatever society they've established on the island? Are they using the children as slaves? Are the leaders of the Others children who, in some goofy kind of way, lead their society and boss the grownups around? Along these lines, there was a Peter Pan poster in Shannon's apartment during the flashback scenes.

* The Tailender, Cindy, is taken from Ana's group without anyone noticing at all. So the Others are pretty danged sneaky and quiet.



*What's up with all the creepy jungle whispering? As depicted/heard in season 1, this seems to be the sound the Others make when they're around. But how do they make it? What does it mean? Here's a link to transcipts of previous jungle whispers.

* Walt, or some kinda mystical manifestation thereof, appears to warn Shannon to be quiet, putting his finger to his lips. But the warning is unsuccessful as Shannon screams, spooks Ana and is shot. According to a post at 4815162342.com, Walt's saying "They're coming, and they're close." But why is his speech all freaky and backwards-sounding?



* There's speculation here that Ana didn't shoot Shannon. Interesting, but I kinda think she did.

* Was Shannon's fate predicted in the vision Boone had during season one?

* Jack is seen quickly passing by in the background during thehospital scene, when Shannon and her step-mother go there after Shannon's father's car accident. As depicted earlier this season, Shannon's father was killed in a collision with the woman Jack treated and later married.

* Looks like heroin could arise as a problem for Charlie again, particularly if Claire distances herself from him.

Other stuff

* Promo for the next episode.

* Screen caps from "Abandoned."

* Screen caps from the next episode.

See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

Quick hits

Brian Eno is auctioning off some of his instruments.

A catalog of vintage robot toys, up for auction.

An article about the pioneering record cover artist Alex Steinweiss. More info and art here.

Joss Whedon will pen a new "Buffy" comic for Dark Horse. It'll take place where the TV series left off.

Paul McCartney will do a special performance for astronauts orbiting the Earth in the Internatinal Space Station.

NPR has an item about Harvey Pekar's new graphic novel "The Quitter."

Fresh content is starting to appear on the official "Superman Returns" movie site.

"Superman Returns" pictures

As mentioned in "Quick Hits," the "Superman Returns" site is up-and-running with fresh content, including these fresh wallpaper pics:







See the Best Superman Sites on the Web.











Fresh "Aeon Flux" photos

Here's are a few new ones from the upcoming Charlize Theron sci-fi pic:









Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Pop Artifact! Superman TV Guide cover

Vintage DC Comics house ad

"Lost" preview Nov. 9: "Abandoned"

After a three-week break, a new episode airs tonight. Spoilers apply:

* ABC's official synopsis.
* Pictures from the episode.
* Preview for tonight's show.

Come back here tomorrow for a recap of the show.

See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

Quick hits

The New York Times visits uber-designer and comics geek Chip Kidd.

Dial B posts some cool DC Comics house ads (just as we do here quite regularly).

John Lennon tunes are now available for digital download via Napster, Yahoo! Unlimited, Rhapsody and MSN. There's also a new official Lennon site up here.

Elton John has selected a batch of his favorite Christmas tunes for a Starbucks compilation. Included are a remix of Kate Bush's "December Will Be Magic Again," The Flaming Lips' "A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn't So)," John's own "Step Into Christmas," along with predictable fare from the Beach Boys, Phil Spector's Chrismas Album and more. Part of the proceeds benefit John's AIDS charity. You can order here starting tomorrow.

A 3-D version of Peter Jackson's "King Kong" is a possibility.

ABC is beginning "Lost" podcasts.

More "Lost": The New York Times talks re: all the speculation on tonight's ep.

Upcoming Marvel Comics graphic novels and trade paperbacks

Taking a gander at Amazon's listings, we see:

March (note: These dates are according to Amazon. Books may actually come out sooner or later)

Punisher MAX Volume 5: The Slavers TPB

Drax The Destroyer: Earth Fall TPB

Runaways Volume 5: Escape To New York Digest

Supreme Power: Hyperion TPB

Thor: Blood Oath TPB

Young Avengers Volume 2: Family Matters HC

Captain America: Winter Soldier, Vol. 1

Incredible Hulk: Peace In Our Time TPB

New X-Men: Childhood's End Volume 1 TPB

Spider-Girl Secrets & Lies Digest

Defenders: Indefensible TPB

Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan TPB

House of M: Wolverine

Silver Surfer: Rebirth Of Thanos TPB

Spider-Man: The Other Volume 1 TPB

Squadron Supreme: Death Of A Universe TPB

Ultimate Iron Man Volume 1 Premiere HC

Wolverine Classic Volume 3 TPB

X-Men: Colossus Bloodline TPB

X-Men: The Complete Age Of Apocalypse Epic Book 3 TPB

Arana Volume 3: Night Of The Hunter Digest

House of M: Spider-Man

House of M: World of M

New Warriors: Reality Check TPB

Secret War (Spider-Man)

Essential Moon Knight Volume 1 TPB

House of M: Mutopia X

House of M: New X-Men

Ultimate X-Men Volume 13: Magnetic North TPB

See upcoming Marvel Comics from December 2005 through February 2007.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Pop Artifact! Batman board game



Vintage DC Comics house ad

Quick hits

Dial B visits the Justice League of America Mail Room.

Ephemera Now launches a great page of Christmas graphics (geeze, though, couldn't you wait until after Thanksgiving?)

Great stuff from Lady, That's My Skull today. First, he posts an article on DC Comics-based movie serials and alerts us to fresh Joe Kubert art in the U.S. Army's preventive services magazine. There's a love letter to Hayley Mills, too.

Planet Xtabay recovers from technical difficulties and shares a whole load of music files: Vintage action TV themes, spy jazz, library music and more.

Dark Horse Comics is getting into the film biz.

CD new releases for Nov. 8

Kate Bush Aeriel

The Damned Play It At Your Sister: The Stiff Years

John Entwistle Rigor Mortis Sets In, Smash Your Head Against the Wall and Whistle Rymes

Robert Fripp Love Cannot Bear

T. Rex Dandy in the Underworld, The Slider, The Wax Co. Singles A's and B's 1972-1977 and Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow

The Undertones More Songs About Chocolate & Girls

VA Stand-ins for DeciBels: A Tribute to the dB's

OST Firefly

OST Smallville: The Metropolis Mix

Previous releases.

DVD new releases for Nov. 8

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Widescreen Edition)

Remington Steele - Season 2

Doctor Who - City of Death (Episode 105)

The Partridge Family - The Complete Second Season

Doctor Who - The Claws of Axos (Episode 57)

Ducktales - Volume One Collection

Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers - Volume One Collection

George Pal - Flights of Fantasy

Lenny Bruce Performance Film

Live 8

La Dolce Vita (Deluxe Collector's Edition)

Tommy & Quadrophenia Live With Special Guest


More upcoming DVDs.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Pop Artifact!



Visit the DC Comics Fortress of Memorabilia.

Vintage DC Comics house ad

"Spider-Man 3": Enter Sandman

Here's the first shot of Thomas Hayden Church as the Sandman in "Spider-Man 3":

Comic book previews

Mile High Comics has first looks at: 100 Bullets #66; ABC: A-Z Greyshirt and Cobweb; DMZ #1; Hawkman #46; Wildcats: Nemesis #3; Cable Deadpool #22; Decimation: House of M - The Day After; Drax The Destroyer #3; Exiles #72; Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2; Incredible Hulk #88; Marvel Knights 4 #24; New Excalibur #1; New Thunderbolts #15 and Pulse #12.

More Upcoming Comics.

Beach Boys: More bad vibrations from Mike Love

Any fan of the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson will tell you one of the key reasons Wilson's much mythologized Smile album never came out back in the 60s is because the fellow Beach Boys, particularly singer Mike Love, disparaged the project and thought it uncommercial.

But now that Wilson has released his own version of Smile and launched a critically lauded tour behind it, guess who's trying to get a piece of the pie?

According to the Associated Press:

Mike Love is suing his cousin and former Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson, but Love's lawyer hopes the lawsuit won't mar their good vibrations.

Love filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court yesterday (Nov. 3) accusing Wilson of promoting his 2004 album, "Smile," in a manner that "shamelessly misappropriated Mike Love's songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark, as well as the 'Smile' album itself."

Sideshow Toys' Princess Leia figure unveiled

Here she is:



Available for pre-order now.

Quick hits

Via BoingBoing: Get out yer Crayolas for this 1976 Marvel Comics coloring book.

Bubblegumfink shares a cool bubblegum pop comp.

Dial B audio blogs a Batman Power Records release. More Power Records.

Via Drawn: A nice gallery of children's book covers.


The Perfumed Garden has a rare compilation of Peel Sessions up for sharing.

Superfrankenstein helpfully explains the news with comic book covers again.

Hollywood apparently feels it's necessary to do a bio-doc on the man who killed John Lennon. Lindsay Lohan and Jared Leto have been cast.

Here's some pics of "Metropolis" as featured in the upcoming "Superman Returns."