Friday, December 09, 2005

Pop Artifact! Captain Marvel memorabilia week





Christmas comics!

Quick hits

Bubblegumfink discovers an H.R. Pufnstuf blog. The endtimes are nigh.

The endtimes are nigher: Comics scribe Warren Ellis is reviving the Jim Shooter-era "New Universe" for Marvel.

Dial B for Blog displays some rare Superman art by the great John Buscema.

Fresh "King Kong" pictures

Here are some new ones:

















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



Graphic Novels

1. Black Hole

2. Watchmen

3. Frank Miller's Complete Sin City Library [Amazon.com Exclusive]

4. The Art Of George R. R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire

5. Astonishing X-Men Vol. 2: Dangerous

6. The Walking Dead Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire

7. V for Vendetta

8. The Acme Novelty Library

9. Batman: Year One Deluxe Edition

10. Bone: One Volume Edition

DVDs

1. March of the Penguins (Widescreen Edition)

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

3. Family Guy, Vol. 3

4. Madagascar (Widescreen Edition)

5. The Sound of Music (40th Anniversary Edition)

6. Lost - The Complete First Season

7. Fantastic Four (Widescreen Edition)

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

9. Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin - The Untold Story

10. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Widescreen Edition)

CDs

1. Born to Run: 30th Anniversary 3-Disc Set [Original recording remastered] ~ Bruce Springsteen

2. The Essential Johnny Cash [Limited Edition] [Original recording remastered] ~ Johnny Cash

3. American Idiot [Enhanced] [Explicit Lyrics] ~ Green Day

4. Cream - Royal Albert Hall - London May 2-3-5-6 2005

5. Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast ~ Various Artists

6. The Legend [Box set] ~ Johnny Cash

7. Aerial ~ Kate Bush

8. Prairie Wind ~ Neil Young

9. At San Quentin (The Complete 1969 Concert) [Live] [Original recording remastered] ~ Johnny Cash

10. Get Behind Me Satan ~ The White Stripes

Action Figures/Toys

1. Marvel Mega Morphs Series 2: Captain America

2. Batman Begins Total Control Figure: Batman

3. Justice League Unlimited Sonic Zoom Superman Figure

4. Batman Begins Deluxe Batmobile

5. The Batman Triple Mission Batmobile

6. Marvel Mega Morphs Doc Ock

7. Batman Batwing with Pilot Batman (110 pieces)

8. Batman Begins Flying Batman Figure

9. Justice League Watchtower Playset

10. Batman Begins Action Figure: Roto Blade Batman

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Pop Artifact! Captain Marvel memorabilia week


Christmas comics!

DVD art for "Justice League," "Batman Beyond" season 1 sets

Both are out March 21:



Remembering John

I got the news the next morning, Dec. 9, on the radio. And, just having turned 15 and being a fan who lived and breathed the Beatles, I was shattered.

It was a horrible awakening to how randomly cruel, insane and violent our world can be. Somebody I cared a lot about had been taken from me. Had been taken from us all.

On this day, I don't want to remember how it felt to hear the news or to re-hear news coverage of the event or, really, to relive it at all. It was bad enough to experience 25 years ago.

But I am meditating on how we're now living in a time of insane violence on a much larger scale--a war that's killed thousands of U.S. and Iraqi citizens, which was started by the United States and has no end in sight.

Any real tribute to John Lennon and what he held important needs to mention that fact.

Rather than dwell on past tragedies, we need to figure out how to end the ongoing, much larger one we're in the midst of now.

Quick hits

A great series of Beatles "beatleg" podcasts continues with a new entry today. You can download it and previous releases here. All are great collections of group and solo outtakes and rarities, interview snippets and more.

Here's a cool, free Christmas tune compilation featuring everyone from Louis Armstrong and Ringo Starr to Chet Baker and Esquivel.

More sharity: Pinicchio´s Easy-Listening & Instrumental-Corner presents some tasty Paul Weston lounge/jazz with the great Barney Kessel on guitar. (And if you haven't downloaded the Three Suns' Ding, Dong, Dandy Christmas there, you're missing one of the wildest, most bonkers holiday LPs ever.

TV Guide has an interview with "Smallville" Lois Lane actress Erica Durance.

Traveling Wilburys albums set for reissue, finally

Long out of print, the two Traveling Wilburys albums will be packaged together--with assorted extras--in deluxe and standard CD/DVD sets from Rhino Records June 12.

Click the links below to order either set.

Here are details from the press release:

Nearly twenty years after the creation of the band, and over a decade since the music was last available to fans, the music of The Traveling Wilburys will be reissued on June 12, 2007, in the U.S. and June 11, 2007, worldwide. Rhino Entertainment announced the project today and will distribute the package from the Wilbury Records label.

The previously released albums Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 and Traveling Wilburys Volume 3 feature inarguably some of music's greatest singer-songwriters -- George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan -- as the iconic band The Traveling Wilburys. Both CDs will be combined into one release, The Traveling Wilburys Collection, and will feature bonus tracks of rare and newly mixed previously unreleased music along with a bonus DVD featuring a 24-minute documentary showing unseen footage of the Wilburys and their five video clips.

The Traveling Wilburys collectible packages will be available in four configurations. Each configuration is a remarkable commemoration of this unique group.

Standard Package - Features 2 CDs (Volumes 1 and 3) with bonus tracks, bonus DVD of content and a 16-page collectible book.

Deluxe Edition Set - Linen-bound deluxe edition features 2 CDs (Volumes 1 and 3) with bonus tracks, bonus DVD, and a 40-page collectible book with photos, original liner notes, new liner notes and a uniquely numbered certificate of authenticity.

In trying to explain how the Wilburys originally came together, George Harrison once said, "The thing about the Wilburys for me is -- if we'd tried to plan it, or if anybody had said, let's form this band and get these people in it -- it would never happen, it's impossible. It happened completely, just by magic, just by circumstance. Maybe there was a full moon that night or something like that. It was quite a magical little thing really."

The Traveling Wilburys BACKGROUND

The Traveling Wilburys was not a carefully planned band, not formed from deep premeditation. Rather, the band was created in a casual blending of genuine friends one ordinary afternoon, which turned out to be anything but ordinary.

George Harrison needed a B-side song to accompany a European single release from his widely regarded Cloud Nine album. While in Los Angeles, George approached Jeff Lynne for help with the B-side, since he had co-produced the album. It happened that Jeff was working with Roy Orbison on the upcoming Mystery Girl album. Roy readily agreed to lend a hand in the musical effort. As fate would luckily dictate, George's guitar was at Tom Petty's house, and he too offered to join in and make some music. When the group showed up to record, Dylan also lent a hand to help complete the half-finished song George had written. George has often been quoted as saying, "And so everybody was there and I thought, I'm not gonna just sing it myself, I've got Roy Orbison standing there. I'm gonna write a bit for Roy to sing. And then, as it progressed, then I started doing the vocals and I just thought I might as well push it a bit and get Tom and Bob to sing the bridge." The final result was a song called "Handle With Care." George later said, "I liked the song and the way that it turned out with all these people on it so much that I just carried it around in my pocket for ages thinking, Well what can I do with this thing? And the only thing to do I could think of was do another nine. Make an album."

The album they created was called the Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 -- a playful nod to the reality that subsequent volumes were unlikely. Volume 1 was released in October 1988 preceded by the single "Handle With Care." The album achieved wide critical acclaim, and most critics agreed that the music was so extraordinary because of the modest ambitions of the band, which translated to a fresh and relaxing sound. Rolling Stone Magazine instantly called it one of the Top 100 Albums of all time. The album also saw commercial success; it reached #3 on the Album charts, garnered double-platinum status and earned the group a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

In 1990, following the unexpected death of Roy Orbison in December 1988, the remaining members reconvened to record Traveling Wilburys Volume 3, dedicating the album to Lefty (Roy) Wilbury. With Harrison and Lynne producing again, both "She's My Baby" and "Wilbury Twist" became radio hits as the album reached #11 in the U.S. and achieved Platinum success.

Track Listing:

Disc One
TRAVELING WILBURYS VOL. 1

--Handle With Care
--Dirty World
--Rattled
--Last Night
--Not Alone Any More
--Congratulations
--Heading For The Light
--Margarita
--Tweeter And The Monkey Man
--End Of The Line

Bonus Tracks:
--Maxine*
--Like A Ship*

Disc Two
DVD -- The True History Of The Traveling Wilburys

Music Videos:
--Handle With Care
--End Of The Line
--Inside Out
--She's My Baby
--Wilbury Twist

Disc Three
TRAVELING WILBURYS VOL. 3

--She's My Baby
--Inside Out
--If You Belonged To Me
--The Devil's Been Busy
--7 Deadly Sins
--Poor House
--Where Were You Last Night?
--Cool Dry Place
--New Blue Moon
--You Took My Breath Away
--Wilbury Twist

Bonus Tracks:

--Runaway (B-side to "She's My Baby" UK CD and 12")
--Nobody's Child (previously released on Nobody's Child: Romanian Angel Appeal)

Fresh "Superman Returns" pictures











Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Pop Artifacts! Captain Marvel memorabilia week

Christmas comics!

"X-Men 3" cast pics

A few were released earlier this week, but here's a look at even more characters featured in the film:


Angel


Beast


Callisto


Colossus


Cyclops


Ice Man


Jean Grey


Juggernaut


Kitty Pryde


Magneto


Mystique


Pyro


Rogue


Storm


Wolverine

"Doctor Who" series 2 news

The BBC has released a press release with details on the upcoming season, airing (sometime, the release curiously doesn't reveal when) in the UK:

The wait is over! David Tennant, the tenth Time Lord to grace the
TARDIS, and his feisty young companion, Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), return in
the eagerly anticipated new series of Doctor Who.

Together, the Doctor and Rose travel through time and space, battling a
host of new and returning aliens and monsters, including the dreaded
Cybermen, an evil race of Cat Women, the sinister Krillitanes and maybe
even a Dalek!

The new series, which promises to be even scarier than the last, sees
the welcome return of two of the Doctor's favourite and most iconic
companions, Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and his faithful robot dog,
K9.

Rose's mum, Jackie (Camille Coduri), and her hapless boyfriend, Mickey
(Noel Clarke), also return.

Viewers join the Doctor and Rose as they embark upon an adventure that
takes them further into the future than ever before, to a glittering
paradise where the grass smells of apples – but where old and new terrors
lurk.

Then it's off to the Highlands for a Royal appointment with Queen
Victoria (Pauline Collins).


See the Best Doctor Who Sites on the Web.

Quick hits

Via BoingBoing, cool graphics from a 1949 candy salesman's catalog.

Scott McCloud has a new book coming out called "Making Comics." It'll complete the trilogy he started with "Understanding Comics" (a vital read to anyone interested in the form) and "Reinventing Comics." McCloud, a cartoonist, teaches and makes his points graphically, with comics, in an amazing fashion. If you haven't checked out the books yet, you should.

"Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelhof discusses his being a comics geek.

A fun find in the "Adventures of Superman" DVD set.

Dial B for Blog displays some more vintage DC Comics house ads.

Fred Hembeck roasts the Fantastic Four.

March 1 is the release date for DVD sets collecting the first seasons of the animated "Justice League" and "Batman Beyond," TV Showns on DVD reports. More animated DC Comics shows on DVD.

Great moments in Comic Book History



All-American Comics #35: When a Bat Signal just won't do...

New comics for Dec. 7, 2005




Available now at yer local comics shop or via This is Pop!-supporting links:

Adventures Of Red Sonja Vol 1 She Devil With Sword

Alter Ego #55

Batgirl Kicking Assassins TP

Charles Burns Library Vol 1 El Borbah

Crisis On Infinite Earths Absolute Edition HC

Demo Collection TP

Essential Spider-Woman Vol 1 TP

Golden Age Hawkman Archives Vol 1 HC

Green Lantern Vs Sinestro Statue

Mythology Art Of Alex Ross Ltd Ed HC

Showcase Presents Justice League Of America Vol 1 TP

Spider-Man Breakout TP

What If Classic Vol 2 TP

See a Complete List of Upcoming Comics.