Friday, February 10, 2006

Coming up on the TIP! Saturday Picture Page

Remember when comics were sold to the general public? On comic book racks and spinners? We'll have pictures from those times. Tune in tomorrow.

Pop Artifact! Stretch Armstrong



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"Asterix and the Vikings" poster, pics

Here's the German-language posts and a couple of stills from the upcoming "Asterix" 'toon:





DVD Dalekmania due March 28

Man, I love alliteration.

Anyway, due out March 28 it's "Genesis of the Daleks" with Tom Baker and "Revelation of the Daleks" with Colin Baker (no relation but, in a way, they're the same guy. Weird.)

Here's cover art:





See the Best Doctor Who Sites on the Web.

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 9, 2006

Datajunkie pays tribute to sci-fi pulp illustrator Virgil Finlay.

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There's a trailer out for "Art School Confidential," based on Daniel Clowes' graphic novel.

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Top 10 comics, DVDs, CDs and action figures

At Amazon:

Comics - Graphic Novels

1. Serenity
2. V for Vendetta
3. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
4. Watchmen
5. Attack of the Bacon Robots (Penny Arcade, Vol. 1) '
6. The Complete Far Side 1980-1994 (2 vol set)
7. Black Hole
8. House of M
9. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
10. Frank Miller's Complete Sin City Library

DVDs

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Widescreen Two-Disc Deluxe Edition)
2. Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Widescreen Edition)
3. Grey's Anatomy - Season 1
4. Bambi II
5. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Widescreen Edition)
6. Wedding Crashers - Uncorked (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
7. Crash (Widescreen Edition)
8. Lost - The Complete First Season
9. 24 - Season Two
10. 24 - Season One

CDs

1. Comfort of Strangers - Beth Orton
2. At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
3. The Life Pursuit - Belle & Sebastian
4. The Greatest - Cat Power
5. Demon Days - Gorillaz
6. Rabbit Fur Coat - Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
7. Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
8. Sly & the Family Stone - Greatest Hits [Epic] - Sly & the Family Stone
9. Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple
10. Other People's Lives - Ray Davies

Action Figures

1. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Unmasked Green Goblin
2. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Crown of Lies Loki
3. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Melted Face Abomination
4. Marvel Legends Legendary Riders Figure: Iron Man Hulk Buster
5. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Lady Death Strike
6. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Pyro
7. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Crimson Dynamo
8. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Toxin
9. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Abomination
10. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Blackheart

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Pop Artifact! Twister game

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"Lost" Clues: Season 2, Episode 13: "The Long Con"

ABC's official recap:

The Long Con
Air Date: 02/08/2006
Locke and Jack team up to ensure that all the weapons floating around the island are kept in the armory, nice and safe. Locke suggests they do the same with the medicine and lets Jack know Sawyer has been helping himself -- again. Jack goes straight to Sawyer's tent and the two of them face off over ownership of the meds. Sawyer claims it's a case of "Finders Keepers." And that's just fine with Jack. He just found them in Sawyer's tent. And now he's keeping them.

In FLASHBACK we see Sawyer in a now familiar scene. He's in bed with a beautiful woman when he has to rush out to make a meeting. He grabs his briefcase and -- oops! -- thick bundles of cash "accidentally" fall to the floor. Only this time, his mark is on to him. But there's a surprise. Cassidy doesn't call the cops -- she doesn't even storm out of the room. Instead she wants him to teach her everything he knows.

Back on the island, Sawyer tells Kate about the army Jack and Ana Lucia are forming -- trying to, anyway. Turns out a chance to tangle with the Others isn't quite as irresistible to everyone as they thought. Meanwhile Hurley tries to connect with Sayid. He knows Sayid's been despondent since losing Shannon and he has something he hopes will cheer him up. It's a radio -- the same one on which the Tailies picked up Boone's signal from the drug plane. Maybe Sayid can boost the power somehow to help them send another signal?

Meanwhile, Sun works alone in her garden when suddenly she is dragged off into the jungle with a hood over her head. Sawyer and Kate follow her screams from the beach and find her bound and unconscious in the jungle. They bring her back to camp where Ana Lucia leads everyone to arrive at the only possible conclusion. The Others are back…

Ana Lucia wants to go after them. But Locke argues for caution, at least until Sun wakes up and is able to tell them exactly what happened. But Sawyer and Kate smell a rat and decide to do a little investigating of their own. Sun was dragged off by the Others just as Jack and Ana Lucia are struggling to build a force to go after them? Hmmm…

In FLASHBACK we see Sawyer grooming his new pupil in the art of the con. Cassidy's a very bright pupil. But she's hungry for more. She wants to learn the long con. And she knows how they can fund it. Cassidy got more money than we thought in her divorce. A whole lot more.

Back on the island Sun has woken up. She can't tell them anything about who took them. But people are tired of waiting around. Jin leads the charge and sums up his idea of what to do next in a single word: "Gun."

In FLASHBACK we see Sawyer meet up with his old mentor, Gordie. He's been playing Cassidy like a fiddle, knowing the whole time there was more money in her. But when Sawyer says he's having second thoughts Gordie makes the decision real easy for him. Finish the job or, die. Turns out everybody works for someone…

Back on the island, Jack arrives at the hatch to find Sawyer sitting at the computer. He opens the armory and discovers it empty. Sawyer got there ahead of him and warned Locke that Jack was coming for the guns. And while Jack wants to put his fist through Sawyer's head, he has bigger fish to fry just now. Jack finds Locke on the beach and demands to be taken to the new hiding place, but Locke doesn't want to take him there. In the end, it turns out he won't have to.

Sawyer emerges with a gun over his shoulder. He played Locke and Jack against each other in a con to win control of the guns. We don't know how he found the new hiding place, but he's got a message for the camp. Seems he didn't appreciate having his things taken while he was away on the raft. But, what the hell, they can keep the shaving cream and batteries. But if anyone on this island needs a gun? They need to come to Sawyer.

That's the thing with cons. In order to work, the victims need to want something. And even on this island -- lots of people want all kinds of things…




Observations/speculation:

* Any significance to Cassidy's name (as in, "Butch Cassidy and...")?

* Did we see the end of the con? Was Cassidy killed? Was Sawyer somehow suckered? Or is it as it appears, he crossed her for his share of the money.

* The always significant number 5 appears again as Sawyer counts down to when it's safe for him to re-enter Cassidy's house. Other characters--Jack, Kate, etc.--have been shown counting this way.

* Seems like the inhabitants are probably safer with the guns under Sawyer's control, no matter how disreputable he may be. Jack and Locke's escalating power plays were getting dangerous.



* The waitress in the restaurant where Sawyer and Gordie meet is Diane, Kate's mother.

* Charlie's become a sad little hobbit. Maybe he spent too much time around that Dark Ring of Morder.

* Any chance the radio Hurley gave to Sayid can be used for communicating with the outside world? Is it really picking up ancient radio broadcasts or did they just land on an oldies station?



* Hurley quotes Harry Nilsson's "Coconut" when bringing the radio to Sayid. There's likely no deep meaning to this. Good song though.

* Locke is seen searching through the pages of books in the Hatch Library. What's he looking for?

* The book Locke's looking through when Sawyer arrives is "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce (read it here), the subject of a fascinating short film that was used as a "Twilight Zone" episode. The story leaves you wondering if a man escapes he's fate of hanging or if he's actually dead--likely a reference to all the "are they really dead" discussion surrounding "Lost."

* Apparently there was another "Twilight Zone" reference the episode too.

* The manuscript Hurley was reading, "Bad Twin," by a supposedly diseased passenger will actually be published May 2 as a cagey tie-in with the show. According to the books' "about the author" notes: "Bad Twin is the highly-anticipated new novel by acclaimed mystery writer Gary Troup. Bad Twin was delivered to Hyperion just days before Troup boarded Oceanic Flight 815, which was lost in flight from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles in September 2004. He remains missing and is presumed dead." You can pre-order a copy of the novel now from Amazon.



* We learn Bernard is a dentist.

Other stuff:

See screen captures from "The Long Con."

See a preview for the next episode.

See promotional pictures for the next episode.

Visit the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

Comic Book Birthday: Frank Frazetta







Images from the Grand Comic Book Database.

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 9, 2006

There's yet another Beatles beatleg podcast up.

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Via Boing Boing: A tour of the private apartment on Disneyland's Main Street USA. No, Michael Jackson doesn't live there.

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Every week Chris over at Collected Comics Library posts a nice podcast running down the latest comics collections/graphic novels news. Check it out.

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The New York Times reports on last night's Grammy's telecast, which saw a rare performance by the reclusive Sly Stone.

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Upcoming DVDs releases set for...

June 20:

* The Adventures of Superman Seasons 3 and 4
* Superboy Season 1
* Lois and Clark Season 3
* Justice League: The Complete Second Season
* Superman the Animated Series: Volume 3

Sept. 19:

* Teen Titans: The Complete Second Season
* The Batman: The Complete Second Season

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Here's a look at figures available for pre-order now via your local comics shop or via the TIP!-supporting links below:



Marvel Legends Action Figures Gift Pack: Monster Box Set



Marvel Legends Action Figures Masterworks Series 1: Set of 2 (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Masterworks Series 1: Spider-Man vs Green Goblin (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Masterworks Series 1: Fantastic Four vs Mole Man (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Masterworks Series 2: Set of 2 (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Masterworks Series 2: Hulk vs. Thing (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Masterworks Series 2: Galactus vs. Everybody (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)



Marvel Legends Action Figures Gift Pack: Young Avengers Box Set

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 1: Set of 3 (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 1: Captain America (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 1: Iron Man (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 1: Wolverine (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 1: Captain America Variant (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 1: Wolverine Variant (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 1: Iron Man Variant (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 2: Set of 3 (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 2: Venom (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 2: Spider-Man (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 2: Hulk (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 2: Venom Variant (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 2: Hulk Variant (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Icons Series 2: Spider-Man Variant (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 14

Marvel Legends Action Figures Face Off Twin Packs: Set of 3 (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Face Off Twin Packs: Kingpin vs. Daredevil (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

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Marvel Legends Action Figures Face Off Twin Packs: Hulk vs. Leader Variant (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Face Off Twin Packs: Captain America vs. Red Skull Variant (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Figure Factory Series 3: Case (Pre-Order Ships Oct. 2006)

Marvel Figure Factory Series 3: Deadpool (Pre-Order Ships Oct. 2006)

Marvel Figure Factory Series 3: Black Costume Spider-Man (Pre-Order Ships Oct. 2006)

Marvel Figure Factory Series 3: Angel (Pre-Order Ships Oct. 2006)

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Marvel Figure Factory Series 3: Invisible Woman (Pre-Order Ships Oct. 2006)

Marvel Figure Factory Series 3: Mystery Figure (Pre-Order Ships Oct. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Factory Sealed Case (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Set of 8 (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Mandarin (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Beta Ray Bill (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Moonnight (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Spider-Woman (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Quicksilver (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Thor Buster Iron Man (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Wasp (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Captain Marvel (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Spider-Woman Variant (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Wasp Variant (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Qucicksilver Variant (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 15: Captain Marvel Variant (Pre-Order Ships Nov. 2006)

Marvel Mega Morphs Series 3: Set of 3 (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Mega Morphs Series 3: Thing (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Mega Morphs Series 3: Iron man (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Mega Morphs Series 3: Magneto (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Showdown Starter Set Series 2: Mr Fantastic & Mole Man (Pre-Order Ships July 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Showdown Starter Set Series 2: Colossus & Magneto (Pre-Order Ships July 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Showdown Rider Set Series 1: Ghostrider & Vengence (Pre-Order Ships July 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Showdown Rider Set Series 1: Logan & Chopper (Pre-Order Ships July 2006)

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Marvel Legends Action Figures Showdown Battle Pack Series 3: Set of 5 (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Showdown Battle Pack Series 3: Green Goblin (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Showdown Battle Pack Series 3: Beast (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

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Marvel Legends Action Figures Showdown Battle Pack Series 3: Silver Surfer (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

Marvel Legends Action Figures Showdown Battle Pack Series 3: Beast Variant (Pre-Order Ships Aug. 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 2: Set of 6 (Pre-Order Ships May 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 2: Air Strike Wolverine (Pre-Order Ships May 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 2: Angel (Pre-Order Ships May 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 2: Stealth Cyclops (Pre-Order Ships May 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 2: Tech Gear Beast (Pre-Order Ships May 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 2: Juggernaut (Pre-Order Ships May 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 2: Phoenix (Pre-Order Ships May 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 3: Set of 6 (Pre-Order Ships July 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 3: Colossus (Pre-Order Ships July 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 3: Nightcrawler (Pre-Order Ships July 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 3: Iceman (Pre-Order Ships July 2006

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X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 3: Avalanche (Pre-Order Ships July 2006)

X-Men 3 Movie Action Figures Series 3: Sabretooth (Pre-Order Ships July 2006)

Star Wars Action Figures Saga Collection '06: Orange Utapaun Clone Trooper #26 (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)

Star Wars Action Figures Saga Collection '06: Sora Bulq (Alien Jedi) #15 (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)

Star Wars Action Figures Saga Collection '06: Sun Fac (Geonosian Separatist Leader) #16 (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)

Star Wars Action Figures Saga Collection '06: C-3PO (Battle Droid Head) #17 (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)

Star Wars Action Figures Saga Collection '06: Poggle The Lesser (Separatist) #18 (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)

Star Wars Action Figures Saga Collection '06: Yoda #19 (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)

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Star Wars Action Figures Saga Collection '06: Scorch (Republic Commando) #21(Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)






Star Wars 12" Figure: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Pre-order Ships in March 2006)

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DARTH VADER Star Wars 1:4 Scale Figures Sideshow Collectibles Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Feb. 2006)



SET of 5 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: IDENTITY CRISIS Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)

BATMAN 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: IDENTITY CRISIS Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)

THE FLASH 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: IDENTITY CRISIS Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)

ELONGATED MAN 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: IDENTITY CRISIS Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)

BLACK CANARY 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: IDENTITY CRISIS Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)

CAPTAIN BOOMERANG 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: IDENTITY CRISIS Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Mar/2006)



DR DOOM With Mask 12" Marvel Studios Action Figure Series 1 by Toy Biz

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Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 2 7" Figure: Set of 5 (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)

Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 2 7" Figure: Anti-Monitor (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)

Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 2 7" Figure: Barry Allen Flash (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)

Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 2 7" Figure: Battle Armor Lex Luthor (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)

Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 2 7" Figure: Earth 2 Superman (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)

Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 2 7" Figure: Brainiac (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)



The New Frontier Series 1 7" Figure: Set of 5 (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)

The New Frontier Series 1 7" Figure: Green Lantern (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)

The New Frontier Series 1 7" Figure: Superman (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)

The New Frontier Series 1 7" Figure: Wonder Woman (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)

The New Frontier Series 1 7" Figure: Green Arrow (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)

The New Frontier Series 1 7" Figure: Blackhawk (Pre-order Ships in July 2006)



SET of 5 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: SILVER AGE SUPERMAN Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in May/2006)

SUPERMAN ROBOT 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: SILVER AGE SUPERMAN Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in May/2006)

LEX LUTHOR 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: SILVER AGE SUPERMAN Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in May/2006)

LOIS LANE 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: SILVER AGE SUPERMAN Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in May/2006)

JIMMY OLSEN 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: SILVER AGE SUPERMAN Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in May/2006)

PERRY WHITE 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: SILVER AGE SUPERMAN Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in May/2006)



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"RING" ANGEL 6" Action Figure BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER/ANGEL Gentle Giant Studios Toy (Pre Order Ships in Feb/2006)

SET of 5 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT BATMAN:KNIGHTFALL Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Feb/2006)

AZRAEL 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT BATMAN:KNIGHTFALL Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Feb/2006)

NIGHTWING 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT BATMAN:KNIGHTFALL Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Feb/2006)

CATWOMAN 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT BATMAN:KNIGHTFALL Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Feb/2006)

BANE 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT BATMAN:KNIGHTFALL Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Feb/2006)

MASK OF TENGU BATMAN 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT BATMAN:KNIGHTFALL Series 1 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in Feb/2006)



GREEN LANTERN 13" Deluxe Collector Figure DC DIRECT

MARVEL LEGENDS Series 13 Factory Sealed CASE 12 Figure Asst. (PRE-ORDER SHIPS END OF APRIL 2006)

ABOMINATION 6" Action Figure MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 13 THE VILLAINS SERIES Marvel Toy Biz Toy (PRE-ORDER SHIPS APRIL 2006)

BLACKHEART 6" Action Figure MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 13 THE VILLAINS SERIES Marvel Toy Biz Toy (PRE-ORDER SHIPS APRIL 2006)

GREEN GOBLIN 6" Action Figure MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 13 THE VILLAINS SERIES Marvel Toy Biz Toy (PRE-ORDER SHIPS APRIL 2006)

LADY DEATH STRIKE 6" Action Figure MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 13 THE VILLAINS SERIES Marvel Toy Biz Toy (PRE-ORDER SHIPS APRIL 2006)

LOKI 6" Action Figure MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 13 THE VILLAINS SERIES Marvel Toy Biz Toy (PRE-ORDER SHIPS APRIL 2006)

PYRO 6" Action Figure MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 13 THE VILLAINS SERIES Marvel Toy Biz Toy (PRE-ORDER SHIPS APRIL 2006)



SET of 5 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: JUSTICE LEAGUE ALEX ROSS Series 3 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in May/2006)

GREEN LANTERN 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: JUSTICE LEAGUE ALEX ROSS Series 3 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in May/2006)

THE JOKER 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: JUSTICE LEAGUE ALEX ROSS Series 3 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in May/2006)

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POISON IVY 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: JUSTICE LEAGUE ALEX ROSS Series 3 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in May/2006)



SET OF 3 7" Action Figure STAR WARS UNLEASHED REVENGE OF THE SITH Series 15 Hasbro Toy (Pre-Order Ships in June/2006)

HAN SOLO AS STORMTROOPER 7" Action Figure STAR WARS UNLEASHED REVENGE OF THE SITH Series 15 Hasbro Toy (Pre-Order Ships in June/2006)

CLONE TROOPER 7" Action Figure STAR WARS UNLEASHED REVENGE OF THE SITH Series 15 Hasbro Toy (Pre-Order Ships in June/2006)

CHEWBACCA 7" Action Figure STAR WARS UNLEASHED REVENGE OF THE SITH Series 15 Hasbro Toy (Pre-Order Ships in June/2006)



SET of 5 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: BATMAN/SUPERMAN RETURN OF SUPERGIRL Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in June/2006)

SUPERGIRL 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: BATMAN/SUPERMAN RETURN OF SUPERGIRL Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in June/2006)

SUPERMAN 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: BATMAN/SUPERMAN RETURN OF SUPERGIRL Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in June/2006)

BATMAN 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: BATMAN/SUPERMAN RETURN OF SUPERGIRL Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in June/2006)

DARKSEID 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: BATMAN/SUPERMAN RETURN OF SUPERGIRL Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in June/2006)

CORRUPTED SUPERGIRL 6" Action Figure DC DIRECT: BATMAN/SUPERMAN RETURN OF SUPERGIRL Series 2 Toy (Pre-Order Ships in June/2006)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Pop Artifact! Sesame Street radio

Vintage comic book ad

Review: Showcase Presents Green Arrow Vol. 1

Welcome to "Green Arrow: The Batman Years."

Huh?

Well, y'see, before Oliver Queen sprouted a goatee, bought a subscription to The Nation and became the fiery, liberal Robin Hood we know him as today he was basically Batman with a bow and arrow. A very derivative, B-level super-hero. He was a millionaire playboy, had a youthful ward (Speedy), an Arrow Car and Arrow Jet and an Arrow Cave. He even answered to an Arrow Signal for chrissake!




It wasn't until Denny O'Neill and Neal Adams got ahold of him that he was fleshed out into something approaching an original character. And that happened after the 500-some pages of stories printed here.

Which isn't to say this first volume of "Showcase Presents Green Arrow" isn't a lot of fun. It is. Because, while he may've been a B-level hero, relegated to backups in "Adventure" and "World's Finest," his strip had A-level creators.

Ever heard of Jack Kirby? Neal Adams (well, yeah, I guess I mentioned him above)? Those are the artists whose works book end the adventures presented here. In between we get hundreds upon hundreds of pages of beautiful art by the severely underrated Lee Elias.

And the stories, most of them six-pagers, aren't bad either. Silly, yeah. Preposterous, surely. But fun. This is Silver Age DC Comics fare, you know.

We get pretty much what you might expect: Green Arrow traveling back in time (on a couple of occasions); Green Arrow squaring off against a gorilla (and a monkey); Green Arrow shooting his boxing glove arrow at innumerable bandits and bank robbers. Surprisingly there's no "Green Arrow in Space" story, but he does have an underwater adventure. And there is one where people living 3000 years in the future send him a quiverful of "super arrows."



One of my favorite adventures is "The Curse of the Wizard's Arrow," in which a carnival fortune teller (trustworthy source, right?) foretells that Green Arrow will kill his best friend (Speedy, natch) with an arrow within the next 24 hours. So, to be on the safe side, GA opts to fight crime in the meantime with... a rifle!

Great stuff.

Given the space constraints writers Ed and France Herron, Dave Wood and the others had to work, they did a magnificent job crafting entertaining stories for their young audience. Many tales feature surprising, brain-twisting endings that are very creative and fun.

Outside of Speedy and a couple of appearances by Miss Arrowette (a female archer who tries to help out the crimefighters with her nail file, hair pin and perfume arrows [These were not the most enlightened of times, folks]), there's not a recurring character in the book. No regular super villain to spar with, no friendly police commissioner to visit at City Hall. There are, however, guest appearances by Superboy, Superman, Batman and (very briefly) Aquaman. And we get a reprinting of Green Arrow's first adventure as a member of the Justice League of America.

The stories date from 1958 through 1964. The last two adventures are "Brave and the Bold" team-ups with Batman from 1967 and 1969. That last of these features Neal Adams art and looks wildly different from all that precedes it. It doesn't really fit in terms of style or mood, but it's very nice work indeed.

Also nice are the 10 Kirby-drawn adventures that lead off the book. These were reprinted in color by DC a few years back but look spectacular here in black and white. It's fun to see Kirby in superhero mode a few years before he and Stan Lee launched the Marvel Age.

And, as I said above, the Elias art is the big discovery for me. I've seen a few examples of his work in the past, but this is a treasure trove. All of it is self-inked and very vivid in black and white with gorgeous linework and excellent use of blacks that create a nice sense of space, mood and light. It's a pleasure to behold.

DC should be commended for putting this fine work back into print. With the Showcase "Metamorpho" volume, "Green Arrow" and an upcoming collection of "Elongated Man" stories, the publisher is shining some light on characters that likely wouldn't soon warrant a hardcover, full-color "Archive" treatment.

My only beef is the lower-quality paper being used on these latest Showcase books. The thicker, white stock used on the "Superman" and "Green Lantern" volumes really showed off the art. These new books use the same newsprint as Marvel does with its "Essentials" books. At 500-plus pages for under $18, we're already getting a huge bargain. I'd gladly pay an extra buck or two for better paper.

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 8, 2006

Via Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog: A recent newspaper interview with Paul Norris, creator of Aquaman.

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Via the Great Curve: The Incredible Hulk and his alter ego Dr. Bruce Banner work out this whole "Intelligent Design" issue.

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iTunes now has compilations of the BBC's classic "Goon Show" available for download. For the unitiated, the show featured Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and a pre-movies Peter Sellers. The surreal comedy stories featured on the show were a huge influence not only on Monty Python but also the Beatles, whose goofy sensibility can be traced directly back to the Goons. You also can hear the "Goons" regularly via the Beeb's audio-on-demand site.

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Mike Sterling talks about these:



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Xtabay seems to have developed bongo mania.

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Dedicated follower of fashion: GQ catches up with Ray Davies.

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The Freddie Mercury action figure will rock you in late May:


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Cream is reuniting for more shows.

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Marvel Comics has podcast up featuring Joss Whedon talking about his upcoming, second stint on "Astonishing X-Men."