Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Pop Artifact! Felix the Cat board game



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Pop Culture Roundup March 7, 2006

Datajunkie pays tribute to the real Black Cat (not the Spider-Man villainess, but the Harvey Comics heroine who preceded her). Check it out and be sure to tell DJ how much you like it.

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The "X-Men 3" trailer is up.

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British eccentric/actor/musician/poet/storyteller Ivor Cutler, who appeared as Buster Bloodvessel, conductor of the bus in the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" film, has died. The UK Guardian has an obituary.

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African musician Ali Farka Toure, whose gorgeous collaboration with Toumani Diabate "In the Heart of the Moon" was one of the best records of last year, has died of bone cancer, Billboard reports.

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Some nice exotica sharity: Arthur Lyman Bahia.

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CDs collect Sid and Marty Krofft music

Those of us of a certain age (you can spot us by our graying/thinning hair) have fond and/or troubled memories of Sid and Marty Krofft's psychedelic Saturday morning live action shows such as "H.R. Pufnstuf," "The Bugaloos," etc., and the bubblegum soundtracks that accompanied them.

Now El Records is making some of that music available on CD.


The Bugaloos
Syd & Marty Krofft’s enormously successful follow up to “Hr Pufnstuf” another wizard of oz style children's programme full of psychedelic metaphors and great music (Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel).
With a nod toward the contemporary success of Josie and The Pussycats and The Banana Splits (which placed a band at the centre of the story), and with insect wings that allow them to fly, The Bugaloos were a fake pop band of English bugs who live in Tranquility Forest (the last of the British colonies) along with their friend Sparky the firefly.

The Bugaloos theme was created by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel (who had completed ‘Barbarella’ and ‘Pufnstuf’ and would soon write the famous themes for 'Happy Days' and ‘Laverne and Shirley') with most of the other beautiful selections (including the hit 'Senses of Our World') penned by Hal Yoergler who also produced the soundtrack.

Touted as the British version of the Monkees, over 5000 aspiring Bugaloos auditioned to cast the four leads, each having to demonstrate aptitude in dance, singing, and acting. Apparently a young Phil Collins was amongst them, auditioning for the role of I.Q but failing to get the part.



Pufnstuf Original Soundtrack
The soundtrack to the film version of Sid & Marty Kroffts gigantic children's TV hit 'HR Pufnstuf'-the programme that introduced psychedelia into the diet of English and American children in the late 60s/ early 70s. It starred of course, the most famous English boy actor of all, Jack Wild (straight from the highly-acclaimed Artful Dodger in Lionel Bart's 1968 film musical smash 'Oliver!'), alongside the great Cass Elliot from the Mamas And The Papas (whose film debut this was), So a unique anglo-american appeal.
Pufnstuf was a smash hit in America and is today an institution. Still remembered fondly by those that were touched by it as children and now enjoyed by younger viewers through cable transmissions. Pufnstuf was also a hit here in the uk where like 'The Simpsons' it enjoyed prime airtime slot at 6pm in the evening.

The soundtrack written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel ('Barbarella' 'Happy Days' 'Laverne & Shirley) is a remarkable amalgam of bugglegum, psychedelic instrumentation and joyful knockabout songs including ‘Zap The World’ and the fine Cass solo number ‘Different’ which is exclusive to this record. Pufnstuf is full of great, clever, funny songs sung by Jack Wild, Cass Elliot, Witchiepoo and the cast.


Both albums are due out March 11 and are available for pre-order from Amazon by clicking the above title links.

Upcoming items from Twomorrows Publishing


ALTER EGO #58
This issue spotlights “The X-Men Movie That Never Was!” as GERRY
CONWAY & ROY THOMAS reveal their 1980s screenplay for Orion
Pictures—analyzed & annotated by CHRIS IRVING—with art by DAVE COCKRUM,
NEAL ADAMS, JOHN BUSCEMA, JOHN BYRNE, GIL KANE, JACK KIRBY, DON HECK,
LARRY LIEBER, MARK GLIDDEN, & others! PLUS: 1950s Timely/Marvel artist
VIC CARRABOTTA interviewed by JIM AMASH! ALLEN BELLMAN on the 1940s
Timely bullpen! FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) with MARC SWAYZE &
Fawcett in 1943—BILL SCHELLY & a 1966 panel on 1950s EC Comics—MICHAEL
T. GILBERT—& MORE! BONUS: Giant-Size X-Men #1 revisited with a fabulous
new painted cover by MARK SPARACIO—from the classic layout by GIL KANE!
Edited by ROY THOMAS.

The 100 page (plus cover), saddle-stitched 8 1/2" x 11" magazine with a
full color cover and black-and-white interiors retails for $6.95 in the
U.S. and ships 10 May 2006.


BACK ISSUE #16
This issue celebrates toy-inspired comics of the 1970s and 1980s,
headlined by an in-depth look at Marvel’s G. I. Joe, featuring
interviews with and/or art by LARRY HAMA, DENNY O’NEIL, and HERB
TRIMPE! ARTHUR ADAMS bends our ear about drawing Gumby, SAL BUSCEMA and BUTCH
GUICE trade tales about Rom and Micronauts in a “Pro2Pro” interview,
the pencil art of MIKE ZECK gets the “Rough Stuff” spotlight, and “Greatest
Stories Never Told” examines the ill-fated Wonder Woman and the Star
Riders toy/animation/comics concept! Plus: DC’s Masters of the Universe
with GEORGE TUSKA, Marvel’s Transformers, a 40th anniversary salute to
Captain Action, JACK KIRBY’s Super Powers comics, a look at Super-Hero
Cars, and an “Off My Chest” guest editorial from cartoonist MILTON
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The 80 page (plus cover), saddle-stitched 8 1/2" x 11" magazine with a
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JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #46
This issue focuses on Kirby’s FOREVER PEOPLE, NEW GODS, and
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pencil art galleries (including Kirby’s redesigns for SUPER POWERS), a
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CD new releases March 7, 2006

Herb Alpert Whipped Cream and Other Delights: Rewhipped

Blondie Greatest Hits - Sound & Vision

Buzzcocks Flat-Pack Philosophy

John Cale New York in the 1960s

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan Ballad of the Broken Seas

Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Cheap Trick All Shook Up and Dream Police

Dave Davies Kinked

Martin Denny The Best of Martin Denny's Exotica

David Gilmour On an Island

Goldfrapp Supernature

The Little Willies (w/Norah Jones) The Little Willies

Van Morrison Pay the Devil

Harry Nilsson Everybody's Talkin': The Very Best of

DVD new releases March 7, 2006

Baby Looney Tunes, Vol. 1

Baby Looney Tunes, Vol. 2

Brady Bunch:Complete Final Season

Brady Bunch:Complete Series Pack

Buster Keaton: 65th Anniversary Collection

The Cosby Show: Season 2

Flintstones: The Complete Fifth Season

Hogan's Heroes:Complete Third Season

Howl's Moving Castle

Police Woman: Complete First Season

Scooby-Doo and Dynomutt Hour: The Complete Series

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Monday, March 06, 2006

Pop Artifact! Mandrake the Magician board game



DC Comics public service ad



See the Best DC Comics Sites on the Web.

New "Superman Returns" pictures









Pop Culture Roundup March 6, 2006

Planet Xtabay presents what looks to be an incredibly cool compilation of sci-fi themed space age pop and soundtrack music.

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Scar Stuff presents some Ghostly Sounds (two LPs of that name, one on Power Records, the other featuring music by electonic music pioneer Gershon Kingsley).

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Papercutz' Nancy Drew comics collections are big sellers.

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There's a fresh Beatles Beatlegs podcast out.

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Datajunkie presents the complete 1950s "Nightwatch" radio program--not a drama, but actual recordings made on patrol by an L.A. cop.

Beatles Capitol Versions Vol. 2 listed for April 11 release

...on Amazon and the official Capitol Records site. However, there are no details available outside of that release date. So we'll see...

This is the second set of CDs featuring the Beatles albums as originally released in the United States, i.e. the ones a lot of us grew up with. The track listings, and even names, of these releases differ from the British releases. In some cases, they songs on the albums even sound quite different, featuring added echo and different edits from their British counterparts. As an example, see the recent piece I wrote comparing the U.S. and U.K. versions of "Rubber Soul."

When the Beatles catalog was placed on CD in the 1980s, it was the British--not American--versions that were released.

Capitol Versions Vol. 1 featured Meet the Beatles, The Beatles Second Album, Something New and Beatles '65 in both mono and stereo versions.

If Vol. 2 continues chronologically, with four CDs, the upcoming set would include The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help! (American track lineup featuring instrumental tracks from the film) and Rubber Soul (featuring the different track listing detailed here).

That still leaves missing in action Yesterday... and Today and the U.S. version of Revolver. Starting with Sgt. Pepper, the American and British albums are the same.

Of course, it's possible Capitol may choose to expand Vol. 2 to six disks, or skip Help! or Early Beatles, or who knows what.

Also still missing on official CD are the U.S. soundtrack album for A Hard Day's Night, which features Beatles tunes a instrumental selections from the film and the Capitol "audio documentary" album The Beatles Story, which chronicles the band's rise to fame.

And then there are the excellent mono mixes of Sgt. Pepper and White Album...

See the Best Beatles Sites on the Web.


2006 Academy Award Winners

Winners in bold:

Best Picture
Crash
Brokeback Mountain
Munich
Good Night, and Good Luck
Capote

Achievement in Directing
Bennett Miller Capote
Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
Steven Spielberg Munich
Paul Haggis Crash
George Clooney Good Night, And Good Luck

Best Original Screenplay
Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco Crash
George Clooney and Grant Heslov Good Night, And Good Luck
Woody Allen Match Point
Noah Baumbach The Squid and the Whale
Stephen Gaghan Syriana

Best Adapted Screenplay
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana Brokeback Mountain
Dan Futterman Capote
Jeffrey Caine The Constant Gardener
Josh Olson A History of Violence
Tony Kushner and Eric Roth Munich

Best Actress
Charlize Theron North Country
Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice
Felicity Huffman Transamerica
Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line
Judi Dench Mrs. Henderson Presents

Best Actor
Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix Walk the Line
Philip Seymour Hoffman Capote
David Strathairn Good Night, And Good Luck
Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow

Best Supporting Actress
Frances McDormand North Country
Rachel Weisz The Constant Gardener
Amy Adams Junebug
Michelle Williams Brokeback Mountain
Catherine Keener Capote

Best Animated Feature Film
Howl's Moving Castle
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Best Supporting Actor
William Hurt A History of Violence
George Clooney Syriana
Matt Dillon Crash
Jake Gyllenhaal Brokeback Mountain
Paul Giamatti Cinderella Man

More info on the Oscars.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Upcoming graphic novels trade paperbacks

See complete lists:
DC ArchivesDC Showcase
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Masterworks
Marvel Essentials
Marvel Trade Paperbacks

Click titles to pre-order from Amazon.

September 2007 solications
BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 4 TP
BATMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 7 HC
JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC
SUPERMAN: THE BOTTLE CITY OF KANDOR TP
THE MAD ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HC
52: THE COMPANION TP
BATMAN: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT HC
THE FLASH: WONDERLAND TP
JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE VOL. 2 TP
JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE VOL. 1 TP
THE HELMET OF FATE TP
NIGHTWING: LOVE AND WAR TP
WONDER WOMAN: LOVE AND MURDER HC
MARVEL ZOMBIES/ARMY OF DARKNESS
PUNISHER MAX VOL. 8: WIDOWMAKER
PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL VOL. 1: CIVIL WAR
SPIDER-MAN FAMILY: BACK IN BLACK
ESSENTIAL PUNISHER VOL. 2
GHOST RIDER: TRAIL OF TEARS PREMIERE
WOLVERINE CLASSIC VOL. 5
CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER OMNIBUS VOL. 1
MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN VOL. 7: SECRET IDENTITY
SILENT WAR
THUNDERBOLTS BY WARREN ELLIS VOL. 1: FAITH IN MONSTERS PREMIERE
WHITE TIGER: A HERO'S COMPULSION
WOLVERINE: ORIGINS VOL. 2 - SAVIOR
LOKI

October 2007 soliciations
COMPLETE PEANUTS 1963-1964 HC
HANK KETCHAMS COMPLETE DENNIS THE MENACE 1957-1958 HC
POPEYE VOL 2 WELL BLOW ME DOWN HC
EC ARCHIVES VAULT OF HORROR VOLUME 1 HC
UNCLE SCROOGE ADVENTURES LAND PYGMY INDIANS WAR OF WENDIGO TP
WALT DISNEYS CHRISTMAS PARADE #5
BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2007
COMPLETE DICK TRACY VOL 3 HC
ESSENTIAL MOON KNIGHT VOL. 2 TPB
ESSENTIAL WEREWOLF BY NIGHT VOL. 2 TPB
OMEGA THE UNKNOWN TPB
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE VOL. 5 HC
LEGION OF MONSTERS HC
FANTASTIC FOUR: THE NEW FANTASTIC FOUR PREMIERE HC
WOLVERINE: EVOLUTION PREMIERE HC
WOLVERINE: EVOLUTION BLACK & WHITE PREMIERE HC
MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN VOL. 1: HEART OF STEEL DIGEST
SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE VOL. 4: STILL FRIENDS DIGEST
SPIDER-GIRL VOL. 9: SECRET LIVES DIGEST
BLACK PANTHER: FOUR THE HARD WAY TPB
SPIDER-MAN AND THE FANTASTIC FOUR: SILVER RAGE TPB
SHE-HULK VOL. 5: PLANET WITHOUT A HULK TPB
X-FACTOR VISIONARIES: PETER DAVID VOL. 3 TPB
BLADE: SINS OF THE FATHER TPB
IMMORTAL IRON FIST VOL. 1: THE LAST IRON FIST STORY TPB
AMERICAN VIRGIN VOL. 3: WET TP
MIDNIGHTER VOL. 1: KILLING MACHINE TP
EX MACHINA VOL. 6: POWER DOWN TP
ELFQUEST ARCHIVES VOL. 4 HC
TEEN TITANS GO!: TITANS TOGETHER TP
SUPERMAN: KRYPTONITE HC
SUPERGIRL: IDENTITY TP
ROBIN: TEENAGE WASTELAND TP
JONAH HEX: ORIGINS TP
JLA: ULTRAMARINE CORPS TP
HAWKGIRL: HAWKMAN RETURNS TP
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD VOL. 1: LORDS OF LUCK HC
GREEN ARROW: ROAD TO JERICHO TP
ABSOLUTE BATMAN:THE LONG HALLOWEEN HC
BATMAN: DEATH IN THE CITY TP
TALES OF THE BATMAN: TIM SALE HC
52 VOL. 1 TP
52 VOL. 2 TP
THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL. 23 HC

Friday, March 03, 2006

"Lost" clues posted

My observations/speculations are now up, a day late since my recording of the show didn't work out and I had to borrow one from a friend.

Coming on the TIP! Saturday Picture Page

Marvel Comics "Third Eye" blacklight posters! Tune in tomorrow.

Pop Artifact! Doctor Who jigsaw puzzle



See the Best Doctor Who Sites on the Web.

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup March 3, 2006

Via the Brill Building: Monty Python interview footage not seen since 1975. Are we all watching the great Python "personal best" specials now airing on PBS?

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From Graphic Novelties: A conservative parents watchdog group has singled out "Teen Titans" as the most violent children's show on TV. I watch the progam, happily, with my son don't see much objectionable about it. The violence doesn't seem any worse than anything else in the genre and the plots nearly always have a "good message" about friendship, feeling good about yourself and doing what's right. Plus, the dialogue and plotlines are quite witty and imaginative. Which is probably why the conservatives really don't like it.

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Also from Graphic Novelties (Franklin Harris' newest blog, if you haven't checked it out): George Clooney says he played Batman as gay in "Batman in Robin." Well, I suppose he had to do something to make the lackluster script interesting for himself.

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Via a new sharity blog dedicated to the late Byrds' singer Gene Clark, some rare Byrds.

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Dial B for Blog's profanity laced review/evisceration of DC Comics' "Infinite Crisis" #5 just made me spew coffee out my nose.

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Via Mark Evanier: The Southern Poverty Law Center posts a review of Will Eisner's last graphic novel, "The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

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Another cool albeit obsessive sharity compilation from Xtabay: 19 versions of "Hey Joe" from the Byrds, Hendrix and Love to the Standalls, Shadows of Knight and Surfaris.

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James Bond is going to drive a Ford?!

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Personal File, due out in May, is a two-CD set of tunes, poems and stories Johnny Cash recorded in his home studio in the early 1970s, according to Rolling Stone. Sounds like great stuff:

He sang Tin Pan Alley hits, traditional folk and gospel tunes, new originals and favorite covers by the Louvin Brothers and Johnny Horton, among others. He recited poetry and reminisced about his teenage job as a water boy on a river-dredging crew and the hours he spent glued to the radio, loving and learning the very songs he sang in these sessions.

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Folk singer Pete Seeger is the inspiration behind Bruce Springsteen's upcoming covers album.

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Paul McCartney's campaign to save cute baby seals from being bludgeoned on Canada's east coast is meeting with some controversy, reports The Guardian. However, most people seem to support his efforts:

A poll in the Daily News, a local paper based in Halifax, near Prince Edward Island, suggests the animal rights campaign could be winning.

According to the online survey, 59% of people favour banning the hunt while 32% think it should continue; 9%, meanwhile, feel that "the Beatles suck".

Top 10 comics, DVDs, CDs, action figures March 3, 2006

At Amazon:

Comics - Graphic Novels

1. V for Vendetta
2. Serenity: Those Left Behind
3. Watchmen
4. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
5. Batman: Year One Deluxe Edition
6. Shadows of Ice (WarCraft: The Sunwell Trilogy, Book 2)
7. The Pro Oversized Hardcover GN
8. Ultimate X-Men Volume 13: Magnetic North TPB (Ultimate X-Men)
9. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
10. Attack of the Bacon Robots (Penny Arcade, Vol. 1)

DVDs
1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Widescreen Two-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Harry Potter 4)
2. Firefly - The Complete Series
3. Lady and the Tramp (50th Anniversary Edition)
4. Pride & Prejudice (Widescreen Edition)
5. Walk the Line (Widescreen Edition)
6. Grey's Anatomy - Season 1
7. Grey's Anatomy - Season 1
8. The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Special Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
9. Rent (Widescreen 2-Disc Special Edition)
10. Boston Legal - Season 1

CDs
1. In Between Dreams - Jack Johnson
2. X&Y - Coldplay
3. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - U2
4. The Life Pursuit - Belle & Sebastian
5. The Greatest - Cat Power
6. Plans - Death Cab for Cutie
7. On And On - Jack Johnson
8. Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
9. American Idiot - Green Day
10. Voodoo Shoppe - Cowboy Mouth

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 Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Crimson Dynamo
5. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Pyro
6. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Abomination
7. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Toxin
8. Marvel Legends Bring On The Bad Guys 6" Action Figure: Blackheart
9. Marvel Legends Sentinel Series Figure: 1st Appearance Spider-Man
10. Marvel Legends Legendary Riders Figure: ULTRON

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Pop Artifact! Trick eye (with suction cup)

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup March 2, 2006

Mad magazine has found itself in a censorship flap, Gulf News reports:

The Mad Classics 2005 Yearbook included a satire of a piece of toast sold through an internet auction site, after the owner claimed the Virgin Mary's face was imprinted on it.

The magazine mocked the news, sketching faces of religious figures into food, including "Mohammad in a Pancake." The comic also satirised the US army's reputation, running a mock advertisement for toy soldiers.

They included a Quran flusher, a soldier holding a book above a toilet. The figurine was in reference to a report, later retracted last year in Newsweek, that claimed US soldiers tried to flush a Quran down the toilet.

Another sketch satirised the role of Halliburton in Iraq, a contracting company the US Vice-President Dick Cheney used to work for, and to which the US government granted billions of dollars in contracts to rebuild Iraq.

The sketches show the Iraqi flag, which has written on it God is Great in Arabic (Allah Akbar), reworked to read Halliburton.


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Disneyland's Main Street: In Lego.

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Booksteve draws Iron Man. Looks better to me than a lot of those Image artists...

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Datajunkie has a smorgasbord for horror fans: A look at Tom Sutton's art, Charlton's "Ghostly Tales" and "Cooking with Vincent Price" audio.

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Jack Wild, who played Jimmy on "H.R. Pufnstuf," and the Artful Dodger in "Oliver" has died at age 53 after a battle with mouth cancer, The Associated Press reports.

Wild became a teen music idol, releasing three albums - "The Jack Wild Album," "Everything's Coming up Roses" and "Beautiful World."

But he struggled with alcoholism and his adult acting career was fitful, although he had a role as one of the Merry Men in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" in 1991.

Wild was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2000, and surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy had left him unable to speak.

The actor blamed his cancer on years of heavy drinking and smoking. "My lifestyle had made me a walking time bomb," he said last year.


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The Teen Titans return to the Cartoon Network later this year in a full-length movie: "Teen Titans Tokyo," Newsarama reports.

Comic Book Birthday: Mark Evanier (writer)







Images from the Grand Comic Book Database.

Visit Mark.

"Lost" clues: "Maternity Leave," season 2, episode 15

Official recap from ABC:

Maternity Leave

Air Date: 03/01/2006
What happened to Claire when she was abducted by the Others?

When Rousseau shows up at camp and tells Claire that her baby could be 'infected', Claire sets out on a journey to find the answer to this question. Armed with memory "flashes" triggered first by Rousseau's presence and then through Libby's relaxation exercises, Claire remembers that she was in fact being held somewhere on the island and given vaccine for the baby. Convinced that the only way to cure Aaron is to find the vaccine, she enlists the help of Rousseau and Kate to find this mysterious place where she was being kept while the Others had her.

With Kate and Rousseau as her guides, Claire slowly pieces together this missing time in her life to discover something unthinkable…but in the end, the most important information she uncovers is that she was meant to be a mother.

Meanwhile, Jack and Locke continue to try and keep Henry a secret from the camp, but it's becoming increasingly difficult. When Mr. Eko ventures down into the hatch to borrow some tools, he figures out that they are keeping a man inside the armory and tells Jack he wants to speak with the prisoner. While Henry maintains that he is not an Other, Eko treats him as such and confesses to killing two of his friends.

Jack and Locke continue to butt heads about how to handle the situation, further straining the power balance between our two heroes. And when Henry uses this information to try and get inside Locke's head, John Locke's composure snaps for the first time, giving way to his complete frustration at being trapped by his responsibilites to the hatch.


Observations/speculation:



* So it looks like the scruffy Others and the neat-looking Dharma Initiative folks (Ethan, etc.) are one and the same. Why are they trying to fool the crash survivors with their "shipwreck" clothes, beards and all?

* I'm starting to wonder if the survivors are on an island at all. What's to say they weren't drugged on board the plane and brainwashed to believe they survived a crash. Claire, obviously, was very successfully drugged/brainwashed into thinking Ethan and his cronies had her best interests at heart.

* Why did the Dharma folks abandon the medical hatch? And where the heck are they now?

* The medical facility has an "emergency hatch." Why? Where does it go?



* Who is the "he" Zed refers to when talking with Ethan? Hanso? DeGroot? Gale? Somebody unknown to us?



* Here are some details from Amazon on the book Sawyer is reading:

Lancelot Lamar is a disenchanted lawyer who finds himself confined in a mental asylum with memories that don't seem worth remembering. It all began the day he accidentally discovered he was not the father of his youngest daughter, a discovery which sent Lancelot on modern quest to reverse the degeneration of America. Percy's novel reveals a shining knight for the modern age--a knight not of romance, but of revenge.

* Where the heck is Michael?

* Where the heck is Desmond?

* Where the heck is Walt?



* It doesn't seem like Locke and Jack will be able to carry on their private Gitmo scenario with Henry forever. Especially with Henry starting to play mind games with Locke. Seems like something a Dharma-trained psychologist ought to be pretty good at.

* Ethan says it would be complicated to explain when Claire asks him where all the items in the nursery came from. Also hard to explain where the late model washing machine and dryer in the more familiar hatch came from. Perhaps the Dharma folks go "off the island" occasionally.

* The airplane mobile appeared in a Claire flashback in an earlier episode, but why would the Dharma folks use such a mobile? Do they want to make Claire think about the plane crash? Do they want to make her think there was a plane crash? As you can see from this person's screen grab, the little planes of Oceanic Air logos on them:



* This picture in the nursery looks like the Others boat:



* What's the deal with Eko's beard? Did the two nubs he cut off represent the two men he killed?

Other stuff:

* See a preview for the next episode.

* Hear the latest "Lost" official podcast.

* See screen shots from "Maternity Leave."

* See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.