Friday, September 08, 2006
Included are new recordings by Matthew Sweet (“Livin’ Thing”), Uncle Kracker (“The Weight”) and John Hiatt (“Instant Karma”), plus favorites by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Via Blog@Newsarama comes word of this upcoming book:
DC Comics Covergirls
Written by Louise Simonson
Pub Date: April 2007
From the trailblazing Wonder Woman of the 1940s to edgy, girl-power-driven comics series like Birds of Prey, DC Comics Covergirls takes a look at the female characters of DC Comics throughout the company's history, and features many of DC Comics' iconic comic book covers. Written by renowned comic book writer Louise Simonson, the book examines the evolution of the comic book women of DC Comics: the 1942 introduction of the most famous DC heroine, Wonder Woman, and her various incarnations up to the present; the creation of comic book spin-offs based on characters such as Lois Lane; and the recent wealth of fierce, female character-driven comics such as Supergirl, Birds of Prey, Batgirl, and Catwoman, featuring women who have no trouble being both sexy and strong-willed. Famous featured DC Comics artists include Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, J. Scott Campbell, Michael Turner, Tim Sale, and Jill Thompson. DC Comics Covergirls is a smart and in-depth look at the female comic book characters we've grown up with all these years, and is sure to appeal to new comic book fans and diehard collectors alike.
You can pre-order it now from Amazon.
Via the Jack Kirby Comics Blog: Another interesting book, coming from Dark Horse Comics:
THE ARTIST WITHIN
by Greg Preston
The culmination of more than fifteen years of photography by renowned photographer Greg Preston, this book is a living history of the men and women who have shaped the imaginations of countless millions of people around the world through their work in the fields of animated cartoons, comic books, comic strips, and editorial cartooning. The list of artists includes such luminaries as Frank Miller, Al Hirschfeld, Joe Barbera, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Moebius, Walter and Louise Simonson, and many more, all in photographs exclusive and shot expressly for this book.
You can pre-order it from Amazon.
Ever know there was a planned Captain Marvel comic strip? I didn't.
Superhero Hype! has some "Fantastic Four 2" set pictures.
- Deleted scenes
- Audio Commentary available on nine episodes, with In Vision commentary available on five episodes - featuring cast and crew including David Tennant and Billie Piper
- 13 Doctor Who Confidential Episodes (edited versions)
- 5.1 sound
- David's Video Diaries
- Billie's Video Diary
- Children in Need special
- Audio description and subtitles available on each episode
The set also includes all 13 episodes from the season:
1. The Christmas Invasion
2. New Earth
3. Tooth And Claw
4. School Reunion
5. The Girl In The Fireplace
6. Rise Of The Cybermen
7. Age of Steel
8. The Idiot's Lantern
9. The Impossible Planet
10. The Satan Pit
11. Love & Monsters
12. Fear Her
13. Army Of Ghosts
See the Best Doctor Who Sites on the Web.
Here are details on the "Legion of Superheroes" first season episodes. The show debuts Sept. 23 on the Kids WB! Air dates for specific episodes are provided where known.
1.1. "MAN OF TOMORROW" September 23, 2006
When fearsome villains the Fatal Five set their sights on the newly formed Legion of Super Heroes, three of the Legion's members go back in time to get help from the greatest hero of all time: Superman. Instead they find Clark Kent, aware of his powers but not yet of his grand destiny.
1.2. "TIMBER WOLF" September 30, 2006
A mysterious scientist asks the Legion to help capture a dangerous creature. They succeed, only to discover the creature is nowhere near as dangerous as the scientist himself.
1.3. "LEGACY" October 7, 2006
Superman unknowingly saves the life of Alexis, one of the wealthiest people in the galaxy. Alexis and Superman become fast friends, but when Superman's Legion responsibilities get in the way of their friendship, Alexis decides to do something about it...
1.4. "FEAR FACTORY"
During a cosmic storm, the team takes refuge in a creepy, derelict space station. On board, one-by-one, each Legionnaire faces his or her deepest fear -- and then disappears.
While supporting Lighting Lad as he competes in the challenging Galactic Games, Superman and Phantom Girl uncover a sinister plot by the Fatal Five! Lightning Lad has troubles of his own when he finds his biggest competition from someone close to him.
When Superman accidentally opens a gateway to a phantom dimension, a young man with powers identical to his is freed in the process. Now Superman must not only stop this destructive visitor, but also rescue the Legionnaires when they become trapped in the vistor's dimension.
1.7. "CHILD'S PLAY"
A young sorcerer arrives on Earth and causes a heap of trouble. In an effort to send him home, Superman learns of his vulnerability to magic, while Phantom Girl puts her diplomatic skills to the test as she travels to the sorcerer's secretive world to ask for help.
1.8. "LIGHTING STORM"
Much to the Legion's disappointment, Lighting Lad accepts an invitation to join an older, "cooler" team. Once there, however, Lightning Lad realizes these new heroes aren't exactly what they seem. Now, caught between the Legion and his new friends, Lighting Lad must decide once and for all where his loyalties lie.
1.9. "BRAIN DRAIN"
A major malfunction sends Brainiac 5's genius IQ plummeting. To obtain the rare element needed to save him, Superman and Timber Wolf must travel to the most inhospitable planet in the galaxy -- and thanks to a transporter accident, they have only Brainy's head to guide them.
1.10. "THE SUBSTITUTES"
It's that time of year again -- Legion Auditions! This year's crop is hardly promising, with most hopefuls turning out to be comic duds. But when the Legion is overwhelmed fighting a mysterious foe in Earth's upper atmosphere, a group of rejects takes it upon themselves to save the world below... with outrageous results.
1.11. "CHAIN OF COMMAND"
When disaster strikes Lightning Lad's home planet of Winath, the Legion is called to help. Lightning Lad's efforts to take charge are thwarted however when long-absent Legion leader Cosmic Boy arrives with an enigmatic new hero in tow.
1.12. "SUNDOWN, PT. 1"
The Legion is put to the ultimate test when an ancient weapon known as a Sun Eater comes to life. The Legion mounts a heroic defense, but the Sun Eater proves too powerful. Now at full strength, the unstoppable Sun Eater sets its sights on Earth...
1.13. "SUNDOWN, PT. 2"
With the Sun Eater on a direct course for Earth's sun, the Legion has no choice but to ask bitter enemies for help to stop it. Superman meanwhile has his toughest battle yet when he discovers the stealthy alien controlling the sinister machine. In the end, the Legion triumphs... but at a terrible cost.
Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures
Hasbro Spider-Man Origins figures, see below
Here's a look at action figures available via your local comics shop or via the TIP!-supporting links below:
DC Direct Action Figures
Alex Ross Justice League Action Figures Series 3
Alex Ross Justice League Action Figures Series 4
Batman Dark Victory
--Robin and Penguin
Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 3
--Weaponer of Qward
DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
DC 13-inch Figures
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Green Lantern
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Lex Luthor
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Two-Face
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Aquaman
Elseworlds Action Figures Series 2
--Red Son Batman
--Red Son President Superman
--Kingdom Come Jade
--Kingdom Come Spectre and Norman McKay
--Gotham By Gaslight Batman
Green Lantern Action Figures Series 2
Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Earth Prime Superboy
JSA Action Figures
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack
Who's Who in the DC Universe Miniature Figures Series One
Hanna Barbera Action Figures
--Set of Five
--Fred Flintstone Chopper
--Hong Kong Phooey
--Quick Draw McGraw
--Tom and Jerry Music
--Tom and Jerry House
Hasbro Spider-Man Origins Figures
--Set of 8
--Spider-Man Venom costume
--JOHN LENNON 18" Action Figure
Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Black Costume Spider-Man
Marvel Legends Action Figures
Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Ultimate Iron Man
Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Lord Asgard Thor
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm
Marvel Legends Series 14
--Original Armor Iron Man (variant)
--Baron Zemo (variant)
--Luke Cage: Powerman
--The Falcon (variant)
Marvel Legends Series 15
--Beta Ray Bill
--Thor-Buster Iron Man
--Captain Marvel (variant)
Marvel Legends Exclusive Giant-Man Series
--Weapon X variant
Marvel Legends Masterworks Sets
--Spider-Man Vs. Green Goblin
--Fantastic Four Vs. Mole Man
--Hulk Vs. The Thing
--Galactus Vs. Everybody
Marvel Legends Showdown
--Mister Fantastic and Mole Man
--Colossus and Magneto
--Ghostrider and Vengeance
--Logan and Chopper
--Namor and Shark
-- Silver Surfer
-- Spider-Man and Thing
-- Wolverine and Hulk
-- Dock Ock
-- Black Costume Spider-Man
-- Doctor Doom
-- Captain America
-- Human Torch
Marvel Mega Morphs
Marvel Select Figures
--Cloak and Dagger
Best of Marvel Select Figures
--Dr. Doom with Mask
--Dr. Doom unmasked
Star Wars Transformers
--Millennium Falcon With Han Solo and Chewbacca
X-Men 3 Action Figures
--Air Strike Wolverine
--Tech Gear Beast
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Beatles Beatleg expert Jon C. Winn has a new book out:
BEATLEGMANIA: An Illustrated DiscographyVolume One
This exciting book is the first in a series of illustrated discographies which will comprise the world's first accurate, detailed and exhaustive catalogexamining over 35 years of grey- and black-market releases.Volume One features details of early vinyl bootlegs, with over 380 full-color illustrations depicting front and back covers, labels, and more!Reliable track listings, fully cross-referenced to THE BEATLES' RECORDED LEGACY Historical context explained!Secrets and hidden references revealed!Future volumes will cover thousands of 45's, EP's, LP's, CD's, and DVD's!
Go here for more info or to order.
USA Today looks at "Hollywoodland," the new docu-drama about the death of TV's "Superman" George Reeves.
Hollywoodland delves into whether Reeves' affair with a studio exec's wife led to foul play. But the film probes deeper, exploring whether simple unhappiness led the hero to millions of children to take his own life.
"How did he manage to impact a generation of kids and still not be happy about it? It ate him up as opposed to satisfying him," says screenwriter Paul Bernbaum, who was a childhood fan of the show.
Efforts are afoot to help comics creator Lia Hernandez, who recently suffered a house fire.
I want this shirt.
Sharity: Check the Cool Wax blasts off for some Adventures in Sound and Space.
The graphic novel adaptation of the 9/11 Commission Report has entered The New York Times bestseller list at #6.
Fred Hembeck has posted another of his cool "classic cover re-dos."
A beauty from the golden age of country pop. Try not singing along with chorus as Sonny pays tribute to the innocent days of first romance. This was a number 2 hit on the U.S. chart in 1957.
The galloping drums, simple bass and vocal backups swell gloriously, longingly throughout the song, but never go over the top.
Young Love: The Greatest Hits of Sonny James
You can pre-order it now from Amazon.
You can pre-order each from Amazon by clicking the box art.
See the Best Doctor Who Sites on the Web.
* Amanda Blake on The Mike Douglas Show
* Four original CBS Gunsmoke Radio broadcasts
* Soundtrack scoring sessions
* Eight audio commentaries by the acclaimed directors
Featured episodes include:
- Magnus - 12/24/55
- Chester's Mail Order Bride - 7/14/56
- How To Kill A Woman - 11/30/57
- Buffalo Man - 1/11/58
- The Constable - 5/30/59
- Old Flame - 5/28/60
- Love Thy Neighbor - 1/28/61
- Cotter's Girl - 1/19/63
- US Haggens - 12/8/62
- Ten Little Indians - 10/9/65
- Which Dr. - 3/19/66
- Mannon - 1/20/69
- Captain Sligo - 1/4/71
- The Legend - 10/18/71
- Brides And Grooms - 2/10/75
It's available for pre-order now from Amazon.
* Commentary by: Jim Nabors (select episodes)Dolby Digital 2.0
* All 30 episodes from the 1964-65 season on five discs
* Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. pilot episode from The Andy Griffith Show
* Audio introductions by Jim Nabors on select episodes
* Jim Nabors interview on The David Frost Show
* The Jim Nabors Hour clip
It's available for pre-order from Amazon now.
Extras include: Bonus features, vintage memorabilia and a Robby the Robot replica.
The two DVDs, minus the tin box and memorabilia, also will be available in standard packaging on the same date.
Both sets are available for pre-order from Amazon (click the box art below):
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
A hardcover omnibus collecting Frank Miller's Daredevil comics from issues #158-191 is slated for release soon. Here's the description:
Frank Miller's spellbinding scripts and pulse-pounding pencils herald one of Daredevil's greatest eras, just in time for the Kingpin and Bullseye's efforts to rob the Man Without Fear of everything he holds dear! Featuring the first appearances of Elektra, Stick and the Hand! The daring discovery that drew Ben Urich into Daredevil's domain of darkness! Such forgotten-yet-formidable foes as Death-Stalker and the Gladiator! Guest-starring the Hulk, the Avengers, and Power Man and Iron Fist! Collects Daredevil #158-191.
These were good comics, before Miller slipped into hardboiled shtick and was actually doing something new, and before the comics industry devolved into relentlessly copy him.
The "Lost" driving curse continues.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje of the hit TV series "Lost" was arrested on a traffic violation in Waikiki this weekend, police said.
The 39-year-old actor, who plays Mr. Eko on the ABC drama, was arrested early Saturday for disobeying a police officer and driving without a license. He posted $500 bail and was released after spending a little more than six hours in jail, police said.
Dial B for Blog checks out the song stylings of Frank "The Riddler" Gorshin.
Oh come on! Don't be a snob! You know you love disco, no matter how badly you disparaged it at the time. Whether you wear your love on your sleeve or hide it away shamefully in a closet of guilty pleasures, there's no denying the fad spawned some enjoyable music. This tune being a perfect example.
And why do you like it? Because you're supposed to. The song is specifically engineered to connect with that primitive part of the brain that loves in-the-pocket drums, funky bass and scratchy guitars. Plus, the horns. Great horns on this track.
The lyrics are stoopid great too. Nothing to 'em. They simply voice what the music is already telling you to do: Stop being so uptight, get out there on the dance floor and shake it--not in a sleazy way, but in a fun way that shows to the world you're not a stuck-up jerk.
Sure, there's lots to hate about disco culture: The narcissism, the drugs, the clubs and clothes, the horrible movies and all the bandwagon-jumping music. But there's lots to hate about nearly every subculture, especially once it breaks into the mainstream and becomes a big trend.
But this song, you can't hate it. It came before all the ugliness and is pure in its honesty and in it's cajoling us into having a good time.
Best of KC and the Sunshine Band
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Tuesday, September 05, 2006
The set will include five complete episodes from the series from 1969-74, including appearances by James Earl Jones, Jesse Jackson, Johnny Cash, and Jackie Robinson, plus such segments as "Rubber Duckie" and "C Is for Cookie."
You can pre-order the set now from Amazon.
Stan Lee writes "The Watchmen."
From Booksteve: A 1948 letter from the editors of Timely (Marvel) Comics defending the industry from some of the attacks then being launched at it. More Marvel Comics.
Bubblegumfink presents a Johnny West toy TV commercial. More Johnny West.
Hear a mashup of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds with the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper.
TV Guide interviews Charisma Carpenter, quizzing her about a couple recent reunions with fellow "Buffy" cast members. More Buffy.
Before "JSA" there had been numerous attempts to bring back the JSA, which debuted in the Golden Age of the 1940s and then vanished in the early 1950s when superheroes fell out of favor. The "Justice League of America" (the JLA was itself and updated version of the JSA) reintroduced the Golden Age characters in annual crossovers starting in 1963. But, outside of those appearances, the team never really caught on with readers in their own adventures.
This new trade paperback collects the first 10 issues of a failed 1976 attempt to revive the JSA, plus a 1977 issue of "DC Special" featuring the team.
The scripts for these stories, by Gerry Conway and Paul Levitz, are pretty much by-the-numbers superteam stuff, not much different from anything you'd find in Justice League stories from the same period. A crisis brings the heroes together, they split up to tackle individual aspects of the problem, then they come together to put the big kibosh on things. Gardner Fox should've put a patent on it.
And, because this was the mid 70s and because this was DC, none of the characters really has much of an individual personality. Not that Conway or Levitz had much to work with. Back in the 1940s, when the JSA was introduced, superheroes didn't have personalities, not other than being heroic and super and occasionally quippy. Superheroes with varying moods and personal crises were introduced by Marvel Comics in the early 60s.
Levitz and Conway do the best they can, giving the Golden Age Green Lantern a financial crisis to cope with and turning Power Girl (first introduced in this series) into sort of a "Maude"-style feminist. With a huge in her costume to display her cleavage. None of it is really enough to make the stories compelling in the same way as, for example, an issue of the "Fantastic Four" or "Avengers" from the same time might've been.
What makes the reprint worthwhile, however, is the art. Much of the work is by a young Keith Giffen and the wonderful Joe Staton (these days working on "Scooby Doo" comics, but a great superhero artist with a real flair for character and action scenes). But the big draw (no pun intended. Really!) is Wally Wood, featured in seven of the issues, sometimes on his own, others assisted by Giffen. Those issues are beautiful to look at, with nice examples of Wood's sci-fi machinary backgrounds and figure work. If it's just to see Wood drawing Superman (not Superduperman, like he did for "Mad" back in the 1950s) the book is worth picking up. And, no doubt, some folks will pick it up because it's Wood drawing Powergirl, who seems to become more buxom with every issue he turned in.
The reproduction of said art is great. The color reconstruction by Drew R. Moore is nice and bright and loyal to the originals.
The only thing that's a problem is that, for some lamebrained reason, all the credits from each issue's splash page has digitally disappeared. So, while we get lump artist, writer, inker credits (letterers don't count, I guess) at the front of the book, we can't easily determine who wrote and drew each individual issue. Since the stories, I'd guess, are being republished mainly out of historical interest, this maneuver was just plain dumb. Plus, it's an offense to the original creators. I'm morbidly curious about what sort of inexcusable reason the editors would give for doing this. Oh well.
The back cover of the collection says this is the first of two "JSA" collections, so I guess we'll see the remaining five issues of the run and perhaps some other 70s JSA appearance in a second book soon.
Disappearing credits. Now you see 'em:
Now you don't: