Thursday, November 09, 2006

Pop Artifacts!: Batman trading cards



Vintage DC Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 9, 2006

Via Bedazzled: A great collection of fruit crate label art.



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There's a fresh Beatles beatleg podcast available.

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Fred Hembeck shares some great sketches.

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The Pixel Strips Webcomic site is now free to use.

According to Kevin Volo, creator of Pixelstrips.com, “We’ve been looking into going totally free for quite some time now and decided that sooner rather than later was the right time to do it. I think it’s just the next step in the continuing evolution of the site.” Since the inception of Pixelstrips.com in September of 2005 the site has been subscription only.

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Power pop band the Smithereens have re-recorded the Meet the Beatles album in its entirety. Meet the Smithereens will be out Jan. 20.

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The entire upcoming Beatles' Love album will be played Nov. 20 online on Virgin Radio. The album, out Nov. 21, is available for pre-order now from Amazon.

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Deal alerts: Amazon is offering 45 percent off on classic Hitchcock movies and up to 50 percent off on a selection of sci-fi flicks.

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You can see the "Spider-Man 3" trailer online tonight.

"Lost" clues: "I Do" Ep. 6, Season 3

Synopsis:

The Others threaten to kill Sawyer if Jack doesn't operate on Ben, so he does. But during the middle of the procedure, Jack makes a small incision in Ben's kidney. Ben will die within an hour if Jack doesn't sew it up. In exchange for sparing Ben, Jack demands that the Others release Kate and Sawyer.

Earlier, Kate and Sawyer make love.

Back on the main island, Locke, Sayid and the rest bury Mr. Eko.

In flashbacks, we learn that Kate married a police officer but never told him her real name or that she was a fugitive. She becomes worried her secret will ruin their marriage and his life, so she leaves him.

Clues, observations, speculation:

* Jack doesn't realize he, Kate and Sawyer are being kept on a different island, so there is no real escape. What will Kate and Sawyer do if released by the Others? Will they demand a boat, or do they view escape as futile?



* When Ben promises to get Jack off the island, which island does Ben mean? He could honor this agreement simply but letting Jack off the Others' island and putting him back with the plane crash survivors, since Jack doesn't realize there are two islands in the mix.



* Even if Jack repairs Ben's kidney, chances for a successful outcome to the tumor surgery look bleak. Will Ben survive?



* Who speaks to Jack over the intercom? Was it Juliet? Did she want him to escape. Or was it all a ruse so he'd see Kate and Sawyer in one another's arms over the television monitor and become jealous?

* Will Jack cooperate with Juliet, who supposedly wants Ben dead? Doe he trust her at all? Should he?



* What's up with Alex, the French woman's daughter? Has she been removed from the Others' settlement? She makes reference to them killing her boyfriend. Who was he and why was he killed? Was he "Karl," the Other who escaped from the cages shortly after Sawyer was placed there?

* Ben asks Julliet if Alex mentioned him. Earlier, Alex asks Juliet about Ben. Did Ben play a role in the death of Alex's boyfriend? Is he Alex's father?



* Locke finds special significance in the phrase on Eko's prayer stick: "Lift up your eyes and look north. John 3:03." Why?

* The phrase "Cielo Agua Y Tierra" appears on the back of new-to-us survivor Paolo's shirt. These Spanish words mean "sky, water, land."

* Kate tells Jack the Others are building "something big" at the work site where she and Sawyer slave away moving rocks. What is it?'

* The Other, Pickett, makes a comment that Jack "isn't even on Jacob's list." We know the Others were keeping lists of "good people" among the plane crash survivors. But who is Jacob, and how does one make the list? What's it for?

"Teen Titans Trouble in Tokyo" out Feb. 6

This straight-to-disk feature starring the animated Teen Titans is available for pre-order for $13.99 now from Amazon.

Synopsis:

America's coolest heroes head to Japan in their first animated movie, Teen Titans Tokyo, airing in late fall. When a high-tech ninja attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy spring into action. Robin finds out that the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun, and the Teen Titans travel to Tokyo to track the villain down.

See the Best Teen Titans Sites on the Web.

January 2008 comics solicitations: more good stuff

We've listed the January 2007 solicitations from DC, Marvel and Dark Horse, but here are additional items of interest from other publishers:


CURIOUSLY SINISTER ART OF JIM FLORA
by Irwin Chusid Following hot on the heels of 2004's The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora, this book features a wide array of both Chusid's commercial work for prestigious record labels of the '40s and rare, personal work. His style is cartoonish, evoking childhood nostalgia and dereliction of adult responsibility. There is also a wealth of 1940s Columbia Records printed matter exhibiting Flora's visual pranks; 1950s RCA Victor-era work; magazine illustrations, sketchbooks, and prints; 1930s Little Man Press-era drawings; paintings from all decades; photos, and personal keepsakes. SC, 11x10, 168pgs


HEARTBREAK SOUP PALOMAR VOL 1 TP
by Gilbert Hernandez Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, Love and Rockets will be released in a series of compact, thick, affordable, mass-market volumes that present the whole story in perfect chronological order. This volume will collect the first half of Gilbert Hernandez's acclaimed magical-realist tales of "Palomar," continuing on through such modern-day classics as "Ecce Homo," "Act of Contrition," "Duck Feet," and the great love story "For the Love of Carmen." SC, 7x9, 288pgs


MAGGIE THE MECHANIC LOCAS VOL 1 TP
The 25th anniversary Love and Rockets celebration continues with this, the first of three volumes collecting the adventures of the spunky Maggie, her annoying best friend and sometimes lover Hopey, and their circle of friends, including their bombshell friend Penny Century. This book collects the earliest, punkiest, most heavily sci-fi stories. SC, 7x9, 288pgs


LEFT BANK GANG
by Jason F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce walk into a Parisian bar. Set in 1920s Paris, The Left Bank Gang is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of these four literary figures as not only typical Jason anthropomorphics, but graphic novelists! (MAY063133) MATURE THEMES SC, 7x10, 48pgs


PASSIONELLA AND OTHER STORIES HC
by Jules Feiffer Jules Feiffer has had one of the most varied and illustrious careers of any 20th century cartoonist. For over 40 years he contributed strips to The Village Voice, and has long been a regular contributor to the London Observer and Playboy. Passionella and Other Stories collects Feiffer's finest extended graphic narratives of the late '50s and early '60s. (APR063158) HC, 6x8, 180pgs, B&W


MISS FURY TP
by Tarpe Mills Tarpe Mill's fabulous costumed female hero is seen once again for the first time in almost a decade. This volume features 160 pages reprinted from the rare expensive Timely comics using the Theakstonizing process for sharp reproduction. This volume also features a foreword by noted Comics historian, Trina Robbins.

BEST OF THE HARVEYVILLE FUN TIMES SC
edited by Mark Arnold; with a foreword by Tony Isabella The first major book on Harvey Comics' history published! This sampling of the best material from the long-running Harveyville Fun Times! fanzine features articles about various Harvey Comics characters such as Casper, Richie Rich, Hot Stuff and Sad Sack, as well as a survey of Harvey-related feature films, animated series, comic book indexes and reviews, and interviews and tributes to various Harvey artists, writers, and creators including Ernie Colon, Sid Jacobson, Dom Sileo, Paul Maringelli, and Fred Rhoads. (617) (C: 0-1-2) SC, 8x11, 400pgs, B&W

New and upcoming action figures

Complete List of Marvel Legends Action Figures
Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures

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

DC Direct Action Figures

Batman Dark Victory
--Batman
--Commissioner Gordon
--Scarecrow
--Robin and Penguin

Batman/Superman Series 4
--Batzarro
--Bizarro
--Superwoman
--Batwoman
--Batman Beyond
--Kryptonite Batman

Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 3
--Weaponer of Qward
--Doctor Light
--Superboy prime
--Batman
--Huntress

DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
--Batman
--Wonder Woman
--Lobo
--Superman

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

First Appearance Series 4
--Blue Beetle translucent
--Blue Beetle
--Brave New World Atom
--Warlord
--Brave New World Martian Manhunter
--Brave New World Aquaman

Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Powergirl
--Omac
--Mongul
--Earth Prime Superboy
--Alexander Luthor

JSA Action Figures
--Mr. Terrific
--Hawkgirl
--Dr. Midnite
--Hourman
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack

Hanna Barbera Series 2 Action Figures
--Captain Caveman
--Fred Flintstone and Dino
--Johnny Quest
--Magilla Gorilla
--Penelope Pitstop and Muttley
--Tom and Jerry
--Yogi Bear
--Flintstones at the Drive-In

Hanna Barbera Series 3 Action Figures
--Fred Flintstone Quittin' Time
--Twinkle Toes Fred Flintstone
--Great Grape Ape
--Huckleberry Hound
--The Jetsons
--Secret Squirrel
--Snagglepuss

Hasbro Spider-Man Origins Figures
--Set of 8
--Spider-Man
--Spider-Man Venom costume
--Green Goblin
--Doctor Octopus
--Iron Spider-Man
--Wolverine
--Captain America
--Daredevil

Lost series 1 action figures
--Jack
--Charlie
--Hurley
--Kate
--Locke
--Shannon
--Hatch box set

Lost series 2 action figures
--Crash site box set
--Sawyer
--Jin
--Sayid
--Desmond
--Sun

Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Angel
--Beast
--Black Costume Spider-Man
--Deadpool
--Invisible Woman
--Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Action Figures

Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Emma Frost
--Ultimate Iron Man
--Movie Beast
--Planet Hulk
--Banshee
--Hercules

Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Wolverine
--She-Hulk
--Yellow Jacket
--Quick Silver
--Lord Asgard Thor
--Magneto Xorn
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm

Marvel Legends Series 14
--Original Armor Iron Man (variant)
--Longshot
--Baron Zemo (variant)
--Luke Cage: Powerman
--The Falcon (variant)
--Psylocke

Marvel Legends Series 15
--Mandarin
--Beta Ray Bill
--Moon Knight
--Spider-Woman (variant)
--Quicksilver (variant)
--Thor-Buster Iron Man
--Wasp (variant)
--Captain Marvel (variant)

Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Action Figures Series 3 Action Figures
--Spider-Man
--Spider-Man Variant
--Beast
--Beast Variant

Marvel Legends Masterworks Sets
--Spider-Man Vs. Green Goblin
--Fantastic Four Vs. Mole Man
--Hulk Vs. The Thing
--Galactus Vs. Everybody

Marvel Select Figures

Best of Marvel Select Figures
--Grey Hulk
--Thanos
--Ultimate Spider-Man
--Green Goblin

Marvel Studios
--Dr. Doom with Mask
--Dr. Doom unmasked

Star Wars Transformers
--Millennium Falcon With Han Solo and Chewbacca

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Pop Artifacts! Batman trading cards



Vintage DC Comics house ad



Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 8, 2006

A documentary on the late Clash singer Joe Strummer will premiere at next year's Sundance Film Festival.

"The Future is Unwritten," Julien Temple's new film...includes interviews with such Strummer disciples as Bono, actors Johnny Depp and John Cusack, members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Clash, old friends and those who squatted with him in condemned buildings in London before the Clash took off.

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Preparing to get married? Neat-o Coolville has some good advice.



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The New York Times talks about the "Lost" break.

After little more than a month of thrills and twists that have some fans feeling that the show is at its best ever, “Lost” is disappearing into the wilderness.

After tonight’s episode, only the sixth of the still-young fall television season, ABC will take “Lost” off the air for 13 weeks. The show will return on Feb. 7 for a run of 16 or 17 new episodes that will carry viewers into late May.

But the midyear split season is a scheduling gambit that could have enormous consequences not only for ABC, but also for the entire genre of serialized television drama, testing whether audiences are loyal enough to expensive, complex shows to weather long midseason interruptions.

Review: "Batman: Face the Face"



Batman has been "grim'n'gritty" for a solid 20 years now--ever since Frank Miller presented a darker than dark Caped Crusader in the "Dark Knight Returns" in 1986.

What started as fresh approach to Batman--post-modernly bringing him back to his 1930s roots as a ruthless vigilante--soon became the defacto take on the character. Miller's Batman appeared initially in "mature readers" comics available only in the direct market. But eventually, this darker Dark Knight was present in every comic Batman appeared in, even those originally aimed at the then "mass" market of 10-12 year-old readers.

Every writer who handled the character blindly imitated Miller. And why not? Miller sold lots of comics. He became famous. He wrote and, eventually, even directed movies. He made loads and loads of money. He's still making it in fact, mainly by performing the same simple hat trick over and over again: Making comic books, which are supposed to be for kids after all, ironic and "dark."

Eventually, Batman became even more of a cartoon than he was in the Adam West TV show days. Unsmiling, grimacing, nasty. Maybe this Batman was novel during the four-issue run of Miller's original "Dark Knight" series, but it soon became apparent--to many longtime fans of the character, anyway--that he really wasn't too compelling. He was predictable. Cardboard. And, most significantly, lacking in humanity and heroic qualities.

The original Batman writers--Bill Finger, Gardner Fox and others--realized this 50 years ago. That's why the original Batman didn't remain a sour-pussed, gun-toting vigilante for long. It's hard to like a guy with no sense of humor, with no emotions other than anger. The Batman of the mid to late 1940s was still plenty tough and his villains sinister. But he'd still take time to crack a smile or joke once in a while.

But the dark Batman comics have kept selling, nevertheless, as superhero comics will. Many superhero fans tend to be undescriminating, reflex buyers. So long as it says "Batman" on the cover, they'll keep buying it.

But, finally, DC Comics has decided that, hey, maybe it's time to tone down the darkness in Batman a bit and bring in a little more humanity. He's been the Punisher too long. The reasons for this change aren't clear. Batman, after all, continues to sell plenty of comics in today's small market. But maybe the marketing folks figured a shakeup of some sort might help the books sell even better.

The decision to change the character coincides with DC's big "Infinite Crisis" crossover series of last year. After a universes-altering cataclysm, the universe the DC characters inhabit has changed and we rejoin Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other key characters after a year of mystery. They've been missing during that time and we don't know what they've been up to. But they're slightly different and obviously entering new chapters of their lives. In short, they've been subtly "rebooted."

"Batman: Face the Face" collects the first story arc featuring this new Batman and he is a bit different. The change isn't terribly dramatic, but this Batman shows a tad more compassion and emotion than we've seen in recent years. He's less of a jerk, but still not a person you'd want to mess with.

The template Robinson and DC's other writers and editors are reportedly using for with this new Batman is the 1970s take on the character by writer Denny O'Neill and writer Neal Adams. Creatively, this makes a lot of sense. O'Neill and Adams gave Batman new life, bringing back his toughness and mystery and doing away with the campy softness of the 1960s. Their Batman was compelling, multi-faceted and, above all, heroic. He's a helluva lot more interesting that Frank Miller's Batman, too. So this is a good move over all.

That's not to say this story, written by James Robinson with art by Leonard Kirk and Don Kramer, is without darkness. A mystery about an unknown vigilante who's killing off some of Batman's lower-tier villains, it's at times gruesomely violent. Gunshot wounds that easily could've been hinted at off-panel are shown in full.

And while Batman's nature has brightened a bit, the colors of the artwork are still ludicrously dark. Sure, Batman comes out at night. But if there are no daylight scenes in the story, there's no contrast to make those nighttime scenes dramatic. There's not a daytime moment in the book. Nearly all the gutters between panels are black, too, instead of white. Most absurd is page 88, where the colors are so dark you can barely make out the images. It's like word balloons on a black page--silly stuff that should've been caught by the book's editor.

Still, the pitting of Batman against a vigilante without mercy is a great way to set up this new paradigm for the character: We see how he differs from just an angry guy with a gun. Batman is about justice, not revenge.

Robinson's script is solid, albeit not offering too many surprises. And it hangs together well in collected form. The art, likewise, is well done, although lacking in originality and character. Superhero comics today may be at their most pedestrian artwise than they have been since the the early Golden Age. The genre could use a visual shakeup and artists who aren't afraid to let their own styles and creativity show through.

See the Best Batman Sites on the Web.

"Lost" preview Nov. 8, 2006: "I Do"

See a video teaser for tonight's show.

Read ABC teaser copy about tonight's show. Spoilers may apply.

Read about what happened last week, including This is Pop Culture's roundup of clues and observations.

See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

And come back here tomorrow for a roundup of clues and observations from tonight's show.

New comics Nov. 8, 2006

See complete lists:
DC Archives
DC Showcase
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Masterworks
Marvel Essentials
Marvel Trade Paperbacks
Upcoming Trade Paperbacks - Graphic Novels


Comics shipping Nov. 8, 2006

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Pop Artifacts! Batman trading cards



Vintage DC Comics house ad

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Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 7, 2006

Booksteve has some cool house ads from Gold Key and Whitman comics.

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Robby Reed of Dial B for Blog unmasks! And he's taking a blogging break until next spring, sadly. Take it easy, Rob, and thanks again for designing my blog logo for me!

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Deal alert: Amazon is offering 50 percent off on HBO-related DVDs, including season sets of "The Sopranos," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Six Feet Under" and such.

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"Casino Royale" is getting good early reviews.

"It's a terrific debut," wrote the Daily Telegraph's Sinclair McKay, summing up a weekend of praise from British newspapers eager to get their reviews out early.

"From the very start, he steps with full assuredness into Sean Connery's old handmade shoes."

The Times' Wendy Ide appears to take a swipe at some of Craig's five predecessors in the role by concluding her review: "His main asset quickly becomes evident. He can act."


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Deal alert: Also discounted now at Amazon, a whole range of "Doctor Who" DVDs.

DVD new releases Nov. 7, 2006

Cars (Widescreen Edition)

The West Wing - The Complete Seventh Season

The Sopranos - Season 6, Part 1

M*A*S*H - Season Eleven (Collector's Edition)

Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Complete First Season

JAG (Judge Advocate General) - The Complete Second Season

Police Squad! The Complete Series

James Bond Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 (10 pc) (The Man with the Golden Gun / Goldfinger / The World Is Not Enough / Diamonds Are Forever / The Living Daylights)

James Bond Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2 (10 pc) (A View to a Kill / Thunderball / Die Another Day / The Spy Who Loved Me / License to Kill)

Doctor Who - The Hand of Fear (Episode 87)

She-Ra: Princess of Power - Season 1, Vol. 1

Doctor Who - The Mark of the Rani (Episode 140)

The Marlon Brando Collection (Julius Caesar / Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 / Reflections in a Golden Eye / The Teahouse of the August Moon / The Formula )

Harvey Toons - The Complete Collection

Lassie Come Home/Son of Lassie/Courage of Lassie

Edward R. Murrow - The Best of Person to Person

The Best of Carson, Volume 1

Doctor Who - The Complete First Season, Vol. 1

Doctor Who - The Complete First Season, Vol. 2

Doctor Who - The Complete First Season, Vol. 3

Doctor Who - The Complete First Season, Vol. 4

Francis Ford Coppola Presents William S. Burroughs' The Junky's Christmas



More upcoming DVD releases

New CD releases Nov. 7, 2006

The Road to Escondido by J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton

The Studio Albums 1967-1968 by The Bee Gees

Sinatra: Vegas (Box Set, 4CD/1DVD) by Frank Sinatra

Peel Sessions 1991-2004 by PJ Harvey

Surfer's Choice by Dick Dale & the Del-Tones

Sings for Soulful Lovers/Seven Letters by Ben E. King

This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear by American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear

Produced by George Martin: Highlights of 50 Years by Various Artists

Hey Jude by Wilson Pickett

Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong by Louis Armstrong

Disney: Music Behind the Magic by Disney: Music Behind the Magic

More upcoming CDs

Monday, November 06, 2006

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Tomorrow!

Pop Artifact! Batman trading cards

Vintage DC Comics House Ad

Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 6, 2006

A Wonder Woman Day to raise money for women's sheleters in Portland, Ore., was a rousing success, reports the Beat.

The free all-ages event, organized by best-selling author Andy Mangels, included a trio of comic book artists signing Wonder Woman comics, as well as a silent art auction with over 100 of the world’s top artists contributing original art, plus raffles, costumes, rare memorabilia, and more. In the aftermath of the event, the total amount raised was determined, with 100% of all monies going to two of Portland’s most protective women and children’s shelters — Raphael House and Bradley-Angel House. The total raised was $15,405.33!

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Deal alert: Amazon has Paul McCartney's new live concert DVD available for 40 percent off: $14. 99.

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The Groovy Age of Horrow recalls the 1970s series of Vampirella paperback novels. Penned by Ron Goulart, the books included:

Vampirella, No. 1 : Bloodstalk
Vampirella No. 2: On Alien Wings
Vampirella, No. 3 : Deadwalk
Vampirella No. 4: Blood Wedding
Vampirella No. 5: Deathgame
Vampirella No. 6: Snakegod


Click the links to check for available used copies via Amazon.

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Marvel Comics has announced the release "The Incredible Hulk" in theaters June 27, 2008. It looks this film is a "do-over" rather than a sequel to the poor, and poorly performing previous "Hulk" movie.

Directed by top rising star Louis Leterrier (Transporter 2, Unleashed), The Incredible Hulk will return to the roots of the long-running comic series, combining a well-developed storyline with incredible action and fun. Zak Penn, who previously collaborated with Marvel on X2 and this summer's smash hit X-Men: The Last Stand, is writing the script. The project is being produced by Avi Arad, Kevin Feige and Gale Anne Hurd and will be executive produced by Michael Helfant, David Womark, and Ari Arad. Marvel Studios is currently casting the project.

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Electric Tiki is planning an animated-style "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" figure. Probably the closest thing we'll get to the once-planned "Buffy" cartoon series.



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A soundtrack album of Murray Gold's music for the new "Doctor Who" series is out Dec. 4 in the UK.

...the album will feature Murray Gold's version of the Doctor Who theme, plus many of his various incidental scores from Series 1 and 2.

The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon contributes a version of Song for Ten (from last year's Christmas special) and Love Don't Roam, which will feature in the Runaway Bride.

Also included is the much-requested Doomsday - the song that played during Rose's trip to Bad Wolf Bay in Episode 13 of Series 2.

Other tracks include Cassandra's Waltz, Harriet Jones, Prime Minister, plus the themes specially created for the Doctor and Rose.


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Let's face it, the cover design for IDW's new collection of "Dick Tracy" comic strips looks more than a little like the distinctive design artist Seth and Fantagraphics came up with for the series of "Peanuts" reprints. Comics212.net ain't happy about it.



New "Heroes" cast pic



See the Best Heroes Sites on the Web.

Upcoming items from TwoMorrows Publishing


ALTER EGO 64

Alter Ego 64 focuses on the Fabulous Fawcett Favorites-and Filchock,
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BLUE BEETLE COMPANION
by Christopher IRVING
Ships 21 February 2007

128 page Trade Paperback - by Christopher Irving
The Blue Beetle debuted in 1939, rivaling such icons as Superman and Batman for longevity in comics, but not in popularity until his recent death and resurrection as a result of DC Comics’ hit Infinite Crisis series. Now, Comic Book Artist magazine’s Christopher Irving explores the history and uncovers the secrets lurking under the cover of the character’s comics in The Blue Beetle Companion! Follow his 60+ years of evolution—from the world of Fox Comics to an in-depth history of Charlton Comics—all the way to the hall of today’s DC Comics. Find out what really happened to infamous Golden Age publisher Victor Fox, and get an in-depth look at the Blue Beetle radio show and Jack “King” Kirby’s Blue Beetle comic strip. Also, presented for the first time since 1939: the first appearance of The Blue Beetle from Mystery Men Comics #1! Featuring interviews with Will Eisner, Joe Simon, Joe Gill, Roy Thomas, Geoff Johns, Cully Hamner, Keith Giffen, Len Wein, and others, plus never-before-seen Blue Beetle designs by Alex Ross and Alan Weiss, as well as artwork by Will Eisner, Charles Nicholas, Steve Ditko, Kevin Maguire, and more! It also features an introduction by Tom DeHaven, the acclaimed author of the novel It’s Superman! and Derby Dugan’s Depression Funnies. Featuring a new cover by current Blue Beetle artist Cully Hamner, this is the ultimate look at one of comicdom’s longest-living heroes!


MODERN MASTERS VOLUME 11: CHARLES VESS
by Chris IRVING and Eric NOLEN-WEATHINGTON
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Enchanting—that is the best word to describe the artwork of Charles Vess. Whether with his book illustrations, his paintings, or his comic book stories, Vess’ work has enchanted readers for years. The winner of two World Fantasy Awards (one with Neil Gaiman for Best Short Story for Sandman #19; the second for Best Artist for Gaiman’s novel, Stardust, which will be a major motion picture in early 2007) and two Eisner Awards, Charles Vess has proven himself to be one of the greatest fantasy artists of our time. Chris Irving and Eric Nolen-Weathington are proud to present an in-depth look into Vess’ career and creative process in this latest volume of the Modern Masters series. This 120-page book features a career-spanning interview with tons of art, including many rare and unpublished pieces, a large gallery, and an 8-page color section on this true Modern Master: Charles Vess!



ALTER EGO 65
edited by Roy THOMAS - "Nick CARDY"
Ships 14 February 2007