Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Pop Artifact! James Bond Corgi Aston Martin







Picture from e-Bay.

Vintage James Bond Thunderball posters--all together now



See the Best James Bond Sites on the Web.

Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 22, 2006

Via Bedazzled: Cowsills videos!

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Christmas sharity (already!): Seasonal superhero tracks from Power Records.

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Via Superfrankenstein: Stan Lee is number 26 on The Atlantic's list of Most Influential Living Americans.

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Deal alert: the Xbox 360 core system will be available for $100 via Amazon on Thanksgiving day--that's a $200 discount.

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Entertainment Weekly has a report on Joss Whedon's new "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comic.

Whedon, 42, is running the comic as if it were a TV show; after writing the first four issues (a premise-establishing pilot), he'll oversee other scribes who will write the remaining issues (think: episodes) in what is planned to be 25-to-30-issue saga. ''We're calling it season 8,'' says Whedon, ''and we're picking up almost right after season seven left off. I don't know exactly why it or how it happened. I just thought, 'Oh, I could do that! It would be fun!' It happens to me every now and then, and causes me to commit to things I really don't have time for.''

Best Buffy Sites on the Web.

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The Bonzo Dog Band--Live!

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Michael Caine channels John Lennon.

Audiences will see two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine as they've never seen him before in director Alfonso Cuarón's upcoming SF movie Children of Men: as a futuristic hippie modeled on former Beatle John Lennon, Cuarón told SCI FI Wire. Cuarón said that Caine told him he wanted the character to appear as if Lennon had lived two decades into the future.

"When he made the costume fitting, he said, 'I want to play this like John Lennon,' because he was friends with Lennon," Cuarón said. "And he told me [Lennon] talked a bit nasally. And if you see his performance, he has that nasal kind of way. And so we're doing all these makeup fittings and he ... goes to look at himself in [the] mirror, and he becomes this other character. At that moment his wife walks into the room and goes next to him and says, 'Have you seen my husband?' She didn't recognize him at that moment."

Doctor Who 2006 Christmas special details

Airing in the UK, details from the BBC:

On BBC One Doctor Who re-materialises for a one-off special episode in which The Doctor (David Tennant) finds himself with a new companion Donna (Catherine Tate) - but she's late for her wedding…

And, in related news:

The BBC has also confirmed that The Sarah Jane Adventures, a spin-off from Doctor Who written by Russell T Davies, will be part of its Christmas schedule.

It is based on one of the Doctor's companions, investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith.


No details on the airtime for either program yet.

This image was included with the Beeb's press release:



See the Best Doctor Who Sites on the Web.

New Spider-Man 3 poster



See the Best Spider-Man Sites on the Web.

Ian Fleming James Bond books complete list

Here's a list of James Bond novels by Ian Fleming, along with great cover art from vintage reprints Penguin Books published a while back. Click the titles to order from Amazon.


Casino Royale (1959)


Live and Let Die (1954)


Moonraker (1955)


Diamonds are Forever (1956)


From Russia with Love (1957)


Doctor No (1958)


Goldfinger (1959)


For Your Eyes Only (1960)


Thunderball (1961)


The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)


On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)


You Only Live Twice (1964)


The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)


Octopussy and the Living Daylights (1966)

See the Best James Bond Sites on the Web.

Hip tip: Apple a Day CD series collects Beatles-related psychedelia

I'm an avowed Beatles freak, but just recently became aware of these two CD comps:


94 Baker Street: The Pop-Psych Sounds of the Apple Era: 1967-1969
94 Baker Street - The Pop Psych Sounds Of The Apple Era '67-'69. 2003 compilation highlights the exciting pop & psych sounds that originated at 84 Baker St., where The Beatles launched their Apple organization. 21 tracks from the likes of Focal Point, Grapefruit, & The Iveys (who would evolve into Badfinger). Includes many very rare, previously unreleased, & exclusive tracks. RPM. 2003.

Track list:

1. Sycamore Sid - Focal Point
2. Love You Forever - Focal Point
3. Never Never - Focal Point
4. Girl on the Corner - Focal Point
5. 'Cept Me - Focal Point
6. Dear Delilah - Grapefruit
7. Ain't It Good - Grapefruit
8. Lullaby - Grapefruit
9. Another Game - Grapefruit
10. Breaking Up a Dream - Ways And Means
11. I'm Too Shy - The Iveys
12. Maybe Tomorrow - The Iveys
13. Tube Train - The Iveys
14. She Came Out of the Cold - The Iveys
15. I've Been There Once Before - The Iveys
16. Getting Ready for Love - Paintbox
17. Romantic Attitude - John Fitch,
18. Find the Hidden Door - The Misunderstood
19. Stoned Out of It - John Fitch,


An Apple a Day: More Pop Psych Sounds from the Apple Era 1968-1970
94 Baker St, (RPM 270) , the Pop Psych Sounds from the Apple Era has been one of the RPM catalogue’s strongest sellers in recent years. Thus with the assistance of, the author of the History of the Beatles Apple Organization book, we have constructed a second volume. The Apple Music publishing company was first into battle for the new organisation, making its initial signings in mid 1967, in fact before the company even got to 94 Baker St. Over the next two years they demo’d many writers and placed recordings where possible. Inevitably given the amount recorded much remained unissued and we are happy to be able to give many of those songs a well deserved airing. Highlights includes four more previously unissued Iveys tracks, the first recordings of Gallagher & Lyle, and the cult Bachdenkel who provide the title track. The sleeve notes are a lovingly documented essay by Stefan Granados including many rare pics and memorabilia.

Track list:

1. Apple a Day [#] - U (Don't) No Who
2. Great Idea - Jigsaw
3. Ivy Unrehearsed [#] - Gallagher & Lyle
4. I Am Nearly There - Denis Couldry
5. Black & White Rainbows [#] - The Iveys
6. Girl in a Mini Skirt [#] - The Iveys
7. Soldier [#] - Lace
8. Technicolour Dream [#] - Gallagher & Lyle
9. In Your Wonderful Way [#] - Gallagher & Lyle
10. People Who Are Different [#] - Mortimer
11. Tomorrow Today [#] - The Iveys
12. James in the Basement - Denis Couldry
13. Strange People [#] - U (Don't) No Who
14. Charlotte Rose - Majority One
15. Somebody's Turning on the People - Goldrush
16. Fairytale - Second Hand
17. Sister Saxophone [#] - Turquoise
18. Now and Again Rebecca [#] - U (Don't) No Who
19. Mr. Strangeways [#] - The Iveys
20. Good as Gold - The Cups
21. Woodstock [#] - Turquoise
22. Evil Loving Woman [#] - Peter Cooper

You can click the links above to order either disk from Amazon. Note that these are import titles and you can likely get them cheaper by clicking the link to "new and used" copies at Amazon.

See the Best Beatles Sites on the Web.

Hip tip: 1970s' Fantastic Four radio show

Think about the golden age of radio drama and the 30s and 40s likely come to mind. But the mid 1970s weren't too shabby, either, if you lived in the right market.

I was lucky. The college radio station in my town--along playing a diverse assortment of great music--played some great radio adventure programs. I've already mentioned the Jack Flanders adventures like "The Fourth Tower of Inverness" and "Moon Over Morocco" here, but they also played "The Fantastic Four" radio show.

Listening now, yeah, the show may sound a little cheesy. But, compared to many TV programs and movies based on comics (even those produced today) it was great. Nice sound effects, decent voice acting and--best of all--scripts that were loyal to the comic. In fact, the scripts were the comic. In most cases, narration and dialogue came straight out of early issues of FF. Even nicer, the narrator for these shows was none other than Stan Lee--the guy who wrote the scripts in the first place.

And, oh yeah, the role of Johnny Storm: The Human Torch was voiced by none other than Bill Murray, future star of movies and "Saturday Night Live" and movies, but then a comic working on the "National Lampoon Radio Hour"--another cool show my college station aired.

The NLRH had a stellar cast, in fact, featuring lots of Second City folks who later went on to do big stuff: John Belushi, Christopher Guest, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner...

Anyway, if you're a comics fan--particularly if you enjoy early Marvel Age stuff--the FF show is something you're sure to enjoy. If you can get ahold of copies. Sadly, the show is commercially unavailable--although if you Google around you might be able to find CD copies or downloads. It'd be really nice if someone--I don't know who exactly owns the rights--made it available. Maybe Marvel could offer it up on their Web site.

I did see, recently, original broadcast LPs of the program for sale on e-Bay, which sparked this recollection. Here are cover images of those:









Also of interest, is this in-depth interview with the show's producer Peter B. Lewis over at the Fantastic Four Plaza.

More info:

National Lampoon Radio Hour

New comics Nov. 22, 2006

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


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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Pop Artifact! James Bond radio



See the Best James Bond Sites on the Web.

Vintage James Bond Thunderball poster pt. 2



Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 21, 2006

Steve Carrell will star in a big screen version of "Get Smart." Anne Hathaway is Agent 99.

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Captain Jack will appear in season 3 of "Doctor Who," says actor John Barrowman. Best Doctor Who sites.

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Lying in the Gutters shared this mock movie poster by cartoonist Frank Miller for a proposed movie featuring Will Eisner's "The Spirit."



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Mmmmmm.... Space Sticks! (Via Bedazzled)

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Deal alert: Amazon is offering 50 percent off selected CD box sets and selected new release CDs for $7.99 this week.

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Sharity: Liberace's "The Night Before Christmas."

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What if religious tract cartoonist Jack Chick had illustrated Marvel Comics' "Galactus" saga instead of Jack Kirby?

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George Takei, Sulu of "Star Trek" fame, has been cast as Hiro's dad on "Heroes."

"It was one of those lightning-bolt ideas," series creator Tim Kring told TV Guide.

Best Heroes Sites.

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London's Indica Gallery, where John Lennon first met Yoko One, has been recreated

The exhibition consists of works by artists such as Ono, some of which were shown at the original gallery and some newer works, as well as a series of specially commissioned pieces by some younger, modern counterparts, all of which relate in some way to each other. "London is at the zeitgeist of the contemporary art scene and we wanted to see how the work from this earlier, more innocent age, related to what is happening now," said Tot Taylor, a director of Riflemaker. "It is about comparing and contrasting the work."

Best Beatles Sites.

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Video: Beat writer Jack Kerouac's appearance on the "Steve Allen Show."

Chris Ware New Yorker covers

The New Yorker has posted big scans of all four covers cartoonist Chris Ware did for the mag's Nov. 27 issue, along with an original strip and an MP3 interview.




Hip tip: The Handbook of Bronze

Any Doc Savage fans out there? Y'know, the Man of Bronze? Big guy? Ripped shirt?

If so, you may be in the market for "The Handbook of Bronze," a Doc Savage collectors reference written by Jay Ryan and available in print or PDF from Lulu.com.

Featuring lots of pics, the book lists all of Doc's adventures--from the pulp days up through the Bantam paperback reprints and comic book incarnations.

With the adventures finally back in print again, this makes for a nice reference.

See the Best Doc Savage Sites on the Web.

See a Complete List of Doc Savage books.

DVD new releases Nov. 21, 2006

Ice Age - The Meltdown (Widescreen Edition)

An Inconvenient Truth

Alias - The Complete Fifth Season

Seinfeld - Season 7

Boston Legal: Season 2

Perry Mason: Season 1, Volume 2

Star Trek - The Animated Series

Alias - The Complete Collection (Seasons 1-5 + Rambaldi artifact box)

How I Met Your Mother: Season 1

Preston Sturges: The Filmmaker Collection

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - (50th Birthday Deluxe Edition)

Family Affair: Season 2

Elvis Presley - Ed Sullivan Shows

Dark Shadows: Bloopers and Treasures

Da Ali G Show: Da Compleet Seereez

Funny Factory with Goofy, Vol. 3

Funny Factory with Huey, Dewey and Louie, Vol. 4

More upcoming DVD releases

New CD releases Nov. 21, 2006

Orphans by Tom Waits

Perception (6CD/6DVD, Boxset) by The Doors

Keep Cool: Guitar Solos 1950-1953 by Django Reinhardt

Christmas Time Again by The DB's & Friends

Love by The Beatles

Love (CD + Audio DVD) by The Beatles

18 Singles [CD/DVD Combo] by U2

Songs for Christmas by Sufjan Stevens

Perception (6CD/6DVD, Boxset) by The Doors

Alive! Box Set by Kiss

Quiet Village by Martin Denny

I Love the Way You Love Me by Betty Wright

From Here to Eternity: The Live Bootleg Box Set by New York Dolls

She's So Good by Eartha Kitt

Number Ones by Abba

Hey Jude by Wilson Pickett

With His Hot and Blue Guitar by Johnny Cash

Complete Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Concert 1938 by Benny Goodman

Maximum Syd Barrett by Syd Barrett

It Came From the Suburbs: Rare Teen Rock by Various Artists

Complete Singles 94-06 by Oasis

The Curtom Story by Various Artists

The Fabulous Mae West by Mae West

Heavy Juice 1950-1955 by Tiny Bradshaw

Joy of a Toy by Kevin Ayers

Shooting at the Moon by Kevin Ayers

Whatevershebringswesing by Kevin Ayers

Getz Au Go Go by Stan Getz

At the Shrine by Stan Getz

In Stockholm by Stan Getz

Oscar Peterson Trio Plays by Oscar Peterson

Brown & Roach Incorporated by Clifford Brown

Live by Bill Evans

Swinging Guitar of by Tal Farlow

Lover Man by Billie Holiday

Organ Grinder Swing by Jimmy Smith and Burrell

Waiting Game by Zoot Sims

See You at the Fair by Ben Webster

No Count Sarah by Sarah Vaughan

East Broadway Run Down by Sonny Rollins

Lullabies of Birdland by Ella Fitzgerald

Magic of Juju by Archie Shepp

Oscar Peterson Trio+One Clark Terry by Oscar Peterson

Max Roach by Max Roach

Give Him the Ooh La La by Blossom Dearie

You Better Know It!!! by Lionel Hampton

West Coast Jazz by Stan Getz

More Study in Brown by Clifford Brown

Duke Ellington Meets by Hawkins Coleman

Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday

Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus by Charles Mingus

Jazz Message by Art Blakey

Oscar Peterson Quartet #1 by Oscar Peterson

Four for Trane by Archie Shepp

This Is by Tal Farlow

More upcoming CDs

Monday, November 20, 2006

Pop Artifact! James Bond Lotus Esprit toy

James Bond Thunderball poster pt. 1



Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 20, 2006

The CW has extended "Veronica Mars" to 20 full episodes this season.

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And you thought variant covers were just for the X-men: Cartoonist Chris Ware provided four separate covers for the Nov. 27 issue of The New Yorker.

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Mike Allred's Madman has found a new publishing home at Image Comics, with a new series to begin in April. Before that, though, Image is releasing a humongous, 852-page hardcover that collects all the character's previous adventures.

Madman Gargantua! will carry a $125.00 cover price, and will be limited to 2,500 copies. Gargantua! will not be reprinted in this format.

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The Beatles' Love will be producer George Martin's last album.

"I've had a pretty good run I must say. I started with the Beatles in 1962 and they broke up around about 1970 so we had a long period of time together," he said.

"It is the last I should think I shall do, because in two months' time I will be 81 and I am thinking of taking early retirement."

He thought Lennon would have balked at the idea of allowing a Las Vegas musical with Beatles music, but that the end result would have won him over.

"John, for all his inventions was really quite conservative sometimes about taking leaps in the dark, particularly where showbiz was concerned. He wasn't a showbiz person, but he was a great character."


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix pictures