Friday, January 26, 2007

Pop Artifact! Batman flicker picture display

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad



See the Best Marvel Comics Sites on the Web.

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 26, 2007

Via BoingBoing: Las Vegas police are using Frank Miller "Sin City"-inspired artwork to recruit new officers.

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Via Booksteve: Hey! I wonder if I can still get a signed picture of Stan Lee for a buck?

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Newsarama has a sneak peek of the upcoming "Sheena of the Jungle" comic.

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Fred Hembeck pays tribute to Beach Boy Al Jardine.

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Via Drawn!: Using audio from an actual meeting he had at age 14 with John Lennon, a filmmaker has created a short animated flick available here.

Best Beatles Sites.

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There are promo stills for next week's episode of "Heroes" here.

Best Heroes Sites.

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A Doctor Who cartoon is in the works, the BBC announces.

David Tennant and Freema Agyeman will star in The Infinite Quest, a 13-part animated adventure that will run weekly in the second series of Totally Doctor Who.

"The Doctor And Martha follow a trail of clues across wild and wonderful alien worlds, to find the location of the legendary lost spaceship, the Infinite," revealed Russell T Davies.

Anthony Head, who played evil headmaster Mr Finch in last season's School Reunion, will guest star as a a new character, Baltazar - Scourge of the Galaxy.

Freema in particular was thrilled to be taking Doctor Who into a whole new world of possibilities.

"I didn't think my Doctor Who experience could get any more thrilling but I was absolutely blown away when they approached me about the new animation series!

"The prospect of becoming a cartoon character was both exciting and also a bit nerve-wracking as it was the first time I have been asked to do voice-over work," she said.

"But I needn't have worried - my first session involved being in a small recording room with David, Anthony Head and Toby Longworth - and all of us falling about with laughter as we tried to imagine the movements of the cartoon characters and how mad it all seemed! It was such a fun experience and now I can't wait to see how it all looks!"

The Infinite Quest is written by Alan Barnes and directed by Gary Russell. The spectacular animation will be crafted by Firestep, the creative team behind previous Doctor Who animated adventures for the BBC. Thanks to developments in animation and computer technology, expect some amazing advances on previous animations.


Best Doctor Who Sites.

Top 10 comics, DVD, CDS, action figures Jan. 26, 2007

Per Amazon:

Comics/Graphic Novels

1. 300 by Frank Miller
2. Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie
3. The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1
4. Theories of Everything by Roz Chast
5. The Ruins by Scott Smith
6. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
7. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
8. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
9. New X-Men Omnibus
10. Fables Vol. 8

DVDs

1. An Inconvenient Truth
2. The Secret (Extended Edition)
3. Little Miss Sunshine
4. The Illusionist (Widescreen Edition)
5. The Office - Season Two
6. The Devil Wears Prada (Widescreen Edition)
7. Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest (widescreen edition)
8. Grey's Anatomy - Season Two
9. Casino Royale (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
10. 24 - Season Five

CDs

1. Not Too Late by Norah Jones
2. Not Too Late (W/Dvd) (Dlx) (Dig) by Norah Jones
3. Begin to Hope by Regina Spektor
4. Love by The Beatles
5. Wincing the Night Away by The Shins
6. Corinne Bailey Rae by Corinne Bailey Rae
7. Into White by Carly Simon
8. Dreamgirls: Music From The Motion Picture [... by Original Soundtrack
9. Daughtry by Daughtry
10. Continuum by John Mayer

Action Figures

1. DC Comics Ultra Blast Batman
2. Ultimate Powers Superman Figure
3. R/C Flying Superman Figure
4. Transformers Optimus Prime 20th Anniversary Figure
5. Superman 10-inch Action Figure
6. Transformers Voyager Classic Optimus Prime Figure
7. Transformers Cybertron Supreme Class Cybertron Primus ...
8. Transformers Deluxe Classic Bumblebee Figure
9. Heroscape Large Expansion Set Orm's Return
10. Transformers Voyager Classic Megatron Figure

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Pop Artifact! More Superman trading cards



Found at Heritage Auctions.

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad

Pop Culture Update Jan. 25, 2007

Bedazzled offers up some more James Brown video from "Soul Train."

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Comic Book Resources has a fresh batch of pics from the Feb. 5 episode of "Heroes."

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Veteran actor Derek Jacobi, best known for his work on the classic PBS mini-series "I Claudius," will play a character called the professor on the third season of "Doctor Who," the BBC reports.

The Daily Mirror newspaper says this time he will play a "good guy" who plays "a key role in preventing the world from ending".

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Handy: Chris's Invincible Super-Blog presents the S.H.I.E.L.D. Technical Manual.

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Sharity:

Daredevil Omnibus

The Marvel Masterworks Message Board has preview images of the upcoming "Daredevil Omnibus" featuring Frank Miller's work on that title. Nice stuff, including some interior art by our pal Fred Hembeck.

The 816-page tome collects Daredevil #158-191.

You can pre-order the book now from Amazon.
Variant cover edition $62.99.
Regular cover edition $65.99.

TV Guide Heroes covers

Here's a look at the four cover variations TV Guide is featuring in its latest issue.







The return of Lost! Details on Feb. 7 episode

Here's a synopsis with slight spoilers. Scroll over the hidden text to read:

Awarded the 2005 Emmy and 2006 Golden Globe for best drama series, "Lost" returns for the second act of its third season of action-packed mystery and adventure -- that will continue to bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost -- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

After Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, its survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discovered that the island holds many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, a strange French woman and another group of island residents known as "The Others." The survivors have also found signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock, the remains of an ancient statue, as well as bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative -- a group of scientific researchers who inhabited the island in the recent past.

The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must continue to work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But as they have discovered during their 70-plus days on the island, danger and mystery loom behind every corner, and those they thought could be trusted may turn against them. Even heroes have secrets.

In the return episode, "Not in Portland," Jack is in command as the fate of Ben's life literally rests in his hands. Meanwhile, Kate and Sawyer find an ally in one of "The Others," and Juliet makes a shocking decision that could endanger her standing with her people.

"Lost" stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie and Terry O'Quinn as Locke.

Guest starring are Robin Weigert as Rachel, M.C. Gainey as Mr. Friendly/Tom, William Mapother as Ethan, Blake Bashoff as Karl, Tania Raymonde as Alex, Michael Bowen as Pickett, Ariston Green as Jason, Teddy Wells as Ivan, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Steve Labrash as morgue employee, Kimberly Estrada as Sherry, Rob McElhenney as Aldo and Zeljko Ivanek as Edmund.

"Not in Portland" was written by Carlton Cuse & Jeff Pinkner and directed by Stephen Williams.


See the Best Lost Sites on the Web.

Order new and upcoming action figures Jan. 25, 2007

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

Alex Ross JLA series 5 action figures
--Brainiac
--Lex Luthor
--Green Arrow
--Martian Manhunter
--Red Tornado
--Translucent Martian Manhunter

Batman Through the Ages
--Box Set

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

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 Superman
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Shazam
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Flash

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

Elseworlds Action Figures Series 3
--Supergirl
--Batgirl
--Nightstar
--Kingdom Come Aquaman
--Red Son Green Lantern

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

McFarlane Lost series 2 action figures
--Crash site box set
--Sawyer
--Jin
--Sayid
--Desmond
--Sun
--Mr. Eko

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

Hasbro Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Series 1 Action Figures
--Wolverine
--Thor

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
--Mephisto

NECA 7-inch John Lennon action figures
--Color
--Black and white

NECA Grindhouse action figures--Quentin Tarantino as soldier
--Dakota
--Cherry

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Pop Artifact! Superman trading cards



Found at Heritage Auctions.

Vintage Captain America house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 24, 2007

55 Bells shares the ultra-cheesy 1979 TV special "Legends of the Superheroes," a camped-up affair featuring Adam West/Burt Ward Batman and Robin team joined by Captain Marvel, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkman, Huntress, The Atom and Black Canary.

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Michael Chabon, author of excellent, comics industry themed novel "The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay," is writing a new adventure story to be serialized in The New York Times Magazine.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon debuts Jan. 28 in The New York Times Magazine's "Funny Pages" with the next "Sunday Serial." Mr. Chabon's swashbuckling adventure story, "Gentlemen of the Road," an original work commissioned by The Magazine, will appear in 16 weekly installments.

Returning to the roots of action stories that enthralled him in his childhood, Mr. Chabon has created a medieval world set in the kingdom of Arran, circa 950 A.D., in the Caucasus Mountains between the Black and Caspian seas. Grounded in research and historical fact, the story brings to light a little known era in the Middle Ages.

"The Sunday Serial" a showcase for popular fiction, has featured Elmore Leonard, Patricia Cornwell, Scott Turow and Michael Connelly.

"The Funny Pages" includes "The Strip," an exclusive full-color weekly strip that continues with graphic novelist Seth, and the nonfiction humor column, "True-Life Tales." If readers miss an installment of "The Sunday Serial" or want to catch up on "The Strip" or the humor column, "The Funny Pages" section is available at NYTimes.com/magazine.


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Underground comix could've been a lot better without the misogynist works of R. Crumb and others, opines Claire Litton in PopMatters.

Ultimately, the underground comix movement was a squandered opportunity. Where there could have been an open forum for feminist art and collaborative, ground-breaking works, there was only hatred and sexism, often inspired by a man who admitted his fear and loathing of women.

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As mentioned here yesterday, Seattle's Fantagraphics Book Store is holding an art exhibition celebrating 25 years of Los Bros Hernandez' "Love and Rockets" comics. Via Flog, here's a look at the nify commemorative poster that'll be on sale during the event:



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Beatlemania in the USA is the theme of the latest Beatlegs Podcast.

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Kim Mills, producer of TV's "The Avengers" has died, Variety reports.

His other credits include "Public Eye," "Mystery and Imagination," "The Night Before the Morning After," "The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder," "The Gentle Touch," "Zodiac," "The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes," "Intrigue," "Life and Death of Penelope" and "Sunday Night Thriller."


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New Spider-Man 3 pictures

Here are a few new ones available as wallpapers on the official "Spider-Man 3" site.











See the Best Spider-Man Sites on the Web.

Comics shipping Jan. 24, 2007

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, January 23, 2007

Pop Artifact! Batman Aurora model box art

Vintage Captain America house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 23, 2007

The Fantagraphics Book Store and Gallery in Seattle will launch an art exhibit celebrating 25 years of Los Bros Hernandez' "Love and Rockets" comics on Feb. 10.

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Jart in My Head shares an awesome poster from Marx Toys depicting the manufacturer's range of Johnny West toys from the 1970s.

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Universal Pictures wants Clive Owen to star in a series of films based on Raymond Chandler's hardboiled Philip Marlowe detective novels.

The project is in a nascent stage -- they are courting writers and filmmakers -- and they haven't decided which title to adapt.

But they sparked to having Owen narrate the dramas in Chandler's testosterone-laced prose, something Owen did well in "Sin City." The plan is to keep the noir spirit of the Chandler books, and keep the mysteries set in the 1940s in Los Angeles, with Marlowe continuing to be the hard-drinking, wisecracking gumshoe.

DVD: Teen Titans - Trouble in Little Tokyo

Here's info on this direct-to-DVD flick out Feb. 6:

Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy are back to save the world in their very first film, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo . This time around, the Teen Titans battle a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun who has sent a high-tech ninja to attack the young heroes. The battle has only begun for the crime fighting five who pack their bags and take off for Tokyo to take on their newest menace. Yet, the City That Never Blinks might be too much for the teens and the mystery of Brushogun too difficult to solve.

Extras include:
* Robin's Underworld Race Challenge
* "The Lost Episode" - A never before aired Teen Titans episode

Deal Alert: Amazon has "Teen Titans: Trouble in Little Tokyo" on sale now for $13.99 (reg. $19.98).

2007 Oscar nominations announced

Here are the 2007 nominees:

Best motion picture of the year
“Babel”
“The Departed”
“Letters from Iwo Jima”
“Little Miss Sunshine”
“The Queen”

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Leonardo DiCaprio in “Blood Diamond”
Ryan Gosling in “Half Nelson”
Peter O’Toole in “Venus”
Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness”
Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin in “Little Miss Sunshine”
Jackie Earle Haley in “Little Children”
Djimon Hounsou in “Blood Diamond”
Eddie Murphy in “Dreamgirls”
Mark Wahlberg in “The Departed”

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Penélope Cruz in “Volver”
Judi Dench in “Notes on a Scandal”
Helen Mirren in “The Queen”
Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada”
Kate Winslet in “Little Children”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adriana Barraza in “Babel”
Cate Blanchett in “Notes on a Scandal”
Abigail Breslin in “Little Miss Sunshine”
Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls”
Rinko Kikuchi in “Babel”

Best animated feature film of the year
“Cars”
“Happy Feet”
“Monster House”

Achievement in directing
“Babel” Alejandro González Iñárritu
“The Departed” Martin Scorsese
“Letters from Iwo Jima” Clint Eastwood
“The Queen” Stephen Frears
“United 93” Paul Greengrass

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Babel” Gustavo Santaolalla
“The Good German” Thomas Newman
“Notes on a Scandal” Philip Glass
“Pan’s Labyrinth” Javier Navarrete
“The Queen” Alexandre Desplat

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth”
“Listen” from “Dreamgirls”
“Love You I Do” from “Dreamgirls”
“Our Town” from “Cars”
“Patience” from “Dreamgirls”

More here.

Grindhouse movie poster

Here's a fresh poster for the Tarantino-Rodriquez drive-in flick pastiche. Looks tasteful!

Official Hot Wheel 1966 TV Batmobile pictures

I got these pics from Mattel of the new TV-version Batmobile car it has coming out soon. Various sized models will be available throughout 2007. Stay tuned for more details.









And here's a prototype version of the car:

New DVD releases Jan. 23, 2007

The Waltons - The Complete Fourth Season

Invincible Iron Man

Walker, Texas Ranger - The Complete Second Season

Sherrybaby

Jesus Camp

Robert Mitchum - The Signature Collection (Angel Face / Macao / The Sundowners / Home from the Hill / The Good Guys and the Bad Guys / The Yakuza)

Monsters And Madmen (The Haunted Strangler / Corridors of Blood / The Atomic Submarine / First Man into Space) - Criterion Collection

Don't Knock the Rock / Rock Around the Clock

Don't Knock the Twist / Twist Around the Clock

The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 1

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Fiddler on the Roof (2-Disc Collector's Edition)

More upcoming DVD releases

CD new releases Jan. 23, 2007

In the Late Hours by Peggy Lee

Wincing The Night Away by The Shins

Complete After Midnight Sessions by Nat King & His Trio Cole

Hit Parade Box Set by Paul Weller

Lay & Love by Bonnie Prince Billy

To Go Home Ep by M Ward

Enemy Chorus by Earlies

Hard to Find Jukebox Classics 1956 by Various Artists

The Very Best of Echo & The Bunnymen: More Songs to Learn and Sing by Echo & The Bunnymen

Rough Mix by Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane (remastered)

Definitive Collection by Pete Townshend

Cake Or Death by Lee Hazlewood

More upcoming CDs

Monday, January 22, 2007

Pop Artifact! Batman flower pot



Vintage Captain America house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 22, 2007

Denny Doherty of the Mamas and Papas is dead at age 66, Reuters reports.

Doherty, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, co-founded a folk group called the Colonials in Montreal in 1960 and later drifted into the New York folk scene, where he met Elliot. He joined her in a band, the Mugwumps, along with another Canadian, Zal Yanovsky, later of the Luvin' Spoonful.

Doherty, Elliot and John and Michelle Philips formed the Mamas and the Papas in 1965 after signing a recording contract with Dunhill Records. Between 1965 and 1968 they were a big part of a California pop scene that included such bands as the Byrds and the Beach Boys.

In 1966 "California Dreamin"' became the first of a succession of hits that included "Monday, Monday," "Go Where You Wanna Go," and "Dedicated to the One I Love" that were characterized by soaring harmonies with Dohertry signing tenor.


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The Hall of Justice Forums has pics of some upcoming Justice League Unlimited figures, including this nifty version of Hour Man.



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New episodes of "Veronica Mars" return Tuesday but the show will take an 8-week break again following the February sweeps, according to USA Today. The show will round out its season with five stand-alone episodes. The CW hasn't announced if the series will be back for a fourth season.

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Warner Bros., the CW and Sprint have teamed to produce an animated spin-off focusing on the "Smallville" version of the Green Arrow. "Smallville Legends: The Oliver Queen Chronicles" will premiere on Sprint TV's mobile video service and will later be available on the CW Web site.

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People renting the second season of "Doctor Who" via Netflix may notice some glitches on disk 1 of the set, TV Shows on DVD reports. The problem is due to a manufacturing error and disk 1 has been pulled temporarily from the site until corrected disks are made available.

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A live-action film based on the anime flick "Ghost in the Shell" is in the works.

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The New York Times has a feature on the animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel "Persepolis."

Ms. Satrapi has drawn herself thousands of times. But she found it initially overwhelming to watch her own vivid gestures animated on computer screens in the skylighted atelier that is the film’s headquarters in the 10th Arrondissement. Eventually, she said, she learned to put emotional distance between herself and her character.

“From the beginning I started to talk about ‘Marjane’ and ‘Marjane’s parents,’ ” she explained, “because you cannot do it otherwise. There are people, for example, drawing my grandmother. My grandmother is dead. Here not only is she moving, but I have to look at her, image by image. If I think, ‘This is my grandmother and my story,’ I would start crying all the time. And it’s not easy for the animators if I start talking about me, me, me. I will make them crazy, and they will be walking on eggshells. They won’t let themselves go.

“When my parents came to the studio, nobody breathed. Imagine you are drawing Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and suddenly a big mouse and a big duck walk in.”

Upcoming Doc Savage and Shadow reprints


THE SHADOW Volume 7: "The Cobra" & "The Third Shadow"
"The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay. The Shadow Knows!" The Master Avenger returns in two of Walter Gibson's most memorable mysteries. A new crimefighter called The Cobra decimates the Manhattan underworld in a murderous war on organized crime. Has The Shadow finally met his match, or will he be forced to de-fang a human snake? Then, the Knight of Darkness confronts not one but two sinister doppelgangers in The Third Shadow. Which Shadow will have the last laugh? In his foreword, Marvel Comics-great Dick Ayers recalls how The Shadow inspired the creation of the Ghost Rider, while popular culture historian Will Murray explains how The Shadow influenced the creation of classic characters including Batman, the Spider, the Black Bat and the Darkman. This classic pulp collection also features George Rozen's electrifying pulp covers, and all the original interior art by acclaimed illustrator Tom Lovell. Due out in April.


THE SHADOW Volume 8: "The London Crimes" & "Castle of Doom"
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow Knows!" The Knight of Darkness returns in two of Walter Gibson's most extraordinary pulp thrillers. First, two legendary crimefighting agencies join forces when The Shadow teams with England's legendary Scotland Yard to investigate The London Crimes and the master criminal known as The Harvester. Then, The Shadow journeys to a strange Castle of Doom, where murder lurks behind its battlements. Mystery and intrigue abound in this thrilling tale of lost treasure, secret underground passages and ghostly apparitions. In honor of The Shadow's first British adventure, popular culture historian Anthony Tollin chronicles the 1930s and 1950s English pulp reprints and the 1940s Australian Shadow radio series. This classic pulp reprint also showcases George Rozen's dazzling pulp covers and all the original interior art by acclaimed illustrator Tom Lovell. Due out in May.


DOC SAVAGE Volume 6: "The Polar Treasure" and "Pirate of the Pacific"
The legendary pulp superman battles evil in two of his earliest adventures by Lester Dent writing as Kenneth Robeson. Why does a blind violinist have a map tattooed on his back? Investigating the mystery, Doc Savage and his Iron Crew race to the Arctic icecap in search of the secret of The Polar Treasure. Then, while returning to New York aboard his new submarine Helldiver, the Man of Bronze is attacked by the Pirate of the Pacific in one of his most violent adventures. This classic pulp reprint showcases the superb pulp cover by Walter Baumhofer that was reused as the cover of the golden age Doc Savage Comics #1, all of Paul Orban's 1933 interior illustrations from the ultra-rare (and expensive!) fourth and fifth issues of Doc Savage Magazine, and historical commentary by pulp historian Will Murray, author of seven Bantam Doc Savage novels. Due out in April.


DOC SAVAGE Volume 7: "The Lost Oasis" and "The Sargasso Ogre"
The pulp era's greatest superman battles evil in two of his earliest exploits by Lester Dent (writing as Kenneth Robeson). After stowing away aboard a ghost zeppelin, Doc and his Iron Crew tangle with a bizarre vampiric murderer and villainous Arabs who are protecting the secret of The Lost Oasis. Then, while returning to New York via ocean liner, the Man of Bronze encounters modern-day Amazons in Lester Dent's all-time favorite Doc Savage story, The Sargasso Ogre. This classic pulp reprint also features the original 1933 pulp covers by Walter Baumhofer from the ultra-rare (and expensive!) seventh and eighth issues of Doc Savage Magazine, the unsold 1936 Doc Savage newspaper strip by Lester Dent and Paul Orban and historical commentary by pulp historian Will Murray, author of seven Bantam Doc Savage novels. Due out in May.

See a complete list of Shadow reprints.
see a complete list of Doc Savage reprints.

Ghost Rider movie pictures

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