Friday, February 02, 2007

Pop Artifact! Spider-Man Button

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 2, 2007

The Hollywood Animation Archive Project Blog has some great drawings from animator Clair Weeks, who worked on Disney's "Bambi," "Cinderella" and "Peter Pan."

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Via Mark Evanier and Earl Kress: A drool-inducing e-Bay auction of 15,000-piece toys, books, puzzles and more from the 1950s and 60s with great pics.

Top 10 comics/graphic novels, DVDs, CDs, action figures Feb. 2, 2007

Comics/Graphic Novels

1. 300 by Frank Miller $17.99
2. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang $11.53
3. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi $10.36
4. Lost Girls by Alan Moore $43.50
5. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel $13.57
6. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore $13.59
7. Fables Vol. 8: Wolves by Bill Willingham $12.23
8. Maus : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds... by Art Spiegelman $18.48
9. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller $10.19
10. Those Left Behind (Serenity) by Joss Whedon $9.95

DVDs

1. An Inconvenient Truth $19.99
2. Little Miss Sunshine $17.99
3. Casino Royale (Widescreen Two-Disc Special ... $15.99
4. The Illusionist (Widescreen Edition) $16.99
5. The Departed (Two-Disc Special Edition) $20.99
6. The Guardian $16.99
7. Flags of Our Fathers (Widescreen Edition) $17.99
8. The Office - Season Two $33.99
9. The Devil Wears Prada (Widescreen Edition) $17.99
10. Grey's Anatomy - Season Two $39.99

CDs

1. Not Too Late by Norah Jones $9.99
2. Wincing the Night Away by The Shins $9.99
3. Begin to Hope by Regina Spektor $6.99
4. Corinne Bailey Rae by Corinne Bailey Rae $9.99
5. Love by The Beatles $9.99
6. Daughtry by Daughtry $9.99
7. The Confessions Tour - Live from London (CD... by Madonna $19.97
8. Continuum by John Mayer $9.99
9. Into White by Carly Simon $11.99
10. Dreamgirls: Music From The Motion Picture [... by Original Soundtrack $19.99

Action Figures

1. DC Comics Ultra Blast Batman $19.99
2. Ultimate Powers Superman Figure $29.99
3. Transformers Optimus Prime 20th Anniversary... $64.99
4. Superman 10-inch Action Figure $10.19
5. Transformers Deluxe Classic Bumblebee Figure $10.57
6. Transformers Cybertron Supreme Class Cybert... $45.75
7. Transformers Voyager Classic Optimus Prime ... $19.76
8. Transformers Voyager Classic Megatron Figure $14.99
9. Ben 10 Alien Collection - Stink Fly $24.99
10. Ben 10 Alien Collection - XLR8 $9.99

DVD: Hanna-Barbera Storybook Favorites

All I've got to go on so far is the box art. Due out April 10. Available for pre-order now for $17.99 from Amazon.

DVD: Alice in Cartoonland by Walt Disney

Before Mickey Mouse, before fame, before he really knew what he was doing, Walt Disney helped pioneer the field of animation with this series of short features blending live action and cartoons.

This new compilation, collecting 14 of the "Alice" short features, is due out Feb. 27 and is available for pre-order now for $17.99 from Amazon.

DVD: Addams Family Vol. 2

Out March 27, this three-disk set collects more classic eps from the show.

Details:

Picking up where Volume One left off, The Addams Family - Volume Two ends the show's first season with the remaining 12 Season One episodes, and starts the second season with the first 9 Season Two episodes. The 2nd of 3 cost-friendly volumes, The Addams Family - Volume Two is a 3-disc (546 min.) set which features Full Frame (1.33:1) video; English, French and Spanish mono audio; English and Spanish subtitles. Here are how the discs will be configured:

Disc 1 Side A:
1. Thing is Missing
2. Crisis in the Addams Family
3. Lurch and His Harpsichord
4. Morticia, the Breadwinner

Disc 1 Side B:
5. The Addams Family and the Spaceman
6. My Son, the Chimp
7. Morticia's Favorite Charity
8. Progress and the Addams Family


Disc 2 Side A:
9. Uncle Fester's Toupee
10. Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor
11. Lurch, the Teenage Idol
12. The Winning of Morticia Addams

Disc 2 Side B:
13. My Fair Cousin Itt
14. Morticia's Romance, Part 1
15. Morticia's Romance, Part 2
16. Morticia Meets Royalty


Disc 3 Side A:
17. Gomez, the People's Choice
18. Cousin Itt's Problem
19. Halloween, Addams Style
20. Morticia, the Writer

Disc 3 Side B:
21. Morticia, the Sculptress

The set is available for pre-order now for $20.99 from Amazon.

DC Comics collections coming this summer!

We've mentioned a few of these recently, others are complete surprise ("Showcase Presents Batgirl"! "Showcase Presents Wonder Woman"! "Batman: Secrets of the Batcave"! Superman: The Amazing Transformations of Jimmie Olsen!)

June

BATMAN: EGO AND OTHER TAILS TP
Writers: Darwyn Cooke and Paul Grist
Artists: Darwyn Cooke, Tim Sale and Bill Wray
Collects BATMAN: EGO, CATWOMAN: SELINA'S BIG SCORE, and stories from SOLO #1 and 5 and BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #23 and 33
$14.99 US, 200 pages

BATMAN: TURNING POINTS TP
Writers: Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Chuck Dixon
Artists: Steve Lieber, Joe Giella, Dick Giordano, Brent Anderson, Paul Pope and others
Collects BATMAN: TURNING POINTS #1-5
$14.99 US, 128 pages

BLUE BEETLE VOL. 2: ROAD TRIP TP
Writers: John Rogers and Keith Giffen
Artists: Cully Hamner, Duncan Rouleau, Casey Jones and Rafael Albuquerque
Collects BLUE BEETLE #7-12
$12.99 US, 144 pages

CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME TP
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Tim Sale
Collects CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME #1-6
$12.99 US, 160 pages

GOTHAM CENTRAL VOL. 5: DEAD ROBIN TP
Writers: Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker
Artists: Kano, Steve Lieber and Stefano Gaudiano
Collects GOTHAM CENTRAL #33-40
$17.99 US, 192 pages

JSA PRESENTS: STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Lee Moder and Dan Davis
Collects STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #1-8
$12.99 US, 192 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: BATMAN VOL. 2 TP
Writers: Gardner Fox, Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Bill Finger
Artists: Sheldon Moldoff, Carmine Infantino, Chic Stone, Joe Giella, Murphy Anderson, Sid Greene and others
Collects BATMAN #175-188 and DETECTIVE COMICS #343-358
$16.99 US, 512 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE ATOM VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Gardner Fox
Artists: Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson and Sid Greene
Collects SHOWCASE #34-36 and THE ATOM #1-17
$16.99 US, 528 pages

TRIALS OF SHAZAM VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Judd Winick
Artist: Howard Porter
Collects TRIALS OF SHAZAM #1-6 and a story from DC: BRAVE NEW WORLD #1
$14.99 US, 160 pages

July

52 VOL. 2 TP
Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen, Dale Eaglesham, Shawn Moll, Joe Bennett, Chris Batista, Eddy Barrows, Patrick Olliffe, Drew Johnson, Phil Jimenez and others
Collects the lead stories from 52 WEEKS 14-26
$19.99 US, 304 pages

BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY TP
Writers: Judd Winick, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm
Artists: Joe Chiodo, Bruce Timm, Ronnie Del Carmen and Shane Glines
Collects HARLEY AND IVY: ON THE LAM, BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY and a story from BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #14 (presented here in color for the first time)
$14.99 US, 136 pages

ELRIC: THE MAKING OF A SORCERER TP
Writer: Michael Moorcock
Artist: Walter Simonson
Collects ELRIC: THE MAKING OF A SORCERER #1-4
$19.99 US, 200 pages

THE ORIGINAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMIC BOOK HEROES VOL. 2: WONDER WOMAN TP
Writer: Michael Fleischer
Artists: Various
Reprints the classic reference volume from 1976
$19.99 US, 272 pages

MARTIAN MANHUNTER: THE OTHERS AMONG US TP
Writer: A.J. Lieberman
Artists: Al Barrionuevo and Bit
Collects MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1-8 and a story from DC: BRAVE NEW WORLD
$19.99 US, 208 pages

OUTSIDERS: PAY AS YOU GO TP
Writer: Judd Winick
Artists: Ron Randall, Pop Mhan and Carlo Barberi
Collects OUTSIDERS #42-46 and OUTSIDERS ANNUAL #1
$14.99 US, 160 pages

SEVEN SOLDIERS ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HC
Writers: Joe Samachson
Artists: Ed Dobrotka, Pierce Rice, Maurice Del Bourgo and Joe Kubert
Collects LEADING COMICS #5-8
$49.99 US, 228 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: BATGIRL VOL. 1 TP
Writers: Gardner Fox, Cary Bates, Bob Haney, Mike Friedrich, Robert Kanigher, Frank Robbins, Dennis O'Neil and Elliot S. Maggin
Artists: Carmine Infantino, Curt Swan, Frank Springer, Gil Kane, Bob Brown, Win Mortimer, Irv Novick, Don Heck, Mike Sekowsky, Neal Adams and others
Collects stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #359, 363, 369, 371, 384, 385, 388, 389, 392, 393, 396, 397, 400, 401, 404, 405-424, BATMAN #197, ADVENTURE COMICS #381, WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #169 and 176, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #78, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #60 and SUPERMAN #268 and 279
$16.99 US, 520 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: MARTIAN MANHUNTER VOL. 1 TP
Writers: Jack Miller, Joe Samachson and Dave Wood
Artists: Joe Certa
Collects stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #225-305
$16.99 US, 522 pages

SUPERMAN: THE AMAZING TRANSFORMATIONS OF JIMMY OLSEN TP
Writers: Otto Binder, Jerry Siegel and others
Artists: Curt Swan, John Forte, Pete Costanza and others
Collects stories from SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #22, 28, 31-33, 41, 42, 44, 49, 53, 59, 65, 69, 72, 77, 80, 85 and 105
$14.99 US, 192 pages

UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS TP
Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Artist: Daniel Acuña
Collects UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1-8 and a story from DC: BRAVE NEW WORLD
$14.99 US, 208 pages

August

BATMAN AND SON HC
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang and John Van Fleet
Collects BATMAN #655-658 and #663-666
$19.99 US, 128 pages

BATMAN: SECRETS OF THE BATCAVE TP
Writers: Bill Finger, Don Cameron, Edmond Hamilton, Gerry Conway, Alan Brennert and others
Artists: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, George Roussos, Ray Burnley, Jim Mooney, Sheldon Moldoff, Stan Kaye, Charles Paris, Lew Sayre Schwartz, Jim Aparo and others
Collects stories from BATMAN #12, 35, 48, 109 and 348, WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #30, DETECTIVE COMICS #158, 168, 186, 205, 233, 235, and 244, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #182, the SECRET ORIGINS TP, and BIZARRO COMICS
$17.99 US, 192 pages

BIRDS OF PREY: BLOOD AND CIRCUITS TP
Writers: Gail Simone and Tony Bedard
Artists: James Raiz, Paulo Siqueira and others
Collects BIRDS OF PREY #96-103
$17.99 US, 208 pages

CATWOMAN: IT'S ONLY A MOVIE TP
Writers: Will Pfeifer
Artists: David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez
Collects CATWOMAN #59-65
$19.99 US, 168 pages

DC/TOP COW CROSSOVER CLASSICS TP
Writers: Joe Kelly, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Jeph Loeb and Len Kaminski
Artists: Doug Mahnke, Mark Pajarillo, Marc Silvestri, David Finch and others
Collects JLA/CYBERFORCE #1, THE DARKNESS/BATMAN #1, JLA/WITCHBLADE #1 and THE DARKNESS/SUPERMAN #1-2
$14.99 US, 200 pages

THE FLASH: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP
Writers: Robert Kanigher, Gardner Fox, John Broome, Cary Bates and Mark Waid
Artists: Lee Elias, Carmine Infantino, Ross Andru, Irv Novick, José Luís Garcia-López, Kurt Schaffenberger, Alex Saviuk, Mike Wieringo, Joe Giella, Wallace Wood, Joe Kubert, Frank Giacoia, Mike Esposito, Murphy Anderson and José Marzan Jr.
Collects stories from FLASH COMICS #86 and 104, THE FLASH #123, 155, 165 and 179, DC SPECIAL SERIES #11 and THE FLASH (Second Series) #91
$19.99 US, 208 pages

GREEN LANTERN: WANTED -HAL JORDAN HC
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
Collects GREEN LANTERN #14-20
$19.99 US, 144 pages

JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
Writer: Jack Kirby
Artists: Jack Kirby, Vince Colletta and Mike Royer
Collects NEW GODS #4-6, FOREVER PEOPLE #4-6, JIMMY OLSEN #141-145 and MISTER MIRACLE #4-6
$49.99 US/$32.99 via Amazon, 396 pages

MANHUNTER VOL. 3: ORIGINS TP
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Javier Pina, Stephen Sadowski, Rags Morales, Sean Phillips, Shawn Martinbrough and Diego Olmos
Collects MANHUNTER #15-23
$17.99 US, 224 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: ADAM STRANGE VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Gardner Fox
Artists: Mike Sekowsky, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson and others
Collects stories from SHOWCASE #17-19 and MYSTERY IN SPACE #53-84
$16.99 US, 512 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
Collects stories from WONDER WOMAN #98-117
$16.99 US, 528 pages

SUPERMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 3 TP
Writer: Joe Shuster
Artists: Jerry Siegel and others
Collects stories from ACTION COMICS #21-25, SUPERMAN #4-5 and NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1940
$14.99 US, 192 pages


See Complete Lists:
DC Showcase Presents
DC Trade Paperbacks
DC Archive Editions

Thursday, February 01, 2007

DC Comics collections ahoy! New titles coming this summer

We've mentioned a few of these recently, others are complete surprise ("Showcase Presents Batgirl"! "Showcase Presents Wonder Woman"! "Batman: Secrets of the Batcave"! Superman: The Amazing Transformations of Jimmie Olsen!)

June

BATMAN: EGO AND OTHER TAILS TP
Writers: Darwyn Cooke and Paul Grist
Artists: Darwyn Cooke, Tim Sale and Bill Wray
Collects BATMAN: EGO, CATWOMAN: SELINA'S BIG SCORE, and stories from SOLO #1 and 5 and BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #23 and 33
$14.99 US, 200 pages

BATMAN: TURNING POINTS TP
Writers: Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Chuck Dixon
Artists: Steve Lieber, Joe Giella, Dick Giordano, Brent Anderson, Paul Pope and others
Collects BATMAN: TURNING POINTS #1-5
$14.99 US, 128 pages

BLUE BEETLE VOL. 2: ROAD TRIP TP
Writers: John Rogers and Keith Giffen
Artists: Cully Hamner, Duncan Rouleau, Casey Jones and Rafael Albuquerque
Collects BLUE BEETLE #7-12
$12.99 US, 144 pages

CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME TP
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Tim Sale
Collects CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME #1-6
$12.99 US, 160 pages

GOTHAM CENTRAL VOL. 5: DEAD ROBIN TP
Writers: Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker
Artists: Kano, Steve Lieber and Stefano Gaudiano
Collects GOTHAM CENTRAL #33-40
$17.99 US, 192 pages

JSA PRESENTS: STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Lee Moder and Dan Davis
Collects STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #1-8
$12.99 US, 192 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: BATMAN VOL. 2 TP
Writers: Gardner Fox, Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Bill Finger
Artists: Sheldon Moldoff, Carmine Infantino, Chic Stone, Joe Giella, Murphy Anderson, Sid Greene and others
Collects BATMAN #175-188 and DETECTIVE COMICS #343-358
$16.99 US, 512 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE ATOM VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Gardner Fox
Artists: Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson and Sid Greene
Collects SHOWCASE #34-36 and THE ATOM #1-17
$16.99 US, 528 pages

TRIALS OF SHAZAM VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Judd Winick
Artist: Howard Porter
Collects TRIALS OF SHAZAM #1-6 and a story from DC: BRAVE NEW WORLD #1
$14.99 US, 160 pages

July

52 VOL. 2 TP
Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen, Dale Eaglesham, Shawn Moll, Joe Bennett, Chris Batista, Eddy Barrows, Patrick Olliffe, Drew Johnson, Phil Jimenez and others
Collects the lead stories from 52 WEEKS 14-26
$19.99 US, 304 pages

BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY TP
Writers: Judd Winick, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm
Artists: Joe Chiodo, Bruce Timm, Ronnie Del Carmen and Shane Glines
Collects HARLEY AND IVY: ON THE LAM, BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY and a story from BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #14 (presented here in color for the first time)
$14.99 US, 136 pages

ELRIC: THE MAKING OF A SORCERER TP
Writer: Michael Moorcock
Artist: Walter Simonson
Collects ELRIC: THE MAKING OF A SORCERER #1-4
$19.99 US, 200 pages

THE ORIGINAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMIC BOOK HEROES VOL. 2: WONDER WOMAN TP
Writer: Michael Fleischer
Artists: Various
Reprints the classic reference volume from 1976
$19.99 US, 272 pages

MARTIAN MANHUNTER: THE OTHERS AMONG US TP
Writer: A.J. Lieberman
Artists: Al Barrionuevo and Bit
Collects MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1-8 and a story from DC: BRAVE NEW WORLD
$19.99 US, 208 pages

OUTSIDERS: PAY AS YOU GO TP
Writer: Judd Winick
Artists: Ron Randall, Pop Mhan and Carlo Barberi
Collects OUTSIDERS #42-46 and OUTSIDERS ANNUAL #1
$14.99 US, 160 pages

SEVEN SOLDIERS ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HC
Writers: Joe Samachson
Artists: Ed Dobrotka, Pierce Rice, Maurice Del Bourgo and Joe Kubert
Collects LEADING COMICS #5-8
$49.99 US, 228 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: BATGIRL VOL. 1 TP
Writers: Gardner Fox, Cary Bates, Bob Haney, Mike Friedrich, Robert Kanigher, Frank Robbins, Dennis O'Neil and Elliot S. Maggin
Artists: Carmine Infantino, Curt Swan, Frank Springer, Gil Kane, Bob Brown, Win Mortimer, Irv Novick, Don Heck, Mike Sekowsky, Neal Adams and others
Collects stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #359, 363, 369, 371, 384, 385, 388, 389, 392, 393, 396, 397, 400, 401, 404, 405-424, BATMAN #197, ADVENTURE COMICS #381, WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #169 and 176, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #78, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #60 and SUPERMAN #268 and 279
$16.99 US, 520 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: MARTIAN MANHUNTER VOL. 1 TP
Writers: Jack Miller, Joe Samachson and Dave Wood
Artists: Joe Certa
Collects stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #225-305
$16.99 US, 522 pages

SUPERMAN: THE AMAZING TRANSFORMATIONS OF JIMMY OLSEN TP
Writers: Otto Binder, Jerry Siegel and others
Artists: Curt Swan, John Forte, Pete Costanza and others
Collects stories from SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #22, 28, 31-33, 41, 42, 44, 49, 53, 59, 65, 69, 72, 77, 80, 85 and 105
$14.99 US, 192 pages

UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS TP
Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Artist: Daniel Acuña
Collects UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1-8 and a story from DC: BRAVE NEW WORLD
$14.99 US, 208 pages

August

BATMAN AND SON HC
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang and John Van Fleet
Collects BATMAN #655-658 and #663-666
$19.99 US, 128 pages

BATMAN: SECRETS OF THE BATCAVE TP
Writers: Bill Finger, Don Cameron, Edmond Hamilton, Gerry Conway, Alan Brennert and others
Artists: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, George Roussos, Ray Burnley, Jim Mooney, Sheldon Moldoff, Stan Kaye, Charles Paris, Lew Sayre Schwartz, Jim Aparo and others
Collects stories from BATMAN #12, 35, 48, 109 and 348, WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #30, DETECTIVE COMICS #158, 168, 186, 205, 233, 235, and 244, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #182, the SECRET ORIGINS TP, and BIZARRO COMICS
$17.99 US, 192 pages

BIRDS OF PREY: BLOOD AND CIRCUITS TP
Writers: Gail Simone and Tony Bedard
Artists: James Raiz, Paulo Siqueira and others
Collects BIRDS OF PREY #96-103
$17.99 US, 208 pages

CATWOMAN: IT'S ONLY A MOVIE TP
Writers: Will Pfeifer
Artists: David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez
Collects CATWOMAN #59-65
$19.99 US, 168 pages

DC/TOP COW CROSSOVER CLASSICS TP
Writers: Joe Kelly, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Jeph Loeb and Len Kaminski
Artists: Doug Mahnke, Mark Pajarillo, Marc Silvestri, David Finch and others
Collects JLA/CYBERFORCE #1, THE DARKNESS/BATMAN #1, JLA/WITCHBLADE #1 and THE DARKNESS/SUPERMAN #1-2
$14.99 US, 200 pages

THE FLASH: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP
Writers: Robert Kanigher, Gardner Fox, John Broome, Cary Bates and Mark Waid
Artists: Lee Elias, Carmine Infantino, Ross Andru, Irv Novick, José Luís Garcia-López, Kurt Schaffenberger, Alex Saviuk, Mike Wieringo, Joe Giella, Wallace Wood, Joe Kubert, Frank Giacoia, Mike Esposito, Murphy Anderson and José Marzan Jr.
Collects stories from FLASH COMICS #86 and 104, THE FLASH #123, 155, 165 and 179, DC SPECIAL SERIES #11 and THE FLASH (Second Series) #91
$19.99 US, 208 pages

GREEN LANTERN: WANTED -HAL JORDAN HC
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
Collects GREEN LANTERN #14-20
$19.99 US, 144 pages

JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
Writer: Jack Kirby
Artists: Jack Kirby, Vince Colletta and Mike Royer
Collects NEW GODS #4-6, FOREVER PEOPLE #4-6, JIMMY OLSEN #141-145 and MISTER MIRACLE #4-6
$49.99 US/$32.99 via Amazon, 396 pages

MANHUNTER VOL. 3: ORIGINS TP
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Javier Pina, Stephen Sadowski, Rags Morales, Sean Phillips, Shawn Martinbrough and Diego Olmos
Collects MANHUNTER #15-23
$17.99 US, 224 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: ADAM STRANGE VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Gardner Fox
Artists: Mike Sekowsky, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson and others
Collects stories from SHOWCASE #17-19 and MYSTERY IN SPACE #53-84
$16.99 US, 512 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
Collects stories from WONDER WOMAN #98-117
$16.99 US, 528 pages

SUPERMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 3 TP
Writer: Joe Shuster
Artists: Jerry Siegel and others
Collects stories from ACTION COMICS #21-25, SUPERMAN #4-5 and NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1940
$14.99 US, 192 pages


See Complete Lists:
DC Showcase Presents
DC Trade Paperbacks
DC Archive Editions

Pop Artifact! Ms. Marvel button

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 1, 2007

Young Fred Hembeck meets Marvel Comics' Roy Thomas.

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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and last book in the series is due out July 21 . (corrected from the June 21 posted here earlier)

UPDATE: You can pre-order the book now for $18.99 (regularly $34.99) now from Amazon.



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Joss Whedon talks to MTV about his upcoming "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comic, which picks up where the series ended.

"The show was very mundane, deliberately mundane," Whedon said. "A comic has got to work on a grander, epic scale. We can really take the characters wherever we want, and of course, that means I can kill them. That's where the fun is, in revisiting these characters. It's like being with my old friends, but in actuality, not being with my old friends, because the actors aren't there to play them. It's a little different. This is bigger variations. It's a symphony based on the little tune we played."

The comic hits stand March 7.

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Speaking of Joss: Despite Whedon working on a script to an upcoming Wonder Woman film he's set to direct, Warner Brothers is acquiring a spec script by newcomers Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland.

Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that the purchase is a pre-emptive measure intended to keep the script off the market and to protect itself against any legal action prompted by similarities between the two scripts. The Jennison-Strickland script is reportedly set against the backdrop of World War II, while Whedon's script is set in the present day.

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Mezco Toyz has a line of Underdog figures coming out to tie in with the CGI flick based on the character coming this summer.



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From Variety: Carl Reiner remembers his work on "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

Daily Variety: So it was because of the censors that they were in twin beds?

Reiner: Absolutely. I fought and I said, "Dick sleeps in a queen-sized bed." They said, "No, no, what would it suggest?" I said, "Where did the kid come from? Did they jump from the next bed to do it?"


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"Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell," a five-part miniseries from IDW Publishing beginning in April will also be available in a special 40-page Klingon-language edition.

Mojo mag celebrates Sgt. Pepper

The March 2007 of Britain's much-read Mojo music magazine (I pay a ridiculous amount for an overseas subscription. But it's still cheaper than buying it on the news stand here.) spotlights the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band LP, which turns 40 this June.

And, as with every ish, there'll be a special CD included--this one entitled Mojo Presents Sgt. Pepper...With A Little Help From His Friends, with indie acts tackling the tunes. Tracks include:

01. Simple Kid - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band
02. Purto Muerto - With A Little Help From My Friends
03. Circulus - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
04. Fionn Regan - Getting Better
05. 747s - Fixing A Hole
06. Unkle Bob - She's Leaving Home
07. Bikeride - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
08. Stephanie Dosen - Within You Without You
09. Chin Up Chin Up - When I'm Sixty Four
10. Dave Cloud & The Gospel Of Power - Lovely Rita
11. The M's - Good Morning Good Morning
12. Simple Kid - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band (Reprise)
13. Captain - A Day In The Life

Bonus track

14. Echo & The Bunnymen - All You Need Is Love

New and upcoming action figures Feb. 1, 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 31, 2007

Pop Artifact! Marvel Comics buttons

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 31, 2007

It's National Gorilla Suit Day, don't you know?

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Rare Clash tunes and songs by the likes of Bob Dylan and Nina Simone will be featured on the soundtrack to "The Future Is Unwritten," a documentary about the late Clash singer Joe Strummer, Billboard reports.

"The Future Is Unwritten," which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was assembled using a combination of old interviews collected from journalists as well as tapes of Strummer's BBC radio show. It features testimonials from Bono, Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese, Courtney Love, Flea, John Cusack and members of the Clash, among many others.

Here's the track list for the album, due out April 3.

"White Riot," the Clash
"Rock the Casbah," Racid Taha
"Crawfish," Elvis Presley
"Black Sheep Boy," Tim Hardin
"Kick Out the Jams," MC5
"Keys to Your Heart," the 101'ers
"I'm So Bored With the U.S.A.," the Clash
"Natty Rebel (2006 mix)," U-Roy
"Armagideon Time," the Clash
"Nervous Breakdown," Eddie Cochran
"(In the) Pouring Rain," Clash II
"Filibustero," Joe Strummer
"Martha Cecilia," Andres Landeros
"Minuet," Ernest Ranglin
"Trash City," Latino Rockabilly War
"Rangers Command," Woody Guthrie
"Corrina, Corrina," Bob Dylan
"Johnny Appleseed," Joe Strummer
"To Love Somebody," Nina Simone
"Willesden To Cricklewood," Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros

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Funny or not funny? You be the judge (I thought it was pretty entertaining): Johnny DC takes a trip to the 1960s Marvel Bullpen.

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Via BoingBoing: A Doctor Who TARDIS USB hub.

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Captain Canuck is back! I remember picking up the first CC comic way, way back in 1975. It's in a box someplace and hard to find, but I remember it as being pretty cool, with quite vivid coloring for the times. An interesting change of pace from the DC and Marvel titles I was reading like mad at the time.

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The release date for the season 2 "Twin Peaks" DVD set has been bumped up a week, from April 10 to April 3. You can pre-order it now $36.99 for from Amazon.

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Via the Comics Reporter: A revamped official Will Eisner site.

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From the Absorbacon: 10 Things Batman Should Never Say.

Comics shipping Jan. 31, 2007

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


Comics shipping Jan. 31, 2007

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Pop Artifact! Aurora Spider-Man model

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 30, 2007

Our pal Bubblegumfink is hanging up his blogging..., um, whatever. We'll miss your stuff, Fink! And let me know if you ever start up again.

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McFarlane Toys will produce an action figure line based on the "Grinch Who Stole Christmas" 'toon, IVC2 reports.

McFarlane Toys is planning a range of three- and six-inch scale action figures based on key scenes from the film, including Two Sizes Too Small (the Grinch standing with hands on hips), You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch (the Grinch stealing the children's stockings from the mantle of a Whoville fireplace), All I Need is a Reindeer (the Grinch placing antlers on his dog), Cindy Lou Who (everybody's favorite Who), and Mount Crumpet Box Set (the Grinch and Max with overburdened sleigh). The figures will include play action features and are scheduled to be in stores in October.

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"Lost" Feb. 14 episode details

Scroll over the hidden text to reveal mild spoilers:



"Flashes Before Your Eyes" - A suspicious and determined Hurley enlists Charlie to help him wrangle the truth out of Desmond, who has been acting strangely ever since the implosion of the hatch, on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

"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 Sonya Walger as Penny Widmore, Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Shishir Kurup as Donovan, Fionnula Flanagan as Ms. Hawking, Katie Doyle as receptionist, Jeremy Colvin as delivery man, Michael Titterton as bartender and David Cordell as Jimmy Lennon.

"Flashes Before Your Eyes" was written by Damon Lindelof & Drew Goddard and directed by Jack Bender.


See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Wrestle Poodles and Win!

Out now, apparently, this is a 2-CD recording from the Bonzos' reunion performances in Britain last year.

For those who don't know: The Bonzos may be most famous for their guest stint in the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" film, performing their tune "Death Cab for Cutie" during the strip club scene.

Member Neil Innes later went to work with Monty Python and, with Python Eric Idle, created the Rutles. Neil played Ron Nasty in the Rutles film and is responsible for the Rutles recorded output, too.

The group's other best known member, Vivian Stanshall, was a genius/bon vivant and pal of the Who's Keith Moon who acted as narrator on Mike Oldfield's zillion-selling Tubular Bells album. Stanshall died in a house fire in 1995.

You can pre-order it now from Amazon for $23.99.

Details:

The Double CD Set features the Very Best of the Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band, Recorded Live on the 28th January 2006 at the London Astoria. Featuring Original Members: Neil Innes, Roger Ruskin Spear, Rodney Slater, Vernon Dudley Bohay Nowell, Sam Spoons, Bob Kerr and the Irrepressible "Legs" Larry Smith. Along with the Original Members Are Very Special Guests Stephen Fry, Phill Jupitus, Adrian Edmondson and Paul Merton!

Tracks:

1. Rule Britannia
2. Hunting Tigers
3. My Brother Makes The Noises
4. Doorstep
5. Little Sir Echo
6. Ali Baba's Camel
7. Falling In Love Again
8. Watermelon
9. Lookout There's A Monster Coming
10. Whispering
11. By A Waterfall
12. Sheik Of Araby
13. Hello Mabel
14. Jollity Farm
15. Equestrian Statue
16. Cool Britannia
17. We Are Normal
18. Strain
19. Sound Of Music
20. Exodus
21. Trouser Press
22. My Pink Half Of The Drainpipe
23. I'm Bored .
24. Sport (The Odd Boy)
25. Mr Apollo
26. Humanoid Boogie
27. Tent
28. Can Blue Men Sing The Whites
29. Look At Me I'm Wonderful
30. San Francisco
31. Rhinocratic Oaths
32. Mr Slater's Parrot
33. Monster Mash
34. Urban Spaceman
35. Canyons Of Your Mind

DVD new releases Jan. 30, 2007

Open Season (Widescreen Special Edition)

Murder, She Wrote - The Complete Fifth Season

Dallas - The Complete Sixth Season

Law & Order Special Victims Unit - The Third Year

I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Third Season

Viva Pedro - Pedro Almodovar Classics Collection (Talk to Her, Bad Education, All about My Mother, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Live Flesh, Flower of My Secret, Matador, Law of Desire)

Big Valley - Season 2, Volume 1

More upcoming DVD releases

CD new releases Jan. 30, 2007

Wrestle Poodles...and Win! by Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

Not Too Late by Norah Jones

Not Too Late (W/Dvd) (Dlx) (Dig) by Norah Jones

Thinking About You by Norah Jones

Alright, Still by Lily Allen

Out of the Woods/Roots in the Sky by Oregon

Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra 1963-1973 by Various Artists

Learn to Sing Like a Star by Kristin Hersh

Scream Loud the Fenton Story by Various Artists

Endless Highway - The Music Of The Band by Various Artists

Imaginary Diseases by Frank Zappa

Time Has Come 1967-1973 by Pentangle

The Confessions Tour - Live from London (CD+DVD) by Madonna

Some Loud Thunder by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

This Is My Country/The Young Mods' Forgotten Story by The Impressions

Our Moments by Gal Costa

Black Snake Moan by Original Soundtrack

It Had to Be You: The Complete Early Singles by Petula Clark

Drums Along the Hudson by The Bongos

More upcoming CDs

Monday, January 29, 2007

Pop Artifact! Aurora Hulk model

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Jan. 29, 2007

Datajunkie shares a spiffy batch of Wally Wood art from the old Galaxy sci-fi mag.

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Ho hum. DC Comics stages another "big event" and kills off characters.

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Variety has a little more info on the status of "Veronica Mars" on the CW:

"Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll" bows March 6, and will air at 9 p.m. Tuesdays for eight weeks in place of "Veronica Mars" repeats. Music competition skein could benefit from airing in the hour after "American Idol" on Fox.

When "Veronica Mars" returns in April for its final five episodes this season, there will not be a continuing mystery storyline. Looking to try something different -- and in a bid to attract new viewers -- each episode will feature self-contained mysteries.

If they're well-received and ratings increase, "Veronica" could be back for a fifth season.


Last week's episode, the first after a long hiatus, wasn't bad, with some nice snappy dialogue. Still, the series isn't quit the gem it was during seasons 1 and 2. The transition to college has been tough, as has been the shift to a new network. No doubt, the show's always uncertain future has made the creators a bit insecure. It's hard to do good work when you're worrying when/if the axe will fall. A definitive commitment to a full season from the CW would've been nice.

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Hey: Who did the cover art for this upcoming edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars" from Penguin Classics? Looks a bit like Gil Kane to me.



UPDATE: Waffyjon informs me the work is by the late Dave Cockrum! And, yeah, it certainly looks like his work. I should've known.

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Sharity:

Upcoming books from DC Comics

Peeking ahead on Amazon, we see the following available out in May and June and available for pre-order now:

Batman and Other Tails by Darwyn Cooke

Batman: Turning Point


Showcase Presents: The Atom Volume 1


Showcase Presents: Batman Volume 2

Showcase Presents: Who's Who Volume 1

Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus: Volume 1

Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus: Volume 2