Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Pop Artifact! Air adventurer G.I. Joe

Vintage Comic Book Ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 7, 2007

The Hollywood Animation Archive Project Blog presents great images from the "Disney Studios Artist's Tryout Book" from 1938.

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The first season "Flipper" will be out in a four-DVD set April 24. You can pre-order it now for $27.99 from Amazon.

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From Booksteve: The Strangest Sub-Mariner Tale of Them All.

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A series of films based on the hard-boiled Hard Case paperback line is in the works:

First film, aimed for lensing later this year, will be "Little Girl Lost," based on the Richard Aleas novel about a young detective who discovers that his high school sweetheart has just been found brutally murdered on the roof of New York's seediest strip club.

More on Hard Case books.

Spider-Man 2.1 DVD details

Out April 17, "Spider-Man 2.1: Extended Cut," will include eight minutes of never-before-seen footage plus:

* Introduction by Grant Curtis and Avi Arad
* Featurette: Inside 2.1
* Commentary by Laura Ziskin and Alvin Sargent
* Sneak Peak at Spider-Man 3
* Digitally Remastered Audio and Video
* Audio: English
* Subtitles: English
* Bonus Previews

The 2-DVD set is available for pre-order now for $14.99 from Amazon.

Evanier announces Jack Kirby book(s)

Mark Evanier, writer, comics historian and former assistant to comics artist Jack "King" Kirby, says his work on a planned Kirby biography has yielded so much material he plans to do two books.

The first--set for publication this October--is a celebration of Kirby's art, while the second, the actual autobiography is still in the works.

Here's Mark on the details:

"Kirby: King of Comics"...will be released in October of this year by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., which is one of the world's most prestigious publishers of high quality art and illustrated books. It'll be a hardcover volume, 9" by 12-1/2", all in color and with a gatefold and all sorts of nifty features that we hope will make it worthy of its subject.

[It] will be a very nicely printed art book with a simpler but quite complete version of the Kirby biography. The volume will also be loaded with rare Kirby art, all of it in reproduced in full color, much of it shot from the original artwork. That needs a bit of explanation. Many of the pieces will consist of black-and-white artwork in pencil or ink but we'll be printing them in color so that you can see all the pencil marks, corrections, smudges and in some cases, notes in the margins. There will also be plenty of pages that print Jack's art in pencil form and, of course, color pieces and some things you've seen before but not in the way we're going to present them.

Later on — and don't ask me when but it'll be another year or two at least — I'll publish the gargantuan, Galactus-sized bio for the hardcore Kirby fan...the kind of person who wants to read every little detail of the man's extraordinary life. As soon as fresh data stops coming my way, I'll wrap that one up but in the meantime, you'll have the first book before this Christmas. I'll tell you more about it over the next few weeks.


Stay up to date via Mark's blog.

Comics shipping Feb. 7, 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 Feb. 7, 2007

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Remember: Lost returns tonight!

"Lost" is back on the air tonight, finally, for a 16-episode run that takes the show to the end of its third season.

But do you remember what was going on before the show went its seemingly interminable hiatus? Neither do we! That's why you've gotta read through the This is Pop Culture! "Lost" Season 3 Episode Guide to refresh yourself on all the happenings and clues.

Plus you can read these slightly spoilerish teasers for tonight's episode and the one after that.

ABC is hosting its own "Lost" Survivors Guide tonight before the new ep airs:

Hosts Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, the executive producers of LOST, will provide an insightful glimpse into the lives of some of the survivors of the doomed Oceanic Airlines flight 815.

And there's a sneak peek at the episode here.

Also see the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Pop Artifact! G.I. Joe sea adventurer



Vintage Comic Book Ad

Lost Feb. 21 episode preview

Scroll over the hidden text for mild spoilers:

"Stranger in a Strange Land" - A power play ensues between Jack and "The Others" as Juliet's future hangs in the balance. Meanwhile, Kate, Sawyer and Karl continue on their journey away from "Alcatraz," on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 (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 M.C. Gainey as Mr. Friendly/Tom, Tania Raymonde as Alex, Blake Bashoff as Karl, Kimberly Joseph as Cindy, Bai Ling as Achara, Diana Scarwid as Isabel, Shannon Chanhthanam as Thai boy, Siwathep Sunapo as Thai man and James Huang as Chet.

"Stranger in a Strange Land" was written by Elizabeth Sarnoff & Christina M. Kim and directed by Paris Barclay.

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 6, 2007

The groundbreaking mini-series, "Roots," will be available in a 30th anniversary DVD edition May 22. The seven-disk set will include new bonuse features.

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Beatle offspring Dhani Harrison and musical partner Oli Hecks have a new musical group called thenewno2, a new EP you can preview and buy here.

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Former Kink Dave Davies also has a new release out, his first since suffering a stroke a while back.



more coming

The Return of Lost

"Lost" is back on the air tomorrow night, finally, for a 16-episode run that takes the show to the end of its third season.

But do you remember what was going on before the show went its seemingly interminable hiatus? Neither do we! That's why you've gotta read through the This is Pop Culture! "Lost" Season 3 Episode Guide to refresh yourself on all the happenings and clues.

Plus you can read these slightly spoilerish teasers for tonight's episode and the one after that.

ABC is hosting its own "Lost" Survivors Guide tomorrow night before the new ep airs:

Hosts Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, the executive producers of LOST, will provide an insightful glimpse into the lives of some of the survivors of the doomed Oceanic Airlines flight 815.

And there's a sneak peek at the episode here.

Also see the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 1 due in July

Next month sees the debut of a new Buffy series from Dark Horse Comics, which picks up where the TV series ended. This book, however, collects issues from Dark Horse's previous "Buffy" title.

Details:

The definitive comics collection of all things Buffy starts here. This first massive volume begins at the beginning-The Origin, a faithful adaptation of creator Joss Whedon’s original screenplay for the film that started it all. The newly chosen Slayer’s road to Sunnydale continues in Viva Las Buffy and Slayer, Interrupted. Next, Sunnydale, the Scoobies, and an English librarian lead the way into Season One continuity. Plus, The Goon creator Eric Powell provides pencils to "All’s Fair," featuring Spike and Drusilla at the 1933 World’s Fair.

The smash TV hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer led to nearly a decade of comics at Dark Horse-including multiple specials, one-shots, and guest miniseries. This omnibus series is the ultimate compilation of the Buffy comics Dark Horse has published, and runs along the TV series’ timeline. A fitting companion to Whedon’s comics-based relaunch of the show.


Includes:

Features: 15 Desktops, 7 Ecomics, 2 Games.


The book is available for pre-order now for $16.47 from Amazon.


DVD new releases Feb. 6, 2007

Charmed - The Complete Seventh Season

Eddie Murphy - Delirious

Hollywoodland (Widescreen Edition)

Flags of Our Fathers (Widescreen Edition)

The Heiress (Universal Cinema Classics)

Going My Way (Universal Cinema Classics)

All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal Cinema Classics)

Arabian Nights (Universal Cinema Classics)

Hellboy: Sword of Storms

The Grudge 2 (Unrated Director's Cut)

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo - (Original Movie)

Thunderball (Ultimate Edition)

Goldfinger (Ultimate Edition)

For Your Eyes Only (Ultimate Edition)

The Spy Who Loved Me (Ultimate Edition)

Licence to Kill (Ultimate Edition)

Anything But Love - Season 1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward - Season 1: Future Shellshock! (2-Disks, 13 Episodes)

Best Picture Collection (American Beauty / Braveheart / Forrest Gump / Gladiator / The Godfather / Titanic / Terms of Endearment)

Amazing Screw on Head (Full Ws Dol Chk Sen)

Joseph Campbell - The Hero's Journey

Joseph Campbell - Sukhavati

Ben 10: The Complete Season 1

Dragon Ball Z: Season 1 - Vegeta Saga (Uncut)

More Upcoming DVD releases

CD new releases Feb. 6, 2007

At Dawn/Tennessee Fire Demos by My Morning Jacket

Sermon on Exposition Boulevard by Rickie Lee Jones

New Magnetic Wonder (Dig) by Apples in Stereo

Circus Live by John Cale

Brazil Classics 7: What's Happening in Pernambuco by Various Artists

Barenaked Ladies Are Men by Barenaked Ladies

Monty Python's Previous Record (Expanded Edition w/ Bonus Tracks) by Monty Python

Life of Brian (Expanded Edition w/ Bonus Tracks) by Monty Python

Another Monty Python Record (Expanded Edition w/ Bonus Tracks) by Monty Python

Meaning of Life (Expanded Edition w/ Bonus Tracks) by Monty Python

Late Night Tales by Nouvelle Vague

Down to Earth by Stevie Wonder

Voila by Belinda Carlisle

Phantom Punch by Sondre Lerche

Yes I'm a Witch by Yoko Ono

Field of Fire (Dlx) by Richard Lloyd

Tony Bennett: The Classic Collection by Tony Bennett

The First Family: Complete by Vaughn Meader by First Complete Family

Roots of Rock & Roll by Johnny Cash

See more Upcoming CDs

Monday, February 05, 2007

Pop Artifact! G.I. Joe underwater explorer action pack

Vintage comic book ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 5, 2007

Andrew D. Cooke and brother Jon Cooke, editor of Comic Book Artist mag, say they're nearly finished with their documentary film about the late cartoonist Will Eisner. You can get an update and see a fresh trailer here.

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The Beatles and Apple Inc. have resolved their legal differences. Still no word on whether the Fabs' songs will be available soon via iTunes, though.

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Drool, drool: Check out this preview of "The Marvel Vault," a "museum-in-a-book," compiled by Roy Thomas and Paul Sanderson that traces the comic company's history via various artifacts, including rare sketches, fan club memorabilia and more.





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Via the Bat-Blog: Bob Kane's tombstone.

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Drag: Joss Whedon says he's now off the Wonder Woman film.

I had a take on the film that, well, nobody liked. Hey, not that complicated.

Let me stress first that everybody at the studio and Silver Pictures were cool and professional. We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that's never gonna work. Non-sympatico. It happens all the time. I don't think any of us expected it to this time, but it did. Everybody knows how long I was taking, what a struggle that script was, and though I felt good about what I was coming up with, it was never gonna be a simple slam-dunk. I like to think it rolled around the rim a little bit, but others may have differing views.


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Joe Hunter, pianist on a zillion Motown hits, has died.

Hunter's piano work was an integral part of such songs as Martha and the Vandellas' "Heat Wave" and "Come and Get These Memories," and Marvin Gaye's "Pride and Joy." After Motown left Detroit in 1972, like many musicians, Hunter took what gigs he could find.

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


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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:
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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