Friday, February 23, 2007

Pop Artifact! Marvel comics sticker

Vintage Aurora models ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 23, 2007

Via the Mego Museum: Vintage "Star Trek" TV promos.

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A live-action "Justice League" film may be in the works.


Batman may meet up with Superman on the bigscreen after all -- along with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and all the rest of DC Comics' biggest names.

Warner Bros., with its major appetite for fresh franchises, is looking to make a feature based on super team the Justice League of America, hiring writing duo Kiernan and Michele Mulroney to pen the script.

..."The Justice League of America has been a perennial favorite for generations of fans, and we believe their appeal to film audiences will be as strong and diverse as the characters themselves," Warner prexy of production Jeff Robinov said in announcing the hiring of the Mulroneys.


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Image Comics plans trade paperback collections of Jack Kirby's Silver Star and Captain Victory titles.

DVD: Best of the Flip Wilson Show

Out Feb. 27 on three disks.

Info:

The Flip Wilson Show was an instant smash when it premiered on NBC in September 1970, becoming the highest-rated variety program on television. In a bold departure from the standard fare of the time, The Flip Wilson Show did without large production numbers, house band, regular cast, or elaborate sets. From a round stage in front of a studio audience, gifted comedian Flip Wilson entertained the country with nothing but his hilarious monologues, a stellar array of guest stars, and great sketch comedy. This first-ever collection of full-length episodes from The Flip Wilson Show features guest performances by Ray Charles, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Albert Brooks, Redd Foxx, Joe Namath, Johnny Cash, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and many more. Flip's signature characters are here, too, from Rev. Leroy of the "Church Of What's Happenin' Now" to that sexy, sassy force of nature-the legendary Geraldine Jones. These treasured shows will have you laughing from beginning to end, but it won't be the Devil who made you do it. It'll be Flip Wilson.

Order it for $34.49 from Amazon.

Lost Jin and Mr. Eko action figures

We've shown you Sawyer and Sun, now the other two figures in McFarlane Toys' second wave of Lost figures. Click the links to order.





Order "Lost" action figures:
--Jack
--Charlie
--Hurley
--Kate
--Locke
--Shannon
--Hatch box set
--Sawyer
--Jin
--Sayid
--Desmond
--Sun

1930s, '40s Nancy Drew films coming to DVD

Out May 8, the "Nancy Drew Movie Mystery Collection" collects four films featuring the teen sleuth on two DVDs.

Included are: "Nancy Drew, Detective"; "Nancy Drew, Reporter"; "Nancy Drew, Troubleshooter" and "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase."

More info from Warner Home Video:

In 1930, the Nancy Drew mystery series debuted in print, captivating girls everywhere. In 1938, the teen detective came to the screen in the first of four Warner Bros. films starring the undeniably charming Bonita Granville, fresh from her Oscar-nominated performance in 1936's These Three. The four films in the collection follow Nancy as she seeks a missing heiress (in Nancy Drew, Detective), investigates a poisoning (Nancy Drew, Reporter), clears a family friend accused of murder (Nancy Drew, Troubleshooter) and faces death in a haunted mansion's secret tunnel (Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase).

The Nancy Drew book series has lasted for generations, selling to date more than 100 million worldwide copies in 22 languages. This summer, star Emma Roberts brings a fresh look to the young sleuth when she stars in Warner Bros.' new, adventuresome remake premiering nationwide in theatres June 15.


More Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys.

April 2007 comics highlights

Along with the DC and Marvel solicitations for April, here are some other upcoming items that look good/interesting:


HARVEY COMICS CLASSICS VOL 1 CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST
Designed and edited by LESLIE CABARGA
It's amazing how many comics fans who grew up admiring Spiderman, Batman, and Nick Fury still retain warm places in their hearts for Casper the Friendly Ghost. Now Dark Horse is delighted to participate in the revival of Casper, who remains among the most beloved of cartoon and comic book icons. Casper the Friendly Ghost made his first appearance as a star of Paramount's Famous Cartoons in 1947 and entered the comics in 1949. But after five issues, publisher St. John's gave up the title. That's when Harvey Comics stepped in, and where this book begins. Harvey breathed life into Casper, and from the very first issue, the cover designs, stories, and artwork - drawn by the same animators who worked on the cartoons - were a cut above. Harvey Comics Classics Volume 1: Casper contains over 100 of Casper's very best stories, from the beginning of the Harvey series in 1952 through the classic years of the mid-1960s. The art is reproduced from crisp black-and-white printer's proofs and original artwork from the old Harvey archives, along with sixty four pages of color meticulously restored from the original comic books. The book includes a comprehensive introduction illustrated with historic memorabilia. Order for $13.57 from Amazon.


ALEX RAYMOND'S FLASH GORDON VOL 7
by Alex Raymond
The latest volume in Checker's superb archival-quality series collecting the entirety of Alex Raymond's run on the legendary sci fi comic strip! This volume collects Flash Gordon Sundays strips which originally ran from October 1936 through February 1945. Order for $13.57 from Amazon.


COMPLETE PEANUTS VOL. 7 1963-1964
by Charles M. Schulz
In this volume of the bestselling Complete Peanuts series, Charles Schulz introduces one (in fact, three) of the quirkiest characters to the Peanuts universe, the numerically-monikered 95472 siblings. They didn't stay around very long but offered some choice bits of satirical nonsense while they did. As it happens, this volume is particularly rich in never-before-reprinted strips: Over 150 (more than one fifth of the book!) have never seen the light of day since their original appearance over 40 years ago, so this will be a trove of undiscovered treasures even for avid Peanuts collectors. Introduction by Bill Melendez, animator of all the Peanuts TV specials starting all the way back with A Charlie Brown Christmas! Order for $19.98 from Amazon.


OUR GANG VOL 2
by Walt Kelly
Spirited and engaging, Kelly's Our Gang harks back to the days before television, when kids spent most of their time playing outdoors, limited only by each other's imagination and ingenuity. Kelly created dozens of Our Gang stories by the end of its 59-issue run in 1949, the year he quit comic books to switch careers a final time - as syndicated artist/writer on the immortal newspaper strip, Pogo. This is the second in a series of books reprinting Walt Kelly's Our Gang stories. Cover by Jeff Smith (Bone). Order for $10.36 from Amazon.

NICK CARDY COMIC STRIPS
by Nick Cardy
At long last, here is the definitive book on famed DC artist Nick Cardy's work in newspaper strips! Featuring never-before-published art, interviews, analysis, and commentary, plus Nick's complete run on the 1950 Tarzan strip, published for the first time in its entirety! Also, see Nick's gorgeous renditions of Lady Luck, Casey Ruggles, and more!

EC ARCHIVES SHOCK SUSPENSTORIES VOL 2
This second beautiful hardcover volume of Shock SuspenStories reprints issues #7-12, featuring 24 stories in all by an all-star line-up that includes Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein, Wally Wood, Joe Orlando, Reed Crandall, Al Williamson, Jack Kamen, George Evans, John Severin, Bill Elder, Jack Davis, Johnny Craig, and Marie Severin. Order for $32.97 from Amazon.


COMPLETE DICK TRACY VOL 2
Presenting the second volume of IDW Publishing's deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould's timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy. Volume Two once again contains nearly 500 comic strips from the series' early years, this time covering material that originally ran from May 1933 through January 1935. This special volume features an introduction from Consulting Editor and longtime Tracy writer Max Allan Collins, as well as part two of the interview between Collins and creator Chester Gould. Each volume will feature book design from award-winning designer/artist Ashley Wood. Order for $20.36 from Amazon.


KORGI VOL 1
by Christian Slade
Top Shelf is proud to announce the signing of an all new, all-ages series of graphic novels, entitled Korgi. Christian Slade, a former Disney animator and currently full-time freelance illustrator, has brought to Top Shelf a gorgeously illustrated woodland fantasy about a young girl Ivy, her dog Sprout, and their amazing adventures in Korgi Hollow. Along with this big debut, Korgi will also appear in Top Shelf's May 5th Free Comic Book Day Book (Owly & Korgi) with an original story to help introduce everyone to the series. This amazing combination of adventure and fantasy will appeal to anyone who loves Andy Runton's Owly and Jeff Smith's Bone. Stock up for the launch of something very daring and very new! Order for $8 from Amazon.

OWLY VOL 4 DONT BE AFRAID
by Andy Runton
The fourth graphic novel in the award winning, all-ages series, Owly: Don't Be Afraid tells the story of new visitor to the forest. He may be misunderstood because of how he looks, but things aren't always what they seem, and everyone soon finds out that the power of friendship can fix just about anything. Relying on a mixture of symbols, icons, and expressions to tell his silent stories, Andy Runton's clean, animated, and heartwarming style makes it a perfect read for anyone who's a fan of Jeff Smith's Bone or Mike Kunkel's Herobear and the Kid. Already winning fans around the world, Owly is not to be missed! Order for $8 from Amazon.

BEST OF RBCC ROCKETS BLAST COMICOLLECTOR
edited by James Van Hise
Featuring vintage interviews with Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Carmine Infantino, and Dr. Fredric Wertham, plus articles on E.C. Comics, Adam Strange, Magnus Robot Fighter, and more, this book collects material originally published in The Rocket's Blast Comicollector in the 1960s and 1970s.

ART OF BONE by JEFF SMITH
Never before and rarely seen artwork, outlines, and entire stories from Jeff Smith's Bone are collected in this full-color hardcover volume! Bone is an international publishing sensation with hundreds of thousands of loyal readers and no end in sight to its growing popularity. Now, for the first time anywhere, see the homemade comics, sketches, and grand plans that set this masterpiece of literary fantasy in motion. From there, take a tour through piles of promotional art, holiday cards, and pivotal storytelling moments from the revolutionary self-publishing years, where Bone went from "the little comic that could" to an industry leader that changed the face of comics. Finally, revel in the wonder of Bone as a complete 1300-page graphic novel, a work for the ages, filled with comedy and tragedy and adventure for generations to come. *Jeff Smith's Bone, as published by the Cartoon Books imprint has sold over 42,000 copies in the book market alone! Sales of the Scholastic editions are over 120,000! * The Art of Bone is the Holy Grail for any fan of Jeff Smith and his multiple adward-winning creation, an unprecedented peek at the creative process behind one of the most captivating stories in comics by one of the medium's greatest living artists. Order for $26.37 from Amazon.


ASTERIX AND THE VIKINGS BOOK OF THE FILM
by Rene Goscinny & Albert Uderzo Asterix
The comic hero from the Roman era and the first international superhero, continues to conquer the world. With hundreds of millions of copies sold in 107 languages and dialects, plus 11,000 websites devoted to the character, these engagingly witty and record-breaking books have become the highest-selling series ever - surpassing even Harry Potter! And the phenomenon is spreading to other media, including the upcoming film - with an all-star cast and theme song by Celine Dion - that inspired this latest hysterical historical tale. Asterix and Obelix embark on one of their most dangerous missions, voyaging to the Vikings' home territory to rescue Justforkix. Making matters even harder for our heroes, the Viking chief's daughter, Abba, has fallen for Justforkix! A 16-page supplement reveals inside info about the making of the film. Order for $10.36 from Amazon.


BATMAN SUNDAY CLASSICS 1943-1946
The many fans of the Caped Crusader will thrill to see Batman and the Boy Wonder do battle once again with both common thugs and outrageous villains in order to save Gotham City from plot after evil plot. In addition to behind-the-scenes information and rare promotional materials, this deluxe editions collects the first four years of the classic Batman and Robin newspaper comics exactly as written and illustrated by the strip's most famous writers and artists. Among the classic stories are: "The Penguin's Crime-Thunderstorms," "Catwoman's Grasshopper Chase," and "Half Man - Half Monster." Order for $10.17 from Amazon.


BATMAN THE DAILIES 1943-1946
In 1943, Bob Kane's Batman, one of the most famous creations in comic book history, first entered the pages of newspapers across America. Because of wartime paper restrictions, the strip was sparesely circulated by only a few dailies. Now, this rarely seen work is gathered in a complete, generously-sized collection that every fan will welcome. Here, Batman is a newly minted hero in a world of hoods, heels, and two bit-crooks; the dark, atmospheric style of these black-and-white strips anticipates Hollywood's films noir of the late 40s and 50s. Also making an early appearance: the Joker. This deluxe edition presents the first four years of the classic strips, exactly as written and illustrated by the Caped Crusader's most famous writers and artists. Order for $13.60 from Amazon.


COMICS GONE APE
by Various
They may be only one notch below humans on the evolutionary ladder, but gorillas and monkeys have for decades climbed to the top of the comic-book world as heroes and villains, monsters and masterminds, and soldiers and sidekicks. Comics Gone Ape! is the missing link to primates in comics, spotlighting a barrel of simian superstars like Beppo, BrainiApe, the Gibbon, Gleek, Gorilla Man, Grease Monkey, King Kong, Konga, Mojo Jojo, Sky Ape, and Titano. Comics Gone Ape! is loaded with rare and classic artwork, chest-thumping cover galleries, and 11 exclusive interviews with apes artists and writers including Arthur Adams (Monkeyman and O'Brien), Frank Cho, Carmine Infantino (Detective Chimp, Grodd), Joe Kubert (Tor, Tarzan), Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey), Doug Moench (Planet of the Apes), and Bob Oksner (Angel and the Ape). With its all-new Avengers-as-gorillas cover by Arthur Adams, you won't be able to keep your filthy paws off this book! Edited by Back Issue magazine's Michael Eury. Order from Amazon for $11.53.

SECRETS IN THE SHADOWS ART & LIFE OF GENE COLAN
This is the ultimate retrospective of one of comics' all-time unique artists. Featuring rare childhood drawings, photos, recently-discovered wartime illustrations, and original art and sketches from throughout his nearly 60-year career, this book offers new insight on the inspirations, challenges, and successes that shaped Gene "The Dean" Colan. This is a comprehensive overview of Colan's glory days at Marvel Comics! Available in Hardcover and Softcover editions. Order the hardcover for $34.16 from Amazon.


ALTER EGO #67
This issue of Alter Ego focuses on Bob Oksner, the guy who drew it all! The artist of Supergirl, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Angel and the Ape, Leave It to Binky, Jerry Lewis, and many Silver Age DC covers talks about his life and times to Jim Amash. Plus, art and artifacts by Shelly Mayer, Irwin Hasen, Lee Elias, C.C. Beck, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane, Julie Schwartz, and many more! Also, there's FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) with Marc Swayze, C.C. Beck, and others, Michael T. Gilbert and Mr. Monster, and a great Oksner cover featuring many of his most renowned heroes! Edited by Roy Thomas. Pre-order from TwoMorrows Publishing.

DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 6
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!

SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 7
"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 legend 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 Dark Man. This classic pulp collection also features George Rozen's electrifying pulp covers, and all the original interior art by acclaimed illustrator Tom Lovell.


JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #48
This issue spotlights "Kirbytech" - Jack's knack for creating high-tech gizmos, gadgets, and concepts, from Iron Man's armor and Machine Man, to the Negative Zone and beyond! Included is a rare Kirby interview, Mark Evanier's regular column, two pencil art galleries, a complete 1950s story, interviews with Godland's Tom Scioli and Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, and the 2006 Kirby Tribute Panel (with Neal Adams, George Perez, John Romita, Sr., Mike Royer and Kirby lawyer Paul Levine). Plus, Kirby covers inked by Terry Austin and Tom Scioli, and more! Edited by John Morrow. Pre-order from TwoMorrows Publishing.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Pop Artifact! Marvel Comics sticker

Vintage Aurora models ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 22, 2007

Former "Doctor Who" Christopher Eccleston is covering familiar ground in an upcoming film role.

"The Dark Is Rising" is based on Susan Cooper's novel about a young man who travels back and forth through time to fight evil.

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Introduced at this year's Toy Fair, Mattel's "DC Super Friends" line provides action figures for the pre-school set. Superman and Flash figures are also planned.



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Chris' Invincible Super Blog sums up Marvel Comics' big "Civil War" event in 30 seconds--using crayon drawings!



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Fred Hembeck also takes a well-deserved satirical jab at Marvel, a publisher that seems to have lost its collective mind. On the other hand, people read and buy this stuff? Why are you reading and buying this stuff?!!!! Stop enabling the writers and editors who think this is what comics should be like.

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Britain's Empire movie mag has the Silver Surfer from "Fantastic Four 2" on its cover.



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Hugh Grant wants to be a villain on "Doctor Who."

"I'm in talks about a one-off role. I'd prefer to be a baddie. They're always more fun."

Grant was once offered a part but turned it down because he didn't think that it would be a hit.

"I was offered the role of the Doctor a few years back and was highly flattered.

"The danger with those things is that it's only when you see it on screen that you think, 'Damn, that was good, why did I say no?' But then, knowing me, I'd probably make a mess of it."


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Stretch Monster Week continues at Neato Coolville.

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The Motown label has obtained a disclaimer from producers of the "Dream Girls" flick.

The film, adapted from the hit Broadway musical of the same name, is loosely based on the story of one of Motown's greatest acts, Diana Ross and the Supremes. But the film has rankled a number of recording artists, writers and others connected with the label who felt Motown was falsely depicted in a negative light, Motown spokesman Paul Freundlich told Reuters.

Their objections led to "amicable discussions" between representatives for Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., 77, and executives from DreamWorks and its parent studio, Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., Freundlich said.

Lost clues "Stranger in a Strange Land" Episode 3.9

Synopsis:

In a flashback, we see Jack living on a beach in Thailand, where he carries on an affair with a woman, Achara, who evidently has the ability to mystically "read" the true character of a person and, for a living, tattoos these descriptions onto her clients.

Although Achara says it is against her custom to mystically tattoo an outsider, Jack--drunk, suspicious and jealous--forces her to do it for him. We learn his tattoo says "He walks among us but he is not one of us."

In the present time, Jack agrees to help treat infections that have resulted from Ben's surgery. In exchange, the Others agree not to execute Juliet, who they now realize, wanted Ben dead.

Sawyer and Kate arrive back on the main island and Sawyer releases the outcast Other, Karl, as they make their way back to the beach camp to rejoin their fellow plane crash survivors.



Clues, observations, speculation:

* Lots of meanings can be read into Jack's tattoo. Does it mean he's a leader? That he's not supposed to be on the island? That he was fated to end up as the prisoner of the Others?

* Or, is Jack this "Jacob" the Others refer to? Their society seems to be organized along the lines of a cult: very insular, looking at outsiders with suspicion and derision, having it's own rituals and beliefs. Maybe they'll end up thinking Jack is some sort of prophet or messiah figure.

* In Thai, Achara means "pretty angel."

* What are we supposed to make of Achara's comment that she has no interest in his father? Does it simply mean she doesn't care about his past, or does she know something about his dad?



* Karl is stumped by Sawyer's "Brady Bunch" reference. Although the Others apparently have backyards (and we've seen their suburban-style village) they don't have cable. We're led to believe, in fact, that Karl was born on the island. Ben, in an earlier episode, says he's lived on the island all his life. If Alex is his daugher, and Danielle the Crazy Frenchwoman is Alex's mother, that means Ben and Danielle got together after Danielle's arrival on the island. What's the story there?

* Karl says the Others' village is on the main island. The smaller island, where Jack is being kept is for "projects."



* What is the role of Isabelle, the enforcer who puts Juliet on trial? She answers to Ben, but what's the heirarchy among the Others? And is Ben really the head honcho?

* What does the mark branded on Juliet's back mean? How are people treated amongst the Others when they're branded this way?

* According to Ben, Ethan Rom was the Others' surgeon.

* How was Cindy the stewardess "turned" by the Others? Was she brainwashed? Or is she just convinced they're good folk even though they kidnapped her and the flight's children and killed a buncha people? I'm thinking brainwashed or "indoctrinated" in some fashion.

* Why were Cindy and the other Others watching Jack like a zoo animal? Out of curiosity or is he thought of as somehow special?

* Cindy thinks Ana Lucia is still alive.

New and upcoming action figures Feb. 22, 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, February 21, 2007

Pop Artifacts! Marvel Flyers



Vintage Aurora models ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 21, 2007

Via BoingBoing: A Max Fleischer cartoon about the 1939 World's Fair.

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Fred Hembeck helps Neato Coolville celebrate Stretch Monster Week.

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New from Rhino Handmade, The Complete Warner Bros. Buck Owens, featuring the recordings the country star made after the death of brilliant Buckaroos guitarist Don Rich.

Video: The Music of Lennon and McCartney

Here's a clip from the 1965 British TV special that really oughtta be on legit DVD.

More Spider-Man 3 pictures









Tonight on Lost preview

Go here for a slightly spoilerish teaser about tonight's episode.

Also see:
The "Lost" Season 3 Episode Guide.
The Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.


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

Comics shipping Feb. 21, 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. 21, 2007

DARK HORSE COMICS

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Pop Artifact! Marvel Comics "superhero club" buttons

Vintage Aurora models ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 20, 2007

Datajunkie scored a buncha cool "Man from U.N.C.L.E." paperbacks.

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Listen: The BBC presents a audio documentary on The Small Faces, hosted by Billy Bragg.

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Fred Hembeck pays tribute to late comics artist Bob Oksner.

Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation

Out now from Chronicle Books, this tome looks at a very hip period of American animation. There's also a blog dedicated to the topic.

Info:

Between the classic films of Walt Disney in the 1940s and the televised cartoon revolution of the 1960s was a critical period in the history of animation. Amid Amidi, of the influential Animation Blast magazine and CartoonBrew blog, charts the evolution of the modern style in animation, which largely discarded the "lifelike" aesthetic for a more graphic and often abstract approach. Abundantly found in commercials, industrial and educational films, fair and expo infotainment, and more, this quickly popular cartoon modernism shared much with the painting and graphic design movements of the era. Showcasing hundreds of rare and forgotten sketches, model boards, cels, and film stills, Cartoon Modern is a thoroughly researched, eye-popping, and delightful account of a vital decade of animation design.

The book is available for $26.40 from Amazon.

DVD new releases Feb. 20, 2007

The Prestige

Babel (Widescreen Edition)

Flushed Away (Widescreen Edition)

Alias Smith & Jones - Season One

Gandhi (25th Anniversary Collector's Edition)

Voyage to the Bottom of Sea - Season 2, Volume 2

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Limited Edition Collector's Set)

Family Ties - The Complete First Season

Penn & Teller - Bullsh*t - The Complete Fourth Season

Keeping Mum

49th Parallel - Criterion Collection

The Alice Faye Collection (That Night in Rio / Lillian Russell / On the Avenue / The Gang's All Here)

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs: Criterion Collection

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

What's New, Scooby-Doo? - The Complete First Season

CD new releases Feb. 20, 2007

We All Love Ennio Morricone by Various Artists

Charlie Louvin by Charlie Louvin

1945-1950 by The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi

Can Cladders by The High Llamas

Rome: Music From the HBO Series by Jeff Beal

To Go Home by M Ward

High Coinage: Songwriter Collection 1960-1976 by Jackie Deshannon

John B. Sebastian by John Sebastian

The Four of Us by John Sebastian

Tarzana Kid by John Sebastian

Welcome Back by John Sebastian

Out of the Blue by Electric Light Orchestra

Out of the Blue: 30th Anniversary Edition (W/Book) by Electric Light Orchestra

Third by Soft Machine

Six by Soft Machine

Roots of by Sly & Robbie

Controller by Jonny Greenwood

All Tomorrows Parties - Nico Live by Nico

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour by Moody Blues

Seventh Sojourn by Moody Blues

Tipplers Tales by Fairport Convention

Bonny Bunch of Roses by Fairport Convention

More Upcoming CDs

Monday, February 19, 2007

Pop Artifact! Thor superhero club button

Vintage Aurora models ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 19, 2007

The great comics artist Bob Oksner has passed away. Comics historian/writer Mark Evainer has more.]

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Cartoonist Jay Stephens has info about and pics from his upcoming animated series, "The Secret Saturdays," airing on the Cartoon Network next season. Looks kinda fun.

Jay Stephens has created a new comedy/action series, in which Doc, Drew and Zak Saturday are a family of world-saving adventure scientists called The Secret Saturdays. Living in a hidden base, they are part of a network of scientists who protect against all the hidden and terrifying things in this world. To The Saturdays, ordinary folktales aren’t just legends -- they are real-life mysteries and adventures. Traveling from the hot Gobi Desert to the icy Marianas Trench, they explore ancient temples and bottomless caves and tangle with twisted villains like the masked madman V.V. Argost and his half-human/half-giant spider.



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Datajunkie has a nice selection of Aurora model ads. We'll be posting some this week here, too.

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The two-thirds of The Jam who aren't Paul Weller are reuniting.

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You can see preview pics from episode 17 of "Heroes" here.

Best "Heroes" Sites.

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It's Stretch Monster Week at Neato Coolville!

Lost March 7 episode preview

Scroll over hidden text for slight spoilers:

"Enter 77" - Locke, Sayid and Kate investigate a strange structure and its mysterious inhabitant. Meanwhile, Sawyer competes in a ping-pong competition to get back his belongings, on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 (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 Mira Furlan as Danielle Rousseau, Rodrigo Santoro as Paulo, Kiele Sanchez as Nikki, April Grace as Ms. Klugh, Andrew Divoff as Mikhail Bakunin, Francois Chau as Dr. Marvin Candle, Shaun Toub as Sami, Anne Bedian as Amira, Taiarii Marshall as waiter and Eyad Elbitar as Arabic man.

"Enter 77" was written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof and directed by Stephen Williams.


See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.