Friday, March 09, 2007

Pop Artifact! Fisher-Price parking garage

Vintage comic book ad: Disneyland color TV set

Pop Artifact! March 9, 2007

Now that he's dead, of course, all sorts of tawdry episodes from Captain America's life are coming to light.

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Excellent UK pop group Squeeze is reuniting.

Group member Glenn Tilbrook made the announcement on his Web site, saying the dates come in conjunction with an extensive Squeeze re-release campaign of which he and member Chris Difford "are really proud."

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Maggie Gyllenhaal is likely to play the girlfriend role in the next Batman movie.

She'll play the role of Rachel Dawes, played by Katie Holmes in "Batman Begins." Holmes dropped out of the project earlier in the year.

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Disney plans a new, hand-drawn animated flick for 2009.

"Frog Princess" will be a hand drawn musical, the type of pic that defined Disney's triumphant animation run in the '90s, but was abandoned by the Mouse in 2005 after a string of flops like "Home on the Range" and "The Emperor's New Groove." Like every other major studio, Disney has since focused on CGI toons, such as "Chicken Little" and this month's "Meet the Robinsons."

"Lost": Things we STILL don't know

Mysteries--"Lost" is loaded with them. Sometimes answers to our questions are revealed, but often even more questions arise. Here's a running list of unresolved questions relating to the show. We'll add new questions when they crop up, and let you know when we learn answers:


* What is the history of the Others? Where did they come from? Why did they kill off the Dharma Initiative?

* What's behind the creepy whispering often heard on the island? Ghosts?

* What is the back story of Danielle, the French woman? How did she arrive on the island? Does she have any ties to Dharma?

* Why did Ben abduct Danielle's daughter, Alex?

* What are the lists all about? Why are the Others interested in some of the crash survivors and not the rest? They define themselves as "good." What's their definition of the word?

* What was Ben's breakfast on the beach with Kate in season 3 all about? We didn't see any of their discussion.

* Why did the smoke monster kill Mr. Eko?

* Why did the Others initially disguise themselves as shipwrecked pirate types complete with fake beards?

* What's up with the sickness that supposedly killed of Danielle's team? Was it the gas Ben released to kill off the Dharma Initiative?

* What is the history of "Adam and Eve," the skeletal remains the crash survivors discovered in season one? Were they Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan?

* What is the smoke monster that has killed several people? Is it controlled by the Others/Jacob?

* What really brought the various people to island? What's behind the web of connections among them all?

* Is the Dharma Initiative still active at all?

* Who was behind the air drop of Dharma supplies that has benefited the Oceanic survivors?

* How did the Others get information about the plane crash survivors, including their real names? How are they in contact with the outside world?

* Why do women on the island die instead of giving birth?

* What's behind the apparent healing properties of the island?

* Who, or what, is Jacob?

* What's responsible for the visions of animals and dead people the crash surivors sometimes see on the island?

* What's the deal with Libby, killed in season 2, who evidently gave Desmond the sailboat that landed him on the island and who once was in a mental ward with Hurley?

* What's up with the giant, four-toed statue Sayid, Sun and Jin see at the end of season 2?

* Is there any explanation for why the man in the Dharma Initiative videos is at different times identified as Dr. Marvin Candle and Dr. Mark Wickmund or why the CIA agent who identifies himself as Joe Inman to Sayid tells Desmond his name is Kelvin Inman?

* Why did the psychic in Australia encourage Claire to take the doomed flight?

* Who is the man Sarah left Jack for? Why is she so reluctant to reveal his identity? Is he somehow associated with the Dharma Initiative and/or the Others?

* How is the island hidden from the outside world?

* Who is the person who died in the "flash forward" featuring an off-island Jack and Kate? They refer to him, but not by name.

* What happened to those still on the island?

* How did Abaddon recruit his team? Why did they agree to help him?

* What's up with that polar bear in Tunisia? Was Charlotte part of Dharma when she found it, or was she snooping into what Dharma is all about?

* Who staged the fake Oceanic 815 wreckage? Widmore or Ben?

* Is Abbadon really working for Widmore, or does he have secret motives? Afterall, he encouraged Locke to make is walk-about trip. Maybe Abbadon is really with the Others.

* How does Ben leave the island?

* How did the Others learn about Locke when he was a youngster?
What is it about Locke that they want?

* What is the explanation for the time anomalies between the island and the rest of the world?

* Why is Richard Alpert seemingly ageless?

* Are Christian Shepherd and Claire dead? Are we seeing their ghosts? Is Jacob making their ghosts appear?

* How did Widmore learn about the island? Why does he want it? What is his relationship to Ben?

Also see:

Lost Season 4 Episode Guide
The Best Lost Sites on the Web


DVD: The Third Man - Criterion Collection (2-Disc Edition)

A fave here at TIP!, this set will be out May 22. It's available for pre-order now for $27.99 from Amazon.

Details:

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime--and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas's evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass.

Special Features

* All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer

* Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich

* Two audio commentaries: one by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Tony Gilroy, and one by film scholar Dana Polan

* Shadowing "The Third Man" (2005), a ninety-minute feature documentary on the making of the film

* Abridged recording of Graham Greene’s treatment, read by actor Richard Clarke

* "Graham Greene: The Hunted Man," an hour-long, 1968 episode of the BBC's Omnibus series, featuring a rare interview with the novelist

* Who Was the Third Man? (2000), a thirty-minute German documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew

* The Third Man on the radio: the 1951 “A Ticket to Tangiers” episode of The Lives of Harry Lime series, written and performed by Orson Welles; and the 1951 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of The Third Man

* Illustrated production history with rare behind-the-scenes photos, original UK press book, and U.S. trailer

* Actor Joseph Cotten’s alternate opening voice-over narration for the U.S. version

* Archival footage of postwar Vienna

* A look at the untranslated foreign dialogue in the film

* PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Luc Sante, Charles Drazin, and Philip Kerr

* Also: a web-exclusive essay on Anton Karas by musician John Doe

DVD: Tyrone Power: The Swashbuckler Box Set (Blood and Sand / Son of Fury / The Black Rose / Prince of Foxes / The Captain from Castile)

Out May 1, this 5-DVD set collects five classic sea-faring flicks:

The Black Rose
Stars: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Cécile Aubry, Jack Hawkins, Michael Rennie
Directors: Henry Hathaway
Theatrical Release Date: September 1, 1950
Synopsis: In the time of the crusades, a Saxon youth is forced to run away from England. He goes with his loyal retainer who brings along a British long bow. The two go all the way to China where they become involved in intrigues in the court of Kubla Kahn.

Blood and Sand
Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Alla Nazimova, Anthony Quinn
Directors: Rouben Mamoulian
Theatrical Release Date: May 30, 1941
Synopsis: Bullfighter Juan Gallardo falls for socialite Dona Sol, turning from the faithful Carmen who nevertheless stands by her man as he continues to face real danger in the bullring.

Captain from Castile
Stars: Tyrone Power, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero, Lee J. Cobb, John Sutton
Directors: Henry King
Theatrical Release Date: January 1948
Synopsis: Spain, 1518: young caballero Pedro De Vargas offends his sadistic neighbor De Silva, who just happens to be an officer of the Inquisition. Forced to flee, Pedro, friend Juan Garcia, and adoring servant girl Catana join Cortez' first expedition to Mexico. Arriving in the rich new land, Cortez decides to switch from exploration to conquest...with only 500 men. Embroiled in continuous adventures and a romantic interlude, Pedro almost forgets he has a deadly enemy...

Prince of Foxes
Stars: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix, Marina Berti, Everett Sloane
Directors: Henry King
Theatrical Release Date: December 23, 1949
Synopsis: In 1500, Duke Cesare Borgia hopes to marry his sister (widowed by poison) to the heir apparent of Ferrara, which impedes his conquest of central Italy. On this delicate mission he sends Andrea Orsini, his sister's lover and nearly as unscrupulous as himself. En route, Orsini meets Camilla Verano, wife of the count of Citta' del Monte (Borgia's next intended conquest); and sentiment threatens to turn him against his deadly master, whom no one betrays twice...

Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
Stars: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders, Frances Farmer, Elsa Lanchester
Directors: John Cromwell
Theatrical Release Date: January 29, 1942
Synopsis: Sir Arthur Blake has inherited title and lands from his brother. He also has his orphaned nephew Benjamin working for him as a bonded servant. While he believes the lad was born out of wedlock and so cannot claim the inheritance, he is taking no chances. Benjamin eventually rebels against his uncle and sets sail to try and make his fortune. This may enable him to return to prove his claim to being the rightful heir to the estate.

You can pre-order the set now for $34.99 from Amazon.

DVD: "Ironside" Season One due out April 24

This 8-DVD set collects the entire first season of the Raymond Burr detective series. It's available for pre-order for $41.99 from Amazon.

Details:

Confined to a wheelchair by a sniper’s bullet, former Chief of Detectives Robert T. Ironside (Emmy-winner** Raymond Burr of Perry Mason) consults for the San Francisco police department, solving major crimes with a crack team of investigators, including Detective Sergeant Ed Brown (Don Galloway of Arrest & Trial), policewoman Eve Whitfield (Emmy-winner Barbara Anderson of the original Mission Impossible) and ex-con Mark Sanger (Don Mitchell).

Set during the turbulent 1960s, Emmy-winning Ironside confronted the hottest issues of its time – civil rights, drugs, hippies, rock ’n’ roll – topped the ratings while on NBC from 1967 to 1975, and gave television its first disabled hero.

The ground-breaking inaugural season boasts original music by Quincy Jones and an array of guest stars including Jack Lord (Dr. No and Hawaii Five-O), Susan Saint James (Kate & Allie), David Carradine (Kung Fu and Kill Bill) and Gary Collins (Airport). Available on DVD for the very first time on April 24, 2007, Ironside - Season One includes all 28 original episodes, as well as the made-for-TV movie that started it all.


DVD CONTENTS : DISC ONE
Ironside – World Premiere / March 28, 1967
A unique chapter was written in the annals of television programming when viewers were given an opportunity to see a new show before it went on the air as a series. The feature-length Ironside drew almost 24 million American viewers when it aired in 1967 and began a trend in introducing a new series that continues today. In this “pilot,” San Francisco Chief of Detectives, Robert T. Ironside, is left paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet.

Message From Beyond / September 14, 1967
A racetrack robbery spoils Ironside’s bet on a sure winner, but it’s the thief who turns out to be the biggest loser.

The Leaf In The Forest / September 21, 1967
An elusive strangler concentrates on lonely old ladies. Guest stars Barbara Barrie.

DVD CONTENTS : DISC TWO
Dead Man’s Tale / September 28, 1967
A gangland murder is hidden from the press to flush out the syndicate kingpins. With guest star Jack Lord.

Eat, Drink And Be Buried / October 5, 1967
A husband fears death threats to his wife, a malicious gossip columnist. Guest stars Lee Grant and Farley Granger.

The Taker / October 12, 1967
Only the dead policeman can prove he was not “on the take.” Guest stars Robert Alda and William Schallert.

An Inside Job / October 19, 1967
Two killers force Ironside to plot their escape from the police building. Guest stars John Saxon, Don Stroud and Norman Fell.

DVD CONTENTS : DISC THREE
Tagged For Murder / October 26, 1967
Five ex-GIs plot murder involving their dog tag numbers.

Let My Brother Go / November 2, 1967
A pro football player puts his reputation and his future on the line to save his worthless brother from prison. Guest stars Ivan Dixon.

Light At The End Of The Journey / November 9, 1967
A blind girl is the bait to stop a killer. Guest stars Robert Reed.

The Monster Of Comus Towers / November 16, 1967
Theft and murder in a skyscraper tower prove that an acquisitive collector knows the high price of art.

DVD CONTENTS : DISC FOUR
The Man Who Believed / November 23, 1967
A beautiful folk singer dies as dramatically as she sang. Did she jump or was she pushed? Guest stars Guy Stockwell.

A Very Cool Hot Car / November 30, 1967
A sudden rise in car theft leads to a ring of wealthy hippies.

The Past Is Prologue / December 7, 1967
An escaped convict’s past is revealed after 17 years as a solid citizen. Guest stars Victor Jory.

Girl In The Night / December 21,1967
Det. Sgt. Brown falls in love with a beautiful girl whose tragic life ends in murder. Guest stars Susan Saint James.

DVD CONTENTS : DISC FIVE
The Fourteenth Runner / December 28, 1967
A Russian track star in the U.S. disappears. Is it for love of country or for love of a woman? Guest stars Edward Asner.

Force Of Arms / January 4, 1968
A self-appointed patriot forms a vigilante group to “aid” the police.

Memory Of An Ice Cream Stick / January 11, 1968
Ironside warns his aide to stay away from a boyhood friend who is now a parolee.

To Kill A Cop / January 25, 1968
Det. Sgt. Brown plays some hunches against heavy odds to capture a cop-killer. Guest stars Pernell Roberts and Ruta Lee

DVD CONTENTS : DISC SIX
The Lonely Hostage / February 1, 1968
A moonlighting cop heists $150,000, but it’s not enough to pay the fare to freedom.

The Challenge / February 8, 1968
A chance remark in their last conversation gives Ironside the clue he needs to solve a friend’s murder.

All In A Day's Work / February 15, 1968
In the line of duty, Officer Eve Whitfield kills a 17-year-old boy during an armed robbery.

Something For Nothing / February 22, 1968
Loan sharks have teeth sharp enough to kill. Guest stars James Farentino and Susan Saint James.

DVD CONTENTS : DISC SEVEN
Barbara Who / February 29, 1968
A nurse’s aide with amnesia, in love with Ironside, is afraid to find out her real identity. Guest stars Vera Miles.

Perfect Crime / March 7, 1968
An elusive sniper terrorizes a college and certain students become suspects.

Officer Bobby / March 14, 1968
Ironside turns babysitter when an abandoned infant provides the clue to a would-be plane bomber.

DVD CONTENTS : DISC EIGHT
Trip To Hashbury / March 21, 1968
A teenage hippy dies of a beating and Det. Sgt. Brown is accused of brutality. Guest stars William Windom.

Due Process Of The Law / March 28, 1968
While investigating a murder, Ironside’s aide goes too far and finds himself a suspect in the crime. Guest stars Dwayne Hickman, and David Carradine.

Return Of The Hero / April 4, 1968
Ironside cannot withhold evidence and a friend gets the death penalty. Gary Collins guest stars.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Pop Artifact! Fisher-Price houseboat

Vintage comic book ad: Walt Disney toys

Pop Culture Roundup March 8, 2007

The current Pope: Not a Dylan fan.

Pope Benedict was opposed to Bob Dylan appearing at a youth event with the late Pope John Paul in 1997 because he considered the pop star the wrong kind of "prophet", Benedict writes in a new book issued on Thursday.

Best Dylan Sites.

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Jason Lee has signed on to star as David Seville in a live/CGI-action "Chipmunks" movie.

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Yet another Beach Boys compilation is on the way. Out May 15, The Warmth of the Sun is compiled by Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Mike Love and "features a healthy dose of tracks from the early '70s period of "Sunflower," "Surf's Up," "Carl and the Passions" and "Holland."

Best Beach Boys Sites.

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Here's a fresh promo pic for season 3 of "Doctor Who."



Best Doctor Who Sites.

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Check out 1,000-plus pics of UFOs, flying saucers and aliens from comic books covers and elsewhere at UFOPOP, Flying Saucers in Popular Culture.

Lost clues: "Enter 77" Ep. 11, Season 3

Synopsis:

Sayid, Kate, Locke and Danielle discover the Dharma Initiative "Flame" station, which serves as a communication center with the outside world. It's inhabited by the Patch Man we saw on a monitor screen earlier in the season.

The Patch Man, later identified as Mikhail, shoots Sayid in the shoulder, but then calms down after Locke, Kate and Danielle emerge with their weapons. He says he is the last remaining member of the Dharma Initiative--his comrades were killed by the "hostiles."

However, we soon learn that Mikhail is pretty hostile himself and alligned with the Others. Hiding in a secret hatch below the main quarters of the station, Kate and Sayid discover Ms. Klugh, seen last season studying Walt after he was abducted by the Others.

In a confrontation, Mikhail takes Locke hostage, while Kate and Sayid hold Ms. Klugh at gunpoint. Ms. Klugh and Mikhail should back and forth to one another in Russian and, apparently instructed by Klugh to do so, Mikhail shoots and kills Ms. Klugh.

Sayid and the rest take Mikhail prisoner and, while retrieving usable items from the Flame, Locke fiddles with a computer. On the screen, Dr. Candle of the Dharma orientation films, gives options of codes to enter in certain situations--wanting to communicate via satellite, etc. If the station is under attack by the hostiles, the code to enter is "77." Locke, apparently figuring entering the code might trigger someone from the outside to come help/rescue them, enters the code and rejoins Sayid and the rest. The station then explodes, triggered to do so by the code Locke entered.

Locke apparently has ruined the crash survivors' hopes for contacting help.



Clues, observations, speculation:

* Here's the purported translation of Klugh and Mikhail's Russian conversation:

Klugh: Mikhail! You know what to do.
Mikhail: We still have another way.
Klugh: We cannot risk. You know what to do.
Mikhail: We still have another way.
Klugh: We cannot risk. You know the conditions.
Mikhail: We have another way.
Klugh: They know us. We will not let them [unintelligible]. You know what to do. It is an order.
Mikhail: But we still have another way! (pause) I'm sorry! (shoots)


* So, we still don't know if the Dharmas and the Others/Hostiles are the same or related groups. Mikhail indicates the hostiles were on the island for a "long time," before the Dharmas arrived. But can we trust what he says?

* Remember when Desmond arrives on the island, Kelvin--the man in the Hatch--warns him about the hostiles.

* Dr. Candle apparently knows about the hostiles, which could mean that they actually are a rival group to the Dharmas.



* Where does Danielle figure into all of this? She mentioned in season one that she was part of research team, but she seems to know nothing of the Dharmas.

* Why did Ms. Klugh feel she should be killed? What could/would she reveal to the survivors that Mikhail could/would not?



* Mikhail Bakunin, the name used by Patch Man, was a real person. From Wikipedia:

[He was] a well-known Russian revolutionary, and often considered one of the “fathers of modern anarchism".

...Bakunin rejected the notion of "scientific socialism," writing in God and the State that a "scientific body to which had been confided the government of society would soon end by devoting itself no longer to science at all, but to quite another affair... its own eternal perpetuation by rendering the society confided to its care ever more stupid and consequently more in need of its government and direction.


* Here's as much as we see of the map Sayid retrieved:

New and upcoming action figures March 8, 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, March 07, 2007

Pop Artifact! Fisher-Price airplane

Vintage comic book ad: Hot Wheels

Pop Culture Roundup March 7, 2007

DC Comics offers previews of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6, DETECTIVE COMICS #829, SHAZAM: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL #2, SCALPED #3 and Y: THE LAST MAN #55.

Best DC Comics Sites.

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Ain't it Cool News has lots of images from the upcoming "Art of Spider-Man 3" book.

Best Spider-Man Sites.

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Marvel Comics, in yet another desperate plea for attention, has killed off Captain America--"at least for now."


On the new edition's pages, a sniper shoots down the shield-wielding hero as he leaves a courthouse...

...the character's death came as a blow to co-creator Joe Simon.

"We really need him now," said Simon, 93, who worked with artist Jack Kirby to devise Captain America as a foe for Adolf Hitler.


Best Marvel Comics Sites.

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Yoko Ono has blocked the world premiere of a new John Lennon documentary, "Three Days in the Life."

Ray Thomas, the documentary's executive producer, culled raw footage that was shot inside Lennon's apartment down to a two-hour film covering a pivotal time in Lennon's career. The footage was shot by Ono's former husband, Tony Cox, over a three-day period in February 1970, two months before the breakup of the Beatles.

More details from Rolling Stone.

Best Beatles sites.

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Lucasfilm is producing 100 new animated "Clone Wars" episodes in 3-D.

These Clone Wars episodes take place between Episode 2 and Episode 3. The episodes that Lucas is producing in-house, will be, according to Variety, "similar to the micro-series of shorts that the Cartoon Network has already aired." Once he has completed the 100 episodes, he plans to offer them to the networks.

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Steve Ditko draws Maxwell Smart.



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NPR spotlights ex-Monkee Mike Nesmith's Magnetic South LP.

Lost March 7 preview

Click here to read a slighty spoilerish teaser of tonight's episode.

Then come back here tomorrow to see a roundup of clues and observations from the show.

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

Comics shipping March 7, 2007

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


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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Pop Artifact! Fisher-Price camper

Vintage comic book ad: More SSP racers

Pop Culture Roundup March 6, 2007

Datajunkie offers up some more nice pulp art by Virgil Finlay.

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See seven minutes of "Spider-Man 3."

Best Spider-Man sites.

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Newsarama has info on the upcoming "Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus" volumes.

Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus vol. 1 will be released in March, marking the first salvo in DC’s plan to reprint the entire Fourth World saga in order of publication. Readers today will be able to read the stories in the order that readers in the early 70s were able to read them. Vol. 1 collects stories from Jimmy Olsen #133-139 and the first three issues each of Forever People, Mister Miracle and New Gods.

You can order Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of the Omnibus books from Amazon now for $32.99. Just click the links.



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Remastered DVDs of three "Doctor Who" adventures are in the works. In the pipeline: "Robot," featuring the debut of fourth Doctor Tom Baker and "Timelash," featuring sixth Doctor Colin Baker.

More details here.

Best "Doctor Who" Sites.

Lost preview March 21 episode

Highlight hidden text for mild spoilers.

"The Man from Tallahassee" - Ben tries to persuade a determined Locke to call off his destructive plan by offering him some of the secrets of the island, and Kate's reunion with Jack does not go off as planned when she discovers that he has made a deal with "The Others," on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 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, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Mira Furlan as Danielle Rousseau, Kevin Tighe as Anthony Cooper, Patrick J. Adams as Peter Talbot, Barbara Baehler as Mrs. Talbot, Don Nahaku as Detective Reed, Marlene Forte as Detective Mason, Stephen Bishop as William Kincaid, Cleo King as government worker and Brian Goodman as Ryan Pryce.

"The Man from Tallahassee" was written by Drew Goddard & Jeff Pinkner and directed by Jack Bender.


See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

DVD new releases March 6, 2007

Borat - Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Widescreen Edition)

Peter Pan (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)

Stargate Atlantis - The Complete Second Season

Northern Exposure: Complete Sixth Season (5pc)

Hawaii Five-0 - The Complete First Season

South Park - The Complete Ninth Season

Moonlighting: Season Five - The Final Season (3pc)

Doctor Who - The Sontaran Experiment

Doctor Who - The Invasion

Fast Food Nation

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 and 1952 Versions)

Sabrina, The Teenage Witch - The Complete First Season

Literary Classics Collection (Madame Bovary (1949), Captain Horatio Hornblower, The Three Musketeers (1948), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 and 1952 Versions), Billy Budd)

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends - The Complete Season 1

The Loop - Season 1



More upcoming DVD releases.

CD new releases March 6, 2007

Jonny Greenwood Is the Controller by Jonny Greenwood

All I Can Do/New Harvest First Gather by Dolly Parton

Great Balls of Fire/Dolly, Dolly, Dolly by Dolly Parton

Burlap & Satin/Real Love by Dolly Parton

Stills/Illegal Stills/Thoroughfare Gap by Stephen Stills

From The Plantation To The Penitentiary by Wynton Marsalis

Weirdness by Stooges

Search by Son Volt

My Name Is Buddy by Ry Cooder

Too Much to Dream: the Original Group Recordings Reprise 1966 - 1967 by The Electric Prunes
Neon Bible by Arcade Fire

Pocket Symphony by Air

Quartet by Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau

Tex-Mex Teen Magic of the String-a-Longs by String-a-Longs

Cash: Ultimate Gospel by Johnny Cash

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Pop Artifact! Fisher-Price Farm

Vintage Comic Book Ad: Kenner SSP racers

Pop Culture Roundup March 4, 2007

A straight-to-DVD animated film "Superman: Doomsday" is set for release in September.

Superman: Doomsday features the voices of Adam Baldwin (“Independence Day”) as Superman/Clark Kent, Anne Heche (“Men in Trees”) as Lois Lane and James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) as Lex Luthor, and will be available for $19.98.

Produced by Bruce Timm (Justice League Unlimited, Batman:The Animated Series) and written by Duane Capizzi (The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula), Superman:Doomsday is inspired by the best-selling graphic novel of all time, DC Comics’ "The Death of Superman".


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Via Boing Boing: How to make a chocolate Dalek.

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The Los Angele Times talks to Joss Whedon about his new "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comics series, which picks up where the TV series ended.

"It really was like being home again," Whedon said wistfully about returning to "Buffy." " 'Oh, here are my old friends. They're so funny!' You can hear their voices so specifically. It was a comic spoken in the voices of actors you worked with for seven or eight years."

Lost series 3 action figures announced

The third series of "Lost" action figures from McFarlane Toys will be out in October. The series includes:

* Sayid
* Desmond
* Claire
* "Henry Gale"/Ben Linus

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

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Touched by an Angel DVDs

Touched by an Angel on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season
Complete Third Season

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman DVDs

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman on DVD:

Complete First Season

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD.

McHale's Navy DVDs

McHale's Navy on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD.

Christy DVDs

Christy on DVD:

Complete Series

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD.

Maude DVDs

Maude on DVD:

Complete First Season

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD.

Bosom Buddies DVDs

Bosom Buddies on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD.

Without a Trace DVDs

Without a Trace on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD.

The Loop DVDs

The Loop on DVD:

Complete Series

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD>.

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends DVDs

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends on DVD:

Complete Season 1
Complete Season 2

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD.>

Sabrina the Teenage Witch DVDs

Sabrina the Teenage Witch on DVD:

Complete First Season

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD.

Hawaii Five-O DVDs

Hawaii Five-O on DVD:

Complete First Season

Complete list of TV Shows on DVD.

Stargate Atlantis DVDs

Stargate Atlantis on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season
Complete Third Season

Complete list of TV Shows on DVD