Friday, April 13, 2007

Pop Artifact! Captain Marvel fan club membership card

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup April 13, 2007

Rumor has it Laurence Fishburne will supply the voice of Galactus in "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer."


From Booksteve: Captain Marvel vs. Captain Marvel in the Wall Street Journal 1968.


The gray Iron Man suit makes at least a cameo appearance in hero's upcoming big screen debut. Just goes to show stuff designed by Jack Kirby 40 years ago still looks supercool today.


Christina Ricci is set to star opposite Emile Hirsch in the upcoming live-action "Speed Racer" movie. According to the press release:

Ricci will play Trixie, Speed's loyal and courageous girlfriend, who also proves to be a formidable ally both on and off the racetrack.

Slated to be released on May 9, 2008, "Speed Racer" also stars John Goodman and Susan Sarandon as Speed's devoted parents. The film is being written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, marking the brothers' first writing/directing collaboration since the "Matrix" movies. Joel Silver, who previously worked with the Wachowskis on both the "Matrix" movies and "V For Vendetta," is producing the film under his Silver Pictures banner.

Based on the classic series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida, the live-action "Speed Racer" will follow the adventures of the young race car driver Speed in his quest for glory on and off the track in his thundering Mach 5. In addition to Speed and Trixie, the movie will feature other characters that fans of the show will remember, including Speed's family and his mysterious arch-rival, Racer X.

The new high-octane actioner will showcase the kind of revolutionary visual effects and cutting-edge storytelling that have become the benchmarks of the Wachowski brothers' films, taking "Speed Racer" into the 21st century.


I'm loving Waffyjon's continuing series of images of classic G.I. Joe toys. I had this cool scuba diver, sea sled set.

Details on Popeye The Sailor 1933-1938 Volume 1 DVD set

This is four-disk set is now available for pre-order for $45.49 from Amazon (regularly $64.98).

More info Warner Home Video:

The most popular sailor in animation history is certainly “strong to the finish.” Nearly 75 years after his Silver Screen debut, he’ll bring to DVD for the first time the cartoons that first made him famous when Warner Home Video (WHV), Hearst Entertainment and King Features Syndicate release Popeye The Sailor 1933-1938 Volume 1. These classic Popeye animated shorts made Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto national pop icons and have been demanded by fans for generations. Available on July 31, 2007 for $64.92 SRP, the 4-disc Authorized Edition DVD collection includes 60 original remastered and unedited theatrical shorts created by the legendary Max Fleischer.

Popeye The Sailor was introduced to the American audience in 1933 and became one of the most endearing and successful characters in animation history, mainly because of his unique vernacular and hilarious catch phrases. His adventures were strange, humorous and often supernatural as he traveled all over the world to resolve conflicts with enemies. Much like the other animation icons of the 1930s, the Popeye plots invoked traditional values, possessed uncompromising moral standards and resorted to force only when threatened. A softie for his lady love Olive Oyl, Popeye usually embarked on conflicts with villains like Bluto and Sea Hag when they made a move on his “sweet patootie.” Popeye was usually clobbered at first, until he ate his spinach and gained superhuman strength to defeat his opponent. With his enormous muscular forearms and corncob pipe in mouth, Popeye was always victorious after he ate his spinach.

Popeye The Sailor 1933-1938 Volume 1 includes more than nine hours of cartoons -- 58 (7- to10-minute) theatrical black-and white-shorts and two two-reeler 20-minute color cartoons. Some of the most memorable shorts from the DVD are the remastered “Blow Me Down!” and a cameo appearance by Betty Boop dressed as a hula dancer in the 1933 “Popeye the Sailor” cartoon, the short in which Popeye made his first animated appearance. The four-Disc DVD set also includes the Academy Award-nominated “Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor” and more than five hours of incredible bonus features, including:

* Popeye Commentaries – Including historians, animators and filmmakers
* “Behind the Toons” – These featurettes are in depth looks at select cartoons, characters and creators
* “I Yam What I Am: The Story of Popeye the Sailor Man” – All-new documentary
* “The Evolution of Animation: The History of the Fleischer Studios” – All-new documentary
* “Max Fleischer and the New York Style” – All-new documentary
* Bonus Popeye Shorts – Including “Let’s Sing with Popeye” and “Popular Science”
* Bonus Fleischer Cartoons – Including “Poor Cinderella,” “Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy” and “Superman”

“Popeye is an icon – he represents good and the underdog. This sailor has been integral to pop culture for over seven decades,” said Jeff Brown, WHV Senior Vice President and General Manager, Television and Franchise. “Popeye fans have been requesting the DVD of this illustrious collection for ages and we are thrilled to be releasing Popeye The Sailor 1933-1938 Volume 1, the remastered and unedited shorts for the established fan and those of the next generation.”

Upcoming comics-related books

Doing the Amazon sneak peek, we see these listings (some reported previously, others not). Click the links to pre-order:

Amazing Fantasy Omnibus, Vol. 1
''We Were Trapped in the Twilight World!'' ''I Led the Strange Search for Manoo!'' ''I Come from the Black Void!'' Wow, what a life, huh? All part of Marvel's most amazing fantasy adventures, collected here for the first time! Meet the Man Who Captured Death, the Man in the Mummy Case and the Man in the Sky, one of Marvel's earliest mutant heroes! Monsters both microscopic and megalithic - like Torr, Sserpo, Monsteroso and the inimitable Tim Boo Ba! Aliens, genies, angels, ghosts and more! Plus the origins of Spider-Man and Doctor Druid, if you're into that super-hero stuff. Collects Amazing Adventures #1-6, Amazing Adult Fantasy #7-14 and Amazing Fantasy #15.
$47.24 from Amazon (reg. $74.99)
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Devil Dinosaur By Jack Kirby
No gods from outer space could beat this Devil! Jack Kirby crossed into a new cosmos with this crimson carnivore and his faithful sidekick Moonboy! Now, for the first time, Marvel collects the King's saga of Devil Dinosaur in his prehistoric prime! Collects Devil Dinosaur #1-9.
$16.49 from Amazon (reg. $24.99)

Essential Dazzler, Vol. 1
Disco may be dead, but Marvel's dynamic diva never says ''die!'' Beginning as a co-star with the X-Men and Spider-Man, Alison Blaire moved into a world of villains new and old, facing gangsters, gods and Galactus without skipping a beat! Plus: the Inhumans, the Hellfire Club and Project: PEGASUS! World saving, space travel, intrigue and romance in the ultimate disco mix! Guest-starring most of Marvel's heroes, including Spider-Woman and She-Hulk! Collects Dazzler #1-21, Uncanny X-Men #130-131 and Amazing Spider-Man #203
$11.55 from Amazon (reg. $16.99)

Essential Spider-Woman, Vol. 2
The first part of Spider-Woman's career concludes as her collection of challenges and crises is completed! Some of Marvel's most stupendous scribes set the heroine against Morgan le Fay, the Viper, Gypsy Moth and other fearsome foes, forgotten or otherwise! Plus: the first appearances of X-Factor's Siryn and X-Force's Caliban! But after tearing through a gauntlet of magicians, mad scientists, murder and mystery, what final fate awaits the webbed wonder? Guest-starring Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men and the Werewolf! Collects Spider-Woman #26-50, Marvel Team-Up #97 and Uncanny X-Men #148
$11.55 from Amazon (reg. $16.99)

Thor Visionaries - Walt Simonson, Vol. 4
Balder the Brave, Thor's brother in all but blood, undergoes his own gauntlet of gods and giants - earning the love of witch-queen Karnilla and the throne of Asgard! Meanwhile, on Midgard, Thor finds an era-hopping authoritarian officer racing him to defeat an old enemy possessed by an even older evil! Plus: Sabretooth and the Marauders! All with Walt Simonson's trademarks: epic sensibilities, godly grandeur and talking frogs! Verily! Collects Thor #371-374 and Balder the Brave #1-4
$16.49 from Amazon (reg. $24.99)

Essential Defenders Volume 3
The Day of the Defenders first gathered Doctor Strange, the Hulk and the rest of Marvel's legion of loners - but can they survive ''Defenders for a Day?'' If the second team calling themselves Defenders doesn't finish them off, the third one just might! Plus: more non-stop action when the non-team faces team after team - including the Emissaries of Evil, Zodiac and the Headmen! Demons and gods alike threaten humanity, leaving its outcasts to defend it! Guest-starring Iron Fist, Ms. Marvel, Havok and Polaris, the Son of Satan, Hercules and more! Collects Defenders #40-69 and Annual #1
$11.55 from Amazon (reg. $16.99)

Captain America: War & Remembrance
Captain America's endless war on crime and tyranny sets him against new enemies and old, from an army of robot replicas to the black deeds of Baron Blood! Plus: Cap for president? Guest-starring the Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Union Jack! Featuring Cobra, Mister Hyde and Batroc the Leaper! The complete Stern/Byrne run, culminating with the standard-setting version of Cap's awe-inspiring origin! Collects Captain America #247-255.
$16.49 from Amazon (reg. $24.99)

Disguised As Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, And the Creation of the Superhero
by Danny Fingeroth
$18.96 from Amazon (reg. $24.95)

Chance in Hell
by Gilbert Hernandez
Gilbert Hernandez's first original graphic novel from Fantagraphics follows on the heels of his acclaimed Sloth from DC's Vertigo Comics in 2006. Chance In Hell tells the story about a little orphan girl who lives in the slum of slums. Nobody knows who she is or where she's from, but her fellow shantytown inhabitants collectively look over her. The three-act story follows our heroine as she is adopted by a decent man who raises her well, and she eventually marries a kind, well-to-do man, only to discover that she can't relate to the good life and the comforts it provides.
$11.53 from Amazon (reg. $16.95)

Just When You Thought Things Couldn't Get Worse: The Cartoons and Comic Strips of Edward Sorel
Edward Sorel is widely recognized as America's premier illustrator. But when he wasn't painting covers and doing drawings for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Time, Rolling Stone, and many other mass circulation magazines, he was indulging, over the last 30 years, in his first love—making comic strips.
Sorel's strips are iconoclastic, cynical, and universally excoriating. No target escapes his watchful wrath: politicians, theological dynasties, ideologues left and right, lawyers, publishers, and the usual gang of movers and shakers—panderers, philistines, money-grubbers. (Nor does he spare himself.) Culled from the pages of The Nation, The Village Voice, Penthouse, and other magazines, Sorel proves he is that most dangerous of creatures—a cartoonist with a chip on his shoulder, an inveterate troublemaker, a burner of bridges.
$12.89 from Amazon (reg. $18.95)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Pop Artifact! Captain Marvel whistle

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup April 12, 2007

Family Tree, out June 19, is a collection of rare tracks from British cult folkie Nick Drake.

The set includes Drake's own take on tracks like "Cocaine Blues," a number of Jackson C. Frank's songs, Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" and Bert Jansch's "Strolling Down the Highway." It also contains early versions of "Day Is Done" and "Way to Blue" (both from his 1969 studio album "Five Leaves Left"), plus nearly a dozen unreleased Drake originals like "Blossom" and "Come Into the Garden." The lo-fi nature of the recordings is preserved, with audible bits of Drake speaking and conversing between tracks.


Eric Johnson, who plays Whitney Fordman on "Smallville," is set to star in the Sci Fi Channel's new Flash Gordon series.

The 22-hour series updates the comic-strip franchise and is slated for an August premiere. Johnson will play space-traveling adventurer Gordon, who is joined by companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. Ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they find themselves as Earth's last line of defense against the forces of the merciless dictator Ming.


Author Kurt Vonnegut has passed away.

Vonnegut's more than a dozen books, short stories, essays and plays contained elements of social commentary, science fiction and autobiography.

"He was sort of like nobody else," said fellow author Gore Vidal. "Kurt was never dull."


The Beatles and EMI have settled legal differences the could pave the way to downloads of the Fabs' music.

"It seems like it is heading in that direction," Jupiter analyst Mark Mulligan told Reuters of the Beatles catalogue. "The conversation has changed from an 'if' to a 'when'."


Speaking of Beatles, New York Times Beatles expert Allan Kozinn has more on Neil Aspinall, the group's longtime confidant who stepped down from his position as head of Apple Corps a couple of days ago.

Saying that Mr. Aspinall “has decided to move on,” with none of the usual platitudes about spending time with his family or pursuing other interests, makes it sound like something’s up. Did he suddenly quit? Was he fired? Was there something to the illogical rumors that the Beatles were dissatisfied with the February agreement between their Apple and the computer company?

People close to Apple say that Mr. Aspinall is simply retiring. He turns 65 in October and had heart problems in the 1990s. Perhaps, having spent 46 years at the Beatles’ beck and call, he wanted to reduce his stress.


Classic "Doctor Who" writer Dave Martin, who penned such adventures as "The Claws of Axos" and "The Three Doctors," has passed away.

Martin may, however, be best remembered as the co-creator of K9, the metal dog who proved such a hit last year when he returned in School Reunion. He's also due to star in his own animated series soon.

Lost clues: "One of Us" ep. 16, season 3


Juliet joins Jack, Sayid and Kate on their trek back to the crash survivors' beach camp.

Along the way, we see flashbacks relating Juliet's arrival on the island (by submarine) to do scientific research for the Others.

We learn that, for some reason, women on the island cannot give birth. Juliet is working on a drug that prevents the problem and we learn that Claire was part of her research.

Back in the present, Claire suddenly becomes very ill. When Juliet arrives, she tells Jack she can help--Claire's problems are the result of the research she did, and Juliet knows where to find a supply of medications that can help. Jack lets her go for the meds, but Sayid and Sawyer--very suspicious of the Other in their midst--follow.

Juliet is able to administer the meds and Claire quickly recovers. Juliet ends up looking pretty good in the eyes of the crash survivors. However--in another flashback--we see that Juliet is very much a spy. Ben and she have carefully planned it to look like Juliet had been left behind by the Others and somehow caused Claire's "illness" to flare up at precisely the right time. What are they up to?

Clues, observations, speculation:

* What ARE Ben and Juliet after?

* If pregnant women really are in danger on the island, what will happen with Sun? And what about Kate? She and Sawyer got together while captives of the Others. Is Kate pregnant too? Did the Others want her to get that way?

* What's up with the symbol on the tree near the drop point for Ethan's supplies, where Juliet retrieves the meds to help Claire? It's very similar to the brand Juliet received on her back.

* Ben makes reference to Jacob and tells Juliet the Others have the ability to somehow cure Juliet's sister of cancer. Who is Jacob? And how do the Others cure cancer? And, if they can, why couldn't they help Ben?

* Is Jacob real, or just a "Wizard of Oz" creation of Ben, playing the man behind the curtain?

* Where and why did the Others go and when are they coming back?

* It seems the Others want to be a self-perpetuating society apart from the rest of the world. But that's hard to do when nobody can have children. It seems this is why they abducted kids from the plane and why they recruited Juliet.

* In flashbacks, we see Juliet had a relationship with Goodwin, the Other who was killed by Ana Lucia.

* Immediately after the crash, we see Ben asking for details background information on all the crash survivors and later Juliet spouts off deep dark secrets she knows about Sayid and Sawyer. But this information couldn't have come from conventional detective work. How, for example, could the Others know about the man Sawyer killed the night before his ill-fated flight? They had to be spying on him, which means they predicted the crash, or they must have some psychic, mind-reading way of learning about the crash survivors too.

* Juliet is led to believe she'll be taking a flight to the island, but she's actually tranquilized and put on the submarine. We see her, with Richard Alpert and Ethan, awaiting a flight via Herarat Aviation.

* What does Herarat mean? A similar word is Ararat, the supposed resting places of Noah's Ark. It also could mean "her a rat," a hint to viewers that Juliet is, indeed, untrustworthy.

* Or, maybe more likely, Herarat is an anagram for Earhart, as in lost aviator Amelia. Maybe the island's Adam and Eve are Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan.

* Since Juliet only wakes up after the sub has supposedly arrived at the island, is it possible the sub is a fake? That she arrived on the island in some other fashion?

* Note the Dharma-ish, I-Chingish symbols on the sub.

DVD: Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection

Due out July 24 featuring 75 remastered, uncut toons:

"The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection" features 75 timelessly zany adventures, including eight Academy Award(R)-nominated short features and over one hour of vintage bonus materials including the documentary "Walter, Woody and the World of Animation," behind-the-scenes footage and a full episode of "The Woody Woodpecker Show."

Woody's crazy exploits include encounters with other well-known animated players from the renowned Walter Lantz Studio including Chilly Willy, Andy Panda, Wally Walrus and Buzz Buzzard. As a special bonus, "The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection" also includes rare cartoons from the golden age of animation, with treasures from the Walter Lantz archive including Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Cartune Classic and Swing Symphony cartoons. Over eight hours of this rare bird's daffy doings have been digitally remastered for optimum picture quality, making this collection an essential acquisition for every animation fan and classic film collector.

New and upcoming action figures April 12, 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

Superman Last Son Action Figures
--Last Son Superman

Shazam Action Figures
--Dr. Sivana
--Captain Marvel Jr.
--Mary Marvel
--Billy Batson and Hoppy
--Captain Marvel

Justice League of America Series 1
Black Lightning
Black Canary
Red Arrow

Superman Vs. Doomsday
Lex Luthor and Robot
Solar Suit Superman

Batman and Son
Ninja Man-Bat
Robin and Daimin
The Joker

52 Weeks
Animal Man
Booster Gold

Batman Through the Ages
--Box Set

Batman/Superman Series 4
--Batman Beyond
--Kryptonite Batman

DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
--Wonder Woman

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
--Kingdom Come Aquaman
--Red Son Green Lantern

First Appearance Series 4
--Blue Beetle translucent
--Blue Beetle
--Brave New World Atom
--Brave New World Martian Manhunter
--Brave New World Aquaman

Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Earth Prime Superboy
--Alexander Luthor

JSA Action Figures
--Mr. Terrific
--Dr. Midnite
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack

Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer action figures
Battle Stretch Mr. Fantastic
Fire Blast Human Torch
Raging Thing
Silver Surfer

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

McFarlane Lost series 2 action figures
--Crash site box set
--Mr. Eko

Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Black Costume Spider-Man
--Invisible Woman
--Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Action Figures

Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Emma Frost
--Ultimate Iron Man
--Movie Beast
--Planet Hulk

Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Yellow Jacket
--Quick Silver
--Lord Asgard Thor
--Magneto Xorn
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm

Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 3
--Bucky Barnes
--First appearance Captain America
--Marvel Girl Rachel Grey
--Heroes for Hire Black Knight
--Hydra Soldier
--X-3 Colossus
--Astonishing X-Men Cyclops

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

Hasbro Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Series 1 Action Figures

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
--Ultimate Spider-Man
--Green Goblin

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

NECA Grindhouse action figures--Quentin Tarantino as soldier

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Pop Artifact! Captain Marvel 8mm movie

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Best DC Comics Sites on the Web.

Pop Culture Roundup April 11, 2007

The Bat-Blog shares a complete set of lobby card images from the 1966 Batman movie.


Booksteve weighs in on "Shazam" screenwriter John August's doltish comments about old Captain Marvel comics being essentially worthless.

August tells us more recent Cap comics written by "Real World" boy Judd Winick are more instructive in developing a film incarnation of the character than the classic tales created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck. I foresee a dull, "serious" movie Cap that's essentially Superman with a lightning bolt on his chest. And it'll probably be as uexciting and crappy as the recent Superman film.


Has Dial B for Blog resurfaced? The Shadow knows.


Here's the first pic from the upcoming "Get Smart" film starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway.

New Spider-Man 3 pictures

See the Best Spider-Man Sites on the Web.

Lost preview April 11 episode

Read a teaser for tonight's show here. Then come back here tomorrow for a full review of happenings, observations and clues from the episode.

Also see:
The Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.
"Lost" season 3 episode guide.

Comics shipping April 11, 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 April 11, 2007


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DVD: Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Second Season

All 30 episodes from the show's 1965-66 are collected on this five-disk set due out June 26.

You can pre-order it now for $27.99 (reg. $38.99) from Amazon.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Pop Artifacts! Batman magic slates

See the Best Batman Sites on the Web.

Pop Culture Roundup April 8, 2007

John August, screenwriter for a planned Captain Marvel film, doesn't see much value in the original comic book exploits of the character.

Why I’m not including the vintage collections
DC publishes hardcover anthologies that gather up decades’ worth of Captain Marvel comics. If I were writing a dissertation on the evolution of the Captain Marvel character, these would be invaluable. But I’m not. So every time I read one of these, I’m struck with the same realization I encounter trying to watch The Honeymooners or a black-and-white movie: Wow. Old things suck.

Yes, I know that will piss off the vintage comics fans, who insist that the original incarnations are the purest forms of a character. But what you quickly realize is that old-time comic books were awkwardly written, crudely drawn, and bewilderingly inconsistent with their rules. They were making up the art form as they went along, and today’s comic books are better for the accumulated wisdom.

Vintage fans are free to disagree. There’s a vast but finite amount of comic books to last them through their days.

Great. I'll stick with the vintage comic books then and skip the crappy movie you're writing, John. But the thought comes to mind: If comic book heroes in their original form are somehow not good enough for those writing movies--let alone current comic book writers who feel the need to update and make more "realistic" these characters--why not use your incredible cutting edge talents to create your own, new heroes that matter meet your oh-so-hip needs?

I mean, what's the point of making a Captain Marvel film if it doesn't evoke the whimsical spirit of the Fawcett Comics incarnation of the character? Anything DC did afterwards was either a pale imitation or completely missed the point.


Speaking of crappy comic book movies, Ghost Rider co-creator Gary Friedrich has sued Marvel Enterprises, Sony Pictures Entertainment and others involved with the recent "Ghost Rider" film for copyright violations.

Friedrich claims the copyrights used in the film and in related products reverted from Marvel to him in 2001.

...Friedrich...accuses Marvel of waste for failing "to properly utilize and capitalize" on the Ghost Rider character. Marvel's attempts to do so, Friedrich claims, have only damaged the value of his work by failing to properly promote and protect the characters and by accepting inadequate royalties from co-defendants. Friedrich also claims that toymaker Hasbro and videogame firm Take-Two have improperly created merchandise based on the characters.


And here's another case of "why bother?": Screenwriter/producer David Goyer of "Batman Returns" fame wants to use the character of Green Arrow in an upcoming film, in which the hero is "incarcerated in a special prison and stripped of his powers."

"Super Max" begins with a traditional comicbook hero, but the storyline takes a turn as Green Arrow's true identity is revealed and he's forced to band together on an escape attempt with the very villains he's previously imprisoned.

I mean, why make it Green Arrow? Especially, since Green Arrow has no "powers" to begin with? Only the marksmanship necessary to land a boxing glove arrow on a villain's jaw? Why not create you're own friggin' hero? and save on all the royalties, etc., you'll need to split with DC for the honor of using their character in name only? Most of the general public has never even heard of Green Arrow in the first place, so the name itself is no draw.


Head-scratching news from Beatle land: Neil Aspinall, with the band since its first days first as a road manager and then for decades as the head of its Apple Corps management company, is leaving. Is he retiring? Was he fired? This news release offers no explanation. One thing's for sure, though: If there was a fifth Beatles, Neil is/was the guy--closer to the band members than producer George Martin or their late manager Brian Epstein.

London, England, Tuesday, April 10, 2007 – Today Apple Corps Ltd. announced that Jeff Jones will become Chief Executive Officer of Apple Corps Ltd.

Apple welcomes Jeff, who comes with over 30 years experience in the music business with a brilliant record. He leaves his position of Executive Vice President, Legacy Recordings/Sony BMG Catalog Worldwide where he has been since 1995.

Apple also announces the departure of Neil Aspinall, who had been with John, Paul, George and Ringo for a spectacular 40 plus years, during which he played an indispensable role for the four. He was there since the inception of the band in Liverpool and has meant so much to the Beatles' family for all these years and still does. However, he has decided to move on. Apple as a whole, and each member of this company, wishes him great success in whatever endeavor he chooses to pursue in the future.

Lost April 25 episode preview

Scroll over the hidden text for mild spoilers.


"D.O.C. - After discovering that all of "The Others'" pregnant women died before giving birth on the island, an extremely reticent Sun allows Juliet to examine her -- and uncovers the identity of the unborn child's father. Meanwhile, Desmond allows an unlikely nemesis to help save the life of a new, mysterious island inhabitant, on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 (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 Byron Chung as Mr. Paik, Andrew Divoff as Mikhail, Marsha Thomason as Naomi, John Shin as Mr. Kwon, Alexis Rhee as older woman, Esmond Chung as Paik's associate and Jean Chung as Paik's secretary.

"D.O.C." was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Fred Toye.

See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

DVD new releases April 10, 2007

Scooby Doo, Where Are You! - The Complete Third Season

Teen Titans - The Complete Third Season

The Untouchables - Season One, Vol. 1

The Batman - The Complete Third Season

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1, Vol. 1


How William Shatner Changed the World

The Ultimate Roy Rogers Collection - King of the Cowboys

Hanna-Barbera Storybook Favorites

New CD releases April 10, 2007

CD new releases April 10, 2007

Cassadaga by Bright Eyes

Survivalism, Pt. 1 by Nine Inch Nails

Survivalism, Pt. 2 by Nine Inch Nails

Grinderman by Grinderman (featuring Nick Cave)

Yardbirds Story: 1963-66 by The Yardbirds

Good Life/the Wonderful World of by Julie London

Girls Girls Girls: A Recollection Of Dream Dates - 1955-1965 by Various Artists

Brianstorm by Arctic Monkeys

Back to the Story by Idle Race

Live at the BBC by Fairport Convention

Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me by Martin Short

Get Ready to Fly! Pop-Psych from the Norman Petty by Get Ready to Fly! Pop-Psych from the Norman Petty

It Came from the Garage! Nuggets from Southern Cal by various artists

Stand (Exp) by Sly & Family Stone

Collection by Sly & Family Stone

Theres a Riot Goin on by Sly & Family Stone

Fresh (Exp) by Sly & Family Stone

Dance to the Music by Sly & The Family Stone

A Whole New Thing by Sly & The Family Stone

Small Talk (Exp) by Sly & Family Stone

Life by Sly & The Family Stone

Monday, April 09, 2007

Pop Artifact! Batman nightlight

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Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 9, 2007

Cartoonist Johnny Hart of "B.C." and "Wizard of Id" fame has passed away.

Later in his career, some of Hart's cartoons had religious themes, a reflection of his own Christian faith. That sometimes led to controversy.

A strip published on Easter in 2001 drew protests from Jewish groups and led several newspapers to drop the strip. The cartoon depicted a menorah transforming into a cross, with accompanying text quoting some of Jesus Christ's dying words. Critics said it implied that Christianity supersedes Judaism.


Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison and, later, Eric Clapton, has an autobiography coming out.


Two nice Batman-related posts on Silver Age Comics today: The history of Ace the Bathound and a look at the Caped Crusader's attitudes on guns.

New omnibus collects Marvel monster classics

Amazing Fantasy Omnibus Volume 1

''We Were Trapped in the Twilight World!'' ''I Led the Strange Search for Manoo!'' ''I Come from the Black Void!'' Wow, what a life, huh? All part of Marvel's most amazing fantasy adventures, collected here for the first time! Meet the Man Who Captured Death, the Man in the Mummy Case and the Man in the Sky, one of Marvel's earliest mutant heroes! Monsters both microscopic and megalithic - like Torr, Sserpo, Monsteroso and the inimitable Tim Boo Ba! Aliens, genies, angels, ghosts and more! Plus the origins of Spider-Man and Doctor Druid, if you're into that super-hero stuff. Collects Amazing Adventures #1-6, Amazing Adult Fantasy #7-14 and Amazing Fantasy #15.
Hardcover, 416 pages.

Click the links to pre-order now for $47.24 (regularly $74.99) from Amazon:
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DVD: Warner announces Cult Camp Classic Collection Vol. 1 - 4

These sets are available for pre-order now for $20.99 each from Amazon. Just click the title links below.

From the press release:

Due June 26 from Warner Home Video, Collectible New Giftsets Feature the Movie on which Airplane! is Based and Performances from Dana Andrews, Joan Collins, Jeanne Crain, Joan Crawford, Rory Calhoun, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker and Lana Turner

Warner Home Video will bring "camp" home this summer with the June 26 introduction of Cult Camp Classics, Volumes 1 through 4. The studio which pioneered genre collections such as Forbidden Hollywood and Controversial Classics has gathered together 12 trashy treasures that will bring hours of kitschy fun in four volumes: Sci-Fi Thrillers (Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, Queen of Outer Space, The Giant Behemoth); Women in Peril (The Big Cube, Caged, Trog); Terrorized Travelers (Hot Rods to Hell, Skyjacked, Zero Hour!) and Historical Epics (The Colossus of Rhodes, Land of Pharaohs, The Prodigal).

The Cult Camp Classics Collections boast the very latest remastered versions along with bonus content such as commentaries from actors, filmmakers and historians as well as original theatrical trailers. Colorfully packaged in super slim, eye-popping packaging, each volume contains three DVDs and will sell for $29.98 SRP and the single titles will be available for $14.97 SRP. Order due date for all is May 22.

Key gems in the collections include the original film on which the mega-hit comedy Airplane is based (Zero Hour!), Sergio Leone's directorial debut (The Colossus of Rhodes), a performance by 1956 Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), Joan Collins' first film (The Land of the Pharaohs) and Joan Crawford's last (Trog).

Volume 1: Sci-Fi Thrillers

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
It's impossible not to have fun with this all-time kitsch classic which, as fans know, is actually about a very big woman with a very bad attitude. The woman is wealthy Nancy Archer (Allison Hayes), fresh from the looney bin and ticked off. Her rat of a husband (William Hudson) has been at play while she's been gone, putting the moves on Honey Parker (Yvette Vickers, Playboy's Miss July 1959) and scheming about the day when Nancy's fortune will be theirs. That day will never come - not after Nancy has an alien encounter that zaps her metabolism into overdrive. Soon, Nancy's size matches her rage. She'll prove that big girls don't cry; they get even.

DVD Special Features:
* Commentary by Yvette Vickers and film historian Tom Weaver
* Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Queen of Outer Space (1958)
This milestone of movie camp tells the out-of-this-world story of a captain and his men who have landed on a planet where males are outlawed. The good new for them is some women there are eager to break the law! And if that wasn't enough, the man-hating Venusian queen (Laurie Mitchell) aims to destroy Earth once a Beta Disintegrator is operational. But a gossamer-gowned scientist (Zsa Zsa Gabor) and her curvy cohorts eye the men and they like what they see. This film has sets, costumes and effects from Flight to Mars, Forbidden Planet and World Without End.

DVD Special Features:
* Commentary by Laurie Mitchell and film historian Tom Weaver
* Theatrical Trailer
* Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

The Giant Behemoth (1958)
As in his classic The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, director Eugene Lourie plunges viewers into a thrilling stomping ground, unleashing another Thunder Lizard to stomp on everything in sight. Alarming levels of radiation have infused the water, plants and skies, and a radiated paleosaurus rises from the ocean depths. In its path: London. The giant has the strength to topple buildings (King Kong's Willis O'Brien contributes rampaging stop-motion effects), a stride that flattens cars, a flesh-searing radioactive ray and a ticked-off attitude. Left in ruins on land, humankind takes the fight to the beast's undersea realm, where a two-man submarine crew must ensure the torpedo they fire is dead-on.

DVD Special Features
* Commentary by veteran special effects creators Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett (The Academy Award ® winning visual effects and dinosaur supervisors of "Jurassic Park" provide insight into this ground-breaking stop-motion monster.)
* Theatrical trailer
* Subtitles: English & Français (Feature Film Only)

Volume 2: Women in Peril

The Big Cube (1968)
The only person standing between a multi-million dollar inheritance for Lisa (Karin Mossberg and her druggie boyfriend Johnny (George Chakiris) is step-mom Adriana (Lana Turner), who refuses to approve the pair's marriage. So the young couple decides to "Cube" momma -- lace her prescription meds with psychedelics -- and drive Adriana out of her mind. It almost works until family friend Frederick Lansdale (Richard Egan) comes to her rescue. The Big Cube is a cinematic freak-out "for camp followers only" (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide).

DVD Special Features
* Theatrical trailer
* Subtitles: English & Français (Feature Film Only)

Caged (1950)
"Will she come out woman or wildcat?" trumpeted ads for this women's prison classic. There's no question about how the film itself came out. Using familiar but sharply played characters to bring home its reform-minded message, Caged remains a pivotal genre classic. Best Actress Academy AwardÒ nominee* Eleanor Parker portrays the inmate whose transformation from sunny innocent to tight-lipped 'con' provides its focus. As the tyrannical floor matron, Best Supporting Actress nominee Hope Emerson is 6'2" of Grade A malevolence. And an earnest prison superintendent, a sour lifer, a street-lamp tramp, a patsy, a society dame and other types add atmosphere to an OscarÒ-nominated script co-writer Virginia Kellogg researched while posing on the inside as a convict.

DVD Special Features:
* Theatrical trailer
* Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

Trog (1969)
People call him Trog, short for a prehistoric cave dweller called a Troglodyte. To an anthropologist (Joan Crawford in her final film), he's the scientific discovery of the age - a wild half man/half ape. To others, he's walking death. A grocer is impaled on a meat hook, a car is tossed aside like a twig, a child is kidnapped - all after local resident Sam Murdock (Michael Gough) prods the brute into a blind rampage. In true horror tradition, Murdock's behavior leaves no doubt who the real savages are.

DVD Special Features:
* Theatrical trailer
* Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Volume 3: Terrorized Travelers

Hot Rods to Hell (1966)
Sam Katzman produces this fast-driving drive-in special, whose 200+ credits include Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and Rock Around the Clock. Dana Andrews and Jeanne Crain play a straight-arrow couple whose family road trip to a new life in the West becomes a running game of "chicken" with pedal-to-the-metal teens. "These kids have nowhere to go, and they want to get there at a 150 miles an hour," says a cop about the kids looking for kicks in their souped-up Hot Rods to Hell. This is where the cult-movie rubber meets the road.

DVD Special Features:
* Theatrical Trailer
* Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Skyjacked (1972)
Charlton Heston plays Hank O'Hara, a top pilot who knows how to handle an airliner with ease. But now he faces the unexpected: He's been Skyjacked. Heston leads a top cast in this thriller from the era of big, edge-of-your-seat disaster films like The Poseidon Adventure and Earthquake. John Guillermin (The Towering Inferno) directs, escalating the tension in a story about a deranged war vet (James Brolin) who demands that a Minneapolis-bound flight make a slight detour - to Moscow. All that stands between the terrified passengers and doom is the steely resolve of Captain O'Hara.

DVD Special Features:
* Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Zero Hour! (1957)
Fish or lamb chops? A wrong dinner selection gives food poisoning to the pilot and first officer of Flight 714 - and that could mean doom for everyone aboard in Zero Hour!, the high-flying film based on a story by Arthur Hailey (Airport, Hotel) and later spoofed in the comedy Airplane!. Dana Andrews portrays the passenger who must overcome the trauma of his wartime experiences to guide the plane. Sterling Hayden plays the flight-control jockey talking Andrews in through bumpy skies. And gridiron great Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch is the stricken pilot.

DVD Special Features:
* Theatrical Trailer
* Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Volume 4: Historical Epics

The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)
Filmmakers often begin their directing careers with works of limited scale. Sergio Leone (Fistful of Dollars) began with a Colossus. Spectacle is king in The Colossus of Rhodes, Leone's first credited film as a director. Sun-bronzed heroes (including toga-wearing Rory Calhoun) battle tyranny. Prisoners scramble for their lives in coliseum pageants of doom. Usurpers connive. Revolution erupts. And towering over all the excitement is the mighty bronze Colossus that straddles the harbor, fighting foes by dropping burning oil from the huge cauldron it holds and firing streams of molten lead from the catapults in its headpiece.

DVD Special Features:
* Commentary by film historian Christopher Frayling
* Theatrical trailer
* Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Land of the Pharaohs (1955)
Director Howard Hawks, who worked brilliantly in practically every movie genre, shows his mastery of the large-scale epic with this gigantic production filmed on location in Egypt. Thousands of extras (9,787 in one scene alone!), magnificently detailed sets (including the pyramid's inner labyrinth, booby-trapped so no one can learn its secrets and live) and vast desert vistas fill the screen and astonish the eye.

There are also human-scale stories -- the Pharaoh (Jack Hawkins) who orders the pyramid as his tomb, dooming untold numbers to unending toil; the architect (James Robertson Justice) designing it to earn his people's freedom; the slaves constructing it of blood, sweat and tears. And lastly, the beautiful queen (Joan Collins) whose greed leads to murder - and a stunning revenge.

DVD Special Features:
* Commentary by filmmaker/historian Peter Bogdanovich, with interview excerpts of director Howard Hawks
* Theatrical trailer
* Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

The Prodigal (1955)
Pagan sect high priestess Lana Turner beguiles a humble Hebrew farmer (Edmund Purdom) away from his faith in this drama based on the Biblical parable of The Prodigal Son. Four sprawling soundstages were filled with opulent sets representing the Holy Land circa 70 BC, and director Richard Thorpe (Ivanhoe, Jailhouse Rock) employed thousands of extras to create an environment rife with all the famine, poverty and unrest the panoramic CinemaScope screen could hold. But the star of the visually spectacular show remains Turner, shimmering in bejeweled gowns that reveal just why she can drive a true believer to the brink of forsaking all he holds dear.

DVD Special Features:
* Commentary by film historian Dr. Drew Casper
* Theatrical trailer
* Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

DVD: Mission Impossible season 2

Here's cover art for this 7-DVD set due out June 5. It's available for pre-order now for $34.99 from Amazon.

DVD: The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries: Season Two

Out as a five-DVD set Due out June 21, this 5-DVD set includes 22 episodes from the teen sleuth series starring Shaun Cassidy. It's available for pre-order now for $27.99 from Amazon.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Twin Peaks DVDs

Twin Peaks on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season

Drew Carey Show DVDs

The Drew Carey Show on DVD:

Complete First Season

Flipper DVDs

Flipper on DVD:

Season One

Ironside DVDs

Ironside on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season

One Day at a Time DVDs

One Day at a Time on DVD:

Complete First Season

Odd Couple DVDs

The Odd Couple on DVD:

Complete First Season

WKRP in Cincinnati DVDs

WKRP in Cincinnati on DVD:

Complete First Season

Venture Brothers DVDs

Venture Brothers on DVD:

Season One
Season Two

Streets of San Francisco DVDs

The Streets of San Francisco on DVD:

Season One, Vol. 1

Untouchables DVDs

The Untouchables on DVD:

Season One, Vol. 1