Tuesday, December 23, 2008

New comics Dec. 24, 2008: Billy Batson #3, American Flagg

Here's what looks good/interesting to me. Click the title links to order discounted books from Amazon. Proceeds help support this site.

BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM #3
I love this title. It's created with heart, humor and truckloads of visual imagination. If you miss comics that are fun, you need to check it out.

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AMERICAN FLAGG DEFINITIVE COLL TP VOL 01 I'm not a big Howie Chaykin fan, but I know lots of people loved this series and are happy to see it available in collected form.

Spirit movie review roundup

Reuters:
Scenes begin seemingly at random and end abruptly. Actors plays characters at full bore. Dialogue has the crude energy of '30s Hollywood melodramas but rarely any wit or engaging subtext. All emotions are forced, and relationships get explored half-heartedly.

Gabriel Macht is sturdy but dull as the restless Spirit. Samuel L. Jackson chews the graphic scenery as Octopus, while Scarlett Johansson seems to get lost in that same scenery as his weirdly docile sidekick Silken Floss. Eva Mendes plays jewel thief Sand Saref as one-note temptress, while Paz Vega as a French assassin and Jaime King as an underwater nymph go for the same effect. How many vamps can a movie contain?

...One thing about "The Spirit" is that it's never dull. Then again, the same can be said of Chinese water torture.

Orlando Sentinel:
Unadulterated Miller is like comic-book David Mamet, ripping the competition for fanboy fealty. "You'll believe a man can't fly" and somebody's as "dead as 'Star Trek.'"

Shot on that "Sin City"/"300" computer-generated set, it's not a place for an expansive story or subtle acting. But everybody looks gorgeous in this dark, funny cartoon of an action movie.

Which is to say, this is colorful. This is wild and kind of funny. This is adventurous, even. But don't try this again.

Minnespolis Star Tribune:
I suppose "The Spirit" could be worse, though it stretches the imagination to say just how. It's not easy to make a thriller that's both incredibly convoluted and intensely boring, laboriously narrated yet befuddled, but Miller — creator and co-director of "Sin City" — triumphs on all these counts.

Paste Magazine:
If we lived in a reality where the dead could rise from the grave to enact vengeance against sins unforgivable, golden-age comic scribe Will Eisner would have good reason to revisit Frank Miller.

...The noir sensibility that Eisner invented is mutilated into graphic novel pornography, producing a film that will rest in peace as a cult failure that's as laughable in its misexecution as it's tragic in its failed potential.

McClatchy Newspapers:
"The Spirit" is not a typical movie, and thank goodness. It would have been an insult to Eisner to have created a standard big-budget action film. Under Miller's guidance the result is a loyal and loving tribute.

Land of the Lost movie poster unveiled

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Action figures: Doctor Who Age of Steel Cybermen and Fires of Pompei Set

Here are pics of two new Doctor Who action figure sets:

The Age of Steel Cybermen set, which includes:

1x Cyberman from "The Tenth Planet" (1966)
1x Cyberman from "Tomb of the Cybermen" (1967)
1x Cyberman from "The Invasion" (1968)
1x Cyber Leader from "The Next Doctor" (2008)

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Each figure comes with a piece to assemble the Cyber Controller from "Tomb of the Cybermen" (1967).

The Fires of Pompeii Gift set, which includes a 5" Roman Soldier and an 8" Pyroville Soldier from the second episode of Season 4.

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See more Doctor Who action figures at Amazon.

Pop links: Mah Na Mah Na!, Dollhouse clip, Herb Alpert Christmas, EC Comics naughtiness

PCL LinkDump traces muppet performances of that infernally catchy tune, "Mah Na Mah Na." You can download the original Piero Umiliani version of the tune from Amazon.

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Entertainment Weekly has a clip from Joss Whedon's upcoming series "Dollhouse." More "Dollhouse" at our sister site.

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See Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass play "My Favorite Things" and "The Christmas Song" on the Ed Sullivan Show, 1969.

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Portzebie points out some subliminal naughtiness artist Joe Orlando slipped past his publisher in a 1952 issue of EC Comics' Tales from the Crypt.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Action figures: Batman Brave and Bold figure lineup revealed

Here's a look at some of the item's in Mattel's upcoming Batman: Brave and the Bold toy line:

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See more Batman action figures at Amazon.

Action figures: New Marvel Universe figures announced---with pics

Here are pics from the second wave of Hasbro's 3 3/4" Marvel Universe figures. The complete lineup of wave 2 includes:

- Classic Iron Man
- Green Goblin
- Green Hulk
- Grey Hulk
- Iron Fist
- Punisher v2
- Ronin
- Black Costume Spider-Man
- The Thing
- Ultimate Captain America

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See more Marvel Universe figures at Amazon.

Pop links: Frank Miller turned loose on Buck Rogers, James Bond museum opening,

Now that he's screwed up Batman and The Spirit, Frank Miller is moving on to Buck Rogers.

It's the oddest career in pop culture. This guy continually guts the soul out of every character he works on and people keep clamoring for more.

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A James Bond museum is opening in Keswick, England.

The museum...is the brainchild of Bond collector Peter Nelson, who also runs the Cars of the Stars museum in the Lakes town.

Mr Nelson has around 25 Bond vehicles and a number of props that came from the 007 films.

Among the Bond cars to go on show will be the original Lotus from The Spy Who Loved Me, which Mr Nelson bought for £30,000 eight years ago.

All 10 Doctor Whos to appear in Christmas special

Yes, I know you're saying, "but aren't some of them dead? I mean, the actors who played them?" And you're right. That's why they'll use old footage for some of them, silly.

This sort of a big deal because, up until now, the new "Doctor Who" series hasn't really explicitly dealt with the Doctor's past incarnations. Sure, there have been hints here and there. And Sarah Jane, the Brigadier and K9, etc., have all appeared. But this marks the first time flashbacks have been made to the original show.

From the UK Sun:

Show chief Russell T Davies said: “It’s nice for fans to see the old doctors. And it helps kids get their heads round the fact there have been lots of them.”

The ten, from William Hartnell in 1963 to the latest David Tennant, will appear in "The Next Doctor" alongside new foes, the Cybershades. They are hairy, mutant cousins of the evil Cybermen — but they’re not the only enemy the Doc faces.


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Thursday, December 18, 2008

New music I like: Max Tundra



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Pop links: Wonder Woman's wacky creator, join the Cavern Club, Espenson to pen Oz comic, more

Sure, we knew Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, was a colorful character, what with being a renowned psychologist, inventor of the lie detector and a guy with a penchant for bondage who lived with two women. But did you realize that, in his copious spare time, he also wrote lurid novels about the Roman Empire? The Beat investigates.

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A stash of membership medallions to Liverpool's famed Cavern Club (y'know, where the Beatles used to play) was unearthed by the club's former owner while clearing out his shed. How come I never find anything cool when cleaning out my shed? I just find a bunch of useless crap. Anyway, as you might expect, he's selling them.

The medallions were brought-in as a replacement to membership cards used by the club during its heyday in the 1960's, when it played host to hundreds of musical stars, including legends such as The Beatles, The Who, The Searchers, Gerry & The Pacemakers and Cilla Black.

After a short while the membership cards were re-introduced and the medallions vanished into storage.


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Meanwhile, Mary Hopkin--former artist on the Beatles' Apple Records label--says she's finally doing something with a pile of old tapes in her attic.

“There were about 30 hefty two-inch tapes weighing heavily on my mind, and also on my bedroom ceiling.

“They had been gathering dust in my loft for many years and one morning I woke up to an ominous creaking sound as a huge crack appeared in the ceiling.

“So, with some prodding from my daughter, Jessica, we decided to release them from their dusty boxes before the ceiling fell in.”


Hopkin--who hit #1 back in 1968 with the Paul McCartney-produced "Those Were the Days"--says some of the recordings appear on a new archival album, Recollections, which is coming out soon.

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Ooh cool! One of my fave Buffy scripters Jane Espenson is doing a five-issue series for Dark Horse Comic featuring everyone's favorite werewolf, Oz.

Oz, played by Seth Green in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show, was the subject of an earlier Dark Horse series of comics. Dark Horse has been publishing a series of Buffy comics, overseen by series creator Joss Whedon, that constitute a "season eight" continuation of the TV show's overall story arc.

As for the arc's storyline? "Oh, that is top secret, my friend, but it's super cool," Espenson said, adding: "You'll see a wolf or two. There might be a wolf."

Brian Wilson releases new Christmas song

THE "Christmas Song," actually. Visit Wilson's Web site to hear him covering the Mel Torme, um, chestnut.

Also, you can now hear Wilson and his band perform all the tunes from his latest album, That Lucky Old Sun on NPR.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Where the Wild Things Are movie pictures

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New comics Dec. 17, 2008: Buffy, Asterix, Batman Brave and the Bold

Here's what looks good/interesting to me this week. Click title links to order discounted collections from Amazon.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #20 (the only comic my wife reads)

SHOWCASE PRESENTS BRAVE & BOLD BATMAN TEAMUPS VOL 03 (more Jim Aparo art! He's my all-time favorite Batman artist)

ASTERIX OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 (I've had all these books for years, but I'm very happy to see Asterix in print in the U.S.)

Pop links: Santa songs, happy holidays with Bing and Frank, Cohen's Hallelujah chorus, Davy Graham remembered

WFMU's Beware of the Blog asks the musical question: Is Santa Claus a hippie?

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Classic TV Showbiz presents "Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank" from 1957.

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You can rest easy: "Howard the Duck" is finally coming to DVD.

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What did Leonard Cohen mean when he wrote "Hallelujah," (now enjoying chart success in multiple cover versions) anyway? The BBC investigates.

...exactly how Christmassy is this song, with lines like "your faith was strong but you needed proof", where the singer is "not somebody who's seen the light"?

Well, while there's not a lot of "behold the Baby Jesus" and not a donkey in sight, there's certainly a lot of Bible in there - it's just that it's some of the raunchier and more violent episodes from the Christmas-free Old Testament.


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Mojo mag remembers the great British guitarist Davy Graham, who passed away yesterday.

Here's Graham in a 1959 BBC TV documentary directed by Ken Russell.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Find a Wii this Christmas! $249 at Amazon!

Are you a frazzled parent looking for what seems to be this year's ultimate Christmas gift? Here's the best deal I've spotted on the elusive things! Turned up this morning on Amazon after clicks to everywhere else came up empty. Good luck!

Marvel Comics March 2008 solicitations: Softcover Masterworks, more

Marvel Comics has announced its releases for next March. Here's what looks good to me. Click title links to pre-order discounted books from Amazon.

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE X-MEN VOL. 1 TPB
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY
Cover by JACK KIRBY & DEAN WHITE
Welcome to the uncanny world of Marvel's mutant adventurers, the X-Men! Billled as "The Strangest Super-Heroes of All!" the X-Men blasted onto the comic-book scene in 1963, as the Marvel Comics revolution mounted a full-scale reinvention of four-color adventure like no other! You'll feast your eyes on the foundation of one of comic's most-famous franchises in these first ten issues. It's all here from the very beginning with the debut of Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Iceman and Marvel Girl, Professor X's teen team with a mission of peace and brotherhood for man and mutant, in their first battle with the Master of Magnetism, Magneto. You'll also read the first appearances of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Marvel Universe mainstays, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, the villainous Blob and Unus the Untouchable, as well as the reinvention of the Golden Age jungle man, Ka-Zar! Written by Stan "The Man" Lee and illustrated by Jack "King" Kirby, it's super-hero adventure at its very best! Collecting THE X-MEN #1-10.
248 PGS/All Ages ...$24.99 $16.49.

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X-MEN: PHOENIX RISING PREMIERE HC
Written by ROGER STERN, JOHN BYRNE & BOB LAYTON
Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA, JOHN BYRNE & JACKSON GUICE
Covers by JOHN BYRNE & JACKSON GUICE
She was a mutant. She was a telepath. She was dead. PHOENIX. Now, Jean Grey walks the earth again. How will her friends, her enemies, and her one true love react to the fiery spectacle of Phoenix Rising? Collecting AVENGERS #263, FANTASTIC FOUR #286, X-FACTOR #1 and material from CLASSIC X-MEN #8 & #43.
136 PGS./Rated T+ ...$19.99

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AVENGERS: HAWKEYE PREMIERE HC
Written by STAN LEE, MARK GRUENWALD, ROGER STERN, STEVEN GRANT, DAVID MICHELINIE & MIKE FRIEDRICH
Penciled by DON HECK, JOHN BYRNE, MARK GRUENWALD, BRETT BREEDING, ELIOT R. BROWN, GEORGE EVANS, JIMMY JANES & BRUCE PATTERSON
Covers by MARK GRUENWALD & JOHN BYRNE
The Ace Archer of the Avengers in some of his sharpest adventures! His beginnings as a malfeasant marksman! His solo stand against X-Men adversary Deathbird! Plus: double-costumed debuts for Hawkeye's future bride Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Agent 19, and the couple's whirlwind romance in Hawkeye's first miniseries! Guest-starring the Black Widow, Spider-Man and more! Collecting HAWKEYE #1-4, TALES OF SUSPENSE #57, MARVEL SUPER ACTION #1, AVENGERS #189 and MARVEL TEAM-UP #95.
184 PGS./ Rated T+ ...$24.99

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ESSENTIAL POWER MAN AND IRON FIST VOL. 2 TPB
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT, MIKE W. BARR, MARY JO DUFFY, DENNY O'NEIL, STEVEN GRANT, KURT BUSIEK & FRANK MILLER
Penciled by RUBY NEBRES, FRANK MILLER, KERRY GAMMILL, DENYS COWAN, RICARDO VILLAMONTE, KEITH POLLARD, GREG LAROCQUE, ERNIE CHAN & KLAUS JANSON
Cover by DENYS COWAN
Organized crime, interdimensional evil, espionage, vampirism, the Elite Odd Couple of the Eighties can handle it all! The origins of Power Man and Iron Fist are retold as figures from each past return to haunt both! Plus the savage Sabretooth! The untouchable Unus! Goldeneye, Stoneface, and Hammerhead! Also featuring more of New York's finest heroes: Daredevil, Moon Knight, el Aguila, and the Daughters of the Dragon! Special guest appearance by Elektra: Assassin! Collecting POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #76-100 and DAREDEVIL #178.
616 PGS./All Ages ...$16.99 $11.55

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OFFICIAL INDEX TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #3
Written by VARIOUS
Continuing the chronicle of the Marvel Universe, starting with Spider-Man (from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #113 on), Iron Man (from IRON MAN #6 on) and the X-Men (from UNCANNY X-MEN #126 on). Follow the history of the Marvel universe as it unfolds month by month with the All-New Official Index to the Marvel Universe. Each issue provides synopses for dozens of individual comics, including back-up strips, introducing you to the characters, teams, places and equipment that appeared within, providing vital information about first appearances, where they last showed up and where they appeared next!
64 PGS./Rated A ...$3.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY VOL. 2 HC
Written by STAN LEE & VARIOUS
Penciled by RUSS HEATH, BILL EVERETT, DON PERLIN, GEORGE TUSKA, DICK AYERS, MYRON FASS, PAUL REINMAN, MORT LAWRENCE, VINCE COLLETTA, JACK ABEL, TONY DIPRETA, HARRY ANDERSON VIC CARRABOTTA, PETE TUMLINSON, ROBERT Q. SALE, AL LUSTER, DOUG WILDEY, AL EADEH, BILL WALTON, JOHN FORTE, DON LORRINO, DICK BRIEFER, PABLO FERRO, MANNIE BANKS,
HOWARD POST & MORE
Cover by RUSS HEATH
It's time again to journey into the deepest, darkest, most terrifying recesses of Marvel history, so make sure you've got batteries in your flashlight and prepare yourself for another deadly dose of pre-Code horror! In 1953 the gloves were off, and for a thin dime you could experience all the horrors of the human imagination as portrayed in despondent four-color gorey. So if you're the sort that likes weird and shocking tales, shamble on up for ten issues of wall-to-wall zombies, ghosts, vampires and devil-dealing ne'er-do-wells illustrated by the very best of the Atlas Era! Collecting JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #11-20 .
272 PGS/All Ages ...$59.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AVENGERS VOL. 9 HC
Written by ROY THOMAS with HARLAN ELLISON
Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA with SAL BUSCEMA, HERB TRIMPE & FRANK GIACOIA
Cover by JOHN BUSCEMA
Rascally Roy Thomas and Big John Buscema are back again with another batch of true Avengers classics! They've packed so many fantastic firsts into these pages, there's no time to delay so here we go: First you'll meet a new face in the Marvel Universe, the Native American hero, Red Wolf! Then, it's all-out invasion when the Zodiac take over Manhattan, followed by the first appearance of the Defender-to-be, Valkyrie and the Lady Liberators. Then comes a set of other-dimensional threats that helped defined a decade: the sword-and-sorcery menace, Arkon, and the evil super-team, the Squadron Sinister. Follow that up with the origin of the Black Panther, and a crossover classic penned by Roy and the award-winning titan of speculative fiction, Harlan Ellison, that pits the Avengers with the Hulk in an adventure that changed ol' Greenskin forever. With guest-star appearances by Peter Parker, Aunt May, the Fantastic Four, Black Widow, the Inhumans' Medusa, Professor X and Roy Thomas himself there's no denying that the entire Marvel Universe has fallen in for this one, so reserve that copy today, True Believer! Collecting AVENGERS #80-88 & INCREDIBLE HULK #140.
224 PGS./ All Ages ...$54.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: WARLOCK VOL. 2 HC
Written by JIM STARLIN with BILL MANTLO
Penciled by JIM STARLIN with JOHN BYRNE
Cover by JIM STARLIN
The MARVEL MASTERWORKS line is proud to present one of comics' most mind-blowingly cosmic sagas. At '70s Marvel there was no who quite mastered the startling scope and high-concept complexity of truly cosmic adventure like writer/artist and overall Renaissance man, Jim Starlin. His first effort with Captain Marvel redefined a character. His second with Adam Warlock set the tone for star-spanning spectacle that is considered a high-water mark to this day. Taking the legacy laid out by Lee, Kirby, Thomas and Kane, Jim Starlin evolved Warlock to the next level, imbuing the character with the furies and inner demons of a man-god on the brink of insanity. Forced to confront the Magus, an evil version of himself, and the nihilistic menace, Thanos, Warlock's conflicts weren't just knuckle-grinding throw-downs, they were epic, existential struggles for the very soul. Culminating in the first-ever assembling of the Infinity Gems, and featuring the first appearances of such cosmic Marvel mainstays as Gamorra and Pip the Troll--not to mention an all-out struggle to save the universe joined by the Avengers, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man--this MASTERWORKs edition is definitive Marvel. So reserve that copy today, True Believer! Collecting STRANGE TALES #178-181, WARLOCK #9-15, MARVEL TEAM-UP #55, AVENGERS ANNUAL #7 and MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE ANNUAL #2.
320 PGS./All Ages ...$54.99

Pop links: Vintage Disney Christmas cards, Carl Barks Christmas tale, Arrested Development DVD deal

The Hollywood Animation Archive presents some Disney Studio in-house Christmas cards from the 1940s and 50s.

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More holiday Disney: The Fortress of Fortitude presents a lost Carl Barks Christmas tale.

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Madness will reissue its catalog in both CD and digital formats next year.

2009 will also see the band releasing their first studio album in nine years through their label, Lucky Seven.


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Deal alert: Amazon is offering all three seasons of the fabulously funny "Arrested Development" for $28.99 today only. The regular price is $109.94.

New DVD, music releases Dec. 16, 2009: Dr. Horrible, Will Eisner documentary, Kinks box set and more!

Here's what looks good this week. Click the title links to order DVDs or CDs from Amazon. Proceeds help support this site.

DVDs

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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Widescreen)

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Bottle Rocket (Blu-ray) - Criterion Collection

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The Third Man [Blu-ray]

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The Man Who Fell to Earth [Blu-ray]

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Will Eisner: Profession - Cartoonist

Music

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Picture Book by The Kinks

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Complete Studio Recordings by Led Zeppelin

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The Delfonics / Tell Me This Is A Dream by The Delfonics

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Radio Radio: Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour box set

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Dream Goes On: From the Black Sword to Distant Horizons by Hawkwind

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The Hoople by Mott the Hoople

Monday, December 15, 2008

DC Comics March 2009 solicitations

DC has announced its releases for next March. Here's what looks good to me. Click the links to pre-order discounted titles from Amazon.

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BATMAN: MAD LOVE AND OTHER STORIES HC
Written by Paul Dini, Bruce Timm & Glen Murakami
Art and cover by Bruce Timm, Mike Parobeck, Matt Wagner, Dan DeCarlo, Klaus Janson and Glen Murakami
Cover by Bruce Timm
Tales by two of the creators behind the acclaimed Batman Animated TV series are collected for the first time in hardcover!
The centerpiece of this fantastic collection is the Eisner Award-winning BATMAN: MAD LOVE, the surprisingly dark origin of Harley Quinn, co-starring The Joker and Poison Ivy as well as Batman. Also included are tales by Dini, Timm and others that feature the Scarecrow, Ra’s al Ghul, Mr. Freeze, Batgirl and more, from BATMAN ADVENUTURES ANNUAL #1-2 and stories from the BATMAN ADVENTURES HOLIDAY SPECIAL, ADVENTURES IN THE DC UNIVERSE #3 and BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #1!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 20 • 208 pg, FC, $19.99 $13.59 US

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DC COMICS CLASSICS LIBRARY: ROOTS OF THE SWAMP THING HC
Written by Len Wein
Art by Bernie Wrightston and Nestor Redondo
Cover by Bernie Wrightston
The tales that made Swamp Thing a fan-favorite are collected in hardcover for the first time! Featuring the first appearance from HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 along with SWAMP THING #1-13 and featuring moody art by legendary artist Bernie Wrightson!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 27 • 320 pg, FC, $39.99 $26.39 US

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GREEN LANTERN CHRONICLES VOL. 1 TP
Written by John Broome
Art by Gil Kane, Joe Giella & Murphy Anderson
Cover by Gil Kane & Joe Giella
DC adds a new title to the CHRONICLES series: GREEN LANTERN CHRONICLES, collecting the adventures of Hal Jordan in the exact order of their original publication. In this first volume featuring SHOWCASE #22-24 and GREEN LANTERN #1-3, Hal meets the dying Abin Sur and gains his power ring before facing the menace of the Weaponers of Qward.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 29 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 $10.19 US

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SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE DOOM PATROL VOL. 1 TP
Written by Arnold Drake and Bob Haney
Art by Bruno Premiani and Bob Brown
Cover by Bruno Premiani
The most unusual heroes of all star in this new SHOWCASE PRESENTS volume, collecting MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #80-85, DOOM PATROL #88-101 and CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #48.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 8 • 520 pg, B&W, $16.99 $11.55 US

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SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES VOL. 3 TP

Written by Jim Shooter, E. Nelson Bridwell and Otto Binder
Art by Curt Swan, George Klein, Jim Mooney and Pete Costanza
Cover by Curt Swan & George Klein
The Legion battles the Fatal Five and is forced to expel Superboy and Supergirl in this new volume collecting stories from ADVENTURE COMICS #349-368 and SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN #116.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 22 • 496 pg, B&W, $16.99 $11.55 US

New Lost season 5 teaser video

New music I like: The Sweet Vandals



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New Watchmen movie pictures

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Pop links: Frazetta "Tarzan" art, Phantom movie

Via Golden Age Comic Book Stories: Frank Frazetta illustrates "Tarzan at the Earth's Core" and "Tarzan and the Castaways." I think GACBS presented these pics before but, whatever, it's good stuff.

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Another "Phantom" movie is in the works.

he latest adaptation, which is expected to cost $87 million, will focus on "the Father/Son relationship, and what it means to be The Phantom," scriptwriter Tim Boyle said in a statement. "The film will be set in the present day and will deal with the concept of destiny."

Producer Bruce Sherlock, who also served as executive producer of the first Phantom movie, said the new film will be a marked improvement over its predecessor, which received mixed reviews.

"It has the makings of a blockbuster," Sherlock told The Associated Press. "There's some surprises that will thrill the Phantom fans worldwide." Sherlock's Sydney-based Sherlock Symington Productions won the rights to the film.

The movie will likely be shot entirely in Australia, with production set to begin within six to nine months, Sherlock said. Producers are in talks with several "top talent" Australian and American actors, Sherlock said. He declined to provide names.