Friday, February 15, 2008

100 Things I Hate about Comics

1. Overpowering, too-dark computer colors

2. Fear of sound effects

3. Fear of cover dialogue or blurbs

4. Pinup covers

5. Contemptuous creators

6. Big events

7. Events that promise to "forever change" the status quo of a character or title, but never do

8. Pointless, endless and enormously expensive (to the reader) crossovers

9. Gratuitous killing off of characters

10. Degrading treatment of female comics characters

11. Degrading treatment of female comics creators

12. Decompressed, writing-for-the-trade storytelling

13. Lack of visual story-telling chops

14. Endless retreads of past comics events and storylines

15. Multiple "takes" on characters

16. Violence, nihilism, soft-core pornography and fratboy humor that masquerades as "sophistication"

17. The aren't we-cute-and-ironic practice of re-ballooning old war/romance comics

Batman Dark Knight teaser poster

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Director John Landis ("The Blues Brothers," "Animal House") will direct a bio-pic about Mad magazine/EC Comics publisher William M. Gaines.

The high point of the film is likely to be the Kefauver Hearings, which took place in 1954 in the wake of the publication of Dr. Frederic Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, and which tried like Wertham's book to blame postwar juvenile delinquency on comic books. Gaines refused to apologize to the legislative inquisitors and paid the price in the press where he was vilified as America's most amoral publisher and in the marketplace where EC comics fell victim to the hypocritical Comics Code, which Gaines refused to follow. Fortunately Mad survived and Gaines remained associated with the groundbreaking satirical magazine that influenced generations of artists and comedians until the day he died in 1992.

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Here's a teaser for "Batman Gotham Knight," a collection of animated Batman shorts that serve as a sort of prelude to the next live-action Batman film "The Dark Knight."

A number of different anime directors contributed to the shorts, which will appear on DVD later in the year.


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After a great run of Frank Frazetta pieces, Golden Age Comic Book Stories turns its focus to romance tales by the great EC cartoonist Al Feldstein.

Lost clues: "The Economist" Ep. 3, Season 4

Episode summary:

In flash forward, we see Sayid on a gorgeous, seaside golf course. He meets a fellow golfer, who says Sayid looks familiar to him. Sayid says this is because he's one of the Oceanic 6--his picture has been spread across the media. The other golfer seems very upset by this and doesn't want to continue golfing. As the golfer leaves, Sayid calls him "Mr. Avellino." Avellino turns back around and Sayid shoots him dead.

Later we see Sayid in Berlin meeting up--seemingly by chance--with a woman who is an assistant to an esteemed economist. They strike up a romance, but it becomes clear that Sayid is trying to get to the economist and kill him. The woman, Elsa, shoots him. She apparently knows what Sayid is up to, too. But Sayid shoots back, killing her.

Wounded in the shoulder, Sayid goes to what looks like an animal hospital/shelter or laboratory that's closed for the night. Someone, we don't see his face, stitches Sayid up--chastising him for thinking with his heart, not his head. We see that this person is Ben. He's given Sayid a list of people to kill. Killing these people will help Sayid's friends, Ben says.

Back in island time, the helicopter crew agrees to bring the survivors off the island if they retrieve Charlotte from Locke. Sayid, Kate and Miles go to the Others' barracks to do this, but are captured by Locke and his crew. Sayid strikes a bargain, though, he gives Locke Miles and brings Charlotte back to the helicopter.

Frank, the helicopter pilot, reluctantly agrees to bring a couple of the survivors with him to the waiting freighter--there's little fuel left in the chopper and he can only take a light load. Sayid and Desmond go along.



Questions/clues/observations:

* Why has Sayid become an assassin for Ben? Who are the people Ben is after? Are they associated with Matthew Abbaddon and/or the Dharma Initiative?

* Back on the island, Sayid finds a secret room in Ben's home. It's full of clothing. In the the desk, there's a drawerful of currency from different countries and fake passports, each bearing Ben's photograph. Looks like Mr. Born on the Island is a traveling man. Is he some sort of spy? What's he up to?

* On the island, Daniel the physicist asks the freighter crew to shoot over a rocket payload to the island. It launches but doesn't land until 31 minutes later. There's some freaky time anomaly between the island and the rest of the world.

* The bracelet Sayid spots on Naomi's wrist looks the same as the one Elsa is wearing. It seems this means they work for the same organization. When Sayid first sees the bracelet, it seems like he recognizes it somehow.



* Naomi's bracelet reads: "N. I'll always be with you. R.G." Who is R.G.? Could the R stand for "Richard," Ben's Other pal?

* Ben and Sayid refer to a list--presumably a "to kill" list. What's up with Ben and his lists? Back on the island, the Others have a list of "good" people among the survivors that, apparently, Jacob provided.

* Sayid is one of the Oceanic 6. So we've got him, Hurley, Jack and Kate (although, I'm still not convinced she's officially among them, being a fugitive. Wouldn't she be in jail if the world knew she was back?). Who are the rest?

* Locke goes to where he thinks he'll find Jacob's cabin, but it's not there? Earlier, when Hurley saw it, the cabin seems to be moving around, appearing in several different spots and disappearing. What explains this?

* Does the island move around in time and dimension just like Jacob's cabin?

* Confronted by Desmond, Frank reveals he isn't working for Penelope. He doesn't even know her. Frank, Miles and the rest seems to be in the dark about a lot of the details of what's going on. They just know they're on the island to get Ben.



Also see:

Lost Season 4 Episode Guide
The Best Lost Sites on the Web
Lost: What we STILL don't know

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Underrrated pop groups of the 60s: The Zombies

Sure, you've heard "Time of the Season," "She's Not There" and maybe even "Tell Her No," but there's more pleasure to be had from this band than a few British Invasion-linked top singles.

Connoisseurs of 60s pop, of course, have made the band's 1967 LP Odessey and Oracle a cult classic--as well it should be. It, and a good compilation of the group's singles, belong in any self-respecting record collection.



I enjoy The Zombies' BBC recordings, as well. I have a batch on an LP Rhino Records put out in the 80s at some point, but there are newer, more comprehensive collections out now on CD. Great stuff, with some fun, brief interviews and cool voiceover intros by BBC announcer Brian Matthews (familiar from his appearances on the Beatles and Who BBC compilations).

The band was comprised of keyboardist Rod Argent (who later led a band under his last name, which charted a hit, "Hold Your Head Up," in 1972 and also recorded "God Gave Rock and Roll to You," which was later covered by Kiss), vocalist Colin Blunstone, guitarist Paul Atkinson, bassist Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy.



I love Blunstone's cool, breathy vocals. The combination of it and Argent's often jazzy Hammond riffs gives the group a unique sound that stands out from the other, mostly guitar-based British Invasion bands. And the harmonies are awesome, particularly on the various Odessey and Oracle tracks. I remember a review that described the album as sounding like the Beach Boys in Westminster Abbey, and that's apt.

Actually Odessey was recorded in Abbey Road, just after the Beatles wrapped up Sgt. Pepper. And it was put on tape by the same engineer, Geoff Emerick.

If you haven't heard the album, you should. It stands up there with Pet Sounds, Revolver, Aftermath and other mid-60s greats.

Zombies CDs


Decca Stereo Anthology (all the band's pre-Odessey album and singles for Decca)


Odessey and Oracle (straight remaster of the original, in stereo)


Odessey and Oracle (Big Beat release containing both the mono and stereo versions-it's worth it)


Live at the BBC (a remastered and much-expanded compilation of the Rhino LP that came out in the 1980s)


Zombie Heaven 4-CD Box Set (includes all singles, album tracks, BBC recordings and rarities)


Into the Afterlife (post break-up collaborations and rarities)

DVD


* Live at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London (featuring one of the Argent-Blunstone reunion shows)

Zombies on Youtube:

The Zombies on "Shindig" Tell Her No

The Zombies (Shindig) - It's Alright With Me

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A London flat once shared by the Beatles is for sale for £1.75 million.

Manager Brian Epstein found them the top-floor flat in Green Street, Mayfair, to give them some privacy during their time in the capital.

The property holds a unique place in history because it is the only home in which all four Beatles lived together.

An early publicity photo of the Fab Four peering over a bannister, used as the cover for the December 1963 edition of The Beatles Book, was taken at the top of the communal stairwell.

The band stayed for only a few months - Paul McCartney soon moved in with then girlfriend Jane Asher's family in nearby Wimpole Street, while John Lennon rented another London property with first wife Cynthia.




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Chris' Invincible Super Blog offers up some comics-centric Valentine's. This one was my fave. Not necessarily the most tasteful, but you know...



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And how's this for romance? Superman and Lois Lane's first kiss, from Mail it To Team-Up.

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The teaser trailer for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is up. Check it out here.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie details

The first solo X-Men film, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, is set for May 1 release, USA Today reports.

The film will trace Wolverine's past as he discovers the world of mutants and, ultimately, the ominous Weapon X program, which turns people into living weapons.

Jackman is tight-lipped on plot details, though he says the film will hardly be a one-mutant story.

Wolverine's nemesis Sabretooth "is going to play a big part in it. And there will be a good bit of cameos" of new and familiar mutants, he says. "But you can't give too much away, because fans are pretty hard-core. Their expectations go up a level every time you come out with a new film."


Here's teaser art for the movie:

Star Trek film bumped to 2009 release

J.J. Abrams' new "Star Trek" film won't be out this Christmas, Variety reports.

Paramount decided the flick would be a bigger money maker if released May 8, so it can play throughout the typical blockbuster summer season.

"Star Trek" has no competition in its new slot -- at least not so far, although it opens one week after 20th Century Fox bows "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and one week before Sony is slated to bow sequel "Angels and Demons."

Paramount also dated two titles. Martin Scorsese's Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer "Shutter Island" will be released Oct. 2, 2009.

14 Days of Love: Crazy romance comic book covers

Happy Valentine's Day!

Don't forget Lost tonight!

Here's teaser text for tonight's "Lost."

Then come back here tomorrow for a full look at the episode, including observations and clues.

Also see:

Lost Season 4 Episode Guide
The Best Lost Sites on the Web
Lost: What we STILL don't know

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Upcoming comics April 2008

We reviewed DC and Marvel's planned releases for April 2008. Here are items of interest from other publishers.

Click the title links to pre-order titles from Amazon.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer SEASON 8 VOL 2 NO FUTURE FOR YOU

Brian K. Vaughan (W), Joss Whedon (W), Georges Jeanty (P), Cliff Richards (P), Andy Owens (I), Dave Stewart (C), and Jo Chen (Cover) On sale June 4 FC, 120 pages $15.95 TPB, 7" x 10"
When a rogue debutant Slayer begins to use her power for evil, Giles is forced to recruit the rebellious Faith, who isn't exactly known for her good deeds. Giles offers Faith a clean slate if she can stop this snooty Slayer from wreaking total havoc - that is, if Buffy doesn't beat her to it. Georges Jeanty (The American Way) remains at the top of his game as series artist, and Whedon continues as Executive Producer in this direct follow-up to Season Seven of the smash-hit TV series. * Collecting issue #6-10 of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight series.


CREEPY ARCHIVES

Various (W/A) On sale June 18 b&w, 232 pages $49.95 HC, 8 3/8" x 10 7/8"
Gather up your wooden stakes, your blood-covered hatchets, and all the skeletons in the darkest depths of your closet, and prepare for a horrifying adventure into the darkest corners of comics history. Dark Horse Comics further corners the market on high quality horror storytelling with one of the most anticipated releases of the decade, a hardcover archive collection of legendary Creepy Magazine. This groundbreaking material turned the world of graphic storytelling on its head in the early 1960s, as phenomenal young artists like Bernie Wrightson and Neal Adams reached new artistic heights with their fascinating explorations of classic and modern horror stories. * Brilliant, classic Creepy stories from 1964-1966 raised from the dead after twenty-five years. * Featuring work by such comics luminaries as Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Alex Toth, and Frank Frazetta. * Archive editions of Creepy will be the cornerstone of any comic-book library. * Volume One reprints the first five terrifying issues of the magazine's original run, reprinted in the original magazine size!


INDIANA JONES OMNIBUS VOL 2

Various (W/A) On sale June 25 FC, 384 pages $24.95 TPB, 6" x 9"
Excitement and danger follow Dr. Henry Jones Jr. around the globe in this collection of classic, long-out-of-print stories! From Greece to Germany, the South Pacific to the seas of the Vikings, his race against the Nazis to recover artifacts like the Golden Fleece, the Philosopher's Stone, or the Spear of Destiny will run him afoul of legendary monsters, ancient cults, and armies of the undead! Undeniably thrilling, these are the stories that define the meaning of adventure. * Collects Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece #1-2, Indiana Jones and the Shrine of the Sea Devil, Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix #1-4, Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny #1-4, Indiana Jones and the Sargasso Pirates #1-4. * Cover art by Dave Dorman!


COMIC ARF

by Various
Another great Arf book for 2008, featuring one of the greatest cartoonists of all time - Milt Gross! The Gross-ness begins on the cover with a stunning painting by the Count of Cartoons depicting Uncle Sam as he grinds up a sea of immigrants into a parade of classic comic strip characters. During the 1920s Gross drew a comic strip that left the last panel blank for aspiring artists. Arf series editor Craig Yoe has drafted a Who's Who of contemporary cartoonists to complete Gross' unfinished masterpieces, among them Art Spiegelman, Patrick McDonnell, R. Crumb, Bil Keane, Johnny Ryan, Jaime Hernandez, Mike Mignola, and more! For the history buff, Comic Arf delivers with showcases of Dudley Fisher, Arch Dale, and a hard-hitting chapter entitled "The 15 Most Powerful Anti-War Cartoons of History." SC, 9x12, 120pgs, B&W SRP: $19.99


HANK KETCHAMS COMPLETE DENNIS THE MENACE VOL 4 1957-1958

by Hank Ketcham
No one captured the mischievousness, rambunctiousness, and anarchy of a kid's world better than cartoonist Hank Ketcham with Dennis the Menace. This fourth volume of Hank Ketcham's The Complete Dennis the Menace publishes every single panel strip from 1957 and 1958 in one handsome and thick hardcover volume. (AUG073646) (C: 1-0-0) NOTE: Not available in the U.K. (May Purchase from U.K. Vendor) HC, 5.5x6, 672pgs, B&W SRP: $24.95


WALT DISNEYS VACATION PARADE #5

by Carl Barks, Floyd Gottfredson & Ken Hultgren
Uncle Scrooge's zoo houses the world's rarest animals, until he sends Donald and Gladstone on Carl Barks' "Trail of the Unicorn!" Then Scrooge himself stars in Kari Korhonen's "Treasure Treasury," and Mickey battles a monster puma in Ken Hultgren's must-requested "Seven-Colored Terror!" Vintage 1932 Floyd Gottfredson gags wrap the book. SC, 80pgs, FC SRP: $9.95


SKYROADS VOL 1
by Jay Meader & Russel Keaton
Almost 100 strips of this classic syndicated feature by Russel Keaton from 1935 are collected here! This never-before-reprinted run features adventures in China, pre-dating Terry and the Pirates action in that area. Features an introduction by comics historian Jay Meader. SC, 56pgs SRP: $8.00


JAMES BOND PARADISE PLOT

by Ian Fleming, Jim Lawrence & John McLusky
Stand by for two more adventures with the world's greatest and most famous secret agent, James Bond, as some of his most thrilling ultra-rare stories are collected for the first time ever in a deluxe collectors' library edition! In this latest action-packed volume, Bond teams up with fellow 00 agent Suzi Kew once again on another sun-soaked escapade, "The Paradise Plot!" This new, never-before-collected edition also features Lawrence and McLusky's rarely seen story "Death Mask!" Plus, a new introduction by Lois Chiles from the film Moonraker and an exclusive feature on rare and unusual James Bond comics from around the world! (C: 0-1-2) SC, 9x12, 104pgs, B&W SRP: $19.95


KIRBY FIVE OH 50 YEARS OF KING OF COMICS

(The Jack Kirby Collector #50)
The publication that started the TwoMorrows juggernaut presents Kirby Five-Oh!, a special look at the best of everything from Jack Kirby's 50-year career in comics! The regular columnists from The Jack Kirby Collector magazine have formed a distinguished panel of experts to choose and examine the best Kirby stories published each year from 1938-1987! Plus, the best covers from each decade! Jack's 50 best unused pieces of art! His 50 best character designs! Also, profiles and commentary by the 50 people most influenced by Kirby's work! To wrap it up, there's a 50-page gallery of Kirby's powerful raw pencil art, and a deluxe color section of photos and finished art from throughout his entire half-century oeuvre! (Twomorrows Publishing) RES. from Previews Vol. XVII #12 (DEC073947) SC, 10x14, 168pgs, PC SRP: $19.95

More Beatles U.S. picture sleeves

Here's another batch of Beatles 45 rpm picture sleeves from Capitol Records:



















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Comic Book Galaxy has links to some well worth reading pieces relating to comics scribe Steve Gerber, who died earlier this week.

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There's a new strip by Gilbert Hernandez on the Dark Horse Comics MySpace page.

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From ComicMix: Steve Ditko's revenge.

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The Coen Brothers next film will be an adaptation of Micheal Chabon's "Yiddish Policemen's Union."

In the book, Chabon follows a group of Jewish settlers who are about to be displaced by U.S. government's plans to turn the frozen locale of Sitka, Alaska, over to Alaskan natives.

The book is a noir-style murder mystery with a rogue cop investigating the murder of a heroin-addicted chess prodigy


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The Frank Frazetta fest continues at Golden Age Comic Book Stories. The blog has been sharing some fabulously illustrated romance stories Frazetta did back in the 1950s. Gorgeous stuff.

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TV Guide talks to "Lost" producer Carlton Cuse about his plans for the show now that the writers strike is over.

What came out of your meeting with ABC today?
Cuse: Damon [Lindelof] and I are going to try to make five more episodes before the end of May, which is ambitious. But we've found ourselves in a situation where we had eight episodes of story planned, and we're going to try to fit that into five hours of the show. Even though it's going to be very hard to execute, we felt like any less would be doing a disservice to the story we had planned. We really want to give the fans the best possible experience and ending... to Season 4.

Any chance that the first of the five episodes will air the week after that last pre-strike episode — thus eliminating any scheduling gap?
Cuse: No, there's probably going to be four weeks between the airing of the first batch of episodes and our new episodes.

What will happen to the three "lost" episodes? Will they roll over into next season's 16, or will they vanish forever?
Cuse: Damon and I remain committed to producing the 40 additional hours of the show that we promised. We haven't figured out exactly when we'll put those other three on, but we're not eliminating them from the show. You will get those three episodes downstream.

14 Days of Love: Crazy romance comic book covers

Counting down to Valentine's Day, here's entry 13. Time to buy some sticky chocolate for your loved one, you lazy bum!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New comics Feb. 13, 2008

Here's what will be in shops this week. Click links to order items from Amazon.

DARK HORSE COMICS

DEC070024 BPRD 1946 #2 (OF 5) $2.99
DEC070041 EVIL DEAD #2 (OF 4) $2.99
NOV070020 GOON #21 $2.99

DC COMICS

NOV070256 APOTHECARIUS ARGENTUM VOL 04 $9.99
DEC070276 ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE SPECIAL #2 BEAUTIE $3.99
DEC070200 BAT LASH #3 (OF 6) $2.99
DEC070261 BATMAN STRIKES #42 $2.25
DEC070197 BOOSTER GOLD #0 $2.99
NOV070225 CONNOR HAWKE DRAGONS BLOOD TP $19.99
DEC070184 COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS 11 $2.99
NOV070255 DOKKOIDA VOL 01 $9.99
JUN070198 DR THIRTEEN ARCHITECTURE AND MORTALITY TP $14.99
DEC078059 FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH #2 (OF 6) 2ND PTG $2.99
DEC070282 GEN 13 #17 $2.99
DEC070192 GOTHAM UNDERGROUND #5 (OF 9) $2.99
DEC070198 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #5 $2.99
DEC070229 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #21 $2.99
OCT070196 GREEN LANTERN VOL 01 THE SINESTRO CORPS WAR $24.99
DEC070233 JLA CLASSIFIED #52 $2.99
OCT060202 JUSTICE VOL 02 $19.99
DEC070264 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES IN THE 31ST CENTURY #11 $2.25
NOV070260 PALETTE OF 12 SECRET COLORS VOL 02 $9.99
DEC070193 SALVATION RUN #4 (OF 7) $2.99
NOV070243 SHOWCASE PRESENTS ENEMY ACE TP VOL 01 $16.99
DEC070212 SIMON DARK #5 $2.99
DEC070203 SUICIDE SQUAD RAISE THE FLAG #6 (OF 8) $2.99
JUN070210 SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION THE DOMINATOR WAR TP $14.99
DEC070217 SUPERMAN #673 $2.99
NOV070242 TIME MASTERS TP $19.99
DEC070260 TINY TITANS #1 $2.25
FEB078231 TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 03 YEAR OF THE BASTARD $12.99
OCT058076 TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 06 GOUGE AWAY $14.99
NOV070262 VENUS IN LOVE VOL 02 $9.99
DEC070242 WONDER WOMAN #17 $2.99

IMAGE COMICS

SEP071980 BRIT #4 $2.99
DEC072050 GUTWRENCHER #1 (OF 3) $3.50
DEC072093 JACK STAFF #14 $3.50
OCT071967 NEXT ISSUE PROJECT #1 $5.99

MARVEL COMICS

DEC072170 AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #17 $2.99
NOV072129 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #550 BND $2.99
NOV072141 BLACK PANTHER #34 $2.99
NOV072139 CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 (OF 5) $2.99
DEC072174 CIVIL WAR CHRONICLES #8 $4.99
DEC072274 EXILES 16 STARTING OVER $19.99
DEC072181 FANTASTIC FOUR #554 $2.99
DEC078057 FANTASTIC FOUR #554 BIANCHI VAR $2.99
NOV078183 FANTASTIC FOUR #554 MEGACON SUYDAM SKRULL VAR PI
NOV078182 FANTASTIC FOUR #554 SUYDAM SKRULL VAR $2.99
DEC072182 FANTASTIC FOUR LOST ADVENTURE $4.99
DEC072183 GHOST RIDER #20 $2.99
NOV072149 IRON MAN ENTER MANDARIN #5 (OF 6) $2.99
DEC072191 IRON MAN POWER PACK #4 (OF 4) $2.99
DEC072194 MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK #8 $2.99
DEC072197 MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #36 $2.99
DEC072201 MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #6 $3.99
DEC072206 NEW AVENGERS #38 SII $2.99
DEC072229 NEW EXILES #2 $2.99
DEC072209 NOVA ANNUAL #1 $3.99
DEC072212 PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #16 $2.99
FEB041621 RUNAWAYS PRIDE AND JOY DIGEST $7.99
DEC072270 SPIDER MAN BACK IN BLACK $24.99
DEC072169 SPIDER-MAN FAMILY #7 $4.99
DEC072272 SUB-MARINER REVOLUTION $14.99
DEC072164 ULTIMATE IRON MAN II #3 (OF 4) $2.99
DEC072225 WOLVERINE #62 DWS $2.99
DEC072224 X-FACTOR #28 DWS $2.99
DEC072221 X-FORCE #1 DWS $2.99

WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT

DEC073289 TOYFARE TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED CVR #128 $4.99

COMICS

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Jack Kirby photo collage page

Up for bid on eBay, this is an example of Jack Kirby's photo-collage work, seen sporadically in comics he illustrated throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

This isn't the collage itself, by a photostat made of the original, mounted on standard comic book art paper with a caption blurb attached to it.

Due to the relatively primitive printing in comics of that time, the collages never looked quite as they should've in published stories, but they still looked pretty cool. They are yet another aspect of Kirby's super-imaginative and innovative work.

According to the auction details, this example appeared in DC Comics' Weird Mystery #3 published in 1972, but was originally created for the unpublished second issue of Kirby's Spirit World magazine.

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As he wished, a quote from The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks" will grace the late BBC DJ John Peel's tombstone.

He was quoted as saying he would like the song's line "our teenage dreams so hard to beat" on his tombstone.

The DJ is buried in St Andrew's Church, in the village of Great Finborough, Suffolk, where he lived for 33 years.

Peel's widow, Sheila Ravenscroft, said: "We have put the words on the stone that he would've wanted. I wouldn't dare do anything else!"


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Deal alert: Amazon is offering 50 percent off lots of DVD box sets, including the "James Bond Ultimate Collectors Set," "Planet of the Apes Legacy Collection," and more.

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There will be a new "Star Wars" film in theaters this summer.

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" opens Aug. 15, and it's a feature length animated prologue to the all-CGI series coming this fall on Cartoon Network and TNT.


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Jon's Random Acts of Geekery rounds up a bunch of Marvel Comics Slurpee cups.

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Journalista reports on the death of comics scribe Steve Gerber and Gerber's recent difficulties with Marvel Comics over rights to his creations.

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Via Occasional Superheroine, here's the coolest tribute to Steve Gerber I've seen today.

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On a more serious note, the Comics Reporter has a very nice and detailed overview of Gerber's life and career.

Lost Feb. 28 episode preview

Highlight the hidden text for a teaser of the Feb. 28 episode of "Lost."

UPDATED: See a full description of this episode with clues and observations here!

Also see a trailer for the episode and hear the official "Lost" podcast.

DESMOND EXPERIENCES SOME STRANGE SIDE EFFECTS ON THE WAY TO THE FREIGHTER, ON ABC'S "LOST"

"The Constant" - Sayid and Desmond hit a bit of turbulence on the way to the freighter, which causes Desmond to experience some unexpected side effects, on "Lost," THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 (9:00-10:02 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, Terry O'Quinn as Locke and Harold Perrineau as Michael.

Guest starring are Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Sonya Walger as Penelope "Penny" Widmore, Graham McTavish as sergeant, Darren Keefe as Billy, Edward Conery as auctioneer, Marc Vann as doctor, Fisher Stevens as George Minkowski, Kevin Durand as Keamy and Anthony Azizi as Omar.

"The Constant" was written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof and directed by Jack Bender.

Also see:

Lost Season 4 Episode Guide
The Best Lost Sites on the Web
Lost: What we STILL don't know


Fresh Iron Man movie pictures

Here are a few recent pics from the upcoming Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr., Gyneth Paltrow, Terence Howard and others.













This season of Lost to have 13 eps instead of 16

The recent writers strike has had probably a bigger impact on "Lost" than on most other TV dramas,given the fourth season's late start.

Only eight episodes were scripted before the strike. And, now that the strike looks as if it's resolved, there won't be enough time for cast and crew to do the expected eight more. Instead of 16 episodes this season,it looks as if the show will have no more than 13.

More details in this Hollywood Reporter interview with "Lost" producer Carlton Cruse.

Cuse said he's happy with the outcome of the strike and can't wait to go back to his day job on "Lost."

"We're going to have to hit the ground running, go from zero to 100 mph in a matter of days to make as many episodes as possible," he said.

The goal for Cuse and co-showrunner Damon Lindelof is to produce five more episodes this season, a tall order given the time constraints and the scope of storytelling and production on "Lost." Even with five additional hours, Cuse and Lindelof will be three episodes short of the premapped fourth season.

"We will have to condense some stories," Cuse said.

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