Monday, March 31, 2008
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Keep It Simple Van Morrison
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Shine a Light Rolling Stones
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Singles, Vol. 5 James Brown
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Alvin and the Chipmunks
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Father Knows Best
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Doctor Who - The Time Warrior
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The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom and Ringo
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Flatt & Scruggs TV Show - Vol. 6
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According to a press release:
The remastered Sheena collection from Devil's Due Publishing features never before reprinted issues of Jumbo Comics and Sheena Comics.
Over 144 pages of Sheena stories from the 1930's, 1940's, 1950's comprise the new volume, accompanied by an essay from current Sheena: Queen of the Jungle writer Steven E. de Souza (Commando, Die Hard). The same comics were once decried by Dr. Frederic Wertham for "torture, bloodshed, and lust in an exotic setting" in his infamous 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent. The comics came from Eisner/Iger Studios, helmed by comic book legends Will Eisner and Jerry Iger.
You can pre-order the book now from Amazon.
Sure, this is the unit that gave us Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Jim Messina and Rickie Furay but its own music shouldn't be overlooked.
Outside of one big single--Stills' "For What it's Worth," a #7 hit in 1967--the group recorded two must-have albums, and a third less noteworthy release, before reported testiness between Stills and Young caused its split in 1968.
There's lots of good stuff on these LPs--early country rock, Beatles- and Byrds-influenced pop and listener's first exposure the songwriting talents of Stills and Young.
Buffalo Springfield CDs
Buffalo Springfield Again
The Last Time Around
Buffalo Springfield Box Set
Buffalo Springfield Books
There's Something Happening Here: The Story of Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth by John Einarson and Richie Furay
Buffalo Springfield on YouTube:
Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth -Smother Bros show
Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth (Monterey 1967)
Rock 'n' Roll Woman - Buffalo Springfield
Longtime Beatles insider Neil Aspinall passed away while this blog was on break last week. Nobody had a greater claim to the title of Fifth Beatle than him, having started as the band's road manager in the early 60s and going on to oversee their Apple Corps empire. Paul McCartney pays tribute here, and Yoko Ono remembers here.
Speaking of Beatles, here's comic book great Jack Kirby's illustration of Paul and Linda McCartney, and the story of how the King met the couple.
The comic book world is abuzz over a recent court decision granting the heirs of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster partial rights to their creation, Superman. It remains to be seen how all this will affect future Superman movies, comics, etc., but you can get a pretty good overview on things from this New York Times article.
In other major comic book news, DC Comics plans a hardcover reprint of the classic "The Monster Society of Evil" storyline, which first appeared in Captain Marvel Adventures #22-46. More than a year ago, I'd speculated such a project was in the works many months ago, so it's great to have official confirmation.
Comics scribe/historian Roy Thomas wrote a lengthy piece about the storyline in his fab Alter Ego mag last year. You can read it here.
Friday, March 21, 2008
David Hajdu's history of the 1950s comic book panic, "The Ten-Cent Plague" gets favorable reviews from The Forward and Harrisburg's Patriot-News.
Hajdu provides a captivating, insightful and detailed look at how American parents in the 1950s became convinced that the crime, horror and romance comics their kids were devouring would turn them into sociopaths.
He builds his history slowly, taking readers through a basic history of how the medium took shape in America and describing how artists such as Charles Biro and publishers such as EC's Bill Gaines saw a way to sell books by offering lurid, pulpy stories of criminals, killers, vampires and other monsters.----------
The Disney Channel is doing an animated update of Enid Blyton's "Famous Five."
The animated series was given the seal of approval by Blyton's eldest daughter, Gillian Baverstock, before she died at the age of 76 last year.
"We tried to imagine where the original Famous Five would go in their lives," Jeff Norton from Chorion, which owns the rights to Blyton's books, told the Press Association.
"Because George was such an intrepid explorer in the original novels we thought it would be only natural that she travelled to India, to the Himalayas, where she fell in love with Ravvi. That's the back story (to Jo)."We spoke to Enid Blyton's daughter and she thought her mother would love what we have done," he added.
Dial B for Blog posts an interesting Easter offering from Neal Adams.
Daily posts resume March 31 or so.
Dark Buffy : Gellar admitted that both Whedon and Noxon had to "talk her down off the ledge" a few times during the controversial sixth season, which saw Buffy morph from a butt-kicking heroine into a dark, bitter basket case. Ultimately, Whedon agreed that the real Buffy had "been gone to long" that season.
Unsung hero : Gellar agreed with Whedon’s assessment of Kristine Sutherland (aka Buffy’s mom) being one "of the most underrated" actresses working today.
More Buffy : Whedon acknowledged that "so many stars would have to allign" in order to pull off a Buffy movie. "But," he added, "I think it would be really cool."
Sayid and Desmond confront "Kevin Johnson," who is really their fellow crash survivor Michael, demanding to know how he came to be on the freighter. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn the story.
Although he and Walt did make it back from the island thanks to Ben, Michael is haunted, literally, by the deaths of Ana Lucia and Libby, who he killed when freeing Ben from the Hatch. He has visions of Libby a couple of times. Walt, apparently, won't talk to him because he knows what Michael has done.
After pawning the watch Jin gave him in exchange for a handgun, Michael creeps into a New York alley to shoot himself, but is stopped by, of all people!, Mr. Friendly/Tom from the island. Turns out Tom is one of those Others who comes and goes from the island (and lives well, staying in penthouse suites, when he does so), and he has a job for Michael to do. Michael must go undercover and kill those aboard Widmore's freighter before it can reach the island. Doing so will save everyone on the island.
Tom also claims Widmore is behind the staged Oceanic wreckage, having dug up 324 bodies from a mass grave in Thailand, buying a junked plane and sinking it in the ocean in order to cover up the location of the island, which he's somehow found and wants.
But once he's aboard the freighter, Michael gets a message from Ben, who tells him it's too early to do the deed. Ben wants a list of everyone on the ship, because some are innocent and can't be killed (there we go with these mysterious lists again). So Michael evidently goes about making his list. He's also the guy behind the destruction of the ships radio room and the disabling of its engines.
When Sayid hears all this, he grabs Michael and brings him to the freighter captain, outing Michael as a spy for Ben--after all, the Captain has given Sayid and Desmond the impression that it was Ben who staged the fake wreck, and they think Widmore is their key to rescue.
Meanwhile, back in Locke-town, Ben spills the beans to everyone about Michael being his spy and makes it clear to them that Widmore's people are there to seize the island and kill everyone on it. He also secretly urges Alex and Karl to go with Danielle to an area of the island called "the sanctuary." That's where the Others have vanished to, and it'll be a safe place when Widmore's people reach the island.
But as those three make their way to the sanctuary, both Karl and Danielle are suddenly shot and killed. Alex, fearing she's next raises her hands and calls out that she is Ben's daughter.
* Who fired the shots that killed Karl and Danielle? Most likely it was the mercenary types shown doing target practice office on the freighter. Remember, we saw Frank leaving in the helicopter on a "mission" of some sort. I think he brought the mercenaries to the island and they've begun their attack.
* What will happen to Michael, now that he's been outed as a spy?
* Miles has some pretty cool psychic powers. He knew that "Kevin" wasn't Michael's real name. But did he realize Michael that was a spy? If so, he kept it to himself. Maybe this was part of his con on Ben--he wants to get $3 million bucks out of him in exchange for saving him from Widmore.
* Frank tells Michael that he's aboard the freighter because he knows that the Oceanic wreckage shown on television isn't the real thing and Widmore evidently agrees. Does he really believe he's on a rescue mission?
* Libby, in Michael's first vision of her, is bringing him blankets. When he shot Libby in the Hatch, she was getting blankets.
* What's the story on the temple? Why is it a safe spot? What are the Others doing there?
* The tune on Michael's car radio when he tries to kill himself the first time is "It's Getting Better" by Mama Cass. In season 2, Desmond's listens to Cass' "Make Your Own Kind of Music" in the Hatch.
* Here's a translation of the inscription on the back of Jin's watch.
Lost Season 4 Episode Guide
The Best Lost Sites on the Web
Lost: What we STILL don't know
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Showcase Presents Superman Vol. 4 9/08
Showcase Presents Metal Men Vol. 2 9/08
Showcase Presents Blackhawk Vol. 1 10/08
Showcase Presents Wonder Woman Vol. 2 10/08
Showcase Presents World's Finest Vol. 2 10/08
Showcase Presents Sgt. Rock Vol. 2 11/08
Showcase Presents Supergirl Vol. 2 12/08
...the story of the controversy over comics has been told before, but on a certain scale. But there’s a great deal more to that story that has hasn’t been told. Especially the story of those people who suffered most from that purge…because they disappeared. And because they disappeared, because they haven’t done the comic-book conventions, they haven’t stayed in the scene; their stories were largely lost to time. The story of the purge is a tragedy, but what brings the tragedy to life is an understanding of how some people suffered by having their livelihoods taken from them, and being denied the ability to do something they were proud of and they treasured and they thought was important. Some of these people felt so wounded, they felt such a miscarriage of justice had happened, they felt so wronged, that they left comics and never looked back. They were bitter about their comics experience and they never looked back.
Golden Age Comic Book Stories shares several posts-worth of lovely Michael Kaluta art.
Jon's Random Acts of Geekery presents a nice selection of found-on-eBay original comic book art.
Deal alerts: Amazon is offering 50 percent off DVD season sets of sci-fi TV series such as "Buffy," "Angel" and "X-Files," and 58 percent off season set for class TV shows such as "Star Trek," "Wild Wild West," "Bewitched," "Hogan's Heroes," "Alfred Hitchock Presents," "Outer Limits" and more.
You can get details here.
See a trailer for the show here (when available) and hear the official "Lost" podcast.
SAYID CONFRONTS BEN'S SPY ON THE FREIGHTER, AND BEN PLEADS WITH DAUGHTER ALEX TO FLEE LOCKE'S CAMP TO SURVIVE AN IMPENDING ATTACK,
ON ABC'S "LOST"
Cynthia Watros Guest Stars as Libby
"Meet Kevin Johnson" - Sayid confronts Ben's spy on the freighter, and Ben urges daughter Alex to flee Locke's camp in order to survive an impending attack, on "Lost," THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (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 Cynthia Watros as Libby, M.C. Gainey as Mr. Friendly/Tom, Mira Furlan as Danielle Rousseau, Tania Raymonde as Alex, Blake Bashoff as Karl, Marsha Thomason as Naomi Dorrit, Ken Leung as Miles Straume, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Kevin Durand as Keamy, Anthony Azizi as Omar, Fisher Stevens as George Minkowski, Grant Bowler as Captain Gault, Jill Kuramoto as female anchor, Galyn Gorg as nurse, Starletta DuPois as mom, William P. Ogilivie as Gus, Francesco Simone as Arturo and James Locke as mechanic.
"Meet Kevin Johnson" was written by Elizabeth Sarnoff & Brian K. Vaughan and directed by Stephen Williams.
Lost Season 4 Episode Guide
The Best Lost Sites on the Web
Lost: What we STILL don't know
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
That's not to say that it won't happen. Someday. But, until it does, why should we (or, more specifically, I) care?
After all, there's nothing at all to prevent you from loading up Beatles tunes on your music player right now. I have the whole works on mine. If you already have all the Beatles' albums on CD, this is easy to do, of course. But if you don't have any Beatles CDs (and why the hell don't you?), surely somebody you know does. Or you could buy used copies cheap--for less than it would cost you do download them at a $1 a pop if and when they become available online--and then load them up.
So, I don't really understand the hubbub. Unless you're talking about remasters.
The gist of the iTunes rumors is that the Fabs' albums are being remastered before being placed online. And that IS exciting news, because they need remastering desperately. Digital technology has come a long way in the past 20 years and the sound of the Beatles CDs, and their mixes, could be vastly improved. If they're done right, I'm excited about hearing them. On CD. I won't download them because CDs just sound better than downloads. Plus, I like cover art and liner notes and all that.
Before he stepped down as head of Apple Corps, longtime Beatles' aide Neil Aspinall said the albums are/were being remastered, so I'm sure it's happening. And I'm pretty sure that the albums will be made available on iTunes. And I'll be excited (not about buying all those CDs, but about hearing them) when it all happens.
But, until it does happen, or at least until Apple (either one) comes out and says for a fact that it's happening and when, why continue getting all worked up about it?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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As mentioned in the "worst" post, the New Frontier series includes a pretty ugly Superman and a downright hideous Wonder Woman. Somehow, Darwyn Cooke's cool comics depictions just translate well into plastic. But that's not the case for the entire series. Check out this nice Batman and Doctor Fate. I like that there are wrinkles in the costuming--it's not that typical "painted-on" look. The anatomy is groovy and cartoony, yet not outrageous. I also like Batman's "eyebrows." And Doctor Fate has one of the niftiest costume designs in the history of comics. I love that helmet.
The Wonder Woman series 1, um, Wonder Woman is another nice recent figure. Based on Terry Dodson's art, which tends to be a tad, well, "over the top" in the anatomy department, the result is actually pretty attractive and normal looking. Yeah. Not many real-life women look like this. But it's not grotesquely exaggerated. And the face is nice.
The entire New Gods series looks great, in my opinion. They really capture that Jack Kirby look right down to the square knee caps and flat-ended fingers.
Most of the First Appearance series is very loyal to the comic book depictions, too. The Batman, for example, looks like he did on the cover of Detective Comics #27. I like the cloth cape.
The Shazam series is also pretty nice, although a bit generic. I would've loved to see Captain Marvel and Family depicted mid-40s style as drawn by C.C. Beck and co.
These figures look nice, but not cartoony enough. (Well, I guess at least Hoppy Bunny looks pretty cartoony).
Probably on account of the comics I love most (I'm a Silver- and Bronze-Age guy when it comes to superheroes), I think the Silver Age Batman and Superman series are the best work DC Direct has done to date. This Batman and Robin look like they stepped off a Carmine Infantino-drawn cover. And I prefer the Silver Age Superman to the newer Showcase presents version, which is supposed to be based on Curt Swan. To me, this one looks more like Swan's take on the character. And I think this Jimmy Olsen looks just great--I love the camera.
I'm looking forward to seeing what DC Direct does next, particularly now that the new Showcase Presents series is underway. I'm looking forward to a Kubert Sgt. Rock, a Kirby Challengers of the Unknown, a Nick Cardy Teen Titans, etc.