Friday, March 21, 2008

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Golden Age Comic Book Stories posts Basil Wolverton's sole "Meteor Morgan" tale.

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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.

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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.

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Dial B for Blog posts an interesting Easter offering from Neal Adams.

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Daily posts resume March 31 or so.

Buffy reunion details and pics!

Cast and crew members from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" got together for a panel discussion about the show at the Paley Center in Los Angeles last night. TV Guide has some highlights:

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."

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Lost clues: Meet Kevin Johnson ep. 8, season 4

Episode summary:

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.

Questions/clues/observations:

* 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.

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* What will happen to Michael, now that he's been outed as a spy?

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* 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.

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* What's the story on the temple? Why is it a safe spot? What are the Others doing there?

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* 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.

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Also see:

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

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Upcoming Showcase Presents collections from DC Comics

Here's a look at upcoming Showcase Presents volumes from DC Comics for later in 2008. Some may have been mentioned here before, others not. Click the links to pre-order them from Amazon.

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

Pop links

Author David Hajdu chats about his new book "The Ten-Cent Plague," which looks at the anti-comic book/juvenile delinquent scare of the 1950s.

...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.

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Golden Age Comic Book Stories shares several posts-worth of lovely Michael Kaluta art.

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Jon's Random Acts of Geekery presents a nice selection of found-on-eBay original comic book art.

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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.

Entire Elfquest comics series going online - for free

Richard and Wendy Pini's long-running Elfquest comic is being made available for free online with new issues added every Friday. Five issues are available now.

You can get details here.

Don't forget Lost tonight!

Highlight the hidden text below for info about the March 20, 2008 episode of "Lost."

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.

Also see:

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

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

First look at The Wolfman

Entertainment Weekly has a feature on the upcoming "Wolfman" flick starring Benicio Del Toro as the hirsute one. The story includes a chat with veteran makeup/special effects guy Rick Baker.

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New Speed Racer movie posters

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Wake me up when the Beatles are on iTunes

Last week saw another flareup of "The Beatles' catalog is going to be on iTunes!" rumors with absolutely no confirmation that the assertion was true. In fact, Apple (the iTunes' Apple, not the Beatles' Apple Corps) denied the whole thing.

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

Comics shipping March 19, 2008

Here's what's in comic book shops March 19. Click highlighted items to order at a discount from Amazon.

DARK HORSE COMICS

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DC COMICS

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IMAGE COMICS

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WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT

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COMICS

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Marvel Comics June 2008 solicitations

Click here to see the complete list of Marvel Comics 2008 solicitations.

Best DC Direct action figures

We slagged their worst, now here's a look at some of the best action figures DC Direct has produced to date.

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.

Pop links

Golden Age Comic Book Stories presents a nice array of works by fantasy/pulp artist Hannes Bok.

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Nicktoons will air animated Iron Man and Wolverine series in 2009.

The new series match up well with Nicktoons' core audience, boys ages 6 to 14, general manager Keith Dawkins says. Boys make up 65% of the audience for the Nickelodeon property. "Our audience loves superheroes and … animation," he says. The Marvel characters also will help raise the profile of the digital cable network, which reaches 50 million homes.

Other big-screen films are spawning TV animation, too. Nicktoons' animated Speed Racer: The Next Generation premieres May 2, a week before the live-action, big-screen Speed Racer. The computer-animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars opens in theaters in August, leading into a new fall cartoon series on Cartoon Network and TNT.



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Monday, March 17, 2008

DC Comics June 2008 solicitations

Click here to see the complete list of items DC Comics will release in June 2008.

And see solicitations for upcoming DC Direct products here.

CD new releases March 18, 2008

B0012IWHQO Volume One by She & Him, M. Ward, and Zooey Deschanel

B0012IWHKU Midnight Boom by The Kills

B00133MKRE Here Is What Is by Daniel Lanois

B00133MKVK Get the Party Started by Dame Shirley Bassey

B000IB0JLQ Tom Waits Jukebox by Various

B0012EOTWS Justice League : The New Frontier by Kevin Manthei

B00110YOF0 Boy Named Sue and His Other Country Songs by Shel Silverstein

B0012IWIMM Greatest The Singles Collection by Argent

B00124ZRL0 Django on the Radio by Django Reinhardt

DVD new releases March 18, 2008

Click titles to order from Amazon.

B00129W6LE Battlestar Galactica - Season Three
Buy New: $38.99

B0011U52EC Enchanted
Buy New: $14.99

B0013XZ6X4 Atonement
Buy New: $15.99

B00005JPTK I Am Legend
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