Wednesday, May 07, 2008

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Datajunkie goes on a crime (comics) spree.

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TV alert: "American Masters" on PBS profiles Marvin Gaye tonight. Check yer locals.

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Neatocoolville checks out the Mary Marvel fan club.

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Hear a recent Lou Reed concert on NPR.

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The Horrors of it All presents a classic Bill Everett Sub-Mariner tale.

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Stan Lee has made more sneaky movie cameos than Alfred Hitchcock, it seems.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars poster

Here's a poster for the upcoming "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" animated feature.

A two-minute preview of the film will air at 7:58 p.m. ET/PT May 8 on Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, CNN (this is serous, newsy stuff don't you know), and Boomerang.

The film opens in theaters Aug. 15 and will be followed by an ongoing Clone Wars series this fall on TNT.

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Marvel to launch kiddie 'toon

An animated series. For young kids. What will they think of next?

The 6-8 set is the target audience for a new Marvel Comics-based series called "Marvel Super Hero Squad."

It will feature such well-known heroes as Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Thor, Fantastic Four and Captain America; all occupy a caricatured Super Hero City and are thrust into humorous adventures as they thwart the villainous plans of Doctor Doom, Magneto, Loki, the Abomination and others.

Marvel is in discussions with networks for the distribution of "Squad," expected to be available for broadcast in 2009. The company already has two new series -- "Wolverine and the X-Men" and "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" -- set to debut early next year on Nicktoons.


Here's a trailer for the "Wolverine and the X-Men" series.

Comics shipping May 6, 2008

Here's what's in comic book shops today. Click the links to order discounted titles from Amazon.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Caption: Try 2

Here's my second idea for this week's New Yorker caption-a-cartoon contest:

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Yes, he says Jack Kirby sent him. And he's looking for Stan Lee!

Paging Stan Lee

We need dialogue for a Jack Kirby-inspired cartoon!

Via Mark Evanier, this week's New Yorker caption-a-cartoon contest features a drawing lifted from Marvel Comics' Tales to Astonish #34. Click here to add your idea for what the caption should say.

My attempt, which wouldn't make a lick of sense to non-comic book fanatics, is included here.

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No, it's definitely not Fin Fang Foom!

Comic book cover conventions: Seeing double

...and then some!

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Deal alert: Amazon is offering a wide range of two-for-one deals on TV shows on DVD sets.

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A whole mess of Marvel Comics-based cartoons are set for DVD release overseas over the next several months. U.S. residents can play them on machines that can handle Region 2 disks. If you're out of luck on that front, there's always hope they'll eventually be released over here. As I reported a while back, Jetix Entertainment has signed a deal to release at least some Marvel 'toons on DVD in the States.

Here's what will be available oversease:

May:
The Complete Incredible Hulk 1966
The Incredible Hulk 1996 Season One Part One

June:
Fantastic Four - Season One 1995
Spider-Man - Season One 1967
X-Men - Season One Part One 1992

July:
Silver Surfer - Season 1998 series
Spider-Woman - Volume One 1979 series
The Incredible Hulk - Season One Part Two 1996

August:
Fantastic Four - Season Two 1995
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends - Season One 1981
The Incredible Hulk - Complete 1982
X-Men - Season One Part Two 1992

September:
Fantastic Four - Complete 1978
Spider-Man - Season Two 1967
Spider-Woman - Volume Two 1979
The Incredible Hulk - Season Two 1996

Monday, May 05, 2008

CD new releases May 6, 2008

Click titles to order from Amazon.

B0016KHAY2 Momofuku Elvis Costello & the Imposters
Buy New: $9.97

B00007JS59 Lost (Original Television Soundtrack) [2-Discs] by Michael Giacchino
Buy New: $14.99

B00175G7MC Speed Racer
Buy New: $13.99

DVD new releases May 6, 2008

Click titles to order from Amazon.

B0012Z36F8 The 4400 - The Complete Fourth Season
Buy New: $24.99

B0014FAIYS Bewitched - The Complete Sixth Season
Buy New: $27.99

B0013D8L7C I'm Not There
Buy New: $22.99

B00153ZS30 Hiya Kids! A 50's Saturday Morning Box
Buy New: $27.99

B00172TIFS Grindhouse Occult Double Feature
Buy New: $29.99

Upcoming DVDs of interest

Here are some upcoming DVDs of possible interest to pop culture fans. Click the title links to pre-order any of them from Amazon.

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Batman - Gotham Knight (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Acclaimed screenwriters including David Goyer (Batman Begins) Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and Alan Burnett (Batman The Animated Series) join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spellbinding chapters chronicling Batman?s transition from novice crimefighter to Dark Knight. These globe-spanning adventures pit Batman against the fearsome Scarecrow the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman Deadshot. Using an arsenal of high-tech gadgetry from Wayne Industries Batman?s ethical boundaries exist only where he chooses to place them leaving some fearful of his power. The sharp storytelling complemented by stylish art from some of the world's most visionary animators masterfully depicts the blurred lines of Batman as man myth and legend.

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Popeye the Sailor: 1938-1940, Vol. 2
DISC 1
I Yam Love Sick
Plumbing Is A Pipe
The Jeep
Bulldozing The Bull
Mutiny Ain't Nice
Goonland
A Date To Skate
Cops Is Always Right
Customers Wanted
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Leave Well Enough Alone
Wotta Nitemare
Ghosks Is The Bunk
Hello, How Am I
It"s The Natural Thing To Do

DISC 2
Never Sock A Baby
Shalespearian Spinach
Females Is Fickle
Stealin' Ain't Honest
Me Feelin's Is Hurt
Onion Pacific
Wimmin Is A Myskery
Nurse-Mates
Fightin' Pals
Doin' Impossikible Stunts
Wimmin Hadn't Oughta Drive
Puttin On The Act
Popeye Meets William Tell
My Pop, My Pop
With Poopdeck Pappy
Popeye Presents Eugene The Jeep


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Sophia Loren 4-Film Collection (Neapolitan Carousel / Attila / Madame Sans-Gene / Sunflower)

Pop links

Dial B for Blog profiles original Justice League of America artist Mike Sekowsky.

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"Iron Man" is a box office success and Marvel Comics has already announced a sequel, along with other big screen adaptations:

Marvel plans to launch its 2010 film slate with the release of the sequel, Iron Man 2, on April 30, 2010, followed by the launch of Thor on June 4, 2010. Additionally, Marvel is planting its feature film stakes for summer 2011 with an Avengers-themed summer – a two-picture project which will debut on May 6, 2011 with The First Avenger: Captain America (working title), followed by The Avengers in July 2011.

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Take a look at the trailer for "Batman: Dark Knight."

Friday, May 02, 2008

Comic book cover conventions: R.I.P.

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CNN does a pretty decent writeup on comic book genius Jack Kirby.

...more than a decade after Kirby's death, the name still fits: He is "The King."

Consider some of the heroes Kirby helped create, many of which now pervade pop culture: The Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America.


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Speaking of Kirby: The online Jack Kirby Museum shares some costume designs Kirby did for a college production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."

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BBC Radio 4 is celebrating the centennial of James Bond creator Ian Fleming with special programming.

BBC Radio 4 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of James Bond creator Ian Fleming with the first full-length radio adaptation of Dr No, starring Toby Stephens and David Suchet.

The drama, which will air on Saturday May 24, will also star Samuel West, John Standing, Martin Jarvis and Peter Capaldi.

It is part of a season of Radio 4 programmes about the author, including a documentary, The Bond Correspondence, following Fleming's niece Lucy on a journey to find out more about her uncle, and James Bond, The Last Englishman, an exploration of what Bond tells us about post-imperial Britain.


You can hear Radio 4 programs on the BBC's audio-on-demand site.

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The Cleveland home where writer Jerry Siegel created Superman is being restored, Newsarama reports.

Tracey Kirksey, Executive Director of the Glenville Neighborhood Development Corporation, is spearheading the effort, and expects that the home will be restored this summer, in compliance with historic preservation standards. Upgrades will include a new roof, siding repair, new exterior paint and fresh landscaping. In addition, an historic plaque will be placed in front of the home.

...the Cleveland City Council has agreed to issue a proclamation honoring Siegel, [artist Joe] Shuster and Superman and the street signs on Kimberly and Amor (where Joe Shuster lived) will be given ceremonial names on the street signs to honor the two famous signs. And trust me, those suckers will be welded onto the pole to discourage souvenir seekers.

There will be block parties on the street where Superman was created in August, dates to be determined.


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A couple of fascinating revelations from Fred Hembeck today.

#1 Fred noticed that in the story I reported on about the Library of Congress receiving the original Steve Ditko art to Spider-Man's first appearance, some of the ink work is definitely not Ditko's. Looks like some other artist gave Liz Allan a slight tweaking in one panel.

#2 Altpop singer April March was once an art assistant for the reclusive Mr. Ditko. (I think I knew this at some point, but forgot. I dig April's music, though).

Don't forget Free Comic Book Day!

Tomorrow, May 3, is Free Comic Book Day. Visit your local shop and pick up some freebie comics. A variety of publishers--large to small--will be providing sample titles. You can check out the lineup here.

And don't forget to buy a comic or two, as well!

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Lost clues: Something Nice Back Home

Episode summary:

In flash forward:
Jack is living with Kate and they are raising Aaron. Jack is back at work as a surgeon, Kate is a happy mom. Jack even asks Kate to marry him. Things seem to be going well.

But then Jack has a vision of his dead father. He shakes this off, but then, after a visit with Hurley in the mental hospital--during which Hurley tells Jack about his visit with Charlie (also dead)--Jack is freaked out.

Hurley has a message for Jack from Charlie. It says: "". And Charlie said that Jack also would be receiving a visit.

Hurley tells Jack he thinks all of the Oceanic 6 are dead. They didn't really make it off the island.

That night at the hospital, Jack again sees his father. He asks a fellow doctor for a prescription for some stress-relieving meds. Back at home, Jack is drinking and mixed up emotionally. He's angry at Kate who--it turns out--was doing some sort of favor for Sawyer. Jack says Sawyer chose to stay behind and Kate shouldn't be doing anything for him.

Back in island time:
Jack is ill. Turns out it's his appendix and Juliet says it needs to come out stat.

Juliet sends Jin, Sun, Daniel and Charlotte to the medical hatch to retrieve supplies. During the trip, Jin becomes suspicious at the attention that Charlotte is paying to him and Sun as they speak Korean. He discovers she knows the language and tells her--in Korean--that he will harm Daniel unless Charlotte ensures that Sun gets off the island. Charlotte agrees to this.

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Juliet performs the operation, which is evidently successful. However, Rose wonders aloud to Bernard why is Jack getting ill when so many people, including herself, have been healed by the island? Is the island somehow telling Jack it doesn't want him to leave?

In the jungle: Sawyer, Claire, Baby Aaron and Miles are on their way back to the beach. They discover the shallowly buried bodies of Danielle and Karl and, a little later, encounter Frank Lapidus, the helicopter pilot. Franks says they need to hide, or the freighter troops will find and kill them, so they do.

That night, sleeping around a campfire, Claire awakes to find Aaron missing. He's nearby, being cradled by Christian Shepherd, the ostensibly dead father of both her and Jack. In the morning, Sawyer wakes up and finds that both Claire and Aaron are gone. Miles says they wandered off into the jungle with someone Claire called "Dad." He didn't bother to stop them, as Sawyer had earlier warned Miles to keep away from Claire.

Sawyer follows their trail into the jungle and discovers Aaron, but there's no sign of Claire.

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Questions/clues/observations:


* Was Kate talking on the phone to Cassidy, the mother of Sawyer's daughter, Clementine? What did Kate promise Sawyer she'd do?

* Or was Kate really doing something for Ben? Could be he recruited her, like he did Sayid, to help him out against Widmore.

* Is the ghost of Christian Shepherd really visiting folks, or is it a manifestation of Jacob or the Island (or both)? Perhaps Jacob is inhabiting Shepherd's body.

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* Where the heck did Claire go? And why did she leave Aaron behind?

* Jack, when he's drunk and angry, tells Kate that Aaron isn't "even related" to her? Does he realize that he's Aaron's uncle?

* Miles' psychic powers go off and he hears weird sounds and whispers when he, Sawyer and Claire discover the bodies of Danielle and Karl. Are the whispers heard occasionally on the island those of the dead, i.e. the Dharma Initiative people Ben killed?

* Jack is reading "Alice in Wonderland" to Aaron.

"Alice took up the fan and gloves, and, as the hall was very hot, she kept fanning herself all the time she went on talking: `Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle!' And she began thinking over all the children she knew that were of the same age as herself, to see if she could have been changed for any of them."

* There's a Dharma Initiative-looking object on Aaron's bed.

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* Daniel wonders where all the electrical power on the island comes from. Good question!

Also see:

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


Preview for next week's show:

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Up for auction: Original Captain Marvel comic book art

These two Captain Marvel pages from 1941--both attributed to artist George Tuska--are up for bid on eBay. Nice stuff!

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