Friday, June 27, 2008

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Dial B for Blog explores the secret origins of DC Comics' Hawk and Dove series.

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It's Howdy Doody time!

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The Horrors of it All wraps up a week of comic book stories featuring the always-excellent art of Alex Toth.

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Via Occasional Superheroine: Today's Best Thing Ever.

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Via the Comics Reporter: Talented comic book artist Cameron Stewart has a blog and has some nice stuff to see there.

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The Wrecking Crew--the group of studio musicians who supplied backing tracks for a zillion 1960s hits by the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Phil Spector and many more--has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Among those attending were Hal Blaine, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer on songs including "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Strangers in the Night," "Good Vibrations" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water"; guitarist Glen Campbell; Danny Tedesco, son of the late guitarist Tommy Tedesco; bassist Jimmy Bond; and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas.

Superman at 70: "TV movie" posters

At some point, some of the 1950s George Reeves "Adventures of Superman" were bundled together as feature films for distribution in theaters. Here are a couple of posters promoting the results:

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Superman Flies Again posters

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Superman and the Jungle Devil poster

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Superman at 70: Super stuff!

The first appearance of Superman, in Action Comics #1, was published 70 years ago this summer. It's hard to imagine American culture without him, or the zillion super-heroes that followed in his wake.

And while the presence of so many other heroes may've eclipsed the Man of Steel's popularity somewhat, he's still around us everywhere--in comics, on t-shirts, on TV and in toy stores. He's been merchandised nearly as much as Snoopy or Mickey Mouse.

I enjoy collecting images of pop culture ephemera (you have seen this site, haven't you?) and I thought it'd be fun to share some pics of various vintage Superman stuff.

I'll have several other Superman-related posts in coming days. Enjoy!


Syroco Superman statue




Superman horse shoe set


Superman swim fins






Superman Muscle-building set


Superman Crazy Foam


Superman light switch cover


Superman puzzle


Superman swinging toy


Superman wallet


Superman roller skates




Superman record player


Rubber Superman figure


Superman ash tray(!)


Superman squirt gun

More!

Belt.
Board game: box, pieces, interior, spinner.
Book, autographed by creators.
Captain Action figure (I think).
Ceramic bust.
Ceramic figures with telephone booth.
Colorforms set (box). interior.
Film strip.
Flying toy.
Folding tables.
Cheese!
Krypto Raygun (box).
Magic kit: 1, 2.
Macy's "Superman Adventure" admission ticket.
Premium picture. 2.
Picture disk, cover.
"Pinball" game
Puzzle.
"Red Backs
Ring (metal).
Ring (Kelloggs.
Rollover plane.
Scrap book.
Sneakers.
Socks (box).
Superboy game. Box. Board.
Valentines.
Wallet.
Watches: 1, 2.
Wooden figure, 2.
Wooden figurine.

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"Saturday Night Live" pays tribute to the George Carlin this weekend by re-airing the show's 1975 debut episode, which was hosted by the late comic.

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See a trailer for the upcoming "Wolverine and the X-Men" animated series.



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The Guardian reports on fan efforts to recreate lost 1960s "Doctor Who" episodes via comics and computer animation.



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Efforts to restore the Cleveland home of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel as part of the Man of Steel's 70th anniversary festivities this year have run into problems.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour finally coming to DVD

All I had to do was complain! I mean, after all, it's ridiculous that one of this nation's most controversial, influential TV programs isn't available on DVD when the likes of "Diff'rent Strokes" or "The Facts of Life" are readily available.

But now, the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" is finally on the way. Looks like it's gonna be one of those expensive Time-Life deals, though. Like "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "Get Smart," it'll be available at first only via this outlet and, presumably, later via general (discounted) release. After years as an expensive Time-Life "complete series" set, "Get Smart" is finally coming out in cheaper season sets from other outlets soon.

At any rate, with the Smothers Brothers, Time-Life is starting out with the controversial third season first, with a 5-disk best-of collection. According to Time-Life, it'll include:

* FIVE HOURS of bonus material including never-before-seen unedited content, exclusive interviews, and audio perspectives

* Features groundbreaking comedy by Steve Martin, George Carlin, Bob Newhart, David Steinberg and many others

* On camera introductions by Tom & Dick to EVERY episode

* Behind the scenes and rehearsal footage

* Classic performances by The Doors, Ray Charles, Donovan, Ike & Tina Turner and many others!

* PLUS the award-winning "Pat Paulsen for President" special, including newly uncovered, never-before-seen outtakes with Senator Robert F. Kennedy

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Comics shipping June 25, 2008

Here's a look at what's in comic book shops today. Click the titles links to pre-order discounted books from Amazon.

DARK HORSE COMICS

APR080077 BPRD ECTOPLASMIC MAN ONE SHOT $2.99

1593079710 The Chronicles Of Conan Volume 15
Author: Len Wein, J. M. DeMatteis, John Busc...; Buy New: $12.71
APR080013 CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #0  $0.99
APR080043 FEAR AGENT #22 1 AGAINST 1 (PT 1 OF 6) $2.99
FEB080060 GANTZ TP VOL 01 $12.95

1593079052 Indiana Jones Adventures Volume 1
Author: Philip Gelatt, Rick Lacy; Buy New: $6.95

FEB080062 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 09 $10.95
APR080093 PIGEONS FROM HELL #3 (OF 4) $2.99
APR080102 STAR WARS DARK TIMES #12 VECTOR PART 6 $2.99

DC COMICS



All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder, Vol. 1
Author: Frank Miller, Jim Lee; Buy New: $16.49
APR080190 BATMAN GOTHAM AFTER MIDNITE #2 (OF 12) $2.99
MAR080182 BATMAN JEKYLL AND HYDE TP $14.99
APR080248 CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #46 $2.25

B0015QR6NM Dark Knight Batman Bust
Buy New: $59.99


B0015R21UO Dark Knight The Joker Bust
Buy New: $59.95
APR080205 DC UNIVERSE SPECIAL REIGN IN HELL 80 PAGE GIANT $4.99
APR080166 FINAL CRISIS #2 (OF 7) $3.99
APR080210 GREEN LANTERN #32 $2.99

1401218016 Green Lantern Tales of the Sinestero Corps
Author: Ron Marz, Geoff Johns; Buy New: $19.79

APR080177 HUNTRESS YEAR ONE #4 (OF 6) $2.99
APR080213 JSA CLASSIFIED #39 $2.99
MAR080248 MOON CHILD VOL 11 $9.99
APR080257 NUMBER OF THE BEAST #6 (OF 8) $2.99
APR080260 PROGRAMME #12 (OF 12) $2.99
APR080259 SECRET HISTORY THE AUTHORITY HAWKSMOOR #4 (OF 6) $2.99
APR080182 SUPERMAN #677 $2.99


Superman Camelot Falls Vol. 1
Author: Kurt Busiek; Buy New: $10.39
APR080262 SUPERNATURAL RISING SON #3 (OF 6) $2.99

1401218067 Tangent Comics VOL 3
Author: Various; Buy New: $13.59

APR080170 TEEN TITANS #60 $2.99
MAR080250 TOWER OF THE FUTURE VOL 11 $9.99
APR080165 TRINITY #4 $2.99
NOV070320 WORLD OF WARCRAFT DRAENEI PALADIN FIGURE (RES) PI
NOV070321 WORLD OF WARCRAFT DRAENEI PALADIN MASTER CASE (RES) PI
NOV070318 WORLD OF WARCRAFT SER 2 GNOME WARRIOR AF (RES) PI
NOV070316 WORLD OF WARCRAFT SER 2 HUMAN WARRIOR AF (RES) PI
NOV070319 WORLD OF WARCRAFT SER 2 NIGHT ELF DRUID AF (RES) PI
NOV070317 WORLD OF WARCRAFT SER 2 TROLL PRIEST AF (RES) PI

IMAGE COMICS

APR082192 ALETHEIA #2 (OF 3) $3.50
DEC072148 FRESHMEN TP LTD SGN ED $39.99
APR082175 GIMOLES SECRETS OF THE SEASONS TP $14.99
APR082212 PILOT SEASON ALIBI #1 $3.99
JAN082061 SPAWN THE UNDEAD TP $24.99
APR082162 VIX #1 (OF 3) $3.50
NOV072115 WITCHBLADE GENERATIONS WIZARD WORLD EXCL T/S LG $17.99
NOV072114 WITCHBLADE GENERATIONS WIZARD WORLD EXCL T/S MED $17.99
NOV072116 WITCHBLADE GENERATIONS WIZARD WORLD EXCL T/S XL $17.99

MARVEL COMICS

APR082328 ANGEL REVELATIONS #2 (OF 5) $3.99
MAR082167 AVENGERS FAIRY TALES #3 (OF 4) $2.99
APR082297 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #14 SI $2.99
MAR082172 BLACK PANTHER #37 $2.99
APR082263 CAPTAIN AMERICA #39 $2.99


0785129057 Captain America
Author: David Morrell, Mitch Breitweiser; Buy New: $16.49

APR082352 CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC CHOSEN DM VAR $24.99
APR082264 DAREDEVIL #108 $2.99
APR082267 FANTASTIC FOUR #558 $2.99
APR082367 HOUSE OF M TP AVENGERS $13.99
FEB082223 HULK #4 $2.99
APR082265 IMMORTAL IRON FIST #16 $2.99
APR082276 MARVEL 1985 #2 (OF 6) $3.99
APR082277 MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #37 $2.99
APR082369 MARVEL ATLAS TP $14.99
APR082287 MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #10 $3.99
APR082241 MARVEL ILLUSTRATED MOBY DICK #5 (OF 6) $2.99

0785127844 Marvels Premiere Hardcover
Author: Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross; Buy New: $16.49

APR082349 MARVELS PREM HC DM VAR ED VOL 13 $24.99
APR082295 MIGHTY AVENGERS #15 SI $2.99

0785123539 Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Tales Suspense 1
Author: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, J...; Buy New: $31.49

APR082341 MMW ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE HC VOL 02 VAR ED VOL 98 $59.99
APR082302 MS MARVEL #28 SI $2.99
APR082285 MYTHOS CAPTAIN AMERICA (RES) $3.99
APR082296 NEW AVENGERS #42 SI $2.99
APR082289 NEW WARRIORS #13 $2.99
APR082357 OFF HB MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 03 $24.99
APR082286 POWER PACK DAY ONE #4 (OF 4) $2.99
DEC072217 RUNAWAYS #30 $2.99
APR082299 SECRET INVASION RUNAWAYS YOUNG AVENGERS #1 (OF 3) SI $2.99
APR082306 SHE-HULK 2 #30 $2.99
APR082377 SPIDER-MAN BY ROSS POSTER $7.99
APR082308 THOR AGES OF THUNDER REIGN OF BLOOD $3.99
APR082312 THUNDERBOLTS #121 $2.99
APR082248 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #123 $2.99
JAN082127 ULTIMATES 3 #4 (OF 5) $2.99
JAN088333 ULTIMATES 3 #4 (OF 5) FINCH VAR (PP #809) $2.99
APR082314 UNCANNY X-MEN #499 DWS $2.99
APR082324 WOLVERINE FIRST CLASS #4 $2.99
APR082325 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #26 $2.99
APR082323 X-MEN FIRST CLASS VOL 2 #13 $2.99
APR082315 X-MEN LEGACY #213 DWS $2.99
MAR082283 X-MEN LEGACY FINCH PANORAMA POSTER $15.99
APR082311 YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #6 (OF 6) $2.99

WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT

MAY083519 SECRET INVASION #1 ONLINE EXC MEL RUBI VAR CVR CGC 9.8 PI
MAY083522 WIZARD EXC DC HEROCLIX 2 PC SET PI
MAY083512 WIZARD MAGAZINE #202 DARK KNIGHT MOVIE CVR $5.99
MAY083511 WIZARD MAGAZINE #202 MCNIVEN WOLVERINE CVR $5.99
MAY083513 WIZARD MAGAZINE #202 PROJECT SUPERPOWERS ALEX ROSS CVR $5.99

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COMICS

MAY083857 AND THEN ONE DAY #6 (NOTE PRICE) $12.00
MAR083764 ANDRU AND ESPOSITOS GET LOST TP (RES) $29.99
FEB083452 AP HOW TO DRAW MANGA SUPERSIZED TP VOL 03 $21.95
APR083559 ARCHIE #586 $2.25


1879794314 Archie Americana Series Best Of The Sixties Book 2
Author: Various; Buy New: $9.56


APR083560 ARCHIE DIGEST #245 $2.49
APR083573 ASPEN SHOWCASE ASPEN MATTHEWS #1 ALE GARZA CVR $2.99
APR083572 ASPEN SHOWCASE ASPEN MATTHEWS #1 TALENT CALDWELL CVR $2.99
APR083624 BART SIMPSON COMICS #42 $2.99
APR084178 BEYOND #2 (OF 5) $2.99
MAY084240 BEYOND WONDERLAND #0 (OF 6) $0.99
APR084026 BLUESMAN HC $24.95
OCT073336 CAVEWOMAN RELOADED #6 $3.95
DEC073463 CAVEWOMAN RELOADED SP ED #6 PI
JAN083357 CLOCKWORK GIRL #4 (OF 4) $1.99
APR084185 DEVI TP VOL 04 $14.99
MAR088286 DF AVENGERS INVADERS #1 EX ALT CVR (PP #817) $14.99
APR084098 DREADNOUGHT INVASION SIX #3 (OF 4) $3.95
APR083530 FIRE & BRIMSTONE #1 (OF 3) $3.95
APR083896 FORGOTTEN HC (RES) $14.95
APR083531 GOLD DIGGER #97 $2.99
APR083532 GOLD DIGGER SOURCEBOOK #18 $3.95
APR083533 GOLD DIGGER TIFFANY & CHARLOTTE #1 (OF 4) $3.50
APR083723 JIM BUTCHERS DRESDEN FILES #3 (OF 4) WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE $3.99
APR084004 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #140 $4.99
MAR083874 KOLCHAK TALES NIGHT STALKER O/T LIVING DEAD #2 (OF 3) $3.99
MAY083887 LAIKA SC (O/A) $17.95
APR083695 MAN WITH NO NAME #2 $3.50
MAY083528 NEARLY INFAMOUS ZANGO #3 $3.50
APR084085 NEOZOIC #5 $2.95
MAR083881 ORDINARY VICTORIES WHAT IS PRECIOUS GN $15.95
MAY083711 OZ WONDERLAND CHRONICLES JUSKO CVR A #3 (OF 4) $3.50
MAY083712 OZ WONDERLAND CHRONICLES ORBIK CVR B #3 (OF 4) $3.50
MAR083877 PHANTOM #24 CHECKMATE PART 4 (OF 5) $3.99
MAR083598 PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #4 (OF 7) $2.99
MAR083678 SILENT LEAVES THE LAST BONDSMAN GN VOL 01 $9.99
APR083568 SONIC X #34 $2.25
APR083794 STELLVIA TP VOL 1 - 2 SET $9.95
APR084173 STRANDED #5 $2.99
JAN084336 TALES FROM THE CLERKS LTD ED HC $79.95
APR083897 WHAT IF FANTASTIC FOUR TRIBUTE TO MIKE WIERINGO $4.99
JAN083561 WORLDS OF DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #2 GOPEZ CVR A $5.50
JAN083562 WORLDS OF DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #2 WALPOLE CVR B $9.50

MAGAZINES

MAR084122 COMICS REVUE #266 $6.95
FEB084193 DOUBLE ACTION GANG DEC 1937 REPLICA ED $14.95
MAY085074 GAME TRADE MAGAZINE #101 PI
APR084277 JUXTAPOZ VOL 15 #7 JUL 2008 $4.99
FEB084194 PLANET STORIES WINTER 1947 REPLICA ED $14.95
MAY084297 SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE #67 $8.95
APR084305 STAR TREK MAGAZINE #12 NEWSSTAND ED $6.99
APR084306 STAR TREK MAGAZINE #12 PX ED $6.99
APR084303 STARGATE MAGAZINE #23 $6.99
JAN084046 TOMARTS ACTION FIGURE DIGEST #166 $5.95
MAR084159 TORCHWOOD MAGAZINE #5 $6.99
FEB084191 WRITE NOW #18 $6.95

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Love & Rockets annual collections begin soon

We've mentioned previously that Fantagraphics is shifting from the regular comic book format to big, annual collections of Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez' "Love and Rockets" stories and the first such volume appears this September, Publishers Weekly reports.

What to expect from "Love and Rockets: New Stories"?

"I'm going to minimize serialization," Gilbert vowed. "I'm not saying I'm going to limit my subjects, though. I'm going to be a little more experimental visually, as well." The brothers will split up the pages 50/50, with a little give-and-take in case one brother has a 75-page brainstorm. And while long-established characters may appear, they won't hog the spotlight. Gilbert will stay away from his fictional town of Palomar for the time being and Jaime said that while his iconic characters, Maggie and Hopey, will show up, they won't necessarily be the main focus of the stories.

"They'll still be around because in my world—my 'Locas' world—people are still coming in," explains Jaime. Ironically, some of those people are superheroes—the book features a new story about Maggie’s friend Penny Century and how she gets super-powers.


Here's a look at the first volume's cover:

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Today in sharity:

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More great Alex Toth comic art today from The Horrors of it All.

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