Friday, July 11, 2008

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The Hollywood Animation Archive celebrates the pin-up art of George Petty.

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Surviving members of The Faces--including Rod Stewart, Ian McLagen and Ronnie Wood are weighing a reunion.

McLagan said Stewart was the only member uncertain about reforming.

"Rod hasn't wanted to do it for a long time. He didn't see the need in it but I think he really wants to now."

It has been nearly four decades since the band, known for hits such as Cindy Incidentally and Stay With Me, first formed.

"It's going to be great if it does happen," McLagan said.

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The painted bass drum head from The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album has sold for £541,250 at auction.

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The Quardian reports on Joss Whedon's upcoming Web musical Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog, which can be seen for free in three parts July 15, 17 and 19 here. Free viewing finishes on July 20, but the whole 42 minutes can still be downloaded via subscription. After that, a DVD will be available.

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Pappy serves up some comic book noir.

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New James Bond Quantum of Solace movie poster

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

New and upcoming pop culture books

These may be of interest to some of you out there. Click the links to get more info from Amazon.

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Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications)
From Wonder Woman’s satin stars and golden bracelets to Batman’s brooding cape and mask, the style of superheroes’ dress has influenced both street wear and high fashion. This richly illustrated book explores how radical couture, avant-garde sportswear, and state-of-the-art military garments—as seen through the lens of the superhero—can be metaphors for sex, power, and politics. Beginning with the origins of the superhero costume, this volume looks at how designers have been influenced by iconographic components such as the cape, mask, boots, and unitard. Costumes, such as those worn by Batman and Catwoman, are examined as reflections of sexual and physical prowess, while others, most notably those of Superman and Captain America, are analyzed as political propaganda.

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Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics
For the better part of three decades romance comics were an American institution. Nearly 6,000 romance comics were published between 1947 and 1977, and there was a time when one of every five comics sold in the U.S. was a romance comic. This is the first book devoted entirely to the rarely studied world of romance comics. The text includes information on several types of romance comics and their creators, plus the history, numbers, and publishing frequency of dozens of romance titles. The author examines several significant periods in the development of the romance genre, including the origins of Archie Comics and other teen romance publications, the romance comic "boom and bust" of the 1950s, and the genre's sudden disappearance when fantasy and superhero comics began to dominate mainstream comics in the late 1970s.

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Collector's Guide to Pez: Identification and Price Guide, 3rd Edition

PEZ's claim to collectible fame is among one of the most intriguing urban legends on the books. Word has it a die-hard PEZhead's desire to trade and connect with her fellow PEZ pals was the impetus for her boyfriend developing eBay. True or not, the PEZ you love has certainly come a long way since its start in 1927. In this new edition of the Collector's Guide to PEZ you gain thorough details of company history, updated pricing and more than 16 chapters devoted to PEZ. Look for information on many rare and extremely valuable dispensers, plus 1,000 fun and fantastic photos.

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DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams Vol. 1
The first of three hardcover volumes collecting nearly every DC Comics story and cover by Neal Adams not already collected in Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Batman or Deadman titles! Featuring rarely seen stories from Our Army at War issues #182, 183 and 186, Star Spangled War Stories #134 and 144, Detective Comics #369, Teen Titans #20 to 22, Action Comics #425, Superman #254, Weird War Tales #12 and 13 and more.

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Creepy Archives
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 the 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.

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Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection: 1987-1991
Long before manga took the American comics market by storm, Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Making Comics) combined the best ideas from manga, alternative comics, and superheroes into Zot!—a frenetic and innovative exploration of comics' potential that helped set the stage for McCloud's later groundbreaking theoretical work.

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Hawkman Companion
Instantly recognizable among comic fans, Hawkman is one of the most iconic heroes ever created. Inspired by tales as old as mankind and those much more recent, this four-color legend has left an indelible mark upon the comic industry. Behind a fabulous CLIFF CHIANG cover, this collection contains interviews and commentary from many who have helped Hawkman soar through the ages, including JOE KUBERT, GEOFF JOHNS, SHELLY MOLDOFF, TIMOTHY TRUMAN, JUSTIN GRAY, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, RAGS MORALES, STEPHEN SADOWSKI, DON KRAMER, BEN RAAB, TONY ISABELLA, DAN JURGENS, ROY THOMAS, STEVE LIEBER, MURPHY ANDERSON and many other top comics creators. Also included is a copious image parade, profiles on the Hawks through the ages, as well as their allies and adversaries, and a timeline of Hawkman's storied existence throughout the DC Comics Universe. With insight into the character and the creators who made him what he is, the HAWKMAN COMPANION is certain to please any Hawkfan. Written by Doug Zawisza.

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It's the first-ever Beatles Day in Liverpool. You can read all sorts of stories related to the event at the Liverpool Echo. I like the logo. Wish I could find a bigger version.

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Sad news: Muriel Kubert, wife of famed comic book artist Joe Kubert, has passed away.

Muriel and Joe had five children. Andy and Adam followed their father to the drawing board and became two of the most respected artists of the day. Lisa, Danny, and David round out the pack. In turn, their children gave them 11 grandchildren.

Muriel often modeled for Joe’s work, although this reporter cannot say the process was fully intentional. The resemblance between Mrs. Kubert and Shiera Hall from the early 1960s Hawkman revival is uncanny.

Superman at 70: Adventures of Superman TV show gallery

Let's wrap up our celebration of the Man of Steel's 70th anniversary with this look at his 1950s live-action TV series.

I loved watching reruns of this show as a kid. For me, George Reeves is Superman. He brought such a great blend of heroism, drama and whimsy to the show. He made you simultaneously believe in Superman while winkingly acknowledging the preposterousness of a grown man in a cape.

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Bonus: Superman on "I Love Lucy"!

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Pop links

A movie based on Richard and Wendy Pini's pioneering independently published "Elfquest" comic book series is in the works. Rawson Thurber ("Dodgeball," "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh") is set to direct.

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Pop culture historian Ron Goulart talks about his new book on "good girl" art.

Q: How do you define "good girl art"?

A: It's basically pinups. Way back in the '60s, the American Comic Book Co. started doing a catalog. They were selling comic books through the mail and they'd say, "This one has superheroes or Superman art," and then they would come up with comics that had "girl art," and then they would say, "This one has 'good girl art,' as opposed to lousy girl art, I suppose. Although some of the good girl art quality is not that great, a lot of it is.




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Superman at 70: 1965 Superman merchandising ad

Just received this from the many-blogged Rick (On My Mind, Plastic Man Platitudes, Mail it to Team Up, Comic Book Letterheads Museum...) and thought I'd post it. Thanks Rick!

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Poster for straight-to-DVD Wonder Woman movie revealed

Here 'tis. TV Guide has an interview with Keri Russell, doing the voice of Wonder Woman and Nathan Fillion ("Firefly"), who is doing the voice for Steve Trevor. Interestingly, Russell and Fillion recently co-starred in the live-action comedy "Waitress." The Wonder Woman DVD will be out next February.

The movie tells the Amazon princess' origin story. "She's a true, strong warrior, but she's also right at the break of being a young woman standing on her own and fighting out in the world," Russell says.

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Superman at 70: Various Superman house ads

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Comics shipping July 9, 2008

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