Thursday, August 07, 2008

10 comic book covers by Jack Kamen

A prolific comics artist from the 1940s and '50s, Jack Kamen passed away Aug. 5. He's likely best known for his work on EC Comics horror tales and his earlier stint on various jungle girl strips.

More trivia: Kamen's son, Dean, is the inventor of the Segway personal transport vehicle.

Comic book historian Mark Evanier has more details about the elder Kamen's career here.

Here's a look at some of Kamen's comic book covers. I found the scans at the Great Comic Book Database:

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Man from U.N.C.L.E. memorabilia

Continuing with a sporadic stream of recent posts of all things U.N.C.L.E.:

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Man from U.N.C.L.E. action figure/doll

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Card game

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Girl from U.N.C.L.E. garter holster. What parents wouldn't want their daughters playing with this?!!

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lunch box

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model

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shooting arcade

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record

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coloring book

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puzzle

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plastic figures. I had one of these! I colored it with markers...

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gun

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puzzle 2

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puzzle 3

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record 2

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gun 2

B00005JM5Z The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - The Complete Series
Buy New: $139.99

0312000529 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Book
Author: Jon Heitland; Buy New: $19.95

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Pop links

Jon's Random Acts of Geekery presents "The Genius of George Pal."

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NPR interviews one of fave recent musical artists, UK roots R&B guy James Hunter, who has a new record out. Seriously, if you love Sam Cooke and that early 60s soul sound, you're gonna love his stuff.

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Current Doctor Who actor David Tennant is getting good reviews in a UK production of "Hamlet."

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Pappy shares an old Ghost Patrol story. Nice Carmine Infantino art.

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Slay Monstrobot helpfully points out that you can now get nearly every dang Star Trek comic published by every publisher on DVD. Legally even.

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Amazon has a video up of Brian Wilson performing a tune from his upcoming album, That Lucky Old Sun. Not so crazy about the tune itself, a collaboration with Van Dyke Parks I guess, but Brian sounds great. The new LP, has earned rave reviews in the UK music mags.

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Imagine
bumping into Paul McCartney at the Circle K. Some folks in Illinois don't have to.

On Saturday afternoon, a group of Springfield guys stopped at the Circle K on their way to St. Louis for the Cardinals-Phillies game. While in the parking lot, they saw someone walk by who looked just like McCartney.

“We were getting in the car as he was walking in,” says C.J. Lowder. “I said, ‘Man, that looks like Paul McCartney.’”

The Bronco parked on the side of the gas station, not in the front. The man who looked like Sir Paul didn’t buy anything inside, but used the station, just off Interstate 55, for a “pit stop.” Nobody at the gas station even noticed him, Lowder said.

“Josh (Lowder, C.J.’s brother) said ‘Hey, Paul!’ and he said, ‘What’s up?’ with this real thick English accent, and I knew it was him,” C.J. Lowder said.

Roy Orbison box set on the way

The Soul of Rock and Roll, a four-CD survey of Roy Orbison's recording career will be out Sept. 23, Billboard reports.

The collection boasts 107 tunes, including 12 previously unreleased recordings, ranging from Orbison's Sun Records days through his glorious hit years on the Monument label and through his 80s resurgence.

No track list as of yet. The box will have liner notes contributes by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Dolly Parton, Tom Petty and others.

B001D396N0 The Soul of Rock and Roll
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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Beatles tape that's mostly not the Beatles sells for $23,000

A tape that features John Lennon and Paul McCartney joking and cracking up during a recording session for "I'll Follow the Sun" has sold at auction for $23,000, The Associated Press reports.

But, as mentioned here the other day, most of the music on the tape isn't the Beatles. And the recording comes from a BBC radio recording session, not the sessions for Beatles For Sale.

Beatles bootleg expert Doug Sulpy, whose words and ears we very much trust, recently posted this info on his message board:

I've received samples of all the tracks, and done an A/B with the available BBC material.

1. Don't Put Me Down Like This - Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
2-5. I Feel Fine / She's a Woman / Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby / Honey Don't
- as aired.
6. I'll Follow The Sun (breakdown) - After the line "...I was the one" there's an errant guitar note, causing them to break into laughter, as John exclaims: "I never did anything, I didn't!"
7. I'll Follow The Sun (chat) - this is the sample on the news report.
8. I'll Follow The Sun - Evidently not the "final" version. Perhaps a little faster tempo? No mistakes, and almost indistinguishable from the aired take.
9-10. I'll Follow The Sun / I'm a Loser - as aired.
11-14. Too Much Monkey Business / Nitty Gritty -> Somethings Got A Hold On Me / I Shall Not Be Moved - The Hollies

So, really, it seems the only thing new here is the breakdown(s) and alternate take of "I'll Follow The Sun." Given that all the chat seems centered around that song, I wonder if most of the tape is simply the show, as aired, with the early takes of "I'll Follow The Sun" preserved because they were left unerased at the end of the first side of the tape.


I hope whoever is paying the big bucks for this thing is a Hollies fan...

New comics shipping Aug. 6, 2008

Click links to order discounted books from Amazon:

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Wonder Woman animated movie stills

Here are some stills from the upcoming straight-to-DVD Wonder Woman animated film. It'll be out in February.

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