Friday, August 29, 2008

Pop links

Deal alert, today only:



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How tough is the Shield?

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Pretty dang tough.

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Happy birthday to the multi-blogged Rick of Comic Book Letterheads, etc.!

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See a preview for "Merlin," a new British TV series starring Anthony Stewart Head (Giles from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer").

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I can't recall the last time I read a new Marvel comic book, the former House of Ideas has devolved so much, but a new Thor series written and illustrated by the awesomely talented Alan Davis? I might need to check that out.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pop links

The Beatles spoof Shakespeare.

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A birthday slide show in honor of the late, great Jack Kirby, courtesy of Jon's Random Acts of Geekery.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Upcoming pop culture DVDs

Here are some upcoming DVD releases of possible interest to Pop Culture Safari readers:

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Two-Disc Special Edition)


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Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series


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Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest


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The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete First Season


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Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius


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Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord



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Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Vol. 6


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The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection


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Walt Disney Treasures: Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh


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Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Vol. 4 - 1951-1961


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Walt Disney Treasures: The Mickey Mouse Club Presents Annette - 1957-1958


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Icons of Horror: Hammer Films (The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb / The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll / Scream of Fear / The Gorgon)


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Night Gallery: Season Two


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The Flintstones: The Complete Series


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The Wild Wild West: The Complete Series


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The Munsters: The Complete Series

Box collects complete Firesign Theater Nick Danger recordings

Also out soon from Shout Factory:

The Firesign Theatre's Box Of Danger: The Complete Nick Danger Casebook turns the spotlight on the legendary comedy troupe's most famous creation: Nick Danger, Third Eye, who is now being featured in this, his very own 4-CD box set. The collection assembles for the first time such favorite skits as "Cut 'Em Off At The Past," "The Case Of The Missing Shoe," "The Three Faces Of Al," plus a wealth of rare items from Nick's tattered casebook, including four previously unreleased recordings and a 40-page booklet. The artwork is gorgeously pulpy on this one and a must-have for your display cabinet. Available September 30.

Gonzo Tapes collects Hunter S. Thompson spoken-word recordings

Coming out soon from Shout Factory:

Hunter S. Thompson introduced the world to gonzo journalism through his masterpiece Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, a drug-addled journey in search of the American dream. Throughout his journalistic career, Thompson practiced a first-person approach where he inserted himself into the story, often recording events on cassette as they occurred rather than taking notes. On October 28 we'll release The Gonzo Tapes: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, a 5-CD box set featuring Thompson's narrated notes that ultimately create a fascinating look into the mind of a literary legend, not to mention an incredibly unique character. A companion piece to the new film of the same name, the set includes a 44-page booklet that includes track notes as well as archival photos courtesy of the Thompson estate.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Comics shipping Aug. 27, 2008

Click links to order discounted books from Amazon.

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Anime studio Madhouse will produce animated series featuring Marvel Comics' characters such as Wolverine, Iron Man and others for the Japanese market, ICv2 reports.

The first series will launch in spring 2010, debuting on Animax, a 24-hour Japanese anime network.

Marvel and Madhouse also plan to explore related merchandising opportunities.


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Read about comic strip artist Russell Keaton's near-involvement in the creation of Superman.

[Jerry] Siegel and Keaton maintained a brief correspondence over the character, with Keaton eventually deciding “not to gamble on such a young and inexperienced writer.” Instead, a few years later Keaton launched his own newspaper strip, Flyin’ Jenny.

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The Banana Splits are returning, Variety reports.

Hanna-Barbera’s 1960s phenom is returning in a multiplatform effort starting Sept. 2, with shorts and musicvideos airing on Cartoon Network and its website. Future efforts will include DVD and audio CD releases, as well as live performances.

Turner Animation’s Stu Snyder noted that the Splits have “been entertaining kids for years,” but the return of the property will capitalize on boomer nostalgia as well. “Go Bananas Your Way,” the new Splits album, is “intended to appeal to kids and parents,” according to the release.


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Nathan Fillion of "Firefly" fame will appear in a new ABC crime drama, The Los Angeles Times reports.

“Castle” is described in the press notes as a comedic crime procedural about a famous mystery novelist, Nick Castle, who has gotten bored with his success. When a real-world copycat murderer starts staging scenes from Nick’s novels, he’s teamed with a female detective, and soon the sparks are flying. Castle is kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother, quick-witted teenage daughter, and his long-suffering ex-wife, who happens to be his editor. It stars Nathan Fillion as Castle, Stana Katic as Det. Kate Beckett, Molly Quinn as Alexis, Susan Sullivan as Martha, Monet Mazur as Gina and Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Capt. Montgomery.

Monday, August 25, 2008

New CD releases Aug. 26, 2008

B001CF06WE Sunshine Lies Matthew Sweet
Buy New: $12.99

B001AVUAIK The Complete Liberty Singles Jan & Dean
Buy New: $24.99

B001CITRSA Live at the Louisiana Hayride Johnny Cash and George Jones
Buy New: $16.98

Into Something Good: The Mickie Most Years 1964-72
Into Something Good: The Mickie Most Years 1964-72

DVD new releases Aug. 26, 2008

Click links to order DVDs from Amazon.

B001B7CNZ6 Heroes Season 2
Buy New: $24.99

B0011UO91E Entourage - The Complete Fourth Season
Buy New: $25.99

B0018RU45U Errol Flynn Westerns Collection
Buy New: $34.99

B0018QAIY8 Warner Home Video Western Classics Collection
Buy New: $41.99

B001AIRUPE Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

B001B187FW Lynch
Buy New: $26.99

Marvel Comics November 2008 solicitations

Here's what looks interesting to me from Marvel's November 2008 releases:

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOL. 5 HC
Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN
Penciled by GEORGE TUSKA & JOHNNY CRAIG
Cover by GEORGE TUSKA
Step back from the big screen and jump into the tales that made Marvel’s Iron Avenger one of the world’s most-famous super heroes! It’s a new era for comics’ most of sophisticated scientist/socialite, Tony Stark, as Archie Goodwin, E.C. Comics great Johnny Craig and the iron man of IRON MAN illustrators, George Tuska, take you on an amazing set of adventures! Just to warm you up, we’ve got Happy Hogan transformed into the Freak, one of Iron Man’s earliest enemies back to settle a score, a wild adventure into the far-flung future and a good, old-fashioned bash-’em-up with the Crusher teamed with a twisted-metal duel with the buzzsaw blades of the Gladiator. And now, the main course! Iron Man’s oldest and evilest of enemies, the Mandarin, returns and pushes the Golden Gladiator to the breaking point. First, he pits Iron Man against the Incredible Hulk in a battle of the titans that only one will walk away from, and then he tears him down with his discovery that Tony Stark is Iron Man! It’s an all-time Iron Man classic that’s so great that for good measure, we’re also bringing you the carnage of the Controller, a threat so awesome that it brings Iron Man together with Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to stop it! Collecting IRON MAN #2-13.
272 PGS./All Ages ...$54.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE ALL-WINNERS VOL. 3 HC
Written by VARIOUS
Penciled by HARRY SAHLE, JIMMY THOMPSON, CARL PFEUFER, BOB OKSNER, GEORGE KLEIN, AL BELLMAN, VINCE ALASCIA, CHAD GROTHKOPF, DON RICO, AL FAGALY, ALEX SCHOMBURG, MIKE SEKOWSKY, ALLEN SIMON & AL GABRIELE
Cover by ALEX SCHOMBURG
It’s the titanic trio of the Timely Big Three — Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner — combined with Golden Age luminaries the Destroyer and the Whizzer in one all-out amazing series! Defending wartime America from Nazi airships, ape-men and anything and everything else the Axis can throw at them, the Human Torch and Toro burn up the comic page like it’s still 1943. Captain America and Bucky parachute into adventures from mad scientists to buzz-bombing Nazis. Meanwhile, the Destroyer stops at nothing — including a battalion of Hitler impersonators — to stop the Nazi threat. And the Pacific Theatre won’t be left waiting, not with the Sub-Mariner around! He takes it straight to the Emperor himself and comes back to clean up the docks while he’s at it! But before you speed away, don’t miss the Whizzer as he races through maddening mazes and thwarts the plans of kidnapping crooks! It’s comic-book adventure at its purest, so reserve your copy today! Collecting ALL-WINNERS COMICS #9-14.
304 PGS./All Ages ...$59.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL VOL. 5 HC
Written by STAN LEE & ROY THOMAS
Penciled by GENE COLAN & BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH
Cover by GENE COLAN
The Man Without Fear faces his greatest threats yet in his fantastic fifth MASTERWORKS adventure! Matt Murdock has done battle with Marveldom's most maddening villains — but when he meets the Jester for the very first time, the rules change forever. Framing DD for murder, the Jester sets all of New York on a manhunt for the Man Without Fear! But there's another menace looking to push the stakes even higher: Starr Saxon, the mastermind who discovers DD's secret identity! Then comes the all-time Stan Lee/Gene Colan classic, "Brother, Take My Hand!" — a story that marked the ever-advancing march of super-hero comics into the social issues of the '60s by tackling the tale of a blinded Vietnam vet finding his way Stateside. It's a no-question classic! There's plenty of action, too, as DD jumps inside the ring to rub knuckles with Captain America, teeters over the city with Stilt Man, teams-up with the Black Panther and all the while struggles to rebuild his relationship with the lovely Karen Page. And as if that wasn't enough, we're rounding it out with the Stan and Gene's Not Brand Echh side-splitter, "Scaredevil, Defeated by the Evil Electrifico!" Collecting DAREDEVIL #42-53 and NOT BRAND ECHH #4.
272 PGS/All Ages ...$54.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 3 HC
Written by JOE SIMON, JACK KIRBY & STAN LEE
Penciled by JOE SIMON, JACK KIRBY, AL AVISON, SYD SHORES, MIKE SEKOWSKY, CHARLES NICHOLAS, JACK ALDERMAN & CHAD GROTHKOPF
Cover by JOE SIMON & JACK KIRBY
Mighty Marvel is bringing you another quartet of 64-page action-adventure greats featuring the one-and-only Captain America! From the personal files of Captain America comes comic-book adventure as only found in the bombastic Golden Age!
Cap and Bucky battle the Black Talon, race through a spy ambush, sort out a mountain man feud, shrink down to fight pygmies, and venture to the wind-swept moors on the trail of the Hound of Cardiff Manor in the stories that put Captain America in the minds and into the back pockets of millions of Americans. Supported by the wartime tales of foreign correspondent "Headline" Hunter, the heroic Hurricane and Father Time, and Stan Lee's cartoon serial the Imp, these stories are pure Golden Age excitement from cover to cover! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #9-12.
280 PGS/All Ages ...$59.99

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ESSENTIAL MARVEL SAGA VOL. 2 TPB

Written by PETER SANDERSON, STAN LEE, FRANK MILLER, ROY THOMAS & MORE
Penciled by KEITH POLLARD, JACK KIRBY, STEVE DITKO, DON HECK & MORE
Cover by KEITH POLLARD
Nick Fury's first mission with S.H.I.E.L.D.! Kang's first invasion! Doctor Strange's first battle with Dormammu! The Trial of the Gods! The Coming of Galactus! And those are only a few of the earth-shaking adventures from the second installment of the Marvel Universe's most formative years! The origin of the Green Goblin and the death of Baron Zemo! The Inhumans' Great Refuge and the Savage Land! Spider-Man vs. Daredevil, the Avengers vs. the X-Men and six, count 'em, SIX Avengers who started out on the wrong side of the law! Plus: the Juggernaut and the Scorpion! The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Frightful Four, the Masters of Evil and so much more! Collecting MARVEL SAGA #13-25.
480 PGS./All Ages ...$16.99

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ESSENTIAL HULK VOL. 5 TPB

Written by STEVE ENGLEHART, GERRY CONWAY, ROY THOMAS, TONY ISABELLA, LEN WEIN & CHRIS CLAREMONT
Penciled by HERB TRIMPE, MARIE SEVERIN, SAL BUSCEMA & JOE STATON
Cover by RICH BUCKLER & JOHN ROMITA
The Abomination, the Glob, the Juggernaut, the Rhino, the Wendigo, Xemnu the Titan and more — no enemy's too big and monstrous for the Hulk! But is even the strongest one there is a match for the one who's the best there is...at what he does? Wolverine's first appearance and first fight with the Hulk reprinted here! Plus: triple-gamma action, international intrigue, poetry and the first death of Adam Warlock! Guest-starring the X-Men, the Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D.! Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK #171-200 and ANNUAL #5.
616 PGS./All Ages ...$16.99

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Kristen Bell of "Veronica Mars" and "Heroes" fame will voice the female lead in the upcoming "Astro Boy" CGI film, Variety reports.

She joins a voice cast that includes Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy and Freddie Highmore.

Set in futuristic Metro City, Imagi Studios' Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist to replace the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving father's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the man who had rejected him.


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Fortress of Fortitude shares a pre-Comics Code horror tale illustrated by Steve Ditko.

DC Comics November 2008 solicitations

DC Comics solicits for next November came out while I was on vacation last week. Here's what looks interesting to me:

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DC COMICS CLASSICS LIBRARY: SUPERMAN – KRYPTONITE NEVERMORE! HC

Written by Dennis O’Neil
Art by Curt Swan & Murphy Anderson
Cover by Neal Adams, Curt Swan & Murphy Anderson
Originally published in 1971, this story turned Superman’s status quo on its head by featuring a story in which all Kryptonite was destroyed! But that leaves The Man of Steel anything but invulnerable as his powers slowly begin to fade and a doppleganger Superman arrives on the scene with strange powers of its own.
The first in the new DC COMICS CLASSICS LIBRARY line collecting memorable tales in their entirety, this volume contains SUPERMAN #233-238 and #240-242 and contains a momentous story for the Man of Tomorrow that you won’t want to miss!
Advance-solicited; on sale January 28 • 192 pg, FC, $39.99 US

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THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: THE MORE THINGS CHANGE TP

Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Steve Lightle, Ernie Colon, Keith Giffen, Larry Mahlstedt and others
Cover by Steve Lightle & Larry Mahlstedt
Bursting out of the 1980s comes this tale starring the far future’s greatest heroes! In this volume, you’ll find LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #7-13 as the team discovers a factory hidden between dimensions creating a Sun-Eater. Plus, it’s team leader election time!
Advance-solicited; on sale December 10 • 176 pg, FC, $17.99 US

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SUPERMAN: PAST AND FUTURE TP

Written by Jerry Siegel, Elliot S. Maggin, Cary Bates and others
Art by Curt Swan, Al Plastino, Keith Pollard and others
Cover by Carlos Pacheco & Jesus Merino
Follow Superman’s greatest time travel adventures as he experiences eras he never thought possible! This time warping collection features stories originally published from the ’40s through the ’80s including the classic tale “Superman Under the Red Sun” among many, many others!
Advance-solicited; on sale December 17 • 192 pg, FC, $19.99 US

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SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD – BATMAN TEAM-UPS VOL. 3 TP

Written by Bob Haney
Art and cover by Jim Aparo
Enjoy over 500 pages of adventure with this collection featuring THE BRAVE & THE BOLD #109-134 as Batman teams with dozens of DC favorites including The Demon, Mister Miracle, Aquaman, The Flash and many more!
Advance-solicited;
on sale December 17
520 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

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SHOWCASE PRESENTS: STRANGE ADVENTURES VOL. 1 TP

Written by John Broome, Otto Binder, Joe Kubert, Bill Finger and others
Art by Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane, Joe Kubert, Murphy Anderson and others
Cover by Gil Kane
Blast into the mind-bending science fiction of the mid-’50s with this collection spotlighting STRANGE ADVENTURES #54-73 as humanity faces a bevy of menaces!
Advance-solicited;
on sale December 31
512 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

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SGT. ROCK 1:6 SCALE DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE
Easy Company leader Sgt. Rock joins the popular 1:6 scale deluxe collector figure line!
A crack shot and an expert in close hand-to-hand combat, Rock’s nearly superhuman endurance is legendary, allowing him to survive gunshot wounds, grenade fragments and harsh outdoor elements.
Dressed in the intricate and authentically detailed costume of military garb from the World War II storylines that made this character famous, Sgt. Rock also includes numerous character-appropriate accessories.
The figure comes with a display base and is packaged in a deluxe 4-color window box with a fifth panel.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 29, 2009 * Collector figure * $99.99 US

Barbarella lobby cards pt. 2

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