Friday, October 31, 2008

Wonder Woman movie actress: More observations

UPDATED HERE!

Here's a look at the whole-screen image on the Wonder Woman site I just posted about. If you look closely at the brick wall on the lower-lefthand corner, you can see a "Batman: Dark Knight"-style Joker face.

I'm thinking this likely is an official site. But, then again, maybe the rest of the poster will come off and it'll be Sarah Palin.

Time will tell...

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Movie Wonder Woman to be revealed

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Came across this site in my Web wanderings today. Looks like it's a teaser for the upcoming Wonder Woman film, revealing day-by-day (or is it week-by-week? I don' know, I just found it today) the face of our favorite Amazon. Will it actually depict the actress to play her? And when will the last piece of the poster come off? Is it even official? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, here are the images displayed on the site to date:

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Pop links: Boris Karloff on Shindig, a double dose of Welles, Addams Family DVD bargain

Lots of great Halloweeny stuff on Classic TV Showbiz today:

See Boris Karloff on Shindig, 1965.

Watch "The Night America Trembled," Edward R. Murrow's 1957 look at Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" panic.

Hear Orson Welles' radio adaptation of "Dracula."

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Deal alert: Amazon is offering The Addams Family Complete Series DVD set for $26.99 today only. That's a $42.99 savings.

Halloween Pop! House of Frankenstein movie poster

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Halloween Pop! Creature with the Atom Brain movie poster

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Best Comic Strip Sites on the Web

Comics Revue
Web site for a magazine that republishes classic runs of comic strips including Flash Gordon, Prince Valiant, Tarzan and the Phantom.

Windsor McKay
A brief bio and some illustrations by the "Little Nemo" creator and early animator.

Walt Kelly
Biographical information about the Pogo artist/philosopher.

The Official Pogo Website
A classic strip featured each week, plus biographical info on Walt Kelly, info on Pogo books and more.

George Herriman
A nice tribute to the "Krazy Kat" creator with illustrations and bibliography.

Creators Syndicate
Featuring Spider-Man, Blondie, Apartment 3-G, Barney Google, Flash Gordon, Dennis the Menace, Mandrake, Mutts, the Phantom, Prince Valiant, Zippy and more!

King Features Syndicate
Featuring Liberty Meadows, B.C., Heathcliff, Archie and more.

United Feature Syndicate
Featuring Alley Oop, Get Fuzzy, Nancy, Peanuts, Tarzan, Ripley's Believe It or Not and more.

uComics
Get access to many of the strips mentioned in the entries above. Allows you to create your own comics page (for a subscription price).

Best Comic Book Cover Scans Sites on the Web

Comic Book Cover Scans

The Grand Comic Book Database
Along with info about story titles, creators, character appearances for thousands of comics, this site also features a huge number of comic book cover scans dating from the Golden Age to present day. The most important comic book site on the Web.

The Timely Comics-Atlas Cover Gallery
1940s comics cover art from the company's pre-Marvel days.

EC Comics Cover Scans Gallery
Excellent collection of EC's sci-fi and horror comics covers of the 1950s.

The Mad Cover Site
What, you worry? Don't. You can find scans of every single dang cover of Mad Magazine here.

Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics Cover Gallery
A huge gallery of comics scans from the Golden Age to present, including covers for Fawcett, Quality and Charlton comics titles.

Nick Simon's Silver Age Marvel Cover Index
Huge gallery of covers from the 1960s and early 70s.

Captain America: Classic Comic Book Covers
A large selection of Cap scans dating back to the 1940s.

Gorilla Comic Book Covers
Lots of comic book covers featuring, um, gorillas.

Ben Samuel's Golden Age Comic Cover Gallery
Nice collection of classic superhero, war, good girl and horror cover images, plus a mini gallery dedicated to the work of Timely Comics great Alex Shomburg.

MORE ONLINE COMIC ART

Comic Art Community: Gallery of Comic Art
Featuring hundreds of conventions sketches, page art, etc., by well-known comics artists both classic and current.

Comic Art Fans
An online bulletin board where collector's can post their own examples of original comic art--both amateur and professional.

OTHER SCAN GALLERIES

Famous Monsters of Filmland
View historical covers of this monster movie fanzine.

Life Magazine Covers
The mag's official gallery of historical cover images.

Time Magazine Covers
Official gallery featuring every issue of Time.

Great books about comics



Men Of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book


Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers! Writings about Comics



Baby Boomer Comics



The Silver Age of Comic Book Art


Sense of Wonder: A Life in Comic Fandom

The Golden Age of Comic Fandom

The Steranko History of Comic Books


All in Color for a Dime


Alter Ego: The Best of the Legendary Fanzine


Commies, Cowboys, and Jungle Queens: Comic Books and America, 1945-1954


Comic Book Nation : The Transformation of Youth Culture in America


The Fawcett Companion


The Warren Companion


The Comic Book Makers


Seal of Approval: The History of the Comics Code


Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades


The Comic Book Book


DC: Sixty Years of the World's Greatest Comics

The Photo Journal Guide to Comic Books


Comic Wars: How Two Tycoons Battled over the Marvel Comics Empire--And Both Lost


The Classic Era of American Comics

Best Elvis Sites on the Web

Elvis.com: The Official Site
The official site for the Elvis estate and Graceland. Get the latest news about CD releases, TV broadcasts of Elvis movies, learn about visiting Graceland, buy memorabilia (including a Belgian chocolate Elvis guitar), read bio information and more.

Elvis and Nixon
A National Archives and Records site documenting in words and pictures the bizarre 1970 meeting between the King and Tricky Dick. Includes the classic handshake photo.

Elvis Presley: Superstar
Dedicated to the Elvis of the 70s--the white jumpsuit era--with pictures, MP3 concert recordings and bio info.

The Elvis Information Network
Comprehensive all-purpose information site with news, CD and DVD information, a biographical timeline, news clippings and interviews and bibliography. Well done.

Best Spider-Man Sites on the Web

The Amazing Spider-Man Gallery
Detailed information--including plot summaries and creative teams--on Spider-Man comics from the 1960s to today. A great resource for information on the character. Lots of cover scans.

Spider-Fan.org
Another well-done fan page. A good spot for reviews of the most recent Spidey comics and the latest news.

Upcoming DC Comics collections: Simon and Kirby's Sandman, Bat Lash, the Creeper and more

A sneak peek at Amazon listings yields these cool finds:

Sandman by Kirby and Simon
No details, but 264 pages, I'm thinking this be the whole Golden Age output by this legendary team. Would it also include the team's work on the 70s-era Sandman book? Maybe some page counter out there can let us know in the comments section to this post. At any rate, it'll make a beautiful book and one I'd be very excited to add to my Kirby shelf. In a way, I'm glad DC has shifted away from the chronological Archives approach to reprints Gold and Silver Age stuff if it yields collections like this.

Showcase Presents: Bat Lash

This is a slightly-before-my-comics-readin' time Western title that I've always heard great stuff about. Scripts by Sergio Aragones with art by the awesome Nick Cardy. Should look nice in the black-and-white Showcase format. It adds up to 240 pages, which is a bit thinner than the typical Showcase whopper.

Showcase Presents: The Creeper
Oh yeah! I'm looking forward to this one nearly as much as aforementioned Kirby Sandman book. I've seen reprints of Ditko's weird/cool Creeper stories before, but it'll be nice to get the whole works in this collection. Ditko art looks pretty darned good in black and white, too. Although it'd be nice to see the Creeper's insane costume in color. This one is 296 pages, which almost makes me wish they'd release it as a hardcover ala the Simon-Kirby collection.

More Showcase volumes coming up include:

Showcase Presents: The Flash Vol. 3
Showcase Presents: Green Lantern Vol. 4
Showcase Presents: Martian Manhunter Vol. 2
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 3


DC Comics Classic Library: Batman - The Annuals Vol. 1

Searching the Internets, I found out that this one includes the first three Batman 80-page Giant Annuals from the 1960s, which were very fun collections of older Batman tales. In color and hardcover, it'll be a blast. I'm hoping this means DC will be publishing more of those 80-page gems in hardcover collections.

Pop links: Vintage spookiness from Lee and Sinnott, Stan reads Poe, "Dark Knight" ideas lifted from Englehart?

Read "The Witch in the Woods" by Stan Lee and Joe Sinnott.

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More Stan Lee: Here he is reading Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." I'm not sure why.

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From 20th Century Danny Boy: Comic writer Steve Englehart makes a compelling argument that "The Dark Knight" movie lifted many ideas from the "Dark Detective" mini series he created with the late artist Marshall Rodgers, including the deep-sixed by DC Comics script for "Dark Detective III."

War of the Worlds is 70

Orson Welles' notorious radio production of H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds" was broadcast 70 years ago today, scaring the beejeezus about of all sorts of people, who though Martians were really invading Earth. If you've never heard it, you should. It's lasting testament to the combined power of radio and the human imagination. TV and movies have just never been able to top the images our minds can come up with when provided with the right words and sound effects.

You can download MP3s of the broadcast all over the Web. Or listen here.

Doctor Who to regenerate

So, it looks like David Tennant, one of the all-time best Doctor Who leads if you ask me, is handing over the keys to the TARDIS during the show's next season. I hate to see him go. He was one of my faves, right up there with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.

But, with the show back and more popular the ever, finding an apt replacement shouldn't be too hard. Naturally fans are already coming up with lists of actors they'd like to see play the role. And the UK's Guardian has come up with a pretty good list here, including Bill Nighy and Stephen Fry, either of whom would be great, and a couple of women: Joanna Lumley and Alex Kingston.

I'd love it if they brought back Baker. Why couldn't the Doctor regenerate as one of his old(er) selves? It'd be great!

Halloween Pop! The Mummy movie poster

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Best History of Comic Book Sites on the Web

The Grand Comic Book Database
An ambitious and glorious attempt to catalog every comic book in existence. Pay a visit and do searches by character, writer, publisher, artist. View story titles and view comics covers. The best, and most important, comics site on the Web.

Don Markstein's Toonopedia
A huge site featuring information on hundreds of different comics characters from throughout the history of publishing, plus info on various creators and publishing companies.

Comics Research.org
A resource site for people who have a scholarly interest in comic books (don't we all?), featuring detailed bibliographies on books about comics history, creators, characters and more. Very interesting and well done.

Michigan State University: Comic Art Collection Home Page
Regarded as the best library collection of comic books and related materials in the United States, the MSU site allows you to browse through an electronic catalog of its holidings. A great way to find titles of books written about the history of comics, particular creators and companies. This is the place to start if you're writing a paper or book related to comic book history.

Classic Comic Books
A thoroughly researched and very detailed guide to some of the most important characters and series of the Golden and Silver Ages of comics.

Super Marketing: Ads from the Comic Books
Ever order a batch of Sea Monkeys and wonder where their clothes and tiny crowns and tridents were?

The Gorilla Age of Comics
Sure, you've heard about the Golden Age, the Silver Age, maybe even the Bronze Age of comics. But people went, um, ape over gorillas in 1950s and 60s sci-fi comics. Learn all about it here.

Crime Comic Books of the 40s and 50s
Info about and cover scans of these hardboiled comics of the past.

Super Hero Foods
A humorous look at all the ways buff superheroes have been used over the years to sell junk food. Includes videos and pics of vintage ads.

Best Books About the History of Comic Books


Men Of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book


Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers! Writings about Comics



Baby Boomer Comics



The Silver Age of Comic Book Art


Sense of Wonder: A Life in Comic Fandom

The Golden Age of Comic Fandom

The Steranko History of Comic Books


All in Color for a Dime


Alter Ego: The Best of the Legendary Fanzine


Commies, Cowboys, and Jungle Queens: Comic Books and America, 1945-1954


Comic Book Nation : The Transformation of Youth Culture in America


The Fawcett Companion


The Warren Companion


The Comic Book Makers


Seal of Approval: The History of the Comics Code


Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades


The Comic Book Book


DC: Sixty Years of the World's Greatest Comics

The Photo Journal Guide to Comic Books


Comic Wars: How Two Tycoons Battled over the Marvel Comics Empire--And Both Lost


The Classic Era of American Comics

Best Disney Sites on the Web

Disney: Official Site
Information about everything Disney related: Theme parks, movies, TV shows, shopping, etc.

The Disneyland Collectibles Reference
Pictures and details on more than 1,000 items related to Disney's original theme park.

Disney Information Guide
An informal, unbiased guide to visiting Disneyland. Up to date info on how to get the most out of your trip. Plus Disneyland related rumors and gossip.

A Visit to Yesterdayland: The Discontinued Disneyland
A nostalgic look at park attractions of the past.

Disneyland Postcards
A huge selection of vintage postcards chart the ever-changing look of the original magic kingdom.

Disney Comics Mailing List
No-graphics site for the mailing list. Includes historial information on Disney characters in the comics and links to more information.

Buy Carl Barks Disney Comics: Gemstone Back Issues
You can get back issues of Gemstone's revived Disney Comics line from Amazon.

Jacob's Disney Comics Web Site
Featuring info and art by Donald Duck artist Carl Barks and Mickey Mouse artist Floyd Gottfredson.

A Guidebook to the Carl Barks Universe
Dedicated to the famed Duck artist. Include artwork, information and a bibliography.

Grimble Gromble's Carl Barks Page
More art samples, including some rare material.

Best James Bond Sites on the Web

James Bond.com
The official MGM site, with info about the latest Bond flicks, DVD releases, plus Miss Moneypenny's Rolodex: a database featuring film synopses, character profiles, Bond Girl pics and info and more.

James Bond Movie Posters
Our own selection of Bond movie one-sheets.

The Definitive James Bond Sounds Page
Get yer campy sound bytes from 007 movies here.

James Bond DVDs complete list

James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 1
James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 2
James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 3
James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 4


Dr. No
Casino Royale (1967)
Goldfinger
From Russia With Love
Thunderball
You Only Live Twice
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Diamonds Are Forever
Live and Let Die
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved Me
Moonraker
Octopussy
For Your Eyes Only
A View to a Kill
Never Say Never Again
The Living Daylights
License to Kill
Goldeneye
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World is Not Enough
Casino Royale (2006)

Batman Brave and the Bold character images

Here are some character images from the upcoming "Batman: Brave and the Bold" series, including Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Blue Beetle, Plastic Man and the Red Tornado.

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