Friday, November 14, 2008

Documentary attempts to reunite the Kinks

Via Boing Boing: A Boston reporter is documenting his quixotic efforts to reunite the Kinks.

Here's an excerpt:

Mattel Collector site features limited edition DC action figures

Here's a peek at some 2009 releases from Matty Collector, Mattel's new online collector's site.

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Make your own muppet

Possibly the coolest thing ever, at FAO Schwartz online:

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Pop links: Disneyland posters, screaming deal on James Bond DVDs,

Gorillas Don't Blog shares some nifty, vintage Disneyland posters. I posted my own batch of Disneyland attraction posters a few years back here.

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Deal alerts: Today only save over $200(!) James Bond Ultimate Collector's Set or $115 on the James Bond Blu-ray Collection Six-Pack.





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Dial B for Blog recalls the history of DC Comics' Showcase Presents title.

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Todd Rundgren to produce New York Dolls again

From the press release:

The New York Dolls and legendary record producer Todd Rundgren have been reunited for the first time in 36 years. Rundgren will produce the Dolls' new album at his studio on the island of Kauai. Production is scheduled to start in January 2009.

This is the first time in 36 years since Rundgren originally produced the New York Dolls eponymous debut album "The New York Dolls" which included the classic songs "Personality Crisis", "Trash", "Jet Boy" and "Private World". Rundgren will be reunited with original Dolls founding members, David Johansen (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain (guitar, vocals).

"We're really excited to be working with Todd again," says David Johansen. “We're hoping to recapture the same magic on the forthcoming album."

The album, which is yet untitled, will be released on the Atco label through Warner Brothers. The Atco label has been specially re-launched. The New York Dolls are one of the first signings to the label. The Dolls will follow the release of the new album with a world tour in 2009.

Beatles "white album" number 5 up for auction

As Beatles fans know, early pressings of the band's "white album" (formally known as The Beatles) included sequential numbers on the covers. Numbers 1 through 4 went to the band members themselves. And number 5, is now up for auction on eBay UK.

The album – no. 0000005 – was given by John Lennon to a close friend before it entered the public domain.

From the auction listing:

Some years ago, this album was taken into the collectors shop named 'Vinyl Revival Records' in Newbury, Berkshire, England by a musician (they did not disclose who) who had visited John in the flat that he shared with Yoko in late 1968 (that was owned by Ringo) at 34 Montague Square, Marylebone, London W.1. The musician saw a pile of White Albums on a table and asked for one. John readily agreed, but said 'Don't take No.1 - I want that'. Instead he took No. 5'.

The album then passed into the hands of Beatles specialist dealer 'Good Humour' who then sold it to its current owner who has now commissioned me to sell it on his behalf.


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Tomorrows book takes an issue-by-issue look at Marvel Comics in the 1960s

Not much info on this title yet, other than: "Marvel Comics In The 1960s: An Issue-By-Issue Field Guide To A Pop Culture Phenomenon" by Pierre Comtois. Release date Aug. 5, 2009, 224 pages.

New trailer for Watchmen movie

Thor animated series on the way from Marvel

From the press release:

The Mighty Thor's headed for TV screens everywhere...

Marvel Animation is expanding its slate of offerings with 26 action-packed half-hour episodes of an all-new animated television series based on Thor. The Thor series will be self-produced by Marvel and is scheduled to launch fall 2010 following Marvel's live-action "Thor" feature film in summer of 2010.

The Thor animated series is an all new-property featuring one of Marvel's longtime favorite characters: the heroic thunder god of Norse mythology. The animated series will follow Thor as he defends his mythical home of Asgard against fantastical villains, fiendish hordes, winged creatures and angry giants. The show takes place in various wondrous worlds: from mountainous landscapes to places of icy mists and fiery voids. Thor will be surrounded by many companions on his mission, every one sure to add to the action and adventure of this series.

But you don't have to wait until 2010 for new Marvel animation, Marvelites!

Coming in 2009, Marvel brings its iconic heroes Wolverine and Iron Man to television in two brand-new animated series airing on Nicktoons. The two shows, "Wolverine and the X-Men" (a co-production with Toonz Entertainment Pte Ltd., Singapore and First Serve International Ltd.) and "Iron Man Armored Adventures" (a co-production with France based Method Films) will each feature 26 action-packed, half-hour episodes that follow the respective heroes through dynamic action, adventure and drama as they face foes both familiar and new to their fans.

Marvel Animation has also partnered with BET Networks to produce an animated series based on the legendary Marvel hero, the Black Panther. The all-new "Black Panther Animated Series" is slated to premiere on BET Networks in the summer of 2009.

In fall of 2009, Marvel will premiere its self-produced all-new "Marvel Super Hero Squad" animated series, an action-packed show featuring super-stylized versions of its most popular characters including Captain America, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Wolverine and Iron Man. The series features the great heroic story telling Marvel is known for and adds a touch of comedy to the mix.

Following Marvel's live-action feature film release, "Avengers," in the summer of 2011, Marvel will premiere its self-produced "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" in the fall of 2011 showcasing the best of the best in the Marvel Universe in 26 episodes of an all-new animated series.


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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Still more Batman: Brave the Bold pics

Here's yet another batch of images from the Cartoon Network's upcoming "Batman: Brave and the Bold" series.

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Pop links: Mitch Mitchell passes, iTunes features treasure trove of Disney LPs, Faces really reuniting , Stan Lee on Showtime, Batman logos, more!

Criminy we've got lots of cool links today...

Jimi Hendrix Experience Mitch Mitchell died yesterday. He was the last living member of the famed trio and a great jazz-influenced drummer. A lot of the intensity to Jimi's best music owes a lot to his fiery, Elvin Jones-like support.

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Found this great link yesterday via BoingBoing: A listing of great recordings on the Disneyland label now available via iTunes.

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Looks like that rumored Faces reunion is actually in the works.

...original members Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, along with Stewart touring bassist replacing the late Ronnie Laine, will have a rehearsal next Monday (Nov. 17) "just to check if they can remember the songs."

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Legendary comics scribe Stan Lee is producing a new series on Showtime.

"Hero" focuses on a gay superhero who struggles to hide both that secret and his secret identity. It's based on a novel of the same name by Perry Moore.

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Here's a nice study of Batman logos through the years. I did my own survey of Batman cover logos a few years back.

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See a great Steve Ditko Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves story from 1969.

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Also up at Fortress of Fortitude, a Basil Wolverton sci fi tale.

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Monty Python's Dead Parrot Sketch has its roots in 4th century humor, the BBC reports.

Philogelos: The Laugh Addict, which has been translated from Greek manuscripts, contains a joke where a man complains that a slave he was sold had died.

"When he was with me, he never did any such thing!" is the reply.


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Golden Age Comic Book Stories features artwork from Jim Steranko's 1971 comic art calendar, featuring work by Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Alex Toth and Steranko himself. Nice stuff.

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Check out other recent entries there, too, for stories illustrated by Archie Goodwin and Alex Toth.

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Comic Book Resources catches up with the great comic book artist P. Craig Russell and provides a peek at his latest work, an adaptation of Neil Gaimin's "The Dream Hunters."

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Today's deal alert:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

More Batman: Brave and the Bold pics

Here are some new images for the "Batman: Brave and the Bold" cartoon, which debuts on the Cartoon Network Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.

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Pop links: Wrightson's Frankenstein, see the new starship Enterprise, new Shadow radio shows discovered

Golden Age Comic Book Stories displays artwork from Berni Wrightson's two "Frankenstein" portfolios.

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Entertainment Weekly offers a look at the starship Enterprise as seen in the upcoming "Star Trek" flick.

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Radio Spirits, the company that restores and sells old-time radio programs is issuing two previously lost episodes of "The Shadow."

Starring a young Orson Welles in the title role, the new episodes -- The Old People and The Voice of the Trumpet -- first aired during the 1938 season of the long running radio series.

THE SHADOW: KNIGHT OF DARKNESS includes 18 digitally remastered episodes of the program on nine compact discs. In addition to the two "lost" Orson Welles episodes, additional entries on the set feature the other two actors best known for portraying The Shadow -- Bill Johnstone and Bret Morrison. The set further includes three unedited Johnstone episodes from the BF Goodrich sponsored run of the series that have previously been unavailable in this form.


New comics Nov. 11, 2008: Buffy Vol. 3,

Here's what look's interesting to me. Please click the links to order titles from Amazon. Sales help support this site!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 3: WOLVES AT THE GATE

CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOL 16 ETERNITY WAR & OTHER STORIES

STRAY TOASTERS TP new edition

BATMAN COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES DVD BOX SET

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Creator of bogus Megan Fox Wonder Woman site 'fesses up

Last week I carried some posts to a relatively official-looking site that unveiled actress Megan Fox as the star of the in-development Wonder Woman movie.

The site was eventually debunked as a fan creation, but many of us were left wondering why someone would bother going through the effort to create such a thing. I guess I shouldn't be too superior. I blog about such things.

Anyway, the site has been update with a look at how and why it was created. Here's the gist.

Superman. Batman. Spiderman. They have all had their day of glory on the silver screen. Meanwhile, the woman of most men's dreams has been stuck in Hollywood "Development Hell". Like most designers, I too have been stuck in development hell. So I, as a designer, looked to Wonder Woman for inspiration. Why did I do it? It was the challenge of making something out of nothing.

My wheels began turning one day when I had heard that Joss Whedon had walked away from the original Wonder Woman movie project. I carried on with my day wondering who would be the ultimate Wonder Woman?

My day of wondering actually turned into many months. Upon much contemplation and trial runs, it occurred to me that for Wonder Woman to be universally successful she would have to appeal to younger audiences. And with that, Megan Fox as Wonder Woman began...


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Will Eisner documentary due on DVD Dec. 16

"Will Eisner: Profession Cartoonist" is due out on DVD Dec. 16. Originally produced for foreign television in 1999, the film includes interviews with Eisner and fellow cartoonists Art Spiegelman, Bill Sinkiewicz, Denis Kitchen and Jerry Robinson, among others.

Here's a description from Image Entertainment:

This award-winning, three-part documentary explores the remarkable and lengthy career of Will Eisner, a pioneering cartoonist whose work continues to impact popular culture.

* Part 1: "Spirit:" All about Eisner's most famous character, The Spirit, who debuted in 1940 and has been continuously published around the world

* Part 2: "The Dream:" Eisner's dream of being recognized as an artist through his media is revealed, including how his meetings with underground cartoonists in 1978 led him to produce his first graphic novel which revolutionized the field

* Part 3: "Master Class:" Eisner demonstrates at his drawing board the techniques related to his books, The Art of Storytelling and Comics and Sequential Art

* Aired on TV in 36 countries

* Features interviews with Art Spiegelman, Bill Sinkiewicz, Denis Kitchen, Jerry Robinson and Ann Eisner, plus Brazilian cartoonists (Angeli, Guazzelli, Lailson, Mauricio de Souza, Ota, Ziraldo) and French and Belgian artists Jano and Francois Shuiten

Here's a clip:



Pop links: Build your own Batcave, Batman LP covers, Eleanor Rigby revealed, DVD deal on Pixar films

Via the 1966 Batman Message Board: An Arizona company that specializes in installing secret passage ways in people's homes (doesn't everyone need one?) says one of its most popular items is a Shakespeare bust that triggers a bookcase to slide open--just like on the Batman TV show! Cool. I wonder what the current economic downturn is doing to that business now, though. Could be bad. On the other hand, maybe more people are installing secret rooms to hide their cash.

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More Batman: Via LP Cover Lover.

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And here's a link to more info about Batman-inspired music.

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Paul McCartney has given a charity documents he procured that provide information about Liverpool's real Eleanor Rigby.

McCartney donated a hospital accounts log from Liverpool's City Hospital to the Sunbeam Trust charity, which revealed that an E. Rigby was a scullery maid who worked at the hospital.

McCartney had previously suggested that he came up with the name Eleanor for use in the song because of The Beatles' association with actress Eleanor Bron, who appeared in their film 'Help!'.

However, the document, along with the discovery of a grave marked Eleanor Rigby in Peter's Parish in the Woolton area of Liverpool in the 1980s, has caused some to suggest that Rigby may have been a real person known to McCartney, who wrote the song.


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Those Fabulous Fifties shares a few of Al Jaffe's rare "Tall Tales" comic strip.

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A sculpture by Tony Dow, who played the Beav's big brother Wally on "Leave it to Beaver," will be displayed in the Louvre--you know, the place where they keep the Mona Lisa...

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Newsarama takes a look at the history of James Bond comic books.

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Today's deal alert:

DVD and CD new releases Nov. 11: Hellboy, Disney Treasures, Lone Ranger

This week's new releases of interest. Click the links to order from Amazon and support this site!

DVDs

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Widescreen)


Hellboy II: The Golden Army (3 Disc Special Edition)



Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh


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

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


Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2 Disc Special Edition)



Firefly: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]


Night Gallery: Season Two

The Sopranos - The Complete Series

Warner Brothers Classic Holiday Collection, Vol. 2 (All Mine to Give / Holiday Affair / It Happened on 5th Avenue / Blossoms in the Dust)

The Lone Ranger: 75th Anniversary - Seasons 1 and 2

M Squad - The Complete Series starring Lee Marvin - 15 DVD Box Set, Plus Bonus CD - The Music From M Squad

Studio One Anthology

CDs

Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection by John Williams

Christmas On Mars (CD/DVD) by Flaming Lips

Definitive Collection Mini LP Replica by Led Zeppelin

Pop links: Robin TV show scrapped, screaming deal on "24" season DVDs, Goofus and Gallant, Star Pirate, new Hembeck!

The CW has decided not to produce "The Graysons," a series that would've taken a "Smallville"-like look at the early days of acrobat-turned Boy Wonder Dick Grayson, a.k.a., Batman's Robin.

Warner Bros president Jeff Robinov had initially given the greenlight to the pilot, but changed his mind after Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan reportedly voiced his discomfort at having a TV show on the air that conflicted with his Batman film series.

A Warner Bros statement said: "The studio has opted not to go forward with the development of The Graysons at this time as the concept doesn't fit the current strategy for the Batman franchise.


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The cartoonist Seth illustrated five election day poems in The New York Times. I like his stuff a lot.

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Deal alert. I don't watch this show, but I know some of you do. Today only:



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Learn some manners! Here's Dial B for Blog on Highlights magazine's Goofus and Gallant. That Goofus is a little sh*t.

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Read a tale of Murphy Anderson's Star Pirate.

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The great Fred Hembeck has added 20 fresh 'toons to his great Across the Page Gallery!

Spirit movie pictures galore

A lot of images from this flick have filtered out in recent days. Here's a look:

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