Friday, December 12, 2008

Pop links: Vintage Christmas TV

Classic TV Showbiz is presenting classic Christmas episodes of old shows such as "Dennis the Menace," "Mr. Ed" and "Dragnet."

Iconic pin-up Bettie Page passes away

Bettie Page died at age 85 last night. The Los Angeles Times has a feature and pics.

A cult figure, Page was most famous for the estimated 20,000 4-by-5-inch black-and-white glossy photographs taken by amateur shutterbugs from 1949 to 1957. The photos showed her in high heels and bikinis or negligees, bondage apparel -- or nothing at all.

Decades later, those images inspired biographies, comic books, fan clubs, websites, commercial products -- Bettie Page playing cards, dress-up magnet sets, action figures, Zippo lighters, shot glasses -- and, in 2005, a film about her life and times, "The Notorious Bettie Page."


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Thursday, December 11, 2008

1950s Supermanga!

Check out these cool images from an eBay auction I spotted. Could this be a topic for Chip Kidd's next book?

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Pop links: Walt Kelly Christmas, more Reed Crandall

Pappy presents a Walt Kelly Christmas tale from 1948.

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Golden Age Comic Book Stories presents more Reed Crandall illustration art from Edgar Rice Burroughs' tales.

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Upcoming Marvel Comics collections: Search for Galactus, Brubaker Daredevil Omnibus

Here are a couple of recently announced collected editions on the way from Marvel next year. Click the title links to pre-order at a discount from Amazon.

Fantastic Four: In Search Of Galactus (Paperback)

by Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard, Joe Sinnott, Sal Buscema, John Byrne

One of Marvelous Marv's most astonishing sagas! The Fantastic Four have been fighting Skrulls since #2 - and, somehow, it just never gets old...unlike the FF themselves! An aging ray has three-quarters of the foursome at death's door, but they'll fight the Skrulls to the finish alongside Nova and the Champions of Xandar - at least until a greater threat rises from the Champions' own ranks! The Sphinx is ready to conquer the world, and Mr. Fantastic knows of only one opponent who can stop him: Galactus, who just wants to DESTROY the world instead! Includes the first appearances of Terrax the Tamer and H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot - but which one will prove the greater threat? Also featuring Spider-Man, Medusa, S.H.I.E.L.D., and cameos from across the chronicles of history! Collects Fantastic Four #204-214.
Page count not yet available.

Daredevil By Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Omnibus Volume 1 (hardcover)
Nominated for three Eisner Awards - "Best Continuing Series," "Best Writer," and "Best Penciler-Inker Team!" Longtime Daredevil fans will not be disappointed as the critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark leave their mark on one of comics' most enduring legends! For the past few years, Matt Murdock's life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, he finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell's Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall, just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? And if you think Matt's life is going to start getting simpler after that, think again! As he tries to find a way to move forward, a threat from his past begins to creep toward daylight. And with the post-Civil War fallout all around him, he finds himself fighting a battle on both fronts of his life: in the courtroom and on the rooftops of Hell's Kitchen! Collects Daredevil #82-105.
624 pages.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pop links: Reed Crandall portfolio, Spirit TV ads

Golden Age Comic Book Stories presents an Edgar Rice Burroughs portfolio by the great Reed Crandall.

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Comics Continuum has three new TV spots for the upcoming "Spirit" film.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Wonder Woman animated DVD cover art revealed

Here's the cover art for the two-disk

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and one-disk

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versions of the new, straight-to-DVD Wonder Woman film out March 3.

New comics Dec. 10, 2009

Here's what looks interesting this week. Click links to order discounted titles from Amazon. Proceeds help support this site.

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Herbie Archives Vol. 2

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Black Canary 1/6-scale Deluxe Collector Figure

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Brave and the Bold Lords of Luck TPB

Alex Toth: Edge of Genius Vol. 2

Doctor Who Classics Series 2 #1

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Uncle Scrooge #383


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Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #698

Paperback cover parade: Let's go to the movies pt. 3

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Rope

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

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Giant

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The Maltese Falcon

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Village of the Damned

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Mildred Pierce

DVD and Music new releases Dec. 9, 2008: Dark Knight, Lost season 4, Happy Days, Gunsmoke, Motown number ones, Dr. Horrible soundtrack and more

Here's what looks interesting this week. Click links to order from Amazon. Proceeds help support this site.

DVDs

The Dark Knight (Two-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)

Lost - The Complete Fourth Season

The Wire: The Complete Series

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All

Happy Days - The Fourth Season

Sin City [Blu-ray]

Gunsmoke - The Third Season, Vol. 1

Rawhide - Season Three, Vol. 2

Glenn O'Brien's TV Party: The Sublimely Intolerable Show

Glenn O'Brien's TV Party: The Everything for Sale Show

Music (on CD, unless otherwise noted)

This Christmas by Aretha Franklin

The Dark Knight-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack(2 CD Special Edition) by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard

Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition by Pavement

Surrender by Diana Ross

The Complete Motown #1s Box by Various Artists

Dark End of the Street by Cat Power (LP Record - 2008) - EP

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog by Various Artists

Easy Come Easy Go by Marianne Faithfull

Live in Australia by Chris Isaak

Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs by Charlie Louvin

The Phil Spector Collection by Phil Spector

Quadrophenia by The Who (LP Record - 2008)

Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley (LP Record - 2008)

The Singles Collection by Queen

Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks

Pop links: More Dr. Who Advent(ures), Brigadier interviews

The BBC's Doctor Who site features another game as part of it's Doctor Who Advent(ure) calendar.

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More Doctor Who: Digital Spy interviews Nicholas Courtney, who is reprising his role as Brigadier Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart on Who spin-off "The Sarah Jane Adventures."

Monday, December 08, 2008

Gifts for comic book and pop culture fans 2009

Here's our annual look at cool things folks who read this blog might be interested in giving or receiving this year. Click the links for info from Amazon.

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DVDs
2008 was a big year for comic book movies, and now those big features are coming out on DVD.

Here's a batch of fresh-to-disk superhero titles and other DVDs of interest:

Batman - The Complete Animated Series

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Iron Man

Incredible Hulk

The Dark Knight

Lost - The Complete Fourth Season

Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series

Get Smart - Season 1 (The Original TV Series)

James Bond Ultimate Collector's Set

The Original Christmas Classics (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town/Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns/Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol/Little Drummer Boy/Cricket on the Hearth)

Classic Cartoon Favorites, Vol. 9 - Classic Holiday Stories (The Small One/Pluto's Christmas Tree/Mickey's Christmas Carol)

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CD box sets
In this age of downloads, it's still nice to get a big bundle of music, lovingly packaged and annotated.

The Soul of Rock and Roll ~ Orbison, Roy

Love Train:The Sound of Philadelphia ~ Various Artists

The Unreleased Recordings ~ Hank Williams

Time Life Oldies But Goodies 10 CD Set ~ Various

Picture Book ~ The Kinks

The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 11A: 1971~ Various Artists

Anthology 1966-1972 ~ The Move

The Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll: 1954-1963 ~ Various Artists

Rare Rock 'N' Roll Rampage ~ Various

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Pop culture books
Here's a selection of newish books about movies, comics, music and more.

"Have You Seen . . . ?": A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films ~ David Thomson

Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts ~ Rob Smith

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story ~ Richard Schickel

Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film, and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom ~ Brian Chidester

The Near Complete Essential Hembeck Archives Omnibus ~ Fred Hembeck

Marvel Chronicle ~ Tom DeFalco, Peter Sanderson

The DC Vault ~ Martin Pasko

Best American Comics ~ edited by Lynda Barry

The Adventures of Tintin Collector's Edition

Bat Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan ~ Chip Kidd

The Best Music You've Never Heard ~ Nigel Williamson

Way Beyond Compare: The Beatles' Recorded Legacy
~ John C. Winn

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Books about comic book artists
This has been a banner year for tomes about some of America's greatest comic book and comic strip artists. Here's a selection of some of the most notable:

Man of Rock: Joe Kubert ~ Bill Schelly

Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles

Brush with Passion: Dave Stevens

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko ~ Blake Bell

Kirby: King of Comics ~ Mark Evanier

Retro toys
Wii? Bah, Humbug! Let's go back to the classics:

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Retro/Mego Star Trek Figures

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Star Trek Retro/Mego Bridge Playset

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Retro/Mego Planet of the Apes Figures

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Bozo Bop Bag

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G.I. Joe Kung Fu Grip figures

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Comic book reprints
This decade has been a golden era for reprints of classic comics, with the various Showcase, Essentials, Archives, Masterworks and other reprint lines from DC and Marvel going strong.

Click on the links to go to Amazon's listings of each:

DC Showcase Presents

DC Archives

Marvel Omnibus

Marvel Essentials

EC Comics Archives

Dark Horse Comics Archives

Dark Horse Comics Omnibus books

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Action Figures
It seems like you can find nearly every mainstream superhero in action figure form these days. Click the links to see entries in the following popular toy lines:

Marvel Legends Action Figures

DC Direct Action Figures

DC Universe Classics Figures

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Hot Wheels Batmobile toys
Hot Wheels has launched a series of toys based on the 1960s Batman TV show vehicles. Take a look at what's available.

Pop links: Fables TV series, Famous Monsters publisher dies, deal on Lost DVDs, Golden Age Flash and Green Lama, mod videos

ABC is interested in developing DC Comics' "Fables" as a TV series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

David Semel has come on board to direct "Fables," which revolves around characters from fairy tales and folklore living in exile in modern-day New York.

"Their lives become interconnected in vary big way," Zicherman said. "They share a secret and a bond."

Zicherman and Metzner wouldn't elaborate which fairy tale characters will be featured in the TV series, but noted that Big Bad Wolf and Snow White, who are central to the comics, will have a similar role on the show.

The comic book series' first storyline followed Fabletown's sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, who investigates the murder of Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red.

"We set up a structure to allow any fairy tale character to show up in any one episode," Metzner said.


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Famous Monsters of Filmland publisher Forrest J Ackerman, passed away late last week, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Ackerman, a writer, editor and literary agent who has been credited with coining the term "sci-fi" in the 1950s, died Thursday of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles, said John Sasser, a friend who is making a documentary on Ackerman.

As editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, Ackerman wrote most of the articles in the photo-laden magazine launched in 1958 as a forum for past and present horror films.

"It was the first movie-monster magazine," Tony Timpone, editor of horror-movie magazine Fangoria, told The Times in 2002.


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Today only at Amazon: Season 1-3 of "Lost" for $58.99, regularly $120.98.

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The Fortress of Fortitude
presents a Mac Raboy-illustrated Green Lama tale from 1945.

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Awesome! Mojo magazine has posted a "video playlist" to go along with the Heavy Mod compilation CD attached to it's latest issue. Click here for video performances by The Creation, The Pretty Things, The Move, The Small Faces and other way cool bands.

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Pappy presents a Golden Age Flash tale from 1948.

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