Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Batman: Brave and the Bold two-parter pics

Here are details and images from the Feb. 27 and March 6 episodes of "Batman: Brave and the Bold."

When parallel worlds collide, Batman swaps places with Owlman--his criminal counterpart in an alternate universe--to stop the Crime Syndicate from taking over their world. Crime fighters in one world must battle their evil counterparts in a crime spree melee. Meanwhile back on Earth, Owlman has been perpetrating crimes disguised as Batman and assembled all the villains to join him. When Batman returns, he finds himself on the wrong side of the law and hunted by Green Lantern, Aquaman, Blue Beetle, Red Tornado and Plastic Man. It’s a strange twist of fate that leaves Batman with only one option - to team up with Joker and take Owlman and the Crime Syndicate down!

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Neal Adams DC Universe cover collection details

Here's a peek at DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams: The Covers, out in hardcover this fall.

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Over the years, many artists have contributed to the look of comics but the most influential and popular may be Neal Adams, who in the late 1960s changed the look of comics forever with his photorealistic style that updated the image of Batman, Superman and the other DC Comics heroes for a new generation of fans.

Now, for the first time, all of Neal Adams's work -- covers and stories -- is being spotlighted in an extraordinary hardcover featuring commentary by the artist himself as well as his collaborator, contemporaries and the generation of writers and artists that he inspired.

Adams's contributions feature his illustrations of not only Batman but many other DC heroes, including Superman, The Flash, Aquaman, and The Teen Titans, as well as his signature character, Deadman.

When Adams burst onto the scene in the 1960s, his sense of design, color and realism helped influence a generation of artists and excited fans, and also inspired many writers to new heights of creativity -- which continues to this day.


Pop links: Golden Age Comics exhibit! Free Neko Case! Duke Ellington for a quarter! Buck Rogers with your breakfast cereal!

Geek Orthodox hips us to "Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950," a multi-media exhibit now on display in Los Angeles. Despite the silly Batman TV show-era title (I mean, really must we always say "zap" when speaking or writing about comics?), it look pretty cool. Check out details in the LA Weekly. And you can see an image gallery here.

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I'm a fan of the alt-countryish (but, actually she's quite rock'n'roll) Neko Case. You can check out her new album free, and legally, on NPR.

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Awesome: America's greatest composer, Duke Ellington, will be featured on the "state" quarter honoring the District of Columbia, Ellington's birthplace.

African Americans have featured on commemorative coins but Ellington's quarter will be in everyday use.

The director of the US Mint, Ed Moy, said Duke Ellington was an inspirational figure to have on a coin as he "was equal parts talent, hard work, passion and perseverance".


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Golden Age Comic Books
shares a Buck Rogers book issued as a cereal premium back in 1933.

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Watch Lost tonight!

See a preview for tonight's show and get more information at the Lost Season 5 blog. Then go back there tomorrow for a full rundown of what happened.

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