Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pop links: New K-9 revealed! What happened to Doctor Who's grand-daughter? Capitol vinyl! Dhani Harrison album! Joe Kubert's Tarzan! More!

Outpost Gallifrey provides a sneak peek at the new K-9, Doctor Who's robotic dog, who will be featured in a spin-off series now in the works.

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In other Doctor Who news, whatever happened to the Doctor's grand-daughter, Susan? The BBC investigates.

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Capitol Records is reissuing some of its biggest titles on high-quality, limited-edition vinyl. Check out the offerings here.

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Dhani Harrison, son and spitting image of George, is releasing his first album later this month.

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Diversions of the Groovy Kind takes a look at Joe Kubert's great covers for DC Comics' Tarzan series.

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Here's the official site for "Sit Down, Shut Up," a new animated series on Fox from "Arrested Development" producer Mitchell Hurwitz.

Facebook Comic Con kicks off today

Fellow pop blogger Booksteve alerts us that the very first Facebook Comic Con begins today. This is a virtual affair, no hotel reservations or missed plane connections necessary. If you have a Facebook account, check it out.

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Vintage comic book house ad

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Upcoming omnibus collects Golden Age Marvel Comics

Out in September, this 832-page whopper collects Marvel Comics #1 and Marvel Mystery Comics #2-12, featuring the early adventures of the Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, Ka-Zar and others in full color. A great addition to any comic collector's bookshelf. If you have room for it.

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More Marvel Omnibus books at Amazon.

Pop links: Free music! First Barbie ad! New Batman and Robin comic! Joe Kubert!

Today in sharity: A 1969 tribute song to the great session guitarist James Burton (Elvis, Ricky Nelson, zillions more).

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More sharity: NPR is offering a free, 10-song sampler from performers at this year's South By Southwest Music Festival.

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Bedazzled presents the first Barbie TV commercial--from 1959.

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Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely will produce a Batman and Robin title for DC Comics starting this June.

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Pappy looks at Joe Kubert's awesome Viking Prince series for DC Comics.

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Dark Horse presents Doc Savage, Sheena figures

Coming up from Dark Horse Comics:

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REELART STUDIOS DOC SAVAGE STATUE

Doc Savage is undisputedly one of the most famous characters to come out of the pulps. Street and Smith Publications' Doc Savage Magazine ran from 1933 to 1949 and was revived in the early 1960s as paperbacks. Those paperbacks identified the look we attribute to the Man of Bronze today. One of the best artists whose work graced those covers is Bob Larkin. This statue is our tribute to Doc and to Mr. Larkin. Sculpted by Tony Cipriano and paint mastered by Kat Sapene. Certificate of authenticity is included.

19" tall, limited to 1,000 pieces for worldwide distribution, $249, in stores on July 15.

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REELART STUDIOS SHEENA, QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE STATUE

Created by Will Eisner, Sheena was the first female comic-book character with her own title. Inspired by H. Rider Haggard's She, Sheena paved the way for a host of other jungle queens to follow. Sheena has transcended comics to television and film. One of the most endearing and enduring portrayals of Sheena was by Irish McCalla in the 1955-56 TV series. This statue is our tribute to the character, her comic roots, and the actress that made her real for the postwar generation. Sculpted and paint mastered by Joy and Tom Studios. Certificate of authenticity is included.

9 3/4" tall, limited to 500 pieces for worldwide distribution, $179, in stores on July 15

Lex Luthor wants bail-out money

Vintage comic book house ad

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Vintage comic book house ad

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New comics March 11, 2009: Showcase JLA! Kirby's Losers! Power Man!

Items of possible interest this week. Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL #1 The latest segment of the Batman's dead/where is Batman thing. You could buy it, or just wait until Bruce Wayne makes his inevitable return. Or you could drop out of the whole thing and just buy DC Showcase books.

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THE LOSERS BY JACK KIRBY
A hardcover collection of the King's 1970s war title.

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SHOWCASE PRESENTS JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL. 4 A big slab of black-and-white super team fun.

ESSENTIAL POWER MAN AND IRON FIST VOL. 2 Sweet Christmas! Another helping of this bronze-age guilty pleasure.

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Today I'm sending out good wishes to comic book legend (and my fellow Montana resident) Al Feldstein, who is awaiting bypass surgery. Good luck, Al, and get well soon.

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And more good wishes to cartoonist Fred Hembeck who is mourning the loss of a dear friend.

New Marvel Legends two-packs revealed

Check out these new Marvel Legends figures coming in two packs later this year:

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Iron Man/Female Agent

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Kree/Skrull

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Nick Fury/Hand Ninja soldier

See more Marvel Legends action figures at Amazon.

May 2009 comics solicitations: Best of the rest

Along with our picks from Marvel and DC's solicitations for May, here are a few other items of interest. Click the titles to pre-order from Amazon.

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MILTON CANIFFS STEVE CANYON 1956 VOL 10

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STAR TREK KEY COLLECTION VOL 7

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FILMED IN SUPERMARIONATION HISTORY OF THE FUTURE
(W) Steven La Riviere For the first time, a complete history of the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson television productions which pioneered science-fiction special effects. Film historian Steven La Riviere, whose documentary about Supercar was the final word on the series, takes you behind-the-scenes and covers every aspect of the creation and production of such television shows as Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Secret Service, and Joe 90, as well as the Anderson's efforts from the beginning including Torchy and Four Feather Falls.

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GOD OF COMICS OSAMU TEZUKA
(W) Natsu Onoda Power, (A) Osamu Tezuka God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga is a critical biography and assessment of the Japanese innovator who made Manga mainstream with his character Astro Boy and his more than 150,000 pages of comics and animated films. This is the first critical examination of his entire body of work, ranking him as the single most important figure in Japanese post-World War II comics.

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JOE KUBERT HOW TO DRAW FROM LIFE
(W/A) Joe Kubert Joe Kubert - the legendary Hawkman, Tarzan, Enemy Ace, Batman, and Sgt. Rock artist and critically-acclaimed graphic novelist of Tor, Abraham Stone, Fax From Sarajevo, and Yossel - founded the first and only accredited school devoted solely to the art of cartoon graphics. Joe Kubert: How to Draw from Life, designed for mature art students, professionals and enthusiasts, presents a wealth of his own drawings from nude models spanning his years as an artist and art instructor. Subjects include gesture drawing, contour drawing, the figure in motion, short studies, long studies, drawing women, the figure in perspective, form and structure, anatomy, and lighting.