Friday, April 24, 2009

New Star Trek movie pics




Pop links: Fantastic Four financial troubles! Gillian Anderson on Doctor Who? Billboard archives online! More!

The economic downturn is hard on everyone, it seems.

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"X-Files" star Gillian Anderson may make a guest appearance on "Doctor Who."

Sources say programme chiefs want the London-based X-Files star to appear opposite the new DoctorMatt Smith in a one-off adventure next year. It’s understood the American actress could play renegade Time Lady The Rani, a glamorous but evil scientific genius previously played in the series by Kate O’Mara in the Eighties.

“Gillian obviously has a massive sci-fi following and it’s felt it would be a major coup to have her appear in Doctor Who,” says a show insider. “The team behind the show are keen for the next Doctor to have lots of new enemies and Gillian would be a glamorous and impressive addition to the list. The Rani would be a perfect role for her as the character used to be regarded as one of the Doctor’s most deadly opponents.”


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Paul McCartney may have earned the Coachella Festival a hefty fine because his set was 54 minutes too long.

Under laws put in place by the area's local authority, promoters Goldenvoice are liable for a £1,000 fine for every minute of music played after midnight.

The exact penalty is expected to be announced in a few weeks.


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The archives of music trade mag Billboard are now searchable via Google Books. Doesn't look like every year is available, but lots of fun, nostalgic is to be had.

Hammer Horror Movie posters pt. 3








Talking G.I. Joe pt. 2




Thursday, April 23, 2009

John Lennon Toronto '69 coming to DVD


Shout! Factory has announced the DVD release of "John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Live in Toronto 1969 on June 23.

Filmed on the eve of the release of Abbey Road, this concert features Lennon paying homage to a couple of his heroes with covers of “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy,” playing some Beatles (“Yer Blues” and “Money”) and the now-classic “Give Peace A Chance.” Also included on the disc is an interview with Yoko Ono from 1988.

Preview: Darwyn Cooke's "Parker: The Hunter"

IDW Publishing has just released preview pages from cartoonist Darwyn Cooke's adaptation of "The Hunter," by Richard Stark and they are fabulous.

This the first in a series Cooke plans to do of Stark's "Parker" mystery novels.

New comics April 23, 2009: Batman annuals! Legion! X-Men Omnibus! Sheena! More!

Releases of note this week. Click the links to order discounted titles from Amazon.


BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #4 This title is getting to be pretty fun. I loved the Batman/Green Arrow team-up in the last ish. Good action, art and some funny moments to boot. This one features Aquaman AND giant dinosaurs!


DC CLASSICS LIBRARY BATMAN: THE ANNUALS Great stuff from the Silver Age. I gotta get it. Evidently the reproduction is quite good--better than the much-griped-about "Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore" volume.


DETECTIVE COMICS #853 The second and final part of Gaimin/Kubert's "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader."


SHOWCASE PRESENTS LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES Another slab of Silver Age fun.


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #592 I continue to love the current Spidey books. It's superhero comics done right. Ugly cover, though.


X-MEN OMNIBUS VOL. 1 The earliest X-Men issues from the 60s in one humongous book. Get it for nearly $40 cheaper on Amazon.


GOLDEN AGE SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE VOL. 2 More affordable vintage Sheena.

Pop links: The Specials! Simon! Kirby! Orson Welles! Amadou and Miriam!

The BBC reports on The Specials reunion tour. Man, I loved that band...

Any anxiety about whether the band were up to it was swiftly pushed to one side with the set opener, Do The Dog, which got the punks, mods, rockers and skinheads off their heels and onto the balls of their feet, where they stayed for the next 90 minutes.

Here they are on British TV from earlier in the month:



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Newsarama offers a preview of the newly released "The Best of Simon & Kirby."





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From Booksteve: Orson Welles sends up his radio past on "Laugh-In."

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The awesome Amadou and Mariam perform on NPR.

Hammer Horror Movie posters pt. 2








Talking G.I. Joe!



Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pop links: Wally Wood! Alex Toth! Star Trek review! Mothers of Invention 1968! Klaus Voorman! Joe Meek bio-pic! More!

Booksteve presents a four-page Wally Wood-illustrated story.



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From Pappy: A couple of John Forte-illustrated horror tales.



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Fortress of Fortitude brings us more Alex Toth!



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Variety reviews the new Star Trek film:

...the new and improved "Star Trek" will transport fans to sci-fi nirvana. Faithful enough to the spirit and key particulars of Gene Roddenberry's original conception to keep its torchbearers happy but, more crucially, exciting on its own terms in a way that makes familiarity with the franchise irrelevant

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See the Mothers of Invention on the BBC, 1968!

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Famed Beatle pal and Manfred Mann bassist Klaus Voorman is at work on his first solo album.

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Here's a trailer for "Telstar," the upcoming bio-pic about eccentric British record producer Joe Meek.

Hammer Horror Movie posters pt. 1







G.I. Joe with Kung Fu Grip!


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Marvel Comics July 2009 solicitations

Marvel has announced its offerings for this July. Here's what struck my eye. Click the links to order discounted titles from Amazon.


OFFICIAL INDEX TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #7
Written by VARIOUS
Continuing the chronicle of the Marvel Universe, starting with Spider-Man (from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN # 302 on), Iron Man (from IRON MAN #231 on) and the X-Men (from UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #6 on). Follow the history of the Marvel universe as it unfolds month by month with the All-New Official Index to the Marvel Universe. Each issue provides synopses for dozens of individual comics, including back-up strips, introducing you to the characters, teams, places and equipment that appeared within, providing vital information about first appearances, where they last showed up and where they appeared next!
64 PGS./Rated A …$3.99


ALL SELECT COMICS #1 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM & MICHAEL KUPPERMAN
Art by JAVIER PULIDO & MICHAEL KUPPERMAN
Cover by RUSS HEATH
Variant Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
Meet Blonde Phantom – she’s gorgeous, quick-witted, and hard-boiled. There was never a case that wasn’t open-and-shut for this gun-toting, two-fisted knockout of a P.I. But has she still got what it takes to bust a mystery wide open in the modern Marvel Universe? Marc Guggenheim (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Javier Pulido (CAPTAIN AMERICA 65TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL) turn the classic Blonde Phantom into Marvel’s newest hero!
AND MORE! Writer/artist Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle) takes on Marvex, the Super-Robot, in a hilarious bonus special feature!!
48 PGS./New and Reprint/Rated A …$3.99


MARVEL 70TH ANNIVERSARY TPB
Written by BILL EVERETT, JOE SIMON, STAN LEE, LARRY LEIBER, STEVE DITKO, ROY THOMAS, BOB LAYTON, DAVID MICHELINIE, CHRIS CLAREMONT, FRANK MILLER, PETER DAVID, KURT BUSIEK, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by BILL EVERETT, JACK KIRBY, GENE COLAN, STEVE DITKO, JOHN ROMITA, NEAL ADAMS, JOHN ROMITA JR., JOHN BYRNE, FRANK MILLER, TODD MCFARLANE, ALEX ROSS, GEORGE PEREZ, MARK BAGLEY, JIM CHEUNG & STEVE EPTING
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
Celebrate a senses-shattering 70 years of Marvel Comics with this fitting tribute to the storied history of the House of Ideas! This keepsake edition showcases the creative evolution of the Marvel Universe like never before by collecting some of the best stories from each of the past seven decades. With input from the True Believers themselves – the mighty Marvel fans – this is Marvel history as it was made! Collecting material from SUB-MARINER #1, CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #2-3, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #2, TALES TO ASTONISH #13, AMAZING FANTASY #12; and FANTASTIC FOUR #13, STRANGE TALES #115, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #50, AVENGERS #93, IRON MAN #128, UNCANNY X-MEN #132, DAREDEVIL #168, INCREDIBLE HULK #340, MARVELS #0, AVENGERS #4, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #13, NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI #1 and CAPTAIN AMERICA #25.
344 PGS./Rated A …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3743-6


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #600
Written by DAN SLOTT, STAN LEE & THE REST OF SPIDEY’S WEB-HEADS
Pencils by JOHN ROMITA JR., MARCOS MARTIN, MARIO ALBERTI & MORE!
50/50 Wraparound Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
50/50 Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Cover by JOHN ROMITA SR.
Wraparound Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
The greatest Marvel super hero of all celebrates his 600th issue with the biggest all-original issue of Amazing Spider-Man EVER! This one’s got it all! The return of Doctor Octopus, Daredevil, a wedding you never predicted, and the return of one of the most important people in Peter Parker’s life in a giant-sized lead story by Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. Doc’s back in town, but it’s only a prelude to darker days ahead as Spidey unknowingly prepares for a gauntlet he can’t even see coming.
On top of all that, witness the return of one of Spider-man’s creators, Smilin’ Stan Lee (along with Masticatin’ Marcos Martin) as he presents a story of unbridled passion, drama and angst as Spidey reflects over his many, many years of adventures.
But that ain’t all…as the rest of the Spidey Web-Heads bring you several short features showcasing some rarely explored aspects of both Spidey and Pete’s life, drawn by some of the greatest artists in comics. Plus, several other surprises and NO REPRINTS! 104 pages of goodness brought to you by some of the best creators that have ever worked on Spidey!
104 PGS./All-New/Rated A …$4.99


INCREDIBLE HULK #600
Written by JEPH LOEB
Penciled by ED MCGUINNESS
Cover by ALEX ROSS
50/50 Variant Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Variant Cover by TIM SALE
WHO IS THE RED HULK?!
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN IS GOING TO TRY AND FIND OUT!
GREEN HULK! RED HULK! SPIDEY! SECRETS REVEALED!
A STORY SO BIG IT CAN BARELY BE CONTAINED IN THE INCREDIBLE 600TH ISSUE OF HULK! ALL THIS AND A STARTLING SURPRISE ENDING TO TOP ALL THE OTHER SHOCKING SURPRISES THIS HULK BOOK IS KNOWN FOR!
The chart-topping team of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness bring you a 600th-issue celebration guest starring your friendly Neighborhood Web-Head as the original Incredible series returns! Plus, back-up story by Fred Van Lente featuring the Savage She-Hulk! And representing the first issue of the Loeb/Sale HULK: GRAY series,
104 PGS./38 All-New Pages & Reprints/Rated A …$4.99


TOMB OF DRACULA OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
Written by MARV WOLFMAN, STEVE ENGLEHART & DAVID KRAFT
Penciled by GENE COLAN, TOM PALMER & VIRGILIO REDONDO
Covers by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY & GENE COLAN
Trap him in Hell or trap him in humanity, Dracula will fight to the finish, fang and claw! But after centuries of being haunted by his demonic daughter, the Transylvanian tyrant faces an even worse family skeleton: A son who's an absolute angel! Plus the menaces of Dr. Sun, Dr. Frost, and Sorcerer Supreme Dr. Strange! Guest-starring Blade, Hannibal King, and the Silver Surfer! Collecting TOMB OF DRACULA #32-70, GIANT-SIZE DRACULA #5 and DR. STRANGE #14.
808 PGS./Parental Advisory …$99.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3576-0
TOMB OF DRACULA OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC VARIANT COLAN COVER (DM ONLY)
808 PGS./Parental Advisory …$99.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3577-7



MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA MENACE VOL. 1 HC
Written by STAN LEE & MORE
Penciled by BILL EVERETT, RUSS HEATH, JOE MANEELY, GENE COLAN, JOHN ROMITA, JOE SINNOTT, GEORGE TUSKA, WERNER ROTH, PAUL REINMAN, SHELDON MOLDOFF, JOHN FORTE, ROBERT Q. SALE, TONY DIPRETA, AL EADEH, BOB POWELL, JACK KATZ, SEYMOUR MOSKOWITZ & MORE
Cover by BILL EVERETT
In 1953 horror comics were king and Atlas editor-in-chief, Stan Lee, launched a new title to make a bid for the throne—and that title was MENACE! Backed by the best of the best in his art stable—Bill Everett, Russ Heath, Joe Maneely, Gene Colan, John Romita, Joe Sinnott, George Tuska—Stan’s new title became a high-water mark for pre-Code horror. Chock full of page after page of werewolves, vampires, zombies, ghosts, ghouls, double-dealing women and stone-cold killers with a sense of morality as dark as the ink on the page, MENACE lived up to its name—and how! It also showed hints of the Mighty Marvel future to come with running editorial commentary by Stan, reader contests, and characters like the infamous Zombie by Stan and Bill Everett, who would become the Marvel Age’s own killer zombie, Simon Garth. MENACE is a must-have for all aficionados of comics’ rollicking pre-Code days and the perfect entry point for readers looking to take their first adventure into the Atlas Era! Collecting MENACE #1-11
304 PGS/All Ages …$59.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3509-8
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA MENACE VOL. 1 — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 126
304 PGS/All Ages …$59.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3510-4


MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE INHUMANS VOL. 1 HC
Written by JACK KIRBY, STAN LEE, ROY THOMAS, GERRY CONWAY & ARCHIE GOODWIN
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, NEAL ADAMS, MIKE SEKOWSKY & GENE COLAN
Cover by NEAL ADAMS
The uncanny Inhumans come to the MARVEL MASTERWORKS at last! In 1965, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby gave a strange family of outcasts their debut in the pages of Fantastic Four. Responding to their Shakespearean pathos and Kirby's out of this world character designs, the fans loved them—and wanted more! The mysterious origins of Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, Triton, Karnak and the rest of their wondrous, secret world was initially revealed in a series of Thor features. But that only whetted reader's appetites—and so came their first headlining series in AMAZING ADVENTURES! Launched by writer/artist Jack Kirby, the new series took the Inhumans to their roots, defending their kingdom against the aggressions of mankind—especially against the ultimate threat of the Mandarin. Then a team with uncanny credentials, Roy Thomas and Neal Adams, took up the crown and sent the Inhumans on a mythical exodus into the world of man. It was a saga exploring the social issues of the era and, of course, topped of with a heavy dose of Inhuman action! Also featuring a rare Medusa and Black Bolt tale from MARVEL SUPER-HEROES and a trio of satirical tales from NOT BRAND ECHH by Stan, Jack and their blushing Bullpen! Collecting THOR #146-152, AMAZING ADVENTURES #1-10, THE AVENGERS #95 & MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #15 with bonus selections from NOT BRAND ECCH #6 & 12.
240 PGS/All Ages …$54.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4141-9
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE INHUMANS VOL. 1 HC — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 125
240 PGS/All Ages …$54.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4142-6


MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE X-MEN VOL. 2 TPB
Written by STAN LEE & ROY THOMAS
Penciled by JACK KIRBY & WERNER ROTH with ALEX TOTH
Covers by JACK KIRBY & DEAN WHITE
The Children of the Atom are back in their classic adventures from the Silver Age! Launched by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the X-Men blended super-hero action, teen angst, and a metaphor for the turbulent social and racial issues of the ’60s into one potent package! After laying the foundation for what would become comics’ biggest franchise, Stan and Jack passed the headmaster’s role of the Xavier School to Roy Thomas and Werner Roth, who would come into their own while crafting the tales of Marvel’s merry mutants. Collected in this second amazing MASTERWORKS volume, you’ll find the first appearance of the unstoppable Juggernaut, the cosmic Stranger, the mutant Mimic, and in a classic three-part saga, the mutant-hunting robot Sentinels. And for good measure we’re topping it off with the return of Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil mutants and a two-part tale featuring Lucifer, the early nemesis of Professor X. They’re mutant milestones one and all! Collecting THE X-MEN #11-21.
240 PGS./All Ages …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3700-9
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE X-MEN VOL. 2 TPB — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 7 (DM ONLY)
240 PGS/All Ages …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3701-6


MEPHISTO VS. PREMIERE HC
Written by AL MILGROM
Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA
Covers by JOHN BOLTON & JOHN BUSCEMA
The Fantastic Four! X-Factor! The X-Men! The Avengers! What threat could menace all four major Marvel teams of the 1980s? Can you say...the Devil? Mephisto wants super-hero souls, and he's out to collect them all! With their worst nightmares AND their wildest dreams at his command, he's not getting cast out of THIS fight! How can he lose...when it's HIS series? Collecting MEPHISTO VS. THE FANTASTIC FOUR #1, MEPHISTO VS. THE X-FACTOR #2, MEPHISTO VS. THE X-MEN #3 and MEPHISTO VS. THE AVENGERS #4.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3804-4
Trim size: standard
MEPHISTO VS. PREMIERE HC — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 32
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3778-8


ESSENTIAL MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE VOL. 3 TPB
Written by MARK GRUENWALD, RALPH MACCHIO, MARV WOLFMAN, STEVEN GRANT, TOM DEFALCO, DAVID MICHELINIE, A. BRODSKY & ALAN KUPPERBERG
Penciled by JOHN BYRNE, JOE SINNOTT, GEORGE PÉREZ, GENE DAY, CHIC STONE, JERRY BINGHAM, RON WILSON, PABLO MARCOS, MICHAEL NETZER, FRANK SPRINGER, ALAN KUPPERBERG, JIM CRAIG, BOB BUDIANSKY & BRUCE PATTERSON
Cover by BOB BUDIANSKY
Life's not one thing after another, it's the same THING over and over again! Join Benjamin J. Grimm, Quasar, Giant-Man, and FF members and X-Men alike against foes old and new, all-powerful and somewhat less powerful! With several sensational storylines in one volume, including Project: PEGASUS, the Beyonders and the Serpent Crown! Plus: the fate of the Hydro-Men! War in the Negative Zone! Time paradoxes, secrets of alien procreation, dinosaurs, disco, dementia and more! Guest-starring the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Inhumans, the Howling Commandos and others! Collecting MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #53-77 and ANNUAL #4-5.
592 PGS./All Ages …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3069-7


ESSENTIAL PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 4 TPB
Written by BILL MANTLO, ROGER STERN, AL MILGROM & BOB DENATALE
Penciled by AL MILGROM, RON FRENZ, GREG LAROCQUE, DAVE SIMONS, FRED HEMBECK, KERRY GAMMILL, SAL BUSCEMA & RON RANDALL
Cover by AL MILGROM
Dr. Octopus and the Owl, good guys can end up hurt...BAD! But Spider-Man's at his fighting best when things look worst — and with his heroine hospitalized, he's readier than ever to clean Doc Ock's clock! Back on her feet, the Cat convinces Spider-Man they can be a crimefighting couple — but are the likes of the Hobgoblin, the Fly, the Cobra and Mr. Hyde too much for her? Unexpectedly, Spider-Man's off to the end of the universe for the Secret Wars — but while the spider's away, the cat will...what? The Spidey/Cat relationship's meltdown begins here! Plus: the Kingpin AND the Blob! Journalistic jeopardy with J. Jonah Jameson! The Punisher gone madder than usual! Secrets from Aunt May's youth, with a rare flashback to Spidey's Uncle Ben! And, yes, the credits said Fred Hembeck! Guest-starring Cloak and Dagger! Also featuring the Fantastic Four and the Avengers! Collecting PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #75-96 and ANNUAL #4.
576 PGS./All Ages …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3071-0