Thursday, May 07, 2009

DC releases new Batman and Robin art

Here are a few new images from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's upcoming Batman and Robin series. This looks like it could be fun but, you know, I've always found Quitely's art a little cold. Somehow it's too "quiet" for me, lacking in noise and motion. It's like freeze frame instead of a movie, even in images like this, which display a lot of action and even have sound effects. Maybe color will help.





Pop links: Nick Cardy! 1970s photo novels! Virgil Finlay! Vintage Star Trek toys!

Fortress of Fortitude shares a lovely Nick Cardy-illustrated Senorita Rio tale.



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The Bronze Age of Blogs continues its look at 1970s "photo novels."



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The Golden Age of Comic Book Stories presents some more cool Virgil Finlay sci-fi art.



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On My Mind shares some vintage Star Trek toys.

Update on DC's Doc Savage revival

Still no info on what's up with DC Comics' cryptic hint at a new Doc Savage comics series yesterday, but Newsarama had dug up some history on the image that the publisher released.

...the image is actually a portion of a nearly year-old image Brian Stelfreeze posted on his blog back in August 2008. That’s right: it’s looking like a crossover between the Man of Bronze and The Spirit, with some Blackhawk thrown in. And looking at the upper image again, the female character and panther has been Photoshopped out, with her silhouette remaining.

Interesting. So will Stelfreeze be the artist on this new project, or somebody else. I like the style used in the pic and hope they go with that approach--somewhat cartoony. Y'know, Darwyn Cooke would be great on a Doc Savage comic...

ALSO: The "female character" in the pic is Rima the Jungle Girl.

Cool pulp paperback photo manipulations

Via The Comics Reporter: Check out these awesome photos by Thomas Allen, which use cut-outs from pulp paperback books to create startling, 3-D imagery.





New Green Lantern First Flight pictures, now with Sinistero!

Here are a few new pics from the upcoming direct-to-DVD Green Lantern film.







Video find: Madness live in Camden Town 2009

Here's a great group of performances from a couple weeks back of Madness playing live (from the top of a double decker bus, no less) in their home territory of Camden Town, North London.

Best known in the states for their one-off hit "Our House," the group is huge in Britain and rightfully so. Starting out as a ska revival band, they went on to become the most British of British bands since the Kinks, recording moving songs about everyday folk and their travails. And they have a new album coming out soon!















Wednesday, May 06, 2009

DC brings back Doc Savage?!!!

It looks that way. Cool art.

REAL Beatles guitars

The following is a post from the newly-created Pop Culture Safari spin-off site: Beatles Blog Daily. If you're a Beatles fan, it's the place to visit and keep visiting!

After the news about those plastic Beatles: Rock Band guitars, how about a look at some real Beatles guitars?

While the Fabs used others instruments throughout their recording/performing career, here's a look at some of their most iconic instruments.

The most iconic Beatles instrument--next to Ringo's Beatle-logoed bass drum, that is--is no doubt Paul's violin-shaped Hofner 500 bass. He still plays these basses during live performances today.







Early on with the Beatles, George played a Gretsch Duo Jet, one of the models being replicated for Beatles: Rock Band.







During the height of Beatlemania, however, George's go-to live guitar was a Gretsch Country Gentleman, a model also favored by the great Chet Atkins.







John, meanwhile, was more closely associated by Rickenbacker's during the early years--mainly a 325.





From the mid-60s on, however, John's most frequently-used electric guitar was an Epiphone Casino. In fact, George and Paul also owned and recorded with Casinos. Around the "White Album," John had the finish sanded off of his, which he claimed improved the sound.







Here's Paul playing his Casino.



And let's not forget that a huge part of the Beatles' sound was the band's blending of acoustic rhythm guitars with electric parts. Those parts were most often strummed on a Gibson J10E. Both John and George owned and played them.








For more on Beatle guitars check here and here. And for the definitive look at Beatles-related instruments, read this:

DC's Wednesday Comics Flash preview art

The more I see of DC's Wednesday Comics series, the more I like. Here's some cool preview art from Karl Kerschl, illustrator for the anthology's Flash strip.

Pop links: Star Trek photo novels! Wire creator has new HBO series! Monkees comics! Vintage Aquaman game! Where the Wild Things Are figures!

The Bronze Age of Blogs remembers those Star Trek "photo novels" of the 1970s. I think my middle school library had a bunch of 'em.



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PCL LinkDump takes a look at early LP warning labels.

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HBO has picked up a new series by David Simon, creator of Best Show Ever "The Wire":

"Treme" chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of local musicians. It is being shot in the Crescent City.

The show's cast includes Wendell Pierce, Clarke Peters, Khandi Alexander, Steve Zahn, Kim Dickens and Bob Brown.

The number of episodes is still being determined, with the pay cable network eyeing a fall debut.


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Hey, hey, it's the Monkees!



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Holy mackerel! I'd never seen this Aquaman game until Jon posted it on his Random Acts of Geekery blog.



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Aw cute! It's "Where the Wild Things Are" Kubrick figures.

Official track list revealed for George Harrison Let it Roll collection



Here's the official press release, with final track list, for the new George Harrison compilation Let it Roll, out June 16.

Capitol/EMI confirms the tracklist for George Harrison's first-ever career-spanning solo hits collection, Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison. To be released June 16 (June 15 internationally), the CD's special packaging includes a 28-page booklet featuring previously unseen and rare photos, and newly-written liner notes by Warren Zanes. The collection's 19 tracks have been digitally remastered by Giles Martin at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, and will be available in CD and digital formats.

"Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison is a gathering of material that takes us far into the territory that was ultimately a place unique to George Harrison," writes Warren Zanes in his liner notes essay for the new collection.

This collection is the first to span Harrison's entire solo recording career, including the #1 Billboard Pop singles "My Sweet Lord," "Isn't It A Pity," "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)," and "Got My Mind Set On You." Let It Roll also features live recordings of three timeless Harrison-penned Beatles songs, "Something," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and "Here Comes The Sun," from his 1971 all-star Concert For Bangladesh benefit at Madison Square Garden.

"The keyhole into the world of George Harrison is the music itself. Yet his songs and the accomplishments for which he's remembered are inextricably bound - and those accomplishments are, without question, eclectic in scope," Zanes writes.

George Harrison is a twice-inducted member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and as a member of The Beatles, and an 11-time Grammy Award winner for his recordings with The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, and as a solo artist. On April 14, Harrison was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison (CD, digital)

1. Got My Mind Set On You
2. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
3. The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
4. My Sweet Lord
5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps [Live] - Concert For Bangladesh
6. All Things Must Pass
7. Any Road
8. This Is Love
9. All Those Years Ago
10. Marwa Blues
11. What Is Life
12. Rising Sun
13. When We Was Fab
14. Something [Live] - Concert For Bangladesh
15. Blow Away
16. Cheer Down
17. Here Comes The Sun [Live] - Concert For Bangladesh
18. I Don't Want To Do It
19. Isn't It A Pity

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Beatles: Rock Band guitar pictures

Here are pics of the aforementioned guitars for the upcoming Beatles: Rock Band game:




New comics May 6, 2009: Boris Karloff, Buffy, Creepy, Spidey, more!

BORIS KARLOFF TALES OF MYSTERY ARCHIVES VOL. 1 A collection from the old Gold Key Comics series, featuring work by Alex Toth, Joe Orlando, Mike Sekowsky, Al Williamson and others.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #25 More Buffy!


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CREEPY ARCHIVES VOL. 3
More spooky tales from the Warren black-and-white horror mag, featuring work by Frank Frazetta, Gray Morrow, Alex Toth, Joe Orlando and others.

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CLASSIC SPIRIT PVC SET
From Dark Horse Comics, a set of four figures from Will Eisner's famed Spirit strip: The Spirit, Ellen Dolan and Commissioner Dolan, plus a mystery femme fetale.

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SGT ROCK 1/6 SCALE DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE
Cool, but spendy. Anybody out there still have a disposable income?

SUPERGIRL COSMIC ADVENTURES IN THE 8TH GRADE #6 (OF 6) This was a fun mini. I hope they'll do a sequel.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #593 More Spidey!

ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN VOL. 9 WAY MORE Spidey! This slab collects Collects Amazing Spider-Man #161-185 & Annual #11, Giant-Size Spider-Man #6 and Nova #12.

Garcia-Lopez to draw Metal Men in DC's Wednesday Comics

This Wednesday Comics title coming up from DC in July is looking better all the time. The latest bit of news--accompanied by the nice page of preview art below--is that veteran artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez will be drawing a Metal Men feature. Looks great!

BBC presents Pete Seeger birthday profile

Check out "Pete Seeger at 90" on the BBC.

Vincent Dowd celebrates the life and work of American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, as he turns 90. Drawing on BBC archives and new interviews, Vincent explores Seeger's continuing efforts to improve the world through the power of song.

He hears Seeger's views on a range of issues and his hopes for the future under the leadership of Barack Obama, at whose inauguration he performed.

Featuring some of the musicians who have interpreted Seeger's songs, including Marlene Dietrich, Joan Baez and Bruce Springsteen, and an unplugged version of This Land is Your Land by Seeger himself.

Details on The Beatles: Rock Band instruments

Not only will people be able to play along with the Beatles once the new Fabs-based Rock Band game is released, they'll be able to do so on replicas of the band's instruments.

According to various sources, items available will be replicas of John Lennon's Rickebacker 325, George Harrison's Gretsch Duo Jet for $99 each. These fake instruments won't be included in the "special edition" of the game, which comes with a replicas of Paul McCartney's iconic violin-shaped Hofner bass and Ringo Starr's bass drum with Beatles logo.

And, according to Kotaku, the game will feature the ability to attach up to three microphones so players can take a stab at replicating the Fabs' harmonies.

Y'know what, though, why not learn to play a real guitar? For the price of the game and assorted extra plastic guitars, you could buy an Epiphone Casino, the guitar John, George and Paul owned from the late 1960s on and used on the sessions from everything from "Rubber Soul" through "Abbey Road."

You will never be cool playing a toy guitar, man.



Pop links: Wrath of Khan comic! Star Trek LPs! B-movie classics!

IDW Publishing is doing a comic book adaptation of "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan."



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On My Mind presents a batch of Star Trek-related LP covers.



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Check out AMC's new B-Movie Classics site, where you can watch full-length flicks like "Drag Strip Girls," "Hercules Unchained," "Saga of the Viking Women" and more!

Monday, May 04, 2009

CD new releases May 5, 2009: Star Trek and Wolverine soundtracks; Remastered Rolling Stones; New York Dolls; Smithereens play Tommy, more!

CDs of interest this week. Click the titles to order discounted items from Amazon.


Star Trek OST by Michael Giacchino


X-Men Origins: Wolverine OST by Harry Gregson-Williams


Outer South by Conor Oberst


A Message from the People by Ray Charles


'Cause I Sez So by New York Dolls


Sticky Fingers [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] by The Rolling Stones


Goats Head Soup [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] by The Rolling Stones


It's Only Rock 'N Roll [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] by The Rolling Stones


Black and Blue [Original Recording Remastered] by The Rolling Stones


Rolling Stones Box Set (2009) (4 CD's) by Rolling Stones


Tommy by Smithereens


At the Apollo (CD with Bonus DVD) by Arctic Monkeys


Sounds of the Mike Sammes Singers by Mike Sammes & Mike Sammes Singers


Soul Brother No. 1 by James Brown


The Boat That Rocked OST