Friday, June 12, 2009

Alex Schomburg airbrush comic book covers pt. 1

Here's a look at some of the great airbrush color covers Alex "Xela" Schomburg did back in the Golden Age.









Rolling Stones 45 rpm picture sleeves











Details on Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Show DVD set

From Warner Home Video:

The action-packed adventures of DC Comics' legendary superhero Plastic Man spring to life on Plastic Man: The Complete Collection, the latest animated DVD release from Warner Home Video (WHV). This full series collection will be available to consumers September 1, 2009 and will retail for $44.98 SRP. He can spring, stretch, fly, bounce and even change his shape; there is hardly anything that this superhero can't do! Joined by his girlfriend Penny and his Polynesian sidekick Hula Hula, Plastic Man travels the world, preventing the proliferation of evil. Plastic Man's adventures are quirky, offbeat and filled with slapstick humor. Classic animation fans and kids alike will love this compilation of one of DC Comics' most endearing characters. The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show is based on the DC Comics superhero, which originally appeared in comic books in 1941. The original Plastic Man discovered his powers after he was sprayed with an unidentified substance that entered his bloodstream, causing a radical physical change that allowed his body to acquire all of the properties of rubber. Produced by both Ruby-Spears Productions and Hanna-Barbera Productions, The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show first aired in 1979 Saturday mornings on ABC, right after Super Friends.



Deal alert: Blu-ray superhero collection for $80

Today only at Amazon, you can pick up a Blu-Ray Superhero Collection for $79.95 instead of $208.75.

Featured movies include: Spider-Man - The High Definition Trilogy (Spider-Man / Spider-Man 2 / Spider-Man 3), Ghost Rider (Extended Cut), Hellboy (Director's Cut), Underworld (Unrated),
Underworld Evolution.

Pop links: Rod Serling! Abbey Road Studios! Corben! Hembeck!

See a 1970 interview with "Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling.

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Abbey Road Studios (y'know, the place where the Beatles made most of their records) is coming out with a line of products aimed at digital home recordists. More here.

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Check out Weird Fantasies #1 from 1972, with (NSFW, by the way) art by Richard Corben and Landon Chesney.



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Cartoonist Fred Hembeck has some swell new art for sale.

New book looks at Will Eisner's PS Magazine work

For 21 years following his Spirit comic strip and before launching a new career as a pioneering "graphic novelist" cartoonist Will Eisner worked on PS Magazine, a U.S. Army publication focused on preventive maintenance of military equipment. Sounds dull, right? But not with Eisner involved. The result was an innovative comic-strip-oriented, graphically interesting approach to conveying information to readers--in this case, Army personnel.

It's fascinating stuff. And we civilians get a chance to take a look and learn more about this aspect of Eisner's life in a new book penned by his editor on that project, Paul E. Fitzgerald.

So far, Fitzgerald's lavishly illustrated book is only available in an autographed limited edition here, yet it looks as if a paperback edition is eventually planned. It looks great.



Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pics from Disney's The Princess and the Frog

Here are some images from Disney's upcoming "The Princess and the Frog." It's the studio's first hand-animated flick in forever and looks lovely. More here.

















Vintage promo still: Jayne Mansfield


Rolling Stones 45 rpm picture sleeves









Pop links: New DC Comics blogs; when Elvis met the Beatles; new Scorsese flick

DC Comics has launched blogs for its Vertigo and Wildstorm imprints. The join DC's mainline blog, The Source.

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What really happened when the Beatles met Elvis Presley? The Los Angeles Times investigates.

“No matter who you are,” says Schilling, “walking into Elvis Presley’s house is a different experience. His presence put things on a certain level, and I think the Beatles could feel that. But Elvis knew how to handle it. He said, ‘If you guys are just going to sit around and stare at me, I’m going to bed.’ That broke the ice and got a laugh out of everybody. Right away, the Beatles understood that Elvis was a guy with a sense of humor—and a guy who really loved crazy British humor. It wasn’t too long before John and Elvis were talking about Peter Sellers and favorite scenes from Dr. Strangelove.”

See more Beatles posts at Beatles Blog Daily!

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See a trailer for Martin Scorsese's upcoming film, "Shutter Island."

“Shutter Island” is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Vintage promo still: Tarzan


New Green Lantern First Flight DVD pics

Here are two new images from the upcoming direct-to-DVD Green Lantern film.





Video find: Jimi Hendrix on the Lulu Show 1969

Watch Jimi break into a cover of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" near the end.

First look at Beatles Remasters stereo and mono box sets

Here's a first look at the Beatles Remasters box set! It'll feature stereo versions of all the band's albums, plus the 2-CD Past Masters singles compilation, along with a DVD featuring the "making-of" shorts included on early versions of the individual album remasters.



And here's a look at the Beatles in Mono box set, which includes CDs of all the albums originally released in mono mixes.




Pop links: Alex Nino! Mr. Tawny! Neil Young!

See a couple of Alex Nino-illustrated horror tales from 1975.



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Mr. Tawky Tawny vs. the Recession:



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Neil Young will be profiled by PBS' "American Masters" June 10. Check yer local listings.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

New comics June 10, 2009

New comics of note this week. Click the links to order discounted books from Amazon.


BATMAN #687
RED ROBIN #1
Two more post-Bruce Wayne Batman titles (Dick Grayson is now Batman, Bruce Wayne is missing/dead--there, I just saved you a few hundred bucks in back issues). Neither of these interest me as much as last week's Grant Morrison-penned Batman and Robin, which was quite fun, and Paul Dini's upcoming Batman: Streets of Gotham, which seems like it may be worthwhile as well. I'll probably keep my buying to just those two, skipping the Batwoman-helmed Detective Comics and a Dini-scripted Gotham Sirens. Let's face it, the Batman Family is too big.


BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM #5 I loved the first four Mike Kunkel-written/drawn issues of this kid-oriented title. This ish sees scripters Art Baltazar and Franco and artists Byron Vaughn and Ken Branch helping out. The plan, I guess, is to have this team alternate with Kunkel in order to get the book on a monthly schedule.


SHOWCASE PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN VOL. 4 More budget-priced Silver Age stuff. Includes Green Lantern #60-75.


SUPER FRIENDS #16 My daughter's favorite comic. It's good stuff!


JSA SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES
FLASH
GREEN LANTERN
SANDMAN
STARMAN
Based on Alex Ross art. Not really my thing.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #597 I'm already two weeks behind on this story line, which, unfortunately, looks to be somehow related with Marvel's latest crossover buyer-manipulation project, Dark Reign. What's say we prohibit comics publishers from further crossovers? Maybe the economic downturn will be a good corrective to such things.


ESSENTIAL THOR VOL. 4 Thor moves from the Kirby- into the Buscema era with Neal Adams helping out in between. Collects Thor #167-195.


EXCALIBUR VISIONARIES ALAN DAVIS VOL. 1 I was never a big fan of Excalibur or the writing on this title, but the art was something to behold. Davis is one of the modern greats of superhero comics. Collects Excalibur #42-50.

THOR TALES OF ASGARD BY LEE & KIRBY #2 Reprinting Lee/Kirby's work on this Thor backup feature.

MUPPET SHOW #2
TOY STORY MYSTERIOUS STRANGER #1
Two new kid-oriented comics from Boom Studios. Good stuff.

SHERLOCK HOLMES #2 The first issue of this never made it to my comic shop. Was it any good?


ART OF HARVEY KURTZMAN: THE MAD GENIUS OF COMICS A coffee table tome written by Denis Kitchen. I don't see how this could be anything less than mandatory.

Bowery Boys: Jungle Gents movie poster