Friday, September 04, 2009

Robert E. McGinnis paperback covers

Pop links: Simon and Kirby! Beach Boys! Crime comics! Sergio Aragones! Frazetta! Tom Baker! Tintin!

Check out a vintage Simon and Kirby-produced crime story.


Read a batch of Crime Does Not Pay stories with work by Dick Briefer,Fred Guardineer, Charles Biro and others.


The Ventura County Star profiles Mad genius Sergio Aragones.

“Like pain,” AragonĂ©s said in thick accent, “laughter is inside of a person. It’s as natural as hunger.

“I’m thinking and laughing all day long,” he continued. “Every time I think of a joke, I’m also telling myself a new joke. It’s a great way to live.”


According to singer Mike Love, the surviving Beach Boys (I'm assuming that means Brian Wilson, Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnson) will do a 50th anniversary performance in 2011. PBS is also considering an "American Masters" show about the band.


Speaking of Beach Boys, Times Online reviews his recent performance at the London Roundhouse.

Wilson was in a jokey mood, noting that it was unusual for him to be playing a venue in which the audience were not provided with seats. “If I don’t get a standing ovation for this one . . .” he said sternly, before playing Wouldn’t It Be Nice. He dedicated Girl Don’t Tell Me, an old Beach Boys B-side with a distinct Beatles influence, to John Lennon.


More crime comics! Here's one illustrated by the great Frank Frazetta.


Shirley Jones will appear as her real-life stepson David Cassidy's mom--just as she did on "The Partridge Family"--on an episodes of ABC Family's upcoming "Ruby and the Rockets" series Sept. 15.


Tom Baker talks about his return to the role of Doctor Who for an upcoming BBC radio drama.

Playing the role is easier than putting on an old pair of boots. I said that I never stopped being Doctor Who — not when I walked off the set every day in the ’70s and not since I left the show. I said ‘never’ and I mean it. How could I stop? The Doctor was just Tom Baker. No acting. So, when it came time to record [Hornet's Nest], I just dropped into the studio and picked up the script and away we went. Just like the old days.


Looks like Steven Spielberg is really getting into the spirit of things directing his upcoming Tintin film.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

New music I like: Pete Molinari and the Jordanaires

Yes, those Jordanaires!

Robert E. McGinnis paperback covers

Pop links: Astro Boy! Batmobile! Beatles!

From Hot Toys, here's a look at the 9-inch Astro Boy movie figure out in December.


Coming from Mattel this winter, here's the 1/18-scale "elite" TV Batmobile Special Edition Matte Black Version.


Those Beatles remasters are out next week! Whet your appetite with early news and reviews at Beatles Blog Daily!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Video find: More Pink Floyd on French TV 1968-69

Pop links: Tintin! The Beatles! Jack Kirby!

A Congolese man is suing to prevent distribution of "Tintin in the Congo" in that country on the grounds that the 1931 book by cartoonist Herge is racist.

Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, 41, is taking legal action claiming Hergé's controversial Tintin In The Congo is propaganda for colonialism and amounts to "racism and xenophobia".

"Tintin's little (black) helper is seen as stupid and without qualities. It makes people think that blacks have not evolved," he said.

Mr Mbutu Mondondo launched a case in Belgium two years ago for symbolic damages of one euro from Tintin's Belgian publishers Moulinsart, and demanded the book be withdrawn from the market.

...In 2007, British race watchdogs pulled the book from children's shelves and attacked the Tintin cartoons for making black Africans "look like monkeys and talk like imbeciles".

Two weeks ago the work was removed from the shelves of Brooklyn's municipal library following a complaint from a reader that it "had illustrations that were racially offensive and inappropriate for children".

...Moulinsart, Tintin's publishers, argued that the whole row was "silly" and that book must be seen in its historical context: "To read in the 21st century a Tintin album dating back to 1931 requires a minimum of intellectual honesty," it said. "If one applied the 'politically correct' filter to great artists or writers, we could no longer publish certain novels of Balzac, Jules Verne, or even some Shakespeare plays."




Read a rare funny animal story illustrated by Jack Kirby.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

New comics Sept. 2, 2009: Buffy! Conan! Perez JLA! Sub-Mariner! Oz! Classic kids comics!

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

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #28 Season 8 continues.

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN Vol. 6 More from Marvel's late, lamented black-and-white barbarian mag.

DC LIBRARY JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA BY GEORGE PEREZ Vol. 1 I enjoyed this run at the time. Don't remember much about it apart from the great art. Collects JLA #184-186 and 192-194.

WEDNESDAY COMICS #9 DC's weekly anthology tabloid continues. Only three weeks left!

ESSENTIAL SUB-MARINER Vol. 1 Wasn't this supposed to be out eons ago? What's the deal? Silver-Age Subby! Collects DAREDEVIL #7, TALES TO ASTONISH #70-101, TALES OF SUSPENSE #80, IRON MAN & SUB MARINER #1 and SUB-MARINER #1.

OZ: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ I've skimmed the individual issues of this and it looks delightful. Wonderful, distinctive art by Skottie Young with a script by Eric Shanower.

TOON TREASURY OF CLASSIC CHILDREN'S COMICS Looks promising. Edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly and featuring kid comics stories by Carl Barks, John Stanley, Sheldon Mayer, Walt Kelly, Basil Wolverton and others. 352 pages.

Video find: Pink Floyd French TV appearances 1968-69

Pop links: Fantastic Four film reboot! Jack Kirby's Mickey Mouse! Deadman film! Batgirl stuff! Mort Meskin!

Despite Disney's purchase of Marvel Entertainment the other day, Fox still has rights to do the Fantastic Four franchise, which it intends to reboot with a new film, Variety reports.

Akiva Goldsman has been hired to oversee the reboot as producer. Michael Green, the co-exec producer of TV's "Heroes" who co-wrote "Green Lantern," will write the script for the new "Fantastic Four."


Also on the Disney/Marvel front, check out Jack Kirby's Mickey Mouse, courtesy of the online Jack Kirby Museum. Click the link for another Kirby mouse.


A Deadman film, to be produced by Guillermo del Toro, is also in the works.


The Batcave Trophy Room presents some cool Batgirl memorabilia.

And if you dig this sort of thing, don't forget to visit our own DC Comics Fortress of Memorabilia.


Dig this 1952 horror tale illustrated by the great Mort Meskin.