Friday, September 11, 2009

Vintage comic book ad

Pop links: Joe Sinnott! White Out reviewed! Ditko! Lucky Luke movie!

Pappy presents a swell, Joe Sinnott-illustrated horror tale from 1952.


The New York Times doesn't seem overly impressed with the film adaptation of "White Out."

The first thing Kate Beckinsale does in “Whiteout” is take a shower. This may be because her character, a United States marshal named Carrie Stetko, needs to rinse off the grime of Antarctica, where she is stationed. Or, as seems more likely, it may be because the filmmakers, realizing that she would be spending most of the movie swaddled in thick parkas and layers of thermal protection, felt that some audience members might enjoy seeing Ms. Beckinsale in her underwear and then out of it behind a strategically fogged glass door.

Which is not to imply that the shower scene, interrupted by a knock at the door — “I’m in the shower,” Carrie cleverly replies — is more contrived or absurd than anything else that happens in this studiously mediocre little thriller


For all you Ayn Rand fanatics: Golden Age Comic Books showcases Steve Ditko's Mr. A.


Check out some clips from an upcoming live-action adaptation of Lucky Luke.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Make your own flying Dumbo!

From Vacation in Disneyland #1:

Pop links: Wally Wood! Neal Adams! DC Comics shake up! Barbie is an astronaut!

From Golden Age Comic Books: Check out the stage of art behind this Wally Wood illustration for the 1979 Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.


Big Glee presents some Neal Adams Batman artwork.


Newsarama takes a look at the big management/structural shakeup at DC Comics, now called DC Entertainment and what it might mean for fans.


Coming from Mattel: Vintage Career Barbies. Apparently, back in the 1950s and 60s, a woman's career options were limited to secretary, nurse or, of course, astronaut.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

New comics Sept. 10, 2009: Tarzan! Wednesday Comics! Lost Fantastic Four!

Items of interest this week.

TARZAN THE JESSE MARSH YEARS VOL 3 Classic Apeman stories illustrated by the great artist.

WEDNESDAY COMICS #10 DC's weekly tabloid enters its final few weeks. I guess I'm not a good weekly reader. Presumably, you're supposed to buy these things each week, read 'em right away and wait with baited breath for the next installment. Me? I've got a big stack of 'em waiting to be read. Might as well wait for the trade!

FANTASTIC FOUR LOST ADVENTURES A "reconstruction" of the FF's lost 103rd isssue--the one Jack Kirby plotted and partially penciled before leaving Marvel for DC in the early 70s.

Vintage comic book ads: Wheaties!

Pop links: Thunderbirds voice actor dies; early Jack Davis art

British actor Ray Barrett, who voiced some of the puppets on the Thunderbirds and Stingray, has died at age 82, the BBC reports.

Barrett was born in Brisbane, Queensland and moved to England in the late 1950s to star in the long-running British TV series The Troubleshooters.

He also appeared in Doctor Who, The Saint and Dixon of Dock Green, and voiced John Tracy in puppet adventure show Thunderbirds.


Take a look at some early Jack Davis art.

Beatles remasters box sets now back in stock

Amazon is again listing the Beatles in Stereo and limited edition Beatles in Mono box sets of remasters as back in stock. Order fast!

Much more on the Beatles remasters at our spin-off site Beatles Blog Daily!

Dark Horse Comics December 2009 solicitations

Dark Horse Comics has announced its releases for this December. Here's a look at highlights.

Joss Whedon (W), Karl Moline (P/Cover), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale Dec 23
FC, 40 pages
Willow Rosenberg has worn many faces--a shy computer geek, a loyal friend, a passionate lover, a fierce Wiccan, and a dark Willow.
Now in Season Eight of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Buffy comics series, Willow's powers have grown exponentially. She can fly. Teleport. And may or may not be immortal.
All we know is that Willow went on a walkabout following the demise of Sunnydale, and she met a very sultry, extremely powerful serpent lady who seems to be the key to unraveling the mysteries of what Willow is, and will become.
Joss Whedon and his Fray co-creator Karl Moline reunite for this special one-shot!

On sale Feb 17
9.72" x 8.2" x 1.25"
Back by popular demand! Die-hard Buffy fans just kept asking for this long-out-of-print book and keepsake package. Well, it is returning from the grave.
This slipcased package combines a great Buffy adventure with a dazzling trio of specially crafted items that are featured in the story. The book is a deluxe hardcover, about 80 percent of comic-book size, thread sewn, utilizing a fine matte art paper stock. The story is an expansion of "The Final Cut," part of which originally appeared in Buffy #8. New pages have been added by the creative team.
Actual elements from the story have been created, and are visible through die-cut windows in the slipcase: Buffy's trademark gold-colored cross, the traditional "Claddagh" ring, and a glass vial of holy water with silver flakes suspended in the fluid.
Defend yourself in style or provide the special someone in your life with a unique gift.

Dick Wood (W), Leo Dorfman (W), Paul S. Newman (W), Joe Certa (A), Ray Bailey (A), Alex Toth (A), Mike Sekowsky (A), and others
On sale Feb 3
FC, 240 pages
HC, 6 5/8" x 10 3/16"
Spirits of a Ouija board possess a dutiful housewife . . . A pleading ghost haunts a father for his refusal to forgive . . . An army major's dead body carries a deceptive message to Nazis in World War II . . . A phantom ship seeks a new captain . . . A possessed armored hand defends a castle from a hostile takeover . . .
These stories and many, many more are collected in Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery Archives Volume 2! These are tales of suspense, crime, intrigue, horror, and irony hosted by the renowned actor Boris Karloff and featuring art from some of the finest comics storytellers from the sixties. Contains issues #5-#10 of Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery.
* Features a new introduction by Playboy magazine publisher Hugh Hefner!

Various (W/A)
On sale Feb 24
b&w, 240 pages
HC, 8 3/8" x 10 7/8"
Dark Horse Comics continues to showcase its dedication to publishing the greatest comics of all time with the release of the sixth spooky volume of our Creepy magazine archives. This collection of legendary yell yarns includes selections from revered writers Archie Goodwin and Harlan Ellison, among others, and groundbreaking artistic contributions from Frank Frazetta, Neal Adams, Angelo Torres, Jack Davis, underground comics great Vaughn Bode, and more.
Treat yourself to this fright-filled tomb, and you'll see why these gore-geous collections have become freaky fixtures on the New York Times bestseller list!
* Creepy Archives won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection!
* Creepy Archives includes bonus color pages.

Sheldon Stark (W) and Jerry Robinson (A)
On sale Feb 10
FC, 216 pages
HC, 12" x 9"
In the 1950s, when the world was faced with strange or anomalous threats, there was one man who was called on to set the situation right--Jet Scott of the Office of Scientifact! Whether it was tracking down deadly Banthrax germs, uncovering the source of strange ocean creatures, or discovering the cause of spontaneously combusting pipelines in Saudi Arabia, Jet Scott was the adventurer who could get to the truth!
* Jerry Robinson is one of the best known of all the artists who have drawn Batman over the years and is often credited with creating the Joker, one of comics' greatest villains!
* Dark Horse Comics is proud to collect the Jet Scott comic strips, for the first time ever, which were originally published from 1953 to 1955 by the New York Herald Tribune!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

CD new releases Sept. 9, 2009: Beatles, Beatles, Beatles! And more!

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

Here Comes Science ( Exclusive) [CD/DVD] by They Might Be Giants

Abbey Road (Remastered) by The Beatles

Revolver (Remastered) by The Beatles

The White Album (Remastered) by The Beatles

Rubber Soul (Remastered) by The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Remastered) by The Beatles

Let It Be (Remastered) by The Beatles

Magical Mystery Tour (Remastered) by The Beatles

A Hard Day's Night (Remastered) by The Beatles

Past Masters (Remastered) by The Beatles

Help! (Remastered) by The Beatles

Please Please Me (Remastered) by The Beatles

With The Beatles (Remastered) by The Beatles

Beatles For Sale (Remastered) by The Beatles

Yellow Submarine (Remastered) by The Beatles

Popular Songs by Yo La Tengo

The Stone Roses 20th Anniversary (2CD/1 DVD Deluxe Edition) by Stone Roses

Heartbeat Radio by Sondre Lerche

Let's Change the World With Music by Prefab Sprout

A Strange Arrangement [CD + 4.5" LP] by Mayer Hawthorne

Theme Time Radio Hour: Season 2 - With Your Host Bob Dylan (2CD) by Various Artists

Haih Or Amortecedor by Os Mutantes

A Solitary Man: The Early Songs Of Neil Diamond by Various Artists

The Laurie Records Story, Vol. 3: Girls and Girls Groups by Various Artists

DVD new releases Sept. 8, 2009

New DVD releases of note this week. Click the title links to order discounted disks from Amazon.

The Office - Season Five

Fringe: The Complete First Season

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland

That Hamilton Woman- Criterion Collection

Groucho Marx Collection: You Bet Your Life

Bob Clampett's Beany And Cecil, Vol. 2