Friday, January 29, 2010

Batman: The Brave and the Bold meets the Metal Men

The Metal Men feature on tonight's episode of "Batman: Brave and the Bold."

Synopsis:

"Batman is introduced to a team of energetic androids known as the Metal Men. When their creator goes missing at the hands of the Gas Gang, Batman helps them track the villains to get him back."


Drool! Chip Kidd working on Captain Marvel coffee table book

Book designer Chip Kidd is reportedly working on a coffee table compiling images of Captain Marvel comics and memorabilia. As anyone who owns his super-amazing "Batman Collected" book, this promises to be a thing of beauty. Details so far are slim and buried in this article, but I'm excited. It's high-time the most popular super-hero of the 1940s got his due!

Pop links: Jack Kirby, Brady Kids

Read a batch of Jack Kirby-illustrated sci-fi and suspense tales from the 1950s.

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Check out the animated "Brady Kids" from 1972.

Official version of "lost" Hendrix song now streaming online

 You can hear the title track from upcoming Valleys of Neptune compilation, out March 9, here. Sounds like Jimi.

Vintage DC Comics House Ad


Thursday, January 28, 2010

A peek at DC Comics' First Wave

This is something I'll likely check out, being a fan of things of the pulp/noir variety:

It’s almost here — an Earth very much like our own, but featuring a collection of pulp and noir heroes that include the Batman, the Spirit, Doc Savage, Black Canary and many more.
In the shadows of the War, the roots of the Golden Tree cabal grew deep into the heart of a fallen world and the leaders at the heart of this secret organization see no place in their utopia for heroism. Doc Savage, struggling with the loss of his father, has been blind to their advance – until now. Central City’s mysterious Spirit has caught wind of their plans as well. But whose side have the Blackhawks chosen? What is the Red Right Hand? And where is the Batman? Eisner Award winner Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER) and superstar Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS) craft a DC universe like you’ve never seen before. It’s a world with no supermen, only mortal men. Death can come at any moment, and adventure can still be found at every corner of the map.
Dive right in with a look at some black and white interiors from the first issue. And, as an added bonus, we’re including the Morales sketch pages some of you saw in the back of select DCU books and the handful we initially spotlighted here. Enjoy:

New Alice in Wonderland pictures


Pop links: Captain Marvel memorabilia, J.D.Salinger dies, iPad for comics, more

Check out some cool Captain Marvel memorabilia. (And, as always, see more at our DC Comics Fortress of Memorabilia).

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The legendary J.D. Salinger, author of "Catcher in the Rye," has died.

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This recent Spider-Man daily strip is just plain silly.

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What does the iPad mean for comics? I like to read comics in the bath tub, so I'm thinking this device may not be for me.

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Variety reviews a new documentary on Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs.

Paperback cover parade: Spillane's The Long Wait


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Is Marvel's Heroic Age simply Disneyification or a shift to better, more reader-accessible comics?

The optimist in me hopes that this news means a return to Marvel Comics that are more fun and pleasant to read. They cynic figures it's just another "event" that ultimately won't change anything while earning Marvel a bundle in fanboy cash in the process.

Here's what Marvel says:
Marvel Comics is proud to announce The Heroic Age, the dawn of an exciting new era of heroism in the Marvel Universe! Beginning in May 2010 with the release of AVENGERS #1, The Heroic Age ushers in a brighter Marvel Universe and a bold new era for the world's greatest super heroes as they emerge from darkness with a renewed sense of hope and optimism, leading to the formation of all new teams with new members...and brand new characters! Titles branded with the Heroic Age banner offer a perfect jumping on point for readers new and old alike, as the top comic book creators in the world deliver a Marvel Universe like you've never seen before!
 And here's a story by USA Today:
All this would be of interest only to comic fans except it comes just months after Disney purchased Marvel for $4 billion and as Iron Man 2 and other Marvel films are on the way.

It also could mark a major shift in comic book storytelling, which took a turn to grittier stories after the success of DC's The Dark Knight Returns and Marvel's more adult take on Daredevilin the 1980s.

Quesada says that Marvel's return to "good guys" was in the works for two years, was finalized eight months ago and that the Disney takeover had no role.

"There is no sanitizing of the Marvel books at all," he says, promising stories will remain "edgy" and contemporary. "Our philosophy here is to just keep telling good stories."
My wish: Marvel stories that are fun, ok for kids and adults alike to read, and which aren't steeped in artificial "darkness" in the guise of sophistication.

Pop links: Green Lantern film, Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, MLJ Comics, Criterion streams flicks, iPad-iSlate details

See some concept art for the upcoming Green Lantern live-action film.

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Check out some original Jack Kirby art from the early days of his Mister Miracle run.

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See Neal Adams original art for a Shazam-themed Power Records album.

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Booksteve has posted a batch of house ads from MLJ Comics.

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Criterion, the company known for putting out spiffy, pristine DVDs of mostly arty but sometimes also cult films will now be streaming some of of those flicks on YouTube and via Netflix's streaming service (sometime I need to blog about my Netflix box. I'm liking it more and more).

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Techies are all abuzz about Apple's announcement of a new tablet device (called the iPad or iSlate, maybe) and other new gadgets today, but looks somebody's jumped the gun with details.

"The tablet is going to be based on the iPhone operating system, and so it will be transferable," he said. "We have a consortium of ebooks – we have 95 per cent of all our materials that are in ebook format on that one – so with the tabloid you're going to open up the higher education market, the professional market. The tabloid, the tablet is going to be just really terrific."

Paperback cover parade: Journey into Fear


New comics Jan. 27, 2010

Shipping list for Jan. 27, 2010.

DARK HORSE COMICS


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Batman Beyond: 1:6 Scale Deluxe Collector Figure
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Batman: Under the Cowl
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Heroes of the DC Universe: The Flash Bust
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JSA: Strange Adventures (Jsa (Justice Society of America) (Graphic Novels))
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Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 2
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Avengers: World Trust
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Incredible Hulk Visionaries, Vol. 7
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Marvel Adventures Spider-Man & The Avengers Digest
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Secret Warriors, Vol. 2: God of Fear, God of War
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WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT

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