Friday, March 05, 2010

Pop links: John Buscema! The Shadow! Jaime Hernandez

Oh nice! A 1958 comics adaptation of "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" with art by the fabulous Big John Buscema.





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Several people want to make a movie based on the Shadow, but there's some confusion as to who holds the rights.

Sony has let the film rights to the seminal crime-fighting vigilante lapse, so the Sam Raimi-produced project has gone into turnaround. CAA, which reps Raimi, is preparing to shop the rights, with Raimi attached to produce. One possible suitor is 20th Century Fox.



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Check out some Planet Comics stories by pioneering female comics creators Lilly Renee and Fran Hopper.



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Check out this series of YouTube videos featuring an interview with cartoonist Milt Caniff.

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Indy cartoonist Jaime Hernandez draws some mainstream comics heroines.

Paperback cover parade: Mike Shayne "Murder in Haste"

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Pop links: Sarah Jane Adventures! Danger Mouse!

The BBC has ordered two new seasons (the Brits call them "series." WTH?) of Doctor Who-spinoff "The Sarah Jane Adventures."

The series will go into production in Cardiff later this month with series three producer Nikki Wilson stepping up alongside Russell T Davies as executive producer and new producer Brian Minchin joining the team.


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This is, indeed, the coolest letterhead ever.

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If you didn't download it when it was available free online because it couldn't get record label release, the pretty dang good Dark Night Of The Soul album by Danger Mouse and Sparkhorse will now be officially available. The album features a wide range of singers including James Mercer of The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega and Vic Chesnutt.

Paperback cover parade: Mike Shayne "The Blonde Cried Murder"

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Pop links: Gilligan's Island movie! Carmine Infantino! Star Wars t-shirt transfers! Buffy! Robyn Hitchcock!

A new "Gilligan's Island" movie is in the works. Is this necessary? Well, no. We all know what it'll be like: Some relatively big comedy stars amusingly cast in in overlong, only occasionally funny flick that lampoons the already-silly original while also including humor that would have been considered wholly inappropriate back when the original program was aired. Granted, this is just a prediction. Don't hold me to it.

Anyway, Entertainment Weekly has, predictably, posted an article asking people to choose who they would cast as the Professor, Mary Anne and the rest.

I gotta admit Christina Hendricks as Ginger is a brilliant choice, though.

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Nifty! Big Glee shares this Carmine Infantino-illustrated model sheet from the 1968 Batman cartoon show.





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Star Wars iron-on transfers! Will these work if you print them out on the right paper?



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The first six seasons of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" are coming to the Netflix box. Of course, my household already owns them all on DVD, but it's still cool news.

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Robyn Hitchcock has a cool new video out. (Krazy Kat fans will want to tune it).

New comics March 3, 2010

DARK HORSE COMICS

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DEC090085 BUCK ROGERS RAY GUN BELT BUCKLE $21.99
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DEC090087 BUCK ROGERS ROCKET MAN BELT BUCKLE $21.99
DEC090088 BUCK ROGERS ROCKET MAN CIGARETTE CASE $29.99
DEC090089 BUCK ROGERS SMALL CASE $22.99
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DEC090093 BUCK ROGERS VINTAGE CIGARETTE CASE $29.99
DEC090094 BUCK ROGERS VINTAGE KEYCHAIN $12.00
DEC090095 BUCK ROGERS WILMA CIGARETTE CASE $29.99
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DEC090028 CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #19 JUSTIN SWEET CVR $2.99
DEC090027 CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #19 LINSNER CVR $2.99
AUG090020 GRENDEL BEHOLD THE DEVIL HC $19.99
DEC098478 MASS EFFECT REDEMPTION #2 (OF 4) CURR PTG (PP #907) $3.50
JAN100130 MASS EFFECT REDEMPTION #3 (OF 4) $3.50

DC COMICS

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Authority Vol. 2: Rule Brittania (Authority (Graphic Novels))
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Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink
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Justice League International Vol. 4
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JAN100332 SPARTA USA #1 (OF 6) $2.99
Superman: Brainiac
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IMAGE COMICS

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MARVEL COMICS

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New Avengers: The Reunion TPB
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X-Men Forever Volume 2: The Secret History Of The Sentinels TPB (X-Men (Graphic Novels))
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COMICS

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MAGAZINES

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JAN101197 TOMARTS ACTION FIGURE DIGEST #186 $5.95
OCT091248 VIDEO WATCHDOG #155 $8.95

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Pop links: Stan Lee! New Gorillaz and Broken Bells albums streaming!

Not only does Stan Lee have a new series coming out in collaboration with Archie Comics (The Super Seven, mentioned here a week back or so), but he's collaborating with Boom! Comics, as well. The deal was hinted at via a bunch of crypic "Stan's Back" ads placed on various comics Web sites.

According to a Boom! press release, the partnership will premier three new super hero titles presented by Lee. Boom! EiC Mark Waid ("Irredeemable," "Incorruptible") and two other writers will be steering the titles beginning later this year, along with unannounced artists.

So, despite the hype, these titles are really Stan "presenting" stuff, as he did for years after his writing days at Marvel, not really taking an active, creative role, it seems. Not surprising, or shameful, at this point of his life and career. But also not much to get overly excited about.

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NPR is featuring a free listen of the new album by Gorillaz, the cartoon pop/hip-hop band helmed by former Blur singer Damon Albarn. I like their past stuff, so I'll be checking it out.



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This seems like it could be great -- also on NPR:

Broken Bells' self-titled debut, available here in its entirety for the week leading up to its release on March 9, is a smart pop record full of melody and invention. It's pretty and at times unorthodox, and it finds both Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (of The Shins) drawing on each other's talents to make a record unique to each of them.

Yvonne Craig pics

CD new releases March 2, 2010: Alice in Wonderland, Curious George 2, John Barrowman

Almost AliceAlice in WonderlandCurious George 2: Follow That MonkeyJohn Barrowman

DVD new releases March 2, 2010: Ponyo, Where the Wild Things Are, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Doctor Who Dalek War, Remembrance of the Daleks

Ponyo (Two-Disc Edition)Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (Special Edition) (Story 152)Kiki's Delivery Service: Special Edition - 2-Disc DVDDoctor Who Dalek War: Frontier in Space & Planet of the Daleks (Stories 67 and 68)Where the Wild Things AreMy Neighbor Totoro (Two-Disc Special Edition)