Friday, August 20, 2010

Picture: The Supremes

Pop links: Batman by Neal Adams, the Orb and Gilmour team up, Asterix sells burgers, Conan O'Brien teams with Jack White

See a nice batch of Neal Adams-illustrated Batman covers.



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Trippy 1990s techno band have recorded a new album featuring Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour. roceeds from album sales will go toward fighting the extradition from Britain and to the United States of computer hacker Gary McKinnon.



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Depressing: Asterix is being used to advertise for McDonald's in France.

Asterix co-creator Albert Ulderzo (Goscinny is deceased) was consulted on the use of the character and his studio created the image.  And Asterix was used in a previous French McDonald’s promotion, in 2001, that tied to the release of an Asterix film. 



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Conan O'Brien is releasing a spoken word recording plus a rockabilly duet with the White Stripes' Jack White.



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The Beatles "red" and "blue" compilations were popular ways for youngsters to get into the band's music when I was a kid in the 1970s. Now, they join the rest of the band's catalog in newly remastered form. The 2-CD packages will be out Oct. 19.

Ken Nordine jeans ads

Via PCL LinkDump: Vintage 1970s Levi's jeans ads narrated by the imitable word jazzer Ken Nordine.



Brian Wilson featured on NPR

Hear Brian talk about his brilliant new album of Gershwin interpretations. NPR's "Weekend Edition" also will feature a Brian interview this Sunday morning (check your locals).

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Picture sleeve parade: Dusty Springfield

New Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pictures





Captain America by Jack Kirby Omnibus on the way

Cool! I'm assuming this collects Kirby's 1940s work and his return stint on the title in the 1960s and 70s. It's 568 pages and slated for February release.

Here's an Amazon link:

Captain America by Jack Kirby Omnibus

Superheroes: Bad role models, psychologists say

A new study says so...

Watching superheroes beat up villains may not be the best image for boys to see if society wants to promote kinder, less stereotypical male behaviors, according to psychologists who spoke Sunday at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
 
"There is a big difference in the movie superhero of today and the comic book superhero of yesterday," said psychologist Sharon Lamb, PhD, distinguished professor of mental health at University of Massachusetts-Boston. "Today’s superhero is too much like an action hero who participates in non-stop violence; he’s aggressive, sarcastic and rarely speaks to the virtue of doing good for humanity. When not in superhero costume, these men, like Iron man, exploit women, flaunt bling and convey their manhood with high-powered guns. "

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Picture: The Brady Bunch

Pop links: January Jones to star as Emma Frost in X-Men First Class, rare Jack Kirby, Marvel Comics stickers, retro comics school folders

January Jones of "Mad Men" will play Emma Frost in "X-Men: First Class."


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See some relatively obscure Jack Kirby covers for Marvel Comics.



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Jon presents a great array of Marvel Comics stickers. I think I've mentioned before how annoyed my parents were when I plastered a batch of these on my wall as a kid.



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I'm not a fan of Wal-Mart, but apparently you can outfit your kids for school there with cool folders illustrated with retro comic book covers.

Vintage ad: Neal Hefti Batman LPs

Vintage Super Powers toy ad

Discounted new comics for Aug. 18, 2010

Click the pictures to order discounted items from Amazon:

DARK HORSE COMICS

JUN100011 1 FOR DOLLAR HELLBOY SEED OF DESTRUCTION $1.00
JUN100012 1 FOR DOLLAR USAGI YOJIMBO $1.00
Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery Archives Volume 3
MAY100042 BORIS KARLOFF TALES OF MYSTERY ARCHIVES HC VOL 03 $31.49
MAY100060 BRIDE OF THE WATER GOD TP VOL 06 $9.99
JUN100042 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER RILEY ONE SHOT JO CHEN CVR $3.50
JUN100043 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER RILEY ONE SHOT KARL MOLINE CVR $3.50
APR100037 HELLCYON #3 (OF 4) $3.50
Little Lulu's Pal Tubby Volume 1: The Castaway and Other Stories
MAY100040 LITTLE LULU'S PAL TUBBY VOL 01 CASTAWAY OTHER STORIES $10.79
MAY100052 STAR WARS LEGACY #50 EXTREMES PART 3 (OF 3) $2.99

DC COMICS

JUN100239 AUTHORITY THE LOST YEAR #12 (OF 12) $2.99
JUN100168 AZRAEL #11 $2.99
JUN100162 BATMAN BEYOND #3 (OF 6) $2.99
JUN100165 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #15 $3.99
DC Direct Batman: Under the Red Hood DVD: Red Hood Maquette
APR100318 BATMAN UNDER THE RED HOOD DVD RED HOOD MAQUETTE $99.99
JUN100130 BRIGHTEST DAY #8 $2.99
DEC090313 DC COVER ART PRINT ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN $125.00
JUN100187 DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #4 (OF 10) $3.99
JUN100240 DV8 GODS AND MONSTERS #5 (OF 8) $2.99
MAY100222 EX MACHINA #50 $4.99
JUN100254 FREE REALMS #12 (OF 12) $3.99
Gotham City Stories: Part 2: Catwoman Statue
OCT090325 GOTHAM CITY STORIES STATUE PART 2 CATWOMAN $90.00
JUN100134 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #51 (BRIGHTEST DAY) $2.99
JUN100247 IDES OF BLOOD #1 (OF 6) $3.99
DC Direct Jonah Hex (Movie): Jonah Hex Bust
APR100320 JONAH HEX MOVIE JONAH HEX BUST $80.00
DC Direct Jonah Hex (Movie): Leila Bust
APR100321 JONAH HEX MOVIE LILAH BUST $80.00
JUN100144 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #42 (BRIGHTEST DAY) $2.99
MAY100240 KILLAPALOOZA TP $19.99
JUN100194 POWER GIRL #15 $2.99
MAY100191 REBELS TP VOL 02 STRANGE COMPANIONS $14.99
Showcase Presents: Doom Patrol Vol. 2
MAY100193 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE DOOM PATROL TP VOL 02 $13.59
JUN100185 SPIRIT #5 $3.99
JUN100176 SUPERGIRL #55 $2.99
JUN100231 TINY TITANS #31 $2.99

IDW PUBLISHING

JUN100346 ANGEL #36 $3.99
MAY100397 DEADWORLD CLASSIC TP VOL 01 $24.99
JUN100365 DOCTOR WHO ONGOING #14 $3.99
MAY100388 DRAGON AGE #3 $3.99
JUN100333 GI JOE COBRA II #7 $3.99
JUN100327 GI JOE ORIGINS #18 $3.99
JUN100390 HODGE THE HEDGEHOG HC (RES) $15.99
JUN100311 JAMES PATTERSONS WITCH & WIZARD #4 BATTLE SHADOWLAND $3.99
JUN100376 MGM DRIVE IN THEATER #2 IT TERROR FROM BEYOND STARS $3.99
JUN100386 PHANTOM JACK NOWHERE MAN AGENDA GN $19.99
JUN100343 PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES #1 (OF 4) $3.99
JUN100354 STAR TREK BURDEN OF KNOWLEDGE #3 $3.99
JUN100323 TRANSFORMERS ARMADA OMNIBUS TP $24.99
JUN100320 TRANSFORMERS NEFARIOUS #6 $3.99
JUN100313 TRUE BLOOD #2 $3.99

IMAGE COMICS

NOV090321 IMAGE UNITED #3 (OF 6) CVR A SPAWN $3.99
NOV090322 IMAGE UNITED #3 (OF 6) CVR B SAVAGE DRAGON $3.99
NOV090323 IMAGE UNITED #3 (OF 6) CVR C FORTRESS SHAFT $3.99
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NOV090325 IMAGE UNITED #3 (OF 6) CVR E SHADOWHAWK $3.99
NOV090326 IMAGE UNITED #3 (OF 6) CVR F BADROCK $3.99
NOV098023 IMAGE UNITED #3 (OF 6) KEOWN CVR G (PP #901) $3.99
JUN100465 LIGHT #5 (OF 5) $2.99
JUN100472 TRUE STORY SWEAR TO GOD #13 $3.50
FEB100404 WEIRD WORLD OF JACK STAFF #4 $3.50
JUN100510 WITCHBLADE DUE PROCESS (ONE SHOT) $3.99

MARVEL COMICS

JUN100566 AGE OF HEROES #4 (OF 4) $3.99
JUN108069 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #636 2ND PTG VAR (PP #929) $3.99
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JUN100567 ATLAS #4 $2.99
JUN100568 AVENGERS & INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 (OF 4) $2.99
JUN108123 AVENGERS ACADEMY #2 2ND PTG MCKONE VAR (PP #930) $2.99
JUN100558 AVENGERS ACADEMY #3 $2.99
Avengers - the Initiative: Dreams & Nightmares (Avengers the Initiative)
JUL100711 AVENGERS INITIATIVE TP DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES $10.11
JUN108053 DAREDEVIL #508 2ND PTG DE LA TORRE VAR (PP #929) $2.99
JUN100519 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER JOURNEY BEGINS #4 (OF 5) $3.99
JUN100528 DEADPOOL #26 $2.99
JUN100529 DEADPOOL CORPS #5 $2.99
JUN100698 ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA TP NEW PTG VOL 02 $19.99
JUN100594 HULK #24 $3.99
JUN100593 IRON MAN MAGAZINE #3 $6.99
JUN100604 MARVEL UNIVERSE VS PUNISHER #2 (OF 4) $3.99
JUN100561 NEW AVENGERS #3 $3.99
JUN100628 NEW MUTANTS #16 $2.99
JUN100602 OFF HANDBOOK MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z UPDATE #3 $3.99
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JUN100582 SHADOWLAND DAUGHTERS OF SHADOW #1 (OF 3) SL $3.99
JUN100580 SHADOWLAND POWER MAN #1 (OF 4) SL $3.99
JUN108121 SHIELD #2 3RD PTG WEAVER VAR (PP #930) $2.99
JUN100607 SHIELD DIRECTORS CUT #1 $4.99
Siege: Thor
JUN100660 SIEGE THOR PREM HC $13.59
JUN100664 SPIDER-WOMAN PREM HC AGENT OF SWORD $24.99
JUN108054 STEVE ROGERS SUPER-SOLDIER #1 2ND PTG DJURDJEVIC VAR $3.99
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JUN100619 THUNDERBOLTS #147 $2.99
JUN100621 UNCANNY X-MEN #527 $3.99
JUN108120 UNCANNY X-MEN HEROIC AGE #1 2ND PTG BROOKS VAR (PP #930) $3.99
JUN108122 VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT #10 2ND PTG RYP VAR (PP #930) $2.99
JUN100548 WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #11 $3.99
JUN100631 WOLVERINE WEAPON X #16 $3.99
X-Factor: Second Coming (X-Factor (Graphic Novels))
JUN100662 X-FACTOR SECOND COMING PREM HC $13.49
JUN108119 X-FORCE #28 2ND PTG CHOI VAR (PP #930) $2.99
JUN108118 X-FORCE SEX AND VIOLENCE #1 (OF 3) 2ND PTG VAR (PP #930) $3.99

COMICS

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MAY100727 CAVEWOMAN TOY STORY ONE SHOT $3.75
JUN100735 CAVEWOMAN TOY STORY ONE SHOT SPECIAL EDITION PI
JUN100952 CLASSIC RED SONJA REMASTERED #3 $3.99
JUN100862 DARKWING DUCK #3 $3.99
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FEB100891 DF MAGDALENA #1 EX VAR CVR $3.99
DEC090847 DF MS MARVEL #50 BRIAN REED SGN ED PLUS FIVE $29.99
JUN100865 DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #357 $2.99
JUN100843 FARSCAPE ONGOING #10 $3.99
APR100710 FEMFORCE OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 $29.95
JUN100866 FINDING NEMO LOSING DORY #2 $2.99
JUN101221 GOLDILOCKS & SEVEN SQUAT BEARS HC $14.99
MAR100952 GROTESQUE #4 $7.95
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MAR100953 INTERIORAE #4 $7.95
MAR100846 KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #1 GREEN FOIL CVR PI
JUN100899 LAST PHANTOM #1 $3.99
MAY100958 LONE RANGER #23 $3.50
MAY100892 MUPPET SHOW TP VOL 04 FAMILY REUNION $9.99
MAR100954 NIGER #3 $7.95
JUN100856 PALE HORSE #3 (OF 4) $3.99
JUN100759 PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #144 $3.99
JUN100984 PS238 TP VOL 08 WHEN WORLDS GO SPLAT $15.99
JUN101096 READING WITH PICTURES GN $17.99
MAY101066 ROTTEN #7 $3.99
APR100967 SAMMY THE MOUSE #3 $7.95
JUL101060 SAN FRANCISCO PANORAMA COMICS SECTION TABLOID FORMAT $10.00
JUN100828 SIMPSONS COMICS #169 $2.99
JUN101078 SIXTH GUN #3 $3.99
MAY101031 UNSINKABLE WALKER BEAN GN $13.99
MAY100900 WALL-E TP VOL 02 OUT THERE $9.99

Marvel Comics solicitations for November 2010

Some highlights from Marvel's November offerings:

MARVEL SUPER ACTION #1
Written by JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV, CHRIS YOST, ROBIN FURTH, DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI, TED MCKEEVER & KIERON GILLEN Pencils by PACO DIAZ, MATEUS SANTOLOUCO, NELSON, MANUEL GARCIA, TED MCKEEVER & FRAZER IRVING Cover by NELSON
This monster magazine is 104 pages of all-black-and-white action in the spirit of the Mighty Marvel Magazines of yore, but in an ALL-NOW in style! Wolverine faces off against South Pacific pirates and a sniper with a secret! Then, it's the Sorcerer Supreme versus the magical might of the political terrorist known as the Doktor! And much much more! Collecting material from Rampaging Wolverine, Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, Indomitable Iron Man, Mystic Hands of Dr. Strange, Savage Acts of Ares.
104 pages, black and white, $9.99.

AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES #1
Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST Pencils by SCOTT WEGENER & PATRICK SCHERBERGER
Based on the new animated series! What do you do when the world's evilest villains attack? Call Earth's Mightiest Heroes to save the day! In our first tale, CAPTAIN AMERICA and THOR face a threat bigger than BOTH of them! And in tale two, following the exploits of everyone's favorite arrow-flinger: HAWKEYE!
40 pages, $3.99.

OZMA OF OZ #1
Written by Eric Shanower Pencils & Cover by Skottie Young Variant cover by JAE LEE Variant Cover by ERIC SHANOWER
Dorothy Gale plunges into adventure again, this time with a talking chicken named Billina. Dorothy and Billina are washed off their sailing ship to face drowning, starvation, and screaming Wheelers, strange men with wheels instead of hands and feet. The team of Shanower and Young returns to Oz with this comics adaptation of L. Frank Baum's third Oz book.
32 pages, $3.99.

Monday, August 16, 2010

DC Comics November 2010 solicitations

Items of interest from DC's November offerings:

BATMAN/CATWOMAN: FOLLOW THE MONEY #1

Written by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Art and cover by HOWARD CHAYKIN

The Cavalier – that's the Z-lister with the swords, right? So how'd he manage to frame Catwoman for a run of burglaries? And how on Earth did he manage the more spectacular crime of cleaning out the Wayne Enterprises pension fund and framing Bruce Wayne for the deed? However impressive he may appear to be, The Cavalier will quickly learn that frame-ups like that cut both ways, as both Batman and Catwoman begin tracking the Gotham City villain in this stand-alone one-shot from comics legend Howard Chaykin!
ONE-SHOT * On sale NOVEMBER 3 * 56 pg, FC, $4.99 US

SUPERBOY #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by PIER GALLO
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
1:10 Variant cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Superboy is back in a brand-new ongoing series! Join Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and amazing up-and-coming artist Pier Gallo as they take Superboy on a journey to a side of Smallville not even Superman knows about! What mysteries lurk beneath the surface of this all-American town – and what are their direct ties to Superboy? The start of the next great DC Universe epic begins right here!
On sale NOVEMBER 3 * 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

DC COMICS PRESENTS: J.H. WILLIAMS III #1

Written by D. CURTIS JOHNSON and J.H. WILLIAMS III
Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III and MICK GRAY

Cameron Chase, agent of the Department of Extranormal Affairs, is introduced in the debut issue of her cult-favorite DCU series! Plus, family secrets are revealed in a tale from issue #6 – and the Dark Knight guest stars in the two-part story "Shadowing the Bat," from issues #7-8. Featuring the spectacular art of J.H. Williams III!
On sale NOVEMBER 3 * 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US

BATGIRL: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD
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Written by DENNIS O'NEIL and others
Art by GIL KANE, TERRY DODSON and others
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Batgirl takes center stage in this collection, which includes her 1967 debut and various stories through the '90s! Includes stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #359, 396, 400, 422, 423 and 424, BATMAN FAMILY #1 and 9, LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE #10 and 11 and BATMAN CHRONICLES #9.
On sale DECEMBER 15 * 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US

THE BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 10 TP
Written by BILL FINGER, DON CAMERON and others
Art by JACK BURNLEY, JERRY ROBINSON and others
These stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #78-81, BATMAN #18-19 and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #11 include appearances by Two-Face, the Cavalier, the villainous duo Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Crime Surgeon and more!
On sale DECEMBER 8 * 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: OUR ARMY AT WAR VOL. 1 TP
Written by ROBERT KANIGHER and others
Art by various
Cover by ROSS ANDRU and MIKE ESPOSITO

This value-priced collection features over 500 pages of war stories from the early 1950s starring a wide variety of soldiers in different settings, boasting, as the covers said, "Explosive battle action!" Collecting stories from OUR ARMY AT WAR #1-20!
On sale DECEMBER 15 * 512 pg, B&W, $19.99 US

THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #1
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by RICK BURCHETT

There's precious little crime in the tiny paradise that is the miniaturized Bottle City of Kandor. So, when Kandor is threatened by a plague of thefts that hint at a larger threat waiting in the wings, Superman and Batman shrink down to super-small size to unravel the super-big mystery!
Don't miss the return of the comic based on the hit cartoon series!
On sale NOVEMBER 10 * 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Paperback cover parade: The Case of the Demure Defendant

Discounted DVD new releases Aug. 17, 2010: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Wolverine and the X-men, Batman Brave and the Bold, Black Orpheus, Roger Corman Creature Collection

Click the pics to order discounted DVDs from Amazon:

 Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends: Season FourWolverine and the X-Men: Final Crisis TrilogyBatman: The Brave and the Bold - Season One, Part OneBlack Orpheus (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]Roger Corman Creature Collection (2pc) (Full)Roger Corman Horror Collection 2 (2pc) (Full)