Friday, October 08, 2010

Photo: Diana Rigg

DC and Marvel plan to drop price of comics

In a sign of the economic times, both DC and Marvel Comics have announced plans to drop prices on most of their titles back to $2.99. The plan is, of course, to ensure financially strapped fans can continue following their favorite books, and even maybe buy more books.

This is probably a smart idea. Even smarter -- and I've said this a million times -- would be for the big publishers to reclaim the news stand. The "direct market" of comic book shop-centric sales has resulted in an aging, dwindling readership of comics over the past few decades. It's difficult to find regular comics titles in grocery stores, drug stores, etc. Moving back into this realm, with titles that are easy to jump aboard and appropriate for kids, could help save the monthly title format.

Kids are still interested in superheroes. They wear Spider-Man t-shirts, watch Batman cartoons, etc. If they saw comic books featuring such characters in places where kids go, i.e. to the store with mom and dad, the publishers could gain a larger, new generation of fans.

Publishing a few kid-oriented titles for the comic book shop doesn't cut it. The publishers' mainstream fair should be geared to a target age of 10-12. All the flagship titles: Batman, Superman, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, etc., should be geared to this age group and available everywhere with storylines that don't require a graduate degree in funnybook history to understand.

This would be an enormous change and could result in the loss of some older fanboy fans. But it also could reverse the slow death of monthly superhero comics.

John Lennon: On TV

In advance of what would be Lennon's 70th birthday, Mojo presents several of the ex-Beatles' late 60s, early 70s TV appearances, including interviews from the "David Frost Show" and more.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Avengers TV show pics


BBC Radio to air Beatles Story

This in-depth radio documentary of the Fabs, which first aired in the early 70s,  is set to re-air on the Beeb. You can listen to episodes here.

Bruce Lee by Marshall Rogers

Via Pencil Ink. Rogers was such a great talent. One of the best-ever Batman artists. I miss his work.

Green Lantern movie website is up

Right here. But there's not much to see yet.
Via Hooray for Wally Wood, a beautiful collection of Wood's illustration art for the Galaxy sci-fi pulp:

New comics Oct. 6, 2010

The Savage Sword of Conan Volume 8
The Savage Sword of Conan Volume 8

DC Direct Batman Black and White Statue: Man-Bat by Neal Adams
DC Direct Batman Black and White Statue: Man-Bat by Neal Adams


Power Girl Vol. 2: Aliens & Apes
Power Girl Vol. 2: Aliens & Apes


Secret Six Vol. 3: Danse Macabre
Secret Six Vol. 3: Danse Macabre

Starman Omnibus Vol. 5


Starman Omnibus Vol. 5

Superman: Nightwing & Flamebird Vol. 2
Superman: Nightwing & Flamebird Vol. 2


Blondie Volume 1
Blondie Volume 1

Bloom County: The Complete Library, Vol. 2: 1982-1984
Bloom County: The Complete Library, Vol. 2: 1982-1984

Doctor Who Volume 2: Tessaract
Doctor Who Volume 2: Tessaract

Parker: The Outfit
Parker: The Outfit


Star Trek: Movie Adaptation (Star Trek Graphic Novel)
Star Trek: Movie Adaptation (Star Trek Graphic Novel)

Frankie Stein HC
Frankie Stein HC

Black Widow: Deadly Origin
Black Widow: Deadly Origin

Civil War: Fantastic Four
Civil War: Fantastic Four

Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron Omnibus
Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron Omnibus



Thor and the Warriors Four
Thor and the Warriors Four



Art of Neal Adams
Art of Neal Adams


DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book
JUL101257 DC SUPER HEROES ULTIMATE POP UP BOOK $29.99
Modesty Blaise: The Gabriel Set-Up (Modesty Blaise (Graphic Novels)) (Bk. 1)
Modesty Blaise: The Gabriel Set-Up (Modesty Blaise (Graphic Novels)) (Bk. 1)