Friday, March 18, 2011

Here she is: First image of Adrianne Palicki in costume as Wonder Woman

Opinions of this costume, I'm sure, will be varied and heated among fans. It's similar to a re-design by Jim Lee did for the Wonder Woman comics but, in my view, looks far better.

I don't think Lynda Carter's get-up would fly today. A glorified bathing swimsuit would come across as silly and/or sexist.

Here's what I hope: That the new TV Wonder Woman kicks ass in every respect. That she's funny, smart and tough in the Buffy sense, and that the show will prove entertaining for both men and women and inspiring to kids, in particular girls -- who need some cool heroes to look up to.

Two new Thor movie posters


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Sucker Punch pictures









Awesome Captain Action Spidey and Captain America figures

Via MTV Geek: These are super cool. I want them and the original Captain Action pre-dates me by quite a bit. I'm of the Mego generation. The Romita-style Spidey Face and Kirby-style Cap face are fabulous, too.

other Marvel faves such as Iron Man and Thor will be heading into stores in 2012. And MTV Geek has learned exclusively that Captain Action sets for The Red Skull, Loki, and Dr. Doom are on the way as well!



New Pirates of the Caribbean poster featuring Penelope Cruz

Wonder Woman TV show logo and set pics surface

Superhero Hype has posted some set pics from the in-production Wonder Woman TV pilot, including a shot of the show's logo and cast member Elizabeth Hurley, who plays recurring villainess Veronica Cale.


Yvonne Craig 1966 Batman TV series pics

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New comics shipping March 16, 2011

Things I'll buy:

DOCTOR WHO ONGOING VOL 2 #2 - The first issue of this new series was quite good -- funny imaginative script and excellent, lively art. I hope they keep it up!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #656 - I've very much enjoyed the storylines since Dan Slott took over as solo writer of this title: He captures the Spidey spirit perfectly, blending humor and pathos and lots of Marvel lore, without being impenetrable to newcomers. My son, who hasn't been reading Marvel Comics for 40 years, loves it. And the latest arc is drawn by the fabulous Marcos Martin. Definitely one of the finest superhero comics artists working today, with an original yet somewhat Ditko-derived take on the character -- excellent sense of design. He's really, really good.

New collections of note:

Superman: New Krypton Vol. 3 (Superman (Graphic Novels))
Superman: New Krypton Vol. 3 (Superman (Graphic Novels))

Other items of interest:

Dark Horse Deluxe Classic Uncle Scrooge Statue Series 2 #5: Uncle Scrooge "Moneybag"
Dark Horse Deluxe Classic Uncle Scrooge Statue Series 2 #5: Uncle Scrooge "Moneybag"

Dark Horse Deluxe 60th Anniversary Classic Peanuts Statue #5: Schroeder
Dark Horse Deluxe 60th Anniversary Classic Peanuts Statue #5: Schroeder

Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Black Adam Collector Figure - Series 4
Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Black Adam Collector Figure - Series 4

 Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Darkseid Collector Figure - Series 4
Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Darkseid Collector Figure - Series 4

 Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Martian Manhunter Collector Figure - Series 4
Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Martian Manhunter Collector Figure - Series 4

Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Shazam Collector Figure - Series 4
Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Shazam Collector Figure - Series 4

Reunited Big Audio Dynamite to tour UK/US

Mick Jones' former Clash band, Big Audio Dynamite, is regrouping for a series of dates in the UK and US this spring.

Here's a look at dates:

Tues, March 29th - Liverpool - O2 Academy
Wed, March 30th - Glasgow - O2 ABC
Thurs, March 31st - Newcastle - O2 Academy
Sat, April 2nd - London - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sun, April 3rd - London - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Weds, April 6th - Nottingham - Rock City
Thurs, April 7th - Leeds - O2 Academy
Fri, April 8th - Manchester - Academy
Sat, April 9th - Bristol - O2 Academy
Thu, April 14th - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theater
Sat, April 16th - Coachella Festival
Tue, April 19th - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom

Apple Inc. seeks patent rights to Beatles' Apple Records logo

It's like comparing apples and apples: Apple Corps, the Beatles' recording and production company won two previous trademark infringement lawsuits against Apple, the computer company, essentially because the latter took the former's name and also entered created products that could create, distribute and play music, and entered the business of selling music via iTunes.

Steven Jobs reportedly named his own company after the Beatles' firm as a sort of tribute.

However, a third lawsuit ended in a legal settlement in 2007 and, as a result, the Beatles' Apple lost the rights to its logo. Now Apple Inc., the Steve Jobs' Apple, is working to secure rights to the image for use on a variety of products. It just doesn't seem right, somehow.

You can read more here.

Yvonne Craig 1966 Batman TV series pics

Yellow Submarine remake shelved

This is probably for the best:

Disney's planned remake of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine has been shelved. Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis had been planning a 3D performance-capture remake of the band's 1968 psychedelic classic.

Hollywoodreporter.com has quoted sources as saying that the decision to pull the project is the result of the disastrous opening of the Zemeckis–produced Mars Needs Moms film.

In the right hands, a new Yellow Sub movie could be a lovely, amazing thing. But most likely it would been hideously animated by computer and have nothing to do with the spirit of the Fabs or original film.

Monday, March 14, 2011

June 2011 DC Comics solicitations

Upcoming items of note from DC in June:

Showcase Presents: Trial of the Flash
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE TRIAL OF THE FLASH TP
Written by CARY BATES and JOEY CAVALIERI
Art by CARMINE INFANTINO, DENNIS JENSEN and others
Cover by CARMINE INFANTINO and KLAUS JANSON
Following the murder of The Flash’s wife by The Reverse-Flash, the two foes are locked in a round-the-world battle that ends in the death of the evildoer. Collected from THE FLASH #323-327, 329-336 and 340-350.
On sale JULY 20 • 592 pg, B&W

DC Universe: Legacies
DC UNIVERSE: LEGACIES HC
Written by LEN WEIN
Art by SCOTT KOLINS, ANDY KUBERT, JOE KUBERT, GEORGE PEREZ, J.H. WILLIAMS III and others
Cover by ANDY KUBERT and JOE KUBERT
Acclaimed writer Len Wein chronicles the DC Universe’s epic history in this title spanning five generations of heroes, from the dawn of the Mystery Men before World War II through the present day, starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Justice League of America, The Teen Titans and more. Collecting the ten-issue series!
On sale AUGUST 24 • 336 pg, FC

Firestorm: The Nuclear Man
FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN TP
Written by GERRY CONWAY
Art by AL MILGROM, GEORGE PEREZ, KLAUS JANSON and others
Cover by AL MILGROM
For the first time, the stories that introduced Firestorm are collected from issues #1-5 of his 1970s series, plus stories from THE FLASH #289-293. After Ronnie Raymond is tricked into nearly blowing up a nuclear reactor, he and Professor Martin Stein are caught in a nuclear incident. Their personalities merge, forming the being called Firestorm!
On sale JULY 20 • 176 pg, FC

The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1
THE NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC
Written by MARV WOLFMAN
Art by GEORGE PEREZ, CURT SWAN, ROMEO TANGHAL and others
Cover by GEORGE PEREZ
In 1980, writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez introduced a timeless team including Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Cyborg, Changeling, Raven and Starfire – young heroes with great powers and strong personalities who learned their way in the world through the strength of their friendship and the adventures they shared.
This first omnibus edition collects the team’s debut in DC COMICS PRESENTS #26, plus the first sixteen issues of their smash-hit monthly series, including the first appearances of foes including Deathstroke and Trigon, as well as a confrontation with The Justice League of America.
On sale AUGUST 24 • 464 pg, FC

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: THE CURSE DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by PAUL LEVITZ • Art by KEITH GIFFEN, LARRY MAHLSTEDT and others • Cover by KEITH GIFFEN
It’s a new helping of 1980s Legion epics from LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #297-313 and ANNUAL #2-3, including the return of the seemingly dead Invisible Kid, the showdown between the heroic Lightning Lad and the evil Lightning Lord and more.
On sale AUGUST 31 • 7.0625” x 10.875”, 544 pg, FC

The Steve Ditko Omnibus Vol. 1
THE STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS VOL. 1 STARRING SHADE THE CHANGING MAN HC
Written by STEVE DITKO, MICHAEL FLEISHER, PAUL LEVITZ and others
Art by STEVE DITKO, WALLACE WOOD and others • Cover by STEVE DITKO
DC collects Steve Ditko’s 1970s comics SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN #1-8 and STALKER #1-4, along with stories from STRANGE ADVENTURES, PLOP, HOUSE OF MYSTERY, HOUSE OF SECRETS, WEIRD WAR TALES, SECRETS OF HAUNTED HOUSE, TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, TIME WARP, GHOSTS and MYSTERY IN SPACE!
On sale AUGUST 3 • 464 pg, FC

Secret Society of Super-Villains
THE SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS HC
Written by GERRY CONWAY, PAUL LEVITZ and others • Art by Various
Cover by RICH BUCKLER and JACK ABEL
Sinestro, Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold and more star in stories from SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS #1-15, DC SPECIAL #27, DC SPECIAL SERIES #6, SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #13-14, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #166-168, CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE #2 and THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #11.
On sale AUGUST 17 • 208 pg, F