Friday, August 26, 2011

Alex Toth Big Town comic book covers



1970s Shadow merchandise

Here's something you don't see much of (and I don't recall seeing any of it at the time): 1970s toys and other merchandise based on the pulp character The Shadow. But, evidently, it existed and some of the items were made cheaply using molds and designs for Batman toys. See more here.





Weird.

CW planning Deadman TV series

Such a cool concept and character. Hard to believe nobody's been able to develop a Deadman movie or series up until now:

C Comics' Deadman is heading to TV, with the CW network grooming the supernatural superhero as a potential replacement for the just-ended Smallville. Arnold Drake and Carmine Infanto created the comics series in 1967. It's centred on Boston Brand, a former trapeze artist murdered mid-act who, as a ghost, is given the power to possess people for crime-fighting purposes by a made-up Hindu goddess called Rama Kushna.
"Supernatural" producer Eric Kripke is overseeing the project.



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Various Alex Toth comic book covers









Sarah Michelle Gellar: Entertainment Weekly cover and interview

Entertainment Weekly heralds Sarah Michelle Gellar'swelcome return to TV with a cover story about her new series, "Ringer."

She thinks her fans will like Ringer, a smart and sudsy thriller in which she plays twins: Bridget, an ex-stripper on the run from the mob and the FBI, who takes to living as her unhappily married Manhattan socialite twin sister Siobhan after witnessing her sibling’s (apparent) death. Mastering the masquerade means unraveling Siobhan’s wealth of secrets (like an affair with her best friend’s husband) and dodging a mysterious assassin. “Ringer is the perfect balance of what audiences want to see me do,” says Gellar. “It’s Cruel Intentions meets Buffy.”

We'll see, I guess. As a big fan of "Buffy," I really hope it's good, as SMG is a talented actress and fun to watch. But managing to star in two great TV series is a hard trick to pull off.





Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Alex Toth Hot Wheels comic book covers



BBC radio this week

Introducing a new feature here at Pop Culture Safari, which presents links to various listen-on-demand program on BBC radio. The Beeb frequently presents documentaries and dramas that may be of interest to PSC readers. At least they're of interest to me!

Radio 4

Twangmasters: Art of the Lead Guitarist: Nick Barraclough explores what makes a great lead guitar player.

The Twilight World of Syd Barrett: Pink Floyd members explore the tragic mental breakdown of former front man Syd Barrett.

The Doctor and Douglas: As Doctor Who returns, Jon Culshaw looks at the man who changed it forever: Douglas Adams.

Sylvie Simmons: The Rock Chick:  Islington-born Sylvie Simmons talks to Nick Barraclough about her life as a rock writer.

Radio 6


Hitsville U.S.A.: The Story of Motown

Marvel Comics solicitations November 2011

Highlights from Marvel's November offerings:

JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS OMNIBUS HC

Written by MARV WOLFMAN, CHRIS CLAREMONT, PETER B. GILLIS, BILL MANTLO & ALAN WEISS Penciled by GIL KANE, DAVE COCKRUM, CARMINE INFANTINO, WALTER SIMONSON, ROSS ANDRU, ERNIE COLON, FRANK MILLER, MIKE VOSBURG, LARRY HAMA, SAL BUSCEMA, ERNIE CHAN & ALAN WEISS Covers by ALAN DAVIS & GIL KANE
Marvel's top talents of the 1970s take on Edgar Rice Burroughs' savage swordsman of Barsoom! John Carter, a hunted soldier on the Western frontier, is transported to an alien world filled with six-armed aliens, sinister super-science and the love of his life, the incomparable Dejah Thoris! A must-have science-fiction epic in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Collecting JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS #1-28 and ANNUAL #1-3.
624 pages

Spider-Man: Marvel Team-Up by Claremont & Byrne
SPIDER-MAN: MARVEL TEAM-UP BY CLAREMONT & BYRNE TPB
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT & RALPH MACCHIO Penciled by JOHN BYRNE Cover by JOHN BYRNE
Chris Claremont and John Byrne take the helm of MARVEL TEAM-UP -- and deliver some of the most entertaining, edge-of-your-seat pairings yet! Featuring Spider-Man, the Human Torch, Ms. Marvel, Iron Fist, Captain Britain, Thor, Power Man, Havok and more -- against the threats of Equinox, the Super-Skrull, the Steel Serpent, Arcade, Kraven, D'Spayre and the Living Monolith! Collecting MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #59-70 and #75.
240 pages

ESSENTIAL SGT. FURY VOL. 1 TPB

Written by STAN LEE Penciled by JACK KIRBY & DICK AYERS
Stand at attention, soldier, and get ready for a super-size K-ration of the adventures of Sgt. Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos! Join Fury and his Howlers -- with special guest-appearances by Captain America and Bucky! -- as they battle Baron Strucker and his Ratzi hordes, bringing the action all the way to Hitler himself! This tank-size tome brings you such a heaping serving of WWII adventures that enough to whet even Dum Dum Dugan's appetite! WA-HOOO! Collecting SGT. FURY #1-23 and ANNUAL #1.
544 pages