Saturday, October 01, 2011

Batman 1966 series now airing on U.S. TV! Plus, new Bat Channel blog

Me-TV, available in local markets across the U.S. is now airing the classic 1966 series! Campy, I know, but this was the show that hooked me on the Caped Crusader. And I'll take Adam West, Julie Newmar, a cool car and an awesome Bat Cave over grim'n'gritty anyday!

The show is airing every Saturday evening. Other great series in the network include Lost in Space, Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Star Trek, Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, I Love Lucy and more! It's pretty much the best thing ever.

To find out how to tune in locally, visit the network here!

Also, I've spun off a new blog, something I've thought about for a while, document all things Batman. Not much there yet, but check it out.

Vintage Tina Louise photo


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Avengers featured on Entertainment Weekly cover

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly features a cover features on the upcoming Avengers movie from Marvel Comics. Here's a look:




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Details on George Harrison rarities CD for release with deluxe "Living in the Material World" DVD

The deluxe DVD edition of Martin Scorsese's George Harrison documentary "Living in the Material World" will include a bonus CD featuring the following rarities:

1 My Sweet Lord (demo) 3:33
2 Run Of The Mill (demo) 1:56
3 I'd Have You Any Time (early take) 3:06
4 Mama You've Been On My Mind * (demo)
3:04 5 Let It Be Me (demo) 2:56
6 Woman Don't You Cry For Me (early take) 2:44
7 Awaiting On You All (early take) 2:40
8 Behind That Locked Door (demo) 3:29
9 All Things Must Pass (demo) 4:38
10 The Light That Has Lighted The World (demo) 2:23

I don't see the DVD of the film available for pre-order anyplace yet. However, the tie-in book to the movie was released this week.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Marvel Comics December 2011 solicitations

Highlights from Marvel's releases for December. Click the links to pre-order discounted items from Amazon.  

DEFENDERS #1 
Written by Matt Fraction, pencils and cover by Terry Dodson.
* Spinning out of the stunning end of Fear Itself! The final Worthy on a global rampage!
* Everyone's favorite Marvel characters banding together to solve a mysterious conspiracy deep at the heart of the Marvel Universe!
* The last line of defense against the forces of the unknown!
32 pages, $3.99. 

ESSENTIAL RAWHIDE KID VOL. 1 TPB
Written by STAN LEE Penciled by JACK KIRBY, DON HECK, DICK AYERS, PAUL REINMAN, JOE SINNOTT, AL HARTLEY, JACK DAVIS, SOL BRODSKY & GENE COLAN Cover by JACK KIRBY
Take a trip back in time to Marvel's Wild West! Relive those thrilling tales of yesteryear in which courageous young Johnny Bart from the town of Rawhide took on the task of taming the unruliest badlands this side of Willow Flats! Watch as the Kid -- armed with his two trusty Colt six-shooters -- encounters such villainous varmints as the Bat, Mister Lightning and Wolf Wacko! Hop on board the wagon train, and follow along as the Rawhide Kid delivers thrills faster than Willy Lumpkin's Pony Express! Collecting RAWHIDE KID (1955) #17-35.
496 pages 


UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC
Written by KURT BUSIEK, G.L. LAWRENCE, TOM DEFALCO, ROGER STERN & FRED HEMBECK Penciled by PAT OLLIFFE, PAUL LEE, TERESE NIELSEN, ALEXI TAYLOR, GREG LOUNDON, KEN MEYER JR., RON FRENZ, BOB MCLEOD, NEIL VOKES, MIKE ALLRED, TOM LYLE, JOHN ROMITA & FRED HEMBECK Covers by PAT OLLIFFE
Join acclaimed tale-spinner Kurt Busiek as he weaves an intricate web of "lost" stories from Peter Parker's earliest days as the Amazing Spider-Man! Swing along with Spidey during a series of untold gems in which he encounters the likes of the Human Torch, Dr. Octopus, the Vulture, Sandman and more classic characters -- along with some new ones like Batwing and Bluebird -- on his way to becoming Marvel's premiere super hero! Collecting AMAZING FANTASY (1995) #16-18; UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN #1-25, #-1, ANNUAL 1996-1997 and STRANGE ENCOUNTER; and material from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #37.
800 pages


MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE MIGHTY THOR VOL. 11 
Written by GERRY CONWAY with STAN LEE Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA with JIM MOONEY Cover by JOHN BUSCEMA
All hail Asgard, 'cause it's time for another dose of the Mighty Thor! When Odin sends Thor on a quest to the World's End, Loki looses Mangog, the monster powered by the anger and hatred of a billion beings! It's an all-out epic that leads to the tragic death of the All-father Odin. But death is not the end! Pluto, Lord of Hades, comes to claim Odin's soul --and a war with Hela, Norse Queen of the Dead, erupts. Then, an experiment by the Rigellian Colonizers unleashes Ego-Prime! The cosmic menace embarks on a time-twisting, evolution-bending rampage --and once the dust settles, Thor and company will be exiled to Earth. And to top it off, Mephisto pits Thor against the ones he loves the most. There's no doubt they're Marvel Masterworks, one and all, so reserve that copy today! Collecting THOR (1966) #195-205.
256 page

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE YOUNG ALLIES VOL. 2 HC
Written by STAN LEE & VARIOUS Penciled by DON RICO, AL AVISON, LOU PAIGE & VARIOUS Cover by ALEX SCHOMBURG
If you were a red-blooded American youngster in 1942, there was one adventure you'd love to have -- and the Young Allies, comics' first team of kid adventurers, would take you there with a knuckle sandwich straight to the Axis powers! Bucky, Toro and their gang protect America on the homefront and on the front line in giant 40-plus-page adventures that burst off the page with action and excitement. Traveling across the country and around the globe, the Young Allies fight Hitler's Hollywood infiltrator the Owl, the South American Ambassador of Terror, the North African Nazi Wehrmact and the fiendish Whip. Backed-up by the time-traveling Tommy Tyme and humorous Norman the Doorman, the Golden Age classics in this volume are collected here for the first time in 70 years. So don't wait a moment longer -- reserve your copy today! Collecting YOUNG ALLIES (1941) #5-8. 


MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE OF MARVEL COMICS VOL. 1 TP
Written by RAY GILL, BOB DAVIS & VARIOUS Penciled by CARL BURGOS, BILL EVERETT, PAUL GUSTAVSON, BEN THOMPSON, AL ANDERS, STEVE DAHLMAN, IRWIN HASEN, PAUL J. LAURETTA, ART PINAJIAN & VARIOUS Covers by FRANK R. PAUL & DEAN WHITE
In September 1939, a new title hit newsstands and changed the comic-book world forever: MARVEL COMICS #1 had arrived! And this 64-page package wasn't your typical assortment of super-powered, straight-laced do-gooders. This was something completely new. The Human Torch, the creation of Dr. Phineas Horton, was neither man nor hero. He was a fiery force of nature who shocked and unsettled mankind. The half-human/half-Atlantean Sub-Mariner ventured from his undersea kingdom not with a mind set on peace, but bent toward vengeance! They're flanked by an eclectic set born out of the energy and imagination of the Golden Age -- including the heroic Angel, robot invention Electro, hard-edged detective the Ferret, cowboy Masked Raider and jungle adventurer Ka-Zar. Painstakingly restored with a host of bonus material, this volume is a must for every comic reader's library. Collecting MARVEL COMICS #1 and MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #2-4.


AVENGERS: WEST COAST AVENGERS -- LOST IN SPACE-TIME PREMIERE HC
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART, STAN LEE & ROGER STERN Penciled by AL MILGROM, JACK KIRBY, MARSHALL ROGERS & TERRY AUSTIN Covers by AL MILGROM
The West Coast Avengers find themselves flung throughout time in this classic tale featuring everything from Marvel's Wild West to ancient Egyptian despots! Witness the "Wackos" as they find themselves face-to-face with such legends as the Two-Gun Kid, the Phantom Rider and the Rawhide Kid -- along with the time-tossed villainy of Rama-Tut and Immortus. With the Fantastic Four and Dr. Strange along for the ride, what other help could the West Coasters need to set things straight? How about Marvel's modern-day Western heroes, the Texas Rangers! Collecting WEST COAST AVENGERS (1985) #17-24, FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #19 and DOCTOR STRANGE (1974) #53.
240 pages


HULK BY JOHN BYRNE & RON GARNEY TPB
Written by JOHN BYRNE ERIK LARSEN, RON GARNEY, JERRY ORDWAY & RON FRENZ Penciled by JOHN BYRNE, RON GARNEY, DAN JURGENS, SAL BUSCEMA, MARK TEXIERA, MIKE S. MILLER & LEE WEEKS Cover by RON GARNEY
Legendary creator John Byrne collaborates with a host of top-tier talent to deliver a Hulk saga unlike any other. Join the Green Goliath as he journeys to the American heartland -- and into his own troubled past -- and encounters friend and foe alike. Featuring Iron Man and the Avengers; a shape-shifting faux Wolverine; and Greenskin's old sparring partner, the Thing! The Hulk may want to be left alone, but that ain't gonna happen with this colossal cast of characters! Collecting HULK (1999) #1-11 and ANNUAL 1999.
328 pages



SPIDER-MAN THROUGH THE DECADES TPB
Written by VARIOUS Penciled by VARIOUS Cover by VARIOUS
Spider-Man: a hero in every age! Watch as Spidey matures from a high-school student fighting Sandman to a desperate hero battling the Green Goblin to the death! Witness threats ranging from underworld thugs to giant robots to alien symbiotes! And see some of the key moments in his personal life, including his proposal to Mary Jane Watson! It's a glimpse of classic Spidey from every era of his life -- accompanied by thoughtful text pieces highlighting Spidey's growth and evolution, and featuring an all-new set of Spidey-centric OHOTMU profiles! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #4, #50, #122, #195, #243, #290, #363 and #415; and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #2, #40 and #546.
264 pages


SPIDER-MAN: THE PSAS TPB
Written by VARIOUS Penciled by VARIOUS Cover by TODD MCFARLANE
The Spectacular Spider-Man does the Marvel Universe proud in a titanic tome that's both entertaining and educational! Swing along with Spidey and a gathering of his amazing friends -- including Storm, Luke Cage, Power Pack, Jubilee and the Fantastic Four -- as they take on a host of important social issues in the inimitable Mighty Marvel Manner! Collecting SPIDER-MAN VS. THE PRODIGY; SPIDER-MAN, STORM & POWER MAN; SPIDER-MAN & POWER PACK; SPIDER-MAN AGAINST VERBAL ABUSE; SPIDER-MAN & THE NEW MUTANTS FEATURING SKIDS; ADVENTURES IN READING STARRING SPIDER-MAN; SPIDER-MAN: CHAOS AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE; SPIDER-MAN: RIOT AT ROBOTWORLD; SPIDER-MAN BATTLES THE MYTH MONSTER; SPIDER-MAN: SKATING ON THIN ICE; SPIDER-MAN: DOUBLE TROUBLE; SPIDER-MAN: HIT & RUN; SPIDER-MAN: CHAOS IN CALGARY; SPIDER-MAN: DEAD BALL; SPIDER-MAN: HOW TO BEAT THE BULLY/JUBILEE: PEER PRESSURE; SPIDER-MAN: FATHERHOOD; FAST LANE #1-4; SPIDER-MAN ON BULLYING PREVENTION; HEROES VS. PLAQUE: WHEN PLAQUE ATTACKS; and SPIDER-MAN: YOU'RE HIRED!
456 pages

Vintage Snow White movie stills




Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Download Wilco's The Whole Love $5.99 at Amazon


Asterix artist Albert Uderzo stepping down

Co-creator of Asterix, Albert Uderzo says he is retiring from illustrating the dimunitive-but-powerful Gaul's adventures, reports the Australian.

Uderzo has been creating occasional Asterix books solo since the series' writer Rene Goscinny passed away in 1977.
At 84, Uderzo said that he would let his successor pen the 35th album, due out next year.

"I'm tired. The years have gone by and these years weigh heavily," he said. "I have decided to leave this to young authors who certainly have enough talent to do it."

But with a flourish worthy of Asterix, Uderzo refused to name his successor, setting the Parisian rumor-mill into overdrive. "It's an artist who has followed us for a long time in the bosom of the studio," he said.

New comics shipping Sept. 28, 2011

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon:

Things I'll buy: 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #670 

FF 50 FANTASTIC YEARS #1

FF #9


Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth Omnibus Vol. 1

Other items of interest:


Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Marvel Comics - Volume 6


Essential Defenders - Volume 6



Finder Library Volume 2


The All-New Batman: Brave and the Bold Vol. 1


Batman: The Widening Gyre


Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland (Brian Bolland Cover to Cover)