Friday, April 20, 2012

DC Nation clips feature Teen Titans and Plastic Man

A couple of clips from this weekend's "DC Nation" block on the Cartoon Network.



Reformed Beach Boys tune to debut May 1 in special Wal-Mart package

Wal-Mart: Ick. But you'll need to go there if you want an early listen to the reformed Beach Boys' remake of "Do it Again," which will be included on an 11-song best-of in something called a "commerative 'ZinePack," Billboard reports.
The package includes a 72-page magazine featuring rare photos and new interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine and David Marks, plus collectible postcards.
 Johnston tells Billboard.com that the new version of "Do It Again" was recorded earlier this year "as, like, a warm-up exercise" as the Beach Boys prepared to work on an album of new material. "It was just something everybody knew and we could go knock it out in two hours, like a vocal warm-up exercise that's tracked," he says. "It was so easy, but it sounded really great and it went so well that we finished it and mixed it."
A new Beach Boys album, with Brian Wilson producing, is due out in June.

Vintage photo: Fess Parker as Davy Crockett


Pop culture roundup: Art exhibit celebrates Twin Peaks; McCartney's video good; Blue Jay Way for sale; Superman check auctioned; Rowling at work on Harry Potter encyclopedia; Record Store Day release list; more!

An art exhibit, co-curated by David Lynch, celebrates the 20th anniversary of "Fire Walk With Me," the prequel film to Lynch's freaky cult TV series, "Twin Peaks."

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Whoops: A new video for Paul McCartney's song "My Valentine" features Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman conversing in sign language. Unfortunately, their signing is littered with mistakes:
Oscar-winning actress Natalie made the first mistake, signing the word 'tampon' instead of 'appear', while Johnny signed 'enemy', which was meant to be 'Valentine'.


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The Los Angeles home where George Harrison was inspired to write "Blue Jay Way" is up for sale. It's a nice pad, and the former home to Beatles' publicist Derek Taylor.

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The $412 check Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster received for the rights of Superman has sold for $160,000 at auction.

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Author J.K. Rowling says shes at work on a Harry Potter encyclopedia.

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This Saturday is Record Store Day. Several special releases, including many vinyl LPs and singles, will be up for sale in limited editions at record stores in the U.S. and U.K. See the list here.

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Take an in-depth look at Don Draper's awesome new apartment from "Mad Men."

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dark Shadows: Original Barnabas Collins dies

Just a couple weeks before the new "Dark Shadows" movie with Johnny Deep in the role opens, the original Barnabas Collins, Jonathan Frid, has passed away at age 87.

Frid played the vampire on the supernatural soap opera on ABC from 1966 to 1971. He also makes a cameo in the upcoming film.

Vintage Superman birth announcement card



Marvel Comics solicitations July 2012

Highlights from Marvel's July offerings. Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

MAN-THING OMNIBUS
Written by ROY THOMAS, GERRY CONWAY, STEVE GERBER, TONY ISABELLA, LEN WEIN, MARV WOLFMAN, CHRIS CLAREMONT, RALPH MACCHIO, MICHAEL FLEISHER, DOUG MCKENZIE, JM DEMATTEIS
Penciled by GRAY MORROW, JOHN BUSCEMA, RICH BUCKLER, JIM STARLIN, VAL MAYERIK, MIKE PLOOG, ALFREDO ALCALA, VICENTE ALCAZAR, RICO RIVAL, ED HANNIGAN, RON WILSON, JIM MOONEY, TOM SUTTON, JOHN BYRNE, DON PERLIN, GENE COLAN, LARRY HAMA & PAT BRODERICK
Covers by ARIEL OLIVETTI & FRANK BRUNNER
Neither wholly plant nor animal, neither entirely self-aware nor totally non-sentient, the creature called the Man-Thing is unique, unchanging and alone — but none who encounter him can ever be the same again. Empathic by nature and drawn to fight evil, his shambling visage inspires fear — and whatever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing’s touch. Whether danger rises from the swamp or the city, the past or the future, outer space or the human soul, the Man-Thing awaits! Collecting ASTONISHING TALES (1970) #12-13; FEAR #11-18, and material from #10 and #19; MAN-THING (1974) #1-22, GIANT-SIZE MAN-THING #1-3 and material from #4-5, INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #197-198; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #68; MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #43; MAN-THING (1979) #1-11; DR. STRANGE (1974) #41; and material from SAVAGE TALES (1971) #1, MONSTERS UNLEASHED #5 and #8-9, and RAMPAGING HULK (1977) #7.
1192 PGS.


MARVEL MASTERWORKS: SGT. FURY VOL. 4
Written by ROY THOMAS with DICK AYERS & GARY FRIEDRICH
Penciled by DICK AYERS
Cover by DICK AYERS
All right, ya goldbricks! Stand at attention and salute the good Sgt. Fury and his latest cache of World War II adventures brought to you by none other than the MARVEL MASTERWORKS! Your mission includes action on the Greek front, covert operations inside Berlin, incursions into Rommel’s North African territory and a rendezvous with the French resistance — and that’s just to shake the dust off. You’ll also read the Howling Commandos’ origin, meet a new member of the group in ex-Nazi Eric Koenig and face off with Colonel Klaue’s crack Blitzkrieg Squad. It’s war action in the mighty Marvel manner — so report for duty as requested, or it’ll be permanent K.P. duty. Dismissed! Collecting SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #33-43.
248 PGS.



MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 8 TPB
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY
Cover by JACK KIRBY & RICHARD ISANOVE
Pony up, True Believer, the eighth manic MASTERWORKS featuring the First Family of Funnybooks is coming your way! Collecting an ironclad cadre of classics, this one’s packed with more drama than you can shake a Skrull at! The Silver Surfer pursued by none other than the world-devouring Galactus; the FF vs. Spidey, DD and Thor in a barnstorming brouhaha; a fantastic voyage into the Microverse to battle the Psycho-Man; the Thing — cured; the first appearance of Annihilus; Crystal of the Inhumans joins the FF; and one of comics’ most historic moments, the birth of Franklin Richards! It just doesn’t stop! This one’s a humdinger so chock-full of excitement it’s ready to burst! And it’s brought to you by the minds that made Marvel magnificent, Stan and Jack! ’Nuff Said! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #72-81 and ANNUAL #6.
272 PGS



AVENGERS: THE BRIDE OF ULTRON PREMIERE HC
Written by GERRY CONWAY & JIM SHOOTER
Penciled by DON HECK, SAL BUSCEMA, GEORGE PÉREZ, GEORGE TUSKA & JOHN BYRNE
Covers by JACK KIRBY & GEORGE PÉREZ
It’s a marathon of villainy as the Avengers face one powerhouse after another! Ultron wants his wedding to herald the Avengers’ funerals, but he’s only one item on the team’s calendar of criminals to contain! There’s also Graviton and the Grim Reaper — the wrath of a god and the wrath of a godslayer! And two Avengers turn against the team — or do they? Guest-starring the Champions, the Defenders, and lots and lots of ants! Featuring heroes of the Wild West, the Golden Age and the X-books! Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #157-166.
184 PGS


DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID VOL. 1 TPB
Written by MARK WAID
Penciled by PAOLO RIVERA & MARCOS MARTIN
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
It’s a fresh start for the Man Without Fear, with the all-star creative team of writer Mark Waid (CAPTAIN AMERICA) and artists Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) at the helm! Matt Murdock is back in New York, but not everyone is happy to see him. Hoping to resuscitate his law practice, he takes on a police-brutality case — but someone is trying to silence the victim. While Murdock struggles in court, Daredevil hits the streets as Klaw, master of sound, makes his deadly return! Then, the blind literally lead the blind as a visually impaired client targeted for assassination holds the key to a global conspiracy perpetrated by some familiar foes. Can Daredevil protect the young man long enough to bring down an international criminal organization, or will their deadly enforcer get to him first? Collecting DAREDEVIL (2011) #1-6.
152 PGS



INCREDIBLE HULK: REGRESSION TPB
Written by BILL MANTLO
Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA & HERB TRIMPE Cover by AL MILGROM
Bruce Banner still controls the mind and body of his green-skinned alter ego, but for how long? Banner, estranged from Betty Ross, settles in at his new Northwind laboratory as Kate Waynesboro enters his life as his research assistant — and soon becomes his new love interest. But what ulterior motive is she hiding? Then, when the Hulk returns from Battleworld after the Beyonder’s Secret Wars, Banner’s all-too precarious hold on his savage half begins slipping — threatening to destroy the happiness he’s finally attained! It all comes to a head in a no-holds-barred battle against the entire Marvel Universe — and the ending will shock you! Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #286-295 & #297-300 and ANNUAL #12.
384 PGS.



AVENGERS: THE TRIAL OF YELLOWJACKET TPB
Written by JIM SHOOTER, DAVID MICHELINIE, STEVEN GRANT & ROGER STERN
Penciled by ALAN KUPPERBERG, BOB HALL, ALAN WEISS, DON PERLIN, GREG LAROCQUE, MARK BRIGHT, SAL BUSCEMA & AL MILGROM
Cover by AL MILGROM
The end of an era! They say pride comes before the fall, and this tumultuous tome is proof of that! When longstanding and founding Avenger Hank Pym — in his guise as Yellowjacket — demonstrates reckless behavior in battle, his fellow members schedule a formal court-martial hearing to determine the fate of their emotionally conflicted comrade. Will Yellowjacket triumph over his inner demons — or crumble under the pressure of being an Avenger? Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #212-230.
432 PGS


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AVENGERS: WEST COAST AVENGERS — FAMILY TIES TPB
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART
Penciled by AL MILGROM & RICHARD HOWELL
Cover by AL MILGROM
The ties that bind can be the worst kind! The West Coast Avengers fight demons, robots, zombies and more in this collection of eighties extravagan zas! The Grim Reaper wants his brother dead, and Ultron wants the same for his father — leaving the Vision and Scarlet Witch between two bloodlines getting bloodier by the minute! Guest-starring the Rangers and the ever-lovin’, blue-eyed Thing! Plus: Wonder Man in a role that will surprise you! Collecting WEST COAST AVENGERS (1985) #1-9 and VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH (1985) #1-2.
296 PGS



THING CLASSIC VOL. 2 TPB
Written by JOHN BYRNE, MIKE CARLIN & BOB HARRAS
Penciled by RON WILSON & JOHN BYRNE Cover by JOHN BYRNE
One of the grandest epics in the history of Aunt Petunia’s favorite nephew — that’s bashful Benjamin J. Grimm, the Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Thing, to you and me — is collected for the first time! Choosing to remain on the Beyonder’s Battleworld, Ben finds that while the planet may change, things are as hectic as ever for him! From duplicate Things to showdowns with classic monsters, Ben shows he has the right stuff no matter what the odds! Ride along with Rocky Grimm, Space Ranger, in this second volume from his fan-favorite series! Collecting THING (1983) #11-22 and FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #274.
304 PGS.

Two new Amazing Spider-Man movie posters

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Teaser for Cartoon Network's Beware the Batman

Here's a look at Cartoon Network's upcoming Batman animated series.

Animated Hulk series set for Disney XD - Eliza Dushku to voice She-Hulk

Details:
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. is an upcoming American cartoon series based on the superhero character by Marvel Comics. The series is set to air on Disney XD in early 2013. Paul Dini, who is currently working on fellow cartoon series Ultimate Spider-Man, is slated to be part of the creative team of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.. The series will feature appearances by the Green Hulk, the Red Hulk, A-Bomb, and Hulk's female counterpart She-Hulk. Hulk's son, Skaar, has been announced to be featured in the series as well.
More.

Vintage photo: Shari Lewis


Teaser for Star Wars toy documentary: Plastic Galaxy

I had a whole mess of these toys back in 1978.