Friday, July 13, 2012

Pop culture roundup: Tarzan; Joe Kubert; Beach Boys; Batmobile documentary; sonic screwdriver remote control!

More Tarzan posts from Rip Jagger's Dojo: This time a look at how Joe Kubert's DC Comics Tarzan covers were transformed into painted versions for comics releases in the Mexican market.


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Speaking of Joe Kubert: Booksteve draws our attention to the master's run on Tex, a long-running Western strip published in Italy. Nice stuff. There's a English translation of Kubert's storyline here.


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Offspring and associates of the Beach Boys, including Brian Wilson's daughters, have formed a new group.
 California Saga is a Beach Boys tribute act featuring Al Jardine's sons Adam and Matt, Mike Love's children Ambha and Christian, Dennis Wilson's boys Justyn and Carl B, and Brian Wilson's daughters Carnie and Wendy. The Wilson sisters have previously sung together as two thirds of Wilson Phillips. The California Saga lineup is completed by Carnie's husband, Rob Bonfiglio, and Billy Hinsche, a longtime Beach Boys associate whose sister was once married to Carl Wilson.

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A documentary on the history of the Batmobile will air at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.



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The Wand Company has produced a remote control styled after Doctor Who's sonic screwdriver.
A high quality metal replica of the Mark VII Sonic Screwdriver currently used by the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, the new Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control is a gesture-based universal remote control that utilises infrared (IR) technology to manipulate almost all earth-based home entertainment systems - from TVs and iPod docks to DVD/Blu-ray players and beyond.
With a green flashing tip and an impressive four operational modes – including a practice mode – and three memory banks, a total of 39 commands can be stored in the Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control, giving the option of operating multiple home entertainment devices with just a different flick of the wrist.

Paperback cover parade: Mike Shayne mysteries






Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Marvel Comics solicitations October 2012

Highlights from Marvel Comics' October 2012 releases:

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 2 paperback
Written by STAN LEE with ROY THOMAS
Penciled by JACK KIRBY with GIL KANE & JACK SPARLING
Cover by JACK KIRBY & RICHARD ISANOVE
Strap on your shield, and prepare for a barrage of Stan and Jack’s best! It’s page after page of Captain America classics from the Marvel Masterworks! Take a front-row seat as Cap goes head-to-head with the likes of the Super-Adaptoid, the robotic creation with the combined powers of the entire Avengers; cast your vote in the court of public opinion when the Red Skull attempts to convince the people of America that Cap’s turned traitor; and meet the horrendous head of A.I.M. — the one and only M.O.D.O.K.! And as if that wasn’t enough, the man who murdered Bucky — Baron Zemo — returns in a saga guest-starring Nick Fury, the Black Panther and Sharon Carter that culminates in the debut of Cap’s solo series! Reserve your star-spangled copy today! Collecting TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #82-99 and CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #100.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: KA-ZAR VOL. 1
Written by STAN LEE, ROY THOMAS, GERRY CONWAY, GARY FRIEDRICH, MIKE FRIEDRICH, ARNOLD DRAKE, STEVE PARKHOUSE & LEN WEIN
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, JOHN BUSCEMA, GIL KANE, NEAL ADAMS, HERB TRIMPE, GEORGE TUSKA & RICH BUCKLER
Cover by BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH
Beyond the cold Antarctic wastes, in the depths of a secret hidden jungle, Ka-Zar rules the Savage Land. Populated by dinosaurs, barbarians and saber-tooth tigers, this land that time forgot is threatened from beyond its borders by enemies including Kraven the Hunter and madmen still fighting World War II — and from within, by the bizarre Garokk the Petrified Man and the sun-priestess Zaladane. These adventures, the origin of Ka-Zar and Zabu, and more await you! Featuring stories never before collected, this inaugural Ka-Zar Masterworks showcases a bona-fide who’s who of top comics talent! Collecting MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (1967) #19, ASTONISHING TALES (1970) #1-16 and material from SAVAGE TALES (1971) #1.

SPIDER-MAN: World’s Greatest Hero
Written by ROGER STERN, TOM DEFALCO & STUART MOORE
Penciled by ROB DE LA TORRE, CARLO BARBERI & DAMION SCOTT
Cover by MIKE MCKONE
Celebrating 50 years of great responsibility! Spanning from his earliest days as a hero to the heyday of the heralded Big Time era and everything in between, a collection of Marvel Legends, venerated comic creators and awe-inspiring artists shine the spotlight on everything that makes Spider-Man the World’s Greatest Super Hero! Collecting PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN (1999) #156.1, SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN (1996) #33.1 and #33.2, and WEB OF SPIDER-MAN (1985) #129.1 and #129.2.

MARVEL TALES BY ALAN DAVIS
Written by ALAN DAVIS
Penciled by ALAN DAVIS
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
New ClanDestine adventures from legendary comics creator Alan Davis! What dark secrets haunt Marvel’s most secretive family? As the Thing and the Human Torch investigate a mysterious magical space-time paradox with Dr. Strange, the return of a menace from the past sets Daredevil and the ClanDestine on a collision course! And a debt owed to a dead man causes Wolverine to seek the truth behind the mystery of the rogue member of the ClanDestine family called…Vincent! Plus: Thor embarks on one of his most epic adventures ever when the God of Thunder and his fellow Asgardians visit Midgard’s ancient Egypt — and leave behind a startling legacy that will change our world forever! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #33, DAREDEVIL ANNUAL (2012) #1, WOLVERINE ANNUAL (2012) #1 and THOR: TRUTH OF HISTORY.

X-MEN: THE HIDDEN YEARS VOL. 2
Written by JOHN BYRNE, STAN LEE & JACK KIRBY
Penciled by JOHN BYRNE, JACK KIRBY, JOHN ROMITA & STEVE DITKO
Cover by JOHN BYRNE
Writer/artist John Byrne’s retro take on the X-Men — set between their Silver Age series and their All-New, All-Different incarnation — comes to a calamitous conclusion! The original X-Men take on the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, mutant-controlled Sentinels, Angel’s evil uncle Burt, the long-lost Yeti, Kraven the Hunter and the mysterious mutant group the Promise — and it all concludes in a seamless “crossover” with a classic Lee/Kirby/Romita FANTASTIC FOUR tale! Plus: The original version of that FF saga, featuring the menace of Magneto and the Sub-Mariner! And the classic Atlas Era and Silver Age appearances of the Promise! Collecting X-MEN: THE HIDDEN YEARS #13-22, FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #102-104, and material from YELLOW CLAW #2 and AMAZING ADULT FANTASY #14.

ALPHA FLIGHT CLASSIC VOL. 3
Written by JOHN BYRNE & BILL MANTLO
Penciled by JOHN BYRNE & MIKE MIGNOLA
Cover by JOHN BYRNE
Concluding John Byrne’s legendary run! Canada’s mightiest heroes face threats of all sizes, ranging from the overweight Pink Pearl to the maniacal alchemist Diablo! And when the terrible secret of Sasquatch’s origin is revealed, Alpha Flight must battle the Great Beasts in their own realm — and pay a fearsome price! Then, Alpha Flight’s former leader, Guardian, returns from the grave — or does he? What’s he doing palling around with the villainous Omega Flight? And where does the Beyonder fit in? Finally, when Alpha Flight goes fishing in another dimension, they accidentally hook the Incredible Hulk! Will the jade giant smash the heroes beyond all repair? Only the series’ new creative team knows! It’s north-of-the-border action just the way you like it! Collecting ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #20-29 and INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #313.

New comics July 11, 2012: Creepy Presents Richard Corben; John Buscema; Darwyn Cooke: The Score; Spider-Man Masterworks 14; Uncle Scrooge, more!

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


Creepy Presents Richard Corben


Batgirl Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection (The New 52) (Batgirl (DC Comics Hardcover))


Big John Buscema: Comics & Drawings


Parker: The Score by Darwyn Cooke


Essential Web of Spider-Man - Volume 2


Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man - Volume 14


The Phantom: The Complete Sundays Volume 1 (1939-1943)


Vampirella Archives Volume 5 HC


Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: "Only a Poor Old Man" (Vol. 1)  (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library)