Friday, September 21, 2012

New documentary on The Replacements

Before Nirvana and grunge, the Replacements blended punk, pop, glam and heavy metal into a wonderfully chaotic tuneful racket. Great lyrics, too.

One of my favorite bands during my college years, they don't get the credit they're due. Maybe this new documentary, out on DVD Nov. 20, will help.



The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey pics

















Pop culture roundup: Goon Show; Bonzo Dog Band; Marvel Comics

The Goon Show was a hilarious BBC radio program of the 1950s that helped introduce the world to the many talents and voices of Peter Sellers. The group, which also featured Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan (the writer/genius behind it all) was a huge influence on Monty Python and beloved by the Beatles.  The program was at once satirical, surreal and silly.  You can still hear old episodes regularly on the Beeb here.

But, that's the background, the news here is this nifty Goons print, available on the ClareIllustrated Etsy site. Very nice work of the trio as they might have appeared on a cover of Britain's Radio Times magazine. Cool!


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Via the fabulous Dangerous Minds, here's another great British institution: The Bonzo Dog Band in its first TV performance on the BBC's "Blue Peter."


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Sean Howe, author of the upcoming "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story," has a great Tumblr site where he's sharing stuff like this:


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

26-page preview of Fantagraphics' "Spacehawk" by Basil Wolverton collection

Yes! I'll take one of these please!

"Spacehawk by Basil Wolverton" is a 272-page hardcover collecting all the 1940-42 adventures of Wolverton's sci-fi character. Lots of crazy awesome art in this handy free preview.

More details:
Basil Wolverton is one of the greatest, most idiosyncratic talents in comic book history. Though he is best known for his humorous grotesqueries in MAD magazine, it is his science-fiction character Spacehawk that Wolverton fans have most often demanded be collected. The wait is over, as Spacehawk features every story from Spacehawk’s intergalactic debut in 1940 to his final, Nazi-crushing adventure in 1942.

Spacehawk is the closest thing to a colorfully-costumed, conventional action hero Wolverton ever created, yet the strip is infused with Wolverton’s quintessential weirdness: controlled, organic artwork of strangely repulsive aliens and monsters and bizarre planets, and stories of gruesome retribution that bring to mind Wolverton’s peer, Fletcher Hanks. Spacehawk had no secret identity, no fixed base of operations beyond his spaceship, and no sidekicks or love interests. He had but one mission in life: to protect the innocent throughout the Solar System, and to punish the guilty. He was a dark — yet much more visually playful — counterpart to Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon.

Spacehawk also includes the character’s final and rarely-seen Earthbound adventures. As the U.S. became involved in World War II, Spacehawk returned to 20th Century America to join the United States’ efforts in defeating fascism, which he does by patrolling the Earth’s stratosphere, looking for wrongdoing.



Marvel Comics December 2012 solicitations

Highlights from Marvel's December releases. Note the "last" issue of Amazing Spider-Man. Marvel is doing a DC-style reboot, so it looks like this title will get a new name. Hopefully Dan Slott will remain on scripts. His long run on Spidey has been great fun.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700
DAN SLOTT (w) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (a)
Plus stories by JM DeMatteis & Giuseppe Camuncoli and Jen Van Meter & Stephanie Buscema
COVER BY MR. GARCIN
Steve Ditko (Unused Amazing Fantasy 15 Art) Variant Cover
ASM 50TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT - Marcos Martin
Martin Variant
WRAPAROUND VARIANT - Humberto Ramos
COIPEL VARIANT
QUESADA VARIANT
LAST ISSUE!
All New! 104 PGS./Rated T+ ...$7.99

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 15
Written by GERRY CONWAY & LEN WEIN with ARCHIE GOODWIN
Penciled by ROSS ANDRU with GIL KANE & SAL BUSCEMA
Cover by GIL KANE
Peter Parker’s life has never been easy, but it’s hard to take a turn for the worse when your dead girlfriend shows up on your doorstep. Oh, then there’s that famous Parker luck, which means it does. It means, Spidey, you’ve been cloned! The Amazing Spider-Man launches into the storyline that shocked the comics world! The scheming Jackal takes our hero through the wringer as he not only must face one of his greatest personal tragedies, but also has to battle through the Scorpion, the Tarantula — and himself! You’ll also enjoy the blossoming of Peter and Mary Jane’s relationship, and even their first kiss, as well as the return of the Shocker and the Sandman — and more! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1968) #143-155 and material from MARVEL SPECIAL EDITION TREASURY #1.

NOVA CLASSIC VOL. 1
Written by MARV WOLFMAN & LEN WEIN
Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA, SAL BUSCEMA & ROSS ANDRU
Cover by JOHN BUSCEMA
Struck by a ray of energy sent by a dying alien, ordinary high-school student Richard Rider has inherited the mantle of an intergalactic Nova Centurion — and all the headaches that come with it! And even the powers of a human rocket can’t help Richard outrun a rogues’ gallery that includes Zorr, Condor, Powerhouse, Diamondhead, the Corrupter, Megaman — and the dreaded Sphinx, who wants to claim a secret the newly minted Nova doesn’t even know he’s carrying! Can Richard balance schoolwork, a social life and a near-constant string of arch-villains? And if not, which will he lose first — his dreams or his life? Guest-starring Spider-Man in an amazing two-part murder mystery! Collecting NOVA (1976) #1-12 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #171.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: TOMORROW’S AVENGERS VOL. 1
Written by ARNOLD DRAKE, STEVE GERBER, CHRIS CLAREMONT, GERRY CONWAY, SCOTT EDELMAN, ROGER SLIFER, LEN WEIN & ROGER STERN
Penciled by GENE COLAN, SAL BUSCEMA, DON HECK & AL MILGROM
Cover by AL MILGROM
A thousand years from now, Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex and Charlie-27 — the Guardians of the Galaxy — rise to retake Earth from reptilian raiders! But they’re not just building on the heroism of past centuries — they’re recruiting from it! Captain America, Dr. Strange, the Thing, the Hulk and more join the star-spanning heroes in the greatest war the future ever saw! Then, as the Guardians help a planet in turmoil rebuild, threats rise from two other worlds: one of them living, the other gone mad! It’s cosmic action as you like it, as the Avengers of tomorrow face their baptism of fire! Featuring the introduction of Nikki and the origin of Starhawk! Guest-starring the Silver Surfer! Collecting MARVEL SUPER HEROES (1967) #18, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #4-5, GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #5, DEFENDERS (1972) #26-29 and MARVEL PRESENTS #3-12.

ESSENTIAL X-MEN VOL. 11
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT, FABIAN NICIEZA, PETER DAVID & MORE
Penciled by JIM LEE, PAUL SMITH, ANDY KUBERT, TOM RANEY, WHILCE PORTACIO, KIRK JARVINEN, TERRY SHOEMAKER & MORE
Cover by JIM LEE
The X-Men reunite with Professor X, who asks them to help overthrow the Shi’ar tyrant Deathbird — but all is not as it seems, and the X-Men must deduce the truth before it’s too late! Meanwhile, sparks fly as Rogue and Magneto team up to save the Savage Land! Then, the X-Men and X-Factor unite to battle the Shadow King — but the price of their victory is more than Professor X can stand! And as a new team rises from the ashes of the old, Magneto draws a dangerous line in the sand to protect his fellow mutants — leading to an explosive finale, and the end of an era! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #273-280 and ANNUAL #15, X-FACTOR (1986) #69-70, X-MEN (1991) #1-3, and material from X-FACTOR ANNUAL #6 and NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL #7.

Brit fans steamed about skimpy, botched Avengers DVD release

So, it's not good to be a British fan of the Avengers movie, apparently.

Folks over there interested in "The Avengers" DVD are fuming over a lack of extras, plus an alternative death scene mistakenly included in the disk version of the film.
Disney UK spokesman Lydia Rodrigues told Home Video Choice the omission of the commentary was unfortunate. "That was a bit of a disappointment," she said. "Our DLT (Digital Linear Tape, required to replicate the disc) had to be delivered one month earlier than that required for the US pressing. So we missed out. We wanted it too."

The UK release also features a different shot of a key death scene, reportedly the result of an error in production.

"Thanks to those of you who have let us know about an issue on the Marvel Avengers Assemble UK Blu-Ray and DVD release, which has a less graphic depiction of Agent Coulson's confrontation with Loki," said Disney in a statement. "Each country has its own compliance issues relative to depictions of violence. Unfortunately, another region's elements were inadvertently used to create the UK in-home release which minimally altered this scene in the film. We thank our fans for their vigilance in recognising this and apologise for the mix up."
 As an alternative, Disney is suggesting that British fans may want to choose the U.S. Blu-ray of the film. which is region free and should play on a British Blu-ray player. If you own one.

Captain America 2 to feature Avengers' deleted scenes

Actor Chris Evans says the second Captain America film will include Cap-focused scenes left out of the recent "Avengers" film.
Evans explained that the unused scenes are better suited to a film that can focus on his character properly. He explained: "A lot of that stuff [that was cut] is for Captain America 2. That is his story. It is him trying to on a personal level adjust to the fact that everyone he knows is gone... There are a lot of things that he kind of has to come to terms with."

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is scheduled to begin filming next March (2013) for a release in April 2014. Alongside Evans, Samuel L Jackson and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles from the first film, while The Hurt Locker star Anthony Mackie has joined the cast as a fellow superhero called The Falcon.

BBC Radio this week - stream drama, comedy, music documentaries

Click the links to hear the following programs.

Beach Boys at 50
Harry Shearer mixes archive with brand new interviews and a sun-soaked soundtrack

An Hour with Jon Pertwee
The star of 'Doctor Who', 'The Navy Lark' and 'Worzel Gummidge' entertains an audience.

The Goon Show
Classic material from one of the all-time radio comedy greats

HG Wells - The First Men In The Moon
Penniless businessman Mr Bedford meets the brilliant Cavor, a scientist with a dream.

The Fall of the House of Usher
Classic Gothic Horror. What is the power that the House has over the Usher Family?

Bolan at the Beeb
The story of the many live session recordings Marc Bolan and T.Rex made for the BBC.

The Beatles at the Beeb
The story of the many live session recordings The Beatles made for the BBC.

Bowie at the Beeb
Andy Peebles looks back at the many sessions Bowie recorded for the BBC from 1969-1972.

The History of The Marquee
The story of the Marquee Club, one of London's best-loved venues.

Led Zeppelin at the Beeb
The story of the session recordings Led Zeppelin made for the BBC.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Comic book new releases: Eerie Archives 11; Doctor Who - Dave Gibbons Collection; Daredevil by Mark Waid Vol. 3; Atlas Era Tales of Suspense Vol. 4!

Releases of note this week. Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


Eerie Archives Volume 11


Doctor Who Dave Gibbons Collection TPB


Daredevil by Mark Waid - Volume 3



Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense - Volume 4

Preview pics: Doctor Who - The Power of Three

Images from this week's episode of "Doctor Who."






DC Comics December 2012 solicitations: Arrow by Mike Grell; Showcase Presents Justice Leauge Vol. 6; John Byrne Superman

Highlights from DC Comics' December 2012 offerings:

ARROW #1-2
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM and ANDREW KREISBERG
Art by MIKE GRELL, JORGE JIMENEZ and SERGIO SANDOVAL
Issue #1: Photo cover
Issue #1 1:5 Variant cover by MIKE GRELL
issue #2 cover by MIKE GRELL
Issue #1 retrosolicited • On sale NOVEMBER 28
Issue #2 on sale JANUARY 2
40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: ARROW #1 will ship with two covers. See the order form for details.
• The first time in print for these digital-first adventures!
• Discover exciting new mysteries and plotlines for the ultimate Arrow experience!
• Written by the show’s creators and featuring covers and interior art from legendary GREEN ARROW: THE LONGBOW HUNTERS artist MIKE GRELL! 


JOE KUBERT PRESENTS #3
Written and illustrated by JOE KUBERT, BRIAN BUNIAK and SAM GLANZMAN
Cover by JOE KUBERT
On sale JANUARY 2 • 48 pg, interior ads, FC, 3 of 6, $4.99 US • RATED T
• The lost JOE KUBERT classic “The Redeemer” continues!
• Plus, a very strange turn of events in “Angel and The Ape,” and another heartbreaking chapter of “U.S.S. Stevens.”



SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL. 6
Written by LEN WEIN, DENNIS O’NEIL, CARY BATES and others
Art by DICK DILLIN and others
Cover by NICK CARDY
On sale JANUARY 23 • 528 pg, B&W, $19.99 US
• In this new, value-priced collection of stories from the 1970s, the JLA faces foes including Felix Faust, the Shaggy Man, Eclipso, Amazo, the Injustice Society and more.
• Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #107-132.



SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL VOL. 7
Written by JOHN BYRNE and JERRY ORDWAY
Art by JOHN BYRNE, JERRY ORDWAY and others
Cover by JOHN BYRNE
On sale JANUARY 16 • 192 pg, FC, $19.99 US
• In these tales from 1987, Superman battles familiar foes including Brainiac, Lex Luthor and Toyman, and fights alongside Green Lantern and The Spectre.
• Collects SUPERMAN #13-15, ACTION COMICS #596-597 and ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #436-438.