Friday, February 15, 2013

Pop culture roundup: Stan Lee; Frederic Wertham; Jerry Beck; Golden Age DC; Bowie; Wonder Women documentary

Via Marvel Comics: The Untold Story: Here's Stan Lee on a 1971 episode of TV game show "To Tell the Truth."


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Anti-comics crusader pychologist Frederic Wertham  distorted his research in the notorious study "Seduction of the Innocent," claims a librarian who has studied his original notes.
Wertham’s personal archives, however, show that the doctor revised children’s ages, distorted their quotes, omitted other causal factors and in general “played fast and loose with the data he gathered on comics,” according to an article by Carol Tilley, published in a recent issue of Information and Culture: A Journal of History.
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Animation fans will want to check out the recently resurrected Jerry Beck's Cartoon Research site here.

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The first volume of Taschen's five-book series tracing the history of DC Comics is out now. These are individual, expended volumes taken from Taschen's enormous single-volume 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth-Making published last year.

The Hollywood Reporter features an article about the new series, plus this neat pic of how the whole series will look on your bookshelf once completely published.


 



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BBC-TV will air a full-length documentary about David Bowie this May.
The film will look at Bowie in 1971, on the road to Hunky Dory, then skips to 1975 – the crucible year of Bowie’s alienated Thin White Duke persona. 1977 sees Bowie in Berlin, with Eno, Iggy et al; then 1980 chronicles the making of Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) and Bowie’s entente with the New Romantics. The last of the Five Years is 1983 – coinciding with the megastar breakthrough of Let’s Dance – and an epilogue catches up with his surprise return, 30 years later, with forthcoming LP The Next Day.
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Here's a a preview of "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, a documentary airing on PBS' Independent Lens April 15.

The film traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. The film goes behind the scenes with TV stars Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.

Vintage Disney movie poster: Cinderella


Thursday, February 14, 2013

DC Comics May 2013 solicitations

Highlights from DC Comics' May offerings. Click links to order discounted items from Amazon.


Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 6

Written by GERRY CONWAY and ROY THOMAS
Art by GEORGE PEREZ, DON HECK and others
Cover by GEORGE PEREZ and MIKE DeCARLO
RESOLICIT • On sale JUNE 5 • 208 pg, FC, $19.99 US
The JLA meet the JSA as the teams face Gorilla Grodd and the Secret Society of Super-Villains, then battle the Crime Syndicate and the Crime Champions of Earth-1. This new title collects JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #195-197 and 207-209, plus ALL-STAR SQUADRON #14-15.



Tales of the Batman: Archie Goodwin

Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN and JAMES ROBINSON
Art by WALTER SIMONSON, ALEX TOTH, SCOTT HAMPTON, GENE HA and others
Cover by JIM APARO
RESOLICIT • On sale JULY 17 • 480 pg, FC, $39.99 US
These tales from legendary writer Archie Goodwin include the entire Manhunter saga. Collecting DETECTIVE COMICS #437-443, DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #3, SHOWCASE ‘95 #11, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #132-136, BATMAN: NIGHT CRIES and stories from BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #1 and 4.



The Animal Man Omnibus

Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by CHAS TRUOG, DOUG HAZLEWOOD, TOM GRUMMETT, PARIS CULLINS and others
Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
On sale JULY 31 • 712 pg,

Grant Morrison’s epic run on ANIMAL MAN collected in one massive hardcover for the first time, including issues #1-26 and a tale from SECRET ORIGINS #39.
Buddy Baker is more than just a second rate Super Hero—he’s also a family man and animal rights activist. Now, as he tries to jump-start his crimefighting career, he experiences visions of aliens, people transforming into strange pencil-like drawings, and hints of a terrible crisis lurking around the edges of reality. And as his odyssey of self-discovery gives way to spiritual enlightenment as well as the depths of despair, Buddy meets his maker: a writer named Grant Morrison.

  
THE PROMETHEA OMNIBUS HC
Written by ALAN MOORE
Art by J.H. WILLIAMS III, MICK GRAY and CHARLES VESS
Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
Advance solicited • On sale SEPTEMBER 25
496 pg, The entire 32-issue run of PROMETHEA is collected in a single, extraordinary hardcover volume that spotlights the amazing artwork of J.H. Williams III, with each two-page spread in the series presented on single pages of this horizontally formatted collection!
Don’t miss this new collection of Alan Moore’s entrancing occult masterpiece, collecting the magical adventures of Sophie Bangs, an ordinary college student in a weirdly futuristic New York, whose life will be changed by her research into the mythical warrior woman known as Promethea!

Marvel Comics May 2013 solicitations

Highlights from Marvel's May 2013 releases. Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

THE MIGHTY THOR OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY Covers by ESAD RIBIC & JACK KIRBY A masterpiece of immortal action, cosmic scope and boundless drama, Stan and Jack’s THOR collaborations mark a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe — and that’s no small accomplishment coming from the imaginations of the most celebrated creators in comics! This second Omnibus edition brings you milestone stories including the first appearances of Ego the Living Planet, Ulik the Troll and the Wrecker; battles with the Absorbing Man, the Destroyer and the Super-Skrull; adventures into Pluto’s underworld and atop the High Evolutionary’s Wundagore Mountain; the debut of Lady Sif as Thor’s love interest; and classic tales featuring Thor and Hercules. Backed up by “Tales of Asgard” and featuring each issue’s original letters page, it’s an extravaganza on an Asgardian scale! Collecting JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #121-125, THOR (1966) #126-152, THOR ANNUAL #2 and NOT BRAND ECHH #3.
768 PGS.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 15 HC
Written by ROY THOMAS with GERRY CONWAY, LEN WEIN, TONY ISABELLA, MARV WOLFMAN & CHRIS CLAREMONT
Penciled by RICH BUCKLER with BOB BROWN & JOHN BUSCEMA
Cover by RICH BUCKLER
It’s a treasure trove of FF classics, courtesy of the Marvel Masterworks! First comes a battle of the sexes as the FF find themselves in the midst of the fight between Femizons and Mahkizmo the Nuclear Man. Then, the Silver Surfer returns with a vengeance! The Machiavellian Dr. Doom has captured the Surfer’s beloved Shalla-Bal and used her to turn him against the FF. And that’s just the warm up! The FF and Inhumans team up against Xemu, the Invisible Girl returns to the fold, and Arkon the Annihilator initiates an adventure featuring an inter-dimensional alternate Thing. Topped off with a giant-size battle against the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the first appearance of Madrox the Multiple Man, they’re Masterworks one and all! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #151-163, GIANT-SIZE FANTASTIC FOUR #3-4, and MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #2.
312 PGS.

Vintage Disney movie poster: Alice in Wonderland


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Batman 1966 toys and more!


Recently some legal hurdles between 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. have been cleared regarding rights to the 1960s Batman TV show starring Adam West.

Obviously, we're all hoping that, finally, we'll see the series on DVD. And maybe we finally will.

In the meantime, the companies are making hay off of merchandising inspired by the show, including action figures, Halloween costumes and other items we'll be seeing in stores soon.

Here's a look at some of what's coming. Stay tuned for more!


Batman 1964 Adam West
1/4th Scale Figure NECA



Mattel six-inch Batman figure

Mattel Riddler six-inch figure

Mattel six-inch Penguin figure

Mattel Batmobile


Mattel Barbie Catwoman doll

Mattel Barbie Ken doll
Mattel six-inch Batman and Robin figures

Surfer Batman six-inch action figure!

New comics collections Feb. 13, 2012: Batman; Conan; Alex Toth; American Comic Book Chronicles, more!

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


The Chronicles of King Conan Volume 4: The Prince is Dead and Other Stories


Batman & Robin: Dark Knight Vs. White Knight


Batman: Arkham Unhinged (Batman (DC Comics Hardcover))


Batman: Night of the Owls


Green Arrow: Salvation


Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth


Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1


Essential Marvel Team-Up - Volume 4


Fantastic Four: Island of Death


Iron Man by Michelinie, Layton & Romita Jr. Omnibus


Marvel Firsts: WWII Super Heroes


American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64