Friday, March 15, 2013

New Iron Man 3 set pictures




Pop culture roundup

Comics historian Ron Goulart remembers Golden Age great Fred Ray.
No doubt his best remembered Superman cover is that for #14, showing the Man of Steel standing tall in front of a giant red, white and blue shield and holding a spread-winged American Eagle on his arm. Ray provided as well the dozen illustrations for Superman’s Super Contest in three 1941 issues of Action.

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Another comics historian, Barry Pearl, shares a couple of cool 1968 interviews: One with Stan Lee and a second with Lee, Jack Kirby, Gary Trudeau and Gahan Wilson. Barry's stuff is always worth checking out.

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Radio Times' 2005 "Vote Dalek" cover has been nominated as a "cover of the century" by the Professional Publishers Association in Britain.Voting is open here through September.


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Booksteve shares the true story of the Beach Boys' "Susie Cincinnati."

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The producers of "Mad Men" have hired a veteran 1960s illustrator, Brian Sanders, to design a period-correct image to promote the upcoming season of the show. Here's a sample of Sanders' 1960s work:


And here's his "Mad Man" art:


Fab Friday; Beatles pictures!

Launching a new feature this week for fellow Beatles fans.

The Beatles with Sir Laurence Olivier




Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happy 80th birthday Michael Caine!



IDW to publish silver-age Superman, Batman and 1944 Wonder Woman newspaper strips

This is cool news: Whilst the 1940s runs of the Superman and Batman comic strips have been published in book form, we haven't seen collection of later strips.

IDW typically does a great job with these historic comics projects, so I look forward to these..

Details:
Although DC and Kitchen Sink Press reprinted the first few years of the Superman and Batman newspaper strips in the 1990s, they only scratched the surface of the comics’ run: Superman, which featured the work of such creators as Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Curt Swan and Wayne Boring, was serialized from 1939 to 1966. The Batman strip, originally titled Batman and Robin, saw three major runs — 1943 to 1946, 1966 to 1974, and 1989-1991. Wonder Woman’s newspaper tenure was much short-lived, lasting less than a year (in 1944).
The Superman daily strips will be released in three collections, organized by era — the Silver Age, the Atomic Age and the Golden Age — with Sunday reprints published in a separate, concurrent series later in the year.
“It’s like discovering an entire alternate universe of famous Silver Age comic book stories,” Dean Mullaney, who’s editing and designing the series, said in a statement. “It’s better than an imaginary story — it’s Jerry Siegel doing a remake of his classic Superman’s Return to Krypton! … it’s Curt Swan, not Al Plastino, drawing The Menace of Metallo. Superman fans might want to consider these strips as taking place on a brand-new world — Earth-N for Newspapers!”
Pete Poplaski, who created the covers for the Kitchen Sink Press editions, designed the covers, while It’s Superman! author Tom DeHaven wrote the foreword  for the Silver Age collection.


Vintage Mr. Moto movie posters




Wednesday, March 13, 2013

BBC Radio this week: David Bowie, Tennant's Night with a Vampire, Goon Show, disco sucks, Miles plugs in

Click the links to hear the following shows.

David Bowie at the BBC. Ken Bruce introduces a look at David Bowie's BBC career from 1970 to 1973.

A Night With a Vampire. David Tennant reads five disturbing Victorian vampire stories.

The Goon Show: The Gold Plate Robbery. Ned Seagoon goes overseas to pursue some stolen booty, but can Bloodnok be far behind? Stars Spike Milligan. From February 1959.

Earth, Wind and Pyre. Candi Staton recalls the bizarre evening in 1979 when a Chicago DJ led an anti-disco crowd to burn disco records and chant 'Disco sucks!'

Miles Plugs In. Craig Charles explores Miles Davis' controversial electric period from 1969-1975.

 

Vintage Marx Brothers movie posters





Monday, March 11, 2013

DC Comics June 2013 solicitations

Notable collected editions from DC Comics' June 2013 releases.

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


The Silver Age Teen Titans Archives Vol. 2

Written by BOB HANEY and others
Art by NICK CARDY, NEAL ADAMS, GIL KANE, IRV NOVICK and others Cover by NICK CARDY
The top teen heroes of the 1960s return in this volume collecting TEEN TITANS #6-20 and THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #83, as the Titans take on The Mad Mod, Captain Rumble and The Scorcher!
Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.


Showcase Presents: DC Comics Presents - Superman Team-Ups Vol. 2

Written by MARV WOLFMAN, LEN WEIN, GERRY CONWAY and others
Art by RICH BUCKLER, JIM STARLIN, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ and others
Cover by JIM STARLIN
Superman battles for justice alongside heroes including Supergirl, Black Canary, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Starman and more in these stories from DC COMICS PRESENTS #27-50 and DC COMICS PRESENTS ANNUAL #1!


Superman: Phantom Zone

Written by STEVE GERBER
Art by GENE COLAN and TONY DEZUNIGA
Cover by GENE COLAN and DICK GIORDANO
Explore the history of Krypton and the origins of The Phantom Zone, Krypton’s other-dimensional prison, in this new title that collects PHANTOM ZONE #1-4 and DC COMICS PRESENTS #97.


Camelot 3000

Written by MIKE W. BARR
Art by BRIAN BOLLAND, TERRY AUSTIN,
BRUCE PATTERSON and DICK GIORDANO
Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
The classic tale that exploded into comics shops in the early 1980s is back in a new trade paperback collecting the entire 12-issue maxiseries! Featuring a cover by acclaimed artist Brian Bolland, this collection of the mythical tale of honor and bravery includes preliminary artwork by Bolland and developmental material from Mike W. Barr!

BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS VOL. 3
Written by DENNIS O’NEIL, BOB HANEY, LEN WEIN and others
Art by NEAL ADAMS and DICK GIORDANO
Cover by NEAL ADAMS
The final volume collecting Neal Adams’s Batman covers and stories includes BATMAN #232, #234, #237, #243-245 and #251, featuring Two-Face, The Joker, and more! Plus, stories created for Peter Pan records and a section showcasing advertising and custom comics work!


Saga of the Swamp Thing Book Four

Written by ALAN MOORE
Art by STEPHEN BISSETTE, RICK VEITCH, JOHN TOTLEBEN and others
Cover by STEPHEN BISSETTE and JOHN TOTLEBEN
In these stories from SWAMP THING #43-50, Swamp Thing’s quest for self-discovery comes to its shattering conclusion. A harbinger of doom awakens an evil beyond comprehension, bringing together John Constantine, Deadman, The Phantom Stranger, The Spectre and others.


The Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1

Written by NEIL GAIMAN
Art by VARIOUS
Cover by DAVE McKEAN
This massive hardcover collects THE SANDMAN #1-37 and THE SANDMAN SPECIAL #1—the first half of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed horror classic. Upon his escape from captivity at the hands of a mortal, Morpheus must deal with the changes within himself and his realm. His journey to find his place in the world takes him through mythical worlds to retrieve his belongings, the backroads of America for a twisted reunion, and even Hell itself.