Friday, May 17, 2013

Doctor Who season 7 finale pics

Images from part 2 of "The Name of the Doctor":

















Pop culture roundup: 2001; John Buscema; Ginger Baker

Baffled by the ending of "2001: A Space Odyssey"? This free comic book from a 1968 Howard Johnson's children's menu won't help. (Via Dreams of Space)

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Why was John Buscema such a great comic book artist? Check out his sketches, says 20th Century Danny Boy. Amazing stuff from one of my all-time favorites.


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Is this torture, or just an interview with Cream's Ginger Baker? What a jerk. Almost as bad as Lou Reed.





Our video omits most of the times Baker dismissed my questions, or raised his eyebrows in disgust. It omits the one-word answers, by and large. It omits his more withering reponses to questions from the audience. It leaves out the 15-second pause where I simply sat in silence, wishing the earth would swallow me whole. It leaves out Baker deciding he's had enough with the words "I want to go home now." You may able to note the one point where I have just about had enough, and my voice tightens and quickens while I ask another "silly question". It doesn't sound much on the video, but it was an effort of will to get a question out instead of telling him what I thought of his rudeness.

Jack Kirby storyboards for animated Fantastic Four series






Thursday, May 16, 2013

Marvel Comics August 2013 solicitations: Marvel Two-In-One Masterworks; Steranko's S.H.I.E.L.D.; Kirby's Inhumans; Iron Man Epic Collection, more!

Highlights from Marvel's August offerings. Click the links to order discounted titles from Amazon.


Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Two-In-One Volume 1

Written by STEVE GERBER with LEN WEIN, MIKE FRIEDRICH & CHRIS CLAREMONT
Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA with JIM STARLIN, GIL KANE, GEORGE TUSKA, HERB TRIMPE & BOB BROWN
Cover by JIM STARLIN
Two hundred volumes long and still going strong, the MARVEL MASTERWORKS celebrate Vol. 200 with the launch of Marvel Two-In-One! Yes, the ever lovin’, blue-eyed Thing’s own series collected is between hard covers at last! Begun as a MARVEL FEATURE tryout, Ben Grimm’s headlining effort kicked off with Hulk and Iron Man battles (not to mention Thanos and the Blood Brothers), and then shifted into high gear with monster vs. monster — yup, it’s Thing vs. Man-Thing! Rounding out the first ten issues are the revival of the Guardians of the Galaxy; revelations in the life of the Valkyrie; and adventures with Daredevil, Sub-Mariner, Ghost Rider, Thor and Black Widow — and before you know it, you’ll be clamoring for more! Ya ain’t a Yancy Streeter, are ya? Collecting MARVEL FEATURE (1971) #11-12 and MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #1-10.



Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk Volume 3

Written by STAN LEE with GARY FRIEDRICH
Penciled by MARIE SEVERIN with GIL KANE, JOHN BUSCEMA, JACK KIRBY, BILL EVERETT & JERRY GRANDENETTI
Cover by MARIE SEVERIN & DEAN WHITE
Brace yourself, True Believer, the Hulk is smashing his way into another monster-sized Masterworks! It’s not a happy Hulk, but it is an action-packed Hulk you’ll see face off against the Boomerang, the android Hulk-Killer — and the Abomination, in his classic first appearance! That’s only the warm-up, though! The cosmos itself shudders when the strongest man-like being in the Marvel U. battles the Silver Surfer, the Sub-Mariner and the Mighty Thor! It’s action and adventure as only Stan Lee and a host of incomparable Marvel Age artists — from Marie Severin and John Buscema to Gil Kane and Bill Everett — can bring you! Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #102 and material from TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #80-101.



S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jim Steranko: The Complete Collection

Written by STERANKO with STAN LEE & ROY THOMAS
Penciled by STERANKO with JACK KIRBY
Cover by STERANKO
Rarely before and rarely since has comics seen a talent as innovative as Steranko. Blending together influences from Pop art to Salvador Dali and Will Eisner to Wally Wood, Steranko’s boundary-breaking style is an incomparable visual language that continues to influence and inspire storytellers decades later. Now, for the first time ever, Marvel is proud to offer the complete Steranko NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. in one volume! Collecting NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (1968) #1-3 and #5, and material from STRANGE TALES (1951) #151-168.



Inhumans: The Origin of the Inhumans

Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY
Cover by JACK KIRBY
In 1965, a strange family of outcasts made their debut in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR. The uncanny Inhumans quickly became more than just another set of adversaries — and they all but took over and made the magazine their own! The mysterious origins of Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, Triton, Karnak, Crystal and Lockjaw were revealed month after month until reader demand gave them their own feature in THOR! Now, the story of the Inhumans and their wondrous, secret land Attilan is collected from the very beginning! From Medusa’s debut as a member of the Frightful Four to the battle to break the Great Barrier, it’s all here in incomparable Stan and Jack fashion! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #36, #38, #41-47, #54, #62-65 and ANNUAL #5, plus portions of #48, #50, #52 and #55-61; and material from THOR (1966) #146-152.



Iron Man Epic Collection: The Enemy Within

Written by DENNY O’NEIL, ROGER MCKENZIE, PETER B. GILLIS & RALPH MACCHIO
Penciled by CARMINE INFANTINO, PAUL SMITH, LUKE MCDONNELL, MIKE VOSBURG & JERRY BINGHAM
Cover by STEVE LIGHTLE
Things are looking grim for Tony Stark. A string of battles with Diablo, the Serpent Squad and AIM have worn him out — and when rival industrialist Obadiah Stane targets Stark International for a very hostile takeover, the urge to crawl back into the bottle becomes overwhelming. With Tony in no condition to defend his company, his most loyal friend must step up to bat. That’s right: Jim Rhodes takes over as Iron Man! But Rhodey had better figure out how to use Tony’s armor fast — because Stane, Magma, Thunderball, Firebrand and more aren’t going to give him time to learn the ropes! And while Rhodey endures his trial by fire, can Tony stop his self-destructive spiral before it’s too late? Guest-starring Captain America, Moon Knight, Black Panther, Machine Man and Nick Fury! Collecting IRON MAN (1968) #158-177 and ANNUAL #5.



Essential Avengers Volume 9

Written by STEVEN GRANT, MARK GRUENWALD, DAVID MICHELINIE, JIM SHOOTER & BILL MANTLO
Penciled by JOHN BYRNE, ARVELL JONES, SAL BUSCEMA, GEORGE PEREZ, CARMINE INFANTINO, DON NEWTON, ALAN KUPPERBERG & GENE COLAN
Cover by GEORGE PEREZ
The Avengers travel to Wundagore Mountain in search of the deadly secrets hidden in the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver’s childhoods. But what about the secret from Tony Stark’s own history, one that lies beneath Avengers Mansion itself? Then, the Avengers’ rivalry with meddling Henry Gyrich comes to a head just as the Grey Gargoyle makes his move! Fan-favorite villain the Taskmaster debuts! Immortus returns, but what are his plans for Ms. Marvel? Plus: The mad robot Ultron’s history with Earth’s mightiest heroes is a long and violent one. But this time, how is Iron Man responsible for his return — and how can he be stopped? All this — and Hawkeye gets a job! Guest-starring the Elements of Doom, Inferno and the Yellow Claw! Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #185-206 and ANNUAL #9, and material from TALES TO ASTONISH (1979) #12.

Original art: Jack Kirby for Captain America 212