Friday, June 14, 2013

Entertainment Weekly looks back at Superman history: Neal Adams cover!

This week's issue of Entertainment Weekly features a historical overview of Superman in pop culture, all wrapped up in a great cover by none other than the great Neal Adams. Check it out.




Marvel Comics September 2013 solicitations

Highlights from Marvel's September offerings. Click the links to pre-order discounted items from Amazon.


Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Strange Tales Volume 6

Written by VARIOUS
Penciled by STEVE DITKO, GRAY MORROW, JOE ORLANDO, REED CRANDALL, GENE COLAN, PAUL REINMAN, ROBERT Q. SALE, JOE SINNOTT, BOB POWELL, JOHN FORTE, JAY SCOTT PIKE, ANGELO TORRES, BILL BENULIS & MORE
Cover by BILL EVERETT
The link between the Atlas Era and the Marvel Age draws ever closer with our sixth scare-filled collection of STRANGE TALES! Behind some of the most beautiful cover art in Bill Everett’s storied career, each issue is packed with twist-ending tales that thrill and horrify. There are aliens, astronauts, girls, gangsters, police and poltergeists prepared to amaze you following every page turn. With artwork by a who’s who of 1950s talent — from Ditko and Colan to Orlando and Crandall — it’s as much a feast for the eyes as a shock to the senses. So reserve your copy today, or risk a comeuppance worse than death: no Strange Tales in your Masterworks library! Collecting STRANGE TALES (1951) #49-57.


Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales to Astonish Volume 1 TPB

Written by STAN LEE & LARRY LIEBER
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, STEVE DITKO, DON HECK, JOE SINNOTT, JOHN BUSCEMA, CARL BURGOS, AL WILLIAMSON, JACK DAVIS, PAUL REINMAN, BOB FORGIONE, JOHN FORTE, DICK AYERS, MATT BAKER & DOUG WILDEY
Cover by JACK KIRBY & MICHAEL KELLEHER
The Marvel Masterworks have brought you stories from the Marvel Age’s super-hero heyday and comic books’ Golden Age. Now, prepare yourself for the Atlas Era! Throughout the 1950s the comics world sat astride the shoulders of Atlas — a world full of gun-fighting outlaws, romantic heartbreak, gritty battlefields, terrifying horror and visionary science fiction. In TALES TO ASTONISH, we take you back to the days when giant atomic monsters roamed the Earth and alien invasions were a daily occurrence. Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and a host of top talents introduce you to the Ninth Wonder of the World, the Things on Easter Island, Mummex the King of the Mummies and more. Prepared to be astonished! Collecting TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #1-10.


Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus Volume 2

Written by JOHN BYRNE, MARK GRUENWALD & ROGER STERN
Penciled by JOHN BYRNE, MARK BRIGHT, JERRY ORDWAY & RON WILSON
Covers by JOHN BYRNE
Superstar John Byrne’s legendary run concludes with one of the most innovative periods in Fantastic Four history! The sensational She-Hulk replaces the Thing, Sue Richards becomes the Invisible Woman, and Mr. Fantastic is tried for crimes against the universe! Also featuring the return of Dr. Doom, the fate of Reed and Sue’s unborn child, the resurrection of Jean Grey, and more — as the FF confront deadly foes including the Mole Man, Dr. Octopus, Terminus, the Beyonder, Mephisto, Psycho-Man and Annihilus! Plus: the unfinished “Last Galactus Story,” reprinted for the first time! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #261-295 and ANNUAL #18-19, ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #4, THING (1983) #10 and #19, and AVENGERS ANNUAL #14; and material from SECRET WARS II #2, EPIC ILLUSTRATED #26-34, WHAT IF? (1977) #36, WHAT THE-?! #2 and #10, THING (1983) #7, FANTASTIC FOUR ROAST, and FANTASTIC FOUR SPECIAL EDITION #1.


Avengers: Kree/Skrull War (New Edition)
Written by ROY THOMAS
Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA, NEAL ADAMS
& JOHN BUSCEMA
Cover by NEAL ADAMS
A conflict of star-spanning proportions — with Earth caught in the crossfire! For those eternal intergalactic enemies, the merciless Kree and the shape-changing Skrulls, have gone to war, and our planet is situated on the front lines! Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, bring about an end to the fighting before humanity becomes a casualty of war? And what good are even a dozen super-powered champions against the vast military machines of two of the great empires of the cosmos? The key to victory lies with the expatriate Kree Captain Mar-Vell — and his human host, honorary Avenger Rick Jones! Featuring the trend-setting artwork of Neal Adams, the Kree/Skrull War is universally acknowledged as one of the finest and most important sagas in the Marvel canon. Guest-starring the Fantastic Four, Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.! Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #89-97.


Essential Thor Volume 7

Written by LEN WEIN, DAVID ANTHONY KRAFT, STEVE ENGLEHART & ROGER STERN
Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA, PABLO MARCOS, TONY DEZUNIGA, WALTER SIMONSON & SAL BUSCEMA
Cover by JOHN BUSCEMA
Get ready for the most exciting Thor epics yet — from scintillating ’70s space operas to today’s most popular Hollywood heroes! High fantasy abounds when Thor and his Silver Screen sidekicks, Sif and the Warriors Three, go a-questing to save Asgard and rescue All-Father Odin! Watch as Thor takes on two technological terrors with a little help from Iron Man and the billion-dollar, blockbusting Avengers! Journey into the mythic past as Thor battles Hercules, the Prince of Power! And then make the jump to light speed as the Thunder God teams up with the soon-to-be Marvel movie mega-stars the Guardians of the Galaxy! Guest-starring matinee idols Tony Stark, Nick Fury and the ever-loving Loki! All this and Trogg, too! Collecting THOR (1966) #248-271 and ANNUAL #5-6.

Man of Steel Week: Superman '78!

It only took 40 years, but Superman finally made his full-length feature debut on movie screens in 1978. It was a huge phenomenon at the time, coming right on the heels of "Star Wars."

Marlon Brando was paid a million bucks for a few minutes of screen time as Superman's father, Jor-el. The special effects were groundbreaking for the time. "You'll believe a man can fly," the tagline promised.

It was the first big superhero movie and, in many way, made possible all the many current superhero films, good and bad, in our theaters.

The effects now look a little cheesy, as happens. But the film otherwise holds up very well. The charming, knowing performance of Christopher Reeve is indelible.

Here's a look back at some imagery from that time:










Pop Culture Roundup: Comic Reader 'zine! Disneyland under construction! Jack Kirby's Argo!

Jon's Random Acts of Geekery posts three full 1970s issues of the Comics Reader fanzine. Long before the day when the Previews catalog offered up info about upcoming comics, this zine gave serious collectors and readers the inside scoop on new releases.

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Via BoingBoing: Rare footage of Disneyland under construction.



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Cap'n's Comics presents some great scans of Jack Kirby's conceptual art for "Lords of Light," the fake sci-fi film depicted in "Argo."

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Teaser video for Ringo Starr's new e-book of rare Beatles pics

Ringo was quite the shutterbug during his Beatles days. Now he shares some of his rare shots in a new e-book. It'll be out later as a pricey limited edition, too.




Man of Steel Week: Superman vs. Muhammad Ali!

Continuing our look back at Superman history:

Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali was one of those great tabloid size "collectors editions" published by DC Comics in the 1970s (Marvel had its similarly sized "treasury editions') and teamed up two of the 20th century's most-iconic figures.

Published in 1978 and written and illustrated by Neal Adams with some story help from Dennis O'Neill, the comic features the two heavyweights in a boxing match arranged by an alien who wants to identify Earth's greatest champion. To make sure it's a fair fight, Superman's powers are deactivated. It's the ultimate "could so-and-so beat up so-and-so in a fight?" story!

The art is great, and the comic is especially well-remembered for its cover, which portrayed a crowd of celebrities watching the big match, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, the Beatles, Johnny Carson, various DC Comics heroes and staffers, the, um, Jackson Five and the cast of Welcome Back Kotter among many others. Hey! It was the 70s!

Here's that great cover along with some other great images related to the book (including some pages from a Spanish edition). Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali is now available as a hardcover reprint.