Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Today's best thing ever: Sharknado!

New pic: Spider-Man and Jamie Foxx as Electro square off on Entertainment Weekly cover

Here's the new Comic-Con-themed cover to Entertainment Weekly, featuring an early look at Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx from the second "Amazing Spider-Man' film, due out in April 2014.

Beatles' "Love Me Do" coming on heart-shaped vinyl

Spotted this on Amazon UK, not on Amazon US, yet.

Out July 26:

Red coloured heart shaped 7 inch vinyl. SIDE ONE - Love Me Do SIDE TWO - PS. I Love You Limited to 500 copies worldwide.

 Price averages out to a little over $24 American.

UPDATE: If you check the Amazon UK listing, you'll see that this releases comes from the appropriately named label, "Mischief Music," not EMI, which is the Beatles' official label. The earliest Beatles recordings are no in a gray out-of-copyright area in Britain, allowing releases like this. I'm sure we can expect many more non-EMI releases of Beatles music in all sorts of configurations given this free-for-all scenario.

BBC radio this week: Sherlock Holmes; The Lost World; Martin Beck; Goon Show and more!

Click the links to hear the following programs:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Noble Bachelor When a missing bride's clothes appear in a lake, the sleuth is bound to investigate.

Arthur Conan Doyle: The Lost World Professor Challenger sets out to find a lost race of creatures in the heart of the Amazon. 

The Martin Beck Killings Beck is called to Malmo, when an industrialist is shot at the city's best hotel.

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

The Man in Black A creepy raconteur, played by Mark Gatiss, introduces spooky tales.
Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone Strange, surprising Sunday evenings, the perfect journey to the Freakier Zone.

Summer comics: DC annuals of the 1960s

Giant-size annuals became a summer tradition for DC through the early 1960s, allowing readers to catch up with stories about their favorite character's reprinted from years past. Without the big Showcase and Archives collections today, it was the only way beside rare back issues for younger readers to see some of these adventures. In the1970s, the tradition continued with various "giant-size" formats.

Here's a collection of covers from those 60s annuals. Images from the Grand Comics Database:

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

DC Comics October 2013 solicitations

Highlights from DC Comics' October releases:

Written by Ivan Cohen, art and cover by Luciano Vecchio, animation art variant cover.
A new, all-ages series! Bruce Wayne spent years learning crime-fighting techniques from his butler (and former secret agent) Alfred Pennyworth. Now he's ready to take on Gotham City's criminal underground as the Batman!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 23. 

Written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III, covers by J.H. Williams III and Dave McKean.

Twenty-five years since The Sandman changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman's legendary series is back!

The Sandman: Overture heralds New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman's return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by JH Williams III, whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to The Sandman's origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, The Sandman: Overture will feature cameo appearances by รข€¨fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King's siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.

"People have often asked me what happened to Morpheus to make it possible for him to be captured in The Sandman #1," Gaiman said. "And now they get to find out. And finding out, they get to learn secrets of the Endless that I've kept to myself for 25 years. Family secrets. And I should warn you: one of the Endless dies on page five." 

The first issue of this 6-issue, bimonthly miniseries features a double-page interior foldout.
36 pages, $4.99, in stores on Oct. 30. (Combo pack edition, $5.99). 

The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime

In these adventures from his 9-issue 1970s solo series, The Joker faces villains including Two-Face, Lex Luthor, the Scarecrow and Catwoman, and battles heroes like The Creeper and Green Arrow.
176 pages, $16.99, in stores on Nov. 27.

Teaser poster for Captain America: Winter Soldier

New comics July 10, 2013: Captain America; Buck Rogers; Blake and Mortimer; Love and Rockets!

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

Essential Captain America - Volume 7

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Western Publishing Years Volume 1

The Curse of the 30 Pieces of Silver - Part 2: Blake & Mortimer: Vol. 14

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)