Saturday, September 07, 2013

Don't get swindled buying your Batmobile

You need a sweet ride for your new 1966-style Batman and Robin figures, but some sites are charging $100 and up for the Batmobile Mattel designed for them.

Hold onto your credit card, though, because the best price we've seen is at Toys'R'Us online, where you can get the car  for a still pricey, but far more reasonable $59.99.

Let us know in the comment threads if you've found a better deal and where.

Here are some customer pics:





Vintage pictures of Jean Shrimpton







Friday, September 06, 2013

Beatles infographic details which Fab played what

This trio of infographics is a fun visual depiction of each Beatles' musical contributions to the Fab Four's songs. What to know which tune Paul overdubbed claves on? Follow the line!




New Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promo


Pop culture roundup: Miyazaki; Spider-Man; Captain Beefheart; Beatles; Harvey Kurtzman, more!

Sad news: Japanese director/animator Hayao Miyazaki plans to retire after the release of his film, "The Wind Rises," this year.
Miyazaki, who won a lifetime achievement award from the Venice film festival in 2005, previously retired following the international success of Princess Mononoke, but returned to direct Spirited Away four years later and then stepped in to take charge of Howl's Moving Castle when original director Mamoru Hosoda unexpectedly quit the production. The Wind Rises, his 11th feature-length film, is a fictionalised biography of Jiro Horikoshi, who designed Japanese fighter planes during the second world war.


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Best dad ever? An Ohio man sold his copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1 to fund his daughter's wedding ceremony. 
The Spider-Man comic was not in perfect condition, but was in good enough shape to contribute $7,000 towards the cost of the wedding.
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Dangerous Minds offers up some guitar-playing tips from the late, great Captain Beefheart.
2. Your guitar is not really a guitar.
Your guitar is a divining rod. Use it to find spirits in the other world and bring them over. A guitar is also a fishing rod. If you’re good, you’ll land a big one.


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Faith in humanity department: A Beatles tour guide in Liverpool took it upon himself to restore the gates to the Strawberry Fields Salvation Army Home property to their original red after they'd been painted yellow by a vandal a week or two back. Unfortunately, the Salvation Army is a little uptight about this unsanctioned act of good will.
A spokesman for the Salvation Army said: “While we understand the motivation of the individual who painted the replica gates to Strawberry Field, we are very disappointed that they have been vandalised again. We will be restoring the replica gates, which were installed in 2011 to protect the original gates from damage, to their original condition as soon as possible. We will assist the police in any investigations they wish to conduct into these incidents.”
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Speaking of the Beatles (and we tend not to ever shut up about them), check out this vocals-only mix of the Abbey Road medley:



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The Comics Journal has an overview of the anti-war war comics written and sometimes illustrated by the great cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman for EC in the 1950s, which were recently republished in a collection by Fantagraphics.
Before Kurtzman, war comics, wrote William W. Savage, in Comic Books in America 1945-1954, confined themselves to expressing “the virtue of the American cause and the sterling qualities of the American fighting men… (T)hey questioned nothing; and they dealt almost exclusively in happy… endings.” Kurtzman conveyed his counter-message by exercising a degree of control over his books that made him an auteur before Francoise Truffaut let anyone know such a thing existed.


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Fab Friday: Vintage Beatles pics

Focus on Paul.