Friday, August 08, 2014

Pop Culture Roundup: Comic book letters page logos! Bill Mantlo! George Harrison! Doctor Who!

One of the best things about comics growing up were the letters (remember T.M. Maple?) and the fun logos at the tops of the letter pages. Here's a gallery from the Longbox Graveyard.

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Marvel Studios arranged a special showing of "Guardians of the Galaxy" for Rocket Raccoon creator Bill Mantlo, who was badly disabled several years ago after being hit by a car while rollerblading. Marvel also has done the right thing by providing some medical assistance to Mantlo.
Michael Mantlo, who runs Bill's Facebook group, posted about the experience. "Bill thoroughly enjoyed [the film], giving it his highest compliment (the big "thumbs up!"), and when the credits rolled, his face was locked into the hugest smile I have ever seen him wear (along with one or two tears of joy)!"

...Marvel, who reportedly made a donation to Mantlo's medical fund when they purchased the rights to the character, also provided Rocket's creator with an on-screen credit in the film.  
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Everyone needs a ukelele, said George Harrison.

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A Doctor Who "world tour" kicked off in Cardiff, Wales, this week, where the show is produced. New Doctor Peter Capaldi and companion Jenna Coleman were on hand, along with assorted Daleks and Cybermen.


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Jack Kirby's granddaughter, Jillian,  is continuing her efforts to help comic book creators in need via her Kirby4Heroes campaign.
On Aug. 28 — what would have been Kirby’s 97th birthday — a selection of comics retailers across the country will donate a portion of their day’s sales to the Hero Initiative as part of the Kirby4Heroes drive.
Here's a new video on the effort:


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