Saturday, April 12, 2014

Video find: Kermit the Frog and friends sing "Octopus' Garden"


Pop Artifacts: Justice League Rubb'r-Niks!





Today's Best Picture(s) Ever: Planet of the Apes behind the scenes!



New Comics Solicitations June 2014: Fantastic Four; Tarzan; Batman; Not Brand Echh; Star-Lord; Mickey Mouse; Thanos; Bryan Lee O'Malley, more!

Highlights of new collected editions coming in June.Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


Fantastic Four Epic Collection: Into the Timestream
Written by WALTER SIMONSON, DANNY FINGEROTH, LOUISE SIMONSON & CHRIS CLAREMONT Penciled by RICH BUCKLER, RON LIM, WALTER SIMONSON, REX VALVE, JACKSON GUICE, JON BOGDANOVE, TERRY SHOEMAKER, CHRIS WOZNIAK & ARTHUR ADAMS Cover by WALTER SIMONSON It's sensational Simonson storytelling for Marvel's First Family! When the FF's Congressional hearing is disrupted by dozens of vengeance-seeking villains, the famous foursome must deal with Capitol chaos! And when a time anomaly sends them into the future, will the universe fall to Galactus while the FF are clashing with Kang and Nebula? As Sharon Ventura and the Human Torch face personal crises, the Fantastic Four find themselves on a parallel Earth battling cyborg dictators and displaced dinosaurs! And the temporal madness only gets worse when the adult Franklin Richards flees to the present from the "Days of Future Past" timeline -- with Hound-master Ahab in hot pursuit! Guest-starring the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man and Death's Head! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #334-346 and ANNUAL #23; and material from NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL #6, X-FACTOR ANNUAL #5 and X-MEN ANNUAL (1970) #14.

Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Volume 16
Written by ROY THOMAS with BILL MANTLO Penciled by GEORGE PEREZ & JOHN BUSCEMA with SAL BUSCEMA & RICH BUCKLER Cover by JACK KIRBY The Crusader! The Thing cured! Luke Cage joins the FF! Hulk vs. the Thing and both of them vs. the FF! Galactus vs. the High Evolutionary! Time-traveling adventures with the Invaders! And the impossible return of an improbable guest-star! Writer Roy Thomas teams with breakout art talent George Perez, master storyteller John Buscema, and Bullpen stalwarts Sal Buscema and Rich Buckler to bring you some of the greatest FF tales of the 1970s! Trust us, True Believer, you'll know why they call it "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine" by the time you're done with this jam-packed Marvel Masterworks collection! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #164-175 and ANNUAL #11, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #20 and ANNUAL #1, and MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #11.


Marvel Masterworks: The Human Torch Volume 1
Written by STAN LEE & LARRY LIEBER with JERRY SIEGEL, ROBERT BERNSTEIN & ERNIE HART Penciled by JACK KIRBY & DICK AYERS Cover by JACK KIRBY & RICHARD ISANOVE After the debut of a quiet little magazine called FANTASTIC FOUR and a relatively unknown teen hero named Spider-Man, Mighty Marvel decided to go out on a limb and put these two risky ideas together into a featuring starring -- the Human Torch! And believe it or not, yes -- even with that kind of pedigree -- it was a sure-fire hit! Johnny Storm -- the thrill-seeking, impulsive teen wonder of the Fantastic Four -- set the world on fire in his scorchin' solo stories! Now, watch in wonder as the Torch goes to head-to-head against none other than Namor the Sub-Mariner, Spider-Man, Captain America, Paste-Pot Pete, the Wizard, the Sandman, the Living Bomb and more! If that ain't diagnosis teenage angst, then you can call me Freud! Collecting STRANGE TALES (1951) #101-117 and ANNUAL #2.

NOT BRAND ECHH MASTERWORKS VOL 1
Written by STAN LEE, ROY THOMAS, GARY FRIEDRICH, ARNOLD DRAKE & MARIE SEVERIN with STU SCHWARTZBERG, PHIL SEULING & BILL DUBAY Penciled by MARIE SEVERIN, JACK KIRBY, GENE COLAN & TOM SUTTON with DON HECK, JOHN SEVERIN, ROSS ANDRU, JIM MOONEY, DICK AYERS, JOHN VERPOORTEN, FRANK SPRINGER, STU SCHWARTZBERG, HERBTRIMPE, BILL DUBAY & RONN FOSS Cover by JACK KIRBY When Stan Lee set the tone for the Marvel Age of Comics it came with a healthy dose of humor. When fans demanded more of that Marvel mayhem, Stan, along with Jack Kirby, Gene Colan and theBullpen's mistress of mirth, Marie Severin, turned the dial up to 11 and let loose! What came blasting out was the masterpiece of Silver Age satire Not Brand Echh. Each issue came packed with Marvel's greatest talents taking a sideways look at the super heroes they made famous (and even some that they didn't!) Now, Charlie America, Scaredevil, the Revengers, Sore Son of Shmodin, the Sunk-Mariner and the one and only Forbush Man are coming at you in this unprecedented enormous Marvel Masterworks! Collecting NOT BRAND ECHH (1967) #1-13 and material from DAREDEVIL ANNUAL (1967) #1, FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL (1963) #5, SGT. FURY ANNUAL (1965) #4, AVENGERS ANNUAL (1967) #2 & AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL (1964) #5


Star-Lord
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART, CHRIS CLAREMONT, DOUG MOENCH & TIMOTHY ZAHN Penciled by STEVE GAN, JOHN BYRNE, CARMINE INFANTINO, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, GENE COLAN, TOM SUTTON & DAN LAWLIS Cover by EARL NOREM Just in time for his big-screen debut, Star-Lord's sensational seventies sci-fi sagas are collected in one volume! After aliens killed Peter Quill's mother, he became an astronaut, hoping to find the killers and take revenge -- until a fateful encounter with the Master of the Sun unlocked Quill's true destiny! Now -- as the intergalactic policeman Star-Lord -- Quill faces alien slavers, space pirates, world-destroying ships, ancient space arks, vengeful beast-men, winged cloud-riders, symbiotic planetoids and more! But how is the Master of the Sun connected to the aliens who killed Quill's mother? Plus: Peer into the future and witness the adventures of the second Star-Lord, Sinjin Quarrel! Collecting the Star-Lord material from MARVEL PREVIEW #4, #11, #14-15 and #18, and MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL #10; and MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1979) #6-7, MARVEL PREMIERE #61 and STARLORD (1996) #1-3.


Thanos: The Infinity Revelation
Written by JIM STARLIN Penciled by JIM STARLIN Cover by JIM STARLIN There is an imbalance in the universe. And since his latest return from oblivion, Thanos himself feels...incomplete. Now, the so-called Mad Titan would put both wrongs right. The revelatory waters of the Infinity Well lead Thanos on a new quest, with a once-sworn enemy at his side. A crusade that will bring confrontation with the Silver Surfer and the galaxy's mightiest heroes, the Annihilators. An odyssey that will change everything. Cosmic maestro Jim Starlin returns to his signature character in a tale of death and rebirth that will transform the Marvel Universe once more!


Annotated Sandman Vol. 3
Written by LESLIE S. KLINGER THE SANDMAN written by NEIL GAIMAN Art by JILL THOMPSON, VINCE LOCKE, P. CRAIG RUSSELL and others Cover by DAVE McKEAN Advance resolicit * On sale OCTOBER 22 * 520 pg, B&W, $49.99 US * MATURE READERS In THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN VOL. 3, Leslie Klinger provides historical insights into THE SANDMAN #40-55, plus THE SANDMAN SPECIAL #1 and "How They Met Themselves" from VERTIGO: WINTER'S EDGE #3.


Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years
Written by BILL FINGER, EDMOND HAMILTON, JOHN BROOME, DENNIS O'NEIL, ARCHIE GOODWIN, STEVE ENGLEHART, MIKE W. BARR, DOUG MOENCH, GREG RUCKA, CHUCK DIXON, PAUL DINI, SCOTT SNYDER and others Art by BOB KANE, DICK SPRANG, CARMINE INFANTINO, NEAL ADAMS, ALEX TOTH, MARSHALL ROGERS, FRANK MILLER, MICHAEL GOLDEN, ALAN DAVIS, JIM APARO, J.H. WILLIAMS III, GREG CAPULLO and others Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS Retrosolicit * On sale JULY 16 * 384 pg, FC, $39.99 US This amazing Batman best-of collection includes stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #27, 83, 211, 216, 327, 359, 395, 442, 474, 574, 633, 711, 757 and 821, BATMAN #1, 49, 181, 497, BATMAN #2 (THE NEW 52), WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #94, DC SPECIAL SERIES #21 and BATMAN SPECIAL #1!


The Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years
Written by BILL FINGER, DENNIS O'NEIL, STEVE ENGLEHART, JOHN BYRNE, J.M. DeMATTEIS, CHUCK DIXON, GREG RUCKA, PAUL DINI, TONY S. DANIELS, SCOTT SNYDER and others Art by BOB KANE, JERRY ROBINSON, JACK BURNLEY, DICK SPRANG, NEAL ADAMS, MARSHALL ROGERS, JOHN BYRNE, JIM APARO, JOE STATON, BRIAN STELFREEZE, TONY S. DANIEL, GREG CAPULLO and others Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND Retrosolicit * On sale JULY 16 * 384 pg, FC, $39.99 US It's the best of the Clown Prince of Crime in this new title featuring stories from BATMAN #1, 5, 25, 32, 85, 163, 251, 427, BATMAN #15 (THE NEW 52), DETECTIVE COMICS #64, 168, 180, 475, 476, 726, 741, 826, DETECTIVE COMICS #1 (THE NEW 52), WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #61, SUPERMAN #9 and BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #66.


Archie Archives Volume 10
Bill Woggon (W/A), Scott Fleming (W), Ray Gill (W/A), Al Fagaly (A), Bill Vigoda (A), Irving Novick (A), and Joe Edwards (A) On sale Aug 27 FC, 264 pages $59.99 HC, 6 5/8" x 10 3/16" By 1948, America's favorite teenager was headlining a radio program, a newspaper strip, and three comic books--Archie, Pep, and Laugh! Dark Horse Comics and Archie Comics are back with over 200 pages of wild wackiness from all three series' Golden Age! Collecting Archie Comics #32-#34, Pep Comics #67-#79, and Laugh Comics #27-#28!


Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Sunday Comics 1933-1935
George A. Carlin (W) and Hal Foster (A) On sale Aug 27 FC, 120 pages $125.00 HC, 15" x 20" Hal Foster is celebrated in this deluxe collection of every Tarzan Sunday strip from September 1934 through September 1936! This giant-size second volume compiles over one hundred expertly restored strips, on archive-quality paper and in gorgeous color, replicating their original appearance!

 
The Complete Elfquest Volume 1
Wendy Pini (W/A/Cover) and Richard Pini (W) On sale Aug 6 b&w, 720 pages $24.99 TP, 7" x 9 3/4" Discover the legendary ElfQuest! Chief Cutter and the Wolfriders are driven from their forest home by threat of annihilation. As they wander an ever-changing landscape in search of a new home, they are confronted by fearful and vengeful humans, power-hungry trolls, and other mysterious elfin tribes. Alliances are forged, enemies discovered, and savage battles fought in this epic fantasy adventure! Collects ElfQuest #1-#20.


Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips Volume 3 (1971-1974)
Russ Manning (w & a & c) The third volume of a four-book series collecting the entire run of the Tarzan newspaper strip by Russ Manning presents the final two complete daily storylines, plus four extended Sunday adventures. In the dailies from August 2, 1971 through July 29, 1972, Tarzan returns to the Earth's core, while Korak plays guide on the dangerous white water river. In the Sundays from January 24, 1971 through March 17, 1974, Tarzan travels to Pal-ul-don and Korak enters the City of Xuja.


Seconds: A Graphic Novel
(W) Bryan Lee O'Malley (A) Bryan Lee O'Malley, Jason Fischer (CA) Bryan Lee O'Malley The highly anticipated new standalone full-color graphic novel from Bryan Lee O'Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. Seconds is a complex and novelistic standalone story about a young restaurant owner named Katie who, after being visited by a magical apparition, is given a second chance at love and to undo her wrongs. Fans new and old will love Bryan's bold and quirky style infused with his subtle, playful humor.


Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: "Outwits The Phantom Blot" (Vol. 5) (W/A) Floyd Gottfredson $34.99 / HC / 288 pgs / PC / 10.5 x 8.75 Our latest book features Disney's greatest villain, The Phantom Blot, turning Mouseton upside down! Plus Mickey battles Pegleg Pete on the high seas and meets a powerful genie! Restored from Disney's original proof sheets, this volume also includes rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a host of Disney scholars.


Bomb Run and Other Stories
(W/A) John Severin, Will Elder, Harvey Kurtzman et al. $29.99 / HC / 264 pgs / BW / 7.25 x 10.25 The team of Harvey Kurtzman and John Severin was one of the most fruitful collaborations in the history of comics and together with Will Elder, they produced 34 dramatic and emotional war stories in just under three years. This book collects them all. Featuring the battlefields of the Roman empire and the American Revolutionary War through World War II and the Korean War. A most worthy addition to Fantagraphic's acclaimed E.C. reprint series.


Pirates In The Heartland: The Mythology Of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1
(W/A) S. Clay Wilson (ED) Patrick Rosenkranz $34.99 / HC / 224 pgs / PC / 7.5 x 11 This is the first of a three-volume biography and retrospective of the audacious S. Clay Wilson which will eventually collect all of his underground comic stories from ZAP Comix, Snatch, Gothic Blimp Works, Bogeyman, Felch, Insect Fear, Pork, Tales of Sex and Death, and Arcade as well as the adventures of the Checkered Demon, Star-Eyed Stella, and Captain Pissgums, and collaborations with William Burroughs.


Prince Valiant Volume 9: 1953-1954 (Vol. 9)
(W/A) Hal Foster; Introduction by Mark Schultz $35.00 / HC / 112 pgs / FC / 10.25 x 14 In our ninth volume, Arn becomes a warrior, Merlin is himself bewitched and Tillicum and Boltar give birth to the first interracial baby "born" in comics. Also featured is Gawain and Val's pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem and Queen Aleta's return to the Misty Isles. Foster scholar Brian M. Kane takes a look at Prince Valiant's 1954 screen adventures plus more! Once again, all pages are reproduced for the first time from Foster's personal set of color engraver's proofs.