Saturday, September 27, 2014

Marvel finally settles with Jack Kirby Estate

No details on the arrangement, but Marvel Comics has finally reached a financial settlement with the Jack Kirby Estate over rights to the many characters Kirby co-created - including Captain America, the Avengers, X-Men, Hulk and Fantastic Four.

The U.S. Supreme Court was to consider taking up the case on Monday, but the settlement sidesteps that potential showdown. According to the New York Times:
Marvel said in a statement: “Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”  
Mr. Kirby died in 1994. Disney directed calls to a Marvel spokesman, who declined to provide additional comment. A lawyer for the Kirby family, Marc Toberoff, and one of the litigants, Neal Kirby, Mr. Kirby’s son, did not respond to email queries.

Video find: The Animals perform "House of the Rising Sun"



Vintage Beatles ads



Today's Best Picture Ever: Christopher Lee


Friday, September 26, 2014

Pop Culture Roundup: Allen Ginsberg; comic book greats

Get a history of the Beat movement, straight from Allen Ginsberg (via Open Culture).

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Via Dave Gibbons, here's a great "jam" by a whole slew of comic book greats.



  • Tom Sutton - Vampirella
  • Ernie Chan - Hulk
  • Ramona Fradon - Plastic Man
  • Kurt Schaffenberger - The Original Captain Marvel
  • Jack Kirby & Joe Sinnott - Captain America
  • Michael Golden & Joe Sinnott - Ant Man
  • Curt Swan & Wally Wood - Superman
  • Joe Staton & Dick Giordano - Wonder Woman
  • John Byrne & Terry Austin - Spider-Man
  • Gene Colan & Klaus Janson - Howard the Duck
  • ??? & Dave Simons - Doll Man
  • Jim Steranko & Joe Rubinstein - Nick Fury
  • Jim Aparo - Batman
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Fab Friday: Vintage Beatles magazines













Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Teaser and pics for Doctor Who: The Caretaker

Here's a look at this week's episode of "Doctor Who."










Pop Artifact: Famous comics artists play the Graffiti Game with Superman!

New comics and more Sept. 24, 2014: Flash Omnibus; T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Best of Wally Wood; Spider-Man Epic Collection; Thor Masterworks 5; Barbarella; Donald Duck Ghost of the Grotto; Warren Commission Report graphic novel, more

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


The Flash Omnibus Vol. 1
This massive title collects the earliest Silver Age adventures of The Flash, just in time for his debut as the star of the new series THE FLASH on the CW network. Stories include the origin of The Flash, the first appearances of his sidekick, Kid Flash, fellow detective The Elongated Man, and much more. 
Collects SHOWCASE #4, 8, 13 and 14 and THE FLASH #105-132.

Comics legend Wally Wood provided art and covers for many T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents stories, and this volume pulls the best together into one outstanding collection. Currated by fellow T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents creators and featuring an introduction by Michael Uslan.

In 1962, in the pages of a comic book slated for cancellation, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko gave birth to one of the most enduring icons in American popular culture - the one and only Amazing Spider-Man! Turning the concept of a super hero on its head, they imbued the young, guilt-ridden Peter Parker with the fantastic powers of an arachnid and the fantastic pressures of an everyday teenager. The combination was pure magic. With this Epic Collecti on you can leap into Spider-Man's web-slinging world from the very beginning.
COLLECTING: AMAZING FANTASY (1962) 15, AMAZING SPIDERMAN (1963) 1-17, ANNUAL (1964) 1 (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL. 1)

A masterpiece of immortal action, cosmic scope, and boundless drama, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Thor marks a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe - and in this collection they kick their efforts up a cosmic notch! It begins when Thor is captured by Rigellian colonizers and pitted against Ego, the Living Planet! The action continues non stop from there as Thor faces the High Evolutionary and his man-beasts, battles Ulik the Troll in the underearth menace's first appearance, and confronts the unstoppable Destroyer! There's a soft spot to these tales too, as Thor struggles to reconcile his love for the mortal Jane Foster.
COLLECTING: Thor (1966) 131-140, Annual (1966) 2

Barbarella: Collector's Edition
Jean-Claude Forest's timeless erotic sci-fi classic - from which the cult-favorite movie of the same name stems from - is now available as a deluxe limited and numbered Coffee Table edition. Featuring a brand new, contemporary English-language adaptation by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Marvel's Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble, Dark Horse's Ghost, Image's Pretty Deadly)


The Ghost Of The Grotto: Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck
This world-famous Carl Barks/Donald Duck comics adventure has been repackaged to be more kid-friendly.
One of Donald Duck’s most famous adventures leads off our new line of affordable kid-sized Donald Duck books: just-right half-height books packed with fun, laughs, and adventure in every 96-page edition. Each story is complete with all the original story and art (no panels have been dropped or altered). In “Donald Duck and the Ghost of the Grotto,” Donald and his nephews try to harvest kelp at Skull-Eye Reef in the West Indies but are soon menaced by a ducknapping ghost in armor who is determined to carry out a centuries-old curse and a giant octopus who — well, what do you think giant octopuses do? Plus “Fireman Donald” and a second bonus story, all written and drawn by Disney Legend Carl Barks! Full color.


Within days of the murder of President John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson appointed a seven-member commission to investigate the assassination. In its report, the Warren Commission determined that there was “no credible evidence” conflicting with its conclusion of a lone gunman. Artist Ernie Col√≥n, bestselling illustrator of The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, teams up with author Dan Mishkin to provide a unique means of testing the commission’s findings, unraveling conflicting narratives side by side through graphic-novel techniques. The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination breaks down how decisions in the days that followed the assassination not only shaped how the commission reconstructed events but also helped foster the conspiracy theories that play a part in American politics to this day.