Thursday, November 06, 2014

Preview pics and video: Doctor Who - Death in Heaven

A look at this week's season finale for "Doctor Who."









Rolling Stone's mini-documentary about Big Pink and the Basement Tapes

Just posted, Rolling Stone mag and former member of the Band Garth Hudson visit Big Pink, the West Saugerties, N.Y., house where the Band and Bob Dylan recorded the famed "Basement Tapes," released this week in complete form in a new box set.



Jimi Hendrix puppet cover!

Via RecordMecca: A mint copy of Track Records' release of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsies album, featuring the withdrawn "puppet" cover art. Creepy but cool!

Info:
The earliest copies of Band of Gypsys featured this cover, picturing puppets of Hendrix, Brian Jones, Bob Dylan and English DJ John Peel.  Reportedly Peel complained and the cover was withdrawn and replaced with a live photo of Hendrix. 



Pop Artifact: Avengers Battle the Earth-Wrecker paperback



Today's best picture ever: Walt Disney



Wednesday, November 05, 2014

New clip from Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off "Agent Carter"

Show premieres in January on ABC.


Bill Watterson creates poster for French comics festival

Here's the poster Calvin and Hobbes cartoonist Bill Watterson created for the Angoulême comic festival in France.


Pop artifacts: Vintage Archie Comics buttons


Today's best picture ever: Davy Jones and Sonny Liston


New comics collections for January 2015: Avengers Vibranium Collection; Fantastic Four Omnibus 3; Avengers Masterworks 15; Nick Fury; Oz; Shazam; Tarzan; Steve Canyon; Wally Wood

Highlights. Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


Avengers: The Vibranium Collection
Written by STAN LEE, ROY THOMAS, JIM SHOOTER, ROGER STERN, STEVE ENGLEHART, KURT BUSIEK, GEOFF JOHNS, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & JONATHAN HICKMAN Penciled by JACK KIRBY, JOHN BUSCEMA, JOHN BYRNE, DAVE COCKRUM, GEORGE PEREZ, OLIVIER COIPEL, DAVID FINCH & JEROME OPENA Slipcase by ALEX ROSS Cover by JOE QUESADA 
The Earth's mightiest Avengers stories -- assembled in one super-sized, slipcased volume! Witness the fateful day when five heroes unite! Cheer as Captain America lives again! Watch the old order changeth for the first time, and learn that even an android can cry! See Ultron, Count Nefaria, Kang and the Red Skull take their best shots at the Avengers -- and gasp as the Masters of Evil lay siege to the mansion! Welcome Spider-Man and Wolverine to a very new roster, then completely lose count as Cap and Iron Man expand the team to safeguard an Avengers World! It's Marvel's biggest heroes and comics' biggest names, packed with dozens of extra features! Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #1, #4, #16, #57-58, #164-166 and #273-277; GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS (1974) #2; AVENGERS (1998) #19-22 and #65-70; NEW AVENGERS (2005) #1-6; and AVENGERS (2012) #1-3. 776 PGS.

Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 3
Written by STAN LEE Penciled by JACK KIRBY Covers by ALEX ROSS & JACK KIRBY 
Under Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, FANTASTIC FOUR earned the tagline "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine." And there's no doubting it when you read the adventures they have in store for you in their third Omnibus collection! It's one history-making hit after another -- the first appearances of the Kree, Annihilus and "Him" (a.k.a. Adam Warlock); team-ups with the Inhumans and Silver Surfer; and the birth of Franklin Richards! Add in classic enemies Dr. Doom, the Mole Man and Galactus -- and Crystal's first outing as a member of the FF -- and you know what? "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine" is an understatement. These are some of the greatest adventures of all time! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #61-93 and ANNUAL #5-7, and material from NOT BRAND ECHH #5-7. 952 PGS.

Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Volume 15
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART with TONY ISABELLA Penciled by GEORGE PEREZ & GEORGE TUSKA with DON HECK & KEITH POLLARD Cover by GIL KANE 
Earth's Mightiest Heroes have put out a call for new members -- and into their ranks come the Beast, Hellcat and Moondragon! With the return of Captain America, Yellowjacket and the Wasp, it makes for one of the greatest Avengers teams of all time! And they're going to need every last one of them to overcome the challenges ahead. When the cosmic Stranger attacks and the Wasp is critically injured in battle, the Avengers must save the life of one of their own while struggling to save themselves! Then comes one of the greatest Avengers sagas of all time: In a time-traveling adventure, Earth's Mightiest must team with the Marvel heroes of the old West in a fight to overcome Kang and the Squadron Sinister! Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #136-149 and MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #7.

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Classic Volume 2
Written by BOB HARRAS & DG CHICHESTER Penciled by MICHAEL BAIR, KEITH POLLARD, BILL JAASKA, HERB TRIMPE & JACKSON GUICE Cover by KEITH POLLARD 
There's never a dull day at S.H.I.E.L.D. Not when there's the latest Helicarrier to launch and fresh agents to whip into shape. And definitely not when Madame Hydra lures Nick Fury and the team to her new base, where the Yellow Claw lies in wait! But it's not all bad news -- not when Nick's staunchest ally, a certain death-defying dependable, makes his glorious return! If the S.H.I.E.L.D. team can survive their Hydra Affair, they'll face an Apogee of Disaster in space when the nightmare named Lohan goes techno-viral. Good thing the Fantastic Four are on hand to lend their extraterrestrial expertise! The deadliest threats of all lie in wait. though, when Baron Von Strucker is reborn -- at the hands of the Red Skull! Collecting NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (1989) #12-23. 288 PGS.


Oz: The Emerald City of Oz
Adapted by JOE CARAMAGNA Written by ERIC SHANOWER Penciled by SKOTTIE YOUNG Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG 
The Eisner Award-winning team of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young bring you the best Oz series yet! Uncle Henry, Aunt Em and Dorothy must leave their Kansas home -- but where can they go? To Oz, of course! Dorothy and the Wizard take Em and Henry on a grand tour -- but will anyone in Oz be left alive after the Nomes attack, allied with the disagreeable Growleywogs and the evil shape-shifting Phanfasms? Ozma discovers the Nome Army's impending invasion, but too late -- and she, Dorothy, the Tin Woodman and their friends can only watch helplessly as the Nome King's hordes pour into the Emerald City. But the Scarecrow has a plan to save the day, and Glinda the Good has another! Can they rescue the Land of Oz from destruction? Collecting THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ #1-5. 120 PGS.


Shazam!: A Celebration of 75 Years
Written by OTTO BINDER, DENNIS O'NEIL, GEOFF JOHNS and others Art by C.C. BECK, KURT SCHAFFENBERGER, GARY FRANK and others Cover ALEX ROSS 
DC Comics celebrates the World's Mightiest Mortal in this new collection starring Captain Marvel and his extended crimefighting family: Captain Marvel Jr., Mary Marvel, Tawky Tawny and more, plus villains Dr. Sivana, Mr. Mind, Black Adam and others!


Steve Canyon Volume 5: 1955-1956
Milton Caniff (w & a & c) 
Milton Caniff's square-jawed hero is back in the Orient and crossing paths with old friends and new enemies. Doe Redwood and the Hall family reappear on the scene, as does another young friend who is working hard to grow up. There are also more hearts and flowers in store within the tangled web that ensnares Steve, Summer Olson, and Copper Calhoon, while Happy Easter returns stateside but ends up having a Gay old time on the Savannah. As 1956 races to a conclusion, a new member of the Canyon clan steps on-stage--get ready to meet Cousin Poteet!


Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips Volume 4 (1974-1979)
Russ Manning (w & a & c)
In the series conclusion, the final nine Sunday storylines by Russ Manning, in which Tarzan returns to Opar, Pellucidar, and Castra Sanguinarius, while Korak finds himself at the Sacred Lake of Krackao and the Elephants' Graveyard. Collecting the complete strips run from March 24, 1974 through June 24, 1979.


Spawn of Mars and Other Stories
by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein
This highly anticipated collection features over two dozen science fiction stories brimming with Wallace Wood's meticulously detailed, genre-defining brushwork. Included are titles like "Spawn of Mars," "The Dark Side of the Moon," "A Trip to a Star," "The Invaders," "The Secret of Saturn's Ring," and "The Two-Century Journey." Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars and Other Stories features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Plotting by spreadsheet: J.K. Rowling's handwritten notes for Harry Potter

Nice post over at Open Culture looks at how J.K. Rowling used a hand-written spreadsheet to outline Harry Potter novels.




Another look at Bernie Wrightson's "Frankenstein"

The Golden Age shares some of Bernie Wrightson's gorgeous artwork for a 1970s edition of Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein." Turns out the book is in print, and also available via Kindle, from Dark Horse Comics.



When Stan the Man took to his Soapbox - against bigotry

Shared on Marvel editor Tom Breevort's Tumblr today, a memorable "Stan's Soapbox" missive from the the great Stan Lee.



Vintage ad: Beech-Nut Gum


Today's best picture ever: Sean Connery


New comics Nov. 5, 2014: Superman Golden Age Sundays 1946-49; Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus; Fantastic Four by Hickman Vol. 2; Modesty Blaise Grim Joker

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

Superman: The Golden Age Sundays 1946-1949
This second book in the Superman Sundays series collects nearly 170 sequential Sunday pages that have never been reprinted. These classic comics, beginning August 11, 1946 and continuing through October 16, 1949, fill another major gap in the Superman mythos. In a full eighteen adventures, Superman's travels take him around the globe, as well as through time and space.


In late 1939, the fledgling Timely Comics published MARVEL COMICS #1 -- introducing the Human Torch, Sub-Mariner and more to an unsuspecting populace. Seventy-five years later, Marvel Comics has become a world-renowned multi-media empire, home to some of the most recognizable and beloved fictional characters ever known. Now, the cream of the crop is presented in one deluxe, oversized hardcover! That's right, it's the best of the best from Marvel's 75-year publishing history -- from the Golden Age to Marvel NOW! -- as chosen by you, the loyal fans! So face front, True Believers, and prepare to relive 75 years of greatness as only Mighty Marvel could do it!

Collecting: Fantastic Four (1961) #1, #48-50 & #285; Hulk (1962) #1; Avengers (1963) #1 & #57; Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #31-33, #50 & #121-122; Incredible Hulk (1968) #181; Giant-Size X-Men #1; X-Men (1963) #141; Uncanny X-Men (1981) #142; Daredevil (1964) #181; Marvel Graphic Novel #1 & #5; Thor (1966) #337; Marvels #1; Thunderbolts (1997) #1; Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #36; The Ultimates (2002) #1; Captain America (2005) #25; Hawkeye (2012) #11 and material from Captain America Comics (1941) #1, Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15, and Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #248 & #700 -- this massive omnibus features some of the most iconic Marvel stories of all time!

Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman revamps and redefines Marvel's First Family! The War of Four Cities escalates, with the Future Foundation caught in the middle! But as the Inhumans return to Earth and Annihilus' forces and the Kree armada lay siege to the planet, will the coming of Galactus turn the tide...or doom us all? As the Future Foundation contends with the Council of Reeds and the Mad Celestials, Valeria turns to their greatest foe! Find out why all hope lies in Doom! And in the aftermath of an endgame beyond imagination, the FF explore the furthest reaches of the Marvel Universe - from Wakanda to the Negative Zone, from the past to the future! And as the Fantastic Four are reunited, Hickman's groundbreaking run comes to an explosive end!

COLLECTING: FF 6-23; FANTASTIC FOUR 600-611, 605.1

As dangerous as she is desirable, Modesty Blaise, the cult creation of best-selling writer Peter O’Donnell, returns for three more devastating adventures! Features the classic stories ‘The Grim Joker’, ‘A Present for the Princess’ and ‘Black Queen’s Pawn’, written by Peter O’Donnell and beautifully illustrated by Enric Badia Romero!