Saturday, December 13, 2014

Video find: Scubbing 78s with Joe Bussard



Merry Christmas from the Flintstones


Streaming of a white Christmas? Holiday favorites on Amazon Prime and Netflix

Amidst all the holiday hubbub of shopping, decorating and celebrating, it's nice to unwind by watching a classic Christmas movie or two during the season.

The nice thing about being able to stream flicks is you don't need to do a lot of advance thinking or planning - just choose what you want to see.

There are loads of holiday films on Amazon and Netflix, but here's a list of classics and top highlights.

What are your favorite holiday films? Please share in the comments.


It's A Wonderful Life (Amazon)

The Miracle On 34Th Street (Amazon)

The Bells of St. Mary's (Netflix)



White Christmas (Amazon) (also at Netflix)

Holiday Inn (Amazon)

The Bishop's Wife (1947) (Amazon)

Holiday (Amazon)

It Happened on 5th Avenue (Amazon)


Holiday Affair (Amazon)



A Christmas Carol (1938) (Amazon)

A Christmas Carol (1984) (Amazon)


A Christmas Story (Amazon)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (Amazon)


Mr. Magoo's Christmas Caron (Amazon)

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (Amazon)


It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (Amazon)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (Netflix)


How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Amazon)

Elf (Amazon)

Nightmare Before Christmas (Netflix)

Scrooged (Netflix)


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Amazon)


Nativity! (Amazon)


Christmas That Almost Wasn't (Also at Netflix)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Video: Eric Idle chats with John Cleese

The two former Pythons discuss Cleese's new memoir, "So Anway..."


Teaser for Doctor Who: Last Christmas


Comics collected editions for March 2015: Spider-Man and Thor Epics; Thor Masterwords X-Men Anniversary; Marvel's Star Wars; Hogarth's Tarzan, more

Collected editions of note for next March. Click the links to advance order discounted items from Amazon.

Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Robin Bound

Volume #22 in the Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collections Written by DAVID MICHELINIE, AL MILGROM, GERRY CONWAY & STAN LEE Penciled by MARK BAGLEY, CHRIS MARRINAN, GUANG YAP, MARIE SEVERIN, ALAN KUPPERBERG, PARIS CULLINS & ROSS ANDRU Cover by ERIK LARSEN

Spidey gets by with a little help from his friends! If he can survive a rematch with the Tri-Sentinel, this time without Captain Universe powers, Spider-Man will face a sidekick's revenge! But wait, he never had a sidekick. So who is the Secret Empire's cyborg powerhouse Midnight? To get to the bottom of this mess, the web-slinger will need to do a little old-fashioned teaming up. How's Moon Knight, Punisher, Nova, Night Thrasher and Darkhawk? Not enough names? Well, the extravaganza known as the Vibranium Vendetta has Iron Man, Black Panther, Kingpin and...hoo-boy...the metallic menace known as Ultron! How does Peter Parker handle all this action without Cardiac problems? Oops, spoke too soon!

Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #351-360 and ANNUAL #25, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #11, WEB OF SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #7 and SPIDER-MAN: FEAR ITSELF. 488 PGS.

Giant-Size X-Men 40th Anniversary

Written by LEN WEIN, CHRIS CLAREMONT, JOSS WHEDON, CHRIS YOST, ED BRUBAKER, ROY THOMAS & KURT BUSIEK Penciled by DAVE COCKRUM, JOHN BOLTON, NEAL ADAMS, RICK LEONARDI, TREVOR HAIRSINE, MARK TEXEIRA, PETE WOODS, RICH BUCKLER, RODNEY RAMOS, PAT OLLIFFE & JORGE MOLINA Cover by ALEX ROSS

Celebrate the birthday of the book that made a Giant-Size impact on comics! Revisit the fateful day that Professor X gathered an all-new, all-different, multinational mix of mutants -- as Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Banshee, Sunfire, Thunderbird and some guy named Wolverine unite with Cyclops in the rescue tale that ushered in four decades of uncanny adventures! See how the original team reacted to the newly expanded roster! Learn the tragic histories of Colossus and Wolverine! Ask yourself "What If?" they all died or never even met! And savor the explosive epic that revealed the group's true deadly genesis and the ill-fated existence of a previous team!

Collecting GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 and #3-4, CLASSIC X-MEN #1, X-MEN ORIGINS: COLOSSUS #1, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE #1, X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS #1-6, WHAT IF? (1989) #9 and #23, and material from X-MEN GOLD #1. 440 PGS.

Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk Volume 9

Written by STEVE ENGLEHART with ARCHIE GOODWIN, ROY THOMAS, STEVE GERBER & CHRIS CLAREMONT Penciled by HERB TRIMPE Cover by HERB TRIMPE

Artist Herb Trimpe is joined by writer Steve Englehart for another Hulk-sized Marvel Masterworks edition! But first, a trip to Counter-Earth, where Hulk confronts his most-hated enemy: Bruce Banner! Add in the Rhino and the Abomination, and the action and drama can't be contained! Then, Hulk heads for Canada where the X-Men's Mimic returns, and the Wendigo makes his first appearance! And Hulk's travels will take him both over land and undersea until he returns to the United States to unleash his vengeance on General Thunderbolt Ross! When the malevolent M.O.D.O.K. mutates Betty Ross into the Harpy, Hulk must save her -- even if she's now married to Glenn Talbot -- in an adventure that ends like every Hulk story ought to: with the green goliath battling giant monsters!

Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #157-170. 304 PGS.

Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 2

Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN, WALLY LOMBEGO, LARRY HAMA, MIKE W. BARR, DAVID MICHELINIE, CHRIS CLAREMONT, LOUISE SIMONSON, WALTER SIMONSON, JO DUFFY & MORE Penciled by CARMINE INFANTINO, WALTER SIMONSON, AL WILLIAMSON, JOE BROZOWSKI, RON FRENZ, GENE DAY, KERRY GAMMILL & LUKE MCDONNELL Covers by GENE DAY & GREG HILDEBRANDT

The very first STAR WARS comic-book series continues! After the events of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, loveable rogue Han Solo is lost, frozen in carbonite. But as the search for Solo begins, Imperial Forces and other troubles keep getting in the way. Princess Leia clashes with Darth Vader! Luke Skywalker goes on trial for treason! C-3PO and R2-D2 face danger on a droid moon! Lando Calrissian finds Cloud City deserted! If the Crimson Forever doesn't get the rebels, maybe the new Imperial super-weapon will! And a new member joins the gang, with a crush on a certain handsome Jedi! Meanwhile, the discovery of a gold statue of Han reveals a hidden story from his and Chewbacca's past. And who are the Hoojibs? It's Star Wars in the Mighty Marvel Manner!

Collecting STAR WARS (1977) #45-78 and ANNUAL #2. 848 PGS.

Super Villains Unite: The Complete Super Villain Team-Up

Written by ROY THOMAS, TONY ISABELLA, JIM SHOOTER, BILL MANTLO, STEVE ENGLEHART, GERRY CONWAY & PETER B. GILLIS Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA, MIKE SEKOWSKY, GEORGE EVANS, SAL BUSCEMA, HERB TRIMPE, KEITH GIFFEN, GEORGE PEREZ, JIM SHOOTER, BOB HALL, CARMINE INFANTINO & ARVELL JONES Cover by RON WILSON

The Lord of Latveria and Atlantis' Avenging Son forge the Marvel Universe's most volatile alliance! But when the Sub-Mariner regrets his decision, he finds it's not that easy to walk away from a pact with Doom. Can anything get him out of this torturous team-up? Maybe the Fantastic Four -- but probably not the Avengers, who've been enslaved by Attuma! And while Dr. Doom has his gauntlets full keeping Namor in line, the Red Skull sets his sights on Latveria! When Captain America sides with Doom, you know you're in trouble. But both Doom and the Skull plan to enslave the Earth -- and the only ones standing in their way are Magneto and the Champions! Introducing the Shroud and featuring the villainy of the Hate-Monger!

Collecting GIANT-SIZE SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #1-2, SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #1-14 and #16-17, AVENGERS (1963) #154-156, and CHAMPIONS #16. 464 PGS.

Thor Epic Collection: To Wake the Mangog

Volume #4 in the Thor Epic Collections Written by STAN LEE Penciled by JACK KIRBY Cover by JACK KIRBY

From the darkened depths rises a peril greater than any Thor has ever before faced. Mangog threatens to unsheathe the Odinsword and bring Ragnarok upon the Norse gods in this collection of Asgardian classics! And that's just the beginning -- because in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Thor, there's always another cosmic adventure around the corner! Case in point: a cosmic battle between Galactus and Ego the Living Planet; the return of "Him," the man who would come to be known as Adam Warlock; and the universe-shaking origin of Galactus! Thor's adventures get personal, too, with a surprising revelation regarding Donald Blake, the return of Jane Foster, and the dramatic dance between Balder and the Norn queen Karnilla!

Collecting THOR (1966) #154-174. 456 PGS.


Secret Agent X-9: By Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond

Dashiell Hammett (w) * Alex Raymond (a & c) The strip was a dailies-only serial. This volume collects the complete Hammett/Raymond strips, plus the subsequent stories by Raymond and Leslie Charteris, famous himself for "The Saint" novels, as well as the Charteris stories drawn by Charles Flanders. Included are strips from January 22, 1934 through October 31, 1936.


Star Slammers: The Complete Collection

Walter Simonson (w & a & c)

Before Walter Simonson's work with Marvel and DC, there was Star Slammers, a series first devised by Simonson during his college days. The Slammers would later be resurrected as a Marvel graphic novel, and then a miniseries. Simonson describes it thus: "Once upon a time, there was a race of men who could out-shoot, out-fight, and out-kill anybody. They were paid fabulous sums to act as mercenaries. The practice became so lucrative, they decided to go into business. They became the most successful businessmen in history, and they called themselves...The Star Slammers!"


The Untold History of Black Comic Books

Bill Foster, Craig Yoe (w) * Various (a & c)

A groundbreaking collection in both scope and detail, The Untold History of Black Comic Books traces the changing image of African-Americans in comic books from the 1940s right up to the present day. Perfect for fans and comic scholars alike, it includes nearly 200 pages of rarely seen classic and mainstream comics, many in full color, researched and compiled by two of America's foremost comic book historians.


Tarzan - Versus The Barbarians (Hogarth Tarzan Sundays Vol. 2)

(W) Don Garden (A/CA)

Burne Hogarth The world-famous comic strip, restored and collected for the first time in its entirety! The second of four exclusive volumes, authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate that collects the entire run of the legendary Tarzan comic strip by one of the most influential artists of the 20th-century, Burne Hogarth, reprints the final groups of strips written by Don Garden, who also collaborated with Hal Foster. The restorations are by the renowned comic strip restorer, Peter Maresca, who also worked on Titan's critically acclaimed Flash Gordon volumes. The volume contains an illustrated introduction by comics artist Thomas Yeates, who worked on Tarzan: The Beckoning and recalls his meetings with Burne Hogarth and the inspiration Hogarth gave him. Collects the stories "Tarzan and the Peoples of the Sea and the Fire," "Tarzan against Dagga Ramba," "Tarzan and the Fatal Fountain," and "Tarzan and the Barbarians," originally published between 1940 and 1943.

DC Comics Year by Year A Visual Chronicle: A Visual History

(W) Daniel Wallace & Various Trace DC's fascinating story: the company's beginnings as National Allied Publications in the 1934, and its subsequent change to Detective Comics, Inc. in 1937. The book details all the major DC publishing landmarks and more, displayed clearly, month by month. Highlighting the debuts of iconic super heroes like Superman and Batman, the geniuses that invented them, and the real-life events, like the Vietnam War, the atom bomb, and the Space Race, that shaped the atmosphere of the times, DC Comics: A Visual History follows the characters' foray into the real world through TV series and blockbuster movies. This updated and expanded edition, with 16 new pages to cover 2010-2014, features a new slipcase design along with two new prints packed inside. (STK661834) NOTE: This item may be available through other retail outlets before shipping to comic book specialty shops.


Vintage Christmas Coca-Cola ad