Friday, February 27, 2015

Pop culture roundup: Wonder Woman; Lego; Tom Wilson; Duck Tales; The Saint

Take a peek at Wonder Woman '77 a new series that debuts online this week from DC Comics and which will be collected later in print. Inspired by the 1970s TV series starring Lynda Carter, it follows on the heels of DC's fun Batman '66 series, inspired by the Adam West show.

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Lego artist Nathan Sawaya, whose work was featured in the recent Academy Awards performance of "Everything is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie," will create sculptures of DC Comics heroes for a new traveling exhibit.
 “The Art of the Brick: DC Comics” will showcase Sawaya’s interpretations of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, the Joker, the Penguin and Harley Quinn as sculptures, as well as their vehicles and environments in galleries.
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Good article on Tom Wilson, the African American record producer behind classic LPs by Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Frank Zappa and the Velvet Underground.


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The Disney XD channel plans an update of the beloved-by-many "Duck Tales" series focusing on Uncle Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and his nephews. It's set to air in 2017.
“‘DuckTales’ has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history,” Marc Buhaj Disney XD’s senior vice president, programming and general manager said in a statement. “It drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment hat connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”
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Britain's ITV network is reviving spy series "The Saint," based on the novels of Leslie Charteris. A pre-Bond Roger Moore starred as Simon Templar, the title character, in the 1960s version.
“There is a post-Breaking Bad appetite for morally grey characters,” says producer Ed Whitmore, who's also penned the upcoming ITV serial Arthur & George based on Julian Barnes’ book about a real-life case involving Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

“Simon Templar is a kind of Robin Hood figure, he's timeless,” he adds.
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Bill Schelly, who's published excellent books about the history of comics fandom and comics great Joe Kubert, has a new volume out soon focusing on Mad Magazine founder Harvey Kurtzman. You can read an excerpt here.


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