Friday, February 12, 2016

Pop Culture Roundup: Fantastic Four; Murphy Anderson; MTV's 120 Minutes; Thunderbirds are Go on Amazon, more!

Via Booksteve, these Jack Kirby splash pages from Fantastic Four are mini-masterpieces.

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A nice tribute to the late, great DC Comics artist Murphy Anderson.
From 1969-71 Murphy Anderson and Neal Adams were DC’s de-facto cover artists. In a rare pairing they created one of the most enduring comic book images of all time, with Superman soaring high above an aerial photograph of the city. There was seemingly no storyline Murphy couldn’t encapsulate with a compelling image: Captain Cold gloating over the death of The Flash, savages overwhelming America’s Justice League, Superman witnessing his girlfriend’s marriage to Satan, Lois Lane transforming herself into a black woman for the day.
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Kinda cool: I have fond memories of MTV's "120 Minutes" which, in the days of Duran Duran and the Thompson Twins, was an oasis of what ultimately became "alternative" music. This site presents an archive of the series with links to full episodes and to the individual music videos they featured.


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Good news for stoners who are sick of "The Wizard of Oz": Apparently "Star Wars the Force Awakens" also syncs up with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of Moon.
When Poe (Oscar Isaac) wakes up in Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) torture chamber, the lyrics of “The Great Gig in the Sky” go, “I’m not afraid of dying/ Anytime will do,” and the song’s scream happens right as Poe opens his own mouth.
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Amazon Prime plans to air three 13-episodes of a new CGI series based on Gerry Anderson's "Thunderbirds."
“Thunderbirds Are Go!” stars Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) as Lady Penelope, Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Love Actually,” “Game of Thrones”) as Gordon Tracy and John Tracy, Rasmus Hardiker as Alan Tracy and Scott Tracy, David Menkin as Virgil Tracy, Sandra Dickinson as Grandma Tracy, Kayvan Novak (“Four Lions”) as mechanical genius Brains, Andres Williams as the villainous Hood, and David Graham reprising his role as manservant/IR agent Parker.


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Via Slay Monstrobot: Simon and Kirby and zombies.


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