Friday, July 22, 2016

See the first poster for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie

Coming Up: The Archies Complete Albums Series

Out July 29. Order for $37.99 now from Amazon.


Five CD set. At long last, all five of the sticky sweet studio albums by bubblegum pop icons The Archies gathered together in one sugar high inducing box set! Features the groovy classics "Sugar, Sugar," "Bang-Shang-A-Lang," "Jingle Jangle" and more! Each album comes in it's own individual sleeve replicating the original LP artwork, and includes a full-color booklet with extensive liner notes!

Track list:

Disc: 1
  1. Archie's Theme (Everything's Archie)
  2. Boys and Girls
  3. Time for Love
  4. You Make Me Wanna Dance
  5. La Dee Doo Down Down
  6. Truck Driver
  7. Catchin' Up on Fun
  8. I'm in Love
  9. Seventeen Ain't Young
  10. Ride, Ride, Ride
  11. Hide and Seek
  12. Bang-Shang-A-Lang

Disc: 2
  1. Feelin' So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y. D.O.O.)
  2. Melody Hill
  3. Rock & Roll Music
  4. Kissin'
  5. Don't Touch My Guitar
  6. Circle of Blue
  7. Sugar, Sugar
  8. You Little Angel, You
  9. Bicycles, Roller Skates & You
  10. Hot Dog
  11. Inside Out - Upside Down
  12. Love Light

Disc: 3
  1. Jingle Jangle
  2. Everything's Alright
  3. She's Putting Me Thru Changes
  4. Justine
  5. Whoopee Tie Ai a
  6. Nursery Rhyme
  7. Get on the Line
  8. You Know I Love You
  9. Senorita Rita
  10. Look Before You Leap
  11. Sugar and Spice
  12. Archie's Party

Disc: 4
  1. Sunshine
  2. Who's Gonna Love Me
  3. Mr. Factory
  4. Love and Rock 'N' Roll Music
  5. Over and Over
  6. Waldo P. Emerson Jones
  7. A Summer Prayer for Peace
  8. Dance
  9. Comes the Sun
  10. Suddenly Susan
  11. One Big Family
  12. It's the Summertime

Disc: 5
  1. This Is Love
  2. Don't Need No Bad Girl
  3. Should Anybody Ask
  4. Easy Guy
  5. Maybe I'm Wrong
  6. What Goes on
  7. Carousel Man
  8. Hold on to Lovin'
  9. This Is the Night
  10. Little Green Jacket
  11. Together We Two
  12. Throw a Little Love My Way

Captain America statue unveiled at San Diego Comicon

A statue of Captain America, to be placed in Brooklyn as a tribute to the character's fictional roots and his New York-born creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, was unveiled at Comicon in San Diego this week:

Take a look: Netflix teases Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Defenders series

Pop Culture Roundup: Stan Lee; The Tick; Worst World, more

We're living in the Marvel Age of recycled news. More than a year ago io9 posted a fun story about 16-year-old George R.R. Martin writing a somewhat nasty fan letter to the Fantastic Four letter column. This week, every site on the net has posted it like it's news. What gives?


Speaking of Stan, he's the subject a new interview in the Hollywood Reporter.


Amazon is updated the late, possibly in some quarters lamented, "The Tick" TV series as part of its pilot season on Aug. 19. Here's the skinny:
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. The Tick is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.

Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O'Malley's next project is a graphic novel title "Worst World," which he's promoting with this limited edition print at Comicon in San Diego.


Calvin is grooving on Marx playsets. Cuz they're awesome!


I like this cover, which will grace IDW Publishing's new ongoing Star Trek title kicking off in October.


Via the Bristol Board: Vintage Tarzan by the great Reed Crandall.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Comic Book Art: Original John Buscema cover for Conan #94

Beatles' Hollywood Bowl recordings set for reissue this fall

A cross post from The Glass Onion Beatles Journal:

The official website for the Beatles' "Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years" documentary has posted details about the reissue of the band's Hollywood Bowl recordings, which will be out this fall on CD and vinyl.

The album isn't a directed re-issue or remastering of the 1977 Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl album but a new release made from better-quality tapes of the same shows, which have been used by Giles Martin, son of the Beatles' late producer, Sir George Martin, to create a better-sounding release.

As rumored, the release includes tracks not included on the 1977 album.

Here's a look:

The Beatles’ Companion Album to New Ron Howard-Directed Feature Documentary Presents Remixed and Mastered Recordings from Three Hollywood Bowl Concerts

Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group are pleased to announce global release plans for The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl, a new album that captures the joyous exuberance of the band’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. A companion to The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about the band’s early career, The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl will be released worldwide on CD and for digital download and streaming on September 9, followed by a 180-gram gatefold vinyl LP on November 18. The album includes a 24-page booklet with an essay by noted music journalist David Fricke, and its cover art features a sunny photo taken on August 22, 1964 by The Beatles’ then-U.S. tour manager, Bob Bonis, as John, Paul, George and Ringo boarded a chartered flight from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Vancouver, BC for their first concert in Canada.

Documenting The Beatles’ Hollywood Bowl concerts on tape was no easy feat, as producer Sir George Martin explained in his album notes for 1977’s The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl: “The chaos, I might almost say panic, that reigned at these concerts was unbelievable unless you were there. Only three track recording was possible; The Beatles had no ‘fold back’ speakers, so they could not hear what they were singing, and the eternal shriek from 17,000 healthy, young lungs made even a jet plane inaudible.”

While The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl references the long out of print 1977 album, it is an entirely new release, directly sourced from the original three track tapes of the concerts. To preserve the excitement of the shows while unveiling the performances in today’s best available clarity and quality, GRAMMY Award® winning producer Giles Martin and GRAMMY Award® winning engineer Sam Okell have expertly remixed and mastered the recordings at Abbey Road Studios, including the thirteen tracks from the original album produced by Giles’ father, plus four additional, previously unreleased recordings from the momentous concerts.

“A few years ago Capitol Studios called saying they’d discovered some Hollywood Bowl three track tapes in their archive,” says Giles Martin. “We transferred them and noticed an improvement over the tapes we’ve kept in the London archive. Alongside this I’d been working for some time with a team headed by technical engineer James Clarke on demix technology, the ability to remove and separate sounds from a single track. With Sam Okell, I started work on remixing the Hollywood Bowl tapes. Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago. Now there’s improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before. My father’s words still ring true, but what we hear now is the raw energy of four lads playing together to a crowd that loved them. This is the closest you can get to being at the Hollywood Bowl at the height of Beatlemania. We hope you enjoy the show…”

Featuring rare and exclusive footage, Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years touches on the band’s Hollywood Bowl concerts and includes footage of the “Boys” performance featured on The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.

White Horse Pictures’ GRAMMY Award®-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci, and Academy Award® and Emmy Award®-winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are producing with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.

Following a world premiere event in London on September 15, the film will roll out theatrically worldwide with release dates set in the U.K., France and Germany (September 15); the U.S., Australia and New Zealand (September 16); and Japan (September 22). In the U.S., Hulu is the presenting partner for Abramorama’s theatrical release of the film, which will be available to stream exclusively to Hulu subscribers beginning September 17. Studiocanal and PolyGram Entertainment are also anchor partners on the film, having acquired U.K., France, Germany and Australia and New Zealand rights. For more information about the film, visit

The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

1. Twist and Shout [30 August, 1965]
2. She’s A Woman [30 August, 1965]
3. Dizzy Miss Lizzy [30 August, 1965 / 29 August, 1965 – one edit]
4. Ticket To Ride [29 August, 1965]
5. Can’t Buy Me Love [30 August, 1965]
6. Things We Said Today [23 August, 1964]
7. Roll Over Beethoven [23 August, 1964]
8. Boys [23 August, 1964]
9. A Hard Day’s Night [30 August, 1965]
10. Help! [29 August, 1965]
11. All My Loving [23 August, 1964]
12. She Loves You [23 August, 1964]
13. Long Tall Sally [23 August, 1964]
14. You Can’t Do That [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
15. I Want To Hold Your Hand [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
16. Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]
17. Baby’s In Black [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]

New Comics July 20, 2016

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hear a new Monkees documentary on BBC Radio 2

Streaming here.

Back in 1966 the TV & pop worlds were shaken by the arrival of the Monkees, a post-Beatles, pre-boy band sensation who took the charts by storm, selling millions of records off the back of their hugely successful TV series.
The songs - I'm A Believer, Last Train To Clarksville, Daydream Believer and many more - were instant pop classics and the Monkees - Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones - were instant pop stars.
Except that they weren't. They were actors playing a part, pretending to be a band, miming on screen and singing over other people's music. But like Pinocchio, they wanted to be real and the puppets turned, wrestling control of their records from the hands of the TV moguls and striking out on their own, a path that led them to the Sgt Pepper recording sessions, to Jimi Hendrix, to avant garde film-making and to a completely unique type of stardom.
Now, 50 years later, the Monkees are back with a big hit album full of songs written for them by the likes of Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher & Andy Partridge of XTC, alongside Neil Diamond & Harry Nilsson.
In this two part series, the Monkees tell their own story with new, exclusive interviews with the 3 surviving band members, alongside their friends, family and associates.

Video: Check out Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders

The Man - surprise, surprise - takes center stage in a new series of animated web short created for the Hollywood Reporter.

New trailer for "The Magnificent Seven" film

Fight the Power with Public Enemy action figures!

More info.

Hear two new Wilco tunes - new LP out Sept. 9

I always enjoy hearing what's new from Jeff Tweedy and co. Here are two new songs from the group's forthcoming album, Schmilco, out Sept. 9.


Comic Art: Original Gene Colan cover for Avengers #63

DVD and Blu-ray new releases July 19, 2016: Batman v. Superman; Orphan Black season 4; Miles Ahead, more

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