Friday, May 08, 2009

July comics solicitations: more good stuff

Along with the DC and Marvel comics solicitations for July 2009 already published, here are some other items of interest. Click the links to order discounted books from Amazon.

Neil Kleid (W), Joe Harris (W), Dan Braun (W), Mike Woods (W), Angelo Torres (A), Bernie Wrightson (A), Jason Shawn Alexander (A), Eric Powell (Covers), and others On sale July 15 b&w, 48 pages $4.99 Ongoing What's black-and-white and clawing its way onto your reading list? It's the newly resurrected Creepy, of course! Now, don't fret, my putrid pets - these new terror tales are cut from the same cursed cloth as the outlandish originals, telling contemporary horror stories with gorgeously ghoulish art from a lineup that'll make you lose your head! Original Creepy artist Angelo Torres teams up with devilish Dan Braun on "Hell Hound Blues"; Michael Woods and artist Saskia Gutekunst serve up a dose of "Chemical 13"; Neil Kleid and Brian Churilla provide "All the Help You Need" at a weird weight-loss camp; and jaundiced Jason Shawn Alexander brings his phenomenal painting skills to Joe Harris's "The Curse"! Plus Bernie Wrightson, the return of "Loathsome Lore," and more. All this, plus one classic story from Uncle Creepy's dank dungeon, and you've got 48 freakish pages of terror to bring home to mummy! * This big book of boo will be a regular quarterly offering! * Features a painted cover from Eric Powell!

Mark Evanier (W) and Ethen Beavers (A) On sale Sept 23 FC, 88 pages $7.95 TPB, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2" When sixteenth-century stone carvings of animals start to go missing from museums across the globe, authorities think it's a simple case of burglary. But Indiana Jones and Marcus Brody think otherwise. Legend has it that the statues serve as a key to finding a mysterious ruby, which is said to make its bearer invincible. It's up to Indy to find the statues and the ruby before it falls into the wrong hands!

(W) John Dille, Philip Nowlan (A) Dick Calkins The saga of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, the world's most famous science-fiction newspaper strip, continues in the reprint of the ground-breaking title, complete with space ships, anti-gravity belts, damsels in distress, invaders from other worlds, nefarious villains, and heroes! Included in this volume are two years of the strip, 1932 to 1934, plus a special 16-page introductory essay by noted writer Ron Goulart.

(W) Various (A) Alberto Giolitti Journey on seven action packed sci-fi adventures based on Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, finishing the complete reprint of the series. These comic books have been painstakingly restored to look as good as the original comic books. Featuring original covers, inside cover artwork, and pin-ups. Also included are informative essays on series.

Chester Gould (w) * Chester Gould (a) * Chester Gould (c) Chester Gould hits his stride, as he introduces four of his most grotesque villains: Pruneface, Laffy, Mrs. Pruneface, and Flattop! All while Dick Tracy is subjected to one of the most inventive and bizarre death traps in comics history. Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, Eisner Award-winner for TERRY AND THE PIRATES, and containing all daily and Sunday comic strips from September, 1942 through March, 1944.

Tony Lee (w) * Al Davison (a) * Paul Grist, Al Davison (c) At long last Doctor Who is an ongoing monthly series! Tony Lee (Doctor Who: The Forgotten), kicks off the time/space-faring series with the two-part "Silver Scream." In chapter one, the Doctor travels to 1920s Hollywood where he befriends Charlie Chaplin and, of course, discovers an alien plot! Lee is joined by Al Davison (The Dreaming) on this first story arc. Covers by Paul Grist and Davison.

(W) Simon Richmond From the Oscar-winning Spirited Away to classic works like Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and iconic shows Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Speed Racer, and Robotech, The Rough Guide to Anime provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse and amazing world of animation from Japan.

(W/A) Jeff Smith There is a lot to do before Little Mouse is ready to go visit the barn. Will he master all the intricacies of getting dressed, from snaps and buttons to Velcro and tail holes? Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Smith and his determined Little Mouse reveal all the smallest pleasures of this daily task.

(W) Pierre Comtois After being relegated to the realm of children's literature for the first 25 years of its history, the comic book industry experienced an unexpected flowering in the early 1960s. This book presents a step-by-step look at how the company emerged as one of the most dynamic, slightly irreverent, and downright original contributions to an era when pop-culture emerged as the dominant force in the artistic life of America. Marvel Comics in the 1960s takes the reader from the legendary company's beginnings as helmed by savvy editor/writer Stan Lee, to the full maturity of its wild, colorful, offbeat grandiosity.

(W) Eric Nolen-Weathington (A) Darwyn Cooke Years in the magazine industry as an art director and graphic designer - not to mention his work as storyboard artist for the award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond cartoons - imbued Darwyn Cooke's art with a unique sense of design and energy. This book features a career-spanning interview with the artist, a discussion of his creative process, and reams of rare and unseen art, including a large gallery of commissioned work.

(W/A) Joe Kubert Joe Kubert has taught many of the finest cartoonists working today. In How to Draw from Life, he presents a wealth of his own original drawings from nude models, spanning his sixty-plus years as an artist and art instructor. Subjects include gesture drawing, contour drawing, the figure in motion, short studies, long studies, form and structure, anatomy, and lighting. Fully annotated with Kubert's insightful commentary on drawing from life, this is the perfect book for art students, professionals, and comics enthusiasts everywhere.

Pop links: Matt Baker! Dynamite! Alex Toth!

The Fabulous Fifties looks at some pulp illustration art by comic book artist Matt Baker.


Geek Orthodox remembers Dynamite magazine. I remember getting it with my school book order!


Golden Age Comic Book Stories presents a batch of Jimmy Wakely Western tales with art by the great Alex Toth!

Beatles remastered CDs on sale now!

Amazon is listing many of the remastered Beatles CD for pre-order now. Check out this list. I can't find listings for the two box sets, yet, but will provide that information as soon as I have it.

Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day's Night
Beatles for Sale
Rubber Soul
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
Yellow Submarine
The Beatles (White Album)
Let it Be
Abbey Road
Past Masters Vol. 1 and 2

See official details about the remasters.

More Beatles news and posts at Beatles Blog Daily!

Lost in Space TV show photos pt. 1

Thursday, May 07, 2009

DC releases new Batman and Robin art

Here are a few new images from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's upcoming Batman and Robin series. This looks like it could be fun but, you know, I've always found Quitely's art a little cold. Somehow it's too "quiet" for me, lacking in noise and motion. It's like freeze frame instead of a movie, even in images like this, which display a lot of action and even have sound effects. Maybe color will help.

Pop links: Nick Cardy! 1970s photo novels! Virgil Finlay! Vintage Star Trek toys!

Fortress of Fortitude shares a lovely Nick Cardy-illustrated Senorita Rio tale.


The Bronze Age of Blogs continues its look at 1970s "photo novels."

The Golden Age of Comic Book Stories presents some more cool Virgil Finlay sci-fi art.


On My Mind shares some vintage Star Trek toys.

Update on DC's Doc Savage revival

Still no info on what's up with DC Comics' cryptic hint at a new Doc Savage comics series yesterday, but Newsarama had dug up some history on the image that the publisher released.

...the image is actually a portion of a nearly year-old image Brian Stelfreeze posted on his blog back in August 2008. That’s right: it’s looking like a crossover between the Man of Bronze and The Spirit, with some Blackhawk thrown in. And looking at the upper image again, the female character and panther has been Photoshopped out, with her silhouette remaining.

Interesting. So will Stelfreeze be the artist on this new project, or somebody else. I like the style used in the pic and hope they go with that approach--somewhat cartoony. Y'know, Darwyn Cooke would be great on a Doc Savage comic...

ALSO: The "female character" in the pic is Rima the Jungle Girl.

Cool pulp paperback photo manipulations

Via The Comics Reporter: Check out these awesome photos by Thomas Allen, which use cut-outs from pulp paperback books to create startling, 3-D imagery.

New Green Lantern First Flight pictures, now with Sinistero!

Here are a few new pics from the upcoming direct-to-DVD Green Lantern film.

Video find: Madness live in Camden Town 2009

Here's a great group of performances from a couple weeks back of Madness playing live (from the top of a double decker bus, no less) in their home territory of Camden Town, North London.

Best known in the states for their one-off hit "Our House," the group is huge in Britain and rightfully so. Starting out as a ska revival band, they went on to become the most British of British bands since the Kinks, recording moving songs about everyday folk and their travails. And they have a new album coming out soon!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

DC brings back Doc Savage?!!!

It looks that way. Cool art.

REAL Beatles guitars

The following is a post from the newly-created Pop Culture Safari spin-off site: Beatles Blog Daily. If you're a Beatles fan, it's the place to visit and keep visiting!

After the news about those plastic Beatles: Rock Band guitars, how about a look at some real Beatles guitars?

While the Fabs used others instruments throughout their recording/performing career, here's a look at some of their most iconic instruments.

The most iconic Beatles instrument--next to Ringo's Beatle-logoed bass drum, that is--is no doubt Paul's violin-shaped Hofner 500 bass. He still plays these basses during live performances today.

Early on with the Beatles, George played a Gretsch Duo Jet, one of the models being replicated for Beatles: Rock Band.

During the height of Beatlemania, however, George's go-to live guitar was a Gretsch Country Gentleman, a model also favored by the great Chet Atkins.

John, meanwhile, was more closely associated by Rickenbacker's during the early years--mainly a 325.

From the mid-60s on, however, John's most frequently-used electric guitar was an Epiphone Casino. In fact, George and Paul also owned and recorded with Casinos. Around the "White Album," John had the finish sanded off of his, which he claimed improved the sound.

Here's Paul playing his Casino.

And let's not forget that a huge part of the Beatles' sound was the band's blending of acoustic rhythm guitars with electric parts. Those parts were most often strummed on a Gibson J10E. Both John and George owned and played them.

For more on Beatle guitars check here and here. And for the definitive look at Beatles-related instruments, read this: