Saturday, July 04, 2009

Tom Swift book covers pt. 1

Apologies for the somewhat small scans. This is what I've been able to find. Great images, nevertheless.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Return of the Joker van

Back in the 1970s Mego released a Joker van for the Clown Prince of Crime to tool around in. Now it's back! Via Bat-Blog, check out the 2009 model, which is part of Fisher-Price's DC Super Friends line:

Batman has a new set of wheels, too: The Hum-tastic Batman Adventure Vehicle.

And, for old times sake, here's Mego's orginal Joker Van. See lots more of this sort of thing at the DC Comics Fortress of Memorabilia.

Pop links: George Clooney meets Jack Kirby; Batman memorabilia; Dr. Seuss; new online Buffy comic

George Clooney may be doing a movie about the fake movie Jack Kirby did real storyboards for. It's complicated.


Blogs, blogs, blogs: Jon's Randon Acts of Geekery has launched The Batcave Trophy Room, a showcase for Batman-related memorabilia. And don't forget our own DC Comics Fortress of Memorabilia for lots of Bat- and other super stuff.


The Golden Age of Comic Book Stories showcases some Dr. Seuss art.


MySpace has zapped it comics division, meaning that the online Dark Horse Presents comics anthology was left homeless. Not for long, though. You can read the latest issue, featuring work by Gilbert Hernandez and a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Joss Whedon and Jo Chen, right here, on Dark Horse's own site.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New comics July 1, 2009

Releases of note this week:


BATMAN AND ROBIN #2 I kinda liked the first ish of this. I'll hang in for a while and see where it goes.

CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #1 Captain America was dead? And he's coming back?!! Who could've predicted?

BUCK ROGERS IN 25TH CENTURY DAILIES Vol. 2 Another batch of vintage newspaper strips.

Man, Boom Studios is going to town on these kid titles. And good for them! It's refreshing to see so many offerings for young readers on the stands.

Ditko Creeper hardcover, Doc Savage collection coming from DC Comics

Spotted on Amazon:

The Creeper by Steve Ditko This is a 256-page hardcover due out next February. I presume is part of DC's Library of Classics series. Interestingly, the previously announced Showcase Presents the Creeper title no longer appears on DC's Web site. Has it been delayed/canceled in exchange for this hardcover volume?

Doc Savage: The Silver Pyramid by Dennis O'Neill and Adam Kubert, a 128-page softcover out in January. These are reprintings from DC's late 1980s Doc series, I presume. This is likely timed to coincide whatever mysterious Doc Savage revival DC has in the works.

Pop links: Popeye pop art; Torchwood star peeved; Mickey Mouse Transformer; Romita Sr. covers Spidey #600; Sea World superheroes; Dalek art!

An exhibit of Popeye-influenced works created by American pop artist Jeffrey Koons is on display in England.

Popeye and Olive Oyl are central to the series, with many of the pieces on loan from both public and private collections.

The exhibition also includes dolphins, a paddling pool, monkeys and lobsters which, at first glance, look like inflatable toys.


"Torchwood" star John Barrowman isn't happy that the BBC cut season three of the show from 13 to 5 episodes.

The BBC said it wanted to create "a powerful sense of event" with Children of Earth, which will start on Monday.

Barrowman told the Radio Times: "I'm going to get a little political and I'll probably get into trouble for it."

He said Torchwood's first series had been "the most successful show on BBC3 - ever" and, as a result, had been moved to BBC Two where "we were beating shows that had been on BBC Two for a long time".

"The decision was made to go to BBC One and then we were cut - from 13 episodes down to five."

..."Other shows move from BBC Three and Two to One and they don't get cut.

"So why are we? It felt like every time we moved we had to prove ourselves."


Mickey Mouse Transformer!


Here's a look at the great John Romita Sr.'s cover for Amazing Spider-Man #600, on sale July 22. The anniversary ish also features a script co-written by Stan Lee.


DC Superheroes at Sea World, 1976!


Via The Comics Reporter: Exdrawminate is a blog featuring various artists' renditions of Daleks!

Monday, June 29, 2009

CD new releases June 30, 2009: Wilco; Levon Helm; Woodstock; Bjork; more!

New CD releases of note this week. If any of these items are of interest to you, please consider clicking the titles and ordering them from Amazon, as part of the proceeds help support this site!

Wilco (The Album) by Wilco

Wilco (The Album) [2 LP 180g vinyl with bonus CD] by Wilco

Electric Dirt by Levon Helm

The Woodstock Experience (Limited Edition Box Set)

Voltaic (Limited Edition) (2CD/2DVD) by Björk

Voltaic (CD/DVD) by Björk

David Lynch Presents: Fox Bat Strategy: A Tribute to Dave Jaurequi by Fox Bat Strategy

And Don't the Kids Just Love It by Television Personalities (Vinyl - 2009)

DVD new releases June 30, 2009: Entourage; Secret Diary of a Call Girl; Lucille Ball specials; Renown Picture crime and noir

New releases of note this week. If any of these items are of interest to you, please consider clicking the titles and ordering them from Amazon, as part of the proceeds help support this site!

Entourage: The Complete Fifth Season

Secret Diary of a Call Girl Season 2

The Lucille Ball Specials: Lucy Gets Lucky/Three for Two

British Cinema: Renown Pictures Crime & Noir: Blackout, Bond of Fear, Home To Danger, Meet Mr. Callaghan, No Trace, Recoil

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs to release second Under the Covers set

Under the Covers Vol. 1, a set of 1960s covers by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, got a lot of airtime at our house when it came out a few years back. So it'll be fun to hear the duo's take on a batch of 70s nuggets on Vol. 2, due out July 21.

From Billboard:

The resulting 16 tracks -- plus an additional 10 songs that will be available as a bonus edition download -- cover a range of styles, from hits like Rod Stewart's "Maggie May" to record-nerd favorites like Big Star's "Back of a Car." Hoffs and Sweet even scored guest spots from Mick Fleetwood, Dhani Harrison and Yes' Steve Howe, who re-creates his Portuguese 12-string guitar part on "I've Seen All Good People."

Here's the complete CD track list:

1. Sugar Magnolia
2. Go All The Way
3. Second Hand News
4. Bell Bottom Blues
5. All The Young Dudes
6. You're So Vain
7. Here Comes My Girl
8. I've Seen All Good People: Your Move/All Good People
9. Hello It's Me
10. Willin'
11. Back Of A Car
12. Couldn't I Just Tell You
13. Gimme Some Truth
14. Maggie May Listen
15. Everything I Own
16. Beware Of Darkness

Pop links: BEM! Supremes meet the Andrews Sisters! Stan Lee as Larry King!

The Bronze Age of Blogs remembers BEM, the UK comics fanzine of the 1970s and 80s.


From Booksteve: The Supremes meet the Andrews Sisters.


Stan Lee will reportedly appear as Larry King--or a Larry King-like talk show host, anyway--in next year's Iron Man 2.