Saturday, December 01, 2012

New TwoMorrows book celebrates comic artist Matt Baker

Fans of the great Matt Baker should know about this new release from Tomorrows Publishing:
MATT BAKER: THE ART OF GLAMOUR is a biographical celebration of the fabled "Good Girl" illustrator who, in the early 1940s, became one the earliest African-American comic book artists. As unusual as that was for the time, it wasn’t the color of his skin which made him such a significant figure in the history of the medium—it was his innate ability to draw gorgeous, exciting women and handsome, dynamic men in a fluid, graceful style. Imagine Dave Stevens (creator of "The Rocketeer" and lifelong admirer of pin-up queen Bettie Page) or Adam Hughes (a comic book cover artist renowned for the sexy, vivacious females that populate his illustrations) working in the ’40s, drawing a new story every month, and you’ll have a good idea of Matt Baker’s place in the industry throughout his career.

Yet few of today’s comic book fans know of the artist or his work, because he died in 1959 at the young age of 38, just as the Silver Age of Comics was blossoming and bringing in a new generation of readers. Matt Baker: The Art of Glamour (a 192-page hardcover with 96 pages of full-color, including reprints of full Baker stories from throughout his career), presents the full story of an impressive career cut tragically short. It features a wealth of essays; interviews with Baker’s friends, family, and co-workers; and a treasure trove of his finest artwork, at last giving the wonderfully talented artist his full due. (NOTE: This book contains mild cartoon nudity, to present a representative sample of Baker's career. Suggested for MATURE READERS ONLY.)

192-page HARDCOVER with 96 FULL-COLOR PAGES, by Jim Amash and Eric Nolen-Weathington


Vintage Diana Rigg pictures

Friday, November 30, 2012

Pop culture roundup: Stan Lynde, Sean Lennon, "Mad Men" Barbies, Pete Townshend

Stan Lynde, creator of the "Rick O'Shay" and "Latigo" comic  strips is leaving his native Montana at age 81 to move to Ecuador. He's also leaving much of his work behind, donating it to the state historical museum.


Sean Lennon is taking a pretty under-the-radar career approach, lately, scoring indy movies such as "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead" and the superhero-themed "Alter Egos," in which he has a cameo as a super villain.

Here's a video of him composing and recording a tune for the latter film:


"Mad Men" Barbies, in their own hip playhouse:



Pete Townshend, who recently published his own memoirs, talks to the New York Times Sunday Book Review about his reading habits.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Two rare, unbootlegged, Beatles demos up for auction

An auction of items George Harrison gave to his family members back in the 60s includes two eyebrow-raising items: A pair of demo recordings that appear never to have been released or bootlegged. That's a rare circumstance, anymore, after the Beatles Anthology releases and the zillions of unofficial bootlegs of studio and live recordings that have come out over the years.

Here are details on the two demo acetates as described by Bonhams:

"What Goes On"
This track was due to be recorded on 5th March 1963 but the group ran out of time. They revisited the track during a recording session on 4th November, when they were just a month away from the release of the next album, 'Rubber Soul', and had only completed half of the tracks for it. The acetate offered here is a demo with vocals and guitars only.

"Granny Smith"
The Beatles began work on this track on 11th April 1966 and as it was untitled at that stage, it was known as 'Granny Smith'. It became 'Love You To' nearer the release date, in August, of the album 'Revolver'. 

The black leather jacket and Beatle boots George wore during the band's Hamburg days are also part of the auction. Oh to be rich...

Pop culture gift guide 2012 - music, movies, comics, books, more!

For pop culture fans -- lovers of music, comics, movies and more -- here are some highlights from the past year that will make great gifts.

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


Harvest Years 1969 - 1974 by Kevin Ayers

Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones by the Beach Boys

Completely Cilla 1963 - 1973 by Cilla Black

The Complete Beat (5 CDs) by the English Beat

TheGift (deluxe edition) by The Jam

At the BBC by the Kinks

Return of the Stuff That Dreams Are Made of by Various Artists

Charlie is my Darling, Ireland 1965, Limited Edition by the Rolling Stones

Hearts in Their Eyes by the Searchers

Never Mind the Bollocks...: Deluxe Edition by the Sex Pistols

I Hear a Symphony (Expanded Edition) by the Supremes

Surf Age Nuggets

The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary [Super Deluxe]

Live at Hull 1970 by The Who

Comic book and comic strip reprints

Archie Archives
Now up to seven volumes of vintage Archie Comics collected in color, hardcover form.

Complete Flash Gordon Library
A new series from Titan Book reprinting Alex Raymond's Sunday strips in great reproduction. Very reasonably priced, too. The second volume will be out Dec. 18.

DC Archives
DC continues to collect classic runs of Golden and Silver Age Comics in these beautiful, full-color hardcover volumes. 2012 volumes featured Sgt. Rock, Wonder Woman, Batman and others.

DC Showcase Presents
Still offering great bang-for-the-buck, these phonebook-size, black-and-white collections of DC Comics series featuring Batman, Superman, the Flash and more and tremendous fun, providing fans of classic comics hundreds of pages of entertainment at a very reasonable price.

EC Comics Library
Fantagraphics' new series of hardcover collections, each focusing on a particular artist's work from the classic EC era. Great stories of suspense, war, horror and more from some of America's best and most infuential comics artists, including Harvey Kurtzman, Wally Wood and others.

Legends of the Dark Knight / Tales of the Batman
A new series of color hardcovers focusing on the work of some of Batman's best artists, featuring volumes dedicated to Jim Aparo, Marshall Rogers, Alan Davis, Gene Colan and Don Newton.

Marvel Masterworks
You can get these in full-color hardcovers or trade paperbacks and they look great. These books feature classic 60s and 70s Marvel Comics featuring the X-Men, Avengers, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and others.

Marvel Omnibus Collections
Ginormous books collected 30 or more issues of classic Marvel Comics, complete with letters pages, pin-ups and other features from the originals. Larger format, too. They take up a lot of shelf space, but they are a great way to re-enjoy these stories and art. 2012 saw great volumes dedicated to the Avengers and early Lee/Romita Spider-Man.

Mort Meskin: Out of the Shadows
A lovely collection of tales illustrated by this artist who might have been a key creator of the Marvel Age had he not died far too early.

The Phantom Charlton, Gold Key and King Years
Reprints of the purple-suited Ghost Who Walks' comic book adventures. The first volume features art by the great Jim Aparo.

Prince Valiant
Big, brilliant reprints of Hal Foster's gorgeously illustrated Sunday strips.

Walt Disney's Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge (Carl Barks Library)
 Loving, colorful collections of Carl Barks stories and art from classic Walt Disney comic books. These volumes are collecting the complete Barks in beautiful, durable books featuring a wealth of historical background in addition to all the stories.

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse
Published by Fantagraphics, these are excellent collections of black-and-white daily comic strips from the 30 and 40s -- four volumes to date -- featuring the delightful stories and art by Floyd Gottfredson.

Sandman Slipcase Set
All of Neil Gaimin's class Sandman comics in collected form.

Spirit World
A nice, hardcover reproduction of Kirby's oddball suspense/horror mag created in the 1970s.

Steve Canyon reprints from IDW Publishing
There are now two volumes available of this complete reprinting of Milt Caniff's classic adventure strip. Nicely packaged and reproduced in hefty books.

Pop Culture Books

The Art of Betty & Veronica

Blast Off!: Rockets, Robots, Rayguns, and Rarities from the Golden Age of Space Toys

The Creativity of Steve Ditko

James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information

LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia

The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy

The James Bond Archives

Avengers: The Art of Marvel's The Avengers

Batmobile: The Complete History

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film

Monty Python's Flying Circus: Complete and Annotated...All the Bits

Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery

The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 HC

Tarzan The Centennial Celebration

The Beatles

George Harrison: Living In The Material World

George Harrison - Early Takes Volume 1: Music From The Martin Scorsese Picture Living In The Material World

George Harrison: Living in the Material World - book

The John Lennon Letters

Magical Mystery Tour Deluxe Box Set (Blu-ray/DVD/double-vinyl EP)

Produced by George Martin [Blu-ray]

RAM [Deluxe Book Edition] [4CD+1DVD] by Paul McCartney

Kisses on the Bottom: Deluxe Edition by Paul McCartney

Ringo 2012 [ Exclusive CD+DVD Version]

Yellow Submarine [Blu-ray]

DVD and Blu-ray releases

The Replacements - Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements

Doctor Who: Series Seven - Part One

Doctor Who: 2011 Christmas Special [Blu-ray]

The Amazing Spider-Man (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]

Mad Men: Season Five

Marvel's The Avengers (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)

Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray]

The Cabin In The Woods [Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy]

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray]

Quadrophenia (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Sherlock: Season Two

Tarzan - Season One: Part One (4 Discs)

The Adventures of Tintin