Friday, June 07, 2013

Pop culture roundup: Led Zeppelin and PJ Proby! Rutles reunion! Superman shaves! Giant Hulk statue!

Dangrous Minds checks out the album Led Zeppelin recorded before their 1969 debut LP, as backing
group for singer P.J. Proby.


Best spoof band ever, the Rutles are reuniting "for the last time" for a British show this August. The first Rutles album is one of my all-time favorite LPs. Got it on vinyl in 1978!


How does Superman shave? Gillette poses the question to Bill Nye, the Myth Buster guys and others in a "Man of Steel" ad tie-in. But every pop culture fans knows the answer is "heat vision."


A Chicago-area library has failed to hit a goal to raise funds to expand its graphic novel collection and purchase a giant Hulk statue, but is getting the statue, anyway.
On April 26, the Northlake Library began an effort to raise $30,000. The funds would go toward a nine-foot tall statue of comic character The Hulk, equipment to create comics and more graphic novels.

With four days left, the library has raised $3,705. The statue alone would cost $7,000 or $8,000.
Then last Friday, May 31, the library got a call from Steve Williams, the owner of L.A. Boxing in Orange City, California.

“I had (a Hulk statue) for the last five years,” Williams said. “I was looking to sell it to a collector who had an interest in a giant superhero.”

New and upcoming pop culture books: Superman; Doctor Who; Silver Age of DC Comics; Disney; Beach Boys; Sherlock; Nilsson; LEGO; Al Feldstein, more!

Click the links to order discounted books from Amazon.

Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman

Doctor Who: Who-ology

The Silver Age of DC Comics

Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms

The Beach Boys in Concert!: The Complete History of America's Band On Tour and Onstage

The Sherlock Files: The Official Companion to the Hit Television Series

Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter

Beautiful LEGO

FELDSTEIN: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein!

Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster---the Creators of Superman

The Unrest-Cure and Other Stories (New York Review Books Classics)

Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It

Joe Kubert: A Tribute to the Creator & Mentor

The Man from Mars: Ray Palmer's Amazing Pulp Journey

Dan Spiegle: A Life In Comic Art