Pop Artifacts!: Batman trading cards

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 9, 2006

Via Bedazzled: A great collection of fruit crate label art.


There's a fresh Beatles beatleg podcast available.


Fred Hembeck shares some great sketches.


The Pixel Strips Webcomic site is now free to use.

According to Kevin Volo, creator of Pixelstrips.com, “We’ve been looking into going totally free for quite some time now and decided that sooner rather than later was the right time to do it. I think it’s just the next step in the continuing evolution of the site.” Since the inception of Pixelstrips.com in September of 2005 the site has been subscription only.


Power pop band the Smithereens have re-recorded the Meet the Beatles album in its entirety. Meet the Smithereens will be out Jan. 20.


The entire upcoming Beatles' Love album will be played Nov. 20 online on Virgin Radio. The album, out Nov. 21, is available for pre-order now from Amazon.


Deal alerts: Amazon is offering 45 percent off on classic Hitchcock movies and up to 50 percent off on a selection of sci-fi flicks.


You can see the "Spider-Man 3" trailer online tonight.

"Lost" clues: "I Do" Ep. 6, Season 3


The Others threaten to kill Sawyer if Jack doesn't operate on Ben, so he does. But during the middle of the procedure, Jack makes a small incision in Ben's kidney. Ben will die within an hour if Jack doesn't sew it up. In exchange for sparing Ben, Jack demands that the Others release Kate and Sawyer.

Earlier, Kate and Sawyer make love.

Back on the main island, Locke, Sayid and the rest bury Mr. Eko.

In flashbacks, we learn that Kate married a police officer but never told him her real name or that she was a fugitive. She becomes worried her secret will ruin their marriage and his life, so she leaves him.

Clues, observations, speculation:

* Jack doesn't realize he, Kate and Sawyer are being kept on a different island, so there is no real escape. What will Kate and Sawyer do if released by the Others? Will they demand a boat, or do they view escape as futile?

* When Ben promises to get Jack off the island, which island does Ben mean? He could honor this agreement simply but letting Jack off the Others' island and putting him back with the plane crash survivors, since Jack doesn't realize there are two islands in the mix.

* Even if Jack repairs Ben's kidney, chances for a successful outcome to the tumor surgery look bleak. Will Ben survive?

* Who speaks to Jack over the intercom? Was it Juliet? Did she want him to escape. Or was it all a ruse so he'd see Kate and Sawyer in one another's arms over the television monitor and become jealous?

* Will Jack cooperate with Juliet, who supposedly wants Ben dead? Doe he trust her at all? Should he?

* What's up with Alex, the French woman's daughter? Has she been removed from the Others' settlement? She makes reference to them killing her boyfriend. Who was he and why was he killed? Was he "Karl," the Other who escaped from the cages shortly after Sawyer was placed there?

* Ben asks Julliet if Alex mentioned him. Earlier, Alex asks Juliet about Ben. Did Ben play a role in the death of Alex's boyfriend? Is he Alex's father?

* Locke finds special significance in the phrase on Eko's prayer stick: "Lift up your eyes and look north. John 3:03." Why?

* The phrase "Cielo Agua Y Tierra" appears on the back of new-to-us survivor Paolo's shirt. These Spanish words mean "sky, water, land."

* Kate tells Jack the Others are building "something big" at the work site where she and Sawyer slave away moving rocks. What is it?'

* The Other, Pickett, makes a comment that Jack "isn't even on Jacob's list." We know the Others were keeping lists of "good people" among the plane crash survivors. But who is Jacob, and how does one make the list? What's it for?

"Teen Titans Trouble in Tokyo" out Feb. 6

This straight-to-disk feature starring the animated Teen Titans is available for pre-order for $13.99 now from Amazon.


America's coolest heroes head to Japan in their first animated movie, Teen Titans Tokyo, airing in late fall. When a high-tech ninja attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy spring into action. Robin finds out that the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun, and the Teen Titans travel to Tokyo to track the villain down.

See the Best Teen Titans Sites on the Web.

January 2008 comics solicitations: more good stuff

We've listed the January 2007 solicitations from DC, Marvel and Dark Horse, but here are additional items of interest from other publishers:

by Irwin Chusid Following hot on the heels of 2004's The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora, this book features a wide array of both Chusid's commercial work for prestigious record labels of the '40s and rare, personal work. His style is cartoonish, evoking childhood nostalgia and dereliction of adult responsibility. There is also a wealth of 1940s Columbia Records printed matter exhibiting Flora's visual pranks; 1950s RCA Victor-era work; magazine illustrations, sketchbooks, and prints; 1930s Little Man Press-era drawings; paintings from all decades; photos, and personal keepsakes. SC, 11x10, 168pgs

by Gilbert Hernandez Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, Love and Rockets will be released in a series of compact, thick, affordable, mass-market volumes that present the whole story in perfect chronological order. This volume will collect the first half of Gilbert Hernandez's acclaimed magical-realist tales of "Palomar," continuing on through such modern-day classics as "Ecce Homo," "Act of Contrition," "Duck Feet," and the great love story "For the Love of Carmen." SC, 7x9, 288pgs

The 25th anniversary Love and Rockets celebration continues with this, the first of three volumes collecting the adventures of the spunky Maggie, her annoying best friend and sometimes lover Hopey, and their circle of friends, including their bombshell friend Penny Century. This book collects the earliest, punkiest, most heavily sci-fi stories. SC, 7x9, 288pgs

by Jason F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce walk into a Parisian bar. Set in 1920s Paris, The Left Bank Gang is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of these four literary figures as not only typical Jason anthropomorphics, but graphic novelists! (MAY063133) MATURE THEMES SC, 7x10, 48pgs

by Jules Feiffer Jules Feiffer has had one of the most varied and illustrious careers of any 20th century cartoonist. For over 40 years he contributed strips to The Village Voice, and has long been a regular contributor to the London Observer and Playboy. Passionella and Other Stories collects Feiffer's finest extended graphic narratives of the late '50s and early '60s. (APR063158) HC, 6x8, 180pgs, B&W

by Tarpe Mills Tarpe Mill's fabulous costumed female hero is seen once again for the first time in almost a decade. This volume features 160 pages reprinted from the rare expensive Timely comics using the Theakstonizing process for sharp reproduction. This volume also features a foreword by noted Comics historian, Trina Robbins.

edited by Mark Arnold; with a foreword by Tony Isabella The first major book on Harvey Comics' history published! This sampling of the best material from the long-running Harveyville Fun Times! fanzine features articles about various Harvey Comics characters such as Casper, Richie Rich, Hot Stuff and Sad Sack, as well as a survey of Harvey-related feature films, animated series, comic book indexes and reviews, and interviews and tributes to various Harvey artists, writers, and creators including Ernie Colon, Sid Jacobson, Dom Sileo, Paul Maringelli, and Fred Rhoads. (617) (C: 0-1-2) SC, 8x11, 400pgs, B&W

New and upcoming action figures

Complete List of Marvel Legends Action Figures
Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures

Here's a look at action figures available via your local comics shop or via the TIP!-supporting links below:

DC Direct Action Figures

Batman Dark Victory
--Commissioner Gordon
--Robin and Penguin

Batman/Superman Series 4
--Batman Beyond
--Kryptonite Batman

Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 3
--Weaponer of Qward
--Doctor Light
--Superboy prime

DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
--Wonder Woman

DC 13-inch Figures
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Green Lantern
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Lex Luthor
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Two-Face
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Aquaman

Elseworlds Action Figures Series 2
--Red Son Batman
--Red Son President Superman
--Kingdom Come Jade
--Kingdom Come Spectre and Norman McKay
--Gotham By Gaslight Batman

First Appearance Series 4
--Blue Beetle translucent
--Blue Beetle
--Brave New World Atom
--Brave New World Martian Manhunter
--Brave New World Aquaman

Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Earth Prime Superboy
--Alexander Luthor

JSA Action Figures
--Mr. Terrific
--Dr. Midnite
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack

Hanna Barbera Series 2 Action Figures
--Captain Caveman
--Fred Flintstone and Dino
--Johnny Quest
--Magilla Gorilla
--Penelope Pitstop and Muttley
--Tom and Jerry
--Yogi Bear
--Flintstones at the Drive-In

Hanna Barbera Series 3 Action Figures
--Fred Flintstone Quittin' Time
--Twinkle Toes Fred Flintstone
--Great Grape Ape
--Huckleberry Hound
--The Jetsons
--Secret Squirrel

Hasbro Spider-Man Origins Figures
--Set of 8
--Spider-Man Venom costume
--Green Goblin
--Doctor Octopus
--Iron Spider-Man
--Captain America

Lost series 1 action figures
--Hatch box set

Lost series 2 action figures
--Crash site box set

Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Black Costume Spider-Man
--Invisible Woman
--Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Action Figures

Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Emma Frost
--Ultimate Iron Man
--Movie Beast
--Planet Hulk

Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Yellow Jacket
--Quick Silver
--Lord Asgard Thor
--Magneto Xorn
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm

Marvel Legends Series 14
--Original Armor Iron Man (variant)
--Baron Zemo (variant)
--Luke Cage: Powerman
--The Falcon (variant)

Marvel Legends Series 15
--Beta Ray Bill
--Moon Knight
--Spider-Woman (variant)
--Quicksilver (variant)
--Thor-Buster Iron Man
--Wasp (variant)
--Captain Marvel (variant)

Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Action Figures Series 3 Action Figures
--Spider-Man Variant
--Beast Variant

Marvel Legends Masterworks Sets
--Spider-Man Vs. Green Goblin
--Fantastic Four Vs. Mole Man
--Hulk Vs. The Thing
--Galactus Vs. Everybody

Marvel Select Figures

Best of Marvel Select Figures
--Grey Hulk
--Ultimate Spider-Man
--Green Goblin

Marvel Studios
--Dr. Doom with Mask
--Dr. Doom unmasked

Star Wars Transformers
--Millennium Falcon With Han Solo and Chewbacca