Pop Culture Roundup: The Spirit; Beetle George; Alien Worlds; IDW Artist Editions

Dynamite Comics has secured rights to produce new comics featuring Will Eisner's The Spirit.

"Bringing 'The Spirit' to Dynamite is a dream come true," Dynamite Entertainment publisher and CEO Nick Barrucci said in a statement. "Actually, that's not a strong enough sentiment. It's a lifelong dream come true."

Dynamite has had a heavy bent towards pulp-era characters in recent years -- publishing new stories starring Flash Gordon, The Green Hornet, The Phantom, The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, Zorro and more -- with The Spirit likely the most revered of that group.

Irony: A memorial tree planted in honor of George Harrison has been killed by... beetles.
A new tree will be planted at a date yet to be decided.

A small plaque at the base of the tree read: "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener."

It also quotes the guitarist and singer-songwriter himself: "For the forests to be green, each tree must be green."

Alien Worlds: I sort of forgot this sci-fi anthology comic from the 1980s existed, but it had some good stuff in it, as far as I recall. And some great covers by Dave Stevens and others. The Golden Age presents a gallery here.


The Los Angeles Times has a nice profile of Scott Dunbier, compiler of IDW Publishing's over-sized Artist Edition books featuring reproductions of original comic book art by the masters.
Putting together “Jack Kirby’s New Gods: Artist’s Edition,” released earlier this year, involved one of the most challenging aspects of Dunbier’s job: assembling complete stories from pages that in some cases are scattered around the world.

The editor had found most of the first issue’s original pages together, and had narrowed his search to three missing links. Over the next two days, he called two friends to commiserate: animator Bruce Timm (“Batman: The Animated Series”) and writer-artist Walter Simonson (“The Mighty Thor”). As luck would have it, Timm had the issue’s first page; Simonson had the last page.

On a roll, he called Mignola, who replied: “You’re out of luck, pal.”

And so the Artist’s Edition of “New Gods” is missing a page from No. 1.