New Comics Day: Brave and the Bold Bronze Age Omnibus; EC Comics Library

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Back in the '70s, The Brave and the Bold famously paired Batman with a wild array of partners. Metamorpho, Swamp Thing, Supergirl, Mister Miracle, Kamandi and The Joker (among others) all showed up to take their turns in the spotlight. These stories, mostly written by Bob Haney and drawn by the incomparable Jim Aparo, represent Batman in all his Bronze Age glory.

Batman: The Brave & the Bold: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 2 collects nearly seven full years of adventures from The Brave and the Bold #110-156 and includes an introduction by Scott Beatty.

Stories in this volume include "The Martian Monster," in which a 9-year-old boy befriends a Martian in the woods and asks him to kill his stepmother ― but the "Martian" convinces him that it’s really his father who he should target. There’s sharp social commentary in "…And Then There Were Two!" (highly intelligent robots unveil a plan for world peace, but political opportunists launch an anti-robot campaign to discredit them) and "Prediction of Disaster!" (an astronomer concludes that our sun is about to go nova and tries to warn the world).

Coming Up: 1965 "Doctor Who" adventure "The Daleks' Master Plan" collected on vinyl

 Details from the BBC:

Demon Music are releasing the 12-part ‘lost’ adventure The Daleks’ Masterplan, first shown on BBC television from October 1965 to January 1966, as a narrated full-cast TV soundtrack on vinyl!

In the story, the Daleks threaten to destroy the fabric of time itself. In their quest to control the Solar System, they have taken possession of the devastating Time Destructor. Determined to stop them, the First Doctor (William Hartnell) steals the core of the weapon. He and his friends are thus pursued across time and space by their ruthless, powerful nemeses...

The adventure is presented across 7 x heavyweight 180g blue translucent vinyl. A version with 7 x heavyweight 180g splatter vinyl is also available exclusively from Amazon UK.

Written by Terry Nation and Dennis Spooner, this is the longest single Doctor Who adventure ever made for television and film recordings of all but three episodes are lost from the BBC archives. Linking narration is provided by Peter Purves (who played First Doctor companion Steven Taylor) and the cast includes Kevin Stoney as Mavic Chen, Nicholas Courtney as Bret Vyon, Jean Marsh as Sara Kingdom and Peter Butterworth as the Meddling Monk.


At the Movies: "Flight to Mars"

U.S. theater screenings set for Tom Baker's final "Doctor Who" story - "Logopolis"

"Logopolis," the final "Doctor Who" story featuring Tom Baker in the lead role will screen in select U.S. cities on March 13. The showings are a tie-in to the release of Baker's final "Doctor Who" season on Blu-Ray, which you can pre-order now from Amazon.

You can find theater info and buy tickets here.

Details from Fathom Events:

It's a Doctor Who classic fan favorite, in celebration of the upcoming Blu-Ray release Tom Baker's complete seventh season on Doctor Who! BBC Studios and Fathom Events are giving audiences the chance to see Tom Baker's 100-minute final adventure, "Logopolis," featuring the first appearance of Janet Fielding as companion Teegan, Anthony Ainley as the Doctor's archenemy The Master, and the regeneration of Fourth Doctor Tom Baker into Fifth Doctor Peter Davison!

Fans won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind screening that will also feature a brand new interview with Tom Baker and “Logopolis” companions Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton.

Time Capsule: The Grateful Dead on "Playboy After Dark," Jan. 18, 1969

Pop Culture Roundup: Jimmy Stewart and Winnie the Pooh, too; Marvel's Pizzazz; Mickey Mouse; Black Magic Party; Batman '66

ITEM! Jimmy Stewart reads "Winnie the Pooh." (Via the Retroist)

ITEM! The newest issue of Back Issue magazine details the history of Marvel kid mag, Pizzazz. Here's a preview. I was a charter subscriber!

ITEM! A selection of Mickey Mouse Big Little Books. (Via Davy Crockett's Almanack)

ITEM! "Putting a Hex on Hitler" - a 1941 story from Life Magazine about a "black magic party." (Via  Monster Magazine World)

ITEM! When DC's Batman comic took the same tone as the "Batman" TV show. (Via 13th Dimension)

ITEM! Also, a look at the talented sculptors who created lifelike statues of the 1960's Batman series for an elaborate display in Hollywood. (Via 13th Dimension)