Thursday, September 16, 2021

Pop Culture Roundup: Kamandi, Costello and more!

ITEM! Krysten Ritter and Elizabeth Olsen will appear in a new true crime series coming from HBO Max.

ITEM! A sonic Easter egg is hidden in Billie Eilish's James Bond tune, "A Time to Die."

ITEM! The Comics Journal reviews what sounds like an intriguing new book about Marvel Comics artist and Spider-Man/Doctor Strange co-creator Steve Ditko.

ITEM! A look at what DC Comics did with Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth after creator Jack Kirby left the title.

ITEM! Elvis Costello has a new audio book out.

Vintage article: "How to fly a saucer" - the state of special effects circa 1952

From Collier's magazine.

Pop Pic: The Move

Partially lost early Doctor Who adventure "Galaxy Four" coming to video in animated form

Details from the BBC:

Galaxy 4 (alternatively spelled Galaxy Four) is the mostly-missing first serial of the third season of Doctor Who, which originally aired in four weekly episodes from 11th September to 2nd October 1965.

Audio-only recordings of all four episodes have survived from this classic story, and have been used to create a brand new, fully animated story, filling the gaps alongside the original surviving Episode 3 and over five minutes of original footage from the otherwise lost Episode 4.

This two disc release gives fans the opportunity to enjoy the four new animated episodes of Galaxy Four in either color or black and white. The release will also include:

  • Remastered surviving original of Episode 3
  • Remastered surviving clip from Episode 1
  • Telesnap reconstructions of Episodes 1, 2 and 4.
  • Audio commentaries
  • A Making Of documentary
  • A Finding Galaxy 4 documentary
  • Photo gallery
  • Production subtitles


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Pop Culture Roundup: Captain Carter, Flight of the Navigator, Bronze Age memories

ITEM! A Bronze-Age era comics fan recounts sorting through and selling off his collection. Hits close to home! 

ITEM! Disney plans an update of "Flight of the Navigator."

ITEM! Hot Toys has added a "Marvel What If..."-style Captain Carter action figure to its lineup.

Pop Pics: Sinatra

New comics collected editions this week: Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and Lois

Our picks - Looks like a DC week. Click the links to order from Amazon.

Batman's war on crime goes worldwide in this new hardcover anthology, Batman: The World. This 184-page book is a first-of-its-kind publishing event, featuring stories from Batman's past and present told by top creative teams from across the globe, taking place in their home countries. This incredible hardcover collection also features a sketchbook section detailing some of the unique Batman suit designs shown within the stories!
The international all-star teams include: 
  •  United States: Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo
  •  France: Mathieu Gabella and Thierry Martin
  •  Spain: Paco Roca
  •  Italy: Alessandro Bilotta and Nicola Mari
  •  Germany: Benjamin von Eckartsberg and Thomas von Kummant
  •  Czech Republic: Štěpán Kopřiva and Michal Suchánek
  •  Russia: Kirill Kutuzov, Egor Prutov, and Natalia Zaidova
  •  Turkey: Ertan Ergil and Ethem Onur Bilgiç
  •  Poland: Tomasz Kołodziejczak, Piotr Kowalski, and Brad Simpson
  •  Mexico: Alberto Chimal and Rulo Valdés
  •  Brazil: Carlos Estefan and Pedro Mauro
  •  South Korea: Inpyo Jeon, Jaekwang Park, and Junggi Kim
  •  China: Xu Xiaodong, Lu Xiaotong, Qiu Kun, and Yi Nan
  •  Japan: Okadaya Yuichi 

The world is simple. There's good. There's evil. And there's still...BATMAN BLACK & WHITE!
This Eisner Award-winning anthology series returns with all-new tales of mystery, mayhem, and madness from some of the finest and most innovative storytellers to explore the Batman mythos in stark black and white!
  • James Tynion IV and Tradd Moore explore the world of Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins.
  • Featuring the return of J.H. Williams III to DC for a trip through the Dark Knight's history.
  • Paul Dini and Andy Kubert pit Batman against an infestation of ninja Man-Bats in the Batcave.
  • G. Willow Wilson and Greg Smallwood portray Batman in his strangest standoff ever with Killer Croc.
  • Tom King and Mitch Gerads tell a tale of Batman administering a form of last rites to a dying priest. Or is it the other way around?
  • Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko find the Dark Knight facing certain death, with The Joker as his last lifeline.
With several more stories and a lineup this strong, witness a brand-new collection of this iconic anthology! Collects Batman Black & White #1-6.

From some of comics greatest talents, comes Superman & Lois Lane: The 25th Wedding Anniversary Deluxe Edition! Sometimes even a hero needs advice in relationships, and when Superman needs a listening ear there's no one better for the job than Wonder Woman! Catch all the action and romance as Superman and Lois get ready to tie the knot! Collecting Superman #118; Adventures of Superman #541; Action Comics #728; Superman: The Man of Steel #63; Superman: The Wedding Album #1

For 80 years Wonder Woman has stood as a symbol of truth, justice, and equality to people everywhere! Follow along in this incredible collection as the Amazon Warrior fights for justice—starting from the first appearance of Wonder Woman through some of her most incredible battles against foes like the Cheetah and Ares.
    This anniversary hardcover collects stories from All-Star Comics #8, Sensation Comics, #1, Comic Cavalcade #11, Wonder Woman (vol. 1) #5, #78, #98, #124, #162, #203, and #206, Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #6, #57, #73, and #170, Wonder Woman (vol. 3) #1, #13, #600, Wonder Woman (New 52) #13, Wonder Woman #750, and DC Comics Presents #41, along with new historical essays and a new cover by Jim Lee.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Pop Culture Roundup: Batgirl on HBO, Waller-Grace as Indiana Jones, the Peanut People of Pluto, and more!

ITEM! Todd Rundgren won't be attending his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which he says is a "sham." 

ITEM! Check out "The Peanut People of Pluto," a fun sci-fi audio adventure from ZBS Media's 1970s "Stars and Stuffs" anthology program, now streaming for free here.

ITEM! John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon says he's in bad financial shape after losing a legal battle with his fellow surviving Sex Pistols.

ITEM! Phoebe Waller-Bride is the new Indiana Jones?

ITEM! Actress Leslie Grace talks about being cast as Batgirl for a new HBO Max film.

ITEM! The delightful Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez comedy series "Only Murders in the Building" has secured a second season.

ITEM! Sad news: Former SNL cast member, comedian Norm MacDonald has died at age 61.

Pop Pic: Roger McGuinn

His friends call him Jim.