Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 14, 2007

Via World of Kane: A "Man from U.N.C.L.E." image gallery.




Lynda Carter of "Wonder Woman" fame will guest-star as Chloe Sullivan's mother in the April 12 episode of "Smallville."


Speaking of Wonder Woman, will we ever tire of her wonderfully wacky Golden Age adventures?


Datajunkie shines the spotlight on Jack Kirby's wonderfully bizarre "OMAC" comics series.


DC Direct has a slide show of upcoming items unveiled during this year's Toy Fair convention. Here's one I might save my pennies for: the 13-inch-tall Batman figure in old-school costume.

Newsarama also has a DC Direct Toy Fair report with pics.

Complete list of DC Direct Action Figures.


Mike Sterling lists another 100 things he loves about comics.


A three-DVD box set including the "Doctor Who" adventures "The Keeper of the Traken," "Logopolis" and "Castrovalva" will be released June 5. The "New Beginnings" box marks the transition from fourth Doctor Tom Baker to fifth, Peter Davison.

Best Doctor Who Sites.


NPR has a feature on cartoonists Robert and Aline Kominsky Crumb.


ABC is really sweating the drop in ratings for "Lost," aren't they? First there was that "Lost Survivor's Guide" that tried to tell us the show was mainly all about the soap opera revolving around the Jack, Sawyer and Kate love triangle. Now, ABC.com announces that, starting today, will host "video back stories" to help new viewers learn about the aforementioned plus Locke.

I fear that if ABC continues along these lines, we'll see major simplifying of the show's mysterious storylines--the thing that makes the series unique. Remember the post Super Bowl Jennifer Garner-in-lingerie episode that dumbed down, and ruined, "Alias"? It could happen again.

Anyway, here's ABC's spin on this online "back stories":

ABC.com is giving "Lost" fans a Valentine's Day surprise with the first installment of four video back stories (Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Locke). Created to provide new viewers insight into the lives of the series' characters and to give fans an opportunity to see characters' back stories in chronological order, each video combines scenes from previously aired episodes. Every Wednesday four back story segments will debut on ABC.com until the end of the season (60 total).

Go to ABC.com for this season's previously aired episodes on its broadband video player. And as announced last week, ABC.com has also added several new features on its "Lost" site, including a new video podcast with executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, which offers a special sneak peek at extra content from the series' Season Three DVD, to be released later this year. Additionally, visitors to ABC.com will find a new exclusive feature called "Writers' Rotation" that showcases the favorite music and listening selections of members of the "Lost" production team, plus an updated version of "Lost & Found," which highlights not-to-be-missed moments in upcoming episodes, as well as excerpts from the official Lost magazine, updated games, photos and video clips.

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