Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 2, 2007

A one-off Led Zeppelin reunion concert has been postponed due to guitarist Jimmy Page breaking his finger.


Here's a set picture from the fourth Indiana Jones film, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull":

From left to right, actor Shia LaBeouf, director Steven Spielberg, and actors Ray Winstone, Karen Allen and Harrison Ford.


Dial B for Blog explores the Seinfeld/Superman connection.


Big news: Comic historian Blake Bell's long-awaited book about Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko is set for release next June.

STRANGE & STRANGER: THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO will tell the narrative of Steve Ditko, the artist, from humble beginnings in Johnstown Pennsylvania; to the dizzying heights of co-creating Spider-Man; to the spectacular Howard Roark-like determination, and tribulations, in bringing his personal and philosophical vision to a recalcitrant audience. There's a fantastic, dramatic storyline running through Ditko's career; the artist having walked away from the Spider-Man franchise (and the billions it was to generate) as it was reaching the height of its popularity. What price did Ditko pay, and what was the impact on his work?"

..."Fans of Ditko, and comic art, will not be able to put the book down," says Bell, "as we explode many of the myths surrounding key moments in Ditko's career, as well as present reams of rare and unpublished Ditko artwork. For the comic art scholar, we also break down the "hows" of Steve Ditko as a great sequential storyteller, dissecting his work in depth for the first time, also with analysis and commentary by some of the most skilled and articulate comic creators of the day."


Speaking of Diko: It's his 80th birthday today.

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