Pop links: Astro Boy trailer, Mac Raboy art, deal alert on Buffy DVDs, Kirby's Thor at DC!, New Order CDs suck, more

Watch the first trailer for the upcoming animated Astro Boy film.



The New York Times recounts the films of Carole Lombard, the subject of a new retrospective in the Big Apple. I love her screwball comedies.


Golden Age Comic Book Stories
spotlights the work of the great Mac Raboy--including a few of his rarely seen Dr. Voodoo stories from Whiz Comics and a series of Flash Gordon puzzles he illustrated.



Today's deal alert: The Complete Buffy the Vampire Slayer set for $69.99 today only at Amazon, regularly $199.98.


Dial B for Blog explores the hidden history of Jack Kirby's Thor.



If you're a New Order fan, you might want to hold off on buying those Rhino reissues of the band's back catalog.

Rhino Records reissued "collector's editions" of New Order's first five albums, which all originally came out in the 1980s. Each one features a bonus disc, with 7- and 12-inch versions, instrumentals and remixes.

But alert fans quickly complained of about 300 errors, mostly relating to poor sound quality on the bonus discs. The pops and crackles on many of the tracks suggest they were transferred directly from commercially available vinyl recordings rather than from the original master tapes.

The discs were released in Britain last month, and music magazines there, such as Q and Mojo, did not mention any of the technical shortcomings in their rave reviews.

But Peter Hook, the bass player with the defunct group, said in his MySpace page that the reissue project was a "mess." He blamed the label for not sending out advance copies so that he and his former bandmates could do some quality control.

Despite the discontent, Rhino released the discs in the United States last Tuesday, and U.S. fans noticed the same problems. Rhino, an affiliate of Warner Bros. Records, plans to reissue the reissues, and will allow fans to exchange their dud CDs.