Watch out, super villains!

Here comes Spider-Man on his, um, pink motor scooter...

First Enterprise pic from upcoming Star Trek film

Here's our first look at the U.S.S. Enterprise from J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Trek" movie.

The official site for the film also went up recently, but there's not much to see yet.

1960s Batman manga collected

Batmania struck the U.S. in the wake of the Caped Crusader's ABC TV series. But did you know Japan fell under Adam West's spell, too? Apparently so. Graphic designer Chip Kidd, who compiled the jaw-droppingly beautiful "Batman Collected" a few years back has a new book in the works called "Bat Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan." It's set for September release.

According to IVC2:

Jiro Kuwata, the artist on Kazumasi Hirai's 8-Man, which is considered the first cyborg superhero manga, drew the Japanese Batman manga, which was published in Shonen King magazine.

Possible release for 15 unissued Beatles tunes

Fuego Entertainment of Miami intends to release 15 previously unreleased live tunes recorded by the Beatles in 1962 at Hamburg's Star Club. These tunes, reportedly feature Ringo Starr subbing for the group's then-drummer Pete Best. Songs include covers of Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" and Maurice Williams' "Do You Believe," along with "Twist and Shout", "I Saw Her Standing There", "Hippy Hippy Shake", "A Taste of Honey", "Money" and "Ask Me Why."

No release date is set, but I'm sure the Beatles' Apple Corps. will be fighting this tooth and nail. A previous collection of Star Club recordings released in the 1970s made the band very unhappy and has been available since only on gray area/quasi bootleg releases. The sound quality was lousy and I doubt these unreleased recordings sound much better.


Various radio programs of interest

NPR has a few online broadcasts folks here may be interested in.

First up, there's a feature on the Lone Ranger that old-time radio buffs may enjoy.

And for Beatles fans there's this interview with photographer Astrid Kirchherr, the band's friend from their Hamburg, Germany, days, and a feature on troubled Vee-Jay record label, which as the first U.S. company to issue the group's music.