New Music Friday: Roy Orbison; She and Him

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Pop Culture Roundup: sci-fi comics; Jack Chick

Four-Color Shadows fights juvenille delinquency with Frank Thorne's Super Cool.


Via BoingBoing: A 1940s column in which sci-fi writer Thomas S. Gardner claims comic books are hurting the genre, but won't last.
"Science Fiction is being guffawed, ballyhooed, and ridiculed out of existence. The readers and magazines are being classified as morons as a result of the comic books."
Luckily, though, the prescient Gardner predicted comic books wouldn’t be around for long.
"The comic magazines are a fly-by-night affair in all probability. The fact that few appear for the second issue but start out with a new series hoping to sell the first copies is pretty good proof of their impermanence."

Cartoonist Jack Chick, whose fiery, oddball "tracts" promised eternal damnation and hellfire for those who didn't accept Jesus as their personal savior, passed away this week. The Los Angeles Times has a story here.

I used to occasionally find Chick's publications in various places - bus stations and the like. And, as reprehensible as I found his hateful and reactionary views (anti-gay, anti-Catholic, anti-Muslim, anti-science, etc., etc.), I always found his comics compelling in an outsider art sort of way - simultaneously interested and off-putting.

Here's hoping Chick encounters an afterlife that's much more welcoming than the one he so often portrayed.

New teaser: Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks will premiere on BBC AMERICA on Saturday, November 19, at 8:25/7:25c before a new episode of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

The Power of the Daleks is one of the most celebrated Doctor Who adventures, and yet no complete film recordings are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974. This brand new animation, being released 50 years after its only UK broadcast, is based on the program’s original audio recordings, surviving photographs, and film clips. The six-part adventure features the regeneration – or as it was then called “renewal” – of First Doctor, William Hartnell, into Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, and follows the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) as they do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.

Vintage Ad: Marvel Super Hero posters

New comics Oct. 17, 2016: Moebius Library; Cerebus Cover Treasury; Doctor Strange; The Champions

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Pop Culture Roundup: Charlton Comics; Gil Kane; The Who; The Raven

Cool Kickstarter: A nine-volume collection of Charlton Comics' complete Silver Age covers, with images shot from stats once owned by editor/artist Dick Giordano.


Via The Bristol Board: Gil Kane sketches and finished art for Marvel Comics covers.


A Shroud of Thoughts on the inspiration for the Who's "Pictures of Lilly."

Via "Kid" Robson: Richard Corben and Basil Rathbone quoth "The Raven."

New "Twin Peaks" video! The cast talks

The cast members of Twin Peaks - Kyle MacLachlan, Jim Belushi, Miguel Ferrer, Kimmy Robertson, Dana Ashbrook, Amy Shiels, James Marshall, Robert Knepper, Chrysta Bell, and Harry Goaz - talk about the show and returning to film after all these years. Don't miss new episodes starting in 2017.

Vintage movie poster: "The Hound of the Baskervilles"