Thursday, February 28, 2019

Record Store Day 2019 list is out


You can see the whole list of Record Store Day vinyl releases here. RSD is April 13.

This is the day, you may remember, when record shops offer unique, collectable releases as a way to celebrate vinyl and record store culture. Yes, there are still record stores, any you may be able to find one near you here.

Things on this year's list that caught my eye include releases by Bill Evans, Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, John Lennon, Otis Redding and the MGs, The Pink Floyd and a couple of Doctor Who releases.

The UK, Brexity as it is these days, insists on doing its own Record Store Day and you can see that list of releases here.


Video Find: "Batman and Mr. Dozier"

A documentary short on the 1966 "Batman" TV series.


See: A whole mess of season 8 "Game of Thrones" cast posters

See the new Captain Marvel cover for Entertainment Weekly

Out this week.


Watch: New trailer for "X-Men: Dark Phoenix"



Wednesday, February 27, 2019

New Comics Day: Shazam!: Origins; Corto Maltese; Iron Fist: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Collection

Picks this week. Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

Young orphan Billy Batson has bounced from foster home to foster home, but he's far from the ideal child. Brash and rude, Billy is a troubled teen who just can't seem to find a calling. But after a fateful night on a subway car, that all will change. 
Brought to the feet of the magical wizard Shazam at the Rock of Eternity, Billy is imbued with powers beyond any mortal man. By shouting the wizard's name--Shazam!--the young teen is mystically transformed into the powerhouse known as Captain Marvel! Now given abilities that make him Earth's Mightiest Mortal at the utterance of a simple phrase, will Billy make the right choices and do what it takes to become a hero? Or will he succumb to the poor choices of youth--and the villainous Black Adam?
Perfect for any new fan of the World's Mightiest Mortal, this new edition of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's classic graphic novel features a photo cover of star actor Zachary Levi. Collects Justice League #0, #21 and stories from Justice League #7-11, #14-16 and #18-20.


Corto Maltese enters the crossroads of magic and the occult, astrology and history, religion and mythology in the first English-language translation of Pratt's award-winning book.
Visiting the writer Hermann Hesse while researching alchemists with his old friend Professor Steiner, Corto drinks from the "source of the Alchemy Rose" and becomes immersed in a surreal and dreamlike adventure that involves Klingsor, the quest for the Holy Grail, Death, the Devil, and the Sandman, among others. This complexly plotted graphic novel was among Hugo Pratt's most philosophical ruminations on the imagination.

Danny Rand, the wielder of the power of the Iron Fist, must defend the mystical realm of K'un-Lun, but Dhasha Khan has a plan that will test Iron Fist's mettle unlike ever before. The warrior-sorcerer seeks the spirit of the Firebird, a woman protected by Iron Fist; however, Khan has at his side the Silver Dragon, someone with a deep connection to Danny Rand. It's a confrontation that risks Iron Fist's very soul, brought to you by master storyteller Chris Claremont and artist Rudy Nebres, whose lush ink wash illustrations convey the power and majesty of martial arts like none other! Also featuring the solo adventures of Iron Fist's colleagues Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, the Daughters of the Dragon!
COLLECTING: DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU (1974) 10, 18-24, 29, 31-33; BIZARRE ADVENTURES (1981) 25

Comic Art Gallery: Steve Ditko's complete original Doctor Strange art for Strange Tales #117


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Time Capsule: William Shatner on "The Mike Douglas Show," Feb. 26, 1969




Comic Art: Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four #66 Story Page 3 Original Art


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New "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" movie poster

Tune in for a trailer tomorrow.


Watch: New "Shazam!" trailer: DC's Captain Marvel meets Dr. Sivana.





New film, "Century 21 Slough - End of an Era," documents end of Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation studio

Details:

A draughty warehouse on the Slough Trading Estate in the 1960s: what could possibly be so special about such a place? In Century 21, Slough, the former studios of iconic series such as Stingray, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, The Secret Service, UFO, and most famously Thunderbirds are revisited one final time by the crew before the demolition of the buildings in 2017. 

Original puppets and models from the series are returned to their former home as DAVID ELLIOTT (Director), MARY TURNER (Puppeteer), DEE ANDERSON (Daughter of Sylvia Anderson), ALAN SHUBROOK (Model Maker), DAVID LANE (Director/Producer), and Academy Award winner BRIAN JOHNSON (Special Effects) reminisce over the production of some of the most magical and impressive television and film achievements, with the aid of rare archive footage and photographs – some seen here for the first time! 

See also the final piece of Supermarionation filmed in the original building as David Elliott returns to the director’s chair and Mary Turner climbs the puppet bridge once again… 

So long, Mark Hollis

The Talk Talk singer died yesterday at age 64. Always loved this tune:


Watch: New "Captain Marvel" TV spot - "Look Good"



Monday, February 25, 2019

Comic Art: Jack Kirby and Sol Brodsky Fantastic Four #3 Story Page 7 Original Art


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Coming Up: New book collects classic Marvel Comics pin-up art by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita and more


Out July 9. Pre-order now from Amazon.

Details from IDW Publishing:

Jack Kirby, "Sturdy" Steve Ditko, Jim Steranko, Don Heck, John Byrne, Barry Windsor-Smith, John Severin, Wally Wood, Dan Decarlo, John Romita, and many more!

As part of the tremendous fun of Silver Age comics, artists created pin-ups of the most popular Marvel heroes and villains! Now the greatest of those works of art are gathered for the first time in a beautiful large-format hardback book! Included are rare examples of original art of The Thing, Spider-Man, and Dr. Strange.

An incredible artbook showcasing Spidey, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Avengers, Nick Fury, Daredevil, Millie the Model (!), and the ever lovin' blue-eyed Thing--and many marvelous more! Witty wordage, pulse-pounding patter, and zany zingers by Stan "The Man" Lee!


 



Best Comics Covers of the Week

Friday, February 22, 2019

Records We Missed: Geoff Love's Big Disco Sound - Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Other Disco Galactic Themes



Out now: Entertainment Weekly's Captain Marvel Collector's Edition


Details from EW:

The issue takes a deep dive into Carol Danvers’ world, from her complicated comics backstory to her path to the screen (and her history-making turn as the MCU’s first solo female hero). Not only did we get some inside scoop from interviews with the film’s stars — including Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Gemma Chan, and more — but we also have exclusive stills, behind-the-scenes photos, and production art. It’s the perfect guide to the Marvel’s newest hero, whether you’ve been a longtime member of the Carol Corps or are just making your first foray into the MCU.

Coming Up: Lego 1960s Mustang

In Lego stores and online in March.