Pop Pic: Bette Davis


Hot Trax '71: The James Gang; Olivia Newton-John; Jean Knight and more!

New singles on the charts 50 years ago this week.

The James Gang - Walk Away

Eddie Kendricks - It's So Hard for Me to Say Goodbye

Jean Knight - Mr. Big Stuff

Chee-Chee and Peppy - I Know I'm in Love

The Whispers - Your Love is So Doggone Good

Five Man Electrical Band - Signs

Olivia Newton-John - If Not for You

Cochise - Love's Made a Fool of You

Sounds Of Sunshine – Love Means (You Never Have To Say You're Sorry)

Listen to the Hot Trax '71 playlist on Spotify:

Pop Culture Roundup: Batman, The Shadow, Bob Dylan!

ITEM! DC Comics' Batman: The Adventures Continue returns from a brief hiatus June 2 with a new "season." The comic is written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett and drawn by the artist behind the classic Batman: The Animated Series comics, Ty Templeton.

ITEM! A rare first issue of The Shadow pulp series sold for $156,000 at auction this week. 

ITEM! Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Billy Bragg and others name their favorite Bob Dylan tunes in honor of the bard's 80th birthday.

MEANWHILE: The New York Times looks at the funny side of Dylan (there's actually quite a bit).

Happy Memorial Day. Have a great long weekend, U.S. readers! 

Pop Pic: Will Rogers


New music out today: Bowie; Can; King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, more!

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Pop Culture Roundup: "Friends" reunion; Mego; Batman and more!

ITEM! Plaid Stallions shares a great 1978 K-Mart toy flyer. Check out those Mego super-hero action figures.

ITEM! The "Friends" cast reunited for a reunion interview special now streaming on HBO Max. Which begs the question, how old are these guys now, anyway?

ITEM! Check out these reading recommendations from the late sci-fi author Philip José Farmer.

ITEM! I agree, Christopher Lee would've been the perfect guy to play Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul.

Pop Pic: Sir Richard Burton


Watch: New trailer for Disney's "Jungle Cruise"

"Jungle Cruise" opens July 30.

Pop Culture Roundup: Sandman TV cast; Batman; Aquaman

ITEM! Classic 1960s Aquaman artist Ramona Fradon provides a cover for a new 100-page celebration of the Sea King's 80th anniversary out in August.

ITEM! Speaking of Aquaman—DC Comics will kick off a new series featuring the character alongside the release of the second Aquaman film, which is set for release in December.

ITEM! The Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaimin's "Sandman" comics series has a seemingly Endless cast that includes Jenna Coleman, Stephen Fry, Patton Oswalt, Joely Richardson playing the roles of Mopheus' friends and family.

ITEM! Batman: The World, out Sept. 18 (Batman Day - do we get the off work?), is a 184-page hardcover anthology including the work of a dozen or so comics creators from around the globe.

Video Find: The Kinks sing "You Really Got Me" and more on "Beat Club," 1966

Coming Up: John Buscema's Silver Surfer Artisan Edition

Out Feb. 22. Order from Amazon now.


John Buscema’s innovative drawing on Marvel’s Silver Surfer is presented in IDW’s Artisan Edition format. Collecting three complete issues (issues #5, #6, and #8) from the acclaimed original run written by Stan Lee. As a special bonus—this book will have four foldouts featuring eight oversized covers.

An essential component of The House of Ideas, John Buscema’s talented hand graced the pages of Marvel’s most iconic characters for over four decades, working on The Avengers, Thor, The Fantastic Four, and The Amazing Spider-Man just to name a few.

As with all Artisan Edition books, nearly every page in this volume has been scanned from the original art, enabling the reader to clearly see all the little nuances that make original art unique and fascinating—blue pencil notations, margin notes, whiteout, and so much more. This will be a must-have for all fans and students of classic comic art!

Wayne Coyne, Jeff Tweedy, Beck and others join in new version of Daniel Johnson's "True Love Will Find You In The End" to benefit mental health awareness

Never-before-seen footage of the late, great Daniel Johnston set to his iconic anthem "True Love Will Find You in the End." Directed by Jason Juez Steck.

Featuring (in order of appearance):

  • Daniel Johnston
  • Beck
  • Mother Mother
  • Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips)
  • Choir!Choir!Choir!
  • Doug Martsch (Built to Spill)
  • Matt Schultz (Cage The Elephant)
  • Beyond Hope
  • Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)
  • Frank Watkinson
  • Kids Rock Chorus

Because mental health matters, pledge to ask others HI, HOW ARE YOU?

Sign the pledge at https://hihowareyou.org/pledge

Pop Pic: Peter Fonda


Comics collected editions out this week: Man-Thing Omnibus

Only one Bronze-Age pick this week. Click the link to order from Amazon.

Neither wholly plant nor animal, neither entirely self-aware nor totally non-sentient, the creature called the Man-Thing is unique, unchanging and alone — but none who encounter him can ever be the same again. Empathic by nature and drawn to fight evil, his shambling visage inspires fear — and whatever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing’s touch! Whether danger rises from the swamp or the city, the past or the future, outer space or the human soul, the Man-Thing awaits!
    COLLECTING: Astonishing Tales (1970) 12-13, Fear (1972) 11-19, Man-Thing (1974) 1-22, Giant-Size Man-Thing (1974) 1-3, Incredible Hulk (1968) 197-198, Marvel Team-Up (1972) 68, Marvel Two-in-One (1974) 43, Man-Thing (1979) 1-11, Doctor Strange (1974) 41; material from Savage Tales (1971) 1; Fear (1972) 10; Giant-Size Man-Thing (1974) 4-5; Monsters Unleashed (1973) 5, 8-9; Rampaging Hulk (1977) 7