Vintage Halloween comic book cover

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Some cool LP sharity:

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Comics Continuum has pics and an update on the "Smallville" version of Aquaman.

Electronic Arts will do a "Return of Superman" video game.

Dial B for Blog is gettin' Halloweeny this week.

The San Francisco Gate takes a good look at comics retailer Brian Hibbs' lawsuit against Marvel Comics.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer checks out Harvey Pekar's "The Quitter."

Peter Jackson will produce a film based on the "Halo" video game.

Will there be a comic based on "Lost"?

New Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys graphic novels

Out from Papercutz in December:

"The Girl Who Wasn't There"

Stefan Petrucha, writer
Sho Murase, artist

Nancy gets a call for help late one night from a girl she befriended
over the phone when getting technical support to help fix her
computer. When the line goes dead, Nancy is determined to get to the
bottom of things. Soon, Nancy, her Dad, and friends George and Bess
are on their way to India to find Kalpana, the girl who wasn¹t there!
It's only a matter of time before Nancy is captured by Sahadev the
crime lord and is being sacrificed to Kali!
Available in paperback or collector's hardcover.


Scott Lobdell, writer
Daniel Rendon, artist

Frank and Joe Hardy finish up a case helping a fellow ATAC (American
Teens Against Crime) agent, who sharp-eyed fans may recognize despite
her Alias. Things seem to quiet down when ATAC sends Frank and Joe
undercover to investigate a new Mall opening in Bayport, due to
several suspicious accidents there. But things get exciting when the
night before the big opening, Joe, Frank, and seven others are
mysteriously locked in the mall -with a murderer on the loose. If
that wasn't enough, everything that could go horribly wrong in a
mall, does. A flood caused by water beds. An electrocution at an
electronics shop. A bow and arrow used to kill in the Sporting Goods
store. A runaway elevator. A damsel in distress in the dress shop.
Fire in the food court. And much, much more.
Available in paperback or collector's hardcover.

The Velvet Underground: "Who Loves the Sun" -- Today's Best Song Ever

Sunshine pop from these dark-glasses and leather-clad refugees from Warhol's Factory? Yup.

The opening track of the band's final studio album, some fans at the time probably thought they'd picked up an album by the wrong group. But "Sun" is indeed the post-John Cale Velvets in an especially tuneful mood.

The song is marked by lovely, chiming guitar and cheerful group harmonies that bely the heartbroken lyrics ("Who Loves the Sun / Who loves the sun / Who cares that it makes plants grow / Who cares what it does / Since you broke my heart"). It even goes into Fifth Dimension-esqe "ba ba bas" on the chorus.

It coulda/shoulda been a hit. Instead, it serves as the first of several excellent tunes on Loaded, which also includes the Lou Reed classics "Rock And Roll" and "Sweet Jane."

Available: via iTunes and the remastered, expanded version of Loaded.

Out now!

Available now at yer local comics shop or via This is Pop!-supporting links:

Arkham Asylum Anniversary Ed SC

Batman Gotham County Line #1

Batman Strikes Vol 2 In Darkest Knight TP

Conan Volume 2: The God In The Bowl And Other Stories HC

Daredevil Redemption TP

Elfquest Archives Vol 3 HC

Jingle Belle TP

King Kong - King Of Skull Island TP

Krazy and Ignatz 1935-1936 A Wild Warmth Of Chromatic Gravy

Magnus Robot Fighter Vol 1 GN

Marvel Monsters Devil Dinosaur

Mary Jane Vol 2 Homecoming Digest TP

New X-Men Hellions TP

Quitter HC

Showcase Presents Metamorpho Vol 1 TP

Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 6 Final Curtain TP

Spies Vixens and Masters Of Kung Fu Art Of Paul Gulacy Dlx HC

Uncle Scrooge #346

Vertigo First Offenses TP

Watchmen The Absolute Edition HC

Zorro Vol 1 SC

CD new releases of note

Oct. 4

Solomon Burke That's Heavy Baby 1971-1973
Booker Ervin Tex Book Tenor
The Fall Heads Roll
Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better...with
Andrew Hill Andrew!
Elmo Hope Trio & Quintet
The Magic Numbers The Magic Numbers
Jackie McLean Consequence
My Morning Jacket Z
Liz Phair Somebody's Miracle
Ike Quebec The Complete 1945 Sessions
Ravi Shankar The Essential
VA One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds, Lost & Found
VA These Ghoulish Things: Horror Hits for Hallowe'en
DVD Cream The Farewell Concert: Extended Edition

Oct. 11

John Cale, Tony Conrad, Angus Maclise, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela Day of Niagara: Inside the Dream Syndicate Vol. 1
John Coltrane One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note
Gang of Four Return the Gift
Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto Getz & Gilberto #2
King Crimson 21st Century Guide to, Volume Two, 1981-2003
Paul Weller As Is Now
Robert Wyatt Theatre Royal Drury Lane

"Krypto" cartoon spawns toys

Here's a roundup of nifty lookin' toys based on the Cartoon Network "Krypto the Super Dog" series.

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Vintage Halloween comic book cover

Found at the Grand Comic Book Database.

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Upcoming from Sideshow Toys: 1:1 scale busts of Boris Karloff's Ardeth Bey from 1932's "The Mummy" and the comic book version of "The Thing." The busts are the first in line in a series of Univeral Studios and Marvel Comics busts.

Hey, it's Batman vs. Wolverine! Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are set to play rival magicians in "The Prestige", a new film from "Batman Begins" director Christopher Nolan.

USA Today reviews the "platinum edition" of Disney's "Cinderella."

Nicholas Cage is a huge comic book geek.

JoBlo has a peek at the new, animated "Curious George."

Eliza Dushku has thrown her tiara in the ring. She wants to be Wonder Woman.

Sony has posted an official villains gallery in antipation of "Spider-Man 3."

Love: "My Little Red Book" -- Today's Best Song Ever

A punked-up take on Burt Bacharach's "What's New Pussycat" soundtrack tune (the composer reportedly wasn't pleased), this was an early single for the L.A.-based Love.

The original version, by Manfred Mann, was light with jazz touches. But this is all relentlessly pounding drums and bass. The vocals are pure aggression, not resignation.

Fronted by the charismatic Arthur Lee, Love is one of the 60s' lost treasures.

Never given much attention in its prime, the band has taken on cult status, particularly its 1967 masterwork "Forever Changes," which seamlessly blends standard rock band instrumentation with strings and horns--all topped off with Lee's oddball lyrics. If you're a fan of "Pet Sounds" or "Sgt. Pepper," it's one you've gotta hear.

Available: Via iTunes, on Love's eponymous debut album, and on the Rhino compilation "Love Story," which includes all the band's best albums tracks, singles and "Forever Changes" in its entirety.

DVD new releases for Oct. 4

The Bob Newhart Show - The Complete Second Season

Cinderella (Disney Special Platinum Edition)

Cream - Royal Albert Hall - London May 2-3-5-6 2005

Cream - Farewell Concert (1968)

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Star Trek - Nemesis (Special Collector's Edition)

The Val Lewton Horror Collection (Cat People / The Curse of the Cat People / I Walked with a Zombie / The Body Snatcher / Isle of the Dead / Bedlam / The Leopard Man / The Ghost Ship / The Seventh Victim / Shadows in the Dark)

"High in the Clouds," Paul McCartney's children's book

He's garnering decent reviews on his new LP so, what the hell, he might as well write a book too, eh?

Despite the title, which might lead you to believe it's an autobiography, the tome is for kids. Here's the publisher's description:

Forced to leave his woodland home, destroyed by the expansion plans of the evil Gretsch, Wirral the squirrel vows to find the fabled land of Animalia, where all the animals are said to live in freedom and without fear. Aided and abetted by Froggo the hot-air-ballooning frog, Wilhamina the plucky red squirrel, and Ratsy the streetwise rodent, Wirral's personal quest turns into a full-blown plan to save enslaved animals Everywhere -- a plan that is fraught with danger. Exciting, poignant, and funny, this lavishly illustrated epic tale will delight children of all ages.

I wonder if Fender and Rickenbacker turn up as well?

See the Best Beatles Sites on the Web.

"King Kong" production diaries to hit DVD

In what amounts to a bonus disk released before the actual film hits theaters, Universal will release director Peter Jackson's video production diaries of "King Kong" Dec. 13. The film opens in theaters Dec. 14.

The two-disk set includes three and a half hours of material.

According to DVD Exclusive:

The DVD collection, expected to be priced at $39.98, features the journals from the first eight months of production ending with principal photography as well as original footage produced specifically for the DVD and a 50-page four-color book.

The set is available for pre-order at $27.99 from Amazon now.

More "Lost" season 2 cast pictures

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Vintage Halloween comic book cover

Found at the Grand Comic Book Database.

DC Direct JLA gift set

Out for the holidays, this set boxes up modern-look versions of the Justice League of America.

Along with the figures, it comes with 48-page comic book featuring material from JLA 80-Page Giant #1, JLA Secret Files #3, JLA #77, and JLA Gallery #1.

New comics previews

Check out Mile High Comics for advance looks at Albion #3, Batman: Gotham County Line #1, Outsiders #29, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles #1, Swamp Thing #20, Amazing Fantasy #13, Incredible Hulk #87, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #8, Marvel Monsters: Devil Dinosaur, Marvel Team-Up #13, New Thunderbolts #13, Spider-Girl #91, Spider-Man: The Other Sketchbook, Uncanny X-Men #465 and X-Men Unlimited #11.

More upcoming comics.

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Checking in with Neil Gaimin.

Not much to see, but the official "Superman Returns" site is up.

Another animated "Lucky Luke" feature is planned in France.

31 free Van Morrison MP3s. And worth every penny!

Booksteve joins the Johnny West Club.

Via Bubblegumfink: a site dedicated to British TV annuals.

Dial B looks in his crystal ball.