Philly wins Super Bowl (music-wise, anyhow)

NPR's Philadelphia-based "World Cafe" assembled a local music playlist for this weekend's Super Bowl and Boston's WBUR quickly countered with a Patriots playlist.

There's good music on both, but Philly's wins out for me, thanks to some choice soul picks and a track by saxophonist John Coltrane, who live in Philadelphia early in his career.



Music new releases Feb. 2, 2018: Roxy Music; James Hunter; Frank Zappa; Louis Armstrong; Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane

New and notable. Click the links to order from Amazon.

Pop Culture Roundup: Mort Walker; Rudy Nebres; Marvel Comics calendars; cosplay 1939

So long, Mort Walker. The creator of "Beetle Bailey" and "Hi and Lois" died this week at age 94. The Comics Journal has an obituary.

Meanwhile, comic strip historian Ger Alperdoorn looks back at some of Walker's early, New Yorker-style cartoon work and Beetle Bailey in a two-part tribute on his Fabulous Fifties blog.


Diversions of the Groovy Kind shares a portfolio of Robert E. Howard-inspired illustrations by the great Rudy Nebres.


Back in the Bronze Age looks back on Marvel Comics cool calendars of the 1970s and 80s.


Rip Jagger shares Charlton Comics' 1973 guide for comics artists and writers.

Via Syfy Wire: Cosplay 1939.

New documentary explores Chris Claremont's X-Men

See the trailer below.


Chris Claremont came to Marvel as a young man, and was assigned a book that no one else wanted, a book on the brink of cancellation: X-Men. Over the next 17 years, his work on the title turned it into the biggest franchise in comic book history. Forty years later, his work has been adapted into ten films, three TV series, countless video games and become a part of our cultural mythology. But, it all started with one writer and his commitment to emotionally honest storytelling and real character building.

Vintage ad: "This Guy's in Love With You" by Herb Alpert

Time Capsule: Magazine covers from February 1968