By Francis Manapul.
And by Frazetta.
Also by Frazetta.
By Francis Manapul.
And by Frazetta.
Also by Frazetta.
Indiana Jones goes for the paper
By Pete Von Sholly.
By Amanda Visell.
By Kate Elizabeth.
Another one by Michele Legendre.
“The Prince of Space”
By Leo Morey.
“Amazons from Space” and other stories
I never had this Wonder Woman one, but I had a couple of these superhero records (like this Hulk book-and-record one) when I was a kid. Clicking either of those links will take you to the Power Records blog where you’ll find tons of these things. Very cool site.
Indiana Jones makes everything better
Jack Sparrow tells all
Confessions of a Disneyland Captain Jack. It’s an extremely interesting behind-the-scenes look into the challenges of adapting a drunken, horny pirate to a family setting without losing the initial appeal. Be sure to read all the way to the end. It sounds like he’s complaining in parts, but it’s got a very sweet finish.
Disney wanted us to tone Jack down, so they put us through an acting class to discover reasons why Jack walks and talks the way he does. Obviously he is based on Keith Richards, who’s always messed up, which is why they came up with the class. “Don’t be flirtatious,” they told us. “See women as trouble.” And they said as far as alcohol goes, don’t even mention drinking. But the Pirates of the Caribbean song is all about drinking, and they’re drinking all along the ride. So I eventually broke that rule, because it would have taken me out of character. When parents took pictures, I’d say, “Everyone say ‘rum,’ ” and the parents loved it.
“Moon Town is a series of science-fiction episodes being created by writer/director Steve Ogden. He is planning to use a ‘Production-Based’ approach to developing the series, in hopes of keeping down the production cost and amount of time it takes to develop each episode. Look for finished episodes to be released online in serial form. The first episode, “Arrival,” is slated for completion in Spring 2008.” (Thanks, SF Signal!)
Tintin movies a trilogy
Sounds like Spielberg’s directing the first one, Peter Jackson’s got the second one, and they’re co-directing the last.
I’ve never seen a review of an
action figure doll before
At least, not one this in depth. Lots of great pictures too. It really is a great-looking doll.
Devil May Care
The new Bond novel is out. I had my hands on it the other night at Borders, but decided I didn’t have time to read it right now. Besides, I’m saving up for the Fleming hardcovers. Devil May Care is definitely on my list though.
“So young, my lord, and true.”
It’s no secret that we like Keira Knightley around here. And thanks to a re-watch of Emma and her performance in Iron Man, I’m kinda developing a crush on Gwyneth Paltrow too. Put them together with Anthony Hopkins and you’ve got a can’t-miss King Lear. The only thing that could make it better would be for Kenneth Branagh to write, direct, and produce, but we’ll give this Joshua Michael Stern fella a chance too.
Saw Iron Man again last night and dang it if I didn’t forget to look for Captain America’s shield at the appropriate time. I thought about it as the movie started and then got sucked in and didn’t think again about Easter eggs. (Or maybe I was just way distracted by Gwyneth Paltrow.)
I’ll probably do the same with The Incredible Hulk, which is going to have plenty of its own Easter eggs and connections to other Marvel movies.
I’m linking to some short comics stories today. The first one is “The Haunted Forest” from Web of Evil #15. I’ve always loved spooky, bare trees with faces and finger-like branches. And giant spiders.
I really need to pay more attention to music
When the B-52s have a new album out and I don’t know it… that’s just very, very sad.
It’s cool enough that there was a ’40s pulp comic about about a war correspondent who fought crime and enemy spies in a rubber Halloween mask.
It’s even cooler that he occasionally tussled with headless suits of armor.
Hellboy 3, but that’s it
Guillermo del Toro has an idea for Hellboy 3, but he doesn’t want to push the franchise past that point.
If there was ever a third one, I would really make sure that we at least sign a contract that there is no more. No prequels and no sequels: nothing. If that happens, then there is a third one we have planned, and the seeds are planted in this film…
The idea for me is to bring back the Nazis characters, but bring them back in a way they would operate now. Meaning, what public face would the Nazis have in 2009/2010? How rich would they be? How in charge could they be? It’s not this group of freakies that hide in the sewers, but people that are incredibly rich.
I’m a huge fan of Jeff Parker’s Agents of Atlas. (Okay, I know it’s really Marvel’s Agents of Atlas, but I still think of it as Parker’s.) Where else are you going to find a talking gorilla, a killer robot, a spaceman, an undersea queen, and the goddess of Love fighting evil spy organizations? Nowhere, that’s where.
And having fallen in love with the team, I’m pleased as punch that Karswell has posted the Golden Age origin of said talking gorilla: Gorilla Man.
“She’s just CGIed that way”
Wolverine: First Class
As much as I’m enjoying Jeff Parker’s (there’s that name again) X-Men: First Class, my Wolverine ennui runs deep enough that I wasn’t even tempted to try Wolverine: First Class. I figured I’d buy the Alpha Flight issue when it came out, but that would be it.
That is until I read that another upcoming issue will feature Shang Chi: Master of Kung Fu. If Fred Van Lente’s cool enough to want to include both Alpha Flight and Shang Chi in his comic, I’m not going to be able to ignore him. If he announces he’s got an upcoming Rocket Raccoon issue, my head will explode.
One of my new favorite web comics. Really funny, low key superhero stuff. (I’ll tell you about my other new favorite later this week. If you’re reading the Newsarama blog, you already know about it.)
Okay. More catching up with Awesome news from Blogarama.
Another Blue Beetle interview
I followed up my interview with the writer of Blue Beetle’s all-Spanish issue by breaking the news about the series’ new, regular writer: Jack of Fables‘ Matt Sturges. Hopefully you can’t tell it from the interviews, but I’ve never read an issue of Blue Beetle before now. These conversations have made me want to change that though, so I’ll be picking up the Spanish issue this week as well as checking out Matt’s run. And I just bought the collection of the first six issues in the series.
There’s a new poster for the Incredible Hulk movie
And again, it’s got a great Bill Bixby vibe that’s making me hungry to see it.
I don’t read Platinum Comics because the vibe I get is that they’re all movie pitches first and comics second. I’d rather read comics by people who just really want to make comics.
That’s not to say that there aren’t some nifty movie ideas in their concepts though, so I’m actually curious to see more about the Atlantis Rising movie. I loves me some Atlantis stories.
Black Panther: The Animated Series
I got tired of the Black Panther comic once it got caught up in Civil War and became a second Fantastic Four title, but if the cartoon is anything like the early issues, I’ll be all over it.
Three Days in Europe movie
Back when I was actively trying to expand my tastes with some genres I don’t typically read, I thought I’d give Three Days in Europe a try thinking it was a Romance comic. It was, but it was also a crime/spy/adventure comic and it was really good. So I’m happy that it’s getting made into a movie starring Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Garner.
New Crystal Skull pics
Can be found here. None of them really grabbed me, but there they are.
Another Spirit poster
I like this one. It looks more like a Will Eisner splash page and less like Sin City 2. I’d prefer it not be in black-and-white though.
New X-Files comics
I never used to read X-Files comics when the show was still on even though one of my favorite writers, John Rozum, was writing them. Comics based on currently-being-produced TV shows are always creatively tied by the need to not contradict the show they’re based on. That might not be as big a problem now that X-Files is an infrequent movie series though, so I’m likely to give this a shot.
Women of DC poster by Adam Hughes
This was a giveaway at the New York Comic Con. Man, I love Adam Hughes.
From left to right: Catwoman, Oracle, Zatanna, Black Canary, Power Girl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batwoman, Vixen, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn.
Supergirl for kids
Fans have been clamoring for a more kid-friendly (or, more specifically, young-girl-friendly) Supergirl comic for a while now. Looks like they’re finally getting it.
Coming soon to a superhero universe near you. I sort of wish they were all gorillas, but how can you not make the webslinger a spider monkey? Well done, Marvel.
I’m still catching up on the solicitations for upcoming comics. I was just going to stick this in the Awesome List below, but dang if there aren’t a lot of interesting comics coming from DC in May.
In no particular order:
House of Mystery #1
There aren’t many people I’d trust to make an ongoing horror anthology series interesting, but Bill Willingham is one of them. Especially since he and co-writer Matt Sturges aren’t doing a real anthology so much as they are a series of tales with a connected, mystery metastory running through them. Or something like that.
It’s still really risky business, but like I said, I trust Willingham enough to give it a serious look.
Justice League Unlimited #45
I don’t usually read this comic, but it’s got Mary Marvel on the cover with a gorilla who’s holding some kind of superscience device. Time to see if this compares well to Marvel’s Marvel Adventures comics that I love so very truly.
Detective Comics #844
All I need to know is that Zatanna’s on the cover.
Gotham Underground #8
I’m gonna have to flip through this one in the store, but Azrael’s sort of appearance on the cover is getting me to at least pick it up. I fully expect him to appear in flashback or something, which means I’ll be leaving it on the shelf.
Batman: Gotham After Midnight #1
Steve Niles and Kelley Jones on an ongoing about Batman’s “bizarre and frightening case files” featuring grave-robbers and man-made monsters. DC just made me a regular reader of a Batman comic again.
This is another one I’m going to have to flip through. I absolutely love Joe Kubert’s art, but the blurb bothers me a little by focusing a lot on Tor’s struggle with existential questions. Not that I’m at all against having some deeper subject matter, but I want to see him struggle more with giant crocodiles than the meaning of life.
The War That Time Forgot #1
This sounds like a no-brainer. “A lone USAF pilot, about to warn his superiors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, finds his craft suddenly crash-landing on a mysterious island populated with prehistoric creatures and soldiers of wars of the past, present and future – including Tomahawk, Firehair, and Hans Von Hammer, the Enemy Ace! What bizarre force has compelled these military masters of every era to inhabit the same strange territory? Can they survive without killing each other or being devoured by dinosaurs?”
The only problem is that it’s written by Bruce Jones, a guy who’s sometimes taken awesome concepts and turned them into solemn, weighty stories. Again, I’m all for adding strong characterization and profound themes to all the historical soldiers vs. dinosaurs action. Let’s just make sure that it’s only Time and not the writer who forgets the War.
Okay, seriously. My name is Michael May and I’m a Gonzalesaholic. Thing is, I don’t wanna get better.
I am… in awe.
It’s getting late, so I’m gonna skip the Day Watch review until tomorrow. Here’s your Awesome List.
As if there was any doubt. June 17. Write it down.
The hero of Seattle, the man they call Jayne
Dan Wickline’s Sinbad
Dan’s a pal of mine and Sinbad’s a hero I have a lot of affection for, so this is an easy sell. Especially when Dan describes his series this way:
“Sinbad was by far, the world’s worst sailor. He went on seven voyages and never once came home on the same ship … To me, I don’t think he was Sinbad the Sailor until after the voyages. He learned who he was and what he can do through those journeys. The Sinbad we have here is at his confident, charismatic and creative peak. Why just save the girl when you can do it with style? Why retreat when you can charge? And he will always have a plan, even if it’s made up as he goes along.”
Tom Spurgeon is collating a list of US cities and their comics scenes. “Kind of a first stop on who to contact if you were planning to relocate,” Tom says, “or where to go if you were planning a visit, or who to invite if you were having a show, or who you might profile if you were writing a feature article.” I’ve always known the Twin Cities has a great comics scene and now it’s documented.
He’s also soliciting updates to the list.
Robots vs. crocodiles and gorillas
Lady, That’s My Skull has scans from “My Brother Was a Robot,” a story in My Greatest Adventure #42. As Sleestak says, “I’m presenting ‘My Brother Was A Robot’ here not because it is particularly good, the plot is pretty dull actually and is an otherwise forgettable entry into the annals of comic history. What makes this story worth noting at all is that it features a robot beating the crap out of some crocodiles and a gorilla. Sometimes comics just don’t get any better than that.” Amen, my reptilian brother.