The Forgotten Dr. Who (who never was)

Doctor Who may be one role, but well over thirteen actors have played the part, each in his (or her) own way. In some circles, playing the Doctor is the most coveted part one can play. So it should come as no surprise that one actor would audition several times over. The only oddity is why we have not heard of Barrington Black before.

The many faces of Barrington Black as he auditioned for the part of the Doctor over many years.

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Nicholas Briggs uncovers the previously never told secret history of this enigmatic personality in a tell all interview courtesy of Myth Makers.

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 4/23/14

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the images below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

BOOM! STUDIOS
Peanuts #17 (Cover A Charles M. Schulz), $3.99
Planet Of The Apes Cataclysm Volume 3 TP, $14.99
Regular Show #12 (Cover A Matt Cummings), $3.99
Steed And Mrs Peel Volume 3 TP, $14.99

CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
Wonder Woman Unbound Curious History Of The World’s Most Famous Heroine SC (not verified by Diamond), $18.95

DC COMICS
All-Star Western #30, $3.99
Aquaman #30 (Paul Pelletier & Sean Parsons Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman Arkham City Armored Batman Statue, $124.95
Batman Eternal #3, $2.99
Flash #30 (Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund Regular Cover), $2.99
Justice League Dark #30 (Mikel Janin Regular Cover), $3.99
Justice League United #0 (Mike McKone Regular Cover), $3.99
Superman #30 (Andy Kubert Regular Cover), $2.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Garth Ennis’ The Complete Battlefields Volume 3 HC, $24.99

IDW PUBLISHING
Popeye Classics #21 (Cover A Bud Sagendorf), $3.99
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7 (Cover SUB Jerry Ordway), $3.99

IMAGE COMICS
East Of West #1 (Jonathan Hickman Signed Edition)(Dynamic Forces), $19.99
Five Ghosts #11, $2.99
Thief Of Thieves #20, $2.99

MARVEL COMICS
All-New Invaders #4, $3.99
All-New X-Men #23 (Dale Keown 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Daredevil #2 (Chris Samnee Regular Cover), $3.99
Elektra #1 (Michael Del Mundo Regular Cover), $3.99
Fantastic Four #3 (John Romita Jr. Regular Cover), $3.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy #14, $4.99
Uncanny Avengers #19 (Daniel Acuna Regular Cover), $3.99

Videos
Doctor Who The Moonbase DVD, AR

Merchandise
Avengers Assemble Black Widow Life-Size Stand-Up, $34.95
Avengers Assemble Falcon Life-Size Stand-Up, $34.95
Avengers Assemble Hulk Life-Size Stand-Up, $34.95
Avengers Assemble Iron Man Life-Size Stand-Up, $34.95
Avengers Assemble Nick Fury Life-Size Stand-Up, $34.95
Avengers Assemble Thor Life-Size Stand-Up, $34.95
Batman Pearls By Marc Silvestri T-Shirt LG, $18.95
DC Heroes Harley Quinn Sleep Tank LG, $27.99
Marvel Captain America’s Shield Silicone Tray, $15.00
Marvel Select Black Widow Action Figure, $24.99
Munsters Herman Munster Maquette, $225.00
S.H.I.E.L.D. Logo 16-Ounce Pub Glass, $7.99
Toon Tumblers Moon Knight Pint Glass, $10.99
Wonder Woman Transform T-Shirt LG, $18.95

Batman at 75

batman_75_years_logo_a_lBatman has turned 75 and while the media has been abuzz about it, WB may seem somewhat silent. While Batman Vs. Superman is being pushed to 2016 and the latest cartoon Beware the Batman has been cancelled, there are still some wonderful ways to honor the dark knight detective on his birthday.

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Scott Snyder continues to knock it out of the park with his ongoing Batman series with artist Greg Capullo, but he has also helmed a new ongoing series Batman Eternal (debuting this week at your local comic shop). More of an anthology comic rather than one focused on Batman himself, the new book will explore various corners of Gotham City and the Bat-family.

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The new creative team of Brian Buccelleto and Frances Manapul will be taking Detective Comics into an avenue closer to crime-investigation than has been seen before. The first issue came out last week and is worth checking out. I am a big fan of their work together on The Flash for the New 52 and think that good things could come from this series.

Son of Batman (click to Pre-order)

The Warner Bros Animation series of films continues to release impressive films with Son of Batman (based on the run by Grant Morrison and others) next in line. While it’s not out until next month, preview clips have been coming in and the movie appears to be another excellent project. If you missed out on the comic book version, this is a great story that provides a new angle on Batman and a very different take on Robin, the boy wonder.

Strange Days

Batman animation maven Bruce Timm has returned to the fold for a new animated short ‘Strange Days.’ Hearkening back to the early days of the caped crusader, Strange Days is evocative of the old Max Fleisher Superman cartoons (a style near and dear to Timm’s heart). Created especially for the 75th birthday, the short premiers tonight on Cartoon Network.

Arkham Origins (click to buy)

There is also new DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins which expands the rogues gallery with the addition of Mister Freeze, playable Bruce Wayne, a new cold-weather environment suit and many more gadgets to fill those utility belt pouches. This game has gotten a lot of flack from gamers for not living up to the Arkham anthology hype, but personally I like it a lot and am looking forward to this new chapter.

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 4/9/14

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the images below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

BIG FINISH PRODUCTIONS
Doctor Who Dark Eyes 2 Audio CD, $52.99
Doctor Who The Companion Chronicles The Sleeping City Audio CD, $14.99
Doctor Who The Space Race Audio CD, $24.99
Doctor Who White Ghosts Audio CD, $18.99

DC COMICS
Astro City #11, $3.99
Astro City Shining Stars TP (resolicited), $16.99
Astro City Through Open Doors HC, $24.99
Batman Eternal #1 (Jason Fabok Regular Cover), $2.99
DC Comics Super-Villains Crime Syndicate Power Ring Action Figure, $24.95
DC Comics Super-Villains Crime Syndicate Superwoman Action Figure, $24.95
DC Comics Super-Villains Crime Syndicate Ultraman Action Figure, $24.95
Jonah Hex Shadows West TP, $24.99
Justice League 3000 #5, $2.99

DK PUBLISHING
Spider-Man Character Encyclopedia HC, $16.99

DRAWN AND QUARTERLY
New York Postcards 30 Illustrations From The New Yorker And Beyond By Adrian Tomine, $14.95

East Of West #11, $3.50
East Of West Volume 2 We Are All One TP, $14.99

MARVEL COMICS
All-New Doop #1 (Of 5)(Michael Allred Regular Cover), $3.99
All-New X-Men #25 (Stuart Immonen Regular Cover), $4.99
Daredevil #1.50 (Paolo Rivera Regular Cover), $4.99
Daredevil By Mark Waid Volume 5 TP, $16.99
Daredevil Epic Collection Fall From Grace TP (New Printing), $44.99
Iron Fist The Living Weapon #1 (Kaare Andrews Regular Cover), $3.99
Iron Man #24 (Mike Del Mundo Regular Cover), $3.99
Nightcrawler #1 (Chris Samnee Regular Cover), $3.99

SANCTUM PRODUCTIONS
Cap Fury Double Novel Volume 1 SC, $14.95
Shadow Double Novel Volume 83 SC, $14.95

Videos
DC Super Heroes The Filmation Adventures Volume 1 DVD, AR
Doctor Who The Time Of The Doctor DVD, AR

Merchandise
Archer Isis Logo T-Shirt LG, $19.99
Batman Batscape T-Shirt XL, $18.95
Captain America Comic Poster, $5.99
DC Heroes Batgirl Sleep Tank With Cape XL, $27.99
Doctor Who Classic Dalek Action Figure Set #2, $53.99
Doctor Who Exploding TARDIS Boxers LG, $14.99
Doctor Who The Other Doctor 5-Inch Action Figure, $29.99
Godzilla Scream City Previews Exclusive Navy T-Shirt SM, $18.99
Marvel Comics Avengers Now Hulk ARTFX+ Statue, $64.99
Pacific Rim 7-Inch Series 3 Jaeger Action Figure Assortment, AR
RPM Nick Cave 5.5-Inch Vinyl Figure, $19.99
S.H.I.E.L.D. Previews Exclusive Hero Wide Point Knit Hat, $17.99
Star Trek The Original Series Art Prints Set 16, $34.95
Transformers Playing Cards, $5.99
Transformers Retro Chara Art Previews Exclusive White T-Shirt LG, $18.99

Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)

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I really dig comics. That probably does not come as a shock to you as my blog primarily deals with comic books (when I am not talking about outsider music, cult movies, video games or venting my spleen over Doctor Who) but I started this blog because comic book characters were becoming fashionable and I thought it would be a great opportunity to fill in the blanks for those unfamiliar with Green Arrow, Deadpool or Black Widow as they suddenly became important due to feature films, TV series or what-not.

But as some of these characters have become accepted into the current pop culture mindset, it’s important to see how far we have come. For ages, being a comic book fan meant hanging out in the dusty event rooms of suburban Howard Johnson hotels, collecting random beaten up magazines at drug stores and making shadow puppets from the light of your Captain America flashlight gun at night. Sure, there were a few attempts to bring these heroes to the small screen with the most recognized example being the Hulk starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. But there were other less successful attempts that are largely forgotten.

So as you sit in the cinema tonight, remember this oddity, a sequel to the other film that established young Reb Brown as the star-spangled shield-winger. This movie would strangely center on social security fraud, aging drugs and Hammer Horror alum Christopher Lee as a vague terrorist. Launched from the back of his sweet van, Cap’s motorcycle would fly through the streets delivering patriotic justice and lots of back flips. The movie barely holds up as entertaining today, but at the time it was terribly exciting to see these superheroes on TV… even if my little mind could figure out they got all the details wrong.

It is almost unimaginable today that a product like this would be conceived using Marvel superheroes as the properties are now revered money-making blockbusters. But many moons ago, Captain America looked like this…

Dexter star Michael C. Hall cast as Daredevil for new Defenders Netflix series?

Daredevil-TV-showMake no mistake, Daredevil is Marvel’s Batman. He’s slick, he’s cool, tragic and a street-level hero living in a world populated by mutants, gods and weird killer robots from space. In spite of his short-comings (being a pugilist/martial artist rather than a marksman, web slinger or armored avenger), he is still respected by the superhero community and feared by supervillains. His horns are well-earned.

All that being said, you would think that given the popularity of the superhero genre, he would be a major hit of the cinematic universe/ The guardian of Hell’s Kitchen (when he’s not in San Francisco) has of course already been seen on TV (in the Trial of the Incredible Hulk) and on the big screen (in the Daredevil feature film), each with varied results. However, Marvel Entertainment had regained the rights of their red-hued vigilante and rather than make another attempt at a big screen adaptation, they are instead using Daredevil as part of a new TV series set on the streets of New York City.

This summer filming will begin of the new Daredevil… In the mean time, rumors rule the web.

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The creators of Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series have apparently turned their focus on Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall, and want him to play The Man Without Fear. The report comes from The creators of Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series have apparently turned their focus the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an incredibly popular Facebook fan page devoted to all things Marvel–from small screen to silver screen. They quote a reliable source, but this is obviously just a rumor at this point. “This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment at the time of the announcement. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”

Last November, Netflix and Disney announced that they were developing multiple original series centered on Marvel characters. The first one to debut will be the Daredevil series, but there will be a total of at least four different shows and at least one miniseries. Other characters to get their own Netflix original include Jessica Jones, Iron First, and Luke Cage.

 

This has yet to be reported anywhere other than the Facebook page, but… it’s a great notion that would give the project some much-needed clout. Dexter star Michael C. Hall has a strong fan following and is sure to bring some attention to a new Daredevil series, especially anyone still suffering from Affleck-lash (copyright). What Defenders series? Well, apparently there will be four new ongoing 13-part Marvel programs exclusive to Netflix, culminating in a team film The Defenders.

The project will include nearly 60 one-hour episodes focused on the 4 Defenders characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist
Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a mini-series event in which the Marvel characters from the first four series team up as “The Defenders,” much like “The Avengers.”
More on Marvel.com

Just in time for Daredevil-mania comes news of a ‘first person perspective’  videogame for XBox One and the PS4!

Click for details!

Click for details!

More as it comes…

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 4/2/14

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the images below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

DC COMICS
Action Comics #30 (Aaron Kuder Regular Cover), $3.99
Aquaman And The Others #1 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman ’66 Volume 1 HC, $19.99
DC Comics Super-Villains Bizarro Action Figure, $24.95
DC Comics Super-Villains Crime Syndicate Deathstorm Action Figure, $24.95
Detective Comics #30 (Francis Manapul Regular Cover), $3.99
Earth 2 #22 (Andy Kubert Regular Cover), $2.99
Green Arrow #30, $2.99
Justice League Volume 3 Throne Of Atlantis TP, $16.99
Justice League Volume 4 The Grid HC, $24.99
Swamp Thing #30, $2.99
Wonder Woman The Art Of War By George Perez Statue, $79.95

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Blank Authentix Variant Cover), $3.99
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Cover A Matt Wagner), $3.99
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Cover B Alex Ross), $3.99
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Cover C Chris Samnee), $3.99
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Cover D Howard Chaykin), $3.99
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Wilfredo Torres Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #29 (Detective Comics #362), $20.00
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #30 (Classic TV Series Batcycle), $20.00
DC Superhero Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #54 (Ocean Master Black Pawn), $16.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #3 (Wolverine White Knight), $16.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #4 (Loki Black Bishop), $16.00
Star Trek The Official Starships Figurine Collection Magazine #12 (Akira Class), $20.00
Star Trek The Official Starships Figurine Collection Magazine #13 (Jem Hadar Cruiser), $20.00

IDW PUBLISHING
Rocky And Bullwinkle Classics Volume 1 Star Billing TP, $17.99

IMAGE COMICS
Black Science #5, $3.50
Elephantmen #55, $3.99

MARVEL COMICS
All-New Invaders #2 (Mukesh Singh 2nd Printing Cover), $3.99
Black Widow #5, $3.99
Captain America #19, $3.99
Captain America Winter Soldier #1 (Director’s Cut), $4.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 1 Cosmic Avengers TP, $19.99
Marvel Knights Spider-Man Fight Night TP, $16.99
Marvel’s Captain America The Winter Soldier The Art Of The Movie Slipcase HC, $49.99
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Prelude #1 (Of 2), $2.99
Moon Knight #2 (Declan Shalvey Regular Cover), $3.99
Spider-Man Firsts TP, $34.99
Star-Lord Tears For Heaven TP, $7.99
X-Men Age Of Apocalypse Omnibus Companion HC, $99.99

PANINI PUBLISHING
Doctor Who Magazine #471, $9.99

TOHAN CORPORATION
Hobby Japan #122 (February 2014), $16.60

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING
Comic Book Creator #4, $8.95

UNIVERSITY PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI
Origins Of Comics From William Hogarth To Winsor McCay HC, $50.00

Videos
Doctor Who The Time Of The Doctor BD, AR
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXIX DVD, AR
Transformers Armada The Complete Series DVD, AR

Merchandise
Captain America Clean Shield Previews Exclusive Black T-Shirt LG, $16.99
Doctor Who Figurine Collection #13 Dalek Supreme, $20.00
Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Blueprints T-Shirt MED, $19.99
Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Blueprints T-Shirt SM, $18.99
Doctor Who TARDIS Sign Flex Magnet, $12.99
Gentle Giant Captain America On Motorcycle Statue, $459.00
Godzilla Scream City Previews Exclusive Navy T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Hanna Barbera Captain Caveman 3-Inch Action Figure, AR
Marvel Universe Action Figure Assortment 201401, AR
Star Trek Live Long And Prosper Earrings, $21.99
Star Wars Imperial Symbol Earrings, $21.99
Star Wars Kenner Zuckuss 12-Inch Action Figure, $80.00
Star Wars Rebel Symbol Earrings, $21.99


Toon Tumblers Herculoids Pint Glass, $10.99
Transformers Autobot Pixel Symbol Previews Exclusive Red T-Shirt LG, $16.99

Recently unearthed Can and Kraftwerk live footage wows fans

Both recorded in 1970 in Soest, Germany, these newly discovered performances are rare glimpses into the early days of two icons of experimental music.

Kraftwerk (long before their hit Trans Europe Express) is all but unrecognizable in leathers and sporting long hair while the Can footage captures the band shortly after Damo Suzuki was added to the fold. In each instance, the audience looks on in mute confusion.

It’s awesome.

Celebrate Batman’s 75th birthday at AFX

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Creators Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen have combined their talents to deliver one of the most bizarre monthly Bat-books on the shelves. Miniature versions of the caped crusader, the clown prince of crime and more do battle across a water colored backdrop that may appear innocent and juvenile but is actually… different. Now you can bring these pint-sized crime fighters and criminals home.

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BASED ON THE ART OF DUSTIN NGUYEN. The characters of Gotham City get an adorable make-over in the newest figures from DC Collectibles! Based on the designs by fan-favorite artist and co-writer of BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM comes Batman like you’ve never seen him before.

I’ve been a big fan of Dustin Nguyen’s artwork since I first saw it grace the pages of Batman and later Detective Comics back in the day and am happy to see that he has the opportunity to branch out with his outlandish visions of Gotham City and its off-kilter denizens.

Order from AFX: http://www.shopafx.com/

Be sure to look at their other Bat offerings!

Get ready for the April Fool’s Total Riff Off

Not a hoax!

Not dream!

RiffTrax_RiffOffThe guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 are back on TV with TOTAL RIFF OFF! The joke’s on National Geographic Channel this April Fools’ Day as Mike, Kevin and Bill riff three hours’ worth of classic NatGeo programming, including clips from Man v. Monster, Swamp Men, and Alpha Dogs. It will be their first time on cable TV since ‪#‎MST3K‬!

Join the fun at 8pm / 7pm Central on Tuesday, April 1st for our special three-hour ‪#‎RiffTraxTV‬ event! For more info, visit http://rifftrax.com/tv.