Archive for December, 2006

The Fedora’s Finally Coming Out Of Mothballs

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

George Lucas has announced that filming for the 4th Indiana Jones movie will begin next year. This latest chapter will hit theaters in May 2008. Lucas didn’t reveal the plot for the movie. But he did say it’d be a “character piece” that will include “very interesting mysteries.” Take that for what you will.

Comic book urban legends

Friday, December 29th, 2006

CBR’s “Comics Should Be Good!” column has a regular feature on Comic Book Urban Legends that I just discovered. Some of these are very intriguing.

Steve Ditko uses his priceless artwork as cutting boards.
Anyone can produce a Phantom Lady, Human Bomb or Black Condor comic book.
James Robinson did not ask to kill off a slew of characters in Starman #38.
Triumph was gay.
A Batman Musical by the guy respondible for Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” as well as Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” has been in development for years.
Bob Kanigher had to come up with a new G.I. Combat story on his lunch hour because a notation to drop cover artwork an inch led to the announcement on the cover that it contained a story called “Drop An Inch”

Others are puzzling. “For almost a decade, there were born again Christian comics produced starring the Archie characters.” How is that an urban legend? I guess it is just my Christian upbringing; I saw Spire Christian Comics everywhere when I was a kid.

Oh, and if you ever sent away for Sea Monkeys, hoping to see those weird humanoids who build their own societies and live in family units, only to get microscopic crustaceans that didn’t do much besides die off… you can thank Joe Orlando!

There are over 240 urban legends that are confirmed or debunked so far. You can probably spend hours there. I know I have!

Gerald Ford senselessly eaten by wolves

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

This seems relevant:

former President Gerald Ford has died

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

He was 93.

He is best known, to me anyway, for saving our country the dishonor of trying and/or convicting a (former) President of the United States, by pardoning Richard Nixon.

He was also the only American President never to be elected. He was the first and only POTUS who took the seat upon the impeachment of the sitting President and was appointed by President Nixon to replace Vice-President Spiro Agnew, so he was not elected in that sense either.

Facts follow, including a statement from widow Betty Ford:

“My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age,” Mrs. Ford said in a brief statement issued from her husband’s office in Rancho Mirage. “His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country.”

The statement did not say where Ford died or list a cause of death. Ford had battled pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent two heart treatments _ including an angioplasty _ in August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

He was the longest living president, followed by Ronald Reagan, who also died at 93. Ford had been living at his desert home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.

Ford was an accidental president, Nixon’s hand-picked successor, a man of much political experience who had never run on a national ticket. He was as open and straight-forward as Nixon was tightly controlled and conspiratorial.

I also loved that parody moment on the Simpsons.

President Ford was born in some miscellaneous state, but he was raised in Michigan and regarded my state as his home state. His Presidential Library is in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was also an Eagle Scout.

For a more detailed obituary go here.

Optimus Prime Revealed!

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

Here is the first full image of the upcoming movie version of Optimus Prime, from the upcoming TRANSFORMERS movie.

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Fantastic Four 2 Teaser

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

Here is the teaser for FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER.

Let’s hope this isn’t the best part of the movie.

SILVER SURFER TEASER

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

And what would the holidays be without festive music, performed by the late, great Bing Crosby and the Sov… I mean, David Bowie!

And for those who might feel ‘alienated’ this holiday season, let’s remember this wonderful song a few years ago:

On a more serious note (well, not really), you might want to set your recorders for the holiday programming today on ABC Family. Particularly ‘The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus’ by Rankin Bass. It’s one of the final stop motion holiday specials produced by RB, showing the origin of Santa, based on a story by L. Frank Baum (who also wrote the Wizard of Oz). Definitely worth a see.

Also, in an earlier post by Tom, he had mentioned a ‘Pufinstuff’ video I made on Youtube. Here it is! :

Merry Christmas all!

SANTA SEZ!!!

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

http://www.simonsezsanta.com/

I suggest typing in the words “dance”, “yodel”, “punch” and “strip.”

Alan Kistler’s Profile On: DOCTOR WHO SPIN-OFFS

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

DOCTOR WHO is a show based on the idea that anything is possible. The Doctor goes to different time periods, various worlds and has encountered hundreds of other characters. He’s had a few recurring enemies and dozens of companions and assistants. And sometimes, even when those friends leave the Doctor, fans want to still see what they’re up to later in fictional life. And sometimes you get curious about what the villains are up to when the Doctor’s not around.

Here then are the spin-offs of a little show called DOCTOR WHO, as well as a discussion of the occasional mini-series and the possibilities of asking "what if …?"

NOTE: This is a companion piece to my DOCTOR WHO PROFILES.

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Kistler’s Review: CASUALTIES OF WAR

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

I have been following CIVIL WAR since it started (even picked up some of those ROAD TO CIVIL WAR books, if they seemed interesting). Fittingly, I have been divided about the cross-over. I think some of the tie-ins have been written with better skill than the main mini-series itself. I think there has been some lazy editing becuase certain events in the mini-series contradict things in the tie-ins. And I think there has been a little too much action and not enough conversation concerning how these events reflect on the history of the Marvel Universe, particularly when you consider that twice before Iron Man and Cap have had serious rifts between them over moral/ethical arguments (“The Armor Wars” and “Operation: Galactic Storm”).

I also have a problem with the fact that some parts of Civil War have been referencing things in Marvel’s history but not properly explaining them for those who have no previous knowledge. In other words, this is a series written for folks who have been reading for years and not for newbie fans. Which you can’t help sometimes, but I have always been of the belief that if every comic is someone’s first, you should write more of them in a way that can attract new readers.

So here comes CIVIL WAR: CASUALTIES OF WAR written by Christopher Gage.

I say this without reservation: THIS IS HOW COMIC BOOKS SHOULD BE WRITTEN!

If you don’t want any spoilers at all, stop reading now and simply pick up the book. If you are okay with minor spoilers that don’t give away the ending of the book or the biggest parts of it, keep on reading.

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Thank God!

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Newsarama has a new interview with Archie editor Victor Gorelick (that’s go-rel-ick for you non-Archie fans) and artist Steven Butler, the guy behind the “new look” Archie.

http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=95140

Some excerpts to put our minds at ease:

VG: I did not feel any pressure with regard to making this change. We’re not going to change all of our books to this new look. So far it’s only one story. I looked at it as if I were casting actors for a movie.

NRAMA: An Archie story is usually funny. Is this a funny story?

VG: It has some funny parts.

SB: I was literally laughing out loud when I read the script.

NRAMA: After this initial story in Betty & Veronica Double Digest where will fans see this new look next?

VG: We’re currently working on another script. It will probably be slated for Pals n Gals Double Digest.

NRAMA: Is there any chance this will become the house style at Archie?

VG: No. There will always be the traditional “Archie” look.

Now that is what I call a Christmas present. Thanks, Archie Comics!
==Tom

Happy Wookie Life Day!

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Let’s all carol along with Chewbacca!

Jack Burnley 1911-2006

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

It’s been a sad couple of months for comic book fans.

Jack Burnley was the artist on the Golden Age Starman, among other things. He was 95 years old.

http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2006_12_21.html#012618
http://tinyurl.com/y668lq

KISTLER’S EDITORIAL NOTE:
Jack Burnley was also the co-creator of Ted Knight AKA DC’s original STARMAN and the later Starman Jack Knight was named after him. Jack Burnley also was the artist for the Batman daily comic strip for years and was known as an excellent Superman artist during the Golden Age, lending detail and proportion to his work that a lot of other artists didn’t at that time. Burnley was the first person to draw Superman, Batman and Robin other than their creators. His drawing of the three heroes for the cover of an issue of "World’s Fair Comics" in 1940 marked the first time the crime fighters appeared together in public

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

More Shameless Self-Promotion

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

A review of Civil War # 3-5, an in-depth look at Amazing Fantasy # 15 (the greatest origin story ever) and my own thoughts as an Archie fan (and founding member of the Friends of Big Ethel, Dearborn Chapter) on this newfangledness are all in the works. You might even see one of these by Christmas time. My gift to you. 🙂

But until then, as the entry title suggests, I’ll indulge in some shameless self-promotion.

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Collectibles for sale

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

My unemployment continues, and I’m selling off some of my comic book collectibles on eBay. I’m hoping to add a bunch more in the next two days. Anything you can do to tell your friends is appreciated.

And please add me to your favorite eBay sellers so you can get notified when I add more. I’m doing this in stages.

It’s slow going because the web designer in me really wants to take time with every entry…but I really need to start hustling and get this stuff online. I’ve got tons of pictures ready to go, I just need to get cracking.

Oh, and I changed the name of my comics-for-sale site: http://www.thehutch.com/comics/
(See, I’m making you click the link to find out the name. Why I can’t find a job in marketing is beyond me.)

It’s Like Myspace, except for Comic Fans.

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

I checked out this site through Sequart, called ComicSpace. A site where comic artists or fans (mainly indie from what ive seen. Good stuff tho) can get together, comment, blog, etc. It sounds like the site will be adding new features soon. In the meantime, heres the link.

Oh, by the way, TODAYS MY BIRTHDAY! 😀





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(I just started a paypal account and found out I could do this, so I figured why not… )

The unproduced finale to Dungeons and Dragons

Monday, December 18th, 2006

Did you ever wonder if those cartoon kids whose theme park ride trapped them in the Realm of Dungeons and Dragons ever got home? Alas, the show was canceled without a finale. Yet, now it can be told: the Final Episode of Dungeons and Dragons.

The Unproduced Dungeons and Dragons Finale, at least the rough draft written by Michael Reaves, can now be read online in PDF format. With the cartoon released on DVD and now showing on Toon Disney, this seems a good time to spread the word.

Thank you to Hodge for the tip.

Archie to try new fatal mistake

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Archie Comics is going to change the look of Archie. Instead of the cartoony appearance that has gone through only minor changes over the last half-century, Archie, Betty, Veronica and the gang will now be drawn as (ahem) “realistic” teenagers. That is, if realistic means that all the girls are underfed 13-year-olds.

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Here is my initial reaction.

Read on for my rant about this end to all things good in the universe.

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Keeping my fingers crossed!

Friday, December 15th, 2006

eBay: Simpsons Christmas Express – 31 Cars – Hamilton Collection

Yep, that’s me. I’m selling my Simpsons Christmas train. No bids yet, but if this sells at all it’ll probably all happen in the last 45 seconds.

And yes, I’ll be selling some comics collectibles in the next few weeks.