Saturday, September 13, 2008

HARD CASE CRIME NEWSLETTER!

HARD CASE CRIME NEWSLETTER!

We've got a star-studded month for you this time -- or more precisely, a Starr-studded month. In a bookstore near you there's our September title, THE MAX, co-written by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr; it's the third book in their series that began with BUST and continued with SLIDE, and Booklist described it as "like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN as written by Mel Brooks."

Meanwhile, newly up on our Web site -- www.HardCaseCrime.com -- is a sneak peek at Jason Starr's legendary "lost" novel, FAKE I.D., which has been published in England, Germany, and Italy, but never in America. THE MAX is a very dark black comedy -- you'll either be deeply offended by it or will laugh yourself silly.

FAKE I.D. is also very dark...but there's nothing comic about it. It's a grim, tight noir story in which things start out bad for the main character and only get worse from there. The magazine Time Out London called it "a powerful novel of the American Dream turning into American Nightmare" and the Web site Pulpetti described it as "an American masterpiece, a piece of great literature while it’s also a great crime novel." We're very proud to be publishing it for the first time in the U.S. You'll be able to read the whole thing next June. If you want to read the first chapter in the meantime, you'll find it on our site.

In other news, Bruen and Starr's SLIDE is now up for the Anthony Award and my good friend Richard Aleas' SONGS OF INNOCENCE is up for the Shamus Award. Both awards will be announced at Bouchercon in October. If you haven't read one or both of these books, their award nominations are as good an excuse as any.

You should still be able to find copies at your local bookstore -- but if you can't, you can always order them (or any of our books) either online or by calling Dorchester Publishing toll-free at 1-800-481-9191.

In other news, I'm pleased to announce two new additions to our 2009 list: first, a reprint by pulp master Peter Rabe (his very first novel, with the wonderfully pulpy title STOP THIS MAN!); second, the first new book in a decade from a writer whose first novel, EAST OF A, became something of a cult classic: Russell Atwood. Russell's new book also has a wonderful pulp title: LOSERS LIVE LONGER. And both books will feature brand new cover paintings by the great Robert McGinnis.

Something to look forward to, no? But it's not as though you have to wait till 2009 for good stuff to start arriving -- in addition to THE MAX, over the remainder of this year we'll be bringing you some tasty treats indeed, starting with THE FIRST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins in October ("Extreme pleasure pours from every page"--Bookgasm); GUN WORK by David J. Schow in November ("A gory, fast-paced pulp tour de force in the classic style"--Publishers Weekly); and then our big "50th anniversary" book, FIFTY-TO ONE, in December ("High-speed action...nonstop thrills...and entertaining characters make this a page-turner from start to finish"--Publishers Weekly). All brand new, all never-before-published, and you're not going to want to miss any of 'em.

More soon -- including a contest tied to the upcoming launch of our sister series, The Adventures of Gabriel Hunt...

Best,
Charles

Charles Ardai
Editor, Hard Case Crime

LIFE ON MARS STARS HAVE MOVIE CAR STOLEN!

LIFE ON MARS STARS HAVE MOVIE CAR STOLEN!

John Simm, star of the original British version of Life On Mars has had his movie getaway car nicked.

He drives a BMW 5 series in TU£SDAY, the new British bank job movie featuring him and TV co-star Philip Glenister.

But producers of the the film, in which, Simm and Glenister play villains, were stunned to find the motor had been pinched when they turned up for filming in Woolwich, London.

Director Sacha Bennett said yesterday: "We went back to the site to film some pick-up shots - bits we didn't get first time round. The car had been in a nearby long-stay car park but it wasn't there.

"We rang around to make sure none of the crew had used it to get home but drew a blank.

"Then we had the rather embarrassing task of ringing the police to report our getaway car had been stolen."

But police were unable to locate the light green 1986 car, which WAS bought for £500 from a secondhand dealer in south London.

Sacha added: "It was too late in the day to track down another car in the same colour, so we cut our losses and had to make do with the shots we already had."

The movie, which tells how three gangs plan to rob the same bank on the same day, opens at cinemas next month.

COCKTAIL NATION 41 — WORLD ESPIONAGE BUREAU!

COCKTAIL NATION 41 — WORLD ESPIONAGE BUREAU!

Thanks to the cad. net Koop Kooper speaks to an author who is reigniting the Spy paperback genre. And speaking of spys, there is music from Bond guitarman Vic Flick’s new cd, a look at the latest bond flick, plus some incredible events to check out including Koop’s first show in Sydney featuring Jimmy Vargas, the Black Dahlias, and Danny and the Cosmic Tremors on September 26 at the Good Bar in Sydney.

OTHER MUSIC IN THIS PODCAST:

Quincy Jones-Soul Bossa Nova
Combustible Edison-Summer Samba
Antonio Carlos Jobim-Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
Sergio Mendez & Brasil 66 - O Pato
Yma Sumac-Gopher Mambo
Waitiki-China Clipper
Henri Rene - Mangos
Vick Flick-Goldfinger
Pink Martini-Veronique
Mancini-Windmills of your mind
Clouseaux-Reum with a view
Bill Perkins-Samba De Orfeu
Les Elgert and his Orchestra-Frenesi Twist
Cantaloupe Island-Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers

CHECK IT ALL OUT HERE:

www. cocktailnation. podomatic. com

www. myspace. com/loungelothario

EMAIL:

thecocktailnation@gmail.com

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL!

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL!

Do you ever wish to go back to high school and have a do over?

I had the opportunity straight out of the police academy when I went back to high school as a student with the extra curricular assignment of buying drugs from students and teachers. Fun stuff – smoking in the boys room, not doing homework, creating problems in class, cutting class to go to the beach or hang out behind the bleachers, fending off the high school girls because you had a girlfriend in college (a female cop partner if you ever had to produce her). Can any one say, Twenty One Jump Street? I knew you could.

The funniest thing was getting sent to the office and having to have my ‘father’ come down and talk to the pricipal. When this happened our unit supervisor came down and acted as our parent (the principal knew there was a narc on campus, but didn’t know who it was).

The humor of the situation came in the fact the supervisor who acted as my ‘father’ was a 6’6,” 250 lbs, Black guy! Seeing as I was Caucasian and about 170 wringing wet, the principal figured he knew why I was having so many problems in school (this was the late, unenlightened ‘70s).

That’s my story, but Wendy Brown took another route:

A 33-year-old woman was charged with stealing her daughter’s identity to attend high school and joining the cheerleading team.

Wendy Brown, of Green Bay, was charged with felony identity theft after enrolling in Ashwaubenon High School as her daughter, who lives in Nevada with Brown’s mother.

The criminal complaint said Brown admitted to telling school officials she was 15 because she wanted to get her high school diploma and join the cheerleading squad.

She allegedly attended practices, received a cheerleader’s locker and went to a pool party at the cheerleading coach’s house.

She felt if Drew Barrymore could do it (in the 1999 movie Never Been Kissed movie), so could she!

TO GET THE FULL STORY CLICK HERE

CINAMA RETRO #12!

CINAMA RETRO #12!

The latest issue of Cinema Retro (#12) is now in the mail to all subscribers. The eye-popping cover photo of James Bond girl Maragret Nolan is yet another shameless attempt to get you to open your wallet by appealing to your most prurient interests.

As this is the final issue of the current season, subscribers will receive a renewal form in with the magazine. As we've said many times, in order for Cinema Retro to continue to minimize advertising and keep the magazine packed with great features, it's essential that you help us by renewing your subscription for the next season (issue #13, 14, and 15) right away. You can wait for the renewal form, or if you really want to get Brownie points, you can simply renew now by using
Pay Pal. ($36 for America and Canada, £19.95 for the UK; £24.95 for Europe, including Southern Ireland, £28.95 for the rest of the world. Please make payment to: cinemaretro@hotmail.com)

Remember, subscribers are the reason we're able to thrive in a market in which many other film magazines have closed or are hanging on for dear life. Also, subscribers in North America and the UK get free postage on all current and back issues - and first time subscribers get a free CD packed with rare original radio spot ads from films of the 1960s and 1970s (while supplies last).

We had a reader tell us the other night that it takes him about five hours to do justice to all the content in every issue of Cinema Retro...So we ask you- what's a better deal for that money?

The world's most unique film magazine or a two-hour Adam Sandler flick? If you have to think about it, we guess we won't be adding you to the subscriber lists anytime soon. A subscription to Cinema Retro is also a great gift idea and will be far more appreciated than that Ginzu knife set you saw advertised on late night TV.

Here is a recap of what is in issue #12:

8 PAGE FILM-IN-FOCUS TRIBUTE TO THE CULT ITALIAN SPY SPOOF "OPERATION KID BROTHER" AND INTERVIEW WITH STAR NEIL CONNERY

PART 2 OF OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DIRECTOR JOE DANTE DISCUSSES HIS FAVORITE FILMS

"HENNESSEY": THE CONTROVERSIAL THRILLER ABOUT A PLOT AGAINST THE QUEEN THAT WAS ALMOST BANNED IN ENGLAND. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH STAR RICHARD JOHNSON AND PRODUCER PETER SNELL.

CINEMA RETRO ATTENDS THE "GOLDFINGER" REUNION AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS WHERE HONOR BLACKMAN PRESENTS THE RETRO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO DIRECTOR GUY HAMILTON

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ROBERT VAUGHN DISCUSSES HIS NEW AUTOBIOGRAPHY

COVERAGE OF FRANKIE HOWERDS' SEXY BRITISH "UP!" COMEDIES

EXTENSIVE TRIBUTE TO THE ULTIMATE CHASE FILM CLASSIC, "VANISHING POINT" AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR RICHARD SARAFIAN.

OUR "MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E." COVERAGE CONTINUES WITH THE CONCLUSION OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH DAVID MCCALLUM AND THE FASCINATING STORY BEHIND THE FEATURE FILM "ONE OF OUR SPIES IS MISSING"

RAYMOND BENSON'S 10 BEST FILMS OF 1971

PLUS THE BEST SOUNDTRACK, DVD AND MOVIE BOOK REVIEWS!

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ITALIAN VILLAS – 1 EURO EACH!

ITALIAN VILLAS – 1 EURO EACH!

Mayor Selling Sicillian Villas for 1 Euro Each

Psst! Want Sicilian villas with a spectacular view of the Mediterranean? They’re yours for just one euro - as long as you restore the homes, which were abandoned after an earthquake 40 years ago:

In the picturesque hilltop town of Salemi in western Sicily, the mayor is selling old stone villas in the historic town center for one euro (approximately $1.41) apiece. The catch? These villas were damaged in the 1968 earthquake, and have stood unoccupied and deteriorating for the past 40 years. Sound appealing? Once you buy the villa, you must restore it in two years in a way that respects its original character and in accordance with the architectural standards established by the town council; you must also hire local builders, architects, decorators, and plumbers to do the work, reports Times Online, "since the aim of the scheme is to help the local economy."

TO CHECK IT OUT FURTHER CLICK HERE

Friday, September 12, 2008

SUBJECT: COMPUTER SKILLS!

SUBJECT: COMPUTER SKILLS!

Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was tired of hearing all the bickering.

Finally fed up, God said, 'THAT'S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set up a test that wil l run for two hours, and from those results, I will judge who does the better job.'

So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.

They moused. They Faxed. They E-mailed. They E-mailed with attachments. They downloaded. They did spreadsheets! They wrote reports. They created labels and cards. They created charts and graphs.
They did some genealogy reports. They did every job known to man.

Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster than hell.
Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of course, the power went off.

Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld!!!!

Jesus just sighed . . .

Finally the electricity came back on, and each of them restarted their computers.

Satan started searching frantically, screaming: 'It's gone! It's all GONE! 'I lost everything when the power went out!'

Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours of work.

Satan observed this and became irate.

'Wait!' he screamed. 'That's not fair! He cheated! How come he has all his work and I don't have any?'

God just shrugged and said, ‘JESUS SAVES.’

THE FIRST QUARRY!

THE FIRST QUARRY!

Over at BOOKGASM, Rod Lott has a good review of Max Allan Collins' new Hard Case Crime novel, The First Quarry -- about Collins' sinister hitman character.

With 2006’s The Last Quarry, Collins put his professional hitman character of Quarry — not his real name, which you don’t need to know and he’s not going to reveal — to rest. Lucky for us, the author wasn’t through with him, so jumping back in time for a prequel solves the dilemma presented by retirement.

As one can glean, The First Quarry follows the hired gun on his initial job, in late 1970. But first, a little backstory on how he came to be hired: Quarry returned home from serving our country as a sniper in Vietnam, only to find his wife in bed with another man. After a little simmering time, Quarry goes to the guy’s house, where he finds him working underneath a car, so our cuckolded hero simply kicks the jack out from under the vehicle, crushing the guy to death.

Not believing the act was premeditated, the court takes pity on him, and the publicity surrounding the case brings him to the attention of a dapper gentleman known only as The Broker. He takes Quarry under his employ, assigning him with the task of offing a college professor, and then burning a manuscript the academian has in his possession. No further details are offered to the new hire.

TO READ THE FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: SIR, YOU BASTARD BY G.F. NEWMAN!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: SIR, YOU BASTARD BY G.F. NEWMAN!

Author G. F. Newman is a controversial and at the very least eccentric English television producer and writer. He is best known for two British television series: Law and Order (not the American version) and The Nation's Health, each based on his books. Both take scathingly critical looks at their respective targets: The London Metropolitan Police and the British Health Service.

The four part, eight hour, Law and Order changed the landscape both of cop shows and British TV. It wasn't so much a drama as an exposé. The performances and mood of the four films, directed with Spartan vigor, made you think it had to be real, had to be documentary featuring a police force identical to the criminals they trailed but for the badges.

Newman has little faith in conventional medicine, believing alternative therapy is far more effective. Just as obviously, he is also not impressed by the police service. He has joked he would rather see community members wearing pink uniforms working to prevent disturbances in their own areas.

While his groundbreaking TV drama Law And Order attacked police brutality, Newman believes victims of crime, prejudice and ill-health did something to deserve it in previous lives.

Despite, these odd views, Newman’s novels are well written, gritty, and hard-hitting. Sir, You Bastard is the first in a trilogy featuring corrupt DCI Terry Snead – a vile character with few redeeming values. While Sneed is a definite anti-hero he is still better than the other corrupt coppers and vicious villains with whom he is surrounded.

Sir, You Bastard and the follow-up novels, You Nice Bastard, and You Flash Bastard are comparable in tone to The Shield television series – only written long before The Shield was even conceived.

If you are fascinated by The Shield (I’m not sure how anyone could ‘enjoy’ The Shield), then Newman's books are for you.

COCKTAIL NATION PODCAST!

COCKTAIL NATION!

The Cocktail Nation is a Lounge Music Podcast from the virtual penthouse of lounge lothario Koop Kooper in Sydney, Australia. Koop plays a mixture of the ‘50s and ‘60s lounge along with today’s best Neo Lounge bands.

Thre’s also news from the world of swank, plus interviews with the most interesting swingers on the scene. Delve into the world of swank with book reviews and a weekly website to dig.

Come join the retro-movement across the world – the Lounge Subculture.

TO CHECK IT ALL OUT CLICK HERE

ROBERT E. HOWARD – QUOTE OF THE DAY!

ROBERT E. HOWARD – QUOTE OF THE DAY!

From Breed of Battle:

I come off the floor with a roar which made the ring lights dance, and lunged at the horrified Limey like a mad bull. He caught me with a straight left coming in, but I didn't even check a instant. His arm bent and I was on top of him and sunk my right mauler so deep into his ribs I felt his heart throb under my fist. He turned green all over and crumbled to the canvas like all his bones hadst turned to butter. The dazed referee started to count, but I ripped off my gloves and pouncing on the gasping warrior, I sunk my iron fingers into his throat.

This is from a Sailor Steve Costigan story in which Steve’s tougher than tough bulldog, Mike, gets into almost as much trouble as his master.

TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY CLICK HERE

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A COCKTAIL CALLED GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE!



A COCKTAIL CALLED GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE!

The trailer for the upcoming Coen Bros. film Burn After Reading features a catchy tune by the award winning British band Elbow with the lyric, "I've been working on a cocktail called grounds for divorce."

I'm not a Coen Bros. fan, so my take is the song may be better than the film as it has been going round and round in my head since I first heard its Tom Waits vibe.

CRIMEWAV.COM!

CRIMEWAV.COM!

Crimewav is a new podcast featuring readings by some of today's best crime writers. It seems to have just started in July, but so far, they've had stories by Vicki Hendricks, Christa Faust, Jason Starr, and Gary Phillips among others.

The Faust and Phillips stories are quite good, especially Phillip's as it is delivered in his trademark deep, gravel voice.

The stories on Crimewav are worth the download.

You can listen directly at the website or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

TO CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE CLICK HERE

A tip of the fedora to DARK FORCES BOOK GROUP

CAT VERSUS PRINTER!

'NUFF SAID!

COKE ZERO JAMES BOND PROMO!

COKE ZERO JAMES BOND PROMO!

Tanner at DOUBLE O SECTION credits COMMANDER BOND NET for the heads up on an article on London’s GUARDIAN newpaper website giving an advanced look at the Coke Zero / James Bond Zero Zero Seven tie in promotional video.

It’s very cool with great animation and music by Jack White, the White Stripes frontman who will be in the mix for the actual Quantum of Solace theme.

TO VIEW THE VIDEO CLICK HERE

BABY SHARK!

BABY SHARK!

I was really ready for this book – an antidote to all the high-tech, here’s-how-you-change-the-oil-in-a-submarine technobabble, wooden-charactered, missing-historical-keys-to-the-end-of-the-world, non-thrilling thriller novels inundating the current bookshelves.

Baby Shark, set in 1952, but written in 2006 (followed by Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues and Baby Shark's High Plains Redemption) is a straight ahead revenge tale with biker bad guys and heroine just tough enough to break your heart. I loved it. It’s as if author Robert Fate had discovered an unpublished Gold Medal original and delivered it to the world – if you don’t know what a Gold Medal original is, then stop reading this blog right now and don’t return until you are suitably versed. Charles Ardai, the Hard Case Crime publisher, should pick Fate up in a heartbeat.

In a roadside pool hall out west of Abilene, Kristin Van Dijk, 17, is forced by four biker thugs to watch the murder of three men, including her pool hustler father. She’s assaulted and beaten and left for dead as Henry Chin, a Chinese immigrant whose grown son was one of those murdered, saves her and secretly helps her recover. Because the local police show no interest in solving the pool hall crime, Henry hires a private investigator — more set on justice than law – to start a search for the nomadic killers.

Then Henry hires two vets to teach Kristin how to protect herself. She develops into one tough package of trouble as she also perfects her pool. At eighteen, she looks for the thugs as she hustles pool in west Texas and earns the nickname Baby Shark.

Revenge is difficult, but satisfying.


Baby Shark is a pure shot of stripped down adrenaline – a modern, old fashioned, kick-ass, blood, guts, and bullets good time.

NEW CRIME LOUNGE SOUNDTRACK!

NEW CRIME LOUNGE SOUNDTRACK!

The CRIME LOUNGE has posted the download for another rare and unusual album. This time it’s The Larry Schaffer Orchestra working their way through some great Easy Listening tunes, including Two Guitars and Sabre Dance. There is also a great energetic version of The Mission Impossible theme along with appropriately named Mission Inside and Mission Outside.
TO CHECK IT OUT AND LISTEN TO A SAMPLE CLICK HERE

BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

COMING UP ON BURN NOTICE

Michael is approached by a former operator who has also been using his spy skills to make a living doing odd jobs. But unlike Michael, this ex-spy is no white knight... he's a dark knight with very bad intentions for Michael.
Tune in tonight at 10/9C for the latest Burn Notice episode, "Double Booked"!

Next week is the Burn Notice summer finale, but new episodes will return in January!

THIS WEEK ON THE BURN NOTICE WEB SITE

COVERT OPS GAME - Covert Ops is the new weekly interactive adventure game where you work alongside Michael and Fiona. You could win an actual 2009 Saab 9-3 convertible! Play Mission #6 now, and Mission #7 after (or even during!) tonight's show.

SUN. SURF. ESPIONAGE. SWEEPSTAKES - Think the sun and sand of Miami looks great on Burn Notice? It's nothing compared to seeing it in person! Enter this sweepstakes for a chance to win a VIP weekend getaway for two to beautiful Miami.

SPY CAREER PLACEMENT TEST - Sure, you may think you'd make a great spy... but what kind? Do you have what it takes to survive for days in the Gobi Desert, or are you more suited for an air-conditioned office building? Take the career placement test to find out!

SPY STYLE - Are you envious of the keen fashion sense Michael, Fiona and Sam possess? Our new Spy Style guide gives you the inside scoop on how you can emulate their look. You can even buy the same clothes and accessories at the Seen On! store!

DESKTOP WALLPAPER - Spice up that boring PC or Mac desktop with some Burn Notice wallpaper! Now your friends, family or co-workers will know you have discerning taste when they see Michael and Fiona gracing your screen.

AND THEN THERE'S THE REAL REASON I WATCH BURN NOTICE . . .

BBC RADIO – LISTEN ONLINE!


BBC RADIO – LISTEN ONLINE!

BBC RADIO HAS A GREAT LINE UP OF NEW CRIME AND THRILLER RADIO SHOW WITH SOME FAVORITE SLUETH AND SOME NEW ONES. LISTENING ONLINE IS EASY AND CAN BE DONE ANY TIME FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE SHOW HAS AIRED.

Thu 11 Sep 09:00-09:30 The Christopher Marlowe Mysteries
The Curious Case of the Curs'd Quayside: Elizabethan playwright Kit Marlowe gains a new job, hires a servant - and inherits a mystery. Starring Dominic Jephcott. Episode 1 of 4.

Thu 11 Sep 09:30-10:00 Doctor Syn
The dragoons attempt to foil the smugglers' plan, and Charlotte's foolhardy bravery has tragic results. Episode 9 of 10.

Fri 12 Sep 09:00-09:30 The Christopher Marlowe Mysteries
The Turbulent Tale of the Troubl'd Tragedy: Why does an unknown patron fund the worst play ever written? Starring Dominic Jephcott and Roy Hudd. Episode 2 of 4.

Fri 12 Sep 09:30-10:00 Doctor Syn
Dr Syn seeks to avenge the death of his beloved Charlotte by tracking down his three enemies one by one. Episode 10 of 10.

Mon 15 Sep 09:00-09:30 Hercule Poirot:
One, Two......Buckle My Shoe. The terrified Hercule Poirot pays a visit to his dentist. But he can hardly anticipate the gruesome events to follow. Episode 1 of 5.

Mon 15 Sep 09:30-10:00 The Further Adventures of Dr Syn
Dr Syn reveals his plan to his associates, Mr Mipps the sexton and Jimmie Bone the highwayman, for the Scarecrow's daring escape. Episode 1 of 10.
Tue 16 Sep 09:00-09:30 Hercule Poirot:
One, Two......Buckle my Shoe: Hercule Poirot's dentist has been found shot dead in his surgery. Japp reckons there are several, very plausible, suspects. Episode 2 of 5.

Tue 16 Sep 09:30-10:00 The Further Adventures of Dr Syn
Dr Syn plays the matchmaker to win a bet with Sir Henry Pembury, while the Scarecrow punishes a traitor with smugglers' justice. Episode 2 of 10.

Wed 17 Sep 09:00-09:30 Hercule Poirot:
One, Two......Buckle My Shoe. How did Poirot's dentist die? Suicide would connect him to the death of a patient, murder to an international conspiracy. Episode 3 of 5.

Wed 17 Sep 09:30-10:00 The Further Adventures of Dr Syn
In a daring manoeuvre in the Channel, Dr Syn outwits both General and Admiral Troubridge as well as a French Privateer. Episode 3 of 10.

Thu 18 Sep 09:00-09:30 Hercule Poirot:
One, Two......Buckle My Shoe. A corpse is found with a mutilated face - another of the dentist's patients. Episode 4 of 5.

Thu 18 Sep 09:30-10:00 The Further Adventures of Dr Syn
Dr Syn and his Night-riders need to have their wits about them to defy a snooping Bow Street Runner and a marauding Press-gang. Episode 4 of 10.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

LOOK WHO FOLLOWED ME HOME!

A FAWN FOLLOWED THE BEAGLE HOME, RIGHT THROUGH THE DOGGIE DOOR, IN THE BITTINGER, MD, AREA.

THE OWNER CAME HOME TO FIND THE VISITOR HAD MADE HERSELF RIGHT AT HOME.

THE STORY HIT THE LOCAL 6 O'CLOCK NEWS IN BITTINGER, KNOCKING THE OBAMA/MCCAIN DEBACLE RIGHT ON IT'S REAR (WHERE IT BLONGS).

ROBERT E. HOWARD – QUOTE OF THE DAY!

ROBERT E. HOWARD – QUOTE OF THE DAY!

From Apparition In the Prize Ring:

Finally my brains and Ace's mallet fists had cleared us a road to
the top of the game. Ace loomed up as a heavyweight menace and the
champion's manager was ready to sign with us--when an unexpected
obstacle blocked our path.

A form hove into view on the fistic horizon that dwarfed and
overshadowed all other contenders, including my man. This was
"Mankiller Gomez," and he was all that his name implies. Gomez was his
ring name, given him by the Spaniard who discovered him and brought
him to America. He was a full-blooded Senegalese from the West Coast
of Africa.

Once in a century, rings fans see a man like Gomez in action--a
born killer who crashes through the general ruck of fighters as a
buffalo crashes through a thicket of dead wood. He was a savage, a
tiger. What he lacked in actual skill, he made up by ferocity of
attack, by ruggedness of body and smashing power of arm. From the time
he landed in New York, with a long list of European victories behind
him, it was inevitable that he should batter down all opposition--and
at last the white champion looked to see the black savage looming
above the broken forms of his victims. The champion saw the writing on
the wall, but the public was clamoring for a match and whatever his
faults, the title-holder was a fighting champion.


Howard had an abiding interest in boxing, both fighting in the ring and as a manager. Ace Jessel was a big negro boxer Howard managed for a few years ago. Howard described him as “an ebony giant, four inches over six feet tall, with a fighting weight of 230 pounds.He moved with the smooth ease of a gigantic leopard and his pliant steel muscles rippled under his shiny skin. A clever boxer for so large a man, he carried the smashing jolt of a trip-hammer in each huge fist.”

It was Howard’s belief that Jessel “was the equal of any man in the ring at
that time--except for one fatal defect. He lacked the killer instinct.”

Apparition In the Prize Ring originally published in the pulp magazine Fight Stories was Howards retelling of the fight between Jessel and Man Killer Gomez.

TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY CLICK HERE

HOT SHOT HAMISH!

HOT SHOT HAMISH!

Hot Shot Hamish is one of Britain's all-time most popular football comic heroes. For twenty years, the adventures of Hamish Balfour - the gentle giant with the hottest shot in the game - appeared in world famous comic strips in "Scorcher", "Tiger" and "Roy of the Rovers".

It was the golden age of British comics and this brand new annual relives his greatest moments. When Hot Shot Hamish was brought from a remote island to play for big-time Princes Park FC, he soon became famous for hitting the ball so hard that it broke the net.

With his massive frame, a football shirt that barely fitted, a slightly eccentric father and a pet sheep called McMutton, Hamish's adventures soon established him as a favourite on the terraces and beyond. And with other colourful characters like club manager Ian McWhacker and Scotland manager Mr McBossy, Hot Shot Hamish and his pals became football legends and heroes to the legions of fans who followed their every move both on and off the pitch.

The Hot Shot Hamish Annual relives Hamish's highlights in glorious technicolour for the very first time – each comic strip has been hand-colored to make this a unique and nostalgic must-read annual for football fans everywhere.

TO ORDER CLICK HERE

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

THE SPIES OF LIFE QUILT!

THE SPIES OF LIFE QUILT!

I was tipped to this piece of quilt/artwork by a cousin on the Yahoo U.N.C.L.E. listserv after she spotted it in the Sept/Oct 2008 issue of Quilter's Newsletter magazine.

Created by Carolyn McKee from Seattle, WA, the quilt was part of a mini-exhibit called The Spice of Life. Various quilters interpreted the theme, using needlework to express what gives meaning, joy or excitement to life.

Like many of us, it seems that Ms. McKee's Spice of Life included a good pun in naming her quilt The Spies of Life. McKee said as a child, she and her friends played spies using a tiny communicator radio cleverly made from a pink pearl eraser, a ballpoint pen, and a corsage pen antenna. A photo of a replica of this radio can be seen on the back of the quilt, a cheerful reminder of the past. The back also includes a photo of Don Adams' shoe phone, and the background fabric on both sides features little men in trenchcoats and fedoras.

Very cool and pretty hip.

FIFTY-TO-ONE!

FIFTY-TO-ONE!

"[This game is] called 'Fifty-to-One'. Those are the odds, you see."
"Of winning?"
"Of surviving."

From Fifty-To-One

Craig Clark has posted an excellent review of Charles Ardie’s Fifty-To-One on his blog SOMEBODY DIES.

Charley Borden is a publisher, editor, and self-proclaimed rip-off artist. The best-selling book of his publishing line,
Hard Case Crime Books, is blatant Mickey Spillane pilferage — Eye the Jury by Nicky Malone ("a Mac Hatchet mystery") — and he thrives on bad publicity because it sells books.

But Charley's a likeable sort, so when he asks showgirl Tricia "Trixie" Heverstadt — who dances in a famous gangster's nightclub but really wants to write for The New Yorker — to write a true-crime work on her boss's exploits, she is glad to oblige for a penny a word. Only the story she tells — of the theft of the gangster's millions — is completely made up.

Or so she thinks. The gangster disagrees; the details of the events depicted in Tricia's novel happened to him exactly the way she wrote them — down to the combination of the vault — and he wants to know who the thief was. The police would also like to know the identity of the book's author (published as "Anonymous" to create mystery and sell more books, of course) and no one is going to let up until they get what they want.

Fifty-To-One author Charles Ardie is the publisher behind the wonderful Hard Case Crime logo and Fifty-To-One is appropriately the fiftieth novel to be published by Hard Case Crime as well Ardie’s love-letter-cum-pastiche of both publishing and the hardboiled genre.

TO READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW CLICK HERE

COOL HAND LUKE DVD RELEASE - SEPTEMBER 9TH!

COOL HAND LUKE DVD RELEASE - SEPTEMBER 9TH!

Paul Newman, who was Oscar-nominated for Best actor for his role, gives one of the most powerful performances of his career as Lucas “Luke” Jackson, a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who refuses to buckle under to authority, while repeatedly escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because of his gumption but the head of the gang hates him and tries to break him by beating him often. Ultimately Luke gains the respect of all the convicts but with each escape and return he is subjected to more and harsher punishments by the sadistic guards.

Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon, Strother Martin, Jo Van Fleet. Remastered. Extras: Commentary, featurettes, more.

Will be released both on DVD and Blu-ray from Warner.

NEED SCOOBY SNACKS!

NEED SCOOBY SNACKS!

Britian's Mail newpaper's online version carries a story about a real life Scoobydoo mystery:

A dog named Scooby has created legal history by appearing as a witness in a murder case.

The animal's 59-year-old owner had been found hanging from the ceiling of her Paris flat. Police believe it was suicide but her family say that it was murder.

The dog was in the flat at the time of the death.

During a preliminary hearing in the city, the pet was led into the witness box by a vet.

A suspect in the case was presented to the dog, to see how it reacted.

It is said to have 'barked furiously'.

TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE CLICK HERE

ROBERT E. HOWARD – QUOTE OF THE DAY!

ROBERT E. HOWARD – QUOTE OF THE DAY!

From The Dark Man:

As only the Gael can hate, he hated them--their magnificent arrogance, their pride and their power, their contempt for all other races, their stern, forbidding eyes--above all else he hated the eyes that looked scorn and menace on the world.

The Dark man features Howard’s character Turlogh Dubh O'Brien, who Howard describes thus – “Rangy he was, but compact, combining the strength of a bull with the lithe quickness of a panther. The slightest movement he made showed that steel-trap coordination that makes the super-fighter. Turlogh Dubh—Black Turlogh, once of the Clan na O'Brien. And black he was as to hair, and dark of complexion. From under heavy black brows gleamed eyes of a hot volcanic blue. And in his clean-shaven face there was something of the somberness of dark mountains, of the ocean at midnight. Like the fisherman, he was a part of this fierce land.”

TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY CLICK HERE

BY ROYAL COMMAND!

BY ROYAL COMMAND!

Tanner over at
DOUBLE O SECTION has posted a great piece on the texture and feel of the latest Youn Bond novel, By Royal Command. It makes great reading for bibilophiles.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

GREGORY MCDONALD, R.I.P.

GREGORY MCDONALD, R.I.P.

It has been confirmed, Gregory McDonald, best known as the creator of Fletch in a series of dialogue driven, wisecracking, mystery novels, died on September 7 in Giles County, TN. He was 71.


I enjoyed the early Fletch books as well as Mcdonald’s later Flynn books, and was sad to hear of his passing.

A tip of the fedora to BILL CRIDER

JAY WALKER HANSEN - REMEMBERED!

JAY WALKER HANSEN - REMEMBERED!

A year ago today my best friend Jay died of complications due to cancer.

I still think about him every day.

He would go to any 'stupid' movie I suggested and laugh and have a good time.

He ignored my weaknesses and championed my strengths.

He was always there when I needed him, not matter what.

I know he's still watching out for me and, when I eventually pass through the veil, he'll be the first one there to greet me.

I miss you, buddy.

MI6 DECLASSIFIED ISSUE #3 OUT NOW!

MI6 DECLASSIFIED ISSUE #3 OUT NOW!

Official press release from the publisher's of M6 Declassified magazine:

BOND IS BACK WITH MI6 DECLASSIFIED ISSUE #3

ISSUE #3 OUT NOW

Bigger! Better! Bond! MI6 Declassified,the new full-colour magazine celebrating the world of 007, is back with its third issue. Add together the Ian Fleming centenary celebrations, the 22nd James Bond film Quantum of Solace, the first videogame from Activision, a retrospective on the making of Dr No, an exclusive behind-the-scenes history on the first comic strip Casino Royale, and much more, MI6 Declassified #3 is the biggest issue yet. 30% bigger to be precise! Packed with an arsenal of fascinating features and eye-popping visuals, whether your passion is with the movies, books, comics or videogames, MI6 Declassified will satisfy your appetite for all aspects of the Bond canon.

The third issue includes:

- Quantum Of Solace it's a wrap on principal photography

- the cast and crew talk about the shoot

- Ian Fleming Centenary take a tour of the new exhibitions celebrating his life & creation

- Underneath The Mango Tree shooting Dr No on location in Jamaica

-behind the scenes with rare photographs

- Casino Royale comic strip celebrates its 50th anniversary

- neverbefore published Fleming correspondence

- Devil May Care the new novel by Sebastian Faulks is launched in style

- Activision the next generation of interactive Bond is unveiled

- You Know My Name David Arnold on writing the theme song for Casino Royale

- Premiere Bond a look back at Thunderball's debut in London

- thebiggest Bond of all

- The Bond Connection go inside the big screen revival of 1960's hit Get Smart

- The Last Word Madeline Smith on her role as Sir Roger Moore's first Bond girl

Exclusive Young Bond bookmarks from Puffin will be randomly inserted in to MI6 Declassified Issue #3 on its first 7 days on sale.Issue #3 is now shipping around the world.

To order online, visit
www.mi6magazine.com

NEW BOND TRAILER!

NEW BOND TRAILER!

OH, YEAH! ROLL ON NOVEMER 14TH! BOND IS BACK AND THE NEW TRAILER MAKES IT LOOK AS IF HE'S AS GOOD AS EVER!

I CAN'T WAIT!

TO SEE THE NEW QUANTUM OF SOLACE TRAILER CLICK HERE

BASIC HIP DIGITAL GOLD!

BASIC HIP DIGITAL GOLD!

Just discovered Basic Hip Digital Gold’s website, which sells obscure LPs converted into cheap mp3 files. They have a good selection of the kind of lounge/soundtrack stuff I enjoy. If you get an album from the site, they throw in a scan of the album sleeve. I downloaded a copy of the jazz soundtrack to Staccato featuring some great stuff from Elmer Bernstein – cost: $1.25. Degree of difficulty: Easy!

TO CHECK OUT THE DOWNLOADS CLICK HERE

THE RETURN OF GOLDFINGER’S PENFOLD HEART!

THE RETURN OF GOLDFINGER’S PENFOLD HEART!

The Penfold Heart, the golf ball favoured by 007 and made famous in the 1960s, is finally back in action. Penfold Golf is relaunching its HEART™ ball on-line to commemorate the Ian Fleming Centenary 2008.

The golf ball with the heart logo was made famous by the 1964 Bond film, Goldfinger. 007 plays with a Penfold Heart ball in defeating arch-villain Auric Goldfinger. Sean Connery (playing Bond for the third time in the third Bond movie) became a keen golfer as a result of playing golf in the blockbuster film. Co-star, the Penfold Heart, also shot to stardom - orders for the British-made Penfold Heart poured in after the release of Goldfinger.

Penfold's world class history

Started in Birmingham in the 1920s, this British manufacturer of golf balls became world famous for exporting its one and two-piece golf balls. In the 1960s, the world's greatest golfers signed up to play for Penfold: Seve Ballesteros, Gary Player, and Curtis Strange were joined in the 1970s by Peter Oosterhuis, Christy O'Connor, Howard Clark and Nick Faldo.
Anyone who was anyone either played for Penfold or played with a Penfold.

In the most famous golf match in literature, Fleming based the fictitious game between 007 and Goldfinger at a club closely mirroring his beloved Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent. This summer, The Royal St. George's traced Penfold Golf back to its Birmingham roots to commission Penfold Hearts with the 007 logo on. These were premièred in a charity golf match for The British Heart Foundation, hosted as part of the Ian Fleming Centenary events.

Making the 007 golf balls encouraged Penfold Golf to re-instate the famous Heart golf balls. A limited number of collector's sets of Penfold Hearts are being launched in two waves. The first wave launches this week. A donation will be made to The British Heart Foundation from each of the 500 collector's sets.

The collector's 12-ball sets, costing £50 are only available from www.penfoldgolf.com

"Each set comes in a commemorative slipcase, with a sequentially-numbered card to validate its authenticity as a collector's limited edition," explains Penfold Golf director, William Baird, who has guided the manufacture of golf balls for some 30 years.

"We are anticipating demand from both golfers and Bond fans, as both Penfold and 007 have a quintessentially British appeal, which is why we are launching the collector's sets in two phases," adds Baird.

A collectable gift for Bond fans, golfers and investors.

ROBERT E. HOWARD – QUOTE OF THE DAY!

ROBERT E. HOWARD – QUOTE OF THE DAY!

I'd rather read straight action, Wild West stuff, than the insipid and bloodless muck handed out by most of the writers today--a continual round of tea parties, parlor-trick analysis and hooey that has no start, gets nowhere and does nothing when it gets there.

Robert E. Howard to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. December 1928

A tip of the hat to THE CIMMERIAN

Monday, September 8, 2008

TONY BENNETT ON PIANO JAZZ!

TONY BENNETT ON PIANO JAZZ!

source: www.AllAboutJazz.com

LISTEN NOW

Set List

"I Thought About You" (Mercer, Van Heussen)

"Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" (Koehler, Harris, Moll)

"While We're Young" (Wilder, Engvick)

"Twilight World" (McPartland, Lee)

"Last Night When We Were Young" (Arlen, Harburg)

"Don't Worry 'Bout Me" (Bloom, Koehler)

"All of Me" (Marks, Simons)

"Blackberry Winter" (Wilder, McGlohon)

"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Ellington, Russell)

About Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on Aug. 3, 1926. His father, a grocer, and his mother, a seamstress, were recent immigrants from Southern Italy who settled in Astoria, Queens. Bennett grew up listening to Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole, Judy Garland and Al Jolson, and he was beginning to find his own singing voice by age 10. As a teenager, Bennett studied music and painting at the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan. He put his vocal talents to work after school, singing and waiting tables in neighborhood restaurants.

Bennett served in the Army during WWII, where he fought as an infantry man in Europe and performed with military bands. Upon his return, Bennett resumed his musical studies with the assistance of the GI Bill at the American Theatre Wing School. He also began singing in local nightclubs in around New York. While working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village, Bennett was approached by comedian Bob Hope, who invited him to sing at the Paramount. Hope also suggested that the singer shorten his name from Anthony Benedetto to Tony Bennett.

Bennett signed with Columbia Records and released a series of successful singles during the early 1950s, including his first big hit, "Because of You." With the chart-topping success of his recordings of Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart," a big-band recording of "Rags to Riches" and his version of Broadway tunes such as "Stranger in Paradise," Bennett's fame began to spread to national and international audiences. Throughout the '50s and '60s, Bennett recorded and performed with such jazz legends as Count Basie, Art Blakey, Kenny Burrell and Herbie Mann.

Though rock 'n' roll supplanted Bennett's style of music throughout the '70s and '80s, his popularity began to rise again after an appearance with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the 1993 MTV Video Awards ceremony. His subsequent appearance on MTV Unplugged and the resulting album introduced Bennett to a new generation of fans and earned the singer a Grammy for Album of the Year.

Bennett has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, with numerous platinum and gold albums to his credit, as well as 15 Grammy Awards. In 2006, at age 80, Bennett released his best-selling album to date. The Grammy-winning Duets featured Bennett collaborating with the likes of James Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder and John Legend, among others.

Bennett continues to split his time between his two lifelong passions: music and painting.

Originally recorded March 10, 2004. Originally broadcast Nov. 2, 2004.

A tip of the hat to my Nubian Vixen lil’ sista!

GIGI THE ANGRY CAT KILLS A TOOTHBRUSH!




A tip of the hat to NEATORAMA

THE REAL SECRET BEHIND CROP CIRCLES!

DRIVEN!

DRIVEN!

I caught this Sylvester Stallone Formula One race car flick on ESPN Classics last night. I remembered seeing it in theaters in 2001 and being mildly entertained. I also remember it being slaughtered by the critics at the time as they gleefully drove more nails into the coffin of Stallon’s career.

In digging up some of those old reviews on metacritic.com today, I can logically agree with most of the disparaging remarks, but when Roger Ebert (whose film criticism I greatly admire even if I don’t agree with him all the time) gives a mediocre film its highest review instead of eviscerating it, I figure there has to be some redeeming value – and there is.

In watching the film again last night, I did so with it in mind to compare it to Grand Prix and LeMans – arguably tow of the best car racing movies ever filmed – and Driven doesn’t come off badly. Sure the characterization is shallow, the resolution too feel-good-war-and –fuzzy, and okay, so some of the action in the racing scenes doesn’t make sense, but I still found it thoroughly entertaining as a whole.

Renny Harlin – who will always be my hero for directing his then wife (the gorgeous) Gena Davis in Cutthroat Island, the best pirate movie since Captain Blood (including the silly Pirates of the Caribbean films) – does a great job of keeping the action moving with pounding music, fast cuts, and handheld cameras without going over the line into the blurred, unable to comprehend the action scenes so popular today.

The acting is as good as the script by Stallone himself allows, which is to say competent. But that doesn’t matter . . . this is a film about Formula One – fast cars and lots of noise with its emotional heart on the track and in the crashes, crunchingly conceived and digitally brought off.

One action scene in particular ramps this film up to watchable status when the young racing phenom Stallone’s character is supposed to be mentoring cracks under the pressure of his rising star, he steals a race car from an auto show display in Chicago and hits 195 mph through the Loop with Stallone chasing him in another race car – this is cool stuff! The cars zip and buzz, scraping, slamming into things, and even slid under truck rigs in a blaze of sparks!

For my money, Driven is superior to Tom Cruise’s Days of Thunder, and I enjoyed the ride – critics be damned!

TONY BENNETT @ THE GREEK - HALF PRICE!

TONY BENNETT @ THE GREEK - HALF PRICE!

If you are not a Gold Star member you should be. It's free to sign up (CLICK HERE) and members receive half-price (or free) ticket offers for numerous concerts, plays, and other activities - events you would actually want to attend. There is usually an associated handling fee, but I've seen several concerts at Catalina Jazz Club in LA and the Canyon Club in Agoura for the cost of the handling fee alone.

Right now, Gold Star is offering tickets to this Friday's (09/12/2008) Tony Bennet concert at the Greek Theater in LA. I saw Bennett in concert there last year and it immediately vaulted into my top five concerts of all time. He was great! So get over to Gold Star now and sign up.

With a career spanning over five decades, Bennett is a living musical legend. Since the early '50s, he has scored a series of major hits including “Rags to Riches,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” His warm, husky tenor combined with his timing, phrasing and a jazz fan's sense of spontaneity has won over fans of all ages. In 1994, he appeared on "MTV Unplugged" and the resulting recording of the same name garnered the singer a Grammy for "Album of the Year."

In August 2006, Bennett reached his 80th birthday. That same year, he released Duets: An American Classic, a collection of pairings with other singers on re-recordings of some of Bennett's best-known songs. The album reached #3 on the Billboard album chart, the highest album ranking in Bennett's career. It also won him another Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Album.”

His latest release is Tony Bennett Sings The Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1.Bennett’s career achievements include sales of over 50 million records worldwide, two Emmy Awards and 15 Grammy Awards including the “Grammy Lifetime Achievement” award. As the world’s most boyish octogenarian, a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers, Tony Bennett is living proof that fairy tales can indeed come true when you're young at heart.

TO VIEW THE TONY BENNET EVENT CLICK HERE

JAMES BOND THE SECRET WORLD OF 007!

JAMES BOND THE SECRET WORLD OF 007!

DK Publishing and Alastair Dougall are set to publish an updated version of James Bond: The Secret World of 007 to tie in with the release of Quantum of Solace. DK Publishing’s books are always high quaility, so you can be assured this will be a nice package.

Become an expert on the extraordinary career of 007 and get the inside scoop on his missions, from defeating the power-mad schemes of Dr No to the mysteries of Casino Royale and go behind the scenes of his latest movie, Quantum of Solace through unseen photography.
Starting with a foreword penned by M herself, uncover the world of Bond, the world’s most famous secret agent. Spectacular photographs reveal the secrets of many of Bond’s amazing gadgets, racy vehicles and racier eye-candy. Explore the lairs of the supervillains he has defeated and follow bullet-by-blow accounts of some of his most death-defying chases and battles.

Investigate 007’s distinctive style, his complicated love life and relationships with other members of M16 from M to Q and Miss Moneypenny. It’s a thrill-a-page 007 adventure.

TO VIEW THE PUBLISHER’S WEB PAGE FOR THE BOOK CLICK HERE

THE 11 LAMEST SUPERVILLAINS IN HISTORY, EVER!

THE 11 LAMEST SUPERVILLAINS IN HISTORY, EVER!

The International Society of Supervillians blog has complied a list of their lamest mebers such as:

THE SPOT

History:
Dr. Jonathan Ohnn was a C-list scientist working for A-list supervillain The Kingpin trying to figure out how the powers of B-list superhero Cloak worked. After some generic sciency mumbo-jumbo happened, he got sent to another dimension and emerged looking like a dalmatian.

M.O.:
Can teleport using the black, circular portals all over his body. But instead of using them to transport into banks and steal money or to blackmail the Kingpin and take over his empire by learning all his business secrets, he instead decides to use his immense power to simply go directly to Spider-Man so he can lose to him in a fight. Brilliant.

And here is another:

MAGPIE

History:
Some lady with no discernable powers decided it would be a good idea to commit crimes while drawing no attention to herself whatsoever by dressing as a character from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Really, the three-point mohawk, very inconspicuous. Then she went and named herself Magpie, after the clearly incredibly threatening bird.

M.O.
Keeping up with the bird theme, Magpie steals jewels and other valuable items named for birds, and replaces those items with decoy booby traps. Get it? Booby? That's just how Magpie rolls. Also, she chooses to fight Batman and Superman with a handgun and a length of chain.


TO SEE THE FULL LAME LIST CLICK HERE