Saturday, July 25, 2009
Our pals from International Falls, Minnesota sit in with the band this week as the first of two Spotlight episodes we'll be bringing you this summer shines on the good folks from Icebox Radio Theatre. Beat the heat with this tale that is Chilling in more ways than one. The Icebox Radio Theatre production of The Thing On The Ice!
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Join the BIG W every Friday evening as he continues to explorer, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!
• Gypsy In My Soul - Eydie Gormé
• A Hard Days Night - Bob Leaper
• Learnin’ The Blues - Frank Sinatra
• Get Me To The Church On Time - Van Alexander
• Wives and Lovers - Dick Hyman
• Moon River - Bobby Darin
• Batman - Les & Larry Elgart
• The Silencers - Elmer Bernstein
• I’m Walkin - Peggy Lee
• My Blue Heaven - Esquivel
• The 3rd Man Theme - Don Swan
• Until The Real Thing Comes Along - Dean Martin
• The Beat Goes On - Lawrence Welk
• Give Me The Simple Life - Marian Montgomery
• I Want To Hold Your Hand - Si Zentner
• Too Darn Hot - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• Cynide Touch - Johnny Williams
• The D.A. Man - Frank Comstock
• Frenesi - Ray Conniff
• Steam Heat - Ella Fitzgerald
• Italia - Murry Wilson
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The latest issue of the appreciation publication for FANS OF THE MAN OF BRONZE is here!
Gorgeous full color covers by Tim Faurote and Alvaro Fernandois, articles by Tom Barnett(on Ham Brooks), Julian Puga V (on The Secrets of the U-Boats), Dennis Kininger (his on-going reviews of the Bantam reprints of the Doc Savage novels).Plus more regular features (Cover to Cover, and our letters section) and more great illustrations by Tim Faurote, John Lambert, Christian Diaz and Virginia Mills-Barfield!
$3.50 plus $1.50 shipping
$5.00 per issue postpaid in the USA.
FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE
Coming in October! Dave Stevens (writer & artist & cover)
The Complete Rocketeer saga is collected into one handsome hardcover volume for the very first time, combining The Rocketeer and The Rocketeer: Cliff’s New York Adventure into great book. Dave Stevens’ classic adventure strip is set in the 1930s and is an homage to the classic pulp novels of the time. Cliff Secord is a stunt pilot who happens upon a top-secret experimental Jet pack and meets adventure head on!
Coming in October from Moonstone Books!
Written by Nancy Holder; Art by Steve Bryant
Covers by Matt Larson.
Uncover the sexy romp secrets of our stunning Blond Bombshell in "All That Glitters"! An old school Hollywood marriage of convenience and the mob intertwine in a passion play of lust and greed. There is nothing the Domino Lady won't do to get to the truth...nothing at all.
32 pages, $3.99
Heroic Serial Posters of the Golden Age By John E. Petty and Grey Smith, with a Foreword by Noel NeillBatman! Superman! Flash Gordon! The Green Hornet! Captain Marvel! All of these colorful characters, and many others from the comics, pulps, and radio, made their silver screen debuts as multi-part serials, in which the hero would face certain death at the end of each chapter, urging their fans to return week after week to continue their thrilling adventures. Now, you can relive these hair-raising chapterplays, and thrill to hundreds of images of rare and seldom-seen movie poster material, in this exciting new archival-quality 312-page full color book.
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THE SERIALS BEGIN
SUPERMAN — THE MAN OF STEEL
BATMAN — GOTHAM’S GUARDIAN
THE GREEN HORNET — HERO OR VILLAIN?
FLASH GORDON — HERO OF MONGO
CAPTAIN AMERICA — THE SENTINEL OF LIBERTY
BUCK ROGERS — THE FUTURE IS NOW
THE PHANTOM — THE GHOST WHO WALKS
DICK TRACY — AMERICA’S LAWMAN
CAPTAIN MARVEL — THE ULTIMATE IN WISH FULFILLMENT
TARZAN — LORD OF THE JUNGLE
ROCKETMAN — KING OF THE OPEN SKIES
ZORRO — CALIFORNIA’S FIRST DEFENDER
THE SHADOW — WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL.
THE LONE RANGER — TAMING THE WILD WEST
WHO WERE THOSE (SOMETIMES) MASKED MEN?
HEROES FROM THE COMIC STRIPS
OUT OF THIS WORLD SERIALS
FOREST LORDS & JUNGLE GODDESSES
THE SERIAL LEGACY
Softcover - $39.99
Limited Edition Hardcover with a numbered bookplate signed by both authors and Noel Neill - $125
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Written by Walter Gibson
Creator of the Shadow
All 26 episodes of THE AVENGER, completely free of annoying circus-like commercial-break music.
Bonus: One episode of THE BLACK HOOD
13 Hours of content Jim Brandon, famous biochemist, through his numerous scientific experiments, has developed two unique inventions to aid him in his crusade against crime: the Telepathic Indicator, by which he is able to pick up thought flashes, and the Diffusion Capsule which cloaks him in the blackness of invisibility. Brandon's assistant, the beautiful Fern Collier, is the only person who knows knows he is the man the underworld fears, as The Avenger! Well-written scripts in this series make it worth listening to.
Brought to you by The Serial Squadron
Thanks to Tiki Shark, Koop Kooper hosts a huge show tonight as he chats to Skip Heller about his latest album Lau O Milo, catches up with Brad Parker from Tiki Shark who has a fantastic giveaway, plus to celebrate the landing on the moon, Koop has a moon themed CD to giveaway to a loyal listener. Cocktail Nation will also look at a few big events coming up where you need to bee seen, and as usual, gives the very best classic and neo lounge and exotica.
Tikiyaki Orchestra ~ Dan-o's Day Off
Henry Mancini ~ A Cool Shade Of Blue
Skip Heller ~ The Collector
Jackie Gleason ~ When Your Lover Has Gone
Cocktail Angst ~ Good Luck Charm
Bert Kaemfert ~ Petticoats Of Portugal
Xavier Cugat ~ Say Si Si
Kahuna Kawentzman ~ Fatu Hiva
Waitiki ~ The Magic islands
Kava Kon ~ Zero Gravity Lounge
Spy Fi ~ Bass Case
Frank Sinatra ~ You're So Right
Paul Weston ~ Love Walked in
Tiki Joe's Ocean ~ Baxter Pad
Hugo Winterhalter ~ Dream On Little Dreamer
Thursday, July 23, 2009
AMC and Marvel Comics are giving away an exclusive printed edition of The Prisoner Sneak Peek Comic at Comic-Con. The comic features the likenesses of Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel, and provides an illustrated first-look at scenes based on the premiere episode which airs in November.
Not in San Diego but still want to see it?
TO PRINT OUT THE PDF VERSION ONLINE CLICK HERE
A SHRUG OF THE TRENCHCOAT TO DOUBLE O SECTION FOR THE LINK
Greetings from Casa Martini!
Just a quick reminder that, if you haven't already, I hope you'll join our Lounge Lizards in Exile group. Our membership campaign ends tomorrow (Friday, July 24). Our goal is to keep OUR MUSIC on the radio - Internet Radio now at:
And as we grow, on broadcast radio stations across the country. At this point, we're not big enough to attract big-money advertisers or big investors (nor are we willing to play 15-20 minutes of commercials per hour like the big corporate radio stations!). So while we grow, we are completely listener supported. Your Premium Lounge Membership ($35 plus shipping/handling/tax) or Lush Lounge Membership ($75 plus shipping/handling/tax) will allow us to keep the music playing.
If you've already joined this year, if you're doing a monthly support subscription, or some other form of financial support, please accept our deepest gratitude. I'm not smart enough to be able to distinguish between those who've joined and those who haven't. But it's critical we get the word out one last time for anyone who might still join in time to "Save Our Standards!"
Next week, depending on the outcome of our campaign (how much money we raise), we'll have an email about something other than money. But for now, we've gotta pay the rent, streaming expenses, royalties and more, adding up to thousands of dollars each month.
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Brad Martini Chambers
Author Ace Atkins has been making a name for himself in recent years with a series of sprawling, political-machination-filled novels, which don’t really register on my must-be-read radar. However, when Atkins originally hit the mystery scene, it was with a series of very cool ‘blues’ music related mysteries – a worthy companion series to Bill Moody’s jazz infused Evan Horne mysteries I discussed last week.
Crossroad Blues was Atkins’ first Nick Traver’s mystery and it's a great lead in to the world of blues music in which the mystery is immersed.
Blues is about the bottles, knives, and steel used to slide guitars, a purple-tinted roof above a juke joint, and the heavy, rhythmic thump of boots on a scuffed hardwood floor. It’s a world of honorable men and outlaws. Blues is emotion. Blues is reality.
But where in mystery fiction is a blues hero?
You can find him in New Orleans, Louisiana, living in a battered 1920’s warehouse or playing harmonica at JoJo’s Blues Bar in the French Quarter. His name is Nick Travers, an ex-New Orleans Saint turned blues historian at Tulane University. And this time he’s headed deep into the heart of the blues – the Mississippi Delta.
In August of 1938, the most celebrated figure in blues history, Robert Johnson, was murdered in Greenwood, Mississippi. Some say a jealous husband poisoned him at a juke joint. Others believe his death had something to do with selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads. Almost sixty years later, a college professor disappears into the Delta while following rumors of nine unknown Johnson recordings. Travers leaves Tulane to track down the professor. Clues point to everyone from an eccentric albino named Cracker to a seventeen-year-old hitman who believes he is the second coming of Elvis Presley.
From the neon-slicked streets of New Orleans to the kudzu-covered trails of modern Mississippi, join Travers as he unravels the greatest mystery of all blues lore.
I enjoyed each of the Travers mysteries more for the settings and the blues lore than for the mysteries themselves ~ not an uncommon occurrence when dealing with mystery novels set in specific areas of interest ~ but would love to see Atkins come back to the character again in the future.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
HOWARD CHAYKIN HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE COMIC ARTISTS – RIGHT UP THERE WITH STERANKO – AND HIS CHARACTER CREATION, THE 1930’S ADVENTURER DOMINIC FORTUNE, HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE STAR OF MY WISH FULFILLMENT DAY DREAMS.
AS A RESULT, I WAS DELIGHTED TO HEAR MARVEL WAS BRINGING BACK THE CHARACTER IN A NEW MINI-SERIES ~ AND WHILE I’M NOT ENAMORED WITH CHAKIN’S LATEST COVER INTERPRETATION, THE INTERIOR STORY AND ART IN THE FIRST ISSUE IS UP TO THE ORIGINAL STANDARD.
NEWSARAMA.COM HAS A COOL INTERVIEW WITH CHAYKIN ABOUT THE CHARACTER:
Later this summer, Marvel Comics will introduce an old Spider-Man character to the Marvel MAX line—Dominic Fortune. Some readers might be asking, “Who?” but other, long term Spider-Man readers will remember Dominic Fortune’s recurring role in Spider-plots nearly 25 years ago. Most recently, in 2006, Dominic Fortune was featured in a mini-series with Silver Sable—Sable and Fortune—which pitted the two gun slinging mercs against traitorous members of Silver Sable’s own Wild Pack. Now, in August, Howard Chaykin takes the character back to his slightly mature roots. Curious?
Originally, Howard Chaykin had created a character named, “Scorpion” for the defunct Atlas/ Seaboard Comics company—he was the basis for the Dominic Fortune concept. When asked about the conception of Dominic Fortune and choice to create the character for Marvel, Chaykin responded, “I'd been working on another period character who shall remain nameless, for another company which shall remain nameless, and after a problem I had with editorial, I crossed the street and asked the editors at Marvel at the time if they'd be at all interested in a variation on that character. They bit, and we were off and running.”
Chaykin’s first Dominic Fortune project was created for Marvel Preview—a black and white magazine which featured the start of a number of characters who are experiencing resurgences in the Marvel Universe currently—like Moon Knight, Blade, Star-Lord—and, historically, it is best known for featuring the very first time the team of Claremont, Byrne, and Austin worked together on a project. One of the most unique features of the magazine, however, was that it was not restricted by the Comics Code Authority—so a Dominic Fortune MAX book seems like a natural fit based on the origins of the character.
TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW CLICK HERE
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
BRITAIN’S THE HERALD NEWPAPER HAS THE STORY, HOWEVER, APPARENTLY THIS IS ALL A HOAX, BUT IT SURE WOULD BE COOL!
James Bond is set to go back to his roots in Scotland following secret discussions on the future direction of the 007 movies - and the new film is likely to include the first-ever Scots Bond girl.
The role of Wilder Lawless would give a young unknown the chance to join the likes of Ursula Andress and Britt Ekland in Bond legend.
She would even get to give Bond his first kiss - because the new film will be a prequel and James Bond will be only 13 years old. Eon Productions successfully relaunched the James Bond franchise three years ago with Daniel Craig and Casino Royale, which had been the first book in Ian Fleming's series in 1953.
FOR THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I’VE HAD THIS JAPANESE IMPORT HANGING AROUND ON DVD FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, FINALLY VIEWING IT THIS WEEKEND ~ AND LOVING IT!
BASED ON A POPULAR JAPANESE MAGNA, THE FILM IS SIMPLE AND CHARMING, YET MANAGES TO HAVE A LOT TO SAY ABOUT THE NATURE OF COMPETITION, THE VALUE OF UNUSED TALENT, UNSELFISHNESS, AND WHERE HEROES COME FROM.
FROM THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
This charming film from Japan uses the sport of table-tennis to explore the friendship between two young men who have different approaches to both life and the game that it revolves around. When one of them loses to a rival at a big high-school tournament, it sparks a conflict between them that could either end their lifelong companionship or bring them closer than ever before.
Based on Taiyo Matsumoto's highly successful manga of the same name. Ever since the day Peco (Yôsuke Kubozuka) rescued Smile (Arata) from a gang of bullies and introduced him to the game of table tennis, the pair have been inseparable friends.
Now Peco is a peculiar teenager who wants no less than to be the best player in the world, but lacks the self-discipline to carry his plan through - while the withdrawn, slightly arrogant Smile probably has more natural talent than anyone, but just plays'to kill time' rather than to win, and his reluctance to see other players (especially Peco) humiliated makes him hold back in his own game, much to the annoyance of Ota, his coach (Naoto Takenaka).
After Peco is sorely beaten in a tournament and quits the game, Smile continues his rise to the top, preparing the way for the return of his hero Peco, whom he is destined to meet in one last match.
Starring: Arata, Sam Lee, Shido Nakamura, Yosuke Kubozuka
A FUN FILM AND WELL WORTH WATCHING.
DECLASIFIED NEWS FROM MI-6:
NINE BOND STARS LINED UP FOR AUTOGRAPHS AT COMIC-CON THIS MONTH IN SAN DIEGO ~ 07-17-09
Nine stars from across the 47 years of James Bond cinema will be converging on Comic-Con in San Diego this month.
The international convention runs from July 23-26th 2009. The Autograph Area is open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Thursday through Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. No autograph sessions will be held before or after these times, but fans are welcome to come on up and get in line when the convention hall opens.
The following James Bond co-stars will be available for autographs:
Gloria Hendry (Rosie Carver, "Live And Let Die"), George Lazenby (James Bond, "OHMSS"), Maud Adams (Octopussy, "Octopussy"), Trina Parks (Thumper, "Diamonds Are Forever"), Lana Wood (Plenty O'Toole, "Diamonds Are Forever - PICTURED ABOVE), Yaphet Kotto (Kananga, "Live And Let Die"), Lynn Holly Johnson (Bibi Dahl, "For Your Eyes Only"), Tanya Roberts (Stacey Sutton, "A View to a Kill") and Virginia Hey (Rubavitch, "The Living Daylights").
Favorites from James Bond Movies
Gloria Hendry, George Lazenby, Maud Adams, Trina Parks, Lana Wood, Yaphet Kotto, Lynn Holly Johnson
Thursday - 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Friday - 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Saturday - 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Sunday - 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Thursday - 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Friday - 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Saturday - 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Sunday - 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Thursday - 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Friday - 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Saturday - 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sunday - 11:00 am–2:00 pm
FOR A FULL LIST OF ATTNEDEES AND TIMES CLICK HERE
FROM CHARLES ARDAI, EDITOR OF THE HARD CASE CRIME PULP NOVELS ~
Why haven't you heard from me in so long? Because I've had a piece of news to share that I couldn't share until now.
As you probably know, the great Donald E. Westlake, one of the finest crime writers ever to pound an Underwood (and one of the finest men any of us in the business had the privilege to know), died on New Year's Eve this year. At the time, we all thought that the last novel he'd turned in to his hardcover publisher was the last novel of his we'd ever get to read. I certainly thought so -- until I heard from Don's friend of 50 years, Lawrence Block, saying that he had a manuscript in his hands of an unpublished Westlake novel that no editor had ever seen.
The book is called MEMORY, and it's outstanding. Don wrote it in the early 1960s but set it aside when his literary agent advised him that it was too literary and encouraged him to concentrate on more commercial sorts of crime fiction. And despite Larry's urging him to publish it over the decades that followed, Don never did.
He should have. It's a beautifully written, heartbreaking story about a man who suffers an assault (after being caught in bed with another man's wife) and wakes up in a hospital bed suffering from a peculiar sort of brain damage that doesn't make him unable to function but does make it hard for him to form new memories or retain old ones. Stuck far from home (and struggling even to remember where home used to be), paranoid about the attentions of the police, and desperate to reconstruct his lost life, Paul Cole sets out on an extraordinary private investigation: a missing persons case in which he himself is the missing person.
As I mentioned in the last e-mail I sent out, Hard Case Crime will be taking a hiatus after publishing two novels (rather than just one) this December. We won't publish any books in January, February or March. But when we come back in April 2010, it'll be a big, big comeback, since that's when we'll be celebrating Donald Westlake's MEMORY.
April's a long way off, of course -- but if you'd like to get a taste of MEMORY now, you can find a sample chapter (along with a first look at Glen Orbik's cover for the book) on our Web site: www.HardCaseCrime.com.
You'll also notice that we've finally put up a sample chapter for the first of our two December titles, burlesque performer Jonny Porkpie's THE CORPSE WORE PASTIES -- to find it, just click on the title of that book and then choose "Read a Sample Chapter." The sample will give you a peek into the seedy, wonderful world of burlesque. And if you're in New York when the book's publication date rolls around, you'll get to have more than just a peek, since Jonny's burlesque troupe will be mounting a live burlesque show to coincide with the novel's publication. I'll tell you more about this as we get closer, but at minimum you'll get a chance to see the author perform -- and the book's cover models, burlesque stars GiGi LaFemme and Nasty Canasta.
One other thing you'll notice if you visit our Web site: We've said we're publishing two books in December, but the site only shows one. Does this mean there's another December title we haven't put up on the site yet? Yes. That's precisely what it means. That one's a fun little treat and we'd like to keep it a surprise till we're closer to the publication date. It's got a Glen Orbik cover that will knock your socks off and might make you do a double take when you see it...but you'll have to wait till colder weather arrives to find out why.
After our December double feature and then the Westlake novel in April, we'll be switching to a bimonthly schedule for the rest of 2010, largely to give us a bit more time to work on and drum up attention for each novel, and to give readers more time to digest them all. (We've heard from some of you that the book-a-month schedule has left you with a pile of our books you haven't gotten to yet...and it can be hard to get each book the attention it deserves when there's always another coming just four weeks later.) For those of you who do like having a Hard Case Crime novel to read each month, I commend to your attention the 58 books we've already published (the 58th, Peter Rabe's STOP THIS MAN!, hits stores this week). Have you read them all? No? Well, you've got some great reading ahead of you, and a quick toll-free phone call to 1-800-481-9191 can get you as many of them as you want.
Finally, if you have a hankering for some high adventure to mix in with your mystery reading, I can't miss this opportunity to let you know that the second of our Gabriel Hunt novels -- HUNT THROUGH THE CRADLE OF FEAR, co-authored by Gabriel Hunt and yours truly -- is also hitting stores this week. In this episode, Gabriel's adventures take him from Hungary to New York, from Egypt to Greece, and from Istanbul to Sri Lanka, all in pursuit of the legendary Riddle of the Sphinx. It's a rip-roaring, two-fisted yarn that will leave your heart racing (if I do say so myself) -- a better summer movie, I think, than any of the ones I've seen playing at the local multiplex this year. If you have a soft spot in your heart for the music of John Williams and still thrill to the sight of a young Harrison Ford putting on his fedora and coiling his bullwhip, you should take a look at this one. You can get a sample at www.HuntForAdventure.com.
I'll have more news for you just as soon as I can tell you about our December surprise -- and about the various live events we have coming up. In the meantime, enjoy the dog days of summer...and, please, a good book.
P.S. This being t-shirt season, how about showing everyone at the beach or on the streets how much you love pulp fiction?
TO CHECK OUT THE HCH T-SHIRTS CLICK HERE