Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This N' That - Post Smallville Edition!

Now for something totally random....

In 1942, a company called Tim Publications, Inc. used to print small, 6" x 9" booklets in black with a single color as promotions to help sell their line of children’s clothing. These booklets were issued monthly, and the stores created clubs for the kids.

The club you belonged to was age specific with Superman-Tim being dedicated to the younger set.

The first issue of Superman-Tim was published in 1942 and ran through 1950.

The Superman-Tim comic had three purposes: First, to sell items in the Superman-Tim clothing line, second, to build moral character and teach social responsibility, and third, to create hours of fun for grade-school boys.

The Superman-Tim comics didn't feature traditional stories. They were od an activity book along the lines of the widely distributed “highlights” magazine for elementary school students.

Over time Superman-Tim began to feature short stories outside the mainstream Superman universe. These stories generally had a lesson for young children
involving Superman and Tim having adventures together. These 16-page stories were all produced by the Siegel/Shuster Studios.

A combination of low print runs and spotty distribution make these books VERY rare. In addition the book’s contents usually consisted of single-page features intended to be torn out of the comic and either solved or assembled so most copies were actually destroyed.

Superman-Tim comics in VG or better condition are highly-prized collector’s items and go for hundreds, even thousands of dollars.


Witchblade is FIFTEEN years old! Image Comics and Top Cow Productions are celebrating the 15th anniversary of Witchblade with an oversized stand-alone issue by Witchblade team Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic.
Witchblade #144, is available NOW.

Get ready for Superman to enter the beyond Universe!
The Man of Steel stars in a spin-off from the Batman Beyond comic. Superman Beyond #0 will bring Kal-El back into action to stop an immensely powerful foe, even as his own Kryptonian powers begin to fade.

Smallville may be gone but the DVD’s live on. This fall the entire 10 year run of Smallville will be available in one big package! I am all OVER this one!

(Source: Warner Home Video)
After 10 incredible seasons, Smallville: The Complete Series will arrive on DVD this fall. This ultimate collector’s set for the ultimate fan features over 192 hours of content – including all 218 episodes, over five hours of newly added special features such as an unaired, never-before-seen Superboy pilot from 1961, a 90-minute series retrospective with all new interviews, the 2010 final Comic-Con panel and more!

In addition, exclusive printed materials include a Daily Planet newspaper, written by DC Comics, that highlights the important storylines developed during the 10-year run of the show and an episode guide with never-before-seen production art (storyboards/sketches) and behind-the-scenes photos. Smallville: The Complete Series is presented in highly collectable new packaging consisting of two lay-flat picture books that hold 62 discs.

“It’s been an unbelievable 10 season run for Smallville, still one of the most popular series on television and one of our best-selling titles on DVD,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. “The fan base for the franchise is not only huge, but loyal and they’re going to love this ultimate collector’s edition.”

Soaring toward the end of its 10th and final season, this modern retelling of a hero’s legendary origins blends realism, action, heart and humor as Clark Kent completes his epic journey by claiming his birthright as the world’s ultimate hero – Superman.

I wonder if we’ll see a BluRay version!


Speaking of BluRay here are some details about the forthcoming STAR WARS collection(s). All I can say is WOW!

(Source: Lucasfilm)

Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars with your whole family – when Star Wars: The Complete Saga comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! To be released beginning on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America, the nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Saga direct to your living room, where you can revisit all of your favorite Star Wars moments – in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Dive deeper into the universe with an unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.

The comprehensive collection also features numerous deleted, extended and alternate scenes, new documentaries and a cross-section of the countless Star Wars spoofs that have appeared in pop culture over the past three decades. Marking the first time ever that the full Saga is available in one complete collection, Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-Ray also features a coveted peek into the making of the Saga with vintage documentaries, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, prop and costume turnarounds, retrospectives and more.


Entertainment Weekly reports that NBC has passed on picking up David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman.
Reasons for their refusal are unknown, although speculation is that it was a combination of mixed reviews of the pilot during the test screenings, the fury online over the new costume, and just general reluctance to give an action-based show with a female lead a chance.


Which forces me to point out once again that…..

The Tick is STILL $%#@#$% Cancelled!!!! Is there no justice for the greatest (and most clueless) hero ever known???!!!


That’s 30!



Cat Jones said...

I think "The Tick still being cancelled" thing has run its course. The show was doomed to fail from the beginning due to Fox's lack of ownership in the property, which made advertising for it a low priority, so no use crying over spilled milk. We can't turn back time, only go forward. If you love the Tick so much, buy the comic, it's where the Tick began, and where the best interpretation of the character will always be.

Holmes said...

Your tendency to be critical just for it's own sake has run it's course.

Once again you miss the entire point of my posting this from time to time. Random silliness. In addition your statement about the Ticks' best interpretation is also just your opinion, which you are entitled to, not fact.