Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Stark Expo 2010

Are YOU attending Stark Expo?

2010's Stark Expo will be THE place to be this year and now you can check out the newly launched official site!

Visit now for all the latest info! Plus, be sure to become a fan of Stark Expo on Facebook!

We'll see you there on May 7, 2010!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Shogun Warriors Gaiking Live-Action Movie

Wow! This is really cool news. I still have all of the Shogun Warriors in a box in the basement (they've seen better days). My brother and I had them all when they came out in the late 70s. Actually my brother had most of them (Raydeen, Mazinga, Daimos, Dangard Ace, Combattra, Gaiking and Godzilla). I only had Dragun. But, they were the coolest toys ever!

From --

Back in the '70s, Mattel released a toyline called "Shogun Warriors" which was made up of several imported Japanese toys that were based on a popular anime series. "Shogun Warriors" was later adapted into a 20-issue comic book series by Marvel Comics, featuring writer Doug Moench and artist Herb Trimpe.

While the franchise has been dormant for several years, word has emerged that "Gaiking" and the rest of the "Shogun Warriors" may be heading to the big screen in the near future.

According to Ain't it Cool News, a "Gaiking" film is being planned for 2012 release date by director Matthew Gratzner and special effects artist Jules Urbach, with a potential "Shogun Warriors" film planned as a sequel. While the report didn't indicate which giant robots from "Shogun Warriors" would appear in the films, it did offer some insight into how the robots will be brought to the big screen, and some impressive test footage created to promote the project.

"We are building the robots life size," wrote Urbach. "Matt [Gratzner] is one of the last great practical effects guys in the business who can pull this off."

Urbach also stated that "We'll have more 'Shogun Warriors' than ever appeared in the Marvel Comics." The report also indicated that a new "Shogun Warriors" comic book series is coming from Dynamite Entertainment, with Alex Ross "mentoring on the project" and providing covers as well.

The report also promises that further announcements regarding the giant robots to be used within the film will be made at this year's San Diego Comic-Con International. However, the early word is that the action won't just be limited to Earth and will also take place on other planets in the "Shogun Warriors" universe.

Last (but definitely not least), the site offered up a look at some CGI footage created to showcase the look and tone they're envisioning for "Gaiking."

Can anybody see the YouTube video above! For some reason I can't. Not sure what the problem is.

EDIT: There seems to be a Blogger problem with videos. I hope they fix it soon. In the meantime, you can see the Gaiking teaser trailer at Ain't It Cool News.

Krazy Little Comics: Blunder Woman

This is the last of the Topps Krazy Little Comics that my brother and I have found. If we find any more, I'll post them right away. These images were "borrowed" from the blog Gone & Forgotten.

Blunder Woman

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dick Giordano, R.I.P.

Legendary comic book creator Dick Giordano passed Saturday morning at the age of 77.

Giordano, whose career began in 1951 and spans work for DC, Marvel, Dell, Valiant and other publishers is perhaps best known as his work as Editor-in-Chief for Charlton Comics, overseeing the creation of the now enduring DC Comics-owned characters such as Blue Beetle and Captain Atom, as well as his time as Executive Editorial Director of DC Comics, during which time DC published such landmark works as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's Watchmen and Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns.

Other career highlights include serving as inker to penciler Neal Adams and George Perez on DC's Crisis On Infinite Earths.

Read the full story at

Krazy Little Comics: Sub-Marineman


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Robert Culp, R.I.P.

I loved "The Greatest American Hero". R.I.P. Mr. Culp.

From The Wall Street Journal --

Actor Robert Culp, best known for his starring role on the TV show “I Spy” but also a versatile character actor with memorable film roles in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and “The Pelican Brief,” died today after reportedly taking a spill at his home in Hollywood. He was 79.

Culp was born in Oakland, Calif., and began appearing on TV in the late-’50s. He became famous in 1965 playing alongside Bill Cosby in the espionage series “I Spy.” The show was the first non-comedy in prime-time to feature an African-American in a leading role. Gen-Xers will likely remember the actor for his role on “The Greatest American Hero,” an early-’80s TV series about an FBI agent (Culp) paired with a mild-mannered teacher who discovers a suit with superpowers. In recent years, Culp appeared on the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” as Ray Romano’s father-in-law.

Trivia Newton-John

I won a Trivia Newton-John Award over at  Retrospace. I answered some questions about old school Dungeons & Dragons. I haven't played D&D in about 20 years. I just happened to have all of the manuals packed in a box by my computer.