Saturday, January 24, 2009
AS IF LIFE WASN’T TOUGH ENOUGH FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT . . .
It was a shocking sight yesterday as men of the Kwara State Police Command paraded a goat as an armed robbery suspect.
The goat suspect is being detained over an alleged attempt to snatch a Mazda car. The mysterious goat, according to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tunde Mohammed, while briefing bewildered journalists at the Force headquarters, is an armed robber who attempted to snatch the said car, Wednesday night, and later transformed into the goat in a bid to escape arrest.
He explained that men of a vigilance group in Anifowose Ipata/Oloje areas of the state capital had chased two armed robbery suspects who wanted to demobilise the Mazda car with the intention of stealing it, and while one of them escaped, the other was about to be apprehended by the team when he turned his back on the wall and turned to this goat. They quickly grabbed the goat and here it is.’’ Mohammed said.
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Friday, January 23, 2009
HERE’S A DOWNLOAD LINK FOR LITTLE REMEMBERED JAZZ SINGER JANE MORGAN WITH HER 1961 ALBUM, JANE MORGAN TIME (COURTESY OF JENSEN BRAZIL)
01. The Day The Rains Came
02. Love Makes The World Go 'Round
05. Till I Waltz Again With You
06. With Open Arms
07. A Taste Of Honey
08. It's Not For Me To Say
09. Around The World
10. Fly Me To The Moon
11. I Get Ideas (When I Dance With You) (Adios Muchachos)
13. Moon River
15. It's All In The Game
16. Love Is A Simple Thing
17. It's Easy To Remember
18. Two Different Worlds
19. Arrivederci, Roma (Goodbye To Rome)
20. My Favorite Things
21. Happy Anniversary
23. C'est Si Bon
TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE
TANNER OVER AT THE DOUBLE O SECTION BLOG HAS AN EXTENSIVE REVIEW OF CERTAINLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE NON-BOND SPY FILMS, DEADLIER THAN THE MALE ~
Deadlier Than the Male, a Bond-age update of Bulldog Drummond (its title inspired by the Drummond novel The Female of the Species), is my very favorite non-Bond spy movie. (And, as should be evidenced by this blog, I love spy movies!) It’s the best Bond knock-off ever, better than all its Eurospy ilk (enjoyable as they may be), and better even than its more famous Hollywood counterparts like the Flint movies. Of all the imitators 007 spawned in the 1960s, Deadlier Than the Male is the only one that can really go toe-to-toe with Bond.
TO READ THE FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE
Mars Attacks!, Wacky Packages, battle cards, monster stickers, men's magazines, paperbacks, pulps, and Pre-Code comics - artist Norman Saunders did it all! His artwork was recognizable, and often imitated, but never duplicated.
Now available, for the first time in history, the definitive book on the art of Norman Saunders. Published by Illustrated Press, Norman Saunders overflows with 368 full-color pages of monsters, mayhem, rockets, robots, Nazis, and naked chicks, all in a sensational budget-priced hardcover is sure to delight every fan of popular culture!
Hardcover, 9x11, 368 pages, Full Color, SRP: $39.95
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THIS IS THE LATEST L. RON HUBBARD PULP STORY TO BE BOTH REPRINTED AND PRESENTED IN SUDIO FORMAT BY GALAXY PRESS. DESPITE HUBBARDS LATER ACTIVITIES, I’VE ENJOYED THE FIRST FIVE OR SIX OF THESE EARLY STORIES FROM HIS PULP CAREER ON CD AND RECOMMEND THE PERFORMANCES.
IN THIS LATEST TALE:
FBI agent Bill Norton has been sent to Ketchikan, Alaska to track down his former boss, who's vanished while investigating a heroin smuggling ring. Norton instantly suspects the smugglers are operating from inside the local fishing fleet. But six months and a string of declared "accidental" drownings have failed to turn up any clues.
Norton's cold case heats up when the local radio station owner emerges, floating face-down at the docks, and a heart-stopping heiress to the halibut trade makes a maelstrom of trouble. The fact that Norton is well dressed and neatly shaven causes some of the local toughs to mistake the agent for a "chee-chalker"—or newcomer—much to their regret.
Trade paperback - Audio CD – $9.95
For The Shadow knows!
Before crime's plans have been put into being by some master mind of the underworld, word has come to The Shadow from his agents in far-flung corners of the world - and The Shadow lays plans to thwart the hordes of evil.
Earphones on the wall lead to Burbank, contact man - and through him go the master crime-fighter's instructions to his aids. Orders for Harry Vincent to report on the scene of possible crime, to lay the groundwork for The Shadow's approach; to Hawkeye and Cliff Marsland, in their underworld guise, the paths they are to follow; to Clyde Burke, reporter for the Classic, the necessary information to be gotten only through newspaper channels; to Moe Shrevnitz, taxi driver of first rank, word of transporting the master-fighter to his field of battle; to Rutledge Mann, hiding behind the "front" of an investment broker, the word to be ready with his invaluable aid; to Jericho, giant African, the stand-by message to aid, if necessary, with his terrific strength.
Coming soon, The Secret 6 By Robert J. Hogan. For the first time under one cover, all four adventures of The Secret 6, from 1934-1935.
Available in soft and hardcover.
From Altus Press
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Before he became a writer for the Pulp magazines, O.B. Myers was a decorated WWI fighter pilot. He is able to bring those experiences to life in his fiction about the air war in Europe.
In this volume Age of Aces introduce you to two of Myers’ best series.
THE BLACK SHEEP OF BELOGUE
After his arrest for striking an inept superior officer, Yank ace Dynamite Pike escapes court martial and hides out at a hidden drome in the forest of Belogue. Along with his trusted mechanic Splicer Teale, he wages a private war against the Germans while also trying to evade capture by the Allies. These outlaw eagles, who call themselves “The Black Sheep of Belogue”, blaze an explosive trail through Europe’s war skies!
THE MONGOL ACE
Crack American pilot Clipper Stark is assigned the terrible task of stopping the seemingly invincible “Mongol Ace”. Janghiz Kaidu, a descendant of Genghis Khan, joins the German army so he can kill more of the hated Russians. Instead he is shipped off to the Western front where he is trained as a pilot. His sadistic nature makes him the Allies’ most feared and despised adversary. Only Clipper Stark can match the Mongol Ace’s ferocious skills. But can even he kill the unkillable?
The book also features two articles about Myers’ wartime exploits by fellow pilot Kenneth Sinclair, whivh originally appeared in Battle Aces in November 1931. The Frederick Blakeslee cover painting depicts the actual dogfight that won O. B. Myers the Distinguished Service Cross.
All Age of Aces books are $16.99 trade paperbacks and are available from Amazon, Adventure House, or Mike Chomko Books.
Check out their web site at http://ageofaces.home.att.net for information on all their books.
Age of Aces Also Presents - Downloadable PDF Air War pulp stories!
Age of Aces Books is now offering a new feature on their Web site called "Age of Aces Presents". You can now download free PDF versions of some great Air War pulp stories.
Visit them at http://ageofaces.home.att.net and look for the Age of Aces Presents link.
WITH THANKS TO MISS CELLANIA FOR THE LAUGHS
1. The bigger the hat, the smaller the farm.
2. The shorter the nickname, the more they like you.
3. Whether it's the opening of Parliament, or the launch of a new art gallery, there is no Australian event that cannot be improved by a sausage sizzle.
4. If the guy next to you is swearing like a wharfie he's probably a media billionaire. Or on the other hand, he may be a wharfie.
5. There is no food that cannot be improved by the application of tomato sauce.
6. On the beach, all Australians hide their keys and wallets by placing them inside their sandshoes. No thief has ever worked this out.
7. Industrial design knows of no article more useful than the plastic milk crate.
8. All our best heroes are losers.
9. The alpha male in any group is he who takes the barbecue tongs from the hands of the host and blithely begins turning the snags.
10. It's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to hold.
11. A thong is not a piece of scanty swimwear, as in America, but a fine example of Australian footwear. A group of sheilas wearing black rubber thongs may not be as exciting as you had hoped.
12. It is proper to refer to your best friend as "a total bastard". By contrast, your worst enemy is "a bit of a bastard".
13. Historians believe the widespread use of the word "mate" can be traced to the harsh conditions on the Australian frontier in the 1890s, and the development of a code of mutual aid, or "mateship". Alternatively, Australians may just be really hopeless with names.
14. The wise man will choose a partner who is more attractive than himself.............to mosquitoes.
15. If it can't be fixed with pantyhose and fencing wire, it's not worth fixing.
16. The most popular and widely praised family in any street is the one that has the swimming pool.
17. It's considered better to be down on your luck than up yourself.
18. The phrase "we've got a great lifestyle" means everyone in the family drinks too much.
19. If invited to a party, you should take cheap red wine and then spend all night drinking the host's beer. (Don't worry, he'll have catered for it).
20. If there is any sort of free event or party within a hundred kilometres, you'd be a mug not to go.
21. The phrase "a simple picnic" is not known. You should take everything you own. If you don't need to make three trips back to the car, you're not trying.
22. Unless ethnic or a Pom, you are not permitted to sit down in your front yard, or on your front porch. Pottering about, gardening or leaning on the fence is acceptable. Just don't sit. That's what backyards are for.
23. The tarred road always ends just after the house of the local mayor.
24. On picnics, the Esky is always too small, creating a food versus grog battle that can only ever be resolved by leaving the salad at home.
25. When on a country holiday, the neon sign advertising the motel's pool will always be slightly larger than the pool itself.
26. The men are tough, but the women are tougher.
27. The chief test of manhood is one's ability to install a beach umbrella in high winds.
28. There comes a time in every Australian's life when he/she realises that the Aerogard is worse than the flies.
29. And, finally, don't let the tourist books fool you. NO ONE EVER says "cobber" to anyone ... EVER!
“Based on Paris Hilton’s discarded pet Tinkerbell is an upside down dead Chihuahua. This design capitalizes on the trend of carrying a small dog as a fashion accessory.”
I’ve been friends with author Gerald Hammond for many years. We’ve exchanged letters and now e-mails for years, shared writing problems, created plots together, and generally enjoyed each others company.
Living in Scotland, where he retired from his profession as an architect to write full time, Gerald has been very prolific since his first novel, Fred In Situ was published in 1965. Since then he has seen 67 novels published with several more on the way (Well And Good is due out in early 2009).
He is best known for his two mystery series characters, gunsmith Keith Calder, and Three Oaks dog kennel owner John Cunningham. Both series allow Gerald to indulge in his passions for guns, dogs, bird hunting, fly fishing, and all things outdoors in the Scottish countryside.
Now in his eighties, and up and down in health, Gerald has mostly left his series work behind him. He has focused instead on stand alone novels, most of which are mysteries, but also others featuring Formula One racing (Fine Tune), gliding (Into The Blue), and other excitements or passions catch his fancy.
In the 23 Keith Calder novels and the 11 Three Oaks novels, Hammond has created enduring characters with strong family ties who have all aged appropriately as the series have continued. Often, Hammond has let one of the secondary characters take center stage if the plot revolves around something specific to their personality or situation.
The Calder series started with Dead Game in 1979:
Keith Calder is an itinerant gunsmith and shooting instructor. He is also a rascal with total disregard for the law, a skilled and dedicated poacher of birds of both feathers.
Calder is the guest at a shoot in the Scottish Borders when one of the syndicate members dies – apparently by accident. However, a bullet is found in his body. Yet only shotguns were carried on the shoot. Was he killed by a sniper or by a stray bullet? Or is there some other explanation?
Calder has a personal and very secret interest in the case, but his involvement deepens when the brother of his current girlfriend, Molly, is arrested and charged with the murder – especially as there is no love lost between the two men.
Molly asks Keith to use his expertise on her brother’s behalf. But in agreeing to make his own inquiries, Calder finds he is trying to save himself, and his activities lead him and Molly into violent personal danger.
Gerald Hammond, with his expert knowledge of guns and his love of the Scottish countryside, has created a marvelous background against which he has set a puzzling, credible, and thoroughly entertaining whodunit.
I have enjoyed each of the books in both series and continue to read and savor each new Hammond novel as it arrives. These aren’t long tedious, padded, thrillers. Instead they are almost of another age, ingenious plots, characters with whom you want to spend time, and a world to which you eagerly anticipate returning.
FOR HAMMOND’S FULL BIBLIOGRAPHY CLICK HERE
ALISA MILLER AT THE E-JUSTICE BLOG HAS COMPILETED A MIXED LIST OF REAL LIFE DETECTIVE AND POLICE BLOGS ALONG WITH A LISTING OF THE TOP FICTIONAL DETECTIVE BLOGS.
True crime stories have intrigued the masses for as long as crime has been around. Whether people want to understand the psychology behind the crime, are just curious to get the gossip, or, like a puzzle, want to figure out the details to solve the crime, the desire to get the scoop is a strong one. These sites bring the detectives and their work to you through the the writings on their blogs. Whether you want to read about detectives on the police force, private eyes, British detectives, true crime, or even a little bit about fictional detectives, these blogs will provide you with hours of crime and criminals.
On the Force
These blogs are written by members of the police force who can share first-hand experience of crime and investigation.
Cerberus at the gate. Newly retired, this detective shares his life experiences and offers plenty of valuable information to anyone stopping by for a read.
View from the cop. This retired policeman blogs about community watch issues, the criminals, and the police who catch them.
LAPD Blog. While not just focusing on detectives, this blog does read like a script from Law & Order with detailed descriptions of crimes occurring in LA.
Detective Shaved Longcock. Despite the title that sounds more pornographic than law enforcement, this blog features news and funny posts relating to police work.
The Philosophical Cop Police Blog. This police officer has worked on the force for ten years and has experience in many different departments. His blog offers stories, advice, and he also enjoys answering "Ask a Cop" questions.
The Johnny Law Chronicles. This popular and hard-hitting blog brings plenty of information, news, and opinion about being an officer.
FOR THE FULL LIST CLICK HERE
BBC has announced Sherlock, a contemporary remake of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (pictured above) as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade.
The drama is co-created by the amazing partnership of Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (The League Of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Crooked House) and produced by Sue Vertue (Coupling, The Cup).
The 1 x 60-minute episode, written by Moffat, will shoot in January 2009 and will be directed by Coky Giedroyc (Virgin Queen, Blackpool, Oliver Twist).
Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast paced take on the crime drama genre set in present day London.
The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain – they live at the same address, have the same names and, somewhere out there in the London of 2009, Moriarty is waiting for them.
TO READ MORE CLICK HERE
Thursday, January 22, 2009
THE JAZZ BAKERY
January 26, 2009
BOBBY SHEW - tpt
TYIA WILSON - voc
with LAS VEGAS JAZZ CONNECTION
Though his resume is much longer, Russ is remembered primarily for his work with Chet Baker.
"The Russ Freeman Project was created to insure that Russ' music would not be forgotten. I wanted it to live again in a new way that would attract the younger musicians who did not know of his work. 'Remembering Russ' is the second CD in the Russ Freeman Project. Nathan Tanouye has taken Russ's bebop tunes and arranged them for our big band "Las Vegas Jazz Connection" It was my intent to create new interest in Russ' music. The result is exciting and hopefully as musical as Russ would have wished. Bobby Shew has added his artistry to the project. Tyia Wilson, vocalist, adds her imaginative lyrics and creativity. I could not ask for more."
~ Carolyn Freeman
Russ Freeman and Ruth Price had a long and wonderful history including the recording: Ruth Price with Shelly Manne & His Men at the Manne Hole (re-released as a CD on Fantasy Records).
8 PM & 9:30 PM ~ Tickets: $35
($15 students 21 and under)
firstname.lastname@example.org • The Jazz Bakery
He’s a former OSS agent called upon by the FBI to infiltrate a bank-robbing gang in Cleveland, and the bureau will do whatever it takes to make him look legit, even giving Hal thorough plans for the jobs. All this is meant as proof that Hal is the man this gang — run by a man called The Schooler — needs.
Hal’s real mission is to expose the true leader of the gang: a man referred to as Mr. Big. That’s not one of the most original names, but author John Knoerle has a few aces up his sleeve — namely, that this book is filled with so many crosses and double-crosses, you feel as though it takes place in a seminary.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
American illustrator Clayton McCormack has a cool blog based Prisoner comic ~ THE MORE THINGS CHANGE . . . ~ available on-line. Clayton states, "I am fully committed to working within the world of the television show, avoiding any reimagining or updates, save for a few visual tweaks here and there."
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF CINEMA RETRO, THE BEST RETRO FILM/TELEVISION/POP CULTURE MAGAZINE CURRENTLY BEING PUBLISHED.
As the Cinema Retro "empire" continues to expand, readers have requested that we implement a newsletter service. Thus, starting today, we're implementing a new feature for our readers. You can sign up for Cinema Retro's newsletter and receive advance news about forthcoming features and other earth-shaking developments in the Cinema Retro universe.
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BUCK ROGERS AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW!
Crazy! Watch this delicious retro-pastiche on both Buck Rogers (how he originally appeared in the early Twentieth Century, down to authentic costume and gun) and Kerry Conran's "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow". The miniature toy robot toy in the end is also very kitch.
TO SEE MORE CLICK HERE
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I’VE ALWAYS ENJOYED ROBERT MUCHAMORE’S TEEN-SPY BOOKS IN HIS CHERUB SERIES. THEY ARE VERY INVENTIVE AND A MORE GROUNDED VERSION OF THE ALEX RIDER SPY NOVELS. IF YOU ARE AN ALEX RIDER FAN, I THINK YOU’LL ENJOY THESE AS WELL. THEY ARE DIFFERENT, BUT AS WELL WRITTEN.
NOW MUCHAMORE IS NOT ONLY CONTINUING HIS CHERUB SERIES, BUT STARTING THE HENDERSON BOYS, A NEW SERIES SET IN THE 1940’S AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE CHERUB ORGANIZATION. THEY PROMISE TO BE GREAT READING!
FIRST UP, THE NEW CHERUB NOVEL ~
Every CHERUB agent comes from somewhere. Dante Scott still has nightmares about the death of his family, brutally killed by a biker gang.
When Dante joins James Adams on a mission to infiltrate the Brigands Motorcycle Club, he’s ready to use everything his learned to get revenge on the people who killed his family.
NEXT UP, THE FIRST THREE BOOKS IN THE NEW HENDERSON BOYS SERIES ~
As Hitler’s tanks close in on Paris, millions of refugees head south. Amongst them are three kids and a British spy names Charles Henderson.
The Brisith Secret Service is about to discover kids working undercover will help win the war.
CHERUB’s first adventure is about to begin. Feburary 2009
June – September 1940
As the Battle of Britain rages over Southern Englans, Charles Henderson and four young companions team up to sabotage German invasion plans. They must do everything they can to thwart Hitler’s plans to cross the channel and invade Southern England.
Coming in June 2009
January – February 1941
As 1941 begins, six youngsters are being trained for undercover work at a disused school on the edge of an artillerry firing range.
Charles Henderson is back in Britain, but will the military establishment allow him to enact a plan to train teenage spies?
Sunday, January 18, 2009
JUST CAUGHT UP WITH THIS BRITISH ITV FOUR PART GENTLE DRAMA ON CABLE’S OVATION CHANNEL. I FOUND IT TO BE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. CLEVER WRITING, GOOD ACTING, AND THE RECREATION OF A WORLD TO FASCINATE ALL JANE AUSTEN FANS ~
Jemima Rooper stars as Amanda Price, the frustrated romantic who discovers a gateway in her flat to her favorite world - the world of Pride and Prejudice. But is the “true” story in danger of being thrown off track by her presence?
A thoroughly modern heroine threatens to ruin one of the world's greatest literary love stories in this ingenious reinvention of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Lost in Austen is a four-part 2008 British television series for the ITV network, written by Guy Andrews and loosely based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Produced by Mammoth Screen, the series was originally scheduled to be broadcast in May 2008, but was pushed back by Peter Fincham to be part of the opening lineup of the Autumn schedule.
The first episode was eventually shown on ITV at 9 pm on 3 September 2008, gaining 4.2 million viewers. The remaining episodes were broadcast on a weekly basis. Lost in Austen was released in the UK on DVD on 28 September 2008. It contains two discs with the four episodes plus a "Making of" documentary.
In December 2008 it was announced that Lost in Austen had sold to over 90 territories worldwide and to a further 14 on DVD and Blu-ray. It is due to premier in America on the Ovation Channel on January 11th 2009.
OVATION DOES A LOT OF RERUNS SO CHECK YOUR CABLE GUIDE OR PICK UP THE DVD AFTER IT U.S. RELEASE APRIL 14, 2009.
Paramount Home Entertainment has announced they will be releasing a Centennial edition of Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief on March 24th.
Cary Grant plays John Robie, reformed jewel thief who was once known as "The Cat," in this suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller. Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, and he must set out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), he sees a chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother's (Jessie Royce Landis) fabulous jewels. His plan backfires, however, but France, who believes him guilty, proves her love by helping him escape. In a spine-tingling climax, the real criminal is exposed.
Commentary by Dr. Drew Casper, Hitchcock Film Historian
A Night with the Hitchcock's
Unacceptable Under the Code: Film Censorship in America
Behind the Gates: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
Writing and Casting To Catch a Thief
The Making of To Catch a Thief
Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch a Thief: An Appreciation
Edith Head: The Paramount Years
No price has been announced as of yet.
Jason Aaron, the up-and-coming writer of the critically acclaimed series THE OTHER SIDE teams with gritty artist R.M. Guéra for an intense crime drama that mixes organized crime with current Native American culture.
Aaron masterfully depicts Bad Horse's tortured split psychology. The character is tough as nails and switches quickly between displaying likable and unlikable behavior. The family dynamics, which includes Bad Horse's activist mother and Red Crow's wild daughter, could come off as soap opera, but Aaron knows how to use personal relationships to explain character and setting.
The world of the Prairie Rose Reservation is full of life thanks to the art of Guera, somewhat in the vein of Eduardo Risso's on 100 Bullets. His characters contain a certain amount of grace no matter how ugly the situations get. The second story collected in the book is the flashback-heavy Hoka Hey, which shows that Aaron has a complex history planned for these characters.
The Lounge Sound has landed on 1480 KPHX in Phoenix. With any luck, this will be the start of something BIG. In any event, Phoenix has a New Cool now!
Martini In The Morning.com is the first internet radio station that has transitioned to terrestrial (you know, over the air broadcast) radio. And our first over the air broadcast affiliate is
1480 KPHX Phoenix, Arizona.
If you are new to Martini In The Morning, WELCOME. We're glad you're here. For more than two years, MITM.com has earned its spot as one of the top Internet Radio Stations on the planet. We play the Greatest Songs Ever Written. Check us out. You can listen on the radio at 1480 KPHX, or you can stream us live at home, work, anywhere you can access the internet (even your iPhone or Blackberry handheld devices).
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy Martini In The Morning, The Lounge Sound!
TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE
REELART STUDIOS SIGNS LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH CONDÉ NAST PUBLICATIONS FOR DOC SAVAGE AND THE SHADOW COLLECTIBLES
New Port Richey, FL- January 7 2009 - Condé Nast’s classic pulp characters, Doc Savage and The Shadow, are back in a big way! And old time pulp officiandos as well as those new to the thrilling adventurers couldn’t be happier with the news.
ReelArt Studios announced today a long sought licensing agreement with Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.’s Condé Nast Publications division to produce resin and bronze collectible statues and busts based on classic art featuring the characters. The collectibles are slated to be marketed in 2009.
Condé Nast Publications is home to many of the world's celebrated magazines and websites, and is the successor to Street and Smith Publications, the original producer of Doc Savage and The Shadow stories.
“Wow, I’m blown away. I’ve been seeking this license for five years and it has finally come to fruition. I couldn’t be more thrilled,” proclaimed Michael Hudson, president of ReelArt Studios/Sequential Pulp Comics. The resurgence of Doc Savage and The Shadow popularity came about in 2006 through the efforts of Anthony Tollin and Nostalgia Ventures, Inc with their wildly popular series of officially licensed trade paperbacks featuring the characters in reissues of their classic pulp stories. Hudson states, “With all that is going on I just felt the time was ripe to reach old and new fans of the characters.”
The Doc Savage statue, which will be the first release under the license by ReelArt Studios, is based on original art by acclaimed artist Bob Larkin who successfully continued the James Bama “Steve Holland” look of the character on the Bantam reprints. States Hudson, “Although I personally love the Paul Baumhofer covers from the pulps I feel that today’s audience will see Doc more as Bama, Larkin and those who have followed have envisioned him. Since the statue depicts a man larger than life we chose to go with a larger format than we usually do. At 18 3/4 inches from base to the top of Doc’s head we hopefully will have a piece that will take prominence in most settings.” There will be a strictly limited edition run of 1000 units as a pre painted resin and 30 units as a made to order true bronze.
The pair have acquired the rights to Marshall Terrill's biography "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel." Project will likely land at Paramount, where Cerenzie-Peters Prods. has a first-look deal.
Project will primarily chronicle McQueen's Hollywood career, which began in 1956 when the Indiana native got his break in the pic "Somebody Up There Likes Me."
Cerenzie and Peters are producing alongside Brian Oliver and Chuck Rock of Arthaus Prods.