Osamu Tezuka and Strictly Hollywood
Up until the early 1960s
Hollywood produced ‘feel good’ musicals that reflex the particular decade
they were produced in.
Carlton Books has released a
varnished and ready-to-frame collection of art prints commemorating the
great musical of all times.
‘The Poster Collection’ includes
eight stunning black and white images from some of the greatest musicals
starring such Hollywood luminaries as Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Fred
Astaire and others.
West Side Story, Singin’ In The
Rain, High Society, On The Town, The Gay Divorcee, Funny Face, Cabaret and
Top Hat are all represented in ‘Strictly Hollywood’ with images from each
‘The Manga Art Of Osamu Tezuka’
showcases the spectacular art of one of Japan’s leading Manga artists.
Each of Tezuka’s famous figures is
represented such as Astro Boy, The Three-Eyed One, Jungle Emperor Leo,
Metropolis and many more.
Manga/Anime lovers are sure to
want this full-color collection of varnished prints to display.
Both print sets come in oversize,
heavy paper stock presentation envelopes.
Other themed collections are
The Prisoner, The Avengers and Casino Royale
I love British TV series from
the 1960s-especially the Spy series.
My two favorites were ‘The
Prisoner’ and ‘The Avengers’ with ‘The Avengers’ taking the number one
The Emma Peel and John Steed
period was by far my favorite but I enjoyed the series overall.
Originally created as revenge
series the show evolved into a spy thriller starring John Steed and several
sexy leading ladies.
After the original series was
cancelled it was resurrected in the 1970s as ‘The New Avengers’ and in the
1990’s it hit the Silver Screen.
I have an extensive collection
of books about ‘The Avengers’ but they pale in comparison to author Michael
Richardson’s ‘Bowler Hats And Kinky Boots: The Unofficial And Unauthorized
Guide To The Avengers’, published by Telos
It is the most exhaustive and
thoroughly researched book about ‘The Avengers’ I have ever encountered.
Everything there is to know
about the show is included such as episode guides, behind-the-scenes
tidbits, production notes, sequence of original broadcasts, cast and crew
bios and so much more.
There are even sections on
commercial merchandise tie-ins, the legacy of the show and spin-offs.
There are spy shows and then
there is ‘The Prisoner’ what I consider to be an ‘anti-spy’ TV show.
The series star, Patrick
McGoohan had just come off his immensely popular ‘Secret Agent’ TV series,
as it was known in the United States.
In a brilliant move to bring an
end to his popular spy series, McGoohan created ‘The Prisoner’ which
although it did not name the key player, was known by fans as the spy in
When a British spy resigned he
is kidnapped and taken to a location known only as ‘The Village’.
While there he is subjected to
various forms of mental manipulations in an attempt to learn his secrets.
It is never made clear whether
his kidnappers were from the British government or enemy agents.
The series only lasted one
season and successfully brought to a conclusion to the saga of the main
‘Fall Out: The Unofficial And
Unauthorized Guide To The Prisoner’ written by Alan Stevens and Fiona
Moore, delves into the enigmatic thriller that changed the face of TV
Filled with pop culture
references, utilizing unique storytelling techniques and cleverly managing
to keep audiences guessing each week, ‘The Prisoner’ is a cult classic.
Learn all about the series from
production secrets to cast and crew bios to episode examinations.
Another British creation made a
successful transition to movies from popular novels.
James Bond, the suave and deadly
British spy premiered on the Silver Screen in the early 1960s.
Due to a copyright snafu the
popular series had a lapse where another production company was able to
make its own ‘unofficial’ James Bond film based on ‘Casino Royale’.
Made with tongue securely placed
its cheek, ‘Casino Royale’ was more farce that a spy-thriller.
Still it is a James Bond film
and although lambasted by ‘true’ James Bond fans it does have a place in
‘The Making Of Casino Royale
(1967)’ by Michael Richardson takes a good hard look at the James Bond
Cast and crew bios, production
notes, missing scenes, production difficulties and how the film was adapted
for the screen and other interesting tidbits fill the pages with
information about the cult classic.
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Mickey Mouse, Snow White,
Pinocchio and Inventor’s
It all started with a
mouse. In 1928 a small mouse
inspired Walt Disney to create what is now considered one of the greatest
representations of the American spirit and symbol of perseverance.
When Walt Disney created Mickey
Mouse he had no inkling that a small animated rodent would lead to the
creation of one of the world’s most influential, prosperous and innovative
animation, TV, movie, theme park and entertainment companies in the world.
‘Mickey Mouse Emblem Of The
American Spirit’ written and researched by Garry Apgar and published by Weldon Owen/The Walt Disney Family
Foundation Press, LLC, is the first book that offers a biography of the
Mickey's and Walt’s lives are so
intertwined that to read about one is to read about the other.
Without the success of Mickey,
Walt Disney would have probably not have achieved the worldwide recognition
both he and his company now garner.
Through a careful examination of
the famous mouse through the decades the book painstakingly chronicles the
rise to American icon status Mickey Mouse holds.
Sketches, drawings, animation
cells, photos and other documents and images complement the intriguing and
interesting text about the world’s most famous mouse in this wonderful
The success of Mickey Mouse and
other early Walt Disney animated shorts prompted Walt to take a huge risk
and produce and animate the world’s first full-length animated feature:
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.
A new book, by the same name,
written by J. B. Kaufman explores the art and creation of Walt Disney’s
classic animated film.
Filled with rare and seldom seen
production sketches, character designs, set designs, animation cell
reproductions and copious notes and text about the production of the film
make this book a fascinating journey into the imagination.
Artists and designers of all
ages will appreciate the massive amount of work and planning that went into
the making of this ground-breaking film.
When you consider that
everything in the film was hand drawn or painted and painstakingly
assembled in a project the likes that have never been attempted before you
can appreciate the sheer genius that went into making the film loved by
J.B. Kaufman explores and
examines what is considered the greatest animated film of all time:
‘Pinocchio The Making Of the
Disney Epic’ examines how Disney artists and designers took a much-loved
children’s classic and translated to the big screen.
Filled to the brim with
production art, character designs, set concepts, scene sequences and much
more the book lovingly pays tribute to the high concept film.
Beautiful art plates, spot
illustrations, pencil sketches, color tests, behind-the-scenes photos and
even Pinocchio merchandise are all spotlighted, accompanied by informative
text, creative staff quotes and memories and so much more.
It’s a beautiful tribute to the
animators, artists and creative people behind this legend of a film.
It’s without a doubt that Walt
Disney and his staff of creative employees are considered the modern day
inventor’s of the animated film.
‘Popular Science The Total Inventor’s
Manual’ by Sean Michael Ragan, will inspire would-be inventors to
‘transform your idea into a top-selling product’ from idea to prototyping
Using profiles of famous
creators and clever and fun illustrations and examples, the book is sure to
inspire and delight any would-be creator/inventor.
Inventors will learn how to
refine their idea, create a prototype, secure funding, copy write their
invention and achieve success in this clever and easy-to-understand softbound book that
encourages inventors to pursue their dreams.
H.G. Wells and Peanuts
When I was a young kid I used to
make my Mom upset with me because I would spend my lunch money on books
from the Scholastic Books Library Kiosk at school.
One of my all-time favorite
writers was (and still is) H.G. Wells, known for such works as ‘The Time
Machine’, War Of The Worlds and many more which shaped science fiction
In ‘Steampuck H.G. Wells’
illustrated by Zdenko Basic and published by Running Press, Well’s ‘The
Time Machine’, The War Of The Worlds and ‘The Country Of The Blind’ are
accompanied by Steampunk renderings very much in the vein of the time period
they were placed.
Beautifully illustrated in
stunning full color the book captures the sheer magnitude of the stories as
only Steampunk can portray them.
Imagine the events happening
during the dawn of the Industrial Revolution when steam, pistons and massive
machinery were the norm.
I can almost picture the
Steampunk machinations at work in each story with knobs, buttons, pipes and
archaic hinged and geared contrivances populating each tale.
The book is a ‘must have’ for
any Wells or Steampunk fan.
It’s hard to imagine that the
creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip: Charles M. Schulz, passed away over
17 years ago.
And yet his work and genius are
still present and prevalent today.
Two new Peanuts themed books are
‘Be Active’ encourages kids and
adults to enjoy the great outdoors.
Dare to try something new, get
some exercise, get exhausted and feel accomplished.
It’s a great way to ‘Find Energy
The Peanuts comic strip gained
much notoriety for its simple but honest approach to life’s ups and downs
The Peanuts kids represented a
small microcosm of society with all personality types and temperaments
In ‘Peanuts Guide To Life’ the
wit and wisdom from the world’s best-loved cartoon characters offers quotes
and advice from the entire Peanuts gang when dealing with life’s day-to-day
activities and challenges.
It’s simple, straight-forward
and some of the best advice you can get.
Johnny Depp and Pirates
Perhaps no other modern day film
actor in the United States (or the world for that matter) has a more varied
portfolio of unique characters of which he has created and played.
Actor Johnny Depp has thrilled
movie-goers with his on-screen personifications for decades.
Not bad for a guy who gained
fame as an undercover cop patrolling the hallways of a high school in the
TV series ’21 Jump Street.’
Johnny’s unique ability of
portraying the most quirky of characters and making them all memorable is
second to none.
Normally a shy and reclusive
person, Johnny seldom talks about his work, unless pressed, and very seldom
watches himself on screen.
In ‘Johnny Depp A Retrospective’
written by Steven Daly and published by Carlton Books, readers are
offered a unique opportunity to get to know the very private actor.
The book, outlines in color and
black and white photos and interesting prose, Johnny’s long and impressive
career beginning with his early TV days.
Often collaborating with
director Tim Burton, the two have produced an impressive roster of films
such as Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie And The Chocolate
factory, two Alice In Wonderland movies as well as several other memorable
Johnny has made several dozen
other films with equally impressive directors-some successful-some not so
Regardless of the film, Johnny
always gives each film his all and his own particular twist to any
Fans are sure to love this book
as it delves into the persona and life of one of the most revered and
respected actors in the business.
Of course no book about Johnny
Depp would be complete without paying homage to perhaps Johnny’s greatest
film creation: Captain Jack Sparrow, the infamous pirate captain of the
Pirates Of The Caribbean film series.
Speaking of pirates. ‘Pirates
Dead Men’s Tales’ written by Anne Rooney and illustrated by Joe Wilson, is
wonderful book for kids all about pirates.
Famous swashbucklers, treasures,
maps, ships, weapons, legends, strange lands and adventures are all
chronicled in this lushly illustrated book about the scourge of the Seven
“Arrgh mateys! It’s a treasure to be sure!”
Wonder Woman and Alien Covenant
Two late Spring early Summer
movie releases have hit the movie theater circuits.
One highly successful and the
other disappointing at the box office.
Books presents two oversize hardbound books dedicated to each.
‘Wonder Woman The Art And Making
Of the Film’ by Sharon Gosling and featuring a foreword by Patty Jenkins
(the director of the film), takes an up-close and personal look at the
production of DC Comics movie that promises to rejuvenate the DC Comics
Featuring a slip cover with spot
varnish photos and a gorgeous reproduction of the Wonder Woman movie poster
on its cover, the book is a real feast for the eyes.
Readers are given a brief visual
and text introduction to Wonder Woman’s comic book history and then are
immediately swept into the spectacular cinema world of the warrior Amazon.
Pre and post production behind
the scenes photos and information, as well as production cameo shots and
visuals immerse readers into the amazing world of the premiere super
Stunning pro and post production
art and photos of set pieces, costumes, character designs, weapons, period
pieces and more fill page after page with luscious full-color art and
No detail is left out: from
costume fittings to weapon and fight training to the amazing computer
Just as impressive is ‘The Art
And Making Of Alien Covenant’ by Simon Ward.
The book examines the latest
chapter in the Aliens movie franchise with candid behind-the-scenes shots,
creature, set and costume designs, character bios and a plethora of movie
It’s a remarkable book that
examines every nook and cranny of the making of the film showcasing full
page color photos, cast and crew comments, exterior shots, computer and
practical visual and stunt effects and an unsettling look at the carnage
caused by the Alien creatures.
If you love the Alien movie
franchise you’re sure to want this book.
For six decades Television
Westerns have been broadcast over the airwaves.
Network TV or Cable TV, it makes
little difference-Western fans can’t seem to get enough.
Since they were first introduced
on TV Westerns have drawn in audiences-albeit Westerns viewership has
dwindled over the decades.
Still, they are still produced and
there is an audience or they would have simply disappeared.
When they first aired they were
little more than kid fare with simple plots, wooden acting and historically
inaccurate costumes and settings.
As they grew in popularity,
authenticity and more mature storylines began to manifest and before long
the ‘entire’ family could watch them.
In ‘Television Westerns’ written
by Alvin H. Merrill and published by Rowman & Littlefield,
readers are provided a thoroughly researched and comprehensive analysis and
historical accurate account of the TV Western.
Experience six decades of
sagebrush, sheriffs, scalawags and sidewinders that recalls not only
Western TV series but specials, documentaries and much more.
If it has anything to do with TV
Westerns you’re sure to find it in ‘Television Westerns’.
66 America’s Longest Small Town 2,451 mi.
Nostalgia is a wonderful
thing. It allows you to view the
past through rose-colored glasses and reminisce about the old times
filtering out the bad times and focusing on the good times.
Looking at old things or
locations via photographs more often than not reminds you of simpler and
Nowhere is that more so than
America’s (and the worlds') fascination with the ‘Mother Road’ of America:
Visions of Route 66 bring up
images of side show attractions, gas stations and rest stops and theme
motels and business establishment.
Route 66 fandom continues to
grow as more and more people traverse its long and historic trail sprinkled
with buildings and attractions from the past (some that still survive and
some falling into decay).
In Jim Hinckley’s ‘Route US 66
America’s Longest Small Town 2,451 mi.’ published by Voyageur Press/Quarto Publishing Group, relive the
past via beautiful color photos, fact-filled text, personal recollections
and much more.
It’s a visual stroll through
yesteryear that is fun, fascinating and a wonderful journey down Memory
Western Players, 1960-1975
TV Westerns were in their heyday
during the 1950s in the U.S.A.
Every kid wanted to be a cowboy
and explore the Ol’ West, fight Indians and bad guys and clean up small
towns for decent folk.
Most 1950s Westerns were pretty
cut and dry; good guys versus bad guys and the good guys always won.
Things began to change in the
1960s. ‘Adult’ Westerns became increasingly popular and would remain so
through the mid-1970s.
Ironically as audience
sophistication grew the number of TV Westerns dwindled.
In ‘Television Western Players,
1960-1975 A Biographical Dictionary’ writer Everett Aaker and McFarland& Company, Inc.,
Publishers, spotlight the actresses and actors who populated the TV
Westerns during that 15 years.
Key players in each series are
chronicled including their personal and professional information, family
and other information.
Listed in alphabetical order
each individual is given their just due and credit.
It is fully indexed and gives
complete filmography of each individual.
Comedy, Shop and Shocked
Admit it. Sometimes day-to-day life can be a
drag. Work, coming home, doing chores,
watching the kids, too short weekends and then back to the same, old boring
Surely life is more than work,
work, and work! There has to be a
way to break up your day and bring a little fun and variety to your day.
Cheer up! There is!
Nothing earth-shaking or
life-changing, but something that brings a little sunshine in your life and
a spring to your step.
I’m talking about Offshoot Book’s cornucopia of fun
books that include puzzles, memo pages, cutouts, coloring pages and bunches
of other offbeat and fun-filled activities.
Think of the books a recess for
adults. They are a great way to
break up the day and recapture a little of your childhood.
After all, grown-ups are just
big kids in older bodies. Take the
challenge and release your inner-child.
You won’t regret it.
Check in and check out with
Offshoot’s ‘Shocked!: When The Office Doesn’t Rock!”
Be warned! Don’t let your boss
see you looking at this book with all of its fun activities. He might want to join in. Maybe that’s a good thing.
It’s fun, colorful, challenging
and a little silly fun for the kid in all of us.
On a more serious note—no not
Challenge your knowledge of
William Shakespeare’s literary works with ‘Comedy In Tragedy’.
The old Bard would get a real
kick out of this clever compilation of puzzles, Q & A activities that
will challenge any would-be thespian.
‘To be, or not to be!”-having
fun with this book.
Who doesn’t like to shop?
In Shop-o-holic: I Would Rather
Shop Than Color!’ readers get the chance get to mix up merchandise and fun
activities all in one book.
How’s your shopping knowledge?
Can you figure out a budget, pick out the best deal or resist the urge to
Let’s go shopping! It’s ‘time well ‘spent’.
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Bible, Steampunk, Robots and Fantasy
I love reading my Bible.
As a Christian it is important
to me to read and study my Bible everyday.
Like most other Christians I’ve
done my share of highlighting scripture, making border notes and writing
sermon notes on notebook paper.
But, what if I could share with
you an exciting new way to accent your Bible study and bring out your
Authors Joanne Fink and Regina
Yoder and publisher Fox Chapel
Publishing/Design Originals are proud to introduce to readers of the
scripture brand new ways to bring the holy scriptures alive.
The ‘Complete Guide To Bible
Journaling Creative Ways To Express Your Faith’ is a colorful and
astonishing new book that presents the latest craze in Bible study.
Learn how to highlight your
Bible, or journal pages, with colorful illustrations, lettering, images and
more using all types of media including color pencils, acrylic paint, and
markers along with stickers, tabs and so much more.
Page after page of examples are
provided along with stickers, velum images for tracing, lettering and a
gallery of images.
Reading the Bible will never be
the same again.
A few years back when I was
teaching high school drawing classes I discovered Steampunk.
For those of you unfamiliar with
Steampunk it is a truly unique culture of art, attire and much more.
Steampunk artists base their art
on combining steam era technology with new or existing technology, cloths,
art and other media.
In ‘The Art Of Steampunk’
‘Revised Second Edition’ from Art Donovan you’ll learn and see all the
extraordinary devices and ingenious contraptions from the leading artists
of the Steampunk Movement.
It’s truly remarkable to see
everyday objects like cameras, motorcycles, rifles and computers all
transformed into Steampunk creations.
There're even a few examples of
totally original Steampunk creations.
Top Steampunk artists are
spotlighted along with their colorful creations. It’s a jam-packed cornucopia of crazy
contraptions that dazzle the eyes and spark the imagination.
’Manga To the Max Drawing and
Coloring Book Robots’ from Erik DePrince contains every conceivable type of
Manga Robot design along with step-by step instructions on how to draw and
It’s Manga Madness with Robots,
their weapons and their mechanisms all wrapped up in clever coloring page
Eric Messinger’s ‘Fantasy
Adventure Dragons, Dwarves, Elves And Other Extraordinary Creatures
Coloring Book’ brings out the fantasy artist in anyone.
Highly detailed illustrations
complemented by color guide instructions and tips make this a fantasy
fulfilled for any wannabe fantasy artist.
In the original Star Trek TV
series Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise are assigned to
travel back to Earth to 1968 in order to observe history in the making.
When a mysterious transporter beam coming from deep space intercepts the
Enterprise a human: Gary Seven, and his cat Isis are beamed aboard.
Gary demands to be beamed to Earth in order to avert a nuclear
Seven manages to escape with Spock and Kirk in hot pursuit. Is he there to help mankind or destroy
Fortunately he averts a near disaster and remains on Earth to monitor
Who is/was Gary Seven? Where did
he come from and who are the aliens who sent him?
How long have they interfered with mankind’s progress and are there
others like Gary?
Sometime later it is discovered that mankind has indeed been ‘babysat’
by the aliens, but no one knows for how long.
In ‘Star Trek The Next Generation: Hearts and Minds’ written by Dayton
Ward and published by Pocket Books,
the mysterious race of alien benefactors once again come into play.
Assigned to explore the Odyssean Pass, the Enterprise discovers what is
believed to be an uncharted world.
But when Captain Picard addresses the planet’s representative and
mentions Earth the alien knows of Picard’s home planet.
How does the mysterious planet link to Earth’s past?
When secret communications from
Starfleet about the mysterious planet arrive Picard decides to investigate.
What will he find and how does Earth, the newly discovered planet and
Gary Seven’s alien connection all tie in together?
Those are just a few of the questions you’ll be asking yourself as you
read ‘Hearts and Minds.’
Mysteries unfold and more questions arise as the book reveals hither
unknown secrets of Earth’s past and its ties to other alien civilizations.
British History, Warfare and Spock’s Logic
Britain and The United States have a long, and sometime turbulent,
While it is true that in the past as nations we’ve had our squabbles,
the important thing is that we are staunch allies now.
As allies it behooves us to know about each other histories in order to
better understand each other and cement our long-standing relationship of
friendship and cooperation.
That’s why I recommend authors Peter and Dan Snow’s new book from Carlton Books/ Andre Deutsch:
Treasures Of British History.
In this stunning hardbound, slipcase book readers are privy to some of
the greatest events; inventions and innovations from British history,
starting with the Roman Era and up until the present.
Important documents, memorabilia and other reproduced artifacts are
inserted in special envelopes along with maps, charts and documents.
It’s exciting to read and study the illustrious and fascinating history
of Britain with all of its ups and downs, victories and failures and the
undying and strong will of its people.
Beginning with World War 1 publisher Andre Deutsch and author Paul
Brewer offer a authoritative record of war as experienced all over the
world in ‘100 Years Of Warfare’..
From small ‘skirmishes’ to world-shaking conflicts the book successfully
chronicles the horrors of war.
Using art, charts, maps, archival photos and concise, no frills text the
book also spotlights key battles, military personnel, campaigns, key
personalities and much more that changed the face of the world for the
better or worse.
As a non-historian I appreciate the simple-to-understand and comprehend
text, poignant art and photos and the chronological way the book is
arranged by years.
War is chaos and illogical. For a
taste of the purely logical pick up a copy of ‘Spock’s Logic Puzzles’
containing more than 100 riddles, conundrums, and observations…from across
Test you logic and intuitive skills using the Star Trek scenarios laid
out that offer challenges in order to come to a logical conclusions.
Filled with classic Star Trek images the book is more than a puzzle
book, it represents logic as presented by Spock in the Star Trek Universe.
Television Series Nostalgia
I’d like to meet author Vincent Terrace.
We have a lot in common.
It’s evident from the three books he’s written about TV series from the
past that he loves old, nostalgic TV shows, just like I do.
Mr. Terrace has written and compiled three, fascinating hardbound books
about past TV series that list shows from the 1950s to the 1970s in
The ‘Television Series Of the 1950s (and 1960s and 1970s)’ books are
filled with essential facts and quirky details about TV series spanning
Learn all about the actresses and actors; behind the scenes tidbits and
supporting casts of TV fan favorites.
Precise and concise descriptions of each show are included along with
character bios, seldom-mentioned facts and production secrets and so much
Sprinkled throughout each book are archival photos, airdates and so much
nostalgic goodies that even the most diehard of TV fans will be thrilled
and excited turning each and every page.
I love many of the TV series from the 1950s to the 1970s and I am
excited to get the opportunity to look over all three of these wonderful
If you’re like me you’re going to enjoy walking down TV Memory Lane with
all three books published by Rowman & Littlefield.
It’s the perfect way to test your TV knowledge.
You know them by name: Batman, The Joker, Superman, Lex Luthor,
Spider-Man, The Green Goblin, Captain America, The Red Skull, Wonder Woman,
The Cheetah and dozens of other recognizable superheroes and super villains
of comic book fame.
They are the cream of the crop, top of the heap, kings of the mountain
and then there are the second, third, fourth and fifth string band of bad
guys and good guys.
They are the super villains and superheroes that fill in the lower
echelon of the comic book world.
Stuck with lame names and powers characters such as Mr. Hydro, Amazing
Man, Dr. Voodoo, Bee-Man and other ludicrous tags with equally lame super
Author Jon Morris and Quirk Books
present a duo of books that explore the second tier worlds of super bad
guys and good guys.
The ‘League Of Regrettable Superheroes’ and ‘The Legion Of Regrettable Super
Villains’ provide in-depth information (with art) of those second string
super-powered individuals that crop up in stories on all too-frequent
Comic book collectors and historians are sure to want to get their hands
on these two fascinating books that cover the heroes and villains that
populate the lower levels of crime and justice.
From the Golden Age to the Modern Age of comic books they are all
present and are given their just due.
Plus, the books are a lot of fun to look through!
Today’s TV and movie viewers are used to a plethora of super powered
Strong female superwomen are everywhere and are proving to be incredible
popular with fans.
Just a few of the TV and film heroines that captivate audiences are The
Black Widow, The Phoenix, The White Canary and dozens more.
But, there was a time when women in comic books were little more than
window dressing and damsels in distress.
Ironically if it were not for those early female characters many of
comic books’ biggest superheroes would have little reason to exist. Take Lois Lane for example. Where would Superman have been if he
didn’t have Lois to rescue?
In ‘The Spectacular Sisterhood Of Superwomen’ by Hope Nicholson, female
comic book characters are given due credit for their contribution to the
Join the author as she takes you through a whirlwind tour through the
past decades as she spotlights (with the aid of full color art) the
illustrious careers of the greatest female characters ever to grace the
pages of comic books.
Learn about the creation of each character, who their creators were and
how they shaped the comic book industry.
It’s about time women are given their fair share of the credit for the
part they played in comic books and popular culture.
You’ve seen them or heard of them.
Those deceitful, lying, manipulating and always-sultry bad girls of
movies and TV series and their goody two-shoes counterparts of the 1060s
and 1970s finally get their stories told.
The sexy, alluring and oh so ‘innocent’ female spies of TV and film that
always managed to seduce the good guy or one of his associates, divulge
secrets and relay them back to their world-conquering bosses or save the
Just as there are ‘bad girls’ in spy movies or TV series there are
innocent ‘good girls’ who get the good guy in the end.
In ‘Film Fatales’ the ‘Women in Espionage Films and Television
1962-1973’ as compiled and written by Tom Lasanti and Louis Paul and
published by McFarland & Company, Inc.,
with a foreword by Eillen O’Neill, is chock full of female fatales who put
the sex appeal in spying.
All of the women (good or bad)
that starred or appeared as characters in James Bond films, spy films and
TV espionage series are given their just due.
Photos and text examine each
and every lovely lady and their film and/or TV careers and discover what
they are up today.
If you love the 1960’s and
1970’s spy films and TV series then this is the book for you.
Sherlock Holmes, Pocket
Bike Maintenance and The Rolling Stones
So you think you are a detective?
You consider yourself a sleuth of sorts and are real good at piecing
clues together to solve crimes.
You notice small details and are adept at solving the most complicated
But, are you on the same level of crime solving as the legendary
Here’s your chance to prove yourself.
Carlton Books and Dr. John
Watson challenge you to solves 140 cerebral challenges in ‘The Sherlock
Holmes Puzzle Collection The Lost Cases.’
Use your powers of deduction to solve puzzles, memory problems and all
types of brainteasers that will challenge your brain and prove that you can
solve puzzles inspired by Sherlock Holmes’ legendary detective skills.
If you love riding a bicycle like I do then you know that the upkeep and
repair skills to maintain your bike can be daunting-especially any
The ‘Pocket Bike Maintenance’ book compiled by Mel Allwood is a handy
and portable guide that delves into each and every aspect of owning and
maintaining a bike.
Whether it is a simple thing like changing a flat tire to where to store
and repair you two-wheel transport, this book covers it all.
Full color photos and informative text lead you step-by step on how to
keep your bicycle in tiptop condition.
They are known as the ‘Bad boys of Rock and Roll.’
The Rolling Stones have been around since the early 1960s and show no
signs of slowing down.
In Steve Appleford’s new book: ‘The Rolling Stones The Stories Behind
The Biggest Songs’ readers get a first-hand look at the group itself over
the decades and how they went about creating their biggest hits.
The book delves into the inspiration for each song and includes seldom
mentioned or unknown fact tidbits that give life to both the group and
After all ‘It’s Only Rock And Roll!’
of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #731, May/June
Witch's Hour– Shannon Connor Winward
Dirty Old Town– Richard Bowes
The Prognosticant– Matthew Hughes
My English Name– R.S. Benedict
A Thousand Deaths Throught Flesh and Stone– Brian Trent
The History of the Invasion Told in Five Dogs– Kelly Jennings
What the Hands Know– Gregor Hartmann
The Woman with the Long Black Hair– Zach Shepard
The First Day of Someone Else's Life– John Schoffstall
Neko Brushes – Leah Cypess
Rings– Nina Kiriki Hoffman
The Path to Peace – Mary Soon Lee
Books to Look For– Charles de Lint
Books– Elizabeth Hand
Plumage from Pegasus: Happiness Is a Worn Gunn – Paul Di Filippo
Science: Robots on the Road– Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty
Television: Western Histories– David J. Skal
Curiosities – Mark Esping
Bill Long, Arthur Masear, Nick Downes
Maurizio Manzieri for "The Prognosticant"
66 Adventure Handbook High-Octane Fifth Edition
Well if you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, take the highway that's the best
Get your kicks on Route 66
Well it winds from Chicago to LA
More than two thousands miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66
Of all the highways and byways that run through the Continental United
States Route 66, that traverses from the East Coast to the West Coast, is
the most popular and well-known to American motorists.
There’s something about Route 66 that oozes Americana.
Whether it’s its historical significance, funky attractions or its
winding and meandering trail through America’s small towns and cities,
Route 66 is sure to captivate any traveler.
Author and photographer Drew Knowles and Santa Monica Press present the
‘High-Octane Fifth Edition’ of their ‘ Route 66 Adventure Handbook’ that
now offers GPS coordinates and city maps.
This book is the ultimate guide to ‘America’s Main Street’ from coast to
Pages are filled with black and white photos of offbeat roadside
attractions, vintage motels and cafes, natural wonders and much more.
Jam-packed with fascinating text detailing historical facts and travel
hints and suggestions of great places to visit the book is a ‘must have’
for any serious Route 66 fan.
So, be sure to ‘get your kicks’ from this ‘Route 66’ handbook that
explores America at its best and quirkiest.
Lights, Moebius, Atlantis
Mention Aurora Model Kits and any model maker worth their salt (or an
old guy like me who made Aurora Model Kits in the 1960s) immediately have
various images come to mind.
Aurora, among model makers, brings up memories of monster, TV, movie and
superhero plastic model kits.
As a young boy and teenager I made my share of Aurora Model Kits, among
them ALL of the Universal Monsters, All of the superhero figures and All of
the sci-fi model kits, including the vehicles.
Original Aurora Model Kits (especially in their boxes) are some of the
most sought after and prized model kits.
Model kit collectors are guaranteed to pay high prices for these coveted
But, did you know that Aurora made model kits of all types? Cars, planes, ships, animals, historical
figures, military vehicles and every other conceivable type of model kits
were created by Aurora.
In Schiffer Books’ and
author Thomas Graham’s new book ‘Aurora Model Kits With Polar Lights, Moebius, Atlantis’
the history of the company is examined including interviews with former
creators and employees of Aurora.
Sadly Aurora is no more, having
gone out of business. But, Aurora’s
legacy lives on through the efforts of model kit companies: Polar Lights,
Moebius and Atlantis.
The book offers full color
photos of ALL of Aurora’s model kits including current prices, along with
photos and prices of other company products that carry on Aurora’s proud
This book is a real feast for
the eyes as readers travel down model kit Memory Lane.
COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
Miraculous Adventures #1 l ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT
Dreadful Beauty: The Art of Providence TP l AVATAR PRESS INC
The Mystery Knight GN l BANTAM / SPECTRA
Lady Mechanika: The Clockwork Assassin #1 l BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS
Go Go Power Rangers #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
Sisters of Sorrow #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
Belladonna Annual 2017 l BOUNDLESS COMICS
Bettie Page #1 l D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Centipede #1 l D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
The Phantom: President Kennedy’s Mission #1 l HERMES PRESS
Rick & Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 l ONI PRESS INC.
Robotech #1 l TITAN COMICS
The Death of Stalin HC l TITAN COMICS
Disney Manga: Tangled GN l TOKYOPOP
Faith and the Future Force #1 l VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Volume 1 GN l VERTICAL COMICS
Bernie Wrightson: Art & Designs for the Gang of 7 Animation Studio
HC l ART BOOKS
Kirby: King of Comics Anniversary Edition SC l COMICS
Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Publisher Edition Revised
Back to the Future: Sculpted Movie Poster & Ultimate Visual History
Steven Universe: Art & Origins HC l MOVIE/TV
Doctor Who Magazine #514 l DOCTOR WHO
The Creeps #11 l HORROR
The James Bond Films Exhibitors Campaign Books Volume 1 TP l MOVIE/TV
Star Trek: The Women of Star Trek 50th Anniversary Trading Cards l
Star Wars Han Not Solo Softhand Ink Px Silver T-Shirt l PREVIEWS
Marvel: Venom Full Overhead Adult Deluxe Mask l COSTUMES & PROP
TOYS & STATUES
Marvel Gallery: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 PVC Figures l DIAMOND
SELECT TOYS & COLLECTIBLES
Street Fighter Knockouts Series 1 Vinyl Figures l CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT
Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy: Dancing Groot 12-Inch Feature Figure l
Mazinger Z 12-Inch Light Up Figure l SD TOYS
Toy Story 3 Miracle Land Statues l TOY STORY
Dragonball Z Master Stars Piece Piece Manga Dimensions Figures l DRAGONBALL
Marvel Now: Venom Artfx+ Statue l KOTOBUKIYA
Godzilla 12-Inch Series: Godzilla 2014 Blue Dorsal Figure l GODZILLA
Godzilla 12-Inch Series: Final Wars Mecha Gigan Figure l GODZILLA
Aliens: Colonial Marines 1/18-Scale Figures l ALIEN
James Bond: Goldfinger 1/6-Scale Collector Figures l JAMES BOND
Marvel Universe Variant Play Arts Kai: Magneto Figure l MARVEL HEROES
COLLECTIBLES & NOVELTIES
Halo: Master Chief Light-Up Ultra Prestige Adult Costume l PREVIEWS ARMORY
Halo: Master Chief Adult Light-Up Deluxe Helmet l PREVIEWS ARMORY
The Dark Knight Rises: Batman Special Edition Cowl Replica l DC HEROES
Godzilla Inflatable Costume l GODZILLA
Gremlins: Evil Stripe Puppet l HALLOWEEN
Gremlins: Gizmo Mogwai Puppet l HALLOWEEN
Nintendo: Mario And Yoshi Adult Inflatable Costume l NINTENDO
Dragon Ball Super Collectible Card Game l BANDAI
Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Board Game l CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT
My Little Pony: Tales of Equestria RPG Sourcebook HC l NINJA DIVISION
The Terminator Official Board Game l SPACE GOAT PUBLISHING
Comics, Daniel Craig,
Bee Gees and
When it comes to comic books different collectors
consider certain eras more important than others. I, for one, like the Silver Age,
primarily because I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. Others prefer the Bronze Age, Copper Age
and so forth.
But, none of the aforementioned ages would have existed
unless there had been a Golden Age.
Most comic book historians agree that the Golden Age
started with Action Comics #1 with the introduction of Superman.
Granted, comic books got their start a few years before
Action Comics #1, but mainly as reprints of Sunday newspaper comic strips
and some other rather non-descript and minor stories.
In ‘The Classic Era OF American Comics’ writer Nicky
Wright and publisher Carlton Books
examine the Golden Age of comics beginning in the late 1930s to its end in the
During that time period a great deal occurred. Superhero comics hit it big, especially
during the war years.
After WWII comic books began to branch out to humor,
detective, sci-fi, horror, funny animal and other genre.
Horror comics become so prolific that the general
public took notice and almost destroyed the comic book industry until a
self-censorship board was established.
Superheroes waned, sales started to falter and it
wasn’t until superheroes were reintroduced that sales picked up.
For a thorough examination and explanation as to the
importance of the Golden Age be sure to pick up a copy of this fascinating
and enjoyable book packed with full color art.
‘Bond, James Bond.’
To most modern movie audiences that is the phrase and character
actor Daniel Craig is most associated with.
Granted Craig is an excellent James Bond. His portrayal of the famous spy has
rejuvenated the franchise and brought in a legion of new fans.
But, Craig already had a successful acting career long
before the James Bond films established him as a mega-star.
Born and raised in North England, Daniel was bitten by
the acting bug at a young age.
He started his career in the theater, moved onto TV and
film and has been on the ‘A’ list of actors for the past decade or so.
In ‘Daniel Craig The Illustrated Biography’ written by
Tina Ogle, fans of the handsome Brit will learn all about his early life,
family, acting chops and his eventual rise to superstar.
Packed with photographs, the book makes for an
engrossing examination of the newest James Bond and his long and impressive
Yes, I admit it.
I lived through the Disco Music years. I was attending The University of Miami
at the time at the height of the Disco Craze.
Miami was the epicenter of the music, fashion and
culture of the Disco Mania years and I was a part of it.
I may even have my old platform shoes and sharkskin
shirt around here somewhere.
The Brothers Gibb, or as they are affectionately known
as: The Bee Gees, were the main architects of the Disco Craze.
Their hard-hitting and catchy tunes tuned in a whole
generation to the beat of Disco.
However, did you know that they actually got their
start as young boys performing in Australia, evolved to a somewhat comber
‘message; Rock and Roll band and eventually hit it big with Disco?
Sadly only one Bee Gee survives but the group’s music
is still popular to this day and with their talent of changing with the
times the Bee Gees successfully survived the Disco Era and carved out a
career for themselves in popular music.
‘Treasures Of The Bee Gees’ written by Brian Southall
is a heartfelt Memory Lane trip from their beginnings to their eventual
The slipcover hardbound book is chockfull of photos,
recreated memorabilia and detailed historical text chronicling their long
and illustrious careers.
Now where is a good Disco Night Club when you need
one? “You should be dancing!”
When I was in high school I worked evenings at a local
store. Part of my job was to order
and restock the record section.
One day while looking through the record order catalog
I spotted a rather odd looking album featuring a stark black and white
photo of the Hindenberg Zeppelin in flames.
The album was by a group called Led Zeppelin. When the album came in I bought a copy,
mostly out of curiosity.
I took it home, played it on my stereo and was
Their music was like anything I had ever heard
before. Before long Led Zeppelin
caught on with other teenagers and their songs were playing on all the local
Their music was dubbed ‘Heavy Metal’ and it influenced
a whole generation of bands.
Author Chris Welch has assembled a cornucopia of
photos, memorabilia facsimiles and in-depth text that follows the group
through its origin, spotlights its members and goes in to great detail as
to why Led Zeppelin is considered the ‘Biggest Band Of The 1970s.’
The hardbound, slipcase book is a treasure trove of
Zeppelin memorabilia including a coloring book!
For all you Led Heads out there, this is the book you
gotta have! Why it’s almost like
taking ‘A Stairway To Heaven.’
Kong Skull Island
They did it! The
creative team behind the ‘Kong Skull Island’ film finally got it right!
The original ‘King Kong’ movie set the standard for the
giant ape phenomenon.
There have been some sincere and good adaptations of
the ‘Kong’ franchise, most notably the 2005 movie by director Peter
Kong Skull Island is a follow-up to that film but, in
my opinion, is a much better film.
Kong Skull Island showcases the sheer size of Kong, his
intelligence and power. Kong is more
than a giant ape. He is an icon and
myth brought to life.
him on his island home: Skull Island, the film makers showcase Kong’s
survival skills, mastery of his environment and the other oversize
creatures on the island.
The actors do a great job of underplaying their roles
preferring to spotlight the true star of the film: Kong.
presents ‘The Art And Making Of Kong Skull Island’ in a spectacular
hardbound book that delves deeply into the massive amount of work and
creativity required to make the new film.
In the book readers are treated to production art, cast
and crew interviews and spotlights, set designs and construction, visual
and physical effects, creature designs, costumes and all things pre and
post film production.
The book is brimming with photos and full-color art,
lots of inside and behind-the-scenes information and some cleverly inserted
art and photos foldouts.
It’s a massive and informative examination of the Kong
For the full story adapted of the film be sure to pick
up ‘Kong Skull Island, paperback novelization by Tim Lebbon.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
I can remember it like it was yesterday. The year was
1967. I was 14 years old.
Like other boys my age I was interested in girls, cars
and Rock and Roll music.
Most Pop music of the time was either teenybopper or
bubble gum. Few ‘message’ songs were
popular. The British Invasion was in full swing.
The Beatles were the head runners of the British
Invasion and up until that point most of their music was about love and
growing up. There were tinges of
social commentaries and observations, but overall the gist of their music
was fairly conventional and non-threatening.
The group stopped performing live and were producing
only studio albums.
Then ’Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was
released. It was a revelation and a
total departure from anything that had been done in the Rock and Roll music
Phenomenally produced and orchestrated (literally) the
album was an instant success. Young
people (particularly the hippie and flower power crowd) lauded its lyrics, hidden
meanings, drug undertones and psychedelic imagery.
Remember this was the time of rampant drug
experimentation with the youth of America and the world. Pot and LSD were the drugs of
choice. Throw in anti-establishment
mentality, counter-culture lifestyles, free sex and anti-war protests and
it was easy to see why Sgt. Pepper struck such a cord with young people.
Considered one of the most influential albums ever
produced, the record album is a classic in ever sense of the word.
It’s been 50 years since the album was released and in
commemoration of the event Carlton
Books and author Brian Southall have released a brand new tribute book
called ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, The Beatles and
The World In 1967.’
Inside readers are treated to vintage photographs,
intriguing text and more. As
colorful as the album itself, the book is divided into both a ‘Side A’ and
a ‘Side B.’
Side A offers an up-close-and-personal look at the
personalities involved in the making of the album, its production, how it
was received and how it has shaped popular music since its inception.
Side B looks at the world between the years
1966-68. Learn about how societies
were shifting, priorities changing, conflicts arising and how The Beatles
played a part in the transformation of so many levels of society,
especially in the Western World.
The book makes for a fascinating trip in time when
everything was changing and The Beatles were at the forefront of the
Trailer Trash, Urban Decay 2 and World
War II Posters
seems to be a stigma associated with living in a trailer. Or as it is now politically correct to
refer to as ‘Mobile Homes.’
We’ve all seen the stereotypical depictions of those who
live in trailers: country bumpkins, mentally challenged, reproducing like
rabbits, slothful and peculiar.
You read such descriptions in popular literature, see
it on TV and movies and other popular social media outlets.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
When I was growing up ‘Trailer Parks’ were just
beginning to become popular. I had a
few friends who lived in ‘Trailer Parks’ and I always thought it was
Most had their won laundries, swimming pools, parks and
even some small stores.
Early ‘Trailers’ were really miniature homes. Everything was present: fully equipped
kitchens, bedrooms, full baths-all that were cleverly designed to fit into
a narrow and long, pre-assembled homes on wheels.
Truthfully most early ‘Trailers’ were made better than
most homes you buy today.
Maybe that’s why more and more people are hunting for
and remodeling early ‘Trailers’ and residing in them.
‘Don’t Call Them Trailer Trash’ written by John
Brunkowski and Michael Closen and published by Schiffer Books, offer a complete,
‘Illustrated Mobile Home Story.’
Everything that is even remotely related to Mobile
Homes is included such as advertisements, toys, Mobile Home Parks, license,
furnishings and there’s even a brief history of the genesis of Trailers and
Tow ‘em, live in ‘em-Trailers are cool and this book is
What is it about decrepit and decaying places of
business, worship, retail and education that fascinates us so?
Is it the feeling of nostalgia for days gone past? Does it remind us of how the passage of
time changes such structures and in turn ourselves?
Author/photographer Martin ten Bouwhuijs presents, ‘The
World Of Urban Decay 2’, a fascinating look at decay and disintegration.
Beautiful, full-color photographs lead readers through
control rooms, schools, warehouses, churches, military bases, hospitals,
cars, theaters, residents, and dozens of other interior photos of long
abandoned and decaying structures-some furnished, some not.
I enjoyed looking at each and every photo. I imagined now crumbling buildings full
of life as people lived in and worked in each. Now both the structures and most of the
people who populated them are crumbling into dust.
World War Ii was an ever-present memory when I was a
lad of eight. The war had ended a
mere 16 years earlier.
Most World War II veterans were in their 30s. Many lived and worked in my
hometown. Most kept quiet about the
war. But, occasionally one would
tell tales of the war-none of them pleasant.
Growing up in the 1960s I was fascinated by the
war. Kids in my neighborhood still
played soldiers-most as WWII soldiers.
Much of WWII memorabilia was easy to come by-including
In ‘World War II Posters’ by David Pollack, readers are
treated to posters from both the Allied Forces and in a lesser degree from
the Axis Forces.
Page after page is filled with patriotic images,
recruiting posters, homeland security warnings and much, much more.
For a real visual treat about the history of WWII, as
chronicled by artists and designers, this is the book WWII fans will love.
It’s a great collection, taken from a long gone era.
Counting Down The
Beatles Their 100 Finest Songs
tell anyone, it’s a secret.
I’m so old that I remember watching The Beatles perform
on the Ed Sullivan Show back in 1964.
I was there when they transformed from a Bubble Gum
Rock Group to a trend-setting quartet to icons of Rock Music.
From mop top, teenage troubadours to cutting-edge
musicians, The Beatles captivated America and the world with their music
Throw in their evolving lifestyles, drug use,
questionable morals and their often tumultuous inner personal lives and you
have one of, if not the number one, Rock and Roll group that changed music
Their influence on culture (or should I
say-counterculture?), fashion and pop culture was second to none.
Every Beatles fan has their favorite songs, from the
early love song days to their more introspective work, the Beatles changed
It’s been said that they introduced the
singer-songwriter era and help culminate a wide spectrum of musical styles.
In author Jim Beviglia’s new book from Rowman & Littlefield:
‘Counting Down The Beatles Their 100 Finest Songs’ readers learn the how
and why behind each top 100 song.
Expertly researched and chronicled the authors’ delving
in to the meaning behind each tune and their lyrics reveal the inner
workings that led to the creation of each masterpiece.
As a Beatles fan I was both amazed and surprised by
much of what I read. The entire book
is a penetrating and poignant breakdown about the creative surge that The
Gary Burghoff: To M.A.S.H. And Back and
Radar. Mention that simple two-syllable word and
any dye-in-the-wool M.A.S.H. fan immediately knows of whom you speak.
Radar (Walter O’Reilly) as portrayed by actor Gary Burghoff,
was the company clerk for the Korean War M.A.S.H. (Mobile Army Surgical
Hospital) seen in both the M.A.S.H. movie and TV series.
In fact, Gary was the only actor that appeared both in
the movie and TV series. He left the
series after eight years to pursue other interests and because he was
physically, mentally and spiritually worn out.
Gary slowly transformed the character of Radar from a
snide, mischievous and somewhat lecherous Army clerk to an innocent, naïve,
clairvoyant, hometown boy who basically ran the camp.
While childlike Radar possessed a strong moral and
trustworthy character, could be fiercely determined and often was the voice
of reason in situations than often saw the worst of mankind.
In ‘Gary Burghoff: To M.A.S.H. And Back –My Life In
Poems and Songs (That Nobody Else Wanted To Publish) Gary recounts his life
from his early days in Wisconsin to his meteoric rise to stardom as one of
TV’s most beloved characters.
Brutally honest and candid Gary details both the ups
and downs of his personal life and career while maintaining a delightful
Often touching and funny, the book, published by BearManor Media, offers an
up-close-and-personal examination of the actor.
Few people realize how talented Mr. Burghoff really
is. Considered by many to be a
modern Renaissance Man, Gary acts, is a musician, writer, artist, poet,
songwriter, inventor, environmentalist and more.
The book makes for a delightful and eye-opening read
that fans of both Gary and M.A.S.H. are sure to cherish.
I was a mere 12 years old when Honey West, starring Anne Francis
premiered on TV.
Her striking figure, lush blonde hair, birthmark and
sultry eyes set my young heart to aflutter.
She was my first TV starlet crush.
There would be others, but Honey West was the first.
‘Honey West’ written by John C. Fredriksen, chronicles
TV’s first liberated female.
As a role model
for modern women, Honey demonstrated that anything was possible for a female
in a man’s world.
Smart, resourceful, fiercely independent and proficient
with weapons, the martial arts and subterfuge, Honey West took on spies,
bad guys and underworld scum.
Interviews with both cast and crew shed light on the
making of the series and just how groundbreaking it was.
Full episode descriptions are also provided sprinkled
with interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits of information.
Laced with photos, the book brings back pleasant
memories of the series that redefined women on TV.
Cop Shows, Booking
and Quinn Martin,
Next to Westerns my favorite Prime Time TV shows are
Cop Shows, or Crime Shows, as they are sometimes called.
Ever since the dawn of TV Cop Shows have been
around. Dragnet, The Naked City, The
Untouchables, Hawaii Five-O and literally dozens, if not hundreds, of Cop
Shows have filled the airways for decades.
What is it about Cop Shows that so captivate audiences?
Surely it’s not escapism as most Cop Shows revel in
tracking down killers, rapists, kidnappers and other such dastardly bad
In ‘Cop Shows: A Critical History Of Police Dramas On
Television’ authors Sabin, Wilson, Speidel, Faucette and Bethell, along
with publisher, McFarland & Company, Inc.
present an in-depth analysis of what makes Cop Shows tick and why they are
Reflections of their times, COP
Shows, examine and portray societal changes, struggles and crime. The shows tend to examine the cops
themselves from the fiercely independent loner to the troubled, walk the
line between justice and revenge individuals to the strong group dynamic of
a particular police force.
Whatever the reasons the book
provides a thorough look at the phenomenon of the Cop Show and its many
One of my all-time favorite
classic Cop Shows is Hawaii Five-O.
Introduced to TV viewers in 1968 the show lasted 12 years making it
one of the longest running Cop Shows on TV.
Hawaii Five-O centered on the
police exploits of the Hawaii Five-O police task force headed up by
ex-naval officer Steve McGarrett, as played by Jack Lord and his assistant
Dan (Danno) Williams, portrayed by actor James MacArthur.
What made the show so unique is
that it was filmed entirely in the Hawaiian Islands.
At that time Hawaii had no film
studios so Hawaii Five-O, created by Leonard Freeman, had to start from
scratch including securing a studio, hiring non-actor locals and persuading
Hollywood’s talent to travel to Hawaii to guest star on the show. Needless to say, a free trip to Hawaii
was a great incentive.
Karen Rhodes’ ‘Booking Hawaii
Five-O’ provides a critical episode guide and history of the popular Cop Show
including photos, behind-the-scenes secrets, cast and crew interviews and
‘Book ‘em Danno!”
One of the greatest (if not the
greatest) TV producers of Cop Shows was Quinn Martin. Although he was also known for a plethora
of other genre series.
In ‘Quinn Martin, Producer’
author Jonathan Etter, delves into the long and illustrious career of
Martin and the many shows he produced.
Readers will learn all about
his battles with the networks, hiring and firing practices, his guidelines
for writing and directing his shows and most importantly learn about the
Each show he produced is
examined in detail from its conception to it cancellation.
If you love classic Prime Time TV shows as
produced by one of the giants of the industry then this book is like a
hearty meal to a starving man: it’s
filling, full of meat and satisfying.
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