That All About!
is that all of us at one time in our lives are/or will be teenagers and yet
when we grow up and have kids of our own and they become teenagers we are
completely baffled by them?
as a parent of two kids: one boy and one girl, who (thankfully are grown
up) I dealt with teenagers. I even
taught high school so I dealt with a plethora of teenagers of all
temperaments and types.
are confusing, compulsive, contradictory in their behavior, sometimes
callous and always, always, a conundrum.
yet they can be the most loving, caring, thoughtful and compassionate people
at times. They drive you crazy!
20 years Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman have examined, sweat over and
portrayed teenagers with all their foibles, faults and strengths in their
awesome ‘Zits’ comic strip.
star of the strip: Jeremy Duncan, is the perfect vehicle by which Scott and
Borgman were, and are, able to demonstrate the complexity and
contradictions of a typical teenager.
Jeremy and his friends as they confuse their parents, confound their
teachers and offer insight into the minds of teenagers.
‘What Was That All About?’ the creative team offers readers the very best
of ‘Zits!’ over the past 20 years and a very personal and up-front look at
their own lives.
will discover where the duo met, how they came up with the idea for
’Zits!’, the teenagers in their own lives, the strips publishing history,
its up and downs and excerpts from their sketchbooks.
deluxe hardbound book with die-cut front panel, spotlighting Jeremy, is a
real treasure that ‘Zits!’ fans will love and cherish, from Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Schulz was a genius and was responsible in no small part for making reading
newspaper comic strips a respected pastime and American art form.
he did not invent the comic strip his ‘Peanuts’ comic strip brought a whole
new level of sophistication to comic strip humor.
longer were characters mere caricatures of humans or animals.
of Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’ cast has a distinct personality and philosophical
outlook on life.
was Charlie Brown, the perpetual optimist who suffered though perpetual
pessimistic circumstances, Linus, the boy philosopher straddled with a
complex set of phobias and Lucy his domineering and opinionated sister and
other memorable characters in the tiny tot universe.
there was Snoopy.
was Charlie Brown’s pet beagle who embraced life, possessed a vivid
imagination, unbridled ambition, a unique outlook and who represented the
unspoken and un-acted upon opinions and pent-up wishes of the common man.
was, and is, by far, my favorite ‘Peanuts’ character.
Andrews McMeel Publishing
presents ‘Celebrating Snoopy’ the ultimate Snoopy compilation of comic
strips beginning with Snoopy’s humble start as a simply pet to his
resounding finale as the voice of a whole generation.
massive collection comes in a HUGE hardbound book, complete with slipcase,
both decorated with the image of a dancing Snoopy.
50 years Snoopy delighted fans and comic strip readers with his
inexplicable, outrageous and hilarious hi-jinx accompanied by the ‘Peanuts’
cast, a perplexed Charlie, a befuddled Linus, a infuriated Lucy and his
best-bud: Woodstock the bird.
can forget his Red Baron adventures, Joe College, ice-skating on a birdbath
and dozens of other adventures and schemes?
thousands of ‘Peanuts’ strips featuring Snoopy and insightful commentaries
and observations of the ‘Peanuts’ strips’ 50 year heritage are
is Snoopy at his finest and will make a stellar addition to any ‘Peanuts’
Top Secret, Art, Bible and Beatles
about diversity! Chartwell
Books presents four new books from about the most diverse range of
subjects imaginable: WWII, Art Supplies, The Bible and The Beatles!
William B. Breuer examines WWII in a unique an intriguing new way: by
writing about the little mentioned facet of the war; top secrets and secret
War II was the war that determined the survival of Western civilization—or
at least a free democratic Western world, and undoubtedly with the rest of
the known world as well.
put it blunt-war is nasty and often even the good guys have to use some
pretty questionable tactics to win.
too do the bad guys.
this fascinating book: ‘Top Secret Tales OF World War II’, the author
delves into the hidden corners and crevices of the war and explores the
shadowy worlds of espionage, assassination, deadly weapons and other darker
and sinister aspects of the war.
a fascinating study and examination of the part of war most people seldom
see and for good reason.
former art teacher and artist and designer myself I’m always looking for
new art techniques and media with which I can express myself or complete a
Complete Guide To Art Materials & Techniques’ is an invaluable resource
for any new or veteran artist.
painters and designers are privy to a plethora of new and old art
materials, their uses, advantage and disadvantages.
color photos offer easy-to-follow instructions accompanied by examples of
each medium and technique.
from pencils to watercolor and oil painting are explained in full detail
accompanied by handy tips and tricks.
a Christian I’ve found it hard to find a book that explains in simple and
clear terms the history of the Scriptures.
‘The Illustrated Guide To The Bible’ author J.R. Porter uses period art,
photos and other visual aids along with captivating and researched text to
carry readers through the Bible.
makes for a satisfying trek through the Holy Word as it brings the Bible
alive with references, art depicting Bible times and explanations of the
significance of events and how they tie into ancient and modern times.
look forward to absorbing every page and sharing my new found knowledge
with fellow Believers.
was it like to be a member of The Beatles?
How did they spend their days both in front of the public eye and
Fab Four were a world-wide phenomenon with everyone wanting a piece of
them. Imagine the tremendous
pressure put on the members of the band and how hectic their lives must
author Richard Harver's new book: ‘The Beatles The days Of Their Life’
readers get a rare behind-the-scenes look into the day-to-day activities of
the famous quartet.
the earliest days to their breakup the book follows the band members as
they deal with fans, family, friends and their own personal struggles.
a delightful and personal look at the four young men who changed music
forever and influenced society in the 20th Century. Changes felt even today.
with photos, documents and interesting insights the book is a treasure
trove of information about the band that changed the world.
Hammett is my kind of collector. He
loves classic horror and sci-fi movie posters.
Hammett of the Rock and Roll group: Metallica is a huge fan of classic
horror and sci-fi films and his collection is impressive.
with such classics as Dracula, Frankenstein and other films
the Universal Studio monster classics film series the book proceeds to
travel through the decades and examines classic Cold War monster films,
sexy sixties sci-fi fantasies and all the way up to present day with such
films as Alien.
a lover of monster and sci-fi films I am thrilled to have the opportunity
to read and absorb the fascinating text and see the classic posters.
book is a real visual treat and if you’re anyone like me it brings back
many childhood and young adolescent memories.
just don’t make films like that anymore.
More’s the pity!
Movies, Aliens, Robots, Cyborgs, Heroes
anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I am a HUGE comic book and
fact, at one point in my life I considered being a comic book artist (yes,
I can draw) and/or becoming part of the movie industry.
problems I encounter with many of the books about how to draw for comic
books or create characters is that the books tend to be overboard when it
comes to explaining how to do each.
really isn’t that much involved. You
simply have to know how to draw (almost anything) and how to tell a story
book illustration is much like staging a film, only artists use paper, not
Rosen Publishing Group Company,
Inc./PowerKids presents two books about how to draw and tell stories that
simplifies matter in fun and entertaining ways.
Bergin’s ‘How To Draw Comic Book Heroes’ is a great resource for
up-and-coming comic book artists.
book explains in easy-to-understand text and clear, concise drawings
everything a young artist needs to know to get started.
covered begin with perspective, drawing materials, creating heroes of all
shapes, sizes and types using simple geometric shapes and ending with full
what do you do with your characters?
Lee writes and illustrates a very compelling sequence explaining the
elements of the page, panels, composition, telling a story and much more in
his ‘Telling A Story In Your Graphic Novel’.
have to tell you this book is probably the best example of how to draw
comics that is easy to comprehend and understand.
ya gotta luv ‘em!
especially love Monster and Science fiction movies.
what make them so interesting? Throw
in some Aliens, Robots and Cyborgs and you are guaranteed a good time at
the movie theater.
Kassnoff in his ‘Robots and Cyborgs’ book, part of the ‘Greatest Movie
Monsters’ series, delves into the mechanical monstrosities that fascinate
with classic creations such as Maria from Metropolis, Robby The Robot from
Forbidden Planet and other mechanized marvels such as The Terminators, the
Star Wars Droids, The Transformers and many more the book is a
tour-de-force of technological terrors.
impressive is Greg Roza’s ‘Aliens’ book with such creatures as Aliens,
Gort, Martians, The Thing and many more outer space monsters.
books are filled with fascinating text and black and white and full color
photos and offer fun reads.
the hopeful movie director check out Mary R. Dunn’s ‘I Want To Make
small hardback book offers a short and concise glimpse of what many would
consider a ‘Dream Job’.
will get a kick out of seeing their favorite stars, characters and movies
along with tips on costuming, directing, sets and much, much more movie
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read a lot of books. Over the years
I’ve read a lot of crime and mystery novels.
awhile they all pretty much read the same and I usually figure out the plot
before I finish a book-if I finish a book.
seldom do I read a book and find myself surprised-especially when it comes to
Eason’s new ‘Elite Guardians Chasing Secrets’ book from Revell/Baker Publishing Group,
was not expecting to be surprised, but I was. It was delightful.
be sure the book has many of the elements of a good romance suspense novel
but author Eason managed to use those elements in a new and unique way to
craft a story that kept me glued to my seat, soaking in each page.
‘Chasing Secrets’ Elite Guardian body guard Haley Callaghan finds herself
knee-deep in a mystery.
is trying to kill her, but for what reason?
Does it have something to do with an encounter she had with a
vengeful street thug, her shadowy past or is it something else entirely?
and intrigue abound as Haley slowly pieces together the pieces and finally
puts together the puzzle involving her life, her profession and her past.
the way a romance blossoms, a tragedy turns to triumph and (here’s the big
surprise) God gets the glory!
is refreshing to read a crime novel where foul language is absent, morals
are applauded and God is honored.
thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading others in the
Army, Marines, Navy and Special OPS
comes a quartet of books about the U.S. Military.
of the books form author Chester G. Hearn and Zenith Press examine three of
the branches of the U.S. Military.
three books offer illustrated histories of the Army, Marines and Navy.
of the military branches is given their due with full timelines and
historical facts from their inception to the present day.
campaigns, famous military figures, important developments, battles,
innovations, strategies and their military role and importance are
complemented by archive photos and art.
book is packed with black and white and color photos which bring history
and interesting text chronicling each branch is provided with emphasis put
on important dates, campaigns, personnel and weapons and equipment develop
are fully detailed.
book will make an excellent addition to any military history buff’s library
Fred Pushies and Voyageur Press examine the history, weapons and missions
of Elite Military Forces in ‘U.S. Special OPS’.
a thorough examination and explanation of each branch of the military’s
special forces the book covers everything from weapons, campaigns,
techniques, training, equipment, aircraft, transports, key personnel,
officers and non-coms and much more.
is filled with historical text, hundreds of photos and all the facts about
the US Special Ops.
four books offer a great resource to any hopeful military recruit, history
buffs, military archivists and anyone who is interested in the U.S.
Military and its illustrious history and mission status.
Alice and The
Many readers and movie goers are
discovering the wonderful, whimsical and magical world of Alice.
children’s classic tales of yesteryear has sparked the imaginations of kids
and adults around the globe.
Carlton Book’s Carlton Kids has
released a duo of Alice books by author Lewis Carroll as beautifully
illustrated by Zdenko Basic and Patricia Moffett.
‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ and Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’
feature some of the most breath-taking illustrations to ever grace
whimsical and ingenious in their page layouts the books also feature action
pull-tabs, clever inserts and fold-outs.
Each book is as whimsical and magical as
the story it contains.
absolutely love the clever way the text and illustrations complement and
intertwine with each other.
design of each book captures the spirit of Carroll’s tales and will make a
fine addition to any child’s library for generations to come.
and of heavy stock the books are perfect for young hands.
was fortunate enough to have enjoyed The Beatles music as I grew up and the
I remember the band from the early 1960s
during its ‘bubble gum’ era right up to its social relevant and
ground-breaking last days. I even
stuck around as each band member went their own individual ways pursuing
separate music careers.
‘The Complete Beatles Songs’ as written and compiled by Steve Turner,
Beatles fans get to go behind the scenes of every song written by the Fab
and white and full-color photos and art accompany the lyrics along with
informative and historically relevant text that explains the meaning behind
each song and how it came about.
a wonderful celebration of the greatest Rock and Roll band of the 20th
Century that shaped popular music as it is today.
The Exo Project
Earth is dying.
average daytime temperature is 120 degrees.
Crops are dying, animals are starving, water is drying up and soon
the Earth will be a dry desert wasteland.
is barely hanging on. Millions of
people are dying from the sun’s radiation and those that do survive are forced
to wear protective suits to stave off the heat.
long mankind will cease to exist.
there is hope: the stars.
large fleet of spacecraft has been prepared to send hundreds-thousands of
people to the stars in search of habitable planets.
faster than light speeds have been obtained it will take at least 100 years
to reach what is hoped to be an earth-like planet capable of sustaining
the air grows increasingly stale and food and water diminish a brave group
of volunteers prepare to go into suspended animation in the desperate
attempt to wake up on a new world and thus save mankind.
are no guarantees and it is certain a large portion of the volunteers will
‘The Exo Project’ by author Andrew Deyoung and published by Boyds Mills
Press/Highlights, seventeen year
old Matthew must make the hardest decision of his young life.
years previously Matthew’s father died leaving his mother,
sister and Matthew to fend for themselves.
Matthew’s mother contracts cancer and must be put in suspended animation
until a cure is found Matthew decides to volunteer for the one way trip to
the stars in order to get the money to cure his mother.
is chosen, leaving his mother, sister and his home behind him. Or so he assumed.
on a distant planet a young alien girl (Kiva) experiences a vision of
visitors from space.
the fates and lives of Matthew and the girl intertwined?
things are as they appear? What of
‘The Exo Project’?
Matthew and Kiva meet what will become of their lives and their worlds!
Exo Project’ surprised me. The end
of mankind is no new concept or fodder for literature.
author Andrew Deyoung managed to take what would appear to be a cut and dry
‘end of times’ story and throws in a number of surprises for a remarkably
Floyd and The Royal Navy
Many years ago when I was
working at an ad agency the Art Director: Bruce Floyd, was a big music fan,
especially of contemporary music.
One of his favorite bands was
Pink Floyd-partly because it shared part of his name.
I never was a big music
person. I enjoyed some groups and
recording artists like CS&N, America, James Taylor and other
To be frank, I knew nothing of
Pink Floyd and was not familiar with their music.
Bruce proceeded to educate me
and after listening to several of their songs I soon came to realize just
how important, ground-breaking and
influential Pink Floyd was and is to this day.
Pink Floyd is the gold standard
to which many of today’s bands strive for.
In ‘The Complete Pink Floyd’
oversize, hard back book, written by Glenn Povey and published by Carlton Books, readers get ’the ultimate reference’ to the groups’
history, songs and much more.
Learn all about the members of
the group, their stage shows, concerts, break-ups, reunions, their music
and songs (including linear notes) and even get a rundown on their concert
timeline, merchandizing and every possible fact to be found about the
group, its members and its music.
At one time it was stated that
‘The sun never set on the British Empire.”
History records that England was
the most powerful nation in the world almost a century ago. To obtain such power the British Empire needed
a powerful Navy to rule the Seven Seas.
In ‘The Royal Navy’ author
Julian Thompson recalls the glory days of The Royal Navy and how it has
changed over the centuries.
While the book pays homage to
the history of The Royal Navy, its primary focus is on the last 100+ years,
starting with WWI.
Analysis, strategy and
examination of key battles is provided along with information on the
continuing evolution and improvement of the fleet such as new technology
Military buffs and historians
are sure to get an eyeful in this spectacular hard bound and slip sleeve
book that traces the evolution of Britain’s powerful Navy.
Historical documents, maps,
charts, archival art and photos are complemented by informative and
fascinating text about The Royal Navy complete with reproduced historical
documents in special tipped-in envelopes.
Learn all about famous battles
and campaigns, war tactics, commanders, crews and everything imaginable
about what was once the most powerful naval force in the world.
Justice League, Batman, Superman and
If you’re as big a fan of DC
Comics as I am then you’re going to love this cool selection of fun books
from Parragon Books Ltd.
As a kid my favorite DC Comics
title was The Justice League of America.
The reason being that I got more
bang for my buck. I mean where else
could you get ALL of DC Comics’ top superheroes in one place? Such a deal!
Paragon’s ‘Justice League’ small
hardbound book packs a lot of punch for its size.
First off is its special metal,
full color insert of some of the members of the Justice League that
decorates the inset cover.
Inside is a thrilling tale of
the Justice League taking on one of its oldest bad guys: Starro!
Great art, great story and a
pretty cool package!
‘Superman The Man OF Steel’ is
more than just muscle. He’s super
intelligent and can solve the most difficult of puzzles.
Superman challenges readers to
solve 40 activities/puzzles and even provides two spinning pencil toppers
Solve problems, draw and more
with this ‘super’ book.
Batman is by far my favorite DC
Comics superhero. The Caped Crusader
manages to solve whatever problem he faces and takes on bad guys of all
types and always comes out on top.
In the ‘Batman Activity Book And
2-In-1 Jigsaw Puzzle’ you get to help The Dark Knight solve puzzles, put
together a jigsaw puzzle, draw and color.
It’s a nifty square bound,
Velcro flap, cavalcade of fun filled with awesome Batman art and all in
For even more Batman challenges
be sure to check out the special ‘Batman Tin’ that contains an adventure
book, stickers, a cool poster, markers and three books.
The tin features a metal embossed
Batman figure on its front with Bat Signals decorating each side.
Take it back to your Batcave and
get ready for challenges, activities and just pure fun!
‘Batman Justice In Gotham City’
contains over 40 fun activities in black and white and in full color.
Join Batman, Robin, The Justice
League and Batman’s Gallery of Villains in a softbound book that is sure to
challenge your detective, artistic and activity skills.
There’s even a cool Batman
If you’re a big kid like me then
both the ‘Comic Art Coloring’ and ‘Super Hero Coloring’ books are sure to
get your comic book blood stirring.
Each book features actually DC
Comics comic book art reproduced in black and white. Practically ever hero and villain in the
DC Universe are featured and they are all yours to color and enjoy.
What I love most about the books
is that they feature reproductions of classic and current DC Comics covers,
animation art and more! What’s not
Each book boasts 120 pages for
‘big kids only’.
Moonbase Alpha and Titillation
Star Trek was broadcasting only
as repeats. In 1975 audiences were
just beginning to pay attention to the Star Trek phenomenon.
TV was a Sci-Fi wasteland.
That’s why in 1975 when the
syndicated TV series: Space: 1999 premiered I, along with many other Sci-Fi
hungry viewers, jumped on the bandwagon to watch the TV series.
Author Robert E. Wood and Telos Publishing examine and chronicle
the Gerry Anderson British TV series: Space: 1999 in ‘Destination: Moonbase
Alpha the Unofficial Unauthorized Guide To Space: 1999.
The former Mission: Impossible
husband and wife team of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain starred in the
series along with an excellent mixed race and nationality supporting cast.
The premise of the story is the
Moon gets blasted out of orbit by a nuclear explosion and is flung into
The residents of Moonbase Alpha
must learn to cope with the dangers of space including encountering
friendly and hostile alien races, unexpected space phenomena and more.
The book follows the TV series
from its inception to its production and episodes.
Learn all about the challenges
of putting the ground-breaking Sci-Fi TV series on the air and the many ups
and downs of production, cast choices, budget limitations and more.
All of the cast and crew are
listed and many offer their own memories of the series.
Plus there’s a section on the
concept for a return of the series.
It’s all present and makes for
an engrossing read.
I’m a sucker for ‘good girl’, bad girl’
and ‘cheesecake art’ from the Pulp Magazine era.
One of the all-time great Pin-up
artists of the era: Peter Driben was one of the most prolific.
‘Titillation The Vintage Pulp
Magazine Pin-Up Art Of Peter Driben’ as written and compiled by Stephen
James Walker, is a ‘must-have’ for fans of the Pin-Up fan.
The book is filled with
full-color painting reproductions of Dribens’ work.
Beautiful women, dressed in
revealing attire and in provocative poses, are shown accompanied by
publication dates and listings of the magazines they were featured on.
It’s cheesecake at its best!
First Time On Television
I am of the generation that
first saw the advent of TV. I was
born in 1953 and at that time TV was in its infancy.
TV, especially American TV, was
just beginning to show its full potential.
The movie studios and other
popular culture phenomena that had previously enthralled society were
feeling the crunch of dwindling audiences that had shifted its attention
(and money) to TV.
I was there when many of the
‘firsts’ of TV occurred from the first international broadcast, the first
TV Western, Sci-fi, Drama and Comedy TV shows to the first broadcast from
TV has seen and taken part in
hundreds of ‘firsts’ and they are all listed in ‘For The First Time On
Television’ by author Garry Berman and published by BearManor Media.
From the first news broadcast,
the first cartoon show and so much more the book examines not just what was
broadcast on TV but the many firsts TV and broadcasting obtained.
Filled with interesting
historical text and spotlighted with black and white photos the book is a
fascinating examination of the technology, individuals and shows that
changed the face of mass media across the globe.
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
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.
of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #732, July/August
The Masochist’s Assistant
The Bride In Sea-Green Velvet
I Am Not I
The Was a Crooked Man, He
Flipped A Crooked House
In A Wide Sky, Hidden
A Dog’s Story
An Obstruction To Delivery
An Unearned Death
Books To Look For
Musing On Books
Science With The Best Of
Films: Ghoulies, Ghosties,