Fighting Clowns, Golden Age Of Radio
and Rod Taylor
radio comedy and then there’s The Firesign Theatre’s radio comedy.
of us have heard about classic radio comics such as Jack Benny, Bob Hope
and the like but nothing could prepare us for The Firesign Theatre!
four guys, wicked sensibilities and humor, a no-hold-barred, in-your-face
sarcastic and poignant jabs at current trends, politics, societal norms and
conventions and you get The Firesign Theatre.
David Ossman’s memoir: Fighting
Clowns Of Hollywood he lets readers in on the latest and greatest
comedy sketches and homage with such sketches as Owl & Octopus Show,
Nick Danger and many more tongue-planted-firmly-in-their cheeks parodies
and tributes in a hilarious romp sure to please The Firesign Theatre legion
by John Rayburn and published by BearManor
Media, Thrilling Days Of
Yesteryear: The Golden Age Of Radio takes readers back to the roots of
early broadcast humor, intrigue, Westerns and other radio genre.
of personal recollections from both the author and old time radio
personalitie,s the book brings the heyday of broadcast radio dramas,
comedies and the like to life.
before TV and movies captivated audiences with their visual magic classic radio
shows left it up to listeners to use their imaginations to fill in the gaps.
is a delightful book that recaptures the long gone era of family
entertainment that dominated living rooms for over a quarter of a century.
all-time favorite, classic science fiction movie is George Pal’s The Time
Machine. Well over 50 years ago I
remember sitting in a movie theater and being totally captivated by the
film’s premise. The film’ star: Rod
Taylor totally owned his role as the world-weary time traveler.
Rod Taylor An
Aussie In Hollywood, by Stephen Vagg, delves into Taylor's illustrious acting
career. Manyrefer to him as the
premiere Australian actor in Hollywood.
decades Taylor starred in an impressive line of movies such as The Birds, The
VIPS and more. He was one of only a
few actors who successfully starred in both movies and on TV.
range as an actor ranged from action and adventure to love stories.
book is an absorbing tale of a young Sydney boy who dared to take on
Hollywood and beat it at its own game.
one of the most professional and respected actors in Tinsel Town, Rod Taylor
also had his own share of demons, alcohol and ego among them.
through it all he managed to survive and consistently turn out outstanding performances
in high profile films.
is a wonderful look at the actor’s life, complete with the blemishes, and
what effect his career had on the newest string of Australian actors.
Will Bear Share? and Will Sheep Sleep?
raised two children of our own and now baby-sitting a one year old grandson
my wife and I pride ourselves on knowing what it takes to raise children.
far one of the most important things to teach children involve books.
dealing with small tykes it is important to select books that contain large
and colorful illustrations and minimal text.
0 to 3 years old are developing their cognitive skills during this time
period and it is imperative that books challenge both the visual and
auditory skills of children.
Author/artist Hilary Leung and Scholastic Books recognize how
critical it is to teach children beginning at an early age.
Leung recently released two books that
fill the criteria mentioned above.
Both books are small, hardbound volumes
with thick pages making it easy for young children to hold and turn pages.
Both books are durable, easily cleaned
and perfect for small kids.
and Will Sheep Sleep? contain
delightful and colorful illustrations accompanied by short, direct text
that make it possible for children to follow along.
Ask any parent and they’ll tell you
children tend to have short attention spans. Both books address this issue by offering
concise, to-the-point, simplified text and primary and secondary colorful illustrations
that immediately draw young children’s attention.
Sleep and sharing are subjects young kids
easily identify with and the books make both concepts easy to understand.
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James Bond and
ready to be ‘terribly British’ as Titan
Books presents two books about two British superstars that live their
lives fraught with danger.
you know the James Bond also starred in comic strips?
fact, the comic strips adapted James Bond’s author: Ian Fleming’s novels
much more faithfully than the James Bond movies.
The James Bond Omnibus 002
readers are treated to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, You Only Live
Twice, the Man With The Golden Gun, The Living Daylights, Octopussy, The
Hildebrand Rarity and The Spy Who Loved Me in full, living black and white!
quite remarkable to read the collection and see the differences between the
comic strip adaptations as compared to the films.
comic strips are much more faithful to the novels and manage to pack
action, danger, excitement, intrigue and suspense in just two to three
Ask any video
game player who Lara Croft is and they can tell you, “She’s Tomb Raider.”
the past three decades Lara has thrilled video game players, comic book
readers and film buffs.
Jolie was the first to portray Lara in film. Now newcomer Alicia Uthaug
takes up the tough and resourceful role of Lara Croft.
Sharon Gosling’s new book, Tomb
Raider The Art And Making Of The Film, readers learn about the massive
undertaking of translating Lara’s exploits to film.
film explores Lara’s slow transformation into the intrepid explorer she is
known as today.
facet of the film is explored: from choosing the actors, scouting out
locations, costume and set designs, practical and special effects, pre and
post production, concept art and so much more.
stage of the film’s production is chronicled complemented by production
art, candid and staged photos, diagrams, lighting, stunts, set dressings,
weapons, and transportation-the works.
a remarkable book about a remarkable film that breathes life into the one
of the most iconic pop culture figures in recent history.
The Essential Guide
in the 1960s two of my all-time favorite British TV series were The
Avengers and The Prisoner.
Avengers was a tongue-in-cheek, very British, fantasy spy series that never
really took itself seriously.
the episodes were good they never required viewers to ponder or question
the other hand The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan, respected viewers’
intellects, challenged the status quo and often left questions unanswered,
relying more on the viewers’ interpretations of the events shown.
the show's run was relatively short it is considered by many to be one of the
all-time great TV shows ever made.
have a number of books about The Prisoner and they’re all good:
informative, interesting and thorough.
what I really like about author Rick Davy’s The Prisoner The Essential Guide, published by Quoit Media Limited, is that is
concise and gets to the meat and bones of the series.
the book goes into detail it’s isn’t ponderous and overwhelming.
is as it its name implies: an essential guide. And it’s just plain fun to read and look
about the series is covered: its
conception, execution, characters, settings, direction, credits, production
and there’s even an episode guide.
easy to navigate, filled with fun facts and ‘insider info’ and a wonderful
way to spend a leisurely afternoon reading it through.
a great vehicle by which those new to The Prisoner can discover all the fun
facts about the series and to those who are The Prisoner veterans who
hunger for more goodies about the cult classic. Bravo!
Video Games, RAF and WWI
be the first to admit I’m lousy at playing video games. I have neither the manual dexterity nor quick
reflexes to play most modern video games.
idea of a challenge is a rousing game of Monopoly.
son, on the other hand, is a pro.
Growing up he zipped through video games at a frantic rate-which
didn’t help my wallet.
of my fondest memories were of him and me playing Mario, Earthworm Jim and
fact I still have our Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo game consoles and a
box full of games for both.
have the Super Nintendo connected to my flat screen TV and every once in a while
I play Mario. It’s still a lot of
no video game expert by the furthest stretch of the imagination.
I taught high school video games were always a part of the conversation and
many of my students were huge video game fans.
sure they would get a big kick out of Carlton Books new book: A History Of Video Games, by Iain
Simons and James Newman,
consoles, handheld, classic games, joysticks, accessories and everything in
between the book offers a deluge of information about videogames complete
with color photos and engrossing text that really gets into the meat and
bones of the videogame phenomenon.
you’re ‘digitally’ inclined then this is the book for you to take a ‘byte’
Royal Air Force (RAF) has been around almost from the dawn off aviation.
1918-2018 RAF 100 The Official Story,
author James Holland celebrates the Centennial of the Royal Air Force with
a wonderful and fascinating new book.
beautifully bound, hardback book traces the genesis of the RAF starting
with WWI up until modern times.
with archival photos the book allows readers to follow the RAF through
several wars and peace time.
battles, breakout innovations, state-of-the-art technology and aircraft
design and much more are all chronicled.
historical military and civilian personnel are given their just credit
along with the unsung heroes of the RAF.
an inspiring and thought-provoking examination of one of the most famous
and successful Air Forces in the world.
was the war to end all wars. WWI was
one of the bloodiest and costliest wars of all time and unfortunately it
was not the last.
tossed conventional warfare tactics out the window as everything changed. Advances in weaponry, the introduction of
heavy tanks and mobilized weapons and aircraft drastically changed the face
The First World War, in
association with the Imperial War Museums, author Gary Sheffield’s book
examines how the war started its long and bloody years (1914 to 1918) and
its turbulent end.
full of historical document recreations, archival photos and battle maps
the book goes into extensive detail about the key players, command figures
and strategies used throughout the war.
a remarkable book that never candy-coats the ugly reality of war. I found it to be an absolutely absorbing
read that made me feel as if it I was in the midst of battle.
felt the pain, heartache and fear of the troops while comprehending the
sheer audacity and determination by leaders to claim victory despite the
shaped the world we live in perhaps more than any other war.
Back To The Future
all-time favorite sci-fi/fantasy/comedy film is the original Back To The
Future starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.
love the entire Back To The Future Trilogy of films, but the original is my
something fascinating about the story of a teenage boy in 1985 traveling
back it time to 1955, meeting his parents when they were in high school and
attempting to ignite their romance so he and his siblings don’t cease to
lots of action, excitement, comedy and most of all edge-of-your-seat
Quirk Books and illustrator Kim Smith
present a POP Classics version of the Back
To the Future.
both old and young will get a kick out the cartoon adaptation of the
ultimate time travel movie.
illustrations are spot-on and beautifully done.
story is abbreviated but still retains the flavor of the original
makes for a heartfelt trip down Memory Lane albeit with a 21st
Walt Kelly And Pogo
and social issues. There was a time
in the United States when political and social warrior opponents were
actually civil to one another.
agreed to disagree and when they did debate common courtesy usually
were heated discussions but they were usually relegated to meetings and
opponents would socialize afterwards.
Their positions never changed but they realized that compromise was
so nowadays. Political parties and
social cause proponents not only disagree, they are determined to eliminate
in the middle of the last century massive changes were occurring.
the proliferation of mass media-newspapers, radio and TV, voters had huge
amounts of information at their fingertips-more so than ever before.
and social satire was commonplace.
Most of it was laced with innuendo.
Some was biting. TV and radio
had their share.
of the biggest areas of satire came from comic strips and one of its
biggest and most popular satirists was cartoonist Walt Kelly.
Pogo-a strip about swamp animals-poked fun at politics, politicians and
American and world events.
bad for a comic character that started out in comic books and migrated to
daily and Sunday comic strips read in hundreds of newspapers across the
Walt Kelly And
Pogo: The Art Of The Political Swamp, written and compiled by James Eric
Black and published by McFarland
Publishing, delves into the life of the quiet and unassuming Walt
his Pogo strip Kelly tackled McCarthyism, the Cold War and other political
and social events taking place at that time.
book, aided by Kelly’s Pogo strips, digs deep into Kelly’s life and satire
makes for a fascinating read about how a simple, quiet man molded and
shaped American’s opinions.
Damsels In Design
and to the detriment of American manufacturing, women designers seldom
received credit for their incredible work during the middle of the 20th
American automotive industry was a man’s game and women were seldom asked
yet, if it were not for women designers of that era many of the innovative,
practical and eye-pleasing designs of automobile interiors and exteriors
would not have existed.
most men whose ideas of an automobile tended to be on the more practical
and barebones side, women designers paid to attention to the aesthetics.
and fabric selection, eye and feel appeal of dashes, seats, interior
details, exterior accessories such as chrome and body style and many more
design considerations were pioneered by women designers.
the ever increasing inclusion of women in the work force, a higher standard
of living, free time and wages that afforded small luxuries women obtained
a larger say in everyday purchases and drove manufacturers to cater to
their wants and needs.
may have been the breadwinners but women ruled the roost and the household
author Constance A Smith’s new book: Damsels
In Design, from Schiffer Books,
readers are taken on a trip back in time to witness women pioneers in the
automotive industry from 1939 to 1959.
women designers are given full credit for their creations and contributions
accompanied by fascinating text, lots of vintage photographs, concept
sketches and illustrations and close-ups of car interiors and exteriors
designed by women.
is an absolutely fascinating book of a bygone era where the seeds of change
had been planted to eventually bloom to full blossom in the decades to
one can deny that Japanese Anime and Manga have had a huge impact on the
American comic book and animation industries.
Over the pass 20-plus
years the design and techniques of Anime and Manga art have transformed
much of what American readers of comic books and viewers of animated films
it takes is too look at the incredible attention given to detail in both
comic books and animated films to see how each have been impacted.
backgrounds abound with careful attention given to every minute
detail. Colors (both subtle and
dynamic) proliferate in print and film.
color-like, realistic hues and shades give illustrations a feel of reality
despite being located in a city, countryside or alien vista.
PIE International recently released
two gorgeous books with examples of Anime and Manga background scenes by
the industry’s top veteran and newcomer artists.
From A Parallel World and Beautiful
Scenes From A Fantasy World present ‘Background Illustration And Scenes
From Anime and Manga Works’.
breath-taking, provocative and lush illustrations fill the pages of each
book along with concept sketches and step-by-step spot illustrations and
studies leading up to the final illustrations.
a graphic designer and artist I am completely blown away by the quality,
expertise execution and technical know how demonstrated in each piece.
subtle use of color, selected palettes and use of light and shadow are
impressive and combine to make truly outstanding pieces of art.
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grandson is eleven months old and he absolutely loves picture books.
Scholastic Books new Everybody Goes Nighty-Night picture
book by Sandra Magsamen is one of his favorites-and for good reason.
adorable heavy paper-stock, colorful book features a barnyard of animals.
text and delightful illustrations lead children on a night time adventure
where all the animals have gone to bed.
Rabbits are covered by a carrot bed sheet, the cow loves her daisy
decorated quilt, the Cat and Dog snuggle under a stripped blanket, the
Ladybugs gather under a starry comforter and all the animals congregate
under a bed covering decorated with a heart.
blanket, sheet, etc. flips open to reveal the animals underneath and a felt
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a clever and fun to play with book that little tykes are sure to love.
An Acting Life
first time I witnessed Jack Lord acting was way back in the early 1960s when
he starred in the TV Western Stoney Burke.
the show only lasted one season, Jack’s acting and presence stuck with me.
I grew older and watched more ‘mature’ movies I was surprised to see Jack
Lord playing C.I.A. agent Felix Leiter in the first James Bond movie: Dr.
the sixties I continued to see Lord in a number of small TV roles.
wasn’t until Hawaii Five-O came out in 1968 that I really got to witness
Jack’s acting chops.
man was incredible as Steve McGarrett, head of the special crime-fighting
force of Hawaii.
the 12 year run of the series Jack perfected the role and went on to be an
in the late 1990s Jack passed away from dementia or Alzheimer’s.
primarily know as McGarrett Jack’s career as an actor spanned the stage,
film and TV.
was known as a consummate perfectionist expecting only the best out of
performers-including himself. He did
not tolerate fools lightly and yet he was a generous (it somewhat volatile)
man who loved Hawaii and its people and became a huge promoter of the
author Sylvia D. Lynch’s new book: An
Acting Life Jack Lord, published by McFarland Publishing, Jack’s
impressive acting career is chronicled.
his early days as bit player to his super-stardom as Steve McGarrett he
never lost his focus or professionalism.
from Jack Lord’s personal archives the book reveals the man behind the
actor, his life, his career, his family and the impact he had on those
around him and the acting community.
Cracked and TV Spies
you’re a fan of TV Spy shows you’ve heard of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., I
Spy, The Avengers, Secret Agent Man and several other cult classics.
it may surprise you to know (it sure did me) that there were/are literally
dozens of shows of the same genre dating all the way back to 1951 up until
a sucker for a good spy/thriller TV series.
Exotic locations, beautiful women, nefarious and deadly bad guys,
clever weapons and gadgets, fast cars and all the other trappings of the
Spy genre are guaranteed to keep you entertained.
Wesley Britton and BearManor Media
presents the ultimate reference book for each and every Spy TV series ever
created in their wonderful, fun and fact-filled book: The Encyclopedia Of TV Spies.
are listed in alphabetical order and descriptions include a complete
synopsis of each show, tidbits about cast and crew and some interesting and
little known insider facts that will keep readers glued to each page.
and white photographs are liberally sprinkled throughout the book. This is the book TV Spy show fans have
been waiting for and it is well worth the wait.
found it fascinating, eye-opening and a great read.
heard of MAD Magazine-the satirical publication that pokes fun and
everything and everyone. It’s still
in print today and (for now) dominates the satire magazine niche.
not that long ago MAD magazine had a serious contender that was every bit
as funny, topical and hilarious.
Cracked magazine features some great art, clever stories and a
colorful publication history.
Arnold’s If You’re Cracked You’re
Happy A History Of The World’s 2nd Greatest Humor Magazine!
Volume 1: The Early Years delves into the genesis of the humor magazine
starting with its conception.
was a direct competitor of MAD Magazine and was only one of several dozen
titles put out by its ‘adult-themed’ publisher.
its humble beginnings the magazine soon garnered top-notch writers and
artists and a solid fan base.
the years progressed Cracked evolved into a top-tier humor magazine and
continued to be published for many years.
the book the early genesis of Cracked is examined. Writers, artists, production people, the
editorial staff all contribute memories of the magazine and a full
publication history is also provided including dates, articles and more.
book is everything it’s ‘cracked’ up to be and makes a fine addition to any
comic book or humor magazine fan’s library.
proud to be an American. I’m also
proud of our heritage and of our founding fathers.
they would be turning over in their graves if they caught a glimpse of the
cartoon cast of A Pearl Before Swine’s in the Floundering Fathers book from Andrews McMeel Publishing.
ready for a history lesson like none you’ve seen before as Rat, Pig, Zebra,
Croc and a host of other wacky and wild humans and animals set history on
its collective ear.
are just a few things you can expect: coupons you can really use, subjects
that generate the most complaints, tennis, social cues, a clown
congressman, illegal immigrants, a Tapas Bar, Rat President, neighbors and
or no one is sacred. Think of it as
an equal opportunity insults.
you care to name it Floundering Fathers is downright hilarious and so fun
of puns and clever one-liners that the comedy union had to put a stop to
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HeroClix: Batman The Animated Series l WIZKIDS/NECAForgotten Gems and Mystery
long time ago in 1959 when I was six years old my Mom made the mistake of
letting me stay up one night to watch a new TV show called The Twilight
Zone, created by Rod Serling.
can remember the first broadcast episode like it was yesterday. It was called ‘Where Is Everybody?’.
episode featured a man who wanders into a small American town. He soon discovers that there is no one
there even though he can hear voices and music and manages to arrive in
different stores only to find half-smoked cigarettes and partially eaten
freaked me out! And yet, I
faithfully watched The Twilight Zone through its entire network run.
it all I experienced fear, shock, surprise and even humor. I was never disappointed and to this day
I am still a big fan of the original series.
Ramage edits a collection of Twilight Zone scripts lovingly recreated in
their entirety courtesy of BearManor
Forgotten Gems From The Twilight
Zone Volumes 1 & 2, twelve classic episode scripts (plus one
revised final act and one revised shooting script) are included in the two
such classic episodes like ‘Long Distance Call’, I Dream Of Genie’,
‘Dreamflight’ and more that invite you to take a trip to the unexpected and
shadowy world of The Twilight Zone.
and script descriptions bring the episodes to life by providing special
highlights, little known facts and interesting tidbits of information.
“You are about to
enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of
mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the
ready to relive ‘100 Wonderful Television Mysteries From The Seventies’ in
Donna Marie Nowak’s new Mad About
don’t much care for the modern TV mysteries.
sure, there are few bright spots like N.C.I.S. and a smattering of others,
including British Mysteries, but none of them compare to the TV Mysteries
of the 1970s.
could they? Just look at what TV had
to offer: Cannon, Charlie’s Angels, Columbo, Ironside, Hawaii Five-O,
Mannix, McCloud, Rockford Files and over a dozen more classic series.
let’s not forget the Made-For-TV Mystery movies. Literally dozens exist.
was a great time to be a Mystery fan.
I know, I was there.
and shows had class back then. A
clear line between good and evil was carefully defined.
little guy stood up to the powers that were and in the end-triumphed. Joe Mannix always got his man as did
Cannon, Ironside and the other lone wolf detectives and law enforcement
issues were taken on but not in a preachy way. Viewers were left up to decide their own
shows were fun to watch—as a family.
Sure there was violence but not the kind of in-your-face type you
see that is prevalent in films and TV today.
language-you never heard it. Blood
and guts-nowhere in sight, only alluded to.
the shows could be full of fluff and slightly naïve. But, who wanted reality slapped in their
faces each night while watching entertainment TV when bad news was all over
the evening news?
I really enjoy about the book is the interesting, fact-filled,
behind-the-scenes goodies provided by the writer and several of the cast
and crew behind the series.
a wonderful Mystery Memory Lane excursion that is sure to please fans of
the decade and genre.
The World Of The Orville
was intrigued when I saw the first promotional clip of the Fox Network’s
first impression was that it was a Star Trek parody much like actor Tim
Allen’s Galaxy Quest film.
I found out the Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane was the show’s creator my
enthusiasm waned a bit. I’ve never
been a big fan of his work. I did
know he was a HUGE Star Trek fan.
night rolled around and I thought I’d give the show a look.
was pleasantly surprised. While the show
does have some comedic moments it is actually a very well-written and acted
Science Fiction action/adventure/dramatic TV show worthy of the original
Star Trek show but with more of the trappings of the Next Generation.
special effects are amazing, the stories thought-provoking and for all
intents and purposes it is Star Trek.
a new Paramount Pictures Star Trek series: Discovery, premiered at the same
time as The Orville, with much less fanfare and audience enthusiasm.
am an Orville fan and plan on watching the series for the duration.
Titan Books and author Jeff Bond
celebrate The Orville and its crew with their brand new The World Of The Orville oversize,
book delves deeply into the making of the series. Starting with the overall design of the
show from sets to costumes, weapons, spacecraft and more the book leaves no
crew, character, storylines, sets and every aspect of the series are
from the crew and cast, designers and others associated with The Orville
along with insightful observations from the author make journeying through
the book much like the mission of the spaceship itself-to explore.
love the series and The World Of the Orville is a great companion and
resource to the series.
Thinking, Dream, Bowls, Space and
Parragon presents a plethora of printed
product that’s sure to please the pickiest of people who peruse print on
kidding aside, Paragon has just released five titles that are guaranteed to
boost anyone’s brain power should they decide to read them.
a firm believer that the more subjects you read about, the better it is for
your brain, memory and development of skills and knowledge.
Parragon believes the same thing as evident by the wide-ranging subject
matter its books cover for all ages.
The Rainstorm The Learnalots, Preschool
Thinking Skills book for ages three to five years old is a great way
for kids to learn- a lot.
with stickers, match-ups and other skill augmenting activities the colorful
book helps kids development sequencing, spatial recognition and matching
along with learning about nature and science.
Dream You’ll Be, written by
Joseph T. Garcia and beautifully illustrated by Kimberly Barnes, encourages
kids to pursue their dreams.
can’t stress enough how important it is to direct young kids to go after
their dreams and ambitions.
book not only sparks kids’ imagination it also urges them to never give up
on their dreams, no matter what they are and to realize the world offers
will love the colorful and fun illustrations and parents will appreciate
the support it offers for kids’ early aspirations.
For a different
of kind of hunger be sure to check out Love Food’s Bountiful Bowls
Fresh, Vibrant, And Nutritious Flavors In A Bowl.
you are anything like me, you’re culinary skills are lacking.
me in the direction of pots and pans, cooking utensils and foodstuffs and I
can almost guarantee there will be a disaster.
only there was a way to have entire meals in one dish, with all the
ingredients combined together instead of separate piles and dishes.
heart! There is! In Bountiful Bowls there are quick and
easy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that combine foods to create
not only nutritious meals but meals that are pleasing to eyes, the palate
and the senses.
color photographs are complemented by detailed recipes that are guaranteed
to make the most inept cook look like a seasoned chef.
Discovery Kids offers two new titles that celebrate women in different
up is STEM Stars Women Who Rocked
Space that traces the long lineage of women throughout history who
have contributed to space travel and study.
and biographies of women in space, along with some interesting space facts
and tidbits make this small paperback book a ‘must read’ for kids.
as impressive is Women Who Rocked Medicine
that follows a similar format but centers on the medical profession and the
women who contributed to it over the decades. It also contains photos, interesting text
and lots of fun facts.
Star Wars, Star Trek and Justice League
Titan Books takes you to the stars and
introduces you to the ‘World’s Greatest Heroes’ with five, oversize, new
books that will blow your mind!
oversize, hardbound book contains spectacular full color artwork, photos
and fascinating text about their respective subjects.
books’ print quality is amazing with bright, vivid colors printed on heavy
paper stock all wrapped up in heavy-duty, paper stock covers complete with
feature full-bleed photos, backgrounds and amazing page designs.
Wallace’s Star Wars On The Front
Lines examines the violent conflicts between good and evil in the Star
and every major battle portrayed in the entire Star Wars Movie Universe is
gone over in great details.
color illustrations and paintings capture key moments in each battle and
personnel, weapons, transports and land, air, water and spec vehicles used
a real insider look at the wars and battles that shaped the Empire,
Rebellion and other factions and civilizations across the galaxy this book
fills in the gaps.
awful, violent and destructive results of war are shown with no apologies.
a part of the Star Wars Universe that tends to be glossed over. We tend to forget that it is called Star
Justice League: DC Comics’ premiere superhero team consists of the all-stars
of the DC Universe: Batman, Superman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and Wonder
Comics and Warner Bros. celebrated a big hit with their Justice League
movie. Audiences loved it and DC
Comic Book readers were thrilled to see their favorite heroes on the Silver
Abbie Bernstein celebrates the event with Justice League The Art Of The Film, the new book from Titan
is one gorgeous book that takes readers on a visual tour of the making of
the film starting with pre-production art, conceptual paintings, costume,
set and vehicle designs, tech visualizations, character uniforms and
art is complemented with photos from the film, close-up examinations of set
and costume designs and plethora of images that spotlight the massive
effort that went into bringing the DC Universe to film.
a stunning visual treat that also includes lots of production notes,
recollections and a very special foreword and introduction.
Books presents a trio of Star Trek books from the original universe and the
couple years ago Titan released a Star Trek book spotlighting the original
series. Artist Juan Ortiz provided
his own new, interpretive art representing different classic episodes of
the original series.
is back and this time he’s providing his own unique artistic vision of
classic Star Trek The Next Generation episodes.
The Art Of Juan
Ortiz Star Trek The Next Generation contains an amazing compilation of
original art create to showcases episodes from the series.
art is bold and incorporates well thought out and executed graphic
representations combining art, text, manipulated photographs, computer
generated images with a keen eye for layout.
the oversize page images (more poster art than illustrations) the book also
contains notes, sketches and a Q & A from the artist.
a designer myself, Ortiz’s art fascinates me with its scope, clever designs
and carefully juxtaposed images.
quote Mr. Spock, ‘Fascinating.’
in 2009 Paramount Pictures (owners of the Star Trek franchise) and director
J. J. Abrams set out to update the Star Trek Universe for a whole new
generation of movie goers.
results was a retelling and revamp of Star Trek by using a clever alternate
timeline that presented Star Trek, its characters and settings with a
refreshing new twist.
‘Kelvin Timeline’ Star Trek movies have been released with great success.
The Art Of The
book presents the completely redesigned Star Trek Universe with new
costumes, re-imagined characters, new takes on classic villains and
storylines, updated ships and vehicles, spectacular planetary vistas,
sate-of-the-art visual and computer effects and exciting new possibilities.
and production art, designs, visual reimaging and panoramic sets,
environment and space designs fill the book.
exciting to see a new, fresh approach to the classic Star Trek series. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Chekov, Uhura,
Bones and other classic Star Trek characters have been reborn.
Starship Enterprise has also gotten a facelift with a sleek new design that
pays homage to the original design.
the Klingon, the Romulans and dozens of other species have been given a
a mesmerizing tour through the new Kelvin Timeline Star Trek Universe this
of the Star Trek Beyond movie’s success was its expansive use of alien
the previous two Star Trek movies had aliens they were not as prevalent as
in Star Trek Beyond.
many Star Trek movies before the aliens tended to look like humans with
all changed with Star Trek Beyond primarily because of makeup artist Joel
Star Trek Beyond The Makeup Artistry
Of Joel Harlow by Joe Nazzard, the genius of Harlow is on full display.
are aliens, then there are Joel Harlow aliens.
organic, unique and ground-breaking all describe Harlow’s alien makeup.
truly amazing about his designs and technique is that the aliens look like
is the aliens who looks like a humans with extra parts and funny noses or
aliens are almost shocking by their appearances. It’s hard to believe that people actually
wore the makeup and prosthetics.
While most are humanoid they definitely are not human by any stretch
of the imagination.
protrude, appendages bend and extend at odd angles from joints, noses,
eyes, facial bone structure all have changed and yet through the mastery of
color, texturing, flexibility and precise attention to details the
creations look real.
appear as if they could actually exist.
color art and photos show each alien design. Sketches, computer concept art
and transitional photos all combine to offer a unique creature sneak peek
into the mind of a truly remarkable makeup artist.
Dennis The Menace
and Monster Squad
you are familiar with newspaper comic strips then you’re sure to have come
across the single-panel adventures of America’s blond hair mischief maker:
Dennis The Menace.
day Dennis can been seen in all his mischievousness doing everything from
pestering his neighbor Mr. Wilson, tormenting his classmate Margaret,
paling around with his buddy Joey and playing with his canine pal Ruff.
son Harrison reminds me of Dennis.
Harrison was a high maintenance child-constantly on the move and
full of mischief.
Dennis he had his own unique way of looking at things and people. He also had/has a heart of gold and
genuinely cares about people. Don’t
tell him I told you that.
In Pocket Full Of Dennis The Menace,
by Mark Arnold and published by BearManor
Media, everyone’s favorite mischief maker is given his fair due.
Walker (Beetle Bailey) offers a foreword and tribute.
Ketcham (Dennis's’ creator) based Dennis on his own son. Little did he realize that his tike’s likeness
would go on to be a world-wide phenomenon and loved by millions.
book goes into great detail about the origin of Dennis, showcases early
Dennis comic strips and follows the long and glorious history of the
American comic strip character that has been a small boy for over 50 years.
photographs, early art, vintage merchandise, a look at the Dennis The
Menace TV show and movies and more from the Dennis vaults are presented in
a fun, entertaining book that also includes a full listing of every Dennis
The Menace comic book appearance!
you love the misadventures of the blond hair boy bombshell then be sure to
pick yourself up a copy of the book.
Fiction, Horror and Fantasy films all have their fair share of
monsters. Whether it’s bug-eyed
alien invaders, axe-brandishing madmen, demons or dragons each genre would
not be complete without them.
going audiences sometimes forget that the Silver Screen monstrosities don’t
just appear out of thin air.
takes a talented group of people to conceptualize, design, fabricate and
ultimately bring each monstrosity to life on the screen.
In Monster Squad Celebrating The Artists
Behind Cinema’s Most Memorable Creatures, by Heather A. Wixson, 20
monster makers are given their due.
with the monster masters include personal insights, past recollections,
career spotlights, creature memories and lots of insider information.
photos of the creators and their creatures are also included.
book is an impressive chronicle of the incredible work and creations of
some the Silver Screen’s most memorable monstrosities.
Planet Of The
Apes and SpongeBob Squarepants
way back in 1968 when I was 15 years old my friends and I went to watch the
first Planet Of The Apes movie starring Charlton Heston.
knew we were in for a treat when the first scene played where three Earth
astronauts crash into an ‘alien’ planet lake. As the astronauts struggle to escape they
watch as their spaceship sinks beneath the waves.
on an alien planet they decide to take stock of their surrounding and meet
up with a band of primitive humans.
Suddenly chaos breaks out as the humans are herded and captured
by—intelligent apes! Wow!
that point on I was hooked on the Apes movies-all five in the first
wave. Later Tim Burton would offer
his own interpretation and eventually a new series of computer generated
apes would star in a reboot of the original series.
Abrams ComicArts presents its Planet Of The Apes The Original Tops
Trading Card Series book that beautifully recreates the classic series
of Apes trading cards from the original first movie of the series of five
films, the TV show and Tim Burton’s version.
an interesting introduction and history lesson about the cards pages
recreates each card in all the series including autograph cards, special
inserts and book art. You’ll go
‘Ape’ over it.
loves Spongebob Squarepants? I know
I do and so do millions of other fans of the quirky animated series
starring a sponge, a starfish, a crab and other undersea citizens.
is so popular that an entire merchandise Mecca has been created, including
Spongebob Comics Treasure Chest by Stephen Hillenburg includes a select
collection of some of the best Spongebob comic book adventures.
makes the Spongebob comic book stories so unique is each and every one
looks different than the other.
impressive studio of artists draws Spongeboob’s adventures in a variety of
styles using different story structures and perspectives.
conceivable art style is used from fine line illustrations to outrageous
of the techniques used each story is hilarious and chock full of fun.
a veritable underwater wonderland of whimsy, wit and wry humor. I still don’t understand how they can
light fires underwater.
deluxe hardbound book comes in a custom die-cut slipcase that is sure to
make it a treasured addition to anyone’s comic book collection.
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Harvey Comics and The Time Tunnel
I was about six years old my mother and I visited my aunt in Kentucky. She lived in the country in a two-story
Victorian style home.
raised tobacco, corn, cows, pigs and chickens.
a small town boy visiting there it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately other than exploring and
hanging around the barn and pastures there wasn’t a lot to do.
a mile from the farm was a little hamlet consisting of about dozen
stores. One of those stores was
selling drugs and personal hygiene products the store also had a soda
fountain and a magazine rack including two comic book spinner racks.
three times a week I walked to the drugstore, bought a coke or ice cream
cone and perused the spinner rack.
was there I discovered Harvey Comic Books.
was hooked. I loved reading the
adventures of Casper, Wendy, Spooky, Little Lotta, Dot, Richie Rich, Audrey
and literally dozens of other characters’ adventures.
loved the Harvey Comics because she considered them ‘safe’ without any
violence, sex, dirty words and the like.
I loved them for the stories (I still do).
the years progressed and my tastes changed and I gravitated to super-heroes
(primarily Marvel Comics). I still
occasionally picked up a copy of Harvey Comics.
the years I’ve became something of an expert on the history of comic
books. I thought I knew it all. I even knew that Harvey Comics during its
long history published different types of comic books of all genres. Yeah, I had it all figured out.
I picked up a copy of Mark Arnold’s The
Harvey Comics Companion, published by BearManor Media. Boy, did I get an eye-opener!
tip my hat to the incredible amount of Harvey Comics history writer Mark
Arnold has compiled. I never knew
there was so much history, publications and interesting facts about Harvey
from its early days back in the late 1930s the book chronicles the many
transformations, changes and ultimately the final publishing of
kid-friendly comics Harvey is famous for.
in the book is a complete history layout starting with conception and
on. Sketches, book designs, original
art, merchandize tie-ins, movie and TV projects-it’s all contained in this
HUGE paperback book containing so much comic book goodness that any
red-blood comic book collector will love.
It’s a veritable festival of fun stuff that brings back fond
memories and childhood fun.
Irwin Allen produced, wrote and directed a slew of science fiction TV shows
during the 1960s. They consisted of
Lost In Space, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, Land Of The Giants and (my favorite)
The Time Tunnel.
I enjoyed the other shows The Time Tunnel held a special attraction to
me. I mean, who wouldn’t want to
travel in time?
always been fascinated with time travel and The Time Tunnel satiated my
appetite for traveling to the past and the future.
story centers on two scientists who become lost in time and the efforts by
their fellow scientists to retrieve them.
jump in time sends the scientists into dangerous territory only to be
whisked away at the last possible moment to another timeline.
aliens, the Old West, a trip to the stars-every possible scenario was
explored at breakneck speed.
the special visuals effects of the time seem primitive by today’s standards
the show’s production were high and producer Irwin Allen always got his
money’s worth and it showed on the small screen.
Grams Jr.s’ The Time Tunnel A
History Of The Television Program delves deeply into the making of the
get a real sense as to the complexity, effort and talent that goes into
making a TV program-specifically a sconce fiction show.
book is filled to the brim with interviews, behind-the-scenes shenanigans
and workings, stock and candid photos of cast and crew, insights as to how
the special effects were made, production secrets, set designs and so much
episode is examined from stunts, to special effects, direction, pivotal
scenes, bloopers and everything else that had to do with production.
the series’ premise the book is a true time travel device taking readers
back to a time to the 1960s when some of the greatest TV series were
created-The Time Tunnel being one of them.
Giant Lizards, Thunder Lizards,
and Prehistoric Reptiles: no matter what you call them humanity has always
been fascinated by dinosaurs.
In Dinosaurs 300 Prehistoric Creatures, from Amber Books, dinosaurs and
creatures from prehistoric times are given their just due.
Every Herbivore or Carnivore
creature from millions of years ago is pictured along with full species
information, stats and even the correct pronunciation of their names.
From water to land to the air
each and every scale, fur and feather covered beastie is represented with
There’s even a section on what
the different ages of dinosaurs are.
So the next time you come across
a dinosaur pull out this handy dinosaur’s handbook to identify
them-provided of course of who sees who first.
Petrocelli and Mannix
There was a time in the late 1960s
up until the late 1970s that tough cops, detectives, lawyers and all-around
crime-fighters dominated TV screens.
The shows spotlighted rough and
tough individuals who were hard on crime, clever, resourceful, usually
ladies men and even in some cases disabled, old or physically rotund
(Ironsides, Barnaby Jones and Cannon comes to mind).
I loved them all. They were anti-heroes cut from a
One such hero was Anthony J.
Petrocelli, a disgruntled East-Coast lawyer who ditched the fast-paced
lifestyle for simpler meadows-the West.
What made the Petrocelli series
so unique is that’s its star appeared to have clients that were guilty-only
Petrocelli always managed to find that one glitch or fact out of place that
proved their innocence.
Author Sandra Grabman and
BearManor-Media present the
ultimate Petrocelli resource with their new book: Petrocelli An Episode Guide And Much More.
The book is far more than an
episode guide although it does supply full episode descriptions, cast and
crew listing and airdates.
What makes the book especially
interesting is the history of the series, personal recollections by cast
and crew, behind-the-scenes tidbits and candid photos. There’s even a
foreword by show’s star: Barry Newman and commentaries by the costars Susan
Howard and Albert Salmi!
My favorite tough guy series
starred Mike Connors as Mannix, the no-nonsense, pistol-packing,
fist-swinging private eye with the heart of gold and the wit and know-how
to stop the most notorious of bad guys.
It seemed like every week Mannix
was knocked unconscious, faced off the bad guys in abandoned warehouses and
always discovered the truth, got the girl and saved the day.
What can I say-the formula
worked! I loved it`!
And Now, Back To Mannix, written by JoAnn M. Paul, is a loving tribute to the detective
with a heart of gold and fists of steel.
For all-out action the series could not be beat. If you loved bullets flying, fists
flashing, cars racing and crime-busting then Mannix was the series to
The book is not an episode book
or a behind-the-scenes expose.
Rather it delves into the character of Mannix, the myth, mannerisms,
symbolism, character development and the legend of the detective series
that dared to be tough and touching at the same time.
To get a real ‘feel’ of what the
series was really about take the time to read each and every line as the
book successfully unveils the secrets of the series’ success on so many
Mike Connors provided the foreword
with a prologue by David Breckman, the mind behind Monk.
The Wind In The Willows
and The Brothers Grimm
The classics. When it comes to books, especially
children’s’ book, the classics are hard to beat.
In this age of digital magic,
mass media, social media and instant gratification taking the time to sit
down and read a book is becoming more and more uncommon.
As a society we pride ourselves
on our cleverness and scientific and cultural advances. Pride might be a misleading description. It’s more like we fool ourselves.
All too often we assume just because
something was created decades or hundreds of years ago it is primitive and
(let’s be honest) not worth our time to read or look at.
I beg to differ.
Long before TV, movies, social
media and the like existed there were writers who were masters of their
trade. That’s why so many of the
‘classics’ still hold up today and are required reading for anyone
seriously going into writing or journalism.
Bay Press proudly presents two classic collections of children’s
stories both beautifully illustrated by famed artist Arthur Rackham.
The Wind In The Willows introduces
young readers to Mr. Toad and other woodland and swamp creatures.
These are the tales that have
warmed the hearts and thrilled the minds of children for generations.
Written by Kenneth Grahame, The
Wind In the Willows is sure to be a surefire hit with kids.
The imagination inspired tales captivates
impressionable young minds and are guaranteed to become a family favorite.
Just as imaginative and
inspiring is The Brothers Grimm
Fairy Tales containing such classic fairy tales as Snow White, Little
Red Riding Hood, Tom Thumb and dozens more.
Every child is familiar with the
time-honored tales and is sure to love this stellar collection.
Both books are lovingly
recreated in its classic style with gold embossed cover text; heavy cloth
bound bindings, ribbon bookmarks and containing full-color and black and
white illustrations by Rackham.
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of the Heart
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Masear, Bill Long, S. Harris.
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Strange Cinema and
There’s strange and then there’s Strange
Cinema. Author Michael Vaughn and Schiffer Books present The Ultimate Guide To Strange Cinema.
are films so odd, so strange and some so bad that they can’t help but be
science, off-beat comedies, unlikely romances and every other type of film
genre have their share of unusual and non-conformist films.
lovers of these quirky, weird and ‘unique’ films this book is a must.
from all over the world are spotlighted with insider information and tidbits
about each, full cast and crew listings, photos and more cover 300 of the
strangest films ever made.
of today’s top directors, writers and actors starred in or were associated
with many of the films.
ready to take a trip and visit cinema at its strangest.
The Unofficial Guide To Vintage
Transformers looks back on the mechanized toys from the 1980s and 1990s
courtesy of writer and researcher J.E. Alvarez.
toys are as popular as ever even considering the lackluster attendance of
the last Transformers movie.
most sought after Transformers toys are the vintage toys, especially in
their original packaging.
and every Transformers figure, both small and large and every one
in-between, is included.
editions, variants and even other Transformer classic material is included
in this huge, hardbound, full-color photographs filled book that is sure to
please the most die-hard Transformers fan.
The Top 100 Classic
radio and most people immediately think of music and talk-radio.
radio to Baby-Boomers, their parents and grandparents and you may get a
completely different take.
before TV people were entertained by radio.
would sit around their living room each evening and listen to the latest
comedy act, drama, thriller and just about any other genre prevalent on TV
and in movies nowadays.
pictures people were required to use their imaginations to fill in the
visuals. Radio was king and people
love d it.
a Baby-Boomer myself I remember listening to Bob Hope, Jack Benny, The Lone
Ranger and plethora of other radio personalities.
caught the tail-end of the radio revolution. Fortunately a local radio station plays
old radio programs on the weekends and I listen when I can.
Carl Amari and Martin Grams Jr., and Portable
Press present a compendium of The
Top 100 Classic Radio Shows in their book by the same title.
gorgeous hardbound book features a cover spotlighting several of the famous
radio acts of the past and spot varnished radio on its cover.
readers are treated to classic radio programs lovingly detailed with
interesting fact and photos.
Dramas, Mystery& Detective, Sci-fi & Kids, Variety and Western
& Adventure shows are all represented.
provide a wonderful stroll down Memory Lane of more innocent times when
jokes were clean, the good guy always won and your imagination could run
Audio CDs are included containing six shows with an additional 72 shows
free as downloads.
yesteryear when radio ruled the airways.
and Parragon Books Ltd.: a perfect
combination. Mention Disney books
and Parragon comes to mind.
does an outstanding job of translating Disney classics and characters to
all sorts of books from story books to activities.
time around Parragon concentrates on Disney Princesses with a trio of books
kids are sure to enjoy, read and to do the activities.
Princess Mini Tin stars almost all of Disney’s cinema Princesses in
a super-collection that includes a 64-page Activity Book, over 20 Stickers
and a Sticker Scenes.
with colorful illustrations, fun activities, puzzles and other fun things
to do the activity books offers hours of puzzles to solve, problems to
unravel and much more.
add to the fun a fold-out, full-color magical scenes lets kids create their own Princess scene
using the 20 Stickers.
comes in a colorful, embossed Mini Tin for safe keeping.
Tangles The Series The Dreamer In Me takes quizzes, diary pages,
stickers, puzzles, activities and much, much more to whole new level.
small, square-bound book features a sparkle cover starring Rapunzel
pondering about her Secret Journal.
in a protective clear, plastic cover the journal can be removed or left in
its protective sleeve.
sleeve also includes a clever zip tab compartment and tab sleeves in the
front flap for sliding in notes, writing supplies and ‘secret’ stuff.
problem is with most activity books are that they get completed and can
never be used again.
Activity Book solves that problem in clever and unique way.
can enjoy the Disney Princess activities over and over again using the
spiral-bound and maker-included Activity Book. There’s even a handy handle cut out of
the top of the book!
simplicity itself! Using the
Wipe-Clean Marker kids simply wipe their pages clean. Each page boasts a slick, glossy surface
that the Marker easily wipes off of.
and match, puzzle-solving and much more can be repeated over and over.
of the Disney Princess Puzzle and Activity Books include answers in the
back of each book to every puzzle and activity.
two lovable and cute squirrels as they explore the woods and waters around
their tree home in a delightful new book: Walk
With Me, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Olivia
children are sure to love the adventures of the two squirrels as they climb
trees, meet other forest and stream animals and fly with their bird
a heartfelt and family-friendly story of two good friends and the
importance of home.
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The World Almanac And
Book Of Facts 2018
looking stuff up on the internet.
Finding little tidbits of information and using it for research has
its advantages. It also has its
share of disadvantages.
number one disadvantage is using search engines can be somewhat tedious and
time-confusing if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.
and figures tend to be dispersed and not always in one place.
Rosen Publishing and the World
Almanac have the solution: their 150th
Anniversary Edition! The World Almanac And Book Of Facts 2018.
the book is an invaluable cache of information ranging from geography,
history, medicine-in fact practically every known science, study and
subject tabulated is in the Almanac.
are logically listed and include charts, maps, photos and a plethora of
commemorate its 150th Anniversary, the Almanac includes a number
of special features such as new topics, 2017 year in pictures, sports
statistics and much more.
a quick, accurate and easy to use reference on just about anything, the
2018 World Almanac is a must.
Peanuts Christmas, Alien and
better way to celebrate Christmas than by joining Running Press as it presents ‘The Peanuts Guide To Christmas’?
takes center stage on the book’s cover as he holds his candy cane decorated
food dish in his mouth.
readers celebrate the holiday season with whole Peanuts gang as they put up
Christmas decorations, write Santa, take part in Christmas fun and
festivities and much more as illustrated by classic Peanuts comic strips.
a holly, jolly Christmas with everyone’s favorite group of kids with Snoopy
and Woodstock along for the ride.
a doubt the ‘Alien’ movie changed science fiction and horror movie genres
‘Alien Deluxe Mega Kit’ features
a miniature Xenomorph head, complete with transparent skull top and jaws
that open and extend inner jaws with a slight downward tug on one of its
creature howls, screeches and looks as every bit as frightening as its movie
namesake. A small full-color photo
mini-book is also included filled with scenes from the classic movie.
modern day classic film: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them,
introduced a pre-Harry Potter world populated by magic and monsters.
‘Newt Scamander’s Case Deluxe Mega
Kit’ includes a miniature suitcase that when opened pops out two
beastly clawed hands and shrieks!
also comes with a small book filled with full-color photos from the movie.
or creatures—whatever one you choose you can’t lose this holiday season.