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Archie's Mad House The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories
Archie's Mad House The Official Fart Book
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Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails
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Dan DeCarlo's Jetta Dan DeCarlo's Jetta
"A long-forgotten comic book gem."
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The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story
"Wonderful!"
-Playboy magazine
"Stunningly beautiful!"
- The Forward
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-Jerry Beck
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The Art of Ditko
The Art of Ditko
"Craig's book revealed to me a genius I had ignored my entire life."
-Mark Frauenfelder
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The Greatest Anti-War Cartoons
The Great Anti-War Cartoons
Introduction by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus
"Pencils for Peace!"
-The Washington Post
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
"Crazy, fun, absurd!"
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More books by Craig Yoe

Get these books by
Craig Yoe:
Archie's Mad House Krazy Kat & The Art of George Herriman: A Celebration
Archie's Mad House The Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear
Archie's Mad House Amazing 3-D Comics
Archie's Mad House Archie's Mad House
Archie's Mad House The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories
Archie's Mad House The Official Fart Book
Archie's Mad House The Official Barf Book
Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf
Archie: Seven Decades of America's Favorite Teenagers... And Beyond! Archie: Seven Decades of America's Favorite Teenagers... And Beyond!
Dick Briefer's Frankenstein Dick Briefer's Frankenstein
Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races, and High-Toned Women Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races, and High-Toned Women
Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails Felix The Cat: The Great Comic Book Tails
Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics The Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool KIDS KOMICS"
"Another amazing book from Craig Yoe!"
-Jerry Beck
CartoonBrew.com
Dan DeCarlo's Jetta Dan DeCarlo's Jetta
"A long-forgotten comic book gem."
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books and Life Story
"Wonderful!"
-Playboy magazine
"Stunningly beautiful!"
- The Forward
"An absolute must-have."
-Jerry Beck
CartoonBrew.com
The Art of Ditko
The Art of Ditko
"Craig's book revealed to me a genius I had ignored my entire life."
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
The Greatest Anti-War Cartoons
The Great Anti-War Cartoons
Introduction by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus
"Pencils for Peace!"
-The Washington Post
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
"Crazy, fun, absurd!"
-Mark Frauenfelder
BoingBoing.net
More books by Craig Yoe

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Mr. Peabody & Sherman!

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I haven’t seen the new movie, but they tell me it’s good. Personally, I’m more interested in the classic original which was not called “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (or as I preferred to call it “Sherman & Peabody”) but rather “Peabody’s Improbable History.” Using great writing, excellent voice talent and crummy animation, these short cartoons told the amusing stories of a smart dog and his pet boy as they travel through time. Who knew in 1959 that one day these filler segments from The Bullwinkle Show would be beautifully animated in a lavish feature-length film? And who could have predicted that kids who were 10 years old in 1959 would grow up to be 64-year-old grandparents and bring their grandchildren to see a movie based on fairly minor characters they enjoyed (somewhat) in their youth? I’m betting DreamWorks did!

So let’s climb into our WABAC machine, turn back time, and listen to the classic theme song from the original series. Ah… memories. Sing along! You know the words!

PEABODY SHERMAN

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Rocky Fiendish Friends.

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Sherman Peabody

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Click the link below and travel back in time!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Adam West – Batman!

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Whenever we run out of ideas here at Comics Tunes Headquarters, we always return to the sure-fire, tried-and-true, can’t-miss-with-this show that spawned more comics-related music than anything else I’ve found – the 1966 Batman TV series. No one really knows how many bat-songs there are, but it’s a bat-load!

 

This time we’re presenting a real treat. Rather than the “Batman Theme” which has been na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-ed to death, feast your eyes (and soon your ears) on this: An actual record of the real Adam West sort of singing. To tie in with the staggering success of the twice-weekly TV series, this gen-you-wine 45 RPM record was actually released, along with all kinds of other bat-merch. And now, you can listen to it and (try to) enjoy it.

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Click the link below and Batusi along!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Guardians of the Galaxy Again!

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I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I’m not going to review the film except to say that Marvel Studios did a great job of bringing to the big screen a bunch of characters and stories that very few people care about. This is a big departure from the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man films, which had accumulated millions of fans over several decades. It proves that Marvel’s movie department has what it takes to make a hit, regardless of the popularity of the source material. Next year: Ant Man.

Guardians old poster

And I would be remiss (and who needs that?) if I didn’t give a shout-out to my childhood friend Keith Giffen who is credited as co-creator of Rocket Raccoon. How cool is that?

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WARNING: If you haven’t seen it yet, there are spoilers ahead.

 

The villain of the film (or one of the worst ones, anyway) is Ronan The Accuser, whom we first saw in Fantastic Four #65, looking very much the way Jack Kirby drew him, with his weird hammer-thing and that wild hat he wears. Also very cool.

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Naturally I’m building up to a song. It’s the same song as the past two weeks, but this is the wackiest version of all. Enjoy Jack Sheldon singing and Benny Goodman swinging this recording of “Rocky Raccoon.”

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Click the link below and swing!

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P.S. I wanted to acknowledge the tragic passing yesterday of the wonderful Robin Williams. His connection to comics was already explored a while back when we were spotlighting Popeye. You can see those entries here and here.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Guardians of the Galaxy Is A Hit!

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By now you’ve probably seen Guardians of the Galaxy. I haven’t seen it yet; I’m going tonight. So please, no spoilers.

The film features, among others, Rocket Raccoon who is sort of a cross between Rocket J. Squirrel (without Bullwinkle) and Rocky Raccoon. Today we’re presenting another version of the popular song that inspired the character. It’s very different from last week’s and I think you’ll dig it the most to say the least.

Meanwhile, I hear that the film is doing very well with both critics and audiences. That’s a big victory since the Guardians are kind of a hodge-podge of Marvel characters with nowhere near the fan following of Spider-Man or the X-Men. Kudos!

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Click the link below and sing along. You know the words!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Guardians of the Galaxy!

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It’s this Friday, people! The day we’ve waited months for. Years? I’ve lost count. Yes, Friday is the day that Guardians of the Galaxy opens at a theater near you. Never has a comic book movie been so eagerly anticipated. And never has there been one based on a less popular title. I mean, compared to Batman or Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy is an also-ran. It’s not like fans have been clamoring for a movie based on this fairly recent cast of characters. It’s not like Captain America, most of whose fans died of old age before the movie came out. The Guardians have their roots (I’m referring to Groot) in decades-old comics, but this grouping is relatively new to the Marvel Universe, not to mention the Marvel Galaxy. And maybe that’s what makes it great.

 

For one thing, there are no beloved characters to ruin, no classic continuity to be ignored, no favorite stories to be mishandled. If Marvel Studios screws this up, who cares? On the other hand, if it’s as big a hit as I think it will be, it’s an instant franchise without any of the baggage of X-Men or Fantastic Four. It’s win-win!

 

To commemorate the occasion here’s a song about Rocket Raccoon, one of the stars of the film. This is an obscure cover version. I forget who recorded the original.

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Click to enlarge this way-cool poster.

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This is how Star-Lord looked before his makeover.

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Click to see this even bigger.

Click the link below and get in the mood for Guardians of the Galaxy!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Space Ghost!

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I like Space Ghost. There, I said it! As a kid I was instinctively drawn to it, long before I knew the character was designed by the late, great Alex Toth. When they started re-purposing the old artwork and making a joke out of Space Ghost I was not amused. What’s so funny about a ghost who flies through space with a couple of kids and a monkey? They act like it’s something silly to be mocked and made fun of.

So let’s forget the goofy spoofy Space Ghost and remember the original. The cool costume. The cool name! Geez, what’s more exciting to a 10-year-old boy than a show called “Space Ghost”? Pretend you’re 10 and enjoy this classic theme music.

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Click to see this great piece of art full size.

Click the link below and remember!

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David B
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Classic Popeye and Olive Oyl!

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It’s been a long time since we’ve given a shameless plug to Yoe Books, our gracious hosts here at the I.T.C.H. blog. Publishers of many fine books – both hardcover and comic type – Yoe Books has consistently delivered excellent comics, beautifully packaged and lovingly presented. It’s one thing to release a nice book now and then, but Yoe has a trio of titles that are published on a regular on-going basis: Haunted Horror, Weird Love, and today’s featured series, Classic Popeye.

If you’ve never read Bud Sagendorf’s Popeye stories, you’re in for a real treat. These classic comics from the 1950’s are now extremely affordable (and in mint condition!) thanks to the Yoe Books reprint series.

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Popeye montage

 

Of course, it wouldn’t be Tuesday without a song. Today we’re shining the spotlight on Popeye’s long-time gal pal Olive Oyl.

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Click to enlarge.

Click the link below and enjoy!

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NEWS FLASH! In more than seven years (okay, let’s call it eight) that I’ve been blogging on the I.T.C.H., this is the first time it’s happened – I made a mistake! I guess there’s a first time for everything. I accidentally used the same record twice! Can you forgive me? Yes, the Olive Oyl song I presented above already appeared back on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 (click here if you don’t believe me).

So to make up for the twice-used tune here’s one you probably haven’t heard before. And you’ll probably wish you hadn’t.

Enjoy!

 

 

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DJ David B.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Wonder Woman Wednesday!

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Sometimes I like to spotlight a song with a timely tie-in, such as a record associated with a new movie that’s in theaters or an anniversary of some kind. Other times I just randomly select a comics character or a comics tune for no good reason. This is one of those times.

Way back on February 15th, 2006, we began a feature on this very blog called “Wacky Wonder Woman Wednesday.” Each week (on Wednesday, natch) we presented a different image of Wonder Woman. Some were super, some were sexy, and some were silly, but all of them were Wonderful. It was one of the most popular features on the ol’ I.T.C.H. You can navigate to past Wednesdays by clicking on the link in the right-hand column.

I thought it would be fun to showcase a few of these Wonder Woman pictures on a Comics Tunes TUESDAY along with a song. See if you agree.

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Wonder Woman 02

Wonder Woman 03

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If you cross your eyes you can see Linda Carter in 3D! (Click to enlarge.)

Click the link below and enjoy!

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David B
DJ David B.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Jersey Boys and Rag Dolls!

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I went to see Jersey Boys the other day. As you know, it’s the story of the Four Seasons and the way they had mob connections despite living in New Jersey. Good film. But with today’s movie ticket prices it was an expensive two hours and 14 minutes worth of entertainment. If only there were a way to make it tax deductible…

Then I realized, one of the songs in the film was about a comic book character! I can deduct it as a research expense.

Now the IRS might question the fact that “Rag Doll” was a song about Raggedy Ann + Andy, the stars of their own comic book series (as well as being childhood icons). Can I prove that Bob Gaudio was inspired by these famous rag dolls? Can you prove he wasn’t? If the name of the group came from a bowling alley and the inspiration for “Big Girls Don’t Cry” came from a bit of movie dialogue, then “Rag Doll” was about Raggedy Ann. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Now if you’re finished asking questions, let’s move on to a cover gallery and a great song by Frankie and the boys.

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Raggedy 5

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Click the link below and sing along in your best falsetto!

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David B
DJ David B.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Guardians of the Galaxy Preview!

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The movie won’t even be released until August 1st but I feel like I’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy already, just from all the times I’ve watched the trailer. It sure looks like fun!

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Click to blow up the image to poster size

Unlike other Marvel movies, this one doesn’t have 50 years of story (and countless fans over 50) behind it. It will be interesting to see how it does at the box office. Can the Marvel magic make a hit out of a title that isn’t a household name like Spider-Man or The Hulk? Perhaps that’s why Marvel Studios started showing the trailer months before the movie opens, since it doesn’t have the built-in anticipation of, say, the Avengers sequel or another X-Men film. For a property that’s comparatively new, Guardians of the Galaxy does have some roots (pun intended) that date back even further than the Fantastic Four. And the name has been around since 1969, even though it was a very different team then.

I’m really looking forward to the movie. I especially want to see how “Hooked on a Feeling” figures into the plot.

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The roots of Groot go way back to 1960

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Chris Pratt lost a lot of weight for this role.

Click the link below and turn it up loud!

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David B
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