Way to stay classy, DC! I’m talking about all the restraint you’ve been using on the TV series Gotham. When you strangle somebody to death on screen, you don’t linger on the shot of the hands tightening around the victim’s neck. When someone is stabbed in the back with an ice pick, we see just one spurt of blood, not two or three. Torture is handled tastefully and delicately, not with a baseball bat. Oh wait, it was with a baseball bat. Never mind. The point is, another company might think it’s proper to wallow in ultra-violence while telling the back-story of a children’s comic book character in the 8 o’clock hour. But not you guys. Youse got class.
But let’s not dwell on graphic violence. Let’s look on the bright side! The Riddler! Or the pre-Riddler in this case. Dr. Edward Nigma as played by Cory Michael Smith in the TV series is a welcome departure from the cackling lunatic we’ve seen before. Ed seems like a genuinely nice guy – an oddball perhaps – but he just likes riddles (and he doesn’t like onions) and he has a crush on a sweet girl in the office. We can relate to him as a human being. And we can see he’s just about to crack. A joke! You can feel the tension as E. Nigma slowly loses his patience on the road to becoming a full-blown nutball. Nicely done!
Which brings me to a riddle. What’s the difference between a convict and The Riddler? A convict has a long record but The Riddler’s is only two minutes and twelve seconds.
Do you know the answers to these riddles? I don’t.
If you haven’t seen Pinocchio, shame on you! It’s the classic Hollywood story of trying to get a deal with no strings attached. (Strictly the stuff of blue fairies.) Although it’s being remade as Avengers: Age of Ultron, we prefer the Disney version. (Oh wait. They’re both Disney versions. Never mind.) Instead of The Hulk, the green character who steals the show in the original is Jiminy Cricket. The lovable Jiminy acts like Pinocchio’s conscience but you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
Plus, Jiminy Cricket sings! Take that, Bruce Banner.
Today we present another track from the classic Dave Brubeck album (last seen here on January 8th of 2013.)
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This time, Mr. Brubeck takes on Jiminy’s signature song from the film – a Academy Award-winner! But before we get to the music, here are some wonderful pictures to go with it.
Did you see the trailer for Ant Man? This wasn’t just a teaser. Or the teaser for the teaser. No, this time they finally showed the actual trailer! This may be a new record for movie promotion. The film doesn’t open until July and they’re already promoting it like it premieres next week. I’m looking forward to the next version of the trailer which we’ll see in a month or two. Soon we’ll see advertisements for it. BRAND NEW TRAILER COMING SOON!
That having been said, Ant Man looks good. And I’ve been waiting to see an Ant Man movie since 1962, so I’ll be buying my ticket any day now.
“But wait,” I can hear you thinking. “How can you talk about Ant Man without sharing an Ant Man record? Surely no one has written a song about this miniature marvel.” O, ye of little faith. Of course I have an Ant Man song to share with you. That’s why they call me “D.J. David B., King of the Unnecessary Records.”
The real question is whether I’ll be able to dig up a Giant Man song. You’ll just have to wait and see.
Gotham is back! And that means more Penguin. Only this time, with hubris!
Penguin would rather fight than switch.
You know how some songs tell a story? Like something by Harry Chapin, perhaps? You can close your eyes and just listen to the music. The whole story unfolds in your mind’s eye. Well, have I got a treat for you!
Just like a penguin in bondage. (Song cue.)
Listen to The Penguin Chase by none other than Sun Ra, and plain as day you can see the Penguin get beat up by fishermen for having hubris. You’re welcome.
As we come to the close of 2014, it’s a tradition to reflect on the events of the past year. Or in this case, the past five years. Yes, it’s the fifth anniversary of Yoe Books, our proud sponsors here at the I.T.C.H. blog. Yoe Books is Making Comics History!
Man, time flies! It seems like yesterday that The Art of Steve Ditko was just a gleam in Craig Yoe’s eye. Now, some 50 books later, Yoe Books is a premiere publisher of rare, out-of-print comics and so many cool coffee table books that I had to buy a bigger coffee table. You can see the complete list here.
To celebrate this occasion in the appropriate fashion, Craig and Clizia created a crazy promotional campaign that’s worthy of Stan “The Man” Lee himself. In fact, that’s who they stole it from!
It’s called the Y.Y.Y.S. (or Yippie Yi Yoe Society, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing) and it’s a hoot and a half, especially if you’re old enough to be a card-carrying member of the M.M.M.S.
If you were one of the lucky few bloggers, critics or media outlets to receive this membership kit in the mail, consider yourself privileged. If not, I’ll share with you some images (and a song, of course) just because that’s the kind of guy I am. Face forward, true book reader!
Y.Y.Y.S. members received a clever welcome letter, a cute sticker, and a marvelous membership card (suitable for framing).
Best of all, the kit includes a record (or, “DVD” as the kids today call them) with both the Voices of Yoe Books and the Y.Y.Y.S. Marching Song. How fun is that?
And since I’m a nice guy (see above), here’s the Y.Y.Y.S. Marching Song for your listening pleasure. Click the link below and start marching!
BONUS! Here’s the super-cool video that goes with the song. Just click the Yoe eyeball!
The holidays are here and that means reliving cherished childhood memories. One of my fondest Christmas memories is driving to Little Falls, NJ (not far from the place of my birth) to see the Christmas lights. These weren’t just ordinary holiday decorations, they were really something special. You know that one house in the neighborhood that is completed covered in decorations? The people that run lights around the doors and windows, along the rain gutters, in all the trees, in order to prove to the neighbors that they’re the most devout believers on the block? We made it an annual pilgrimage to drive by this one house and see what new decorations had been added. A waving Santa on the roof, live reindeer in the garage, singing snowmen and snow-women? Nothing was too much.
Traffic was always tied up, horns were honking, and the neighbors found even more reasons to dislike this Christmas eyesore. But my favorite was the Nativity Scene. There were Joseph and Mary gathered around the Christ child. Animals were lowing. The Three Wise Men were approaching bearing gifts. Along with Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks. Yes, overwhelmed by religious fervor, anxious to out-do everyone else on the street, they included crude plywood cut-outs of popular Hanna-Barbera characters along with the Three Wise Men – changing the Christmas story slightly. Improved? You decide.
I always enjoyed the sheer sacrilege of it all, especially since that was the opposite of their intention.
To commemorate this annual atrocity we have a song about Pixie, Dixie and Mr. Jinks.
The cartoon cut-outs didn’t look quite this good.
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Some of you probably saw the headline above and thought, “Gee, D.J. David B. is late with his Thanksgiving post. How could he forget Thanksgiving?” To you I say, “Wrong, punkin’ puss!” I’m actually early with next year’s Thanksgiving. Not one to leave things to the last minute I thought I’d start now celebrating Thanksgiving 2015. You’re welcome.
Naturally, it isn’t Thanksgiving without Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. So gather the family ‘round the table about 11 months from now and enjoy this holiday classic along with your traditional meal.
Next week, It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. I’m getting a jump on next Halloween.
With all this talk about Gotham, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (not to mention Arrow, which I haven’t mentioned yet) I’m ready for a change of pace. Are you?
Let’s get away from the spies, violence and meta-humans (not to mention arrows) and let our minds drift back to a simpler time of fairy tales and kettle drums, fractured by Jay Ward, as only he can fracture them.
Note: This song sounds like a lullaby. Please do not listen while driving. Remember, friends don’t let friends drive while asleep.
As a long-time record collector I know all too well that not all songs are created equal. There are songs and there are songs, if you know what I mean. And this is one of them. It’s a real GFR (Great Fantastic Record). And it ties in nicely with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the TV show that has me mystified. But more on that later.
As you listen to this record notice the neat S.H.I.E.L.D. reference, as well as a Mopar mention, plus nifty nod to Chuck Berry at the end. This song has it all!
T. Rex, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Back to S.H.I.E.L.D. I’ve seen something about how the show is better than ever. I’m not sure about that. But it sure has changed. It seems whenever I like something they either change it or stop making it all together. It doesn’t matter if it’s a kind of cookies I like or my favorite toothpaste. Once the word gets out, somebody at the top gets a memo, “D.J. David B. likes our product. Do something fast!” And then it’s yanked off the shelves quicker than you can say “Pure and Natural bath soap.”
It seems like a couple of my favorite shows came back different this season, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Not necessarily improved, but there’s been a change in tone and in theme. We don’t see super-powered beings on the show anymore and there’s a greater focus on spies, double agents and triple agents. Eh. It kind of leaves me cold. I liked it better the way it was. Next time I like something I’m going to keep my mouth shut!
Now let’s listen and enjoy this early S.H.I.E.L.D. song and forget our troubles.