Art Show: Sugar… ah, Honey Honey… You are my Jungle Girl

Judy of the Jungle vs. Something That Almost Looks Like a Shark

By Alex Schomburg. [Shanna the She-Devil Blogger]

Jungle Jamboree!

By Dan DeCarlo in homage to this. [Shanna the She-Devil Blogger]

Wonder City

By Alex Horley. [Illustrateurs]

More apes, monsters, and jungle girls after the break.

The Talons of the Leopard Queen

By Alex Schomburg. [Shanna the She-Devil Blogger]


Storytime for Little Monster

By Rosh. [Art Jumble]

Helloooo?

By Jeremy Vanhoozer.

Abominable Snowman!

By Nathanael Lark. [Art Jumble]

The Mighty King

By Ken Kelly. [Illustrateurs]

Spooky Monsters

By John Kenn. [Giant Monsters Attack!]

I’m Here to Chew Bubble Gum

By Jeremy Vanhoozer.

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Pass the Comics: Now I Just Have the Nazis to Deal With!

Still catching up from being gone last week, but I did see these two cool comics from The Charlton Story.

Hercules in the Land of Menace!

Hercules always looks best in Nemedian Lion, don’t you agree?

The Phantom must prevent the Triumph of Evil!

The Phantom fights Nazis.

Movie News: An Army of Ivan Dragos

20,000 Leagues movie

McG’s Captain Nemo prequel may be dead in the water, but that doesn’t mean that Disney’s given up on the idea of a new Nemo film altogether. David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) had a take on it that he wanted to try and Disney is apparently moving with it. [/Film]

Meet Your New Richelieu

Remember that there are two Three Musketeers movies in the works right now. One is being produced by the guy who produced Sherlock Holmes; the other’s by Paul WS Anderson (the Resident Evil franchise). Lately there hasn’t been a lot of noise about Anderson’s version (making me wonder if it had been dropped), but now he’s released a ton of cast information and it’s pretty cool who he’s got (or is trying to get).

Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds) will play Cardinal Richilieu, Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) is in negotiations to be D’Artagnan, Milla Jovovich will be the wicked Milady de Winter, and Anderson wants Orlando Bloom to play the Duke of Buckingham. No word yet on who might play the important roles of the king and queen of France, but Mads Mikkelsen (Le Chiffre from Casino Royale) is going to be Richilieu’s henchman Rochefort. Matthew Macfadyen (Darcy to Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth) will be Athos, Luke Evans (who had a brief role as Apollo in the new Clash of the Titans and also has a bit part in the new Robin Hood) will be Aramis, and Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone, The Book of Eli) is Porthos. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Iron Man IV, SHIELD, Allan Quartermain (sort of), Moon Nazis, Monsterpocalypse, alien Olyphant, and who was responsible for Indy 4 after the break.


Shia LeBeouf on Indy 4: “[Ford] wasn’t happy with it either.”

The Los Angeles Times has a refreshing interview with Shia LeBeouf in which the actor’s very candid about his reaction to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He takes a lot of the blame for the shortcomings of the film, but not all of it (as is right and proper) and he names names.

Personally, I don’t know if LeBeouf deserves any of the blame. I was more tolerant of Indy 4 than most people, but I acknowledge that the plot was a huge mess. That wasn’t LeBeouf’s fault though and I actually really liked his character and the way he interacted with Indy. So while I appreciate his honesty about his reaction to the movie, I think he’s too hard on himself. And I say that as someone who’s generally ticked at LeBeouf for continuing to be in Transformers movies.

Iron Man IV trailer

Just when you thought these movies couldn’t get any better… an army of Ivan Dragos and Number Five from Short Circuit.

[Robot 6]

SHIELD: The Movie

Sounds like we might get a SHIELD movie after The Avengers. At first, that sounded sort of anti-climactic, but then I thought about Samuel L Jackson in a jet pack fighting Hydra agents on an island base and got pretty excited about it. [/Film]

Allan Quartermain… in Space!

Unfortunately, he won’t be played by Sean Connery, but Sam Worthington’s not a bad choice. Some of my friends are kind of down on him for Clash of the Titans, but – like with Shia and Indy – I don’t think that was his fault. He did a fine job in Avatar and an excellent job in Terminator: Salvation.

What is a bad choice though is turning Quartermain into a Space Pulp hero. I’m all for a Space Pulp movie starring Sam Worthington, but why do you need to call the hero Allan Quartermain? If you want to appeal to Space Pulp fans, you don’t need Quartermain’s name to do it. If you’re trying to attract Allan Quartermain fans, which of them is going to hear about this concept and not be disappointed? It’s like re-launching the James Bond films as a sword-and-sorcery series.

And Worthington does get some of the blame for this one. He’s not only starring in the movie; he’s also co-producing it (with the guys responsible for Smallville). [The Hollywood Reporter]

Monsterpocalypse movie?

The popular, giant-monsters/giant-robots miniature-battles game is possibly becoming a Dreamworks film (possibly with the creative input of Tim Burton). It’s a great concept and the creature designs are fantastic; I just hope the plot’s more engaging than the comic book series was. [Deadline]

Timothy Olyphant is not from this planet

Not in I Am Number Four he’s not. The movie is based on a Young Adult sci-fi book about a group of alien kids who are hiding on Earth from other aliens who are trying to kill them. Because of some kind of charm, the kids can only be killed in numerical order. No points for guessing which number the hero is. Olyphant would play Number Four’s alien guardian. [/Film]

Iron Sky trailer

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve heard anything about the Nazi-invaders-from-the-Moon movie Iron Sky, but work on it is still progressing. And they’ve got a new trailer to prove it (and ask for financial support).

My Favorite Movie: Casablanca

I struggle sometimes with naming Casablanca as my favorite film. It’s so many people’s favorite that it seems like too easy a choice. Like I’m not really thinking about it. I’d much rather claim something less popular or counter-cultural.

On the other hand, it’s got evil Nazis, the French Resistance, smugglers, an exotic location, dangerous underworld characters, an amoral anti-hero, an unapologetically corrupt police chief, and a beautiful woman (the beautiful woman, actually). But more importantly, it’s a movie about redemption, and has the most heart-breaking romance I’ve ever seen. The characters in Casablanca have no easy choices and it’s one of the few films that can consistently make me tear up in the same scene each time I watch it (it’s that Yvonne and her “Vive le France” that get me). It’s touching, it’s funny, and it’s exciting. Everything I want in a movie. It’s perfect.

Comics News: He talks to fish

Geoff Johns discusses Aquaman

Johns keeps his Brightest Day cards hidden really well in this interview, but he does talk a bit about why Aquaman is cool:

He’s a character that everybody knows. He has had successful runs in the past, and I guess he’s probably more well known to the general public than Green Lantern even is at this point…

And defends him against those who think he’s lame:

The whole thing is, they always say, “Well, he talks to fish.” It’s part of who he is. I think there are some inherent things that may be there, but every character is like that. I think the key is to embrace what Aquaman is and not turn away from it. So often, we turn away from the core of what Aquaman is. I think the key to success is embracing exactly who Aquaman is while adding some dimensions to it, building off the strong foundation that’s already there. There’s a reason the character is popular. There is a reason that people like that character. If you look at the mainstream DC t-shirts that they sell in stores, Aquaman is always there. He definitely has an audience.

I understand the need for secrecy about story details, but I do wish he’d said more about who exactly he thinks Aquaman is. That “iconic interpretation,” as Dan Didio calls it, is going to be what makes or breaks this relaunch of the character. Surely Johns could’ve talked about that without revealing Brightest Day story details?

A masked Nazi-fighter, a Daring contest, and the Day of Death after the break.

Silhouette

Spain gets all the best comics. Someone please get Victor Santos and Jesús Alonso Iglesias’ graphic novel about “heroes, Nazis, and ancient secrets” translated into English right away.

Alison Dare: The Contest

Alison Dare is a comic by J Torres and J Bone about the 12-year-old daughter of a world-renowned archaeologist and a masked superhero called the Blue Scarab. She’s also the niece of an international spy/master of disguise. To celebrate the reprinting of her adventures, Tundra Books is holding a really cool photo contest where you can take Alison on new adventures.

Death-Day: Part I available for pre-order

Sam Hiti’s offering a limited-edition collection of the first four Death-Day episodes for only $20. That’s over 140 pages of story and art, so it’s quite a bargain. The offer goes away once the book goes to press though, so order quickly.

Elsewhere on the Internets: Lincoln’s Assassin, Kids vs Nazis, and June’s Adventure Comics

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these updates, so I’ll split it into two sections. Today is just the Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs columns from the past month.

Along with Jane Yolen’s Foiled, we talked about four First Second books in a row.

Booth

I thought Booth was an informative, but flawed – mostly in regards to its storytelling, but I also thought the art could’ve been more dynamic – look at Abraham Lincoln’s assassin. CC Colbert is the pseudonym for historian Catherine Clinton and Booth is not only her first graphic novel, but her first fiction work as well. That shows, but it’s still an interesting account that made me curious to learn more.

Comic Book Resources also interviewed Clinton about the book and her research on it.

Resistance, Book 1

I enjoyed the first volume of Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis’ Resistance a lot more. It’s the story of some kids who get caught up in the French Resistance and learn to work effectively against the Nazis. There are at least two ways you can tell this story. You can either make it a fun, adventure-filled romp or you can realistically highlight how scary it would be for real children to be put in that situation. Either of those choices could make for a great story, but I was surprised and pleased that Resistance chose the second of them. And even more pleased that it did it so well.

The other choice (and a whole bunch of other adventure comics) after the break.

City of Spies

In City of Spies, Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Pascal Dizin choose to take the kids vs Nazis theme in the other direction, but it’s every bit as good as Resistance. It’s a fast-paced, adventurous story set in 1940s New York and has the kids fighting German spies instead of SS soldiers, but it’s not exactly light-hearted. Certainly more so than Resistance (though even that book has some nice, comedic moments), but the wonderfully developed characters in City of Spies are dealing with some deep themes and asking us to wrestle with them too. I highly recommend both it and Resistance as two, extremely different, but equally effective ways of handling the same concept.

What Looks Good for June

Interesting new adventure comics for June include a post-apocalyptic monster-fighter, Flash Gordon, pirates, Zorro, werewolves, dinosaurs, bears, a mermaid, an alien-punching valkyrie, a sea monster, a woman samurai who fights Jack the Ripper, robots of doom, and more.

Art Show: The Dark Swamps of Barsoom

Cursed Pirate Girl

By Katie Cook.

Carrie

By Ryan Cody. [Hey, Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin Time!!!]

Richard Sala, John Carter, Flash Gordon, giant robots, more Katie Cook, and 3D Giant Hippos after the break.


Beware the Black Death!

By Richard Sala.

David and Goliath

By David Malki. The only thing better than that image right there is seeing it in 3D. Which you can do at Malki’s site.

John Carter of Mars

By Francesco Francavilla. [ComicTwart]

Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars

Artist Unknown, but Golden Age Comic Book Stories has an amazing gallery of posters from old movie serials.

Padme

By Katie Cook.

Supergirl

By Jaime Hernandez. [Scans Daily]

Robbie vs Robot

By Phillipe “Manchu” Bouchet. [Illustrateurs; as usual with that blog, the post is full of fantastic other stuff and it was difficult to pick just one image. I especially love the art at the top of the post that shows exactly what I thought the world was supposed to look like by now when I was a kid.]

The Marvels Project

By Steve Epting.