The greatest TV show never seen: "The Fantastic Four" (1963-64)
My Little Pony’s
Lauren Faust on how Super Best Friends Forever
will make you love Batgirl and Supergirl all over again
. The short animations will be part of Cartoon Networks DC Nation
block, alongside Beware The Batman
, the replacement for the late lamented Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
now has many animated series (all episodes, in their entirety) available to view online at their website including The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Superheroes
, X-Men, The Animated Series
, X-Men Evolution
, Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes
, and Spider-Man
(1967) (Full list inside) [more inside]
From the always reliable Monster Brains (previously
) comes the crossover you've all been waiting for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Predator
. But wait, there's more
): Evil Candy Plans
, Forbidden Bat-Love
, an awesome batmobile
, and lots of plain old what the fuck
During the 80s comics king Jack Kirby
, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, the X-Men and Captain America
, became disillusioned with the industry and left to work for animation company
, sketching out dozens of characters
, work that has been largely unseen... until now
was a British TV and comics magazine that featured interviews, crosswords, etc. Of interest to those of us raised raised on 70s and 80s television, there was a wealth of gorgeously-rendered licensed comics material
inside. These strips included Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
, Space: 1999
, and Terrahawks
Who wants to be a superhero?
. Forget Beauty and the Geek
is the ultimate reality show. Who wouldn't
want to see a middle-aged comic-book geeks decked out to fight crime? Apply now! Our safety depends upon it! (Maybe Peter Pan would be interested?)
at the core, neither good or bad. It simply is. [+]
If you get all your news from watching Weekend Update
or The Daily Show
, you might find FootnoteTV
helpful. The site comments and expounds on the newsworthy topics that often crop up in television shows. The parent site, newsaic
, has subsites that examine comics
and popular culture
, among other things, as well.
The toughest Chelonia to every grace the media.
Come on. Everyone had to love them at some point, with their pizzas and funny weapons. This
page has some interesting sketch art. This
one includes the complete cast of the cartoon and movies, with links to their career since said roles. This site
, my favorite, has the entire "Coming out of our Shells" tape for download. Remember the classic, Cowabunga?
Lots of comics news coming from SDCC, including a strong showing for media tie ins.
: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
by Max Allen Collins (author of Road To Perdition
and several CSI
novels) is coming from IDW Publishing
written by J.J. Abrams (writer, director, producer and creator of the TV show) coming from newbie Arcade Comics
: John Carpenter's Snake Plissken Chronicles
with the involvement of film director John Carpenter, producer Debra Hill and actor Kurt Russell coming from Hurricane Entertainment via Crossgen's CGE
and Shrek, xXx, Reign of Fire
all from Dark Horse
CSI could translate into a comic really well and Max Collins is a more than capable writer.