Ever since the dawn of TV Cop Shows have been around. Dragnet, The Naked City, The Untouchables, Hawaii Five-O and literally dozens, if not hundreds, of Cop Shows have filled the airways for decades.
What is it about Cop Shows that so captivate audiences?
Surely it’s not escapism as most Cop Shows revel in tracking
down killers, rapists, kidnappers and other such dastardly bad guys.
In ‘Cop Shows: A Critical History Of Police Dramas On Television’
authors Sabin, Wilson, Speidel, Faucette and Bethell, along with publisher, McFarland
& Company, Inc. present an in-depth analysis of what makes Cop Shows
tick and why they are so popular.
Reflections of their times, COP
Shows, examine and portray societal changes, struggles and crime. The shows tend to examine the cops
themselves from the fiercely independent loner to the troubled, walk the line
between justice and revenge individuals to the strong group dynamic of a
particular police force.
Whatever the reasons the book
provides a thorough look at the phenomenon of the Cop Show and its many manifestations.
One of my all-time favorite classic
Cop Shows is Hawaii Five-O. Introduced
to TV viewers in 1968 the show lasted 12 years making it one of the longest
running Cop Shows on TV.
Hawaii Five-O centered on the police
exploits of the Hawaii Five-O police task force headed up by ex-naval officer Steve
McGarrett, as played by Jack Lord and his assistant Dan (Danno) Williams, portrayed
by actor James MacArthur.
What made the show so unique is
that it was filmed entirely in the Hawaiian Islands.
At that time Hawaii had no film
studios so Hawaii Five-O, created by Leonard Freeman, had to start from scratch
including securing a studio, hiring non-actor locals and persuading Hollywood’s
talent to travel to Hawaii to guest star on the show. Needless to say, a free trip to Hawaii was a great incentive.
Karen Rhodes’ ‘Booking Hawaii Five-O’
provides a critical episode guide and history of the popular Cop Show including
photos, behind-the-scenes secrets, cast and crew interviews and much more.
‘Book ‘em Danno!”
One of the greatest (if not the
greatest) TV producers of Cop Shows was Quinn Martin.
Although he was also known for a plethora of other genre series.
In ‘Quinn Martin, Producer’ author
Jonathan Etter, delves into the long and illustrious career of Martin and the
many shows he produced.
Readers will learn all about his battles
with the networks, hiring and firing practices, his guidelines for writing and directing
his shows and most importantly learn about the man himself.
Each show he produced is examined
in detail from its conception to it cancellation.
If you love classic Prime Time TV shows as produced by one of the
giants of the industry then this book is like a hearty meal to a starving
man: it’s filling, full of meat and
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
Jimmy’s Bastards #1 l AFTERSHOCK COMICS
The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show #1 l AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY PRODUCTIONS
Mercury Heat Volume 2 TP l AVATAR PRESS
The Unsound #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
Clueless Original GN l BOOM! STUDIOS
Valerian: The Complete Collection Volume 1 HC l CINEBOOK
Lady Death Rules! Volume 1 TP/HC l COFFIN COMICS
Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings #1 l D.E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Mighty Mouse #1 l D.E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
GWAR: Orgasmageddon #1 l D.E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 47 SC/HC l GEMSTONE PUBLICATIONS
Another Castle #1 1 Dollar Ed l ONI PRESS
Courtney Crumrin #1 One Dollar Ed l ONI PRESS
Mighty Zodiac #1 1 Dollar Ed l ONI PRESS
Space Battle Lunchtime #1 1 Dollar Ed l ONI PRESS
The Lost Fleet: Corsair #1 l TITAN COMICS
Normandy Gold #1 l TITAN COMICS
Millennium: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo #1 l TITAN COMICS
Secret Weapons #1 l VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT
Golden Kamuy Volume 1 GN l VIZ MEDIA
Manga: In Theory & Practice HC l VIZ MEDIA
Garfield: The Original Art Daily & Sunday Archives l ART BOOKS
Spider-Man: Inside the World of Friendly Neighborhood Hero Updated l COMICS
Wonder Woman: Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior HC l COMICS
Manga Art: Inspiration & Techniques from an Expert SC l HOW-TO
Doc Savage: The New Adventures: Empire of Doom SC l PULP HEROES
Art of Olivia 2018 Wall Calendar l FEATURED CALENDARS
Darth Vader & Son 2018 Wall Calendar l FEATURED CALENDARS
Deadpool 16 Month 2018 Wall Calendar l FEATURED CALENDARS
Doctor Who Diary 2018 Ed l FEATURED CALENDARS
Harley Quinn 2018 l FEATURED CALENDARS
Vintage DC Comics 2018 12 Month Wall Calendar l FEATURED CALENDARS
The Walking Dead 2018 16 Month Wall Cal l FEATURED CALENDARS
Women of Marvel 2018 16 Month Wall Cal l FEATURED CALENDARS
Cartoons Magazine #9 l CARTOONS
Comics Revue Presents Jun 2017 l COMICS-THEMED MAGAZINES
Doctor Who Magazine Special #46: Toys And Games l DOCTOR WHO
Topps 2017 Baseball Complete Set l TOPPS COMPANY
Topps 2017 Stadium Club Baseball Trading Cards l TOPPS COMPANY
Topps 2017 Doctor Who Signature Series Trading Cards l TOPPS COMPANY
Previews Cover: Marvel Secret Empire Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE APPAREL
Previews Logo Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE APPAREL
Previews Logo Heather Blue Trading Cards l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE APPAREL
Wonder Woman: Amazon Trading Cards l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
Wonder Woman: Amazon Women’s T-Shirt l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
Batman: Heat T-Shirt l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
TOYS & STATUES
The Nightmare Before Christmas Select Series 3 Action Figures l DIAMOND SELECT TOYS
Pulp Fiction Select Serues 1 Action Figures l DIAMOND SELECT TOYS
Harley Quinn: Waiting For My J Man Statue l DC HEROES
Living Dead Dolls: DC Comics: Classic Harley Quinn Doll l DC HEROES
POP! Mass Effect Andromeda Vinyl Figures l FUNKO
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: XPV R/C Rock N Roll Groot Figure l GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
Marvel Comics: The Infinity Gauntlet Desk Monument l MARVEL HEROES
One-12 Collective: Marvel: Deadpool Action Figures l MARVEL HEROES
Predator 30th Anniversary Action Figures l MOVIE/TV
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy: Red Ranger Power Sword l POWER RANGERS
Star Wars: The Black Series 40th-Anniversary Action Figures l STAR WARS
Godzilla 12-Inch Series: Battra 1992 Figure l GODZILLA
Godzilla 12-Inch Series: Godzilla 1954 Train Biting Figure l GODZILLA
Godzilla 12-Inch Series: Godzilla 1992 Sakai Yuji Figure l GODZILLA
Godzilla 12-Inch Series: Terror of Mechagodzilla 1975 Figure l GODZILLA
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Han Solo & Chewbacca ArtFX+ Statue 2-Pack l KOTOBUKIYA
Final Fantasy XV Play Arts Kai: Lunafreya Nox Fleuret Figure l FINAL FANTASY
Kingdom Hearts III: Sora Bring Arts Figure l KINGDOM HEARTS
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Link Vs Scervo Diorama Statue l LEGEND OF ZELDA
The Hunger Games: Katniss Everdeen “Mockingjay Part 1” 1/6-Scale Action Figure l MOVIE/TV
Star Wars Rogue One: EAA-047: Chirrut Imwe Action Figure l STAR WARS
Star Wars Rogue One: EAA-048: Baze Malbus Action Figure l STAR WARS
Overwatch: Tracer Nendoroid Classic Skin l VIDEO GAMES
COLLECTIBLES & NOVELTIES
Marvel: Thanos Head Molded Mug l MOVIE HEROES
Power Rangers Movie: Red Ranger Adult Helmet l POWER RANGERS
Power Rangers Movie: Pink Ranger Adult Helmet l POWER RANGERS
Star Wars: Foundmi Bluetooth Trackers l STAR WARS
Nintendo Switch: Joy-Con Controller Charging Dock l VIDEO GAME ACCESSORIES
Nintendo Switch: Joy-Con Controller Comfort Grips l VIDEO GAME ACCESSORIES
Nintendo Switch: Hybrid Protective Cover W/ Built In Stand l VIDEO GAME ACCESSORIES
The Walking Dead: Lucille 36-Inch Foam Replica Bat l THE WALKING DEAD
Adult Mad Libs: The Game l FULLY BAKED IDEAS
Ghosts Love Candy Card Game l STEVE JACKSON GAMES
Magic the Gathering TCG: Hour of Devestation l WIZARDS OF THE COAST
Marvel Heroclix: The Mighty Thor l WIZKIDS/NECASonic the Hedgehog 25th-Anniversary Art Book l CASK & BECKER
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
“I just love a (wo)man in uniform!”
It doesn’t matter whose Army, Navy, Air Force or other military or military affiliated branch they were in, women’s uniforms during that period were especially dapper, sharp and eye-catching.
In ‘Women In Uniform 1939-45’ part of the ‘Militaria Guide from Sophia Histoire & Collections’ the book goes into great detail about each uniform accompanied by full-color photos of contemporary models dressed in the uniforms.
From officers, enlisted soldiers, civilian volunteers and military affiliations, each photo also is accompanied by insignia and other accessories photos.
Any WWII history lover is sure to want this book for their collection and research library.
In ‘Japan At War 1931-45’ by David McCormack and published by Casemate Publishers/Fontwill Media, readers get a first-hand look at the war with Japan from Japan’s point of view, its allies and its enemies.
It’s easy (as an American) to develop a slightly prejudicial view of the war with Japan, as they were our sworn enemy during WWII.
However, it’s always wise to know your enemy (or in this case a former enemy) to understand their point of view, motivations and culture in order to comprehend what prompted Japan’s aggression and led ultimately to its downfall and defeat.
The author successfully fills in the historical gaps often left by contemporary war memorial books and delves intensely into the Japanese society and military.
Complete with archival photos, the book offers a well-rounded and comprehensive look at the military and political forces that shaped ‘The Land Of The Rising Sun’ during those turbulent war years.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Do you like playing games but are tired of board games the offer little more than rolling dice and moving game pieces!
Are you tired of video games that drain all the imagination out of players, instead only offering stunning graphics and pre-determined outcomes?
If so, then Escape Room The Game from Spin Master (Identity Games International BV) is the game for you to end those boring game blues!
In Escape Room time is either your friend or enemy depending if you put in the right code in the Chrono Decoder. Put in the wrong code and you loose precious minutes. Put in the right code and you’ll proceed to part 2 and in part 3 you can even stop time itself!
Four keys are needed for each section. Put them in the right order and you proceed. Put them in the wrong order and time suddenly slips away!
No man is an island, as you’ll quickly learn, as players must work together to solve puzzles and find clues.
The Chrono Decoder starts ticking off 60 minutes. Will you take away your time or add to it. The intensity increases as players rush to move from part 1 to part 2 to part 3 and ultimately win the game.
Will you escape during a ‘Prison Break’? Avoid the ‘Virus’? Successfully outrun the “Nuclear Countdown’? Or find your way out of the ‘Temple Of The Aztec’?
Be sure to examine every clue from important documents to puzzles and floor plans so you can successfully escape and proceed to an even harder level.
With a little teamwork, quick wit and few hints dropped here and there you’ll survive—maybe.
Included with the game are:
An Electronic Chrono Decoder
A Hint Card Decoder
32 Hint Cards
4 Different Adventure Pack
Additional Expansion Sets will be available in 2017. And don’t forget the download the Escape Room App for some real ‘mood’ music.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Try to imagine the amount of toys, comic books and model kits that I accumulated after 25 years of writing reviews.
After clogging up and filling my garage with 'stuff' I decided to have a yard sale to sell off at least a part of it-a small part.
A lot of 'stuff' I have safely packed away in the garage not counting the 'stuff' in my Man Cave.
Originally I had decided to have a yard sale on Friday and Saturday but had to limit it to Saturday since Friday turned out to be too cold. I posted the yard sale on Craigslist, along with some photos.
Friday evening I set up my garage with a boatload of toys, diecast, model kits and comic books.
At 7:30 Saturday morning I opened up the garage and prepared to set out the 20 long boxes of comic books on the driveway.
I needn't have bother. Waiting outside my door were two individuals. Within 15 minutes one of them bought all the comic books at a great price (for both him and me) and the other gentleman bought a bunch of toys.
Within 3 hours I had sold a large percentage of my toys, most of the model kits, a smattering of diecast and all of the comic books.
After 11:30 people stopped showing up so I closed up shop, thrilled at the money I had made.
Both the people who bought the 'stuff' and I were satisfied with the transactions. What made it even better was that the people who bought the 'stuff' were collectors and were excited about what they had bought.
I made a lot of new friends, acquired future contacts and had a great time and of course my wife was pleased that I had finally cleaned out a lot of my 'stuff'.
It was a great day and I have God to thank. He has been so good to my family. I don't deserve all the blessings, but I sure am glad he is providing them.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Cheer up Harry Potter fans! Harry may be gone but Warner Bros. and Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowlings are far from finished with the wizardly world of Harry Potter and his friends and foes.Taking place several decades before the escapades of Harry and his friends, ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ takes place in the United States, specifically New York City in the 1920s.
Something is rampaging through the streets of New York causing destruction and threatening the existence of the non-magical community (No-Majs).
Whatever is causing the destruction must be stopped and the fanatical Second Salemers are hell-bent on stopping it at all costs.
To make matters worse a powerful dark wizard has disappeared in Europe at just about the same time the mysterious devastation takes place.
Unbeknownst to Newt Scamander of the current dire circumstance, Newt arrives in the United States to corral and rescue some magical creatures that have escaped from their alternate dimension, some through his nondescript suitcase.
But, when some of Newt’s creatures are accidentally(?) let loose its up to Newt and his newfound allies to gather them all up before they come to harm. Simple, right? Not so fast!
There are dark forces at work that threaten to upend the wizard/magic world and community resulting in war. Will the unlikely band of heroes save the day?
Included in the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack from Warner Bros. are several featurettes about the making of the film, deleted scenes and more.
For a ‘magical’ tour of the pre-Harry Potter world of wizard and magic be sure to check out this visually stunning, engrossing and thrill-a-minute and imaginative film.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Actor Will Smith continues to thrill and amaze moviegoers over the decades with amazing range of his acting.One moment he can be hilariously funny and the next take on a dramatic role that will tear your heart out.
In Collateral Beauty, from Warner Bros., Will plays a despondent and devastated man who has suffered an incredible, tragic loss in his life.
His friends try to console him but he retreats and in his isolation he looks for answers.
So distraught and shattered he begins to question life and is own existence and in a final act of despair he writes three letters to Love, Death and Time.
To his utter surprise and amazement, all three answer him!
Slowly, painfully, he begins to gather his life together and soon discovers, with the aid of Love, Death and Time that his life, and the lives of those around, him, are intermingled and ultimately lead to joy, contentment and purpose.
Collateral Beauty is a tour de force of a film helped along by the stellar cast. Sure to be a tearjerker, the film is available on Blu-ray and includes a Special Feature: A Modern Fable.
When Buster Moon, a down on his luck koala, decides to put on a singing competition to drum up some business and save his old theater, he gets more than he bargained for.This delightful computer animated film from Illumination and Universal Studios, stars a plethora of animal talent wannabees.
Five finalists belt out the tunes all voiced by famous actors and actresses.
Get ready to tap your feet, wave your arms and sing along as every genre of music is represented in this animal menagerie of talent gone wild.
Rock and Roll, Country Western, Rap-you name it, the talented troupe of animal kingdom Carusos are sure to delight you as they sing, swing and do their thing!
It’s a hilarious, hi-jinx filled, high-note hullabaloo that’s brimming with puns, fun and tons of slapstick humor.
If music fills your very soul, then Sing has a whole lot of soul to share.
Included with the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack are three additional Mini Movies, a music video, featurettes and much more!
Containing episodes 1-13 from the Stardust Memory storyline RightStuf!’s Blu-ray collection: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083, starts things off with a bang!The Earth Federation has successfully triumphed in the One-Year War but has grown lazy, complacent and too sure of itself.
Complacency in time of war can be deadly; especially when your enemy is planning a new attack-in this case the Zeon forces are planning one final stand.
Zeon pilot Anavel Gato has been given the daunting task of stealing a new prototype Gundam from the Federation. Miraculously he succeeds.
Shocked and furious that such a daring robbery occurred the Federation sends out its top Gundam ace pilot: rookie Kou Uraki and the Federation ship Albion to retrieve the stolen nuclear-equipped Gundam at all costs.
Be prepared for epic space battles, edge-of-your-seat excitement and nail-biting suspense.
Special Features include the animation shorts "the Mayfly of Space 1" and "The Mayfly of Space 2" along with Clean Openings and Japanese Promos.
In the Martian Successor Nadesico Blu-ray you’ll find all 26 episodes of the TV series and the Prince of Darkness movie across 4 Blu-rays plus an entire DVD of extras including the Gekigangar 3 OVA!
It’s bad enough that the Earth, the Moon and the Martian Colonies are under attack by a reptilian, Jovian, alien invasion, but the Earth military is woefully unprepared!
So incompetent is the Earth Military Forces that a private and independent arms manufacturer: Nergal, decides to build its own space battleship in order to launch a counter offensive against the warring aliens.
The only problem is there is a serious shortage of soldiers, especially those trained to run a space battleship, so the company resorts to using a most ‘unusual’ and ‘unorthodox’ crew of misfits.
Does the Earth, the Moon and the Martian Colonies stand a ghost of chance of surviving when this ragtag, slightly kooky and off-kilter crew of geeks, freaks, misfits and Anime fans are running the show?
It’s space opera like you’ve never seen it before: the inmates have escaped the asylum and are now running the place! In space no one can hear you laugh!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Meet Moana-a high-spirited Polynesian teenage girl whose indomitable spirit sends her on a danger-filled and exciting adventure to save her people from starvation and extinction.
Determined to retrieve a sacred object from the demigod Maui, Moana manages to convince Maui to return it. In return Moana agrees to help Maui retrieve his magic fishhook that he lost when he initially stole the sacred object.
Maui’s on-screen shenanigans are sure to make you laugh, gasp in astonishment and gasp in amazement.
Along the way the courageous duo meet some unusual friends and foes. There’s plenty of magic, mystery, danger, intrigue, surprises and musical numbers to satisfy any Disney film fan.
Delightful characters, a well-thought out and orchestrated plot and absolutely stunning 3D animation, eye-popping vistas and a memorable soundtrack make Moana from Disney a sure-fire hit for the whole family.
Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack extras include a Maui mini-movie, a short animated film, deleted scenes, a music video, featurettes a about the making of the film and loads of other ‘extras’ are a real treat to watch.Loads of fun, exciting and a real heart tugger, Moana is a classic.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
As I’ve mentioned many times in past book and DVD reviews I love the TV series from the 1950s and 1960s-primarily because I was a young boy during those turbulent years.
A lot changed in the United States during those two decades and indeed, a lot changed around the world.
But, that’s subject for another time.
McFarland & Company, Inc. presents two books in its Classic series that offer a wide-spectrum of information on TV Westerns during the 1940s through the 1970s.
In ‘Television Westerns Major and Minor Series 1946-1978’ author Richard West provides a short, alphabetically arranged listing of the Westerns seen on TV during these four decades.
Accompanied by photo,s the book includes short descriptions of each series along with interesting tidbits about their time slots, cast and storylines.
It’s a real treasure trove for any TV Western fan.
‘Television Western Players Of the Fifties’ from Everett Aaker is a large softbound book that is ‘A Biographical Encyclopedia Of All regular Cast Members In Western Series, 1949-1959’.
For a real meat and potato examination and elaboration on the actors and actresses starring in 1950s Westerns this book is filled with loads and loads of professional and personal information along with each actor or actress’s list of TV credits.
The granddaddy of all TV Westerns: Gunsmoke, is given a two-volume treatment in SuzAnne Barabas and Gabor Barabas’ ‘Gunsmoke Volume 1 and 2, A Complete History and Analysis of the Legendary Broadcast Series with a Comprehensive Episode-by Episode Guide to Both the Radio and Television Programs’.
I could not have said it better myself!
Jam-packed with episode breakdowns, behind-the-scenes information, photos, biographies and listings this two-volume set is the ‘ultimate guide ‘ to the TV Western by which all other TV Westerns were compared.
It’s a wonderful excursion down Memory Lane that is sure to bring back fond memories.
One of my all-time favorite TV Westerns is Have Gun-Will Travel starring Richard Boone.
Unlike other TV Westerns of the time, Have Gun-Will Travel was a real showcase for Boone’s incredible acting ability.
The show offered more than bullets and fisticuffs and often delved into social issues, philosophy, religion and man’s struggles.
In ‘Art and Politics in Have Gun-Will Travel’ author Kathleen L. Spencer explores the TV Western series that was filled with ‘Ethical Drama’.
The book is more that a listing of episodes and credits it is an examination of the times the Have Gun-Will Travel was popular, its influences and most importantly how it reflected its time. It makes for a fascinating and thought-provoking read.
The 1960s saw a plethora of TV Spy series brought about by the popularity of the James Bond films.
While many of the TV Spy series played it for laughs or the melodramatic and were ridiculously high-tech, I Spy, starring Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, took an entirely different approach.
To be sure it had its tongue-in-cheek and satirical moments but overall it took itself seriously and never sugar coated the dangerous spy profession.
I Spy was the first prime time TV series to star an African American actor. While groundbreaking in its creation, race never played a part inn the series. The show successfully sidestepped race and racism by ignoring both.
I Spy simply starred two men as spies-end of story.
In ‘I Spy, A History And Episode Guide To The Groundbreaking Television Series’ authors Marc Cushman and Linda J. LaRosa, have written a fascinating book filled with compelling information and filled with photos.
Learn how each episode came about, their content, censorship battles, actor and crew tweaks and changes, rewrites, locations and much more.
Robert Culp provides the foreword that leads into this thorough examination of the TV series that changed everything.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Games. I’m not talking about video games or online games or even card games. I’m talking about good, old-fashioned board games that I used to play when I was kid.
Imagine families and kids sitting around playing board games for hours and having a blast doing so! No TV, internet, video games, Blu-rays, cable, I-Pads, cell phones, computers or other digital distractions.
There were games just for fun, educational games, strategy games, skill games, games for two people or more, racing games, mystery games and so much more.
Schiffer Books and author Desi Scarpone present ‘Board Games’ the book that explores and remembers board games of all genres complete with full color photos, brief histories of all genres along with prices.
You’ll spend hours flipping through the book’s pages reminiscing. Are you game?
Jameson Scoot and Jim Rash present ‘Cartoon Figural Toys’ a book all about plastic and cloth figures fashioned after famous cartoon personalities from funny animals to humans.
Pages are filled with full-color photos of figures such as Popeye, Bullwinkle, the Looney Toons, Saturday morning cartoon characters, Peanuts, puppet figures, Disney characters and much, much more.
Throw in a little history and prices and you’ve got a wonderful excursion in times past when kids could collect their favorite cartoon characters.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
The Man Who Put the Bomp
The Toymaker's Daughter
A Green Silk Dress and a
Books to Look For
Musing on Books
Science: Robots in Your
Films: The Language of Loss,
Trust, and Heptapods
Arthur Masear, Arthur
Masear, Nick Downes
COVERBryn Barnard for "The Man Who Put the Bomp"