Frank Gorshin dead at 72

Actor Frank Gorshin has died at age 72. Gorshin's wife of 48 years, Christina, was at his side when he died Tuesday May 17 in California. Gorshin played "The Riddler" on the Batman TV show. "After I did that," Gorshin recalls, "I became a headliner in Vegas, so I can't put it down." Gorshin earned Emmy nominations for "Batman" and also for a guest shot on the original "Star Trek" as a half-white, half-black alien. Gorshin's final acting performance was broadcast CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2005 - 3:00 PM
New Marvel one-shot: "Wha... Huh?"

Coming in August from Marvel, Wha... huh? a new "What If?"-style one-shot, asks, among other things: "What if the Identity Crisis happened in the Marvel Universe?" Possible answer: It would be a hell of a lot more interesting than if "House of M" happened in the DC Universe. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Stan Lee, Mark Millar, J. Michael Straczynski, Garth Ennis, Brian K. Vaughan, Peter David and others, art and cover (pictured right) by Jim Mahfood. 48 pages, $3.99, on sale August 31st.


.WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2005 - 2:33 PM
Steve Rude Commissions 2005

Seventy pages of black and white artwork by Steve Rude, most of which has never been seen before. Great drawings of the Thing, Superman, Captain America, Hulk, the Inhumans, Spider-Man, and more. Preorder it today and you get the $20 book for $15, as well as getting three additional prints -- all signed and personalized by Rude.
UPDATE: This eBay offer is now expired.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2005 - 11:00 AM
Miniature superheroes

If you like your heroes Lillipution-sized, you'll love World's Finest #100 by Swan/Kaye; Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #48 by Swan/Kaye; and Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #111 by Dick Giordano.


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2005 - 11:00 AM
Adam Strange to Lois Lane:
"New super-weapon will devastate Thanagarians"

Adam Strange recently took several question from reporter Lois Lane at a press conference held to encourage support for Rann in the Rann vs. Thanagar war (Chronicled in the current DC mini-series). Here is a transcript of their exchange...

.LOIS LANE: I'm Lois Lane of the Daily Planet, Mr. Strange...

ADAM STRANGE: Ah, yes, Ms. Lane, your legend precedes you! Glad to see you escaped the miniature, evil JLA shown in the cover above my head!

LANE: Errr... thank you. Now -- Mr. Strange, how are you handling the stress of the Rann vs. Thanagar war?

STRANGE: Very well, Lois! In fact, I'm not worried at all. You see, the scientists of Rann have developed an amazing new super-weapon that will totally devastate the Thanagarian army.

LANE: What is this powerful new weapon?

STRANGE: Sorry Lois, but I can't tell you that. Sardath would throw a fit! All I can say is this... we'll be testing the weapon in the next few days, and if all goes well, we should have it in use by next week.

LANE: Why do you think Thanagar is attacking Rann?

STRANGE: But I'm afraid I'm every bit as much in the dark about this as you are! Though perhaps -- one reason may be... to boost sales of comic books!

LANE: Thanks for your time, Adam.

ART: Jose Garcia-Lopez, from "DC Comics Presents" #3


WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2005 - 11:00 AM
Superheroes cry "U.N.C.L.E."

The James-Bond-inspired TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was a huge hit in its day, and as a result, many superheroes became initialized, gadget-wielding super-spies! The TV show even got its own comic book. Pictured below are the covers for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #21; Hawkman #10 by Murphy Anderson; and Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #89 by Swan/Klein.


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.WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2005 - 11:00 AM
Official "Fantastic Four" movie poster

Click the pic or here to see the "official" Fantastic Four movie poster. The gang's poses are somewhat awkward. They look very "Photoshopped." Did Johnny really have to fly right in-between the group like that? I mean, he is on FIRE, after all. It's too bad there isn't one single existing drawing of the FF posing for the camera that the movie makers could have duplicated. It's even sadder that the REASON there isn't "one single" existing drawing is because there are about 10 billion of them. The movie premieres July 8th.