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You may not exactly remember the 1969 song “Nobody Love the Hulk,” recorded by New Rochelle, New York, band the Traits, but if you have more than a passing interest in vintage Marvel comics, you’ve likely run across an ad for it in the back of the publisher’s books from 1969 and 1970. (It was also prominently referenced in 1992’s Hulk Annual #18.) That’s how songwriter/producer Rosalind Rogoff sold the emerald-green 45s, a few hundred in all.
But while “Nobody Loves the Hulk” has been covered a couple of times in recent years, the original — and the story behind it — remains at least relatively obscure, leading blogger Greg Adams to track down Rogoff (now a blogger herself) what compelled her to write the novelty song.
“I was a nerd then and still am,” she tells Adams. “I’m not as nerdy as the Big Bang Theory guys are, but I was very much into comics when I was in my twenties. My mother kept telling me to get rid of all the old comics I saved, so I sold them to some guys for $25. I knew they would be worth a lot more in a few years, but it made my mother happy.”
Rogoff, who seems a bit embarrassed about the song, goes into a little more detail on her own blog, confessing, “I didn’t know that my campy 1969 record had a life past 1969. I gave up reading Marvel comics when I started Graduate School at UCLA in 1972. I still have a box of Marvel Comics from the late ’60s that my father sent me when I moved from New Rochelle to Los Angeles to attend UCLA.”
Mondo is going from Gotham City to the far reaches of space with a deluxe vinyl release of the hit movie soundtrack Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1.
Featuring jacket artwork by Mondo mainstay Tyler Stout, this is the collectible-art boutique’s first screen-printed album packaging. In addition, each record comes with one of nine randomly inserted handbills featuring the film’s characters — from Rocket Raccoon and Groot to Gamora and Star-Lord.
Mondo is now accepting preorders ($50) on its website, but the albums won’t ship until early next year.
This week has already seen an incredible ancient Mayan-inspired Batman suit and a somewhat-disturbing supercut of all of Thomas and Martha Wayne’s onscreen deaths, so it’s perhaps only fitting that we close it out with something else Dark Knight-related: “Batman Evolution,” an arrangement of the live-action television and movie themes, performed on piano and cello — actually, 100 tracks of cello — by The Piano Guys.
While the music would be satisfying on its own, as you can see below there’s a beautifully shot video that prominently features the appropriate Batmobile for each of the themes (Neal Hefti’s 1966 “Batman Theme,” Danny Elfman’s 1989 “The Batman Theme,” and Hans Zimmer’s 2008 “Like a Dog Chasing Cars”). You may also notice how the cinematography and screen dimensions shift from theme to theme, reflecting each adaptation.
With Guardians of the Galaxy approaching $300 million at the domestic haul on its way to becoming the top-grossing film of the year, it appears no corner of the licensing universe will remain untouched by Marvel’s space adventure: T-shirts, backpacks, LEGO sets, a dancing Baby Groot bobblehead … Now add to the list musical instruments and accessories.
Audio equipment manufacturer Peavey Electronics, which already offers licensed products featuring such Marvel characters as Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor, Ghost Rider and the Avengers, is expanding its lineup with the Guardians.
There have been a ton of Batman-related products and announcements in the wind-up to Comic-Con International — you’d think it was his 75th anniversary or something — but few are as cool as this one: Collectible art boutique Mondo is releasing Batman: The Animated Series 7-inch vinyl records featuring Danny Elfman’s theme, with sleeve art by five different artists. Side A is the main title and end credits, and Side B is the end credits, with alternate beginning and alternate ending.
Check out the sleeves below. The records will be available during Comic-Con beginning Wednesday, Preview Night, at the Mondo booth (#835).
If you ever wondered how actor Clark Gregg prepared himself for Agent Coulson’s death scene — or, rather, “death” scene — in The Avengers, you only need to listen to KCRW’s “Guest DJ Project.” Hint: It’s music, but any additional information is probably above your clearance level.
For this week’s episode of the Los Angeles radio show, the star of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. compiles a track list that includes Parliament-Funkadelic’s “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker),” Public Enemy’s “Caught, Can We Get a Witness” and Radiohead’s “Go to Sleep.”
What’s cooler than seeing your favorite band in a small venue? How about seeing your favorite band and getting a comic featuring them at that same show?
As a part of Tumblr IRL (“In Real Life), Swedish synthpop band Little Dragon performed a free “pop-up” show for fans Friday in Los Angeles, and with them was artist Brian Butler. Butler is a friend of the band and the creator of Nabuma Comics, a limited-edition comic that features the band members getting stuck inside a strange world that exists in their keyboardist’s beard.
And what a beard it is:
The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield has managed to surprise time and again, whether by melting hearts at Comic-Con International 2011 with a heartfelt speech about what the wall-crawler meant to him as a child, shooting hoops with kids while wearing his movie costume, or making waves by asking why the superhero couldn’t be gay.
And Thursday on The Tonight Show he surprised again with an earnest rendition of the theme song from the 1960s Spider-Man animated series, with a little help from host Jimmy Fallon and the Roots.
While “Let It Go” has received most of the attention (to say nothing of an Academy Award), Disney’s Frozen has plenty of catchy tunes, including “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” Now that song gets its moment in the sun (so to speak) with a parody called “Do You Wanna Kill the Batman?,” performed by SydneyAmber as Harley Quinn.
It works even if you’re unfamiliar with the original, as a lonely Harley tries to persuade The Joker to join her in a little mayhem, and perhaps mend their relationship.
Forget Straight Outta Compton, mc chris’ take on the Joker is Straight Outta Gotham!
The rapping, rhyming mind behind Fette’s Vette and the Friends EP — a whole album dedicated to the allies of the Dark Knight — has released an advance look at Foes, an album inspired by (you guessed it) the villains of the Batman universe, via Soundcloud. Although the recording is decidedly NSFW, Batman fans should definitely give it a listen as it’s a really excellent take on the Clown Prince of Crime that explores his motivations, origins and lifelong battle with Batman.
Renowned Disney cartoonist Don Rosa, who left comics in 2012, has returned to the character for which he’s best remembered — with the cover art for a concept album based on his Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Yes, read that last part again.
Titled Music Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge, likely in hopes of avoiding the all-seeing eye of Disney, it’s a solo album by Finnish keyboardist/songwriter Tuomas Holopainen, founder of the symphonic metal band Nightwish, and a major Rosa fan.
“This is my longtime dream come true, 14 years in the making,” Holopainen says on his website. “And a homage to one of the best storytellers of our time.”
Holopainen spent most of last year writing and producing the album, which contains 10 tracks, including “Glasgow 1877,” “Cold Heart of the Klondike,” and the first single “A Lifetime Adventure,” which arrives with a video. The full album will be available April 15.
He’s been a comics writer, editor and publisher, a television host, an actor, an action figure, a video-game character and a social-media sensation. What’s left for Stan Lee to conquer?
If you said death metal, you’re too late.
Ottawa-based death metal band Killitorous, which has written a song about the legendary creator titled “It’s Not Stanley, It’s Stan Lee.” While the lyrics don’t contain any references to “Excelsior!” or “True Believers” — instead, we get “amalgamate these creations from my mind arise/powers beyond the comprehension of all mankind” — the video makes it crystal clear the band loves the Man.
“It’s Not Stanley, It’s Stan Lee” will appear on Killitorous’ upcoming album Party, Grind.
My knowledge of nerdcore rap is incredibly limited, so I was regrettably unaware of the existence of Kid Apocalypse — the rapper, not Marvel’s Evan Sabahnur, aka Genesis — until Rick Remender retweeted a link to the recent YouTube for “Space Out” by Quinn Allan. As you can see from the image above, and in the video below, Allan dons white and black makeup and a dapper suit with X medallion, and then raps about Kid Apocalypse, delivering lines like, “Forge will hook you up/his shit goes to 11.”
“It started one night lying in bed,” Allan explains on his Facebook page. “I got the idea to write some raps as if I was the character Genesis from the recent Uncanny X-Force and Wolverine and the X-Men comics. I showed them to my roommate who liked the idea. Then he started writing. It was contagious. He took on the persona of ‘Dark Beast,’ the Hank McCoy of the alternate Age of Apocalypse universe. We had more material than we knew what to do with.”
I realized this morning that, despite a fairly steady stream of ongoing titles, miniseries and one-shots over the past two decades, I’ve never read a comic featuring Deadpool. Therefore, the sum total of my knowledge about Marvel’s popular Merc With a Mouth comes from Wikipedia, trailers for that recently released video game and those “Deadpool vs.” videos. Y’know, the ones where someone dressed as the character dances and fights his way through a comic convention, to “Gangnam Style,” or whatnot.
If Deadpool comics were about him dancing, only occasionally inappropriately, with the denizens of the Marvel Universe while taking periodic breaks to seek out tacos, I’d probably buy them all. And that, strangely enough, brings us to the latest video, in which Deadpool sends up
Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring’s theme song to The Facts of Life Robin Thicke’s inescapable “Blurred Lines” — with a little help from the Marvel Universe — in “Merc Lines.”
I apologize in advance for the tune getting stuck in your head again.
I’ve been a fan of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion since I first heard the late radio DJ and tastemaker John Peel play “Cowboy” from the LP Orange. It sounded amazing, like Exile On Main St.-era Stones being deconstructed by a bunch of punks raised on Elvis and Captain Beefheart. Due to the miraculous powers of the Internet, I can even tell you that this was on Friday, Nov. 18, 1994. I remember turning the radio up, and grabbing a pen and paper to make a note of who this was, and probably had to wait while Peel played several other tunes before he put a name to it. This was a regular occurrence, I don’t think I ever made it through a Peel show without the same thing happening once or twice a night, right up until the man’s death in 2004. Every now and then I might still find a notebook with a list of band names or song titles somewhere in it.
The JSBX is currently on tour, and approached Alex Fugazi’s Texas design powerhouse Nakatomi Inc to produce a gig poster for its July 18 concert in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Fugazi engaged Deadline Magazine/Bulletproof Coffin artist Shaky Kane, who produced this glorious work of pop art.