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Stan Lee is legendary for his cameos, from 1989’s The Trial of the Incredible Hulk to next week’s Agent Carter and 2000’s X-Men to 2014’s Big Hero 6. However, in the rush and the push of the holidays, one of his latest appearances was largely overlooked.
Kotaku catches that the 92-year-old made his Korean pop debut with a role in the new music video for “”Gwiyomi Song 2,” by actress/singer Clara. Lee, who met the actress/singer during her visit to the United States, shows up during the credits (4:11) in a setting quite familiar to anyone who’s seen “Stan’s Rants.”
I’d apologize for ingraining the theme to the ’90s X-Men cartoon in your head, but 1.) I’m not actually sorry; 2.) it was probably rattling around in there anyway; and 3.) this a cappella rendition is pretty entertaining.
The video comes from The Warp Zone, the nerdy sketch-comedy group that previously released a cappella versions of the themes to Darkwing Duck, Captain Planet and Game of Thrones, among other shows. So, if you’ve seen any of those, you know what you’re getting here — namely, a fun take on a tune that most of us know by heart, delivered in an earnest fashion. Heck, they even do appropriate costumes (well, T-shirts, in any case), slash claws, toss playing cards and … make a microphone tremble?
I’m not sure why this hilariously kitschy video has begun making the rounds on Facebook, but I’m grateful that it has, as there are few things as wonderful as this poorly choreographed musical number featuring the World’s Scrawniest Thor and Most Miserable Karate Guy.
As you can probably tell from the introduction, to say nothing of the 10-foot-tall letters in the background, it’s from Brazilian television network SBT’s version of Bozo the Clown, in 1979 or 1980.
I’m not sure why, four years after its release, this cover of the Wonder Woman TV theme song is making the rounds, but I’m incredibly happy it is. Performed by the Ontario band The Bombsters, it’s delightfully earnest, and the perfect way to end a cold and dreary day.
And, yes, the drummer is wearing a Batman-like mask, but it’s not only for this video. That’s Mr. Somebody, who … apparently wears a mask during performances. I dunno. Fun little drum solo, though.
Even if you’re not big on Christmas carols, you’ll likely find something to enjoy in this new video from James Covenant, who edits together movie clips to make the heroes and villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sing “Joy to the World,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and, in Groot solo number, “Jingle Bells.”
Covenant is also the mastermind behind last year’s “Let It Snow!” video featuring Jean-Luc Picard.
The name of the soundtrack for the Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix Volume 1, suggests that at some point we could see a second volume. However, before Volume 1 sold more than 500,000 copies, there was actually a “Volume Zero” — or at least a playlist put together by director James Gunn and production sound mixer Simon Hayes and used between takes on the set of the Marvel blockbuster.
Considering the soundtrack has sold more than 540,000 copies, odds are that you already own Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1. But on the off-chance that you don’t, a digital version is now available for free to U.S. residents on Google Play. Canadians apparently can download it for 99 cents.
The soundtrack will arrive Nov. 28 on cassette from Marvel Music/Hollywood Records, available exclusively at independent retailers associated with Record Store Day. For sale through Dec. 31, each cassette will come with a digital download.
Mondo, which in July debuted the Batman: The Animated Series theme on 7-inch vinyl, is now thinking even bigger: namely, a special die-cut 12-inch single.
Featuring a gatefold jacket designed by Phantom City Creative, the record will come in versions: black and black with gray splatter. Mondo already has 1,000 copies pressed, which will go on sale Friday at a random time (as usual, keep an eye the collectible-art boutique’s Twitter feed for the announcement). Once those are gone, they’ll shift to preorders that will be re-pressed as needed, and shipped early next year.
Rapper Ghostface Killer makes no bones about his love of comic books, occasionally even using the alias Tony Starks. For his 2013 album Twelve Reasons to Die, he ventured into comics himself with a companion series featuring contributions by such artists as Paolo Rivera, Francesco Francavilla, Ben Templesmith and Ron Wimberly.
For his follow-up 36 Seasons, due out Dec. 9, Ghostface is once again turning to comics talent, this time for a booklet included with the album. Produced by Matthew Rosenberg, who wrote the Twelve Reasons to Die comic, the booklet includes art from the likes of Ming Doyle, David Lapham, Michael Walsh, Palle Schmidt, Tyler boss, Artyom Trakhanov and Aaron Conley.
Musician Andy Grammer turned to the Golden Age or his latest music video “Honey I’m Good,” an ode to faithfulness in the face of temptation, using panels from old sci-fi and romance comics to illustrate a narrative of a handsome guy turning down the advances of glamorous women (one of them green).
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Grammer calls the song “a relationship anthem,” saying, “I’m out on tour all the time, there are a lot of beautiful women on tour, I’m a married man and part of being in a relationship is saying no to really cute girls.” The video ends with a classic romance-comic reunion.
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).