Over the last decade or so Lego has experienced an impressive upswing of popularity in modern culture. Those small multicoloured building blocks have spawned theme parks, cartoons, computer games and a surprisingly existential movie, released in 2014. Thanks mainly to some canny licensing deals — such as Star Wars, Marvel and DC Comics, to name a few — the Lego brand is now one of the most recognisable in the world. So when the company announced a few months ago that it was going to release a set featuring The Beatles Yellow Submarine, the reaction of fans wasn’t so much why, as when? Continue reading Lego: The Beatles Yellow Submarine
Frazetta II: The Legend Continues, published by Comic Images in 1993, was a trading card collection that featured the artwork of one of fantasy art’s biggest stars, Frank Frazetta.
Continue reading Frazetta II: The Legend Continues Trading Cards #61-80 (1993)
Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to amass a large collection of superhero statues and busts, most of which are of an extremely high quality. None though have quite the level of bone-crunching impact as this superb Batman & Killer Croc statue from DC Collectibles.
Continue reading Batman & Killer Croc statue, second edition
Here are trading cards #41-60 from Frazetta II: The Legend Continues, published by Comic Images in 1993 and featuring the artwork of fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.
Continue reading Frazetta II: The Legend Continues Trading Cards #41-60 (1993)
Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman was first published by DC Comics’ mature imprint Vertigo in 1989. The story of Morpheus, an immortal being who rules over the world of dreams, quickly became a smash with readers and helped cement Gaiman as an exciting new talent in the comics industry.
Continue reading The Sandman Overture Statue
Here are the second batch of trading cards from Frazetta II: The Legend Continues, published by Comic Images in 1993 (cards #1-20 are here). The collection celebrated the work of one of the fantasy genre’s most popular artists — Frank Frazetta.
Continue reading Frazetta II: The Legend Continues Trading Cards #21-40 (1993)
A series looking at some of my favourite book covers and cover artists
#9: The James Bond novels published by Penguin Modern Classics in 2004
Since his first appearance in 1953’s Casino Royale Ian Fleming’s super-spy James Bond has become a global cultural phenomenon, appearing in over 20 blockbuster movies while the original novels have stayed constantly in print.
Continue reading James Bond novels: Penguin Modern Classics (2004)