Judge Dredd is undergoing a bit of a renaissance. A new 3D film is coming September 21, and IDW Publishing is rejuvenating the comic series with new books and classic reprints. This November, IDW will release Judge Dredd: The Complete Brian Bolland, “a fully black-and-white edition, presenting crisp, clean, and stunning pages of Brian Bolland artwork as they first appeared. Bolland’s amazingly detailed linework will be on full display in this oversize hardcover edition,” the publisher said. For those who like their comics fully inked, IDW also has you covered: “In the spring, we’ll do as we did with Classic Doctor Who and TMNT Classics, and release the best Dredd stories as monthly color comics,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief and Judge Dredd editor. “So anyone who loved what we did with that material—applying the most modern coloring techniques to these beloved pages—will also be able to re-experience these Dredd tales in vibrant color.” The 248-page hardcover Judge Dredd: The Complete Brian Bolland (ISBN 9781613774885) will run you $50.
If Star Trek TOS is more your idea of the future, keep your eyes open for IDW’s Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1 coming this October. Only diehard fans will remember these strips, which have been MIA for decades. IDW said, “published in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Star Trek comic strip debuted on December 2, 1979, and ran in newspapers across the country for four years.
This volume presents ten complete story arcs, first helmed by writer and illustrator Thomas Warkentin, before being taken up by writer Sharman DiVono and artist Ron Harris.” All strips have been “lovingly restored” by the Library of American Comics, and Trek expert Rich Handley provides an in-depth introduction giving a history of the strip. The 8.5” x 11” hardcover (ISBN 9781613774946) also is priced at $50.
Indy IMAX Orgasm!!!
Fellow Indy freaks get ready to lose your minds: to boost sales for the September 18 release of Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray package, Paramount Studios is theatrically rereleasing all four films for a one-day marathon September 15, plus a week-long run of Raiders in IMAX at select venues Sept. 7–13! Here’s the full list of participating theaters, so get you tickets right now!
Raiders in IMAX—OMFG! Bring your whips, Westeds, and a change of undies! Thank you, Paramount! For going above and beyond for fans, I dub you Geek of the Week!
Elvis, Groucho, and Bela Walk Into a Bar…
It seems impossible that 35 years have passed since Elvis died in the crapper/ permanently left the building and went to hillbilly heaven (8/16/77) at age 42 with half a pig’s worth of undigested bacon and god knows what else in his craw. I’m a huge fan (the first concert I ever saw as a kid was the Big E), so his death always will be one of those “I remember exactly where I was” moments (I won’t bore the hell out of you with the story). If he’d lived, he’d be 77 now. Hard to picture. Whether you like him or not, a guy like that comes once and only once, so rock some Elvis today or watch Bubba Ho Tep (his own movies stink). Hail to The King, baby!
While the world still reeled from Elvis’s untimely death, the one, the only, Groucho shuffled off his mortal coil three days later at age 86 (it wasn’t a great week for the entertainment industry). On the same date as Elvis (8/16) back in 1956, Bela Lugosi passed at age 73. He was interred wearing his Dracula costume at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA. As far as anyone knows, he’s still there.
On a happier note, on this day in 1945, George Orwell’s Animal Farm was published, and in 1962, John, Paul, George, and brand new drummer Ringo played their first gig as The Beatles at the Indra Club in Hamburg. All bands are created equal, but some are more equal than others.
Lastly, happy 92d birthday to Maureen O’Hara, the last living member of the John Ford mafia.
Have a good weekend, all. Get your geek on!