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Eagle Moss Batmobile Autobilia Collection

Eagle Moss have released a collection called the Batman Automobilia Collection. Over the past 70 years, the Batmobile has been a constant companion to Batman, evolving alongside the Dark Knight from Comics to TV and film. Now readers have the chance to collect the various vehicles used by the Caped-Crusader throughout his crime fighting career. Among the vehicles featured in the collection are:

  • Batmobile from 1989 Batman Movie
  • Batmobile from Classic 60’s Television Series
  • Batman Begins Tumbler
  • Batman Forever Batmobile
  • Batmobile from Detective Comics no. 400
  • Batwing
  • Armoured Batmobile
  • Batmobile from Detective Comics no.156
  • Batmobile from Batman issue no.575
  • Batmobile from Batman – the Animated Series
  • Batmobile from Batman issue no.5
  • Batmobile from Batman issue no.311

batmobileDetectiveIn 1941 The first car to be called a Batmobile debut in Detective # 48, In 1942 The first Bat-like car, a two door sedan is introduced, then In 1943 The first live action car from the Batman Serial is introduced this was followed by A new car based on a 1940s roadster. In 1944 The most iconic Batmobile of the 1940s appeared in Batman # 20 . This was followed by A second live action car which was used in the 1949 Batman and Robin movie serials. In 1951 the wacky Jokermobike was introduced and the following year The legendary Flying Batcave made its first (of two) appearances! In 1953 Two-Face got his own car and in 1955 The 1920s ‘Classic Car’ is seen in the story ‘Gotham City’s Strangest Race. In 1956 The Catmobile and Catplane appeared andIn 1964 A completle redesign is introduced in Batman # 164. Then In 1966 The Batmobile, Batboat Batcopter and Batcycle were introduced for the 1966 TeleVision series this was followed in 1967 by Batgirl’s motorbike.Following the huge success of the 1968 TV Series a new Batmobile was designed for Detective Comic # 337, based on the Lincoln Futura car from the Television series. In 1969 a two-seater coupe was introduced and in  1973 A Batmobile batmobilebased on the Futura car is seen in the  Superfreinds Television cartoon. In 1985 a vehicle based on the Super Power Batmobile appeared and the following year A tank-like Batmobile appeared in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns. In 1988 a ‘spaceship’ style Batmobile appeared in the story ‘ The Fear’ and In 1989 A new Batmobile and Batwing appeared in Tim Burton’s Batman Movie. In 1992 The Bat-ski Boat appeared in the sequel Batman Returns In 1992 a’super-tractor(!?) 😀 appeared in Legends of the Dark Knight’ Legends of the Dark Mite’ for one issue, and the Batmobile and Batplane were redesigned for the Batman Animated Series. In 1995 A new Batmobile, Batwing and Batboat appeared in the movie Batman Forever.Then in 1997 A fourth movie Batmobile appeared in the Batman and Robin movie.In 1999 A flying Batmobile made it’s debut in the futuristic Batman Beyond animated series. In 2000 The most recent and batmobile89modern looking Batcycle made it’s debut. In 2000 A Jim Lee design Batmobile is introduced in the story line ‘Hush’. In 2004 a  new ‘super-car’ Batmobile featured in The Batman cartoon series of 2004 and also appeared in the comic Batman Strikes. In 2005 A flying Batmobile appeared in All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder. In 2005 The Tumbler appeared in the movie Batman Begins. In 2008 A racing-car Batmobile appeared in Gotham After Midnight # 1, the Batpod also featured in the Dark Knight movie and a A new Batmobile was created for the animated series Batman The Brave and the Bold. In 2010 the  classic 70s C3 Corvette was upgraded  with flight capability in 2010 Batman  Odyssey # 1

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Happy Birthday Micheal Stipe (R.E.M)

REM_Collapse Into Now_COVERMicheal Stipe the lead singer of R.E.M was born January 4th 1960 and  being a big fan  I thought I’d post something to mark the occasion. REM First emerged in 1980s from the college radio scene, and at first they were scrappy and lo-fi, abrasive but somehow beautiful, and the development of this sound helped them become bona-fide stadium-fillers later on in their their career.   They played their first gig in a church on 5 April 1980 under the name of Twisted Kites, and they played with a mixture of post-punk poise and jangly guitars which made them seem simultaneously cutting-edge and a romantic reminder of rock’s past and they soon became popular.   Their music was influenced by their small-town surroundings and is closer to real life stating that “It’s great just to bring out an emotion… better to make someone feel nostalgic or wistful or excited or sad.”

Commercially speaking, their breakthrough came when they released the single “The One I Love” which was taken from the 1987 Album “Document”. The next single “Freaks” saw REM outgrow the university centred underground music scene which had so-far sustained them, and they hit the big time, and Their next release 1988′s “Green” was released by a major label and was seen by many as their true peak. Lyrically, the album saw the band dealing with a number of important issues – World leader Pretend is a deft criticism of the remote ruling classes, while Pop Song ’89 tackles claims the band had sold out by purporting to be, in Stipe’s words, “the prototype of, and hopefully the end of, a pop song”.

The next album “Out of Time” proved to be an even bigger hit. Featuring the career-defining singles Losing My Religion, which some regard to be the touchstone of alternative rock and Shiny Happy People, featuring fellow Athenian Kate Pierson from the B52′s. With this album it seems that The band were aiming to make a massively successful, mainstream record without embarrassing, or compromising, themselves – They certainly succeeded. Michael Stipe’s inner demons also came to the fore In the next album, 1992′s Automatic For The People, which is A more sombre, reflective album that features string arrangements by Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. This album was also to yield some wonderful songs like “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight” and “Everybody Hurts”.The band’s next two albums Monster and New Adventures In Hi-Fi were largely recorded live – some tracks taken from soundchecks taken during the massive stadium tour, and featured some new classics, such as Let Me In, a tribute to the recently deceased Kurt Cobain.

Unfortunately drummer Bill Berry suffered a brain aneurysm and quit the band in 1997, and things never quite returned to the giddy heights of “Out of Time” and Moments of brilliance, such as The Great Beyond or Imitation Of Life, became less frequently. Leading some band members to pursue side-projects, Stipe pursued his film work,while Peter Buck concentrated more on his country supergroup Tired Pony.   Despite this REM continued to be unbeatable live performers to the end and their final album, Collapse Into Now, was hailed, like many of its predecessors, as a return to form. Certainly, the band sounded rejuvenated and a lot more energetic than on some of the previous work which was released in the mid-2000s. In addition They also recently re-released an earlier album ”Lifes Rich Pageant” which is also a great album. On November 14th 2011 , REM released a definitive greatest hits Double CD album, entitled: “R.E.M., PART LIES, PART HEART, PART TRUTH, PART GARBAGE, 1982 – 2011. ″ through Warner Bros, the album contained tracks from the band’s entire back catalogue, including tracks from both the IRS and Warner years plus three brand-new songs, as a final farewell.

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Happy Birthday Bernard Sumner

noftBernard Sumner Vocalist with New Order and member of Joy Division was born 4th January 1956. Joy Division were formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band primarily consisted of Ian Curtis (vocals and occasional guitar), Bernard Sumner (guitar and keyboards), Peter Hook (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Stephen Morris (drums and percussion). They evolved from their initial punk rock influences to develop a sound and style that pioneered the post-punk movement of the late 1970s. They self-released their debut EP, An Ideal for Living in 1978 and an album, Unknown Pleasures,  in 1979 which drew critical acclaim from the British press. Despite the band’s growing success, vocalist Ian Curtis was beset with depression and personal difficulties, including a dissolving marriage and his diagnosis of epilepsy and found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, and often having seizures during performances. On the eve of the band’s first American tour in May 1980, Curtis committed suicide. Joy Division’s posthumously released second album, Closer (1980), and the single “Love Will Tear Us Apart” became the band’s highest charting releases.

After the untimely demise of Curtis in 1980, the remaining members formed New Order, with Bernard Sumner on vocals, guitars, synthesisers), Peter Hook playing bass, synthesisers and Stephen Morris playing drums, electronic drums, synthesisers, they were also joined by Gillian Gilbert playing keyboards, guitars, synthesizers. By combining post-punk and New Wave with electronic dance music, New Order became one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s. Though the band’s early years were shadowed by the legacy and basic sound of Joy Division, their experience of the early 1980s New York City club scene increased their knowledge of dance music and saw them incorporate elements of that style into their work. The band’s 1983 hit Blue Monday”, the best-selling 12-inch single of all time, is one example of how the band transformed their sound. Thanks to fantastic albums like SUBSTANCE and TECHNIQUE New Order became the flagship band for Factory Records. Their minimalist album sleeves and “non-image” (the band rarely gave interviews and were known for performing short concert sets with no encores) reflected the label’s aesthetic of doing whatever the relevant parties wanted to do, including an aversion to including singles as album tracks.

Sadly In 1993 the band broke-up amidst tension between bandmembers, but reformed in 1998. In 2001, Phil Cunningham (guitars, synthesisers) replaced Gilbert, who left the group due to family commitments. In 2007, Peter Hook left the band and the band broke-up again, with Sumner saying in 2009 that he no longer wishes to make music as New Order. The band reunited in 2011 without Hook, with Gilbert returning to the fold and Tom Chapman replacing Hook on bass. During the band’s career and in between lengthy breaks, band members have been involved in several solo projects, such as Sumner’s Electronic and Bad Lieutenant; Hook’s Monaco and Revenge and Gilbert’s and Morris’ The Other Two.

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Tribute to Jakob Grimm

Best Known for writing Grimm’s Fairy Tales, German philologist and folklorist Jakob Grimm was born 4th January 1785. First published in 1812 by the Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm. The collection is commonly known today as Grimm’s Fairy Tales (German: Grimms Märchen).The first volume of the first edition was published, containing 86 stories; the second volume of 70 stories followed in 1814. For the second edition, two volumes were issued in 1819 and a third in 1822, totalling 170 tales. The third edition appeared in 1837; fourth edition, 1840; fifth edition, 1843; sixth edition, 1850; seventh edition, 1857. Stories were added, and also subtracted, from one edition to the next, until the seventh held 211 tales. All editions were extensively illustrated, first by Philipp Grot Johann and, after his death in 1892, by Robert Leinweber. The first volumes were much criticized because, although they were called “Children’s Tales”, they were not regarded as suitable for children, both for the scholarly information included and the subject matter. Many changes through the editions – such as turning the wicked mother of the first edition in Snow White and Hansel and Gretel (shown in original Grimm stories as Hansel and Grethel) to a stepmother, were probably made with an eye to such suitability. They removed sexual references—such as Rapunzel’s innocently asking why her dress was getting tight around her belly, and thus naïvely revealing her pregnancy and the prince’s visits to her stepmother—but, in many respects, violence, particularly when punishing villains, was increased.

The influence of these books was widespread. W. H. Auden praised the collection, during World War II, as one of the founding works of Western culture. The tales themselves have been put to many uses. The Nazis praised them as folkish tales showing children with sound racial instincts seeking racially pure marriage partners, and so strongly that the Allied forces warned against them; for instance, Cinderella with the heroine as racially pure, the stepmother as an alien, and the prince with an unspoiled instinct being able to distinguish. Writers who have written about the Holocaust have combined the tales with their memoirs, as Jane Yolen in her Briar Rose.The work of the Brothers Grimm influenced other collectors, both inspiring them to collect tales and leading them to similarly believe, in a spirit of romantic nationalism, that the fairy tales of a country were particularly representative of it, to the neglect of cross-cultural influence. Among those influenced were the Russian Alexander Afanasyev, the Norwegians Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe, the English Joseph Jacobs, and Jeremiah Curtin, an American who collected Irish tales.There was not always a pleased reaction to their collection. Joseph Jacobs was in part inspired by his complaint that English children did not read English fairy tales; in his own words, “What Perrault began, the Grimms completed”. Three individual works of Wilhelm Grimm include Altdänische Heldenlieder, Balladen und Märchen (‘Old Danish Heroic Lays, Ballads, and Folktales’) in 1811, Über deutsche Runen (‘On German Runes’) in 1821, and Die deutsche Heldensage (‘The German Heroic Legend’) in 1829.  Sadly Wilhelm Grimm, passed away on 16th December 1859. However Google celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales  on December 20th 2012 with an interactive Google Doodle.

Among the best known of Grimm’s Fairy Tales are: Snow White, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood, The Riddle, Mother Hulda, The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich, Cat and Mouse in Partnership, Mary’s Child, The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids, Trusty John or Faithful John,The Good Bargain,The Wonderful Musician or The Strange Musician,The Twelve Brothers, The Pack of Ragamuffins, The Three Little Men in the Wood, The Three Snake-Leaves, The Fisherman and His Wife, The Seven Ravens, Clever Elsie, The White Snake, The Valiant Little Tailor, The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage, Town Musicians of Bremen, The Singing Bone, The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs,The Louse and the Flea,Thumbling (Tom Thumb), Thumbling’s Travels and The Elves and the Shoemaker (some of these stories can be found in the Disney Tribute)