Celebrating Commando

Posted: August 12, 2022 in Comics, Cool stuff, Hobby, Magazines

Had to buy the latest issue (August 2022) of UK publication Military Modelcraft International, based on the Ramsey´s Raiders diorama as presented by Andy Evans. If you are a fan of UK comic book classic Commando, you know that Ramsey´s Raiders is a popular series of adventures from within these holy pages, and it is great fun to see a professional builder create a cool diorama using a couple of jeeps from Dragon etc. Surely, this will be a popular project to take on after this presentation. And guess what, when I had the idea to picture this publication along with a classic Ramsey´s Raiders issue (4813) of Commando, I went to my library, and the very first issue I looked at (of thousands) was this issue. I swear, I have no idea how that is even possible. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket?

(My shot of said publications, Commando cover art by Ian Kennedy)

Bought this portable Radio/CD/MP3 Player from Swedish manufacturer Champion. I just needed a player that I can bring with me down to the cottage in the back-yard and this will do nicely. There is no electricity in the cottage, it is for summer use only but it can get very hot in there so this portable player is the way to go. Eight batteries and it is ready to serve, and I will have a selection of great CDs ready to go as well, starting with ABBA and Deep Purple. But that is another project. About 10 CDs will do.

(My shot of said player)

Flying Fists

Posted: August 11, 2022 in Books, Cool stuff, TV & Movies

I like books about film and television and this one, “Flying Fists – The Definitive Guide To Western Martial Arts Films Of The 1970s” (Telos, 2022) by author John Beckett just begged to be part of the old collection. 290 pages, mostly text. Lovely action packed nostalgia.

(My shot of said book – nice cover art by Jeff Cummins)

Coffy

Posted: August 7, 2022 in Cool stuff, TV & Movies

Added the 1973 revenge classic “Coffy” to the old collection. Decades after first having seen this, it is still really good. And Pam Grier is just phenomenal in this movie. All in all, it rates pretty high on the old cool-o-meter.

(My shot of said DVD)

I have noticed that a lot of Deep Purple studio albums have gone missing in recent months. Some have been gone for some time but it is getting weird when several classic albums are just gone and not listed from your favourite stores anymore. I noticed that I could not get “Stormbringer” on CD from my most trusted store and when I looked into it “Burn” and “Come Taste The Band” was not listed as well, along with other titles. I have to wonder if the era of physical product is slowly drying up? Fans of Purple has always been a lucky bunch, but maybe being a collector is going to be a little more difficult from now on? We shall see.

(My shot from my CD collection)

Glad to see that JPU Records in the UK has signed Japanese act Lonesome Blue. The five track EP “First Utterance” will be released on September 2 for the European market. Meanwhile, Lonesome Blue has just released a new video for the song “Welcome To Heavenly Secret Base” and it is nothing short of spectacular. Hints of classic era Rainbow in the guitar solo, great overall playing/singing and a strong melodic drive (we are talking about a superb rhythm section here) makes it an instant classic. Compared to this, European/American rock sounds tired. This deserves a massive audience.

(My shot from the video, EP cover inserted for effect)

I actually got this on import from Japan thinking it was a mixture of animated concert scenes and real live clips with the actual bands in question (Roselia, Afterglow etc) but “BanG Dream! Film Live 2nd Stage” turned out to be all animated. Really well made, but not what I was hoping for. Still, an interesting deep dive into a very Japanese phenomenon. What I really want of course is Roselia live, in the flesh. Looks like I have to hunt down the “Bang Dream 9th Live Complete Box” for that (two of the four DVDs on that one features Roselia live). Oh well…

(My shot of the nicely packed Blu-ray)

High Spirits

Posted: August 4, 2022 in Cool stuff, TV & Movies

Bought this DVD hoping that it would be OK, and it was. “High Spirits” is a 1988 comedy with an outstanding cast and it is the best film from that era that I have seen in quite a while. Not sure why this one flew under the radar for so long but this error has now been corrected. Peter O´Toole, Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D´Angelo, Jennifer Tilly, the list goes on and on. This is a lovely little film, I just loved it.

(My shot of said DVD)

Commando 5563-5566

Posted: August 4, 2022 in Comics

Commando 5563-5566 is out today in the UK. Just search “Commando comics” should you want to subscribe.

(Covers courtesy of Commando)

Tex Willer

Posted: August 3, 2022 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff

Got these in the mail on import from Norway. The TEX (or Tex Willer Giant) book is the first in a brand new series and they really succeed with this 230 page story by Claudio Villa (art) and Boselli (story). Epic storytelling from the masters, really enjoyed this one. To the right we have issue 694 in the Tex Willer series, also with a cover by Claudio Villa. Inside art by Giovanni Bruzzo and story by Mauro Boselli. Tex Willer is a phenomenon, nothing else like it out there these days.

(My shot of said books)