Thursday, October 29, 2009

Les Actrices Françaises Nues à l'Ecran has been updated for the week


That's the French Cinema Nudity site. Charlie did a major update this week.


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Levi's Johnston Watch: We Have Wang!


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Barbie's "Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken Doll"


Ya gotta see this. (It's an official Mattel product, not a parody.)


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7 Horrific Boogeymen Used to Scare Kids Around The World | Cracked.com


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7 Great Occupations for Horribly Stupid People | Cracked.com


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Martin Scorsese’s 11 Favorite Horror Films - with clips


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The Evil Empire collapses when Cliff Lee explodes the Death Star.


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Leo the Listmaker's re-creation of 1966 moves on to the comic books
Included: Fantastic Four 48-50, the first appearances of Galactus and The Silver Surfer.

My best memory of that era: comics sold for twelve cents. Twelve cents may seem outrageously cheap to you, but in fact, the 12 cent cover price had been considered scandalously high just a few years earlier, in 1962! I remember it well. The top-of-the-line comics had sold for ten cents from more than a quarter of a century, from 1934 to 1961. Dell led the market up when they raised "Walt Disney's Comics and Stories" to 15 cents in 1961, and the super-hero lines went up to 12 cents in early 1962.

That famous Disney comic peaked in 1953, when it was the top seller in the comic world with a circulation of more than three million. By the time it had raised its price to 15 cents, its circulation had already declined to about a million, so it was already dying, but the price increase nailed the coffin. By 1968, although Dell had dropped the price back to 12 cents in order to compete with the super-hero titles, the famous Disney comic had dropped to a tenth of its 1953 circulation, and its circulation was no longer near the top titles in the category. By then the top Disney comic was 34th on the list!

Returning to Leo's specific topic, which is 1966, "Comics and Stories" was still hangin' in there in 14th place, two spots higher than the up-and-coming Spider-Man. Here are the top super hero comics of that year ranked by average circuation:


  1. Batman DC 898,470
  2. Superman DC 719,976
  3. Superboy DC 608,386
  4. Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane DC 530,808
  5. Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen DC 523,455
  6. World's Finest Comics DC 513,201
  7. Action Comics DC 491,135
  8. Adventure Comics DC 481,234
  9. Justice League of America DC 408,219
  10. Detective Comics DC 404,339
  11. Metal Men DC 396,506
  12. Amazing Spider-Man Marvel 340,155

Note that Marvel had not yet begun to loosen DC's grip on the market in 1966. There are 12 Superhero comics on that list, and DC has the top eleven!

The story had changed dramatically by 1969 because Marvel made inroads. That line was hipper than DC's, and more in tune with the concurrent cultural revolution. DC still trod on old, familiar ground, and had really screwed up the signature Batman title.

Here are the 1969 Comic Book Sales Figures


  1. Superman DC 511,984
  2. Superboy DC 465,462
  3. Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane DC 397,346
  4. Action Comics DC 377,535
  5. Amazing Spider-Man Marvel 372,352
  6. World's Finest Comics DC 366,618
  7. Batman DC 355,782
  8. Adventure Comics DC 354,123
  9. Fantastic Four Marvel 340,363
  10. Thor Marvel 266,368
  11. Incredible Hulk Marvel 262,472
  12. Daredevil Marvel 245,422
  13. Captain America Marvel 243,798

You can see that DC was still hanging on the top slots, but with greatly reduced numbers. Batman had lost 60% of its circulation in just three years. The title was made more campy to match the TV show, and it nosedived after the program went off the air!

Marvel had launched six titles into the top 13 by 1969, and was flooding the market with new titles, thus spreading out the fairly flat circulation of the total category among more titles. DC's individual titles had thus been deflated to the point where the #1 comic in America in 1969 was no longer Superman or Batman, but the dreaded Archie! (The charts here show only the super hero titles.)

Those 1966 and 1969 circulation numbers for individual titles may seem small compared to the three million amassed by Walt Disney's Comics and Stories in 1953, but are still enormous by the standards of today's fragmented market. Here are the top titles in September of this year. They include a variety of price points.


  1. Blackest Night 3 $3.99 DC 140,667
  2. Captain America Reborn 3 $3.99 Marvel 108,240
  3. Batman And Robin 4 $2.99 DC 106,835
  4. Green Lantern 46 $2.99 DC 103,579
  5. Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan 1 $4.99 Marvel 93,744
  6. New Avengers 57 $3.99 Marvel 85,526
  7. Green Lantern Corps 40 $2.99 DC 83,042
  8. Dark Avengers 9 $3.99 Marvel 79,662
  9. Batman 690 $2.99 DC 76,936
  10. Uncanny X-Men 515 $2.99 Marvel 73,523
  11. Amazing Spider-Man 606 $2.99 Marvel 70,118
  12. Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 $3.99 Marvel 68,539
  13. Thor 603 $3.99 Marvel 65,210
  14. Amazing Spider-Man 607 $2.99 Marvel 62,517

Fir reference, the venerable Superman title, issue 692, could manage no better than 58th place, with a circulation just below 40,000. Action Comics, issue 881, had numbers almost identical to Superman. If you're sitting at your desk, aspiring to write comics, dreaming of getting to issue 881 of Your Comic, be advised that you won't be around to enjoy it. That works out to 12 per year for more than 73 years!


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Halloween Special: Celebrity Cameltoe Fright Fest!


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10 Greatest Books Adapted Into Movies


The list is labeled wrong. It should read "the ten greatest movies adapted from books." All of these are considered great movies, but few of them are considered great books.

Obviously, if the list were really "the ten greatest books adapted into movies," the top of the list would include Don Quijote, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, The Old and New Testaments, Ulysses, A Tale of Two Cites, Remembrance of Things Past, etc - brilliant books that have been adapted into movies which are nowhere near as good.


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Natalia Vodianova flashes some boob for V Magazine


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British Royal Family Clones


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Statutory rape?


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7 worst places to take a girl on a first date


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Katy Perry goes to the This Is It premiere in a dress that shows her butt


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Steyn's song of the week: EDELWEISS


Submitter wrote:

"My two favorite bits from the article:


  1. When Edelweiss was played at a Whitehouse reception. Everyone except the Austrians rose and stood for what they thought was the Austrian national anthem, it isn't BTW.
  2. Theodore Bikel was leaving the theatre when he found a fan and fellow immigrant waiting at the stage door for his autograph: "I love that 'Edelweiss'," said the theatregoer. "Of course, I have known it a long time, but only in German." It was never in German, it is an original piece.


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