August 23, 2016

DIABOLIKA BOOK

New release: Roberto Curti and Midnight Marquee Press just published a new book this summer that will certainly appeal to Spy Vibers. Diabolika: Supercriminals, Superheroes and the Comic Book Universe in Italian Cinema: "Since their heyday, comics (or fumetti as they are called in Italy) had a vital part in Italy’s culture and morality, even helping break boundaries. That was the case with the so-called “fumetti neri,” such as DIABOLIK, KRIMINAL, SATANIK, and many others that created a sensation in the early-to-mid-1960s. Similarly, in the late 1960s the adults-only comics paved the way for a more explicit depiction of eroticism. The 1980s saw the commercial exploitation of underground comics as well as popular genre titles such as DYLAN DOG. DIABOLIKA lists the Italian films and TV series based on (or inspired by) comics, graphic novels and photonovels, as well as movies not directly adapted from comic books sport a distinct comics feel in style, characters and plot. Included are the 1960s adaptations of the lurid “fumetti neri” such as DANGER: DIABOLIK, the two KRIMINAL movies, AVENGER X and SATANIK. And we couldn’t forget the comic-inspired superheroes SUPERARGO, FLASHMAN, THE THREE FANTASTIC SUPERMEN as well as films based on erotic and adults-only comics including MS. STILETTO. DIABOLIKA also provides listings for adaptations of popular comic characters such as VALENTINA, TEX and DYLAN DOG and many, many more. Also included is an essay on Turkish films inspired by Italian comics written by Turkish film scholar Kaya Özkaracalar. The book is lavishly illustrated in color with many rare set stills, lobby cards, poster art and comic book panels." More info at Amazon. I'm excited to check this out, especially as I'm in the middle of working on a Spy Vibe non-fiction book. Thanks to my pal, Stephen Bissette, for making sure this crossed my radar. You all may remember Steve from his contributions to the excellent bonus features on the Danger Diabolik DVD and to Spy Vibe's set countdown. As a long-time fan of Diabolik and the genre, he said this new release is "almost as exquisite as Eva!" Enjoy!


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August 20, 2016

GAIMAN MCGINNIS PROJECT

Breaking news! Neil Gaiman, the prolific and poetic writer behind The Sandman, Neverwhere, American Gods, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, Coraline (and even some Doctor Who!) made an exciting announcement on his blog this week. Like many of us Spy Vibers, Gaiman has a love for vintage book designs. He apparently collected paperbacks as a kid and had a copy of Ian Fleming's Diamonds Are Forever. His edition was the 1970s reprint with the Robert McGinnis poster art on the cover. During a recent conversation with his editor at William Morrow, Gaiman was lamenting the loss of that golden age when paperbacks were wrapped in glorious artwork. As the conversation continued, the two then cooked up a plan to reprint Neil's books in mass market paperback editions with retro covers! The writer then stumbled across the Robert McGinnis art book (see Spy Vibe's post here) at a shop and was inspired to invite McGinnis (now 90 years old) out of retirement to paint all of the covers for the new series. His answer was amazing- Mcginnis said yes! I'm so pleased for Neil. American Gods will be the first book in his collaboration with Robert McGinnis and it's now available for order from Amazon and AmazonUK. Congratulations, Neil! I hope I finally get to see you at your speaking event in Santa Rosa next year. And a warm welcome back to Robert Mcginnis! I can't wait to see the rest of the series. Spy Vibers can read the full story over at Neil's blog here. Once I place my Miki ZERO novel with a publisher, I hope we can also capture some of the magic of vintage design. Below: 10th anniversary edition of American Gods and 1971 Pan edition of Ian Fleming's Diamonds Are Forever. Enjoy! Related Spy Vibe posts: Thai Bond DesignBond DanishBond Japanese EditionsDouble 007 DesignsBuku Rocket Designs SE AsiaDouble 007 Designs IIThe 10th Victim: German EditionMan From UNCLE Japanese EditionsUNCLE & Batman MangaThe 10th Victim Japanese EditionRare Ian Fleming foundEdward Gorey's 1960s, rare Ian Fleming editionBook Design Dopplegangers, Piper Gates Design, Shane Glines Interview, Dieter Rams, Set For Adventure, Mid-Century Modern at Charles Schulz, Saint Doppelganger, Avengers Pop Art Interview



Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50Karen Romanko InterviewMod Tales 2Umbrella Man: Patrick MacneeNew Beatles FilmThe Curious CameraEsterel Fashion 1966Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview007 Tribute CoversThe Phantom Avon novels returnIan Fleming FestivalArgoman DesignSylvia Anderson R.I.P.Ken Adam R.I.P.George Martin R.I.P.The New Avengers ComicsTrina Robbins InterviewThe Phantom at 80007 MangaAvengerworld BookDiana Rigg Auto ShowThe Prisoner Audio Drama ReviewDavid McCallum novelAndre Courreges R.I.P.Who's Talking on Spy VibeUFO Blu-rayAvengers Pop Art Interview, Fergus Fleming Interview, Avengers: Alan Hayes InterviewJaz Wiseman Interview, Diana Rigg BFI InterviewCasino Royale Interview: Mike RichardsonLost Diana Rigg InterviewHonor Blackman at 90UNCLE SchoolIan Fleming Memorial, Portmeirion PhotosDoctor Who ExhibitFarewell SteedPussy Galore ReturnsDiana Rigg birthdaySherlock at 221BInvisible AgentSaint Interview: Ian DickersonSaint DoppelgängerFleming's TypewriterRare FlemingFleming's MusicIan Fleming's JapanJim Wilson Corgi InterviewFantomas DesignJohn Buss interview, Saint VolvoMod Tales InterviewAgente Secreto ComicsDanger Man Comics 2Danger Man ComicsJohn Drake ComicsDer Mann Von UNCLEGolden Margaret NolanMan From UNCLE RocksteadyPussy Galore CalypsoCynthia Lennon R.I.P.Edward Mann FashionLeonard Nimoy TributeShatner at 84Bob Morane seriesThai Bond DesignBond vs ModernismTokyo Beat 1964Feraud Mod FashionGreen Hornet MangaAvengers Interview: Michael RichardsonIan Fleming: Wicked GrinJane Bond Hong Kong RecordsRyan Heshka Interview, Comics Week: Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E., Comics Week: Archie, Comics Week: Robots, Comics Week: Cold War Atomic, Comics Week: SPYMANComics Week: Jimmy OlsenShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies IRodney Marshall Avengers InterviewRichard Sala: Super-EnigmatixCold War ArchiePlayboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese Books, Catsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

August 13, 2016

IAN FLEMING GRAVE

Spy Vibe Tour! James Bond author Ian Fleming passed away this week in 1964 on August 12th. He had been struggling with stress and poor health and he sadly died in the early morning of what was also his son Caspar's twelfth birthday. I'd always wanted to make a pilgrimage to his gravesite and I finally made the journey last month. Ian Fleming rests in a family grave, alongside his son and wife, in a tiny graveyard in Sevenhampton. One can spot the small church while driving up through the hills, but it is quite easy to miss once you wind your way up along the road. The church stands next to a house and one enters the churchyard through a long gated passage connecting it to the road. The Fleming monument stands out among the surrounding, smaller headstones, and each of the family members is represented by a small plaque and quote. It was a terribly hot day when I visited, but I did take time to photograph the site and to make an emotional connection with one of my favorite writers and inspirations. Maybe it was my age, but I was surprisingly aware of the physicality of where I was and the deeper mortality it represented. My thoughts stayed oddly to an awareness that my hero was buried below and that his remains were returning to the earth. I worried I was being too morbid and made an effort to think also of Fleming's fabulous writing style and of his great influence on me as I wrote my spy novel, Miki Zero. I thanked Ian for sharing his creative gifts with us and made my way back to the car. It wasn't until I returned home did I realize the weird connection to the quote on Ian's grave and my dark musings. His plaque reads "Omnia perfunctus vitae praemia marces", which translated means "You are rotting away now after having had a great life". He was ultimately a sensual being who relished and understood the physical world and its senses. I thought I'd share some of the photographs I made at the site so Spy Vibers can get a virtual view through my eyes. Related post: Ian Fleming memorial tribute. Enjoy!








Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Interview:Revolver at 50Karen Romanko InterviewMod Tales 2Umbrella Man: Patrick MacneeNew Beatles FilmThe Curious CameraEsterel Fashion 1966Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview007 Tribute CoversThe Phantom Avon novels returnIan Fleming FestivalArgoman DesignSylvia Anderson R.I.P.Ken Adam R.I.P.George Martin R.I.P.The New Avengers ComicsTrina Robbins InterviewThe Phantom at 80007 MangaAvengerworld BookDiana Rigg Auto ShowThe Prisoner Audio Drama ReviewDavid McCallum novelAndre Courreges R.I.P.Who's Talking on Spy VibeUFO Blu-rayAvengers Pop Art Interview, Fergus Fleming Interview, Avengers: Alan Hayes InterviewJaz Wiseman Interview, Diana Rigg BFI InterviewCasino Royale Interview: Mike RichardsonLost Diana Rigg InterviewHonor Blackman at 90UNCLE SchoolIan Fleming Memorial, Portmeirion PhotosDoctor Who ExhibitFarewell SteedPussy Galore ReturnsDiana Rigg birthdaySherlock at 221BInvisible AgentSaint Interview: Ian DickersonSaint DoppelgängerFleming's TypewriterRare FlemingFleming's MusicIan Fleming's JapanJim Wilson Corgi InterviewFantomas DesignJohn Buss interview, Saint VolvoMod Tales InterviewAgente Secreto ComicsDanger Man Comics 2Danger Man ComicsJohn Drake ComicsDer Mann Von UNCLEGolden Margaret NolanMan From UNCLE RocksteadyPussy Galore CalypsoCynthia Lennon R.I.P.Edward Mann FashionLeonard Nimoy TributeShatner at 84Bob Morane seriesThai Bond DesignBond vs ModernismTokyo Beat 1964Feraud Mod FashionGreen Hornet MangaAvengers Interview: Michael RichardsonIan Fleming: Wicked GrinJane Bond Hong Kong RecordsRyan Heshka Interview, Comics Week: Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E., Comics Week: Archie, Comics Week: Robots, Comics Week: Cold War Atomic, Comics Week: SPYMANComics Week: Jimmy OlsenShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies IRodney Marshall Avengers InterviewRichard Sala: Super-EnigmatixCold War ArchiePlayboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese Books, Catsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.
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