Axel Alonso was appointed Editor-In-Chief of Marvel Comics a year ago and the comic book creator hasn’t wasted anytime ushering the iconic brand into the future. This past fall, Marvel rebooted theUltimate Spider-Man series and put a with a new spin on our neighborhood friendly superhero. With great power comes great responsibility, and Alonso knew in order to be successful in this new leadership role, he had to take a risk. So when it came time to make a decision to kill off Peter Parker and replace the popular character with a biracial teenager from Brooklyn– Alonso pulled the trigger.
It’s been four months since the world was first introduced to Miles Morales, the half African-American and half Puerto Rican successor of the beloved Peter Parker as Spider-Man. Miles has received an overwhelming reception from fans –new and old– across the globe –as Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 broke the first day sales of new releases in comics digital download history– and some detractors in Glenn Beck. Still, as Miles continues to swing into action as an important milestone in comic-book history, Life + Times sat down with Alonso to discuss Marvels new direction, race in Hollywood, hip-hop and Tim Tebow.
From Abrams Books comes The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy, a retrospective celebrating 25 years of Ms. Winfrey’s iconic television show. To commemorate the end, of what some might call an era, Oprah’s impact on both American and international culture is unprecedented, highlighting the big O as one of the most powerful and influential television personalities of all time. Here, to commemorate the recent launch of her hardcover book, we present some of her off camera moments, showcasing the personality behind the talented Ms. Winfrey.
Life+Times takes a look inside Bobby From Boston, one of the most-sought after vintage destinations for men. Here, Bobby tells us about his 1960’s influences, why his shop is like a living room, and above all, why Bobby From Boston has both a heart and a soul. (Photos: Satoru Imai)
“What I feel makes Bobby From Boston different from all other vintage stores is the influences that I’ve had throughout my life and brought to my business. There aren’t many black people in the vintage business, especially not men. I never had the opportunity of having a mentor that looked like me. Instead I was heavily influenced at a young age by the 1960′s – James Bond, the bands from Stax, Volt and Motown records – I wanted to dress like all those guys. I was sixteen. I’ve also been influenced by the British and New England lifestyle: fishing, hunting, lawn sports. Nautical and New England coastal styles have been important. My attending a private school in New England paired with the classic American Ivy League style of men’s dress have definitely had an impact on the shop. My African-American cultural influences including Jazz, R&B, teenage trends from the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and blacks in the military cannot be forgotten or under stated. Ever since then I’ve tried to keep all these diverse influences and that sense of style geared toward the shop. The shop has heart and it has soul. We like people to feel like they’re in their own home when they’re here so they can have the full experience of hanging out and talking all while looking and shopping for the classic pieces of vintage that we offer. You get a good feeling when you come in the door and sometimes you never want to leave. I feel more like a host or an MC than a shopkeeper.” - Bobby Garnett, owner of Bobby From Boston
There are elaborate projects aplenty to ogle in this perky homage to the toy brick (remote-controlled Jawa Sandcrawler with working conveyor belt!). But the real treat is the stories about the slavish devotion the hobbyists and AFOLs (adult fans of Lego) lavish on their plastic masterpieces.
$40 | Cult of Lego
Most autobiographies tend to be rather tame affairs — so we were pleasantly surprised to find that West by West ($18) is anything but. Penned by hoops legend Jerry West and Jonathan Coleman, the book tells West's journey from his childhood and college years in West Virginia though his 40-year stint with the Lakers, chronicling both his greatest triumphs and his intermittent battles with depression along the way. Pretty gripping stuff, especially for a guy who literally became an icon.
Been dreaming of hiring a celestial crew to build your very own fully armed and operational battle station? You're going to need this. Star Wars: The Blueprints ($450) brings together for the first time more than 500 photographs and illustrations that show how the Star Wars galaxy was designed, from R2-D2 and the Cantina to the Millennium Falcon and the Death Star, accompanied by commentary by J. W. Rinzler and many of the original draftsmen who worked on the designs themselves. More than a simple book, this deluxe 15" x 18" tome weighs in at 35 pounds, and is limited to just 5,000 English-language copies, each of which will be hand-numbered. Technically, it's sorta like owning the MacGuffin from Episode IV.
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