A Whatnot Wednesday Short List – updated

Great Britain’s Royal Mail celebrates Batman and the Justice League on stamps to be issued Sept. 17.

Royal Mail, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, revealed the images for these 18 DC Comics stamps on Sept. 1.

The designs for the stamps were specially commissioned for Royal Mail and illustrated by British comic book artist Jim Cheung and Colombian-American colorist Laura Martin.

Linn’s Stamp News has details.

Closer to TDC’s home, but farther from actual comics, is U.S. Postal Service Day of the Dead stamps.

This pane of 20 Forever stamps contains five identical rows of four colorful stamps featuring several iconic elements of a traditional Day of the Dead offering. Stylized, decorated “sugar skulls” are personalized as family members — a child with a hair bow, a father sporting a hat and mustache, a mother with curled hair, and another child. The vibrant colors of marigold flowers and other embellishments, along with the white of the sugar skulls, stand out brightly from the stamps’ black background.

Luis Fitch designed and illustrated the stamps. Antonio Alcalá was the art director.

Details at the USPS site.



Bruce Willis to star in Gasoline Alley movie! As Walt Wallet? As Skeezix? It turns out neither.

From Looper:

If you get a kick out of late-period Bruce Willis action movies, here’s a new one for you to look forward to. The star-in-name-only of so-called “geezer teaser” potboilers (via Vulture) like “Midnight in the Switchgrass,” “Hard Kill,” and “Survive the Night” will next appear on the poster — and in a limited number of minutes — in the crime thriller “Gasoline Alley,” which is not related to long-running comic strip of the same name … a fact that, in turn, makes us wonder if the movie’s title will have to be changed before it comes out. Because unlike the syndicated funny pages staple, this is not a wholesome slice of Americana. [emphasis added]

“Gasoline Alley” looks set to be an action-packed murder mystery set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, where all the great crime stories take place, from “The Big Sleep” to “Too Old to Die Young.” Filming is complete, according to Movie Insider, and it’s slated to come out early next year.


updated addition

The Upper West Side home of New Yorker cartoonist Mort Gerberg is on the market for $1.79 million.

Gerberg was Steve Martin’s choice for favorite New Yorker cartoonist in a 2019 article in the magazine. (The cartoon depicted a performing seal at an audition with the caption: “Of course, what I’d really like to do is direct.”)

In June, Gerberg was awarded the National Cartoonist Society’s Gold Key Award.

Gerberg and his wife Judith bought the two-/three-bedroom, two-bathroom prewar co-op, at 35 W. 82nd St., 44 years ago for $36,000. 

It was his home and the studio where he created his work.

It’s on the eighth floor with city views and a snippet of Central Park.

The home — half a block from Central Park — comes with a $2,575 monthly maintenance fee.

The NY Post has details.