Friday, August 12, 2005

Pop Artifact! EC Fan-Addict membership card

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Quick hits

James Marsters (Spike from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") will appear as Brainiac in a six-issue stint of "Smallville" next season, TV Guide reports.

Warren Beatty wants to make a sequel to "Dick Tracy" and is sueing for the rights to do so.

"The Sopranos" has added eight "bonus" episodes.

Newsarama chats with comics creator Matt Wagner about his two interesting-sounding Batman mini-series coming out soon.

Director Terry Gilliam talks to SciFi Wire about his upcoming "Brothers Grimm" and his next film.

Halle Berry's Storm is promised more action in "X-Men 3," Superhero Hype! reports.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Pop Artifacts! Mad magazine buttons

Vintage DC Comics house ad

More Lennon on DVD: "The Dick Cavett Show"

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's visits to Cavett's show will be collected on a two-disk set due out from Shout! Factory Nov. 1, reports TV Shows on DVD.

The set is available for pre-order now from Amazon.

Dark Horse Comics solicitations for November 2005

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #107: SHORTCUT part 1 (of 5)
HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)
On sale November 9, b&w, 32pg, $2.99

Hiroaki Samura takes Blade of the Immortal into darker depths, as his
latest story arc, “Shortcut,” gets rolling. Visceral horror takes center
stage, and this masterful manga series begins to explore man’s hunger
for immortality and the early years of “modern Japanese medicine.”
Habaki Kagimura’s medical examiners begin to test the seemingly immortal
Manji, who is imprisoned, chained, and a very unwilling toy in their
merciless hands! Also, as Hyakurin and Rin step up their search for Manji,
Hyakurin receives some shocking news concerning the future the Mugai-ryü
assassins.

B.P.R.D. THE BLACK FLAME #4 (of 6)
MIKE MIGNOLA (W/Cover), JOHN ARCUDI (W), GUY DAVIS (A), and DAVE
STEWART (C)
On sale November 30, FC, 32pg, $2.99

A tragedy greater than anything the Bureau for Paranormal Research and
Defense has ever seen drives one agent to resign, and leaves the others
shaken, haunted, and angry. Liz Sherman is increasingly plagued with
terrible visions, while Abe Sapien leaps back into field service, but
too late to stop the massive frog exodus. The frogs know the reign of man
is drawing to a close. The Black Flame is calling a godlike monster to
come and claim the earth, and he knows that nothing can stop him.

CONAN #22
KURT BUSIEK (W), CARY NORD (A), DAVE STEWART (C), and LADRÖNN (Cover)
On sale November 23, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Robert E. Howard’s seminal Conan tale “The Tower of the Elephant” comes
to its blood-spattering conclusion in this final chapter of Busiek and
Nord’s adaptation. Deep in the Elephant Tower, Conan comes face to face
with a god-creature from a far-off world, and has his final
confrontation with a sorcerer powerful enough and mad enough to imprison a god.
Death has come to the Elephant Tower, and none will walk away unchanged.

CONAN AND THE DEMONS OF KHITAI #2 (of 4)
AKIRA YOSHIDA (W), PAUL LEE (A), and PAT LEE (Cover)
On sale November 2, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Having traveled to the exotic land of Khitai, King Conan learns that
his mysterious invitation came from Shinzen, the greatest warrior in the
Far East, who has gone mad and stolen the most prized relic in
Khitai—the obsidian sword Hakkiba, the Blade of Balance. Despite warnings that
Shinzen is an insurmountable opponent, Conan sets out for the haunted
monastery where Shinzen now resides, determined to confront this mad
warrior. Uber-artist Pat Lee provides the cover.

CONAN AND THE JEWELS OF GWAHLUR HC
P. CRAIG RUSSELL (W/A) and LOVERN KINDZIERSKI (C)
On sale December 28, HC, 88pg, FC, 7" x 10", $13.95

P. Craig Russell, the artist best known for adapting literary works to
comics, applies his legendary talents to Conan in this adaptation of
Robert E. Howard’s “The Jewels of Gwahlur," one of Conan’s last
adventures before becoming king.
A young woman, having made a string of bad choices, finds herself the
pawn of mercenaries—one of which is Conan of Cimmeria. As the former
dancing girl poses as the dead oracle of a primitive cult, Conan puts his
experience as a thief and a soldier together in pursuit of some of the
most prized jewels in the world—the Teeth of Gwahlur!
Featuring a sixteen-page sketchbook and an interview with Russell
covering his career and creative process on this book, this handsome
hardcover not only highlights one of fantasy art’s greatest living talents, it
shows once again that Howard's original Conan tales remain unsurpassed.

HARLEQUIN PINK: A GIRL IN A MILLION TPB
BETTY NEELS (W) and KAKO ITOH (A)
On sale December 7, SC, 160pg, b&w, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4", $9.95

Dark Horse Manga and Harlequin Books are delighted to present a shining
new line of books that marry two of the most successful phenomena to
hit bookstores—best-selling Harlequin romance fiction and female-friendly
Japanese manga! These sparkling manga adaptations of Harlequin’s
best-selling titles are a romantic step above much of the cookie-cutter manga
hitting the shelves today.
A vacation fling was completely out of character for old-fashioned
Carol, but her attraction to intriguing, older Marius tempted her to break
her own rules. The next thing she knew, though, he'd turned up working
at her hospital! Does she have what it takes to attract—much less keep
the attentions of—this intimidating, sophisticated, and utterly
compelling man?

HARLEQUIN VIOLET: RESPONSE TPB
PENNY JORDAN (W) and TAKAKO HASHIMOTO (A)
On sale December 7, SC, 160pg, b&w, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4", $9.95

Response takes a sexy look at love in the workplace. Sure, you
shouldn’t date your boss, but what if he's really, really hot? Sienna is a temp
hired at a busy London firm. In a stroke of luck, she’s assigned to
work with Alex, who’s smart, sexy, and interested in her! But there may be
much more to his attentions than he’s letting on. Will Sienna learn the
startling truth behind their relationship…and if she does, will their
love survive?

LADY SNOWBLOOD VOLUME 2: THE DEEP-SEATED GRUDGE TPB
KAZUO KOIKE (W) and KAZUO KAMIMURA (A)
On sale December 28, SC, 224pg, b&w, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4", $13.95

The path of revenge can have many twisted turns, and Lady Snowblood’s
is no exception. Born in a prison, a product of her mother’s grudge,
Yuki is a child of hell. What will she do for revenge? Pose as a nun?
Become another woman’s lover? Possibly.
In this volume we learn about Yuki’s training and youth, see her woo
some allies, and embark on the first steps of her angry path.
Written by Kazuo Koike of Lone Wolf & Cub fame, Lady Snowblood is a
tale of a woman’s path in hell.

LITTLE LULU: LULU’S UMBRELLA SERVICE TPB
JOHN STANLEY (W/A) and IRVING TRIPP (A)
On sale December 14, SC, 200pg, b&w, 6" x 9", $9.95

Bursting with laughs, filled with silly humor and hilarious insight,
and drawn to perfection by one of comics’ most acclaimed teams of
artists, Little Lulu’s comic book adventures are a classic treat for readers
of all ages. Tag along with our sassy heroine, Lulu Moppet, as she
smartly navigates through the kooky and complex world of clubhouse bullies,
unsuspecting adults, naughty puppy dogs, snowball fights, and haunted
houses. Whether she’s helping her mother with chores, stealing her best
friend Tubby’s pants (just to get even, of course!), or minding the
maniacal neighbor tot Alvin, Lulu’s page-turning antics will leave you
giggling madly and eager to read more!

MICHAEL CHABON PRESENTS THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE ESCAPIST #8
BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (W), HARVEY PEKAR (W), JEFF PARKER (W/A), ANDI WATSON
(W/A), PHILIP BOND (A), DEAN HASPIEL (A), EDUARDO BARRETO (A), and
BRIAN BOLLAND (Cover)
On sale November 9, FC, 80pg, 7" x 10", $8.95

From off the streets of Cleveland comes fan-favorite writer Brian K.
Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways) and critically acclaimed
artists Philip Bond (Vinarama, Vertigo Pop) and Eduardo Barreto (Mr.
Machine Gunl) to kick off the anthology’s first multi-part story! Meet
Maxwell Roth and Case Weaver, latter-day versions of Joe Kavalier and
Sam Clay, as they set out to make the Master of Elusion a sensation once
again in “The Escapists”!
Next, on his way home from an extended stay at a Cleveland hospital,
our man Harvey Pekar encounters…The Escapist?! The team-up you thought
you’d never see, illustrated by Dean Haspiel (The Quitter). Also in this
issue, award-winning creator Andi Watson (Skeleton Key, Geisha) and
Eisner Award nominated Jeff Parker (The Interman)!
With cover art by Brian Bolland, you won’t want to miss this eclectic
eighth installment of the multiple award-winning quarterly anthology!

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 22 TPB
KOSUKE FUJISHIMA (W/A)
On sale December 14, SC, 176pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $10.95
Ever since a cosmic phone call brought Belldandy, Urd, and Skuld—a trio
of literal young goddesses—to live in college student Keiichi’s
residence, his personal life has been turned upside-down, sideways, and
sometimes even into strange dimensions!
After her demonic mother Hild lays down the condition for changing
Peorth back to normal, Urd tells Mom that she can go back to Hell, but Urd
sure isn’t coming along. Hild's counter-offer promises to combine the
magic-circle powers of herself, Belldandy, Skuld, and Urd to restore
Peorth, in exchange for a promise from Urd to … well, she’ll tell Urd
after the ritual!

PENNY ARCADE VOLUME 1: ATTACK OF THE BACON ROBOTS! TPB
JERRY HOLKINS (W) and MIKE KRAHULIK (A)
On sale January 25, SC, 120pg, FC, 7" x 9", $12.95

Get your geek on.
Penny Arcade, the comic strip for gamers, by gamers is now available in
comic shops and bookstores everywhere. Not familiar with Penny Arcade?
What? It’s only the most popular comic strip on the web. It’s just the
funniest, most twisted comic that ever lampooned gamer culture, and
takes shots at everything from Star Wars to Steve Jobs.
Experience the joy of being a hardcore gamer as expressed in vignettes
of random vulgarity and mindless violence! Get online and direct your
browser to penny-arcade.com, check out the latest strips, then, to read
Penny Arcade from the very beginning, get the first collection, Attack
of the Bacon Robots!, which includes strips, sketches, and creator
commentary not available anywhere else!

THE PERHAPANAUTS #1 (of 4)
TODD DEZAGO (W) and CRAIG ROUSSEAU (A)
On sale November 23, FC, 32pg, $2.99
There are places in this world where the fabric of reality has worn
thin, where creatures from other realms and bizarre beings from other
dimensions slip through, horrible in their difference striking terror into
the hearts of those unfortunate few who glimpse them and threatening to
drive them mad!
There is an organization hidden from this world which has taken upon
itself the responsibility to confront these creatures, one whose agents
are adept at turning them back from whence they came and repairing the
rips and tears in our reality. The organization is called BEDLAM. The
agents are called...The PERHAPANAUTS.
It's Bigfoot, ghosts, aliens, faeries, and chupacabras ... and they're
on OUR side!
Todd Dezago (Sensational Spider-Man, Impulse, Tellos) and Craig
Rousseau (Impulse, Batman Beyond, Ruule: Kiss and Tell) sat around for a LONG
time thinkin' this crazy stuff up, so you oughta buy it ... okay? Okay.

REIKO THE ZOMBIE SHOP VOLUME 1 TPB
REI MIKAMOTO (W/A)
On sale December 14, SC, 192pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $12.95
Terror has struck the sleepy little town of Shiraike. A serial killer
stalks the streets murdering innocent girls. Twenty-nine grisly murders
have been committed, with no clues to catch the killer. That is, until
the town receives a strange visitor: a beautiful young woman who can
raise the dead. She is Reiko the Zombie Shop, necromancer for hire. For a
price, she'll wake your dead, if only to find a clue to their demise,
but she's not responsible for what the dead will say or do once they
awaken!

REVELATIONS #4 (of 6)
PAUL JENKINS (W), HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/Cover), and LEONARDO OLEA (C)
On sale November 30, FC, 32pg, $2.99
Things heat up for Detective Charlie Northern both on and off the case,
as he grows close to unraveling the mysterious death of the man in line
to be the next pope, and even closer to Vatican lawyer Lucille
Pelliccia. A series of revelatory clues may seem like good fortune for
Northern, but it only serves to increase the desperation of his shadowy
suspects. They decide to send Northern a message—one that takes the stakes
of his hunt to a deadly new level.

SAMURAI EXECUTIONER VOLUME 9 TPB
KAZUO KOIKE (W) and GOSEKI KOJIMA (A)
On sale December 14, SC, 304pg, b&w, 4" x 6", $9.95
For a stoic ronin such as Kubikiri Asa, a samurai assigned to test the
Shogun’s sword and behead prisoners, the moment before death is of
great importance. Because of this, Asa will often listen to the stories of
those about to be executed and pay respect to the lives of these often
unfortunately maligned prisoners. Sometimes scary, often quirky, and
occasionally very sweet, it goes to show how people of different walks of
life can meet the same brutal, yet graceful end, at the hand of one of
the finest masters of bushido and swordsmanship.
Samurai Executioner tells the stories of these people, from the
perspective of Asa, an honorable, highly skilled ronin.
As with their previously published series, Lone Wolf and Cub, Kazuo
Koike and Goseki Kojima present a detailed and beautiful, if brutal,
account of a bygone era.

SEXY CHIX TPB
JOYCE CAROL OATES (W), JILL THOMPSON (W/A), COLLEEN DORAN (W/A), GAIL
SIMONE (W), ROBERTA GREGORY (W/A), CARLA SPEED McNEIL (W/A), SARAH GRACE
McCANDLESS (W), JOELLE JONES (A), LAURENN McCUBBIN (A), COLLEEN COOVER
(W/A), and More
On sale December 21, SC, 104pg, b&w, 6" x 9", $12.95

Don’t let the title fool you—this isn’t your average collection of
comics featuring impossibly proportioned vixens in spandex. This time
around the sexy chix in question are the writers and artists behind the
comics, respresenting some of the best and brightest talent contributing to
the medium of comics and graphic novels today. With stories ranging
from mainstream adventures to hilarious comic shorts to heart-wrenching
autobiography, Sexy Chix is devoted to the under-recognized contingent of
female cartoonists in an overwhelmingly male-oriented industry. It’s
about time these divinely talented creators get to tell the stories they
want to, and the result is an exquisite variety of artistic visions and
styles.
Among the sexy chicks are New York Times best-selling author Joyce
Carol Oates, Eisner Award-winning illustrator Jill Thompson (Scary
Godmother), A Distant Soil writer/artist Colleen Doran, Bitchy Bitch creator
Roberta Gregory, DC Comics writer Gail Simone, novelist Sarah Grace
McCandless (Grosse Pointe Girl), and many, many more!

SHADOW STAR VOLUME 7: VICTIM’S EYES, ASSAILANT’S HANDS TPB
MOHIRO KITOH (W/A)
On sale December 14, SC, 232pg, b&w, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4", $15.95
Bonding with cuddly extraterrestrial creatures with wondrous powers
should have been a dream come true for Tokyo teens like Shiina and Akira,
but these cute E.T.s can grow into fearsome Shadow Dragons, and when
coupled with troubled teens, can become monstrous threats to Mankind. An
underground movement of such delinquents tries to recruit the two
girls, and the government begins to grow suspicious that the two girls may
well be involved with this dangerous cabal. But back at school, the two
friends have more mundane, but no less troubling, issues. Akira and her
friend Hiroko become singled out for mean-spirited schoolyard
harassment—but when Dragon Bearers become targets for torment, the tables may
turn with lethal results!

STAR WARS: THE COMICS COMPANION TPB
RYDER WINDHAM (W), DANIEL WALLACE (W), and TSUNEO SANDA (A)
On sale December 28, SC, 144pg, FC, 9" x 12", $16.95

Dark Horse presents the definitive guide to Star Wars comics, complete
with in-depth coverage all the way through Episode III! Written by
Ryder Windham, Star Wars expert, and densely illustrated with both
brand-new art and classic images from the comics, this chronological compendium
contains everything you need to be the ultimate Star Wars reader
in-the-know. Follow Anakin Skywalker’s descent into darkness, from his early
days as a Padawan, to his harrowing Clone Wars battles, up through his
transformation and eventual death as Darth Vader. Get complete details
on the exploits of Luke and Leia, Han and Chewie, and all the rest of
the gang, with thorough rundowns of classic Star Wars tales originally
printed decades ago! Spanning over 25,000 years of Star Wars history,
from the very beginnings of the Jedi order, no character goes unmentioned
and no quadrant goes unmapped.

STAR WARS: EMPIRE #39
“The Wrong Side of the War” part 4 (of 5)
WELLES HARTLEY (W), DAVIDÉ FABBRI (P/C), CHRISTIAN DALLA VECCHIA (I),
and DAVID MICHAEL BECK (Cover)
On sale November 30, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Inside the Imperial base on Kalist VI, an undercover Rebel strike force
is on a mission vital to the continued existence of the Alliance.
Everything has gone according to plan, but the one eventuality for which no
one could have prepared is the presence of Imperial Lieutenant Janek
Sunber—or how his presence will impact the Rebel team.
Duty to the Empire has asked much of Sunber and offered little in
return, but he has never wavered in his dedication. Now, a shocking
discovery has landed him at a crossroads, and the time has come for him to
decide whether to devote himself to order, or justice.

STAR WARS: GENERAL GRIEVOUS TPB
On sale December 28, SC, 96pg, FC, 7" x 10", $12.95
CHUCK DIXON (W), RICK LEONARDI (P), MARK PENNINGTON (I), LUCAS MARANGON
(C), and MICHELLE MADSEN (C)

This tale of treachery and genocide leads up to the events of the
record-breaking blockbuster Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith.
Before his all-out battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi, the latest Star Wars
supervillain took on an entire alien species!
On a rescue mission to Vandos, Padawan Flynn Kybo and his master
T’chooka D’oon come face-to-face with General Grievous, one of the leaders of
the Separatist army. After Grievous kills Master D’oon, Kybo goes to
the Jedi Council with a plan to take the depraved general out
immediately. But when the council rebukes his plans for vengeance, Kybo decides to
take matters in his own hands. Seeking out others who feel the same as
himself, he sets out to stop the Separatist killing machine before more
Jedi lives are lost. Meanwhile, Grievous hijacks a transport ship, and
its precious cargo may give him a horrible advantage over the Jedi that
they would never expect. For now, his sights are on the planet
Gentes—and on taking its Ugnaught population and mining facilities as trophies
of war!

STAR WARS: REPUBLIC #83
JOHN OSTRANDER (W), JAN DUURSEMA (P/Cover), DAN PARSONS (I), and BRAD
ANDERSON (C)
On sale November 30, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Palpatine’s Order 66 has changed everything. As Jedi are slaughtered
across the galaxy, one has managed to cheat fate—but for how long? Badly
wounded by the same troops he just led to victory, Master Quinlan Vos
retreats into the jungle wilderness of the Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk.
As the clones close in, Vos must choose—stay and fight, or run and put
those he loves in danger of the newborn Empire’s wrath?

STAR WARS: X-WING—ROGUE LEADER #3 (of 3)
HADEN BLACKMAN (W), TOMÁS GIORELLO (P), MICHAEL ATIYEH (C), and GARY
ERSKINE (Cover)
On sale November 23, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Imperial terrorists have landed a devastating strike on Wedge Antilles’
home planet and captured a member of Rogue Squadron. Now, Wedge and the
rest of the Rogues are hot on their trail, determined to find their
friend and bring these Imperial thugs to justice.
The fighting is fierce and the flying is faster in this whiz-bang
conclusion to the series that defines the hottest heroes in the expanded
Universe and launches an ace fighter squadron like none other in the
galaxy!

SUPER MANGA BLAST! #58
MOHIRO KITOH (W/A), MAKOTO KOBAYASHI (W/A), KENICHI SONODA (W/A), and
HIROYUKI UTATANE (A) with TOSHIYA TAKEDA (W)
On sale November 30, b&w, 128pg, $5.99

Shadow Star and Seraphic Feather both enter an exciting new era, with
their monthly episodes now reading in the original right-to-left
format–as they were published in Japan! A new Shadow Star story arc finds
Shiina’s father, a pilot, taking to the skies again and discovering
unexpected clues to a centuries-old mystery. With their deep-space conflict
almost over, the battered Seraphic Feather heroes contemplate their
return to Earth. Makoto Kobayashi’s hilarious, extended What’s Michael?
story arc continues, with tormented, human astronauts seeking an escape
from the “Planet of the Cats”! The Cannon God Exaxxion crew begins to test
new Riofaldian alliances. SMB!’s monthly columns, “A Fan’s View” and
“Sugoi Japan!” continue to educate and excite fans of Japanese culture!

THE 13TH SON: WORSE THING WAITING #2 (of 4)
KELLEY JONES (W/A)
On sale November 30, FC, 32pg, $2.99

More mind-bending monster mayhem erupts from Dark Horse’s acclaimed
horror line this month, as Kelley Jones unleashes the second jaw-dropping
issue of his newest series, The 13th Son.
A hunter stalks the earth at night, scouring its darkest, most haunted
places and feeding on the monsters who dwell there. He might be seen as
a savior to the humans he’s wrestled from the mouths of werewolves and
other evil beasts, but he’s neither savior nor saint. In fact, humans
are little more than fleshy props to him, and we will certainly have no
place in the world when it becomes HIS. He is the 13th Son—a creature
more terrifying and powerful than anything our world has known—and there
is a deeper purpose to his monster extermination than anyone can
fathom. What is this “Worse Thing Waiting”…? Keep reading to find out!

USAGI YOJIMBO #89
STAN SAKAI (W/A)
On sale November 30, b&w, 24pg, $2.99

Internationally acclaimed storyteller and all-around nice guy Stan
Sakai brings you the conclusion of his seven-part samurai adventure, “The
Treasure of the Mother of Mountains”! This story arc has seen rabbit
ronin Usagi Yojimbo and Geishu bodyguard Tomoe Ame captured and forced
into slavery—and then leading a bloody slave revolt! A character is now
trapped inside the illegal mine, and key players are injured and
haunted. Who escaped from the mountain, and who didn’t survive? Find out
who’s still alive and who wishes they were dead, this month in Usagi
Yojimbo!

Quick hits

Joss Whedon said he plans to resume doing his "Astonishing X-Men" title for Marvel, which is just wrapping up its initial 12-issue run. But it'll be 2006 before we see another issue, Comics Buyer's Guide reports. Good news, as Whedon brings the same snappy dialogue and cool plotlines to the book that he created in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

TV Guide commemmorates the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' Shea Stadium concert this week with four "collectible" covers this week--one for each Fab. Inside, there's first-hand acocunts of the show from celebs who were there and nine pages of previously unseen photos.

Meanwhile, Paul Saltzman who meditated with and photographed the Beatles during their 1968 stay at the Marharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh in India is profiled in the Chicago Sun-Times.

A trailer for "Aeon Flux" starring Charlize Theron has hit the Web.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Pop Artifact! Alfred E. Neuman for President button

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Upcoming DC Comics trades and hardcovers

DC has announced the following upcoming releases:

November in-store:

DAY OF VENGEANCE TP
Writer: Bill Willingham, Judd Winick
Artists: Justiniano, Walden Wong, Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund
Cover artist: Walter Simonson
Collects DAY OF VENGEANCE #1-6, ACTION COMICS #826, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #639 and SUPERMAN #216
$12.99, 224 pages

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT THE JUSTICE LEAGUE TP
Writers: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Artists: Kevin Maguire and Joe Rubinstein
Collects JSA CLASSIFIED #4-9
$12.99, 144 pages

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: TEENAGE REVOLUTION TP
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Barry Kitson, Leonard Kirk, Dave Gibbons, Scott Iwahashi, Mick Gray, Art Thibert, James Pascoe and Drew Geraci
Collects LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1-6 and material from the TEEN TITANS/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES SPECIAL
$14.99, 200 pages

MANHUNTER: STREET JUSTICE TP
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Jesus Saiz & Jimmy Palmiotti
Cover artist: Jae Lee
Collects MANHUNTER #1-5
$12.99, 128 pages

THE OMAC PROJECT TP
Writers: Greg Rucka, Geoff Johns and Judd Winick
Artists: Jesus Saiz, Rags Morales, Ed Benes, Phil Jimenez, Ivan Reis, Marc Campos, Andy Lanning and Michael Bair
Cover artist: Ladrönn
Collects THE OMAC PROJECT #1-6, COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS and WONDER WOMAN #219
$14.99, 256 pages

TEEN TITANS VOL. 4: THE FUTURE IS NOW TP
Writer: Geoff Johns and Mark Waid
Artists: Mike McKone, Ivan Reis, Tom Grummett, Marc Campos, Joe Prado, Marlo Alquiza and Nelson
Collects TEEN TITANS #15-23 and material from TEEN TITANS/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES SPECIAL
$9.99, 256 pages

December in-store:

BATGIRL: KICKING ASSASSINS TP
Writer: Andersen Gabrych
Artists: Alé Garza, Pop Mhan, Jack Purcell and Jesse Delperdang
Collects BATGIRL #60-64
$14.99, 128 pages

CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS: THE TEAM-UPS VOL. 1 TP
Writers: Gardner Fox and John Broome
Artists: Murphy Anderson, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane, Joe Giella and Sid Greene
Cover artist: Jerry Ordway
Collects THE BRAVE & THE BOLD #61, FLASH #123, 129, 137 and 151, GREEN LANTERN #40 and SHOWCASE #55-56
$14.99, 224 pages

GOLDEN AGE HAWKMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HC
Writer: Gardner Fox
Artists: Sheldon Moldoff and Dennis Neville
Collects stories from FLASH COMICS #1-22
$49.99, 224 pages

LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL TP
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Lee Bermejo
Collects LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL #1-5
$12.99, 128 pages

THE LIGHT BRIGADE TP
Writer: Peter Tomasi
Artist: Peter Snejbjerg
Collects THE LIGHT BRIGADE #1-4
$19.99, 200 pages

PLASTIC MAN: RUBBER BANDITS TP
Writer: Kyle Baker
Artist: Kyle Baker
Collects PLASTIC MAN #8-11 and #13-14
$14.99, 144 pages

RANN-THANAGAR WAR TP
Writer: Dave Gibbons
Artists: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Marc Campos
Collects RANN-THANAGAR WAR #1-6
$12.99, 144 pages

SUPERMAN: TRUE BRIT SC
Writers: Kim "Howard" Johnson and John Cleese
Artists: John Byrne and Mark Farmer
A softcover edition of the original graphic novel
$17.99, 96 pages

VILLAINS UNITED TP
Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Dale Eaglesham, Val Semeiks, Wade von Grawbadger and Prentis Rollins
Cover artist: J.G. Jones
Collects VILLAINS UNITED #1-6
$12.99, 160 pages

WONDER WOMAN: EYES OF THE GORGON TP
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Drew Johnson, James Ruiz, Sean Phillips, Ray Snyder
Cover artist: J.G. Jones
Collects WONDER WOMAN #206-213
$19.99, 192 pages

WILDSTORM:

November in-store:

SMAX TP
Writer: Alan Moore
Artists: Zander Cannon and Andrew Currie
Collects SMAX #1-6
$12.99 U.S., 136 pages

OCEAN TP
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artists: Chris Sprouse & Karl Story
Cover artist: Michael Golden
Collects OCEAN #1-6
$14.99 U.S., 160 pages

December in-store:

MAJESTIC: WHILE YOU WERE OUT TP
Writer: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Artists: Neil Googe and Trevor Scott
Cover artists: Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines
Collects MAJESTIC #1-7
$12.99, 168 pages

TOM STRONG BOOK FOUR TP
Writers: Alan Moore, Peter Hogan and Geoff Johns
Artists: Jerry Ordway, Chris Sprouse, John Paul Leon and Karl Story
Collects TOM STRONG #20-25
$17.99, 160 pages

VERTIGO

November in-store:


THE LOSERS VOL. 4: CLOSE QUARTERS TP
Writer: Andy Diggle
Artists: Jock and Ben Oliver
Collects THE LOSERS #20-25
$14.99, 144 pages

December in-store:

FABLES VOL. 6: HOMELANDS TP
Writer: Bill Willingham
Artists: Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Lan Medina, David Hahn and Dan Green
Cover artist: James Jean
Collects FABLES #34-41
$14.99, 192 pages

SWAMP THING VOL. 8: SPONTANEOUS GENERATION TP
Writer: Rick Veitch
Artists: Rick Veitch and Alfredo Alcala
Collects SWAMP THING #71-76
$19.99, 160 pages

VIMANARAMA TP
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Philip Bond
Collects VIMANARAMA #1-3
$12.99, 104 pages

CMX

November in-store:


GALS! VOL. 4
Writer & artist: Fujii Mihona
$9.99, 192 pages

MUSASHI #9 VOL. 5
Writer & artist: Takahashi Miyuki
$9.99, 192 pages

SWAN VOL. 5
Writer & artist: Ariyoshi Kyoko
$9.99, 192 pages

TENJHO TENGE VOL. 4
Writer & artist: Oh! great
$9.99, 232 pages

TESTAROTHO VOL. 2
Writer & artist: Sanbe Kei
$9.99, 192 pages

TOWER OF THE FUTURE VOL. 1
Writer & artist: Hiwatari Saki
$9.99, 192 pages

YOUNG MAGICIAN VOL. 2
Writer & artist: Narushima Yuri
$9.99, 200 pages

December in-store:

CHIKYU MISAKI VOL. 2

Writer & artists: Iwahara Yuji
$9.99, 196 pages

THE DEVIL DOES EXIST VOL. 4
Writer & artist: Takanashi Mitsuba
$9.99, 192 pages

MOON CHILD VOL. 1
Writer & artist: Shimizu Reiko
$9.99, 192 pages

MONSTER COLLECTION: THE GIRL WHO CAN DEAL WITH MAGIC MONSTERS VOL. 4
Writer: Original concept by Yasuda Hitoshi/Group SNE
Artist: Itoh Sei
$9.99, 170 pages

PIECES OF A SPIRAL VOL. 2
Writer & artist: Tachibana Kaimu
$9.99, 200 pages

SEIMADEN VOL. 3
Writer & artist: Higuri You
$9.99, 180 pages

TENJHO TENGE VOL. 5
Writer & artist: Oh! great
$9.99, 232 pages

DC LIBRARY:

November in-store:


THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL. 17 HC
Writer & artist: Will Eisner
Collects Spirit stories from July 4-December 26, 1948.
$49.99, 216 pages

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES VOL. 6 HC
Writers: Wally Wood, Steve Skeates, Bill Pearson and others
Artists: Wally Wood, Gil Kane, Dan Adkins, Chic Stone, John Giunta, Ogden Whitney, George Tuska, Steve Ditko, Jack Abel, Ralph Reese, Reed Crandall and Paul Reinman
Collects T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #15-20.
$49.99, 224 pages

December in-store:

THE BEST OF THE SPIRIT TP
Writer & artist: Will Eisner
Collects 22 classic Spirit stories from the 1940s and 1950s, plus a new introduction by Neil Gaiman.
$14.99, 192 pages

ELFQUEST: THE GRAND QUEST VOL. 12
Writers: Wendy and Richard Pini
Artist: Wendy Pini
Collects ELFQUEST: KINGS OF THE BROKEN WHEEL #5 - 7 and a story from FRAZETTA FANTASY ILLUSTRATED.
$9.99, 224 pages

Quick hits

A new Doctor Who serial, made for radio and featuring Paul McGann as the Doctor (he played him in that American TV movie, don't ya know), is available for listening via the BBC radio-on-demand site.

Need a laugh?

TV Guide has an interview with David ("Angel") Boreanz on his new TV series "Bones."

Downloadable at Kiddie Records Weekly: Boris Karloff and Jean Arthur perform "Peter Pan."

Out now!

Cool stuff in yer local comics shop (or orderable via This is Pop!-supporting links):

Adam Strange Planet Heist TP

Catwoman Mini Statue

Classic Dan Dare Vol 6 Operation Saturn Part 2 HC

Comics Journal Library Vol 5 Great Comics Illustrators TP

Concrete Vol 1 Depths TP

Essential Daredevil Vol 3 TP

Hulk Tempest Fugit TP

Runaways Vol 1 HC

Ultimates Annual #1

Uncanny X-Men New Age Vol 3 On Ice TP

Worlds Finest Archives Vol 3 HC

Batman Rogues Gallery DC Direct action figures:
Black Mask
Killer Croc
Man Bat
Mr. Freeze
Penguin

Revenge of the Sith Lightsabers

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Pop Artifact! Snoopy in Space doll

Vintage DC Comics house ad

DVD new releases for Aug. 9

John Cleese - Wine for the Confused

The Muppet Show Complete First Season

McMillan and Wife Complete First Season

Roswell Complete Third Season

Dallas Complete Third Season

Columbo Complete Third Season

Thundercats: Season One Vol. 1

Quick hits

"The Fantastic Four" will be out on DVD Dec. 13, DVDAnswers reports.

ICv2 has some info about a planned direct-to-DVD "Ultimate Avengers" flick from Marvel Comics.

JoBlo has some skinny on Marvel's "Ghost Rider" film.

Betty Boop is 75!

Remember that Farrah Fawcett poster?

Remember that 1978 Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Silver Surfer graphic novel?

Sire Records celebrates 30th anniversary with box set

The Sire label was crucial to introducing U.S. audiences to a buncha important punk and post-punk performers. Not to mention Madonna.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the label is teaming with Rhino Records to present "Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story," a three-CD, one-DVD set out Sept. 13.

According to Billboard, the track listing includes:

Disc one:

"Everybody," Madonna
"Mirror in the Bathroom," English Beat
"Kiss Me," Tin
"Oh L'Amour," Erasure
"Tainted Love," Soft Cell
"Situation (Remix)," Yaz
"People Are People," Depeche Mode
"Living on the Ceiling," Blancmange
"That Summer Feeling," Jonathan Richman
"Young at Heart," the Bluebells
"One Step Beyond," Madness
"Genius of Love," Tom Tom Club
"Im Nin'alu," Ofra Haza
"Endicott," Kid Creole & the Coconuts
"Love and Mercy," Brian Wilson
"Each and Every One," Everything But The Girl
"All the Way," Little Jimmy Scott
"Crazy," Seal
"Fire Woman," the Cult
"Constant Craving," k.d. lang

Disc two:

"Teenage Kicks," the Undertones
"This Charming Man," the Smiths
"I Melt With You," Modern English
"Moskow Diskow," Telex
"(I'm) Stranded," the Saints
"Ca Plan Pour Moi," Plastic Bertrand
"Top of the Pops," the Rezillos
"Nowhere Girl," B-Movie
"Part of the Process," Morcheeba
"Come Together (7" Version)," Primal Scream
"Beat Dis," Bomb The Bass
"The Love Cats," the Cure
"The Killing Moon," Echo & the Bunneymen
"Warm Leatherette," the Normal
"Everyday Is Like Sunday," Morrissey
"Never Never," the Assembly
"Oblivious," Aztec Camera
"Inside Out," The Mighty Lemon Drops
"Soon," My Bloody Valentine
"Leave Them All Behind," Ride

Disc three:

"Blitzkrieg Bop," the Ramones
"Alex Chilton," the Replacements
"Come on Let's Go," Paley Brothers and Ramones
"Aloha Steve & Danno / Theme From Hawaii Five-O," Radio Birdman
"The Wagon," Dinosaur Jr.
"Sonic Reducer," Dead Boys
"White Horse," Laid Back
"Blank Generation," Richard Hell and the Voidoids
"I Want That Man," Deborah Harry
"I'll Be Your Everything," Tommy Page
"Summer Teeth," Wilco
"World Class Fad," Paul Westerberg
"Back on the Chain Gang," the Pretenders
"Give Back the Key to My Heart," Uncle Tupelo
"Shake Some Action," Flamin' Groovies
"Counting Backwards," Throwing Muses
"Boy," Book Of Love
"Romeo Had Juliette," Lou Reed
"O.G. Original Gangster," Ice-T
"Jesus Built My Hotrod," Ministry
"Burning Down the House," Talking Heads

DVD:

"Pop Muzik," M
"Rock'n'Roll High School," the Ramones
"Let's Go to Bed," the Cure
"A Little Respect," Erasure
"Brass in Pocket," the Pretenders
"The Cutter," Echo & the Bunnymen
"Bastards of Young," the Replacements
"She Sells Sanctuary," the Cult
"Once in a Lifetime," Talking Heads
"Like a Prayer," Madonna
"Enjoy the Silence," Depeche Mode
"Feed the Tree," Belly
"Drifting, Falling," the Ocean Blue
"Reach," Martini Ranch
"Groovy Train," the Farm
"Things Can Only Get Better," D:Ream
"New York City Boy," Pet Shop Boys
"In the Meantime," Spacehog
"One Week," Barenaked Ladies
"Come to Daddy," Aphex Twin

The set is available for pre-order from Amazon.

Catching up on San Diego action figure debuts

Action-Figure.com has sneak previews of several goodies introduced during the recent Comic-Con International in San Diego, including:

A line of Elseworlds figures from DC Direct. These will include Superman and Wonder Woman figures inspired by the "Red Son" mini-series, Batgirl and Batman figures from the "Thrill Killer" mini and a "Crimson Mist" Batman. They'll be out Dec. 7.

A Marvel Select figure of the Watcher, which will be out next February.


Monday, August 08, 2005

Pop Artifact! Marx Dwight D. Eisenhower figure



Vintage DC Comics house ad

Batman 1943 serial set for DVD

Batman: The 1943 Serial Collection is due out Oct. 18 and collects every chapter of the Caped Crusader's first screen appearance.

A separate DVD collection released earlier this year collects the 1949 "Batman and Robin" serial.

Complete "Dark Shadows" revival set for DVD release

A three-disk set collecting the entire revived "Dark Shadows" series is set for Oct. 18 release. The set collects every episode of the 1991 TV series.

Quick hits

Several branches of the Denver library system have pulled Spanish-language fotonovelos from their shelves after a local radio talk show host complained of their adult-oriented content, the Rocky Mountain News reports.

Rhino Records is celebrating 27 years of record reissue goodness. Reuters has an overview.

Anthony Stewart Head (Giles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") has a cameo in an upcoming "Doctor Who" serial.

You'll like Jart in My Head.

Dial B for Blog has more sick comic book covers.

Bubblegumfink presents Boris Karloff narrating "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and Rip Van Winkle."