Friday, September 09, 2005

Pop Artifact!

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Bozeman Blotter

Police reports from the Bozeman (Montana) Daily Chronicle:

  • A man from Italy was trying to make a U-turn on North Seventh Avenue. He had no experience driving larger American vehicles. He was given some lessons.

Yo, Joe! New series a go

Fox is debuting "G.I. Joe: Sigma 6," a new animated series based on the action figure line, this Saturday.

The weekly G.I. JOE: SIGMA 6 series will be based on a new storyline, with "SIGMA 6" being the code name for a new group of G.I. JOE heroes with highly specialized capabilities that they use to protect the world from COBRA COMMANDER and his evil forces.

G.I. JOE: SIGMA 6 will feature many of the most popular and well-known G.I. JOE characters such as: DUKE, SNAKE EYES, HEAVY DUTY, SCARLETT and TUNNEL RAT, as well as a new hero, LONG HAUL.

G.I. JOE: SIGMA 6 set to premiere this Saturday, September 10 on 4Kids on FOX affiliates nationwide at 11:00 a.m.


More G.I. Joe.

Quick hits

Comics from the collection of comic pro/movie producer Michael Uslan are going on display in an exhibit at the University of Indiana's Lilly Library. Here's a press release with the obligatory "Holy textbook Batman!" headline.

Liverpool's city council has given the go ahead to demolish Ringo Starr's boyhood home.

Moviefone has some clips from Joss Whedon's upcoming "Serenity." Latino Review has a batch of stills from the film here.

Back in 1943, Look magazine published an exclusive, two-page Superman comic. And Dial B for Blog kindly shares it here.

Oh yeah! Xtabay shares some vintage Esquivel:

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Pop Artifact!

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Bozeman Blotter

Police reports from the Bozeman (Montana) Daily Chronicle:

  • A person told police the neighbor's yard had lots of dog poop in it. The person wanted the poop cleaned up.
  • A woman who lives on Dogwood Drive told deputies there were six cows in her front yard.
  • A couple got in an argument and started to push each other. The people were intoxicated and couldn't remember who started the fight. The couple agreed to go to sleep because nobody was sober enough to drive and finish their argument the next day when they're sober.

Out now!



Available now at yer local comics shop or via This is Pop!-supporting links:

Avengers Serpent Crown TP
Comic Creators On Fantastic Four SC
Coyote Vol 1 TP
Green Lantern And Green Arrow Collectors Plate
JLA Vol 17 Syndicate Rules TP
Persepolis 2 Story Of A Return SC
Secret Of The Swamp Thing TP
Sgt Rocks Combat Tales Vol 1 TP
Spider-Girl Vol 4 Turning Point Digest TP
Star Trek Comics Classics Vol 1 To Boldy Go TP
Worlds Greatest Super Heroes Oversized Slipcase HC

DC Direct Public Enemies Action Figures
Superman
Batman
Captain Atom
Captain Marvel
Metallo

Marvel Legends Series 10 Action Figures: Sentinel Series
First Appearance Spider-Man
Cyclops
Angel
Black Panther
Omega Red
Mr. Sinister
Mystique

Marvel Legends Series 11 Action Figures: Legendary Riders Series
Scarlet Witch
Origin Thing
Logan
Iron Man Hulk Buster
Vengeance
Taskmaster
Ultron
Wonder Man
Young Logan with Cowboy Hat Variant
Ionic Energy Wonder Man Variant

BEST OF MARVEL LEGENDS Factory Sealed CASE 12 Figure Asst

Marvel Figure Factory Series
HULK VS THE THING COMBO
STORM MYSTERY LOOSE
HULK MYSTERY LOOSE
SPIDER-MAN Without Mask MYSTERY FIGURE
WOLVERINE Without Mask LOOSE MYSTERY FIGURE
DAREDEVIL MYSTERY LOOSE FIGURE
GREEN GOBLIN
DOC OCK
VENOM
HULK
IRON MAN
THE THING
SPIDER-MAN
WOLVERINE FIGURE
MYSTERY miniature Action Figure

Quick hits

The Beat checks out The New York Times Magazine's plans for a comic insert, including works by Chris Ware and others.

Toon Zone has some images up of the new animated Batmobile and Batgirl.

Yahoo! Movies has some new images from "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

Blogio Oddio has info about a DVD from great spoken word performer Ken Nordine.

That cool British "Lost" site has been updated again.

"What's the deal with Matter-Eater Lad?," asks Mike Sterling.

Tasteful.

An interview with TV Batgirl Yvonne Craig.

CD new releases of note

Sept. 6

George Clinton How Late Do U Have 2 B B 4 U R Absent?
The Move Message from the Country
The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang
Sexsmith & Kerr (Ron and Don) Destination Unknown
VA Tee Vee Toons: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes
DVD Punk: Attitude

Sept. 13

David Axelrod The Edge
Dave Davies Chosen People
Donovan Try for the Sun: The Journey of
Blue Mitchell Down with It
Hank Mobley Reach Out
Leo Parker Let Me Tell You ‘Bout It
Jimmy Smith The Sounds of
Lonnie Smith Turning Point
Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate In the Heart of the Moon
Sonic Youth Goo - Deluxe Edition
Stanley Turrentine That's Where It's At
VA Santa's Greatest Hits: 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection
DVD Ray Charles The Dick Cavett Show: Collection
DVD Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock
DVD Pink Floyd The Committee

More Bat appliances

I posted a pic of a groovy lookin' Batman TV last week, but recently came across even more nifty Bat appliances I'd never seen before.

Bat DVD player:


Bat phone:


Bat boombox:


Bat clock:

"Fantastic Four" DVD info and cover art

DVDAnswers has posted the cover art for the "Fantastic Four" DVD, which is due out Dec. 13.

Extras include:
  • Cast commentary.
  • Three deleted scenes
  • A behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast.
  • A making-of featurette.
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents Fantastic Four "Casting Session" and "Making a Scene" segments.
  • Music videos for "Everything Burns" and "Come On Come In."
  • An inside look at "X-Men 3."
  • Theatrical trailer.
  • "Avengers" trailer.

Dark Horse Comics Solicitations for December 2005

13th SON: WORSE THING WAITING #3 (of 4)
On sale December 13, FC, 32pg, $2.99

Created, written, and drawn by horror virtuoso Kelley Jones (Batman,
Deadman, The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, Last Train to Deadsville), The
13th Son tells the story of the world’s ultimate monster hunter—a
creature far more horrific and terrible than any of the monsters it hunts!

The third issue of this nightmarish tale drags readers clawing and
screaming through the darkest realms of the Earth, where an all-out monster
war is on between the Son and his quarry—every vampire, werewolf,
ghoul, and demon on the planet. Meanwhile, the witch who birthed the Son
into this world is acting on nefarious designs of her own, which could
derail the plans of the Son, and send humanity scurrying from the terrors
she seeks to unleash!

AEON FLUX #4 (of 4)
MIKE KENNEDY (W) and TIMOTHY GREEN II (A)
On sale January 4, FC, 32pg, $2.99


The best-laid plans are those that change. The Monican Rebellion’s
scheme to sabotage the Bregnan government’s defoliant cannons must adjust
to a shortened timetable, and flat-out destruction seems their quickest
and best alternative. But Aeon has other priorities as well, namely
finding her mysterious young trainee, Sithandra, and settling matters
properly! No one abhors manipulation more than Aeon, and this is a lesson
anyone who confronts her will remember for the rest of their short
lives…


ALIENS: ORIGINAL SIN NOVEL

MICHAEL JAN FRIEDMAN (W)
Available now!, SC, 300pg, 4 3/16" x 6 3/4", $6.99


In 1979, science fiction and horror were brought together in director
Ridley Scott's classic film Alien. The film follows the crew of a space
cargo-ship, the Nostromo, who land on a hostile planet in response to a
faint SOS only to discover an abandoned ship with a ravenous alien on
board. Alien inspired three movie sequels, and now Aliens: Original Sin
expands further on this classic story, bringing back characters like
Ripley 8, the clone of Lt. Ellen Ripley, and the android Call. It also
sorts out unanswered questions from the movies and raises entirely new
ones. Was it just coincidence that the Nostromo happened to pass by the
desolate planet? Why was the alien on the crashed ship in the first
place? The answers, along with intense action, chilling horror, and even
deeper questions await in suspense virtuoso Michael Jan Friedman's
Aliens: Original Sin.

BERSERK VOLUME 10 TPB
KENTARO MIURA (W/A)
On sale January 25, SC, 240pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $13.95


Warrior supreme Guts has returned, and just in time to save the
weakened Band of the Hawk from certain destruction…and to form an intimate
bond with the beautiful warrior Casca. But job one is to find a way to
free Griffith, the Hawks’ leader, from the dank dungeons and
’round-the-clock tortures of the Hawks’ former benefactor, the King of Midland. But
while the flayed and starved Griffith may be in isolation, he is not
alone. Horrors beyond imagination await Guts and the Hawks in the
catacombs, and those who die may just be the lucky ones!

BILLY THE KID’S OLD TIMEY ODDITIES TPB
ERIC POWELL (W) and KYLE HOTZ (A)
On sale January 11, SC, 104pg, FC, 7" x 10", $13.95


From the Eisner award-winning creator of The Goon comes an
over-the-bigtop horror romp pitting outlaw legend Billy the Kid and a band of
circus "freaks" against the evil machinations of the nefarious Dr.
Frankenstein!

Penned with deranged glee by Powell and illustrated by fan-favorite
horror artist Kyle Hotz (The Agency andThe Hood), Billy The Kid’s Old
Timey Oddities starts with Billy the Kid free to roam America, having faked
his own death. Free, that is, until Fineas Spoule, AKA. The Human
Spider, discovers his secret. Now, afraid of being exposed, Billy finds
himself in the service of a caravan of carnival sideshow performers who
have unfinished business with a mad scientist none other than Victor
Frankenstein himself!

This twisted love child of spaghetti westerns and Hammer horror flicks
combines Powell’s humorous fast-paced storytelling and Hotz’s quirky
macabre visuals for a story that the whole family will love…if they’re
the kind of family that love alligator men and miniature boys fighting
monstrous mistakes of science with the help of the fastest gunslinger in
the West!

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #108: SHORTCUT part 2 (of 5)
HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)
On sale December 14, b&w, 32pg, $2.99


Hidden in a fortified prison cell near Edo Castle, Manji endures rough
inspections at the hands of Habaki Kagimura’s medical examiners. Oddly
enough, despite being imprisoned and tortured, Manji finds some comfort
and friendship in a conversation with his cellmate–a simple man with a
sad story. Giichi, Mugai-ryü assassin extraordinaire, is also missing,
and Hyakurin and Rin consider their next move as they search for their
friends.

Politics, horror, and squabbling, demented surgeons! Hiroaki Samura is
pulling our favorite immortal warrior down a very disturbing, bloody
pathway … and the twisted fun in this "Shortcut" story arc is just
getting started!

BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE—NIGHT OF THE BEASTS NOVEL
MAMORU OSHII (W)
On sale December 14, SC, 300pg, 5" x 7", $8.95


At Yokota Base in Japan, American soldiers stand guard at the brink of
the Vietnam War. Although they fear the enemy outside their base, an
even more dangerous enemy waits within—bloodthirsty vampires walk among
them. Appearing human, the beasts lurk in secret among the soldiers,
waiting for the moment to attack. Saya, a fierce and beautiful vampire
hunter, is sent to lead a team of undercover agents whose mission is to
decide who is human and who is not, and wipe out the vampires before they
can wipe out the base. But even though Saya is a powerful warrior whose
skill with her Japanese sword is lethal, her ferocity may not be
enough. The first book in a highly successful series of novels from Japan,
Blood: The Last Vampire is a startling, fast-paced thriller full of
chilling surprises.

B.P.R.D.: THE BLACK FLAME #5 (of 6)MIKE MIGNOLA (W), JOHN ARCUDI (W), GUY DAVIS (A), and DAVE STEWART (C)
On sale December 28, FC, 32pg, $2.99


The secret war against the frogs is no longer secret as an ancient
monster-god marches across the devastated American heartland. Air Force
bombs and missiles are useless against it, so how can the B.P.R.D., on the
verge of total collapse, hope to stop it? The answer lies in a dream
and in the bottom of a dresser drawer of a man who never existed.

CONAN #23
KURT BUSIEK (W) and GREG RUTH (A)
On sale December 21, FC, 32pg, $2.99


Kurt Busiek teams up with Greg Ruth for another eye-popping tale
spotlighting Conan’s earliest years.

At the age of ten, Conan already finds boyhood too small to contain his
manly strength and ambition. But when disease strikes him and his
village, he is left weak and unworthy. Determined to regain his
self-respect, he journeys alone to the site of one of Cimmeria’s bloodiest
battles—but little does Conan know that vile men hide in the shadows of this
place, waiting to prey upon those so foolish as to awaken the fallen
warriors from their uneasy sleep.

CONAN AND THE DEMONS OF KHITAI #3 (of 4)
AKIRA YOSHIDA (W), PAUL LEE (A), and PAT LEE (Cover)
On sale December 7, FC, 32pg, $2.99


King Conan battles an onslaught of monsters unlike any he’s seen in
this penultimate issue of the series that pits the King of the Western
world against a phantom warrior seeking to crush the Far East beneath his
demonic fist. Shinzen was the greatest swordsman in the exotic kingdom
of Khitai, until he became warped with dark power and stole the prized
mystical blade Hakkiba. Now, Conan, his last remaining comrade, and the
elite of the Khitai royal guard must stop Shinzen—no matter how many
twisted beasts of unspeakable horror he throws in their way. Also, don’t
miss the cover by comic-art marvel Pat Lee!

CONCRETE VOLUME 3: FRAGILE CREATURE TPB
PAUL CHADWICK (W/A)
On sale January 18, SC, 208pg, b&w, 6" x 9", $12.95


When you’re seven-feet plus of walking, talking stone, you’re bound to
draw the media spotlight, especially when you live in Tinseltown.
Concrete’s celebrity status is sometimes a pain in the buttress . . . but it
does bring the occasional paycheck gig. When the producer of a
low-budget science-fiction film approaches Concrete to use his prodigious
strength to help save money on the film’s FX budget, the siren call of
Hollywood draws Concrete like a moth to a flame . . . a
seven-thousand-dollar-a-week flame, that is.

DRACULA: ASYLUM NOVEL
PAUL WITCOVER (W)
On sale December 14, SC, 300pg, 4 3/16" x 6 3/4", $6.99


Since Bram Stoker first penned Dracula in 1897, this horror classic has
been endlessly reinterpreted on stage, screen, and print. Drawing on
Universal Pictures’ 1930s rendition of Count Dracula during the Golden
Age of horror films, Dracula: Asylum is a bold new turn on a story that
has remained a consistent favorite for over one hundred years.

The book follows the activities at Dr. Seward’s Sanatorium, the
location from which Dracula drew several victims before being destroyed by
Jonathan Harker in the original story. It is now after World War I and
after being gone for years Dracula is suddenly restored to earth. Trapped
beneath the grounds of the madhouse, his evil reaches out into the
minds of the weak and insane—and as a new crop of victims is harvested, new
heroes are needed to battle this impenetrable evil. Dracula: Asylum
combines intense horror, psychological tension, and thrilling action to
create a successor worthy of the original.

THE GOON #15
ERIC POWELL (W/A)
On sale December 21, FC, 32pg, $2.99


The war against the Zombie Priest is going well as Goon and his allies
have managed to put a strangle-hold on the Priest's supply of fresh
corpses for his Zombie legion. But just as things seem to be cooling down
on Lonely Street, a mysterious figure arrives on the scene to seek
revenge on one of the Goon's best pals, Norton.

GUNGRAVE ANIME MANGA TPB
Based on the anime created by Yasuhiro Nightow and the animation
produced by Madhouse
On sale January 18, SC, 160pg, FC, 5" x 7", $14.95


For Brandon Heat, death doesn’t matter. Driven by his need for revenge,
he returns from beyond the grave to cripple Millenion, the huge mafia
organization that uses undead monsters as its enforcers. His ultimate
goal will be to destroy Harry McDowel, the leader of Millenion, and at
one time, Brandon’s best friend...

JINGLE BELLE: THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (one-shot)
PAUL DINI (W), STEPHANIE GLADDEN (A/Cover), and JOSE GARIBALDI (A)
On sale December 14, FC, 32pg, $2.99


Clear the ice! Santa's rebellious daughter returns in this fun-filled
winter one-shot courtesy of writer Paul Dini and artists Stephanie
Gladden and Jose Garibaldi. In a follow-up to her classic "Mighty Elves"
tale, Jingle once again takes to the hockey rink in a battle royal with
her snow leopard rival Tashi. It's the war to settle the score, or it
will be if the girls can stay out of the penalty box long enough to
finish the game. Also, romance comes to the North Pole in a tale of love
among the lemmings, and Jing endures yet another "blissful" Christmas
Eve in the company of her famous mom and pop.

KONG, THE 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD™ MOVIE ADAPTATION #1 (of 3)
CHRISTIAN GOSSETT (W) and DUSTIN WEAVER (A)
On sale December 21, FC, 40pg, $3.99


With disgruntled investors after his skin, director Carl Denham has one
chance to make the film of his dreams—hire an unknown actress, kidnap
his writer, and board a tramp freighter for the South Pacific. And
Denham is the only one on board who knows their final destination: a
mysterious, storm-shrouded land mass known only as the Island of the Skulls.

There, Denham and his film crew will encounter hostile natives, and
actress Ann Darrow will find herself in the grasp of the island’s
undisputed lord and master—the mighty Kong!

Based on the eagerly anticipated motion picture by Peter Jackson, this
three-issue comics adaptation captures all of the action, all of the
romance, and all of the terror of the 8th Wonder of the World!

PENNY ARCADE: 1x 25¢
JERRY HOLKINS (W) and MIKE KRAHULIK (A)
On sale December 7, FC, 24pg, $.25


If you’ve never heard of Penny Arcade, it’s possible you were killed
tragically in a snowplow accident and your ghost is haunting the place
where you once lived, convinced that you are still alive! Or you may have
just missed out on this new invention called "the Internet." But don’t
fear, because Penny Arcade, the most popular web comic ever, is coming
to comics shops and bookstores everywhere! The comic for gamers, by
gamers is now available to everyone! In celebration of Dark Hore’s January
release of Attack of the Bacon Robots, the first Penny Arcade
collection, we’re offering readers a twenty-five-cent preview of the book in a
twenty-four-page comic!


PERHAPANAUTS #2 (of 4)

TODD DEZAGO (W), CRAIG ROUSSEAU (P), and RICO RENZI (C)
On sale December 28, FC, 32pg, $2.99


Hey, Perhapa-pals! Todd Dezago here. I really don’t want to date myself
but, y’know, I can remember a time when there wasn’t any PREVIEWS. No
solicitations, no cover image, no three sentence encapsulation that
sorta dilutes the thrills of an upcoming story. Back then the only way you
knew what your hero was in store for next month was on the last panel
of this month’s issue! Like—Next Issue: The Rhino! It was enticing! It
was exciting! Don’t get me wrong—I love PREVIEWS—it’s wonderful
publication. However, in honor of those bygone days, we here at The
Perhapanauts will be using this space to introduce ourselves, preview some awesome
artwork, and maybe tell a few jokes. Check back here next month for
some of that kind of fun.

REVELATIONS #5 (of 6)
PAUL JENKINS (W), HUMBERTO RAMOS (A), and LEONARDO OLEA (C)
On sale December 28, FC, 32pg, $2.99


Someone wants Detective Charlie Northern dead. Brought to the Vatican
to investigate the strange death of the Pope’s most likely successor,
Northern has uncovered too much, and now, someone close to him has been
murdered. Dark and powerful forces are at work, but Northern doesn’t
care anymore. He knows he’s dangerously close to the truth, and nothing
short of Hell itself is going to stop him from finding out who or what is
out to destroy his life.

Humberto Ramos' always fantastic artwork takes an amazing turn with
this complex and shocking murder mystery.

SERAPHIC FEATHER VOLUME 6: COLLISION COURSE TPB
TOSHIYA TAKEDA (W) and HIROYUKI UTATANE (A)
On sale January 11, SC, 00pg, b&w, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4", $15.95


A game of power, treachery, and violence plays out over possession of
advanced alien technology discovered buried on the Moon. These "Emblem
Seeds" can unleash incredible power, but only a few are capable of
wielding that power, and those who can are as valuable as the technology
itself. Separatist corporate terrorists have hijacked a shuttle to Earth
with the intent of kidnapping one such paranormal, Kei Heidemann, but
U.N. agents, led by the beautiful and deadly Attim M-Zak, are out to
spoil their plot. If the agents fail, not only will Kei fall into enemy
hands, but the crippled shuttle will collide with Earth’s orbital
elevator, cutting off the moon colonies and setting the stage for the moon’s
independence…and potential war with Earth!

SERENITY TPB
JOSS WHEDON (W), BRETT MATTHEWS (W), WILL CONRAD (A), and ADAM HUGHES
(Cover)
On sale January 25, SC, 104pg, FC, 7" x 10", $12.95


Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and scribe of Marvel’s
Astonishing X-Men, unveils a previously unknown chapter in the lives of
his favorite band of space brigands in this comics prequel of the
Serenity feature film—the big-budget follow-up to Whedon’s cult-hit TV show
Firefly.

Penned by Whedon and Brett Matthews, who wrote several episodes of
Firefly as well as Dark Horse’s final Angel comics series and the animated
Chronicles of Riddick feature "Dark Fury," Serenity follows a ship full
of mercenaries, fugitives, and one law-abiding prostitute in their
pursuit for fast cash and a little peace along the fringes of space. The
ragtag crew of Serenity take on a scavenger mission with the hopes of
earning enough dough to disappear for a while. Only too late do they
realize the whole gig is orchestrated by an old enemy eager to remake their
acquainitance with the help of some covert-operatives known only as the
Blue Gloves.

Artist Will Conrad (Marvel’s Elektra and Witches) and colorist Laura
Martin (Astonishing X-Men and The Ultimates) paint a rough and wild world
of adventure across a strange and dangerous universe, in this
not-to-be-missed tale straight from the brain of pop-culture mastermind Joss
Whedon!

SHI: JU-NEN TPB
BILLY TUCCI (W/A) and JC VAUGHN (W)
On sale January 11, SC, 104pg, FC, 7" x 10", $12.95


Ana Ishikawa returns to her native Japan where she desperately tries to
avert an all out-war between the secretive sects of the Kyoto and Nara
Sohei. And with the Narans on the verge of annihilation, the Kyoto
Sohei are about to rub it in—with the encouragement of the Yakuza and with
potentially disastrous consequences. Once again, Ana in the guise of
Death Incarnate, will take up the naginata and don her grandfather's
Kabuki face paint in order to save both cities, even if it means turning to
her father's murderer Masahiro Arashi to do so...

SPACE PINCHY: PLEASED TA MEETYA
TONY TAKEZAKI (W/A)
On sale December 21, FC, 48pg, $3.99


Meet Space Pinchy. The last remaining member of the Pinch Tribe, Space
Pinchy travels through space in search of the tribe’s lost treasures,
everything from dirty magazines to doomsday devices! In her adventures
Pinchy utilizes myterious superpowers, a form fitting outfit, and about
every innuendo in the book to aid her in her quest.

STAR WARS: EMPIRE #40
"The Wrong Side of the War" part 5 (of 5)
WELLES HARTLEY (W), DAVIDÉ FABBRI (P/C), CHRISTIAN DALLA VECCHIA (I),
and DAVID MICHAEL BECK (Cover
On sale December 21, FC, 32pg, $2.99


The jig is up!

The Rebel intelligence operatives inside the Imperial base on Kalist VI
have been discovered. Yet, even with their cover blown, this stalwart
crew of Alliance heroes is determined to follow through with their
mission no matter what the cost! As Imperial forces close in swiftly and
mercilessly, will this band of Rebels need to be rescued from their own
rescue mission? Find out in this explosive conclusion to "The Wrong Side
of the War."

STAR WARS: PURGE (one-shot)
JOHN OSTRANDER (W), DOUG WHEATLEY (A), CHRIS CHUCKRY (C), and ADAM
HUGHES (Cover)
On sale December 28, FC, 32pg, $2.99


After Order 66, few Jedi dare to venture outside the shadows—rumors of
the dark and terrible Darth Vader haunting even their waking moments.
Yet, some Jedi find this life of fear unbearable. Now, a small band of
Jedi have agreed to meet and discuss what should be done to oppose the
Empire and its Sith Lords. However, the Empire is always watching, and
Vader himself is eager to confront any Jedi that might bring him closer
to the whereabouts of his betrayer, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Prepare for Jedi
versus Sith action unlike any seen since the Old Republic in this special
one-shot follow-up to Revenge of the Sith!

STAR WARS TALES VOLUME 6 TPB
ROB WILLIAMS (W), THOMAS ANDREWS (W), IAN EDGINTON (W), LUCAS MARANGON
(W/A), BRANDON BADEAUX (A), CULLY HAMNER (A), MICHEL LACOMBE (A), STEVE
PUGH (A), and various
On sale January 25, SC, 232pg, FC, 7" x 10", $19.95


The vastness of the Star Wars galaxy hosts an ever-unfolding mythology,
filled with character-driven stories of loss and tragedy, of heroism
and redemption. Collected here are ten such tales—thrilling adventures
that traverse and illuminate every era in the Star Wars mythos. From the
life-affirming lessons of the Force to the moral and emotional fallout
that comes with giving oneself over to the ways of the Sith, these
exhilarating stories will change the way you see that galaxy far, far away…

SUPER MANGA BLAST! #59
MOHIRO KITOH (W/A), MAKOTO KOBAYASHI (W/A), KENICHI SONODA (W/A), and
HIROYUKI UTATANE (A) with TOSHIYA TAKEDA (W)
On sale December 28, b&w, 128pg, $5.99


The insanity of Makoto Kobayashi’s first extended What’s Michael? story
arc continues, as stranded astronauts face spitting, scratching horrors
on the "Planet of the Cats!" Whether you’re performing as a circus
freak or imprisoned in a gross "breeding cell," life’s surely not easy for
a human surrounded by thousands of angry, bipedal felines. The Cannon
God Exaxxion team finally sits down for dinner! (Then something really
disturbing happens.) Shadow Star and Seraphic Feather, now featured in
the original right-to-left, Japanese format, both enter new eras. The
Seraphic Feather crew is almost ready to return to Earth, and Shiina’s
father becomes a Shadow Star detective, edging closer to the secrets of
the mysterious Shadow Dragons! Also, SMB!’s entertaining and educational
columns, "Sugoi Japan!" and "A Fan’s View," continue to inspire fans of
Japanese culture!

UNIVERSAL MONSTERS: CAVALCADE OF HORROR TPB
DAN JOLLEY (W), DEN BEAUVAIS (W/A), DAN VADO (W), STEVE MONCUSE (W),
TONY HARRIS, ART ADAMS (A), JONATHAN D. SMITH (A), TERRY AUSTIN (A), and
ERIC POWELL (Cover)
On sale January 11, SC, 208pg, FC, 7" x 10", $19.95


The Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon!

Featuring long out-of-print artwork by the white-hot Tony Harris (Ex
Machina, Starman) and artist Art Adams (Monkeyman & O'Brien), as well as
a brand-new introduction and painted cover by multiple Eisner Award
Winner Eric Powell (The Goon), this collection tells the original stories
of the Universal Monsters—Frankenstein, the Mummy, Dracula, and the
Creature from the Black Lagoon.

From the 1930s to the 1950s, Universal Studios changed horror cinema
forever with its legendary run of monster movies. Since then, these
timeless tales of terror and tragedy have enthralled generations of
audiences and inspired countless creators of the macabre. Now, read the stories
of the Universal Monsters as envisioned by some of comics’ finest
talents.

VAMPIRE HUNTER D VOLUME 3: DEMON DEATHCHASE NOVEL
HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI (W) and YOSHITAKA AMANO (A)
On sale December 14, SC, 300pg, 5" x 7", $8.95


The novel that was the basis for the hit motion picture Vampire Hunter
D: Demon Deathchase is available in English for the first time!

The third volume of the popular Japanese series Vampire Hunter D comes
to America in Vampire Hunter D: Demon Deathchase. The vampire hunter
known only as D has been hired by a wealthy, dying man to find his
daughter, who was kidnapped by the powerful vampire Lord Meierlink. Though
humans speak well of Meierlink, the price on his head is too high for D
to ignore and he sets out to save her before she can be turned into an
undead creature of the night. In the nightmare world of 12090 A.D.,
finding Meierlink before he reaches the spaceport in the Clayborn States
and gets off the planet will be hard enough, but D has more than just
Meierlink to worry about. The dying man is taking no chances, and has also
enlisted the Marcus family, a renegade clan of four brothers and a
sister who don’t care who they kill as long as they get paid. Beautiful
illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano complement the post-apocalyptic plot,
filled with chilling twists. Co-Published with Digital Manga Publishing.

WILL EISNER: A SPIRITED LIFE BIOGRAPHY
BOB ANDELMAN (W); with introduction by MICHAEL CHABON
SC, 352pg, b&w spot illustrations and photographs, 6" x
9, $14.95


Will Eisner's greatest legacy may be the graphic novels he championed
and created. It is certain that Eisner is an American original who has
made more innovations in the field of comics than any other artist,
permanently altering the face of American pop culture. This beautifully
illustrated biography explores the fascinating life of Eisner, detailing a
career that exceeds six decades in which Eisner spearheaded the cause
of comics for adult readers and created the first graphic novel, A
Contract with God. His influence has been felt by such diverse talents as
Jack Kirby and Batman creator Bob Kane. Underground comics legend R.
Crumb and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists Jules Feiffer and Art
Spiegelman have hailed Eisner's cinematic approach to comics and his enduring
character The Spirit. From his childhood to educating Army soldiers to
famously turning down a proposal for Superman, Eisner's personal and
professional life is told in dramatic detail.

Andelman spent almost three years interviewing Eisner, researching his
life and work, and interviewing his friends, family, and the creative
talents he inspired over a seventy-year career. Among those who spoke
about either their personal experience with Eisner or the way in which he
touched their careers were: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Neil Gaiman,
Denis Kitchen, Mort Walker, Chris Browne, Joe Kubert, Jim Warren, Roy
Thomas, Stan Lee, Dave Sim, Joe Simon, Denny O’Neil, Joe Quesada, Patrick
McDonnell, Jules Feiffer, and Neal Adams. This book features never-before
published stories about Eisner’s first partner, Jerry Iger, related by
his great-nephew, Walt Disney Studio CEO Robert Iger.

Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures
of Kavalier & Clay which is based in-part on interviews with Eisner,
contributes a stirring introduction to Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.

THE WOLF MAN: HUNTER’S MOON NOVEL
MICHAEL JAN FRIEDMAN (W)
On sale December 14, SC, 275pg, 4 3/16" x 6 3/4", $6.99


Lawrence Talbot is the son of a family steeped in wealth and power.
While on vacation in Europe his life was changed forever when he was
bitten by a lycanthrope and cursed to walk the earth for the rest of
eternity as an immortal monster driven by rage and an unstoppable hunger for
human prey. No longer a man, not fully a beast, Talbot was one of the
damned: a werewolf.

After apparently dying at the hands of his loved ones, Talbot awakes in
the back of a car hurtling down a deserted road, evading gunfire from
another vehicle in hot pursuit. The driver of his car gets him to safety
and informs him the persons following them are from a heretical cult
dedicated to the extermination of all those marked by the sign of the
Wolf. As Talbot places his trust in the hands of these new friends, an
order whose stated mission is to protect werewolves, and learns of the
origins of the werewolf curse, he slowly starts to realize that he is
actually in more danger than he could imagine and that his saviors have
evil intentions all their own for him.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Pop Artifact!

Vintage DC Comics house ad

New "Superman Returns" pics

Here's a fresh batch of promo stills from the upcoming Superman flick, featuring Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane and Brandon Routh as Clark Kent/Superman.





Today's DVD new releases

Lost The Complete First Season

Greta Garbo the Signature Collection

21 Jump Street Complete Third Season

Charmed Complete Second Season

MacGyver Complete Third Season

Fraggle Rock Complete First Season

Millennium Complete Third Season

Quick hits

Check out some fine, vintage illustration work in "Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates," which someone has kindly posted as a Flickr Album.

Remembering Bob "Gilligan" Denver.

Dial B for Blog joins in the fun of DC's Silver Age house ads. Why are these things so much fun to look at? I guess it's the nostalgia factor, remembering when these comics coming out were fresh and new. Anyhow, if you like 'em, tune in here at This is Pop! to see vintage house ads pert near anyday.

Drawn, er, draws attention to the excellent movie poster work of Bob Peak.

Tony Isabella grooves on Repticulus.

The New York Times features an interview with S.E. Hinton, reclusive author of "The Outsiders" and other teen novels.

The fourth season set of "Smallville" out next week will feature an interesting bonus: one episode of the 1990s "The Flash" live-action series. The episode, "Out of Control" was the first regular-length show of the series, TV Shows on DVD reports.

Lots of "Lost" hints and potential spoilers here, if you want 'em.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Pop Artifact!

Vintage DC Comics house ads

Quick hits

Various skinny from Comics Continuum: The "Teen Titans Go!" comic, like the Titans animated show, will feature the Doom Patrol in upcoming issues. An actor has been cast to play Aquaman on an upcoming issue of "Smallville." Also check out the link for some pics of the animated Batgirl, set to appear soon on "The Batman" toon.

Marvel Comics plans to produce its own films. Plus details on a planned Captain America flick.

TV Guide checks out the "Boondocks" cartoon.

Fats Domino wasn't the only musician rescued in New Orleans. Power popper Alex Chilton was also evacuated by helicopter.

New Superman pic

Via Newsweek, here's actor Brandon Routh in costume:



See the Best Superman Sites on the Web.