Friday, September 23, 2005

Pop Artifact! G.I. Joe space capsule


Vintage DC Comics house ad!

Details on "Concert for Bangladesh" DVD

The George Harrison-organized 1971 benefit concert comes out Oct. 26 on a remastered, expanded DVD and CD set, both from Rhino Records.

Along with Harrison, the show featured appearances by Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Billy Preston, Badfinger and Leon Russell.

According to Billboard:

Rhino's DVD restores the original 99-minute movie in 5.1 sound and tacks on a wealth of extras, including a rehearsal performance of "If Not for You" with Harrison and Dylan and a soundcheck take on "Come on in My Kitchen" with Harrison, Clapton and Russell, plus Dylan performing "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," an outtake from the theatrical release.

The DVD will also include a 45-minute documentary, "The Concert for Bangladesh Revisited 2005," which features interviews with Bob Geldof and United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.


Also, Rhino is releasing a deluxe edition of the CD that will include a reproduction of Harrison's handwritten lyrics for "Bangla Desh," a postcard set, sticker and a print of the original show poster.

Here's the track list for both DVD and CD:

"Bangla Dhun"
"Wah-Wah"
"My Sweet Lord"
"Awaiting on You All"
"That's the Way God Planned It"
"It Don't Come Easy"
"Beware of Darkness"
Band Introduction
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"Youngblood"
"Here Comes the Sun"
"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
"It Takes a Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry"
"Blowin' in the Wind"
"Just Like a Woman"
"Something"
"Bangla Desh"

Quick hits

A batch of musicians are getting together to cover the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love," one of John Peel's favorite tunes as a tribute to the late DJ. Participating: Pete Shelley, Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, David Gilmour, Peter Hook from New Order and Jeff Beck along with the Futureheads, El Presidente and the Datsuns. Should make for an interesting racket.

The Disney adaptation of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" is set to premiere in London.

The first Asterix book in four years is out Oct. 14.

A look at Neil Gaimin's new book.

Director Joss Whedon may squeeze in another film, a thriller titled "Goner," between "Serenity" and his take on "Wonder Woman".

Online promotion is underway for "Southland Tales," a sci-fi flick starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. A series of graphic novels tying into the film is also planned.

Mile High Comics has previews of DC's ABC A To Z: Tom Strong and Jack B Quick, Batman: Journey Into Knight #2, Jack Cross #2, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere #4, Silent Dragon #3 and Vigilante #1 and Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man #524, Black Widow 2 #1, Cable/Deadpool #20, Daredevil #77, Defenders #3, Drax The Destroyer #1, Hulk: Destruction #3, New Warriors #4, Sentry #1 and Wolverine #33.

Via the Comics Reporter: This is the closest thing to an interview with "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson as you're likely to ever see. On the same front, Mark Evanier discusses one strip that was altered for the new "Complete Calvin and Hobbes" collection.

Dial B Blog proves you can't go wrong with evil twins.

Review: "Superman: Man of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 1"



The Fortress of Solitude! The Bottle City of Kandor! Super scavenger hunts and weird transformations! New super powers in every panel! Kryptonite of every hue everywhere!

All stuff you don't see in Superman comics anymore, but which you saw all the time back in the late 1950s when the tales in "Superman: Man of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 1" first appeared.

Barrel-chested, spit-curled and flying through the eternally pale blue skies of Metropolis, this is Superman at his most iconic--the incarnation many of us grew up with.

The character had been around 20 years already, but in many ways the legend begins here.

Starting with Action Comics 241, June 1958, Superman takes leave of any reality we might recognize and becomes enveloped in one that's uniquely his own--a Superverse.

This Superman rarely flies around catching bankrobbers and rescuing people from floods and earthquakes as he did back in the more "realistic" 40s. He deals with situations that could arise only in his own fictional world. The tales all hinge on aspects of this new reality--the antics of members of his supporting cast, including Lois Lane, Jimmie Olsen and Perry White; the wild surroundings of his arctic refuge, the Fortress of Solitude; adventures in Kandor, the shrunken city from native planet, kept in a bottle on his trophy shelf.



The first story reprinted here features Batman, who as a birthday present to Superman acts as an anonymous enemy, leaving messages in the Fortress of Solitude that threaten to expose Superman as Clark Kent. The idea is Superman will take pleasure in detecting who is to blame. An odd choice of gift!

In other stories, Jimmie Olsen dreams what might happen if Superman were president; the Man of Steel is transformed into a lion; aliens force him to live underwater; a criminal creates a city modeled after one on Krypton. And it gets weirder and weirder from there until all the causes and effects of this universe become completely self referential.



The Superverse has its own logic, which has nothing to do with the reality we inhabit. But once you get familiar with this weird world's dynamics it's fun to see and guess how the stories will play out. No doubt this is what made them such fun for children back in the 50s. Knowing the ins and outs of how things worked in Superman's world likely gave kids a feeling of mastery and power they couldn't experience in real life. They became young scholars of a new, emerging folklore.

It's said Mort Weisinger, editor of DC Comics' Superman titles, brainstormed all this stuff--the Fortress, Kandor, Superman robots, Brainiac, etc.--to tweak comic book sales following the end of the George Reeves' "Adventures of Superman" TV series. In the absence of regular promotion on television, the comics needed something "more" to give them a boost. Hence gimmick after gimmick. Not that it wasn't all a lot of fun.

But to give Weisinger sole credit--or even the majority of it--is unfair. Any number of books and articles on comic book history portray the editor as an ogre--a miserable guy to work for who consistently claimed credit for other people's ideas. Real credit should go to the writers of these tales, especially Otto Binder, who wrote most of the scripts in this Archive.

Before coming to DC, Binder was the most prolific of Fawcett's "Captain Marvel" writers. And the Superman stories reprinted here share much of the same whimsy and imagination displayed in Binder's "Marvel" tales. Without his contribution, the Silver Age Superman would have been considerably different.

Other creators featured on these Archive stories include scripter Jerry Coleman and a quartet of classic Superman artists: Wayne Boring, Al Plastino, Kurt Schaffenberger and (mainly on covers at this point in his career) Curt Swan. And while the book's index miscredits the story to Wayne Boring, "The Girl of Steel," from Superman #123, was drawn by Dick Sprang.

It all adds up to a lot of strange, strange fun and a reminder of the wild, imaginative potential of comics. For newcomers, nostalgic oldtimers or young readers, a trip to the Superverse is a uniquely entertaining experience.

A consumer note: The stories in this Archive (from Action Comics #241-247 and Superman #122-126) will all be included in the black-and-white collection "DC Showcase Presents Superman Vol. 1" out next week, which also includes Action #248-257 and Superman #127-133). While that collection lacks color, it'll be considerably cheaper and thicker.

Gretchen Mol as "The Notorious Bettie Page"

Here are some stills from the upcoming indie docu-drama about the 1950s pin-up queen.





Thursday, September 22, 2005

Pop Artifact! G.I. Joe Adventure Team vehicle



Vintage DC Comics house ad!

Quick hits

MTV has info about an "Aeon Flux" comic.

Here's a teaser for the upcoming "Batman Vs. Dracula" straight-to-DVD film.

Here's Chris Ware's first cartoon for The New York Times Magazine.

The FBI reportedly thought John Lennon was too stoned to pose a security threat when it spied on him back in the early 70s.

"Lost" clues, season 2, episode 1

Offical recap from ABC:

Man of Science, Man of Faith
Air Date: 09/21/2005
Against Jack's better wishes, Locke and Kate rush to venture into the hatch. Jack follows to find no sign of Kate and Locke being held at gunpoint by a man whom he recognizes from his past.

In flashback, we see how Jack miraculously saved a woman named Sarah - the same Sarah he ends up marrying - and get a better understanding of his journey from man of science to man of faith.

Meanwhile, back on the island, while searching for Vincent, Shannon has an eerie encounter with Walt - who was last seen being taken by the Others out on the open ocean.


Things noticed--with added speculation!

Man, that was a pretty cool opener. We know a little bit more. But as usual, more questions have surfaced. Like: Who's that dude down in the Hatch? Why is he there? What's his connection with Jack? Why does he still listen to LPs?

A few observations on the season 2 opener culled from message boards and elsewhere:

--The SUV driver killed in the crash that injured Jack's future wife, Sara, was named "Adam Rutherford"--the same last name as Boone and Shannon. In season 1, there's a mention that their father had died, leaving their mother all his money.

--The man in the Hatch was seen getting up from a bunkbed. Are there, were there, more people down there?

--In their flashback, the Hatch man introduces himself to Jack as "Desmond."

--Desmond is very friendly and supportive when Jack explains his sadness over Sara's likely paralysis. Later, Sara miraculously regains feeling in her legs--much as Locke, after the crash, regains his ability to walk. Is Desmond somehow responsible for this healing effect?

--Is there any significance to the water Desmond shared with Jack?

--As Jack and Desmond part, Desmond says "See you again in another life, brother."

--Freeze-framed, the label on the drug Desmond administers to himself at the beginning of the episode reads:
CR 4-81516-23 42
FOR INJECTION
RX-1

The numbers, of course, are the same ones that keep popping up throughout the series.
Here's a shot:


--Some details about the painting Jack sees inside the hatch.
Here's a couple shots lifted from http://www.thetailsection.com/:

Note: 108 is the sum of the mysterious numbers: 4+8+15+16+23+42.

A reference to the sickness Danielle mentions in season 1?

--More numbers:
The last number Desmond turns the safe combination to is 42.
The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at 8:15AM.
It looks like Desmond typed in 4 8 15 16 23 and 42 and then hits the EXECUTE button on the keyboard right after he wakes up.
When Desmond gets on the bike, he cycles up to 16 mph.


--Here's a pic (also from http://www.thetailsection.com/) of the symbol shown on Desmond's medicine cabinet:


--The "quarantine" warning is on the inside of the Hatch door, leading one to believe the island itself, not the interior of the hatch, is what's under quarantine.

--"Make Your Own Kind of Music" was recorded by Mama Cass. Check out the lyrics here.

--There's some sort of large magnet in the Hatch that pulls at the key tied around Jack's neck. Did this magnet pull down the plane? Is it what caused the compass in season 1 to go wonky?

--Supposedly if you play Walt's whispering to Shannon backwards, he says "Dont push the button, the button is bad" or something having to do a with a "button."

--Given Walt's weird ties to animals shown last season, its seems he somehow used the dog, Vincent, to send a message to Shannon.

--Yahoo! has some clips from last night's episode.

--Just a hunch, but it seems like Jack's mysterious tattoo might figure into all this weirdness somehow.

--New theory: What if there never was a plane crash? The folks on the island were made to believe so, but are there for a completely different reason? The memories in their flashbacks were somehow implanted or imagined?

SPOILER WARNING!

Go to http://www.oceanicflight815.com/, look for the little bar code graphic at the bottom of the page and type in "theislandiswaiting."

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Pop Artifact! G.I. Sea Wolf submarine





Vintage DC Comics house ad!

Girl group greats boxed up by Rhino

Along with "Children of Nuggets," Rhino has another promising set coming out soon (Oct. 4).

"One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found" is a four-disk set that includes the obvious, the rare and the sublime.

The writeup:

Rhino is pleased to present the first-ever boxed set to celebrate the girl groups of the 1960s. From soul and garage to Brill Building pop and countrypolitan, every possible girl group style is represented on these four discs, which gather 120 remastered tracks from 107 artists—The Supremes, The Ronettes, Dusty Springfield, Carole King, Petula Clark, plus a slew of artists less known but every bit as vital. Landmark packaging replicates a mod-style hat box and includes a diary-style booklet with essays, rare photos, track notes, and artist quotes.

And the tracks:

NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK - The Velvelettes

HE'S GOT THE POWER - The Exciters

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT'S GOIN' ON (IN MY MIND BUT ME) - The Chiffons

I'D MUCH RATHER BE WITH THE GIRLS - Donna Lynn

KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY BABY - Little Eva

NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE - The Flirtations

YOU DON'T KNOW - Ellie Greenwich

BOYS - The Shirelles

BIG BAD WORLD - Cathy Saint

OUT IN THE STREETS - The Shangri-Las

IS IT TRUE - Brenda Lee

PLEASE DON'T WAKE ME - The Cinderellas

I'LL KEEP HOLDING ON - The Marvelettes

OH NO NOT MY BABY - Maxine Brown

MAY MY HEART BE CAST INTO STONE - The Toys

MAGIC GARDEN - Dusty Springfield

I NEVER DREAMED - The Cookies

HE'S A BAD BOY - Carole King

HAPPY, THAT'S ME - Little Frankie

DREAM BOY - Jackie DeShannon

TRY THE WORRYIN' WAY - The Fabulettes

I CAN'T LET GO - Evie Sands

GO NOW - Bessie Banks

YOU'RE NO GOOD - Dee Dee Warwick

OPPORTUNITY - The Jewels

LIFE AND SOUL OF THE PARTY - Mally Page

BREAK-A-WAY - Irma Thomas

WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH YOU - Lesley Gore

HE DID IT - The Ronettes

BABY THAT'S ME - The Cake

I ADORE HIM - The Angels

THE TRAIN FROM KANSAS CITY - The Shangri-Las

PLEASE GO AWAY - The Shirelles

LET ME GET CLOSE TO YOU - Skeeter Davis

I HAVE A BOYFRIEND - The Chiffons

I'M INTO SOMETHIN' GOOD - Earl-Jean

I'LL COME RUNNING - Lulu

IF THERE'S ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT (LET ME KNOW) - Roddie Joy

WHEN THE LOVELIGHT STARTS SHINING THROUGH HIS EYES - The Supremes

IT COMES AND GOES - Sadina

BABY, BABY (I STILL LOVE YOU) - The Cinderellas

GIRL DON'T COME - Sandie Shaw

THAT'S WHEN THE TEARS START - The Blossoms

WHAT A LONELY WAY TO START THE SUMMERTIME - The Bitter Sweets

DON'T DROP OUT - Dolly Parton

THE ONE YOU CAN'T HAVE - The Honeys

I'M NOBODY'S BABY NOW - Reparata & The Delrons

YOU'RE SO FINE - Dorothy Berry

WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE - Ruby & The Romantics

MY ONE AND ONLY, JIMMY BOY - The Girlfriends

A FRIEND OF MINE - The Geminis

CHICO'S GIRL - The Girls

CAUSE I LOVE HIM - Alder Ray

BYE BYE BABY - Mary Wells

THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST - P.P. Arnold

I WON'T TELL - Tracey Dey

EGYPTIAN SHUMBA - The Tammys

I SOLD MY HEART TO THE JUNKMAN - The Starlets

WALKING IN DIFFERENT CIRCLES - Goldie & The Gingerbreads

THE HIDEAWAY - The Young Generation

THE TROUBLE WITH BOYS - Little Eva

LOOKIN' FOR BOYS - The Pin-Ups

DREAM BABY - Cher

CONDITION RED - The Goodees

SHOULD I CRY (Alternate Take) - Jackie DeShannon

I'M BLUE (THE GONG-GONG SONG) - The Ikettes

I'VE BEEN WRONG BEFORE - Cilla Black

LOVE'S GONE BAD - Chris Clark

NIGHTMARE - The Whyte Boots

SHE DON'T DESERVE YOU - The Honey Bees

WILL YOU BE MY LOVE - The Four J's

TAKE ME FOR A LITTLE WHILE - Evie Sands

FUNNEL OF LOVE - Wanda Jackson

I'M GONNA DESTROY THAT BOY - The What Four

TERRY - Twinkle

UNTRUE UNFAITHFUL (THAT WAS YOU) - Nita Rossi

SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM - The Goodies

SATURDAY NIGHT DIDN'T HAPPEN - Reparata & The Delrons

DON'T EVER LEAVE ME - Connie Francis

DON'T FORGET ABOUT ME - Barbara Lewis

WANNA MAKE HIM MINE - The Emeralds

ONLY TO OTHER PEOPLE - The Cookies

BIG-TOWN BOY - Shirley Matthews

DADDY YOU GOTTA LET HIM IN - The Satisfactions

AFTER LAST NIGHT - The Rev-Lons

HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM & DAD - The Lovelites

TOO HURT TO CRY, TOO MUCH IN LOVE TO SAY GOODBYE - The Darnells

UP DOWN SUE - Luv'd Ones

WHEN I THINK OF YOU - Twiggy

GOOD, GOOD LOVIN' - The Blossoms

WHEN THE BOY'S HAPPY (THE GIRL'S HAPPY TOO) - The Four Pennies

DON'T DRAG NO MORE - Susan Lynne

I'M AFRAID THEY'RE ALL TALKING ABOUT ME - Dawn

THAT'S HOW IT GOES - The Breakaways

SOME OF YOUR LOVIN' - The Honey Bees

PEANUT DUCK - Marsha Gee

THANK GOODNESS FOR THE RAIN - Peanut

STEADY BOYFRIEND - April Young

HE WAS REALLY SAYIN' SOMETHIN' - The Velvelettes

I KNOW YOU LOVE ME NOT - Julie Driscoll

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO OUR LOVE - Maxine Brown

HEART - Petula Clark

I CAN'T GIVE BACK THE LOVE I FEEL FOR YOU - Syreeta Wright

HE MAKES ME SO MAD - Hollywood Jills

I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL I SEE MY BABY'S FACE - Dusty Springfield

CRYING IN THE RAIN - Carole King

WE DON'T BELONG - Sylvan

YOU DON'T LOVE ME NO MORE - Madeline Bell

HEY, TELL ME BOY - Marie Knight

BRINK OF DISASTER - Lesley Gore

WHO DO YOU LOVE - The Sapphires

I'M 28 - Toni Basil

THEY NEVER TAUGHT THAT IN SCHOOL - Gayle Harris

DRESSED IN BLACK - The Pussycats

AIN'T GONNA KISS YA - The Ribbons

EVERY LITTLE BIT HURTS (Del-Fi Version) - Brenda Holloway

MISTER LOVEMAN - Yvonne Carroll

MAKE THE NIGHT A LITTLE LONGER - The Palisades

MIXED UP, SHOOK UP, GIRL (Live) - Patty & The Emblems

GOOD NIGHT BABY - The Butterflys

"Children of Nuggets" box details at last

This set from Rhino Records has sounded like a gem ever since we first heard about it. Now, the label has finally spilled the beans with an official track list and release date (next week! Sept. 27). You can order it now from Amazon.

Here's Rhino's spiel:

In keeping with the spirit of Lenny Kaye's original Nuggets, this four-disc box renews the tradition with a cornucopia of grassroots rock, retro revelations, and lush power pop from the next generation of like-minded bands. 100 songs, five hours of remastered music! A full-color booklet includes photos, liner notes by Little Steven Van Zandt, Nigel Cross, and co-producer Alec Palao, track-by-track commentary by Kieron Taylor, and closing comments by co-producer Gary Stewart.

And here are the tracks:

VANISHING GIRL - The Dukes Of Stratosphear

HELP YOU ANN - Lyres

THE REAL WORLD - Bangles

RE LIVING IN VIOLENT TIMES - The Barracudas

THE TRAINS - he Nashville Ramblers

SEVEN YEARS - Watermelon Men

STRANGERS WHEN WE MEET - The Smithereens

WADING THROUGH A VENTILATOR - The Soft Boys

I CAN'T HIDE - Flamin' Groovies

THE GIRL FROM BALTIMORE - The Fleshtones

IT'S A GOOD THING - That Petrol Emotion

SHE'S FINE - The Stems

ALL MY LIFE - The Point

DOWN AT THE NIGHTCLUB - The Creeps

(MY GIRL) MARYANNE - The Spongetones

SHE TURNS TO FLOWERS - Salvation Army

YOU ARE MY FRIEND - The Rain Parade

MR. UNRELIABLE - The Inmates

(I THOUGHT) YOU WANTED TO KNOW - Chris Stamey And The dB's

SHE DON'T KNOW WHY I'M HERE (Single Version) - The Last

THERE MUST BE A BETTER LIFE - Biff, Bang, Pow!

SLAVE GIRL - The Lime Spiders

I MAY HATE YOU SOMETIMES - The Posies

I HELPED PATRICK McGOOHAN ESCAPE - The Times

IT'S ABOUT TIME - The Pandoras

I LIVE FOR BUZZ - The Swingin' Neckbreakers

I WANT YOU BACK - The Hoodoo Gurus

THIS DAMN NATION - The Godfathers

TELL ME WHEN IT'S OVER - The Dream Syndicate

WHENEVER I'M GONE - The Prisoners

NEW KIND OF KICK - The Cramps

AND SHE RIDES - The Long Ryders

MOTORBIKE BEAT - Revillos

TEARS (ONLY DRY) - The Vipers

25 O'CLOCK - The Dukes Of Stratosphear

DON'T GIVE IT UP NOW - Lyres

IF AND WHEN - Chris Stamey And The dB's

PABST BLUE RIBBON - The Untamed Youth

THERE SHE GOES - The La's

KINGSLEY J. - Vibrasonic

I CAN NEVER TELL - The Crawdaddys

MAKE ME STAY - The Green Telescope

EVERYDAY THINGS - The Plimsouls

I WANNA DESTROY YOU - The Soft Boys

IT'S YOU - Mickey & The Milkshakes

APOLOGY - The Posies

LIGHTS ARE CHANGING - The Bevis Frond

AHEAD OF MY TIME - The Droogs

WELCOME TO MY LOVE - The Funseekers

FLOWERS IN THE SKY - The Revolving Paint Dream

METAL BABY - Teenage Fanclub

THE UNGUARDED MOMENT - The Church

I CAN'T PRETEND - The Barracudas

OUT OF THE UNKNOWN - Died Pretty

L.A. EXPLOSION - The Last

I'LL CRY ALONE - Flamin' Groovies

SUNSPOTS (Single Remix) - Julian Cope

HINDU GODS OF LOVE - Lipstick Killers

DEATH AND ANGELS - Green On Red

BARBED WIRE HEART - The Sinners

PINK FROST - The Chills

SHE TOLD ME LIES - The Chesterfield Kings

BEAUTY AND SADNESS - The Smithereens

TEST DRIVE - The Mummies

BUSY MAN (EP Version) - DMZ

LOVE WILL GROW - The Stems

SHE GOES OUT WITH EVERYBODY - The Spongetones

HYPNOTIZED - The Plimsouls

NO APOLOGY - The Unclaimed

GOD KNOWS IT'S TRUE - Teenage Fanclub

YOU KEEP ON LYIN' - The Hoods

DON'T BREAK DOWN - The Sting-Rays

THE WORLD HAS CHANGED - The Fleshtones

BABY WHAT'S WRONG - The Cynics

PSYCKO (THEMES FROM PSYCHO AND VERTIGO) - Laika & The Cosmonauts

MY NAME IS TOM - The Jigsaw Seen

GENTLE TUESDAY - Primal Scream

WITH A CANTALOUPE GIRLFRIEND - The Three O' Clock

LIKE WOW - WIPEOUT! - The Hoodoo Gurus

BAD NEWS TRAVELS FAST - The Fuzztones

PLAINS OF NAZCA (Single Version) - Sun Dial

GETTING OUT OF HAND - The Bangs

PLEASE DON'T TELL MY BABY - Mickey & The Milkshakes

ONE HALF HOUR AGO - The Rain Parade

YOU'RE MY LOVING WAY - The Aardvarks

TRANSFIGURATION - Screaming Trees

A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA - United States Of Existence

WHERE THE WOLF BANE BLOOMS - The Nomads

CHEATED AND LIED - The Vipers

STRAWBERRIES ARE GROWING IN MY GARDEN (AND IT'S WINTERTIME) - The Dentists

WON'T NEED YOURS - Tell-Tale Hearts

WEAKNESS - Inspiral Carpets

YOU'LL KNOW WHY - The Miracle Workers

NOT MY MEMORY - The Unknowns

FAR AWAY - The Prisoners

AIN'T THAT A MAN - The Optic Nerve

MINK DRESS - Plasticland

TIGHT TURN (Album Version) - The Raybeats

ONE WAY TICKET - The Nerves

TRACY HIDE (Cover Version) - The Wondermints

"Gunsmoke" finally DVD bound

TV Shows on DVD reports 29 episodes of the TV Western classic will be out Jan. 3 on two three-DVD sets.

The editions mark the 50th anniversary of the long-running (20 years!) show's first season.

Extras include:

  • A special John Wayne introduction to the pilot, "Matt Gets It."
  • A special introduction on select episodes by James Arness
  • Audio Commentaries on 11 episodes
  • Rare Home Movies
  • Bloopers and Gag Reels
  • Guest Appearances on TV Talk Shows
  • Promos
  • Photo Galleries
  • Western Channel Gunsmoke Memories
  • Emmy Award's Footage


Quick hits

Billboard interviews legendary New Orleans musician Allen Touissant about his Hurricane Katrina experiences.

A review of ABC's new sci-fi thriller "Invasion." Here's another. Did you know the show was scripted/directed by Shaun Cassidy?!

A review of Martin Scorsese's Bob Dylandocumentary "No Direction Home."

TV Guide has an interview with Harold Perrineau, Michael of "Lost." Potential spoilers may apply.

Meanwhile, "Lost" producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse tell SciFi Wire that season 2 will provide some answers to all the mysteries introduced during the show's first season. Really. They promise. Again, spoilers likley apply. I don't know. I'm not reading it. I'm gonna watch the season debut tonight!

Also in TV Guide, an interview with "Invasion" star Kari Matchett.

Newsarama has sneak peeks of Marvel Comics'debut issue of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Ghost Rider #2, and the Marvel Monsters: Where Monster's Dwell one-shot.

An ad for "Sin City" has been banned in the U.K. Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino says he's up for directing a scene in the film's sequel.

The October issue of National Geographic Traveler features an article on travel comics, including Josh Neufeld's "A Few Perfect Hours," Heather Roberson's "Macedonia," Peter Kuper's "Comics Trips" and more.

Mike Sterlings tells you everything you need to know about Lex Luthor.

Today in hubris.

Basic Hip has a fun LP to share:

Out now!



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

Acme Novelty Library HC

Batman Deluxe Vinyl Statue By Kotobukiya

Batman War Games Act Three TP

Essential Ghost Rider Vol 1

Hulk Visionaries Peter David Vol 2

Identity Crisis HC Direct Market Version

Kamandi Archives Vol 1

Marvel Masterworks Captain Marvel Vol 1

Marvel Masterworks Captain Marvel Vol 1 New Ed

Marvel Milestones Ghost Rider Black Widow & Iceman

Rogue Forget Me Not TP

Teen Titans Outsiders Secret Files 2005

Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #1

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 6 HC

Wonder Woman Vol 3 Beauty And The Beasts TP

Marvel Superhero Showdown figures

Sin City Series 2 figures

CD new releases of note

Sept. 20
The Bad Plus Suspicious Activity?
Ray Charles Duets and Pure Genius - The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959)
Sam Cooke Nightbeat, One Night Stand: Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963 and The Best of
Echo & the Bunnymen Siberia
DVD Bob Dylan No Direction Home
OST Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Sept. 27
The Band A Musical History
Big Star In Space
James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Reginald Veal and Ali Jackson Gold Sounds
Miles Davis The Cellar Door Sessions 1970
The Everly Brothers Give Me a Future
Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane Live at Carnegie Hall
Jelly Roll Morton The Complete Library of Congress Recordings
Neil Young Prairie Wind
VA Children of Nuggets: The Next Generation
VA Dark Holler: Old Love Songs and Ballads
VA Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story
OST The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Marvel Comics solicitations for December 2005

ULTIMATE MARVEL

OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE ULTIMATE MARVEL UNIVERSE: THE ULTIMATES & X-MEN 2005
Written by STUART VANDAL, SEAN MCQUAID, RONALD BYRD & CHRIS BIGGS
Cover by MARK BAGLEY & MORRY HOLLOWELL

The Official Handbook gets the Ultimate treatment! This volume contains in-depth bios on the Ultimates and the Ultimate X-Men, and all their friends and foes! Plus: An all-new cover by ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN artist Mark Bagley, digitally painted by Morry Hollowell.
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #26
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by GREG LAND
"TOMB OF NAMOR"

Learn the hidden history of the lost continent of Atlantis! Plus, the biggest battle ever, as Ultimate Namor takes on the entire Ultimate FF in a pitched battle! Somebody's going to be fillet of fish when it's over. All that and a surprise ending that changes everything. You'll know what we mean when you read it! Part 3 (of 3)
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

ULTMATE IRON MAN #5 (OF 5)
Written by ORSON SCOTT CARD
Pencils & Cover by ANDY KUBERT

The first ULTIMATE IRON MAN mini-series by bestselling sci-fi author Orson Scott Card (ENDER'S GAME, SPEAKER OF THE DEAD) and Andy Kubert (1602, ORIGIN, X-MEN) comes to a conclusion!! The government discovers young Tony Stark and sees how valuable he can be to them. They want him to come be part of the Baxter Building think-tank. But what will they do if Tony refuses?
32 PGS./PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #87 & 88
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by MARK BAGLEY
"SILVER SABLE"

In her efforts to apprehend Spider-Man, Silver Sable inadvertently convinces authorities-and the media-that Spidey does indeed go to Midtown High School. And the first backpack they're going to check belongs to none other than-Peter Parker! But Peter's already taken the advice of his new girlfriend-Ultimate X-Men's Kitty Pryde-and seeks out Sable and her Wildpack for a showdown. Things do not go as planned for the web-spinner. Not at all. Parts 2 & 3 (of 5)
32 PGS. (each)/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50 (each)

ULTIMATE X-MEN / FANTASTIC FOUR
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils & Cover by PASQUAL FERRY
"BOOTSTRAP"

Cerebro has been stolen-and the trail points directly at the government's premier think tank, the Baxter Building! The X-Men aren't happy about it-especially after the shattering events of last month's Ultimate X-Men issue. And the Baxter Building's most famous residents-the Fantastic Four-aren't happy about an angry team of mutants showing up on their doorstep! It's FF versus X-Men in an all-star blowout that leads directly into next month's Ultimate Fantastic Four / X-Men! Ultimate Fantastic Four's Mike Cary is joined by superstar artist Pasqual Ferry for this tour de force of Ultimate action!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

ULTMATE WOLVERINE VS. HULK #1 (OF 6)
Written by DAMON LINDELOF
Pencils & Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

Damon Lindelof, co-creator of the hit TV series Lost teams with superstar artist Leinil Francis Yu to bring their storytelling magic to a tale that will rock the Ultimate Universe! Dr. Bruce Banner has been presumed dead since his execution, following his murderous rampage through Manhattan as the Hulk. But when reports start cropping up of an unidentified creature appearing around the globe, Nick Fury begins to get worried. Not because Banner can turn from man to unstoppable monster in seconds...but because Banner's existence is the one secret that can bring down Fury. Fury turns to the only man he can trust: Wolverine. And he's only too glad to take care of Banner-by any means necessary.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

SPIDER-MAN

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #3
Guest Writer J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils & Cover by MIKE WIERINGO
"THE OTHER: EVOLVE OR DIE" Part 7 (of 12)

THE SPIDER-MAN CROSSOVER EVENT OF THE DECADE CONTINUES HERE!
It's the moment you never thought you'd see, True Believer! Pushed to the brink of death at the hands of Morlun, Spider-Man finds himself poised at the final precipice. Worse, his fate is out of his hands.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #21
Guest Writer J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils & Cover by PAT LEE
"THE OTHER: EVOLVE OR DIE" PART 8 (OF 12)

THE SPIDER-MAN CROSSOVER EVENT OF THE DECADE CONTINUES HERE!
Beaten to the edge of death, hovering in a place short of heaven or hell, Spidey is about to embark on a journey unlike anything he's ever experienced. If he's going to have any hope to thwart Morlun's obscene mission, then he's got two choices: Evolve or die...
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #527
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils & Cover by MIKE DEODATO
"The Other: Evolve or Die" Part 9 (of 12)

THE SPIDER-MAN CROSSOVER EVENT OF THE DECADE CONTINUES HERE!
And just who is "The Other?" The next stage in Spidey's history starts here, True Believer. When the cocoon bursts, what comes out might surprise you.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

SPIDER-MAN/BLACK CAT: EVIL THAT MEN DO #4 & #5 (of 6)
Written by KEVIN SMITH
Pencils & Cover by TERRY DODSON

The wait is over! Finally! No, really. You demanded it, you got it: The conclusion to the series you though would never be finished. When Felicia wakes up behind bars-accused of the murder of the mutant menace known as Klum--there's only one man (well, two actually) who can save her: Peter Parker and Matt Murdock. But to save their friend, they're gonna need a little insight into the powers and psyche of the man who put her in the slammer in the first place, insight that can be provided by someone who really understands what makes him tick. Need a hint? Bamf.
32 PGS. (each)/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99 (each)

SPIDER-GIRL #93
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Pencils & Cover by RON FRENZ
"Something Osborn This Way Comes--!"
Part 1 of 1

As someone from Peter and Mary Jane's past joins the cast, Mayday finally learns the fate of Phil Urich and Normie Osborn's plans to exploit the Venom Symbiote!
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.99

ARANA #12
Written by FIONA AVERY
Penciled by JONBOY MEYERS
Cover by TAKESHI MIYAZAWA

Who killed Anya's mother? The answer to this burning question may be a revelation too powerful for her to handle. Plus: a final confrontation between Miguel's team and the Wasps, with Arana as a reluctant player and Amun revealing himself once again as both friend and foe!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL KNIGHTS

BLACK PANTHER #11
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by SCOT EATON
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
"Two the Hard Way"

It's cover-to-cover action when the Black Panther and Luke Cage battle an army of ninjas and their master: a mythic arch-villain who's got big plans for the King of Wakanda. To survive, the pair's gonna need a little help from their friends - the Falcon and Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Jump on board here, True Believer, as BLACK PANTHER revs up to an event of cataclysmic proportions. Part 2 (of 4).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

BLACK WIDOW 2: THE THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT HER #4 (of 6)
Written by RICHARD K. MORGAN
Layouts by SEAN PHILLIPS
Finishes by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Cover by SEAN PHILLIPS

Award-winning collaborators Richard K. Morgan, Sean Phillips, and Bill Sienkiewicz rev up the tension when Natasha tracks down a girl held prisoner in a heavily fortified jungle compound. The Black Widow must contend with sadistic foes who perform experiments on helpless children, but can she do it alone, especially when old enemies close in, vowing to get even? Meanwhile, Matt Murdock comes to the aid of a captured Nick Fury, but his actions may do more harm than good! Don't miss the red-hot sequel to the limited series praised by Entertainment Weekly, Ain't It Cool News, SFX Magazine and more!
32 PGS./PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

DAREDEVIL #80
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover ALEX MALEEV

"The Murdock Papers" continue! The Bendis/Maleev era rockets towards its shocking conclusion as Matt Murdock makes one of the most important decisions of his entire life. Part 5 (of 6).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

DAREDEVIL: FATHER #6 (of 6)
Written by JOE QUESADA
Art by JOE QUESADA, DANNY MIKI, RICHARD ISANOVE
Cover by JOE QUESADA

The story so big, so emotional, and so personal has now expanded to six issues! This is the pulse-pounding conclusion that will rock Daredevil down to his very roots! It's the end of the road for serial killer Johnny Sockets, but before he's gone, Daredevil and his world will never be the same.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

GHOST RIDER #4 (of 6)
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Pencils & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

"The Road to Damnation," Part 4 of 6: The Demon Kazaan wants to build a pipeline to hell - and the evil oil baron Earl Gustav is only too glad to oblige. It's up to Ghost Rider to stop him. But first, he'll have to deal with the archangel Ruth.
32 PGS./PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

MARVEL KNIGHTS 4 #25
Written by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA
Penciled by MIZUKI SAKAKIBARA
Cover by TONY HARRIS
THE RESSURECTION OF NICHOLAS SCRATCH Part 1 [of 3]

There is an order to everything. A balance to the world and the nether-realms beneath the world. And now that balance is being tipped, as dark forces gather like a storm. The occult mutants known as Salem's Seven are once more banding together. But this time, it's to bring their father, the nefarious Nicholas Scratch, back to life. If they should somehow succeed...pray for the Fantastic Four's souls!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

PUNISHER VS. BULLSEYE #2 (of 5)
Written by DANIEL WAY
Pencils & Cover by STEVE DILLON
"THE DROP"

Who do you hire to take out a relentless psychopath like the Punisher? An even more relentless psychopath. That's exactly what "Uncle Fonzie" Parilla has done - and Bullseye has come to claim the bounty. You've seen what the world's greatest assassin can do with a playing card. Just imagine what he can do with a teddy bear, some balloons, a paper airplane and five pounds of dynamite.
32 PGS./PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99

PUNISHER: SILENT NIGHT
Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Penciled by KYLE HOTZ
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
HOLIDAY ONE-SHOT!

Ready for a little holiday cheer? No? Neither is Frank Castle. He's more interested in tracking down a mob rat in the witness protection program and punishing him. But to do that, he's gonna have to face his greatest foe. Hint: he's fat, dresses in red, and sports a white beard.
48 PGS./PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$3.99

WOLVERINE #37
Written by DANIEL WAY
Layouts by JAVIER SALTARES
Finishes by MARK TEXEIRA
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
"Origins and Endings"
DECIMATION Tie-In!

After all this time, can it be true? Does he...? Logan's recent moves certainly offer some clues -- he's got his hands full, locked in battle deep under downtown Tokyo with one of his oldest and deadliest enemies: Silver Samurai! And that's just Round One. Wait'll you see Round Two. Part 2 (of 5).
32 PGS./PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.50

MARVEL SPOTLIGHT

MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: JOHN CASSADAY/SEAN MCKEEVER
Welcome to the All-New, All-Different MARVEL SPOTLIGHT, showcasing that other great commodity of Marvel Comics: its creators! SPOTLIGHT will bring loyal readers closer to Marvel's top talents, starting this month with the Eisner Award-winning pair of writer Sean McKeever (GRAVITY, SENTINEL) and artist John Cassaday (ASTONISHING X-MEN). Marvel junkies can expect in-depth extras and timely features - including sketches, character designs and script materials! Probing interviews and engaging commentary! An all-out exploration of what makes these creative types tick - everything you ever wanted to know, and a lot of stuff you didn't know you wanted to know! NO ads, NO reprints!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL HORROR

MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 (of 5)
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Penciled by SEAN PHILLIPS
Cover by ARTHUR SUYDAM

Torn from the pages of Ultimate Fantastic Four! On an Earth shockingly similar to the Marvel Universe's, an alien virus has mutated all of the world's greatest super heroes into flesh-eating monsters! It took them only hours to destroy life as we know it-but what happens when they run out of humans to eat?!? Follow their search for more food-and witness the arrival of the Silver Surfer!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL HEROES

AMAZING FANTASY #16
Written by Simon Furman
Penciled by JAMES RAIZ
Cover by LUCIO PARILLO

The fans have spoken in Marvel's second online pole for which character will get revamped in AMFAN. Friends and foes alike, may we introduce to you Death's Head 3.0! An all-new 5-part storyline written by the creator of the original DEATH'S HEAD, Simon Furman, kicks into high-gear right here!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

BOOKS OF DOOM #2 (of 6)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by PABLO RAIMONDI
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA

Fleeing his homeland, Victor Von Doom arrives at college in the United States, his education paid for by the U.S. Government, who sees in Victor a mind that could give them the edge in the Cold War.
But Victor is determined to use this opportunity to further his own destiny and obsessions, his benefactor's wishes be damned. If only these other meddling fools, such as Reed Richards and his loutish friend Ben Grimm would get out of his way, Victor knows the secrets of the world and its untouchable realms will be his for the taking.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA #14
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils & Cover by STEVE EPTING
"THE WINTER SOLDIER"

Fan-favorite creators Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting bring the most talked-about Captain America story in 40 years to a heartbreaking conclusion. Cap faces down his personal demons, in a hand-to-hand battle with the Winter Soldier. But he's not just fighting for victory, he's in a struggle for the heart and soul of everything he's ever cared about, and the results will send tragic echoes throughout his life for years to come! Part 6 (of 6)
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON: DEADLY HANDS
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT
Pencils & Cover by MARSHALL ROGERS

Re-presenting three classic tales of Marvel's hottest femme fatales by comic-book legends Chris Claremont and Marshall Rogers from the classic black-and-white pulp magazines BIZARRE ADVENTURES #25 and DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #32-33! Featuring an all-new new cover by Marshall Rogers! And interviews with the creators!
80 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

DRAX THE DESTROYER #4 (of 4)
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Pencils & Cover by MITCH BREITWEISER

Drax has been reborn bad and is out for some long overdue payback, starting with the three aliens who killed him two issues back. We know, we know, that last doesn't make a lot of sense unless you've read the previous issues of Drax...which you SHOULD HAVE! What? You think I'm writing this for my health?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

FANTASTIC FOUR/IRON MAN: BIG IN JAPAN #3 (of 4)
Written by ZEB WELLS
Pencils & Wraparound Cover by SETH FISHER
Do you know kung fu?

Armed with the knowledge that the mother of all Big Monsters is headed their way, the Fantastic Four and Iron Man are heading south! To Antarctica, that is, and to the very source of the disturbance sending monsters worldwide into an uncontrollable panic. But even the greatest scientific minds in the Marvel U, and their Japanese cohort, monster expert, Dr. Yamane, may have met their match when the unknowable, the unimaginable, the biggest darn big monster ever, comes home to crush a little planet called Earth.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.50

FANTASTIC FOUR SPECIAL
Written by DWAYNE MCDUFFIE
Penciled by CASEY JONES
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

"My Dinner With Doom" - It's a day of celebration and reflection in Latveria, but deep within the confines of the Latverian Embassy to America, Victor Von Doom and Reed Richards engage in a subtle battle of wits, with all of Manhattan as the playing field. What are the stakes? And can Mister Fantastic triumph when all of the moves have been made in advance? A timeless stand-alone special by Dwayne (Justice League Unlimited) McDuffie and Casey (GUARDIANS) Jones!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

GLX-MAS SPECIAL
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by MATT HALEY, GEORGES JEANTY, MIKE WIERINGO, MIKE KAZALEH, TY TEMPLETON & PAUL GRIST
Cover by PAUL PELLETIER

Marvel's own Milwaukee-based Misfits are back-in their very own, double sized X-mas special! Sure, they survived the GLA mini-series, but can Squirrel Girl, Mr. Immortal, and pals survive... the HOLIDAYS?!? 6 all-new features of mockery, morbidity, and merriment-- including the return of Grasshopper, Deathurge... and the Yuletide tyranny of Dr. Tannenbaum?! By Dan Slott (GLA), Georges Jeanty (Gambit), Paul Grist (Jack Staff), Mike Kazaleh (Ren & Stimpy), and special guest, Mike Wieringo (Friendly Neighborhood something-or-other).
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

INCREDIBLE HULK #90
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by JUAN SANTACRUZ
Cover by BRANDON PETERSON
"PEACE IN OUR TIME"

Part 3 of the story arc that will set off the biggest Hulk event in Marvel history! "Recruited" by Nick Fury to journey into space to destroy a sentient HYDRA space weapon, The Hulk has now learned the sordid truth behind its agenda-not that it matters now, though...because the rogue space weapon now has its sights set on him!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL TEAM-UP #15
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Penciled by PACO MEDINA
Cover by PHIL HESTER

The heroes of the Marvel Universe are no more. Spider-Man? Wolverine? Captain America? Iron Man? Gone--but the people of the world still need saving--they still need heroes.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

IRON MAN: THE INEVITABLE #1 (of 6)
Written by Joe Casey
Pencils & Cover by FRAZIER IRVING

It was only a matter of time before Iron Man's longtime enemies re-emerged to confront him once again. And now, they've got more than revenge on their minds. An all-new, action-packed mini-series spotlighting the return of classic villains like the LIVING LASER and the SPYMASTER (to name but two)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

NEW AVENGERS #14
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by FRANK CHO
SECRETS & LIES PART 1 (OF 2)

Spider-Woman's dark secrets revealed!! Captain America catches her double-dealing the Avengers and corners her! How did Spider-Woman get her powers back and to whom does she answer? It's all here!!
A Spider-Woman-focused storyline? Sounds like a job for superstar, award-winning comic artist FRANK CHO!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

NEW AVENGERS: MOST WANTED FILES
Written by JEFF CHRISTIANSEN, SEAN MCQUAID, MICHAEL HOSKIN, MARK O'ENGLISH, RONALD BYRD, STUART VANDAL, ERIC J. MOREELS, ANTHONY FLAMINI & BARRY REESE
An essential companion to NEW AVENGERS, SPIDER-MAN: BREAKOUT, TOXIN and more! Revelations, clarifications and explanations abound as Marvel shines its searchlight on the jailbreak of the century! In the tradition of SECRET WAR: FROM THE FILES OF NICK FURY and SECRETS OF THE HOUSE OF M, NEW AVENGERS: MOST WANTED features HANDBOOK-style bios of all the escapees, from the Answer to Zzzax!
48 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

NEW THUNDERBOLTS #16
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Penciled by RICK LEONARDI
Cover by TOM GRUMMETT

The NEW Squadron Sinister has brought the house down, but are they the good guys -- or bad guys? And what does Speed Demon do when they make a recruitment offer he doesn't want to refuse? Plus: M.A.C.H. IV's mysterious recruitment drive continues...
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

NEW WARRIORS #6 (of 6)
Written by ZEB WELLS
Pencils & Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

When an entire town starts acting as surly as the meanest super-villain, who but the New Warriors would investigate?! Will our heroes save the day, or will they find themselves just as susceptible to the town's corrupting influence? Catch the season finale of the fan-favorite miniseries!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

NICK FURY'S HOWLING COMMANDOS #3
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Penciled by DAN NORTON
Cover by AMANDA CONNER

Girl's Night Out! After a male team goes missing in Merlin's captured village, Vampire by Night and Lillith (who hate each other more than life itself) are dropped in, determined to find out what happened to the rest of the Commandos. Will they find the secret? Will they save their squad? Will they rip each other's eyes out? Only Keith knows!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

RUNAWAYS #11
Written by BRIAN VAUGHAN
Penciled by ADRIAN ALPHONA
Cover by JAMES JEAN

Guest-starring the amazing Spider-Man! Traveling to New York City to help Cloak and Dagger, the Marvel Universe's newest teen heroes run into the Marvel's Universe's ORIGINAL teen hero. 'Nuff said!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

THE SENTRY #4 (of 8)
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Pencils & Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.

Who is the most powerful: the mightiest human being in the world, or the man who keeps him sane?
That's the question that faces Doctor Cornelius Worth, who has the unfortunate distinction of being the Sentry's psychiatrist. Pressured by government agents, by himself, by the weight of expectation to control the Sentry and keep the Void in check, Worth worries about his own stress levels -- his personal life is completely unraveling. Is he truly important, or just a meaningless cog in the grand scheme of things?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

SENTINEL #2 (of 5)
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Art & Cover by UDON

Juston confronts an unfamiliar relative about the whereabouts of his mother. And as Juston's father and others search desperately for the runaway hero, something else entirely is out searching for the Sentinel--with orders to destroy on sight!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

THOR: BLOOD OATH #5 & 6 (of 6)
Written by MICHAEL OEMING
Pencils & Cover by SCOTT KOLINS

Thor and his oath brothers, Fandral, Volstagg and Hogun, collectively known as the Warriors Three, have trod across Asgard, Jotenheim, Ireland, Japan and now Egypt in search of impossibly magical items- and now they have come to the end of that journey for what may be their greatest testing of all! This is the conclusion of Blood Oath, a final "classic style" Thor story told in the tradition of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee- see the final appearance of Donald Blake, Asgard and Thor as you have known him for the last 40 years in this exciting conclusion to Thor: BLOOD OATH!
32 PGS. (each)/T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99 (each)

SPIDER-WOMAN: ORIGIN #1 (of 6)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & BRIAN REED
Pencils & Cover by JONATHAN LUNA

Exploding out of the pages of New Avengers!! This all-new epic limited series chronicles the intriguing secret history of Jessica Drew and her journey from child experiment to Hydra agent to S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to super hero to private eye to Avenger!
New Avengers scribe Brian Michael Bendis teams up with searing hot newcomer Brian Reed (USM video game) and introduces the Marvel debut of the stunning full color visuals of the Luna brothers (Ultra, Girls).
This mini series is packed with intrigue that will lead directly into the upcoming Spider-Woman monthly that debuts early next year from Bendis and Eisner-award-winning Alex Maleev (Daredevil).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

SHE-HULK #3
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by JUAN BOBILLO, PAUL PELLETIER, MIKE VOSBURG,AMANDA CONNOR, MIKE MAYHEW, DON SIMPSON, SCOTT KOLLINS, ERIC POWELL, and more!
Cover by GREG HORN

Join Marvel in celebrating 25 years and 100 solo issues of She-Hulk in this hundred page special!
Get ready for the most important case in She-Hulk's life-because SHE'S the accused! Charged with crimes against the space-time continuum, the TVA is placing She-Hulk in a "Time Trial." If she loses? Her entire personal history-- her very existence-could be erased right out of the Marvel Universe! Guest stars abound as your favorite Marvel characters and artists help spin a tale that spans every incarnation of the Emerald Amazon! Also reprinted in this issue: two of She-Hulk's most important issues, SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1 and SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK #1 in all their four color glory!
104 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #1
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Pencils & Cover by TAKESHI MIYAZAWA
"The Boyfriend Thing"

Because YOU demanded it, the highly acclaimed drama featuring the life of a teenage Mary Jane Watson returns as an ongoing series! And this time, she's got some friendly neighborhood backup! With her circle of friends and recent relationship left in disrepair, MJ is on the market once again! But who will she choose to be the next object of her affections: Peter Parker, her bookish-but-sweet tutor and newly-minted friend; or that dangerous, exciting crimefighter in red and blue tights, Spider-Man? Stick with Eisner award-winner Sean McKeever and superstar artist Takeshi Miyazawa to find out!
32 PGS./All Ages ...$2.99

WHAT IF: CAPTAIN AMERICA
Written by TONY BEDARD
Penciled by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
Cover by TONY HARRIS
WHAT IF...CAPTAIN AMERICA FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR?

At a time when America was tearing itself apart, and the very meaning of our nation was being rewritten in blood, one soldier fought to save the Union and build a better future. Learn the story of Union Army Captain Stephen Rogers, and the twist of fate that transformed him into Captain America, even as it birthed his greatest enemy, the White Skull.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

WHAT IF: DAREDEVIL
Written by RICK VEITCH
Pencils & Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS

In an alternate world, we find the story of a blinded child with special senses who lived in feudal Japan. Growing out of the shadow of his father's failure, the blind youth emerged to stand against an evil controlling overlord as the samurai known as DEVIL WHO DARES!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

WHAT IF: FANTASTIC FOUR
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils & Cover by MARSHALL ROGERS

What if... the Fantastic Four were cosmonauts? Discover the story of the UFFF - the Ultimate Federalist Freedom Fighters: of how their existence as the world's first super-team turned the Cold War into a different, deadlier kind of struggle-and how, ultimately, they fought their hardest, most tragic battle against the forces that kept them in power.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

WHAT IF: SUBMARINER
Written by GREG PAK
Penciled by DAVID LOPEZ
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN

The history books tell us that young Prince Namor, the proud son of an Atlantean princess, joined the Allied fight against the Nazis in order to protect his undersea people. But what if Namor grew up on land with his human father, filled with hatred for the Atlanteans who killed his mother? For whom will he fight when World War II sweeps the planet and Atlantis calls for help? And in what terrifying ways might the course of history be changed forever?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

WHAT IF: THOR
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Pencils & Cover by MICHAEL OEMING

In the tradition of epic mythology, we peer into a universe where the unthinkable has happened: THOR has been transformed into the Herald of GALACTUS. How can Earth survive with such a powerful harbinger of doom at its doorstep? Is there anyone who can stop him or will Earth be left a scorched and barren wasteland like so many other thriving planets before it?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

WHAT IF: WOLVERINE
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by JON PROCTOR
Cover by TONY HARRIS
"Public Enemy Number One"

Logan has sought solace in the trappings of a rowdy river town in the Canadian wilderness, but a tragedy forces him to seek revenge in the mob-ridden windy city, Chicago. Will this crusade stop him from becoming Wolverine or does he have a greater destiny ahead of him? All these questions and more are answered in this hard-boiled tale of vengeance by the acclaimed creative team of Marvel/Epic's GUN THEORY.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

THING #2
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by ANDREA DI VITO
"Fun 'N Games"

What started as a party for the rich and privileged has turned into a lethal game of survival. Now it's up to the Thing and Nighthawk to keep Tony Stark and a dozen other billionaires safe from "The Deadliest Place on Earth!" It sure is a good thing that they've got the Constrictor watching their backs! Yeah, you read that right-the Constrictor. Also... Something's not right on the surface of the Moon, a certain something that can only mean more problems for the idol of millions!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

YOUNG AVENGERS SPECIAL #1
Written by ALLAN HEINBERG
Penciled by NEAL ADAMS, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, PASCUAL FERRY, GENE HA, JAE LEE, and MICHAEL GAYDOS
Cover by JIM CHEUNG

Discover the secret history of the Young Avengers when Jessica Jones and Kat Farrell investigate the kids' origins for a special issue of THE PULSE. Who were they and what were their lives like before they met Iron Lad? And what is the future of the team without him? Find out in the YOUNG AVENGERS SPECIAL #1.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL ADVENTURES

MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #10
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Pencils & Cover by MIKE NORTON

There's a new sensation on the New York City stage--and his name is Mysterio?! Could it be that one of Spidey's greatest foes has gone legit? Or does the master of illusion have yet another trick up his sleeve? Also featuring the riveting return of fellow photog Andy Anderson!
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.50

MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #7
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by MANUEL GARCIA
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN

The Fantastic Four have encountered big menaces, but the ego of the Submariner may be their hugest foe yet! The monarch of the seas seeks a bride, and has set his sights on the world's most Fantastic girl!
32 PGS./ALL AGES ...$2.50

X-MEN

CABLE/DEADPOOL #23
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils & Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
"BOSOM BUDDIES"

The jiggly-wiggly conclusion to the BOSOM BUDDIES arc finds Cable & Deadpool cracking the Internet in half as the Black Box tries to drown them in information overload and prevent his TRUE identity from being revealed (X-Universe geek-alert!). Meanwhile, it's snakes vs. cats-- or at least the B.A.D. Girls versus the Cat--for control of the Dominus Objective "ears to the wall" program. Part 4 (of 4).
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

X-MEN: COLOSSUS BLOODLINE #4 (of 5)
Written by DAVID HINE
Penciled by JORGE LUCAS
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

Colossus' family's past has just been blown wide open in front of him. A mysterious villain is wiping out every member of his family and Colossus must stop him. But will Colossus be able to contain his rage and not become everything he's ever feared?!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

EXILES #74
Written by TONY BEDARD
Pencils & Cover by PAUL PELLETIER
"WORLD TOUR: NEW UNIVERSE"

Ta-da! A new Exile joins the team! And he or she arrives just in time to save the team from having their brains smashed across all reality! Part 3 (of 3)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

GENERATION M #2 (of 4)
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Penciled by RAMON BACHS
Cover by STUART IMMONEN
DECIMATION Tie-In!

In the wake of House of M, a new generation tries to pick up the pieces. Their lives have been changed forever. One reporter tries to share their stories with the world, but not everyone wants to hear the stories. In fact, someone wants to make sure that these mutants' stories end now.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

NEW EXCALIBUR #2
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT
Pencils & Cover by MICHAEL RYAN
"DEFENDERS OF THE REALM"
DECIMATION Tie-In!

Something wicked this way comes to London Town and it'll take the combined strengths of the Uncanny X-Men and New Excalibur to stop it! Part 2 (of 3)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

NEW X-MEN #21
Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST & CRAIG KYLE
Pencils & Cover by MARK BROOKS
"CHILDHOOD'S END"
DECIMATION Tie-In!

House of M has forever changed the Xavier Institute and as if the kids didn't have enough to worry about, assassin X-23 comes to the school! Trouble is brewing as one of the X-Men's deadliest villains, William Stryker, is making news again and this time, God is on HIS side! Part 2 (of 4)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

SON OF M #1 (of 6)
Written by DAVID HINE
Penciled by ROY ALLAN MARTINEZ
Cover by JOHN WATSON
DECIMATION Tie-In!

Decimation continues in Son of M! Additional information & further details will be released after House of M #7!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

UNCANNY X-MEN #467
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT
Pencils & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
"GREY'S END"
DECIMATION Tie-In!

Marvel Girl's entire family has been placed on the intergalactic wanted list! The X-Men are the only thing that stands between the Greys and their extraterrestrial executioners! Part 2 (of 3)
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

X-FACTOR #2
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils & Cover by RYAN SOOK
DECIMATION Tie-In!

Questions: What is the bizarre secret of Singularity Investigations and their boss, Mr. Tryp? Has Jamie Madrox turned homicidal? Who is Layla Miller and how does she know stuff? Who is Gloria Santiago and what's going on with her sister? Will Rahne give in to her temptation to kick Monet's butt? Can X-Factor's investigation of the "Decimation" possibly yield the mystery of the HOUSE OF M?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

X-MEN #179
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Pencils & Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
"HOUSE ARREST"
DECIMATION Tie-In

With their world having been turned upside down by the events of House of M, the X-Men find themselves at their absolute lowest. However, it looks like help has arrived, from the most unlikely of allies! Part 3 (of 3)!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

X-MEN #180
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Pencils & Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
"WHAT LORNA SAW" Part 1 (of 2)!

When the X-Men traveled into space, Lorna Dane, a.k.a. Polaris, saw something that has haunted her mind for months. What was it that she saw? Is it a new danger that threatens to tear the mutant world apart? It's time to solve this mystery, whether Polaris wants to or not.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.50

X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS #2 (of 6)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by TREVOR HAIRSINE & PETE WOODS
Cover by MARC SILVESTRI
DECIMATION Tie-In!

The deadly secrets in Xavier's past crawl slowly toward the light, with dark tendrils of fear seeping into the minds of his X-Men. And if that wasn't bad enough, Cyclops and Marvel Girl are missing, and their friends' minds are falling apart as they search for them. One long-time member of the X-Men has uncovered the secret, though-but will he arrive at the Institute in time to save his friends? Ed Brubaker and Trevor Hairsine ratchet up the suspense in this X-Men event, which also features a bonus back-up tale introducing a new mutant, written by Brubaker and drawn by Pete Woods.
40 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.50

X-MEN UNLIMITED #12
Written by STUART MOORE & CHRISTOPHER LONG
Penciled by C.P. SMITH & JOHN LUCAS
Cover by C.P. SMITH

Two stories that offer revealing glimpses into your favorite X-Man: Wolverine! In "The Healing," Logan lies gutted in a Northwest forest, surrounded by wolves and clinging onto hope and sanity as his body goes about the complicated work of repairing itself. It's not as easy as you might think. And in "Pain Is Necessary, Suffering Is Optional," Logan stares down an old acquaintance with a death wish. Knowing what he knows, will Logan talk him off the ledge, or push him off?
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

X-MEN AND POWER PACK #3 (of 4)
Written by MARC SUMERAK
Art & Cover by GURIHIRU

They say life's a circus -- and the super-powered siblings of Power Pack couldn't agree more. But when the real circus rolls into town, the Power kids find out that there's big trouble lurking under the big top! And if the kids thought clowns were scary, just wait until they meet the blue-skinned, pointy-eared X-Man known as Nightcrawler!
32 PGS./All Ages ...$2.99

MAX COMICS

PUNISHER #28
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Penciled by LEO FERNANDEZ
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
"THE SLAVERS"

The Punisher's got big plans for the head of an Eastern European gang whose crimes chill even Frank Castle's own icy heart. To pull this one off, he's going to have to brush up on his anatomy. But don't worry-Frank's a quick study. Part 4 (of 6).
32 PGS./MAX-EXPLICIT CONTENT ...$2.99

PUNISHER: THE TYGERWritten by GARTH ENNIS
Penciled by JOHN SEVERIN
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
DEADLY ONE-SHOT!

Long before he waged a one-man vendetta against organized crime, long before he was a young lieutenant waging war in the jungles of 'Nam, Frank Castle was a 10-year-old boy growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn. When a classmate commits suicide in the aftermath of an unspeakable act, young Frank uncovers a secret dark enough to blacken the purest of hearts. Thus begins his first journey on the road that will eventually turn him into the man known as the Punisher, a journey that will bring him face to face with the Tyger: a creature not made by God, but just as vital to the world as anything He created.
56 PGS./MAX - Explicit Content ...$4.99

SUPREME POWER: NIGHTHAWK #4 (of 6)
Written by DANIEL WAY
Pencils & Cover by STEVE DILLON

"The Joke's Over": The homicidal clown known as the Whiteface has been painting the town red - with blood. When a trail of corpses leads him to the lair of his mysterious adversary, Nighthawk finally gets what he wants: ringside seats to Whiteface's unquenchable madness. It's the strangest show on earth.
32 PGS./MAX - Explicit Content ...$2.99

SUPREME POWER: HYPERION #4 (of 5)
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by DAN JURGENS
Cover by ANDY BRASE

Shape! Emil Burbank! Arcanna! And Nuke!
When four of the most powerful individuals on earth collide with their prey -- the titanic Hyperion -- the earth-shattering results are not to be missed!
32 PGS./MAX - Explicit Content ...$2.99

ICON COMICS

THE BOOK OF LOST SOULS #3
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils & Cover by COLLEEN DORAN

The destinies of most people are defined early on. Then there are the others: The Lost. Those whose numbers aren't in yet, who could go toward the light or toward the darkness - indeed, who could be tipped one direction or another. And everything starts with the book. That's what Jonathan discovers after taking a suicide plunge off the London bridge more than a century ago-and lands in the present. With the power of the Dark Man behind him-and the help of a cat named Mystery-Jonathan travels to the Lost, revealing their destinies as he discovers his own. When Jonathan encounters a talented runaway artist, he must help her choose between the easy path and the road less traveled. J. Michael Stracynski (Amazing Spider-Man, Supreme Power) blends timeless fantasy with modern storytelling in this new ongoing series.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

MARVEL PREMIERE EDITION

FANTASTIC FOUR BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI VOL. 1 PREMIERE HC
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by MIKE MCKONE
Cover by MIKE MCKONE

The new ongoing creative team of writer J. Michael Straczynski (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, SUPREME POWER) and artist Mike McKone (Teen Titans, EXILES) unite their talents to chart a new course for the world's greatest comic magazine! First up: an intriguing offer for a conflicted Reed, and a windfall for Ben! Plus: A visit from state officials has dire ramifications for Sue and the rest of the Richards clan! Collects FANTASTIC FOUR #527-532.
144 PGS./RATED A ...$19.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2029-7
Trim size: standard

MARVEL MASTERWORKS

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AVENGERS VOL. 5
Written by ROY THOMAS
Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA, DON HECK & GEORGE TUSKA
Cover by DON HECK

The year was 1967, and what a year it was to be an Avengers fan. Why? Because Earth's Mightiest Heroes gained one of Earth's Mightiest artists-the one and only John Buscema! If an artist like Big John teaming up to create the titanic Thomas/Heck/Buscema triumvirate isn't enough to wet your whistle for amazing tales of the adventurous Avengers, then get a load of the manic Marvel Masterworks they have in store for you:
Prince of Power, Hercules goes mano-a-mano with the Dragon Man; Captain America mixes it up with the Russian Red Guardian for the Red, White and Blue; the entire dag-blamed Avengers battle the Super-Adaptoid; Goliath and the Wasp face a blast from their shrinking past as they fight the Whirlwind. And a hero redeems the role of the Black Knight only to have the Avengers lose their teammates, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, to Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants-it's a cosmic balance, bub! And let us not forget, Avengers past and present joining together in combat against a sextet of baddies built up by the Mandarin. It's a story so huge it could only be contained in the first-ever Avengers Annual!
Remember, True Believer, there's no guarantee that a yuletide gift this hot won't ignite, so don't forget to fireproof the ol' fir tree.
Collecting AVENGERS (Vol. 1) #41-50 and ANNUAL #1
288 PGS./All Ages ...$49.99

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AVENGERS VOL. 5 - VARIANT EDITION
288 PGS./All Ages ...$54.99
ISBN: 0-7851-1848-9

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE ALL-WINNERS COMICS VOL. 1
Written by CARL BURGOS, STAN LEE, JACK KIRBY, JOE SIMON & BILL EVERETT
Penciled by CARL BURGOS, AL AVISON, JACK KIRBY, JOE SIMON, BILL EVERETT, JACK BINDER, PAUL GUSTAVSON, PAUL REINMAN, ALLEN SIMON, MIKE SEKOWSKY, JOHN FORTE, BOB POWELL, HOWARD JAMES & AL GABRIELE
Cover by ALEX SCHOMBURG

Marvel Comics proudly presents more Golden Age greats, collecting the first four issues of ALL-WINNERS COMICS, from 1941-42 - newly remastered and restored. The Human Torch, Captain America, the Sub-Mariner, the Destroyer, the Whizzer and more battle for victory for America - both together and in solo adventures!
280 PGS./All Ages ...$49.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1884-5

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE ALL-WINNERS COMICS VOL. 1 - VARIANT EDITION
280 PGS./All Ages ...$54.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1885-3

MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVELS

ULTIMATE GALACTUS BOOK 2: SECRET TPB
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Penciled by STEVE MCNIVEN & TOM RANEY
Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

The second story in the ULTIMATE GALACTUS trilogy that began with ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE! A hidden alien race is trying desperately to keep man from reaching the stars. Cape Canaveral scientist Phillip Lawson, secretly a Kree soldier assigned to a mission on our planet, knows of the hideous plan and will use all his considerable power to stop it...the power of Captain Mahr Vehl! But his sudden betrayal may mean a swift doom for the Earth. Starring the Ultimates and the Ultimate Fantastic Four! Collects ULTIMATE SECRET #1-4.
96 PGS./RATED A ...$12.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1660-5

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL. 14: WARRIORS TPB
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by MARK BAGLEY
Cover by MARK BAGLEY

The Gang War to end all Gang Wars begins! The Kingpin is in retreat -- and that kind of a power vacuum won't last long. It's about to be filled by a figure of unabashed dread in the underworld: Hammerhead! Plus: the Ultimate debut of several Marvel characters, including Moon Knight! And Spidey thinks he's had trouble before... but nothing has ever made him declare, "Peter Parker no more!" Collects ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #79-85.
168 PGS./RATED A ...$17.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1680-X

NEW X-MEN - ACADEMY X VOL. 3: X-POSED TPB
Written by NUNZIO DEFILIPPIS & CHRISTINA WEIR
Penciled by MICHAEL RYAN, PACO MEDINA & GEORGES JEANTY
Cover by AARON LOPRESTI

Four tales of tomorrow's X-Men! First, a forbidden relationship comes out into the open, with consequences for everyone at Xavier's! Then, the kids at Xavier's deal with death as they mourn the passing of one of their favorite teachers. But when their emotions start coming out, will they say things that might signal the end of the New Mutants forever?! Next, the Xavier Institute's end-of-year dance is upon the New Mutants. Invitations are declined, hearts are broken, and jealously runs rampant! And just as the X-Men leave for a mission, an old villain sees this as the perfect time to strike! And finally, with the New Mutants at their absolute lowest, will the kids be able to work out their problems and become a team again?! Plus: HANDBOOK-style bios on all your favorite New Mutants and Hellions characters! Collects NEW X-MEN: ACADEMY X #12-15 and the NEW X-MEN: ACADEMY X YEARBOOK SPECIAL.
120 PGS./RATED A ...$14.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1791-1

X-MEN: PHOENIX - ENDSONG TPB
Written by GREG PAK
Pencils & Cover by GREG LAND

The mysterious and powerful Phoenix Force is life incarnate, and yet it consumes whole worlds in a moment. Its long history with the X-Men is fraught with tragedy...especially concerning one of the most beloved of their number, Jean Grey. What will happen when the Phoenix returns to Earth in search of the one mortal who could ever contain its power...only to find her dead? Collects X-MEN: PHOENIX - ENDSONG #1-5.
128 PGS./RATED A ...$14.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1924-8

GRAVITY: BIG-CITY SUPER HERO DIGEST
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Pencils & Cover by MIKE NORTON

You've made your way through high school and moved out of your parents' house. You're finally ready to get a job, pick a major and meet the girl of your dreams. You've got it all figured out... right? Right?! Meet freshman Greg Willis, NYC newbie from the rural Midwest hoping to realize his dream of becoming a big-city super hero. But will the realities of city life, college and saving the day prove to be too much for him? Let Sean McKeever and Mike Norton, the creative team responsible for the acclaimed Indie drama The Waiting Place, introduce to you the next great Marvel hero! Collects GRAVITY #1-5.
120 PGS./RATED A ...$7.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1798-9

MEGA MORPHS DIGEST
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Pencils & Cover by LOU KANG

Some dangers are too big for even the Marvel Super Heroes; that's when they activate Tony Stark's newest inventions: the Mega Morphs! Super-powerful, high-tech transforming robots piloted by the unlikely team of NEW AVENGERS' Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine -- along with Ghost Rider and the Hulk?! Join fan-favorite writer Sean McKeever and superstar-on-the-rise Lou Kang for furious fighting based on the hot new line of toys from Toy Biz. Marvel's heaviest heroes in giant-robot action? True Believer, this is the toy tie-in other toy tie-ins dream of being! Collects MEGA MORPHS #1-4, plus the toy line's MEGA MORPHS mini-comics.
152 PGS./All Ages ...$7.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1868-3

MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 1: FAMILY OF HEROES DIGEST
Written by AKIRA YOSHIDA
Penciled by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Cover by MICHAEL RYAN

All adventure, all action, for all ages! Join Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing for a wild ride of all-new, unforgettable exploits. Collects MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #1-4.
96 PGS./All Ages ...$6.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1858-6

MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2: POWER STRUGGLE DIGEST
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Penciled by PATRICK SCHERBERGER
Cover by TONY SALVADOR DANIEL

The all-ages action continues! It's wall-to-wall mayhem in the Mighty Marvel Manner when new ADVENTURES writer Sean McKeever joins artist Patrick Scherberger to deliver all-original tales of everybody's favorite teenage wall-crawler! Collects MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #5-8.
96 PGS./All Ages ...$6.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1903-5

G.L.A.: MISASSEMBLED TPB
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by PAUL PELLETIER

They are the Great Lake Avengers, the guys who got the shortest end of the super-hero stick. But with the REAL Avengers disassembled, they're going to try to step up to the plate and deal with one of their most powerful villains! Can they save the day? Well, we just hope these guys can save themselves! Collects G.L.A. #1-4 - plus the team's first appearance from WEST COAST AVENGERS #46, by JOHN BYRNE; and Squirrel Girl's first and only previous appearance from MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #8, by WILL MURRAY and STEVE DITKO.
144 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$14.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1621-4

SPIDER-MAN: BREAKOUT TPB
Written by TONY BEDARD
Pencils & Cover by MANUEL GARCIA

The NEW AVENGERS riot hits here! The jailbreak of the century causes more havoc in the Marvel U as a flood of the most dangerous villains on the planet pour into the streets of New York City! And caught between two warring cliques of escaped convicts is everyone's favorite web-slinger! Collects SPIDER-MAN: BREAKOUT #1-5.
120 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$13.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1807-1

MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 2: MASTER OF THE RING TPB
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Penciled by SCOTT KOLINS & JEFF JOHNSON
Cover by SCOTT KOLINS

The Ringmaster is sick of sitting on the sidelines. Reality-altering ring in hand, the newly superpowered villain is out to make a name for himself. Unfortunately for Spider-Man and Moon Knight, they're caught up in the middle of his master plan for world domination. Also featuring the Punisher, Blade, Daredevil, Luke Cage and more! Plus: The Titannus War comes to an abrupt and violent end as all questions are answered, and all plot threads are resolved. Spider-Man, Wolverine, Doctor Strange, Nova, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and the Hulk discover the secrets of Titannus, the most powerful villain introduced into the Marvel Universe this century! Collects MARVEL TEAM-UP #7-13.
176 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$17.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1596-X

CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE FALCON: SECRET EMPIRE TPB
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART & MIKE FRIEDRICH
Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA
Cover by JOHN ROMITA SR.

The Secret Empire was rarely more secretive or empirical than in this classic arc that sets Cap against a conspiracy out to frame and replace him in the American mind! And pay CLOSE attention to the man behind the curtain (or mask, as the case may be)! Corruption and cover-ups conclude with Cap quitting the Avengers, paving the way for his days as Nomad! With Nick Fury, the Black Panther and Banshee! Guest-starring the X-Men (back before it was cool) and featuring an early re-telling of Cap's origin! Collects CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #169-176.
168 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$19.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1836-5

FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: JOHN BYRNE VOL. 5 TPB
Written by JOHN BYRNE & MARK GRUENWALD
Penciled by JOHN BYRNE, MARK BRIGHT & RON WILSON
Cover by JOHN BYRNE

Learn the fantastic mysteries of Mister Fantastic's past as he searches for his time-tramping father and reveals his pre-FF invasion-foiling credentials in a fight against a monster in the classic Marvel style! Travel to a world of cowboys and amazons! Witness the Thing find a house of horror on an alien world! And behold the face of Doom...but just the face? Not to worry, She-Hulk shows more than enough to compensate! Featuring the Black Bolt/Medusa wedding and the end of the Kree-Skrull War! Collects FANTASTIC FOUR #268-275 and ANNUAL #18, and THING #19.
248 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$24.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1844-6

MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS WOLVERINE VOL. 2 TPB
Written by MARV WOLFMAN & ERIK LARSEN
Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA & ERIK LARSEN
Cover by JOHN BYRNE

Like things as clear as black and white? You're in luck -- but Wolverine isn't, as the mysterious Black Shadow/White Shadow uses his energy powers to double-team everyone's favorite feral fighter! Then, Wolverine wanders into a costumed kidnapping scheme run by an old classmate of the web-slinger known as Spider-Man! And find out just how connected Wolverine is as we meet another mysterious marvel from his past! Collects MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #39-50 - plus the rare, never-before reprinted WOLVERINE preview from MARVEL AGE ANNUAL #4.
128 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$12.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1883-7

OMEGA: THE UNKNOWN CLASSIC TPB
Written BY STEVE GERBER, MARY SKRENES, STEVEN GRANT & MARK GRUENWALD
Penciled by JIM MOONEY & HERB TRIMPE
Cover by GIL KANE

Marvel's short-lived superstar fought enemies both infamous and obscure, but it took his death to unveil the story of his life! It's demons, depowerment and drama when the Defenders discover the true secret of Omega and his mysterious charge! Plus, the death of a super-villain who, so far, is still dead! When was the last time you saw THAT? Guest-starring Spider-Man (if you look closely enough)!
224 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$29.99 ISBN: 0-7851-2009-2

WHAT IF? CLASSIC VOL. 2 TPB
Written by DON GLUT & JACK KIRBY
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, RICK HOBERG, BILL BLACK, SAL BUSCEMA, ALAN KUPPERBERG & JIM MOONEY
Cover by JACK KIRBY

Daredevil's secret exposed? The identity of Thor passed down to another? A new Hulk? Multiple Spider-Men? Some of the ideas that shook Marvel's foundation got their start right in the realm of remote possibility overseen by the wondering Watcher! But can even Uatu believe his eyes when Jack "King" Kirby rewrites himself and his fellow legends as the Fantastic Four? Plus: from a concept by Roy Thomas, the Avengers of 1958! Collects WHAT IF? #7-12.
216 PGS./All Ages ...$24.99 ISBN: 0-7851-1843-8

ESSENTIAL SPIDER-WOMAN VOL.1 TPB
Written by MARV WOLFMAN, MARK GRUENWALD & ARCHIE GOODWIN
Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA, CARMINE INFANTINO, JIM MOONEY & RON WILSON
Cover by JOE SINNOTT

Before she was an Avenger, she was...a Hydra agent?! Witness the Arachnidan Adventuress' dire debut against Nick Fury, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- and a follow-up arc alongside the ever-lovin', blue-eyed Thing! After working a few bugs out of her origin, she set up shop in California and faced an array of eccentric enemies rarely equaled to this day! Featuring Shang-Chi, the Werewolf by Night, the Shroud and more! Collects MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #32, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #29-33 and SPIDER-WOMAN #1-15.
568 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$16.99
ISBN: 0-7851-1793-8

THE SENTRY TPB - NEW PRINTING
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Penciled by JAE LEE with PHIL WINSLADE, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, RICK LEONARDI & MARK TEXEIRA
Cover by JAE LEE

The Sentry was a beloved hero, fighting crime before the Fantastic Four took their fateful trip to the stars. He fought all manner of costumed villainy, making the notion of costumed crimefighting accepted by New York's citizenry. He fought alongside the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and Spider-Man - the ideal they tried to measure up to. But today, no one remembers who he was. Bob Reynolds, teetering on the edge of both alcoholism and a failed marriage, wakes up to discover his true nature. He does so in time to begin rebuilding his life. The evil entity known as the Void is returning to Earth. Reynolds dons his Sentry uniform once more and must unravel the conspiracy to erase his memory from mankind before the Void arrives. Ready for the final battle, Marvel's premier hero is backed up by his closest friends: Mr. Fantastic, the X-Men's Angel, the Hulk and Spider-Man. Are they enough to stop an evil as powerful as the Void? Collecting the Sentry's five-issue mini-series and the five subsequent one-shots: SENTRY: FANTASTIC FOUR, SENTRY: X-MEN, SENTRY: SPIDER-MAN, SENTRY: HULK and SENTRY VS. THE VOID.
240 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$24.99 ISBN: 0-07851-2124-2