Friday, September 01, 2006

Pop Artifact! "Secret of the Incas" movie poster

Vintage Comic Book Ad

New Dr. Who action figures

Here's the third batch of action figures based on the new "Doctor Who" series.

Wave 3 contains Captain Jack Harkness (with sonic gun), New Earth Rose with K9, Grey and Orange Krillitanes and a new version of the Cyberman.

Order Doctor Who toys and action figures from Amazon UK.



See the Best Doctor Who Sites on the Web.

Pop Culture Roundup Sept. 1, 2006

Bedazzled shares video of a 1964 press conference by the Beatles. Plus the Zombies on "Hullabaloo"!

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Rumor's afoot that Borders Books is abandoning the sale of monthly comic books.

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Via Mark Evanier: The great comics artist Gene Colan is 80 today.

Today's Best Song Ever: "(Love is Like A) Heatwave" -- Martha and the Vandellas



Sure, the Supremes had more hits. But Martha had more soul. Listen to Martha Reeves' earthy performance here, and that of backup singers Rosalind Ashford and Annette Sterling.

The trio started at Motown singing behind others. That's them on Marvin Gaye's "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" and "Hitch Hike."

"Heatwave," penned by the unbeatable team of Holland-Dozier-Holland was released in summer 1963 and hit #4 on the U.S. pop charts.

The single is the sound of Motown hitting it's stride. Launching with tight snare followed with handclaps, horns and Martha's sun-coming-out-from-behind-the-clouds vocals. It's a great tune, amazingly catchy and well-constructed. But it's the performance here that makes the record. Same with Martha's "Dancing in the Streets." Ever here decent cover versions of either? Ever heard the Who's horrid covers of both?

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Martha and the Vandellas Ultimate Collection
Complete Motown Singles Vol. 4

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Pop Artifact! "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" poster



More Flash Gordon

Vintage Comic Book Ad

Superman serials coming to DVD

"Superman: The Theatrical Serials Collection" will be out Nov. 28. The four-disk set includes the complete 1948 and 1950 serials "Superman" and "Atom Man vs. Superman," both starring Kirk Alyn.

According to Warner Home Video, each serial will be presented in its original full frame aspect ratio along with Dolby 2.0 Stereo Surround audio in English with optional French and Spanish subtitles.

Extras will include a "Saturdays With Superman" featurette and excerpts from the recent documentary "Look Up In The Sky!: The Amazing Story of Superman."

See the Best Superman Sites on the Web.

Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 31, 2006

There's a new Beatles Beatleg Podcast up.

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Via Blog@Newsarama: Yet another tale of problems that arise when the comics industry forgets that superheroes were initially created as entertainment for children. That's the way things were for probably 40 years. But now days, the vast majority superhero books aim for a more "mature" audience.

It's a silly, probably irreversible, state of affairs created because creators have taken mainstream characters first created as entertainment for children and made them "adult."

It used to be any superhero comic on the spinner rack was fair game for any kids around the age of 10. In my opinion, that's the way things should've stayed. If creators wanted to project mature themes (mature themes for the main part being throwing in some cuss words, more vivid violence and more overt sexuality) they should've done so by creating their own, new superheroes rather than taking heroes for children into areas they don't belong.

I mean, if you expect to get adult entertainment out of stories featuring Spider-Man, Batman, Superman and the like, there's something a little wrong with you.

There are plenty of comics out there really meant and created for adults. Try those out instead.

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Dirk Deppey's Journalista! blog is now really back (after a time in proto-type land). And it's officially here, as part of a revitalized Comics Journal Web site.

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Check the Cool Wax shares the Supremes' title song for "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" soundtrack.

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The original "Star Trek" series starts airing on TV Land again Sept. 16, but purists beware: The show has been remastered with new digital special effects added.

Today's Best Song Ever: "(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais" -- The Clash



The Clash is surely one of the best, and most important, bands of the rock'n'roll era. And this tune is the one that demonstrated they were up to something special.

The band could play stripped down, aggressive punk with the best of 'em. But here--after a rocking opening--they slip into a credible reggae groove and get thoughtful without becoming boring or pretentious.

In the tune, singer/writer Joe Strummer recounts his experiences at a reggae show in venue named in the tune's title. It was an awakening, as he explained in 1991:

"All over the world people are oppressed and in London there were the dreads and there were the punks, and we had an alliance. England is a very repressive country... Immigrants were treated badly... So these people had a sense of pride and dignity, and when we went into their concerts, where we should have had the grace to have left them alone... And they didn't jump us, they didn't stomp us, they didn't beat the seven shades of you-know-what out of us... They understood that maybe we needed a drop of this roots culture. And 'White Man in Hammersmith Palais' is a song that was going through my mind while I was standing in the middle of the Hammersmith Palais...in a sea of thousands of rastas and dreads and natty rebels. That song was trying to say something realistic."

The lyrics address Strummer's concern with cultural friction, with prejudice and the oppressiveness of white culture.

The Clash continued to include reggae rhythms in their music everafter without it ever seeming they were coopting someone else's culture. They paid respect to it, showed love for it, found common ground with it.

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More on the Clash and reggae.

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New and upcoming action figures Aug. 31, 2006

Complete List of Marvel Legends Action Figures
Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures

Here's a look at action figures available via your local comics shop or via the TIP!-supporting links below:

DC Direct Action Figures

Alex Ross Justice League Action Figures Series 3
--Green Lantern
--The Joker
--Plastic Man
--Wonder Woman
--Poison Ivy

Alex Ross Justice League Action Figures Series 4
--Shazam
--Black Adam
--Hawkman
--Zatanna
--Solomon Grundy

Batman Dark Victory
--Batman
--Commissioner Gordon
--Scarecrow
--Robin and Penguin

Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 3
--Weaponer of Qward
--Doctor Light
--Superboy prime
--Batman
--Huntress

DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
--Batman
--Wonder Woman
--Lobo
--Superman

DC 13-inch Figures
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Green Lantern
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Lex Luthor
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Two-Face
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Aquaman

Elseworlds Action Figures Series 2
--Red Son Batman
--Red Son President Superman
--Kingdom Come Jade
--Kingdom Come Spectre and Norman McKay
--Gotham By Gaslight Batman

Green Lantern Action Figures Series 2
--Manhunter Robot
--Guy Gardner
--Shark
--Saalak
--Sinestero

Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Powergirl
--Omac
--Mongul
--Earth Prime Superboy
--Alexander Luthor

JSA Action Figures
--Mr. Terrific
--Hawkgirl
--Dr. Midnite
--Hourman
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack

Who's Who in the DC Universe Miniature Figures Series One

Hanna Barbera Action Figures
--Set of Five
--Fred Flintstone Chopper
--Hong Kong Phooey
--Quick Draw McGraw
--Tom and Jerry Music
--Tom and Jerry House

John Lennon
--JOHN LENNON 18" Action Figure

Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Angel
--Beast
--Black Costume Spider-Man
--Deadpool
--Invisible Woman
--Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Action Figures

Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Emma Frost
--Ultimate Iron Man
--Movie Beast
--Planet Hulk
--Banshee
--Hercules

Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Wolverine
--She-Hulk
--Yellow Jacket
--Quick Silver
--Lord Asgard Thor
--Magneto Xorn
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm

Marvel Legends Series 14
--Original Armor Iron Man (variant)
--Longshot
--Baron Zemo (variant)
--Luke Cage: Powerman
--The Falcon (variant)
--Psylocke

Marvel Legends Series 15
--Mandarin
--Beta Ray Bill
--Moon Knight
--Spider-Woman (variant)
--Quicksilver (variant)
--Thor-Buster Iron Man
--Wasp (variant)
--Captain Marvel (variant)

Marvel Legends Exclusive Giant-Man Series
--Giant Man
--Ant Man
--Havok
--Sabretooth
--Captain Britain
--Kitty Pryde
--Thor
--Weapon X
--Warbird
--Sentry
--Weapon X variant
--Sentry Variant

Marvel Legends Masterworks Sets
--Spider-Man Vs. Green Goblin
--Fantastic Four Vs. Mole Man
--Hulk Vs. The Thing
--Galactus Vs. Everybody

Marvel Legends Showdown
--Mister Fantastic and Mole Man
--Colossus and Magneto
--Ghostrider and Vengeance
--Logan and Chopper
--Namor and Shark
--Green Goblin
--Beast (variant)
--Juggernaut (variant)
--Elektra (variant)
-- Silver Surfer
-- Spider-Man and Thing
-- Wolverine and Hulk
-- Dock Ock
-- Black Costume Spider-Man
-- Punisher
-- Doctor Doom
-- Captain America
-- Human Torch

Marvel Mega Morphs
--The Thing
--Iron Man
--Magneto

Marvel Select Figures
--Spider-Woman
--Moon Knight
--Cloak and Dagger

Best of Marvel Select Figures
--Grey Hulk
--Thanos
--Ultimate Spider-Man
--Green Goblin

Marvel Studios
--Dr. Doom with Mask
--Dr. Doom unmasked

Star Wars Transformers
--Millennium Falcon With Han Solo and Chewbacca

X-Men 3 Action Figures
--Air Strike Wolverine
--Angel
--Stealth Cyclops
--Tech Gear Beast
--Phoenix
--Colossus
--Nightcrawler
--Iceman
--Rogue
--Avalanche
--Sabretooth

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Pop Artifact! "Danger Island" movie poster

Vintage Comic Book Ad

Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 30, 2006

Via Boing Boing: Google is offering free PDF downloads of public domain books.

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Also via Boing Boing: A collector shares his collection of postcards drawn by cartoonists Will Eisner, Seth and others.

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Bubblegumfink has worked up a series of "Dawn of the Dead" collector cards.

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The ever-busy Datajunkie shares some "Green Hornet" radio shows.

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Flog is sharing some YouTube videos of 1940s animations done by German cartoonist Hans Fischerkoesen.

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More details on the upcoming Marvel Comics stamps.

Today's Best Song Ever: "Young Man Blues" -- The Who



This hard-rocking cover of the much more sedate original by pianist Mose Allison was a live staple for the Who all through the late 1960s and 70s. The best version is on the must-have Live at Leeds album.

They just thunder through it: John Entwhistle's thundering bass, Keith Moon's all-over-the-place drums and Pete Townshend coming on like two or three guitarists, sounding at times riffy and distorted and others jazzy and clean. Vocalist Roger Daltrey sounds like he's ready to kick some old people ass before he gets old himself. Putting this on made me feel good after many a crappy summer job.

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Availability:
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New Comics Aug. 30, 2006

See complete lists:
DC Archives
DC Showcase
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Masterworks
Marvel Essentials
Marvel Trade Paperbacks
Upcoming Trade Paperbacks - Graphic Novels


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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Pop Artifact! "Journey to the Center of the Earth" movie poster

Vintage Comic Book Ad

Today's Best Song Ever: "(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree" - The Move



This is a pleasant bit of baroque-psych whimsy from the Birmingham group that ultimately gave birth to the Electric Light Orchestra. It first appeared in September 1967 as the B-side to the Move's also-excellent "Flowers in the Rain" and--in a different version--as the A-side of the Idle Race's first single. It was the Move's version, however, that caught on with the listening public.

(Trivial aside: Idle Race singer Jeff Lynne, of course, would later join Wood in the Move and the two of them ultimately formed ELO. It's a confusing family tree/discography. Anyway...)

Wood's lyrics, telling of a nextdoor girl who is "round the bend," are cheerfully absurd, somewhat in the style of the Who's "Happy Jack." Spotting her, in her "silver-clad bikini/Singing, dancing round her fruit tree," our narrator wonders: "Could i calm her down by throwing stones at her/If only I could make the right approach to her/Think i'd rather tame a tiger/Turn those lemons into cider/Still I'd like to get beside her."

Not a lick of sense to it. Not that we mind, what with the exquisite harmonies on the choruses and mini string symphony on the middle eight. It's an amazing little arrangement, reminding us how much imagination and effort went into pop music of this era. And for a B-side at that!

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Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 29, 2006

Via the Comics Foundry: A pair of comics fans are reading the Stan Lee-Jack Kirby run of the Fantastic Four for the first time (and they call themselves comics fans?) and blogging their thoughts.

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Datajunkie shares episodes of the Rod Serling-hosted "Zero Hour" radio series.

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The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band leads a list of Briton's Top 100 Favorite Albums compiled by BBC Radio 2.

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Datajunkie shares episodes of the OTR show "Blackstone, the Magic Detective" scripted by "Shadow" scribe William Gibson.

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Drawn! looks at some "Calvin and Hobbes" rarities.

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Andy Partridge is combing the archives for an XTC rarities box set.

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Denis Kitchen, publisher of Kitchen Sink Comics and art rep for the late cartoonist Will Eisner, is excited about the upcoming film based on Eisner's "The Spirit."

CD new releases Aug. 29, 2006

CD new release Aug. 29, 2006Attack ~ About Time: Definitive Mod-Pop Collection 1966-68

Les Baxter ~ Ritual of the Savage / Passions

The Beach Boys ~ Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary CD+DVD [Limited Edition]

The Beach Boys ~ Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary CD+DVD (Limited Edition Fuzzy Package) [Limited Edition]

Tony Bennett ~ I Left My Heart in San Francisco (Rstr) [Original recording remastered]

Martin Denny ~ Exotica 3

Dirty Dozen Brass Band ~ What's Going on

Lee Dorsey ~ Holy Cow: Very Best of

Bob Dylan ~ Modern Times

Bill Frisell, et al ~ Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian

Joe Meek Shall Inherit the Earth ~ Vol. 2-Joe Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

Pete Townshend ~ All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes

Pete Townshend ~ Another Scoop

Pete Townshend ~ Deep End (Live)

Pete Townshend ~ Empty Glass

Pete Townshend ~ Iron Man

Pete Townshend ~ Psychoderelict

Pete Townshend ~ Scoop

Pete Townshend ~ Scoop 3

Pete Townshend ~ White City

Pete Townshend ~ Who Came First

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys ~ Best Of: Legends of Country Music (W/Book) [Box set] [Original recording remastered]

Various Artists ~ Battle of Hastings Street: Raw Detroit Blues & R&B From Joe's Record Shop 1953-1954

Various Artists ~ Country Goes Rock N Roll 2 [Original recording remastered]

DVD new releases Aug. 29, 2006

Adventures of Robin Hood Vol 1

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1 (B&W)

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2 (B&W)

The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Seventh Season

Arrested Development - Season 3

Bob Dylan:1966-1978 After the Crash

Darkwing Duck, Volume 1

Desperate Housewives - The Complete Second Season

Dick Tracy Double Feature 1 (B&W)

Dick Tracy Double Feature 2 (B&W)

Dick Tracy the Serial (B&W)

Ellen - The Complete Season Four

The Lord of Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Theatrical and Extended Limited Edition)

The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Theatrical and Extended Limited Edition)

The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Theatrical and Extended Limited Edition)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Theatrical and Extended Limited Edition)

Loretta Young Show 1 (B&W)

The Old Grey Whistle Test, Vol. 3

The Personal Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus

Will & Grace: Season Five

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Pop Artifact! French "Fantastic Voyage" movie poster

Vintage Comic Book Ad



See the Secret Origins of Captain Action over at Dial B for Blog.

Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 28, 2006

Dirk Deppey's much-missed comics news blog Journalista is back.

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Chris' Invincible Super Blog covers it's ears at "The Unfortunate Sound Effects of The Savage She-Hulk."

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Jart in My Head looks at some TV show-based paperbacks of the 60s and 70s.

Today's Best Song Ever: "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" - Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans



What do you get when you combine Walt Disney and Phil Spector? A thoroughly unlikeable fellow, I'd imagine. A megalomaniacal,gun-toting lunatic who lives in a fantasy land? No wait. That's just Phil Spector.

But musically, the combination is sublime. Slowed way down, the tune is given a cool groove you wouldn't imagine possible. Layers and layers of sound, of course, over which the trio of Darlene Love, Bob B. Soxx (Robert Sheen) and Fanita James put down the infectious vocals of a tune first featured in Disney's 1946 film, "Song of the South."

The Soxx single hit #1 on the U.S. charts in December 1962 and was followed up in 1963 with "Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts?" and "Not Too Young to Get Married".

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Upcoming Doc Savage and Shadow reprints

Nostalgia Ventures Inc. continues its official reprinting of the Doc Savage and Shadow pulp novels with these releases:

DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 1
“Fortress of Solitude” and “The Devil Genghis”
The Man of Bronze returns as the pulps' greatest superman confronts The Devil Genghis, John Sunlight, a mad genius armed with incredible scientific inventions stolen from Doc Savage’s Fortress of Solitude. Doc Savage and his Iron Crew return in two thrilling novels by Lester Dent writing as Kenneth Robeson. This double-novel volume reprints both appearances of Doc Savage's greatest enemy, the diabolical John Sunlight.

This 7"x10" trade paperback marks the return of Lester Dent's original Doc Savage novels after a 15-year hiatus. Doc Savage Magazine was one of the most popular of the hero pulps, published from 1933 through 1949 by Street & Smith as the sister publication to The Shadow Magazine. The Doc Savage pulp novels were reprinted by Bantam between 1964 and 1991, and created a publishing sensation as the first numbered series of paperback adventure novels.

Doc Savage #1 features the original pulp cover paintings by Emery Clarke from the October and December 1938 issues of Doc Savage, along with the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban. Doc Savage #1 also comes in a variant cover edition featuring art by James Bama. Both cover versions will reprint both of the original pulp covers in smaller size on the back cover. Nostalgia Ventures, softcover, 7x10. B&W, $12.95

Fans may notice strong similarities between a certain blockbuster summer film and the plot of Lester Dent's 1938 novel, "Fortress of Solitude." Clark Savage Jr., the Man of Bronze, was a major influence on the creation and development of Clark Kent, the Man of Steel, including of course his arctic "Fortress of Solitude." This double-novel volume reprints both appearances of Doc Savage's greatest enemy, the diabolical John Sunlight. "If Street & Smith had not published The Shadow and Doc Savage, there might never have been any Superman or Batman," observes popular-culture historian Will Murray, who collaborated with Lester Dent on seven posthumous Doc Savage novels and provides historical commentary in these new volumes. "Between them, Walter Gibson and Lester Dent created the archetype of the superhero, and most of the fiction formulas and trappings of the eternal battle between superhero and supervillain that has come to dominate popular culture in the last 75 years. I like to call Lester Dent 'the Father of the Superhero' because, while Superman and Batman had other influences, both borrowed liberally from Doc Savage, the original owner of the Fortress of Solitude."


THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 2
“The Chinese Disks” and “Malmordo”

The greatest avenger from the legendary hero pulps returns in two more classic novels by his creator, Walter B. Gibson.

The Shadow's crime-fighting organization became fully-formed in “The Chinese Disks,” the novel which introduces his agents cabby Moe Shrevnitz, reformed former-crooks Hawkeye and Tapper, Pietro and the giant African Jericho Druke. The novel is a sequel to Gibson's first novel, “The Living Shadow,” and features the return of The Shadow's first major foe, Diamond Bert Farwell. Thus, “The Chinese Disks” is not only one of the most significant Shadow mysteries, but also one of the most satisfying,” observes pulp historian Will Murray in his historical commentary to the story.
“Malmordo” is the final Shadow novel completed by Walter Gibson before his 1946 departure following a contract dispute, and ended his initial 15-year run chronicling The Shadow's adventures. Murray observes, “In a very real sense, the series that had finally come together in The Chinese Disks culminated with Malmordo, one of Gibson¹s top tales of the 1940s, and one which features the slimiest villain 'Maxwell Grant' ever created.”
THE SHADOW Volume Two features the original pulp cover by George Rozen and interior illustrations by Tom Lovell, who went on to become one of the 20th century's greatest illustrative painters.
Nostalgia Ventures, softcover, 7x10. B&W, $12.95


THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 3
“The Red Blot” and “The Voodoo Master”

The Knight of Darkness returns in two more classic pulp thrillers including “The Voodoo Master,” voted the favorite novel in a 1937 Shadow Magazine readers’ poll and again acclaimed as one of the top Shadow novels by pulp fans nearly a half century later. Walter Gibson’s 1936 novel introduces The Shadow’s arch-foe Dr. Rodil Mocquino, the master of black magic who returned in two subsequent novels and several Golden Age comic book stories.

In “The Red Blot” (1933), Lamont Cranston first meets Commissioner Weston (setting up the friendship that would be featured in the famous radio series) and investigates a series of crimes orchestrated by a malevolent mastermind who leaves a bloody mark as his calling card. The trade paperback also features the original pulp covers by George Rozen, all the interior illustrations by Tom Lovell and historical commentary by Will Murray, principal author of "The Duende History of The Shadow Magazine." Nostalgia Ventures, softcover, 7x10. B&W, $12.95


DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 2
“The King Maker” and “Resurrection Day”
Doc Savage returns in two more great pulp adventures by Lester Dent writing as Kenneth Robeson.

In “Resurrection Day” (first published in 1936), the Man of Bronze perfects a method for resurrecting a dead human being but only one person can be revived. Who will Doc choose?

In “Repel (1937), a strange new element is expelled in a South Pacific volcanic eruption, but falls into the hands of Cadwiller Olden, Doc Savage’s most formidable foe.

The trade paperback also includes a foreword by Peter David (Star Trek, The Incredible Hulk), the original pulp covers by Robert Harris, interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical articles by Will Murray who collaborated posthumously with Lester Dent on seven new Doc Savage novels published by Bantam.
Nostalgia Ventures, softcover, 7x10. B&W, $12.95


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The reprints will be available via Amazon (click the above links) and local comics shops.

They can also be ordered directly from: Anthony Tollin (via check, money order, or Paypal).
1 book: $12.95 plus $3 (first class) or $2 (media mail)
2 books: $25.90 (cover price) first class postpaid
All 3 books/Early October releases: $35 postpaid via priority mail.

Subscriptions are also now available for either THE SHADOW or DOC SAVAGE:
Subscriptions: Six issues for $72 (first class) or $66 (media mail).
Anthony Tollin; P.O. Box 761474; San Antonio, TX 78245-1474; sanctumotr@earthlink.net.

See complete lists of Shadow and Doc Savage books available via Amazon.