Friday, February 20, 2009

Batman Brave and the Bold March 6 ep pics and details

Deep Cover For Batman!
March 6th, 2009
When parallel worlds collide, Batman swaps places with Owlman--his criminal counterpart in an alternate universe--to stop the Crime Syndicate from taking over their world. Crime fighters in one world must battle their evil counterparts in a crime spree melee. Meanwhile back on Earth, Owlman has been perpetrating crimes disguised as Batman and assembled all the villains to join him. When Batman returns, he finds himself on the wrong side of the law and hunted by Green Lantern, Aquaman, Blue Beetle, Red Tornado and Plastic Man. It’s a strange twist of fate that leaves Batman with only one option - to team up with Joker and take Owlman and the Crime Syndicate down!

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Pop links: 60s Batman toons! Hembeck Hulk! Meskin crime! Jack Davis horror!

Geek Orthodox presents some 1960s Batman cartoons.

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Check out some Hulk-oriented class cover re-dos by the great Fred Hembeck.

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From Those Fabulous Fifties, a crime comic illustrated by the awesome Mort Meskin.

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Pappy presents a cool horror tale illustrated by Jack Davis--with scans of the original art!

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Happy Brotherhood Week Pt. 6: Vintage comic books ads

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Upcoming pop culture DVDs: True Blood; The Spirit; Peyton Place, 70s TV cartoons and more!

Here's a look at upcoming DVDs of possible interest to PCS readers. Click the title links to order from Amazon.

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Mission Impossible: Sixth Season
6 DVDs, out April 28

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The Spirit (Two-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)
out April 14

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Crusoe: The Complete Series
3 DVDs, out May 5

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970's
2 DVDs, out May 19

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Harlan Ellison: Dreams with Sharp Teeth
1 DVD, out May 26

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Disney Animation Collection 6: Reluctant Dragon
1 DVD, out May 12

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Adventures of Robin Hood-Complete 3rd Season
3 DVDS, out May 31

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True Blood: The Complete First Season
5 DVDs, out May 19

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Peyton Place: Part One
5 DVDS, out May 19

New Doctor Who companion confirmed

The BBC has confirmed actress Lindsay Duncan will appear in a Doctor Who special to air later this year. Duncan may be familiar to some viewers from her role as Servilia on HBO's "Rome."

Lindsay is best known for her roles across stage and screen, including Shooting The Past and GBH and is soon to star as Margaret Thatcher in the highly anticipated BBC Two drama, Margaret.

In Doctor Who she will play Adelaide – the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet.

Lindsay commented: "I'm thrilled to be involved in Doctor Who. I've never done anything like this before and I'm really looking forward to working with David Tennant and the Doctor Who team."

Lindsay joins David Tennant as he continues his role as The Doctor in the second instalment of the four Doctor Who Specials to be screened throughout 2009, which will follow Planet Of The Dead, due to air this Easter on BBC One.

Executive Producer and writer Russell T Davies said: "Lindsay is an incredibly talented actress and I've been an admirer of her work for some time. We are delighted to announce that she will be joining the team and playing the Doctor's most strong-minded companion yet."


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Pop links: Hulk 'toons! Hulk stuff! Fred Guardineer art!

Geek Orthodox serves up some vintage, 1960s Hulk cartoons.

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Also from Geek Orthodox: A whole mess of Hulk memorabilia. And, if you dig that, check out the Mighty Marvelmania Museum for more!

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Joyville sings the praises of Golden Age comics artist Fred Guardineer.

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Happy Brotherhood Week Pt. 5: Vintage comic books ads

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New comics Feb. 18, 2009: Superman Chronicles; Diana Prince; Essential Classic X-Men

Here's what looks interesting to me this week:

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SUPERMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 6 More Golden Age Superman tales in an affordable, full-color trade paperback.

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DIANA PRINCE WONDER WOMAN VOL. 4 The "Emma Peel"-era Wonder Woman reprintings continue. There's a market for this stuff? Cool!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #587 As I've mentioned, I'm liking Spidey's current adventures.

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ESSENTIAL CLASSIC X-MEN VOL. 3 A big slab of black-and-white x-tales.

Watch Lost tonight!

Check out the Lost Season 5 blog for info about tonight's episode. Then, return there in the morning for a full rundown of what happened, along with observations/speculation.

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Happy Brotherhood Week Pt. 4: Vintage comic books ads

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

DC Comics May 2009 solicitations

Here are highlights from DC's May 2009 offerings. Click the title links to pre-order discounted items from Amazon.

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BATMAN: THE BLACK CASEBOOK TP

Written by Bill Finger, Edmond Hamilton and others
Art by Sheldon Moldoff, Dick Sprang and others
Cover by Alex Ross
Discover the stories that inspired recent events in the Batman universe with this new collection! Featuring stories from BATMAN #65, 86, 112, 113, 134, 156 and 162, DETECTIVE COMICS #215, 235, 247 and 267, and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #89. With an intro by Grant Morrison.
Advance-solicited; on sale June 17 • 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US

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DC COMICS CLASSICS LIBRARY: FLASH OF TWO WORLDS HC
Written by Gardner Fox and John Broome
Art by Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella and Sid Greene
Cover by Carmine Infantino & Murphy Anderson
The super-speedsters of two worlds race into adventure in this new collection of tales! Learn how police scientist Barry Allen, The Flash of the 1960s, first crossed paths with his predecessor, Jay Garrick, in this hardcover featuring THE FLASH #123, 129, 137, 151 and 173.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 29 • 144 pg, FC, $39.99 US

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SHOWCASE PRESENTS: GREEN LANTERN VOL. 4 TP
Written by Dennis O’Neil, John Broome and others
Art by Gil Kane, Mike Fekowsky and others
Cover by Neal Adams
The late ‘60s/early ‘70s adventures of Green Lantern continue! Collects GREEN LANTERN #60-75
Advance-solicited; on sale June 10 • 392 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

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SUPERMAN: TALES FROM THE PHANTOM ZONE TP
Written by Jerry Siegel, Otto Binder and others
Art by Curt Swan, Al Plastino and others
Cover by Gary Frank
Explore the Phantom Zone with these classics stories! Collects ADVENTURE COMICS #283,300, ACTION COMICS #336, SUPERMAN’S GIRLDFRIEND, LOIS LANE #33, SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN #62, SUPERMAN #157,205, SUPERBOY #89,104 and WHO’S WHO #18.
Advance-solicited; on sale June 24 • 144 pg, FC, $19.99 US

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SUPERMAN IN WORLD'S FINEST COMICS ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HC
Written by Jerry Siegel and others
Art by Various
The second Archive collecting adventures from WORLD'S FINEST COMICS is here, with stories from issues #17-32 (1945-1948)! Don't miss The Man of Tomorrow's unforgettable battles with The Toyman, Lex Luthor and others!
Advance-solicited; on sale October 28 • 224 pages, FC, $59.99 US

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BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #5
Written by J. Torres
Art by Carlo Barberi & Terry Beatty
Cover by Scott Jeralds
Children everywhere are missing thanks to the Queen of Fables! It’s up to Batman and Captain Marvel to give this mystery a happy ending!
On sale May 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Marvel Comics May 2009 solicitiations

Here are my picks from Marvel Comics' May 2009 offerings. Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

THOR: TALES OF ASGARD BY STAN LEE & JACK KIRBY #1 (of 5)
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY
Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
The legend has come true! By the will of the gods, I am alive! I am invincible! I am -- THOR!!! And so began the very first epic tale of Marvel's most revered hero, the mighty Thor, whose legend would grow alongside the success of Marvel comics, making him the most exciting super hero of all time! Never has Thor been more sensational than during these early tales, crafted by Marvel's greatest, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Re-live classic Norse mythology in the mighty Marvel manner as well as Stan and Jack's stories of the Norse Gods and Thor before he came to Earth as Don Blake. Witness as these masters breathe life into the thunder god and some of Marvel's most enduring characters: Helmdall, Balder, Loki, Odin and Hela. Read these stories as never before with all-new, modern coloring and six extraordinary interlocking covers by current THOR artist Olivier Coipel. Collecting the "Tales of Asgard" backup stories from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #97-104
48 PGS./Remastered Reprints/All Ages ...$3.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA
BLACK KNIGHT/YELLOW CLAW VOL. 1 HC
Written by STAN LEE, AL FELDSTEIN & VARIOUS
Penciled by JOE MANEELY, JACK KIRBY, JOHN SEVERIN,
FRED KIDA & VARIOUS
Cover by JOE MANEELY
From the heroic times of King Arthur to the dangers of the Cold War, the Atlas Era brings you the greatest adventure stories from the 1950s. Presenting the original series of two legendary characters that have bridged the decades - all the way from the Atlas Era to the Avengers and Agents of Atlas - Black Knight and Yellow Claw are must-haves for every Marvel maniac! Sir Percy of Scandia may appear to be a foppish weakling, too timid to fight and the scorn of Camelot, but only Merlin knows the truth: Sir Percy is the gallant Black Knight! Come to drive Modred de Monfort from King Arthur's court, he wields the ebony blade against Norman invaders, dragons, imposters and usurpers to the throne. With the pencil of Atlas great, Joe Maneely, delineating the action,Black Knight is a sure-fire classic! Then comes Cold War tales of mystery, espionage and world domination from the pages of Yellow Claw! Illustrated by the incomparable trio of Joe Maneely, John Severin and --in a rare mid-50s Atlas appearance-- Jack Kirby, F.B.I. Agent Jimmy Woo's mission to capture the century-old mystic from the root of the Himalayas is packed with gritty crime and unimaginable adversaries, from mind-bending mutants and UFO the Lightning Man to Temujai the Golden Goliath and the Living Shadows! Collecting BLACK KNIGHT #1-5 & YELLOW CLAW #1-4.
256 PGS./All Ages ...$59.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 11 HC
Written by STAN LEE & ROY THOMAS
Penciled by GIL KANE & JOHN ROMITA
Cover by JOHN ROMITA
The Marvel Masterworks celebrate Spider-Man's centennial bow with ten classic Spidey adventures created by a quartet of the greatest talents in comics' history! Stan Lee and Gil Kane start it off with Peter Parker's attempt to cure himself from his spider-powers gone horribly wrong. Yes, it's the six-armed Spider-Man! And he'll need the extra arms to handle Morbius the Living Vampire, in his first appearance, and the cold rage of Lizard. Rascally Roy Thomas joins the fray and then takes Spidey and his bikini-clad gal, Gwen Stacy, into the forgotten jungle known as the Savage Land to face towering beasts, Kraven the Hunter, and J. Jonah Jameson to boot! When Stan returns the Spider Slayer comes with him, and right behind him is the talented pencil of John Romita. In what Romita cites as the favorite artwork of his storied Spidey career, Stan and the Jazzy One leap into an adventure teaming up Spidey and Doctor Strange against a mystic threat from Vietnam while Flash Thompson's life hangs in the balance! Comics don't come better than this, so reserve that copy today, True Believer! Collecting THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #100-109
256 PGS./All Ages ...$54.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2 TPB
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by STEVE DITKO
Cover by STEVE DITKO & DEAN WHITE
Welcome back for another helping of Amazing Spider-Man milestones by the team that made the Webslinger a worldwide icon, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko! Their troubled teenager took comics by storm in 1962, and the first round of stories were just a warm up! In these pages you'll be witness to the debut of more classic Spidey foes including Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter and no less than the Green Goblin himself! And as if one foe at a time wasn't enough, the Sinister Six unite for the first time in the colossal AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1, a jam-packed 72-page Lee/Ditko extravaganza! Also featuring the rampaging Hulk, the Human Torch and Spidey's first team-up with Daredevil, but as every Spider-phile knows, it's not costumes alone that make the saga of Peter Parker so compelling, it's his everyday cohorts. From Flash Thompson to Betty Brant, dear old Aunt May to "Jolly" Jonah Jameson, they make for incomparable drama, so don't back, reserve that copy today, True Beliver! Collecting THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11-19 and ANNUAL #1
288 PGS./All Ages ...$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3694-1

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BLACK WIDOW: THE STING OF THE WIDOW PREMIERE HC
Written by STAN LEE, DON RICO, GARY FRIEDRICH, MIMI GOLD, ROY THOMAS & GERRY CONWAY
Penciled by DON HECK, JOHN ROMITA, JIM MOONEY, JOHN BUSCEMA & GENE COLAN
Covers by JOHN ROMITA
She started as a super-spy and ended up a super-star! After failed endeavors with the Crimson Dynamo, Natasha Romanova ditches her fishnets for a black bodysuit and a solo crime-fighting career against gangsters and terrorists, in rare stories not reprinted in decades! Goliath, formerly the archer known as Hawkeye, wants them to be a costumed couple, but an android matchmaker has other ideas when he manipulates the Black Widow into rescuing Daredevil, the better to use them both! Guest-starring Spider-Man! Collecting TALES OF SUSPENSE #52, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1962) #86, AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1-8 and DAREDEVIL (1962) #81.
152 PGS./Rated A ...$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3794-8

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ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN VOL. 9 TPB
Written by MARV WOLFMAN, DAVID MICHELINIE, ROGER STERN, DENNY O'NEIL, JIM SHOOTER, MARK GRUENWALD, BILL MANTLO & STAN LEE
Penciled by KEITH POLLARD, MIKE ESPOSITO, JIM STARLIN, BOB MCLEOD, JOHN BYRNE, JIM MOONEY, FRANK GIACOIA, AL MILGROM, SAL BUSCEMA, PABLO MARCOS, GENE DAY, JOHN ROMITA JR., BRETT BREEDING, ALAN WEISS, JOE SINNOTT, FRANK MILLER & RICH BUCKLER
Cover by KEITH POLLARD
J. Jonah Jameson's spent years making Spider-Man's life difficult -- but payback's a switch when he gets shackled to Spidey, who has to rescue the irascible editor from not one but TWO mad scientists! Plus: the introductions of the Fly and Jigsaw! Electro, Mysterio, Calypso and Mesmero! And a Dr. Octopus saga so big it took two annuals to cover it! The death of a forgotten Golden Age hero and the fate of the burglar who started Spidey's career in the first place! Features first appearances by the Black Cat and Madame Web! Guest-starring Captain America, Dazzler, Dr. Strange, the Punisher and Spider-Woman! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #186-210, ANNUAL #13-14 and PETER PARKER, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1.
600 PGS./All Ages ...$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3074-1

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ESSENTIAL X-MEN VOL. 9 TPB
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT, TERRY AUSTIN & SALLY PASHKOW
Penciled by MARC SILVESTRI, ROB LIEFELD, JIM LEE, RICK LEONARDI, KIERON DWYER, BILL JAASKA, MIKE COLLINS, MIKE VOSBURG & JIM FERN
Cover by MARC SILVESTRI
Storm gets younger, Polaris gets stronger, Jean Grey gets tentacles, and Psylocke gets a makeover from the Mandarin as the X-Men's eighties-era adventures continue! Waves of super-villainy strike the Savage Land, Muir Isle and the Morlock Tunnels! Heroes are dying and NOT coming back, but the X-Men have been scattered across the Earth! While Marveldom's mightiest mutants try to get it together, only Wolverine remains at HQ -- but it's not exactly by choice, since he's been crucified by the Reavers! Can his new sidekick Jubilee help him overcome this ordeal? Plus: Sentinel against Sentinel, invading aliens and a surprise showdown with the Serpent Society! Featuring Ka-Zar, Magneto, Strong Guy and more! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN #244-264 and ANNUAL #13.
544 PGS./All Ages ...$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3079-6

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MARVEL 70TH ANNIVERSARY POSTER BOOK
Thirty-six posters celebrating 70 years of Marvel!
72 PGS./Rated A ...$5.99

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OFFICIAL INDEX TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #5
Written by VARIOUS
Continuing the chronicle of the Marvel Universe, starting with Spider-Man (from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #215 on), Iron Man (from IRON MAN #134) and the X-Men (from X-MEN #219 on). Follow the history of the Marvel universe as it unfolds month by month with the All-New Official Index to the Marvel Universe. Each issue provides synopses for dozens of individual comics, including back-up strips, introducing you to the characters, teams, places and equipment that appeared within, providing vital information about first appearances, where they last showed up and where they appeared next!
64 PGS./Rated A ...$3.99

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HUMAN TORCH COMICS #1 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Penciled by SCOTT WEGENER
Cover by ADI GRANOV
Variant Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
Before he became the hero he was created to be, the original Human Torch had to battle his inner demons to stake a claim on the soul he knows he has...and his enemies will stop at nothing to tear him apart to get at the city they want to control. Can he learn to tap into the human side of the Torch, or must he sacrifice himself to save the people he has sworn to protect in this al-new 22 page story? Also included is a bonus 10 page Torch tale from Marvel's rich history!
48 PGS./One-Shot/All-New & Reprints/Rated A ...$3.99

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MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #1 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Penciled by CHRIS BURNHAM
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
Variant Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
The original Human Torch, Toro, the Sub-Mariner, the Angel and the Ferret team up to prevent Nazi saboteurs and one of the Torch's earliest foes from creating the ultimate weapon of mass destruction in this all-new 22 page story. Plus another 10 page classic vintage tale from Marvel's Golden Age!
48 PGS./One-Shot/All-New & Reprints/Rated A ...$3.99

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MARVEL READING CHRONOLOGY
Written by JOHN RHETT THOMAS
Cover by JORGE MOLINA
Seventy years of Marvel history has led to countless thousands of stories, many of which have been reprinted in various collected editions through the years. Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Daredevil, the X-Men and more have had dozens of volumes see print. You've probably got some on your shelf right now! But if you want more, or you're just starting to build your library, all the choices at hand may be a little overwhelming -- the timelines of your favorite characters a bit confusing. The MARVEL READING CHRONOLOGY will arm you with the information you need to maximize your reading experience! These easy-to-follow chronologies will guide you through your reading list and make you the merriest Marvelite on your block!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...FREE