Friday, June 18, 2010

DC Comics cancels plans to reprint Monster Society of Evil storyline

This is terribly disappointing news: A hardcover reprint of the famed "Monster Society of Evil" storyline from the 1940s Captain Marvel series has been promised for months now, but it's been canceled.

Evidently the cancellation is due to DC's worries about how the unpleasant ethnic stereotyping present in these comics might go over with today's audience.

While I wince at the way minorities were too often portrayed in pop culture back then, I also believe historically important comics such as this one should be available in accessible, reprinted form. Readers are intelligent enough to understand that what was accepted then is no longer appropriate today.

Maybe if enough folks write to DC they'll change their minds?

For anyone not familiar with the MSE storyline, read Roy Thomas' great Alter Ego piece about it here.

And, if you have the bucks, you may be able to track down the British reprint of MSE that came out in 1989.

Jonah Hex flick not so hot...

says Entertainment Weekly:
Brolin discharges his comic-book duties manfully...But the star is done in by the deathless mediocrity of the production, an assemblage of random camera shots, messy editing, redundant scenes, and witless dialogue as haphazardly stitched together as the flesh on Jonah Hex’s face.

The Condor by Lou Fine

See a few wonderfully illustrated stories featuring Fine's golden age hero here.

LA Times remembers Wally Wood

A nice piece about the great comics artist on what would be is 83rd birthday.
Wood's work seemed like snapshots of a lush and vibrant reality where even madmen, monsters and mayhem possessed a stately grace. There might be pandemonium but, oddly, the panic never seemed to reach the eyes of Wood's regal heroes.

Picture sleeve parade: Dave Clark Five

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Discounted new comics June 16, 2010

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon:

DARK HORSE COMICS

Conan: The Spear and Other Stories (Conan (Graphic Novels))
MAR100026 CONAN SPEAR & OTHER STORIES TP $10.11
Creepy Archives Volume 6
OCT090055 CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 06 $31.49
GOON FANCY PANTS HC LTD ED VOL 03 GOON YEAR
MAR100063 GOON FANCY PANTS HC LTD ED VOL 03 GOON YEAR $23.09
APR100010 PREDATORS #2 (OF 4) $2.99
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - In Service of the Republic (Star Wars: Clone Wars (Dark Horse))
FEB100062 STAR WARS CLONE WARS YR TP VOL 05 IN SERVICE OF REPUBLIC $7.99
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Volume 9 - Demon (Star Wars : Knights of the Old Republic)
MAR100078 STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/T OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 09 DEMON $11.46

DC COMICS

APR100174 AZRAEL #9 $2.99
Batman Black and White Statue: Batman by Frank Quitely
OCT090337 BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE STATUE BY FRANK QUITELY $79.99
APR108051 BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #1 (OF 6) 2ND PTG $3.99
Batman R.I.P.
MAR100237 BATMAN RIP TP $10.19
APR100150 BIRDS OF PREY #2 (BRIGHTEST DAY) $2.99
APR100139 BRIGHTEST DAY #4 $2.99
DC Comics Cover Art Superman Reproduction Print by Alex Ross
SEP090256 DC COVER ART PRINT SUPERMAN $124.99
APR100187 DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #2 (OF 10) $3.99
APR100234 DETECTIVE COMICS #854 NEW PTG $1.00
APR100247 DV8 GODS AND MONSTERS #3 (OF 8) $2.99
Green Lantern: Legacies Multi-Part Statue: Part 2: Kyle Rayner and a Manhunter Robot
OCT090324 GREEN LANTERN LEGACIES STATUE PART 2 KYLE RAYNER $170.00
History of the DC Universe: Series 4: Superman as Nightwing Action Figure
NOV090273 HISTORY DCU SER 4 SUPERMAN AS NIGHTWING
History of the DC Universe: Series 4: Captain Atom Action Figure
NOV090272 HISTORY OF THE DCU SER 4 CAPTAIN ATOM
History of the DC Universe: Series 4: Kobra Action Figure
NOV090275 HISTORY OF THE DCU SER 4 KOBRA
History of the DC Universe: Series 4: Martian Manhunter Action Figure
NOV090274 HISTORY OF THE DCU SER 4 MARTIAN MANHUNTER
APR100155 JOKERS ASYLUM HARLEY QUINN #1 $2.99
APR100156 JOKERS ASYLUM MAD HATTER #1 $2.99
APR100241 MAD MAGAZINE #504 $5.99
APR100197 MAGOG #10 $2.99
APR100201 REBELS #17 $2.99
APR100242 SCOOBY DOO #157 $2.50
Seven Soldiers of Victory, Book 1
FEB100191 SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY HC VOL 01 $26.39
APR100203 SHIELD #10 $3.99
APR100180 SPIRIT #3 $3.99
APR108050 SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN DOUBLE FEATURE #1 $4.99
APR100259 SUPERNATURAL BEGINNINGS END #6 (OF 6) $2.99
APR100238 TINY TITANS #29 $2.50
FEB100239 WORLD OF WARCRAFT HC VOL 03 $19.99

IDW PUBLISHING

APR100365 ANGEL BARBARY COAST #3 $3.99
APR100338 GI JOE #19 $3.99
APR100401 LITTLE ADVENTURES IN OZ BOOK 02 $9.99
APR100361 SPIKE THE DEVIL YOU KNOW #1 $3.99
APR100351 TRANSFORMERS NEFARIOUS #4 $3.99

IMAGE COMICS

AUG090411 DARKNESS ACCURSED TP VOL 03 $12.99
APR100456 FADE TO BLACK #4 (OF 5) $3.50
SEP090330 FOUR EYES #4 (RES) $3.50
APR108074 LIGHT BUMPER ED (PP #921) $4.99
MAR100463 MAGDALENA (ONGOING) #2 $3.99
APR100466 SAVAGE DRAGON #161 $3.50
MAY090405 WITCHBLADE TP VOL 07 $14.99

MARVEL COMICS

APR100561 AGE OF HEROES #2 (OF 4) HA $3.99
MAR100503 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #633 $2.99
APR100537 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #634 GRIM $3.99
APR100535 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS BLACK CAT #1 (OF 4) $3.99
APR100562 ATLAS #2 $2.99
Avengers: The Contest (Marvel Premiere Classic)
JAN100665 AVENGERS CONTEST PREM HC $16.49
APR100566 BLACK WIDOW #3 HA $2.99
APR100658 CABLE PREM HC VOL 04 HOMECOMING $19.99
APR100514 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER JOURNEY BEGINS #2 (OF 5) $3.99
APR100633 DARK WOLVERINE #87 $2.99
APR100525 DEADPOOL #24 $2.99
APR100528 DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #12 (OF 13) $2.99
APR100651 DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 04 MONKEY BUSINESS $19.99
 Guardians of the Galaxy - Volume 4: Realm of Kings (Realm of Kings 4)
APR100657 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY PREM HC VOL 04 REALM OF KINGS $13.49
APR100510 HERALDS #3 (OF 5) $2.99
APR100504 HER-OES #3 $2.99
APR108028 HULK #22 2ND PTG MCGUINNESS VAR (PP #921) $3.99
APR100681 HULK TP VOL 04 HULK VS X-FORCE $19.99
APR100584 INCREDIBLE HULK #610 WWHS $3.99
Incredible Hulk Volume 1: Son Of Banner TPB
APR100682 INCREDIBLE HULK TP VOL 01 SON OF BANNER $10.79
APR100596 IRON MAN EXTREMIS DIRECTORS CUT #3 (OF 6) $3.99
APR100606 LOCKJAW AND PET AVENGERS UNLEASHED #4 (OF 4) $2.99
APR100519 MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ #7 (OF 8) $3.99
Mighty Avengers: The Unspoken TPB
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JAN100645 MMW CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 05 $54.99
JAN100646 MMW CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 05 DM VAR ED 139 $54.99
APR100553 NEW AVENGERS #1 HA $3.99
APR100556 NEW AVENGERS #1 HEROIC AGE BLANK VAR HA $3.99
APR108029 NEW AVENGERS FINALE #1 2ND PTG BATTLE READY VAR (PP #921) $4.99
APR108030 NEW AVENGERS FINALE #1 2ND PTG UNMASKED VAR (PP #921) $4.99
APR100623 NEW MUTANTS #14 XSC $2.99
APR100602 NEW X-MEN MGC #114 $1.00
APR100578 OFF HANDBOOK MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z UPDATE #2 $3.99
Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham Volume 1 GN-TPB
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APR100674 THOR BY J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI TP VOL 03 $14.99
APR108070 ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #2 (OF 5) 2ND PTG CHO VAR $3.99
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APR100534 ULTIMATE COMICS X #3 $3.99
APR100545 WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #9 $3.99
APR108071 X-FACTOR #205 2ND PTG DE LANDRO VAR (PP #921) $2.99
APR100636 X-FACTOR FOREVER #4 $3.99
APR108072 X-MEN LEGACY #236 2ND PTG LAND VAR (PP #921) $2.99

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COMICS

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MAR101083 BIONICLE GN VOL 09 FALL OF ATERO $8.99
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APR101172 CHARMED #0 SOURCEBOOK B CVR SEIDMAN $1.99
MAR101175 CHILDREN OF THE SEA TP VOL 03 $14.99
APR100903 CLASSIC RED SONJA REMASTERED #1 $3.99
FEB101040 CLASSICS ILLUS HC VOL 09 THE JUNGLE $9.99
APR100836 DARKWING DUCK #1 DUCK KNIGHT RETURNS $3.99
FEB100747 DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP #11 (OF 24) $3.99
APR100841 DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #355 $2.99
APR100759 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS #5 BENITEZ CVR (RES) $2.99
APR100761 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS #5 FRANCISCO CVR (RES) $2.99
APR100760 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS #5 GARZA CVR (RES) $2.99
APR100822 FARSCAPE ONGOING #8 $3.99
MAR100764 FEMALE FORCE #15 CHARLAINE HARRIS AUTHOR OF TRUE BLOOD $3.99
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MAR101190 HAYATE COMBAT BUTLER TP VOL 15 $9.99
FEB100763 I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER SC $19.99
FEB100651 JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC (NEW PTG) $21.95
APR100746 JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #161 $3.99
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APR100912 ROBERT JORDAN WHEEL OF TIME EYE O/T WORLD #3 (RES) $3.99
APR100809 SIMPSONS COMICS #167 $2.99
APR100749 SONIC UNIVERSE #17 $2.99
DEC090860 TEMPERANCE HC $22.99
FEB100736 VSS NEMESIS RISING TP (NEW PTG) $17.99
APR100854 WALL-E #7 $2.99
APR101001 YOUNG LOVECRAFT GN VOL 01 (APR090937) $14.95