Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Mad Mad Movie Marathon - Night 4

Twilight Zone: "Steel"
(Episode 122 - 10/04/1963)
In the future only androids are allowed to box. Desperate to raise money, penniless manager Steel Kelly (Lee Marvin) must fight diguised as his own broken-down robot!
(25 mins)

Twilight Zone: "A Game of Pool"
(Episode 70 - 10/13/1961)
Jesse (Jack Klugman) is a brilliant pool player whose dream of a showdown with the legendary (and dead) Fats Brown (Jonathan Winters) comes true. The stakes: his life.
(25 mins)

She Gods of Shark Reef
Filmed in Hawaii, this tale features an escaped prisoner and his brother who become shipwrecked on an island paradise. The land is filled with delectable native women who fill their time enacting strange rituals, and diving in the ocean for pearls. When one of the women is selected by her peers to be sacrificed to the sharks, the good brother who has fallen for her charms, rescues her and they escape to civilization. The convict brother stays behind and attempts to steal the pearls, instead becoming the designated sacrifice. Starring Bill Cord.
(1 hr 3 mins)

The Amazing Transparent Man
Crazed ex-military officer Paul Krenner has dreams of world domination when he forces unwilling scientist Peter Ulof to do his bidding. Ulof must develop a process to induce invisibility through atomic-radiation. With this in his armory, Krenner plans to create an invisible military force and sell it to the highest bidder. They break safecracker Joey Faust out of jail and make him invisible so that he can steal more radium. The events take an unexpected turn. Starring Maguerite Chapman.
(57 mins)

The Atomic Brain (aka Monstrosity)
Atomic power has somehow been harnessed to enable the transplanting of human brains. An aging and unscupulous matron hires two beautiful and desirable foreign domestics, planning to use one of them as a host for her evil brain. Starring Bradford Dillman.
(1 hr 5 mins)

Monday, June 27, 2005

Mad Mad Movie Marathon - Night 3

Twilight Zone: "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"
(Episode 123 - 10/11/1963)
A salesman (William Shatner) recovering from a nervous breakdown spots a gremlin on the wing of his plane. When he attempts to alert others his nightmare truly begins!
(25 mins)

Twilight Zone: "The Odyssey of Flight 33"
(Episode 54 - 02/24/1961)
Flight 33 picks up a peculiar tailwind and is blown off course. After apparently correcting the problem, the flight arrives at its destination - a billion years ahead of schedule!
(25 mins)

Creature from the Haunted Sea
When a Carribean island is engulfed by a revolution, an unscrupulous American mobster, Renzo Capeto plans to clean up with a get-rich-quick scheme. His diaboloical plan is to provide refuge to the loyalists, and the contents of the government coffers, on his boat. He would then murder his passengers and escape with a fortune. Planning to blame their deaths on a mythical sea monster, no one is more surprised than Renzo, when the real monster appears with its own agenda. Starring Robert Towne.
(1 hr 14 mins)

Nightmare Castle
When a brutal count finds that his wife has been unfaithful, he tortures her and her lover and puts them to death, removing their hearts from their bodies in retribution. Time passes, and he remarries a beautiful and unsuspecting young woman. Soon she is experiencing horrendous dreams and apparitions. It becomes apparent that the spirits of slain lovers have returned to exact their bloody revenge. Starring Barbara Steele
(1 hr 19 mins)

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Mad Mad Movie Marathon - Night 2

Twilight Zone: "Time Enough at Last"
(Episode 8 - 11/20/1959)
A bookworm (Burgess Meredith) yearns for more time to read - then a nuclear holocaust leaves him alone in the world with lots of time, plenty to read, and one ironic twist!
(25 mins)

Twilight Zone: "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street"
(Episode 22 - 03/04/1960)
Inexplicable events cause the residents of quiet Maple street to erupt into rioting. The residents suspect an alien invasion has occurred. If so, where are the alien monsters? Starring Claude Akins.
(25 mins)

The Incredible Petrified World
When a diving bell goes missing along with its crew of four, their expedition gives up hope of finding them alive. However, the missing vehicle has become trapped in a labyrinth of underwater caverns. After exiting their craft, the foursome encounters a survivor from a shipwreck who informs them that there is no escape from their underwater tomb. Our intrepid explorers cleverly trace the flow of oxygen to a volcanic vent and a possible escape route. Starring John Carradine.
(1 hr 3 mins)

Queen of the Amazons
Join us on a woman's thrill-packed expedition in search of Greg, the love of her life who seems to be lost in the African jungle. Unfortunately her guide, Gary, sees her and all women, as dead weight on such a trip. Despite this, he agrees to help her while searching for ivory poachers. In the course of their journey they must face an imminent danger from man-eating lions and a plague of locusts. Eventually they encounter a lost tribe of Amazon warriors. Is Greg held captive by a desirable White Goddess or is he there of his own free will? Starring Patricia Morison.
(1 hr)

The Robot Monster
Meet the Robot Monster, dispatched to our planet to scope out the landscape for a forthcoming alien invasion. The Great One has instructed him to collect human specimens to assess their weaknesses, and in doing so, a bemused Robot Monster becomes very confused. Starring George Nader.
(1 hr 2 mins)

Saturday, June 25, 2005

A Mad Mad Intermission

I just thought I'd take a moment to mention several resources available to us B-Movie/cult film fanatics.

First up is my previous post, titled "All New! All Weird!" It has a bunch of links to many useful sites.

And I still haven't gotten those Reel Wild Cinema VCDs... But they can be found here! Anybody wanna pitch in and get the $60 boxed set for me, go right ahead...
I really won't mind.

Meanwhile, I recently found two E-bay Stores that specialize in the stuff, Horror Sci-Fi Classics and Mars Needs Videos and Collectibles.
I had discovered them a while back when I was searching for some Sword and Sandal films. But I'd forgotten their names. Now that they're found again, I've carved them into this webpage so they'll never be lost again.

I've started buying and reading Filmfax and I currently have the latest two issues. Not only a great magazine to read it also serves as a catalogue and listing of great cult flicks. It really opens your eyes to the vast number of titles out there.
The current one has a fantastic interview with Vampira from Plan 9 From Outer Space (which will be part of the Mad Mad Movie Marathon).

Something Weird Video was listed on my last list and I still haven't bought anything else from them. I've been busy getting the basic stuff. Stil a nice place to check out.
Right now they're having a "secret" $10 sell.

Online info abounds over at the DVD Late Show, hosted by Chris (Femme Noir) Mills, a great fella who frequents this site. The man is entirely too knowledgeable in the ways of schlock and is having this info exhumed from him in an effort to cleanse his mind.
Or taint the rest of us... I'm not quite sure which...
Regardless, after you read his latest entry you can check out Chris' progress by browsing the archives.
Warning: some images may not be work safe.

That's all for this entry as I must start perusing the selections of movies to buy next weekend (if I have any money left).

Marvel Comics for September

Check out the list here!

The only marvel book I currently keep up with is Daredevil. So this is going to be short.

Daredevil is winding to a close with part 2 of the last Bendis/Maleev story.

Richard K. Morgan, who wrote the excellent Black Widow mini-series last year, returns to write a second story featuring everyone's favorite superhero-spy.

Meanwhile, Marvel reprints stories of Ghost Rider, Black Widow and Iceman in a book with the tag, "The world still needs...the Champions! Thrill to three titanic tales featuring the fantastic founders of the sensational seventies super-group!"
Guess Marvel's bringing the group back to give the lesser characters a place to go now that the Avengers only recruits characters that are approved by marketing.

Marvel also does the unexpected by giving us a Handbook of Alternate Universes! Includes the New Universe, 2099, the original Squadron Supreme and many more! The reason behind this walk through memory lane? The solicit says it's celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Squadron Supreme. But the truth is...
There's a special "Worlds Tour" going on in Exiles that will have the characters hopping through all of Marvel's alternate imprints.
It all starts in #69 as they journey to Earth 616.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Mad Mad Movie Marathon - Night 1

Twilight Zone: "Planet of the Apes"
(Episode 157 - Never broadcast, fan-made/2004)
Planet of the Apes "re-imagined" as an episode of The Twilight Zone. Why? Both were written by Rod Serling!
(25 mins)

Exclusive video from Forbidden Zone

Twilight Zone: "Night of the Meek"
(Episode 47 - 12/23/1960)
Christmas in the Twilight Zone... Art Carney is a forlorn department store Santa who takes to drinking - only to find himself experiencing the nicest Christmas ever!
(25 mins)

Twilight Zone: "The Invaders"
(Episode 51 - 01/27/1961)
A flying saucer lands in the attic of an isolated house inhabited by an impoverished woman - who soon becomes panic-stricken as tiny spacemen begin to stalk her! Starring Agnes Moorhead.
(25 mins)

Twilight Zone: "Nothing in the Dark"
(Episode 81 - 01/05/1962)
An old woman has fought with death a thousand times and has always won. But now she finds herself afraid to let a wounded policeman (Robert Redford) in her door for fear he is Mr. Death. Is he?
(25 mins)

Carnival of Souls
Mary Henry's life is turned upside down when a pleasant day trip with two friends turns sour after they accept a challenge to drag race and their car is forced off a bridge. The car sinks into the murky depths, and all three women are assumed drowned. Some time later, to everyone's amazement, Mary emerges unscathed from the river. Trying to get a new start as a church organist, Mary finds herself haunted by a ghostly figure that arouses fear and dread in the tormented young woman. Starring Candace Hilligoss.
(1 hr 23 mins)

Atom Age Vampire
A deranged scientific genius invents a breakthrough treatment to restore the beauty of a stripper who has been tragically mutilated in a car crash. When he falls in love with his patient, he must maintain her treatment by using the glands of women he has murdered. In the process he is transformed into a hideous creature. Inevitably, a noose tightens around him as the police and the stripper's boyfriend begin to ask uncomfortable questions. Starring Alberto Lupo.
(1 hr 26 mins)

--The After Show Comments--

I really enjoyed the "Planet of the Apes" re-edit, although the quality wasn't all that great. I couldn't maximize the window too much or it would start distorting. But, nevertheless, it has made it into my Twilight Zone collection.

I'd seen the other Twilight Zone episodes already and they were just as good as ever. Matter of fact "Night of the Meek" seemed better than it did on my first viewing. Guess it was because I didn't like the camera work (neither did Serling as there was only a few episodes shot on videotape instead of regular film).

"The Invaders" and "Nothing in the Dark" are classic examples of Rod Serling's writing and benefit a lot from a second showing as you get to see things in a different context.

Such writing is now considered cliche', but back then Serling was a pioneer.

I've seen Carnival of Souls several times and it really has its own feel. A Mad Mad Movie Marathon would be nothing without it.
Where else can you find a closed carnival that was converted from a bath-house? With a horde of undead that waltz?

Atom Age Vampire is a movie that I had only seen in parts before.
We get a mad scientist, a beautiful blonde victim and a bit of Jekyll/Hydism.
Throw in a little "it's what's on the inside that counts" philosophy and you got a good movie. Or at least a good B-movie.
Shame about Monique, though.

Up next on Mad Mad Movie Marthon Night 2 (Sunday) - More Twilight Zone and Queen of the Amazons!

So I Had This Dream...

I had a dream last night where we were having what may had been an earthquake in my town. There was smoke coming up from the drains on the highways and parking lots.

People were running and it was like... where to? If you're in the center of it... Where do you go..?

Anyway, our town's in Texas so we probably won't have to deal with it. Although there is a fault line that does run through part of Texas. And it's only about a hundred miles or so from us.

I guess it could happen.

Here's some music...

Donna Regina - Late

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Essential Marvel

Since I've started posting the list for DC's Showcase Presents, I went to look for the best resource on Marvel's Essential series.
And this is what I found.

Marvel Essentials

It has covers to most of the books as well as links to Amazon for purchasing.

I currently have Fantastic Four v.1, Dr. Strange v.1 and Thor v.1. Next on my list is Dr. Strange v.2, Defenders v.1, Silver Surfer v.1 and Thor v.2.

I'm also interested in Uncanny X-Men v.1.
I wonder why they haven't continued with that era of the team.

Absolutely Kosher Records

I got my Absolutely Kosher Records sample CD in the mail the other day.
Great selection of tracks. Several songs I hadn't heard, yet.

The track listing for the sampler is:

1. Okay - "Now"
2. Jukeboxer - "Missing Link"
3. Frog Eyes - "The Oscillator's Hum"
4. Pidgeon - "Fiona"
5. The Dead Science - "Gamma Knife"
6. The Court and Spark - "Out on the Water"
7. The Wrens - "Faster Gun"
8. The Hidden Cameras - "Builds the Bone"
9. The Dudley Corporation - "What a Human Does"
10. Sparrow - "The Early Years"
11. Bottom of the Hudson - "Eagle Eye"
12. Optiganally Yours - "Geppetto"
13. Eltro - "Fram"
14. Get Him Eat Him - "Not Not Nervous"
15. The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up - "Xmas Card"
16. Goblin Cock - "Stumped (unmastered)"
17. Telegraph Melts - "Septembrist"
18. Pinback - "Manchuria"
19. Virginia Dare - "Secret Spy Plane"
20. The Extra Glenns - "Going to Marrakesh"
21. Shooby Taylor - "Over the Rainbow"

Like I said, really good stuff.

To get your own sample cd just go to Absolutely Kosher Records and join their mailing list. It's that easy!

DC Showcase Presents

Written by Jerry Siegel, Bill Finger and others
Art by Curt Swan, Dick Sprang and others
Cover by Swan & George Klein
Kicking off an exciting line of black-and-white reading library titles! This volume collects SUPERMAN #122-133 and ACTION COMICS #241-257, featuring the birth of the Silver Age Superman mythos, including the first appearances of Supergirl, Brainiac, the Fortress of Solitude and more!
On sale Sept 14 o 560 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Action Comics #241: Batman x-over.
Action Comics #242: 1st app. Brainiac and Shrunken City of Kandor.
Superman #123: Supergirl tryout story.

Written by John Broome and Gardner Fox
Art by Gil Kane, Joe Giella and Murphy Anderson
Cover by Kane & Giella
One of the first volumes in an all-new line of thick, black-and-white reading library titles! This volume collects the Silver Age classics SHOWCASE #22-24, GREEN LANTERN #1-17, featuring Hal Jordan's earliest adventures as Earth's Green Lantern!
On sale Sept 14 o 528 pg, B&W $16.99 US

Written by Bob Haney and Gardner Fox
Art by Ramona Fradon, Jack Sparling, Mike Sekowsky and others
Cover by Sal Trapani
This massive black-and-white volume collects all Metamorpho's Silver Age adventures, from THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #57-58, 66, 68, METAMORPHO #1-17, and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #42! Guest-starring Batman, the Justice League of America, the Metal Men and more!
On sale Oct 5 o 560 pg, B&W $16.99 US

Written by John Albano & Michael Fleischer
Art by Tony DeZuniga, Doug Wildey, José Luís Garcia-López and others
Cover by Luis Dominguez
Witness the earliest adventures of DC's legendary gunslinger from ALL-STAR WESTERN #2-8 and #10-11, WEIRD WESTERN TALES #12-14 and #16-33! Jonah Hex had no friends, but he did have two companions: death, and the acrid smell of gunsmoke!
On sale Nov 2 o 528 pg, B&W $16.99 US

Written by Gardner Fox
Art by Mike Sekowsky, Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson and Bernard Sachs
Cover by Anderson
The newest installment in the SHOWCASE PRESENTS collection spotlights the JLA! In these stories from THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28-30, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1-16 and MYSTERY IN SPACE #75, thrill to confrontations with intergalactic, mystical, and super-powered rogues such as Despero, Kanjar Ro, Dr. Destiny, Amos Fortune and Felix Faust!
On sale Dec 7 o 544 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Jack Miller, Ed Herron, Gardner Fox and Bob Haney
Art by Jack Kirby, George Papp, Mike Sekowsky and Neal Adams
Cover by Lee Elias & Jerry Ordway
The Emerald Archer's Silver Age adventures get the spotlight! This volume reprints stories from ADVENTURE COMICS #250-266, 268-269, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #50, 71, 85, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #4, and WORLD'S FINEST #95-140. Along with his sidekick Speedy, see Green Arrow take on all manner of crime in Star City!
On sale Jan 18 o 528 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Len Wein, Robert Kanigher, Gerry Conway and others
Art by Bernie Wrightson, Neal Adams, Gil Kane, Alex Toth and others
Cover by Joe Orlando
Do you dare to enter…the House of Mystery? Everyone who does will find a full 22 issues of this classic DC series! Beginning with editor Joe Orlando's first issue (#174), this 552-page black-and-white trade paperback features a wealth of art from macabre masters!
On sale Feb 8 o 552 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Otto Binder
Art by Curt Swan, Ruben Moreria, Ray Burnley and others
Cover by Swan & Stan Kaye
The super-affordable Showcase collections continue with a volume spotlighting Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane and pal Jimmy Olsen, collecting the first 22 issues of SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN and Lois's first solo outing from SHOWCASE #9!
On sale March 15 o 576 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Bob Haney, Marv Wolfman and Len Wein
Art by Nick Cardy, Bruno Premiani, Bill Molno, Irv Novick, Lee Elias, Bill Draut, Sal Trapani and Jack Abel
Cover by Cardy
The "Showcase" format continues with a volume collecting BRAVE AND THE BOLD #54, 60, SHOWCASE #59, and TEEN TITANS #1-18. Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, and Aqualad unite for adventures only a teen team could handle!
On sale April 5 o 528 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Robert Kanigher
Art by Joe Kubert, Russ Heath, Irv Novick, Jerry Grandenetti, and Jack Abel Cover by Joe Kubert
One of the most unusual concepts in war comics gets the Showcase treatment in this volume collecting stories from G.I. COMBAT #87-119, BRAVE AND THE BOLD #52 and OUR ARMY AT WAR #155! The ghost of a Confederate general returns to protect to his namesake, commander of a tank in North Africa in WWII.
On sale May 17 o 560 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Jerry Coleman, Bill Finger and Otto Binder
Art by Curt Swan, Wayne Boring, Al Plastino and Kurt Schaffenberger
Cover by Swan & George Klein
The second Showcase spotlighting the Silver Age exploits of Superman features ACTION COMICS #258-275 and SUPERMAN #134-145! The Man of Steel faces off against a wide array of threats, from the impish Mr. Mxyzptlk to the deadly alien Brainiac to the utterly incomprehensible Bizarro.
On sale June 14 o 576 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by John Broome and Gardner Fox
Art by Carmine Infantino, Neal Adams, Murphy Anderson and Gil Kane
Cover by Infantino & Sid Greene
Don't miss this amazing Showcase volume spotlighting Ralph Dibny, collecting tales from THE FLASH #112, 115, 119, 124, 130, 134, 138, and DETECTIVE COMICS #327-371! Along with his wife Sue, Elongated Man travels the world to solve crimes, crossing paths with Batman and Robin, the Flash, Green Lantern and Zatanna!
On sale July 6 o 560 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Bill Finger, Ed "France" Herron, Gardner Fox and John Broome
Art by Bob Kane, Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella, Sheldon Moldoff and others
Cover by Kane
The spotlight's on Batman in this volume featuring Detective Comics #327-342 and Batman #164-174! The Dynamic Duo take on some of their most enduring Rogues Gallery members, including Penguin, the Riddler, and the Outsider in these classic Silver Age stories from the era of famed editor Julius Schwartz!
On sale August 30 o 552 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Jack Kirby, Dave Wood and Ed Herron
Art by Kirby, Bob Brown, Wally Wood and others
Cover by Kirby
Collecting Showcase Presents #6, 7, 11, 12 and Challengers of the Unknown #1-18 (1957-1959)! Relive the classic Silver Age adventures of Jack Kirby's Challengers of the Unknown - a team brought together by fate dedicated to a life of harrowing adventure in the name of good!
On sale September 27 o 540 pg, B&W $16.99 US

Written by Bob Kanigher, Dennis O'Neil, Gerry Conway, John Broome, Len Wein, and others
Art by Carmine Infantino, Curt Swan, Nick Cardy, Jim Aparo, Murphy Anderson, Neal Adams, and others
Cover by Jim Aparo, Neal Adams and Bill Draut
Over 500 pages of supernatural phenomena with tales from the Phantom Stranger and his skeptical counterpart Dr. 13! This volume reprints Showcase #80 and spooky tales from The Phantom Stranger #1-21.
On sale October 18 o 544 pg, B&W $16.99 US

Written by Joe Kubert, Bob Haney, Frank Robbins,
Robert Kanigher, David Michelinie and Archie Goodwin
Art by Kubert, Jack Sparling, Gerry Talaoc and others Cover by Ken Barr
Assuming a wide variety of disguises to battle the Nazis, the Unknown Soldier plunges deep behind enemy lines in this 560-page black-and-white SHOWCASE trade, collecting stories from his first appearance in STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES #151 to issue #190.
On sale November 22 o 560 pg, B&W $16.99 US

Written by Dennis O'Neill, E. Nelson Bridwell and Elliott Maggin
Art by C.C. Beck, Kurt Schaffenberger, Dave Cockrum, Dick Giordano and others
Cover by Bob Oksner
This edition collects all of the new stories from SHAZAM! #1-35 (1973-1978)! The Big Red Cheese is joined by the members of the Marvel Family including Mary Marvel and Capt. Marvel Junior, as they battle the menaces of Black Adam, Dr. Sivana and the Monster Society of Evil!
On sale December 6 o 560 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Gardner Fox
Art by Mike Sekowsky & Bernard Sachs
Cover by Sekowsky & Murphy Anderson
Presenting another jam-packed volume full of adventure, collecting JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #17-36! In this volume, the JLA battles Kanjar Ro, Despero, the Queen Bee, Amazo, Dr. Destiny, and their evil counterparts, the Crime Syndicate of America.
On sale January 10 o 520 pg, B&W $16.99 US

Written by Bob Haney and Mike Sekowsky Cover by Bob Brown
Art by Carmine Infantino, Ross Andru, Neal Adams, and others
Collecting The Brave and The Bold #59, #64, #67, #69-71 and #74-87! Re-presented here are Batman's earliest team-ups with Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Atom, Hawkman and more!
On sale January 24 o 528 pg, B&W $16.99 US

Written by Robert Bernstein and Jack Miller
Art by Ramona Fradon, Kurt Schaffenberger, Nick Cardy and others
Cover by Jim Aparo
Collecting classic tales of Aquaman from ADVENTURE COMICS #260-280, 282 and 284 and more! Over 500 pages highlighting classic tales of Aquaman, featuring the debuts of Mera and Aqualad!
On sale February 14 o 544 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by John Broome and Gardner Fox
Art by Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino and others
Cover by Kane
Over 500 pages of black-and-white comics are included in this fast-paced collection that features the Emerald Warrior's battles with the beautiful Star Sapphire, would-be world conqueror Sonar, and the renegade Green Lantern known as Sinestro from GREEN LANTERN #18-37 and THE FLASH #143.
On sale February 28 o 552 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written and illustrated by Various
Cover by Nick Cardy
Do you dare to enter the House of Mystery? This value-priced collection includes stories from HOUSE OF MYSTERY #195-211. These fantastic black-and-white tales of mystery and suspence from the 1970s feature thrilling stories with surprise twist endings that will
keep readers on the edges of their seats!
On sale March 7 o 552 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Gardner Fox and Bob Haney
Art by Joe Kubert, Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino and others
Cover by Joe Kubert
In this fantastic volume filled with over 500 pages of classic 1960s stories, Hawkman and Hawkgirl face menaces including the Shadow Thief and Matter Master, and team up with Adam Strange and Aquaman!
On sale March 21 o 560 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Jerry Siegel, Otto Binder, Edmond Hamilton and various
Art by Curt Swan, George Papp, John Forte and various
Cover by Swan & Stan Kaye
A massive black-and-white volume collecting classic tales of the Legionnaires, from ADVENTURE COMICS #247, 267, 282, 290, 293, and 300-328, ACTION COMICS #267, 276, 287 and 289, SUPERBOY #86, 89, 98 and 117, SUPERMAN 147, SUPERMAN ANNUAL #4, and SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN#72 and 76!
On sale April 4 o 552 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Jerry Siegel and others
Art by Curt Swan and others
Cover by Swan
The third volume collecting early Superman adventures in black-and-white at a value price! This amazing collection includes appearances by Supergirl and Krypto and a retelling of Superman's origin, plus threats from Lex Luthor, Brainiac, the Legion of Super-Villains and the Fifth Dimensional imp known as Mr. Mxyzptlk!
On sale April 18 o 560 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Robert Kanigher
Art and cover by Ross Andru & Mike Esposito
Over 500 pages of classic adventures are included in this value-priced volume collecting one of the most unusual series ever from DC Comics! On an unnamed, uncharted Pacific island, dinosaurs continued to thrive while World War II raged across the globe. It's there that members of the U.S. Military found themselves armed only with standard-issue weapons against the deadliest predators ever to roam the Earth!
On sale May 2 o 560 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Gardner Fox
Art by Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella and various
Cover by Infantino & Giella
Over 500 pages of classic adventures are included in this value-priced volume! The Fastest Man Alive stars in these fantastic tales from late 1950s and into the 1960s! This collection features The Flash in battle against the Mirror Master, the Trickster, Captain Cold and many other villains!
On sale May 16 o 512 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

DC Comics for September

Here they are!

I went and updated the comic indexes today. I even posted some new links on the Seven Soldiers index to previews of Zatanna #2 and Klarion #2.

Green Lantern gets three new entries this month as Green Lantern Corps: Recharge begins and they reprint the Rebirth mini-series in hardcover.

Hawkman's getting a new look. Sorta.

The Rann-Thanagar War nears it's conclusion.

And Mister Miracle steps into the Seven Soldiers world.

We also get the first two Showcase Presents books, Green Lantern and Superman.

The Zatanna pic above isn't from the Seven Soldiers series. It's actually the cover to JLA #118. Pretty nice cover. One of two that she's on this month. Looks like the little lady's finally getting a rise in popularity.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Another Meme...

Psychbloke posted this over at his blog and in an interestingly clever way has invited me to join in...

So here I go:

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? (Assume you also get baseline superhero enhancements like moderately increased strength, endurance and agility.)

I'd have Mimic's power so I could duplicate anyone else's power. This way I won't be caught with the wrong power.

Which, if any, 'existing' superhero(es) do you fancy, and why?

Lady Shiva. Not only is she good to look at, she's smart and has dignity.

Which, if any, 'existing' superhero(es) do you hate?

Not really hate as much as dislike... Lobo, Bishop, the "new" Firestorm, the "new" Doom Patrol, Triumph, Sentry, The Young Avengers, Jubilee...

Is there an 'existing' superhero with whom you identify/whom you would like to be?
At one time it was Iron Fist and/or Nightwing, then Dr. Strange, then Blue Beetle (wouldn't want to be him now!)... At this moment I'd have to say it's kind of a mix of all the above with a little bit of Madman thrown in.

What would your superhero name be? (No prefab porn-name formulas here, you have to make up the name you think you'd be proud to mask under.)

I actually had made me a name once before when me and my friends were first roleplaying. It was Nightcat. Of course shortly thereafter Stan Lee made a one-shot featuring a character called Nightcat to garner the copyright.

So now, my name would be "The Vigilante Which Strikes Back At Evildoers" to avoid any copyright infringements.

Pass it on. Three people please, and why they're the wind beneath your wings.

Feel free to pick this up for yourself and your own blogs. I'm doing this one as an add-on to Psychbloke's three. Be sure to check out theirs!

Adam Kubert on Adam Strange?

Say it's so!
Rich touches on this at the end of this week's column and it's probably just a rumor... But with sells of the Adam Strange mini-series, the trade paperback being printed and Rann/Thanagar War going on, I wouldn't be surprised if it was true.

Add to this that DC has latched onto both Adam and Andy with a three year contract each.
Yeap... quite possible, I'd say...

Bring Back the Old Gutters

So I went to read Lying in the Gutters today...
And I just skimmed through to the end.

Is it me or does the new format just not compare to the old one?

Rich appears to be listening, though, as he is planning to let people vote whether keeps the new version or goes back to the old one. Voting happens in three weeks and believe me... I'll be there.

This week's installment of Lying in the Gutters.

DC: One Year Later..?

So... in an unprecedented move, DC will be jettisoning all their titles one year into the future immediately after Infinite Crisis #5 (which is said to be the last issue of the mini-series).

What's 'One Year Later..'?
Here's what's been revealed:

(from Newsarama )

Just prior to the panel, Newsarama got a few quick words with Didio to explain what’s coming a little better.

The larger name for where and when things pick up as a result of Crisis is, specifically, “One Year Later…”

“The series will pick up with the new direction already in progress and the heroes established in their new status quo,” Didio told Newsarama. “’One Year After…’ sounds like you are dealing with the direct repercussions of Crisis, which is not the case.”

As for how things will play out, publishing-wise, all DCU books will make note of the Crisis in their February issues, corresponding with Infinite Crisis #5. Then, in March, all DCU books will be set “One Year Later…” relative to what was seen in their February issues.

Got that? Good, ‘cause that’s just the tip of the iceberg. “There will be big scale changes,” Didio said. “New characters, perhaps new series, new alliances, friendships, relationships, changing locations, and we might not even have some of the same people under the masks one year later.”

The changes will be so vast, Didio said, that he couldn’t rule out dogs and cats sleeping together.

To cut off the obvious question, no, while the Brian Azzarello/Jim lee Superman storyline was set one year ahead of its fellow Superman titles during its run, the “One Year Later…” move isn’t something planned to synch the rest of the DCU up with Superman, and go from there.

“Brian and Jim’s ‘one year ahead’ was for the Superman stories that were being published at that time,” Didio said. “Since their year-long arc moved at a much quicker pace – in comic book time - so in the year following that story’s start all the Superman books synced up and all the DCU is running on a closer timeline now.”

As for the cause of the jump ahead? That’s not coming until the end of Infinite Crisis, issue #7, to be exact. “Readers will see the changes before the cause is seen,” Didio said. “The end of Crisis sets up a number of these changes; other will be explained in the series themselves.”

As for making comparisons to changes made following other DCU events of this form, such as the original Crisis on Infinite Earths or Zero Hour, Didio said that “One Year Later…” will be its own unique beast.

“In those two events, every series started from a common point and moved forward and outward,” Didio said. “With ‘One Year Later...’ each and every character has a starting point and moves of at a pace of its own. You will see a wide mix of new series, rebooted series, continuing series and unfortunately, cancelled series. All the changes will make sense for the character and for their own story.”

Although the comparison would most likely make Didio cringe a little, “One Year Later…” is something closer to the original Secret Wars maxi series from Marvel in 1984-95, which saw the heroes disappear in one issue, and reappear nearly instantly, with changes – Spider-Man’s black costume, and the Thing missing from the Fantastic Four, most notably.

Finally, sucker for a good story that he is, Didio’s answer to whether or not the “missing year” worth of stories will ever be told? “Of course.”

Didio concluded his comments to Newsarama by adding that the jump ahead one year will be the launching point for the DCU for all of 2006 and beyond.

(also from Newsarama )

“We had an editorial meeting to talk through Crisis - how we’re going to handle it, how we’re going to coordinate it, and how we’re going to follow it,” DiDio said. “When the suggestion was made by editorial of maybe doing a leap ahead in storylines, it gave us an interesting hook that would really play nicely, because it would allow you to get back into your characters in their own individual stories again, without being made to feel that they’re all coming from the same place and the same time. With everything running as tightly as it will be in Crisis, the last thing we wanted to do was follow it by having all the series coming from the same exact place, and the same exact time, because that can get a little redundant. This allows for every series to have its own individual identity again, and allows us to get the balls back up in the air as quickly as possible and get right back into the heart of what makes each character special.”

This relatively abrupt change in all the DCU ongoing series will also allow for editorial swaps for the series as well, DiDio explained.

Looks like one of those moments that all the new people find a perfect jumping on point and all the old ones find a good place to wrap up those dangling titles.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Essential DC!

It's about dang time!

DC has announced that they'll be doing their own inexpensive b&w trades that reprint classic silver age material.

Similar to Marvel's Essential line, DC Showcase Presents (a combination of two classic DC titles "DC Comics Presents" and "Showcase") will run about 500 pages per volume and will go for about $16.99 each.

Characters with two or more titles, like Superman and Batman, will have their books intermixed in chronological order.

The line-up so far:
Sepember: Green Lantern, Superman
October: Jonah Hex
November: Justice League of America
December: Metamorpho

Sunday, June 05, 2005

How A Cable Saved My Life

So, I've been back playing Star Wars Galaxies...

I haven't been here or anywhere else much lately. Mostly because it was such a hassle to switch computers.

But a friend has lent me a kvm cable. So now the only things I have to switch out between computers are my speakers and my modem.

Not bad at all.

Expect more of me now.