Friday, December 19, 2014

Adventure Comics (1938 1st Series) #252 - September 1958 Issue - DC Comics.

Adventure Comics (1938 1st Series) #252 - September 1958 Issue - DC Comics - Grade G/VG

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1st printing.

This comic book is in used condition. Comic is complete with cover and all pages attached. This comic has flaws that warrant a G/VG grade.

Note: Rough spine with multiple spine creasing. One inch tear in the top left hand corner of the cover. Rough edges with chipping. One inch tear in the back cover.

Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded!

Script by Alvin Schwartz, art by John Sikela.

Superboy’s Oracle Computer predicts an invasion from another dimension, and, until it happens, Superboy must remain in static flight in the one place in which the alien craft will warp in.

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT FORGES A NEW LEGEND OF THE WEST IN THE LADY RAWHIDE / LADY ZORRO MINISERIES, DEBUTING IN MARCH

From Dynamite Entertainment

Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces the March 2015 debut of Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro #1, the first chapter of a four-part miniseries that will see two of the comic book industry's Western heroines cross paths for the first time. Written by Shannon Eric Denton and featuring interior artwork by Rey Villegas, Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro #1 features cover artwork by acclaimed artist and Lady Rawhide co-creator, Mike Mayhew.

In Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro #1, the two female vigilantes must live up to the legend of Zorro after the inspirational hero is murdered! When brutal slavers descend upon a village and steal away all its adolescent girls, Lady Zorro and Lady Rawhide - who would sooner ride alone than ride together - must put aside their ideological and methodical differences to free the missing girls from a fate worse than death.

Writer Shannon Eric Denton says, "Women were a huge part in the settlement of the Old West but are often overlooked in the historical context. With characters like Lady Rawhide and Lady Zorro, they don't let you overlook them. They're two powerful characters with equally powerful personalities that tamed what is now Southern California. As a current Los Angeleno, I couldn't be happier to contribute to their mythology and the mythology of this part of California."

Lady Rawhide (along with her alter-ego Anita Santiago) was introduced into the Zorro mythos by writer Don McGregor and artist Mike Mayhew in 1994, a masked vigilante skilled with swords, guns, and her signature bullwhip. Driven to avenge her brother's suffering at the hands of a crooked government, she first had an antagonistic relationship with Zorro, but eventually became his confidante and staunch ally. Lady Rawhide's popularity as a Zorro regular grew, leading to her headlining several Lady Rawhide comic series.

Lady Zorro is a more recent addition to the Zorro mythos, created in 2012 as a strong supporting cast member of the Zorro Rides Again series by Matt Wagner and John K Snyder III. Seeking vengeance after her husband was murdered by corrupt government officials, Lady Zorro cut a bloody swath across the countryside until the elder swordfighter calmed her rage. The character appeared in a successful 2014 self-titled series by Alex De Campi and Rey Villegas.

The violent origins of the fictional heroines very much reflects the history of the region, which will be incorporated into the new series. Denton says, "There was so much hardship and adventure in the Old West, even when you aren't dealing with heroes like Lady Zorro and Lady Rawhide, so adding them to the mix really sets the stage for truly captivating story. I'm trying to tell a good story first, and trying to be as true to the history of the period as I can without being beholden to it."

Regarding his contribution to the overall Zorro mythos, Denton says, "I'm honored and thrilled. Outside of growing up loving the comics and TV shows, my life has intersected with the character several times. I've lived in places where they filmed Zorro like Cerrillos, NM, and my current home in Los Angeles. I currently live near frequent movie site Vasquez Rocks, which is named after notorious bandit Tiburcio Vasquez, the inspiration for Don Diego de la Vega (Zorro). Zorro roamed what is now Los Angeles, so I'm surrounded by his mythology all the time. Being able to contribute to characters within Zorro's mythology, like Lady Rawhide and Lady Zorro, is incredibly rewarding!"

"The folks here at Dynamite love two-fisted, gun-blazing, whip-cracking action, and that's exactly what Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro delivers," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher. "With his flair for pulp action, Shannon is a perfect choice to take up the reins on the new miniseries. And there's no one better suited for bringing these two pistoleras together than Rey Villegas, whose supreme skill brought both characters to life in their respective solo series. Buckle up, comic fans - it's going to be a wild ride!"

Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' January 2015 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in March. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro #1 with their local comic book retailers. Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Why Did The Alien Cross The Road? - Ohio Man Says He Knows!


From Open Minds

A husband and wife in Highland County, Ohio claim they saw an alien run across the road.

The incident occurred on the night of Friday, December 12 near Carmel, OH. According to her testimony provided in a report filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), the wife describes, “On Friday night (the 12th), we were driving home. After turning on Carmel Road, which leads to our road, we went around the curve by the Carmel church and then up a small incline and approximately 10 feet over the incline and in front of our truck, the ‘alien’ ran across the road and into the woods.”

This unexpected and unidentifiable creature left the witnesses perplexed. The wife further describes:

My husband saw it. He is a skeptic – almost 60 years old – and a proud Marine. He wouldn’t have admitted to seeing it if he hadn’t been in shock. I had him draw it for me when we got to the house. He says it was asphalt gray (our asphalt is gray) and about 7 feet tall, no arms that he could see, but muscular in the legs area; no jawline, and its legs were bent backward and it leaned forward as it ran.

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The Year in Bigfoot

Two states led the nation in Sasquatch sightings, which have been on the decline since surging in the '00s.

From CityLab

Late on a dark night in May 2014, two hunters slowly traced I-90 back to their homes in eastern Washington state. It had been an unsuccessful turkey hunt in Kittatas County, and now the men kept their tired eyes fixed to the forested roadside for capricious elk and deer.

That's why they saw it—and slammed on the brakes. According to an investigative report, "the subject" exited the trees, approached their truck, and shuffled across the road in "what appeared to be a calculated execution... to avoid being hit." Shuddering, the men attempted to make eye contact with the rangy creature, but its face was so covered in fur that it was impossible. "It was not a person or a bear, absolutely not," one of the men wrote. "I have never feared going into the woods but will no longer do my 3:30 a.m. hunting trips for turkey by myself ever again."

It was the only Bigfoot sighting to come out of Kittatas County this year, or at least the only one officially described to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO), a website that's tracked and investigated reports in the U.S. and Canada back to 1921. But with at least four total sightings in 2014, Washington tied with Pennsylvania as the year's leading state in Bigfoot sightings, according to CityLab's count of BFRO reports.

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Detective Comics (1937-) #165 - November 1950 Issue - DC Comics

Detective Comics (1937-) #165 - November 1950 Issue - DC Comics - Grade FR/PR

Price $70 - Order Here

1st printing.

This comic book is in used condition. Comic is complete with cover and all pages attached. This comic has some flaws that warrant a FR/PR grade.

Note: A portion of the front cover is missing. The cover has been reattached by tape. Holes in the spine and back cover have been repaired with tape. Interior is complete.

Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded!

While making an inspection of equipment in the Bat-Cave, Bruce and Dick also must inspect the various costumes Batman and Robin use in their fight against crime for leaks and tears, and, as it turns out, a never before used costume saves the day for the Batman, who has been seriously wounded.

Wait, Warner Bros Commissioned How Many Different Wonder Woman Scripts?


From Cinema Blend

DC currently is hard at work trying to perfectly craft and bring together their impending cinematic universe. In fact the studio is looking to make sure that they have all of their bases covered by allegedly hiring six different writers to simultaneously write six different scripts for 2017's Wonder Woman. This rather unique and costly strategy came to public consciousness after screenwriter Arash Amel took to his Twitter account to inform his followers: Someone just told me six writers have been hired to simultaneously write six versions of Wonder Woman movie. What?. Arash Amel (@arashamel) December 18, 2014 But, if this is true, which writers have been given the opportunity to provide the script for Michelle MacLaren.s film? Well, according to Screen Rant, Jason Fuchs, who wrote Pan for Joe Wright, was recently brought in to work on one on the scripts.

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This Just Happened: Batman Infected by the Amazo Virus!

From DC Comics

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read JUSTICE LEAGUE #37 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!).

The Amazo Virus has been running rampant ever since the “accident” happened in Lex Luthor’s laboratory at the end of JUSTICE LEAGUE #35. With many of the Justice League heroes hospitalized with the virus, its up to Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman to stop the virus from spreading further in JUSTICE LEAGUE #37.

While working to detain patient zero outside Lex’s laboratory, the super heroes learn two very disturbing facts about the virus: Not only does the virus transform a human host into a meta-human, but the virus can survive outside the human body and continuously mutate!

How will a mutating, airborne, meta-human-making virus ever be contained?!

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Chewbacca Makes His First Appearance in New 'Star Wars' Charity Video


From Yahoo Movies

Thirty years after his last big-screen adventure, Chewbacca looks surprisingly spry and youthful — he even looks a bit like his son, Lumpy.

Chewbacca Makes His First Appearance in New 'Star Wars' Charity Video

We’re not going to speculate just how everyone’s favorite Wookiee gained that sudden tightness around his eyes, but we do suspect that his contributions to the rebellion earned him more than a few galactic credits.

Speaking of big money, the first look at the new Chewie comes courtesy of a video for Omaze, which teamed up with J.J. Abrams and the Star Wars: The Force Awakens crew to raise more than $4.62 million for UNICEF over the last year, most of which came as entry fees for set-visit contests.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

What Do Depressed Vampire's Do At Christmas? - Christmas At Dracula's


Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Avery Guerra

Indeed, what does a depressed vampire like Dracula do to beat the holiday blues? Why he throws a party for all his monster buddies, that's what!

Such is the concept for Irish film makers Conor Dwane and Simon McKeon latest film project for El Diablo Productions. In the dark comedy everyone's favorite vampire decides to throw the ultimate monster hoedown to cheer himself up after weeks of holiday shopping ... neck biting ... and whatever else vampires do for Christmas. In a plot that sounds eerily like the concept for Rankin/Bass' 1969 animated feature, "Mad Monster Party", all the monster mayhem goes along as planned until a couple of murders show up and screw everything up.

The film stars ... wait a minute? Monsters who can't take care of a couple of murders? .. okay.

The films stars Conor Dwane, Michael O Dowd, Noelle Clarke, Jonathan O'Dwyer, Jerry O Mullane, Art Kelleher, John Browne, Lorraine Comisky, Dave McGuire, Conor Slattery, and Lochlainn McKenna

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Told through the eyes of The Invisible Man, Count Dracula has hit rock bottom, so with the help of his noble companion Igor, he decides to throw the greatest Christmas party of all time. He invites to this - The Wolfman, Medusa, The Wicked Witch, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and The Invisible Man. But when two killers arrive at the door, things slowly begin to spiral out of control. And Dracula's faith lies in the hands of one creature...death himself!

Harley Quinn's Five Tips for Enjoying the Holidays

From DC Comics

The mercury is dropping, snow is starting to fall and the smell of gingerbread is in the air (at least, we HOPE that it’s gingerbread because it's getting really strong and we have no other explanation for it).

Yes, the holidays are upon us. Soon families will begin gathering together for memories, laughter and awkward, uncomfortable conversations around the dinner table when grandpa invites the 26-year-old massage therapist that he left grandma for to the festivities. Gifts will be opened, carols will be sung and children will playfully gather around the living room, sigh loudly when they discover they didn’t get the PS4 they wanted and storm off to their rooms to SnapChat with their friends. There will be moments of joy and merriment. There will be moments of quiet reflection. But in the end, we’ll remember the one truth that’s at the heart of the holiday season: No matter where you may be in life, the post-holiday traffic on the drive home will be horrendous.

Harley Quinn understands this, and she’s bringing the holiday spirit to comic shops worldwide this week with the just released HARLEY QUINN HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1. Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and drawn by Mauricet, Brandt Peters, Darwyn Cooke and Billy Tucci, it’s a painfully funny reminder of all that’s special about this time of year. But it’s not all laughs and mayhem. The Harley Quinn Holiday Special also contains all you need to know to ensure your holidays are heavy on the mirth, magic and merriment, and light on the migraines. Here are five tips for enjoying the holidays that we learned from Harley Quinn.

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Giant monsters gather in Nagoya


The Yomiuri Shimbun

NAGOYA — Masks, suits and miniatures of Godzilla, Ultraman, Gamera and many more — an exhibition under way at the Nagoya City Science Museum in Naka Ward, Nagoya, until Jan. 12 showcases about 500 items used in the filming of movies and TV series produced in Japan since the 1960s using tokusatsu special effects.

The exhibition, titled “Tokusatsu: Special Effects Museum,” was curated by anime director Hideaki Anno, who is known for his “Evangelion” anime series.

Notable in the exhibition is a reproduction of a storehouse that used to be in a film studio to hold these props and small sets.

Information about the exhibit (In Japanese) Here - 'TOKUSATSU – Special Effects Museum'

A Deleted 'Star Wars' Scene Comes Alive in Rare Behind-the-Scenes Footage


From Yahoo Movies

The latest addition to the trove of rare and little-seen material from the first Star Wars film — including on-set photos and rough-cut footage — is this interesting bit of behind-the-scenes action. Posted by YouTuber Eyes on Cinema, the six-minute clip captures the Star Wars crew on one of its Tatooine locations in the North African desert. And for Star Wars fans, it’s a pretty Biggs deal.

The first half of the clip shows a 30-something George Lucas conferring with cinematographer Gilbert Taylor before discussing a scene — cut from the final film — in which Mark Hamill (Luke Sykwalker), Garrick Hagon (Biggs Darklighter) and Koo Stark traipse around the Tatooine settlement of Anchorhead.

Though Biggs is glimpsed briefly in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope — he’s one of the X-Wing pilots killed in duty during the attack on the first Death Star — his original role was noticeably bigger: A scene cut from early in the film portrayed him and Luke as best pals, with Biggs serving as a kind of surrogate big-brother to the young Jedi-to-be.

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'Batman: Arkham Knight' to Join DC Entertainment's Digital First Slate

From DC Comics

Gamers rejoice! In February 2015, the BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT comic book series will begin to tell the prequel story to Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s highly anticipated video game of the same name. The Digital First comic book will be written by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Viktor Bogdanovic and Art Thibert. Cover artist for the series will be Dan Panosian. The first issue, on sale March 11, will include two variant covers, one by Gary Frank and the other will feature art from the game.

Fans of the award-winning and bestselling game series, including previous releases Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, know The Joker is dead and Arkham City is closed. As a new day begins, Bruce Wayne finds himself in devastating pain, recovering from his injuries and questioning whether his role as Batman is still necessary to the city’s survival. But as the sun rises in Gotham City, dangerous new threats emerge from the shadows…and the Arkham Knight is just beginning. This in-continuity prequel comic set prior to the events of the brand-new video game Batman: Arkham Knight is a must-read!

Batman: Arkham Knight is the epic conclusion to the Arkham game franchise, set to hit shelves on June 2, 2015. The game will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One consoles, and Microsoft Windows. Preorder for the game is now available.

LEGENDERRY: VAMPIRELLA #1 (OF 5)


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SKU: C72513022694501011
Rating: Teen +
Cover A Main: Joe Benitez
Writer: David Avallone
Art: David Cabrera
Genre: Steampunk, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: Feb 2015
Format: Comic Book
Page Count: 32 pages
UPC: 725130226945 01011
ON SALE DATE: February 4

A return to Bill Willingham's fantastical steampulp world of LEGENDERRY! Vampirella comes home from the epic battle in The Principality to find that her Scarlet Club has been closed, and powerful forces within The Big City are conspiring to destroy her... but they quickly learn they've pissed off the wrong immortal

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Koichi Kawakita, R.I.P.

by Armand Vaquer


Above, Koichi Kawakita and Armand in Hollywood in 2000.

Very sad news has arrived from Japan via the Anime News Network.

Special effects director Koichi Kawakita has passed away at age 72 from liver failure.

 They wrote:
Movie visual effects director Kōichi Kawakita passed away on December 5 due to liver failure. He was 72. A funeral service was held for close relatives, with his wife Toshiko as chief mourner. A memorial service is planned in the future.
I first met Mr. Kawakita in 2000 when G-Fest 2000 was held in Hollywood at the Roosevelt Hotel. A year later, Richard Pusateri and I met with him at his office in Toho Studios for a tour of the studio that was led by him and producer Shogo Tomiyama.

Above, pictured at Toho Studios in 2001 are (from left) Shogo Tomiyama, Armand, Richard
 Pusateri and Koichi Kawakita with a Godzilla event suit. Photo courtesy of Richard Pusateri.

He didn't exactly recognize us at first. While we were outside looking over the studio with Mr. Tomiyama and Shozo Watanabe, it suddenly dawned on Mr. Kawakita who we were and he ran down one of the studio roads towards us exclaiming, "I remember you!" with a big grin.

Above, Koichi Kawakita describing items in his collection to 
Richard Pusateri at Toho Studios. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I found Mr. Kawakita to be a very nice man and quite enthusiastic while he was showing us his collection of Godzilla-related props and figures. I think his best Godzilla special effects work was in Godzilla vs. Biollante.

My sincere condolences to the Kawakita family.

This is a big loss and he will be missed.

 To read more, go here.