Friday, October 17, 2014

Godzilla/Gamera Anniversary Panel At Comikaze Expo October 31

by Armand Vaquer

Note: The time has been changed. Our panel begins at 5:00 PM.

Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2014 schedule is now out and a panel on Godzilla's 60th anniversary and Gamera's 50th anniversary will be held at 5:00 PM on Halloween, October 31 in Room 404AB of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The participants, along with yours truly, will be the same as last year's panel and will be headed up by Jessica Tseang. I will have copies of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan available following the panel discussion. Our panels on Japanese monsters have been some of the best-attended (standing-room-only) at Comikaze, so make sure you get there early enough to get a seat.

Above, the panel at last year's Comikaze Expo.
Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo will be held October 31 through November 2.

For the full schedule for Friday, October 31, go here (.pdf format).

To access Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo's website, go here.

Marvel 75: The 90's -- A Decade in Armor

From Marvel Comics

The 90’s came in hard and rough on the denizens of the Marvel Universe, and one need look no farther than the characters who turned in their spandex and unstable molecules for harder-edged armor for confirmation of it.

Over 10 years, heroes whose costumes had taken on a pleasing familiarity stared down the challenges facing them and decided when the going gets tough, the tough don shiny metal. Once the strict province of Iron Man and his ilk, the armored look became en vogue for even the most traditional of stalwarts in the 90’s.

The choice to armor up in the 90’s came with a price tag, of course. The armor rarely, if ever, simply supplemented the heroes’ abilities. Instead they came borne of tragedy or forced the characters to sacrifice something about them that made them unique. The acceptance of armor also marked a rejection of some aspect of themselves.


Despite the gear only being donned for a single issue, WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #100, Spider-Man’s first dalliance with an armored costume—a silver and black number that has echoes of Shocker’s “blanket” look—remains an object of fascination for fans.

Most recently seen on a slain other dimensional Spider-Man in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #33, the armor began as a reaction to the so-called “New” Enforcers, an overstuffed team of baddies that battled Spider-Man to a standstill during the four-part “Total War” storyline. Boasting the likes of Dragon Man, Thermite, Vanisher, and many more, the Enforcers took on and picked apart Spidey’s new armor until he had no choice but to burst forth from it and take down the final member with nothing but that well-known Spider-Moxie. Oh and probably super strength or whatever.

As with Hawkeye before him, this armor blunted nearly all of Spider-Man’s traditional advantages like speed and agility in the name of helping him take more damage. Although it did ultimately help the Wallcrawler triumph, it should come as no surprise that even when Peter Parker has returned to a more metal suit—as with the Iron Spider in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #529, the Big Time armor in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #656, or the Ends of the Earth costume in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #682—he has never chosen to revive this particular one.



‘Star Wars Episode VII': To Leak Or Not To Leak Concept Art

From Inquisitr

If Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has a spy among his rank, he should fire them. This week, dozens of concept art images that are allegedly being used in the much anticipated sequel were leaked online, and there was a definitive mixed reaction.

In the age of 24/7 news and the internet, everyone is out for themselves, and if someone who is working for Abrams has decided that it’s a good idea to leak major spoilers to keep fans happy, then they were mistaken. It’s one thing to follow news about casting and happenings with the production, but it’s a completely different thing to ruin a film that fans have been waiting to see for a long, long time.

If these are indeed from Star Wars Episode VII, J.J. must be livid. After all, he has thrown some bones our way with that little game he has going on with Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder. He’s also been nice enough to tweet teasers that truly get fans’ blood boiling with excitement.

Unfortunately, if these images are legit, people will see them, and even though they look very cool, they take away from the build up to the December 18, 2015 release. Star Wars Episode VII will continue the original trilogy of the 70s and 80s, and fans have literally been waiting for decades to find out what happens to Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Carrie Fisher’s characters in a movie.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gamera 2 SH MonsterArts Action Figure

Gamera 2 SH MonsterArts Action Figure

Price: $80.99 - Order Here

Gamera comes to the SH MonsterArts series!
Highly detailed version of the classic Godzilla monster.
Measures 5 1/2-inches tall!

From Bandai Tamashii Nations. Imported from Japan. Drop everything and get your hands (or claws) on this amazing articulated 1966 Gamera collectible figure from SH MonsterArts! This spectacular rendition of Gamera was brought to life by famous kaiju sculptor Tomoo Haraguchi. Create flying and Ultimate Plasma attack poses with the plethora of accessory parts! Posing Gamera is easy with the expertly placed articulated joints. Set comes with plasma effect parts with supports, flying pose support piece, interchangeable flying appendage parts, and display base! Measures 5 1/2-inches tall.

Fantastic Four (1961 1st Series) #71, February 1968 Issue - Marvel Comics

Fantastic Four (1961 1st Series) #71, February 1968 Issue - Marvel Comics - Grade VG

$18.00 USD - Order Here

1st printing.

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

Note torn piece missing from top right corner of cover.

Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded!

Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. ...and So It Ends..., script by Stan Lee; Jack Kirby (co-plot), pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott; Ben, with his mind restored helps the others defeat the Thinker's android. Crystal (of the Inhumans) appearance.

Flash DC Comics Icons 1:6 Scale Statue

Flash DC Comics Icons 1:6 Scale Statue

Price: $84.99 - Order Here

The Fastest Man Alive takes a split second to pose!
Limited edition statue showcases the Flash.
Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios.

Here's a Flash for you! Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, The Fastest Man Alive takes a split second to pose, joining his Justice League counterparts in the DC Comics Icon statue line. A limited edition of 5,200 pieces, this Flash DC Comics Icons 1:6 Scale Statue stands approximately 10-inches tall. Catch him if you can! Other statues sold separately.

Size: 10-inches tall
Edition Size: 5,200

Fantastic Four (1961 1st Series) #77, August 1968 Issue - Marvel Comics

Fantastic Four (1961 1st Series) #77, August 1968 Issue - Marvel Comics - Grade Fine

$30.00 USD - Order Here

1st printing.

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

Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded!

Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. Shall Earth Endure?, script by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (co-plot), pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott; Reed, Ben, and Johnny battle Psycho-Man in the Microverse. Letter to the editor from comics writer Tony Isabella. Reprinted in Marvel's Greatest Comics # 59.

DC Comics: A Visual History Updated Edition Hardcover Book

DC Comics: A Visual History Updated Edition Hardcover Book

Price: $49.99 - Order Here

The DC Comics: A Visual History Updated Edition Hardcover Book highlights the debuts of iconic super heroes like Superman and Batman and the geniuses that invented them. The DC Comics: A Visual History tells of the real-life events, like the Vietnam War, the atom bomb, and the Space Race, that shaped the atmosphere of the times. DC Comics: A Visual History follows the characters' foray into the real world through TV series and blockbuster movies. The DC Comics: A Visual History Updated Edition Hardcover Book features a slipcase design along with 2 prints packed inside. 376 pages.

Zombie Maid - Walking Dead - Sexy Zombie - Framed Photo Artwork Print

Zombie Maid - Walking Dead - Sexy Zombie - Framed Photo Artwork Print

$50.00 USD - Order Here

This is an original 8.5 x11 print framed (10x13) and matted to 8 x 10. Our idea is to put the undead to work ... cleaning your house. The print looks amazing matted and framed and will make a great addition to your movie memorabilia collection. A must for horror fans!

This image was created by renowned California artist Ken Hulsey.

The image is printed on professional studio grade matte paper by a professional photography studio not a home printer.

Fantasy Figure Gallery Hajime Sorayama Lady Ninja 1:4 Scale Resin Statue

Fantasy Figure Gallery Hajime Sorayama Lady Ninja 1:4 Scale Resin Statue

Price: $349.99 - Order Here

Would you dare approach this scantily laden warrior? As you stare at this beauty, you will not be capable of taking your eyes off of her! But alas, she is Lady Ninja and if you stare too long your mind and heart will be penetrated by her lustful appearance and Ninjato sword. Hajime Sorayama's Lady Ninja makes her way to the Fantasy Figure Gallery. Combining Sorayama's erotic and fetish styles, this dominating 1:4 scale resin statue stands roughly 17 1/2-inches tall, including the authentic Japanese Tatami floor-style base. Limited to just 500 pieces the Fantasy Figure Gallery Hajime Sorayama Lady Ninja 1:4 Scale Resin Statue comes with an art card, certificate of authenticity, and serial numbered nameplate.

A Monster of Creation's Dawn Breaks Loose in Our World Today! - King Kong - King Kong (1933) - Framed 8.5 x 11 Original Photograph Art Print

A Monster of Creation's Dawn Breaks Loose in Our World Today! - King Kong - King Kong (1933) - Framed 8.5 x 11 Original Photograph Art Print

$50.00 USD - Order Here

This is an original framed and matted (10x13) 8.5 x 11 artwork created by renowned California artist Ken Hulsey.

The image of everyone's favorite 40ft tall romeo King Kong.

The image is printed on professional studio grade matte paper by a professional photography studio not a home printer.


KING KONG (1933)

Named as one of the "100 Best Films of All Time" by Time Magazine, King Kong premiered in New York City in 1933. The film was an instant success, breaking box-office records to become one of the top moneymakers of the 1930s.

King Kong's state-of-the-art visual effects, entertaining story and touching conclusion captivated audiences and started a worldwide love affair with the giant ape. The film has also been included in seven of the American Film Institute's Top 100 lists, including the "100 Years...100 Movies" list.

A film ahead of its time, King Kong defied the technological limitations of the 1930s. Special effects pioneer Willis O'Brien's revolutionary stop-motion animation was not only technically brilliant but also highly imaginative and continues to impress even in today's era of computer-generated wizardry.

Directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, with a rousing score by Max Steiner (who also scored Gone with the Wind), King Kong stars Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot and Fay Wray, whose memorable performance as damsel in distress Ann Darrow cemented her place in pop culture and earned her the nickname "The Queen of Scream."

Carl Denham is a producer and director of adventure films specializing in remote and exotic locations. He sets off to a remote island, uncharted except for a map he purchased from a seaman. He hires a ship and with the star of his film, Ann Darrell, he sets off to Skull Island where there supposedly lives a large ape known as Kong. Thie island itself is is divided and the giant ape lives behind a great wall. Whe the local islanders kidnap Ann to offer her as a sacrifice, Denham and John Dricsoll set off to rescue her. It's obvious that Kong is fascinated with Ann and means her no harm but Dehnam gasses the beast and transports it to New York where he puts it on display. When it manages to escape, it terrorizes the city, climbing to the top of the Empire State building where it must confront air force planes trying to shoot it down. - IMDB

"It wasn't the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast." —Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) -

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


From DC Comics

During DC Entertainment’s “DC DIGITAL: DOWNLOAD THIS!” panel on Sunday, three exciting new titles were announced: MORTAL KOMBAT X, WONDER WOMAN ’77 and FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US, which was also highlighted during the Vertigo panel at NYCC. Panelists included Bruno Redondo, Bryan Q. Miller, Cat Staggs, Hank Kanalz, Kyle Higgins, Marc Andreyko, Marc Guggenheim, and Shawn Kittelsen. In addition to the newly-announced titles, panelists discussed an unprecedented line-up of Digital First titles including INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, ARROW: SEASON 2.5, THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO, SMALLVILLE: SEASON 11, BATMAN ’66, and BATMAN BEYOND 2.0.

MORTAL KOMBAT X, in development by NetherRealm Studios and to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is the next installment in the critically acclaimed game franchise which continues 25 years after the events of 2011’s MORTAL KOMBAT. The new comic book series of the same name will serve as a prequel to the game and will feature many favorite characters and the next generation of Kombatants. The series is being written by Shawn Kittelsen with interior art by Dexter Soy and covers by Ivan Reis. The series will debut in January 2015.

On the heels of the SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN launch will be WONDER WOMAN ’77, a new series based on the popular 1970s television show starring Lynda Carter. The series will be written by Marc Andreyko with several covers drawn by Nicola Scott. Additional artists for the project will be named in the coming weeks. WONDER WOMAN ’77 will debut digitally in December with six consecutive weekly chapters. These will be collected in two print issues to be released early in 2015. The series will then resume in the spring and appear periodically throughout the year.

The first-ever Digital First Vertigo title will be FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US, based on the critically-acclaimed episodic game series from Telltale Games licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The story will be written by Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus with art by Steve Sadowski, Travis Moore, and Shawn McManus. The cover artist for the series is Chrissie Zullo. FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US will be a weekly Digital First series and is set to debut in December 2014 with print collections to follow in 2015.

NYCC 2014: Spider-Gwen

From Marvel Comics

Debuting in the second issue of EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE, Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman immediately developed a passionate cult following. Those fans will be rewarded in February 2015 with the exciting new SPIDER-GWEN ongoing series! caught up with writer Jason Latour, artist Robbi Rodriguez, and colorist Rico Renzi who revealed some of what they love about Spider-Gwen as well as what they have percolating for the book. Were you surprised how much the EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE issue and Spider-Gwen resonated with readers? What is it you think hooked people?

Jason Latour: Well, there just seemed to be this groundswell from day one, and that was certainly a little surprising. It changed my expectations a little, but as a writer you learn pretty quickly that you can’t really control how things are going to be received. All you can really do is focus on creating a story that speaks to you and your collaborators and just hope that you’re all excited about that. If you it turns out you’re in tune with the larger world, that’s amazing. But it’s also always a little lucky.

I know for me, when I sit back and think about the response I try to step back and look at the bigger picture as much as possible. So I do think a lot it just has to do with Gwen Stacy herself. I’ve been reading Spider-Man off and on since I was a small kid, but by the time I came around Gwen Stacy really only mattered by virtue of the fact that she’d impacted Peter so much. But even so that impact had been severely diminished, he’d kind of seemed to get over it and moved on to Mary Jane in a way he’d never have been able to do with Uncle Ben. She’d just become kind of a watered down plot point, and not a character. In the worst hands she was just a lost possession.

But you jump forward to today and fortunately you’ve got Gwen sort of re-emerging in other media, finding a very real voice again, [and] even bringing new readers into the books. So suddenly that death has meaning again and for a lot of people it’s pretty hard to swallow. Maybe in part because we’ve slogged through the decades of copycat “fridgings” that’ve followed “The Death of Gwen Stacy”; maybe there’s just that much demand for diversity in these books. I can’t say for sure—but the idea of what she represents and who she is has kind of burst free of the borders of the page.

So I think there’s clearly a lot of catharsis in seeing her get to be Spider-Woman. And it was important that she get that chance earnestly and with the same sense of impetus that Peter had when he first put on the suit. It couldn’t be treated like a lark or a cheap novelty; it’s not “I’ll give you your powers back later, honey.” So that was where Robbi and Rico and I really tried to make hay and make it our own. Approach it like it’s new and make it all matter. Fortunately the audience seems to agree with us so far.




From Dynamite Entertainment

Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces the expansion of their Dynamite Art Edition line to include three new high-end collections that meticulously reproduce the actual storyboard and cover artwork from classic 1970s comic books. Jose Gonzalez's Vampirella Art Edition and Walter Simonson's Battlestar Galactica Art Edition celebrate the seminal work of two master storytellers, while the John Carter: Warlord of Mars - The Marvel Years Art Edition showcases the artistry of numerous industry legends, including Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Dave Cockrum, and many more. Scanned in high-resolution color and printed at the original size of the artwork, these gorgeous hardcover collections preserve every detail of the prestigious artists' meticulous skill and hard work.

The process of creating each oversized Art Edition format involves high-resolution color scanning of original storyboard artwork, capturing the look of the artwork as originally illustrated, with all blue lines, corrections, pasted letters, editorial notes, and other distinctive creative elements intact. Each scan is then printed on heavy stock paper to give readers the most realistic experience of what it would be like to hold actual storyboard pages.

Jose Gonzalez's Vampirella Art Edition honors an illustrator whose mesmerizing and macabre interpretation of the raven-haired heroine established him - in many readers' minds - as the definitive Vampirella artist. Introducing an unparalleled level of sophistication to the visual storytelling of Warren Publishing's Vampirella Magazine in the 1970s, Gonzalez transformed the one-time horror hostess into a layered protagonist and industry icon. Longtime fans will thrill to see his mesmerizing and macabre artwork in the Art Edition's high-quality reproductions, representing ten complete stories selected from throughout his entire body of Vampirella work, including "Resurrection of Papa Voudou" (as written by Archie Goodwin), "The Blood Queen of Bayou Parish" (Steve Englehart), "An Eye for an Eye" (Bill DuBay), "Spawn of the Star Beast" (Rich Margopoulos), and more.

"For me, the initial exposure to Jose Gonzalez's lush artwork was eye-opening," says Steven Morger of Big Wow Art. "The reproduction of the original stories in black and white allowed for a subtlety which was never approached in four color comics. I was lucky enough to be able to acquire a number of stories from the original series over the years. I am looking forward to Dynamite Entertainment's efforts to expose new readers to the artwork that I love and to give longtime fans access to the work as it was originally created."

Walter Simonson is one of the most prolific artists ever to work in the comic book medium, a universally admired innovator whose work - on Manhunter, The Fantastic Four, The Mighty Thor, Jack Kirby's Fourth World, the list goes on - leaves a mark in the hearts and minds of readers for years afterwards. Walter Simonson's Battlestar Galactica Art Edition commemorates the master draftsman's senses-shattering work on the Battlestar Galactica comic book series, published by Marvel Comics from 1979 to 1981. Truly, the adventures of brash pilots Apollo and Starbuck were never so epic as they were under Simonson's skillful hand, as demonstrated in the scanned storyboard art of the complete stories contained therein. While Simonson himself assumes writing chores in many of the Art Edition contents, contributing writers also include Steven Grant, Roger McKenzie, and Bill Mantlo.

"Marvel's Battlestar Galactica comic will always hold a special place in my heart," says Simonson, artist and frequent writer on the series. "I'd been penciling the series for a year in the late 1970s when I was given the opportunity to write a few issues. It was my first professional writing gig, and I loved it. I wrote four of the title's last five issues. I knew the characters as they had developed in the comic quite well, and as a fledgling writer, I had no idea what I was doing, and consequently, no fear. I got reference from every Galactica book or magazine I could find at the time, and I studied video tapes of the episodes my pal, Allen Milgrom, had made on what have been one of the earliest home video tape machine. The late Archie Goodwin, one of the finest writers and editors the comics business has ever seen as well as a friend, was very complimentary about the writing and offered me my next writing gig when Galactica wrapped. My career as a writer/artist in comics had been launched, thanks in large part to Adama, Apollo, Starbuck, and the rest of the doughty crew of the Battlestar Galactica and their bitter enemies, the Cylons. Thanks, guys. I don't know that I could have done it without you."

The John Carter: Warlord of Mars - The Marvel Years Art Edition is the product of a recent and comprehensive licensing agreement between Dynamite Entertainment and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., a fruitful arrangement that opens the vaults of the Burroughs library for the enjoyment of science fiction and fantasy fans everywhere. This Art Edition collects high-end reproductions of stellar artwork from a huge assembly of industry pioneers, including Gil Kane, Rudy Nebres, Bernie Wrightson, Alan Weiss, Ernie Chan, Sal Buscema, Larry Hama, Ernie Colon, Carmine Infantino, Dave Cockrum, Alex Nino, George Perez, John Byrne, Bob McCleod, Ricardo Villagran, and Mike Vosburg. The cover artwork and interior pages are drawn from throughout the 1977-1979 run of John Carter: Warlord of Mars originally published by Marvel Comics.

"We are very pleased that our new licensing agreement with Dynamite Entertainment not only creates a fully new John Carter: Warlord of Mars comic book line, but also encompasses the reproduction of the rich, vibrant art of earlier periods by many masters of the medium", says James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. "These are some of the legendary artists who contributed so much to comic art. I know that fans everywhere will want to add this beautiful edition to their collections".

Tom Fleming of Fanfare says, "I was thrilled to hear that Dynamite is doing a John Carter of Mars art edition. I have a great fondness for the original novels and the Marvel comic book series was released shortly after I had finished reading the books. The series boasted work by some of the true giants in the industry and seeing the original art at its full size will be such a treat. I acquired my first John Carter original art page more than 30 years ago and continue to collect to this day. I am happy to be sharing art from my collection and I am also looking forward to seeing all of the other contributions."

"Words cannot begin to express how delighted I am that we're able to announce the expansion of our Art Edition program," says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite's CEO and Publisher. "With timeless classics like Jose Gonzalez's Vampirella; to showcasing one of my heroes, Walter Simonson, on one of his earliest works; and finally, an Art Edition that features Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, and many other great artists from the Marvel years of John Carter; these are great high-end collectibles for fans, and just the tip of the iceberg for what we have in store for 2015!"

The Dynamite Art Editions are solicited for retailer orders in Diamond Comic Distributors' Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market. Comic book fans are encouraged to place preorders through their local comic book retailers or online booksellers.

Pacific Rim 2 & Godzilla Crossover Rumors Abound

From JBGNews

There have been a few recent giant monster movies worthy of your attention, and two of those are Pacific Rim and the new Godzilla. Both films were incredible in their own rights, but what would make them better? Apparently, the answer to that question is a crossover between Pacific Rim 2 and the new Godzilla. Both films are within the same genre – monster movies – and both did quite well at the box office, so it would make sense to tie them in together at some point.

Legendary Pictures, at one point, admitted to the world that Godzilla and Pacific Rim would be completely separate from each other. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, as new rumors have been spreading around the Internet, claiming the two will join together at some point in the near future.

The Movie News Hound reports that the success seen in Godzilla 2014 and positive reaction towards Pacific Rim 2 has Legendary Pictures considering a crossover between the two movies. Unfortunately, this type of crossover won’t happen until after Godzilla 2 and Pacific Rim 2 have concluded, so perhaps in a third film within one of the franchises.

The new Godzilla film earned around $93 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend, and another $103 million total in overseas markets. This makes it the best international debut this year, which Legendary is sure to capitalize upon in the near future with more films in the franchise. A lot of the sales came from IMAX theaters, where massive screens portrayed Godzilla in all his wonder. These theaters earned around $40,057 on average per showing.

A crossover would be plenty of confusing, as fans would be voting for both Godzilla and the Jaegers to win the ultimate battle. However, we desperately want to see this crossover happen, as it would combine two impressive films into one experience. Pacific Rim 2 cannot get here soon enough, then we can discuss the potential for a new film between the two in earnest.