Monday, August 31, 2015

Incredible Hulk #109 - The Monster and the Man-Beast! - November 1968 Issue - Marvel Comics

Incredible Hulk #109 - November 1968 Issue - Marvel Comics

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The Monster and the Man-Beast!, script by Stan Lee, pencils by Frank Giacoia (layouts) and Herb Trimpe, inks by John Severin.

The Hulk rampages across a Chinese military base, swatting away soldiers with a long piece of timber. The soldiers fire a shell from a tank, but the Hulk uses his pole as a lever and upends the tank. More soldiers arrive and open fire on the Hulk, but the bullets bounce harmlessly off him. Annoyed, the Hulk leaps into the air and lands some distance away from the base.

As night falls, the Hulk walks through a dark canyon, accidentally setting off a hidden electronic eye. The signal alerts more soldiers and they mount a second attack against him. The Hulk dives into the soldiers and sends them sprawling. He then picks up a Howitzer cannon and begins swinging at them.

He then realizes that he has wandered towards a missile base. A large rocket is in the final phases of its countdown, so the Hulk leaps onto the hull of the ship, hoping to ride it to a better place. The Hulk's weight alters the calibration of the rocket's guidance systems, altering its course. The unmanned missile crashes into the middle of Antarctica and the resulting explosion from the crash renders the Hulk unconscious.

He awakens as Bruce Banner and discovers that he is now in the ecological oddity known as the Savage Land. A tribe of barbarian Swamp Men finds him and prepares him for a ritual of human sacrifice. Ka-Zar, Lord of the Savage Land finds the Swamp Men, and battles them, freeing Bruce Banner.

See Also: Incredible Hulk #108 - October 1968 Issue - Marvel Comics

Incredible Hulk #110 - December 1968 Issue - Marvel Comics

Incredible Hulk #159 - January 1973 Issue - Marvel Comics

Friday, August 28, 2015

VAMPIRELLA #1969 COMIC BOOK SPECIAL WILL CELEBRATE OVER FOUR DECADES OF THE ICONIC HEROINE IN NOVEMBER

From Dynamite Entertainment

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming release of Vampirella #1969, a 48-page one-shot special that celebrates over 45 years of the vampire heroine's advenutres in horror and fantasy. The over-sized issue celebrates the heady days of the character's earliest appearances with contributions from a roster of all-star writers and artists, including: Nancy Collins and Fritz Casas, Eric Trautmann and Brett Weldele, Phil Hester and Jethro Morales, Mark Rahner and Colton Worley, and David Walker and Aneke. Vampirella #1969 will debut in November and feature three covers: one by Robert Hack in retro-style dress, a cover by Jack Jadson, and a rare edition featuring Hack's artwork in black-and-white, much like the artwork of the original Vampirella magazine.

Several of the Vampirella #1969 contributors have shared their thoughts on the upcoming celebratory event:

Nancy A. Collins: "When I was asked to contribute a story to Vampirella #1969, I went back to see exactly what was going on the month the first issue of Vampirella hit the stands. As it turns out, the police were searching for the killers responsible for the Tate-LaBianca murders while America was dealing with the aftershocks, both physical and cultural, of Hurricane Camille, Woodstock, and Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. My story has classic-era Vampirella landing in a Hollywood that bears a closer resemblance to the reality of the time than what existed in her goofy/campy early adventures."

Phil Hester: "I was three years old when Vampirella debuted. It wasn't until I was thirteen that I became very, very interested in the character, especially that life-sized poster I had saved my paper route money to buy. But beyond the undeniable visual impact of Vampirella, there was always a core decency to her character that burned brightly even amid the dark, horror-oriented themes of her stories. She was always, well - good. Even though she was a vampire, and was always mixed up with creepy characters and monstrous villains, she somehow maintained this kind of purity that I found really refreshing in a culture awash with anti-heroes. I hope my story harkens back to that classic Vampirella heroism."


Eric Trautmann: "One of the things that made me most eager about contributing to Vampirella #1969 was the opportunity to work more in the (pardon the pun) same vein as the Warren-era material - short, punchy, atmospheric, without the need to build a longer continuity. Adding to that the opportunity to see the script realized by an artist like Brett Weldele made this one the best Vampirella experiences I've had to date."


David F. Walker: "I first discovered Vampirella back in the 1970s, when it was a magazine that I wasn't allowed to look at - too much sex and violence for a little kid. And so for me, Vampirella has always represented something a bit dangerous, or at least the possibility of something dangerous. Those old stories were daring and outrageous, and that's what I tried to capture when I wrote my contribution to this book."

A raven-haired heroine, Varmpiella remains - even after four-and-a-half decades of publication - one of the comic industry's leading ladies, due in no small part to Dynamite Entertainment's stewardship of the character. Since Vampirella's very healthy resurgence in 2010, Dynamite has published two volumes of a monthly series, several miniseries and one-shot specials, and crossovers with multimedia brands and comic book peers. The Vampirella franchise is a haven for writers and artists with a penchant for the macabre.

"Vampirella seems to have found a niche in the pop culture consciousness," says Collins. "People recognize her name, even now - which is interesting, when you realize she never had a cartoon show or TV series to introduce her to a mass audience (as I don't count the direct-to-video movie that came out 20 years ago). Some of it obviously has to do with her being a sex symbol, but there seems to be a genuine fondness for the character from her long-time fans that transcends that."

Vampirella #1969 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, corresponding to items shipping in November 2015. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Vampirella #1969 with their local comic book retailers. Vampirella #1969 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Stacey! She's A Very Private Detective!

Stacey is a 1973 exploitation film directed by Andy Sidaris. Half the budget was provided by Roger Corman for his New World Pictures the rest was raised by Sidaris. It was re-released in 1975 as Stacy and Her Gangbusters.

The film features an empowered babe in a masculinized action role. She is "a very private detective" in a crime-fighting film. This was the first attempt of Sidaris to produce a film with a female protagonist facing crime. The film thus serves as a precursor to many 1980s films, including those produced by Sidaris himself. In these films "soft" women adopt "hard" personae. It is also a precursor to 1990s softcore films where gender has little to do with a heroine's career, as by that point women's advance into the workplace was no longer an exploitable hot topic.

The protagonist is Stacey Hanson (Anne Randall), a private eye and race car driver. She is hired by aging heiress Florence Chambers (Marjorie Bennett) to investigate the close members of her family who live in her mansion. Stacey is to determine whether the members of Florence's family are worthy to be included in her will. They are three: Florence's nephew John (John Alderman), his wife Tish (Anitra Ford), and Florence's grand-niece Pamela (Cristina Raines).

As it happens, all three potential heirs have something to hide. John is a discreet homosexual, Tish is having an affair with the houseboy, and Pamela has dubious friends. Stacey uncovers some family secrets but a greater scandal is about to begin. The scheming houseboy Frank (James Westmoreland) is murdered. Stacey now has to find the identity of the murderer before he/she can kill again. Frank was sleeping with and/or blackmailing nearly all members of the family, so everyone is a suspect.

Stacey's investigation leads to a helicopter and car chase and gunplay. The murdered turns out to be Pamela who is a member of a cult reminiscent of the Manson family. She was planning to frame John and stand as the last viable heir to the family fortune. - Wiki

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CUT INTO THE ALL-NEW WOLVERINE SKETCHBOOK

Artists David Lopez and David Navarrot exclusively explore Laura Kinney's new role in the Marvel Universe!

From Marvel Comics

Laura Kinney, the hero formerly known as X-23, goes solo in ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, but her art team works in tandem to kick butt and take names.

David Lopez and David Navarrot’s designs for the book reveal a major affection for the character and her world, as well as a deep thought process for their work.

Marvel.com: David Lopez, what's the typical way of approaching an issue like for you?

David Lopez: I work on a four week schedule basis. First week—maybe week and a half—I read the script and try to understand what the story is and how can I relate it to the reader. It’s all about the concept. Then I doodle little thumbnails on the printed script itself, just doodles that only I understand. After that I move to the computer, and I do a rough sketch of all the pages and place the balloons; leaving room for the balloons is vital. Read the story again, change some stuff; and then I do final layouts in rough pencils and place the masses of black and the basic grey work. That’s the tough part.

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See Also: Uncanny X-Men #162, October 1982 Issue - Marvel Comics

Wolverine #68, April 1993 Issue - Marvel Comics

Uncanny X-Men #172, August 1983 Issue - Marvel Comics

Spawn #255

Spawn #255



Story By: Todd McFarlane
Art By: Jonboy
Cover By: Jonboy

Spawn continues to discover his new powers using his big-ass colossal sword to defeat his enemies.

See Also: Spawn #5 - October 1992 Issue - Image Comics

Spawn #7 - January 1993 Issue - Image Comics

Spawn #8 - February 1993 Issue - Image Comics

ZODIAC STARFORCE #1

ZODIAC STARFORCE #1



An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class!

These high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters! But when an evil force infects leader Emma, she must work with her team to save herself—and the world—from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions!

* A brand-new creator-owned series from Kevin Panetta (Bravest Warriors) and Paulina Ganucheau (TMNT: New Animated Adventures, Bravest Warriors).

* For fans of Sailor Moon, Buffy, and Lumberjanes!

“Zodiac Starforce is everything I want in a modern magical girl story—friendship, diversity, sweet battles and enviable costumes. Kevin and Paulina have crafted a both stunningly beautiful and heartfelt adventure series I honestly can’t wait to read.”—Kate Leth (Adventure Time: Seeing Red, Edward Scissorhands)

See Also: Cyblade Shi #1A - 1st Witchblade - February 1995 Issue

Macross #1, December 1984 Issue - Comico

Mystique #9, February Issue - Marvel Comics

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Follow the History of Black Widow Pt. 13

Natasha survives the Crossing, goes up against Onslaught, meets the Thunderbolts, and more!

From Marvel Comics

A super spy, a super hero, an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Avenger—Natasha Romanoff has been all these things and much more since making her way into the Marvel Universe over 50 years ago.

With Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and other Marvel Cinematic Universe outings continuing to raise the Black Widow’s profile, we chronicle her exciting history!

The Black Widow reunited with the rest of Earth’ Mightiest Heroes in IRON MAN #324 as Immortus’ plot to subvert Tony Stark deepened. Natasha’s friend Janet Van Dyne came out of a forced hibernation in a new Wasp form in AVENGERS #394 to aid her team in the struggle.

The Widow led her teammates through time itself to pluck a teenage Tony Stark out of the timestream in AVENGERS: TIMESLIDE, so as to help fight Tony’ older counterpart in the present. Government agent Gyrich and his Mandroids tried to stop Natasha and the Avengers in IRON MAN #325, while young Tony fell in a clash with the conflicted elder Stark. Ultimately, the present-day Iron Man sacrificed himself in AVENGERS #395 to stop Immortus, and the Widow helped to revive young Tony using Iron Man’s tech.

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See Also: Iron Man #276, January 1992 Issue - Marvel Comics

Iron Man #219, June 1987 Issue - Marvel Comics

Iron Man 216, March 1987 Issue - Marvel Comics

SWORDS OF SORROW: RED SONJA / JUNGLE GIRL #2 (OF 3)

SWORDS OF SORROW: RED SONJA / JUNGLE GIRL #2 (OF 3)



As the jungle descends into a lethal winter, Red Sonja and Jungle Girl have finally cornered the vicious Mistress Hel and -- oh, whoops, wait, it's the other way around. Monsters, magic, a dreamboat in distress - and a velociraptor chariot race? Time is running out for Sonja and Jana to restore to island before all is lost!

See Also: Red Sonja #1, August 1983 Issue - Marvel Comics

Rima The Jungle Girl #3, September 1974 Issue - DC Comics

The Maxx: Maxximized #22

The Maxx: Maxximized #22



Future Sara is still adjusting to putting up with other people’s crap—her roommate Steve, his girlfriend Syke, and even elderly Mr. Gone who’s… well… gone fishing. To say nothing of the Giant Yellow Banana Slug who has surfaced once again.

See Also: Maxx #1 - March 1993 Issue - Image Comics

Godzilla in Hell #2

Godzilla in Hell #2



Godzilla descends further into the pit! Godzilla navigates a city that can never be destroyed as demonic versions of his greatest foes wait for the perfect moment to strike!

See Also: Godzilla #5, December 1977 Issue - Marvel Comics

Godzilla #15, October 1978 Issue - Marvel Comics

Godzilla #19, February 1979 Issue - Marvel Comics

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The X-Files #7, July 1995 - Topps Comics

The X-Files #7, July 1995 - Topps Comics

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The first series was published by Topps Comics and ran for 41 issues from January 1995 to September 1998, coinciding with the second through fifth seasons of the television program.

In 1996, Topps published X-Files #0, an adaptation of the pilot episode, in order to test the market for a series adapting the episodes of the X-Files TV series. The issue was successful, and X-Files Season One ran for nine issues (August 1997 - July 1998). The series's name was provisional, and Topps in fact intended to adapt every episode, but never got as far as season two. The series was written by Roy Thomas, who would create a first draft for each issue by working off of the episode's script, then watch the actual episode and modify his work to account for changes made on the set.

See Also: The X-Files Comics Digest #1, December Issue - Topps Comics

The X-Files #11, November 1995 - Topps Comics

The X-Files #12, December 1995 - Topps Comics

World of Krypton #1 - July 1979 Issue - DC Comics

World of Krypton #1 - July 1979 Issue - DC Comics

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Superman listens to a taped diary of Jor-El’s found on the Moon years ago. In it, he hears his father speak of his early childhood, how he became a scientist and discovered a system of anti-gravity propulsion, how he met Lara Lor-Van, how he invented the Phantom Zone ray, and how he and Lara were married--an event Superman remembers, since he attended it.

See Also: World of Krypton #3 - September 1979 Issue

Superman Radio Shack Giveaway #2 - July 1982 Issue - DC Comics

Superman #330 - December 1978 Issue - DC Comics

THE FLASH #43

THE FLASH #43



Barry Allen is a man divided, forced to either help his father remain on the run from the law, or bring him to justice. As Barry grapples with that impossible choice, The Flash becomes a target of the Folded Man, a mysterious deadly new villain to Central City who’s hell-bent on tearing The Flash apart—literally!

See Also: Flash #1 - June 1987 Issue - DC Comics

Flash #71 - December 1992 Issue - DC Comics

Flash #228 - August 1974 Issue - DC Comics

Friday, August 21, 2015

WITCHBLADE celebrates milestone anniversary

From Image Comics



Top Cow’s long-running WITCHBLADE series, first launched in 1995 and created by Marc Silvestri, David Wohl, Brian Haberlin, and Michael Turner, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a deluxe WITCHBLADE 20TH ANNIVERSARY “ART OF” hardcover, a Commemorative Lithograph, and will come to a jaw-dropping conclusion with WITCHBLADE #185—the final issue.

In WITCHBLADE #185, an era comes to a close with a double-size final issue of Sara Pezzini’s twenty-year run. Several previous WITCHBLADE artists return to the title to send her off in style. The story resolves Sara’s return to New York, her relationship with Gleason, and her attempt to find a suitable bearer to give the Artifact to. Cover A by Michael Turner can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code AUG150499. Cover B by Keu Cha can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code AUG150500. Both will be available on October 14th.

Image/Top Cow is also pleased to release a deluxe WITCHBLADE 20TH ANNIVERSARY “ART OF” hardcover. This special, over-sized WITCHBLADE hardcover will be a veritable who’s-who of comic artists with original content not previously seen in THE ART OF WITCHBLADE. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code AUG150570 and will hit shelves on October 28th, will be limited to 1,000 copies, and will never be reprinted.

There will also be a limited number of 11” x 17”, full-color WITCHBLADE 20TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE LITHOGRAPHs featuring art by Michael Turner available on October 28th that can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code AUG150504. - See more at: https://imagecomics.com/content/view/witchblade-celebrates-milestone-anniversary#sthash.Vt9NbCyy.dpuf

See Also: Cyblade Shi #1A - 1st Witchblade - February 1995 Issue - Image Comics - Grade NM

Elektra #1, November 1996 Issue - Marvel Comics

Dawn: Three Tiers #1, June Issue - Image Comics