Retro Saturday Morning: Hong Kong Phooey (ABC)(1974)

Hong Kong Phooey is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1974, to December 21, 1974. The main character, Hong Kong Phooey, is the clownishly clumsy secret identity of Penrod "Penry" Pooch, working at a police station as a "mild-mannered" janitor under the glare of Sergeant Flint, nicknamed "Sarge."

Hong Kong Phooey was in reality mild-mannered Penrod Pooch, janitor at the police station (which put him in a good position to know when his help was needed). Whenever he overheard a call to action, Penry would dive into a filing cabinet where he would change into his colorful karate outfit, then hop into his Phooeymobile (which, like the van driven by The Amazing Chan's progeny, could be transformed into whatever conveyance was needed), and, accompanied by his faithful cat Spot, sally forth to right whatever wrongs needed righting. He achieved his expertise through a correspondence course. During battle, he would frequently consult the textbook from it, The Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu.

The show premiered on ABC on September 7, 1974, and remained in production for a whopping 16 episodes, which were run and rerun over the next two years. He did, however, appear in a comic book, which Charlton published for nine issues, June 1975 through November 1976. He was back on TV in 1977, in Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics, and back again in 1980, as half of The Godzilla/Hong Kong Phooey Hour. Since then, he's been seen only in reruns.

The character's voice was done by Scatman Crothers, who, aside from his other well-known show biz credits, also played Crazy Legs in Don Bluth's Banjo the Woodpile Cat, Scat Cat in Disney's The AristoCats and Liquid Man in Super Globetrotters. Spot was Don Messick, who also played the dog on The Jetsons, the cat on Josie & the Pussycats and various other non-anthropomorphic animals. Messick was also the show's narrator. Rosemary, the police station phone operator who loved Hong Kong Phooey but scorned Penry, was voiced by Kathy Gori, who also played in Inch High, Private Eye and The New Tom & Jerry Show. Sgt. Flint, another of Penry's eavesdropping victims, was Joe E. Ross, mostly a face actor, but who also did voice work in Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch. - Toonopedia

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The final episode, "Comedy Cowboys," was intended as a backdoor pilot for a new series. In this two-part episode, several new cartoon characters, who are named Honcho, The Mystery Maverick, and the Posse Impossible, appear and help to clear Hong Kong Phooey of a crime. These characters later appear in their own continuing segment, "Posse Impossible" on CB Bears. Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show uses the limited Hanna-Barbera laugh track.

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Mark Hamill thinks a Deleted Scene in STAR WARS Was Important To Luke Skywalker's Character Development

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Mark Hamill recently opened up about George Lucas’ Star Wars: A New Hope and how he thinks a scene that was deleted from the movie was important to his character Luke Skywalker. To this day, it still bothers Hamill that the scene was deleted as it would have added to the refinement of Luke Skywalker's beliefs.

While a guest on The Russo Brothers’ new podcast, Hamill opened up about the scene. The scene in question features Skywalker watching a battle taking above his home planet of Tatooine. He runs over to share what he’s seen with some friends, and talks with his friend Biggs, who has been enlisted by the Empire, but is looking to jump ship and join the Rebel Alliance instead. Hamill says:

"There a couple of things that are good for the character. Number one, he is ridiculed roundly by his peers. So he's not particularly cool or popular. Koo Stark is the only other female actor in the movie and she calls me 'Wormie'. So I am not popular.

"And then I bump into Biggs Darklighter, played by Garrick Hagon, and I go 'Wow!' You can see we're good friends. He's dressed in an Imperial uniform and I'm going, 'Wow! That's so great! I can't wait until I can get off the dump of a planet and join with you.' And he takes me outside and says, 'Luke, as soon as I get the chance, I am going to jump ship and join the Rebels.'

"The only reason that is interesting to me is that Luke has no political persuasion. He thinks it's great he is in the Empire! Luke wants to be in the Empire if it will get him off the farm! So he is completely pure in that he is not politically motivated in any way, shape or form."


Star Wars #17 (1977 Marvel) November 1978 Marvel Comics Grade VF

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Written by Archie Goodwin and Chris Claremont. Art by Herb Trimpe and Al Milgrom

This issue features a previously untold adventure of the hero at the Battle of the Death Star - Luke Skywalker. Back on the barren world of Tatooine, young Luke must face his fears and a band of Tusken Sandraiders to save his friend, Biggs, in order to grow into the hero he would certainly one day become.

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Blade Runner: The Official Comics Adaptation Of The New Science Fiction Thriller Staring Harrison Ford!

Blade Runner #1 (1982) October 1982 Marvel Comics Grade VF

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A Marvel Movie Special. Based on the screenplay by Hampton Fancher and David Peeples. Adapted by Archie Goodwin. Art by Al Williamson, Carlos Garzon, Dan Green And Ralph Reese.

"Blade Runner: Part 1 of 2!":
The official comics adaptation of the classic science fiction thriller starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. In the not too distant future, makind lives side-by-side with synthetic lifeforms known as replicants. These androids serve the human race in many different helpful capacities. But every now and then, these androids malfunction and threaten human lives. When that happens, special bounty hunters known as Blade Runners are called in to deal with the situation. Of all the Blade Runners, Rick Deckard was the best. Now he is being forced out of retirement to deal with a gang of especially dangerous replicants. If Deckard survives this last case, one thing is for sure... his life will never be the same again.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark: Fantastic Adventure From The Makers Of Jaws & Star Wars!

Raiders of the Lost Ark #1 September 1981 Marvel Comics Grade VF

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Script by Walt Simonson and art by John Buscema & Klaus Janson

Marvel Comics' official comic adaptation of the 1981 movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark." In this issue, Indiana Jones' attempt to obtain a rare idol is foiled by his rival Belloq. And then Indy is contacted by the government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do in part one of this adaptation.

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Hold On A Second ... Batman Almost Fought Godzilla In A Movie!

As a long time fan of both Batman and Godzilla I was really surprised to learn that this actually almost happened.

From Looper

"Holy radioactive reptile, Batman!" Following a nearly decade-long hibernation after 1955's grim, black-and-white Godzilla Raids Again, Godzilla returned in glorious color in the kitschy kaiju classic King Kong vs. Godzilla. The 1962 blockbuster crossover spearheaded the character's transformation from his nuclear nightmare roots into a more comedic combatant throughout the 1960s and 1970s. After King Kong, Godzilla battled Mothra and King Ghidorah to great box office success. Then, rather than create a new character, King Kong vs. Godzilla's screenwriter, Shinichi Sekizawa, penned a script that pitted Godzilla against one of the most popular characters ever — Batman.

Not much is known about Sekizawa's Batman vs. Godzilla, but according to Screen Rant, Robin and Commissioner Gordon were supposed to show up, and Godzilla would be mind-controlled by the main villain. Batman wouldn't try to "zap" or "zonk" Godzilla with his fists, but he'd fight him with a host of Bat-vehicles, which isn't any more far-fetched than Batman fighting Superman, right? A few months after Sekizawa submitted his draft, the Batman TV series starring Adam West premiered in early 1966, launching a wave of Bat-mania. It's unlikely Toho ever approached DC Comics, and Batman vs. Godzilla was killed. While some of Sekizawa's ideas (such as a weather-producing machine) were recycled for Son of Godzilla, the Big G battling Batman lives only in our dreams. But since Warner Brothers currently has both properties, we can pray for Batman v. Godzilla: Dawn of Awesome.

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Barbara and her father, Commissioner Gordon, are taking a boat across the Far East when one of Barbara's friends from Vassar, Reiko Hammamoto, appears. Eventually, a tidal wave capsizes their boat that was seemingly caused by Klaus Finster, a German meteorologist who, after 20 years of being holed up in Argentina, has migrated to Japan; and now has a secret lair underneath Mount Fuji. The mad Finster claims to have a weather machine that he'll use to destroy Japan unless given 20 million dollars worth of gold. Gordon realizes there are only two men for this job; the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder themselves, Batman and Robin.

Unknown to the Dynamic Duo and their allies, Finster doesn't have control over the weather, but actually has control over Godzilla. Finster uses his control to make the giant reptile leave the Mariana Trench and head towards Japan once more. Batman and Robin, after battling a robotic copy of their ally Count Draidl, meet with Gordon and the Japanese police. Batman, having suspicions of Godzilla's involvement, watches footage of the beast's battle with King Kong to make sure he's right.

A waiting game ensues, and when a Kabuki show turns into a sword fight, Reiko is revealed to be one of Finster's spy robots after an accidental decapitation. Batman and Robin give chase to Finster, and the duo are trapped in a poison gas chamber that was disguised as a taxi cab. Barbara, now having donned the Batgirl attire, frees them with a pocket-sized blowtorch. After a chase through a Japanese bathhouse, they finally encounter Godzilla; this first time is a turbulent recon mission in the Batcopter.

The mission causes Batman to go into a state of nervous agitation, and they take a bullet train to Osaka when word arrives that the city is Finster's next target. They eventually devise a plan; lure Godzilla with a mating call and knock the giant out with explosives. After this, he surveys the Japanese people, who unanimously vote to send the creature into space.

With their plan in place, and after a chase and fight with Klaus Finster that ends with the mad scientist falling to his death, Batman, Batgirl and Robin all engage Godzilla with their vehicles, with the giant beast grabbing Batgirl during the fight. Batman, unflinchingly, uses the call anyways, causing Godzilla to throw Barbara Gordon away, with the young woman landing all the way at the Daibutsu Buddha. Batman scales Godzilla and plants the bomb on his neck, tying it to the beast with Batrope before he moves to safety and detonates it, knocking the beast out.

Japanese scientists build a rocket around Godzilla while he is unconscious, before ultimately launching the rocket into orbit above the Earth's surface, with Godzilla forever contained within.

Dynamic Classics #1 (1978) September 1978 DC Comics Grade VF

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Cover by Dick Giordano, script by Denny O'Neil, pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano

Dynamic Classics intended to be an ongoing series of reprints, but it lasted only one issue due to the "DC implosion"*

"The Secret of the Waiting Graves":

Batman discovers the secret of Juan and Dolores Muerto and their secret of immortality. Profile of Cary Burkett. The Himalayan Incident, script by Archie Goodwin, art by Walt Simonson; origin of the Manhunter (Paul Kirk). Manhunter pin-up by Simonson.

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In The Groovy 70s Japan Was A Haven For Great Giant Robot Cartoons - Part 1

Mazinger Z is a Japanese super robot manga series written and illustrated by Go Nagai. The first manga version was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump from October 1972 to August 1973, and it later continued in Kodansha TV Magazine from October 1973 to September 1974.[3] It was adapted into an anime television series which aired on Fuji TV from December 1972 to September 1974. A second manga series was released alongside the TV show, this one drawn by Gosaku Ota, which started and ended almost at the same time as the TV show. Mazinger Z has spawned several sequels and spinoff series, among them being Great Mazinger, UFO Robot Grendizer and Mazinkaiser.

Mazinger Z is an enormous super robot, constructed with a fictitious metal called Super-Alloy Z (超合金Z, Chōgokin Zetto), which is forged from a new element (Japanium) mined from a reservoir found only in the sediment of Mt. Fuji, in Japan. The mecha was built by Professor Juzo Kabuto as a secret weapon against the forces of evil, represented in the series by the Mechanical Beasts of Dr. Hell. The latter was the German member of a Japanese archeological team, which discovered ruins of a lost pre-Grecian civilization on an island named Bardos, the Mycéne Empire. One of their findings was that the Mycene used an army of steel titans about 20 meters in height. Finding prototypes of those titans underground which could be remote-controlled and realizing their immense power on the battlefield, Dr. Hell goes insane and has all the other scientists of his research team killed except for Professor Kabuto, who manages to escape. The lone survivor goes back to Japan and attempts to warn the world of its imminent danger. Meanwhile, Dr. Hell establishes his headquarters on a mobile island, forms the new Underground Empire, and plans to use the Mechanical Monsters to become the new ruler of the world. To counter this, Kabuto constructs Mazinger Z and manages to finish it just before being killed by a bomb planted by Hell's right-hand person, Baron Ashura, a half-man, half-woman. As he lays dying, he manages to inform his grandson Kouji Kabuto about the robot and its use. Kouji becomes the robot's pilot, and from that point on battles both the continuous mechanical monsters, and the sinister henchmen sent by Doctor Hell.

Brave Raideen is a super robot anime series. Produced by Tohokushinsha, Asahi News Agency and Sunrise, it aired on NET (now TV Asahi) from 4 April 1975 to 26 March 1976, with a total of 50 episodes. The official name being Raideen the Brave, it is mainly known as "Brave Raideen" or "Heroic Raydeen". A series called Raideen the Superior (超者ライディーン) was broadcast from 1996 to 1997 on TV Tokyo, and another series called Reideen was broadcast in 2007 on WOWOW.

After a slumber of twelve millennia, the Demon Empire awakens to seize control of the Earth. Raideen, the giant robot-like protector of the lost continent of Mu, senses the evil presence and awakens within its golden pyramid. A young Japanese boy, Akira Hibiki, is alerted about the Demon Empire by a mysterious voice and rushes to the pyramid. It is soon revealed that Akira is a descendant of the ancient people of Mu who must help Raideen save the Earth. Akira enters the robot by accelerating his motorcycle to a high speed and then throws himself upward, allowing a beam from the robot to pull him into the robot's head and into an internal cockpit from where he assumes control of Raideen. Akira is aided by Mari Sakurano, who happens to be the daughter of a prominent scientist, and his friends from the soccer club. Half way through the story the Demon Empire's master, Barao, is released from his statue prison and intends to finish what he started twelve thousand years earlier.

Divine Demon-Dragon Gaiking  is a Japanese Super Robot mecha anime series produced by Toei Animation. For distribution purposes, Toei refers to this television series as Dino Mech Gaiking or simply Gaiking.

It ran from April 1976 through January 1977 and consisted of 44 episodes of 25 minutes each. Gaiking was notable for being one of the few super robot series to take place in real places outside Japan, and for being the first Super Robot series to have a mobile carrier for the chief robots. In the US, Gaiking was part of Mattel's popular Shogun Warriors import toy line of the late 1970s and Jim Terry's Force Five anthology series. In 2005, a remake titled Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu was produced.

The story chronicled the battle between the crew of the semi-transformable carrier Daikū Maryū (also called the Kargosaur in the Shogun Warriors toyline, and also known as the Great Space Dragon in the US English dub) and the Super Robot Gaiking invented by Dr. Daimonji (Prof. Hightech in the English-language version of the show or Dr. Diamond in Spanish version) against an invading race of aliens called the Dark Horror Army. This army hails from the planet Zela whose home planet is facing destruction by their star, Sigma, turning into a black hole as their population starts to become extinct. Notable aspects of the series include the dinosaur-based designs of the Daikū Maryū and its support machines and the use of part of the carrier to form the main robot. The robot Gaiking was piloted by former baseball star named Sanshiro Tsuwabuki (Sanshiro's name was changed to Aries Astonopolis for the English version with the carrier being called the "Great Space Dragon", a literal translation of "Daikū Maryū". Likewise, for the Latin America version the main character was called Brando Drummond and the carrier "Gran Dragon del Espacio") who was drafted for the job because his latent psychic powers made him the only one capable of doing so, all other similarly empowered candidates having been assassinated by alien agents with he himself having been injured in an attack that ended his sports career. Gaiking is most easily distinguished from other mecha by its skull-shaped golden torso formed from the head of the Daikū Maryū and its golden horns.

The leader of the Dark Horror Army was a robot scientist named Darius The Great or Dario el Grande in the Spanish version and all of their ships and mecha were fish-shaped, which most likely inspired the Darius series of video games. He uses four giant robotic leaders called the Death Cross Generals composed of Dr. Dankel, General Asimov, General Killer, and General Desmont. These generals used bomber-like spaceships called Grotectors to create artificial black hole vortexes to travel to Earth and back. Throughout the series the Death Cross Generals and Darius note that natives of Zela originally came to Earth for research purposes before slowly colonizing the planet and using it to hide various dark monsters with the rise of humanity, as far back as one million years before the start of the series until the twelfth century AD. For their military natives of Zela were brainwashed and genetically altered into birdmen called the dark avians with elite individuals becoming dark knights.

Shogun Warriors #15 April 1980 Marvel Comics Grade NM

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Art by Mike Vosburg and Bruce Patterson. Story by Steven Grant.

"The Insider!":
Shogun Sanctuary is under attack and when the mighty Raydeen is turned against them can even the Shogun Warriors win?

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Magnus Robot Fighter: Unnoticed Specks Suddenly Become Mile High Robots ...

Painted cover art by George Wilson, pencils by Paul Norris, inks by Mike Royer

Magnus Robot Fighter #25 February 1969 Gold Key Comics Grade F/VF - $14.99

"The Micro-Giants":

Unnoticed specks suddenly become dangerous, destructive, mile-high robots; they battle Magnus. Gold Key Club Comics Club News. Jokes sent in by readers plus Gold Key Kid comic strip. "Sci-Fi Quickies," scripts by Stephen Mills and Robert Meyer II; Two short science fiction text stories: "An Encounter" by Mills and "Double! Double!" by Meyer. "The Frigid Intruder" starring The Aliens, pencils by Paul Norris, inks by Mike Royer. "Triceratops" article.

Magnus, Robot Fighter is a fictional superhero, appearing in comic books created by writer/artist Russ Manning in 1963. Magnus first appeared in Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D. #1, published by Gold Key Comics in February 1963.

By the year 4000, humanity has become dependent on robots. H8, the Pol-Rob [Robot Police] chief of the civic sector of North Am, a continent-spanning mega-city, is damaged in a radiation accident. It seeks to promote the human dependency on robots and gradually impose totalitarian rule in the area under its control.

Magnus was raised by a robot known as 1A, a name which implies that he is the very first robot of his type ever manufactured. 1A seems to be self-aware and possess emotions. A firm believer in the Three Laws of Robotics, 1A recognized the threat represented by the dependency of humans on robots in general, and the developments in North Am due to H8 in particular. Therefore, 1A trained Magnus to protect humans against both rogue robots, and humans who used normal robots for evil purposes. Magnus was trained from infancy by 1A in an under-sea domed house, using advanced techniques, to become a skilled martial artist who could break steel with his bare hands. In addition, 1A equipped his charge with a device that would allow him to "hear" robot-to-robot radio communications.

Leeja is Magnus's girlfriend. Robots that served as police are called "Pol-Robs" (as in police robots) and are painted black and white like city police cars. All robots have identifying numbers painted on their chest and backs. Other robots, such as taxi drivers, could be nothing more than a torso with arms and head attached to a flying automobile.

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Bill Willingham Introduces Vampirella's Newest Foe in Special!

In a can't-miss standalone tale coming this September, just in time for Halloween, Vampirella meets the newest member of her spine-tingling rogues' gallery!

Multiple Eisner Award-winning writer Bill Willingham (Fables, Robin) writes the Daughter of Drakulon for the first time ever in Trial of the Soul. Willingham is joined by artist Giuseppe Cafaro (Catwoman, Suicide Squad), colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Carlos Mangual. The blood-filled cherry on top is the haunting cover by Bart Sears (Justice League, Blade).

This extra-length special tale asks the question, "Does Vampirella have a soul?" New character Prester John has made it his mission to determine this and enact judgment on her. If she passes the test, she will be spared. If not, he must destroy her. No matter how charming he finds her...

"I always found Vampirella so intriguing and I've always had a crush on vampires so this one-shot for me will be definitely a great chance to test my skills with this classic character," said artist Giuseppe Cafaro. "Plus, with Bill at the script, I'm sure that this will be an amazing journey! I always loved what he did with Fables and the Sandman Universe! Can't wait to show fans what we are doing!"

Based on the legend of the medieval Christian leader of a lost wealthy African kingdom, the Prester John of the Vampirella universe represents a force that our heroine has occasionally found herself contending with. Based on a design by Willingham, John is portrayed as a handsome young man, though he's lived well over 1,000 years. When not hiding among man, he dons an ornate armor made in the forges of Heaven. It pairs with his sword, which is actually on loan from Saint Michael the Archangel, who will reclaim it for the battle of the end times. Alongside his armaments and nigh-immortality, Prester John possesses great strength and can tap into a Godspeed allowing him to practically teleport.

Beyond the titular question of her soul, is Vampirella friend or foe to the forces of Heaven? Is Prester John a "villain" or something much more complicated, just as fans' favorite vampiri? And if either survives their encounter, when could they meet again?

VAMPIRELLA: TRIAL OF THE SOUL is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ July 2020 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September 2020. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!

Vampirella #1 Cover A July 2019 Dynamite Entertainment Grade NM

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Written by Christopher Preist. Art by Ergun Gunduz. Cover by Frank Cho.

In July 1969, the world was first introduced to Vampirella. 50 years later, she doesn't look a day older!!!! Now, to celebrate her gold anniversary, Dynamite is launching a brand-new, ongoing series featuring the talents of Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deathstroke, Quantum & Woody, Justice League) and European star/American star-in-the-making, Ergün Gündüz (Tales of the Great War, Taxi Tales)! 32 pages, full color. Rated T+

First Look At Mars Attacks Red Sonja

From Dynamite Entertainment

Fans have seen them attack fin-headed cops, iconic rock bands, and fellow denizens of the red planet, but now Dynamite presents Mars Attacks Red Sonja!

John Layman (Chew, Detective Comics) and artist Fran Strukan (The Shape of Elvira) will chronicle the untold tale of when the dastardly Martians invaded Hyrkania during the Hyborian Age. Joined by colorist Valentina Briški and letterer maestro Taylor Esposito, the team will unravel this forgotten piece of history. How do the steel and savagery of Red Sonja stand up against the advanced weaponry and science of the big-brained baddies? Only one way to find out, by reading the ACK-ing book!

"This is a book I actively pushed Dynamite to do, and I bugged them and bugged them until they finally approved it because I wouldn’t go away," said John Layman. "I’m a HUGE fan of both properties, and the idea of mixing violent barbarian sword & sorcery with ultra-violent over-the-top retro sci-fi is simply irresistible to me."

Fran Strukan added, "It’s really amazing the amount of luck a person can have. Growing up with certain characters and then one day - WHAM! You’re doing a crossover between some of the most beloved things from your childhood. All of that, and with a veteran writer (and fellow decapitation lover) John at the helm, it’s impossible to express the amount of excitement I have for this book."

Layman returns to both franchises here following a celebrated run elsewhere on the Martian meanies and the fondly remembered early Dynamite crossover Red Sonja/Claw. He brings those connections (be on the lookout for Easter eggs!) and over 25 years of experience writing, editing, and more in comics. From his earliest days editing some of the innovative bestsellers at Wildstorm to his smash hit, multiple Eisner-winning creator-owned Chew.

The explosive first issue features a crop of covers by the coolest creators. A man very well-versed in depicting the She-Devil With a Sword is Lucio Parrillo, who highlights the menace of the Martians. Fan-favorite Dustin Nguyen (Batman, Descender) uses plenty of red and his signature style, and we're not just referring to Sonja's hair. Arthur Suydam evokes the classic era of science fiction that birthed the Mars Attacks franchise originally. Coming a long way from having fan art featured in an issue of Red Sonja (Vol 4 #7), is Luca Strati showing off a victorious Sonja. The legendary Barry Kitson swings through with a wraparound bursting with dynamism. And last but certainly not least is an incentive variant by Alan Quah homaging the classic trading cards.

MARS ATTACKS RED SONJA #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ June 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in August 2020. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!

Red Sonja #3 J. Scott Campbell Cover March 2017 Dynamite Entertainment Grade NM

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Written by Amy Chu. Art by Carlos E. Gomez. Cover by J. Scott Campbell.

Sonja reunites with her trusty sword with the help of her new friend NYPD cop Sir Max of Bushwick. Plus, the She-Devil finally comes face to face with her old foe, the evil sorcerer Kulan Gath, and gets some of her questions about this strange new world answered. 32 pages, full color. Rated T+

Wizards (1977): I'm too old for this sort of thing. Just wake me up when the planet's destroyed

Max: Fritz! Fritz, get up for God's sake! Get up! They've killed Fritz! They've killed Fritz! Those lousy stinking yellow fairies! Those horrible atrocity-filled vermin! Those despicable animal warmongers! They've killed Fritz! Take that! Take this! Take that, you green slime! You black hearted, short, bow-legged...

Fritz: Max! Max, I'm okay! I'm okay max. Just a scratch. Look I'm all right.

Max: Oh. Oh, damn. There you go again, stepping on my lines, raining on my parade, costing me medals. Oh, damn.

[Accidentally shoots Fritz]

Max: Ohh. Oh, Fritz? Fritz, get up for God's sake! Get up! They've killed Fritz! They've killed Fritz! Those lousy stinking yellow fairies! Those horrible atrocity-filled vermin! Take that! Take that! They killed Fritz!

Ralph Bakshi had long had an interest in fantasy, and had been drawing fantasy artwork as far back as 1955, while he was still in high school. Wizards originated in the concept for Tee-Witt, an never produced television series Bakshi developed and pitched to CBS in 1967. In 1976, Bakshi pitched War Wizards to 20th Century Fox. Returning to the fantasy drawings he had created in high school for inspiration, Bakshi intended to prove that he could produce a "family picture" that had the same impact as his adult-oriented films.

The film is an allegorical comment on the moral ambiguity of technology and the potentially destructive powers of propaganda. Blackwolf's secret weapon is propaganda, used to incite his legions and terrorize the fairy folk of Montagar; but Avatar's willingness to use a technological tool (a handgun pulled from "up his sleeve") destroys his evil twin. Bakshi also states that Wizards "was about the creation of the state of Israel and the Holocaust, about the Jews looking for a homeland, and about the fact that fascism was on the rise again"

Earth has been devastated by a nuclear war instigated by five terrorists, taking two million years for the radioactive clouds to once again allow sunlight to reach the surface. Only a handful of humans have survived the apocalypse, while the rest have changed into mutants who roam the radioactive wastelands. Eventually, humanity's true ancestors – fairies, elves and dwarves – resurfaced and live in the idyllic land of Montagar in peace for three millennia.

While her people celebrate 3,000 years of peace, their ruler Delia, queen of the fairies, fells into a trance and left the party. Puzzled, the fairies follow her to her home and discover that she has given birth to twin wizards. The kindhearted Avatar who spent much of his boyhood entertaining his ailing mother with beautiful visions. But Avatar's mutated brother Blackwolf was pure-evil, never visiting his mother, but spends his time torturing small animals. When Blackwolf learned of their mother's death, he attempted to take over her leadership being defeated in duel against a grief-stricken Avatar. Blackwolf leaves Montagar with a vow to return and "make this a planet where mutants rule".

Years later, Blackwolf has risen to lead the dark land of Scortch, where he and his vast army of goblins, ogres and mutants salvage and restore ancient technology. He tries to attack Montagar twice, but is foiled both times when his mutant warriors become bored or sidetracked in the midst of battle. Blackwolf then discovers an old projector and reels of Nazi propaganda footage, using his magic to enhance it for psychological warfare: Inspiring his own soldiers while horrifying enemy troops into submission.

Meanwhile, in Montagar, Avatar has become a tutor tasked with training the president's daughter Elinore to become a full-fledged fairy. Suddenly, the president is assassinated by Necron 99, a robot sent by Blackwolf to kill believers in magic. Avatar confronts the robot and battles it using brain reading. Necron 99 loses the desire for war and Avatar changes his name to Peace "in the hopes that he will bring it". Avatar learns from the robot that the "dream machine" – the projector – is Blackwolf's secret weapon, inspiring his armies with images of ancient warfare. Avatar, Elinore, Peace, and the elf berserker Weehawk set out to destroy the projector and save the world from another Holocaust.

In a forest inhabited by fairies, Peace has an intuition that something is amiss shortly before the group is accosted by the leader of the fairies, Sean. Weehawk realizes that Peace is missing, when an unseen assassin kills Sean and kidnaps Elinore. Avatar and Weehawk begin to search for Elinore in the forbidden Fairy Sanctuary, but Weehawk falls into a chasm and insists that Avatar leave him and find the girl. He locates her, captured by fairies and small human-like creatures, just as she is about to be killed. Avatar attempts to explain that they did not kill Sean, but the fairies don't believe him, and shoot him with an arrow. Wounded in the shoulder, Avatar refuses to fight back, which impresses the fairy king. Instead of executing them, he merely teleports Avatar and Elinore to a snowy mountaintop. Avatar and Elinore resume their journey, despite the poor conditions, but they soon realize that they are wandering in circles. Weehawk and Peace finally find them, and together, they find their way out of the mountains. Soon Avatar and the others encounter the encamped army of an elf General who is preparing to attack Scortch the following day, but Blackwolf launches a sneak attack that night.

Elinore is outside with Peace when she accidentally disturbed his internal conflict with one of Blackwolf's demons appearing as Avatar quickly dispatches when it attempts to hurt Elinore. But when one of Blackwolf's battle tanks arrives to destroy the camp, Elinore kills Peace when manages to disable the crew before she climbs into the tank as it drives off with Avatar and Weehawk watching in confusion.

The next day, Avatar and Weehawk enter Scortch by ship and make for Blackwolf's castle while the General leads his elf warriors in a bloody battle to distract Blackwolf's forces. The pair split up, Weehawk tracking Elinore while Avatar goes after Blackwolf. Weehawk nearly kills Elinore, but she explains that Blackwolf had been controlling her mind ever since she first touched Peace. Blackwolf declares his magic superior to Avatar's and demands his surrender, Avatar admitting that he hasn't practiced magic for some time and offers to show Blackwolf one last trick that their mother showed him when Blackwolf wasn't around. Avatar then pulls a Luger gun from his upper left sleeve and fatally shoots Blackwolf. With the loss of their leader and the projector destroyed, the mutants give up fighting. With Montagar's safety secured, Weehawk returns home as the new ruler while Avatar and Elinore decide to start their own kingdom elsewhere.

Although Wizards received a limited release, it was very successful in the theaters that showed it, and developed a worldwide audience. According to Bakshi, he was once interviewed by a German reporter who was unsure as to why the Nazi Swastika was used to represent war. Bakshi said "I didn't get any criticism. People pretty much loved Wizards." Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 63%, based on 24 reviews with an average rating of 5.6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Its central metaphor is a bit too on the nose, but Wizards is an otherwise psychedelic, freaky trip into an alternate version of our world."

Avatar: Now this, "Peace" here, he knows every step to Scorch. I've promised him life without pain, life without fear...

Weehawk: I still don't trust him.

Avatar: Hey! You're both forgettin' you have the protection of a powerful wizard, here!

[levitates up to horse, lands backward in saddle]

Avatar: Dammit...

Elinore: [giggling] He's gettin' older, but not much bolder!

[Both Weehawk and Elinore laugh and ride away]

Avatar: I wonder if I packed my scotch...

The line "They killed Fritz! They killed Fritz!" is a reference to Robert Crumb killing off Fritz the Cat in his underground comic book series. Ralph Bakshi directed the film adaptation of Fritz the Cat (1972). Bakshi is quoted as saying, "I named the character Fritz in "Wizards," just so I could scream 'They killed Fritz!' To kill such a cat would make Don Marcus commit suicide."

A possible spin-off film which centered around Peace was never considered by Ralph Bakshi. If a spin-off film about Peace had happened. It would had been a prequel to the film, since Peace gets killed off 60 minutes into the film and the spin-off could had explored the origins of Peace, when he was Nekron 99 or it could had been a story involving Peace that takes place just before Blackwolf sent Nekron 99 to assassinate Avatar, which Avatar captured him and renamed him Peace.