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The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan: The Perfect Stocking-stuffer

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Miki Hayashi with The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan . Photo by Armand Vaquer. Where the heck did November go? It seems like only yesterday that we had the midterm elections and now the month is almost over. That means Christmas is just around the corner. For those of you (or someone you know) who want to make a pilgrimage to Japan to visit locations and landmarks featured in your favorite Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Gamera and other movies, The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan is the perfect stocking-stuffer. Right now, it is available at $9.95 per copy plus $2.00 shipping & handling. That's a savings of $5.05 off the cover price. For details on ordering, go here .

Star Wars (1977 Marvel) #40, October 1980 Issue - Marvel Comics

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Star Wars (1977 Marvel) #40, October 1980 Issue - Marvel Comics - Grade VF/NM Price $20.00 - Order Here 1st printing. This comic book is in almost new condition. Comic is complete with cover and all pages attached. This comic has very few flaws that warrant a VF/NM grade. Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded! The Empire Strikes Back: Part 2 of 6. "Battleground Hoth!" Script by Archie Goodwin, art by Al Williamson, Carlos Garzon and Rick Veitch (walkers). Note: Part 2 of movie adaptation; based on the movie script; Williamson and Garzon both pencil and ink the art for this series. Cover by Williamson and Garzon. Browse More Comic Books

7th Voyage of Sinbad 8 x 10 Studio Lobby Card Still - The Cyclops - Original Studio Image

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7th Voyage of Sinbad 8 x 10 Studio Lobby Card Still - The Cyclops - Original Studio Image Price $12.00 - Order Here This is an original studio lobby card 8 x 10 image not a digital copy. The item was produced sometime between the 1960s and 1980s to promote the movie in newspapers, books, magazines an in a movie theater. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is a 1958 fantasy film released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Nathan H. Juran and produced by Charles H. Schneer. It was the first of three Sinbad films made by Columbia which were conceptualized and animated by Ray Harryhausen and which used a special stop-motion technique called Dynamation (the others being The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger). While similarly named, the film does not follow the plot of the tale "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor" but instead has more in common with "The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor", which featured the giant roc bird. In 2008, The

Princess Leia/Slave Girl - Star Wars Power of the Force - Green Card - Action Figure

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Princess Leia/Slave Girl - Star Wars Power of the Force - Green Card - Action Figure Price: $12.00 - Order Here A mint action figure on a non-mint card. Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan, later Leia Organa Solo, is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by actress Carrie Fisher. The character is one of the main protagonists of the original Star Wars trilogy, the romantic interest of Han Solo, and revealed as the twin sister of Luke Skywalker as well as the daughter of Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) and Padmé Amidala. Browse More Star Wars Action Figures

Look Out America! - Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Comic Book - Framed and Matted Print

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Look Out America! - Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Comic Book - Framed and Matted Print Price $60 - Order Here This is a poster graphic print featuring the cover image from Marvel comics adaptation of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The print looks amazing matted to 8 x 10 in a 10x13 frame and will make a great addition to your movie memorabilia collection. A must for all Godzilla fans! This image was created by renowned California artist/photographer Ken Hulsey. The image is printed on professional studio grade glossy paper by a professional photography studio not a home printer. Browse More Movie Memorabilia

Gappa - 1/450 Scale Motorized Model Kit - Japanese Movie Monster

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Gappa - 1/450 Scale Motorized Model Kit - Japanese Movie Monster Price: $40.00 - Order Here A 1/450 Scale model kit of Gappa: The Triphipian Monster ... Monster From A Prehistoric Planet! The kit is sealed in it's original package and has never been opened. Did I mention it's motorized? Yep, once it's assembled your Gappa will be able to lumber across your desk with ease! Browse More Monster Toys

Fantastic Giants (1966) #24 - September 1966 Issue - Charlton Comics Group. - Grade G

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Fantastic Giants (1966) #24 - September 1966 Issue - Charlton Comics Group. - Grade G Price $10.00 - 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 G grade. Note: cover has been written on. Major spine creasing. Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded! Steve Ditko art! 68 pages giant that contains the last Konga and Gorgo stories. Browse More Comic Books

Bride of Frankenstein 8 x 10 Studio Still - Boris Karloff As The Monster - Original Studio Image

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Bride of Frankenstein 8 x 10 Studio Still - Boris Karloff As The Monster - Original Studio Image Price: $20.00 - Order Here This is an original studio lobby card 8 x 10 image not a digital copy. The item was produced sometime between the 1960s and 1980s to promote the movie in newspapers, books, magazines an in a movie theater. Bride of Frankenstein Mary Shelley, author of "Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus," reveals to Percy Shelley and Lord Byron that Henry Frankenstein and his Monster did not die. Both lived, and went on to even stranger misadventures than before. As the new story begins, Henry wants nothing more than to settle into a peaceful life with his new bride. But his old professor, the sinister Dr. Pretorius, now disgraced, appears unexpectedly. Eventually, he and the Monster blackmail him into continuing his work. The Monster wants his creator to build him a friend; and Pretorius wants to see dead tissue become a living woman. Henry is forced t

Destroyah - Motorized Model Kit/Action Figure - With Lights and Sound - Japanese Movie Monster - Godzilla

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Destroyah - Motorized Model Kit/Action Figure - With Lights and Sound - Japanese Movie Monster - Godzilla Price: $90.00 - Order Here Here is the one all you Godzilla fans have wanted for almost twenty years! A Scale model kit of Destroyah, the monster that killed Godzilla! The kit is sealed in it's original package and has never been opened. Did I mention it's motorized? Yep, once it's assembled your Destroyah will be able to lumber across your desk, light up and roar! How cool is that?!!! Browse More Godzilla Stuff and Other Toys

Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual #5 (The Mighty Avengers Special #5), 1972 Issue - Marvel Comics

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Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual #5 (The Mighty Avengers Special #5), 1972 Issue - Marvel Comics - Grade Fine Price: $10.00 - Order Here 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 Fine grade. Note: Mild staining on the top of the back cover. 1/2 inch tear on the right side of front cover. Staple wear along binding. Stain on front cover. Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded! Script by Stan Lee. Pencils by Jack Kirby. Inks by Dick Ayers. Iron Man is declared on a leave of absence from the Avengers as he is missing, and now that they are weaker Kang decides to try and defeat them again. His method of defeating them is to create a replica robot of Spider-Man, because of his vast range of powers. The robot Spider-Man then attempts to join the Avengers, claiming he knows the whereabouts of Iron Man. He leads the Avengers to a temple where he separates them and defeats

Gorgo - Lot Of 3 Original 11 x 14 Movie Lobby Cards - Giant Monster Movie

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Gorgo - Lot Of 3 Original 11 x 14 Movie Lobby Cards - Giant Monster Movie Price $30.00 - Order Here This is an original set of three lobby cards from the 1961 giant monster movie "Gorgo". There is the usual age wear on each card but overall they are in good condition with bright colors.! Note: As to be expected from a used item that was displayed in a movie theater there could be pin holes or staple holes, possible bent corners, tape stains or loss of color. Consult the photos above to see the condition of these items.. Browse More Movie Memorabilia

Princess Leia in Boussh Disguise - Star Wars Shadows of the Empire - Purple Card - Rare Action Figure

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Princess Leia in Boussh Disguise - Star Wars Shadows of the Empire - Purple Card - Rare Action Figure Price: $300.00 - Order Here A mint action figure on a non-mint card. (See Photos) Leia Organa Solo (born Leia Amidala Skywalker) was, at various stages of her life, a politician, revolutionary, and Jedi Knight of the New Jedi Order. The daughter of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo, Leia was the younger twin sister of Luke Skywalker, and, shortly after her birth, she became the adopted daughter of Bail Organa and Queen Breha of Alderaan, making her a Princess of Alderaan. An accomplished Senator, Leia Organa was most famous for her strong leadership during the Galactic Civil War and other subsequent galactic conflicts, making her one of the galaxy's greatest heroes. Later she married Han Solo, and became the mother of their three children: Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin Solo. Around the start of the Swarm War, Leia unknowingly became a grandmother th

Fantastic Four (1961 1st Series) #44, November 1965 Issue - Marvel Comics

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Fantastic Four (1961 1st Series) #44, November 1965 Issue - Marvel Comics - Grade Fine Price: $28.00 - 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. Note: Water damage to right side of comic. Spine creasing. Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded! Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. Newlyweds Reed and Sue Richards work on domesticating the Baxter Building. Fed up with the couple treating he and Thing like children, Johnny storms out to ride his car. A large earthquake-like jolt surprises Johnny, and he soon finds himself being held hostage by Medusa, who claims she is trying to get away from Gorgon. Gorgon uses his feet to cause large shock waves as he steals the Fantastic Four's whirlybird. Johnny takes Medusa to the location where the FF previously fought Dragon Man. When Medusa uses her vacuum gun on John

Fantastic Four (1961 1st Series) #46, January 1966 Issue - Marvel Comics

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Fantastic Four (1961 1st Series) #46, January 1966 Issue - Marvel Comics - Grade G Price $20.00 - 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 good grade. Note: Major chipping around edges of cover. Pieces missing from top edge, top right hand corner, right edge and bottom right hand corner. Creasing on top right quad of cover. spine creasing. Chipping on some interior pages as well. Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded! Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott. The Thing begins fighting with Black Bolt. He is amazed at the Inhuman leader's speed and strength. Reed discovers that Black Bolt acquires his power by absorbing electrons from the air into the antennae atop his brow. The Thing decides that all he needs to do is disable Black Bolt's "nutty tunin' fork" and the fight will be over. Meanwhile, Trit

Godzilla gets music festival for 60th birthday

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From Inside Japan News Network It's a mark of how beloved and adored the great Godzilla is in his home country of Japan that the beastie will get a birthday music festival in his honour next January, in celebration of turning 60. The creature, who originally wrecked havoc in Tokyo in a black-and-white film of the same name released in 1954, has spawned an entire franchise of subsequent movies and is a recognisable pop culture icon across the world. There have been action figures, TV spin-offs, cartoons, and even appearances on The Simpsons - so perhaps it's little wonder that the people of Japan wanted to make sure Godzilla celebrated his sixtieth in style. The event programme will be split into two separate parts, with the first comprising a live performance of Symphonic Fantasia No. 1, also known as the Main Godzilla Theme, composed by the prolific Akira Ifukube for the film. And who better to perform the piece than the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, led by compo

Join the Dark Side with an Exclusive First Look at Darth Vader

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From Marvel Comics One of the galaxy's most tragic and evil figures rises anew this February on the comic book page, as Marvel Comics presents DARTH VADER by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca! With two issues kicking off the Sith Lord's first ongoing series in February, it's an opportunity to revisit the classic Star Wars saga from a different perspective! Now, for the first time anywhere, get an exclusive look at Larroca's depiction of Darth Vader... Check Out More Preview Images At Marvel.com

Announcing DC Comics’ HARLEY QUINN Theme Month this February!

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From DC Comics Ever since she broke the 4th wall (stop breaking things, Harley!) in HARLEY QUINN #0, Dr. Harleen Quinzel has done exactly what she wants. Whether she’s helping old geezers (“The Hunt for Red Octogenarians” in HARLEY QUINN #5), causing mayhem for Cos-Players (HARLEY QUINN INVADES SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL #1), getting stranded with the Joker on a desert island (“Crappily Ever After” in HARLEY QUINN: FUTURES END #1) or just stinking up the place (“Scratch & Snuff” in HARLEY QUINN ANNUAL #1), Harley’s a force to be reckoned with. And now she’s holding February hostage. HARLEY QUINN will be February’s variant cover theme month – and no hero (or villain!) is safe! Take a look at the gallery above for AQUAMAN #39’s variant (illustrated by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts) and JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #9’s variant (by Mikel Janin and CVDL), and head on over to COMIC VINE, IGN, NEWSARAMA and COMIC BOOK RESOURCES for their exclusive first looks at the rest! See b

Universal taps Prisoners writer for Wolfman Remake

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From Den of Geek Quite honestly, 2010’s The Wolfman remake got more right than it did wrong. A visually sumptuous and stunning callback to the gothic horrors of yesteryear, the Joe Johnson film’s set designs and lunar-lit cinematography were almost as gorgeous as Rick Baker’s Oscar winning make-up design. Oh sure, the screenplay was a complete mess and the ending was almost as disappointing as Bencio Del Toro’s lead performance, but it got a lot closer to why Universal Pictures’ 1930s and ‘40s horror movies are still classics than Van Helsing did (or Dracula Untold for that matter…). Nevertheless, Universal is ready to start from scratch again with character who is getting the reboot treatment just in time for a planned Universal Monsters shared movie universe. READ MORE

Lexi Alexander Says She Wouldn't Direct 'Wonder Woman'

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From The Playlist With the chorus becoming louder and louder for women to be given the same shot as their male counterparts when it comes participating in blockbuster filmmaking (not to mention in other industry roles long dominated by the boys' club), Lexi Alexander has proven to be one of the loudest voices pushing for change. Ranked on our 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood, you might think the "Punisher: War Zone" filmmaker would be at least intrigued by the news that Warner Bros. are looking for a woman to helm their developing "Wonder Woman" picture. But Alexander has a different perspective on the matter. “Imagine the weight on my shoulders,” she told Fast Company. “How many male superhero movies fail? So now, we finally get Wonder Woman with a female director, imagine if it fails. And you have no control over marketing, over budget. So without any control, you carry the fucking weight of gender equality for both character

Spider-Man & The X-Men #1 Brings the Wallcrawler to the Classroom in December

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From Marvel Comics This December, the newest member of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning swings into action in SPIDER-MAN & THE X-MEN, the new ongoing series from rising stars Elliot Kalan and Marco Failla! That’s right, it doesn’t take an X-Gene to sculpt the next generation of young mutants and Peter Parker is happy to take on his new position as the Jean Grey School’s new Special Guidance Counsellor. But keeping young mutants on the straight and narrow isn’t the webhead’s only reason for being there! “He’s there because Wolverine asked him to do it,” says series writer Elliot Kalan in an interview with Marvel.com , “though being a teacher isn’t the extent of his mission. Before Wolverine died, he had a suspicion that something was amiss at the school and that one of the students wasn’t what they seemed. Only he didn’t know which student. It’s Spidey’s job to find the truth – though he can’t help but hope to also have a positive influence on the lives of the studen

RED SONJA'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY AT DYNAMITE STARTS OFF WITH VULTURE'S CIRCLE

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From Dynamite Entertainment To commemorate their tenth year of publishing Red Sonja, Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the first of many 2015 initiatives dedicated to their fiery red-headed warrior: the comic book miniseries event, Red Sonja: Vulture's Circle. Debuting with a #1 issue in January, Vulture's Circle is co-written by Nancy A. Collins (Vampirella) and Luke Lieberman (Queen Sonja). Illustrated by the talented Fritz Casas (Blood Queen), Vulture's Circle will reveal a never-before-seen chapter in the life of fantasy comics' most iconic swordswoman: the latter years of a battle-scarred Red Sonja. The first issue of this latest Red Sonja saga will feature variant cover editions by artists Jay Anacleto, Walter Geovani, and Lucio Parrillo. Following on the heels of the very successful Gail Simone run of Red Sonja, Vulture's Circle propels the action years into the future, a setting never before revealed to franchise fans - where the older heroi

FIRST LOOK: Arrow's New Black Canary

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From DC Comics Arrow fans who are familiar with the DC Comics upon which the show is based have known where this season is taking the character of Dinah "Laurel" Lance. After the tragic death of her sister, Sara Lance, the show's initial Canary, Laurel's been training under boxer Ted Grant, who's taught her to channel her anger. Driven by her need for justice, she's on a path that will one day soon find her donning her sister's trademark leather jacket and stepping into her ultimate role as Black Canary--one of DC Comics' most iconic female heroes. And now we know what she'll look like. Check out your first official look at actress Katie  Cassidy as Black Canary below!

Has The San Francisco Bay Monster Returned?

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Written By Ken Hulsey Source Bill and Bob Clark Many of you may be surprised to learn that people have been seeing something that resembles "The Loch Ness Monster" in the San Francisco Bay since the 1800s. Indeed there are hundreds of forms of marine animals and fish that call the area home and, reportedly, some form(s) of aquatic dinosaur(s) may be among their ranks. For Bill and Bob Clark there is no doubt about it. Since their first encounter with one of these relics from the prehistoric past in 1985 the brothers have seen such creatures several times and cataloged numerous sightings from other eye witnesses. Their first encounter came while the brothers were watching sea lions swimming in the bay. Without any warning something that resembled a Plesiosaurus (A species of aquatic dinosaur with a long neck, thick body, and flippers) shot out of the water in an attempt to snag one of the mammals. "When it got within a few yards of the group of sea lions it sudde

Feel the Rage of Ultron in an Exclusive First Look

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From Marvel Comics Together, Rick Remender, Jerome Opena, and Dean White have crafted epic tales featuring the likes of The Punisher, X-Force, and more. In April of 2015, the trio takes their collaboration to the next level with an adventure that impacts Earth’s Mightiest Heroes tremendously in a format befitting such grand designs with the AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL. The exclusive first look below at Opena and White’s cover and interior pages offer just a hint of this climactic clash between the Avengers and perhaps their most unstoppable adversary. “[The] cover holds a ton of secrets,” reveals Remender. “There are Avengers from two different eras, and the story takes place in both of those eras. The positioning of the characters holds a deeper meaning than anyone will be able to guess until they read the series as well. This is some of Jerome and Dean's best work and the story promises to be nothing short of Earth shattering for the Avengers. “And S

Hear The Godzilla/Gamera Panel Podcast By Kaiju Kingdom

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by Armand Vaquer Last Friday (on Halloween), we had a panel discussion on Godzilla's 60th anniversary and Gamera's 50th anniversary at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo. Part of the program was a live podcast of the panel discussion conducted by the folks at Kaiju Kingdom. They have the audio available for Godzilla and Gamera fans to listen to. They titled it, "The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast: Episode 17 Assault On Comikaze." Above, the Godzilla/Gamera panel at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2014. The website states: In this weeks episode, the Kaiju Kingdom Podcast tapes before a live studio audience.. and by studio I mean convention crowd.  Chris and Jessica are live from Stan Lee’s Comikaze in Los Angeles California with special guests: Armand Vaquer, author of “The Monster Movie Fan’s Guide to Japan” Tom Franck, comedian and respected authority on Jumbo Machinders and friend of the show Mark Jaramillio. We talk the 60th anniversary of Godzilla, the upcom

Flash (1959 1st Series DC) #308 - April 1982 Issue - DC Comics

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Flash (1959 1st Series DC) #308 - April 1982 Issue - DC Comics - Grade Fine $5.00 USD - Order Here 1st printing. This comic book is in used condition. Comic is complete with cover and all pages attached. This comic has some flaws that warrant a Fine grade. Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded! Visit our store's website at: http://www.monsterislandnews.com/ Script by Cary Bates, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Dennis Jensen Lance Basilla tormented Barry Allen and Daphne Dean once in childhood. Now he’s back to try and claim her as a love-object, and the only one who can stop him is the Flash.

Silver Surfer (1987 2nd Series) #1, July 1987 Issue - Marvel Comics

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Silver Surfer (1987 2nd Series) #1, July 1987 Issue - Marvel Comics - Grade NM $12.00 USD - Order Here 1st printing. This comic book is in new condition. Comic is complete with cover and all pages attached. This comic has very few flaws that warrant a NM grade. Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded! Story by Steve Englehart. Art by Marshall Rogers and Joe Rubinstein. Still trapped on Earth, the Surfer spends time examining different aspects of the environment he's trapped in. Running into the Fantastic Four, they begin a discussion about potentially freeing the Surfer from the Earth, when the Surfer is suddenly attacked by the Champion. The Champion is bested in battle with the Surfer, and concedes as he has come to the Surfer to warn him not to get involved with the Skrull's quest for conquest. He also tells the Surfer that Galactus' current herald, Nova, is the Skrulls prisoner. The conversation ends with the Champion explaining that the Surfer could

Doctor Solar (1962 Gold Key) #10, January 1965 Issue - Gold Key

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Doctor Solar (1962 Gold Key) #10, January 1965 Issue - Gold Key - Grade VG/F $12.00 USD - Order Here 1st printing. Comic is complete with cover and all pages attached. Used and read comic with flaws that warrant a VG/F grade. Note: Rough spine and bottom edge. Rounded corners. Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded! Dr. Solar in "The Sun Giant!" (a two-part story), and Professor Harbinger in "Mystery Signals From Space!" Painted front and back covers. Number on cover 10000-501 January.

Godzilla (1954) Did You Know?

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From IMDB During Godzilla's rampage through downtown Tokyo, one of the buildings he destroys is the Toho Theater. In fact, some fans who were watching the film in that theater actually thought the theater was being attacked and tried to run out of the theater. The sound department tried numerous animal roars for Godzilla but felt they were unsuitable for an animal of such immense size. Akira Ifukube came up with Godzilla's roars by rubbing a coarse, resin-coated leather glove up and down the strings of a contrabass (double bass), and reverberated the recorded sound. Also, Godzilla's thunderous footsteps were made by beating a kettle drum with a knotted rope. George Lucas cites this film's miniatures as an inspiration for his effects in the Star Wars films. Was the most expensive Japanese movie ever made at the time of its release. The electrical towers that Godzilla melts with his radioactive breath were actually made of wax. The special effects crew mel

DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES MAJOR PUBLISHING EVENT: CONVERGENCE

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From DC Comics Comic book fans have a lot to be excited about! Today, DC Entertainment and USA TODAY  announced the next major DC Comics event: CONVERGENCE. Comprising of a weekly comic book series with veteran TV writer Jeff King (Executive Producer of White Collar and Continuum) making his comic book debut as the lead writer on the 9-part series and 40 brand-new 2-part miniseries written and drawn by an exciting and diverse array of star talent, whose teams and titles will be announced in the coming weeks, CONVERGENCE is one of the most epic and inclusive events DC Comics has ever constructed—touching upon every facet of DC Comics’ rich publishing history. If you’ve been reading THE NEW 52: FUTURES END and EARTH 2: WORLD’S END, now is the moment you’ve been waiting for. All things converge as  readers get to experience the DC multiverse like never before—hundreds of heroes, hundreds of villains, numerous worlds, and universe altering events all in one place, one time. Tak

The Original Godzilla Attacks Tokyo, 60 Years Ago

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From History In 1954, inspired by the re-released “ King Kong ” and other Hollywood hits of the early 1950s, film producer Tomoyuki Tanaka of Toho Studios decided the time was right for Japan’s first monster movie. The result was the story of a mutant creature, spawned from nuclear testing, that emerges from the watery depths of the Pacific and attacks Japan. The sea-monster’s name? “ Gojira ,” a combination of “gorilla” and “kujira,” the Japanese word for whale. Or, as it was later translated into English, “ Godzilla .” Sixty years after its Tokyo premiere, learn about the real-life drama that inspired the original “Godzilla ,” and the movie’s significance amid Cold War-era nuclear hysteria. “ King Kong ,” the 1933 film re-released in 1952, and “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” (1953) were among the Hollywood movies that inspired Tomoyuki Tanaka of Toho Studios to make a monster movie of his own. But in order to create the fearsome Gojira , the filmmakers also drew from the real-