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Travel Back To The Land That Time Forgot

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From The Monster Island News Website In the early 1970s’ Amicus Pictures (Owned by Milton Subotsky and Max J Rosenberg) decided to pump so life into the declining British fantasy film industry by bringing the works of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs to the big screen. The company’s rival, Hammer, had abandoned its standard horror films for features starring half naked women in an attempt to put more bodies in the seats and the time seemed right for Burroughs strait forward action tales to fill the void. READ MORE

Godzilla Gets Official Residency Papers

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Godzilla news story on Fox News. Photo by Armand Vaquer. The new Godzilla head atop the Toho Cinemas Kabukicho/Hotel Gracery Shinjuku entertainment complex was newsworthy. Godzilla being named tourism ambassador for Shinjuku was also newsworthy. Now, Godzilla has been named an official resident of the Shinjuku district. What's more, you can obtain a copy of the official document naming Godzilla as a resident. I guess that, too, is also newsworthy. RocketNews 24 reported: You could make a long list about all the ways Japan is uniquely awesome (and as a matter of fact, we just did), but it’s not like every aspect of life in Japan is more enjoyable than in other countries. For example, taking care of paperwork at city hall or other government facilities is as boring as it is anywhere else in the world.  So why is it that this week people have been voluntarily visiting the Shinjuku ward office in the heart of Tokyo? Because they want to get a co

We Invite You To Return To The Planet of the Apes

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From The Monster Island News Website In 1966 Franklin J. Schaffner had purchased the rights to what he thought would make excellent movie. Pierre Boulle's novel "La Planete des singes." He peddled the idea to almost every studio in Hollywood, but nobody wanted anything to do with his "Monkey Planet." Studio executives thought the idea of talking apes would be laughed at. A ray of light came when he presented his idea to both Arthur P. Jacobs and Charlton Heston. Both signed on to produce and star in his movie. Now he had what he needed a huge star and some credibility. This got him in the door with Fox and got him his chance. Once again there were hesitations. What if the apes looked too fake? Could it be believable? A test scene was shot to test early ideas for the ape makeup. The test would feature Heston, Edward G. Robinson as Dr. Zaius, and Linda Harrison as Zira. It worked. The makeup test proved it could be done without looking cheesy. The movie was a

Thors #1 Brings the Hammer of Justice to Battleworld this June

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From Marvel Comics This June, prepare to meet Battleworld’s steadfast police force, the Thors! Gods of Thunder, doling out justice with a crash of thunder and a crack of lightning. Marvel is pleased to present your first look at THORS #1 – a brand new Secret Wars series from writer Jason Aaron (STAR WARS, THOR) and Eisner-award winning artist Chris Sprouse! The chaos of Secret Wars requires a different kind of lawman. Welcome to the force – whenever there’s trouble on Battleworld, the Thors answer the call. Gods of Thunder from every universe, united in their quest to uphold the law. Keeping the peace, closing cases, and dispensing judgment with their mighty hammers! But a puzzling murder case on Battleworld has changed the rules. One that has the entire corps scrambling to find the murderer. But what they find could unravel the very fabric of reality! Throg the Frog of Thunder, Beta Ray Thor, Thor Stormborn and many, many more hammer wielders from across the Marvel Universe ta

Epic. Widescreen. Hitch. Are You Ready?

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From DC Comics Superstar comic artist Bryan Hitch writes and draws new tales of the world’s greatest heroes in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA – first issue hits shelves June 17th! It’s massive widescreen JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA action and adventure from legendary writer/artist Bryan Hitch! In the extra-sized debut issue, the League comes up against an armada of aliens heading for Earth that claims to be a peaceful religious tribe. But something sinister is lurking under the surface... Something with ties to ancient Krypton! This amazing kick-off issue is available with seven different variant covers by Bryan Hitch, each spotlighting one of seven core members of the JLA, plus an incredible seven-panel foldout variant cover that presents all seven covers together into one giant panoramic battle scene! All seven of the variant covers just made their debut on USA TODAY, along with an interview with Hitch on writing and drawing his favorite childhood heroes. Then check out the galler

RED SONJA #16

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RED SONJA #16 Writer: Gail Simone Art: Walter Geovani Genre: Sword and Sorcery, Adventure, Superhero Format: Comic Book Page Count: 32 pages From the acclaimed creative team of Gail Simone and Walter Geovanni, the final chapter in the epic "Forgiving of Monsters" saga finds the She-Devil with a Sword besieged from every side. A parasitic infestation, an intensely personal grudge, an imperiled Astronomer, and an entire kingdom on the verge of homicidal fury have all led to a showdown so bloody and explosive, it'surely lives up to -- or even exceeds -- the Red Sonja series' reputation of swords-and-sorcery excellence!

New Advertising Campaign Celebrates Fan-Favorite DC Characters

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From DC Comics New Advertising Campaign Celebrates Fan-Favorite Characters, Top-Notch Talent, Diverse Stories and DC Fans, Declares ‘There’s a Story for YOU’ DC Entertainment revealed a bold new advertising campaign today titled “DC YOU.” The campaign shines a spotlight on the New DC Universe (DCU) line of comic books, and reinforces the company’s commitment to creating a diverse offering of titles – something for everyone. “With the New DC Universe, there’s a story for every kind of DC Comics fan. There’s a story for YOU,” stated Amit Desai, senior vice president of marketing and global franchise management, DC Entertainment. “The DC Comics slate rolling out this summer truly offers a comic book for everyone and our new advertising campaign – DC YOU – celebrates this bold, new direction.” Beginning June 3, the new DCU will consist of 24 brand-new series as well as 25 on-going, best selling fan-favorite series, resulting in the most ambitious DC Comics lineup-to-date.

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES HOME MEDIA RELEASE OF RANMA ½ ANIME SERIES SET 6 LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SET

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From Media Lab Zany Comedy And Martial Arts Action Continue In Latest High-Definition Episodes Of The Legendary Anime Series, Available In A Special Blu-Ray Collectable Or Standard Edition DVD Set VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, prepares a fresh round of RANMA ½ anime episodes for home media release in crisp high-definition with the debut of RANMA ½ Set 6 on June 2nd. VIZ Media is releasing the gender-bending martial arts action comedy in the original Japanese series order across seven Limited Edition Blu-ray and Standard Edition DVD Box Sets. RANMA ½ is rated TV-14 and is based on the popular manga series originally created by Rumiko Takahashi. Notable bonus features include fan interviews highlighting the RANMA ½ phenomenon and an episode summary booklet. The RANMA ½ Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set 6 carries an MSRP of $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN. The latest set contains Episodes 116-138 on 3 d

VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES GENDER-BENDING SHOJO MANGA SO CUTE IT HURTS!!

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From Media Lab High School Romantic Comedy About Identity-Swapping Twins That Get More Than They Bargained For Launches In Print And Digitally In June VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers a brand new shojo manga (graphic novel) series with the launch of SO CUTE IT HURTS!! on June 2nd. The gender-bending comedy about a twin brother and sister who switch identities was created by Go Ikeyamada and will be rated ‘T’ for Teens. SO CUTE IT HURTS!! will be published in print under the Shojo Beat imprint and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally on June 2nd via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores. Future volumes will be published on a bi-monthly basis. SO CUTE IT HURTS!! introduces readers to the Kobayashi twins, Megumu and Mitsuru, who were named after historical figures. But

VAMPIRELLA #12

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From Dynamite Entertainment Writer: Nancy A. Collins Art: Patrick Berkenkotter Genre: Horror, Fantasy Publication Date: May 2015 Format: Comic Book Page Count: 32 pages Vampirella may be the new Queen of the Nosferatu, but her rule is far from an easy one. Angered by her attempts to change how the Nosferatu prey upon humans, a rebel factor-lead by the powerful Count Savanovic-conspire against her with the help of an outside faction that even vampires fear. A potential ally makes himself known, but can Vampirella trust him-even if he is a blood relative? Find out in "Blood Born", the first installment in the new "God Save The Queen" story arc.

ALIENS / VAMPIRELLA CROSSOVER UNITES ICONIC HORROR CHARACTERS

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From Dynamite Entertainment Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming 2015 crossover, Aliens / Vampirella, pitting the iconic horror heroine against the Xenomorphs popularized in eight feature films and numerous Dark Horse Comics series. Written by Corinna Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy, Savage Hulk), the sci-fi horror crossover marks the first time that the two comic book universes collide. Writer Corinna Bechko says, "I've loved Alien since I first saw it as a kid on a crummy old TV in a well-lit room and got scared half to death anyway. Now that I have the chance to add a little corner to that universe I couldn't be happier. And pitting such an implacable horror against Vampirella? That's a meeting that definitely produces very fertile story-telling ground. The Alien franchise has always thrived with strong women in the lead. Smart, self-assured Vampirella is a joy to write for, even when she may have met her match." "Aliens / Vampirella

Batman Comic Book Spotlight

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From View Obscura Comics Batman is the superhero protector of Gotham City, a man dressed like a bat who fights against evil and strikes terror into the hearts of criminals everywhere. In his secret identity he is Bruce Wayne, billionaire industrialist and notorious playboy. Although he has no superhuman powers, he is one of the world's smartest men and greatest fighters. His physical prowess and technical ingenuity make him an incredibly dangerous opponent. He is also a founding member of the Justice League and the Outsiders. Batman's presence in Gotham City generated a new breed of criminals, no longer the simple thugs and gangsters involved in Gotham Organized Crime, but more dynamic personalities. The first person inspired by him was Catwoman, a dangerous seductress using his style and methods towards her own ends. His next challenge was Dr. Hugo Strange, a mad scientist who had created Monster Men to do his bidding. He met his greatest nemesis when the Joker first app