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My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts about bacteria from outer space?

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It seems that Soviet scientists have had swabs full of alien goo for some time now. They just plum forgot about it. Here is the story from our friends over at BGR News: Science fiction has taught us to expect our first contact with alien life to be a momentous event, with radio signals from another civilization filling our airwaves and perhaps even the arrival of an alien spaceship or two. Reality is somewhat less exciting, and scientists have long expected our first discovery of extraterrestrial life to be on the microscopic scale. Now, the Russian space agency claims they may have stumbled upon just that, and it may have been hiding under our noses the entire time. Russian cosmonauts have reportedly discovered tiny bacteria on a swab collected from outside the International Space Station, and they’re confident that the organisms didn’t originate on our planet. If the discovery can be confirmed, it would be the very first concrete evidence of extraterrestrial life. That’s a p

The Super Museum

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Above, the main entrance to the Super Museum. Photo by Armand Vaquer. by Armand Vaquer With this year's Superman Celebration coming up on June 7 -10 in Metropolis, Illinois, it would be a good idea to show what the town's Super Museum has to offer you. I visited Metropolis in November 2016 to attend the memorial service for actress Noel Neill.  Along with the Super Museum, the town also has a statue honoring Noel, which I also visited.  Here, with some updates, is my 2016 article on my visit. Following my visit to the Noel Neill Lois Lane statue, I headed to Harrah's Casino alongside the Ohio River for breakfast. After breakfast, I went to the square next to the Massac County Court House where the giant Superman statue and Super Museum are located. Above, yours truly with the Superman statue, who is ready for Christmas. Upon arrival, I found that the Superman statue was wearing a Santa Claus hat. There were already Christmas decorations on the fence s

Roswell 2018 UFO Festival

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by Armand Vaquer On the subject of UFOs (per my last post on the 1977 UFO incident at the island of Colares), the 2018 Roswell UFO Festival is going to be here before we know it. According to their website: In 2017 we hosted 38,000 aliens in Roswell!  We were so amazed! Our surveys indicated people from 43 states and 16 different countries. 27 media groups, 24 live coverage network shows, and countless printed stories. We were featured on The Travel Channel’s Expeditions Unknown, The Food Network’s Carnival Eats and more!  We realize 2017 will be hard to beat, but we are working hard on some exciting additions in 2018 to make this festival even bigger and better than ever.   Be sure to join over 32,000 subscribers at the bottom of the page for updates!  This year the Festival will be held July 6-8, 2018 – start making plans to attend now!  Many hotels are already taking reservations and are usually booked, so we recommend making reservations now!  We are currently

Superman Celebration June 7 - 10

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by Armand Vaquer Superman Returns star Brandon Routh has been announced as the celebrity guest at this year's Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois, the home of the Super Museum. Above, the Super Museum in 2016. Photo by Armand Vaquer. The Superman Celebration is an annual four-day festival sponsored by The Metropolis Chamber of Commerce and the City of Metropolis- The Official Home of Superman.   Held in Metropolis, Illinois during the second weekend of June every year, it celebrates Superman and all thing super-heroic with featured celebrity and artist guests, a costume contest, concerts, a film festival, and many other family-oriented events.   Admission to Superman Celebration is free. For more information, please see our website at www.supermancelebration.net . Above, my visit to the Superman statue in Metropolis, Illinois. I have never been to a Superman Celebration, but I did visit Metropolis in November 2016 and toured the Super Mu

Classic meets modern in these Spider-Man #800 variant covers!

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From Marvel Comics Hitting #800 puts AMAZING SPIDER-MAN in the history books, making it the first Marvel comic to hit 800 issues. While the milestone marks the beginning of the end of writer Dan Slott’s legendary run (his arc wraps up in #801), it presented an amazing opportunity to bring some of Marvel’s most famous artists in on the celebration. Check out 10 variant covers below, featuring some outstanding takes on Spidey. Before he leaves the web-slinger to start on IRON MAN, Slott’s “Go Down Swinging” will feature a big showdown between Peter Parker and one of his oldest enemies, Norman Osborn. It will surely leave you hanging for the finale in #801! AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 will go on sale on May 30, 2018. Written by Dan Slott, this landmark 80-page issue’s cover is by Alex Ross and features art by Stuart Immonen, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Nick Bradshaw. View the gallery below to get a first look at all 10 variant covers!

Aliens The Essential Collection

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From Dark Horse Comics Collecting the Best Stories from the Xenoverse in a New Format Since 1988, Dark Horse Comics has delivered the Aliens scares that audiences have demanded! For those thirty years, these stories have expanded the Aliens mythos and taken it to new heights with terrifying adventures spanning the depths of space and strange alien worlds. Now, Dark Horse is proud to present a value-priced paperback collection Aliens Essential Comics Volume 1. Aliens Essential Comics Volume 1 collects the first Dark Horse Comics Aliens trilogy – Outbreak, Nightmare Asylum, and Earth War, which follows Hicks and Newt—and eventually Ripley—as they join forces to battle an infestation of Aliens. Written by Mark Verheiden (The Mask, Timecop, Battlestar Galactica, Daredevil), and beautifully illustrated by Mark A. Nelson, Den Beauvais, and Sam Kieth, these are the essential Aliens comics that have stood the test of time . . . and kept readers awake at night! Aliens Essential Comic

UFOs: How Aliens Should Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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Well it looks like a senario from the sci-fi classic "The Day The Earth Stood Still" may come to pass yet. According to new documentary aliens from other worlds don't care much for nuclear weapons and our potential use of them on ourselves ... or possibly them. I refer to Klaatu: "... you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We, of the other planets, have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we c

Star Wars: Leias who are Lukes, Who like Lukes to be Leias

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"Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view." - Obi-Wan Kenobi From Movie Web Last week, two so-called Star Wars fans decided to cut all of the women out of The Last Jedi. And it's brought some interesting reactions from a lot of different people across the Internet. Now, we get some fan art that completely swaps the roles of twin siblings Luke and Leia. Here, Leia becomes the Master Jedi while Luke, looking like an Echo Park hipster in his feminine robes, becomes the lover of gay space pirate Han Solo. The images are already causing a ruckus. But they're pretty harmless for anyone with an open mind about where this franchise can go in the future. Will we ever see a complete reboot of the original Star Wars with Luke and Leia trading places in some kind of Freaky Friday scenario? That's hugely doubtful. And we kind of already got that with The Force Awakens, as Rey becomes the Jedi Knight and F

Vampires, Rats, And Other Delights Of Urban Living!

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Arrgh! #1 December 1974 Marvel Comics $8.99 - Order Here Edited by Roy Thomas. Cover by Marie Severin and Tom Sutton. Stories by Russ Jones (as Jack Younger), Mike Sekowsky, Tom Sutton, Roy Thomas, Bill Everett, and Peter A. Flynn. Crazy-funny humor tales that will make you go Arrgh! Over the years, Marvel has created a huge number of gag magazines such as Not Brand Echh, Spoof, and Crazy, to name just a few. This series took a slightly different approach and specialized in the forgotten art of “genre spoofing.” Instead of making fun of a particular story or film, Arrgh! took aim at the entire field of horror. Its tales were filled with monsters, vampires, and werewolves and usually ended on an ironic note. On the way, however, they were filled with humor, gags, and ridiculous situations. Eighteen months after the demise of the comic books SPOOF and CRAZY!, Marvel decided to try their hand at humor comics once again with a new book entitled ARRGH!. We have more comics jus

A Novel Of The Future Complete In This Issue!

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Startling Stories V. 8 #3 November 1942 Better Publications $17.99 - Order Here 15 · The Day of the Cloud · Ross Rocklynne · n. 90 · The Earth-Saver · Joseph J. Millard · ss 100 · The Ancient Brain · A. G. Stangland · nv Science Wonder Stories Oct 1929 114 · Death Ray · Henry S. Lewis · ss Startling Stories was an American pulp science fiction magazine, published from 1939 to 1955 by publisher Ned Pines' Standard Magazines. It was initially edited by Mort Weisinger, who was also the editor of Thrilling Wonder Stories, Standard's other science fiction title. Startling ran a lead novel in every issue; the first was The Black Flame by Stanley G. Weinbaum. When Standard Magazines acquired Thrilling Wonder in 1936, it also gained the rights to stories published in that magazine's predecessor, Wonder Stories, and selections from this early material were reprinted in Startling as "Hall of Fame" stories. Under Weisinger the magazine focused on younger readers a

No one knows when the end of the world will be. No one!

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With many people predicting the end of the world coming at the end of the month I decided that the study of Revelations would be in order. From the Catholic Church: The Apocalypse, or Revelation to John, the last book of the Bible, is one of the most difficult to understand because it abounds in unfamiliar and extravagant symbolism, which at best appears unusual to the modern reader. Symbolic language, however, is one of the chief characteristics of apocalyptic literature, of which this book is an outstanding example. Such literature enjoyed wide popularity in both Jewish and Christian circles from ca. 200 B.C. to A.D. 200. This book contains an account of visions in symbolic and allegorical language borrowed extensively from the Old Testament, especially Ezekiel, Zechariah, and Daniel. Whether or not these visions were real experiences of the author or simply literary conventions employed by him is an open question. This much, however, is certain: symbolic descriptions are n

Eight of the Most Bizarre Superman Stories Ever Told

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We actually have one of these issues in stock! Some days you're leading the Justice League and saving the world from Brainiac. Others you're wishing Sherlock Holmes into existence and officiating gorilla weddings. We're less than one week away from getting our hands on issue #1000 of ACTION COMICS. Let’s think about that for a minute. One thousand. One followed by three zeroes. That’s a whole lot of comics. And as you might expect, with that many issues and eighty years of history, our good friend Superman has no shortage of stories to look back on. Sure, some of them are exciting, dramatic, high flying…even romantic. I’d even go so far as to say that most of them are. But some of them? Ooooh, boy… Let's just say that with a long life comes plenty of opportunities for things to get weird. And nobody does weird quite like Superman. This is a guy who has a whole planet of villains with the word “bizarre” in their name, after all. For all that we say Superman is

Art Bell Dies At 72

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by Armand Vaquer Back in the 1990s while working the "graveyard shift", the time would pass very quickly whenever Coast-To-Coast AM with Art Bell would have an interesting topic or guest. My mom had told me about Bell's show and I listened regularly to it during that time. It has been reported this morning that Art Bell passed away at age 72 (ironically, on Friday the 13th). According to Radio NK : One of radio’s most successful syndicated hosts has died. Both the Las Vegas Review Journal and NBC TV in Las Vegas are reporting that Art Bell died at his home in Las Vegas on Friday, April 13. The Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced that an autopsy will be done later this week to determine the cause of death.  Bell’s paranormal-themed overnight show, “Coast to Coast AM,” was syndicated on hundreds of stations by Premiere back in the 90’s. He left the show in 2002. He also had a show on SiriusXM in 2013. Bell was 72 years old. Most recently Premiere wa

Star Wars Was The Inspiration For ... Wait ... What?

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Honestly you can't make this stuff up. 'Handmaid's Tale' writer Margaret Atwood: 'Star Wars' inspired 9/11 terrorists I was going to write a commentary on this but I think it speaks for itself: From Fox News Margaret Atwood, best known for writing the book-turned-TV show “The Handmaid’s Tale,” believes the terrorists who attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001 were inspired by “Star Wars” movies. Atwood, 78, told Variety, which paid tribute the author as one of the magazine’s Power of Women honorees, that she believed the movie franchise influenced the terrorists who carried out the attacks. Atwood was recalling a time when a 2000 opera of “The Handmaid’s Tale” started “with a film going reel across the top of the stage that showed various things blowing up” including the World Trade Center. “They [the terrorists] didn’t get that idea from my opera, don’t worry,” Atwood said. “They got the idea from ‘Star Wars.’” When Variety asked if the Canadian-

Captain America: Rewriting History ... Kirby Style

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The main story in CAPTAIN AMERICA #700, by storytellers Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, colorist Matthew Wilson, and letterer Joe Caramagna, serves as a powerful culmination of this creative team’s run alongside the Sentinel of Liberty. But these all-star artists aren’t the only ones getting in on the landmark issue action! The Cap’s co-creator, Jack “King” Kirby himself, contributes to the action as well in a special bonus story written by Waid with colors by Wilson! In the back of issue #700, Mark Waid took on the mammoth task of repurposing original Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia art from TALES OF SUSPENSE with a brand-new Steve Rogers story. To get the all the details, we caught up with the writer to ask how he went about creating this cross-generational collaboration. Marvel.com: How did you come up with the idea for this one-of-a-kind story? Mark Waid: I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long, long time. In the earliest days of the MARVEL ESSENTIALS black-and-whi

Super-villains Take A Vaction

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From DC Comics Can you believe summertime is almost here? A couple of months and we’ll be breaking out the sunscreen and hitting the beach. Or heading to the local megaplex to check out the newest loud, explodey movie…in 3D! Or camping out beneath a starry sky. For most of us, there are picnics to be had, barbecues to be lit, schools to bid adieu and trips to embark on. Whether you prefer to spend it outside in the sun, or indoors in the air conditioning, summer’s an exciting, playful time. So, why should it be any different for super-villains? This summer, grab some shade and kick off those sandals for the first ever DC BEACH BLANKET BAD GUYS SPECIAL #1, a new 80-page one-shot featuring the work of Paul Dini, Lee Bermejo, Carlos D’Anda, Corinna Bechko, Shea Fontana, Gabriel Hardman and more! Packed full of hot weather hijinks, this unique anthology shows what the less lawful members of the DC Universe get up to when the temperatures rise. Mr. Freeze, for example. Ever wonde