DC Comics collections ahoy! New titles coming this summer

We've mentioned a few of these recently, others are complete surprise ("Showcase Presents Batgirl"! "Showcase Presents Wonder Woman"! "Batman: Secrets of the Batcave"! Superman: The Amazing Transformations of Jimmie Olsen!)

June

BATMAN: EGO AND OTHER TAILS TP
Writers: Darwyn Cooke and Paul Grist
Artists: Darwyn Cooke, Tim Sale and Bill Wray
Collects BATMAN: EGO, CATWOMAN: SELINA'S BIG SCORE, and stories from SOLO #1 and 5 and BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #23 and 33
$14.99 US, 200 pages

BATMAN: TURNING POINTS TP
Writers: Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Chuck Dixon
Artists: Steve Lieber, Joe Giella, Dick Giordano, Brent Anderson, Paul Pope and others
Collects BATMAN: TURNING POINTS #1-5
$14.99 US, 128 pages

BLUE BEETLE VOL. 2: ROAD TRIP TP
Writers: John Rogers and Keith Giffen
Artists: Cully Hamner, Duncan Rouleau, Casey Jones and Rafael Albuquerque
Collects BLUE BEETLE #7-12
$12.99 US, 144 pages

CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME TP
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Tim Sale
Collects CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME #1-6
$12.99 US, 160 pages

GOTHAM CENTRAL VOL. 5: DEAD ROBIN TP
Writers: Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker
Artists: Kano, Steve Lieber and Stefano Gaudiano
Collects GOTHAM CENTRAL #33-40
$17.99 US, 192 pages

JSA PRESENTS: STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Lee Moder and Dan Davis
Collects STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #1-8
$12.99 US, 192 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: BATMAN VOL. 2 TP
Writers: Gardner Fox, Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Bill Finger
Artists: Sheldon Moldoff, Carmine Infantino, Chic Stone, Joe Giella, Murphy Anderson, Sid Greene and others
Collects BATMAN #175-188 and DETECTIVE COMICS #343-358
$16.99 US, 512 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE ATOM VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Gardner Fox
Artists: Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson and Sid Greene
Collects SHOWCASE #34-36 and THE ATOM #1-17
$16.99 US, 528 pages

TRIALS OF SHAZAM VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Judd Winick
Artist: Howard Porter
Collects TRIALS OF SHAZAM #1-6 and a story from DC: BRAVE NEW WORLD #1
$14.99 US, 160 pages

July

52 VOL. 2 TP
Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen, Dale Eaglesham, Shawn Moll, Joe Bennett, Chris Batista, Eddy Barrows, Patrick Olliffe, Drew Johnson, Phil Jimenez and others
Collects the lead stories from 52 WEEKS 14-26
$19.99 US, 304 pages

BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY TP
Writers: Judd Winick, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm
Artists: Joe Chiodo, Bruce Timm, Ronnie Del Carmen and Shane Glines
Collects HARLEY AND IVY: ON THE LAM, BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY and a story from BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #14 (presented here in color for the first time)
$14.99 US, 136 pages

ELRIC: THE MAKING OF A SORCERER TP
Writer: Michael Moorcock
Artist: Walter Simonson
Collects ELRIC: THE MAKING OF A SORCERER #1-4
$19.99 US, 200 pages

THE ORIGINAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMIC BOOK HEROES VOL. 2: WONDER WOMAN TP
Writer: Michael Fleischer
Artists: Various
Reprints the classic reference volume from 1976
$19.99 US, 272 pages

MARTIAN MANHUNTER: THE OTHERS AMONG US TP
Writer: A.J. Lieberman
Artists: Al Barrionuevo and Bit
Collects MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1-8 and a story from DC: BRAVE NEW WORLD
$19.99 US, 208 pages

OUTSIDERS: PAY AS YOU GO TP
Writer: Judd Winick
Artists: Ron Randall, Pop Mhan and Carlo Barberi
Collects OUTSIDERS #42-46 and OUTSIDERS ANNUAL #1
$14.99 US, 160 pages

SEVEN SOLDIERS ARCHIVES VOL. 2 HC
Writers: Joe Samachson
Artists: Ed Dobrotka, Pierce Rice, Maurice Del Bourgo and Joe Kubert
Collects LEADING COMICS #5-8
$49.99 US, 228 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: BATGIRL VOL. 1 TP
Writers: Gardner Fox, Cary Bates, Bob Haney, Mike Friedrich, Robert Kanigher, Frank Robbins, Dennis O'Neil and Elliot S. Maggin
Artists: Carmine Infantino, Curt Swan, Frank Springer, Gil Kane, Bob Brown, Win Mortimer, Irv Novick, Don Heck, Mike Sekowsky, Neal Adams and others
Collects stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #359, 363, 369, 371, 384, 385, 388, 389, 392, 393, 396, 397, 400, 401, 404, 405-424, BATMAN #197, ADVENTURE COMICS #381, WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #169 and 176, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #78, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #60 and SUPERMAN #268 and 279
$16.99 US, 520 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: MARTIAN MANHUNTER VOL. 1 TP
Writers: Jack Miller, Joe Samachson and Dave Wood
Artists: Joe Certa
Collects stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #225-305
$16.99 US, 522 pages

SUPERMAN: THE AMAZING TRANSFORMATIONS OF JIMMY OLSEN TP
Writers: Otto Binder, Jerry Siegel and others
Artists: Curt Swan, John Forte, Pete Costanza and others
Collects stories from SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #22, 28, 31-33, 41, 42, 44, 49, 53, 59, 65, 69, 72, 77, 80, 85 and 105
$14.99 US, 192 pages

UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS TP
Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Artist: Daniel Acuña
Collects UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1-8 and a story from DC: BRAVE NEW WORLD
$14.99 US, 208 pages

August

BATMAN AND SON HC
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang and John Van Fleet
Collects BATMAN #655-658 and #663-666
$19.99 US, 128 pages

BATMAN: SECRETS OF THE BATCAVE TP
Writers: Bill Finger, Don Cameron, Edmond Hamilton, Gerry Conway, Alan Brennert and others
Artists: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, George Roussos, Ray Burnley, Jim Mooney, Sheldon Moldoff, Stan Kaye, Charles Paris, Lew Sayre Schwartz, Jim Aparo and others
Collects stories from BATMAN #12, 35, 48, 109 and 348, WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #30, DETECTIVE COMICS #158, 168, 186, 205, 233, 235, and 244, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #182, the SECRET ORIGINS TP, and BIZARRO COMICS
$17.99 US, 192 pages

BIRDS OF PREY: BLOOD AND CIRCUITS TP
Writers: Gail Simone and Tony Bedard
Artists: James Raiz, Paulo Siqueira and others
Collects BIRDS OF PREY #96-103
$17.99 US, 208 pages

CATWOMAN: IT'S ONLY A MOVIE TP
Writers: Will Pfeifer
Artists: David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez
Collects CATWOMAN #59-65
$19.99 US, 168 pages

DC/TOP COW CROSSOVER CLASSICS TP
Writers: Joe Kelly, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Jeph Loeb and Len Kaminski
Artists: Doug Mahnke, Mark Pajarillo, Marc Silvestri, David Finch and others
Collects JLA/CYBERFORCE #1, THE DARKNESS/BATMAN #1, JLA/WITCHBLADE #1 and THE DARKNESS/SUPERMAN #1-2
$14.99 US, 200 pages

THE FLASH: THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP
Writers: Robert Kanigher, Gardner Fox, John Broome, Cary Bates and Mark Waid
Artists: Lee Elias, Carmine Infantino, Ross Andru, Irv Novick, José Luís Garcia-López, Kurt Schaffenberger, Alex Saviuk, Mike Wieringo, Joe Giella, Wallace Wood, Joe Kubert, Frank Giacoia, Mike Esposito, Murphy Anderson and José Marzan Jr.
Collects stories from FLASH COMICS #86 and 104, THE FLASH #123, 155, 165 and 179, DC SPECIAL SERIES #11 and THE FLASH (Second Series) #91
$19.99 US, 208 pages

GREEN LANTERN: WANTED -HAL JORDAN HC
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
Collects GREEN LANTERN #14-20
$19.99 US, 144 pages

JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
Writer: Jack Kirby
Artists: Jack Kirby, Vince Colletta and Mike Royer
Collects NEW GODS #4-6, FOREVER PEOPLE #4-6, JIMMY OLSEN #141-145 and MISTER MIRACLE #4-6
$49.99 US/$32.99 via Amazon, 396 pages

MANHUNTER VOL. 3: ORIGINS TP
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Javier Pina, Stephen Sadowski, Rags Morales, Sean Phillips, Shawn Martinbrough and Diego Olmos
Collects MANHUNTER #15-23
$17.99 US, 224 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: ADAM STRANGE VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Gardner Fox
Artists: Mike Sekowsky, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson and others
Collects stories from SHOWCASE #17-19 and MYSTERY IN SPACE #53-84
$16.99 US, 512 pages

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1 TP
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
Collects stories from WONDER WOMAN #98-117
$16.99 US, 528 pages

SUPERMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 3 TP
Writer: Joe Shuster
Artists: Jerry Siegel and others
Collects stories from ACTION COMICS #21-25, SUPERMAN #4-5 and NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1940
$14.99 US, 192 pages


See Complete Lists:
DC Showcase Presents
DC Trade Paperbacks
DC Archive Editions

Pop Artifact! Ms. Marvel button

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 1, 2007

Young Fred Hembeck meets Marvel Comics' Roy Thomas.

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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and last book in the series is due out July 21 . (corrected from the June 21 posted here earlier)

UPDATE: You can pre-order the book now for $18.99 (regularly $34.99) now from Amazon.



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Joss Whedon talks to MTV about his upcoming "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comic, which picks up where the series ended.

"The show was very mundane, deliberately mundane," Whedon said. "A comic has got to work on a grander, epic scale. We can really take the characters wherever we want, and of course, that means I can kill them. That's where the fun is, in revisiting these characters. It's like being with my old friends, but in actuality, not being with my old friends, because the actors aren't there to play them. It's a little different. This is bigger variations. It's a symphony based on the little tune we played."

The comic hits stand March 7.

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Speaking of Joss: Despite Whedon working on a script to an upcoming Wonder Woman film he's set to direct, Warner Brothers is acquiring a spec script by newcomers Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland.

Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that the purchase is a pre-emptive measure intended to keep the script off the market and to protect itself against any legal action prompted by similarities between the two scripts. The Jennison-Strickland script is reportedly set against the backdrop of World War II, while Whedon's script is set in the present day.

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Mezco Toyz has a line of Underdog figures coming out to tie in with the CGI flick based on the character coming this summer.



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From Variety: Carl Reiner remembers his work on "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

Daily Variety: So it was because of the censors that they were in twin beds?

Reiner: Absolutely. I fought and I said, "Dick sleeps in a queen-sized bed." They said, "No, no, what would it suggest?" I said, "Where did the kid come from? Did they jump from the next bed to do it?"


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"Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell," a five-part miniseries from IDW Publishing beginning in April will also be available in a special 40-page Klingon-language edition.

Mojo mag celebrates Sgt. Pepper

The March 2007 of Britain's much-read Mojo music magazine (I pay a ridiculous amount for an overseas subscription. But it's still cheaper than buying it on the news stand here.) spotlights the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band LP, which turns 40 this June.

And, as with every ish, there'll be a special CD included--this one entitled Mojo Presents Sgt. Pepper...With A Little Help From His Friends, with indie acts tackling the tunes. Tracks include:

01. Simple Kid - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band
02. Purto Muerto - With A Little Help From My Friends
03. Circulus - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
04. Fionn Regan - Getting Better
05. 747s - Fixing A Hole
06. Unkle Bob - She's Leaving Home
07. Bikeride - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
08. Stephanie Dosen - Within You Without You
09. Chin Up Chin Up - When I'm Sixty Four
10. Dave Cloud & The Gospel Of Power - Lovely Rita
11. The M's - Good Morning Good Morning
12. Simple Kid - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band (Reprise)
13. Captain - A Day In The Life

Bonus track

14. Echo & The Bunnymen - All You Need Is Love

New and upcoming action figures Feb. 1, 2007

Complete List of Marvel Legends Action Figures
Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures

Here's a look at action figures available via your local comics shop or via the TIP!-supporting links below:

DC Direct Action Figures

Alex Ross JLA series 5 action figures
--Brainiac
--Lex Luthor
--Green Arrow
--Martian Manhunter
--Red Tornado
--Translucent Martian Manhunter

Batman Through the Ages
--Box Set

Batman/Superman Series 4
--Batzarro
--Bizarro
--Superwoman
--Batwoman
--Batman Beyond
--Kryptonite Batman

DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
--Batman
--Wonder Woman
--Lobo
--Superman

DC 13-inch Figures
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Green Lantern
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Lex Luthor
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Two-Face
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Superman
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Shazam
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Flash

Elseworlds Action Figures Series 2
--Red Son Batman
--Red Son President Superman
--Kingdom Come Jade
--Kingdom Come Spectre and Norman McKay
--Gotham By Gaslight Batman

Elseworlds Action Figures Series 3
--Supergirl
--Batgirl
--Nightstar
--Kingdom Come Aquaman
--Red Son Green Lantern

First Appearance Series 4
--Blue Beetle translucent
--Blue Beetle
--Brave New World Atom
--Warlord
--Brave New World Martian Manhunter
--Brave New World Aquaman

Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Powergirl
--Omac
--Mongul
--Earth Prime Superboy
--Alexander Luthor

JSA Action Figures
--Mr. Terrific
--Hawkgirl
--Dr. Midnite
--Hourman
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack

Hanna Barbera Series 2 Action Figures
--Captain Caveman
--Fred Flintstone and Dino
--Johnny Quest
--Magilla Gorilla
--Penelope Pitstop and Muttley
--Tom and Jerry
--Yogi Bear
--Flintstones at the Drive-In

Hanna Barbera Series 3 Action Figures
--Fred Flintstone Quittin' Time
--Twinkle Toes Fred Flintstone
--Great Grape Ape
--Huckleberry Hound
--The Jetsons
--Secret Squirrel
--Snagglepuss

McFarlane Lost series 2 action figures
--Crash site box set
--Sawyer
--Jin
--Sayid
--Desmond
--Sun
--Mr. Eko

Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Angel
--Beast
--Black Costume Spider-Man
--Deadpool
--Invisible Woman
--Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Action Figures

Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Emma Frost
--Ultimate Iron Man
--Movie Beast
--Planet Hulk
--Banshee
--Hercules

Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Wolverine
--She-Hulk
--Yellow Jacket
--Quick Silver
--Lord Asgard Thor
--Magneto Xorn
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm

Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Action Figures Series 3 Action Figures
--Spider-Man
--Spider-Man Variant
--Beast
--Beast Variant

Hasbro Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Series 1 Action Figures
--Wolverine
--Thor

Marvel Legends Masterworks Sets
--Spider-Man Vs. Green Goblin
--Fantastic Four Vs. Mole Man
--Hulk Vs. The Thing
--Galactus Vs. Everybody

Marvel Select Figures

Best of Marvel Select Figures
--Grey Hulk
--Thanos
--Ultimate Spider-Man
--Green Goblin
--Mephisto

NECA 7-inch John Lennon action figures
--Color
--Black and white

NECA Grindhouse action figures--Quentin Tarantino as soldier
--Dakota
--Cherry