Comic Book Art: John Romita Sr. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #7 cover, original artwork

Coming Up: Spider-Man by John Byrne Omnibus

Out in May. Stay tuned for pre-order info.

Details from Marvel:

Penciled by JOHN BYRNE


Every Spider-Man story illustrated by the legendary John Byrne, collected in one huge hardcover! Spidey is put through his paces as he teams with the Hulk, the Wasp, Ms. Marvel, Iron Fist, Captain Britain, Man-Thing, Thor, Luke Cage and more — and battles Man-Wolf, Doctor Octopus and the Ringer! Revisit chapter one of Spidey’s history as the web-slinger faces his most fearsome foes for the first time! And a legend is reborn as Peter Parker returns to the Spider-Man costume, kicking off an amazing run featuring daring drama, fresh faces and classic foes! 

Collecting MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #53-55, #59-70 and #75; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #189-190, #206 and ANNUAL #13; PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #58; SPIDER-MAN: CHAPTER ONE #0-12; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #1 (A & C STORIES), #2-11, #12 (A STORY) and #13-18; and MARVEL AUTHENTIX: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.
1264 PGS.

Coming Up: Timely's Greatest - The Golden Age Sub-Mariner

Out in May. Stay tuned for pre-order info.

Details from Marvel:


Marvel proudly presents TIMELY’S GREATEST, a series of once-in-a-lifetime volumes presenting the greatest stories of the Golden Age, when Marvel was known as Timely Comics! Our debut volume celebrates the incomparable adventures of comics’ first antihero, Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner! Bill Everett’s Sub-Mariner cut a bold path, defending his undersea kingdom, invading New York City, fighting the Axis powers and battling both against and alongside the Human Torch! Like his signature character, Everett was an iconoclast ahead of his time. His lush, detailed artwork and engrossing ongoing storylines were unlike anything else of the era! For the first time ever, experience every adventure of Prince Namor from his 1939 debut through Bill Everett’s February 1942 induction into the armed services. 

864 PGS.

Coming Up: Marvel Horror Omnibus

Due out in May. Order from Amazon now.

Details from Marvel:


Cover by Larry Lieber

Marvel’s creepiest characters put the “super” into supernatural in this titanic tome of terror! A veritable who’s who of horror, this volume collects the complete 1970s adventures of the Zombie, Brother Voodoo, the Living Mummy, It! the Living Colossus, the Golem, Gabriel the Devil Hunter, the Scarecrow and Modred the Mystic — including hair-raising encounters with Werewolf by Night, Doctor Strange, the Hulk, the Thing, the Avengers and more! Read it if you dare! 

Collecting STRANGE TALES (1951) #169-174 and #176-177; SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS #5 and #7-15; ASTONISHING TALES (1970) #21-24; DEAD OF NIGHT #11; MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1971) #26; MARVEL CHILLERS #1-2; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #24; WEREWOLF BY NIGHT (1972) #39-41; MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #11, #18, #33, #41 and #95; DOCTOR STRANGE (1974) #48; INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #244; FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #222-223; AVENGERS (1963) #185-187; and material from ZOMBIE (1973) #1-10; HAUNT OF HORROR (1974) #2-5; MONSTERS UNLEASHED (1973) #11; BIZARRE ADVENTURES #33; MENACE #5; MOON KNIGHT (1980) #21; TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #14 and #20; and STRANGE TALES (1951) #74 and #89.
1328 PGS

New Comics Day: DC Universe by Len Wein; Amazing Spider-Man by Nick Spencer Vol. 2; Black Panther Epic Collection; Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 1

Our picks this week. Click the links to order items from Amazon.

From the Teen Titans to Swamp Thing, Len Wein had his fingerprints on just about every aspect of DC Comics. As a writer and later editor, Wein helped to innovate some of the company's most groundbreaking titles, including work on Watchmen, New Teen Titans, Justice League of America, Saga of the Swamp Thing and more. 
Now, for the first time ever, his greatest stories are collected together as a salute to one of DC's most important creators of all time. This sensational story of the DC Universe is told from the dawn of superheroes, starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Justice League of America, the Teen Titans and more! Collects Teen Titans #18 & 20Phantom Stranger #20-24, JLA #100-102, Action Comics #419-420, #422-423, #425-426, #429, #432, DC Comics Presents #27-29, JLA 80-Page Giant #2, DC Retroactive: Green Lantern - The '80s: Big Betrayal #1, and Swamp Thing Winter Special #1.

Wondering when Boomerang's status as Spider-Man's roommate would blow up? Well, the time has come and it's all here in this continuation of Nick Spencer's action-packed take on everybody's favorite web-head!

Behold as the Black Panther sets out on adventures that only his co-creator, Jack Kirby, could conceive! T'Challa will discover the secret of King Solomon's frog, encounter alien races, battle eternal samurai warriors and much, much more. The history of the Wakandans, their majestic city, their amazing technology and the origins of Vibranium are also explored with a power and passion that only Kirby can offer. Then, Ed Hannigan and Jerry Bingham present an epic battle between the Black Panther, the Avengers and Ulysses Klaw. Next, T'Challa returns to the American South to root out the evil Soul Strangler's cult. Finally, Peter B. Gillis and Denys Cowan craft a compelling tale as the Panther fights apartheid in the neighboring nation of Azania.

It's winter in America! For over 70 years, Captain America has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra's takeover of the nation, Cap is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield...and a new enemy is rising! Who are they? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America? Distrusted by a nation that seems to have lost faith in him, Steve Rogers is a man out of time - and out of options! Where can a now-unsanctioned Captain America turn for aid and assistance in order to stem the rise of the cabal of influence brokers known as the Power Elite? Join acclaimed BLACK PANTHER scribe Ta-Nehisi Coates for the next chapter of Captain America's life!

Time Capsule: Bing and Gary Crosby perform "Hey Jude" on "Hollywood Palace," Feb. 18, 1969

Pop Artifact: Isis/Shazam! publicity cel, 1976

 Via Heritage Auctions.

Isis, aka The Secrets of Isis was a live-action series, the first to feature a female superhero (predating both Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman). The lovely Joanna Cameron starred as Andrea Thomas, a science teacher who discovers a magic gold amulet that gave her super powers whenever she said "Oh mighty Isis." Shazam! was another Filmation live-action Saturday morning series, starring Jackson Bostwick as the legendary Captain Marvel.

Video Find: Ken Nordine studio tour

Remembering the great voice-over and Word Jazz pioneer, who died at age 98 this week.

Video Find: King Crimson on "Fridays" 1981

I remember seeing this when it first aired. Nevermind the wardrobe, the 80s version of Crimson did incredible stuff that, in my opinion, still holds up - sharp, edgy and not proggy at all.

So long, Ken Nordine

Ken Nordine, known for his spoken "Word Jazz" LPs and radio show, is dead at age 98, reports WBEZ.

Along with his imaginative spoken word pieces, which include collaborations with Tom Waits and the Grateful Dead, Nordine provided voice-overs on a zillion TV ads, including work for Levis, Taster's Choice coffee and other products.

Here are a few examples of his work:

Video Find: 1960 space travel documentary "Universe"

An inspiration for the effects and design of "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Time Capsule: BBC "Tomorrow's World" segment on Nellie the School Computer, Feb. 15, 1969

Video: DC Collectibles - Toy Fair 2019 Reveals

New Music Friday: David Bowie; Elvis; Gladys Knight; Dale Watson; The New Seekers; Wadada Leo Smith

Our picks this week. Click the links to order discounted vinyl or CDs from Amazon:

Pop Culture Roundup: Casablanca; comics artist countdown

ITEM! Was Jack Benny in "Casablanca"? Booksteve investigates.

ITEM! Rip Jagger is counting down his favorite comics artists. Many expected choices on the list, but also some unusual ones, like Wayne Howard.

Cool! Marvel Legends Captain Marvel wave

Order here.

This build-a-figure wave includes:
  • Captain Marvel 
    • Alternate head
    • Alternate hands
  • Talos figure
    • Kree Sentry Leg
  • Nick Fury figure
    • Goose figure
    • Pistol
    • Kree Sentry arm
  • Captain Marvel (With Jacket) figure
    • Goose figure
    • Kree Sentry arm
  • Starforce Commander figure
    • Pistol
    • Kree Sentry Body
  • Grey Gargoyle figure
    • Kree Sentry head
  • Genis-Vell figure
    • Pistol
    • Kree Sentry leg

Watch: Extended trailer for "Doom Patrol" TV series

Video Find: "Jazz in Serious Music" - Leonard Bernstein TV special

Video Find: The Rolling Stones mime "I Got You Babe"

Cool: Hot Toys Captain Marvel action figure

Another of Hot Toys creepily realistic renditions.

Video Find: Harry Nilsson sings "Gotta Get Up"

Anyone had this tune stuck in his/her head lately?

Watch: "Derry Girls" season 2 trailer

Season 1, now on Netflix in the U.S., is one of the best and funniest things I've seen in a long, long time. Hopefully we'll get to see this one soon, too.

New Comics Day: Captain Marvel: Ms. Marvel - A Hero is Born Omnibus; Decades: Marvel in the 50s - Captain America Strikes! ; Batman -The Caped Crusader Vol. 2Jungle Girls; EC Archives -Piracy

Our picks this week. Click the links to order discounted titles from Amazon.

Before she became Captain Marvel, NASA Security Chief Carol Danvers' life had been intertwined with the alien Kree's interventions on Earth. When her genetic structure melded with that of the Kree, Danvers was imbued with new powers and an all-new Marvel hero was born! Famous X-Men writer Chris Claremont weaves complex plots and compelling characterization in the iconic original adventures of Ms. Marvel. The highlights are many: Ms. Marvel meets the Avengers for the very fi rst time. Mystique makes her first appearance. A battle with Ronan the Accuser. Encounters with the Guardians of the Galaxy and Sabretooth. The story reaches its epic conclusion in a Marvel milestone including the X-Men and the Avengers!
COLLECTING: MS. MARVEL (1977) 1-23; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) 61-62, 76-77; DEFENDERS (1972) 57; MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) 51; AVENGERS (1963) 200, AVENGERS ANNUAL (1967) 10; MATERIAL FROM AVENGERS (1963) 197-199, MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (1990) 10-11, MARVEL FANFARE (1982) 24

Celebrate 80 years of Marvel Comics, decade by decade - with the complete shield-slinging adventures of the Captain America of the Fab Fifties! As Atlas Comics revived their super hero titles, the star-spangled Sentinel of Liberty took on a new mission - smashing the rise of Communism across the globe! But an old enemy lies in wait: the Red Skull! In this complete collection of Cap's 1950s revival, Captain America and Bucky charge into action against fi fth columnists, Soviet spies, secret agents from around the globe, and fearsome foes from Electro to the Executioner! Plus, a modern-day story pulling back the Iron Curtain on the '50s Cap, as he teams up with none other than Nick Fury!
COLLECTING: Material from Young Men 24-28, Captain America (1954) 76-78, Men's Adventures 27-28; Captain America: Theater of War - America First!

This new collection of 1980s Batman tales includes the legendary story "A Lonely Place of Dying," in which a new Robin emerges in the form of computer hacker Tim Drake, who rescues Batman from The Joker and Two-Face. This volume also includes the mystery story "The Many Deaths of Batman," and a run of stories in which the Dark Knight must stop crime boss Zucco. 
Collects Batman #433-444 and Batman Annual #13.

Thrill to the adventures of strong women who right wrongs–jungle style! Read all about them in this curated anthology of comic stories from the 1940s and '50s. 
Sassy, brassy, and beautiful, here are the Jungle Girls of the four-color Golden Age including: Tygra, Princess Pantha, Rulah, Fantomah, Judy of the Jungle, Camilla, Jun-Gal, Cave Girl, and of course, Sheena, Queen of the Jungle! 
Feast your eyes on the artwork of Frank Frazetta, Fran Hopper, Bob Powell, Everett Raymond Kintsler, Jack Kamen, and last but not least, Matt Baker! Also includes an Introduction by Dr. Sheena Howard, whose book, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation won the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Scholarly Work.

Collecting the complete run of the EC Comics cult classic Piracy in color; featuring stories about the violence and cruelty of the pirates that sailed the seven seas.
Across these pages sail plunderers, pillagers, buccaneers, whalers, smugglers, pearl divers, treasure hunters, mutineers, and many more, in these brutal tales of life on the water.

Coming Up: The Searchers - When You Walk In The Room: Complete Pye Recordings 1963-1967

Out April 5. Order from Amazon now.

Details from Grapefruit Records:

The Searchers - still with stalwart members John McNally and Frank Allen in their line-up - recently announced they would retire at the end of March 2019, bringing to an end an astonishing unbroken run of around sixty years for one of the most influential and enduring groups in British pop history.

One of the more introspective acts to emerge from the Merseybeat group wars of the early Sixties, The Searchers' high vocal harmonies, jingle-jangle guitars and tales of male vulnerability saw them notch a trio of UK No. 1 singles and several popular EPs and albums, with debut LP "Meet The Searchers" spending an incredible ten months in the listings. But although their chart statistics were impressive, The Searchers' place in the rock history books owes at least as much to their seismic level of influence, with the likes of 'Needles And Pins' and the peerless 'When You Walk In The Room' providing The Byrds - and, by extension, the likes of Tom Petty, REM and a whole host of skinny-tied power poppers - with their musical template.

Although the group made some fine records throughout their prodigious career, their peak period in terms of sales, influence and musical excellence occurred during a dazzling four-year mid-Sixties spell with the Pye label.

The first-ever complete anthology of one of British pop's most pivotal catalogues, the 6-CD set When You Walk In The Room assembles all of the group's Pye recordings, with mono and stereo versions of their albums joined by studio outtakes, foreign language recordings and, on the sixth disc, a treasure trove of non-LP singles and EP tracks.

Housed in a clambox design that includes a 36 page booklet with a new 6000 word essay on the band, When You Walk In The Room is a sumptuous tribute to an act who, for a glorious year or two, were arguably the country's only serious rivals to The Beatles. 

Disc: 1

  1. Sweets for My Sweet
  2. Alright
  3. Love Potion Number Nine
  4. Farmer John
  5. Stand By Me
  6. Money (That's What I Want)
  7. Da Doo Ron Ron
  8. Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya
  9. Since You Broke My Heart
  10. Tricky Dicky
  11. Where Have All the Flowers Gone
  12. Twist and Shout-Stereo
  13. Sweets for My Sweet
  14. Alright
  15. Love Potion Number Nine
  16. Farmer John
  17. Stand By Me
  18. Money (That's What I Want)
  19. Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya
  20. Since You Broke My Heart
  21. Tricky Dicky
  22. Twist and Shout
  23. Liebe (Money (That's What I Want)) (German Language Version)
  24. Farmer John (German Language Version)


Disc: 2

  1. Mais C'etait Un Reve (It's All Been a Dream) (French Language Version)
  2. Sugar and Spice
  3. Don't Cha Know
  4. Some Other Guy
  5. One of These Days
  6. Listen to Me
  7. Unhappy Girls
  8. Ain't That Just Like Me
  9. Oh My Lover
  10. Saints and Searchers
  11. Cherry Stones
  12. All My Sorrows
  13. Hungry for Love
  14. Sugar and Spice
  15. Don't Cha Know
  16. Some Other Guy
  17. One of These Days
  18. Listen to Me
  19. Unhappy Girls
  20. Ain't That Just Like Me
  21. Oh My Lover
  22. Saints and Searchers
  23. Cherry Stones
  24. All My Sorrows
  25. Hungry for Love
  26. Bye Bye Johnny
  27. I Don't Want to Go on Without You (Alternative Version)
  28. Once Upon a Time
  29. C'est de Notre Age (Sugar and Spice) (French Language Version)
  30. Ils la Chantaient Il y a Longtemps (Saints and Searchers) (French Language Version)


Disc: 3

  1. Suß Ist Sie (Sugar and Spice) (German Language Version)
  2. It's in Her Kiss
  3. Glad All Over
  4. Sea of Heartbreak
  5. Livin' Lovin' Wreck
  6. Where Have You Been
  7. Shimmy Shimmy
  8. Needles and Pins
  9. This Empty Place
  10. Gonna Send You Back to Georgia
  11. I Count the Tears
  12. Hi Heel Sneakers
  13. Can't Help Forgiving You
  14. Sho' Know Enough About Love
  15. Don't Throw Your Love Away
  16. It's in Her Kiss
  17. Glad All Over
  18. Sea of Heartbreak
  19. Livin' Lovin' Wreck
  20. Where Have You Been
  21. Shimmy Shimmy
  22. Needles and Pins
  23. This Empty Place
  24. Gonna Send You Back to Georgia
  25. I Count the Tears
  26. Hi Heel Sneakers
  27. Can't Help Forgiving You
  28. Sho' Know Enough About Love
  29. Don't Throw Your Love Away
  30. I (Who Have Nothing)
  31. Shame, Shame, Shame
  32. Tausend Nadelstiche (Needles and Pins) (German Language Version)
  33. C'est Arrive Comme Ca (Don't Throw Your Love Away) (French Language Version)


Disc: 4

  1. Everybody Come and Clap Your Hands
  2. If I Could I Could Find Someone
  3. Magic Potion
  4. I Don't Want to Go on Without You
  5. Bumble Bee
  6. Something You Got Baby
  7. Let the Good Times Roll
  8. A Tear Fell
  9. Till You Say You'll Be Mine
  10. You Wanna Make Her Happy
  11. Everything You Do
  12. Goodnight Baby
  13. Everybody Come and Clap Your Hands
  14. If I Could Find Someone
  15. Magic Potion
  16. I Don't Want to Go on Without You
  17. Bumble Bee
  18. Something You Got Baby
  19. Let the Good Times Roll
  20. A Tear Fell
  21. Till You Say You'll Be Mine
  22. You Wanna Make Her Happy
  23. Everything You Do
  24. Goodnight Baby
  25. Wenn Ich Dich Seh' (When You Walk in the Room) (German Language Version)


Disc: 5

  1. I'm Ready
  2. I'll Be Doggone
  3. Does She Really Care for Me
  4. It's Time
  5. Too Many Miles
  6. You Can't Lie to a Liar
  7. Don't You Know Why
  8. I'm Your Loving Man
  9. Each Time
  10. Be My Baby
  11. Four Strong Winds
  12. Take Me for What I'm Worth
  13. I'm Ready
  14. I'll Be Doggone
  15. Does She Really Care for Me
  16. It's Time
  17. Too Many Miles
  18. You Can't Lie to a Liar
  19. Don't You Know Why
  20. I'm Your Loving Man
  21. Each Time
  22. Be My Baby
  23. Four Strong Winds
  24. Take Me for What I'm Worth
  25. I'll Be Doggone (Alternative Version)
  26. Verzeih' My Love (Goodbye My Love) (German Language Version)


Disc: 6

  1. It's All Been a Dream
  2. Saturday Night Out
  3. I Pretend I'm with You
  4. Someday We're Gonna Love Again
  5. No One Else Could Love Me
  6. When You Walk in the Room
  7. (I'll Be) Missing You
  8. What Have They Done to the Rain
  9. This Feeling Inside
  10. The System
  11. Goodbye My Love
  12. 'Til I Met You
  13. He's Got No Love
  14. So Far Away
  15. When I Get Home
  16. I'm Never Coming Back
  17. Take It or Leave It
  18. Don't Hide It Away
  19. Have You Ever Loved Somebody
  20. It's Just the Way (Love Will Come and Go)
  21. Popcorn, Double Feature
  22. Lovers
  23. Western Union
  24. I'll Cry Tomorrow
  25. Secondhand Dealer
  26. Crazy Dreams

Time Capsule: Eye magazine with Marvel Comics insert/article, 1969