Wednesday, August 07, 2019

New Comics Day: Kirby Returns; Marvel Comics #1 80th Anniversary Edition; Marvel Art of Conan the Barbarian; Star Wars Original Marvel Years 4; Complete Krazy Kat in Color; The Stan Lee Story XXL

Our highlights this week. Click the links to order items from Amazon. Descriptions from the publishers.

Jack is back! KIRBY RETURNS presents a selection of all-time classics from "King" Kirby's 1970s return to Marvel. With Kirby as both writer and artist, these stories are a live wire hooked into the imagination of comics' most powerful creative dynamo. CAPTAIN AMERICA battles the Red Skull and the bizarre Arnim Zola, the mad scientist who has reanimated Hitler's brain in the body of an unstoppable android! THE BLACK PANTHER faces the super-evolved creature from Hatch-22 in a generation-spanning Wakandan saga for the ages! MACHINE MAN is a weapon of war with a soul, a thinking computer in human form. He explores the world of man, but can he find acceptance before the army hunts him down? DEVIL DINOSAUR and Moon Boy fight savage battles against alien invaders to protect early humans from annihiliation! 
COLLECTING: CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) 208-212, BLACK PANTHER (1977) 1-3, MACHINE MAN (1978) 1-6 AND DEVIL DINOSAUR (1978) 4-7

The book that kicked off the Marvel Universe back in 1939, presented better than ever in glorious hardcover - together with an extensive array of special features! Marvel Comics 1 promised action, mystery and adventure, and it delivered! The issue's cover star, the original android Human Torch, blazed his way into readers' hearts - and Namor the Sub-Mariner made a big splash! As well as the dazzling debuts of these two Golden Age heroes, pulp star Ka-Zar swung into comics, and costumed detective the Angel made his debut! Plus Western adventures with the Masked Raider - and terror in the jungle! And from this one issue, published 80 years ago, grew the entire Marvel Universe! Now, Marvel Comics 1 is collected along with bonus artwork, insightful essays, a gallery of homages to its iconic cover, and much more!
The Hyborian Age meets the Marvel Age in this stunning gallery of classic Conan comic art! The Cimmerian warrior made his comics mark at Marvel, and would hack and slash his way through three decades of phenomenal full-color storytelling in Conan the Barbarian and its many sister comics. This hardcover highlights the very best covers, pages and pinups from legendary titles such as Conan the Barbarian, Giant-Size Conan, King Conan and more - from the seminal masterworks of Barry Windsor-Smith, to stunning interpretations by Gil Kane and Neal Adams, to a character-defining legacy by John Buscema, to gorgeous latter-day illustrations by Silvestri, Kaluta, Mignola and more! As Conan makes his highly anticipated return to the House of Ideas in 2019, immerse yourself in the vibrant and vivid world of Conan the Barbarian, and experience sensational sword-and-sorcery sagas in the Mighty Marvel Manner!

The search for Solo! The loveable rogue, frozen in carbonite, has been taken to Jabba the Hutt - and our favorite rebels want Han back! But as Lando Calrissian returns to fi nd Cloud City a death trap, R2-D2 and C-3PO face a dangerous spacewalk! Elsewhere, Luke Skywalker braves a beast on Bazarre - and joins Chewbacca inside a Mind Spider! Leia undertakes an explosive mission! Shira Brie shares the story of her people! And in the wake of tragedy, Luke becomes a pariah! Screams in the void and threats like the Darker unsettle our heroes - but the hunt for Han soon leads the crew to bounty hunters Dengar, Bossk and IG-88! And the bizarre discovery of a golden statue of their lost friend leads to revelations from Han and Chewie's past!
COLLECTING: STAR WARS (1977) 56-73, STAR WARS ANNUAL (1979) 2

A color facsimile of the complete pages of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat 1935–44. One of the first comics to be considered a work of art, Krazy Kat delights with its detailed characterization and visual-verbal creativity alongside the slapstick shenanigans between Krazy and Ignatz the mouse. This reprint comes with a 100-page illustrated introduction by Alexander Braun.

This is the big one, True Believers! The mostly true tale of Stan Lee: a Giant-Size extravaganza, nearly ten years in the making, about the one and only Godfather of Comics. From his childhood in Depression-era New York, to transforming Marvel into the number one comics publisher in the world, to his 21st-century reinvention as Chief Creative Officer of global entertainment company POW! Entertainment, Stan “the Man” Lee stands the test of time as the most legendary name in comicbook history.
Written and edited with Lee’s full cooperation, his tale is told by his successor at Marvel, renowned comics writer, editor, and historian Roy Thomas, who brings “you are there” insights and wide-eyed clarity to key moments of Lee’s journey to pop culture immortality. Featuring hundreds of treasures of comicbook art, a novel-length essay by Thomas, a foreword written by Lee himself, intimate photographs sourced straight from his family archives, a protective slipcase, and a separate booklet with complete reprints of Stan’s comics from throughout the decades, this is a titanic tribute worthy of the Man.

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