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See the Trailer for the New Documentary 'Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd'

New Comic Collected Editions: Daredevil Omnibus, Sgt. Fury Epic Collection, Complete Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge, More!

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

The classic Marvel era of Star Wars concludes! In the aftermath of Return of the Jedi, the heroes of the Rebellion face new challenges - and new dangers! Leia must choose between joining a new Republic government or continuing as a warrior for peace! Han Solo and Lando Calrissian find themselves in a tough spot when Chewbacca's family is threatened! Luke Skywalker is haunted by thoughts of his dead father, Darth Vader, as he faces another Dark Lord - and a new foe, the dark lady Lumiya! The Ewoks go to war! The Nagai attack! And it all culminates in a multipronged invasion of the planet Zeltros! Plus: Return to the original Marvel years in a special modern story featuring several of the era's fan-favorite characters! Collecting STAR WARS (1977) #89-107 and STAR WARS (2019) #108.

The Man Without Fear is back! Matt Murdock has done battle with Marvel's most maddening villains - but when the Jester enters the fray, the rules change forever. Framing DD for murder, he sets all of New York against our hero! And the stakes get even higher when Starr Saxon discovers DD's secret identity. The tension drives Matt to reveal his secret to Karen Page - but rather than bringing her closer, this revelation pushes her away! The drama soon drives DD to Los Angeles, a town with a cast of bizarre, action-packed enemies unlike any other. And when he finally makes his way back to the Big Apple, Daredevil must join forces with Iron Man and Nick Fury against Spymaster and the Zodiac! Collecting DAREDEVIL (1964) #42-74, IRON MAN (1968) #35 and material from IRON MAN (1968) #36.

Ready yourself for all-out action against the Axis powers in the Mighty Marvel manner! Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos embark on exciting World War II adventures ― including a mission to protect the Manhattan Project and the atom bomb against Nazi spies and saboteurs, uprooting an undercover agent who is none other than the Red Skull, confronting a traitor in their own ranks, and going mano a mano with Baron Strucker in war-torn France! And that’s just for starters! This volume also features the origin of Nick Fury’s eyepatch, Dum Dum Dugan going it alone behind enemy lines, and the story that spurred the concept for the film Inglorious Basterds! Topping it off, we’re including a rare Nick Fury adventure from the Korean War ― and the story of Fury’s promotion from sergeant to second lieutenant! Collecting SGT. FURY #20-36 and ANNUAL #1-2.

The second volume of Weird Science features classic stories written by Al Feldstein, and illustrated by such master artists as Wally Wood, Joe Orlando, Jack Kamen, Harvey Kurtzman, and Feldstein himself.
    This stunning collection reprints issues Weird Science #7–#12, a total of 24 complete breathtaking EC science fiction stories, originally published in 1951 and 1952.

“You can’t depend on anything in Persia being what it seems!” warns Uncle Scrooge. But when he, Donald, and the nephews are approached by a wayward archaeologist bearing fragile clay tablets that point the way to Ali Baba’s lost cave, the hunt is on for the most fabulous treasure of the ancient world! And Scrooge will soon discover how true his words really are! Then, Scrooge shields his Money Bin in an indestructible glass that defies the efforts of Magica de Spell and the Beagle Boys to crack it. What could possibly go wrong? Plus: the oddball inventions of the ever-eccentric Gyro Gearloose! Additionally, we’re proud to present a rare story started by Carl Barks and completed by internationally acclaimed Duck artist Daan Jippes, never before published in the U.S. ― “The Pied Piper of Duckburg.”
Carl Barks delivers another wildly imaginative collection of outrageous adventures, laugh-out-loud comedy, and all-around comic book brilliance. Each page is meticulously restored and newly colored, with insightful story notes by an international panel of Barks experts.

Pop Pic: Robin Hood


Big Albums from May 1973: Paul Simon, Hawkwind, Carpenters, More!

Here's a look at some classic vinyl released 50 years ago this month. Click the links to order from Amazon.

A collection of well-crafted, catchy tunes in an eclectic array of styles. Leading off with "Kodachrome," other tunes include "Something So Right," "Take Me to the Mardi Gras," and "Love Me Like a Rock."

A double LP of hard-driving 70s space rock. Close your eyes and you can imagine the stage spectacle, which must've been intense, what with flashing lights, Stacia and all.

A much different from Space Ritual. Features the "Sesame Street"-derived "Sing" and "Yesterday Once More," which tops off a long medley or rock'n'roll oldies. Karen's voice amazes.

An amazing feat of musicianship by the artist who, 19 at the time, played nearly everything on it. But it may creep you out if you've seen "The Exorcist," which used a bit of it on its soundtrack.

The much-anticipated followup to All Thing Must Pass didn't disappoint. Lead-off track "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" is a Harrison classic. Other highlights include "Sue Me, Sue You Blues," "Don't Let Me Wait Too Long," and the title track. Hare Krishna.

New on Video: Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece / Tintin and the Blue Oranges

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Welcome to the charming and colorful world of Tintin! Hergé’s classic comic book characters leap to the silver screen in two spirited adventures starring the intrepid boy-reporter and his faithful dog Snowy. In Tintin’s first-ever live-action adaptation, Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece, Captain Haddock sets sail to Istanbul, accompanied by our cow-licked hero and his cohorts. There they collect a strange bounty from the late Captain Paparanic: a rusty old ship called the Golden Fleece. But the real treasure lies in a chest under the sea, as they discover a map with an “X” on it—marking the spot of Paparanic’s gold. For his next escapade, Tintin and the Blue Oranges, Tintin tries to crack the riddle of an oddly hued citrus that can be grown in the desert—and possibly solve world hunger.


New on Video: Bonanza: The Official Complete Series

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BONANZA! One of the most beloved and iconic series of all time is presented for the first time in this special edition box set. Every episode in this collection is full-length, with original music and has been completely remastered and restored from the original 35mm film elements for superior picture and sound. The spectacular Ponderosa Ranch and scenic vistas filmed at Lake Tahoe, Nevada and majestic locations in California and Arizona have never looked better. This multiple award-winning series was created and produced by David Dortort and stars Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon, plus appearances by Victor Sen Yung, Ray Teal, Bing Russell, David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson. 


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Marvel Comics Tees Up ROM: Spaceknight Omnibus Collections

Cool news! I was "too old" for the ROM toy when it came out, but have fond memories of the comics, including the scripts by Bill Manto (a favorite writer of mine at the time. I also loved his scripting on the toy-based Micronauts series) plus some nice art, including a run of issues by the great Steve Ditko.

From the news release:

Marvel Comics is thrilled to announce an exciting new collaboration with Hasbro, a global leader in play, that will result in brand-new collections and reprints of Rom’s original comic book adventures!

The popular toy turned comic book superstar headlined his very own solo series throughout the 80s, igniting readers’ imaginations for 75 issues. Set in the main Marvel Comics universe, Rom was a full-fledged Marvel icon who had memorable team-ups with the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, and even battled bravely against the likes of Galactus and the Skrulls!

These incredible stories by industry legends Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema, along with various Rom guest appearances, will be reprinted for the first time ever in ROM: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOLUME 1, on sale January 2024. In addition to this long-awaited collection, fans can pick up a facsimile edition of Rom’s comic book debut, 1979’s ROM #1, this September!

ROM: THE ORIGINAL YEARS OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 will collect ROM (1979) #1-29 and POWER MAN AND IRON FIST (1978) #73. He strikes from outer space…and nothing can stop him! Marvel Comics is proud to present the iconic early adventures of the greatest of Spaceknights — Rom! Centuries ago, Rom pledged his life to protect his planet, Galador, from the evil Dire Wraiths. Now, Rom has tracked these vile creatures across the cosmos to Earth, where they have infiltrated the highest levels of power — including S.H.I.E.L.D. itself!

Armed with his energy analyzer, only Rom can see the Wraiths’ true form — and with his neutralizer, he can blast them into Limbo! But what will Earth make of this armored invader? Will Rom’s quest be aided or hindered by encounters with the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Jack of Hearts, Nova, and Power Man and Iron Fist? And when Galactus targets Galador, can Rom and his fellow Spaceknights save their homeworld from destruction?

ROM #1 FACSIMILE EDITION boldly re-presents ROM (1979) #1, one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, in its original form, ads and all! Long ago, Rom offered his life to serve his planet of Galador as a Spaceknight — an armored warrior, sworn to protect his people from the vile alien invaders known as the Dire Wraiths.

Now, his solemn vow brings him to Earth — the latest front in an ancient cosmic conflict! The Wraiths can assume human form, and they’ve been worming their way into our society. Only Rom’s trusty energy analyzer can detect them — and with his powerful neutralizer, he can banish them to Limbo! In this landmark first issue, Rom blasts his way into the Marvel Universe, meets his future ally Brandy Clark and begins his quest to free Earth from the Dire Wraiths’ invisible infiltration!

So Long, Tina Turner

Sad news: The great Tina Turner is dead at 83. One of the great hard soul vocalists. I loved that she was able to get away from the terribleness of Ike (although the music they made was incredible) and live a successful and seemingly happy life. 

Pop Pic: Jimmy and Kim


Ads '73: The Flintstones for Eaton Truck Components


Pop Culture Roundup: Cumberbatch Goes Folk, 70s Doctor Who Companions at Home, More!

ITEM! Benedict Cumberbatch will play folk singer Pete Seeger in an upcoming Bob Dylan biopic. I can kind of see it, but it also seems sort of weird.

ITEM! Author Neil Gaiman gave an alternative graduation speech via video to students of Florida's New College, a liberal arts school undergoing a hard right takeover.

ITEM! A comics bio of jazz great Miles Davis is in the works.

ITEM! The Radio Times shares a collection of classic photo shoots of 1970s "Doctor Who" companions in their own homes.

New on Video: Shazam! Fury of Gods (4K Ultra HD + Digital)

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Bestowed with the powers of the gods, Billy Batson and his fellow foster kids are still learning how to juggle teenage life with having adult Super Hero alter-egos. But when the Daughters of Atlas, a vengeful trio of ancient gods, arrive on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Billy—aka Shazam—and his family are thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of their world.


Watch a Panel Discussion on Jack Kirby's 1970s return to Marvel's Captain America


The Kirby Museum's look at Jack Kirby's 1970s Captain America stories begins! "It's a race against the forces who dare to change our history! It's the U.S.A. against the Wall!" It's Captain America & The Falcon 193 & 194 from Fall 1975! Join Rand Hoppe and Tom Kraft as they share photocopies of pencil art & original art from the Museum's Digital Archive, context, analogies, bon mots & more!


Watch a Teaser for the "Kong Island" Animated Series Coming to Netflix

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