Upcoming Marvel Comics hardcovers, trade paperbacks

Spotted on Amazon, a few upcoming Marvel Comics collections of interest. Wasn't that Subby Essential due out ages ago?

As always, click the title links to order discounted books from Amazon (and provide me with a little spending loot).

Astonishing X-Men By Joss Whedon & John Cassaday Omnibus
680 pages, hardcover
Now in one titanic tome: the entire chart-topping run of super-team Joss Whedon and John Cassaday! Winner of multiple prestigious Eisner Awards, Whedon and Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men was a smash hit with critics and fans alike from the very first issue - winning praise from dozens of top media outlets including Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, TV Guide, and New York Magazine, as well as racking up nearly every major comic-book industry award. Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Whedon and Cassaday (Captain America, Planetary) assembled a tight cast - Cyclops, the Beast, Wolverine, and Emma Frost, joined by returning fan-favorite Kitty Pryde - and set forth a groundbreaking pace, from the opening pages of a Sentinel attack to the unexpected return of a beloved X-Man. Then, building on early momentum, they ratcheted up the danger and drama with a shocking second year, creating a must-read book that can truly be called "astonishing!" Collects Astonishing X-Men #1-24, and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1.

Essential Sub-Mariner Volume 1
504 pages, paperback
Ten years after the last issue of the Golden Age's Sub-Mariner Comics, the Avenging Son finally claimed a monthly feature in Tales to Astonish, the entire run of which is presented here! Namor's on an undersea quest, braving the Seaweed Man, the Demon of the Diamonds, and other oceanic oddities for the power to protect his kingdom from his perennial would-be usurpers: Attuma, Byrrah, and Krang! But even if he reclaims his crown, Puppet Master and the Secret Empire want him as their puppet king! Plus: Namor learns secrets of his past, but does his future lead only to...Destiny? Guest-starring Daredevil, Iron Man, and the Hulk! Collects Daredevil #7, Tales to Astonish #70-101, Tales of Suspense #80, Iron Man & Sub Mariner #1, and Sub-Mariner #1.

Thor By Dan Jurgens & John Romita Jr. Volume 1
232 pages, paperback
Two of comicdom's classic creators collaborate as Thor returns from Heroes Reborn to find the gods of at least three pantheons against him! Plus: Who is the Destroyer, and who will be destroyed? Guest-starring Spider-Man, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the Avengers! Collects Thor #1-8, and Peter Parker: Spider-Man #2.

New Wolverine X-Men Origins movie poster

Pop links: Feldstein/Kamen Panic! Al Jardine goes solo! Iron Man toon! LSD!

Comics: Al Feldstein and Jack Kamen update "Little Red Riding Hood" in Panic #1


Former Beach Boy Al Jardine is working on a solo album with help from Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Steve Miller, Stephen Stills, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Glen Campbell.

Jardine described the album as a conceptual piece, "a travelogue for California. It actually takes you through the experience of being there in that environment and driving up Coast Route 1. It's kinda cool."

Stylistically he calls it "post-Beach Boy...easy listening. In the aftershock of what we've been through, it's gonna be real nice to get into that California feeling."


Comics Continuum has details on the upcoming Iron Man animated series.


Today in sharity.

New music I like: Jenny Lewis

Funny "Hee-Haw" pastiche.

Paul and Ringo reunite

Here's footage from the former Fabs' reunion at David Lynch's Transcendental Meditation fundraising concert last Saturday.

Watch Spider-Man '67 online!

Marvel Comics is now streaming episodes of the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon on its site. Check 'em out here.

Harper's Island preview

This is a new show airing on CBS starting this Thursday, a mystery-type thing. Will it be any good? I have no idea. But you learn more and see a preview here.

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad


Flash Gorden rocket toy