New and upcoming pop culture books: Star Wars; He-Man; J.K. Rowling; John Lydon; Avengers; Dylan; Billie Holiday; Bobby Hart; Ringo Starr; Harvey Kurtzman; Elfquest, more!

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Lords of the Sith: Star Wars

Art of He Man and the Masters of the Universe

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Art of the Movie Slipcase

Another Little Piece of My Heart: My Life of Rock and Revolution in the '60s

Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth

Bob Dylan: NYC 1961-1964

Psychedelic Bubble Gum: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem into Miracles by Bobby Hart

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1966 (Images of America)

Photograph by Ringo Starr

The Man from Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame by Rick Hall

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "The Pixilated Parrot" (Vol. 6)  (The Carl Barks Library)

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America

Elfquest: The Final Quest Volume 1

Marvel Comics: Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope

Will Eisner: A Spirited Life (Deluxe Edition)

Michael Wm. Kaluta: The Big Book HC

A Sailor's Story (Dover Graphic Novels)

The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood

Orson Welles's Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind

Pinocchio: The Disney Epic

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks

Pop artifacts: 1970s Tonka toys!

Pop culture roundup: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; Ira Schnapp; Roy Thomas

A previously unpublished Nick Fury story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby is set to appear in an upcoming issue of Marvel's current S.H.I.E.L.D. title in celebration of the series 50th anniversary.
S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 answers a question half a century in the making. A mystery that lies at the heart of the origins of S.H.I.E.L.D. – who is the “Man Called D.E.A.T.H.”?! Written by Mark Waid with art by Lee Ferguson – this special, oversized anniversary issue features a never before published S.H.I.E.L.D. sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko! Plus – Al Ewing brings you a second story featuring the return of Dum Dum Dugan and the birth of the new Howling Commandos! Along with the very first S.H.I.E.L.D. story from 1965 and the original sequence that inspired S.H.I.E.L.D.’s creation.

Also on the horizon from Marvel this September are a S.H.I.E.L.D. by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby: The Complete Collection trade paperback and the S.H.I.E.L.D.: Complete Collection Omnibus.


Speaking of Stan: The 92-year-old comics creator is collaborating with Colleen Doran (creator of the independent sci-fi series "A Distant Soil") on a graphic novel format autobiography. Writer Peter David is also helping. The book is set for October release.


Comics historian Arlen Schumer pays tribute to legendary DC Comics designer/letterer Irwin Schnapp.

See more than 100 examples of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth-inspired art.


Roy Thomas tells his local paper about creating Ultron, the Vision and his take on the new Avengers movie.
Thomas has enjoyed the recent Marvel character movies and gives “Age of Ultron” a thumbs-up review. It’s slightly less accessible than the first Avengers movie because it has so many character, he said, but “I always love a good movie, and this is one.”

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Fab Friday: Vintage Beatles pics

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