New Comics Collected Editions: Batman Silver Age Omnibus! Catwoman: Lonely City! Fantastic Four: Life Story! More!

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

The Caped Crusader is known for protecting the streets of Gotham from the villains who wish to cause harm. Follow along on some of his most adventurous tales in Batman: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 collecting Batman #101-116 and Detective Comics #233-257!

Ten years ago, the massacre known as Fools’ Night claimed the lives of Batman, the Joker, Nightwing, and Commissioner Gordon…and sent Selina Kyle, the Catwoman, to prison.
    A decade later, Gotham has grown up—it’s put away costumed heroism and villainy as childish things. The new Gotham is cleaner, safer…and a lot less free, under the watchful eye of Mayor Harvey Dent and his Batcops. It’s into this new city that Selina Kyle returns, a changed woman…with her mind on that one last big score: the secrets hidden inside the Batcave! She doesn’t need the money—she just needs to know…who is “Orpheus”?  
    Visionary creator Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman, Paper Girls) writes, draws, colors, and letters the story of a world without Batman, where one woman’s wounds threaten to tear apart an entire city! It’s an unmissable artistic statement that will change the way you see Gotham’s heroes and villains forever!
     This volume collects Catwoman: Lonely City #1-4.

In the proud tradition of SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY — and in celebration of the Fantastic Four’s 60th Anniversary — comes this incredible exploration of the lives of the fabulous foursome if they aged in real time across the decades! Amid the backdrop of the Space Race, a terrible accident gives the Fantastic Four great powers, a shocking secret, and entangles them in the history of their planet. But as the years pass by, the four heroes struggle to find their role in a rapidly changing world. As Sue continues to fight for social causes, Reed becomes increasingly obsessed with preparing for the impending arrival of Galactus! But will his plans be derailed by the Cold War? Meanwhile, a maverick genius offers hope to humanity with his new computer company…but is hope all he’s offering?
    COLLECTING: Fantastic Four: Life Story (2021) 1-6

This new science fiction epic written by bestselling author Tom King reinvents one of DC's classic adventure characters, Adam Strange. Born on Earth and hero of the distant planet Rann, Adam Strange is famous throughout the galaxy for his bravery and honor. After leading his adopted home to victory in a great planetary war, Adam and his wife, Alanna, retire to Earth, where they are greeted with cheers, awards, and parades. But not all is as it seems, as the decisions Adam made during battles on Rann come back to haunt his family. It will take an investigation by one of the most brilliant heroes in the DC Universe, Mr. Terrific, to uncover the truth and reveal whether Adam Strange is a hero or a disgrace.
    The Mister Miracle team of writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads are joined by fan-favorite artist Evan "Doc" Shaner to bring you an epic tale in the tradition of Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and DC: The New Frontier--a story of blood, war, and love that readers will be talking about for years to come.
    Collects Strange Adventures #1-12.

He has become a modern legend, this mysterious creature of the Louisiana bayou. Feared as a monster, hailed as a god, by turns wonderfully benevolent and pitiless in his wrath, the Swamp Thing has carved his unique niche in the American Landscape. Writer Len Wein and legendary horror artist Bernie Wrightson, the original creators of the most complex creature in comics weave a haunting tale of man and monster in one impressive Absolute Edition! Collects House of Secrets #92 and Swamp Thing #1-13.

Superstar John Byrne’s legendary run concludes with one of the most innovative periods in FANTASTIC FOUR history! The sensational She-Hulk replaces the Thing, Sue Richards becomes the Invisible Woman, and Mr. Fantastic is tried for crimes against the universe! Also featuring the return of Doctor Doom, the fate of Reed and Sue’s unborn child, the resurrection of Jean Grey and more — as the FF confront deadly foes including the Mole Man, Doctor Octopus, Terminus, the Beyonder, Mephisto, Psycho-Man and Annihilus! Plus: The unfinished classic “The Last Galactus Story!”

Watch 'The Julie Andrews Hour,' Dec. 20, 1972

Christmas with James Stewart, Jack Benny, Cass Elliot, Joel Grey, Carl Reiner, Steve Lawrence, Jack Cassidy, Dan Dailey, Rich Little, Tom Smothers, Sergio Franchi.

Watch Wings Perform 'Hi, Hi, Hi'

Pop Culture Roundup: Marvel World! Fawlty Towers! Velma! More!

A look back at the 1970s Marvel World Adventure playset.

ITEM! A lost scene from "Fawlty Towers" has been rediscovered.

ITEM! Bob Dylan talks TV: "I never watch anything foul-smelling or evil."

ITEM! HBO's animated "Scooby Doo" prequel, "Velma," debuts in January.

ITEM! The venerable Asterix series is getting a new writer.

Merry Christmas from Susan Hayward


Check Out a New Poster for 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse'

Watch 'What's My Line?," Dec. 20, 1972

So Long, Terry Hall

Yesterday brought the sad news that Specials vocalist Terry Hall died at age 63. Here he is with the group, singing one of its early hits.

New on Video: 'House of the Dragon: The Complete First Season'

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Watch the Rankin and Bass Special 'A Christmas Tree' from 1972

Watch the Doobie Brothers Perform 'Jesus is Just Alright'

Pop Culture Roundup: Wonderful Life! Michael Allred! Ant-Man! More!

Well, duh. "It's a Wonderful Life" has been named the best Christmas film of all time.

ITEM! The Comics Journal interviews cartoonist Michael Allred

ITEM! Take a look at the century-old experimental animation works for Walter Ruttmann.

ITEM! Entertainment Weekly previews the next Ant-Man film.

ITEM! Sad news: Shirley Watts, widow of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie, has died at age 84.

ITEM! Bassist Herbie Flowers probably should have a co-writer credit for Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side."

Merry Christmas from Pat, Yogi, Scoob and Fred!


Nearly 20 Pink Floyd Live Shows from 1972 Now Available for Listening

Floyd fans rejoice: You can now hear a big batch of live shows from the band's 1972 tours of the U.S., Japan and Europe. All the set lists are heavy on Dark Side of the Moon tracks and there's also a collection of alternative from that LP.

The recordings can be streamed on Prime and Apple Music, or downloaded via the links below.

Alternative Tracks

Live at Southampton Guildhall, UK, 23 January 1972

Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, 5 Feb 1972

Live at The Rainbow Theatre, London 17 February 1972

Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London 18 Feb 1972

Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London 19 Feb 1972

Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London 20 Feb 1972

Live at the Taiikukan, Tokyo, Japan, 3 Mar 1972

Live at Osaka Festival Hall, Japan, 8 Mar 1972

Live at Nakajima Sports Centre, Sapporo, Japan, 13 Mar 1972

Live at Chicago Auditorium Theatre, USA, 28 April 1972

Live at the Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany, 18 May 1972

Live at The Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland 09:12:72

Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, 22 Sept 1972

Live at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, 21 Oct 1972

Live at Ernst-Merck Halle, Hamburg, Germany, 12 Nov 1972

Live at the Palais des Sports, Poitiers, France 29 Nov 1972

Live at the Palais des Sports de L'Ile de la Jatte, Saint Ouen, France, 01 Dec 1972

Live at the Vorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium, 5 Dec 1972

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