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STAFF PICKS :: DEVIL DINOSAUR BY JACK KIRBY THE COMPLETE SERIES TP :: MAY 28, 2014

May 26, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: DEVIL DINOSAUR BY JACK KIRBY THE COMPLETE SERIES TP:¬†Here’s the back-story. In 1972, DC asked Jack Kirby to come up with a title to compete with Marvel‚Äôs recent licensing acquisition of Planet of the Apes. Hence, Kamandi. A few years later, Kirby was back at Marvel and they asked him to create a new property¬† that could go paw to paw with the¬†new¬†Kamandi TV series that DC was developing. So Kirby grudgingly ¬†came up with Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy. The series only ran for 9 issues.¬†The comic¬†was geared at younger readers, but like most comics back in the ’70s it was never marketed properly. So, at the time ¬†DD ¬†looked like a big-foot n embarrassment from the once-great King¬†when compared to the more cutting edge ‘relevant’ comics¬†from O’Neill and Engelhart. Today those topical books¬†are still fun but are self important, quite¬†silly and rather dated; meanwhile ol‚Äô DD remains a great kids comic just brimming with the Kirby excitement, movement and creativity. Marvel is offering all nine issues in an affordable soft cover edition for only 19.95. You owe it to yourself to pick it up and enjoy!

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STAFF PICKS :: GENIUS ANIMATED: CARTOON ART OF ALEX TOTH :: MAY 21, 2014

May 21, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: GENIUS ANIMATED: CARTOON ART OF ALEX TOTH:¬†When we were growing up in the 1960s, cartoons were –as Charles Barkley might say,¬†‚Äúturrible‚ÄĚ
Thanks to the success of the Flintstones, cheap limited animation was all the rage. so we were stuck watching things like Breezily Bruin and Klondike Kat. But on Saturday morning, thanks to the success of the live action Batman TV show, Super-hero adventure was prospering. The animation was still¬†‚Äėturrible‚Äô and the family¬† friendly ratio– for each hero there had to be an adorable dog/monkey or precocious child- but the¬†characters looked great. these were iconic designs that made the image of the characters last far longer than the cartoons themselves. The reason for this enormous bump in visual quality was that the¬†designer for many of these shows was comics legend Alex Toth. In the span of a few years, he created Space Ghost (along with two precocious teens and¬†a damn masked monkey), the Herculoids, Birdman, The Blue Falcon and later the good FF cartoon,¬†Super Friends¬†(two more precocious teens and a damn dog in a cape)and The Legion of DOOM!!!. Those designs live on to this very day. IDW celebrates Toth’s TV work with GENIUS ANIMATED CARTOON ART OF ALEX TOTH HC VOL 03 the¬†final volume of¬†IDW’s comprehensive over-view of Toth‚Äôs marvelous career.¬† There are hundreds of character design pages within these covers.You don‚Äôt want to miss this massive explosion of creativity (plus monkeys!)
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STAFF PICKS :: THERE ARE TOO MANY GOOD BOOKS-GET OVER HERE NOW!!!

May 14, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksandy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS: There are so many great books coming out each week, it is difficult to pick just one, but the two best books are both pretty expensive.
JACK KIRBYS NEW GODS ARTISTS ED HC is a must for any Kirby fan. Over 100 pages from arguably Kirby’s best series shot directly from original art and printed at the art’s original size.  Just typing this makes my mouth water.
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BURNE HOGARTH TARZAN HC VOL 01 IN THE CITY OF GOLD begins the reprint run of ERB’s Ape-man courtesy of his second great artist (Hogarth followed Hal Foster and preceded Jesse Marsh and Russ Manning)
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So I highly recommend these two volumes but I must insist–insist!!!- you pick up a copy of
HEROBEAR AND¬†THE KID TP VOL 01 INHERITANCE¬†¬†This delightful, clever, ingenious and beautifully drawn comic by WRITER/ARTIST Mike Kunkle is perfect for the kids and even better for you. Don‚Äôt miss it because every kid deserves a Herobear. Who’s your (grand) daddy?
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Did I mention HELLBOY IN HELL TP VOL 01 DESCENT| $17.99 or the return of Shang-Chi in DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #01| $3.99 or ASTRO CITY #12| $3.99 or FABLES #140| $2.99 (things are not looking well for the Fables)? Well, if I didn’t I really should have.
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STAFF PICKS :: AN ENTIRE PECK OF CLASSIC REPRINTS :: MAY 07, 2014

May 07, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: Uncategorized

staff_picksandy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS: What a week! What a week!
I can’t just recommend one; nor can I just recommend two:
First off we have The Complete Cul De Sac by Richard Thompson.  this big beautiful slip cased edition collects every single daily and Sunday strip from what may very well be the single best comic strip since Calvin and Hobbes.  Sadly, due to Mr. Thompson’s struggles with Parkinson’s there will never be any new Cul De Sac strips; but what remains is a testament to the creators talent and wit.  These strips are a joy to look at and they are more often than not laugh out loud funny. I already miss Alice and Dill.
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Second and thirdly, we have from Fantagraphics, another volume of the COMPLETE PEANUTS this hardcover  VOL 21 collects all the strips from 1991-1992. Only three more volumes to go. The cover features my second most favorite Schulz creation Marcie (Rerun Van  Pelt is of course Number 1)
Or go back to the beginning and ¬†try the new soft cover edition of¬†the¬†¬† COMPLETE PEANUTS¬† VOL 01 from 1950-1952. It is magic to watch Charles Schulz’s fledgling strip transform day by day ¬†into the iconic gem we still know and love today.
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Lastly, from Dark Horse, we have MURDER MYSTERIES HC and this second edition is only $19.99. P.Craig Russell beautifully adapts Neil Gaiman’s well known short story.  This is one of Gaiman’s best and Mr. Russell does the story right. Visions of the Silver City alone are worth the price of admission.  Get reading!!!!
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STAFF PICKS :: IMAGE FIRSTS! BUY ‘EM ALL!! :: APRIL 30, 2014

April 29, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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andy_smlSet aside 8.00 and pick up the $ 1.00 reprints of the first issues of these  white hot series from Image Comics:
IMAGE FIRSTS BLACK SCIENCE #01| $1.00 From¬† the Research firm of Remender, Scalera and White— Science goes where it really shouldn‚Äôt and Earth is screwed
IMAGE FIRSTS DEADLY CLASS #01| $1.00 Rick Remender and Wesley Craig enroll you in the most deadly High School of all time.
IMAGE FIRSTS EAST OF WEST #01| $1.00 Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s East of West where the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse descend upon the American West. Infernal Saddles!!
IMAGE FIRSTS LAZARUS #01| $1.00 Greg Rucka and Michael Lark cross-pollinate the sci-fi future of Mad Max with the cut-throat nepotism of Dallas and Dynasty. Sounds good and nasty.
IMAGE FIRSTS VELVET #01| $1.00 from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting.  Velvet  does for the spy game what the Winter Soldier storyline did for Captain America.
IMAGE FIRSTS PRETTY DEADLY #01| $1.00. The  pretty Kelly Sue DeConnick and the deadly Emma Rios  team up to bring an epic that has been described as a hybrid of Sandman and Preacher. You had us at Kelly Sue and Emma.
IMAGE FIRSTS SEX CRIMINALS #01| $1.00¬† This is one of my favorite series being published right now; from the minds of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky— yes it is as good as you‚Äôve heard. You officially have no excuse to avoid the book everyone else is reading¬†–that is unless you are under 18.
IMAGE FIRSTS MANIFEST DESTINY #01| $1.00¬† And my personal fave ¬†by Chris Dingiss and Matthew Roberts— think of it as Ken Burn‚Äôs presents Fables. It is magical.
Buy them all… this is a golden opportunity.
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STAFF PICKS :: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: “Trail Of The Unicorn” (Vol. 6) (The Carl Barks Library) :: APRIL 23, 2014

April 23, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: “Trail Of The Unicorn”:¬†I will not rest until everyone is reading these reasonably priced and beautifully designed and edited volumes of ¬†Carl Barks’ Disney Duck masterpieces.¬† This is the 6th volume to be published by Fantagraphics and every one of them are great.¬†You can purchases ANY¬†single one¬†of them and read them in any order.¬† Fantagraphics is not even bothering to number the series, so readers can just jump in¬†anywhere they want.¬† Gasp! That goes against everything our passion/hobby usually requires. But these are arguably some of the greatest comics ever published. And they are as vital and funny today as they were when they were first published over 65 years ago.¬†¬†Each volume includes a handful of the Donald duck full length adventures and the, marvelous 10 pages as well as a¬†number of single page gag cartoons. And each volume contains short essays about each story from some of the best critics and comic writers around. Please buy this volume–Trail of the Unicorn or any other volume Justin keeps¬† on the shelf. You can‚Äôt lose!
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STAFF PICKS :: ART OF DISNEY GOLDEN BOOKS HC :: APRIL 16, 2014

April 15, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: ART OF DISNEY GOLDEN BOOKS HC:¬†Chances are good that the first book you ever held in your hand, ripped¬†its pages, drew in, or drooled on was a Golden¬† Book and if your parents were anything ¬†like mine and in as much of a hurry to buy a Golden Book to shut me up¬†that¬†they only noticed¬†and bought the ¬†one‚Äôs that featured familiar Disney characters, well sir (or madam) this is the book for you. These books have inspired generation after generation of budding animators and cartooists.¬† Now comes The Art of Disney Golden Books. ¬†It is a beautiful hard cover book celebrating eighty years of the marvelous Disney character art that every kid¬†spent time tracing, copying¬†or spilling juice on.¬† Either way, Golden Books are an essential link in the chain that eventually can lead to …comic books!!¬† Enjoy! And good luck keeping it ‘mint’.
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STAFF PICKS :: DOOP #1 :: APRIL 9, 2014

April 07, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: DOOP #1: Back in 2001, Peter Milligan and Mike Allred turned the mutant world on its backside by re-imagining X-Force a super-team that eventually morphed into X-Statix. Replacing the old X-Men reliables like Cable, Deadpool, Warpath et.al. , Milligan and Allred turned a team of misfit super-heroes into well… a bunch of reality star super-powered misfits. ¬†Now the key players on the team were Dead Girl, Phat, U-Go Girl, Anarchist¬†and my personal favorite Doop who looked like the love child of Proty II and Slimer from Ghostbusters. Milligan returns with artist David LaFuente (and covers by Allred!) for a five issue mini-series that is sure to be one of the gems of this summer. ¬†And if you have never read the Milligan/Allred Mutant series, pick up a book or three from Heroes– it is a great read.
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STAFF PICKS :: EDGAR ALLAN POE’S PREMATURE BURIAL ONE SHOT :: APRIL 02, 2014

April 01, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: EDGAR ALLAN POE’S PREMATURE BURIAL ONE SHOT:¬†Is there anything more frightening than being buried alive? ¬†not in my book. ¬†Two of the most terrifying short stories by Edgar Allan PoeThe Cask of Amontillado and The Premature Burial–focus on this awful subject have been adapted by that living (and unburied) legend Richard Corben. ¬†These adaptations should prove to be exciting and beautifully rendered. ¬†Just look at the Cover! ¬†And if anyone asks, when the time comes (and not before!) I demand to be cremated.
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STAFF PICKS :: Rocky and Bullwinkle #1 :: MARCH 26, 2014

March 25, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksWhat could be funnier than uniting a Moose and Squirrel to fight the cold War villainy of Boris and Natasha (fresh from their triumphs in War and Peace) and their fearless leader, FEARLESS LEADER? What if you engage the comic book legend and current scribe of the vastly under-rated Garfield comic book Mark Evanier along with perhaps the finest big foot comic illustrator in the business Roger Langridge? ¬†If that isn’t ¬†enough to get you to try this 4 issue mini-series from IDW?¬†Well…. Here’s one thing you don’t see everyday Chauncey–What’s that Edgar? A long overdue Jay Ward Studios cross-over as the denizens of Frostbite Falls, MN meet everyone’s favorite Mountie Dudley Do-Right! Will Snidely Whiplash co-operate with Boris Badenov? Will Natasha fall for Horse and make Nell jealous. ¬†That’s kinda weird. ¬†Anyhoo… ¬†Perhaps a Quisp and Quake cameo? We can only hope.These comics are guaranteed to be a total riot.
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