Star Lord’s Awesome Mix Vol. 1

guardians-of-the-galaxy-imax-posterMarvel Entertainment’s biggest thing since they put Robert Downey Jr. in an iron suit, Guardians of the Galaxy re-injects the superhero movie genre with so much vitality and innovation that I could watch it five more times (and once in IMAX, please). But along with the excellent script, superb cast and eye-popping special effects, the movie’s greatness is enhanced by the mix tape loaded in Peter Quill’s Walkman.

Labeled simply ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1,’ director James Gunn released the tracklist on facebook.


1. Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling
2. Raspberries – Go All the Way
3. Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
4. David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
5. Elvin Bishop – Fooled Around and Fell in Love
6. 10Cc – I’m Not in Love
7. Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
8. Redbone – Come and Get Your Love
9. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
10. Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
11. The Five Stairsteps – O-O-H Child
12. Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

You can listen to it here

Read the story behind Star Lord here

Read all about the Guardians of the Galaxy here

Batman 1966 finally gets home release Nov, 2014


In 1966, the William Dozier-produced Batman weekly TV series shaped an icon for a generation. Absurd and bizarre, the program attracted celebrities for unique guest spots. While it has been cited as detrimental to the seriousness of comic book adaptations, Batman is such a versatile character that he can be interpreted in various manners from the ‘camp’ TV series to Tim Burton’s dark and weird films to the modern epics by Chris Nolan.

Some fans demand Batman be a dark avenger of the night, a grim solitary figure brooding and lurking on the rooftops of a crime-ridden world (as seen in the current comic books and the Arkham videogame series). This was somewhat how he was introduced, influenced heavily by Bob Kane’s childhood romps through the back alleys as part of a teen gang. But it is that youthful approach filtered through the 1960’s pop art and theater of the absurd that makes the 1966 TV series so important and valid. It is a time capsule and a part of the comic book character’s legacy.

Speaking personally, the 1966 TV series sent my imagination running wild. The visuals were outrageous, the scripts silly and the performances so weird (just what planet is Frank Gorshin from??) that that my lil mind was forever impacted. For decades, the legal entanglements have prevented a release of the complete series on home video format. Finally, that has been rectified and Bat-fans can revisit (or discover for the first time) the most unusual vision of the capes crusader ever.

(and the wee car and collectible trading cards are a special treat)
Official press release below:


The Long-Awaited 1960’s TV Series Features All 120 Original Broadcast Episodes Completely Remastered Includes Over Three Hours of Never-Before-Seen Enhanced Content Including Interviews With Adam West and Burt Ward

Burbank, CA (July 24, 2014) – For the very first time, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is releasing the fan-favorite original 1960’s Batman TV Series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. On November 11, 2014, just in time for the holiday season, Batman: The Complete Television Series Limited Edition will hit shelves on Blu-Ray™ ($269.97 SRP). Batman: The Complete Television Series DVD ($199.70 SRP) and Batman: The Complete First Season ($39.98 SRP) will also be available. Additionally, The Complete Series will be released for purchase on Digital HD. This highly collectible set is one fans won’t want to miss!


Batman: The Complete Television Series features all three classic seasons of the fan-favorite show spanning all 120 original broadcast episodes – completely remastered – as well as more than three hours of never-before-seen enhanced content including interviews with both Adam West (as Batman) and Burt Ward (as Robin). In addition to favorites West and Ward, the series featured a long list of notable guest stars and cameo appearances over the course of three seasons including Julie Newmar, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Liberace, Vincent Price, Burgess Meredith, Bruce Lee, Art Carney, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more!

Bringing the series’ vivid colors to life in stunning high definition, the Blu-ray Limited Edition

will be individually numbered, making the set a true must-have for both fans and collectors alike. The set will include sought-after premiums including:

An exclusive Hot Wheels® Replica Batmobile
Adam West Scrapbook – featuring never-before-seen photos from Adam’s own archives
44 Vintage Trading Cards
Ultraviolet Digital Copy of all 120 episodes
Episode guide – includes synopsis of all episodes, photos from the series and a personal letter from Adam West to the fans

“Fans around the world have been clamoring for this release for decades,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHEG Senior Vice President, TV Brand Management and Retail Marketing “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is beyond thrilled to make the caped crusader’s fans’ wishes come true by releasing Batman: The Complete Television Series to Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD for the very first time since the original 1960s program. Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of Batman’s comic book debut, this is the ultimate holiday gift.”

Batman: The Complete Television Seriesalsofeatures more than three hours of all-new enhanced content:

Special Features include:

Hanging with Batman – A true slice of life in the words of Adam West.

Holy Memorabilia Batman! – A journey into the most sought-after collectibles through the eyes of three extraordinary collectors.

Batmania Born! - Building the World of Batman – Explore the art and design behind the fiction.

Bats of the Round Table – A candid conversation with Adam West and his celebrity friends, chatting all things Bat ’66.

Inventing Batman in the words of Adam West (episode 1 &2) – A rare treat for the fans as Adam discusses his script notes on bringing Batman to life in the first and second episodes.

Na Na Na Batman! — Hollywood favorite’s stars and producers recount their favorite Batman memories.

Season 1

Hi Diddle Riddle
Smack in the Middle
Fine Feathered Finks
The Penguin’s A Jinx
The Joker is Wild
Batman is Riled
Instant Freeze
Rats Like Cheese
Zelda The Great
A Death Worse Than Fate
A Riddle A Day Keeps the Riddler Away
When the Rat’s Away the Mice Will Play
The Thirteenth Hat
Batman Stands Pat
The Joker Goes To School
He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul
True or False Face
Holy Rat Race
The Purr-Fect Crime
Better Luck Next Time
The Penguin Goes Straight
Not Yet, He Ain’t
The Ring Of Wax
Give ‘Em The Axe
The Joker Trumps An Ace
Batman Sets The Pace
The Curse of Tut
The Pharaoh’s In a Rut
The Bookworm Turns
While Gotham City Burns
Death in Slow Motion
The Riddler’s Flase Notion
Fine Finny Fiends
Batman Makes The Scenes

Season 2

Shoot A Crooked Arrow
Walk The Straight and Narrow
Hot Off The Griddle
The Cat and the Fiddle
The Minstrel’s Shakedown
Barbecued Batman?
The Spell of Tut
Tut’s Case is Shut
The Greatest Mother of Them All
MA Parker
The Clock King’s Crazy Crimes
The Clock King Gets Crowned
An Egg Grows in Gotham
The Yegg Foes in Gotham
The Devil’s Fingers
The Dead Ringers
Hizzonner The Penguin
Dizzoner the Penguin
Green Ice
Deep Freeze
The Impractical Joker
The Joker’s Provokers
Marsha, Queen of Diamonds
Marsha’s Scheme of Diamonds
Come Back, Shame
It’s How You Play The Game
The Penguin’s Nest
The Bird’s Last Jest
The Cat’s Meow
The Bat’s Kow Tow
The Puzzles Are Coming
The Duo Is Slumming
The Sandman Cometh
The Catwoman Goeth
The Contaminated Cowl
The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul
The Zodiac Crimes
The Joker’s Hard Times
The Penguin Declines
That Darn Catwoman
Scat! Darn Catwoman
Penguin is a Girl’s Best Friend
Penguin Sets a Trend
Penguin’s Disastrous End
Batman’s Anniversary
A Riddling Controversy
The Joker’s Last Laugh
The Joker’s Epitaph
Catwoman Goes to College
Batman Displays His Knowledge
A Piece of The Action
Batman’s Satisfaction
Kin Tut’s Coup
Batman’s Waterloo
Black Widow Strikes Again
Caught in the Spider’s Den
Pop Goes The Joker
Flop Goes the Joker
Ice Spy
The Duo Defy

Season 3

Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin
Ring Around The Riddler
The Wail of The Siren
The Sport of Penguins
A Horse of Another Color
The Unkindest Tut of All
Louie, The Lilac
The Ogg and I
How To Hatch a Dinosaur
Surf’s Up! Joker’s Under!
The Londinium Larcenies
The Foggiest Notion
The Bloody Tower
Catwoman’s Dressed to Kill
The Ogg Couple
The Funny Feline Felonies
The Joke’s On Catwoman
Louie’s Lethal Lilac Time
Nora Clavicle and the Ladies’ Crime Club
Penguin’s Clean Sweep
The Great Escape
The Great Train Robbery
I’ll Be A Mummy’s Uncle
The Joker’s Flying Saucer
The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra
Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires


About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through and WB Ultra.


For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

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Fun With Kirk And Spock HC, $14.95

Baltimore The Witch Of Harju #1 (Of 3), $3.50
EC Archives Two-Fisted Tales Volume 3 HC, $49.99
Gasoline Alley The Complete Sundays Volume 2 1923–1925 HC, $75.00
King Conan The Conqueror #6 (Of 6), $3.50
Massive #25, $3.50
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Adventures Of Superman #15, $3.99
Aquaman Annual #2, $4.99
Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #1 (Of 6)(Alex Ross 2nd Printing Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), $2.99
Batman Eternal #17, $2.99
Batman Li’l Gotham Volume 2 TP, $12.99
DC Comics Presents Batman Adventures #1, $7.99
DC Comics The New 52 Powergirl And Huntress Action Figure 2-Pack, $44.95
Detective Comics Annual #3, $4.99
Doom Patrol Omnibus HC, $150.00
Justice League #32 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $3.99
New 52 Futures End #13, $2.99

DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #36 (Detective Comics #667), $20.00
DC Superhero Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #60 (Reverse Flash Black Bishop), $16.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #10 (Luke Cage White Pawn), $16.00

Buck Rogers In The 25th Century Volume 1 Grievous Angels HC (Previews Exclusive Edition), $24.99

Illustration Magazine #45, $15.00

Black Science #7, $3.50
C.O.W.L. #3, $3.50
Chew Warrior Chicken Poyo #1, $3.50
East Of West #14, $3.50
Fatale #24, $4.99
Manhattan Projects #22, $3.50

100th Anniversary Special Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 (David Lopez Regular Cover), $3.99
All-New Invaders Volume 1 Gods And Soldiers TP (not verified by Diamond), $17.99
All-New Ghost Rider #5, $3.99
Avengers #33, $3.99
Avengers World #10, $3.99
Cyclops #3 (Alexander Lozano Regular Cover), $3.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy #17 (Ed McGuinness Regular Cover), $3.99
Hawkeye #19, $3.99
Human Torch By Karl Kesel And Skottie Young The Complete Collection TP, $34.99
Iron Man Special #1 (Gary Choo Regular Cover), $4.99
Legendary Star-Lord #1 (Steve McNiven 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy The Art Of The Movie Slipcase HC, $49.99
New Avengers #21 (Dustin Weaver Regular Cover), $3.99
Original Sin #3.3, $3.99
Secret Avengers #6, $3.99
Spider-Man The Complete Alien Costume Saga Volume 1 TP, $44.99
Uncanny Avengers #22 (Daniel Acuna Regular Cover), $3.99
Uncanny X-Men #24, $3.99
Wolverine #9 (Steve McNiven 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
X-Men #17, $3.99
X-Men Magneto Testament TP (New Printing), $19.99

2000 AD Pack June 2014 (1884-1887), $21.40
ABC Warriors Volgan War Volume 4 GN (not verified by Diamond), $22.99
Dredd The Illustrated Movie Script And Visuals HC (Limited Jocked Signed Edition), $87.99
Judge Anderson The Psi Files Volume 4 TP, $35.99
Judge Dredd Day Of Chaos Fallout GN, $29.99
Rogue Trooper Tales Of Nu-Earth Volume 4 GN, $32.99

Jodorowsky’s Dune BD, AR
Return Of The King Deluxe Edition DVD, AR
Time Machine BD, AR
True Detective Season 1 BD, AR
True Detective Season 1 DVD, AR

Arrow Deathstroke T-Shirt XXL, $21.95
Avengers Infinite Series 3-3/4 Inch Action Figure Assortment 201403, AR
Batman 1966 Logo Bottle Opener, $18.00
Batman 1966 Robin Bust, $59.99
Beatles Famous Covers Abbey Road Coin Bank, AR
Captain America Super Soldier Gear Action Figure Assortment 201404, AR
DC Large Harley Previews Exclusive Black T-Shirt LG, $16.99

New Doctor Who is older, trickier, fiercer (and fun)

STG27CAPALDI1_1082596kOnce a rather obscure British science fiction show in the United States screened late at night on public tv stations, Doctor Who has become a cult phenomenon (again).

In a short time, Peter Capaldi will debut as the latest incarnation of the time traveling lead hero, taking over from heart throb Matt Smith. There is a great article on the Sunday Times that gives fans a glimpse of what’s to come and what a wild ride it has been so far…

Being the Doctor… is a challenge for any actor, but for Capaldi it’s bigger because he is an aficionado. Make the mistake of asking him a simple Top Trumps question — are Daleks better than Cybermen? — and what feels like a whole morning can slip by on the answer. Because, you see, it depends whether you’re talking about the Mondasian Cybermen, which came from the planet Mondas, circa 1966, or those that arrived from a parallel universe in 2006.

“There is a conflict among fans,” Capaldi says gravely, “but I’m trying to get the Mondasians back.” Which doesn’t answer my question, but in case there are lots of different types of Dalek as well, I move on.

DrWho_Capaldi_shirtHis earliest memories are of Daleks emerging from the water in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), and it’s a bad idea to sully them with talk of toilet plungers and wobbly sets. “Everybody slags it off now,” he says, “but these programmes weren’t made to be viewed over and over again. When you just consumed them in that way, at the time, they were magical.”

Of course, back then, Daleks couldn’t go up stairs, so there was no need for Capaldi, age five, to hide behind the sofa in his third-floor tenement (his Italian father ran the ice-cream parlour on the ground floor). Instead, he built sets from shoe boxes, collected autographs — he ticked off three of the first four Doctors (William Hartnell was ill, so he got his wife’s autograph instead). He wrote fan mail to the producers; they sent back old scripts — “It was like being allowed inside the Magic Circle, the point I knew I wanted to be part of this world.”

His mother helped, sending him a Doctor Who annual every year. When I ask how long into adult life this continued, he starts laughing. Then he’s laughing so much that he starts struggling for air. Eventually, just at the point when I’m thinking I should call for help, he regains control: “By the time the show came back [in 2005], she must have thought I was too old. But I suspect it will start again now.”

Capaldi comes at a good time for the programme. Since its recommissioning after a 16-year hiatus, the Doctors have been regenerating into ever-younger lunchbox candy. Christopher Eccleston (41), David Tennant (34), then Matt Smith (28). With it, the plot lines, much to the chagrin of die-hard Whovians, have become more Twilight. There has been flirting and smooching. There has been a will-they, won’t-they dynamic between the Doctor and his sidekick, Clara. We were one nibble short of a hickey.

DrWho_Capaldi_shoesFollowing the age trajectory, the next Doctor would have been 23, and all would have been lost. Or, to be terribly 21st century, he could have been a she. Or Idris Elba — a favourite, although he may have been the unnamed black actor who turned down the role last time. Instead, the BBC went for a TV geriatric. Capaldi, 55 and counting, is joint oldest time lord with William Hartnell.

In the translucent flesh, he looks a good 30 years younger than Hartnell, thanks largely to the fact that he gave up alcohol years ago (and Hartnell liked a drink). But he’s still old enough that the BBC has a chiropractor on speed dial. More awkwardly, he’s old enough to be Clara’s father. This regeneration lark can have disturbing Freudian implications. So will the relationship with Clara, played by 28-year-old Jenna Coleman, continue to be romantic?

“There’ll be no flirting, that’s for sure,” he says. “It’s not what this Doctor’s concerned with. It’s quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments.’ I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant.”

What will there be, then? Is the 12th Doctor an old codger like Hartnell? Will he be a more modern fiftysomething, a time lord who can work an iPad? Executive producer Steven Moffat has said he’ll be older, trickier, fiercer. Mark Gatiss, the best writer on the show, says the new doctor “has a madness in his eyes”.

Capaldi_DrWho“All that’s true,” says Capaldi, “but he’s also joyful. One thing the show does well is balance the epic and the domestic. You can go from the edge of the universe to a pedestrian precinct. This Doctor loves watching stars being born in Andromeda; he’s also thrilled to see litter blowing across the supermarket car park at dawn.”

More here


Excited about the New Doctor Who? Why not make a Peter Capaldi paper doll!

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Set DVD available for pre-order

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Set is available for pre-order in both Blu-ray and DVD format. Both are very limited and expected to sell out in no time so get those pre-orders in. This is the set we have been waiting for including the Five(is)Doctors and all the specials. Just in time for the new eighth series, too!

(Click here for my review of the 50th anniversary special)


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For the ultimate Doctor Who fan, BBC Worldwide UK are proud to present a special collection of highlights from the groundbreaking 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, including – for the first time – An Adventure in Space and Time on Blu Ray.
50th-dvdThe limited edition collector’s set (6,000 Blu Ray, 4,000 DVD) includes the 50th anniversary special; The Day of the Doctor, Matt Smith’s Farewell; The Time of the Doctor, the Series 7 finale; The Name of the Doctor, and the Eighth Doctor’s (Paul McGann) surprise regeneration into John Hurt’s War Doctor; The Night of the Doctor.

The collection also includes an exclusive cut of the read-through of The Day of the Doctor featuring Matt Smith and David Tennant, deleted scenes, new-to-DVD cinema trails and Mark Gatiss’ award winning drama about the genesis of Doctor Who; An Adventure in Space and Time. The hilarious Five-ish Doctors – starring Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and a host of special guests – will also be included on a DVD and Blu Ray box for the first time.

Plus, we finally get a new disc with Paul McGann on the cover.

Big Finish Celebrates 15 years

Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, Doctor Who 5-8

Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, Doctor Who 5-8

When Doctor Who went off the airwaves in 1989, it entered what is now referred to as ‘The Wilderness Years.’ A series of new novels took the Seventh Doctor in a new direction, classic Doctors also received their own line of missing adventures and when the Eighth Doctor arrived in 1996 things got even more ambitious with comic strips and a new line of novels.

However, it was when Big Finish rounded up several of the actors and actresses associated with the classic Doctor Who program in 1999 that it entered its most interesting period. It was a fan’s dream come true, a rotating series of stories with the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors, then another line focused on the companions! To make things even better, Paul McGann returned to blaze a new path as the Eighth Doctor in a string of stories that firmly established a unique era.
tombakerbigfinishAn even bigger surprise was when Tom Baker returned for a new series of stories, reuniting him with Romana #1 – Mary Tamm (now sadly departed) and Leela – Louise Jamison.

If you have not delved into this treasure trove of Doctor Who, you are missing out and this is a grand opportunity to take a dip.

Big Finish’s Doctor Who at 15 – Day 1

To mark the first day of our celebration, we’re making the download of the first story – Doctor Who: The Sirens of Time available for £1.

Thanks to our friends at Doctor Who Magazine, we can also make available Talkin’ ‘Bout My Regeneration as a download – 1999’s hour-long audio documentary about the making of the story.

Also never available through the Big Finish website before are two more free stories on download as MP3 and Audiobook formats: No Place Like Home and The Ratings War, featuring the Fifth and Sixth Doctors respectively.

To mark our first three Big Finish Doctors, you can also get more recent titles in a special offer: The Fifth Doctor’s The Butcher of Brisbane, the Sixth Doctor’s The Fourth Wall, and the Seventh Doctor’s Protect & Survive – each available for £5 on Download or CD.

On a related note, what is your favorite Big Finish story?

(for anyone interested, feel free to peruse my Big Finish reviews and articles here)


For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

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TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

Afterlife With Archie #6 (Andrew Pepoy Variant Cover), $2.99

Peanuts #20 (Cover A Charles M. Schulz), $3.99
Regular Show Skips #1 (Of 6)(Matthew Waite ECCC Variant Cover), $9.99
Steed And Mrs. Peel We’re Needed #1 (Of 6)(Cover A Stacey Lee), $3.99

Wonder Woman Unbound The Curious History Of The World’s Most Famous Heroine SC, $18.95

All-Star Western #33, $3.99
Aquaman #33 (Paul Pelletier & Sean Parsons Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman #33 (Greg Capullo Regular Cover), $4.99
Batman ’66 #13, $3.99
Batman 75th Anniversary Cape (Promotional Item), AR
Batman 75th Anniversary Mask Batman 1966 (Promotional Item), AR
Batman 75th Anniversary Mask DC Comics The New 52 By Greg Capullo (Promotional Item), AR
Batman 75th Anniversary Mask Detective Comics #27 First Appearance By Bob Kane (Promotional Item), AR
Batman 75th Anniversary Mask The Dark Knight Returns By Frank Miller (Promotional Item), AR
Batman And Robin #33 (Patrick Gleason & Mick Gray Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman Black And White Volume 4 HC, $29.99
Batman Eternal #16, $2.99
Detective Comics #27 (Special Edition)(not verified by Diamond), AR
New 52 Futures End #12, $2.99
Secret Origins #4, $4.99
Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #1 (Darwyn Cooke Regular Cover), $2.99
Superman #33 (John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson Regular Cover), $3.99
Wonder Woman #33 (Cliff Chiang Regular Cover), $2.99

DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #35 (Batman & Robin Volume 2 #5), $20.00

Buck Rogers In The 25th Century Volume 1 Grievous Angels HC (Previews Exclusive Edition)(not verified by Diamond), $24.99
Buck Rogers In The 25th Century Volume 1 Grievous Angels TP, $17.99

C.O.W.L. #2 (Trevor McCarthy 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50
Elephantmen Mammoth Volume 1 TP, $29.99
Velvet #6, $3.50

100th Anniversary Special Avengers #1 (James Stokoe Regular Cover), $3.99
Captain America Volume 2 Castaway In Dimension Z Book 2 TP, $19.99
Fantastic Four Epic Collection Volume 20 Into The Timestream TP, $39.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy By Abnett And Lanning The Complete Collection Volume 1 TP, $34.99
Storm #1 (Victor Ibanez Regular Cover), $3.99
Thunderbolts Volume 4 No Mercy TP, $19.99
War Of Kings TP (New Printing), $24.99
Wolverine By Jason Aaron The Complete Collection Volume 3 TP, $34.99

Soul Of The Dark Knight Batman As Mythic Figure In Comics And Film SC (not verified by Diamond), $40.00

Alien Legion Uncivil War #2 (Of 4), $3.99
Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor #1 (Alice X. Zhang Regular Cover), $3.99
Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor #1 Titan Figure, AR
Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor #1 (Alice X. Zhang Regular Cover), $3.99
Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor #1 Titan Figure, AR

League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen III Century The Complete Edition HC, $29.95

Alter Ego #127, $8.95
Back Issue #74, $8.95
Comic Book Creator #5, $8.95

Archer Danger Zone Beach Towel, $14.50
Avengers Super Hero Mashers 6-Inch Action Figure Assortment 201402, AR
Avengers Superhero Mashers 6-Inch Electronic Action Figure Assortment 201402, AR
Avengers Superhero Mashers Battle Upgrade Action Figure Assortment 201402, AR
Iron Man 2 Mark V Suitcase Armor Mobile Fuel Cell, AR
POP Captain America The Winter Soldier Unmasked Vinyl Figure, $10.99
POP Marvels’ Guardians Of The Galaxy Gamora Vinyl Figure, $10.99
POP Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Groot Vinyl Figure,
Ultraman Brothers Mantle Ultra-Act Accessory, AR
Ultraman Taro Ultra-Act Action Figure, AR


The Cybermen question

In 1966, the lumbering behemoth’s from Earth’s dark twin planet debuted. Encased in plastic and  metal with tubes carrying life-giving fluid visible along their limbs, these monsters traveled from the dying planet Mondas, desperate for a new source of energy. The Doctor tricked them by simply allowing the Cybermen systems to overload. In the battle, the Doctor’s own essence was drained, prompting his body to undergo a bizarre change (much later coined regeneration).


After 1966, the Cybermen became a classic monster whose popularity rivaled (but never trumped) the Daleks. Facing the second incarnation over several instances, the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh through the 26 year-long run of the classic program, the Cybermen evolved as their story got muddied, slight allergies became outright weaknesses and the ability to time travel meant that fans were never quite sure what version of the metal meanies we were seeing (though noble attempts have been made).

There have been novels, comic book stories and even audio adventures that have further developed the Cybermen (sometimes contradicting accepted history). Forever associated with the classic series, the Cybermen became icons of Doctor Who and appeared as toys, mugs, etc.

DrWho_2005_CybermanIn 2005, the Doctor briefly noticed a Cyberman helmet in the underground lair of Henry van Statten. It looked to be a classic model from the 1974 Tom Baker adventure, but this was never confirmed on screen. In the subsequent series, the Doctor traveled to a parallel reality in which the Cybermen are created by John Lumic, head of Cybus Industries who seem to have made a lot of money off of hot air balloons and mobile phones.

These new Cybermen are not from the planet Mondas at all. They are humans subjected to a process more at home to a Looney Tunes cartoon in which the body is chopped up and the relevant parts stored in a metal shell that strangely line dances and chants ‘delete’ as if in answer to the Dalek battle cry of ‘exterminate.’

cyberman_snowSince 2006, these new Cybus-Cybermen have fought the Doctor several times and are due for a return next year. They have amassed an armada, developed new technology and redesigned their casings… but whatever happened to the Mondasian Cybermen of old? And why were these alternate reality versions created?

The other classic monsters; Sontarans, Ice Warriors… even the Macra have all retained their ties to the past. So why were the Cybermen totally recreated?


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The Mark of Batman: The Evolution of an Icon

This Wednesday, July 23rd, comic book shops across the world will be celebrating Batman’s 75th birthday. While Batman has essentially retained the same image, in his long time in print and on screen, the dark knight detective has had many different variations of his iconic costume.

The infographic below covers it all, from his first appearance in 1939 to the upcoming 2015 Batman v Superman film.


Click for full image

What’s your favorite?

(Via HalloweenCostumes)

Enter The World of The Ding-A-Lings

King Ding (and Brain) via Retroist

Vintage toys are more than just plastic things, they are a time capsule to a different time. Case in point is this wonderfully bizarre line from Topper Toys, The Ding-A-Lings. One of the more ambitious and imaginative line of toys from it’s era, the Ding-A-Lings came in a wide variety of colors, sizes and abilities. From the shoe-shine robot to the biggest of all… King Ding, a robot so big his Brain had ti be inserted in the most graphic way possible.

I was lucky enough to see this ad at the Carolina Theatre in Durham but it was also included in the RiffTrax Christmas Shorts Extravaganza.

For more fascinating info on vintage toy robots, I recommend, who put it best:

Like most avid Robot collectors I can trace my passion back to a specific time in my childhood when I received that very special toy sparking a fascination with Robots and Space Toys that has lasted well into my adulthood. The Ding-A-Lings by Topper Toys represented a unique blending of the versatility of brightly molded plastics with the ingenuity of motorized action as they glided along their elevated skyway. My initial set of Ding-A-Lings included Boxer, Answerman, Fireman, Saucer, Claw and that wonder of Battery Driven Wonders-the King Ding with Brain. Most collectors remember Ding-A-Lings as some of the most exciting and cherished toys of their childhood, but like most playthings were lost over the years to hard play, garage sales or fell victim to a younger sibling. Thanks to the Internet, Ding-A-Ling enthusiasts have again found a means to recapture some of their past by forming a loose Ding community to not only put collectors in contact with each other, fill gaps in collections, and provide tips on repair but perhaps, most importantly, to reminisce and validate the existence of one of the most important toys of their lives. Why would a relatively obscure toy line foster such fascination and devotion after thirty years? Ding-A-Lings may have struck a spark with the kids in the sixties who lived through the real space race, kids who not only watched endless science fiction films and television but who sat up late one night to watch man’s first landing on the moon. Firmly embedded in our psyche these toys are a part of our cultural history and express the direction we felt our lives would take with the promises of 2001- A Space Odyssey and Star Trek.