Batman Returns (again)

I have dreams of owning one of the amazing replicas produced by Hot Toys. From Star Wars to the Avengers and beyond, these replicas are stunning. Based on the second Michael Keaton Batman film, this model uses the redesigned costume complete with art deco touches
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Hot Toys takes collectors back to 1992, and the cinematic world of Tim Burton, with the unveiling of its 1/6th-scale Batman and Bruce Wayne collectible figures from Batman Returns.

These are actually two releases, one the Batman figure and the other the Batman and Bruce Wayne set. The former boasts three interchangeable lower faces that capture Michael Keaton’s expressions, nine interchangeable palms, a batarang, grapple gun, two napalm packets, a line launcher, a Batmobile remote control, a signal jammer, and an LED light-up figure stand.

The Batman and Bruce Wayne set, naturally, comes with two figures, with this Dark Knight also equipped with a broken cowl. His tuxedo-clad alter ego, meanwhile, comes with eight interchangeable palms, a figure stand and “movie-accurate” facial features, although some collectors are already questioning the latter (if you squint, it kind of looks like Michael Keaton).


Both releases are targeted for the third or fourth quarter of this year.

Via Robot6

This item can be pre-ordered here

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 4/15/15

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

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the links below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

FoxFox #1 (David Mack Variant Cover), $3.99
Archie Vs Predator #1 (Of 4)(Cover B Eric Powell), $3.99
Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 9 HC, $49.99
668117_convergence-2-jae-lee-variant-coverConvergence #2 (Of 8)(Jae Lee Variant Cover), AR
Convergence Aquaman #1 (Of 2)(Becky Cloonan Regular Cover), $3.99
Convergence Batman Shadow Of The Bat #1 (Of 2)(Philip Tan Regular Cover), $3.99
JLIConvergence Justice League International #1 (Of 2)(Paul Renaud Regular Cover), $3.99
FilthFilth Deluxe Edition HC, $29.99
Masks 2 #1 (Of 8)(Butch Guice Virgin Variant Cover), AR
ShaftShaft #5 (Cover A Dennis Cowan & Bill Sienkiewicz), $3.99
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #56 (Batman #112 Boat), $19.95
Men Of Wrath TP, $14.99
MoonKnightMoon Knight Volume 2 Dead Will Rise TP, $17.99
Skrulls Must Die The Complete Skrull Kill Krew TP, $34.99
Uncanny X-Men #33 (Kris Anka Regular Cover), $3.99
Zenith Phase Three HC, $25.00
Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor #11 (Boo Cook Regular Cover), $3.99
Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor #9 (Boo Cook Regular Cover), $3.99
Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor #7 (Subscription Photo Cover), $3.99
BRunnerBlade Runner Original Soundtrack CD, AR
Trek_EnterpriseStar Trek The Undiscovered Country Enterprise-A Ship, $65.00
Wonder Woman The Art Of War Statue By Tony Daniel, $79.95

Who’s your Batman?

It may seem absurd today, but back in the day it was something of a shock that when a Batman feature film was planned for a summer 1989 release, actor Adam West got passed over. He was hardly happy about the situation. He wasn’t even asked to make a cameo!

Today there are many iterations of the caped crusader with more on the way. Everyone has their favorite (or favorites) and their most hated actor to don the cowl.

So who is yours?

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Adam West in Batman the TV series

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Michael Keaton in Batman

Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in numerous cartoons and videogames

Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in numerous cartoons and videogames

Val Kilmer in Batman Forever

Val Kilmer in Batman Forever

George Clooney in Batman and Robin

George Clooney in Batman and Robin

Christian Bale in Batman Begins

Christian Bale in Batman Begins

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 10/15/14

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

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the images below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

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

DARK HORSE COMICS
Action Philosophers HC, $29.99
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #124, $3.50
Black Sky Sampler (One Shot), $4.99
Criminal Macabre The Third Child #2 (Of 4), $3.99
Dark Horse Presents #3, $4.99
Star Wars Legacy II Volume 4 Empire Of One TP, $16.99
Star Wars Volume 4 A Shattered Hope TP, $16.99

DC COMICS
Adventures Of Superman Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Batman ’66 Volume 1 TP, $14.99
Batman ’66 Volume 2 HC, $19.99
Batman And Robin #35 (Patrick Gleason & Mick Gray Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman Eternal #28, $2.99
Batwoman #35, $2.99
Earth 2 World’s End #2, $2.99
Justice League #35 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $3.99
New 52 Futures End #24, $2.99

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Walt Disneys Uncle Scrooge Volume 2 Seven Cities Of Gold HC, $29.99

MARVEL COMICS
Avengers And X-Men Axis #2 (Of 9)(Jim Cheung Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers World #14, $3.99
Daredevil #9, $3.99
Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu Out Of The Past TP, $16.99
Fantastic Four #11, $3.99
New Avengers #25 (Jackson Guice Regular Cover), $3.99
Original Sin Annual #1 (Julian Totino Tedesco Regular Cover), $4.99
Thor Epic Collection Volume 1 The God Of Thunder TP, $34.99
Uncanny X-Men #27 (Chris Bachalo Regular Cover), $3.99

TITAN BOOKS
Planet Of The Apes The Evolution Of The Legend HC, $39.95

TITAN COMICS
Black Dragon HC, $19.99
Complete Johnny Nemo HC, $22.99
Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor #1 (Alice X. Zhang Regular Cover), $3.99

Videos
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 30 DVD, AR
Star Blazers 2199 Volume 3 DVD, AR

Merchandise
Back To The Future Time Machine Mark I Car, $60.00
Batman 1966 TV Retro Action Figure Accessory Pack, AR
Batman Desktop Standee, $5.99
Bioshock Infinite Booker 7-Inch Action Figure, $24.99
FW Gundam Standart Trading Figure 6-Piece Assortment Series 21, AR
Guardians Of The Galaxy Drax The Destroyer Dagger, $12.00
Guardians Of The Galaxy Fully Loaded Previews Exclusive Black Spiral T-Shirt SM, $20.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Lanyard With PVC Dangle, $5.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Previews Exclusive Snap Back Cap, $26.99
M.O.D.O.K. Previews Exclusive Navy Black Heather T-Shirt XXL, $17.99
Marvel Weapon Plus Steve Rogers Previews Exclusive Navy T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Masters Of The Universe Snake Mountain Statue, AR
Star Trek Dr McCoy Desktop Standee, $5.99
Star Trek Mr Spock Desktop Standee, $5.99
Star Wars Black 6-Inch Action Figure Assortment 201404, AR
Star Wars Kenner-Inspired Wampa Jumbo Action Figure, AR
Star Wars Life-Size Vintage Stormtrooper Monument, AR
Steampunk Inverness Jacket Gray, $65.00

RiffTrax chronicles Batman’s battle with the Wizard!

It’s Friday night. You’re bored and Saturday night can’t come quickly enough for Doctor Who. What better way to fill the time than with a long forgotten story depicting the most exciting adventure of the world’s greatest detective?

… or a hilariously awful Batman serial.
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Here it is, at last, the FINAL EPISODE chronicling Batman’s struggle against the Wizard! The suspense is thick, and everyone’s wondering: who will prevail and be victorious? Will it be the nefarious Wizard or — wait, oh come on, it’s right there in the stupid title! That’d be like titling the Seinfeld finale “They wind up in jail” or the Lost finale “Don’t bother watching.”

One thing the title doesn’t give away is the identity of the Wizard, most likely because the writers of the serial didn’t get around to deciding who that would be until they started shooting the final scenes of this episode. Is it the old occasionally-in-a-wheelchair guy? Or occasionally-in-a-wheelchair guy’s butler? Convenient-provider-of-exposition radio guy? Vicki Vale’s dead brother, who everybody seems to have completely forgotten about, including her? I think we all know the real answer: Gabe. Gabe, you beautiful mastermind, you’ve been pulling the strings all along! Bless you, sweet prince.


Order here

Batman at 75

batman_75_years_logo_a_lBatman has turned 75 and while the media has been abuzz about it, WB may seem somewhat silent. While Batman Vs. Superman is being pushed to 2016 and the latest cartoon Beware the Batman has been cancelled, there are still some wonderful ways to honor the dark knight detective on his birthday.

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Scott Snyder continues to knock it out of the park with his ongoing Batman series with artist Greg Capullo, but he has also helmed a new ongoing series Batman Eternal (debuting this week at your local comic shop). More of an anthology comic rather than one focused on Batman himself, the new book will explore various corners of Gotham City and the Bat-family.

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The new creative team of Brian Buccelleto and Frances Manapul will be taking Detective Comics into an avenue closer to crime-investigation than has been seen before. The first issue came out last week and is worth checking out. I am a big fan of their work together on The Flash for the New 52 and think that good things could come from this series.

Son of Batman (click to Pre-order)

The Warner Bros Animation series of films continues to release impressive films with Son of Batman (based on the run by Grant Morrison and others) next in line. While it’s not out until next month, preview clips have been coming in and the movie appears to be another excellent project. If you missed out on the comic book version, this is a great story that provides a new angle on Batman and a very different take on Robin, the boy wonder.

Strange Days

Batman animation maven Bruce Timm has returned to the fold for a new animated short ‘Strange Days.’ Hearkening back to the early days of the caped crusader, Strange Days is evocative of the old Max Fleisher Superman cartoons (a style near and dear to Timm’s heart). Created especially for the 75th birthday, the short premiers tonight on Cartoon Network.

Arkham Origins (click to buy)

There is also new DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins which expands the rogues gallery with the addition of Mister Freeze, playable Bruce Wayne, a new cold-weather environment suit and many more gadgets to fill those utility belt pouches. This game has gotten a lot of flack from gamers for not living up to the Arkham anthology hype, but personally I like it a lot and am looking forward to this new chapter.

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 4/2/14

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

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the images below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

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

DC COMICS
Action Comics #30 (Aaron Kuder Regular Cover), $3.99
Aquaman And The Others #1 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman ’66 Volume 1 HC, $19.99
DC Comics Super-Villains Bizarro Action Figure, $24.95
DC Comics Super-Villains Crime Syndicate Deathstorm Action Figure, $24.95
Detective Comics #30 (Francis Manapul Regular Cover), $3.99
Earth 2 #22 (Andy Kubert Regular Cover), $2.99
Green Arrow #30, $2.99
Justice League Volume 3 Throne Of Atlantis TP, $16.99
Justice League Volume 4 The Grid HC, $24.99
Swamp Thing #30, $2.99
Wonder Woman The Art Of War By George Perez Statue, $79.95

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Blank Authentix Variant Cover), $3.99
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Cover A Matt Wagner), $3.99
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Cover B Alex Ross), $3.99
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Cover C Chris Samnee), $3.99
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Cover D Howard Chaykin), $3.99
Shadow Year One #8 (Of 10)(Wilfredo Torres Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #29 (Detective Comics #362), $20.00
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #30 (Classic TV Series Batcycle), $20.00
DC Superhero Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #54 (Ocean Master Black Pawn), $16.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #3 (Wolverine White Knight), $16.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #4 (Loki Black Bishop), $16.00
Star Trek The Official Starships Figurine Collection Magazine #12 (Akira Class), $20.00
Star Trek The Official Starships Figurine Collection Magazine #13 (Jem Hadar Cruiser), $20.00

IDW PUBLISHING
Rocky And Bullwinkle Classics Volume 1 Star Billing TP, $17.99

IMAGE COMICS
Black Science #5, $3.50
Elephantmen #55, $3.99

MARVEL COMICS
All-New Invaders #2 (Mukesh Singh 2nd Printing Cover), $3.99
Black Widow #5, $3.99
Captain America #19, $3.99
Captain America Winter Soldier #1 (Director’s Cut), $4.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 1 Cosmic Avengers TP, $19.99
Marvel Knights Spider-Man Fight Night TP, $16.99
Marvel’s Captain America The Winter Soldier The Art Of The Movie Slipcase HC, $49.99
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Prelude #1 (Of 2), $2.99
Moon Knight #2 (Declan Shalvey Regular Cover), $3.99
Spider-Man Firsts TP, $34.99
Star-Lord Tears For Heaven TP, $7.99
X-Men Age Of Apocalypse Omnibus Companion HC, $99.99

PANINI PUBLISHING
Doctor Who Magazine #471, $9.99

TOHAN CORPORATION
Hobby Japan #122 (February 2014), $16.60

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING
Comic Book Creator #4, $8.95

UNIVERSITY PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI
Origins Of Comics From William Hogarth To Winsor McCay HC, $50.00

Videos
Doctor Who The Time Of The Doctor BD, AR
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXIX DVD, AR
Transformers Armada The Complete Series DVD, AR

Merchandise
Captain America Clean Shield Previews Exclusive Black T-Shirt LG, $16.99
Doctor Who Figurine Collection #13 Dalek Supreme, $20.00
Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Blueprints T-Shirt MED, $19.99
Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Blueprints T-Shirt SM, $18.99
Doctor Who TARDIS Sign Flex Magnet, $12.99
Gentle Giant Captain America On Motorcycle Statue, $459.00
Godzilla Scream City Previews Exclusive Navy T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Hanna Barbera Captain Caveman 3-Inch Action Figure, AR
Marvel Universe Action Figure Assortment 201401, AR
Star Trek Live Long And Prosper Earrings, $21.99
Star Wars Imperial Symbol Earrings, $21.99
Star Wars Kenner Zuckuss 12-Inch Action Figure, $80.00
Star Wars Rebel Symbol Earrings, $21.99


Toon Tumblers Herculoids Pint Glass, $10.99
Transformers Autobot Pixel Symbol Previews Exclusive Red T-Shirt LG, $16.99

Happy Valentine’s Day

In honor of the day of leurve, here are two mini-entries. One is an excerpt from the DP tumblr feed (you are following, I hope!).

This is one of a set Batman Valentine’s Day cards released in the 1960’s. It’s good to know that they were carefully preserved and not given to anyone. Phew!

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Additionally, here’s a time honored song in three parts from the Marx Brothers film, Horse Feathers. Zeppo, Chico and Groucho all join in singing their own version of the melody. Even Harpo whistles up a ditty to a special someone.

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I wish all of my readers a Happy Valentine’s Day and if you are without a valentine tonight, and someone asks, just tell them it’s me and they’ll be duly impressed. DPValentines

Son of Batman animated feature announced

Sonof_BatmanDamian Wayne is due to explode on the scene in the latest DC Animated feature based on the comic book by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert. A departure from the previous versions of the character, this Robin is unruly, wild and dangerous.

The feature may build the New 52 DCU by incorporating events that occurred before the company-wide reboot. I really cannot tell. DC Comics continuity is difficult enough to sort through without adding the animated filter as well, but the trailer is very impressive.

Via TV Guide:

Batman turns 75 this year and he’s celebrating by becoming a father. The upcoming animated movie Son of Batman introduces Damian, the child Bruce Wayne never knew he had. The story is based on a 2006 comic-book arc written by Grant Morrison in which Batman learns that he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son, secretly raised by the terrorist group the League of Assassins.

The voice cast features Jason O’Mara as Batman/Bruce Wayne; Stuart Allan as Damian; Morena Baccarin as Talia, Damian’s mother; Giancarlo Esposito as Ra’s Al Ghul, leader of the League of Assassins and one of Batman’s most notorious enemies; David McCallum as butler Alfred Pennyworth; Xander Berkeley as Kirk Langstrom (aka Man-Bat); and Thomas Gibson plays the master assassin Deathstroke.

This will be O’Mara’s second time voicing the Dark Knight. He also stars in Justice League: War, which is out Feb. 4. Both movies are part of Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment’s popular series of animated superhero features.

Son of Batman comes out late this spring on DVD, Blu-ray and for digital download. The movie will have its world premiere at WonderCon over Easter weekend in Anaheim, Calif.

Check out this exclusive first look at the trailer for Son of Batman:

Click on the link to watch the trailer at TV Guide.