It's Hulk vs Hulk ... At The Heart Of The Atom!

Cover art by Herb Trimpe, script by Archie Goodwin, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks by Sal Trapani

"Holocaust At the Heart of the Atom!":

Hulk arrives on Jarella's world with the mental acuity of Bruce Banner; He finds the city of K'ai in ruins and discovers that Jarella has been captured by the treacherous Lord Visis; Hulk rescues his lady love and leads her people in revolt; That is, until Visis teams up with master assassin Krylar who has a weapon that makes one battle one's darkest fears; The weapon is turned on the Hulk and Hulk with Banner's mind finds himself facing his old brutish self; Jarella's magicians counter by ending the spell that makes Hulk smart; Pym's serum wears off and Hulk grows back to normal size.

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Black Panther: The Six-Million Year Man!

Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Frank Giacoia, script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Mike Royer

"The Six-Million Year Man":

Hatch-22 demands to be returned to his own time in the future and mentally attacks Princess Zanda's men; The Black Panther is able to knock out Hatch-22; Princess Zanda joins with the Panther and Abner Little to travel to King Solomon's tomb to retrieve the other Brass Frog in order to complete the time machine and send Hatch-22 back to his own time. Letters responding to an earlier No-prize contest asking readers to guess which book Jack Kirby would write, draw and edit.

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That's So Raven...

By Tim Knight

From my first introduction to the New Teen Titans, I've always had a fascination with the mystical Raven, who I always felt had the most interesting backstory (and suite of powers). Really hope Teagan Croft is allowed to do the character justice when she brings her to life in the forthcoming Titans TV show.

In the meantime, marvel at some magnificent Raven cosplay in this post.

Marvel Wants To Crush Their Enemies And Hear The Lamentations Of Their Women...

By Tim Knight

A new deal between Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International sees Robert E Howard's famous barbarian returning to the Marvel stable next year.

It was in the pages of Marvel comics that I first encountered Conan The Barbarian, in small, reprint digests, that ignited the fires of inspiration in my tiny Dungeons & Dragons-saturated mind with their wild locations, fearsome monsters, and unstoppable protagonist.

It looks like Dark Horse - which has published Conan titles since 2003 - has lost out again to Marvel: first its Star Wars license and now Conan.

From Marvel's blog:

With over 650 issues from 1970 to 2000, Marvel brought fans the adventures of Conan The Barbarian, Conan the Adventurer, Conan the Savage, and Savage Sword of Conan, among other popular titles.

“From Barry Windsor-Smith to John Buscema to Neal Adams, a legendary lineup of amazing artists brought Conan to life in the pages of Marvel comics,” said C.B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel. “It’s a legacy we’re now going to live up to with the talent we have lined up for the Cimmerian barbarian’s homecoming in early 2019. We’re excited!”

With this deal, Marvel will again bring new and thrilling stories for Conan fans around the world. Details on upcoming comic book titles, collections, reprints, and creative teams will be shared at a later date.

Cloak & Dagger Sneak Preview

From Variety

Freeform will debut the two-hour premiere of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The series stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as two teenagers from different backgrounds who are linked together through mysterious powers. The show is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC. Joe Pokaski, producer and writer of “Heroes” is the showrunner and executive producer. Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory from ’‘Marvel’s The Defenders” are also executive producers. Watch a clip below.

Obi-Wan Kenobi - The Ghosts Of Jedi Past


On the subject of potential Star Wars reprisals, Liam Neeson recently told Yahoo! Movies that he's interested in returning to the role of Qui-Gonn Jinn in the solo Obi-Wan movie -- as a Force ghost, of course. But he says:

"This is the first time I’m hearing of this. No one’s been in touch with me. I know in the Star Wars world anything is possible.

"In the first one, The Phantom Menace, I died. But we know, you know, Jedis come back and stuff, but no one’s been in touch. We’ll see."

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens May 25. The Obi-Wan movie is expected to begin shooting in January 2019, presumably for a 2020 release.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story - Look Who's Coming To Dinner ... Maybe


Something that could become a big rumor following the logically minded speculation of Nerdist News that Ewan McGregor could appear in Solo: A Star Wars Story. The actor is possibly reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for that character's own future standalone spin-off, but perhaps we'll first get a tease of that with a cameo appearance this summer.

The theory stems partly from McGregor sporting an Obi-Wan-like beard at awards shows last week and partly from the idea that such an appearance could help lure audiences into what's been publicly seen as a problem-ridden production. Yes, Nerdist News host Jessica Chobot acknowledges this is still razor-thin guesswork. But she says:

"Either Ewan is performing the most 'notice me Senpai' move in the history of films, or something's up. Solo is having another round of reshoots later this month. The timing of a recent very-Obi-Wan-looking McGregor attempting to get into shape while simultaneously trying to reinsert himself in the Star Wars news cycle could be a sign that we'll be seeing him make a surprise cameo in the film."

They offer a suggestion for how Obi-Wan could fit into the story considering he clearly had never met Han Solo before the Mos Eisley scene in the original Star Wars. There's no indication that Chewbacca hadn't previously meet the Jedi master -- the Wookie even fought alongside Yoda years prior as seen in Revenge of the Sith -- and was actually introducing Han to Obi-Wan.

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Spawn: Don't you remember me? You had me burned alive.

From The Playlist

Todd McFarlane has certainly shown he knows how to talk up his directorial debut, “Spawn,” before a frame has even been shot. The comic creator has been eager to finally realize his own vision of his character on the big screen, and he’s been going on and on about how it’s gonna be soooooo R-rated. Enthusiasm is fine, but when you start taking shots at other comic book movies, ones that arguably paved he way for your film to be made, a little humility would probably go a long way.

Rolling through ACE Comic-Con, McFarlane once again talked up how super duper dark “Spawn” will be, and dumped on “Deadpool” in the process.

“It’s funny in Hollywood, if you say you want to do an R-rated movie, they go like ‘Oh like Deadpool and like Logan?’ For me, no. Deadpool, to me, was a PG-13 action movie. It just had some naked butts and a couple f-bombs. Other than that, I thought it was the same PG-13 formula,” he said.


By speaking the magic word "SHAZAM" Billy Batson can transform himself into a costumed adult with the powers of superhuman strength

We just added four classic 'golden age' Whiz comics to our online store so we thought it best to provide a brief history of Captain Marvel:

Captain Marvel, also known as Shazam, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker created the character in 1939. Captain Marvel first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 (cover-dated Feb. 1940), published by Fawcett Comics. He is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a boy who, by speaking the magic word "SHAZAM" (acronym of six "immortal elders": Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury), can transform himself into a costumed adult with the powers of superhuman strength, speed, flight and other abilities.

Based on book sales, the character was the most popular superhero of the 1940s, outselling even Superman. Fawcett expanded the franchise to include other "Marvels", primarily Marvel Family associates Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr., who can harness Billy's powers as well. Captain Marvel was also the first comic book superhero to be adapted into film, in a 1941 Republic Pictures serial titled Adventures of Captain Marvel.

Fawcett ceased publishing Captain Marvel-related comics in 1953, partly because of a copyright infringement suit from DC Comics, alleging that Captain Marvel was a copy of Superman. In 1972, DC licensed the Marvel Family characters from Fawcett, and returned them to publication. By 1991, DC had acquired all rights to the characters. DC has since integrated Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family into their DC Universe and has attempted to revive the property several times, with mixed success. Due to trademark conflicts over another character named "Captain Marvel" owned by Marvel Comics, DC has branded and marketed the character using the trademark Shazam! since his 1972 reintroduction. This has, in turn, led many to assume that "Shazam" was the character's name. DC later officially renamed the character "Shazam" when relaunching its comic book properties in 2011.

The character has been featured in two television series adaptations, one live action and one animated, by Filmation, and an upcoming New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Shazam! feature film scheduled for release in 2019 as part of the DC Extended Universe, with Zachary Levi and Asher Angel portraying the title role. Captain Marvel was ranked as the 55th greatest comic book character of all time by Wizard magazine. IGN also ranked Captain Marvel as the 50th greatest comic book hero of all time, stating that the character will always be an enduring reminder of a simpler time. UGO Networks ranked him as one of the top heroes of entertainment, saying, "At his best, Shazam has always been compared to Superman with a sense of crazy, goofy fun".

Now check these out:

Whiz #147 Fawcett Publications July 1952 Grade Fine

Whiz #148 Fawcett Publications August 1952 Grade Fine

Whiz #149 Fawcett Publications September 1952 Grade Fine

Whiz #145 Fawcett Publications May 1952 Grade Fine

You Can Forget Star Wars - This Is Ant Wars!

By Tim Knight

When military personnel spray an untested insecticide on ants in the Brazilian rainforest, the colony mutate into super-intelligent creatures with a taste for human flesh!

As the terrifying army head closer towards civilisation, Captain Villa and a young forest native race ahead in the vain attempt to warn a thoroughly unprepared world!

Written by Gerry Finley-Day (Rogue Trooper), with Art by Joe Ferrer (Robo-Hunter), Azpiri (Black Hawk) and many others, Ant Wars is an exhilarating take on classic sci-fi movies!
A vintage 2000AD story lives again in graphic novel form and is available to pre-order, ahead of its release on February 7.

I don't remember this story, but THEM! (the classic 1950's giant ant movie) is one of my favourite monster movies, so Ant Wars tickled my fancy.

This release also includes Zancudo, from Judge Dredd Megazine, another insect-themed adventure story:

2127 AD: High above the Peruvian rainforest, vast, eerie creatures fix compound eyes on a vessel transporting the notorious Fendito ‘the Bandito’ back into custody in the South-Am mega-city of Cuidad Barranquilla. For ‘Banana City’ judges Xavi Ancizar and Sofia Perez, the bug hunt is just beginning ...

Written by Simon Spurrier (X-Men Legacy) and featuring the art of British comics legend Cam Kennedy (Judge Dredd), witness all-out insect war with mankind in the middle!

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