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ComiXology Delivers 8 New Digital Comics For You Today

It’s a new day for digital comics and comiXology has your hookup with eight new comics for you! You can check out the full list of what you can get now or the individual issues below!

Baby Out Of The Blue

Written by Rebecca Winters
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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While staying at a hotel in Greece, Fran finds an abandoned baby. Just where did the baby come from? Could it be from the tornado the day before? According to the police, the baby’s parents are dead and her uncle Nikolos is desperately looking for her. Nikolos is the CEO of a large company, a man who lives for thrills and pleasure! Or at least that’s what the gossip magazines paint him as—a playboy. But what Fran sees when she reunites him with his niece is a person filled with sincerity. And then he says he wants Fran to accompany him and the baby back to Mykonos, where his family lives…

Baby Out Of The Blue

Marvel Action Spider-Man Vol. 4: Venom

Written by Delilah Dawson
Art by Davide Tinto
Cover by Davide Tinto
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Collects Marvel Action: Spider-Man #10-12.

Yet another Spider-Man arrives on the scene, but this one is big, bad, and wreaking havoc all across the city. The action continues in this graphic novel adventure for middle-grade readers featuring Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, and Miles Morales!

Marvel Action Spider-Man Vol. 4: Venom

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 1

Written by Stan Lee
Art by Carl Burgos, Bill Everett, Russ Heath, John Romita Sr.
Cover by Carl Burgos
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Collects Marvel Boy #1-2, Astonishing #3-6 and Young Men #24-28.

As the ’50s dawned and the Atlas Era was born, the day of the Nazi-stomping super hero had passed, and in its place came a new style of hero reflective of the changing times. Heroes born of bizarre atomic science that battled otherworldly alien menaces, and patriotic poster boys that battled back the Communist hordes. Marvel Boy: Rejecting the tyranny of Earth’s governments, scientist Dr. Matthew Grayson built an experimental spacecraft and traveled to the planet Uranus with his infant son, Robert. In this incredible environment, young Robert developed marvelous powers of telepathy and superhuman strength, combined with a pair of amazing photonic wristbands. These astonishing powers made him Marvel Boy, cosmic protector of the solar system! The Hero Revival: The year was 1953, and with fear of Communism clutching the nation’s attention, Atlas Comics publisher Martin Goodman tapped Stan Lee – along with artists John Romita, Bill Everett, Carl Burgos and Russ Heath – to stage a revival of the most-famous super heroes of the era. Bursting onto the pages of YOUNG MEN, the Human Torch, Captain America and the Sub-Mariner made their explosive return to the comics scene!

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 1

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 2

Written by Dick Ayers, Bill Everett
Art by Dick Ayers, Bill Everett, Mort Lawrence, Bob Powell, John Romita Sr.
Cover by John Romita Sr.
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Collects Men’s Adventures #27-28, Captain America #76-78, Human Torch #36-38, Marvel Super-Heroes #16.

The Atlas Era Hero Revival continues with the adventures of the comics’ most famous trio of Communist conquering heroes: Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner! Beginning with the Big Three’s anthology adventures in Men’s Adventures, we then dive headlong into Captain America’s complete 1954 solo series. Illustrated by Bullpen legend John Romita in some of his very first super hero stories, you’ll see Cap and Bucky fight Fifth Columnists, Commie spies and even the Soviet Electro! Next up, it’s the Human Torch and Toro! Returned from his slumber by an atomic bomb, the Torch has rejoined his young sidekick in a battle to clean up threats as amazing and entertaining as vampires, killer robots and his 1950s nemesis, the Vulture. Their crime-fighting adventures even take on a global purchase, stretching all the way to the 38th Parallel and Communist Korea! And finally, for a quick taste of what’s to come in Atlas Era Heroes’ next volume, comes an assortment of Bill Everett’s lavishly drawn tales of the lord of the Atlantis, Namor the Sub-Mariner. Considered by many to be the definitive take on the character, Everett’s ’50s Sub-Mariner is nothing less than treasure from the deep! We’d be remiss to leave you without a bevy of historical bonuses, including a rare Human Torch tale that went unprinted for more than a decade, original artwork, Atlas Era house ads and an introduction by Hero Revival scholar extraordinaire Roy Thomas.

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 2

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 3

Written by Stan Lee
Art by Dick Ayers, Bill Everett, Mort Lawrence, Howard Post
Cover by Syd Shores
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Collects Sub-Mariner #33-42.

The Atlas Era Heroes hits the high-water mark of the 1954 revival with the sovereign of the seven seas, the Sub-Mariner! Collected for the first time ever, the Atlas SUB-MARINER series showcases Bill Everett’s most lavish, most manic and most exciting interpretation of his undersea creation. Supported by Namora, Princess Fen and intrepid love interest Betty Dean, Namor faces off against the nefarious Prince Byrrah, his own doppelganger, giant crocodiles and Communists a-plenty in issue after issue of pre-Code action and marine adventure. From all-out invasions of the surface world to the perils of exile from Atlantis, these pages define the Sub-Mariner in a way never before, and perhaps never since, captured in any comic series! Along with Dick Ayer’s Human Torch and backup stories featuring the terrors of the deep, you’ll also be treated to Everett’s tales of the young Namor and how he came to be the hot-headed protector the kingdom beneath the Antarctic ice.

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Heroes Vol. 3

Omega: The Unknown

Written by Jonathan Lethem, Karl Rusnak
Art by Farel Dalrymple, Paul Hornschemeier
Cover by Farel Dalrymple, Paul Hornschemeier
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Collects Omega The Unknown (2007) #1-10.

The story of a mute, reluctant super hero from another planet, and the earthly teenager with whom he shares a strange destiny — and the legion of robots and nanoviruses that have been sent from afar to hunt the two of them down. Created in 1975 by Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes, the original Omega the Unknown lasted only ten issues, but was a legend to those who recall it — an ahead-of-its-time tale of an anti-hero, inflected with brilliant ambiguity. One of Omega’s teenage fans was award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem, who has used the original as a springboard for a superbly strange, funny and moving graphic novel in ten chapters.

Omega: The Unknown

Power Pack: The Kids Are All Right

Written by Marc Sumerak
Art by Gurihiru
Cover by Gurihiru
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Collects Power Pack #1-4, X-Men And Power Pack #1-4, And Avengers And Power Pack Assemble! #1-4.

It’s all-ages action in the mighty Marvel manner! Marvel’s youngest team of super heroes returns for more awesome action, family fun and Snark-stomping adventures – and this time they’ve brought some very special friends! Hot on the heels of four fun-filled, all-ages solo adventures, everyone’s favorite super-powered siblings team up with Marvel’s merry mutants, the X-Men! Featuring Wolverine, Beast, Nightcrawler and Cyclops! Then, Power Pack returns for another titanic team-up – and this time, it’s Earth’s Mightiest Heroes leading the charge! Featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman and more!

Power Pack: The Kids Are All Right

The Wedding Ultimatum

Written by Helen Bianchin
Art by Misuzu Sasaki
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Danielle is the daughter of a Spanish aristocrat. Following her father’s death, she and her mother find themselves on the verge of financial ruin. She’s been supporting her mother on her own, but then skilled businessman Rafe offers her a helping hand. Rafe grew up dirt-poor but exudes a dangerous charm and sophistication. He offers her a devilish proposal in exchange for a massive sum of money and support. He wants Danielle to marry him and produce an heir with noble blood!

The Wedding Ultimatum

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ComiXology Delivers 7 New Digital Comics for You Today from Marvel and Harlequin

ComiXology has a mix of new and classic comics for you today in their digital store. Get digital comics from Marvel and Harlequin. Check them all out here or the individual issues below.

Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol. 1

Written by Ernie Hart, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Art by Dick Ayers, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber
Cover by Richard Isanove, Jack Kirby
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Collects material from Tales To Astonish (1959) #27 and #35-52.

Burned under the magnifying glass of overwhelming demand, Mighty Marvel has given in to bring you our smallest hero in his first big Masterwork! Scientist Hank Pym invented an amazing growth serum and a cybernetic helmet, making him the Astonishing Ant-Man! Teamed with the winsome Wasp, the tiny twosome battle a sensational array of mini- and maxi-sized menaces from the Scarlet Beetle to the Black Knight! And if that’s not enough to occupy a man of science, he’s also defending the good ol’ U.S. of A.’s secrets from the Commie hordes! But we’ve got more than just miniature mayhem for you, True Believer — you can also look forward to the birth of the biggest Avenger there ever was: Giant-Man!

Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol. 1

Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol. 2

Written by Al Hartley, Leon Lazarus, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Art by Dick Ayers, Carl Burgos, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Larry Lieber, Bob Powell
Cover by Jack Kirby
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Collects material from Tales To Astonish #53-69.

Hank Pym and his ladylove, Janet Van Dyne, make their highly requested return to the Marvel Masterworks in the concluding volume of Ant-Man/Giant-Man’s Silver Age adventures! Penned by no less than “The Man” himself, Stan Lee, and illustrated by an unmatched cadre of Bullpen embellishers from “Dazzling” Dick Ayers and “Sturdy” Steve Ditko to Golden Age greats Carl Burgos and Bob Powell, you’ll need high pockets to hold onto the action and adventure that’s in store for you. Giant-Man and the winsome Wasp have the decks stacked against them as they go up against an array of antagonists from the wild and weird Human Top, Porcupine, Colossus and the Wrecker to the Incredible Hulk, Attuma and Spider-Man! Also presenting the debut of the world’s tallest Avenger’s new look and the Wasp’s own solo feature!

Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol. 2

Avengers Epic Collection: This Beachhead Earth

Written by Harlan Ellison, Roy Thomas
Art by Neal Adams, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Frank Giacoia, Sam Grainger, Herb Trimpe
Cover by John Buscema
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Collects Avengers (1963) #77-97; Incredible Hulk (1968) #140.

Roy Thomas’ epic run continues with the origin of the Black Panther, the debut of the Lady Liberators, the return of the Squadron Sinister and the all-time classic Kree/Skrull War! Caught in a cosmic crossfire, Earth has become the staging ground for a conflict of star-spanning proportions! Two eternal intergalactic enemies — the merciless Kree and the shape-shifting Skrulls — have gone to war, and our planet is situated on the front lines! Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes bring about an end to the fighting before humanity becomes a casualty of war? And what good are even a dozen super-powered champions against the vast military machines of two of the greatest empires in the cosmos?

Avengers Epic Collection: This Beachhead Earth

Britannia All At Sea

Written by Betty Neels
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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Head nurse Britannia finds herself strangely attracted to the stone-faced and stoic visiting professor Jake Luitingh van Thien.

Getting a glimpse into his softer side, Britannia takes him up on his offer to visit his hometown in Holland to find love…

Britannia All At Sea

Marvel Adventures Iron Man Vol. 3: Hero By Design

Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Scott Koblish, Graham Nolan
Cover by Francis Tsai
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Collects Marvel Adventures Iron Man #9-12.

The Armored Avenger blasts through the third arc of his solo title in the critically acclaimed, best-selling Marvel Adventures line! Featuring an army of gray Iron Man armor automatons; the Chameleon; the spectacular Spider-Woman; the Living Laser; Canada’s greatest super heroes, Alpha Flight; Kiber the Cruel; and the return of Tony Stark’s missing father!

Marvel Adventures Iron Man Vol. 3: Hero By Design

Marvel Fanfare: Strange Tales

Written by Mike W. Barr, Charlie Boatner, Chris Claremont, Steven Grant, David Anthony Kraft, Bill Mantlo, Roger McKenzie, David Michelinie, Sandy Plunkett, Roger Stern, David Winn
Art by Joe Barney, Dave Cockrum, George Freeman, Michael Golden, Luke McDonnell, Sandy Plunkett, Marshall Rogers, P. Craig Russell, Paul Smith, Charles Vess, Trevor Von Eeden
Cover by Michael Golden
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Collects Marvel Fanfare #1-7.

One of Marvel’s most unique anthology titles had a strong start with a classic Spider-Man/X-Men team-up saga in the Savage Land, presented here in its entirety, with more than a half-dozen additional tales! Mister Fantastic, alone against Annihilus! Captain America faces a forgotten wartime legacy! The Hulk vs. the circus! Christmas with Daredevil! Deathlok, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Ian McNee of MYSTIC ARCANA fame and more!

Marvel Fanfare: Strange Tales

Marvel Illustrated: The Last Of The Mohicans

Written by Roy Thomas
Art by Steve Kurth, Denis Medri
Cover by John Watson
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Collects Marvel Illustrated: Last Of The Mohicans #1-6.

The first great hero in American fiction—in the first true American epic! Across the Eastern Wilderness rages the French and Indian War—with only a handful of English and Colonial troops standing in the path of the relentless army of General Montcalm and his fierce Iroquois allies. But arrayed against the invaders are Hawkeye, the fabled frontier scout, and his noble friends Chingachgook and Uncas, the only two survivors of the Mohican tribe. THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS is a tale of bravery and barbarism — of heroism amid the horrors of the final great war fought between the British and the French — and their Indian allies — for a land destined one day to seize its freedom in its own hands. James Fenimore Cooper’s famous novel has been adapted with all its legendary excitement intact by award-winning writer Roy Thomas, and artists Steven Kurth and Denis Medri.

Marvel Illustrated: The Last Of The Mohicans

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Preview: Swamp Monsters

Swamp Monsters

Steve Banes (w) • Bob Powell, Lou Cameron, Hy Flieshmann (a)

Something’s out there in the mad, murky depths of the fear-filled, sinister swamp… some… swamp… THING is coming for you! And it’s out for mud!

The terror team that brought you Zombies, Return of the Zombies, and the petrifyingly popular hit series Haunted Horror takes you on an excursion of evil into the dankest, lagooniest corners of your nightmares, and dredging up over 240 pages of icky, drippy, slimy, grimy beasts from the grungy bottom of the Pre-Code comics’ bog. Swamp Monsters includes a fascinating introduction by comics legend and acclaimed artist of Swamp Thing, “Swampy” Stephen Bissette!

HC • FC • $24.99 • 144 pages • 8-1/2” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-453-4

Swamp Monsters

Preview: Haunted Horror: Cry From The Coffin

Haunted Horror: Cry From The Coffin

Alex Toth, Rudy Palais, Bob Powell & Bernard Baily (w & a) • Bernard Baily (c)

Comics so scary and gruesome, Congress had to get involved. A face-melting anthology featuring spine-chilling stories from the Pre-Code 1950s. Horror comics that the Senate and do-gooders reviled. Lovingly restored, this striking, full-color tome showcases terrifying stories of dead walking and ghouls stalking, drawn by Alex Toth, Rudy Palais, Bernard Baily, and many more macabre masters. Part of the acclaimed Chilling Archives of Horror Comics.

HC • FC • $24.99 • 152 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-175-5

Haunted Horror: Cry From The Coffin

Preview: Haunted Horror: Candles for the Undead and More!

Haunted Horror: Candles for the Undead and More!

Various (w) • Bob Powell, Joe Orlando, Warren Kremer, Howard Nostrand, Ross Andru, Mike Esposito, Rudy Palais, Lee Eias, Lou Cameron, Jack Katz (a) • L.B Cole (c)

In this bizarre, lawless, ghoulish, gruesome, terrifying frightfest of a book you’ll read: “Candles for the Undead,” “The Monster’s Ghost,” “Pray for the Vampire Horde,” “The Witches Come at Midnight,” “Your Head for Mine” and many more mind-rotting comics!

HC • FC • $24.99 • 148 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-671-3

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Preview: Weird Love: I Joined A Teen-Age Sex Cult

Weird Love: I Joined A Teen-Age Sex Cult

Various (w) • Bob Powell, Alice Kirkpatrick, Alberta Tewks, George Evans (a) • Bob Powell (c)

Deranged, outrageous, oddball, kitchy, crazy, depraved, and essential romance comics from the 1950s and ’60s sure to blow your mind and bust your gut with laughter!

Read: “I Joined a Teenage Sex Cult,” “Savage Love,” “Men Were My Business,” “Cracked Up,” “Black Marketeer,” “Call Me Wicked,” “I Married A Maniac,” “He Called Me Jail Bait,” plus a sordid story of Clown Fetish: “The Love She Didn’t Want!” and many more bizarro comics!

HC • FC • $29.99 • 160 pages • 7.5” x 9.75” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-616-4

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Indie Icons: Bob Powell’s Cave Girl

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Comixology currently has over 75,000 comics and it is now my job to dig through them all and find the strangest, most outrageous, and most fun comics deep within the depths and bring them to you at great danger to my own personal sanity. Today we are going to start with the comic that inspired this entire idea, Bob Powell’s Cave Girl. And guys, Cave Girl pulls no punches when it comes to strange. First thing is first though. This comic is kind of, and by kind of I mean really, racist in how it portrays Africans.
CaveGirlMashupLike I said, pretty racist. Now, racism and hate of any kind are not right in any form or in any situation. But, it is important to understand the culture that Bob Powell was living in. Times were different back in the fifties and you could get away with a lot more discrimination and hate, simply because people saw that as the norm. The first issue of Cave Girl was originally released in 1952. Now, for comparison, let’s take a look at a fairly popular Disney movie that came out just one year later that you may have heard of and compare:


Oh yes, the old Peter Pan What Makes the Red Man Red? scene. A classic in American racism. And it isn’t as if this was not popular when it was released. It was the 2nd highest grossing film of the decade behind Lady and the Tramp which was released two years later. This is not to excuse the racism in this comic for its depiction of Africans, rather it is to show how a cultural norm then, can be appalling generations later but, accepted by those at the time. Enough serious backstory though, let’s get to Cave Girl and an opening scene so important it couldn’t be contained by the cover.CaveGirlCover

This may be one of the saddest opening scenes I have ever scene in a comic book. Cave Girl’s pet monkey, Chico, is being attacked by a boa constrictor when Cave Girl rushes in. This story does not waste time with pointless buildup about who these people are. No, you see a monkey in danger and you immediately know that this is a heartbreaking moment. (Side note: there need to be more monkey pets in comic books. I refuse to believe that Beppo the Super Monkey couldn’t work today as Superman’s go to animal friend.)

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Being the badass that she is, Cave Girl stabs the boa repeatedly but, not before poor Chico is killed and buried. That’s when we have a hard cut to a very strange man sneaking up behind an African tribesman with a knife. This reduces poor Chico’s funeral to one short panel which is a travesty. He deserved better than that. I’ll never forget you Chico.CaveGirlChico

The chief quickly dies but, not before literally pointing at his killer to tell him he killed him and cursing him. After these two deaths, time passes. You may be wondering how much time passed. Me too. The only indication of how long Chico and the chief have been dead is a caption reading “then one day”. So yeah, I have no idea how far ahead we just jumped. But Chico is alive again! Bob Powell clearly understood the true star of Cave Girl. Also, the chief, known as Chief Tom, is alive too. So, I guess that’s good. Cave Girl also stubs her toes. I have no witty caption for this, I just thought it should be known.Cave Girl Toe Stub

It’s also important to note that all this snake killing, chief killing, monkey killing, and toe stubbing action has all happened on the first three pages, counting the cover. This book does not pause to take a breath and it’s taking all my energy to try and keep up. I do have to give Bob his due here by naming the African chief Tom which, is the most neutral and boring name you can give anyone rather than some random stereotypical African sounding name like Mukeefu. What? Mukeefu is the name of his village? Chief Tom of Mukeefu, huh? Ok, I’ll accept that I suppose.

We quickly find out Chief Tom was killed in a power struggle and it doesn’t take long before Cave Girl decides to help him take back his power because…she’s bored? There’s no explanation but I think Cave Girl just wants to hurt more things after her python murdering adventure. And, that is exactly what she does. Cave girl does not play around.

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Oh, and Chief Tom kills a defenseless man in a single blow, setting the perfect example on why he should be chief again. Alright, now that we have two resurrections and a power struggle out of the way, we can catch our breath and finally get to some of the truly bizarre parts of this comic. Cave Girl leaves the village only to be randomly assaulted by a man hiding in a cave literally three panels later. She is having a tough day. And for what nefarious means does he attack her for you ask? Well, that’s quite simple, to send her into the future using his time machine that runs on a fortune teller’s crystal ball.

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We find out this is how everyone’s favorite pet monkey, and true hero of the story, Chico was brought back to life when Ralph Norklander, our friendly mad scientist, sent his body back in time. But, apparently he is sick of saving lives and helping everyone because that was just a side hobby to kill time. Really, all he wants to do is make people super old so they miss all of their best years. Honestly, this is a pretty sick plan and makes me question how much I really like Ralph since he does want to kill Cave Girl, but he did save Chico… Let’s just see how this plays out before I make any final judgement.

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He sends an elderly Cave Girl (Woman?) out to die and probably be eaten by animals. Fine, he’s a jerk and I don’t like him. Sorry, Chico. Cave Girl apparently has super powers though, because she can now talk to animals. For some reason, having that power above ground automatically makes her cooler than Aquaman in my mind, even though she’s doing the exact same thing. Anyway, if we have learned anything about Cave Girl in all this, it is that she will hurt you if you mess with her. And, sometimes, even if you don’t do anything to her.

Cave Girl sends her new animal friends to attack Ralph, throws the machine in reverse, and gets back her youthful glow. The day is saved thanks to…hold on guys, a wormhole in time and space just opened up. We are nowhere close to done. Centuries start to pass before their eyes and, Ralph being Ralph, he decides to jump in and ends up lost in time. But this bores Cave Girl, so she does what anyone would do after the past couple of days that she’s had. She hops on her antelope, next to her bear and tiger friends, and rides off into the sunset.

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And the day is saved thanks too…wait. How am I only one page 8? Chico died and came back, she saved an entire village, and she even traveled through time all in 8 pages? This doesn’t make any sense. How? What…………….

Graphic Policy must regretfully inform you that Kenny Coburn has lost most of his sanity and won’t have it back until we force him to do this again in a few weeks.

Review: Bob Powell’s Complete Cave Girl

cavegirl 1Those reading comics primarily from a modern perspective might think that with the explosion of interest in the independents that it is the first time that the medium of comics has ventured outside of the comfortable confines of superheroes, science-fiction and fantasy.  While there has been an explosion in recent years in the popularity of other genres in the medium, it is really nothing new.  Comic fans in the early years of the medium would have had a harder time finding the superheroes among the myriad of other characters, whether they be from crime, romance, western or adventure comics.  Among one of the sub-genres of comics in earlier years was that of the jungle queen or jungle girl, a version or Tarzan that mixed femininity with a more feral nature.  Bob Powell’s Cave Girl takes a look at a small slice of these stories, collecting all of the artist’s work on this nearly forgotten character.

Although comic book reading is seemingly in a resurgence, those comic readers that are used to only modern comics would be in for a shock when picking up older issues from the silver age or the golden age.  The stories back then were aimed at a completely different audience, looking to get the attention of younger readers, not readers in their teens or adult years.  This made the stories simpler in a sense, with easier plot twists and usually less believable outcomes.  The stories were rarely if ever serialized either, and this made the wrap-ups to plots sometimes maddeningly fast.  Those expecting to pick up this volume and to be entertained by modern standards will be disappointed, as the stories are simplistic and easy and of marginal entertainment value.  Where this volume does succeed is through the introductory essays which put the stories firmly in place within the history of the medium.  By reading them first and then reading the comics, the comic reader will be immersed in a bygone era when people knew who Bob Powell was and when a jungle girl was a completely relevant protagonist to carry a series.

Someone picking this up and simply flipping through the pages will likely miss the point.  A few times in the introductory words it is all but said that the stories themselves are not really worthy of being revisited, more so the art and the genre.  Taken all together the result is different though, as a firm appreciation of a part of the past of the medium is understood.  Those seeking only superheroics out of comics might not find as much here, but those that realize how wide of a spectrum this medium offers will likely be impressed with this anthology, as it reminds that comics are as imaginative as the creative team makes them into.

Story: Gardner Fox Art: Bob Powell
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

Yoe And IDW Lift The Ban On “Zombies”!

YOE AND IDW LIFT THE BAN ON “ZOMBIES”!
The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics open for another epic dose of terror May 30th!

[Zombies Cover]San Diego, CA (May 29, 2012) – In the shuffling, deranged footsteps of Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein and Bob Powell’s Terror comes a thrilling, spine-tingling collection of classic, taboo horror comics.  Hitting shelves with a vengeance tomorrow, IDW Publishing and Yoe Books are proud to present ZOMBIES!

It’s difficult to imagine an era where work from comics titans like Wally Wood, Gene Colan, Bob Powell, Reed Crandall, Jack Cole, and Lou Cameron was kept away from readers, but these 1950’s zombie tales were so terrifying, parents and politicians the nation over made sure they were banned!

Conjured back to print by Eisner-winning Editor and designer Craig Yoe, these classic, lost tales are being reproduced in astonishing detail in a beautiful hardcover edition that belies the unstoppable, macabre forces within!

Complete with an introduction by the book’s co-Editor Steve “Karswell” Banes, host of the popular “The Horrors of It All” vintage comics blog, ZOMBIES is a must-own tome for lovers of the undead!

ZOMBIES ($21.99, 148 pages, hard cover, full color) will be available in comic book stores May 29, 2012. ISBN 978-1-61377-213-3.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

Fans Vote for their Favorite Ghoul!

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Fans Vote for their Favorite Ghoul!

Yoe Books asking fans to choose cover of upcoming Bob Powell’s Terror hardcover

[Bob Powell Covers]Now through Friday, September 2, Yoe Books/IDW ( http://yoebooks.com ) is letting comics fans vote on the cover for the about-to-be-printed book, BOB POWELL’S TERROR, which reprints the cult favorite’s 1950s most terrifying horror comics! To vote for one of the four gruesome ghouls to adorn the cover of BOB POWELL’S TERROR, visit the Yoe Books Facebook page ( http://on.fb.me/oiybSQ ). Every voter will automatically be entered into a contest to win one of three copies autographed by Eisner winner, Craig Yoe, who edited and designed the book. Voting ends Friday Sept. 2nd at midnight. The winning cover and the winners of the autographed books will be announced Tuesday, September 6th on the Yoe Books Facebook fan page.

Bob Powell was a master 1950s horror cartoonist delineating some of the most imaginative and incredibly drawn comics in the horror comic book genre. His terrifying ghouls were as gruesome as his tantalizing girls were gorgeous! The introduction in BOB POWELL’S TERROR details Powell‘s comics career with extensive and revealing quotes from a recently discovered manuscript about his work, penned by Powell himself. The book’s front matter is profusely illustrated with rare ephemera and flawless reproductions of Powell‘s original art including unpublished treats! BOB POWELL’S TERROR prints a coffin full of the creator’s best horror comics stories as chosen by his most ravenous fans. The stories are carefully scanned and reproduced from vintage comics, many of them quite rare and expensive – if you could find them at all! This beautifully designed, 148-page, library-quality, full-color hardback book is Volume 2 in The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics series. The first volume, still available, is DICK BRIEFER’S FRANKENSTEIN, published last Halloween to great acclaim.

BOB POWELL’S TERROR ($29.99, 148 pages, hardcover) will be available in October, 2011. ISBN 978-1-60010-773-3.

DICK BRIEFFER’S FRANKENSTEIN ($21.99, 144 pages, hardcover) is now available in stores. ISBN 978-1-60010-722-1.

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