Saturday, October 16, 2010

BOOK OF THE YEAR: PURGE!

BOOK OF THE YEAR: PURGE!

SOFI OKSANEN

NOT FOR THE WEAK OF HEART, BUT A STUNNING NOVEL YOU WILL THINK ABOUT LONG AFTER YOU FINISH READING . . . PLUS AN ABSOLUTELY STUDDING COVER . . .

Soon to be published in twenty-five languages, Sofi Oksanen’s award-winning novel Purge is a breathtakingly suspenseful tale of two women dogged by their own shameful pasts and the dark, unspoken history that binds them.

When Aliide Truu, an older woman living alone in the Estonian countryside, finds a disheveled girl huddled in her front yard, she suppresses her misgivings and offers her shelter.

Zara is a young sex-trafficking victim on the run from her captors, but a photo she carries with her soon makes it clear that her arrival at Aliide’s home is no coincidence. Survivors both, Aliide and Zara engage in a complex arithmetic of suspicion and revelation to distill each other’s motives; gradually, their stories emerge, the culmination of a tragic family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss that played out during the worst years of Estonia’s Soviet occupation.

Sofi Oksanen establishes herself as one the most important voices of her generation with this intricately woven tale, whose stakes are almost unbearably high from the first page to the last. Purge is a fiercely compelling and damning novel about the corrosive effects of shame, and of life in a time and place where to survive is to be implicated.

Y/A CORNER: KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY!

Y/A CORNER: KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY!

VIOLET HABERDASHER

Henry Grim has never been in trouble for borrowing a sword from the headmaster’s private stores. He has never discovered a forbidden room in a foreign castle, or received a death threat over breakfast.

All Henry knows is life as an orphaned servant boy at the Midsummer School, bullied by the privileged sons of aristocracy. But all that changes when Henry is the first commoner to pass the entrance exam for the prestigious Knightley Academy, where he will be trained as a modern-day knight alongside the cleverest and bravest fourteen-year-olds in the country.

Henry and his roommates, two other students from decidedly un-Knightley backgrounds, are not exactly greeted with open arms by their classmates. In fact, it soon becomes apparent that someone is going to great lengths to sabotage the trio’s chances at becoming knights. But Henry soon learns that there is more at stake than his future at Knightley, and only he can sound the alarm. Is anyone going to believe a former servant on the brink of expulsion?

Brimming with wry humor, page-turning suspense, and surprising twists, this first adventure in a memorable new series is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

COCKTAIL NATION #146 ~ SHAGXOTICA!

COCKTAIL NATION #146 ~ SHAGXOTICA!

This week on the show, Koop talks to a man who has a CD out which is dedicated to the art of SHAG. He’ll also have some Liberace news, a couple of letters from listeners, new music from Mr Ho's Orchestrotica, and our weekly look at the world of swank and the blogosphere, plus the ever popular segment, Ask Koop – this week exploring the issue of office microwave etiquette.

PLAYLIST:

Octobop ~ Playboy Theme
Royal Crown Revue ~ Besame Mija (Baille Para Qui)
Shagxotica ~ The Ghost Of Augie Colon Arthur Lyman- Voodoo Dreams
Liberace ~ I Hear A Rhapsody
Martini Kings ~ You Only Live Twice
SpyFi ~ Mission Impossible
Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica ~ Sentimental Journey
Les Baxter Sophisticated Savage Blue Martinis ~ Great City
Billy May ~ Cocktails For Two
Peter Nero ~ It's Alright With Me
Percy Faith and His orch ~ Morgan

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FAUX COVER ~ TWART ART!

FAUX COVER ~ TWART ART!

EVEN DOC SHANER PRODUCE A VERY COOL FAUX COVER FOR SILVER SABLE WEEK OVER AT COMIC TWART AND THEN FOLLOWED IT WITH A COOL PIECE (BELOW) CALLED MATCHSTICK GEARHEAD ON HIS OWN BLOG.

FOR MORE FROM DOC CLICK HERE

COOL PUMPKINS #1!

Friday, October 15, 2010

TALES OF THE RED PANDA: THE ANDROID ASSASSINS!

TALES OF THE RED PANDA: THE ANDROID ASSASSINS!

NOW AVAILABLE!

"A city beset by the darkness and desperation of the Depression balances upon a knife edge, ready to plunge into chaos and despair. The forces of darkness have been held thus far at bay by a pair of red gauntleted fists, but on how many fronts can Toronto's masked champion fight at one time? An unseen manipulator is pulling the city's surviving businesses to the brink of collapse for his own fiendish purposes just as an old foe returns to unleash his bitter fury upon innocent lives. Who will survive the power of... The Android Assassins?"

Tales of the Red Panda: The Android Assassins, the third volume in the the pulp adventures of the masked protectors of 1930's Toronto, is now available! These all-new adventure novels make wonderful companion stories to the Parsec-Award winning audio drama series from Decoder Ring Theatre, or thrill readers young and old as stand-alone stories. Follow wealthy young gad-about August Fenwick as he stalks the shadows of his city, handing out two-fisted pulp justice! Together with his faithful driver Kit Baxter, who fights by his side as The Flying Squirrel, the Red Panda holds high the light of justice in a dark time!

The books are available from Amazon.com, or visit the BOOKS page at www.decoderringtheatre.com where the Red Panda's ongoing audio adventures are also available for free download!

The BOOKS page also offers the opportunity to download a free 5 chapter preview of any book in the Tales of the Red Panda series using the "Pay with a Tweet" function... just click and post a link to your Twitter feed or Facebook wall in exchange for a free preview!

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

THE SHADOW: THE HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF THE RADIO PROGRAM!

THE SHADOW: THE HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF THE RADIO PROGRAM!

WRITTEN BY MARTIN GRAMS, JR., AUTHOR OF THE GREEN HORNET: A HISTORY OF RADIO, MOTION PICTURES, COMICS, AND TELEVISION

COMING IN DECEMBER!

The Shadow -- for he consideration of those who never heard a radio broadcast or read a pulp magazine - was a sepulchral chuckle. A detective whose success in tracking down criminals became a popular long-running radio program from 1937 to 1954, after beginning a number of years prior as a ghost-like voice introducing a bone-chilling murder play that concluded with a sinister laugh.

This 800-page book documents the history of the long-running radio program, with rare photos, interviews with cast and crew, and a carefully organized presentation of the facts. Through extensive research of original radio scripts, newspapers on microfilm and various archives across the country, this book is sure to please both casual and devoted fans of The Shadow. An extensive episode guide with plot summaries and an index enhance the book's appeal.

$29.95 SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE PLUS $5 POSTAGE.

OTR PUBLISHING
PO BOX 252,
CHURCHVILLE, MD 21028

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

E-BOOKS: COLLECTED WESTERN STORIES OF ROBERT E. HOWARD!

E-BOOKS: COLLECTED WESTERN STORIES OF ROBERT E. HOWARD!

HALCYON CLASSICS - NOW AVAILABLE!

This Halcyon Classics ebook contains twenty-one western stories by Robert E. Howard, the creator of the sword-and-sorcery hero 'Conan.' This collection contains an active table of contents for easy navigation.

CONTENTS

Breckinridge Elkins Stories
Breckinridge Elkins
A Gent from Bear Creek (novella)
Cupid from Bear Creek
Evil Deeds at Red Cougar
Guns of the Mountains
High Horse Rampage
No Cowherders Wanted
Pilgrims to the Pecos
Pistol Politics
Sharp’s Gun Serenade
Texas John Alden
The Apache Mountain War
The Conquerin’ Hero of the Humbolts
The Feud Buster
The Haunted Mountain
The Riot at Cougar Paw
The Road to Bear Creek
The Scalp Hunter
War on Bear Creek

OTHER WORKS

The Vultures of Whapeton
While Smoke Rolled

FORMAT: KINDLE EDITION
PUBLISHER: HALCYON PRESS LTD.
FIRST EDITION (OCTOBER 2, 2010)

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

ADVENTURE HOUSE E-BOOKS!

ADVENTURE HOUSE E-BOOKS!


ADVENTURE HOUSE HAS STARTED A LINE OF PULPS IN EBOOK FORMAT.


NOW AVAILABLE:


PHANTOM DETECTIVE ~ 07/41
THE SABOTAGE MURDERS


ROMANTIC DETECTIVE ~ 04/38
DRESSED TO KILL ~ ROBERT A. GARRON
THREE LITTLE MAIDS FROM SCHOOL ~ ROGER TORREY


ROMANTIC DETECTIVE ~ 02/39
BEGINNING WITH MURDER ~ ROGER TORREY
DEATH WALKS IN THE HILLS ~ E. HOFFMAN PRICE
CORPSE OF CORINNA ~ DALE BOYD
KILL THAT HEADLINE ~ ROBERT LESLIE BELLEM
RANSOM PAY-OFF ~ JOHN PHILLIPS
DEATH RIDE ~ KEN COOPER


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AN EVENING AT BUDDIES LOUNGE #113!

AN EVENING AT BUDDIES LOUNGE #113!

Join the BIG W every Friday evening as he continues to explore, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!

PLAYLIST:

• Mister Booze - Crosby/Martin/Sinatra/Davis,Jr.
• Frenesi Twist - Les Elgart
• He Loves Me - Shirley Bassey (Live Version)
• Underwater Chase - Al Caiola
• One Suit - Tennessee Ernie Ford
• Lover - Sir Julian
• Angry - Rosemary Clooney
• Bluesette - Ray Charles Singers
• It’s Been A Long, Long Time - Keely Smith
• Look At Me - Bobby Darin
• Matchmaker - Eydie Gorme
• The Lady Is A Tramp - Mel Torme
• There’s A Small Hotel - Bob Thompson Orchestra
• Carioca - Esquivel
• One Note Samba - Peggy Lee
• Spanish Flea - The Tijuana Brass
• Got A Date With An Angel - The Four Freshmen
• Varsity Drag - Sid Ramin
• Honeysuckle Rose - Ells Fitzgerald
• That’s Amore - Annette Funicello
• Hawaiian War Chant - Billy Mure
• Get Me To The Church On Time - Nat King Cole

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

87th PRECINT NEWS!

87th PRECINT NEWS!

According to a batch letter sent out by Ed McBain/Evan Hunter’s widow, Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi have optioned the 87th Precint books and formed a production team with Lionsgate films to develop them as a series for NBC. The pilot script is being written.

The 87th Precint novels previously had a shot TV life as a 1961-62 one season entry starring Robert Lansing as Detective Steve Corella and Gena Rowlands and his deaf-mute wife, Teddy. While not exactly high cinema, the most high profile and best known movie made from an 87th Precint novel is Fuzz with Burt Reynold, Racquel Welch and Yul Brynner.

Hopefully, if the new series reaches frution it will capture the essence that filled the novels with both humor and pathos.

FOR A FULL RUNDOWN FROM THE THRILLING DETECTIVE WEBSITE ON THE PRIOR CINEMATIC INCARNATIONS OF THE COPS FROM THE 87TH PRECINCT CLICK HERE

VINTAGE COVERS ~ SPEED DEMON!

TAKE A CHANCE FRIDAY!

TAKE A CHANCE FRIDAY!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH e-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE e-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . DAN TURNER HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE!

THE GIRL WITH THE DONKEY TATTOO ~ $0.99

DAN TURNER AND THE GHOST OF MARILYN MONROE

HL ARLEDGE / ROBERT LESLIE BELLEM


When a Hollywood starlit turns to Detective Dan Turner to protect her from a blackmailer, she has no idea the blackmailer's paid Dan more. It's takes the spirit of Marilyn Monroe to put Dan on the straight and narrow and save the Girl with the Donkey Tattoo.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

VINTAGE PAPERBACK ~ SURFARI HIGHWAY!

PULP NOW: BRITISH PULP!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: SEXPIONAGE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: SEXPIONAGE!

During the late sixties and early seventies a genre of soft-core James Bond / Man From U.N.C.L.E. pastiches hit the stands, each series often written by several different authors under a publishing house pseudonym. I don’t have and didn’t read every book in every series, but I sampled enough of them to slightly warp my youth.

Some series were better written than others – and some books within each series were better written than others – but all sold fairly well during their day.

THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y.

TED MARKS (THEODORE MARK GOTTFRIED)

There appear to have been two series published under this title. The first, written by Ted Marks (Theodore Mark Gottfried), was published by Lancer, and featured reluctant super-spy Steve Victor.

THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y.

1. The Man From O.R.G.Y (1965)
2. The Nine Month Caper (1965)
3. Real Gone Girls (1966)
4. Hard Day’s Knight (1966)
5. My Son, The Double Agent (1966)
6. The Unhatched Egghead (1966)
7. Dr. Nyet (1966)
8. Room At The Topless (1967)
9. Square Root Of Sex (1967)
10. Back Home At The O.R.G.Y. (1968)
11. Here’s Your O.R.G.Y. (1969)
12. The Man From Charisma (1980)
13. Dial O For O.R.G.Y. (1973)
14. Thy Neighbor’s O.R.G.Y. (1981)
15. The Tight End (1981)

COXEMAN: THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y.

TROY CONWAY (MICHAEL AVALLONE, JOHANNES L. BOUMA, GARDNER F. FOX, CHARLES E. FRITCH, PAUL J. GILLETTE)

While the original Man From O.R.G.Y. series started in 1965, running for fifteen titles through 1981, a second Man From O.R.G.Y. series began publication in 1967 from Paperback Library. This series was written by multiple authors including the man known as The Fastest Typewriter In The East, Michael Avallone (a real ‘character,’ as anyone who knew him can attest). This second series featured the more aggressively sexual super spy, Rod Damon, as attested to by his codename: Coxeman.

Rod Damon plied his way through the usual bevy of beauties for thirty-four novels, ending publication in 1973, well before the original Man From O.R.G.Y. series ended in 1981.

Surprisingly, I found ten of these available as e-books.

COXEMAN: THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y.

1. The Coxeman Comes (1967) aka The Berlin Wall Affair
2. Big Freak-Out (1968) aka A Hard Act to Follow
3. The Billion Dollar Snatch (1968)
4. The Wham! Bam! Thank You, Ma'am Affair (1968)
5. It's Getting Harder All the Time (1968)
6. Come One Come All (1968)
7. Last Licks (1969)
8. Keep It Up, Rod! (1973)
9. The Man Eater (1968)
10. The Best Laid Plans (1969)
11. It's What’s Up Front That Counts (1969)
12. Had Any Lately (1969)
13. Whatever Goes Up (1969)
14. A Good Peace (1969)
15. I'd Rather Fight Than Swish (1969)
16. Just A Silly Millimeter Longer (1969)
17. The Big Broad Jump (1969)
18. The Sex Machine (1970)
19. The Blow-your-mind Job (1970)
20. The Cunning Linguist (1970)
21. Will the Real Rod Please Stand Up? (1970)
22. All Screwed Up (1970)
23. The Master Baiter (1970)
24. Turn The Other Sheik (1970)
25. It's Not How Long You Make It (1970)
26. Son of a Witch (1971)
27. The Penetrator (1971)
28. A Stiff Proposition (1971)
29. The Harder You Try, The Harder It Gets (1971)
30. Up and Coming (1972)
31. The Cockeyed Cuties (1972)
32. I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing (1973)
33. Eager Beaver (1973)
34. A Hard Man Is Good to Find (1973)

THE MAN FROM S.T.U.D.

F. W. PAUL (PAUL W. FAIRMAN)

Super spy (is there any other kind) Bret Steele is The Man From S.T.U.D. who finds a luscious babe panting with passion under every haystack – and a haystack everywhere he turns. A talent which makes life very pleasant most of the time, but also makes things a bit tricky. Played mostly for laughs, The Man From S.T.U.D. had ten assignments between 1968 and 1971. There was also an omnibus version in 1971 collecting three of the adventures in which Bret Steele faced off against the Mafia.

Series creator and author Paul W. Fairman (under his F. W. Paul pseudonym) wrote for the pulps in the ‘50s and was the founding editor of If magazine. After four issues of If, Fairman went on to edit both Amazing Stories and Fantastic.

THE MAN FROM S.T.U.D.

1. Sock It To Me, Zombie (1968)
2. The Solid Gold Screw (1968)
3. Three For An Orgy (1968)
4. The Orgy At Madame Dracula’s (1968)
5. Tool Of The Trade (1969)
6. Rape Is A No-No (1969)
7. The Planned Parenthood Caper (1969)
8. The Lay Of The Land (1969)
9. The Girl With The Polka-Dot Box (1969)
10. King On Queen (1971)
11. The Man From S.T.U.D. vs. The Mafia (omnibus) (1971)


EVE DRUM: THE LADY FROM L.U.S.T.

ROD GRAY (GARDNER F. FOX)

Working for the League of Undercover Spies and Terrorist, agent Eve Drum’s adventures as The Lady From L.U.S.T. still seem to me to be the best written of the sexpionage series. Under the pseudonym Rod Gray, Gardner F. Fox, who also wrote a number of entries in the second Man From O.R.G.Y. series, cranked out a number of spectacular adventures for his Eve Drum character. There is debate over Gardner writing all the books or just the early entries before turning the series over to other writers.

As agent Oh Oh Sex, Eve plied her wiles through eighteen adventures from 1968 through 1974 and then made a big splash with a new second series of seven novels all published in 1975.

As Eve herself puts it, “My name is Eve Drum - The lady from L.U.S.T. - the sexiest spy in the world. Anything you can do I can do better. They call me Oh Oh Sex, because sex is my favorite weapon, but I'm just as good at Karate, safe-cracking, knife throwing, scuba diving - you name it. Don't tangle with me: I have a license to kill and I don't care if I use my body - or a Beretta. Swing along as I go into action against a super-villain who wants to wreck N.A.T.O. and heat up the Cold War to the flash point. It will blow your mind.”


LADY FROM L.U.S.T

1. The Lady from L.U.S.T aka Lust, Be A Lady Tonight (1968)
2. Lay Me Odds (1968)
3. The 69 Pleasures (1969)
5. 5 Beds to Mecca (1969)
6. To Russia with Lust (1969)
7. Kiss My Assassin (1969)
8. The Hot Mahatma (1968)
8. South of the Bordello (1969)
9. The Poisoned Pussy aka Sock It to Me (1969)
10. The Big Snatch (1969)
11. Lady in Heat (1969)
13. Laid in the Future (1969)
13. Blow My Mind (1970)
14. The Copulation Explosion (1974)
15. Easy Ride (1969)
16. The Lady Takes It All Off (1971)
17. Turned On To L.U.S.T. (1971)
18. The Lady Takes if Off (1974)

LADY FROM L.U.S.T. SECOND SERIES

1. Go for Broke (1975)
2. Have a Snort! (1975)
3. Target for Tonight (1975)
4. The Maracaibo Affair (1975)
5. Voodoo Kill (1975)
6. The Lady Killer (1975)
7. Kill Her with Love (1975)

CHERRY DELIGHT: THE SEXECUTIONER

GLEN CHASE (GARDNER F. FOX, ROCHELLE LARKIN, LEONARD LEVISION)

Gardner Fox was back to his old tricks with this series from Leisure Books, which dueled it out with The Lady From L.U.S.T. for bookshelf space. While Gardner was obviously prolific, there were other authors brought in to create Cherry Delight’s adventures.

Cherry was otherwise known as the exciting top (and topless) agent for N.Y.M.P.H.O. (the N.Y. Mafia Prosecution and Harassment Organization), clearly doing with her body what Mack Bolan, The Executioner, needed a who armory to accomplish.

Cherry’s original capers ran for twenty-four tiles between 1972 and 1975 before giving way to the all new adventures of Cherry Delight for a five book run in 1977.

CHERRY DELIGHT: THE SEXECUTIONER

1. The Italian Connection (1972)
2. Tong in Cheek (1973)
3. Silverfinger (1973)
4. Up Your Ante (1973)
5. Crack Shot (1973)
6. I'm Cherry, Fly Me! (1973)
7. Chuck You, Farley! (1973)
8. Hot Rocks (1973)
9. The Jersey Bounce (1974)
10. Made in Japan (1974)
11. Broad Jump (1974)
12. Fire in the Hole (1974)
13. Over The Hump (1974)
14. In A Pinch (1974)
15. What A Way To Go (1974)
16. Busted (1974)
17. Treasure Chest (1974)
18. Hang Loose (1974)
19. In A Bind (1975)
20. Always On Sunday (1975)
21. Mexican Standoff (1975)
22. The Big Bankroll (1975)
23. Lights! Action! Murder! (1975)
24. Roman Candle (1975)

ALL NEW CHERRY DELIGHT

1. The Devil to Pay (1977)
2. Greek Fire (1977)
3. The Man Who Was God (1977)
4. The Moorland Monster (1977)
5. Where the Action Is (1977)

THE BARONESS

PAUL KENYON

As a final entry in this sexpionage post, I present The Baroness from book packager Lyle Kenyon Engle under the pseudonym Paul Kenyon. Baroness St. John Orsini’s adventures are chockablock with great cliffhangers and full with manic energy along with a litany of bedroom scenes that defy description.

The Baroness was in many ways a pastiche of Modesty Blaise, but blows out any class Modesty presented with the heroine’s way over the top sexual escapades.

THE BARONESS

1. The Ecstasy Connection (1974)
2. Diamonds Are For Dying (1974)
3. Death Is A Ruby Light (1974)
4. Hard-Core Murders (1974)
5. Operation Doomsday (1974)
6. Sonic Slave (1974)
7. Flicker Of Doom (1974)
8. Black Gold (1974)

While literary critics would find nothing of value in any of these books, they would be overlooking the entertainment value of pulp stories eroticized for a new, more liberal generation.

Yes the books appealed to a more prurient interest, but they are individual time capsules of the time period from whence they sprang.

RANCHO DIABLO #1 ~ SHOOTER’S CROSS!

RANCHO DIABLO #1 ~ SHOOTER’S CROSS!

COBLY JACKSON

RANCHO DIABLO #1 ~ SHOOTER’S CROSS IS NOW AVAILABLE AT AMAZON. THIS IS A GREAT ACTION WESTERN, A RETURN TO THE PULP TRADITION THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS.

IT'S, OBVIOUSLY, THE FIRST IN A NEW SERIES WITH SOME OF THE BEST STORY TELLERS AROUND BEHIND THE COLBY JACKSON PSEUDONYM. AFTER YOU READ THIS ONE, YOU'LL BE EAGER FOR #2.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

VINTAGE PAPERBACKS ~ SPILL THE JACKPOT!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

BRITISH COMICS CORNER: MAGNUM P.I. 1982 ANNUAL!

BRITISH COMICS CORNER: MAGNUM P.I. 1982 ANNUAL!

THE VERY COOL RETROSPACE BLOG POSTS TODAY ABOUT THE 1982 BRITISH COMICS ANNUAL FEATURING MAGNUM P.I.

THESE ANNUALS ARE USUALLY PRETTY LAME, BUT RETROSPACE GIVES THIS EFFORT A BIG THUMBS UP . . .


I'm not sure who was the mastermind behind the Magnum P.I. 1982 Annual, but I got a lot more than I expected when I recently picked this one up. I expected something along the lines of your typical, boring and benign TV comic adaptation - harmless and child friendly. What I got was something not that far off from those old pulp magazines. Sure, it was no fumetti (i.e. explicit comics from Europe), but I definitely got more than I bargained for . . .


FOR THE FULL POST CLICK HERE


A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO BILL CRIDER

COMICS CORNER: BACK ISSUE #45!

COMICS CORNER: BACK ISSUE #45!

BACK ISSUE #45 features “Odd Couples,” headlined by an in-depth look at DENNY O’NEIL and NEAL ADAMS’ award-winning, groundbreaking Green Lantern/Green Arrow — plus an examination of the real-life events that inspired these relevant stories.

The unusual pairing of one of Marvel’s hottest writers of the ’70s with DC’s Justice League of America is explored in an exclusive interview with STEVE ENGLEHART.

Also: Daredevil and Black Widow, Power Man and Iron Fist, Vision and Scarlet Witch, Cloak and Dagger, and… Aquaman and Deadman!

With art by and/or commentary from TERRY AUSTIN, GENE COLAN, GERRY CONWAY, DENYS COWAN, DICK DILLIN, RICHARD HOWELL, RICK LEONARDI, STEVE SKEATES, and more.

Plus a glorious recreation of the cover of Green Lantern #76 by NEAL ADAMS!


84 PAGES ~ 16-PAGE COLOR SECTION ~ $7.95

FOR A FREE PDF PREVIEW CLICK HERE

TAKE A CHANCE WEDNESDAY!

TAKE A CHANCE MONDAYS (WEDNESDAY EDITION)!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH e-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE e-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . PULP . . .

STING OF THE SCORPION ~ $2.99

WARREN STOCKHOLM
“The Sting of the Scorpion is fun neo-pulp action and violence with a great new hero in a wild alternate America.” — Gary Lovisi, Hardboiled Magazine


DEATHSTALKER!

THE STING OF THE SCORPION

A juvenile slave trading and prostitution ring has set up shop in Steeltown, an act of perversity which lures The Scorpion out of hiding and puts him hot on the heels of Jimmy Marlowe, a notorious pimp, and his associate, the mystery man known only as “The Red Death”. Bodies are piling up, the obvious victims of an ax-wielding psychopath.

Further complicating things is beautiful FBI agent Maggie James, whose goals are twofold: to break the slavery ring and bring The Scorpion and his bloody and destructive campaign to justice. But her investigation of Steeltown’s darkest sentinel brings her to the doorstep of Kurt Reinhardt instead. Will Maggie’s relentless deduction skills uncover Kurt’s past and reveal his darkest secret, or will Maggie herself be the next victim of The Red Death?

#1 in the brand-new pulp series. Includes an interactive "Mail Bag" page where readers can write the creator of the series and see their letters printed in the second issue of the magazine, as well as a preview for the next book in the series and ordering information. Winners of the "best letter" to the editor will be receiving the next Scorpion novel free.


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Imagine a world where the Allies lost the war to Nazi Germany and America has spent sixty years under duress by Axis powers. Now imagine an America newly freed from oppression and trying to find its way—through crime and punishment. Welcome to the new America.

Post-War profits have helped Steeltown grow into a thriving industrial metropolis. But the criminal element is growing along with it. Never before has evil of such a depraved and monstrous nature terrorized the rainwashed streets of the city. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and now only the darkest and bloodiest of messiahs can prevent every man, woman and child from becoming hapless victims. Out of the shadows comes The Scorpion.

Kurt Reinhardt is a powerful and debonair newspaper publisher by day—but by night he becomes a crime-busting vigilante feared by the criminal underground and relentlessly pursued by the police. He is neither entirely good nor is he evil—and as The Scorpion his agenda is his own. To fight the criminal element he utilizes the awesome .50 caliber Sting, a garrote of piano wire, and secrets best left buried forever in the past. Aiding him in his ruthless quest for “death for death and blood for blood” are hard-boiled Police Captain Dick Barracks, Spike Malone, a cynical young hooligan out of the river district known as “Shit Town”, and Suzaku, his loyal Japanese retainer. At night in Steeltown the shadows are alive and The Scorpion crawls…

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

VINTAGE PAPERBACKS ~ APRIL EVIL!

COMICS CORNER: WARLORD OF MARS #1!

COMICS CORNER: WARLORD OF MARS #1!

FROM DYNAMITE COMICS!

THE ORIGINAL WARRIOR OF MARS RETURNS!


Warlord of Mars is an enhancement of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs story, Princess of Mars! If you thought you knew the story, think again!

This series will capture the grit and action of the original while expanding on it with new elements. The story is about John Carter, an ex-cavalry officer in the Confederate Army who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars!

Joining him in his adventures there are Tars Tarkas, his Martian comrade, and Dejah Thoris, a Martin Princess.

This series is written by Arvid Nelson and is illustrated by Stephen (Avengers/Invaders) Sadowski and Lui Antonio, and features covers by Alex Ross, J. Scott Campbell, Joe Jusko and Lucio Parrillo!

32 PAGES ~ $1.00

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BRIAN SETZER ~ CHRISTMAS COMES ALIVE!

BRIAN SETZER ~ CHRISTMAS COMES ALIVE!

AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW!

IS IT THAT TIME OF YEAR ALREADY???

TRACKLIST:

Dig That Crazy Santa Claus
Sleigh Ride
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
Winter Wonderland
Santa Claus Is Back In Town
(Everybody's Waiting For) The Man With The Bag
Stray Cat Strut with You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch
‘Zat You Santa Claus?
Angels We Have Heard On High
Run Rudolph Run
Jingle Bell Rock
Blue Christmas
Fishnet Stockings
The Nutcracker Suite
Jingle Bells

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S, NEW YEAR’S EVE?

We know where we'll be – basking in the sun of the Southern California desert. Make your travel plans now to ring in the new year with the Brian Setzer Orchestra in Palm Springs at Agua Caliente! This will be the only remaining chance to see Brian and his rockin' big band in 2010.

DEC. 31 @ PALM SPRINGS, CA – AGUA CALIENTE

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VINTAGE PAPERBACKS ~ RUN TOUGH, RUN HARD!