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New Doctor Who Targets The Nostalgia Market!

It's fair to say that the Doctor Who brand took a bit of a beating during the Steven Moffat era (declining viewing figures, faltering visitor numbers to the Doctor Who Experience etc) and the BBC is clearly hoping to claw back the level of hype the show had when Russell T Davies revived it in 2005.

As well as a new showrunner, new look, and new - female - Doctor, the BBC is also capitalising on the show's enduring legacy and the fond memories its old school fans for the Target novelisations of the Classic Era stories (in the pre-video days these were the only way for fans to revisit the stories when they weren't on TV).

Although they have been available to pre-order on Amazon for a while, BBC Books has just unveiled the cover art for three of the upcoming Target novelisations of stories from the new era of Doctor Who.

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I don't know about you, but I sure have been enjoying the Tom Baker era episodes of Doctor Who on Retro TV on Saturdays!

Which is a great segway to ...

What's on Svengoolie tonight?


Tonight on MeTV, we’re winding up our month of bugs and beauties with more of the former- sure, there may be some honeys, but they’re the kind produced by a sinister strain of stingers that will wipe out the human population if they are not stopped! It’ll be easy to tell why when you see “Terror Out of the Sky”!

In this sequel to the previous made-for TV movie from 1976 “The Savage Bees”- lovely researcher Jeannie is having dream flashbacks to the events of the previous film ( even though her character was –ahem- played by a different actress in that one) when she’s awakened by a visit from the head of the National Bee Center- David Martin- who needs her help to deliver a pitch to get a grant for that institution. Jeannie refuses, intent on spending some time on a vacation with her pilot boyfriend Nick, but a terrible circumstance changes her plans.

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Yes it's another one of those terrible 1970s Beeeee movies. (I know it's a terrible pun.)

New in our store this week:

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #289 October 1964 Gold Key Comics Grade VG Feat. Story and Art by Carl Barks

Who can resist the riveting  adventures of Donald Duck making pancakes, or Annette and her new puppy!

If only modern comics were like this.

We have this one for only $9.99 - Here

Now on the other side of the spectrum ... this is what's trending right now!

The Sexy Side Of UK Horror - The Vampire Lovers (1970)

In the 1950s and 60s the UK film studio, Hammer Film Productions, made a name for itself by making modern (for the time) remakes classic movies like "Dracula", "Frankenstein " and "The Mummy" along with numerous sequels, dinosaur films and an occasional sci fi epic.

These films turned both Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing into international icons.

As the decades passed, the market for campy horror began to fade and the studio found itself making their films racier and racier in an attempt to keep up with the times and lure more people into movie theater seats. These more erotic takes on classic horror themes, proved initially profitable, but ultimately lead to the studios demise. Seems that movie goers of the time preferred a good fright to naked women.

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I think this photo is worth way more than a thousand words when it comes to explaining that.

Well beam me up drunk.

WATCH: How to Make Picard Punch, Choco-lutus and More

The good folks at ThinkGeek are looking out for you, Star Trek fans. Not only are they offering the super-popular Star Trek: The Next Generation Geeki Tikis – featuring Captain Picard, Geordi La Forge, Lt. Worf, a Ferengi, a Cardassian and a Borg – but they’ve just released a new video offering quick and easy recipes so that you can whip up the tasty likes of Picard Punch, Courage of Kahless, Risa Sunrise, a Virgin Risa Sunrise and Choco-lutus.

Now it's time for our Toy of the Week!

Star Wars: The Black Series AT-ST Vehicle with 3 3/4-inch Driver Action Figure

Kids and fans alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars saga with figures from Star Wars The Black Series! With exquisite features and decoration, this series embodies the quality and realism that Star Wars devotees love. The two-man AT-ST is a lightly armored walker featuring chin-mounted laser cannons and side-mounted weapon pods. The two-legged transport, dubbed the Scout Walker by many, serves as a recon and patrol vehicle. This 3 3/4-inch scale Imperial AT-ST Driver figure and AT-ST Walker vehicle from Star Wars The Black Series are carefully detailed to look like the Imperial driver and vehicle from the Star Wars films. Figure features premium detail and multiple points of articulation, and vehicle features detailed, movie-accurate design.

Order one here!

I've got one of those and it's uber cool!

In case you missed it.

World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is set to join the cast of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase.

The cult classic is returning to Radio 4 in March to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Douglas Adams’s groundbreaking radio series. In episode one, Professor Hawking will play The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy Mk.II, a hugely intelligent and powerful being who might have been known on our planet as Professor Stephen Hawking.

David Morley, producer of the new series of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, says: "When we were thinking of cameos for the new series I suddenly thought of Professor Stephen Hawking. Douglas Adams’ work is admired by many of the world’s top scientists because of its innovative and hilarious twisting of the real universe, so I took a punt and asked the Professor if he’d like to actually play a role in the new series.

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Professor Hawking is great at explaining the universe and junk ... I know me speak good!

That reminds me that there isn't enough of you reading my other blog! For shame, for shame!

I yell this at the kids on my block all the time!

Spoiler Saturday--The Unkindest Sliding Timelime of All!

Y'all know how much I hate the "sliding timescale" in comics, as creators continually move heroes' origins forward in time and pin them to specific dates.

Why? To make them seem more relevant? Are there really readers out there who say, "Well, I wasn't going to read the Fantastic Four, because they're all old. But now that we know that Reed and Ben and Victor Von Doom were in college together in 1998, well, sign me up!"

(That, by the way, is an actual thing that Marvel has done. Sigh...)

DC, it seems to me, has always been smarter than that, gently eliding over specific dates while trying to keep their heroes "modern." They don't give us scenes where, say, the Waynes are coming home from The Phantom Menace, or what have you.

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Did someone say "The Phantom Menace"?

Star Wars Episode 1 Phantom Menace #3B May 1999 Dark Horse Comics Grade NM

Written by Henry Gilroy. Art by Rodolfo Damaggio and Al Williamson. 1st Darth Maul cover appearance.

Dark Horse Comics proudly presents the comics adaptation of the long-awaited first Episode of the Star Wars saga. Adapted for comics by Henry Gilroy from an original screenplay by master movie maker George Lucas and artfully illustrated by Rodolfo Damaggio and comics legend Al Williamson, make sure you catch this legendary series that's sure to please Star Wars fans of all ages.

Come and get it! We only have one in stock!

I find it interesting that every comic book publication, online or otherwise, gloss over the fact that these issues feature the first appearance of Darth Maul, arguably one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe!

Oh and Jar Jar Binks.

Well just run me over with tank.

New Tank Combat Story "World of Tanks: Citadel"

Eisner Award-winning comics legend Garth Ennis (Preacher, Punisher) and artist PJ Holden (Warhammer Monthly, Johnny Woo, 2000 A.D.) once again take command for a new action-packed miniseries inspired by Wargaming's massively popular online game World of Tanks!

World of Tanks: Citadel serves as a prequel to the previous Roll Out miniseries. Set before D-Day, World of Tanks: Citadel follows two opposing tank crews—one German, one Soviet—as they fight for survival in the Battle of Kursk during World War II. The German tankers, led by tank commander Kraft, find themselves deep behind enemy lines and cut off from the rest of their unit. Meanwhile, the Russian tank crew finds themselves at odds with the war and with each other as they embark on a dangerous and uncertain mission.

World of Tanks: Citadel #1 goes on sale May 9, 2018, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. All single-issue comics will include a code for an in-game item.

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The New Song Of The Week:

The Regrettes - Come Through

Perfectly imperfect - that’s one way to describe LA based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O - with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly - the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.

I didn't write that ... It's from their website.

Let's end on a positive note shall we:

1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Secret: You are about to learn the answer to an age-old mystery

You are about to embark on a fantastic adventure:

A quest for twelve treasures: over ten thousand
dollars in precious jewels. They may be hidden in
your city or your local park or even in your own
backyard. You might even figure out one of their
hiding places without leaving your house ....

The First Clue:

At stone wall's door
The air smells sweet

Not far away
High posts are three

Education and Justice
For all to see

Sounds from the sky
Near ace is high
Running north, but first across

In jewel's direction
Is an object
Of Twain's attention

Giant pole
Giant step
To the place
The casque is kept.

Friday Girl: Zoe Duchesne

Zoe Duchesne is a Canadian fashion model best known for appearing in several commercial campaigns and for gracing a number of magazine covers including the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. She was working in a boutique, in Montreal when a local photographer discovered her.

The First Trailer For 'Lost In Space' Reboot Hits The Mark

Netflix has ordered a 10-episode first season of the one-hour sci-fi drama, from Legendary TV, based on the beloved 1960’s sci-fi classic from Irwin Allen. Reimagined by feature writing team Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter), with Zack Estrin (Prison Break) showrunning, the series will premiere worldwide.

Taking its cues from the original series, the show centers around the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons. Equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, it is a survival story for the ages.

“The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience. The current creative team’s reimagining of the series for Netflix is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.

Zack Estrin serves as executive producer alongside writers Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless; Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns (The Curse of Oak Island, Ancient Aliens) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, Pacific Rim); and Applebox’s Emmy®-nominated director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) and Marc Helwig. Marshall is also set to direct several episodes of the series. Lost in Space is a Legendary TV production for Netflix.

More 'Jurassic World' Coming In 2021

From The Hollywood Reporter

Almost four months before Universal unleashes Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, directed by J.A. Bayona, the studio is making plans for a third installment of the rebooted dinosaur adventure movie series.

Jurassic World 3 will be penned by franchise newcomer Emily Carmichael along with Colin Trevorrow, director of the 2015 reboot and co-writer of Fallen Kingdom.

The studio has set a June 11, 2021, release date for the movie.

Trevorrow is returning to executive produce the new chapter along with Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker behind the original movies in the 1990s.

Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are returning as producers.

Plot details are being kept locked in a canister, but Carmichael and Trevorrow will work from a story concocted by Trevorrow and writer partner Derek Connolly. Carmichael co-wrote the upcoming Pacific Rim Uprising and most recently rewrote The Black Hole for Disney and director Joseph Kosinski. Carmichael came to Spielberg’s attention when she set up the family action-adventure Powerhouse at Amblin Entertainment.

“It’s important to this franchise that we welcome new creative voices to keep our storytelling fresh and alive,” Trevorrow said Wednesday in a statement. “I’m thrilled with the tension and beauty J.A. has brought to Fallen Kingdom, and I know Emily will add another layer of emotion to the concluding chapter of our trilogy.”

Jurassic World rebooted Jurassic Park, the popular trilogy that adapted the best-selling Michael Crichton novel. The 2015 movie — fueled by the star power of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, combined with nostalgic hunger — was a roaring success, grossing over $1.6 billion worldwide.

Fallen Kingdom is set to open June 22.

The She-Devil with a Sword Fights Back-to-Back with the Lord of the Jungle

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that the acclaimed Red Sonja creative team of Gail Simone and Walter Geovani will reunite for the first-ever crossover between the Hyrkanian warrior and Edgar Rice Burroughs' legendary Lord of the Jungle, Tarzan. Debuting its first issue in May, the Red Sonja / Tarzan series not only delivers high-stakes adventure to genre fans, but provides the fan-favorite writer of Birds of Prey, Secret Six, and Batgirl the opportunity to work with one of her favorite characters for the first time.

"It's an odd thing about my career, especially being a female writer mostly known for superheroes, but I do get asked a lot to write these incredibly manly characters quite often, and the truth is that I just love them. I like stories that are bloody and sweaty. I love the dark night pulpy stuff. I can't get enough and it's a sure way to get me to work on a property," says Gail Simone. "Tarzan is the king of them all to me. When I was a kid, I read every Edgar Rice Burroughs book I could find. They had these Neal Adams covers, or Frazetta, or someone equally wonderful. And I just fell into that world in the same way you might fall into Middle Earth. I loved the jungle aspects, the family stories, and I loved how Tarzan had to fend for himself at the start. It was just exhilarating to me."

Red Sonja / Tarzan #1 unites the iconic heroine of swords-and-sorcery with the quintessential jungle adventurer in deadly conflict with Eson Duul - an evil man whose very name makes the powerful quake with fear. "I wanted a classic-style villain, something that would fit in with an ERB story or a Robert E. Howard story. And what we have is something that is kind of like a Tarzan gone wrong, someone who isn't content just to dominate; he has to make his targets extinct from the Earth. He's basically awful, and yet, he's not completely unlike some real like people with too much power."

Dynamite will celebrate the debut issue of Red Sonja / Tarzan #1 with a variety of cover options, including those illustrated by Adam Hughes (Catwoman), Jae Lee (Batman / Superman), Aaron Lopresti (Death of Hawkman), series artist Walter Geovani, and Sergio Davila (Wonder Woman).

Gail Simone began her writing career at Bongo Comics, home of The Simpsons, and entered mainstream comics with a run on Marvel Comics' Deadpool. Perhaps best known for her groundbreaking runs on DC's Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl, she left an indelible mark on the Red Sonja franchise with the 2013 relaunch of the ongoing Red Sonja series, illustrated by Walter Geovani. Met with immediate critical acclaim and an impressive sell-out of its 35,000-unit first printing, Red Sonja's success led to additional projects including Legends of Red Sonja, Swords of Sorrow (a crossover with dozens of Dynamite's female characters including Vampirella and Dejah Thoris), and Conan / Red Sonja.

Regarding her collaboration with Geovani, Simone says, "Walter's like me - we both love crossovers, and we feel downright possessive of Red Sonja. When he heard this was coming up, we agreed to put aside another project that we were working on for six months so he could draw this; he just wanted in so badly. Me, I'm ecstatic, because it's honestly a bit difficult for me to write Sonja scripts for anyone but Walter. He just gets my scripts so perfectly. I adore him! And wait ‘til you see his Tarzan!"

"We are honored and humbled to welcome Gail and Walter back to the fold for this truly epic event," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "Gail's exceptional talent at bringing out the multiple dimensions of a character -- ferociousness and passion, cleverness and resolve - fits so perfectly with this project, I'm surprised that we haven't published it sooner. We're also thankful to our partners at Red Sonja, LLC and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. for making this dream team-up a reality!"

Red Sonja / Tarzan #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' March Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in May. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. Red Sonja / Tarzan will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms, courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

Marvel To Reboot Both Venom And The Avengers This May

From Marvel Comics

Make Mine Marvel this May!

Jump on board as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Venom symbiote get fresh creative teams and ground shaking new adventures! AVENGERS #1, written by Jason Aaron with art by Ed McGuinness, launches on May 2! And VENOM #1, by writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman, kicks off on May 9!

“Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be rolling out new beginnings for a few of our key franchises—new creative teams, new starting points, new storylines—all the big stuff that we’ve been building towards since Marvel Legacy began. This isn’t a clearing of the slate—while these new starts will kick off with new #1s, we’ll be maintaining the classic Legacy issue counts as dual numbering on these titles as well,” says SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “Oh, and don’t read anything into not seeing a character on the Jim Cheung piece…we can only squeeze so many characters in there without killing poor Jim!”

In AVENGERS, the Big Three are reunited at last! Thor Odinson, Steve Rogers, and Tony Stark join forces once again to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet: the 2000-foot-tall space gods known as Celestials! And as teased throughout the pages of recent Marvel Comics, the Final Host will arrive…

Joining Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man in the new iteration of the team will be an unexpected, unprecedented collection of super heroes! Get a peek at Ed McGuinness’ art for AVENGERS #1 here!

And while Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fight the good fight on a cosmic scale, an inky symbiote will stretch across the streets of New York City and beyond in writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman’s VENOM!

In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, a primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of NYC, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers. This never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear…including Eddie Brock!

Get ready for a Venom adventure 1000 years in the making…And catch a glimpse of Ryan Stegman’s VENOM #1 art below!

Read AVENGERS #1, by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness, on May 2! Then catch VENOM #1, by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, on May 9!

Live-Action Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Coming In November

From Variety

Paramount Pictures has given its “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie a holiday-season release for Nov. 15, 2019.

The project, based on the Sega video game franchise, had been in the works at Sony, but the studio let its film rights lapse and Paramount picked up the project in October. The studio is planning a mix of live-action and CGI.

Neal H. Moritz is producing under his Original Film banner. “Deadpool” director Tim Miller will serve as executive producer, along with Toby Ascher. Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons will be the co-producers.

Miller boarded the project in 2016. Sega launched the Sonic game in 1991 and has sold more than 360 million copies to date, including both packaged and digital games on consoles, tablets, and mobile.

The game features a blue hedgehog named Sonic whose peaceful life is often interrupted by Doctor Eggman, a mad scientist who is trying to conquer the world, and by Doctor Robotnik, another scientist who has imprisoned animals in robots and stolen magical Chaos Emeralds. The game was enormously successful and established the Sega Genesis console as a major player in the video game industry.

Fowler directed the Oscar-nominated short “Gopher Broke,” which Miller exec produced.

“Sonic the Hedgehog” is the second title to land on the Nov. 15, 2019. Warner Bros.’ “Margie Claus,” a musical comedy starring Melissa McCarthy as Santa Claus’ wife, is also on the date.


Chris McKay Tapped For Dungeons & Dragons

From Variety

Chris McKay, who recently directed “The Lego Batman Movie” pic for Warner Bros., is in negotiations to direct “Dungeons & Dragons” for Paramount Pictures.

Michael Gillio will be penning the script. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis are producing.

The pic will be one of the first projects to go into production for the newly created AllSpark Pictures. Launched last October, production company aims to transform itself into an industry player to rival Marvel Studios.

Hasbro’s lines of toys and games include Mr. Potato Head, Monopoly and My Little Pony. Its products have inspired films with varying degrees of success. Paramount and Hasbro could not be reached for comment.

The film has been in development for some time but the lawsuit between Sweetpea Entertainment and Hasbro about ownership of sequel rights delayed progress. Once the settlement was finalized in 2015, Hasbro moved the project from Warner Bros. to Paramount and eventually to AllSpark after announcing the new studio.

McKay has been high on various studios’ lists since helming “The Lego Batman Movie” movie last year; he went on to land the coveted directing job for the Warner Bros. and DC movie “Nightwing.” McKay is also an exec producer on the “The Lego Sequel” which is currently filming.


Red Sonja Has Gone Totally Hollywood!

Red Sonja #13

Red Sonja and her time traveling companion Professor Wallace take a wrong turn on their way back to the Hyborian Age, and now they find themselves in...Hell. Can the She-Devil fight her way back out? Or is this where they finally belong?