Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Secret Agent X-9: By Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond

Out March 20, 2015

When Secret Agent X-9 premiered in January 1934, King Features could proudly boast that its new adventure strip was written by the world's most famous mystery writer - Dashiell Hammett, the man who virtually invented the hard-boiled detective in such novels as The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and Red Harvest. The artist chosen was less well-known - at this point, Alex Raymond was merely an uncredited assistant on Tim Tyler's Luck and the humor strip Blondie - but 1934 was the turning point in Raymond's career. From that cold January forward, Alex Raymond would become as famous as Hammett, thanks to his Sunday comics double-header, Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim. The Secret Agent X-9 strip was a dailies-only serial. This volume collects the complete Hammett/Raymond strips, plus the subsequent stories by Raymond and Leslie Charteris, famous himself for "The Saint" novels, as well as the Charteris stories drawn by Charles Flanders. Included are strips from January 22, 1934 through October 31, 1936.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Avengers Omnibus Volume 2

Out March 24, 2015

One of the Avengers' greatest eras has been assembled for this amazing Omnibus collection! Beginning master Avengers storyteller Roy Thomas' run, it's cover-to-cover in watershed moments: the first appearances of Ultron and the Vision; the Black Widow's surprise connecti on with the Red Guardian; Hercules' epic batt les with Sub-Mariner and Dragon Man; the Avengers vs. the Super-Adaptoid; Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch defect; the Black Panther joins the team; the Avengers fight the X-Men; an all-new Masters of Evil; the first-ever full telling of Bucky Barnes' tragic death; a reality-bending batt le between the new Avengers and the original Avengers; and much, much more. Featuring breathtaking artwork by John Buscema and Don Heck, plus each issue's original letters pages, this Omnibus collection is a must-have for every Avengers fan!

COLLECTING: AVENGERS (1963) 31-58, ANNUAL (1967)1-2, X-MEN (1963) 45, NOT BRAND ECHH (1967) 5, 8


Monday, September 8, 2014

Neal Adams Batman Omnibus

Out June 2, 2015

Neal Adams is considered one of the greatest Batman artists of all-time, and one of comics' most influential illustrators.
Now, DC Comics has collected all three volumes of the Batman: Illustrated by Neal Adams series together with Adams' critically acclaimed series Batman: Odyssey in one hardcover omnibus.

This massive volume collects material from Batman #200, 203 and 210; The Brave and The Bold #75-76 and 79-85; Dectective Comics #370, 372, 385, 389, 391, and 392; and World's Finest Comics #174-176, 178-180, 182-183, 185, 186; Batman #217, 220-222, 224-227, 229-231, The Brave and The Bold #86, 88-90, 93, 95, Detective Comics #394-403, 405-311, World's Finest Comics #199, 200, 202; Batman #232, 234-241, 243-246, 251, 255; Batman Annual #14; Batman Black & White #4; Brave and the Bold #99, Detective Comics #412-422, 439, 600; Heroes Against Hunger; Limited Collectors Edition C-25, C-51, C-59; Robin #1; Saga of Ra's Al Ghul #4; World's Finest #211, 244-246, 258; Batman: Odyssey Vol. 1 issues #1-6  and Vol. 2 issues #1-7.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips Volume 4 (1974-1979)

Out Feb. 10, 2015

WINNER OF THE 2014 EISNER AWARD! In the series conclusion, the final nine Sunday storylines by Russ Manning, in which Tarzan returns to Opar, Pellucidar, and Castra Sanguinarius, while Korak finds himself at the Sacred Lake of Krackao and the Elephants' Graveyard. Collecting the complete strips' run from March 24, 1974 through June 24, 1979.

Silver Surfer Epic Collection: When Calls Galactus

Out Dec. 24, 2014

Soaring through the cosmos like a living comet, the Silver Surfer, herald of the world devourer Galactus, debuted in the pages of Fantastic Four and blew the minds of a generation of Marvel fans. This strange, stoic alien entered as harbinger of destruction, but was touched by human compassion, leading him to rebel against Galactus. Now, for the first time ever, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's original Silver Surfer stories are collected in one Epic Collection.

COLLECTING: FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) 48-50, 55, 57-60, 72, 74-77; MATERIAL FROM TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) 92-93, FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) 56, 61, ANNUAL 5 (SILVER SURFER EPIC COLLECTION VOL. 1)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

George Harrison - The Apple Years [9 CD Box Set]

Out Sept. 23, 2014

In November 1968, George Harrison released 'Wonderwall Music'. A soundtrack to an art film called 'Wonderwall' this predominantly Indian music collection was the first solo album to be released by a Beatle and also the first album on the newly formed Apple Records. George would continue to release albums on Apple (and EMI) through to 1975's soul-influenced 'Extra Texture (Read All About It)' touching on experimentalism with 'Electronic Sound', the magnificent triple album 'All Things Must Pass', the chart-topping 'Living In The Material World' and the, perhaps, less well-known 'Dark Horse'. This box brings all these eclectic albums together in one set that mirrors 2004's 'Dark Horse Years' box set and will contain a perfect bound book with a DVD. All albums have been remastered by Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks and all will be packaged in high-quality card packs and all albums, apart from 'All Things Must Pass' and 'Living In The Material World' contain newly written notes by Kevin Howlett. The DVD contains a brand new, never before seen video which has been painstakingly overseen by Olivia Harrison and all packages contain new photos many never seen before. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bob Dylan - Complete Basement Tapes: Bootleg Series Vol. 11

Bob Dylan's "Basement Tapes," recorded with the Band in upstate New York during the late 1960s are among the most legendary recording sessions of all time - mainly because most of the recordings were never officially released.

Apart from an official 2-LP compilation released in 1975, most of the music has only appeared on scattered bootlegs.

Now, we can officially hear more. Dylan has announced the Nov. 4 release of The Basement Tapes Complete, a 6-CD set collecting all 138 recordings, including 30 never before bootlegged.


The set will be the 11th volume of Dylan's long-running "Bootleg Series" of previously unreleased recordings. Also up on Amazon is a double-CD highlights set called Basement Tapes Raw.

According to Rolling Stone:
The previously unknown tracks include an epic, apocalyptic rocker, "Wild Wolf"; an early draft of "I Shall Be Released" with slightly different lyrics; a cover of Hank Williams' 1949 classic "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It"; and country-fied versions of "Blowin' in the Wind," "It Ain't Me Babe" and "One Too Many Mornings," featuring Band keyboardist Richard Manuel handling lead vocals on the first verse.
"The stuff that people haven't heard justifies, in every way, shape and form, all the hype, hubris and myth that surrounds these tapes," says folk musician and writer Sid Griffin, who wrote the liner notes for this new collection (which is also being released as a two-disc version and three-LP set). "Some of this stuff is mind-boggling."
There are also many Dylan originals that have never been released outside of dodgy-sounding bootlegs, including "Sign on the Cross," the trombone-heavy New Orleans ode "Bourbon Street," the 1950s pop parody "I'm Your Teenage Prayer" and the jokey "See You Later Allen Ginsberg," which ends with Dylan and the Band cracking up. Throughout the tapes, Dylan and the Band swerve from country to calypso to jazz to folk to rock and even Spanish music. 
Here's the tracklist:
CD 11. "Edge of the Ocean"
2. "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" (written by Clarence Williams)
3. "Roll on Train"
4. "Mr. Blue" (written by Dewayne Blackwell)
5. "Belshazzar" (written by Johnny Cash)
6. "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" (written by Charlie A Feathers and Stanley A Kesler)
7. "You Win Again" (written by Hank Williams)
8. "Still in Town" (written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard)
9. "Waltzing with Sin" (written by Sonny Burns and Red Hayes)
10. "Big River (Take 1)" (written by Johnny Cash)
11. "Big River (Take 2)" (written by Johnny Cash)
12. "Folsom Prison Blues" (written by Johnny Cash)
13. "Bells of Rhymney" (written by Idris Davies and Peter Seeger)
14. "Spanish is the Loving Tongue"
15. "Under Control"
16. "Ol' Roison the Beau" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
17. "I'm Guilty of Loving You"
18. "Cool Water" (written by Bob Nolan)
19. "The Auld Triangle" (written by Brendan Francis Behan)
20. "Po' Lazarus" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
21. "I'm a Fool for You" (Take 1)
22. "I'm a Fool for You" (Take 2) 

CD 21. "Johnny Todd" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
2. "Tupelo" (written by John Lee Hooker)
3. "Kickin' My Dog Around" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
4. "See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 1)"
5. "See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 2)"
6. "Tiny Montgomery"
7. "Big Dog"
8. "I'm Your Teenage Prayer"
9. "Four Strong Winds" (written by Ian Tyson)
10. "The French Girl (Take 1)" (written by Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson)
11. "The French Girl (Take 2)" (written by Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson)
12. "Joshua Gone Barbados" (written by Eric Von Schmidt)
13. "I'm in the Mood" (written by Bernard Besman and John Lee Hooker)
14. "Baby Ain't That Fine" (written by Dallas Frazier)
15. "Rock, Salt and Nails" (written by Bruce Phillips)
16. "A Fool Such As I" (written by William Marvin Trader)
17. "Song for Canada" (written by Pete Gzowski and Ian Tyson)
18. "People Get Ready" (written by Curtis L Mayfield)
19. "I Don't Hurt Anymore" (written By Donald I Robertson and Walter E Rollins)
20. "Be Careful of Stones That You Throw" (written by Benjamin Lee Blankenship)
21. "One Man's Loss"
22. "Lock Your Door"
23. "Baby, Won't You Be My Baby"
24. "Try Me Little Girl"
25. "I Can't Make it Alone"
26. "Don't You Try Me Now"

CD 31. "Young but Daily Growing" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
2. "Bonnie Ship the Diamond" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
3. "The Hills of Mexico" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
4. "Down on Me" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
5. "One for the Road"
6. "I'm Alright"
7. "Million Dollar Bash (Take 1)"
8. "Million Dollar Bash (Take 2)"
9. "Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Take 1)"
10. "Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Take 2)"
11. "I'm Not There"
12. "Please Mrs. Henry"
13. "Crash on the Levee (Take 1)"
14. "Crash on the Levee (Take 2)"
15. "Lo and Behold! (Take 1)"
16. "Lo and Behold! (Take 2)"
17. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Take 1)"
18. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Take 2)"
19. "I Shall be Released (Take 1)"
20. "I Shall be Released (Take 2)
21. "This Wheel's on Fire" (written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko)
22. "Too Much of Nothing (Take 1)"
23. "Too Much of Nothing (Take 2)"

CD 41. "Tears of Rage (Take 1)" (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
2. "Tears of Rage (Take 2)" (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
3. "Tears of Rage (Take 3)" (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
4. "Quinn the Eskimo (Take 1)"
5. "Quinn the Eskimo (Take 2)"
6. "Open the Door Homer (Take 1)"
7. "Open the Door Homer (Take 2)"
8. "Open the Door Homer (Take 3)"
9. "Nothing Was Delivered (Take 1)"
10. "Nothing Was Delivered (Take 2)"
11. "Nothing Was Delivered (Take 3)"
12. "All American Boy" (written by Bobby Bare)
13. "Sign on the Cross"
14. "Odds and Ends (Take 1)"
15. "Odds and Ends (Take 2)"
16. "Get Your Rocks Off"
17. "Clothes Line Saga"
18. "Apple Suckling Tree (Take 1)"
19. "Apple Suckling Tree (Take 2)"
20."Don't Ya Tell Henry"
21."Bourbon Street"

CD 51. "Blowin' in the Wind"
2. "One Too Many Mornings"
3. "A Satisfied Mind" (written by Joe Hayes and Jack Rhodes)
4. "It Ain't Me, Babe"
5. "Ain't No More Cane (Take 1)" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
6. "Ain't No More Cane (Take 2)" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
7. "My Woman She's A-Leavin'"
8. "Santa-Fe"
9. "Mary Lou, I Love You Too"
10. "Dress it up, Better Have it All"
11. "Minstrel Boy"
12. "Silent Weekend"
13. "What's it Gonna be When it Comes Up"
14. "900 Miles from My Home" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
15. "Wildwood Flower" (written by A.P. Carter)
16. "One Kind Favor" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
17. "She'll be Coming Round the Mountain" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
18. "It's the Flight of the Bumblebee"
19. "Wild Wolf"
20. "Goin' to Acapulco"
21. "Gonna Get You Now"
22. "If I Were A Carpenter" (written by James Timothy Hardin)
23. "Confidential" (written by Dorina Morgan)
24. "All You Have to do is Dream (Take 1)"
25. "All You Have to do is Dream (Take 2)"

CD 61. "2 Dollars and 99 Cents"
2. "Jelly Bean"
3. "Any Time"
4. "Down by the Station"
5. "Hallelujah, I've Just Been Moved" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
6. "That's the Breaks"
7. "Pretty Mary"
8. "Will the Circle be Unbroken" (written by A.P. Carter)
9. "King of France"
10. "She's on My Mind Again"
11. "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
12. "On a Rainy Afternoon"
13. "I Can't Come in with a Broken Heart"
14. "Next Time on the Highway"
15. "Northern Claim"
16. "Love is Only Mine"
17. "Silhouettes" (written by Bob Crewe and Frank C Slay Jr.)
18. "Bring it on Home"
19. "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies" (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
20. "The Spanish Song (Take 1)"
21. "The Spanish Song (Take 2)"