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MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR JULY

60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC PEANUTS #3: LUCY

Dark Horse continues its yearlong celebration of Charles Schulz's masterpiece, Peanuts. Peanuts premiered on October 2, 1950, in eight newspapers. As we all know, it grew to become probably the most popular comic strip ever. United Media is letting us go back to the original look of the characters from 1950, which was considerably different than today's look, and sculpt statues in a special sixtieth anniversary limited-edition series of the five main characters. Sculpted by Yoe! Studio. Now you can celebrate the anniversary with the addition of, the world's greatest fuss-budget, the bossy, Lucy to your collection!

Limited to 950 numbered pieces, packaged in its own tin box, with a pin-back button and a character bookle, $49.95, in stores on August 4.

ABE SAPIEN: THE ABYSSAL PLAIN #2

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, art by Peter Snejbjerg, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Dave Johnson.

A cold-war nightmare is about to erupt on a ship carrying ancient relics protected by the dead.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 28.

BORIS KARLOFF TALES OF MYSTERY ARCHIVES VOLUME 3

Paul S. Newman (W), Dick Wood (W), Joe Certa (P), Al Williamson (P), Bob Jenney (P), Angelo Torres (P), Al McWilliams (P), Alberto Giolitti (P), and others

A modern gambling cheat is punished by spirits of centuries-old playing cards . . . Three adventurers in pursuit of evil find the greatest evil ever spoken, heard, and seen . . . An enchanted telephone booth brings success to a simple man, but when greed gets the better of him, his good fortune comes to an end . . . A mirror that reflects an antique dealer's heart's desire does more than just show him what he wants . . .

These stories and many, many more are collected in Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery Archives Volume 3! Tales of suspense, crime, intrigue, horror, and irony, hosted by the renowned actor Boris Karloff and featuring art from some of the finest comics storytellers from the sixties.

Features a new introduction by the film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer John Landis!

Contains issues #11–#16, from September 1965 to December 1966.

232 pages, $49.99, in stores on Sept. 1.

BRIDE OF THE WATER GOD VOLUME 6

Mi-Kyung Yun (W/A)

At the start of this series, Soah was willing to sacrifice her life to the feared god Habaek to save her drought-stricken village on Earth. However, she wasn't killed by the powerful Water God—she was rescued and taken to the magical kingdom of Suguk. Once there, she met moody gods of the elements and a mysterious husband who took her as his bride but then spurned her. While Habaek yearns to treat Soah as a proper husband would, he's cursed to live in the form of a little boy during the day, only reverting to his true adult self at night. Trying to keep this strange secret from Soah, he hides behind the fake identity of "Mui" at night, when he competes with other unusual gods for her attention. Will this be the volume in which the Water God finally spills the truth to Soah -- or will other conspiring, jealous gods succeed in driving a permanent wedge between him and his human bride? Cursed and pursued by an unknown, shape-shifting tormentor, Habaek is also led to believe that his previous human bride is still alive!

184 pages, black and white, $9.99.

BUZZARD #2

Eric Powell (W/A), Kyle Holtz (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

When Buzzard enters a mysterious village plagued by an inhuman race of people-snatching savages, he's thrust into confrontation with the beasts and saves a young boy from harm. The grateful villagers invite him into their homes, and suspect they know the nature of his true identity—believing him their savior from a great, evil deity buried in the depths of the forest.

Powell explores the twisted life of Buzzard, one of Powell's most beloved and mysterious characters from The Goon, in this highly anticipated three-issue miniseries.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 7.

THE CHRONICLES OF KULL VOLUME 3: SCREAMS IN THE DARK AND OTHER STORIES

Roy Thomas (W), Don Glut (W), Steve Englehart (W), John Buscema (A), Ernie Chan (A), and Howard Chaykin (A)

The Chronicles of Kull Volume 3 collects the last nine exciting Kull the Destroyer comics, tying up all of the loose ends from the previous two volumes and culminating in the most important fight of the former Valusian king's life -- the battle for the Topaz throne and his former crown! Kull will need the help of an enigmatic warrior woman, Laralei, and an unlikely ally in arms, Ridondo the minstrel, if he is to conquer a giant extradimensional creature, three scheming wizards, and the wizard's skull-headed master and again rule the Purple Kingdom!

Volume 3 reprints Kull the Destroyer #21-#29, the short story "The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune" from Conan the Barbarian #25, Conan the Barbarian #68, "Beast from the Abyss" from Conan Annual #3, and a special cover gallery.

216 pages, $18.99, in stores on Sept. 29.

CLASSIC UNCLE SCROOGE SERIES 2 #3: UNCLE SCROOGE "CASH N' CARRY"

One of our best-received Syroco-style statuette series ever has been of the characters from Carl Barks's Uncle Scrooge stories. We're continuing our line of statues with a new series, based on specific cover images by Barks, and our third statue is inspired by, "Cash N' Carry." This particular pose of Uncle Scrooge was taken from Dell #22 from June 1958. The Uncle Scrooge series depicts the characters as they were originally presented in the comics. Sculpted by Yoe! Studio.

Limited to 950 numbered pieces; Packaged in a full-color, litho-printed tin box, with a character booklet and a vintage-style pin-back button, $49.95, in stores on Sept. 22.

CONAN: THE NEWSPAPER STRIPS VOLUME 1

Roy Thomas (W), Doug Moench (W), John Buscema (A), Ernie Chan (A), Alfredo Alcala (A), Rudy Nebres (A), Pablo Marcos (A), Alan Kupperberg (A), and Tom Yeates (A)

From September 4, 1978, until April 12, 1981, thousands of readers across the country thrilled to the daily adventures of everyone's favorite barbarian, Conan! Now Dark Horse Comics is proud to present the Conan newspaper strips collected for the first time in a handsome hardcover volume. Readers will once again enjoy the talents of Roy Thomas, Doug Moench, John Buscema, Ernie Chan, Alfredo Alcala, Rudy Nebres, Pablo Marcos, Alan Kupperberg, and Tom Yeates as they artfully unfold the continuing saga of Conan in these daily comic strips!

280 pages, $34.99, in stores on Sept. 8.

CONAN: THE FRAZETTA COVER SERIES #5

Timothy Truman (W), Cary Nord (P), Tomás Giorello (P), Richard Isanove (C), and Dave Stewart (C)

The fifth installment in Conan: The Frazetta Cover Series features both Frank Frazetta's tense, dramatic Man-Ape painting and an adaptation of Robert E. Howard's "Rogues in the House"—as interpreted by Timothy Truman, artists Cary Nord and Tomás Giorello, and colorist Richard Isanove. A longtime Howard favorite, this seminal Conan story first appeared in Weird Tales in 1934, and Frazetta's Man-Ape piece is one of his few Conan paintings to make a direct reference to one of Howard's works.

Our favorite barbarian has been living as a thief for some time, and his crimes are catching up with him. Becoming enmeshed in the plans of a treacherous nobleman and a dark priest, Conan finds himself making some strange allies in order to free himself from the labyrinthine, booby-trapped halls in the Red Priest's stronghold. Stalked by a mysterious, hulking horror that's grown out of control, Conan and the nobleman make a wary alliance with the Red Priest himself!

72 pages, $6.99, in stores on July 28.

DR. HORRIBLE Zack Whedon (W), Eric Canete (P), Farel Dalrymple (P), JoĎlle Jones (P), Jim Rugg (P), Dan Jackson (C), and Kristian Donaldson (Cover) On sale Sept 22 FC, 80 pages $9.99 TPB, 7" x 10" Based on the Emmy Award–winning web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, this collection of stories written by Zack Whedon (Deadwood, Fringe) chronicles some of the earliest adventures in the lives of archenemies Captain Hammer and Dr. Horrible. This anthology solves many unanswered questions left over from the show. For instance: What event inspired Dr. Horrible to become the world's greatest criminal mastermind? Why is Penny, the beautiful girl from the Laundromat, still single? How can you, the reader, be like blustering do-gooder Captain Hammer? And why is Horrible's sidekick, Moist, so . . . um . . . well, you'll find out! • Collects the first issue of Dr. Horrible with all three digital comics from MySpace Dark Horse Presents. • Includes a never-before-seen sixteen-page story, about the top secret organization The Evil League of Evil. • Dark Horse's Dr. Horrible iTunes app rose to number one in twenty-four hours, Beating out the Bible and Dr. Seuss!

DOCTOR SOLAR, MAN OF THE ATOM #1

Jim Shooter (W), Dennis Calero (A/Cover), and Michael Komarck (Cover)

Empowered by a thermonuclear catastrophe, Doctor Solar discovers that he can control energy. . Immeasurable strength is his at a whim. Power beyond imagination courses through his body.  But he knows that the same kind of science run amok that created him can also empower the wicked. In the aftershock of the cataclysm that created Doctor Solar, ripples throughout space time imbue one Whitmore Pickerel with the power to create life—which he uses to serve his selfish desires and reckless ambitions. His newly created being, Leviathan, invulnerable and immeasurably strong, clashes with the Man of the Atom in a fierce battle that ravages the city.  Meanwhile, for his personal amusement, Pickerel creates Glow, a living fantasy of unearthly charms . . . and deadly possibilities! 

Special bonus for this supersized issue: the very first Doctor Solar story from 1962!

48 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 14.

DOCTOR SPEKTOR ARCHIVES VOLUME 1

Donald Glut (W) and Jesse Santos (A)

Doctor Adam Spektor is an occult detective and monster hunter who travels the world over in search of the supernatural. Investigating everything from rumors of odd, ghostly occurrences to appearances of strange, deadly creatures, Doctor Spektor spends his time in the field putting his life at risk to save innocents from the sinister and the grotesque. Whether conducting occult experiments on curing vampirism or fighting unearthly behemoths, Doctor Spektor stalks the forces of evil -- to record and investigate their existence as well as protect us! Created by writer Donald Glut and artist Dan Spiegle.

This volume reprints the first seven comic books from the original 1970s Doctor Spektor series, with art by the incomparable Jesse Santos!

200 page, $49.99, in stores on Sept. 29.

EMPOWERED VOLUME 6

Adam Warren (W/A)

After a fiery disaster claims the lives of several teammates, costumed crimefighter Empowered stumbles upon an ugly little secret of the masks-and-tights business: a growing number of ill-fated superheroes have found out the hard way that, while their bodies are still mortal, their superpowers are not . . . Now, only our downtrodden but doggedly determined heroine can save the (semi)living superdead from a very genuine "fate worse than death," while simultaneously grappling with the challenges of vengefully vacationing ninja clans, car-trunk carpet burn, superhero-fantasy-league drafts, excessive bedroom chatter, and deals with the devil both figurative and literal! All this, plus Emp's not-so-secret origin is revealed at last!

208 pages, black and white, $15.99, in stores on Sept. 8.

FEAR AGENT #28

Rick Remender (W), Mike Hawthorne (P), Tony Moore (P/Cover), and John Lucas (I)

"Out of Step," part 1 of 5. Heath Huston is mortally injured. His family, all of humanity, has been totally consumed, amalgamated by Tetaldian robotic conquerors. There is no hope. So who will save the asses of the universe this time? A drink is poured, a rocket ship ignited, and a cigar lit—a new Fear Agent will rise.  

Four super champions of sci-fi pulp -- Rick Remender, Mike Hawthorne, Tony Moore, and John Lucas -- reunite, one final time, one final drink. Also includes a special Tales of the Fear Agent by legendary creator Hilary Barta!  

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 18.

FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY VOLUME 1: THE HARD GOODBYE 3RD EDITION

Written and art by Frank Miller.

The first volume of the crime-comic megahit that introduced the now-infamous Marv and spawned a blockbuster film returns in a newly redesigned edition, with a brand-new cover by Frank Miller—some of his first comics art in years!

It's a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town. But Marv doesn't care. There's an angel in the room. She says her name is Goldie. A few hours later, Goldie's dead without a mark on her perfect body, and the cops are coming before anyone but Marv could know she's been killed. Somebody paid good money for this frame . . .

With a new look generating more excitement than ever before, this third edition is the perfect way to attract a whole new generation of readers to Frank Miller's masterpiece!

208 pages, black and white, $19. in stores on Sept. 1.

FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY VOLUME 2: A DAME TO KILL FOR 3RD EDITION

Written and art by Frank Miller.

The second volume of Frank Miller's signature series is now planned as the lead story in the upcoming Sin City 2! This newly redesigned edition sports a new cover by Miller -- some of his first comics art in years!

Stuck with nothing but a seedy gumshoe job and some demons, Dwight's thinking of all the ways he's screwed up and what he'd give for one clear chance to wipe the slate clean, to dig his way out of the numb gray hell that is his life. And he'd give anything. Just to feel the fire. One more time. But he can't let himself lose control again, can't ever let the monster out. And then Ava calls.

With a new look generating more excitement than ever before, this third edition is the perfect way to attract a whole new generation of readers to Frank Miller's masterpiece!

208 pages, black and white, $19, in stores on Sept. 15.

GANTZ VOLUME 13

Hiroya Oku (W/A)

Dinosaurs. Seriously, can the frantic world of Gantz get any more scary? How about a giant doughboy with crazy fangs and a strange outie bellybutton? Yeah, it's not just scary; it's a very strange world for Kei!. At least this time the Gantz crew have a new weapon! It's an awesome state-of-the-art uni-motorcycle thing! And one of the characters uses a massive space samurai sword. It's Gantz!

232 pages, black and white, $12.99, in stores on Sept. 29.

GHOST TALKER'S DAYDREAM VOLUME 4

Saki Okuse (W) and Sankichi Meguro (A)

If having hallucinations is scary, then seeing them at school would be terrifying. But when the hallucinations talk back to you, that's the kind of fright you've come to expect from the world of Ghost Talker's Daydream.

Come join Saiki Misaki, the albino dominatrix necromancer, as she jumps head first into another supernatural mystery. This time around the case becomes more personal, as the power that gives Saiki the ability to see and talk to the dead is the very thing terrorizing her client.

216 pages, black and white, $10.99, in stores on Sept. 8.

GIANT SIZE LITTLE LULU VOLUME 2

John Stanley (W/A) and Irving Tripp (A)

Presenting another seventeen laugh-out-loud installments from the beginning of John Stanley and Irving Tripp's landmark run on Little Lulu, the funniest funnybook of them all!

After a few try-out issues in Dell's Four Color, Stanley and Tripp got the go-ahead to turn Little Lulu into a monthly comic. The duo took the opportunity to show that they had only been warming up, producing stories even more ingenious and artwork even more beautiful than their Four Color issues.

Collecting three more of the earliest, out-of-print volumes of Dark Horse's acclaimed reprint series, this massive 600-page-plus omnibus contains issues #6-#22 of Little Lulu -- featuring Lulu Moppet and her friends in all sorts of charming, witty fun.

672 pages, black and white, $24.99, in stores on Sept. 15.

HELLBOY: THE STORM #1

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Duncan Fegredo (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

A terrible storm is brewing, bodies are missing from their tombs, and the forces of darkness gather against Hellboy for a final bloody showdown. Mignola and Fegredo reunite for the final arc of the bestselling saga that includes Hellboy: Darkness Calls and Hellboy: The Wild Hunt.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 7.

HELLCYON #4

Lucas Marangon (W/A)

Mission accomplished! After a long and dangerous journey, the Suicide Division have finally reached the insurgent-controlled territories and delivered their hard jackets to the Landstriders army. Their quest is over -- or is it? Meanwhile, Captain St. John prepares a full-scale invasion of the rebel village to stop a summit that could change the outcome of the civil war. Will the Suicide Division be able to stop catastrophe?

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 21.

LITTLE LULU'S PAL TUBBY VOLUME 1: THE CASTAWAY AND OTHER STORIES

John Stanley (W/A)

From the pages of Little Lulu comes Tubby!

The comedic genius of John Stanley couldn't be contained by one series alone, so in 1952 Lulu's pal Tubby made his solo debut in his own hysterical comic. Filled with all the charm and hilarity of Little Lulu, Tubby is a familiar but different delight from comics legend John Stanley!

Dark Horse presents these never-before-reprinted gems from comics' golden age in a new series of paperback collections. Like Dark Horse's new Little Lulu series, Tubby is printed in full color, just as the comics appeared over fifty years ago!

Reprinting Marge's Tubby #1–6 for the first time ever, in full color!

224 pages, $15.99, in stores on Sept. 1.

MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH OMNIBUS EDITION

CLAMP (W/A)

Umi, Hikaru, and Fuu are three schoolgirls out on a field trip to Tokyo Tower, whisked suddenly away by a strange voice and light to Cephiro, a world full of spirits and sorcery. They were summoned here through the last remaining strength of the Princess Emeraude, who hopes that they are the trio destined to become the magic knights legend says can save her realm! But how are a bunch of junior-high-school kids supposed to defeat the dark might of the sinister Lord Zagato . . . with only an exceedingly strange bunny creature named Mokona as their guide . . . ?

640 pages, black and white, $19.99.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: THE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT VOLUME 6

Osamu Takahashi (W/A)

Shinji is never quite sure whether he's in a relationship or just some sort of bizarre lab experiment, and he probably didn't need yet another cute, mysterious individual to arrive in his homeroom. But that's just what he's going to get in the person of Mana Kirishima. Will she prove to be a girlfriend of steel . . . or more of an iron maiden?

192 pages, black and white, $9.99, in stores on Sept. 8.

PREDATORS

Paul Tobin (W), Victor Drujiniu (P), Tony Kordos (I), and Cirque Studios (C)

A group of individuals -- each a different type of elite combatant, killer, or warrior in their own lives -- have been mysteriously transported to a strange jungle planet where they are hunted by fierce aliens. But these individuals aren't ready to become prey -- they still want to be hunters . . .

Based on the Predators film coming July 9, 2010, by Robert Rodriguez, and told through the eyes of Isabelle, a genuine, hard-hitting woman, and the only female brought to the planet, we bring you the official film adaptation -- with a twist on perspective!

The official film adaptation of Predators, featuring Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, and more!

72 pages, $6.99, in stores on July 14.

PREDATORS: PRESERVE THE GAME

David Lapham (W), Allan Jefferson (P), David Rivera (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Sean Phillips (Cover)

Set a few weeks after the climax of Robert Rodriguez's Predators film, the remaining survivors still struggle to find some existence on the alien planet where they are hunted. Hope of outlasting the alien hunters still lives; they have a plan to get away, and they just might be able to pull it off!

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on July 14.

THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN VOLUME 8

Michael Fleisher (W), Alan Zelenetz (W), Jim Owsley (W), Jim Neal (W), Gil Kane (A), John Buscema (A), Val Mayerik (A), Bob Camp (A), and others

The Savage Sword of Conan Volume 8 features some of the most anxiously awaited Conan stories from the Savage Sword era, including the two-part "Daughter of the God King" story. The skilled Conan mainstay Michael Fleisher writes all of the Savage Sword of Conan feature stories in this volume, while exciting newcomers to the world of Conan—Alan Zelenetz, Jim Owsley, and Jim Neal—pen the backup stories! The art chores are handled by some of the finest artists to ever draw Crom's favored Cimmerian!

This volume, which collects The Savage Sword of Conan #85-#93, also includes Conan covers, frontispieces, and pinups from each issue!

500 pages, black and white, $19.99, in stores on Sept. 22.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS -- HERO OF THE CONFEDERACY

Henry Gilroy (W), Steven Melching (W), Brian Koschak (P), Dan Parsons (I), Michael E. Wiggam (C), and Scott Hepburn (Cover)

Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight and hero of the Republic, is challenged by a fledgling hero of the Confederacy!

The Confederacy is being provided with newer and more advanced ships from Valahari—a world that has claimed neutrality in the Clone Wars. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are dispatched to negotiate with the planet's rulers, but as events unfold and Anakin is framed for a dishonorable act, diplomacy gives way to war!

Collects The Clone Wars issues #10–#12.

80 pages, $7.99, in stores on Sept. 15.

STAR WARS: DARK EMPIRE TRILOGY

Tom Veitch (W), Cam Kennedy (A), and Jim Baikie (A)

Collecting the complete Dark Empire saga -- Dark Empire, Dark Empire II, and Empire's End -- this Star Wars hardcover is a handsome must-have! Six years after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi, the battle for the galaxy's freedom rages on. The Empire has been mysteriously reborn under an unknown leader, wielding a new weapon of great power. Princess Leia and Han Solo struggle to hold together the New Republic while the galaxy's savior, Luke Skywalker, fights an inner battle as he is drawn to the dark side, just as his father . . .

352 pages, $29.99, in stores on Sept. 29.

STAR WARS: INVASION -- RESCUES #3

Tom Taylor (W), Colin Wilson (A), Wes Dzioba (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)

Two armies have joined forces for a dangerous rescue mission. Both have experience fighting the Yuuzhan Vong, but this time the encounter takes an unexpected turn, and more is revealed about their enemy's strange capabilities . . .

Meanwhile, Finn Galfridian and the Solo children race to warn Finn's father that a trusted friend is a deadly enemy!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 28.

STAR WARS: LEGACY #50

John Ostrander (W), Jan Duursema (P/Cover), Dan Parsons (I), Brad Anderson (C), and Sean Cooke (Cover)

Final issue. "Extremes," part 3 of 3. The galaxy is teetering on the edge of a new future, with everyone fighting for a foothold—not to mention their lives! The galaxy that emerges from this chaotic battle could even end up without a Skywalker to carry the legacy that so many have come to depend on . . .

Sith versus Sith! Jedi versus Sith! Imperials versus Sith! Cade Skywalker versus Sith! It's all-out war!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 28.

STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC #1

Rob Chestney (W), Alex Sanchez (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), Benjamin Carré (Cover), and Attik Studio (Cover)

"Threat of Peace" unveils a galaxy on the brink of destruction three hundred years after the events of Knights of the Old Republic! For decades, the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire have been at war—the Sith have gained control of the Outer Rim, but their efforts to penetrate the Core Worlds have so far been thwarted. Now, representatives from both sides attempt to negotiate a peace treaty -- but deception by the Sith puts the Jedi in an unfortunate position. The release of The Old Republic promises to be a Star Wars event of the highest order!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 7.

USAGI YOJIMBO #130

Written and art by Stan Sakai.

In the aftermath of a bloody gang war, the rabbit ronin and a new ally return to the town called Hell with a score to settle! Usagi and the swordsman Kato have come back to confront Boss Higa, the scheming gang leader who cheated Kato out of his fee and put the blame on Usagi. However, in the weeks since they left town, Higa has fortified his stronghold and amassed an army of mercenary samurai. To pay for it, he has ruthlessly oppressed the townspeople and taken everything they own. Now Usagi and Kato have even more reason to eliminate the tyrant!

24 pages, black and white, $3.50, in stores on July 28.

VAMPIRE BOY

Carlos Trillo (W) and Eduardo Risso (A)

Left nameless by his father and sentenced to eternal life by a trick of fate and fortune, the protagonist of Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Risso's Vampire Boy has spent fifty centuries in a body that never ages, locked in an eternal struggle with a rival as immortal as he.

Acclaimed writer Carlos Trillo teams with legendary artist Eduardo Risso to produce a poignantly engrossing twist on the classic vampire mythos, now collected in English for the first time!

480 pages, black and white, $24.99, in stores on Sept. 22.



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