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WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2010

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR OCTOBER

ARCHIE FIRSTS

Written and art by various.

Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle, and all the other kids at Riverdale High -- they're more than zany teenagers. They're the flagship characters for one of the most beloved and long-running series in comics history!

This first-ever Archie archive edition is a survey of the first appearance of each major character in the Archie universe, made available at a special low price to appeal to readers from every corner of fandom. Whether you found your Archies at the supermarket checkout or at the first "real" comic-book shop in your hometown, everyone reads and loves Archie comics!

Archie's first issues, first appearances, and other milestones, collected for the first time in one hardcover volume!

Collects the first Archie story from Pep Comics #1, all of the Archie stories from Archie #1, all the Betty and Veronica stories from Betty and Veronica #1, the first Reggie story from Jackpot Comics #5, all the Reggie stories from Reggie #1, and all the Jughead stories from Jughead #1.

160 pages, $24.99, in stores on Dec. 1.

BALTIMORE: THE PLAGUE SHIPS #3

Written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, art by Ben Stenbeck, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Mignola.

After a furious storm rips apart their ship, Baltimore and Vanessa wash up on an island shore in the midst of a graveyard of submarines. While taking refuge they stumble upon a ruined plague ship -- a vessel used to burn vampires—now entrenched in a grotesque and dangerous fungus.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 6.

BILLY THE KID'S OLD TIMEY ODDITIES AND THE GHASTLY FIEND OF LONDON #2

Written by Eric Powell, art by Kyle Hotz, colored by Dan Brown and Dave Stewart, covers by Powell and Hotz.

Billy the Kid managed to make it nearly a full day in London without passing out drunk and being carted off to jail, which unfortunately wasn't long enough to find Jack the Ripper, who is still on the loose. The remaining members of Fineas Sproule's traveling spectacle of biological curiosities are on the case, but with "freaks" suspected of being behind the Ripper murders, none of them are safe. It's up to a very hung-over Billy and conjoined twins Malcolm and Miles to break out of jail and find the real killer.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Oct. 13.

BORIS KARLOFF TALES OF MYSTERY ARCHIVES VOLUME 4

Written by Dick Wood and Leo Dorfman, art by Joe Certa, Win Mortimer, Mel Crawford, Andrea LeBlanc and others.

Possessed children, tormented artists, vengeful specters, and hubristic explorers -- these are only a few of the characters that populate legendary actor Boris Karloff's exotic world of crime, suspense, and paranormal intrigue.

Contains issues #17–#22 and #24, originally published from March 1967 to December 1968. Features new introductions by Ray Bradbury and film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer Peter Bogdanovich!

240 pages, $49.99, in stores on Dec. 29.

B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH -- NEW WORLD #3

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, art by Guy Davis, colored by Dave Stewart, cover by Davis.

Abe hunts a horrific monster preying on small-town populations and leaving their corpses in massive sinkholes, while Kate clashes with the UN, and Johann abandons his post for a giant body in a vat.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 13.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #37

"Last Gleaming," part 2 of 5. Spike and Buffy are finally reunited (*sigh*) and lucky him -- he's discovered the source of all her problems, and it's not Angel. Now Buffy must revisit the place where love was indiscriminate, the Scoobies were formed, and Hell's mouth was closed for good.  Whedon and Jeanty launch readers into the finale of Buffy Season Eight, promising more adventure, twists, and turns. Bonds are tested, lives altered, and oh! -- the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 6.

CLASSIC ARCHIE CHARACTER #1: ARCHIE

Just in time to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of Archie comic, Dark Horse releases Archie statues with the Syroco-style treatment! Archie Andrews is the prototypical All-American teenager. With his signature red hair, freckles and eternal optimism, Archie is the protagonist of the Archie Comics Universe and the center of a love triangle with his two girlfriends, Veronica and Betty. A classic underdog persona, Archie often comes out on top of a situation even when it looks like the odds are against him.

Limited to 950 numbered pieces, packaged in a tin box, with a pin-back button and character booklet, $49.95, in stores on Jan. 26.

THE CLASSIC COMICS ARCHIVES VOLUME 1: WHITE INDIAN

Art by Frank Frazetta.

The longest comic-book run of Frank Frazetta's career! First appearing as a backup feature in Durango Kid in 1949, Dan Brand—known as the "White Indian"—is a colonial-era city boy whose life is marred by tragedy. When the death of his fiancée sends Brand through the wilderness on a trek to kill her murderer, he also begins a journey that will transform him into a hardened pioneer survivalist. The powerful sequential work of Frank Frazetta is in the spotlight in this collection, with all interior pages scanned from original comic-book issues and digitally cleaned. This collection reprints all of Frank Frazetta's White Indian work in an affordable hardcover format!

200 pages, $49.99, in stores on Dec. 1.

CONAN THE CIMMMERIAN #25

Written by Tim Truman, penciled by Tomas Giorello, colored by Jose Villarrubia, covers by Cary Nord and Geof Darrow.

The thrilling, battle-filled finale to Robert E. Howard's "Iron Shadows in the Moon" -- and Dark Horse's final Conan the Cimmerian issue! With the threat of pirates and a centuries-old evil at his heels, Conan's troubles triple when he and Olivia are confronted by the jungle creature that's been stalking them. The island where Conan once sought refuge has become a battleground with constant surprises and death in every dark corner. Tim Truman, Tomas Giorello, and Jose Villarrubia conclude their adaptation of one of Howard's strangest stories in their final issue of Conan the Cimmerian. Fear not, faithful readers, as this Conan creative team will be returning next year to chronicle the exploits, adventures, and woes of an older King Conan!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 27.

DEVIL

Written and art by Torajiro Kishi and Madhouse Studios.

Manga artist Torajiro Kishi (Maka-Maka) and blockbuster anime studio Madhouse (Trigun, Paprika, Ninja Scroll) love comics. So much so that they've decided to publish an original, Western-style comic exclusively with Dark Horse! Enter Devil, a thrilling sci-fi take on the vampire genre.

A vampire virus threatens humanity, and it may come down to a rogue cop and his strait-laced partner to contain the freakishly superhuman devils from rampaging across Japan. Why did the government create this virus, and what will result from its perfection? And more importantly, have the humans created a being that will now take the throne at the top of the food chain?

Collects the four-issue miniseries.

96 pages, $14.99, in stores on Dec. 22.

DOCTOR SOLAR #3

Written by Jim Shooter, art by Roger Robinson, cover by Michael Komarck.

The dark god Moloch the Devourer pits his demonic hellfire against the thermonuclear fury of Doctor Solar. Whitmore Pickerel, whose power to bring his imagination into existence unleashed the Devourer, conjures the mighty sun-god Surya for protection. But instead, Surya bows before Moloch, and the Man of the Atom faces cosmic-scale war on a second front. With the power of Solar pitted against the god of the sun, can the planet survive?

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 6.

EERIE ARCHIVES VOLUME 6

Written and art by various.

Eerie Archives is back and more beastly than ever with a sixth specter-packed volume! Eerie Archives Volume 6 includes work from such legendary artists as Gardner Fox, Vaughn Bodé, Richard Corben, Frank Frazetta, and others, illustrating stories by some of comics' most beloved writers, including Archie Goodwin, Nicola Cuti, and Doug Moench! Pick up one of these lovingly produced monsters and see why Eerie Archives has made multiple appearances on the New York Times bestseller list!

Collecting issues #28-#31 of the legendary horror magazine!

264 pages, black and white, $49.99, in stores on Dec. 8.

EVELYN EVELYN

Written by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, art by Cynthia von Buhler.

Being a wholly true and accurate account of the tragic events surrounding the extraordinary lives of Evelyn Evelyn, a darling but unfortunate pair of conjoined twins. Including such noteworthy incidents as: the bizarre circumstances of their birth and subsequent bereavement; shocking encounters with depraved gentlemen; the acquisition and loss of loyal friends; and the terrible fate of Elephant Elephant; and concluding with the conjoined sisters' rise to international fame as Internet celebrities, as told by the inimitably eloquent Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley and illustrated in lifelike detail and color by Cynthia von Buhler! This lavish book set features an insightful introduction by renowned storyteller Neil Gaiman.

160 pages, $24.99, in stores on Dec. 1.

FEAR AGENT #31

Written by Rick Remender, penciled by Mike Hawthorne and Tony Moore, inked by John Lucas, cover by Moore.

"Out of Step," part 4 of 5. Heath Huston fights the secret rulers of the universe in the wake of the null bang! The countdown to the finale begins.  Also includes a special Tales of the Fear Agent by Hilary Barta!

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 27.

FLASH GORDON COMIC BOOK ARCHIVES VOLUME 2

Written by Al Williamson and Archie Goodwin, art by Williamson, Gil Kane, Mac Raboy and others.

Launch into a new era of classic comics storytelling with the second volume of Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives! When the Flash Gordon title made its move to King Comics in 1966, it was the start of a brilliant new look and a giant leap forward in storytelling and character. Flash, his beautiful companion Dale, and impulsive scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov face all-new perils and all-new villains in these space-age stories. Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives Volume Two contains over twenty thrilling, gorgeously illustrated stories, planetary maps, original ads, and more.

Collects Flash Gordon #1–#11 (King Comics), and selections from The Phantom #18, #19, and #20, and features work by Al Williamson, Archie Goodwin, Mac Raboy, and more!

312 pages, $49.99, in stores on Dec. 29.

THE GUILD

Written by Felicia Day, art by Jim Rugg, colored by Dan Jackson, cover by Georges Jeanty.

Chronicling the hilarious on- and offline lives of a group of Internet role-playing gamers, the Knights of Good, The Guild has become a cult hit, and is the winner of numerous awards from SXSW, YouTube, Yahoo, and the Streamys. Now, Day brings the wit and heart of the show to this graphic-novel prequel. In this origin tale of the Knights of Good, we learn about Cyd's life before joining the guild, how she became Codex, her awful breakup with boyfriend Trevor, and how she began to meet the other players who would eventually become her teammates.

96 pages, $12.99, in stores on Dec. 8.

HELLBOY/BEASTS OF BURDEN

Written by Mike Mignola and Evan Dorkin, art and cover by Jill Thompson.

The paranormal activity in the outwardly charming town of Burden Hill has gone from bad to worse, as seen in Dorkin and Thompson's hardcover graphic novel Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites. Now the occult-investigating team of dogs (and one cat) need some serious help. Contact with the Wise Dog Society has broken off, leaving the team on its own, as a series of unexplained animal slayings have begun to occur. But magic can work in surprising ways, and help is brought to the team with the unexpected arrival of the World's Greatest Paranormal Detective.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 27.

MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER #3

Written by Jim Shooter, art by Bill Reinhold, colored by Wes Dzioba, cover by Raymond Swanland.

In the year 4000, savage illegal prizefights operate in the shadows of the milespires. In one corner, the deadly, gen-enhanced number-one contender -- Hyppolyta. In the other corner, the remorseless robotic champion -- Steelhammer, who has annihilated every opponent he has faced, man or machine. Drawn unwillingly into the ring to save a life, Magnus must battle them both -- steel-smashing man against super-woman, robot fighter vs. robot fighter -- to the death.

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 27.

MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER VOLUME 1

Written by Russ Manning, Robert Schaefer and Eric Friwald, art by Manning and Scheafer.

These beloved tales of science-adventure first ran in 1963 and 1964 and have influenced countless writers and artists throughout the decades. Created by fan-favorite Russ Manning -- famous for his spectacular work on the Tarzan newspaper strips of the sixties -- Magnus, Robot Fighter was something of his "Tarzan of the Future," and Manning's run on the series came to be known as a classic in science-fiction comics. This volume reprints the first seven issues in the original 1960s Magnus, Robot Fighter series, with unparalleled art by the legendary Russ Manning, a foreword by Mike Royer, and retouched interiors scanned from the original comic books!

Contains Magnus, Robot Fighter issues #1-#7 (1963-1964).

216 pages, $19.99, in stores on Dec. 22.

METALOCALYPSE/DETHKLOK #1

Written by Brendon Small, Joe Schnepp and Jeremy Barlow, penciled by Lucas Marangon, inked by Eduardo Francisco, covers by Jon Schnepp and Eric Powell.

They're the most brutal black-metal band on the planet and the world's seventh-largest economy, five men prophesied to bring about the Metalocalypse. They are DETHKLOK . . . and they are about to enter the food chain. After a series of sponsorship deals goes sour, Dethklok launches a line of frozen meals in hopes of reclaiming their metal throne. Two things stand in their way: the enigmatic tribunal of world leaders sworn to topple the band, and their own incompetence.

40 pages, $3.99, in stores on Oct. 6.

MIGHTY SAMSON ARCHIVES VOLUME 2

Written by Otto Binder, art by Frank Thorne and Jack Sparling.

With fantastic beasts, savage survivors of a nuclear war, and imaginative artwork by Frank Thorne and Jack Sparling, Mighty Samson Archives volume 2 hits the ground running with nonstop post-apocalyptic adventure and sci-fi fun. Created by prolific writer Otto Binder and artistic titan Frank Thorne, the Mighty Samson's comic-book career lasted for only thirty-two issues, but Dark Horse is bringing the exploits of this daring, one-eyed adventurer to modern audiences in a series of elegant hardcovers! Born into a peaceful yet primitive tribe of N'Yark, in a radioactive future America, Samson learns that he's just as strong and resilient as some of the most vicious, mutated creatures that threaten his tribe. A mutant himself, Samson still vows to protect his defenseless human kin from the dangers around them—and his motto becomes, "To protect the weak from the powerful, the good from the evil!"

This volume reprints Mighty Samson (1960s comic-book series) issues #7-#14.

200 pages, $49.99, in stores on Dec. 29.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: THE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT VOLUME 7

Written and art by Osamu Takahashi.

You didn't really think all this raising being inflicted on Shinji by his parents and guardian was without constructive purpose, did you . . . a purpose, perhaps, related to giant, robotlike things? As Yui deals with the fallout from the Jet Alone affair, her son tries to mind his own affairs . . . but usually just ends up falling!

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

OH MY GODDESS! VOLUME 37

Written and art by Kosuke Fujishima.

Ever since a cosmic phone call led five literal young goddesses—Belldandy, Urd, Skuld; and, like occasional vowels, Peorth and Lind—to live in college student Keiichi's residence, his personal life has been turned upside down, sideways, and sometimes even into strange dimensions!

Clumsy, naive, spacey -- just the qualities you want in a goddess tasked with delivering an important magical program to Belldandy. And Chrono, the newest goddess to appear in the OMG! saga, possesses these qualities admirably!

160 pages, black and white, $10.99, in stores on Dec. 29.

STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES -- A TALE OF JANGO AND BOBA FETT #3

Written by Tom Taylor, art and cover by Chris Scalf.

Boba Fett has discovered that his father left a legacy to someone Boba has never heard of. He manages to track down the man, but if he is to learn the reasons behind Jango's posthumous generosity, Boba Fett must first save the man from an army of bounty hunters who want the guy's head!

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 27.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS -- DEADLY HANDS OF SHON-JU

Written by Jeremy Barlow, Brian Koschak, colored by Ronda Pattison.

Behind enemy lines, Jedi Knight Aayla Secura's covert mission is threatened by an encounter with Shon-Ju -- a former Padawan turned cult leader. Shon-Ju claims to be after the same Separatist warlord that Aayla was sent to capture, but he also has plenty of reasons to hate the Republic and the Jedi. The Force is with Aayla, but she may need more than her lightsaber against "The Deadly Hands of Shon-Ju"!

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

STAR WARS: INVASION -- RESCUES #5

Written by Tom Taylor, art by Colin Wilson, colored by Wes Dzioba, cover by Jo Chen.

Kaye Galfridian has taken command of a New Republic army, but her first mission has forced her to fight against some of the very refugees she has come to rescue! Mutated by Yuuzhan Vong bioengineering, the refugees have become monstrous killing machines who can only be "saved" by death.

Meanwhile, on their homeworld of Artorias, Kaye's brother Finn must deal with death on another level, unaware that he has become the enemy's objective in a new front in the Yuuzhan Vong invasion!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 27.

STAR WARS: KNIGHT ERRANT #1

Written by John Jackson Miller, art by Federico Dallocchio, inked by Mark Kenna, colored by Michael Atiyeh, covers by Joe Quinones and Dave Ross.

"Aflame," part 1 of 5. More than one thousand years before Luke Skywalker, a dark age grips the galaxy as an ineffectual Republic abandons entire systems to Sith control. A newly knighted Jedi on her first mission, eighteen-year-old Kerra Holt has joined a band of Jedi volunteers traveling deep behind enemy lines, with no support from the Republic and little chance of survival. She thinks she is prepared for anything. She's wrong.

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 13.

STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC #4

Written by Alexander Freed, penciled by Dave Ross, inked by Mark McKenna, colored by Michael Atiyeh, cover by Benjamin Carre.

"Blood of the Empire," part 1 of 3. After hundreds of years, the Sith Empire has returned to the galaxy, determined to crush the Republic that sent them into exile. For young Sith Teneb Kel, it is his only chance to rise above his lowly beginnings as a slave and prove his worth to the Dark Council. Yet their mission for him is unexpected. He will not hunt Jedi, but rather, a fellow Sith—the Emperor's apprentice!

40 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 6.

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: QUINLAN VOS -- JEDI IN DARKNESS

Written by John Ostrander and Pat Mills, penciled by Jan Duursema, Davide Fabbri and Ramon F. Bach, inked by Christian Dalla Vecchia, colored by Guy Major.

From his first appearance as a mind-wiped amnesiac to his triumphant passage to the rank of Jedi Master, few Jedi had more brushes with the powers of the dark side and the evil of the underworld than Quinlan Vos. This volume includes over 120 pages of story that have never been collected, plus the introduction of Jedi Aayla Secura -- who made the jump from the pages of the comics to appearances in the films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

504 pages, $24.99, in stores on Dec. 22.

THE TERMINATOR: 1984 #2

Written by Zack Whedon, art by Andy MacDonald, colored by Dan Jackson, cover by Massimo Carnevale.

Kyle Reese nears the completion of his mission in the past when he locates Sarah Connor in 1984 Los Angeles. However, protecting her from the Terminator sent to kill her proves more difficult than he realized. In 2029 Kyle had backup, advanced weaponry, and obvious targets—now he's on his own against killer machines that look just like people. Fortunately, Ben is making progress in his own mission—protecting Kyle—as he finally catches up with his friend.

40 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 27.

TROUBLEMAKER PLAYING CARDS

Dark Horse is publishing a graphic novel that continues the best-selling Barnaby series by Janet Evanovich. This deck of playing cards makes an entertaining counterpart to the graphic novel and the art is based on fabulous illustrations by JoĎlle Jones, and overseen and approved by Janet and Alex Evanovich.

Deck of 52 playing cards, $4.99, in stores on Sept. 15.

TUROK, SON OF STONE #1

Written by Jim Shooter, art by Eduardo Francisco, cover by Raymond Swanland.

Turok, wandering warrior from a far land, rescues Andar, son of a Chiricahua chief, from the ruthless King Maxtla and his Aztec horde. Pursued into a vast cavern, prey and predators are swept away by an unimaginable force to a savage, timeless land of nightmares and miracles, where dinosaurs thunder and rampage. Beset by bloodthirsty enemies and beasts, Turok and Andar encounter an even deadlier threat -- the fearsome Panther People and their mesmerizing goddess, Aasta.

Includes the very first Turok story from 1954!

48 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 20.

VAMPIRE HUNTER D VOLUME 16: TYRANT'S STARS PARTS 1 AND 2

Written by Hideyuki Kikuchi, art by Yoshitaka Amano.

In this chilling adventure, Vampire Hunter D has been dispatched to vanquish the ancient vampiric Noble Count Braujou, guardian of an ancient buried treasure. But when a mysterious object crashes into the earth, destroying half of the northern Frontier, D faces an even more terrifying opponent—the renegade vampire Valcua, the Ultimate Noble! Having been exiled to outer space, Valcua took his entire kingdom of strange and deadly creatures with him, and swore that when the time was right they would return to have their revenge. Unfortunately for D, that time is now . . .

480 pages, black and white, $14.99, in stores on Dec. 15.



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