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Archie Comics Solicitations For December 2011

ARCHIE COMICS DECEMBER 2011 SOLICITATIONS

ARCHIE #628

“ARCHIE MEETS KISS PART 2 – Creatures of the Night” – A crew of uninvited monsters have invaded Riverdale, and they’re close to taking over the town! Can the mysterious members of KISS stop them with some help from the Archie gang? What will they order at the Chok’lit Shoppe? Featuring guest star Sabrina, the Teenage Witch!

Script: Alex Segura

Art & Cover by Dan Parent

Variant Cover by Francesco Francavilla

Shipping Date: 12/14/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/28/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/3/2012

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #159

A.R.C.H.I.E. as The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. in “The Thought Control Caper!” – P.O.P. agents A.R.C.H.I.E., V.E.R.O.N.I.C.A. and R.E.G.G.I.E. take on the devious Controller of C.R.U.S.H. in this rousing spy adventure of intrigue and narrow escapes! Using mind control, The Controller lures our heroes into his clutches but will they have enough tricks up their sleeve to thwart the evildoer and bring him to justice?

The spy extravaganza continues with B.E.T.T.Y. as The Girl From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. in “Flame of Fear!” where B.E.T.T.Y. and A.R.C.H.I.E. team up against hot-headed villain The Flamethrower! After the daring duo discover the pyromaniac’s next target is Mr. Lodge’s plant, they must extinguish his scheme before they go up in flames!

Rounding out the issue is Li’l Jinx in “Big Shot!”

Script: Frank Doyle, Joe Edwards

Art: Bob White, Bill Vigoda, Joe Edwards, Jon D’Agostino

Cover by Bob White

Shipping Date: 12/7/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/21/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/27/2011

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #225

Archie in “Picture Perfect” – Archie is just one stray hair away from publishing the perfect photo of Jughead for the school paper! With Dilton’s technical wizardry, they manage to spruce up the photo beyond the initial blemish but will Jughead factor in to their various improvements?

Archie in “Remote Possibility” – It’s Mr. Andrews’ birthday and knowing his love of movies, Archie took the liberty of upgrading his father’s TV service to include movies-on-demand! His intentions are good, however Archie’s gift may cause more stress than joy when the tech challenged Mr. Andrews gets a load of the new remote!

Script: Craig Boldman, Mike Pellowski

Art: Stan Goldberg, Bob Bolling, Bob Smith, Jim Amash

Cover by Fernando Ruiz

Shipping Date: 12/28/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/11/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/17/2012

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US.

BETTY & VERONICA #257

Betty and Veronica in “Taking Care of Business!” – On the road home from Veronica’s winter lodge, a car accident leaves the girls stranded in the middle of a snowstorm with no reception and limited provisions! With Betty recovering from a concussion, Veronica takes it upon herself to ensure their survival until they can be rescued by applying her business knowhow to the wilderness. Will Ronnie’s knowledge of how to make it in the world of business be enough to withstand the harsh elements?

Script: Paul Kupperberg

Art: Jeff Schultz, Jim Amash

Cover by Jeff Schultz

Shipping Date: 12/7/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/21/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/27/2011

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #197

Betty and Veronica in “Text Evasion!” – Mr. Lodge is determined to put a stop to Veronica and Betty’s texting addiction by taking them on vacation and banning the use of their cell phones. It would have been the perfect plan had Mr. Lodge realized there’s more than one way to text!

Betty in “Word Weary” chronicles Betty volunteering at the library for story time with her unique brand of story telling. As nice as it is for Betty to offer her services, you’ll see why it also saves her a trip to the gym!

Script: Angelo DeCesare, Mike Pellowski

Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Bolling, Ken Selig, Jim Amash

Cover by Dan Parent

Shipping Date: 12/21/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/4/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/10/2012

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US.

BETTY & VERONICA: BATTLE OF THE BFFS

Betty & Veronica’s very first full-length graphic novel story is a follow-up to the successful Betty & Veronica: Storybook graphic novel collection of fun fairy-tale sendups – Best Friends Forever should continue to gain ground with girl readers in bookstores and libraries.

Betty and Veronica, the most famous BFFs in all of comics, team up for a Battle of the BFFs realisty show to prove that their friendship will survive under any hardship. Betty & Veronica: Best Friends Forever is a fun and engaging full-color story celebrating the power of friendship.

Also includes fun bonus trivia quiz pages. Full color.

Script & Art: Dan Parent

Cover by Dan Parent

Direct Market On-sale: 1/4/2012

978-1-879794-76-1

128-pages, 6 x 9″ Trade Paperback

$9.99/$10.99CAN

B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #220

Betty and Veronica in “The Dream Team!” – Best gal pals Betty and Veronica have shopping for clothes down to a science. When it comes to sales, fashion, and timing, these seasoned fashionistas are on top of their game with their stellar teamwork! But what could possibly spilt up the dream team?

Script: George Gladir

Art: Dan Parent

Cover by Dan DeCarlo

Shipping Date: 12/7/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/21/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/27/2011

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US.

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16

“Archie Marries Veronica” – Kevin returns from battle a war hero and the whole gang have assembled to watch him tie the knot! However it’s not wedded bliss for all in attendance as the sting of separation from Veronica continues to pain Archie. Working class couple Reggie and Betty field an offer to star in a reality program showcasing their entrepreneurial nature while Dilton hatches a scheme with Mr. Lodge!

“Archie Marries Betty” – Kevin’s wedding is upon us and you’re on the guest list! But how exactly did Kevin meet his significant other? Discover how right in these pages… Meanwhile Archie juggles teaching responsibilities with his marriage to Betty. Don’t miss out on the wedding event of the year that everyone’s talking about!

Script: Paul Kupperberg

Art: Fernando Ruiz, Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Al Milgrom, Bob Smith

Cover by Norm Breyfogle

Shipping Date: 12/21/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/4/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/10/2012

64-page, full color comic

$3.99 US.

LITTLE ARCHIE & THE POWER PETS

As Archie and the gang enter their pets in the Power Pet Pageant, how will they fare against some stiff competition, including Sabrina’s cat Salem? And if you ever wondered what animals thought, thanks to some of Salem’s magic tricks, you’ll find out! Featuring pop sensation Justin Beaver!

This Little Archie collection is Archie’s first full-color $4.99 value-priced digest-sized paperback. This delightfully exuberant spoof of kids’ pop idols has been well-reviewed as an exciting and funny new adventure where the world’s coolest pets become the unlikeliest musical stars, including Lady Arf Arf and the Jonas Barkers! Also feature bonus behind-the-scenes features and comic stories!

Script: Angelo DeCesare

Art: Fernando Ruiz

Cover by Fernando Ruiz

Direct Market On-sale: 12/28/2011

978-1-879794-77-1

80-pages, 5 x 7″ Trade Paperback

$4.99/$5.99CAN

MEGA MAN #9

“Dr. Wily Returns” Part One: With the villainous Dr. Wily gone and no Robot Masters for him to steal, the world seems safe! Mega Man prepares to return to the quiet life of Rock the Helper Robot – until the lightning-fast Quick Man attacks Light Labs! Dr. Wily is back, and this time he’s brought his own Robot Masters in his new bid to conquer the world!

Script: Ian Flynn

Art: Ben Bates, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms

Cover by Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante

Sketch Variant Cover by Ben Bates

Shipping Date: 12/28/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/11/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/17/2012

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

SONIC ARCHIVES VOL.17

Sonic Archives, Archie Comics’ most successful graphic novel series ever, is back! Join Sonic and Tails as they travel the world and hunt for the evil wizard Ixis Naugus! As the epic confrontation escalates, Sonic gets more than he bargain for, discovering the original creator of the power rings – Nate Morgan! As an added bonus, this volume also includes the black-and-white noir parody “Sonic Spin City” from Sonic Super Special #15! Blast into the past at Sonic speed with this all-new volume!

Script & Art: Various

Cover by Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante

Direct Market On-sale: 1/18/2012

978-1-879794-90-0

112-pages, 5 x 7″ Trade Paperback

$7.99/$8.99CAN

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #232

“Dark Tidings”: In the fallout of the Death Egg II’s assault, Sonic and Knuckles compare notes. Sally has fallen, Ixis Naugus is king, and more! Answers to old question and new surprises abound in an issue primed for new and old fans alike! Then, in “From the Shadows,” a defiant Elias seeks out his last hope. Who is Harvey Who? And what does he have planned?

Script: Ian Flynn

Art: Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, John Workman and Matt Herms

Cover by Ben Bates

Shipping Date: 12/14/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/28/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/3/2012

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

SONIC UNIVERSE #35

“Babylon” Part Three: The Babylon Rogues and the Battle Bird Armada – united?! And why is this fowl allegiance moving in to attack New Mobotropolis when they’re really searching for the fabled Babylon Garden? The skies erupt in battle as Sonic and Jet finally have their rematch! The surprises keep coming right through to the shocking final assault!

Script: Tracy Yardley!

Art: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Phil Felix and Stephen Downer

Cover by Tracy Yardley! and Matt Herms

Shipping Date: 12/7/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/21/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/27/2011

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #13

Jughead in “Bot Fever” – Another rousing season of robotic basketball is underway with Riverdale facing last year’s rival Tech High! Coming off an embarrassing defeat, Jughead, Dilton, and self-proclaimed brainy dweeb Roz, need a secret weapon in order to get their robots to perform to peak performance in the championship game rematch and win the title!

After that, Reggie asks the new girl out but her mixed signals throw the would-be suave suitor for a loop in “Date Debate”!

Script: George Gladir, Fernando Ruiz

Art: Stan Goldberg, Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jon D’Agostino

Cover by Fernando Ruiz

Shipping Date: 12/14/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/28/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/3/2012

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US.

New Finishing Moves Revealed for Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Damn… is it November 16th yet? The next installment in the legendary Mortal Kombat franchise will unleash its brutality on gamers next month with the release of Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Among the return of Raiden, Scorpion and Sub-Zero will be DC staples Batman, Superman, the Joker and many more. We’ve all seen the screenshots and reports on this game, but here’s something new to satisfy your MK vs. DC cravings until 11/16. Today, pwnordie.com revealed a new trailer for the game that highlights the ‘Heroic Brutalities’ for Green Lantern and the Flash, as well as Raiden’s electrifying ‘Fatality’.

Exclusive Interview With ‘Allison’ Creator Juan2.0

A career in comics has been the dream of many a Spidey underoo-clad youngster. Like many of those who imagined their futures laid out in the monthly exploits of Doc Ock, Cap and Batman, Juan2.0 grew up with the certainty that he too would one day see his creations become a tangible reality. With the recent release of his creator-owned book Allision, Juan2.0 is now realizing the fulfillment of those dreams. In the first issue of this comic, Allison is thrown into an unfamiliar and fantastical world, with only a robotic rabbit to save her from what can only be described as an altogether surreal and frightening fate. We caught up with Juan2.0 and asked him to talk about his journey in comics so far and what is in store with Allison as she ventures deeper down the rabbit hole.

PCZ: Give me a history on the genesis of your artwork and how Allison came to be.

Juan2.0: I’ve always known that I wanted to be a comic book artist since I was five years old. My father and I went to the local grocery store for something or other and I happened across a spinner rack full of comic books. I remember he bought me an issue of Spectacular Spider-Man and Merc issue 5. That is what began my whole love/hate relationship with comic books and wanting to do this for a career choice. After I got those first two issues, I read and collected every comic book I could get my hands on.

I remember one time, when I was around 11, my mom had surprised me with a bunch of comics that she had bought from a local comic shop to help me pass the time on a bus field trip we were taking. In that stack, was Amazing Spider-Man issue 318 and 319 where Spidey fights the Scorpion and the Rhino. I was in awe as I flipped through those books. I had never seen anyone draw comics like that before and Todd McFarlane changed my life that day. He made me want to draw… and draw I did. After that, every chance I got, I would spend hours in my room with a pencil and printer paper trying to draw my own comic books. I mostly did it for fun… just something to do to pass the time away while growing up on a farm out in the middle of nowhere.

But at sixteen, I decided that after collecting comics and trying to learn to draw them for so many years, I was done. I don’t know why it happened, but I woke up one day, packed all my comic book boxes in the car, drove to the nearest comic shop and sold all of them for ten cents a book. I gave them away for next to nothing because I didn’t want anything to do with drawing or comics for as long as I lived. And I was serious too… I didn’t pick up a pencil again from then on until after I had turned 18 years old.

What changed my mind when I was 18 was this. My then girlfriend at the time had come over to my parents house to see me and while she was there, she saw some of my old drawings in my room. She said they were great and asked if I had anymore. I told her that I didn’t draw anymore and that those were just old ones I still had and I switched the subject to something else. I didn’t think anything of it… and then a week or so later, we went to a Dairy Queen for lunch and she’d brought up the comic thing again. I think I mentioned something about there being a local shop still in town, so we decided to check it out and see what they had to offer.

“I had never seen a drawing or a comic book done as beautifully as that before. Michael Turner changed my life that day.”

I hadn’t been in a comic book shop since I sold all those books and I went in not really expecting much to have changed, which it hadn’t. Spider-Man and Superman were still doing their thing. Batman was still around… everything was pretty much the same. But as I was walking down the aisle looking at the new release shelf, my eyes happened upon a copy of Witchblade issue 8 by Michael Turner. There was only one copy left and the shot of Sara on the cover with the Witchblade wrapped around her naked body blew me away. I had never seen a drawing or a comic book done as beautifully as that before. Michael Turner changed my life that day. I was back to drawing and buying comics full force again. I would spend countless hours staying up late into the mornings trying to learn to draw like him. I bought every comic book of his I could get my hands on. Just looking at his art was breathtaking and I couldn’t get enough of it. The fever was back with a vengeance and I knew from that day on that no matter what happened in this life, I would never again give up my dream of illustrating comic books for a living. This is what I was meant to do, it’s always what I was meant to do. I could just feel it in my heart and I’ve always believed that if you follow your heart it will never lead you wrong. I’ve been doing so ever since that day.

As for Allison, she didn’t come along until around 2004 or 2005. At the time I had been doing several eBay commissions to keep money flowing into my pockets for food and bills and a guy had approached me about doing my own full comic book series. He was willing to pay for the majority of the production fees while I focused on the art aspects of the endeavor. But without going into detail, things just didn’t work out. At that time in my life, I just wasn’t ready. Allison just wasn’t what I pictured her as being and as time passed, she died and was buried in the past and I moved on with my life.

Then in 2007, when I was completely fed up with my artwork and just about to throw in the towel and give up for good again, I called my mama one night and talked to her about how I was feeling. My heart wasn’t in anything that I was producing and every day I felt like a failure. But all she said was that it had to be my choice on what I wanted to do with my life and my art. Either I could stick with it and make it somehow or I could give up and get a different job working for a company somewhere. I told her that all I wanted to do was be a comic book artist, but that no matter what I did when it came to my artwork it just wasn’t good enough. None of it was ever good enough in my eyes. I would draw for eight hours a day and then at the end of the day, rip up everything that I had done. It was a vicious cycle and one that went on for a very long time. Eventually, a good friend, Adrian Sularyo, pointed me in a different direction with my artwork. He introduced me to the world of Ashley Wood and after that, my life and Allison’s were changed forever.

All I could think about from then on was Allison. How I needed to bring her to life and that now was the time. Not tomorrow, not next month, not next year… but NOW. So I got to work on reviving her. It’s been a very slow process. It’s taken me almost a year to get issue one out, but at the time I started doing this, I had no clue what I was doing or even how I wanted Allison’s book to look. None whatsoever. So it’s been a long nine months of trial and error and learning from my mistakes one step at a time.

PCZ: What inspired you to create your first published work in the form of a comic book instead of another medium?

Juan2.0: I love comic books. I’m very passionate about them and seeing as how I’ve studied them and how they are created for several years of my life, it was just natural that I should choose to bring Allison to life in that form over anything else.

PCZ: The book seems to be drawn on a number of inspirations, both through the art and storytelling. What artists or writers most influenced your work with Allison?

Juan2.0: Hands down, Ashley Wood and Lewis Carroll.

Ashley Wood is one hell of a great teacher. I’ve learned so much from him in such a short time period about what art is and what it can be. Gone are my days of perfectionism with pencils only. Life is so much better now. I feel like I have freedom with my art again and everyone who has come into contact with my artwork lately is really reacting to it, so I guess I must be doing something right.

But I’m not just an Ashley Wood clone either. I draw my influences and inspirations from a wide variety of others… I’ve always had this belief that you can learn something from every new piece of art you encounter, even if it’s what not to do. Art is everywhere, so I’m constantly studying new ideas and techniques to bring into my own work from every piece of art I encounter. Hell, just the other day I was studying a postcard that had come into the place I work. I really liked the design work on the lettering and image placement so I scribbled out a rough sketch on a post it note and brought it home to hodge-podge it with my other ideas for Allison.

As for writers, I chose Lewis Carroll because I’ve always loved his work on Alice in Wonderland, which obviously plays a major influence with my Allison book. But again my influences are far reaching, I never draw from just one pool. I read new books (actual books, not comic books) on an almost weekly basis and a lot of my storytelling comes from always wanting to be a writer as much as I’ve always wanted to become an artist. More of which you will all see in my Snippets art book coming out later this month. It’s more of a storybook than anything and really gives me a chance to improve upon my writing skills. If you like stories that deal with the end of civilization as we know it and zombies… definitely check it out.

PCZ: If you were to draw comparisons, what will this series most closely resemble once you are completed with it?

Juan2.0: It would closely resemble nothing. I don’t want my book to be like anything else out there on the stands… nor like anything else that has ever been offered. Allison is a hodge-podge of a lot of different things and I can’t think of anything else out there today that she is even remotely like. She’s very unique in her own right. A lot of people will read the first issue and think, ” Yeah, this is kind of like Allison in Wonderland”, but once they get farther into it they’ll see that it is much, much more than that. Not everything is as it appears and everything in Allison’s world has double or triple meanings to it. Keep that in mind as you follow her journey.

PCZ: This first book ends with a number of unanswered questions. Who is Allison? Where is she? Why is the android rabbit trying to help her? Why is she the only one who doesn’t seem to know what’s going on? Without giving too much away, tell us what we can expect from the next few issues.

Juan2.0: Probably more unanswered questions. Right now with the first few issues, I’m laying out the groundwork for what is to come. You’ll see and read a lot of things that you won’t understand in the first few issues. This might put some people off, but I am a fan of not spoon feeding people when it comes to storytelling. I’ve always felt the best books/movies are the ones where you get a tidbit here and there and by the end you’ve figured out exactly why such and such happened when and where it did.  It’s all part of the bigger picture, the one that you don’t see or realize until later on through the story.

Allison is a hodge-podge of a lot of different things and I can’t think of anything else out there today that she is even remotely like.

In this next issue, you’ll get to meet the Nit Nam. A very evil character in the Allison world… one that is going to do some serious damage to our heroine.

PCZ: Why did you decide to create this story with four panels per page? Was this a stylistic choice (to separate it from more mainstream comics) or did the story naturally lend itself to this larger canvas?

Juan2.0: All of my favorite artists over the years have used the basic formula of 3 – 5 panels per page, so I guess subconsciously I just followed suit. I tend to like the larger panels. I’m not a fan of the claustrophobic pages some artists do with a million tiny panels on the page. In fact, I absolutely hate having to draw tiny panels.  I need room when I work.

PCZ: Describe the process of self-publishing this book. What were some of the challenges you faced and how will this affect the way you publish future issues?

Juan2.0: Self-publishing this book has been a great challenge for me. Going into it, I honestly had no clue what I was doing. I had to teach myself everything from the coloring, to the lettering, the art style, layouts, design work… everything. It’s all been months and months of trial and error. Would I do it over again if given the chance? You bet your ass I would! Nothing beats good old fashioned trial and error to teach you what to do and what not to do. When you make a mistake on your own without anyone else giving you a helping hand, it’s a mistake that you will never forget and I, being the hardheaded stubborn mule that I am, tend to make many mistakes, but I learn from each and every one of them…so in that aspect my future issues should go a lot smoother. They always say your hardest challenge is getting through the first issue, because that’s where you learn your biggest mistakes from… and they are definitely right about that.

PCZ: What advice can you offer to artists or writers who are looking for a venue to publish their work?

Juan2.0: Honestly, I don’t know. With me, I just set out with the goal to get Allison off the ground this year and now that it’s finally happening, all the sleepless nights full of hard work (blood, sweat and tears) has been worth it. I guess the best advice I can give anyone is to just get out there and do it. There is all kinds of online publishing companies out there nowadays to get your work printed. You just have to be willing to put in the hard work and dedication to see things through no matter what the cost. If you don’t believe in yourself and your work, how can you expect anyone else to?

Thanks to Juan2.0 for taking the time to share answer our questions about Allison and how she came to be. You can pick up your own copy of Allison #1 over at Juan’s Original Art. Also, you can follow Juan2.0’s exploits on his blog as he gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at Allison, Insomniac and his other works-in-progress.

Review: Diamond Select Toys Marvel Select Incredible Hulk

It’s no secret that the work of Diamond Select Toys is a mixed-bag in the eyes of collectors. Their handling of the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer line led to over 100 figures, though some were less favorably received than others. Marvel Select, their second most extensive line, has endured a similar history.  DST’s latest offering in the Marvel Select line is a new version of the Incredible Hulk… and he’s one of the finest figures Diamond Select has released. I originally saw this version of the Big Green Mean at Toy Fair International earlier this year and I salivated like an Ang Lee Hulk dog when I caught my first glimpse. Luckily, the figure has lost none of his detail from the initial prototype to final product. I know this is a bold claim, but he may be the best Hulk figure I’ve seen thus far and I see no need for other versions of this character in the future.

The scale of figures in the Marvel Select line has always been slightly larger than standard 6” superhero releases  This is a great asset for the Hulk as he is enormous. When I first got him, I could not believe how heavy and sturdy the figure was. Despite his enormous size, he fits in the standard DST Marvel Select packaging and looks sensational. His size in the standard packaging creates a neat optical effect too, for it appears that the bubble can barely hold him. The Hulk is in relatively full view, less an odd radiation signal and black triangle on the front of his bubble.  This is kind of a bummer as it’s both unnecessary and view-inhibiting. For the ‘in package’ collectors, he’s still a solid display piece.

Of course, once this guy is out of the package, the real fun begins. Whether you collect 3 ¾” or 6” scale, this Hulk WILL smash every figure in your current collection. With only the largest build-a-figures standing taller than him, Hulk is bigger than several 25th G.I. Joe vehicles and pretty much every hero on the 1/6 market.  Despite this, his size does not in any way diminish his detail. This figure looks sensational. His expression is fantastic, his muscles sculpted to perfection and his purple pants are good and torn. Given his articulation, which includes ball-hinged elbows, shoulders, hips/knees, hinged ankles, swivel waist and ball-jointed head, this Hulk can smash in a variety of poses and look awesome in all of them.

Hulk’s coloring and details are excellent as well, which is of significant importance on a figure this big. Bad paint apps stand out on much worse on large releases, but this figure suffers none of these pitfalls.

The only thing I don’t love about this version of the Hulk is his base. He does not fit on it adaquitely and frankly, I think the figure is almost better served without it. However, given that Marvel Select is one of the few lines that still consistently includes a base, I won’t complain and will just put G.I. Joes on it instead. The base could have actually benefited most with a scale piece such as a stop sign, fire hydrant or tire to give this Hulk some point of comparison. Again, this is a minor gripe. The base is still a well done piece on its own, I just don’t think the figure fits well on it, despite sculpted footprints in the cement.

The bottom line on this figure is that any super-hero collector should have him… he’s that good. Diamond Select must have used gamma radiation or voodoo magic to make this figure cost effective. Looking practically like a statue given his sculpt, size and paint, this version of the Hulk is a steal at $20. He’s an amazing value and well worth hunting down.

Click here to see our full photo gallery of the
Diamond Select Toys Marvel Select Incredible Hulk!

You can read more of C.J.’s musings on film, toys and music over at stunksstage.com.

PCZ Podcast: The Comics Roundtable

Comic books are a medium that have been a longstanding influence on popular culture, yet never really garnered the respect that they deserve. In this episode, the PCZ crew (Dan, Joe, Bob, Ian and Hugh, along with Sonia our intrepid Publicity Dominatrix) share what first inspired us when venturing into the world of comics. We also recap three of this summer’s main events; Batman R.I.P., Secret Invasion and Final Crisis. Were these crossovers everything that were promised to comic fans or did they leave us simply wishing for more American Splendor and Makkies? Give this episode a listen and then check out the Lounge to let us know what comics you are reading this fall!

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