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Based on the hit TV show!

Click For Larger Image     Before he donned a red cape, before he became a mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet in Metropolis, the man who would become Superman was just a teenager struggling with emerging powers in a small town. The WB took that legend of a young Clark Kent from the DC comics and made it into the hit television series Smallville. Now the story comes full circle as DC Comics proudly presents SMALLVILLE: THE COMIC — a 64-page one-shot chock-full of new stories and information straight from the continuity of the TV show!

     The drama and excitement begin when Smallville writer/supervising producer Mark Verheiden (Fighting American) pens the lead story “The Beast,” featuring art by Roy Allan Martinez (WONDER WOMAN). What do you get when you mix Kryptonite and dinosaurs? A teenage raptor with a taste for Smallville students! Clark’s powers are put to the test as he struggles to contain the creature while not revealing his super-abilities to Lana and the rest of Smallville High. Then Smallville writer/producer Michael Green teams up with artist John Paul Leon (Universe X) for a day in the life of Lex Luthor, as we go inside the mind of Smallville’s richest resident. What makes Lex tick? And why does he really want to stay in Smallville?

     Rounding out the issue are exclusive photos, plus interviews with the cast and production team behind the TV series. Also, an in-depth look at the making of the first season pilot, and a special preview of season two! With a photo cover of the cast, it’s the one comic Smallville fans won’t want to miss!

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     SMALLVILLE: THE COMIC is a 64-page one-shot coedited by Eddie Berganza & Tom Palmer, Jr., arriving in comic-book stores September 18 with a cover price of $3.95 U.S. [New Release Date: October 23]


     They are archaeologists of the impossible — tracking down evidence of a vast array of super-human activity that the world never knew. They are the members of Planetary, better known as…Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince?!?

Click For Larger Image     The mystery team of the WildStorm Universe collides with the World’s Greatest Heroes of the DC Universe in the most unexpected way this September. PLANETARY/JLA: TERRA OCCULTA is a 48-page WildStorm Productions one-shot in the Prestige Format, written by PLANETARY’s Warren Ellis (THE AUTHORITY, TRANSMETROPOLITAN) and illustrated by Jerry Ordway (JUST IMAGINE…JLA, THE POWER OF SHAZAM!).

     TERRA OCCULTA introduces a world very much like the one Planetary operates in — yet completely different. It is an Elseworld ruled by the Four — strange and powerful people who compile technology, dark secrets and hidden information, keeping it for their own sinister benefit. But the members of Planetary have formed their secret league to uncover all the dirty business of the Four — all the secret history they’ve kept hidden from the world in the last hundred years. The world is a strange place, and the trio that is Planetary is determined to keep it that way.

     But if Kent, Wayne and Prince are Planetary, then who are the Four? Find out in the crossover and Elseworlds event of the summer!

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     PLANETARY/JLA: TERRA OCCULTA is a 48-page WildStorm Productions one-shot in the Prestige Format edited by Scott Dunbier, arriving in comic-book stores September 11 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.


     The WORLD’S FINEST title has been best known for its teaming of Batman and Superman together in action. But what many comics fans don’t know is that both heroes appeared in that title in solo adventures for many years before they ever were paired together.

Click For Larger Image     Now the first seventeen tales of Batman (and Robin) from WORLD’S FINEST COMICS — most of them unseen for over 60 years with only two ever reprinted since they originally appeared — are collected in the first BATMAN IN WORLD’S FINEST ARCHIVES Volume One! This 240-page hardcover volume features an introduction by famed cartoonist and comics historian R.C. Harvey.

     With Volume One, a rich vein of seldom-seen comics history is now re-presented for fans both old and new. Showcasing the classic early work of Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, Dick Sprang, and others, these stories feature such milestones as the first appearance of longtime Bat-nemesis the Scarecrow and the last appearance of the early, rotund Alfred.

     Reprinting stories from WORLD’S FAIR COMICS 1940, WORLD’S BEST COMICS #1 and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #2-16, this Archives volume presents Batman and Robin at their most exciting!

     This project is supported with house and trade ads.

     BATMAN IN WORLD’S FINEST ARCHIVES Volume One is a 240-page hardcover arriving in comic-book stores September 18 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S. [New Release Date: September 25]

It's always darkest...

Click For Larger Image     In BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale (SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS, Spider-Man: Blue) took a haunting look at the early days of Batman's career, revealing a Gotham caught between mobsters and freakish criminals...a Gotham whose defenders — James Gordon, Harvey Dent and the vigilante called Batman — were changed forever by the year-long hunt for the serial killer known as Holiday. Loeb and Sale then returned to the Dark Knight's early days in a staggering follow-up to THE LONG HALLOWEEN with BATMAN: DARK VICTORY — an epic sequel now collected as a massive 392-page trade paperback. DARK VICTORY contains all thirteen issues of the maxiseries, plus the #0 issue from Wizard: The Comics Magazine, and a cover by Sale!

     DARK VICTORY showcases some of the Dark Knight's deadliest foes, including Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze and the Joker, and introduces Batman's most trusted ally, Robin. As Gotham completes its journey from a city run by organized crime to one run by lawless freaks, the Dark Knight completes his transformation into the city's greatest defender while facing multiple threats, including the seeming return of Holiday. But, as readers of THE LONG HALLOWEEN remember, more than one person was responsible for Holiday's murders, so the question remains: Who is committing Holiday's crimes this time? And how many will die before Batman learns the truth?

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     BATMAN: DARK VICTORY is a 392-page trade paperback, arriving in comic-book stores September 25 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

TOR Volume Two

     “Joe Kubert has established an unsurpassed standard of art and story in the adventure genre of comics. His work belongs on everyone’s bookshelf.” — Will Eisner

     Joe Kubert is a living legend.

Click For Larger Image     For over 50 years he has been one of comics’ finest draftsmen; his work on HAWKMAN, SGT. ROCK, ENEMY ACE, TARZAN, the comic strip The Green Berets, and the more recent, award-winning Fax From Sarajevo have earned him accolades around the world from comics fans and professionals alike.

     Presented in TOR Volume Two — a 144-page oversized (8 1/2" x 11") archive-quality hardcover — are eight more adventures of one of Kubert’s most legendary creations. Tor: the saga of a noble yet uncompromising primitive man attempting to survive alone in a savage world of dinosaurs, disasters and devious men.

     In addition to all eight Tor stories from the 1950s —TOR #3, 4 & 5 — this volume also features a foreword by Joe Kubert dealing with the early years of his career and the creation of Tor. Plus, an insightful introduction by comics writer and historian Roy Thomas; original Tor backup features, including the youth-oriented Danny Dreams stories; and a 27-page portfolio section with commentary by Kubert containing unseen sketches, pages, animation art, and other developmental material!

     This volume is the second of a 3-volume set spanning over three decades of creativity, and collecting every Tor story ever published!

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     TOR Volume Two is a 144-page oversized (8 1/2” x 11”) hardcover, arriving in comic-book stores September 25 with a cover price of $49.95 U.S. [New Release Date: September 18]

Haven and Earth

Click For Larger Image     Since the alien city called Haven collided with the Earth, the Havenites have struck an uneasy peace with the people of the United States. Now the people of Haven are asking America to leave the city alone, as the heroes of the Alliance prepare for an invasion by the woman who doomed them to their current plight: the monster known as Anathema. But Anathema’s assault has many levels, as enemies within both Haven and the U.S. Army betray the best interests of Havenite and American alike, leaving the city only one hope — the heroes of the Justice League of America. It’s all in the JLA/HAVEN: ANATHEMA one-shot.

     Created by the HAVEN: THE BROKEN CITY team of cowriters Ashley-Jayne Nicolaus & Matthew P. Schuster and artist/cover painter Ariel Olivetti, ANATHEMA is the Prestige Format bookend to the maxiseries event that began in last year’s JLA/HAVEN: ARRIVAL. As months of Anathema’s cunning plans come to fruition, Valadin and the Alliance seem caught unawares by the depths of her treachery. Faced with an army of super-powered soldiers, betrayed by their closest allies, the Alliance and the JLA must band together to stand against the full fury of Anathema. But how will the battle to come shape Haven’s ultimate destiny?

     JLA/HAVEN: ANATHEMA is a 48-page one-shot in the Prestige Format edited by Mike Carlin. It arrives in comic-book stores September 18 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     The Fifties! A decade like no other, and one where a certain Man of Steel enjoyed some of his most outrageously fun tales ever. Come witness the sheer excitement and raw jubilation of this era with the stories presented in SUPERMAN IN THE FIFTIES — a 192-page trade paperback.Featuring the writing talents of Otto Binder, Jerry Coleman, Bill Finger, Edmond Hamilton, and others, with art by Al Plastino, Wayne Boring, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger, and others, this volume reprints stories from SUPERMAN (first series) #65, 79, 80, 96, 97, and 127; ACTION COMICS #151, 242, 252, 254, and 255; WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #68 and 75; SHOWCASE #9, SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND, LOIS LANE #8; ADVENTURE COMICS #210; and SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN #13!

     The tales contained in this collection feature some important milestones in Superman’s history: the first appearances of Supergirl, Krypto and Titano the Super-Ape; the first Kryptonian villans; Superboy’s last day in Smallville; Superman’s big brother; Superman’s Super-Magic Show; the battle with Bizarro & the Bride of Bizarro; the new team of Superman and Robin; and much, much more!

     This project is supported with house and trade ads.

     SUPERMAN IN THE FIFTIES is a 192-page trade paperback arriving in comic-book stores September 18 with a cover price of $19.95 U.S.

SUPERMAN: “Ending Battle”

     Superman’s best-kept secret is that of his alter ego, Clark Kent. But when some of the Man of Steel’s most deadly foes start targeting those closest to Clark, that means big trouble for the World’s Greatest Hero.

Click For Larger Image     “Ending Battle” is an epic 8-part storyline that runs through all the Superman books in the months of September and October (the numbered triangle system will reappear on the covers for the duration of the storyline to help readers keep track of reading order).

     First, in SUPERMAN #186 (written by Geoff Johns with art and cover by Pascual Ferry & Cam Smith), a revamped Master Jailer and Neutron attack the Capitol aiming for Pete Ross and Lana Lang, and Superman must dispose of the two while uncovering clues to the mysterious mastermind behind the attacks. Then, in ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #608 (written by Joe Casey with art by new regular artist Derec Aucoin), the attacks continue, as Atomic Skull arrives at the Kent farm. Meanwhile, a host of super-villains start attacking people associated with Clark’s childhood in Smallville.

Click For Larger Image     The following week in SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #130 (written by Mark Schultz with art by Brandon Badeaux & Mark Morales), the Daily Planet is attacked by Evilstar and his Starlings while a more powerful Terra-Man and Rock attack the Steelworks, forcing Lois to decide if her duty as a reporter comes before her duty to Superman. Finally that month in ACTION COMICS #795 (written by Joe Kelly with art by Duncan Rouleau & Marlo Alquiza), Superman confronts the man he believes is behind the attacks on his friends and family. But soon he's faced with the return of some unexpected foes…

     “Ending Battle” continues the following month in all the regular Superman titles — and the conclusion, plus the revelation of who is behind the attacks, is sure to shock readers!

     SUPERMAN #186, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #608, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #130, and ACTION COMICS #795 are all 32-page issues edited by Eddie Berganza. They arrive in comic-book stores September 4, 11, 18, and 25, respectively, with a cover price of $2.25 U.S. each.


Click For Larger Image     They were a secret team of super-technology powered policemen assembled by the United Nations to combat tyranny and evil worldwide! Now this fondly remembered comic book of the '60s gets the quality-reproduction treatment in T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES Volume One — a 248-page hardcover advance-solicited for arrival in December, with introductions by writer Robert Klein and movie producer Michael Uslan.

     The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. (The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves) Agents feature the mighty Dynamo and his Thunder Belt; Noman, the multi-bodied living android and his cloak of invisibility; and Menthor and his psionic helmet. These three agents forged together to counter the evil worldwide menace of the Warlord and his minions!

     The driving force behind T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS was the legendary writer/artist Wally Wood, of E.C. fame. Joining Wood were some of his friends in the comics business, and what friends! — artists Gil Kane, Reed Crandall, Mike Sekowsky, George Tuska, Dick Ayers, Mike Esposito, Dan Adkins, and John Giunta, plus writers including Len Brown and Larry Ivie.

     At last, old fans and new can see what started it all! Volume One collects in their entirety the first four issues of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS (1965-66) — completely restored and recolored — from the series’ spectacular 20-issue run. Future volumes will continue to collect issues of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS, along with its companion titles DYNAMO and NOMAN.


Click For Larger Image     Also advance-solicited this month, and arriving the same day as the Archives in December, is the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS: DYNAMO STATUE from DC Direct!

     Dynamo, the star of the series featuring the adventures of a super-powered group of agents working for the United Nations, has been transformed into a beautiful hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain statue, standing approximately 9 1/8" tall x 6 3/4" wide x 4 7/8" deep.

     Serious T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents fans will want to take advantage of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES Volume 1 HC & DYNAMO STATUE SPECIAL OFFER that gives you both exciting items for almost $25 off individual pricing!

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     T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES Volume One is a 248-page hardcover with a cover price of $49.95 U.S. T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS: DYNAMO STATUE has a price of $149.95 U.S. The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES Volume One HC & DYNAMO STATUE SPECIAL OFFER has a price of $175.00 U.S. These items are advance-solicited and arrive in comic-book stores December 4.

Note: Feature Articles for WildStorm/ABC/Homage and Vertigo/Paradox comics may be found on their respective pages.