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Adam Ant kicking off tour in San Diego on eve of Comic-Con

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If you thought that, between movies and television and video games, Comic-Con International has gotten awfully crowded for comic books, get ready to make a little more room: New Wave icon Adam Ant is using the event to launch his U.S. tour.

OK, the 58-year-old singer won’t actually perform in the San Diego Convention Center, but U-T San Diego reports the timing of the July 17 show (that’s Preview Night!) isn’t a coincidence: The concert’s promoters think there will be some crossover appeal. I’m not sure why they think con-goers would be interested in seeing someone wearing an ornate costume and funny hat … oh, wait.

The singer is no stranger to comic books, of course: As Michael May noted in December, Adam Ant briefly starred in his own comic strip in 1982.

From San Diego’s Balboa Theater, Ant’s North American tour travels through 22 states and Canada before wrapping up in September.

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Stand and deliver me some Adam Ant comics

Retronaut has posted some scans from “The Fantastic Adventures of Adam Ant,” a short-lived feature in Britain’s TV Tops comic during the early ’80s. Not all of the text is legible, but according to Comic Vine, the series was about Ant being transported away from a concert to an alternate dimension where he learns he’s the reincarnation of an immortal hero.

I know I’m old, but I’d love to see someone revive this. Adam Ant and Puss ‘n Boots could team up with Picasso to visita el Planeta de los Simios. Stripping and subtle innuendos follow.

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