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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList if you’d like to play along in our comments section.

Michael May

If I had $15:

I’d start with Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever #1 ($2.99). I love weird western tales and can’t imagine a better creative team for one than the writers of BPRD and artist John Severin, who illustrated so many of Atlas’ classic westerns. Then I’d grab The Muppet Show, Volume 5: Muppet Mash ($9.99) because hey, Roger Langridge, Muppets and classic monsters.

If I had $30:

I’d add a couple of Big Two all-ages comics to the pile. If Marvel’s Super Hero Squad Spectacular #1 ($3.99) is half as fun as the show it’s based on, it’ll be worth taking home and reading to the boy. I’ll just have to keep ignoring the irritating, unnecessarily three-fingered character designs. I’m even more confident that we’ll enjoy DC’s Super Friends, Volume 4: Mystery in Space ($12.99) because we’ve been so delighted with the first three collections. David just turned nine and by way of celebration, he wanted to go back and re-read the Superman’s Birthday story from volume two.

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THQ releases trailer for Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet

THQ has released the trailer to the upcoming sequel to the Marvel Super Hero Squad video game, which is subtitled The Infinity Gauntlet. Go check it out.

SDCC ’10 | A look at Hasbro’s exclusive action figures


Hasbro sent over images of the action figures and toys they’ll be selling at Comic-Con International next week, including Thor, Galactus, Spider-Man and Captain America figures. Some of them will be available on after the show.

Check’em all out after the jump …

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TV stars invade Marvel Super Hero Squad

100712magzine-comic-superhero1The Cartoon Network’s Marvel Super Hero Squad is about to get an influx of voice talent, as several television actors are set to “guest-voice” on the show during its second season. TV Guide Magazine reports that Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell, The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, Glee‘s Jane Lynch, Batman‘s Adam West and Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff will respectively voice Captain Marvel, Nightmare, Nebula, Nighthawk and She-Hulk.

West as Nighthawk is inspired casting, while Lynch as Nebula is almost in the genius category … that’s how Nebula “C”‘s it.

“We explore what happens in the Marvel Universe outside of Earth — different dimensions, outer space and all these crazy places,” says Cort Lane, Marvel’s VP for animation. “So we took the opportunity to feature guest stars to explore those more sci-fi characters.”

Additional guest stars next season include Star Trek‘s George Takei, returning as Galactus, as well as Star Wars‘ Mark Hamill, Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Jonathan Frakes and Michael Dorn, Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s James Marsters, Torchwood‘s John Barrowman, Hercules star Kevin Sorbo and The Vampire Diaries‘ Nina Dobrev. It’s like genre television was having a sale, and Super Hero Squad got there early.

Talking Comics with Tim: Matt Wayne

The Brave and the Bold 24

The Brave and the Bold 24

Matt Wayne‘s latest work for DC comes out this week, The Brave and The Bold 24, featuring the “first meeting of Static and Black Lightning” (as detailed by DC here). Given that Wayne was a Milestone editor back in the mid-1990s, this marks a return to some old friends for the writer. In addition to discussing his comics work, we also discuss his career in animation in this email interview.

Tim O’Shea: You’re shifting Brave & Bold gears, as you wrap up a stint writing the DC Kids Brave and Bold, you will be writing the non-kids line The Brave and The Bold 24, where Black Lightning and Static team up for the first time. With two heroes with similar powers, did you enjoy getting to show their differences in this issue?

Matt Wayne: Sure, any team up’s going to have that aspect to it. For instance, my next episode (Menace of the Conqueror Caveman!) of the Batman: Brave and the Bold show [to be replayed this Thursday, June 18, according to IMDb {check those local listings}] will pair Batman and Booster Gold, and they’re both gadget guys. The differences between the two need to come out in the course of the action, or it’s not a good team-up. There isn’t much in life that’s more entertaining than putting two toddlers in a wading pool and watching them compare belly buttons. But if anything can top that, it’s hero team-ups done right!

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