One of my most favorite movies of all time is Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension followed by Big Trouble in Little China, Army of Darkness, They Live – yeah I rock…

Moonstone Books has sent Major Spoilers information about the Buckaroo Banzai Return of the Screw trade paperback coming in September. Thanks to Diamond putting all the minor publishers in the back of Previews, I wasn’t able to get every issue of the series when it first came out, but the trade will take care of that.

More info and the complete cover after the jump.

BUCKAROO BANZAI: Return of the Screw
Written by: Mac Rauch
Art: Stephen Thompson, Keith Williams, Ken Wolak
Cover: Lee Moder

120pgs, color, squarebound, 7” x 10”, $16.95

The 1984 film starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, & Christopher Lloyd is a cult classic loved the world over! Writer Mac Rauch and director WD Richter return to their creation with a BRAND NEW STORY!

Everyone’s favorite adventurer/surgeon/rock star is back again just in time to save the world!

Along with his Hong Kong Cavaliers, Banzai must battle more than one surprise arch enemy, each with their own motives, but all acting in concert to bring Banzai (and the universe as we know it) to his knees!

All this sandwiched between a couple of great rock and roll guitar solos, a few surgical procedures, a crazy gun battle on land and air, Buck’s one chance for the ultimate revenge, his soul in turmoil, all the chicks digging him, engineering synchronicity, pretty toilets, a human pickle, and a giant sombrero!

It just doesn’t get more fun than this!

This volume reprints the super-seller 3 issue mini series, plus a TON of extra goodies:
-character files!
-unused covers!
-alternate ending!
-production designs from the unfilmed TV Movie!
-a brand new interview with Banzai’s creator Mac Rauch!



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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. The following explanation was written by the director of the 1984 docudrama, W.D. Richter, for the April 1986 edition of the World Watch 1 Newsletter: “I can only imagine Buckaroo trying to grapple with this question. When cornered (as I feel now), he often quotes H.L. Mencken’s nasty remark about how every complex question always has a simple answer…that is usually wrong. But it is high time poor New Jersey’s honest inquiry be answered. Let me rephrase the question first one way, then another. “Why is a watermelon trapped between those monstrous pressure plates deep within the Institute’s Critical Stress Laboratory?” Team Banzai botanical agronomists have been for years hard at work on the problem of hunger in Third World countries under constant revolutionary turmoil. A nonpolitical, humanitarian effort, their goal has been to find ways to feed starving peoples in remote areas where traditional food delivery systems prove woefully inadequate. Often, the only way to get the nourishment into the bellies of the needy is to hit and run, avoiding all petty ideological side-taking. What you see in the Critical Stress Lab is a revolutionary watermelon capable of withstanding impact pressures of 300,000 pounds per square inch! Sweet, juicy and vitamin-packed, this remarkable fruit can be dropped from the bomb bays of low-flying aircraft into the backyards of disenfranchised villagers in the remotest backwaters of this angry planet. Just another Team Banzai effort to cut through all the unnecessary crap around us and help people help themselves. Look for high-impact, low cholesterol eggs next… and sooner than you think, shatter-proof whole-wheat taco shells.

    via the Banzai Institute

  2. They can cut it. The fact that the watermelon is now able to withstand the drop doesn’t mean it can’t be sliced, just that it withstands the physical velocity of being dropped.


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