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Moonstone Books has sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information arriving in stores in July 2008.

Captain Action Comics #1
Story: Fabian Nicieza, Marv Wolfman, Paul Kupperberg
Art: Marl Sparacio
Colors: James Brown
Covers: Mark Sparacio, Marat Mychaels, Ruben Procopio

32pgs, color, $3.99

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The first issue of Cap’s ongoing super-spy thriller takes off here!
The new Captain Action has to take down the superhuman targets who have been co-opted by the Red Crawl. He’s got to put them out of commission in a hurry…by whatever means necessary. Cap learns there’s an extra bonus by using the dermaplast genetic manipulation gunk to disguise himself as someone else…but the bonus comes at a price! And yes, we know you’ve heard this before, but man-o-man, be ready for this SHOCKER of an ending!

Also in this cant-miss issue, Moonstone’s first appearance of MANDRAKE the MAGICIAN by Mike Bullock!
Choose form either the “modern cover” by Mark Sparacio, or the “homage cover” (to DC’s Captain Action #1) by Marat Mychaels!

Retailer incentive: for every 3 copies of Captain Caption Comics #1 you buy, you can purchase a copy of the retro variant cover by Ruben Procopio at $3.99 retail.

The Retro variant cover can also be purchased separately at $5.99 retail.

THE PHANTOM #26
Written by Mike Bullock
Art by Zeu and Silvestre Szilagyi
Colors by Bob Pedroza
Cover A by Zeu
LTD Ed Cover B by Andy Smith

32pgs, color, $3.99

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“Man O’ War”
Past collides with the present!
From the Chronicles of the 13th Phantom! While returning to the United States with his wife, Jeanette, The Ghost Who Walks finds himself embroiled in a battle with sea faring slave traders. Will The Phantom be able to free the enslaved members of the Llongo tribe, or join them in chains? And how does this tie in to the life of the 21st Phantom? Find out here!

Retailers: for every three copies of Phantom #26 you buy, you can purchase 1 copy of the Phantom #26 LTD (limited to 400 copies) variant cover @ $3.99 retail.

Retailers, Phantom #26 LTD edition can also be purchased separately, while supplies last, at $5.99 retail.

BlackieTPBfinish100.jpgBOSTON BLACKIE: “Bloody Shame” TPB
Story: Stefan Petrucha(X-Files)
Art: Kirk Van Wormer,(Vampirella) Chris Burnham(Kolchak)
Cover: DAVE DORMAN (Star Wars)

96pgs, mature readers, squarebound, b/w, 6” x 8”, $10.49

NEW PRINTING!
A MOONSTONE CRIME WAVE EVENT!
Suave safe-cracker/ ex-con, Boston Blackie is misunderstood…a lot.
This TPB contains TWO full-length rock ‘em sock ‘em features:
First a jewel heist goes horribly wrong. A five-year-old boy disappears, is presumed dead, and all fingers point to BOSTON BLACKIE. The body is never found, and seven years later BB is still haunted by what happened that night.

And then…A woman from BLACKIE’s past comes to him for help. Her son is sitting on death row for a murder she knows he did not commit.

RETAILER INCENTIVE: for every two you buy, get one free (initial orders only)

MystTravTPBfinish100.jpgThe Mysterious Traveler TPB: Nobody Rides for Free
Stories: Joe Gentile
Art: Trevor Von Eeden, Walter Figueroa, Chad Hunt, Dennis Calero
Tones: Ken Wolak, Wally Lowe
Cover: Michael Stribling

128pgs, b/w, 6” x 9”, $10.99
ISBN: 10 digit: 1-933076-13-5 13 digit: 978-1-933076-13-3
NEW PRINTING!
A MOONSTONE CRIME WAVE EVENT!
Ride the rails with the man who knows your story, whether you’re willing to tell it or not!
The Traveler is destined to ride this train alongside passengers with questionable fates.
Fates that must be explored as they come to this crossroads, then guided along to their final destination.
Together these three eerie stories showcase the Traveler at his best, with plenty of moody atmosphere and emotion.
Pry open a deeper insight into of the most enigmatic comic characters of all time!

RETAILER INCENTIVE: for every two you buy, get one free (initial orders only)

PARTNERSsm100.jpgPartners in Crime
Written by: CJ Henderson and Joe Gentile
Cover Art: Craig White
Interior Art: Jaime Calderon, Oscar Jimenez Garrido

192pgs, b/w, Squarebound, 6”x9”, $14.95
10 digit: 1-933076-44-5
13 digit: 978-1-933076-44-7

A Moonstone CRIME WAVE event!
The Past Meets the Future to Defeat an Unspeakable Evil !
-a novel featuring KOLCHAK and some of history’s greatest fictional crime fighters in a battle against ultimate evil!

Europe, 1945, the final days of World War II. A sinister plan to defeat the Allies using black sorcery is thwarted, only to be resurrected again in a form more terrible than ever before! Now, over six turbulent decades, across multiple continents, and through the darkest alternate dimensions, a force of unimaginable power is poised to subjugate all mankind…

Their names are legend; their exploits are known around the world: Kolchak: the Nightstalker, Boston Blackie, Johnny Dollar, Lai Wan, Candy Matson, Pat Novak, Blackshirt, Mr. Keen, and Jack Hagee. Now, this amazing group will find themselves pitted against a power that transcends time and space…an evil so corrupt that the fate of humanity may hang in the balance!

Retailer incentive: purchase 2 copies of each “Partners in Crime” and “Sex, Lies”, receive one free copy of each!

SEX-LIES100.jpgSex, Lies and Private Eyes
Written by: Max Allan Collins, Loren D. Estleman, Stuart M. Kaminsky, John Lutz, & Robert Randisi
Cover Art: Craig White

288pgs, b/w, Squarebound, 6”x9”, $16.95
10 digit: 1-933076-45-3 13 digit: 978-1-933076-45-4

A Moonstone CRIME WAVE Event!
When it comes to sex, lies often follow…& in the dark heart of the city, death can be the ultimate payback!
A landmark collection of all new original noir short stories with the theme of ‘sex for sale’. Written by some of today’s top crime writers, Sex, Lies and Private Eyes features a stunning cast of legendary characters from the best mysteries of the past and present: Alo Nudger, Fred Carver, Blackshirt, Candy Matson Domino Lady, Kolchak, Lai Wan , Jack Hagee, PI , Johnny Dollar, Mr. Keen, Pat Novak, Sherlock Holmes, The Silencers, The Maze Agency, Toby Peters, Truxton Lewis, and more!
by: Max Allan Collins, Loren D. Estleman, Stuart M. Kaminsky, John Lutz, Robert Randisi
Mike W. Barr, Mike Bullock, Barbara Collins, Steven Grant, CJ Henderson, Christine Matthews, Gail Mcabee, Rafael, Nieves, Gary Phillips, Adi Tantimedh, David Tischman, and Fred Van Vliet.

Retailer incentive: purchase 2 copies of each “Partners in Crime” and “Sex, Lies”, receive one free copy of each!

MrKeenTPBfinish100.jpgMr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons” TPB
story: Justin Gray
art: Lee Ferguson

7″ x 10″, squarebound, 96pgs, b/w, mature, $11.95
10 digit: 1-933076-49-6
13 digit: 978-1-933076-49-2

A MOONSTONE CRIME WAVE Event!
Jonah Hex’s Justin Gray brings to us:
Action, violence, love, loss, and psychosis…,
In a city that can swallow you whole, only one man can find what cannot be found.
Ninette Moeller steps off a flight from Paris and onto the mean streets of
New York City. She’s after one LUCIEN DENALI, a man who has done unspeakable damage to her. She hires the tireless MR. KEEN: Tracer of Lost Persons,
to hunt him down. Sure, it sounds easy-the man’s a big name in the
underworld, getting him in their sights should be no sweat…but Denali’s
bulletproof, like ten inches of Kevlar.

RETAILER INCENTIVE: buy 2 copies each of “Mr Keen”, and “Mr Moto”, and receive one free copy of each!

MrMotoTPBfinish100.jpgMr. Moto: “Welcome Back, Mr. Moto” TPB
story: Rafael Nieves
art: Tim Hamilton

96pgs, grey-toned, 7″ x 10″, squarebound, Mature, $11.95
10 digit: 1-933076-48-8
13 digit: 978-1-933076-48-5

A MOONSTONE CRIME WAVE Event!
Be here for the return of the world’s most inscrutable secret agent!
Pulitzer Prize winner John P. Marquand’s creation makes his comics debut!
With the end of World War Two, KEN TAKASHI is released from an internment camp. Instead of being greated by a culture that should be ashamed of what it did to so many innocent men and women, he finds himself surrounded by bigots, still quick to dehumanize any Asian it comes across. Frustrated, humiliated, and without many options he is met by MR. MOTO. He is there to help Ken, many times-but his motives are his own, and he may show Ken that he has much more to lose than he could ever have dreamed.
Written by Eisner nominee Rafael Nieves!

RETAILER INCENTIVE: buy 2 copies each of “Mr Keen”, and “Mr Moto”, and receive one free copy of each!

HK1eddyCover100.jpgHK1JCcover100.jpgSherlock Holmes & Kolchak the Night Stalker: Cry of Thunder” #1 (of 3)
Story: JG
Art: Andy Bennett, Carlos Magno
Edits: David Tischman
Covers: Joe Corroney(A), Eddy Newell(B)

32pgs, COLOR, $3.99

A MOONSTONE CRIME WAVE Event!
BASED ON TRUE EVENTS…a historic unveiling!
Not a dream, not a hoax, not a parallel universe!
Two of the most unique investigators of all time try to untangle the same mystery…
one hundred years apart from each other!
The lawless wild west- the hidden world of Victorian London- the present day hell of Hollywood…there…and back again.
Follow Holmes’ trail of a man who was wrongfully-and willingly- imprisoned, to shocking New World Order anarchy, to a beautiful woman who needs Kolchak to delve into the surreal past, to the shunned man who has the key …one of the strangest stories never told…
Uncovered for you by JG, Carlos Magno (Green Lantern Corps), Andy Bennett (Vampire the Masquerade), and David Tischman (Bite Club)!
30 PAGES OF STORY!

Cover A= Joe Corroney: $3.99
Cover B= Eddy Newell: $3.99
Limited Edition sketch cover variant: $9.99

RETAILER INCENTIVE #1= for every 5 copies of Sherlock Holmes/Kolchak #1 you buy, any combination, get one free!

RETAILER INCENTIVE#2= for every 3 copies of Sherlock Holmes/Kolchak #1 you buy, you can purchase one limited (to 400) Joe Corroney sketch cover variant!

McCandless_Gonzales100.jpgMcCandless_Oeming_Cover100.pg.jpgMcCandless & Company: Insecurities
Written by J.C. Vaughn
Illustrated by Gene Gonzales

56 Pages / B&W / One-Shot- $4.99

A MOONSTONE CRIME WAVE Event!
From the Harvey Award-nominated creator of Antiques: The Comic Strip and Zombie-Proof and writer of 24 comes this story of two private detectives from two very different walks of life, Carey McCandless and Jessica Williams. Along with their only employee, would-be writer David Bradshaw, they investigate the surprisingly deadly theft of $60 million from a mutual fund. 50/50 covers by Gene Gonzales and Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Mice Templar).

RETAILER INCENTIVE: for ever 3 McCandless you buy, get one free!

The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

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.

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