Archie Comics – August Newsletter

 
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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 8-1-12

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Well since the Avengers movie has made a boatload of money, it’s no surprise that one of the unsung heroes in that movie will be getting his own ongoing title this week. Fan favorite Hawkeye gets the nod here in Hawkeye #1. Of course InvestComics has been telling you guys/gals for years now to get Tales of Suspense #57 (First appearance of Hawkeye). Besides that gem for only $1000, take a look at Hawkeye’s first solo comic from 1983 at your local comic shop. It was a 4 issue limited series that included Hawkeye’s origin in the first issue. For only $3, this is a nice comic to own. Look for the new Hawkeye series to do very well out of the gate.

Another very interesting number one issue from Marvel this week is First X-Men #1 from the legend Neal Adams. We don’t really have to dote about Neal Adams right now because InvestComics has done that plenty of times. So much so that InvestComics TV has a four part video interview with Neal on its You tube Channel. Click HERE for Part 1, HERE for Part 2, HERE for Part 3 and HERE for Part 4! With First X-Men #1, Neal has a history with the X-Men and this obviously is not the first time he’s touched an X-Man.  The debut of Neal’s X-Men came in Uncanny X-Men #56. Check out your comic shop’s wall for this beauty at around the $240 mark.

The Marvel Comics number one issues are abound this week! Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #1 follows in the footsteps of 1995’s The Punisher Kills The Marvel Universe #1. Marvel has had great success with the Kill all books, The Punisher Kills #1 would be up on your LCS’s wall for only $20.

DC Comics continue their crusade re-introducing characters into the New 52 universe with Earth 2 #4. The new Atom-Smasher makes his debut here. Going all the way back to 1940 you’ll find the first appearance of the Golden Age Atom. However, in 1999 you can find the first appearance of the Godson of the Atom in JSA Secret Files #1 Mr. Albert Rothstein; A.K.A. Atom-Smasher. Get the JSA book for 5 bucks and the All American comic for $40,000. Yes God-Papa has a handle on the value front here.

Artist Howard Chaykin is back into the comic book scene this week with an independent creation that knocked the socks off of many readers back in 1988. The comics came in these poly bags to protect comic collectors from just thumbing through the comic. It was quite the risqué book back in the day. This week Howard goes back to his roots and gives us Black Kiss II #1. Will this comic be poly bagged too? It is 2012, different time, but it will be interesting to see if it’s just as risqué and left out there for anyone to pick up. Either way, collectors should definitely pick up Mr. Chaykin’s comic. He’s still quite the storyteller both with words and visually.

In case you haven’t heard, Todd McFarlane is back on Spawn. He’s also figured out another way to make lots of money again. Although not a new idea buy any means at all, he’s doing it in consecutive intervals. Quite simple actually, just do homage covers every single issue and watch the money pour in. Each of the last few issues have featured homage to various comic covers, but with Spawn featured on it. This week Todd pays homage to the hottest property on the planet; Walking Dead. Now how long before everyone else starts doing this in their regular monthly title?

Check out some other number one issues coming your way this week. IDW’s Love and Capes What To Expect #1, Deadworld War of The Dead #1 and Infected #1. Image Comics’ Think Tank #1 and Harvest #1. Look for Harvest #1 to fly off the shelf. And finally Ape Entertainment got a hold of a hot children’s property; Strawberry Shortcake. Incidentally, the first Strawberry Shortcake comic debuted from Marvel’s imprint Star Comics back in 1985.

That’s it this week. Be sure to check your local comic shop for all of the comics mentioned in this article and tell them that InvestComics sent ya!

Scroll through the InvestComics Hot Picks Covers of the week below.

See you next Sunday!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Friday Night with Stan Lee at the Baltimore Comic-Con

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Friday Night with Stan Lee at the
Baltimore Comic-Con

 

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Stan Lee

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 26, 2012 – Comics industry legend Stan Lee is back at the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con! Taking place September 8-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore, Stan Lee will be appearing at the show on Saturday, September 8th. As an added bonus, VIP Gold Ticket holders are afforded a very unique opportunity to attend a special panel with Stan Lee and friends followed by a meet and greet with Stan Lee.

On Friday, September 8th, Stan Lee will participate in an off-site limited-access Q&A panel and meet-and-greet along with newly-expanded special guests Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Frank Cho, Barry Kitson, Mark Buckingham, Larry Hama, and Roger Stern. Only guests with a VIP Gold Ticket will have access to this very special event. As an added bonus, Stan plans to do a signing for VIP Gold Ticket holders so that they won’t have to wait in his line on Saturday!

In addition to General Admission tickets for Saturday, Sunday, and both days, Stan Lee VIP and VIP Gold Tickets are available at baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets, and Stan Lee signature tickets from Desert Wind will be available via the same link shortly.
 
VIP Ticket holders receive:
  • 30-minute early admission on both days of the show
  • One (1) item SIGNED by Stan Lee – Saturday only
  • One (1) PHOTOGRAPH with Stan Lee – Saturday only
  • Fast track access to for Stan’s signing line and his photo line – Saturday only
  • Priority Seating at Stan’s panel on Saturday
  • Stan Lee t-shirt courtesy of StylinOnline
VIP Ticket purchasers will receive details (times, places, etc.) approximately 1 week before the show.VIP Gold Ticket holders receive:
 
  • EXCLUSIVEFriday-night Q&A panel at the hotel of Stan Lee and friends, including Walt Simonson, Louise Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Frank Cho, Barry Kitson, Mark Buckingham, Larry Hama, and Roger Stern.
  • EXCLUSIVE“meet and greet” with Stan and Guests following the panel.
  • EXCLUSIVESigning time where Stan will sign the VIP Gold member’s ITEM at the Friday event! (Skip the Saturday line entirely!)
    Plus all benefits of the VIP Ticket holder:
  • 30-minute early admission on both days of the show
  • One (1) item SIGNED by Stan Lee – Saturday only
  • One (1) PHOTOGRAPH with Stan Lee – Saturday only
  • Fast track access to for Stan’s signing line and his photo line – Saturday only
  • Priority Seating at Stan’s panel on Saturday
  • Stan Lee t-shirt courtesy of StylinOnline
VIP Gold Ticket purchasers will receive details (times, places, etc.) approximately 1 week before the show.
Tickets for photo and autograph sessions with Stan Lee for Saturday only will be available at the show while supplies last!
 
I'll See You In Baltimore 2012“We’re so excited to provide this limited opportunity to Stan’s super-fans,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We’ve found a great way to provide much-requested Friday programming and provide special value in doing so. It’s the chance of a lifetime.”
 
With Stan Lee returning as Guest of Honor this year, tickets are sure to sell fast, so please visit baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets for more information about our VIP packages and to purchase your tickets online!
 
This year’s confirmed guests for the show including: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee (Saturday only!); Ken Bald (Golden Age Timely/Marvel Artist); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland); Mark Buckingham (Fables, Doctor Who); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn); Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows); Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.); Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys); Rich Faber (Roboy Red); David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman); Keith Giffen (Superman, O.M.A.C., Green Arrow); Gene Ha (Justice League); Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam); Cully Hamner (Action Comics); Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City); Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray); J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage); Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four); Joe Kubert (Before Watchmen: Nightowl); Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com); David Mack (Kabuki); Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo); Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman); Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men); Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin); John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men); Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot); Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers); Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing); Brian Stelfreeze (ICE); Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin); Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi); Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable); Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein).
 
In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.
 
This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th.
 
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Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
press@baltimorecomiccon.com – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
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general@baltimorecomiccon.com – for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries
 
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 7 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

THE MURDER ISN’T THE ONLY MYSTERY IN POINT OF IMPACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact Jennifer de Guzman
jenniferdeguzman@imagecomics.com

THE MURDER ISN’T THE ONLY MYSTERY IN POINT OF IMPACT

New miniseries by NEAR DEATH creator in October

cover of Point of Impact #1Berkeley, CA – July 25, 2012 — In POINT OF IMPACT, a new Image Comics miniseries by NEAR DEATH creator Jay Faerber and Koray Kuranel, a woman’s murder brings those who thought they knew her best to the realization that they didn’t know her at all. As the investigation of Nicole Rafferty’s death reveals the secrets of her life, three people — her husband, friend, and secret lover — are put on a collision course with the truth.

“Point of Impact was born out of the idea that a person can be different things to different people,” said writer Faerber. “We behave differently, and play different roles, depending on who we’re with. That’s a theme I wanted to explore in the context of a murder mystery.”

In an interview at iFanboy, Faerber promised “plenty of action and suspense, and definitely twists and turns — it’s a murder mystery / thriller, after all.” iFanboy also featured a six-page preview of POINT OF IMPACT #1.

The four-issue miniseries, which will debut in October, is drawn by Koray Kuranel, a Turkish storyboard artist, in stark black and white.

“Koray is a fantastic artist recommended to me by my old friend and collaborator, Yildiray Cinar,” said Faerber of his collaborator. “His layouts and sense of storytelling are incredible.”

POINT OF IMPACT #1 will available for pre-order in the August issue of Previews.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

 

ZENESCOPE PUBLISHES JEFFREY KAUFMAN’S NEXT GRAPHIC NOVEL THIS SEPTEMBER

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 ZENESCOPE PUBLISHES JEFFREY KAUFMAN’S NEXT GRAPHIC NOVEL THIS SEPTEMBER 

Jacob Mars would probably put a bullet in your head if you called him a “whore”, but in simple terms, that’s what he is. 

Jeffrey Kaufman (Terminal Alice) proudly presents a new, controversial graphic novel entitled WHORE. Written by Kaufman, drawn by Marco Turini (Marvel’s Squadron Supreme) and colored by James Brown (IDW’s G.I. Joe series), the novel answers the question, what if James Bond had no morals and would work for anyone who could pay him? This creator-owned graphic novel will be published by Zenescope Entertainment and will be available in September.

After getting downsized from the CIA, Jacob Mars will take any job he can to pay his debts and alimony. He isn’t a bad guy by nature, but out of necessity. He has to live a life where things don’t matter, as long as he gets paid. His motto, simply stated: “Every man has his price.”

“A unique but sometimes offensive guy, Jacob Mars in Whore takes you to places you never imagined you’d go,” said creator and writer Jeffrey Kaufman “He couldn’t be a better or worse character to write for.  Survival in his world is defined less by air and blood than by dollars and cents.” 

“Jeff Kaufman brought all his story telling skills to the game on Whore.  It’s a great read with fast moving action, lots o’ thrills and sex, and some twists and surprises. Then there’s the Kaufman humor.  You’ll love Whore even as you hate him.” – Clayburn Moore (Award Winning Sculptor, Founder of CS Moore Studio Ltd) 

 “This book really is called Whore, but don’t let that fact keep you from picking this up, as it turns out to be a really enjoyable read… This is something you will definitely want to check out.” – Rob Wrecks, Indie Comix

WHORE, a 112-page full-color paperback, will be on sale in stores early September 2012 for $9.99 and is available to order in the July 2012 edition of Diamond Previews (JUL121329, ISBN: 978-1-937068-62-2). For more information, please visit www.bigcitycomics.com and www.facebook.com/BigCityComics.

About Jeffrey Kaufman

Jeffrey Kaufman is a writer and founder of Big City Comics and Resurrection Studios. In addition, Kaufman is a nationally recognized legal expert and defense attorney, currently licensed in 18 states, and has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and truTV’s Disorder in the Court: The 20 Most Outrageous Courtroom Moments. As a writer, Kaufman’s credits include Terminal Alice (published through Zenescope Entertainment) and Tainted (featuring Batwing artist Chris Cross).

Currently, Kaufman is actively filming and producing the documentary How to Fail in Comic Books (www.facebook.com/howtofailincomicbooks), set for release in 2013. His upcoming projects include the graphic novels Angel Falling and Whore, on sale September 2012, from Zenescope Entertainment.

About Zenescope Entertainment
Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005 and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world.  Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as the Wonderland trilogy, Neverland and Inferno, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest running original independent comic books on shelves today. Zenescope’s licensed titles include the on-going, critically acclaimed Charmed series, based off of the long-running popular television series, as well as Se7en and Final Destination, based off of New Line Cinema’s successful film franchises.

 

Death Fox Exclusive Limited Edition Comic from What The Flux Comics Publishing

Check out the press release InvestComics received from the awesome publisher What The Flux Comics!

Press Release 7/24/12

Death Fox Exclusive Limited Edition Comic
from What The Flux Comics Publishing
Trina Mason Model/Wrestling Diva/Actress gets her Own Steampunk Comic. This limited edition, signed & numbered from 1 – 150; slated for a scheduled October/November 2012 release date. The limited edition is being sold for $20.00 per copy and once these books are sold out they will not be reprinted.
The book is being written and penciled by Larry Jarrell, Inked & Colored by Amanda Raquel, Lettered by ET Dollman. Exclusive Cover Edition colored by Jeff Balke.

Hit our web site and get your copies today!

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-25-12

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Welcome to the InvestComics Comic Hot Picks for comic releases on 7-25-12

Back to regular business after a 3 part Dark Knight Hot Picks special last week. Let’s get right into this week!

Michael Avon Oeming and Brain Michael Bendis first released their much beloved Image Comics Powers series in 2000. Now the powers that be (pun intended) have taken this series to its first new spinoff number one issue. Powers FBI #1. Not so much a spinoff actually, but a new title name. Either way this is quite awesome for all comic book fans and they should eat this up. Expect sellouts quickly. The Powers #1 from 2000 will cost only $12 to buy, not a bad deal at all.

Desconsecrator is causing all sorts of havoc within the pages of The Mighty Thor #17 this week. Catch this characters first appearance two issues prior in The Mighty Thor #15.

….and wrapping up Marvel here, the newest X-book X-Treme X-Men #1 debuts.

DC’s Flash #11 re-introduces fans to Heat Wave. Heat Wave first appeared within the pages of the Flash #140 back in 1963. The legend Carmine Infantino graces us with the cover to this beauty. A cool $300 gets you this first appearance.

Fans find out secret origin of Pozhar in The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #11 this week. Check out Pozhar’s debut in The Fury of Firestorm #62 from 1987. The wonderful talents of John Ostrander (writer) and the late great Dick Giordano (inks) are on this comic for only $3.   

Kid Eternity returns this week. National Comics Eternity #1 (what’s with the title?). If you’re in the market for a first “slow trending” first appearance comic, this would be the one. Hit Comics #25 from 1942 will hit your wallet for only $2000. A first appearance of a character from 1942 for only $2000? It’s not like we all don’t know who Kid Eternity is, apparently not much of a demand for the Kid. And indecently, the first post crisis Kid Eternity appears in Kid Eternity #1 from 1991. You could probably find this comic (along with The Fury of Firestorm #62) hiding out in some one dollar boxes at your local comic shop.

Batman Incorporated #3 debuts the New 52 Matches Malone. Find his first appearance in a backup story from Denny O’Neil in Batman #242 (1972). A $100 comic and a nice buy here.   

…And staying on the backup story theme here, All-Star Western #11 introduces Terrence 13 in a backup.

Superman #11 introduces fans to some sort of new alien that will be a thorn in his side for a few issues.

The Savage Hawkman #11 Introduces a villain named St. Bastion.

Image Comics’ Superman; Supreme is making a little bit of noise with his comeback. Supreme #66 comes out this week and his first appearance is in the overprinted 25 cent bins Youngblood #3 (1992). Rob Liefeld all over this comic…

Also from Image this week a new number one issue to check out; Debris #1.

Looks like Boom! Studios will try out a “Spider-Man” “Invincible” type of genre with Michael Midas Champion #1. Check it out to see if they nail it.

Mad Magazine Batman collects all of the craziness of their Batman stories in a special. If you’re a Mad fan this is for you. If you’re not a Mad fans, well you’re missing out.

Be sure to scroll through the covers of the week below!

That’s it for this week! See you next Sunday with an all new InvestComics Comic Hot Picks!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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IndieCreator: with Duncan Eagleson

 

 

 

 

Sandman, Smackdowns and Elf Love with Uber Artist Duncan Eagleson

This week we return to the Promised Land − good ‘ol comics. We drifted away to film and music for a few interviews but now we’re back where we belong. And our “comeback to comics” is sure to make a splash. As big a splash, we dare say, as WWE wrestler Kane’s return in December 2011 when he beat down John Cena and revealed not one − but two leather masks.

And irony of ironies, the subject of our interview is the same insanely talented artist/craftsman/illustrator/writer who created those now-iconic masks for Kane (See? Everything has a purpose!)

Dunn-dunn-dunn!

He’s none other than Duncan Eagleson. I’ve been fortunate to have Duncan involved in a few anthologies I’ve worked on and recently begged/pleaded/cried to have him create some key art for my upcoming micro-budget feature BLESSID. As usual, he exceeded expectations.

You see, Duncan Eagleson is a perfectionist. As such, I am going to use his words rather than my own to describe his accomplishments:

“Illustrator, graphic designer, painter and sculptor, Duncan Eagleson has created art and designs for book covers, movie posters, advertisements, corporate identity projects, videos, magazines, and even T-shirts, for clients such as Doubleday Books, Tor Books, New Line Cinema, Warner Communications & DC Comics, rock groups like The Who, Phil Collins, and Def Leppard. In comics, he contributed art to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, adapted and illustrated Anne Rices’ The Witching Hour. He has created sculpted leather masks for Wes Craven’s Cursed, the WWE wrestler Kane, the Smithsonian, the Big Apple Circus, and magician Jeff McBride. Portfolios of his work, both digital and traditional, can be found at eaglesondesign.com, and on his Deviant Art page at duncan-eagleson.deviantart.com. His sculpture and masks can be seen at maskmaker.com.”

1) You have a long and impressive resume, but one thing that jumps off the page is your work on issue #38 of The Sandman — “Convergence, The Hunt” (1992, DC/Vertigo). What was it like working with writer-savant Neil Gaiman?

(DUNCAN:) Top question everybody asks. I’m happy to be able to say that honestly, it was really great.  Neil had certain elements he really wanted the art to reflect − mainly the nine-panel grid structure for the pages − and he was quite patient about explaining why that was important (he wanted the physical structure of the pages to reflect the formal story structure of the “fairy tale” sort of story). Beyond that, he was very hands-off, trusting me to do what I wanted with the art. Neil really is the way he appears in interviews and public appearances: a very unassuming, courteous gentleman, and very easy to work with.

The only minor bump in an otherwise utterly smooth ride had nothing to do with Neil. Some of the powers that be at DC/Vertigo felt the “werewolf sex” scene toward the end of the book was too graphic − despite the fact there were no actual naughty bits showing, I guess it was a bit too obvious what was going on. So I had to tone it down for publication. We went through a couple of versions before they were satisfied that it was family-friendly enough. Which was okay with me − I wasn’t about to scream “Censorship!” or anything. It was DC/Vertigo’s book, they were paying for it, they should get the sort of product they need. To me, it was no different than any other revision. I did, however, save the original pencilled panels.

All in all, the whole thing was a great experience, including, by the way, seeing my pencils come to life through Vince Locke’s brilliant inking. It was almost as if Vince was in my head, doing exactly the inking I would have done myself, if only I’d had the sort of mad inking skills he has.

2) Around the same time you did Sandman you also worked wrote and did art for several issues of Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour comic book series. What was this experience like?

(DUNCAN:) That was a bit of a mixed bag, especially toward the end. It started out looking great − they came to me at first for the art, and they didn’t have a writer. I had just recently read The Witching Hour, and I was wanting to start building a name as a writer, so I convinced them to let me script as well.

Between scripting and illustrating, I had no time to get involved in the marketing, but I probably should have tried. They were marketing the book to comics venues, treating it as if it were a superhero book, which wasn’t the best choice. The Anne Rice audience was huge − but they’re not your typical superhero comics audience. As it was, I think we got some respect from folks in the industry − the one time I met Kelly Jones, he was kind enough to say he thought The Witching Hour was the best full painted book on the market at the time − but the sales of the first couple of issues were disappointing.

To be fair to Millennium, novel adaptations are always a hard sell in comics, and traditionally don’t do very well. And although I think The Witching Hour might eventually have found its audience, they just didn’t have the kind of funding to hold the line until that happened, they needed to make money off the book right now.  And that wasn’t happening. So the book got cancelled, and shortly thereafter, the company went belly-up.

As an artist & storyteller, however, I had a great time doing it. I unleashed everything I had learned about drawing and painting and visual storytelling on that series.

At the time, my idol in comics was Bill Sienkiewicz. That man’s full-painted comics art was some of the most inspiring, innovative, and masterful work I’d seen in years, with the possible exception of Dave McKean. Considering how extreme he got with some of that work, it’s amazing to realize that he always managed to keep it in the service of the story, never let it become all about the art. No matter how stunning any individual page or panel was, he designed it to keep you caught up in the characters and the narrative, moving forward through the story. That’s not easy to do when you’re also pushing the boundaries of what has been done visually in a medium.

I tried hard not to imitate Sienkiewicz − or Bernie Fuchs, or Bob Peak, who I was also looking at a lot in those days − but to use their examples as an inspiration, to adopt a similar conceptual approach without also adopting anyone’s specific signature devices. And I think I mostly succeeded, giving the book a unique look and feel.

This was in the days before the use of Photoshop had become common, and I was doing a lot with Xeroxing drawings and photos onto colored paper, and painting over them with gouache, acrylics, airbrush, and pastel pencils. At one point, my editor, Jordan Bojar, called me up and said “I don’t know how you created this, what kind of techniques you’re using, but whatever they are, don’t ever reveal them to anyone.” Of course, I said “Why not?” I’m always happy to share whatever I’ve learned with someone who wants to know. “Because this is unique, these techniques are a gold mine,” he said. I thought he was nuts. Far as I’m concerned, anyone who wants to try out these techniques, knock yourself out. If you’re a mediocre artist looking for a gimmick, you’ll produce a cheap knockoff. If you’ve got imagination, and are good at what you do already, you’ll do something else with it, use it to develop your own unique creation. Why would I feel threatened by either possibility? A cheap knockoff will almost always be seen for what it is, and an imaginative, unique creation deserves to succeed, and be cheered on.

3) Did you ever get to meet the “Queen of Vampires”?

(DUNCAN:) I never did. She seemed to keep a certain distance from the comics versions of her works − or at least Millennium’s comics versions, which included The Mummy as well as The Witching Hour.

I did talk to her personal assistant once. Long after The Witching Hour and Millennium had both tanked, I heard that the comics rights to Anne Rice’s books had reverted to her, and she had announced her intention to do her own graphic novel versions of all her books. I had always felt I’d love to finish the series, so I called her office to see if they were interested in my working with them. Her assistant was very polite and cordial, but also very non commital, and the basic message was “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.” And of course, they never did. As far as I know, they eventually abandoned the whole graphic novel idea.

4) More recently, you were involved with another Pop icon. You created two leather masks for WWE wrestler Kane’s “resurrection” when he intruded on a matched and rudely slammed John Cena to the mat. How did you get involved in the melee?

(DUNCAN:) People who know my work from comics and book covers may not be aware that I’ve been making sculpted leather masks for many years. I’ve made masks for many theater productions, for the Big Apple Circus, for mask magician Jeff McBride (a long-time friend), for Wes Craven’s movie Cursed, and even for the Smithsonian. If you Google “leather masks,” my mask website (maskmaker.com) usually turns up in the first few results. Which is how the Creative Director from the WWE found me.

I went and met with the creative director and production designer, and of course, Kane himself. They already had certain ideas about what they wanted the masks to look like, but were willing to listen to my input, as well. I sat down with Kane and talked with him about his previous masks, about what worked well, and what didn’t, and how we could improve on what he’s had before. In the end, I made two masks, the red inner mask, and a sort of over-mask that looks a little like a welder’s mask.

5) Another notable piece is Hollow which you worked on for Archaia Studios Press. The pages on your website have a definite “extraterrestrial” vibe. Can you explain the storyline since you did the pencils and ink for issue 1 in 2010?

(DUNCAN:) The writer on the Hollow was a very talented young man named Larime Taylor. I had worked with Larime before, providing masks for a play he wrote and directed, Call of the Dragon. When he came up with Hollow a few years later, he got back in touch, asked me if I’d be willing to pencil and ink issue one.

Those creatures that look rather like extraterrestrials are actually the beings who conduct dead souls into the light or the darkness. They’re also the beings responsible for placing souls into babies. And they’re all upset because one got missed − there was a child born without a soul. Both the dark and the light are hunting for this soul-less child, who in the meantime has grown up, and is about to come of age, which redoubles the urgency with which the agents of Light and Dark are searching for him/her/it.

6) My favorite Duncan Eagleson work is Railwalker: Tales of the Urban Shaman. 

(DUNCAN:) Thanks very much.

6.1) Explain the premise to our readers. What are your plans for the series?

(DUNCAN:) The premise behind Railwalker was the idea of a genuine urban shaman. This guy (who we know only by his street name, Brick) has no cultural tradition behind him, no elder indigenous shaman he apprenticed to − he was just a guy from the streets of Brooklyn, a graffiti writer, who one day found the crows started talking to him, and teaching him things. He had no idea, at least in the beginning, that what the crows were teaching him is what anthropologists would call magic and shamanism.

Brick actually started out as a supporting character in a graphic novel I was trying to sell back in the 80s. In the 90s, the Earthspirit Community approached me about doing a comics series that would tie in to their Rites of Spring Festival (they had in mind either a single-panel, or a four-panel strip format), and I thought Brick would be the perfect protagonist − he’s a total outsider to modern magic and neo-paganism, but he’s an intelligent and sympathetic outsider.

When I started the series, I was thinking in terms of humorous strip comics, and was working in a kind of cartoony style. But I’ve never really thought of myself as a humorist, and the humor in Railwaker at Rites is generally not a broad laugh-out-loud kind of humor, but more wry and dry. So as the series went on, I gradually started transitioning the look of the art to a more sophisticated realistic style, which seemed more appropriate to the material I was writing. People seemed to like it, so I kept it up. The strip ran for three festival seasons, and after it ended, I set up a web site specifically for Railwalker.

Not long afterward, I started experimenting with animation in Flash. Over the course of the next couple of years, I created a short animated Railwalker movie, Keys, in several chapters. Keys tells one version of how Brick became the Railwalker (yes, there are others).

I had toyed with the idea of doing another short animation based on Beowulf (this was long before the Avary/Gaiman CG film version), but I was going to set it in a post-apocalyptic world, with a Mad Max type character as the hero. As I worked on the script, it started to morph and change and grow, and one day I thought, “Screw the animation, this wants to be a novel.”

So the Mad Max-like character became one of an order of traveling Warrior-Shamans, and what better to call his order than the Railwalkers? Which told me that after the Great Crash, Brick must have founded an organization to battle the chaos and monsters that appeared in the Crash’s wake, right? Since the Beowulf poem is in one sense a paean to the passing days of the great heroes, to be true to the flavor of the thing, my tale would have to happen during the final years of the Order, when they’re in their decline. So we’re 300 years after the Great Crash.

(“Harkinton,” the short story I did for the 2012: Final Prayer anthology, tells a tale of Alec Bane, one of the “Five Ravens” who formed the first generation of Brick’s Railwalker Order.)

With the working title of Wolf, the novel that resulted was something like Beowulf as a post-post-apocalyptic noir occult thriller. If that makes any sense. I didn’t really set out to blend, or transcend, or mashup all that many genres, but that’s the way the story developed. Of course, in allowing myself the freedom to do that, I probably hurt my chances of being picked up by a mainstream publisher. Those folks need to be able to neatly categorize and pigeonhole their product, and this novel would be tough to do that with. How do you market something like that? I wasn’t thinking about marketing the thing until after it was written. However, it’s been picked up now by one of the small presses, and should be out within the year.

As a result of that novel, I had a whole history of this order to come up with (at least in broad outline), not only in the formal organization created by Brick, but also in its roots, the many individual Railwalkers who had existed through history before Brick. Railwalker lore tells of a depression-era hobo, a traveling bluesman in the 1920s, an aristocratic Englishwoman of the Victorian period…  but the Railwalkers seem to appear only after the Industrial Revolution.  Which has to do, I’m sure, with their being particularly urban shamans.

I have two books of an urban fantasy series done, and a third in progress. They don’t involve Brick or the Railwalkers. At least not yet. But they will tie into the Railwalker universe timeline, and end in the Great Crash.

I also have some notes and sketches for what would be, not exactly a sequel to Wolf, but a story set around the same time and place, with a few overlapping characters, but no direct connection to the events of Wolf.  But that’s an embryonic project, so don’t hold me to that − the thing could still evolve in a different direction.

7) You’ve done some short graphic works as well. Recently, you did pencils and ink for some work that appeared in Elf Love (Pink Narcissus). I had the pleasure of doing a review of this great fantasy anthology. Tell us about your work and the anthology.

(DUNCAN:) Thanks, glad you liked the anthology, and thanks for the good review.

A friend sent me the call for short story submissions for this anthology. At first, I wasn’t very interested − I didn’t think I had anything to say about elves, particularly elves and love. But the idea got under my skin, and a few days later, I had not one, but two story ideas. I wrote them both up, submitted them, and to my surprise, they accepted them both.

Then I got a phone call from the Pink Narcissus Editor-in-Chief, Rose Mambert, saying, “Hey, you’re an artist, too, right?  Would you be interested in doing the cover for this book?” Long story short, I not only did the cover, but continue to do graphic design and occasionally illustration for them. Oh, but you asked about “Of Roots and Rings”, the comics story in that anthology…

I belong to a writer’s group, and one of my friends there, Sarah Eaton, is a terrific playwright. When she learned about Elf Love, she was intrigued, and had a story in mind for it. But she had never done a text story, had only ever previously written scripts. So I said, “Well, write it up as a script, and I’ll see if Rose is willing to have me illustrate it as a comics story.”  When I broached the idea to Rose, she was delighted, said they’d love to include a comics story in the anthology.

“Of Roots and Rings” was great fun to illustrate. Especially since the historical material that appears toward the end gave me a chance to revisit the historical montage look I’d been using for certain sequences back when I was doing The Witching Hour. I love doing that stuff, it’s almost like a comics story within the comics story.

8) Which is your greatest passion: writing, drawing, painting or mask-making?

(DUNCAN:) Storytelling, in whatever form. Everything I do, even making masks, is in some sense a form of storytelling.

I think that the desire, the need, to tell stories is the creative engine that drives all artists, even the ones who think they’ve transcended the narrative urge. They’re still trying to communicate, to say something, and that something has a context, a story, which they can’t avoid invoking or referring to in some way, even if only obliquely.

It’s all about The Story.

9) What writer and artist makes you go, “Damn, how did they put that much talent in one person?”

(DUNCAN:) You mean someone who writes AND illustrates? Well, Eisner, of course, he’s the grand old man of writer/artists. Howard Chaykin − I think one of the finest science fiction comics series ever created was Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! Brilliant work by a brilliant artist/writer. Mike Mignola consistently amazes me, his visual storytelling is superb. Frank Miller, Matthew Dow Smith, Sam Keith, Dave Sim, Phil Foglio, Matt Wagner…  I could go on, but those are the top names that spring to mind right now.

10. What’s next for you?

(DUNCAN:) I’m off to Necon July 19-22, then it’s back in the studio for a while. I’ve done a lot of events the last few months, showing masks and art, plugging my writing, and I need some uninterrupted time to get some new work done. There are covers to be done for Pink Narc books, and Wolf will be going through the editing process.

I’ve just finished a steampunk novel in collaboration with Rev DiCerto − we’re now giving it the last once-over and final polish before we submit it. I’m working on another novel of my own, in a different, darker genre. I’m also preparing a proposal-slash-presentation on an illustrated novel, in which a depression era carnival encounters the local Fae in an obscure hamlet in the backwoods of New York State. The story is loosely tied into the mythology of the New York Faerie Festival. If you wanted to get all “high concept” about it you could call it Gaiman’s Stardust meets HBO’s Carnivale. Watch for the Kickstarter campaign, hopefully mounting this fall.

Also, I can’t talk details yet, but just this morning I was invited to participate in a new anthology where the rest of the authors are mostly famous science fiction writers. No pressure, or anything, right? It’s a great opportunity, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of living up to the standards of that august company.

11) Big finish − where can people go to see your work and buy your comics, masks and other creative endeavors?

My online portfolios are at Eagleson Design and my Deviant Art page is here.

Prints are available both at the Deviant Art page and at my Zazzle Store.

Masks and sculptures are on maskmaker.com.

Keys and other Railwalker stories can be found at Railwalker Comics. The Railwalker story “Harkinton” appears in the Heske Horror anthology 2012: Final Prayer.

Some of my short fiction appears in two anthologies from Pink Narcissus Press, Elf Love and Rapunzel’s Daughters, and I’ve done covers for their Bleeding Hearts and Feasting with Panthers, terrific novels both.

Thanks Duncan. May the Muse be a crow on your shoulder and ever whispering in your ear.

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST. This graphic novel hit stores on July 5th at a price point of only $12.99. Order your copy at your local comic shop today – tell them the Diamond code is MAR121187! It can also be ordered on Kindle and on Amazon.

Bob has also published COLD BLOODED CHILLERS, the award-winning anthology BONE CHILLER and his end times tome 2012: FINAL PRAYER. BONE CHILLER and 2012: FINAL PRAYER are also available on Amazon Currently, Bob is making his family nervous by investing his time and money on an incredible micro-budget film called “Blessid”.

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Batman Checklist #3

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…..And now the third and final installment of the Batman Checklist. This is my personal favorite, such a variety of comics. In no particular order, lets jump right in shall we?

No particular order except for the first comic here. The 3 part Batman Checklist hones in on the Dark Knight and all of his adversaries, but the main event happens on July 20th in theaters everywhere. Batman vs. Bane is going to be an epic movie no doubt.

Simply put here. Bane is the equivalent of Spidey’s Venom. Bane is as important a villain within Batman’s world as is Venom is Spider-Man’s world. Actually, these 2 villains are the most important thing to happen to their respective comics when they first arrived on the scene and continue to be a force. This isn’t about Venom though, this is about Bane. He’s now appearing in a second Batman movie for a reason. Yes we all know the first Bane movie doesn’t count. But deny all you want, he’s there! Bane has become the modern era Joker. Yes the Joker is the Prince, but Bane is the King.

Batman Checklist (Part 3 of 3)

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Vengeance of Bane – Here it is fans, the reason why the Batman Rises movie will be so epic. This dude is going to bring it………the first appearance of Bane.

New York World’s Fair (1940) – This beauty of a comic has the dubious distinction of being the first time Superman, Batman and Robin ever teamed up. A cool $15,000 makes you a proud owner.

Dark Knight #1-4 – As previously stated in the InvestComics Dark Knight Rises Comic Hot Picks Special (Part 1 of 3), Frank Miller is THE game changer within the Batman comic book realm. Yes artistically and storytelling creators Neal Adams, Norm Breyfogle and the Jim Lee’s of the world were also game changers, but Frank Miller takes the crown here. This series puts the “Dark Knight” into the Dark Knight. If for reasons unimaginable that you do not own this series to some capacity, be it trade, 3rd printing individuals or the originals…..well you’re not a Batman fan or a comic collector.

All American Comics #61 – The first appearance of Solomon Grundy.

3D Batman 1953 – The first 3D Batman comic. $1800 for this little gem.

Batman Adventures #12 – The first comic book appearance of Harley Quinn. She first appeared on the Batman: The Animated Series cartoon series.

Batman and the Outsiders #1 – A neat 80’s series written by Mike Barr and drawn by legendary Batman artist Jim Aparo.

Batman and the Outsiders #22 – This little nugget contains the first work by creator Alan Davis.

Batman Family #6 – Fist appearance of Joker’s daughter Duela Dent.

Brave and the Bold #75 – This comic came out the same month as Neal Adams’ first Batman art ever in Detective Comics #370…..so technically this would be Neal Adams 2nd Batman art, but definitely worth noting here. Neal Adams is obviously a legend and when he drew Batman, he raised the bar and set standards that many artists today still emulate.

Gotham by Gaslight –Fantastic storytelling and Mike Mignola on pencils! Nuff said.

Joker #1 – Why did it take until 1975 for a great villain like the Joker to get his own series?? Why did it take so long? Get this gem for only $50.

Justice League of America #1 – Of course Batman had to join a team eventually right? Here’s the most famous team of all with Batman in it. $20,000 gets you ownership rights on this one. Now if Warner Brothers could just get their act together and get rolling with some movies…..but that’s another article, another time.

Batman: The Killing Joke – Okay so let’s do another comparison here. The Dark Knight series (Frank Miller) is to the Batman character in comics as is The Killing Joke is to the Joker character. No matter how many Greg Capullo’s you pull out, Neal Adams, Jim Starlin’s…etc. Batman: the Killing Joke will ALWAYS remain THE Joker book. With names like Alan Moore and Brian Bolland on this comic, it’s a no brainer to already have this comic in your collection. You do have this in your collection, right? If not, refer back to The Dark Knight #1-4.

Secret Origins #1 – ….Just a cool number one origins issue with Batman.

Superman #76 – This is the first time Batman steps inside of a Superman comic.

Superman/Batman #1 – And staying with the Superman theme here. This wildly popular series debuted in 2003. Written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Ed McGuiness.

Batman: Sword of Azrael – First appearance of Azrael and Joe Quesada art on the entire series!

Batman: The Cult #1-4 – A four part series with names like Berni Wrightson, Jim Starlin and Bill Wray attached to it. What more does one need here?

World’s Best Comics #1 – An early team up with Superman, Robin……and yes Batman.

Batman Team-Ups

Hulk vs. Batman – The most shameful part of these fantastic collector’s items are that the newer collector will probably never get the joy of having an oversized comic like this come out, let alone a Marvel vs. DC character! Egos are running at an all time high and the unfortunate part with this is that the fans won’t get to see or feel that excitement of big time characters facing off.

Daredevil and Batman – Two characters that rule the night. Awesome team-up.

Spider-Man and Batman – Will we ever see something like this again?? Creators; DeMatteis, Bagley, Hanna and Farmer bring these two icons together.

Batman and Captain America – Again, we will probably never see the likes of this again. AND by John Byrne?!? Yes, very awesome.

Darkness/Batman – Top Cow puts their top tier character with the Dark Knight.

Spawn/Batman  – Image Comics throws their hat in the ring with their flagship character at the time. Creator’s Todd McFarlane and Frank Miller bring this comic to life. Spawn, Batman, Miller and McFarlane?? Yes it really happened.

Batman/Grendel – Creator Matt Wagner. Nuff said.

Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgment on Gotham – Judge Dredd and Batman by Alan Grant and Simon Bisley!

Superman & Batman vs. Aliens & Predator – Dark Horse gets into the team-up act with their best franchise at the time. Place you bets kiddies, you won’t be seeing this again anytime soon. Mark Schultz and Ariel Olivetti on this comic.

The Batman team up comics may not be the most riveting stories of all time, but they were meant to feed into a fanboy’s geek dream of seeing something “outside the realm” of the same old mundane team-ups. They did their job in the respect that they brought enjoyment and at the end of the day they entertained us all. And they continue to do so today.

………….so when is that Superman movie coming out?

 

Invest wisely. Read Batman.

Jay Katz

Batman Checklist #2

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Well here we are with part 2 of our Batman Checklist. In this edition we’re going to focus on the comic that first introduced us to the Batman. Detective Comics are up next…..

Batman Checklist (Part 2 of 3)

Detective Comics #27 – Okay so if you live in Riverdale or maybe even Asgard you probably won’t know what this comic signifies. But we are here to educate aren’t we?! This is this first appearance of Commissioner Gordon. No really it is…but this isn’t the reason this comic goes for a whopping 1.2 million dollars. This is the birth; the entrance into the DC universe of the Dark Knight himself, Batman.

Detective Comics #29 – The first appearance of Dr. Death.

Detective Comics #31 – You can venture a guess on JUST how important a comic book character is when the listing’s of the book contain first appearance’s of his gadgets and modes of transportation. This here folks contains the first look at the Batarang and Batplane. No big deal right? How about $70,000 for this comic? Yes thought so.

Detective Comics #33 – if there was a comic that was as important as Batman’s first appearance it’s this comic right here. The origin of Batman coming in at the $85,000 range.

Detective Comics #36 – First appearance of Dr. Hugo Strange and Batman’s finned gloves. Yes those little pointy glove things….first appearance. Yes he’s an important dude.

Detective Comics #38 – Ah yes the Boy Wonder! Robin makes his first appearance right here. Boy oh boy if that Robin character only knew what he was to get into. Death, bad guy, resurrected, new identity, new costume, replaced, quit……..etc. But this isn’t about the second fiddle dude, although this sidekick does command some big bucks here. Say around $85,000.

Detective Comics #45 – The first Joker story within the Detective Comics series.

Detective Comics #58 – First appearance of the Penguin.

Detective Comics #66 – The villain Two-Face makes his debut here.

Detective Comics #108 – ….And in this issue we see the famous Bat signal for the first time. This comic cost a measly $900.

Detective Comics #140 – What website gives you a great way to stock up on your portfolio? InvestComics! See that was a feeble attempt at a riddle. Here’s another bad attempt… Why can $8000 get you your first riddle? Because $8000 will get you the first appearance of the Riddler!

Detective Comics #168 – A two-fer issue! The first appearance of the Red-Hood and Joker’s Origin. A nice $6k buy.

Detective Comics #205 – Ever wonder how the Batcave got to be the Batcave? Well here’s the explanation comic on that thought. The origin of the Batcave!

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Detective Comics #225 – Here’s a nice book to own. The first appearance of Martain Manhunter.

Detective Comics #230 –The debut of the Mad Hatter. Hatman!

Detective Comics #233 – The first appearance and origin of Batwoman. An underpriced $2,000.

Detective Comics #235 –The Batman costume gets its own origin comic!

Detective Comics #265 – Batman origin with new reveals.

Detective Comics #267 – First appearance and origin of Bat-Mite.

Detective Comics #327 – The Bat symbol is changed in this issue.

Detective Comics #359 – The New Batgirl debuts here. Nice costume!

Detective Comics #369 –Game changer creator in a Batman comic; Neal Adams draws a backup in this issue. More on Neal Adams in Part 3!

Detective Comics #370 – And sticking with Neal Adams here. This comic is the first Neal Adams Batman art. The last issue was his debut inside of a Bat book, but he didn’t draw Batman. He did a backup story. The same month though he did the Brave and the Bold #75 cover which also featured a Batman cover, but this comic came out before that one.

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Detective Comics #373 – The first appearance of Mr. Freeze.

Detective Comics #523 – Debut of Killer Croc.

Detective Comics #526 – 500th anniversary issue with every single Batman villain ever appearing in it!

Detective Comics #587 – The first work of creator Alan Grant.

That’s the Batman Detective Comics list……check out Batman Checklist Part 3!

 

Invest wisely. Read Batman comics.

Jay Katz

Batman Checklist #1

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Yes as promised, the new Batman movie is coming out on July 20th and InvestComics has your Batman checklist. As accompanied the Spider-Man checklist, a small video was teased yesterday regarding all of the picks that you will be reading about. Not all of the comics made it into the video this time around, but a nice montage nonetheless. Take a look at some of the great artist that have graced us with THEIR image of Batman…..some fantastic comparisons of the different vision of these great creators over the years. Some have been left out, but not on any merit of simply missing them! If you have a favorite that was omitted, please let us know in the comments below!

Although Batman has a 25 year head start on Spider-Man, Do you think Bats rouge gallery pales in comparison to Spidey’s? Let the debate begin! That said, take a look at the InvestComics Spider-Man checklist Part 1 (HERE) and Part 2 (HERE) and notice that Spider-Man’s first 50 books have some significant first appearances. Of course there are lulls within the series, but it seems to happen more often for the Batman series than it does for Spidey. This is absolutely no knock on Batman here, just something that was more noticeable during the research through the Batman books.

So because Batman does have a jump on Spider-Man by 25 years, the InvestComics Dark Knight Checklist will run in 3 parts. First part here will be the self titled Batman comic, second part will be the Detective Comics and the third will be some cool extra appearances and other Batman comics. So without any further ado…..

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Batman #1 – At approximately $400,000 for this Batman comic, besides Detective Comics #27, obviously, this is the Mecca of all Bat books. This comic boasts the first appearance of one of the most if not THE most recognizable villains of all time the Joker.

Batman #5Speaking of the most recognizable villains, how about one of the most recognized automobile in the history of the world? Yes folks Bruce Wayne debuts his new chick magnet in this issue. The Batmobile.

Batman #11The first Joker cover in the Batman series. $10,000 gets you this one.

Batman #16Every rich bachelor needs a butler right? Another 10 grand gets you the most famous butler in comics history. Alfred.

Batman #20The start of the car magazines right here. The first time the Batmobile makes the cover on a Batman book.

Batman #25Evil meets evil and a beautiful relationship forms. The first team up of Joker and Penguin right here.

Batman #47 – An early retelling of Batman’s origin. Priced accordingly!

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Batman #59The first appearance of Deadshot. Whenever Warner Brothers decides to get into the comic book movie business full tilt, Deadshot will probably have a place in a movie. You heard it here first.

Batman #62An early Catwoman origin.

Batman #90This is the first comic code approved issue. Boy that’s a big stamp!

Batman #92 – ….While Batman comics brought the pop culture the most famous villain and automobile in history, it certainly didn’t deliver the most famous dog ever. Here is the first appearance of Ace the Bat-Hound. Yes Ace the Bat-Hound.

Batman #97The first Silver Age issue.

Batman #98With every car there are secrets….right? Not sure what this even means, but this comic reveals “secrets” of the Batmobile. Gadgets and cool stuff are revealed here.

Batman #105The second appearance of Batwoman.

Batman #111Over the years Batman has donned some Bat-armor. Some cool, some not so cool. Batman wears armor for the first time in this issue. This falls into the “not so good” category.

Batman #121Mr. Zero, first appearance.

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Batman #130Bruce meet Lex, Lex meet Bruce. First time Superman’s nemesis shows up in Batman’s comic.

Batman #139The first appearance of the original Batgirl.

Batman #155The first Silver Age Penguin appearance.

Batman #171The first Silver Age Riddler appearance.

Batman #181The first appearance of the lovely Poison Ivy.

Batman # 189First appearance of the Silver Age Scarecrow.

Batman #200Anniversary issue! Batman origin retold.

Batman #218The Bronze Age comics begin here.

Batman #232A first appearance of significance in sometime within the Batman run. Ra’s Al Ghul makes his debut.

Batman #234 First Silver Age Two-Face appearance.

Batman #237The first appearance of the Reaper.

Batman #357Here’s the first appearance of a new Robin named Jason Todd along with a first appearance of a new villain named Killer Croc.

Batman #366Jason Todd dons the Robin costume for the first time.

Batman #391 – First Modern Age Batman issue.

Batman #400A huge anniversary issue. A who’s who in this issue as far as creators go. A very special issue to own.

Batman #404, 405, 406, 407As Todd McFarlane was a game changer to the Spider-Man franchise (artistry), Frank Miller was to the Batman franchise. Not so much for these particular comics though, but one of the most important 4 part storylines in the Batman run done by Miller here. “Year One” began the inspiration for some many others creators to start their own “Year One” story lines. That all said, the Batman comics and persona in general took a turn onto a path that has never looked back beginning here.  …..more on Frank Miller in part 3 of the InvestComics Dark Knight Checklist.

Batman #414Following Frank Miller only 7 issue prior comes Jim Starlin. Jim Starlin writing Batman, nuff said.

Batman #417Jim Starlin then goes on to write a fabulous storyline called “Ten Nights of The Beast”.

Batman #426, 427, 428, 429 Then Jim Starlin comes back to put the comic book world on its head in 1988 with the storyline called “Death in the Family”. Fans got to vote to either off Jason Todd or not. The Joker won. Jim Starlin talks about the death of Jason Todd in an Interview on InvestComics TV right HERE. He also talks about Thanos HERE in part 1 of the 3 part interview. Cool stuff.

Batman #436 It didn’t take too long for DC to get into Robin mode again. The introduction of Tim Drake right here.

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Batman #442Tim Drake puts on the Robin Costume. Wow is the costume still warm? Geez.

Batman #457 DC wants Tim to get his own identity with the whole Robin thing, so it’s new costume time!

Batman #475 The first appearance of Renee Montoya, a.k.a. Question II.

Batman #489First Jean-Paul Valley as Batman.

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Batman #497Well it finally happens in this issue. What so many have tried to do before. Break Batman’s will and break his back….literally. Bane accomplishes this wonderful task that so many before have failed at. A very important comic in the Batman series here as it’s the catalyst to the Dark Knight Rises movie coming out on the 20th. Why is this comic so affordable at only $5? Well at one time, this comic was as hot as a commodity can get. It’s obviously cooled down significantly due to the fact that the comic is a very accessible one to get. Vengeance of Bane one shot would be the way to go. More on that in Part 3 of InvestComics Dark Knight Checklist.

Batman #608Jumping some 100 plus issue later we come up to the next man responsible for bringing Batman to the “next level” if you will. Artistically speaking that is, thank you Mr. Jim Lee.

Batman #612Jim Lee is also responsible for one of the most prolific Batman covers of all time, at least in the modern era. Superman choking Batman…..classic.

That’s it for now! See you tomorrow with Part 2 of InvestComics Dark Knight Checkist!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

IDW Presents Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012

IDW Presents Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012
TMNT story written and drawn by co-creator Kevin EastmanComing in October 2012
[TMNT Annual 2012 Image]San Diego, CA (July 14, 2012) – IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon are excited to announce the launch of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ANNUAL 2012, a 48-page jam packed story written by co-writers Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman, and drawn by co-creator Eastman. It’s been nearly 20 years since Eastman has created a full TMNT story, but fans will relish this Annual filled with non-stop downtown action and mayhem that is well worth the wait!

“After nearly 20 years I find myself once again fully engrossed in the wonderful mythos of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and having the absolute best time in my life!” said Eastman. “The intense creative energy flying around between IDW and Nickelodeon is when this idea was inspired and born, so with this incredible team, I’m back on the drawing board–hanging with the boys, knocking out a full blown epic–and it is AWESOME!”

Releasing in October this year, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ANNUAL 2012 follows the adventure of Raphael and Casey as they find themselves in the middle of a criminal escapade gone wrong. Rival clans jockey for power in the NYC criminal underworld, and the Ninja Turtles are drawn into the chaos. Expect the unexpected in this exciting, all-new tale that sets up a crucial future TMNT storyline. Readers are encouraged to ask their retailers about the special variant “Eastman Layout” edition.

IDW’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES comics launched in August 2011 with great success, resulting in multiple printings of the first five ongoing issues. Last month, TMNT comics launched digitally, and are now featured in IDW Comics and comiXology Mobile Apps for Android, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and more. There is no doubt that the Turtles have made a huge comeback, and IDW and Nickelodeon are catering to the fans by providing even more Ninja Turtle action!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ANNUAL 2012 ($7.99, 48 pages, full color) will be available in October. Diamond order code AUG12 0321.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to sign up for updates and learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

 

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 33rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

 

Swierczynski and Daniel to Helm JUDGE DREDD

Swierczynski and Daniel to Helm JUDGE DREDD
The acclaimed creators will take readers to Mega-City One this winter!

[Judge Dredd Image]San Diego, CA (July 14, 2012) – After announcing their partnership with the legendary 2000 AD at WonderCon 2012, IDW Publishing is proud to announce Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel as the creative team for their brand-new JUDGE DREDD series! The announcement was made to a capacity crowd during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 celebrating Dredd’s 35th anniversary.

”I’ve loved the work both Duane and Nelson have done for us separately—they’ve both been responsible for some amazingly action-packed and thrilling comics like Godzilla and The Cape,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Ryall. “So partnering them on Judge Dredd is only going to amp up the excitement here.

“What’s more,” Ryall continued, “while Nelson will be running point on the main story’s art and colors, we’ll also be doing back-up stories in each issue that are tied to the ongoing storyline and that will be illustrated by some big-name talents as well. Folks like Paul Gulacy, Jim Starlin, and many others. Add to that covers by people like Ashley Wood, Carlos Ezquerra, Zach Howard, Whilce Portacio, and so many others, and there will be lots of exciting new artistic interpretations of Dredd to come.”

2000 AD’s Matt Smith echoed Ryall’s excitement “Ever since we announced the deal with IDW, Dredd fans all over the world have been eagerly awaiting news of which writer and artists will be coming to Mega-City One. We’re really pleased with the creative line-up, which will bring a new dimension to Dredd for a whole new generation. It’s been great to see the reaction 2000 AD and Judge Dredd have had at SDCC 2012–and with the new film out in September, 2012 really is the year of DREDD!”

IDW’s JUDGE DREDD series will see new adventures from the legendary character—originally created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra for the lauded British anthology magazine 2000 AD—who has seen a long and storied career as one of comics’ most popular and enduring characters. For this take on Dredd, IDW and 2000 AD wanted to put creators behind the wheel that hadn’t worked with the character before, creating new stories that would appeal to new Dredd fans, as well as long-time lovers of the rich world of Mega City One.

“I discovered Judge Dredd at the tender age of 15 through a somewhat unlikely source: a bootleg Commodore 64 game where you move Dredd through a digital Mega-City One and pretty much shoot everything in sight. Jonesing for more, I realized that Dredd was a UK import, and super-tough to find here in the U.S. Over the next 25 years, I snapped up all the Dredd stories that I could, savoring them like exotic treats smuggled through customs,” Swierczynski enthused. “When IDW announced an American version a while back, I was over the moon — never even thinking that I would be approached to write this new version. Needless to say, this is the opportunity of lifetime, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The 15-year-old in me may never recover.”

Daniel shared in the excitement “Judge Dredd is one of my three favorite characters, I’m really excited. Everything in Megacity is amazing, everything is possible, and that’s something I want to draw.”

Citizens, consider yourselves advised; this November, comics are the law!
Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/ and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

About 2000 AD

2000 AD is the legendary multi-award winning 32 page, weekly anthology – an explosive cocktail of sci-fi and fantasy, infused with irony and wry black humour.

The home of iconic characters such as Judge Dredd, Halo Jones, Strontium Dog, and Rogue Trooper, it launched the careers of some of the top names in global comics, including Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, Brian Bolland, Steve Dillon, Jock, and Peter Milligan.

2000 AD, its monthly sister publication The Judge Dredd Megazine, and its extensive range of graphic novels are available to buy online, from major magazine retailers in the UK and Europe and from all good comic stores across the US.

Visit the online home of 2000 AD at www.2000adonline.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/2000-AD/146588986365 or follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/2000AD

Comic-Con: New Overstreet Book Announced

Comic-Con: New Overstreet Book Announced

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From the team behind The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide comes the first new Overstreet-branded book in more than a decade, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics

Aimed at both new collectors and those who have been collecting for many years, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics offers answers and insights into the questions and more facing new collectors and experienced enthusiasts alike.

How do you collect comics? How do you care for them? Grade them? Sell them? How do you turn your comics hobby into a job in the industry? How are comics made? Who have been the greatest comic creators? What are the lasting legacies of the medium?

This new book is not a price guide, but instead is “Comics Collecting 102,” a helpful resource whether one is picking up new comics off the shelves each week or bidding on the highest of the high end back issues.

imageThis book will be offered in the September 2012 Previews from Diamond Comic Distributors and go on sale in November. It will come with a choice of covers, including a stunning Spider-Man by Joe Jusko and a previously unpublished Silver Age DC special cover by the late Don Newton, the artist who illustrated the first original cover (#4) on The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.

“We’re very excited to be offering this new book, one that we feel is a worthy companion to The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide,” said author and publisher Robert M. Overstreet. “Whether we’re talking about readers of new comics brought in by DC’s New 52, Marvel’s successful movies, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, or some other motivation, or for investors who have seen the record prices paid in recent years for key back issues, it’s clear that we’ve entered a period of gaining some converts. We’re gearing this book to help win them over.”

“We had a great time working with Joe Jusko on his Avengers cover for Overstreet #42, so we’re very happy to have him kick off this new book,” said Associate Publisher J.C. Vaughn. “And when Bob Overstreet told me he had a previously unpublished Don Newton cover painting it took us about 12 seconds to figure out that it would work perfectly for this project.”

The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics #1 will be comic book size, 320 pages, and full color. It will retail for $19.95.

If you are interested in advertising in this new book, contact Mark Huesman or J.C. Vaughn. Substantial discounts are available for those who advertised in Overstreet #42, and there are a very small number of premium positions still available on a strictly first come, first served basis.

Look for more details in next week’s Scoop.

 

Marvel Panel San Diego Comic Con Highlights Q&A!

Q: Where are Nova and the Guardians of the Galaxy?

A: “Nova and Rocket Raccoon were in the Marvel NOW! teaser for a reason. We’re building toward something big with these characters.” – Axel Alonso

Q: Will we see stories involving Polaris’ past in X-Factor?

A: “Breaking Points. An entire issue answers a major question about her past. And no, it’s not ‘Is Magneto her father?’ He is. X-Factor #243.” – Peter David

Q: Are there plans for Silver Surfer?

A: “We’re taking a long hard look at all the non-Earthbound characters. I grew up in California and surfed. I love The Silver Surfer.” – Axel Alonso

 A: “You will see god-like characters in Thanos: Son of Titan. This series is Thanos learning about the universe around him and the genesis of him becoming who he will be. You’ll be seeing a lot of characters you love and love to hate.” – Sana Amanat “This is Thanos: Year One.” – Axel Alonso

Q: Any plans for Doctor Strange? Big applause.

A: “There’s no absence of love for Doctor Strange. A lot of people have come to us with an interest. We want to do it right. We need to figure out what Marvel magic means, what the rules are. It can’t just be a deus ex machina.” – Axel Alonso

Q: Runaways?

A: “Some Runaways will have a major role in an upcoming new ongoing series not called Runaways. You’ll find out more by September.” – Arune Singh

Q: Cloak & Dagger?

A: “You’re going to get more Cloak & Dagger in Amazing Spider-Man. It’s a great appearance and it will impact Peter Parker.” – Sana Amanat

Q: Will we see the Secret Warriors?

A: “Remember that ongoing book not called Runaways with some Runaways? It will not be called Secret Warriors, but you will see some Secret Warriors there.” – Arune Singh

 

 

JULY GRAND AUCTION Is Here!

JULY GRAND AUCTION BEGAN MONDAY NIGHT, JULY 9TH

 

 

 

Greetings from Pedigree Comics, Inc. We’ve been as busy as we’ve ever been getting all the last group of books scanned and uploaded for our July Grand Auction, which began last night, Monday, July 9th at 11:00 p.m. EST and lasts for ten (10) days until the evening of Thursday, July 19th. This auction is chock full of great comics to choose from and has almost 300 high grade CGC certified Marvels and DC’s from the Silver and Bronze Ages to choose from. There is no Buyers Premium on any of the lots in the auction and many will have no reserve. Every book is CGC graded and the minimum bid is only $100. You can check out and bid on over 280 books in the Grand Auction right now at www.PedigreeComics.com. We have many featured runs and items in this auction to tell you about, so without further ado:

ULTRA HIGH GRADE SILVER AGE DC CONSIGNMENT:
This is a fabulous group of over 30 books, almost all in 9.4 and higher. Here are the highlights:Action Comics 319 9.4
Action Comics 320 9.6
Adventure Comics 346 9.4
Batman 227 9.8 (CGC Signature SERIES)
Batman 240 9.8
Brave and the Bold 57 9.4
Detective Comics 409 9.8
Detective Comics 410 9.8
Flash 121 9.4
Flash 165 9.4
Flash 174 9.4
Green Lantern 33 9.4
Green Lantern 52 9.4
Green Lantern 85 9.8
Justice League of America 32 9.8
Showcase 22 8.0
Superman 174 9.6
Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane 59 9.4
Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane 70 9.4
Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane 72 9.4
Wonder Woman 156 9.4
Wonder Woman 160 9.4
Wonder Woman 200 9.4
World’s Finest Comics 164 9.6KILLER SILVER & BRONZE AGE MARVELS:
There are many great titles and issues to choose from this group. Almost every book is a 9.8 or a 9.6! Here are some of the highlights:Amazing Spider-Man 33 9.8 (Double Cover)
Amazing Spider-Man 38 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 39 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man 43 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 46 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 47 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 49 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 56 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 62 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 66 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 80 9.6
Avengers 10 9.8
Avengers 16 9.6
Avengers 49 9.8
Avengers 51 9.6
Avengers 52 9.8
Avengers 92 9.8
Daredevil 1 9.4
Daredevil 3 9.4
Daredevil 8 9.8
Doctor Strange 169 9.8
Doctor Strange 180 9.8
Fantastic Four 14 9.6 (Pacific Coast)
Fantastic Four 16 9.2
Fantastic Four 27 9.4
Fantastic Four 30 9.2
Fantastic Four 48 9.8
Fantastic Four 73 9.8
Fantastic Four 102 9.8
Fantastic Four 108 9.8
Fantastic Four 115 9.8
Fantastic Four 130 9.8
Giant-Size X-Men 1 9.8
Giant-Size X-Men 1 9.6
Incredible Hulk 181 9.8
Marvel Comics Super Special 1 9.8
Silver Surfer 3 9.6
Silver Surfer 18 9.8
Strange Tales 106
Tales of Suspense 69 9.6
Tales of Suspense 73 9.8
Tales of Suspense 95 9.8
Tales to Astonish 39 9.6
Tales to Astonish 50 9.6
Tales to Astonish 86 9.6
Thor 171 9.8
Thor Annual 4 9.8
X-Men 6 9.4
X-Men 12 9.4
X-Men 13 9.4
X-Men 18 9.6
X-Men 49 9.6
X-Men 59 9.6
X-Men 66 9.6

RECENTLY GRADED SILVER & BRONZE AGE MARVELS AND DC’S FROM PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON:
The initial CGC grades are in on the over 70 books that we purchased at the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con last month. These books were just graded t wo weeks ago. Almost every comic (save for 5) is in 9.4 and higher grade and EVERY one will be listed without a reserve!. Here are the highlights of this brand new group:

Adventure Comics 352 9.6
All Star Western 10 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 16 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man 21 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man 26 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man 34 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 68 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 77 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 89 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 102 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 121 9.8
Amazing Spider-Man 129 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man Annual 3 9.4
Aquaman 50 9.6
Batman 43 8.0
Batman 155 9.0
Captain America 109 9.6
Captain America 143 9.6
Daredevil 2 9.4
Detective Comics 328 9.6
Detective Comics 333 9.2
Detective Comics 334 9.4 (Twin Cities)
Detective Comics 360 9.6
Detective Comics 365 9.6
Detective Comics 378 9.8 (Oakland)
Detective Comics 387 9.6
Detective Comics 388 9.4 (Massachusetts)
Doctor Strange 176 9.4
Fantastic Four 33 9.6
Fantastic Four 55 9.4
G.I. Combat 114 9.4
G.I. Combat 118 9.4
Green Lantern 4 9.0
Green Lantern 10 9.0
Incredible Hulk 102 9.6
Iron Fist 14 9.8
Journey Into Mystery 98 9.6
Justice League of America 11 9.4 (Savannah)
Mystery in Space 79 9.4
New Gods 1 9.8
Sgt. Fury 8 9.4 (Western Penn)
Silver Surfer 5 9.6
Superman 184 9.4
Tales of Suspense 48 9.4
Tales of Suspense 56 9.4
Tales of Suspense 77 9.6
Tales to Astonish 100 9.4
Weird War Tales 1 9.8
Wonder Woman 192 9.6
Wonder Woman 200 9.6
X-Men 8 9.6 (White Mountain)
X-Men 40 9.6
X-Men 74 9.4
X-Men 121 9.8

NEW GROUP FROM PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON:
This is a recent addition to the Auction listing and the books come from the Florida Supercon held in Miami two weekends ago. This is a great group of Silver and Bronze Age Marvels and DC’s (over 40 in total). Every comic is in 9.4 and higher grade and EVERY one will be listed without a reserve!. Here are the highlights of this brand new group:

Amazing Spider-Man 39 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man 46 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 122 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 123 9.8
Batman 240 9.8
Captain America 100 9.8
Detective Comics 327 9.6
Detective Comics 353 9.4
Fantastic Four 27 9.4
Green Lantern 85 9.6
Green Lantern 86 9.6
Incredible Hulk 181 9.8
Tales of Suspense 73 9.8
Tales of Suspense 95 9.8
Teen Titans 43 9.4

JUST CERTIFIED LAST MINUTE ADDITIONS FROM PHILLY & FLORIDA SUPERCON:
This final group of books were just graded on Monday, July 9th. It consists of 44 books purchased at the Florida Supercon and from the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con. Many of these are the best and most valuable books purchased at the shows and almost all are in 9.4 and higher grade They were all graded, scanned and uploaded last minute and in time for the auction. Here are the highlights of these just certified high grade books:

Amazing Spider-Man 19 9.4
Amazing Spider-Man 40 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 41 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 47 9.6
Amazing Spider-Man 129 9.8
Avengers 1 9.2
Avengers 4 9.4
Avengers 13 9.6
Avengers 16 9.6
Batman 155 9.2
Batman 237 9.4
Brave and the Bold 55 9.4
Captain Marvel 1 9.4
Daredevil 1 9.2
Daredevil 4 9.6
Daredevil 19 9.6
Dark Mansion 1 9.6
Detective Comics 118 9.2
Detective Comics 316 9.2
Giant-Size X-Men 1 9.4
Green Lantern 5 9.0
Green Lantern 16 9.0
Green Lantern 30 9.4
Green Lantern 34 9.4
Green Lantern 80 9.8
Incredible Hulk 162 9.6
Justice League of America 117 9.4
Marvel Tales 1 9.4
Nick Fury 2 9.6
Nick Fury 3 9.6
Nick Fury 5 9.6
Nick Fury 7 9.6
Nick Fury 9 9.6
Nick Fury 15 9.8
Secret Agent 1 9.6
Tomb of Dracula 1 9.4
Weird Science Fantasy 29 9.6
Wonder Woman 196 9.6
Wonder Woman 217 9.6
X-Men 9 9.2

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-11-12

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Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7/11/12.

Okay so for the first time in InvestComics’ young history; we simply could not make it to the Miami SuperCon. Simply put, automobile died! Heard it was a fantastic show as usual, but we’ll have to turn that page and focus on the New York Comic Con! Love this show for 2 reasons. One, it’s a great show and 2 it’s my hometown! Click on the above to be linked to this incredible show.

There was a recent secret project announcement from Marvel Studios regarding a movie that will be appearing in a few years. That announcement was the Introduction into the Marvel’s Cosmic Galaxy. Guardians of The Galaxy will be the team to kick of Marvel’s neglected Universe. Here’s the thing. If you’ve been a weekly reader of the InvestComics Hot Picks, you would have read that this was going to happen! True, no lie! Check out the Hot Picks article from April 21 2010 right HERE and then check out the calling of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie in the August 8 2010 Hot Picks HERE. Yes of course we have picked lemons too, but when we call something right, it’s fun to point it out!

Hope you enjoyed the 2 part Amazing Spider-Man special. It was a lot of fun to put that together. More like that coming your way soon with the release of the Batman and Superman movies. But for now we go to our regular scheduled program.

All the talk this week is about one comic book. A comic book that flew under the radar for a little bit, but cultivated into a huge success to say the least. It spawned a television show and now it has reached its own milestone status within the comic book collecting industry. That book; The Walking Dead #100. Now with all of the hoopla surrounding this series, let it be known that any collector spending thousands of dollars for a high grade number one issue is probably not making a wise decision. Yes the series is “hot”, yes the television series is “hot”, but where will the series in both realms here go once the boredom sets in? Or once the series reaches its pinnacle, many will probably walk away. Newsflash here, this comic will not be Amazing Fantasy #15 or Iron Man #55 for that matter. Yes it’s a well written book, it’s a fantastically well rounded book actually, but is it well enough to sustain that monetary value over the long run? This collector doesn’t think so. If you’re in the market looking for a book to invest in as far as your collection goes, save your money and get a high grade aforementioned comic like Iron Man #55 (First Thanos).

So with the release of the milestone issue here comes the massive hyperbole of variant covers. Ten covers at last count. That’s absurd, but it is what it is. The absurdity could work in you favor though! If you want to make a quick buck get your hands on a high grade Retailer Incentive Charlie Adlard Cover, slab it and throw it on EBay. It’s a no brainer that you will most likely double your cash from the $250 you originally spent getting this book in the first place. Triple or more if your grade pulls a 9.9. Easy cash here. Not money wisely spent by the buyer of this comic on EBay, but shhhh we won’t tell them.

Chew fans have something to celebrate this week. IDW releases their first spin off of their wildly popular series this week. Chew Secret Agent Polo #1 will sell out quick, expect inflated aftermarket pricing by Saturday after this comic comes out on Wednesday. If you buy into it, flip the comic sooner rather than later. If you want to make a nice pairing to sell, put together Chew #8 (first appearance of Agent Polo) and this number one issue. Watch as the bidding goes up and up.

IDW also greets us this week with another number one issue to check out. The Crow (Vol 4) #1. The Crow’s first appearance of course comes from Caliber Presents #1 from 1989.

Scarlet Spider #7 brings in a new creative team that includes the artistry of Khoi Pham. One of the more enjoyable things about collecting comics is that we as fans can watch creators hone their craft. It’s like watching that childhood sitcom star grow up to become…..well not such a big star, but it’s quite the opposite 99% of the time with comics. Check out one of Khoi Pham’s earliest (if not first) Spider-Man work in What If? Spider-Man The Other #1 (2007).

This week, Batman #11 wraps up one of the most outstanding storylines in recent memory, “The Court of Owls”.

A few number one issues coming your way this week that should be checked out,  Punk Rock Jesus #1, Hoax Hunters #1 and Enormous #1.

….And what’s with DC’s cover of Resurrection Man #11? Boy that character looks familiar. Did he show up to the wrong company?

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That’s it for this week. Remember that every Sunday InvestComics Hot Picks hits the website!

Scroll through some of the covers of the week below.

See you soon, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks – Summer Special

Topher Seal is back with his Summer Special article! Things are heating up outside and so are these gems!

As summer sizzles up there’s sure to be plenty of flea markets, auctions and cons to attend. That means back issue blowouts set up by desperate dealers and rank, aging fanboys will hopefully yield treasures or at least help you scratch some books off your want list.  Here’s a few you sould look for in the first discount longbox you see!

Strange Tales 2 Issue 1

The Rafael Grampa cover (more on him next time!) alone makes this one worth the price but a rare contribution from the creator of The Perry Bible Fellowship is the best reason to buy this creative Marvel offering.

Value: 5.00

Venom 13 Sketch Variant 

Some comics you just have to buy because they define a particular era. The new Venom series has a great writer and a character wearing the suit that we can finally be proud of.  This rare issue features the first appearance of The Circle of Four as well as the first appearance of the Antithesis (a group which mirrors the dark sides of the Circle.)  The ones to remember here are Encephalon and X-666!  Buy it, grade it and stash it in your vault.

Value:  50

New X-men 128

As the Uncanny X-force has become the premiere X book for Marvel there is one member who has recently generated heat similar to Deadpool. Fantomex’s first appearance is hot and Ebay sales of CGC 9.8 grade copies are seeing insane gains.  There’s hope though.  I picked up 2 in NM at a localBostonshop this past weekend.  This is an opportunity to get in early on an obscure character who is fast becoming a popular creation.

Value: 25.00-50.00  Ebay sales of 25-50 in NM and 200-300 in CGC 9.8

X-Men Second Coming 2 (Finch Variant)

Looking for the first appearance of the new Uncanny X-Force?  This is it people.  While others track down all the variants for issue 1of the regular series it is in the issue where Wolverine defies Cyclops and forms the team!

Value:  30

Civil War 2 (Turner Sketch Variant)

This one is a few years old but it features one of the most important storylines ever printed and down the road will be a very valuable book due to content and rarity.

Value:  45.00

Resurrection Man Vol. 1 Issue 1 (2nd Print)

DC’s new 52 issue brings back Mitch Shelly as the tormented Resurrection Man, written by Dan Abnett. Normally I don’t recommend collecting first issues with larger print runs unless you really know what you are doing but this issue is cool because it’s the Resurrection Man’s first appearance!

The 2nd Printing is harder to find than the first.  Look for the Roman numeral 2 which denoted the later printing.

Value: 10.00 for the second printing

Dark Horse Presents Vol. 2 issue 1  (Paul Pope Variant Cover)

There are a lot of wonderful things going on in Dark Horse’s new series.  From Harlen Ellison to Richard Corben it appears as if this new series is picking up right where it left off (see issue 157 with the Goon!)  But the real gem here is a sneak peak at Frank Miller’s Xerxes!  If the series is half as good as 300 look for this book to soar in value.  Plus there’s a wicked cover by an indie favorite.

Value: 20.00

Superman & Batman 80

Appearances of alternate versions or future versions of our favorite heroes often lead to an increase in value.  Part 2 of this intriguing tale concerns Epoch , the Lord of Time and features rare appearances by Damian Wayne as Batman as well as the Batman from the 46th century, Superman 2 and the futuristic duo who deal with what’s called The Greater Darkness?!  Though they all only appear in a single splash page who knows when they all might show up again.  Take a chance on this one as it could become as hard to find as the Superman Batman Annual 4 (also featuring an incredible Batman Beyond story!)

Value:  3.00

Resurrection Man 27 Series Finale

It’s the same old story here…low print run and great writing is the recipe for back issue value.

Oh and check out Resurrection Man One Million for the greatest Mitch Shelly tale ever written!

Value:  8.00

68 (one-shot, covers A & B)

Come on you know that zombies are still hot and even when they cool off it won’t be long before the cycle repeats itself.  With an awesome story, 2 covers and a low print run I suggest buying this book while there’s still a chance you can find it.

Value: 25.00

BLUE CHIP BOOK OF THE MONTH

Tales of Suspense 79 (first cosmic cube)

Whatever Loki’s plans are for the cosmic cube in the upcoming Avengers film you can be sure that this book will see a healthy increase in value!

BONUS!!!

Every month I will update a list of current books that are generating big internet sales and general buzz in the industry.

     1.    Dreamwalker 0 (Avatar) First appearance of the Goon!

Value: 175.00

2.    Avatar Illustrated 1 ( Early Goon )

Value: 150.00

3.   Chew 1

Internet sales continue to climb

Value: 350/CGC 9.8 500-700

4.   Walking Dead 19 ( First Michonne )

See the last Broker Corner article!

5.   New X-men 128 ( first Fantomex )

Value: 50

6.   Batman and Robin Vol. 2 Issue 2 ( first appearance Titus Wayne )

Value: 7.00

7.   The Walking Dead 27 ( first appearance The Governor )

Value: 125.00

8.   Chew 12 ( SDCC Variant )

Value: 40.00

9.   Fear Itself 7 (variant)   First Appearance Marcus Johnson

Value:  9.00

10. Dead Pooh 1

Value:  5.00

IndieCreator – with Musician Ben Semmens

 

 

 

It’s been awhile, Mon Ami.

But Yours Cruelly is back again.

And with a little background music to keep you entertained.

No, seriously.

This week I stray away from film and comics and interview uber-music talent Ben Semmens.

Who is Ben Semmens you say?

Well, I could use words to describe him but that would be plain wrong. The best way to introduce Ben is by way of his music. Take a listen to his cover of Joe Cocker’s YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL …

Ben Semmens – “You Are So Beautiful”

For the rest of Ben’s story, read on …

1) Ben, they say the beauty comes from dark places. Have hard times helped drive the person you are and the music you make today?

(BEN:)  Everyone has hard times, and I guess it’s all about the person dealing with them. I have been known to be in a dark place quite a bit. When I hit bottom, I have to climb back up. And music has been my crutch to do this, so yes, definitely. Without music I would not be here right now.

2) What were you like as a teenager and when did you discover you had musical talent?

(BEN:)  I was a pain as a teenager, but not nasty. I just got bored easily, so I was always playing up. I was a handful, put it that way. My love of music was found via a friend who gave me his guitar, and told me to crack on, so I did (LOL).

Ben Semmens in his younger days.

3) What was the first song you ever wrote and played in public?

(BEN:)  The first time I played live was at a battle of the bands contest in Wales, and the band that I was with at the time, BenSem, won. It was an awesome night! “Apathy” was the first song on the set list, and the first song I ever played live. The first song I ever wrote was called “Bored”, and I have never performed it live.

Ben Semmens – “Apathy”

4) Your first album, “Western Lights”, brought you some notoriety because you were able to build a fan base without a big marketing push. How did you initially get your name out there?

(BEN:)  We did a load of gigs around the UK, and it was really tough on the band. We slogged it out playing everywhere.

The biggest help came with social media, the creation of Myspace was a godsend.  With social media I was able to reach people worldwide. It allowed for the first album I ever released called “Western Lights” to be downloaded by over 70,000 people, which was pretty cool as it was done in a bedroom with a laptop.

Social media has allowed me to grow really strong bonds with my fans, and some of my fans are now really great friends. Without social media that would have taken years to happen. The rest was word of mouth, the best marketing you can get, and the cheapest!

 

5) Incidentally, is Ben Semmens your real name? And if not, what was the genesis of it?

(BEN:)  My real name is Craig Semmens. I created Ben Semmens when I needed to get myself out of the slump I was in. I was in a really dark place. I needed something else to push and drive me. I created an alter ego. Kinda like Batman. LOL

6) Your most recent album (“Outside the Box”)was funded by your fans who brought you to the United States. Tell us about the experience and who was your music producer?

(BEN:)  Pledge Music is awesome, and I have the fans to thank for an amazing experience. My producer was Ben Thomas who is an awesome guy who just oozes magic ( he will like that comment!). He has been really successful with Newton Faulkner, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Ben Taylor. We worked really well together, and he is able to bring to life the musical thoughts in my head, and translate them into what you hear now.

Seriously though, Pledge Music was the greatest experience of my life. I have gained many close friends and an entire family through doing it.

I was concerned about taking the crowd source funding route at first, but as soon as I started I knew it was the right decision. It is an amazing feeling when all your fans pull together to make your dream happen. It was great to go online every day and see them all pulling together to reach the 100% target. The whole process brought me closer to my fans, and allowed me to create music in an environment that I chose, at a time scale I decided. The power of music lovers has made it so that I control my music, which is huge in today’s music industry. It is harder to do music this way, but at least I know that all the decisions are mine, and the music stays true which, let’s face it … is what it’s about.

7) What is your signature song — the one which you think best captures your music, spirit and style?

(BEN:)  I think “Constant Dream” captures what I am all about. I am dark but I have hope, and I think that people can relate to it. I am nothing flashy. I am not anything I am not, just trying to live the dream.  “Constant Dream” also came to me in a dream, and therefore has that little extra “sub-conscious” meaning to me.

Ben Semmens – Constant Dream

8) When you first came up, you were part of a group called BenSem. Whatever happened to the group? Do you see yourselves getting together again when you are fifty, fat and hair-free?

(BEN:)  BenSem had many different members, but I guess it just faded out. The music industry is tough, and we got bashed about a bit. I am not sure if we were ever all on the same page. To be honest, I miss the guys but I can’t ever see us getting back together again. I would like to remember it for what it was.

9) What is the lesson of Ben Semmens that young rogue musicians can learn from? What brought you to the path you are on today?

(BEN:)  All I can say is get ready for knocks and more knocks. If you do music the way I do, you can never stop, you have to keep going, because as soon as you have it, it can be gone as quick. You will make mistakes and you will have to rise above everything, and when you think you can’t take anymore, something else will come and knock you down even further. If you are meant to do this, and this is what you want to do, then no matter what you will rise above it, because you love it!

You need to know yourself and not let anyone make you feel like you aren’t good enough to do it. If you know yourself, have the talent and some great songs, then keep going. You will get there… No one said it would be easy.  And “Think before you speak” is also a good lesson… When you are doing radio shows etc, your words last forever.

Lastly, never underestimate yourself, or those around you.

10) When are you coming back to the States?

(BEN:)  I just returned from my second visit. I spent some time writing, recording some videos, and having a little chill out to recharge the batteries before the album release.

Ben Semmens – Mine

11) OK, since this is technically a comic book site, if you could have any superhero power, what would it be? Did you read any comic books growing up?

(BEN:)  Love comics! I read loads growing up, and I was addicted to Spawn. I think the Joker and I could be best friends, if he’d stop the killing obviously (LOL).  If I could have any superhero power it would be the powers of Dr. Manhattan from the “Watchmen”. Who wouldn’t want to walk on the surface of the sun, and chill out on Mars for a jam session?

12) What are your favorite tracks on your current album? Did you write all the songs?

(BEN:)  I wrote all the songs, bar one. This album is an interesting one for me and where I am in my music career. I see the songs that I write as a reflection of me and where I am in that moment in time. The last two years were pretty dark for me and I think that came out in my writing, in the lyrics. The producer tried to balance the dark with light. He had his work cut out for him! “The Chosen Ones” is one of my favorites because it is about me saying goodbye to what I know and starting new. I also enjoyed writing “Innocent”, as I wrote that on the island. It is a pretty inspiring place to be…

13) Big finale plug the hell out of Ben Semmens. Where can we buy your albums? Where can we follow you online? What is new on the horizon?

You can find me on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/ben.semmens.music

You can tweet me on Twitter – www.twitter.com/bensemmens

You can come and visit me on www.bensemmens.com

You can also download “Constant Dream” from the Western Lights EP at www.noisetrade.com/bensemmens

The new album will be out in August, so to make sure you to miss out, visit www.bensemmens.com and sign up to my mailing list.

All music is available via iTunes, Amazon and more…

2012 is going to be an interesting year for me. I am flying by the seat of my pants and seeing where fate is taking me. I am sure it is going to be an awesome ride…

Thanks Ben. It’ll be our pleasure to listen in. Cheers!

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST. This graphic novel will be in stores on July 5th at a price point of only $12.99. Order your copy at your local comic shop today – tell them the Diamond code is MAR121187! It can also be ordered on Kindle and on Amazon.

Bob has also published COLD BLOODED CHILLERS, the award-winning anthology BONE CHILLER and his end times tome 2012: FINAL PRAYER. BONE CHILLER and 2012: FINAL PRAYER are also available on Amazon.

Bob’s website is www.coldbloodedchillers.com.

Limited Edition THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM available at SDCC

 

HARDCOVER THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM AT COMIC-CON

Special, limited edition collects first 48 issues

Berkeley, CA – July 3, 2012 — Fans of THE WALKING DEAD got a sneak peek at the hardcover edition of THE WALKING DEAD Compendium, Volume One at Emerald City Comicon in March, and now they’ll get a second chance to purchase one of the coveted tomes at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

The one hundred copies of the gold-stamped, hardbound edition brought to Seattle sold out in a matter of minutes, leaving 900 copies left to sell at Comic-Con, which takes place in the San Diego Convention Center on July 11-15. The hardcover Compendium collects issues #1-48 of THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn, and is $100.

Because of the limited quantity, attendees will draw tickets at the Image Comics/Skybound booth (#2729) for a chance to purchase a Compendium. Attendees will draw from a bowl of tickets, and if the ticket they draw is a winner, they will get to purchase one copy of the Compendium. A limited number of Compendiums will be sold each day and are limited to one copy per person. Each attendee may draw tickets only once per day. The tickets will be available each day at the opening of the convention, beginning on July 11 (Preview Night), and will be available until all of that day’s compendiums are sold out.

A paperback edition of the Compendium will also be available at the Skybound for $59.99. A second paperback THE WALKING DEAD Compendium, collecting issues #49-96 was announced today at USA Today.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

ABOUT ROBERT KIRKMAN Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010.  Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He’s the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a  potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer.  www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.

MARVEL NOW “You got X-Men in my Avengers!”

The Future of Comics is Marvel NOW!

Top Comic Book Series ReEvolve With All New #1 Issues Beginning October 2012

 

New York. NY—July 6, 2012— The most popular characters. The most acclaimed creators. The most ambitious stories. This isMarvel NOW!.

 

This Fall, the Marvel Universe heads in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes– Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more– to deliver all-new ongoing series, each beginning with issue #1!Marvel NOW! is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, the groundbreaking new initiative to evolve the comic book experience through innovation.

 

It kicks off  in October’sUncanny Avengers #1, from the superstar dream team of Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force,Venom) and John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Captain America) and continues with jaw-dropping newMarvel NOW! series nearly every week through February.

 

“There’s never been a better time to check out comics thanMarvel NOW!” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “This isn’t a reboot or a reimagining—Marvel NOW! is all about looking forward, building on our rich history of great stories and delivering new ideas.”

 

InUncanny Avengers #1, the Avengers and X-Men must join forces to overcome the greatest challenge either team has ever faced, one so devastating that neither can afford to do it alone! Can Captain America’s newly assembled team find a way to peacefully co-exist while also dealing with the game-changing repercussions of Avengers VS X-Men?

 

Then in November,Marvel NOW! expands to all corners of the universe with launches includingAll-New X-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers VS. X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) and Stuart Immonen (Avengers VS. X-Men #1 Infinite, Fear Itself);Avengers #1 by Jonathan Hickman (Avengers VS X-Men, Fantastic Four) and Jerome Opena (Uncanny X-Force), on-sale in December; andNew Avengers #1, by Hickman and Steve Epting (FF, Captain America), on-sale in January 2013.

 

“We brought fans the biggest comic book event imaginable inAvengers VS. X-Men and now we’re taking the Marvel Universe to an exciting new place, beginning withUncanny Avengers #1,” said Tom Brevoort, SVP, Executive Editor, Marvel Entertainment. “If you’re a long-time fan, all the stories you’ve read will give you even more enjoyment of what’s happening now—we’re not abandoning our past. But if you’re a new reader, this is where you’re going to learn just why Marvel comics are unlike anything else you’ve ever read. And no character is left unaffected byMarvel NOW!.”

Every comic book bearing the Marvel NOW! branding includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on theMarvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue #1 of Marvel NOW! series features special augmented reality content available exclusive through theMarvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

 

“This is the natural next step of theMarvel ReEvolution, as we evolve every facet of Marvel publishing,” explained Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Entertainment. “You’ve seen us craft new digital storytelling formats likeMarvel Infinite Comics and bring added value to our comics with Marvel AR. Now our print comics leap into the future with a cinematic new look for our covers, exciting new designs for our biggest characters and stories that will send you on the kind of journey you can only get at Marvel.”

 

This October, “Join The ReEvolution” asMarvel NOW! kicks off with Uncanny Avengers #1, ushering in a new era for comics and the perfect jumping on point for new readers. The biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW!

 

To commemorate the historic release ofUncanny Avengers #1 on Wednesday, October 10th, participating retailers can host special advance release parties the night before! That’s right, you can experience the biggest new series launch of the year on Tuesday, October 9th at select retailers, who’ll also have limited edition giveaways exclusive to these events.

 

For more onMarvel NOW!, please visit www.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelNOW.

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.comor call 1-888-comicbook.

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

DETECTIVE COMICS, in LAYMAN’S TERMS

DC announced that CHEW creator, John Layman, will be writing DETECTIVE COMICS as of #13. Joining Layman, on art duties, is fan fave Jason Fabok.

Here’s the scoop from DC’s blog:

This fall, John Layman (CHEW) will be writing DETECTIVE COMICS. And joining him to tell his twisted stories about the Dark Knight will be fan-favorite artist Jason Fabok. So what’s in store for DC Comics’ flagship title? We asked the duo to shed some light on what fans can expect from their collaboration.

“Obviously, this is a happily surreal and exciting turn-of-events for my career,” Layman told THE SOURCE. “Not only is this my first work within the DC Universe, but I get to work on one of DC’s undisputedly coolest and highest-profile characters. I’m going to take a look at the role of criminal organizations within Gotham City, hopefully from a perspective that does not get considered very often (if at all). From the symbiotic relationship a master criminal must have with Gotham in order to survive, to the lowly, often faceless criminal underling hoping to rise up the ranks. All that, plus Batman’s gonna play with a bunch of crazy new toys and kick all kinds of butt.”

“First, I want to express how thankful I am to have this opportunity. I am humbled that DC Comics would entrust me with one of their greatest titles,” continued Fabok. “To work on a Batman title has been the number one goal that I set for my career and I am honored to have this opportunity to make my dream become a reality. I’m really hoping to deliver a dark, epic Batman with hints of the art deco stylings of the old animated series and the more modern take seen in recent incarnations. I am hoping to let my influences gush out onto the page and create something that is familiar, classic and yet my own. As for working with John Layman, I couldn’t be more excited. John is a great visual storyteller and he packs every page with meaningful panels that bring the story forward and add incredible depth. Together we hope to deliver a quality Batman tale, filled with mystery, twists, turns, shockers and most of all, fun!”

DETECTIVE COMICS #13 flies into stores on October 3rd. Below, take an exclusive first look at Fabok’s cover for the issue.

2012 Harvey Awards Nominees Announced!

Baltimore Comic Con sent InvestComics this press release regarding the Harvey Award Nominee’s. Check out this list and be sure to vote!!

The Harvey Awards & The Baltimore Comic-Con
Press Release
2012 Harvey Awards Nominees Announced!
Visit www.harveyawards.org for Ballots &  Submission Details!

BALTIMORE, MD (July 2, 2012) — The 2012 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced with the release of the final ballot, presented by the Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry’s most innovative talents, the HarveyAwards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. They will be presented September 8, 2012 in Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected exclusively by creators – those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit, or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field. They are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. Thank you to all that have already participated by submitting a nomination ballot.

Final ballots are due to the Harvey Awards by Friday, August 17, 2012. Full submission instructions can be found on the final ballot. Voting is open to anyone professionally involved in a creative capacity within the comics field. Final ballots are available for download at www.harveyawards.org. Those without Internet access may request that paper ballots be sent to them via mail or fax by calling the Baltimore Comic-Con (410-526-7410) or e-mailing baltimorecomiccon@yahoo.com.

This will be the seventh year for the Harvey Awards in Baltimore, MD. Look for more details soon on how you can attend the Harvey Awards dinner.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. The ceremony and banquet for the 2012 Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th.

Without further delay, the 2012 Harvey Award Nominees:

BEST LETTERER

____ Chris Eliopoulos, FEAR ITSELF, Marvel Comics
____ Laura Lee Gulledge, PAGE BY PAIGE, Amulet Books
____ Todd Klein, S.H.I.E.L.D.: ARCHITECTS OF FOREVER, Marvel Comics
____ David Lanphear, SECRET AVENGERS, Marvel Comics
____ Jason Shiga, EMPIRE STATE: A LOVE STORY (OR NOT), Abrams ComicArts

BEST COLORIST

____ Elizabeth Breitweiser, CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY, Marvel Comics
____ Francesco Francavilla, BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR, Marvel Comics
____ Sunny Gho, ARTIFACTS, Top Cow
____ Dave McCaig, THE MAGDALENA, Top Cow
____ Dave Stewart, HELLBOY: THE FURY, Dark Horse

BEST SYNDICATED STRIP or PANEL

____ BIZARRO, Dan Piraro, syndicated by King Features Syndicate
____ CUL DE SAC, Richard Thompson, syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate
____ DOONESBURY, Garry Trudeau, syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate
____ MUTTS, Patrick McDonnell, syndicated by King Features Syndicate
____ PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, Stephen Pastis, syndicated by United Feature Syndicate

BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK

____ BATTLEPUG, Mike Norton, battlepug.com
____ BUCKO, Erika Moen and Jeff Parker, buckocomic.com
____ DELILAH DIRK AND THE TURKISH LIEUTENANT, Tony Cliff, delilahdirk.com
____ GRONK, Katie Cook, gronkcomic.com
____ HARK! A VAGRANT, Kate Beaton, harkavagrant.com

BEST AMERICAN EDITION of FOREIGN MATERIAL

____ ADVENTURES OF HERGE, Drawn & Quarterly
____ THE KILLER VOL. 3: MODUS VIVENDI!, Archaia Entertainment
____ THE MANARA LIBRARY VOL. 1: INDIAN SUMMER AND OTHER STORIES, Dark Horse
____ ONWARD TOWARD OUR NOBLE DEATHS, Drawn & Quarterly
____ SINGLE MATCH, Drawn & Quarterly

BEST INKER

____ Laura Lee Gulledge, PAGE BY PAIGE, Amulet Books
____ Mark Morales, THOR, Marvel Comics
____ Sal Regla, THE MAGDALENA, Top Cow
____ Joe Rivera, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
____ Jason Shiga, EMPIRE STATE: A LOVE STORY (OR NOT), Abrams ComicArts

BEST NEW SERIES

____ ANGEL & FAITH, Dark Horse
____ ANIMAL MAN, DC Comics
____ DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
____ LAST MORTAL, Top Cow
____ OZMA OF OZ, Marvel Comics
____ RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studio

MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT

____ Nick Bradshaw, ASTONISHING X-MEN, Marvel Comics
____ Nathan Edmondson, WHO IS JAKE ELLIS?, Image Comics
____ Laura Lee Gulledge, PAGE BY PAIGE, Amulet Books
____ Justin Jordan, THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE, Image Comics
____ Sara Pichelli, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, Marvel Comics

SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS

____ Kate Beaton, HARK! A VAGRANT, harkavagrant.com; print edition by Drawn & Quarterly
____ Evan Dorkin, MILK AND CHEESE: DAIRY PRODUCTS GONE BAD, Dark Horse
____ Jeff Kinney, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: CABIN FEVER, Amulet Books
____ Roger Langridge, SNARKED, kaboom!
____ Lela Lee, FAIRY TALES FOR ANGRY LITTLE GIRLS, Abrams ComicArts

BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC PUBLICATION FOR YOUNGER READERS

____ ANYA’S GHOST, First Second
____ DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: CABIN FEVER, Amulet Books
____ FRAGGLE ROCK, IDW
____ MYSTIC, Marvel Comics
____ OZMA OF OZ, Marvel Comics
____ SNARKED, kaboom!

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED

____ BIG QUESTIONS, Drawn & Quarterly
____ DARK TOWER OMNIBUS, Marvel Comics
____ THE DEATH RAY, Drawn & Quarterly
____ ECHOES, Top Cow
____ PS MAGAZINE: THE BEST OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE MONTHLY, Abrams ComicArts
____ S.H.I.E.L.D.: ARCHITECTS OF FOREVER, Marvel Comics

BEST ANTHOLOGY

____ DARK HORSE PRESENTS, edited by various, Dark Horse
____ FLIGHT #8, edited by Kazu Kibuishi, Villard Books
____ JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER, edited by Nate Cosby, Archaia Entertainment
____ SHAME ITSELF, edited by Tom Brennan, Marvel Comics
____ SOMEDAY FUNNIES, edited by Michael Choquette, Abrams ComicArts

BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT

____ BLACKJACKED AND PISTOL WHIPPED: A CRIME DOES NOT PAY PRIMER, Dark Horse
____ THE COMICS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, Abrams ComicArts
____ DEFINITIVE FLASH GORDON AND JUNGLE JIM, IDW
____ WALT DISNEY’S MICKEY MOUSE, Fantagraphics
____ WALT SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR ARTIST’S EDITION, IDW

BEST COVER ARTIST

____ John Tyler Christopher, ARTIFACTS, Top Cow
____ Marcos Martin, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
____ Paolo Rivera, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
____ Mark Simpson (Jock), DETECTIVE COMICS, DC Comics
____ J.H. Williams, BATWOMAN, DC Comics

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, or JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION

____ ALAN MOORE: STORYTELLER, Universe Books
____ THE COMICS JOURNAL, Fantagraphics
____ GENIUS ISOLATED: THE LIFE AND ART OF ALEX TOTH, IDW
____ GOVERNMENT ISSUE: COMICS FOR THE PEOPLE, 1940s-2000s, Abrams ComicArts
____ PS MAGAZINE: THE BEST OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE MONTHLY, Abrams ComicArts

SPECIAL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION

____ JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, designed by Eric Skillman, Archaia Entertainment
____ PS MAGAZINE: THE BEST OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE MONTHLY,
selected by Eddie Campbell, Abrams ComicArts
____ RICHARD STARK’S PARKER: THE MARTINI EDITION, designed by Darwyn Cooke, IDW
____ SOMEDAY FUNNIES, edited by Michael Choquette, Abrams ComicArts
____ WALT SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR ARTIST’S EDITION, edited by Scott Dunbier, IDW

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM ORIGINAL

____ EMPIRE STATE: A LOVE STORY (OR NOT), Abrams ComicArts
____ HABIBI, Pantheon Books
____ INFINITE KUNG FU, Top Shelf Productions
____ JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, Archaia Entertainment
____ ONE SOUL, Oni Press
____ PAGE BY PAIGE, Amulet Books

BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES

____ ATOMIC ROBO AND THE GHOST OF STATION X, Red 5 Comics
____ DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
____ DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: CABIN FEVER, Amulet Books
____ ECHOES, Top Cow
____ RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studio

BEST WRITER

____ Joshua Fialkov, ECHOES, Top Cow
____ Laura Lee Gulledge, PAGE BY PAIGE, Amulet Books
____ Jeff Lemire, ANIMAL MAN, DC Comics
____ Jason Shiga, EMPIRE STATE: A LOVE STORY (OR NOT), Abrams ComicArts
____ Mark Waid, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics

BEST ARTIST

____ Paolo Rivera, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
____ Chris Samnee, CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY, Marvel Comics
____ Jason Shiga, EMPIRE STATE: A LOVE STORY (OR NOT), Abrams ComicArts
____ Craig Thompson, HABIBI, Pantheon Books
____ J.H. Williams, BATWOMAN, DC Comics

BEST CARTOONIST

____ Kate Beaton, HARK! A VAGRANT, harkavagrant.com; print edition by Drawn & Quarterly
____ Jeremy Haun, PILOT SEASON: THE BEAUTY #1, Image Comics
____ Jeff Kinney, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: CABIN FEVER, Amulet Books
____ Roger Langridge, SNARKED, kaboom!
____ Comfort Love & Adam Withers, RAINBOW IN THE DARK, uniquescomic.com/rainbowinthedark
____ Craig Thompson, HABIBI, Pantheon Books

BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY

____ DAREDEVIL #7, Marvel Comics
____ ECHOES #5, Top Cow
____ GANGES #4, Fantagraphics
____ THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE, Top Shelf Productions
____ JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, Archaia Entertainment
____ OPTIC NERVE #12, Drawn & Quarterly
____ ZORRO RIDES AGAIN #1, Dynamite Comics

Congratulations to all of the nominees! If you know a nominee, please pass on the good news using email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Please submit any corrections to baltimorecomiccon@yahoo.com. We try our best to get these right, and want to know if there is an error.

The Harvey Committee and the Baltimore Comic-Con will make every effort to contact all nominees. If you are a nominee and do not hear from us by July 9th, please contact us at baltimorecomiccon@yahoo.com. We would love to discuss your involvement in the ceremony and the Baltimore Comic-Con.

For additional information about Harvey Kurtzman and the Harvey Awards, visit www.harveyawards.org or harveyawards.blogspot.com.

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012

JOKER “faces off” with Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo in BATMAN

What’s bigger than the return of The Joker? The return of the Joker done by SCOTT SNYDER & GREG CAPULLO, the creative team that have been kicking ass since the new 52 began.

Here’s what DC had to say over on their Blog:

This October, one of the most notorious villains in comic book history is making his return to DC COMICS-THE NEW 52. In the new storyline, “Death of the Family,” The Joker will come out of the dark in a horrifying, unnerving, and huge way. And the grave consequences of his reemergence will be felt by not only the Bat-family, but by all of Gotham City.

He crippled Batgirl. He killed Robin. What will The Joker do next? And what must Batman do to protect his secret identity and that of those who fight alongside him? The adventure begins in BATMAN #13 by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion.

“Joker is my favorite villain of all time,” Snyder told THE SOURCE. “Not just in comics. In everything – film, books, TV. He’s the greatest, hands down. So this story is something extremely important and personal to me – something I’ve been building in my head ever since I started working in Gotham. Basically, this is my big exploration of the Joker, my ARKHAM ASYLUM or THE KILLING JOKE, only bigger in scope. Bottom line: it’s the biggest, baddest, most shocking Joker story I could tell. This is Joker completely unleashed. He has been away for a full year planning this revenge, watching, plotting, setting things up. And now he’s back. He has his traps set, his knives sharpened… And wait ’til you see him. Greg’s sketches literally gave me chills. Point blank: This is Joker like you’ve never seen him before. He has a mission. He has a secret. And he has a serious axe to grind with Batman. It isn’t going to be pretty, but it’s going to be a wild ride. Thanks for taking it with us.”

“When Scott told me that he’d written a Joker story for our next arc, I couldn’t contain my excitement,” added Capullo. “Talk about a dream come true! For me, the Joker is the ultimate rogue and the villain I most wanted to draw. I gotta tell you, after hearing what the story is about, this isn’t a dream come true. It’s a nightmare! A macabre and bloody, flesh crawling nightmare. We hope you’ll have the nerve to face what’s coming. Warning: It ain’t for the faint of heart!”

BATMAN #13 hits stores on October 10th. But in the meantime, take an exclusive first look at Capullo’s promotional art for “Death of the Family” below.