Marvel Comics Universe & August 2019 Solicitations Spoilers: Fantastic Four Gets Second Spin-Off?

Marvel Comics Universe and August 2019 Solicitations Spoilers follows.

Fantastic Four Gets Second Spin-Off? This follows the first spin-off announced for August 2019.

Marvel reports:

    Make sure your shelves clear for even more Marvel mags this summer…

    …FANTASTIC FOUR: YANCY STREET #1, written by Gerry Duggan with art and a cover by Greg Smallwood. This new take on the Fantastic Four will explore what happened when Marvel’s First Family took up residence on Yancy Street, much to the chagrin of their new neighbors. But an investigation into some neighborhood vandalism forces the Thing to confront part of his painful past. It only gets more complicated when the Terrible Trio show up!

    Here’s what Duggan had to say about telling this part of the Fantastic Four’s story:

    “Last fall, Greg Smallwood and I got to take a big swing at Doctor Strange in ‘The Best Defense’ and now we’re re-teaming to scratch our Fantastic Four itches. We’re exploring some of the ripples created by their move to Yancy Street, and some classic Jack & Stan villains are invited, too. It’s an oversized love letter to Marvel’s First Family, just in time for Marvel’s 80th birthday.”

    Here is Smallwood’s cover of FANTASTIC FOUR: YANCY STREET #1:

    FANTASTIC FOUR: YANCY STREET #1, written by Gerry Duggan with art and a cover by Greg Smallwood, goes on sale Wednesday, August 21!

What do you think about this one?

Marvel Comics Universe & Avengers #19 Spoilers: Winter Guard Joins Squadron Supreme Of America & Avengers In War Of The Realms Fight? Preview!

Marvel Comics Universe and Avengers #19 Spoiler follows.

Winter Guard Joins Squadron Supreme Of America and Avengers In War Of The Realms Fight?

Now onto the interior pages.

Here’s the current “mirror” Soviet Avengers line-up for the Winter Guard.

Alongside the current Squadron Supreme of America, Malekith better watch out!

So, do these teaser and preview pages intrigue you enough to pick up the book this week?

DC Comics Universe & Action Comics #1011 Spoilers: Superman Takes Back Seat On Road To Event Leviathan As A Fan Favorite Makes Debut Via Preview?!

DC Comics Universe and Action Comics #1011 Spoilers follows.

Superman Takes Back Seat On Road To Event Leviathan As A Fan Favorite Makes Debut?!

Now onto the interior pages.

CBR had the scoop.

So, do these teaser and preview pages intrigue you enough to pick up the issue this week?

Jerry O’Connell, Sydney Poitier Heartsong & Kristian Bruun’s Carter Renewed For Season 2

Jerry O’Connell, Sydney Poitier Heartsong and Kristian Bruun’s Carter Renewed For Season 2.

PBO reports:

    Carter renewed for season two

    The dramedy from Amaze Film + Television goes into production this spring with showrunner Andy Berman joining the team.

    Amaze Film + Television’s lighthearted procedural Carter is getting a second season.

    The series has been renewed by Bell Media’s CTV in partnership with Sony Pictures Television and WGN America.

    Andy Berman, whose credits include Psych and Rosewood, joins the series as showrunner and exec producer while series creator and season one showrunner Garry Campbell returns as an exec producer and writer.

    Production is set to begin this spring in North Bay, ON. Season one of the hour-long comedy rang in at 10 episodes, with the episode count for season two not yet announced.

    The show stars Jerry O’Connell as Harley Carter, an actor who returns to his hometown for a break after an ugly public incident.

    While back, he finds himself making use of his skills as a fictional TV detective when he is roped into various real-life mysteries. Season two picks up with Carter establishing himself as a celebrity private investigator and dealing with a love triangle between his best friend and her new boss.

    Commissioned by Sony Pictures Television for AXN (in Spain, Latin America, Brazil, Japan, Central Europe and Russia) and by Bell Media for Canada, Carter made its premiere on Bravo in May. The show later joined the CTV main network schedule this summer.
    According to Numeris data provided by Bell Media, the comedy made Bravo the #1 specialty channel in its timeslot in 2018. In addition, U.S. channel WGN America, which picked up season one of the series this summer, said the show was its most-watched original series in 2018. The comedy also reached 6.5 million total viewers across Europe in 2018, according to AXN.

    Exec producers on Carter include series star O’Connell, Campbell, Berman and Amaze’s Teza Lawrence and Michael Souther. The show also stars actors Sydney Poitier Heartsong and Kristian Bruun.

    Sony Pictures Television distributes Carter worldwide, while Amaze handles Canadian distribution…

Great news.

DC Comics Universe & August 2019 Solicitations Spoilers: Batman Sees New Dynamic Duo Debut During City Of Bane As Flashpoint Batman Takes On A Super-Powered Sidekick!

DC Comics Universe and August 2019 Solicitations Spoilers follows.

Batman Sees New Dynamic Duo Debut During City Of Bane As Flashpoint Batman Takes On A Super-Powered Sidekick! Solicitations and covers below.

BATMAN #76
written by TOM KING
art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL
card stock variant cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO

“City of Bane” continues! Bane has taken over Gotham City, and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least, not a Batman anyone recognizes. Flashpoint Batman is now patrolling the city, dispensing a violent brand of justice and taking out rogue villains who haven’t yet signed on with Bane. It’s all building to a rebellion among the bad guys who don’t want to play along— and distrust in those who do! Meanwhile, a surprising ally has come to Bruce Wayne’s aid, nursing him back to health so that he can get back to his city.

ON SALE 08.07.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

BATMAN #77
written by TOM KING
art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL
variant cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

“City of Bane” continues! The last of the independent villains are on the run, leaving Gotham City entirely to Bane and his cronies—including Flashpoint Batman and Gotham Girl! Though this means a semblance of peace on the streets, the iron grip of tyranny is squeezing all life out of Gotham. And with Bane’s machinations keeping other heroes out, the city really needs the Batman to return. Is Bruce Wayne ready to face his toughest foes yet…his father and the man who broke his back?

ON SALE 08.21.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.

Awesome.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME Behind The Scenes Image Reveals A Scrapped Moment With Kraglin The Final Battle

Avengers: Endgame featured a lot of high-profile cameos but a newly surfaced behind the scenes photo reveals that Sean Gunn's Kraglin was also supposed to receive the spotlight during the final battle...

JUSTICE LEAGUE’s Zack Snyder Reflects On Introducing WONDER WOMAN And Nearly Casting Zoe Saldana As Lois Lane

In a rare interview, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder talks about his decision to bring Wonder Woman to the DCEU and reflects on nearly casting Zoe Saldana as Lois Lane...

Blu-Ray Giveaway – How To Train Your Dragon 3

We’re lucky enough to have been given a number of Blu-Ray versions of How To Train Your Dragon 3.

How do you enter? Easy.

Email me at Kubryk@InsidePulse.com with “Dragon” in the subject line. We’ll need your address to mail it to, as well.

If you’ve won before you’re ineligible for this. Friends and family of anyone who works for InsidePulse now or in the past are also disqualified. Contest ends 5/19/19. Winners will be notified privately and independently.

DC Comics Universe & August 2019 Solicitations Spoilers: Legion Of Doom’s Sinestro & Teen Titans Escapee Black Mask Get DC’s Year Of The Villain Spotlight!

DC Comics Universe and August 2019 Solicitations Spoilers follows.

Legion Of Doom’s Sinestro and Teen Titans Escapee Black Mask Get DC’s Year Of The Villain Spotlight! Solicitations and covers below.

SINESTRO: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1
written by MARK RUSSELL
art and cover by BRANDON PETERSON

As the universe tilts towards doom, great forces awake in an effort to stop Lex Luthor’s mad plans. Dispatching Sinestro, Luthor sends the former Green Lantern to bring these old gods under control or destroy them before they reach Earth. Now, wielding the power of the ultraviolet spectrum, Sinestro finds his new foes even more dangerous and perplexing than he expected, when realizes any damage he inflicts is immediately repaired.

ON SALE 08.07.19
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES
FC | RATED T+

BLACK MASK: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1
written by TOM TAYLOR
art by CULLY HAMNER
cover by MITCH GERADS

Black Mask was one of Gotham City’s most ruthless crime lords. He had money, power and respect. But after months in the Teen Titans’ secret prison, Roman Sionis is finally free. Given a new purpose and new abilities thanks to Lex Luthor’s offer, he’s found a new racket. Corporate crime not only pays better, but it’s far less dangerous. At least until Batwoman discovers what he’s up to and plans to put an end to Black Mask’s latest power grab. Is Black Mask the same crime boss he’s always been, or has time and a new approach made him something far more unstoppable than he’s ever been?

ON SALE 08.14.19
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES
FC | RATED T+

Intrigued?

WWE Elaborates On WWE 24/7 Championship & Which Brands Impacted? Raw, Smackdown Live, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK & More?! Spoilers!

WWE Elaborates On WWE 24/7 Championship and Which Brands Impacted? Raw, Smackdown Live, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK & More?! Spoilers!

On its debut on Raw this week, the first 3 champions were crowned.

However, WWE had more to say on the new belt:

    Mick Foley announces new 24/7 Championship

    Live on Raw, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley revealed the all-new 24/7 Championship, a title that can be contested anytime, anywhere, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as long as a WWE official is present. The title will be eligible to Superstars on Raw, SmackDown LIVE, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK and even WWE Legends and Hall of Famers.

    The new championship calls to mind the “24/7 Rule” of the retired Hardcore Championship, of which Foley was the initial bearer in 1998. Superstars can challenge for the title whenever or wherever they choose, meaning that any 24/7 Champion will always have a massive target on their back.

    Shortly after the title was revealed, Titus O’Neil snared the prize in a scramble to became WWE’s first-ever 24/7 Champion, but Robert Roode capitalized less than a minute later to score a pinfall victory. That reign was also brief, however, as R-Truth pinned The Glorious One in the parking lot area shortly after.

    This is just a taste of the chaos in store with the new 24/7 Championship, which can change hands on Raw, SmackDown LIVE, WWE Network shows, WWE Live Events or even on social media. Now, more than ever, anything can happen in WWE.

Not sure how I feel about this new strap.

LONGBOX JUNK #1 SPECIAL COLLECTOR EDITION (Variant H – Kid Colt Outlaw)

Welcome back to Longbox Junk, the home of comic reviews that nobody ever asked for!   I'm celebrating my 175th review by following the lead of major comic publishers and giving you a completely unnecessary reboot and renumbering. . .including a ...

STRANGER THINGS 3: Netflix Welcomes Summer In Hawkins With A Shirtless Lifeguard Billy In New Teaser

Winter is finally over, which means its time to turn your attention to Netflix as the streaming service gears up for summer and the premiere of Stranger Things 3. Check out the newest teaser below...

Murtz On The Scene: The Voice 16 Finale – Exclusive Interview With Maelyn Jarmon

On Monday night’s performance finale of The Voice, finalists Andrew Sevener, Dexter Roberts, Gyth Rigdon and Maelyn Jarmon squared off for the final time before the winner is crowned. The contestants were each asked to sing a solo cover, a new song and a duet with their respective coach.

I caught up with Maelyn Jarmon on the red carpet immediately after the show to get her take on her final competitive performances of the season. I told Maelyn that I ran into her entire family as they were staying at the same LA hotel that I was and she discussed the amount of support she has back home. I told Maelyn that I saw her as the Daenerys of the competition as she was the only female in this year’s finale and was squaring off against three male members of Team Blake and we chatted about whether this was an advantage or disadvantage. We talked about how The Voice is almost always dominated by country artists and if Maelyn felt like she was bringing something different to the table. I asked Maelyn if she thought that her closing cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ was her best performance of the night. Finally, we chatted about her rapport with John Legend.

Check out the video above!

Murtz On The Scene: The Voice 16 Finale – Exclusive Interview With Gyth Rigdon

On Monday night’s performance finale of The Voice, finalists Andrew Sevener, Dexter Roberts, Gyth Rigdon and Maelyn Jarmon squared off for the final time before the winner is crowned. The contestants were each asked to sing a solo cover, a new song and a duet with their respective coach.

I caught up with Gyth on the red carpet immediately after the show to get his take on his final competitive performances of the season. I asked him to breakdown the night for me. I talked to Gyth about his decision to sing an original song on the finale and why he decided to take the risk. We also chatted about the fact that three Team Blake members were competing against each other (and Maelyn from Team John Legend) and if that had any affect on their dynamic. We also talked about why Blake Shelton is so good at winning The Voice.

Check out the video above!

Murtz On The Scene: The Voice 16 Finale – Exclusive Interview With Andrew Sevener

On Monday night’s performance finale of The Voice, finalists Andrew Sevener, Dexter Roberts, Gyth Rigdon and Maelynn Jarmon squared off for the final time before the winner is crowned. The contestants were each asked to sing a solo cover, a new song and a duet with their respective coach.

I caught up with Andrew Sevener on the red carpet immediately after the show to get his take on his final competitive performances of the season. I asked him for his thoughts about the night and how he joked that his last name is ‘Sevener’ and that his coach, Blake Shelton, is going for his seventh win. I asked him what it was like to go up against two fellow Team Blake members in the finale and what their camaraderie has been like given that only one of them could be named the winner. I also asked Andrew why country artists seem to always perform well on The Voice.

Check out the video above!

Murtz On The Scene: The Voice 16 Finale – Exclusive Interview With Dexter Roberts

On Monday night’s performance finale of The Voice, finalists Andrew Sevener, Dexter Roberts, Gyth Rigdon and Maelyn Jarmon squared off for the final time before the winner is crowned. The contestants were each asked to sing a solo cover, a new song and a duet with their respective coach.

I caught up with Dexter Roberts on the red carpet immediately after the show to get his take on his final competitive performances of the season. I asked Dexter to give me his rundown of the night. I also talked to Dexter about his time on another reality competition show and whether his experience there gave him an advantage on The Voice this season. We talked about the fact that he was battling against two fellow Team Blake members (and Maelynn from Team John Legend) and if that presented any difficulty for him. We also talked about his relationship with his coach and what advice Blake gave him.

Check out the video above!

Undervalued Spotlight #446

Four Color Comics #46, Eastern Color, June 1944. This week’s Undervalued Spotlight was again inspired by my current Covered 365: project. It’s been an eye-opening experience and as the days roll by certain trains of thought take me away and one such thought rode me right to this week’s Undervalued Spotlight pick, Four Color Comics […]

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WWE Raw 5/20/19 – 24/7 Title Debuts

Heyman and Brock come out with Brock bopping the case to his head like it’s a boom box while Heyman is in a tremendous dark blue and white window pane shirt. An MITB recap airs before Heyman talks about Brock as a destructive force for either Kofi or Seth before talking about his father Tricky Dicky Dangerously. He says the good news for Seth is that he doesn’t have to face everyone in the world – but the bad news is that he’ll have to face Brock. Seth comes down and then Kofi yammers on about being the wild card. Kofi says he wants to be remembered as one of the best WWE Champions ever – and he has to beat the best every night. Heyman says tonight, they came to him and they can view this as a way to audition for Brock – but tonight, they’ll have a match.

Sami complains to Lashley about being beaten up last night and being forced to face Braun, and he’s sorry for what happened before, but he wants to give Braun a chance to soften up Braun for Super Showdown. Sami jumps Braun backstage, and this leads to Braun must massacring him in the ring in under a minute. A Lars recap airs and the LHP beats him up a bit before he destroys them again. An AJ-Seth video airs before we see AJ talk to a guy backstage. Ricochet comes ou and we see him backstage before the show with Cesaro insulting him.


Cesaro has a new theme that fits in perfectly with the Swiss Superman moniker – it’s a main event-level theme, so of course he’s just out in trunks. Cesaro sends him high up with a backdrop and catches him off a dive and tosses him into the apron. Cesaro lands an awesome-looking reverse press slam into a backbreaker and then the Neutralizer ends it. AJ is backstage and bickers for a bit with Corbin – so now AJ gets to at least attempt to have a good match with Corbin.

Roman comes down and then Shane talks about doing what he wants, when he wants. Drew is out as Shane’s hired muscle and then we see that Alexa will have Becky as her guest tonight. Shane and Drew bump into Miz, who gets cut down by Drew. The Revival faces The Usos in a really good match. The Top Guys showcased their skills and Wilder landed a nice run-up tornado DDT on the floor off the barricade. A backdrop misdirection into an O’Connor roll from Dawson gives them the win.

Alexa knocks Nikki for not winning and then the Top Guys come back and celebrate and say they should be her next guests. Alexa comes out for her show with Nikki and takes all of her coffee. Becky comes out and then the IIconics are annoying as all Hell and brag about having two belts and then Becky threatens to defeat them and become Becky 3 Belts before Lacey comes down. The IIconics want a fight and Nikki volunteers and Becky makes Alexa part of the match.

Becky knocks Billie down to start before bringing Beyton in. Nikki tags in and takes Peyton down and gets 2 off a bulldog. The IIconics come in and hit a double kick before posing and Lacey tags in. Becky attacks Billey and Billie takes some awkward bumps and then Becky beats her with a dropkick and second rope legdrop.


Mick says that they need to put the RAW back into Monday Night Raw. Mick debuts the green and gold 24/7 Title, akin to the hardcore title and it’s open to anyone on the Raw, SD, NXT, NXT UK, 205 Live, and maybe even a WWE Legend. The person who grabs the belt tonight becomes champion. Eric Young has added giant back tattoos for whatever reason. This is almost exactly as stupid as the TNA reverse battle royal, but so much worse because it’s for an actual title we’re supposed to care about. The Good Brothers grab it, but get interrupted by EC3 and Jose. Titus beats up Rockstar Spud and grabs the belt – so he’s the first 24/7 Champion. Robert Roode schoolboys him to win it. EC3’s attempt to lumber forward in a way that resembles running is something else.

Cole does an exposition dump on the opening segment with Brock, Kofi, and Seth. Roode should probably not twirl in place when trying to run away. Miz comes out to face Drew, who has Shane by his side. Drew chops him but gets tripped up on the apron before hitting a big suplex mid-ring. The third hour is SAVED – the Raw logo has a black background instead of white on the LED graphics! Miz gets a figure four, but Drew escapes and eats a baseball slide. Shane jumps Miz and Drew hits a claymore to end it. Shane wants a coast to coast, but Roman runs down to save Miz.

Backstage, Lashley and Corbin talk before Roode runs and then all the other geeks go after him. EC3 STILL ATTEMPTING TO RUN is hilarious. Spud apologizes to them, so I guess he farted or pissed himself again. Rey’s win over Joe is shown and Rey suffered a separated shoulder on the uranage. Joe gets a goofy giant name graphic before saying that Joe respects Rey’s reputation and he knows Rey is honorable, so he’ll give him the belt back or he’ll destroy him. Rey broke Joe’s nose and it’s enormous.

Truth throws Roode into his trunk and misdirects everyone and then uses a ref to become 24/7 Champion. Kofi comes down and his win last night is shown. The tag main event is now a no DQ match. Corbin jumps Seth and lumbers around. Lashley eats an jumping enzuiguri and Lashley eats a superkick with a chair. Brock comes down and trolls them before leaving and ending the show. Well, the Revival match was quite good – but this 24/7 Title is a disaster.

CAPTAIN MARVEL Deleted Scene Shows A Happier Moment Between Vers And Yon-Rogg

It seems an earlier version of the Captain Marvel script was going to use a scene where Yon-Rogg teaches Kree recruits about the Skrulls as a moment to define the ongoing war between the two factions.

Disney’s ALADDIN: New Clip Offers A Special Look At Princess Jasmine’s Original Song “Speechless”

Walt Disney Studios has released another behind-the-scenes featurette that puts the spotlight on Naomi Scott's Princess Jasmine, who will sing a new original song written for the live-action adaptation.

This INJUSTICE 2 Cyborg Superman Statue Showcases Hank Henshaw At His Worst

Prime 1 Studios is back again with another awesome, insanely detailed statue. This time, the focus is Cyborg Superman, complete with multiple poses, a Brainiac inspired base and interchangeable arms.

First Look at Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora’s Once & Future, From Boom Studios in August

Boom Studios has released a first look at Once & Future #1, the extra-sized first issue of a new limited series from Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Darth Vader) and Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus), introducing retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her unsuspecting grandson Duncan as they prepare for battle against a rising evil that plans to take over the country to bring it back to its former glory.

Duncan McGuire is having a terrible day and a terrible date when his grandmother’s retirement home calls with an emergency. Little does he know, the emergency is actually the emergence of a villain from Arthurian legend, being summoned back from the dead by a group of Nationalists to serve their cause. And the only person who knows how to stop them is . . . his grandmother, Bridgette McGuire, ex-monster hunter and lifelong badass. Duncan is soon swept up into a world of magic and myth as he comes face-to-face with the legends from England’s past and his own complicated family history, as he and his gran fight for their country’s future.

Once & Future #1, will be on sale on August 14th, 2019.

First Look at Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora's Once And Future, From Boom in August First Look at Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora's Once And Future, From Boom in August First Look at Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora's Once And Future, From Boom in AugustFirst Look at Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora's Once And Future, From Boom in August

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FALCON & THE WINTER SOLDIER Gets A Director; Daniel Bruhl & Emily Van Camp To Reprise CIVIL WAR Roles

Some exciting new details on the upcoming Disney+ Falcon and The Winter Soldier series have been revealed, including who will direct the 6-episode run, and which other cast members are set to return...

AVENGERS: ENDGAME Directors Share An Awesome New BTS Photo Of The Team In Their Original Costumes

Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been sharing new behind-the-scenes shots from the film ever since the spoiler ban lifted, but this photo might just be the best one yet. Check it out.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 Sets Its Sights On A Prime Summer 2021 Release Date

Hot on the heels of its franchise-best opening weekend, Lionsgate has officially set a release date for John Wick: Chapter 4, which will undoubtedly see Keanu Reeves' return as the titular assassin.

Marvel Launches 4-Part Web Series ‘X-Men: Seminal Moments’

Have you always wanted to be able to explain to your friends and family who don’t read comics who the heck the X-Men are? If the answer is yes, then Marvel Comics is doing you a favor with their upcoming X-Men: Seminal Moments four-part web series which will release this week.

Marvel Launches 4-Part Web Series 'X-Men: Seminal Moments'

Episodes 1-3 will be available beginning this week (with 4 coming next week) and will feature a retrospective on four different comic book issues that redefined who and what the X-Men were for generations of fans: 1975’s Giant-Size X-Men No. 1, which introduced Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Wolverine to the team; 1991’s X-Men No. 1, which reunited past and present members of the team before splitting them into two different teams for the next decade; 1995’s Age of Apocalypse, where an alternate reality overtook the line and offered a new take on the franchise; and 2001’s New X-Men No. 114.

Big names in the X-books like Chris Claremont, Larry Hama, Adam Kubert, and Jonathan Hickman are slated to make appearances on the series.

Episode 2 is coming on May 22nd, episode 3 on May 24th, and episode 4 on May 28th ahead of the theatrical release of Dark Phoenix, the last of the Fox-studios X-Men films on June 7th.

Enjoy episode 1 below:

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The Best 4K TV Deals of 2019: Dell Memorial Day Sale is Now Live

If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use.

if you're looking for the best deal possible on the TV of your dreams, you've reached the right page. TV deals are somewhat seasonal; there are definitely more sales during certain times of the year, especially during the winter holiday season. However, there are always great deals to be had as long as you know where to look. We've gotten our hands dirty and found the best TV deals currently available, just for you. All the vendors we post are legitimate, reputable, and well-established. However, for larger TVs we definitely recommend choosing a store with an easy in-store return policy because shipping back large TVs is a huge pain. For smaller TVs though, we'd recommend buying from anywhere that's the cheapest.

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The Chosen Ones: Buffy’s New Slayers Get Their Own Comic in August

Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios has revealed that all those new slayers that have been featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer variant covers will be getting their own comic in August when BOOM! releases Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Chosen Ones #1, an oversized one-shot. Mairghread Scott, Ornella Savarese, and Celia Lowenthal will be amongst the creators featured in the comic, which also features covers by Evan Cagle, Helen Yoon, and Alexa Sharpe.

Check out the press release below for more details.

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 20, 2019) – BOOM! Studios has announced an oversized one-shot comic book BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: THE CHOSEN ONES #1 that will debut on August 28, 2019, in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products.

Buffy Summers is the “Chosen One” who must defend Sunnydale from vampires, demons and those regular monsters called high schoolers…but she wasn’t the first. Now, discover the first full appearances of the Slayers from past eras first seen on special variants covers to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER in this landmark one-shot.

In 18th century California, a young woman discovers she’s the Chosen One and changes the course of Slayer history forever, in a new story from writer Mairghread Scott (Batgirl) and artist Ornella Savarese, that also reveals the hidden origins of the Hellmouth; the new Slayer first seen on the cover to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #2 comes to life in 14th century Italy from writer and artist Celia Lowenthal (Over The Garden Wall: Hollow Town), and more.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: THE CHOSEN ONES #1 features a main cover by illustrator Evan Cagle, along with a variant cover by artist Helen Yoon featuring a Slayer from 16th century Marusthali, India and a cover by artist Alexa Sharpe (Rolled and Told).

“Buffy might be the Slayer you know best, but she’s not the only incredible woman to be a Chosen One—and you’re getting the first appearance of three new Slayers in this issue, as well as the never-before-seen origins of the Sunnydale Hellmouth!” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Mairghread, Ornella, Celia, and Alexa dig into the secret origins of these important characters from the past who’ll have a huge impact on Buffy’s future!”

Buffy The Vampire Slayer premiered on the WB Network on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as “Buffy Summers.” Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends called the “Scooby Gang.”

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott from Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury The Lede from Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Grass Kings from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins; and Klaus from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Danielle Di Nicuolo.

Print copies of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: THE CHOSEN ONES #1 will be available for sale on August 28, 2019 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER comic books, graphic novels and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. And follow Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Napoleon Dynamite is Getting a Comic Book Sequel For Some Reason

It’s been fifteen years since Napoleon Dynamite first hit theaters, which is plenty of time to forget it ever existed and move on with out lives. Unfortunately, IDW has decided to remember… and force us all to remember… with a new comic book mini-series continuing the events of the cult classic film. Carlos Guzman-Verdugo and Alejandro Verdugo will write the comic, with art by Jorge Monlongo. The series launches in August. Check out the details in the press release below.

Napoleon Dynamite Comes to Flippin’ Sweet Comics from IDW Publishing

What Will Napoleon Do to Save Pedro from Being Impeached? “Whatever He Feels Like He Wants to Do… GOSH!”

SAN DIEGO, CA (May 20, 2019) – Get ready for something more delicious than a pocketful of tots: the breaking news that IDW Publishing will be bringing Napoleon Dynamite, the beloved cult classic, to comic books in September!

Written by the sibling team of Carlos Guzman-Verdugo and Alejandro Verdugo (of the outrageous indie sensation Time Cheetah), with art by Jorge Monlongo (Adventure Time), the new four-issue Napoleon Dynamite series takes us back to Idaho, where Napoleon’s best friend Pedro is student body president. But the good times might not last when a fellow student accuses Pedro of cheating in the election. Can Napoleon and Deb use their special skills to clear their friend before the principal can “Impeach Pedro”?

“Napoleon Dynamite is a pop-culture staple, a coming-of-age cult classic that spoke to the weirdo in all of us,” says Alejandro Verdugo. “It’s an honor to have the chance to expand on the lives of Napoleon, Deb, and Pedro — characters that continue to resonate to this day. I still see people wearing ‘Vote for Pedro’ t-shirts!”

“With this new story, we’re focusing on matching the movie’s unique tone, finding that perfect blend of oddball comedy and charming slice-of-life drama. It’s certainly been a challenge but one we’re sure will pay off for long-time fans. And the best part: we get to rewatch a lot of Napoleon Dynamite!” says Carlos Guzman-Verdugo.

Editor Tom Waltz says, “Fifteen years ago, an unsuspecting world was introduced to the bizarre cinematic world of Napoleon Dynamite… and it was flippin’ sweet! And now we have the freakin’ awesome opportunity to show off our really good comic-book-making skills with a tale that picks up right where Napoleon and his friends left off. It’s almost like we borrowed Uncle Rico’s mail-order time machine… and it actually worked this time!”

Napoleon Dynamite #1 will debut with a cover by Sara Richard (My Little Pony), with special Photo Edition and Jorge Monlongo “Swords and Sorcery and Sci-Fi and Skills” variant covers available, as well.

For information on how to secure copies of the Napoleon Dynamite comic book series, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

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2 Reasons to Hate Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men Relaunch and 2 Reasons to Love It [X-ual Healing]

When we first learned that Jonathan Hickman would be taking over the X-Men in July, I was a little worried. When I learned that Hickman’s two six-issue mini-series would lead to a full relaunch of the X-Men line, I was less than thrilled. Having had some time to think about it, my feelings remain mixed. And what better way to convey mixed feelings than with a listicle?

With that in mind, here’s two reasons I’m not looking forward to the Hickboot…

Hickman’s superhero comics can be far too long, slow, and boring.

Seriously, nobody needs a 100-issue epic requiring complex charts and symbols to explain. The X-Men are at their best as soap opera drama with powers, and I’m not sure they really benefit from an intellectual approach. Just give me mutant makeout sessions, impassioned arguments about the role of mutantkind, time travel nonsense, and characters struggling against their natures and overcoming their flaws. Hickman might deliver some of that… but it just doesn’t seem ambitious enough for him and I fear we’re going to get some grand tale where the characters serve the story instead of the other way around. I got bored reading Hickman’s Avengers run sometime around the first super-mega-crossover event, Infinity, and I completely skipped the rest of it, including the entire Secret Wars super-mega-crossover event. But when it comes to the X-books, I’m physically unable to stop reading them, no matter how bad they get.

Relaunching comic books is stupid.

For decades, comics were capable of both adding readers and ushering in “new eras” without relaunching with a new #1 issue. In fact, Chris Claremont’s long run as writer of Uncanny X-Men itself contained several different eras without rebooting the title once. But nowadays, especially at Marvel, it seems like titles get rebooted every 10-20 issues, sometimes without even changing a creative team. Not only is this confusing even for longtime readers, but it also makes the books feel less “important,” at least to me, though your mileage may vary. It’s particularly egregious when it comes to the X-Books because Uncanny X-Men just returned six months ago and it’s already slated to be canceled and, presumably, rebooted after the Hickboot, though there’s no guarantee the flagship title will actually be called Uncanny X-Men.

The bottom line is that Marvel has a relaunch problem, and even without Hickman involved, we probably would have gotten a relaunch of the X-Books sooner than later anyway… but that doesn’t mean we have to like it.

But despite these misgivings, the prospects of Hickman taking over X-Men isn’t all bad. There’s some reasons to be excited as well. Here’s two of them…

Hickman will bring prestige to the X-Men again.

One of the big benefits of Jonathan Hickman taking over the X-Men is that Marvel will have no choice but to finally treat the X-Men with the respect they deserve. In his initial interview about the relaunch with ComicBook.com, Hickman flat out stated this as one of the goals:

So I argued for cancelling the entire line: Why it would work, why it was a good idea, and most importantly, why it was what we needed to do narratively to return the X-Men to their rightful prominent position in the Marvel Universe.

The problem the X-Men have suffered from, basically since Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men, along with the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was Marvel intentionally downplaying the importance of the X-Men in favor of the Avengers because Fox owned the movie rights to X-Men. This led to the cancellation of the Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon, the elimination of X-Men merchandise, and the comics taking a backseat to other franchises Marvel viewed as more lucrative in terms of multimedia synergy.

Rob Liefeld said this as well when talking about the project that would later be revealed to be Major X:

Here’s the deal. Since the X-Men movies came out and Disney didn’t have them, I don’t know if you’ve ever paid attention, but Marvel kind of turned the volume down on the X-Men for almost 20 years. Now that they have them more, what was told to me was, ‘Oh yeah. Our budgets on the X-Men books are back up to what they used to be because now we own them all.’

Jonathan Hickman is one of the few “names” in comics that will confer a legitimate “A-List” feel to the X-Men, so in that regard, we couldn’t possibly be happier.

Hickman seems very committed to doing something “different” with the X-Men.

In his interview with ComicBook.com, Hickman described recent X-Men stories as “a nostalgic feedback loop” where “everyone is telling X-Men stories about other X-Men stories.” And he has a point. Marvel and Hickman have promoted this relaunch as a seminal moment in X-Men history, akin to Giant Size X-Men #1. If we take them at their word — and I understand that’s an iffy prospect considering Marvel hypes literally every single project they do as changing the Marvel Universe forever — then Hickman isn’t planning to rehash old stories here. He legitimately intends to look to the future of the X-Men and not the past. And if that’s truly the case, then it’s definitely a good thing.

Alright, enough of that. Time to get to recapping last week’s X-Books…


Sworn to sell comics for Marvel executives who feared and hated the fact that Fox owned their movie rights, The Uncanny X-Men suffered great indignities, but with a corporate merger on the way, the X-Men can finally get back to doing what they do best: being objectively the best franchise in all of comics.


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Uncanny X-Men #18
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Carlos Villa (CA) Whilce Portacio
• First…the X-Men lose one of their own.
• Then…the new Black King of the Hellfire Club makes a move.
Rated T+
In Shops: May 15, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The issue opens with Wolverine telling Magick he’s leaving the X-Men and warning her not to trust them. Then we cut to the subway, where the X-Men (sans Wolverine) confront the Marauders over slaughtering the Morlocks. The Morlocks deny any knowledge of this, but Chamber, who was living with the Morlocks before the massacre, attacks. After a brief battle, the Marauders surrender, but Chamber goes all Daenerys Targaryen on them and burns them all. A charred Harpoon stabs Chamber through the chest and Hope shoots Harpoon in the head. The X-Men leave, and the Marauders are all dead.

The X-Men arrive at Harry’s hideaway to find the place on fire. Juggernaut heads inside to rescue Warlox (what they’re calling Warlock using a Madrox dupe as a host body) and Dark Beast, but Kwannon is nowhere to be found. Mister Sinister is there. He says he came to talk, but when he realized the X-Men were murdering the Marauders, he decided to pull a Seth Rollins and burn it down. A battle ensues, in which Sinister calls on a bunch of Sinister clones (or something), who all merge together into one giant Sinister. Havok goes nuclear to defeat Mega-Sinister, but this causes Havok to almost lose molecular cohesion.

The X-Men relocate to a new headquarters, a swanky apartment set up by Karma. Havok recuperates in bed, though he is now in a semi-ghostlike state. Karma tells Mirage that the new headquarters is a goodbye present because she’s leaving the X-Men, hopefully not to get murdered like Wolfsbane. Cyclops and Havok have a brief chat about Emma Frost, who neither remembers knowing, and Cyclops leaves to call Captain America, who passed him his digits a few issues ago. But on the final page, we see Emma and Mystique chilling at the Hellfire club and Mystique gets a call on her cellphone from Scott Summers. Oh snap!

The Uncanny X-Men farewell tour rockets toward its conclusion ahead of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men relaunch and I have to admit, knowing this is all going to get essentially rebooted in a few months takes away some of the gravity of Matthew Rosenberg’s bloodthirsty killing spree. Still, nostalgia is as nostalgia does, and Uncanny X-Men has been playing the X-Men’s greatest hits, which continues to be satisfying in its own right.

 

3 Reasons Hickman's X-Men Will Be the Worst, 2 Reasons It Will Be The Best [X-ual Healing]

Age of X-Man: NextGen #4
(W) Ed Brisson (A) Marcus To (CA) Chris Bachalo
THE AGE OF X-MAN CONTINUES!
• The Age of X-Man is coming apart at the seams!
• The students are working on multiple fronts, but they need to put the pieces together before someone finds out!
• Someone may already be onto their trail!
Rated T+
In Shops: May 15, 2019
SRP: $3.99

As the issue opens, Armor walks in on Glob Herman covering Rockslide’s head in his body wax in an attempt to protect him from mindwiping and bring him into the fold of people who see what’s truly going on in the Age of X-Man. Unfortunately, the sticky festivities will have to wait because Armor explains what happened last issue, with Pixie catching her talking to Anole and probably alerting the authorities right now. They need to go to the address Anole gave Armor. They head off campus, brushing off an invite to dinner from Shark-Girl, as Pixie does indeed rat them out to Sunfire and Angel.

At Maggott’s safehouse, where Anole’s clique of radical Apocalypse followers are hiding out, Anole arrives and warns them that the X-Men may be onto them and they need to proceed with their plan of blowing up the library ASAP. Back at the school, the X-Tremists arrive and begin investigating Armor’s disappearance, soon learning that she left campus with Glob and Rockslide. Speaking of which, the trio arrive at Maggott’s safehouse and immediately get into a fight with the group, despite protestations that they are sort of on the same side, when Glob mouths off about how Apocalypse is a villain in the real world. During the fight, Rockslide finds the blueprints to the library and the kids realize what’s going on. They rush to stop Anole, but arrive just as the library is blowing up. Whoops!

The Age of X-Man has been a disappointing event as a whole, but some of the minis have been really good, and NextGen is one of them. Of course, that’s because characters like Glob, Armor, Rockslide, and Anole are excellent and thrive in pretty much any setting. Give me an endless supply of stories starring the X-teens, please!

Congratulations to the creative team on winning the Wolverine’s Weiner X-Pick of the Week!

3 Reasons Hickman's X-Men Will Be the Worst, 2 Reasons It Will Be The Best [X-ual Healing]

Age of X-Man: Marvelous X-Men #4
(W) Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson (A) Marco Failla (CA) Phil Noto
THE AGE OF X-MAN CONTINUES!
Is the world beginning to crumble or are the X-Men going mad? The protectors of the perfect planet of peace find themselves pushed to the edge.
Rated T+
In Shops: May 15, 2019
SRP: $3.99

It’s Xavier Day, which means it’s time for a wild celebration on the streets of London… well, as wild as it can get when sex and personal relationships are outlawed. The X-Men and the X-Tremists are on the lookout for Apocalypse and his X-Tracts, who announced last issue they would appear at the celebration for shenanigans. Sure enough, Apocalypse shows up and starts preaching about Charles Xavier’s sex life, which gets Colossus so horny, he makes out with Kitty Pryde.

Charles Xavier and the Power of Raw Eroticism in Next Week's Marvelous X-Men #4

Apocalypse encourages the “lustful feast” on the streets before disappearing to avoid capture by the X-Men. Reluctantly, at Magneto’s urging, Jean uses her powers to shut down the orgy and send everyone home. What a party pooper!

Back at X-Men headquarters, the X-Men resolve to fight Apocalypse and debate killing him, but they’re interrupted by news reports of giants fissures opening all over the world, showing visions of the true past. X-Man tells the X-Men to get some rest before going after Apocalypse while he and Jean deal with these. As they head off to do that, X-Man tells Jean that the other X-Men can’t handle what’s in the fissures, but she can. As they fly around the world shutting them down, they see visions of the true past, moments from Lifedeath, X-Men Red, and other comics, but Jean rejects them as propaganda from Apocalypse.

Meanwhile, Colossus, feeling invigorated by his makeout session with Kitty and also seeing visions of the two of them together when she phased through him at the celebration, tosses his X-Men uniform in the garbage and decides to head out to pursue a life together with her. The X-Tremists are waiting for him and a fight ensues. While all of this is going on, X-23, who has been keeping to herself what she’s seen in the rifts, begins poking around her house. She can smell the presence of a man there, and when she searches more, she finds Bishop’s secret closet full of weaponry. In the Age of X-Man Alpha, we saw Bishop arrested for doing it with Jean Grey and his spot in the X-Men given to X-23, with everyone mindwiped to forget he ever existed. Before X-23 can figure this out, Nature Girl rings her doorbell to report there’s been a murder.

I’ve been down on this event, and this “main” mini-series in particular, but this issue wasn’t too bad. Perhaps, though, it’s just a sense of relief that this whole thing is almost over and we can get back to the “real world” soon… only for Hickman to immediately reboot that.


Other X-Stuff

Haven’t had enough of the Hickboot yet? Well, strap in, because it doesn’t even start for two more months! In the meantime, more information was revealed at the Diamond Retailer Summit.

We also learned about the parties Marvel is planning to hold at comic shops to promote the relaunch (there ain’t no party like a relaunch party ’cause a relaunch party don’t stop).

And Hickman himself held court over in Adventures in Poor Taste’s X-Men Monday column, where he talked all about the X-Men and the upcoming relaunch. As always, it’s well worth a read, but be warned… not only did Chris Hassan once again cruelly refuse to ask about when Chris Claremont will be allowed to write an ongoing series, but he’s begun targeting other X-perts as well.

Does Chris Hassan’s thirst for power know no bounds?! Will he stop at nothing to achieve complete and total control over the flow of all X-information?!


After a brief lull the past two weeks, Marvel is back to their regular schedule of five weekly X-Books, so expect a long one next Monday.

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From Tattoos to Todd – the Look of Diamond Retail Summit in Las Vegas

Courtesy of John Mizzer of Comics World of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, a look around the diamond retail Summit in Las Vegas this weekend – and the journey there. Oh and the tattoos – or course there were going to be tattoos… it’s Vegas after all.

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Sarah Mirk’s Guantanamo Voices Comic Book Evades Reporting Restrictions

Fiona Kenshole at the Transatlantic Agency called a “fiercely fought” auction. But Abrams’s Charlotte Greenbaum won the world publishing rights to the comic book Guantanamo Voices by Sarah Mirk, a Nib editor and former Bitch Media editor, who has writing the stories of ten people who spent time at Guantanamo (including armed service members, prisoners, lawyers, and journalists), each illustrated by a different artist.

Mirk’s interest in Guantanamo Bay began over ten years ago when she met Guantanamo guard Chris Arendt and began documenting detainees’ stories on her blog Guantanamo Voices.

Mirk was allowed to take photos on her recent visit to the US base in Cuba but was unable to publish them. Using them to create comic books however gets around that restriction in creating a graphic immediacy. She says “Guantanamo is intentionally invisible to the American public, so it was a rare opportunity to actually be able to experience the place beyond headlines and distant photos. One of the benefits of telling this story in comics is that illustrators can fill in the gap around what’s censored. Instead of publishing the photos of the prison, artists can use them as visual reference, a jumping-off for their illustrations.”

When representing the book, Kenshole says it, “does not ask the simplistic question of whether Guantanamo is ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Instead, it documents a history that’s happening right now, creating a deep, dynamic, and sincere understanding of how Guantanamo shapes our world.”

The comic will be published in 2020.

Sarah Mirk's Guantanamo Voices Comic Book Evades Reporting Restrictions

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WARREN ELLIS Offers New WILDCATS Details

Including the series length and more plot details.

The Return of Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer!

 

Three years ago, the first Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer! comics were successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter, from writer/creator David Crownson, actor on TV show Bubbly Brown Sugar and the horror film Fauna, with artist Courtland Ellis.

The Return of Harriet Tubman : Demon Slayer!

And after self-publishing success digitally and in print, with and sellouts at stores such as Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, JHU Comics, Mahogany Books and at the 7th Annual Black Comic Fest, the creators are looking to crowdfund new chapters to put together a 180 page Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer graphic novel, to distribute and sell to comic stores on the West Coast of the US and Europe as well as the East Coast they know…

And in doing, they have been attracting creators such as Ms Marvel’s Joey Vazquez, Niobe : She Is Life!‘s Ashley A. Woods, and Yojimbot‘s Sylvain Repos.

Current donations are $15,000 of a $20,000 goal with four days left to crowdfund.

The Return of Harriet Tubman : Demon Slayer!

 

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Daily Deals: Dell Memorial Sale Is Live, 50% off Alienware 34″ Gaming Monitor

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Avengers Marvel Legends Series Endgame Power Gauntlet Articulated Electronic Fist is Now Preorderable for $99.99

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SUICIDE SQUAD 2 Audition Tape Purportedly Reveals That A Mystery Creature May Be The Crux Of The Film

Outside of some zany character additions and a few returning cast members from the original film, not too much is known about what James Gunn has planned for his sequel to David Ayer's Suicide Squad.

Mark Waid Talks Humanoids H1 Universe – But What Happened With Omni?

Mark Waid took to the stage at the Diamond Retail Summit in Las Vegas, to talk about his work at Humanoids, launching the H1 shared superhero universe – and how it also stands for Humanity First, launching Ignited, Strangelands, Omni, Meyer, The Big Country and Nicneven and the Bloody Queen.

One thing of note… in the H1 Humanoids Free Comic Book Day book two weeks ago, Omni was listed thus:

By writer Cheryl Lynn Eaton, artist Ariela Kristantina and colourist Bryan Valenza. But at the Diamond Retailer summit, everything had changed…

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Just Devin Grayson. While the website…

…has Devin Grayson and Mike McKone. But no explanation appears to have been given. It feels like when you look at an atlas and you see lots of straight lines. You get the idea that at some point, something went down…

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NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Sequel Comes to Comic Books

Napoleon has to use his skills to save Pedro's administration.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME Is $173 Million Away From Beating AVATAR’s Record But Is There Time For That To Happen?

Avengers: Endgame is just $173 million away from dethroning Avatar as the highest grossing movie of all-time, but with so many big releases on the way, is there time for Marvel Studios to make it happen?

Marvel Comics Video Presentation at Diamond Retail Summit in Vegas

Marvel Comics had their presentation at Diamond Retailer Summit last night in Las Vegas. You may have seen bits of it stripped and stranded. Videos and presentations from Jonathan Hickman for House and Powers Of X, Donny Cates on Absolute Carnage, Marvel Comics #1001 to follow #1000, a new Conan comic written and drawn by Esad Ribic.

Well here’s the whole gamut, pretty much,

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Marvel Comics #1001 Will Be Followed By Marvel Comics #1001

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GAME OF THRONES Stars Share Their Thoughts On The Series Finale & Bid Farewell To Fans – SPOILERS

The series finale of Game of Thrones was certainly divisive, and it wasn't only fans that took issue with how the long-running fantasy drama wrapped up. Find out what the main cast members had to say...

Dark Horse’s NO ONE LEFT TO FIGHT Takes the Dragon Ball and Runs with It

Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio create their own fight comix epic for Dark Horse Comics.

Final BRIGHTBURN Trailer Illustrates Just How Terrifying An Evil SUPERMAN Would Be

Director David Yarovesky and James Gunn's Brightburn might be the closest comic book fans ever get to seeing an evil Injustice-esque Superman or live-action Sentry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

ARCHIE COMICS August 2019 Solicitations

Archie, Riverdale, Betty & Veronica, and more.

Super Bad Super-Boy Smashes Cops in Final BRIGHTBURN Trailer

One last trailer for BRIGHTBURN has landed.

Full First Issue: LOLLIPOP KIDS

From Adam & Aidan Glass and Diego Yapur.

PLAYSTATION PRODUCTIONS Launches to Adapt Sony Games

PLAYSTATION PRODUCTIONS will create proprietary adaptations of PLAYSTATION games for TV and movies.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME – How Marvel Studios Manipulated The Movie’s Trailers To Fool Fans About What Was To Come

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MCFARLANE & CAPULLO Reunite for SPAWN #300

In a 72-page giant issue.

Marvel Teams with China Internet Co. To Create Gaming, TV, Comic Book Content Based on Marvel Characters

Marvel continues to build its brand globally.

Top 10 Female Superhero Teams of All Time

Women are front and center in superhero culture - and so are superhero teams. Here, we celebrate both.

Covered 365: Day 140

Adventure Comics #140, DC Comics, May 1949 – Artist: Win Mortimer. I wasn’t sure if Adventure Comics #140 was going to get the JOWA or the headline but in the end I decided I really like this cover, the deep blacvks would make a high grade high gloss copy something to behold. I really likes […]

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Ron Garney Storyteller

I recently picked up Ron Garney’s Daredevil run from 2016. I like his stuff. I think my favourite work was his “Men of Wrath ” 5 issue mini-series. It opened my eyes to what he was capable of doing. Great storytelling and crisp inking made that really stand out. I am still warming up to […]

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AVENGERS: ENDGAME Star Elizabeth Olsen Auditioned To Play Daenerys Targaryen On GAME OF THRONES

Avengers: Endgame actress Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) has revealed that she auditioned for the role of Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones many years ago, and it doesn't sound like it went very well!

WESTWORLD Season 3 Trailer Introduces Aaron Paul’s Character – And Raises A Lot Of Questions!

Last night before the series finale of Game of Thrones, HBO dropped the first trailer for the third season of Westworld, and it looks like this sci-fi drama has become a very different show altogether...

SNYDER & CAPULLO Explain LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH: ‘Batman Fighting Giant Green Lantern Babies with Joker’s Head in a Jar’

Its the team's last Batman story, and they're pulling out the stops.

GAME OF THRONES Spoilers: How The Series Finale Let Down The Show’s Fans…And Its Characters

Last night, HBO aired the Game of Thrones series finale and the response has been divisive to say the least! Here, we take a look at the ways the episode let down both the show's fans and its characters...

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE Spreads to Multiple Tie-Ins this August

Check out a half-dozen advance solicitations for ABSOLUTE CARNAGE tie-ins arriving in August.

X-MEN: THE SEMINAL MOMENTS Videos Set the Stage for HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X

Showing the other times the X-MEN status quo has monumentally shifted, starting with GIANT-SIZED X-MEN #1.

WONDER WOMAN & ZATANNA Have A Beer with MORDU at the Hall of Justice Bar

No, that's not the start of a joke. That actually happens in Justice League Dark #11.

Did AVENGERS: ENDGAME Open the MCU Door to the X-MEN (and Other Surprises)?

AVENGERS: ENDGAME may have laid the seeds of mutants in the MCU, and not in the way you might think.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME Star Mark Ruffalo Shares A Hilarious Shot Of Chris Hemsworth Sleeping On The Job

The behind the scenes photos from Avengers: Endgame keep coming and Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Smart Hulk) has now shared a fantastic shot of the chunkier Chris Hemsworth literally sleeping on the job...

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Explores the History of the Slayers in THE CHOSEN ONES

BOOM! Studios has announced THE CHOSEN ONES, a BUFFY spin-off one-shot.

Heads Up: Amazon Pushed Back the Avengers Power Gauntlet Release Date

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UPDATE: Amazon's listing shows the release date has changed to October 31, when originally the gauntlet was scheduled for an August 19 release. Amazon also sent emails out to some people who preordered the gauntlet alerting them of the change. Walmart and GameStop preorders are currently out-of-stock.

The extremely awesome articulated Avengers Endgame Iron Man Power Gauntlet is still up for preorder right now, but it's already starting to sell out. It's very reminiscent of the Infinity Gauntlet released last year, but unlike that one, you can actually buy the Endgame Power Gauntlet, at least for now.

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SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Clip Reveals Another Character Who Knows Peter Parker’s Secret

In this new clip from Spider-Man: Far From Home, we learn that another character in the wall-crawler's workd has learned his secret identity following the events of Avengers: Endgame. Check it out...

Daily Deals: Preorder Oculus Quest, KH3 50% Off, Gamestop Store Wide Sale

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM Takes Out AVENGERS: ENDGAME To Win The Weekend With Killer $57M Opening

After three weeks atop the box office, Marvel's Avengers: Endgame has finally lost its crown to none other than Baba Yaga himself as John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum has opened with $57 million.

Covered 365: Day 139

Scooby-Doo!, DC Comics, February 2009 – Artist: Robert Pope. Whoa! Sensory overload, all my favorite scary villains on a cover of Scooby Doo, Creeper is still my all time fave. I was gonna pick House of Secrets #139 and I would have gotten away with it it is wasn’t for those meddling monsters! This is […]

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LEVIATHAN Recruits, Criticizes 7 DC Hero-Detectives in New Promo Images

Brian Bendis' mysterious new DC Universe figure thinks he knows a better way.

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Millarworld’s THE MAGIC ORDER

 

 

When Netflix announced the first book from their Millarworld comic book universe, The Magic Order, it was assumed this title would eventually be developed as a movie or tv series. After all, It was published under the Netflix banner. A few days ago news came out that Netflix was developing the Magic Order as a series with James Wan & Lindsey Beer signing on as executive producers.

The first issue of the Magic Order has a handful of covers as well as numerous store variant covers. There are two super rare covers that you should be aware of. The first is the very rare creator exclusive variant.

When The Magic Order #1 was released the official twitter account for the series, ran a contest where they gave away an exclusive variant cover dubbed the “creator exclusive variant”. Only 50 copies of this book were released on twitter, all of them were signed by Mark Millar. The actual print run of this book is speculative, however, this should be the rarest of all of The Magic Order #1 variant covers.


The first issue of The Magic Order was released in June of 2018, the Ashcan variant was released in March of 2018 and was only available through a very limited VIP signing at C2E2. This is the first published appearance of the characters in the Magic Order. The only way to get a copy of this book was by purchasing (Or winning through a contest) a Mark Millar VIP package for C2E2 which ranged in cost from $175 and $500 USD.

 

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7 Great Phantom Menace Era Adventures

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace is still a lightning rod of controversy for fans, even 20 years after its release (the film celebrates that anniversary this Sunday). And though The Last Jedi seems to be taking its place as the preeminent controversial Star Wars movie, the fact is, love it or hate it, The Phantom Menace rebirthed the galaxy far, far away for a new generation.

But even if you fall into the camp that doesn’t particularly enjoy Episode I, there are still some stories from the early Prequel era of Star Wars, ~30 BBY (Before Battle of Yavin) to be specific, that are incredible and simply wouldn’t exist without the characters, locales, or themes of The Phantom Menace.

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Covered 365: Day 138

Spawn #138, Image Comics, September 2004 – Artist: Greg Capullo. I’ve always been a sucker for wraparound covers and Capullo’s work on Spawn #138 is fantastic. What sent me over the top was the foreground shell casings, I mean come on! I actually had Casper #138 as today’s winner that is until I stepped into […]

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Weekend Update with Nico

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The Power of the Newsstand


Last Friday we added another book to the list of newsstand standout books as a CGC 9.6 copy of Captain Marvel #14 (2013) sold for $1,700.00.  That same day a direct market copy of this book in CGC 9.6 condition sold for less than $200.00. This week we also saw a copy of Kamala Kahn’s first cover appearance in the rare Captain Marvel #17 (2nd print) sold in CGC 9.8 condition for $1,550.00 in a live auction.  Clearly Kamala Kahn fans are hear to stay.

We routinely discuss the major difference in sales data and desirability of newsstand editions on this website.  Books published near the end of the newsstand in America being particularly rare and particularly desirable. Prior Weekend Update articles have documented newsstand editions of Ultimate Fallout #4 (the 1st appearance of Miles Morales) demanding a substantial premium over and above their direct market counterparts.  The reality is that newsstand copies from this time are in very short supply and only a small fraction of the books delivered to newsstands at this late juncture were purchased by collectors who cared for the books.  Accordingly most copies are at best in VF condition as most copies were manhandled until they inevitably found their way into the hands of collectors who bagged, boarded and cared for the books.

This is clearly an emerging trend and there is an opportunity to make money here.  Captain Marvel #14 is of course the first cameo appearance of Kamala Kahn and a desirable book, but it is by no means the most desirable book from this time period.  Keep an eye out for newsstand copies of other key books many sellers are not yet charging a premium for rare newsstand editions, but there are clearly an increasingly large number of fanatical collectors willing to shell out big books for this kind of variation.  

Miles Morales

It is fair to say that Miles Morales is a fixture in the cannon of Spider-Man comics.  The Into the Spider-verse film was incredibly well received and the character is incredibly popular particularly with younger and newer Spidey fans.  Many of you may recall the aloof reference to Miles (although he was not mentioned by name) in the Spider-Man: Homecoming film. With the introduction of the multiverse in Spider-Man: Far from Home, many fans are hoping for an introduction of Miles in the MCU.  However, the fate of Spider-Man in Disney/Marvel films is uncertain as the character’s entertainment rights were licensed by and remain in the possession of Sony. Following a reported nine figure deal brokered by Sony to bring the Spider-verse and its related characters to streaming, cable television and film, it is a safe bet that we will be seeing Miles Morales in a live action film and/or television series in the very near future.  Speculators are noticing and continue to pay record breaking prices for CGC 9.8 copies of the Ultimate Fallout #4 Djurdjevic Variant which sold for an astonishing $2,900.00 over the weekend. This is an uptick of approximately $650.00 more than the last sale which clocked in at $2,350.00. Raw copies of this book are selling around $300.00 and 9.6 copies have been moving around $750.00.

Here comes Atlas

At this years Cannes film festival, Steven Paul (who produced Ghost Rider)  announced that he has acquired a majority interest in the Atlas Comics library.  Paul indicated in a press conference that he signed a co-production and co-financing first-look deal with Paramount Pictures to develop, produce and distribute super-hero films based on the classic works of the comic books publishing company.  Akiva Goldsman ( famous for his work on Paramount’s ‘Star Trek’ films) will oversee a writers’ room to develop the universe of the characters from the Atlas library which includes characters such as Tiger-Man, Sgt. Stryker’s Death Squad and Devilina which were featured comics on cardboard cutouts at the press conference.   Other Atlas titles include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Barbarians featuring Ironjaw;
  • Blazing Battle Tales featuring Sgt. Hawk;
  • The Brute;
  • The Cougar;
  • Demon Hunter;
  • Fright featuring Son of Dracula;
  • Grim Ghost;
  • Hands of the Dragon;
  • Ironjaw;
  • Morlock 2001;
  • Morlock 2001 and the Midnight Men;
  • Phoenix;
  • The Protector;
  • Planet of Vampires;
  • Police Action featuring Lomax and Luke Malone;
  • Savage Combat Tales featuring Sgt. Stryker’s Death Squad;
  • The Scorpion;
  • Tales of Evil;
  • Targitt;
  • Tiger-Man
  • Vicki;
  • Weird Suspense featuring the Tarantula;
  • Western Action featuring Kid Cody and Comanche Kid; and
  • Wulf the Barbarian.

According to Variety, “budgets will start at $60 million and could reach ‘superhero level.’”  I am not encouraging anyone to buy any of these books, but it is something interesting to take a look at and think about as a number of these books have top notch creators attached to them.  For example, the title The Destructor features art by Steve Ditko and Wally Wood, (who inked the first two issues) and a CGC 9.6 copy is available for less than $100.00 right now at mycomicshop.  Variety suggests that Atlas “leading characters and stories today include Wulf, Iron Jaw, Son of Dracula, Brute, Texas Kid and Dopey Duck.” I am not familiar with any of these titles. In 2011 Atlas comics returned and there is an Atlas retailer sampler  that includes books like the Grim Ghost, Phoenix and Wulk. This attempted reboot featured work by creators like Steve Niles and Kelly Jones and have limited print numbers. Again, I would not necessarily encourage anyone to run out and buy up all the 2010-2011 Atlas comics they see.  Admittedly there are some rare variants. What I would suggest is that this is indicative of an emerging trend by Hollywood to utilize comic properties as an Intellectual property development farm for both feature films and television series which is good news for the future of comic books and great news for those of us who invest money in comic books.  

Disney controls Hulu

As of Tuesday morning, Disney completely controls Hulu.  This is major news for collectors and speculators alike. This move should solidify Hulu as the destination for adult related Marvel content and associate Hulu with all of the adult related Fox properties acquired by Disney.  The future is looking bright for the big budget, adult oriented Marvel television projects. I am particularly excited for books we’ve already discussed related to Hulu television speculation and imagine that speculators and collectors will have renewed faith in these projects because of this news.  More importantly, this news is a clear indication that Disney is committed to the longevity of Hulu and its ability to distribute content and generate revenue. Keep your eyes peeled for more news about forthcoming projects.

Was Stan Lee the victim of elder abuse

Keya Morgan, the former manager of Stan Lee, is charged with, five counts of elder abuse, including false imprisonment of an elder or a dependent adult by the use of violence, menace, fraud, or deceit, and forgery stemming from an incident last Summer.  Morgan, whose real name is Keyrash Mazhari, is alleged to have taken advantage of Lee’s age, impaired vision and poor memory. Approximately a year ago, Lee secured a Restraining Order against Morgan who allegedly moved Lee out of his longtime home and isolated him from his family and friends, held him hostage and had him read scripted hostage videos and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his family and removed many items of personal property from his home.  When Lee filed for a Restraining Order against Morgan to keep he and his family safe, the pleading indicated that Morgan was arrested on the suspicion of filing a false police report after he called 911 stating that burglars had broken into his home, according to court records. The allegations against Morgan are shocking and we will update you on them accordingly as they develop.

Devil in a bottle?

It appears that Marvel is setting up next it’s next demon in a bottle arc with Chip Zdarsky’s Daredevil #5.  Daredevil is apparently indulging in opioid pain pills and we know that Marvel loves a good political/social message.  Tedesco’s covers on this book have been beautiful and fans have responded to this series with many indicating that it is the best book Marvel is putting on shelves at this point.  Speculators are well aware that for whatever reason Daredevil spec pics rarely see returns, but following the massive interest in Immortal Hulk, I would not be surprised if this book takes off.  Certainly if Marvel does a calculated press release for a drug addicted Daredevil plot line and the mainstream media gets a hold of it, sky is the limit. Remember that there is a Comicspro variant of the first issue that has gone no where and is dirt cheap on eBay hovering around $40 raw.  This is one I’m going to keep an eye on in the coming months that may pay dividends down the road.

If you are interested in comics that discuss substance abuse disorders there are some classics.  The most famous of them all is the Invincible Iron Man Demon in a Bottle run which began at issue #120 and culminated in issue #128 with the classic Bob Layton cover of Tony Stark in the throws of withdrawal.  Marvel’s other big anti-drug comics are Amazing Spider-Man#96, #97 and #98. Issues #96 and #97 are particularly classic books because the Comic Code Authority refused to approve the issues and Marvel to its credit published the books without Code approval because they believed the message was too important for its young readers to kowtow to impotent regulators.  DC’s most famous drug addiction storyline was the Dennis O’Neil’s “Snowbirds don’t fly” which ran in Green Lantern #85-#86 (1971) and has gorgeous cover and interior artwork by Neil Adams. If you are looking for Gold, you need look no further than Shock Suspenstories #12 which features a heroin addict on the cover. If independent books are your thing, there is always Rip Snortin’ Cocaine Comix #1 with a story by film legend Leonardo DiCaprio’s father George “Jung” DiCaprio (“What do you know about cocaine George?”).  All of these books are classics and have incredible value as historical artifacts. The number of comic collectors recovering from substance abuse disorders is unknown, but significant. The number of comic book collectors who are recreational drug users is also unknown but equally significant. In light of the resurgence of the global epidemic of drug addiction (particularly opioid overdose deaths) and the number of Hollywood actors who identify with 12 Step recovery, I suspect that we will see Marvel or DC attempt to address the dangers of drug addiction on the big or small screen in the next five to ten years.            


What is Tom King going to do to Batman next?

Many of you are already well aware that DC has agreed to let Tom King write 100 issues of Batman. Suffice to say, his tenure on the character has been less than well received by many fans, but those who are fans of King’s work are rabid fans.  King (a former CIA field operative) recently revealed that he was gearing up for an epic turn of events that will unfold over the course of the next two years beginning in July with Batman #75.  In a recent interview, King remarked: “I’ve been talking to, not just DC, but Warner Brothers and AT&T. What we’re going to do for the last 15 issues is something no one’s ever seen for the character. It’s something that’s going to change the character for a generation, or maybe more. Maybe forever. I never thought we’d get this kind of stuff approved; when you’re working with a corporate character, you think you’re going to have to reset. But this is a change that’s going to shake the world of Batman and it’s going to leave my mark on the character.”  What does Tom King have in store for Batman? Who knows? But, if you can predict the plot line accurately, you can speculate intelligently and make profit on the plot development as it unfolds in real time. Many have long suggested that King’s plan is to have Batman kill Bane and believe that King has long been foreshadowing this turn of events. Note that the first appearance of Bane sells for around $275.00 in CGC 9.8 condition.

Truth be told, Batman keys are blue chip books and very few have seen a proportional increase value that is commensurate with the rest of the market.  Batman books hit an all time high mark with collectors shortly after the Dark Knight film when Snyder and Capullo where knee deep in their New 52 run. Since this time, few Batman books have appreciated in value at a proportional rate with the rest of the market and even fewer (sans Detective Comics #880, Batman #181) have caught fire.  Once a Modern mega-key, the black and white sketch variant of Batman #1 (2011) barely sells for ratio.  Snyder and Capullo’s once acclaimed run is all but forgotten and copies of books from the Hush run and the Black Mirror run are ending up in dollar bins.  Detective #880 has been relegated to a cover buy. Detective #871 is an after thought and very few collectors seem to care about the rarity of the second print which has generally been relegated to non-key forgotten variant.  Batman books are cheap right now.

The last sale of the once mightiest variant in comics, the Batman #608 RRP was $1,610.00 for a copy in CGC 9.4 condition. Just a few short years ago, this would have been an unthinkably low number for this book.  In sum, 2019 has not been kind to those attempting to unload their Batman comics. Therefore, there is an amazing opportunity to buy Batman books at criminally low prices from motivated retailers looking to turn their inventory. Batman will survive Tom King’s writing, he will survive bad movies, no movies  and will live on in comic mythology as arguably the greatest hero of the 20th century.  Pay attention to opportunities for long term investment plays with the money you are hopefully making on your shorter term speculative investments on other books.  There is no reason not to parley the money you made selling books like Naomi #1s into books like Batman #171 (the first Silver age appearance of the Riddler) which sold for $406.52 in CGC 6.5 condition on May 5th (CGC 9.8 copies of Naomi #1 are selling for $400.00 at the same time on eBay).  

The Batman casting rumors

Many in the comic book community are horrified that Robert Pattinson had been officially announced as being cast as Batman in the forthcoming Matt Reeves’ movie The Batman. There certainly was a time in America when Leonardo DiCaprio was considered by much of the public as a chump for his portrayal of Jack in the film Titanic (there was room on the door).  Nevertheless, his acting career made a marked turn along with his public perception following his roles in films like the Beach, Gangs of New York and the Departed. The far more interesting question for me is which storyline and villains will The Batman portray and what impact this film will have on the back issue market. As discussed in previous articles, Reeves has indicated that this film will focus on Batman as the world’s greatest detective and this is the only major clue as to the direction of the film thus far.  

Netflix is Making Moves

Netflix inked a deal that affords them the first look at all Dark Horse titles for film and TV adaptations.  The two companies are apparently exploring options for future projects beyond the world of traditional superheroes – branching into horror, fantasy and family entertainment according to Cindy Holland, vice president for original content at Netflix.  

Last week it appeared speculators were eyeing books like Harrow County and Lady Killers while this week, discussions have turned to titles like Donnie Cates book Buzzkill (alcoholic super-hero) and Rick Remender’s Fear Agent (which has a retailer incentive cover of the first issue that is really affordable at the moment, but it appears that the rights to this book are creator owned and the book was last published by Image not Dark Horse).  The other book that is being discussed is The Last of Us which is a print treatment of the highly popular video game and while I am not privy to the contractual agreement between Dark Horse and the developers at Naughty Dog, I think it is more probable than not that the entertainment/media rights rest with the game developer and not with Dark Horse. All of these books were great and have seen some prior interest from the speculator community, but none of these books appear to be anything other than a long shot for development.  

As mentioned on the podcast, books like Concrete are much more probable to be part of the Netflix deal than other properties. Dark Horse Presents #1 (1986) is the first appearance of Concrete and there’s a CGC 9.6 copy rests unsold on eBay at little more than a hundred dollars.

If you are thinking about investing in Dark Horse properties it may be a little more complicated than it appears at first glance.  Many properties at Dark Horse are creator owned, others are a mixture and some of the most popular properties have already been developed.  Characters like Hellboy and BPRD have seen some treatment already as has cult favorite Tank Girl.

Tank Girl is one of my favorite Dark Horse properties and although she is unlikely to have any relationship at all to this media deal, her early appearances are  classic Copper age key books. Rather than focusing on Dark Horse / Netflix speculation, the safer investment is adding books like Deadline #1 (1988) and Tank Girl #1 (1991) to your portfolio of key comics.  These books are never going to be tough to re-sell. Particularly Deadline #1 which rarely appears on the US comic market for too long. Tank Girl’s publishing rights have been sold to Titan and it is unclear whether Dark Horse reserved other entertainment rights to the character so her development is again a long shot at best.  On the other hand, if she is adapted by Netflix for a television series or elsewhere, there is no telling where the price on these books could go. Some speculators are already buying up copies of these books, but this is not a property that is probable to benefit from the Dark Horse deal.

Clearly there is an opportunity to make some wise moves following the deal between Dark Horse and Netflix, but you are going to have to do your homework.  If you want to speculate on one or more titles, I would encourage you to limit the price tag on your buy in(s) or to buy books that you can divest from without much risk (in other words to focus on titles that have high re-sellability regardless of whether or not they receive TV treatment).  It’s clear that there are going to be more opportunities to make especially risky gambles with little to no chance of a pay day than calculated and wise investments so tread carefully.

Of other import, Netflix  ordered Mark Millar’s ‘The Magic Order’ to series with Aquaman’s James Wan & Lindsey Beer executive producing the series.  There are a lot of cool Magic Order #1 books. There’s a number of 500 print run store variants, a gorgeous Adam Hughes variant and a Swamp Thing #1 homage that are all sharp books.  If the show takes off, I anticipate these will be the sought after books because the print runs are so high on the other covers. Expect there to be some interest in this title by speculators in light of the success of Umbrella Academy and for interest to spike as we approach the release of the first season.  The Magic Order was an excellent read and I have high hopes for the show because of the quality of the source material. The Magic Order joins, Jupiter’s Legacy and American Jesus, and three feature length films (Empress, Huck and Sharkey The Bounty Hunter) which were green lit last year.

Stumptown appears to Capture the Source Material

It seems as if every day there is more and more comic book related media that is being developed on the big and small screen.  As we’ve discussed in prior articles, Stumptown is moving right along. This week it dropped its first trailer and reactions were very positive.  The trailer benefited from a top quality sound track and a little bit of controversy. I have high hopes for this television series. As we’ve discussed in the past, quality television does not always translate to higher values.  Copies of Stumptown #1 have been conspicuously absent from eBay and the sole remaining copy is now listed at $100.00. There’s a second print of the first issue of the series which has yet to resonate with buyers in a comparable manner and is available in the range of $35.00 which is the price tag this book was selling at when we started talking about it several months ago.  

Akira is rolling along

In other news, it appears that the live action version of Akira will begin filming this Summer.  Director Taika Waititi, is is slated to begin filming in Los Angeles and Michael Golamco has been tasked to co-write the film alongside Waititi.  Remember that the later issues of this series are virtual ghosts and that there are multiple printings of the first issue so be careful when purchasing this book that you confirm you are buying a copy of the first print.  Issues 37 and 38 have always been coveted by collectors and fans of the manga film. These books were incredibly difficult to purchase before the increased attention accompanying this film. If you want to secure copies of this book at a reasonable price, be aware that you may be approaching a now or never point.  

What is really going on with Namor

The Sub-Mariner #1 is a book that has been jumping for the last six months as many speculators believe that it is only a matter of time before Prince Namor makes an appearance in the MCU.  Namor, like the Hulk, has problematic film rights which keep him from starring in his own solo film, nevertheless the indicia of underwater activity was all the evidence needed for some speculators to go all in on this book.  Sales of Sub-Mariner #1 are reaching all time highs with two CGC 9.6 copies nearing the $2K mark. On Sunday a BIN copy in CGC 9.6 condition sold for $1,949.95 and another BIN copy also in CGC 9.6 condition sold for $1,750.00.  This week one of the screen writers for Avengers: Endgame film in response to an inquiry regarding the prospect of Namor making an MCU appearance indicated “I wish we were that smart,” and many including CBR.com have interpreted this as a firm repudiation of this fan theory.  I am less convinced. Marvel film makers have a long and storied history of misdirecting the public in order to prevent possible spoilers and this statement may be an attempt to misdirect the public. And for the record, I doubt that the writers of the film Avengers: Endgame who use quantum mechanics as a plot devise think of themselves as not “that smart.”  We will know soon enough and this statement does not appear to have slowed down speculation on Prince Namor books.

Memorial Day is a go!

Big news for fans of Teen Titan GO!  The Cartoon Network took to Twitter to announce that the titular team in Teen Titans GO! are receiving a new member in an episode called “Forest Pirates,” and it is set to air on Memorial Day.  There has been no news or even hints about who will join Robin, Raven, Starfire, Cyborg, and Beast Boy, but fans of the series are speculating with impunity.

Rumormill

This week a number of rumors surfaced online that are interesting food for thought, but certainly not substantiated in any manner whatsoever.  Chief among them is that Disney is eyeing Zach Efron for the roll of Warlock in the third Guardians of the Galaxy film. We have no word from Efron or anyone at Disney to substantiate this rumor.  Also in the rumor mill are reports that Nova was preliminary set to appear in Avengers: Endgame and that a feature length film is now in development. Uncorroborated sources are indicating that the film’s plot will focus on the decimation of Xander and the Richard Rider iteration of Nova will be featured.  These same sources are suggesting that the High Evolutionary is set to premiere on the big screen in the third Guardians film. The plot is purportedly going to focus on the High Evolutionary being the “creator” of Rocket Racoon and Beta Ray Bill. Again, none of this is confirmed.

Many in the comic community suggest that the  Nova film is in early development, but again no confirmation of these rumors exists at this time.  Other sites are also reporting that the Mandarin will be introduced as Shang Chi’s father rather than utilizing the Yellow Claw as a the villain in the film.  It is unclear whether or not there is any truth to this rumor whatsoever. Other unsubstantiated rumors include the following animated feature films: (a) a two part adaption of the Long Halloween; (b) Superman: Red Son; (c) a new Batman Beyond film; and (d) a Deathstroke film.  These Warner Brothers projects were reported by revengeofthefans and are unconfirmed. Last, and I fear maybe least reliable, wegothiscovered is reporting that Keanu Reeves is playing the villain in the Eternals movie. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Long live the Goon

According to the Goon Kickstarter page, The Goon movie is officially in development.  The Kickstarter announcement indicates that the film is being developed by 20th Century Fox with David Fincher attached and the The Chernin Group producing.  This sounds like a continuation of the original adult oriented animated project many readers will recall included Paul Giamatti voicing Frankie.  Copies of the first issue of the original Avatar volume of the Goon are in short supply and coveted by collectors. A recent warehouse find of key Albatross books has, at least in the short term, driven down the price on these books, but I do not suspect that will last in light of this news.  I suspect that this announcement will inspire new interest in this title which has long enjoyed a cult like following of highly committed fans. According to the press release, we may have a green light, but we are far from a film. “So, what exactly does ‘development’ mean? Well, it doesn’t mean that we’re making the movie next week — the proverbial Hollywood ‘green-light’ always happens in phases — but it does mean we’ve got fresh wind in our sails, the resources of a studio and some ‘heavy-hitter’ producers behind us. It’s the next, necessary step along the path to making the film.”  

I hope you enjoyed this installment of  Weekend Update. That’s all for this week.  I’ll be back next week with more news. In the interim, “Happy hunting You bunch of savages!”
                            – Nico, Esq.

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Daily Deals: Early Dell Memorial Day Deals (Dell G5 GTX 1050 Ti Laptop for $599)

Welcome to IGN's Daily Deals, your source for the best deals on the stuff you actually want to buy. If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use.

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Dell G5 Intel Core i5-8300H Quad-Core 15" 1080p IPS Gaming Laptop with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti for $599.99 (Originally $950)

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Avengers Issue 19 (Marvel Comics)

Avengers Mountain is under siege as the last stronghold of Earth's heroes is the subject of an all-out assault by the forces of Malekith! Regular Ed McGuinness Cover (War of The Realms Tie-In)...

Doctor Strange Issue 14 (Marvel Comics)

Clea is back! Doctor Strange's ex-wife finds him at one of the most horrifying points of his life, with GALACTUS AT HIS BACK! Can the two find a way to save countless lives? Regular Jesus Saiz Cover...

Asgardians of Galaxy Issue 9 (Marvel Comics)

New York City is overrun with Malekith's invasion forces. Earth is inches from falling to the Dark Elf King. And with Thor missing in Jotunheim, All-Father Odin injured and All-Mother Freyja about to embark on a mission of her own, Valkyrie is one of the ...

Covered 365: Day 137

X-Men #137, Marvel Comics, September 1980 – Artist: John Byrne. X-Men #137 is our first offering from Mr. Byrne I believe, it’s such a striking cover and my favorite from the Dark Phoenix Saga run. The only cover that should have beat the X-Men book was Betty and Me #137 but I wanted to keep […]

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Web Arted #360

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Beatty, Zeck, Colan, Palmer, Rubinstein, Buscema, Gulacy, Weeks, Nolan, Janson.

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Covered 365: Day 136

Tomahawk #136, DC Comics, September/October 1971 – Artist: Joe Kubert. Joe is on the board, our first Kubert cover! Tomahawk #136 earns the spot because it tackles the heavy social scar of slavery in America. Very striking and arresting cover. Second place for me is Heart Throbs #136 because it is easily the greatest Dune […]

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Review | Asgard Book 1: Ironfoot

A monstrous sea serpent is terrorizing the Fjördland, destroying one fishing boat after another, eating all on board, and keeping the Vikings from going on their pillaging expeditions. All hope seems lost until a stranger with a dark past and a score to settle with the gods shows up and offers to hunt down and […]

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Comic Culture May 15th, 2019

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Covered 365: Day 135

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #135, DC Comics, January 1971 – Artist: Neal Adams. For me was a three way tie between Jimmy Olsen #135, Four Color #135 with that beautiful blue background and Amazing Spider-Man #135, I looked at all 3 for a while and decided I loved the ridiculous chaos of the Supermen melee […]

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Week in Review: May 15

War of the realms #1 second print

Last week’s War Of The Realms New Agents Of Atlas #1 ratio variant covers continue to perform well on the secondary market. While this book contains a few first appearances one that hasn’t really been discussed is Luna Snow. Luna Snow was first introduced in Marvel’s mobile game Marvel’s Future Fight. Luna Snow is described as a part-time pop star part-time super-hero. What is interesting about this character is that Marvel has released several Luna Snow K-Pop singles on youtube. Marvel is releasing a second print variant cover for New Agents of Atlas #1 and it will have a 1:25 ratio variant, both covers will features Luna Snow.

This weeks issue of Immortal Hulk, Immortal Hulk #17, sees the reintroduction of the Abomination. While lots of copies of Immortal Hulk #17 have sold online in the past two days there are no sales above cover. One book that is seeing a lot of interest online is the first appearance of the Abomination, Tales to Astonish #90 from 1967. This is a book to be looking for in the wild as it will be seeing a lot action in the coming weeks.

Tales To Astonish 90

We also see the release of Naomi #5 this week. This is the second last issue in the first Naomi mini-series. You would expect retailers to have caught up with this title and ordered enough copies to fill demand, however, this book is selling online for a few dollars above its cover price.

Naomi #5
There are two variant covers that come out this week that seem to be selling well online. The first is the Spider-Man Life Story #3 1:25 ACO variant cover. This book has been selling well from $30 to $35. Following the Marvel Tales variant trend, Marvel Tales Iron Man #1 features a 1:50 Jen Bartel virgin variant cover. This book has been selling for $80 to $100.

 

 

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Covered 365: Day 134

House of Secrets #134, DC Comics, August 1975 – Artist: Ernie Chan. August 1975 must have been a great month for covers, if you remember our Day #94 was August 1975’s X-Men #94. This Ernie Chan offering is outstanding giving off a creepy mood and stands out from a relatively average cover day. I really […]

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Undervalued Spotlight #445

Famous Funnies #27, Four Color, October 1936. My pal Christian as been quite the source for solid Undervalued suggestions these past few months. His latest offering is a doozy and comes with a nice little story. Christian was rummaging around the Toronto comic shops and happened upon a run of old, early Four Color Famous […]

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Covered 365: Day 133

Jumbo Comics #133, Fiction House, March 1950 – Artist: Not noted. I’m not a big fan of Jungle and Jumbo covers especially the later issues from this era but Jumbo Comics #133 is great, the fight to the death in the ring of fire action scene is intense, visually this is a great cover. I […]

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Brain Sugar and the Great Lord Larry Mystery

One of the most simultaneously infuriating, irritating, exciting and compelling parts of conducting research is when one comes across a mystery that cannot be solved. When it comes to Canadian Silver Age comic book collecting, there is one such mystery that Dan, Victor and I have been working on for a couple of years that […]

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Covered 365: Day 132

Pep Comics #132, Archie Comics, April 1959 – Artist: Not noted. I had a good look at all the #132 candidates and for me Pep is the best of the lot, great cover and another one I’ve never owned though I want to now. I was really close to picking Famous Funnies #132, what’s happening […]

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Covered 365: Day 131

Hopalong Cassidy #131, DC Comics, September/October 1958 – Artist: Gil Kane. Man can Gil Kane draw a horse and a great action scene, I love this cover. I was going to pick Falling in Love #131 but pulled back because I have my eye on another one with a similar theme a few weeks out. […]

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Covered 365: Day 130

Detective Comics #130, DC Comics, December 1947 – Artist: Bob Kane. I remember buying this at the 2017 NYCC, I picked it up for a friend named Tony who loved the cover and loved the story told inside. Tony had been looking for a copy for a while and luckily I remembered this while rummaging […]

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Web Arted #359

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Bolle, Buscema, Palmer, Kesel, Mignola, Zeck, Beatty, Davis, Farmer.

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Weekend Update with Nico

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I’m not so sure they have us covered.

 

Comic book news media outlet wegotthiscovered.com made a couple major representations about the plot of the forthcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy 3.  Specifically they reported that we would see the characters Beta Ray Bill and Quasar in this film. In a separate article they reported that an insider at Marvel told them exclusively that Marvel had big plans for General Ross as Red Hulk in a Thunderbolts plot as well as the character Abomination.  None of the aforementioned reports have been substantiated by any other news outlets and it is unclear whether or not there is any insider information that is generating these news stories or whether wegotthiscovered is making educated guesses based upon the circumstances. In any event, I would encourage you to refrain form making any purchases based upon news of this kind which remains completely unsubstantiated.

Speculation regarding all of the aforementioned characters is certainly not new.  Even before James Gunn’s infamous tweet on June 12, 2017 of a Quasar tape deck had the collector community going wild, speculators and investors have tucked away key appearances of Marvel Boy (who first appeared way back in the Golden Age in Marvel Boy #1 (December, 1950)), Wendall Vaughan (the Copper age Quasar), and more recently Phyla-Vell (the Modern age female incarnation of Quasar).  Which iteration is perceived as the best bet generally has more to do with the type of collector that is purchasing the books than with an objective analysis of the pro’s and con’s of that title. If you are speculating on the Wendall Vaughan iteration of Quasar (Vaughan first appears in Captain America #217 while he takes over the mantle of Quasar in Hulk #234), be mindful to look for the Mark Jewler variants.  Copies of both of these books are trading at all time highs with the value of Hulk #234 in particular increasing almost 500% overnight. Don’t forget the original version of Marvel Boy returns in Fantastic Four 164, and that these books are super inexpensive. Finally, Phyla-Vell first appears in Captain Marvel (2004) issues #16 and #17 and some are speculating that Disney will lean towards inclusion of a strong female super-hero (currently starring in Donnie Cates series Dark Guardians) rather than introducing the Wendall Vaughan iteration.


Similarly, Beta Ray Bill has seen its ups and downs in the world of comic book speculation.  The character had an Easter Egg in Thor Ragnarok, has been slated to appear in the MCU for years and has long been rumored to be in possession of Thor’s missing hammer Mjolnir in MCU continuity.  Note that Beta Ray Bill’s weapon is Stormbreaker and that collectors have been hoarding copies of Thor #337 (the 1st Beta Ray Bill), #338 (2nd Beta Ray Bill) and #339 (1st Stormbreaker) for years.  Suggesting that Beta Ray Bill is going to appear in the MCU is a far cry from groundbreaking journalism.  That being said, 35 copies of Thor #337 sold on eBay the day that this “news” broke compared to the prior day where there were 2 sales.  In point of fact a CGC 9.8 copy of this book sold for less than $300.00 on eBay on April 30th.  This week copies of the same book have been closer to the $500.00 mark.  If you are looking to pick up this book once the hype cools down, don’t forget that there is a hard to find Canadian price variant that may the winning book when all the dust settles.  The most important lesson in comic book speculation is to learn when to be the seller and when to be the buyer.


The only reason I mentioned the other wegotthiscovered article regarding General Ross, Red Hulk and Thunderbolts is that unlike the news stories about Quasar and Beta Ray Bill this story was not picked up by any other news outlets and had little to no impact on sales of these books.  Additionally, this story has not been championed by any of the online buying groups (explicitly or implicitly). It is no more or less viable, but it demonstrates the power of the follow the leader mentality in the comic collector market and the crucial need for quality information and quality mentors regardless of your skill or experience level.  No one person can keep up with all the news, have expertise in all areas, etc. Truly comic book collecting is increasingly becoming a team sport. More often than not it takes a more than one person to process all of the information and news stories that we are constantly being bombarded with and a second or third set of eyes on a book never hurts.  I can’t encourage you enough to find a group of collectors with shared goals and to work together to make better investments and better speculative picks. This is a critical safeguard that will more often than not keep you from suffering buyers remorse.

They may not have you covered, but we do.

Monday morning the trailer for Spider-man Far From Home dropped and the speculator world went a little crazy at all the possibilities for flips and investments following Marvel’s revelation that the MCU timeline is a multiverse.  For those of you returning to this article, you will recall that we discussed this last week in our post Avengers: Endgame discussion. It appears that our intuition that the most important development in Avengers: Endgame for the MCU being the multiverse was 100% correct.  If you are interested in reading about this in detail, the article is available here.

Be aware that Disney released preliminary dates for its forthcoming MCU box office schedule

May 1st, 2020.
November 6th, 2020.
February 12th, 2021.
May 7th, 2021.
November 5th, 2021.
February 18th, 2022.
May 6th, 2022.
July 29th, 2022.

Speculation has been all over the board, but generally people are suggesting we will see the Eternals and a Black Panther sequel (which may or may not feature Namor) and a sequel to Dr. Strange (which will probably feature Nightmare and Clea, but may or may not feature Brother Voodoo whose sibling appeared in the first film) in 2021.  There is some speculation that Spider-man 3 will focus on a Dark Avengers plot which will begin with the transformation of Avengers towers into Ozcorp. There is also some speculation that we will see [As]Guardians of the Galaxy 3 featuring a slew of new characters including Warlock, Quasar, Nova, Angela and Beta Ray Bill. Movies that no one seems to expect until 2022 are a sequel to Captain Marvel (which most believe will transition from the Kree v. Skrull War to a Fantastic Four film), Ant-Man and the Wasp 3 which is generally discussed as being the film that will transition to a Young Avengers ensemble.  By 2022 most expect that the MCU will begin to introduce entirely new players into the field. Most have abandoned hope of seeing characters like Moon Knight and Blade on the big screen any time in the near future following the release of the Hulu Robbie Reyes and Damien Helstrum television series, but there is a long list of other potential characters who are undoubtedly being explored by Marvel. We’ll keep you updated as additional news and information is forthcoming.

Golden goodies continue to generate top sales figures.

Planet Comics #34

All eyes in the pre-code horror collectors market were glued to the Sunday night auction for Witchcraft #2 which has a classic skull cover and is tough to find in any condition.  This particular copy was in great shape for its age but admittedly was missing a piece of the upper right corner of the cover. It was advertised as being in Fair condition and sold for $841.00.  This is a marked increase from the last sale of a graded copy that was almost certainly in better condition. Concomitantly, good girl art collectors were treated to a live auction of a low grade copy of Planet Comics #34 which moved with haste in a live auction to the tune of $315.00.  It is axiomatic at this point that a significant number of new buyers are transitioning their collections into these two sub-specialties with haste.

Eternals casting continues

Eternals #1 175 variantDeadline and others are reporting that former Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden is in talks to be playing Ikari in the forthcoming Eternals film.  Ikaris is the most well-known of the Eternals race and the main character of the series. Richard Madden is well known by many comic book fans after playing Robb Stark an integral figure in the Game of Thrones drama who lost his life during the now infamous Red Wedding scene.  If you are interested in speculating on the Eternals, don’t forget the Eternals #1 (2008) 1:75 variant. This is a variant that was reportedly given away at a Diamond Retailer Summit and I believe that this has reduced the desirability of this issue in the minds of some collectors.  Nevertheless, this is far from a fatal development considering how few retailers were ordering 75 copies of Eternals #1 in 2008. This book was published long before news of the Eternals film. It is anyone’s guess what the actual print run is on this book, but it is an issue that will undoubtedly see some heat as we Eternals #1 35 centapproach the release of the Eternals film.  In the event that the Eternals film is a hit, this book may become a monster 9.8. It is also a cheap buy in with NM copies readily available online in the $30.00 to $50.00 price range. Acuna variants are generally well received on the secondary market and it is amazing that this book continues to slide under the radar of many collectors who are shelling out hundreds of dollars on other Eternals spec plays when this book is selling for substantially less than ratio almost a decade after its release.

Note that the 30 cent price variant of Eternals #1 continues to shine. On May 5th a CGC 9.4 copy sold for $1,865.00.  This figure is down from the monster April sales figures of $2,248.0 that moved in a BIN and a $2,034.00 live auction sale.  Suffice to say, the Eternals are a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.

Catch em when their Slippin’

 

Legion #23Collectors of high grade copies of rare modern variants are sometimes astonished by the modern collector’s market.  One of the most treasured books of modern variant collectors is Super-girl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #23 (a/k/a LOSH).  This gorgeous Adam Hughes work is considered by many his finest work and by some the apex of modern cover art. Unlike many of the other elite incentive covers, this particular book has languished around the $1,000 mark for considerable time.  This is disappointing to many experienced collectors who see selling at prices comparable to books like the variants for books like Immortal Hulk #2 (Zaffino) and Spider-Gwen #1 (Jee Hyung Lee). Whether or not this is a reasonable price point is certainly the subject of many heartfelt debates which I will not endeavor to resolve here, but be aware that 9.8 copies of book are selling at have dipped to around $850.00 in the last week.  Note that a CGC 9.6 copy sold for $719.00 less than a month ago on April 13th. If you are in the market for a copy of this book, now may be an opportune time as I do not anticipate that these prices will last for long in a market where Naomi #1 sells for $500.00.

Get your Katy Keene and Batwoman books ready

The CW ordered Katy Keene and Batwoman to series after their pilots were uniformly well received by focus groups.  The excitement levels surrounding the Batwoman television series has waxed and waned, but it is a safe bet that DC fanboys are already in love with Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black) who will star as Batwoman.  It is unclear whether Batwoman will suffer the same sort of speculation hell that has plagued shows Detective #854like the Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Certainly arguments can be made that CW DC shows do not drive major interest in key books and those who have been burned on Flash villain of the week speculation picks will probably poor mouth Batwoman.  Nevertheless, I am reserving judgment and will hope that the CW’s commitment to the show is demonstrated by the budget it invests in the character. We will have to wait and see to what extent it moves sales and prices on key books. Remember that Batwoman’s nemesis Alice Elizabeth Kane’s first appearance is Detective #854 which incidentally has a 1:10 ratio variant. Alice will feature prominently in the show and it will definitely be easier to still find her first appearance in dollar bins at your LCS than it will be to find the first appearance of Kate Kane (Batwoman) who first appeared in 52 Week #7, #9 and/or #11 in dollar bins at your local LCS.

The other major news out of CW this week is that the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene is receiving a full series.  This is important for longer term speculation on “Archie-verse” creations to the extent that it further solidifies the appeal of multiple iterations of these characters by executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who’s career catapulted from his work on Afterlife with Archie.  Katy Keene has an all-star cast that includes Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars), Riverdale’s Ashleigh Murray who is re-prizing her role as Josie (of Josie and the Pussy Cats fame), Jonny Beauchamp (Penny Dreadful), Julia Chan (Saving Hope), Camille Hyde (American Vandal), Lucien Laviscount (Snatch), Zane Holtz (From Dusk Till Dawn), and Katherine LaNasa (Imposters).

wilburKaty Keene books appeal to Golden age collectors, many of which who have distinguished her from the Archie verse and believe her books to be more desirable than traditional Archie comics.  A lot of her books fall into the category of Good Girl Art (“GGA”) and enjoy cross over appeal with Archie fans as well as fans of romance comics generally. It will be interesting to see if there’s a significant uptick in the price tag of her books generally and to see which, if any key books, collectors will covet as we approach the release of this show.  As discussed here previously, a few key books to look out for are Wilbur #2 (1945) (her first appearance); Katy Keene #1 (1949)(the first issue of her ongoing series); Katy Keene #62 (the last issue of the series is highly sought after because of the forbidden planet homage cover); Katy Keene Pin Up Parade #1 (1955)(the majorette cover); and Katy Keene Glamour #1 (1957)(the red wedding issue pops and is hard to find in better than a VG grade).

Watchman trailer drop

The Question #17

The Watchman trailer dropped and it appears that HBO will not disappoint.  CGC 9.8 copies of Watchmen #1 have been hovering around the $550.00 to $650.00 mark for about a year.  It will be interesting to see if sales of this book start to move in anticipation of the television series.  Keep a look out for the first appearance of Rorschach in DC continuity, The Question #17 (1988). This book has an all black cover and 9.8s are hard to come by.  It appears that Rorschach’s impact on society will be central to season one of this series and this may drive viewers and collectors to look for his key appearances.  There are no CGC 9.8 copies of this book available on eBay and no recent sales.

 

Marvel’s 80th Anniversary Celebration begins in August

 

Marvel has been running advertisements for some amazing mystery projects slated to begin in August.  It is unclear exactly what they are planning but the comic worlds is buzzing. So far, Marvel has announced that George Perez (a true living legend and one of the kindest people in comics) is coming out of retirement to work with Marvel’s most popular current writer – Al Ewing. John Cassaday is teaming up with Mark Waid. Erik Larsen, Walter Simonson, and Alex Ross are each slated to have their own individual projects. J Michael Straczynski is also returning to Marvel to work with Ed McGuinness.  The highly acclaimed creative team behind into the Spider-Verse, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, are working on a project. Also, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas will be working with Jeffrey Veregge. Brad Meltzer is teaming up with Julian Tedesco. Last, but certainly not least, we have Joe Hill together with Mike Allred. I am stunned by this move and couldn’t me happier for Marvel comic fans. This is fantastic!

 

I hope you enjoyed this installment of  Weekend Update. That’s all for this week.  I’ll be back next week with more news. In the interim, “Happy hunting You bunch of savages!”

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Covered 365: Day 129

Amazing Spider-Man #129, Marvel Comics, February 1974 – Artist: Gil Kane. If I can pick Aron Man #128 then I have to pick Amazing Spider-Man #129. This cover is beyond iconic, it is one of the most recognized covers in the hobby, top 10 maybe in all of comicdom and it has to be my […]

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Review | Walter Simonson’s Ragnarök Artist’s Edition Portfolio

Walter Simonson’s Ragnarök Artist’s Edition Portfolio features all 12 covers—main and variants—from the acclaimed writer/artist’s first six-issue story arc. Simonson, an Eisner Award-winning creator of such classics as Thor, Alien: The Illustrated Story, Manhunter and Star Slammers, has returned to his love of Norse mythology in the pages of Ragnarök. Like all our AE books […]

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Comic Book Wars Episode 1

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Comic Culture May 8th, 2019

Every week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk the comic book talk. So kick back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture. Oh, and please make sure you go out and support your local comic book shop. Comic Culture is written by Walter Durajlija and engineered by Chris Owen. Enjoy Comic Culture’s […]

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