MARVEL DOUBLES THE VALUE OF ALL ITS TOP-SELLING SUPER HERO COMICS03/09/12 @ 10:20 am EST
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The World’s Top Comic Publisher Announces Landmark Digital Initiative
STRAY BULLETS AIMS FOR THE GUT09/30/14 @ 3:38 pm EST
Marvel is proud to announce that, beginning June 2012, all Marvel super hero comics priced at $3.99 will include codes for free digital copies of those same issues on the Marvel Comics app
for iOS and Android devices at no extra cost! That’s right, the most-talked-about comics in the industry—including Avengers
, Captain America
, Invincible Iron Man
, Mighty Thor
, Amazing Spider-Man
. Wolverine & The X-Men
and more—will come packed with a code to ensure fans have the most critically acclaimed stories with them anytime, anywhere.
“We’re committed to bringing fans the best value in comics. By including codes for free digital copies in all our $3.99 super hero comics, we’re doing just that” said David Gabriel, SVP of Sales, Marvel Entertainment. “We’ve seen a tremendous response to the digital codes in Avenging Spider-Man
, our Season One
graphic novels and the Ultimate Comics line. The positive reactions from both retailers and fans make it clear that including these codes with our books drives customers into comic stores on a repeated basis.”
Marvel made comic book history in 2011 by announcing all titles in the Ultimate Comics line would include codes for free digital copies on the Marvel Comics app
, with unrivaled incentives for comic shop retailers. Then, in 2012, Marvel announced the acclaimed Season One
graphic novels would also include similar codes making them the first graphic novels to ever include codes for free digital copies at no extra cost.
“At Marvel, we’re always looking for ways to bring the worlds of print and digital media together to deliver the best comics experience for our fans,” said Peter Phillips, SVP & GM, Marvel Digital Media. “With this next step, fans will soon be able to buy their comics from their favorite retailers but also enjoy them on their mobile devices and tablets, all at no extra charge. Welcome to the Revolution.”To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com
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HALFWAY THROUGH A LEGENDARY JOURNEY09/30/14 @ 3:33 pm EST
David Lapham’s rich, influential crime series STRAY BULLETS returned to comic book stands in March 2014, with the launch of its first new story arc in nine years, “Killers.” Whether newly-hipped to STRAY BULLETS or longtime fans, readers can now get new editions of the classic story arcs from Image Comics, beginning in October with STRAY BULLETS VOLUME 1: INNOCENCE OF NIHILISM.
Follow the lost lives of people who are savagely torn apart by events beyond their control. As the innocent world of an imaginative little girl is shattered when she witnesses a brutal double murder. Or an introverted young boy on the verge of manhood gets a lesson on just how far is too far when he falls for a needy woman who lives in the fast lane. Or party with a pair of low-rent hoods who learn about what is really important in life just when they shouldn't. And even learn the story of the most infamous gangster who ever lived, Amy Racecar, who talks to God, lunches with the President, and just may be responsible for the end of the world.
STRAY BULLETS won the 1996 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist, and the trade paperback collection STRAY BULLETS: INNOCENCE OF NIHILISM won the 1997 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album-Reprint. Its trademark dark, neo-noir themes and nonlinear storytelling have been likened to the storytelling styles of Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch.
STRAY BULLETS VOLUME 1: INNOCENCE OF NIHILISM will be in comic book stores on October 29 and in bookstores on November 11. It is available for pre-order now.
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DOMINIC COOPER OFFICIALLY JOINS CAST OF MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER09/30/14 @ 2:18 pm EST
Vol. 6 of the Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus hits stores this week. The bare facts begin with it being 700 pages for $19.99—tremendous value for the reader. Six volumes times 700 pages is 4200 pages—and that’s only the halfway point of the story. But if you feel intimidated to even start this series, here’s another fact: Lone Wolf and Cub isn’t just Dark Horse’s best-selling manga; with over 1.3 million copies in print, it’s the company's best-selling title, ever, period. Dark Horse releases a tremendous variety of books. Some are just books of their time, and some will only appeal to certain readers. But Dark Horse is inspired by the history of comics worldwide, and they’re driven to publish, whenever it can, those classic works that have stood the test of decades.Lone Wolf and Cub represents the reasons Dark Horse wanted to release manga in the first place. In fact, publisher Mike Richardson was fascinated by Lone Wolf and Cub long before there even was a Dark Horse, discovering the manga in the early 1970s when a copy of the Japanese magazine it originally ran in made its way to a used book store in Portland. As many of you know, Lone Wolf and Cub is the story of Itto Ogami, samurai and former court executioner to the Tokugawa shogun. Framed by his enemies and ordered to commit the gruesome ritual suicide of seppuku, he instead escapes and takes his little son, Daigoro, with him. Roaming the byways of Japan as “Lone Wolf and Cub,” he becomes an assassin killing for 500 pieces of gold, as he tries to gradually untangle the conspiracy that put him on the run. Vol. 6 of the omnibus ends on a dramatic moment in the plot, as Itto and Daigoro are drawn into a trap by his arch-enemy Retsudo, lord of the scheming Yagyu clan. Yet with a dozen blades pointed at him, Ogami has a secret more deadly even than his sword.But Lone Wolf and Cub didn’t earn its epic status only through the twists and turns of its plot; it’s a story not just of its main characters, but of the many people they meet along the way, whose lives feel just as real. As with some of the best historical fiction, Lone Wolf and Cub is a rich exercise in world-building—not of an imaginary world, but through the rediscovery of a past that seems a realm of fantasy now, yet once lived and breathed.
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Marvel has announced that Dominic Cooperwill be reprising his role of Howard Stark on the upcoming Marvel’s Agent Carter series for ABC.FRED VAN LENTE IN THE BLEEDING COOL INTERVIEW ON RESURRECTIONISTS09/30/14 @ 2:14 pm EST
Cooper first played Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger and again in the Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.
Cooper joins Hayley Atwell asAgent Peggy Carter, Chad Michael Murray asSSR Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj asSSR Agent Daniel Sousa, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, and Shea Whigham as SSR Chief Roger Dooley.
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THE AVENGER 101 – MARK RAHNER TALKS THE AVENGER SPECIAL: A DYNAMITE INTERVIEW ON BLEEDING COOL09/30/14 @ 12:02 pm EST
Over at Bleeding Cool
, Fred Van Lente talks about his new Dark Horse book Resurrectionists
. To read it, click here.
To read the Dynamic Forces
interview with FVL on Resurrectionists
, click here.
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“I EVEN RE-WATCHED THE SHADOW ALEC BALDWIN MOVIE” – MICHAEL MORECI ON WRITING THE SHADOW: A DYNAMITE INTERVIEW ON BLEEDING COOL09/30/14 @ 11:52 am EST
Coming off of Justice Inc
by Michael Uslan
, Dynamite Entertainment
is giving each the Shadow
and The Avenger
their own special one shot. Mark Rahner
is handling Richard Benson
and Byron Brewer
talked with the writer about the special and the history of the character
.BYRON BREWER: Mark, not a lot of folks know the Avenger as opposed to, say, Doc Savage or the Shadow. Tell us a little about this pulp-era character.Mark Rahner:
He’s more obscure, but was always more interesting to me. The Avenger debuted in 1939 – the same year as Batman. In some ways, he’s similar. In others, he’s even more grim and obsessed, with no soft alter ego.Here’s some Avenger 101:Richard Benson was a rich industrialist and adventurer whose wife and daughter were killed by criminal scum. The trauma of the loss turned his skin and hair white, leaving the flesh of his face malleable, so that he can mold it to impersonate people. He’s not a big guy – 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds – but he’s remarkably strong and athletic. His dead, expressionless face and icy eyes, should make for a look that’s as unsettling as it is cool.
Benson uses a variety of then-futuristic gadgets, along with his best friends, “Ike” the knife and “Mike” the gun. Ike is hollow-handled for throwing. Mike is a streamlined .22 pistol he uses to “crease” skulls instead of killing. Think of how annoying getting “creased” would be.He’s got a diverse crew of memorable characters – especially for the ’30s and ’40s – whose lives have all been scarred by crime. They’re completely devoted to him.BB: So how did this special come into being? Was it something you pitched?Mark Rahner:
I had mentioned the character from time to time as a natural fit in Dynamite’s roster – if not a glaring omission from it! I chimed in with some background info about him. There’ve been assorted fits and starts with The Avenger and Justice Inc. in comics over the decades, and I really wanted Dynamite to have the definitive, satisfying one, like they’ve done with other pulp characters.BB: Michael Uslan recently wrote the Justice Inc. series which featured the Avenger, Doc Savage and the Shadow. Does this special spin off from there, or is it totally self-contained?Mark Rahner:
Totally self-contained, with no other guest-heroes. Benson is The Man here. “The Television Killers” hews closely to the original novels and his origin.BB: So tell us a little about this special.Mark Rahner:
It’s 1939, and a new device called “television” has been introduced to the public at the incredible (retro) futuristic World’s Fair in New York! The Avenger and his crew must figure out and stop whatever’s turning people into berserk flesh-eaters. At the same time, a new client comes to Justice Inc. for help: singer Billie Holiday. She’s scheduled to sing her controversial new song, “Strange Fruit” on an early television broadcast, and a gang of racist killers will do anything to keep her out of America’s living rooms. It’s a big 48-pager, so Benson needed two cases at once.BB: Any hints at the big-bad here?Mark Rahner:
There’s the gang-leader, named Even, who wants to kill Bille – and anyone who helps her. There’s another to be discovered as Benson unravels the grisly mystery of the zombified New Yorkers – and one rip-roaring confrontation in a bizarre setting.BB: Were you a fan of the Avenger, or even familiar with him before this project?Mark Rahner:
Since childhood. I think the 1972 paperback reprints were some of the first books I ever read. Other kids start on the classics. I went for the pulps. Each one of those covers is iconic. Later, I hoarded most of the original pulp magazines. I loved revisiting them as an adult so much that I had to be torn away from them to start writing.BB: How did you enjoy working with artist Edu Menna?Mark Rahner:
Edu illustrated stories in both of my TWILIGHT ZONE specials. Once you see the knockout work he did on “Cold Calculation” in the new volume called “Lost Tales,” you’ll be dying to see what he does with The Avenger.BB: Hey! And famed singer Billie Holiday is in this! Do any research about this great star?Mark Rahner:
I’m a chronic over-researcher, from my years as a reporter. But spending time researching someone you’re already into barely counts as work. She had a rough life, her habits with self-medication and men didn’t make it any easier, and she died young. She was also tough, living in an era when black people in America had to endure what, to a lot of us now, is an unimaginable amount of disrespect. And here’s some smart alec trivia: Dynamite wanted a holiday story – so I gave them Billie Holiday!
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY SCREENWRITER, NICOLE PERLMAN, TO WRITE GAMORA COMIC FOR MARVEL09/30/14 @ 11:43 am EST
Another special spinning out of Justice Inc
will be a one-shot for The Shadow
written by Michael Moreci
. The writer has plans on doing a very different and unique Shadow
story and Byron Brewer
got to ask him about it
.BYRON BREWER: Michael, the Shadow is really one of Dynamite’s signature characters. He certainly has a lot of print projects during this 10th anniversary of the company. What makes this 48-page special stand out, in your mind (besides you wrote it, lol). MICHAEL MORECI:
I can’t remember any story—and maybe I’m wrong—that didn’t center around The Shadow. Which makes sense—he is the star of his universe. But, he also has a rich world that he inhabits with a ton of colorful characters to play with and mythology to explore, sort of like Batman. That’s what makes this story a little different; it has all the elements you’d expect from a Shadow story—pulpy fun, mystery, suspense, adventure—but executed through the supporting characters. If you’re a fan of the history, this will be a really cool issue to check out
. BB: The spotlight is on the agents here. I like that. Who will we see? Margo, Cliff, Jericho? Who else?MM:
We’ve got Miles in there as well! Jericho and Cliff make a fun duo to write, and it was a blast being able to pair Miles and Margo.BB: So, no Shadow at all?MM:
Oh, he’s in there, I couldn’t resist. I may or may not ever be able to write Shadow again (which has been a dream of mine, along with Doc Savage), so I had to at least include him a little bit. He does play a role, but it’s his agents’ story. BB: Tell us a little about the story.MM:
Without giving any spoilers, the story centers on a mysterious crime syndicate that has the city in a death grip. No one, not even The Shadow, knows who is behind this crime ring. Circumstances give the Shadow’s trusted agents the opportunity to step up and play a leading role rather than follow the Shadow. With the syndicate plotting a major heist and its villainous leader plotting his final move to take over the city, the agents have to use all their skills to keep the city—and the world—safe. It has humor, action, crime, everything you’d expect.BB: Any special inspiration from former Shadow tales or other media inspire this tale?MM:
Nothing specific, no. When I got the assignment, I went and re-read a bunch of classic Shadow stories, in comics and prose (including Ennis’s awesome story from Dynamite), and I even re-watched The Shadow Alec Baldwin movie—which I still thing is pretty great. I’m really glad I did, because it help me capture that Shadow feel, mixing the pulp noir and pulp adventure traditions. I think the latter, the adventure part, has gotten lost at times in favor of straight crime. It was good to be reminded of how much fun The Shadow can be, especially his supporting cast. BB: I take it thiswill be one of those great globe-trotting tales. Where are you taking us?MM:
Well, of course we’ll be hitting the mean streets of New York, but our characters will also find adventure in a mysterious mountain in China…BB: How successful was Anthony Marques in translating your story to the comic book page?MM:
Anthony is terrific; we’ve been wanting to team up on a project for awhile now, and it’s been a blast to collaborate with him. He shares my passion for this universe, and it shows on the page; his work is loose and fun and really nailing the look and feel I had hoped for. I think Shadow fans are going to love what he’s bringing to the table.BB: What is it about pulp characters like the Shadow that makes them so enjoyable to write for today’s comics scribes?MM:
You know, I’m not sure. There’s a lot of reasons, and I’m sure every creator who works on these characters can cite something different. For one thing, personally, I grew up on the pulps. They were always around, so I have a deep-seeded fondness for the worlds of The Shadow, Doc Savage, Phantom, etc. And those worlds are the foundations for so much of what exists in comics today, without question.What it comes down to, for me—regardless of nostalgia—is the strength of these characters. There’s a reason they’ve last this long—they’re amazing. They are so rich and fun and thrilling, so smart and heroic and cool. Being able to contribute to this tradition is a unique pleasure, and I can’t wait for readers to check out this story!
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VALIANT TO LAUNCH IMPERIUM AT NYCC09/30/14 @ 11:36 am EST
After launching two new series -- Rocket Raccoon
and The Legendary Star-Lord --
as well as continuing Guardians Of The Galaxy
, we have been led to understand that Marvel will add a fourth title starring daughter-of-Thanos Gamora
And it will be written by the co-screenwriter of the Guardians Of The Galaxy
movie, Nicole Perlman
, who was rather shunted to the side during the PR process of the movie.
Yet it was she who first developed the Guardians as a movie and saw their potential to be the hit they were.
And now she’s writing one of the comics that first inspired her. Expect an announcement during or just before the New York Comic Con.
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MEGA MAN RETURNS WITH NEW STORYLINE09/30/14 @ 11:34 am EST
All we have is the name. Imperium.
And the publisher. Valiant.
And that Valiant will be publishing something called Imperium.
They have already announced their first title not based on a previous iteration of Valiant, in Punk Mambo.
And now we seem to have a second – or the name of another crossover? (via Bleeding Cool)
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BATMAN 75 STAMP SET COLLECTION UNVEILED09/30/14 @ 7:53 am EST
The ALL-NEW storyline begins here!
The epic adaptation of the legendary game, MEGA MAN 3
, begins with "Legends of the Blue Bomber" Part One: We’ve seen Mega Man battle Robot Masters plenty of times before, but now witness the mechanical madness unfold as only the Masters’ Masters see it! Get a birds-eye view of battle from the lens of the great (and not-so-great) Doctors that have created our heroes and menaces!
As this unfolds, Top Man plans for his elegant “last dance” with Mega Man, while Snake Man prepares his amphibious ambush! But how is this all playing into Dr. Wily’s hands? Find out in this battle royale you definitely won’t want to miss out on!Featuring new cover art from PATRICK "SPAZ" SPAZIANTE, plus an awesome "movie poster" variant cover from Vince Riley!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: POWREE, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante
Movie Poster Variant Cover: Vince Riley
On Sale Date: 10/1
32-page, full color comic
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DC has announced an all new set of Batman Stamps.
Showcasing eight unique designs in a pane of 20 stamps, this new issuance from the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 75th anniversary of Batman. Four versions of the iconic DC Comics superhero are depicted from four eras of comic book history. In addition, there are four incarnations of the Bat emblems. The Batman Stamp Set Collection of eight limited-edition Forever Stamps celebrates Batman’s Evolution in Comics.
A column on the left side of the pane includes four different circular stamps. Each is affixed with a different Bat-Signal, the spotlight Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon sent into the night sky to summon Batman.
The background illustration features a silhouette of Batman standing on a bridge with the skyline of Gotham City looming above him. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp pane.