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12-19-16

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer Released

First we were treated to a teaser trailer of Spider-Man using his new web wings. But now we have the first full-length trailer of high flying fun. Our Spidey sense is tingling!

Peter Parker may be Joe-average high school kid but with a very different after school life. The trailer finds him caught between being a teenager and a superhero – wanting to help people while also listening to his new mentor, Tony Stark. Fantasizing about fighting with the Avengers and trying not to get caught staring at girls. It’s looking like it’ll be part teen flick, part superhero movie.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will arrive in theaters on July 7, 2017. It is directed by Jon Watts (Clown), starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker-Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, and Zendaya.

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Alien: Covenant Moves Release Date Up

Not only has 20th Century Fox shared the first official poster for Alien: Covenant, but the Prometheus sequel-Alien prequel will be hitting theaters three months sooner! The upcoming horror-science fiction movie has moved from its original August 4, 2017 release date to May 19, 2017. What better way to announce the new release than with the menacing alien, the Xenormorph?

Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smolett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, and Billy Crudup, with Noomi Rapace returning as Elizabeth Shaw and Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland.

Fox has additionally moved the release dates for two unspecified Marvel films, and even eliminated one. The untitled Marvel films are now scheduled for November 2, 2018 and February 14, 2019. However, the film originally scheduled for October 6, 2017 has been pulled in favor of Kingsman 2, premiering June 16, 2017.

The studio also announced that December 21, 2017 has been reserved for an unnamed film from James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment, rumored to be the Avatar sequel.

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Rogue One Pre-Sells Hundreds of Thousands of Tickets

Official numbers have not been released yet, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has sold hundreds of thousands of presale tickets. According to Fandango, their website was inundated with ticket requests within seconds of availability of the overnight presale for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Fandango was flooded with ticket purchases leaving many users experiencing time outs and issues. In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Fandango stated that “Last night, Fandango saw extraordinary demand for tickets to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Within minutes of going on sale, we sold hundreds of thousands of tickets.”

They also stated that virtual waiting rooms were established for the checkout process to continuously serve the record number of customers.

Last year The Force Awakens earned over $50 million in advance ticket sales before the movie was released in theaters. It broke the previous presale records, beating The Hunger Games and The Dark Knight Rises. If Rogue One continues its current progress it could set the record again.

Rogue One is a companion film set outside of the regular episodic series, detailing the Rebel mission to steal the Death Star plans. Directed by Gareth Edwards, written by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, it stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, and Riz Ahmed.

It opens in theaters on December 16, 2016.

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Rosters Announced for X-Men: Gold & X-Men: Blue

 

The creative teams as well as the mutant rosters for the upcoming X-Men books, X-Men: Gold and X-Men: Blue, have been revealed. The two team books echo the team names used in the 1990s, and will both launch in April 2017.

X-Men: Gold will be written by Marc Guggenheim, with Ardian Syaf on art duties. The leader of this team is Kitty Pryde, with a squad consisting of Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Logan (of the “Old Man” variety) and Rachel Grey. Guggenheim is currently a co-showrunner on both Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow on the CW, while Syaf comes to the series after working with DC on books such as Batgirl and Green Lantern Corps.

X-Men: Blue will be written by Cullen Bunn with art by Jorge Molina. This team consists of the five original X-Men, who have been displaced in time: Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, and Angel, led by Jean Grey. In a quick twist, Magneto is their mentor instead of Professor X. Bunn previously worked on a Magneto solo series and is currently writing Uncanny X-Men; Molina has also previously worked within the X-Men line as well as on A-Force.

Lots more about these two upcoming books can be read about at IGN.

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Captain America Comics #1 in ComicConnect Event Auction

Readers immediately fell in love with Captain America, a gutsy, gleefully aggressive new hero, who wore his allegiance on his sleeve and made his intent powerfully clear by taking aim directly at the mustachioed face of the Fuhrer himself. In those pre-Pearl Harbor days, such an image was simply incendiary, and copies flew off shelves almost immediately, leading to a nearly 75-year run as the preeminent symbol of American heroism.

“The demand for Captain America Comics #1 has grown exponentially over the last few years as the blockbuster movies have introduced the character to a new audience,” Rob Reynolds, Director of Consignments for ComicConnect, said. “Records are constantly set and broken.”

With a full slate of Captain America and Avengers movies scheduled for release in the future the demand will only grow ComicConnect said. This copy has participated in a minor restoration regimen which has helped preserve this gem for years to come. “The red, white, and blue of Cap’s uniform are as bright as ever, and the majority of the cover is unblemished,” Reynolds continued. “This is a handsome example of a sought-after Golden Age key, one which will start patriotic hearts a-fluttering as they take a shot at owning one of the more-memorable comic books of all time.”

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Superheroes Soar in Hake's Auction #219

As in previous years, Auction #219 at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles included an impressive array of superhero memorabilia.

One highlight from this selection was a 17-1/2” tall velveteen plush doll depicting Captain Marvel. Complete with a silk cape, felt belt, and iconic lightning bolt insignia on his chest. This rare collectors piece was realized for $5,891.

An additional spotlight of the auction was the campaign pressbook for Superman, produced by Fletcher Studios and Paramount Pictures. This impressive edition, which sold for $4,427, was used to promote the 1941 animated series of Superman.

Yet another Superman piece featured was the store advertising standee for Superman's Kellogg Pep cereal. Showcasing a wonderful illustration of Superman alongside the slogan “Boy! It's Super!” it's no wonder this lot reached $3,479.

Webslinger Spider-Man shined through the sale of the Amazing Spider-Man scooter from Marx Friction Toys. The 4-1/4” plastic figure of Spider-Man riding a pink scooter brought in $3,162.

An impressive pair of artboards for the 1969 issue of Daredevil #51 were realized for $2,404. They feature original art for pages 16 and 17, drawn by Barry Windsor-Smith.

Another Marvel classic was featured in the auction in the form of Iron Fist #16. The two-page spread of original art, drawn by Larry Hama, was sold for $1,993.

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Werewolf by Night Art at ComicConnect Closes Dec. 14

“Original art collectors take note, ComicConnect’s Original Art Auction is ending next Wednesday December 14 at 7 PM ET,” Rob Reynolds, ComicConnect Director of Consignments said. “Nearly 150 lots will go under the hammer including nearly two dozen original art lots from the Bronze Age classic, Werewolf by Night.”

Bidders will want to check out Avengers #107 page 2 by Jim Starlin and Dave Cockrum, Fantastic Four #209 page 30 by John Byrne and Joe Sinnott, Tomb of Dracula #18 splash page by Gene Colan and Tom Palmer, Werewolf by Night #1 splash by Mike Ploog and Frank Chiaramonte, Werewolf by Night #5 splash by Mike Ploog, 19 pages from Werewolf by Night #9 by Tom Sutton, X-Men #118 page 11 by John Byrne and Ricardo Villamonte, X-Men #150 splash page by Dave Cockrum and Joe Rubinstein, and issue 150 page 37 by Dave Cockrum and Joe Rubinstein.

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11-7-16

 

New Wonder Woman Trailer Drops from Warners

Warner Bros. released a new trailer for Wonder Woman on November 3, 2016, and it’s a doozy. As Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot is ready to crush oppressors with honor and valor.

In this trailer we learn more about the story, see more of the Amazons and their home, and some comical interactions between Diana and the people she meets who know nothing of warrior women. There will be some seriously cool battles, look for General Antiope leading a charge, Wonder Woman taking on all kinds of wartime baddies, and a bit of the chemistry between Diana and Steve Trevor.

Wonder Woman will be in theaters late next spring on June 2, 2017. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Gadot is joined by Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Lucy Davis, and Danny Huston.

 

MORE: http://scoop.previewsworld.com/Home/4/1/73/1012?ArticleID=186094

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Sherlock Premiere Date & New Trailer

It’s time to get Sherlocked again! The hit British TV show announced that Sherlock will ring in the New Year with a season four premiere on January 1, 2017. The show also issued a new trailer for the upcoming season.

Moriarty may be back to terrorize the great detective once again. The ominous trailer promises that “everything they know will be tested” with plenty of dark and gloomy shots of what Sherlock and John will face. And Toby Jones makes a very unsettling appearance.

The first episode is called “The Six Thachers” and the second is “The Lying Detective.” Sherlock airs on BBC One in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S.

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Stranger Things Turn to Funko Pops

Pop Vinyl is about to get weird with their Stranger Things figurines. In August, Funko presented a digital mock-up of a doll based on Eleven from the Netflix sci-fi thriller. Fans of the series voted on which figures they’d like to see, and Funko delivered.

Entertainment Weekly was given an exclusive first look at the Stranger Things Funko Pops. There are three based on Eleven – one with a bloody nose and Eggos, one in the wig with Eggos, and one of her underwater. Other figures are of Barb, Mike with the walkie talkie, Dustin, Lucas, regular Will, and Upside Down Will. There are also two figures of the scary Demogorgon. The Pop figures will be available in early 2017.

Stranger Things has been picked up for a second season, which could mean more Pops in the future.

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Hot Toys Releases Statue of Tim Burton Artwork

Hot Toys is releasing a limited edition statue based on one of Tim Burton’s drawings from the 1980s. The high quality art piece is based on his drawing “Untitled (Creature Series).”

The artwork is currently in an international touring exhibit “The World of Tim Burton.” It has Burton’s typical stripe motif and black and white color palette with a bit of red.

There are 300 sets of this limited edition collectible art piece available for preorder on FringeBacker. Each one is marked with a unique serial number and Burton’s printed autograph.

Check out the video below to see the creepy-cool figure.

 

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First Look at Justice League vs. Suicide Squad Art

DC has presented a first look at Jason Fabok’s art for the upcoming crossover Justice League vs. Suicide Squad. Scheduled for December, the major Rebirth event will be written by Joshua Williamson.

The miniseries begins when Batman learns about the existence of Amanda Waller’s supervillain team. The Justice League decides to shut down Task Force X, but a larger threat unites the teams.

The events will launch February’s Justice League of America by Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis. That storyline will feature Batman, Black Canary, Vixen, Killer Frost, The Ray, Atom (Ryan Choi), and Lobo.

In addition to previewing Fabok’s art, DC announced the complete list of artists for the six-issue crossover. Artists on the miniseries are Jason Fabok (Justice League: Darkseid War) on issue 1, Tony S. Daniel (Batman) on issue 2, Jesus Merino (Justice League) on issue 3, Fernando Pasarin (Batman & Robin Eternal) on issue 4, Robson Rocha (Green Lanterns) on issue 5, and Howard Porter (Scooby Apocalypse) on issue 6.

The first issue of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad will be on sale December 21, 2016.

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Massive Auction at ComicConnect Starts Soon

“Mark your calendars and set your reminders because ComicConnect’s biggest auction ever starts Tuesday, November 15 at 12 PM EST,” Vincent Zurzolo, COO, said. “Investment collectors need to prepare themselves for, arguably, the nicest selection of auction lots on the market today.”

The first two sessions of ComicConnect’s Event Auction XXIX feature the Larson copy of Batman #1, the highest graded copy of Wonder Woman #1, a run of Action Comics starting at #2, plus nearly “one thousand comics hand-picked by one of the most discerning collectors we’ve met,” Zurzolo said. “The remaining three sessions stand on their own as a powerhouse of vintage four-colored favorites.”

Marc Lasry Collection highlights are Action Comics #2 CGC 8.0 C, Action Comics #7 CGC 7.0 C, Action Comics #10 CGC 7.0 R, All Star Comics #1 CGC 9.0, All Star Comics #3 CGC 7.0, All Star Comics #8 CGC 7.0 R, Batman #1 CGC 8.0, Detective Comics #36 CGC 5.0, Incredible Hulk #1 CGC 7.5, More Fun Comics #73 CGC 8.0 C, Wonder Woman #1 CGC 9.0, and Wonder Woman #2 CGC 9.4.

Golden Age offerings are Action Comics #4 CGC 7.5, All Star Comics Bound Volumes (Jerry Bails Collection), All Star Comics #8 CGC 4.5, Archie Comics #1 CGC 3.0, Batman #1 CGC 6.5, Batman #1 CGC 2.0, Captain America Comics #1 CGC 7.0 R, Detective Comics #28 CGC 8.5, Detective Comics #29 CGC 3.5, Detective Comics #31 CGC 4.5, Detective Comics #31 CGC 2.0, Double Action Comics #1 Ashcan and Double Action Comics #2 CGC 9.2 lot, Human Torch #17 CGC 9.6, Marvel Mystery Annual CGC 6.5, Pep Comics #22 CBCS 7.0 R, Sensation Comics #1 CGC 3.0, and Wonder Woman #1 CGC 5.0.

Silver Age comics include Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 6.5, Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 5.5, Amazing Spider-Man #1 CBCS 8.5 R, Fantastic Four #1 CGC 7.0, Incredible Hulk #1 CGC 8.5, Tales of Suspense #39 CGC 8.5, Tales to Astonish #35 CGC 9.4, and X-Men #1 CGC 9.2.

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Heritage Space Exploration Auction November 11

On November 11, 2016, Heritage is hosting a Space Exploration Signature Auction at their Dallas location.

Items include NASA astronaut group two color photo signed by all nine from the collection of James McDivitt, with COA; Apollo 15 LM flown large American flag and “Sieger” cover in framed display with a note to Irwin from Dave Scott, with COA; and Apollo 13 flown “undocking/separation” quick reference checklist cue card from the Collection of James Lovell, with COA.

Alan Bean original 2005 painting “Our World at My Fingertips,” textured acrylic with moon dust; Apollo 14 LM flown and surface carried brush-scriber-lens tool on plaque, from the collection of Bruce McCandless, with LOA; and Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-56-L) crew-signed color photo will be offered.

Additional highlights are Apollo 17 flown silver Robbins medallion, serial number 62; Skylab (SL-2) flown command module spacecraft ID plate display from the collection of Paul Weitz, with LOA; and Apollo 11 flown silver Robbins medallion, serial number 64, from the collection of Michael Collins, with LOA.

On November 11, the Signature Floor Session 1 is at 11 AM CT and Signature Internet Session 2 at 2 PM CT. Heritage’s Dallas office is located at 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th floor.

Interested collectors can look through the whole auction at ha.com.

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Hake’s Offering Scary Good EC Comics in Auction

Bidding is currently open for Hake’s Americana & Collectibles Auction #219. Among the thousands of collectibles in the auction are hundreds of comic books. From all ages to mature titles, first appearances and key issues to very affordable books, they have something for everyone.

Halloween may be over, but for fans of scary titles, Hake’s is selling plenty of EC comics. In lot 1325 they have Shock SuspenStories #6 CGC 9.6 Gaines File copy. The 1953 comic features stories by Al Feldstein and Bill Gaines with cover and art by Wally Wood, plus additional art by Jack Kamen, Joe Orlando, and Graham Ingels. It comes with a COA signed by William M. Gaines, Bob Overstreet, and Russ Cochran.

Weird Science #13 CGC 9.6 Gaines File copy is in lot 1329. Al Feldstein and Bill Gaines stories are in this issue with art and cover by Wally Wood, plus art by Feldstein, Joe Orlando, and Jack Kamen. It has a COA signed by William M. Gaines, Bob Overstreet, and Russ Cochran.

Lot 1333 has the E.C. Fan-Addict Club complete 1953 kit and letters. It comes with the mailing envelope with the EC logo and “Go MAD! Join the EC Fan-Addict Club” stamp; newsletters #3 (June 1954) and #4 (September 1954); membership certificate featuring the EC logo, the Crypt-Keeper, the Vault-Keeper, and the Old Witch; and membership card.

One lot among the EC listings connected to the company, though not in a positive way, is Seduction of the Innocent anti-comic book first edition hardcover. Housed in lot 1332, the book was written by Fredric Wertham and published by Rinehart & Company, Inc. in 1954. This copy includes the “Bibliographical Note” page which is missing from most copies after comic publishers demanded its removal. It is arguably the most infamous book about comics.

The EC listings are found in lots 1319-1335. Other highlights are Crime SuspenStories #17 CGC 8.0, Crypt of Terror #17 CGC 4.5, Weird Fantasy #13 CGC 7.0, Shock Illustrated #1 CGC 8.0, and E.C. Fan-Addict Club complete 1971 kit and letters.

Hake’s Auction #219 closes on November 15-17. Get your bids in soon at hakes.com.

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10-31-16

 

Cast for Punisher Expands

The cast of the upcoming Punisher series being developed by Netflix is expanding, according to a report by Newsarama. These include Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman, and Michael Nathanson.

Webber is set to play Lewis Walcott, a “young veteran,” with Moore to portray Curtis Hoyle, one of the few people who is aware that Frank Castle is alive. Schulze will play Rawlins, a C.I.A. Agent who has had past run-ins with the Punisher. Newman will be playing the wife of Micro; Micro will be played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Nathanson is set to play Sam Stein, a Homeland Security agent.

Punisher is currently filming in New York City and is set to arrive on the streaming service in 2017.

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50th Anniversary Captain Action Card Game Announced

Captain Action Enterprises, in cooperation with veteran game designers Harold Sipe and Meg Stivison, have announced the release of the new 50th Anniversary Captain Action Card Game. This collectible card game celebrates the five decades of history of Captain Action and features all of the characters from the Captain Action mythos, including Action Boy and Khem, Lady Action, and Dr. Evil.

The game features classic art from comic artists such as Murphy Anderson and Carmine Infantino, as well as contributions from Jerry Ordway, Paul Gulacy, and Kerry Callen.

“Drawing Dr. Evil was a fun experience, made easier because I still have my childhood era Dr. Evil action figure plus the Dr. Ling face mask! Captain Action was my number one favorite toy to play with as a child, and it is an honor to be a small part of this game,” Ordway said.

“We are beyond proud to be part of Captain Action’s 50th anniversary,” game producer Harold Sipe said. ”We believe the game will be a blast for Captain Action fans and a great way to share the characters with the next generation.”

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Carter & Gadot at UN Wonder Woman Event
 

Last Friday, October 21, 2016, the United Nations hosted an event celebrating Wonder Woman’s new position as a UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. Held in conjunction with Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary, a couple of Wonder Women were at the event.

Lynda Carter, who played the superheroine in the long-running 1970s TV show, and Gal Gadot who debuted as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will play her in Wonder Woman and Justice League in 2017, were both at the special ceremony. They were joined by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson.

Wonder Woman’s image will be used to raise awareness of gender-based issues through the UN’s sustainable development goal number five.

The ceremony was the first time that Gadot and Carter appeared together. They both spoke at the ceremony about Wonder Woman’s impact on pop culture and society and also shared how proud they are to represent her.

“In some magical and mystical way, there lies within each of us Wonder Woman,” Carter said while addressing the audience. “She is real. She lives and she breathes. I know this because she lives in me, and she lives in the stories that these women tell me, day in and day out. I see it in the letters and in the stories. I read it on social media. I see it in the tears that fall from the eyes of the women who say it saved them from some awful thing that they endured — because they saw that they could do something great.”

Gadot even gushed about meeting Carter.

“How awesome is she?” Gadot said in an Entertainment Weekly interview. “And I do think she should be the president of the United States. She is fantastic, and after knowing her even for a little bit from this morning, it makes so much sense that she was the first one to embody this iconic character because she is the character in flesh. She is strong and inspiring and loving and good and smart and confident, and the list goes on and on.”

Carter talked about being cast as the heroine and how her popularity has endured since Elizabeth Holloway Marston and William Moulton Marston created her.

“This was a monumental thing, for at the time, there were very few women holding their own shows in television,” Carter said. “They didn’t think a woman could hold a television show. We started getting letters and phone calls, and I started hearing stories. This miracle of an idea that came from a 48-year-old woman named Elizabeth started to have an influence in some girls’ and women’s lives. That was when Wonder Woman became flesh. This idea became a reality, and the ‘she’ became ‘we.’”

Jenkins even stated that she’d like to see Gadot and Carter onscreen together.

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Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Sweepstakes

To celebrate Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics is hosting a sweepstakes. Fans of Wonder Woman now have the chance to get every variant cover of the Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 comic and one framed lenticular image.

Go to dccomics.com to enter to win.

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Steve Geppi on Comic Book Men

For those of you who caught the premier episode of AMC’s Comic Book Men on Sunday, October 23, 2016 you got to see the secret Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) been keeping since July. So here’s a little behind the scenes sneak peek at what that day was like.

Diamond Comics Distributors founder, President, and CEO Steve Geppi appeared as a guest on the season six premiere of Comic Book Men. In attendance, to help things run smoothly, were the entire staff of the museum, including GEM President, Melissa Bowersox.

“It was a great shoot and we were proud to have Steve Geppi, the museum and our comic library featured in the main segment on the show,” GEM Collections and Exhibits Manager Michael Solof said.

Solof also shared his thoughts on the filmmaking process. “It was a ton of fun, but I didn’t realize how many behind the scenes people it would take to produce the 10-minute segment. We closed down the museum for the day and around 9:30 AM production trucks started to roll in. Camera’s, lights, sound equipment, and all sorts of monitoring equipment were brought in and rapidly started to fill up our main lobby in preparation for the shoot. And did I mention the 25 or so crew members to operate all the stuff?” Solof said.

Then, at 10 AM, the hosts of Comic Book Men, Bryan Johnson, Walter Flanagan, Mike Zapcic, and Ming Chen arrived and Geppi gave them a quick tour of the place as they began to determine what they would shoot and how they would achieve the best angles.

“As we all walked the halls with them, they also started to work on what they would say once the camera’s started rolling. We had to move some of the cases at the museum to make for better TV but it was worth it,” Solof said. “I didn’t mind the extra work at all because I got to hold an Action Comic #1 in my hands. How many people can say they actually have held and flipped through a copy of Action #1?”

As the segment came to a close, it was time for Geppi to make his appearance and seasoned professional that he is, he nailed his part in one take. “After the shoot was completed, the hosts, who couldn’t have been a nicer bunch of guys, said that they were truly impressed with everything they saw here that day, but especially with Steve. Chen said that nobody nails it in one take,” Solof said.

In all, from arrival to filming and then to goodbyes, the whole shoot took just over 4 hours. But what an incredible experience. “We’re all hoping that next time Kevin Smith might be able to make it,” said Solof. “What’s it going to take,” he said laughing, “an Action #1 and a Detective #27? Oh wait...we have that too!”

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Massive Auction at ComicConnect Starts Soon

“Mark your calendars and set your reminders because ComicConnect’s biggest auction ever starts Tuesday, November 15 at 12 PM EST,” Vincent Zurzolo, COO, said. “Investment collectors need to prepare themselves for, arguably, the nicest selection of auction lots on the market today.”

The first two sessions of ComicConnect’s Event Auction XXIX feature the Larson copy of Batman #1, the highest graded copy of Wonder Woman #1, a run of Action Comics starting at #2, plus nearly “one thousand comics hand-picked by one of the most discerning collectors we’ve met,” Zurzolo said. “The remaining three sessions stand on their own as a powerhouse of vintage four-colored favorites.”

Marc Lasry Collection highlights are Action Comics #2 CGC 8.0 C, Action Comics #7 CGC 7.0 C, Action Comics #10 CGC 7.0 R, All Star Comics #1 CGC 9.0, All Star Comics #3 CGC 7.0, All Star Comics #8 CGC 7.0 R, Batman #1 CGC 8.0, Detective Comics #36 CGC 5.0, Incredible Hulk #1 CGC 7.5, More Fun Comics #73 CGC 8.0 C, Wonder Woman #1 CGC 9.0, and Wonder Woman #2 CGC 9.4.

Golden Age offerings are Action Comics #4 CGC 7.5, All Star Comics Bound Volumes (Jerry Bails Collection), All Star Comics #8 CGC 4.5, Archie Comics #1 CGC 3.0, Batman #1 CGC 6.5, Batman #1 CGC 2.0, Captain America Comics #1 CGC 7.0 R, Detective Comics #28 CGC 8.5, Detective Comics #29 CGC 3.5, Detective Comics #31 CGC 4.5, Detective Comics #31 CGC 2.0, Double Action Comics #1 Ashcan and Double Action Comics #2 CGC 9.2 lot, Human Torch #17 CGC 9.6, Marvel Mystery Annual CGC 6.5, Pep Comics #22 CBCS 7.0 R, Sensation Comics #1 CGC 3.0, and Wonder Woman #1 CGC 5.0.

Silver Age comics include Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 6.5, Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 5.5, Amazing Spider-Man #1 CBCS 8.5 R, Fantastic Four #1 CGC 7.0, Incredible Hulk #1 CGC 8.5, Tales of Suspense #39 CGC 8.5, Tales to Astonish #35 CGC 9.4, and X-Men #1 CGC 9.2.

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Heritage Space Exploration Auction November 11

On November 11, 2016, Heritage is hosting a Space Exploration Signature Auction at their Dallas location.

Items include NASA astronaut group two color photo signed by all nine from the collection of James McDivitt, with COA; Apollo 15 LM flown large American flag and “Sieger” cover in framed display with a note to Irwin from Dave Scott, with COA; and Apollo 13 flown “undocking/separation” quick reference checklist cue card from the Collection of James Lovell, with COA.

Alan Bean original 2005 painting “Our World at My Fingertips,” textured acrylic with moon dust; Apollo 14 LM flown and surface carried brush-scriber-lens tool on plaque, from the collection of Bruce McCandless, with LOA; and Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-56-L) crew-signed color photo will be offered.

Additional highlights are Apollo 17 flown silver Robbins medallion, serial number 62; Skylab (SL-2) flown command module spacecraft ID plate display from the collection of Paul Weitz, with LOA; and Apollo 11 flown silver Robbins medallion, serial number 64, from the collection of Michael Collins, with LOA.

On November 11, the Signature Floor Session 1 is at 11 AM CT and Signature Internet Session 2 at 2 PM CT. Heritage’s Dallas office is located at 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th floor.

Interested collectors can look through the whole auction at ha.com.

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Political Items, Comics & More in Hake’s Auction

Since 1967, Hake’s Americana & Collectibles has been the premier source for over 200 categories of pop culture memorabilia, all falling under the general heading of “fun.” The company’s motivated team of experts works tirelessly to bring the best of private collections to the auction marketplace. Their next big online, phone and absentee auction event, November 15-17, 2016, is packed with collector favorites and unique historical material.

Since November is election month, Hake’s pulled out all the stops to secure political memorabilia that even the most advanced collectors would find irresistible. Among the top highlights is lot 57, an 1872 miniature cloth “Flag of Chappaqua – Greeley & Brown” with associated original ephemera. The vibrant 37-star flag-badge is a rare campaign keepsake with a wooden staff that, according to its accompanying certificate, came from the “Farm of Hon. Horace Greeley, and from Choppings and Prunings by the Philosopher’s Own Hand.” In exemplary condition, the three-piece grouping consisting of the flag-badge, printed certificate and pictorial envelope is the only known complete set of its type. The presale estimate is $10,000-$20,000.

Another political blockbuster is lot 107, an outstanding William McKinley “Prosperity” poster produced for the incumbent president’s 1900 reelection campaign. Rich with symbolism, the image depicts laborers, military personnel, and businessmen holding above their heads a large gold dollar labeled “Sound Money.” Standing atop the oversize coin is the candidate, doffing his top hat and grasping an American Flag. This visually exciting poster is expected to make $10,000-$20,000 at auction.

While on the subject of posters, not even the most sinister of monster movie images are as foreboding as the one seen on lot 219, a World War I recruitment poster. Boldly titled “Destroy This Mad Brute,” it depicts a wild-eyed, German-helmeted gorilla wielding a club and abducting a young woman. Printed by the U.S. Government circa 1917, it urges men to “Enlist” to stem the threat of German invasion. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000

Young sports fans who were glued to their TV screens in 1961, wondering whether Mickey Mantle or Roger Maris would be first to hit their 61st home run of the season, would appreciate the significance of lot 682. A “real photo” button with pictures of both Yankee sluggers and the slogan “61 In ’61 Or Bust,” the rare, near-mint example from the Muchinsky Collection graphically recalls the competitive tension that surrounded the famous batting rivalry. Estimate: $2,000-$5,000

Houdini memorabilia is so widely collected, it even has its own name: Houdiniana. A “magical” example of Houdiniana is lot 1073, a hand-signed photo of the fabled illusionist. The inscription reads: “Harry Houdini Los Angeles Oct 5, 1907,” suggesting the photo may have been obtained at one of Houdini’s LA performances around that time. The portrait photo is estimated at $2,000-$5,000.

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Vintage and Pop Culture Collectibles with DIG

Diamond International Galleries (DIG) continues to offer a diverse selection of pop culture and vintage collectibles in their weekly eBay auction ending Sunday, October 30, 2016. Vintage items currently available for bidding include a set of 1943 Lone Ranger and Tonto Safety Club prints and letters from Merita Bread, a 1950s tin litho television mechanical coin bank by D.B.G.M., and a pair of 1950s Gene Autry rubber children’s boots with original packaging. There are political items, like a lot of 1960s John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy pinback buttons and vintage Topps products such as a lot of 20 1961 sports car trading cards.

As this auction ends, the next auction will become available for bidding during its week long run October 30 to November 6. Vintage Disney items will include a Walt Disney Enterprises Mickey Mouse and Friends lampshade from the 1930s and a 1942 unused Bambi Character Plak by YPS from 1942. Other vintage items featured next week are an official Hopalong Cassidy Barclay children’s sweater from the 1950s and a 1960s tin litho Ohio Art Space Capsule Top with original packaging. In addition, there will be a variety of original art and production items from Colorforms as well as CGC graded and slabbed comic books. All of these links are currently available by copying and pasting them into your web browser and will provide more information and images of each of these items. They will become available for bidding at the scheduled time.

The most successful items that were purchased during last week’s action on Sunday, October 23, both had one thing in common: Harley Quinn. Batman Adventures #12 CGC 9.4, featuring the first comic appearance of Harley Quinn, sold for $481. A 2014 22” DC Stars Batman Harley Quinn Tonner Doll was purchased from a buy-it-now listing for $200.

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10-24-16

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Sneak Peek

Are you ready to get hooked on a feeling once again? Marvel Studios has released a sneak peek of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot are back, along with Nebula, Yondu, and Nova Prime. The Guardians’ adventures continue as they learn about Quill’s true parentage. The clip features most of the group, more cool space battles, and soldiers that could be Ravagers or from the Sovereign, a new force appearing in the film.

Featuring the tagline, “The galaxy won’t save itself,” it looks like Vol. 2 will continue the cheeky style that made the first one such a big hit.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be in theaters on May 5, 2017. Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director, James Gunn, is back to pen and helm the sequel. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel are all back, along with Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, and Glenn Close.

 

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Second Trailer for Rogue One Released

On Thursday, October 13, 2016, the second trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released. With only two months until it premieres in theaters, the new Rogue One trailer offers more details about the storyline of the Star Wars extended universe film.

The trailer opens on Jyn (Felicity Jones) when she is just a child hanging on her father’s every world. Flash forward years later and her father, played by Mads Mikkelsen is involved in creating a “super weapon” for the Empire.

“Our rebellion is all that remains to push back the Empire,” a voiceover states as Jyn joins the group of rebels on a mission to find the plans for the Death Star. Get ready for exotic locales, awesome space battles, AT-ATs, and all of the glorious things we love about Star Wars. Oh, and Darth Vader.

Joining Jones and Mikkelsen are Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Warwick Davis, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, and many others. Rogue One will be in theaters on December 16, 2016.

 

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Jean Grey and Iceman Join Marvel ResurrXion
 

During New York Comic Con, Marvel announced Miss America as the first solo series joining the 2017 ResurrXion event. Now, Marvel has shared two additional titles joining the post-Inhumans vs. X-Men event line.

The first of which is the powerhouse mutant, Jean Grey. This will be the first time her character has ever received an ongoing solo series. While the teaser image displays a younger Jean Grey, who currently appears in All-New X-Men, it also includes a more mature version of her. A character presently considered to be dead. The Phoenix Force is also shown at least three times, which may tie into this large event's title – ResurrXion.

The second character receiving their first ongoing solo series is the coolest mutant: Iceman. Marvel shared the shattered imagery of Iceman #1, showing broken images of Iceman's history and a gold "X" logo. It remains unclear if the series will focus on the veteran Iceman who operated with Storm's Extraordinary X-Men team, or the time-displaced Iceman, currently featured in All-New X-Men.

Both Jean Grey and Iceman's ongoing solo titles will be released in the spring of 2017.

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Topps Reveals Rogue One Trader Cards

With only two months until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, marketing and merchandise are turning things up a notch. When the final full length trailer was released, fans got a broader look at the new characters and what’s to come.

Building on that, Topps is providing even more visual goodies in their Star Wars trader cards. Topps gave a preview of the first base card set, which includes images of the Rebellion’s General Merrick, plus Rebel fighters, awesome alien designs, and Jedha pilgrims.

Rogue One is set before 1977’s Star Wars – A New Hope as the Empire is completing the Death Star. A group of Rebels goes on a dangerous mission to steal the plans for the weapon of mass destruction. It’s likely that in the Topps set we’ll see a combination of fresh faces and designs along with favorite characters and vehicles from the series.

Rogue One will be in theaters on December 16, 2016. The ensemble cast is led by Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, James Earl Jones, Genevieve O’ Reilly, Donnie Yen, and Forest Whitaker.

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Walking Dead Renewed for Season Eight

AMC’s The Walking Dead TV show has already been renewed for season eight, a week ahead of the season seven premiere. Granted, this isn’t much of a surprise considering how popular the show is with comic and TV fans, alike.

The zombie show renewal announcement was made before the retrospective, The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far, on the first six seasons aired on Sunday, October 16, 2016. The post-episode talk show Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, was also renewed.

“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” AMC President Charlie Collier said. “What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”

Season eight will premiere late in 2017, opening with the 100th episode. Current showrunner Scott Gimple is also set to return.

The seventh season begins on Sunday, October 23 at 9 PM and will be followed by an expanded 90-minute live episode of Talking Dead.

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Roy & Dela White Burroughs Collection at Heritage

Fantasy and science fiction fans will have a rare chance to purchase sought after memorabilia during Heritage Auctions’ Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection of Roy and Dela White. The sale will be held on October 27, 2016.

Burroughs was a pioneer of the sci-fi and fantasy genre, having created Tarzan and Mars explorer John Carter.

 Heritage’s 505-lot auction represents Tarzan’s appearances in books, film, comic books, and art. The diverse sale includes 100 first edition books, including the character’s debut in 1914’s Tarzan of the Apes. Art includes Boris Vallejo’s original cover art for Tarzan’s Quest, an oil on illustration board composition that is signed and inscribed by the artist. The auction includes advertisements and promotional materials, such as a 91-year old cardboard counter display for Tarzan and the Ant Men.

The auction also features some of Burroughs’ own items, such as his personal desk ashtray. Bidders interested in the live internet auction can view lots at ha.com.

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eMoviePoster 17th Annual Halloween Auction

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, eMoviePoster opened Part I of their 17th Annual Halloween Auction. Part I contains 254 great horror and science fiction lobby cards, which can be reviewed at www.emovieposter.com. It closes next week on Tuesday, October 25.

Part II contains 505 rolled and folded posters of all kinds, running Thursday, October 20 through Thursday, October 27.

Then Part III will run Sunday, October 23 through Sunday, October 30. It includes 326 linen-backed and oversized posters, posters that ship in oversized flat packages, pressbooks, incredible stills, and more. Collectors can look through the preview now.

Three surprising results from the auction that closed on October 18 were Yellow Submarine one-sheet that sold for $1,130, On The Waterfront one-sheet that closed at $1,081, and Cinerama's Russian Adventure one-sheet that realized $345.

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Original Art in Hero Initiative eBay Store

Hero Initiative, the not for profit organization that raises money for comics industry professionals in medical and financial need, has added more great original art to their eBay store. New listings include Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #46 original cover art and Jonathan Wayshak drawing of Demon for Kirby4Heroes “Wake Up and Draw” original drawing.

Additional items in Hero’s eBay store include Batman #1 Comic Con Box exclusive autographed by Barry Kitson, Russ Heath autographed Yellow Heat Artist’s Edition portfolio, The Uncanny X-Men 100 Project hard and softcover, Bob Larkin signed Hulk print, Ed Hannigan autographed Spider-Man litho, and lots more.

Buy these and other comics and comic art in Hero’s eBay store.

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PSA 7 1952 Topps Mantle Leads SportsCardLink

The latest SportsCardLink Auction is currently in progress, and the headliner card is a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie card in PSA 7. Earlier this month, a Wall Street Journal article mentioned that this card has become “a better investment than gold, stocks, and real estate!” The auction will close on Thursday, November 3, 2016, the day following the would-be seventh game of the World Series. This auction is held in conjunction with this month's ComicLink auction, which, over the last 20 years, has specialized in vintage, investment-quality comic books. SportsCardLink.com has been selling sports cards online since 2007 and has been holding sports card and memorabilia auctions since 2011.

Some highlights within the SportsCardLink auction include the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie PSA 7 (the most in demand card in the hobby in beautiful shape, a strong 7); 1954 and 1966 Topps complete sets; a collection of over 40 PSA graded Goudey cards including hall of famers; 1929 New York Yankees team signed baseball including signatures of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs, Leo Durocher, Tony Lazzeri, and Bill Dickey, plus other signed balls, including Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and a 1968 football from Super Bowl III with 68 signatures; a collection of close to 40 T206 cards including many hall of famers; a large collection of over 60 mid-grade T201 Double Folder and T202 Triple Folders; and lots of graded 1950s and 1960s hall of famers.

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10-9-16

Ralph Steadman Exhibit at Society of Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators, located on 128 East 63rd Street in New York, New York, is hosting a major retrospective in honor of artist Ralph Steadman. This special exhibition will cover three floors of galleries from September 6 to October 22, 2016.

Steadman is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential illustrators of our time. His colorful, satirical liner drawings debuted in print during the 1960s in magazines such as Punch and Private Eye. At the same time, he started illustrating children's books, beginning with creating art for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. His work on that particular novel awarded him the Francis Williams Book Illustration Award in 1972. Steadman's later work on Through the Looking Glass also received high praise.

During 1969, Steadman partnered with journalist Hunter S. Thompson to cover the Kentucky Derby for Scanlan’s Weekly, followed by a Rolling Stone article titled “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.” Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone founder and Steadman's friend, has loaned four of the originals from this work to be featured.

After his work on The New York Times, Observer Magazine, and Radio Times, Steadman began work on a series of award-winning books. Sigmund Freud; I, Leonardo; and The Big I Am were all written and illustrated by Steadman. Throughout the 1980s and ’90s, Steadman also created imagery for Oddbins Wine Merchants wine catalogues. Steadman continued to illustrate children's books including No Room to Swing a Cat, Teddy, Where Are You?, and Fly Away Peter.

In 2011, Steadman partnered with Immaker Ceri Levy on the conservationist show “Ghosts of Gone Birds." By 2012, a documentary by Charlie Paul, For No Good Reason, premiered. The film captured Steadman at work for over a decade, and includes conversations with his close friend Johnny Depp.

This incredible exhibition features pieces from Steadman's student days, his work on the Watergate Hearings, Oddbins wine merchants, political satire, and illustrated classics such as Treasure Island and Alice in Wonderland. Not to mention pieces from No Room to Swing a Cat, Teddy Where Are You?, and his portrait of Walter White from TV hit, Breaking Bad. As well as work from his latest project with conservationist Ceri Levi, Critical Critters, scheduled to be published in Autumn of 2017.

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During February 2017, production will be underway in Hawaii and London for the upcoming Jurassic World sequel. Jurassic Outpost spoke with the sequel's executive producer/co-writer Colin Trevorrow, who also directed Jurassic World, to see what the sequel will hold.

“It will be more suspenseful and scary. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skillset,” shared Trevorrow. The addition of The Orphanage director J.A. Bayona promises a terrifying new feel to the film. As well as a throwback to the original trilogy, with the inclusion of much more animatronics.

“There will be animatronics for sure. We’ve written some opportunities for animatronics into [Jurassic World 2]—because it has to start at the script level—and I can definitely tell you that Bayona has the same priorities, he is all about going practical whenever possible," Trevorrow confirmed. Unfortunately, those fans hoping for the Jurassic War suggested by Vincent D’Onofrio’s character in Jurassic World may be slightly disappointed.

“I’m not that interested in militarized dinosaurs, at least not in practice. When that idea was first presented to me as part of an earlier script it was something that the character that ended up being Owen was for, that he supported, something that he was actively doing even at the beginning. Derek and I, one of our first reactions was ‘No if anyone’s gonna militarize raptors that’s what the bad guy does, he’s insane,’” Trevorrow said.

Fans will, however, be happy to know that, according to his Twitter feed, Chris Pratt has received the script and is excited to work with Bryce Dallas Howard again.

Jurassic World 2 is scheduled for release on June 22, 2018.

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Batwoman Gets New Ongoing Series

DC is publishing a new monthly Batwoman, a/k/a Kate Kane series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Note, there are some “Night of the Monster Men” spoilers in The Hollywood Reporter article.) Written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Steve Epting, Batwoman will kick off in February with a Rebirth-style one-shot, then the first issue in March.

“There has never been a heroine I have loved more than Batwoman,” Bennett said in a statement. “Her flaws, her ferocity, her struggle to rise above her own history and find a way to serve the greater good and those she loves — she's always cut me straight to the bone. To be a queer woman and to see a queer woman as not just a part but a pillar of the Bat-family was life-changing, inspiring and gave me the courage to pursue this career in comics. The opportunity to add to Kate Kane's story and legacy is both an honor and a sincere dream come true.”

Before starting the new series, Bennett and James Tynion IV will write the two-issue “Batwoman Begins” arc which will appear in Detective Comics starting in January. It will follow the events and conclusion of the “Night of the Monster Men” crossover story that is currently being released in Gotham-centric Batman, Detective Comics, and Nightwing.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to work on Batwoman,” said Epting. “I love the character design and how she fits into the whole Batman mythos, and I’m looking forward to the artistic opportunities the story will provide. Batwoman has a rich visual history and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!”

“Batwoman is yet another example of the character depth, richness and diversity present in Gotham City,” Batman group editor Mark Doyle said in a statement. “Fans have really responded to her role in Detective Comics, and we all love Kate here in the Bat-office, so that made it an easy choice to return her to a solo series.”

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Third Wolverine Film Gets Poster and New Title

A good bit of new information for the third Wolverine solo movie has been released, including a significant change to the title. The movie is officially titled Logan, and a poster has been released as well.

Logan’s poster features the mutant’s clawed hand holding that of a child’s – it also reveals the movie’s release date, which is March 3, 2017.

Logan is loosely based on the “Old Man Logan” storyline written by Mark Millar. It will once again feature Hugh Jackman in the starring role, and Patrick Stewart is also set to reprise his role as Charles Xavier.

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First Photo of DC & The CW’s Justice Society of America

DC and The CW have released images of the Justice Society of America on Legends of Tomorrow. So far we have seen brief glimpses of the heroes in stills for the slate of DC shows on The CW.

The newest version of the classic DC heroes will make their first appearance in Legends of Tomorrow’s second episode of season two, aptly named “The Justice Society of America.”

The Legends will travel back to Nazi-occupied Paris to search for an anomaly in the timeline that could threaten the JSA’s existence. The JSA – comprising Commander Steel, Vixen, Dr. Mid-Nite, Stargirl, Obsidian, and Hourman – doesn’t want their help or collaboration. Of course, the Legends still interject in the JSA’s mission to seize a mysterious package. Amongst the complications, Ray tries to impress the JSA and puts himself in danger.

The JSA will debut on Legends of Tomorrow on October 20, 2016.

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Abbey Road Photos in Heritage's Photographs Auction

One of the biggest highlights of Heritage Auctions’ upcoming Photographs Auction will be the camera used a half-century ago by photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams. The auction will be taking place on October 27, 2016.

The camera was used by Adams for shooting the well-known 1968 image Arches, North Court, Mission San Xavier Del Bac in Tucson, Arizona and other famous photographs of that era.

“This is the only Ansel Adams’ view camera ever offered at auction,” said Nigel Russell, Heritage Auctions Director of Photography. “After he used this camera between 1964 and 1968 he gave it to his assistant, Lillian DeCock, who also became a distinguished photographer. This camera and equipment, along with four other cameras used by DeCock and her husband, were consigned by her heirs.”

Another significant lot in this auction is a rare and complete set of the six alternative photos for The Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album cover, which were taken and autographed by Iain Macmillian in 1969. Five of these shots show the Fab Four walking across the street at Abbey Road, and one of them has them walking in the opposite direction of the photo eventually used for the album cover.

Modern and contemporary photographs include Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Celtic Sea, Boscastle (Day), 1994 (est. $20,000-30,000) as well as his Hi-Way 39 Drive-In, Orange, 1993. The work of Robert Mapplethorpe is represented by his contemplative portrait of Clifton Taylor, 1981 (est. $10,000-$15,000) and Lisa Lyon, 1980 (est. $10,000-$15,000). Also in the sale is the haunting post September 11 scene Brooks Brothers, September 12, 2001, (est. $10,000-$15,000) by Sean Hemmerle.

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Early Highlights of Hake’s Auction #219

Hake’s Americana & Collectibles is hard at work perfecting the offerings and catalog for their upcoming Auction #219. From political memorabilia to autographs, comic books to character collectibles, musical items to movie stars, and so much more will be sold.

The November 2016 auction includes items from the Tesco Vee The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Collection including magic slates that are complete with punch-outs of Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin and a boxed Spy Magic Tricks Set.

They have a 1970s Popy wind-up of Grounzel from Space Ironmen Kyodyne, Popy wind-up depicting Skyzel, and a 1970s Popy Super robot Mach Baron wind-up.

Mego action figures and vehicles including a boxed Captain Americar for Captain America and carded Mego action figures including one of the Riddler will be sold. Film collectibles include Alice in Wonderland complete set of lobby cards from 1951, a button for the unreleased Roger Corman-produced Fantastic Four movie, and a Japanese Batman movie poster for the 1966 film.

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Pedigree Marvels & Original Art Auction Opens Oct. 10

Pedigree Comics’ upcoming October Grand Auction will include many new and recently graded Silver and Bronze Age high grade Marvels as well as the company’s first ever original art offering, according to Doug Schmell, President and CEO of Pedigree. The auction is scheduled to begin in just a few days, on the night of Monday, October 10, 2016 and last for ten days until the night of Thursday, October 20 as a separate event on the Pedigree Comics website, www.PedigreeComics.com. The comic book listing of the auction ends on the night of Wednesday, October 19 and the original art listing ends on the night of Thursday, October 20. There is no buyer’s premium on any of the lots in the auction and every comic book listing will have no reserve. Some of the original art items will be listed with a reserve. Every book is CGC graded and the minimum bid is only $100 for this Grand Auction.

You can view over 475 high grade lots in the Auction Preview right now. Just go to the Pedigree Comics website and click on the Grand Auctions banner. There are many incredible groups of books, runs as well as individual highest certified comics from a myriad of titles in the auction, many from a fabulous group of books that Mr. Schmell picked up at Comic-Con in San Diego in July plus the Wizard World Chicago show in August and the Baltimore Comic-Con in September. Most of these books were recently graded by the CGC with phenomenal results.

High grade Silver Age first appearance issues and keys include Amazing Spider-Man #3 9.6, Atom #1 9.0, Avengers #1 9.4 and #4 9.2, Daredevil #1 9.4, Fantastic Four #5 9.6, #5 9.4, and #53 9.8, Incredible Hulk #2 9.4, Strange Tales #89 8.5 and #110 8.0, Tales of Suspense #39 9.0, Tales to Astonish #27 8.0 and #35 9.2, and Teen Titans #1 9.6 

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ComicConnect is at New York Comic Con this weekend and is accepting consignments for their next big auction. Prospective consignors can find them at booth 2630 alongside Metropolis Collectibles at the Jacob Javits Center on October 6-9, 2016.

Their Director of Consignments, Rob Reynolds, is there processing consignments and handing out cash advances for ComicConnect’s consignors. Plus, they have choice selections from their upcoming Event Auction XXIX to preview. “Rob and I will be writing advance checks for consignments throughout the show. Please bring by comics or original art to add to my next record-setting auction,” said Vincent Zurzolo, COO and co-founder.

Zurzolo said he will be available to make cash offers on-the-spot for any size collection. Email Mr. Reynolds at robr@comicconnect.com or call him at (212) 895-3999, (toll free) (888) 779-7377 (or international 001-212-895-3999) to consign your comics and original comic art.

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10-2-16

Class Premiering in Spring 2017

Whovians rejoice! The much-anticipated Doctor Who spinoff, Class, will finally be making its small screen debut. The young adult series will be welcoming students on BBC America in the spring of 201http://scoop.previewsworld.com/Home/4/1/73/1014?ArticleID=184824he http://scoop.previewsworld.com/Home/4/1/73/1014?ArticleID=184824the countless visits have caused the iconic school to have its own set of issues. The very walls of time and space, around the school, have stretched thin. Now, something evil is lurking on the other side, just waiting to pull them all into the Shadow. Class follows four high school students, portrayed by Greg Austin (Into the Surf), Fady Elsayed (My Brother the Devil), Sophie Hopkins (Since We Last), and newcomer Vivian Oparah, as they balance teenage troubles with the end of the world.

Thankfully for Coal Hill, and its students, it was also announced that the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) will be making an appearance in the series premiere, titled “For Tonight We Might Die.” Novelist Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) is serving as series creator and executive producer alongside Doctor Who alums Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin.

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Jon Favreau to Direct New Lion King

Following the success of his take on Disney’s The Jungle Book, which earned $965.8 million worldwide since it released in April, Jon Favreau will be putting his spin on another Disney animated feature. Favreau has been confirmed by the Walt Disney Company to be the director on a “new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production.”

A statement released by the company confirms that The Lion King is now in development with Favreau, though no release date has been announced. The new version of the animated film will include songs from the original feature, similarly to how Jungle Book and the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast have worked in musical numbers.

The Lion King first released in 1994 and is one of the most successful animated films ever, having made $968.5 million around the world; it was the highest-grossing release of ’94, and brought in Academy Awards for original song and original score. The Broadway adaptation debuted in 1997 and won six Tony Awards, and is still running today.

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Hulu has announced the TV series adaptation of the Top Cow comic, Postal. From Matt Tolmach Productions and Legendary TV, the project is now in development.

Postal was created by Matt Hawkins (Think Tank) and Bryan Hill (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box). It’s set in the isolated small town of Eden, Wyoming. But unlike most little towns in the US, Eden is populated and run exclusively by criminals. They live freely and have normal jobs, including a mayor, sheriff, even bartender and waitress. The only rule is zero tolerance for illegal activity. If you break the rules, don’t expect due process.

The protagonist of the comic is postmaster Mark Shiffron, the son of the mayor and the only non-criminal in residence. Mark has Asperger’s and through his ability to see the world differently, he is called upon to help solve a crime that has occurred within Eden.

The Postal TV show will be written by The Walking Dead co-executive producer Seth Hoffman.

Tolmach and David Manpearl will executive produce with Marc Silvestri and Hawkins of Top Cow. The cast and projected premiere date has yet to be set.

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Hot Toys Unveils Daredevil Figures

At Comic-Con International Hot Toys teased their upcoming Daredevil figure, based on the second season of the Netflix-Marvel TV show. Now, the company has revealed images and details about the cool new 1/6 scale collectible figure.

The Man Without Fear upgraded his costume significantly for the second season. This Hot Toys figure of Daredevil reflects that with the detail on the contours and coloring. The minimal amount of his face that is visible also matches that of Daredevil star Charlie Cox.

The Daredevil figure stands almost 12 inches tall. He comes with his signature billy club and a pair of nunchaku, which can join together to become a staff. It comes with three face plates, including a standard visage, angry one, and one showing injury. It also has a branded display stand that mirrors the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

The figure should be shipping in the second and third quarters of 2017. Cox will be back as Daredevil in The Defenders with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist in 2017 and will be back for the third season of Daredevil in 2018.

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Gemstone Editor Interviewed by PREVIEWSworld

Gemstone’s Assistant Editor Carrie Wood, has been recently interviewed by the folks at PREVIEWSworld about her upcoming book, The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Video Games. The book is the latest entry in Gemstone’s “How To” line, which also includes The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics and The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Movie Posters.

You can read the interview online now, in which Wood discusses the details about the book and her own collecting habits. The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Video Games will be out in November 2016.

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ComicLink Focused Original Art Ends Tuesday

The current ComicLink Focused Original Art Session (session 5 of the current Focused Auction) will end on Tuesday evening, October 4, 2016 starting at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. The session offers over 700 lots featuring a wide variety of relatively affordable pieces of comic related artwork. With a mix of art from all eras, this auction has something to offer just about any original art collector and budget level.

Highlights include Mike Allred Madman #2 page; Jim Aparo Detective Comics #444 page from the memorable 1974 "Bat-Murderer" saga; Sergio Aragones Groo illustration; Mark Bagley Thunderbolts #28 cover featuring a huge image of Atlas with Hawkeye and Angel battling behind him and Alias #26 full page splash from the acclaimed series that inspired the Netflix hit show featuring Jessica Jones battling Thor; Ed Barreto DC Comics Presents Annual #4 page featuring Superwoman attending a comic convention and meeting a cosplayer dressed as Batgirl and Supergirl #21 page from 1984 featuring Supergirl fighting the Kryptonite Man; Eddy Barrows Superman: War of the Supermen #4 cover featuring Superman being defeated by Zod; Joe Benitez Detective Comics #823 full page splash featuring a near-nude Poison Ivy and a page of Ivy reading in bed from the same story; Simone Bianchi Batman painting by one of today's top artists; and Brian Bolland Batman illustration by the legendary artist of Batman: The Killing Joke.

John Bolton Classic X-Men #11 page featuring a kidnapped Storm; Brett Booth Backlash/Spider-Man #2 page featuring Spider-Man, Venom, and Backlash; Nick Bradshaw Uncanny X-Men Annual #3 splash featuring an incredibly detailed team scene; Tim Bradstreet large image of the Punisher by the iconic Punisher cover artist; Norm Breyfogle Batman illustration by one of the leading Batman artists of the ’90s; Mark Buckingham Peter Parker: Spider-Man #27 full-figured Spider-Man image; Rich Buckler Fantastic Four #332 page featuring Crystal's return to the team for the first time since the Kirby era; John Buscema Avengers #271 page featuring the Wasp and Paladin; Sal Buscema Super-Villain Team-Up #2 Bronze Age page featuring Doctor Doom, Sub-Mariner, and Tiger Shark; and John Byrne Superman & Batman: Generations II #2 half splash and color guide featuring an older Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson as Batman, and Bruce Wayne Jr. as Robin, Annihilus character study, and Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Boomarang pin-up will be offered.

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9.4 - 9.8 Certified Silver Age Marvels at Pedigree

Pedigree Comics upcoming October Grand Auction will include many new and recently graded Silver and Bronze Age high grade Marvels, according Pedigree President and CEO Doug Schmell. The auction is scheduled to begin in just over one week, on the night of Monday, October 10, 2016 and last for ten days until the night of Thursday, October 20 as a separate event on the Pedigree Comics website, www.PedigreeComics.com. The comic book listing of the auction ends on the night of Wednesday, October 19 and the original art listing ends on the night of Thursday, October 20. There is no buyer’s premium on any of the lots in the auction and almost every item will have no reserve. Every book is CGC or CBCS graded and the minimum bid is only $100 for this Grand Auction. You can view over 260 high grade lots in the Auction Preview right now. Just go to the Pedigree Comics website and click on the Grand Auctions banner.

The focus of this article is a brand new group of Silver Age Marvels that Mr. Schmell just received on consignment. There are over 20 books in total and every book is a CGC or CBCS graded 9.4, 9.6, or 9.8. A few are the highest certified copy to date.

Highlights are Amazing Spider-Man #3 9.6, #39 9.8 (highest certified copy), #40 9.4, #122 9.8 (highest certified copy), and #129 9.4, Avengers #57 9.6 and #93 9.6 (Twin Cities), Captain Savage and His Leatherneck Raiders #1 9.8 (highest certified copy), Fantastic Four #9 9.8 (single highest certified copy), #21 9.4, #46 9.4, #66 9.4, and #67 9.4, Giant-Size X-Men #1 9.4, Incredible Hulk #102 9.8 (highest certified copy), Journey Into Mystery #95 9.6, #96 9.6, #108 9.4, and #122 9.6, Sub-Mariner #1 9.8 (highest certified copy), Tales of Suspense #41 9.4, and Thor #126 9.4 and #138 9.6.

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Superworld Original Art Auction Starts Oct. 2

Superworld Comics is auctioning 28 pieces of original art, some from Ted VanLiew's private collection, in two sessions. Highlights of the first group include a Sal Buscema Avengers page, a Jack Kirby Strange Tales #97, and a Gene Colan Sub-Mariner page. All of the pieces will have a starting price of $9.99.

Session one will begin Sunday, October 2, 2016, and run for seven days on eBay. Then session two will begin the following Sunday, October 9. See the Superworldcomics.com website for more details.

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Vintage and Pop Culture Collectibles with DIG

Diamond International Galleries (DIG) continues to offer a diverse selection of pop culture and vintage collectibles in their weekly eBay auction ending Sunday, October 2, 2016. Vintage items include a lot of five 1950s Range Rider and Dick West bread labels, a 1968 Walt Disney Productions International Merchandise Convention catalog, and a 1971 Swiss Daffy Duck watch by Sheffield. The gallery is offering several first appearances and number one comic book issues this week including a third printing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 by Mirage Studios graded at a 5.0 VG/FN, Marvel Premiere #15 graded at a 4.0 VG featuring the first appearance of Iron Fist, and a Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 graded at a 9.0 VF/NM featuring the first appearance of John Constantine/Hellblazer. Modern collectibles in this auction include some Diamond Select Toys prototypes like this limited edition Transformers Jazz prototype mini bust and sports memorabilia like a limited edition Cal Ripken Jr. Hall of Fame commemorative pillow by Cat Studio.

As this auction ends, the next auction will become available for bidding during its week long run October 2-9. Some vintage items that will become available for bidding include a set of two 1940 Jiminy Cricket NBC bread extra action flip cards, 1950s vintage Mickey Mouse Club Special Talent Award, membership and sticker and five 1950s pin-up girl promotional ink blotters. There will be a large selection of comics including a second printing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 by Mirage Studios graded at a 7.5 VF- and a DC Comics Batman #27 graded by CGC at a 5.0 VG/FN and featuring a Penguin appearance. All of these links are currently available by copying and pasting them into your web browser and will provide more information and images for each of these items. They will become available for bidding at the scheduled time.

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New Trailer for Supergirl Season Two

After all the excitement that followed the brief teaser last week, The CW has just released the new trailer for Supergirl season two. Check out this incredible trailer for your chance to see the first official footage from the upcoming season.

When season one ended, Kara was finally promoted from being Cat Grant's assistant and offered the chance to decide what she really wants to do. Meanwhile, Supergirl continued to assist the DEO in protecting the city, while also searching for her adopted father and the mysterious Cadmus. This new season sees her teaming up with Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) against new villains as she strives to balance her separate lives.

Supergirl is home to a powerhouse cast with Melissa Benoist as the title character alongside Chyler Leigh as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott, Jenna Dewan Tatum as Lucy Lane, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord, and Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, with cameos by Dean Cain and Helen Slater.

Season two will include Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Floriana Lima as Maggie Sawyer, Lynda Carter as the President of the United States, and Tyler Hoechlin as Superman.

The new season of Supergirl flies in on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8 PM on The CW.

 

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Star Trek fans eagerly awaiting another journey into the universe will have to wait a little longer for the new TV series, Star Trek: Discovery. The highly anticipated series was originally scheduled to release in January on CBS. However, according to Deadline, Star Trek: Discovery will now be premiering in May before segueing to its streaming service.

The schedule shift was reportedly prompted by the production team, who requested a later date to allow more time for filming and post production. This new date also coincides with May sweeps for the network.

 Production for Star Trek: Discovery is moving ahead on schedule and is currently in the casting phase of preproduction.

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New Jennifer Walters Hulk Series

This December, Marvel Comics is launching a new series following the viridescent life of Jennifer Walters. The new series, Hulk, will showcase Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and Nico Leon (Ms. Marvel) as they explore the next phase in Walters life, one that sees her leaving the She-Hulk name behind.

After her near-fatal wounding by Thanos during this summer's Civil War II, Walters is eager to return to her life as a lawyer and superheroine. Apparently, the shift from She-Hulk to Hulk was intended to reveal the emotional state of Walters post-Civil War.

“The title ‘She-Hulk’ evokes light-hearted stories about a Jennifer Walters who is at peace with herself and in full control of her powers. This isn’t that book. On the other hand, the title ‘Hulk’ implies all of the baggage that comes with that comic’s 50+ year history — the ongoing battle with the monster within — and that’s why it’s more appropriate for this series," shared Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso.

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Metropolis, ComicConnect at Comic Art Con

Metropolis and ComicConnect will be displaying a selection of classic original comic art at Comic Art Con, held at the Empire Meadowlands Hotel, Seacaucus, NJ on September 25, 2015.

Vincent Zurzolo and Brandon Pierce Peck will be attending with a display of pieces from their current Event Auction, as well as dozens of extraordinary works for sale. "I really enjoy this show," said Peck. "It's the only show in the area completely dedicated to original comic art, and it has a warm, friendly atmosphere that makes it a pleasure to meet folks and do business. The comic art market is growing by leaps and bounds, and shows like this are a great way to spread the word."

Not only will they display some of their well known inventory, including pieces from the acclaimed Metropolis Gallery, they’ll also be taking consignments for their next blockbuster auction. If you have original comic art to sell or consign, stop by, they'd love to see it! For more info, contact them at (212) 260-4147, or email them at help@metropoliscomics.com.

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Margot Robbie Signs Deal with Warner Bros.

It's official, Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie is signing a first-look deal with Warner Bros. to develop and produce feature films through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. The Aussie actress is already setting down roots with two projects lined up, including a Harley Quinn spinoff. Producing and developing alongside Robbie are her LuckyChap colleagues Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, and Sophia Kerr.

At only 26 years of age, the Wolf of Wall Street star has quickly taken control of her career, seamlessly wading into the producing world. Currently, Luckychap is in the postproduction phase on their first movie, Terminal – a neo noir thriller. The company is also developing and producing a Tonya Harding biopic called I, Tonya, starring Robbie as the disgraced figure skater. Additionally, Luckychap is developing an adaptation of Matt Ruff's Bad Monkeys for Universal Studios, alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark.

After starring in Focus and The Legend of Tarzan for the studio, Robbie had developed a strong relationship with the company. No doubt being a key factor in Suicide Squad grossing more than $700 million worldwide didn't hurt either. Along with the spinoff for Harley Quinn, Robbie will executive produce and star in an adaptation of Dean N. Jensen's Queen of the Air.

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Pedigree Launches First Original Art Auction

Pedigree Comics, seller and auctioneer of high end certified CBCS- and CGC-certified comics, has announced that they are now entering into the auctioning of original comic book art, with their first art auction starting on October 10 and ending on the evening of October 20, 2016.

The auction will feature original art for every type of collector from Golden Age to Modern, with prices starting as low as $100 and up with absolutely no buyer’s premium. The seller’s fee will be as low as 7% and no higher than 10% per consignment.

“We have been working around the clock, researching, meeting art collectors and sellers, taking in consignments, and working on the IT end of our site for a year just to get this right,” Pedigree's Original Art Consignment Director Randy Lawrence said. “When we first started talking about doing an art auction, we decided it needed to be a great experience for both the sellers and the collectors, and that is just what we believe we have accomplished. I think that everyone will be shocked on how well they did doing buying and selling in the auction!”

Pedigreecomics.com will be set up this Sunday, September 25, at the Comic Art Con, located at the Empire Meadowlands Hotel by Clarion, 2 Harmon Plaza, Secaucus, NJ 07094. Stop by to consign your original art and view the auction pieces first hand and/or to ask any questions about the upcoming auction.

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Strong Results in the ComicLink Featured Auction

ComicLink’s recently completed Summer Featured Auction on ComicLink.com generated impressive sales results for both vintage comic books as well as comic related original art. “I was very pleased for our consignors with many of the results realized in the Summer Featured Auction exceeding expectations,” says Josh Nathanson, President of ComicLink. “Many record prices were achieved across eras and genres for both comic books and original art. As a whole, this was the most successful Featured Auction we’ve ever held for both comic books and original art, which is wonderful to see considering the many years we’ve been holding auctions.”

Some of the top comic book auction results included Action Comics #13 (fourth Superman cover) CGC 6.5 $70,777, Detective Comics #33 (origin of Batman and fourth Batman cover) CGC 6.5 $51,333, Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 9.0 $49,889, Detective Comics #35 (fifth Batman cover) CGC 3.5 $34,333, All-Star Comics #8 (first Wonder Woman) CGC 2.0 $32,000, Sensation Comics #1 (first Wonder Woman cover) CGC 5.0 $31,555, Action Comics #23 (first Luthor) $28,052, Wonder Woman #1 CGC 4.5 $28,027, Detective Comics #37 (sixth Batman cover) CGC 7.0 $23,792, More Fun Comics #54 (classic Spectre cover) CGC 8.5 $22,100, Batman #1 CGC 1.5R $21,750, Action Comics #10R (third Superman cover) CGC 7.0 $21,250, Flash #123 (Flash of Two Worlds) CGC 9.4 $21,050, Superman #199 (first Superman/Flash race) CGC 9.6 Pacific Coast $19,750, Hero For Hire #1 (first Luke Cage) CGC 9.8 $18,250, Showcase #4 (first Silver Age Flash) CGC 4.5 $18,250, Amazing Spider-Man #16 (first Daredevil crossover) CGC 9.8 $17,550, Fantastic Four #52 (first Black Panther) CGC 9.6 $16,570, Fantastic Four #26 (early Avengers crossover) CGC 9.8 $15,250, Nelvana nn# (key Canadian White) CGC 5.0 $14,750, More Fun Comics #101 (first Superboy) CGC 8.5 $14,294, Incredible Hulk #181 (first full Wolverine) CGC 9.8 $13,000, Crypt of Terror #17 (first issue) CGC 9.8 $12,806, Black Cat Mystery #50 (classic face melting horror cover) CGC 8.5 $9,867, Triumph Comics #7 (key Canadian White) CGC 2.0 $9,000, and Whiz Comics #1 (first Captain Marvel and Shazam) CGC 6.5 $106,000.

Some of the top original art highlights included a Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #10 page $68,000, Gil Kane Giant-Size X-Men #2 cover $47,000, John Romita Amazing Spider-Man #164 cover $36,556, Dave Gibbons Watchmen #8 cover $36,001, Gene Colan Doctor Strange #172 cover $31,777, John Byrne X-Men #141 page $31,100, Alex Ross Marvels #3 page $16,902, John Romita Spidey Super Stories #17 cover $13,500, Jim Lee Batman #612 page $13,250, Jim Aparo Phantom Stranger #9 complete 20-page story $12,803, Jim Starlin Iron Man #55 page $12,027, Frank Frazetta Lord of the Rings sketchbook $11,250, George Pérez Official Crisis on Infinite Earths Index cover $11,250, George Pérez Avengers: Visionaries cover $10,600, and John Buscema Silver Surfer #7 page $10,550.

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Ben Affleck Gives First Look at Deathstroke

On Monday, August 29, 2016 Ben Affleck got comic based movie fans very excited. Affleck, the most recent Batman, shared a video of what Deathstroke looks like, in his solo Batman movie. At this point it’s unclear if Affleck posted test footage for that movie or if the villain will make a cameo in Justice League. Either way it looks like Deathstroke will join the DC Extended Universe.

Affleck posted the footage of the DC assassin to his official social media accounts. It’s a short clip, but Deathstroke can be seen confidently walking along a large aircraft bay. It zooms in to show the details of his costume and mask. It could be the hangar of the Flying Fox, the aircraft that Batman uses for the Justice League’s base of operations in Justice League.

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Since the release of Captain America: Civil War, the internet has been overrun with various memes and gifs all poking fun at Thor's absence in the film. During San Diego Comic-Con, Disney and Marvel Studios debuted an exclusive video depicting what Thor (portrayed by Chris Hemsworth) was up to during Civil War.

The companies have just released said video for the enjoyment of all those unable to see it at Comic-Con. The humorous postulation gag video also includes a cameo from another member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The third film in the Thor franchise, Thor: Ragnarok, is scheduled to premiere November 2017.

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Dark Horse Packages Eight #1s in Trade Paperback

Dark Horse is packaging several of their popular recent first issue comics in Dark Horse Number Ones. The trade paperback will retail for $5.99 and be in stores in March 2017. Dark Horse Number Ones will include eight first issues.

They include The Umbrella Academy (Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá) about a group of superpowered children; Hellboy in Hell (Mike Mignola) with Hellboy dead and in Hell; Lady Killer (Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich) telling the story of a 1960s housewife who is actually an assassin; Black Hammer (Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston) about superheroes trapped in a small town trying to get home; Dept. H (Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt) with a special investigator looking into sabotage at a deep sea research station; Briggs Land (Brian Wood and Mack Chater) about an antigovernment family; Bounty (Kurtis Wiebe and Mindy Lee) with galactic bandits turned bounty hunters; and Harrow County (Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook) with a story about a young girl discovering her supernatural powers.

The trade will be released direct to market on March 29, 2017.

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Return to Arkham Gets New Release Date

Batman: Return to Arkham, a high-definition upgrade compilation of two popular Batman video games, has been given a new release date; it is now set to come out on October 18, 2016. Return to Arkham was first announced in May and originally set for a July 26 release before being indefinitely delayed to “deliver a polished Batman Arkham game experience.”

The first two games of the Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, are included in this collection; they have received updated graphics and textures as well as a bump up on the game engine itself.

Both games included are the “Game of the Year” editions, which feature all of the downloadable content such as challenge maps and additional playable characters. Return to Arkham will release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Longest-running Japanese Manga to Conclude

Manga creator Osamu Akimoto will be ending his long-running series Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen Mae Hashutsujo (This is the police station in front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward), known better as simply Kochikame, after 40 years. Kochikame has been the longest-running manga in Japan and will end with exactly 200 volumes when it concludes on September 17, 2016.

The story follows the adventures of a middle-aged policeman, Kankichi Ryotsu. Kochikame first debuted in 1976 and has since sold more than 150 million copies. Multiple live-action films and anime adaptations have been released in the four decades since it first launched, as well as stage plays. A brand-new one-hour anime special will air on September 18, the day after the manga wraps.

Akimoto has stated that he has ideas for his next work, but nothing concrete has been announced.

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High Grade Early Silver Age Marvels at Pedigree

Pedigree Comics’ upcoming October Grant Auction will include many new and recently graded Silver and Bronze Age high grade Marvels, according to Dough Schmell, President and CEO of Pedigree. The auction is scheduled to begin in just over four weeks, on the night of Monday, October 10 and last for nine days until the night of Wednesday, October 20th as a separate event on the Pedigree Comics website. There is no buyer’s premium on any of the lots in the auction and every item will have no reserve. Every book is CGC or CBCS graded and the minimum bid is only $100 for this Grand Auction. You can begin viewing the initial high grade lots in the Auction Preview right now. Just go to the Pedigree Comics website and click on the Grand Auctions banner.

The focus of this article are the high grade Silver Age Marvels that Mr. Schmell purchased at the July Comic-Con International: San Diego. Over 50 of these books are at the CGC offices awaiting certification but the more valuable ones were just graded earlier this week and will be added to the Auction Preview after Labor Day. These comics are spectacular and will be the highlight of the auction. There are a few key and #1 issues included.

Highlights of the just graded early Silver Age Marvels from San Diego are Amazing Spider-Man #4 9.0, Fantastic Four #2 9.2, #5 9.4, and #12 9.2, Incredible Hulk #2 9.4,Journey Into Mystery #95 9.4, Strange Tales #110 8.0, and Tales of Suspense #39 7.5, #40 9.4, #42 9.4, #43 9.4, #44 9.4, #47 9.6, and #58 9.4.

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999 Folded One-Sheets at eMoviePoster

eMoviePoster opened their latest auction on Tuesday, September 6 with the world of movie posters. Collectors can review the 999 different folded one-sheets online now at the eMoviePoster website.

There are plenty of attractive posters in this lineup, including one from Dead Reckoning featuring some cool artwork of a smoking Humphrey Bogart with a full-length Lizabeth Scott; one from Jungle Captive featuring Vicky Lane as the Ape Woman and Rondo Hatton as Moloch the Brute; and one from Taxi from 1953 featuring artwork of Dan Dailey and Constance Smith in the yellow cab.

Other highlights include: a Star Wars style C from 1977, a Doctor Strangelove from 1964, a first-printing Star Wars style A from 1977, Endless Summer from 1967, To Kill a Mockingbird from 1963, In a Lonely Place from 1950, Stooge from 1952, and Blazing Saddles from 1974. These are just scratching the surface of the hundreds of posters currently available for bidding, though, so be sure to check out the full lineup online now.

Surprising results from the previous auction include a Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Japanese 29x41 teaser poster that went for $920, a Live and Let Die British quad that went for $726, and a Danish 400 Blows poster that fetched $486.

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BRONZE AGE FANTASTIC FIRST: Batman and the Outsiders #1

DC Comics; August 1983
Cover by Jim Aparo

Title: “Wars Ended … Wars Begun!”
Synopsis:
Fed up with Justice League regulations, Batman quits the team and heads to Markovia to rescue Lucius Fox.

Writer: Mike W. Barr
Penciler:
Jim Aparo
Inker:
Aparo

Review: As the Bronze Age came to a close, team-up books were out and superteam books were in. Nowhere was that fact more apparent than at DC, where Batman and the Outsiders directly replaced stalwart team-up title The Brave & the Bold in the company’s monthly lineup. Co-creators Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo field a great mix of characters for The Outsiders, putting together a team that felt both familiar and new. But there was a lot of material to introduce here, and this first half of a two-part origin story feels a little rushed, even by Bronze Age standards.

Grade: B

Cool factor: Though not as strong as he once was, Jim Aparo continues to be a masterful artist.

Not-so-cool factor: Baron Bedlam. The first in a menagerie of lame villains that plagued this series.

Notable: This issue includes a “A First Issue Pseudo-Editorial” by Mike W. Barr.

Character quotable: “If I wanted to hurt you, we wouldn’t be talking!” — The Batman, bad ass.

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Rogue One Trailer Debuts

 

There were plenty of gasps, cheers, and tears during the Olympics last night as records were set and goals were met. Star Wars got in on the action by dropping the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer and it looks awesome.

The new trailer goes deeper into the story with Jyn Erso being recruited for the rebellion to find weaknesses of the Death Star. This one also introduces more of the ensemble cast – friend and foe – setting up what will likely be an epic conflict.

Rogue One will hit theaters on December 16, 2016. Gareth Edwards, who helmed 2014’s Godzilla, is directing the film. It was written by Chris Weitz (About A Boy) with story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. The cast includes Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Genevieve O’Reilly, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, and Forest Whitaker with James Earl Jones, Jimmy Smits, and Warwick Davis.

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Civil War II Extends to Eight Issues

Civil War II writer Brian Michael Bendis took to Tumblr to address the delay in issue 5, which was due in August but has been pushed back to September 7, 2016, and to reveal that Marvel has extended the series to an eight-issue run.

Bendis explained that the delay happened as artist David Marquez’s wife had a baby and, naturally, he’s enjoying some daddy time.

“David [Marquez] has been handing in about a page a day for the last couple of weeks so we’re getting back on track,” Bendis said. “So much so that Marvel greenlit an eighth issue for us. I came up with a better ending but needed the pages. Very grateful that they let us do our thing.”

To sate fan appetites for new content, Bendis provided a sneak peek for an upcoming issue.

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It's no secret that Marvel has received criticism over their lack of merchandise for Black Widow in connection with the movie related collectibles. Well, ThreeA's has provided an answer to this problem by releasing a 1/6 scale Black Widow action figure. This incredible piece was designed by none other than Ashely Wood (Automatic Kafka).

Included with the figure are two alternate heads, a variety of hands, a pair of signature Glock pistols, and a removable trench coat. It sports 24 points of articulation, and stands 13 inches tall.

The Black Widow 1/6 scale figure will be available for order beginning on August 31, 2016 retailing at $160.

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Vintage Comics in ComicLink Summer Featured Auction

The ComicLink Summer Featured Auction is underway with an exceptionally strong selection of certified comic books and related original artwork from all eras. “This is one of the strongest auctions we've held in our many years of serving the collector community in terms of the selection of both vintage comic books and related original comic art. Whether you are into key and high grade comic books or original art, this auction likely has something you’ll want to bid on,” ComicLink President Josh Nathanson said. “2016 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years ever for the comic book industry with several blockbuster movies ruling the charts all year long, multiple new hit TV series and DC's bestselling Rebirth comic book initiative all creating massive excitement. Still to come in the next few months is the Doctor Strange movie and the new Netflix series Marvel’s Luke Cage series. 2017 is just around the corner and will see several huge comic book movies including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Thor: Ragnakok, and a Wolverine solo film. The vintage market is on fire with record prices for both comic books and original art. The future looks very bright for our hobby and we are excited to have so many outstanding offerings in the Summer Featured Auction for our bidders.”

By its very nature, the Featured Auction is packed with highlights, but here is a very small sample of the major highlights you will find within the Summer Featured Auction (comic books only, see separate article for original artwork).

Key books are Fantastic Four #52 CGC 9.8 (first Black Panther, one of only four in the highest certified grade), Whiz Comics #1 CGC 6.5 (first appearance and origin of Captain Marvel, first Billy Batson, the wizard Shazam, Dr. Sivana, Ibis and Spy Smasher), Action Comics #13 CGC 6.5 (fourth ever cover appearance of Superman and also one of the best Superman cover images of them all), and Detective Comics #33 CGC 6.5 (first origin of Batman, first time murder of Batman’s parents revealed, and the first time Bruce Wayne is shown training himself to fight crime).

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ComicLink July Focused Auction Begins Wednesday

Session 1 includes select key and high grade Silver and early Bronze comic books are Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 7.0, #121 and #122 (deaths of Gwen Stacy and Green Goblin) CGC 9.6, and #129 (first Punisher) CGC 9.8, Incredible Hulk #181 (first full Wolverine) CGC 9.8, Justice League of America #1 CGC 6.5, Werewolf By Night #32 (first Moon Knight) CGC 9.8, Avengers #4 (first Silver Age Captain America) CGC 6.5, Fantastic Four #5 (first Dr. Doom) CGC 4.0, #26 (Avengers crossover) CGC 9.4, #28 (X-Men crossover) CGC 9.4, and #46 (first full Black Bolt) CBCS 9.4, Iron Man #55 (first Thanos and Drax) CBCS 9.8, X-Men #14 (first Sentinels) CGC 9.4, Savage Tales #1 (first Man-Thing) CGC 9.8, a run of many Doctor Strange (1974) issues from #1 up all in CGC 9.8, Captain America #102 CGC 9.8 Rocky Mountain, an almost complete run of the Cockrum/Byrne era “New” X-Men in CGC 9.4 or higher including Giant-Size X-Men #1 (first Colossus, Storm, and Nightcrawler, second full Wolverine) in CGC 9.6 and the following issues in CGC 9.8: #95 (death of Thunderbird), #119, #123, #125, and #141/#142 (Days of Future Past, sold separately). It also includes high grade runs of Dell/Gold Key TV titles, including pristine File copies and Pedigree examples from Space Family Robinson Lost in Space (21 examples), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (18 examples), Beverly Hillbillies (12 examples), F-Troop (7 examples), and Rin Tin Tin/Rin Tin Tin and Rusty (27 examples).

Session 2 offers Golden Age comic books. Such publishers as DC, Timely, Fawcett, EC and Quality are represented. Many genres are offered including superhero, sci-fi, horror, good girl, and others can be found with a lot of interesting treasures to be uncover. They include Batman #12 CBCS 8.0 and #23 (second Joker cover in Batman) CGC 4.5, Captain America Comics #27 (classic cover) CGC 1.8 and #64 (scarce in high grade) CGC 3.0, Marvel Mystery #21 (Human Torch and Sub-Mariner, Schomburg WWII cover) CGC 3.5, numerous Action Comics and Detective Comics issues, America's Best #10 (classic WWII cover) CGC 3.5, Blonde Phantom #16 (Golden Age Captain America story) CGC 7.0, All-Star Comics #38 (first Black Canary with JSA) CGC 4.0, Blue Beetle #42 (one of top three graded) CGC 8.0, Captain Marvel Adventures #3 (very early issue) CGC 5.5, Catman #27 (LB Cole flag cover) CGC 3.5, many examples of Mystic, Seven Seas #3 (classic GGA cover) CGC 5.0, Shock Suspenstories #13 (Frazetta’s only solo story for EC) CGC 4.0, Skyman #1 (origin Skyman) CGC 5.5, Speed Comics #42 (File Copy) CGC 9.0 and other issues, and Spirit #3 (Fiction House run, horror cover) CGC 7.5. There are several high grade Golden Age runs including many Pedigree examples as well as single highest graded and only CGC graded examples from titles such as Popular Comics (49 examples), Boy Comics (6 examples), Feature Comics (10 examples), Li’l Abner (38 examples), Dotty Dripple (22 examples), and Big Shot Comics (5 examples).

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Comic-Con: Suicide Squad Events

It’s time to Squad up! DC has scheduled a variety of events and opportunities at Comic-Con to enjoy the upcoming Suicide Squad movie before it hits theaters. They’ll have events on and off the main floor, including appearances by the movie’s cast.

From 10 AM to 7 PM on each day of the con attendees can go deep into Suicide Squad when they turn the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel into Belle Reve penitentiary where the baddies live. You can participate in a live-action virtual reality experience, fighting with the Squad during a scene from the movie. Get Suicide Squad skull “ink” at Harley’s tattoo parlor and have your photo taken in a Belle Reve jail cell recreation.

See the cast when they join the big Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in Hall H and get the movie poster signed by the stars at the DC booth. On Saturday, July 23 the cast will also appear on Conan which will air that evening at 11 PM ET on TBS.

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Invincible Iron Man Relaunch

As part of the Marvel NOW! initiative, Marvel has announced that a new Invincible Iron Man #1 is on the way! The series relaunch will follow newcomer Riri Williams, as she suits up in the Iron Man armor. The current writer for Invincible Iron Man, Brian Michael Bendis, will be staying on, joined by artist Stefano Caselli (All-New Inhumans).

Although this series will see Stark passing the mantle to Williams, this doesn't reveal the ending of Civil War II. “I can tell you just because we’re hearing what we’re saying doesn’t mean you know how Civil War II ends. We’re not telling you the end, at all,” Bendis shared.

Riri Williams was originally introduced in Invincible Iron Man #9, as a 15-year-old M.I.T. student who built her own set of Iron Man armor in her dorm. Williams may just give Stark a run for his money. “He’s [Stark] also aware that this young woman is flying by him in terms of how quickly she’s doing it. Her brain is maybe a little better than his. She looks at things from a different perspective that makes the armor unique. He can’t help but go maybe I should buy her out,” Bendis added.

It seems that Williams role in the Marvel landscape post-Civil War II, is only just beginning. Not only is she starring in Invincible Iron Man, but she was also front and center in a Marvel NOW! teaser image.

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BBC Worldwide North America and Titan Comics announced a selection of Doctor Who comics at Comic-Con International: San Diego on July 21-24, 2016.

Titan is releasing a Doctor Who convention special comic, featuring the new story “The Long Con,” starring the ever popular Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors. Art will be provided by Leandro Casco (Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor), Simon Fraser (The Eleventh Doctor), and Walter Geovanni (Red Sonja), with two covers by Alice X. Zhang (Doctor Who, The Blacklist) and Fraser.

The special will include all nine “Supremacy of the Cybermen” back-up strips by George Mann and Cavan Scott (Supremacy of the Cybermen) and creators, including Blair Shedd (The Ninth Doctor), Lee Sullivan (Rivers of London), Mike Collins (Uncanny X-Men), Dan Boultwood (The Eleventh Doctor), Andrew Pepoy (The Fourth Doctor), Simon Myers (Dark Souls), and others.

This special comic can be picked up at Titan’s booth #5537, along with other Doctor Who comics and collections.

Fans can also meet Rob Williams (The Eleventh Doctor), Scott, Si Spurrier (The Eleventh Doctor), Fraser, Cornell, Zhang, and Mann.

Titan will also host a panel filled with exclusive reveals, never seen art previews, and Doctor Who guests Paul Cornell (Four Doctors), Mann, Scott, Williams, and Andrew James (Doctor Who editor). They’ll reveal upcoming plans for Doctor Who comics and provide a behind the scenes look at Titan’s convention special. The panel will be held on Saturday at 3:30 PM in room 5AB.  

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Star Trek Beyond Makes Sulu First LGBT Crewmember

When Star Trek Beyond is released on July 22, 2016 it will introduce the first openly gay main character. That character will be the Enterprise’s pilot Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho. Cho revealed this information about his character during a press event in Sydney, Australia.

Simon Pegg and Justin Lin, Star Trek Beyond’s writer and director, respectively, made Sulu gay as a nod to George Takei, who played Sulu in the original TV show and has become an LGBT activist.

The movie will not, however, make Sulu’s sexual orientation a major point in the movie. Rather it will be revealed simply as part of his character when his daughter and partner are revealed. In the original Star Trek series Sulu had a daughter, Demora, who became a pilot of Enterprise B.

“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” Cho said to Australia’s Herald Sun.

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Original Owner Wonder Woman Run in Pedigree Sale

Pedigree Comics upcoming Special DC August Grand Auction will contain many new and recently graded Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age high grade DC comics, according to Pedigree President and CEO Doug Schmell. The auction is scheduled to begin in just over three weeks, on the night of Sunday, July 31, 2016 and last for ten days until the night of Wednesday, August 10 as a separate event on the Pedigree Comics website, www.PedigreeComics.com. There is no buyer’s premium on any of the lots in the auction and most of the items will have no reserve. Every book is CGC or CBCS graded and the minimum bid is only $100 for this Grand Auction. You can view over 300 items of initial lots in the Auction Preview beginning right now. Just go to the Pedigree Comics website and click on the Grand Auctions banner.

The Special DC Grand Auction will feature one of Pedigree’s best all-DC offerings of high grade Golden, Silver, and early Bronze Age books from all your favorite titles. Most of the books come from a few different consignments, including the high grade Miramar Collection that was consigned to Pedigree a few months ago. The Silver and Bronze Age Marvels were featured in Pedigree’s recently concluded June Grand Auction.

There are some absolutely amazing runs and groups of core DC titles including Action Comics, Batman, Detective Comics, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Justice League of America, Superman, and Wonder Woman. The Batman, Detective Comics, Hawkman, Superman, and Wonder Woman runs are among the best ever offered in an online auction. The Batman run is the deepest with well over 100 books and contains many choice high grade issues from the early Golden Age to the early Bronze Age. The Detective Comics run is also stunning with some really nice Golden Age pieces plus many high grade Silver and early Bronze Age issues. There are similarly over 100 issues of Detective Comics to choose from.

The Hawkman run is a near-complete group of early Silver Age Hawkman #3-25, all in 9.4 and 9.6 grade. The Superman run features over 45 issues between Superman #2 and Superman #54 (some doubles are included), all in 7.5 to 9.4 certified condition and most in 8.0 and higher and the Wonder Woman run features a fabulous group of 20 early Silver Age issues between #120 and #144, all in high grade and 12 in 9.4 and higher. These Wonder Woman comics come from an original owner collection out of California that Pedigree purchased in November 2015 and are spectacular.

Each week prior to the auction opening, Mr. Schmell will be highlighting a run from the collection. The spotlight this week is on the early Silver Age Wonder Woman run. These books are gorgeous and almost everyone has off-white to white or white pages. A few are the highest certified copy too. They include Wonder Woman #121 9.2, #125 9.2, #127 9.6, #127 9.4, #128 9.4, #129 9.2, #130 9.6, #132 9.2, #133 9.4, #134 9.6, #136 9.4, #137 9.4, #139 9.4, #140 9.4, #141 9.4, and #144 9.4.

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ComicLink July Focused Auction Begins Wednesday

Session 1 includes select key and high grade Silver and early Bronze comic books are Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 7.0, #121 and #122 (deaths of Gwen Stacy and Green Goblin) CGC 9.6, and #129 (first Punisher) CGC 9.8, Incredible Hulk #181 (first full Wolverine) CGC 9.8, Justice League of America #1 CGC 6.5, Werewolf By Night #32 (first Moon Knight) CGC 9.8, Avengers #4 (first Silver Age Captain America) CGC 6.5, Fantastic Four #5 (first Dr. Doom) CGC 4.0, #26 (Avengers crossover) CGC 9.4, #28 (X-Men crossover) CGC 9.4, and #46 (first full Black Bolt) CBCS 9.4, Iron Man #55 (first Thanos and Drax) CBCS 9.8, X-Men #14 (first Sentinels) CGC 9.4, Savage Tales #1 (first Man-Thing) CGC 9.8, a run of many Doctor Strange (1974) issues from #1 up all in CGC 9.8, Captain America #102 CGC 9.8 Rocky Mountain, an almost complete run of the Cockrum/Byrne era “New” X-Men in CGC 9.4 or higher including Giant-Size X-Men #1 (first Colossus, Storm, and Nightcrawler, second full Wolverine) in CGC 9.6 and the following issues in CGC 9.8: #95 (death of Thunderbird), #119, #123, #125, and #141/#142 (Days of Future Past, sold separately). It also includes high grade runs of Dell/Gold Key TV titles, including pristine File copies and Pedigree examples from Space Family Robinson Lost in Space (21 examples), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (18 examples), Beverly Hillbillies (12 examples), F-Troop (7 examples), and Rin Tin Tin/Rin Tin Tin and Rusty (27 examples).

Session 2 offers Golden Age comic books. Such publishers as DC, Timely, Fawcett, EC and Quality are represented. Many genres are offered including superhero, sci-fi, horror, good girl, and others can be found with a lot of interesting treasures to be uncover. They include Batman #12 CBCS 8.0 and #23 (second Joker cover in Batman) CGC 4.5, Captain America Comics #27 (classic cover) CGC 1.8 and #64 (scarce in high grade) CGC 3.0, Marvel Mystery #21 (Human Torch and Sub-Mariner, Schomburg WWII cover) CGC 3.5, numerous Action Comics and Detective Comics issues, America's Best #10 (classic WWII cover) CGC 3.5, Blonde Phantom #16 (Golden Age Captain America story) CGC 7.0, All-Star Comics #38 (first Black Canary with JSA) CGC 4.0, Blue Beetle #42 (one of top three graded) CGC 8.0, Captain Marvel Adventures #3 (very early issue) CGC 5.5, Catman #27 (LB Cole flag cover) CGC 3.5, many examples of Mystic, Seven Seas #3 (classic GGA cover) CGC 5.0, Shock Suspenstories #13 (Frazetta’s only solo story for EC) CGC 4.0, Skyman #1 (origin Skyman) CGC 5.5, Speed Comics #42 (File Copy) CGC 9.0 and other issues, and Spirit #3 (Fiction House run, horror cover) CGC 7.5. There are several high grade Golden Age runs including many Pedigree examples as well as single highest graded and only CGC graded examples from titles such as Popular Comics (49 examples), Boy Comics (6 examples), Feature Comics (10 examples), Li’l Abner (38 examples), Dotty Dripple (22 examples), and Big Shot Comics (5 examples).

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BRONZE AGE FANTASTIC FIRST: Creepy Things #1

Charlton; July 1975
Cover by Tom Sutton

Title: “Read the Signs”

Synopsis: On a stormy night, a young man hitches a ride from a vampire – and lives to tell the tale!

Writer: Uncredited
Penciler:
Enrique Nieto
Inker:
Nieto

Review: Wow … this is an awful lead feature. Cliché plot. Awful scripting. Sub-par art. And a silly, twist ending in service of a bad pun. Creepy Things is not off to a good start!

Title: “The Lurker in the Pit”
Synopsis:
A greedy nephew shows up to claim his inheritance – and instead finds the lurker in the pit!

Writer: Uncredited
Penciler:
Dick Piscopo
Inker:
Piscopo

Review: Slightly better art in service of a cliché Lovecraftian story. This one has a better twist ending – barely.

Title: “Indian Summer”
Synopsis:
One autumn day, “injun speerits” take revenge on the “premier injun hunter” of the Dakota Territory.

Writer: Uncredited
Penciler:
Enrique Nieto
Inker:
Nieto

Review: This issue is now zero for three thanks to this simple revenge tale featuring more lackluster Enrique Nieto art. Weak.

Title: “The Well”
Synopsis:
A man becomes wealthy listening to an unseen voice from a deep well – then finds his doom!

Writer: Uncredited
Penciler:
Tom Sutton
Inker:
Sutton

Review: The tale that inspired this issue’s cover. Not a great story, but Tom Sutton’s art stands out against the chaff.

Grade (for the whole issue): C-

Cool factor: Did you see that cover?!

Not-so-cool factor: There are some real stinkers in this one! (Tom Sutton’s art is this comic’s only saving grace.)

Notable: The “Creep Mail” letters page offers an introductory essay.

Character quotable: “Look, we don’t know what’s prowling in this house, so let’s split up.” — David Montegue, greedy nephew, cousin abuser and, obviously, one smart fella!

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Rare Movie Posters in Heritage July 30-31 Auction

In their July 30-31, 2016 Movie Posters Signature Auction, Heritage is offering over 1,000 lots of rare and coveted posters. Some of the most exciting posters up for bid are Son of Frankenstein (1939) style A one-sheet, Dracula’s Daughter (1936) one-sheet, Casablanca (1942) insert, and Morocco (1930) style B one-sheet.

In addition to these Golden Age of cinema titles, the July auction will include a large variety of important posters from Hollywood’s Silent Film era. 

“Rarely do we get a collection of such early and significant film posters in such quantity as this wonderful group of 100-year-old posters, many of which are unrestored and in an unused state,” said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage Auctions. “It’s not going too far to suggest that this well may be the best selection of these types of posters Heritage has ever offered.” 

The Silent Film collection includes nearly 100 titles from 1915 to 1920, featuring stars of the age like Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, William S. Hart, Theda Bara, Lon Chaney, and many more. Titles from the period include D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation (1915), Chaplin in Triple Trouble (1918) and Chase Me Charlie (1918), Pickford in The Little American (1917), Hart in Riddle Gawne (1916) and Lon Chaney in The Penalty (1920).

“We are so excited to get this great selection of one-sheets, three-sheets, six-sheets and lobby cards from this early period in cinema history,” said Smith. “Collectors of this kind of vintage paper are going to like what they see.”

Other highlights in the auction are The 39 Steps (1935) one-sheet, original acrylic painting by popular poster artist Drew Struzan Cannonball Run II (1984), and Out of the Past (1947) one-sheet.

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Dwayne Johnson Confirmed for Doc Savage

It’s official, Dwayne Johnson has signed on for Sony Pictures’ Doc Savage. Johnson made the announcement on Monday via Instagram. He provided background information on Doc Savage, including his status as a “weirdo.” Johnson ended the post by saying, “Can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one of a kind character.” Doc Savage will be directed by Shane Black (The Nice Guys) with script co-written by Black, Anthony Bagarozzi, and Charles Mondry. While promoting The Nice Guys, Black made it clear that he wanted Johnson to star in the movie. Johnson will produce the movie through his Seven Bucks Productions banner along with Hiram Garcia. Other producers are Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur, and Michael Uslan.

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The mutant universe is about to get a little bigger. The Legion TV show has been officially greenlit by FX. Based in the world of the X-Men, the show was created by Noah Hawley, and is scheduled for an eight-episode first season. It will focus on David Haller, a tormented man diagnosed with schizophrenia. But he starts to understand that what he sees and hears might not be mental illness, it might be mutant abilities. In the comic Haller is Charles Xavier’s son. Legion will star Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as David Haller. He will be joined by Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Jean Smart (24), Katie Aselton (The League), and Bill Irwin (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). “Marvel Television is thrilled to not only have our first partnership with FX go to series, but working with the enormously talented Noah Hawley makes it even better,” Executive Producer Jeph Loeb said. “From the first time we heard Noah’s vision to his exceptional script and cast through the extraordinary filming of the pilot, we knew the series would be incredible.” Hawley has already seen success with FX as the creator of the network’s Fargo TV series. He will also be the executive producer, along with X-Men film team Lauren Schuler Donner, Bryan Singer, and Simon Kinberg. Legion will start shooting this summer and will air in early 2017.

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IComicExchange.com Lists Better Comics #1

On June 1, 2016, Hamilton, Ontario-based International Comic Exchange (ICE) listed a copy of Better Comics #1 CGC 7.0. The comic is one of only two graded 7.0, the highest in the CGC Census. Better Comics #1 was published by Vancouver’s Maple Leaf Publishing when the Canadian government implemented the War Exchange Conservation Act (WECA). Part of the act banned non-essential imports during the war economy, such as American comic books. Better Comics #1 was followed by a thriving Canadian comic publishing industry during the war years. In 1946 when WECA was repealed, the Canadian comic book industry suffered greatly. There are very few known copies of Better Comics #1. “We’re thrilled to list this historic first Canadian comic book for sale and we look forward to displaying it for all to see in Niagara Falls on June 4,” ICE administrator Marty Birthelmer said. ICE has listed the copy of Better Comics #1 CGC 7.0 for $100,000. It was listed in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of Canadian comics on June 4 at Big B Comics and Chapterhouse Publishing at 6465 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, ON. The festivities will be held from 7 PM to 9 PM where Better Comics #1 will be on display. For more information contact Walt at walt@icomicexchange.com

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DC Rebirth Special to Receive Second Printing

The DC Universe: Rebirth Special debuted on May 25, 2016, and has already garnered an incredible reaction from fans and critics alike. Due to the success of the first printing, DC Entertainment announced that this 80-page summer event is headed into its second printing. The Rebirth Special is written by Geoff Johns and includes art by Ethan Van Sciver, Gary Frank, Phil Jimenez, and Ivan Reis. This second printing edition will be bound in a new square format, and feature updated cover art by Gary Frank. This epic tale of adventure, which contains the return of a beloved character and a truly surprising ending, is the gateway for DC's title wide relaunch beginning on June 1. The first round of titles include Batman Rebirth #1, Green Arrow Rebirth #1, Green Lanterns Rebirth #1, and Superman Rebirth #1. Rebirth is all about a return to the incredible superhero storytelling that has made DC a fan favorite for more than 80 years. With 17 twice monthly titles, and an additional 14 monthly titles, all at the low price of $2.99, what's not to love? The second printing addition of the Rebirth Special will be produced in limited quantities, and hit retailers on June 8 for only $5.99.

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CBCS: Action #16 is Martian Manhunter Prototype

Since they opened about two years ago, the Comic Book Certification Company (CBCS) has certified two copies of Action Comics #16. While grading the first one, CBCS President & Primary Grader Steve Borock made an interesting discovery. Fred Guardineer’s Zatara story featured a Golden Age magician traveling to Saturn where the aliens looked quite familiar. “I was stunned that I never noticed this before now,” Borock said. “It was last February and I just looked at that issue like I had many times before – heck, I even owned one years ago and never thought about it – but this time something in my brain just clicked and it was like I was reading this comic again for the first time! I turned to West Stephan [CBCS restoration detection expert and senior grader] and told him to take a look at the story and tell me that creators Joseph Samachson and/or Joe Certa did not get the design idea for J'onn J'onzz from this comic.” After discussing the characters and creation of Martin Manhunter, Borock and Stephan decided to include the information on the Action Comics #16 label, stating that the issue includes the Martian Manhunter prototype. “This is the kind of stuff I love about our hobby,” Borock added. “No matter how many years I have been in it, I keep finding and learning cool stuff which makes me feel just like a kid again!”

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High Grade Marvels from MegaCon in Pedigree Auction

Pedigree Comics’ upcoming June Grand Auction will feature a brand new group of books that Pedigree President and CEO Doug Schmell purchased last weekend at MegaCon in Orlando, FL. The auction is scheduled to begin in just a few days, on the night of Sunday, June 5, 2016 and last for ten days until the night of Wednesday, June 15 as a separate event at www.PedigreeComics.com. There is no buyer’s premium on any of the lots in the auction and almost every item will have no reserve. Every book is CGC or CBCS graded and there is no minimum bid for this Grand Auction. You can view over 600 high grade lots in the Auction Preview right now. Just go to the Pedigree Comics website and click on the Grand Auctions banner. The new batch of books from MegaCon consist of all high grade Silver and Bronze Age Marvels, most of which are the highest certified copy according to the CGC census. There are a few early Silver Age Marvel keys included. All the books are already scanned and listed in the Auction Preview. Highlights are Amazing Spider-Man #121 9.8 (highest certified copy), #122 9.8 (highest certified copy), and #129 9.6, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 9.4, Avengers #1 9.0, #55 9.8 (highest certified copy), #98 9.8 (Suscha News, highest certified copy), and #112 9.8 (single highest certified copy), Avengers Annual #1 9.8 (highest certified copy), Daredevil #105 9.8 (highest certified copy), #131 9.8 (highest certified copy), and #158 9.8 (highest certified copy), Defenders #1 9.8 (highest certified copy), Doctor Strange #1 9.8 (highest certified copy) and #181 9.8 (highest certified copy), Fantastic Four #5 9.2, #9 9.4, #15 9.6, and #53 9.8 (highest certified copy), Giant-Size Avengers #1 9.8 (highest certified copy), Giant-Size X-Men #1 9.6 (CGC Signature Series), Incredible Hulk #1 7.5, #4 9.4, and #182 9.6, Iron Fist #14 9.8 (highest certified copy), Iron Man #55 9.8 (highest certified copy), Iron Man and Submariner #1 9.6, Marvel Spotlight #2 9.6 (highest certified copy), Marvel Super-Heroes #12 9.8 (highest certified copy), Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #3 9.6 (highest certified copy) and #13 9.4, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos Annual #1 9.8 (highest certified copy), Silver Surfer #4 9.6 and #14 9.6, Strange Tales #114 9.6, Tales of Suspense #39 9.0 and #59 9.8 (highest certified copy), Thor #126 9.4, #127 9.6, and #165 9.4, Thor Annual #2 9.8 (highest certified copy), Werewolf By Night #32 9.6, and X-Men #1 9.0, #38 9.8 (highest certified copy), #56 9.8 (highest certified copy), and #94 9.8 (highest certified copy).

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BRONZE AGE FANTASTIC FIRST: Warlord #2

DC; March-April 1976
Cover by Mike Grell
Title:
“Arena of Death”
Synopsis:
Separated from Tara, the soon-to-be Warlord is captured by slavers and forced to fight in a gladiator arena.
Writer:
Mike Grell
Penciler:
Grell
Inker:
Grell

Review: A bit more grounded than Warlord #1 (check out the Bronze Age Fantastic First), this latest issue of Mike Grell’s hollow-Earth epic is still chockablock with genre tropes. Again, there is not much new to be found in this captured-by-slavers-and-forced-to-fight-in-an-arena plot, but Grell tells his tale eagerly. This issue’s slave revolt also sets Travis Morgan on the path to becoming the Warlord. On the art side, Grell continues to impress. This issue is the first to feature a double-page splash, a technique that became a signature for this series. Grell’s inking remains refined, and his storytelling this issue is a notch above. Grade: B+ Cool factor: Let’s go with Mike Grell’s art this time out. There are some really nice pages this issue. Notable: First appearance of Machiste. … Warlord was canceled after this issue, only to return a half a year later at the behest of new DC publisher Jeanette Kahn. Character quotable: “… I offer something far greater … I offer you the chance to die free men!” — Travis Morgan, soon-to-be Warlord

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Cerebus & Batman in Hero eBay Listings

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comics industry pros in medical and financial need, have listed more items in their eBay store. Current listings are led by a Gerhard Cerebus original drawing and Rick Burchett Batman original drawing. Additional listings include The Hellboy 100 Project hard and softcover, Bill Willingham Gravity No. 9 pint glass from Boom Island Brewing, Jem and the Holograms #2 Comics and Ponies exclusive variant by Sophie Campbell, Dave Gibbons autographed W00tstout Stone Brewing print, Vision Machine graphic novel autographed by Greg Pak, The Fantastic Four 100 Project soft and hardcover, Stan’s Soapbox: The Collection, and plenty more. Visit Hero’s eBay store to buy these and many other comic collectibles.

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June 5: LA Comic Book & Science Fiction Con
Los Angeles, an epicenter for entertainment, will host sci-fi and comics fans on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Los Angeles Comic Book...
 

June 10-12: Eternal Con
Eternal Con returns to the Cradle of Aviation Museum at Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY, for another full weekend...
 

June 10-12: Sci-Fi Valley Con
Pennsylvania natives looking for some high quality family fun centered around all things science fiction, fantasy...
 

June 18-19: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival
Kids Read Comics! presents the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival on June 18-19, 2016. The free comics event...
 

June 18-19: Northeast Comic Con
Father’s Day weekend is going to be lots of fun at Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza (NECC). The con will run June 18-19...

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Harley Quinn Spin-off Movie in the Works  

Harley Quinn is one of the most popular characters in comics right now. She stars in four titles, has countless collectibles and types of apparel, and will star in the anti-hero team movie Suicide Squad, later this summer.

Margot Robbie won the sweet role of playing the comically crazy Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Now, news is circulating that DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are discussing a Harley spinoff movie. Plot and character details have not been shared yet, but what is known is that it will not be a solo movie, with a single focus on the anti-heroine. And it will be produced by Robbie herself.

The Hollywood Reporter first shared news of the untitled spinoff. Harley will be joined by other female villains and heroines in the DC Universe. Details are closely guarded, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey have come up in the conversation. A script is in the works by a female writer.

When Robbie was cast as Harley Quinn she immersed herself in DC comics to learn more about the character. Her love for Harley and other female characters grew, leading her to start developing the project. She started collaborating with a writer then took the project to Warner Bros.

Suicide Squad opens in theaters on August 5, 2016. Along with Robbie, Suicide Squad stars Cara Delevinge, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

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When the most recent episode of The Flash ended Zoom brought a bunch of dangerous metahumans to Earth-1. They will be led by a character familiar to the interconnected DC comic based TV shows.

Katie Cassidy, who has played Laurel Lance – assistant district attorney and Black Canary – on Arrow will appear on The Flash. This time she’ll be Laurel Lance’s Earth-2 doppelganger the Black Siren. Photos released by The CW show Black Siren among other superpowered baddies in a fight against the Flash.

Photos also show Black Siren talking to Killer Frost and Reverb, both of who are currently dead. Granted, these could be flashbacks or they could possibly be back from the dead, which could make the Flash’s task much more difficult.

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Dynamite Immortalizes the Women Of Dynamite

Heroines Red Sonja and Dejah Thoris (Warlord of Mars), have been cornerstones of Dynamite Entertainment for some time. From their iconic status in the realm of science fiction and fantasy to their impact in the world of pop culture. As part of the brand new Women of Dynamite line, Dynamite has chosen to immortalize the pair in gorgeous, timeless statues.

Hyrkania's lethal warrior, Red Sonja, is poised majestically on a snow-covered battlefield. Based on the original design by J. Scott Campbell and sculpted by the masterful Jason Smith, the She-Devil with a Sword stands 11.5" in height on a decorative 5.5" wide base.

The original science fiction heroine, Dejah Thoris' exotic beauty is captured in her statue. Jason Smith and the Brewing Factory team searched through the finest creator illustrations for the perfect inspiration. The result was a gorgeous statue based on Frank Cho's artwork, measuring 12" high, 4.5" deep, with a 6" base.

Both of these highly-detailed statues are hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain with ABS details. As part of this Limited Edition run, both statues come individually numbered in a four-color box with a Certificate of Authenticity. Retailed at $189.99 each, these remarkable pieces will be released in August and September respectively.

"Dynamite Entertainment has published so many great characters over the years, and Red Sonja and Dejah Thoris are easily two of our most well known. The previous Red Sonja statues have sold out so quickly, and the fact that we've never had a Dejah Thoris statue, that as we continue to grow our line of collectibles, these two were an obvious choice for a new 3D rendition," said Dynamite CEO/Publisher, Nick Barrucci.

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New Ghostbusters Trailer Released Online

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Ghostbusters film, showing off more plot details and additional footage of the reboot project. The trailer also highlights more of the paranormal threats that the new Ghostbusting team will have to face, as well as some familiar faces from the original films.

Ghostbusters stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the four titular ‘busters, with Chris Hemsworth in the role of the receptionist. The film is directed by Paul Feig and arrives in theaters on July 15, 2016.

You can view the trailer on the official Ghostbusters Twitter account.

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First Look At New Star Trek Series

Never has the term teaser trailer been more accurate, as the first look at the new Star Trek TV series leaves you wanting so much more! CBS Studios shared the exciting first look during the CBS upfront demonstration held at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Les Moonves, President and CEO of CBS, discussed some of the components to the show. But there is still little known, aside from the logo and addition of new characters, villains, and worlds. As well as, Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) serving as the show’s executive producer/showrunner.

Not to mention franchise alums Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) on board as executive producer and Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) as writer and consulting producer.

A special premiere episode will air, in the US, on the CBS Television Network. Thereafter, the first-run episodes will be available exclusively on CBS All Access. Don't worry Trek fans, the series will also be available on TV stations/platforms around the world.

Production will begin this fall in Toronto, Canada, with the premiere scheduled for January 2016.  

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Hot Toys Announce Suicide Squad Figures

On Monday, May 16, 2016 Hot Toys announced that they will develop collectibles for the summer’s highly anticipated Warner Bros. Suicide Squad movie. The Hong Kong based toymakers are known for movie accurate 1/6th scale action figures and will likely bring their A-game for the movie based on the DC comic.

Hot Toys recently produced a line of figures for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Force Awakens, and Deadpool.

At this point Hot Toys has not revealed images for the upcoming action figures. The series will likely include Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as the Joker. Additional toys could include Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag.

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BRONZE AGE FANTASTIC FIRST: Iron Man #120 

Marvel; March 1979 
Cover by Bob Layton

Published and copyright by “The Old Man and the Sea Prince!”
Synopsis: Following a bizarre plane accident, Iron Man comes to blows with Sub-Mariner over an Atlantic island.

Writer: David Michelinie
Penciler: John Romita Jr.
Inker:
Bob Layton

Review: While it rarely reached the heights of the Claremont/Byrne X-Men or Miller’s Daredevil, David Michelinie and Bob Layton’s Iron Man was consistently better than most books on the spinner racks. Michelinie’s writing here is sophisticated and aimed at a more adult audience; his Tony Stark lives in world of sex, alcohol, paranoia, and betrayal. A young John Romita Jr. is still developing his own style, but it is inker Bob Layton who really provides the look of this book. “Consistent” is the best word to describe this run. “Consistent” and “good.”

Grade: B+

Cool factor: Iron Man vs. Sub-Mariner!
Not-so-cool factor: Iron Man vs. Sub-Mariner! Underwater! While Iron Man is drunk! (That’s going to end well, is it)

Notable: First issue of the “Demon in a Bottle” storyline. … First appearance of Justin Hammer.

Character quotable: “… if those beautiful brown eyes could look up another martini for me, I’d be very grateful.” — Tony Stark, always ready to mix business and pleasure.

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High Grade Keys in ComicConnect’s Summer Special

ComicConnect is offering an assortment of beautifully restored, high grade keys in their current Spring Special Auction.

“Collectors and investors have a tremendous opportunity to pick up Golden and Silver Age keys featuring first appearances of Captain America, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Thor, and the Justice League,” Rob Reynolds, Director of Consignments said. “All of the books have been professionally restored and are immaculate.”

Bid now on Action Comics #13 CBCS 9.2 R, All Star Comics #8 CBCS 8.5 R, Brave and the Bold #28 CBCS 9.6 R, Captain America Comics #1 CBCS 9.4 R, Detective Comics #33 CBCS 9.4 R, Journey into Mystery #83 CBCS 9.6 R, Sensation Comics #1 CBCS 9.0, and Tales of Suspense #39 CBCS 9.6 R.

Visit ComicConnect’s website to look through the entire auction.

The auction end-dates are as follows:
Session 1 (original art, Action Comics #1 – Atomic War) June 6, 2016
Session 2 (AvengersDetective Comics) June 7, 2016
Session 3 (Detective ComicsLife Stories of American Presidents) June 8, 2016
Session 4 (Lightning ComicsSub-Mariner Comics) June 9, 2016
Session 5 (Super FriendsZoo Funnies) June 10, 2016

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9.2 Amazing Fantasy #15 Hits $392,000 at Pedigree

Pedigree Comics has reported that it brokered the sale of Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 9.2 for a record price of $392,000. Featuring the origin and first appearance of Spider-Man, Amazing Fantasy #15 is the most popular and valuable early Silver Age key, ranked as #1 according to latest Overstreet Guide listing (2015). It is the most valuable by quite a wide margin, and is also one of the most difficult Silver Age Marvel first appearance issues to locate in high grade.

Cover dated August 1962 (the same month as Thor’s initial appearance from Journey Into Mystery #83), Amazing Fantasy #15 is one of the hottest books on the market right now, with record sales in each grade being recorded over the past year or so. A copy graded CBCS 9.0 sold at auction in late March for a record price of $237,000, a CGC 9.4 example fetched a record $454,100 at auction in February, and a CGC 7.5 copy went for $73,500 in October 2015. The prior high sale for a CGC 9.2 was the one Pedigree Comics had made for $190,000 in their February 2009 Grand Auction.

According to the CGC census, only eight copies in the world (out of 2,495 so far submitted to the CGC) has graded higher than this 9.2 copy. Three are graded 9.6 (one of which sold for a record price of 1.1 million in March 2011) and only five in 9.4. Amazingly, only one other copy has certified at 9.2. High grade copies of this important comic book rarely change hands and when they do, it is almost always at record prices.

The book is characterized by great color strike, exact cover alignment, tight staples, sharp corners, and off-white to white pages. It is further identified by a small and unobtrusive date stamp (5-31) near the top left center of the front cover. The book does not contain any Marvel Chipping. It is the ninth nicest existing copy in the world as of this writing.

The transaction took over a few weeks as the seller and buyer could not initially agree on a price, partly because of the seller’s reluctance to part with it, but after numerous telephone calls over two weeks, the price of $392,000 was confirmed on Monday, May 9, 2016. The buyer is a high grade Golden and Silver Age collector who concentrates on keys and first appearance issues and is extremely happy with the book.

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May 13-15: Motor City Comic Con
Michigan residents – Motor City Comic Con is coming up soon on May 13-15, 2016. The con will be held at the Suburban...
 

May 13-15: Atlantic City Boardwalk Con
The second Atlantic City Boardwalk Con (ACBC) will be here soon on May 13-15, 2016. ACBC will be held at the Atlantic City...
 

May 13-15: Whedonopolis 2016
Fans of Joss Whedon, his characters, and projects living in the Los Angeles area won’t want to miss Whedonopolis 2016. The convention...
 

May 13-15: Wizard World Des Moines
Wizard World Des Moines is coming up soon on May 13-15, 2016 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA...
 

May 14-15: Philly Non-Sports Card Show
The 64th Philly Non-Sports Card Show is set for May 14-15, 2016. The event will feature plenty for collectors Star Wars, Mars Attacks...
 

May 21-22: 3 Rivers Comicon
The next 3 Rivers Comicon is coming up soon on May 21-22, 2016 at Century III, 3075 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, PA...
 

May 21-22: Tidewater Comicon
The weather is heating up, but the beach won’t be the only reason for Virginia natives to head to the coast. On May 21-22...
 

May 26-29: MegaCon
It’s almost time for MegaCon! The large convention will be held on May 26-29, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center...
 

May 27-29: Space City Comic Con
Houston residents, get ready for a con filled with pop culture, comics, fantasy, gaming, literature, and family fun entertainment...
 

May 27-30: Balticon 50
Balticon 50, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, is coming up soon. The con will be held on May 27-30...
 

May 28-29: Walker Stalker Chicago
The walkers are heading for the Windy City for Walker Stalker Chicago. The con will be held on May 28-29, 2016...
 

June 2-5: Colossalcon
Colossalcon will be returning to the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio for...
 

June 2-5: Wizard World Philadelphia
Wizard World is heading to the City of Brotherly Love for Wizard World Philadelphia on June 2-5, 2016. The con will be held...
 

June 3-5: Awesome Con
Get ready for an awesome time at Awesome Con on June 3-5, 2016. The show will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center...
 

June 3-5: Niagara Falls Comic Con
Niagara Falls Comic Con is coming up soon on June 3-5, 2016. The con will be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre...
 

June 4-5: Power-Con
Calling all fans of He-Man and She-Ra located in the LA area. Power-Con: The He-Man and She-Ra Toy & Comic Book Experience...
 

June 5: LA Comic Book & Science Fiction Con
Los Angeles, an epicenter for entertainment, will host sci-fi and comics fans on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Los Angeles Comic Book...
 

June 10-12: Eternal Con
Eternal Con returns to the Cradle of Aviation Museum at Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY, for another full weekend...
 

June 10-12: Sci-Fi Valley Con
Pennsylvania natives looking for some high quality family fun centered around all things science fiction, fantasy...
 

June 18-19: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival
Kids Read Comics! presents the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival on June 18-19, 2016. The free comics event...
 

June 18-19: Northeast Comic Con
Father’s Day weekend is going to be lots of fun at Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza (NECC). The con will run June 18-19...

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Syfy Greenlights Krypton TV Show 

The Syfy channel has officially greenlit Warner Bros. Superman prequel, Krypton. Featuring Superman’s grandfather, Jor-El I, if it follows the comics, he’ll work to redeem his family who has been ostracized by other Kryptonians.

The show will be produced by DC movie screenwriter David S. Goyer, who has said that the series will be part of the DC Extended Universe.

Krypton is one of the most iconic stories in the comic book universe,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “In the talented hands of David S. Goyer and the DC Entertainment/Warner Horizon Television team, this exciting Syfy project will take viewers back to Superman’s home to show how the timeless legend began.”

Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will be the showrunner and Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders) will direct the pilot. The pair will serve as executive producers. The pilot will be written by Goyer with Ian Goldberg (Once Upon A Time).

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Major television network, NBC, has just ordered a full series for DC's highly anticipated comedy, Powerless. The new show follows an insurance company working in the heart of the DC Comics Universe.

The show stars Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) as Emily Locke, an insurance adjuster specializing in helping the average people affected by superhero destruction. To celebrate, DC has shared a first look at the show's pilot.

The pilot features Emily standing up to minor DC hero, Crimson Fox, when a fight interrupts her commute to work. This impressive confrontation makes Locke a "hero" in her own right among her colleagues. Powerless also stars Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Danny Pudi (Community), Christina Kirk (A to Z), and will be written and produced by Ben Queen (A to Z, Cars 2).

Lately, you can't turn on the TV without finding a show involving superheroes and comic book characters. While some range from melodramatic all the way to absurdity, Powerless is aiming straight for comedic hijinks. The Office style comedy meets DC Universe characters? Not a bad place to start.

Powerless is scheduled to join NBC as a 30-minute sitcom, in the 2016-2017 TV season.

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ABC Cancels Agent Carter, Axes Marvel’s Most Wanted

After just two seasons, ABC has cancelled Agent Carter. Since it first arrived, the show has been popular with TV critics, but didn’t receive the viewer ratings to continue the show. It ended its limited run with a 1.4 rating among adults under 50 and 4.3 million total viewers for DVR services. The show slipped in ratings considerably from season one to season two.

Making matters worse, fans are left with a cliffhanger ending.

Though she’ll no longer portray Peggy Carter, lead Hayley Atwell will still be on TV. She has already booked the ABC procedural Conviction.

On top of that, ABC has passed on the Agents of SHIELD spinoff, Marvel’s Most Wanted. The show was set to star SHIELD favorites Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse) and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter) as they continue to protect the world, operating outside of SHIELD.

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Black Widow Finally Getting Solo Film?

Ever since her awesome entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans have rallied around Black Widow and begged for Scarlett Johansson's Avenger to get a solo movie. A poll conducted by Fandango and USA Today showed that Black Widow is still the number one Avenger pick to go solo.

Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have expressed their interest in directing such a film. While Clark Gregg, Robert Downey Jr., and even Johansson herself are among those wondering why this movie isn't already a reality.

Does this mean the redheaded assassin is finally getting her own solo film? Marvel hasn't made any official announcements, but in a Q&A with Deadline, Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige commented on the possibility.

After being asked who (out of Falcon, War Machine, Black Widow, and Hawkeye) was destined for the next solo film, Feige brought up Black Widow. “We’ve announced the next nine movies, ten counting Civil War, through the end of 2019. Where we go beyond that are ongoing discussions that we’ll focus on in the next few years because we have a lot to do before then. Of the characters that you’ve just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow,” Feige said.

“We think she’s an amazing character. We think Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of her is amazing. She’s a lead Avenger and has amazing stories in her own right to tell that we think would be fun to turn into a standalone franchise,” Feige added.

Scarlett Johansson debuted as Black Widow in 2010's Iron Man 2, followed by 2012's The Avengers. Later she partnered with Captain America for 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and returned for 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Captain America: Civil War marks Johansson's fifth appearance as Black Widow, and is in theaters now. It's not yet known where the character will appear next, but one can hope a standalone film isn't too far off.

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Star Wars has Found Its Young Han Solo

Since Disney and Lucasfilm announced the young Han Solo movie, fans and film critics have been guessing who would play the young scruffy looking nerf herder. Late last week it was announced that front runner Alden Ehrenreich has gotten the part of young Han Solo, originally played by Harrison Ford.

The 26-year-old actor is primarily known for his appearance in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!. He was also in Beautiful Creatures and Blue Jasmine.

Like Rogue One, the Han Solo movie will take place between Episodes 3 and 4, Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The movie will show how Han became the confident smuggler before he begrudgingly joined the rebellion.

The movie will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street), with screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens) and his son Jon Kasdan (In the Land of Women). The Han Solo Star Wars anthology will be in theaters on May 25, 2018.

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Limited Edition Captain America Statue

Steve Rogers has done some pretty amazing things since he underwent Dr. Erskine’s Super Soldier procedure to become Captain America. Given the success that Captain America: Civil War had during its debut weekend in theaters, the patriotic hero will continue to wow audiences as he saves the day.

In celebration of the mighty hero, Gentle Giant LTD has created a limited edition Captain America Classic Mini Bust. Bearing the likeness of Chris Evans, the collector’s item is hand-painted polyresin bust. Each limited edition mini bust is individually numbered, paired with a certificate of authenticity.

Join Team Cap by preordering the mini bust on Gentle Giant’s website.

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BRONZE AGE FANTASTIC FIRST: Justice League of America #153

DC; April 1978
Cover by Rich Buckler and Jack Abel

Title: “Earth’s First and Last Super-Hero!”
Synopsis: Members of the JLA somehow get pulled to Earth-Prime, where they come to the aid of that world’s first superhero.

Writer: Gerry Conway
Penciler: George Tuska
Inker:
Frank McLaughlin

Review: Oh, silly story, how Silver Agey can you be? Seriously, this giant-sized offering from Gerry Conway is a throwback to simpler times, as five members of the Justice League are pulled into infinite Earth shenanigans by an “almost mystical ‘magnetic’ force that draws super-beings together.” There are certainly some workable concepts here – the character of Ultraa is particularly intriguing – but they are constantly undermined by poor story execution. Also undermining this issue is the art of George Tuska, whose style lacks the dynamism necessary for a superhero team book. Regular artist Dick Dillin is sorely missed.

Grade: C

Cool factor: This reviewer has always been partial to Utraa, silly costume and all.
Not-so-cool factor: Oh, there are so many choices this time out. Let’s go with Green Lantern’s “giant marshmallow shield” (just beating out the conclusion, where Green Lantern creates clothing in different colors, including yellow!)

Notable: First appearance of Ultraa.

Character quotable: “You see, it might be my fault …” — Julie Schwartz, comic character.

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Action Comics #1 Leads at ComicConnect

ComicConnect’s Summer Special Auction starts this coming Monday, May 16, 2016 at 12 PM ET. “A copy of one of the world’s most valuable comic books, off the market for three decades, is coming to auction,” Rob Reynolds, Director of Consignments said. “Action Comics #1 is getting tougher to find in any condition as the comic has proven to be one of the best investments on the planet. Collectors and investors are simply holding on to them for long-term gain.”

The company expects to see another record setting hammer price.

Top keys and most wanted comics in the auction are Action Comics #1 coverless, Action Comics #7 CGC 1.8, Action Comics #13 CBCS 9.2 R, All Star Comics #8 5.5, All Star Comics #8 8.5 R, Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 6.5, Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 8.5, Archie Comics #1 CGC 6.5, Batman #1 CGC 4.5, Batman #1 CGC 6.0 R, Captain America Comics #1 CBCS 9.4 R, Daredevil #1 CGC 9.4, Detective Comics #31 CGC 4.0, Detective Comics #31 CGC 1.0, Fantastic Four #1 CGC 6.5, Flash #105 PGX 9.2, Green Lantern #1 PGX 9.0, Incredible Hulk #1 CGC 5.0, Journey into Mystery #83 CGC 9.0, Journey into Mystery #83 CBCS 9.6 R, Pep Comics #22 CGC 9.0 R, Sensation Comics #1 CBCS 9.0 R, Showcase #4 CBCS 8.0, Showcase #4 CGC 4.5, Silver Surfer #1 PGX 9.8, Tales of Suspense #39 CGC 8.5, Tales to Astonish #27 CGC 8.5, Tales to Astonish #35 CGC 9.2, and X-Men #1 CGC 8.5.

Original comic art highlights are the John Byrne cover to Batman Annual #11, Tony Moore splash to Walking Dead #2 and Charlie Adlard art from various Walking Dead issues, a Todd McFarlane splash from Spider-Man #9, a cool Bart Sears promo piece for the Eclipso series from 1992, even more from the Brothers Hildebrandt, and a slew of Angel Medina Sensational Spider-Man and Spawn pages.

Visit ComicConnect’s website to view the entire auction. Start bidding this coming Monday at 12 PM ET.

The auction end-dates are as follows:
Session 1 (original art, Action Comics #1 through Atomic War) June 6, 2016
Session 2 (Avengers through Detective Comics) June 7, 2016
Session 3 (Detective Comics through Life Stories of American Presidents) June 8, 2016
Session 4 (Lightning Comics through Sub-Mariner Comics) June 9, 2016
Session 5 (Super Friends through Zoo Funnies) June 10, 2016

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High Grade Miramar Collection in Pedigree June Grand

Pedigree Comics’ upcoming June Grand Auction will debut a fabulous 9.4 and higher grade collection out of Miramar, Florida, according to Doug Schmell, President and CEO of Pedigree. The auction is scheduled to begin on the night of Sunday, June 5, 2016 and last for ten days until the night of Wednesday, June 15 as a separate event on the Pedigree Comics website, www.PedigreeComics.com. There is no buyer’s premium on any of the lots in the auction and almost every item will have no reserve. Every book is CGC or CBCS graded and there is no minimum bid for this Grand Auction. You can view around 300 high grade lots in the Auction Preview right now. Just go to the Pedigree Comics website and click on the Grand Auctions banner.

The Miramar Collection was recently consigned to Pedigree Comics and includes over 400 high grade Marvels and DCs. The Marvels will highlight this June Grand Auction while the DCs will be the focus of Pedigree’s Special DC August Grand Auction. There are many different titles to choose from, including Amazing Adventures, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Conan the Barbarian, DaredevilFantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Inhumans, Iron Man, Journey Into Mystery, Marvel Presents, Nick Fury, Sub-Mariner, Thor, Tomb of Dracula, Warlock, X-Men, and more. There are many keys and #1 issues in the collection and almost every book has either white or off-white to white pages.

There are some nice runs of books in the collection too, primarily Amazing Adventures, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Nick Fury, Sub-Mariner, Thor, and X-Men (Silver Age plus a great run of the Bronze Age New X-Men).

The consignor put this collection together over the past 15 years and was very picky about page quality (none of the books in his collection has less than off-white to white pages) and registration. He would buy CGC certified books from different dealers around the country focusing on superheroes.

Each week prior to the auction opening, Mr. Schmell will be highlighting a run from the collection. The spotlight this week is on the Captain Marvel run, including Captain Marvel #2 9.4, #6 9.4, #9 9.6, #10 9.4, #13 9.6, #14 9.6, #15 9.6, #18 9.4, #19 9.6, #21 9.4, #23 9.6 (Western Penn), #24 9.6, #25 9.4, #27 9.6, #28 9.4, #30 9.6, #31 9.6, #32 9.4, #33 9.4, and #34 9.4.

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ComicLink Spring Featured Auction Underway

The ComicLink Spring Featured Auction is underway, featuring an impressive selection of rare, vintage comics from the Golden Age, Silver Age, and the Bronze Age and Modern eras, as well as an extraordinary selection of comic related original art. There are over 1,200 comic book lots and over 450 original art lots offered within the event.

Impressive highlights hail from all segments of the hobby. Valuable CGC graded comic books from all eras are offered, and there are many original art offerings that truly impress, and very few items are reserved. “There are far too many standout items to list in a single article, but it is definitely worth pointing out a few of the major comic book and original art highlights,” Josh Nathanson, ComicLink’s Founder and President said.

Comic book highlights include rare Golden Age keys like Action Comics #7 (second Superman cover) CGC 6.0, Pep Comics #22 (first Archie) CBCS 2.0, and the extremely rare Canadian White comic book Nelvana in CGC 6.5, a/k/a the Canadian Action Comics #1. This Featured Auction also includes an incredible selection of Golden Age high grades, including a significant number of pedigree examples from the Edgar Church/Mile High collection plus examples from other pedigrees including Davis Crippen, Rockford, Big Apple and even Allentown. A large number of these Golden Age examples are either single highest graded or among the top few certified for the issue.

The Featured Auction also offers many high grade Silver Age keys like Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 9.2, Tales of Suspense #39 (first Iron Man) CGC 9.4 and X-Men #1 (first X-Men and Magneto) CGC 9.0.

Also offered are some of the top books from the Bronze and Modern eras, like Hero for Hire #1 (first Luke Cage) CGC 9.8 Signature Series, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (first Turtles) CGC 9.6. You’ll find everything you’ve come to expect from a ComicLink Featured Auction and even some things you might not!

Original art highlights include early artwork by master artists like Hal Foster and Frank Frazetta and exceptional artwork by Silver Age titans Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko such as strong pages from early issues of Fantastic Four, Avengers, and Amazing Spider-Man, and a rare Ditko Mr. A splash. Featured are Bronze and Modern Age masterworks like Barry Windsor-Smith's Conan Saga #5 cover painting, John Romita's Captain America #171 cover with Captain America, the Falcon, and the Black Panther together, Todd McFarlane's Incredible Hulk #343 cover and, of course, Romita Jr.'s iconic Uncanny X-Men #211 “Mutant Massacre” cover. Included are significant numbers of splash and interior pages by the likes of John Byrne and Jim Starlin from classic Bronze Age series like X-Men, Warlock, and Captain Marvel. There is an array of quality artwork in this auction, and any art aficionado is sure to find some great items for the collection.

ComicLink is also busy accepting consignments for its upcoming June Focused Auction and has begun accepting consignments for the upcoming Summer Featured Auction. If you know what you want to sell and want to reach aggressive comic book bidders, contact ComicLink. “We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible so that we may reserve auction slots for you and fully promote your material,” Nathanson said.

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May 13-15: Motor City Comic Con
Michigan residents – Motor City Comic Con is coming up soon on May 13-15, 2016. The con will be held at the Suburban...
 

May 13-15: Atlantic City Boardwalk Con
The second Atlantic City Boardwalk Con (ACBC) will be here soon on May 13-15, 2016. ACBC will be held at the Atlantic City...
 

May 13-15: Whedonopolis 2016
Fans of Joss Whedon, his characters, and projects living in the Los Angeles area won’t want to miss Whedonopolis 2016. The convention...
 

May 13-15: Wizard World Des Moines
Wizard World Des Moines is coming up soon on May 13-15, 2016 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA...
 

May 14-15: Philly Non-Sports Card Show
The 64th Philly Non-Sports Card Show is set for May 14-15, 2016. The event will feature plenty for collectors Star Wars, Mars Attacks...
 

May 21-22: 3 Rivers Comicon
The next 3 Rivers Comicon is coming up soon on May 21-22, 2016 at Century III, 3075 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, PA...
 

May 21-22: Tidewater Comicon
The weather is heating up, but the beach won’t be the only reason for Virginia natives to head to the coast. On May 21-22...
 

May 26-29: MegaCon
It’s almost time for MegaCon! The large convention will be held on May 26-29, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center...
 

May 27-29: Space City Comic Con
Houston residents, get ready for a con filled with pop culture, comics, fantasy, gaming, literature, and family fun entertainment...
 

May 27-30: Balticon 50
Balticon 50, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, is coming up soon. The con will be held on May 27-30...
 

May 28-29: Walker Stalker Chicago
The walkers are heading for the Windy City for Walker Stalker Chicago. The con will be held on May 28-29, 2016...
 

June 2-5: Colossalcon
Colossalcon will be returning to the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio for...
 

June 2-5: Wizard World Philadelphia
Wizard World is heading to the City of Brotherly Love for Wizard World Philadelphia on June 2-5, 2016. The con will be held...
 

June 3-5: Awesome Con
Get ready for an awesome time at Awesome Con on June 3-5, 2016. The show will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center...
 

June 3-5: Niagara Falls Comic Con
Niagara Falls Comic Con is coming up soon on June 3-5, 2016. The con will be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre...
 

June 4-5: Power-Con
Calling all fans of He-Man and She-Ra located in the LA area. Power-Con: The He-Man and She-Ra Toy & Comic Book Experience...
 

June 5: LA Comic Book & Science Fiction Con
Los Angeles, an epicenter for entertainment, will host sci-fi and comics fans on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Los Angeles Comic Book...
 

June 10-12: Eternal Con
Eternal Con returns to the Cradle of Aviation Museum at Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY, for another full weekend...
 

June 10-12: Sci-Fi Valley Con
Pennsylvania natives looking for some high quality family fun centered around all things science fiction, fantasy...
 

June 18-19: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival
Kids Read Comics! presents the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival on June 18-19, 2016. The free comics event...
 

June 18-19: Northeast Comic Con
Father’s Day weekend is going to be lots of fun at Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza (NECC). The con will run June 18-19...

THIS CONCLUDES OUR SCOOP POSTINGS FOR 5-15-16

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Marvel Announces Punisher Miniseries

Netflix and Marvel have officially announced that a miniseries focusing on The Punisher is in development, starring Jon Bernthal as he reprises his role from season two of Daredevil. The news was released in a statement on Marvel’s website.

“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix.”

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“With over 103,000 fans coming through the gates, the 11th annual Calgary Entertainment Expo was a resounding success,” said convention spokesperson, Emily Expo. “With guest like Stan Lee, Peter Mayhew, William Shatner, Agents of SHIELD’s Clark Gregg, X-Men actress Famke Janssen and the Malfoy brothers, Tom Felton and Jason Isaacs, we were able to provide our guests with a good cross section of the current hot Hollywood franchises in addition to top notch comic book creators like Mike Zeck, John Beatty, Don Rosa, Joe Staton, Joe Rubenstein, and Nat Jones.”

This year marked the first Calgary appearances for many Artist Alley professionals.

“I’m here because Dan Parent (Archie) kept telling me I had to come to Calgary,” said current Dick Tracy artist Joe Staton. “This has been a great show and they (the organizers) are treating us like royalty.”

Staton’s 45-year career spans through stints at Charlton Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and First Comics. 

“I either wanted to be an inker or a penciller when I started,” Staton added. “It turns out I’ve done both and oddly enough, my ‘first’ artwork at age 3 was supposedly Dick Tracy according to my parent, is what I’m doing now!”

Mike Zeck and John Beatty were thrilled with the reception of Alberta comic book fans.

“This has been a great show,” said Zeck. “It has the feel of a large show, but is run like a small one with us (creators) being asked continually if we want something or they can help us.”

Beatty agreed.

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Joe Simon’s Granddaughter Remembers the Creator

Captain America is one of the greatest superheroes in comic books. He has saved the day in hundreds of comics, been a part of courageous teams, and starred in several popular films. The third modern Captain America movie is heading to theaters this week and is already expected to be a huge hit.

Megan Margulies, granddaughter of Captain America’s co-creator Joe Simon, recently wrote an editorial piece about her personal experiences with “Daddy Joe.” The article appears in Woman’s Day, chronicling the time she spent with her creative genius grandfather. She writes about drawing beside her grandfather, watching him at conventions, and the pain of losing him.

“When I was eight years old, I brought him into school for Grandparents Day, and he stole the show sketching cartoon characters for my classmates and showing us how Richie Rich was really Casper the Ghost with hair. As I got older and began dating, he was a great hook, line and sinker,” Margulies writes.

The editorial is insightful and a deeply personal look at a comics industry icon. Read the full piece on the Woman’s Day website.

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Howard Chaykin to Teach Two-Day Workshops

Writer-artist Howard Chaykin is teaching a series of two-day intensive workshop-seminars in three locations throughout June. “Graphic Design in the Service of Narrative: the Building Blocks of Comic Book Storytelling” will be held at Wizard World Philadelphia, Society of Illustrators in New York City, and Wizard World Sacramento.

“I solemnly promise two days of enlightenment, illumination, and at least two laughs – at least one of which will result from seeing how much greyer and fatter I am than I am used to be,” Chaykin said.

He will demonstrate his approach to creating sequential art, how he crafts storytelling, and offer critiques to students.

“The seminar conducted by Mr. Chaykin was tremendously worthwhile. Howard is a master storyteller and he is also masterful at teaching his storytelling techniques,” said Uncanny Avengers artist Ryan Stegman. “I feel like my work jumped many levels after the seminar.”

The first workshop will be held at Wizard World Philadelphia on June 1-2, the second at the Society of Illustrators in New York City on June 6-7, and the final at Wizard World Sacramento on June 16-17.

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Jim Steranko Monthly Marvel Variants

Marvel announced that influential, pioneering artist Jim Steranko is returning to Captain America. Known for his mastery of the patriotic hero, Steranko will produce a series of variant covers devoted to Cap through the years.

“Five decades ago, Steranko threw pop art, surrealism and graphic design into a blender and forever changed the way we tell comic book stories,” Marvel Editor in Chief, Axel Alonso said. “He was way ahead of his time back then, and he's every bit as relevant now.”

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May the 4th Star Wars Announcements

In honor of May 4, as in May the 4th be with you, a/k/a Star Wars Day, the Internet has been abuzz with some exciting new Star Wars-related announcements. This included news on next year's Star Wars celebration, a new Star Wars video game from Titanfall’s developer, and even a small tease at the young Han Solo movie.

Star Wars celebration is an annual event centered on bringing together all corners of the Star Wars universe for one giant party. The 2017 celebration will take place April 13-16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Star Wars celebration has always been about the fans. It allows Lucasfilm to connect directly with the thousands of fans who have given their dedication and support to the world of Star Wars over the years, and is the perfect opportunity for us to give something back,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Simply put, this is the party you’re looking for. Tickets for this exciting celebration are scheduled to open on May 25, 2017.

Looking for a new Star Wars video game? Well you won't have to go searching in a galaxy far, far away. Electronic Arts announced they’re working with Titanfall developer, Respawn Entertainment, on a new video game for the franchise. As of now, no details on plot or characters have been released, except that it will be “a third-person action/adventure game set in the Star Wars universe.”

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New Power Rangers Suits Revealed

The new Power Rangers movie has shared the first look at the teenagers with attitude as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Exclusively revealed at Entertainment Weekly, the costumes are described as translucent armor that crystallizes around the Power Rangers’ bodies.

The costumes clearly drew inspiration from Iron Man. Each color is represented, though they are infused with lots of silver, and silver breastplates that reflect light. The helmets are ridged with sharp contours, similar to the new Rita Repulsa look. The female Power Rangers no longer have skirts, but the tops are decidedly feminine.

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The Killing Joke Release Date & Special Features

Batman: The Killing Joke animated movie, based on Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s brilliant graphic novel, has been given a release date. Warner Bros. has announced that the deluxe edition and combo pack Blu-ray and digital HD editions will be released on August 2, 2016. Digital retailers will begin selling the digital HD version on July 23.

Executive producer Bruce Timm revealed that Batman: The Killing Joke will premiere at Comic-Con International: San Diego this July.

The deluxe edition and combo pack will have several special features. It will include two 22-minute episodes of The New Batman Adventures and Batman: The Animated Series. Featurettes are “Madness Set to Music,” a documentary on creating storyboards and the original score, and “Many Shades of the Joker: The Tale of the Killing Joke,” a making-of that dives into the graphic novel. The Blu-ray combo pack also comes with a limited edition Joker figure.

Based on Moore and Bolland’s graphic novel, it presents the Joker’s early days as a comedian and turn as the Clown Prince of Crime. He kidnaps and tortures Commissioner Gordon at a busted down amusement park.

Batman: The Killing Joke presents, for the first time, one of the most compelling stories in the annals of Batman’s adventures: the evolution of the Joker from normalcy to criminal insanity, in all its graphic presentation as an R-rated animated film,” Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing, said. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to release Batman: The Killing Joke as an authentic representation of its revered story for both longtime fans and new fans alike.”

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill have reprised their roles, voicing Batman and the Joker, respectively. The film also features the voices of Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class) as Commissioner Gordon and Tara Strong (Teen Titans Go) as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon. 

Though brief, the trailer hints beautifully at the overall story while the bone chilling laugh of the Joker will leave you anxious for more.

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Future of Marvel's Most Wanted Unclear

There seems to be a lot of speculation in the air surrounding the future for a pair of Marvel Cinematic Universe shows. While The Hollywood Reporter shared prospects for several filmed pilots it appeared the odds for Agents of SHIELD spinoff Marvel's Most Wanted and Agent Carter, were not in our favor.

Considering Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) is the suspected near lock for Conviction, the odds of her availability to film both series were slim. Especially considering ABC's high hopes for Conviction. Meanwhile, both Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse) and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter) left Agents of SHIELD to reprise their roles on Marvel's Most Wanted. However reports on this have cooled recently as well. While this doesn't mean the project is completely done, it does seem less likely than it previously had.

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Jim Lee’s Suicide Squad #1 Cover Revealed

August is going to be a good month for the Suicide Squad. The movie will be released on August 5, 2016 and DC’s Rebirth will see the launch of the new ongoing Suicide Squad comic series.

Suicide Squad #1 will hit comic book stores on August 17, written by Rob Williams with art by Jim Lee. To build excitement for the new series, Williams shared Lee’s cover for Suicide Squad #1 on Twitter.

The cover showcases the art talents of Lee on pencils, Scott Williams on inks, and Alex Sinclair on colors. The cover features principle Suicide Squad members Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Katana, Enchantress, and Killer Croc.

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BRONZE AGE FANTASTIC FIRST: The Phantom Zone #1

DC; January 1982
Cover by Gene Colan and Dick Giordano

Title: “The Haunting of Charlie Kweskill!”
Synopsis: Charlie Kweskill, a Daily Planet paste-up man, finds himself haunted by visions of the Phantom Zone’s history.

Writer: Steve Gerber
Penciler: Gene Colan
Inker:
Tony DeZuniga

Review: Steve Gerber, best known during the Bronze Age for his Marvel work, makes a rare DC appearance to explore the Phantom Zone. The story is surprisingly free of Gerber’s normal hijinks, as this miniseries gets off to a slow start. The bulk of this issue is told in flashback, which saps the story of dramatic power. But it sets up the series well, and the cliffhanger ending suggests a powerful second issue to come. On the art side of things, Tony DeZuniga’s inks overpower Gene Colan’s pencils, but the end result is surprisingly pleasant.

Grade: B

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Big Stack Collection at Superworld

Superworld Comics just listed a new collection with tall stacks of Silver and Bronze Age books, many in high grade. Many more books will be listed in the coming days. These are priced to sell and won't last long. Bids will be open so, Superworld encourages collectors to bid on a stack.

Books that are currently featured on the website include Amazing Spider-Man #2 F/VF, Avengers #1 VG+, Detective Comics #225 G/VG, Fantastic Four #3 F/F+, Green Lantern #1 F+, Incredible Hulk #1 Fr/G, Human Torch #5 VF, Marvel Mystery Comics #4 VF-, Showcase #14 VG+, Strange Tales #84 VF+, Two-Gun Kid #60 F/F+, and World’s Finest.

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An impressive run of Fiction House’s long-running Golden Age title, Jungle Comics, is now available on The Comic Book Exchange at ComicLink.com. The almost complete run of mainly high grade examples from the Jungle Comics run spans the Golden Age and runs from the very first issue published in January 1940 to the last issue, #163, published in 1954.

The collection features many examples that are the best existing copies. The collector who assembled this once-in-a-lifetime run focused on the best of the best, including such Pedigree examples as the Edgar Church/Mile High, Davis Crippen, Rockford, Cosmic Aeroplane, Lost Valley, Okajima, Big Apple, and Northford Collections. In some cases, the collection for sale includes two copies of the same issue and both examples are the two best existing CGC has ever graded.

“We are excited to be offering this incredible run of Jungle Comics on The Comic Book Exchange. For 20 years now, we’ve been bringing together buyers and sellers of the best in vintage comics and I have to say that this, along with the recently offered Jumbo Comics and Wings Comics runs assembled by the same consignor, is one of the more impressive runs of Golden Age books we’ve ever had the pleasure to host,” ComicLink president, Josh Nathanson, said.

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Vernon Wells on Road Warrior, Commando & Power Rangers

Vernon Wells is a busy actor, currently working on over a dozen projects, with almost 150 other film and TV credits under his belt. The versatile actor is beloved for his portrayals of several villains – Wez in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Bennett in Commando, Mr. Igoe in Innerspace, and Ransik in Power Rangers Time Force. Wells recently took a break from his schedule to talk to Scoop about playing bad guys, funny convention experiences, what he’s working on now, and more.

Scoop: How did you get into acting?
Vernon Wells (VW): Oh gosh, it started a very long time ago. My mother was a songwriter and I sort of followed in her footsteps. I started off being a singer in rock and roll bands. That’s where I thought I would stay, actually, in Australia just working in that industry. But I got hurt in a bad car accident and couldn’t work with the band and while I was recuperating our manager sent my photograph around to modeling agents. One of them decided to take me on and get me doing commercials and things and that sort of started the ball rolling. I wasn’t really that happy about being an actor. I actually preferred being behind the camera. Eventually I ended up directing commercials and things myself.

But as fate would have it I was asked to do a stage play called Hosanna, which I really wasn’t that happy to be doing. It was written by Michel Tremblay a French-Canadian writer. It was based on the fact that at that time Montreal wanted to become a French-speaking autonomous area of Canada and the Canadian government refused to allow that, so he wrote this play about the government.

And from then I was seen by George Miller’s girlfriend and she suggested that George talk to me for Road Warrior. And as they say in the classics, that’s where it all started. Everything went from there.

Scoop: The Wasteland in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is pretty rough looking terrain. What were the conditions like for the cast and crew while you were filming?
VW: We actually filmed it up in Broken Hill, which is a mining town in the desert on the boarder of New South Wales in South Australia. The only problem we had was freezing cold. I froze my butt continuously because everybody else was kind of rugged up but not me. Oh no, I had to be dressed practically naked. So I suffered in the cold. But, apart from that it wasn’t so bad. It was fun. We all enjoyed it. Everybody was out there having a damn good time. I think it shows in the film, actually, everybody was really into what they were doing.

I don’t think we really had anything to compare it with. Nobody was going, “Well, you know, the last film I did in Hollywood didn’t have this.” None of us had done any of that, so we had nothing to compare it to, so we accepted what we were doing and loved it.

Scoop: How did you develop the character of Wez?
VW: George did something very unusual. For a week before we went into preproduction he had table reads. He had us write a biography for the character from when he was born until the movie started, so we knew our history. But we did it as the character and then we would read and it would be critiqued and then we would go away and come back having rewritten the whole thing again. Over that week we got them down to exactly what the character was.

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The 35th annual Sakura Matsuri took place at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens from April 30 to May 1, 2016, filling the grounds with people of all sorts, including many cosplayers looking to take advantage of the colorful scenery.

Events this year included various musical performances, from traditional taiko drumming to more modern J-rock, tea ceremonies, art presentations, and many others. Attendees could also attend workshops on manga drawing, learn to play shogi and go, or simply check out the Japanese market.

Check out a full gallery of photographs from the event below, taken by Gemstone Assistant Editor Carrie Wood.

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The Enduring Popularity of Cowboy Bebop

The late 1990s saw a huge surge of anime coming to the United States thanks to the success of series such as Pokémon, Sailor Moon, and Gundam. One of the most impactful series, however, was Cowboy Bebop, which ran in Japan from 1998-1999 before arriving in North America via Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block in 2001.

The story focused on bounty hunter Spike Spiegel and his partner Jet Black in the future of 2071, who are later joined by the con artist Fay Valentine, hacker Edward Wong and the genetically-enhanced corgi dog Ein. Each character’s story arc gets a focus throughout the series, though the main plot follows Spike as he battles against his rival and former partner Vicious, who harbors a grudge against Spike.

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Zoom: Speeding Towards Evil

If you keep up with CW's The Flash, then you've recently heard the name Hunter Zolomon tossed around. But while you may know the shows backstory for this infamous villain, are you familiar with the back story from the comics?

Originally created by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins in 2001, Hunter made his grand entrance into DC in Flash Secret Files and Origins #3.

Hunter Zolomon was just a regular kid trying to make it through life unscathed. Unfortunately for him he was scathed…he was scathed real bad. It all started the day he left for college, and his mother decided that was the best time to reveal his father as a serial killer. A tragic scenario unfolds: mom calls cops, dad kills mom, police kill dad.

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Eagle Resurgent First New Stories in Two Decades

It’s been over 20 years since Neil Vokes’ cult classic hero Eagle has been in comics. Now American Mythology Productions is bringing the indie title back with new stories for the martial arts detective.

Vokes and Rich Rankin created the comic in 1986 when black and white indie comics saw great popularity. The new comic at American Mythology will share the adventures of Richard Eagle as he fights for justice with his sword.

Not only are Vokes and American Mythology bringing Eagle back, there are also plans for new stories based on his Death’s Dark Angel character – a dark interpretation for what Eagle will become. Both stories will connect in the Vokesverse in Dark Tales from the Vokesverse. The stories share 30 years of his career delivering suspense, nightmares, monsters, and mayhem.

American Mythology will released The Eagle: Resurgent in a 48-page comic, celebrating the first story and features a new story for the cult hero. The new series brings back the original creative team of writer Jack Herman and Vokes on art duties. The book was featured in the March 20 issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog on page 277. It has a cover price of $4.99 and can be ordered from Diamond using item code MAR161051. It is currently open for reorder.

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Star Trek Manifest Destiny #2

IDW; $3.99

The Enterprise has traveled to an unexplored section of space and found a Starfleet beacon. When the away team explored the planet they were ambushed by Klingon soldiers while the Enterprise was attacked by the Klingon warship.

The battle is raging in the sky as Klingon warriors drop onto the outside of the Enterprise to claw their way in. Captain Kirk, Spock, and other crew members engage them in combat as the Klingons try to breach the hull. On the planet’s surface McCoy bargains for his and the away team’s safety with the Klingons who, surprisingly, accept. Though they do plan to take the away team back to their ship.

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May 13-15: Motor City Comic Con
Michigan residents – Motor City Comic Con is coming up soon on May 13-15, 2016. The con will be held at the Suburban...
 

May 13-15: Atlantic City Boardwalk Con
The second Atlantic City Boardwalk Con (ACBC) will be here soon on May 13-15, 2016. ACBC will be held at the Atlantic City...
 

May 13-15: Whedonopolis 2016
Fans of Joss Whedon, his characters, and projects living in the Los Angeles area won’t want to miss Whedonopolis 2016. The convention...
 

May 13-15: Wizard World Des Moines
Wizard World Des Moines is coming up soon on May 13-15, 2016 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA...
 

May 14-15: Philly Non-Sports Card Show
The 64th Philly Non-Sports Card Show is set for May 14-15, 2016. The event will feature plenty for collectors Star Wars, Mars Attacks...
 

May 21-22: 3 Rivers Comicon
The next 3 Rivers Comicon is coming up soon on May 21-22, 2016 at Century III, 3075 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, PA...
 

May 21-22: Tidewater Comicon
The weather is heating up, but the beach won’t be the only reason for Virginia natives to head to the coast. On May 21-22...
 

May 26-29: MegaCon
It’s almost time for MegaCon! The large convention will be held on May 26-29, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center...
 

May 27-29: Space City Comic Con
Houston residents, get ready for a con filled with pop culture, comics, fantasy, gaming, literature, and family fun entertainment...
 

May 27-30: Balticon 50
Balticon 50, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, is coming up soon. The con will be held on May 27-30...
 

May 28-29: Walker Stalker Chicago
The walkers are heading for the Windy City for Walker Stalker Chicago. The con will be held on May 28-29, 2016...
 

June 2-5: Colossalcon
Colossalcon will be returning to the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio for...
 

June 2-5: Wizard World Philadelphia
Wizard World is heading to the City of Brotherly Love for Wizard World Philadelphia on June 2-5, 2016. The con will be held...
 

June 3-5: Awesome Con
Get ready for an awesome time at Awesome Con on June 3-5, 2016. The show will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center...
 

June 3-5: Niagara Falls Comic Con
Niagara Falls Comic Con is coming up soon on June 3-5, 2016. The con will be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre...
 

June 4-5: Power-Con
Calling all fans of He-Man and She-Ra located in the LA area. Power-Con: The He-Man and She-Ra Toy & Comic Book Experience...
 

June 5: LA Comic Book & Science Fiction Con
Los Angeles, an epicenter for entertainment, will host sci-fi and comics fans on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Los Angeles Comic Book...
 

June 10-12: Eternal Con
Eternal Con returns to the Cradle of Aviation Museum at Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY, for another full weekend...
 

June 10-12: Sci-Fi Valley Con
Pennsylvania natives looking for some high quality family fun centered around all things science fiction, fantasy...
 

June 18-19: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival
Kids Read Comics! presents the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival on June 18-19, 2016. The free comics event...
 

June 18-19: Northeast Comic Con
Father’s Day weekend is going to be lots of fun at Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza (NECC). The con will run June 18-19...

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Overstreet "Hall of Fame" CBPG #46 in PREVIEWS

The first “Overstreet Hall of Fame” edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide is listed on page 372 in the May 2016 issue of PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors. This year, for CBPG #46, the book referred to as “The Bible of collectors and dealers” pays tribute to the legendary – and that’s not just hype – artist Russ Heath. The master artist turns his attention to Sgt. Rock and the spirit of DC’s great war comics with this special cover.

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Comcast Acquires DreamWorks Animation

Comcast’s NBCUniversal division has acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, according to a statement released on April 28, 2016. The company said that the deal will take effect by the end of the year.

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Inhumans Movie Officially Delayed

Marvel Studios’ Inhumans has been officially delayed. Disney made the announcement on the night of Friday, April 22, 2016. A week prior to the announcement Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios president, had said that he anticipated that the movie would not keep the July 12, 2019 release date.

Inhumans was originally announced in October 2014. When Marvel first announced their phase three set of films Inhumans was the last in the lineup, set to premiere after Avengers: Infinity War Part II.

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2016 Russ Manning Award Nominations

Comic-Con International has announced that nominations are now open for the 35th annual Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award. The award will be presented at Comic-Con International: San Diego on July 22, 2016 during the Eisner Awards Ceremony. Submissions for the award are due by May 27.

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DC & Trajectory e-Book Partnership

DC has developed an agreement with Trajectory, Inc., a leading global network for distributing eBooks. They will expand DC’s digital offerings to worldwide eBook retailers and libraries in North America, then eventually on to Europe, Asia, South America, and other international locations.

As of last week Trajectory made DC Entertainment Essential Graphic Novels available on the OverDrive platform. Titles that are available include Batman: The Killing Joke, Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood, The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes, Preacher Book One, plus others. They will add new books on a weekly basis.

“Trajectory is committed to bringing outstanding DC Comics and Vertigo stories to fans around the world,” Scott Beatty, co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Trajectory said. “This partnership for global eBook distribution through the Trajectory network is an enormous opportunity to reach more fans through any retailer or library across the globe.”

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3 Rivers Comicon Custom Beer Party

3 Rivers Comicon is coming up soon on May 21-22, 2016 and it’s set to be a great party. The con has commissioned a custom beer by Helltown Brewing, from Mt Pleasant, PA, featuring original bottle label art by Dawn artist Joe Linsner. It will be a Russian Imperial Stout with a portion aged on bourbon and oak and blended into the batch. This beer will only be available exclusively at 3 Rivers Comicon and New Dimension Comics events.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Nightwing Figure Announced

Dick Grayson fans rejoice!

Following the release of the Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl action figure, Square Enix has just unveiled its newest addition. The Batman Arkham Knight Nightwing figure features Play Art Kai's take on the famous hero and is sure to shine in any collection.

This impressive figure stands at more than 10 inches tall, and comes with interchangeable palms, extended escrima sticks, retracted escrima sticks, a batarang and its very own display stand.

Start digging through the Batcave now as this figure is priced at about $115. But don't worry the figure isn't targeted to ship until August, you've got plenty of time to save up.

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Hero at Wizard World Minneapolis

Hero Initiative, the non-profit group that works to help comic book industry pros in medical and financial need, is bound for Wizard World Minneapolis on May 6-8, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Hero will have two guests exclusively at their booth. Peter Gross (artist Lucifer, The Books of Magic) will be at their booth on Saturday from 12 PM to 1 PM and Dan Jurgens (creator Booster Gold, writer-artist Superman) will be there on Sunday from 11 AM to 12 PM. They will only be signing at the Hero booth, so be sure to stop by!

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BRONZE AGE FANTASTIC FIRST: 1st Issue Special #13

DC; April 1976
Cover by Dick Giordano

Title: “Lest Night Fall – Forever!”
Synopsis: Orion battles Kalibak in an effort to stop Darkseid – an effort that might destroy the Earth!

Writer (plot): Gerry Conway
Writer (dialogue): Denny O’Neil
Penciler:
Mike Vosburg
Inker:
Vosburg

Review: Less than four years after pulling the plug on Jack Kirby’s Fourth World flagship, DC decided to bring back the New Gods – sans Kirby. The result is a sad affair by comparison. Everything about Kirby’s run was writ large. Here, Gerry Conway and Denny O’Neil reduce the title down to a spacey superhero book: lots of big punching, none of the epic grandeur. Mike Vosburg’s art doesn’t help, either; it’s not bad, but pales in comparison to Kirby. On its own, 1st Issue Special #13 isn’t terrible – but you’ve got to come stronger than this to follow the King.

Grade: B-

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CBCS Discussion Forum Launch

On Monday, April 25, 2016, CBCS launched their discussion forum. It will be a source for gathering information and a discussion place for CBCS customers and comic collectors. They look forward to reading comments and hope that customers can use the platform to build lasting friendships, according to CBCS.

To join the forum, go to www.CBCScomics.com and click the forum link at the top of the page.

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New Comics and Pop Culture at Diamond International Galleries

Diamond International Galleries’ (DIG) week-long auction ending May 1, 2016 includes comics such as a Marvel Comics 1980 Daredevil #168 graded at a 7.5 VF that features the first appearance and origin story of Elektra. This auction also has a selection of original comic book art such as Harvey Comics Dick Tracy marked #43-24 featuring the characters Sparkle Plenty and her dad B.O. Plenty. They have included art portfolios in their auction like a six-page portfolio Richard Corben signed Demon’s Breath from Frodo’s Press. Other pop culture collectibles available for bidding currently include a 1989 original printer’s proof cereal box art by Ralston featuring Tim Burton’s Batman, a vintage lot of three items that includes Rat Fink charms and Skip Barrett Business Card from the 1960s, and a vintage Peter Max psychedelic celluloid pinback button from the 1970s.

Next week DIG Auctions will offer limited edition lithographs in their auction ending May 8, including Star Wars Dagobah signed by artist Boris Vallejo and Star Wars Galaxy signed by artist Ken Steacy. Another print that will be available is the serigraph Saint George the Dragon Slayer signed by artist Carl Barks. Other vintage items that will become available for bidding include a Peanuts Gang: Snoopy tin lunchbox and plastic thermos from 1968 and western mystery horse ramp walker Nabisco cereal premium from the 1950s. There will be lots of comics, as well, such as a Marvel Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian #199-204 graded at an average 7.0 FN/VF. The hyperlinks for next week’s auction are available now with additional images and information on each of these items.

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Heritage Photographs Auction exceeds $1 million

Heritage Photographs Auction, which took place on April 17, 2016 in New York, exceeded $1 million! Included in these offerings was, The Reflections of Childhood Collection, Part II which sold for more than $526,000. This collection features a group of rare photographs that capture the mystery and even the pain of growing up.

Some choice lots from this amazing collection include Alfred Eisenstaedt’s classic Children at a Puppet Theatre, Paris, 1962, which sold for $25,000; Levitt’s Boys with Branches, New York, circa 1939, which finished at $22,500; and Children with a Broken Mirror, New York City, circa 1940, which sold for $18,750.

“We are extremely pleased to offer our clients a selection of photographs found practically nowhere else. We saw strong demand for vintage prints by William Klein, and Hellen Levitt which very rarely appear on the market as well as iconic images by Alfred Eisenstaedt and Ansel Adams – many of which drastically surpassed expectations,” said Nigel Russell, Director of Photography at Heritage Auctions.

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1907 Peking Issue Banknote Nets $30K at Archives Int.

A high grade Deutsch-Asiatische Bank, 1907 Peking issue 5 Taels banknote rarity soared to a record $30,000, after opening on the floor for $14,500, at a three-day auction held April 11-13, 2016 by Archives International Auctions, in the firm’s offices at 1580 Lemoine Avenue, Suite 7, Fort Lee, NJ. Additional Chinese and Russian banknote rarities also posted new world record prices.

“The success of this auction, with specific regard to the many Chinese, Asian, and Russian banknotes that set new price records, clearly proved that the banknote and coin market in these areas is as active and vibrant as ever, with multiple buyers across the globe and aggressive competition for rare and unique items,” said Dr. Robert Schwartz, President of Archives International Auctions.

Over 1,700 lots of United States, Chinese, Russian, and worldwide banknotes, coins, scripophily (stocks and bonds), and security printing ephemera were offered over the course of the three days. Featured were additional banknotes from the Alexander I. Pogrebetsky family archives of rare Chinese and Asian banknotes, and the initial offering from the Silicon Valley collection of worldwide banknotes.

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In their Spring Catalog Sports Auction on May 12-14, 2016, Heritage is selling several pieces of hockey memorabilia.

They are selling the 1961-62 Art Ross trophy presented to Bobby Hull with player letter, 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup championship ring presented to Jean Beliveau, and 1973-74 Conn Smythe trophy presented to Bernard Parent.

Other highlights are a 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky #18 PSA Mint 9, 1910 C60 Imperial Tobacco “Lacrosse Series” complete set (98) - current finest (second all time) on the PSA Set Registry, and 1966 Topps USA test Bobby Orr #35 PSA NM 7.

Jerseys include a 1974 Henri Richard NHL East All-Star game worn jersey with player letter, mid to late 1960s Jean Beliveau game worn Montreal Canadiens jersey, and 1979-80 Bobby Hull game worn Hartford Whalers jersey – likely worn in final career game.

The auction will be held at Heritage’s Dallas office at 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX. Session 1 is May 12 at 10 PM CT, Session 2 is May 13 at 10 PM CT, and Session 3 is May 14 at 10 PM CT.

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Of Heroes and Villains: Polio, FDR & DC March of Dimes Cards

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease, caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis and death in extreme cases.

Most people who get infected with poliovirus, estimated at about 72 out of 100, will not have any visible symptoms. However 25% of people with poliovirus infection will have flu-like symptoms, which usually last two to five days then go away on their own.

A smaller proportion of people will develop more serious symptoms that affect the brain and spinal cord. One is paresthesia which is the feeling of pins and needles in the legs. Another is meningitis, an infection of the covering of the spinal cord and/or brain which occurs in about 1 out of 25 people. Even more serious paralysis or weakness in the arms, legs, or both, occurs in about 1 out of 200 people with poliovirus infection.

Paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with polio because it can lead to permanent disability and death. Between 2 to 10 out of 100 people who have paralysis from poliovirus infection die because the virus affects the muscles that help them breathe.

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Last weekend Power Rangers, Star Trek, Star Wars, and several other popular science fiction, comics, and fantasy series saved the day at The Great Philadelphia Comic Con. Held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, it hosted comics readers, toy collectors, and devout fans from across many fandoms.

This was the second Great Philadelphia Comic Con which compiled an impressive list of guests from comics, art, and literature to movies and TV. The show also grew in size with a larger group of vendors offering a lot more comics, trades, and graphic novels than last year. Vendors had shelves of action figures with new offerings from DC, Marvel, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Funko as well as ’80s and ’90s collectibles from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, among others.

The artist alley housed many talented artists from the big names in comics to local talents. Writer and artist guests were Andrew Harmon (The New Ghostbusters), Bill McKay (Night of the 80s Undead), Brendon and Brian Fraim (Knights of the Dinner Table), Carol Kilbanks (Rocko’s Modern Life), Chris Campana (Kantara), Chris Flick (Capes & Babes), Dave Ebersole (The Casket Girls), Dan Nokes (The Teddy Bear Tales Saga), Dave Perillo (The Caped Crusader), Dawn Griffin (Dawn Griffin Studios all-ages comics), Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern: Rebirth), Guy Dorian (COR), Jay Fosgitt (My Little Pony), Jeff Shultz (Betty and Veronica), Joe Carmagna (Deadpool), Joel Adams (The Hulk: Animated Series), Joseph Berenato (Star Trek), Neal Adams (Superman), Neil Vokes (Doctor Strange), Paris Cullins (Blue Beetle), Sean Von Gorman (Occupy Comics), Scott Bachmann (The Paragon of Animals), and plenty of others.

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Dragon Quest at 30

Two game series are most often credited with the popularization of roleplaying games on consoles – one of them is Final Fantasy, while the other is Dragon Quest. The latter celebrates its 30th anniversary this year; a testament to its longevity and wide-reaching impact in gaming.

Dragon Quest first released for the Nintendo Entertainment System on May 27, 1986. It was developed by Chunsoft and published by Enix (Enix would later combine with Square, the publisher of Final Fantasy). The game’s creator was Yuji Horii, who was inspired by early computer RPGs, such as the Apple II’s Ultima and Wizardry games. Horii wanted to take the genre, which was mostly popular in the western world and almost exclusively on computers, and bring it to Japan on consoles.

He was wildly successful with his endeavor. The original Dragon Quest sold more than two million copies and is generally credited with creating a template for further Japanese RPGs to base themselves off of. Dragon Quest was also popular in the US, though it was published under the name Dragon Warrior until the early 2000s due to a trademark issue.

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Clamp's Earliest Success

The manga artist group known as Clamp is now known worldwide thanks to hits including Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, and Tsubasa. However, their start was with a much lesser-known series, RG Veda.

RG Veda is pronounced as “Rigveda,” the name of one of the four Vedas in Hindu scriptures. The Rigveda is one of the four sacred texts and contains more than 1,000 hymns and more than 10,000 verses in total.

The series ran from 1989 until 1996 for a total of ten volumes and established Clamp’s signature art style: highly detailed and extravagant, especially when compared to other shoujo manga of the time period. RG Veda follows Ashura, who has slept for three hundred years after the god of thunder, Taishakuten, rebelled against the Heavenly Emperor and took the throne for himself. Ashura joins Yasha-o as they seek to rejoin the “Six Stars” in order to fulfill a prophecy that would bring the thunder god’s reign to an end.

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BOOM! & DeVito Artworks New King Kong Comic

BOOM! Studios and DeVito Artworks LLC have announced the publication of Kong of Skull Island. The original, limited comic book series about the famous gigantic ape, King Kong, will debut in July.

Kong of Skull Island was exclusively authorized and endorsed by creator Merian C. Cooper’s family as the official King Kong/Skull Island prequel and sequel origin story. The BOOM! series will be written by James Asmus (All-New Inhumans) and illustrated by Carlos Magno (Planet of the Apes).

“King Kong is the progenitor of an entire section of genre fiction. It is truly an honor to be a part of that gigantic legacy,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik. “We’re thrilled to be working with Joe DeVito to create a comic series that is authentic to the origins of Kong.”

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Micronauts #1

IDW Publishing; $4.99

Inspired by the action figure line, Marvel Comics’ 1976 series Micronauts introduced many to the work of artist Michael Golden and later artist Butch Guice, as well as a rich microverse of characters and concepts developed by writer Bill Mantlo. It was great stuff, and it remains one of the most influential licensed comics ever.

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May 6-8: Wizard World Minneapolis
Wizard World is heading for the North Star State on May 6-8, 2016 for Wizard World Minneapolis. The con...
 

May 13-15: Motor City Comic Con
Michigan residents – Motor City Comic Con is coming up soon on May 13-15, 2016. The con will be held at the Suburban...
 

May 13-15: Atlantic City Boardwalk Con
The second Atlantic City Boardwalk Con (ACBC) will be here soon on May 13-15, 2016. ACBC will be held at the Atlantic City...
 

May 13-15: Whedonopolis 2016
Fans of Joss Whedon, his characters, and projects living in the Los Angeles area won’t want to miss Whedonopolis 2016. The convention...
 

May 13-15: Wizard World Des Moines
Wizard World Des Moines is coming up soon on May 13-15, 2016 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA...
 

May 21-22: 3 Rivers Comicon
The next 3 Rivers Comicon is coming up soon on May 21-22, 2016 at Century III, 3075 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, PA...
 

May 21-22: Tidewater Comicon
The weather is heating up, but the beach won’t be the only reason for Virginia natives to head to the coast. On May 21-22...
 

May 26-29: MegaCon
It’s almost time for MegaCon! The large convention will be held on May 26-29, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center...
 

May 27-29: Space City Comic Con
Houston residents, get ready for a con filled with pop culture, comics, fantasy, gaming, literature, and family fun entertainment...
 

May 27-30: Balticon 50
Balticon 50, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, is coming up soon. The con will be held on May 27-30...
 

May 28-29: Walker Stalker Chicago
The walkers are heading for the Windy City for Walker Stalker Chicago. The con will be held on May 28-29, 2016...
 

June 2-5: Colossalcon
Colossalcon will be returning to the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio for...
 

June 2-5: Wizard World Philadelphia
Wizard World is heading to the City of Brotherly Love for Wizard World Philadelphia on June 2-5, 2016. The con will be held...
 

June 3-5: Awesome Con
Get ready for an awesome time at Awesome Con on June 3-5, 2016. The show will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center...
 

June 4-5: Power-Con
Calling all fans of He-Man and She-Ra located in the LA area. Power-Con: The He-Man and She-Ra Toy & Comic Book Experience...
 

June 18-19: Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival
Kids Read Comics! presents the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival on June 18-19, 2016. The free comics event...

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What is DC Rebirth?

Lately it seems DC fans only have one thing on their minds: what is DC Rebirth? Between the live-stream of DC All Access (DCAA) this year at WonderCon and the DC Rebirth Roadshow, Co-Publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee set out to answer that question.

Dan Didio openly acknowledges that DC lost their way, and Rebirth is their chance to demonstrate their recommitment to the stories, characters, and fans that make DC so great. The main goal of Rebirth isn't to reboot the DC Universe (DCU), but to get back to the core essence of DC, restoring continuity, revealing DCU secrets and even returning some old favorites. 

One important note is that while New 52 was indeed a reboot, Rebirth is not. Rebirth is about the philosophy of storytelling, rebuilding characters/series to set the table for the future while still paying homage to the past.

“Rebirth is about honoring characters and moving them forward without negating the past,” COO Geoff Johns said. He shares a passion for comics and is said to have a hand in every story coming forward from the Rebirth. It's no wonder Johns is referred to as an “instrumental architect of Rebirth,” by both Didio and Lee.

Using the lessons learned from New 52, Didio and Lee are confident that Rebirth combines the aspects that made New 52 great with creative new ideas to make Rebirth even better. New costumes from fresh art teams create more variety and provide a cool new look for DCU, while strong stories/characters still remain the most fundamental thing.

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Deadpool Blu-Ray Special Features Revealed

Since its theatrical release, a little over two months ago, Deadpool has brought in substantial critical and commercial success. In less than a month, fans can take home Deadpool on Blu-Ray and DVD on May 10, 2016. Through the Deadpool Twitter account, fans were given a sneak peek at the special features you will receive when you purchase the film on Blu-Ray.

Many are the typical features you would expect from a home media release, albeit with some unusual edits by the loudmouth Merc himself. Including deleted scenes, a commentary with director Tim Miller and creator Rob Liefeld, a gag reel, galleries featuring plenty of spandex, as well as Deadpool’s Fun Sack. Though lord only knows what you'll find in there.

After Wade Wilson's disappointing debut in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a more faithful spinoff was always intended to be released. Although it lingered in development for years, in 2014 animated test footage was leaked that pushed the movie into production. Two years later, and Deadpool's solo movie has nearly received universal acclaim, even reaching $730 million at the global box office.

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Win Lunch & Guardians Tour with Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt has had a pretty good time the past few years. Between Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World the actor’s fan base has grown to astronomical proportions. Now, he’s teaming with Omaze to offer one of those fans an incredible opportunity.

You can win lunch with Chris Pratt and visit the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! He’ll take you on a behind the scenes tour of the set, including a tour of the Milano, and take you to lunch to talk about Guardians, space, or anything with Pratt. Plus, the winner will be flown to Atlanta and stay in a four-star hotel.

Pratt shot a video for the campaign, including showing off costumes, props, special effects, plus he makes some promises that might not fly with the crew, but sure are funny to imagine.

Donations will benefit the Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club in Pratt’s hometown of Lake Stevens, WA. They will help build a place where teens can play games, watch movies, listen to music, and hang out with other teens. The teens will be surrounded by positive role models who can help with homework, résumés, and job interview tips.

There are also campaign perks such as an exclusive Chris Pratt coin and curated playlist, limited edition campaign t-shirt bundle, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1 vinyl signed by Pratt, plus more. Enter at omaze.com.

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Heritage Will Open Chicago Office

Heritage Auctions, the US auction house giant, is opening an office in Chicago, IL. Roberta Kramer will bring her 25 years of art and antiques expertise to the new office as the general manager.

The Chicago office will join New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Palm Beach, Europe and Asia in Heritage’s expansion outside of their Dallas, TX based location. They conduct both public auctions and private sales across more than 40 categories that include fine and decorative art, rare coins and paper money, sports and entertainment memorabilia, historical manuscripts, wine, jewelry, and timepieces.

“Heritage has long held Chicago in high-regard and we've been waiting patiently for the right opportunity, and the right people, to open a physical office there,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “Roberta is a top professional with the perfect background experience to run the new Chicago office and lead our expansion in this part of the country.”

Kramer brings a wide range of experience to the table. In 2001 she founded the appraisal and art consultation firm Roberta Kramer & Associates, Inc. and before that she worked for Rosenthal Fine Art, Rita Bucheit, Ltd., Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and Susanin's Auctions.

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Iron Man Meets the Iron Lady

We’re just a few short weeks away from seeing a clash of Avengers in Captain America: Civil War. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are counting down the days while debating the merits of the Civil War and taking sides for Team Cap or Team Iron Man.

During the French premiere of Captain America: Civil War Robert Downey Jr., or rather Tony Stark, played around with the Eiffel Tower’s lighting system to show off the technological skills of Team Iron Man. Watch the cool Eiffel Tower light show, accompanied by the suave Tony Stark, below.

Get ready for Captain America: Civil War, out in US theaters on May 6, 2016.

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First Look at Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa

Now that key roles have been cast, it’s time to work on the costuming for the new Power Rangers movie. First up is the new, drastically different look of Rita Repulsa, as played by Elizabeth Banks.

The image of Rita, the evil humanoid alien bent on destroying the Power Rangers, was first revealed to People. “I’ve never played a villain before,” Banks told People. She’s looking forward to “world domination – and being unpredictable as a character.”

The new costume gives her a reptilian look, with shimmering emerald green coloring, scaly cuffs, pointed claws, sharp angles, and what appears to be protruding bone structure in her forehead. “It’s definitely a modern and edgy reimagining of the original Rita Repulsa,” Banks said about the costume.

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DC Launches Talent Development Workshops

DC Entertainment is looking for a fresh crop of talented writers and artists. To pursue that effort, they have launched Talent Development Workshops, led by bestselling and acclaimed comics pros, including Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Klaus Janson, and Andy Kubert. The workshops will provide access and a voice to new writers and artists, while also giving the opportunity to present their work during the DC workshop sessions.

Interested artists and writers can apply online. The Artists Workshop is accepting applications until April 30, 2016 and the Writers Workshop will accept applications May 1-31. The new talent development website offers tips, advice, and recommended reading to aid applicants in the submission process. Both workshops will be held in the fall.

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BRONZE AGE FANTASTIC FIRST: Action Comics #544

DC; June 1983 
Cover by Gil Kane and Dick Giordano

Title: “Luthor Unleashed!”
Synopsis:
Lex Luthor’s latest plot for revenge against Superman ends with the destruction of a planet – and some serious, burning hatred!

Writer: Cary Bates
Penciler: Curt Swan
Inker:
Murphy Anderson

Review: While many anniversary issues are content to celebrate the status quo, this issue shakes things up with a pair of supervillain revamps. Beyond a new look, Lex Luthor gets additional motivation from Cary Bates’ well crafted, tragic tale. The art is typical “Swanderson” – technically solid, but rather bland.

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The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #46 is highlighted as a Featured Item in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April 2016 issue of PREVIEWS on pages 295-299. The new edition of the Price Guide is scheduled for an on sale date of Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

The new edition features the first time the Price Guide has two covers that come together to form one larger image. Harley Quinn writer-artist Amanda Conner illustrated the pieces, with Harley Quinn on one cover and Power Girl on the other. Each character is surrounded by several high profile, female supporting characters in the DCU. Both covers will be offered in soft and hardcover formats.

Conner’s work was previously displayed in the Supergirl-Batgirl cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #41.

CBPG #46 will contain new pricing information, market reports, and Overstreet Hall of Fame entries as well as updated listings. It includes new record prices, grading guidelines, a feature article by Paul Levitz on the early days of the direct market, and pieces on the anniversaries of Aquaman, Plasticman, Green Arrow, Star Trek, the Silver Surfer, Galactus, and more.

The hardcover retails for $35 and the softcover carries a cover price of $29.95.

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2016 Eisner Award Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2016 Eisner Awards have been announced in advance of their presentation at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego in July. Nominees are picked by a five-member panel and then voted upon by professionals in the comic industry.

The nominees for Best New Series are Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro (Image), Harrow County by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook (Dark Horse), Kaijumax by Zander Cannon (Oni), Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image), Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Image), and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel).

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Fantastic Four #1 in ComicConnect May Auction Monday

New York City-based auction house, ComicConnect, is offering a copy of the first appearance of the Fantastic Four in their May Monthly Auction. “We don’t have just the first issue,” Rob Reynolds, Director of Consignments said. “This is the complete Fantastic Four run from the issue #1 all the way on up to the Galactus and Surfer story conclusion in issue #50.”

Highlights of the group include Fantastic Four #1 CBCS 5.0 R, #5 CBCS 3.5, and #12 CBCS 4.0. “We’re still adding to the auction so check back often,” Reynolds said.

Auction end times are scheduled as follows:
Session 1: titles A-C on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 6 PM to 12 AM ET
Session 2: titles C-M on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 6 PM to 12 AM ET
Session 3: titles N-Z on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6 PM to 12 AM ET

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Heritage’s Spring Catalog Sports Auction is coming up soon on May 12-14, 2016. It will be held in Heritage’s Dallas location at 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor.

Featured items in the auction are 1916 Famous & Barr Co. Babe Ruth #151 PSA Good 2, 1952 Topps Willie Mays #261 PSA Mint 9, and 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 SGC 84 NM 7.

Heritage is offering 1965 Harmon Killebrew game worn Minnesota Twins jersey, Mears A7, circa 1930 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed baseball – an elite representation, and 1992 Olympic Games Michael Jordan game worn and signed USA basketball Dream Team sneakers – Fischer Collection.

Other highlights are 1961-1962 Art Ross trophy presented to Bobby Hull with player letter, mid to late 1960s Jean Beliveau game worn Montreal Canadians jersey, and 1973-1974 Conn Smythe trophy presented to Bernard Parent.

Session 1 will be held May 12 at 10 PM CT, Session 2 is on May 13 at 10 PM CT, and Session 3 is on May 14 at 10 PM CT.

Bid on these and many other sports collectibles at ha.com.

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The results are in from Pedigree Comics, Inc.’s just completed April Grand Auction. The auction began the night of Sunday, April 10 and ended the night of Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in the separate Grand Auction section of their website, www.PedigreeComics.com. There were 410 CGC and CBCS certified comic books to choose from and almost every book sold. The total sales was $526,956. There was also a pre-auction sale of a Fantastic Four #45 9.8 Rocky Mountain which brings the total number to $562,956.

“The auction did very, very well. I know this may sound like a broken record but the market is still as strong as ever for high grade, investment quality Silver and Bronze Age Marvels and DCs,” Pedigree President and CEO, Doug Schmell said. Many of the books in the auction sold for above GPA prices and a bunch set a new record sales price. The highlights of the auction were the two X-Men runs with #1-66 in 9.4 and higher plus the 2015 #1 Registry Set of X-Men #94-143 plus Giant-Size X-Men #1, all in 9.8, which sold for amazing prices, much higher than the pre-auction estimates. They also had a phenomenal brand new run of recently certified Hulk comics, such as Incredible Hulk #102-182 and Tales to Astonish #60-101, all in 9.4 and higher, which also had impressive sales.

“I noticed many new registrants on the site and many of them were bidding on these new Hulk comics,” Schmell said.

There were many Bronze Age Marvels in high grade 9.6 and 9.8 and these books also did amazing, exceeding Pedigree’s and the consignors’ expectations, according to Schmell. These 1970s and early 1980s keys show no sign of slowing down. They are the usual suspects like Amazing Adventures #11, Amazing Spider-Man #121, Amazing Spider-Man #129, Astonishing Tales #25, Batman #232, Batman #251, Cat #1, Conan the Barbarian #1 9.6, Daredevil #168, Giant-Size X-Men #1, Green Lantern #76, Incredible Hulk #141, Incredible Hulk #181, Iron Fist #14, Iron Man #55, Marvel Feature #1, Marvel Premiere #15, Special Marvel Edition #15, Star Wars #1, Werewolf By Night #32 9.4, and X-Men #94. They continue to sell at GPA and above GPA prices and set new sales records as well. “I want to thank all of my customers who bid and purchased books in this auction and I want to thank all of my consignors as well,” Schmell said.

Just a few of the highlights from Pedigree Comics’ just completed April Grand Auction are Action Comics #252 8.0 $14,021, Amazing Spider-Man #6 9.6 $12,445, #28 9.6 $16,000, #121 9.8 $4,600 (CGC Signature Series), and #129 9.4 $2,100, Avengers #4 9.4 $15,001, Batman #251 9.8 $4,600, Cat #1 9.8 $2,100, Fantastic Four #45 9.8 $36,000 (Rocky Mountain) and #66 9.6 $4,567, Giant-Size X-Men #1 9.8 $6,500, Gobbledygook #1 VF/NM $4,050, Incredible Hulk #108 9.8 $1,550, #115 9.8 $1,000, #141 9.8 $3,050 (Suscha News), #158 9.6 $677, #181 9.6 $5,700, and #181 9.2 $3,150, Iron Fist #14 9.8 $1,550, Marvel Feature #1 9.6 $1,760, Marvel Super-Heroes #12 9.6 $2,550, New Gods #1 9.8 $802, Rocky Lane Western #1 9.0 $1,551, Showcase #4 2.0 $7,600, Silver Surfer #4 9.8 $7,750, Star Wars #1 9.8 $10,350 (35 Cent Price Variant), Strange Tales #110 9.6 $60,000, Sub-Mariner #1 9.8 $2,750, Tales of Suspense #42 9.4 $4,600, #49 9.4 $3,003, #58 9.4 $4,204, and #75 9.6 $1,602 (Don/Maggie Thompson), Tales to Astonish #87 9.8 $802, #91 9.8 $868, and #101 9.8 $1,323, Werewolf By Night #32 9.4 $3,130, X-Men #1 9.0 $34,500, #2 9.2 $4,500 (Winnipeg), #3 9.4 $4,100, #4 9.0 $5,100, #5 9.4 $2,950, #7 9.4 $2,460, #8 9.6 $3,750, #9 9.6 $3,955, #12 9.6 $5,900, #18 9.6 $3,450, #22 9.4 $1,057, #28 9.6 $2,000, #42 9.4 $1,010, #49 9.8 $5,900, #50 9.8 $1,700, #65 9.8 $1,494, #75 9.8 $1,850, #94 9.8 $12,758, #94 9.6 $3,550, #97 9.8 $1,425, #98 9.8 $1,550, #101 9.8 $2,350, #107 9.8 $1,950, #109 9.8 $1,250, and #120 9.8 $2,250.

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Many exceptional comic book highlights will be offered within the ComicLink Spring Featured Auction and you can still consign to this auction if you have qualifying material to sell. The auction will begin on May 12, 2016, and if you would like to participate, simply contact ComicLink simply email your prospective auction list to buysell@comiclink.com or call (617) 517-0062 (option 1) or speak with your favorite sales rep. Cash advances are always available for quality material upon receipt.

Comic book highlights in the auction are Action Comics #7 (second Superman cover) CGC 6.0 (one of the top four), Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 9.2, Tales of Suspense #39 CGC 9.4, an incredible group of Golden Age Detective Comics including key issues and near pristine high grade examples (like #140 in CGC 6.0 and #120 in CGC 9.6), a dozen high quality examples from the classic Timely title, All Winners Comics, X-Men #1 CGC 9.0, Strange Tales #110 CGC 8.5, Avengers #16 CGC 9.6 (classic Captain America cover) Pacific Coast, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 CGC 9.6, Werewolf by Night #32 CGC 9.6, Famous Funnies #209 (Frazetta cover) CGC 9.2, Batman #47 (Batman origin) CGC 8.5 Crippen, Nelvana #nn CGC 6.5, many pristine early CGC 9.6-9.8 examples from Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and other titles, and this is just for starters.

As mentioned, there is still time to consign to this auction but not much, so, ComicLink requests that you reach out soon if you have something to sell in this auction. In addition to accepting consignments for this and other upcoming auctions, ComicLink is also always accepting new sellers for the ComicLink exchange marketplaces, brokering private placement deals, and buying outright. In other words, it pays to get in touch if you want to buy or sell anything significant.

Visit ComicLink’s website to preview the Featured Auction and original art session.

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Bertoia’s Select Toys Auction Nets $1.3 Million

In toy collecting circles, the term “top shelf” is used to describe the upper reaches where a person might display his or her most treasured pieces – the ones that stay in their places for years, maybe decades. For their March 12, 2016 Select Toys Auction, Bertoia’s had the honor of presenting toys, trains, banks, and figural cast iron doorstops from the top shelves of some of America’s most important collections. Many pieces also came with distinguished pedigrees from historical collections, such as those of Bernard Barenholtz, William Gottschalk, Donald Kaufman, the Buddy ‘L’ corporate archive, and Philadelphia’s fabled Perelman Antique Toy Museum.

The synergy of a robust market and blue chip toys in spectacular condition resulted in a raft of above estimate prices and a $1.3 million total for Bertoia’s at their well-attended 581-lot auction.

Antique and vintage trains were among the main attractions of the day, with early American productions dominating the category. Lot 561, a Voltamp #2220 train set, one of only four or five 8-wheel sets known to exist, swept past its $12,000-$15,000 estimate to reach $26,550. It was followed by another Voltamp gem entered as lot 562, a United Electric trolley and trailer, which rang its bell at $9,440. Lot 556, one of only seven known examples of a circa 1906-1907 Ives #97 Swing Bridge had survived for more than a century in excellent condition and sold for $9,440.

“There was so much interest in American trains, especially Jim Ferguson’s outstanding American Flyer collection,” said Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia. “Jim had some of the best sets American Flyer ever made, and his fellow collectors knew that. Whenever this is the case, even the most astute auction estimates can quickly become meaningless.”

Lot 521, a beautiful wide-gauge Presidential passenger set achieved $8,260, while lot 518, a #400 set with prewar engine with cars, swept past its $400-$600 expectation to garner $7,080. Lot 516, a handsome circa 1931 wide-gauge set with red roofs and blue-green bodies was entered with a $700-$1,000 estimate but went on to earn $4,425.

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100-Year Old Posters at Just Kids Nostalgia

Just Kids Nostalgia is selling 75 original posters from the 1800s and early 1900s in their eBay store. One of the featured items is a rare 1896 Yellow Kid theater poster, produced by Gus Hill. It is based on the very short lived comic strip (a 4-month run) for McFadden's Row of Flats by R.F. Outcult.

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If you have valuable comic related original art to sell, there is still time to participate in the upcoming ComicLink Spring Featured Auction! The auction beginning May 12, 2016 will showcase some great original art, and ComicLink would like you to be a part of it! To partner with ComicLink and receive one of the best deals in the hobby, simply email your prospective auction list to buysell@comiclink.com or call (617) 517-0062 (option 1) to speak with your favorite sales rep. Upfront cash advances are always available upon request.

Original art highlights already placed to the auction are the classic cover to Uncanny X-Men #211; Barry Windsor-Smith’s Conan Saga #5 painting; exceptional Jack Kirby pieces such as pages from Avengers #5 (earliest Silver Age Captain America art), Avengers #3 (entire original team battle), and Fantastic Four #27 (first Fantastic Four/Dr. Strange meeting); a Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #10 page; John Romita’s classic Captain America #171 cover (Captain America, Falcon, and Black Panther); John Byrne’s X-Men #109 page (first James Hudson/Guardian) and #114 pages (team battle) and an Iron Fist #14 page (first Sabretooth); Dave Cockrum’s Marvel Team-Up Annual #1 cover where the New X-Men first meet Spider-Man; a Hal Foster Tarzan Sunday page from 1937; a Frank Frazetta published title splash; Todd McFarlane’s Incredible Hulk #343 cover; a New Mutants #89 page where the New Mutants and Cable first meet; and a Frank Miller Dark Knight: Batman & Robin vs. Joker & Harley Quinn Illustration (first time Miller has drawn a detailed Harley Quinn in a large commission or published format with 100% of proceeds going to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund/CBLDF).

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International Comic Exchange Sets Record

Canadian based International Comic Exchange (ICE) continues to see strong sales and land key consignments. “We wouldn’t be selling so many books right off the hop if it weren’t for the flood of quality consignments helping make it all happen,” administrator Marty Birthelmer said. “It’s only been a few short months since we launched but ICE has really begun to make some noise as a graded comic book exchange. Being a new site we knew ICE had to earn the trust of both buyers and sellers and we had to do it fast.”

A high number of people have been signing up with ICE and many have made purchases. “Our sell through has been very high and we attribute this to working hard for good books and keeping prices as competitive as we can, so far so good,” Birthelmer added.

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Frazetta, Kirby, Schulz & Watterson in Heritage Auction

Heritage’s Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction on May 13-14, 2016 in New York is filled with the biggest names in the industry. Frank Frazetta’s The Norseman original 1972 book cover art, personal favorite of the late artist, is expected to bring over $350,000 in the auction.

“This image has all of the danger and drama you would expect in a Frazetta barbarian masterpiece,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “It was a personal favorite of Frazetta’s. He was very pleased with the contrapposto stance of the main figure, which imbues him with power, tension and vitality. Frazetta was always in search of ways to depict the human figure in action and here he felt he had triumphed.”

One of the most significant pieces of art in the auction is Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott’s unused 1966 Fantastic Four #52 original cover art, featuring the first appearance of Black Panther. Marvel went in a different direction, but this piece carries weight since it features the character who will appear in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

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Martian Manhunter, the Protector of Planets

When you're told to picture a Martian, you likely imagine a little green alien from the planet Mars possibly named Gazoo or Marvin. In 1995, Joseph Samachson and Joseph Certa set out to change that misconception. Thus, Martian Manhunter, a/k/a J'onn J'onzz made his grand entrance into DC in Detective Comics (Vol. 1) #225.

In the original story “The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel,” J'onn J'onzz crash lands onto Earth. To hide his true identity, he adopts the persona of John Jones, a detective living in Middletown, US. All the while searching for a way back to his family and home on Mars.

Eventually, J'onnz reveals his existence and becomes one of the seven original members on the Justice League of America. In an unfortunate accident, John Jones is ostensibly killed in action by Idol Head of Diablo. Forced to abandon his civilian identity, J'onzz dedicates his time and energy to defeating Idol; which he eventually does.

It helps when you have endless powers including superhuman strength, speed, durability, endurance, regenerative healing, flight, invulnerability, intangibility/phasing, invisibility, shape shifting, telekinesis, telepathy, Martian vision, nine senses, and genius-level intellect.

Late on, J'onnz appeared very sporadically throughout the DC Universe before permanently resurfacing in 1984. Choosing to reassume his identity as Jones, J'onnz is forced to contradict his "death" story and explain a 20-year disappearance. Not an easy task by any standards, but he manages.

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The Lasting Impact of Grave of the Fireflies

Though the widespread popularity of many of Studio Ghibli’s films might cause you to believe otherwise, not every animated film is a colorful, light-hearted romp. Grave of the Fireflies in particular helps to dispel that popular belief; it released on April 16, 1988 (the same day as the very light-hearted My Neighbor Totoro, by the same studio) and aimed to show the cost of war.

Grave of the Fireflies follows two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, as they struggle to survive in the final months of World War II in Japan. After being caught in a bombing raid, the siblings lose their mother and are forced to move in with their aunt, who quickly becomes resentful of their presence when food rations begin to run low. Eventually, Seita and Setsuko leave their relatives and move into an abandoned bomb shelter. Though they release fireflies for light, Setsuko becomes distraught after the insects die.

The pair quickly runs out of food, and Seita resorts to stealing from local farmers so they can continue to survive. However, it’s not enough, as Setsuko becomes seriously ill from malnutrition. Though Seita does his best to save her, she dies shortly thereafter. When Seita learns of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Powers, he loses even more hope, as his father was part of the Imperial Japanese Navy, and Seita presumes he’s dead. Eventually, Seita too dies from malnutrition. The film later shows his and his sister’s spirit happy, sitting together, surrounded by fireflies.

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Cybermen in Titan’s Doctor Who Crossover

BBC Worldwide North America and Titan Comics unveiled some exciting news about this summer’s special Doctor Who event comic. Not only will it feature the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors (from Titan’s four ongoing Doctor Who series) but this five-part, biweekly adventure also includes one of the Doctor’s most iconic foes – the Cybermen!

The Cybermen first appeared in the serial “The Tenth Planet” in 1966, making 2016 the 50th anniversary of these iconic cyborgs. These formidable steel foes have been featured in Doctor Who countless times, including the 2006 two-part modern origin story, “Rise of the Cybermen: and “The Age of Steel.”

This special crossover event comic, “Supremacy of the Cybermen,” stars the Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, and Twelfth Doctor, alongside their comic companions – Gabby, Cindy, Alice, Rose, and Captain Jack.

Rassilon, fallen leader of the Time Lords who was exiled from Gallifrey at the end of time, has been captured by the last of the Cybermen. Cybermen with access to time travel, what could possible go wrong? Except every defeat becoming a victory, and every foe is now dead or worse, Cybernized.

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Animated Star Fox Short Released Online

In advance of Star Fox Zero’s release in North America, Nintendo has released an animated short that introduces the world of the game to a new audience. Nintendo partnered with Production I.G., the studio behind such anime hits as Attack on Titan, Haikyuu!!, Ghost in the Shell, and many others, to create the promotional piece.

The short, titled “The Battle Begins,” follows the Star Fox team as they enter the Coneria system on a mission, only to be ambushed by the forces of the villainous Andross.

You can learn more about the Star Fox series by checking out our piece elsewhere in Scoop; Star Fox Zero releases on the Wii U on April 22, 2016.

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Disney Details New Expansions at "Awaken Summer" Press Event

Disney made a number of significant announcements at their “Awaken Summer” event. From new princesses to new looks at upcoming park expansions, there was something for just about every type of Disney fan at the press event.

One of the bigger announcements was that of a totally new character – an addition to Disney’s ever-growing princess lineup, named Elena of Avalor. Elena will be starring in her own series on the Disney Channel beginning this summer; she is the first princess to be inspired by “diverse Latin cultures.” She will also debut as a character in the parks, specifically at Magic Kingdom, this summer.

Smaller park announcements included the addition of Finding Dory characters to the popular “Turtle Talk with Crush” starting in May, as well as the fact that the highly-anticipated Frozen ride, “Frozen Ever After,” will open at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot in June.

The largest excitement surrounded the discussion regarding the two major park expansions, both happening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. First up was Toy Story Land,” based on the popular Disney-Pixar franchise. New details on the land’s attractions were explained and shown off, including a concept video for the “Slinky Dog Dash” roller coaster. Details on the other new main attraction in the area, “Alien Swirling Saucers,” were also unveiled. Disney’s Hollywood Studios currently features “Toy Story Midway Mania” as a wildly popular attraction.

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Divinity II #1

Valiant Entertainment; $3.99

One of the boldest decisions the new Valiant made was to introduce new, original characters even as they revised the more familiar ones from the original Valiant, and the first Divinity miniseries was probably the highmark of that effort to date.

So many superhero comics dabble in science fiction, but this one immerses itself not only in far-out concepts, but politics, metaphysics, and more.

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Howard The Duck #6

Marvel; $3.99

Sometimes cosplay is fun. And then sometimes cosplay takes the form of a crazed woman who has decided to hunt down Howard, Doreen Green, Beast, and Kraven the Hunter (or the Hunted, I guess), among others, for sport. Unfortunately for Marvel’s favorite duck, he’s been dealing with the latter. In this second-part of the crossover story between Howard the Duck and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, he has to team up with the raggiest of rag-tag groups in order to take down the crazy cosplay billionaire before she can do the same to them.

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Joyride #1

BOOM!; $3.99

The Earth is covered in a bubble called SafeSky. It is run by a government known as Triumvirate. Many people believe that the real sky is filled with dangerous, villainous aliens bent on our destruction. Propaganda saturates the world, leaving very few to get out of line – whether it’s to question SafeSky or even get a pair of fancy sneakers.

Enter the adventurous Uma and her unfalteringly loyal friend Dewydd. Uma wants to travel to the stars and Dewydd wants to do whatever Uma wants to do. After connecting with an alien, Uma develops a plan to free themselves of Triumvirate and breach SafeSky. If they can get past security.

MORE: http://scoop.previewsworld.com/Home/4/1/73/1020?ArticleID=177646

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Criminal: Tenth Anniversary Special

Image Comics; $4.99, $5.99

It sure doesn’t seem like 10 years since writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips turned the attentions of their ongoing collaborations to Criminal, a creator-owned noir series. And it doesn’t seem like a decade because their approach is still fresh, rich with characters, and deep with possibilities.

Over the years, first at Marvel’s Icon imprint and now at Image, they’ve developed this gritty title into a series of tales packed with crime (no surprise given the title), human frailties, fantastic art, and lavish, moody colors.

But most of all, they have a story to tell. Sometimes Brubaker’s story is clever, hiding its real meaning until the last few pages. Sometimes it’s right out front, and the journey is its own reward.

MORE: http://scoop.previewsworld.com/Home/4/1/73/1020?ArticleID=177861

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April 29-May 1: Indiana Comic Con
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May 6-8: Wizard World Minneapolis
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May 13-15: Atlantic City Boardwalk Con
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May 13-15: Whedonopolis 2016
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May 13-15: Wizard World Des Moines
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May 21-22: 3 Rivers Comicon
The next 3 Rivers Comicon is coming up soon on May 21-22, 2016 at Century III, 3075 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, PA...
 

May 21-22: Tidewater Comicon
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May 26-29: MegaCon
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May 27-29: Space City Comic Con
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May 27-30: Balticon 50
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May 28-29: Walker Stalker Chicago
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June 2-5: Colossalcon
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June 2-5: Wizard World Philadelphia
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June 3-5: Awesome Con
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June 4-5: Power-Con
Calling all fans of He-Man and She-Ra located in the LA area. Power-Con: The He-Man and She-Ra Toy & Comic Book Experience...

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