“Spend an Afternoon in Paradise” with “The Boys” artist extraordinaire Darick Robertson

“Spend an Afternoon in Paradise” with “The Boys” artist extraordinaire Darick Robertson

When?: Wednesday June 20th from 2-7 PM
Where?: Paradise Comics  – 3278 Yonge Street  Toronto,Ontario Canada

Lets be honest who doesn’t have a special place in their heart for “The Boys”  What is “The Boys”????  The series is set between 2006-2008 in a world where superheroes exist. However, most of the superheroes in the series’ universe are corrupted by their celebrity status and often engage in reckless behavior, compromising the safety of the world. For this reason, a super powered CIA squad, known informally as “The Boys”, is charged with monitoring the superhero community.

PARADISE COMICS WILL BE ACCEPTING BOOKS FOR CGC SIGNATURE SERIES AT THIS EVENT
The comic books will be signed in the presence OF an authorized CGC witness andwill be sent directly to CGC for Grading.

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ALL HAIL DITKO!

The Creativity of Ditko is coming for your minds this July!
[The Creativity of Ditko Cover]San Diego, CA (May 31, 2012) – Celebrated, mercurial, enigmatic, and influential are a few words that have been used to describe legendary comics creator Steve Ditko. Co-creating Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee are only a couple of achievements earned by Ditko in his storied career.

Since his Marvel and DC days, Ditko has produced a litany of fiercely independent, wildly creative works; many of which are collected here in this large-format, oversized, full-color hardback for the first time! THE CREATIVITY OF STEVE DITKO, designed by the Eisner Award-winning Craig Yoe features essays by Paul Levitz, Mike Gold, Jack Harris, Mikal Banta, and Amber Stanton.

Yoe, who credits Ditko comics as what inspired him to be in this field and is one of the few people that has been invited to the creator’s studio says, “Yoe Books’ very first offering was The Art of Ditko. Over two years and many books ago, it was enthusiastically received. Now I’ve endeavored to make this our best book yet. I am thrilled with the über-creative comics we present here and the original art, much of it unpublished. And the nearly one dozen never published photos of the elusive artist make this a Ditko fan’s dream come true. This is going to be a must-have but very controversial book! Bring it on!”

Hitting shelves July 25th, THE CREATIVITY OF STEVE DITKO also touts a myriad of unpublished art, sketches, and photos of the legendary creator.  For fans of Ditko, comics history, or simply art itself, this is an IDW and Yoe Books experience that is not to be passed up!

Craig Yoe is available for convention appearances and interviews with the press in regards to this and his other books. Find Yoe Books’ online at http://yoebooks.com and http://www.youtube.com/theyoetube.

CREATIVITY OF STEVE DITKO ($39.99, 208 pages; 9.5” x 12.5”; hardcover) will be available in July. ISBN 978-1-61377-276-8.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/ and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

About IDW Publishing

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

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

Stan “The Man” Returns to Baltimore as 2012 Guest of Honor!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – May 30, 2012 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is honored to officially announce that Stan “The Man” Lee will be the returning as the Guest of Honor for the second year in a row at this year’s convention. The show will be taking place at the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 8-9, 2012. Lee will only be making public appearances on Saturday, September 8, 2012, signing autographs and posing for photographs with guests in attendance of the show.

“Stan’s first appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con was an unmitigated success last year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Having him return for a second go-around is simply amazing and a great opportunity for those who missed him last year to meet a living legend in the comic industry!”

Known the world over as the architect of the Marvel Universe, Lee-along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko-co-created some of the most iconic characters of the Silver Age, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange.

Lee began his career in comics in 1939 at the age of 16, working for Martin Goodman at Timely Comics. He made his writing debut in 1941 with a text filler story in Captain America Comics #3 and wrote his first back-up story for the title two issues later. Lee continued to write for the publisher and, at the age of 19, was installed as interim editor. With a head for business and an eye for comics, Lee graduated to become editor-in-chief and art director of the comics division.

Throughout his illustrious career, which has spanned more than 70 years, Lee has been a writer, editor, publisher, President, and Chairman at Marvel Comics. He’s made cameo appearances in 15 films based on his creations-including this summer’s record-breaking blockbuster, The Avengers.

In October of 2011, Lee joined with 1821 Comics to the start “Stan Lee’s Kids Universe,” a multimedia comic imprint whose purpose is to produce new kids material. Most recently, he co-wrote the graphic novel, Romeo and Juliet: The War – a reimagining of the classic Shakespeare tale with a sci-fi twist-which debuted at No. 7 on the New York Times best-seller list for both the hardcover and trade paperback.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome back the biggest star in all of comics,” said Nathan. “Not only is this a real treat for us, but one for the fans planning to attend the show as well!!

In addition to his Baltimore Comic-Con appearance on Saturday, Stan will participate in the Harvey Awards on Saturday evening. Details regarding ticket pricing for autographs, photographs, and VIP packages will be released over the next few weeks. To receive the latest information about Stan Lee and all of the Baltimore Comic-Con news, sign up for our mailing list at baltimorecomiccom.com!

In addition to Guest of Honor Stan Lee, other confirmed guests for the show including: Laura & Michael Allred (Madman, iZombie); Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn); Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Avengers vs.
X-Men, Liberty Meadows); Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen:  Silk Spectre); Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.); Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys); Rich Faber (Roboy Red); David Finch (Batman:  The Dark Knight); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman); Keith Giffen (Superman, O.M.A.C., Green Arrow); Gene Ha (Justice League); Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam); Cully Hamner (Action Comics); Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City); Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray); J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage); Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four); Joe Kubert (Before Watchmen: Nightowl); Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com); David Mack (Kabuki); Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo); Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman); Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men); Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely
(All Star Superman, Batman & Robin); John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men); Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot); Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers); Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing); Brian
Stelfreeze (ICE); Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin); Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi); Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable); and Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein).

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. Convention hours
are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for
the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th.

 

InvestComics Hot Picks 5-30-12 Marvel Cosmic Picks Special

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Hard to believe that after this new comic book week that 2012 is almost half over already. And what a year it has been so far. Although some may say that December will be the last month of all time, we want to be positive here and believe we’ll see the next chapter within the Avengers movie saga…..

The next movie is going to be epic in so many ways it’s unreal. Simply because of one character and where Marvel will begin to turn its attention. The door has been opened with that smirk of evil after the credits. As said in previous InvestComics articles and Hot Picks for many years, the Marvel Cosmo’s will in fact be the next “Star Wars” of the “outer space” movies. The character Thanos will be the next Darth Vader. Loath him as we all will, but we’ll love him. Who will be Luke? Silver Surfer maybe? How about Captain Marvel? The heroes to choose from are absolutely countless.

The idea that Marvel will pursue their Cosmic Universe is pure speculation here. But why wouldn’t they now? The foundation has been set with one single look from one of the most evil, narcissistic, possessive villains within the Marvel Universe, but his mainstay is within the Cosmic side. Marvel began bringing their Cosmic Universe back to the forefront with a very well put together Annihilation storyline. The Marvel Cosmo’s are about to make another run here and we’re on top of it here at InvestComics.

This week we will cover many of the first appearances from within that vast universe that Marvel has put together. A lot has to be owed to Jim Starlin in regards to help shape this Universe. The Cosmo’s would NOT be the same without HIS creation of Thanos and storylines. It would look and feel vastly different if not for Jim Starlin. Do not kid yourself; Thanos is the center piece of this alternative Universe. If he wasn’t so important, or an integrate part of the grand scale of things, why is he in that last panel in the Avengers movie? If you have not seen Jim Starlin’s Video interview on InvestComics TV, you should really check it out. It so happens that in a case of irony if you will, Martin Pierro of his publishing company Cosmic Times  team’s up with me to conduct the Interview. Martin is also the creator of the successful West Palm Beach comic book show called PalmCon. Do yourself a favor and check that out if you’re down here in Florida. Look for Martin on Facebook too! So back to Jim Starlin here, be sure to check out the 3 part interview that we did with him from his home in upstate New York.  Part 1 is right HERE (in which he talks about the creation of the Thanos character), Part 2 is right HERE (In which he talks about the death of Jason Todd, Captain Marvel and his Dreadstar character), and Part 3 is right HERE (In which he talks about Breed III).

Below you will find an abundance of comic books featuring the first appearances of many Marvel Cosmic characters. These are not by any means all of them, it’s just a guideline list of some that may or may not ever appear in a Marvel Cosmic movie. Rocket Raccoon; although he has been covered before on InvestComics, Actually…… look for Marvel Preview #7 (1976) if you want Rocket’s first. Many of these comics are at a very affordable price’s right now. Get your hands on these at the next Comic show or your local comic shop. You’re sometimes better off getting these at the comic conventions due to the fact that many dealers will make deals with you on a lot that you buy. So with that, let’s check out some more first appearances in no particular order.

Iron Man #55 – The Mecca of everything  Cosmic. The First appearance of Thanos. This comic has been one of the most recommended comics on InvestComics for many years. If there was ever one comic to buy for your collection right now, this would be It.……Or would the next comic be?

Marvel Super-Heroes #12 – Featuring Captain Marvel! The first Captain Marvel. Yes folks, this too needs to be in your collection as of yesterday. If there was ever one comic to buy….no wait, said that already. Well you get the idea here. If Marvel plays their cards right here with the Cosmic movies, Captain Marvel would be the answer to DC’s Superman. Imagine if you will, with all the feeble attempts that DC has tried now with making the “right” Superman movie how Captain Marvel will outdo that character on the screen its first time out. That would be instant victory for the House of ideas (no not InvestComics, Marvel). The potential upticks here for Captain Marvel is simply astounding. Buy this.

Fantastic Four #48 – There needs to be a story told right? In general, in life….even if the stories exist in your own head, it’s still being narrated by ….you! So the question here is, who tells the story when we’re gazing into the galaxy that fills the movie screen? The Watcher of course! Check out his first appearance here. Oh yes, almost forgot. Buying this comic would be a three for one deal. Silver Surfer AND Galactus also make their debut here. So let’s recap here. Buying this comic will get you the narrator of our cosmic films, the possible headlining star and a character that will NOT be a purple cloud next time around? Buy this pronto.

The Infinity Gems – It’s very safe to assume that Thanos will be seeking the gems in the second Avengers film. Here are some of the comics that feature the first look at these gems that the madman craves. Power of Warlock #1, Marvel Team-Up #55 and Avengers Annual #7.  Seek those before Thanos finds them first, we don’t want that!

Incredible Hulk #234 – First appearance of Quasar. Hey one never knows if he’ll ever pop up someplace!

Strange Tales #138 – First appearance of Eternity.

The Eternal #2 – The Celestial first appear here.

Captain Marvel #27 – Jim Starlin revisits this character in one of his many creations later in a historic graphic novel called The Death of Captain Marvel. Death first appears here.

The Cosmic Cube – Another handy item Thanos would love to wrap his purple hands around. Get the first look at the Cosmic Cube in Tales of Suspense #79.

Secret Wars #1 – The Beyonder makes his debut here. If you do not own this limited series, well then you’re not really a comic collector.

Thor #132 – Here’s an obscure but fun first appearance. Ego the Living Planet! Created by Stan Lee and Jack “King” Kirby.

Quasar #24 – First appearance of Infinity.

Giant Sized Defenders #3 – First look at Korvac.

Fantastic Four #20 – First Molecule Man.

X-Man #15 – First appearance of Onslaught. This character sure reeked a lot of havoc over the years.

Fantastic Four #18 – First Super-Skrull.

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So there is a nice list to get you started. Who would you include on this list? Don’t be shy, let your voice be heard!

Okay so let’s take a look at a few comics heading your way this week shall we?

DC’s new 52 will introduce us to the new Mr. Freeze in Batman Annual #1. This villain originally appeared in Batman #121 back in 1959. DC also gives back to the kids again this week with two new “kid friendly” titles. Superman Family Adventures #1 and DC Nation #1. And the last of the number one issues to check out this week from DC is Ravagers #1.

Two independent number one issues to seek this week; Grim Leaper #1 from Image Comics and my very own Vincent Price House of Horrors #1! Yes the First work ever from the owner of InvestComics! Hopefully there will be no delays in this comic coming out, but if you buy the comic and would like it signed, send it to me and I’ll send it back signed for you! Contact me at jaykatz@investcomics.com so that we can get that done!

That’s it for this week. Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

Patrick Stewart Joins the Wizard World Comic Con Tour!

Wizard World “Makes it So” As Sir Patrick Stewart Makes Exclusive Star Trek Appearances!

Patrick Stewart, known to millions of fans as “Captain Jean-Luc Picard” on the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and “Professor Charles Xavier” in the X-Men film series, will unite for the first time ever at Philadelphia Comic Con with the other four “Star Trek” captains — William Shatner, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula (“Captain Archer”).

In Austin, it will be the first “Star Trek: The Next Generation” 25-year reunion, as Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden are also on board. Catch this legendary actor as he signs autographs and poses for photo ops at Wizard World Comic Con!

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World’s #1 CGC Marvel Comics Collection to be Auctioned

If you are a comic book collector and love the collecting aspect of the hobby, this article from Heritage Auctions should be on your radar. The collection of comics in this lot are simply astounding. Check out the article below from Heritage Auctions and also visit the Hertiage Auction site for some amazing items right HERE.

World’s #1 CGC Marvel Comics Collection to be Auctioned:   The Doug Schmell/PedigreeComics.com Collection

The 9.8 Pacific Coast copy of X-Men #1. The 9.8 Pacific Coast copy of X-Men #1.

Doug Schmell’s unparalleled collection of Silver Age Marvel Comics will be auctioned by Heritage Auctions at our July 26-27 Beverly Hills Signature Auction. All lots will be auctioned without reserve.

 

  • This multimillion-dollar collection features the top Marvel Silver Age CGC award-winning registry sets of each title offered.
  • Almost every comic is the single highest graded or tied for highest graded copy according to the CGC census (registry username “Captain Tripps”).
  • Almost every comic is certified “white pages” or “off-white to white pages”
  • Most of the comics originated in different prominent pedigree collections including Pacific Coast, Curator, Twin Cities, Boston, Northland, Massachusetts, Western Penn, White Mountain, Rocky Mountain, and others!

 

The 9.6 Pacific Coast copy of Tales of Suspense #39. The 9.6 Pacific Coast copy of Tales of Suspense #39.

In addition to being an elite collector, Mr. Schmell is the owner of a well-known comic auction site. “After watching Heritage become, by far, the world’s largest comics auction house, I knew that Heritage was the perfect choice for me to sell my private collection to realize the highest prices with no conflict for the consignors on my site, PedigreeComics.com,” Mr. Schmell says.

 

Steve Borock, Senior Consignment Director of Heritage, commented: “I have watched Doug piece together this fantastic collection for the 20-plus years I have known him, and when I saw the collection in its entirety, it was a thing of beauty!”

Lon Allen, Managing Director for Comics and Comic Art, added: “Being a successful auctioneer himself, Doug is intimately familiar with every selling option our hobby has to offer, so we’re incredibly flattered that he chose Heritage to sell his personal collection.”

The following runs will be offered:

The 9.6 Pacific Coast copy of Avengers #1. The 9.6 Pacific Coast copy of Avengers #1.
  • Avengers #1-100(89 are 9.8 and 11 are 9.6)
  • Daredevil #1-100(90 9.8 and 10 9.6)
  • Fantastic Four #1-102(94 are 9.8 and 9.6)
  • Journey Into Mystery #83-125(40 are 9.8 and 9.6)
  • Strange Tales #101-168(64 are 9.8 and 9.6)
  • Tales of Suspense #39-99( All are 9.8 and 9.6)
  • Tales To Astonish #36-101(64 are 9.8 and 9.6)
  • Thor #126-200(72 are 9.8 and 3 are 9.6)
  • X-Men #1-66 (61 are 9.8 and 5 are 9.8)

 

Many of the highlights from the collection are already viewable online here.

 

WITCHBLADE Uncovers Hidden Artifacts

Image Comics/Top Cow teams with Wired’s GeekDad to reveal a secret message

Image Comics and Top Cow Productions are excited to reveal to fans an innovative new promotion for fans — WITCHBLADE Cover Artifacts. Cover artist John Tyler Christopher’s stunning artwork has adorned the “A” covers of Witchblade since issue #151. Little did readers know, however, that Christopher hid a message in each of the covers!

The Top Cow Universe is full of secrets, myths and hidden mysteries and no title embodies that more than our flagship — WITCHBLADE! And now, thanks to cover artist John Tyler Christopher (ARTIFACTS, Voodoo), the mystery is no contained only within the story pages between the covers. Beginning with WITCHBLADE #151, each “A” cover contains hidden clues within the art. Find the “artifacts” hidden in each of the covers to solve a puzzle. Fans who solve each puzzle will be able to unlock exclusive downloads and bonus material by going to http://www.topcow.com/community/promotions and entering the solution. But be warned, these puzzles are challenging!

Top Cow has teamed up with Wired’s GeekDad blog to exclusively debut this promotion beginning Monday, May 21. To celebrate a “Week of Witchblade,” GeekDad will debut a new cover puzzle each day and also run a contest every day. Fans can not only unlock exclusive content at topcow.com, but also be eligible for a Daily Prize as well as a Grand Prize by entering at http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/05/a-week-of-witchblade-issue-151.

“One of the many reasons I love working with John is that, as an illustrator, he’s not only capable of producing some truly mesmerizing covers, but he’s always thinking outside the box,” said Top Cow Publisher FIlip Sablik. “The genesis of this idea really began with John’s desire to engage fans and give them more with every cover. And what better way to announce the project than on Wired, the best news source for innovation and technology?”

Fans can study each cover in depth both in the individual issues as well as the upcoming WITCHBLADE: Rebirth Volume 1 trade paperback, which collects WITCHBLADE #151-#155. The 144-page collection retails for $9.99 and is scheduled to be in stores June 6, 2012. WITCHBLADE #156 is in stores this week on May 23 and retails for $2.99. The stand-alone issue is the only one that does not feature a puzzle, and as a special bonus, fans will receive bonus downloads and behind-the-scenes material completely free on the WITCHBLADE Cover Artifacts homepage.

 

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

HUMANS ARE AN ENDANGERED SPECIES IN ENORMOUS

Giant beasts top food chain in July graphic novella

In ENORMOUS, a new Image Comics/Shadowline graphic novella by Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour (Heavy Metal) to be published in July, a cataclysmic ecological event has spawned colossal beasts that overrun human civilization. Cities are reduced to ruins where survivors must scratch out a desperate existence, evading the giant creatures that hunt them.

In the midst of this struggle against annihilation, a young woman who has lost everything, Ellen Grace, braves the rubble-strewn streets to find lost children and bring them to a safe place. However, she soon finds that there is another enemy just as dangerous as the megafauna: other humans.

“By the time we enter the world of Enormous, being at the bottom of the food-chain is something humans have been experiencing for a while,” said Daniel in an April interview with Comic Book Resources. “As a result, there is no consensus around how we’re going to survive as a species.

“There are a few human factions, each operating with a fairly distinct agenda, the motivations of which may well be far beyond their understanding,” he added. “Regardless of what might prove to be the driving force for each character, the law of the land is simple: hunt or be hunted.”

Drawn in terrifying and haunting detail by Cheggour, a Morroccan artist whose MORNING GLORIES fan art caught Daniel’s attention, ENORMOUS is a 64-page saddle-stitched graphic novella in an oversized “treasury” format (10 x 13.5″).

Published under Image’s Shadowline imprint, ENORMOUS can be pre-ordered from the May issue of Previews (MAY120519) and is scheduled to be in stores on July 5. It has been supported by a campaign of “teasers” that appeared on top comic book sites such as Comic Book Resources, iFanboy, and Multiversity, a “prequel” and article published at USA Today, and a preview at the Gawker site io9.

 

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

InvestComics Hot Picks 5-23-12

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Within the new releases this week at your local comic shop. You may see the latest magazine issue of Fangoria magazine #314. That magazine was part of my childhood and I’m very proud to say that I was interviewed within the magazine for the latest release of Blue Waters Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 that I wrote. So pick it up this week along with the rest of your stack of comics. Thanks for your support!

Over at the InvestComics You tube channel, 2 new videos to check out. The latest FFFIC episode #45 still has the super cool contest going on. Win a FREE one year subscription to Marvel Super-Heroes magazine from Disney magazines! Eight issues in all! Thanks Disney! All you have to do is watch the video right HERE and tweet the tweet! The second video is courtesy of everyone’s favorite new reviewer on the InvestComics You tube channel; Amber of Booze, Cooze and reviews. Regarding the show, Amber recently received high praise from the one and only Gail Simone!! How cool is that?! See what all the fuss is about right HERE, but huge WARNING here, EXPLICT LANGUGE. If easily offended, move along.  And thanks Gail!!

On to the Hot Picks this week!

Just as Marvel announced this week the All New Captain Marvel #1 will be a female character we get the resurgence in Secret Avengers #27 of the “male” version of Captain Marvel. Hmmm….okay. Anyway the bang for your buck will most definitely be the original male counterpart here. With the big tease at the end of the Avengers movie (credits), there is no reason to think that Marvel will not explore their Cosmic Universe as already spoken about right here on InvestComics Hot Picks last week. That said, The Marvel Super-Heroes Featuring Captain Marvel #12 (1967) is still a work in progress, soon to be hot commodity that will see upticks over the next couple years. We highly doubt that if Marvel will begin their approach into the Cosmo’s that Captain Marvel will land there as a female character. Not that there is anything wrong with having a female, but movie goers will probably receive a male lead easier than that of a female when it comes to super heroes. History on the big screen says so. Catwoman, Elektra….you get the point. The female super hero makes for a fantastic addition to a team or partner, Storm, Black Widow, Elektra….you get the point. If you can snag the first appearance of the Kree Captain Marvel for $125, you have yourself a nice addition to your collection.

The West Coast Avengers make their way into Hulk Smash Avengers #4. The West Coast Avengers first appeared in 1984’s West Coast Avengers #1. The team went on to have their ongoing in 1985 that lasted 9 years and ended at issue #102. Nice run there! With all of the hoopla surrounding the Avengers movie, expect to see more of this team in the future.

Astonishing X-Men #50 promises an ending that will be “the most talked about moment of the year”. Okay we’ll see about that….

DC Comics introduces a new villain in Superman #9. She is wearing a silly shirt though.

Rob Liefeld takes over art duties in The Savage Hawkman #9. Nice cover Rob.

Justice League Dark #9 introduces a new team roster, with major changes reverberating throughout the DC Universe during this arc. We’ll see about this as well…..

A new Batman series hits this week. Batman Incorporated #1. Should be a great start here.

There are two number one issues you may want to check out this week, Dark Horse’s Resident Alien #1 and IDW’s Godzilla #1. And for those interested, Godzilla first appeared within the comic book world way back in 1977’s Godzilla King of Monsters #1 from Marvel. The comic was penciled by legend Herb Trimpe! Twenty dollars will get you this little gem.

That’s it for this week. Lastly, the InvestComics Hot Picks Chicks will be here appearing again soon (lots of them!).

Scroll through the covers of the week below.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Comic Artist Ernie Chan 1940 – 2012

The InvestComics family has learned of the passing of yet another legend within the comic book industry. Artist Ernie Chan (Ernie Chua) has passed away at the age of 71. Some of Ernie’s work included Conan, Batman, Thor, Red Sonja, Wonder Woman, Swamp thing, Daredevil, Vampirella and countless others.

Ernie stared his comic career in his native land of the Philippines. He moved to America in 1970 when he was 30  and became a U.S. citizen in 1976.

Below are a few of Ernie Chan’s fantastic cover art. 

The InvestComics family and comic book world will miss you Ernie. Thank you for the years of enjoyment you brought to our world. We extend our condolences to his family.

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The Crow Comic Book flies again

IDW Brings back James O’Barr’s iconic anti-hero this summer!

[The Crow Cover B]San Diego, CA (May 17, 2012) – Proving that the spirit of vengeance is timeless, Bram Stoker Award-winning author and co-screenwriter of the original The Crow film, John Shirley, has teamed with Eisner Award-nominated, Fishtown artist Kevin Colden, to bring the dark spirit back to comics. Concurrently, the film’s producer Edward R. Pressman, in conjunction with Relativity Media and Dimension Films, is in pre-production on a gritty reinvention of the 1994 cult classic to be directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) and written by Jesse Wigutow.

The comic book, which explores its own unique storyline from the film, is set in Tokyo, Japan where the Crow returns in the guise of a foreign exchange student named Jamie Osterberg. When Haruko, the love of his life, is stolen away from him, Jamie must search for answers–ones that turn deadly, and transform him into the spirit of vengeance, the Crow! With a sword that seeks truth, the Crow hunts down those responsible for this crime, discovering a web of horror that may lead him to kill his one true love.

[The Crow #1 Page 1]“I was thrilled to help bring James O’Barr’s The Crow to the screen, and am equally thrilled to rediscover the character in this new incarnation of The Crow for IDW—it’s as if he’s come back from the grave all over again,” said Shirley. “It feels like The Crow is taking me on the journey into some very dark realms. All I can do is come along and hope to survive the trip. It helps to have a great talent like Kevin Colden along.”

“I’m very happy to be able to bring back The Crow with such esteemed creators,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “To be able to lead off with John Shirley and Kevin Colden in a story that takes the concept of James O’Barr’s The Crow in very unexpected ways is as thrilling to me as it hopefully will be to fans.”

Also featuring covers from Kyle Hotz and Ashley Wood, the vibrant, exotic setting and rich mythology of Japan should prove a thrilling and intriguing environment for Shirley and Colden’s fresh take on the beloved hero. The first of the monthly five-issue series will be released in print and digital in July, with more series to follow. Plans have also been announced for The Crow original creator James O’Barr to return with his own new series.

THE CROW #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in July. Diamond order code MAY12 0349.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/ and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

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

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

 

InvestComics Hot Picks 5-16-12 Marvel Cosmic Special

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Welcome to InvestComics Hot Picks 5-16-12 – Marvel Cosmic Special

InvestComics has always been ahead of the curve in many ways over the last 6 years. Even back when InvestComics was just a free “investment” magazine about 6 years ago, over the years we called out the Walking Dead #1 before it came out, Superman and the DC Universe to lose their underwear in order for DC to be on the next level again, recommended countless Bronze and Silver Age comics that have seen a significant increase in value, called out Kick Ass as a movie before the number one issue even hit the comic shops and of course the mention of Iron Man #55 in the very first issue of InvestComics magazine. Thanos’ first appearance…….more on that in a sec. Onwards the predictions came to fruition. Yes there are many others that haven’t come true either! But if you’re a savvy player in a volatile market, you’re more often right than you are wrong.

Why do we mention all of this you ask? Well if you have been under a rock for the past couple of weeks and have not seen The Avengers movie (you should) then you really should not read on. A SPOILER WARNING for you!

By now all of us know that at the end credits of The Avengers movie Thanos appears. Back in 2009 InvestComics wrote an article about how Thanos as well as the Marvel Cosmic Universe was being neglected. As the technology becomes an absolute dream to comic fans and Hollywood for that matter regarding movie magic, Marvel will probably venture into the Cosmo’s. And yes InvestComics was on this years ago. So before we get to a couple of Hot Picks to check out this week, let’s take a look the CREATOR himself of Thanos via Interview on InvestComics TV Mr. Jim Starlin from April of 2011, speaking about the creation of Thanos and an article from 2009………

InvestComics 2009 article: Cosmic Hot Picks

Thanos should be in serious consideration for a Marvel movie. Think about the entire Marvel movie library thus far that have and will come out, all “good” guys. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a villain wreaking havoc on some innocent people then have Warlock show up, or better yet a “Cosmic team” Guardians of the Galaxy maybe?? The storylines and characters are endless. Captain Marvel would be spectacular wouldn’t he? Let’s get that Silver Surfer movie going and introduce some of these characters, thus spinning some of them off into their own solo movies. It would open another arena for Hollywood and Marvel that would be a fanboys sci-fi dream. Think about this, Marvel has and will have spend the next couple of years absolutely killing the comic book market with everything Cosmic from Annihilation to the War of Kings. Fans are eating this stuff up. It’s storytelling at its best here folks, that’s why it’s doing so well. Warlock, Drax, Guardians of The Galaxy, Quasar, Terrax and Captain Marvel, and the list goes on. The epic Marvel ‘Space’ movie has yet been made and with the special effects as ridiculously good as they are these days…..what is the hold up? The Cosmo’s await their turn on the silver screen and a Thanos flick would be a choice that would be an absolute slam dunk.

So here is a very small list of some Marvel Cosmic characters that should be in your collection. What do you think? Do you have some heroes or villains that need to be on this list?

Warlock: First Appearance – Fantastic Four #’s 66 & 67 (1967)

Thanos & Drax: First Appearance – Iron Man #55 (1973)

Guardians of the Galaxy: First Appearance – Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (1969)

Quasar: First Appearance – Incredible Hulk #234 (1979)

Terrax: First Appearance – Fantastic Four #211 (1979)

Captain Marvel: First Appearance – Marvel Super-Heroes #12 (1967)

Rom: First Appearance – Rom #1 (1979)

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So there you have it, a very short and concise article regarding the Marvel Cosmic Universe back a few years back. Thanos appeared in the first InvestComics magazine with the mention that this villain will in fact blow up sooner than later. The reference on InvestComics was “Thanos will be the modern day Darth Vader”. Write this down folks, it’s going to happen and you heard it here first.

This week Hot Picks sees a short list to cover.

Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of Earth #1 begins the death of Doc Ock storyline right? That is where we’re headed right? No surprises here. But it does have that real cool on the cusp of really being cool Brit character Union Jack appearing in this issue. Check out Jack’s first appearance in the very affordable Invaders #7. The next issue has the cooler cover though of Union Jack, but just like the character himself, he always seems late to the party and thus receiving that second rate hero tag.

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X-Factor #236 features the first appearance of Shattershot. No not the Transformer Shattershot…..we hope not.

Justice League #9 has all signs of impending doom on their ominous cover this week. Look for an introduction to a new big hurt in the new Justice League. Who is the new “major nemesis?” Find out and pick this comic up before it flies off the shelf!

Before we go……

Also this week on InvestComics You tube channel, the latest EXPLICT episode of Booze, cooze and reviews episode #3 has arrived. Reminder here, if you are easily offended DO NOT click ahead to watch Amber tell it like it is on her review show. Here’s the way it goes. If you’re a Howard Stern fan click ahead, if you’re a Rush Limbaugh fan, don’t click ahead. No fluff to be found here, no blowhard, just simple honest open minded truthfulness from Amber. WARNING: EXPLICT LANGUAGE ahead if you click this right HERE.

…..And last but not least, lots of InvestComics Hot Picks Chicks coming your way soon!! Beautiful girls promoting InvestComics and Superherostuff.com!

For now though, scroll through some beautiful covers coming out this week below.

See you soon. Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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First Look At INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #518 – WHO IS THE NEW IRON MAN?!

Your First Look At INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #518 – WHO IS THE NEW IRON MAN?!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Invincible Iron Man #518, featuring the all-new Iron Man! Courtesy of the Eisner Award-Winning creative team of Matt Fraction & Salvador Larroca, tensions mount as the Spymaster’s rampage within Stark Resilient comes to its bloody end. The Mandarin is throwing everything he’s got at Tony Stark including amped up super villains! With a big target painted on his back, can Tony Stark make it out alive? Can the new Iron Man save him in time? Find out in Invincible Iron Man #518, hitting comic shops,
the Marvel Comics app http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this June!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #518 (APR120646)

Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA

FOC – 5/14/12, ON SALE – 6/6/12

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

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

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Avengers VS. X-Men – Act Two: NO MORE AVENGERS!

The Avengers movie hits over $750 worldwide….now this….

Avengers VS. X-Men – Act Two: NO MORE AVENGERS!

Following the world changing effects of Avengers VS. X-Men #5, the Marvel Universe will face a dramatic change unlike any fans have ever seen before bringing the action packed first act to a close. Then, the
comic book event of the summer kicks into overdrive as Act Two begins in Avengers VS. X-Men #6! Thought you knew everything about the Phoenix Force and what it’s capable of? Think again, True Believer!  Get in on
all the excitement as Avengers VS. X-Men #5 and Avengers VS. X-Men #6, hit comic shops, the Marvel Comics app http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp , and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this June.

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #5 (APR120569)

Written by MATT FRACTION

Pencils by JOHN ROMITA JR

Cover by JIM CHEUNG

FOC – 5/14/12, ON SALE – 6/6/12

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #6 (APR120575)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Pencils by OLIVIER COIPEL

Cover by JIM CHEUNG

FOC – 5/28/12, ON SALE – 6/20/12
To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

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

 

Benefit Cosmetics & Marvel Custom Solutions Transform Beauty Bestseller into Comic Book Action Hero

Benefit Cosmetics & Marvel Custom Solutions Transform Beauty Bestseller into Comic Book Action Hero
Get ready for thrills, frills & espionage! Marvel Custom Solutions, the custom publishing division of Marvel Entertainment, and Benefit Cosmetics, the San Francisco beauty brand known for its fun instant beauty solutions, have co-created SpyGal, the FIRST EVER beauty-inspired comic book hero.
SpyGal’s wise-cracking, pore-zapping persona was modeled after the POREfessional pore minimizing primer. With over 1 million products sold worldwide, the POREfessional is an international sensation. The POREfessional packaging evokes a vintage female action figure complete with a pore-zapping ray gun and touch-up pro case. She’s smooth! She’s sexy! She’s your secret weapon against pores!

“The superpowers of our bestselling pore minimizer, the POREfessional, created such an international sensation, we knew it was destined for greatness!,” explained Julie Bell, EVP Global Marketing at Benefit Cosmetics. “Marvel, the world’s top storytellers, helped us bring our action hero SpyGal to life in the first ever beauty-inspired comic
book.”
Inspired by SpyGal’s covert mission to empower women around the world, Marvel and Benefit assembled a dynamic creative team including fan favorite writer James Asmus (Uncanny X-Men, Captain America) and
acclaimed artist Phil Noto (Avengers: The Origin, X-Men Origins) to bring SpyGal to life in her collectors’ item debut comic book. Together they seamlessly blended the trademark humor of Benefit with the iconic action & drama of Marvel storytelling to create a witty, globe-trotting espionage adventure.

“It’s exciting to bring Benefit Cosmetics and Marvel Custom Solutions together for such a historic collaboration,” said John Dokes, Marvel SVP of Integrated Sales and Marketing, Publishing and Digital Media. “SpyGal is a dynamic, nuanced hero for a new generation and combining that with the unparalleled storytelling of Marvel brings fans one of the most unique comics they’ll read all year.”

In addition to pulse-pounding beauty action, this very first issue of SpyGal also delivers an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into the collaborative process that transformed our globe-trottin’, face-savin’ secret agent into a comic book hero. Plus, fans can use the FREE Marvel AR http://www.marvel.com/arapp app to access video content from the glamorous world of makeup using their smartphone or tablet!

“Marvel and Benefit both know that humor and intelligence can be a heroes’ greatest strength, especially when faced with life’s modern problems,” said Marvel Custom Solutions Editor Bill Rosemann. “SpyGal dispenses justice, beauty tips and witty life advice with an effortless grace, while also grappling with work and dating worries. Can SpyGal ever find Mr. Right…or must she sacrifice romance to the demands of her job helping powerful women spread their influence around the world? Writer James Asmus and artist Phil Noto reveal all in SpyGal #1!”

Packed with intrigue, romance and excitement, this limited edition SpyGal comic is available in May at Benefit counters everywhere. It’s undercover…and over the top!

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

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MARVEL SUPER HEROES MAGAZINE is all-ages fun!

One of the questions that plagues the comic book industry is, how do we bring in new readers? Let’s face it, the days of kids buying comics off spinner racks at stationary stores and 7-11 are long gone. And, even when they DO have access to comics, kids are dropped into the mire that is superhero continuity.
 
Enter MARVEL SUPER HEROES MAGAZINE.
 
Part comic book, part entertainment magazine, part HIGHLIGHTS, this mag is filled with stories, games, and information. More importantly, it’s a LOT more fun than having your comic reading uncle sum up decades of stories and retcons.
 
Check out this info sheet the gang at MARVEL SUPER HEROES Magazine sent us.  Then, be sure to watch the new episode of FFFIC, the Famous Faces & Funnies/InvestComics review show (you can find right here on InvestComics & InvestComicsTV on Saturday 5/12) to find out how you can win a free one-year subscription (8 issues) from MARVEL MAGAZINE and INVESTCOMICS!
 
Plus, for a link to their mini-trailer and magazine subscription information: CLICK HERE 
 
 
MARVEL SUPER HEROES MAGAZINE FACT SHEET
ABOUT MARVEL SUPER HEROES MAGAZINE
 
Marvel Super Heroes magazine invites families to bring home the “Mighty Marvel Universe!”
Readers must get ready to join forces with all their favorite Avengers. Each issue features
exciting comics, brain-teasing puzzles, cool activities and fun cutouts, plus, an amazing looking
collectible poster.
 
FAST FACTS
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
On-sale: May 1, 2012
Page Count: 36 pages
Retail Outlets: Wal-Mart, Target, B&N, Kroger stores, and Comic Book stores
Target Age: Boys 8 – 10 [Editor’s Note: My 6 year old daughter LOVED it, too!]
Retail Price: $4.99
Subscription Price: $29.92 for 8 issues (25% off the cover price)
 
PAGE BY PAGE: WHAT’S INSIDE THE MARVEL UNIVERSE?
Amazing Comics: All-new adventures of familiar Marvel Super Heroes.
Pull-Out Posters: Hang up full-color posters of the Avengers of the Marvel Universe.
Mighty Marvel Fun: Games, puzzles, cutouts, quizzes, Super Hero IQs, collectible bios
plus loads of other fun pages.
 
ABOUT DISNEY MAGAZINES
From the magic of Disney Princess and Disney Fairies to the exciting world of Disney·Pixar Cars,
Disney Publishing Worldwide’s Global Magazine division publishes a kaleidoscopic range of
children’s content with approximately 250 titles in 72 countries around the world. For kids,
Disney’s Standard Character titles are by far the most popular, including
Topolino, Le Journal de Mickey and Donald Duck, with content targeting boys, girls, and tweens through familiar
franchises, including Toy Story, Winnie the Pooh, and Cars.

MARVEL ENTERS SINGLE ISSUE EXCLUSIVE WITH COMIXOLOGY

Marvel Entertainment Signs Exclusive Single Issue English Language Digital Comics Agreement With ComiXology

 

New York, NY—May 8, 2012—Today Marvel Entertainment, one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, announced it will exclusively distribute single issue English-language digital comics worldwide with comiXology, the largest digital comics platform.

This multi-year agreement reinforces Marvel’s commitment to bringing its unparalleled library of popular characters and acclaimed stories to fans with a dedicated commitment to technology partner comiXology.

“As the industry leader, Marvel is committed to growing the comics market through digital innovation—and bolstering our existing partnership with comiXology continues that,” explained Peter Phillips, SVP & General Manager, Marvel Digital Media. “This agreement is a huge win for current and future fans of the Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and Marvel’s entire library of exciting characters.”

Marvel fans will enjoy continued access to single-issue digital comics via the Marvel apps available for Apple iOS and Android, as well as the new web-based Marvel Comics Shop, all powered by comiXology. Marvel comics can also be found on the comiXology platform available on Apple iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and comixology.com.

In addition, starting today, Marvel’s digital comics will be available through comiXology’s Digital Storefronts for brick-and-mortar retailers.

“We’re extremely proud that Marvel has chosen comiXology as its partner,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “Our expanded relationship will foster increased innovation and accelerate plans for more points of distribution and reading. I’m more than thrilled.”

The comiXology-powered Marvel Comics app launched in 2010 and has remained one of the top grossing apps in the iTunes store. As the first major comics company to offer single issues for digital purchase and featuring the largest library of digital comics, Marvel continues to be the industry leader in digital innovation.

You can download the Marvel Comics app right here and experience the greatest comics books in the world, featuring the Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more!

About Marvel:

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


 

InvestComics Hot Picks 5-9-12

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So seen any good movies lately? More on that in a week or so don’t want to spoil anything for those of you that have yet to see “it”. That said InvestComics has been calling “it” for about 5 years now. That’s what we do here, we say it, create it, and everyone else steals it!

Have you seen the latest InvestComics video comic book review show? It’s NOT for the faint of heart, there is a severe warning label that will be attached to each of these episodes. The show is called Booze, cooze and reviews; hosted by Amber. The basic premise of this hilarious take on comic book reviews is quite simple. Drink, drink, get annihilated, and review comics. The outcome is quite funny, the reviews are great and the video editing from Kristine is quite fun as well. There is a big warning label as far as language goes, PLEASE DO NOT WATCH/LISTEN TO THIS VIDEO IF YOU ARE EASLY OFFENDED. Go to the InvestComics You tube channel and check out the episode. OR click right HERE. If you’re looking for a “softer” side of comic reviews, FFFIC Episode number 43 is available too this week. Fantastic reviews as always from Shaun and Sebastian. Check out latest FFFIC right HERE.

And yes…..MORE InvestComics Hot Picks Chicks coming soon!

This week an Icon within the industry makes a return with the debut of Trio #1. IDW Publishing has nabbed John Byrne to lead the way with a new team. They are Rock, Paper and Scissors. Wow really? Okay let’s get beyond that for now. This doesn’t need to be said really, but we’ll say it anyway. John Byrne at one time was THE go to guy in the comic book industry. He was the one everyone was clamoring for. The big cheese if you will. Think McFarlane, Lee, Perez and you pretty much have an idea of how big Byrne was.

 

 

 

 

So where did it begin for our Iconic UK born penciler? Here’s the quick version. It began way back in 1973 with a little comic he did in college called ACA Comix #1. While a very nice collector’s item to own, it doesn’t account as his first published work. His first printed work would come in 1974 in Marvel’s giveaway called FOOM!, Issue number five to be precise. Later that same year, he did a 2 page story in Nightmare #20. His first color work was in Charlton Comics’ Eman #6. One year later John Byrne found himself within the clutches of the house of Ideas (no no, not InvestComics! The OTHER house of Ideas Marvel Comics.). Giant Size Dracula #5 was John’s first Marvel work. A backup story of course, but the rest is history folks! X-Men, Hulk, She-Hulk, Fantastic Four, Superman, Alpha Flight, Next-Men, all have the distinct indelible mark left from the legend known as John Byrne.

Moving from one legend to another, George Perez works his artistry on the cover of The New Teen Titans #21 (1982). This comic features the debut of a 16 page comic called Night Force. It also debuts the character Donovan Caine. He’s going to be making his first appearance in the new 52 in Night Force #3 this week.

A future legend Michael Bendis (which many may disagree about the legend status, but this is not a debate column, fight amongst yourselves!) has a new number one comic debuting this week. Takio #1 is aimed at the younger crowds. Lots of little tikes books coming out these days from both Marvel and DC. Check out the debut of Bendis’ (and Oemings’) Takio from the self titled original graphic novel from 2011.

Ultimate Comics The Ulimates #10 features a new creative team. Writer Sam Humphries is a part of the new team and one of his first works was from a free comic book day book called Mouse Guard (Archaia Comics).

Wolverine #306 marks the comeback of Dr. Rot. Where oh where have you been Dr. Rot? Doc first started his practice in Wolverine Weapon X #6.

DC’s Superboy #9 has a debut of an all new Warblade. Warblade first appeared in Image Comics Wildcats #1.

A couple of number one issues you should check out this week, IDW’s Night of 1,000 Wolves #1 and DC’s Vertigo Mystery Space #1.

….….and what’s up with Marvel’s solicit for Uncanny X-Force #25? “Landmark 25th issue”……Landmark? Really? That’s almost as bad as Rock, Paper and Scissors.

Scroll through the covers of the week below.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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IndieCreator: Jim Alexander

Both Sides of the Story with GOOD COP, BAD COP’s Jim Alexander 

I first “met” writer Jim Alexander back in 2009 when he penned a tale for my 2012: FINAL PRAYER anthology called “Manchester” (drawn by Andy Dodd). It was one of my favorite tales in the collection – and DAMNATION, hasn’t 2012 arrived fast?

By all accounts, Jim Alexander is not just a survivor – he’s a “thriver” as he continues to spin out quality tales, both as a hired gun for big and small comic press and under his new comic shingle BLACK HEARTED PRESS (love that name!). But you didn’t click here to listen to me prattle on. Let’s hear from the man himself …

1) Let’s get to the introductions: Who is Jim Alexander and — like your protagonist in GOOD COP, BAD COP — do you too have an evil alter ego?

(JA:)  Depends who you talk to, Bob. 🙂

2) After writing for many years, you’ve opened up your own comic shingle called Black Hearted Press. What made you take the plunge?

(JA:)  BHP was in existence before I joined up, I have to say. It was started by Dave Braysher, John Farman & Sha Nazir who, among other things, organize the Glasgow Comics Con (http://www.glasgowcomiccon.co.uk).  We chatted; we imbibed, and in the midst of it discovered we had a lot in common, so they kindly invited me to join their merry band.

From my point of view, well I’ve had a lot of stuff published, but never really had that breakout hit. There came the realization that I’m knocking on the same doors of editors and publishers again and again while not really having anything new to show them. BHP has given me the opportunity to get new stuff out there and show (hopefully) that I still have something to say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) How have you fared in the tumultuous economy which has hit many in the comics industry hard?

(JA:)  I work full-time and it’s a reasonably paid job. So that’s Job 1. Writing is very much Job 2, and it’s a common occurrence for Job 2 to go to Job 1 (during negotiations I wear different hats) and ask it to subsidize my latest writing venture.  Job 1 is very understanding, I must say. But it’s scary out there, not just in terms of the comics industry — people are struggling to make ends meet. First piece of advice I give any prospective writer is to go get yourself a ‘proper’ job first. If you’re serious about writing, you will find the time.

Having said that, if you can give someone something they can take value from then, yes, that makes it all worthwhile. There are still a helluva lot of possibilities out there.  People are looking for stories that entertain and make an impact. This applies as much to the comics industry as anywhere else.

4) You’re building a pretty impressive library that has received positive plaudits from critics. Tell us about some of your notable titles.

(JA:)  For BHP, in addition to ‘GCBC’, I’m publishing ‘Gabriel’ and ‘Scout One’. I’m also hoping to reprint ‘Amongst the Stars’ published by Caliber a looong time ago, written by me and drawn by Mike Perkins (The Stand/X-Men). Very excited about all of these projects. I’ve also recently completed a short strip called ‘Eden’ for Dark Horse Presents. It’s drawn by John Higgins and it’s gorgeous. I’ve since worked on more ‘Eden’ strips. They are standalone stories wrapped around the theme of a world where technology still exists and, indeed flourishes, but people for various reasons are thin on the ground.

I think my main news at the moment is that ‘King’s Crown’ − based on the comic strip written by me, drawn by Richard Corben and published in Metal Hurlant − is the first episode in the upcoming TV series ‘Metal Hurlant Chronicles’. As a result, I now have my own IMdb page! There’s a trailer if anyone would like a look-see:

5) In addition to working for small indie press, you’ve also written for DC and Marvel. What comics did you write for and what was the experience like?

(JA:)  For DC, I’ve written for ‘Birds of Prey’, ‘Batman 80 Page Giant’ & ‘JLA Showcase’. In addition, I was a regular contributor to DC’s Cartoon Network books. If you’ve read a Johnny Bravo or Samurai Jack comic strip, then there’s a pretty good chance it was written by yours truly. For Marvel, I’m probably best known for ‘Uncanny Origins’ (the Storm issue) and ‘Marvel Milestones’ (reprinting a Spider-Man/Captain Britain tome scripted originally for Marvel UK). As for the experience of writing established characters/super-heroes, I love and embrace it. For me it’s a collection of dreams come true.

6) Your most recent endeavor is GOOD COP, BAD CAP with a pretty imaginative twist. Tell our readers about the story premise.

(JA:)  ‘GoodCopBadCop’ is a modern take on Jekyll & Hyde, where the good cop and bad cop just happen to be the same person. That’s the sandbox I’m happily playing in. The first issue has three stories which build on the premise.

7) Interestingly, the super heroes from DC and Marvel all seem to have a dark side. Was that an inspiration for this series as well?

(JA:)  Internal conflict is something I think that fascinates all of us. I love super-hero comics, but I think I have a broad range of interests. I love watching Romero zombie movies and I love watching Generator Rex. ‘GoodCopBadCop’ is an amalgam of all my favorite influences and super-hero stories − Batman, Spider-Man, Hulk & Superman − but not exclusively so I think.

8) What was your “Eureka” moment in coming up with the concept — when you said, “By Jove, I’ve got to write this?”

(JA:)  It’s in the first panel of the first strip. I saw a severed arm painted on a wall in a Glasgow side-street. That image stayed with me, wouldn’t go − and somehow, somewhere in the recesses of my mind came the idea for GoodCopBadCop.

9) When is your best time for writing? Where do you look to for creative ideas and inspiration?

(JA:)  I write when I can − it’s an infection, it’s in my blood. Sometimes I wonder what kind of person I would be if I didn’t write. Now that doesn’t bear thinking about. I get ideas and inspiration from everything. I have very broad tastes. If you were looking to pin me down, I would say I’m a member of a book club − every month we read a book then discuss it in a Glasgow pub called the Pot Still. To give you a flavor, the last few books have been ‘Old Man in the Sea’ by Hemmingway, ‘Naked Lunch’ by Burroughs and ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’ by Le Carre. Those books are a great source of inspiration. And that’s another piece of advice I’d give to writers − when you’re not writing, watch great movies and shows like ‘Dexter’ on the box of course, but read as well.

10) How many issues do you envision the series to run?

(JA:)  I’m not sure. Plans are underway for issue 2. Issue 1 was great fun putting the idea out there, but I’ve since spent time working on a back-story. For ‘GCBC’ to have arms and legs it needs a much larger canvas to keep the reader − umm − reading basically. That’s now in place, so let’s get issue 2 out and see where we go from there. I can promise you; it will be the business!

11) Tell us about your artist co-hort Garry McLaughlin. What made him the perfect choice for GOOD COP, BAD COP?

(JA:)  Truth be said, I don’t know Gary McLaughlin very well. And even less when last year I put the idea of ‘GCBC’ to him. I was aware of his work on an indie comic called ‘Year of Fear’ and I could see he had real potential. I met him during a night out − bumped into him you could say − gave him a quick verbal pitch and before you could say ‘jim-bob-a-sandwich’ we were working together on the project. It just comes down to gut instinct basically. And the luck of having bumped into Garry at the right time, when the idea was buzzing and formulating in this febrile mind of mine.

And lo … GM has done a bang-up job. That’s a result I’d say. 🙂

12) Where can we buy the books? Will you be coming to the US anytime in 2012?

(JA:)  I’ve sold a few books to the US  through PayPal. If anyone would like a copy for £3 (UK) or $6 (US) including postage/shipping, contact me at: jim@blackheartedpress.co.uk

Also on sale from Black Hearted Press: Gabriel #1-3 & Scout One #1.

I’m hoping to attend NYCC in October; so – if all goes according to plan − I hope to see some of you then.

Appreciate your time, Jim. Impressive work!

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST. This graphic novel ships in May at a price point of only $12.99 and a Diamond code of MAR121187. Pre-order your copy at your local comic shop today! 

Bob has also published COLD BLOODED CHILLERS, the award-winning anthology BONE CHILLER and his end times tome 2012: FINAL PRAYER. His website is www.coldbloodedchillers.com.

 

 

Writer Ben Fisher of Arena Comics

Ben, thank you so much for taking some time out of your busy schedule to stop by InvestComics! We want to discuss some of your works including Arena Comics and one of your graphic novels optioned for a movie?!? That’s awesome…..

Jay Katz: So Ben you’re a comic book writer. When did it suddenly hit you that you knew, “Yes this is what I want to do.”

Ben Fisher: I think every kid who grew up reading comics has entertained the thought that “this is what I want to do”.  For me, somewhere around the time I saw my first graphic novel in hardcover is when that thought turned into “Holy sh&t.  Maybe this is something I can ACTUALLY do!”

(JK) You have worked for quite a few Independent companies. Which one gave you your first crack at getting published? And how did it happen?

(BF) Viper Comics was holding a competition for a back-up comic on one of their series. I had an idea for short story, and was lucky enough to partner with the brilliant artist Mike Henderson for my entry.  We were selected as a winner (I assume Mike had some compromising pictures of the EIC) and everything sort of snowballed from there.

(JK) “Smuggling Spirits” is a graphic novel that you wrote and is slated to become a motion picture. What movie house picked it up and how does something like this go down?

(BF) Smuggling Spirits was my first graphic novel, and the first major project I did after my Viper short story (it was also the first of two books I created with Mike).  The movie side of things is still a bumpy, confusing road.  There have been a number of interested parties, and I was lucky enough to be tapped to write the screenplay, which was an entire adventure in of itself.  Really, the publisher (Studio 407) should get most of the credit.  They’ve done a great job putting the story in front of the right people.  I can’t really say much more about it right now except that I’m hoping to be cast as a monster — I can’t think of anything more poetically righteous than being killed by your own creation.

(JK) When you write a story, are your intentions that you’re writing a film or does that never enter your thought process?

(BF) I started writing screenplays before comics, so there is probably a cinematic element to everything I write.  But in the comic medium, I just want to tell the best story I can — I don’t really think too much about whether or not a scene will translate to camera.

(JK) What have you done creatively in your career so far that you feel is “made” for the big screen? Besides everything!

(BF) Smuggling Spirits and Hexen Hammers (an Arcana book) would both look beautiful on the big screen.  Lots of action and cool costumes.  My latest book, Splitsville, would make for a really fun comedy. Maybe even something animated.

(JK) What comic book movies up to now do you feel has best translated to film?

(BF) Marvel has really been hitting it out of the park with their films. Avengers looks to be the superhero team movie that most of us would have believed impossible a few years ago. I thought 300 looked beautiful, and Scott Pilgrim was the most fun I’ve had at the theater in a long, long time.

(JK) You’ve collaborated with artist Mike Henderson on a few projects. Is that by design? Does Mike translate your words to paper they way you envision it so well that you like working with him any chance you get?

(BF) Mike is one of my favorite people, both in a professional and personal capacity. I didn’t know him before I worked on that Viper story, so in some ways he’s my first love in the world of comics. And you never forget your first, Jay.  Sadly, he’s never going to speak to me again after he reads this interview.

In all seriousness, Mike’s art is fantastic and we work very well together.  Not everything I write suits his style, but when it does, he always knocks it out of the park.

(JK) Speaking of Collaborating with an artist, Kevin Stokes is another artist that you have a couple of projects coming out with. It’s with the NEW comic company Arena Comics. Can you tell us how you became involved with Arena Comics?

(BF) Kevin was recommended to me when I started working on Splitsville, which is a superhero parody of sorts.  It needed someone who excelled at animated, exciting lines and who could handle both subtle humor as well as the occasional slapstick moment.  As soon as I saw Kevin’s take on the script, I knew he was perfect for the job.  He has a way of making everything I write funnier.

Every comic writer knows: if you find an artist who makes you look good, snatch him up as fast as you can. 

(JK) What will your stories consist of for Arena Comics?

(BF) Splitsville is a story about a superhero blowhard whose nemesis — a reluctantly evil criminal mastermind — happens to be his own split personality.  It was the most fun I’ve ever had writing a book.

Hot on the heels of that is Hidden Worlds, a story about every conspiracy you’ve ever heard … and how they’re all true.  It’s a grittier action piece (and the brainchild of Kevin) and filled with the craziest concepts we could fit into panels.

(JK) What will your creative input be for the new line?

(BF) I’ll help select what books Arena publishes moving forward, and that’s a daunting process.  There’s a lot of talent out there. 

(JK) Where do you see Arena Comics a year from now?

(BF) I hope we’ll have carved our niche as a very high-end indie publisher.  We’ll be releasing almost everything as hardcover on beautiful paper, telling stories of the highest caliber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(JK) When can we expect to see Arena Comics on the shelves at our local comic shops?

(BF) The initial print run of Splitsville will debut with a con-exclusive hardcover at HeroesCon in Charlotte this May.

(JK) If Marvel or DC came to you right now and asked you to pick one character from their universe to start a new regular ongoing series, who would it be and why?

(BF) Cloak and Dagger for Marvel.  That duo has a TON of untapped potential.  And Booster Gold for DC.  A sci-fi take on that character, with a healthy bit of humor, would be a lot of fun to write.

(JK) What comic books do you read these days?

(BF) I tend to read in big batches in between writing sprees.  The Big Two are putting out excellent books now.  Walking Dead remains strong.  Anything Hickman writes goes straight to the top of the pile, and has from the moment I first read Nightly News. Fables is still excellent.  I’m catching up on Wasteland and Hellboy.  Too many to mention.

 (JK) Where can fans buy/find your books on line?

(BF) Directly from the publisher or from Amazon or any online comic site generally.  Most are also available on Comixology and apps like that.  If you’re buying Smuggling Spirits, do yourself a favor and pick up the hardcover — Mike drew some dark lines in that book and the lesser print quality of the softcover editions (which were not published by Studio 407) don’t do his work justice at all.

(JK) And where can fans find you, follow you, and bug you on line?

(BF) www.ben-fisher.com, on Facebook, or on twitter (@BenjaminPFisher).

Thank you Ben and best of luck with your future in film, Arena Comics and future endeavors!

 

COMIXOLOGY MAKES A VALIANT EFFORT with exclusive digital distribution of VALIANT COMICS

VALIANT AND COMIXOLOGY ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

 

All-New Upcoming Valiant Titles To Be Available Same Day As Print


Get X-0 Manowar #1 Digitally Today At ComiXology.com

Classic Valiant Titles Also Available Today!

May 2nd, 2012 – New York, NY — Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce that it has reached an exclusive digital comics distribution agreement with comiXology, the world’s largest digital comics platform available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web with over 60 million comic and graphic novel downloads to date.

Beginning today with the release of the all-new X-O Manowar #1 by New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan), comiXology will offer same-day as print digital releases for all of Valiant’s upcoming titles.  Additionally, Valiant’s expansive back catalog of classic content will also be exclusively available via comiXology.

“There’s tremendous excitement around Valiant’s return, and they’re bringing with them one of the greatest libraries of characters and stories in comics,” said comiXology CEO and co-Founder David Steinberger. “We couldn’t be more proud to partner with Valiant in the digital marketplace. We’re sure to see the original Valiant fans energized by making these great comics available across the globe, while also bringing in a whole new generation of readers.”

Set for a much anticipated summer 2012 relaunch, Valiant will soon return with four new series, all of which will debut as same-day as print digital releases on comiXology — X-O Manowar #1 on sale today, Harbinger #1 on June 6th, Bloodshot #1 on July 11th, and Archer & Armstrong #1 on August 8th.

Moreover, in conjunction with the today’s release of X-O Manowar #1, comiXology is adding the first-ever digital editions of three classic storylines from Valiant’s vast archive of best-selling comics to comiXology’s library of more than 20,000 issues:

  • X-O Manowar (1992) #0-6 by Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, Barry Windsor-Smith & Joe Quesada
  • Harbinger (1992) #0-6 by Jim Shooter & David Lapham
  • Bloodshot (1993) #0-4 by Kevin VanHook & Don Perlin

“For the first time, through comiXology’s platform, Valiant Comics will be available anywhere in the world,” said Valiant CEO Jason Kothari. “With Valiant’s return now in full effect with today’s release of X-O Manowar #1, the timing couldn’t be better to remind people once again of the incredible characters and stories that made Valiant a household name.”

As part of the exclusive agreement, Valiant Entertainment titles will also be available through comiXology’s Digital Retailer Storefront program. This enables retailers to sell Valiant’s digital comics through their own website while comic book fans can purchase digital comics from their local comic store’s digital storefront with a portion of each purchase going directly to the retailer.

Future digital releases on comiXology will delve deeper into the Valiant catalog, and feature classic series including Archer & Armstrong, Rai, Ninjak, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and Quantum & Woody. 

In the meantime, today fans everywhere can now add all-new Valiant material to their digital comics libraries with X-O Manowar #1, from writer Robert Venditti and artist Cary Nord, available now on the Comics by comiXology platform — available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web.

About Valiant Entertainment
Valiant Entertainment is a character-based publishing and licensing company that owns and controls some of the most cherished comic characters ever created across all media worldwide. Since their creation in 1989, Valiant characters have sold 80 million comic books and have been the basis of a number of successful video game franchises. Valiant’s extensive library includes over 1,500 characters, such as X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, and Ninjak. Visit www.valiantentertainment.com.

About comiXology
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web — comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.

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