Number One Comics – March

Here is a recap of all the number one comics covered from the InvestComics Hot Picks during the month of March. As always, click on the comic cover/images or RED links to buy/bid any of the comics from ALL available Ebay sellers.

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Man-Thing #1 – (Marvel) Writer R.L. Stine.
Grass Kings #1 – (Boom Studios) Written by Matt Kindt and art by Tyler Jenkins.
Redline #1 – (Oni Press) Written by Neal Holman, art by Kelly Fitzpatrick and Clayton McCormack.
I.T.: The Secret World of Modern Banking #1 (Blackbox Comics) Written and drawn by Scott McDaniel.

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Street Tiger #1 – (Amigo Comics)
Batwoman #1 – (DC Comics) Writers James Tynion IV and Marguerite Bennett. Artist Steve Epting.
Ghostbusters 101 #1 – (IDW) Written by Erik Burnham and art from Dan Schoening.
Vampirella #1 – (Dynamite Entertainment) Writer Paul Cornell and art Jimmy Broxton.

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Super Mansion #1 – (Titan Comics) Writer Barry Hutchinson. Art Jake Elphick.
Divinity III Escape From Gulag 396 #1 – (Valiant Entertainment) Written by Eliot Rahal. Art from Francis Portela.
Cadmus #1 – (Antarctic Press) Samantha Beck art and writer.
Iron Fist #1 – (Marvel) Writer Ed Brisson and artist Mike Perkins.

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Click To Buy/Bid – Bloodshot #1

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Bloodshot Reborn #0 – (Valiant Entertainment) Writer Jeff Lemire. Pencils Renato Guedes.
X-O Manowar #1 – (Valiant Entertainment) Writer Matt Kindt and penciler Tomas Giorello.
Anno Dracula #1 – (Titans Comics) Writer Kim Newman and artist Paul McCaffrey.
Dragonfly and The Global Guardians #1 – (Graphic India) Writers Ron Marz/Sharad Devarajan and artist Thiago Vale.

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Invisible Hands #1 – (American Gothic Press)
Inhumans Prime #1 – (Marvel) Written by Al Ewing with art by Ryan Sook.
X-Men Prime #1 – (Marvel) Written by Marc Guggenheim and pencils by Ken Lashley.
Batgirl Annual #1 – (DC)

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Dark Horse Number Ones – (Dark Horse)
Space Riders: Galaxy of Brutality #1 – (Black Mask) Writer Fabian Rangel Jr. and artist Alexis Ziritt.
Sweet Lullaby – (Darby Pop) Writer Alex Scherkenbach and artist J. Briscoe Allison.
Karma Police #1 – (Vault Comics)

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Click To Buy/Bid – Hatchet #0

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Hatchet #0 – (American Mythology)
Underwinter #1 – (Image) Ray Fawkes writes and pencils.
Helena Crash #1 – (IDW) Writer Fabian Rangel Jr and artist Warwick J Cadwell.
Cabinet of Doctor Caligari #1 – (Amigo Comics)

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Top 5 Hot Picks #105

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Every week before new comic book day InvestComics gives fans our Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #467 and new comics coming this Wednesday 3/22/17.

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Iron Fist #1 – New series from writer Ed Brisson and artist Mike Perkins. Will the new Netflix show generate even more interest in this comic book series? We’ll see….
X-O Manowar #1 – One of two Valiant Entertainment comics to make the Top 5 this week. The much hyped and anticipated X-O Manowar debut is here. Pick up a copy and see what all the buzz is about. Writer Matt Kindt and penciler Tomas Giorello on this book.
Bloodshot Reborn #0 – Early signs of a sell out here. make yours Valiant this week. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Renato Guedes.
Invisible Hands #1 – Some indicators point to a sell out here for American Gothic Press.
Captain America: Steve Rogers #14 – Madame Hydra responsible for Steve Rogers going to the dark side? Well Hydra, not THAT dark side, but just as evil though. Find out Madame Hydra’s involvement in this issue.

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Here are the rest of the comics that appeared in this weeks InvestComics Hot Picks #467.

Batgirl #9
Vigilante Southland #6
Vigilante #1 (1983)
Captain America #110 (1969)
Underwinter #1
Helena Crash #1
Anno Dracula #1
Dragonfly and The Global Guardians #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 3-22-17

New comic book release day 3/22/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite covers from the new comics arriving this week. Listed below is the comic book with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #5 – Humberto Ramos
X-O Manowar #1 – Monika Palosz
Batgirl #9 – Christian Wildgoose
Unworthy Thor #5 – Leinil Francis Yu

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Batgirl #9 – Christian Wildgoose
Unworthy Thor #5 – Chris Stevens
Bloodshot Reborn #0 – Lesley-Anne Green
Spider-Gwen #18 – Robbi Rodriguez

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Captain America Steve Rogers #14 – Elizabeth Torque
Iron Fist #1 – Mike Perkins
Detective Comics #953 – Rafael Albuquerque
Elektra #2 – Adi Granov

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Hulk #4 – Emanuela Lupacchino
Invincible Iron Man #5 – Rick Leonardi
Gamora #4 – Stephanie Hans

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New Comics  #467. A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 3/15/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video. This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #467

InvestComics provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases Hot Picks each week.
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Batgirl #9 continues the Ethan Cobblepot story. Batgirl meets up with Ethan’s daddy; The Penguin. Writer Hope Larson, artist Christian Wildgoose.
Mitch Gerads’ Vigilante Southland #6 cover pays homage to Keith Pollard’s Vigilante #1 (1983).

Madame Hydra seems to be the one behind Steve Rogers becoming the ‘bad guy’. Find out in Captain America: Steve Rogers #14 what the Madam has been up to. Writer Nick Spencer and artist Javier Pina bring some(?) of the reasons as to why Steve Rogers is all about Hydra these days. Many fanboys had their panties all tied up too tight when Steve hailed Hydra a little while back and needed something to complain about instead of realizing that Marvel was telling a story. All will be well in given time, back to normal. It’s absurd how some fans were reacting. Getting back to Madam Hydra; her first appearance was in Captain America #110 (1969). Penciled by Jim Steranko and written by Stan Lee. Classic cover from Steranko.
A new Iron Fist #1 comic from writer Ed Brisson and artist Mike Perkins hits this Wednesday. We are quite sure this comic will get more respect than the new Netflix television show is getting. Lots of variant covers to choose from.

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Valiant Entertainment will give comic fans something to dig into this week. Valiant always delivers on the story front. If you’re a comic fan, you should know this already. If not, shame on you. Get with it.  Writer Jeff Lemire brings the character Bloodshot into a new light with Bloodshot Reborn #0. Pencils from Renato Guedes.
Early critical acclaim for X-O Manowar #1 will send it back to the presses in a hurry. Look for a quick sellout from writer Matt Kindt and penciler Tomas Giorello.

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Ray Fawkes writes and pencils his way to a new Image Comics horror series; Underwinter #1. Helena Crash #1 (IDW); Writer Fabian Rangel Jr and artist Warwick J Cadwell.

Anno Dracula #1 (Titans Comics); Writer Kim Newman and artist Paul McCaffrey.
Dragonfly and The Global Guardians #1 (Graphic India); Writers Ron Marz and Sharad Devarajan and artist Thiago Vale.
Invisible Hands #1 (American Gothic Press).

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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.

 

 

Avengers Villain Checklist

 

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*This article originally appeared in (InvestComics Comics & Cinema section on Project Fanboy) in December of 2009. A few weeks back we covered the Avengers (Hero) Hot Picks, this week we take a look at the villains.

The Avengers have had many adversaries over the years. The Avenger villains throughout the years are definitely not a list of who’s who in the Marvel Universe. Better yet, a “who’s that? Or maybe even an “Oh yea I forgot about that one!” There is one thing regarding the villains here. Will the Avengers movie be an origin movie or an all out heroes vs. villains deal? Since the heroes are all getting themselves acquainted with the audience in their respective movies, one can hope that we get right down to business and have a villain or 2 appearing. We can also hope as well to see Thor vs. Hulk first, or a couple of the heroes battle each other, then get down to business and kick some villain as*!
While Marvel can choose any villain they want from their vast library, InvestComics will stick with who has appeared in the Avengers books as a bad guy or gal. So aside from one of the greatest if not the best tale ever to be read or drawn in the pages of The Avengers, The Kree-Skrull War would be “The Movie” to make for any fan of comic books, but this isn’t so much about us “comic collectors” as it is for Hollywood to figure out their best angle to make the most money out of the least amount of work. In saying “the least amount of work”, you have to understand the task at hand here. Imagine trying to fill up a screen with 3 Major Marvel characters that all will have had solo movies before this one comes out. If too much time is spent worrying about character time and who should get more money shots than the other, this movie will take about 5 years to get done. According to the latest release dates, The Avengers movie will be coming in 2 years! We’ll see it happen in 2012.

Now back to the Kree-Skrull comic. The first part of this mega awesome story appeared in The Avengers #89 with the awakening of Kree-Sentry. Although the first part from 1971 will cost you only about $60, it’s The Avengers #93 that takes the cake in this storyline. It’s the double sized issue drawn by the legend himself Neal Adams. This prize issue comes in at $250. Out of the entire 9 issue run here, this would be the one to get. There were 3 other legends that join in bringing this epic story that eventually led to the Secret Invasion story arc. Sal Buscema and John Buscema were on hand along with writer Roy Thomas. If you never got around to checking this story out, you should make a point of getting to it. So if the Kree-Skrull war doesn’t come to the silver screen as part of The Avengers movie, too bad for us and too bad for anyone that doesn’t know of this epic tale.

 

Let’s march forward to the Villains. Here they are in no particular order.
A Hank Pym creation that goes wrong, his creation is called Ultron. This villain has been around for a while now, constantly a thorn in the Avengers side. In 1968 the debut of Ultron happened in The Avengers #54. This will run about $70. Well worth it for a villain that we all know will always be around causing some sort of havoc for the Avengers. If Ultron is announced to make it to the silver screen, that goes up a few dollars tomorrow. If you’re looking to spend a few more bucks, take a look at The Avengers #8 (1964). This is the first appearance of Kang. Kang has been a brutal force against our Avengers for many years. The price tag here is in the $200 range. Kang is also going to rule the land in 4000AD.
The Avengers #4 hits for the second straight article. The first time it was for the first appearance of the silver age Captain America, this time it’s here because it’s the first appearance of Baron Zemo! Yes it’s a twofer issue!

Absorbing Man has given our mighty heroes a problem from time to time. Check out his first in Journey Into Mystery #114 (1965). This will be the most expensive of the choices with the Avengers villains. $2000 is the starting bid here. Our next villain made an early appearance in the Avengers books. The Avengers #10 (1964) features the debut of Immortus. $200 gets you a copy of this one.
Traveling to the Cosmos we find a few characters that have been a nuisance over the years for our beloved team. Korvac falls into the annoying people category for our team. Debuting in 1975 in Giant Size Defenders #3, he quickly found his way into the lives of Marvel’s Super team. This comic cost only $20. Take a look to the supposed granddaughter of the baddest Cosmo dude of all, Thanos. Nebula claims to be related to Thanos, but if she really was in some way wouldn’t she really be kicking some serious as*? Check out her debut in Avengers #257 (1985) for only $5. Yes it’s safe to say that she is a second rate villain, unlike her “grand daddy.” Speaking of Thanos, Iron Man #55 (1973) is the first appearance of the Cosmo goliath. If you find this comic in great shape for $200, it’s a fantastic buy for one of the most underrated villains in the Marvel Kingdom.

So there you have a smidgen of villains that have crossed the path of Earth’s Mighty Heroes. Will any of them appear in the movie? As comic book fans we always hope so! The possibilities of seeing a Thanos grace the screen or even Captain Marvel from the Kree-Skrull story would be a dream come true. Could you imagine the Avengers movie leading into a full out Marvel Cosmic Universe movie? They already have Silver Surfer out there; just add characters like Rom or something! Yes that’s right, Rom. Bring back ROM!

Invest wisely. Read Avengers comics.

Jay Katz

10 Questions with Mike Perkins

1mikeperk10ftpPICMike Perkins takes a ‘Stand’ on 10 for the Pros.

 

 

 

(Bio taken from www.mikeperkinsart.com)

Mike Perkins believes that he first picked up a comic at the age of two – swiftly followed by a pencil and
a piece of paper. There are vivid memories of illustrating a striking full-figure resemblance of the Lone
Ranger in nursery class – which must place him at , about, four years old.
Jump ahead eight years and the young Mike Perkins is making his own anthology comics ( Future
Tense, Warp 10), photocopying them and selling them at school during lunchtime – with a cunningly
attached fun-size Mars bar offered as further incentive to the hungry hordes.
Fast forward another three years and, having been nurtured on a steady diet of 2000ad, Captain Britain
and Doctor Who monthly, Mike Perkins – now working a Saturday job in a local comic shop – is not only
exposed to a wider world of comics but also to the professional side of the industry when attending
comic markets around England.
After attending Bournville College of Art, Mike Perkins enrols in a business course in order to
understand the whole caboodle of self employment – setting himself up as a graphic designer and
illustrator. During this time he works on promotional materials, books, magazines, album designs and
computer game development . In 1993 he meets up with Temple Rogers Artists Agents and his comics
and illustrating career is kick started.
Commissions in 2000ad for Future Shocks and Judge Dredd stories are swiftly accompanied by
illustrations featured in educational texts, childrens books and teen reader titles. While living in Poland
Mike Perkins is consistently continuing to create in titles for Marvel UK, Henderson Publishing, Dorling
Kindersley and Caliber Comics as well as further work for 2000ad and Nowa Fantastyka.
After returning to England with his wife, Izabella, Mike Perkins proceeds to pick up more book
illustration assignments from A&C Black and comic strip work from Games Workshop and Rebellion,
as well as inking commissions from DC and Dark Horse comics. This work grabs the attention of
fledgling comic company – CrossGen.
A move to Florida is facilitated and Mike Perkins works alongside a whole studio of talented creators on
titles such as Ruse, CrossGen Chronicles, Way of the Rat, Archards Agents and the co-created Kiss Kiss
Bang Bang.
Mike Perkins is now working for The House of Ideas – Marvel Comics – where, as well as working on
world-renowned icons Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and Elektra, he has also co-created SpellBinders
alongside Mike Carey (with whom he first joined forces on Caliber’s Dr.Faustus). He has currently
collaborated on the most recent acclaimed run of Captain America, penciling and inking alternate story
arcs of the title in addition to embellishing the art of Steve Epting during the accompanying issues. In
additiom to this seirs Mike was concurrently working on X-Men: Endangered Species, Union Jack,
Marvel Christmas Specials, HoM:Avengers and various short stories.

His hard work and natural talent has now led to his illustrating of the Marvel Comics adaptation of
Stephen King’s epic novel The Stand.

Welcome to 10 for the Pros Mr. Perkins!

10 for the Pros

Mike Perkins – Artist/Inker 

Click on the banner to be directed to the official Mike Perkins page.

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1ampcap10ftp1. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over?  And why?

(MP) Deathlok. He has a lot of potential and amazing visuals.


2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(MP) Invisibility.


3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(MP) Up at 6am and start work.


1amperkironm10ftp4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(MP) Too many to single out – But I’ll always have time for Mike Carey.


5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(MP) Recently, yes.


6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(MP) Looking forward to Captain America.


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7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working….”?

(MP) As an Illustrator.


1amperkredskul10ftp8. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(MP) Practice. Draw every day.


9. “My Best investment in life was……”

(MP) The time and effort put into my work.


1amperkSTAND110ftp10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(MP) The Stand.

Bonus Questions!

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(MP) Brian Bolland, Steve Dillon.


Digital or Paper?

(MP) Paper. 

 

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