The Wall Street Journal published Diamond Comic Distributors' list of the top-selling comics publishers for 2014 Friday morning, and for the most part, it's all the usual suspects. Marvel was No. 1 with more than a third of the market share, in both dollars and units. DC was reasonably close behind. Image, IDW, Dark Horse, Dynamite and Boom Studios took the next spots.
Then comes number eight. Eaglemoss Publications. Wait. What? Who?
Of all the concepts Jack Kirby created in his time at DC in the '70s, the most underrated by far is Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth. If you're not familiar with it, it's essentially Planet of the Apes mixed with cold war fears about the end of the world, filtered through Kirby's signature over-the-top bombast until it came out as the story of a young man who emerged from a bunker after the Great Disaster into a shattered world overrun by animal people and sinister sci-fi concepts. And also, he had an amazing head of hair.
It's been one of my favorite Kirby books for a while, and now, it's getting the deluxe format treatment in the form of one of IDW's Artist's Editions, which once again raises the question of just how much money they are trying to get from me, personally. The answer, it seems, is all of it.
Q: What is the lasting impact of Justice League International? Does it have one? -- @dagsly
A: Does Justice League International have a lasting impact?! Well let me ask you a question, Dags: Does Batman have pointy ears? Does Clark Kent wear glasses? Does Aquaman have pruney fingers and breath that smells like krill? Just so we're all on the same page here, the answer to all of these questions is "yes," especially in the case of JLI having a lasting impact. It's not just that it was a good book, but that it formed a foundation and a blueprint for the way pretty much every team book would work thirty years later.
I mean, I don't want to exaggerate any more than I usually do or anything, but after Lee and Kirby's Fantastic Four and Claremont, Byrne and Cockrum's X-Men, Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire's Justice League is arguably the most important team book in comics history.
Writer Grant Morrison undertook a major magnum opus with Batman Incorporated. As the culmination of his seven-year-run on the character, working in collaboration with artists including Cameron Stewart, Frazer Irving, Yanick Paquette, and Chris Burnham, he offered up perhaps hs definitive deconstruction of the character of Batman through the creation of a global Batman franchise.
Yet as series colorist Nathan Fairbairn tells us, Batman Incorporated experienced an unusual road bump in the form of a line-wide reboot that potentially undermined the thesis behind the whole series. Writing exclusively for ComicsAlliance, Fairbairn reveals how some pages were re-drawn for the book's Absolute collection, which arrived in stores this week.
I'm going to be real with you, folks: even though we're looking down the barrel of 38 superhero movies over the next few years, the one that I'm looking forward to the most is easily Lego Batman, starring Will Arnett as the Caped and Blocky Crusader. It's been something I've been looking for ever since it was announced, but now, I've got an even bigger reason to want to see it, because we finally have a detail about the plot.
According to a red carpet interview with Arnett, along with cowriters and directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the 2017 Batman movie will focus on answering one question: Can Batman be happy?
‘The Flash’ was more than happy to share secrets of his 2015 return recently, but ‘Arrow’ teasers following midseason 3 finale “The Climb” have been much more secretive on Oliver Queen’s future. No longer, as the latest trailer for the Emerald Archer’s 2015 return brings the rise of a Canary, the birth of an A.T.O.M., and even a Brick for good measure! Plus…could a certain pit lie in Oliver Queen’s future?
20th Century Fox has announced a couple of updates to its roster of Marvel movies for the next couple of years, formally slotting the Channing Tatum-led Gambit movie into an October 7th release date, and moving Fantastic Four 2 forward a month, from July 14th 2017 to June 2nd 2017. We've updated our Supermovies infographic with the new dates, so you can enjoy a complete and up-to-date view of the next few years, and visualize all of your money disappearing.
The Gambit movie is scheduled for much sooner than most observers expected -- late next year -- and brings the number of Fox X-Men movies scheduled for next year up to three, with Deadpool in February and X-Men: Apocalypse in May. This makes Fox the first of the four studios in the current supermovies race to release three major shared-universe superhero movies in a single year; Marvel Studios will repeat the feat in 2017 and 2018.
I enjoy both photographs and reminders that our time on this Earth is fleeting and that we will all one day leave our lives, becoming as ephemeral as memories and ghosts, so naturally I like Snapchat a lot. If you're not familiar with it, it's a program that sends pictures to your friends that automatically delete after ten seconds or so, and is used mostly to take pictures of your Pokémon. That's what I do with it, anyway.
Recently, they've taken to sending subscribers ads, and last Friday, one for McDonald's popped up, with the premise that McDonald's is so good that even long-standing arch-enemies will put aside their differences and be friends -- something that they chose to illustrate by having the Joker present a smiling Batman with a balloon animal. Folks, I have read my share of Batman comics and let me tell you: No matter what you may have heard from McDonald's, that balloon is definitely filled with poison gas.
Last month, we brought you the news that legendary Batman artist Norm Breyfogle had suffered a stroke and turned to crowdfunding to help cover his medical bills as a result. The good news is that the comics community has come together to raise over $60,000 so far. The bad news is that the total still falls far short of the goal of $200,000.
Plenty of readers have already donated, but if you need something else to entice you, it has arrived: Artist Tom Fowler has just finished a beautiful painting of a "battle-damaged' Batman (complete with missing ear), and is now auctioning it off on his website, with 100% of the money raised going to help Breyfogle.
The 1966 Batman television show was one of the most successful and influential adaptations of comic books to mass media of all time. Over the course of three seasons and 120 episodes, the series became a cultural force with its unique combination of tongue-in-cheek humor, thrilling superhero adventure and celebrity guest stars, and shaped the way the public would view the Caped Crusader for the next five decades. Now, in the midst of a well-deserved renaissance of the show, ComicsAlliance is proud to present The Batman '66 Episode Guide, an in-depth examination of every single adventure, arch-criminal and deathtrap cliffhanger of the series.
This week, a new villain holds Gotham City in the icy grip of fear: Mr. Freeze!
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