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A Comic Book Retailer’s Take On The ‘All-New Number One’ Issue [Guest Editorial]

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Last week ComicsAlliance published an editorial by Matt D. Wilson's titled What Does A Number One Issue Mean? In that piece, Matt criticized American comic book publishers' reliance on the "all-new #1 issue" scheme, describing it as a "myth" with respect to creative direction and a "stunt" with respect to sales.

After reading Matt's piece, Brandon Schatz of Wizard's Comics in Edmonton penned an insightful look at the topic from the point of view of the retailer, to whom the shiny new #1 issue is also squarely aimed. It's with Schatz's gracious permission that we're publishing his words, which have been edited only slightly so as to add images, relevant links and conform to CA's style guide.

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What Does A Number One Issue Mean?

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I was pleasantly surprised by just how much pure comics news came out of New York Comic Con this year. It really felt like a show that seemed to revolve around comics (I say as an online observer who didn't attend). Even the panels about non-comics stuff, for example, the Batman: Arkham Origins panel, included moments like readings from The Killing Joke.

As for the comics news itself, well, it was more of a mixed bag. On the one hand, a ton of new series with tons of potential got announced. On the other, we had announcements like the one about Captain Marvel, a book that's only been coming out for about 15 months, restarting with a new number one issue. I'm more than pleased that Captain Marvel will continue. But that odd announcement--and the fact that nearly every other announcement was about a new first issue of a series--got me thinking about what a number-one issue of a comic even means anymore.

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New Warriors Return, ‘Captain Marvel’ Relaunched at Superior Spider-Man Panel [NYCC 2013]

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Marvel's final panel at New York Comic-Con this year was billed as “Superior Spider-Man & Friends," which does not mean Iceman and Firestar, but rather all the books coming out of the Spider-office led by line editor Steve Wacker – which include the last new "teased" titles to be unveiled at the show.

Wacker was on hand to lead the panel, joined by writers Dan Slott, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Nick Spencer, editors Sana Amanat, Ellie Pyle, Jake Thomas and Tom Brennan, and artist Humberto Ramos.

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Otto Binder And C.C. Beck’s ‘Mr. Tawny’ Captain Marvel Newspaper Strip Spinoff That Never Was

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As weird as they are, Otto Binder and C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel comics hold up better than just about anything else from the Golden Age. They're full of amazingly bizarre concepts and adventures, and few are stranger than the idea that Captain Marvel hung out with a talking tiger who stood upright, wore a suit and got into trouble: Mr. Tawny. That's pretty common knowledge, but what you might not know is that in 1953, Binder and Beck tried out a newspaper comic strip starring Tawny as a solo act, completely without his superheroic pal.

Now, thanks to CA favorite Jon Morris, we've got a look at the six strips they created to pitch the strip. Check 'em out below!

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Katee Sackhoff Rumored To Be In Talks To Play Captain Marvel

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In what would likely be the no-brainer casting move of the decade, Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff is rumored to be in talks to play the newest Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers.

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week) – 06.24.13

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Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we've discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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Kelly Sue DeConnick Curates Captain Marvel T-Shirt Collection for Charity

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Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble) has collaborated with WeLoveFine to guest curate a collection of t-shirts featuring Marvel Comics superheroes such as Captain Marvel and Spider-Woman. The showcase includes b

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Filipe Andrade & Jordie Bellaire Are Arting the Hell Out of ‘Captain Marvel’

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One of ComicsAlliance's picks for the Best Comics of 2012, Captain Marvel began the new year with a striking visual overhaul courtesy of Filipe Andrade and Jordie Bellaire, whose work can be described in any number of ways, but "Marvel house style" is not one of them. These artists' increasingly attractive collaboration has made the already distinctive solo-woman superhero series stand out even further

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Bizarro Back Issues: Reltih, The Reverse Hitler (1944)

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A few weeks ago, I asked my pal Andrew Weiss if he knew of any Captain Marvel stories that involved boxing that I could use for my annual pugilism-themed December 26th post, and he pointed me to Captain Marvel Adventures #35 and the story of Radar, the International Policeman. Under ordinary circumstances, the story of Billy Batson's alter-ego get

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Domo Goes DC In New Funko Figures And Minis

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The big-mouthed manga star and stop-motion spokesthing for NHK, Target and 7-11 known as Domo will take on a new role this spring: cosplayer. Funko will release two lines of Domo figures donned in DC Comics duds in March. There'l

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