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Colleen Coover Brings Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl to ‘Batman ’66′, One Of The Best Drawn Bat-Books In Years

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It just was only last week that we got word that actress Yvonne Craig had signed a licensing agreement with DC Comics parent Warner Bros. to allow the production and sale of new merchandise and other products -- the first in literally decades -- based on her likeness as Batgirl, one of the most beloved figures from the great Batman television series of the 1960s. It would seem that preparations were well underway before the announcement, because today DC has confirmed the first appearance of Craig's Batgirl in the pages of its startlingly good comics series Batman '66. On sale this week, the story will be written by the book's ongoing writer Jeff Parker and feature artwork by ComicsAlliance favorite Colleen Coover, who joins cover artist Michael Allred and storytellers Jonathan Case, Joe Quinones and Ty Templeton in making Batman '66 one of the very best looking Bat-books DC has published in years.

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Bad News: Fraction Leaves ‘FF’ and ‘Fantastic Four’; Good News: Karl Kesel Returns To ‘Fantastic Four’

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"It sucks for me, too" is all Matt Fraction had to say about the news that he's prematurely concluding his well regarded work on Marvel's Fantastic Four and FF titles, as revealed in the publisher's solicitations for November (which will be published later today but were sent to the comics press early yesterday). The demands of Fraction's work on Inhumanity and Inhumans are such that "something had to give," according to editor Tom Brevoort. The news is a serious bummer.

Replacing Fraction on FF will be writer Lee Allred, who according to solicits will co-write with his brother, series artist Michael Allred. That FF will remain indelibly Allred is good news, as is the fact that Fantastic Four will welcome back cartoonist Karl Kesel, whose contributions to Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo's work on the title circa 2002-2005 helped make it a classic run. Kesel will collaborate with ongoing artist Mark Bagley.

 

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – 06.28.13

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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Duet On ‘Solo’, Part Seven: Michael Allred

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Published between 2004 and 2006, Solo was a DC Comics anthology series with an innovative twist: each issue was created from the ground up by a single cartoonist and collaborators of his own choosing. Edited by DC's head art direct

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First Look: Michael Allred’s Variant Cover For ‘FF’ #2

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With the recent announcement of the Marvel NOW! initiative, and the news of some of their biggest talent taking over new books in the fall, Marvel has created quite a bit of buzz with fans. While all of the new books are getting attention, Matt Fraction and Michael Allred's upcoming FF series seem

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The Comics Community Pays Tribute to Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud in Words and Pictures

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It's been about one week since we said goodbye to the great comic book master Jean Girard, who passed away at age 73 after a long struggle with cancer. Better known around the world as Moebius, Giraud had an immeasurably massive influence on the realm

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Parting Shot: Madman Party Pin-Up by Michel Fiffe Is a Cornucopia of Indie Characters

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Creator Michel Fiffe recently illustrated a pin-up for the upcoming Madman 20th Anniversary Monster! hardcover (with inks from Madman creator Mike Allred) depicting a wild and crazy party chock full of

Zombies and Madmen: A Picto-Guide Through the Darker Side of Michael Allred

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"I, Zombie" #1 hit shelves this week from DC/Vertigo, a new comic that follows the exploits of Gwen, a female zombie gravedigger who, once a month, is driven to eat the brains of one of her corpse clients, and in the process absorbs the memories and last wishes of said deceased, prompting her to solve mysteries and embark on adventures. The concept, from writer Chris Roberson, could really go either way, but one thing's for sure, though: Robe

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