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Preview: The Shadow Over Innsmouth


Ron Marz (w)
Ivan Rodriguez (a/c)
FC • 40 pages • $4.99 • Teen+

The fog-shrouded town of Innsmouth holds deep secrets. There are legends of inhuman creatures raised from the depths, of supernatural rites and elder gods from beyond. When Lamont Cranston and Margo Lane find themselves trapped in Innsmouth, terrible truths will surface … truths only the Shadow can know. Writer Ron Marz and artist Matthew Dow Smith tell a Shadow story like no other, placing the pulp avenger in H.P. Lovecraft’s famous setting for a truly inspired one-shot that could only be called “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.”


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John Carter: Warlord of Mars Launches in November from Ron Marz and Dynamite

Dynamite10thAnnivImageDynamite Entertainment has announced a brand new chapter in the history of Edgar Rice Burroughs creation, John Carter: Warlord of Mars, to be written by the masterful pen of comics legend Ron Marz.  Illustrated by newcomer Abhishek Malsuni, John Carter: Warlord of Mars is the newly-minted cornerstone of the publisher’s Warlord of Mars line, launched in the wake of their May 2014 announcement of the comprehensive licensing agreement between Dynamite and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars welcomes science fiction and fantasy fans to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, where displaced earthling John Carter has to save his adopted world, not to mention his beloved Dejah Thoris, from an enemy like no other he has ever faced.  John Carter must truly become a Warlord of Mars against an adversary who is every bit his equal on the savage red planet.

John Carter debuted in 1912 as the lead character in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first novel, serialized as Under The Moons Of Mars in the pulp magazine, The All-Story, and later published as a complete novel retitled A Princess of Mars.  The character excited the imagination of readers and quickly imprinted onto the public psyche. As many literary and popular culture scholars attest, John Carter served as the template for a litany of adventure heroes to follow, from Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Superman to the Jedi Knights of Star Wars fame and Avatar.

Dynamite’s John Carter: Warlord of Mars comes on the heels of the reacquisition of comic book rights by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. that had been held by Walt Disney Pictures and its Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, as well as a recent legal settlement with Dynamite that cleared the way for Dynamite to introduce key characters and plot elements from the John Carter backstory that were, until now, absent from recent comic book interpretations.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ September Previews catalog for release in November.


Preview: Witchblade #176

Witchblade #176

Story By: Ron Marz
Art By: Laura Braga
Cover By: Laura Braga
Variant Cover By: John Tyler Christopher
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: APR140616
Published: July 2, 2014

Sara Pezzini believes her life is returning to normal…at least normal for someone who wields an ancient gauntlet of immense supernatural power. But when dark secrets about an abandoned amusement park surface, Sara’s investigation draws her into a living nightmare.


Preview: Witchblade #175

Witchblade #175

Story By: Ron Marz
Art By: Laura Braga
Cover By: Laura Braga
Variant Cover By: John Tyler Christopher
Variant Cover By: Michael Turner
Price: $5.99
Diamond ID: MAR140530
Published: June 4, 2014

DOUBLE-SIZED ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! Starting a new storyline, the team of writer RON MARZ and artist LAURA BRAGA continue their acclaimed run, providing an entry point for new readers, as well as a celebration of all that’s gone before. Also features a second story by MARZ & BRAGA, revealing a previously untold tale of the Witchblade in feudal Japan, as well as other bonus features.


The World of Skylanders Comes to Comics

In conjunction with Activision, IDW Publishing is proud to announce the first-ever Skylanders comic-book series, penned by renowned comic-book writer Ron Marz with Mike Bowden and David Baldeon as lead artists. In the world of video games, Skylanders is a global phenomenon and the best-selling kids’ game franchise since its launch in 2011. Now fans have the opportunity to follow the adventures of all their favorite characters from Skylands through the magic of comic books. The first issue, a prequel to the Skylanders Trap Team storyline, actually provides fans an inside look at where some of their favorite Skylanders came from, and even gives them a first look at a few all-new characters from the upcoming game.

IDW Publishing has been known for the quality and care given to some of the most beloved all-ages properties, and Skylanders is no different. The videogame sensation is making the leap to the pages of comics this July, debuting at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Skylanders #0 features an introductory 16-page story as well as character guides and additional back-up information. The issue will be launched in both print and digital during SDCC weekend.

Skylanders will also join IDW’s successful Micro Comic Fun Packs line-up this fall and will be available in comic-book stores as well as mass-market retailers this October. Distribution is expected in the following territories: United States, Canada, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand.

Israel Idonije’s Athlitacomics releasing next Protectors book at C2E2

Athlitacomics, started by National Football League player Israel  Idonije, is releasing a special edition The Protectors #1 with a special limited  cover for C2E2 April 25-27, South Building at McCormick Place.

Idonije, who originally conceived the idea of The Protectors during an NFL training camp a few years ago, will be doing a book signing at Chicago Comics, 3244 North Clark Street on Wednesday, April 23 from 6-7:30 pm to kick off the C2E2 weekend. The acclaimed Ron Marz and Bart Sears, who are also part of The Protectors creative team, will be at the book signing as well.

Idonije, who is a lifelong comic book fan, said in a release:


Last year we had an amazing time debuting The Protectors with a limited edition #0 issue. Now this year, The Protectors’ epic storyline will unfold in earnest. Within the next month, we will have more exciting news of company ventures and partnerships. I’m so thrilled with the direction we are going and look forward to revealing what has been in the works.

Athlitacomics will use Twitter to announce the professional athletes and other guests who will be appearing at booth #607 for free autographs. There will be several social media contests to give away great prizes such as tickets to the private The Protectors party C2E2 weekend, Chicago Bears tickets and many other surprises.

The Protectors #1, created by Israel Idonije, written by Ron Marz, with art by Bart Sears, Mark Pennington and Neeraj Menon, combines sports action and superhero adventure never before seen.

The Protectors are a chosen handful of athletes who learn they are blessed with more than elite athletic ability. Pro football superstar Isaac Chike seems to have the perfect life of success, wealth and fame. But this life is turned upside down when he discovers his true purpose. Isaac learns he is destined to be one of The Protectors, a small group of gifted heroes blessed with miraculous powers. Now Isaac and a handful of other star athletes must choose between the lives they know and the greater good of protecting mankind from enemies intent on enslaving the world. Are Isaac and his friends worthy of becoming The Protectors?

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Preview: Witchblade #174

Witchblade #174

Story By: Ron Marz
Art By: Laura Braga
Cover By: John Tyler Christopher
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: DEC130606
Published: April 16, 2014

Is the Witchblade out to reclaim Sara as its rightful host…or is it out for revenge?


Preview: Witchblade #173

Witchblade #173

Story By: Ron Marz
Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: NOV130534
Published: March 12, 2014


Even without the Witchblade secured to her wrist, Sara Pezzini cannot escape the corrupting influence of the gauntlet.


Preview: Witchblade #172

Witchblade #172

Story By: Ron Marz
Art By: Laura Braga
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: OCT130634
Published: January 29, 2014

Sara Pezzini will soon discover who the Witchblade chose to be its next bearer…


Edgar Rice Burrough’s The Mucker Webcomic Launches with Ron Marz & Lee Moder

Mucker TitleReturning to the spotlight for the first time in a century, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic rough ‘n tumble man of action, The Mucker, is making a  digital debut this Saturday, January 18, 2014, in an all-new adventure strip written by Ron Marz and drawn by Lee Moder. The strip will be available on the Burroughs website.

Marz is a long time Burroughs fan. In a release he explained:

I grew up on the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs and, to a large extent, I’m the kind of writer I am because of Edgar Rice Burroughs. I’m following not only in his footsteps, but in those of so many other creators who have left their mark on these concepts and characters. My job is to make these stories worthy for existing fans and completely accessible for new fans.

Though not as well-known as Burroughs’ other works of science fiction, fantasy and adventure, like Tarzan of the Apes and John Carter of Mars, The Mucker is a unique story about the exploits of Burroughs’ only anti-hero – Billy Byrne, a brash and brawling street tough from Chicago’s West Side – grounded in the harsh realities of life in the slums of the early 1900’s. Decades before Indiana Jones uncovered the Lost Ark and Rambo fought his personal guerrilla wars, the ruthless Mucker would find himself on whatever side of the law suited his savage nature, taking on crooked fight promoters, brutal gangsters, sinister kidnappers, ferocious headhunters and a femme fatale or two.

Artist Lee Moder, known for his work on Legion of Superheroes, Wonder Woman and Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., combines a classic sense of design, setting and anatomy with a flair for exciting storytelling.

The first four strips will be available for free and upcoming episodes will be available anytime, anywhere for just $1.99 a month with a subscription to the official Edgar Rice Burroughs Digital Comic Strips service. The service includes numerous other series to enjoy including:

  • The Mucher™ by Ron Marz, Lee Moder, Troy Peteri and Neeraj Menon
  • Tarzan of the Apes™ by Roy Thomas, Pablo Marcos and Oscar Gonzalez
  • Thew New Adventures of Tarzan™ by Roy Thomas and Tom Grindberg
  • Carson of Venus™ by Martin Powell, Thomas Floyd and Diana Leto
  • The Eternal Savage™ by Martin Powell and Steven E. Gordon
  • The War Chief™ by Martin Powell and Nik Poliwko
  • The Cave Girl™ by Martin Powell and Diana Leto
  • Pellucidar™ by Chuck Dixion and Gary Kwapisz
  • The Land That Time Forgot™ by Martin Powell, Pablo Marcos and Oscar Gonzalez­
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