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Batgirl has been unmasked as Leslie Grace Lands the Role of Barbara Gordon

Batgirl #50

Reports have been coming out that Warner Bros. and DC have found their Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in Leslie Grace. Grace is considered a rising star after her breakout role in In the Heights.

The casting has not been confirmed but Grace has confirmed it herself on Twitter.

Batgirl currently is going to be an HBO Max release and one of the major properties to debut exclusively on the platform. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the film off of a script by Christina Hodson. Kristin Burr is producing.

Generally, Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Commissioner Gordon who must deal with balancing the Gotham Police force and masked vigilantes in the city, including his daughter.

Batgirl was created by Bill Figner and Sheldon Moldoff and debuted in Batman #139 in April 1961. Originally Betty Kane, she later became Barbara Gordon in 1967. Gordon debuted in Detective Comics #359 in January 1967 by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino. Others have donned the cape and cowl including Huntress Helena Bertinelli, Cassandra Cain, and Stephanie Brown.

Can the DC Universe’s Greatest Bodyguard Solve His Own Murder?

With a resume that includes successful and critically acclaimed titles such as The Omega MenMister Miracle, Rorschach, and Strange Adventures, best-selling writer Tom King definitely has the magic touch when it comes to plumbing the depths of the DC Universe and reimagining characters for a new generation of fans. On November 2, King, and artist Greg Smallwood create a new legacy for DC’s deadliest bodyguard in Human Target, a 12-issue limited series based on the character co-created by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino.

Christopher Chance has made a living out of being a human target—a man hired to disguise himself as his client to invite would-be assassins to attempt his murder. He’s had a remarkable career until his latest case protecting Lex Luthor when things go sideways. An assassination attempt Chance didn’t see coming leaves him vulnerable and left trying to solve his own murder…as he has 12 days to discover just who in the DCU hated Luthor enough to want him dead.

The DC Universe meets gritty detective noir in this DC Black Label series by two of comics’ most celebrated talents! It features a main cover by Smallwood, a card stock variant cover by Trevor Hairsine and Danny Miki and a 1 in 25 ratio variant cover by Jenny Frison.

Tom King. Greg Smallwood. The Human Target. This Fall.

Christopher Chance wants to make something of it. Tom King has revealed he’ll be writing The Human Target with Greg Smallwood on art for DC. The series will debut this fall.

Christopher Chance debuted in Action Comics #419 in 1972 and was created by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino. The character would assume the identity of clients targeted by assassins and criminals. The character appeared in two television series as well as part of The CW’s Arrowverse.

The Human Target

Preview: The Flash #123 Facsimile Edition

The Flash #123 Facsimile Edition

(W) Gardner Fox (A) Joe Giella (CA) Murphy Anderson (A/CA) Carmine Infantino
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The classic tale from 1961 that introduced the concept of the Multiverse to the pages of DC Comics is reprinted here! There’s a crimewave in Central City, and the Flash will need help to stop the villains’ spree-fortunately, help is on the way in the form of the Golden Age Fastest Man Alive, Jay Garrick!

The Flash #123 Facsimile Edition

Preview: Detective Comics #359 Facsimile Edition

Detective Comics #359 Facsimile Edition

(W) Gardner Fox, John Broome (A) Sid Greene (A/CA) Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson
In Shops: Jan 15, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Batgirl makes her first appearance in this 1967 origin story, reprinted in a new facsimile edition! As both Batgirl and Oracle, Barbara Gordon has been a pivotal part of the Batman family for decades. In “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl,” what starts as a trip to a costume party sparks a crime-fighting career, as Barbara helps Batman and Robin defeat Killer Moth! Plus, the Elongated Man must solve “The Riddle of the Sleepytime Taxi”!

Detective Comics #359 Facsimile Edition

SDCC 2019: IDW to reprint 60s Captain Action comics

Captain Action

At their annual San Diego Comic-Con panel, Captain Action Enterprises announced plans for a collection of the classic comic series to be published by IDW Publishing in 2020. Originally published by DC comics from October/November of 1968 to June/July of 1969, these Captain Action comics have always been held in high regard by both comics fans and toy collectors.

Although short-lived, high-profile creators contributed to this series including Wallace Wood, Gil Kane, Jim Shooter, Dick Giordano, Carmine Infantino, and Irv Novick. In fact, this was the series where Jim Shooter received his first in-comic credit and where Gil Kane first took the creative reins as both writer and artist.

Comic writer Mark Waid, also longtime Captain Action fan and collector, will provide the introduction to the collection.

Plans call for the hardcover release with a myriad of Captain Action extras, including “lost art” from Silver Age artists Murphy Anderson, Kurt Schaffenberger and Chic Stone.

This series focused on the adventures of Captain Action, Action Boy, his pet panther, Khem and the insidious Dr. Evil.  Captain Action’s amphibious “super-car” the Silver Streak, was also prominently featured in the series. 

More details, including pre-ordering and retailer information, will be made available soon.

Mondo Has Three New Prints Celebrating 80 Years of Batman Launching Tomorrow

On Tuesday, May 28th, Mondo will kick-off the first collection (of three) of remaining prints from their recent 80 Years of Batman gallery show.

The aim was to capture the original cover art as accurately as possible to its first printing, except recreated as a beautiful, large format screenprinted poster. There’s lots more to come too.

But until then, tomorrow the first batch of posters collecting several stunning covers from the Golden and Silver Age Bat books. Featuring artwork by Bob Kane, Fred Ray, Jerry Robinson, Sheldon Moldoff, Carmine Infantino, and Murphy Anderson, these posters all highlight the lighter, more pulpy beginnings of the Dark Knight Detective.

Joining these posters will be a brand new enamel pin and t-shirt using the Mondo Comics Code Authority created for these faithful poster reproductions. This collection will be available on Tuesday (5/28) at a random time via mondotees.com!

Detective Comics 27 by Bob Kane. 18″x24″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 250. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $45

Detective Comics 27

BATMAN 11 by Fred Ray and Jerry Robinson. 18″x24″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 175. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in June 2019. Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $45

BATMAN 11

BATMAN 9 by Fred Ray and Jerry Robinson. 18″x24″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 275. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $45

BATMAN 9

Detective Comics 69 by Jerry Robinson. 18″x24″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in 2019Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $45

Detective Comics 69

Detective Comics 241 by Sheldon Moldoff. 18″x24″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 200. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $45

Detective Comics 241

Detective Comics 367 by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson. 24″x36″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 200. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $50

Detective Comics 367

MONDO Comics Code Authority Enamel Pin. 1.25″ H Soft enamel pins on 2″x2″ backings. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships Worldwide. $8

MONDO Comics Code Authority Enamel Pin

MONDO Comics Code Authority Tee. Sizes: XS – 4XL; Next Level Black 100% Cotton Tee with sewn-on hem tag. Manufactured by Industry Print Shop. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships Worldwide. $20

MONDO Comics Code Authority Tee

DC Collectibles Expands to Walmart

DC Collectibles is bringing its acclaimed Batman: Black and White statue line to Walmart stores as 4″ mini-figures. The new figures are direct transformations of the company’s acclaimed 9″-scale figures and feature designs from many world-renowned artists including Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke and many more.

Batman: Black and White is DC Collectibles’ longest-running statue line and one of their best-sellers.

But, there’s a twist…

The 4″ line of figures will be packaged in individual blind bags stocked next to DC Comic Giants. Each month a new wave of six figures will be released widening the selection and upping the surprise factor.

The first waves of DC Collectibles Batman: Black and White 4″ figures heading to Walmart stores include:

February 2019:

  • Batman by Amanda Connor
  • Batman by Darwyn Cooke
  • Batman by Jason Fabok
  • Batman by Patrick Gleason
  • Batman by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Dick Sprang

April 2019:

  • Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm
  • Robin by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Mike Allred
  • Batman by John Romita Jr.
  • Batman by Gary Frank
  • Batman by Eduardo Risso

June 2019

  • The Joker by Jim Lee
  • Batman by Dustin Nguyen
  • Batman by Mike Mignola
  • Batman by Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
  • Batman from Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman by Jim Lee

August 2019

  • Penguin by Brian Bolland
  • Robin by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Chris Uminga
  • Batman by Jae Lee
  • Batman by Brian Bolland

The Walmart exclusive Batman: Black and White figures are priced at an MSRP of $5.00 each.

Batman: Black and White Wave 1
Batman: Black and White Wave 2
Batman: Black and White Wave 3
Batman: Black and White Wave 4

Lost Siegel And Shuster Superman Story To Be Published in New Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman Hardcover Book

A new hardcover book, Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman, is being published by DC Entertainment as part of its celebration of the one-thousandth issue of Action Comics—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre. The collection features a series of essays and iconic Superman stories edited by former DC Publisher Paul Levitz. Most notably, the book includes a never before published 12-page story from original Superman writer Jerry Siegel with art by the Joe Shuster Studio titled “Too Many Heroes.”

The 384-page hardcover book will cost $29.99 and hit store shelves on April 19. Highlights and key Superman stories in this collection include:

  • A new cover by legendary artist and DC Publisher Jim Lee
  • Text pieces including: an editor’s note by Paul Levitz, a tribute to Action Comics by Laura Siegel Larson (daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel), an introduction by Jules Feiffer, plus essays by Tom DeHaven (“It’s Superman!”), David Hajdu (“The Ten-Cent Plague”), Larry Tye (“Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero”) and Gene Luen Yang (Superman, New Super-Man and the National Book Award finalist “American Born Chinese”)
  • “The Coming of Superman,” from Action Comics #1, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
  • “Revolution in San Monte,” from Action Comics #2, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
  • “The Terrible Toyman!,” from Action Comics #64, written by Don Cameron with art by Ed Dobrotka and George Roussos, featuring the debut of Toyman
  • “The Super-Key to Fort Superman,” from Action Comics #241, written by Jerry Coleman with art by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye, featuring the first appearance of the Fortress of Solitude
  • “The Super-Duel in Space,” from Action Comics #242, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Brainiac
  • “The Supergirl from Krypton!,” from Action Comics #252, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Supergirl
  • “The World’s Greatest Heroine!,” from Action Comics #285, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Jim Mooney
  • “The Superman Super-Spectacular!,” from Action Comics #309, written by Edmond Hamilton with art by Curt Swan and George Klein, featuring an appearance by President John F. Kennedy
  • “Superman Takes a Wife,” from Action Comics #484, written by Cary Bates with art by Curt Swan and Joe Giella
  • “If Superman Didn’t Exist…” from Action Comics #554, written by Marv Wolfman with art by Gil Kane
  • “The Game,” a new original story written by Paul Levitz with art by Neal Adams
  • “Squatter,” from Action Comics #584, written by John Byrne with art by Byrne and Dick Giordano
  • “Ma Kent’s Photo Album,” from Action Comics #655, written by Roger Stern with art by Kerry Gammill and Dennis Janke
  • “Secrets in the Night,” from Action Comics #662, written by Roger Stern with art by Bob McLeod
  • “A Hero’s Journey,” from Action Comics #800, written by Joe Kelly with art by Pasqual Ferry, Duncan Rouleau, Lee Bermejo and others
  • “The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape,” from Action Comics #0, written by Grant Morrison with art by Ben Oliver
  • “The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies,” from Action Comics #1, written by Fred Guardineer with art by Guardineer, featuring the debut of Zatara
  • “The Origin of the Vigilante,” from Action Comics #42, written by Mort Weisinger with art by Mort Meskin, featuring the debut of the Vigilante
  • “The Assassin-Express Contract!,” from Action Comics #419, written by Len Wein with art by Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano, featuring the debut of the Human Target

Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman is just part of DC’s Superman celebration, with the seminal Action Comics #1000 also released in April and a series of Superman-themed variant covers and even more to come.

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