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Witness J. Michael Straczynski’s vision for Steve Rogers in the Captain America #1 trailer

Esteemed writer and filmmaker J. Michael Straczynski, known for celebrated runs on Amazing Spider-Man and Thor, returns to Marvel Comics and will be taking the reins of one of its greatest icons in a new run of Captain America! Joined by artist Jesús Saiz and colorist Matt Hollingsworth, Straczynski has bold plans for Captain America with a saga that takes root in Steve Rogers’ earliest days but threatens to throw his future into chaos.

Even before he became Marvel’s star-spangled hero, Steve Rogers was a fighter. Embark on a fascinating journey to never-before-seen days of Steve’s youth where a powerful evil seeks to end Cap’s legacy before it begins. And back in the present, Captain America is giving back to the community in ways only he can by tackling crime on the local level. All that changes when this existential threat from the past begins making moves towards Steve in the here and now, starting with recruiting some of his most deadliest former foes. In addition to deepening of the Captain America’s comic book mythos, Straczynski and Saiz will also delve into a largely unexplored chapter of Steve’s life in the late 1930s, as the fascism swallowing Europe threatened to take root in New York City.

Get your first look at this profound new series in the thrilling Captain America #1 trailer. First shown this past weekend at the Marvel: Heroes, Hulks and Super-Soldiers panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the new trailer features never-before-seen artwork including an epic motorcycle battle, exciting teamups with the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, and a heartfelt memory of Steve with his mother.

What future awaits the man out of time? Find out when Captain America #1 hits stands on September 20.

Exclusive Preview: Captain Marvel: Dark Tempest #1 (of 5)

Captain Marvel: Dark Tempest #1 (of 5)

(W) Ann Nocenti (A) Paolo Villanelli
(CA) Mike McKone (VCA) Jen Bartel, C.F. Villa, Derrick Chew, George Perez, R1c0, Rose Besch
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 05, 2023
SRP: $4.99

After facing off against the Brood with the X-Men and losing someone she holds dear, Carol Danvers needs a break. She’s not about to get it now! A slinky new cosmic threat comes for Earth’s Mightiest, and they know just who to recruit to really wreck Carol’s world – a surprise legacy villain!
Join industry legend Ann Nocenti and artist Paolo Villanelli of STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS fame as they take the torch from Kelly Thompson’s record-breaking run and slingshot Captain Marvel from the Harpswell Sound to the far reaches of the galaxy!

Captain Marvel: Dark Tempest #1 (of 5)

Witness the beginning of the Fall of X in the X-Men: Hellfire Gala trailer

At this year’s Hellfire Gala, amidst the excitement of high fashion looks, super hero guest stars, and the new X-Men team reveal, epic tragedy will strike and spiral mutantkind into the new Fall of X era!

Fall of X will upend the age of Krakoa as we know it and scatter your favorite characters and X-Titles across the world and beyond as they’re left reeling after shocking revelations, stunning betrayals, and impossible deaths at the Hellfire Gala. Fans can get their first look at just how wrong mutantkind’s biggest night goes in the all-new X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2023 #1 Trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork! The action-packed trailer spotlights the glitz and glamour before revealing how things take a dark turn as Nimrod, the greatest threat to mutantkind, arrives, with an army of Stark Sentinels not far behind. And that’s just the start of the night’s uninvited guests… 

Check out the trailer now and stay tuned for more Fall of X news in the weeks ahead as the X-Men mark their 60th anniversary with their most thrilling, unpredictable era yet! 

Celebrate 750 issues of Captain America in July

The next era of Captain America is upon us and it all begins in July’s Captain America #750!

Over the last month, Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson have been embroiled in the pulse-pounding events of Captain America: Cold War! The thrilling crossover is testing Steve and Sam’s bond as they go up against White Wolf and Bucky Barnes who have joined forces to unleash the power of Dimension Z! This game-changing epic will have a heavy impact on both Captains and its devastating aftermath will hit just in time for a major Captain America milestone! Witness what’s to come next in a jam-packed over-sized issue, Captain America #750.

THE CAPTAINS AMERICA MOURN THEIR FALLEN! After the harrowing events of Captain America: Cold War, the Captains America return home to face the cost of victory and honor the power of legacy. Writer Tochi Onyebuchi and artist RB Silva reveal the secret origin of Sam Wilson’s new shield and the reason he chose to pick up the mantle again. Writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing and artist Carmen Carnero bring readers the tumultuous reunion of Steve and Bucky. Is there a way forward? Plus, don’t miss a bold new direction for Sharon Carter!

In addition, Captain America #750 will include all-new backup stories starring both Steve and Sam! Honoring 750 issues of Captain America, a team of fan-favorite guest writers, including classic Cap creators like JM DeMatteis and Dan Jurgens, join forces with superstar artists to spin timeless tales celebrating the epic history of the star-spangled hero!

It also features Gail Simone, Stephanie Williams, Cody Ziglar, Daniel Acuña, Rachael Stott, Marcus Williams, and Sara Pichelli. With covers by Gary Frank, George Perez, John Romita Jr., Adi Granov, Carmen Carnero, Javier Garron, C.F. Villa, Ernanda Souza, and John Cassaday.

Check out all the covers right now and pick up this star-spangled spectacular on July 5.

Rom, the Greatest Spaceknight returns to Marvel with a new Omnibus

Marvel has announced a new collaboration with Hasbro that will result in brand-new collections and reprints of Rom’s original comic book adventures!

The popular toy turned comic book superstar headlined his very own solo series throughout the 80s, igniting readers’ imaginations for 75 issues. Set in the main Marvel Comics universe, Rom was a full-fledged Marvel icon who had memorable team-ups with the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, and even battled bravely against the likes of Galactus and the Skrulls! These incredible stories by industry legends Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema, along with various Rom guest appearances, will be reprinted for the first time ever in Rom: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 1, on sale January 2024. In addition to this long-awaited collection, fans can pick up a facsimile edition of Rom’s comic book debut, 1979’s Rom #1, this September!

Rom: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 1 will collect Rom (1979) #1-29 and Power Man and Iron Fist (1978) #73. He strikes from outer space…and nothing can stop him! Marvel Comics is proud to present the iconic early adventures of the greatest of Spaceknights — Rom! Centuries ago, Rom pledged his life to protect his planet, Galador, from the evil Dire Wraiths. Now, Rom has tracked these vile creatures across the cosmos to Earth, where they have infiltrated the highest levels of power — including S.H.I.E.L.D. itself! Armed with his energy analyzer, only Rom can see the Wraiths’ true form — and with his neutralizer, he can blast them into Limbo! But what will Earth make of this armored invader? Will Rom’s quest be aided or hindered by encounters with the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Jack of Hearts, Nova, and Power Man and Iron Fist? And when Galactus targets Galador, can Rom and his fellow Spaceknights save their homeworld from destruction?

Rom #1 Facsimile Edition boldly re-presents Rom (1979) #1, one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, in its original form, ads and all! Long ago, Rom offered his life to serve his planet of Galador as a Spaceknight — an armored warrior, sworn to protect his people from the vile alien invaders known as the Dire Wraiths. Now, his solemn vow brings him to Earth — the latest front in an ancient cosmic conflict! The Wraiths can assume human form, and they’ve been worming their way into our society. Only Rom’s trusty energy analyzer can detect them — and with his powerful neutralizer, he can banish them to Limbo! In this landmark first issue, Rom blasts his way into the Marvel Universe, meets his future ally Brandy Clark and begins his quest to free Earth from the Dire Wraiths’ invisible infiltration!

Check out the covers now, including the exemplary original Rom #1 cover art by Frank Miller. In addition, view never-before-seen Rom artwork from industry legend George Pérez’s archives. Received from his estate, this piece will serve as a Direct Market Exclusive Variant Cover!

Marvel honors George Pérez with variant covers featuring his iconic work

Last year, the comic industry lost one of its most exemplary storytellers, artist George Pérez. During his illustrious career at Marvel Comics, George’s talents graced the pages of AvengersFantastic Four, and many more. His contributions to some of comic books’ most inspirational sagas like Infinity Gauntlet and his seminal run on New Teen Titans will ensure his artwork will live on for generations for fans to enjoy, and later this year, Marvel Comics will celebrate that impact with a new line of variant covers. Working with his estate, Marvel Comics has collected rare drawings from George’s archives and starting in June, these pieces will beautifully restored, colored, and showcased on the covers of select Marvel releases. These covers spotlight George’s legendary depictions of Marvel’s greatest heroes, giving fans an opportunity to reflect on his groundbreaking work on the genre.

The George Pérez Variant Covers will also be available as Virgin Covers. Check out five of the covers now, including non-final sketches, and look for them on your favorite titles throughout the year. 


Comic Icon George Perez to Be Featured on The Original Art Show Tonight with a Charity sale!

George Perez custom shirt

This Friday, December 2nd 2022 at 7PM EST/4PM PST, the Original Art Experience Show hosted by Nick Barrucci will pay tribute to legendary comic creator George Perez with a night featuring original art and three custom shirts hand-made by Carol Flynn, George’s wife. The proceeds from the shirts will go to Carol while part of the proceeds of key pieces of the art sold during the show will be donated to Tower Cancer Research Foundation and Lustgarten Foundation: Pancreatic Cancer Research in George Perez’s name.

On June 9th, 1954, George was born in the South Bronx, the son of Puerto Rican immigrants. He broke into the industry as an assistant to Rich Buckler and made his debut with Marvel on Astonishing Tales #25 in 1974. He would co-create the first Puerto Rican superhero White Tiger with writer Bill Mantlo before rising to prominence while working on Avengers and Fantastic Four. In 1980 he would jump to DC Comics and team with Marv Wolfman on New Teen Titans as well as work on Justice League and the industry changing maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths. He then went on to a celebrated run as writer and artist on Wonder Woman. In his 45-year career, he was known for detailed and realistic rendering, and his ability to draw complex crowd scenes. George was respected by his peers and adored by fans the world over. George passed away in May of this year due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

During his career, George could be seen often on the convention circuit wearing bright and colorful button-down shirts featuring various animated characters and other designs. One of his most notable was a pink shirt with the character of Lambchop on it. These shirts were made for him by his wife and three of her handmade shirts will be up for sale. These feature patterns that include Tweety & Sylvester, a frolicking panda and hot air balloons. Proceeds from the sale of these shirts will go to Carol.

Also appearing on the show will be Bill Cox, owner of Comic Art Fans, the leading site for comic book art.

Offered during the show are original pieces of art ranging from Bob Layton pieces in homage to George Perez and also pages from Thanos vs Hulk by Jim Starlin, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider and Wolverine by Ron Garney. George’s longtime art agent Spencer Beck of the Artists Choice provided the shirts and worked with Bob Layton on the art for the show. There will be many more surprises as well. Part of the proceeds from the Bob Layton art will go to help aid pancreatic cancer research in George Perez’s name. Tower Cancer Research Foundation is based in Southern California, and funds leading local researchers, making us a launchpad for additional funding and discoveries here and on the global stage. Lustgarten Foundation: Pancreatic Cancer Research has funded more than $250 million in research grants and been a leading force in every major advancement in pancreatic cancer research.

This special episode of The Original Art Show airs on The Exp, December 2nd, 2022 starting at 7pm ET / 4 pm PT and can be watched here:

Vault has announced a charity auction for The Hero Initiative in honor of George Pérez

Vault Comics has announced their first ever live charity auction in honor of Geroge Pérez on his birthday. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Hero Initiative in George’s memory and honor

This Thursday June 9th at 4:00pm ET/1:00 PT, on the their Whatnot channel, Vault will auction off the original art from artists Darick RobertsonEryk DonovanLiana Kangas, and Tim Daniel. In addition to the original art pieces, CGC 9.8 graded copies of limited release Vault comics and two copies of the extremely rare JLA/Avengers trade paperback will be up for auction.

All auction items are available for pre-bids now on Vault’s Whatnot page. The live auction begins at 4:00pm ET/1:00 PT this Thursday, 06/09/2022.

Cover Art, Full Story From Robin’s 1988 ‘Death in the Family’ Shine Bat-Signal on Heritage’s June Comic Art Auction

Batman #428

Even before bidding opened for Heritage Auctions’ June 16-19 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction, one offering made global headlines: Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s original cover art for 1986’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Book One, the iconic cover from one of the most important titles of the past half century. Yet that historic lightning strike is just one centerpiece among many landmark works of original comic art featured in this historic event, which includes some swinging Spider-Man art from Todd McFarlane and the entirety of one of the most influential – and infamous – Batman stories ever told, “A Death in the Family.”

Not only does this auction feature Mike Mignola’s original cover art for 1988’s Batman #438, featuring a battered Robin, but here, too, you will find the entire 22-page story contained in that issue – the one during which the Joker killed Jason Todd’s Robin with an assist from DC Comics readers and a 1-900 number. The story, written by Jim Starlin with art by Jim Aparo and Mike DeCarlo, features one of the most indelible images in Batman’s long history: The Dark Knight carrying the bloodied Boy Wonder from the wreckage.

Miller made mention of Jason Todd’s death in The Dark Knight Returns, two years before the Joker beat him up and blew him up. And though Miller (and many others at DC) loathed the publisher’s decision to put Robin’s fate to a vote – out of more than 10,000 calls, the Boy Wonder lost by a mere 72! –Starlin’s “A Death in the Family” has gone from one of the Batman Family’s most controversial tales to one of its most enduring.

Mignola’s cover art, and Aparo and DeCarlo’s iconic interiors (which feature a cameo from Superman, essentially reprising his The Dark Knight Returns role asgovernment operative), have been in a private collection since the 1990s.

This auction also includes original artwork from another 1980s Batman book that, like Dark Knight Returns and “A Death in the Family,” had profound and long-term ramifications. This event offers two pages from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s 1988 Batman: The Killing Joke, in which the Watchman writer and his artist collaborator provided the Joker with a tragic origin story defined by a single bad day (and a red hood, which later became the disguise of a resurrected Jason Todd after his murder at the hands of the Joker). The Killing Joke, of course, is best known as the book in which The Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon, who eventually morphed from Batgirl to the Oracle.

Iconic Batman covers abound in this auction, among them one of the earliest ever offered at auction. That would be the cover art for 1942’s Detective Comics #59, featuring Batman and Robin as drawn by their co-creator Bob Kane and his beloved Golden Age Batman collaborator Jerry Robinson. This is the first time Heritage has had the privilege and pleasure of offering a Kane cover.

Also featured is Jim Lee‘s triple gatefold variant cover for Batman #619, which wrapped the 12-part “Hush” epic that resurrected Jason Todd and established Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle as more than mere Bat and Cat chasing each other on rooftops. This is the Batman Family version of the variant, a roster that includes Batman and Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing, Oracle and her father Commissioner James Gordon, Huntress, Superman, Harvey Dent and Hush himself.

This event also features two Caped Crusader covers by illustration legends gone too soon: Batman #246 by Dave Cockrum and Neal Adams (Frank Miller’s mentor, who died April 28) and Batman #438 by George Pérez, who died only eight days after Adams.

One of the definitive artists of the 1990s was Todd McFarlane, who swung to stardom on Spider-Man’s spaghetti webbing. This auction features one of the more coveted covers McFarlane drew during tenure with the Web-Slinger –the final one, too: 1991’s Spider-Man #16, guest-starring Rob Liefeld’s X-Force. That cover is accompanied in this auction by individual pages, offered separately, from the same issue, McFarlane’s final fling with Spidey before launching Spawn at his Image Comics.

And to really tie this auction together, several Frank Miller pages will be offered – among them a page from The Dark Knight Returns Book Four, featuring Superman off to fight Batman. Now, as then, everyone wins.

Comics legend George Pérez has passed away

George Pérez

There’s posts you know you’ll need to write but just hope it never happens. This is one of them. It has been announced that comic book legend George Pérez has passed away after a battle with Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer.

George Pérez’s impact on the comic industry spans decades and will continue for generations.

Born in 1954, Pérez has worked for so many including DC, Marvel, BOOM!, Image, CrossGen, and more.

He began his career in comics as an assistant to Rich Buckler in 1973 making is own professional debut in Marvel’s Astonishing Tales #25 in 1974. He went on to draw The Avengers, Inhumans, Fantastic Four, and more including some of “The Korvac Saga” and helping to create Henry Peter Gyrich and Tasmkaster.

It’s at DC where many know his work from with The New Team Titans where he worked with Marv Wolfman and the iconic Crisis on Infinite Earths. He inked the classic “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” and drew the cover for DC Heroes roleplaying game from Mayfair Games and a cover for the Champions roleplay game from Hero Games.

He helped reboot Wonder Woman in 1987 plotting and penciciling the series that tied the character heavily with the Greek gods, something still a major part of her story today and influencing the hit film decades later.

He went on to work on such titles as The Infinity Gauntlet, Crimson Plague, Infinite Crisis, JLA/Avengers, and so much more.

His work went beyond the comics page. He was a co-chair of the board of the charity The Hero Initiative and was a champion of helping comic creators in need.

He is an icon, one who put a smile on those around him. They say to never meet your heroes. He was the exception to that.

Pérez passed away on May 6, 2022 with his wife Carol and their family by his side. An open memorial service was scheduled to be held at MegaCon Orlando on May 22.

You can read the full announcement below:

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