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Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1

It’s new comic book day! What are you excited about? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

Variety – Heavy Metal Magazine CEO Matthew Medney Steps Down (EXCLUSIVE) – Not surprising news and another example of what will be a turbulent year in comics.

The Beat – Matthew Medney steps down at Heavy Metal amid creator accusations – More details on the shakeup.

The Beat – Report: Ike Perlmutter attempted a shadow Disney board coup over the summer…and it’s not done yet. – Not surprising at all.

Comicbook – Jason Pearson, Comics Artist, Dead at 52 – Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.

ICv2 – Tapas Parent Raises Nearly $1B from Saudi Arabia, Singapore Sovereign Funds – Interesting.

Book Riot – 9 of the Best Revenge Manga – What would you suggest?

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: THE LAST BLOODLINE taps into vampire lore – Free comics!

Kotaku – Suicide Squad Leak Has Fans Worried About Its Online Features – Uh oh.

Review

CBR – Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1

Marvel Chairman’s Connection to Sedition and the Capitol Riots

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The sedition and riots that happened at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, were a stain and dark day on American history. What was supposed to be an abnormal certification of the election victory for President-elect Joe Biden turned into an attempted coup by the outgoing President Trump.

The connections and who were behind the criminal act are still coming out but there were numerous groups and individuals who organized the seditious and deadly act.

One of those organizations behind the rally was Women for America First, which helped organize the “March to Save America”. The 501(c)(4) nonprofit is allowed to engage in limited political activities by the IRS and doesn’t have to publicly disclose their donors. But, we know of at least one of those donors.

America First Action is a political action committee chaired by Linda McMahon. The organization’s 2019 990 disclosure form showed they contributed $25,000 to Women for America First. American First Action is affiliated with America First Policies, a political organization started by Trump and Pence staffers.

McMahon is the wife of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. Both are friends and allies of Trump, and Linda McMahon headed up the Small Business Administration. She resigned from that position in 2019 to assume her role as Chairwoman of America First Action.

A donor to America First Action is Isaac (Ike) Perlmutter and his wife Laura. Ike Perlmutter is the Chairman of Marvel. Together, the two donated $21 million in 2019-2020 over 4 donations. $15 million was donated on September 24 and $6 million on September 8. America First Action was founded in 2017 but 2020 was the first time either donated to the super PAC.

The Perlmutter donations happened after the 2019 donation to Women for America First but America First Action has yet to file a new 990 form since 2019. Who knows what might turn up in their next one. Women For America First’s donors are generally unknown. It’s near impossible to determine who directly donated to that organization and funded their failed coup which is why crumbs like this raise questions and concerns.

As of this article, in 2019 and 2020 the Perlmutters contributed 100 reported times to Republican candidates or organizations for a total of $26,067,600. That includes the maximum donation of $11,200 to Donald J. Trump for President, $1,871,200 to Trump Victory, and $1,207,000 to the Republican National Committee.

Perlmutter, like McMahon, also played a role in the Trump administration. He “advised” the Department of Veteran Affairs, which lead to attempts at investigations of his involvement. Questions remain concerning that position.

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Ghost Rider 2099 #1

It’s a new week and we’re getting ready for the holidays and end of year! While we get ready for our usual coverage, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Esquire – Donald Trump Brought Reclusive Marvel Billionaire Ike Perlmutter Out of the Shadows – An interesting read though little that’s new.

BrickHeroes – 71026 LEGO DC Comics Collectible Minifigures Series: the distribution of characters in a box – For those interested in box breakdowns.

The Comichron – New Mutants #1 leads good November, with increases in units and dollars for comics and graphic novels; growth year certain – For those that enjoy the horse race.

Reviews

Monkeys Fighting Robots – Ghost Rider 2099 #1
Talking Comics – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Art Spiegelman’s Essay Too Political for Marvel

Marvel: The Golden Age 1939–1949 was to feature Art Spiegelman's essay

Marvel has refused to publish Art Spiegelman‘s essay due to a dig within it at President Trump where he calls him “Orange Skull Trump.”

Spiegelman, the creator of the graphic novel Maus, says he was asked to remove a dig at President Trump from an upcoming book by Marvel and Folio Society. Spiegelman was asked to write the introduction to Marvel: The Golden Age 1939–1949 which is out in September and was announced this past week.

Spiegelman’s essay touched upon how the young Jewish creators of the first superheroes created mythic, godlike, secular saviors to address the issues of the time such as the Great Depression and World War II. Spiegelman ended the essay with:

In today’s all too real world, Captain America’s most nefarious villain, the Red Skull, is alive on screen and an Orange Skull haunts America.

That was too much for Marvel who said they were trying to stay “apolitical,” and “is not allowing its publications to take a political stance.”

Spiegelman says he was asked to remove the sentence about the Red Skull or the essay would not be published. He chose to pull the essay. Marvel editor Roy Thomas will instead be writing the introduction.

Marvel Entertainment chairman Isaac (Ike) Perlmutter is a longtime friend of Donald Trump, one of the largest donors to his Presidential campaign, and an advisor to the President on Veteran’s affairs.

(via The Guardian)

Veterans Affairs Stonewalls Congress Protecting Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter

Officials at Veterans Affairs are declining to give members of Congress documents related to the influence Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter has over the agency.

The issue is the influence that Perlmutter, primary care specialist Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, and attorney Marc Sherman have over veterans policy decisions by the Trump administration. None of the men hold government positions. All three are confidants of Trump and members of his Mar-a-Lago resort.

ProPublica ran a report in August that showed frequent contact between the men and top VA officials that included policy matters and personal favors.

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie has told lawmakers he met with the trio only once during a courtesy trip and they have had no role in crafting department policy. However, when House Democrats requested correspondence between the men and the VA in August, Wilkie refused. He cited “ongoing litigation alleging violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act” making them “not appropriate for release at this time.”

That has to do with a lawsuit filed by VoteVets to block the trio from further contact with VA leadership concerning official matters.

Top ranking Democrat on the veterans’ House panel, Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz said Wilkie’s excuse was “unacceptable” and without legal merit.

Walz said:

We have received nothing from VA except excuses. The reports of corruption and cronyism are serious and we cannot allow VA to sweep this under the rug. This issue will remain a top concern of the committee until all our questions have been answered.

Walz has demanded that the documents are turned over by the end of the month.

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It’s July 4th and while we’ll be enjoying fireworks, beer, hot dogs, and burgers, it’s also new comic book day! What does that mean? Reviews! Our first runs in a bit, so while you wait, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBR – AMC Names Chris Hardwick’s Replacement For Walking Dead SDCC Panel – This is a good choice.

The Hollywood Reporter – Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter Sued for Allegedly Sending Court Filing to Hollywood Reporter – Ruh roh.

 

Reviews

ICv2 – The Best of Don Wilson of the Navy

Newsarama – Captain America #1

Comics Bulletin – Charlie’s Angels #1

Newsarama – The Death of the Inhumans #1

The Beat – The Winner

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bm66mww77_ch01-d_sfcoverIt’s new comic book day! What is everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – A year of free comics: Leaving Richard’s Valley by Michael DeForge, a very sinister place indeed – Free comics to read!

MauiTime Weekly – Want to support civil rights and a local Hawaii artist? Buy this print! – This is pretty awesome.

Newsarama – Ben Affleck Won’t Direct The Batman – Not a bad thing.

Nothing But Comics – Ike Perlmutter, Marvel Comics & The Muslim Ban – Thoughts?

The Beat – Help Wanted: IDW is hiring an editor – If you want to get into comics!

The Beat – RIP Dan Spiegle – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

 

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CBR – Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #1

Newsarama – Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1

Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter is Joining Trump’s Veterans Affairs Team?!

isaac-perlmutter_416x416The New York Post is reporting that Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter will be joining President Elect Donald Trump‘s Veterans Affairs team. In what specific role is unknown.

Generally a recluse, Perlmutter has stepped out more in public since Trump’s election having been photographed recently (the last photo was from about 30 years ago). Perlmutter was the owner of Marvel before its purchase by Disney, which Perlmutter now has a large stake in as part of the deal.

According to the report, the 74-year-old executive has become a “key adviser on veterans’ health care.” This higher profile will force Perlmutter to come even more out of the shadows. It’s unknown how this will impact his role at Marvel or with Disney though it’s not uncommon for CEOs and high ranking executives to serve on advisory boards. According to the report, Perlmutter met with the CEOs of university-associated hospitals last week.

Perlmutter himself is a veteran having served as a soldier in Israel’s Six-Day War back in 1967.

Perlmutter’s wife, Laura, is on the presidential inaugural committee and are large donors to Republican candidates and causes.

We’re attempting to find out what type of healthcare packages have been provided to Marvel staff before the purchase by Disney though the comic industry as a whole has a poor record when it comes to providing healthcare to its freelancers.

Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter Helps Choose the Next Secretary of State?

isaac-perlmutter_416x416This Presidential election has been anything but normal so why should choosing the next Secretary of State be? The New York Post has reported that during President-Elect Donald Trump‘s Thanksgiving he was asking attendees who he should pick as his top diplomat. The three names thrown about were Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, or John Bolton.

Why do we care and are reporting on this?

Joining Trump at the Mar-a-Lago festivities was an interesting mix of individuals including Richard Nixon grandson Christopher Nixon Cox, Don King, Fabio, and Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter. If Trump was asking everyone as reported, that means Perlmutter got his say in who he thinks should be the next Secretary of State.

Perlmutter has been a Trump supporter and a Republican supporter in general. During the Presidential primary, Perlmutter’s name was thrown about by Trump as a supporter. Perlmutter himself rarely donates directly to campaigns, the last being $4,600 to Rudy Giuliani’s Presidential campaign in 2007 according to the Federal Election Commission. Perlmutter’s wife Laura also donated to Giuliani, $4,600 total in 2007 with $2,300 returned in 2008. Laura Perlmutter also donated $2,000,000 to Conservative Solutions PAC. The PAC supported Marco Rubio for President. The Perlmutters live in Florida where Rubio is Senator.

With the donations to Giuliani, I’m guessing that’s their pick… but with those dollars, maybe Rubio is the dark horse choice of the two?

Marvel Has a Trump Problem

This past week there was a bit of a shitstorm as Ike Perlmutter, the CEO of Marvel Comics, donated $1 million to Donald Trump‘s fundraiser “benefiting veterans,” but in reality funds flowed to the Donald J. Trump Foundation. That donation created calls for boycotts of the company, though the donation came from Perlmutter’s own money not the corporation and was to his charity not his campaign. Except, now that fundraiser is being used in stump speeches and as part of his campaign brand. Trump is also using Perlmutter’s name, Marvel’s brand, and the company’s success during his stump speech.

I’ve said this donation creates a perception problem from Marvel with their “progressive brand” being tied in with the racist misogynist Islamophobic Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump. Trump is being smart by tying himself to the Marvel brand, which judging by the box office, is viewed favorably currently.

This is from a campaign even in Waterloo, Iowa that happened today.

This is from a campaign rally on January 31 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Depending who you ask Trump has either is viewed unfavorably by 55% of individuals or 60%. Not an individual to be associated with.

It’s crisis time Marvel, especially if Trump moves on in the Presidential race. Expect this to be used even more by him.

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