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There’s Big Surprises in Store for the Fantastic Four to Celebrate 60 Years

The Fantastic Four, the very superheroes that kicked off Marvel Comics’ Silver Age are celebrating 60 incredible years! Home to concepts and characters that revolutionized comic book storytelling, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s beloved creations have enjoyed one of the most memorable sagas in comic book history. Now, get ready to see what’s in store for Marvel’s First Family this year in all-new teaser artwork by Valerio Schiti and Marte Gracia. This epic piece foreshadows the Fantastic Four’s action-packed year, giving fans a hint at the deadly threats they’ll be facing and a look at an unexpected new arc that kicks off in May by Dan Slott and R.B. Silva!

Keep an eye out for announcements about the other exciting things Marvel Comics has in store for the Fantastic Four’s milestone celebration.

Fantastic Four 60th Anniversary teaser

King Kirby Goes from Off-Broadway to Audio Drama

King Kirby

Six-time Best Selling New York Times author Fred Van Lente and four-time New York Times Critics’ Pick playwright Crystal Skillman, in association with the Broadway Podcast Network, have kicked off a four-episode mini-series audio drama King Kirby, based on their hit Off-Broadway show by the same name. A true-life story about Jack Kirby, the man who co-created the Marvel universe, King Kirby is an epic comic book story of the most famous cartoonist you never heard of. This audio drama features original music composed by award-winning Bobby Cronin. The podcast premiered on Wednesday, February 10th exclusively from the Broadway Podcast Network and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Heroes aren’t born, they’re made. Born in the Lower East Side slums, a veteran of the battlefields of France, Jack Kirby co-created Captain America, The Avengers, The X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, and many other legendary characters. But Kirby had his biggest fight after his comic books became an international sensation: He had to fight for his name, and the recognition he was denied. From the Jewish ghetto of New York’s Lower East Side to the battlefields of France to the Senate hearings of the 1950s, King Kirby is the heartbreaking yet inspirational story about a man who pours his quintessentially Twentieth Century life into his comics, only to make the fateful mistake that sends him into obscurity while his creations become known to every person on Earth.

The audio drama stars Steven Rattazzi (the voice of Dr. Orpheus from Cartoon Network’s The Venture Bros and Broadway’s  Indecent, Marie Antoinette at Soho Rep, Galileo at CSC, and Stunning at Lincoln Center) as Jack Kirby, Amy Lee Pearsall as his wife Roz, Joseph Mathers as his business partner Joe Simon, Timothy McCown Reynolds as Martin Goodman, and Nat Cassidy as Stan Lee.

This is a story for comics fans of the man they never knew behind their favorite superheroes, and for those who have been waiting for Jack Kirby’s story to get its due. A modern-day American Amadeus, King Kirby asks what happens when an artist doesn’t own his own legacy? Can he ever get it back?

Marvel Masterworks Get Mighty in June

An exciting new line of Marvel graphic novels will debut this June! The Mighty Marvel Masterworks will collect the very beginning of Marvel’s most iconic heroes: the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and more. The stories that kicked off the sagas of these beloved franchises will now be available in an accessible new 6 x 9 format that the whole family can enjoy!

These timeless stories were crafted by none other than industry legends Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko who revolutionized the comic book genre with their bold new approach to superhero adventures. Now, the Mighty Marvel Masterworks will serve as a perfect gateway to the expansive Marvel Universe and allow a brand-new generation to witness the historic beginnings behind these pop culture phenomena.

Collecting Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #1-10 and material from Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15Mighty Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man – With Great Power will feature Peter Parker’s web-slinging adventures from the very beginning — including the tragic origin that started it all; the first appearances of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson, Doctor Octopus, the Sandman, the Vulture and Electro; and guest-star nods from the Fantastic Four and Human Torch!

Collecting Fantastic Four (1951) #1-10, Mighty Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol. 1 will feature the fateful cosmic voyage of scientist Reed Richards, pilot Ben Grimm, and siblings Sue and Johnny Storm, who became known to the world as Mr. Fantastic, the Thing, the Invisible Girl and the Human Torch —the Fantastic Four. See the first of their many extraordinary adventures including their first battles with legendary villains such as the Mole Man, the Skrulls, the Puppet Master, the Sub-Mariner, and the diabolical Doctor Doom.

Collecting Uncanny X-Men (1963) #1-10, Mighty Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men – The Strangest Super Heroes of All will feature Professor X’s original teen team as they set off on a mission to forge peace between man and mutantkind. Meet Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Iceman and Marvel Girl and thrill to their first encounter with the Master of Magnetism, Magneto, and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

Own the very foundation of the Marvel Universe in new must-have collections! Check out Michael Cho’s cover for Mighty Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man – With Great Power as well as the Exclusive Comic Book Shop Cover by Steve Ditko and pick up the Mighty Marvel Masterworks when they hit stores this summer!

Underrated: Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics by Tom Scioli

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics by Tom Scioli.


Biographies aren’t always the first thing you think  of when you think of graphic novels, and vice versa. But the thing is a graphic novel is a fantastic way to tell a person’s life story, or a portion there of, that isn’t often used as much as it could be. Graphic novel biographies are a wonderfully unique way of telling a story that you really can’t capture the same way with a prose book. By utilizing the graphic novel format, the creative team have the opportunity to bring the story to life with picture, or temper  the harshness of what the biography’s subject went through so that the reader can take more of the story in (seriously, imagine the first entry with realistic artwork). Or the artwork can tell give you a subtlety that’s missing in other mediums as you’re more readily able to spend time pouring over the images in front of you. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that I think graphic novels are an underrated method of telling a biographical story.

Biographies told in the graphic novel format have been around for awhile, and I’ve found are often my preferred way to read story about a person’s life. Maus for example would be a much harder book to read in prose, and part of Spiegleman’s genius is in how he still conveys the horror of his father’s story with the art that’s never cute or adorable, but wouldn’t look out of place next to Andy Capp in your Sunday supplement (this isn’t a knock against the book – it remains one of my favourite graphic novels because of exactly this; the balance of the art to the horror is perfect and frequently left me questioning how I would be reacting if the art was realistic or had the story been told in prose with vivid descriptions).

But when it comes to reading a graphic novel, even a near 200 page one, to learn about the rich history of a subject, then there is an obvious trade off with the amount of information you can fit into a graphic novel verses a text book – sometimes that matters, and others it doesn’t.

I’ve read a few biographies of Kirby over the years (Mark Evanier’s Kirby: King Of Comics is probably my favourite), but this is the first biography of Kirby I’ve read in the graphic form. Other than some minor details, Scioli doesn’t tell me anything that I wasn’t already at least partly aware of, though that’s not because he doesn’t have a well researched book (he really does), but rather because this isn’t the first Kirby biography I have ever read – Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics, published by Ten Speed Press, is a thoroughly engaging read, and Scioli’s dedication to the presentation of the book shines through early with a scene of young Kirby reading comics for one of the first times.

This is told from Kirby’s perspective, which does lead to him being portrayed in a very flattering light, but given the author’s well documented reverence for Kirby, I’m genuinely impressed that Scioli is somewhat restrained at the same time; he never crosses into a full worship of the comics legend (which is very easy to do given how much respect Kirby is due and how much he often gets outside of the comics community).

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics is a really good book; it’s often overlooked in a lot of the circles I run in because it’s both a graphic novel and a biography – the combination of which never seems to excite people as much as a fictional graphic novel (or comic). It’s a shame, because this book is an ideal start to learning about Jack Kirby, and will propel you into reading the comics he so loved to create.


In the meantime, Underrated will return to highlight more comic book related stuff  that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is.

Travel to August 1961 with Marvel

In August 1961, Fantastic Four #1 hit newsstands, heralding a new take on super hero stories and the birth of the Silver Age Marvel Universe! Now, sixty years later, experience the excitement of being a comic book fan in that momentous month with the Marvel: August 1961 Omnibus, a complete hardcover collection of every issue that shared the shelves with Fantastic Four #1, many never before reprinted!

Considering leaving the comic book industry behind, Stan Lee was persuaded by his loving wife Joan to create one more book exactly the way he wanted it. And so, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created Fantastic Four #1 and changed the American pop culture landscape forever. Before the Silver Age kicked off, Marvel Comics had published western, romance, comedy, monster and science fiction titles — and in August 1961, Fantastic Four was just one of over a dozen very different Marvel books. This first-of-its-kind omnibus will include:

  • JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #73-74
  • KATHY #13
  • LIFE WITH MILLIE #13
  • PATSY WALKER #97
  • AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) #6
  • FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #1
  • KID COLT, OUTLAW #101
  • LINDA CARTER, STUDENT NURSE #2
  • MILLIE THE MODEL #105
  • STRANGE TALES (1951) #90
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #23
  • TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #25
  • GUNSMOKE WESTERN #67
  • LOVE ROMANCES #96
  • TEEN-AGE ROMANCE #84
  • AMAZING ADULT FANTASY #7
  • PATSY AND HEDY #79
  • RAWHIDE KID (1960) #25

These works were brought to readers by some of the most influential comic book creators of all time including Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Stan Goldberg, Al Hartley, Paul Reinman, Jack Keller, Dick Ayers, Bob Forgione, Vince Colletta, and more!

Check out the all-new cover by Javier Rodriguez as well as the exclusive Direct Market variant cover by Jack Kirby and be sure to pick up this rare and unique collection when the Marvel: August 1961 Omnibus hits shops in August 2021!

Marvel Celebrates 80 Years of Captain America with a Giant-Sized Tribute

In March 1941, comic book legends Jack Kirby and Joe Simon introduced the world to Steve Rogers in the historic Captain America Comics #1, and a pop culture icon was born. Marvel will honor their tremendous contribution to the comic book industry with Captain America Tribute #1, a giant-sized special celebrating the character’s 80th anniversary.

Captain America Tribute #1 will feature a cadre of Marvel’s best artists redrawing and modernizing Captain America’s first appearance, Captain America Comics #1, as well as his genre-defining reintroduction to the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Avengers #4. See the Star-Spangled Avenger’s extraordinary origin, his first battle against the Red Skull, and his Silver Age debut where he emerges from suspended animation to live on as a Star-Spangled Avenger like never before as your favorite artists reimagine these classic tales for a new age. These definitive comic book stories will be presented in an all-new way in a star-studded special that will delight long-time True Believers and the current generation of Marvel fans!

This unparalleled undertaking will include artwork by John Cassaday, Marguerite Sauvage, David Lapham, Declan Shalvey, Pere Pérez, Salvador Larroca, Leinil Francis Yu, Valerio Schiti, Carlos Pacheco, Inhyuk Lee, Kei Zama, Sara Pichelli, Jesús Saiz, Kim Jacinto, Adam Kubert, Federico Vicentini, Mahmud Asrar, Jim Cheung, Terry Dodson, Joe Bennett, Alex Ross, Steve Epting, Adam Hughes, Stephanie Hans, Javier Garrón, Alitha E. Martinez, Elena Casagrande, Paco Medina, Daniel Acuña, Chris Samnee, Butch Guice, Rachael Stott, Pepe Larraz, Greg Smallwood, Greg Land, Ray-Anthony Height, Mark Bagley, and Marvel’s Stormbreakers including Peach Momoko, Juann Cabal, Carmen Carnero, R.B. Silva, Joshua Cassara, Natacha Bustos, Iban Coello, and Patrick Gleason! And with a cover by Steve McNiven.

For 80 years, Captain America’s adventures have entertained fans of all ages around the world. Don’t miss today’s top talent pay homage to Captain America’s most legendary stories when Captain America Tribute #1 hits stands this coming March!

Captain America Tribute #1

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: An Avengers Retrospective Part 1: The Coming of The Avengers (Issues #1-16)

Avengers #8

After an introduction, guest columnist Gene Selassie dives into classic Avengers comics starting from the beginning!


This article kicks off what will be a biweekly recap of my deep dive, reading every single issue of The Avengers from the beginning. These earliest issues of the series highlight the unique personalities, which would differ greatly to how they were written in the modern age. They also lay the groundwork for the types of stories and level of threats the Avengers will become known to face. Additionally, while continuity gaffes and quirky story elements aren’t what I would call ‘plentiful’, there are enough of them that they become noticeable at a certain point. Finally, even though Jack Kirby and Don Heck were both exceptional artists, each brought a unique skill set to the book. Let’s take look at the opening stretch of this journey.

One of the first things that I noticed is that the character development was kept to a minimum in these early issues. I can only surmise that, not unlike the formula that modern writers would use (ex: Grant Morrison on his critically acclaimed JLA run), the fact that all of the characters were featured in solo adventures elsewhere meant that other books were where we got the character development. This team book is for the larger than life threats that no single hero could withstand.

During this run of the “founders”, the characters kept their secret identities to themselves, which made sense since there wasn’t sufficient time for them to forge bonds and trust to that degree.

  • Iron Man functions like technical support since he’s known as just an “employee” of Tony Stark at this point. At times, we get the impression that he is the team leader. In reality, each member gets the spotlight as ‘chairperson’ and is essentially in command that given month. The most we get out of him, from a personality standpoint, is the constant mention of his transistor/repulsor tech issues and that if he runs out of power, the shrapnel lodged near his heart will kill him.
  • Thor is the magic-based muscle of the team. Since his alter ego of physician Doctor Don Blake is still in play at this time, there’s not that much of a “stranger in a strange land” vibe to him. His speech patterns haven’t ventured into the Shakespearean as of yet. Much like Iron Man, Thor was primarily defined by the fact that, if he was separated from his hammer for more than sixty seconds, he’d revert back to Don Blake.
  • The Hulk was more of a surly and cranky giant, ready to fight at the drop of a hat than a monster with the mind of a child that he later became most known for. Whatever triggered Bruce Banner’s transformation into the emerald behemoth at this time was not explained. He also didn’t disappear after issue 3 as many would believe. Hulk was more of a presence throughout that first year of the book than I remembered.
  • Ant-Man/Giant Man was the resident super-scientist. He also felt like a two-fisted pulp action hero back in these early years. This dichotomy may have been just happenstance. Or, it could have been an early seed of Hank Pym’s mental illness.
  • Wasp was “the woman” of any early Marvel comic, as we also see with the Enchantress and the Scarlet Witch later on. Janet Van Dyne never gets much deeper than “attraction to male compatriot” and “likes to have fun”. She wasn’t given much to do and had to be rescued often. That being said, there were times of ingenuity on the fly that would be the core of her much stronger characterization later on (during Roger Stern’s run).
  • Rick Jones is every teen sidekick of the era. He doesn’t show much personality, but he has unwavering loyalty to the Hulk (to whom he’s indebted for saving his life) and later Captain America. While his Teen Brigade can come off as hokey, because they avoided many of the modern clichés of teen angst/ineptitude/etc, they came across as competent and welcome allies of the Avengers.
  • Captain America is the one man without crazy superpowers. In spite of this, Steve Rogers never hesitated to leap into battle to protect his fellow teammates or the world. He was a bit happier to jump into a fight than I recollected. Fans who started reading in the 80s-90s or who met Steve through the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be a tad befuddled. His depression over Bucky’s death (still fresh in his mind due to it happening right before he went on ice), without a doubt, was the catalyst. I don’t use the word “trauma” lightly. This guy goes into murder rage whenever Zemo (the one responsible for Bucky’s death) is involved. A perplexing trait of Steve’s is his vacillating from overprotective to complete jerk when it comes to Rick Jones.

Strategy and team tactics were sprinkled in every now and then. The teamwork really began to shine in the latter Masters of Evil issues (9, 15-16) and Cap’s dialogue felt truer than ever in one poignant scene; Captain America: “Feel my grip, Zemo. It’s the grip of a FREE MAN! Look into my eyes, tyrant. They’re the eyes of a man who would die for liberty! The world must never again make the fatal error of mistaking compassion for weakness and while I live, it won’t!”. “Avengers Assemble” being shouted for the first time in issue 10 by the God of Thunder was awesome. Issue 12 was where we started truly seeing the dramatic tension between team members as Hank’s warnings about something being amiss underground were dismissed (the threat turned out to be the Mole Man). The seeds of potential mistrust of the power the team has were planted in issue 13. Count Nefaria, while holding the real Avengers captive, sent hard light projected duplicate Avengers to a meeting at the Pentagon, where they ordered a full surrender of the government. Of course, the real Avengers had to deal with the fallout from this. I had no idea that the team took on the United States military that early in their run. The culmination of the battle saw an Avenger get mortally wounded by a stray bullet. I was left flabbergasted at the end of that story.

Albeit, the innate charisma of each of these characters hadn’t come into play as of yet, they provided plenty of thrills as they took on some of the toughest villains from around the Marvel Universe. I’ve heard it be stated that the Avengers never faced larger than life “widescreen” threats until the era of The Ultimates/New Avengers. That couldn’t be further from the truth as the first year and a half saw the team do battle against an Asgardian god, an alien that could take the form of whatever Avenger he wished, and pitted the team against each other in brawls that swept across New York, a Hulk/Namor team up, an Atlantean incursion, a unified front featuring the arch-nemesis of each of the Avengers, a warlord from the future, and so on and so forth. This book doesn’t get the credit it deserves for really placing them against “foes that no single superhero could withstand” from the very beginning. A few things of note as far as the villains were concerned:

  • Seeing the Hulk and Namor’s alliance (issue 3) and waiting for one to betray the other was hysterical.
  • Even in his first appearance in 1964, Kang the Conqueror, one of my favorite villains, went beast mode on the Avengers (issue 8).
  • Zemo and the Masters of Evil’s presence loomed heavily over the first year’s worth of stories.
  • As ridiculous as some of the early adventures were, there was also some sound logic. Count Nefaria (issue 13) never physically assaulted someone himself and always pulled strings from behind the scenes, trying his damndest to make sure that it was much more difficult to directly connect his crimes to him.
  • Issues 15-16 unquestionably felt like a “season finale”, with a final showdown against the Masters of Evil and Heinrich Zemo’s fate at the hands of Captain America.

On the one hand, the quirks of the writing made for an exciting read. On the other hand, said surprises led to some funny and sometimes head-scratching moments. While testing the newfound super strength and invulnerability of the reluctant villain, Wonder Man (issue 9), the Executioner, an Asgardian god, took out a revolver to shoot him.  Hank Pym often had a sixth sense referred to as his “cybernetic sense” and I’m still waiting for an explanation of what that is. I’ve never seen the word “whirling” used in a comic as often as it is in these early issues (Thor’s whirling hammer, Cap’s whirling shield, Iron Man using his repulsors to place opponents in a perpetual “whirling” state). The most baffling aspect during that first year and a half was the handling of the Asgardians and their abilities. Thor’s powers and power levels would change at the drop of a hat. He’d walk away from being submerged in lava by the Lava Men (issue 5) without so much as a scratch, only for him to nearly get taken down by a stun beam from the Black Knight in the very next issue. His hammer, Mjolnir, can manipulate magnetic fields and at one point was even used as an alien detector (issue 14). The Enchantress showed a power that I didn’t even know she had…TIME TRAVEL. Furthermore, the plethora of “a product of its time” elements in these issues can be a bit much for younger readers not used to them. Women in these stories only cared about makeup and going out on the town. Natives of foreign non-white countries were subservient and unintelligent. Even random bits of dialogue could be cringe at times. Cap, along with Rick Jones, were trapped in the Amazon and Steve randomly shouts “A White Man—being attacked by a leopard! Too far for me to reach him in time!”

The visuals went through quite a metamorphosis midway through this era of the founders. The book started with “The King”, Jack Kirby, whose detailed layouts were made to not just be read, but absorbed. Then, along came Don Heck, who was less renowned for his detailed backgrounds and more known for his far above average character acting. The art change made for a hell of a transition between issues 8 and 9. Both had their strengths and weaknesses. Be that as it may, both crafted insanely entertaining visuals.

Overall, I feel like Steve Rogers did at the end of issue 16; a bit later to the party than those who were around from the very beginning, nevertheless, experienced enough to tackle the challenges that a new team brings. That new team (Cap, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver) will be the focus of part two of this Avengers retrospective. Until next time, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

Drax, Juggernaut, Marvel Monsters, and Romance from Marvel and Harlequin are Your New Digital Releases

ComiXology delivers six new releases today on their digital comics platform. You can choose between releases from Marvel and Harlequin with a mix of genres. There are classic characters and classic and modern romance comics for you to read now. Check out all of the releases here and get shopping or the individual issues below.

Billionaire’s Bargain

Written by Maureen Child
Art by Sara Nakayama
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It’s been two years since Sienna divorced her cheating husband, Devon. His older brother, Adam, suddenly pays a visit to her. She always found it difficult to deal with him, yet her body sizzles when he is around. But Adam has perplexing news for her. Devon, who died six months ago, had a baby with a woman who then sold the baby to Adam! He pleads with Sienna to stay with him for two weeks to help care for the baby, and she finds she can’t refuse the offer he makes her…

Billionaire's Bargain

Drax The Destroyer: Earthfall

Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Mitch Breitweiser
Cover by Mitch Breitweiser
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Collects Drax: The Destroyer (2005) #1-4.

The crash of an interstellar prison transport spells big trouble for an isolated Alaskan town when Paibok the Power Skrull, Lunatik, the Blood Brothers and Drax the Destroyer come calling. It’s not a social call. Oh… and you think you know Drax? Big, green and not all that bright – is that the Drax you’re thinking about? You don’t know Drax!

Drax The Destroyer: Earthfall

King Of Swords

Written by Sara Craven
Art by Nasuno Amano
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Julia was astonished when she returned to her beloved home after a month away. While she was gone, her father had gone bankrupt and sold their property. The buyer was Alex, a notorious Greek man. Though he came off as rude and arrogant, he took a liking to Julia and proposed that she marry him to be able to stay in her home. Ignoring the frantic fluttering of her heart, she accepted his proposal, telling herself it was just for the house…

King Of Swords

Marvel Monsters

Written by Peter David, Keith Giffen, Mick Gray, Roger Langridge, Steve Niles, Jeff Parker, Eric Powell, Tom Sniegoski
Art by Russell Braun, Mark Farmer, Duncan Fegredo, Keith Giffen, Roger Langridge, Arnold Pander, Eric Powell
Cover by Eric Powell
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Collects Monsters On The Prowl, Devil Dinosaur, Fin Fang Four, Where Monsters Dwell And Material From Tales To Astonish #1, Journey Into Mystery #62, Strange Tales #89 And Tales To Astonish #10 – And The Marvel Monsters: From The Files Of Ulysses Bloodstone (And The Monster Hunters) Handbook.

Marvel’s monsters unleashed in four timeless tales by today’s hottest creators! In MONSTERS ON THE PROWL, it’s the Hulk, the Thing, Giant-Man and the Beast vs. a tidal wave of classic creatures when the Collector inadvertently lets loose Droom, Grogg, Goom, Rombuu, Grattu and more on New York City! In DEVIL DINOSAUR, two young Celestials debate prehistoric Earth’s superior life form. But when the ferocity of Devil Dinosaur proves no match for the opposition, a savage from the future is brought back for a battle you thought you’d never see: Hulk vs. Devil Dino! In FIN FANG FOUR, four giant monsters – incarcerated for years for their crimes against humanity – now find themselves shrunk to human size and working at the home of the very people who captured them: the Fantastic Four! Meet Googam, Son of Goom; Elektro; Gorgilla; and Fin Fang Foom! But when Goom’s mad plan to rescue his father goes awry, the quartet must put aside their differences and become – the Fin Fang Four! And in WHERE MONSTERS DWELL, witness the terror of Monstrollo, the horror of Manoo and the fright of Bombu!

Marvel Monsters

Marvel Romance

Written by Gary Friedrich, Stan Lee
Art by Sol Brodsky, Dick Giordano, Jack Kirby, Gray Morrow
Cover by Jack Kirby
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Collects Love Romance #89 And #101-104; My Love #2, #14, #16 And #18-20; Teen-Age Romance #77 And #84; Our Love Story #5; And Patsy Walker #119.

MY LOVE. TEEN-AGE ROMANCE. LOVE ROMANCE. Picking up a theme? The romance genre spanned nearly half a century, and now Marvel’s picked some of its best from the sixties and seventies! “It Happened at Woodstock!” “My Heart Broke in Hollywood!” “Love on the Rebound!” Featuring Smart Styles and Heavenly Hairdos with Patsy Walker in a pre-Hellcat tale!

Marvel Romance

Spider-Girl Presents Juggernaut Jr.: Secrets And Lies

Written by Tom DeFalco
Art by Ron Frenz
Cover by Ron Lim
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Collects J2 #1-6.

Lots of people have big shoes to fill, but how many have to fill the helmet of the Juggernaut? Teenager Zane Yama grows up fast and hits the big time headfirst when he inherits his father’s unstoppability and joins the latest generation of Avengers! J2 squares off against villains and heroes alike, including a certain green goliath who thinks he’s STILL the strongest one there is! Plus: the first appearances of the X-People and Wild Thing, daughter of Wolverine and Elektra.

Spider-Girl Presents Juggernaut Jr.: Secrets And Lies

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Marvel, Harlequin, and the Greatest Olympic Champion Highlight Today’s Digital Comic Releases

ComiXology has eight new digital comics available for purchase right now. There’s a mix of what you can get including new digital comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and graphic novel from SelfMadeHero. Check out all of the releases here or the individual releases below.

Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine

Written by Jack Kirby
Art by Jack Kirby
Cover by Jack Kirby
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Collects Captain America #206-214 and Annual #3-4.

The King keeps Cap’s quests coming with menaces from deep in space and deeper in the human soul! Even the evil of the Red Skull might pale before the fearsome Bio-Fanatic! Plus: Magneto and a rarely seen batch of evil mutants! Featuring the Falcon and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine

Fury: Peacemaker

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Darick Robertson
Cover by Gary Frank
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Collects Fury: Peacemaker #1-6.

Before he presided over S.H.I.E.L.D., before he ran with the Howling Commandos, Sgt. Nick Fury fought on the blood-stained sands of the Tunisian desert. It was there that he came face-to-face with the incomparable might of the 21st Panzer Division and its skilled warrior commander, General Stephen Barkhorn, and barely lived to tell about it. And it was there that he got a second chance at life – and revenge. In this gripping tale, Garth Ennis (GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER) and Darick Robertson (PUNISHER: BORN) offer a never-before-seen glimpse into the soul of a warrior you only think you know.

Fury: Peacemaker

The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal

Written by Gail Whitiker
Art by Chieko Hara
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Schoolteacher Helen starts sweating the moment she sees Oliver, the guardian of a new student. She wonders if he remembers saving her all those years ago from her aristocratic employer’s wandering hands. Oliver remembers, all right, and can hardly believe an aristocrat’s prostitute could become a teacher! Does he dare leave his young stepsister in the care of this lewd woman?

The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal

The Maid Of Lorne

Written by Terri Brisbin
Art by Kaishi Sakuya
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During a revolt by the Scottish army against the king, Lara and her siblings are captured along with their father, the leader of their clan. By order of the king, Lara is forced to marry Sebastien, the king’s loyal subordinate. If she refuses, she and her family will be killed. On the verge of despair, she makes up her mind to fulfill her duty as the daughter of a clan leader. On their wedding night, Lara is terrified, but Sebastien treats her gently. She is surprised at first but ultimately follows his lead. But there is a secret behind his gentle demeanor…

The Maid Of Lorne

Marvel Westerns

Written by Steve Englehart, Justin Gray, Karl Kesel, Joe R. Lansdale, Jim McCann, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jeff Parker, Dan Slott, Fred Van Lente
Art by Homs, Eduardo Barreto, Tomm Coker, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Rafa Garres, Federica Manfredi, Jimmy Palmiotti, Marshall Rogers, David Williams
Cover by Eric Powell, Marshall Rogers
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Collects Marvel Westerns: The Two-Gun Kid, Marvel Westerns: Western Legends, Marvel Westerns: Kid Colt And The Arizona Girl, Marvel Westerns: Strange Westerns Starring The Black Rider, And The Marvel Westerns: Outlaw Files Handbook.

Marvel’s masked men ride again in all-new tales by a posse of today’s most talented creators! It’s the raucous return of Two-Gun Kid, Hurricane, Red Wolf, the Man From Fort Rango, Kid Colt, Arizona Annie, the Black Rider, Gunhawk and more! And introducing the Philadelphia Filly and Spender! Plus: re-presenting the origin of Rawhide Kid by Jack “King” Kirby and other classic Marvel Western tales.

Marvel Westerns

Punisher: Very Special Holidays

Written by Andy Diggle, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Paul Gulacy, Kyle Hotz, Mark Texeira
Cover by Mark Texeira
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Collects Punisher: Red X-Mas, Punisher: Bloody Valentine And Punisher: Silent Night.

Spend the holidays with the Punisher! In RED X-MAS, ’tis the season – for revenge. Following an eight-casket funeral, a group of vengeful mob widows go holiday shopping for the perfect assassin to take down the man responsible – and enlist the services of the lovely and lethal Sicilian assassin known as Suspiria! In BLOODY VALENTINE, something sparks the little black pit in Frank Castle’s chest – the one that used to be a heart! Suspiria’s back, and she wants to kiss and make up. It seems the murderous pair have a mutual enemy, an arch-villain whose pursuit will take them to Suspiria’s home turf of Rome. Can Frank withstand his partner’s charms? Does he want to? And finally, are you ready for a little holiday cheer? No? Neither is Frank Castle. In SILENT NIGHT, he’s more interested in tracking down a mob rat in the witness protection program and punishing him. But to do that, he’ll have to face his greatest foe. Hint: He’s fat, dresses in red and sports a white beard!

Punisher: Very Special Holidays

Shanna, The She-Devil

Written by Frank Cho
Art by Frank Cho
Cover by Frank Cho
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Collects Shanna The She-Devil #1-7.

She’s bold, she’s beautiful, and she’s your best hope of escaping the raptors nipping at your heels. She’s Shanna, the She-Devil! Award-winning creator Frank Cho brings you Marvel’s bodacious jungle girl as you’ve never seen her before: Reborn from Nazi science gone mad to battle her genetic destiny on an island full of prehistoric horrors. Trust us, Shanna has never looked this good…or acted this bad.

Shanna, The She-Devil

Zátopek

Written by Jan Novak
Art by Jaromir99
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Emil Zátopek is arguably the greatest Olympic champion of all time. The Czech runner’s three gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics, for the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter, and marathon is an achievement that has never been matched. His success as a runner made him a national hero, but as a public figure, outspoken and unafraid to take a stand, he was equally impressive. Even before the Helsinki Games, Zátopek had scored a remarkable victory, successfully pressuring the Communist regime to allow his colleague Stanislav Jungwirth, who until then had been excluded on political grounds, to compete. In Zátopek, Jan Novák and Jaromír 99 trace the extraordinary life and times of the great Olympian, from his first meeting with Dana, the love of his life, to the victories that would ensure his lasting legacy.

Zátopek

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ComiXology has 9 New Digital Comics from DC, Marvel, and Harlequin

ComiXology has a nice mix of new, old, and manga in today’s digital comics releases on the platform. There’s a total of nine new digital comics available now for purchase. You can get them all right now or check out the individual issues below.

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #13

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
Cover by Becky Cloonan
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The Joker turns to a familiar face as he looks to take down the Red Hood. Can Batman track down his former partner before the Clown Prince of Crime strikes, or is this just what Jason wants?

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #13

Champions Classic Vol. 1

Written by Chris Claremont, Tony Isabella, Bill Mantlo
Art by John Byrne, Vince Colletta, Bob Hall, Don Heck, George Tuska
Cover by Gil Kane
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Collects Champions #1-11.

Okay, a god, a demon, a spy and two mutants walk into… resulting in some of the strangest scenarios of the ’70s! It’s gods vs. heroes in the City of Angels! With mad scientists, Russian super-spies, and guest-stars from Marvel’s western and horror eras! Plus: the secrets of the Black Widow! Featuring Hawkeye!

Champions Classic Vol. 1

Champions Classic Vol. 2

Written by John Byrne, Bill Mantlo, Jim Shooter
Art by John Byrne, Bob Hall, George Tuska
Cover by Ernie Chan
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Collects Champions (1975) #12-17, Iron Man Annual #4, Avengers #163, Super-Villain Team-Up #14 and Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #17-18.

Demon-gods, alien monsters and killer bees – it only goes to show that Angel, Iceman, Hercules, Black Widow and Ghost Rider did more before #17 than some teams get done by #50! The short-lived super-team squeezed multiple mayhem into mere months of masked marvelry! Featuring the Stranger and the Stilt-Man! Magneto and MODOK! The world reign of Doctor Doom! The Sentinels and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants! Guest-starring Spider-Man and the Avengers! Plus: destined for the pages of Punisher War Journal…Rampage!

Champions Classic Vol. 2

Marvel Romance Redux: Another Kind Of Love

Written by Kyle J Baker, Peter David, Paul Di Filippo, Robert Loren Fleming, Keith Giffen, Roger Langridge, Joe R. Lansdale, Mike Leib, John Lustig, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jeff Parker, Kristen Sinclair, Fred Van Lente
Art by Sol Brodsky, John Buscema, Gene Colan, Vinnie Colletta, Dick Giordano, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, John Romita Jr.
Cover by Frank Cho
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Collects Marvel Romance Redux: But He Said He Loved Me!, I Should Have Been A Blonde, Love Is A Four-Letter Word, Restraining Orders Are For Other Girls And Guys & Dolls.

Continuing the noble pursuit of taking funny old pictures and putting funny words on top of them! We’ve asked some of the funniest writers in comics today to look at the romance comics of yesteryear and put in some new dialogue that’ll make us laugh! Unfortunately, the funniest writers were busy, so we had to settle on these guys. Hey, you get what you pay for.

Marvel Romance Redux: Another Kind Of Love

One Night With The Rebel Billionaire

Written by Trish Wylie
Art by Nayuna Sakurano
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Roane can’t help but feel excited as she discovers a naked man on the beach, his body chiseled like a statue’s. Under the silver moonlight, he catches her staring and teases her with a sinful and sexy smile. The next morning, she discovers that the mysterious man is Adam, a childhood friend who disappeared years ago. Roane’s nostalgic feelings of love for him soon come rushing back. But her sweet fantasy is destroyed when she discovers the real reason Adam has returned.

One Night With The Rebel Billionaire

A Place Of Storms

Written by Sara Craven
Art by Miyuki Yamaguchi
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“You must marry me, Andrea.” How could she feel anything but despair over this man’s proposal? Andrea was visiting Blaise at his imposing castle to convince him to break off his impulsive engagement to her cousin. But he managed to convince Andrea to be his bride in exchange. She tries to hate the cruel castle master who forced her into this contract marriage, but she begins to discover the pure heart behind his rough exterior…

A Place Of Storms

Ultimate Annuals Vol. 1

Written by, Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Mark Brooks, Steve Dillon, Jae Lee, Tom Raney
Cover by Bryan Hitch
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Collects Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #1, Ultimate X-Men Annual #1, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1 And The Ultimates Annual #1.

The Ultimate Inhumans debut, two lives are forever changed, Ultimate Juggernaut returns, and everyone guest-stars in the first-ever Ultimate Annuals! In ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1, it’s the first appearance of the Ultimate Inhumans! From a hidden race, she came to steal the heart of the FF’s youngest member: the beautiful elemental called Crystal! In ULTIMATE X-MEN ANNUAL #1, Juggernaut makes a play for the Gem of Cyttorak, the jewel that will make him truly unstoppable. Only two small things stand in his way: Rogue and Gambit, the new prince and princess of thieves! In ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1, Spidey goes toe-to-toe with some old foes – and winds up with a new girlfriend! Who is she? Let’s just say she has a familiar face. And in THE ULTIMATES ANNUAL #1, if you thought the Ultimates were the only team S.H.I.E.L.D. was creating – you were wrong! Get ready for the next wave of super-soldiers designed to protect America’s vital interests. But is this all Director Nick Fury is up to, or is there much more to this ultra-clandestine program? And can even S.H.I.E.L.D. keep all these super-people under control?

Ultimate Annuals Vol. 1

Ultimate Annuals Vol. 2

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Carey, Charlie Huston, Robert Kirkman
Art by Mark Brooks, Mike Deodato Jr., Stuart Immonen, Frazer Irving, Salvador Larroca, Ryan Sook, Leinil Francis Yu
Cover by, Mike Deodato Jr
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Collects Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #2, Ultimate X-Men Annual #2, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #2 And The Ultimates Annual #2.

The Ultimate Annuals return with life-altering events! In ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #2, something strange has happened at Nursery Two, the Baxter Building’s Think Tank counterpart in Oregon. It’s disappeared, seemingly swallowed up by the earth itself! And if you think that heralds the return of the macabre Mole Man, go to the head of the class! In ULTIMATE X-MEN ANNUAL #2, Dazzler – Alison Blaire, former X-Man – has awakened from her coma only to discover her life is in deadly peril! And even her former fellow X-Men may be powerless to save her as a betrayal within the ranks has left them shell-shocked. In ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2, Punisher and Daredevil return! While Foggy Nelson offers Spidey some legal advice, Police Captain Jean DeWolfe gives him some other advice – on how to take down the Ultimate Kangaroo! Will Peter Parker be able to navigate his way through this all-action moral maze, or will Punisher just shoot him instead? And in THE ULTIMATES ANNUAL #2, as the Ultimates clear the wreckage from the recent attack on the United States, a monstrous evil from the past rises from the ashes to launch an attack when America is at her weakest. And with the ranks of the Ultimates severely depleted, all that stands in the path of the long-thought-dead bio-fanatic Arnim Zola is the indomitable Sentinel of Liberty, Captain America, and Sam Wilson, the high-flying Falcon

Ultimate Annuals Vol. 2

Under The Brazilian Sun

Written by Catherine George
Art by Moe Fujisaki
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Catherine came to Portugal from England to inspect a painting. Roberto de Sousa, the man who requested her services, coldly dismisses her when he sees she’s a woman. Catherine’s determined to prove her worth to this former race car driver. But Roberto continues to avoid her, plagued by insecurities caused by the huge scar on his face from an accident. Yet his wild black curls and sexy gaze make Catherine feel as though her body is going to boil over. Scar and all, he is just too beautiful…

Under The Brazilian Sun

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