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Diamond Comic Distributors is Launching Card Culture

Card Culture

Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. has announced the May the 4th launch of Card Culture, a retailer program focused on non-sport, collectible trading cards from leading trading card companies.

The cornerstone of this new program is access to exclusive, licensed content for member stores. Thanks to a partnership with The Topps Company, Inc, Card Culture’s first release will be in conjunction with Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2. Member stores will have access to an exclusive, 11-card, limited edition Mandalorian promo set developed by Topps exclusively for Card Culture program members. Card #1 of this exclusive launch set will be available May the 4th and collectors will be able to complete their set at a later date when subsequent cards are released.

Future releases for member stores will include exclusive content from Garbage Pail Kids and WWE. These releases are anticipated in the second half of 2021. Additional details regarding the program, including how to sign up, is being provided to current Diamond retailers.

Marvel Masterpieces Returns from Upper Deck!

Marvel Masterpieces

Upper Deck has announced the return of its iconic Marvel Masterpieces trading card set, featuring 135 all-new pieces of original art painted by critically acclaimed illustrator David Palumbo. The super-premium release took nearly two years to complete and covers a comprehensive list of Marvel’s most famous heroes and villains.

Marvel fans have a lot to look forward to in this new collection, starting with a serial numbered base set with parallels that extend to 4 tiers of rarity. Insert sets include highly coveted Mirage lenticular cards, Holofoil cards and textured Canvas cards that give the true feeling of miniature paintings. Battle Spectra metallic foil inserts, inspired by earlier releases of Marvel Masterpieces, also return in the 2020 product. Collectors can find numbered “What if…” variants, Preliminary Art Variants and hard-signed autograph cards, as well as never-before-seen Metallurgy metal cards that will debut in 2020 Marvel Masterpieces.

Upper Deck is pulling out all the stops for this release with original art paintings and original preliminary art from Palumbo’s 2020 Marvel Masterpieces collection, distributed via randomly inserted redemption cards throughout the set. Marvel comic fans and collectors will want to be on the lookout for new all-original 1-of-1 comic book sketch covers illustrated by Palumbo, as well as the return of Upper Deck’s ever-popular sketch cards that fall one (1) per box, on average.

Interestingly enough, Palumbo’s mother, Julie Bell and stepfather, Boris Vallejo, are famed fantasy artists that created artwork for 1996 Marvel Masterpieces set. In contrast, Palumbo is known for his dark, atmospheric style that has earned him numerous honors including three Spectrum medals and a Chelsey award.

2020 Marvel Masterpieces releases this September in hobby shops across North America, and will also be available on http://www.UpperDeckEpack.com later this year.

Review: Marvel’s Voices #1

Marvel's Voices #1

Marvel’s Voices is an Experience, capital E. It’s the first comic I know about that adapts the concept of a podcast into a comics anthology collecting stories from black creators giving their take on the Marvel universe.

The book’s title carries over from the podcast it’s based on, which is hosted by Angélique Roché. The list of creators includes Vita Ayala, Damion Scott, Kyle Baker, Brian Stelfreeze, Roxane Gay, Method Man, Alitha Martínez, among other notable industry names. What’s interesting about the project, though, is that it embraces its multimedia roots by featuring essays from other creators accessible via Marvel’s Voices online page.

Two particular essays grabbed my attention: Regine L. Sawyer’s “Growing Up Marvel” and Karama Horne’s “The Legacy of Isaiah Bradley: The First Black Captain America.” (Disclosure: Karama and Regine have both contributed to our site – ed.)

Sawyer’s essay is about her origin story into comics through a less conventional avenue than most other stories of the kind: X-Men trading cards. I don’t want to spoil the essay because it is a fascinating and well-written story, but it is wonderful to get this look at how comics allow for multiple entry points given it’s an entire cultural package. It made me remember my card collecting days growing up, both the same X-Men cards Sawyer collected and the classic Pepsi Cards I religiously hunted down back when they came out in Puerto Rico. I still have them with me and they also helped me embrace comics.

Horne’s essay is about two comics: Truth and The Crew. Each one stands as some of Marvel’s best comic book offerings. They were subversive and hard-hitting, daring enough to give Marvel a black Captain America (in Truth), complete with an exploration of the tragic treatment black heroes get using real-life black history as the basis for the problems each character faces (which is expanded upon in The Crew).

The essay is a great and concise history of these comics, but it also serves as a lesson on visibility. That Marvel hasn’t reprinted these stories or released newer editions of the paperbacks brings up more questions than it should. I think Horne’s essay makes a strong argument as to why we need these comics back on the stands.

On the comic’s side of Marvel’s Voices, we get a strong if a bit uneven set of short stories that are personal, celebratory, and thoughtful as to why Marvel characters mean so much in the struggle for more diverse voices in the industry. Kyle Baker, for instance, produced a one-pager Ant-Man and Nick Fury story titled “Perspective,” about Fury’s problem with depth perception. It’s a quick hit but the art on display here is impressive enough to make anyone want to see Baker do more Marvel work.

Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph, and Emilio López’s “Top of the Key,” on the other hand, is a one-pager on Mosaic story (a character Marvel has severely underused, in my opinion) that would’ve benefited from an additional page or two. It feels more like a setup for a larger story and we only really just get a taste of it.

Rob Markman, Damion Scott, and Dono Sánchez-Almara’s “What a Wonderful World” stands as one of the most impressive stories in the anthology as it offers a well-rounded look at a Marvel character with outstanding art and a clear message to boot. It centers on a troubled Silver Surfer, comparing Marvel’s biggest villains with humanity’s own villainy when it comes to protecting the environment. No panel was spared, no color was misplaced, and no bit of text hung without intent. Just a really good two-page story.

The best story in the book is without question “Inspiration,” by James Monroe Iglehart, Ray-Anthony Height, and Emilio López. This 4-page tale gives the radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers a much-deserved platform to contemplate his role in the grand scheme of things. The script showcases an interesting play on what a superpowered spider is supposed to be and how much of its natural instincts define its actions. It’s simply unforgettable and truly worthy of getting its own comic book series.

Marvel Voices #1 is the type of book Marvel needs to invest more on. It shows just how important it is to bring in other perspectives into this superhero universe and just how different it can all turn out to be. It speaks to the power of voices hungry for diversity in storytelling. And that, in itself, is a beautiful thing.

Writers: John Jennings, Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, David Betancourt, James Monroe Iglehart, Evan Narcisse, Vita Ayala, Regine L. Sawyer, Brian Stelfreeze, Brandon Montclare, Tatiana King Jones, Karama Horne, Kyle Baker, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Don McGregor, Geoffrey Thorne, Rob Markman, Method Man, Daniel Dominguez, Charlamagne The God, David F. Walker, Chuck Brown
Art: Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, Ray-Anthony Height, Jahnoy Lindsay, Bernard Chang, Brian Stelfreeze, Natacha Bustos, Kyle Baker, Brittney L. Williams, Khary Randolph, Damion Scott, Alitha E. Martinez, JJ Kirby, Sanford Greene
Color: Anthony Piper, Luciano Vecchio, Emilio Lopez, Marcelo Maiolo, Brian Stelfreeze, Tamra Bonvillain, Kyle Baker, Rachelle Rosenberg, Dono Sánchez-Almara, JJ Kirby, Matt Herms
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Writing: 9 Essays: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10
Recommendation: Buy and make sure to bag and board it.

Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Trading Cards are Out Now

Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Trading Cards (Individual Foil Pack)

2.5” x 3.5” | Individual 7-card foil pack: $99.99 | Teen+

The greatest women in the Dynamite pantheon are brought to life by an assemblage of the most talented and beautiful cosplayers in the universe! Red Sonja – She-Devil with a Sword, Vampirella – Scion of Drakulon, Dejah Thoris – Princess of Mars, Sheena – Queen of the Jungle and many, many more femme fatales all featured for the first time ever in one colorful, deluxe ultra-premium format trading card set.

This special collector’s set features 18 Cosplay Photo Cards, 6 cosplayer and 6 artist signed cards, 9 card puzzle sets double sided with photos and sketch art on each side, 6 Line Art Cards with B&W Photo Head-Shots with character art, thousands of sketch card art of all the characters either together in groupings or solo, including sketch art puzzle cards.

Guaranteed in every foil pack: 2 Base Cards, 1 Line-Art Card, 1 Puzzle Card, 1 Autographed Card and 2 Original-Hand-Drawn Art Sketch Cards!

Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Trading Cards (Individual Foil Pack)

Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Trading Cards (Box of 12 Foil Packs)

4.75” x 5.75” | Box of 12 foil packs: $1,199.88 | Teen+

The greatest women in the Dynamite pantheon are brought to life by an assemblage of the most talented and beautiful cosplayers in the universe! Red Sonja – She-Devil with a Sword, Vampirella – Scion of Drakulon, Dejah Thoris – Princess of Mars, Sheena – Queen of the Jungle and many, many more femme fatales all featured for the first time ever in one colorful, deluxe ultra-premium format trading card set.

Guaranteed in every foil pack: 2 Base Cards, 1 Line-Art Card, 1 Puzzle Card, 1 Autographed Card and 2

Original-Hand-Drawn Art Sketch Cards!

Each Box contains 12 Foil-Packs and 2 Exclusive Box Topper Cards!

Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Trading Cards (Box of 12 Foil Packs)

Vampirella 50th Anniversary Ultra-Premium Trading Cards are Out Now

Vampirella 50th Anniversary Ultra-Premium Trading Cards – Individual Foil Pack

2.5” x 3.5” | Individual 7-Card Foil Pack | Teen+

Vampirella 50th Anniversary Ultra-Premium Trading Cards – Box of 12 Foil Packs

4.75” x 5.75” | Box of 12 foil packs | Teen+

Hot on the heels of the red-hot July Vampirella launch and the introduction of the ELITE-PREMIUM TRADING CARD SET, Dynamite proudly presents a very-special VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE ULTRA-PREMIUM TRADING CARD SET for discerning collectors featuring a large selection of the iconic and seductive siren’s fan-favorite art and artists. This specially culled set with rare art portrays five decades of the world-renown raven-haired beauty in all her majestic, blood-curdling glory! This set will be the center-piece of any Vampirella collector and includes an 18 Card Base Set, PLUS Dynamite chase cards that include: 12 Signed Cards, 12 Line Art Cards, 9 Puzzle Cards, 2 Box Topper Cards, and thousands of one-of-a-kind hand drawn original art signed Sketch Cards. Every signed card features a color ink or ultra-rare, gold ink signature!

Every individual Mini-Box w/ Foil Pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 Sketch Cards, 1 Line Art Card, 1 Puzzle Card, and 1 Signed Card. Every specially designed, 4-color Display Box includes 12 Mini-Boxes w/ Foil Packs, PLUS 2 Box Topper Cards!

Featuring art from: Joe Jusko, Joseph Michael Linsner, Jae Lee, Mike Mignola, Bill Sienkiewicz, Adam Hughes, David Mack, Tom Mandrake, Nei Ruffino, Maria Sanapo, Joe Quesada, Philip Tan, Billy Tucci, Terry Dodson, Jimmy Palmiotti, Luis Small Jr., Mark Texiera, Mike Mayhew, Tyler Kirkham, Joe Chiodo, Dorian Cleavanger, Kevin Lau, David Finch, Jose H. Williams, Greg Hildebrandt, Brian Stelfreeze, Gary Frank, Nelson, Beck, Michael Golden, Mike Choi, Mike Lilly, Amanda Conner, Alex Horley, Arthur Suydam, Steven Segovia, Dan Brereton, Al Rio, Jenny Frison, Bruce Timm, Neal Adams, Mike Deodato Jr., Rudi Nebres, Pablo Marcos and many, many more!

Dejah Thoris Trading Cards Box, Out Now!

Dejah Thoris Trading Cards Box (12 packs)

2.5” x 3.5” | Box of 12 foil packs: PI | Teen+

A Deluxe-Premiere set featuring a select group of Dejah Thoris’ most renowned artists portraying the Red Princess of Mars in all of otherworldly beauty! Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 sketch cards, 1 B&W art card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card. Every autographed card featuring a color ink or ultra-rare, gold ink signature! A Deluxe-Premiere set featuring a select group of Dejah Thoris’ most renowned artists portraying the Red Princess of Mars in all of otherworldly beauty! This set includes an 18-card base set, PLUS Dynamite chase cards that include: 6 autographed cards, 3 B&W art cards, 9-card puzzle cards, 2-box-topper special cards, and hand drawn original art signed sketch cards. Every autographed card featuring a color ink or ultra-rare, gold ink signature! Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 sketch cards, 1 B&W art card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card. Every specially designed, 4-color box includes 12 foil packs.

Dejah Thoris Trading Cards Box (12 packs)

Bettie Page Trading Cards are on Sale Now

Bettie Page Trading Cards Box

2.5” x 3.5” | Box of 12 foil packs | Teen+

She is the ultimate pinup queen, and the sexiest girl-next-door who ever posed for a photographer. Bettie Page, with her all-American smile, cute bangs and ever cuter curves was the epitome of 1950s womanhood — and the cheerfulness she exuded even when dressed in leather, playfully beckoning “naughty” men, made her an enduring symbol of easygoing sensuality. Bettie is eternal … and this new series of trading cards with glorious archival Bettie Page photography and art by Joseph Michael Linsner, David Williams, John Royle, Scott Chantler and others showcases her continuing 21st-century appeal. This set includes an 18-card base set, PLUS Dynamite chase cards that include: 6 autographed cards, 3 B&W cards, 9-card puzzle cards, and hand drawn original art signed sketch cards.

Every autographed card featuring a color ink or ultra-rare, gold ink signature!

Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 sketch cards, 1 B&W art card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card.

Every specially designed, 4-color box includes 12 foil packs.

Bettie Page Trading Cards Box

Bettie Page Trading Cards Individual Foil Pack

2.5” x 3.5” | Individual 7-card foil pack | Teen+

She is the ultimate pinup queen, and the sexiest girl-next-door who ever posed for a photographer. Bettie Page, with her all-American smile, cute bangs and ever cuter curves was the epitome of 1950s womanhood — and the cheerfulness she exuded even when dressed in leather, playfully beckoning “naughty” men, made her an enduring symbol of easygoing sensuality. Bettie is eternal … and this new series of trading cards with glorious archival Bettie Page photography and art by Joseph Michael Linsner, David Williams, John Royle, Scott Chantler and others showcases her continuing 21st-century appeal. Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 Sketch Cards, 1 B&W card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card.

Every autographed card featuring a color ink or ultra-rare, gold ink signature!

Bettie Page Trading Cards Individual Foil Pack

Fallout Trading Cards Foil Pack Series 2 Case is Now Available

Fallout Trading Cards Foil Pack Series 2 Case

$1,149.12 | Teen+

Based on the worldwide best-selling phenomenon, Fallout Trading Cards: Series 1 Trading Card Set, Dynamite Entertainment proudly releases Fallout Trading Cards: Series 2! Each Box contains 24 packs! Look for 100 unique base cards, 100 Holofoil chase cards, 54 Fallout 76 PERK cards and 8 Ultra-Rare Robo Fun cards. Fallout fans can continue to collect trading cards representing their favorite weapons, gear, characters, and much more from this comprehensive collection of art and design, which now includes art and material from Fallout 76.

Level up with 54 unique PERK Card designs taken directly from the Fallout 76 game files! These series 2 PERK Cards are replicas of the Vault-Tec SPECIAL trading cards earned as you play your way through post-great war Appalachia. Printed on vintage trading card stock, these “Dynamite” PERK Cards have the same look and feel as those found by players in the 22nd century. Look for even more rare yellow back PERK Cards!

Learn much more about the Fallout Universe with details and concept art that give collectors a deeper glimpse into the world that IGN said “(we could) easily be able to spend another 100 happy hours here and still see new and exciting things”.

Dejah Thoris Trading Cards Individual Foil Packs are Now Available

Dejah Thoris Trading Cards Individual Foil Pack

$99.90 | Teen +

A Deluxe-Premiere set featuring a select group of Dejah Thoris’ most renowned artists portraying the Red Princess of Mars in all of otherworldly beauty! Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 sketch cards, 1 B&W art card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card.

Every autographed card featuring a color ink or ultra-rare, gold ink signature!

Dejah Thoris Trading Cards Individual Foil Pack

Fallout Trading Cards Vol. 2 Foil Pack Box, Out Now!

Fallout Trading Cards Vol. 2 Foil Pack Box

FC | $95.76 | Teen+

Based on the worldwide best-selling phenomenon, Fallout Trading Cards: Series 1 Trading Card Set, Dynamite Entertainment proudly releases Fallout Trading Cards: Series 2! Each Box contains 24 packs! Featuring 100 unique base cards, 100 Holofoil chase cards, 48 Fallout 76 Perk cards and 8 Ultra-Rare Robo Fun cards. Fallout fans can continue to collect trading cards representing their favorite weapons, gear, characters, and much more from this comprehensive collection of art and design which now includes art and material from Fallout 76.

Level up with 48 unique PERK Card designs taken directly from the Fallout 76 game files! These series 2 PERK Cards are replicas of the Vault-Tec SPECIAL trading cards earned as you play your way through post-great war Appalachia. Printed on vintage trading card stock, these Dynamite PERK Cards have the same look and feel as those found by players in the 22nd century. Look for even more rare yellow back PERK Cards!

Learn much more about the Fallout Universe with details and concept art that give collectors a deeper glimpse into the world that IGN said “(we could) easily be able to spend another 100 happy hours here and still see new and exciting things”.

Fall Out Trading Cards Vol. 2 Foil Pack Box
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