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Celebrate 300 Editions of Marvel Masterworks with Howard the Duck!


For over thirty years, the Marvels Masterworks line has collected the most seminal stories of your favorite Marvel heroes. Across 299 volumes, the iconic tales of Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Woman, Dazzler, and more have been presented in this stunning hardcover collections, Marvel is proud to present the 300th volume of Marvel Masterworks. While there were several worthy candidates for this milestone edition, only one waddled away with victory: Howard the Duck! See below for a special direct market exclusive variant cover to commemorate this landmark edition!

Steve Gerber and his artistic cohorts Val Mayerik, Frank Brunner, and Gene Colan delivered one of comics’ most iconoclastic and hilarious characters when they created Howard the Duck. His inaugural Masterworks kicks off with his quirky first appearance as a “fowl out of water” alongside the macabre Man-Thing, where they team up to protect Cleveland from the Man-Frog and Hellcow. The satirical stories continue with Howard and gal pal Beverly Switzler taking on dire threats such as the Space Turnip, the Beaver and — public transportation??! All this and more restored in Masterworks glory!


Review: Fallen Angels

Sunspot has hurt his best friend and runs away from school and his fellow New Mutants meeting fellow runaways, the Fallen Angels! This trade collects Fallen Angels #1-8.

Story: Jo Duffy
Art: Kerry Gammil, Marie Severin, Joe Staton
Ink: Tom Palmer, Val Mayerik, Tony Dezuniga
Color: Petra Scotese
Letterer: Jim Novak, Bill Oakley, L.P. Gregory

Get your copy in comic shops now and on book shops on December 10! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon (Hardcover)
Amazon (Paperback)

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Aces Weekly Asks You to Pick a Card, Any Card

Aces Weekly, the on-line comic magazine, founded in 2012 by David Lloyd and Bambos Georgiou, has announced the release of a set of collectible “trading cards”, which give purchasers access to volumes of the award-winning publication.

Each of the ten cards features an image from a specific volume on one side and a unique code on the other, which allows access to that volume. Volumes feature at least six different stories spanning seven issues and are often over 200 pages in length.

The cards are limited editions of 100 per volume, and are available from direct sales comic shops retailing for £6.99 for one card.

The first ten volumes feature a stellar line-up of established talent such as David Lloyd,  Herb Trimpe, Marc Hempel, Henry Flint, James Hudnall, Val Mayerik, JC Vaughn, Mark Wheatley, Phil Hester, John McCrea, Yishan Li, Algesiras, Alain Mauricet, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Roger Langridge, Dan Christensen, Kev Hopgood, Ferg Handley, Dave Hine, Shaky Kane, Keith Burns, Lew Stringer, Carl Critchlow, Phil Elliott, Lew Stringer, Stephen Baskerville, Jim Hansen, Mychailo Kazybrid, David Leach, Batton Lash, Jimmy Broxton and Bambos Georgiou.

Aces Weekly has also managed to launch plenty of breakout creators during those first ten volumes, including Paul McCaffrey, David Hitchcock, Ben Dickson, Gavin Mitchell, Esteban Hernandez, Kathryn Layno, Jok, Santullo, Rachael Smith and Lawrence Beveridge of the Fearless Vampire Killers, to name but a few.

The cards feature the following artist;

Volume 1 David Lloyd
Volume 2 Henry Flint
Volume 3 Marc Hempel
Volume 4 Herb Trimpe
Volume 5 Shaky Kane
Volume 6 Roger Langridge
Volume 7 Nardo Conforti
Volume 8 Paul McCaffrey
Volume 9 Val Mayerik
Volume 10 Keith Burns

Comic shops can obtain wholesale prices and order sets of cards by contacting Bambos Georgiou at info@acesweekly.co.uk

Retro Friday Review: Conan The Barbarian Annual #8


I found this comic at my local comic shop last week while I was passing the time rooting through the dollar bins as I waited to meet my wife. I ended up picking this one and a couple others up based almost entirely on the cover, and in the case of Conan The Barbarian the assumption that the annual would contain a standalone story. The annual was released at some point in 1984 according to the legal blurb in the front cover, and retailed for a whopping $1… so I paid cover price, apparently.

Written by Jim Owsley, with art by Val Mayerik, and colours by Steven Mellor, the annual’s story holds up remarkably well thirty years after it was released, and was certainly worth the dollar I paid for it.

First thing’s first, this issue literally feels it’s age; it’s a thirty odd year old comic, and that’s immediately apparent in the old newsprint style paper. Unfortunately, because of the paper used at the time the artwork isn’t as vibrant as it would have been when the comic first hit the racks, and the paper is far from as white as it once was, but taking that into account the art holds up really well. 

The story is fairly typical one in which Conan goes against a wizard and kills a fair number of nondescript enemies. It’s an entertaining story that hasn’t aged too badly, thanks largely to the speed with which the tale is told. Owsley moves from beat to beat with remarkable smoothness, turning what would likely be at least a three part story in today’s comic industry into a single issue standalone story.  Sometimes it’s nice to get a single issue story, and that’s especially true when it comes to finding an old comic in a dollar bin.

Even having never read a Conan The Barbarian comic from when Marvel held the licence, I still found this to be an enjoyable comic.

Story: Jim Owsley Art: Val Mayerik Colours: Steven Mellor
Story: 6.75 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.75
Recommendation: Read (but if you can find it for $1, buy it).

Preview: Vampirella Archives Vol. 12

Vampirella Archives Vol. 12

Bill DuBay, Cary Bates, Bruce Jones, Chris Adames, Archie Goodwin, T. Casey Brennan, Roger McKenzie, Nicola Cuti, Jean Michel Martin, Pierce Askegren, Marc Laidlaw, Bob Toomey, Budd Lewis, Michael Fleisher, Laurie Sutton, Gerry Boudreau (w)
Pablo Marcos, Leo Duranona, Jose Ortiz, Martin Salvador, Sanjulian, Esteban Maroto, Gonzalo Mayo, Jose Gonzalez, Brian Lewis, Val Mayerik, Buz Vaultz, Jeff Easley, Kim McQuaite, Steven Harris, Jimmy Janes, Rudy Nebres, Auraleon, Abel Laxamana, Garcia Pizarro, Paul Gulacy, Val Lakey, John Lakey, Noly Zamora, Alex Nino, Terrence Lindall, Jun Lofamia, Enrich (a)
Paul Gulacy (c)
FC • 400+ pages • $49.99 • Teen+

The terror continues in the fear-fraught twelfth volume of Vampirella Archives! This collection revisits some of the finest tales of horror hostess Vampirella ever seen in the Warren Publishing library, plus a delightfully devilish selection of the era’s best horror and science fiction stories. With space pirates, mermaids, bloodsuckers, and renegade wizards running amok within these pages, fearless readers will thrill to the creative talents of such horror luminaries as Archie Goodwin, Bruce Jones, Jose Gonzalez, Bill DuBay, and many more. This edition of Vampirella Archives collects Vampirella Magazine #80-88, and features a wealth of bonus materials from a bygone era, including the “Feary Tales” feature on urban legends, the monthly “Scarlet Letters” column, “Vampi’s Vault” of creator biographies and literary reviews, and intact vintage


Preview: Howard the Duck #1

He’s a person just like we are….only he’s also a duck. This March, that fine fowl returns to the pages of Marvel Comics in Howard the Duck #1 – the new ongoing series from writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones!

Marvel has released a first look inside the highly anticipated debut issue. Get in on the ground floor for the new series that will have the whole industry talking! Be there when Howard the Duck ventures through the Marvel Universe, trapped in a world he’s grown accustomed to, as the Marvel Universe’s new resident private investigator.

Marvel as he takes on the Black Cat, She-Hulk and mysterious forces from outer space! Plus maybe even a gun-toting Raccoon! (Three guesses on that one!)

Don’t miss the ongoing adventures of Howard T. Duck, Private Investigator as he gumshoes his way through the Marvel Universe in Howard the Duck #1 coming to comic shops and digital devices this March! WAUGH!

Art & Cover by JOE QUINONES
Variant Covers by CHIP ZDARSKY (JAN150770), PAUL POPE (JAN150771), SKOTTIE YOUNG (JAN150772), ERICA HENDERSON (JAN150773) and VAL MAYERIK (JAN150774)
Evolution of Howard Variant by CHIP ZDARSKY (DEC148088)
Movie Variant Also Available (JAN150775)
FOC – 02/16/15, On Sale – 03/11/15


Preview: Doc Savage Archives Vol. 1

Doc Savage Archives Vol. 1

Doeg Moench, Marve Wolfman, John Buscema, Tony DeZuniga, Marie Severin, Val Mayerik, John Warner, Ernie Chan, Rico Rival, Ken Barr (c)
FC • 512 pages • $49.99 • Teen+

The Man of Bronze is back with a vengeance! In this brand-new archival edition, the harrowing adventures of Doc Savage return straight from the 1970’s — fully remastered and ready for action. With art rendered by John Buscema, Tony DeZuniga, and Ernie Chan to accompany writer Doug Moench, this book is a must-have for any and all fans of Doc Savage and his Amazing Five. Revisit the classic Curtis Magazine issues and relive the glory days of the Man of Bronze! Collecting the complete, first eight issues of the 1970s Doc Savage Magazine in its entirety!


Howard The Duck Omnibus Returns For a New Printing in October!

Get down, America! From the far reaches of Duckworld – he has returned! That’s right, the Master of Quack Fu takes center stage when the Howard The Duck Omnibus Hardcover returns for a brand new printing! Experience the groundbreaking adventures of this wild waterfowl all over again, or for the first time ever when these iconic Marvel stories return to print this October! Collecting stories from Adventures Into Fear #19, Man-Thing #1, Giant-Size Man-Thing #4-5, Howard the Duck #1 – #33, Marvel Treasury Edition #12 and Marvel Team-Up #96, no fan can afford to miss this essential piece of Howard history!

Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik in 1973, Howard the Duck would go on to become a staple of the Marvel comics of that era. Born on a planet populated by talking waterfowl, Howard the Duck found himself trapped on a world he never made: ours! The archetypal outsider, Howard waddled his way through the Marvel Universe for years armed with nothing but his razor sharp wit. Now, explore every one of these groundbreaking original stories as they take you from Duckworld to our world, in a Howard the Duck experience like no other!

Strap in for wild ride that celebrates the best of the foul-mouthed fowl when the duck comes home to roost in October for a new printing of the Howard the Duck Omnibus Hardcover!

Howard the Duck Omnibus Cover

Aces Weekly Volume 5 Begins Now

The latest volume of Aces Weekly has launched. The fifth volume features even more great strips from great creators. This volume includes:

  • Slash Moron – Slash Moron, and company, embark on a perilous journey to a strange, new world discovered by Professor Essor… Pencils by Jim Hansen Colours by John Burns Script/inks/letters by Bambos.
  • The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse – Looking for a little class in a world shot to hell? ACES WEEKLY has the great pleasure of formally introducing you to The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse by Mister Batton Lash.
  • Cowboys & Insects – The creators of the astonishing Bulletproof Coffin join ACES WEEKLY with a deeply odd new strip… Prepare yourself for the unmistakeable writing of David Hine and the eyeball-searing artwork of Shaky Kane. You like cowboys? You like insects? You’re gonna LOVE Cowboys & Insects!
  • Fawkes – London, 1952. There’s a real pea-souper outside and aliens are destroying Blighty’s freighters. James Fawkes has a lot on his plate defending the earth – but he’s no longer working alone. Welcome to The Air Ministry: Special Operations, Miss Devlin. Script by Martin Cater, art by Paul McCaffrey.
  • Run – Welcome aboard, Dan Christensen creator of ‘Red Hands’, ‘Duels’ and ‘4th Avenue’ with a tense new adventure story. There’s not a word spoken in this first chapter, but you’ll feel compelled to… Run!
  • Blue Cat – Cindy Sparks and her ghost cat, last seen in ACES WEEKLY Volume 2, are back – and things are about to get seriously weird! Script: James Hudnall Art: Val Mayerik Letters: Tom Orzechowski.

Each volume runs 7 issues and runs just $9.99 for the volume. That’s a hell of a deal for some great work by some of the best creators out there today! You can order the latest volume now.

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