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ADVENTURE FINDERS: THE EDGE OF EMPIRE #5 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 22:54

ADVENTURE FINDERS: THE EDGE OF EMPIRE #5
Writer(s): Rod Espinosa
Artist Name(s): Rod Espinosa
Cover Artist Name(s): Rod Espinosa

Having escaped the pursuing orcs and ogres, Clari’s group now turns to survival. There is food to be foraged and a hundred babies and their nursemaids need to be fed constantly!

When other heroes shirk this humble responsibility of feeding refugees, Clariette and her friends take it on with eagerness and passion.

Their foraging takes them deeper into the Green Shroud. Something watches them. Clari climbs the top of a huge hill hoping to locate where they are… and that is when things get really interesting!

32 pgs./ T / FC                   $3.99

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Bronze Age Book Club: Young Love

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:00
A new episode of the Bronze Age Book Club podcast has dropped, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Listen to "Episode 14: YOUNG LOVE #112" on Spreaker.

‘Batman: The Adventures Continue’ Arrives from Paul Dini, Alan Burnett and Ty Templeton!

First Comics News - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 07:34

New Comic Books, Set in the World of Batman: The Animated Series, Coming this May

From the visionary team behind Batman: The Animated Series come all-new stories set in this seminal animated world! Batman: The Adventures Continue, DC’s new, digital-first six-issue mini-series, launching in print on May 6, 2020, is co-written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, both producers of the original animated series, and illustrated by Ty Templeton, who has brought the world of B:TAS to comic books since 1992’s Batman Adventures #1.


(Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 artwork by Ty Templeton)

Inspired by the beloved and Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, these new comics reflect a new era of the long-running DC Collectibles action figure line by featuring newly designed characters never before seen in the beloved animated shows! DC’s Batman: The Adventures Continue characters are all based on art by Ty Templeton in the iconic Bruce Timm animated style. New figures from DC Collectibles launch this spring, and now, together with these new comics, the legendary Batman: The Animated Series continues to reach new audiences!

“Fans familiar with the Batman of The New Batman/Superman Adventures will be right up to speed,” says Paul Dini. “Alan and I approached the writing with the idea that we were doing the season you might have seen if we had not put the series aside to do Batman Beyond.”

“Tim Drake is still a very young Robin,” added Ty Templeton of the timing of the series. “Batman isn’t middle-aged or anything, and we’re not even close to the events of Batman Beyond.”

“What is different, however, is that we’re going back to cover certain gaps in the original series, events that didn’t have a bearing on the series at the time, but now do,” continued Alan Burnett. “In other words, there will be secret histories that will turn Batman’s world upside down. Things that no one knew were out there, until now.”

“Perhaps the most intriguing character in the run will be young man whose story threads through most of the issues,” teased Burnett. “He’s a smart, super-elusive loner who knows way too much about the Dark Knight. How this mystery man fits into the world of Batman Adventures and what he means to accomplish should, I hope, be a real jolt for old fans.”

In the first issue of Batman: The Adventures Continue, collecting two digital-first chapters, Wayne Enterprises in Gotham City is attacked by a giant robot that steals an entire room from the laboratory. Who’s controlling the robot? How will Batman stop the mechanized menace? And what does it all have to do with Lex Luthor’s sudden appearance in Gotham?

Batman: The Adventures Continue #1, written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett with art by Ty Templeton and color by Monica Kubina, featuring a cover by Dave Johnson and a variant cover by Dan Mora, hits shelves on May 6, 2020. Digital-First chapters will be released beginning in April 2020.


(Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 cover by Dave Johnson)


(Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 variant cover by Dan Mora)


(Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 artwork by Ty Templeton and Monica Kubina)

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DC PRESENTS GENERATION ONE: AGE OF MYSTERIES

First Comics News - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 07:21

The Charge Towards DC’s Future Continues!

Series of Five One-Shot Comics Spotlight DC’s Super Hero Heritage, While Revealing Secrets that Will Shape its Future!

BURBANK, CA (February 13, 2020) – The path to DC’s future continues to unfold in Generation One: Age of Mysteries! On sale in May, Generation One: Age of Mysteries is the first of five oversized Prestige format one-shots, each detailing a different age in DC’s storied, super heroic legacy!

Generation One: Age of Mysteries follows DC’s Generation Zero: Gods Among Us, in stores on Free Comic Book Day 2020.

“The Generation series of specials are built to bring the new DC timeline to life,” said DC Publisher Dan DiDio. “With Generation One: Age of Mysteries and every subsequent volume we’ll be shining a spotlight on the 80-plus-year publishing history of the DC universe while charting the course for the bright future of DC’s characters. All of our greatest stories and events will create the backdrop and context for the great new adventures we have planned. Everything counts, and we guarantee there’ll be surprises along the way!”

Readers of Generation One: Age of Mysteries will witness firsthand major events from throughout the history of the DC universe as seen through the eyes of characters like Wonder Woman, Lucius Fox, Alfred Pennyworth, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), The Spectre (Jim Corrigan), Mister Terrific (Terry Sloane), and others. The series of one-shots will also expose secrets from DC’s history, such as:

  • What was the previously undocumented “big bang” of the Age of Mysteries?
  • Which character truly ushers in the dawn of Super Heroes, inspiring all the rest?
  • What was the real reason behind the Justice Society of America’s retirement?
  • Which Golden Age hero will become history’s greatest villain?
  • What contentious alliance kept the Wayne family dynasty alive after Thomas and Martha’s deaths?
  • Who are the new, never-seen-before wildcards that will be instrumental in fashioning DC’s push to the future?

These five books will have all the answers to these questions, setting up DC’s boldest storylines ever while laying the groundwork for more excitement to come. The five Generation issues will feature a who’s who of creative talent, with an overarching story by Brian Michael Bendis, Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt, Robert Venditti, and Joshua Williamson, illustrated by artists including Doug Mahnke, Bryan Hitch, Mikel Janín, Ivan Reis, David Marquez, and more.

Generation One: Age of Mysteries is scripted by Andy Schmidt, with lead art by Doug Mahnke. Each of DC’s Generation one-shots will feature a cover by Jim Cheung and a variant cover by Gary Frank. Generation Two: Age of the Metahuman, Generation Three: Age of Crisis, Generation Four: Age of Rebirth and Generation Five: Age of Tomorrow will follow monthly after Generation One: Age of Mysteries.

Generation One: Age of Mysteries is a 48-page, Prestige format one-shot on sale at comic book stores and participating online retailers on May 27, 2020.

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Sheriff Mal VS Murder in Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY #14 From BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 00:46

Discover Year Two of the New Adventures of the Biggest Damn Heroes in the ‘Verse in February 2020 

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 13, 2020) – BOOM! Studios, in collaboration with 20th Century Fox today unveiled a first look at FIREFLY #14 from New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak (Ronin Island), artist Lalit Kumar Sharma (Daredevil), colorist Francesco Segala (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and letterer Jim Campbell (Coda), along with series creator & story consultant Joss Whedon (the visionary writer/director behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel’s The Avengersand more) continue the iconic worldwide pop culture phenomenon’s sold-out return to comic books. Available in stores February 2020.

Mal matches wits with a serial killer! The newly minted Sheriff Mal (don’t call him that, though) and Boss Moon are given their first big case as local law enforcement—to hunt down and arrest a serial killer haunting their new town! As Mal and Moon dig deeper into the mystery behind the suspicious murders, a surprising new benefactor strolls in, offering new technology and new beginnings for the townspeople…all courtesy of the Blue Sun corporation.

FIREFLY #14 features a main cover by Marc Aspinall (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), along with variant covers from artist Daniel Warren Johnson (Murder Falcon) with colors by Mike Spicer, and more.

Created by Whedon and set 500 years in the future in the wake of a universal civil war, FIREFLY centers on the crew of Serenity, a small transport spaceship that doesn’t have a planet to call home. Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian governed Alliance, will undertake any job — legal or not — to stay afloat and keep his crew fed. Thrust together by necessity but staying together out of loyalty, these disparate men and women are seeking adventure and the good life, but face constant challenges on the new frontier, such as avoiding capture by the Alliance, and evading the dangers you find on the fringes of the universe. 

FIREFLY #14 is available February 19, 2020 exclusively in comic shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

Available now, Firefly: Legacy Edition Book One collects previously released Serenity comics for the first time under one cover in a new value-priced format as Mal & the crew ride again in these official sequels to the critically acclaimed Firefly television series and Serenity film.

FIREFLY is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith; The Red Mother by Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert; and the upcoming Alienated by Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose and King of Nowhere by W. Maxwell Prince and Tyler Jenkins. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.

For continuing news on FIREFLY and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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CABLE AND DEADPOOL REUNITED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN CABLE #3!

First Comics News - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 00:43

New York, NY— February 13, 2020 — Old buddies Cable and Deadpool will be reunited for the very first time this May in CABLE #3! Deadpool considers Cable one of his best friends, but the young star of this new ongoing series will be a very different Cable than the one he remembers. Not yet the grizzled old veteran Deadpool has teamed up with in the past, Nathan Summers will be meeting Deadpool for the first time in an adventure that will prove that this is one friendship that is destined to be!

 

In this new ongoing series, writer Gerry Duggan and artist Phil Noto are teaming up to bring you Cable like you’ve never seen him before. “Show up if you want to be thrilled by an important new era in Cable’s history,” promises Duggan. “Or you get lost looking at Phil’s work. It’s his finest hour.”

 

be sure to pick up the debut issue when it goes on sale March 11th!

 

Retailers, final order cutoff for CABLE #1 is Monday, February 17th!

 

CABLE #3

Written by GERRY DUGGAN

Art and Cover by PHIL NOTO

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EMPIRES UNITE IN PATRICK GLEASON’S LORDS OF EMPYRE: EMPEROR HULKLING COVER!

First Comics News - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:19

New York, NY— February 13, 2020 — For as long as the universe can remember, the Kree and Skrull empires been locked in what seemed like a never-ending war, but now, a former Young Avenger has done the impossible. Abandoning Earth, his fellow heroes, and the love of his life, Hulkling has united both intergalactic empires under his rule and now heads to Earth with one of the largest armadas the cosmos has ever seen. What happens next will be chronicled in Marvel’s biggest event of 2020, EMPYRE, as well as the essential one-shot, LORDS OF EMPYRE: EMPEROR HULKING. Written by Chip Zdarsky and Anthony Oliveira with art by Manuel Garcia, LORDS OF EMPYRE: EMPEROR HULKLING will show readers what led Hulkling on his bold new path and shed light on his mysterious plans…

 

“Hulkling is one of the coolest characters in modern comics – he’s the great scion of two galaxies-spanning empires, yet somehow one of its most sweetest, kindest, and down-to-earth heroes,” said Oliveira. “This story is about really delving into that sense of restlessness, and his epic, classic hero’s journey – Star-crossed romance! Colossal space battles! A long lost prince! – grounded in its heart with a question about what it might mean, and what it might cost, to be king.”

 

Check out the main cover by Patrick Gleason below and see Hulkling fulfill his destiny when LORDS OF EMPYRE: EMPEROR HULKLING hits stands on April 22nd!

 

LORDS OF EMPYRE: EMPEROR HULKLING 1 (FEB200784)

Written by CHIP ZDARSKY and ANTHONY OLIVEIRA

Art by MANUEL GARCIA

Cover by PATRICK GLEASON

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DEAD BODY ROAD

First Comics News - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:26

SKYBOUND’S DEAD BODY ROAD FLOORS IT DOWN THE FAST LANE TOWARD A HIGH-OCTANE, PULSE-POUNDING NEW STORY ARC—BAD BLOOD—OUT THIS MAY

PORTLAND, Ore. 02/13/2020 — Image/Skybound Entertainment kicks the action into gear with the return of fan favorite miniseries Dead Body Road by Justin Jordan, featuring new series artist Benjamin Tiesma, colorist Mat Lopes, and letterer Pat Brosseau. The action-packed, six-issue series—Bad Blood—will hit comic shops this May and feature covers by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio.

In Dead Body Road: Bad Blood, Bree Hale has left a lot behind in her life. Crime. The military. But she can’t leave behind her own family, and when the local crime boss puts a hit out on her brother, there’s nothing she won’t do to save him. Absolutely nothing.

“Well, it’s been a couple years, but I am back to crime….writing,” said Jordan. “Crime writing. This is another story about revenge, but this time from the point of view of the person trying to stop someone else from getting it. But should she? Dead Body Road is back.”

John Wick meets Southern Bastards in this pulse-pounding action series—set to deliver an explosive tale of revenge like you’ve never seen before!

Dead Body Road: Bad Blood #1(Diamond Code MAR200042) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 20.

Dead Body Road: Bad Blood #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

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Dark Horse International Line Expands

First Comics News - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:24
DARK HORSE INTERNATIONAL LINE EXPANDS Middle-Grade Graphic Novel “Gert and the Sacred Stones” and Multi-Cultural War Story ‘Papaya Salad’ Arrive Summer 2020 MILWAUKIE, Ore., (February 13, 2020)—From Italian publisher Tunué, creators Marco Rocchi and Francesca Carità, and translator Jamie Richards comes middle-grade graphic novel Gert and the Sacred Stones, available in English for the first time!

Gert and the Sacred Stones is a story of heart, bravery, and conflict. Meet Gert, a young orphan whose land is shrouded in a thick fog that hides ferocious, fantastical animals that endlessly constantly besiege her village. Tired of the endless war between humans and nature, Gert sets out to make sure no one else suffers what she has as a result of the war. But to achieve this she’ll have to do what is forbidden to young women like her: become a warrior.

If Gert is to succeed in her quest, she must learn the hard truths of war and violence, and discover that being a hero may not mean what it seems.

“We wanted to create a multi-faceted and well-rounded female character who could mirror the strengths and weakness of both girls and boys. Although it’s a fantasy setting, there are many references to real life and to our way of seeing the world. Many will recognize themselves in the protagonist’s will to forge and affirm her own unique identity despite the adversities she faces, and in her awareness that she must learn more, experience more, and grow by taking responsibility for her choices before she can change the world.”—Marco Rocchi and Francesa Carità

Gert and the Sacred Stones TPB arrives in comic shops August 26, 2020 and in bookstores September 8, 2020. The 160-page graphic novel is available for pre-order now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop  for $14.99.

A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON WORLD WAR II What happens when you find yourself in a war that’s not your own? That’s the question Sompong must answer for himself, and the one creator Elisa Macellari explores as she looks back on the life of her Great Uncle in Papaya Salad with translator Carla Roncalli Di Montorio.

On the eve of World War II, Sompong leaves his native Thailand to study abroad in Italy on a military scholarship. A gentle and resolute man with a love of books and language, Sompong chronicles his life during the war all while finding humor, joy, and love even as the world changes irrevocably around him.

Originally published by Italian publisher BAO, Papaya Salad gives voice to an often-overlooked perspective on World War II. As Macellari describes “[Papaya Salad is] a historical and emotional journey through my family and my roots, grown in both Europe and Asia. A personal narrative that needs to be shared and hopefully finds a home in the empathy of readers”.

Papaya Salad arrives August 26, 2020 for $24.99

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ARCHIE FREELANCERS REMEMBER VICTOR GORELICK

First Comics News - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 17:31

RIK OFFENBERGER
I really enjoyed working with Victor when I was at Archie. I was with Archie for 10 years. When I went to the New York ComicCon I was with Victor constantly, When he would come to the San Diego ComicCon we would hang out at the booth together for most of the show. In between, we would talk on the phone about ways to promote Archie Comics, new stories coming out and life in general. He was always warm and friendly to me and my wife. He had a wonderful, wry sense of humor. My condolences to Kathie.

 

PAUL CASTIGLIA:
In both my life and career, I’ve had many mentors. In my career, Victor Gorelick, long-time Archie Comics editor, was certainly a major one. Having worked for the publisher since he was 17, he knew the business inside and out, particularly as it related to the creation of comics (he could not only edit but was also a skilled writer, artist, letterer, and colorist). He taught me what makes a good funny strip for young readers, including where to insert the most outlandish visual gag or quip, and he shared my love for puns. As an editor of stories I wrote, he encouraged me to always remember it’s how each character individually reacts to a situation based on their unique personalities that creates the comedy. That also helped me when I edited stories by others. In my role as company historian and researcher-editor of the Archie Americana Series of classic reprints, Victor was an invaluable source of information to me, with a tremendous, encyclopedic memory of who did what and when. In later years, when I was a freelance writer-editor-researcher working on a book about the pre-Archie days of the publisher churning out superhero comics in the late 1930s and early ‘40s as MLJ Comics, Victor graciously stepped in and offered assistance there as well. His insights were always invaluable, and always tinged with a knowing wit… Victor having gone through the process so many times himself. Beyond all that, Victor encouraged and nurtured a love in me for film noir movies and classic radio shows. In those few but nice breaks from work, he’d excitedly share with me all about some ‘40s noir drama he watched, and how well-written, directed and acted it was. And he’d lend me audiocassettes of some of his favorite old radio broadcasts, especially those narrated and performed by a personal favorite of mine, Vincent Price. I am very grateful for all I learned from Victor, both professionally, and in our shared love for the arts.

 

FERNANDO RUIZ:
For many years, Victor Gorelick proudly represented Archie Comics as a member of the Kubert School’s advisory board, an assemblage of highly placed comic book industry professionals who met regularly at the School to advise on the curriculum, offer counsel and suggestions and whenever time allowed, review the students’ portfolios. It was during one of his visits to the School, that I met Victor. I was a third year student and a life long Archie fan so it was a thrill to have Victor review my work. It was then that he hired me offering me my first professionally published job. In doing so, he launched my career. I would work for Victor for twenty-two years and over that time, Victor, one of the most unquestionably knowledgeable and experienced editors I’d ever work with, would teach me a lot. For most of my time at Archie, I’d deliver my work in person at the Archie offices. Victor and I would have long talks in his office and we’d cover a lot of ground. Aside from comics, Victor and I also shared a mutual love for old time radio shows especially the crime anthology, The Whistler, a show we both enjoyed. I’ve been teaching at the Kubert School for twenty five years. Even after Victor stopped making his visits to the School, he never lost his interest in my old alma mater. He’d regularly ask about how the place was doing and for the people there that we both knew. It will forever be impossible for me to talk about my career as an artist, a writer, and a teacher, without thinking of Victor. I’ll forever appreciate having known him. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to The Whistler again without remembering him.

 

TOM DEFALCO
Victor Gorelick was my first boss in the comic book biz, the kind of editor I always wanted to be. Vic was always generous with ideas, supportive of his creative teams and he was always encouraging his people to take that next creative leap. He set a high bar for professionalism, demanding that the work be turned in on time and done to the best of your ability (and he never, ever stopped trying to improve that ability). He taught me that my first idea is rarely my best and that comics demanded clarity and brevity. He was a good friend for more than 40 years and his influence shows in every work I write.

 

BARABRA SLATE:
Victor edited over 100 of my Betty and Veronica stories. “Victor, I have a great story but I will need all 24 pages of the comic to write it” I would say and then I’d give him my pitch. “Do it in 6 pages” he’d respond. It was impossible to argue with Victor because he’d already hung up. I will be forever grateful to Victor for making me do a 6 pager. I learned how to condense a story and make each panel count. RIP, Victor.

 

KATHLEEN WEBB
I’m sorry to hear the news of Victor’s passing; along with Dan DeCarlo, he was instrumental in getting me started (and keeping me going!) as a writer at Archie comics. I will miss hearing his “say hi to Bill” sendoff greeting for my husband at the end of our conversations on the phone—he always ended a call that way, in a friendly manner, no matter how we chewed over a story I’d sent in or was working on. He may have been a tough editor to work for at times, but he was also a good friend.

 

DAN PARENT
I am very saddened by the death of my good friend, colleague, editor, and inspiration Victor Gorelick of Archie Comics. To say this is the end of an era is an understatement.
Victor WAS Archie Comics. He was there over 60 years !!! And his love for Archie never waned. He was so proud of the Archie legacy, which he was a big part of.
I’ve known Victor for 35 years, meeting him my second year at the Joe Kubert School. He plucked me out of the school and gave me my start at Archie. It’s safe to say he gave me my career!! Of which I’m eternally grateful!
I have so many fond memories of Victor, I don’t know where to begin. But the main things that pop into my head are all the great conversations we’d have sitting in his office. We covered a wide variety of topics, and Victor’s dry wit was always the best! I’ll really miss those talks.
My deepest condolences to his family and especially his wife Kathie, who he always claimed he won the jackpot when he met her!
Thank you, Victor, for everything you’ve done for me. And for everything you’ve given to the Archie family and fans out there. Your life lives on in every page!

 

BILL GALVAN
Sad to hear of the passing of Archie Editor-in-Chief Victor Gorelick. I owe much of my career in comics to Victor, who gave me my first assignment back in 2006, and also approved my son Ben’s work a couple of years ago. He was great to work with and nobody knew the characters better than he did. He was truly a legend in the comics world, having worked at Archie for over 60 years. My condolences to his family.

 

JIM AMASH
Victor Gorelick was my Archie editor for over twenty years. He made working for the company easy and fun. He trusted me with tight deadlines many, many times, saying “I can always depend on you”. When I needed extra work, he was there to help me. When I came to him for professional advice, Victor never hesitated to offer practical solutions. We shared lots of laughs and personal stories about our lives.
I was the first person to do an extended interview with him about his comic book career for Alter Ego magazine # 23. Victor was a walking encyclopedia about the history of Archie Comics. He worked there for sixty-two years. I knew he had been ill in recent times, but somehow, it seemed like he’d always pull through and stay strong. And he did, until now. RIP, Victor. You’ll be greatly missed by all who knew you. Thank you for everything you did for me.
This photo was taken at a New York Comics Convention in 2009. On the left is Jon D’Agostino, whose comics career lasted from the 1940s to the 2000s. On the right is Victor.

 

STEVEN BUTLER
I had the disinct privilege of working with Victor Gorelick around fifteen years ago on a project called “Betty And Veronica: The New Look- Bad Boy Trouble”- a four part comic story spread out over four issues of the Betty and Veronica digest magazine. It was a new different type of presentation of these characters. as I was hired on to draw it in a similar style to my Marvel work. It marked a departure stylistically from the Dan Decarlo “house style” that Archie Comics was known for, and, despite a fair bit of pushback from fans who were against seeing their beloved characters drawn any other way than what they were used to seeing, the experiment did well enough that they continued with other storylines in the same “new look” style, and eventually, led to the modern Archie style, where new styles abound.
To me, Victor Gorelick foresaw that. He was one of the “old guard”, having been working in comics since at least the Bronze Age, but he was forward thinking in trying new and different things- at least in my own experience with the man.
I remember when he first called me up to offer me the job- I had been working for Archie Comics for around 7 or 8 years by then, but only on the Sonic the Hedgehog title, so when he offered me the Betty and Veronica story, I saw it as a challenge. I just remember him telling me they wanted it to look more akin to the types of romance comics that Marvel and DC used to do, rather than the classic Dan Decarlo look. Sounded simple enough, though I had never drawn a “romance” comic before- I just took the challenge, and we were off and running. Victor was really easy to work with, and called me on the phone fairly often while doing the job, just to make sure I was on schedule and what not. I remember one package of art that i sent them getting lost in the mail, and having to redraw the sequence, because i didn’t scan the pages before mailing them out(I’ve learned since then!!). The original pages finally showed up(after I had already drawn and turned in the redrawn pages), and Victor insisted on paying me for both sets- something he didn’t have to do, but did anyway, which spoke to his character and made him number one in my book!!
After the job was completed, I continued working for Archie, but was back on Sonic, and didn’t do any more Betty and Veronica work, so I wasn’t in contact with Victor anymore like i was while doing that particular work. Flash forward to 2014 at the San Diego Comic Con. I stop by the Archie Comics booth and introduce myself(it was my first time to meet a lot of the Archie guys, even though I had been freelancing for them for years by then). I asked them if Victor was there, and they introduced me to him. I finally got to meet the man face to face- A good bit older and a little more frail looking, but still up and about, greeting the fans, and just enjoying the interaction with the folks. I’m glad I got the chance to talk to him, however briefly it was.
To me, Victor seemed to be one of the last guardians of the “old ways” of comic book production and thought, but in a lot of ways, the things he helped set in motion were directly responsible for the “new ways” of doing things. I’m not sure if he would be comfortable with me saying this, but I believe his contributions to the comic book industry, and his faithful loyalty to the Archie Comics brand, are things well worth remembering. I know I, for one, will always remember them.
Godspeed, Victor. It was a pleasure and honor to have known and worked with you.

 

PAUL KUPPERBERG
I woke up to the heartbreaking news that my friend, longtime Archie Comics contributor and editor Victor Gorelick has died. I’ve known Victor for forty years, ever since I wrote some Radio Shack custom comics for him around 1980. I got to know him better when we spent close to 4 years in the trenches together on LIFE WITH ARCHIE starting in 2009 and, in the years since, on a couple of online series. Victor was the literal heart and soul of Archie Comics, a 60-plus year employee who truly embodied the Riverdale spirit (but by way of Brooklyn). My condolences to his family, both at home and at Archie. I’ll miss him. You will too, although you may not realize it.

 

RICH KOSLOWSKI
The great Editor-in-Chief of Archie Comics, and my good friend, Victor Gorelick has passed away. He is/was an institution at Archie and in comics. He kept Archie comics rolling over there for decades! He was tough, fair and funny to work with. I’m so very grateful for having had the opportunity to work with him. RIP, Victor!

 

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Here’s Your First Look at the New ‘X-Factor’ Costumes

First Comics News - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:59

The X-Men have conquered death, but the ability to bring back any fallen mutant comes with a host of questions and complications. And that’s where X-Factor comes in.

From writer Leah Williams and artist David Baldeón, April 22’s X-FACTOR #1 dives into the world of murder and missing persons in order to keep the rules of resurrection on track.

 

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Wednesday Comics: Wild, Wild West

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 12:00

The 60s spy-fi Western Wild, Wild West has had a couple of comic book adaptations. Gold Key Comics published 7 issues from 1966-69 (the span of tv series). The most recent series was in 1990 from Millennium Comics.

I've never read the Millennium series, but several issues of the Gold Key run are available on the Internet Archive. Check them out.


Deepfakes, Fraud, and Digital Personal Copyright

Dungeoncomics - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 13:00
This story opens in media res, in the middle of heart-pounding action as the US Congress passes a modification to the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

Shadows on the Hill

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 12:00
Our 5e Land of Azurth game continued last night with the party leaving Rivertown on their way to the Sapphire City and from there Virid Country. In the forests north of Rivertown, they encountered a an injured, cervine centaur-like creature named Tualla. Seeing the Sylvan Elf Shade among them, she asks for the party's help. It seems that something strange occurred in their ritual circle, and eruption of shadow, and the arrival of two umbral drakes.


The party agrees to at least investigate to see if they can help her people. After defeating a shadow-touched living tree, they around at the mound with its circle of standing stones. A fear grips a few of them, and all of them feel the touch of the unnatural, but they proceed.

Within the standing stones, they find a portal of roiling shadow, encircled by skulls--and the two wicked monsters. The mated pair of drakes taunt them, them knock over half the party unconscious with a breath weapon of cold shadow, then toy with them further, allowing the surviving members of the party to escape with their friends.

They rest with Tualla's people and strategize. The Sorcerer Bell recalls that Umbral Drakes are creatures of the Shadow Moon and are susceptible to celestial radiance. The party recalls that the shadow creature that might before was exquisitely susceptible to the energy weapons they carry. They begin to formulate a plan.

Fortified by the bards make (improving their constitutions), Waylon and Shade stealth into the cirlce of stones in an attempt to destroy the skulls around the shadow portal. The other party members spread out around the base of the mound, at the edge of the clearing to make distance attacks--or escape, if necessary.


Waylon and Shade walk right in the midst of the conversing drakes without being spotted, but Waylon's attempt to destroy a skull (a failure) brings their attention. The female attacks them viciously, but the group returns the favor with energy rifles and she only lasts two rounds. She does unleash her breath weapon on the two PCs in the circle, but their boost Constitution pulls them through.

As she dies, she warns her "toothless worm" of a mate that if he doesn't slay these "vermin" her ghost will haunt him forever.

Enraged, the male attacks. Dagmar uses daylight to disperse the shadows so he can no longer hide or travel between them. Kairon slows him to limit his attacks. The others focus their fire. Bell delivers the coup de grace with a chromatic orb.

Weird Revisited: Wild Wild West

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 15:00
Robert Conrad died yesterday at the age of 84. This post from 2015 is a tribute to what I think was his best role...


Wild Wild West was conceived as "James Bond on horseback." That was a just-about perfect genre combo for the 1965, and a damn good one for today. The actual show was even cooler, particularly when it went color; it was the Old West filtered through 60s spy-fi style with Jules Verne science fiction thrown in. It's practically begging for an rpg.

The show's James Bond of the 1870s was James West, Secret Service agent, who rode around in a private train with his partner, gadgeteer and master of disguise Artemus Gordon. Bruce Lansbury, producer of the show, described it thusly (as quoted in Susan Kesler's book):
"Jim's world was one of two-faced villainy, male and female, countless 'Mickey Finns,' and needle-tipped baroque pinkie rings that put him to sleep even as he embraced their dispensers. There were inevitable trap doors, hotel walls that ground their victims to dust or revolved into lush Aubrey Beardsley settings next door, lethal chairs that tossed occupants skyward or alternatively dumped them into dank sewers that subterraneously crisscrossed countless cow towns of the period. And then there was that old Dutch sea captain, leaning in the corner of the swill-hole of a bar, who inexplicably winked at Jim as he entered … Artemus, of course, in one of his thousand disguises."Some highlights: a super-speed formula made from diamonds; an elaborate house full of traps made by a deranged puppeteer; a ground of assassins masquerading as a circus troupe; and of course, the genius dwarf, Miguelito Loveless.


(No doubt some of you remember the 1999 film of the same name. It's fine, in the way the 1998 Godzilla is fine.)

Anyway, in gaming Wild Wild West, a lot of folks would suggest Steampunk games first--but the Steampunk aesthetic is pretty much missing from the show, despite the superficial similarities in thumbnail description. Any Western rpg (or generic one) would work, I suppose--so long as it would support the Victorian super-science. The Western element is mostly cosmetic, though, Stripped of its trappings, it more resembles The Man from UNCLE at its core than say Wagon Train. I think a Western adaptation of the old James Bond game would be interesting with the spy-fi genre stuff it has built in. GUMSHOE might also be a good way to do it.


DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #4 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 15:16
DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #4

(W) Tom Peyer
(A) Peter Krause
(C) Jamal Igle

With Stinger grounded at the Bughouse, Dragonfly is left alone to face the brute force of Kaktus! Meanwhile, on EARTH ALPHA, Dragonflyman puts his life in the hands of his sidekick who controls his fate with the push of a button—literally! PLUS! An assortment of prose and illustrations to entertain and astonish.

February 12, 2020
$3.99

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VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #3 review

First Comics News - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 15:05

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #3 (of 4)

Who is Sir Francis Lodge? And how did Vampironica’s ancestor play such a pivotal role in the emergence of vampirism in America? Join us for a journey through time as the one-time pirate leaves a trail of blood from the old world to the new— all the way up to the very creation of Riverdale itself!

Script: Frank Tieri, Michael Moreci
Art: Audrey Mok, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Adam Gorham, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 3/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Comic creators Martin & Maccagni bring crazy/sexy/fun action with the first tale of the weaponized dynamo… SWISS ARMY WOMAN!!!

First Comics News - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 14:57

Jason Martin — creator of current popular comics like the long running Vampblade ongoing series, and the recently debuted Amalgama: Space Zombie, as well as past works such as PRINCE-S STARthief, Night of the 80s Undead, and more — announces his latest Kickstarter, Swiss Army Woman. Which can be best described as Cherry Darling meets Batman: The Animated Series by way of Switzerland!!

This latest Kickstarter is another in Martin’s Pulp Girls series, a collection of pulp and genre inspired concepts with death-defying female protagonists and featuring different amazing and popular artists. Swiss Army Woman features the awesomely kinetic artwork of popular Italian artist, Marco Maccagni (Zombie Tramp, Vampblade, Road Trip to Hell, Monster M.D.) on interiors, along with several talented cover artists!

Upon losing her leg in a freak Olympic super-g ski accident in the Swiss Alps, a young woman is outfitted with top secret (yet all too familiar) technology, and becomes a one woman weapons program for a clandestine military from a supposedly neutral country! Now, instead of returning to her normal life, she proudly fights to defend Swiss interests at home and abroad. Chocolate Barons, Evil Bankers, and Giant Alien Clocks… all bent on world domination!! Good thing the Swiss Army have a special operative with every weapon, tool, or gadget their country requires… all attached to her right thigh! She is any tool the Swiss need, for any job her nation requires…

She is… THE SWISS ARMY WOMAN!

Martin says of the book, “Fans of beloved action cartoon franchises of the 80s and 90s will love what we’re doing here. Taking Switzerland and its rich iconography and mining that for our setting and characters. With a colorful rogue’s gallery like you’d find in Batman TAS’ Gotham, or the iconic foes from G.I. Joe A Real American Hero or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s all very rich to play with thematically, and really lets the character and concept shine. All-out fun in a book chock full of crazy cartoon action, that crafts something new from a myriad of popular touchstones!”

The Kickstarter is live now with base rewards such as digital and print versions of the book, as well as variant covers from popular artists, and other unique rewards. Having already surpassed its initial goal, the funding is now onto stretch rewards. Swiss Army Woman is ending soon, but available through February 12th on Kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1489023868/pulp-girls-swiss-army-woman

Created and written by: Jason Martin

Artist: Marco Maccagni

Colors: Geraldo Filho

Letters: Justin Birch

Cover Artist(s): Marco Maccagni, Catman, Josh Howard, Bill McKay, Edward Punn, Boo Rudetoons

Available now on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1489023868/pulp-girls-swiss-army-woman

Closing: Wed, February 12 2020

Books published/delivered: March 2020

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