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Dark Horse Books Announces the HELLBOY Omnibus Collection

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:18

A Major Publishing Initiative Presenting Hellboy’s Complete Story
Collected in Chronological Order For the First Time,
Featuring All New Covers By Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart

September 13, 2017) In 1994, Mike Mignola released the first Hellboy series, Seed of Destruction and introduced the world to the Right Hand of Doom, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and one of the most iconic comic book characters—and universes—of all time. For more than 20 years, Mignola and a host of celebrated writers and artists have chronicled the adventures of Hellboy facing his supposed destiny as Beast of the Apocalypse, and explored the mysterious backstories of B.P.R.D. agents including Professor Trevor Bruttenholm and Abe Sapien. Now, for the first time ever, Dark Horse Books will publish Mike Mignola’s award-winning Hellboy stories in chronological order with the HELLBOY OMNIBUS COLLECTION, creating the definitive reading experience for Hellboy fans and an ideal entry point for new readers.

This major publishing initiative consists of four HELLBOY OMNIBUS volumes, featuring every Hellboy story written and illustrated by Mignola and The Wild Hunt storyline written by Mignola and illustrated by Duncan Fegredo, which is the basis for the forthcoming Hellboy film directed by Neil Marshall. In addition, Dark Horse will publish two volumes of HELLBOY: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES featuring stories illustrated by artists including Richard Corben, Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon. Each of the six trade paperback books will feature new covers by Mignola and Eisner award-winning colorist Dave Stewart.

“I’m very excited to finally have all the Hellboy stories collected in chronological order,” said Mike Mignola. “And I’m especially excited to have the three Duncan Fegredo books—all the stuff with Alice and the Queen of Blood—together in one collection for the first time.”

Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels and short story collections, two animated features, two live action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise. Neil Marshall’s forthcoming Hellboy film is currently in pre-production, starring David Harbour, Sasha Lane, Ian McShane, Penelope Mitchell, and Milla Jovovich.

Each of the six trade paperback volumes will be priced at $ $24.99 US/$33.99 Canada. The first omnibus will be available in comic stores on May 23rd and in bookstores on June 5, 2018. Both HELLBOY OMNIBUS Volume 1 and HELLBOY: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES Volume 1 are available for pre-order now.

About the HELLBOY OMNIBUS COLLECTION:

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOLUME 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION
Available in comic stores on May 23rd and in bookstores on June 5, 2018.

The story jumps from Hellboy’s mysterious World War II origin to his 1994 confrontation with the man who summoned him to earth, and the earliest signs of the plague of frogs. Avoiding his supposed fate as the herald of the end of the world, Hellboy continues with the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, fighting alongside Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and drafting Roger Homunculus into his own ill-fated service with the B.P.R.D. This 368-page volume covers Hellboy’s adventures from 1994 to 1997, reprinting Seed of Destruction, Wake the Devil, and “Wolves of St August,” “The Chained Coffin,” and “Almost Colossus,” from The Chained Coffin and The Right Hand of Doom.

HELLBOY: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES VOL. 1
Available Summer 2018.

The ultimate introduction to this supernatural hero features 16 standalone stories with Mignola’s greatest collaborators—stories that can be read in any order.

In 1994, Mike Mignola released the first Hellboy series, Seed of Destruction, as Hellboy faced his supposed destiny as Beast of the Apocalypse. Before that, he’d spent fifty years fighting monsters as a somewhat carefree member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. The Complete Short Stories Volumes 1 & 2 present those early adventures. “The Crooked Man” and “Double Feature of Evil,” both of which earned Mignola and his legendary collaborator Richard Corben Eisner Awards, are collected with the complete “Hellboy in Mexico” saga, featuring collaborations with Corben, Mick McMahon, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon, as well as one of Mignola’s early masterpiece, “The Corpse.” This 368-page volume covers Hellboy’s adventures from 1947 to 1961, reprinting stories from The Chained Coffin, The Right Hand of Doom, The Bride of Hell, The Crooked Man, The Troll Witch, and Hellboy’s childhood adventure, The Midnight Circus, drawn by Duncan Fegredo.

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOLUME 2: STRANGE PLACES
Available Summer 2018.

Hellboy loses faith in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense when they strap a bomb to one of his fellow not-quite-human agents. He gets answers about his destiny, like it or not, in over 300 pages of comics mostly drawn by Mignola, featuring award-winning guests Gary Gianni and Richard Corben. This 416-page volume covers Hellboy’s adventures from 1998 to 2005, reprinting Conqueror Worm, Strange Places, Into the Silent Sea, and “The Right Hand of Doom, “Box Full of Evil,” and “Being Human” from The Right Hand of Doom and B.P.R.D. Being Human.

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOLUME 3: THE WILD HUNT
Available Fall 2018.

The basis for the upcoming Hellboy feature film! Terrible powers determined to kill Hellboy force him strike a deal with the Russian witch, the Baba Yaga, and to confront the truth about his destiny. The human race hangs in the balance, as well as King Arthur’s sword Excalibur, in a story that wipes England off the map and sets in motion the end of the world … Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo’s complete trilogy is collected for the first time in this 512-page volume, reprinting Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, and The Storm and the Fury, and the short story “The Mole.”

HELLBOY: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES VOL. 2
Available Fall 2018.

Featuring “The Hydra and the Lion,” “The Troll Witch,” “The Baba Yaga,” “The Sleeping and the Dead,” “Heads,” “Goodbye Mister Tod,” “The Vârcolac,” “The Vampire of Prague,” “The Bride of Hell,” “The Whittier Legacy,” “Buster Oakley Gets His Wish,” “They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships,” “A Christmas Underground”, “Dr. Carp’s Experiment,” “The Ghoul,” “In the Chapel of Moloch,” and “Makoma.”

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOLUME 4: HELLBOY IN HELL
Available Winter 2019
Hellboy in Hell, The Exorcist of Vorsk, The Magician and the Snake

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Lady Death: Naughty! Hardcover Art Book

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:16

Meet the Art Book to End All Art Books!

Feast your eyes on fantastic imagery depicting Lady Death’s sensual side by today’s top illustrators with this 48 page, 9 x 12″ limited edition hardcover art book! Features artwork by Richard Ortiz, Mike DeBalfo, Dawn McTeigue, Sabine Rich, Monte Moore, Eric Basaldua (Ebas) and more! Limited to just 2,000 copies!
PREVIOUSLY ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH KICKSTARTER!

ONLY $40!
ORDER NOW!

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BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:13
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JUL172245)
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ (JUL172246)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by TOMÁS GIORELLO (JUL172247)
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD (JUL172249)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (JUL172250)
Brushed Metal Variant by MICO SUAYAN (JUL172251)A BLOCKBUSTER NEW ONGOING SERIES! 

From New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Moon Knight) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) & Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), a bloody and vengeful new era for Bloodshot begins this September as Ray Garrison escapes his violent past to build the one thing he never thought he’d earn: a family. But when a hateful secret from his true love’s past threatens their fragile peace, Bloodshot will be forced to run headlong into a barrage of blood, bullets, and broken bones for a revenge-fueled assault that will have crushing consequences for those he holds most dear…

His sacrifice will be her salvation.

Now: In the arms of his beloved girlfriend Magic, Bloodshot has finally found hope for the future…in the form of the couple’s unborn child. But when Magic’s estranged family – a cruel and sadistic clan of homegrown criminals – re-emerge to lay claim to their lost daughter, Bloodshot will be pushed back to the brink of madness, mayhem, and warfare…

Soon: Eight years from today, Bloodshot’s daughter has inherited her father’s incredible abilities. Hunted by a high-tech kill squad called Omen, Jessie must hone her powers…and learn how to survive before the world is swallowed whole by the darkness that now pervades
America…

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 20th                

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The Story of Judas Is Unveiled at BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:12

Jeff Loveness and Jakub Rebelka debut daring original series in December 2017

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (September 13, 2017) – BOOM! Studios is excited to announce JUDAS, a new comic book series launching in December from Emmy and WGA Award-nominated writer Jeff Loveness (Marvel’s Nova) and artist Jakub Rebelka (Namesake) that follows the path of the most famous traitor in history. In a story perfect for fans of Preacher and The Goddamned, JUDAS picks up after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,  as Judas Iscariot wakes up in Hell and grapples with his role in “The Greatest Story Ever Told”—and how much of his part was preordained.

“Growing up, I always felt sorry for Judas,” says Loveness. “He’s always portrayed as a villain and the epitome of betrayal, but the entire Christian narrative of redemption and forgiveness hinges on him. He was born and destined to play this part in the story. There was never a chance for him to be anything else.”

Loveness continues, “I’m really looking forward to diving into an unexplored corner of Christianity as Judas journeys through Hell, trying to make sense of himself and his place in the story. Judas in Hell is such a striking image to me. Hell is full of broken people, used by God in His grand story, then cast aside forever. Everyone feels alone and wasted… and it’s up to Judas to navigate through them all as he claws towards something resembling closure.”

“Working on this story is a strange journey back to a time when watching images of Hell was my weekly routine,” adds Rebelka. “I grew up in a place that has more churches per square meter than anything else. When I was a kid, everyone was attending Sunday mass, it was a strong cultural thing. With JUDAS, I wanted to bring those childhood memories back to life, reminiscent of the overwhelming atmosphere of church with candlelight, gold, and blood.”

“Jeff and Jakub are crafting a literary, challenging piece of graphic fiction, pulled from between the lines of ‘the Greatest Story Ever Told’ and starring a tragically tortured protagonist in the vein of The Sandman’s Dream or Preacher’s Jesse Custer,” says Eric Harburn, BOOM! Studios Editor. “No matter what your religious beliefs may (or may not!) be, we promise: this story is for you.”

JUDAS #1 features a cover illustrated by Jakub Rebelka. Print copies of will be available for sale in December at local comic book 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 the BOOM! Studios app.

JUDAS is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, WWE, Big Trouble in Little China, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, Godshaper, Grass Kings, and Klaus.

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DC ENTERTAINMENT, IDW PUBLISHING AND NICKELODEON JOIN FORCES AGAIN FOR BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 19:21

Six-Issue Miniseries Debuts with Two Issues in December

BURBANK, CA and SAN DIEGO, CA – (September 13, 2017) – Gotham’s Dark Knight joins forces with New York’s Heroes in A Half-Shell this December as DC Entertainment and IDW Publishing today announced plans for BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II, a six-issue follow up to the smash-hit crossover series of 2015. Writer James Tynion IV (BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS) and artist Freddie Williams II (HE-MAN/THUNDERCATS) will reunite for this second meeting of two icons of pop culture.

“What DC and IDW started with Batman/TMNT in 2015 continues to spark interest with fans of these characters that have worldwide recognition,” said DC SVP Editorial Strategy & Administration, Hank Kanalz. “We can’t wait to see what James and Freddie deliver this time around.”

When Donatello goes looking for a new mentor to help him improve his fighting skills, he opens a doorway to another reality, hoping to summon the Turtles’ one-time ally, Batman. But instead, he gets sent to Gotham City and someone else comes through the open portal —Bane! Suddenly, there’s a new gang boss in New York and he’s out to unite all the other bad guys under him. Can Donnie get back in time and bring Batman with him to help his brothers before Bane causes irreparable destruction?

As an added bonus for fans, the first two issues will release in December before going monthly. Issue #1 hits comics retailers and digital outlets on December 6, with issue #2 following two weeks later on December 20.

“The original crossover between Batman and the Turtles was met with such positive enthusiasm from the fans, that it was only a matter of time before their paths crossed again,” said IDW President and COO, Greg Goldstein. “Fans have themselves to thank for making this a reality, yet again, and we’re confident that we can deliver the goods to meet their expectations with our talented creative team returning for round two.”

In addition to covers by Williams II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman will illustrate variant covers for the series.

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RICH REVIEWS: Slam: The Next Jam # 1

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 16:20

Title: Slam: The Next Jam # 1
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Created by: Pamela Ribon & Veronica Fish
Written by: Pamela Ribon
Illustrated by: Marina Julia
Colors by: Marissa Louise
Letters by: Jim Campbell
Cover by: Veronica Fish
Subscription Cover by: Jen Bartel
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: Drama at the Roller Derby. These girls train hard. Here we not only see them competing we look at their lives on and off the track. Roller Derby is a lot more than just skating around a track.
All the girls have their own unique personalities. Here the drama is so thick you can cut it with a knife.
The art portrays these skaters as normal people.
The story would have been better with more skate time. Looking at one team members actions that may cause her her place on the team is good but almost the whole issue is spent on it. We do see friendship here. Also hatred. A new girl being ignored which is wrong. All she wants is to be part of the team.
Cancan and Knockout are both wonderful characters and their friendship is great to see as this issue brings it out to the forefront.

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JUSTA LOTTA EVENT: Son Of MonsterPalooza Convention Returns To Burbank!

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 16:17

Celebrate all things horror at the upcoming Son Of MonsterPalooza convention!

Looking for some spooky fun? September 15th through the 17th make sure you are in Burbank for the Son Of MonsterPalooza convention. The show features all things macabre including artists, makeup demos, movie presentations, a costume contest and lots of your favorite monster movie celebrities.

Some of the actors and directors you can meet at Son Of MonsterPalooza include Kristy Swanson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Natasha Henstridge (Species), Lance Henrickson (Aliens), Joe Dante (The Howling), P.J. Soles (Halloween), Danielle Harris (Halloween), Costas Mandylor (Saw series), stars of The Thing – Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Thomas Waites, Joel Polis, David Clennon and many more.

Son Of MonsterPalooza is taking place at The Marriott Burbank Hotel and Convention Center located at 2500 N Hollywood Way in Burbank. More information can be found on the event’s official website: http://www.monsterpalooza.com/fall/index.html.

If you have not been to a Monsterpalooza show before I suggest buying your ticket in advance. Lines can be brutal and slow moving. Not only that, get there early in case huge crowd comes.

Tanya Tate

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HIGH SCHOOL IS HELL FOR EMPOWERED!

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 16:14

Adam Warren joins forces with Carla Speed McNeil in “Empowered & Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell”

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (September 13, 2017)— Empowered’s “frenemy” Sistah Spooky was once a schoolgirl who sold her soul for hotness, but was granted even more magic than beauty. Now, both superheroines find themselves trapped in a high-school hellscape by Spooky’s Infernal Service Provider—with her blonde ex-classmates plotting ritual murder to claim her magic for themselves!

Eisner and Ignatz award-winning artist Carla Speed McNeil, acclaimed creator of Finder and artist of No Mercy, Queen and Country, and more joins Empowered creator and writer Adam Warren for the first Empowered comic-book miniseries in standard comics format.

Empowered & Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell #1 is on sale December 20, 2017 and is available for preorder at your local comic shop.

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Wednesday Comics: The Hanging Tower

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:00

The Hanging Tower is a short graphic novel (graphic novella?) by Sam Bosma. It's the story of "an old knight in search of a lost girl in a run-down fantasy world" according to the copy, but I might instead describe it as an aging adventurer facing her past (and some of her former comrades) in a world where magic is beginning to fade. The plot and the stories execution bear no small resemblance to the Western genre, an effect accentuate by the fantasyland's material culture, that's like the medieval world being quickly replaced by the turn of the (20th) century and a landscape reminiscent of the American Southwest. There's a bit of loss, a bit of regret, and a laconic over-the-hill badass with some good lines.

Oh yeah, and Sam Bosma's art:

CCL #457 – November 2017 Solicitations

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 02:20

Chris goes over select trade paperbacks and collected editions from the November 2017 solicitations including:

  • Boom Studios
    • Snoopy HC
  • IDW
    • Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Vol. 2 HC
    • Star Trek: New Adventures, Vol. 4 TP
  • Valiant
    • Ninjak: The Complete Classic Omnibus Oversized HC
  • Image
    • Winnebago Graveyard TP
    • I Hate Fairyland, Book One HC
  • Dark Horse
    • Hellboy And The BPRD: 1954 TP
    • Matt Wagner’s Grendel Tales Omnibus Volume 2 TP
  • Marvel
    • Marvel Masterworks: Ka-Zar Vol. 2 HC
    • Moon Knight By Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev HC
    • Punisher Epic Collection: Capital Punishment TP
  • DC Comics
    • DC Universe By John Byrne HC
    • Green Lantern: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 2 HC
    • Justice League Of America: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 2 HC
    • Kamandi By Jack Kirby Omnibus HC
    • Shazam!: The New Beginning 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition HC
    • Batman: Arkham — The Joker’s Daughter TP
    • Robin Vol. 5 TP
    • Tales Of The Batman: Alan Brennert TP

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Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora Returns in All-New Special, The Crisis in Xmasville

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:45


LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (September 12, 2017) – BOOM! Studios is excited to announce KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE by Eisner Award-winning writer Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, The Multiversity) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, WWE: Then. Now. Forever.), the third story in the critically acclaimed reimagining of the Santa Claus origin story. KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE continues the holiday tradition of a new Klaus release from BOOM! Studios in December, dating back to the franchise launch in 2015.

In KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE, an evil Santa from an alternate dimension has founded a soda corporation that uses Christmas and holiday cheer as a marketing tactic to build their fortunes. Only Klaus can defeat the Pola-Cola Corp. and the zombie-like Santas that are in the evil Santa’s thrall.

“Last year’s Klaus special drew on a lot of traditional Christmas lore from around the world. This year, the influences are more contemporary, and CRISIS IN XMASVILLE takes some of its inspiration from the history of soda marketing and Santa,” says Morrison.

“It is a pleasure to once again be working with Grant Morrison on a new Klaus story,” says Mora. “I’ve been waiting for this all year!”

KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE features a main cover illustrated by Mora and a variant cover by John Cassaday (Star Wars). Print copies will be available for sale in December at local comic book 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 the BOOM! Studios app.

“Grant and Dan have established a new holiday tradition by delivering a brand-new Klaus story two years running now,” says Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios. “And with a new villain being introduced in KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE, the rogues gallery gets bigger, the mythology of the world expands, and our love for this series continues to reach new heights!”

KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, WWE, Big Trouble in Little China, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, Godshaper, Grass Kings, and Mech Cadet Yu.

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Tribute: Len Wein Has Passed Away

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:42

Frequently, but not every day, I tune in, and watch the S.F., comics, gaming, technology, Comic Cons, Cosplay, film, television, video games, gadgets, current events, & all things genre-topic….evening, daily TV talk show, ‘Inner Space,’ on Canada’s S.F. – genred ‘The Space Channel.’ Which, in my area, is channel 47.

The Inner Space program is hosted, each evening, by regular male hosts Ajay Fry, Teddy Wilson, and female host, Morgan Hoffman.

Inner Space is very similar to the American show, ‘Entertainment Tonight’, but it leans far
more heavily, towards comics & science fiction, (in) comics, movies, and TV series — than just entertainment, in general.

Many, many years ago, I used to watch a previous Canadian daily (evenings) show, with the exact same subject matter and format – also starring Ajay Fry, and Teddy Wilson, but not Morgan Hoffman.
That daily, evening TV show was called ‘The Anti-Gravity Room.’

The Anti-Gravity Room eventually morphed into the program, ‘Inner Space.’

Most times that I hear, sadly, of a comic book professional’s passing away – despite the fact that I read the newspapers, daily, — is online; and often, on Facebook.

Since, information, there, is updated much more frequently, of course, than in newspapers.

Not this time. Last evening, I was watching Inner Space, when one of the hosts (Ajay Fry, I believe) – briefly talked about, and flashed a photo on the screen – of a certain comic book professional writer. Who, he said, had sadly, just passed away.

He didn’t say which comics pro it was, but I recognized Len Wein’s face, immediately, and felt saddened, by it.
Then, the program went to commercials.

‘Damn’, I thought. ‘Double Damn!’

I immediately sighed, sadly, for his passing, and made a mental note, to write a bio for Len Wein, for First Comics News.com

When the program resumed, after a few spotlights on other things – finally, the host said a few things (a single line), about the just-passed Len Wein.

For example, the fact that Len Wein co-created both the Canadian (in American Marvel Comics) superhero, Wolverine, and DC Comics’ Swamp Thing.

‘No kidding, eh?’ I thought.

Because that was the (extent) of the blurb about Len Wein, on last night’s Inner Space segment. A single one-liner.

I caught myself thinking, ‘Wow. Is that all you can think to say, about this monumental talent, who’s been a writer and editor, in American comic book, for forty-six years-?’

And so, let me tell you more about the sadly, just-passed away Len Wein.

Len Wein was born Leonard Norman Wein, on June the 12th of 1948, and he passed away on Sunday, September 10th, of 2017.

Len Wein was instrumental in reviving Marvel’s X-Men comic book superhero team series and franchise, in the mid-1970’s, with mostly all new characters, including Colossus (from the then, still-Soviet Union), Nightcrawler (from West Germany), Storm (from Kenya), and the Native American Indian, Thunderbird, (whose character was tragically killed, almost immediately.)

As Cyclops, team leader, lamented, sadly, following his team mate, Thunderbird’s death — “It comes with the uniform.”

Other characters on the team included, initially, older characters Jean Gray, (later called Phoenix), The Angel, Banshee (from Ireland), Sunfire (from Japan), Beast, Iceman, Havok, and Polaris.
The team’s leader, as mentioned, was Cyclops, just as he was the leader of the previous team of X-Men.

The well – suited artist on the team was the since – late, Dave Cockrum. Who, like Len Wein himself, was a phenomenal talent! When it came to art, Dave Cockrum put the ‘zing’ into everything he penciled and inked! The late Dave Cockrum also created ‘The Futurians’-!

Eventually, Dave Cockrum moved on from The All-New X-men, and Canadian fan-favorite artist, John Byrne, replaced Mr. Cockrum, as artist, on the title.

Whereas, after a short time, Chris Claremont replaced Len Wein, as the writer.

But it needs to be seriously noted that ‘The All-New X-Men’ comics series, back then,
was the brainchild of Len Wein, writer, and the series was physically-imagined by the dynamic artistic talents of Dave Cockrum!
Immediately, The All-New X-Men title was a runaway Mega Hit, Sales Wise, from the get-go! Previously, it hadn’t been.

The All-New X-Men debuted in Giant Size X-Men # 1, in 1975, followed by The All-New X-Men # 94, picking up the series by the numbering following the last issue that had been published, several years before, with the ‘Old’ X-Men team of characters.

By the following issue, new character Thunderbird had died heroically, in battle, and most of the rest of the supporting team, including Angel, Sunfire, Beast, Iceman, Havok, and Polaris – had moved on, leaving the team. This left mostly the NEW characters, with a few ‘old’ stalwarts, from the previous series. But we all know that comic book characters mostly never, ever age. Right?

Disappointingly, in the USA Today online article that ran today, about Len Wein’s having passed on, two days ago — accompanying the article is a photo, not of Len Wein, but rather, a photo of actor Hugh Jackman, the actor who played Len Wein’s creation, Wolverine, in numerous X-Men and Wolverine movies.
In my view, Len Wein deserved better than this.

Back in the early 1970’s, Len Wein and his friend Marv Wolfman visited, together, often, the DC Comics offices, on consecutive Thursday afternoons, to join in weekly scheduled tours of the DC offices.

Back then, Mr. Wein was leaning towards becoming a comics artist, instead of as a comic book writer!
DC’s Joe Orlando eventually hired BOTH Len Wein AND Marv Wolfman, as freelance comic book writers. I surmise that this must have been a dream come true, to both of them!

Len Wein’s very first published comic book script/-story was ‘Eye of The Beholder’, in DC’s Teen Titans # 18, Dec 1968. In this first published script by Wein, he co-created the Russian superhero, Red Star. I bought this issue new, when it came out, and I still recall this character. I was eight years old, at the time.
Red Star was DC Comics’ first-ever Russian superhero!

The following story, co-written by Len Wein and Marv Wolfman, which they submitted to DC Comics, was entitled ‘Titans Fit The Battle For Jericho.’ It would have debuted DC Comics’ first black superhero! However, this story was rejected by DC’s Carmine Infantino. Infantino instead had comics artist legend Neal Adams re-write and re-draw the story. The revised story bowed in Teen Titans # 20, April 1969. Len Wein and Marv Wolfman must have been felt a degree of some pathos and irony, over the rewrite of their story!

In the same year, Mr. Wein wrote mystery stories of the anthology type, in the ‘House of Secrets’ title. As well as writing Marvel’s Tower of Shadows, and Chamber of Darkness titles.
He even wielded his pen, writing the romance DC title, Secret Hearts, Hot Wheels (based on the well-known toy line), the Skywald company’s titles: Nightmare, Psycho, Skywald’s two western series, Bravados, and The Sundance Kid, and even Gold Key’s Mod Wheels, Boris Karloff’s Tales of Mystery, Microbots (based on toys), and Star Trek and Twilight Zone.

Over at Marvel, Len Wein co-wrote (with Marvel editor/writer Roy Thomas), an issue of Daredevil, # 71, Dec. 1970.

Wein’s later comics work ran the gamut from Adventure Comics, (Supergirl, Zatanna), The Flash, Superman, The Phantom Stranger, Justice Machine, (at a different publisher), Action Comics (The Human Target, The Atom), Aquaman, Eclipso, Deadman, Elongated Man, Plastic Man, and El Diablo (in All Star Western # 11, 1972), a character inspired by Zorro!

Mr. Wein also wrote numerous issues and title series about Batman, as well as Blue Beetle, Brave and The Bold, Watchmen one-shots, Green Lantern, and Heroes Against Hunger – a one-shot, interestingly, the financial proceeds of which went towards famine relief, in Africa!

Len Wein’s writing credits include almost an endless list of titles, starting with each letter of the alphabet!

For television, Len Wein wrote the following animated series: Action Man, Avengers: United They Stand, Batman The Animated Series, Beware The Batman, Godzilla The Series, and Spider-Man The Animated Series.

Len Wein co-created the DC feature Christopher Chance, The Human Target, which debuted in Action Comics in the early 1970’s, with Carmine Infantino – a series that became more than one – (much later) television series!

Len Wein followed Roy Thomas as Editor-in-Chief of the colour line of Marvel Comics, in 1974, which he did for a year. He then handed the job and title over to his friend, Marv Wolfman, to return to writing, his main passion.

In 2009, Marvel Comics X-Men writer Claremont said, “The history of modern comics would be incredibly different if you took [Wein’s] contributions out of the mix. The fact he doesn’t get credit for it half the time is disgraceful. We owe a lot of what we are – certainly on the X-Men – to Len and to Dave [Cockrum]”

Len Win’s first wife was Glynis Olver. She was a Marvel Comics colourist, who, for several years, did colouring of the X-Men comics titles.

Later, they divorced, and Mr. Wein married Christine Valadis, who was a photographer and an attorney, in 1991.

Sadly, Len Wein’s house burned down on April 6th, 2009, in California.

Most all of which they owned was lost, including his comics’ Shazam Award.

He and his wife also lost their dog, Sheba, to the fire.

Starting on October 26, 2009, his wife, Christine Valada, appeared on the Alex Trebek’s Jeopardy program, and WON, becoming a four-time Champion, winning over $60,000.00 U.S.-!

After the fire, in April of that year, I would say this was only fitting!

Len Wein underwent triple-bypass heart surgery on February 10th of 2015.

He rallied and finally passed away, as mentioned, two and a half years later, on Sunday, Sept 10th, of 2017. He was sixty-nine years of age.

Co-creator of The Swamp Thing, The Swamp Thing was featured in numerous, long-running DC Comic book series, from 1972, up to the present day.

The Swamp Thing first appeared in DC’s House of Secrets # 92.

Len Wein had won Shazam Awards for Best Writer (Dramatic) for Swamp Thing, and for Best Individual Short Story (Dramatic) for ‘Dark Genesis,’ from Swamp Thing # 1, along with the since late Bernie Wrightson, in 1972.

Additionally, Len Wein won in the same category, in 1973.

Len Wein, still later, won The Shazam Award jointly, along with since late artist Bernie Wrightson, that same year, for Best Continuing Feature, (once again), for Swamp Thing!

Then, in 1974, Wein and Bernie Wrightson won the Shazam Award for Best Continuing Feature, yet again-!

Mr. Wein won a Comic Fan Art Award for Favourite Pro Writer, in 1974, and an Inkpot
Award, in 1977.
In the year 1982, Len Wein won the Comic Buyer’s Guide Fan Award, as Best Editor.

He was Nominated, in 1998, for the Bram Stoker Award, given by the Horror Writers Association, for the one-shot story The Dreaming: Trial and Error, from DC’s Vertigo comics line.

Len Wein was inducted into the Will Eisner’s Comic Book Hall of Fame, in 2008.

— By Phil Latter

Note: Parts of this Len Wein Tribute Obit were gleaned from Len Wein’s Wikipedia entry, on the internet.

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RICH REVIEWS: Sink # 3

First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 22:15

Title: Sink # 3
Publisher: Comix Tribe
Story by: John Lees
Art & Colours by: Alex Cormack
Letters by: Shawn Lee
Logo by: Tim Daniel
Price: free (digital)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Website: www.comixtribe.com
Comments: Rab Kilcolm was a killer that everyone feared and respected. Now Rab is retired. Rab has changed a lot since leaving Sinkhill. No one would recognize him. Florence still has part of Rab in her.
She takes a little trip down to Sinkhill to make things right. Both writing and art have made it clear blood is coming. She is there for an eye for an eye.
Rab/Florence pays a visit to a certain bar. It’s a nice quiet place or was. She gives it a nice new paint job, all in red. This woman is one tough SOB. The violence goes through the roof.
The clowns are still around too. Just one glance at them will give you nightmares. If you see a Blue Van it is probably already too late.
You can take the person out of Sinkhill but Sinkhill will always be in them.

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RICH REVIEWS: Lumberjanes # 42

First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 22:12

Title: Lumberjanes # 42
Publisher: BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box
Created by: Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson & Brooke Allen
Written by: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Illustrated by: Ayme Sotuyo
Colors by: Maarta Laiho
Letters by: Aubrey Aiese
Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Ayme Sotuyo
Rose City Comic Con Variant Cover: Ayme Sotuyo
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: Something weird of going on with time. Poor Molly though feels so sorry cause she helped cause it.
A new tree grows and yes it is mysterious and magical which is obvious from the bubbles in the air around it.
The screwed up time adds some fun and mystery to the story. The girl scouts are cute and enthusiastic. They do get into all sorts of trouble that no other scouts would.
Overall the story does not have a lot happening and moves very slowly.
Rosie jumps into action but what and why and where she is going or doing who knows? It has something to do with a stone giant. It is good to see Rosie featured more but what is she up to?
The Lumberjanes have an adventure occurring it has just started and we are waiting for it to take off.
The camp of tree houses are cute. Of course, Rosie sits above it all. She knows more than anyone else whats going on but says the least. One thing is certain Rosie is in charge.

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IDW:PDX UNVEILS FIRST PROJECT WITH FULL BLEED: THE COMICS AND CULTURE QUARTERLY

First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:49

Debut Volume of Print-Only Publication to Feature Exclusive and Extensive Interview with Stephen King, Unpublished Interview with Alan Moore,
and Much More!

PORTLAND, OR (September 12, 2017) – IDW Publishing’s Dirk Wood announced the first project to come out of the publisher’s new Portland office and WOODWORKS imprint to a packed house at Rose City Comic Con this past weekend, getting strong positive reactions for both the art and content revealed, and a unique distribution plan. Premiering today on Kickstarter is the new division’s flagship publication: FULL BLEED!

FULL BLEED is a brand-new quarterly, print-only, 200-page hardcover magazine, curated and edited by IDW Publishing’s Dirk Wood alongside CEO and Publisher, Ted Adams. Bringing together the very best in comics, fiction, non-fiction, in-depth interviews, opinion, history, think-pieces, and more, FULL BLEED will be a reading experience like no other. Shot through an international lens, but filtered through the unique perspective of the IDW:PDX satellite office in Portland, Oregon, FULL BLEED will tackle all aspects of the creative culture, and beyond — comics, music, film, television, fine art, photography, design, politics, and more. FULL BLEED seeks true and total diversity through its content, creators and contributors, as well as genre and format.

“IDW is always at its best when we’re breaking new ground and FULL BLEED is the latest example,” says Adams. “Not only is it a great magazine, but I’m also excited about the way we’re launching it. We’re not using Kickstarter to crowdsource funds in the usual sense, because IDW doesn’t need to raise money that way. We’re using Kickstarter to appeal directly to readers and, in an unprecedented and revolutionary way, we’ve worked it out so comic shops can order the books via Kickstarter and have them fulfilled by Diamond. We’re always looking for new ways to sell our books and comics, and we won’t stop until everyone on Earth with a bookshelf knows what IDW can do.”

“This project is a dream come true. Working with such an amazing group of creators, on such a labor of love, is so much fun,” says Wood. “If you think we’ve got a lot of crazy-good content lined up for the first one, just wait until you see what’s coming.”

FULL BLEED is the premiere publication from IDW’s new Oregon-based imprint; WOODWORKS. Following the December launch, IDW & WOODWORKS will be creating a campaign to help Traveling Stories, a charity dedicated to children’s literacy and “outsmarting poverty one book at a time,” as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, to help with their continued work for literacy and libraries. WOODWORKS aims to make “smart books for smart people,” with the hope of “helping to make a few more smart people.”

FULL BLEED launches on Kickstarter today with the first volume scheduled for release in early December.

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Who Will Be The Next Guardian? Look Closely…

First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:47

Your first look at the cover for All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12 reveals an all-new teammate!

 

New York, NY—September 12, 2017—They’re earth’s mightiest heroes – in space, and beyond! And the Guardians are adding a new member to their team that will make them mightier, as one of Marvel’s best-loved heroes will make the biggest impact when he debuts in ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12.

 

The Guardians have been tasked with some wacky and big adventures while doing the Grandmaster’s bidding, which includes stealing from The Collector – and Star-Lord even accidently destroyed one of his favorite mix-tapes. Now, as they prepare for their Legacy arc THE INFINITY QUEST, they’ll have to team up with the group that has been on their tails – the Nova Corps – as well as one ex-Avenger if they want to keep the universe safe.

 

“We’re excited to have an Avenger joining the ranks of the Guardians…or is it the Nova Corps? Or both? Oh, you’ll see,” teased editor Jordan D. White. “Just know, he beat out some stiff competition, as you can tell by that cover of issue #12!”

 

Who exactly is this Avenger? One of the five Marvel superstars on this cover should give you a hint…

 

Fans have been calling ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY “a thrill ride – funny and fun” (AiPT) and “a must-read series for any Guardians fans” (Comics: The Gathering). Don’t miss the story that elevates an already epic story to another dimension, when ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY hits comic shops on October 18th!

 

ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12

Written by GERRY DUGGAN

Art and Cover by ROD REIS

FOC – 9/25/17, On-Sale – 10/18/17

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“RIDE WITH NORMAN REEDUS” WILL RETURN FOR SEASON THREE IN 2018 AND SEASON TWO PREMIERES SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5TH

First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:39

MORE GAS IN THE TANK BEFORE WE EVEN TAKE OFF – AMC ANNOUNCES “RIDE WITH NORMAN REEDUS” WILL RETURN FOR SEASON THREE IN 2018

 

SEASON TWO PREMIERES AS A TWO-NIGHT TELEVISION EVENT SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5TH AT 11 PM ET/PT AND MONDAY

NOVEMBER 6TH AT 9:00PM ET/PT

 

CO-RIDERS THIS SEASON INCLUDE

“THE WALKING DEAD” CASTMATE JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN,

DAVE CHAPPELLE, MARIO BATALI AND MORE!

 

Norman Reedus and his Walking Dead cast mate Jeffrey Dean Morgan ride through Spain starting in Barcelona and ending at the Falles festival in Valencia. Ride with Norman Reedus _ Season 2, Episode 1 Photo Credit: Aidan Monaghan/AMC

NEW YORK, NY – September 12, 2017 – AMC today announced the renewal of “Ride with Norman Reedus” for a third season, slated to air in 2018. Season three will continue the journey with Norman as he hits the pavement with friends and special guests, riding across the United States and abroad. Season two of “Ride with Norman Reedus” premieres as a special two-night television event starting on Sunday, November 5th  at 11pm ET/PT, followed by a second episode the next night on Monday, November 6th at 9:00pm ET/PT, in its regular time slot.

 

Norman kick starts season two in Spain alongside “The Walking Dead” castmate Jeffrey Dean Morgan and a few hundred thousand fans. Additional episodes this season follow Norman hitting the Low Country of Savannah, Georgia with comedian Dave Chappelle, taking on his home turf of New York City with famed chef Mario Batali, and much more.

 

“There’s not much I love more than riding my bike on an open road with good friends,” said Reedus. “The fact that I get to do that as my job is a dream come true. I’m super stoked for people to watch the upcoming season and can’t wait to start shooting three soon.”

 

“Ride with Norman Reedus” follows “The Walking Dead” star and motorcycle enthusiast Norman Reedus as he hits the open road to explore local biker culture and celebrate the best and brightest collectors, mechanics and craftsmen around the country.  Each episode features Reedus and a riding companion as they journey across an unknown terrain and experience the culture surrounding them… with plenty of time for unplanned detours and tire changes.

 

“Ride with Norman Reedus” is produced by Left/Right (“This American Life,” “The Circus,” “Odd Mom Out”), with Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, and Anneka Jones serving as executive producers.  Reedus also serves as executive producer.

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Skelton Crew Studio Unveils Secret Agent Poyo Statue

First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:31

From the pages of “CHEW” to collectors’ shelves comes one bad motherclucker

 

Litchfield, ME — Skelton Crew Studio, a comic book replica studio based in the wilds of Maine, has collaborated with “CHEW” creators John Layman and Rob Guillory to create a brand new mini-bust of fan favorite Poyo.

This officially licensed bust stands 4.75-inches tall and has been long awaited by fans since the original Poyo mini-bust sold out in 2014. Secret Agent Poyo is a brand new sculpt by Jamie Macfarlane featuring the rooster’s cybernetic components, as well as the metal crate used to drop Poyo into hot zones.

Skelton Crew Studio has worked with the “CHEW” creators since 2012 when it released the original pink 6-inch vinyl Chog. Every piece of “CHEW” merchandise released by the studio has sold out hit, so fans are encouraged to order early.

“This bionic badass bird is beautiful,” said studio head Israel Skelton. “The original Poyo is without a doubt one of the most popular pieces we’ve ever produced judging by the number of can’t-you-please-release-him-again emails we get every month, so we’re stoked to be able to offer him to fans again in this gorgeous variant.”

As a sweet fan bonus, every mini-bust will come with a Poyo fight ticket signed by Layman and Guillory.

Secret Agent Poyo is only available for one month, until Oct. 16, before he’s sold out and flown the coop for keeps.

“Skelton Crew has always brought an incomparable attention to detail to every piece of ‘CHEW’ merch they’ve produced, and we couldn’t be happier with the addition of Secret Agent Poyo to their catalogue,” said Guillory. “As always, they nailed it.”

Added Layman: “Teaming up with Skelton Crew is one of the best things that ever happened to ‘CHEW.’ They are great people, and their commitment to quality is unparalleled. I love all the stuff they’ve done for ‘CHEW,’ but I love this new Poyo statue. It’s one of the best things yet!”

Fans can find the Secret Agent Poyo mini-bust and other limited edition replicas at www.skeltoncrewstudio.com

 

 

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STREET FIGHTER RELOADED PUTS UDON’S EARLIEST COMICS BACK ON COMIC SHOP SPINNER RACKS!

First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:20

New 99-cent series re-releases UDON’s first Street Fighter™ comic stories

TORONTO, ONTARIO – September 12, 2017 – Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Street Fighter™ fighting game franchise, UDON’s very first comic story returns this November as a value-priced 6-issue mini-series! For only 99 cents an issue, fans who’ve never read these classic tales can see how Ryu, Guile, Ken, and Chun-li first began their journeys to becoming true World Warriors!

STREET FIGHTER™ RELOADED is a re-release of UDON’s original Street Fighter comic series STREET FIGHTER™ (2003) #1-6. This is the series that started UDON’s venture into publishing nearly 15 years ago. Written by Ken Siu-Chong, main story artwork is provided by artists Arnold Tsang (now Lead Character Concept Artist on Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch) and Alvin Lee (now Principal Artist on Riot Games’ League of Legends).

The series also features a cavalcade of comics’ top creators providing bonus stories and cover artwork. STREET FIGHTER™ RELOADED #1 sports both a 4-page story and cover art by comics legend Joe Madureira (Battle Chasers), while issue #2 includes a bonus story drawn by the fantastic Adam Warren (Empowered) and cover art by the great J. Scott Campbell. Later issues of the mini-series will include bonus stories from great talents like Kaare Andrews, Kevin Lau, and Hyung-Tae Kim.

STREET FIGHTER™ RELOADED #1 and #2 arrive in stores November 2017, with the remaining issues #3-6 releasing every two weeks through December and January. Softcover trade paperback volumes collecting this story arc, and its direct continuation will begin releasing in April 2018.

STREET FIGHTER RELEOADED #1 and #2
DETAILS: 32pg, Full Color, $0.99 each
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 2017
DIAMOND CODES:
SEP172011 STREET FIGHTER RELOADED #1
SEP172012 STREET FIGHTER RELOADED #2

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KNOW YOUR MIGHTY CRUSADERS: The Green Cobra

First Comics News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:04

Created by:

Marv Channing and Gray Marrow

Real Name:

Jerry Burton

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

The Cobra is not a member of the Mighty Crusaders
First Appearance:

Red Circle Sorcery #8, August 1974

Origin:

Jerry Burton, a pulp collector, collected the 1930’s adventures of the Cobra. In an odd coincidence, the advertising agency he worked for hired Malcolm Northridge, author of the Cobra. Jerry and Malcolm were assigned the Northern Airlines account and began working together. While working together Malcolm confided in Jerry that it was as if the Cobra was controlling his mind when he was writing the pulps. On night while walking home Jerry witnessed a mugging and in his desire to see justice done, the Cobra entered his consciousness and began talking to Jerry, convincing him to take on the role of the Cobra. The Cobra took control of Jerry mind dispensing justice with a .45 slug to the brain of evil doers. Jerry’s wife, concerned about the hold the Cobra had taken over his life, burned his collection of Cobra pulps. Upon seeing the sight of his burring collection Jerry murdered his wife. The Cobra demanded justice for this murder and made Jerry kill himself.

History:

For fans of costumed heroes and masked crime-fighters, the most enjoyable story to appear during Red Circle Sorcery’s nine issue run was “Die in the Name of the Law!” (RCS #8) Scripted by Mary Channing (who wrote a number of stories for the Red Circle Comics Group and other publishers in the early and mid-’70s and has since vanished from the comics one) with art (and most likely by Gray Morrow, this five page tale was about an art director for an advertising agency who became possessed by the spirit of a 30s pub fiction mystery man called the COBRA. This was the only time in the ’70s that the Red Circle Comics Group came anywhere nay publishing anything resembling a superhero during its existence, and it was suspected by some readers at the time that “Die in the Name of the Law!” was meant as a test to see if there was any interest in a superhero series in general or a COBRA series in particular. As Red Circle had planned to release a costumed crime fighter title, we knew that they must have felt there was some interest in them publishing one. Unfortunately as the 70s Red Comics Group folded six months after the appearance of the COBRA, we’ll never know for sure if they had any future plans for the COBRA.

Powers & Weapons:

Two Handguns and the voice of the Cobra.

Checklist:

Red Circle Sorcery #8, August 1974

TEXT BY: Jonathan A. Gilbert

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