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Veep’s Armando Iannucci Talks The Death of Stalin Graphic Novel and Movie!

First Comics News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:59

The Death of Stalin graphic novel is a darkly comic tale about the power vacuum left behind by Stalin’s death. When the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, has a stroke – the political gears begin to turn, plunging the super-state into darkness, uncertainty and near civil war. The struggle for supreme power will determine the fate of the nation and of the world. And it all really happened.

July 25, 2017 sees the release of The Death of Stalin – the graphic novel that inspired the new Armando Iannucci movie, which hits theate r s soon and includes an all-star cast – Steve Buscemi (Broadwalk Empire, Reservoir Dogs), Rupert Friend (Homeland), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Simon Russell Beale (Penny Dreadful) and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, Arrested Development).

In this special advance interview ahead of the graphic novel release, Veep creator and the writer/director of The Death of Stalin movie chats about how he first discovered the graphic novel that inspired his new movie, the changes he had to make from printed page to celluloid screed, and if he had any of the actors in mind whilst reading the graphic novel.

The Death of Stalin graphic novel in stores from July 25, 2017.

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Weird Revisited: Lies Your Mummy Told You

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:00
This post first appeared on August 13, 2010. It was written for Weird Adventures, but I think it could be useful in any setting...
Far to the west of the City, within the great Stoney Mountains, there are remote places where ancient ruins dot the hardpan, high-desert landscape. Unusual artifacts sometimes come from these ruins, and few are more unusual than the so-called dwarf  mummies.

Dwarf (sometimes pygmy) mummies look just as their name suggests: they are wizened figures little more than a foot tall, in their usual seated pose. Despite having none of the usual signs of life, the mummies are endowed with the magical semblance of life at least, and though they don’t move (usually) they are aware, and interact with their environment.

The susurration of the mummies can be heard by all, if conditions are quiet enough, but only the one “owner” of the mummy will be able to understand their dessicated whispering, which will sound as if spoken directly into their ear, even if they are as much as ten feet away.

The mummies' utterances will fall (either randomly or at the GM’s whim) into the following categories:

01-02: Pained, non sequitur reminiscences, possibly related to their long ago lives. These are related to times far too remote for modern hearers to relate to them in any useful way.
03-04: Cryptic foretellings of the future (anywhere from 1 week to 10 years hence) which will relate to the “owner.”
05-06: An exact and surprising statement about some predicament currently vexing the “owner.” The mummy will not elaborate.
07-08: A cryptic statement which seems to be about some predicament vexing the “owner,” but is in fact just nonsense.
09-10: Veiled Suggestions that someone the “owner” is close to is in fact conspiring against them. This may or may not be true, but the mummy will have details that make it seem so. Details will only be delivered in a way that makes the mummy seem reluctant to talk about the issue.
The longer a person owns a mummy, the more uncritical they will become about its statements. After a week or more in their possession, the owner will react to the mummy as if it has a Charisma of 18. After a month, a failed save will mean the owner acts as if charmed by the mummy in regard to believing everything it says, and treating it as if it is a trusted confidant.

No one knows who the dwarf mummies are, nor their purposes.  Any answers the mummies give in this regard will certainly be lies.

Sam Glanzman – writer, illustrator, and War Hero! I lament his sad passing

First Comics News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:48
As many Charlton Comics fans, and Sam Glanzman fans are well aware of, already, Sam Glanzman passed away, sadly, back on July 12th, 2017.
  Sam Glanzman was an illustrative talent with skills that were HUGE. And, had he been better known, as either a Marvel or a DC Comics artist, (though he did some fantastic work, for both, mostly for DC), I think his passing would have left an EVEN BIGGER lightning bolt, through the medium that is COMICS.
Had he been, primarly, a superhero comics artist, ironically, that lightning bolt through comics, when he passed away, would have been even bigger, still. Ironic to me, at least, because the lion’s share of comics work that Sam Glanzman was, and IS best known for, throughout his tenure IN comics – was WAR comics. And he did some incredible work, in that comics genre!
  I followed Sam Glanzman’s early work that was published in the 1960’s, including ‘The Lonely War of Willie Schultz’.
But I purchased them, decades after they came out. Having heard so much about them, for decades, from fans of this series – fans that were frequently RAVING about them, I eventually collected them, and enjoyed them – decades after they came out.
Because I was not a war comics fan, when they DID, at the time, come out. And it turned out, as I later realized, that It was my loss, not to have discovered them for myself, much earlier.
See, I was buying, reading, and loving non war comics, when Sam Glanzman war comics were coming out.
But as I said, I wasn’t a war comics fan, at that time. That came later.
  Despite my early non-love of the war comics genre, when I was younger, it was these three Forces of Nature – Russ Heath, Joe Kubert, and Sam Glanzman, originally, (and in no particular order), who, jointly, eventually, dragged me, against my will – at the time, kicking and screaming all the way — into becoming an eventual Big War Comics Fan-! Something similar happened to me in my forties, with jazz. When I was a kid, and even as a teenager, I used to ask my dad, how on Earth he could listen to that awful Jazz music?! And then, when I reached my forties, something must have changed in my brain. And I then found myself apologizing to my father, for my youthful non-understanding and early tone deafness. Because I finally ‘got’ jazz! And now? I have almost a hundred jazz records. And yes, I still play vinyl.   The Charlton Private Willy Schultz stories illustrated by Sam Glanzman, and written by Wil Franz, were more than fine — and they gave the incredibly unique story of an American soldier, falsely accused of a murder he didn’t commit. He escaped execution, by donning an enemy German uniform. Imagine, if you will, the horror of having to hide out in the uniform of the enemy — ANY enemy; while wanting to, but failing – to clear your name? As interesting a premise as this was to me, I was even more enamored of Mr. Glanzman’s numerous ‘USS Stevens’ U.S. Navy warship comics stories. They were what enthralled me, the most, about Sam Glanzman. These stories were in comics at a couple of publishers, over the decades – first, and mostly, at DC Comics, then at Marvel, in two separate graphic novels, and then, in Marvel’s Savage Tales, Volume Two series. And then, back to DC Comics, in the six issues of the title ‘Joe Kubert Presents.’ An important link to most all of these Sam Glanzman USS Stevens comics stories, is here: Sam J. Glanzman’s USS Stevens The above is (not) an easy link to find on the internet. But, for those comics collectors who wish to collect the original comics editions of where each and every USS Stevens story originally appeared, this link is a treasure trove!
  As recently as two weeks ago, I said to my First Comics News.com editor, Rik Offenberger, THIS, about Sam Glanzman’s USS Stevens comics stories: “And, the damn shame is — to the best of my knowledge, these comics stories have never, ever been collected, in collected editions. And so, just as with Frank McLaughlin’s Judomaster, most younger comics fans are probably not even familiar with these Silver Age Sam Glanzman USS Stevens comics stories. The neat thing is that the USS Stevens stories were autobiographical, in that they were, and are based on the real, true life events, as experienced by a young Sam Glanzman, aboard that very same warship, the USS Stevens, during World War Two-! As such, they are fascinating, true-life experiences, that Sam Glanzman lived through, as a young man!” Unquote.
  And then, I found that I was wrong; these Sam Glanzman USS Stevens comics stories HAVE been collected. And here is a write-up I found about this book that collects them:
  “Sam Glanzman: USS Stevens Collected book edition! PUBLISHER: DOVER PUBLICATIONS PAGES: 416 COLOR or B&W: COLOR CONDITION: NEW The legendary Sam Glanzman set many of his tales on the USS Stevens, the World War II destroyer on which he served. This full-color, hardcover treasury collects more than 60 short Stevens adventures from Our Army at War, G. I. Combat, and other ’70s DC war comics. It also includes longer pieces from Marvel’s 1986 revival of Savage Tales magazine, the cover of 1967’s Combat, Sam’s very first illustration of the ship, letters to Sam from Presidents Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush, and much more. This collection also boasts a newly created, four page USS Stevens story, written and drawn by Sam Glanzman himself!”   I think you can guess what my next gift to myself is going to be!   The Sam Glanzman’s Charlton Comics’ (totally UNauthorized by the E.R.B. estate) ‘Jungle Tales of Tarzan’ 4 issues, in the 1960’s Silver Age, were often much better than what (some of) the Gold Key/-Western Publishing (and) Dell Tarzan comics titles being put out were like, in terms of interest and quality – Jesse March, notwithstanding. It turns out that these Silver Age Charlton Comics Jungle Tales of Tarzan have also been collected, and they are also available for purchase, on amazon.com, and on ebay, as well!   Sam Glanzman, interestingly enough, had two brothers, D.C. (Davis Charles) Glanzman, and Louis ‘Lew’ Glanzman, who started in comics as well. And later, Louis Glanzman became a fine art painter.
The three Glanzman brothers’ parents were Jewish, which is true of too many great comic book artists and writers, to count! The comics industry was predominantly created by Jewish people, many of them immigrants.
  While Sam Glanzman is not ‘known’ as a superhero artist, commencing in 1939, he worked for Centaur Publications. There, he penned 2 page text/-prose fiction stories, in Amazing-Man Comics. Still later, he created a character, which he illustrated, called Fly-Man, in ‘Spitfire Comics’ number one and two. The first issue of this title premiered in August, 1941.
However, this was a completely different character from that of the Silver Age Archie/-‘Mighty Comics’ Adventures of The Fly title, later (also) called Fly-Man. In fact, Mr. Glanzman’s Fly-Man superhero’s costume had a full face mask, as does Marvel’s Spider-Man. Mr. Glanzman produced some Green Hornet Comics stories, in 1943. And Sam Glanzman’s first war comics story was in a title published by Harvey Comics, entitled All-New Short Story Comics.
In the title Champ Comics, there appeared Sam Glanzman’s second superhero, which was ‘The Human Meteor.’   One of the best interviews I ever read, with Sam Glanzman as the subject, was in Comic Book Artist # 9 – from the year 2000 – which I pulled out of mothballs weeks ago, and read again. This issue of Comic Book Artist is a Charlton Comics theme issue, and it is recommended.   In the late 1950’s, Sam Glanzman began doing a lot of war comics work, in the titles Attack, Battlefield Action, Fightin’ Air Force, Fightin’ Marines, Submarine Attack, U.S. Air Force Comics, and War At Sea. Also at Charlton Comics, Mr. Glanzman’s thirteen issue run on the title ‘Hercules: Adventures of The Man God’, is very well-regarded! There is some top-notch work, in these!
  In 1961, Mr. Glanzman began doing a plethora of movie and TV tie-in comics titles, at Dell Comics.
  In the very late 1990s, a lot of Sam Glanzman’s war comics and other work was reprinted in Canada, in both English, and in  (Québécois) – Quebec French – published by Roger Broughton. Both the English and French versions of these black and white reprint ‘ACG’ comics titles (not to be confused with the 1950’s and 1960’s ‘American Comics Group/-ACG’ comics titles), were numerous, in terms of titles. I have a large assortment of both English and French editions of these.   Two Marvel favourite war titles of mine were Semper Fi and The Nam; Sam Glanzman did a handful of Semper Fi issues, and at least one issue of The Nam.
  Mr. Glanzman put his inking skills to use on some Turok, Dinosaur Hunter issues that were published by Acclaim Comics.
And – you just knew I was going to figure out a way to shoe-horn Zorro in here, somewhere: he also inked some Zorro issues over at Topps Comic; these tales of ‘The Fox’ having been written by the one and only – acclaimed writer, Don McGregor.   In the early 2000s, Sam Glanzman began doing web comics, online, commencing with ‘Applejack’, and then he worked again, also online, on the Roman centurion epic ‘The Eagle!’
  Sam Glanzman was born on December the fifth, 1924, and he passed away on July the twelve, 2017. And we are all the poorer for it.
Your fans are Legion, Mr. Glanzman. He was a writer, an illustrator, and most importantly – a real-life war hero!

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KNOW YOUR MIGHTY CRUSADERS: Black Hood III

First Comics News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:17

Black Hood III

Created by:

Gray Morrow

Real Name:

Thomas Kipling ” Kip” Burland

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) #1

First Appearance:

Archie Super Hero Special Digest #2 August 1979

Origin:

Matt Burland passed on the Secret Identity of the Black Hood to his nephew Kip, after explaining how the Burland’s had been the Black Hood through out history.

History:

Red Circle/Archie Adventure Comics:

Archie’s Super-Hero Digest No. 2 1979
Cover: Black Hood vs. crooks //Neal Adams? / Dick Giordano?
Story: [untitled] Editor:
Writer, artist, letterer: Grey Morrow
Feature Character: Black Hood II (Kip Burland; 1st appearance and origin)
Intro: Black Hood I (Matt Burland; see Comment below), Faye Traynor, Marla Traynor (first and only appearance for both)
Supporting Character: Doyle Demian (first appearance)
Cameo appearances: Two other Black Hoods (ancestors of the current Black Hoods; first and only appearance for both)
Villains: A gang of crooks (first and only appearance)
Comment: The Black Hood of the original Mighty Crusaders is not mentioned in this story.  Matt Burland is mentioned as operating as a “Western” Black Hood in 1937 and is apparently not the same as the Black Hood who appeared in the 1940’s and ‘60’s.  This conundrum is not resolved.
Synopsis: Seeking a better way of fighting crooks, police detective Kip Burland is passed on the legacy of the Black Hood from his uncle.

Story: “It’s Murder to Beat the Odds” (5 pages)
Editor: Gray Morrow
Writer: Marvin Channing
Artist: Al McWilliams
Feature Character: Black Hood II
Supporting Character: Doyle Demian
Villains: Lefty Burkett and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Black Hood takes out a gang of crooked gamblers.

Story: “Life’s Not Like a Comic Book”
Editor, plotter: Gray Morrow
Scripter, penciller: Neal Adams
Inker: Dick Giordano
Feature Character: Black Hood II
Intro: Rhonda Lee (dies in this story), Deborah Wiachek (only appearance)
Villains: A gang of crooks (first appearance; all die in this story)
Synopsis: After witnessing an abduction, the Black Hood tries to rescue the victim.

Story: “The Black Hood Hits a Sour Note” (4 pages)
Editor: Gray Morrow
Writer: Marvin Channing
Artist: Al McWilliams
Feature Character: Black Hood II (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #1)
Supporting Character: Doyle Damian
Intro: Sir Oland Manders (only appearance)
Villains: Sir Oland Manders, Dennis Gordon, and their gang (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Sometime after this story the Black Hood helps the Mighty Crusaders fight the Brain Emperor in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #1-3.
Synopsis: The Black Hood gets involved when gangsters appear to kidnap a symphony orchestra.
Black Hood No. 1
June 1983
Cover: Black Hood saving girl from crooks //Alex Toth (signed)
Story: “The Mask and the Man” (18 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Gray Morrow
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Black Hood II (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #3)
Supporting Character: Phil Martin
Intro: Blaine Farrell
Cameo appearance: Carolyn Farrell (in flashback)
Villains: Death-Monger (Jason Strang), Cyrene (first appearance for both; both next appear in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #4), Nails Garson and his gang (including Al; first and only appearance for all; some die in this story)

Black Hood No. 2
August 1983
Cover: Black Hood vs. crooks; Fox vignette //Alex Toth (signed)
Story: “The Dark Destroyer” (12 pages)
Editor: Bill DuBay
Writer: Gary Cohn
Artist, letterer: Pat Boyette
Feature Character: Black Hood
Intro: Ellie and her father (only appearance for both), Bart Taylor (in flashback; dies in this story)
Villains: Jakey Chandler (first appearance; dies in this story), Clyde, Billy-Bob (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: In a small town, the Black Hood encounters a mutant monster with a semi-truck.

Story: “Candle in the Wind” (10 pages)
Editor: Bill DuBay
Plotter: John Carbonaro
Scripter: Rich Margopoulos
Artist: Dan Spiegle
Letterer: Carrie McCarthy
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Black Hood
Other Character: Carolyn Farrell (in flashback)
Villains: Tony Geovelli, a hitman (both in flashback; first appearance for both; both die in this story)
Synopsis: The Black Hood remembers a woman he once loved, and how he brought justice to the mobster who had her killed.

Black Hood No. 3
October 1983
Cover: Black Hood vs. crooks; Fox vignette //Alex Toth (signed)
Story: “The Skywind Massacre” (16 pages)
Editor: Bill DuBay
Writer: Steve Ringgenberg
Artist, letterer: Gray Morrow
Colorist: Don Warfield
Feature character: Black Hood (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #4)
GA: Matt Burland (in flashback)
Cameo appearance: The Grissom Gang (first and only appearance; in flashback)
Villains: Col. Vulanov (first appearance; dies in this story), Ace, Gregor, Cherenkov, Pyotr, Dzubin, Leshko, various mercenaries (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: The further appearances of the Black Hood are tracked in the Mighty Crusaders index.
Synopsis: The Black Hood foils an attempt by the Russians to steal a blimp.

Blue Ribbon Comics V. 2 No. 11
August 1984
Cover: Black Hood trapped in video game //Rich Buckler (signed)
Story: “The Billon-Dollar Ripoff” (11 pages)
Editor, co-writer: Rich Buckler
Co-writer: Stan Timmons
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Chic Stone
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Black Hood II (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #8)
Intro: Russell Howe (dies in this story), Mrs. Howe, Mickey Hart, Mrs. Hart (only appearance for all)
Villain: Mr. Ferrett (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Black Hood investigates the apparent suicide of a video games employee, which may have been murder.

Story: “The Face Behind the Mask”
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: David Allikas
Penciller: Carmine Infantino
Inker: Eduardo Barretto
Feature Character: Black Hood IV (Matt Regis; first and only appearance and origin)
Intro: Sam Ratner, Nancy Regis, Marvin Teisman (only appearance for all)
Villains: Harry, Ray Angelo (first and only appearance for both)
Comment: Despite the claim on page 1, this is not the “original” Black Hood.
Synopsis: Gangsters are opposed by a new Black Hood, who turns out secretly to be their boss.

Powers & Weapons:

He has no powers, but in the Mighty Comics version he does have the
Hoodcycle, a motorcycle which can convert into other vehicles.

Checklist:

Red Circle & Archie Comics:

Archie’s Super-Hero Digest 2

Black Hood 1-3

Blue Ribbon Comics (vol. 2) 8, 11

Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) 1-5, 7-13

Archie’s Weird Mysteries 3, 14

 

by DarkMark

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Breaking News: A Whale of a Black Lightning Villain

First Comics News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 00:58

Jefferson Pierce, perhaps better known as Black Lightning, has a big problem…

Warner Bros. Television announced today that they’ve cast Marvin “Krondon” James III in the pivotal role of Tobias Whale for the first season of Black Lightning, their eagerly anticipated new #DCTV series based on the groundbreaking comic book hero.

Described as an African-American man with albinism, Tobias Whale is the leader of Freeland’s most feared gang—The 100. But in the days before Black Lightning, Tobias was a politician, rising up the ranks of local government through corrupt and illegal means. That was until he was brought down by Alvin Pierce, Jefferson’s father. Enraged, Tobias murdered Alvin and was driven underground into exile. It’s here he found a place to rebuild, growing into the violent and methodical leader of The 100 as we find him today. But Black Lightning’s recent return has ignited Tobias’ desire to emerge from the shadows and face his biggest adversary, Jefferson Pierce AKA Black Lightning.

Of course, much of this is likely to sound familiar to anyone who’s read the classic Black Lightning comics. Tobias Whale has been a part of Black Lightning’s world from the very beginning. A large, often overweight figure, Tobias was first introduced alongside Jefferson Pierce in 1977’s BLACK LIGHTNING #1 and has gone on to serve as one of Black Lightning’s most persistent villains. As the leader of The 100, he’s had his sizable hands involved in just about every underworld activity you can think of, and on occasion has found himself running up against Batman as well as Black Lightning. While Tobias appeared in 2013’s animated Beware the Batman, his recurring role on Black Lightning will be his most prominent non-comic appearance so far.

“I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition,” says Black Lightning Executive Producer Salim Akil. “He’s going to make a great Tobias! His authentic street sensibility along with an insightful intelligence is perfect for the Tobias character arc. Not to mention his regal physical bearing will be additive to making our show exciting and different.”

If Krondon isn’t a name you’re familiar with, you may need to look toward the world of music rather than TV. Born and raised in South Central LA, Krondon (KRNDN) is a solo rapper and the front man for Strong Arm Steady (SAS), who recently released his debut album, “Everything’s Nothing.” Prior to that, he wrote tracks for artists including Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Xzibit.

With such a long-running shared history with Black Lightning in the comics, it’s hard to think of a better adversary for the hero’s debut #DCTV season. But what do you think of the casting? Think Krondon has what it takes to fill out Whale’s giant shoes?

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League Up for a Chance to Attend the JUSTICE LEAGUE Premiere

First Comics News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 00:56

You don’t need super powers to form a super team. (And no, you don’t need to be Batman either.) The Justice League has never really been about amazing abilities, but rather about what can happen when heroes come together to work alongside each other.

So, in that spirit, DC and Warner Bros. recently announced the League Up contest. It’s your chance to come together alongside four other heroic fans for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the World Premiere of Justice League.

You can find all the information about the contest here, but let me break it down a bit for you in case you’re on the fence. The League Up contest isn’t a cosplay contest, though if cosplay is your thing, you’re certainly welcome to do it. Rather, this contest is about bringing the spirit of the Justice League to life. We know the League is all about what’s good in this world, and your League should be about that as well. You need five members, each of whom embodies some of the notable qualities of one of the Justice Leaguers:

  • Wonder Woman – Justice, Peace and Equality
  • Cyborg – Communication and Tech Innovation
  • Batman – Determination and Intelligence
  • Aquaman – Responsibility and Environmental Commitment
  • Flash – Courage and Drive

Remember, you don’t have to look like your specific hero or be of the same gender. It’s just about the qualities you represent, along with your love of the Justice League.

That last part is important because to become a finalist, you need to record a brief video introducing your League and letting us know in what remarkable way they intend to celebrate the release of Justice League. Yes, it can be a huge, DC-themed party. But it can also be going out into your community in the spirit of the League and doing something good for it. It can be starting a comic book drive for children or troops overseas. It can be organizing an epic cosplay shoot or choreographing a heroic dance routine or baking a bunch of Justice League cookies and taking them to a local hospital. It’s your decision and the sky is the limit.

Just make sure it’s achievable for you because if you are chosen as a finalist, the next round involves you actually doing it and recording a second video of your celebration. But that’ll come later (remember, click here for all the info). For now, just form your League and let us know who you are and what amazing celebration you have in mind. You have a little over a week to enter, which is plenty of time. So what are you waiting for? Your chance to form your League—and to be among the first to see ours—has arrived!

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PPTV and WWE to Launch WWE Network in China

First Comics News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 00:51

SHANGHAI & STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE® (NYSE: WWE) and PPTV (a Suning Sports Media company) today announced that WWE Network will be available in China for the first time beginning on Friday, August 18, launching exclusively on PPTV as a subscription video-on-demand service featuring all WWE live pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania® and the upcoming SummerSlam®.

PPTV customers can download the PPTV App and watch WWE Network content via smart TVs, set-top boxes, mobile devices and tablets, as well as on www.wwe.cn,www.PPTV.com and www.Sports.PPTV.com. Fans can sign up in time to watch one of WWE’s marquee events of the year, SummerSlam®, live in Mandarin, on Monday, August 21 at 7:00 AM Beijing time.

“When we began our exclusive partnership with WWE, we brought WWE’s signature programming Raw® and SmackDown® to PPTV and received a great response from WWE fans in China,” said Godfrey Zeng, Executive Vice President of Suning Sports Media, parent company of PPTV. “In April, we offered WrestleMania as a pay-per-view event, and again, our fans responded enthusiastically. We are now launching WWE Network on PPTV and presenting the entire lineup of WWE pay-per-views and other premium content to continue to better serve WWE fans in China.”

“PPTV is a tremendous partner and has been key in helping us engage with WWE fans in China and further establishing our brand in this important market,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. “With this launch, WWE Network is now available in every market, reaching more than 180 countries around the world, delivering all our premium live events and an archive of action-packed, family-friendly entertainment that has thrilled WWE audiences for years.”

WWE Network on PPTV will showcase WWE’s major live events and ground-breaking original series, including NXT®and 205 Live™; reality shows, such as Total Divas;documentaries; and classic matches from WWE’s storied history. PPTV will continue to expand WWE Network’s video-on-demand library, adding more than 1,000 hours of content over the next 12 months.

In addition to offering WWE Network as a subscription service, PPTV will also offer its customers premium live events such as WrestleMania®SummerSlam®,Royal Rumble® and Survivor Series® as well as other WWE Network Specials on a pay-per-view basis.

Last year, WWE announced an exclusive multi-year agreement with PPTV to deliver its flagship shows, Raw and SmackDown, live in Mandarin. In addition, WWE short-form content is available on PPTV’s digital platforms, and PPTV leverages popular digital and social platforms, including WeChat and Weibo, to share WWE content with fans throughout China. This year, WrestleMania was made available in China for the first time, via PPTV.

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Wonder Woman Home Entertainment Announce

First Comics News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 00:22

Own Wonder Woman on Digital 8/29 and Blu-ray™ 9/19.

Pre-Order Now: bit.ly/PreOrderWW

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny.
Raised in a sheltered island and trained to become a warrior, Amazon-Princess Diana Prince discovers the end-less war going on in the outside world. She embarks on a journey to end the war of all wars – whilst discovering her true power as well.

THE BLU RAY WILL HAVE EXTRA FEATURES:
Epilogue: Etta’s Mission – Etta Candy gets the boys back together for a secret mission that could impact humanity’s future.
Crafting the Wonder – Wonder Woman finally comes to life in her first, breathtaking solo film. Explore the journey to create an adventure worthy of DC’s greatest warrior.
A Director’s Vision: Themyscira: The Hidden Island
A Director’s Vision: Beach Battle
A Director’s Vision: A Photograph Through Time
A Director’s Vision: Diana in the Modern World
A Director’s Vision: Wonder Woman at War
Warriors of Wonder Woman – Witness the creation of the Amazon army as the women of “Wonder Woman” transform emotionally and physically into the world’s most powerful and heroic warriors.
The Trinity – Filmmakers and comic book creators explore the legend of Wonder Woman and how she stands shoulder to shoulder with Superman and Batman to create the pillars of the DC Universe.
The Wonder Behind the Camera – Meet the women behind the wonder as they welcome a group of aspiring filmmakers on set for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Finding the Wonder Woman Within – Feel the power of Wonder Woman as award-winning poets and inspiring public figures reveal the impact and importance of DC’s greatest heroine.
Extended Scenes
Blooper Reel

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NBC REBOOTING THE MUNSTERS

First Comics News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 00:05

NBC is rebooting the Munsters with Odd Mom Out creator Jill Kargman and SNL alumni, Late Night Host Seth Meyers.

This version of the Munsters will be a half-hour single-camera show that follows members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn.

Jill Kargman is teaming with Seth Meyers, who already has a producing deal at Universal Studio.

 

If the series makes it out of develpment it will join NBC for their 2018 season.

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BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 to Debut in “VALIANT PREMIUM” Format with Upgraded Cover & Interior Features – Coming to Comic Shops Everywhere September 20th!

First Comics News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:26
Plus: Get Your First Look Inside October’s BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 by Lemire, LaRosa & Suayan!

 
  As the highly anticipated BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 prepares for a revenge-fueled mission of violence, villains, and vengeance on September 20th, Valiant is proud to reveal that one of the fall’s most anticipated new series debuts will now ship in the acclaimed “VALIANT PREMIUM” format – the same form of deluxe packaging introduced earlier this year with the launch of the all-new X-O MANOWAR #1!

Beginning with the release of BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 on September 20th –  the FIRST ISSUE of the BLOCKBUSTER ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Black Hammer) and a star-studded cast of explosive artists spanning the first year, including Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN, SAVAGE), Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Renato Guedes (DIVINITY #0, Wolverine), and Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR, BOOK OF DEATH) – fans and readers everywhere can now look forward to the “VALIANT PREMIUM” format appearing on each issue of BLOODSHOT SALVATION in 2017 and beyond. From the Deadside to the year 4001 A.D., Bloodshot is about to begin a bloodstained odyssey through the darkest corners of the Valiant Universe…

Features for BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1, the next series to showcase the “VALIANT PREMIUM” format, will include:

–Deluxe matte finish cover stock covers
–Upgraded, heavyweight interior pages
–An oversized first chapter
–Minimal advertisements for an uninterrupted storytelling experience

“The events of BLOODSHOT SALVATION will be of utmost importance to one of Valiant’s most central and beloved characters,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “From THE VALIANT onward, Jeff Lemire has overseen some of the most pivotal and transformative changes to Bloodshot in the character’s 25 years of history. Now, he’s going to be taking Bloodshot to deeper – and bloodier – depths than ever before. Fans and readers, take note: The ‘VALIANT PREMIUM’ format is a statement of quality, but it’s also much more. Just like with X-O MANOWAR, this is a way for us to signify a major series to watch in the Valiant publishing line. And make no mistake – BLOODSHOT SALVATION is going to be a seminal event for Bloodshot and the Valiant Universe on every level.”

A bloody and vengeful new beginning for Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-nominated Bloodshot saga begins here on September 20th 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…

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…

His sacrifice will be her salvation.

On September 20th, Bloodshot barrels back to the battlefield for his most heart-wrenching mission yet! Jeff Lemire, Lewis LaRosa, and Mico Suayan begin one of the most soul-shattering tales of the year as the Valiant Universe’s unstoppable man of action prepares for his greatest sacrifice in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – featuring covers by Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), Monika Palosz (DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE), Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), and Dave Johnson (100 Bullets)!

PLUS: On October 25th, the most unrelenting series of the fall reloads with BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2! The technologically augmented powerhouse known as Rampage takes aim at Ray Garrison and the fragile peace he now holds…sending the man once known as Bloodshot spiraling back into the violent world of death, destruction, and disarray! Valiant’s next must-read series in the acclaimed “VALIANT PREMIUM” format soldiers onward in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – featuring covers by Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), Monika Palosz (X-O MANOWAR), Philip Tan (Suicide Squad), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), and Glenn Fabry (Preacher)!

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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 Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JUL172251)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On sale SEPTEMBER 20th (FOC – 8/28/17)

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (AUG172109)
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ (AUG172110)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by PHILIP TAN (AUG172111)
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD (AUG172113)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by GLENN FABRY (AUG172114)
Blank Cover Also Available (AUG172112)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale OCTOBER 25th (FOC – 10/2/17)
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Cover A (Standard) by Kenneth Rocafort


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Cover B (Villains) by Monika Palosz


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interlocking Covers by Greg Smallwood

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan with Brian Reber


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan with Brian Reber


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan with Brian Reber


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan with Brian Reber


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan with Brian Reber


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Cover A (Standard) by Kenneth Rocafort


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Cover B (Villains) by Monika Palosz


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan with Brian Reber


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan with Brian Reber


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan with Brian Reber


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan with Brian Reber

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I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION—2017 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY HIT IS BACK WITH MORE PAGES

First Comics News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:24

PORTLAND, OR, 08/10/2017 — Skottie Young is back with I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION, an all-new edition of the Free Comic Book Day spin-off hit which will feature four additional pages of story as Gert slices and dices her way through even more of your Image favorites. It also boasts a behind-the-scenes look at Young’s script, layouts, and black and white artwork—all wrapped in a brand-new cover.

Gertrude has been stuck in Fairyland for decades when she finally hears of a secret passage that may be her way back home. But reaching it is easier said than done, as she crosses the border into Image where she’ll have to chop her way through your favorite characters from SAGA, THE WALKING DEAD, SAVAGE DRAGON, SPAWN, DESCENDER, BLACK SCIENCE, SOUTHERN BASTARDS, and many more!

I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION (Diamond Code AUG170567) will be available in stores on Wednesday, October 4th. The final order cutoff from retailers is Monday, September 11th.

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PSYCHEDELIC SPACE TALE VOID TRIP ARRIVES THIS NOVEMBER

First Comics News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:15

“Beautiful, drugged, and hilarious sci-fi.” —Kieron Gillen

PORTLAND, OR, 08/10/2017 — Writer Ryan O’Sullivan (Turncoat, The Evil Within) and artist Plaid Klaus (Turncoat) will launch their all-new sci-fi/comedy series VOID TRIP this November from Image Comics.

Ana and Gabe are the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They’re low on fuel, they’re low on food, and they’re low on psychedelic space froot, but they’re high on hope and determined to make it to their promised land: the super-planet Euphoria, a true hippy paradise.

This is a road trip like no other. Come along for the ride and meet the friends and enemies they make along the way, and see how the universe responds to those who dare to live freely within it.

“VOID TRIP is Guardians of the Galaxy meets Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas—and by that I mean our heroes spend most of their time high as a kite and don’t save the galaxy even once,” said O’Sullivan. “Tragedy disguised as comedy, it will lure you in with the promise of feel-good comics, only to break your heart over and over.”

“VOID TRIP is a drug-fueled existential road trip across the Universe,” said Klaus. “It’s a search for meaning in the present moment when there is no future for the species. All things considered, it’s a really joyous and humorous book!”

VOID TRIP #1 arrives in comic shops Wednesday, November 22nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, October 30th.

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Batman vs. Two-Face – Trailer Debut (2017) Adam West, William Shatner

First Comics News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:40

Adam West’s final portrayal of the Caped Crusader. William Shatner voices Two-Face

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SINS OF THE PAST RETURN TO HAUNT IN TOP COW’S CUTTER TRADE PAPERBACK

First Comics News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:33

Available this October just in time for Halloween

 

PORTLAND, OR, 08/10/2017 — Television writer Seamus Kevin Fahey (Battlestar Galactica, The Following), comic writer Robert Napton (SON OF MERLIN), and acclaimed horror artists Christian Dibari and Maan House team up for Top Cow’s CUTTER trade paperback, which collects issues #1-4 and will be available this October.

What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance…to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of CUTTER, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you.

CUTTER trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0094-1, Diamond Code AUG170547) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 4th.

It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, October 24th

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REDNECK, VOL. 1 preview

First Comics News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:28

REDNECK, VOL. 1 TRADE PAPERBACK WILL HIT STORES THIS OCTOBER

PORTLAND, OR, 08/10/2017 — Critically acclaimed writer Donny Cates (GOD COUNTRY, BUZZKILL, ATOMAHAWK) and artist Lisandro Estherren team up for a southern vampire tale in REDNECK, VOL. 1: DEEP IN THE HEART. This trade paperback will collect issues #1-6 of the ongoing series from Image/Skybound Entertainment.

Set deep in the heart of Texas, REDNECK follows The Bowmans, a family of vampires who have quietly run the local barbecue joint in their small town for years, living off cow blood. Their peaceful coexistence ends as generations of hate, fear, and bad blood bubble to the surface—making it impossible to separate man from monster.

REDNECK trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0331-7, Diamond Code AUG170579) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 25th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 4th.

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PLASTIC TRADE PAPERBACK preview

First Comics News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:19

GET ALL DOLLED UP FOR THE PLASTIC TRADE PAPERBACK IN STORES THIS OCTOBER

 

PORTLAND, OR, 08/10/2017 — Writer Doug Wagner teams up with artists Daniel Hillyard and Laura Martin for a chilling crime series in the PLASTIC trade paperback available this October. It collects issues #1-5.

In PLASTIC, retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he “met online.” Her affection quiets his vile urges.

Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD Crown Vic, eating doughnuts and enjoying their insatiable appetites for each other. Life is good…until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom.

And the twist to all of this? Virginia is a sex doll.

PLASTIC trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0377-5, Diamond Code AUG170576) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 4th.

It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, October 24th

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Ron Goulart & Sean Joyce’s The Phantom: President Kennedy’s Mission #1 (& variants) available now!

First Comics News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:07

It’s arrived! Get your copy today of the Phantom’s newest adventure, written by Ron Goulart and drawn by Sean Joyce!

The Phantom: President Kennedy’s Mission

The year is 1962, and the Phantom returns once again in a new adventure! There’s a possible world war with Russia looming on the horizon, and newly minted President John F. Kennedy calls upon his old friend Kit Walker for help – let the action and intrigue begin!

In this all-new Phantastic adventure, veteran Phantom script writer Ron Goulart returns with artist Sean Joyce, a new comer to the Phantom and to comic books, but no newcomer to the art world! Joyce is best known as one of Hollywood’s most talented matte painters and storyboard artists, and he is lending his talents to comics for the first time, to bring The Phantom to life in this exciting new adventure!

This five book story arc (each issue to be released every month and a half) has something for every Phan- history with JFK, Russian femme fatales, espionage, lost U.S. astronauts on a secret mission, Singh pirates, and, of course The Phantom, Diana, and Devil!

Journey back to the swingin’ 1960s with The Phantom! Issue one boasts three original covers and one virgin variant. Don’t miss out!

Cover #1 was drawn by Scott Brooks, cover 1a and 1b was drawn by Sean Joyce.

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The Games I Play

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:00
Despite relatively frequent reports of Gplus's demise, it turns out it still is a pretty good place to here about some Google Hangouts games. Real life stuff and my Hydra efforts don't allow me to play in as many as I might like, but I manage to squeeze them in every now and then.

I am a semi-regular in Jack Shear's Krevborna game. This is sort of 18th-early 19th Century horror fantasy in 5e. Jack expertise in Gothic literature really helps give this sort of era a distinct flavor. My character is (currently) the highest level surviving character in the campaign. He's Tobias Rune, "Scientific Diabolist" (i.e. Warlock). He's looks a bit like a young Terence Stamp here:


Recently, I'v played a couple of sessions of Paul Vermeren's Gridshock playtest. Gridshock began as a re-imaging of the Rifts setting, but very much became its own thing early in concept and has is attached to a system reminiscent of TSR's Marvel Superheroes. It wears its 80s-ness on its sleeve in many ways, but it's hardly a pastiche of anything, but has elements of superheroes, G.I. Joe, and anime about it. My character is a cactus-man alien named "Scorchin'" Ray Alpha.

Art by JP Cokes
Both of these games are a lot of fun. I look forward to revisiting both of them in the future.

KNOW YOUR MIGHTY CRUSADERS: Black Hood II

First Comics News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 07:54

Created by:

Cliff Campbell & Al “Camy” Camerata

Real Name:

Matthew Kipling “Kip” Burland

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

Black Hood II is not a member of the Mighty Crusaders

First Appearance:

Black Hood Comics #1 1946

Origin:

Patrolman, Kip Burland, was attacked by the Skull, who framed him for robbing a jewelry store. Burland was discharged from the force. When Burland tried to capture the Skull on his own he was shot and thrown in the woods. A man called the Hermit rescued him and trained him to become the Black Hood. As the Black Hood, Burland was able to clear his name

History:

For all intents and purposes, the Canadian Black Hood was the same as his US counterpart, the stories were the same but redrawn by Canadian artists who adjusted the costume for the Canadian audience.

Powers & Weapons:

An Olympic level athlete, master of hand to hand combat Superior deductive abilities.

Checklist:

F E Howard Comics:

Black Hood Comics 1

Black Swan Comics 1

Liberty Comics 12

Roly Poly Comics 11, 12, 14

Super Comics 1-5

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