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First Comics News - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 01:03

RAPTURE #4 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (JUN172084)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (JUN172085)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (JUN172087)
Variant Cover by CAFU (JUN172088)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (JUN172089)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (JUN172086)

Shadowman strikes back!

The final battle for life itself has arrived! As Babel makes its last assault on the heavenly realm beyond the Deadside, a band of Earth’s most dangerous heroes – Ninjak, Shadowman, Punk Mambo, and Tama the Geomancer – must halt its eons-old campaign once and for all…or face a global disaster of biblical proportions! Plus, at the center of it all: The undiscovered truth about Shadowman that will change the Valiant Universe forever!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 30th (FOC 08/7/17)


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First Comics News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:45


In which Marvel’s (and Alter Ego’s Roy Thomas weighs in, on Yellowjacket!

Jay Piscopo’s Yellowjacket

Folks, in Part Five of our look at the late, lamented Charlton Comics, (‘The Charlton Mystique, Part Five’), among other things, I talked about how John (Eric) Santangelo, Junior, had passed away, on March 26th of 2011.

In the magazine Comic Book Artist # 9, dated on the cover as August 2000, Charles Santangelo, son of the late John Santangelo, Senior, co-founder of Charlton Publications/-Charlton Press/-Charlton Comics/-Capital Distribution Corporation, etc….talked about his late father, and his (then), still living brother, John (Eric) Santangelo, Junior.

From Charles Santangelo, in an interview conducted by Christopher Irving: “They heard about a comics press (machine) that was available in Pennsylvania, bought that, and got the rights to Blue Beetle, Nyoka, and a couple of other titles. (Ed) Levy and my old man, (John) Santangelo, Sr., were great guys, and brilliant in their own right. They were like Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside. My old man was the inside guy handling production and the hiring and getting things done, and Ed was the guy outside who went to New York and he had an editor friend to do the editorial work.

Dærick Gröss Sr’s Yellowjacket

Charlton continued with humor magazines, crossword puzzles (magazines of same), and comics, getting very big. In the mid-60’s, Ed (Levy) decided he was going to retire and didn’t want to work every day, like he had been doing. His son wasn’t interested in the business, and I was, so Ed (Levy) said (to Charles Santangelo, Senior) – “John, you want to buy me out?” So they sat down with an accountant, and an attorney was there, Ed was there, and I was there… That was it, my father bought out the other half and made a deal with another handshake. They shook hands before the partnership, and shook hands when they ended it; No contracts or anything. They were just great guys. I left the business in 1968. I got tired, since I’d been in it since I was a kid. In ’68, my dad was still going but I thought he (his health) was going downhill. We had 52 titles, doing quarterly, which was a mistake. I wanted to cut down to thirty bi-monthlies. I was over-ruled, being a young guy.

That eventually got me to leave, because I decided it was too much and time to leave. We had that disagreement and I left, but he stayed on for another ten years, and he gave the business to my brother. eg: the now late John (Eric) Santangelo, Junior.”

Charles Santangelo continues: ” I got tired of wearing a tie and answering the phone, going to meetings and meetings and meetings. I was almost 34 and wanted to do things.

My old man was pretty tough and didn’t want to do them. I said, “Arrivederci, I’m going.” I left and opened up a car wash and gas station, and did that until nine or ten years ago, when I leased the business, and retired. I haven’t worked in 10 years, but I had a great time, and I’m having a great time, and I have some great memories. We had a good outfit, but after I left, my father had my younger brother (John (Eric) Santangelo, Junior) come in to take over. My dad had wanted to keep it in the family, but it was too much for my brother, and things started to go downhill.

We were the first national distributors for Larry Flynt’s Hustler magazine. Flint was quite a character, and he figured out how much commission we were making, decided it was too much, and he broke the contract and went out on his own. We sued him, and he counter sued. The judge went down the middle, but we lost to Hustler, a big loss. After that, things went down hill.

My brother, about seven or eight years ago, started to sell off titles like Hit Parader, sold Country Song Round Up to someone else…sales fell apart on comic books. We got out of the comic business, and eventually started selling magazines, equipment, and the building, which went to a real estate developer. When they put up the building, it was almost on a marsh near the railroad track. Along Route 60, they put a highway beside it, and the real estate became very valuable. On the other side of the street from us were shopping centers with major franchises. We didn’t belong there, like the commercial retail. My brother, (John (Eric) Santangelo, Junior) sold it, and got millions for it. It was a 150,000 foot building.

We all made a lot of money and are doing great. Those were good years for me. Guys like Joe Gill, Pat Masulli, Dick Giordano, and Frank McLaughlin are all in my heart. And there was the fella with the big thick glasses: Steve Ditko. He was great. He and I had some good talks and conversations. I like Steve.”

Note: former Marvel Comics Mike Zeck also got his start in comics, at Charlton Comics.

Yet another television series that got adapted into a Charlton Comics series, was called ‘Ivan Tors’ PRIMUS’. It was, basically, a skin diving TV series, very much like the earlier Lloyd Bridges series, Sea Hunt. This new television and (Charlton) comic book series PRIMUS starred Robert Brown, as Carter Primus. The director of this one season only, 26 episodes television series, was Ivan Tors. The TV series aired from September 15th, 1971 to June 9th of 1972. This TV series never aired on TV in my area, so I have never, ever seen it.

Amusingly, the cover of Charlton’s comic book series PRIMUS # 6’s story title, right on the cover, is ‘Trapped by the man called YANG.’ No relation, of course, to either the Charlton Comics two series YANG, nor HOUSE OF YANG. the Charlton comic book PRIMUS series lasted seven issues.

And now, let’s go even further back into Charlton Comics history. The very first Charlton Comics superhero was called Yellowjacket, which preceded Marvel Comics’ superhero Yellowjacket (one of several hero aliases for Hank Pym, and Avenger.)

The Charlton Comics Yellowjacket was secretly Vince Harley. He appeared in the comic book Golden Age, World War Two years.
Vince Harley, in his civilian guise, was a writer for the Pulp-like fiction magazine, DARK DETECTIVE magazine. He appeared in the Charlton comics title ‘Yellowjacket Comics’, numbers one through ten. Yellowjacket also appeared in ‘Jack In The Box’ # 11 (eleven), and also, in the one-shot comic book ‘TNT Comics’ # 1.

As previously stated in an earlier chapter, Yellowjacket’s nephew (with the same powers, mastery over yellowjacket wasps), appeared in his OWN story, in Charlton’s first published comic book ever, ‘Zoo Funnies’, Volume One, Number One.

What now follows is a panel by panel, blow by blow account of all of Yellowjacket’s appearances, one panel and page, at a time!

Yellowjacket Comics # 1 came out, dated on the inside indicia information, as September, 1944. Oddly, the superhero Yellowjacket did NOT appear on the cover of Yellowjacket Comics # 1-! In fact, on the cover of # 1, is depicted a handsome, male, brown haired circus aerialist, swinging from a circus trapeze. On this cover of # 1, he has just caught another (female) trapeze artist, from falling to her death! And, he did, thankfully, catch her!

Dressed in a red, short sleeved circus costume, with a pastel light green belt and slippers, this male trapeze artist sure looked like Yellowjacket himself, Charlton’s first ever superhero! But this character probably wasn’t supposed to be Yellowjacket himself, on this premiere issue.

This cover scene – aside from this first issue’s cover – does not take place anywhere inside the issue. However, there IS a circus comics story, inside Yellowjacket # 1.

Relegated to a small 2 inch by 3 and 3/4 inch cover box on the very bottom left side of the cover of his own titled series, the blurb inside this box reads, “Introducing Yellowjacket, The Scourge of Sinners!”

The other stories in YJ # 1 are, firstly, in this order, a ‘Diana The Huntress’ (on Mount Olympus) comics story, with Zeus, Hercules, Mercury (the swiftest Greek God of all), Discordia (a Greek God I’ve never heard of, despite the fact that one of the ‘bird’ courses I took many years ago, in university, to give me enough credits for a particular semester, was ‘Ancient Greek Literature.’ I strongly suspect the writer of this backup story made this character up from the depths of his imagination.

Next up, was a two page text story, entitled ‘Message For The Cops’; then a comics story entitled ‘Famous Tales of Terror’, based on Edgar Allen Poe’s tale, “The Black Cat”, which, several decades ago, was made into a movie, and a rather good one, at that!

Following this Poe tale, is a ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ type of illustrated page, amongst other cartoons in this section.
The first panel of this page is rather interesting. It says “John Hanson (not George Washington) was elected November 5th, 1781, as the first President of the U.S.-!

The next panel on this same page, is blatantly racist. It reads, “Negroes have whiter teeth than white persons. No, the dark skin makes their teeth look whiter.” (By comparison.) Also, the cartoon of this African American has exaggerated features, and massive pink lips. Ungh!
That’s the thing about a lot of comic books from the 1940’s and even 1950’s – racist is unfortunately prevalent, in many of them.

The next story in Yellowjacket Comics # 1 is called ‘King of The Beasts’, about a lion tamer at a circus.
It’s actually quite an interesting tale!

Next up is a well-written tale of World War Two era Merchant Marines, civilian uniformed shipping crews. This story has a real Don Winslow of The Navy feel – which, by the way, is another WW 2 era comic book (and Big Little Books) series that I collect.

This comics series, ‘Harbor Lights’, in Yellowjacket Comics # 1, also has a Pulp magazines feel to it.
I collect vintage pulp magazines, also, but that is probably a topic best saved for another time.

The next single page feature in YJC # 1 is called ‘Yellowjacket’s Bee Lines’, and it is a page of cartoon sight gags.

Next up is a comics tale titled ‘The Filipino Kid.’ This story, to me, reminds me of a civilian clothed version of The Green Hornet and Kato.
This is the final story in the issue, rounding out the book.

Story synopsis and dialogue from the Yellowjacket comics story, in Yellowjacket Comics #, November issue, 1944:

For our purposes, however, I’m going to focus mainly just on the Yellowjacket superhero stories in these issues. The first YJC story in # 1 takes place in a Pulp magazines office, where wordsmith Vince Harley (alias Yellowjacket) confers with his editor, at Dark Detective Magazine’s office.

Vince Harley is, of course, also secretly the costume and domino-masked superhero called Yellowjacket.

Yellow jackets are, of course, another word for wasps!

Vince’s editor informs him that his latest written piece of prose fiction isn’t good enough to publish; the editor therefore feels that, if published, it won’t sell.

Vince says to his editor that he’s already rewritten it three times!

Vince says, “But — oh well! Maybe I need a vacation!”

His editor informs him, “What you need is the real criminal viewpoint!”

Vince replies, You’re not suggesting I take up murder on the side, are you?”

Editor: “Just get the cobwebs out of your brain, Vince!”

Vince: “I’ll get in touch with you in a few weeks!”

Caption: ‘Later, Vince is in the garden of his suburban home.’

Vince: “I feel better already, now that I decided to lay off work for awhile!”

Vince, by the way, (his hobby), is a bee keeper hobbyist, of bees and wasps. He relaxes in his living room, while it pours rain, outside.
Suddenly, something falls against the unlocked front door of his home, and the door falls open!

Fallen down, just inside the door, is a red haired young woman in a red dress, and red shoes, unconscious! She has fainted.

Vince gently picks her up, lays her on his coach, in front of a roaring fireplace.

When she awakens, she explains that her name is Judy Graves, and that some men had been chasing her!

She then faints a second time!

Vince looks in her purse, for clues to what she was talking about.

And, surprised, exclains, “Jewelry! A young fortune in precious stones!”

I feel certain the letterer meant to letter ‘a small fortune in previous stones!’

Vince: “I wonder if these are hers?” Or, maybe I should call the police?”

Then, he decides, “No. I’ll give the kid a break and wait until she wakes up — she seems to be sleeping naturally, now.

Caption: ‘But Vince falls asleep, too.

Caption: ‘And, shortly, three men enter his house!’

One of the men awakens Vince, with “Hey, snap out of it!”

They are all holding guns, pointing them at Vince. Vince thinks, silently, ‘Well, sting me — the girl’s gone! With the jewels, too!’

One of the gunmen, aggravated that the girl is nowhere to be seen, slugs Vince with his gun; clobbers him over the head with this gun!

He is angrily quizzed by the three thugs that have entered his house, about what happened to the girl, and the jewels.

Vince: “Ow-w! I don’t know what you’re talking about!”

One of the thugs insists Vince is lying — which, of course, he is, in order to try to protect the disappeared young woman!

Vince decides to go on The Offensive, and he slugs the thug who had just slugged him!

Then, the other two creeps both attack Vince, knocking him unconscious!

One of them is about to kick the comatose Vince Harley in the head, explaining, “One kick in the puss, and he’s a dead duck!”

But the second thug stops him from doing so, saying, “Hold it — I got a better idea! C’mon outside!”

One of them grabs a grated box of Vince Harleys’ wasps, and the other creep says, “Wow — be careful wit’ those things! They’re yellowjackets!”

Now, shake ’em up, good, so dere mad and — we scram!”

The other low life asks, “Yeah — but what about de goil? Huh?”

Caption: ‘Outside the room, the closet suddenly opens.’

Out of it comes the girl, who has been hiding inside the house, the whole time!

She says, “What can I do? Those bees will sting him to death!” Then, she screams, “Aieeeee! They’ve covered his body!”

And, indeed, they’ve completely covered him!

Then, the bees all leave Vince Harley, and they then reenter the box hive.

Girl: “Gracious! They’re going back into the hive — and it doesn’t look like he’s been stung, at all!”

Vince slowly awakens, and he then asks what happened.

Vince: ” Oh — what happened?”

The girl, Judy Graves, asks, “Aren’t you hurt? What about the yellowjackets! Didn’t they…?”

Vince Harley: “Yellowjackets! Oh, now I remember — those men! Say, where did you come from? I thought you skipped!”

Judy Graves: “I wanted to tell you, but I guess I passed out! Those men were Jake Mallon and his gang. They tried to make me work with them, in stealing the jewels! I — I’m no criminal!! I was on my way to tell the police, when Mallon chased me in here!”

Vince Harley: “I’m beginning to understand! Now, where do those mobsters hang out?”

Caption: ‘The girl tells Vince all she knows!’

Vince: “Now, here’s what you do — first, go to the police, and –“

Judy: “Yes, I understand!”

Caption: ‘Meanwhile, Mallon and his gangsters have reached the hideout…’

One of the thugs: “It beats me how that gal got away!”

his criminal compatriot says, “Aw, she doesn’t dare go to the cops!”

The first thug laughs, and exclaims, “Anyway, we committed the poifect crime! what a way to moider a guy!”

“Yeah!” exclaims another.

And another: “Noone could pin it on us!”

Caption: ‘Then –‘

There is a loud buzzing sound in the room, suddenly. The creeps look around, wondering where it is coming from!

“Gee, what is that? It’s getting louder!”

Caption: A bright yellow striped figure crashes into the room, through a window…’


“Yipes!” yells one cretin.

Caption: ‘A swift blow floors the gang leader!’

Yellowjacket: “Out you go!”, as he punches him.

Yellowjacket: “Drop the guns, you two!”, he says, tackling two of them, at once!

“Ow-w, my neck!”, one of them yells.

Yellowjacket: “I’m letting you both off too easily!” he says, smashing their heads together, with force!

Thug lying on the floor, aims his gun at YJ: “You die now — whoever you are!” he says to the masked man.

YJ: “You’ve got a mighty hard head, Mallon!”

Suddenly, a yellowjacket wasp stings Mallon right on his butt!

Mallon yells, “Yeow! I’m shot!”

YJ: “You think I call myself Yellowjacket for nothing, Mallon?”

Caption: ‘Just then, Judy arrives with the police!’

Police constable: “Hully gee, lookit this dump!” (Busted lamps, etc…)

Judy Graves enters the gang’s house, between the two police officers.

Cop two: ” lHey, stop! Hold up!” he yells after the costumed and masked hero, Yellowjacket, as he runs off.

YJ: “Sorry, officer, but I must protect the law from my sting!”

Caption: ‘One later week later, Vince is in the editor’s office, again, of Dark Detective magazine.

Editor: “Wonderful, Vince! This is the kind of stuff I’ve been yelling for!” he says, looking over Vince Harley’s latest version of his prose fiction story.

Vince: “Swell, Jeff”, he says to his editor. I think I’ve got the idea, now!”

Once Vince Harley leaves his editor, Jeff’s office, he turns to the readers of the comic, and says, “I got a check, Judy got off with a suspended sentence, and Yellowjacket is ready for more adventure!”

The End of Yellowjacket Comics # 1

*****In late June of 2016, I asked Marvel Comics’ (and Alter Ego magazine’s) Roy Thomas, if, in the 1960’s, when he created the ‘Yellowjacket’ persona for Avenger Hank Pym, if he’d been inspired to do so, by the Golden Age (1940’s) superhero called Yellowjacket. He gratiously replied, and here is what Rascally Roy had to say about that. I had, at the same time, asked him about the Silver Age costume designs of Marvel’s Sub-Mariner character, Stingray, and X-Men’s Havok, since I always liked their original costumes. I also like the Silver age Yellowjacket costume:

Hi Phil–

Sure, you can use what I wrote. I’m less wild about the YJ costume than you are… needed bigger wings, but I was afraid of his looking like Archie’s Fly… but John (Buscema) basically followed my general description.
Marie Severin designed Stingray, just based on my idea that he looked like a human stingray… while Neal Adams designed the unique look and energy-display of Havok’s (not Havoc’s) costume.


HI Phil–

Good luck on the article. Sure, I’ve admitted many times in print that the 1940s Yellowjacket, whose comic I saw a time or two as a kid, was the inspiration of the YJ identity of Hank Pym. I thought that was such a cool name that, back when I was 12 or so, I made up another character with that name–he was basically just a swipe of C.B./Crimebuster from BOY COMICS, only wearing a yellow jacket instead of a red hockey sweater. So the Marvel YJ was only the second character with that name I created. The 40s stories were nothing special, but I loved the look of the costume and the name. Interesting, the company was a forerunner of Charlton… to which in 1965 I sold my first two comics stories.


More to come, folks, in The Charlton Mystique, Part Seven-!

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Nintendo Download: Mario Meets the Rabbids, forma.8 and Piczle Lines DX

First Comics News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:40

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – A mysterious vortex has torn apart the Mushroom Kingdom, transporting the chaotic Rabbids into this once-peaceful land. To restore order, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi must team up with a whole new crew: four Rabbids heroes! Together, they will battle with weapons through four worlds filled with combat, puzzles and unpredictable enemies. The Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle game will be available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch console on Aug. 29
  • forma.8 – forma.8 is a unique take on the proven Metroidvania action-adventure formula, with a striking visual style and a huge world to explore.

    As the small exploration probe forma.8 you’re stranded alone on the surface of an alien planet. Separated from your companions by accident you have a life or death mission to accomplish: find and recover a lost, powerful energy source before it’s too late. Ancient civilisations, great perils and dystopian visions await you. And not everything is what it seems…

  • Piczle Lines DX – Draw lines to connect pairs of numbers to complete a hidden picture in this feverishly addictive PICture puzZLE game! Connect numbers of the same color, using the same number of blocks as the number! Easy controls lets you draw line after line as you gradually reveal the picture! Once you start you’ll be hooked!

    Play through 100 levels in Story Mode as you follow the adventure of a professor and his mysterious Piczle-Matic camera. Each puzzle solved unlocks the next step in the story! Continue the fun in Puzzle Mode with 200+ more puzzles!

    Solve picture puzzles in of all sorts, including sports, pets, vehicles, food and many more! Select them in any order or have multiple puzzles on the go, resuming any one at any time. Draw directly on the screen in Handheld Mode, or play with the Joy-Con™ in Table Mode or TV Mode!

  • ACA NEOGEO Puzzled – Control Rad‘s airship and Am’sair balloon, and make your way up through the block-filled Tower of the Sun in order to meet the God of Sun. Embark on an exciting adventure that will send you the puzzle skies! The “ACA NEOGEO” series has faithfully reproduced many classic NEOGEO masterpieces.

    Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores. Please enjoy the masterpiece that built a generation for video games.


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Off to the Printer: Azurth Adventures Digest

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:00

The first Azurth Adventures Digest is going off to the printer today. It's full color, 28 pages, featuring art by Jeff Call and Jason Sholtis. There's a ten page mini-adventure local: The Candy Isle, random tables for generating colorful Motley Pirates and some flavorful tidbits on other islands, suitable for inspiring adventures.

Art by Jason Sholtis


First Comics News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 07:31

Created by:

Jack Cole

Real Name:

John Dickering

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

Adventures of the Fly #31

First Appearance:

Pep Comics #1, January 1940


John Dickering discovered a gas that is “fifty times lighter then hydrogen.” He injects the gas into his bloodstream until he can make great leaps in the air, and when he makes his eyes cross, two powerful beams come out and disintegrate whatever he looks at.


When John Dickering began his scientific experiments, he didn’t know at the time that one of those experiments was going to change his life forever. During his experiments, he discovered the formula for a new lighter-than-air gas, but he wasn’t sure of how humans would be affected by direct contact with the gas. He chose the most unorthodox way of testing the effects of the gas on humans by injecting himself with the gas, risking his own life in the process. He found that after injecting himself with the gas, he was able to leap tremendous distances. Further injections made him buoyant enough that it practically gave him the power of flight. But there was a major catch to those injections of that gas.

That catch came in the form of an unforeseen – and very deadly – side effect. The gas had collected in his eyes and threw off two beams. When the beams crossed, they combined to form a deadly energy beam that disintegrated anything he looked at. Fortunately, Dickering found out that the beam was ineffective against the element Silicon or any Silicon based material such as glass. By simply wearing eyeglasses or glass goggles, Dickering was able to protect those around him from being harmed by those deadly eyebeams.

Dickering found that anyone possessing those powers could all too easily become a threat. So he destroyed the formula for the gas to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. He also decided to use his newly gained powers for good and to that end, he decided to become a crime-fighter. He then donned a strikingly designed costume of red and black which featured a raise able glass visor attached to his cowl to allow him to use his powerful eye-beams. Thus, John Dickering began his new career as one of the earliest of the great “mystery-men”, the Comet.

In his first recorded case, the Comet was alerted to a plot to use typhoid germs as a weapon of murder by an old friend of his. He then flew to Chicago and learned that the germs were being used in a series of murder-for-hire plots against various people and promptly prevented each of those murder attempts by destroying the germs. He also then killed the carrier of the typhoid germs by disintegrating him with a blast of his “dissolvo-vision” (the term the Comet used for the deadly disintegration ray emitted by his eyes). Shortly afterward, the Comet headed for a showdown with members of the ringleader’s gang, only to be lured into a trap where he imprisoned in a glass filled dungeon (The gangsters found out that the Comet’s disintegration ray was ineffective against glass in a previous encounter when he disintegrated the house they were in and found that only the window glass was unharmed.). He managed to escape the trap and then obliterated the gang with a blast of his dissolvo-vision. He then confronted their leader – a criminal named Dr. Archer – and then flew him into the skies above and hurled him to his death on the grounds below. Thus ended the first recorded adventure of the Comet (Pep Comics #1).

The Comet’s next two cases were to be the ones that would change his life and his career forever. He flew to Florida to investigate a series of occurrences in which a sinister looking face began appearing in the clouds above Florida which was soon followed by the disappearance of an armored car on each occasion. The Comet flew to Florida on the hypothesis that the person responsible for these occurrences might be directing them from a base somewhere in the Everglades only to be caught in an artificial whirlpool and captured by two men working for a criminal mastermind calling himself Satan. They then soldered his visor closed and threw him into the underground lake. Leaving the Comet to die of drowning in the underground lake, Satan and his men left to begin another mission of piracy.

Shattering his glass visor on a stone wall, the Comet broke free from his potential watery grave and trailed them to Miami. He found out that Satan and his men created this ruse using two blimps. One of the blimps projected a motion picture image of a face on the clouds with a loudspeaker blaring out the dialogue while the other blimp used a special magnetic device to grab the armored cars from the ground. The Comet then blasted the first blimp with his disintegration eye-beams, destroying it and all those aboard. Then he trailed the other blimp and destroyed it just as it was about to hijack an armored car (Pep#2).

He then landed on the ground to help search for Satan’s body. He found that all those aboard those two blimps died when he blasted them from the sky. Thinking that Satan was dead, a weary Comet headed for home. After he arrived home, he was knocked unconscious by chloroform, imprisoned in a glass tube, and brought to a hideout in California. He then found out that Satan was still alive and was planning a new series of crimes. After getting him into a weakened state, Satan then had a crooked hypnotist named Zadar hypnotize the Comet into becoming a mind slave with the compulsion to commit crimes and kill those who would get in his way.

His first act as a criminal was to rob the Utica Textile factory in Los Angeles. He killed a guard by throwing him to his death from a scaffold. He then found himself in a battle with police officers who had arrived on the scene. This led to a battle in which he killed the policemen at the scene with blasts of his deadly eye-beams. This was soon followed by a series of spectacular crimes in which the mind-controlled Comet robbed and killed under Satan’s and Zadar’s influence. Thinking that Satan was keeping him from his fair share of the loot from the Comet’s robberies, Zadar had the hypnotized Comet kill Satan with a blast of his “disolvo-vision”. The hypnotized Comet then unintentionally killed Zadar with a blast of “disolvo-vision” which led to him coming out of his hypnotized state. he then spotted a newspaper headline that detailed his crimes that he committed under the villains’ influence. The Comet vowed there and then to clear himself of all of the crimes he committed under their influence of die trying (Pep #3).

Shortly afterward, the Comet decided to turn himself in to the authorities for the crimes he committed under Zador’s influence in the hope that they would believe him. But after he turned himself in, word got out that the Comet was being held in the local jail, and that led to a lynch mob descending on the jail ready to lynch the Comet. He then blasted his way out of the jail and flew off with the mob and police shooting at him. After being wounded by the gunfire in his escape, the Comet flew to a small mining town where he fell into unconsciousness. He was found and brought back to health by an old miner who believed his story about his innocence. The old miner then asked him to help the mining community by convincing the mine owner, a man named Riley to invest in new ventilation for the mine to save the miners from silicosis (a condition caused by silica dust building up in the lungs). After the Comet saved the lives of several miners in a cave-in, Riley then trapped the Comet in the mine and tried to kill him with poison gas. The Comet then blasted his way out of the mine with his “disolvo vision”. As he reached the surface, Riley tried to throw a stick of dynamite at the Comet. The Comet then blasted the stick with his eye-beams, killing Riley in the resulting explosion. He was then able to convince Riley’s associates to invest in the necessary improvements to the mine (Pep #4).

Later, he would meet another person who believed his innocence in the form of Thelma Gordon, a newspaper reporter for The Daily Star who soon became the woman in his life. He met her as he began investigating a series of crimes by Stinger Lee, a gangster who was using a blackout ray to help commit his crimes. He spotted him as Lee and his men tried to kill the inventor of the blackout ray. After rushing the inventor to the hospital, the Comet and Thelma Gordon tracked down Lee and his gang as they committed an armored car robbery using the blackout ray. The Comet caught up to Lee and his men as they tried to escape by speedboat under the cover of the blackout ray. The Comet then blasted the boat with his deadly eye-beams, destroying the boat and killing Lee and his men (Pep #5). Afterward, Thelma began trying to help the Comet prove his innocence while trying to write him up as a hero rather than as an outlaw.

For the Comet, it was bad enough that he was now hunted by the police for the crimes he committed under Zador’s influence. But what made it even worse was something that could have very easily gotten him in dutch with the law if he didn’t even commit those acts, his homicidal attitude towards criminals. Unlike such contemporary “mystery men” as the Shield or the Wizard (not to mention such later crime busters as the Hangman or the Web) who preferred to let the legal system be the executioners of the criminals they cornered; the Comet preferred to act as judge, jury, and executioner of any of the criminals he encountered. He thought nothing of letting the system handle any of the criminals he cornered when he could just simply disintegrate them with a blast of his deadly eye-beams. These actions alone would have made him a fugitive even if Satan and Zador didn’t hypnotize him and turned him into a cop-killing criminal. As a result of both the circumstances involving Zador and his own homicidal tendencies towards criminals, the Comet became both a fugitive from justice and a ruthless killer vigilante that even average citizens as well as criminals feared.

It all would come to a head for the Comet in mid 1941 shortly after he delivered one of Big Boy Malone’s men to the police for grilling, fleeing in a hail of police gunfire after the delivery. He flew to his apartment to find Thelma Gordon waiting for him. She tried to talk him into giving up his career as the Comet and settling down with her as scientist John Dickering. She felt that he had more than atoned for the crimes he committed – including the murders of policemen – under Zador’s influence. But he refused knowing that his conscience wouldn’t let him give up his career. To quote him: “No Thel! We could never be happy. My conscience wouldn’t allow me. While I live, I’ve got to try and make amends!”.

Shortly afterwards, he went in to change from his Comet uniform to his street clothes only to be spotted by his brother Robert who stopped in for a visit. After revealing his identity to his brother, John asked Bob to squire Thelma around town while he caught up on some lab work. And for the next week or so, Bob did just that. This eventually led to the brothers getting into an argument over Thelma and Bob storming out of John’s apartment, only to be waylaid by two of Bib Boy Malone’s men mistaking him for John Dickering; who was to testify against Malone’s man.

Seeing Bob being taken hostage, led to John pursuing Bob’s kidnappers as the Comet. Pursuing them, he blasted a tire from their car with his “dissolvo-vision” causing it to crash into a lamppost. Bob quickly broke free of his captors, only to be shot at by them. The Comet swooped down on the gangsters, shielding his brother by having the gangster’s bullets strike him. Policemen drawn by the gunfire began shooting at the hoodlums and it quickly escalated into a shootout.

In the confusion, Bob Dickering quickly scooped up his brother and rushed him to his laboratory via a fire escape. With Thelma Gordon and his brother Bob at his side, the dying hero spoke his last words:

“Easy Thel! We’ve got to go sometime! My turn now! … you two stick together! Kind of a memorial to me. G.. Goodbye, Bob! Bye Thel… aaahh! Thus John Dickering alias the Comet died of his injuries. It was his death that lead to Bob Dickering launching his own crime busting career as the Hangman (Pep #17).

This should have been the end of the story of the Comet, but surprisingly it wasn’t. For decades later, rumors began to spread that the Comet didn’t die that day in 1941, much of this has since become the stuff of urban legend. And it all started with the emergence of a new hero calling himself the Comet.

This new Comet emerged a few years after the death of the original Comet. He first made his existance known when he tried unsucessfully to court the superheroine known as Fly-Girl (The Adventures of the Fly #30). In that initial appearance, the Comet claimed he was the former ruler of the planet Altrox and had come to make Fly-Girl his bride. Shortly afterwards, his next appearance led to the forming of a legendary super team.

His next appearance came as the Spider made a series of attempts on the life of the superhero known as the Fly (who at the time was using the name of the Fly-Man). It occurred when the Spider sent a giant mechanical claw to steal a pavillion of the World’s Fair. The Fly then grew to giant size and tried to destroy the claw. As he was destroying the claw, the Spider tried to electrocute the Fly by sending a deadly electrical current through the claw. Fortunately, the Comet flew on the scene and destroyed the claw with a disintigration ray fired from his “power gloves” (Fly-Man #31). Shortly afterwards, the Comet then teamed up with the Fly, Fly-girl, the Shield (William Higgins), and the Black Hood for three adventures (Fly-Man #s 31-33) before formally organizing as the Mighty Crusaders.

Unlike the original Comet – who had chemically enduced superpowers – the new Comet relied on scientific devices for his super feats. The orange and green (originally red and white) clad hero flew with the aid of a specail anti-gravity helmet (called a rainbow helmet because of its spectrum design). The helmet was the power source ofr his cief weapons, specail gloves which had miniture projectors at the fingertips which allowed him to fire a variety of rays.

The new Comet stayed in the crimefighting spotlight for a short period, both on his own and as a member of the Mighty Crusaders (The Mighty Crusaders{first series} #s 1-7). After the team disbanded, the Comet disappered from view as well. When the team was reactivated years later, The Comet was a member as well (The Mighty Crusaders {second series} #1). But during their first case after their reactivation – their battle with the Brain Emperor and Eternno the Tyrant – the Comet disappeared and the original Comet – looking much like he did back in the 1940’s – surprisingly returned to action just in time to help the Crusaders defeat the villains (The Mighty Crusaders {second series} #3).

But was the Comet who helped the Crusaders defeat the Brain Emperor the same Comet who died in 1941? Did he have a connection with the second Comet? And what became of the ssecond Comet? Much of this has fueled many rumors about the Comet and has since become the stuff of urban legend. But surpisingly, there is some truth to the rumors about the Comet. And the truth itself is the stuff of urban legend.

Sometime back in late 1940, the Comet was struck by a fireball that teleported him trillions of miles away from Earth to the planet Altrox. There he met the planet’s ruler, Queen Naija and learned the reason why he was brought to that world. He was brought to Altrox to destroy the threat of the “mects”, robots that were initially built by the Altroxians to perform heavy labor but instead tried to take over the planet. The Comet fought against the mects, destroying most of them with blasts of his disintigration eyebeams (The Mighty Crusaders {first series} #2). After the fight with the mects, the Comet was teleported back to earth and continued his crime-fighting career. But in mid 1941, the Comet met his untimely death at the hands of Big Boy Malone’s men and as Bob Dickering and Thelma Gordon watched as his body disintigrated at the moment of his death, thinking that his deadly powers had completely consuemed hs mortal remains (The Comet #1).

But in actuality, that disintigration was caused by an Altroxian teleportation device that teleported the dying Comet to Altrox where the scientists of that world were able to resusitate him. Although they were able to bring him back to life, he remained comotose for many months in a special chemically filled chamber as he recovered from what were fatal wounds on Earth. When he awakened, he renewed his relationship with Queen Naija and began a new life for himself on Altrox.

He found that some elements in the atmosphere on Altrox began to destroy the effects of the gas that gave him his powers. The first effects to go were the mental effects that caused him to develop the homicidal tenedencies that led to him killing so many criminals. The other effects were that it caused his powers to lessen over time so that they later vanished completly. He also found that his aging processs had slowed to a trickle due to both the effects of the life-saving chemical bath and the Altroxian atmosphere.

After his resusitation John Dickering began his new life on Altrox by marrying Queen Naija. But that new life came to a sudden end years later when Naija was killed by the last of the Mects. After her death Dickering became Altrox’s ruler and adopted the devices that he would later use when he eventually returned to Earth. After a few years, Dickering resigned as ruler of Altrox and returned to Earth and tried to start a new life for himself once again (The Mighty Crusaders {first series} #2). Since a considerable amount of time had passed – more than a few decades – since he last appeared as the Comet, he was able to launch a crime busting career as the new Comet.

For a short time, the Comet fough evil both on his own as an active member of the Mighty Crusaders. A few years later when he helped reactivate the team, he mostly took on an advisary role with the new version of the Crusaders (The Mighty Crusaders {second series} #1).

The reason for this was due to the fact that Dickering found out that traces of the gas that gave him his original powers were building up in his bloodstream. He feared that not only will they build up to the point that his original powers would return, the homicidal tendancies that came with them would return as well. Later, the Brain Emperor managed to breach the Mighty Crusaders’ headquarters and knocked the Comet unconcious with a blast of mental energy (The Mighty Crusaders {second series} #2). When he recovered from the blast, the Comet found out that the Brain Emperor’s mental energy sped up the process of the build up of the original gas formula in his bloodstream and caused his deadly origina powers to return.

With his original powers restored, the Comet – now clad in his original red & black costume – flew to Atlantis along with the Shield (Joe Higgins) and their new ally Darkling for a final encounter with the Brain Emperor and his ally Eterno the Tyrant. The heroes came upon them just as the Crusaders were battling the villians’ android henchmen, the so-called Malevolent League of Juggernauts (androids bases on various early superheroes). The Comet was able to destroy most of the androids with blasts of his deadly eye-beams and aided the Mighty Crusaders in defeating the two villains. Shortly afterward, the Comet resigned from the team fearing that the homicidal tendencies that came with those original powers would return with a vengence (The Mighty Crusaders {second series} #3).

As of this writing, the Comet’s whereabouts are unknown. But it’s safe to say that the world hasn’t seen the last of the man once called “the most astounding man on Earth”.

Powers & Weapons:

The Comet can make great leaps in the air, and when he makes his eyes cross, two powerful beams come out and disintegrate whatever he looks at.


MLJ Comics:

Pep Comics 1-17
Special Comics 1

Mighty & Radio Comics:

Adventures of the Fly 30 (1st Silver Age app. 10/64), 31
Fly Man 32-34
Mighty Crusaders 1-6
Super Heroes vs. Super Villains 1

Red Circle & Archie Comics:
Comet 1, 2
Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) 1-3, 9, 11-13
Original Shield 3, 4
Archie’s Weird Mysteries 3, 14
Mighty Crusaders: Origin of a Super Team

TEXT: Kelso

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First Comics News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 06:59

(W) Brent Truax (A) Russell Braun, Daniel Rivera (A/CA) Mitch Waxman
Called by the Los Angeles Reader the finest example of graphic story telling they’ve seen. This is the saga of one man thirsting to conquer an empire against a ruler who tried to appease both his subjects and his gods. Cortez’s arrival had been foretold by the superstitious Aztecs, but by the time they had discovered he in fact, was not the true God, it was too late. For Cortez had on his side, the belief in the three things at the time that mattered most in life – the King, God, and Gold.
In Shops: Nov 29, 2017
SRP: $10.99


(W) Alberto Conte (A) Romina Denti (A/CA) Luca Rossi
A Gothic tale that takes its title from a peculiar ruin in S. Callisto Square in Rome. Some say it was placed there by the Devil himself, behind the Pope’s palace, to become his throne. During the twelfth century, it was a place of orgies and black masses that inspired prophecies and easy healing. This is the stage where Alberto Militelli conducts his so called esoteric rituals. But he only pretends to be a sorcerer: for he simply has found his way to get rich and affluent. But his rise to the top is quick, as will be his downfall. For his game has bothered his Master and his worst enemy: the Devil himself.
In Shops: Nov 29, 2017
SRP: $9.99


(W) Don Lomax (A/CA) Don Lomax
From Harvey Award nominee Don Lomax. Based on the true story of an American spy in Vietnam as told to Don Lomax by agent Robert Durand who chronicles the tale. Durand was a member of a black-ops team, code-named “Shining Brass.” This graphic novel depicts the horrific atrocities witnessed and performed by the once naive special forces member as he attempts to perform his duties and understand the true meaning behind the madness that was the Vietnam War.
In Shops: Nov 29, 2017
SRP: $14.99


(W) Ron McCain, Gary Reed, Charles Yates, Jack London (A) Guy Davis, Ron McCain, Charles Yates, Vince Locke (CA) Kyle Huston
At the dawn of the 20th century, Jack London was considered one of the first literary writing pioneers in the growing world of magazine fiction. Writing numerous novels, short stories, poems and essays, he became a well-known celebrity. Presented are five of his stories, adapted with art from award winning comic artists.
In Shops: Nov 29, 2017
SRP: $12.99


(W) Various (A) Various (CA) David Michael Beck
Based on the cult classic Chillers feature film from Troma Studios that captured the Silver Scroll Award, Chiller now returns with eleven all new tales in an original anthology graphic novel! Original creator and director Daniel Boyd is joined by some of the best in horror to present more tales of terror and chills. Evil travels in many forms… even by bus. But this bus, driven by Peterr Jesus, takes its riders on a journey that they may never return from!
In Shops: Nov 29, 2017
SRP: $14.99

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Taya Valkyrie Is Coming Soon to GFW

First Comics News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 06:50

She’s known around the world, but has never competed in the IMPACT Zone. Taya Valkyrie is coming soon to GFW. Stay tuned…

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First Comics News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 05:47
Sword of Ages #1—Cover A: Gabriel Rodriguez—GEM OF THE MONTH
  • Gabriel Rodriguez (w & a & c) • Lovern Kindzierski (colors)
  • A mythic origin story you never expected to see! This winter, the Sword will be drawn for the first time ever, courtesy of writer/artist/Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez in a five-issue miniseries adventure of epic proportions! A young woman will become the first wielder of the most famous sacred weapon of all time to champion for her world’s survival, inspiring a legion of heroes to join her struggle against a merciless alien force. The line between science fiction and magic might get fuzzy, but the line between heroes and villains will be drawn in blood.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Sword of Ages #1—Cover B: Gabriel Rodriguez—GEM OF THE MONTH
    • Gabriel Rodriguez (w & a & c) • Lovern Kindzierski (colors)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Alien worlds! The sacred sword! Brave knights and horrific demons!
  • The legendary sword is first drawn here!
  • Character design variant cover by Gabriel Rodriguez!


Kid Lobotomy #2—Cover A: Tess Fowler—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Peter Milligan (w) • Tess Fowler (a & c)
  • “A Lad Insane, Part Two: Vile Bodies,” Failed rock star and medical guinea pig Kid Lobotomy apparently lies dying in America’s weirdest hotel: The Suites, where delusion is always your dirty one-night stand. Take a tour of the Lower Depths where dark creatures, warped memories, and the pretty, new artist-in-residence await.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Kid Lobotomy #2—Cover B: Julian Dassai—CERTIFIED COOL


    • Peter Milligan (w) • Tess Fowler (a) • Julian Dassai (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Grab your cockroach! Black Crown’s debut series continues!
  • Includes a preview of Assassinistas, the new Tini Howard & Gilbert Hernandez miniseries!
  • Letter columns, creator interviews, process pages & more!
  • Variant cover by Eric Canete!


Giantkillers #0—Cover A: Bart Sears
    • Bart Sears & Ron Marz (w) • Bart Sears & Tom Raney (a) • Bart Sears (c)
    • The foundation for the epic Bart Sears GIANTKILLERS saga starts here! This special double-sized issue presents a pair of short stories written and drawn by master storyteller Bart Sears, as well as writer Ron Marz and artist Tom Raney teaming up for the pivotal lead feature. Fantasy and science fiction clash head on as the grizzled warrior Arkon the Giantkiller must protect the young Auoro, destined to battle the evil Dread Lord Omin… if she can survive! More than 40 pages of stunning art and compelling story for the price of a single issue!
    • FC • 48 pages • $3.99


Giantkillers #0—Cover B: Bart Sears & Matthew Dow Smith
    • Bart Sears & Ron Marz (w) • Bart Sears & Tom Raney (a) • Bart Sears & Matthew Dow Smith (c)
    • FC • 48 pages • $3.99


  • Amazing art by Sears and Raney!
  • Lays the groundwork for Giantkillers #1 in February!
  • Double the story for a single-issue price!
  • The Ominous evolution continues!
  • Variant covers by Aaron Lopresti and Tom Raney!


Wormwood, Gentleman Corpse: Mr. Wormwood Goes to Washington #3 (of 3)—Cover A: Ben Templesmith
  • Ben Templesmith (w & a & c)
  • Wormwood’s Washington excursion ends in ways that you will never expect and that about half of you will wish was a non-fiction tale…
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Wormwood, Gentleman Corpse: Mr. Wormwood Goes to Washington #3 (of 3)—Cover B: Ben Templesmith
    • Ben Templesmith (w & a & c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Wormwood in Washington is a bigly problem for the establishment!
  • Variant cover by Ben Templesmith!


Atomic Robo and the Spectre of Tomorrow #2— Cover A: Scott Wegener
    • Brian Clevinger (w) • Scott Wegener (a & c)
    • Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse it turns out there’s a secret cyborg army that’s maybe attempting to establish a new global order. Remember the old days when all you had to worry about was an honest to goodness mad scientist dinosaur or, like, a bad guy with a laser gun?
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Atomic Robo and the Spectre of Tomorrow #2— Cover B: Melissa Duffy
    • Brian Clevinger (w) • Scott Wegener (a) • Melissa Duffy (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Celebrate 10 years of Atomic Robo by jumping on this brand-new story!


Infinite Loop: Nothing But the Truth #3 (of 6)—Cover A: Elsa Charretier
  • Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier (w) • Daniele Di Nicuolo (a) • Elsa Charretier (c)
  • The entire timeline is at risk as desperate people turn to desperate measures. After all she’s been through, is Teddy still strong enough to save it, or will reality as she knows it be ripped apart?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Infinite Loop: Nothing But the Truth #3 (of 6)—Cover B: Dave Johnson
    • Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier (w) • Daniele Di Nicuolo (a) • Dave Johnson (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Infinite Loop Vol. 1 was honored by the Virginia Library Association Graphic Novel Diversity Award, who called it: “a fun melding of science fiction, romance, LGBTQ+ advocacy fiction, and civil rights history lesson.”
  • Elsa Charretier’s artwork has been featured by DC Comics (Starfire, Harley Quinn, Bombshells), and also launched the Unstoppable Wasp at Marvel.
  • Daniele Di Nicuolo is hot off his work on BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.


Half Past Danger II: Dead to Reichs #3 (of 5)—Cover A: Stephen Mooney
  • Stephen Mooney (w & a & c) • Triona Tree Farrell (colorist)
  • Break In! The team must infiltrate the Japanese Chemical Warfare Division: Unit 731. The prize: priceless intel on the Nazi pathogen. With the help of Ishi’s sister Emiko and with Spot the Deinonychus in tow, the daring raid is afoot. But something none of them expected lies in wait within… something BIG.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Half Past Danger II: Dead to Reichs #3 (of 5)—Cover B: Nick Roche
    • Stephen Mooney (w & a) • Triona Tree Farrell (colorist) • Stephen Byrne (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • The stakes are high, the board is set, and the action is hard-boiled. The time is HALF PAST DANGER.
  • Of the first volume, said: “a total triumph of imagination, with great design, stunning art, and so much potential. IDW has struck gold with this miniseries.”


Cosmic Scoundrels—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Andy Suriano, Matt Chapman (w) • Andy Suriano (a & c)
  • Two creators whose credentials include some of animation’s best-loved properties come together for a sci-fi action bromance of galactic proportions, filtered through the lens of an ’80s music video. Space-fairing bachelor scalawags Love Savage and Roshambo—along with a little mothering from their ship’s AI, Mrs. Billingsley—shuttle from job to job and continually find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Despite their best efforts to look out only for themselves, they usually end up involved with alien crooks, shady black market baby schemes, and space sickness-inducing drugs. They’re on the loose and on the run—from everyone!
  • TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-024-6
  • Matt Chapman is the co-creator of Homestar Runner and has worked on Disney’s Gravity Falls. Andy Suriano worked as an artist on both the Samurai Jack TV show and comic.
  • For fans of sci-fi action comedies with dysfunctional group dynamics, like movies Guardians of the Galaxy and The Fifth Element and TV shows Cowboy Bebop and Futurama.
  • Advance solicited for December release!
The Monstrous Collection of Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson
  • Steve Niles (w) • Bernie Wrightson (a & c)
  • One modern horror mainstay combines with one legendary master in this showcase of Bernie Wrightson’s beautiful black and white art. A collection so terrifying, so huge, so gritty and raw that it had to be called MONSTROUS! Collecting the collaborations between two living horror legends this collection includes three complete tales: Dead She Said, The Ghoul, and Doc Macabre, each a piece of the dark, dangerous universe Steve Niles has created in the shadows of the world we think we know. Enjoy the inks of a master artist in striking black-and-white.
  • TPB • B&W • $24.99 • 176 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-030-7
  • Between Niles’ groundbreaking 30 Days of Night, The October Faction, and Criminal Macabre, and Wrightson’s near endless contributions to the genre, this is a must-own title for fans of the ghoulish and ghastly.
  • Advance solicited for December release!
Love Song
  • Christopher (w & a & c)
  • Like the best rock n’ roll bands, Love Song is four parts that harmonize the muddy and messy chords of life into a breathtaking resolution. United by a shared love of music, this collection of four “albums” is composed of a series of short stories, each running into the next like best cuts from your favorite records. And like a classic album, Love Song gets the joy and humor out of the way up front, letting the story wind its way into the dark and serious corners of adult life. Alternating between loud and quiet or hard and soft, this story will sink its hook into readers like a jingle or riff that just won’t be easily forgotten.
  • HC • FC • $24.99 • 200 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-047-5
  • Brings the sophisticated French graphic novel to the English language for the first time.
  • Advance solicited for January release!
Lights of the Amalou
  • Christophe Gibelin (w) • Claire Wendling (a & c)
  • An epic fantasy drawn by the internationally renowned illustrator Claire Wendling that won the Press Award at the Angoulême Comics Festival.
  • Long ago, no living creatures existed in the Legend world, except for a magician by the name of Théo… and a giant oak tree. The two beings made a pact: one would imagine and draw the form of the creatures, to which the second would give life. In exchange, the magician would become immortal. The world is now populated by a wide array of species, including the human-like Transparents. But as time passes, the Great Oak begins to weaken, and Théo wants to acquire its power… and then there are Yz and Meth, two hybrid demons who threaten to turn the world upside down in this original graphic novel.
  • TPB • FC • $39.99 • 240 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-916-5
  • Advance solicited for December release!
The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head—CERTIFIED COOL
  • David Gaffney (w) • Dan Berry (a & c)
  • British comedy blended with universal regret, this darkly funny graphic novel uses surreal and beautiful visions to explore the ways we remain haunted by our ex-lovers. Valerie has a rich interior life. Though serially unlucky in love, she finds comfort in imagining that her ex-boyfriends are dead and that their bodies are kept downstairs in the cellar in a strange, mummified state. Every day she brings them upstairs and speaks with them about what went wrong.
  • What follows is a series of peculiar and funny—and sometimes disturbing—short tales about inept lovers, weird obsessions, and socially malfunctioning men who repeatedly fail to build a relationship with poor Valerie. Except for Stanley. Stanley was special. Could he be the one to save her?
  • HC • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • 9.5”x6.5” • ISBN: 978-1-60309-415-3
  • Advance solicited for January release!
  • Written by ultra-short fiction writer David Gaffney!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #1—Cover A: Dan Schoening—GEM OF THE MONTH
    • Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening (a) • Dan Schoening (c)
    • The two beloved franchises reunite for a new adventure more action-packed and hilarious than ever! The Turtles are stuck in a ghost dimension by an old adversary and only the Ghostbusters can save them. The ensuing adventure will be an inter-dimensional romp like never seen before!
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #1—Cover B: Dave Wachter—GEM OF THE MONTH
    • Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening (a) • Dave Wachter (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • The sequel to the surprise crossover hit!
  • From the creative teams of both TMNT and Ghostbusters!
  • Variant covers by Karl Moline, Kevin Eastman and Freddie E. Williams II!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #2—Cover A: Dan Schoening—GEM OF THE MONTH
    • Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening, Pablo Tunica (a) • Dan Schoening (c)
    • As the teams split up to evade their spectral pursuers, Michelangelo and Peter Venkman enter a dimension populated by anthropomorphic animals… including Turtle Ghostbusters!
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #2—Cover B: Pablo Tunica—GEM OF THE MONTH
    • Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening, Pablo Tunica (a) • Pablo Tunica (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Variant cover by Donny Tran!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #3—Cover A: Dan Schoening—GEM OF THE MONTH
    • Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening, Tadd Galusha (a) • Dan Schoening (c)
    • Leonardo and Winston face formidable foes in the form of ferocious frogs!
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #3—Cover B: Tadd Galusha—GEM OF THE MONTH
    • Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening, Tadd Galusha (a) • Tadd Galusha (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Variant cover by Chris Johnson!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #4—Cover A: Dan Schoening—GEM OF THE MONTH
    • Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening, Mark Torres (a) • Dan Schoening (c)
    • Viking spirits war over Raphael’s body! Will Ray be able to figure out a solution before Raph goes berserk?
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #4—Cover B: Mark Torres—GEM OF THE MONTH
    • Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening, Mark Torres (a) • Mark Torres (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Variant cover by Ben Bishop!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #5—Cover A: Dan Schoening—GEM OF THE MONTH
    • Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening, Charles Paul Wilson III (a) • Dan Schoening (c)
    • The climactic conclusion as the teams reunite to face their adversaries… and a long lost ally!
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters II #5—Cover B: Charles Paul Wilson III—GEM OF THE MONTH
    • Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Schoening, Charles Paul Wilson III (a) • Charles Paul Wilson III (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Variant cover by Adam Gorham!


Ghostbusters: Answer the Call #2— Cover A: Corin Howell
    • Kelly Thompson (w) • Corin Howell (a & c)
    • “What Dreams May Come” Part 2! The hot new evil in town is terrorizing Manhattan and feeding off the population’s fears in order to grow even more powerful. With a big bad growing by the second in scope and ambition, our heroes find themselves caught in nightmares based on their own fears… and their pasts!
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Ghostbusters: Answer the Call #2— Cover B: Emma Vieceli
    • Kelly Thompson (w) • Corin Howell (a) • Emma Vieceli (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • This is it! Don’t miss the ladies from the 2016 film in their very own series!
  • Want to see what our ladies fear most? Here’s your first and best chance!
  • You DON’T want to see what Kevin fears most. Oh, you do? Well, okay, but we tried to warn you!


Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers The Call—SPOTLIGHT
  • Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a) • Tim Lattie (c)
  • Worlds collide as your favorite Ghostbusters—from all three movies—meet for the first time! It’s the biggest crossover since they crossed the streams! Before they began investigating the supernatural, most of the original Ghostbusters were teachers… and they’ve decided it’s time they start sharing their knowledge again. But when their first batch of students start poking around the firehouse and accidentally set in motion the merging of two universes (it’s easier than you’d think) Venkman, Stantz, Zeddemore, and Spengler will need all the help they can get to put things right! And who do you think will Answer The Call? (If you guessed Holtzmann, Yates, Tolan, and Gilbert… you get a gold star!) It’s a brand new inter-dimensional meeting of the minds!
  • TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-026-0
  • Includes an all-new introduction by Paul Feig, director of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and Bridesmaids.
  • Advance solicited for December release!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #76—Cover A: Damian Couceiro—SPOTLIGHT
  • Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Damian Couceiro (a & c)
  • “Invasion of the Triceratons” Part 1 of 5. A small force of armed extra-dimensional Triceratons have arrived in the heart of NYC! Will the Earth welcome them or destroy them?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #76—Cover B: Kevin Eastman—SPOTLIGHT
    • Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Damian Couceiro (a) • Kevin Eastman (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • The start of a major new story arc!
  • Variant covers by Ryan Brown, and Kevin Eastman!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #16—Cover A: Freddie E. Williams II
  • Chris Mowry (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Freddie Williams II (c)
  • “Freedom” Part 1 of 2. Journey back to the height of the Triceraton rebellion against the Utroms and learn the secret history of the Triceraton commander who will have a major impact on the lives of the TMNT!
  • FC • 32 pages • $4.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #16—Cover B: Giannis Milonogiannis
    • Chris Mowry (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a & c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $4.99


  • Ties into the TMNT ongoing’s “Invasion of the Triceratons!”
  • Variant cover by Jake Smith!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 2: The Darkness Within
  • Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz (w) • Andy Kuhn, Ben Bates, Mateus Santolouco (a) • Freddie E. Williams III (c)
  • The perfect way to catch up on the critically acclaimed ongoing series. As the forces of good and evil marshal on multiple fronts, the Turtles have a new mission, but Shredder’s ambitions could put an end to it before it begins. Meanwhile, Krang has an arsenal and wit unlike any other and his master plan sees the Turtles come into direct confrontation with one of their mightiest enemies!
  • Collects issues #13–24 of the ongoing series.
  • TPB • FC • $29.99 • 292 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-035-2
  • Advance solicited for December release!
  • “It doesn’t feel like reading a comic–it feels like watching a really fun movie.”—Comic Vine
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #60—Cover A: Agnes Garbowska
  • Christina Rice (w) • Agnes Garbowska (a & c)
  • The Cutie Mark Crusaders have a new challenge when a young pony doesn’t want to follow in her family’s footsteps. Will she chose her family or her calling?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #60—Cover B: Sara Richard
    • Christina Rice (w) • Agnes Garbowska (a) • Sara Richard (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • A special coming-of-age issue!
  • Variant cover by Valentina Pinto!



My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #8—Cover A: Tony Fleecs
  • Jeremy Whitley (w) • Tony Fleecs (a & c)
  • The group of legendary ponies continues to grow as Rockhoof and Mage Meadowbrook join the group! Each faces unique challenges that will require the help of their peers before disaster strikes!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #8—Cover B: Brenda Hickey
    • Jeremy Whitley (w) • Tony Fleecs (a) • Brenda Hickey (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • New friends and new magic!
  • Variant cover by Jennifer Hernandez!



My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Vol. 13
  • Christina Rice, Thom Zahler (w) • Agnes Garbowska, Tony Fleecs (a) • Andy Price (c)
  • When Fluttershy is summoned away, it’s up to Angel bunny to keep the animal sanctuary running. Will his bossy management style backfire when the other animals refuse to cooperate? Plus, while on a diplomatic mission to Yakyakistan, Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash are surprised to uncover an imminent attack on the kingdom by dragons!
  • Collects issues #54–58.
  • TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-029-1
  • Advance solicited for December release!
My Little Pony: The Cutie Map
  • Scott Sonneborn, M. A. Larson (w) • Various (a & c)
  • Adapting the most beloved My Little Pony animated cartoon episodes to graphic novels! The celebrated animated series comes to bookshelves! Revisit the habitants of Equestria and learn about the magic that friendship brings in this adaptation of the television series. This volume adapts the two-part “The Cutie Map!”
  • TPB • FC • $7.99 • 144 pages • 5” x 7” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-065-9
  • Advance solicited for December release!
Hanazuki: Full of Treasures
  • David Mariotte (w) • Nico Peña (a & c)
  • Based on the hit animated series, Hanazuki the Moonflower comes to life in this hilarious, action-packed origin tale. See her first encounter with the lovable, pet-able (and only sometimes sassy) Hemkas! Watch her grow her first treasure trees! Witness her run “afowl” of the Chicken-Plant! Enjoy as Hanazuki learns how to harness her emotions to affect real change and save her moon from the forces of darkness!
  • HC • FC • $12.99 • 72 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-102-1
  • Adapts the first three episodes of the animated series from Hasbro!
  • Advance solicited for January release!
Jem and the Holograms: Outrageous Edition, Vol. 2—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Kelly Thompson (w) • Sophie Campbell, Jen Bartel, Meredith McClaren (a) • Design (c)
  • There’s still time for SYNERGY! The show must go on as the comic book adventures of JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS continue!
  • HC • FC • $49.99 • 328 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-222-6
  • Advance solicited for January release!
  • Includes issues #11–23 of the comic book series!
Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1—Cover A: Tana Ford—SPOTLIGHT
  • Kate Leth, Sophie Campbell (w) • Tana Ford, Sophie Campbell (a) • Tana Ford (c)
  • Jem: Dimensions brings both new and beloved creators to the world of The Holograms! In a story by Kate Leth and Tana Ford, the Holograms throw a Dungeons and Dragons game night with Jerrica as the Dungeon Master, and even Synergy joins the fun! And in Sophie Campbell’s story, the Misfits (plus some NEW faces) take a break to go on a ski trip, when all hell breaks loose…and so does Pizzazz’s cat!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1—Cover B: M. Victoria Robado—SPOTLIGHT
    • Kate Leth, Sophie Campbell (w) • Tana Ford, Sophie Campbell (a) • M. Victoria Robado (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • This anthology book features 2 self-contained stories in each issue! Double the rock-n-roll fun!
  • Welcome back Sophie Campbell to the world of Jem!
  • Variant cover by Derek Charm!


Powerpuff Girls: The Bureau of Bad #1 (of 3)—Cover A: Phil Murphy—SPOTLIGHT
  • Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman (w) • Philip Murphy (a & c)
  • Sick and tired of the Powerpuff Girls ALWAYS saving the day, baddies unite at the TOWNSVILLE HIGH VILLAINS COUNCIL, determined to take the girls down once and for all. Gather round the table and hear the tales of the times Townsville’s worst ALMOST defeated the girls…starting with MOJO JOJO’s tale of near-victory!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Powerpuff Girls: The Bureau of Bad #1 (of 3)—Cover B: Andy Cung—SPOTLIGHT
    • Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman (w) • Philip Murphy (a) • Andy Cung (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Haley Mancini (Princess Morbucks) and Jake Goldman (Jared Shapiro) are both writers and voice actors for the show!
  • Variant cover by Andrew Kolb!


Samurai Jack: Quantum Jack #3 (of 5)—Cover A: Michael Avon Oeming
  • Fabian Rangel Jr. (w) • Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (a) • Michael Avon Oeming (c)
  • Samurai Jack: Kaiju style! It’s Samurai Jack meets Pacific Rim, as the amnesiac, time/universe hopping Jack finds himself teamed up with a group of scientists, at the controls of giant battle robots, fighting the monster known as Krogo! Bas as Jack is slowly beginning to realize what’s happening to him, the question remains: How and why is he jumping back and forth through time—and who’s behind it all!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Samurai Jack: Quantum Jack #3 (of 5)—Cover B: Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
    • Fabian Rangel Jr. (w) • Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (a & c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Variant cover by James Stokoe!



Skylanders Quarterly—Spyro & Friends: Goldslinger—Cover A: David Baldeón—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Ron Marz & David A. Rodriguez (w) • Jack Lawrence & Various (a) • David Baldeón (c)
  • When an outlaw band of Dirt Sharks busts up a soda saloon, it’s up to Spyro and Trigger Happy to save the town! And the madness continues in Mirror, Mirror Part 2, as Spyro and Kaos discover what the Mirror of Mind Control has done to them!
  • FC • 48 pages • $4.99
Skylanders Quarterly—Spyro & Friends: Goldslinger—Cover B: Jack Lawrence—CERTIFIED COOL
    • Ron Marz & David A. Rodriguez (w) • Jack Lawrence & Various (a) • Jack Lawrence (c)
    • FC • 48 pages • $4.99


  • All-new adventures featuring your favorite characters!
  • Skylanders Academy Season 2 premieres on Netflix this fall, with a third season already confirmed!


Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #2 (of 3)— Cover A: Chris Fenoglio
  • Jeremy Lambert (w) • Chris Fenoglio (a & c)
  • Trapped in HorrorLand, sisters Mia and Ginny have no hope of escape… that is until a little Horror named Irk mentions the gate on the other side of the Scream-Park! Only problem is the never-ending nightmares that stand in their way! And did someone say something about a dummy? Oh, sorry! I didn’t mean- AAAAAGGHH!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #2 (of 3)— Cover B: Drew Rausch
    • Jeremy Lambert (w) • Chris Fenoglio (a) • Drew Rausch (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Age-appropriate spooks, creeps, and things that go bump in the night…for today’s generation of kids, discovering Goosebumps for themselves!
  • Kids of all ages will enjoy seeing their favorite Goosebumps monsters back for more blood!
  • The first part of a new series of Goosebumps stories in three parts!
  • Variant cover by Derek Charm!


Mickey Mouse: The Magnificent Doublejoke
  • Andrea Castellan, Jonathan H. Gray, Massimo De Vita, Thad Komorowski, Noel Van Horn (w & a) • Jonathan H. Gray (c)
  • When a bizarrely trollish crimefighter hits Mouseton, neither Mickey nor Pegleg Pete know what to expect—except one crook-smashing practical joke after another! Then Mickey and Eega Beeva meet “The Clones of Channel 3000″…and further battles are joined with ever-greasy Mortimer and a most peculiar mousenapper!
  • Collects IDW’s Mickey Mouse issues #19–21.
  • TPB • FC • $12.99 • 124 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-094-9
  • “This series is fantastic for all ages.”—Bleeding Cool
  • Advance solicited for December release!
Mickey Mouse: Timeless Tales, Vol. 3
  • Andrea Castellan, Romano Scarpa, Lorenzo Pastrovicchio, Jonathan H. Gray, Joe Torcivia (w & a) • Andrea Freccero (c)
  • Collects an assortment of classic and modern Disney tales, many of them published for the first time in the U.S. by highly regarded creators from around the world. Modern Mouse master Andrea “Casty” Castellan takes center stage for this deluxe edition of IDW’s Mickey Mouse #13–21!
  • The Phantom Blot takes over a robot army in “Darkenblot,” an awesome science fiction epic; then Eurasia Toft brings Mickey and Goofy one step closer to Atlantis in “Dark Mines of the Phantom Metal”! Danger lurks around every turn and special bonus features for longtime Mickey aficionados fill the back of the book!
  • HC • FC • $39.99 • 368 pages • 7.25” x 10” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-049-9
  • “These stories are great at showcasing characters we don’t see much of in America.”—Bleeding Cool
  • Advance solicited for January release!
Donald and Mickey: Treasure Archipelago—Cover A: Ulrich Schroeder and Daan Jippes
    • William Van Horn, Marco Rota, Jonathan Gray, Byron Erickson (w) • William Van Horn, Marco Rota, Victor “Vicar” Arriagada Rios (a) • Ulrich Schroeder and Daan Jippes (c)
    • Yarr, matey! In “Treasure Archipelago,” ship’s cooks Mickey and Goofy beat pirate captain Pegleg Pete to a goldmine at sea—but will they ever it home to tell the tale? Then in “Coff It Up,” Donald wins $2400 in a lottery… but can’t keep the prize out of Neighbor Jones’ mitts!
    • FC • 48 pages • $5.99


Donald and Mickey: Treasure Archipelago—Cover B: Alessio C`oppola
    • William Van Horn, Marco Rota, Jonathan Gray, Byron Erickson (w) • William Van Horn, Marco Rota, Victor “Vicar” Arriagada Rios (a) • Alessio Coppola (c)
    • FC • 48 pages • $5.99


  • It’s a brand-new supersize Disney quarterly—with more of the fan favorite creators you want!
  • Marco Rota (“Andold Wild Duck”) and William Van Horn (retro DuckTales) are back with new-to-USA Mouse and Duck action! The Disney adventures never stop!


Uncle Scrooge #32—Cover A: Massimo Fecchi
  • Byron Erickson (w) • Massimo Fecchi (a & c)
  • “Whom the Gods Would Destroy!” When Magica De Spell uses a stolen magic wand to turn the Beagle Boys into super-powerful Greek gods, Scrooge McDuck thinks they’ve found his Achilles heel!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Uncle Scrooge #32—Cover B: Daan Jippes & Ulrich Schroeder
    • Byron Erickson (w) • Massimo Fecchi (a) • Daan Jippes, Ulrich Schroeder (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Continues this beloved series’ legacy numbering at #436!
  • Disney Comics master Byron Erickson (Uncle Scrooge: World of the Dragonlords) is back with a feature-length sword and sorcery epic!
  • Variant cover by Marco Mazarello!


Star Wars Adventures #4—Cover A: Jon Sommariva
  • Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (w) • Eric Jones (a & c)
  • A young Mattis Banz dreams of one day being like his heroes, Luke and Leia. Little does he know that in days past, the famous siblings once made a royal mess of an important mission with the easy-to-provoke Sarkans!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Star Wars Adventures #4—Cover B: Nathan Greno
    • Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (w) • Eric Jones (a) • Nathan Greno (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • An exciting adventure set during the original trilogy that features new and familiar faces!
  • Variant cover by Logan Pack!


DuckTales #3— Cover A: Marco Ghiglione
  • Joey Cavalieri (w) • Luca Usai, Giuseppe Fontana, Graziano Barbaro, Andrea Greppi, Roberta Zanotta (a) • Marco Ghiglione, Dario Calabria (c)
  • Woo-oo! The adventures of everyone’s favorite Duck Family continue with two more stories based on the hit new Disney animated series! Scrooge, Donald, and Della match wits with the ghost of Nostradogmus! Plus, can Scrooge and company solve the terrifying secret of the Pumpkin People?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
DuckTales #3— Cover B: Marco Ghiglione
  • Joey Cavalieri (w) • Luca Usai, Giuseppe Fontana, Graziano Barbaro, Andrea Greppi, Roberta Zanotta (a) • Marco Ghiglione, Giuseppe Fontana (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Steve Canyon, Vol. 8: 1961-1962
  • Milton Caniff (w & a & c)
  • The Greatest Generation’s cartoonist-in-chief, Milton Caniff, continues to appeal to two disparate groups—comics aficionados as well as active military and veterans. The Air Force created an official record for Steve Canyon, the only time a fictional character was so honored.
  • Milton Caniff tackles the escalating Cold War throughout 1961 and ’62 as Steve Canyon finds himself trapped, alongside old friends Princess Snowflower and Doagie Hogan, in a net of intrigue between the USSR and Communist China! Meanwhile, as the Cuban Missile Crisis plays out in the waters south of Florida, Steve Canyon and the alluring Miss Mizzou attempt to preserve our freedom by stopping another Red plot hatched at the Panama Canal! These never-before-reprinted strips include full-color Sunday pages, and are reproduced from Caniff’s own file copies.
  • HC • PC • $49.99 • 336 pages • 11” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-034-5
  • Advance solicited for January release!
  • “This collection, sharply reproduced from syndicate proofs, brilliantly shows off the hallmarks–cinematic storytelling, dramatic illustration, exotic locales, appealing characters, and snappy dialogue–that made Caniff one of comics’ most highly regarded and influential artists.” –Gordon Flagg, Booklist
Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Vol. 2
  • Archie Goodwin (w) • Al Williamson, Alfredo Alcala (a) • Al Williamson (c)
  • Reprints for the first time the classic Star Wars newspaper strip in its complete format. No other edition includes each Sunday page title header and “bonus” panels in their meticulously restored original color. The epic seven-days-a-week sagas begin with “Han Solo at Stars’ End,” based on the novel by Brian Daley, adapted by Archie Goodwin and Alfredo Alcala, followed by seven complete adventures by the storied team of Archie Goodwin and artist Al Williamson. The pair had previously worked together on Creepy, Eerie, and Blazing Combat comics magazines, the Flash Gordon comic book, and 13 years on the Secret Agent Corrigan newspaper strip. They seamlessly shifted gears to take over, at George Lucas’s request, the Star Wars newspaper strip. Included are all strips from October 6, 1980 to February 8, 1981.
  • HC • B&W • $49.99 • 296 pages • 11” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-053-6
  • For fans eagerly awaiting Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15, 2017!
  • Advance solicited for January release!
G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #246— Cover A: Netho Diaz—SPOTLIGHT
    • Larry Hama (w) • Netho Diaz (a & c)
    • “Dawn of the Arishikage,” Part One! While opposing forces—both good and evil—battle to control the young ninja girl Dawn Moreno, she fights her own personal war within her fragile mind… one that will change the pages of G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO forever! It’s the dawning of a new age, where old meets new, bloody past collides with an even bloodier present… and an ALL-NEW SNAKE-EYES RISES FROM THE ASHES!
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #246— Cover B: John Royle—SPOTLIGHT
    • Larry Hama (w) • Netho Diaz (a) • John Royle (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • First part of a bombastic five-issue arc that ends in a very special over-sized issue #250!
  • America needs a new hero! The birth (and re-birth) of an all-new Snake-Eyes!
  • Perfect jumping on point for new fans!
  • Variant covers by Larry Hama, and Mateus Santolouco!


G.I. JOE, Vol. 2
  • Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)
  • G.I. JOE battles all new threats as the defenders of Earth! After the events of Revolution changed everything, the JOEs are left to clean up the mess. G.I. JOE has fought Cobra, the Dreadnoks and more, but never before have they faced a threat like this: Gigantic, heaving abominations crawling up from the depths of the Earth itself. As teams of JOEs struggle to respond to the unpredictable attacks, Scarlett must decide what to do with the enemy in the team’s midst. Plus, the G.I. JOE leader reveals a troubling secret to her second-in-command, Roadblock.
  • Collects issues #5–9.
  • TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-025-3
  • “Its a two-guitar attack for the heavy metal fun of G.I. Joe.” —Newsarama
  • Advance solicited for December release!
Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook
  • John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Sina Grace, & Various (w) • Robert Atkins, Guido Guidi, Paolo Villanelli & Various (a) • Marcelo Borstelmann (c)
  • From the pages of Transformers, G.I. Joe, Rom, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, Action Man, and Revolutionaries comes the ultimate guide to the heroic and villainous champions of Hasbro! The new post-Revolution universe’s biggest movers and shakers from Acroyear to Zarana are all here with detailed bios and astonishing art by today’s top talent! Plus, three back-up stories that expand upon the new lore of the shared universe; fantastic spreads of the bases of G.I. Joe, Optimus Prime, and the Micronauts; and if you look closely, hints of things to come!
  • TPB • FC • $17.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-099-4
  • From today’s top creative talent!
  • Advance solicited for December release!
Micronauts: Wrath of Karza—SPOTLIGHT
  • Cullen Bunn & JimmyZ Johnston (w) • Andrew Griffith, Ron Joseph (a) • Alex Ronald (c)
  • The action continues in the Hasbro Universe as the villainous Baron Karza sets his sights on new worlds! As one universe dies, another is invaded! Microspace—the home of the Micronauts—is collapsing. But Baron Karza has discovered a new universe in which the people of Microspace would thrive, a universe in which he would rule! The first world to be conquered is Earth, and the first enemies to be targeted are the TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, M.A.S.K., and ROM!
  • TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-060-4
  • Advance solicited for December release!
Optimus Prime #13—Cover A: Kei Zama
  • John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Kei Zama (c)
  • As the consequences of the First Strike event reverberate, Optimus Prime ventures into the wilderness of Cybertron to search for the first new Cybertronian life to emerge in four million years!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Optimus Prime #13—Cover B: Casey W. Coller
    • John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Optimus Prime #13—Cover C: Andrew Griffith
    • John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Optimus Prime deals with the fallout of the First Strike event!
  • Variant cover by Livio Ramondelli!


Transformers: Lost Light #12—Cover A: Jack Lawrence
    • James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)
    • NO TURNING BACK! Getaway has crossed one too many lines and made one too many enemies. Hunted down on his own ship, the master manipulator has one last trick of his sleeve—something so shocking, so audacious, that it would put the most evil Decepticon to shame. No one is safe as the Mutineers Trilogy reaches its jaw-dropping climax.
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers: Lost Light #12—Cover B: Nick Roche
    • James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a) • Nick Roche (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers: Lost Light #12—Cover C: Alex Milne
    • James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a) • Alex Milne (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Variant cover by Livio Ramondelli!


Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 (of 5)—Cover A: Alex Milne
    • John Barber & Christos Gage (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
    • Bumblebee vs. Rom vs. Starscream vs. the Dire Wraiths! All alliances are off—this is a fight for survival! Torn between her Cybertronian heritage and her Solstar Knight upbringing, Stardrive takes control of her fate!
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 (of 5) —Cover B: Nick Roche
    • John Barber & Christos Gage (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 (of 5)—Cover C: David Messina
    • John Barber & Christos Gage (w) • Alex Milne (a) • David Messina (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • An all-star lineup of Christos Gage (Rom), John Barber (Optimus Prime), and Alex Milne (More Than Meets the Eye) tell the never-before-revealed secret history of Rom and the Transformers!


Rom, Vol. 3: The Roads to Ruin—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Chris Ryall, Christos Gage (w) • David Messina, Sal Buscema, Guy Dorian Sr. (a) • Drew Moss (c)
  • The Dire Wraiths have escaped to Earth, but one of the Knights of the Solstar Order has hounded them and kept them underground for centuries. Feared more than all others, he is Rom, the Wraithslayer. Rom now has help in his war against the Dire Wraiths in the form of additional Solstar Knights and super-powered human allies… so why is the battle going from bad to worse? The Wraiths’ master plan grows and Rom can’t even see it, let alone find any way to stop it.
  • Collects issues #10–14.
  • TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-032-1
  • Advance solicited for December release!
Clue #6 (of 6)— Cover A: Dan Schoening
  • Paul Allor (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Dan Schoening (c)
  • For six issues, you’ve watched characters drop, and mysteries mount. Now, at last, every mystery and motivation is revealed. And it all leads up to a conclusion so shocking that we guarantee you won’t see it coming!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Clue #6 (of 6)— Cover B: Nelson Daniel
    • Paul Allor (w) • Nelson Daniel (a & c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Clue #6 (of 6)— Cover C: Alan Robinson
    • Paul Allor (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Alan Robinson (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • A new take on the timeless detective game—with new designs by artist Nelson Daniel, updating all the classic characters!


Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #8— Cover A: Ulises Fariñas
  • Ulises Fariñas & Erick Freitas (w) • Daniel Irizarri (a) • Ulises Fariñas (c)
  • Our heroes and villains converge on The Garden for one final showdown, with shocking fates awaiting everyone!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #8— Cover B: Sergio Vazquez
    • Ulises Fariñas & Erick Freitas (w) • Daniel Irizarri (a) • Sergio Vazquez (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Final issue of the latest epic Judge Dredd saga!


Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth, Vol. 1—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Ulises Farinas & Erick Freitas (w) • Daniel Irizarri, Jason Copland (a) • Ulises Farinas (c)
  • Mega-City One is gone. Everything is a desolate wasteland. Nothing is as it was. Nothing, that is, except for Judge Dredd! It has been 10 years since the events of Mega-City Zero, and Judge Dredd continues his mission to restore order to a lawless land. The mystery of The Blessed Earth begins to unfold here! Collects issues #1–4 and the 2017 Annual.
  • TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-093-2
  • Advance solicited for December release!
Judge Dredd: Mega-City Zero
  • Ulises Farinas & Erick Freitas (w) • Dan McDaid, Jesus Redondo (a) • Ulises Farinas (c)
  • An epic story that pits Judge Dredd against forces shaping the history of civilization. Ushering in a brave new era, Judge Dredd awakens to find that Mega-City One has been sent back to the Stone Age, with city blocks overgrown and nary a citizen to be found. Witness as Dredd struggles to unravel the mystery as he copes with being just an ordinary Joe.
  • Collects all 12 issues.
  • TPB • FC • $29.99 • 288 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-027-7
  • “Along with some striking twists and bloody action, it had everything a Dredd fan could want.”—
  • The whole “Mega” story in one book!
  • Advance solicited for December release!
Star Trek: Boldly Go #14—Cover A: Tony Shasteen
  • Mike Johnson (w) • Megan Levens (a) • Tony Shasteen (c)
  • “I.D.I.C.” Part 2 of 6! The epic STAR TREK event continues as Kirks, Spocks and crews from multiple parallel universes collide! Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations spells infinite danger to all!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Star Trek: Boldly Go #14—Cover B: Piotr Kowalski
    • Mike Johnson (w) • Megan Levens (a) • Piotr Kowalski (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Each issue delves into a section of the multiverse—some familiar to Trek fans, some brand new!
  • Jane T. Kirk returns!
  • Variant cover by Yoshi Yoshitani!


Star Trek: Discovery #2—Cover A: Tony Shasteen
    • Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (w) • Tony Shasteen (a & c)
    • The STAR TREK event of 2017 continues with this exclusive tie-in comic to the blockbuster new television series! Secrets are revealed that will change the course of the galaxy forever!
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Star Trek: Discovery #2—Cover B: Photo
    • Mike Johnson (w) • Tony Shasteen (a) • Photo (c)
    • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  • Co-written by Discovery writer and Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer and longtime Trek comic book writer Mike Johnson!
  • Art by Star Trek comic book veteran and fan-favorite Tony Shasteen, of the hit series, Boldly Go!
  • Explore the strange new worlds and new civilizations of Discovery each month!
  • Each issue features a “ships of the line” cover by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire! A great first look at the new ships of Discovery!
  • Variant cover by Aaron Harvey!


Star Trek: New Adventures, Vol. 4
  • Mike Johnson (w) • Tony Shasteen, Cat Staggs, Rachael Stott (a) • Tony Shasteen (c)
  • Following the events of Star Trek Into Darkness, The U.S.S. Enterprise embarks on a new five-year mission of discovery, but is interrupted by a visit from the classic character Q, who challenges this timeline’s Captain Kirk to solve a classic no-win situation… if he can, in “The Q Gambit.” In “Behemoth,” the crew comes upon a damaged alien vessel of unknown origin. Discovering the injured pilot inside, they learn of a new threat of unprecedented power. In “Eurydice,” the Enterprise finds itself adrift, farther from Earth than any other starship has ever traveled. And, in “The Tholian Webs” the ship becomes trapped in INTERPHASE, a dangerous condition of space within which the ship’s structural integrity—and the crew’s sanity—are at risk.
  • Collects issues #35–47.
  • TPB • FC • $29.99 • 292 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-033-8
  • Advance solicited for December release!
  • Follow the continuing adventures of the new crew in the timeline based on the new movies!
The X-Files: JFK Disclosure #2 (of 2)—Cover A: Menton3
  • Denton J. Tipton (w) • Menton3 (a & c)
  • When he learns the real reason behind President Kennedy’s assassination, Mulder also discovers his father was involved in the conspiracy. This revelation forces him to decide between the two things he holds most sacred: his family and the truth. It’s bombshell after bombshell in The X-Files: JFK Disclosure!
  • FC • 40 pages • $4.99
The X-Files: JFK Disclosure #2 (of 2)—Cover B: J.J. Lendl
    • Denton J. Tipton (w) • Menton3 (a) • J.J. Lendl (c)
    • FC • 40 pages • $4.99


  • Lavishly painted art by Menton3!
  • Timed for release on the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination!
  • Don’t miss the B cover by X-Files Poster Project artist J.J. Lendl that connects to the previous issue’s cover!


Ross Andru’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition—SPOTLIGHT
  • Gerry Conway, Len Wein (w) • Ross Andru (a) • John Romita, Mike Esposito (inker) • Rose Andru (c)
  • Ross Andru was one of the most beloved artist’s to ever draw Spider-Man. Aside from Steve Ditko and John Romita, he is arguably the storyteller most associated with the webslinger. This Artist’s Edition collects five complete issues, including the first three in his run, Amazing Spider-Man #125-#127—and the first issue had John Romita inking Andru! Also included are issue #153 (the classic “The Longest Hundred Yards”) and issue #167, featuring the Spider-Slayer! As with all Artist’s Editions, there will be a special gallery section, presenting fine examples of Andru’s Spider-Man work.
  • HC • B&W • $125.00 • 144 pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-286-8
  • Advance solicited for January release!
Popeye Classics #64—Cover A: Bud Sagendorf
    • Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)
    • Ahoy! Arf! Arf! Another brillian, hilarious issue of classic Popeye Comics!
    • “It’s rare that the comic book version of a popular comic strip is as good or better than the original. This is one of those rare exceptions. Sagendorf is immersed in Segar’s world. His storytelling abilities are superb and his cartooning is a joy to behold!”—Jerry Beck, Cartoon Research.
    • FC • 32 pages • $4.99


  • Variant cover by Derek Ballard!


Weird Love #21—Cover A: Al Avison
  • Various (w) • Various (a) • Al Avison (c)
  • Another jaw-dropping issue of this cult hit!
  • “Yes, these are some of the craziest and weirdest love stories you will ever read. It is impossible to read many of these and not laugh out loud at some point. Every story in here is one hundred percent high fun!”—Mark Squirek, New York Journal of Books
  • FC • 32 pages • $4.99
Daemon Trilogy: Subrosa
  • Nate Weisman (d) • Gunship Studios (a) • Marconi Torres (c)
  • As feuding noble houses vying for control, players in Daemon Trilogy: Subrosa will recruit Crews of mercenaries to complete Contracts that range from noble deeds to sinister sabotage. Collect and complete the most lucrative Contracts to seize control of the Empire.
  • A game of secret information, Subrosa is playable out of the box, or can be supported by the Daemon Trilogy App that guides gameplay by scanning cards and revealing Character actions, leaving players completely blind to those who are behind their misfortune.
  • Begin the Daemon Trilogy with Subrosa, then continue your story as the events that unravel will affect the rest of the series!
  • 2-5 players • Playable from ages 12+ • 30-45 minutes • MSRP $29.99 • UPC: 8-27714-01281-1
  • Game design from Nate Weisman!
  • Smart phone App feature that guides gameplay!
  • First in a trilogy of legacy-style card games!
Jungle Joust
  • Daryl Andrews & Adrian Adamescu (d) • Joshua Cappel (a & c)
  • In the far tropical reaches of the kingdom, a new twist on a classic competition has emerged… brave warriors compete in jousting competitions while mounted on mighty rhinos, making even the strongest warhorse seem weak in comparison! With clever cardplay do your best to influence the riders as you wager on different aspects of their performance. Try to pick the winner before one rider ends up clattering into the dust… and at the end of the day, walk away richest!
  • 2-6 players • Playable from ages 12+ • 30-45 minutes • MSRP $29.99 • UPC: 8-27714-01275-0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splinter Hero Pack
  • Kevin Wilson (d) • Diego Rodriguez (c & a)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splinter Hero Pack is the latest expansion to the smash success Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past board game. The Splinter Hero Pack will allow players to take control of Master Splinter in any scenario and rule the foot with age and experience. Designer Kevin Wilson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past; Escape from 100 Million B.C.) has brought the sage-like leader of the Ninja Turtles from the comic series to the home table with 4 new scenarios of heart pumping action. The Splinter Hero Pack also features the introduction of the mechanized terrors of the Turtleverse: MOUSERS. These automaton terrors will continue to chase the turtle players, never giving a moment of peace. The forces of evil only grow stronger and it’s up to you to protect New York.
  • 3-5 players • Playable from ages 14+ • 60-90 minutes • MSRP $17.99 • UPC: 8-27714-01261-3
  • Each Hero pack contains 1 Splinter plastic miniature, 3 custom dice, 1 character sheet, 15 Mouser tokens and an adventure comic!
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past base game is required to play this pack.

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RICH REVIEWS: Hotel Transylvania # 1 Kakieland Katastrophe

First Comics News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 00:47

Title: Hotel Transylvania # 1 Kakieland Katastrophe (GN)
Publisher: Papercutz
Writer: Stefan Petrucha
Artist: Allen Gladfelter
Colorists: Laurie E. Smith, Matt Herms
Letterer: Wilson Ramos Jr.
Price: $ 7.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: This starts off by introducing you to all the main characters in the book. Each short write up has a beautifully drawn picture of the character.
One guy wants to take over the hotel and Drac and his family must stop him.
The art does match the characters in this made for a younger audience comic.
The bad evil human has Drac trying to convince him they should be friends. Things are not going to well. It is fun though to watch him try.
Drac and the Drac pack do save the day. Mavis looks cute but was not featured. Drac and Mavis’s husband were the main stars. Showing us that monsters and humans can work together and get along.
This is a fun comic with lots of cool monsters. For a younger audience, this is a guarantee of entertainment that is sure to thrill.

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Spotlight on JAY PISCOPO

First Comics News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 00:25

We live in a time when Fascist and self-proclaimed Nazis attack and kill Americans in the streets of Charlottesville and the President of the United States says “I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides,” “You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides,” Yes. the President of the United States thinks some of the Nazis are “fine people” as stated in his own words.

At Marvel, they have turned Captain America into a Fascist and he has joined the Nazi analog, Hydra.

However, Jay Piscopo says SMASH FASCISM!

Jay is known for his work on Sea Ghost, it’s a fun comic and you should check it out!

In this Spotlight, we will showcase Jay’s work on the Golden Age MLJ and DC Universes. Both of which, much like Jay, have remained anti-fascist from their creation until today!

MLJ – Mighty Crusaders

DC – Justice Society of America

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Wednesday Comics: Moving Fortress & Subterra

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 11:00

Moving Fortress by writer Ricardo Barreiro and artist Enrique Alcatena first appeared in the comics anthology Skorpio in Argentina. In 1988, it was translated into English with the help of Chuck Dixon. It tells the story of Bask De Avregaut who is making his way across the desert in an aerostat when he comes upon, and is captured by a warlord commanding the titular moving fortress. The Warlord is out to defeat a rival and reclaim his bride. De Avregaut is initially made to feed the fortresses boiler, but after proving his skill with gunnery in battle, he comes to play a more pivotal role in what follows.

Subterra is the sequel, picking up with Bask following the events of Moving Fortress. This time he crashes in uncharted mountains and is taken prisoner by a weird and decadent subterranean civilization.

Both volumes are weird fantasy brought to life by Alcatena's artwork. With designs, a little bit Gothic, a little bit Lovecraft, and a little bit Asian, his pencils are an integral part of bringing the weirdness.


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