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These NEW Lady Death figures will BLOW YOU AWAY!

First Comics News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 15:54

Upgrade your Lady Death Collection with these 1/6 scale figures from TBLeague (formally Phicen)!

Preorders are now OPEN for these amazing new Lady Death 1/6 scale premium figures! What more can we say?! Just look at the incredible detail! These collectibles are estimated to ship in December 2017. If you’ve never owned a TBLeague (formally Phicen) figure, you are in for a treat!

Lady Death: a tale of innocence betrayed and then reborn as a powerful force capable of challenging the very roots of evil itself. Her legend dates back to the dark ages. She was a beautiful, young woman named Hope, but tricked by demons, she renounced her humanity to save her mother’s soul and was condemned to Hell. To survive, she harnessed the darkness within and forged herself into a warrior dreaded by all who cross her path. To know her is to know a woman cursed, but to oppose her is to know eternal agony.


If you don’t want to be charged for your preorder right away, we strongly suggest using a credit or debit card to place a preorder for this item instead of PayPal. PayPal will bill you for the full amount of the sale immediately, whereas we will only run a temporary purchase authorization on a credit/debit card and will bill you later once your item is ready to ship.

DOMESTIC CUSTOMERS: These items will be directly shipped to domestic (US) customers by the manufacturer. While placing an order, you’ll see options for “Lower 48 States” and “Alaska/Hawaii” shipping.

INTERNATIONAL (INCLUDING APO/FPO) CUSTOMERS: We are currently working out details with the manufacturer on international shipping rates. If you live outside the United States (even if you’re APO/FPO), please contact us to place a reservation for one of these items instead of ordering through Lady Death Store.


Price: $149.99
Availability: Advance Preorder (Est. Ship 12/2017)
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This 1/6 scale highly-articulated premium figure stands 11.2″ tall and features real rooted hair and seamless joints!

Accessories included with this figure:
Six interchangeable hands
Chest guard
Protective bottom
Pair of high boots with skull ornaments
Cloak with neck strap
Armor pieces for both forearms
Sickle with skull
Figure does not include the skull base pictured in the product photo. A separate Deluxe Edition is available that includes a throne and base.


Price: $184.99
Availability: Advance Preorder (Est. Ship 12/2017)
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This 1/6 scale highly-articulated premium figure stands 11.2″ tall and features real rooted hair and seamless joints! This deluxe version also includes a base with cushioned throne!

Accessories included with this figure:
Six interchangeable hands
Chest guard
Protective bottom
Pair of high boots with skull ornaments
Cloak with neck strap
Armor pieces for both forearms
Sickle with skull
Premium base with cushioned throne


Price: $64.99
Availability: Advance Preorder (Est. Ship 12/2017)
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This premium base with cushioned throne is made to 1/6 scale and can be used with a variety of articulated figures, including Lady Death!

NOTE: This is an accessory only. Figure is not included.

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Weekend Wonders - The Orc Captain's Ring (Swords & Wizardry Light / Complete)

Tenkar's Tavern - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 15:54
The Orc Captain's Ring was created for the human captain of an orcish mercenary company. Although his name is lost to history, his ring remains. He (or she) who wears this ring gains the following boons, bonuses and curse:

  • + 1 Bonus to hit and damage rolls due to increased strength
  • See in the dark in shades of gray up to 60'
  • Able to march 18 hours a day before needing rest
  • Speak and understand Orcish
  • While wearing the ring, the wearer slowly starts morphing into the physical appearance of an orc. This starts after one week of continual wear and completes after four weeks of wear. A successful saving throw must be made to remove the ring before the four weeks are out. Failure means that the change to the physical appearance of an orc will be permanent. No save is required to remove the ring after the four weeks are up and the change is permanent. Note: Boons and bonuses only apply while the ring is worn.
I'm in the process of revamping The Tavern's Patreon, but that doesn't mean I can't start posting material applicable to the revamp. Weekend Wonders will be a more or less regular feature at The Tavern, dealing with magic items and magical spells for use in Swords & Wizardry Light and / or Swords & Wizardry Complete. Some posts will find their way into the Torchlight Magazine. Others may get collected and placed on sale at OBS. All Patreon Backers will get a quarterly PDF with the prior 3 months of material. Backers at $10 or more will get it in print.

Note - The pictured ring is from the Publisher's Choice Quality Stock Art Collection Copyright Rick Hershey / Fat Goblin Games.

Yep, that's an affiliate link above. Rick offers some high quality stock art. Purchases made via The Tavern's affiliate links help support The Tavern
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Deadpool Bloody Variant SOLD OUT

First Comics News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 15:47

The Deadpool Bloody Variant has SOLD OUT. The individual listing has been pulled for both signed and standard copies.

The Deadpool Bloody Variant allotments for our Stan Lee Comic Con VIP packages remain available for order.

An allotment of The Deadpool Bloody Variant remains available for our Deadpool Fun Packs.

Thank you for your awesome support and enthusiasm in selling this exclusive cover out as an individual order!

Rob Liefeld

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RICH REVIEWS: Black Enchantress # 5

First Comics News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 14:47

Title: Black Enchantress # 5
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Dennis Mallonee
Artist: Gordon Purcell, Dell Barras
Colors by: Dick O’Malley, Giuseppe Pica
Letters by: Dick O’Malley
Cover by: Paul Abrams
Price: $ 4.99 US, $ 5.75 Can
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: The Black Enchantress is in a fight against some tame looking demons. Andrea Crusoe aka The Black Enchantress has a chat with their master.
The story switches to the Monocle he is an evil man who serves his Goddess.
The drawing shows us lots of beautiful women but no sexy poses. Andrea is illustrated in a few action poses while fighting the demons which look good.
So a group of female demons are on their way lead by the Goddess Lilitu to attack the Black Enchantress.
This story though overall not a lot happened. Lots of demons running or flying around though.
“The Temple in the Pool” This is a gods of Olympus tale. Aphrodite and Pan, they are wife and husband and are searching. Aphrodite’s outfit is designed well. It is simple and stylish. The story has no real plot, no direction. Why were they in this jungle? What was the purpose of this story?
Aphrodite and Pan both convey the fact they are from Olympus. Aphrodite does act like a Goddess but why should we care? She is illustrated lovely though.

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Let talk about knitting and sports...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 14:38
Happy Sunday! Yarn~ The Woolen Homestead Sturdy sock in the color Nymphadora Tonks. Tea~ David's Tea Forever Nuts. Well hello there. For those of you who hate pink, I am sorry for the bombardment but since it is still my birthday month...I continue to celebrate with the color that makes... Andi
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The Settings of (A)D&D

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 14:00
Jack Shear wrote a post last week where he espoused a number of "heresies" regarding D&D. One of these was that he didn't like the World of Greyhawk or Faerun. This got me to thinking about what I feel about D&D's various setting and their pros and cons as I see it. I don't claim to be an expert in any of these settings, so if you think I don't get them because of a lack of knowledge you are certainly free to go on thinking so. I'm just calling it like I see it.

Pros: At its best, it really sort of feels like D&D and it seems organic. It's worldbuilding may not go into the annals of literary fantasy best practices, but it has a certain charm in accordance with the charm of old D&D itself.
Cons: Maybe the downside of that organicness is a lack of focus that makes it hard to get a handle on. The World of Greyhawk box set really doesn;'t give me any hint about how I should approach the material and the Gord novels (yeah, I read a couple) are all over the place. We get a gritty sort of Lankhmar thing in the beginning, then we wind up whooshing through the sky on Chariots of Sustarre.
Verdict: Not a huge fan overall, but I have more of a positive feeling than does Jack.

Forgotten Realms
Pros: They're big and a bit more coherent, literary worldbuildery. The Dragon articles about "The Realms" back in the day really captured my interest.
Cons: Their literary worldbuilding models seem to be the hordes of bland trilogies that choke the shelves to this day. It's not just vanilla, it's kind of corporate bland. "The Realms" seem to have been lost in the translation to official product.
Verdict: Less interesting that Greyhawk, though there are aspects to recommend, I guess.

Mystara/Know World
Pros: Well-presented, with distinct cultures that are easy to get a handle on. It's got the Hollow World, too. I find Immortals over gods (in BECMI) a sort of interesting thing, if not as well-explored as it could be. Also: a whole lot of Stephen Fabian.
Cons: The cultures' real-world antecedents are pretty blatant, but that doesn't bother me as much as it does other people. Gritty it is not, particularly, or dark.
Verdict: It's kind of vanilla, but it's vanilla done well. I'm more into it than the two previous worlds.

Pros: There are some interesting twists to the vanillaness here; it is somewhat successful at evoking the epic fantasy subgenre.
Cons: A setting made for one story never seems as good for stuff outside of that story. It still presents pretty standard D&D like the settings above.
Verdict: A good setting for bad novels isn't a particularly good setting for my game. It is more maligned than it probably should be for the railroadness of its modules, but they are pretty railroady and are emblematic of the missteps of an era.

Ravenloft/Dark Sun/Planescape/Spelljammer
Pros: They all have interesting high concepts and are genuinely trying to do something different.
Cons: The high concepts are not always executed well or flavorfully. Corporate blandification seems to get in the way, as does bloat to ensure more supplements are made.
Verdict: I admire them all, but their specialized nature means they're sort of niche, and some of the niches I think I could do better doing my own thing. Planescape gets extra points for Tony DiTerlizzi.

Pros: Pulp vs. fantasy is an idea I obviously like.
Cons: Despite all its talk of a different approach it seems to come out more like trad fantasy than any of the 2nd edition settings above.
Verdict: Maybe because it parallels my interest but does it in a utterly different way, I am predisposed not to like it, but it does generate more negative feeling from me than is probably warranted.

My favorite TSR published settings? Lankhmar, Empire of the Petal Throne, and (moving away from D&D) the Hyborian Age of Conan.

September 23rd, Dare2Draw & The Art Students League of NY Present: “Black” w/Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 (AKA) TS3!

First Comics News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 08:29

September 23rd

Dare2Draw & The Art Students League of NY Present: “Black” w/Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 (AKA) TS3!


For our September Dare2Draw, we’re happy to present “Black,” brilliantly drawn by Jamal Igle, with iconic covers by Khary Randolph.


Creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 will be joining us for this Dare2Draw and we’ll have an opportunity to talk to them about their break out hit book, “Black”. We’ll get their insights on what they were thinking when they created the book and hear what’s next for them.


Join us for an intimate and candid talk about art, geek culture and race.

Dare2Draw – Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

New York, NY


NY Times-

“Black “doesn’t represent all blackness, that is impossible,” said Mr. Osajyefo. But the goal was “to reflect what black people look like and where they come from.” The characters emerge from all walks of life and the dialogue is peppered with slang.”

By George Gene Gustines.  https://goo.gl/xaHcZt


Paste magazine – 

“Black is admirable not only for it’s contribution to the visibility of the contemporary black experience within the realm of graphic storytelling, but also for providing a fictional form of catharsis from a very real and present fear that pervades the black experience in our present day,” 

By Toussaint Egan https://goo.gl/N3ct9W


Hosted by Pete LePage and Jennifer Crute with “Chat” interview by Phil DeJean

With music provided by Kool DJ Red Alert! “Yeeaaaaaahh!”

​ ​ 3.5 hr. ​Interactive Live​ ​Event Experience ​— come join us!

​ ​ ​

Event Tickets: https://goo.gl/3Cz5Mj 

Produced by Charles D Chenet


1. Bring your sketchbooks for a fun evening of engaging drawing!

2. Intimate conversation with the creators of “BLACK”

3. D2D Quick Draw Challenge (over $2,000 of prizes and swag)

4. Chances to win weekend pass to New York Comic Con 2017 

5. Special Guests

6. Chance to be in D2D TV Series

7. All supplies provided

8. FREE copy of BLACK (while supplies)

9. At the Historical “League”, est. 1875

10. Support the D2D program

11. Refreshments

12. Beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery

​…as usual, much more…

More details to follow – Stay Tuned!


About “BLACK” http://blacksuperpowers.com/


Featuring 90 minutes of dynamic figure drawing, with live-action models & props and our signature Dare2Draw “Quick Draw” Contests, with all art done on Blue Line Pro boards. The pro art is auctioned for artists-in-need.


Dare2Draw: What is it? https://www.dare2draw.org/

Dare2Draw is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, educational and
cultural organization dedicated to creating and supporting mentoring and networking opportunities for cartoonists of all levels; Cultivating the awareness of and appreciation for the study of sequential art; and the furtherance and preservation of the comic book medium’s contributions to literacy, art, and culture, through outreach programs, events, and projects.

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First Comics News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 08:22

Created by:

Frank Tieri and Felix Ruiz

Real Name:

Michael Minetta

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

Dark Circle’s Mighty Crusaders TBD

First Appearance:

The Hangman (vol. 2) #1 December 2015


Michael “Mikey Ice” Minetta, a hitman for hire, lives in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, Gabby. He is hired to “take care” of a man named Petey after he slept with another man’s wife. On his way back for the hit he is attacked by the Hangman (Robert Dickering) who proceeds to beat up Minetta and hang him from a street lamp.[13] Minetta awakens in hell and is met by Satan. Satan tells Minetta the story of the Hangmen and how they have been around for centuries collecting the souls of those who are deemed unworthy to remain existing. Satan offers the now open position of the Hangman after Dickering was deemed worthy of ascension. Minetta initially refuses the offer until he realizes that his wife and daughter could still be put in danger. He accepts Satan’s offer and is brought back to walk the Earth as the Hangman.


Powers & Weapons:


Dark Circle:

The Hangman #1-4

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First Comics News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 08:15

This week’s cosplay girl of the week

If you would like to be the Cosplay Girl of the Week!
Please send your photo to Giovanni.Aria@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion for a future edition of Superhero Girls!

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First Comics News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 08:13

This week’s cosplay guy of the week

If you would like to be the Cosplay Guy of the Week!
Please send your photo to Geo.Aria@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Guys!

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New Release - Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea (Second Edition) - On Sale in PDF

Tenkar's Tavern - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 04:15

Holy crap. Over 600 pages. Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea (Second Edition) is a beast of a PDF and a beast of a book when it releases in print later. No, I haven't read it yet although I have scanned through the PDF and it, and the art, look amazing. The first edition of AS&SH was amazing and if this improves on it, and every indiction is it has, we have one hell of a winner.

Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea (Second Edition) will normally be $20 in PDF, but for a limited time only its on sale for $12.75 (even less than the Kickstarter PDF buy in) Strike while the iron is hot!
ASTONISHING SWORDSMEN & SORCERERS of HYPERBOREA™ is sword-and-sorcery role-playing at its pinnacle. Play an Amazon fighter, Atlantean magician, Esquimaux shaman, Hyperborean warlock, Ixian necromancer, Keltic barbarian, Kimmerian cataphract, Pictish thief, Viking berserker, or one of many other possibilities. The heroes of a HYPERBOREA campaign delve the mazes and labyrinths of vast dungeons filled with horrifying monsters, lethal traps, and bewildering puzzles. They explore savage frontiers, breach hostile borderlands, probe ancient ruins, and investigate cursed tombs. They plunder for treasure and magic in a decaying world inhabited by bloodthirsty beasts and weird, otherworldly beings. Now in its second edition, AS&SH™ has been expanded to include new classes, news spells, new monsters, new magic items, and more! It also includes a new, full colour map, an introductory town and adventure, as well as hundreds of new illustrations! This new edition is backwards-compatible with the original edition of the game.  Explore endless challenges and infinite realms of imagination with this complete sword-and-sorcery role-playing game!All purchases made via The Tavern's affiliate links puts a small percentage into The Tavern's coffers. By Crom, support The Tavern! (note - Crom does not back The Tavern or any other drinking establishment - or maybe he supports ALL drinking establishments ;)

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Aikido Blogs - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 03:48

The sword is ready
Now it must be polished

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RWBY Volume 5 to debut in theaters

First Comics News - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 02:53

The popular western-style anime RWBY (pronounced “Ruby”) will debut its newest chapter in theaters during a one night only event.  Fathom Events and Rooster Teeth will present the “RWBY Volume 5 Premier” Thursday, October 12, at 7:30 pm local time.  In addition to the premier of volume 5, there will also be a special featurette that includes cast & crew interviews along with other exclusive narratives.

RWBY, created by the late Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth, is set in Remnant, a fictional future-fantasy world filled with horrific monsters bent on the destruction of humanity. Fortunately, the kingdoms of Remnant have risen to combat these forces by training powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses at academies around the planet. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of Beacon Academy. Though each may be powerful on their own, these four girls must come together to work as a team if they truly hope to become the next generation of Remnant’s protectors.

“Rooster Teeth is thrilled for this opportunity to celebrate RWBY with all the fans, new or old,” said Gray G. Haddock, Head of Rooster Teeth Animation. “Getting to see key moments from Volume 4, the new character shorts, and sharing laughs from RWBY Chibi is a wonderful way to get ready for the new volume. No comment section online can replace what it’s like to share the laughs and tears with fellow fans, live, in a theater.  I love that we have this chance to bring the whole community together, to experience this on the big screen.” Tickets for “RWBY Volume 5 Premiere” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 500 select movie theaters. A complete list of participating theaters is also available on the Fathom Events webite.

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Free RPG Day PDF Release - The Spire of the Hunting Sound Quickstart Adventure (Monte Cook's Numenra)

Tenkar's Tavern - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 00:16

I've never played Numenera. I backed the Kickstarter way back when and I've heard good things about the setting and the system but I've never had the time to give it a proper read. Maybe with the The Spire of the Hunting Sound Quickstart Adventure for Numenera I might find a reason to pull the core book off the shelf. Heck, for the price of free I may be tempted to run this.
A roiling green desert haunted by invisible beasts. A game that consumes those that play. Faceless automatons from another world, and a tower of living sound. The characters have survived the hijacking of the airship Aelestrian, but can they survive the unknown reaches of the Ninth World in which they find themselves? The Spire of the Hunting Sound is a complete adventure—plus complete quickstart rules—for novice and veteran Numenera players. If you’ve never played Numenera, or don’t even own the game rules, you’ll find everything you need (except dice!) to learn, run, and play the adventure. And experienced players will love the adventure itself. It even comes with a set of five characters, fully pregenerated and formatted to make it easy to learn Numenera. The Spire of the Hunting Sound includes: A complete Numenera adventure, filled with the splendor and wonder of the Ninth World. Quick-start rules to get you going, even if you’ve never played Numenera or the Cypher System. A set of five pre-generated characters in a beautiful and handy format that’s great for novice players as well as Numenera veterans. A mini-bestiary with all the details on the creatures encountered in this adventure. The Spire of the Hunting Sound was the 2017 Free RPG Day adventure for Numenera. Note: The total page count of 47 pages includes the 19-page adventure and 13-page quickstart rules, plus five double-sided pre-generated characters and a five-page mini-bestiary.

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Dungeons Fantasy RPG for GURPS has arrived at the Attic!

Bat in the Attic - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 20:46
As long time readers of this blog know I been a fan of GURPS for thirty years. Believe it or not there was a time when GURPS was the fourth or fifth most popular RPG on the market back in 2004.

The Dungeon Fantasy RPG is designed to make it easy for people to get into playing and using GURPS for their campaigns. It does this by being presented as a traditional fantasy RPG. It tells you how to make characters, how to handle encounters and combat, gives you spells, monsters, and treasures to use. Plus there is an adventure included called I Smell a Rat!

It not a new edition of GURPS. Everything here works with the core books as is. But gone are things not relevant to the Dungeon Fantasy genre. Added are things that are useful for fantasy campaigns with GURPS.

So what do you get?

 I pledged at the $250 so got everything that the kickstarter had to offer.

Here is the box with my battered copy of the Basic Set - Characters book beside it.

Opening the box this is what I see.

So I have the DF RPG Boxed Set, GM Screen, How to Be a GURPS GM, Dungeon Fantasy Companion, a hardback of GURPS Zombies (which I already have). black cardboard hero bases, colored cardboard hero bases, and six dice with a pyramid symbol in place of the one. I agree with Peter that having dice with symbols does nothing for me.

OK opening up the box I see some full scale maps (1" = 1 yard = 1 hex), cardboard heroes, and the DF RPG books! Note that little under half of the Cardboard Heroes are PCs and the monsters are biased to the ones that appear in the included adventure.

So I pull out the five books, a set of three dice with pyramid logo, and twelve more bases.

All and all a pretty good haul for my money. I will be posting a review of the content.

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First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 16:59
 There’s no need to wait until its scheduled October release. The fifth issue of Heroic Publishing’s BLACK ENCHANTRESS is already here!

In a brand-new adventure by Dennis Mallonee and Gordon Purcell, while the Enchantress herself is off trying to pry a few secrets out of the demon lord Azsum-Gandi, her lawyer friend Danielle is doing her utmost to distract the Enchantress’s doting daddy, Doctor Arcane. And in the process, we get to learn the previously untold tale of how the mysterious Mister Monocle organized a legion of demons to attack the Avery Mansion.

Plus! Get ready for the upcoming Challenge of the Gods with a special bonus preview in Part One of “The Mystery of Artemis” by Dennis Mallonee and Dell Barras.

Cover by Paul Abrams

Advance orders for all upcoming Heroic Publishing titles can be placed through the Heroic Publishing website at www.heroicmultiverse.com.


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First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 15:18

Created by:

Bill Dubay & Carmine Infantino

Real Name:

Steven Dickering

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

The Hangman is not a member of the Mighty Crusaders.

First Appearance:

Comet 1, October 1983


Steve Dickering son of the original Hangman adopted the secret identity of the Hangman to prove himself to his father.


The Comet No. 1
Story: [untitled] (10 pages)
Editor, writer: Bill DuBay
Penciller: Carmine Infantino
Inker: Rudy Nebres
Letterer: ?
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Hangman II (Steve Dickering; first appearance)
GS: Hangman I (last appearance in MIGHTY COMICS #48)
Supporting Characters: Thelma Gordon Dickering, Lori (first appearance)
Intro: Timmy Carpenter
Villains: A gang of thugs, Mrs. Carpenter (first appearance for all)
Comment: Story continues in the Comet story in next issue.
Synopsis: The Hangman’s son, who despises his geriatric father, tries to take over in his stead, but gets beaten up and unmasked for his efforts.

The Comet No. 2
Cover: Comet, cops, and Lisa looking at Hangman holding body //Carmine Infantino / Rudy Nebres
Story: [untitled] (30 pages)
Editor, writer: Bill DuBay
Penciller: Carmine Infantino
Inker: Alex Nino
Letterer: Adam Kubert
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Comet (origin details revealed)
GS: The Hangman II (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #?), Hangman I (dies in this story), Shield
Supporting Characters: Lori, Thelma Dickering, Naija (in flashback; dies in this story)
Other Characters: Flavius (in flashback), Timmy Carpenter (last appearance)
Villains: Mecks (in flashback; destroyed in this story), Mrs. Carpenter (last appearance)
Comment: This story explains how the Comet survived his apparent death in PEP COMICS #16.
Even though this series is billed as a six-part mini-series, this is the last published issue.
Synopsis: At his brother’s deathbed, the Comet relates how he was taken back to Altrox after being shot, was saved by their science, married, and lost his wife there to a robot attack. Meanwhile, the Hangman’s son tries and fails to save a young patient from his mother’s abuse.

Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 1
March 1983
Cover: Black Hood II, Jaguar, Comet, Shield I, Fly Girl, Fly, Web, Shield (Lancelot Strong) vs. villains //Rich Buckler (signed)
Story: “Atlantis Rising”: Chapter 1 (25 pages)
Editor, writer, penciller: Rich Buckler
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Vic Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Characters: The Mighty Crusaders (the Fly (last appearance in FLY MAN #39), Fly Girl, the Comet (last appearance for both in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #6), Shield I (Joe Higgins; last chronological appearance in issue #9 (flashback)), Shield II (Lancelot Strong; last appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #9), Jaguar (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5), Web (last appearance in MIGHTY COMICS #50), Black Hood II (last appearance in ARCHIE’S SUPER-HERO DIGEST #2)
Supporting Character: Dr. Malcolm Reeves (first appearance)
Intro: Officer Penella (only appearance)
Villains: The Brain Emperor (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1), Cincinnatti Red (dies in this story; next appears, as a ghost, in issue #9), Locke, Lumetta, Penatale, Smiley Laumic, Duke, Bennie the Gip, Fast Fingers, the Mafia (of Earth-MLJ; first and only appearance for all), Eterno (last appearance in FLY MAN #32)
Comments: Story continues in next issue.
This issue also contains a five-page section written and drawn by Rich Buckler, retelling the origins of Shield I, the Comet, the Web, the Black Hood, the Jaguar, the Fly, and the Shield (Lancelot Strong).
It is revealed in issue #9 that the current Web is the son of the original Web, but this is probably an error, since he is still shown as married to Rose Wayne Raymond in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #50. Therefore, we will assume that this is the same Web who appeared in 1940’s MLJ and 1960’s Mighty Comics.
Synopsis: The Mighty Crusaders band together again (including new members the Web, the Jaguar, the original Shield, and the second Shield, Lancelot Strong) to take on the combined menace of Eterno and the Brain Emperor.

Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 2
May 1983
Cover: Comet, Jaguar, Fly Man, Fly Girl, Shield I, Web, and Shield (Lancelot Strong) vs. false Captain Flag, Bob Phantom, Steel Sterling, Hangman, Blackjack, Fox, and Firefly //Rich Buckler / Frank Giacoia (signed)
Story: “The Genesis Conspiracy”: Chapter 2 (15 pages)
Chapter 3: “No More Heroes” (5 pages)
Editor, writer, penciller: Rich Buckler
Inkers: Frank Giacoia and friends
Letterer: Victor Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Characters: The Mighty Crusaders (Black Hood II, Comet, Fly, Fly Girl, Jaguar, Shield I, Shield (Lancelot Strong), Web)
Supporting Character: Dr. Malcolm Reeves
Villains: Eterno, the Brain Emperor, the Malevolent Legion of Juggernauts (false versions of Captain Flag, Bob Phantom, Steel Sterling, Hangman, Blackjack, Fox, and Firefly; first appearance)
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: Eterno creates a super-powered army based on costumed heroes of the past and sets them against the Mighty Crusaders.

Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 3
July 1983
Cover: False Hangman vs. Shield (Lancelot Strong), Jaguar, Fly, Fly Girl, Shield, and Darkling //Rich Buckler (signed)
Story: “The Darkling Ingredient” (19 pages)
Editor, writer, penciller: Rich Buckler
Inker: Ricardo Villagran
Letterer: Rod Ollerenshaw
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Characters: The Mighty Crusaders (Black Hood II, Comet (regains original powers and costume in this story and resigns from team), Darkling (first appearance; joins the Mighty Crusaders in this story), Fly, Fly Girl, Jaguar, Shield I, Shield (Lancelot Strong), Web)
Supporting Character: General Smith (last appearance in DOUBLE LIFE OF PRIVATE STRONG #2)
Villains: Eterno, the Malevolent Legion of Juggernauts (last appearance for all), the Brain Emperor (next appears in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #6)
Synopsis: The Mighty Crusaders face off against the Malevolent Legion, Eterno, and the Brain Emperor with the help of a new member, Darkling.

Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 9
September 1984
Cover: Shield in handcuffs as Jaguar, Fly Girl, Web, Darkling, and Fly face protestors //Rich Buckler / Chic Stone (signed)
Story: “Old Legends Never Die” (21 pages)
Editor, penciller: Rich Buckler
Writer: David Singer
Inker: Dick Ayers
Letterer: Rod Ollerenshaw
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Characters: Mighty Crusaders (Black Hood II, Comet (also appears in flashback, chronologically between MIGHTY CRUSADERS (1st series) #6 / issue #1) Fly, Fly Girl, Jaguar, Shield I (also appears in flashback, between FLY MAN #34 / issue #1), Web)
GS: Fox II (last appearance in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #6; next appears in issue #11), Hangman (last appearance in MIGHTY COMICS #48), Steel Sterling, Firefly, Captain Flag, Mr. Justice (last appearance in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #2; last appearance)
Intro: Mario Cuomo (of Earth-MLJ)
Cameo appearance: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Villains: Brain Emperor (last appearance in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #7; next appears in issue #11), various crooks (first and only appearance), Cincinnatti Red (as a ghost; last appearance in issue #1; last appearance)
Comment: The appearance of the “original” Web, who is revealed to be the “father” of the current Web in this issue, is probably erroneous, as the current Web is still shown to be the husband of Rose Wayne Raymond in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #14.
Synopsis: The Shield is on trial for killing a crook by accident, and the Mighty Crusaders must prove he was set up by the Brain Emperor.

Powers & Weapons:

The Hangman has no superpowers. He is in peak physical condition.


Red Circle & Archie Comics:
Comet 1, 2
Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) 1-3, 9

TEXT BY: DarkMark

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RICH REVIEWS: The Only Living Boy # 5

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 15:14

Title: The Only Living Boy # 5 “To Save A Shattered World” (GN)
Publisher: Papercutz
Writer/Co-Creator: David Gallaher
Artist/Co-Creator: Steve Ellis
Color Flattening: Holley McKend, Jules Rivera, Caitlin Like
Additional Flatting: David B. Cooper, Allison Stejlau
Proofreading: Janelle Asselin
Lettering: Melanie Ujimori
Price: $ 8.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Websites: www.papercutz.com,
Comments: Baalikar one huge evil dragon faces Princess Thelandria. She is a warrior with no fear. Phaedrus and Morgan fight by her side. Baalikar also has many demonic looking creatures on his side.
Princess Thelandria is illustrated in a beautiful pin-up that brings across the fact she is a fighter. The colors are done wonderfully in it and you will love the pose.
Erik joins the fray attacking the dragon. You have got to see the drawings of this dragon in battle. It is visually stunning. The entire city is being leveled and the Queen is dying but the battle continues on. So many brave fighters here.
Erik with the help of his friends does fight on. He finds a lost friend as well. The one that had given him the courage and love to fight on against anything.
This is a world of magic and science filled with wondrous beings. Erik the only living boy left may just be the most wondrous of them all.

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First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 15:05

The 2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics will honor five finalists following in Dwayne’s footsteps and announce the winner at a reception to be held February 17, 2017, in Long Beach, CA during the Long Beach Comic Expo.

Submissions are now open to the public! Click HERE to enter.

The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics Selection Committee consists of prominent comics and animation professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to McDuffie’s vision of inclusiveness. This year’s committee includes:

Mark D. Bright is a storyboard artist for commercials, television and feature films. Prior to his career as a storyboard artist, he was an artist for Marvel, DC, Acclaim and Milestone Media working on titles including Iron Man, Green Lantern, G.I. Joe, Power Man and Iron Fist and Icon. He is also the co-creator of Quantum and Woody.

Jennifer de Guzman is a freelance editor, comic book marketer and 16-year veteran of the comics industry. She was formerly editor-in-chief at SLG Publishing, a regular columnist for Publishers Weekly, Director of PR and Marketing and Director of Book Sales for Image Comics. Her writing has appeared in the anthologies, Womanthology: Space, This Is a Souvenir, and, Put the Book Back on the Shelf.

Joan Hilty is Comics Editor at Nickelodeon and editor-in-chief of Pageturner, a boutique comics/graphic novel production house. She was formerly a Senior Editor at DC/Vertigo and syndicated cartoonist. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Jamal Igle is the writer/artist/Creator of Molly Danger for Action Lab Entertainment and the penciller of the critically acclaimed series, BLACK from Black Mask Studios, as well as many titles for DC, Marvel and Dark Horse. He’s been a storyboard artist for Sony Animation and is also a popular guest lecturer on the subjects of comics and animation.

Mikki Kendall is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Swords of Sorrow (Dynamite), Bitch Planet (Image) Spitball 2 (Columbus College of Art and Design), and the forthcoming Princeless Charity Anthology (Action Lab). Her non-fiction work has appeared in outlets including the Boston Globe, the Washington Post and Time.

Heidi MacDonald is the editor-in-chief of Comicsbeat.com and a former editor for Disney and DC Comics. She also edits the graphic novel review section for Publishers Weekly and can be heard on PW’s weekly podcast “More To Come”.

Kevin Rubio is a writer/producer who has contributed to Justice League Action, Avengers Assemble, Thunderbirds Are Go!, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He is also the creator and writer of the Star Wars graphic novel Tag & Bink Were Here and Red 5 Publication’s Abyss Vol. I & II. He is an inaugural recipient of the George Lucas Film Award for his Star Wars short film, TROOPS, a Promax Award winner and Emmy nominee.

Gail Simone is a writer known for the DC titles Birds of Prey, Secret Six (for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award), Batgirl, Wonder Woman and The All-New Atom. She recently wrote Dark Horse’s Tomb Raider, Dynamite’s Red Sonja, DC/Vertigo’s Clean Room and is currently working on the acclaimed series Crosswind for Image Comics.

Will J. Watkins is a freelance film and animation writer who is also comic book story/world-building consultant on The Protectors graphic novel published by Athlita Comics. He had a stint as an assistant editor at DC Comics and before moving to L.A. he owned Chicago’s first African American-owned comics store and is currently developing several projects about the experience.


Dwayne Glenn McDuffie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. The middle son of Leroy McDuffie and Edna (Hawkins) McDuffie (now Gardner), Dwayne attended the prestigious Roeper School for gifted children before going on to earn undergraduate degrees in both English & Physics as well as a graduate degree in Physics, all at the University of Michigan. (Go, Blue!) He later also studied filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Dwayne first entered the comic book industry as an Editor at Marvel Comics, thanks to his NYU friend Greg Wright with whom he recreated the Deathlok character into the one in use today. With artist Ernie Colón, Dwayne also co-created the comedic Marvel team book, Damage Control.

Frustrated by the lack of diversity of both characters and creators in comics, Dwayne—together with Derek Dingle, Denys Cowan, and Michael Davis co-founded MILESTONE COMICS (later MILESTONE MEDIA), the first African American owned comic book company in history, with a mission to provide a wide array of characters, content, and creators that more accurately represent the racial, ethnic, religious, and gender diversity of real life. (Also? They were just outstandingly good books. Seriously. If you haven’t read them, seek them out. Now. You won’t believe what you’ve been missing!)

StaticIconHardwareXombi—to name just a few. Throughout his career in the comic book industry, Dwayne created or co-created these and more than a dozen other series, in addition to writing stories for too many other titles to list but here are some highlights: Justice League of AmericaFantastic FourSpider-ManBatman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Captain marvel, Avengers Spotlight, Hellraiser, Ultraman, even The Tick, and Back to The Future. Dwayne also co-created The Road To Hell with fellow writer and Milestone editor, Matt Wayne, the inaugural Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, established posthumously by Dwayne’s widow, Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie.

Dwayne transitioned into the animation industry as a Story Editor and Writer on the Emmy-winning Kids WB series, Static Shock, which he co-created and for which he won the 2003 HUMANITAS PRIZE. Dwayne was also a Producer, Story Editor, and Writer on Cartoon Network’s JUSTICE LEAGUE and JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED animated series, for which he received a 2004 WRITERS GUILD nomination.

With artist Glen Murakami, Dwayne redeveloped Man of Action’s BEN 10 animated series into BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE then BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN—98 episodes of what became and continues to be an ongoing, blockbuster, 230 episodes and counting franchise for Cartoon Network. Dwayne also wrote the animated features JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS, ALLSTAR SUPERMAN, and JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM, as well as episodes of WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBYDOO? and TEEN TITANS, all for Warner Bros. For his indelible work in animation, Dwayne was posthumously presented with the WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA’s 2011 ANIMATION WRITING AWARD, the first African American in history to be so honored.

The winner of 3 EISNER AWARDS for his work in comic books, 11 PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARDS, 6 “BEST EDITOR” awards, the 2009 INKPOT AWARD presented by Comic-Con International, and a GOLDEN APPLE AWARD from his alma mater for his “use of popular art to promote and enhance human dignity,” Dwayne McDuffie’s life’s work exemplified both diversity and excellence.

He led by example while presciently stating, “From invisible to inevitable” now the motto of the “Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics.” The man may be gone, but his mission lives on.


Dwayne’s widow, Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie, is a twice Emmy-nominated animation writer, best known for her work on Hasbro’s My Little Pony and Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 franchise. She recently served as the first female chairperson in history of the Animation Writers Caucus at the Writers Guild of America.

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NYCC 2017: Valiant Offers Limited-Edition BLOODSHOT SALVATION BEAR – Available Exclusively at New York Comic Con 2017!

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 14:53

Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce an exclusive, first-of-its-kind “Bloodshot Bear” debuting at New York Comic Con 2017 (NYCC)! The limited-edition “Bloodshot Bear” is based on the beloved Valiant superhero next seen on September 20th in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 by New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan.

The exclusive “Bloodshot Bear” – produced by Build-A-Bear, a global company – will be strictly limited to 250 pieces and only be available at Valiant Entertainment’s New York Comic Con booth (#1635) from Thursday, October 5th through Sunday, October 8th while  supplies last. Priced at $40, this cuddly, buttercream-colored companion comes complete with an official Bloodshot logo t-shirt, collectible carrying case, and an exclusive BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 Bear Photo Variant – an all-new edition of the much-anticipated new beginning for Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-nominated Bloodshot saga that can only be obtained in tandem with this one-of-kind, NYCC-only offering.

Created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton in 1992, Bloodshot is one of the most successful new comic book characters of the past two decades with more than 100 issues published and lifetime sales of more than 7 million copies in multiple languages around the world. After returning with a sold-out new series in 2012 and earning dozens awards and nominations from the industry’s most prestigious honors, Bloodshot will soon make his big-screen debut in a hotly anticipated feature film adaption from Sony Pictures, directed by special effects visionary Dave Wilson (Avengers: Age of Ultron), written by Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer (Arrival), and executive produced by Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe (The Fast and the Furious franchise) for Original Film and Dinesh Shamdasani for Valiant Entertainment.

BUT FIRST: In the wake of the year’s most successful comic-book debuts from any independent publisher with smash hits like X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 and SECRET WEAPONS #1, Valiant’s next great “ICONS” launch of 2017 begins on September 20th in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – an epic and essential jumping-on point for Valiant’s unstoppable soldier with covers by Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), Monika Palosz (DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE), Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), and Dave Johnson (100 Bullets)!

Stay tuned for more news and announcements about Valiant’s slate of NYCC-exclusive comics, merchandise, and more in the coming days and weeks.

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