Nice art: DrFaustusAU's Seuss-tastic Iron Man

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DrFaustusAU is (as you might guess) an Australian artist. What you might not guess is his specialty—mash-ups in the style of Dr Seuss. He’s previously gained fame for his adaptation of THE CALL OF CTHULHU in Seuss-style, and a series of Batman postcards. And now he’s turned to Iron Man.

Help Gary Friedrich—new donation site set up

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We’ve been meaning to write up the disgusting legal maneuver that has left 69-year-old Gary Friedrich owing Marvel $17,000 after a failed attempt to get some ownership of Ghost Rider, a character he co-created back in the ’70s. In a story first reported here by Torsten, Marvel/Disney filed a countersuit for copyright infringement based on Friedrich’s convention appearances selling Ghost Rider-related merchandise. As Daniel Best wrote:

Studio Coffee Run 2/10/12: New Walking Dead lawsuit and production leak news, Spring and Summer Trailer Mania, etc.

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The latest on The Walking Dead, The Avengers, John Carter, Game of Thrones, and many other comics and nerd related entertainment news items to keep you comfy over the weekend.

Separated at Birth: The New Look Power Girl and Rob Liefeld's Supreme

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Do not underestimate the influence of Rob Liefeld. Never mind that he’s working on three titles for DC. Never mind that he’s relaunching his old Extreme line at Image with a decidedly more indie creator bent. No, the real influence of Liefeld is evident when you look at the redesigned Power Girl from this just unveiled cover for Worlds’ Finest:

DC Retailer Survey results: older, male, middle-class, avid

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How many statistics can one news day handle? DC has just released results from their Retailer Survey which they launched in conjunction with the New 52. As we noted at the time, the survey was aimed at gauging interest in each and every New 52 title, as well as general readership demographics. As such, it represents the most comprehensive reader survey a comics company has made in some time. While it’s very New 52-centric, it does reveal a lot. While DC has released their own bullet points, which we’ve shown below, ICv2 has more info and an interview with John Rood. You’ll want to head over there and digest the whole thing. But here’s the broad picture:

BookScan: Kids' comics ruled in 2011 bookstore sales

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It’s our favorite day of the year! The day retailer Brian Hibbs posts the complete BookScan chart for the previous year, with his own analysis. You can download the entire chart for your own edification in the first link above, but we’ll just cut to the chase. Here are the top 20 GNs for the year:

Tony Moore sues Robert Kirkman over his share of WALKING DEAD money—which could be a LOT

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Even as the success of THE WALKING DEAD across all media has soared—it’s basic cable’s highest rated program—there has always been a bit of a silent partner on the book: co-creator Tony Moore who left the book after six issues. Although credited as co-creator on the series, he’s been noticeably absent from promoting the book or TV series in its recent wild run of success.

And now we know part of the reason why: he’s just filed suit over his share of the profits of the book, profits he claims he has never had an accounting for and which he fraudulently signed away.