Great photos in comics history: Stan Lee’s standing desk

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Stan Lee at home in the early 1950s. “Always wrote standing up—good for the figure—and always faced the sun—good for the suntan!”

REVIEW: On the Road with Paul Pope’s THE ONE TRICK RIP-OFF +DEEP CUTS

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For those savvy enough to have read Paul Pope’s (BATMAN: YEAR 100, HEAVY LIQUID, BATTLING BOY in 2013) ONE TRICK RIP-OFF when it first appeared serially in DARK HORSE PRESENTS from 1995 to 1996, or even in its collected edition from Dark Horse in 1997, they experienced the raw power of an unusual story and […]

DC moves to end Superman, Superboy lawsuits

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Yesterday’s summary judgment filings confirm that settlement talks have been ongoing–and the Siegel side is in disarray.

Wizard World is back in New York City — without comics UPDATED

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Con wars are back! Only not warlike. After a long absence from the crucicble of New York City’s cramped and expensive venues, Wizard World is coming back to the city that started it all with the WIzard World New York City Experience, to be held June 28-30 at Basketball City Pier 36. The venue is known to us but does recall the cavernous Pier 94 where Wizard held its 2009 show. The date doesn’t seem to conflict with anything too major, save for a few smallish cards and comics shows in the midwest.

Art Wall: Cubist Thing, them Mighty Morphin’ kids and Batman- lots of Batman

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Hello and welcome! We are starting a weekly art thingy and have -rather thoughtfully- set it for Friday, that interminable day where the weekend is within touching distance and yet you still have to be at work. Hence, pretty and cool stuff that will help tide you over- forget words, just feast your eyes. This […]

Marvel wins again in January as Spider-Man and Fables top the charts

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Diamond has released their preliminary top 10 and comparative charts for January, and it was another good month for Marvel and comics overall. Although periodical sales were down a bit from last month, GNs were up quite a bit — perhaps oddly given the Christmas sales season. Both periodical and graphic novels were up in strong doubles digits from January 2012, however, showing that the comic book recovery is well under way, no matter what you thing of creative shuffles.

Marvel Month to Month Sales: December 2012

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The second month of Marvel Now titles arguably makes for more interesting sales data than the first. We’re starting to get a sense of where some of the books that had huge launch numbers in November are actually going to settle down. And we’re also seeing how the second-tier Marvel Now books are going to fare, with this month seeing the launches of CABLE & X-FORCE, THUNDERBOLTS and AVENGERS ARENA, as well as the relaunch of AVENGERS itself.

The Bigger Picture Behind DC’s Latest Moves

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DC announced a few more cancellations and creator switches yesterday.  That’s not unusual in the days leading up to releasing the next batch of solicitations.  A six-title cancellation is a little larger than we’re used to seeing, but there’s a slightly bigger picture on the business side of things.

DC Creator Switches Roundup – OR – This Month’s Musical Chairs

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Another month, another set of creative changes at DC.  This time they’re announcing them via their column at CBR.   Here’s the rundown of what’s going on.

Justice League movie reportedly beset by usual WB woes

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It was not a very good day for DC comics yesterday. Not only did their editor in chief and executive editor engage in a humiliating display of Kool-Aid fueled happy talk with enough papering over to remodel Versailles, but a whole new round of enthusiasm-sapping rumors about the Justice League movie made the rounds The word this time: Will Beall’s script sucks and has to be scraped before a decent director can be hired. Juicy rumors abound:

DC announces two new books: The Movement and Green Team

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Somehow lost in all the hoopla over DC’s new 52 pretty much imploding all over the place yesterday, was the announcement of two new books that aren’t what you expected.

The Safe Haven of Batman

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Some early morning ramble to go with your coffee. While all around us creators are struggling with editors, artists are flying from one series to another every three issues, books are chopped and movies are cut – there is a little oasis in the middle of the DC desert. Batman.