Marvel Month-to-Month Sales June 2014: A Change Could Do You Good

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Change is coming! As I researched and wrote this month’s article in the week before Comic Con, Marvel made several huge announcements. Mjolnir will now be wielded by a woman in a new Thor series. The Falcon will wield the shield in a new Captain America. The Avengers will see major Roster changes in Avengers Now.

Now if you’ve been following these sales articles, none of this should have surprised you. Sure the details are exciting and interesting, but we’ve known for a while now that sales on the Avengers books and the big 3 marvel heroes (Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor) have gotten stale. It was time for a change, what is exciting about these announcements is that these aren’t small changes but big changes that garnered national media attention and hopefully will mean big (and hopefully lasting) sales boosts. Let’s look at the numbers for this month.

Howard the Duck Comics Suddenly Available For Some Great Unknown Reason

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On July 29th, Marvel released a whole bunch of old Howard the Duck comics onto ComiXology for what appears to be no reason. Okay wait, I guess they are fantastic books by the late great Steve Gerber and Gene Colan (among others), but wow, that sure does seem random. Oh, and Marvel VP David Gabriel recently confirmed […]

Analysis: ‘Guardians’ rule the galaxy with biggest ever August opening, and Marvel keeps mining the head

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Whoa, Guardians of the Galaxy…where to start. In a summer of unexceptional sequels and remakes, Marvel and Disney triumphed with a new creation that had a fresh take on the space opera genre, while introducing such comics elements as Thanos, Infinity Gems, and Rocket Raccoon. I never thought I would type that sentence outside of a fever dream.

SDCC 14: Batman’s 75th, My 20th, and a Lot of First Experiences

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By David Nieves We’re all still recovering from copious amounts of walking around taking pictures with people and wishing the people in front of us taking pictures would just move. Yes another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. By now all the news is out and we’re still reeling from the Batman V Superman […]

Liked Guardians of the Galaxy? Check out this preview of Thanos: The Infinity Revelation

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It looks like Marvel has done the utterly impossible by turning Guardians of the Galaxy—a movie based on an obscure SF team of misfits—in a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, $65 mil at the BO certified feel good movie of the summer. And their also releasing a bunch of comics that will keep the characters as […]

SDCC 14: Marvel Turns 75 and Daredevil Celebrates 50, Neither Shows Their Age

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By David Nieves One of Marvel’s top cheeses…no not Mickey, the other one Joe Quesada, got together with two of the company’s best architects; Mark Waid and Dan Slott to remind everyone that this Comic-Con is also Marvel’s 75th anniversary. This panel was officially titled “Marvel Comics’ 75th & Daredevil’s 50th” because the guy who titles panels for Marvel was […]

SDCC 14: Marvel “Next Big Thing” is Actually Pretty Big

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By David Nieves One of Marvel’s last SDCC panels came with several announcements on Sunday afternoon. Nick Lowe introduced the panel which consisted of fellow editor Mike Marts, writer Mark Waid, Gerry Duggan, Sam Humphries, and Charles Soule and editor Jordan D. White. Dan Slott was ” just talking to someone on the side.” Why […]

SDCC ’14: Marvel Launch S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 from Mark Waid and Rotating Artists

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Finally deciding to firmly tie something in to their ‘Agents of SHIELD’ TV series, Marvel have announced a new book by writer Mark Waid, which’ll see him working with an assortment of different artists to bring the agency to life. S.H.I.E.L.D. features Phil Coulson – the character played by Clark Gregg in the TV series […]

SDCC ’14: Princess Leia #1 from Mark Waid, Terry and Rachel Dodson

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The final book in the initial Star Wars line at Marvel will be Princess Leia #1, from writer Mark Waid, artist Terry Dodson, and colourist Rachel Dodson.

SDCC 14: Marvel Animation is Hooked on a Feeling

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By David Nieves Marvel showed all things animation to kickoff their Saturday morning at Comic-Con. An awkward light dim stirred the anticipation and caused things to start late. Then the marvel logo took the screen and out came Jeph Loeb to pump up the crowd. Loeb then left tuning the turning the panel over to […]

Composing for Heroes: Continuity and Emotions

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By: Nick Eskey There are many pieces that go into creating a successful movie and television series, especially when trying to bring something to life from a printed medium. There has to be a solid script, right choice of actors, a fitting venue, and of course perfect music score. All of these aspects paint a […]

Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans on ‘Angela’ #1

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Angela, the character created by Neil Gaiman in another lifetime as part of the Spawn universe, will be receiving her own ongoing series later this year from the creative team of Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans. I don’t know how we reached this point either, but that’s a packed lineup of creators […]

SDCC ’14: Mighty Avengers Relaunches with Captain America in the Lead

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Did you know that Falcon is Captain America now? Just thought it worth mentioning ahead of time, so this article doesn’t confuse you. He’ll be the lead in a relaunch for Mighty Avengers in November, you see, with Al Ewing and Luke Ross on as the creative team for the series.

SDCC ’14: Spider-Verse panel Recap

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by Alexander Jones This early in the morning, it’s tough to get comics fans to wake up for anything. Luckily here at San Diego Comic-Con, there was a room full of eager Spidey fans frothing at the mouth to hear more news about the upcoming Spider-Verse event over at Marvel. The event combines every single […]

SDCC ’14: ‘All-New Captain America: Fear Him’ Digital Comic

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The first Marvel announcement from SDCC came today at their ‘House of Ideas’ panel, as the creative team of Dennis Hopeless and Szymon Kudranski will put together a six-issue digital series featuring Sam Wilson, the new Captain America.

Pictures From the Guardians of the Galaxy Premiere

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by Brandon Schatz If you were on the Secret Comics Illuminati Twitter Feed last night, you probably saw folks complaining about John Cena and Brock Lesnar being the anchor match at this year’s Summer Slam in among the plans to destroy your childhood. Oh, and you might have also caught wind of the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere held […]