How LEN WEIN Told THE UNTOLD LEGEND OF THE BATMAN
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by Dan Greenfield
23h ago
A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE: Crafting a miniseries that still holds up, reboots be damned… — UPDATED 6/12/24: The late, great Len Wein — one of comics’ most prolific and talented writers — was born 76 years ago on June 12, 1948. Back in 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing Len for a series of stories about his time working on Batman. (Click here for the COMPLETE INDEX.) Oh, and for the record: Len Wein co-created Wolverine. Roy Thomas did not. — Dan — Grant Morrison made it abundantly clear in interview after interview when he was Batman’s primary steward: All of it happened. All of it mattered. T ..read more
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The CATWOMAN Cover You Really, Really Want
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by Dan Greenfield
3d ago
Courtesy of John K. Snyder III… Sometimes it’s just about showing off a dynamite piece of art. Dig this fab sketch cover by John K. Snyder III, which he posted the other day on Facebook: Now check it out up close: “It’s based on the cover/splash page of 1951’s Batman #65 by Lew Sayre Schwartz and Charles Paris,” John sez. “I did it on a separate piece of color paper with Prismacolor and paint, and spray-mounted it to the 2020 Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular sketch cover, adding the Bat image directly on the original cover surface.” I can only dream of being that tale ..read more
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Holy Barris! CORGI to Re-Release Classic 1966 BATMOBILE This Fall
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by Dan Greenfield
5d ago
Both gloss AND matte… This email just in from Corgi Model Club USA: An original Batmobile, which belongs to comics artist Dan Jurgens. Used to illustrate this story. We’ve only gone and done it — the Batmobile is coming your way this October! Not only that, there will be two versions — in both MATTE and GLOSS black finishes. The MATTE black version was the ORIGINAL 1966 Corgi Batmobile, produced for only six months. It was superseded by the GLOSS version in 1967. For Corgi collectors, the MATTE Batmobile is the ‘Holy Grail’ — one of the most sought after Corgi Toys ever. We’re pleased to an ..read more
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ALAN BRENNERT: The Most Moving Moments by a Comics Master
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by Dan Greenfield
1w ago
Dig this 70th BIRTHDAY SALUTE… By CHRIS FRANKLIN If comics professionals were like baseball players, then writer Alan Brennert would have one of the best batting averages in the history of the medium. Brennert (born May 30, 1954) is primarily known as a novelist, screenwriter, and television producer, but his contributions to comics, while infrequent, have been mighty. The protagonists of Brennert’s tales often went on engrossingly dramatic emotional arcs, despite the limited page count. Each tale revealed something heretofore unknown about the characters, or the universe they inhabited. Thes ..read more
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DC Expands TREASURY Facsimile Editions With BATMAN and SUPERMAN vs. WONDER WOMAN Classics
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by Dan Greenfield
1w ago
Oh, they really mean business… Now, we’re at cruising altitude: DC Comics is scheduling two more treasury Facsimile Editions for this fall: All New Collectors’ Edition #C-54: Superman vs. Wonder Woman and, one of the greatest of them all, Limited Collector’s Edition #C-37: The Batman Special All-Villain Issue. This on top of the previously released Limited Collectors’ Edition #C-51: Batman vs. Ra’s al Ghul and forthcoming All New Collectors Edition #C-56: Superman vs. Muhammad Ali. Neither of the additions to the line have been solicited yet but they were announced at MCM London this weekend ..read more
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DC Previews FOUR FABULOUS FACSIMILE EDITIONS For the Forthcoming Months
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by Dan Greenfield
1w ago
A quartet you will definitely want to grab… DC at MCM London over the weekend gave a sneak preview of a raft of Facsimile Editions headed your way in the months ahead — a quartet of standard-size issues and two (count ’em two) treasury-size pubs. You can read about the treasury Facsimile Editions over here — believe me, you’ll want to — but here are the four standard editions: — Green Lantern #59, featuring the first appearance of Guy Gardner, released in 1968. — — Flash Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of the Golden Age Flash and Hawkman, released in 1939. — — Detective Comics #40 ..read more
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The First-Ever Permanent BATMAN ’66 MUSEUM Needs Your Help
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by Dan Greenfield
2w ago
Holy fundraiser! Last fall, we told you all about Mark Racop’s plans for a Batman ’66 Museum in Logansport, Indiana, which is where he operates Fiberglass Freaks, the only officially licensed makers of full-size, operational 1966 Batmobiles. Plans for the museum include life-size statues of Batman characters, Bat-gadgets, a Batmobile replica — and the pieces de resistance: replicas of the Wayne Manor study and the Batcave. Mark and co. were cruising along, but as often happens with ambitious projects like this, there have been some snags and now they’re seeking help through Indiegogo to get ..read more
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MORRISON MONDAYS: CATWOMAN’s Caught in a BAT ROMANCE
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by Dan Greenfield
3w ago
Bill Morrison goes gaga over a classic romance comics cover… By BILL MORRISON For several years I’ve been collecting DC romance comics, mostly from the late 1950s and early 1960s, my favorites being those with covers by John Romita Sr. I also love the Marvel romance comics of the late 1960s and early 1970s, also with covers by Romita Sr. and John Buscema. These beautifully designed and illustrated covers by artists who were lauded mostly for their superhero art inspired me to reimagine some of those great romance images with costumed heroes in place of ordinary jilted lovers, two-timing boyfr ..read more
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1982 DC COMICS STYLE GUIDE Now Up For PRE-ORDER
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by Dan Greenfield
3w ago
PLUS an INSIDE LOOK at the book decades in the making… We told you it was coming — and now here are the details you’ve been waiting for: The long-awaited 1982 DC Comics Style Guide is now available for pre-order. The cost? $90 for early birds — and it ships in August. (Click here to order.) Dig the full, official description, as well as an INSIDE LOOK: The long-awaited reissue of the 1982 DC Comics Style Guide is now available for pre-order. Reproduced from a rare original copy, the book features over 165 high-quality scans of the legendary art of José Luis García-López. Created in 1982, th ..read more
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DC Recasts Famous BATMAN Covers With Screen Versions of the Caped Crusader
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by Dan Greenfield
3w ago
COMING IN AUGUST: Jorge Jimenez, Lee Bermejo and others bring you dual homages… DC released its solicitations Friday and listed are five covers marked “Batman 85th Anniversary” variants. The gimmick? The covers homage classic Batman covers of the past — but instead use screen versions of the Dark Knight. For example, dig Jorge Jimenez’s intense take on Norm Breyfogle’s classic Detective Comics #587 — only with Michael Keaton in the lightning-lit alleyway: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #30, due Aug. 21 There’s also David Mazzuchelli’s Batman: Year One reimagined by Lee Bermejo, starring R ..read more
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