Area man finds $100k comic in the wall then rips it in squabble with in-law

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BY now you’ve probably seen this story about an Elbow Lake, MN contractor named David Gonzalez who found the Holy Grail of Comics—an Action #1—hidden among newspapers used as insulation in the walls of a house he was remodeling. Talks about lucky finds! The copy has already been put up for auction at Comic Connect […]

Retro Zeus Comics line is now on Kickstarter

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  Note: This Zeus Comics is in no way associated with the well known Texas store Zeus Comics. Back on April 1, we told you about Zeus Comics—a purported line of salacious 50s comics that had recently been rediscovered. Given the date and people involved we correctly deduced it was an elaborate April Fools Joke, […]

Gilbert Hernandez on the comics of childhood

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I was lucky enough to attend the slideshow and talk by Gilbert Hernandez at Housing Works Bookstore the other night. Beto presented a slideshow of his favorite comics of his youth, a particularly salient topic since his new Marble Season is about the joys and mysteries of a kid’s world, including comics and tv and […]

A Comics Tribute to Annette Funicello

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The beloved Disney icon whole burgeoning adolescence entranced a generation of Mickey Mouse Club Watchers—before she went on to become a beach blanket staple and Skippy peanut butter enthusiast—Annette Funicello died earlier this week at the age of 70. In a very full life she also managed to have a surprisingly large comic book presence. While this cover gallery speaks to Disney’s endless—and disturbing—series of chintzy movies, looking at Annette’s essential perkiness in a jaunty scarf and pristine white gloves, gives ample evidence of why she was so beloved in her day.

April 1 alert: ZEUS COMICS

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A long lost comics company? Or is it just April 1st?

DC to publish digital comics based on 1966 Batman

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Holy licensing deal, Batman!

It seems that the campy, kitschy 1966 version of Batman—which was long verboten to be mentioned at DC and WB in general due to it’s campy, kitschy nature. But as many noted, a line of toys based on the show was introduced at Toy Fair, and now we see that a whole line of merchandise, including a digital-first comic — is coming.

When Leonardo DiCaprio’s dad wrote a comics about Timothy Leary

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Wanna read some trippy excerpts from a 1979 comic based on the writing of drug guru Timothy Leary. The art is by Pete von Sholly and Tim Kummero, while the script was by Von Sholly and George Dicaprio, father of you-know-who. The older Dicaprio was quite active in the underground comics scene before spending more time managing his son’s career.

Preview: Comics About Cartoonists: The World’s Oddest Profession

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Before “meta” was physical, before Modernism became Posted, before Art Popped, cartoonists drew stories about cartoonists and cartooning! Some of it was autobiographical (or possibly semi-auto… I doubt Milt Gross almost became Batman!), some of it was pure fantasy.  (The pygmalian dream of a drawing come to life is represented twice in this volume, and […]

DC does retain rights to the Spirit Archives

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After the internet reacted to a Facebook post by DC co-publisher Dan DiDio on DC relinquishing rights to a variety of pulp heroes, it was assumed that this might apply to the handsome series of hardcover Spirit Archives that DC published over the last decade or so. However, why guess when you could talk to […]

No more Spirit or pulp heroes at DC

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It seems that DC has stopped its program of licensing old pulp heroes, based on a post on Dan DiDio’s Facebook page, as reported by Graeme McMillan: On his Facebook page, Dan Didio was asked “Are the Spirit, Doc Savage and the Avenger still at DC? Will we see them again?” only to respond with, […]

Matt Groening explains why you need an Apple computer…in 1989

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In 1989 The Simpsons were still on the drawing board, an cartoonist Matt Groening was a freelance illustrators, and Apple was a rising company whose ungainly, boxlike beige computers boasted lordly hard drives of 40 mbs.

John Stanley Alert: Election Day

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From Little Lulu 39, 1950

Comics about Cartoonists: the trailer

Craig Yoe is putting out another one of his numerous comics compilations and this one has a fun theme. It’s called Comics About Cartoonists What’s cooler than comics about cartoonist? NOTHING! This mind-blowing, full-color hardback book collects rare comics about real and fictional cartoonists–created by the greatest cartoonists in the world! Read comics about cartoonists […]

Amethyst’s long heritage of attempted rape

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So Amethyst is finally back! I admit this fantasy saga of a 13-year-old girl who finds she actually a princess of Gemworld was one of my favorite comics of the time, aided by the great storytelling by writers Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn and Ernie Colon’s marvelous art, filled with imagination and whimsical details. The […]

Comic Books Closeout Explosion for Nigeria

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While there is a certain dodginess that makes linking to this feel a little weird, I found this listing for a liquidation center’s comic offerings vaguely amusing:

Farewell to The Dandy

By Steve Morris Just like every delicious Cow Pie you’ve ever had the pleasure to eat, The Dandy is now reaching an end. One of Britain’s longest-running publications, the comic was released regularly for the past 75 years, coming out almost every week during that time. For context, only two other comics pre-date it, one of […]