Here we go! The following twelve titles are the ones you’ll find at all comics shops participating in Free Comic Book Day this Saturday!
Are they better than the Silver titles? Not necessarily, although many publishers will use the Gold title to push their bigger property, since that will get seen by more people. How many? Nobody really knows, but back in 2002, when nobody knew how successful it would be, Diamond did release figures for the Gold titles:
|Comic-book Title||Issue||Price||Publisher||Est. sales|
|*||FCBD Edition Ultimate Spider-Man||1||$0.12||Marvel||631,990|
|*||FCBD Edition Star Wars Tales: A Jedi’s Weapon||1||$0.12||Dark Horse||389,260|
|*||FCBD Edition Justice League Adventures||1||$0.12||DC||310,643|
|*||FCBD Edition Tomb Raider||1/2||$0.02||Image||238,679|
Comic Book Resources reported that “more than 2 million comic books were given away” in 2002. So, would a million copies for the #1 title be possible this year? 5.6 million copies were ordered in 2015!
There are a few reprints below, but that’s not uncommon (see the above list!). Sometimes, it’s the first issue to introduce new readers to an ongoing series, like Archie.
Which are the best? Read on!
Publisher: ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Fiona StaplesComic superstars Mark Waid and Fiona Staples reimagine an icon in this special FCBD reprint of the best-selling first issue of Archie! Change has come to Riverdale in the can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun – but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. Is this a one-off, or a sign of bigger changes awaiting America’s favorite teens… and the entire town? Find out in this exciting, remarkable and critically acclaimed first issue!
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment(W/A) Various (CA) Sara RichardThe Belcher Family proudly celebrates this year’s Free Comic Book Day event with three wild and zany adventures featuring those lovable scamps Tina, Gene, and Louise, plus guest stars Bob, Linda, and all your favorites from Bob’s Burgers! It’s the official Bob’s Burgers comic book based on the fan-favorite (and Emmy Award-winning) Fox animated sitcom, jam-packed with the mouth-watering flavor that longtime fans and curious newcomers can enjoy!
Rating: All Ages
Publisher: BONGO COMICS(W/A/CA) Matt GroeningGet in line for the foremost Free Comic Book Day four-color giveaway of the year! Pieman and the Cupcake Kid take on a new crime team, Glutenus Maximus and his sidekick Gluten Tag, whose pastry-related misdeeds have led to a ban on all baked goods in Springfield! How will the heroic duo battle their foes without their arsenal of pies and cupcakes, and what’s worse…what will Homer do without his daily dose of donuts? Then, after an unfortunate trip to the dentist, Principal Skinner is mistaken for a vampire. It doesn’t help that Bart fuels the fire (and supplies the pitchforks) to an unruly mob uprising. All that and much, much more – and it’s all free!
Rating: All Ages
Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS(W/A) Box Brown & Various (CA) Kat LeyhIn the BOOM! Studios 2016 Summer Blast, read all-new, original short stories of David Petersen’s Mouse Guard and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Plus, get sneak peeks of the upcoming new Adventure Time: Comicsseries, the Lumberjanes: Don’t Axe, Don’t Tale special, and this summer’s highly anticipated original graphic novel from Archaia, The Cloud. As a bonus, we’ve included preview pages from Goldie Vance, our newest BOOM! Box debut. There’s something in this Free Comic Book Day issue for everyone!
Rating: All Ages
Publisher: IMAGE COMICS(W) Steven T. Seagle (A/CA) Jason Adam KatzensteinAdd a touch of spooky to your Free Comic Book Day this year with the first chapter of Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 creator Steven T. Seagle and New Yorker Magazine cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein’s Camp Midnight! Not wanting to please her “step monster,” reluctant Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. But when she’s accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp – Camp Midnight, where everyone attending is a full-fledged monster – Skye realizes that not fitting in will be the very least of her challenges! Camp Midnight is the perfect book for readers who love Raina Telgemeier’s Smile but wish it had more bowls of gooey eyeballs in the lunch scenes.
Rating: All Ages
Publisher: MARVEL COMICS
Marvel peels back the curtain on their can’t miss FCBD 2016 title, CIVIL WAR II #1!Before hero stands against hero, Brian Michael Bendis and Jim Cheung bring you a snapshot of the conflict that will split the Marvel Universe in two!
But that’s not all! Beware the sting of the All-New Wasp! FCBD CIVIL WAR II #1 will also feature a special second story from All-New, All-Different Avengers writer Mark Waid and legendary artist Alan Davis. Be there as this mysterious new character makes their big debut! Are they friend or foe? How will their coming impact on the lives of the All-New, All-Different Avengers? The answers may surprise you, True Believer!
Not only do you get a lead in to the escalating conflict of Civil War II, but you’ll also be introduced to a big new character as the All-New Wasp rockets into the Marvel Universe.
The Avengers beat-down Thanos! Mark Waid and Alan Davis (!) introduce the Wasp (with crazy Kirbyesque locales! Grab a copy!
Publisher: DARK HORSE COMICS(W) Mike Mignola & Various (A) Tristan Jones & Various (CA) Sean CookeNeed a reason to pick up Dark Horse Comics’ 2016 Free Comic Book Day offering? Here’s three: From Mike Mignola and Richard Corben, a lesson from Hellboy’s past is shared. From Brian Wood, a peek into the Aliens: Defiance series with an original tale. And from the world of Joss Whedon, a glimpse at the crew of the Serenity, following the film and the smash-hit series Leaves on the Wind!
Publisher: TITAN COMICS(W) Nick Abadzis & Various (A) Eleonora Carlini & VariousJump on board the TARDIS with FOUR all-new short tales of the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors! Whether you’re a whizz with a Sonic Screwdriver or completely new to Who, this is the perfect Free Comic Book Day adventure for SF fans of all ages! Written and illustrated by the creative teams of the regular comics, this is the ideal place to start reading!
Rating: All Ages
Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING(W) Christos N. Gage, Chris Ryall (A) David Messina, Paolo Villanelli (CA) Zach Howard
He strikes from outer space… hurtling Earthward on his dead mission of cosmic vengeance! Rom is back for the first time in decades, and nothing can stop him! This introductory story re-introduces the character and leads into July’s all-new, ongoing series! Plus, in an exclusive prologue to June’s debut issue, the U.K.’s greatest weapon is on the warpath-and the fate of the world is in Action Man’s hands… as usual.
Ol’ Toaster Head is back! Your basic zero-issue introduction, with some extras. Action Man? He’s the British version of G.I.Joe (AKA Joe Colton) from the 70s, but this version is a one-man fighting force. Looks like fun!
Publisher: DCHarley Quinn, Deadshot and King Shark lead a lethal team of death-row Super-Villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous – they’re sheer suicide!
Don’t miss this first issue of the hit series before the upcoming major motion picture, SUICIDE SQUAD!
Publisher: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC(W) Matt Kindt & Various (A) Clayton Crain & Various (CA) Clayton CrainThe most ambitious Valiant event yet starts right here on Free Comic Book Day with a shocking new vision of the future in 4001 A.D.! The war for the fate of the 41st century begins here with an exclusive, never-before-seen prelude to the blockbuster comics event of the summer by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain. Rai! Eternal Warrior! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Geomancer!Armstrong! And more! The future of the Valiant Universe begins here! Plus: An all-new look inside Valiant’s next hit ongoing series, A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong, from Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente; Divinity II from Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine; plus an all-new slate of top-secret teasers, special features, surprises, and a newly added excerpt from the series that has everyone talking – the one and only Faith!
Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC(W/A/CA) Santa HarukazeTo the forest! To the sea! To Legendary Island! Join our Pokémon pals on a quest through Unova for the Legendary joke – while testing your Pokémon knowledge and laughing all the way!
Rating: All Ages
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