The Retailer’s View // DC Youoops


A few months ago, as I was running a deposit to the bank, I ran into the store’s landlord at the terminal next to mine. As we both waited on our tellers to process our various requests, we had a small chat. He asked how the business was going. I replied that the store had […]

Treat Yo’self to a Secret Treasure Trove of Neil Gaiman Rarities


  You’ve got your mimosas.  You’ve got your fine leather goods.  How about your rare, never-before-released Neil Gaiman Stories? The American Gods and Sandman author has teamed up with The Moth, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and Humble Bundle to present the Humble Book Bundle: Neil Gaiman Rarities.  For the next two weeks, users can pay as […]

When DC and Marvel cost less than indie comics


There’s been quite a bit of comment on the price of new comics and it seems to me that newer readers may not quite understand why readers over the age of, say, 35 are quite so flummoxed at the price of a comics.  Let me provide a little context for how DC and Marvel were […]

And here’s the first Dark Knight III: The Master Race variant cover by Dave Johnson


The Dark Knight Trilogy wraps up on November 25th with the first issue of DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1, written byFrank Miller and Brian Azzarello and drawn by Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson. You can bet there will be several variant covers as well, and here’s the first, a retailer variant by Dave Johnson, based on a sketch by Jim Lee—when you order it as a store, you get your logo put on it.

DC president Diane Nelson to head up WB Consumer Products


If you were wondering if any of the recent turmoil at DC Comics would affect president Diane Nelson’s standing at WB, the answer is no. She’s already proven herself a strong executive who gets the way Warners works, and as a result she’s just added running Warner Bros Consumer Products to her portfolio, along with DC Entertainment and CCO of Warner Bros. Interactive, THR reports. She replaces Brad Globe, who served as president from 2005 until now and announced his retirement for next spring.

Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez’s Work on the DC Style Guide is the Coolest Thing You’ll See Today


Ever wondered what the exact Pantone shade of Batman’s cowl is (circa 1980)?  How about Superman’s skin?  Or perhaps what parts, exactly, are visible in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet?  Well look no further, because legendary DC artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez has you covered.  He posted the 1982 DC Comics Style Guide on his Facebook page today. The Style […]

Industry Watch: Editorial changes coming to DC?


(Above, Ryan Sook’s cover for Superman: Alien American #1) If you’ve been following our sales charts here at The Beat you know that June was the big relaunch month for DC following Convergence and the move west, with 20 new #1s and new storylines and new costumes for old favorites. And sales were pretty good […]

Troubled Warners exec finds comfort in watching Batman v Superman over and over again


Last week The Hollywood Reporter ran a succinct piece about Warner Bros. and its current box office woes. Behind a string of flops and under performers like Hot Pursuit, Vacation, Magic Mike XXL (it’s a classic folks), and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., WB is finishing #3 for the summer for the second year in a […]