Marvel announced another sell-out issue in the form of Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1 (although you may still be able to find copies at your local comic shop).Â The distributor level sell-out means Marvel is sending the issue back to print, with the variant edition arriving October 28, 2009.
When I walked into the comic shop last week and saw Red Tornado #1, I was rather surprised. Here was a character that I always saw in a supporting role and not really as the front and center headline type. He had been a big part of the Justice League of my early youth, was the mentor for Young Justice, and had recently been a pretty important player in some modern Justice League of America storylines.Â I remembered reading the issue of Crisis on Infinite Earths where he became an elemental, as well as never being able to find a complete set on his first (and until now, only) mini-series by Kurt Busiek and Carmine Infantino back in 1985. He always seemed to be one of those characters that had enormous potential, but no one was sure what to do with it. I decided that I needed to see what was going on with him, and took the plunge. How was it? Read on to find out.
If you are going to start peddling drugs in your local neighborhood, or even in a large metro region like, say Denver, Colorado, then you might want to take a tip from the recently busted Castro brothers, who figured out a way to hide large sums of money.
The alleged meth king-pins were laundering their ill-gotten gains by buying and selling classic comic books. According to reports as many as 100 boxes of comic books were encased in plastic during the drug bust.
Theoretically, the plan by the alleged drug dealers was a good one.Â While the DEA and other law enforcement officials might be tracking gambling, prostitution, and small arms rings, no one would expect the Spanish Inquisition the local comic shop.Â With demand for rare comics quite high, a quick cash exchange for the books would get someone a bunch of unmarked and clean bills pretty quickly.
We’re not condoning using drugs kids, but I do have to give it to these two for figuring out a different way to launder their gains.
Fans at the San Diego Comic-Con were told that more Lantern rings would be on the way, and if Bleeding Cool has the news right, then you might be able to get your hands on all of ‘em if you and your local comic shop are willing to spend some money.
So for every 25 copies of Doom Patrol #4, Booster Gold #26, R.E.B.E.L.S. #10, Outsiders â€˜24 andÂ your retailer orders, they can order a bag of fifty Sinestro rings, Agent Orange rings, Indigo Tribe rings and Star Sapphire rings respectively.
And for every 50 copies of Justice League of America#39, Blackest Night #5 and Adventure Comics #4 sees you with a bag of fifty Red Lantern rings, Green Lantern rings and Blue Lantern rings, also respectively.
Each ring will ship every two weeks, Yellow on November 4th, Orange on November 18th, Red on December 2nd, Green on December 16th, Blue on December 30th (well, December 23rd now, I guess, thanks to Comic Book-Free Day), Indigo on January 13th and Violet on January 27th.
Rich Johnson has a good point about this promotion over the Black Ring event earlier this year in that these issues don’t have high sell rates, which would mean retailers would have to purchase more, just to qualify for the ring order – something they may not be willing to do if the issues don’t sell.
Easy solution?Â Buy the book, get the ring. Problem solved.Â DC numbers soar through the roof as Green Lantern fans buy books to get the rings, shop owners get more people into the store buying books, so their bottom line rises as well, and the recycling companies get a boost in business, as Green Lantern fans ditch the book they just bought in favor of a piece of non-biodegradeable plastic.
Can you believe that Amazing Spider-Man has reached 600 issues?Â Then maybe you’ll believe Amazing Spider-Man #600 sold out at the distributor level (although copies may still be available from your local comic shop), prompting Marvel to send the issue back to press with a new cover featuring John Romita Jr.’s interior art on the cover.
If you are wondering what happened to that copy of The Stuff of Legend #1 you had your eye on, but now it seems to be missing, it’s probably because it sold out, prompting Th3rd World Studios to go back to press to satisfy the demand.
â€œFrom day one we felt this was the kind of project that had an opportunity to be something special if we could get enough eyes on it. We are happy to see that fans and retailers are giving it a strong chance to succeed in this difficult market,â€ said Th3rd World co-publisher Jon Conkling.
Over the past several years, Archie Comics has delighted comic shop customers with exclusive giveaway comics produced in conjunction with Diamond Distribution.Â In addition to Archieâ€™s involvement in Diamondâ€™s annual Free Comic Book Day program, Archie has also served up thrills and chills come Halloween-time.Â These full-color, 16-page, Halloween-themed comics have all-new stories and art and make the perfect â€œtreatâ€ for the goody bags of costumed revelers.
This year, Archie Comics is back with another fun-filled giveaway issue.Â Bettyâ€™s most confidential secrets are the focus in this tale that highlights Bettyâ€™s fabled Diary.Â Popular writer-penciler Dan Parent unravels the thrilling details with fan-favorite Rich Koslowski on board providing the inks, so this issue is sure to appeal not just to children but adult collectors as well.
In â€œBetty Cooper, Confidential,â€ Betty is en route to the book binder to get her diary professionally bound when a stiff wind literally sends the pages of her life flying!Â Will her friends be able to resist taking a peek at the pages they recover?Â Just what has Betty written about everyone over the years?Â These answers and more await you in this suspenseful and poignant tale, the perfect lead-in to the soon-to-be-released trade paperback collection, ARCHIEâ€™S ALL-STARS PRESENTS VOLUME 2: BETTYâ€™S DIARY!
This 16 page giveaway comic may be ordered through comic shops in bundles of 25 for you to give away to trick or treaters at your home. Although participating comic shops giveaway one free copy to their customers the bundles are not free, they are for sale at your local comic shop. Go to www.comicshoplocator.com to find a shop near you.
Boom! Studios has sent Major Spoilers a ten page sneak peek of the upcoming Swordsmith Assassin #1 by Andrew Cosby and Michael Alan Nelson.
Here’s some good news on the promoting comics and your company front – DC Comics has announced that the Superman Wednesday Comics story will be serialized in USA Today.
Starting Wednesday July 8, when the first issue of WEDNESDAY COMICS hits stands, USA TODAY will be syndicating writer John Arcudi and artist Lee Bermejoâ€™s SUPERMAN strip every week over the course of the 12-week series. The first strip will appear in print on July 8, and subsequent strips will appear each Wednesday on USATODAY.COM, day-and-date with the respective issue. Additionally, each online preview will be promoted weekly in USA TODAYâ€™s print edition.
The news from DC really makes me feel better about an industry that is trying to capture new readers.Â The only way this stunt will fail is if DC doesn’t publish the Comic Shop Locator phone number at the bottom of each installment.
Diamond Comic Distributors, the worldâ€™s largest distributor of English-language comics, graphic novels and related pop-culture merchandise, has announced that it will have seven limited exclusives for 2009 Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC).
â€œWeâ€™re very excited to offer these exclusives to 2009 SDCC attendees,â€ said Dan Manser, Director of Marketing for Diamond, the publisher of PREVIEWS. â€œEach month, PREVIEWS offers great fare for comic shop customers, a number of which are exclusive. Itâ€™s a natural for us to extend PREVIEWS Exclusives to the largest pop culture convention in the country.â€
For a look at each exclusive and a complete list of Diamond retailers offering them on the convention floor, consumers are encouraged to visit the Diamond PREVIEWS booth (#2401) during the show.
With the lone comic book distributor clamping down on the number of minimum orders needed for distribution, some might want to consider going a subscription route.Â Top Cow has announced a partnership agreement with Mayhem Comics that will get those subscriptions in the hands of fans.
Next week (Feb 4, 2009) you will find Archie Digest #251 and Betty #178 on the shelves of your local comic shop.Â Until then, Archie Comics has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of both issues.