Celebrate 75 Years of Batman With Saturday Morning Comics

26 Jul

Celebrating 75 years of Batman!!!

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25 Jul

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Creepy Alex Ross Makes Creepy Batman & Robin Cover

16 Jul

For the 75th anniversary of Batman, legendary comic book artist (of Kingdom Come, Marvels and 5 million covers) created this spiffy cover:

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Wait, that’s actually creepy as shit! Batman and Robin are gritting their teeth and grinning like they’re about to clock out a grandma crossing the street! And look at Batman’s muscles! Someone check the Batcave for HGH and syringes! What in the flying fudge is this?!

 

The Premiere of Weird Al’s Word Crimes

15 Jul

June 2014 Comic Book Numbers

14 Jul

June 2014 numbers are out for the North American direct market, Marvel is on top at 35%, Dc second at 33%, Image third at 10% for unit sales.   DC’s numbers were helped by various Bombshell variants put on their books (notably Harley Quinn catapulating into the top 5). Original Sin is one of Marvel’s lesser-performaning events in recent years, and it looks to not be much of a boost for many tie-ins in comparison to Dc’s just recently completed Forever Evil. Original Sins did debut at #50, much higher than Infinity’s tiein series’.

top 10 comics of June 2014:
1. Batman #32 DC 131K
2. Amazing Spider-Man #3 Marvel
3. Original Sin #3 Marvel
4. Harley Quinn #7 DC
5. Superman #32 Marvel (Johns/Romita’s first issue)
6. Original Sin #4 Marvel
7. Amazing Spider-Man 1.2 Marvel
8. Justice League #31 DC
9. Walking Dead #128 Image
10. Detective Comics #32 DC 72.9K

Top 100 non DC/Marvels:
9. Walking Dead #128 Image
11. Outcast #1 Image
20. Saga #20 Image
41. Wicked and Devine #1 Image
42. Serenity Leaves on the Wind #6 Dark Horse
77. Star Wars #18 Dark Horse
82. Sex Criminals #6 Imgae
86. Trees #2 Image
94. Big Trouble in Little China #1 Boom! 24K

Saga volume 1 has now sold over 100,000 copies. Afterlife with Archie #1 (11,733 copies) was the biggest selling trade of the month by more than double that of second place. It was also the first victory for Archie Comics.
2 through 10 were:
2. Night of Living Deadpool Marvel
3. Velvet vol 1 Image
4. Saga Vol 3 Image
5. Saga Vol 1 Image
6. Superior Spider-Man Vol 6 Goblin Nation Marvel
7. Batman & Robin Vol 3 Death of Family DC
8. Injustice Gods Vol 1 DC
9. Injustice Gods Vol 2 DC
10. Saga Vol 2 Image 3,271 copies

The lowest-selling Marvel ongoing not already cancelled is Avengers Undercover #6 at #126, 17,771 copies (Superior Foes is JUST above it). Iron Patriot was apparently a retroactive 5 issue mini and Ultimate FF was cancelled through #6.
The lowest-selling DC ongoing not already cancelled is Constantine #15 at #129 16,6704. DC does have six series below that playing out the string til their cancellation time.

My lowest-selling pull-list title is Letter 44 #7 at #263 on the list (6k copies!), though a trade of that is due out this month, so get ordering on this quality Charles Soule series.

Saturday Morning Comics #38: Coming For Batman

12 Jul

Question of the week: What is your favorite Batman cartoon?

Books:

Kyle!: Q – Batman: Animated Series (1991) Mad Love/Harley and Ivy
2.Punisher #8
1. Moon Knight #5

Silver Fox: Q – Super Friends, season 1 (1973)
3. Justice League #31
2. Green Arrow #33
1. Six Million Dollar Man #4

COC: Q – Batman: Animated Series (1991)
3. Captain America #22
2.Doctor Spektor #2
1.Miracleman #8

Hijacker Jen:
2. The Woods #3
1.  Madame Frankenstein #3

Forrest: Q – Batman/Superman Hour (1969)
Toymaster Lee: Q – Justice League Unlimited (2004) Kid Stuff

Tangents:

00:10 – general Batman TV discussion/question
00:30 – Killing Joke discussion
00:35 – NEWS Gail Simone, variants, Dark Circle Comics, casting news, new Jeff Lemire stuff
00:52 – The Woods #3
1:07 – Punisher #8
1:17 – Captain America #22
1:22 – Justice League #31
1:31 – Madame Frankenstein #2
1:47 – Doctor Spektor #2
1:54 – Green Arrow #33
2:03 – Moon Knight #5
2:14 – Miraclemen #8
2:24 – Six Million Dollar Man #4
2:35 – Tangets galore, TV, toys, ordering

Sorry. Not sorry.

CNN’s Jake Tapper Holds Real Interview With Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer

11 Jul
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