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Ultimate 75th, An Interactive Digital Timeline for Marvel’s 75th Anniversary

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To celebrate their 75th anniversary, Marvel Comics has created Ultimate 75th, an interactive digital timeline that takes viewers through the rich history of their both popular and somewhat unknown superheroes and villains.

The website’s timelines also feature an abundance of interviews with popular writers and artists, including the one-and-only Stan Lee, writer and editor Roy Thomas and more. You can travel through time (1938-2014) and find out more about Marvel’s history at Ultimate75th.com.

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DC Comics In July Will Feature Batman 75 Variant Covers

This July, select DC Comics titles will receive Batman 75 variant covers by some of the most notable artists in the business including Kevin Nowlan, Klaus Janson, Jim Steranko, Walt Simonson, Graham Nolan, Cliff Chiang, Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Mike Kaluta and more!

The Batman 75 variants, are the latest in a variety of monthly themes.

Check out the Detective Comics #33 cover, by legendary artist Jim Steranko in the gallery above. Below, is the full list of comic books that will feature Batman 75 variant covers:

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The Flash #33
Wonder Woman #33

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Graphitti Designs Announces Gallery Editions

Graphitti Designs produced some of the nicest collectible hardcover graphic novels in the 80’s and the 90’s such as The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, Elektra Assassin, Elektra Lives Again and Kingdom Come.

Known for high production value the books had beautiful dust jackets, slip cases, signature pages, extra art and Smyth-sewn bindings.

I spoke with company President Bob Chapman at WonderCon and shared how much I enjoyed these books and wished that Graphitti still produced them today and I was thrilled to learn about their latest project, Gallery Editions.

Here is what I found out…

Gallery Editions will be deluxe, hardcover books produced by Graphitti Designs that will faithfully reproduce the original art from select, key comic books. These large format editions will capture all of the sublets, nuances and excitement of the art as originally created by the artist. The books will feature high-definition printing on heavy paper stock, that replicates the visual and tactile aspects of the original artwork. These keepsakes are geared towards the fan, collector, artist, archivists, comics art scholars and gatherers of the finest examples of pop-culture ephemera on the planet.

Two books are planed for this year: Frank Miller’s Ronin and Batman by Kelley Jones. Additional future volumes planned are: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Sandman by Neil Gaiman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow by Neal Adams and The Killing Joke by Brian Bolland.

No word yet on release dates, price, print runs or book size.

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IDW Announces Stephen King & Walt Simonson Lawnmower Man Portfolio

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Scheduled for July 2014 is the Artist’s Portfolio for Lawnmower Man, a Stephen King short story adapted by Walt Simonson which appeared in Marvel’s Bizarre Adventures #29 in 1981.

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The oversized portfolio which was announced at WonderCon in Anaheim, California will include 21 pages and the cover.

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Darwyn Cooke’s Batman Beyond

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Warner Bros. has debuted a new Batman-themed animated short celebrating the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary. Directed by artist Darwyn Cooke, the short takes place in the fan-favorite world of “Batman Beyond” and features the return of cast members Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle to the characters they voiced in the 1999 series.

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Hero Complex Gallery Will Be In Booth # 101 At WonderCon This Weekend

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Hero Complex Gallery will be in Booth # 101 at WonderCon in Anaheim all weekend. Please visit them and see all the new and archived prints they will be showcasing at the convention!

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Featured artists include Craig Drake, Dan Mumford, Harlan Elam, Khoa Ho, Patrick Connan and Paul Shipper!

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If you can’t visit the convention, you can order the art online HERE.

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Batman 75th Anniversary Action Figure 4-Pack Coming In October 2014

The first special edition action figure 4-pack celebrates Batman’s 75th Anniversary—with figures of the Dark Knight based on the designs of Bob Kane, Jim Lee, Darwyn Cooke and the best-selling Batman: Arkham Origins video game!

Featuring a unique paint deco the 4 piece set will arrive in October and retail for $75.

A second set is slated for the Fall of 2014 that will feature Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Justice Batman by Alex Ross, Batman by Greg Capullo and Super-Friends Batman by Alex Toth.

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Pascal Campion Joins Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Art of Level 7

Marvel Television is proud to announce acclaimed animator and illustrator Pascal Campion (Iron Man, All-New Invaders) as the newest recruit for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level 7, a new initiative uniting top artists from around the world to celebrate the final six episodes of the series’ inaugural season(airing Tuesdays, 8|7c on the ABC Television Network).

As Hydra continues their war against the remaining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Phil Coulson finds the enemy targeting him where it hurts the most – the woman he loves! In the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson is on a mission to save Audrey Nathan, the cellist who won his heart and whose life is threatened by the dangerous Marcus Daniels (AKA Blackout). But as Coulson faces one of the deadliest enemies from his past, a threat closer to home may be his undoing!

“The Only Light In The Darkness”, the nineteenth episode of the series, premieres on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 8|7c on the ABC network followed by brand new episodes each week until suspenseful season finale. 

“From the beginning of the series, Coulson fans have been curious about the Cellist, who we first learned about in Marvel’s The Avengers,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel TV. “Working with an incredibly talented artist like Pascal Campion allowed us to capture the beauty and tragedy of their relationship in this new episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Each poster released in this series will be available as limited edition high quality prints at http://www.marvelstore.com/ArtOfLevel7 with “The Only Light In The Darkness” scheduled to go on sale Friday, April 18th at 1:00am PST. These individually numbered prints are strictly limited to 100 copies and once they’re sold out, they won’t be available again from Marvel.

“Working with Marvel is a childhood dream come true. I’m thankful for the opportunity to partner with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” said Pascal Campion.

For more information on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., please visit marvel.com or www.abc.com. Join the conversation on Twitter and get all the latest updates with @AgentsOfSHIELD and @Marvel.

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Capturing Archetypes: Twenty Years of Sideshow Collectibles Art Hardcover

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sideshow Collectibles, the renowned specialty manufacturer of collectible figures and statues beloved for their excellent craftsmanship, attention to detail, and quality. In honor of this landmark, Sideshow teamed up with publisher Insight Editions, known for creating enduring, innovative, and visually stunning books on photography, film, and popular culture.

A deluxe gallery of Sideshow’s best work from its beginning to present day, Capturing Archetypes: Twenty Years of Sideshow Collectibles Art (Insight Editions / $50.00 / April 22, 2014) showcases the stunning creations they’ve produced over the past two decades in one breathtaking collection. Featuring iconic and universally adored characters from franchises including Star Wars, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Lord of the Rings, Capturing Archetypes celebrates Sideshow’s astonishing ability to capture the essence of archetypal characters in their phenomenal art pieces. A must-have collectible in its own right, this elegant book is the artistic culmination of Sideshow’s incredible ambition and undeniable skill. With a removable acetate bellyband over a multilevel debossed cover, Capturing Archetypes will delight pop culture enthusiasts and dedicated collectors alike.

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MONDO Announces Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo Gallery Show Opening On April 25, 2014

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MONDO announces “Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo” a comics-themed show featuring artist Mike Mitchell’s iconic portraits of Marvel’s huge stable of heroes and villains, running from April 25th through May 17th. The characters of The Avengers, X-Men and Spider-man will be represented along with many others from Marvel’s incredible library. The opening night event will be Friday, April 25th from 7 – 10pm at the MONDO Gallery, located at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX. Artist Mike Mitchell will be in attendance.

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“My love for Marvel Comics was an integral part of growing up. Not just the comics, but the action figures, video games and cartoons. My intention with this show was to take those characters out of their action-oriented world and give them a moment of silence to catch their breath. There’s a humanizing quality to that which I find extremely interesting. This has easily been the most ambitious project I’ve ever taken on, and it’s due in part to my love for their universe; which is fictional by definition, but real in my mind and in the minds of others,” said Mitchell.

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The Marvel villain MODOK has also taken over MONDO Gallery, with a super-sized cutout adorning the exterior of the building.

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New X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer

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20th Century Fox has released the final trailer for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Opening in theaters on May 23, 2014 the film stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halley Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Lucas Till and Evan Jonigkeit.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

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Jock To Release Time-Limited Batman: The Black Mirror Print On April 16, 2014

On Wednesday April 16, 2014 the artist Jock will debut a gorgeous screen print based on one of his splash pages from Batman: The Black Mirror, available for purchase from his website for just 48 hours.

The 24-inch by 36-inch screen print comes in two versions: black and white ($50), and purple ($65). The same panel was the basis for a statue in DC Collectibles’ Batman Black and White series.

Follow Jock on Twitter to find out when on Wednesday the prints go on sale.

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Batman: The Black Mirror Black & White Print by Jock ($50)

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Batman: The Black Mirror Purple Print by Jock ($65)

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Learn To Crawl This May In Amazing Spider-Man # 1.1

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This May, following the debut of the highly anticipated return of Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #1, experience his early days as Spider-Man like you’ve never seen before in Learning to Crawl, a new 5-issue series beginning in Amazing Spider-Man #1.1! New York Times Bestselling writer Dan Slott (Superior Spider-Man, Silver Surfer) and Eisner Award-Winning Artist Ramón Pérez (Wolverine and the X-Men, Tale of Sand) craft an all-new spin on the earliest days of the webbed wonder that have bitter consequences to this very day!

From that fateful night he lost his Uncle Ben, a new life began. But there is more to the story of how Peter Parker became the Amazing Spider-Man.

“We all love a good ‘Year One’ story,” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “But this is so much MORE! Not only does this address Spider-Man’s past, but it sets up a new villain that will be a huge part of Dan Slott’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN plans moving forward.”

We all know how Peter Parker learned responsibility, but this series tells the story of how Spider-Man became the super hero we all know and love!  Set within the first 60 days of his webslinging career, Learning to Crawl is an all-new tale set parallel to the character’s first appearance in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15 and 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #1 – #3 that will blaze new trails for upcoming Amazing Spider-Man story arcs in Dan Slott’s new series!

“It’s one thing to know that with great power comes great responsibility, but what do you do with it?” says series writer Dan Slott, in an interview with Marvel.com.

Fans eagerly awaiting Learning to Crawl can get their first taste early with a special 8-page lead-in story from Slott & Pérez in the back of the highly anticipated Amazing Spider-Man #1 later this month!

Now is your chance to experience the story you never knew about the story you know by heart! How did Peter Parker rise to the occasion to become the greatest hero the world has ever seen? And who is the mysterious new villain Clash? All will be answered when the exciting Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 – the first chapter of Learning to Crawl – swings into comic shops on May 7, 2014!

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Batman’s Sidekick Leaves The Cave For ‘Grayson’ Comic

Dick Grayson is trading his superhero suit for secret-agent cool. Batman’s former sidekick embarks on a new life as an undercover superspy in the comic book Grayson, an action-adventure series premiering July 2, 2014 from DC Comics. It’s written by Tim Seeley (Revival) and Tom King, a former CIA counterterrorism operations officer.

After a career of being overshadowed by his cape-and-cowled father figure, this is a chance for Grayson “to take off the mask and step out on his own in a world where he’s not simply being another hero like the hero he grew up with,” King says.

A character who first appeared in 1940, Grayson was the original Robin to Bruce Wayne’s Dark Knight. He went solo as Nightwing in the 1980s and also served as Batman for a time, when Wayne was thought dead.

Grayson’s new employer is the international spy agency Spyral, an organization created by writer Grant Morrison for his Batman, Incorporated series. King sees it as representative of today’s intelligence community: They’re the people who stop bad guys from doing bad things, yet to do that, they employ questionable tactics such as mind erosion.

He is getting a wardrobe makeover, courtesy of Grayson artist Mikel Janin: Gone is Grayson’s mask, and his new outfit reflects the blue-and-black color scheme of his Nightwing togs and features a “G” on his chest, reminiscent of the old “R” from his Robin days.

Read more HERE at USA Today.

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Blast Off With Guardians of The Galaxy Figures From Hasbro

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a brand new, space-faring adventure blasting off in theaters on August 1, 2014 and expanding the boundaries of the Marvel Studios cinematic universe further than ever before. The film follows a diverse team of five aliens, led by Peter Quill of Earth (a.k.a. Star-Lord) and featuring Gamora, Drax The Destroyer, Groot and the wisecracking, genetically modified Rocket. Together, these self-described Guardians of the Galaxy will team up to defeat cosmic evil that threatens the entire universe.

Hasbro celebrates the world of Guardians of the Galaxy with a new toy line featuring figures from the Legends Infinite Series line. Kids and fans can collect their favorite characters from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” in this assortment. These impressive six-inch scale figures feature detailed articulation and detailed sculpting and deco. Figures include Star-Lord, Rocket, Gamora, Drax and even Iron Man and Nova! Also, if you collect all six figures you can create your own Groot Build-A-Figure.

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DC Entertainment Celebrates 75 Years of Batman At WonderCon 2014 With Stellar Collection of Talent & Events

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DC Entertainment will mark the 75th anniversary of its iconic Batman character at WonderCon 2014 with an impressive line-up of can’t-miss reveals and exclusives sure to thrill fans of the world’s most popular Super Hero.

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A special highlight of DCE’s WonderCon activities will be the Batman 75th Anniversary Panel scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at 4 pm. The exclusive event brings together a stunning collection of superstar talent heavily influenced by the legendary Dark Knight and his rich 75-year history. DCE co-publisher and renowned Batman artist Jim Lee will join the all-star celebrity duo and writers of the forthcoming Batman 66 Mets The Green Hornet mini-series Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) and Ralph Garman (Family Guy, KROQ radio personality), the legendary voice of Batman Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Arkham Knight), Peter Girardi, SVP – Creative Affairs, Warner Bros Animation and groundbreaking Batman animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) in a fascinating discussion about the celebrated Super Hero. The must-see panel will also feature an exclusive premiere of an animated short from Darwyn Cooke, inspired by the Batman Beyond series.

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In addition, DCE will join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation for special events including:

- The world premiere of Son of Batman, the landmark 20th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Taking place Friday at 6:00 pm, the screening precedes a star-studded panel including the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Life on Mars).

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- A special screening of an all-new episode of Teen Titans Go! Scheduled for Friday at 2:00 pm, go behind the scenes of the fan-favorite series with a panel featuring the show’s producers and members of the voice cast.

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- Son of Batman and Teen Titans Go! select voice cast signings will be held at the DCE booth (wristbands required).  The Teen Titans Go! signing will take place on Friday at 1:30pm and signings for Son of Batman will take place on Friday at 3:30pm.

Fans attending WonderCon also have the chance to pick-up three exclusive variant comic books at the Graphitti Designs booth (#301) including:

- The debut issue of the new blockbuster weekly Batman: Eternal #1

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- The latest “Riddler” themed cover of Batman #29 in a location-specific hue of blue from artist Greg Capullo

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- The must-own debut issue of The Sandman: Overature # 1 featuring an exclusive 3-D motion cover, never before seen and only available at the Con

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Home to the most talented writers and artists in the business, DCE’s interactive 1200 square foot booth (#401) will serve as a hub for its stellar collection of appearances, announcements and events at WonderCon 2014.

Can’t make the Con? DC Entertainment’s website is the go-to place for behind the scenes coverage and in-depth interviews. Also, look out for a WonderCon 2014 special edition of DC All Access webseries premiering on Tuesday, April 22 at 10am PST.

Download the DC Entertainment Events App on Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store to stay up to speed on all DC Entertainment signings and panels at WonderCon.

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Batman: Strange Days – Bruce Timm’s Batman 75th Anniversary Short

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A brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.

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Don’t miss “Batman: Strange Days” and other unique DC Nation shorts Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 CST) on Cartoon Network during Teen Titans Go!

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Paolo Rivera Joins Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Art of Level 7

Marvel Television is proud to announce Eisner-award winning superstar artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man) as the newest recruit for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level 7, a new landmark initiative bringing top artists from around the world together to celebrate the final six episodes of the series’ inaugural season (airing Tuesdays, 8|7c on the ABC Television Network). Following the latest jaw-dropping episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Rivera’s piece brings fans a special look at Coulson’s team after the discovery of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s true nature.

As the Agents struggle to combat a threat unlike anything they’ve ever faced, they’re unaware that a greater one lies closer to home! “Providence”, the eighteenth episode of the series, premieres on Tuesday, April 15th, this week at a special time of 9|8c. “After this week’s big revelation, nothing will be the same for Coulson and his agents in a world without S.H.I.E.L.D.,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel TV. “We’re excited to work with a world-class talent like Paolo Rivera to create a stunning piece depicting the cold, unforgiving future of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Each poster released in this series will be available as limited edition high quality prints at http://www.marvelstore.com/ArtOfLevel7 with “Providence” scheduled to go on sale Friday, April 11th at 1:00am PST. These individually numbered prints are strictly limited to 100 copies and once they’re sold out, they won’t be available again from Marvel. “I’ve had the privilege of painting several of Marvel’s characters from the cinematic universe, but I had always wanted to paint Agent Coulson,” said Paolo Rivera. “Glad I finally got the chance!”

Tune in on Tuesday, April 15th at 8/7c to catch a special encore presentation of “Turn, Turn, Turn,” followed by the world premiere of “Providence” on the ABC Network as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs with new episodes every week through to the shocking season finale. For more information on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., please visit http://www.marvel.com or http://www.abc.com. Join the conversation on Twitter and get all the latest updates with @AgentsOfSHIELD and @Marvel.

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Amazon.com To Acquire Digital Comics Company, ComiXology

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Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

“ComiXology’s mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms,” said David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology. “There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novels.”

“Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world,” said David Naggar, Amazon Vice President, Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing. “We’ve long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers.”

Founded in 2007, comiXology offers a broad library of digital comic book content from over 75 of the top publishers as well as top independent creators. Following the acquisition, comiXology’s headquarters will remain in New York.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Subject to various closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Lands on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the cover to their double sized summer movie preview issue and X-Men: Days of Future Past was the lucky one to appear front and center. Featuring stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, you can check it out below!

Opening in theaters on May 23, the film also stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Lucas Till and Evan Jonigkeit.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

The special issue will arrive on Friday April 11, 2014.

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Deadpool Gets Hitched & Sets New Guinness World Records Title

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On sale today Deadpool # 27 sets a Guinness World Records title for the most comic book characters on a single issue cover! It’s a monumental, record-breaking issue as Wade Wilson ties the knot in front of hundreds of friends and family alike. The oversized cover of Deadpool # 27 includes an amazing 232 characters and creators. With a total of 224 familiar comic book characters, it’s the most on a single issue cover ever, officially setting the Guinness World Records title.

Deadpool Editor, Jordan White, reflected on the recognition by Guinness World Records and said, “When artist Scott Koblish proposed this cover layout to me, I thought he was crazy…but it’s the kind of crazy you have to respect. I think there’s no better testament to both his insanity and the amazing cover he and colorist Val Staples produced than an officially recognized world record.”

The Merc with a Mouth is now the Merc in Matrimony in the pages of the super-sized Deadpool #27 – from current Deadpool writers Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn along with an epic assortment of nine previous Deadpool writers.

A day many never dreamed would come has finally arrived – and it’s going to be anything but traditional. For starters, Deadpool’s bride Shiklah is an ancient and royal succubus. The ceremony is going to be one for the ages!

But the main story is just the beginning – this super-sized issue is packed to the gills with new stories from all-star Deadpool writers of yesteryear – including Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, Joe Kelly, Christopher Priest, Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Tieri, Gail Simone, Daniel Way & Victor Gischler.

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Marvel Characters Coming To Disney Infinity 2.0 Gaming System

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Marvel announced their inclusion in the video game world of Disney Infinity via a video teaser.

The video calls it Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition, showing Captain America’s shield flying through the game’s familiar Toy Box mode, high above Disney characters. There’s no doubt Marvel characters are on the way to the game soon. As the teasers states, “Bring on the super heroes.”

Rumors suggest Disney Infinity 2.0 will be available for next-gen systems Xbox One and Playstation 4 in addition to Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii U, though those details have not yet been confirmed or announced.

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Batman Eternal Issue 1 Arrives On April 9, 2014

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The new weekly comic series Batman Eternal begins in April from DC Comics!

Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes and Tim Seeley, with art by Jason Fabok, Dustin Nguyen and others.

Batman Eternal will “set the stage for a new Gotham and new characters and a new set of stories that will take Batman into 2015,” Scott Snyder told USA Today. “We want this to be a place where you get to tell a story about anything you want in Gotham, so long as we’re also moving this big story forward in the background. You’ll see bombastic arcs as well but there’ll be plenty of room for Ray to explore some of the darker, more mystical aspects of Gotham that he loves or Tim to explore some of the crime we haven’t seen before.”

“It is 52 issues fully defining Gotham City,” said Ray Fawkes in an interview with PREVIEWSworld. “We’re going to see every member of the Bat Family, every villain you can think of. This is going to be the book that shows readers where it’s at in every nook and cranny of Gotham City. It’s my role, as you might expect, to take people on a supernatural ride through the underpart of the city.”

PREVIEWSworld asked artist Jason Fabok what it’s like to draw a weekly comic series with such a massive cast of Gotham City characters?

“Personally, it’s really been no different from working on a monthly title artistically.  I’ve been working far enough in advance in order to have three issues done for the first month, but each book is done in a month,” explained Fabok. “The difference is that I’m able to work with such a great cast of writers, all pitching cool details for character design, plot and world building.”

“As far as drawing a massive cast of characters, fans should know that we are going to be focusing on all your favorites. New characters, classic ones, and old ones returning, we have a little bit for everyone. I’m really excited to see the reaction to all of the twists and turns that will take place during the course of the series and the fan reaction as well. This book is going to be an awesome, fun, epic ride, and readers have no clue what’s in store for Batman and the rest of the cast.”

Batman Eternal issue 1 will hit stands on April 9, 2014.

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Poker-Playing Marvel Superheroes: The Role That Poker Plays In Character Development

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Every Marvel hero in existence has an ever-evolving character development, and as years pass writers continue to add depth to already well-rounded characters. Many real world issues have been reflected in the conceptualization of these Marvel superheroes. Even current pop culture staples have also made their way to comic storylines. Poker, in particular, has crept into the comic pages more than once. Here are just a few superheroes that have had poker integrated into their stories.

The Thing from Fantastic 4 

Formerly known as Benjamin Grimm, he along with the Avengers butler Edwin Jarvis have hosted a string of floating superhero poker games. Other than the Avengers, the characters that made appearances include Wolverine, Human Torch, Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Beast, and many others as dictated by the Marvel Universe. According to Comic Vine, Marvel fans debated over who would be the best poker player, The Thing or Gambit, which is the next superhero on the list.

Gambit from X-Men 

The superhero is equipped with a Bo staff and explosive playing cards, so it’s safe to say that he know s a thing or two about card games such as Texas Hold ‘Em. In that same forum about Marvel’s best poker player, those who said Gambit reasoned with the fact his kinetic energy allows him to be resistant to telepaths. Others wouldn’t stand a chance in trying to call his bluff.

Tony Stark or Iron Man 

When Iron Man isn’t soaring in the air in his amazingly advanced robotic suit, he is the pretentious and alarmingly wealthy Tony Stark that lives by an extravagant lifestyle. It’s really no surprise that he, out of all Marvel superheroes, could be caught sitting with the high rollers in a Las Vegas Casino or being dealt in alongside, Daniel Negreanu or the seasoned partypoker.com blogger and queen of poker, Kara Scott. Also, being the playboy that he is, he’ll probably be more interested in winning Kara over, than actually winning the pot.

Wolverine from X-Men 

Out of all the Marvel superheroes, Wolverine is the only one that actually played alongside a real poker professional, Daniel Negreanu. Granted, it was a cameo in the X-Men: Origins movie, but that could still count as Wolverine’s ability to play at a professional level, right?

Can you think of any more potential great poker players from the Marvel franchise?

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Check out The New Amazing Spider-Man 2 Print by Matt Taylor From IMAX & MONDO Available On May 1, 2014

Check out The New Amazing Spider-Man 2 Print From IMAX & MONDO Available On May 1, 2014.

Exclusively for IMAX fans as part of the IMAX FANFIX program, those attending the first shows at 7PM on May 1, 2014 will receive a limited-edition FANFIX print featuring original artwork by artist Matt Taylor. The artwork is a collaboration between Sony, Marvel, IMAX and MONDO. Check IMAX.com for a list of participating theaters, while supplies last. 

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