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Frank Miller To Join Batman 75: Legends of The Dark Knight Panel At Comic Con On July 24, 2014

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Frank Miller, who wrote and penciled 1986′s game-changing Batman miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns” (along with “Sin City” and “300,” among many others), will be appearing at a panel chock-full of Bat-artists and scribes, including Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, the current “Batman” creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.

Warner Bros. announced the panel “Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight,” which will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, as part of DC Entertainment’s Comic-Con plans to celebrate the Caped Crusader’s diamond jubilee.

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In “The Dark Knight Returns,” Miller re-introduced Bruce Wayne as an aging, gritty and embittered hero sparring with Superman and taking on the Joker in a climactic battle for the soul of Gotham. The new take on the character paved the way for Batman’s renaissance and big-screen domination of the late ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. A follow-up graphic novel, “The Dark Knight Strikes Again,” was released in 2001.

Miller’s version of the Dark Knight has also been said to be a guiding influence on Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman in  Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which is slated for a 2016 release. (Miller has his own film, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” coming out Aug. 22.)

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Syfy Adapting Frank Miller’s DC Comics Series Ronin

Syfy is developing Frank Miller’s DC Comic series Ronin. Following Darren Aronofsky’s attempt to remake the samurai drama for the big screen, Syfy will produce DC’s six-issue comic series Ronin as a potential miniseries.

From Warner Horizon Television and DC Entertainment, Ronin was written and drawn by Miller (Sin City, 300). The comics, which were published every six weeks between 1983-84, centers on a legendary warrior — the Ronin, a dishonored, masterless 13th century samurai — who is mystically given a second chance to avenge his master’s death. He finds himself suddenly reborn in a futuristic and corrupt 21st century New York where he must defeat ancient demon Agat, the reincarnation of his master’s killer.

Syfy’s takes place eight centuries after a Japanese Ronin samurai failed to protect his master from a demon. He awakens in a futuristic, nihilistic New York in the body of Billy, a medical experiment. Now Billy/Ronin is chasing the demon, which has reawakened. Both parties want control of a sword with magical properties and will stop at nothing to get it back.

A search is under way for a writer and the exact number of episodes in the Syfy miniseries has not yet been determined.

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Trailer

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Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning “Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. 

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Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is the follow up to Rodriguez and Miller’s 2005 groundbreaking film, Frank Miller’s Sin City.

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The massive cast includes Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Jeremy Piven and Stacey Keach as the chief villain.

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Dimension opens the sequel on August 22, 2014.

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Detective Comics #27 Features Variant Covers By Frank Miller, Jim Lee & More

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DC Comics’ Detective Comics #27 will be released tomorrow and will clock in at more than 100 pages to kick off DC’s 75th anniversary celebration for the Dark Knight.

The issue includes a modern-day retelling of the Dark Knight’s origin by the incredible team of writer Brad Meltzer and artist Bryan Hitch. Also included is John Layman and Jason Fabok’s final storyline, “Gothtopia,” before the new creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato take over writing duties for the series in the spring.

To commemorate the special issue, DC will release covers with art by Greg Capullo, Frank Miller, Tony S. Daniel, Chris Burnham and Jason Fabok.

Detective Comics #27 is a 96-page comic scheduled to arrive in stores on January 8 with a cover price of $7.99 US.

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Dark Horse To Release Big Damn Sin City Omnibus On June 25, 2014

Ahead of the August premiere of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s movie sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Dark Horse has announced it will debut a massive omnibus hardcover on June 25, 2014 collecting the artist’s entire landmark crime saga.

Frank Miller’s Big Damn Sin City ($100) brings together Miller and Lynn Varley’s seven hardboiled tales — The Hard Goodbye, A Dame to Kill For, The Big Fat Kill, The Yellow Bastard, Family Values, Booze, Broads & Bullets and Hell and Back in one 1,344-page volume that Dark Horse contends is “suitable for home defense.”

Written with unmatched intensity and drawn in the starkest black and white imaginable, the Sin City books make up the greatest crime saga in comics history, and Big Damn Sin City is the best way to rediscover it!

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Frank Miller’s Detective Comics # 27 Cover Revealed

This Catwoman cover, one of several variants for Detective Comics # 27 marks the return of Frank Miller to the Batman world, territory he’s strongly associated with due to revered stories such as The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One.

Detective Comics #27, an oversized issue commemorating the first appearance of Batman in 1939′s original Detective Comics #27, is scheduled for release on January 8, 2014.

The main story, by John Layman and Jason Fabok, kicks off the upcoming “Gothtopia” storyline; other contributors to the issue include Scott Snyder, Sean Murphy, Paul Dini and Brad Meltzer.

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Detective Comics #27 Will Be A Special Anniversary Edition Featuring Frank Miller, Paul Dini, Neal Adams And More

The original issue #27 of Detective Comics was the first comic book to feature Batman – so with 2014 being the 75th anniversary of the iconic character, it only makes sense that DC will celebrate the second coming of this key issue with a special anniversary edition.

The 100 page comic will feature work from a number of creators including Frank Miller, Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, Neal Adams, Francesco Francavilla, Sean Murphy and more.

There will also be a story from the new creative team who’ll be taking over Detective Comics – Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato.

The issue will be released on January 15, 2013 and will have a number of variant covers from artists including Jim Lee, Mike Allred, Kelley Jones, Patrick Gleeson and Chris Burnham.

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Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns’ No. 2 Cover Fetches $478,000 at Auction

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Heritage Auctions has sold the original pen and ink cover of The Dark Knight Returns No. 2 for a whopping $478,000 at auction.

The Dark Knight Returns written and illustrated by Frank Miller, was published in 1986 and it, along with “Watchmen,” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, ushered in a new era of storytelling in comic books.

The Dark Knight Returns imagines the future of Gotham City, where crime and corruption are at an all-time high and Batman must come out of retirement to save his hometown. But this older Dark Knight has not mellowed with age. Along the way he picks up a new Robin, Carrie Kelley, who was the first female in the role. The Dark Knight Returns led to a creative revival for Batman that paved the way to the film franchise.

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Frank Miller’s Cover of The Dark Knight Returns No. 2 To Be Auctioned In August, Expected To Go For More Than $500,000

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It’s the first cover from DC Comics’ 1986 four-issue “Dark Knight” miniseries to be sold and is expected to go for more than $500,000 in August. Miller’s story “radically altered the direction of comics,” said Todd Hignite, Heritage’s vice president.

“For fans of modern comics, this drawing is where everything really begins,” he said. “This moment defines Miller’s Dark Knight, and the modern day perception of Batman, like no other drawing.”

The only cover Hignite says might come close is the next in the series — with Batman and Robin — that was auctioned two years ago for nearly $450,000.

“It represents not only one of the most memorable images from the 1980s, but from Batman’s entire illustrious history,” Hignite said. “Miller’s revolutionary Dark Knight radically altered the direction of comics with its prestige miniseries format, combined with the fact that it was one of the first modern mainstream features to put a gritty noir patina on the squeaky-clean Silver Age hero mythos previously exemplified by DC.”

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Heritage Comics Celebrates Its 50th Signature Auction, May 16-18, In Dallas With The Best Grouping of Frank Miller Dark Knight Artwork Ever Offered In A Single Auction

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The best grouping of Frank Miller Dark Knight artwork ever to be offered in a single auction, led by one of the most evocative images from the famed series, The Dark Knight Returns #2 Batman and Robin Splash Page 36 Original Art (DC, 1986), estimated at $75,000+, depicting a seriously wounded and determined Bruce Wayne in a fatherly embrace with his protégé Robin (Carrie Kelly), will cross the block on May 17 in Dallas as the highlight lot in Heritage Auctions’ Comics and Original Comic Art Signature Auction.

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“This drawing encompasses everything that the relationship between Batman and Robin represented as Miller re-imagined and re-energized the franchise,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “This is the story many fans consider the greatest Batman story ever told and this is one of the greatest, most evocative moments in the entire story. It’s a truly transcendent image from one of the great comic sagas of all time.”

The Dark Knight splash page is complemented in the auction by two more Miller interior masterpieces – The Dark Knight #3 Clark Kent/Bruce Wayne Page 14 Original Art (DC, 1986), estimated at $40,000+, and The Dark Knight Returns #2 Batman and Robin Ride the Batcycle Page 38 Original Art (DC, 1986), estimated at $30,000+.

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The latter is a study in contrast between DC’s twin icons, Superman and Batman, in their secret identities as Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, while the former stars Batman, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and an appearance of the Batcycle.

Additional collectibles that will be auctioned at the event are: a high grade copy of Amazing Spider-Man 15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, Todd McFarlane’s Amazing Spider-Man #324 Sabretooth cover original art, Dave Gibbons Watchmen #6 “Rorschach Inkblot” cover original art, a near Mint Daredevil #1 and a near mint Batman #3!

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