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IDW Releases Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Volume 1 (1966-1967)

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Renowned for its Eisner and Harvey Award-winning archival work, IDW’s The Library of American Comics have continued its collaboration with DC Entertainment by collecting the Batman’s Silver Age newspaper strips in a matching format to the Silver Age Superman series!

Hot on the heels of the successful hit Batman television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward that resulted in what can only be described as “Batmania,” the Batman newspaper strips debuted in 1966. Written by longtime Batman editor Whitney Ellsworth, with art by DC Comics giants Shelly Moldoff, Joe Giella, and Carmine Infantino, the newspaper strip was a huge success.

This first volume, reprints all B&W dailies and color Sundays from 1966 and 1967, features an all-star list of Batman and Robin characters, including Catwoman, the Penguin, the Joker, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl!

The gorgeous 11 x 8.5″ hardcover designed and edited by Dean Mullaney features a dust jacket cover by Pete Poplaski and is 256 pages, including an introduction by Joe Desris.

Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Volume 1 (1966-1967) is available to order HERE for $50.

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Locke & Key Hardcover Slipcase Available On February 5, 2014

If you are like me then you have read, relished and collected the IDW hardcover editions of Joe Hill’s and Gabriel Rodriguez’s graphic novel masterpiece Locke & Key

The 5 published books are lonely on your shelf desperately waiting for the release of the final edition in February.

How about dressing your collection up? The Locke & Key hardcover slipcase ($40) includes a Volume 6: Alpha & Omega hardcover and a cardboard spacer where the other 5 editions will reside.

It’s in stores on February 5, 2014 the same day as Vol. 6 without the slipcase. The award-winning series has come to an end and now it will get the bookshelf treatment it deserves.

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Preview Joe Hill’s IDW Miniseries Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland

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Charlie Manx, the ghoulish driver of an old 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith who takes children to the holiday hell of Christmasland in Joe Hill’s novel NOS4A2 makes his comic-book debut tomorrow in the first issue of Hill’s IDW miniseries Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland.

“Wraith tells a story about how some escaped prisoners wound up coming to Christmasland with Charlie Manx and what happened to them once they got trapped there,” says Hill, the Locke & Key creator who’s working on the series with artist C.P. Wilson III.

The first issue delves into Manx’s own horror story of a childhood before he became a vampiric menace who uses human souls to gas up his ride.

The series on the whole was Hill’s way of spending more time in Christmasland, the amusement park haunted by monstrous kids only seen a little in NOS4A2, which is now out in paperback.

Preview some variant covers and the first 7 pages of Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland below.

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The Final Locke & Key Head Games Limited Edition Artist Is David Petersen

This has been a secret, but now I can reveal that David Petersen (Mouse Guard) is the final Locke & Key Head Games artist for the upcoming limited edition hardcover book.

Check out David’s amazing pages below!

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IDW To Produce Two Deluxe Books of Jim Steranko’s Classic Works

Legendary comics artist Jim Steranko will be the subject of not one but two Artist’s Editions from IDW Publishing, with nearly all pages shot from the artist’s personal art collection. Steranko, one of the great innovators in comics history, produced a comparatively small body of work for the House of Ideas from the mid-1960s to the early ’70s, most notably his runs on Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America.

The first volume, Steranko Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition, will feature the initial twelve stories by Steranko that appeared in Strange Tales #151 through #162. All of these stories were drawn in the “twice up” format, meaning the original art is rendered at twice the size of the printed comic. The final book will measure 15 x 22 inches and is currently scheduled for release in May of 2014.

“I believe that I changed Nick Fury’s life as much as he changed mine,” Steranko says, “and looking over the original art again celebrates a flood of memories evincing the kind of rampant, seismic creativity that went into their creation. I can see my artistic evolution expand by the story, even by the page, and revisiting that experience can be simultaneously reassuring and shocking—a kind of microcosm of comic book history. As one of the architects of the Marvel Age, I’m pleased to share the sweep and nuance of the S.H.I.E.L.D. epic with all my fans and friends.”

The second volume, Steranko Nick Fury and Captain America Artist’s Edition, will collect the remaining Nick Fury stories from Strange Tales 163-168, as well as issues 1, 3, and 5 of the Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic series. As icing on the cake, Steranko’s three stellar issues of Captain America will also be included. This volume will measure 12 x 17 inches, and the release date is still to be determined.

“Jim Steranko’s impact on comics as an art form cannot be understated,” said editor Scott Dunbier. “He is an artist and trailblazer of the highest order.”

While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for instance, corrections and blue pencils. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

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IDW Announces Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen: Artifact Edition

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IDW Publishing today announced the latest addition to its line of prestige format collections: Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen: Artifact Edition.

IDW’s Artist Editions mimic the look and feel of original art by scanning originals at a high resolution and in color, and printing them on paper similar to what the art was drawn on. The result gives the experience of owning classic original art without having to shell out thousands of dollars for it.

IDW special projects editor Scott Dunbier discussed the exciting project with Comic Book Resources:

“Watchmen is something very special in comics – no other series has even come close to receiving the praise that has been heaped upon it, and deservedly so. When Dave Gibbons first approached me about doing a book like this I knew it could not be a traditional Artist’s Edition — too many of the originals had been scattered to the four corners of the globe, we could not do complete stories. But the work is just too damn good to not do a book like this! So I decided to try something a little different — it looks like an Artist’s Edition, it feels like an Artist’s Edition, it’s the same quality of reproduction as an Artist’s Edition, but it’s just a little bit different. It will collect individual pages and covers, and be called an Artifact Edition. So it’s not an Artist’s Edition, per se, but you still get to see all that beautiful Dave Gibbons “Watchmen” art in its rawest form.”

Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen: Artifact Edition will be released in 2014.

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THE FIRE WIRE Comic Book Pick of The Week: Locke & Key Alpha # 1

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The finale to Locke & Key! A story so big, it needs two extra-size issues to tell it! 32 pages of story plus bonus material! Only one issue of Locke & Key remains after this!

Available on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013.

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Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez Hope To Secure The Locke & Key Legacy

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The door looks like it’s finally shutting on Locke & Key, at least for the three heroic kids.

Writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s award-winning IDW comic book has two more chapters to wrap up the fantasy horror story that started five years and 37 issues ago with teens Tyler and Kinsey Locke and their little brother, Bode, moving to a house full of magical keys after the murder of their father.

Locke & Key: Alpha No. 1 hits comic shops Wednesday with chaos reigning: The villainous Dodge has used the Omega Key to open a gateway to Hell and let his fellow demons into the world to attack the entire graduating class of Lovecraft Academy, which is trapped in the seaside Drowning Cave. Meanwhile, Tyler and his family fight off the living shadows that have invaded their Keyhouse home.

The series is being developed as a possible movie trilogy by Universal Pictures

After finishing the first draft of his upcoming novel The Fireman, Hill wants to “celebrate” by writing a third stand-alone Locke & Key story involving the iconic Keyhouse.

Read more from USA Today HERE.

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Joe Hill Invites You To a Holiday Party In Christmasland, Step On The Gas And Accelerate Into The Bleak Backroads Of NOS4A2!

In a brand-new limited series that will serve as a prequel to his New York Times bestselling novel, NOS4A2, Joe Hill will be taking readers on a dark plunge into the dizzying world of Christmasland. The first comic that Hill has written since the stunning conclusion of his award-winning masterpiece Locke & Key, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland is equal parts mystery and horror.

According to Hill, “The world of NOS4A2 is very, very big, and I only had a chance to explore a part of it in the course of the novel. I told the story I wanted to tell, but I also feel there’s a lot more to discover. In NOS4A2, we learn about Charles Talent Manx the iii, who has kept himself alive for over a century by draining an essential life force out of children, warping them into giddy monsters. When he’s done with them—when Charlie has what he wants—he takes them to Christmasland, where they live forever and ever in an eternal Christmas Day. They live for fun and are good at having it, whether they’re playing a game of tag… or a bloody game of scissors for the drifter. In Wraith, we’re going back to Christmasland at an earlier time, to find out what happens when some unlucky grown-ups find themselves on Gumdrop Lane, and Charlie’s children decide to have some fun with them. It’s very much a standalone story, and it’s my intention to craft something that can be loved by people who have never cracked the cover of NOS4A2, while hopefully giving those who liked the book a new Charlie Manx tale to enjoy.”

In Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland, Hill is joined by illustrator Charles Paul Wilson III (Stuff of Legend), who provides interior art and creepy Christmasland-themed covers, as well as by his Locke & Key partner Gabriel Rodriguez, who is providing covers for each issue. Issue 1 (re)introduces the reader to Charlie Manx, his world, and his car, a vintage 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith that runs on human souls instead of gasoline. When a luckless child falls into Charlie’s grasp, her new best friend soothes her with a story: his story. From there, the series introduces a new cast of characters to Christmasland, and fully delves into its wonderfully devilish delights, as the sound of sleigh-bells ring in the background…

“NOS4A2 was Joe Hill’s most accomplished novel to date, and its memorable villain Charlie Manx deserves the additional focus this series will bring,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “Joe and CP Wilson III have some nightmarishly clever things planned for this series, from an advent calendar-style cover to some bloody good fun on the interiors as well. The readers are really gonna get taken for a ride in this one.

Joe Hill has made a name for himself as both a successful novelist and comic book author. Frequently publishing short stories and appearing in anthologies, Hill has rapidly become a literary force. His first novel Heart-Shaped Box won the Bram Stoker award for “Best First Novel.” His critically acclaimed comic series from IDW, Locke & Key, was recently optioned for a film by Universal Pictures, and won Hill an Eisner award for “Best Writer.”

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Locke & Key: Alpha #2 Will Have 7 Covers By 7 Different Artists

It all ends here and IDW is pulling out all the stops with 7 different covers done by 7 different artists on the final issue of Locke & Key: Alpha #2.

A door claps softly shut. A key scrapes in a last rusted lock. It ends here: the story of the Locke children and their desperate, tragic battle with the monster set on destroying them… the past. Join artist Gabriel Rodriguez and writer Joe Hill for the final chapter of Locke & Key. The issue will be 48 pages and cost $7.99.

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If you want all the covers IDW will offer a Locke & Key: Alpha #2 Boxed Set

This special deluxe slipcase ($50) includes all seven of the regular covers for the final issue of Locke & Key, a true “murderer’s row” of talents assembled in one illustrated box set!

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Breaking News: Universal Pictures Options Joe Hill’s Locke & Key

Universal Pictures has optioned Locke & Key, a fantasy project based on the #1 NYTimes Best selling graphic novel series by acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill and Eisner nominated artist Gabriel Rodriguez.  The series is published by IDW Publishing

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen will produce through their Universal-based K/O Paper Products banner. Ted Adams, IDW Publishing’s CEO and Publisher, will also produce.

EVP of Production Jon Mone and Creative Executive Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio, while Ben Kim will handle development for K/O Paper Products.

In Locke & Key, a shattered family attempts to overcome a horrific trauma by moving to their ancestral home in Massachusetts.  Once there, they discover a house filled with supernatural keys that unlock family secrets, pitting them in battle against true evil.

The Locke & Key series has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list multiple times and has garnered several Eisner Award nominations including a win for Hill as Best Graphic Novel writer.  In addition, it has twice won the British Fantasy Award for Best Graphic Novel.

Locke & Key shot a pilot episode which was not picked-up by Fox, but garnered attention from studios.

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Preview Joe Hill’s Thumbprint # 1

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Private Mallory Grennan had done terrible things as an Abu Ghraib prison worker. After being discharged from the army, Mal thought she was leaving her sins behind to start a new life back home. But some things can’t be left behind — some things don’t want to be left behind. By Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella, the writing team that brought you the Eisner-award nominated one-shot, The Cape, with art by Vic Malhotra. Thumbprint will turn your guts inside out.

Look for this issue to arrive on June 12, 2013. Preview the first 7 pages below.

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Preview Locke & Key Omega # 5

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In the Drowning Cave, the black door is open at last, and for the kids trapped down there, the choice is simple: resist and die, or pass through the door and be lost forever.

In the hole beneath Keyhouse the stones run with blood, the living shadows run riot, and time runs out… as Locke & Key enters its final chapters.

Locke & Key Omega # 5 written by Joe Hill with art by Gabriel Rodriguez will be released on Wednesday June 5, 2013 and you can check out an 7 page preview below.

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Joe Hill Opens Up On Locke & Key

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The story of “Locke & Key” is coming to an end and fans of the IDW Publishing series can’t wait to devour the last two issues and discover the fate of the Locke legacy.

Written by horror savant Joe Hill and illustrated by the architectural hand of Gabriel Rodriguez, “Locke & Key” has been obsession-worthy since the first issue sold out in a single day back in 2008. But simply classifying the series as “horror” is an incomplete description. Combining elements of fantasy, adventure, young adult fiction and romance, Hill manages to spin a tale that is as scary as it is satisfying.

Comic Book Resources News spoke to Joe Hill about the series’ final issues and the writer unlocked some of the mysteries behind the Locke family, his horror movie influences and the little white lie he told to get the book published.

Read more HERE.

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The End Begins In Locke & Key Alpha: Two Giant-Sized Issues Wrap Up The Hit Series This August

While it’s long been announced that Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Eisner-winning epic Locke & Key is approaching the story’s conclusion, details of the finale have finally been announced, and the finale has become even bigger than originally revealed.

The concluding series, Locke & Key: Omega, will now run five issues instead of six, and the finale itself will bring the Keyhouse down in the form of Locke & Key: Alpha, a series of two forty-eight-page issues that will end the series with the kind of intense, macabre aplomb that made it a hit for six series!

“We hadn’t wanted to reveal the direction this finale was going to take until now in order to maintain necessary secrecy over how Locke & Key wraps up,” said series editor and IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. “But after Omega, there can only be Alpha. And the series will end much the way it began, in the form of an extra-length issue. Two, in this case. Hard to fit this much death and destruction into just a regular-sized issue…”

Ryall added “It’s been an incredible rewarding six years of Locke & Key, and we’ve loved seeing Locke & Key build a larger and more rabid audience with each volume of the series. Add to that the fans who’ve liked the series enough to tattoo it on their bodies, the actual keys built by Israel Skelton’s Skelton Crew Studios, the Fox pilot, the Eisner Awards and everything else we’ve experienced, and it’s been one of the more rewarding series IDW has ever published. And now it’s time to close this storyline in a way that will be as equally memorable as everything we’ve seen over nearly 40 issues from Hill, Rodriguez and colorist Jay Fotos.”

Locke & Key has enjoyed a massively successful critical and commercial run and found a die-hard group of passionate fans. Though all good things must come to an end, Locke & Key: Alpha promises to cap things off in the kind of legendary, eye-popping fashion that can only come from the minds of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

For the saved and the damned alike, it’s always darkest before the dawn… or is it? This August, there’s only one way to find out. 

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IDW To Release Joe Hill’s The Cape Deluxe Edition in July

Every little boy dreams about putting on a cape and soaring up, up, and away… but what if one day that dream were to come true? Eric was like every other eight-year-old boy, until a tragic accident changed his life forever. The Cape explores the dark side of power, as the adult Eric – a confused and broken man – takes to the skies… and sets out to exact a terrible vengeance on everyone who ever disappointed him!

Based on the short story by New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill, The Cape Deluxe Edition brings The Cape and The Cape 1969 comic book series together into one oversized volume.

IDW will release the 220 page hardcover deluxe edition in July for $35.

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IDW To Release Locke & Key Vol. 2: Head Games Deluxe Limited Edition In Late June 2013

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I wrote to Chris Ryall, Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing and inquired about the next Deluxe Limited Edition of Locke & Key.

IDW has been releasing a variety of the most gorgeous oversized sturdy collectible hardcover books from any comic company ever! No one does it better than them. Reminiscent of what Graphitti Designs did in the 80’s but more bang for your buck! Kudos to Jerry Bennington who runs IDW Limited!

Here is what Chris had to say about the Locke & Key Vol. 2: Head Games Deluxe Limited Edition:

“It’s likely being sent to the printer next week, which’ll put it in stores in late June. It will cost $100 like the previous volume and include all of Joe Hill’s scripts, new chapter illustrations, character art and other such things from Gabriel Rodriguez. The cover will be faux-leather with gold foil lettering similar to the first edition”

This mock-up showcases the front cover, spine and back cover.

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The first Locke & Key: Welcome To Lovecraft Deluxe Limited Edition totally sold out, so if you were lucky enough to get one and want to keep the collection going, keep an eye out for Head Games next month.

I’ll post a pre-order link as soon as it becomes available. Chris, you can save one for me!

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IDW To Release John Byrne’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition In May 2013

IDW is pleased to offer more than six issues worth of Fantastic Four stories by John Byrne in the Eisner Award-winning Artist’s Edition format. Included in this volume are issue 232 (the first one with Byrne on as writer & artist), issue 238 (the first story), plus issues 241, 243, 247 and 261 as well as the classic What If #36 story,”What if the Fantastic Four had not gained their powers?” There is also an art gallery included that showcases more than a dozen covers.

Nearly all of the pages in this book have been scanned from the actual original art that was drawn by John Byrne. This Artist’s Edition measures 12 x 17 inches and is 168 pages long. Each book is shipped in a custom cardboard box for maximum protection. Available in late May of 2013.

You can pre-order the John Byrne’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition book HERE for $100.

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Joe Hill Teams with Longtime Collaborator Jason Ciaramella for New IDW Comic Book Miniseries – Thumbprint

IDW is pleased to announce a new project from the Eisner-nominated writing team behind The Cape, Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella. Based on Hill’s original novella and featuring covers and art by superstar newcomer Vic Malhotra, Thumbprint is a twisted three-issue tale of fear, terror, and indelible remorse.

When Private Mallory Grennan is dishonorably discharged from the US Army, she hopes to start a new life back home, far away from the things she’d seen and done in Abu Ghraib prison. Mal’s crimes, committed beneath a harsh Arabian sun, throw a shadow long enough to reach all the way to the United States. What started there, will end here – in blood. Over Thumbprint’s three gripping issues, fans will truly feel what it’s like to be haunted… and hunted.

“Bringing Thumbprint to life was a challenge for me,” said writer Jason Ciaramella. “Not because the prose was particularly difficult to adapt, but because the themes the story explores are haunting, and deeply disturbing. I had to step out of myself in order to capture the true horror of it without letting my personal agendas seep in.”

Author Joe Hill adds, “I was blown away by Jason’s work on The Cape, and wanted more. Thumbprint is right in his wheelhouse: Jay has a feel for the psychological flaws that lead a basically good person down the wrong path. And no one writes action quite like Jay – he turns brutality into surreal comedy and back again faster than a magician turning a scarf into a dove. Add to that an opportunity to work with an artist like Vic Malhotra – who draws with a severe grace, and brings to mind the work Mazzucchelli was doing in Batman: Year One – and I think we’ve got all the ingredients for something that can really explode off the page.”

The first issue will also feature a variant cover by Vincent Chong, the award-winning artist of the Thumbprint novella. When Thumbprint hits stands on June 19, 2013, fans of the Eisner-winning Locke & Key can expect another in the long line of haunting thrills concocted by Hill and Ciaramella.

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Joe Hill’s Terrifyingly Tragic Treasury Edition

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Author Joe Hill is much more than just the Eisner-winning creator of Locke & Key! His mind is twisted in all kinds of clever and disturbing ways.

Contained in Joe Hills Terrifyingly Tragic Treasury Edition ($10) is his one-shot ‘Kodiak,’ Seth Fisher’s final work in ‘Freddie Wertham Goes to Hell,’ the original Eisner-nominated one-shot ‘The Cape,’ and the award-winning Locke & Key short ‘Open the Moon.’

Come for the insane writings by Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella and stay for the beautiful art from Nat Jones and Gabriel Rodriguez.

The 72 page oversized extravaganza measures 9.25” x 14.25”. The cardstock covered treasury will be published by IDW and released on April 17, 2013.

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