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Theory 11 Avengers: Infinity Saga Playing Cards

Since the debut of Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has captivated the hearts and minds of loyal fans all over the world. Follow the eleven year journey of Marvel Studios’ The Infinity Saga and the adventures of your all-time favorite heroes.

These Theory 11 Infinity Saga premium playing cards feature all of your favorite heroes! Assemble your own squad of Avengers every time the cards are brought out for play – and relive the most memorable moments of the iconic film series.

The outer packaging is simply jaw-dropping. The iridescent, cosmic foil shimmers and alters its color at every angle. Complete with gold foil accents and precise embossing, the ultra-lux outer packaging is truly representative of the legendary Infinity Saga.

Avengers: Infinity Saga playing cards feature completely custom artwork in every aspect of the design, with the Aces, Jokers, box design, and court cards inspired directly by fan-favorite characters quintessential to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Inside the box, even the Aces feature callbacks to characters like Doctor Strange, Vision, Winter Soldier, and Gamora. And this wouldn’t be an Infinity Saga deck without a little bit of mischief and balance: Loki and Thanos make their presence known on each Joker!

Your favorite characters are brought to life! Thor and Hulk sport their Ragnarok attire, Hawkeye and Ronin share the spotlight (with a special appearance from Ant-Man!), and Iron Man wields his own Nano Gauntlet – alongside Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Captain America, and many more.

Order HERE for $10.

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Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child’s Original Art By Rafael Grampá Could Go For A Half-Million Dollars

Rafael Grampá’s original art for the 2019 one-shot Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child has finally gone on sale – and it’s doing pretty well.

Grampá’s agency Chiaroscuro Studios opened sales on the pages in late March, and in the first 24 hours took in almost $200,000 with a sale of a third of the pages from the Frank Miller-written piece.

“I’m so proud of this life-changing project, to be able to be one of the very few artists that had the chance to materialize Frank Miller’s visions into art and being part of his seminal Dark Knight Returns saga forever,” Grampá said in the announcement.

These are all pen and ink drawings on standard comic book boards, measuring 11″ x 17”.

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Legendary Artist John Romita Jr. Will Rejoin Marvel Comics Starting This July

John Romita Jr. is making his return to the House of Ideas! Starting this July, Romita will enter the Marvel Universe once again to draw some of Marvel’s most iconic characters and titles.

After beginning his career at Marvel decades ago, Romita’s art style has continued to be one of the most recognizable and respected in the comics industry. During his time at Marvel, Romita helmed distinctive runs on titles including Amazing Spider-Man, Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Daredevil, and many more. Romita will now bring his indelible talent to some of Marvel’s most iconic series starting later this year.

“I have been very fortunate more than a few times in my life, and now I can add this latest event to that list. I have returned to Marvel, the company that I started my career in, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!” said Romita. “I am literally, at this very moment, working on my next big Marvel project, and it’s a blast!!! I am JUST as excited as I was when I first started, and I will do my best to let the work show that again. I hope fans will see that too!”

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Comic-Con Special Edition Planned For November 2021

A smaller, in-person November event is scheduled for Comic-Con International.

The convention will be called Comic-Con Special Edition, and it is being planned as a three-day event on November 26-28, 2021. The Friday-Sunday event falls immediately after Thanksgiving.

Attendance size, cost, and all other information is still to be decided. Please note that this is not the same thing as San Diego Comic-Con, which has been postponed until 2022.

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Pierce Brosnan Joins Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam As Doctor Fate

As the film gears up to start production next month, the Dwayne Johnson-fronted DC Extended Universe outing Black Adam has rounded out its cast of Justice Society of America actors as Golden Globe nominee Pierce Brosnan (The Foreigner) has signed on to star as iconic hero Doctor Fate.

Alongside Brosnan, the roster of Justice Society of America will see Noah Centineo (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) star as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets) as Cyclone and Aldis Hodge (One Night in Miami) as Hawman. The film will also star Sarah Shahi (City on a Hill) and Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin), though their roles are currently being kept close to the antihero chest.

The announcement of the introduction of the Justice Society of America came during last year’s DC FanDome event, though also having confirmed that Hawkgirl, frequent partner and romantic interest of Hawkman, would have to remain absent from the DC Extended Universe for the time being. The character was recently seen portrayed by Shiera Sanders Hall as part of Stargirl‘s JSA, though she lost her life to Brainwave on the night the Injustice Society attacked the group’s headquarters.

Johnson has been attached to and developing a Black Adam film for over a decade now, with the sometimes supervillain, sometimes antihero originally slated to make his highly-anticipated debut in 2019’s Shazam!, though the studio elected to split the characters off into individual films to allow them breathing room and proper development, instead choosing to tease the character as Djimon Hounsou’s original wizard Shazam tells his origin story to Billy Batson.

Based on the DC Comics character created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, Black Adam is set to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) with Johnson starring as the titular anti-hero and Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshiryani having written the current script while Adam Stztykiel penned the prior one. The film will be the second collaboration between Collet-Serra and Johnson, who have also been working together on Disney’s forthcoming adventure film Jungle Cruise.

The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change. Black Adam arrives on July 29, 2022.

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Watch The Suicide Squad Trailer

Check it out in all its glory…The Suicide Squad trailer has arrived!

Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.

 

The Suicide Squad cast includes: John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquín Cosío, Joel Kinnaman, Maylin Ng, Flula Borg, Juan Deigo Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, and Margot Robbie.

Davis, Robbie, Courtney, and Kinnaman will all play the same roles they had in the 2016 film, reprising as Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Rick Flag, respectively. Michael Rooker will play Savant, Flula Borg will play Javelin, David Dastmalchian will play Polka Dot Man, Daniela Melchior will play Ratcatcher 2, Idris Elba will play Bloodsport, Mayling NG will play Mongal, Peter Capaldi will play Thinker, Alice Braga will play Solsoria, Pete Davidson will play Blackguard, Natha Fillion will play TDK, Sean Gunn will play Weasel, John Cena will play Peace Maker and Steve Agee will play King Shark.

The Suicide Squad is written and directed by Gunn with Charles Roven and Peter Safran serving as producers and Nik Korda executive producing the movie, which will hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6!

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Mondo To Release The Amazing Spider-Man: To Crush A Spider Screenprinted Poster By Ciro Nieli On March 25

Tomorrow Mondo will release an amazing new poster for a Spider-Man story that never was, by the spectacular Ciro Nieli.

Way back in 2006, before his work on two of the best animated series of all time, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2010) and TMNT (2012), Ciro was developing a pitch for an animated Spider-Man series. Last year, he shared some of his early sketchbook explorations for the design of Spidey and the Green Goblin, and Mondo was blown away. It took all of 3 seconds after seeing his post for Mondo to write him and ask if he ever had interest in doing a full screenprinted poster for ‘ol webhead.

From the start, Ciro had an awesome idea. People are obsessed with Marvel’s classic black light posters from the 70s, so Mondo used fluorescent inks to really make the colors sing. 

“As a kid, I didn’t realize his impact on me, how that abstract Spidey mask would become the face I associated with so many ideas: pain, fear, responsibility, and triumph. I wanted this poster to capture how tortured the world of teen Peter Parker was and how this little spider could overcome any obstacle, no matter how big or terrifying.”

Ciro Nieli

Available Thursday March 25 at 11 AM Central HERE.

The Amazing Spider-Man To Crush a Spider
Screenprinted Poster by Ciro Nieli
18″ x 24″
Edition of 175
$50

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Bottleneck Gallery To Release Batman: Crime Alley Linocut Print By Brian Reedy On March 24

This Wednesday, Bottleneck Gallery will release a Batman linocut print by artist, Brian Reedy.

Brian’s newest print titled Crime Alley is a hyperdetailed rendition of the Caped Crusader keeping a watchful eye over Gotham City. Brian’s linocuts are always intricate, but the swirling nighttime sky and the beautiful architecture are truly wondrous!

The print will be available on Wednesday March 24 at 12PM ET at bottleneckgallery.com!

Crime Alley by Brian Reedy
Linocut print with hand-deckled edges on lokta paper
20 x 30 inches
Signed and hand-numbered edition of 150
$75

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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Opens As Most Watched Series Premiere Ever On Disney+

Disney+ Original series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier from Marvel Studios ranked as the most watched series premiere ever on Disney+ during its opening weekend, Friday, March 19 – Sunday, March 22, and the most watched title overall for the same time period on a global basis, including in Disney+ Hotstar markets.

The premiere of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier joins the premieres of Marvel Studios’ first live-action series, WandaVision, and the season two premiere of The Mandalorian from Lucasfilm as the three most-watched Disney+ Original series opening weekends to-date.

Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of Avengers: Endgame, team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience. Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, the six-episode series also stars Daniel Brühl as Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier debuted worldwide on Disney+ March 19, 2021.

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The Very First, Very Best & Very Rare 1937 Prototype For Action Comics No. 1 Takes Flight At Heritage Auction In April

One of three known copies of the most important comics book in the medium’s history serves as the centerpiece of Heritage Auction’s April 1-4 Comics & Comic Art Signature event: an ashcan copy of Action Comics No. 1 from 1937. It’s also the best-known copy in existence. And until now, it has never been for sale to the public.

It’s not hyperbole to say this is the mock-up that changed history, the prototype that shaped an industry. After all, this is the very book to feature the words “Action Comics” and the logo still used by DC Comics 84 years after this exemplar was made. The artwork, by The Shadow and pre-Batman Detective Comics illustrator Craig Flessel, may look unfamiliar; this blade-wielding ghoul, rejected for the cover of Detective No. 2, is no car-tossing Superman, after all. But the template had been set; the die, forever cast.

This is Action Comics before Action Comics. And everything that came after.

From its inception in the late 1930s through the 1950s, DC Comics frequently made these so-called ashcans – mock-up covers bound over the interiors of existing books – to establish trademarks, to keep the competition from stealing titles and logos and even heroes. The ashcans, so-called, allegedly, because they were intended to be tossed and destroyed, were then distributed across state lines and sent to the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office, which made legal the publisher’s claims to title.

For Action Comics DC publisher Harry Donenfeld had three ashcans made featuring variations on the title: Action Comics, Action Funnies and Double Action Comics. The latter offerings “were for spin-offs that never happened,” according to the deluxe edition of DC’s 2018 Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman.  

The very logo used on this Action Comics ashcan is the one still on file with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office, which received DC’s submission on Jan. 28, 1938. The comics publisher told the patent office that Action Comics had first been used “in commerce” on Dec. 1, 1937 – which means this ashcan predates Superman’s first flight by at least five months.

Of the three known copies, one is locked away in DC Comics’ vault, seldom to be seen and never to be sold. Another copy, graded CGC 9.0, changed hands 11 years ago.

The Action ashcan being offered by Heritage, graded CGC NM- 9.2, is the highest-graded copy in existence.

And its provenance is impeccable.

This pre-action Action Comics No. 1 come from the collection of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide ashcan advisor and comic book historian Gary Colabuono, whose ashcan collection was so revered that a decade ago it was displayed at Chicago Comic Con and written about in the Chicago Tribune.

“When you see them, they are so cool,” Colabuono told the newspaper. “They shouldn’t exist. They should be gone. They’re like pop culture relics or artifacts.”

Added the convention’s organizer, former Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus, “When you talk about collectibles, it’s all about having things that are rare and, in a lot of cases, one-of-a kind. What Gary has is a piece of history that people haven’t seen before. That’s what gets the juices flowing for collectors out there.”

Colabuono bought his Action Comics ashcan, along with the one for Action Funnies, in 1986 – from none other than Sol Harrison, who in 1933 worked on Famous Funnies (considered the first comic book) and wound up becoming DC’s president 43 years later.

This is the first time the book has ever been offered for sale. And it might just be the last time.

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