Category Archives: Comic Books

DC Comics Year By Year, New Edition: A Visual Chronicle

In 1938, Superman led the charge. The world’s first Super Hero was soon followed by his Justice League teammates Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, Shazam! and Green Lantern. These heroes, and their Super-Villainous foes such as Lex Luthor and The Joker, became the foundation of DC Comics. You can trace these characters’ evolution, and learn about the company and creators who made them the enduring pop culture icons they are today in DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle – the most comprehensive, chronological history of DC Comics ever published. 

Fully updated, this best-selling, visually stunning book details the debuts and careers of every major hero and villain in the DC Universe. It also chronicles the company’s fascinating 85-year history, highlighting its publishing milestones and expansion into movies and television, alongside the real-world events that shaped the times. 

Created in full collaboration with DC Comics and written by leading comics historians Matthew K. Manning, Daniel Wallace, Mike McAvennie, Alex Irvine, Alan Cowsill and Melanie Scott, the new edition brings the DC Comics story right up to date, covering recent landmark events such as Rebirth, Dark Nights: Metal, Doomsday Clock and Heroes in Crisis.

DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle will be released on October 1, 2019 and you can pre-order the book HERE.

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Batman: The Animated Series – Season One Print Showcase By George Caltsoudas

This Friday, April 12, 2019 Bottleneck Gallery will be striking terror into the hearts of Gotham’s criminals with George Caltsoudas Batman: The Animated Series showcase!

Batman: The Animated Series is arguably the definitive interpretation of the Caped Crusader outside of comics. Paul Dini and Bruce Timm created the ultimate love letter to the entire Batman universe, and the show has since become a cartoon classic. 

Last year, George Caltsoudas took on a personal illustrative project to create art for his favorite episodes from the show, and we’ve been skulking in the shadows, eagerly waiting to work with him on creating officially licensed prints from his project! George’s gorgeous prints parallel the “dark deco” design that the show pioneered, while also showcasing George’s unique interpretation of each episode.

Batman: The Animated Series – Season 1 by George Caltsoudas
Giclee prints
Hand-numbered (editions vary)
16 x 20 inches
$40 each

George’s entire showcase of prints will be available for purchase on Friday April 12, 2019 at 12PM ET HERE.

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Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film, and Beyond

Dive into the history of one of the greatest Super Heroes of all time with this deluxe book exploring the creation and legacy of the Dark Knight.

Since his debut in Detective Comics in 1939, Batman has become an iconic part of American popular culture. From his early days as a master sleuth to his campy, TV-inspired “New Look” in the 1960s and gritty reinvention in the late twentieth century, Batman has remained popular as a rare superpowerless hero: a man with genius-level intellect, mastery of martial arts, and a singular, obsessive mission to rid his city of crime, whatever the cost to himself.

This book celebrates Batman’s 80th Anniversary in 2019 and traces his history across eighty years of comics, cartoons, live-action TV shows, and major motion pictures exploring the history and legacy of the Caped Crusader through his many incarnations. Featuring exciting never-before-seen imagery and commentary from key writers, artists, filmmakers, and more, this book also includes a variety of removable insert items, providing a unique, immersive experience for fans. Comprehensive, compelling, and filled with previously unseen treasures, Batman: The Ultimate Visual History is the definitive guide to the legendary Dark Knight.

Pre-order the 304 page book HERE. Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond will be released on October 22, 2019.

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Entertainment Weekly Unveils The Original Six Covers For Avengers: Endgame

Entertainment Weekly has revealed six collector covers for its latest issue featuring the six original Marvel Cinematic Universe Avengers. 

In the new issue, the original team reflects on their final journey together in a hilarious and heartbreaking group Q&A which you can read HERE.

Avengers: Endgame opens on April 26th. Captain Marvel is now playing in theaters. Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th. For more on Avengers: Endgame, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday. 

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The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade Art Print By Bill Sienkiewicz

Sideshow and Bill Sienkiewicz Art present the Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade Fine Art Lithograph.

The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade Fine Art Lithograph pits Batman against his greatest foe The Joker in a grim and engaging portrait of legendary justice versus infamous villainy.  Sienkiewicz captures the Clown Prince of Crime and the grizzled Caped Crusader in his unique and widely-acclaimed style that blends artistic abstraction with the darkness and insanity of these two archenemies. Originally created as a DC Comics variant cover, this stunning illustration has been specially reproduced as a fine art lithograph collectible exclusively available through Sideshow.

Each Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade Fine Art Lithograph will be hand-signed by Bill Sienkiewicz as a part of the limited edition of 150 pieces. This DC Comics art collectible is a must-have for fans of Batman and Bill Sienkiewicz alike!

Bring home the Bat to your fine art collection with the Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade Fine Art Lithograph by artist Bill Sienkiewicz today!

Limited to 150 pieces, the print can be ordered HERE for $100 unframed and $325 framed.

Print details:

– Officially licensed by DC Comics
– Limited edition of 150
– 18 x 24″ fine art giclée print
– Hand-signed by the artist, Bill Sienkiewicz
– Certificate of Authenticity

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Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy Renewed For A Second Season

Netflix has announced that The Umbrella Academy has been renewed or a second season. The live-action superhero series will return with a 10-episode order with production set to start this summer in Toronto, Canada.

On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.

The Umbrella Academy is based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. Season 1 stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Mary J. Blige, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe, and Kate Walsh.

Page, Hopper, Castañeda, Raver-Lampman, Sheehan, Gallagher, and Justin Min are set to reprise their roles in Season 2. Additional casting will be announced later.

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IDW & Yoe Books Announces New Line of Marvel Collections

IDW Publishing and Yoe Books are proud to announce a new line of Marvel Comics collections, a sensational series of large-format hardcovers curating the finest artwork from the Golden Age’s four-color foundations all the way up to the Marvel Age’s dizzying heights!

Coinciding with the year-long celebration of Marvel’s 80 years of publishing, Yoe Books will debut their retrospective look at the House of Ideas with Marvel Masterwork Pin-Ups, which will be followed by additional entries in 2019.

In Marvel Masterwork Pin-Ups, the pulsating pin-up artwork of legendary Silver Age creators – including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Jim Steranko, Don Heck, John Byrne, Barry Windsor-Smith, John Severin, Wally Wood, Dan Decarlo, John Romita, and many more – is collected for the first time ever into a single volume, accompanied throughout with witty wordage, pulse-pounding patter, and zany zingers by Stan “The Man” Lee!

Fans will treasure large, deftly drawn pin-ups by these marvelous artists of Spider-Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, The Hulk, The X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and many more, plus nefarious villains led by Doctor Doom – and even Millie the Model by Dan DeCarlo!

“I’m the person that I am (such as that is) because of Stan, Jack, Steve, and the other early Marvel creators inspiring me in my Peter Parker teenage-years,” says multiple Eisner Award-winning editor Craig Yoe. “To take this ‘journey into history’ with this – the first in a line of Marvel books – is an amazing, fantastic, incredible thrill for this proud charter member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society!”

The 120 page hardcover will be released on June 9, 2019. Marvel Masterwork Pin-Ups is now available for pre-order via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers.

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Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin Arrive On 4K On June 4

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC announced that four Batman titles will be released on 4K UHD to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the DC Super Hero created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.  The films include 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns, directed by Tim Burton, and 1995’s Batman Forever and 1997’s Batman & Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher.  The four films, which earned more than $1.2 billion in global box office, have been remastered in 4K UHD for the first time.

The films will be available as 4K UHD singles on June 4 and will also be available as a four-film collection on September 17. The 4K UHD singles and the four-film collection available in September will also include remastered Blu-ray discs of the films.

Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before. 

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs of Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $41.99 SRP and feature an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and digitally remastered Blu-ray disc of the films. Fans can also own Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on June 4.  The singles and the four-film collection will include collectible packaging with new art designed in stunning glossy retro colors reminiscent of the 1980’s and 1990’s era when the films were originally released in theaters.  The 4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital versions of the film will collectively include more than 17 hours of previously released extras, including full-length commentaries by director Tim Burton on Batman and Batman Returns and director Joel Schumacher on Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

1989’s Batman was directed by Tim Burton and stars Jack Nicolson as The Joker and Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader. The film also stars Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale. The film won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction

1992’s Batman Returns was also directed by Burton and stars Keaton again as The Dark Knight.  The film also stars Danny DeVito as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Michelle Pfeiffer and Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Christopher Walken as Max Shreck.

1995’s Batman Forever was directed by Joel Schumacher and stars Val Kilmer as Batman. The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Jim Carrey and Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian, and Chris O’Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin.

1997’s Batman & Robin saw  Joel Schumacher return as director and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze and George Clooney as Batman. The movie also stars Chris O’Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin, Uma Thurman as Dr. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy, and Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson/Batgirl.

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Watch The First Joker Teaser Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first Joker teaser trailer!

The film also stars Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow, Molly’s Game), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story, Castle Rock), Brett Cullen (42, Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (Billions, Barry), Douglas Hodge (Red Sparrow, Penny Dreadful), Marc Maron (Maron, GLOW), Josh Pais (Motherless Brooklyn, Going in Style), and Shea Whigham (First Man, Kong: Skull Island).

Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale.

Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (The Fighter), based on characters from DC. The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner, and Bruce Berman.

Behind the scenes, Phillips is joined by director of photography Lawrence Sher (Godzilla: King of the Monsters, The Hangover trilogy), production designer Mark Friedberg (Selma, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), editor Jeff Groth (War Dogs, The Hangover Part III), and Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread, The Artist).

Joker is set for release on October 4 .

 

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Avengers: Endgame Ticket Sales Break First Day Record Set By Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Following the start of ticket sales this morning, Fandango has announced that Avengers: Endgame has destroyed the competition and set a new record for first day sales in the U.S., breaking the record in the first six hours of sales.

“’Avengers: Endgame’ sales have exceeded all expectations and surpassed ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ the previous record-holder, to become Fandango’s top-selling title in its first 24 hours of sales, and it accomplished that feat in only 6 hours,” Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis points out. “We’ve never seen anything like this – it’s truly a groundbreaking accomplishment – as fans simply cannot wait to see how this epic saga comes to a close.”

The top five movies by first day pre-sales are now: Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Avengers: Infinity War.

Last year’s Avengers: Infinity War saw the titular superhero team take the fight to Thanos in order to stop his attempt at exterminating half of the universe’s population with the Infinity stones. But it was to no avail, as he was able to successfully collect them all and snap his fingers, wiping out half of all life from existence in a cloud of ash.

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, confirmed cast members for the fourth Avengers film so far include Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Sean Gunn, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Katherine Langford and Josh Brolin.

Avengers: Endgame will open on April 26.

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