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Pristine Amazing Fantasy #15 Comic Book Could Bring $900,000 In Heritage Comics Auction

One of the highest-graded copies of one of the most significant comic books of all time could bring $900,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ Comics Auction March 5-7 in Dallas, Texas.

Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) is a collector’s prize by any measure, starting with the fact that the issue in which Spider-Man makes his first appearance is universally accepted as the most desirable, in-demand book from the Silver Age. Spider-Man remains one of the most popular superheroes of all time and is considered arguably the most significant contribution to the comic world from iconic writer Stan Lee.

In addition, finding a copy of the 57-year-old issue in such exceptional condition is next to impossible: the offered copy is one of six with a CGC grade of 9.4, and there are only four known to carry a higher grade.

“Finding this comic book in this condition is extraordinarily rare, which is why this copy holds so much appeal to the most serious of collectors,” Heritage Auctions Senior Vice President Ed Jaster said. “It’s the kind of book around which an elite collection can be built.”

The issue, which also features the first appearances of Peter Parker’s (Spider-Man’s) Uncle Ben and Aunt May, with a classic cover by Jack Kirby and is the issue in which Steve Ditko began his legendary tenure as Spider-Man’s primary artist.

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Netflix Shares Season 2 Character Posters For The Umbrella Academy

Netflix has begun teasing season 2 of The Umbrella Academy by releasing new character posters.

The Umbrella Academy is a sci-fi drama series that is inspired by the Eisner Award-winning comic book by Gerard Way. The series is focused on seven adopted siblings who were born under unusual events, and all possess potent capabilities. The estranged siblings find themselves rejoined following the death of their father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves, and later end up attempting to defend the world.

Season 1 ended on a major cliffhanger and there’s plenty of unanswered questions, so fans are desperate to learn what happens next. I will post more info on the release date and trailer when it becomes available. Until then, binge watch season 1, it’s excellent! 

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The Flash Variant Cover By Rafael Grampá Is For Sale

This rare and incredible The Flash variant cover created by one of my favorite artists, Rafael Grampá is now available for purchase!

Featuring pencils on 11″ x 17″ art board the stunning image portraying “The Fastest Man Alive” stretching is for sale for $7,000.

In the issue which is due on April 22, The Flash is on the run as The Flash Age continues! Paradox accomplished his mission to make everyone see the Flash as a monster-and now Flash and the Reverse-Flash are trapped in a 25th century Central City that hates the Flash family and legacy. Now a wanted man, Flash must turn to an unexpected place to get help to return to his own time!

More info HERE.

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The Sandman Deluxe Edition Book One Hardcover

The first volume of The Sandman is collected for the first time in a deluxe edition!

As the story begins, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey, Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. 

Collects The Sandman #1-16 and Sandman Midnight Theatre #1, featuring the one and only meeting of Morpheus and Wesley Dodds, the Golden Age Sandman.

Written by Neil Gaiman with Matt Wagner and featuring art by Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Teddy Kristiansen and others with a new cover by Dave McKean the 528 page hardcover will be released on June 17, 2020 and retail for $49.99.

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Excelsior, True Believers! Behold The Etch A Sketch Stan Lee Limited-Edition

Become a superhero of creativity, just like the legendary Stan Lee, with the Classic Etch A Sketch Stan Lee Edition! 

For 60 years, children and adults have been experiencing the magical world of creativity and pencil-free drawing with Etch A Sketch. This limited-edition Stan Lee-inspired Etch A Sketch celebrates this major milestone and the legendary comic book author, featuring a colorful comic frame, Stan Lee knobs and the original magic screen to draw on! 

After all, there’s no one better than the mind behind such Marvel mainstays as Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four to inspire you to sketch your own heroes.

Etch A Sketch is a great screen alternative – no charging, no batteries, no Wi-Fi needed! When you’re finished a drawing and ready to start another, shake to erase and start the fun all over again! Coming soon.

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First Look At Robert Pattinson As Batman

 

Now that filming has begun on Warner Bros.’ The Batman, director Matt Reeves has posted an official camera test revealing Robert Pattinson’s Batman for the first time!

Warner Bros. Pictures has confirmed all of the cast and crew for the film. Starring alongside Robert Pattinson’s Batman/Bruce Wayne is Zoë Kravitz (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mad Max: Fury Road) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the Hunger Games films) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the Transformers films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, Black Mass) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (Farewell Amor) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the Planet of the Apes films, Black Panther) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Dumbo) as Oswald Cobblepot.

The Batman opens in theaters on June 25, 2021.

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Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series Out On Blu-ray June 2, 2020

Fans can dive even further into the alternate world that has captivated audiences since its debut when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series on Blu-ray ($44.98 SRP US/ $49.99 SRP Canada) and DVD ($39.99 US SRP US / $44.98 SRP Canada) June 2, 2020. Featuring all nine riveting one-hour episodes – plus over 90 minutes of bonus content, including two never-before-seen special features exclusive to the Blu-ray and DVD. Created for television and executive produced by Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), Watchmen drew 1.5 million Viewers in its series premiere, becoming the second-highest rated HBO original series debut of the past three years, only behind Big Little Lies. The show is also currently “certified fresh” with a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own. Watchmen reunites Lindelof with Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Regina King (The Leftovers, Southland, If Beale Street Could Talk) leading the cast as Angela Abar/Sister Night. The series also stars Emmy Award winner Jean Smart (Legion, Dirty John), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Leaves of Grass), Hong Chau (Homecoming), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), Andrew Howard (Bates Motel), Jacob Ming-Trent (Ray Donovan), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Sara Vickers (The Crown) and Dylan Schombing (Sharp Objects), with Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), and Academy, Emmy® and Tony Award winning actor Jeremy Irons (The Lion King, Reversal of Fortune).

Produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, the series was created for television by Lindelof based on characters co-created for DC by Dave Gibbons.  The series is executive produced by Lindelof, Tom Spezialy, Nicole Kassell, Stephen Williams and Joseph E. Iberti. 

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New Batman: The Animated Series Tie-In Comic From Producers Coming To DC In April

Entertainment Weekly has exclusively learned that DC Comics is launching a new six-issue miniseries called Batman: The Adventures Continue in April. Set in the world of the beloved show, the digital-first series is written by the show’s producers Paul Dini and Alan Burnett and illustrated by Ty Templeton, who worked on the show’s old tie-in comic series Batman Adventures.

For many people, the Emmy-award winning Batman: The Animated Series is the definitive adaptation of the Dark Knight. Over the course of 85 episodes, Dini, Burnett, and Bruce Timm produced mature and emotional stories that not only streamlined the Caped Crusader’s mythology but also introduced new elements into it that eventually made their way to the pages of DC Comics, like Harley Quinn and Renee Montoya, who are both featured in the new live-action film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Not only that, but the show also birthed several movies, a popular video game franchise (the Arkham Asylum games), and an entire shared universe that included shows like Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, and several more.

Batman: The Adventure Continues — which features a cover by Dave Johnson and a variant cover by Dan Mora — hits shelves May 6, 2020. Digital-first chapters will be released in April.

Read more HERE.

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Locke & Key Comic Creators Discuss The Changes From Book To Screen

This past weekend, season 1 of Locke & Key premiered exclusively on Netflix. But the story of the Locke family and their house full of magical keys did not begin life as a TV show; a few years ago, it was still just a comic series by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. 

Originally published in six volumes from 2008-2013, Locke & Key was a magically engaging comic series that invoked classic fantasy stories like Sandman and The Chronicles of Narnia while still coming up with fresh ideas. It has often made a great recommendation for people interested in comics.

The TV show version of Locke & Key very much represents the characters and themes of the comic series, but also changes up some details in the adaptation process. Entertainment Weekly caught up with Hill and Rodriguez to discuss the show, its relation to the comic, and the origins of Keyhouse. Read the interview HERE.

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Wonder Woman 1984: How A Top-Secret Love Story And Brand New Armor Promise To Make The Sequel Sing

Gal Gadot is waiting for the boosh. Eyes narrowed, bouncing lightly on her toes — float like a butterfly, sting like an Amazonian queen — she moves soundlessly through the chilled air of cavernous studio outside London, her shoulder blades blooming into a set of molten-gold wings.

When the explosion comes, it’s muffled, but the soldiers who emerge from the blast in full combat gear don’t look like they’re here to make friends. As she dispatches them one by one, it’s impossible not to imagine how many of them are experiencing the highlight of their working lives in this very moment: men who will spend the next 40 years telling every first date and airplane seatmate about that one time they were annihilated by the warrior princess of Themyscira.

“Ahhh, so uncomfortable!” Gadot says with a good-naturedly grimace after the scene finally wraps, shrugging off her shiny albatross and slipping into the plush gray robe and Ugg boots that wait for her just off stage. It’s the closest the 34-year-old onetime Miss Israel will come to uttering an uncheerful word, even after long hours spent in a wingspan that defies the natural laws of both orthopedics and most actual birds.

Endurance, though, is built into the brand: A months-long shoot has already hopscotched from the sunbaked Spanish cliffs of Tenerife to suburban Virginia and now back to the bone-chilling damp of England in early winter. On the set of 2017’s Wonder Woman, Gadot remembers, she and costar Chris Pine would sing Foreigner’s “Cold as Ice” to each other between takes to stay warm; in the follow-up, due June 5, the action moves from the grim grayscale battlefields of WWI to the neon era that birthed many a hair band — and the movie’s titular star, too. 

“I was born in ’85, but it’s funny, I really do remember,” Gadot says in her lightly accented English, settling into a canvas-back chair steps from where she just brought a battalion to its knees. “Probably more so because of my parents, but it was a such a standout decade as much as it goes with fashion, music, politics. And the look of everything! The colors.”

If you had to pick just one from the palette, you might want to start with green: the color of money, of course, but envy, too. “In 1984, America was at the peak of its power and its pride,” says associate producer Anna Obropta. “Apple computers and parachute pants, wealth, commercialism, glamour, even violence — everything was larger than life. It was a decade of greed and desire, a time of ‘Me, me, more more more.’”

Read more of the Entertainment Weekly cover story HERE and pick up the issue on Friday, February 14.

     

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