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DC To Commemorate The 1000th Issue of Action Comics With Star-Studded Celebration In 2018

During DC’s kick off “Meet the Publishers” panel at New York Comic Con today, Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee announced there will be a star-studded celebration to commemorate the 1000th issue of Action Comics, the longest running and first-ever superhero comic to reach 1000! The Publishers also revealed a new commemorative logo for the celebration.

In March 2018, DC will publish several special titles to honor the milestone:

New hardcover book: Join us for an 80th anniversary celebration of the single most important comic in American history: Action Comics #1 and the birth of Superman. Revisit classic stories from over the decades featuring the debuts of Superman, Supergirl, Brainiac, the Fortress of Solitude, the Human Target and so much more. Read Superman stories by generations of top writers and artists and enjoy sparkling essays from literary wizards who’ve won Pulitzers and become bestsellers, including Jules Feiffer. Plus a historical essay by guest editor Paul Levitz, and all 1000 Action covers collected in a new poster.  And as a bonus, an unpublished 1940s Superman tale believed to be by Jerry Siegel and the Joe Shuster studio salvaged from the DC files fifty years ago and hidden away until now.

Action Comics #1000, written by Pete Tomasi and Dan Jurgens, will be published as a special, oversized edition featuring an all-star talent line-up writing back-up stories, including a story co-written by Geoff Johns and Superman film director, Richard Donner.

About Action Comics 1000

In 1938, two kids from Cleveland, Ohio – Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel – created a character they thought would represent the best of humanity in a troubled time with few beacons of hope for the future. That character went on to become one of the brightest and most well-known creations in all of pop culture: Superman. And it all began in Action Comics. DC is proud to celebrate the 1000th edition of this seminal title that created the entire superhero genre – bringing joy, hope and inspiration to Superman fans around the world for 80 years.

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TCM Partners With DC For Batman In Noir Alley Comic Book

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is expanding the shadowy world of its popular franchise Noir Alley with a new comic book entitled Batman in Noir Alley starring DC’s iconic Super Hero, Batman, and TCM’s Noir Alley host Eddie Muller.

The free comic book follows Batman and Muller on the trail to solve a case after the famed Moroccan Raptor goes missing from the Gotham City Museum. Written by Stuart Moore and cover art by Dan Panosian, the comic is available in select comic-book stores nationwide starting today and will also be available in DC’s booth at NY Comic-Con in October.

For more information and a list of stores to pick-up Batman in Noir Alley, please visit TCM.com/noiralley and http://myt.cm/BatmanStoreList.

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Superman: Year One By Frank Miller & John Romita Jr. Coming To DC Comics

Frank Miller is re-teaming with John Romita Jr. for a new 100-page graphic novel, Superman: Year One. The news was announced at the DC Master Class panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

“It has to do with revisiting the origins of a certain DC Comics character,” said Miller, introducing the book. “It has to do with revisiting a certain DC Comics character who wears glasses in his normal life.”

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Arkham Asylum 2 Announced At San Diego Comic Con 

At Thursday’s DC: Meet the Publishers panel at San Diego Comic-Con Grant Morrison showed up to announce an entirely unexpected project: Arkham Asylum 2, a follow-up to his best-selling 1989 Batman graphic novel.

Explaining that he once joked that the idea of creating a sequel to the fan-favorite title was his personal “jumping the shark” moment, Morrison said that he decided to embrace the ludicrousness of the concept. “Let’s take that ‘jump the shark’ idea and do the best Batman book there’s ever been,” he said, describing the project as an over-the-top, Luc Besson-esque thriller that will take place in the future timeline he created where Batman’s son Damian has grown up to become an adult Batman of his own.

Morrison will be joined on the title by artist Chris Burnham, his partner on the Batman Incorporated series. Morrison described the graphic novel as a 120-page effort, but no further details — including a release date — were discussed.

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Batman: The Dark Prince Charming By Enrico Marini Offers A New Vision of Gotham

You think you know Gotham and its most famous resident. You may even think you know his adversaries and allies. Well, this fall, forget all that you know as we present a new vision of Gotham, care of master comic book creator Enrico Marini.

Marini is well known within the European comic book market, and is acclaimed for his flamboyant art style and cinematic approach to storytelling. His work includes the best-selling French-language comics Le Scorpion, Eagles of Rome and Gipsy. However, we haven’t seen him tackle a mainstream super hero like the Dark Knight prior to now.

Batman: The Dark Prince Charming is a two-volume graphic novel series that finds Batman once again facing off against the Joker. Only this time, the stakes are personal…

Acclaimed European comics master Enrico Marini makes his American comics debut with an original, two-part graphic novel starring the Dark Knight! What secret connection do both Batman and The Joker share with a strange and mysterious young girl? After she’s kidnapped by The Joker, Batman must plunge deep into the underworld of Gotham City and race against time to find out where she’s being held. The stakes are high, and for Batman, it’s personal!

How does it look? In a word—gorgeous.

Book one of Batman: The Dark Prince Charming will be in stores on November 1, 2017. Look for book two coming in spring 2018!

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Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo Reunite For Dark Nights: Metal

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, along with DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, just announced that their highly anticipated event, Dark Nights: Metal, will rock comics this summer.

“I’ve been planning Metal for as long as I’ve been writing Batman,” says Snyder. “But this is bigger than Batman. Greg and I started dropping clues during Court of Owls, we continued through our Joker stories and we placed our biggest hints in the run that culminated with Batman #50. And now we’re back to tell a story that breaks everything apart. This will be the definitive project of our careers. Metal takes us in an entirely new direction. Greg and I will dig beneath the surface of all the stories we’ve told to find a place of terror and twisted nightmares.”

The New York Times bestselling Batman writer and artist team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo made their mark as one of the great duos in Batman history. Together on a single title for an outstanding fifty issues, Snyder and Capullo’s award-winning stories The Court of Owls, Death of the Family, Zero Year and Endgame turned generations of Batman fans into a global horde of Batman superfans. With Dark Nights: Metal, Scott and Greg will build on this strong foundation and broaden the scope of their storytelling to encompass the full expanse of the DC Universe.

“As you’ve probably heard by now, brother Scott and I are renewing our comic wedding vows,” says Capullo. “I’m looking forward to rock’n’ and roll’n’ together again. Fans have been loud and clear; they want more from us. You know what they say; give the people what they want. Jonathan Glapion and FCO, the original Bat team, will be riding the lightning with Scott and I once again. We’re primed and ready to blow it up.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to see Scott and Greg take on the DC Universe,” says DC Entertainment Publisher Dan DiDio. “Dark Nights: Metal leans into the strength of the relationship Scott and Greg forged on Batman to launch something new and unexpected. We’re pushing the world’s finest heroes in new, unexplored directions to tell a giant story, using all the characters in our pantheon.”

DC’s new summer blockbuster publishing plans complement DC Universe Rebirth, which is filled with stories about superheroes that push characters beyond their potential to a place where their courage is tested and they persevere in the face of evil. Dark Nights: Metal will examine every choice a hero doesn’t take and every path they don’t walk, and open up worlds that are forged by nightmares.

“I want Metal to be built upon the stories happening now in Rebirth and create new material that feels really modern and different,” continued Snyder. “And above all, it’s going to be fun. Even with terror and nightmares, it won’t be grim. Dark Nights: Metal will be celebratory, huge and crazy. I’ve said it before: I am going for out-of-control dinosaurs and lasers.”

Dark Nights: Metal is DC at its most heroic, clashing with titans of terror from realms yet to be explored. Look for the first issue on shelves in August 2017.

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Watch Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest Episode 1 – Joker’s Favor

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This week sees the debut of Watch Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest on Comic–Con HQ!

To celebrate, the first episode is available to fans worldwide via DC Comics. In the pilot episode, “Joker’s Favor,” Mark Hamill heads to DC Comics Headquarters, home to one of the greatest collections of comic book memorabilia and one of the most celebrated artists in the world, Jim Lee. Join them as they share their stories of pop culture collecting and trade favors to end up with their very own pieces of pop culture history.

With Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as your guide, explore the most exclusive pop culture collections in the world! Join Mark on his weekly quest to track down the rumored rocket-firing Boba Fett, the original Time Machine, the last surviving armature model used to animate the original 1933 King Kong, the 1992 Batmobile, and so much more! Mark travels inside pop culture’s vaults to uncover why we are so fascinated with collecting and what our passions say about us.

Tune in next week on Comic-Con HQ as Mark’s affinity for Godzilla and giant robots leads him to collector Scott Zillner, whose passion transcended his home – filled with thousands of monsters and robots – and led to the creation of Power Morphicon!

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Dark Knight III: The Master Race Extends To 9 Issues

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Originally slated for eight issues, the Dark Knight III: The Master Race limited series from DC Comics will extend to a ninth issue because co-writers Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello requested another chapter to tell their full story.

“Once you dive into the Dark Knight mythology, it’s hard to pull yourself out. Those characters cannot be contained and neither can we,” Miller said in a statement.

“This story turned out to be bigger than the both of us,” Azzarello added.

The third entry in the saga that started with 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns and 2001’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again, both written and drawn by Miller, DK3 #1 launched in November 2015 with Azzarello sharing writing duties and Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson on art. The story features Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman teaming up to stop Quar, a renegade Kryptonian priest set free from the bottled city of Kandor along with an army of super-powered followers. Quar also persuades Lara, the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman, to join his side, so now Batman must find a way to stop them from conquering the world.

DK3 was originally scheduled to end in March 2017 with issue #8, but now DC is promoting a Spring 2017 release for issue #9.

“When Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello come to you and tell you, ‘we need another issue to tell this story right,’ you find a way to make it work,” DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras said. “Once they shared with me, the Publishers and the Editorial team how they plan to end the story, extending the series to nine issues was an easy call to make.”

Issue #9 issue will also include the final installment of Dark Knight Universe Presents, a series of companion stories featuring characters such as Green Lantern and the Atom.

The next chapter to release will be issue #6 on October 19.

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Limited-Edition 2016 Batman Day Shirt Featuring The Dark Knight Returns Artwork

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Join the celebration of Batman Day 2016 on September 17th by wearing our exclusive, limited-edition Batman Day shirt! This shirt features the iconic art style of the legendary The Dark Knight Returns, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Order the shirt HERE ($24.95 – $26.95).

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Sean Murphy Announces New Batman Title

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On Twitter over the weekend, writer/artist Sean Murphy revealed that he has signed an two-year ‘exclusive’ agreement with DC Comics to work on his already-announced arc of Scott Snyder’s All-Star Batman, as well as a subsequent ‘Elseworlds’ Batman series he’ll be writing and drawing himself.

“For the next two years I’m exclusively working with DC on 2 Batman books: All-Star and one that I’m writing/drawing myself,” said Murphy. “So if you’re planning on reading my All-Star run (the finale), pick up Snyder’s All-Star books NOW.”

Murphy describes his as-yet-untitled Batman book as “my [Dark Knight Returns] and Year 100 — an Elseworlds-like take on Batman. My attempt at an opus,” he explained. “Planning on using as many of the Bat villains as I can!”

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