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Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts To Offer The Ian Levin Collection: The Complete Run of 40,000+ DC Comics Published From 1935-2014

Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts will offer the DC Complete: The Ian Levin collection, a complete run of 40,000+ DC comics published from 1935-2014. This will be sold as a collection in a single lot in an exclusive private sale on sothebys.com beginning today, March 30. The collection spans 9 decades and captures the golden age of comics while tracing the birth and development of superhero icons: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and more.

Here is the press release 

“Sotheby’s is pleased to announce that we will offer DC Complete: The Ian Levine Collection, an exclusive private sale offering of every comic book released by American publisher DC Comics from 1935 – 2014, including complete runs of Superman, Batman, Action Comics, and Detective Comics. The more than 40,000 comics in the collection also features superhero icons Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman, as well as the Justice League series. Available now and on view on Sothebys.com, the sale marks the 81st anniversary of the release of Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, which featured the debut of The Batman. For a comprehensive overview of the collection or to inquire about its purchase, visit here.

The Ian Levine Collection of DC Comics – the most comprehensive in the 80 year span – was amassed over half a century that spans the birth and development of superhero comics as cheap forms of entertainment to pop culture juggernauts. From New Fun #1, the very first DC comic book published in 1934, to complete collections of Superman and Batman, the collections also includes first appearances of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Martian Manhunter, Plastic Man and more; superhero teams such as the Justice League of America and the Teen Titans; and supervillains Lex Luthor, the Joker, Two Face, the Penguin, General Zod, and more.

Richard Austin, Head of Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts Department in New York, commented: “The Ian Levine Collection is the holy grail for comics collectors. Amassed over decades of hunting, Levine’s collection embodies the passion and fandom that has defined comics culture for generations, which today is best encapsulated not through printed issues but popular superhero films that regularly break box office records. Featuring some of the most valuable individual books as well as extremely rare promotional issues, the Levine Collection includes all the DC heroes that are among the most recognizable and versatile pop culture touchstones in the world.”

A  significant figure in modern pop culture himself, Levine is a DJ and producer, early popularizer of the Northern Soul movement, and one of the originators of Hi-NRG music. He was first introduced to DC when he began reading The Justice League of America as an eight-year-old in 1960. Upon discovering London comic shops Dark They Were and Golden Eyed in 1972, Levine realized it was possible to find long-out-of-print issues and discontinued titles such as The Justice Society of America, a Golden Age forerunner of his beloved Justice League, thus sparking his half-century of comic book collecting.

For a decade, Levine purchased a new copy of every DC issue he could find, while trying to fill in earlier issues. However, in pre-internet 1987, Levine despaired of finding many Golden Age comics he lacked, and decided to sell many of his best issues in order to fund his collection of Northern Soul records and Doctor Who film prints. However, reviewing his stacks of comic books with the purchaser reawakened his passion for this pop art form, and Levine bought his comics back from the dealer he had sold them to—at a 50% premium. Amassing about half of the comics DC had ever published, Levine determined to form a complete collection. Sacrificing his incomparable collection of Northern Soul records and Doctor Who prints, along with the assistance of the nascent internet (including the discussion forums of Certified Guaranty Comic, a comic book grading service) and dealer, advisor, and author of The Comic Book Paul Sassienie, he achieved this ambition, which would essentially be impossible to replicate. In 2010, Levine’s paramount, unique collection was utilized to supply the illustrations for Taschen’s monumental publication 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking by Paul Levitz, the former president and publisher of DC.

The collection spans the nine decades tracing the trajectory of the effect of comics on popular culture, from the target of a congressional investigation of their corrupting influence to the topic of doctoral dissertations addressing issues like war propaganda, environmentalism, and gender identity. Every comic genre published by DC is included, such as humor, parody, romance, crime, science fiction, and adaptations of classic and popular works of literature and film. The work of successive generations of the greatest comic book artists and writers are preserved in the collection, from pioneers such as Jerry Siegel, Joseph Schuster and Jack “King” Kirby; to those who maintained the quality and passion of the books through the Silver Age including C. C. Beck, William Moulton Marston, and Sheldon Mayer; to those who carried on the tradition through the Bronze Age and into the twenty-first century such as Neal Adams and Curt Swan.

Although National Allied Publications, DC’s predecessor firm, had been publishing comics since autumn 1934 with New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1, Superman’s debut in Action Comics #1 (June 1938), sparked a new era not only in comic books but in global pop culture, with superheroes exerting enormous influence on film, television, and fashion. Superman was soon joined by a radically different superhero than the alien man of steel, but equally as significant and influential: Batman (originally, the Bat-Man), who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Shortly after, National Allied Publications adopted the initials of this popular title for the company brand that is still recognized the world over: DC. Representing the pinnacle of the Golden Age of comics, these two seminal characters would soon be joined by an expanding roster of several hundred celebrated superheroes and serialized stories.

The Levine Collection is highlighted further by hundreds of rare promotional comics by DC artists and writers, featuring various DC (or DC-inspired) characters endorsing various consumer goods and corporate entities; a number of “ashcan” issues (intended to establish copyright but not available for sale), as well as many foreign (non–United States) reprints, British comic books featuring appearances by DC characters, and anthology reprints in proper book form.

The auction record for a comic was achieved in 2014 when Action Comics #1 sold for $3.2 million. The record for an issue of Detective Comics #27 was reached in 2010 for $1.075 million.”

You can view the catalogue HERE.

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Here Is Rafael Grampá’s Variant Cover For Wonder Woman #754

I have shared my appreciation of Rafael Grampá in the past.

The artist has created a variant cover for Wonder Woman #754 which should be released tomorrow.

The issue is described as follows:

Just when she thought her troubles were over, Wonder Woman is thrust into a new adventure that takes her out of this world! Princess Maxima, the former ruler of the planet Almerac, has crash-landed on our hero’s doorstep and is desperate for her help. Maxima’s people are victims of a vicious lie, and only the truth she’s discovered will set them free. With Wonder Woman by her side, can she retake her throne and bring back the planet’s peaceful matriarchal society? Back on Earth, there is no peace…only Warmaster! The vengeful villainess has obtained a weapon of mass destruction that can wipe out the Amazons for good!

Order one online HERE at my favorite Los Angeles comic shop, Golden Apple.

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Batman: Three Jokers Announced for June

30 years after The Killing Joke changed comics forever, Batman: Three Jokers re-examines the myth of who, or what, is the Joker and what is at the heart of his ongoing battle with Batman. New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and Eisner award winning artist Jason Fabok reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and The Joker!

After years of anticipation, the epic story is finally here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the decades-long battle between the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. In this powerful, emotional story Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood—all past victims of the Joker—work together to solve a mystery unlike anything they’ve ever faced before!

Here for the first time are the main covers to the full 3 issue series, beautifully drawn by Jason Fabok with colors by Brad Anderson. In addition, here’s a first look at some interior art by Fabok and Anderson for your viewing pleasure.

Batman: Three Jokers is a 3-issue, 48-page (per issue) prestige format limited series and will carry DC’s “Black Label” content descriptor (for readers 17+). Issue #1 arrives in comic book stores and participating digital retailers on June 17, 2020.

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Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman Is Getting An Ambitious New Audio Production

What do dreams sound like? It’s a question that’s pretty confounding when you actually stop to consider it. But thanks to the good people at Audible, we may soon have our answer.

Neil Gaiman’s popular and highly influential The Sandman remains one of the definitive works of fantasy, even now, over thirty years after its debut. The graphic novels remain perennial bestsellers, discovered by generations of new fans with each passing decade. Throughout its run, dozens of acclaimed artists contributed to its pages, including Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Kelley Jones, P. Craig Russell, Jill Thompson, J.H. Williams III and, famously, Dave McKean. Yet, the newest project to feature Gaiman’s messy-haired Lord of Dreams involves no artists whatsoever. Or, more accurately, no visual ones.

Audible, the world’s largest producer of spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks, announced the first ever audio production of The Sandman will be arriving this summer as a multi-part Audible Original directed by the visionary Dirk Maggs.

If you’re worried about authenticity—don’t. Gaiman will be intimately involved, serving as Creative Director, Executive Producer and Narrator. The bestselling author’s longtime audio collaborator, multi-award winner Maggs will serve as the project’s Executive Producer as well as Scriptwriter and Director. Along with his adaptations of Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Stardust, Good Omens and Anansi Boys, Maggs has directed cutting-edge Audible Originals like Alien: River Of Pain and X-Files, as well as DC audio productions like The Trial of Superman, Superman: To Doomsday & Beyond and Batman: Knightfall. The project also features an original score by British Academy Award winning composer and musician James Hannigan.

While audio productions of written works can vary greatly, Audible’s take on The Sandman is no standard audiobook. Their exclusive audio adaptation will bring The Sandman’s epic, metaphysical fantasy to life in meticulously sound-designed, richly immersive audio, featuring an impressive (and as yet, unrevealed) voice cast.

“Almost 30 years ago, Dirk Maggs approached DC about adapting The Sandman into audio form,” said Gaiman. “It didn’t happen (although it was how Dirk and I first crossed paths) and I’m glad it didn’t happen, because we are in a Golden Age of audio drama right now, and Dirk and I are much better at what we are doing.

“This is a rich audio adaptation of The Sandman Graphic Novels, brilliantly crafted by Dirk Maggs, with an all-star cast. I’ve loved being there to talk casting, there to read the scripts and offer occasional advice, and there in the studios, watching magic get made and recording the narration. I can’t wait until the world hears what we’ve done.”

Adds Dave Blum, Editor-in-Chief of Audible Originals, “Audible prides itself on creating and producing immersive and entertaining storytelling, and the exclusive audio production of Neil Gaiman’s legendary comic book series marks a thrilling addition to our original content offerings. We’re excited to join Neil and DC in bringing this extraordinary and beloved universe to Audible’s millions of listeners worldwide, for the very first time.”

The Sandman spans ten core graphic novels, along with three sequel collections and a variety of in-universe spinoffs (including “The Sandman Universe,” five currently ongoing comics that are set after the events of The Sandman). In other words, there’s plenty of content for the audio production to mine—though Audible’s press release suggests that the production may focus, at least in part, on the first collection, “Preludes & Nocturnes”:

When an occultist attempts to capture the physical embodiment of Death in a bargain for eternal life, he instead mistakenly traps Death’s younger brother Morpheus, the King of Dreams. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Morpheus goes on a quest to reclaim his lost objects of power and rebuild his realm. From there, one of greatest and most successful series of graphic novels ever written begins. Celebrated globally for its vibrant blend of modern myth and dark fantasy—which seamlessly interweaves contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend—The Sandman follows Morpheus, and the people and places he’s affected, as he tries to mend the cosmic and human mistakes he’s made during his Endless existence.

“This audio iteration of The Sandman is huge in scope and ambition and based exclusively on Neil’s original notes and scripts for his iconic DC series,” shared Maggs. Our production dives deep into Neil’s imagination, as if he is writing these tales beside us, lifting out details and story elements few have been privy to until now. Audio uniquely complements the comic book artists’ visual imagination and Neil’s creative brilliance, while our amazing cast and Jim Hannigan’s music add new emotional punch. This project’s three-decade incubation period has been worth every minute of the wait. It’s the very essence of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.”

The audio production, along with Netflix’s currently in-the-works television series, promises to expose more people than ever before to Gaiman’s remarkable world of the Dreaming and its colorful, sometimes chaotic denizens. It also offers an exciting new way for existing fans to relive or rediscover Morpheus and his world. But perhaps most remarkable of all, it gives listeners, whether they’re new to The Sandman or not, the opportunity to take a moment from their busy lives and get lost in an enticingly different dream.

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IDW Publishing And DC Comics Announce Locke & Key And Sandman Universe Crossover Event For October 2020

Today on social media, IDW Publishing announced a fall crossover event that will feature both Locke & Key and The Sandman Universe. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez will debut Locke & Key: Hell And Gone in October 2020.

The key featured in the promotion image is none other than the key to Hell, made famous by Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg’s 1990 Sandman story arc “Season of Mists.”

Launching with the “Welcome to Lovecraft” arc in 2008, Hill and Rodriguez’s Locke & Key followed the Locke siblings, as well as their mother — who return to their ancestral home of Keyhouse following the murder of their father. The comic book has since been adapted into a Netflix series, which dropped its 10-episode first season earlier this month.

Meanwhile, published under DC Comics‘ Black Label — previously DC Vertigo — the Sandman Universe was launched in 2018 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Gaiman’s original Sandman comic book series for Vertigo Comics (which is also headed for a Netflix adaptation).

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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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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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The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 Celebrates Eight Decades of Chaos, Mischief, And Mayhem With Batman’s Greatest Enemy

Since his first appearance in April 1940, The Joker has become one of the most iconic and compelling characters in comic books and all of popular culture. Time and time again, his drive to sow discord and chaos has made him more than a match for Batman and his mission to protect the citizens of Gotham City.

As The Joker enters his eighth decade of criminal madness, fans can celebrate with a one-of-a-kind collectible tribute comic book. The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a Prestige format one-shot homage to The Joker featuring an original lineup of tales by comics’ most celebrated storytellers, including Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, Jock, José Luis García-López, Mikel Janín, James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo, and more. The stories run the gamut from terror to humor to outright anarchy, showing how The Joker has left his indelible mark on Gotham City, from the gates of Arkham Asylum to the Gotham City PD, from the local underworld to Batman and his allies.

Artists from across comic books are stepping up to pay their respects to The Joker through a series of variant covers depicting Batman’s arch nemesis:

1940s variant cover by Arthur Adams
1950s variant cover by David Finch
1960s variant cover by Francesco Mattina
1970s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
1980s variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
1990s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
2000s variant cover by Lee Bermejo
2010s variant cover by Jock

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a 100-page, Prestige format one-shot comic book available at comic book retailers and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 for $9.99.

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DC Celebrates Robin’s 80th Anniversary in 100-Page One Shot

Since the character’s introduction in Detective Comics #38 on March 6, 1940, Robin has become an icon to millions of comic book fans, establishing the “sidekick” as a permanent part of comic book lore. Since a young Dick Grayson donned the distinctive yellow cape and domino mask, many have taken on the mantle of Robin, joining The Batman in his war on crime, while also growing into their own and taking on new adventures, both solo and as part of other super-teams like the Teen Titans, the Justice League and others. 

On March 11, 2020, DC celebrates Robin’s 80th anniversary with a landmark one-shot, Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular. This instant collectible includes stories from comics’ greatest Robin writers, paying tribute to the character in various guises, including Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown and Damian Wayne. The Talent list for these stories reads like a whos-who list of comic luminaries, such as Marv Wolfman, Tom Grummett, Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel, Devin Grayson, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Tim Seeley, Tom King and Mikel Janin, James Tynion IV, Peter J. Tomasi, Judd Winick and others. 

In addition to a dynamic cover by Lee Weeks, hardcore fans and collectors can also look forward to eight variant covers spotlighting Robin throughout the decades, drawn by some of comics’ premier artists:

1940’s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

1950’s variant cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

1960’s variant cover by Dustin Nguyen

1970’s variant cover by Kaare Andrews

1980’s variant cover by Frank Miller

1990’s variant cover by Jim Cheung

2000’s variant cover by Derrick Chew

2010’s variant cover by Yasmine Putri

An equally impressive collection of artistic talent will honor Robin in a series of tribute images celebrating different incarnations of the character such as Kenneth Rocafort, Nicola Scott, Andy Kubert and Frank Miller. 

The Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a prestige format comic book retailing for $9.99 and available at local comic retailers and digital retailers on March 11, 2020.

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DCeased Collected Edition Hardcover

The DC best-selling miniseries DCeased is now available for pre-order as a collected edition hardcover. 

Written by Tom Taylor (Injustice, Suicide Squad), with art by Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Gaudiano, DCeased pits the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes against a techno-virus that turns people into mindless, homicidal creatures of destruction. What’s worse is that none of the DC heroes are immune to this infection and are caught completely off guard by this new threat. If the world ends, what happens to our heroes? 

DCeased has been an instant hit with fans and received high praise from the press: 

“…an absolutely stellar series that any diehard DC or horror fan should check out.”

“DCeased has brought horror to the DC Universe in a big way.”

“If you’re any kind of fan of the DC Universe or horror, you need to be reading this book.”

This stunning hardcover collected edition includes all six issues of of DCeased, plus the one-shot DCeased: A Good Day to Die, also written by Tom Taylor with art by Laura Braga, Darick Robertson, Richard Friend and Trevor Scott. A parallel story to the events of DCeased, Mr. Terrific leads a motley group of heroes to stop the impending apocalypse, hoping to succeed where the heroes of the Justice League have thus far failed. 

This collection also includes some awesome bonus content, including a gallery of variant covers by artist Francesco Mattina, plus an incredible gallery of homage variant covers by Yasmine Putri and Tasia M.S. that pay tribute to current and classic horror films like It, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Nun and others. 

The DCeased Collected Edition Hardcover is also available for pre-order at all participating Barnes & Noble retailers, featuring an exclusive cover of an infected Superman, by artist Francesco Mattina, as well as a bonus gallery of variant covers featuring infected versions of DC heroes such as Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and more. 

The DCeased Collected Edition Hardcover is available in participating comic book retailers November 20 and arrives in book stores and online retailers on November 26.

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