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Mad Magazine’s New Look Revealed at WonderCon 2018

Fans in attendance at WonderCon 2018 in Anaheim, California got a tease of what the revamped Mad Magazine will look like.

After 66 years as a comedy institution, MAD Magazine is undergoing substantial change. The magazine will reboot to issue #1 after issue #549. 30 year editor John Ficarra retired and the magazine will now be steered by illustrator and comic book artist Bill Morrison. Also, after many, many years in Manhattan (first on Madison ave and then on Broadway), the magazine shifted offices to California. 

MAD was created by Harvey Kurtzman and published by Bill Gaines in 1952 under the EC comics imprint. EC remained the publisher until Gaines sold it to Kinney Parking Company in the 60s. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, the company eventually fell under the DC Comics umbrella and has remained there since.

MAD #1 will go on sale April 18, 2018.

Text-only trade wrap cover

Actual cover by Jason Edmiston

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DC Inks Frank Miller To Exclusive 5 Book Deal

Industry icon Frank Miller continues his long-standing relationship with DC as a five-project deal is announced by DC Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. 

Amongst the planned releases from the legendary writer/artist is a forthcoming graphic novel starring Carrie Kelley, whom Miller created for the genre-defining series Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Marking Miller’s first-ever foray into storytelling for young readers, the new graphic novel will feature illustrations by artist Ben Caldwell (Prez).

This new project will join the previously announced DC Black Label prestige series Superman: Year One, featuring art by John Romita Jr., as part of Miller’s multi-project deal.  

“Frank is a creative force in this industry, not just with a transformative take on iconic characters like Superman and Batman, but also by tackling the young reader genre,” says DC Publisher Dan DiDio. “He is an icon. As a publisher, I’m thrilled—as a fan, I’m even more excited.”

“Frank Miller is an absolute visionary,” says DC Publisher Jim Lee. “He continues to push the boundaries of storytelling, and I can’t wait for a new generation of fans to meet Carrie Kelley. Joining Frank as collaborator on Carrie Kelley is one of my favorite artists–Ben Caldwell, a singular talent who brings his stylized, clean line and rock solid, playful storytelling to this project. We couldn’t ask for a better creative team.”

In addition to the above two books, Miller will pen three additional upcoming projects yet to be announced.

“I am psyched to continue my partnership with DC,” explains Miller. “Developing the Carrie Kelley project and Superman: Year One with Dan and Jim has been a dream. It’s thrilling to have Carrie Kelley take center stage for the first time, and the energy that Ben is bringing to her is new and different—it’s incredible to see. It’s also a lot of fun working alongside John on Superman: Year One, this project is a childhood dream come true for me.”

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Batman By Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale Omnibus Hardcover

The legendary team of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale devised some of the most memorable Batman tales of all time—and now their stories starring the Dark Knight (not to mention Catwoman!) are all collected in a single omnibus. 

This amazing new title includes Batman: Legends of The Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, Batman: Madness #1, Batman: Ghosts #1, Batman: The Long Halloween #1-13, Batman: Dark Victory #0-13 and Catwoman: When in Rome #1-6, plus stories from Superman/Batman Secret Files 2003, Superman/Batman #26 and Solo #1.

The massive 1,176 page book will go on sale September 5, 2018 and retail for $125.

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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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