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The Alex Ross Poster Book

A deluxe collection of Marvel Comics superhero posters from renowned comics artist Alex Ross

From Angel to Wolverine, all your favorite Marvel Comics superheroes are featured in this exclusive collection of painted portraits by Alex Ross—one of most respected and influential artists working in comics. 

This first-ever collection of these iconic images includes 35 ready-to-frame, removeable art prints—perfect for longtime Marvel fans and those just discovering these classic heroes for the first time—as well as commentary by Ross, preliminary sketches, and a bonus four-page gatefold of the portraits, assembled into a mural that was commissioned for Marvel’s New York City offices. These heroic posters showcase the Marvel superheroes as you’ve never seen them before—as realistic as any on the silver screen—painted in the award-winning, breathtaking style that made Alex Ross famous.

The 80 page oversized softcover book will be released on April 6, 2021 and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

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IDW’s Marvel Action: Origins Provides The Perfect Entry Point For Middle Grade Readers To Explore Marvel’s Heroes

Share the most important moments in Marvel history with young fans, two tales at a time, with Marvel Action: Origins, the thrilling new series in IDW’s line of comics aimed at middle grade readers. Written by Christopher Eliopoulos (of Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius, Cosmic Commandos, and Ordinary People Change the World fame) and illustrated by rising star Lanna Souvanny, the first monthly issue will debut in December.

In Marvel Action: Origins #1, experience the earliest adventures of everyone’s favorite teenage webhead and Mad Titan! Discover how a science exhibit and a radioactive bite changed Peter Parker into Spider-Man, and what dark motivations set the Avengers’ most dangerous enemy, Thanos, on his path of universal conquest. Subsequent issues will focus on the Hulk, Ghost-Spider, Venom, and more!

“Creating a gateway for young readers to learn more about the amazing characters of the Marvel Universe is a dream job,” says Eliopoulos. “In this series, readers are going to learn about the emotions and inner thoughts of these heroes and villains while learning about values and character. It’s a series that shows the character behind the characters!”

“When I got asked to work on Marvel Action: Origins, I was super-excited… and to begin with Spider-Man, the very first Marvel Super Hero I’d met as a kid, it was perfect!” says Souvanny. “Nowadays, lots of kids discover super heroes through the movies, and Marvel Action: Origins is a great way for them to further explore their favorite characters through comic books. These are crucial chapters for younger fans, who identify and grow with the heroes as they become super heroes.”

“The Marvel Action line at IDW has focused on creating kid-focused stories about the most popular Marvel Super Heroes, including Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and the Avengers,” says editor Elizabeth Brei. “We’re delighted to bring some of the most famous stories in comic history — the origins of heroes and villains — to the page for kids to revisit or hear for the first time. It’s really fun to hook a new generation of comic fans on super hero stories!”

Each issue of Marvel Action: Origins will feature three cover editions for fans to enjoy: Cover A by series artist Lanna Souvanny spotlighting the issue’s hero, Cover B (also by Souvanny) spotlighting the issue’s villain, and a Retailer Incentive edition by Agnes Garbowska (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic).

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Alex Ross Offers A Behind-The-Scenes Look Into The Making of A Timeless Mural In Marvel’s NYC Offices

Over the last two months, the humble House of Ideas has revealed 28 “Timeless” variant covers created by Modern Marvel Master Alex Ross, which will begin to hit shelves at your local comic shop in September. Now, you can get a rare glimpse inside Ross’s amazing artistic process! 

Check out a special video and watch as Ross crafts his iconic painted covers and see how his timeless imagery was made into a magnificent mural in Marvel’s NYC offices!

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More Alex Ross Timeless Variant Covers Coming In October

Last month, the first of Marvel’s Timeless variant covers were unveiled. Now is your chance to see the additional covers in this incredible collection coming your way this October! 

These gorgeous covers feature Marvel’s greatest heroes brought to life by the iconic art of legendary artist Alex Ross. Behold Marvel heroes like Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Jean Grey in painted portraits, depicted in their most classic and beloved costumes. Don’t miss your chance to begin collecting all 28 of these stunning variant covers at your local comic shop starting in September!

“Nobody else embodies the term Timeless quite as well as Alex does,” Executive Editor Tom Brevoort told ComicBook.com last month. “His work makes people relate to these fantastical characters in an entirely new way–they become plausible and real without giving up their larger-than-life qualities in the process. He’s also just about the hardest-working guy in the business–his output, given its quality, is truly staggering.”

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Alex Ross Covers For Marvel Timeless Series Coming This Fall

There’s something quite timeless about the art of Alex Ross, which is why he was the perfect artist to bring to life some of Marvel’s classic characters for their New York offices. Ross previously created a large mural for Marvel’s New York headquarters, and now fans can get their favorite characters from that mural in a series of gorgeous new Timeless variant covers. The Timeless series will feature 14 different covers in Ross’ signature style, and you can pick up the covers from September to October. As for the heroes involved, you’ll be able to find classic versions of Captain America, Iron Man, Storm, Scarlet Witch, Mr. Fantastic, Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer, and more.

“Nobody else embodies the term Timeless quite as well as Alex does,” Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said. “His work makes people relate to these fantastical characters in an entirely new way–they become plausible and real without giving up their larger-than-life qualities in the process. He’s also just about the hardest-working guy in the business–his output, given its quality, is truly staggering.”

“Marvel allowed me to do a series of full-length portraits of their most well-known heroes,” Ross said. “I wanted to illustrate timeless versions of these characters, and Marvel fully supported me in that passion. It was an honor to be asked to create this artwork for a mural in Marvel’s offices.”

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The Armored Avenger Goes Back To Basics In New Iron Man Series This Fall

This September, Tony Stark will be going back to basics and putting the man back in Iron Man! Acclaimed writer and producer Christopher Cantwell (Doctor Doom, TV’s Halt and Catch Fire) and international super-star artist CAFU (Jane Foster: Valkyrie) will be bringing Marvel readers a new age of iron, including an all-new suit of armor designed by legendary Marvel painter Alex Ross.

Tony is putting away his high-tech toys and high-profile image so he can get his hands dirty again. But can he really lay that Stark-sized ego down? Life isn’t always that simple, something that old friends and frustrating foes are quick to point out.  If you strip a billionaire down to his bolts, does he run solid…or just overheat?

For answers to these questions, along with a thrilling new era of rock-solid super-heroic action and adventure, do not miss Iron Man #1 when it soars into comic shops this September!

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Funko Reveals Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of The Thanostones

Funko has announced Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of the Thanostones, a micro collectible, tabletop gaming system.

The new adventure game, based on the Marvel Universe, combines micro collectible characters, cards and gaming, allowing kids to battle against Thanos in gameplay unleashed through a Battle Ball. Each Battle Ball contains a surprise of two Marvel collectable characters, Hero Cards, Battle Cards and pair of dice, all for a highly accessible price point. Players can collect Marvel micro heroes ranging from icons like Iron Man, Captain Marvel and Groot, as well as characters like Valkyrie Gamora and Throg.

“We are thrilled that Marvel has chosen to expand the Funko collaboration to engage their younger fans with a new category of products and animation collaboration,” said Brian Mariotti, Chief Executive Officer of Funko. “Funko enters the toy aisle for the first time with a product offering of tremendous value. In addition to two micro-collectible characters inside the Battle Ball, the child can battle independently or team up with friends to defeat Thanos through game play. This kind of product assortment is both what kids want and what retailers are keen to offer parents.”

New Marvel Battleworld short-form animated content will be available across multiple platforms, including Disney XD, Marvel HQ, YouTube and more. Created by Funko Animation Studios, in collaboration with Marvel, this series will introduce children to a new plan by villain Thanos to trap Marvel heroes in Battleworld.

The line will be first to market at Target stores nationwide this June.

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ESPN & Marvel Reimagine Comic Book Covers For The NFL Draft

ESPN and Marvel Comics have teamed up to craft special comic covers commemorating a quintet of competitors headed for the 2020 NFL Draft. Referencing some of the mightiest mags in Marvel history, from a modern classic featuring the God of Thunder to an otherworldly Web-Slingin’ icon of the ’80s, some of the most beloved artists at the House of Ideas transformed Jalen Hurts, Kyle Dugger, D’Andre Swift, Derrick Brown, and Isaiah Simmons into their own amazing animated Super Hero characters.

JALEN HURTS BY MARCIO FIORITO AND CARLOS LOPEZ, AFTER THOR (2007) #1 BY OLIVIER COIPEL

KYLE DUGGER BY J.L. GILES AND CHRIS SOTOMAYOR, AFTER SECRET WARS (1984) #8 BY MIKE ZECK

D’ANDRE SWIFT BY JOEY VAZQUEZ, AFTER CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #109 BY JACK KIRBY AND SYD SHORE

DERRICK BROWN BY MIKE MCKONE AND CARLOS LOPEZ, AFTER IRON MAN (1968) #126 BY JOHN ROMITA JR. AND BOB LAYTON

ISAIAH SIMMONS BY YVEL GUICHET, CHRIS SOTOMAYOR, AND WAYNE FAUCHER, AFTER BLACK PANTHER (2016) #1 BY BRIAN STELFREEZE

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Avengers Campus Set To Open July 18, 2020 At Disneyland Resort

Avengers Campus—an entirely new land dedicated to discovering, recruiting and training the next generation of heroes—will open July 18, 2020 at the Disneyland Resort!

Today Disney Parks unveiled the new attraction’s name, exciting casting news, rich details about the land itself and brand-new artist concept renderings. 

Avengers Campus invites you to team up with the Avengers and their allies in a fully immersive land at Disney California Adventure park. Avengers Campus is comprised of several heroic locations—each hosted by a different Super Hero or their ally—to share their unique powers, technology and knowledge with recruits. 

Sling webs with Spider-Man

The first key location, the Worldwide Engineering Brigade—also known as WEB—is home to the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature a favorite neighborhood her: Spider-Man. This new family-friendly attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, invites guests to put their web-slinging skills to the test.

The innovative technology adapted specifically for this attraction includes a seamless blend of 3D and new interface, which allows guests to go on a mission and experience what it’s like to have super powers and sling webs alongside Spider-Man.

WEB is all about how bright young innovators like Peter Parker are inventing new technologies that let all of us become Super Heroes. Being able to authentically represent Peter’s character was a critical element to our story, and thanks to our Studio partners, I’m excited to share that Tom Holland will reprise his role as part of this attraction experience. It was an honor to get to work with Tom, and I can’t wait for guests to experience the amazing talent, humor, and heart he’s bringing to this attraction when it opens this summer. 

“Suit up” with the latest gear, including Spider-Bots from WEB

The WEB Suppliers store is where you will find the latest WEB inventions, including interactive Spider-Bots much like the ones you will see in the new attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. Each Spider-Bot has a remote control, and all eight articulated legs move forward and backward. Best of all, you can tap into your inner WEB inventor by customizing your Spider-Bot with tactical upgrades to harness the powers and styles of favorite Super Heroes, including Black Panther, Iron Man and Black Widow, as well as Ant-Man and The Wasp. 

Other must-have items at WEB Suppliers include a specially-designed backpack to carry Spider-Bots when they are not in action, Spider-Man light goggles, a take-home spider web kit and Funko Pop! vinyl figurines of Spider-Man and Iron Man.

Nearby, the Campus Supply Pod is the place to power up with official Avengers Campus gear, including performance fleece hoodies and tees, headwear, drinkware and other Super Hero supplies. Read more about this exciting merch HERE.

Enjoy tiny treats and big bites

When it’s time to take a break from the heroics, three new dining spots at Avengers Campus will offer dishes that are rich in both flavor and storytelling.

Pym Test Kitchen is a food innovation science lab where the food and drinks tell a story. Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp use “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink just about anything, Pym Technologies applies this innovative science to the creation of shareable bites, inventive-sized entrees and sweet treats. You will be able to taste-test such items as the Impossible™ plant-based large and micro meatballs with pasta, or the “Pym-ini,” a panini served by the slice or as a long, multi-portion sandwich. 

Adjacent to the Pym Test Kitchen, an oversized beer can overhead signals that grown-up beverage tastings are available at Pym Tasting Lab. Adults can order a craft beer, ranging from a blood orange hefeweizen to an amber lager or try one of the Pym Research Staff’s Pym Particle-infused cocktail experiments.

Next, the Avengers have invited the crew of their favorite “shawarma joint” in New York, the Shawarma Palace, to open a second location at the Campus. Enjoy favorite shawarma-inspired snacks at this food cart, which is decked out with memorabilia since the Shawarma Palace owners are huge Avenger fans. Lastly, Taneleer Tivan did not limit his collection to lovable misfits; he is also curating a weird and wonderful menu of intergalactic eats at the Terran Treats food cart near Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! 

Team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy

Speaking of, we will continue to celebrate Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the fan-favorite attraction that opened in 2017, as one of the anchor attractions of Avengers Campus. This rockin’ adventure blasts you straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As you help Rocket bust his pals out of the Collector’s Fortress, you will experience raucous mayhem, music inspired by the soundtracks from the movies and thrilling free-fall drop sequences!

Encounter a formidable villain in a land full of heroes

Last but certainly not least, throughout Avengers Campus, Super Heroes will come to life in ways that are more exciting than ever. You may have heroic encounters with Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, the Dora Milaje, Thor and even villains like Loki. We’re excited to also share that Ant-Man and The Wasp will be making their first appearances in the park, and Iron Man himself will be debuting his new armor in Avengers Campus: the Mark 80.

You may even have the chance to witness Spider-Man swinging into action high above Avengers Campus with gravity-defying, acrobatic feats never seen before in a Disney theme park. 

At a nearby ancient sanctum, Doctor Strange will train recruits in the mystic arts by bringing this ancient sanctum to life with powerful spells. At night, the area glows even more vividly with majestic colors and lights, pulsating with mystic energy.

Finally, every hero needs a formidable villain to fight… the villainous Taskmaster, who will have a role in the upcoming film “Black Widow,” will be seen for the first time at a Disney park at Avengers Campus. Taskmaster’s abilities include photographic reflexes. Taskmaster can replicate Super Hero moves, making this new villain a balanced foe for the Campus heroes.

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Amazing Fantasy #15 Comic Sells For A Staggering $795,000 At Auction

One of the finest known copies of Amazing Fantasy #15, the issue in which Spider-Man made his first appearance sold for a whopping $795,000 at auction.

Amazing Fantasy #15 is one of just six copies known to exist with a 9.4 grade – there are only four known copies with a higher grade – of the issue considered the most valuable and in-demand comic book of the Silver Age. The final price was the highest by a wide margin for a 1960s comic sold through Heritage Auctions (the previous high was $492,937.50).

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