Saturday, March 25, 2017

03.25.2017 - MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS “MARVEL PLAYBACK”

New Video Series Offers Intimate Interviews with some of Today’s Top Musical Acts as they Exhibit their Marvel Fandom


                                                                                                              
Marvel Entertainment has been on the forefront of merging the worlds of comics and music, and starting today, Marvel is proud to introduce MARVEL PLAYBACK. Debuting exclusively with Marvel.com, MARVEL PLAYBACK sits down with some of the biggest names in music as they present and showoff their love of the comic book industry, their local comic shops, and all things Marvel. 

Kicking off today, MARVEL PLAYBACK was offered the chance to speak with Pat Carney from The Black Keys and spoke with him about the synergy between music and comics, the timelessness of Marvel Comics, and who first introduced him to the world of comic books. “I got into comics when I was 10 years old,” said Carney. “I remember looking at the old comics that my dad had and they were all 12 cents. I started mowing lawns when I was in 4th grade just to be able to pay for comic books.”


A companion video series to the Marvel Music Spotlight Series, MARVEL PLAYBACK, will continue to offers fans behind-the-scenes interviews available nowhere else that. Available only on Marvel.com, MARVEL PLAYBACK will be released in conjunction with future Marvel Music Spotlight Videos and will further emphasize the natural connectivity between music and comics through the personal stories and anecdotes from some of the biggest names in music and how Marvel comics have helped shaped their unique sound.

For More information on The Black Keys, please contact Mary Moyer at mary@qprime.com.

Fan sites, be sure to assemble your readers and followers by embedding your website with the following code to watch all the "Marvel Playback" videos as they are released: 




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About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. 
For more information visit marvel.com

© 2017 MARVEL

Friday, March 24, 2017

03.24.2017 - SECRET EMPIRE #1 Launch Parties Bring Marvel’s Next Great Event To Your Local Stores!

United We Stand!

The action is heating up as the Marvel Universe races headlong into Secret Empire! It’s all happening on May 3rd, and your local comic shop is the place to be to get your hands on the highly-anticipated SECRET EMPIRE #1! Nick Spencer (Captain America: Steve Rogers) and Steve McNiven (Civil War) unite Avengers, X-Men, Defenders, Champions, Guardians, Inhumans and more as an unwavering front against Hydra’s tyranny!

To coincide with the kickoff to this blockbuster event, Marvel has partnered with participating retail stores to host SECRET EMPIRE LAUNCH PARTIES. In addition to exclusive promotional materials and variant covers, participating retail stores will receive exciting promotional items – including Secret Empire Pins and the brand-new Secret Empire Lenticular Backing Boards – perfect for storing your issues of Secret Empire in style!

“We’re rolling out the red carpet for Secret Empire, and providing retailers with everything they need to get customers in on the ground floor for this story,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “In addition to making sure retailers have the first issue on shelves for Free Comic Book Day, one of their most trafficked days of the year, Marvel will be shipping participating retailers additional materials to help promote Secret Empire in their stores. Posters, postcards, promo items, samplers and more! If your store hasn’t opted in yet, what are you waiting for?!”

All qualifying retailers will receive the following as the part of the SECRET EMPIRE PARTY KIT:

·         Secret Empire Invitational Postcards
·         Secret Empire Lenticular Backing Board (Bundles of 25)
·         Secret Empire Pins (Bundles of 25)
·         Secret Empire #1 Nauck Where’s Hydra? Sketch Variant
·         Deep Ordering Discounts
·         Downloadable Cake Toppers

Retailers who qualify will also be eligible to order the SECRET EMPIRE #1 PARTY WHERE’S HYDRA VARIANT. Comic artist Todd Nauck illustrates a massive super hero battle unlike any you’ve ever seen. But there’s a Hydra operative hiding amid the chaos. Can you find him?

Retailers are encouraged to check their Marvel Mailer and Diamond Daily for more information about the SECRET EMPIRE LAUNCH PARTIES and how to opt-in before 4/3. Hydra’s grasp is beginning to tighten around the Marvel Universe. Forged together as one, the heroes of the Marvel Universe stand against a common foe! Are you ready? Run, don’t walk to your local comic shop on May 3rd to get your hands on the highly-anticipated SECRET EMPIRE #1!

  
  

SECRET EMPIRE #1 (MAR170901)
SECRET EMPIRE LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (FEB178185)
(Launch Party Opt-In Deadline Is 4/3)
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by STEVE MCNIVEN
Cover by MARK BROOKS
Variant Covers by ADI GRANOV (MAR170902), ANDREA SORRENTINO (MAR170905),
J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (MAR170903) and DAN MORA (MAR170908)
Party Variant by TODD NAUCK (MAR170905)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR170907)
FOC – 04/10/17, On-Sale – 05/03/17
To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook. 


About Marvel: Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com © MARVEL 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

03.21.2017 - BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON Comes to Blu-ray!


Batman: the Brave and the Bold swings through its sunset season in high style, deftly firing on all its Bat-cylinders. This game-changing, forward-thinking, nostalgia-steeped, meta-textual mix of comedy and adventure played a pivotal role in the liberation of Batman from the confines Dark Knights into the Batman of Many Seasons we all enjoy today. Joining Bats (voice of Diedrich Bader) and semi-regular allies Green Arrow (voice of James Arnold Taylor) and Aquaman (voice of John DiMaggio) are some powerhouse allies, including the Big Blue, Superman himself (voice of Roger Rose), as well as Martian Manhunter (voice of Nicholas Guest), Plastic Man (voice of Tom Kenny), The Flash (voice of Alan Tudyk) and Wonder Woman (voice of Vicki Lewis). Arrayed against our brave and bold heroes is a Who's Who of hissable villainy including The Joker (voice of Jeff Bennett) - who gets his own role reversal team-up episode, complete with theme - The Penguin (voice of Stephen Root), Cheetah (voice of Morena Baccarin), Black Manta (voice of Kevin Michael Richardson) and Golden Age great, The Weeper (voice of Tim Conway). It all culminates in one of the greatest series finales of all time, as Ambush Bug (voice of Henry Winkler) battles Bat-mite (voice of Paul Reubens) for the soul of a show. Did we mention Space Ghost (voice of Gary Owens) stops by this season, too? And all the hi-jinks and high adventure has never looked cooler or cleaner than it does in sparkling 1080p HD on Blu-ray. 
16x9 Widescreen




03.21.2017 - Like Father, Like Son. Your New Look Inside NICK FURY #1!

The world is a more dangerous place than ever. It needs dangerous men to keep it safe. That’s where he comes in. When you need a lone agent to infiltrate, capture, uncover or destroy – there’s no one better than Fury! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at NICK FURY #1 – the all-new series bringing the high-octane spy action to your local comic shop on April 19th! Eisner Award-winning writer James Robinson (Scarlet Witch, Cable) joins visionary artist ACO (Squadron Supreme) for a high-octane spy-thriller full of action and dripping with style!

Whether it’s aboard a speeding train, in the underwater city of Atlantis or even the surface of the moon – Fury gets the job done! His first mission? A trip to the beautiful French Riviera! Only this is no vacation. Amid the bright casino lights and beautiful picturesque vistas, there’s something foul at play.

Every issue: New mission. High-tech weapons. Higher stakes espionage. Non-stop action.  He’ll dare any danger. He’ll fight any foe. He is…Nick Fury! And he’s exploding into comic shops everywhere in the can’t-miss NICK FURY #1 – on-sale April 19th!  

  
  

NICK FURY #1 (FEB170811)
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art & Cover by ACO
Variant Covers by GREG LAND (FEB170812) and LARRY STROMAN (FEB170813)
Hip-Hop Variant by BILL SIENKIEWICZ (FEB170814)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (FEB170815)
FOC – 03/27/17, On-Sale – 04/19/17
 To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook. 


About Marvel: Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com © MARVEL 2017

03.21.2017 - Archie and Friends Face Mortal Danger in New, Game-Changing Event Kicking Off in May


“OVER THE EDGE” rocks Riverdale to its core in the pages of the ongoing ARCHIE series from acclaimed team of writer Mark Waid and artist Pete Woods

The lives of Archie Comics’ most popular characters will be changed forever as legendary comic book writer Mark Waid and superstar artist Pete Woods take readers OVER THE EDGE in ARCHIE #20 beginning this May!

Following in the footsteps of the best-selling DEATH OF ARCHIE storyline and the critically acclaimed ARCHIE relaunch, OVER THE EDGE serves as a culmination of years of risk-taking stories and promises to change the lives of Riverdale’s core characters dramatically.

“Up until now, Archie and his pals have led fairly untroubled, normal lives,” said series writer Mark Waid. “Suddenly, in one horrifying instant, that all changes when one of the kids looks death in the eye--and death doesn't blink.”

The 3-part OVER THE EDGE event begins in May’s ARCHIE #20, as Archie Andrews’ and Reggie Mantle’s ongoing feud pits the two against each other in a thrill ride on the dangerous Dead Man’s Curve. In June, a life-changing phone call will leave Riverdale’s citizens in shock and readers on their toes in ARCHIE #21.

The heart-wrenching storyline concludes in July’s ARCHIE #22 as the end comes for one of Riverdale’s most beloved residents – while setting the stage for years of new and undiscovered destinies for the entire cast.
 
ARCHIE #20 Variant Cover by Elliot Fernandez with Joey Vazquez
ARCHIE #20 Variant Cover by Greg Smallwood
ARCHIE #20
It’s the BIGGEST comic event in ARCHIE HISTORY! Archie and Reggie’s ongoing feud reaches a fever pitch that pits the two against each other in a thrill ride on the deadly Dead Man’s Curve!
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Elliot Fernandez with Joey Vazquez, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 5/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


ARCHIE #21
A phone call leaves everyone in Riverdale in a state of shock and despair! 
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Matthew Dow Smith, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 6/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

To pre-order ARCHIE #20 and the entire OVER THE EDGE storyline, contact a local comic book shop using the Comic Shop Locator Service.

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03.21.2017 - ARCHIE COMICS JUNE 2017 SOLICITATIONS

ARCHIE COMICS JUNE 2017 SOLICITATIONS

MARVEL DIGEST
MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #1
Excelsior! Marvel Comics’ best-selling heroes are now in the ever-popular digest format! Each digest is a mixture of over 200 pages of the most memorable classic and modern stories, spanning every decade of Marvel history and readership. This first issue spotlights the Amazing Spider-Man, featuring art and stories from comic greats including Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Len Wein, Ross Andru and more. This is a can’t-miss collector’s item that will not be reprinted!
Script: VariousArt:  VariousCover: Mike Wieringo and Karl KeselOn Sale Date: 6/7224-page, full color comic$6.99 U.S.
DARK CIRCLE
 
THE BLACK HOOD SEASON 2, #5
The Nobody makes his move on his ultimate target, while the Black Hood’s mission of vengeance comes to a shocking conclusion!
Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Greg Scott, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
The Black Hood S2, #5 CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood
The Black Hood S2, #5 CVR B Var: Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 5/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.
THE BLACK HOOD VOLUME 1: THE BULLET’S KISS (TR)
COLLECTING THE BESTSELLING DEBUT ARC FROM THE ACCLAIMED TEAM OF SWIERCZYNSKI AND GAYDOS! A man driven to the brink, blacklisted and left brutally changed must crawl through the wreckage of his life to defeat a gang of deadly criminals hell-bent on setting the streets of Philadelphia aflame. The Black Hood is a visceral, modern crime noir tale told by two masters of the genre.  Featuring an introduction from legendary crime writer Lawrence Block (A Walk Among the Tombstones and many more)!
Script: Duane SwierczynskiArt: Michael Gaydos, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel DeeringCover:  Michael Gaydos978-1-61988-962-0$14.99/$16.99CANTR144 pp, Full ColorDirect Market On-Sale Date: 6/21
ARCHIE
  
ARCHIE #21
A phone call leaves everyone in Riverdale in a state of shock and despair!
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Archie #21 CVR A Reg: Pete Woods
Archie #21 CVR B Var: Matthew Dow Smith
Archie #21 CVR C Var: Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 6/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.
  
JUGHEAD #16
"Music, Magic & Mayhem" Part Two: Everyone is after Jughead!  What sort of witchcraft has befallen our crowned hero, making him Riverdale's #1 target? Jughead finds himself in a mosh pit of doom in this special issue featuring Sabrina, Josie & the Pussycats, ZOMBIES and so much more! 
Script: Mark Waid and Ian FlynnArt: Derek Charm, Matt Herms and Jack MorelliJughead #16 CVR A Reg: Derek CharmJughead #16 CVR B Var: Stephen ByrneJughead #16 CVR C Var: Elliot FernandezOn Sale Date: 6/2832-page, full color comic$3.99 U.S.
  
RIVERDALE #3
From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale, this brand new, ongoing comic series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Josie & the Pussycats and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome fa├žade, as based on the hit new CW TV series Riverdale.
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Various
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Riverdale #3 CVR A Reg: Francesco Francavilla
Riverdale #3 CVR B Var: Marguerite Sauvage
Riverdale #3 CVR C Var: Wilfredo Torres
On Sale Date: 6/7
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.
 
ARCHIE CLASSIC
ARCHIE SUMMER ANNUAL #280
It’s SUMMER FUN MONTH! with the new lead story “Beachwatch"! They're filming a new "Beachwatch" movie on the beach, and Archie is thrilled to have gotten a part in it! But will he become a star, or will something cause him to get burned?
Script: Dan ParentArt:  Dan ParentCover: Dan ParentOn Sale Date: 6/28192-page, full color comic$5.99 U.S.
ARCHIE’S 75th ANNIVERSARY DIGEST #11
Celebrate Archie’s 75th anniversary in a special way with this commemorative digest that revisits the historic “Archie Marries” storyline!
Script: VariousArt:  VariousCover: VariousOn Sale Date: 6/28224-page, full color comic$6.99 U.S.
BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #255
SUMMER FUN MONTH continues with "Vacation Vexation"! The Coopers are taking an RV across the country. Betty invites Veronica, but camping isn't Veronica's thing. But when Veronica gets so lonely without her BFF, she helicopters her way to their location!
Script: Dan ParentArt:  Dan ParentCover: Dan ParentOn Sale Date: 6/21160-page, full color comic$4.99 U.S.
B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #254
SUMMER FUN MONTH! In the new lead story "What A Break!" Veronica attempts to water ski, and breaks her leg in the process. When the girls get a look at the hot and hunky physical therapist that's helping her, they all come up with maladies of their own!
Script: Dan ParentArt:  Dan ParentCover: Dan ParentOn Sale Date: 6/14256-page, full color comic$6.99 U.S.
COMPLETE SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH 1962-1971 (TR)
It's back to the beginning with Sabrina in this first of a new series compiling the entire history of everyone's favorite Teenage Witch! This graphic novel chronologically collects all the stories starring Sabrina the Teenage Witch from 1962 to 1965.
Script: VariousArt: VariousCover:  Various978-1-93697-594-5$9.99 U.S./$10.99 CANTR512 pp, black & whiteDirect Market On-Sale Date: 6/7
WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #69
SUMMER FUN MONTH rolls on with the new lead story "Beach Party Blossom.” The gang starts their summer vacation with a beach party. When Cheryl finds out she’s not invited, she decides to crash it, but Betty has a trick up her sleeve, which includes Cheryl's brother Jason.
Script: Dan ParentArt:  Dan ParentCover: Dan ParentOn Sale Date: 6/7160-page, full color comic$4.99 U.S.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

03.20.2017 - Face It Tiger, You Won’t Want To Miss These Spectacular Variant Covers!

Mary Jane Watson Variants Coming This June!

Face it, comic book fans – you just hit the jackpot! Your eyes do not deceive, True Believer. Mary Jane Watson is getting a superhero overhaul this June at your local comic shop for a series of MARY JANE WATSON VARIANTS coming to your local comic store! To celebrate the launch of the highly-anticipated new series, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 – one of the most iconic Spider-Man characters ever takes the Marvel Universe by storm and steps into the boots of its most famous heroes!

“Both the Gwen Stacy Variant Program and this month’s Venomized Variant Program were such runaway successes, we couldn’t help but try to top ourselves,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “And with Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert’s new Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man book on the horizon, the timing couldn’t have been better to put the spotlight on fan-favorite Mary Jane Watson.”

What if Mary Jane had been awarded the Eye of Agamotto to become the new Dr. Strange? What if she had taken up the one-woman war on crime as the Punisher? Or became infused with gamma radiation to become the new Incredible Hulk? Well, wonder no longer!

Today, Marvel is pleased to reveal the first set of MARY JANE WATSON VARIANTS coming exclusively to comic shops throughout the month of June:

1. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #21 by David Lopez

2. AVENGERS #8 by Mike Allred

3. CHAMPIONS #9 by Helen Chen

4. DOCTOR STRANGE #22 by Francisco Herrera

5. GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #17 by David Nakayama

6. HULK #7 by Rahzzah

7. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8 by Marco Checchetto

8. IRON FIST #4 by Stephanie Hans

9. SPIDER-GWEN #21 by Kevin Wada

10. THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 by Chris Samnee

11. THE PUNISHER #13 by Dave Williams

12. VENOM #151 by Francesco Mattina

Look for these additional Mary Jane Watson Variants to grace the covers of these exciting Marvel comics in June:

13. ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3 by TBA
14. BLACK BOLT #2 by Ryan Stegman
15. CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #18 by Paolo Rivera
16. DAREDEVIL #21 by Humberto Ramos
17. DEADPOOL #32 by Elizabeth Torque
18. I AM GROOT #2 by TBA
19. MIGHTY THOR #20 by Patrick Brown
20. SECRET WARRIORS #3 by Humberto Ramos
21. X-MEN BLUE #5 by TBA
22. X-MEN GOLD #5 by Anthony Piper

Look for more variants to be revealed in the coming weeks, and be sure to stop by your local comic shop to get your hands on these covers throughout the month of June!

Retailers: Check your future Marvel Mailers for ordering information these upcoming variant covers. Retailers are encouraged to check their orders as demand for these covers can only increase in the coming weeks.
To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook. 


About Marvel: Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com © MARVEL 2017