ICv2 has learned that even though DC Comics has lost its rights to publish new comic books featuring Doc Savage, The Avenger, and The Spirit (see "DC Dumps the Pulps"), DC does retain the rights to publish the superbly-produced Spirit Archives volumes that collect Will Eisner’s classic Spirit adventures in deluxe hardcover volumes.
The deal that gave DC Comics the rights to publish The Spirit Archives was separate from the agreements that allowed them to publish new Spirit comic books as well as comics featuring other pulp-era comic and magazine heroes like Doc Savage and The Avenger. While the deal to produce new comics has lapsed, the agreement to publish The Spirit Archives remains in force.
Of course this does not necessarily mean that DC will reprint the volumes of The Spirit Archives that are currently out of print, but ICv2 has learned that the nation’s oldest comic book publishing company does continue to have the legal right to do so.
Comics by comiXology is ranked #3 in Apple’s chart of the top grossing iPad apps of 2012, according to Inside Mobile Apps. It trailed only DragonVale and Slotmania HD, two heavily addictive free-to-play games, and led productivity apps Pages and Quickoffice Pro HD, and games Slotmania, Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, Modern War, Mystery Manor: Hidden Adventure HD, and Clash of Clans. No other comics apps charted in the Top 10.
The Comics app has been charting strong since the fall of 2011, when a new version and the rapid expansion of new releases began pushing it to the top of the charts (see "comiXology Charts at #2").
No comics apps charted in the top ten grossing iPhone apps.
–Disclosure: ICv2 has a business relationship with comiXology as a representative for its Retailer Tools; ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp also serves on the board of comiXology.
IDW Publishing has a Star Trek movie prequel and two new ongoing G.I. Joe series launching soon. Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness is a four-issue prequel to the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, which premieres May 17th (see "Benedict Cumberbatch in New ‘Star Trek’ Photo"). The miniseries is written by Mike Johnson with a story by screenwriter Roberto Orci and art by David Messina. Launching in January, it will bridge the gap between the two films leading up to the May release of the sequel. IDW did a very successful Countdown series for the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek film as well (the collection also sold well, see "‘Star Trek’ Cracks Top Five").
IDW is also re-launching its G.I. Joe comics, timed to coincide with the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on March 29, 2013 (see "New ‘Joe’ Trailer"). Two new ongoing series are planned. G.I. Joe, by Fred Van Lente and Steve Kurth, will launch in February with covers by Juan Doe, Steve Kurth, and Jamal Igle, a special G.I. Joe "comics history" cover by Ryan Dunlavey, and a subscription variant cover by Arthur Adams.
G.I. Joe Special Missions, a new ongoing series by Chuck Dixon and Paul Gulacy, will launch in March. The first issue will feature a cover by Brandon Peterson, a wraparound cover by Jamal Igle, and a special Untold Tales of G.I.Joe cover by Jim Rugg.
Sales of comics and graphic novels to comic stores were down 1.1% vs. 2011, but were up when the fact that November 2011 was a five week month and November 2012 was a four week month is taken into account. Year over year comic sales were up 3.55%; graphic novel sales were down 10.86% to make up the slight decline (without accounting for the difference in weeks) over-all.
Year to date sales are still up 14.63% over 2011, with almost identical growth in both the comics and graphic novel portions of the market.
Dollar Market Share–November 2012
Marvel led in Market share, with 34% vs. DC’s 30%, driven primarily by Marvel NOW! books. Marvel had eight of the top ten comic titles in November, led by All New X-Men #1 in the top slot. Batman was #2, but the next six titles were all Marvel NOW! titles (Captain America, Deadpool, Indestructible Hulk, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Uncanny Avengers), followed by Justice League and Thor: God of Thunder.
The Walking Dead Vol. 17 TP was the top graphic novel title in November. The TV series was drawing around 10 million viewers an episode that month, which certainly helped drive sales.
Three of the top five graphic novel titles were from Vertigo, demonstrating the continuing relevance of the imprint as founding editor Karen Berger prepares to depart (see "Karen Berger Leaving Vertigo"). BOOM! Studios had a big hit with its first Adventure Time Vol. 1 TP collection, which came in at #3.
IDW Publishing, in conjunction with Hazmat Studios and Blind Spot Pictures, is producing an official Iron Sky movie tie-in graphic novel, scheduled to appear in comic shops in March.
Written by Mikko Rautalahti (Alan Wake), the story is a prequel to the Finnish/German/Australian sci-fi film and uses humor and steampunk sensibilities to tell the tale of a battle against the Nazis, who fled to the moon after World War II. In addition, it relates to readers how Wolfgang Kortzfleisch became Der Uberfuhrer.
Drawn and colored by Gerry Kissell and Amin Amat, who worked on Code Word: Geronimo (see "‘Code Word: Geronimo’"), Iron Sky will be 104 pages in length and include original pin-up art by Miguel Angel Abad (Planet of the Apes) and Darren Douglas (Golden Compass), along with 33 pages of behind-the-scenes bonus material written by the film’s director, Timo Vuorensola.
Already plowed through the thousands of comics available in Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited? Fret not, Marvelites! We add new books into the collection every week to keep you up to your neck in digitized comics!
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 19
FEAR ITSELF: THE FEARLESS (2011) #10
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (2011) #630
VILLAINS FOR HIRE (2011) #1
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 20
VILLAINS FOR HIRE (2011) #2
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21
VILLAINS FOR HIRE (2011) #3
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22
VILLAINS FOR HIRE (2011) #4
X-23 (2010) #12
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23
BATTLE SCARS (2011) #1
GHOST RIDER (2011) #0.1
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Deathstroke’s speed, strength and higher brain functions have all been enhanced, making his combat prowess even more deadly. He is also a master strategist and manipulator…able to win many fights before they’ve even begun.
Batman: The Dark Knight #4
Slade Wilson, A.K.A. Deathstroke The Terminator, is one of the most dangerous men in the world. A highly trained mercenary and bounty killer, there is no job that he deems impossible. Clearly a villain, Deathstroke still operates within his own sense of morality. He will never leave a contract incomplete, knowing that his business will only be as good as his word. That said, he would kill anybody without hesitation if he feels the ends justify the means.
Deathstroke’s lifestyle has taken him all over the world, leaving a trail of blood and horror in his wake. His operations with the highly classified Team 7 and many of his other contracts have left him with countless enemies, something Deathstroke is more than happy to rectify…with his gun. Perhaps Slade’s only weakness is his interactions with his family members, of whom the total number is currently unknown.
And here is an excerpt from the DC Comics Wiki:
The good folks over at Firestorm Fan have created a very cool podcast of a genuinely retro nature. They are covering all of the characters from the Who’s Who series by DC Comics from the 80s.
It’s like having an encyclopedia of heroes from a few decades ago and they’ve done a really nice job with it so far. Here’s an excerpt from their first post:
It’s finally here!!! The inaugural episode of our WHO’S WHO podcast — the show that dares to tackle one of DC Comics’ greatest publications! Each episode Rob and Shag will cover a single issue of the legendary 1980s series, Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe. This time around we chat about Volume I (March 1985), discussing characters such as: Aquaman, Animal Man, Adam Strange, All-Star Squadron, The Atom, and many more!
You can find the first entry in their Who’s Who series HERE as well as the rest of their podcasts.
I have some of these issues but I don’t think I have the whole series. I’ll have to go into my storage unit and look them up.
Anyway, Check them out. It’s good geek stuff
Better late than never, Marvel has announced that Dexter #1 will ship in February and will feature art by Dalibor Talajic (Deadpool). Previously, at the 2011 New York Comic-Con, Joe Quesada had stated that the series would be available for sale starting sometime in 2012 (see "Marvel to Publish ‘Dexter’ Comics").
Dexter will be a five-issue series written by New York Times best-selling author Jeff Lindsay, who created the character of Dexter Morgan (a blood spatter expert and serial killer who only murders bad guys) for a series of novels beginning with 2004’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter.
The comic books will be in continuity with the novels (as opposed to the popular Showtime television series), with Dexter facing two challenges: a high school reunion and a killer called the Skid Row Slasher.
The seventh Dexter novel by Lindsay, Dexter’s Debut, also debuts in 2013.
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Black Library has announced the upcoming publication of Macragge’s Honor, the first title in a new series of graphic novels based on the Horus Heresy story line from the Warhammer 40K range of games. Written by space opera specialist Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, New Mutants), Macragge’s Honor will focus on one of the most iconic naval battles in the Horus Heresy continuing the saga begun in Abnett’s Horus Heresy-based New York Times bestseller Know No Fear.
Set 10,000 years before the timeline of Warhammer 40K, Horus Heresy is the saga of a galactic civil war, which began when the traitorous Warmaster Horus turned his forces against those of his father the Emperor.
Macragge’s Honor will be available first from the blacklibrary.com Website, but it will receive a standard release later, including editions in both French and German in addition to the original English version.
Following the November 14 release of the All-New X-Men #1 from writer Brian M. Bendis and artist Stuart Immonen, Marvel Comics is set to launch Uncanny X-Men #1 by Bendis and illustrator Chris Bachalo in February 2013 as part of its expansive Marvel NOW! campaign.
As the flagship title in the X universe, Uncanny X-Men joins All-New X-Men and X-Men Legacy in the publisher’s lineup. Led by Cyclops, the mutant superteam consisting of Emma Frost, Magneto, and Magik set out to recruit new members and redefine themselves in the wake of the latest Phoenix incident in the post-AvX world.
This latest incarnation represents the third, ongoing series to bear the Uncanny X-Men title–the first in 1981 and the latest earlier this year. As with other titles in the Marvel NOW! camp, the print edition of Uncanny X-Men will include a download code for a free digital copy of the comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android platforms. Additionally, Uncanny X-Men will include augmented reality content–covers, behind the scenes features, etc.–accessible via the Marvel AR app.
This is the second Marvel NOW! launch announced Friday; the first was Fearless Defenders (see "‘Fearless Defenders’ #1")