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DC Comics Reveals “Detective Comics” #1000 Variant Covers

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This March, comic book history will be made as “Detective Comics” reaches its milestone 1000th issue. As you all know, this is the title that gave us “The Batman” way back in May of 1939 and before I get into the cover visuals, I wanted to share that classic issue with you all. Remember, Batman didn’t appear in the first issue of that comic but instead in its 27th.

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“Detective Comics” #27

About The Issue: After 80 years, it’s here—the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman’s past, present and future…plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here!

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“Detective Comics” #1000

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Reflecting On The 2017 Deaths In Music

If you’ve been reading the PiercingMetal website for a while then you already know that I occasionally need to share the sad news about deaths in the entertainment world. Historically speaking, I’ve been doing them since the days when I had “PiercingMetal Musings” as a side blog that had not yet been integrated into the main site as you see now. Back then I always felt weird about doing such posts but as much as good news should be announced so should the bad stuff and as a known “voice” for the Metal Scene, I try to keep up on them when the news hits the wire. Now with this being said, there is no way possible for me to address every single one of them based on the size of the team and the time that we have so starting this year I will be doing a larger rundown of many of the names that I think you would know. Some have already been discussed in our “In Memoriam” Features, and those artists will be highlighted so you can examine the longer toast that we did. Let’s start from the beginning of the year and raise a glass to their memories one more time.

January 16, 2017: Steve Wright (66), American power pop bassist and songwriter (The Greg Kihn Band)
January 18, 2017: Mike Kellie (69), British psychedelic rock and power pop drummer (Spooky Tooth, The Only Ones)
January 22, 2017: Pete Overend Watts (69), British glam rock bassist (Mott the Hoople)
January 24, 2017: Butch Trucks (69), American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band, Les Brers)
January 28, 2017: Geoff Nicholls (68), British rock musician and keyboardist (Black Sabbath, Quartz)
January 31, 2017: John Wetton (67), British progressive rock singer, bassist, and songwriter (Asia, King Crimson)

February 1, 2017: Robert Dahlqvist (40), Swedish alternative rock guitarist and singer (The Hellacopters, Thunder Express, Dundertåget)
February 4, 2017: Steve Lang (67), Canadian rock bassist (April Wine)
February 8, 2017: Tony Särkkä (44), Swedish black metal multi-instrumentalist
February 12, 2017: Al Jarreau (76), American jazz singer
February 13, 2017: Trish Doan (31), American heavy metal bassist (Kittie) (death announced on this date)
February 19, 2017: Larry Coryell (73), American jazz fusion guitarist
February 25, 2017: Rick Chavez, American progressive metal singer and guitarist (Drive)
February 25, 2017: Bill Paxton (61), American new wave keyboardist (Martini Ranch) and actor
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Art Legend Bernie Wrightson Has Passed (1948-2017)

While the world was still reeling from the news about the passing of the legendary musician Chuck Berry, the art community was coming to terms with the news that the great Bernie Wrightson had also passed away. Wrightson had experienced issues after brain surgery and passed away at the age of 68. To say that the comic book field will miss his talents is an understatement as in addition to being a co-creator of the original Swamp Thing, he worked for dozens of the major companies and even a score of the smaller more independent ones. Its safe to say that if you were collecting comics for any lengthy amount of time that you probably have a few dozen that featured his work. Wrightson knew Horror and Science Fiction quite well when it came to the illustrated page and his pencils and inks were second to none. They delivered the macabre goings on to your eyes perfectly and you could feel the horrific drama going on just by looking at his work.

I never got to meet him despite hitting numerous comic conventions over the years and wish I had tried a little harder. His work in the craft shall be missed like few others and we wish his family, friends and worldwide fans the strength needed for this sad time. Thanks Bernie for bringing horror to bigger life on the illustrated page. May you Rest in Peace. With so much to learn about this tremendous talent I encourage readers to click over to his Wiki entry down below.

Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Wrightson