It’s been my practice to occasionally wait until the comics are closer to being released so it is fresh on the fans and their vendors minds and though this particular release hit my mailbox back in July, I waited until now based on far too many of our Pop Culture things coming at you every day. Let’s take a look at this brand new variant cover initiative.
The Press Release: This past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Games debuted an exclusive trailer, all-new art, and action-packed gameplay from MARVEL Battle Lines – the collectible card battling mobile game created by Nexon. And this October, Marvel Comics is celebrating the game’s much-anticipated launch with a series of variant covers showcasing over two dozen in-game cards featuring striking images of some of the most popular Marvel Super Heroes! Look for MARVEL Battle Lines variant covers on these select titles:
Hot on the heels of the most recent True Believers one-dollar issues that showcased the “MARVEL KNIGHTS” we get another exciting offering with October’s “WHAT IF? TRUE BELIEVERS MONTH!” I don’t know about you readers, but it sure seems like the fine folks at the House Of Ideas are looking to make these more of a regular occurrence and I am fine with that. We didn’t find an actual press release to go along with these but do have the cover art and the reference of what original issue the titles are based on. Let’s take a look.
TRUE BELIEVERS: WHAT IF THE AVENGERS HAD FOUGHT EVIL DURING THE 1950S? #1
Reprinting What If? (1977) #9
TRUE BELIEVERS: WHAT IF JANE FOSTER HAD FOUND THE HAMMER OF THOR? #1
Reprinting What If? (1977) #10
The Press Release:
He took the world by storm when he made his debut in last year’s THANOS #13, and now Marvel is celebrating the Cosmic Ghost Rider with a series of special order all variant covers that feature Marvel’s breakout character battling different heroes of the Marvel Universe! Look for Marvel’s COSMIC GHOST RIDER order all variant covers on these select titles:
Welcome to August my friends and wow what an exciting month this is going to be. Not only are we hitting the eighth month of the 2018 year, but it falls on “New Comic Book” Day and with some monumental launches and one-shots hitting the racks this month I am going to start with the stuff coming out care of Marvel Comics. As usual, the copy and any images come care of their resources while the editorial closing is from our side of the fence. Let’s get down to business since there is a lot to absorb and so much so that you might need to cut back on a coffee or three during the week and ask your boss if a little overtime is possible.
FANTASTIC FOUR #1: FOUREVER Part One. BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT – THE WORLD’S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE IS BACK! Since the end of SECRET WARS, there’s been a gap in the Marvel Universe. A void no other team can fill. And it’s time for the world to move on. But can it? A life-changing decision by the Thing! A momentous declaration by the Human Torch! A clarion call-to-arms that summons Doctor Doom! And a signal in the sky that heralds the return of hope to the Marvel Universe! All this, and Alicia Masters adopts kittens! So cute! Plus, the Impossible Man!
AND BONUS STORIES ILLUSTRATED BY SIMONE BIANCHI AND SKOTTIE YOUNG! IF YOU READ ONLY ONE MARVEL COMIC THIS MONTH, THIS IS THE ONE!
DAN SLOTT (W) • SARA PICHELLI (A); Cover by ESAD RIBIC
FANTASTIC FOUR #1 FACSIMILE: As a fresh era begins for Marvel’s First Family, revisit the original Fantastic Four #1 in this special commemorative edition! Stan Lee and Jack Kirby changed super hero storytelling forever when they introduced Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, and Susan and Johnny Storm. Together, the adventurous quartet blast off on an experimental rocket flight – only to be bombarded by life-altering cosmic rays! Reed becomes the elastic Mister Fantastic! Ben transforms into the rocky Thing! Sue turns into an Invisible Girl! And Johnny flames on as the Human Torch! They’ll use their incredible powers to help mankind – starting by fending off the menace of the Mole Man! Now, the book that started it all is re-presented in full – including its original ads – alongside suitably fantastic extras! It’s the next best thing to buying Fantastic Four #1 off the stands back in 1961!
STAN LEE (W) • JACK KIRBY (A/C)
MARVEL GRAPHIC COMIC BOX – FANTASTIC FOUR: Welcome to the Marvel Age of Comic Boxes! Store your treasured collection in sturdy surroundings every bit as exciting as the issues inside! Featuring action-packed illustrations on all sides from some of comics’ finest artists, Marvel’s Graphic Comic Boxes will star all your Marvel Universe favorites – continuing with THE FANTASTIC FOUR! Preserve your comic collection with Marvel Graphic Comic Boxes! Inside dimensions – 15-1/2” x 7-5/8” x 10-7/8” Continue reading Marvel Comics First Issues Coming August 2018→
In the coming months, the Fantastic Four will return to the Marvel Universe and star in a title of their own. While this news was released before we are sharing it, I wanted to post it now so you can hit your retailer and get them on point with this group of variants since they generally need a month advance notice to get the order in to Diamond. Check out these awesome variants on some of the currently running and new titles.
The Press Release:
The Fantastic Four have returned, and what better way to celebrate the homecoming of Sue, Reed, Ben and Johnny than with a collection of variant covers highlighting the different iterations of Marvel’s beloved first family? This August, some of the industry’s most acclaimed creators will bring you the Fantastic Four through the years, highlighting the team during their many different and memorable eras in Marvel Comics! Look for Marvel’s RETURN OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR variant covers on these select titles:
1. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 by STEVE EPTING
2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 by CHRIS SPROUSE (not final art)