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Marvel Announces “Mighty Marvel Masterworks” Editions For June

The Press Release:
An exciting new line of Marvel graphic novels will debut this June! The MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS will collect the very beginning of Marvel’s most iconic heroes: the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and more. The stories that kicked off the sagas of these beloved franchises will now be available in an accessible new 6 x 9 format that the whole family can enjoy!

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These timeless stories were crafted by none other than industry legends Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko who revolutionized the comic book genre with their bold new approach to super hero adventures. Now, the MIGHTY MARVEL MASTERWORKS will serve as a perfect gateway to the expansive Marvel Universe and allow a brand-new generation to witness the historic beginnings behind these pop culture phenomena.
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Marvel Announces “Marvel: August 1961” Omnibus (Hardcover)

The Press Release:
In August 1961, FANTASTIC FOUR #1 hit newsstands, heralding a new take on super hero stories and the birth of the Silver Age Marvel Universe! Now, sixty years later, experience the excitement of being a comic book fan in that momentous month with the MARVEL: AUGUST 1961 OMNIBUS, a complete hardcover collection of every issue that shared the shelves with FANTASTIC FOUR #1, many never before reprinted!

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“Marvel: August 1961” Omnibus

Considering leaving the comic book industry behind, Stan Lee was persuaded by his loving wife Joan to create one more book exactly the way he wanted it. And so, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created FANTASTIC FOUR #1 and changed the American pop culture landscape forever. Before the Silver Age kicked off, Marvel Comics had published western, romance, comedy, monster and science fiction titles — and in August 1961, FANTASTIC FOUR was just one of over a dozen very different Marvel books. This first-of-its-kind omnibus will include:
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Marvel Reveals Variant Covers For “Marvel Comics” #1000

Last year, both “Action Comics” and “Detective Comics” from DC Comics reached their milestone 1000th issue and to celebrate them had a wealth of variant covers for fans to scramble to collect. Clicking the highlighted text will bring those articles up in case you’re still hunting for a particular variant. Now its Marvel’s turn to celebrate as their milestone “Marvel Comics” #1000 will soon hit the stands and they’ve unveiled a crop of variant covers for the issue. As new reveals come to light I will add them into this same post, let’s go.

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The Press Release:
In celebration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary this year, scores of comic creators – some Marvel icons, some first-timers – are assembling for an epic comic book story in honor of the very first issue of MARVEL COMICS. This August, get ready for MARVEL COMICS #1000, a massive collaborative effort that will see 80 different creative teams weave together one, expansive story. In honor of an 80-year legacy, we’re proud to present an incredible lineup of variants, all by an exceptional roster of artists, that exemplify the richness and scope of Marvel history. Collect these iconic covers soon!

MARVEL COMICS 1000 40’S VARIANT COVER BY MARK BROOKS

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Reflecting On The 2018 Deaths In Music

As our Entertainment Year draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment and reflect upon the numerous artist losses that we found happening over the past year in 2018. While its true that there is often a longer “In Memoriam” post done for some of the artists here on the PiercingMetal website, it’s all too difficult to do such a piece for every single musician or entertainment personality that we lose. I think I’d need a dedicated writer for that alone. In similar fashion to the full listing that I began last year in this fashion, I culled the research sources and tried to cite all the names that our demographic might be most familiar with. Should a longer “In Memoriam” post exist on the site, I will highlight the name so you can examine that article at your leisure. Let’s say goodbye to these talented people once more before 2018 end.

January 1, 2018: Jon Paul Steuer (33), American punk singer and actor
January 2, 2018: Rick Hall (85), American record producer
January 3, 2018: Josiah Boyd (32), American heavy metal bassist (A Hill to Die Upon)
January 4, 2018: Ray Thomas (76), British progressive rock flautist (The Moody Blues)
January 5, 2018: Mikio Fujioka (36), Japanese heavy metal guitarist (Babymetal)
January 9, 2018: Paul Antingnani, American heavy metal drummer (Sworn Enemy)
January 10, 2018: “Fast” Eddie Clarke (67), British heavy metal guitarist (Motörhead, Fastway)
January 15, 2018: Dolores O’Riordan (46), Irish alternative rock singer-songwriter (The Cranberries)
January 16, 2018: Dave Holland (69), English heavy metal drummer (Judas Priest, Trapeze)
January 20, 2018: Jim Rodford (76), British rock bassist (Argent, The Kinks, The Zombies)

February 7, 2018: Pat Torpey (64), American hard rock drummer (Mr. Big)
February 9, 2018: Craig MacGregor (68), American rock bassist (Foghat)
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Comics Legend Steve Ditko Has Died (1927-2018)

Good morning my dear comic book aficiondos, it’s with great sadness that I am posting these words very early to your Internet streams but the industry has lost another great as the legendary Steve Ditko has passed away. Ditko was 90 years of age and it is believed to have been a heart attack. He was found unresponsive in his apartment several days ago but the news only began circulating last night. Ditko was the co-creator of the Amazing Spider-Man who first appeared in “Amazing Fantasy” #15 and Doctor Strange whose first appearance was in “Strange Tales” #110 Both characters began their eventually historic adventures back in 1963. Stan Lee was the other side of this co-creative coin in case you didn’t already know that. I’ve snagged the two incredible issues down below for you.

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“Amazing Fantasy” #15

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