The Flash Movie Looks For Another New Director

Warner Bros look for their third Director for the Scarlet Speedster.

Rick Famuyiwa has left Warner Bros. looking for their third Director for the upcoming Flash movie. Citing creative differences, Famuyiwa released this statement:

 

“When I was approached by Warner Bros and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day. I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor. I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humour and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on this project, I remain grateful for the opportunity. I will continue to look for oppportunities to tell stories that speak to fresh generational, topical and multi-cultural point of view. I wish Warner Bros. DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”

 

 

It’s interesting that Famuyiwa hoped that he would continue to look for stories to tell that are “topical” and “multi-cultural”. Does that mean Famuyiwa didn’t think the Warner Bros. version of The Flash would be that?

There has been no comment as yet from Warner Bros. who had Seth Grahame-Smith also leave the movie in April. No word as yet as to who will jump next into the speed-force. Fan favourite and guest Director on the hit CW series The Flash, Kevin Smith has yet to comment on rumours that he maybe in line to take the helm.

 

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Wonder Woman 75 Anniversary Gets Stamp of Approval

The U.S. Postal Service, in conjunction with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, dedicated four Forever stamps today that commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most iconic Super Heroes of all time — Wonder Woman. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place in the DC Entertainment booth at New York Comic Con.

 

Fans are encouraged to share the news on social media using the hashtags #WonderWomanForever and #WonderWoman75.

“Wonder Woman was one of the first female Super Heroes that inspired countless young girls over the past three quarters of a century,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Kristin Seaver. “We salute this heroic role model and her legacy that is sure to continue to span another 75 years.”

Joining Seaver in dedicating the stamps were: DC Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Franchise Management Sandy Yi; Modern Age Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang; Bronze Age Wonder Woman artist José Luis García-López; DC Entertainment Publishers Dan DiDioand Jim Lee;

“DC All Access” host Tiffany Smith; and Wonder Woman Forever stamps art director Greg Breeding.

“It’s been an honor to work on an iconic character like Wonder Woman for the past 40 years,” said García-López. “She is the ultimate female Super Hero, a true symbol of equality and justice, and it’s thrilling to see my Wonder Woman included in the 75th anniversary celebration in such a prominent way.”

“As an artist you hope that your work might endure, like the character of Wonder Woman herself,” added Chiang. “To see something I drew immortalized on a U.S. Postal Service stamp is really an incredible honor, and hopefully a fitting tribute to 75 years of strength and imagination.”

Wonder Woman’s Evolution

First seen in October 1941 in a back-up story for “All Star Comics #8,” meant to test her appeal at a time when female Super Heroes were rare, Wonder Woman quickly broke out and headlined her own title by the next year. Subsequent generations came to know the star-spangled heroine with metal bracelets on her wrists and a magic lasso by her waist via her hit 1975–79 television series and roles in animated shows and movies, as well as her historic appearance on the cover “Ms. Magazine” #1 in 1972. This past March, Wonder Woman was seen for the first time in a live action motion picture with her introduction in the movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates Wonder Woman’s diamond anniversary by chronicling her evolution on Forever stamps from her World War II origins to today. This new issuance showcases four different stamp designs on a sheet of 20 stamps depicting Wonder Woman during four eras of comic book history: Golden Age (1941–55), Silver Age (1956–72), Bronze Age (1973–86) and Modern Age (1987–present). The selvage, or text outside of the stamp images, features the current block-letter Wonder Woman logo in white against a comic book style power burst rendered in shades of blue.

 

 

 

Art by Cliff Chiang

On the first row of stamps, Wonder Woman of the Modern Age wields a hammer with a power and determination befitting her roots in the heroic world of Greek mythology.

 

 

Art by José Luis García-López

The Bronze Age Wonder Woman’s bold stance empowers the second row of stamps. With her fist held high and bulletproof bracelets gleaming, the Amazon princess leads the charge against injustice.

 

 

Art by Irving Novick

The third row of stamps depicts Wonder Woman during the Silver Age. Although she possesses great strength and speed, the world’s favorite Super Heroine prefers compassion to the use of brute force. With her golden lasso of truth close at hand, she compels honesty from her foes.

 

Art by Jon L Blummer

In the last row of stamps, Wonder Woman from the Golden Age bursts onto the scene as originally envisioned by creator William Moulton Marston.

Art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp pane. The Wonder Woman stamps will be issued as Forever stamps and always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

In 2006, Wonder Woman was part of the Postal Service’s first stamp pane honoring comic book Super Heroes. Half of the stamps on the DC Super Heroes pane depicted portraits of the characters; the others highlighted covers of individual comic books devoted to their exploits. Wonder Woman was joined by Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Supergirl and Superman. The first-day-of-issuance ceremony took place at Comic-Con in San Diego.

 

Wonder Woman

Art by Ross Andru & Mike Esposito

Wonder Woman has been an iconic inspiration for countless women and men since her debut in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941. The most recognizable female character in comics, created by William Moulton Marston, she remains a figure of strength, beauty and courage

 

Wonder Woman #22 (2nd series)

Nov. 1988

Art by George Pérez

As a worldwide ambassador of justice, equality and peace, Wonder Woman soared to new heights in the late 1980s. The character returned to her roots as an Amazon warrior from Paradise Island, land of heroic women. Her special powers were gifts from the Olympians.

Visit this link for news on upcoming stamp events.

Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at local Post Offices, at The Postal Store website at usps.com⁄shop or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Wonder Woman Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services

Cancellation Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210

Kansas City, MO 64144-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by Dec. 7, 2016.

Ordering First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly  USA Philatelic catalog, online at usps.com⁄shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service

Catalog Request

PO Box 219014

Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Visit this link for information on upcoming stamp events.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Courtesy of DC Entertainment

 

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DC Celebrates the Big Screen Release of JUSTICE LEAGUE with Special JUSTICE Variant Covers in November!

As the world awaits the big screen debut of “Justice League,” DC is getting in on the action with a special collection of variant covers inspired by the forthcoming film! Illustrated by the some of the comic industry’s most acclaimed artists, these variant covers showcase DC’s iconic Super Hero team in the likeness of their big screen counterparts.

Fans are getting their first look today at variant covers available on the November editions of flagship DC titles featuring members of the famed Justice League.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY first debuted the special variant covers for BATMAN #34 by Tony S. Daniel and CYBORG #18 by Dustin Nguyen – both go on sale Nov. 1.

 

NERDIST joined in by revealing the special variants for ACTION COMICS #991 by Yanick Paquette (on sale Nov. 8) and SUPERMAN #35 by Renato Guedes (on sale Nov. 15).

 

 

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER debuted Mike McKone’s variant for THE FLASH #34 (on sale Nov. 8) and Terry Dodson’s special cover for WONDER WOMAN #34 (on sale Nov. 22).

 

Plus, JoinTheLeague.com revealed the variants for AQUAMAN #30 (on sale Nov. 15) by Liam Sharp and JUSTICE LEAGUE #32 by Howard Porter (on sale Nov. 1).

 

 

Finally, DC exclusively revealed the variants for TRINITY #15 by Ben Oliver (on sale Nov. 15), alongside the variant for DETECTIVE COMICS #968 by Cully Hamner (on sale Nov. 8).

 

About “Justice League”

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Raymond Fisher, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller star in the action adventure “Justice League.” Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.  “Justice League” was directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, story by Terrio & Snyder.  Based on characters from DC Entertainment; Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns produced the film, with Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curtis Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck serving as executive producers.  Opening on November 17 in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX, “Justice League” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  http://www.justiceleaguethemovie.com/

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The Top 10 Graphic Novels of all Time!

By IzzyLFC

Comic book charachters are now more popular today than ever before, thanks to Film and TV as well as the comic industry’s best creators. However it all started with 20-page magazines starring iconic characters like Superman, Batman, Captain America and Spiderman. I’m looking at the greatest graphic novels ever to be written. Do you agree?!

 

10. Crisis on Infinite Earths – Marv Wolfman

 

 

 

Probably DC comics’ biggest event ever, Marv Wolfman creates a masterpiece with Crisis. Featuring the first appearance of probably the most powerful villain ever, The Anti-Monitor, this 12-issue series was a crisis since two of DC’s most loved characters died protecting not only the world or even the universe but the multiverse. Both Supergirl and Flash die protecting the ones they love.

9. Blackest Night – Geoff Johns

 

One of my favourite writters Geoff Johns delivered probably the biggest and best Green Lantern storyline ever in 2009-10. When Hal Jordan returns from the dead, he brings death with him. A figure going by the Black hand is leading the living dead or Black lantern corps into destroying humanity. We see our favourite heroes and our most despised villains putting on rings to unite against a common threat.

 

8. Daredevil: The Man without Fear – Frank Miller

 

and respected writers in the comic book world created one of the great Daredevil stories. Explaining the origins and early life of Matt Murdock, Miller creates nothing short of a masterpiece.

 

7. The Killing Joke – Alan Moore

Alan Moore creates more of a Joker tale than a Batman tale. Aimed at mature audiences, this comic shows the gruesome and insane nature of the dark knight’s greatest foe. An iconic scene where Joker is dressed in a tourist outfit, he paralyzes Barbara Gordon, ending her run as Batgirl.

 

6. Civil War – Mark Miller

 

Now a Blockbuster MCU film, Civil War was definitely one of the great comic book events. Looking at the more realistic and political side of Superheroes, the Superhero Registration Act or “Sokovia accords” in the movie brings the superhero community in the cross-hairs of the law. Tony Stark and Steve Rogers represent to the two conflicting sides of the argument and suddenly the Marvel Universe is at war! One of the most iconic and impactful moments was the unmasking of Spider-Man as Peter Parker.

 

5. Flashpoint – Geoff Johns

 

probably the most impactful event in Barry Allen’s history. It also kickstarted DC’s New 52 and still reverberates through the DCU. When Barry travels back to save his Mother, he doesn’t realise the consequences of his actions and how they will affect the timeline. Thomas Wayne is now Batman, Aquaman and Wonder Woman are at war and Superman is a lab experiment. Trust me, you’ll finish this in one read!

 

4. The Infinity Gauntlet – Jim Starlin

 

Jim Starlin, the king of Marvel’s cosmic universe, creates probably Marvel’s biggest storyline ever. Avengers Infinity War, the MCU movie that everything has been leading up to is based on this. This story shows the true power of Thanos and the 6 Infinity gems. One of my favourites.

 

3. Watchmen – Alan Moore

 

Now starting to appear in DC rebirth comics, Watchmen is the first Comic that isn’t mainstream Marvel or DC on the list! Alan Moore creates another adult aimed story which is about a more realistic society and the kind of threats that superheroes face…and are! Watchmen is widely regarded as one of the greatest graphic novles ever!

 

2. The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller

 

Expected first? Well first or not, TDKR is the greatest Batman story ever. Bruce Wayne hasn’t been Batman for many years, but returns to face the mutants, Joker, Superman as well as training a new, female Robin. Christopher Nolan’s TDKR is based on this and the Knighfall storyline. Batman at his best!

 

Old Man Logan – Mark Millar

 

As you can tell from the image, Mark Millar creates one of the goriest but greatest tales ever. Logan has quit being Wolverine in the future but gets back in the game with an opportunity to pay rent. Sadly, he isn’t on time and the landlords, AKA the Hulks have killed his family. He goes berserker mode and wipes out almost all of the Hulks family. A simple but memorable story, also now a blockbuster movie in “Logan” played by fan favourite Hugh Jackman.

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Hawkman: Still Flying After Seventy-Eight Years

 

Revelation often comes with a thunderclap, and forces one to take notice. Sometimes it comes quietly, during a quiet afternoon, with a casual view out the window, a small bird, and a tiny twig. Whether it starts with a loud shout or a quiet flutter, a revelation can become something that grabs hold and never lets go. Starting with Gardner Fox’s inspiration in the late 1930s, a character quietly came into existence and even after seventy-eight years, with the amazing creativity and talents of many writers and artists, it still thrives to this day. Gardner Fox has told the story of how he was sitting in his workplace and looking out the window when he noticed a small bird fly by, pick up a twig and fly off. This was the inspiration for the hero we know as Hawkman. When Hawkman was created, there’s no telling how Gardner Fox expected the new superhero to be received by the public. Maybe the expectations were low. Hawkman was not the main character on the cover of the first comic he was in. That honor went to The Flash. The first Hawkman story was the third of six features. But there was something about Hawkman that made him stick around. The massive wings, the bare chest, the bird helmet, and the use of ancient weapons made him a figure that was hard to forget. Man has always dreamed of the ability to fly and here was a hero who truly represented that desire. By the time the seventh issue of Flash Comics came out, Hawkman was being featured on every other issue until the end of the comic’s run in 1949. During the Golden Age of comics during the 1940s, Hawkman never did get his own feature comic. He wasn’t without his own achievements though. He continued his run in Flash Comics and was also featured in All-Star Comics from the beginning. He was a charter member of the first superhero team, the Justice Society of America. While other heroes came and went, Hawkman was the only hero to be featured in every Justice Society adventure until the final issue in 1951. With the end of All-Star Comics, Hawkman disappeared for about ten years during the 1950s but Fox and Joe Kubert brought him back in 1961. While the new Flash and Green Lantern were given completely different looks from their Golden Age counterparts, Hawkman came back almost exactly the same. Even though he was now an alien from Thanagar, the wings, the bare chest, the bird helmet and the ancient weapons were still there. The imposing image of Hawkman is one of his greatest assets, and even though Fox and Kubert had the chance to completely change him, they stuck to what they believed appealed to the readers. Over the years, he has been given different looks and powers by writers and artists such as Murphy Anderson, Roy Thomas, Tony Isabella, Richard Howell, Timothy Truman, John Ostrander, Graham Nolan, Steve Lieber, Geoff Johns, Rags Morales, Joe Bennett and Philip Tan, but he has always returned to the basics; the wings, the bare chest, the weapons, his straightforward sense of justice and his relationship with Hawkgirl. Probably the greatest “asset” of Hawkman has been his partner, Hawkgirl. That term is used lightly, because Hawkgirl is nobody’s asset. She debuted even before Wonder Woman, and has become a popular superhero in her own right, with or without Hawkman. While other heroes have sidekicks, Hawkgirl has been Hawkman’s love interest, his wife, his partner, and his superior in many ways. Their love for each other, their ability to work together as a team, and their individual attributes are some of the greatest things about the story of Hawkman. Hawkman has been through several reboots, retcons and rewrites over the years. Many say that he has the most confusing origin in comics and are turned off by that. Hawkman has been in several comics over the years, but none have lasted longer than four years. He has been killed off multiple times, so often that many younger comic book fans believe that his superpower is his ability to come back from the dead. As of November 2017, he doesn’t have his own comic book, there is no movie in the works, and he has very sporadic television appearances. So why is he still around? Why do most comic book readers still know his name and have a general idea of who the character is even after 78 years? Hawkman represents many things to many people. He represents flight, one of the greatest desires of man. He represents strength with his bare-chested look and powerful wings. He represents justice with the huge mace he carries around. He represents order, in the way he is unwavering in his beliefs and effort to do what is right. He represents eternal love with his never-ending love for Hawkgirl. He represents a mythology that has yet to be fully told. What started with a small bird flying past an artist’s window has become an iconic and permanent part of American pop culture. As long as there are comic books, Hawkman will probably continue to be a part of it, big or small. Currently, there are plans for Hawkman. His story is a huge part of the Metal event by Scott Snyder that is currently running in DC Comics. There is an issue by Jeff Lemire coming out in December, which could be just the beginning. Hawkman is a story that started 78 years ago but the next chapter is just getting ready to start.

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“The Greatest Comic Book Covers” Series Preview

Geek Genie launches a regular series looking at the greatest comic covers of all time! Which one is your favourite?

Scanning the rows and rows of comic books on offer at your local comic book store, what’s the first thing that grabs your attention? Chances are that the cover of the book will go a long way in determining whether or not you’re going to give this book a shot.

“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is sound advice in general and even with comic books. But maybe more than any other medium, the cover in the case of comic books is often an integral part of the overall value (creative as well as monetary) worth of the book.

Comics are there to be read, but they’re also there to be looked at and admired. It’s a literary and visual medium and there are hundreds, maybe thousands of artists who have contributed to the long list of great comic book covers.

So stay tuned and look out for the start of an ongoing series as Geek Genie brings to you The Greatest Comic Book Covers! 

 

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The Greatest Comic Book Covers #1 – Action Comics #1

Geek Genie kicks off its new regular series looking at the Greatest Comic Book Covers with the one that started it all…Action Comics #1!.

 

It’s an iconic image for an iconic figure. Superman crashed through the front cover of Action Comics #1 in June 1938 and forever changed the comic book landscape. It ushered in the age of the superhero and laid the foundations of a pop-culture war between DC Comics and eventual rival Marvel Comics.

Joe Schuster’s iconic cover captured the sense of wonder, awe and terror as a yet unknown Superman delivers a fantastic display of power.

 

 

 

 

The sheer rawness of the cover, with no words or text other than the cover title, added to its power. Even the title, Action Comics, leaped from the page in a new, bold and exciting style that has now become synonomous with the character.

 

The science fiction influence on the creation of Superman is well documented but what influenced the cover art? According to Christopher Knowles, author of Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret history of Comic Book Heroes, there is a mythological influence found in the art piece Hercules Clubs the Hydra by Antonio del Pollaiolo. We don’t know for certain, however it would be fitting that one mythology would inspire another.

 

And just as the character himself has inspired other creators to create their own “Supermen”, so too does the cover art still influence and inspire modern comic book artists. Several “homage” covers, even from the old enemy over at Marvel, testify to the enduring legacy of that seminal moment in comic book history. From The Amazing Spider-Man to Spawn, the first Action Comics cover is still a reference point for all that work in the medium.

 

 

 

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The Best of 2017 And The Most Anticipated For 2018

In this special article, I will look at the smashing year we’ve had in 2017 and what’s to come in 2018! This is our version of The Oscar’s!

 

Movie of the Year: Star Wars the Last Jedi

 

Nominees:

  • Logan
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • War of the Planet of the Apes
  • Thor Ragnarok

 

Most anticipated Movie of 2018: Avengers Infinity War

 

TV Show of the Year: Stranger Things 2

 

Nominees:

  • The Punisher
  • Arrow
  • Agents of Shield
  • Legion

Most anticipated TV show of 2018: Watchmen

 

 

Game of the Year: Fortnite

 

Nominees:

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Injustice 2
  • PES 2018
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins

 

Most anticipated game of 2018: Spider-Man PS4

 

 

Comic Book of the year: DC Rebirth The Button

 

 

Nominees:

  • Batman I am Bane
  • Secret Empire
  • Doomsday Clock
  • The Oz effect

Most anticipated Comic book of 2018:

The New age of DC heroes

 

 

There you have it, did you agree with what I thought on 2017, hopefully 2018 is just as good as the smashing year we’ve just had!

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Lost Siegel and Shuster Superman Story to Be Published

Lost Siegel and Shuster Superman Story to Be Published In New Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman Hardcover Book

Special Collection of Superman Stories and Essays is Part of DC’s Star-Studded ACTION COMICS #1000 Celebration

Edited by Paul Levitz with a New Jim Lee Cover and an All-Star Talent Line-up Including Laura Siegel Larson, Jules Feiffer, Gene Luen Yang, Al Plastino, Otto Binder, Curt Swan, Marv Wolfman, John Byrne, Dick Giordano, Grant Morrison, Len Wein, Carmine Infantino and More!

A new hardcover book, ACTION COMICS #1000: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN, is being published by DC Entertainment as part of its celebration of the one-thousandth issue of ACTION COMICS—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre. The collection features a series of essays and iconic Superman stories edited by former DC Publisher Paul Levitz. Most notably, the book includes a never before published 12-page story from original Superman writer Jerry Siegel with art by the Joe Shuster Studio titled “Too Many Heroes.”

“The found Siegel and Shuster story is a true treasure with a fascinating backstory,” stated Levitz. “Back when DC did regular tours of the New York office, it was common for fans to get original art that would have been otherwise disposed of as a tour souvenir. As a young fan on a tour Marv Wolfman found this Superman story and kept it all these years. It’s incredible to think that Marv not only rescued this unpublished story, he then went on to become one of DC’s most prolific writers, and shared the story with DC to publish as part of this special new collection.”

Levitz continued, “It’s an honor to edit this collection of stories and essays that chronicle key moments and contributors to Superman’s epic 80 year run as one of the most iconic characters in all of pop culture. I’m particularly happy that Laura Siegel Larson’s tribute to her father and his legacy are part of the book.”

 

The 384-page hardcover book will cost $29.99 and hit store shelves on April 19. Highlights and key Superman stories in this collection include:

  • A new cover by legendary artist and DC Publisher Jim Lee
  • Text pieces including: an editor’s note by Paul Levitz, a tribute to ACTION COMICS by Laura Siegel Larson (daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel), an introduction by Jules Feiffer, plus essays by Tom DeHaven (“It’s Superman!”), David Hajdu (“The Ten-Cent Plague”), Larry Tye (“Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero”) and Gene Luen Yang (SUPERMAN, NEW SUPER-MAN and the National Book Award finalist “American Born Chinese”)
  •  “The Coming of Superman,” from ACTION COMICS #1, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
  • “Revolution in San Monte,” from ACTION COMICS #2, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
  • “The Terrible Toyman!,” from ACTION COMICS #64, written by Don Cameron with art by Ed Dobrotka and George Roussos, featuring the debut of Toyman
  • “The Super-Key to Fort Superman,” from ACTION COMICS #241, written by Jerry Coleman with art by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye, featuring the first appearance of the Fortress of Solitude
  • “The Super-Duel in Space,” from ACTION COMICS #242, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Brainiac
  • “The Supergirl from Krypton!,” from ACTION COMICS #252, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Supergirl
  • “The World’s Greatest Heroine!,” from ACTION COMICS #285, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Jim Mooney
  • “The Superman Super-Spectacular!,” from ACTION COMICS #309, written by Edmond Hamilton with art by Curt Swan and George Klein, featuring an appearance by President John F. Kennedy
  • “Superman Takes a Wife,” from ACTION COMICS #484, written by Cary Bates with art by Curt Swan and Joe Giella
  • “If Superman Didn’t Exist…” from ACTION COMICS #554, written by Marv Wolfman with art by Gil Kane
  • “The Game,” a new original story written by Paul Levitz with art by Neal Adams
  • “Squatter,” from ACTION COMICS #584, written by John Byrne with art by Byrne and Dick Giordano
  • “Ma Kent’s Photo Album,” from ACTION COMICS #655, written by Roger Stern with art by Kerry Gammill and Dennis Janke
  • “Secrets in the Night,” from ACTION COMICS #662, written by Roger Stern with art by Bob McLeod
  • “A Hero’s Journey,” from ACTION COMICS #800, written by Joe Kelly with art by Pasqual Ferry, Duncan Rouleau, Lee Bermejo and others
  • “The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape,” from ACTION COMICS #0, written by Grant Morrison with art by Ben Oliver
  • “The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies,” from ACTION COMICS #1, written by Fred Guardineer with art by Guardineer, featuring the debut of Zatara
  • “The Origin of the Vigilante,” from ACTION COMICS #42, written by Mort Weisinger with art by Mort Meskin, featuring the debut of the Vigilante
  • “The Assassin-Express Contract!,” from ACTION COMICS #419, written by Len Wein with art by Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano, featuring the debut of the Human Target

ACTION COMICS #1000: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN is just part of DC’s Superman celebration, with the seminal ACTION COMICS #1000 periodical issue also released in April and a series of Superman-themed variant covers and even more to come. Check out www.dccomics.com or the DC YouTube channel for the latest news on the ACTION COMICS #1000 celebration. 

Courtesy of DC Entertainment.

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The Greatest Comic Book Covers #2 – Detective Comics #27

The Dark Knight Detective has cast a vigilant shadow over the comic book world for over 70 years now! Geek Genie continues its ongoing series with #2 and a look at the first appearance of The Batman in Detective Comics #27!

 

With those immortal words, The Batman was born. And he’s been striking fear into the hearts of criminals ever since. Fresh off the success of Action Comics #1, National Allied Publications (later known as DC Comics) delivered yet another iconic character. Bill Finger, assisted by Bob Kane, introduced the story of millionaire Bruce Wayne and his obsessive quest for justice in the guise of his Bat-alter ego.

As Action Comics #1 had done previously, The Batman leapt off the pages of Detective Comics #27. But this time, instead of a brightly coloured Superman performing miraculous feats of strength, Detective Comics #27 showed us a black clad avenger of the night making good on his promise to strike fear into criminals. With one criminal safely secured in a head lock whilst swinging over Gotham City, two criminals look on wondering who…or what this creature of the night is?

Bob Kane is credited with the art for Detecive Comics #27 although it is well known that Kane would use ghost artists for the many projects he’d work on. Whether it was Bob Kane, or one his unsung ghiost artists, Detective Comics #27 has gone down in comic book history and its cover is recognised as amongst the most iconic. So iconic that even the legendary Jack “King” Kirby may have taken inspiration from ‘Tec #27’s cover for Amazing Fantasy #15 where a certain wall crawler was first introduced. Check it out yourself! What do you think?

 

Be sure to check back with us for the next installment of Geek Genie’s Greatest Comic Book Covers series. You can comment below your thoughts on the article. If you’d like to contribute an article to the series, hit the “Register” button on the top right of the page and get published!

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