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Comic Cover Of The Week: One Cover To Rule Them All!

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Welcome once more, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to another cool and compelling comic-cover compendium, and hoo-boy is there a herculean host of astounding art available this week at your local comic-book emporium, so many in fact that we were literally unable to purchase just one, so here for your delightful delectation are this week’s outstanding oeuvre on offer…

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Red Sonja #1

Dynamite Comics’ she devil with a sword returns in a fantastic new Red Sonja series by Mirka Andolfo and artist Giuseppe Cafaro. This new chapter in the embattled life of Sonja begins in a village ravaged by fire, set by members of the dread Three Eyed Shezem. When Sonja arrives, the only survivor is a young child with curious white tattoos, this child will become Sonja’s travel companion on a journey through chilling ice fjords and imposing forests.

Stunning Italian writer/artist Mirka Andolfo brings her formidable skills to the harsh and barbarous world of Red Sonja, ably backed up by the incredible talents of Giuseppe Cafaro, whose impressive art shines from panel to panel like Sonja’s seminal silver armour in the undying flames of battle!

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Wonder Woman: Black and Gold #3

The Wonder Woman: Black and Gold mini-series has so far wrought a magnificent myriad of absolutely fabulous comic covers from some of the greatest talents working in comics today. Each and every piece of art from this sublime series has been astonishing, with the fallout for this particular fan of the Themysciran Titan being that I have zero willpower and am thus compelled to buy each and every one I can lay my fanatical fingers upon (seriously, it’s so bad, my poor ol’ wallet has booked itself into therapy!)

This classic continuing celebration of the wondrous one is a must buy for fans, with the above dynamic duo of delectable designs brought to you by artistic auteurs – Jae Lee and Joshua Middleton.

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Harley Quinn Annual 2021

The crazy clowness of crime returns in an astonishing annual that contains all the mirth and majestic mayhem that you’d expect from the psychedelic psychopath of print. This forty eight page finagling fable is brought to you by writer – Stephanie Phillips and artist – David Lafuente, who also supplies one of the classic covers above, alongside the vaunted variant by dynamic Derrick Chew. 

This irascible issue finds our hapless hero bound and captured by Gotham’s newest SuperVillain – Keepsake, who kidnapped ol’ Harl in an attempt to convince her to be his partner in crime to overthrow and ultimately subjugate the people of Gotham. It’s going to take a titanic team up of Harley’s newest sidekick – Kevin, and undead rhyming ghoul – Solomon Grundy to save the hellacious hellcat from the devious designs of Keepsake.

These Classic Covers Are Available At Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now! Which Of The Above Peerless Paintings In Print Is Your Favourite? Why Not Sound Off In The Comments Below…

Comic Cover Of The Week: Elvira Meets Vincent Price #1

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Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to another crazy compendium of comic cover collectables! this perky post is dedicated to the quirky queen of delicious double-entendre – voluptuous vixen vamp- Elvira!

Cassandra Peterson’s horror hostess heroine is back alongside the master of menace himself – Vincent Price, in a brand new mini-series courtesy of writer David Avallone and Dynamite Comics, and what a fantastic pair they make (oh, and the comics are great too!) Our spooky storyline finds the titanic twosome of terror (again, we’re talking about Elvira and Vincent and not necessarily Ms’ Peterson’s prized assets!) entrusted with a macabre mission to find a long lost fabled movie that may just end up saving the world from an approaching apocalypse, courtesy of a vengeance fuelled Egyptian god!

Writer – David Avallone  once again produces the glorious goods, with a witty and bawdy script that absolutely encapsulates the suggestively insinuating hellcat of horror that is the mystifying Mistress of the Dark, with his script vividly brought to life thanks to the vivacious visuals of Juan Samu, who expertly captures the likeness of the tormented twosome of terror.

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Plus, why not throw yourself into a cheeky chasm of cleavage clad comic covers as each and every issue in the series throws up a veritable treasure chest (yup!) of vaunted variants of our voracious vixen vamp!!

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Elvira Meets Vincent Price is available from your local comic-book emporium right now! 

(As a small aside to this post, after I returned from my local comic shop with the two variant covers of this series, I posted a pic of the titanic twosome (again, I’m talking about the comics!) on Twitter captioned – ‘just got back from my local comic-book emporium with this lovely pair… oh, and the comics!’ – and to my delight, the queen herself – Elvira liked the tweet… ELVIRA! my life pinnacle is now achieved!!)

All Imagery Is Copyright – Dynamite Comics.

Women In Comics Presents: The Incredible Art Of Jenny Frison

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Comic books as an art form have always been incredibly overlooked in comparison to other forms of the visual medium, and even when comics themselves are actually celebrated as a bona-fide entry into the long history of fine art, the kudos oft goes to the (admittedly terrifically talented) writers, with the artists and inkers routinely sidelined in deference to the authors. It’s true, of course, that no amount of vivacious visuals will really matter if the writing sucks (case in point: Frank Miller and Jim Lee collaboration – All Star Batman and Robin) but the same can be said for the reversal of this point.

Comic-book series live and die off of a mutual synergy between all included creators, this also includes the almost always forgotten aforementioned inkers and letterers, though what originally enraptured me,  way back when, as a six year old newbie to comics, was the dazzling and dynamic drawings of these sundry artistic auteurs, and over the many years that I’ve been enjoying comics as a true form of art, very few have bedazzled me as much as the astonishing visual virtuoso that is – Jenny Frison.

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Jenny Frison is an American comic-book artist who first became beguiled by the medium after discovering the astonishing Amazon – Wonder Woman, as a young girl. She was an art student at the Northern Illinois University, where she majored in illustration before enrolling at the prestigious Kubert School Of Art. During this tenure, she decided to focus her inordinate artistic talents towards comic covers, an incredibly important art form in the wonderful world that is comics, for it is often the cover image itself that will ultimately sell the content within the pages, and draw in potential purchasers.

It was thanks to writer Tim Seeley that Jenny was given her inaugural start in comic-books after he approached her to draw a cover for Image Comics’ horror series – Hack/Slash, they went on to become good friends and continue to share a workspace at Four Star Studios in Chicago.

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Jenny’s personal artistic process begins with a pencilled illustration before moving on to a tonal version of the sketch on grey paper. This image is then in turn digitally coloured using Photoshop. Jenny has a very distinct and instantly recognisable style that helps her stand out from a sea of artists working in the comic-book medium, and because of her focus on single imagery in the form of covers, the resulting illustrations are always incredibly rendered and detailed, with spectacular colours that radiate warmth and depth.

For me personally it was her tenacious tenure as cover artist for the Wonder Woman Rebirth arc that sold me on her astounding artistic aesthetic, where she was tasked with representing the amazing Amazon from issue #9 right through to issue #61, with each and every image a magnificent masterpiece, with most of her outstanding output oeuvre on the Themysciran Titan being some of my absolute favourite visual representations of Diana, ever!

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Jenny has been nominated twice in the Harvey Awards for best comic cover artist and continues to pour her prodigious talent into sumptuous cover classics for DC Comics and also friendly rivals – IDW, Dynamite Comics, Dark Horse and Marvel.

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Precinct1313’s Comic-Book Classics: The Last Phantom

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You may have noticed… I’m a DC Comics fanatic, I grew up living and breathing their fictional worlds since the age of six when I first discovered the dark and surly one known as, The Batman. At age nine I encountered the astonishing Amazon, Wonder Woman for the first time and she quickly became my favourite comic book character of all time, even surpassing my adoration for the Caped Crusader.

Over many years I have immersed myself in the continuing stories, relationships and camaraderie of the many spandex clad heroes and villains of DC’s universe, there was one hero though, who wasn’t part of DC lore, he didn’t exist in the same universe as Wondy, Bats, Starfire and all the other characters I adore, this indigo hued interloper into my safe environment of a comic-book company I love was the hero that actually started it all, the original masked crime-fighter, The Ghost Who Walks… The Phantom!

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Published by Dynamite comics under licence from King Features Syndicate, the Last Phantom is a modern retelling of the 21st Phantom, Kitridge Walker, who forsakes his centuries long heritage as a masked crime-fighter, instead choosing to help the people of his home of Bengali (aka Bengalla) through his charitable organisation Walkabout. But after his wife and son are killed by forces looking to control Benagali for their own nefarious purpose, Kit must begrudgingly take up the mantle of his forebears and show the world that wherever darkness and evil dwells, The Phantom will always be close by.

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This particular retelling of the classic Phantom of old has been rather divisive amongst fans, the Kit Walker portrayed here is very much a divergent character to the noble and clean cut hero of yore, but that is the point of a modern reboot, to bring the character kicking and screaming into the present, making him more contemporary for newer audiences. This book does that, and rather wonderfully too, a story of redemption and the honouring of one’s heritage and birthright. This new Phantom may be different from his progenitors, but he still stands for the same morals and precepts of all the Phantoms who came before him.

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This fresh reiteration of the Man Who Cannot Die has actually become one of my favourite versions of the character. An absorbing and enthralling tale awaits, fellow phans, delivered by super scribe Scott Beatty, with fantastic interior art by Eduardo Ferigato, not forgetting the absolutely astonishing covers by the habitually sublime Alex Ross, who pays homage to both new and old variants of Kit Walker’s classic character. Highly recommended.

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Comic Cover(s) Of The Week

One Cover To Rule Them All…

Well hey there fellow fans of fantastic fiction, and welcome to another exhilarating episode of Comic Cover Of The Week. And this week we have a cornucopia of cool and collectively creative covers for your decidedly discerning delectation”

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Before we begin, picture this scene… yours truly hasn’t darkened the doorsteps of my local comic book emporium for just over a month due to circumstances beyond my control (look, someone had to stop that rampaging horde of evil ninjas, right!?) So, there I am crossing the treasured threshold of my favourite purveyor of superheroic saga’s, when the proprietor looks me grimly in the eye – “been awhile Bruce” he proffers ” you may want to sit down, the shock of your pull list may take you back a bit” he continued with a wry glint in his eye, as he realises that he may be able to shut early even if I only buy a modicum of my haul. From my back pocket I could hear my, near sentient, wallet groan and sigh when the inevitable mountain of comics slammed down on the shop’s counter with such force, that the planet almost tipped off it’s axis and hurtled into the sun! There were quite a few, that’s for sure…

So let us begin by careening into a chasm containing a cavalcade of cleavage clad comic-covers starring the delightfully delectable and exquisitely enchanting – Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. 

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I buy as many variants of the voluptuous vixen vamp’s monthly adventures as I can possibly seize my hands upon… I am a massive fan of the charming Cassandra Peterson alter ego… I mean, you can never have too much Elvira in your life!

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Next up is this captivating Catwoman variant (actually based upon a golden age original – Batman#42 from 1947) by the  stunning Stanley (Artgerm) Lau. Lau has become one of my absolute favourite cover artists over the years (joining other greats such as Amanda Conner, Jenny Frisson and Adam Hughes) Stanley is one of the best artists working in comics today as you can see for yourself with this rousing rendition of the classically costumed Selina Kyle (an extra bonus, as this is my personal most beloved costume of the calculatingly cool and capricious cat-burglar)

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All these covers and more (oh so many more…) are available at your local comic-book emporium right now! best get there quick before my meddling with the Earth’s axis plummets us into the abyss!!

Comic Cover Of The Week: The Shape Of Elvira #1

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Warning: Astonishing Alliteration and Ironic Innuendo Ahoy…

“It’s raining Elvira’s, hallelujah, it’s raining Elvira’s…” Ah, okay, it isn’t actually raining Elvira (unfortunately!) but this is literally the second Comic Cover Of The Week in a row dedicated to our ferociously favourite, tenaciously teasing tantalising temptress – Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark!

That’s right fellow fans of fantastic fiction, Cassandra Peterson’s awesome alter ego – voluptuous vamp Elvira is back in a brand new mini-series brought to by the dynamically detonating – Dynamite Comics! with this brand spanking new series (as you may have surmised from the title) poking (good-natured) fun at Guillermo Del Toro’s recent hit movie – The Shape Of Water.

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“The Mistress Of The Dark lands the leading role in a touching art film about human/gill monster romance (!?) but there’s something decidedly fishy about her co-star. Is there an Oscar in her future, or is the director Billy Bullworth interested in spawning something more than an Academy Award winning movie?”

Competing compellingly with Elvira’s previous mini-series, the saucy and spooky Shape Of Elvira also boasts a cavalcade compendium of cleavage clad comic-book covers that reaches a combustible crescendo with no less than eight extraordinary variant covers!!

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The first issue of Elvira’s newest astonishing adventure is available at your local comic-book emporium right now! If you’re a fan of Cassandra Peterson’s raunchy, racy, ribald and generally risque alter-ego then dive right on in, and tell her Precinct1313 sent you (oh, and could you get her phone number for me whilst you’re there!?)

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Comic Cover(s) Of The Week: Elvira – Mistress Of The Dark #2

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*Warning – The Innuendo Is Strong With This One!*

A double dose of cool comic cover creativeness this week… or perhaps I should say a double D considering the star of these far from innocent issues is none other than our favourite voluptuous vixen vamp… Elvira!

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That’s right fellow fans of fantastic fiction, Cassandra Peterson’s suggestively insinuating heroine has returned thanks to a brand new four issue mini series courtesy of Dynamite Comics.

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Double-entendres (surprise, surprise!) abound as we follow the Mistress of the Dark as she hurtles her way through horror history whilst hounded by the villainous Vlad Tepes. Last issue, after a tangle with a time travelling casket, our titular celebutante gate-crashed Mary Shelley’s infamous monster party, raided a spooky wine cellar and fended off the audacious advances of bloodsucking impaler Tepes.

This month our heroic hell-cat, having temporarily given the dastardly Dracul the slip, teams up with none other than eerie Edgar Allan Poe for a second round bout with the recurring viciously vile and vehement Vlad. 

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And why not throw yourselves into a chasm of cleavage clad comic covers, as each and every issue throws up a veritable treasure chest (with the emphasis, of course, on chest… I mean c’mon, it’s Elvira!) of variants of our voracious virago vixen.

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Cassandra Peterson’s celebrity chasing creation – Elvira was first brought to the fore an astonishing thirty five years ago! and since that time has been the star of both film and television. The horror hostess extreme has ruled over her fervent fandom with her irreverent, suggestive and allusion laden humour, with Dynamite’s fantastic comic series capturing every nuance of her fourth wall breaking voluptuously vulgar verbose. A fabulously fun read for both fans and newcomers alike… her hellacious hijinks come highly recommended!

 

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