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Alex Ross has debuted a new original painting featuring Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn, which will be among his exclusives next week at Comic-Con International. Titled “Mind if I Cut in?,” it’s a sequel to his famed 2003 piece “Tango With Evil,” which debuted as the cover of 1999’s “Batman: Harley Quinn.”
The artist’s booth (#2419) will feature limited-edition signed prints, sketchbooks, comics, variant covers and, of course, original art.
We debuted Mondo’s First Hellboy statue, based Mike Mignola’s original drawing of the character, earlier this month, but this morning the collectible art boutique revealed more of its offerings for Comic-Con International.
They include a limited-edition Ant-Man poster by Kevin Tong, inspired by the upcoming Marvel Studios film, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo collectible figure, and a vinyl edition of the Aliens soundtrack and a die-cut single of the themes from Superman: The Animated Series. (You may recall that last year Mondo released Batman: The Animated Series on 7-inch and 12-inch die-cut vinyl).
Debuting this morning in USA Today, the lineup includes a two-pack of 6-inch action figures based on the likenesses of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill ($30); a Hot Wheels Batmobile with limited-edition packaging ($25); and a 12-inch Wonder Woman Barbie based on Gal Gadot’s likeness (Batman and Superman will also be part of a new Barbie line).
Conventions | San Diego’s Convention Center Corp. has adjusted its estimate of how much money Comic-Con International pumps into the local economy, down from last year’s $178 million to $136 million, because of possible double-counting and other flaws in methodology. [Voice of San Diego]
Passings | Leonard Starr, who wrote and drew the comic strip Mary Perkins On Stage, died Tuesday at age 89. Starr started his career in 1942, when he was a student at New York’s Pratt Institute, and he worked for most of the early comics publishers: Funnies, Incorporated, Timely (now Marvel), Fawcett, E.C. and DC. He also did work for the Simon and Kirby studio, and both Joe Simon and Jack Kirby were admirers. When comics publishing began to decline in the mid-1950s, Starr began working on newspaper comics and crafting his own strip, Mary Perkins On Stage, which ran from 1957 until 1979, winning a Reuben Award in 1965. After Mary Perkins ended, Starr took over as writer and artist of Little Orphan Annie, bringing new energy to that legacy property until his retirement in 2000. He also wrote a series of graphic novels, Kelly Green, and was the main showrunner for the ThunderCats animated series. [News from ME]
Amid the avalanche of variant covers, action figures, art prints and statuettes, the true must-have exclusive may be … KFC’s one-shot The Colonel’s Adventure Comics. At least we think it’s just a one-shot, and not the launch of some fast-food franchise universe-spanning event.
“If you love comics and fried chicken and subliminal marketing,” KFC states in a Facebook post, “then you’ll love this free exclusive #SDCC comic about me.”
When it comes to comic convention exclusives, people talk about a lot of things: rarity, price, availability, etc. Now that Marvel has announced the first in their line of exclusive products available only at Comic-Con International in San Diego, they’ve added a whole new factor to the discussion: adorability.
As revealed over on MTV, Marvel is bringing a set of 28 enamel pins based on Skottie Young’s series of baby variant covers with them when they arrive at the massive show. You’re gonna have to figure out a battle plan in order to collect the entire set, though, as they’re divvied up between 4-packs, blind box 2-packs and more.
Following Funko’s Pop! vinyl two-pack, we now have a look at the second toy tied to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — the LEGO DC Super Heroes New Batmobile.
Based on the vehicle from the upcoming Warner Bros. film, the playset will be displayed next week at Comic-Con International in San Diego, but The Wall Street Journal reports it won’t be available for purchase until Jan. 1.
Funko may have saved the best for last, concluding 10 waves of Comic-Con International exclusives with the debut of the first toys tied to next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
They’re a Pop! Heroes two-pack, featuring bobblehead figures of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel (the former with a Batarang, the latter in flight). Funko isn’t offering a preorder option this year, so collectors will have to wait in line at the convention, and hope supplies hold out.
With just two weeks until the official start of Comic-Con International, organizers are reportedly nearing a deal with San Diego officials that will keep the event in the city through 2018. The current contract expires next year.
Although there’s been no official comment about an agreement, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports an announcement is expected before the convention gets under way on July 9. Area hoteliers have confirmed to the newspaper that they’ve been asked to amend their 2016 contracts, agreeing to maintain the same number of discounted rooms at the same rates through 2018.
Toys R Us has revealed a lineup of Comic-Con International exclusives that includes a Batman classic TV series Batgirl action figure, a Batman vs. Harley Quinn set, and a first look at a new addition to Star Wars: The Black Series.
The retail chain has also announced a “Collector Vector,” a new shop dedicated to collectibles for “the mature collectible community,” featuring more than 100 items from the likes of Bandai, Diamond Select, Mezco Toys, McFarlane Toys and NECA. The new hub can be found at Toysrus.com and in stores nationwide.
Top Shelf Productions describes its pair of Comic-Con International exclusives as “jaw-dropping,” and it’s tough to argue with that.
The first is a gorgeous deluxe slipcase edition of Essex County, collecting Jeff Lemire’s award-winning trilogy about life in a rural community in Southwestern Ontario. This foil-stamped edition features a letterpress bookplate signed and numbered by Lemire.
Just when we thought LEGO might have revealed the last of its Comic-Con International exclusives, the toymaker rolls out another: a minifigure of Arsenal (aka Roy Harper) from Arrow.
Like the Sam Wilson Captain America minifig revealed last week, this too is a giveaway. However, before you get too excited, The Wall Street Journal notes that just 1,500 of them will be available on Thursday, July 9, meaning thousands more LEGO and Arrow fans are going to be sorely disappointed (although some of them will undoubtedly be able to snag one on eBay, for the right price).
LEGO may have saved the best of its Comic-Con International exclusives for last.
Following its “Throne of Ultron playset, the tiny Star Wars Dagobah diorama and Sam Wilson Captain America minifigure, the toymaker has revealed a DC Comics Super Heroes Superman set that recreates Joe Shuster’s iconic cover for 1938’s Action Comics #1.
LEGO has added one more item to the rapidly growing list of must-have exclusives from Comic-Con International: the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Sam Wilson Captain America minifigure.
However, you won’t simply be able to walk up to the LEGO booth and buy it. No, USA Today reports the limited-edition figure is one of the toymaker’s giveaways; winners will be drawn each day during the July 8-12 convention.
For its latest Comic-Con International exclusive, Gentle Giant imagined what it might’ve been like had Deadpool been around in 1984 for Marvel’s original Secret Wars. And then it thought even bigger.
The new addition to the company’s line of retro-style Secret Wars jumbo figures, the wise-crackin’ Merc With a Mouth stands 12 inches tall. Made from vinyl and ABS plastic, the figure features five points of articulation — hey, it’s based on the old Mattel seris — and comes equipped with a gun.