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Marvel Ultimates gets cover upgrade - 17/01/2003
Marvel today announced some very welcome news for fans of their ULTIMATES line. In response to the many requests of comic book retailers and Marvel readers, beginning with titles on sale February 5th, the covers to all the best-selling ULTIMATE titles will be upgraded to a new, thicker paper stock, while maintaining their signature new high-gloss finish.

The first Ultimate title featuring the new cover stock will be ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #36, the latest chapter of the red-hot ULTIMATE VENOM story arc, hitting comic shop shelves on 5/2/2003.

"Thanks to our retail partners we learned of, and then confirmed that we had a problem and found a way to resolve it," explained Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "Although the new cover stock on the Ultimate titles was actually the same stock used on the entire Marvel Universe line, the high-gloss film laminate gave the illusion of it being thinner, because the added weight of the laminate forced the corners to flop. We're confident that the upgrade in paper stock will be the perfect solution."

Comic Book Heaven Celebrates Odd Comics Of Yesteryear - 15/01/2003
SLG Publishing announced this week that Scott Saavedra's cult magazine, Comic Book Heaven, will have its early and long out of print self-published issues collected in a hardcover format titled Flee, Puny Humans! The Comic Book Heaven Collection.  Comic Book Heaven debuted in 1996 as a side-project of Scott Saavedra, a life-long comics fan and professional graphic designer who is best known to comics readers as the creator of the series It's Science with Dr. Radium, Dr. Radium, Man of Science, and Java Town.  Saavedra describes CBH as "a smart-alec tour guide pointing out the least-traveled and most under appreciated corners of a still largely misunderstood popular culture realm: the comic book. I also think it's kind of funny but that's just me."

Comic Book Heaven was originally produced as a 'zine for seven issues, from 1995 to 1998, before being published by Slave Labor Graphics as a semi-annual digest-sized magazine, now on its eighth issue (due later this month).  Saavedra has found over the years that there are many other collectors of these strange old comics likehimself, and has developed many friendships as a result of the magazine.  Rick Bradford of Indy Magazine has described it as "an unabashed celebration of comic books at their goofiest."  And Diamond Comics' Previews magazine said it is "a hilarious gem that's perfect for anyone who loves vintage comics or strange looks into pop culture.  Scott Saavedra dissects the comics of bygone days with scalpel-like wit tempered with a genuine love for the material." (Read More)

Crossgen Bridges the Educational Divide - 15/01/2003
In an effort to and promote the use of comics in education and increase student literacy levels, Crossgen Entertainment have launched BRIDGES - their one-of-a-kind Teacher?s Guides that offer a supplemental reading comprehension program for schools.

The initiative takes the form of a set of spiral-bound educational books that contain six easy sections designed to foster critical thinking skills. Each book, created around a specific CrossGen Comics trade paperback, allows teachers to assign reading to their students from the book, and then to test their progress in comprehension of what they have read.

Using Meridian as the basis for intermediate elementary students (grades 4-8), and Ruse for high school students (9-12), CrossGen has engaged the help of five teachers with more than 100 combined years of classroom teaching experience to create a truly universal supplemental reading program. (Read More)

What is the First Wave? - 13/01/2003
Marvel may be keeping very tight-lipped about their new project entitled "The First Wave", but that hasn't stopped them releasing two promotion teasers to hype the event. Who is Gus Beezer and what sort of change is good? I'm not sure either, but rest assured the answer will be forthcoming later this month!

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #1 surpasses 100,000 copies sold - 10/01/2003
The comic book series Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, created by Jhonen Vasquez and published by Slave Labor Graphics, reached a milestone during the first week of 2003, when its first issue exceeded 100,000 copies sold. The figure includes sales to comic book specialty shops, mass market sales to outlets such as Hot Topic, convention sales and single-copy internet sales.

"This is a very significant achievement for us," Slave Labor President and Publisher Dan Vado said. "Trying to keep as much of our material as possible in print and available is central to our business plan. Considering that the first printing of Johnny #1 sold just a little over 3,000 copies, reaching 100,000 in sales gives us all a sense of accomplishment, even if it took us six years to reach this point."

Milton Griep, president of, a website devoted to tracking trends and sales in the comic book industry put the sales of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #1 in perspective. "The sales on Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #1 make it a better seller than most of the comics published by any U.S. publisher." (Read More)

Avengers #65 / Olivier Coipel Preview - 8/01/2003
Since August's issue #57, writer Geoff Johns has been injecting THE AVENGERS with a youthful, energetic approach to Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and beginning with March's AVENGERS #65, the new writer will be joined by superstar-in-the-making Olivier Coipel as the series' regular penciler, completing the transformation.

Cutting his teeth at the Distinguished Competition the last few years, with The Avengers Coipel is ready to breakout as not only a kinetic, master storyteller, but as one of industry's premier character designers.

Read on to see four full colour preview pages of Coipel's work from AVENGERS #65. (Read More)

CrossGen Solicitations March 2003 - 6/01/2003
The CrossGen solicitations for titles shipping in March 2003 have arrived. Featured this month is the first issue of MARK OF CHARON by Tony Bedard and Joe Bennet, the second issue of Brian Pulido's and Ivan Reis' medieval reimagining of LADY DEATH as well as Chuck Dixon's epic tale of worlds in collision and an empire in decline: BRATH. Check them all out in the Coming Soon Section of this site.

Dodson guests on Wolverine #186 - 5/01/2003
They say he who laughs last, laughs best, and if that's true the creators of Wolverine are going to have a big 'ole belly laugh at the expense of the Punisher and Garth Ennis early next year.

February's WOLVERINE #186 is payback time, as Wolverine seeks revenge for the brutal treatment he received at the hands of Frank Castle in PUNISHER #16 & 17, courtesy the sometimes ... okay, often ... sadistic Ennis.

Read on for a preview of the first five pages of Terry Dodson's (Harley Quinn, Black Cat/Spiderman) awesome pencils for this issue. (Read More)

Preview of Amazing Spider-Man #50 - The Decision - 2/01/2003
For years faithful Spider-Man fans have been waiting for the reconciliation of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson Parker ... or if not reconciliation, at least a sense of closure to the estranged relationship.

The time has come for one of those paths to be chosen. February's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #50, by the fan-favorite and award-winning creative team of J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr., promises to finally reveal the eagerly-anticipated turning point in the lives of Marvel's first couple.

"Does absence really make the heart grow fonder?" asks editor Axel Alonso. "It's been two years since MJ walked out of Peter's life. Can she fit Peter back into her life? Can he do the same? Find out it one of the most anticipated stories of the year." (Read More)

Incredible Hulk #50 preview - 30/12/2002
For readers who aren't yet caught up in writer Bruce Jones' critically acclaimed run on the HULK, February's INCREDIBLE HULK #50 serves as the perfect opportunity to jump on board.

First, fan-favorite storyteller Mike Deodato Jr. joins the creative team as new series penciler. Plus, issue #50 also begins a brand new story arc featuring a first under Bruce Jones' direction - an appearance by a member of the HULK's rogues' gallery. And Jones saved the best for first - the Abomination.

If a picture is worth a 1000 words, has posted 11,000 of them, a free 11-page dotComic preview of INCREDIBLE HULK #50. Readers can check out the preview here.

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