March 3, 2019
Happy March! This year is moving right along!
How about a bunch of comic news from last week?
-Sweet Tooth to begin production in May.
-Flash solo film back on track, changing focus from Flashpoint to more of an Into the Spiderverse-like Speed Multiverse with, you guessed it, multiple Flashes from different dimensions. I like it!
-Spawn is still being shopped. Don’t know if that’s good or bad news but I’m happy that it’s not deemed dead.
-The week before last was Old Guard casting news of Charlize Theron.
That’s just some of the stuff that went on. What a time to be involved in comics, eh?
With that said, let’s get into pickups!
Who is Sinestro?
Sinestro is from a planet called Korugar, where he was an anthropologist. A Green Lantern named Prohl Gosgotha crash-landed in front of Sinestro and gave him his ring, thinking he was dying. Sinestro then defeated the threat that caused Prohl Gosgotha’s ship to crash. Turns out Prohl Gosgotha didn’t die and asked Sinestro for his ring back to stay alive long enough to get help. But Sinestro didn’t want to give up being a Green Lantern so he let Prohl Gosgotha die. He was bad to the bone from the start! Interesting that the Guardians never found this out.
Who is Guy Gardner?
Guy Gardner is the 2nd Green Lantern from Earth, born in Baltimore Comicon’s very own Baltimore, MD. He was a troubled youth but snapped out of it, making it through college. Even played football at the University of Michigan and got 2 degrees before working as a gym teacher. Wow do these origins go into serious detail! But, it sounds like Guy Gardner is best known for his attitude and unwillingness to back down.
Is Warner Bros still looking to do a Deathstroke solo film? Looks like that was the plan back in 2017.
Did you know?
-Deathstroke was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.
-More reasons to love this book. In addition to Deathstroke, this book boasts 4 more first appearances…
The HIVE (an organization that trains assassins and mercenaries)
Grant Wilson the Ravager (Slade’s son)
William Randolph Wintergreen (Slade’s right hand, behind-the-scene’s, man)
Trigon (Raven’s father, who appears only partially is shown)
Activate the Power!
As in, Wonder Twins power… activate! Can’t get enough Superfriends! And, Gleek! So awesome DC brought them back into the fold this year.
Here’s a link to a fairly long-winded write-up on this book from a few months back in the forums.
This book disappears from time to time, but raw copies have not been coming up for sale of late. Is this giving later printings a boost? Really hope the show happens. Last news was about 2 years ago now where the plan was to make a trilogy of animated films through Warner.
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #1, aka, JTHM. Too bad this one’s not a first printing. To my knowledge, there is no way to distinguish a first printing by looking at the cover alone. If that’s not the case, please let us know the secret in the comments! The inside cover is a sure-fire, dead giveaway. August 1995 should be the only month and year stated. Here’s a pic of the one and only first print. And, no, sadly, the copies on their website are not first prints.
Extraordinary! As in, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. #5, 2000. There’s a super rare version to this book. Unfortunately, as with JTHM, this is not the rare, sought after recalled version. Why was it recalled? There is a small advertisement in the ads section inside for a Marvel-branded douche from the early 20th century. Because of this, DC had the entire print run destroyed to avoid any potential legal troubles from Marvel. It is rumored that only about 100 of these were shipped out. Where did they go? To the UK!
More Old Man Petey!
Amazing Heroes #45. First TMNT in print in a comic book size publication? As far as I can tell, yes! The book was published in April 1984. That’s one month prior to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 first printing, which debuted the following month in May of 1984. There’s another book with an ad in print that also debuted prior to the first printing of TMNT #1.
What does the image look like inside Amazing Heroes #45? Here’s a look…
Venom #3, 2018. First full appearance of Knull.
Should that be a capital G? Is interest still at or close to the peak? If not, are we waiting for Cates to twiddle-dee-tweet “Venom 3” so they can jump again? Let’s all wait on the edge of our seats!
Had a note that the show was to debut March 1st on Netflix. Looks like that’s not the case but it’s still planned to air this year. #0 is the first appearance and has done well in spurts. Will it jump more once the show hits? Or will it fade into… nothingness?
Synopsis from Netflix website: “With a maintenance robot and a deadly fugitive tagging along, friendship droid S.A.M searches for its best friend, the heir to a kingdom under siege.”
There are some gems from Robotech comics.
Take Robotech Macross Saga #36, the last issue of the series, for example.
Also, Robotech How to Draw issues, which aren’t quite as popular as the 3-issue GI Joe mini-series or 4-issue Transformers mini-series, all from the late 1980’s, but some are sought after. I’d really like to get my hands on those Joe and TF sets. Note to self!
It looks like there’s been a live action movie in development for over 6 years now that keeps changing directors, among other things. As of 2019, it’s showing a status of in development. Let’s hope for the best!
Love the newsstands because they are not super(man punch!) easy to locate. Lots of issues in the #100’s and early 200’s are sparse too. Speaking of, looks like #240 took off fairly recently. Add to the list. Time to hunt!
Avengers #684. 2018. First full Immortal Hulk. This is the, I want to be part of 2019, and feel “in” with the “in” crowd! There is a vinsanity dunking equivalent to what this book is in the middle of doing. Hard to believe this just came out last summer, and also hard to ignore the direction arrow prices are heading in. Everywhere I read about Immortal Hulk, there are comments of how it may very well go down in the history books as a classic run in superhero lore storytelling land. While we’re on the Immortal Hulk subject, #2 is a total ghost. But chasing ghosts can be ‘so much fun!’
Have a great week and we’ll see you here in what The Ring’s raspy phone voice said!