Marvel Artists Tag Team With Capcom For Covers Inspired By Game Characters
New York, NY—May 17, 2017— It’s time for heroes and villains to collide as one of gameplay’s most epic team-ups brings its characters to the front lines – of comic books. Marvel is pleased to announce a series of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Variant Covers, inspired by and featuring characters from the popular game. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will be released on September 19th, but you can find these variants in comic stores throughout the month of August.
“Fight fans, if you can’t wait until September 19th to see heroes from two awesome universes collide in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, we’re bringing you a sneak peek one month earlier when the battle explodes onto the covers of your favorite comics,” said Marvel Games executive creative director Bill Rosemann. “The game makers at Capcom and Marvel are working closely with a team of the industry’s top talent to deliver all the over the top intensity you’ve come to expect from this fan favorite franchise.”
This summer, the popular Marvel vs. Capcom series is brought to life in comics. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the action with these awesome and stunning variant covers – enhance your collection with all 20 covers coming to comic shops this August.
ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31
BLACK PANTHER #17
DOCTOR STRANGE #24
GENERATIONS: BANNER HULK & THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1
GENERATIONS: THE UNWORTHY THOR & THE MIGHTY THOR #1
(BALTIMORE, MD) – (May 15, 2017) – Diamond Comic Distributors is offering over 20 extremely limited PREVIEWS exclusives for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 19-23). The list includes variants of several popular Marvel titles, including Secret Empire, Star Wars, and All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, a new 2018 The Walking Dead calendar just in time for the new season on AMC, a slew of Diamond Select Toys items, and more! Comic-Con attendees will be able to preview the items at the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth #2401 and purchase from participating retailers on the show floor.
“Diamond is excited to present this year’s extremely limited con exclusives,” said Diamond’s Director of Marketing, Dan Manser. “We’ll showcase these items at the PREVIEWS booth and then guide fans to retailers who’ll have the exclusives available for purchase on the show floor. Fans who look forward to attending Comic-Con International: San Diego for the exclusives won’t be disappointed with this year’s selection.”
2017 SDCC PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVES
Comics & Graphic Novels
SDCC 2017 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #17
(W) Kyle Higgins (A) Hendry Prasetya (CA) Peter Nguyen
The next Power Rangers epic starts here! The Power Rangers are finally reunited, but can things ever be the same? (MAR178669) Limited to 3,000 copies.
SDCC 2017 BETTIE PAGE #1 LINSNER VARIANT
(W) David Avallone (A) Colton Worley (CA) Joseph Michael Linsner
She’s more modest than Ms. Blaise, but peels more than Ms. Emma. She out-vamps Vampirella, but she’s sweeter than Honey West. She put the mod in model, and the bangs in bang-bang. Now the world can know the truth: her classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have been declassified. Dynamite, David Avallone and Colton Worley are proud to present The Secret Diary of Bettie Page, in handy comic book form. (MAR178681) Limited to 2,000 copies.
A NEW ONGOING SERIES from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE that tells a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! The first arc also includes an additional short story with artist KATE LETH! Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal…werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie’s dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who’s going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world?? These questions and more will be answered in MOONSTRUCK, coming July 19 from Image Comics. (MAR178671) Limited to 3,000 copies.
SDCC 2017 WALKING DEAD 2018 CALENDAR WITH PX WD #1 VAR
(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Tony Moore (CA) Charlie Adlard
ROBERT KIRKMAN’s THE WALKING DEAD is one of the most popular comics of all time. Show off your love of THE WALKING DEAD all year long with the new 2018 calendar featuring images from the comic, as drawn by artist CHARLIE ADLARD. (MAR178672) Limited to 5,000 copies.
SDCC 2017 ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #5 B&W VAR
(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Chris Samnee (CA) Chris Samnee
Star-Lord has been sailing the radio waves of the galaxy for years, keeping up with the one piece of Earth he could never quite leave behind. Guest artist Chris Samnee joins writer Gerry Duggan to check into Peter Quill’s sonic conquests!
Rated T+ (MAR178674) Limited to 5,000 copies.
SDCC 2017 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 MINIMATES VAR
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Dalibor Talajic (CA) Barry Bradfield
Remember the time Deadpool went a little TOO crazy and killed the entire Marvel Universe? Well, this isn’t that. This is a DIFFERENT time. Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dalibor Talajic (A.K.A. the creators behind DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE) have reunited for ANOTHER tale of Deadpool taking out all of your faves in the most horrific ways possible! It’s gonna hurt him more than it hurts you…and you’re gonna love it! Parental Advisory. (MAR178675) Limited to 5,000 copies.
SDCC 2017 PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 MINIMATES VAR
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Barry Bradfield
SPIDER-MAN RETURNS TO THE FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD! The webslinging, wallcrawling wonder returns to New York City in the all-new PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. A companion series to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series, Peter Parker is going back-to-basics for big heroics in the Big Apple. Featuring adversaries old and new, be there as Spider-Man returns to his friendly neighborhood for his never ending battle against crime and the dreaded “Parker Luck”. Rated T (MAR178676) Limited to 5,000 copies.
SDCC 2017 SECRET EMPIRE #5 (OF 9) SE MINIMATES VAR
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Leinil Francis Yu (CA) Barry Bradfield
They thought they were safe! They thought they could handle anything that was thrown against them! But the united heroes of the Marvel Universe never reckoned on the dread power that Steve Rogers would unleash! THE SECRET EMPIRE WILL AMAZE YOU! Rated T+ (MAR178677) Limited to 5,000 copies.
SDCC 2017 STAR WARS #33 B&W VAR (W) Jason Aaron (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Mike Mayhew The Hero of the Rebellion & the Princess of the Revolution! Luke and Leia finally get some time alone. Unfortunately, it’s stranded on a desert island. Rated T (MAR178678) Limited to 5,000 copies.
SDCC 2017 BATMAN BEYOND BATMAN RESIN BUST
The future is now, as the next Batman, Terry McGinnis, travels back in time to be the next exclusive bust in the DC Animated Universe bust line! Limited to only 850 pieces, this 6” bust comes in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168438) Limited to 850 pieces.
SDCC 2017 BATMAN BEYOND BATMAN VARIANT RESIN BUST
The future is now, as the next Batman, Terry McGinnis, travels back in time to be the next exclusive bust in the DC Animated Universe 6” bust line! Limited to only 450 pieces, this limited unmasked variant comes in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168439) Limited to 450 pieces.
SDCC 2017 JLA ANIMATED SERIES FLASH RESIN BUST
Add to your Justice League with this exclusive 6” bust of the team’s scarlet speedster, the Flash! Limited to only 650 pieces, this bust comes in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168436) Limited to 650 pieces.
SDCC 2017 JLA ANIMATED SERIES FLASH VARIANT RESIN BUST Add to your Justice League with this exclusive 6” bust of the team’s scarlet speedster, the Flash! This exclusive edition captures Flash at faster-than-light speeds, and is cast in a translucent material to simulate a speed effect. Limited to only 650 pieces, this bust comes in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168437) Limited to 650 pieces.
SDCC 2017 MARVEL GALLERY DEADPOOL VARIANT PVC FIG The Marvel Universe’s deadliest assassin is ready for his next team-up with this exclusive PVC Diorama! Wearing his X-Men colors, Deadpool leaps from a portal with his twin katanas flashing, and this 10” diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box with a fifth panel. Limited to 4200 pieces. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168441) Limited to 4,200 pieces.
SDCC 2017 MARVEL GALLERY SUPERIOR IRON MAN PVC FIG
Our Marvel Gallery Iron Man PVC just got an upgrade! As seen in the Superior Iron Man comic book series, Tony Stark wears his gleaming white armor as he rises into the air on his boot jets. This 11.5” diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box with a fifth panel, and is limited to 2500 pieces. Sculpted by Mat Brouillard. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168442) Limited to 2,100 pieces.
SDCC 2017 DARK TOWER MONSTER VINIMATE
The highly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series now has an ultra-secret Vinimates vinyl figure! This 4” figure of one of the creatures from the film features an articulated neck for different posing options, and comes in a full-color window box. Limited to 1500 pieces. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168448) Limited to 1,500 pieces.
SDCC 2017 FORBIDDEN PLANET ROBBY WITH BLASTER VINIMATE
From the Forbidden Planet comes one of the most advanced robots of all time: Robby the Robot! This exclusive 4-inch Vinimates vinyl figure holds a blaster pistol, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Limited to 2000 pieces. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168446) Limited to 2,000 pieces.
SDCC 2017 GHOSTBUSTERS GID SLIMER VINIMATE
Is he friend or foe? Whichever he is, he glows! The Ghostbusters get their little buddy with this exclusive new Vinimates vinyl figure of Slimer! Cast in an exclusive glow-in-the-dark material, Slimer stands approximately 4 inches tall on his stand, and comes package in a full-color window box. Limited to only 1500 pieces. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168445) Limited to 1,500 pieces.
SDCC 2017 IRON GIANT VARIANT VINIMATE The Iron Giant is cosplaying for SDCC! This exclusive 4-inch Vinimates vinyl figure features the Iron Giant with his famous “S” chest emblem, striking a heroic pose straight out of the classic animated film, and his articulated neck allows you to further customize that pose. Figure comes packaged in a full-color window box. Limited to 1500 pieces. A Diamond Select Toys product! (DEC168447) Limited to 1,500 pieces.
SDCC 2017 DC REBIRTH HARLEY QUINN BOOMBOX PX STATUE Based on the variant cover of Harley Quinn #1 comes this amazing polystone statue of the Maid of Mischief. Measuring almost 8 inches tall with boombox, each statue is individually numbered, hand painted, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. (JAN178423) Limited to 2,500 pieces.
SDCC 2017 POP POWER RANGERS MEGAZORD 6IN VINYL FIG
From Funko comes the POP! Power Rangers Megazord! Stands 6″ tall and come packaged in a window box for easy display. (DEC168629) Limited to 8,000 pieces.
(BALTIMORE, MD) — (May 5, 2017) — Steve Rogers unleashes his plan for Hydra domination of the Earth in Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna, and Rod Reis’ Secret Empire #0 from Marvel Comics, the first chapter of Marvel’s summer crossover event and April’s best-selling comic book according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was April’s top publisher with a 34.95% dollar share and a 38.23% unit share. DC Entertainment was second in April with a 30.49% dollar share and a 34.34% unit share. In third was Image Comics with a 10.54% dollar share and a 9.86% unit share. In fourth was Dark Horse Comics with a 4.46% dollar share and a 3.06% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.63% dollar share and a 2.95% unit share.
Marvel Comics had five titles in March’s top ten. In addition to Secret Empire #0, Marc Guggenheim and Ardian Syaf’s X-Men Gold #1 ranked #3, Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina’s X-Men Blue #1 ranked #4, Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars #30 ranked #8, and Greg Pak and Greg Land’s Weapon X #1 ranked #9.
Also dominating the sales charts was DC Entertainment’s Batman #21 lenticular and regular format issues from Tom King and Jason Fabok, the first chapter of “The Button,” a four-part storyline that unites The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive as they explore the mystery behind an iconic blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. The lenticular edition of Batman #21 ranked #2; the lenticular edition of Joshua Willingham and Howard Porter’s The Flash #21, the second chapter of “The Button,” ranked #5; King and David Finch’s Batman #20, the finale of “I Am Bane,” ranked #6; and the regular edition of King and Fabok’s Batman #21 ranked #7. The non-lenticular edition of The Flash #21 fell just outside April’s top 10 at #11.
Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #166 from Image Comics ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #2 ranked #66 for the publisher’s top book, and Star Trek/Green Lantern Volume 2 #5 was IDW Publishing’s top-ranked book for April at #158.
Batman leads a team into Santa Prisca to find Bane in Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman Volume 2: I Am Suicide from DC Entertainment, the best-selling graphic novel of April. In total, DC Entertainment had six titles in the top ten including Superman Volume 2: Trials of the Super Son at #4, Scott Snyder and John Romita, Jr.’s All-Star Batman Volume 1: My Own Worst Enemy at #5, Batman Volume 10: Epilogue at #7, Justice League Volume 2: Outbreak at #8, and Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 1: Dark Trinity at #10. Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni’s original graphic novel Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea ranked #2 and was one of Dark Horse Comics’ two titles among the top ten; also in the top ten from the publisher was Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 9 at #9. Image Comics rounded out the top ten with two volumes of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga: Saga Volume 7 ranked #3 and the Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 2 hardcover ranked #6.
Hachette’s Wonder Woman: Talking Figure and Illustrated Book Kit was April’s best-selling book. Dynamite Entertainment’s Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art ranked #2. Kodansha Comics’ Attack on Titan Adventure, a Choose Your Own Adventure-style book, ranked #5. Dark Horse Comics had two artbooks in the top ten: The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts ranked #6 and The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia ranked #7.
Medicom’s Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn MAF EX Figure, an action figure based on Margot Robbie’s performance in the Suicide Squad film, was April’s best-selling toy. DC Collectibles had six products in the top ten: the Harley Quinn: Red White and Black Statue by Jim Lee at #2, the DC Icons: Wonder Woman Action Figure at #3, the DC Comics Bombshells: Raven Statue at #4, the Harley Quinn: Red White and Black Injustice 2 Statue at #7, the DC Icons: Deathstroke Action Figure at #8, and the DC Designer Series: Starfire by Amanda Conner Statue at #9. Diamond Select Toys’ best-selling product in April was the perennial best-selling Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure at #13.
Wizard of the Coast’s Magic the Gathering TCG: Shadows over Innistrad Booster Packs were April’s best-selling game product. IDW Games’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #5. Also of note, BOOM! Studios’ Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Boxed Set (Second Edition) ranked #6 for the month.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
DARK HORSE COMICS
OTHER NON-TOP 10
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
APRIL 2017 VS. MARCH 2017
APRIL 2017 VS. APRIL 2016
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED
DARK HORSE COMICS
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
OTHER NON-TOP 10
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
SECRET EMPIRE #0
BATMAN #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON)
X-MEN GOLD #1
X-MEN BLUE #1
THE FLASH #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON)
BATMAN #21 (THE BUTTON)
STAR WARS #30
WEAPON X #1
THE WALKING DEAD #166 (MR)
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
BATMAN VOLUME 2: I AM SUICIDE TP
HELLBOY: INTO THE SILENT SEA HC
SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR)
SUPERMAN VOL. 2: TRIALS OF THE SUPER SON TP
ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY HC
SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOLUME 2 HC (MR)
BATMAN VOLUME 10: EPILOGUE TP
JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 2: OUTBREAK TP
AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 15 TP
RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS VOL. 1: DARK TRINITY TP
TOP 10 BOOKS
WONDER WOMAN TALKING FIGURE & ILLUSTRATED BOOK KIT
MASTERS OF SPANISH COMIC BOOK ART HC
THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 116 SC
STAR WARS BIG GOLDEN BOOK: A NEW HOPE
ATTACK ON TITAN ADVENTURE SC
LEGEND OF ZELDA: ART & ARTIFACTS HC
LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC
TOKYO GHOUL: PAST SC NOVEL
STAR TREK: CATS HC
STAR WARS: CLASSIC STICKER BOOK SC
TOP 10 TOYS
SUICIDE SQUAD: HARLEY QUINN PX MAF EX
HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE BY JIM LEE
DC ICONS: WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURE
DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: RAVEN STATUE
POP! MARVEL: BLADE VINYL FIGURE
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 40TH-ANNIVERSARY 6-INCH FIGURES
HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE: INJUSTICE 2
DC ICONS: DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE
DC DESIGNER SERIES: STARFIRE BY AMANDA CONNER STATUE
POWER RANGERS LEGACY 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES
TOP 10 GAMES
MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: SHADOWS OVER INNISTRAD BOOSTERS
PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME: BEGINNER BOX NEW EDITION
MARVEL HEROCLIX: MERCS FOR MONEY FAST FORCES 6-PACK
MARVEL HEROCLIX: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME
MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOXED SET (2ND EDITION)
TRIVIAL PURSUIT: STAR WARS GAME
YU-GI-OH! DUELIST SAGA
DC HEROCLIX: THE JOKER’S WILD BOOSTER BRICK
SUPERNATURAL TRIVIAL PURSUIT
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(Baltimore, MD) – (May 2, 2017) – Free Comic Book Day is less than a week away and Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Tabletop) encourages fans to participate in the event. Major publishers such as Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image, and Marvel Comics have titles available. Fans can find a participating local comic shop near them with the official Free Comic Book Day Store Locator available on our website here.
(Baltimore, MD) – (May 2, 2017) – Free Comic Book Day is less than a week away and Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Supergirl,DC’s Super Hero Girls) encourages fans to participate in the event. DC has two titles available: Wonder Woman #1 FCBD 2017 Edition and DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus.
Major publishers such as Dark Horse, IDW, Image, and Marvel Comics have titles available. Fans can find a participating local comic shop near them with the official Free Comic Book Day Store Locator available on our website here.
ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY — Celebrating its 16th year, Free Comic Book Day is the comic book specialty market’s annual event where participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic book absolutely free to anyone who comes into their comic shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic shops. From superheroes to slide-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!