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Greg Pak signing Eternal Warrior #1

This Wednesday at Forbidden Planet NYC we’re going to have Greg Pak (Batman, Superman, Red Skull, X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong) will be in store signing copies of his new book from Valiant, Eternal Warrior #1. This is sure to be an awesome new title from an awesome, sort of, not really, kind of, new publisher. I wouldn’t miss this one folks ior you’ll be Eternally kicking yourself for it. One last time thats THIS Wednesday (9/11/13) at 6:30 p.m. New comic book day, new comic book series, new stuff to collect, new series to fall in love with.

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ONE STEP BEYOND

Writing for the Forbidden Planet blog, or the Weekly Planet in shop newsletter is unlike writing for other media. For starters, unlike my blog, webcomics or reporting for other websites, you guys and gals actually READ this thing. Another difference, we at the Forbidden Planet want you to read some of these comics. It may shock you to know that we have an invested interest in you shopping in our stores.
YES, I may get to to pot shot big target books like Age of Ultron (too bad it sucked, as it’s going to serve as the basis for the next Avengers Movie) or Superman (why no undies?), but my “job” as it were is to recommend titles. So we can generate sales. So we can pay the bills. So we can secretly fund the church of Scientology.
Kidding. All that being said, I have been warned before by my editors that my continued existence here with the Planet is dependent on me giving a more upbeat diagnosis of the comics industry, and trying to turn my tastes to a more contemporary timeline. All that being said?
SOD THAT
DON’T buy Itty Bitty Hellboy #1 when it publishes on August 28th. BUY THE HELLBOY JUNIOR TP, instead!
Itty Bitty Hellboy looks fun enough, but have you seen the Hellboy Junior Trade? IT IS AMAZING! Hellboy Junior was one of the most f’ed up comics ever published by a major company, and when your character is turned into a movie franchise, that counts you a major. THE TOP NAMES in cartooning turn in pages of the most vile cartooning filth outside of an adults only book. Hilarious, raw and crazy stuff from talents such as Bill “Ren & Stimpy” Wray, Dave “Weasel” Cooper and Pat “GreatestLiving Cartoonist who isn’t Sergio Aragones” McEown, not to mention Glenn Barr, Hilary Barta and loads more.
Hellboy Junior is stupid funny on a level that shouldn’t be allowed. EVEN if you aren’t a Hellboy fan, the comic is a no holds barred display of the finest cartoonists ever assembled under one cover tearing the proverbial mickey out of comic’s history.
We probably have a few copies of Hellboy Junior kicking around (maybe in the warehouse?) but hopefully we can get some ordered for you by the time Itty Bitty Hellboy arrives on our shelves in a few weeks. You win, the store wins, and I get to hold onto what little artistic integrity I still hold as a reviewer.
MORE GOODIES
THIS week, do consider picking up Dark Horse’s B.P.R.D.’s Vampire #5 by the fantastic brother team of Gabriel Bá and Frábio Moon? Marvel has Uncanny X-Men #9 as well as FF #10, Daredevil #29 and Captain Marvel #14. DC will have a smattering of impressive annuals, including the Superman Annual #2, Batman Annual #2, Detective Comics Annual #2, Flash Annual #2 and the Animal Man Annual #2.
It’s startling that these characters have only been around for two years, but they’ve already amassed such cultural relevance.
Image has a new issue of that understated title, Sex #5. We should also see a fine assortment of lovely licensed comics from IDW, and if we’re VERY lucky, that new Sam Keith Art Collection, as well. Bully!
DOING MY JOB
I want you all to enjoy the finest comics the world has to offer, and I am telling you right now that the Forbidden Planet has them. Please continue to use your discretion as to your favorites, but also avail yourself to my years of expertise. The collaboration between me the writer and you the reader is the spark of discovering new material, and one person’s old material is another’s NEW.
Please read any of this week’s amazing new titles, though I DARE you to check out the insanity of Hellboy Junior.

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GRADING COMIC BOOKS

Despite all evidence to the contrary let’s say you actually believe that comic book collecting is a profitable, enjoyable and easy way to make money. God help you. Now let’s take this absurdly preposterous scenario even a step further and say you found someone JUST AS delusional as yourself to buy your boxes upon heavy boxes of smelly, worthless comic books and finally get them out of your parent’s basement once and for all.

Such a person might be found on Craigslist…in Bizzaro World!

Let me set the scene: You hear a car crash out on the interstate and, acting quickly, rush to the crash sight as fast as your little legs can carry you. You’re in luck, no one is dead and there’s still time! As the advancing ambulance works its way through the hustle and bustle you identify the person in the most need of help: a 35 year old man with a massive head wound, swaying back in forth in tremendous pain and considerable shock.

“Are you alright, sir?” You ask. “Do you know where you are? Do you require medical attention? Would you like to purchase a complete run of Marvel Comic’s Iron Man from 1987-1991?”

“What?” He weakly stammers, staring into nothing. “Yes. No? Where am I?”

BINGO.

You’ve got the fish on the hook, time to reel him in. Now, the most important part of selling off your comic book collection is getting the best price, and getting the best price is often based on the condition of the comic in question. The better the condition, the better the comic book’s “Grade” and the higher you can sell it at. Continue reading

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How Much are My Comic Books Worth?

By Devin T. Quin

Collecting comic books is a fabulous hobby! It combines some of the nicer aspects of Asperger’s syndrome with the never-ending sights and smells of rotting, musty paper. Shun humanity while you’re constantly reminded that matter decays! See you in the grave!

The best part about comic book collecting has to be the mythological heaps of money to be made from selling off you comic books. Yeah, let me be the first person to tell you: That’s not going to happen.

THE WAY WE WERE

You see, back in the 30’s and 40’s comic books were one of the chief forms of entertainment in America. They were cheap, exciting and covered a wide assortment of subjects and interests such as westerns, romance, detectives and yes, even Superheroes. Comic books were so inexpensive, so wide spread that it was totally understandable to read one a few times, lend it to a little brother and then throw it out. The dang thing only cost you a nickel, and there’d be stranger tales of weirder heroes on the newsstand tomorrow.

It was a comic book paradise. It was comic’s “Golden Age.” Continue reading

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Comic Book Cooking

Nearly a third of Marvel’s comic book characters have roots in a neighborhood of New York City known as Hell’s Kitchen. Nick Fury grew up there, as did the yarmulke sporting rock monster known as the Thing. Daredevil calls Hell’s Kitchen his home, as did Stiltman, Vermin and Ms. Lion.

That so many Marvel denizens live in the same neighborhood is understandable. Most of the Marvel stories take place in the city that never sleeps, and let’s face it… the rents in Williamsburg are astronomical right now. The fact that now-legendary comic book creator Jack Kirby grew up in Hell’s Kitchen probably didn’t hurt matters, either.

Maybe this “Hell’s Kitchen” connection can explain the curious artifact of comic’s past: The Marvel Comics Cookbook.

Stan Lee Presents the Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook was published in 1977 by a division of Simon & Schuster called Fireside books. Fireside books also published the famous “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way,” the indispensable book detailing Marvel comic secrets. Stan Lee Presents the Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook was, how should we say, LESS indispensable?

Ostensibly written by Stan Lee (I mean, it says he wrote it right on the cover…that means that he wrote it, right?) with illustrations by Jack Kirby, John Romita and any other Marvel bullpen artist needing a pay check at the time, the book was packed with bizarre recipes, anecdotes and other forgettable food moments that you wouldn’t shake a Hostess Fruit Pie at. Continue reading

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Comic Books of the New Year

By Devin T. Quin

Last week’s reprieve from the comics publishing schedule meant we could save up our ducats for this week’s bumper crop! Of course, we spent that money on New Years beer and Karaoke. Sigh, time to break the piggie bank!

THE BIG GUNS

You name a hero and DC is printing them this week! I’m looking forward to Sam Keith on Batman Confidential #40, as well as weirdo books Doom Patrol #6 and The Great Ten #3! DC Executive Editor Dan Didio is brushing off his writing skills on this week’s Weird Western Tales #71, which is really good and bad news.

The good news is: some of your favorite Silver Age cowboy stars such as Bat Lash and Scalp Hunter are BACK. The bad news is they’re back as Black Lanterns via a tie-in to DC’s ongoing Space-Zombie mash-up “Darkest Night.” Most interestingly is this comic will also has Jonah Hex as a Black Lantern… I could easily see them restoring him to life and throwing Jonah into the current DC Universe. Here’s for hoping!

MARVELOUS

Marvel has a slew of comic goodness stew, though stand-outs (For me) include Deadpool Team-Up #897 and event starter The Siege #1, though only one of these comics has Deadpool teaming up with BOTH Ghost Riders to stop the assassination of a young lad with Lobster Claw deformity. Choose wisely.

House of Ideas is also doing what it does best: Reusing past material by reprinting X-Men Mutant Massacre in trade-paperback this week! Chris Clairmont, John Romita Jr., Alan Davis, Barry-Windsor-Smith and more are on hand to tell you a pivotal tale of THE FIRST TIME Mavel declared war on all Mutants. That race gets wiped clean more often than a dry erase board, I tells ya’! Continue reading

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Hogwash: No New Comic Books

By Unkiedev

It was decided by a horde of crazed wood-elves that this final week of 2009 would see virtually NO NEW COMIC BOOKS. This can be a pain in the power-ring when you are a freelance comic book reporter in need of a good story.

At these junctions we are left with few options, one of which is to pull a William Randolph Hearst and MAKE UP some news, such as “ The 2011 release of Spider-Man 4 will reunite Spidey and Mary Jane in print,” or “ Greg Park confirms the Red Hulk is the mutant offspring of Devil Dinosaur and the original Abomination.”

This can be a quick pay-off, story wise, with disastrous consequences down the road. A reporter’s worth is tabulated solely by their credibility, and any writer caught fabricating a story will find their careers cut short. But then again, I write for the Weekly Planet and rarely get paid, so what the heck am I worried about?

Superman to Fight Ali AGAIN,

Yes, Neal Adams has confirmed through his website nealadams.com that DC plans on reprinting his classic oversized Superman vs Muhammad Ali for the eagerly awaiting eyes of an adoring fan base.

What Unkiedev’s Amazing Stuff has discovered is that the book will also feature a NEW oversized comic, written by the All Star Superman Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely re-matching these two pop-culture icons! Continue reading

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Comic Books Save the World, Kind of

Comic Books Save the World, Kind ofWhere can the average American go to see super-powered mutants save the Earth from other super-powered mutants? How about if you had a great desire for monsters combating the undead? Let us, for the sake of argument, say someone very close to you would die unless they could experience adventures of a man dressed up as a Bat, or even a blue-and red spider?

In an alternate world without the printing press you would be screwed! You’d also probably be a lowly farm-hand with no need to read in your daily existence. LUCKILY for all of us, we live on a probability wavelength that includes COMIC BOOKS!

It might be luckier for us if we lived in an alternate world with REAL Super-heroes, though comic book experience tells us otherwise. How many times has New York been wiped out, secretly Invaded, Hulked upon and generally destroyed in Marvel Comics ALONE? Continue reading

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Denver drug ring used comic books as a front for business.

Yesterday, the New York Post told a story about two brothers who bought $500, 000 in collector comic books as a front for their meth business.

Police seized comic books worth at least $500,000 while arresting Aaron Castro, 29, of Commerce City and Alfonzo Castro, 30, of Denver, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said.

“It was their intent to launder money, and their choice was collector comic books,” Suthers said.

Some of the seized comic books were first edition Superman and Batman publications encased in protective plastic covers, Adams County District Attorney Don Quick said.

Apparently, the brothers were thinking about opening a high end comic book store, but instead sold about 100,000 bags of meth totaling in 500,000 dollars.  The story gets pretty gruesome, so for the sake of levity we’re going to move on to something else.

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