“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 7/12/19

It’s a DC kind of week!

There are a lot of Marvel loyalists out there, but we must remember that if DC hadn’t paved the way, there would very likely be no Marvel Comics as we know it today.

We all love Marvel – they make fine comics and fine motion pictures, but remember to leave plenty of love in your heart for DC Comics, folks!

Love all comics equally. That’s the message for this week’s Jabber.

 

Flash #110, first appearance of Wally West and Weather Wizard, Good Plus (2.5), $300.

 

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New Comics & Books for 7/10/19!!!

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Featured Comics:

BLACK CAT #2
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jed MacKay (A) Travel Foreman (CA) J. Scott Campbell
Felicia Hardy prides herself on the fact that she can get into ANYWHERE… but does that REALLY include Doctor Strange’s SANCTUM SANCTORUM?! Can the Black Cat get into the most protected house in the Marvel Universe? YES. But the question really is… can she handle what’s inside?

 

BATMAN UNIVERSE #1
DC COMICS
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Nick Derington
Available to comics shops for the first time! Following the theft of a priceless Fabergé egg, the Riddler leads the Dark Knight on a wild hunt after its true owner: Jinny Hex, descendant of Jonah Hex! Guest-starring Deathstroke, Green Arrow and dozens of Riddler look-alikes in stories by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Nick Derington, originally published in BATMAN GIANT #3 and #4!

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X-MEN DAY!


Saturday, August 3rd from 11am to 8pm

Celebrating the July 24th and 31st releases of the all-new X-Men comic book series, HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X!

FREE “X-Men” comics for the first Guests!

FREE all-day raffle* for an X-MEN PACK:

  • HOUSE OF X #1 AND POWERS OF X #1 BROOKS CONNECTING VARIANTS (FORMING ONE AMAZING IMAGE!)
  • X-MEN PIN
  • X-MEN COMICS PLAYING CARDS
  • MARVEL SELECT CABLE AF
  • MARVEL LEGENDS NEW X-23 ACTION FIGURE

* One entry per person, please. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER! Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number/email given on the entry ballot. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible. All winners must collect their prizes within 2 weeks of the drawing date. EC reserves the right to alter / substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur.

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 7/5/19

Anyone remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles breakfast cereal?

They haven’t made it in years, which is a shame because it was top-notch.

Basically it was Chex with little marshmallows shaped like ninja stars and stuff like that.

I think we need the Turtles cereal back on the market immediately.

They brought back Crystal Pepsi and Ecto Cooler, albeit all too briefly.

C’mon corporate America! General Mills or whoever!
Hook it up with that Turtles cereal!

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2, first appearance of April O’Neil, Fine Plus (6.5), $100.

 

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JUSTIN PONSOR MEMORIAL CHARITY EVENT!


Saturday, September 14th from 11am to 8pm

Justin Ponsor (“JPo”) was a world-class comic book colorist, and a friend to the Team here at Emerald City. He passed away in May after a two-year public battle with cancer.

“As anyone who ever met Justin Ponsor knew, he was never just a colleague or colorist or creative partner … he was family,” said Marvel Comics’ Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski in remembering Justin. “He embraced life with the biggest of hearts, the widest of smiles & the deepest of laughs. He made comics a better place. JPo’s loss will be felt forever.”

Justin was also a huge fan of tabletop gaming – especially the “Vs. System” 2 Player Card Game!
His friends and fellow players have created this celebration of Justin Ponsor’s life, work, and play in the form of a charity event, with proceeds going to THE HERO INITIATIVE!

The Hero Initiative – “Helping comic creators in need”
https://www.heroinitiative.org
The Hero Initiative is the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers and artists in need. Founded in late 2000 by a consortium of comic book and trade publishers, including Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Wizard Entertainment, CrossGen Comics and Dynamic Forces Inc., the 501(c)(3) charity aims to assist comic creators with health, medical, and quality-of-life assistance.

This event will raise money for The Hero Initiative through raffles, auctions, and a Vs. System 2PCG tournament!

Various people and organizations are donating items to this event! Contributors include:

  • David Marquez (comic book artist who worked with Justin Ponsor on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) – signed comic AND a sketch!
  • Upper Deck Entertainment (publisher of the Vs. System 2PCG)
  • CMON (“Cool Mini Or Not,” publisher of board & tabletop games)
  • CoolStuffInc (online tabletop gaming store)
  • Tampa Bay Rays – autographed baseball and prize pack!

More details to be announced soon!

SPIDER-MAN FAR FROM HOME DAY!


Saturday, July 6th from 11am to 8pm

Celebrating the July 5th release of the film SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME!

FREE Spider-Man FCBD 2019 comic book for the first 100 Guests!

FREE all-day raffle* for a SPIDER-MAN FAN PACK:

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 (2015)
  • SPIDER-MAN “SEASON ONE” HARDCOVER GRAPHIC NOVEL
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TIN SIGN
  • MARVEL UNIVERSE SPIDER-MAN ULTRA-POSEABLE ACTION FIGURE

 

ALSO, meet “SPIDER-MAN NOIR”** at 11am!

 

* One entry per person, please. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER! Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number/email given on the entry ballot. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible. All winners must collect their prizes within 2 weeks of the drawing date. EC reserves the right to alter / substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur.

** Scheduled to appear; subject to change without notice. See EC’s Facebook Page, or contact the store for updates. Costumed Heroes are local cosplay actors, not affiliated with any movies or TV shows.

EC BOOK CLUB: BONE VOL 1 BY JEFF SMITH!


Wednesday, August 7th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

The Emerald City Book Club meets the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm, in “The Hub” at the center of the store, to chat about the featured book. We usually begin each meeting with a “Comics 101” slideshow giving some historical, artistic, or social background on the book, and then we dive right into discussion!

The featured book for the next meeting will be announced at the end of the current ECBC meeting. That book is 20% OFF for the month leading up to its ECBC meeting! (The discount will be calculated at the register, and does not combine with any other discounts or programs).

This month’s featured book is…

BONE VOL 1 BY JEFF SMITH
GRAPHIX
The Bone adventures tell the story of Fone Bone, and his two cousins, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, who are banned from their homeland of Boneville. When the cousins find themselves mysteriously trapped in a wonderful, but often terrifying, land filled with secrets and dangers – and special new friendships – they are soon caught up in adventures beyond their wildest dreams!

Recommendations for New Books & Comics expected SEPTEMBER 2019!

Here are the comics and graphic novels that caught our attention in this month’s Previews!

To ensure that you get these books when they arrive, please call the store at 727-398-2665, or email our Books & New Comics Merchant at comics@emeraldcitycomics.com, to reserve a copy!

From the Previews Catalog #370, JULY 2019 (for books arriving mainly in SEPTEMBER 2019)…

 

SPIDER-MAN #1 BY JJ ABRAMS
MARVEL COMICS
(W) J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Olivier Coipel
WHO IS CADAVEROUS?!
The most shocking and incredible comic of 2019 is here as J.J. ABRAMS (STAR WARS, STAR TREK, SUPER 8) and his son HENRY ABRAMS are joined by superstar artist SARA PICHELLI (MILES MORALES, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) team up for SPIDER-MAN! What do they have planned for Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson?! Who is Cadaverous?! The Modern Master of Mystery Makes His Marvel this September!

 

 

 

 

KING THOR #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic
SUPERSTARS JASON AARON & ESAD RIBIC CONCLUDE THEIR EPIC THOR STORY!
The creators of the legendary THOR: GOD OF THUNDER series that kicked off one of the most epic runs in Marvel history are back together for one last ride with the almighty Lord of Asgard! Seven years ago, Jason and Esad introduced the Thor of the far future, All-Father of a broken realm and a dying universe, as he stood in battle against the Butcher of Gods, wielder of All-Black the Necrosword. Now that nefarious blade has returned, in the hands of Thor’s all-time greatest enemy – his brother, Loki – for one final, cataclysmic showdown. Behold the book no comics fan should miss – the celebration of the end of a truly Marvelous era.

 

 

 

 

NEW MUTANTS WAR CHILDREN #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Chris Claremont (A/CA) Bill Sienkiewicz
STRONG AND FREE!
Don’t miss this momentous event as legendary creators CHRIS CLAREMONT and BILL SIENKIEWICZ reunite with Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Cypher, Mirage, Karma, and Sunspot to share this never before told story of the New Mutants’ past! When Warlock experiences a nightmare, he begins going haywire, and it’s up to his friends to save him! But as Warlock grows more frenzied, they should be worrying about being able to save themselves…and doubly so when Magik’s inner demon, Darkchylde, threatens to break free! Also, a special guest appearance by none other than Kitty Pryde!

 

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New Toys & Collectibles for 7/03/2019!

DC GALLERY METAL DROWNED PVC FIGURE
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC

A Diamond Select Release! How deep is your Gallery? The DC Gallery line of PVC dioramas goes even deeper with another addition to the Dark Nights: Metal series of sculptures – The Drowned! Leaping from the water surrounded by the tentacles of some huge beast, this aquatic Batman from the Dark Multiverse is the perfect addition to any Batman or Aquaman collection! The 10-inch diorama features detailed paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Alterton!

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New Comics & Books for 7/3/2019!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

 

Featured Comics:

AERO #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Zhou Liefen, Greg Pak (A) Pop Mhan, Keng (CA) Keng
CATCH THE WAVE! ALL NEW ONGOING SERIES! The breakout stars of WAR OF THE REALMS: AGENTS OF ATLAS debut in an oversized team-up book! Get ready for the English language debut of the first appearance of AERO, the high-flying Shanghaiese superheroine created for Marvel by Zhou Liefen and Keng! And in a brand new story written by PLANET HULK writer Greg Pak, Aero teams up with WAVE, Marvel’s newest Filipina superheroine! What strange forces have turned the buildings of Shanghai into monstrous golems? And what is the SECRET ORIGIN OF WAVE?

 

LOIS LANE #1
DC COMICS
(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Mike Perkins
On the road and out of Metropolis-and carrying a secret that could disrupt Superman’s life-Lois Lane embarks on a harrowing journey to uncover a threat to her husband and a plot that reaches the highest levels of international power brokers and world leaders. Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Greg Rucka and master storyteller Mike Perkins team up for a tale of conspiracy, intrigue and murder that pushes even Lois to her limits.

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MLB All-Star Break: AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL SHOWCASE!

Celebrating our national pastime and the MLB All-Star Break!

From Tuesday 7/9 through Sunday 7/14 we will be showcasing our autographed baseballs and batting helmets in “The Hub” at the center of the store – at low low prices!

We have a huge selection of Tampa Bay Rays!

GAMING IN JULY 2019

Every Wednesday EC and All Things Nerdy host “EC Game Night” where you can Learn & Play a featured game from 6-7pm, then stay for Open Play of that game from 7-8pm — or any of our gaming demos of your choice!

Saturdays’ “EC Game Day” events with All Things Nerdy run from Noon-2pm, and you can learn while you play!

 

7/3 – RAMEN FURY

Rush to prepare and slurp up delicious bowls of ramen filled with tasty ingredients in the use-your-noodle card game Ramen Fury. Collect combos of cards to score for different recipes while adding garnishes to boost your points. At the same time, watch out as other players throw spicy chili peppers your way or swipe foods right from your bowls! It’s “take that” fun that will have you calling for takeout!

 

 

7/6 – OPEN PLAY & STAR WARS GAME DAY

https://www.facebook.com/events/1104601483260641/

It’s a game day centered around all things STAR WARS!

On Saturday, June 8th, from 2-6pm, join us for an open play event for Star Wars Legion, Star Wars Destiny, and Star Wars X-Wing!

We will have multiple tables set up with game mats for X-Wing and Legion and space for Destiny!

We will also be celebrating the release of Star Wars Destiny: Spark of Hope!

Promo cards for all three games will be given out depending on which games you play!
(Promo cards will be given out on a first come, first served basis)

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 6/28/19

You ever run into one of these folks who pronounces the name Darkseid “Dark-seed”?

C’mon folks! The character’s name has been spoken aloud in plenty of cartoons and movies and video games and stuff.

If you’re still trying to convince everyone that the name is pronounced “Dark-Seed” then you’re clearly in violation.

It’s “Dark-Side” not “Dark-Seed.”

 

Jimmy Olsen #134, first cameo appearance of Darkseid, Very Good Plus (4.5), $125.

 

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New Games! 6/28/2019

THINGS FROM THE FLOOD RPG

Somewhere out there beyond the cordons, beyond the fields and marshes, abandoned machines roamed like stray dogs. They wandered about impatiently, restless in the new wind sweeping through the country. They smelled something in the air, something unfamiliar.

Perhaps, if we had listened closely, we would also have heard it. We may have heard the sound rising from the forgotten and sealed caverns in the depths: the muffled pounding from something trying to get out.

Welcome back to the world of The Loop – things are different now.

Simon Stålenhag’s paintings of Swedish retro futuristic suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange creatures, have won global acclaim. The award-winning Tales from the Loop Roleplaying Game was released in 2017 and let you experience this amazing world first hand. Now you can return to the Loop in this standalone sequel game that continues the story into the 1990s. But remember – this time you can die.

 

 


CLANK! LEGACY ACQUISITIONS INCORPORATED UPPER MANAGEMENT PACK

Some thieving jobs deserve a professional approach. When you absolutely must acquire it, call Acquisitions Incorporated! This renowned multi-planar corporation has years of experience snagging all the loot that isn’t nailed down. Each Upper Management character comes with a unique deck reflecting their talents. Use them in the original Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure, or with a franchise established in Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated!

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New Toys & Collectibles for 6/26/2019!

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE HE-MAN 1/6 SCALE COLLECTIBLE FIGURE
MONDO TEES LLC

By the Power of Grayskull, you too can have the Power! Mondo is proud to bring you the first in the Masters of the Universe 1/6 scale figure line: He-Man! Featuring over 30 points of articulation, fabric costume elements, and a lot of accessories, this is the most powerful figure you will ever find, from here to Eternia! Includes: Regular Portrait, Vintage Portrait, Power Sword, Battle Axe, Sheath, Shield, Short Sword, Hand Blaster, Rifle Blaster, Burbie Mini Figure with Stand, 6 Different Interchangeable Hands, and a Figure Stand.


MARVEL GALLERY CARNAGE COMIC PVC FIGURE
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC

A Diamond Select Toys release! Let the carnage commence! This 9-inch PVC Diorama marks the arrival of psychopath Kletus Cassady into the Marvel Gallery line, as he swings an axe-shaped hand atop a rocky outcropping. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Alterton, this sculpture is made of high-grade plastic, features detailed paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. The perfect companion to our Venom PVC!

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New Comics & Books for 6/26/19

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Featured Comics:

BATMAN DAMNED #3
DC COMICS
(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Lee Bermejo
The stunning conclusion to the groundbreaking miniseries by the critically acclaimed team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo is here! Batman’s most baffling case brings him face to face with his worst nightmare in this highly anticipated finale!

 

SPAWN #298
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Todd McFarlane (A) Jason Shawn Alexander (CA) Todd McFarlane
“WAR TO 300,” Part One-TWO ISSUES ‘TIL SPAWN #300! Spawn vs. the full might of Heaven’s newest Godsend-ROUND 1! TODD McFARLANE and JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER up the ante in this lead-up to SPAWN’s record-setting 300th issue, featuring TODD McFARLANE’s special parody recreation of one of his own classic comic book covers!

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 6/21/19

Hulk versus Phoenix versus Deathstroke versus Bane. BATTLE ROYALE!

Not a what if! Not an imaginary story!

Phoenix wins of course, but only after Hulk is disqualified for eating Deathstroke and Bane.

 

Incredible Hulk #102, first issue of the ongoing Hulk series, Fine (6.0), $175.

 

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New Toys & Collectibles for 6/19/2019!

COWBOY BEEBOP SPIKE SPIEGEL S.H.FIGUARTS AF
TAMASHII NATIONS

From Tamashii Nations. The legendary star of a legendary anime joins the S.H.Figurarts lineup! Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop is super articulated to capture all of his trademark Jeet Kune Do moves! Also included are 4 exchangeable hand parts, 3 exchangeable face expression parts, a cigarette (attached to face), and a gun!

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New Comics & Books for 6/19/19!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

SUPERMAN YEAR ONE #1
DC COMICS
(W) Frank Miller (A/CA) Danny Miki, John RomitaJr
From the burning world of Krypton to the bucolic fields of Kansas, the first chapter of SUPERMAN YEAR ONE tracks Clark Kent’s youth in Kansas, as he comes to terms with his strange powers and struggles to find his place in our world. DC BLACK LABEL is proud to present the definitive origin of Superman as rendered by the legendary comics creators Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.!
PRESTIGE FORMAT
MATURE READERS

 

USAGI YOJIMBO #1
IDW PUBLISHING
(W/A/CA) Stan Sakai
Follow the adventures of rabbit r?nin Miyamoto Usagi as he wanders Edo period Japan on his warrior’s journey. In the start of this three-part story, Usagi becomes embroiled in a puppet drama where the players are not quite what they seem! Written, drawn, and lettered by comics legend Stan Sakai! Colors by Tom Luth (Groo the Wanderer)!

The start of an exciting new chapter in the epic ongoing saga of Usagi, now published by IDW!
Exciting retail incentive variants are offered for the serialized Usagi Yojimbo series for the first time!
This series will be in all color!

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 6/14/19

Batman and Iron Man are kind of the same dude when you think about it.

Both billionaire playboys slash crime fighters who have no inherent superhuman abilities besides their wealth and intellect.

The differences between the two are superficial at best.
One has a mustache and one doesn’t.

Oh! Except in The Dark Knight Returns when Bruce Wayne briefly wore a mustache.

Remember Bruce Wayne’s Tom Selleck mustache?
That was a sweet mustache!

 

Tales Of Suspense #39, first appearance of Iron Man, CBCS 7.5 (Very Fine Minus), $23,995.

 

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