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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 6/23/18

The man goes by Morbius, The Living Vampire. I would’ve called him Batman since he’s kinda like a vampire bat. There isn’t already a comic book character called Batman is there? Amazing Spider-Man #101, first appearance of Morbius, Very Good Minus (3.5), $150.

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 6/15/18

Aquaman ain’t sweatin’ the zombie apocalypse! I’m pretty sure that zombies can’t swim. Seems to me that due to the state of decomposition, most zombies would at best be able to float near the surface and very slowly tread water, but no way are they making it to the ocean floor to give Aquaman a […]

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 6/8/18

J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man covers! The man draws a mean Black Cat…   Superior Spider-Man #29, La Mole Comic Con Variant cover, CGC Signature Series 9.8 (Near Mint/Mint) signed by J. Scott Campbell, $125.  

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 6/1/18

A lot of nice collections have come in over the past week or so. Here you’ll find just a small representation of some of our recent arrivals — the very tip of a very collectible iceberg…   Amazing Spider-Man #300, first appearance of Venom, CBCS Verified Signature 9.4 (Near Mint) signed by Todd McFarlane, $850. […]

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 5/25/18

Well, with a new Star Wars movie premiering this week, I would ordinarily theme my weekly post around said movie franchise — problem being I’m picked clean for Star Wars keys at the moment so … Marvel keys? X-Men #12, first appearance of Juggernaut, CGC 9.0 (Very Fine/Near Mint), $2,000.  

STAR WARS SALES WEEKEND @ EC!!!

Friday, May 25th through Sunday, May 27th from open to close The latest entry to the Star Wars saga, “Solo: a Star Wars Story” opens in theaters everywhere, Friday, May 25th, and EC will get you prepared like no one else!!! SAVE BIG, ALL WEEKEND LONG, on your favorite Star Wars characters and merchandise!!! On […]

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 5/18/18

Everybody ready for some sweet Deadpool cinematic sequel action? Good! Everybody also ready for some sweet Deadpool back issue action? Even better!   New Mutants #98, first appearance of Deadpool, Fine Plus (6.5), $200.  

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 5/11/18

Hola chicos and chicas! This week we have two Marvel books that I’m quite certain I’ve featured in this column at least a few times in the past, and two DC books that I’m pretty sure I’ve never mentioned in Jabber ever before. Notice the price difference between the two that I’ve featured before and […]

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 5/4/18

Everybody’s seen Infinity War by now, right? That part where Thanos stomped Forbush Man to death and then tossed his saucepan helmet into outer space — tragic … so heartbreaking … I was sobbing so loudly in the theater that I had to excuse myself until I regained my composure.   New Teen Titans #2, […]

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 4/27/18

Welcome to the Jabber, folks! This week we have a continuation of last week’s theme. We’re going to call this “DC Keys That Are Sure To Please … REDUX!”   Detective Comics #140, first appearance of The Riddler, CGC 3.0 (Very Good/Good), $4,600.     Batman #181, first appearance of Poison Ivy, CGC 7.0 (Very […]

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 4/20/18

Got a few affordable DC keys for you this week, folks! Keys priced for any budget! Come pick up a dozen or so!   Batman : Vengeance of Bane #1, first appearance of Bane, Very Fine/Fine (7.0), $50.  

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 4/13/18

Have you seen the trailer for the Teen Titans Go movie? Super cute and super funny. I sure wish I was a cartoon — then I could be super cute and super funny too. As things are now, I’m just funny looking and mildly amusing … sometimes….   DC Comics Presents #26, first appearance of […]

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 4/5/18

I’m sure we’ve all seen the photos from the set of the Captain Marvel movie. Don’t hate on the green costume. Remember, when Captain Marvel was first published by Marvel he wore a green costume. Observe… Marvel Super-Heroes #12, first appearance of Mar-Vell, CGC 8.0 (Very Fine), $400.  

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 3/29/18

We have some nice mid-grade keys for you this week folks. Excellent starter/reader copies here. Sure, we’d all like a 9.8 copy of these books, but a 4.5 copy is better than no copy, right?   New Mutants #98, first appearance of Deadpool, Fine Minus (5.5), $200.     Marvel Graphic Novel #4, first appearance […]

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 3/23/18

Can you feel the anticipation building for Infinity War? This is going to be a big one folks, so make sure to stock up on Thanos keys. Best to buy them now before they get even more expensive…   Iron Man #55, first appearance of Thanos, CBCS Verified Signature Series 7.0 (Very Fine/Fine), signed by […]

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 3/16/18

This week we have a mixed bag of Marvel keys for your consideration. Feel free to peruse them at your convenience, and do by all means let us know if you’d be interested in purchasing any of these lovely illustrated periodicals.   Incredible Hulk #180, first cameo appearance of Wolverine, CGC 8.0 (Very Fine), $550. […]

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 3/7/18

Well, hello there! Here are a few nice “we only have one copy of this in the store” type books for your consideration…   Batman #251, classic Neal Adams Joker story, CGC 8.0 (Very Fine), $600.  

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 3/2/18

So MANY Venoms these days. Venoms everywhere! Especially on variant covers of Marvel books, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up appearing on the covers of DC books soon. They’ll have some Venomizied version of … AMBUSH BUG! I’d by that book! Venom Bug? Ambush Bug-…om..?   Batman #189, first Silver Age appearance […]

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 2/23/18

BLACK PANTHER! NOW IN THEATERS! WATCH! ENJOY! BUY RELATED COMICS!   Fantastic Four #52, first appearance of Black Panther, CGC 8.5 (Very Fine Plus), $2,000.  

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    TOMORROW (AND SUNDAY) IS THE BIG DAY!!! YARD SALE DAY @ EC!!!

    Tomorrow is the BIG Day at EC as we present one of your favorite EC events... the Yard Sale at EC! event!!!

    Get DEEP, DEEP DISCOUNTS on BOOKS, COMICS, GAMES, TOYS, COLLECTIBLES & MORE!!!

    The Yard Sale runs from 11am-6pm, and then all remaining Yard Sale items will be available in our Hub, (the center of the store), until we close at 8pm, and will be avaialble again on Sunday from Noon - 6pm!!!

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    HAPPY PRIDE WEEKEND!!!

    June is LGBT Pride Month, and this weekend is St Pete Pride!!!

    At EC, we celebrate diversity daily in our employees, our Guests, and the merchandise we offer!!!

    Regardless of who you are, where you're from, or who you love, your friends at Emerald City LOVE our straight and LGBTQ friends, and welcome ALL to be part of our huge, amazing EC Family!!!

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    CHOCOBO CRYSTAL HUNT CARD GAME

    Help the Chocobos on their crystal hunt!

    In Chocobo's Crystal Hunt, you send your cute Chocobos on a journey to steal your opponents' crystals...before they can steal yours! Use your intuition and observation skills in this fast-paced, fun and addictive game.

    MAGIC THE GAHTERING: GLOBAL SERIES - JIANG YANGGU VS MU YANLING

    These Global Series decks, featuring all-new cards and characters, represent the work of Chinese writers, artists, and designers, created for Chinese players but now available in the United States.

    STAR WARS X WING: SAW'S RENEGADES

    Take the skies with Saw Gerrera and his renegades with the Saws Renegades Expansion Pack! In this expansion, youll find two ship miniaturesa U-wing and a T-65 X-wing, both pre-painted in the stunning black-and-white paint scheme of Saw Gerreras freedom fighters. With these ten ship cards and fifteen upgrade cards, plus the maneuver dials, tokens, and rules included in this expansion pack, the Saws Renegades Expansion Pack gives you everything that you need to take the fight to the Empire!

    STAR WARS X WING: TIE REAPER

    Engineered as a high-performance troop transport for in-atmosphere missions, the TIE reaper also made its debut in Rogue One. Equipped with advanced ailerons for precise atmospheric maneuvering, thick armor plating, powerful laser cannons, and the capacity to carry elite infantry, this menacing vessel struck fear into Rebel forces across the galaxy. In the TIE Reaper Expansion Pack, youll find the pre-painted TIE reaper miniature, four different ship cards, eleven upgrade cards, a maneuver dial, and all the other tokens that you need to bring the Empires deadliest troopers into the heat of battle.
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    CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH WITH EC!

    June is LGBT Pride Month, and St Pete Pride is this weekend!!! If you're looking for stories that feature LGBT characters, EC is the place to go, to find what you're looking for!!!

    You'll find LGBT characters in numerous publications from DC Comics, Marvel, Image Comics, BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, and more on our special hub display in the store!!!

    We've featured just a few of our favorites below that are available now at EC!!!
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    HAPPY FATHER'S DAY FROM EC!!!

    Take Dad to his favorite place, EC of course, during our Father's Day Event at EC! and get free comics, coloring sheets and bookmarks from Marvel at Noon, while supplies last, and take part in our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE for a chance to win* a Batman FAN PACK from DC Comics for Dad... or even yourself!!!

    Check out the details in the link below!!!

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    The long-awaited, much-debated new entry in the Star Wars sage, Solo: A Star Wars Story has finally soared its way into theaters, and EC was here to help fans celebrate this exciting new release!!!

    Our Guests were greeted with free Marvel preview magazines from the Star Wars (comic book series), Han Solo block figures, and free passes to see The Incredibles 2, courtesy of Disney and Disney Pixar, and our friends from Monkeys Fighting Robots!!!

    As if that weren't enough, they were then greeted by the always-amazing TampaBay Squad FL Garrison, and their fantastic entertainers!!! We added our own Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, and everyone had a great time!!!

    Of course, our friends from All Things Nerdy were here as well, and we had a special Han Solo Kids and Adult raffle, featuring full Cosmic Card binders from Winn-Dixie, and Tervis Tumblers!!!

    Now that the fun is over, we're ready to see the movie again!!! Thanks to the 501st, and everyone who came out to make our day so much fun!!!The long-awaited, much-debated new entry in the Star Wars sage, Solo\ has finally soared its way into theaters, and EC was here to help fans celebrate this exciting new release!!!

    Our Guests were greeted with free Marvel preview magazines from the Star Wars (comic book series), Han Solo block figures, and free passes to see The Incredibles 2, courtesy of Disney and Disney Pixar, and our friends from Monkeys Fighting Robots!!!

    As if that weren't enough, they were then greeted by the always-amazing TampaBay Squad FL Garrison, and their fantastic entertainers!!! We added our own Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, and everyone had a great time!!!

    Of course, our friends from All Things Nerdy were here as well, and we had a special Han Solo Kids and Adult raffle, featuring full Cosmic Card binders from Winn-Dixie, and Tervis Tumblers!!!

    Now that the fun is over, we're ready to see the movie again!!! Thanks to the 501st, and everyone who came out to make our day so much fun!!!
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    FREE RPG DAY... AND FREE POKEMON FIGURES THIS SAT @ EC!!!

    Join us for Free RPG Day 2018 at EC! and in addition to all sorts of cool RPG swag (see details in the link), the FIRST 150 GUESTS at 11am will receive THEIR CHOICE of a FREE Pokémon FIGURE!!!

    That's THIS Saturday ONLY, and ONLY at EC!!!
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    Check out these awesome pics from our recent Deadpool Movie Day!!!

    Thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate Marvel's Merc with a Mouth!!!20th Century Fox and Marvel's second Deadpool Movie has been a massive hit!!! So, of course, EC hosted a special (and morally questionable) day in his honor!!!

    Our EC Family Members were treated to free Deadpool block figures, and of course, an amazing Deadpool raffle, featuring a Diamond Select Toys action figure, a Deadpool version of Monopoly, and more!!!

    Deadpool has a LOT of friends, so we got visits from Supergirl, Black Cat and more!!! Who knew such a smart-alec could be so popular?!?

    Check out these pics from the event, but we will give a word of WARNING!!! These ARE pics form a DEADPOOL event, so some of the pics are a little more "grown up" than what you'll usually see at our events! There's definitely a PG-13 vibe here, so proceed with caution!!!

    If you still can't get enough Deadpool, stop by and see your friends at EC for the best in Deadpool books, comics, games, toys, collectibles, tchotchkes and more!!!
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    20th Century Fox and Marvel's second Deadpool Movie has been a massive hit!!! So, of course, EC hosted a special (and morally questionable) day in his honor!!!

    Our EC Family Members were treated to free Deadpool block figures, and of course, an amazing Deadpool raffle, featuring a Diamond Select Toys action figure, a Deadpool version of Monopoly, and more!!!

    Deadpool has a LOT of friends, so we got visits from Supergirl, Black Cat and more!!! Who knew such a smart-alec could be so popular?!?

    Check out these pics from the event, but we will give a word of WARNING!!! These ARE pics form a DEADPOOL event, so some of the pics are a little more "grown up" than what you'll usually see at our events! There's definitely a PG-13 vibe here, so proceed with caution!!!

    If you still can't get enough Deadpool, stop by and see your friends at EC for the best in Deadpool books, comics, games, toys, collectibles, tchotchkes and more!!!20th Century Fox and Marvel's second Deadpool Movie has been a massive hit!!! So, of course, EC hosted a special (and morally questionable) day in his honor!!!

    Our EC Family Members were treated to free Deadpool block figures, and of course, an amazing Deadpool raffle, featuring a Diamond Select Toys action figure, a Deadpool version of Monopoly, and more!!!

    Deadpool has a LOT of friends, so we got visits from Supergirl, Black Cat and more!!! Who knew such a smart-alec could be so popular?!?

    Check out these pics from the event, but we will give a word of WARNING!!! These ARE pics form a DEADPOOL event, so some of the pics are a little more "grown up" than what you'll usually see at our events! There's definitely a PG-13 vibe here, so proceed with caution!!!

    If you still can't get enough Deadpool, stop by and see your friends at EC for the best in Deadpool books, comics, games, toys, collectibles, tchotchkes and more!!!
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    EC Book Club: Watchmen! is Wednesday, July 11th in "The Hub" in the center of the store!

    The EC Book Club normally meets the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm to chat about the featured book (it's the SECOND WEDNESDAY this time due to Independence Day).

    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! Here's the Comics 101 slideshow for our previous ECBC meeting for SCOTT PILGRIM VOL 1!EC Book Club\ is Wednesday, July 11th in "The Hub" in the center of the store!

    The EC Book Club normally meets the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm to chat about the featured book (it's the SECOND WEDNESDAY this time due to Independence Day).

    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! Here's the Comics 101 slideshow for our previous ECBC meeting for SCOTT PILGRIM VOL 1!
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    MAGIC THE GATHERING: BATTLEBOND

    Welcome to Battlebond, where competitors battle in pairs. Recruit a trusted partner and fight shoulder-to-shoulder, hand-in-hand, or back-to-back for glory and the roar of the crowd! Forge an unbreakable bond with your combat companion and claim your place in the pantheon of champions!

    UNLOCK! SERIES 3

    Unlock! Secret Adventures features three new "escape room" scenarios that you can play on your tabletop.

    Unlock! is a cooperative card game inspired by escape rooms that uses a simple system which allows you to search scenes, combine objects, and solve riddles. Play Unlock! to embark on great adventures, while seated at a table using only cards and a companion app that can provide clues, check codes, monitor time remaining, etc. The three scenarios are (according to the app):

    -"A Noside Story"
    -"Tombstone Express"
    -"The Adventurers of Oz"

    PROWLERS PASSAGE

    In the heart of the sleeping city, there lies incredible wealth. The city gates are well guarded, but no one is watching what’s under their feet. The dead of night provides just enough cover for you to tunnel your way to untold riches and plunder the city from within. But you must act quickly, because a rival thief has the same plan.

    In Prowler’s Passage, you and your rival burrow into the city through a network of underground passages to grab valuable items while attempting to gain control of key districts. Steal the best items, create the longest passages, and control districts to become the premier prowler!

    On your turn, you must (1) place a passage, then (2) collect the tile where you placed your passage, and (3) move control markers for the districts adjacent to that passage. The tile you collect will either be an item tile, which are scored in sets during each scoring phase, or a shovel tile, which allows you to move control markers further. You might also steal statues and/or complete achievements on your turn.

    MULTIUNIVERSUM

    You’re part of a team of brilliant scientists working on the super secret lab: CERN. While experimenting with teletransportation your team came across a wonderful discovery: portals to new dimensions!

    Just imagine! Once a portal is open a whole new magical dimension is suddenly very close. All you need to do is take one step forward and you're there.

    The problem is... The crazy wild creatures from those other dimensions can now walk in.

    Oh no.

    Close the portals NOW!

    Multiuniversum is a card game puzzle in which players use actions on their cards to do research, move between 5 modules of the Hadron Collider, preparing tools so they can close portals to alternative realities.

    Each player has 3 cards on hand and 3 actions to make during their turn. Using these cards players can:

    -do research (draw 2 cards)
    -prepare a tool
    -move to any machine module
    -close portal
    -use module ability

    When the player closes a portal he gets a sample from this universe (allows player to get bonus points) and knowledge points - described on card.

    Each 5 modules open 5 portals. The game ends immediately when three portals piles have run out. The scientist who got the most knowledge points receive a Nobel prize and wins the game.
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    THE NEW HALLOWEEN TRAILER IS HERE!!! BOO!!!

    In a world of reboots, re-imaginings and retcons, no one would blame you for rolling your eyes at yet another Hollywood makeover of a beloved classic!

    This time, however, we're feeling chills - in a good way - about Blumhouse Productions,Universal Studios, and Miramax's upcoming Halloween Movie!!!

    It has Director John Carpenter's blessing, (he and Jamie Lee Curtis are exec-producing), the script is co-written by Danny McBride (actor), and Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode... and she's going to put an end to Halloween Michael Myers once and for all!!!

    Check out the trailer below, and if you're wanting to get into the spirit of Halloween today, stop by and see your friends at Emerald City Comics!!!

    We've scared up lots of horror books, comics, games, toys, collectibles, tchotchkes and more for you to engage with... with the lights on, of course!!!

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    EC IN THE NEWS!!!

    Tune in tonight to FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay at 10pm to see Barry Wong's profile on Emerald City Comics!!!

    Neil and Darryl will be talking about how comic culture and a string of comic book-based blockbuster films are affecting the comics industry!!!

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