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I’m going to have to watch this one closely to see how DC collects the Commissioner Gordon back-up feature, “Skeleton Cases” because I definitely don’t want to miss this. Francesco Francavilla’s Toth-esque art immediately blew me away when I stumbled upon it in the pages of The Black Coat ~ 2006 and I’ve been following his work closely ever since over on Pulp Sunday from week to week. He’s one of the most creative talents in comics, and teaming up with writer Scott Snyder, I reckon this is going to be a heck of a fun ride. Can’t wait to make space on my book shelf for this one.

More on Detective Comics: Skeleton Cases from Francesco via The Source:

I have been a fan of everything Batman since… ever! I’ve also been a fan as of late of the terrific storytelling of that talented fella known as Scott Snyder, so you can imagine my reaction when I got the invitation to be part of this run of DETECTIVE COMICS. I pinched myself, then asked my wife to pinch me, and only then did I realize it was real. All I can say is–can’t wait to start on this! I read Scott’s script and… you guys are in for a treat!

Look for it this November!

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If you’re a Rocketeer fan, it just doesn’t come much better than the news that came out of SDCC this week! I know I’ve been waiting, what, 20-years for an announcement like this to come along, and I’m pretty much beside myself after stumbling across the news. And hopefully, it’s just the beginning:

Even as IDW Publishing debuted “Rocketeer: The Artist’s Edition” at Comic-Con International in San Diego, an oversized book that reproduces creator Dave Stevens’ linework for the entire series, the publisher also announced that next year it will publish a four-issue anthology series of new Rocketeer stories. Covers will be painted by Alex Ross, and each issue will include three tales by some of comics’ top talent. CBR News spoke with editor Scott Dunbier about the upcoming title.

And with talent like Mike Allred, Bill Willingham, Bruce Timm, Darwyn Cooke, Alex Ross and other industry legends attached this is a no-brainer through and through. Though in the case that’s not enough to draw you in, perhaps the news that all the effort that goes into the project will benefit a very worth cause will be further incentive:

The return of Stevens’ classic hero and the talent involved might make “The Rocketeer” an enticing comic, but buying each issue will also contribute to a worthy cause. ‘Dave Stevens died at the age of 52 after battling leukemia for a number of years. One of the things that was very important to Dave’s mother, Carolyn, was that this be a book where a portion of the profits would go directly to Hairy Cell Leukemia research’, Dunbier said. ‘That’s something that we, with the estate, are making happen, and with the cooperation of the creators involved, as well.’

There’s little else I can do to voice my excitement than to quote good ‘ol Cliff himself: “I like it!”

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I’ve been following Chris Samnee’s art since stumbling upon it in the pages of Marvel’s Agents of Atlas and on Comic Twart (where he, Francesco Francavilla, Evan “Doc” Shaner, and others devote their efforts to creating a scene surrounding a particular character each week) and I can say without reservation that he’s easily one of the most promising artists working in the field of comics today. The guy can draw anything, and do it very, very well.

It’s certainly not difficult to see the Alex Toth influence in his work (it appears Samnee has taken some of Toth’s most important artistic advice to heart in terms of simplifying the image, isolating the key elements, etc. ) and if he keeps this up — with high profile assignments like Thor, the Mighty Avenger — he’s going to end up influencing countless numbers of up and coming artists. There’s pretty much no way around it, and I couldn’t welcome it more.

Anyhow, definitely don’t miss Samnee’s art in Thor, the Mighty Avenger, which is  in stores now.

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Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross working on any project will make me stand up and take notice, as individual creators and as collaborators. Where the latter is concerned we’ve gotten comic gold where Marvels and Astro City are concerned, so add Kirby’s creations to the mix (from the Kirbyverse to boot!) and I’m sure as heck not going to miss this.

No details here on when it will hit stands, but feel free to read more about the project at Comic Book Resources:

Known for their breakout partnership on 1993’s “Marvels,” the series that that launched Ross’ status as a comics art titan, and their world-building work on Busiek’s WildStorm series “Astro City,” the pair will be co-plotting “Kirby: Genesis” which will feature a stand-alone story incorporating Kirby characters, from the Silver Star to Satan’ Six and many more, into one cohesive superhero universe. “This ‘Kirby world’ that we’ll develop will be something fresh for the two of us to butt heads about together and really try and build something new and fresh,” Ross told CBR. “Hopefully, the Kirby world will represent so much of the basic creativity that you could find of any of the published material you’re familiar with. When you see the various characters that the [Kirby] family owns, they do feel familiar to all the various things that were covered in the many creations of Kirby – everything from Galactus to Fighting American or whatever. You get a sense of all of those things embroiled in this world in all the properties we have access to.

All I can muster is a “wa-hoo!”

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Just wanted to do a good deed for the day and let you folks know about the new preview of the latest volume in the Flight anthology series. These collections really aren’t to be missed, and Vol. 7 features stories and/or art by indy heroes Kazu Kabiushi, Michel Gagne, Justin Gerard, and many more. Judging by the grandiose scale of the previews this is going to be a real treat, so if you’re return fan go and check it out pronto my friend. If you’re new to the series, well, I envy the discoveries ahead and encourage you to take a look at this, and past volumes.

Really impressive work all around, though I’ll admit to being most excited about seeing Kazu Kabiushi’s “The Courier: Shortcut” in full:

We could go around the mountains, but that would take days. No. When we’re on the job, the freight moves faster. We always choose the shortest path from A to B. So, really, that only leaves us one choice. We take the expressway.

Look for Flight Vol. 7 in stores and online July 20th!

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I know very little about Archie’s cousin Andy Andrews, but it appears there’s some interesting Silver-Age comic book history to be had here and that it’ll make the upcoming Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. story arc all the more worthwhile.

The decision to include the original story as part of the new storyline in Archie #610-614 was a pretty ingenious publishing idea from Archie Comics, and what’s more…you can read the first 10-pages (and they’re adding more) here on the Archie home page.

Also, a little more on what to expect from a  recent interview Archie writer Tom DeFalco had with Comic Book Resources:

But what about this long-lost character created in the 1950s who will be seeing his print debut here? As it turns out, it’s no Sentry-style hoax; Andy Andrews is the real deal. From November 2009 through February 2010, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art hosted an exhibit entitled ‘The Art of Archie Comics’ and at the exhibit, the publisher unveiled for the first time the unpublished tale of Andy Andrews. In covering the exhibit, the New York Times detailed the tale’s provenance. ‘One of the best discoveries is a 13-page story featuring Andy Andrews, Archie’s cousin, that never saw the light of day. ‘It was in an old art file that we had in the warehouse,’ said Victor Gorelick, the co-president and editor in chief of Archie Comic Publications. ‘It was still in the original wrapping from some 50 years ago.’ Mr. Gorelick, who began working for the company in 1958, said the story was written and drawn before his arrival. The plot was described as a cold-war thriller.’

That tale, entitled ‘The Iron Caper’ begins with Archie reading a letter to his class from Cousin Andy (who is apparently an international man of mystery) about his exploits in the world of overseas espionage, which form the meat of the story. DeFalco adds, ‘I believe the story was written and drawn by the always-incredible Harry Lucey, who also did ‘Sam Hill’ and ‘The Dover Boys’ as well as countless ‘Archie’ stories.’ DeFalco got the idea to work Andy into his tale after learning of the character from Victor Gorelick, but to what extent the original tale will influence DeFalco’s take on Andy remains to be revealed.

The first issue in the Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. 4-issue story arc (Archie #610-614) hits shelves today, and I think I’ll keep my eyes peeled for this one. And, hey, while you’re at the Archie home page, be sure and take a listen to the old radio serials they feature in the ‘Fun’ section.

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Stumbled upon this fantastic Flash Gordon Flash Gordon tribute to Al Williamson by the extremely talented Fransesco Fracavilla and wanted to make sure you folks had the chance to enjoy it as well.

I was very sorry to hear of Williamson’s passing early this week (we’re all the lesser for his loss) and I’d be ungrateful if I didn’t take a moment to wish his family the very beset and to say “thanks” for so many great memories over the years! I’ve been in awe of his work since first stumbling upon it in the pages of a Flash Gordon comic I picked up a number of years back and it’s certainly fitting that Fracavilla chose the character Williamson defined so well to pay his own humble tribute to the comics legend. We’ll miss him.

Onwards and upwards, friend.

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