Justice League of America #1 (1987) was a new take on the classic team up title, and many felt exactly the quirky shot in the arm the series needed to reinvent itself for the second volume. The 113-issue series ran until 1996 and is remembered for its classic storytelling and artwork, comedic undertones, and well written dialog. Standing on the shoulders of this great series is #1's cover, marking itself as an icon in the industry. Created by Kevin Maguire and Terry Austin, it is one of the most recognizable covers in all of comics, its reputation assisted in no small means by the many homages artists have paid it over the years.
Franck Uzan sounds like the superheroes he depicts in his art: the secret identity of a mild-mannered financial IT analyst by day giving way to, as he puts it, “avenging artist by night.”
Franck grew up in France, absorbing and gaining artistic inspiration from French versions of Marvel comics purchased by his brother. “As a child, I used to copy all the cool stuff I had an image to work from. I started with a famous french anime, The Smurfs, and later the serious stuff: comics.” He then graduated from The Smurfs to the highly-detailed Image comics of the 1990s. “Clearly an Image comics teen, my art is heavily 90's influenced, very detailed and dynamic.” Franck identifies the legendary Jim Lee, one of the original Image artists, as his greatest influence.
When you sit down to read a book involving Galactus what do you see? Power? Moral and ethical questions? A funny hat? Well if all you can think of is wow that guy is enormous and I like that then read on, because in Part 2 of our comic grading series we are taking a deeper dive into the rating system of Certified Guaranty Corporation (CGC), the largest of the grading companies.
Imagine you’ve hit the jackpot and found a Hulk #181 in a box in your grandpa’s attic. After your happy dance (don’t fall through the ceiling), what should you do next? Any serious comic collector will immediately have Wolverine’s first appearance graded and slabbed. You want to know what exactly your comic is worth, and keep it that way, right?
Grading and slabbing, as means to assessing and protecting value, is obviously an important part of the collecting experience. Unfortunately, it can also be filled with jargon and nuance that can be intimidating, especially if you are new to collecting. In this series, we will explore this process by first examining what exactly grading and slabbing is in general, and then dig into the specifics of the three primary grading companies: Certified Guaranty Corporation (CGC), Comic Book Certification Service (CBCS), and Professional Grading Experts (PGX).
In a world where Batman has gone too far, The Joker must save Gotham City.
He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now…
Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham City’s greatest villain: Batman!DC Comics
Here is a complete master checklist of all the covers to Batman: White Knight.
Dark Days: Metal 7 One Shot Batmans, "as the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World's Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures?" -DC Comics
Here is a complete cover checklist of the 7 Batman One Shots
Dark Nights: Metal #3 starts to dig in deep and give more information at it shows the all encompassing reach of the Metal event. Superman takes center stage in Batman's absence. The plot starts to thicken and leaves the readers curious for more. Here is a complete master checklist of all the covers to Batman's Dark Nights: Metal #3.
Dark Nights: Metal #2 continues the fast paced action exploring the collision between both the DC universe and the Dark Multiverse. Former Hawkgirl and current Blackhawk, Kendra Saunders, is out to kill Batman ... if she can find him! Here is a complete master checklist of all the covers to Batman's Dark Nights: Metal #2.
For those collectors who seek out each cover, variant, printing, and even future homages Dark Nights: Metal is going to be an exciting project to collect. With several publisher variants and over 20+ store variants tracking all of these covers down is going to take some time. Here is a complete master checklist of all the covers to Batman's Dark Nights: Metal #1.
Dark Days: The Casting and Dark Days: The Forge are the prelude books to the DC universe event Dark Nights: Metal. The two books set the stage for the discovery of a dark multiverse that exists within the DC multiverse connected via mysterious metals. Learn about the Blackhawks, Immortal Men, Four Tribes, and how the Joker fits in to it all!
Here is a complete master checklist of all the covers to Batman's Dark Days: The Casting and Dark Days: The Forge.