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The Man without Fear will be getting an All-New Marvel NOW! relaunch with a new series by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee premiering in March, Marvel announced. The current Eisner-winning run of Daredevil by Waid and Samnee will end with issue #36 in February, artist Samnee revealed last month on Twitter.
Daredevil #1 will see Matt Murdock relocating to San Francisco, a location that will continue the setting shift introduced in the Infinite Comics digital series Daredevil: Road Warrior, also written by Waid.
This coming March, Marvel Comics will illuminate the dark recesses of the Marvel Universe as it launches a new monthly Moon Knight series by award-winning and critically acclaimed writer Warren Ellis (Iron Man: Extremis, Astonishing X-Men) and the outstanding artistic team of Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire (Venom; Deadpool). Moon Knight will continue the Company’s popular All-New Marvel NOW! initiative with an all-new #1 that will be sure to redefine the mysterious vigilante and solidify him as one of Marvel’s most extraordinary heroes.
This gritty and bold era of Moon Knight’s history is orchestrated by Warren Ellis, who promises to introduce readers to the dark corners and unspoken fears of the Marvel Universe.
“The touchstone for this book, for me, has been ‘Weird Crime’. Both ground-level action and high strangeness,” says Warren Ellis, in an interview with Marvel.com. “This is a take on Moon Knight that unifies all the previous takes, making the character whole and taking him forward into a new kind of crime fiction.”
The comic book cover illustration inextricably tied to one of the most calamitous events in our nation’s history, artist Curt Swan’s original cover art for Action Comics #309, was sold by Hake’s Americana & Collectibles for $112,015.75 on Thursday, November 21, 2013, one day shy of 50 years since the sad moments of November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. The price includes a 15% buyer’s premium.
The piece was the top item in Hake’s Auction #210, which garnered the best results in the company’s 47-year history and it is the second highest price realized for an item they have offered.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy by the Marxist Lee Harvey Oswald traumatized the nation, and of course the psychological wounds were still fresh the following week when DC Comics’ Action Comics #309 hit the stands.
Why the two events are related is something no storyteller could have ever foretold.
The cover features Clark Kent seemingly standing right in front of Superman, which is the story’s great mystery since the two are one and the same.
In the issue’s lead story, Superman revealed his secret identity to President Kennedy in order for JFK to impersonate Clark Kent and help Superman maintain his façade. So "Clark" on the cover is really JFK. The issue was too far along in the distribution channel for DC Comics to recall following the President’s death.
The piece is otherwise celebratory and of note as well since it also features Lois Lane, Perry White, Supergirl, Batman, Robin, Jimmy Olsen, Lana Lang, Saturn Girl, Element Lad, Chameleon Boy, Police Chief Parker, and Lori Lemaris.
“As striking as this piece is to look at online, it’s even more impressive in person. It features so many characters depicted in bold, strong, clean line work. At this time in our culture, the word ‘classic’ is certainly suffering from overuse, but this is classic Curt Swan,” said Alex Winter, General Manager of Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. “This piece has been privately held for more than 40 years by the same consignor who placed Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four #95 in Hake’s Auction #208, where it sold for more than $95,000.”
While he started working on other characters for DC Comics, Curt Swan’s work defined Superman for many fans in the Silver Age. Beginning with Superman #51 in 1948 and Superboy #5 the following year, his association with the character spanned decades, hundreds of covers, and thousands of story pages.
During his tenure, Swan’s Superman became the company’s definitive model of the character. His crisp, clean art was infused with a subtle yet distinctive sense of nobility that deliberately embodied the familiar phrase “truth, justice and the American way.”
His work on the Man of Steel was featured in Action Comics, Superman, Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen, and Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane, among other publications, as well as the Superman newspaper comic strip. He also illustrated the adventures of Superboy in Adventure Comics.
Swan had many career highlights, including "Superman’s Race With The Flash!" in Superman #199 and in 1986 he illustrated Alan Moore’s acclaimed tale "Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow?" in Superman #423, effectively closing the chapter of Silver Age Superman. His last work, published posthumously, was a contribution to the 1996 special Superman: The Wedding Album.
Hake’s Americana & Collectibles auction #210 concluded on Tuesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 21. Extensive coverage of the results will be featured in Scoop next week, but we also have items in our Auctions-Prices and Main Event sections this week.
At the Superior Spider-Man panel at the NYCC Marvel Comics announced a new Captain Marvel comic book series debuting in March that will be written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn by David Lopez.
DeConnick is taking Carol Danvers, who made the transition from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel last year, cosmic in the new Captain Marvel series as Marvel’s other “Cap” shows that she has the "right stuff" by demonstrating her skills as an American pilot in outer space. The first arc in the new ongoing Captain Marvel series is called "Higher, Faster, Further, More," as the series takes on an outer space dimension.
With Captain Marvel going cosmic it didn’t take long for a fan to query whether Carol Danvers might just bump into the Guardians of the Galaxy somewhere out there, and DeConnick’s "wouldn’t that be awesome" reply doesn’t exactly inspire skepticism