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Marvel Unveils ‘The Force Awakens’ Comic Art

You’ve seen the movie, now read the comic book. Marvel has just revealed the initial cover and variants for its upcoming adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first installment in the five-issue series, written by Chuck Wendig (author of Star Wars: Aftermath) and illustrated by Luke Ross, will arrive in stores and digital services on June 22.

The comic art and variants put a new, graphical spin on the familiar movie images.

‘The Force Awakens’ No. 1 main cover by Esad Ribic (Marvel)

Sketch variant cover by Ribic (Marvel)

Variant cover by John Cassaday & Phil Noto (Marvel)

Variant cover by Joe Quesada (Marvel)

Movie poster variant cover (Marvel)

Marvel has done a cranking job on the various Star Wars titles (most of which I now own) since re-acquiring the license from Disney cohort Lucasfilm. In addition to The Force Awakens, the publisher will roll out the limited-edition Han Solo series next month.

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Periodic Table of Superheroes

The Heroic Table of Elements

Periodic Table of Superheroes
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Check this brilliant ‘Heroic’ table of elements featuring superheroes and villains from both the Marvel and DC Universe by Illustrator Matt Cowan who recently did a great Superhero ABCs, which you can see on his DeviantArt page. Matt’s seriously done his research on this and tried to use a more scientific approach as to what makes a superhero or super-villain tick, grouping them according to their team affiliations, date of first appearance, type of powers, species and overall power of the character.

He used superherodb.com to calculate overall ‘Heroic’ numbers to describe the value, as well using some artistic licence along the way.

The Avengers USB

At first I thought this was another cool ‘concept’, but instead its a ‘real’ and brilliant idea that’s available from Mighty Ape with the release of these Marvel The Avengers USB Drives. The superb 8 GB flash drives come in the form of Captain America, The Hulk, Thor and Iron Man…which one will you buy? Iron Man is available on Amazon
The Avenger USB Drive

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Comic Stamps

Royal Mail Comic Stamps Issue 2012 Judge Dredd

Designed by The Chase, The Royal Mail has just issued ten glorious and playful 1st class stamps celebrating some of the best-known characters from British comics, including my childhood favourite comic 2000AD, which used to include work from a favourite artist contributor of mine Brian Bolland.

Royal Mail Comic Stamps Issue 2012 The Dandy

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