Josh Middleton - Dark Knight Darwyn Cooke - Ambush Bug and Batman

Green Lantern and Harley Quinn

Art by Dan Panosian Green Lantern and Harley Quinn

Art by Dan Panosian

Disney v. Warner: How Captain America Beat Batman and Superman

New York Times examines what happened between the Batman V Superman V Captain America blowup this spring, and comes up with a lot of the usual ('one film must be better than the other'), but does provide interesting background information on how the films are made and how different the behind-the-scenes efforts were:

"...“Batman v Superman” would seem to have the edge where it really matters to the studios, which is at the box office. It opened first (on March 25). It had the two most valuable intellectual properties in the comic book universe, appearing together in starring roles. And it had enough A-list Hollywood talent to fill a multiplex.

Yet the results are in, and it’s not even close. The theatrical run of “Batman v Superman” is all but over, with a worldwide box office gross of $871 million. “Captain America” has surged past $1 billion in just three weeks.

Warner insists its film will earn a profit. But given that the studio gets only about half the box-office gross, any profit margin will be slim after deducting the film’s enormous production and marketing costs. And that has to be a disappointment considering what the studio must have expected.

...Wonder Woman seems awkwardly gerrymandered into the plot. Batman delivers a ponderous final speech that could (and probably will) run as a trailer for the forthcoming “Justice League: Part One.”

Marvel, too, teases future films (“Spider-Man” and “Black Panther” in “Civil War”) but seems more adept at it. "

Queen Kong - Frank Frazetta

Oil Painting Queen Kong by Frank Frazetta 1976

Daniel Acuna 2-page Spread

Daniel Acuna 2-page spread

2-page spread from X-Men #16, Daniel Acuna artwork. Enlarge.

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Sensation Comics #48

Wonder Woman Under attack by missilesSensation Comics 48 with Wonder Woman

Art by Jason Badower

Joker and Brown Liquor

Lee Bermejo Joker

Deathstroke #18

Kirkham Deathstroke 18 Cover

Art by Tyler Kirkham

Secret Six number 14
Lissa Treiman cover art Giant

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Jason Todd to appear in the Affleck Batman Solo Film

Warners had confirmed that the "dead Robin" outfit that appeared briefly in Batman V Superman was a hint that Jason Todd is due to appear in the Ben Affleck Batman solo film.

Darwyn Cooke Hardcover 400 Pages

Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Darwyn Cooke

JSA by Dan Panosian

JSA by  Dan Panosian

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Howard Chaykin

Batman and Catwoman Howard Chaykin

Wonder Woman - Joeseph Linsner art

Joseph Linsner art Wonder Woman

Record Setting Comics Book Sales

2014 - Action Comics #1 ebay auctions for $3.2 million

2013 - Dark Knight Returns cover #2 art $478,000

2013 - Batman No 1 - Auctions for $565,525

2012 - "Billy Wright" Detective Comics #27 sells for $523,000

2011 - Dark Knight Returns #3 splash page sells for $448,125

2010 - Detective Comics #27 goes for $1,075,500 USD

2010 - Weird Science-Fantasy #29 cover art sells for $380,000 USD

2009 - Detective Comics number #1 auctions for $17,000 USD


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Lynda Carter - Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter - Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter - Wonder Woman