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This is it! Marvel Legacy #1 comes out this Wednesday, September 27th, 2017! This is the beginning of Marvel’s new direction and their answer to DC’s Rebirth last year. 

MARVEL LEGACY

This issue features the return of the first of many classic Marvel characters. (I know who it is, and it is a big deal. The reveal made me breathe a big sigh of relief.)

This issue also introduces the Avengers of one million BC, whose roster includes many of Marvel’s iconic characters who pass their mantle on over the generations, such as Doctor Strange, Phoenix, Iron Fist, Black Panther, Ghost Rider, Odin and Starbrand.

Here’s a brief video from Marvel explaining the focus of their initiative:

VARIANT COVERS

We will be carrying 15 different covers for this book, but we’re proud to say that we will be selling the main cover for $2.99 instead of the listed $5.99. We qualified for a deal from Marvel and we’re passing that savings on to you. We want to get this book into as many hand as possible.!You will also receive a free copy of FOOM! magazine, a throwback to Marvel’s fanzine from the 70’s. (I own a near full collection, missing only issue #10, which is ‘considered’ the first appearance of the New X-Men. The magazine was full of worthless information that expanded on the culture of the Marvel Bullpen. Stuff like photo’s from their company baseball games, weird layouts from Sterenko, etc. I Love it. )

You will also get a free Marvel Legacy Previews book with your purchase. That’s a lot of stuff for only a $2.99 buy in!

<insert Marvel Previews>This is also the final week for the Marvel Generation One shots, and It looks like they saved the best for last, as Miles Morales gets to meet geeky Peter Parker written by Brian Bendis, and Sam Wilson gets to see Steve Rogers in his prime during World War II by Nick Spencer. (For the record, Secret Empire Omega was one of the best Captain America issues I’ve read in years. I great dissection of the character, America, and Marvel Comics itself. The book made me optimistic for Marvel’s future.) 

We will also be displaying the previous Generations one shots in case you missed any of them. They’re all light-<insert Generations Captain America><insert Generations Captain America>hearted fun, with a couple surprises and foreshadowing thrown in. (Who knew Odin and the Phoenix Force had a thing back in the day?)

Wondering about all those other covers and how much they’ll cost? Here’s the breakdown on what we’ll have. We’re not holding any of them, they will be first come first serve starting tomorrow at noonPlease be advised that file discounts do not apply to these books. We are well below the aftermarket sale price, so please shop around. Also, please do not pick up the variants and carry them around tomorrow if you are not 100% buying it. We’ve had trouble with this in the past. 

  • Marvel Legacy #1 Regular Cover ($2.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Alex Ross Variant 1:50 ($25)
  • Marvel Legacy Brooks Wraparound Variant ($5.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Christopher Trading Card Variant ($5.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Deodato Wraparound Variant 1:500 ($100)
  • Marvel Legacy Dodson Party Sketch Variant (One per store) ($40)
  • Marvel Legacy Land Variant ($5.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Party Variant ($5.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Quesada BW Variant 1:500 ($100)VARIANT COVERSVARIANT COVERSVARIANT COVERSVARIANT COVERS
  • Marvel Legacy Quesada Lenticular Variant ($5.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Quesada Premier Variant (2 per store) ($40)
  • Marvel Legacy Reeder Woman of Marvel Variant (1:25) ($10)
  • Marvel Legacy Ross BW Variant (1:100) ($40)
  • Marvel Legacy Schiti Retailer Variant (One per store) ($40)
  • Marvel Legacy Young Variant ($5.99)

We love our variant chasers, but our primary goal is to get this book into as many hands as possible to READ. 

Alright! Get ready to sit down and read a pretty darn good comic book, and MAKE MINE MARVEL!

FURTHER READING

If you enjoy Marvel Legacy and want to read further after that, here’s a checklist for all the new storylines beginning in October. 

You can print this out and turn it in or just email back with the books you’d like to get. 

We’re recommending Captain Marvel #125, Despicable Deadpool #287 and #288, Falcon #1, Incredible Hulk #709, Invincible Iron Man #593 and especially Mighty Thor #700. These books all spin directly out of the contents of Legacy #1!

For the record, as many of you have asked, we’re only getting the Lenticular covers for four books, and they will be cover price: America #8, Cable #150, Defenders #6 and Uncanny Avengers #28 (which is a Beast/Wonder Man story, which I’m all about.)

This Saturday, September 23rd, is Batman 2017. We pretty much knocked it out of the park the first year, but since then the day has been commodified by big box stores. 

This year we will have a simple system to hand out the free merchandise so that you don’t have to deal with the cold feeling those lofted ceiling give you in your soul. 

This year the day has been hijacked by Harley Quinn, to celebrate her 25th Anniversary! 

So, stop in the shop on Saturday and you’ll get three exclusive comics free with any purchase!

  • Batman Day 2017 Special Edition. A reprint of ‘I Am Bane’ part one by Tom King with a Dark Knight Returns Homage cover. 

  • Harley Quinn Batman Day 2017 Special Edition. A reprint of ‘Joker Loves Harley’ part one, as a newer, kinder Joker tries to win Harley back. 

  • DC Super Hero Girls Batman Dat 2017 Special Edition. The first chapter of the upcoming ‘Out of the Bottle’ graphic novel. 

We have lots of these to give away, so we should be good for all day Saturday and Sunday

We’ve also got four different paper masks to give away, Batman by Lee, Batman by Kubert, Batman by Romita Jr, and Harley Quinn!

 

You will get a full set of ALL four of these masks FREE with any Batman or Harley Quinn purchase of $20 or more. Comics, Graphic Novels, Action Figures, whatever. These masks look great in pictures and if you snap a cool pic with them tag it #cnjcomics so we can check it out!

We’ve got around 125 sets of masks to give away, FYI.And that’s it! Batman has so many great comics and graphic novels that it’ll be easy to fill that $20 purchase!

Lastly we’d like to thank everyone who came out for our Jack Kirby Centennial Event. We raised $2,014 for Kirby4heroes to benefit the Hero Initiative! (We also ended up with a pretty cool new mural as well!)

Love live the King!

We’re excited to finally announce the plans for our Jack Kirby Centennial Event!

While Jack’s actual 100th Birthday was on August 28th, we’ve decided to hold our event on Saturday September 16th from 10am to 7pm.

UPDATES!

The two big things we have to add involve other businesses in the plaza:

First up, Working Class Brewery next to the shop will have two beers available on the day, a Devil Dinosaur Red Ale and a ‘King’ Kirby IPA. Stop by between noon and 8pm and try them out, get a free comic, and they’ll donate 10% of the sale to the Hero Initiative! We’re planning on going down to the brewery as a group after the day is done between 7pm and 8pm to enjoy our first taste of the beers, so stop by and hang out with the CNJ Crew for awhile!

Second, the Kamm’s Corner Ice Cream Company will be doing the same with their Kirby Krackle Ice Cream, so please consider engaging them on the day as well. 

We’re excited that both of these businesses have opened up in our plaza, and we hope you’ll check them out on Saturday!

We’ve also added a lot of great raffle prizes, so think about buying buying some tickets! You’ll get one free with a purchase and you can buy more for $1 each or 6 for $5. We’ve included some hardcovers, Omnibuses, Original Kirby Back Issues and more. All proceeds go to the Hero Initiative. 

We’ll pull the winners at 7pm so if you stop by the brewery after that we’ll be able to tell you if you’ve won! You’ll also be able to see the final Rust Belt Monster Mural!

WHO IS JACK KIRBY

First off, who is Jack Kirby? I’ll let Fred Hembeck explain it for us:

In a nutshell, Jack Kirby is the greatest comic book illustrator off all time and the true King of Comics. That’s something we don’t take lightly here at the shop. Jack’s work was one of the first times I started to distinguish between artists as a kid. There was just something different about his work, even from the perspective of a six year old. Jack’s 100th is a huge benchmark for both the industry and the our shop personally. We’ve put together a day that’s about appreciating Jack’s work, showing his impact on local artists, raising some funds for the charity Jack’s family has chosen, and giving you some incredible free and exclusive merchandise to commemorate the day. We hope the day helps to introduce people new to the hobby to just what Jack Kirby means.

Beyond the artwork, I think that Jack Kirby lead the quintessential American life, through hard work and determination. It wasn’t just Captain America who punched Nazis

THE CHARITY

Jack’s granddaughter Jillian Kirby has taken it upon herself to honor her grandfather’s legacy by raising funds each year for Kirby4Heroes, an organization that benefits the Hero Initiative.

In their own words, “The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.”

This will be a day to give back to all the creators who have contributed so much joy and inspiration to your life. 

These are the wishes of Jack’s family and we will honor them. 

Marvel has made twelve reprints of classic Kirby material that only cost $1 each. We will donate the entire dollar for all of the books purchased on the day to Kirby4Heroes to benefit the Hero Initiative.

These books include: Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Devil Dinosaur, Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, Black Panther, The Inhumans, The Mighty Thor, Groot, The Avengers, Thor Vs Hulk, and the Inhumans. 

Buy them all, $12 bucks go to charity, and you get yourself a history lesson in the King. (We’re even proud to say we suggested the idea of Kirby $1.00 reprints to Marvel, and they went for it.)

THE FREE STUFF

We’ve decided to give you a few gifts to celebrate Jack’s birthday, and they will be FREE with ANY purchase. (Seriously, I don’t care if you come in and buy a button for a dollar, you’re getting loaded up with some stuff. Try and make sure our charity gets a bit though, if you can afford it.)

First is an 11×17 cardstock lithograph by local artist Tim Switalski featuring Devil Dinosaur in front of the Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland.

We’ve got 500 to give away and the first 100 will by signed and numbers by Tim. (The original painting will hang proudly in the shop.) If you’d like a second one please throw $5 in the charity bin, or even better, just bring a friend.

Second, we’ll be giving away 400 graphic novels, including 200 copies of The Origin of the Inhumans by Lee and Kirby ($40 value), as well as 200 copies of the Complete Devil Dinosaur ($25 value). You even get to pick which one you’d like.

The Inhumans are due to hit the silver screen as well as television in September, and the material is quintessential Kirby. Plus, there’s nothing better than a big red 70’s Dinosaur.

 

(If you do the math, we’re giving away about $13,000 worth of graphic novels in honor of Jack’s 100th birthday.)

LOCAL ARTISTS

Every year on Free Comic Book Day, local art group The Rust Belt Monster Collective paints a mural live outside the shop. They’ll be returning on the 16th to honor Jack’s legacy by painting a sixteen foot mural staring around noon

The mural will feature Kirby Monsters from the 50’s and 60’s attacking the City of Cleveland! Jack created an incredible amount of memorable creatures for Marvel and Atlas comics, and these monsters are about to destroy our comeback city. Monsters painting Monsters seemed like a no brainer.

The crew will wrap up the mural around 7pm and watching the final touches go on these pieces of artwork is literally one of my favorite things. The mural will hang in the shop upon completion. 

Take some time to watch their process, then stop on over to the Kamms Corner Ice Cream Company (located about 200 feet from the shop) for a special Kirby Krackle Ice Cream created just for the day! (I’m pretty sure this will be your only chance to ever get a Kirby inspired ice cream. Maybe.)  Kirby Krackle Ice Cream will be a vanilla base with Rice Krispies dipped in chocolate added in for the perfect energy signature.

OTHER STUFF

We’ve got a few other things going on to make if worth the trip if you’re coming in from out of town. We’ll have a raffle for prizes such like the $200 King Size Kirby Hardcover, the Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD Omnibus, as well as some original Kirby Comics, including my personal copy of Captain America #109.

 

Everyone will receive a ticket with a purchase, and you can also buy extra tickets for $1 each, with all the funds collected going to Kirby4Heroes. Winners will be drawn at the end of the day. 

We’ll also be giving 50% off all back issues in the shop, so you’re got all day to do the fun digging and bargain hunting that makes collecting comics fun. 

And that’s it! We hope to see you on the day! This is a great time to bring a friend or family into the shop to show them the positive aspects of your hobby. When you think about it, for just $12, all going to charity, you can walk away with some pretty great stuff and know you paid a part of your debt to the great comic creators who have affected your life! Thanks as always for your continued support of our endeavors! Long live the Legacy of Jack Kirby! Here’s a final article from Forbes Magazine on the importance of Jack’s Birthday. Excelsior! 

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