Posts by Rich Johnston

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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Spider-Man and Dracula Motherf**ker Top Diamond October 2020 Charts

Spider-Man and Dracula Motherf**ker Top Diamond October 2020 Charts

Diamond chart time. And a special congratulations to former Bleeding Cool columnist Alex De Campi and Erica Henderson, whose graphic novel Dracula Motherf**ker from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel in the Diamond direct market in October this year, beating out the collection of Marvel's summer event, Empyre. Someone at DC's Black Label should […]

How Rare Is The King In Black #1 Thing Secret Variant Cover

How Rare Is The King In Black #1 Thing Secret Variant Cover?

So, yes, The King In Black #1 came out today. Bleeding Cool reviewed it earlier in the week courtesy of a Marvel Unlimited leak, and we took a peek of how it was playing out more widely in the Marvel Universe. But should we have been paying more attention to the cover? It turns out […]

Star Wars Bo Katans First Appearance Sells For Almost $1000 on eBay

Star Wars' Bo Katan's First Appearance Sells For Almost $1000 on eBay

It was the 17th best-selling graphic novel in the direct market back in March 2013. Dark Horse's third-best-seller of the month. A Star Wars OGN based on the Clone Wars cartoon, Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Legends Of The Temple by Justin Aclin and Ben Bates, for the princely sum of $7.99. On a mission […]

Marvels Snapshots: Civil War Jumps To $29 On eBay

Marvels Snapshots: Civil War Jumps To $29 On eBay

As mentioned earlier today, the Marvels Snapshots one-shot Civil War was published by Marvel Comics today, But it seems a few people might not have known what it was. And now do. And, in the belief that the character may be appearing in other Marvel comic titles soon have decided this is a collector's item, […]

Gerhard and Grant Morrison &#8211 at Odds With Heavy Metal

Gerhard and Grant Morrison – at Odds With Heavy Metal?

Earlier this year, Bleeding Cool reported that a collection of Grant Morrison and Gerhard's Heavy Metal Magazine story The Smile of the Absent Cat was due for this coming January, after a number of delays. The comic book, part of Grant Morrison's run as Editor-In-Chief of Heavy Metal, featured Louis Wain, an Edwardian artist known for […]

TMNT: The Last Ronin #1 Second Printing Gets a 50000 Print Run

TMNT: The Last Ronin #1 Second Printing Gets a 50,000 Print Run

IDW has announced a 50,000 print run for their the second printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1. They have only had 37,000 preorders, but last time they printed too few and had to allocate copies to retailers by around a fifth, driving prices skywards. This does however make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The […]

Symbiotes Make Quite The Mess In The King In Black (Spoilers)

Symbiotes Make Quite The Mess In The King In Black (Spoilers)

It is King In Black day… the release of Marvel Comics' new big event that has been built up for some time, and spearhead by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman. And it's one that spans across the Marvel Universe, as mentioned in our review of the first leaked issue. @Doncates Umm… Is King In Black […]

From Knull To Now &#8211 The Timeline Of Marvel Comics King In Black

From Knull To Now – The Timeline Of Marvel Comics' King In Black

Today sees the publication of The King In Black #1 from Marvel Comics. But what came before@? Well they include a very handy timeline…, PRE-CREATION Knull forges the Necrosword and begins the experiments that would eventually become the symbiote species and its offshoots. (VENOM #1-6, SILVER SURFER: BLACK) 100,000 YEARS AGO Knull dispatches the dragon […]

Copies of Todays Daredevil #25 Now Selling For Over $100

Copies of Today's Daredevil #25 Now Selling For Over $100

Yesterday, Bleeding Cool broke the big spoiler about today's Daredevil #25, with a teaser the day before. Today reveals the impact of the aftermarket for the comic book in question. I do hope you ordered a copy from your local retailer in advance, as we suggested. Copies of the standard issue have sold on eBay […]

Returning From The Dead Just Got Harder &#8211 Hellions #7 and X-Factor #5

Returning From The Dead Just Got Harder – Hellions #7 and X-Factor #5

The Krakoan resurrection protocols remain a clever bit of meta-narrative in the new X-Men comic books. Dogged for years with a reputation for killing off mutants and then bringing them back to life, the revolving door of death was a trope ridiculed even within the comics themselves, with the constant refrain "I thought you died?" […]

From Civil War To Kamalas Law &#8211 Marvels Snapshots and Champions #2

From Civil War To Kamala's Law – Marvels Snapshots and Champions #2

Today's Champions #3, part of the Outlawed event, sees The Champions being hunted by the government, who seem to have a mole on the inside. And with a mix between a media broadcasting event and a concentration camp going down, which is probably never the greatest of combinations. And it recalls another time, and the […]

American Horses Get Their Own Graphic Novel &#8211 Wild Mustang

American Horses Get Their Own Graphic Novel – Wild Mustang

Chris Duffy and Falynn Koch have a new American history graphic novel with a bit of a difference. It's not about the people who settled the land, or those who were there before, but of the horses that also made the journey. History Comics: Wild Mustang, published by First Second in February 2021, is a […]

Rick &#038 Morty &#038 Alex Ross &#8211 The Daily LITG 2nd December 2020

Rick & Morty & Alex Ross – The Daily LITG, 2nd December 2020

Welcome to the Daily LITG. The world can seem like a terrible and strange place sometimes, but there are highlights. At Bleeding Cool you can still read all about comics, merch, TV shows, games, movies and more. From I Am Not Starfire to Rick And Morty – The Daily Lying In The Gutters remains a […]

Galactus Came To Fortnite &#8211 And Here Comes Season 2 Chapter 5

Galactus Came To Fortnite – And Here Comes Season 2 Chapter 5

Galactus came to the Fortnite island today, and my youngest daughter was ready. Instead of the popular multiplayer FPS from Epic Games letting us explore the Fortnite island that has been covered with Marvel Comics characters for the past two months, with Galactus finally landing, Iron Man took the battle to the big one. Both in […]

Piers Morgan British Guide To Marvel Comics The Union #1 (Spoilers)

Piers Morgan? British Guide To Marvel Comics' The Union #1 (Spoilers)

Tomorrow sees the long-awaited publication of The Union #1 by Paul Grist and Andrea Di Vito, with a brand new superhero team for a modern Britain, alongside Marvel legacy hero Union Jack, former holders of that name going back to the second World War. I thought some might appreciate a look ahead with a number […]

Daredevil #25 &#8211 No One Has Ordered Enough Copies (MAJOR Spoilers)

Daredevil #25 – No One Has Ordered Enough Copies (MAJOR Spoilers)

Yesterday, Bleeding Cool told you that tomorrow's Daredevil #25 might be a little underordered. And that if you were wanting a copy of the anniversary issue by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto that you might want to order ahead. Well, we didn't know the half of it. If what we understand right now is true, there […]

I Got Screwed &#8211 Alex Ross On DC Comics and Kingdom Come

"I Got Screwed" – Alex Ross On DC Comics and Kingdom Come

Co-creator of Marvels and Kingdom Come, Alex Ross, appeared on John Siuntres' essential podcast Word Balloon in a video interview. In which he stated his displeasure that he is no longer getting paid for designs and character concepts he and Mark Waid created for Kingdom Come and other ideas they've used on the CW TV […]

Incorporating Batman Incorporated Into Batman #104

Incorporating Batman Incorporated Into Batman #104

Once upon a time, Batman Incorporated was a concept and a comic book from Grant Morrison, in which Bruce Wayne took the Batman franchise global, with international representatives of Batman operating in cities across the world, against a new organisation, Leviathan. Only problem is that the Batman Inc comic book series straddled the New 52 […]

Namor Dives Deep Into Marvel Continuity Waters For The King In Black

Namor Dives Deep Into Marvel Continuity Waters For The King In Black

Much has been made of the new King In Black: Symbiote Spider-Man for diving into Steve Ditko eighties Marvel comics and repurposing characters for the story of symbiote and spiders in King In Black. There has even been talk of a certain Steve Ditko issue of Tales Of Suspense from the fifties that may get […]

Dan DiDio Makes An Appearance In The Finale Of Metal Men #12

Dan DiDio Makes An Appearance In The Finale Of Metal Men #12

Early this year, Dan DiDio was let go as Publisher of DC Comics. It was quite the thing, but also very much the shape of things to come. A precursor if you will to two waves of DC Comics senior redundancies through the year, alongside the pandemic shutdowns, distributor and printer changes and everything else […]