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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Thrill Of The Hunt &#8211 Tim Seeley And Mike Nortons Revival

Thrill Of The Hunt – Tim Seeley And Mike Norton's Revival

Brock Dickinson of Millier Dickinson Blais Inc. writes; Most collectors know that many recent first issues from Image Comics have been strong sellers, and that it's not unusual for these issues to command multiples of cover price in the back issue market. There are probably three key issues driving these price spikes: Speculation – Since […]

Collectors Cornered &#8211 Hanging With Stan In Baltimore

Collectors Cornered – Hanging With Stan In Baltimore

Collectors Cornered is a weekly video column, filmed inside Collectors Corner in Baltimore. Join us every week as we discuss comic book news from a different point of view and get instant feedback from real customers on New Comics Day, as we literally corner them and and ask questions about comic books and related topics. […]

Saturday Runaround &#8211 Marvel Vs Spider-Kippa

Saturday Runaround – Marvel Vs Spider-Kippa

KippaWatch: The Jerusalem Post turns Daily Bugle. Attorney Amir Ivtsan, a partner in the Ivtsan, Netzer, Wolecki & Co. law firm that has represented Marvel in Israel for the past decade, said any business in Israel suspected of selling illegal Marvel merchandise would be sued for NIS 100,000. He added that Marvel received information about […]


Ken Penders Stops Diamond From Distributing Sonic Collections

Ken Penders Stops Diamond From Distributing Sonic Collections

I've been asking Diamond about this for the last couple of days but they have pointedly refused to reply to my enquiries. Which, even for Diamond, is unusual. Bleeding Cool has been following the legal case in which Ken Penders is suing Archie Comics and Sega for use of characters created when he wrote the […]


ComiXology Around The World &#8211 Archie Is Big In India

ComiXology Around The World – Archie Is Big In India

Louis Falcetti writes for Bleeding Cool; Time for another look at how people around the world buy digital comics in-app through Apple devices. Imagine if we could get the world to agree on something this easily outside of comics? Avengers Vs. X-men #11 takes the top spot in Great Britain, U.S., France, Mexico, Canada, Israel, […]

How Josh Hoopes Gets Away With It Time After Time

How Josh Hoopes Gets Away With It, Time After Time

Here's the story on one man who is out the relatively small sum of $375 to comic industry conman Josh Hoopes. 1)Paypal sounded very helpful at first, then declined to refund our money. Apparently Hoopes convinced them that he provided the good/services he promised. 2) The Sacramento Police (where Hoopes lives) were worthless…told me to […]

Batman #13 Cover To Go Die-Cut

Batman #13 Cover To Go Die-Cut

Those who do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Batman #13 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, featuring the beginning of the new Joker crossover, Death Of The Family will have an card over cover die-cut, on top of a new Joker cover by Capullo, preserving his new look until the […]

Swipe File: Rob Liefeld Marv Wolfman And George Perez

Swipe File: Rob Liefeld, Marv Wolfman And George Perez

So how close was Deathstroke's origin in Deathstroke issue zero, to the original in Tales Of Teen Titans 43? Very, it seems… In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the […]

Marvel Variant Covers &#8211 And The Thinking Behind Them

Marvel Variant Covers – And The Thinking Behind Them

Today, in the light of retailer Brian Hibbs' attack on variant covers as immoral, and Bleeding Cool's look at exactly how the variant covers of Marvel NOW! can boost the sales of some comics dramatically, David Gabriel has been talking to retailers on Diamond's website about the impact of variant covers. And showing off a […]


Before Watchmen: Moloch #1 Comes Out Of The Darkness

Before Watchmen: Moloch #1 Comes Out Of The Darkness

Moloch seems to be present in so many of the Before Watchmen comics, it was about time he got his own title, stepping in to help out on delays to the Nite Owl series, after inker Joe Kubert's passing. Although from the look of this cover by Eduardo Risso for issue 1, he does seem […]

MarvelNOW Launches Cable And X-Force With Dennis Hopeless And Salvador Larroca

MarvelNOW! Launches Cable And X-Force With Dennis Hopeless And Salvador Larroca

Sounding a little like a beat co,bo from the sixties, Marvel have allowed CBR to announce the new Cable And X-Force series by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca, as teased last week. This does however suggest another X-Force series to launch separately to this… I suppose if Avengers Arena can totally swipe Battle Royale for […]

A Plan For NYCC &#8211 Video Helpers Needed

A Plan For NYCC – Video Helpers Needed

This year, at New York Comic Con, I want to put together a new video for the Pogues song, Fairytale Of New York. A bit like Chicago did with Call Me Maybe but, you know, with a good song, that's relevant to the location. NYCC has given the project their blessing and assistance, but what […]

Andrew Hope Returns To Comics After Twenty Years With A New Marvel Project

Andrew Hope Returns To Comics After Twenty Years With A New Marvel Project

Now there's a blast from the past. Andrew Hope was the artist on Shadowmen in the early nineties, a comic book written by the teenage Mark Millar and published by Trident Comics. Working and living in Glasgow, Hope also wrote a couple of stories for Trident Magazine. He was then flown out by AC Comics […]

Fan Favourite DC Cosplay Of Dragon*Con

Fan Favourite DC Cosplay Of Dragon*Con

Twelve different DC Comics' blogs have put together a crossover today spotlighting some of the cosplayers at DragonCon 2012. Each blog in this crossover is focusing on their own favorite heroes and corresponding cosplayers. Here are a few examples.       You can see more at the websites in question below… Firestorm @ Firestorm […]

Tommy Lee Edwards Variant Cover For Spider-Men #5 For Dublin Comic Con

Tommy Lee Edwards' Variant Cover For Spider-Men #5 For Dublin Comic Con

This could be a hard one to get hold of. Unless you live in Dublin, that is, then you'll be swimming in them. But Tommy Lee Edwards has created a variant exclusive cover for Spider-Men #5 for Dublin International Comic Expo, held at the on September 29th and 30th. Guests include Tommy Lee Edwards (of […]

North Carolina Comic Con: The Walking Dead Magazine #1 Variant

North Carolina Comic Con: The Walking Dead Magazine #1 Variant

It is already the biggest selling debut issue of a magazine through Diamond Comic Distributors. And the variant covers might just help that a little, despite Brian Hibbs' protestations of immorality. Well here's another, this one exclusive to Forbidden Planet in the UK and Ultimate Comics in the US, Walking Dead Magazine #1 with a […]

DC Puts Arrow On Retailer Plastic Bags

DC Puts Arrow On Retailer Plastic Bags

DC Comics are rushing through a new plastic bag design for comic store retailers, to reflect the new Arrow TV series premiering on CW in October. As well as linking it to the DC New 52 comics… Look for them to appear in stores on the same day that the TV shows airs.