Posts by Rich Johnston

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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Superman Cheque, Superman Contract – The Signature Of Steel

As the cheque that bought Superman goes to auction, Warner Bros now say they want a trial by jury over what happens to the rights to Superman in the battle with the heirs of Superman creators Siegel and Shuster, regarding the contract drawn up ten years ago. From Deadline: In a strategic move in the […]

Tuesday Runaround – Over A Quarter Of A Million Avengers Vs X-Men #1

StoreWatch: The famous Nottingham store Page 45 gets profiled by the local press. Page 45, in Market Street, believes it is the only comic bookshop in the UK and the US where female customers outnumber men. SalesWatch: Avengers Vs X-Men #1 gets a lot of orders, according to David Gabriel. We had an initial print […]

Last Week's Comics In Panels by Dr Manolis Vamvounis (SPOILERS)

Dr Manolis Vamvounis writes for Bleeding Cool; What happened this week in comics!   I didn't have the heart to spoil this last week, but in the shocking finale of BATMAN & ROBIN #7, Damian gives in to the goadings and threats of a defeated and incapacitated Morgan Ducard, driving two deadly fingers of kung-fu […]

Gendercrunching January by Tim Hanley: Female Characters At Marvel

Gendercrunching January 2012 January wasn't particularly great for either publisher, with both DC and Marvel just barely reaching double digits for female creators. DC won this race to the bottom by a small margin, continuing to squash Marvel's recent upstart aim for the top spot. Also, we take a look at female characters on Marvel […]

After The Walking Dead

You're a retailer, enjoying the success of The Walking Dead in your store. The comics disappear off the shelf, the collections won't stay in stock, it's like a licence to print money. But what happens when your customers have burned through them all? And there are simply no more collections to buy? Are you resorted […]

Free Avengers Vs X-Men Day In North Carolina

Bleeding Cool has pointed out how, after increased discounts and valuable variant cover distribution, comic book retailers basically getting all their copies of Avengers Vs X-Men #1 without costing them a cent. Well Ultimate Comics of Durham, North Carolina seems to have taken that to heart. On April 3rd, for their Avengers Vs X-Men launch […]

That WonderCon Incident In The Hilton Lobby

This is a public message to the comics industry from Bleeding Cool. The names have been removed to protect the guilty. If, as a senior comic book figure attending Wondercon, you happen to be attracted to a young lady and decide to try and make out with her, here is some advice. 1) Try to […]

Lying In The Gutters – 26th March 2012

That's what it feels like, looking at the new solicitations anyway… apologies to the Blues Brothers. Top Twenty Stories By Traffic 1. Batman And Wonder Woman #7 – Everything You Thought You Knew Was Wrong (SPOILERS) 2. Rob Liefeld Says Sales For Grifter, Deathstroke And Hawkman Have Fallen Off A Cliff 3. Everybody Stop And […]

So It's 'Who You Know'. So What? – Lee Barnett Is The Adult In The Room

Lee Barnett writes for Bleeding Cool; "When it comes down to it, it's about who you know, and who's a fan. It's about whether you're the right age, whether you're hot or not, whether the studio is into you or not." – Marlee Matlin Reading the headlines in the British newspapers the past twenty-four hours, […]

AVX Versus Pages May Be Lettered. May Be Not. Does It Matter?

  Here's a preview of the AVX comic, Versus, intended to expand the fight scenes in the main title like children sat around a schoolyard scrap. And promises no scenes sat around kitchen tables. Unless that kitchen table is exploding. Magneto vs a non-magnetic Iron Man, and Namor lnocking down the Thing underwater. And plummeting […]

Swipe File: Jim Lee And Paolo Di Clement

On the left is Jim Lee's Batman. On The right is Paola Di Clement's Nathan Naver, a popular Italian comic book. It has caused quite the stir, but could the pose be a complete coincidence? Possibly, but Paola has form in this regard. Sergio Bonelli Editore usually asks its pencillers to draw pin ups for […]


Kaare Andrews On CB Cebulski And The Speed Of Production

At the weekend, CB Cebulski took part in a round table discussion about the comics industry for the Toronto Star. An unexpurgated version later went online. It caused considerable controversy amongst comics creators, some who wondered exactly who it was selling their art for $5000 a cover, $1000 a page, who wasn't Jim Lee, Frank […]

Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh: The Quiet Apocalypse Of Abel Ferrera

Adi Tantimedh writes for Bleeding Cool; I've always had a soft spot for Abel Ferrara's movies. Apart from the Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, I felt Ferrara was the third director who embodied and exemplified New York City. The difference is, he never shrugged off his grindhouse vibe or sought mainstream respectability even as his […]

Editorial Vid Drop DC Comics In Mexico

Last week, Editorial Vid, the publisher of DC Comics in Mexico announced they no longer had the rights to do so and had ceased publication. This has been confirmed by general manager Paco Jimenez, who has left the company after twenty years. There is a rumour that another publisher may pick up the license in […]

Batwoman Wins Second GLAAD Award

Batwoman won another GLAAD award for DC Comics this year, under the title Outstanding Comic Book in New York. Other nominated comic books were Avengers: The Children's Crusade, Secret Six, Veronica Presents: Kevin Keller and X-Factor. This is a second win for writer/artist JH Williams III, who won two years ago with Greg Rucka for […]

Monday Runaround – James Cameron's X-Men

MangaWatch: Vietnam gets an exhibition focused on female manga artists. Manga authors Mutsumi Hagiiwa from Japan and Foo Swee Chin from Singapore, who displayed their works at the exhibition, also held a meeting with Vietnamese readers last week. They introduced the artworks of Hideko Mizuno and Moto Hagio, two leading Japanese manga authors in the […]

27th March – A Second Chance For San Diego Comic Con Tickets

Tickets to the San Diego Comic Con 2012 sold out in 90 minutes of being onsale. But there were problems with the forwarding link sent out to people by mail, which crashed leaving many willing customers none the wiser while the queue for tickets filled up. Well, the organisers of the show are giving one […]

Will Kids Sneak A Miles Morales Spider-Man Comic To Barack Obama?

Acme Comics in Greensboro, North Carolina entertained a group of third grade students from The Sumner Elementary school this morning before they left to meet Michelle Obama tomorrow for the planting of the White House Kitchen Garden. But they didn't leave empty handed. Acme Comics staff gave them copies of Ultimate Fallout #4, the first […]

Crisis On Infinite Disneys? Marv Wolfman Writes Epic Mickey 2

Marv Wolfman, amongst many comic book acheivements, co-created the character Blade for Tomb Of Dracula. After the first movie was made, Wolfman sued Marvel for ownership rights but lost the case. As a result, Wolfman has stated he'd been blacklisted at Marvel. However, that doesn't mean the parent company feel the same way. Talking about […]