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Original TMNT drawing for sale; Avengers tickets are hot; Batman vs Bane

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm •  Published: May 1, 2012

Matt and Kyle discuss the auction of an original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles drawing; Avengers ticket sales and Batman facing Bane in the Planet 46 Comics Show.


The first full drawing of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will go up for auction this May.

According to Heritage Auctions in Dallas, the image was created in late November 1983 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.  It will be part of Heritage Auctions’ May 10-11 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction.   The drawing is being consigned by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, and is expected to bring more than $50,000.

* QUESTION OF THE DAY: Who is your favorite Ninja Turtle?


The winner of the Ultimate Avengers Marathon at Harkins Bricktown 16 is Katie!

The marathon starts Thursday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. and will feature The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Thor in 3D and Captain America in 3D before finishing off with The Avengers in 3D at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 4.

Tickets are $25 and are currently on sale at or at the Harkins Bricktown 16 box office.

According to, Marvel’s The Avengers has pre-sold more tickets in the United States than Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger combined.


New promotional art for “The Dark Knight Rises” was revealed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, including a look at Batman and Bane locked in battle.  Batman is played by Christian Bale, and Bane is played by Tom Hardy.  The third of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films is set for a July 18 release. 


*  AVX Versus #1  –Jason Aaron, Adam Kubert

AVX Versus is the “just the fights” tie-in series to “Avengers vs. X-Men,” and there are 2 stories in the first issue.  Iron Man vs. Magneto by Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert, and Thing vs. Namor by Kathryn Immonen and Stuart Immonen.

So this is sort of the “Street Fighter” version of the AVX series, and if you like to play, “Who Would Win in a Fight, Spider-Man or Wolverine,” well, this could be just the book for you.   Well-written and well-drawn, but it is, by it’s designs, kind of like watching video game fights.  With some clever dialogue.

* MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN 1 - Dan Slott, Ty Templeton, and others

The first story in this issue, with art by Nuno Plati, gives the basic rundown of the new “Ultimate Spider-Man” series with recaps interspersed with Spidey fighting the Shocker.

In the second story, by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton, Peter Parker is replaced at school by a SHIELD android while Spider-Man is on the path of Hydra.  Some funny moments and some great artwork by a team I’d like to see more of.

There are also remixed comics, classic Lee-Ditko comics given new “humorous” dialogue by modern writers, but this was a bit of a mixed bag. 

* Popeye #1 – Roger Langridge, Bruce Ozella

IDW brings back Popeye the Sailor Man in a new miniseries that pays homage to the character’s past.

In the first issue, Olive Oyl’s brother Castor suggests the group go to a remote island to find a mysterious animal that appears to be another Eugene the Jeep.  He thinks they could get rich breeding them.   Popeye agrees to go to find a companion for Eugene.   The Ozella art is similar to E.C. Segar’s classic strips, and Langridge has a good feel for the humor and pacing of the story.  With sea adventures, humor, fisticuffs and more, this comic could have popped out of a time machine. It’s great fun for all ages.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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