• Comics retailers expect big things for Star Wars 'Shattered Empire' title

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area retailers expect the new four-issue comic-book series "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Shattered Empire" to continue, and improve on, the huge sales Marvel has seen since regaining the rights to "Star Wars" comics in January.

  • Oklahoma writer returns to 'Garbage Pail'

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Yukon-based writer Brian Winkeler returns to "Garbage Pail Kids" comic books in this week's issue. He and artist Eric Sandhop, also from Oklahoma, will sign the final issue of the current Garbage Pail Kids series Saturday at New World Comics in Oklahoma City.

  • Throwback Thursday: Superman in blue jeans in 2011's Action Comics #1

    Matthew Price | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Superman has returned to his T-shirt and blue jeans look in recent issues of the comic-book storyline "Truth."  That look was first introduced by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales when they relaunched "Action Comics" with a new No. 1 issue in Sept. 2011.   In this Throwback Thursday post, we look at that issue, and the Word Balloons column of Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. Writer Grant Morrison and artist Rags Morales have revamped Superman in the pages of the comic book that started it all. “Action Comics,” renumbered for the first time since introducing Superman in 1938, hit stands with “Action Comics” No. 1 this week.

  • Oklahoma body shop creates real-life Optimus Prime

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. - Some say it is Stillwater's best kept secret. Fans of the Transformers series are loving the real-life Optimus Prime statue that was created at the G&M Body Shop in Stillwater.

  • Trivia Tuesday: Spider-Man!

    Matthew Price | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Spider-Man remains the world’s most popular superhero, in 2014 earning more than $1.3 billion in licensing revenue.  How much do you know about the famous wall-crawler? Find out with our Trivia Tuesday contest featuring Spider-Man!  Send your answers to these questions to featuresdesk@oklahoman.com.  The first to reply with all correct answers will win 5 adventure Saturday passes for OKC Riversport, good through Dec. 2015.  If you aren’t first, you’ll still have a chance for a great prize!  On Monday, we’ll randomly draw from all the responses with the most correct answers.

  • Comic Collection Monday #15: The Brave and the Bold #194

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

      In today’s Comic Collection Monday, I'm taking a look at "The Brave and the Bold" #194 with a cover date of January 1983. In Comic Collection Monday, I'll post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue - what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind. Guest spots are also available. If you want to talk about an interesting comic in your collection, send me an e-mail at mprice at Oklahoman.com. The issue: In 1989-1990, Marvel had a crossover where the villains switched up which heroes they were going to battle. Seven years previous, DC Comics tried out a similar concept in “Brave and Bold” #194, in which Batman villain Dr.

  • Undertaker, Bruce Campell set for Wizard World Tulsa

    Matthew Price | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Wizard World Comic-Con Tulsa continues to update its guest list, with performers including wrestler Undertaker, singer Vince Neal, and actor Bruce Campbell among those scheduled for the event.  News release from Wizard World below: Wizard World continues its 2015 schedule with its second trip to the Cox Business Center at Wizard World Comic Con Tulsa, October 23-25.

  • Read Comics in Public Day and Jack Kirby's birthday, 2015

    Matthew Price | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Today is International Read Comics in Public Day.  It’s also Jack Kirby’s birthday.  If you like, you can celebrate both by reading a Jack Kirby comic book in public.  The Free Comic Book Day organization, spearheaded by Diamond Comic Distributors, is celebrating the day today.  The following info was posted at the FCBD Facebook page.   #ReadComicsInPublic Day is just a few hours away and we want to reward those of you that have no shame when it comes to geekdom's favorite past time. Your friends here at FCBD will give away a prize pack worth $100+ of comic book goodness to the person (or group of people) who gives us THE BEST photo of them reading comics in public.

  • Zombies refused to stay dead after 1950s ban in comics

    By Matthew Price Features Editor mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    "The Walking Dead" comic issues, about the continuing aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, are among the best-selling indie comic books of the century and led to a TV series, and the companion series, "Fear the Walking Dead," debuted Sunday on AMC. This zombie success from the comics medium is all the more surprising when you consider zombies once were banned from comic books, writes Matthew Price for The Oklahoman.

  • Throwback Thursday: The Superman-Batman team

    Matthew Price | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Superman at Batman are set to team in a live-action theatrical motion picture for the first time in next year's Batman vs. Superman: The Dawn of Justice. The two currently team up in the comic "Batman/Superman," but back in 2003, they hadn't been part of a regular team-up title with each other for almost two decades.  In a column on Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, I looked at the new "Superman/Batman" #1 by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, and looked back at the history of the Superman-Batman team.  The 2003 series ran for 87 issues, and ended in 2011 to make way for the "New 52" relaunch of the characters.  From the column: They were once known as the World's Finest team — but they haven't

  • Marvel Comics adds 9th issue to Secret Wars event series

    Matthew Price | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Marvel has announced a new, ninth issue of its "Secret Wars" event by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic.  The final issue is slated to go on sale in December.  Alex Ross will provide the cover. Here's the full release from Marvel:  It’s the story that has the whole world on the edge of its seat. The biggest Marvel event of all time. The story that destroyed the Marvel Universe. And if you thought it couldn’t get bigger – you thought wrong. Today Marvel is pleased to announce the expansion of the blockbuster Secret Wars event with SECRET WARS #9 – coming to comic shops later this year! “Apparently, Secret Wars is even bigger than we thought it

  • Local Comic Shop Day to be celebrated Nov. 28

    Matthew Price | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    ComicsPRO has announced exclusive content for the new comic-shop celebration "Local Comic Shop Day," which will be held on Nov. 28.   Exclusive print runs of "Invader Zim" #1 and "Rick and Morty" #1 from Oni Press, as well as a variant of "Exodus: The Life After" will be available on the date at participating shops. ComicsPRO is the largest national organization of comic-book retailers.   Registration is now open for stores and vendors wishing to participate, at comicspro.org.   The news release is below: ComicsPRO, the trade organization of comic book retailers, announces that registration is now open for retailers and publishers to participate in Local Comic Shop Day™.

  • Comic Collection Monday #14: Superman: Man of Steel #1 (1991)

    Matthew Price | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    In today’s Comic Collection Monday, I'm taking a look at “Superman: Man of Steel” #1 with a cover date of July 1991. In Comic Collection Monday, I'll post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue - what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind. Guest spots are also available. If you want to talk about an interesting comic in your collection, send me an e-mail at mprice at Oklahoman.com. The issue: In “Superman: Man of Steel” #1, there’s a new foe on the scene named Cerberus, who is bombing Lexcorp facilities around the city.

  • Report: Arrow star Stephen Amell impresses vs. Stardust in the ring at WWE SummerSlam

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The comic-book style battle that's been brewing on social media between actor Stephen Amell and wrestler Stardust finally came to blows at WWE’s SummerSlam in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday. Entertainment Weekly reports on the clash between Stephen Amell, who plays the Arrow on the CW show Arrow, and Stardust, the comic-book-style WWE villain formerly known as Cody Rhodes. Amell teamed with Neville in the win, while Stardust was teamed with King Barrett in the loss. Yahoo News reported on Amell's in-ring style: Fans had relatively high hopes for Amell following his displays of athleticism a couple of weeks ago on Raw, but he exceeded even those expectations in his tag match. Amell came to the ring in his Arrow hood but wrestled in a pair of shorts. He ended up taking a rather large amount of punishment for a celebrity, being assaulted by Stardust and King Barrett. He also got to dish out some of his own offense, landing an arm drag, an enziguri kick, and a flying dive off the top rope that set up the finish of the match. "Worth it," Amell tweeted after the match along with a picture of his bruised back. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Worth it. <a href="http://t.co/wopCPDmP4U">pic.twitter.com/wopCPDmP4U</a></p>&mdash; Stephen Amell (@amellywood) <a href="https://twitter.com/amellywood/status/635620041317318656">August 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

  • New 'Lois Lane' novel announced

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The sequel to "Lois Lane: Fallout" has been announced.  Author Gwenda Bond will return with "Lois Lane: Double Down," the second book in the series.  "Lois Lane is an icon, one of the most well-known and enduring figures in American pop culture--and for good reason,” said Bond in a news release. “She's a hero all of us can relate to. It's been a tremendous honor and a great pleasure to get to write about her in an all-new way, as a modern teenager, and I'm thrilled to be continuing her story in Double Down." Check out the full release from Switch Press below.  "Lois Lane: Double Down" will be released on May 1, 2016.

  • Alfre Woodard tapped for Marvel's 'Luke Cage' Netflix series

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Tulsa native Alfre Woodard is near a dealto star opposite Mike Colter ("Million Dollar Baby," TV's "The Good Wife") in Marvel's Netflix drama "Luke Cage," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade publication reports that Colter's character will be introduced in"Jessica Jones," the second of four Marvel series for Netflix, before being spun off into his own show. During the course of an investigation in New York, private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) encounters the mysterious Luke Cage — "a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica herself in ways she could never have imagined.

  • George Miller may direct "Man of Steel" sequel?

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Today's DC Entertainment film rumor, as reported by Comic Book Resources, among others, is that Death of Superman Lives director John Schnepp has heard that Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller will helm the Man of Steel sequel. This information was disclosed during a video interview with Popcorn Talk Network . As yet, there's no confirmation from Warner Bros.

  • The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus coming to Tulsa

    Matthew Price | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Norman Reedus, star of "The Walking Dead," is set to appear at Wizard World Comic Con in Tulsa this fall. Reedus is known for his work in The Boondock Saints and Blade II, but is perhaps best-known for his role as Daryl Dixon in the AMC series "The Walking Dead." Reedus is scheduled to appear at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa on Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25. VIP tickets for the Norman Reedus experience are on sale at http://wizardworld.ticketleap.

  • Zombies have crept through comics since long before 'The Walking Dead'

    BY MATTHEW PRICE  Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    While "The Walking Dead" is one of the most successful zombie comic books of recent years, it's hardly the first. Although zombies were banned in comics for almost two decades, undead monsters have roamed in the pages of comics since at least the late 1940s.

  • Throwback Thursday: Zombies in the Old West

    Matthew Price | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    For a "Throwback Thursday." I'm looking back 10 years to my Word Balloons column in The Oklahoman on Aug. 26, 2005. In that column, I looked at the "Dead West" graphic novel. Excerpt: Zombies meet the Old West when the "Teenagers From Mars" creative team of Rick Spears and Rob G. create "Dead West," an original graphic novel from Gigantic Graphic Novels. In "Dead West," a small Indian village is wiped out to make way for the town of Lazarus. Years later, a curse placed on the town causes the dead to rise from their graves. When a bounty hunter enters town searching for a fugitive, he'll have to face more than he had planned. When his target is on the opposite side of Lazarus, the bounty hunter must gun his