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Whew, after giving me a couple of light weeks, Marvel Monday comes back with a vengeance. My poor, poor hands, so much copying, pasting, and clicking. Check out the pencils of the Iron Spidey cover. Now that’s good stuff.

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_*X-Men: First Class Reveals Secrets of the Original X-Men*_

Over 40 years ago, the world was introduced to a team of mutant
superheroes that would change the world forever — the X-Men. Learn more
about their beginnings, for before they were Astonishing, they were
the*/ X-Men: First Class/*.

Written by Jeff Parker with art by Roger Cruz and stunning covers by
Marko Djurdjevic,*/ X-Men: First Class/* is an 8-issue limited-series
starring the original mutants: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel, and
Beast.

Today, they are battle-hardened super-heroes who have saved the world
many times over. But originally they started out as students at the
Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters and*/ X-Men First Class/* tells the
story of how 5 teenagers became the most popular team in comics, the X-Men.

Do not miss* X-**/Men: First Class #1/*, featuring early tales of your
favorite X-Men, learning how to protect a world that hates and fears them.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS #1 (JUL062006)
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by ROGER CRUZ
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
For millions of years, mankind’s place on Earth was unchallenged…
until five young people paved the way for a new kind of human. While
students at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, Cyclops, Marvel
Girl, Angel, Beast and Iceman taught the world what it meant to be
X-Men. These are the hidden stories of the team that laid the foundation
of a mutant dynasty!

32 pgs./Rated A …$2.99
FOC — 8/31, On Sale — 9/20/07

X-MEN FIRST CLASS POSTER (JUL062038)
24X36 Color Poster …$6.99
On-Sale 9/6/06

 

 


_*Blade Bites Back in His Own Ongoing Series*_

The star of three blockbuster movies and a hit television series is
finally getting what he deserves…his very own ongoing comic series. */
Blade #1/* sees the return of the Blade to his own comic and he’s taking
on all comers, whether it be supervillain or supernatural.

Guest-starring Spider-Man,*/ Blade #1/* firmly plants the vampire hunter
in the Marvel Universe as he has to help cure an undead Wall-Crawler
who’s been turned into a vampire himself.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Lord of the Undead, Dracula, makes an
appearance. But what’s scarier than the most fearsome vampire in
history? How about Blade having to face down an entire classroom of
bloodsucking fourth graders? And all of this is just in the first issue!

The*/ Blade/* team of Howard Chaykin (New Avengers, American Flagg) and
Marc Guggenheim (Wolverine, CSI: Miami) along with breakout cover artist
sensation Marko Djurdjevic are set to bring you the most action-packed
comic on the stands each month. Get onboard for a suspenseful,
edge-of-your seat monster mash of a comic set right in the heart of the
Marvel Universe.

Be sure to pick up*/ Blade #1/* because this self-contained first issue
is perfect for longtime fans, fans of the movie or TV show, and new
readers alike.

BLADE #1 (JUL061951)
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM
Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC — 8/31, On Sale — 9/20/2006

 

 

 


_*Civil War Changes In Store for T-bolts in Thunderbolts #106*_

The Civil War between the heroes of the Marvel Universe gave Zemo the
chance to amass the supervillain army he needed. In*/ Thunderbolts
#106/*, Zemo unleashes his newly-formed army against the Grandmaster and
to the victor goes the entire world.

One thing is for sure, when the dust settles from Civil War and the
contest between Zemo and the Grandmaster is decided, the T-Bolts will
never be the same again. The Thunderbolts are reformed villains
attempting to become heroes, but will the current Marvel Universe
necessitate a meaner, badder team to make a difference?

Plus, when pawns on both sides of the board begin plotting against their
leaders, it may not be Zemo or the Grandmaster who stands triumphant in
the end. Who will be left standing and who will be leaving? It may be
the end of the Thunderbolts as you know it!

Pick up*/ Thunderbolts #106/* as the T-Bolts find themselves on the
precipice of changing the world, but will it be the Thunderbolts who end
up changed in the end?

THUNDERBOLTS #106 (JUL061995)
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils & Cover by TOM GRUMMETT
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
FOC — 8/24, On Sale — 9/13/2006

 

 

 


_*Claws #1 Sells Out*_

With stunning art by Joseph Michael Linsner and written by Jimmy
Palmiotti and Justin Gray, it should come as no surprise that the first
issue of*/ Claws/*, a three-issue mini-series starring Wolverine and the
Black Cat, has sold out at Diamond.

"Nothing could make Justin and I happier to find out that*/ Claws #1/*
has sold out…the whole team has done a fantastic job creating the book
and the crew at Marvel has gone out of their way to make sure a fun book
like this doesn’t get lost in the crowd with so many big events going
on. Thanks to the retailers, fans and Marvel for making such a dream
project come true and most of all, thanks Joe Linsner…your fans have
spoken!"

In*/ Claws #1/*, Logan and Felicia Hardy are kidnapped and brought to a
remote island where they are to be used as big game for a group of rich
hunters. And the person organizing this hunt is none other
than…Kraven? But isn’t he dead?

Be sure to pick up*/ Claws #2/* as Wolverine and the Black Cat navigate
an obstacle of bullets, arrows, grenades, bombs, knives, rockets and
giant killer robots. And/ then/ the game’s ringmaster decides to unleash
the main event just to prove that there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

The first issue of this action-filled and beautifully illustrated
mini-series sold out quickly. Be sure to get your copy of*/ Claws #2/*
and we promise you’ll be happier than the cat that caught the canary.

As a result of the quick sellout of the first issue, retailers are
advised to check their orders on*/ Claws #2/* and*/ #3/*.

CLAWS #2 (of 3) (JUL061961)
Written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI & JUSTIN GRAY
Pencils & Cover by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER
32 PGS. CARDSTOCK COVER/PARENTAL ADVISORY …$3.99
FOC — 8/24, On Sale — 9/13/2006

 

 


_*Civil War Titles Go Back to Press*_

In response to retailer demands, Marvel is keeping Civil War titles in
stock, including 6 single Civil War titles as well as a collection of
Civil War*/ Amazing Spider-Man/* stories, all which explain the Wall
Crawler’s decision to unmask in a single oversized and specially-priced
comic.

The first two issues of the core series Civil War will be receiving a
second printing and a third printing respectively with*/ Civil War
Captain America Unleashed Variant #1 /* having a new Captain America
cover using a now famous scene from the interior of*/ Civil War #1/*
and*/ Civil War #2 3^rd Printing McNiven Sketch Variant/* featuring a
sketch cover by Steve McNiven.

Issues #2 and #3 of*/ Civil War: Front Line/* will also be receiving
second printing variants with all new covers using interior art by
artist Ramon Bachs.

Civil War tie-ins*/ New Avengers #21/* and*/ Thunderbolts #104/* will
also be going back to press with all new covers by Howard Chaykin and
Tom Grummett.

*/Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man — Decisions/* collects*/ Amazing
Spider-Man #529-532/*, Spider-Man’s Road To Civil War all in one comic
with an all-new sketch cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto. For fans who want to
know why in the world would Peter Parker unmask…this is the issue for you.

Don’t miss these key Civil War issues!

CIVIL WAR CAPTAIN AMERICA UNLEASHED VAR #1 (OF 7) (MAY068181)
Written by Mark Millar
Pencils & Cover by Steve McNiven
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC -8/24, On Sale – 9/13/2006

CIVIL WAR 3RD PTG MCNIVEN SKETCH VAR #2 (Of 7) (JUL068167)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC -8/24, On Sale – 9/13/2006

CIVIL WAR FRONT LINE 2ND PTG VAR #2 (Of 11) (JUL068169)
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Penciled by RAMON BACHS & STEVE LIEBER
New Cover by RAMON BACHS
32 PGS. NO ADS! /Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 9/14, On Sale – 10/4/2006

CIVIL WAR FRONT LINE 2ND PTG VAR #3 (Of 11) (JUL068170)
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Penciled by RAMON BACHS & STEVE LIEBER
New Cover by RAMON BACHS
32 PGS. NO ADS!/Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 9/14, On Sale – 10/4/2006

NEW AVENGERS 2ND PTG CHAYKIN VAR #21 (JUL068171)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & New Cover by HOWARD CHAYKIN
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
FOC – 9/14, On Sale – 10/4/2006

THUNDERBOLTS 2ND PTG GRUMMET VAR #104 (JUL068172)
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils & New Cover by TOM GRUMMETT
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
FOC – 9/14, On Sale – 10/4/2006

CIVIL WAR AMAZING SPIDER-MAN DECISIONS (JUL068168)
REPRINTS AMS 529-532 WITH ALL NEW SKETCH COVER BY DELL’OTTO
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils & Cover by RON GARNEY AND TYLER KIRKHAM
All New Sketch Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
96 PGS./RATED A…$5.99
FOC – 8/31, On Sale – 9/21/2006

 

 


_*Wolverine: Origins #6 Begins the Search for Logan’s Son*_

*/ Wolverine: Origins #6/* begins a new arc which sets Logan off to find
the son he recently learned was still alive and it also features two
covers by superstar artists Joe Quesada and Ed McGuinness.

In Part 1 of "Savior," Wolverine comes face-to-face with a sinister
Soviet from his past on his quest for his son. When Logan goes looking
for answers, he finds the deadly Omega Red standing in his way.

Logan may be in over his head, but he finds some help in some old
friends. But will that be enough to overcome Omega Red? Especially
considering Logan’s state after the mind-blowing revelation from last
issue, where he learned that his son is still alive and filled with
hatred for his father above all else.

*/ Wolverine: Origins #6/* finds Wolverine’s quest for answers colliding
with Omega Red’s quest for revenge. Expect claws, coils, and lots of blood.

WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #6 (JUL062005)
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by STEVE DILLON
Cover by JOE QUESADA
Variant Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99
FOC — 8/24, On Sale — 9/13/2006

 

 


_*/Maximum Fantastic Four/ Gets Nominated For the Quill Award*_

*/Maximum Fantastic Four/*, the uniquely brilliant reproduction of the
classic*/ Fantastic Four #1/* by comic legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
has been nominated for the Quill Awards’ Graphic Novel of the Year.

Already the winner of New York Magazine’s Best Book Jacket of the Year
Award,*/ Maximum Fantastic Four/* has proven to be a must-have for fans
of comic books and pop culture alike.

Each panel of the 1961 classic was super-sized and digitally remastered,
with*/ Maximum Fantastic Four/* giving a panel-by-panel exploration of
the entire issue that captures every single detail and nuance of Kirby’s
groundbreaking artwork. It also contains a substantial introduction and
afterword by bestselling author and comic book enthusiast Walter Mosley;
art commentary by Kirby expert Mark Evanier; the stunning design of Paul
Sahre; and a huge double-side foldout dust jacket that doubles as a
poster as well.

Last year’s winner was Marvel’s*/ 1602/* by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert
and this year’s nominee*/ Maximum Fantastic Four/* has received its nod
for both the beautiful Jack Kirby art and critical essay by popular
novelist Walter Mosley.

"Readers will witness a journey through a comic that, though reprinted
many times before, has literally never been seen like this before," says
Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley. "I fully realize that comic fans have
heard statements like that many times in the past but I say it with the
most sincerity I can muster: this is a book that belongs on the shelf of
every single Kirby enthusiast, Fantastic Four follower, and comic book
aficionado."

Head here (_http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id

/13737567/_) now to vote for*/
Maximum Fantastic Four/* in the 2006 Quill Awards!

MAXIMUM FANTASTIC FOUR HC (JUL051843)
Written by Stan Lee and Walter Mosley
Art by Jack Kirby
224 PGS. /ALL AGES …$49.99
ISBN: 0-7851-1792-X

 
 


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