July 16, 2012 | 9:52 a.m.
You hear a lot of bizarre alien conversation at Comic-Con International, but the strangest one I heard this year was between a vintage comics dealer and a shocked collector asking about a nice copy of “Iron Man” No. 55, the February 1973 issue that features the first appearance of Thanos. “I’m asking $6,000 for it,” the dealer said Sunday afternoon without irony or wink. “I know that’s high — hey, that’s really high — but that’s next year’s price.” The issue was a nice one (a slabbed copy, a certified 9.6 grade in appraised condition), but that sounded like an example of galaxy-level overpricing to me. I walked over to an adjacent booth where I saw a familiar face, Ted VanLiew, the owner of the Hampton, Mass.-based Superworld. He seemed only mildly shocked by the Never Never Land negotiation and the number of zeros involved. A year or two after you could […]
June 14, 2012 | 9:54 a.m.
“Thanos: The Final Threat” | “Thanos Quest” | “Avengers Assemble” | “Infinity Gauntlet” | “Silver Surfer” Thanos, the death-loving supervillain who made his big-screen debut at the end of “The Avengers,” is getting an extended life in print. Marvel Comics is reprinting several series featuring the Mad Titan, including Jim Starlin’s “Thanos: The Final Threat” (which contains 1977′s “Avengers Annual” No. 7 and “Marvel Two-in-One Annual” No. 2 ) and “Thanos Quest,” a two-issue mini-series first published in 1990. “Thanos Quest” No. 1′s cover features Andy Park’s concept art for “The Avengers.” The reprints are slated for a September release. Also out in September is Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s “Avengers Assemble” No. 7, featuring Thanos. In the meantime, Marvel fans hungry for more Thanos stories can pick up “Infinity Gauntlet” and “Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos” at comic stores. Check out the […]