Is Gail Simone Taking Over X-Men, Jurgens And Perkins Bring On The Bat-Man, Captain America’s Boobs Sell For $132k | Comic Book Club News For November 20, 2023

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Is Gail Simone taking over X-Men at Marvel? Dan Jurgens and Mike Perkins are launching The Bat-Man: First Knight from DC Comics‘ Black Label imprint. Rob Liefeld‘s iconic Captain America art sells for $132,000. All on Comic Book Club News for November 20, 2023.


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Is Gail Simone taking over X-Men?

Jurgens and Perkins launch The Bat-Man.

Cap’s boobs draw big bucks.

This is Comic Book Club News for November 20, 2023.

Is Gail Simone Taking Over X-Men At Marvel?

We know that the current era of X-Men will be wrapping up next year at Marvel with twin miniseries, Rise of the Powers of X and Fall of the House of X. And after that, editor Tom Brevoort will be moving over from the Avengers books, which he’s run for nearly a quarter of a century, to X-Men. And now, thanks to the solicits for Free Comic Book Day, we may know who he is bringing along for the ride.

Per a press release from Marvel, the creative team for their joint Blood Hunt/X-Men Free Comic Book Day title lists Jed MacKay and Gail Simone as the writers, and Sara Pichelli and David Marquez as artists. Since we already know MacKay and Pichelli are on the vampire crossover Blood Hunt, by process of elimination we can assume Simone and Marquez are writing the Jubilee-focused X-Men story.

To be clear, none of this is confirmed. However, publishers such as Marvel usually use Free Comic Book Day as a chance to push their next big initiatives. So while Simone and Marquez could be popping in for just this story, chances are they’re one of Brevoort’s new teams for an upcoming X-Men title.

Simone, for her part, is having fun with the rumors. After posting a jokey thread on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, about how she was changing the name of her tea to “X,” a fan responded, “I hope X just becomes the initial of the next comic you will write.” To which Simone quipped, “You mean X-Titans?

More on this as it is X-posed.

Dan Jurgens And Mike Perkins Launch The Bat-Man From Black Label:

DC Comics has announced yet another out-of-continuity Black Label series. And this one is going all the way back to the start. The Bat-Man: First Knight, written by Dan Jurgens with art by Mike Perkins, will reimagine Batman from his 1939 crime-fighting days. Something that I’m sure will be thrilling to all those reply guys who like to point out “You know Batman used guns when he was first introduced.” Yes, I know. Thank you.

Here’s how DC’s solicits explain the three-issue series: “The year is 1939. The world, still reeling from the horrors of the First World War, is on the brink of tipping into an even more gruesome conflict, as fascism is on the march—and gathering strength in America’s darkest corners. Against this backdrop, a series of violent murders has begun in Gotham, and the recent emergence of the mysterious vigilante known as The Bat-Man has the power brokers of the city living in fear of institutional collapse. All of the evidence in the murder investigation defies logic: the perpetrators are all men who died in the electric chair. But when the Bat-Man comes face to face with one of these sickening anomalies, he barely escapes with his life—throwing into question his ability to survive in a world that is brutally evolving around him!”

The first issue will hit stores on March 5, 2024.

Rob Liefeld’s Iconic Captain America Picture Sells For $132,000:

As previously reported by Comic Book Club News, the iconic graphic Rob Liefeld drew of Captain America for Marvel’s Heroes Reborn storyline is up for auction. And now, the drawing has sold for a cool $132,000.

As reported by Bleeding Cool, Heritage Auctions sold the promotional image — which we incorrectly identified as a cover image in a previous podcast — in four minutes flat. Though the picture was initially mocked by fans for its depiction of an enormously chested Captain America who seems to both be standing to the side and facing forward at the same time, in intervening years it’s become a sort of cult image… An indicator of the insane comic glut of the ’90s and 2000s that Liefeld initially railed against, and now seems to grinningly accept.

And in fact, Liefeld is now selling a preliminary sketch of what is colloquially known as the Captain America Boob picture for $28,000. And it’s not even at auction — you can buy it right now, and own a piece of comic book history.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And I have to say, it is just wild that Liefled sketched out that pic, thought it was great, and then proceeded to make an inked version and then Marvel colored it and released it. Crazy times, man.

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