Ultimate Black Panther Sells Out, Skottie Young And Jorge Corona Reunite, Couple Sued For CGC Label Tampering | Comic Book Club News For February 7, 2024

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Ultimate Black Panther #1 sells out for Marvel, will get a second printing. Skottie Young and Jorge Corona reunite on a new book, Ain’t No Grave. A couple has been sued for tampering with CGC labels. All on Comic Book Club News for February 7, 2024.


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Ultimate Black Panther sells out.

Skottie Young and Jorge Corona reunite.

Couple sued for CGC label tampering.

This is Comic Book Club News for February 7, 2024.

Ultimate Black Panther Sells Out At Marvel, Will Get Second Printing:

Ultimate Black Panther #1, which used to be so cool back before it was famous, has sold out. Or more seriously, it’s pretty clear retailers undervalued the demand for the book, given that Marvel announced on Monday, February 5 that it would be going back for a second printing in advance of the release of the issue.

That’s pretty surprising if accurate — and given that’s why issues get second printings unless Marvel is playing some weird game, it is indeed accurate — as Ultimate Spider-Man #1 was clearly a huge hit for comic book fans. While we don’t have exact sales figures yet for that issue, and maybe never will, it’s possible the relatively muted reception to the Ultimate Invasion miniseries and Ultimate Universe one-shot led to more conservative orders for the series.

That’s pure speculation of course, but potentially may impact next month’s Ultimate X-Men #1 by Peach Momoko as well. That said, Ultimate Black Panther will get a second printing, with a new cover by R.B. Silva timed for the release of issue #2 on March 13. Man, who would have thought a new Black Panther comic would sell well? That’s a big surprise. I’m being sarcastic.

Skottie Young And Jorge Corona Reunite For New Comic:

Skottie Young and Jorge Corona, the creative team behind the Eisner Award-nominated Middlewest and Bram Stoker Award-nominated The Me You Love In The Dark are back with a third book from Image Comics: Ain’t No Grave.

Described as a genre-bending fantasy Western, the plot follows a woman named Ryder who put her violent past behind her when she became a mother. When it’s all taken away, she goes to kill the one responsible, who just happens to be the personification of Death.

Said Young on the book, via a press release provided to Comic Book Club News: “Jorge and I are back at it again and I can’t wait for people to get their hands on this genre bending western tale we’ve been weaving.”

Added Corona: “Without spoiling too much of the plot, Ain’t No Grave takes some of my favorite elements from our previous books and merges them into a dark fantasy story wrapped in all the violence of a classic western. It feels good to be back working with Skottie and the team.”

The future Eisner-nominated book will hit stores on May 8, 2024.

Couple Sued For CGC Label Tampering:

And since the last item on this podcast is apparently turning into a crime blotter, two former CGC employees are being sued by the comics grading company for comic thefts and label-swapping.

As reported by ICv2, Brandon and Ayana Terrazas are married former comics grader and receiving clerk, respectively. They began working in Florida at the CGC in 2022, and have been accused of stealing comics and relabeling them and submitting them under their names, then reselling the books on eBay.

This is the second tampering scandal to hit the CGC in as many months. In this case, if the suit moves forward it could cost the couple as much as $2 million. Or one 9.0 graded copy of Action Comics #1.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And I’m thinking about doing some tampering with CGC graded comics. Is that a… Good idea?

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