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In 1978 Comic Book Artists Wanted Over $1000 Per Page Led By Neal Adams, Jim Shooter, Frank Miller & More

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Back in the 1970s, comic book artists attempted to unionize themselves led by Neal Adams with notable names such as Jim Shooter, Frank Miller, Cary Bates, Howard Chaykin, Chris Claremont, Steve Ditko, Michael Golden, Archie Goodwin, Paul Levitz, Bob McLeod, Carl Potts, Marshall Rogers, Walt Simonson, Jim Starlin, Len Wein, and Marv Wolfman also on board.

Seems the Comic Book Creators Guild, as they called themselves, put together a recommended payment guide for publishers, which in today’s dollars comes to over $1000 per page. Add it up, and that’s 20-30 thousand per book per month.

While the group didn’t pan out, and the following are “recommended” rates, the Comic Book Creators Guild is said to have played a part in getting Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster their well-deserved dues from DC Comics.

Here are the rates as they would be today (counting for inflation):

Art: $1,074.40

Script: $358.13

Lettering: $143.25

Colors: $250.69

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Comic-Con 2013: IDW Publishing Announces Ragnarok By Walt Simonson

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IDW Unveils RAGNARÖK by Walter Simonson
A New Series From The Legendary Creator, Plus Star Slammers Collected!

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San Diego, CA (July 19, 2013) – IDW publishing is proud to announce an all-new creator-owned series by Walter Simonson! Ragnarök will explore Simonson’s beloved Norse mythology, as well as much, much more. Coming in 2014, Ragnarök will be written and drawn by Simonson, and will feature iconic deities and classic tales with the devastatingly beautiful artwork that is synonymous with Simonson.
 
“Scott Dunbier and I first talked about me working on a creator-owned book involving the Norse gods 15 years ago, but as many of my former editors can tell you, I’ve always regarded deadlines as useful fictions,” said writer/artist Walter Simonson, “So here we are… finally! All I can say is that I’ve loved the stories of the Viking gods since I was eight. I am thrilled that with IDW’s help and support, I’m launching an ongoing series of stories built around a new vision of some old friends. And enemies.”
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In addition to the brand-new series, Simonson and IDW are very pleased to announce high quality collections of Simonson’s sci-fi favorite, Star Slammers. Originally appearing in 1983, Star Slammers featured intergalactic mercenaries-for-hire who went into the business of war, and became the most successful businessmen of all time. Completely re-mastered and re-colored, the Star Slammers will be more deadly than ever! In addition to the re-mastered Star Slammers, a special Artist’s Edition of the series is planned, one that will be every bit as lovely as lovely as Simonson’s Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Thor Artist’s Edition. As with all Artist’s Editions, Star Slammers will come in an oversized hardcover format, featuring exquisite scans of Simonson’s original pages.
 
“My last experience with an Artist’s Edition was so positive,” said Simonson, “how could I possibly refuse when asked to do the Slammers!”
 
A preeminent figure in the comics community, Walter Simonson has contributed defining runs on multiple top-tier characters. His legendary runs on Thor, Fantastic Four, and Orion are considered classics of the form. Working with The Hero Initiative, helping comic creators in need of assistance, Simonson continues to inspire through his efforts on and off the page. In 2010 Simonson was presented with the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
With Simonson’s newest projects, IDW is fully committed to honoring the past works of Simonson and making his newest venture his most anticipated!

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Simonson creates a graphic novel of Bibical proportions: The Judas Coin

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1904:]]Legendary comic book creator Walt Simonson (Avengers, Thor) examines the history of the world – and the DCU– in his new graphic novel, The Judas Coin. Written and drawn by Walt, the work follows the tales of various DC heroes from the days of the Roman Empire to the year 2085.

“Basically I put together six characters in six stories that ran over the course of a couple thousand years,” Simonson told CBR in an interview. “Because a lot of the characters were slightly ahistorical, I was able to put them into the times I thought they’d do nicely in. For example, I like the Roman Emperor Vespasian. He was an interesting guy, an old soldier who rose to power, and as Roman emperors go not a bad guy. So I set the Golden Gladiator story during the reign of Vespasian.

“Bat Lash I put in Tombstone territory after Tombstone was founded and the silver was still running high. The Manhunter 2070 story I put fifteen years later because it enabled me to actually go back and pick up some threads from the Showcase stories. In that case I tried to write it that, and only time will tell if I was successful, so that if you’ve never read the original three stories it’s not going to matter — and if you’ve read those stories you’ll go, ‘Oh, cool!’ Or I hope that’s what you say!

“I had these stories lined up; I plotted all of them out pretty carefully. In my own work I do what used to be called Marvel style, which isn’t done much anymore: I write my plots, I thumbnail the story from the plot, and then I write my script from my thumbnail. About that time Mark told me we weren’t going to put any more issues of Solo out. Of course I was crushed, but I had taken so long on Elric I understood completely — but I really liked the idea.

“So I went to [DC Comics Co-Publisher] Dan DiDio’s office in my usually annoying fashion, I think I just knocked on the door and nobody was in his office but Dan right then, so I said, ‘Hey Dan!’ and walked in. I asked him if I could lose money for DC on one more issue of Solo, and he laughed and asked what the idea was. I told him, he liked the idea a lot, and basically right then said, ‘Go find an editor, write up a proposal, we’ll do it as a ninety-six page hardcover.’ I said, ‘Okay!’ I was thrilled, it was a little more work than I expected, but it was great. So I talked to Joey Cavalieri, old pal of mine at DC; he was game so I wrote up a proposal, it was approved, and I began working on it, with some other stuff here and there.”

What comes of Simonson’s work is a brilliant look at heroes in a new fashion throughout the course of recorded human history, and beyond.

The book, which also stars Batman and Two-Face, does have a uniting theme. That is where the ‘coin’ comes in, Walt said.

“Basically one of the 30 pieces of silver gets out into the world,” he said. “In the Bible when Judas throws the money back in the temple he goes off and he dies and the money is now regarded as blood money. One of the stories is it’s used to buy a potter’s field where they bury the unknown and the indigent. The only variation I’ve dealt with is that I show one of the coins bounces off the door of the temple, rolls into the street, a beggar grabs it and from that point on the coin is out in the world. So the coin appears in each story and each story involves a betrayal — and usually some death.”

The Judas Coin will be out in September 2012.

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Avengers #28 Cover By Walt Simonson Revealed!

Check out the cover to Avengers #28 featuring the art of legendary creator Walt Simonson.

We see the Red Hulk is roaring to go!

Simonson will be joining writer Brian Michael Bendis as the series regular artist beginning with Avengers #25, which begins Bendis’ last six issue arc on the title. The arc will tie into the Avengers Vs. X-Men mega event.

Avengers #28 hits in July!

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Avengers Vs. X-Men: Avengers #26 Features – Thor vs. The Protector?!

Wait! Wha-?!

I thought this was Avengers Vs. X-Men?!

Well, maybe the Kree get in-between The Avengers before they battle it out with the X-Men!

The previously released Secret Avengers #27 solicit — featuring Captain Marvel(!) — gives us a clue as it seems the Kree(?!) have something to do with splitting the Avengers.

Here take a gander:

• Captain Marvel reborn to unite all Kree!
• Captain Marvel, The Protector and Ms. Marvel vs The Avengers!
• Who is Minister Marvel and why has he drawn the Phoenix to the Kree homeworld?
 
Now, we get the following Walt Simonson cover to Avengers #26 which features Thor vs. The Protector!
 
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • WALT SIMONSON (a/c)
• AVX TIE-IN!
• One of the Avengers must betray the team to fill their destiny with the Phoenix.
• A game-changer for the Avengers franchise…and it is not who you think!
• Comics legend Walt Simonson is back!!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
 
 
Avengers #26
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Avengers Vs. X-Men: Walt Simonson Returns To Marvel With Avengers #25

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Marvel is currently holding another “Next Big Thing” live panel where they just announced that legendary artist Walt Simonson will be returning to Marvel Comics with Avengers #25, along side Brian Michael Bendis.

The duo will be doing an Avengers Vs. X-Men tie-in, which is out this April.

Highlights, and you can follow along live below:

“This is truly one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me at Marvel. When I was a young, strapping lad trying to break into comics, I’m talking years and years ago, I met Walt at a convention. I showed him my childish sketches and he treated me like a peer. He was so generous an empowering and set me on a course to be where I am now. He would keep sending me letter of encouragement and critique. That was the moment I knew I wanted to do this. He is one of the most important people in my creative life. I always made it very clear if he was ever back at Marvel I would love to work with him. I’m so happy he decided to come join us and when I asked what he wanted to do, Avengers was a big pile of everything he wanted to do.” -Brian Bendis

“I’m in comics myself because of the work that Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck and those guys did back in the 60’s. I was devouring everything Marvel had to offer. It was a treat for me to get into comics, to work at Marvel and to do Thor. I really enjoyed the Marvel Universe and had a lot of fun.” -Walter Simonson

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Dynamite Announces Robocop Vs. Terminator: Kill Human

How awesome is this!

Come July we’ll see Robocop take on the Terminator – again!

The first mini from 1992 by Frank Miller and Walt Simonson was pretty dang cool.

Now, Dynamite Entertainment is reuniting the two in Robocop Vs. Terminator: Kill Human by Rob Williams (Ghost Rider, 2000 AD) and PJ Holden (2000AD, Warhammer).

Here are the two covers, with the second from Simonson:

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