Marvel: The Hip-Hop Covers Vol. 2 hardcover book coming this fall

It’s a simple idea — a comic book take on an iconic album cover — and it’s going straight outta comics to the bookshelf once again this fall.

Set to drop in September is Marvel: The Hip-Hop Covers Vol. 2, a hardcover collection of past variant comic book covers all in one place. It’s a virtual visual checklist of sorts for comics that are slightly tougher finds with nods to pop culture that give them some extra appeal beyond the comic shop.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1992 Impel The Uncanny X-Men box (Hour 4)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1992 Impel The Uncanny X-Men 
The cost:
$45

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 4)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls, big board drama, big comic book covers and a big question after the retirement of Tony Romo.

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Buzz Movie Trailer Vote – Spider-Man: Homecoming (opens July 7)

The newest trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming has arrived in advance of its arrival on July 7 and it gives us a new look at the new villains, the new actor in the lead role and some new friends and relatives as the franchise returns home to Marvel Studios. 

Oh, and there’s Iron Man, too.

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Mets & Marvel team up for Thor-Noah Syndergaard bobblehead

The Mjölnir has a new home.

The New York Mets announced this morning that they have joined forces with Marvel to create a bobblehead of Thor — no, not The Avengers’ Norse God — aka Noah Syndergaard, who is one of the Mets’ biggest comic book-nicknamed stars.

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Original comic art for Logan star’s debut hits auction block soon

The newest small star of the big screen world that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be a big deal once again very soon on the auction block.

How?

The original art used for the first comic book appearance of Laura Kinney, aka X-23, will be hitting the open market next month via Heritage Auctions.

X-23 is the new star played by Dafne Keen alongside Hugh Jackman in Logan, which has raked its way to more than $104 million at the box office in the United States alone since its release less than one week ago. (It’s up to $295 million world-wide.)

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Weekend Update: Check out 10 top items on The Buzz this week

It was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 10 stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & hit the subscribe button at right if you want email updates.

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Heritage is King …
This past week’s big winner was the arrival of 2017 Topps Heritage, which took us all back to 1968. Here’s our catch-all gallery of short-printed variations and big hits — and there’s a checklist found in there, too.

Keep reading for more …

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Buzz Movie Trailer Vote: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (opens May 5)

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The final trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has arrived in advance of its arrival on May 5 and it appears that there’s a potential family twist in the tale of Star-Lord.

It can’t be that obvious of a spoiler, can it?

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Funko has next Spider-Man movie covered — with some surprises

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The next Spider-Man movie is on its way this summer and we’ll have plenty of collecting options from Funko leading up to the film.

And there will be surprises for Spider-Man Homecoming, too.

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Buzz Movie Trailer Vote: Logan (opens March 3)

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The final trailer for Logan has arrived in advance of its arrival on March 3 and it appears that the latest movie in the X-Men/Wolverine franchise will carry a darker and more violent tone despite having one of its main characters being just 11 years old.

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NBA veteran Jeremy Lin stars with The Totally Awesome Hulk

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If you’re a Jeremy Lin collector, you might need to find a comic book shop.

The Brooklyn Nets’ point guard from Harvard makes his second appearance in a Marvel Comics release that arrives in shops today. It’s issue 14 of The Totally Awesome Hulk.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 9)

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The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are five threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big football pulls, Giannis, caution on Marvel variants, Walmart MLB exclusives, Kris Bryant’s Chrome values and much more.

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Funko readies massive wave of toys for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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It’s going to be a blockbuster and Funko has the toys to prove it.

The Everett, Wash.-based company unleashed its plans for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 toys on Wednesday with 40 different items across six brands for fans to chase beginning in February.

The follow-up to Guardians, which made $333 million at the box office world-wide, is set to arrive on May 5.

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Marvel’s U.S.Avengers arrives with a cover for every state — and beyond

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It’s one part gimmick and one part patriotic but the arrival of a new comic book series and team from Marvel on Wednesday should be big — and a big challenge for those who decide to collect them all.

It’s U.S.Avengers and the first issue arrives with a variant cover for every state as well as a few more covers that all spotlight an individual star from the Marvel Universe.

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First Buzz: 2017 Upper Deck Marvel Annual trading cards

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What: 2017 Upper Deck Marvel Annual trading cards
Arrives: February (and also on e-Pack).
Box basics: One patch, sketch, plexi-sketch or premium insert per 20-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The year in Marvel Comics gets a review in Annual the first planned look back at the year in books that Upper Deck has penciled into its comicard lineup.

Keep reading for more as well as a gallery.

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First Buzz: 2016 Upper Deck Marvel Gems trading cards

2016-marvel-gems-7What: 2016 Upper Deck Marvel Gems trading cards
Arrives: November (and also on e-Pack).
Box basics: One Gem-Balaya, Diamond Mine, Original Art Sketch or Diamond Cuts card per box (20 boxes per case via two inners)

What’s buzz-worthy: The next Marvel release from Upper Deck includes a small mix of potent cardboard focusing on the women of the Marvel Universe — some with diamonds embedded into the cards.

Keep reading for more as well as a gallery.

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First Buzz: 2016 Upper Deck Marvel’s Doctor Strange trading cards

Doctor-StrangeWhat: 2016 Upper Deck Marvel’s Doctor Strange trading cards
Arrives: Oct. 26
Box basics: One sketch, autograph or “premium insert” card and two memorabilia cards per seven-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The next Marvel movie gets a premium card treatment where every pack includes a one-card “hit” of some type for the film that Marvel hopes will be a new hit franchise. This is also a brand that also will be released as an e-Pack product.

Keep reading for more.

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Upper Deck Gallery readies pair of prints, artist appearance for SDCC

2016-Comic-Con-Upper-Deck-Gallery-Marvel-Hall-D-Premium-PosterThe Upper Deck Gallery will be at San Diego Comic-Con next week and it will have a pair of prints as well as an artist appearance for those who are Marvel-inclined.

The group image with an SDCC focus featuring Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy and more seen above is $85 and will be available throughout the show while supplies last.

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Free Comic Book Day is Saturday — check out this year’s books here

STK699301The first Saturday in may is a holiday for comic book collectors as it’s Free Comic Book Day.

A total of 50 books from nearly that many publishers have been created specifically for the day — and they can only initially be had by making a visit to a participating shop.

“We have an incredible selection of Silver comics for fans for Free Comic Book Day this year, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 15th anniversary of the event than with such a diverse range of titles for readers of all ages,” said FCBD Marketing Director Dan Manser. “Free Comic Book Day is such an important day for celebrating fans and their local comic shops, as well as introducing new readers to comics. Our Silver-level supporters have really helped make this year special with such an interesting selection of titles.”

A dozen of the books are from Gold-level sponsors of the event, and you can see a gallery and list of all 50 books … if you keep reading.

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The Avengers are focus of latest Upper Deck Gallery print series

hawkeye-variant-printTwo members of The Avengers are the first super heroes who are subjects of a new release from the Upper Deck Gallery as part of a larger portfolio available in two versions.

Hawkeye and Black Widow are the first of a six-poster series showing the group in action using a Japanese woodblock presentation. Artist Marcelo Baez has created the series, which will be unveiled in pairs each Thursday by the company.

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Buzz Movie Trailer Vote: Deadpool (opens Feb. 12)

DeadpoolUp next on the comic book movie hit list is Deadpool, a Marvel-inspired creation arriving on Feb. 12 that you’ve already probably seen a commercial for a few times here and there. (As long as you have a pulse … or a TV.)

NewMutants98Deadpool is a wise-ass who arrived in the Marvel universe in February 1991 via The New Mutants No. 98. That $1 book will cost you more now but the Rob Liefeld creation has many other appearances out there for fans to chase in all those years since.

His second appearance comes in X-Force No. 2 — everybody has X-Force, right? (Even Buzz has at least a dozen No. 2’s in storage somewhere to go with 30-some first issues … )

Since we’re close to the arrival, Buzz figured it was time for a vote — check out the latest trailer below and then tell us what you’ll do.

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First Buzz: 2016 Upper Deck Captain America: Civil War trading cards

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What:
 2016 Upper Deck Captain America: Civil War trading cards
Arrives: May 2016
Box basics: one sketch, auto or premium insert card and two memorabilia cards per 10-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The next Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War gets documented on cardboard with a full array of inserts and hits.

Keep reading for more.

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This might be the rarest Star Wars comic book ever … and it just sold for $3,739 in an eBay auction

VaderDownVariant editions of comic books are sometimes the Superfractors of that world, commanding crazy cash because of their scarcity and, of course, demand for them.

While this copy of Star Wars Vader Down issue No. 1 is not a 1/1 creation, it’s estimated by those in the know to be as rare as a dozen copies because it was only available to dealers who ordered … wait for it … 4,999 copies of the standard book. You buy that many, you get one of these.

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