Beginning Wednesday, August 31, with the release of Justice League #1, DC Comics is doing something unheard of in comics publishing. They are launching 52 brand new titles. Throughout the course of September all 52 new titles will be released with a brand new first issue.
Worried about a continuing decline in overall sales for comic books, DC Comics’ Co-Publisher Dan Didio realized something drastic had to be done. To create new buzz and a new entry point for new, old and lapsed readers he embarked on creating a new DC Comics Universe.
Titles that have been running monthly since the 1930s like Action Comics, Detective Comics and Batman have come to an end. Now everyone has the chance to get in on the ground floor of their favorite heroes.
DC Comics has hired the best writers and artists in the business to restart their publishing line. There will be all new takes on classic heroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. DC is also shining the spotlight on new characters like Mr. Terrific, Blue Beetle and Voodoo. They are exploring new genres as well with western comics, war comics, romance comics and horror comics. There is sure to be something for everyone.
With 52 new comics hitting shelves in September many of the Los Angeles comic shops are offering special promotions to get you in to their stores and excited about comics.
You can read all 52 or just try the ones that look good to you. With a fresh start there are no continuity hurdles to jump over to enjoy these books. Here is a list of the local stores and the specials they are running:
The Comics Bug – Manhattan Beach Purchase all 52 of DC’s #1 issues and receive a $100 gift voucher for use on future DC Comics titles. There is also a secret sale that begins on the August 31stand runs until September 6th.
Meltdown Comics – West Hollywood Meltdown is starting the DC launch with an August 31stmidnight release party for Justice League of America #1 with a special signing by DC Comics creators Scott Lobdell and Kyle Higgins. There will also be a costume contest with the winner getting all 52 of the #1 issues.
Collector’s Paradise – Canoga Park & Pasadena All 52 of DC’s #1 issues are returnable. If you don’t like it you don’t have to keep it. Or you can purchase all 52 #1s for $99.95.
Golden Apple Comics – West Hollywood Get all 52 of DC’s #1 issues for $100 + tax when you pre-order from August 31 through September 6th.
Earth-2 Comics – Sherman Oaks & Northridge Beginning on August 30thall DC Comics will be on sale from 5-52% off and at the Northridge location all DC back issues will be $0.52.
Hi De Ho Comics – Santa Monica Satisfaction guaranteed! If you purchase any of the DC #1’s and purchase a bag and board (keep your receipt), they are offering a satisfaction guarantee. Return the #1s from December 1st to the 15th to receive full store credit.
These are just some of the stores in Los Angeles. Many stores will carry the 52 #1s. Click here to use the Comic Shop Locator to find your nearest store.
For a full list of all of the new DC Comics titles click here.