We hope everyone’s gearing up for this year’s New York Comic Con 2014! We have a number of fun exclusives, discounts, giveaways, and contests this year, with yet another way to win prizes in our first ever NYCC Cosplay Bingo!

With help from Comics and Cosplay, we present our new NYCC Cosplay Scavenger Hunt/Bingo contest! Learn how to enter below!

Contest Rules:

1. You have to follow both Midtown Comics (@MidtownComics) and Comics and Cosplay (@ComixNCosplay) on Twitter.
2. You have to take a picture with each cosplayer you find at the convention.
3. Tweet the picture to both @MidtownComics and @ComicxNCosplay .
4. Include the hashtag #CosBingo so we know its a contest entry.
5. We will announce the winners on twitter!
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Cosplay Characters to find at the Con:
1. Ms Marvel
2. Batgirl
3. Dick Grayson
4. Angela
5. Silk
6. Gwen Stacy
7. Thor (Female)
8. Iron Man (Blue Suit)
9. Moon Knight
10. Captain America (Sam Wilson)

Black magic, violence, ominous woods, and centuries of dark secrets welcome to Wytches, the highly anticipated horror series from acclaimed writer Scott Snyder (Batman, Superman Unchained) and artist Jock (Savage Wolverine, The Losers). First announced at the Image Expo in January 2014, Wytches sets a new tone for horror comics, bringing the reader back to a primal sense of fear, something we can all relate to.

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We welcome Batman and Wytches writer and friend of Midtown Comics Scott Snyder to the show!  He tells us how he is trying to frighten us with Wytches, blow our minds with Batman’s Endgame, all while trying to save us some money!

Sam, Gavin, Dimitros, Andrew, and Ted also talk about Gotham and what they think of it so far, then Sam and Dimitrios give us updates on some projects they’re working on. We also run through our top picks of the week and what we’re looking forward to next week!

If you have questions or suggestions for the show please let us know on our Facebook, Twitter and email podcast@midtowncomics.com.  Leave us a voicemail at 980 MID-TOWN and we’ll play it on a future podcast!

Also visit midtowncomics.com for all the comics we talked about plus much more and have them delivered right to your door!

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By Jacobus Dixon

By the winter of 1940, superheroes were causing funny book magazines to just fly off the newsstands. They were an odd blend or mythology and athleticism wrapped in a brilliant package of primary colors. They often lived fulfilling lives as prosperous or wealthy men, but men still hungry for adventure. And almost all of their adventures involved finding the source of their problems and delivering a killer knockout blow to them. It was like watching a sports event with higher stakes and a team that you knew would win, but not how. And even though the hero’s tactics to triumph were often completely exaggerated and unrealistic, it didn’t matter! That was part of the fun. It would have been like saying Popeye was terrible because he misrepresents what spinach can do for you. But people didn’t read Popeye comic strips and watch Popeye cartoons because they wanted to see the effects of spinach on human physiology, nor did they read superhero comics for real solutions to the financial inequities of the Depression and American life in general. They wanted to be entertained, and seeing a colorfully clad athlete sock a local street tough or thieving businessman was just what they were looking for.  But what was the next step? How do you keep these characters from going stale? Well…grouping them together to form some kind of team seemed like a good idea. And that’s exactly what All-American Publications did.

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By Jacobus Dixon

Although All-Star Publications wasn’t in a complete rivalry with National Allied Publications or Detective Comics Inc. (due to the fact that they were all owned by Harry Donenfeld) they still didn’t want to sit out on the superhero craze that was transforming the publishing industry.  They had some success with the Flash, Hawkman, and Johnny Thunder in Flash Comics. And naturally that taste of success led them to produce more superheroes. The spooky Spectre had promise, but he may have been a little too supernatural to attract more average readers. While most superheroes were defined by their phenomenal abilities, it was that human appearance that made them so appealing to readers. So you didn’t want to step too far away from that (at least not in the late 1930s/early 1940s) if you wanted your character to be successful. People do like supernatural stories though, so where do you strike the balance?

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