Action Comics #1

By Jacobus Dixon

People say to never judge a book by its cover. Well…in the world of comics, that saying tends to be thrown out the window entirely. Ideally, you buy a comic for the art as much as for the storytelling. However, since comics are a visual medium, the art tends to sometimes overshadow the writing in terms of appeal. As a result, it’s what draws crowds to the work in the first place if it’s a new series with a new creative team. And where’s the best place to showcase this art? Well, on the cover of course! The best covers are the ones that capture a purified form of what the story inside is about, and what ideas, events, and characters are featured. As time’s marched on, we’ve been treated to an amazing amount of incredible covers that have launched the franchises of several popular characters. These covers also helped defined popular culture and launched the careers of many artists and creators and made their niche in the pop world. I would like to take a look at some of these covers and figure out just what it is that makes them so famous (or infamous) in our minds’ eye.

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Our very own Ted Alexander (manager at Midtown Comics Downtown) recently spoke with Word and Film about Comic Book Movies and Their Source Material. You can find the full story here. Read below the jump for a few of our favorite quotes:

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Hey, True Believers.

X-Men: Days of Future Past may be the movie that made $111 Mil this Memorial Day weekend, but once upon a time it was known as issues #141 and #142 of The Uncanny X-Men. In honor of this legendary title’s silver screen debut, Crowdtap and Midtown Comics are partnering to offer you the chance to win Stan Lee and Chris Claremont signed copies of these comics.

Follow these instructions to enter and win the contest:

1) Go to Crowdtap’s contest page.

2) Click the ‘Get Started’ button, and if you are not already a member, register for the site.

3) Correctly answer each trivia question.

4) Complete the X-Men themed “Photo Challenge” with a creative, original submission.

And that’s it! There are also runner-up prizes available in the form of movie t-shirts and more.

Good luck!

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Join Midtown Comics at booth #210 as we help celebrate the first year of Special Edition: NYC! We’ll be featuring Midtown exclusive comics, 20% off all graphic novels, coupons for all our Midtown Comics NYC stores, and more!

Brought to you by ReedPop, the creators of New York Comic Con, Special Edition: NYC is a new comic book festival held annually in the birthplace of comics – New York City!

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Midtown Comics is proud to host a Cosplay kickoff event for Special Edition: NYC tickets this Wednesday, May 28th at our Midtown Comics Times Square Location! Read on for more details below:

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Midtown Comics is open on Memorial day!
Monday, May 26th, we invite you to join us for our annual Memorial Day sale, and save 20% off everything, all day long, in-store only! All three of our NYC stores will be open! Browse our wide selection of comic books, action figures, collectibles, and more! Get in the holiday spirit and pick up some Captain America comics! Also, check out some of the most patriotic comic book covers below! Hope you have a happy Memorial Day!

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Store hours:
Times Square: 8:00AM to 12midnight
Grand Central: 11:00AM to 9:00PM
Downtown: 10:00AM to 8:00PM

*Disclaimer: All sales and special offers advertised herein are valid in-store only, Monday, May 26th only, and does not apply to convention tickets, gift cards, or advance orders, and cannot be combined with any other offer. NO COUPON REQUIRED. Not valid at our FAO location.