King Kirby podcast


The Midtown Comics Podcast is excited to bring its listeners a special gift just in time for Christmas! Introducing the first full-length audio recording of King Kirby by Fred Van Lente and Crystal Skillman!

This special recording features the original cast: Steven Rattazzi as Kirby (best known to comics fans as the voice of Dr. Orpheus from Cartoon Network’s The Venture Bros), is joined by a wonderful ensemble: Amy Lee Pearsall as Roz, Joseph Mathers as Joe Simon, Nat Cassidy as Stan Lee, and Timothy McCown Reynolds as the bosses in Kirby’s life.

King Kirby is a play by the husband-and-wife team of New York Times bestselling comics writer Fred Van Lente and NYIT award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman about the life and times of Jack Kirby, the great comic book artist who created or co-created some of your favorite heroes on the page and screen, including Captain America, the Avengers, Thor, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Young Romance, the New Gods, Darkseid, The Demon… the list goes on and on.

From the Jewish ghetto of New York’s Lower East Side, to the battlefields of France, to the Senate hearings of 1950s, this is a hysterical and heartbreaking story about a man who pours his quintessentially Twentieth Century life into his comics, only to make the fateful mistake that sends him into obscurity while his creations become known to every person on Earth.

A real-life “Adventures of Kavalier & Klay”, King Kirby asks what happens when an artist doesn’t own his own legacy? Can he ever get it back?

For the first time ever, you can listen to King Kirby in its entirety exclusively on the Midtown Comics Podcast. This special episode will be released Wednesday, December 24th, just in time for Christmas! Consider it a free gift from Fred, Crystal, and your friends at Midtown Comics! In the meantime, you can listen to the previous episodes of the Midtown Comics Podcast here!

Fred Van Lente is the Harvey Award-nominated, New York Times-bestselling comics Incredible Hercules, Marvel Zombies, and Cowboys & Aliens, the basis for the feature film, as well as the American Library Association- and Xeric Award-winning Action Philosophers.

Crystal Skillman  is the award-winning author of Wild (IRT Theater/SanguineTheatre in NYC; Kid Brooklyn Productions in Chicago); Geek (Vampire Cowboys/Incubator Arts, NYT and TONY Critics Pick); Cut (The Management, New York Times Critic’s Pick); The Vigil or The Guided Cradle (ITG/The Brick Theater, NYIT Award Outstanding Play), Drunk Art Love (First Breath Reading Series, finalist for Harold Clurman Residency), and Another Kind of Love.


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!

29 May, 2012

5 Avengers Stories for New Readers

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With Avengers absolutely DOMINATING the box office, we thought it’d be good to give you guys a list of Avengers stories you can get into, or get a friend into. As great as the movie was, there are plenty of great stories from the Avengers’ rich history!

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Midtown Bloggerinos! Raph here, with a review of the new book from Brian Cronin: Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?

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New York, NY, December 20, 2011- Midtown Comics in New York City will present Danny Fingeroth and Dennis O’Neil signing The Stan Lee Universe at Midtown Comics Downtown on Thursday, December 22nd from 6:00PM to 7:00PM.

DANNY FINGEROTH, co-editor of The Stan Lee Universe, has known and worked with Lee for many years. He spent a week at Stan’s archives at the University of Wyoming, where he found many of the rarities contained in the book. Danny is Senior Vice President of Education at SoHo’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA), where he co-curated exhibitions of the work of Al Jaffee and Will Eisner. He was Group Editor of Marvel’s Spider-Man line and has written many comics featuring characters including, Spider-Man, Superman, Iron Man, and Darkhawk. Danny is the author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society; Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero; and The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels.

 DENNIS O’NEIL, one of comics’ most acclaimed writers, worked briefly in journalism, then moved to New York and comics. He became one of Stan Lee’s earliest writers and editors in the Marvel of the mid-’60s, and worked closely with Stan and Stan Lee Universe co-editor Roy Thomas for a short but intense period. Moving to DC, Denny brought social consciousness to the medium with the groundbreaking Green Lantern/Green Arrow series. His work on Batman – as writer and editor – returned that character to its dark, gothic roots. An interview with Denny about his days working with Stan is featured in The Stan Lee Universe.

The Stan Lee Universe: Face front, true believers! The Stan Lee Universe is the ultimate repository of interviews with and mementos about Marvel Comics’ fearless leader! From his Soapbox to the box office, the Smilin’ One literally changed the face of comic books and pop culture, and this tome presents in his own words – and those of the illustrious folks he’s worked with – the co-creation of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Silver Surfer, and so many other super-characters! Presented are numerous rare and unpublished interviews with Stan, discussing how he made Marvel Comics the household name it is today. Also featured are interviews with top luminaries of the comics industry, including John Romita Sr. & Jr., Tod McFarlane, Dennis O’Neil, Roy Thomas, Gene Colan, Al Jaffee, Larry Lieber, Jerry Robinson, and Michael Uslan discussing his vital importance to the field he helped shape. Plus, this book contains the essential-to-every-writer Stan Lee’s Top Ten Tips for Writers! And as a bonus for this special edition, and direct from Stan’s personal archives (housed at the University of Wyoming), you’ll see rare photos, sample scripts and plots, personal correspondences, and other tidbits from the entire span of his career, some unseen for decades!

RSVP to this event on Midtown Comics’ Facebook page!

MIDTOWN COMICS opened its first store in 1997, and is now the industry’s leading retailer of comic books, graphic novels, and manga, with its online store as well as three landmark NYC locations in Times Square, Grand Central and DowntownFollow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the Midtown blog! More information available online at:

MIDTOWN BLOGGORDONEZES! Raph here, still recovering from NYCC! The show was an unmitigated success, and truly has become the largest event on the East Coast relating to the stuff we love! I only kid with the title of course, but I did want to talk about a small concern I had before the con.

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