FunComics

By Jacobus Dixon

Throughout mythology you have these basic archetypes that define a culture’s heroes. Whether it’s with incredible strength, quick wits, or nimble swiftness, these characters use these talents to maintain an idealized status quo. However, there’s another class of hero whose habits dangerously border on being something not so much admired and awed…but feared. The Spectre is one of those heroes.

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Midtown Comics has created another fun contest for you to enter! This time, we’re giving away some of our exclusive Superman Red Son POP! Vinyl Figures! These exclusive POP! figures from Funko are available only from Midtown Comics, as well as our Superman Red Son apparel! This contest will last from 08/25/14 – 09/02/14. You can only enter the contest once by signing up for our Action Figure Newsletter, but can build up more entries by Liking our page on Facebook, Following us on Twitter, Following us on Pinterest, and Tweeting at us daily about the contest. You can also now gain more entries by referring your friends as well! Read on for more details below:

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  1. In order to enter the contest, you must sign up for our Action Figure Newsletter
  2. You must also be following us on Twitter and Facebook..
  3. To earn additional entries and increase your chances of winning, you can tweet, “I entered to win a #Superman Red Son POP! Vinyl Figure from @MidtownComics! bit.ly/1l9ebQW ”. You can then submit the URL of your tweet to Rafflecopter. Please note, that you can only tweet this once per day.
  4. You can also refer friends to gain additional entries.
  5. You can follow us on Pinterest as well!

Thank you for entering, and good luck! The winner will be notified around 4pm on 09/02/14

By Jacobus Dixon

With the arrival of Whiz Comics #2 (later renumbered to #1) and Captain Marvel, National Comics had some true competition against Superman, their star seller. What tipped the balance was a demographic that neither National Comics nor Fawcett Publications really paid much heed to, children. Ever since their onset, comic book magazines were really meant to be an all-ages form of entertainment. And all ages did indeed read them. From Little Lulu to Tarzan to Gasoline Alley, readers from a variety of demographics would indulge in the books to get some disposable entertainment while on the go or whenever they had a little downtime. As long as there was a demand for the comics, the publishers were happy to print them. As long as the profits came in, who cared who was paying for them? Although Captain Marvel was definitely not the first comic to feature a series based around a child or children, it combined the sensibilities of those previous comics with that of the superhero genre, and as a result swayed many children away from Superman to Captain Marvel.

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By Jacobus Dixon

By 1940, National Comics was sitting pretty. And why shouldn’t they have been? Superman and Batman were the highest selling comic-magazine characters, and they were both National’s. Superman alone was a sales powerhouse that just kept on chugging (they did say he was more powerful than a locomotive). He was the highlight of Action Comics, he had his own magazine, he had a newspaper strip (not actually published by National, but hey…market recognition), and an upcoming radio show to boot. The only real competition to Superman was the growing popularity of Batman, but since he was a National character too, it really didn’t count as competition. Timely had a niche audience with Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch, but not enough sales to really threaten Superman. Yes, other companies thought to churn out doppelgangers to the Man of Tomorrow (Superman’s first nickname for you kids out there). But none of them really stuck, due in part to National’s quick litigation team and just simply unappealing character designs that left readers with a “meh” sensibility. That is…until Captain Marvel came around in February of 1940.

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Midtown Comics has created another fun contest for you to enter! This time, we’re giving away free copies of our Superman #32 signed by both John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson!  This contest will last from 07/23/14 – 07/31/14. You can only enter the contest once, but can build up more entries by Liking our page on Facebook, Following us on Twitter, Following us on Pinterest, and Tweeting at us daily about the contest. You can also now gain more entries by referring your friends or signing up for our newsletter as well! Read on for more details below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  1. In order to enter the contest, you must Like our Midtown Comics page on Facebook.
  2. You must also be following us on Twitter.
  3. To earn additional entries and increase your chances of winning, you can tweet, “I entered to win a signed #Superman #32 by @johnromitajr and @klausjansonnyc from @midtowncomics bit.ly/1mF41Si ”. You can then submit the URL of your tweet to Rafflecopter. Please note, that you can only tweet this once per day.
  4. You can also refer friends to gain additional entries.
  5. Signing up for our newsletter will also gain you an entry.
  6. You can follow us on Pinterest as well!

Thank you for entering, and good luck! The winners will be notified around 10am on 07/31/14

Superman #1

By Jacobus Dixon

Now what’s better than one story starring Superman? Try four. And that’s exactly what readers got with Superman #1 in June 1939. Ever since he exploded onto the newsstand scene in 1938, Superman was a big seller, and giving the guy his own book was the best way to honor that achievement. As great as his appearances were in Action Comics, fans just couldn’t wait a whole season for only one Superman story. So National gave their readers what they wanted: more Superman!

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