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Dave Johnson + Liz Sherman = Bliss.

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If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times. One of my most cherished memories in all of Vs. System history is the unveiling of Liz Sherman’s Uncontrolled Power.

We learned recently that Mike Mignola and his wife personally gave the green light to the artwork on this myth-busting cardboard masterpiece, although the original Dave Johnson painting was a bit too blue. Here’s the before and after. I still can’t believe I was a part of it. Liz never, ever, ever looked like this in the comics or the movies. Only in our beloved trading card game. Forever.

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The New Avengers: Soon Featuring Squirrel Girl.

Those are the New Avengers, and you can probably recognize most of them. Marvel Comics busted their myth wide open this weekend at the New York Comic Con by announcing the addition of Squirrel Girl to the title. Yes, Doreen Green has been selected as the nanny for Danielle, the daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. We can hardly believe it, but it is true.

Soon Squirrel Girl will be found in a mainstream Marvel title.

Aside from the fact that our bushy-tailed fave will now be rubbing magicks with Doctor Strange, perhaps the most thrilling aspect of this is simple.

Stuart Immonen will be drawing Squirrel Girl.  ‘Nuff said.

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Preparing for the Cosmic Crunchies.

As we twiddle our thumbs in anticipation of the new Super Hero Squad season and its foray into the Marvel Comics’ cosmos, we would like to have a hot little party with two very big villains. Since She-Hulk is getting Chibi and the Squaddies need to know what to expect, fill your eyes with some Galactus and Thanos sketchcards.

Yum.

Sketchcard artists, in order: Andy Price, Brandon Kenney, Katie Cook, Chad Hardin, Warren Martineck, and Megan Hetrick.

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Axebone Above All.

For the past few weeks we have been showcasing some of the outrageous Marvel Comics art from the sketch card community chest. Today we are getting alphabetical.

Axebone. That is all.

To think that these orignal art masterpieces are one-of-a-kind prizes that have been inserted in a single set? Wow.

It is true. This entire catalog of visual bliss is contained within the Rittenhouse Archives Marvel 70th Anniversary collection. Happy hunting!

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The Squirrel Girl Snowball Effect.

That is the prize possession of my card collection. George “Geo” Davis created it as a commission and it was approved by Marvel Comics as an official entry into the magnificent mythos of Squirrel Girl.  She is quickly becoming much more than just a cult hero on the interwebs.

Squirrel Girl is snowballing.

Yes, she was cosplayed at the San Diego Comic Con.

No, you cannot buy an official action figure yet. That does not, however, stop fans from making the dream a reality.

That is Peter Parker with his new girlfriend Chat. She appears in the Spider-Man Marvel Adventures comic book series and she talks to animals of all types, including a bunch of furry little tree rodents. She has a mystery sister that will be revealed in issue #8, and Squirrel Girl was mentioned by name in the Marvel Adventures Universe just this week. Stay tuned, it looks like the webhead will soon be seen with Doreen Green.

The Chibi crew can claim the most meaty and serious layer of the Squirrel Girl snowball, since Super Hero Squad featured a rumored romance between War Machine and our nutty hero on an actual television show. Add the fact that the designers of the Super Hero Squad Online video game have promised to include Squirrel Girl in the line-up, and you have bouncing baby bliss of the biggest kind.

We will leave you today with that most beautiful portrait, by the incomparable Emily. Squirrel Girl’s fame is growing as she rolls deeper and deeper into the pop history books of official Marvel Comics canon. Jump on quick, this is going to be nuts.

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Marvel Adventures of Spider-Man Featuring Chat: Is She Squirrel Girl’s Sister?

Marvel Adventures of Spider-Man is widely recognized as the best Spidey title in the world at this moment in time. For one thing, it allowed the madness of Skottie Young to whip out that wicked cool cover for #59. Here is the original drawing.

Aside from the intensity of the art and the quality of the storytelling, this book has introduced a sweet new character into the mythology of the Marvel Universe. Her name is Sophia Sanduval, and she is better known as Chat.

As you can see, Chat talks to animals. She is constantly surrounded by a flock of feathers and fur. This delicious dolittle also dropped an intriguing hint recently that may open the zoological possiblity of a Squirrel Girl appearance in Marvel Adventures of Spider-Man.

Chat’s sister is three issues away. Will she be revealed as Doreen Green? Will Squirrel Girl finally have a featured role in a major ongoing series? A little bird told me maybe, but only time will tell.

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Marvel Hockey Cards!


(You can find more sketch cards in the Saloon: http://sketchcardsaloon.wordpress.com/ )

That is not an illusion. Kate “Red” Bradley actually created a series of one-of-a-kind original art sketch cards that featured Marvel characters playing hockey in their signature colors. The cards were approved by Marvel and inserted into Upper Deck’s Marvel Masterpieces packs. They now fetch prices in the neighborhood of $200 – $300… IF you can ever find one available for sale.

It’s a beautiful thing.

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More Black and White, More Squirrel Girl.

That an amazing piece of work by Tony Parker. You can click on it to make it bigger. It is being donated to the Hero Initiative project to help comic book artists in need. I can’t think of a more worthy cause or a more exciting image. Especially since one of the cards features our favorite hero!

Tony Parker packs a powerful punch, here are a few more examples for your visual pleasure. Enjoy.

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One Comic To Rule Them All.

If I have told you once, I have told you a thousand times. Promethea is the best comic book of all time. Since Jeromy Cox has recently posted some sweet double page yum yums on deviantart, it is time to say it again.

Promethea is the best comic book of all time.

If the oozing eye candy of those are still not enough to convince you, please study our Mick Gray connection for proof. And check out one more heaping helping of visual bliss before bed. No matter which direction you look at it, the truth remains the same.

Promethea is the best comic book of all time.

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Squirrel Girl Comes Home.

That comic book was released into the world yesterday. It contains one of the most anticipated stories in history.

Squirrel Girl is coming home for the very first time.

As you can see, our hero has gotten her own gig. Her origin story and her unbeatable powers have never been explained. Now is the time.

Tom Fowler is the artist. This is a fresh prince moment, since Tom has never done Marvel before.

Doreen Green is the coolest character ever seen. She is an Avenger, and Tom Fowler is taking her places she has never been.  Tune in tomorrow for Squirrel Girl homecoming spoilers. These are very exciting times.

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Aquaman Resurrected For A Reason.

Back in the day, I had the mind boggling honor of introducing brand new Vs. System cards to the world. I got to see the playing pieces early so I could gush. Three years later, my oceans are still foaming. Since we went underwater yesterday with Aquaman, it is time to ride the tide.

I wrote this for the DC Legends set, originally published on December 10th, 2007. It is still as fresh as the day it was caught. Enjoy…

Aquaman has become a rather funky icon in modern pop culture. When he first hit the television screen forty years ago, he made his initial mass media splash with The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure. That sixties series couldn’t hold its breath for very long. Then the Super Friends made their extended run on the small screen starting in the seventies, and Aquaman was back, with his underwater telepathy beams rippling into homes across the country. That time, he was strong enough to stop a tidal wave.

Unfortunately for him, his visibility and name recognition were not enough to maintain his super-strength through a long string of spin-offs. The titles were ridiculous enough to tarnish an image on their own: Challenge of the Super Friends; The World’s Greatest Super Friends; Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show; and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. Even though he was a key member of the “Super Powers Team,” Aquaman’s tricks were reduced to their briny essentials. Adding insult to injury, he was also forced to teach magic tricks to the kids in the audience. The power to hide a coin in the palm of your hand is not exactly the kind of threat that strikes fear in the hearts of the DC Comics super villain community.

He still had admirers, though. Despite his limited skills, Aquaman survived into the future as a cult favorite, overcoming the fashion obstacles of an orange-and-green outfit with pointy-finned boots and gloves. He didn’t have the same superstar popularity of Superman or Batman, but he had dedicated fans. Aquaman resurfaced in a big way near the turn of the millennium. For the past two decades, his scaly spandex and fishy talents have been celebrated, often through parody, in over twenty different programs.

From Seinfeld to The Simpsons to Smallville, Aquaman has gotten serious screen time. He is referenced in Family Guy and Robot Chicken. Button smashers worldwide have played video games featuring Aquaman since the days of Super Nintendo. There is a feature length film in the works for the fan-favorite orange shirt, and right now, Vs. System is allowing Aquaman to dig up some buried treasure.

That’s right—he’s three cards for the price of one. Any combo deck in the world can take to the seas and splash the Lord of Atlantis to make sure things are set up for the kill. His JLA team affiliation has a new good guy to act as a safety net when things go to turn 6. Cable is itching to spend an afternoon on the beach watching Aquaman try the Bodyslide to double the digging delights. Like the ocean he calls home, Aquaman, Lord of Atlantis represents the chance to fish out an uncountable bounty in our game.

That is not, in my personal opinion, the most exciting benthic announcement I am privileged to make today. As you probably know by now, I have been in love with tiny Army characters since the day Vs. System was released. DC Legends is rewarding my affections with the potential to create a spectacular seafood swarm.

One of the most touching mythological moments in comic book history occurred in Adventure Comics #476. Aquaman was facing a truly evil villain dressed as Poseidon. The bad guy seemed to be the real deal, and he could command the ocean’s residents with the same ease as our hero. When the pretender’s plot for world domination sent schools of fish to the surface to take over the world, Aquaman wrestled the mental control of a single dolphin away from the Poseidon impostor. The flippered friend was telepathically commanded to snatch the trident from the villain’s hand and save the day. It worked, but the tug-of-war inside the dolphin’s head caused it to have a heart attack. Aquaman got emotional and blamed himself. He settled silently to the bottom of the sea and worried about the great responsibility that comes with great power.

Then, something truly moving occurred. Tens of thousands of marine animals swam slowly, in formation, toward their sullen commander. They saluted him from the heart, telling him in their own special way that they follow him out of love, not because of force. It was the kind of story that can fill the reader with pure joy. It was almost as good as the Sea Creatures we will soon get to flip on our kitchen tables.

That, my friends, is fresh fish. We have been blessed with a rare Army character that becomes a salty, 1-cost beatstick when Aquaman is in play to continue his legend. Sea Creatures automatically align affiliations with their brave captain, and together they will be able to bring the pain to any defender who gets plopped into their watery domain. Team attack tricks will hit new heights when these little beaters cover the field. Aquaman, Arthur Curry can hit the board on turn 3 to call forth the tuna troops for the rest of the game. Sea Creatures are a natural source of protein for all the Ally recipes that the JLA has been cooking up since the Justice League of America set, and DC Legends promises to fill the cardboard pantry with even more legendary spices. It may never be safe to go back in the water.

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Something Fishy: Aquaman RULES.

     

And now for something completely fishy. We put our dollar into the machine. Our aim was true. We grabbed the spotlight at the Aquaman Shrine!

Just in case you have never been there, you must visit Rob Kelly’s Aquaman Shrine. Do it now.

While we wait for you to return, IF you ever return, here is the full glory of Craig Hamilton’s painting from the Vs. System Sea Creatures card, which is now swimming blissfully in Rob’s collection. I remember the day they showed it to me before anyone else had ever seen it.

That day has never ended.

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