Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today revealed the latest edition of the 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1, drawn by veteran artist Mike Grell.VIP attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con, November 7-9 at the Cox Business Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.
Grell is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies of Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.
The exclusive version of Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.
Grell’s work is his second in the Wizard World variant cover series and follows the first 14 entries in 2014: Miracleman #1 and Miracleman #2, both drawn by Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams for Portland Comic Con (Jan. 24-26) and New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9), respectively; Wolverine #1, illustrated by noted cover artist Greg Horn, for Sacramento Comic Con (March 7-9); Daredevil #1 by Michael Golden for Louisville Comic Con (March 28-30); Wolverine & The X-Men #1 by David Mack for St. Louis Comic Con (April 4-6); Hulk #1 by Grell for Minneapolis Comic Con (May 2-4); John Tyler Christopher‘s Amazing Spider-Man #1 for Atlanta Comic Con (May 30 – June 1); Amazing Spider-Man #1.2 by J.G. Jones for Philadelphia Comic Con (June 19-22); 100th Anniversary X-Men Special #1 by Jorge Molina for San Antonio Comic Con (Aug. 1-3); Guardians of the Galaxy #17 by Alvaro Martinez for Chicago Comic Con (Aug. 21-24); Death of Wolverine #1 by Christopher for Richmond Comic Con (Sept. 12-14); God of Thunder #25 by Tom Raney for Nashville Comic Con (Sept. 26-28); and Captain America #25 by Julian Totino Tedesco for Austin Comic Con (Oct. 2-4). Carlo Barberi has also completed a variant of Death Of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #1 for Ohio Comic Con (Oct. 31-Nov. 2).
“Mike Grell is a legend in the comic industry,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “His unique, inimitable style has given birth to some beautiful covers over the years and we’re thrilled he could produce such a stunning Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1 cover for Wizard World Tulsa.”
Grell knows a thing or two about comics… he’s been in the industry for more than 40 years, writing and drawing iconic strips and characters from Superboy to Tarzan to Batman. Most famously, Grell brought his own interpretation to the Green Arrow series, writing and occasionally drawing a redesigned look for the hero.
“It’s no accident that Mike Grell is doing a second cover in the series,” says John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “He is a favorite of Wizard World attendees, his work on the ‘Hulk’ variant in Minneapolis was very well received, and fans in Tulsa will love his take on ‘Captain America.’”
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They’re the Avengers for the people, of the people – helping whoever needs it, however they need it. And together with Sam Wilson – the all-new Captain America – they are Mighty. But in the wake of the earth-shattering events of AXIS, are they truly together? Or about to fall apart? Guest-starring the apologetic arachnid – Spider-Man! Writer- Al Ewing.
Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead, Boondock Saints), William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Manu Bennett (“Arrow,” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Eliza Dushku (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” True Lies) and Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid, The Outsiders)are among the celebrities scheduled to attend the inaugural Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con. It is the 15th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. and will also feature top celebrities and artists as well as a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.
In addition to Grell, superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “X-Men”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”), Billy Martin (Lead Guitarist/Keyboardist – “Good Charlotte”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Star Wars”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), James O’Barr (Creator – “The Crow”) and Greg Horn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Avengers”) and many others.
For more on the 2014 Wizard Tulsa Comic Con, go to www.wizd.me/TulsaPR.