Hot on the heels of The Avengers: Endgame’s largest worldwide box office opening of all time, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers and Excalibur artist Alan Davis brings Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to the cover of this year’s Hero Initiative limited edition The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 49.
Gemstone Publishing and the Hero Initiative, the first 501 (c)(3) charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, have teamed up every year since 2010 for the exclusive Hero Initiative limited edition of the Guide.
This year’s Guide will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday 17th July 2019 at the Hero Initiative booth, #5003.
As with past collaborations between Gemstone and Hero, this version will be available only in a special hardcover edition, limited to 500 copies. There will be no soft cover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.
“The power, creativity and mass appeal of comic book stories was on full display this past weekend as Avengers: Endgame took in more than $1.2 billion around the world. The purity of Alan Davis’ beautiful line work captures what we have long loved about the characters and what ‘civilians’ have been discovering through the movies,” said Steve Geppi, President and CEO of Gemstone Publishing and Diamond Comic Distributors.
“It’s wonderful to have his fantastic cover on the cover of the Hero Initiative edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49, everyone at Gemstone hopes it will help raise a lot of money for this great charity.”
In a diverse career, Davis illustrated Marvel UK’s Captain Britain, co-created “D.R. and Quinch” for 2000AD, and drew Batman and the Outsiders and Detective Comics for DC. He worked on two New Mutants Annuals and three issues of Uncanny X-Men before teaming with Chris Claremont to launch Excalibur. They also created, wrote and illustrated ClanDestine, among other projects.
Since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced The Avengers #1 in 1963, banding together “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” readers have delighted in their comic book – and now big screen – adventures for 56 years. Davis’ previous association with the team includes his work on Avengers (vol. 3) #38–43 and 63, Avengers: Ultron Forever #1-3, Avengers Prime #1–5, and Avengers: The Children’s Crusade: Young Avengers.
Now he joins an elite cadre of comic book artists who have provided covers for the Hero Initiative edition, beginning with John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White on The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40. They were followed by John Romita, Sr., Tom Palmer and Dean White (#41), Matt Wagner and Ryan Brown (#42), Terry Moore and Brian Miller (#43), Herb Trimpe, Tom Palmer and Laura Martin (#44), Dave Johnson (#45), Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund and Tanya Horie (#46), Rob Liefeld and Ivan Nunes (#47), and Joe Jusko (#48).
The Hero Initiative edition will be available exclusively from Hero. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s webstore on the Graham Crackers Comics site, and through a select group of participating Hero Initiative retailers.
The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49 feature Batman’s Rogues Gallery by Tony Daniel, and Firefly by Diego Galindo. The limited Hall of Fame edition, featuring a 100th anniversary appearance of Zorro, is illustrated by Michel Wm. Kaluta. These are available in soft cover and hard cover.
The oversized limited edition, The Big, Big, Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49, features the 25th anniversary of Shi by Billy Tucci.
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing was formed by Diamond Comic Distributors President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts in preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium. Gemstone’s product line includes The Overstreet Price Guide To Star Wars Collectibles, and a “How To” line featuring The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics, The Overstreet Guide To Grading Comics, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comic & Animation Art, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Movie Posters, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Video Games, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Concert Posters, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Horror, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Tabletop Games and The Overstreet Guide To Cosplay.
Gemstone also publishes Scoop, a free weekly e-newsletter which looks inside the world of pop culture with a focus on auctions, toys, comics, posters, art and anything and everything pop culture.
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