Friday, October 9, 2015

Marvel & DC Comics Do The Monster Mash For Halloween

Showing their Halloween spirit, Marvel and DC Comics will be publishing some fun variant comic books throughout this month that mash together some of their most popular super heroes with a monster theme.  25 titles from DC Comics ranging from Batman to Wonder Woman will have variant covers with a spooky monster twist to them.  2015 is the second year in a row that DC has celebrated the Halloween season with a month long monster theme for variant covers.  Marvel is also joining in on the monster theme this year with some special variant covers of their own which will celebrate some of the great creations by renowned comic book artist Jack Kirby.

Stan Lee is popularly associated with creating many of Marvel's super heroes, but less known outside of the comic book culture of die-hard fans was that a gentleman named Jack Kirby illustrated Lee's ideas collaborating in bringing them to life in the pages of comic books.  Kirby helped create The Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the original X-Men, and a host of other characters for Marvel.  In addition to drawing super heroes, Jack Kirby also had a passion for creating monsters like Devil Dinosaur, Fin Fang Foom, and Rommbu who served as the villains to Lee and Kirby's super hero creations.  Not all of his monsters turned out to be bad guys though as Groot who originally appeared in Tales to Astonish 13 eventually became one of the most popular heroes of Guardians of the Galaxy.  Marvel will be paying homage to Jack, who passed away in 1994, by publishing 26 variant Kirby Monster comic book covers in October.

Here are a few of the Marvel Kirby Monster covers:

Amazing Spider-Man #2 /  Infant Terrible
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 / Groot
Civil War # 5 / Lo-Karr, Bringer of Doom

Here are a few of the DC Comics monster covers:

Green Lantern
Batman Beyond

If you enjoy the monsters and creepy things that slither out around Halloween, keep an eye out for these comics appearing on store shelves between now and October 31st.

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