Author: Rich Johnston

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Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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What Pushed Amazing Spider-Man and Conan Into New Content Warning Ratings?

What Pushed Amazing Spider-Man and Conan Into Higher Content Warning Ratings?

After I was able to work out why Morbius The Living Vampire Omnibus saw its rating jump from to T to Parental Advisory, I was asked to continue my investigations into why two other books made a similar jump. Conan Chronicles Epic Collection TPB: The Battle of Shamla Pass, now having a rating of Mature, […]

Marvel Comics Closes Its New York Office And Moves... East

Marvel Comics Closes Its New York Office And Moves… East

The word is out. Marvel Comics is closing its New York office. Bleeding Cool scotched the rumours that Marvel Comics would be moving to the West Coast earlier this year, but suggested they may find other offices in New York. And that is just what’s happening. Marvel Comics is closing its offices for two days […]





Will Doomsday Clock #12 Bring Back Ma and Pa Kent to Superman? (Spoilers)

Matt Fraction appeared on John Siuntres’ Word Balloon Podcast talking about his work on Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen and working with brian Bendis and the rest of the Superman team. And talking about the upcoming Superman/Clark Kent ‘no more secrets’ identity reveal in the Superman comic books. He mentioned a small spoiler regarding the spluttering […]

Thank #FOC It’s Friday - 6th December 2019 -

Thank #FOC It’s Friday, 6th December 2019 – Clock Without The Doomsday

Welcome to Thank FOC It’s Friday, a semi-weekly mailing list, similar to The Daily LITG, but (mostly) every Friday and planned to coincide and cover the demands of Final Order Cut Off. The date when retailers have a last chance to amend their advance orders for comic books without penalty. A final chance for publishers […]

Batman and Kite Man Walk Into a Bar in Tom King’s Final Batman #85

At New York Comic Con, Tom King told Den Of Geek about his then-planned ending to Batman, “I think I still might do a scene. I really want to do a scene with Batman and Kite Man in a bar, just drinking beers. At Porky’s bar, of course. I had a big debate, should it […]

The Daily LITG, 6th December 2019 – Happy Birthday

The Daily LITG, 6th December 2019 – Happy Birthday Paul Jenkins

Welcome to the pretty-much-mostly-daily Lying In The Gutters. A run around the day before and the day ahead. You can sign up to receive it as an e-mail here. The 10 most-read stories yesterday Review: GameStop’s Green Lantern – Lantern Corps Ring Set Skottie Young and Humberto Ramos Launch “Strange Academy”, a New Orleans-Set Magical […]

LATE: Deadpool #4 Slips From February to March 2020

LATE: Deadpool #4 Slips From February to March 2020

We’re used to the likes of Shazam, Doomsday Clock, Captain America, Batman Vs Ra’s Al Ghul, Tony Stark: Iron Man and Fantastic Four being late. But Deadpool is a bit of a new one. Nevertheless that is what we have now, with Deadpool #4 by Kelly Thompson and Chris Bachalo, solicited for the 19th of […]


DC Comics to Publish James Jean Poster Portfolio in August 2020

James Jean is a Taiwanese-American artist, known for both commercial work and fine art gallery work.  In 2001, Jean became a cover artist for DC Comcis and later Dark Horse, won seven Eisner awards, three Harvey awards, Best Artist from the World Fantasy Awards, two gold medals and a silver from the Society of Illustrators […]

Want an Advance Copy Of Superman's Secret IdentitBrian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick in Conversation for 55th Annual Nina Mae Kellogg Lecture at the Portland State English Department, Tonight

Want to Read Superman’s Secret Identity Reveal Early? Go See Brian Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s 55th Annual Nina Mae Kellogg Lecture at Portland State Tonight

The 55th Annual Nina Mae Kellogg Lecture at the Portland State English Department will today feature Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick in conversation. The Nina Mae Kellogg Lecture is one of Portland State’s longest-running traditions. Past Kellogg Lecturers include Cheryl Strayed, George Saunders, Junot Díaz, Jamaica Kincaid, Elizabeth Bishop, and Ursula LeGuin, among […]


Skottie Young and Humberto Ramos Launch "Strange Academy", a New Orleans-Set Magical School Comic From Marvel in March

Red Mother #1 Gets a Third Printing Before First Printing Goes On Sale

Red Mother #1, the new comic by Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert from Boom Studios goes on sale this coming Wednesday. But not only has an overgenerous first printing sold out at Diamond Comic Distributors before getting to comic shops, but the second printing has gone the same way too. Which means yes, that’s right, […]