Author: Rich Johnston

About Rich Johnston

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

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The Daily LITG, 22nd February 2020, Happy Birthday

The Daily LITG, 22nd February 2020, Happy Birthday Denton Tipton

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 11 most-read stories yesterday Dan DiDio No Longer Publisher of DC Comics, As Of Today Comic Book Industry Reacts To… The Departure of Dan DiDio […]

So Why Did Dan DiDio Leave DC Comics Anyway?

So Why Did Dan DiDio Leave DC Comics Anyway?

Earlier today, Bleeding Cool ran the scoop that Dan DiDio had gone at DC Comics. He was probably my favourite comic book publisher. I often didn't agree with his publishing decisions, (who does with anyone's?), but I enjoyed his company and his presence immensely. Also that he would 'play the game' – he understood Bleeding […]

Dwayne McDuffie Legends and Myths - Michael Davis, From The Edge

Dwayne McDuffie Legends and Myths – Michael Davis, From The Edge

Michael Davis is an artist, writer, mentor, entertainment executive and co-founder of Milestone. He writes, I've said countless times there is or was nobody more Milestone than Dwayne McDuffie. Dwayne was the heart and soul behind our universe deserves every accolade every honor bestowed upon him; he was one of the best writers and editors to […]


Preview of Nightwing Vs The Joker in Nightwing #70

Bleeding Cool looked at the Joker-iffic conclusion to this week's Nightwing #69. And now we get a look at Nightwing #70, leading into The Joker War, up for FOC this weekend. How will Ric interact with The Joker when he's not quite sure which one of his two memories is the real one, and exactly […]

DC Officially Rebrands, Dropping Vertigo

Gossip: DC No-Show at ComicsPRO and DC's Big Change

DC Comics were scheduled to appear in strength at ComicsPRO being held at Portland, Oregon right now. However, I am told by connected individuals that DC cancelled most of their ComicsPRO appearances. No one showed up on the first day, and DC Comics missed their hour-long presentation shot. ComicsPRO gave DC the chance to make […]

Comic Book Industry Reacts To… The Departure of Dan DiDio From DC Comics

Earlier today, Bleeding Cool ran the scoop today that DC Publisher Dan DiDio had gone at DC Comics. Reaction was swift. Here's how a few comic book professionals reacted to the news. So @bleedingcool is reporting that Dan DiDio is no longer affiliated with DC Comics. I liked Dan very much. We disagreed on a […]



Dan DiDio

Dan DiDio No Longer Publisher of DC Comics, As Of Today

Whether he was quit, fired, or pushed out, we don't yet know. We may never know. But Bleeding Cool can confirm that Dan DiDio, publisher of DC Comics is no longer publisher of DC Comics. He is gone from the company, as of today. Whatever happened, happened fast. Bleeding Cool has confirmed with a number […]



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Batman #89 Misprint Sells For $700

Batman #89 features the first cameo appearance of Punchline, the Joker's new girlfriend, which has seen copies of the comic selling for $25 and more, easily. But one reader noticed there was something up with his copy. He found pages that didn't have any defining black ink, and images that were far darker than expected. […]


Thank FOC It's Friday, 14th February - Bang, Resistance and More Meghan Hetrick

Thank FOC It's Friday, 21st February – Bang, Resistance and More Meghan Hetrick

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 […]

Thor #1 and Hawkeye Freefall #3 Get Second Printings

Thor #1 and Hawkeye Freefall #3 Get Second Printings

You know, I thought that Thor #1 already had a second printing. After all #2 and #3 had them. Seems not. Marvel must have printed a tonne more. But it seems that eventually, it all catches up, and so Marvel is indeed putting Thor #1 by Donny Cates and Nic Klein back to the printing […]


Today is the Last Day for Retailers to Order Exclusive Variants for Death Metal, Green Lantern 80th Anniversary and Batman: The Adventures Continue

DC Comics will be letting retailers, comic conventions – and creator studios – commission their own exclusive cover variants of three titles in May, Dark Nights: Death Metal #1, Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 and Batman: The Adventures Continue #1. Those who are interested in Death Metal #1 should contact Stuart Schreck, […]

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Dave Sim Paints Disney as Star Wars' Empire in May's Cerebus In Hell One-Shot

Dave Sim is continuing is rapidly-decreasing successful tactic of giving every issue of Cerebus In Hell its own number 1, with a new title in a desperate attempt to bring sme kind of attention to his cut-and-pasting of old Cerebus art into the work of Gustave Dore, continuing the tales of Cerebus' eternal torment after […]

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Carlos Villa Takes Over Kris Anka on Black Cat One Issue Early

Uncanny X-Men, Black Widow Prelude and Secret Warps artist Carlos Villa will be stepping up to replace Kris Anka on the upcoming Black Cat #11… out on April 1st. He was due to take over with #12 in May, but he's popped in one month early. Here's the new solicit. BLACK CAT #11 (W) Jed […]