Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Valiant Market - Harbinger (2012) #25 1 in 50 variant by Barry Kitson

It's been a while since I've had the time to write a Valiant Market article but with recent sales activity being so strong I had to return. 2017 has been a big year so far for Valiant with X-O Manowar and Secret Weapons topping the sales and ratings charts. With that momentum and what is now six years of making incredible comics and building a larger and larger fan base the back issue market for Valiant is at an all time high. Many of their high end variants (especially those featuring first appearances) from the last several years are very in demand and therefore...very expensive.

Today, let's talk about Harbinger #25 (2012) 1 in 50 variant by Barry Kitson. This book recently finished a week long auction on eBay for $320 shipped! A very surprising number, more so when you consider that the copy being auctioned looked like a VF+ copy and had a couple of color breaking creases.


Let's chat about why this book has become so valuable. The book isn't the first appearance of anyone or anything major. The book doesn't feature a cover by a particularly sought after artist nor is the cover art itself particularly desirable. The book is the highest end variant on this issue though and the issue is an anniversary issue from late in the series run. Adding to the books desirability is that it's very hard to find! No one knows for sure but estimates of the print run for this book are as low as 1,000 copies. The copies that were available when the book was first released went into the collections of the Valiant faithful and have stayed there. Only a handful of copies have returned to the marketplace since.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Jason Kothari after Valiant...and it's not pretty

My Google alert for Valiant Comics found something pretty interesting this morning. An article about Jason Kothari. For those that do not know, Jason Kothari was partners with Dinesh Shamdasani (current Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer) with Dinesh bought the rights to Valiant. The two worked together for many years to bring Valiant back and eventually relaunch comics in 2012. Strangely, right as they launched Jason Kothari stepped down with Dinesh taking on his duties. Strange timing as things were just starting to happen. Nevertheless, happen they did and Valiant has gone from strength to strength ever since becoming a major force in comics and publisher of what may call the best books in the business. Jason disappeared for a couple of years and then reemerged as CEO of something called Housing.com in India. He has had one other job since but I don't want to get ahead of the story. Valiant fans have often debated what happened with Jason and why he isn't involved at Valiant in any way despite all the success. Now we may have the start of some answers to those questions and perhaps to the question of why things took so long for Valiant Entertainment in the beginning. What follows is an article about Jason Kothari's time in India post Valiant and it isn't pretty. Here it is reprinted with permission.

Jason Kothari in a room

Very little is known about the man who was parachuted into two SoftBank companies. Even less is known about the work he did there. But the impression is that he saved both of them

Room 1

The two men stare at each other silently. It is a game of one-upmanship. The first person to bring an end to this awkward meeting, where tempers are frayed, will be the one who concedes. The hum of the air conditioner seems louder than usual. But there is another way to win this argument. Fight another day.

“Let’s just take this up with Kunal,” says one of the men. Jason Kothari, the chief strategy and investment officer, at Snapdeal, looks back at him and nods.

The meeting breaks. This senior Snapdeal employee walks out of Kothari’s cabin shaking his head. Nothing about this makes sense to him. The cabin. The way Kothari speaks. The isolation. The defeated faces of employees in the organisation. Nothing is right.

It is February 2017. The two had spent an hour, or maybe more, trying to work out how to lay off most of Snapdeal’s staff. It was Kothari’s first week at Snapdeal. He had no idea that he was going to be asked to take over the biggest layoffs in the company’s history. It was nerve-racking. He had never done this before. It showed.

“We need to fire everyone in the next three days,” says Kothari.

“No. It needs to be over a few weeks. It is an emotional time for the employees. They should be given time to adjust, to prepare,” the senior employee explains.

“But isn’t it easier to rip off the band-aid,” Kothari replies.

“Telling people they don’t have a job is not supposed to be done quickly. People have to be eased into it.”

“I fired 600 people in Housing. We did it in three days. It can be done,” Kothari whispers back.

“This is not 600 people! This is 1,500. This is not Housing. This is Snapdeal.”

While these two talk, let’s step out of the room for a bit.

You must know Jason Kothari. So, let’s start with simple things. He is the former CEO of Housing who managed to sell it to PropTiger. He is the former CEO of FreeCharge who sold the digital payments company to Axis Bank. That both these companies found a buyer is a feat in itself. So far, the impression has been that Kothari has savant like capabilities of finding the mess in companies, cleaning up, fixing the business model, making the sale and moving on. He seems to be SoftBank’s one-man cleanup crew. Whenever the mess is too much to handle, Kothari is flown in. The joke within SoftBank companies is that if you see Kothari being introduced, it is time to move on. He is supposed to be the man who turned around Snapdeal, calmed the waters, made the sale to get ready to move on to the next SoftBank company in distress. But since the sale didn’t happen, sources close to Kothari credit him with Snapdeal 2.0.

But, all of this, literally, all of this is what Kothari does. A better question is, who is he?

Well, for a start, Kothari is a quiet man. When he wants to make a point, he lowers his pitch to a whisper. He is intense and works hard for a living. He likes to have a small team around him, but he prefers taking decisions alone. He likes the old world structures. Cabins, wearing expensive tailored suits to work and, like everyone, he enjoys the good things in life.

We reached out to several people who have worked with Kothari. At Housing and Snapdeal. Quite a few of them spoke about him in great detail but requested that their identities not be revealed. Needless to say, The Kenreached out to Kothari. He refused to meet us. A detailed questionnaire sent to him did not yield any reply either.  

The fixer

As the senior Snapdeal employee walked out of the room he was angry. “And I felt pity,” he says. “There was a little of both.” Kothari had stumbled onto this job without knowing what he was in for. It is amusing to imagine that the 30-something one-time CEO of Housing, which was valued at $500 million at its peak, had come on board a ship, which was in deep and choppy waters and he had no idea what was in store. He had not taken the time to study the company. Or to even read the coverage of Snapdeal by the newspapers. If people spoke about it, Kothari ignored it. Kunal Bahl, the founder and CEO of Snapdeal had asked him to join. The investors had okayed it. That was all that was needed. He did not care to know more. 

Which brings us back to the room.

“Why can’t we fire people in three days?” Kothari asks.

“Because it is physically impossible to have conversations with 1,500 people in three days. And give them time and explain why the company needs to go in a different direction,” the senior employee replies.

“We just ask their managers to send them emails,” Kothari replies.

“We can’t do that,” the senior staffer snaps back.

The senior employee is at his wits’ end. The duo lapse into a long silence. It feels like hours but it is probably just a minute. No one is minding the watch.

“He did not know how to fire people. His world view was narrow,” says the senior Snapdeal executive. Kothari viewed layoffs as an irritant. And often understood the need for it but not how it had to be done. Ultimately, Bahl ruled against Kothari. The layoffs were conducted over six weeks. Everyone was spoken to. Given time to leave. There was a doctor on the premises. Not one person reacted adversely. But all through these layoffs, which Kothari was a part of, he barely came to the Snapdeal office in Gurugram. For a long time, he was working from the business centre of his hotel. And the day he did come in, it was in a new, spanking Audi. Even the cheapest car from the manufacturer’s showroom would cost Rs 30 lakh.

“The message to the employees was loud,” says a former Snapdeal staffer, who was among the top leadership. Too loud. “Here you say we can’t afford to keep you but our new hire can be paid enough to buy an Audi. I don’t think Kothari meant harm. It is just that he was tone deaf.”

The origin story

Kothari was born in Hong Kong and spent most of his time in the city. And never learned either Cantonese or Mandarin. He got into Wharton School of Economics where he met a young man named Kunal Bahl, who went on to become the CEO of Snapdeal, one of the largest e-commerce companies in India. This friendship continued to blossom after college. Especially when Kothari bought a struggling comic book company called Valiant Comics.

Kothari wanted to make Valiant Comics the next Marvel comics. But it didn’t work out and he moved back to Hong Kong and there he reconnected with his college buddy Bahl.

Even as all this was happening, back in India, Rahul Yadav fell out with SoftBank and Nexus Venture Partners at Mumbai-based real estate startup Housing. At the time, Snapdeal was the rising star in SoftBank’s portfolio and when Bahl made a recommendation, it stuck. The Housing board was shopping around for a new CEO. Bahl recommended Kothari for the position. 

“They called him a media entrepreneur. And he knew nothing about building a company or repairing what was wrong,” says a former board member of Housing. Kothari, however, came in as the chief business officer (CBO) and was then elevated to CEO. “While he was the CBO, he had to meet builders and start developing relationships with them. But he didn’t want to do that. He kept trying to redefine his role,” adds the former board member. What role did he want? “He wanted a leadership role within the company. He asked the board for a Co-CEO post,” the board member says. The board refused.

At the time, Kothari was to replace Rishabh Gupta, the interim CEO of Housing. Gupta was a placeholder until Kothari learned the ropes. But Gupta fell out with the board as well and quit. The investors’ patience with the company had worn thin. And then Kothari was asked to do what he was brought in for. Trim the headcount, contain the burn and make the company viable for a sale.

Housing, during Kothari’s tenure, fired close to 800 people. Almost 600 people were asked to leave in September 2015. And another 200 in March 2016.

So, why did Kothari stumble in February 2017? Like in everything else, there is fine print. The first round of firings was not his design. It was designed by his predecessor, Gupta, and the next one in March was handled and fashioned by Ajay Nair, the then chief administrative officer. “It would be fair to say that he [Kothari] was in his cabin and never left it during that period. He had almost no interaction with anyone who was being laid off. Everything was delegated,” says a former colleague of Kothari at Housing. Apart from signing off on the retrenchment, Kothari did little else. He didn’t make a list, nor could he figure out which department to trim. 

Room 2

We are in January 2017. This time in Powai, Mumbai.

“I want to change the impression of the company,” Kothari says to the person sitting in front of him

“In what way?” says the senior Housing employee.

“I want people to talk about us again. No one is talking about us. And I think that’s why we can’t get new investors,” he replies.

“But what will we say, right now? What are the talking points? There is nothing new.”

“We must find something to talk about. What’s happening in the company?” he asks.

“You are the CEO, you must know,” the person laughs.

“We must ask someone. Let’s call Ajay (the CAO),” he replies.

It was a short conversation. But the disconnect he felt with the company was obvious to all those around.

“Since the second round of layoffs, Jason never met the technology or operations team. He never understood what Housing was really doing,” says a senior Housing executive who has since moved on. Kothari’s staffers often felt that he didn’t trust the technology either. “And that’s why he never managed to add anything of value to Housing,” adds the executive. If Kothari was hands-off on technology, in a tech company, and operations,  what was he doing?

“A lot of public relations (PR),” says another former Housing executive. “I worked across companies and industries. But I have never seen a CEO so interested in PR. It was almost as if he really wanted to be the head of communication than running the company.” He delegated running the company to others while he focused on ‘refreshing the impression of the company’. Kothari though believed in the PR overdrive because Housing was perceived as a loose cannon. But people who were once on the board say that it was the founder Rahul Yadav who gave that impression and not the company. It was made clear to Kothari several times. But Kothari stuck to that argument until the very end.

Even if Kothari found joy in the cosmetic, he did manage a face saving burial for Housing.

Or did he?

The deal was brokered by SoftBank and Housing CFO Mani Rangarajan. Kothari was handling communications. Why? Because he did not want conflict. He wanted to focus on easing the sale. The penchant for avoiding conflict was something that Kothari carried with himself to Snapdeal as well. “He did not want any confrontation. It is fine if you don’t want to be the CEO or in the top three positions in a company. Confrontation is necessary,” says the senior Snapdeal executive.

The pivot

When Housing was sold, Bahl called him again; this time to lead fund raising for Snapdeal. While at Housing, Kothari raised no money from external investors. SoftBank promised to pump in money until the company was sold. People close to Kothari claim he was handpicked by the investors but senior employees in Snapdeal say that the board was surprised when Bahl pitched his name as someone who would lead fund raising for the company.

“SoftBank did not care. In December 2016 [when Kothari’s name was mentioned], SoftBank knew that they were not going to fund Snapdeal anymore. The only reason he was brought in at such a high salary was so they could keep Bahl on their side and negotiate with him when the time came to make a sale,” says one of the Snapdeal executives quoted above.

Soon after he joined, Govind Rajan, the CEO of FreeCharge quit. Almost immediately Kothari was appointed the CEO. Employees at FreeCharge expected him to come to Bengaluru, the payment company’s headquarters.

But Kothari almost never visited the FreeCharge offices in Bengaluru and chose to operate out of Snapdeal in Gurugram, where he had a special cabin to himself.

What happened between Rajan leaving and the company’s sale?

Nothing. Not a single change.

The company did not innovate. Neither did it add any new technology or vendors. Kothari let the company run on autopilot. What was Kothari’s role in Snapdeal at the time?

“No one knows. He really didn’t do anything,” says a former FreeCharge staffer. “It was left to us to run the company.”

Kothari was trying to broker a quick sale. And he did.

To Axis Bank.

Some more fine print. The first offer, which was made by Paytm, was brought to the table through Snapdeal’s investors and had nothing to do with Kothari. And when the eventual offer from Axis did come in, the sale was brokered primarily by Snapdeal co-founders Rohit Bansal and Bahl. Kothari was not at the table.

Let’s look at his role at Snapdeal. When Kothari’s name was first announced, he was to be heading funding and strategy. Funding was off the table. But strategy was a big role.

Room 3

People close to Kothari claim he was instrumental in Snapdeal 2.0. So, let’s take you to Room 3, where senior executives in Snapdeal were discussing the way forward. Here’s a snippet from the meeting.

Present in the conference room in July 2017 were: Bahl, Bansal, Vishal Chadha, CBO; Jayant Sood, head of the customer experience; Anup Vikal, the CFO; Rajiv Mangla, CTO; and Anubhav Goyal, who led price analytics.

“We have to fire almost 1,000 people,” says Bansal.

“Where is it coming from?” asks Mangla.

“Everywhere,” replies Bahl.

There is a commotion in the room. Everyone wants to know if the board is aware of this drastic step.

“Show us the strategy and we will make a list,” says Goyal.

“The board knows. It is just us now. Rohit has discussed 2.0 with each one of you. Vishal has been working on it with him,” says Bahl.

There is general discontent. People talk over each other. And then there is grim silence. A list has to be made.
Did you notice something? No? Go back to the list of the top Snapdeal executives. Kothari is absent. The man who was allegedly at the centre of 2.0 was absent when the top leadership was discussing the way forward.

So what was he doing at the time? “He was handling communications,” says a senior Snapdeal executive, who has now left the company. The press release sent out by the company announcing Snapdeal 2.0, was written primarily by Kothari. He was also liaising with SoftBank on their public statement.

Kothari, for now, seems to be existing on the fringes of some of the biggest companies in the ecosystem.

And he has managed to build a reputation of some sort. From the outside, he has been compared to Winston Wolf’s character in the movie Pulp Fiction, the cleaner who knows how to get the job done.  A comparison that comes close but doesn’t hit the mark. Others have described him as a stunt double for an actor or an announcer for a famous act. Plays a role but not important enough.

In a mature tech economy, there are several fixers who are sent into companies to rescue them or even kill them. India has not reached that level yet. Kothari, despite that reputation, is not the white knight that he is made out to be. The enigma that is Kothari seems to be helping him but scratch the surface and the mask slips just enough to know that he is just a man who has managed to use his connections to get plum roles. So, is that it for him? No. But what he does next will define him.

Where does he go now?

He could stick around in Snapdeal, which is seemingly not going anywhere. Kothari has made no bones about his desire to return to Mumbai from Gurugram and he has been talking to venture capital and private equity firms for a possible role. In the life of Jason Kothari, there will be many crossroads. And this is one of them.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Foreign Valiants - Spanish X-O Manowar #0

Another entry in my quest to catalog all the foreign editions of Valiant Comics. This time we have the Spanish reprint, by a company called Norma Editorial, of X-O Manowar #0. Check out the cover:


Looks like they scanned the chromium cover of a printed X-O Manowar #0 and used that for the reprint. The interiors are printed on cheap looking newsprint that makes the colors run and the ink blot:


Nevertheless, it's awesome to see Joe Quesada X-O Manowar art with Spanish captions! The back of the book has some a checklist for other Spanish language versions of Valiant Comics - Ninjak and Shadowman are the only other two titles that were out at the time the checklist was printed.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A complete list of Valiant Entertainment (VEI) gold logo books

My last post, The Definitive Must Own Valiant Comics List!, has been super popular and I've been getting requests to do a follow up listing all the Valiant gold logo editions. I'm going to split the article into two parts - old school-io Valiant and new school-io Valiant. First up, new school aka Valiant Entertainment!

So, what is a gold logo edition? It's part of a program that rewards fans who promote Valiant Comics with limited edition gold logo versions of the comics. Fans spread the word about how good Valiant comics are, send Valiant pictures and Valiant sends them a gold logo edition of one of the books. These gold logo editions are created exclusively for fans and are not sold by Valiant. The only way to get one is to earn it.

There are 15 gold logo editions so far. I'll update this post periodically so that I keep up with the new gold logo books that come out. Valiant sticks to issuing gold logo books when they launch an ongoing series with the exception of the X-O Manowar #0 gold logo edition. My guess is that they ran out of X-O Manowar #1 gold logo books but wanted to keep rewarding X-O Manowar fans so they produced a new gold logo edition.

Without further delay, here is the list (I've done my best to list them in the order they were released):

  1. X-O Manowar #1
  2. Harbinger #1
  3. Bloodshot #1
  4. Archer & Armstrong #1
  5. Shadowman #1
  6. Unity #1
  7. Quantum & Woody #1
  8. Eternal Warrior #1
  9. Rai #1
  10. X-O Manowar #0
  11. Ivar, Timewalker #1
  12. Imperium #1
  13. Ninjak #1
  14. Bloodshot Reborn #1
  15. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1
  16. A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1
  17. Faith #1 (mini series)
  18. Generation Zero #1
  19. Faith #1 (ongoing series)
For more information, here is are some quotes from Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Dinesh Shamdasani, about the return of the gold logo program from 2012. You can find the full story at Comic Book Resources:


Valiant exclusively told CBR the return of their Gold Logo Program. Valiant's Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Dinesh Shamdasani explained, "There is a long history at Valiant of passionate fans and the company embracing, rewarding and enabling that passion to create a sense of equity.
"The Gold Book embodies this in a way nothing else can. We do this for the fans -- for being our secret weapon, our fifth Beatle," Shamdasani said. At the end of the Valiant panel at Comic-Con, Shamdasani debuted their first new Gold Book in "X-O Manowar" #1 and passed a free copy off to every person in attendance.
Each of the new Valiant #1's has a Gold Book edition on the way which can be won by fans. Shamdasani described how far fans used to go in the 90s to obtain these Gold Books -- or Gold Logos as they were called back then. "Fans would take a photo of themselves promoting Valiant -- a themed wedding, mowing the logo in your neighbor's lawn, dressing your baby as Magnus." He added to the list a man who created Valiant web icons back when the internet was still in its youth, and a church replacing a Bible verse on their board with the phrase "Read Valiant Comics." "If you showed up at a convention dressed as a Valiant character, you'd get a Gold Logo. They were crazy," Shamdasani said. In the 90s a photo would be featured in the back of Valiant's monthly issues, but there were 30-40 winners at a time.
"It's a way to have fun, to embrace the universe and help it grow," Shamdasani said. "To feel a part of it. It's really no different than what Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and those guys did at Marvel in the 60s -- embrace the fan. Make fandom a part of creating this universe so we can all do it together.
"We're re-instituting the program of 'you support us, we reward you,'" he continued. "Send us a photo of you going out of your way supporting Valiant and you'll get a Gold Book."

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Definitive Must Own Valiant Comics List!

With Valiant making waves in the movie world, fans want to make sure they've got copies of all the important books before the entire world falls in love with these characters and starts hunting the books down. One of the questions I get all the time is what are the most important Valiant comics to own? Well, fret no more, I've put together my take on exactly that.

Feast your eyes on the 70 (and counting) issues below and let me know if I've missed any!

Classic Valiant

  1. Super Mario Bros. Special Edition #1 (1st Valiant comic)
  2. Archer & Armstrong #0 Gold (1st Archer & 1st Armstrong, 1st gold logo book)
  3. Archer & Armstrong #8 (1st Timewalker & flipbook with Eternal Warrior #8)
  4. Bloodshot #6 (1st Colin King aka Ninjak)
  5. Bloodshot #7 (1st Ninjak in costume)
  6. Eternal Warrior #4 (1st Bloodshot along with Rai #0)
  7. Harbinger #1 (1st original Valiant comic & 1st Harbinger renegades: Pete Stanchek, Kris Hataway, Charlene Dupre, Faith Herbert & Torque)
  8. Harbinger #6 (1st death of a major character)
  9. Harbinger #10 (1st H.A.R.D. Corps)
  10. Magnus Robot Fighter #0 (1st modern send-away comic)
  11. Magnus Robot Fighter #1 (1st Valiant universe comic & 1st Valiant Magnus)
  12. Magnus Robot Fighter #4 (cameo of Rai depicted on the bound in trading card)
  13. Magnus Robot Fighter #5 (1st Rai)
  14. Magnus Robot Fighter #7 (1st X-O armor, Commando class)
  15. Rai #0 (1st new Rai, 1st Bloodshot along with Eternal Warrior #4, 1st Lucinda Mendez, 1st Yuri, 1st John Stanchek, 1st Harbinger Wars, death of Shadowman, Master Darque, Archer, Bloodshot, Aric of Dacia & Toyo Harada, future of Valiant universe revealed)
  16. Shadowman #1 (1st Shadowman)
  17. Shadowman #8 (1st Master Darque)
  18. Shadowman #16 (1st Doctor Mirage & 1st Hwen Fong Mirage)
  19. Solar, Man of the Atom #1 (1st Valiant Phil Seleski & 1st Erica Pierce)
  20. Solar, Man of the Atom #3 (1st Toyo Harada & 1st Harbinger Foundation)
  21. Solar, Man of the Atom #10 (1st Eternal Warrior & 1st Geomancers)
  22. Unity #0 (1st chapter of the Unity company wide crossover event)
  23. X-O Manowar #1 (1st X-O Manowar class armor & 1st Aric of Dacia)
  24. X-O Manowar #4 (1st Jack Boniface who will become Shadowman)
  25. X-O Manowar #19 (cameo Armorines)
  26. X-O Manowar #25 (1st Armorines)

Acclaim

  1. Quantum & Woody #1 (1st Quantum & 1st Woody)
  2. Quantum & Woody #3 (1st Vincent Van Goat aka The Goat)

Curent Valiant (VEI)

  1. Archer & Armstrong #1 (1st Mary Maria, 1st The Boon, 1st VEI Archer, 1st VEI Armstrong, 1st VEI Ivar who will become Timewalker)
  2. Archer & Armstrong #5 (1st Kay McHenry)
  3. Bloodshot #1 (1st VEI Bloodshot)
  4. Bloodshot Reborn (1st Bloodsquirt)
  5. Bloodshot Reborn (1st Magic)
  6. Book of Death #1 (1st appearances by many as yet unrevealed characters including War Mother)
  7. Divinity #1 (1st Abram Adams aka Divinity)
  8. Divinity #3 (1st female Divinity)
  9. Eternal Warrior #5 (1st VEI 4001 AD)
  10. Harbinger #1 (1st Bleeding Monk, 1st Tull, 1st VEI Pete Stanchek, 1st VEI Kris, 1st VEI Project Rising Spirit & 1st VEI Harbinger Foundation)
  11. Harbinger #2 (1st Darpan)
  12. Harbinger #3 (1st VEI Livewire & 1st VEI Faith Herbert)
  13. Harbinger #20 (1st VEI @X)
  14. Harbinger #22 (1st VEI death of a major character)
  15. Harbinger Wars #1 (1st Generation Zero: Animalia, Astral, Cronus, Hive etc., 1st Project Rising Spirit director Morris Kozol, 1st VEI H.A.R.D. Corps & 1st VEI crossover event)
  16. Imperium #1 (1st Major Mech aka Sunlight on Snow)
  17. Ivar, Timewalker #1 (1st Neela Sethi)
  18. Legends of the Geomancer #1 (1st Anni, the first Geomancer)
  19. Ninjak #1 (1st Roku & 1st Kannon)
  20. Quantum & Woody #1 (1st VEI Quantum & 1st VEI Woody)
  21. Quantum & Woody #4 (1st The Goat)
  22. Rai #1 (1st Father, 1st Lula Lee, 1st New Japan, 1st VEI Rai & 1st VEI Spylocke)
  23. Rai #7 (1st Geomancer of 4001 AD)
  24. Shadowman #1 (1st Josiah Boniface, 1st Helena Boniface, 1st Alyssa, 1st Dox, 1st VEI Shadowman, 1st VEI Master Darque, 1st VEI Deadside)
  25. Shadowman #5 (1st Shan Fong Mirage & 1st VEI Doctor Mirage)
  26. Shadowman #13 (1st Punk Mambo)
  27. Unity #5 (1st VEI Dr. Silk)
  28. Unity #12 (1st United: Gang, Stock, The Myth & Ultimorte)
  29. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 (1st Leena, 1st Dayo, 1st Eveleen, 1st Ko, 1st Sophie & 1st VEI Kalam)
  30. X-O Manowar #1 (1st VEI comic, 1st Gafti, 1st Commander Trill, 1st Vine, 1st VEI Aric of Dacia, 1st VEI X-O Manowar armor & 1st VEI Eternal Warrior)
  31. X-O Manowar #1 Gold (1st VEI gold logo book)
  32. X-O Manowar #5 (1st VEI Ninjak & 1st VEI Neville Alcott)
  33. X-O Manowar #12 (1st Saana of Loam)
  34. X-O Manowar #13 (1st Colonel Caphsaw)
  35. X-O Manowar #23 (1st Malgam)
  36. X-O Manowar #24 (1st Armor Hunters: Primary Reebo, GIN-GR, Helix, Lilt & Quartz)
  37. X-O Manowar #30 (1st VEI Armorines)
  38. X-O Manowar #32 (1st Gunnery Sergeant Harold "Gunny" Lewis)
  39. X-O Manowar #38 (Aric and Saana wed)
  40. The Valiant #1 (1st Immortal Enemy)
  41. The Valiant #1 (1st Tama the new Geomancer)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Valiant Poster - Libraries Are My Weapon Of Choice

Check out this library exclusive poster Valiant sent out in 2015 to promote Valiant trades paperbacks and hardcover collections in libraries. The art is by Lewis LaRosa and was initially used on the cover to Ninjak #1 (2015):


Shadowman PlayStation One Memory Card

Saw this cool Acclaim era Shadow Man promo on a message board today. I've never seen or heard of it before. It's a Shadow Man themed memory card for the PlayStation One, no doubt a license in conjunction with the first Shadow Man video game.