Indy comics icon, Marvel Comics legend “Fabulous” Flo Steinberg passed away

Best known as one of Marvel’s original bullpen members and an independent comics pioneer, Flo Steinberg has passed away Sunday morning. According to Larry Hama, who reported her death on his Facebook page.

I am grieved to report that ‘Fabulous’ Flo Steinberg passed away this morning after complications from a brain aneurism and metastatic lung cancer. She will be interred at the Jewish cemetery in Kerhonkson NY. We are making plans for a memorial in September or October. I will update on this page.

“Fabulous” Flo Steinberg, art by Jack Kirby

Steinberg’s career in comics began in the 1960s as Marvel’s only employee besides Stan Lee. She was the company’s first receptionist, answered letters, managed the Merry Marvel Merry Marvel Marching Society, and making sure the company ran smoothly. She is considered one of the key people in growing Marvel into one of “the big two” in comic book publishing. And many times, she has been featured in comics along with the Marvel Bullpen as herself.

She eventually left Marvel. After a short break from the comics industry, she returned to New York City to help run Captain Company, the mail-order division of the horror-comics magazine firm, Warren Publishing.

From here she published her own creation, Big Apple Comix in the 1970s. The revolutionary anthology comic allowed mainstream comic creators, like Neal Adams, Denny O’Neill, Archie Goodwin, and Wally Wood to produce alternative stories. It was considered to be one one of the pioneering comics that bridged the gap between underground and independent publishing. Critic Ken Jones, in a 1986 retrospective review, suggested that Big Apple Comix and Mark Evanier’s High Adventure may have been “the first true alternative comics”.

In later years, Steinberg returned to Marvel as a proofreader and made several convention appearances.

Marvel Comics released a statement on their website:

“We are incredibly saddened to hear of Flo Steinberg’s passing and send our deepest condolences to her friends and family. Flo has always been the heart of Marvel and a legend in her own right. She will be forever missed and always loved by all of us here at Marvel.”

Many in the comics community expressed their feelings online upon news of her death.

Collen Doran, writer/artist, including the Amazing Fantastic Incredible Stan Lee.

Tom Brevoort, editor, Marvel Comics.

Ryan Penagos, VP & executive editor, Marvel Digital.

Stephen Wacker, VP-Development, Marvel Television & New Media.

Kevin Panetta, writer.

Jim Lee, creator, co-publisher, DC Entertainment.

Scott Edelman, sci-fi and fantasy fiction writer wrote a series of heartfelt tweets remembering Steinberg.

Neil Kleid, graphic novelist.

Jim Steranko, writer/artist.

Smash Pages extends our condolences to the family and loved ones of Flo Steinberg. She was a comics icon and will be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Miller, John Romita Jr. team up for ‘Superman: Year One’

Miller surprises panelists at DC’s “Master Class” panel today to break the news.

Following the theme of earlier panels hosted by Dan DiDio, co-publisher at DC Comics, their “Master Class” panel at Comic-Con International today had a surprise guest — Frank Miller, creator of Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns and many other classic comics.

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Harley Quinn takes over ‘Batman Day’ for her 25th anniversary

The Joker’s main squeeze takes over for the Dark Knight on Sept. 23 with special comics and more.

DC Comics has declared a day in late September as “Batman Day” for the past few years, but this year the Dark Knight’s taking a back seat to one of his villains — Harley Quinn, who celebrates her 25th anniversary this year. Harley Quinn Day is slated for Sept. 23.

DC Comics made the announcement at the Harley Quinn anniversary panel today at Comic-Con International. According to the panel report on Newsarama, a free Harley Quinn comic will be available in comic shops.

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Check out a bunch of covers from upcoming Black Crown titles

Artwork for ‘Assassinistas,’ ‘Kid Lobotomy’ and more revealed at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Yesterday in San Diego Shelly Bond announced three more titles that’ll launch in a few months from her Black Crown imprint at IDW Publishing, joining the already-announced Kid Lobotomy. If you’re curious what those titles will look like, wonder no more and check out some art below.

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Young Animal books to cross over with DC Universe

Doom Patrol to meet the Justice League in January, courtesy of Gerard Way, Steve Orlando and ACO.

At Comic-Con International today, Gerard Way, curator of the Young Animal line at DC Comics, announced that Doom Patrol, Shade the Changing Girl, Mother Panic and Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye will cross over into the DC Universe, starting with the Doom Patrol meeting Justice League of America.

The first of the four-part crossover, Doom Patrol Special arrives in January after the line takes a brief hiatus that starts in October. This issue will be co-written by Way and Steve Orlando, with art by ACO and cover art by Frank Quitely. It’ll also feature Milkman Man:

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IDW, Sega partner to make Sonic the Hedgehog comics

Announcement follows just days after Sega announces split with Archie Comics

That Sonic does move fast. Two days after announcing they were ending their quarter-century partnership with Archie Comics, Sega has a new publisher for Sonic the Hedgehog comics — IDW Publishing.

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Jeff Lemire returns to DC Comics for ‘The Terrifics,’ Hawkman

Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl will comprise a new team written by Lemire and dranw by Ivan Reis.

Former Animal Man, Green Arrow and Justice League Dark writer Jeff Lemire will return to DC Comics for two titles related to the Fall crossover event Dark Knights: Metal.

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Ed Piskor to compile Uncanny X-Men #1-280 into one ‘Grand’ story

‘X-Men: Grand Design’ will retell the classic comics into retro-stylized six-issue miniseries.

During the “Marvel: The Next Big Thing” panel at San Diego Comic Con, the publishing giant announced a unique way to present classic c0mic stories to modern audiences. X-Men: Grand Design will retell the first 280 issues of The Uncanny X-Men into a stunningly compact six 40-page issue miniseries.

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Shelly Bond’s Black Crown expands with three more titles

New comics by Tini Howard, Gilbert Hernadez, David Barnett and Martin Simmonds, plus an anthology, set to debut after ‘Kid Lobotomy.’

When Shelly Bond’s Black Crown comics line was announced earlier this year, we were told “Black Crown” not only referred to the line’s name, but also to a pub that would anchor this shared, creator-owned universe. In April we found out that Kid Lobotomy will be the first Black Crown title, and now we know three more that will join it at the bar:

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