I’ve added an option on the homepage of that is called “NEW THIS WEEK” … I am pretty sure it will update with everything that is coming into the store on Wednesdays. If you go there on a Wednesday, it might be for next week … which means I’ll have to edit some text.

You can go to the webpage directly here:


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Valentine Roses fundraiser for West Pittston Volunteer Fire Department

In the abandoned CVS parking lot on the corner of Boston and Wyoming avenue, the West Pittston Volunteer Fire Department is selling roses from a somewhat not freezing tent. Why not help them out and get something for that special someone after you pick up your books this weekend? Or pick up some books for your special someone and roses for yourself — it is really your choice.

They’ll be there until 7PM tonight and from about 8AM to 7PM Saturday (though we won’t be open until 11:30 AM as usual).

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Superman: Earth One, Volume 3 … That’s my Superman!

se1v3So, my favorite character from the super-hero world is Howard the Duck. My second is Plastic Man. After that, it goes mainstream with Superman followed closely by Spider-Man.

It’s a good thing I like some mainstream heroes, because stories of my favorites are few and far betwen (though as we’ve discussed, Howard is on his way back … and the “Convergence” story will give us a two part Plastic Man story! Yay!”)

One of the books that consistently has been knocking it out of the park as far as what I want to see in my hero books is J. Michael Straczynski’s “Superman: Earth One” series. And his latest volume (released last week) is no exception.

“Superman: Earth One” is a re-imagining of the Superman story for modern times, which is something they are doing in the “New 52″ line with I reluctantly have to say a bit less success.

If you’ve never tried the Earth One series of books, they’re all actually quite fun. Batman has one volume so far (by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank!), with another scheduled for this year. Wonder Woman will have one before the end of the year (by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette!) and Teen Titans had their first volume published only a few months ago (by Jeff Lemire and Terry Dodson!). The hardcover format is very appealing if you like the way your books look as well as read (the paperbacks have the same cover art, but they don’t feel as cool — plus only Batman v1 and Superman v1 & v2 are available), and the art and the writers are always top knotch.

Straczynski is no newcomer to Superman, of course, but he has modernized his version of Superman without losing the essence of who Clark Kent/Cal El/Supeman has always been. Some tweaking of Martha’s personality, some adjustments to his relationships and his enemies … it’s not all that different, and yet it’s all new!

So far, we are very early in Superman’s career. He has been working in costume for only a few years at best and he has made some missteps (but only by doing too much to help by himself). He has friends but he’s still finding his footing around the Daily Planet. The world’s governments are getting concerned … and things go from there.

But even for a Superman still figuring out where he belongs in this world, there’s a faint whiff of the big blue boy scout, a solid core of the certainty of what is right and wrong from his honest Kansas upbringing and almost none of the darkness and fear that surrounds most of today’s heroes. Even when he is at his lowest – betrayed and lied to by the powers that be – at his core he believes that the people of his adopted home are good and can learn to trust him like he trusts them.

It’s corny and optimistic and bright and charming – everything I’ve always loved about Superman.

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Howard the Duck monthly again at Marvel Comics

Starting in March, Howard the Duck will once again be a monthly comic at Marvel. As some of you may know, Howard is one of my favorite characters (my favorite Marvel character by far. Plastic Man is my favorite DC character). I would prefer that Steve Gerber write his stories, but Gerber is unavailable until the zombie uprising, so I will accept that someone else has to do it to keep the little guy going.

I think the new writer, Chip Zdarsky , has a good feel for his character and it is my hope that some of the flavor of the original series can be captured. The art looks really great, that’s for sure!

Howard the Duck – a la 2015

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Dave Sim Called to say “Happy Birthday”


So, I’m getting super old tomorrow, and my buddy Matt Edwards arranged for Dave Sim to call me and wish me a happy birthday.

If you don’t know who Dave Sim is, well, then we need to talk. Dave Sim started a comic book called “Cerebus” in the golden age of independent comics — and kept going with a phenomenal 300 issues for the entire series.

The book was black and white with color covers, and what makes him different from independent creators of comics like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that he did it all by himself. Well, he had help with the backgrounds from a guy called Gehard, but he didn’t just write and draw the bulk of the book, he took care of the whole printing and distribution business.

And he did most of it on time and he NEVER compromised quality.

He kept the whole story his. And while his book may not be for everyone, it was a treat and inspiration for me.

Nowadays, he has his hands in quite a few projects and will do a bit of work on covers or what-have-you. He is working on a new work that is a few years away (he just told me that! Scoop!) that could be artistically one of the biggest challenges of his life.

Dave Sim also was the first guy to pay me for my art. Back in the 90s, he was reprinting his books and was offering cash for a single page comic story (called “The Single Page”) and asked for submissions from all over. I did a very horrible little vanity strip about comic wish fulfillment and lo and behold I got a check in the mail. A few weeks later, I got a pile of Cerebus Church & State #25 WITH MY HORRIBLE COMIC STRIP IN IT!

Thus bolstered in artistic competence, I sent a comic strip idea to a local paper – AND THEY WENT FOR IT. For a pittance a week, I published “Drawing From Life” – a not as horrible vanity strip I drew for a year and a half. By that time, I got a job as Ad Compositor for the newpaper, and was eventually able to build that into a Technical Illustrator – a job I had for 14 years before starting the shop.

Anyway, I thought it was awesome! Thanks Dave! And Matt!

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Rubber Mallet Comics will be closed on Friday, May 9

Due to a scheduling conflict, we will be closed on Friday. Sorry about the short notice, but I was hoping I could figure something out before we leave for the DC Retailers Road Show. We will reopen Saturday as usual.

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We Have Some Costumes For The March

Hey everyone!

Well, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is two days away, and we still have some superhero costumes available to wear in the parade. They’re all adult sizes and range from Medium to Large. If you want to march with us in costume and don’t have one already, come by the store on Saturday and we’ll see what we can fix you up with!

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Happy Anniversary — To Us!

We opened in April of 2012, but for us, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is our Grand Opening Anniversary. That’s the day we were fully up and running, and we haven’t stopped since!

So, the sales we have on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY are actually our ANNIVERSARY SALE, and they start on Wednesday, April 30 and end on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, Saturday, May 3.

What will they be? Well, you could just come in and find out!

I mean, should I really tell you that we’re going to sell all graphic novels for half price? (That is, except for the ones that are already only $5, of course!)

Would it be better to keep it to myself that Action Figures, Statues, Games and other collectible memorabilia will be 30% off?

I worry that letting everyone know that the books in the back issue boxes will be reduced to a whopping $2 each will cause a stampede to our store Wednesday morning that may scare our neighbors.

So, you know, keep it under your hat. Only share this information with everyone in the world. Thank you.


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nancyThe most special time of year is coming … MAY 3 IS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Along with our special sales, local comic artist talent offering sketches and signatures on their work, we like to march with the folks for the Cherry Blossom Festival in West Pittston … and we want more marchers this year than ever!


Here are the details:

Wear any comic related costume and you can join us. If you’ve ever read a comic, you’ll realize there is really no limit to what you can get.

The line up is between 11AM and noon at Cenera Auto Parts on Exeter Avenue in West Pittston. We’ll be the people in either Rubber Mallet Comic t-shirts or costume.

The parade is about 2 miles long and ends at the Cherry Blossom Festival on Susquehanna Avenue — AND THIS IS IMPORTANT — you need to arrange a ride from the Cherry Blossom Festival to … well, hopefully to our store to hang out and have fun! We just don’t have the resources to shuttle people back to their cars.

Martha will be organizing it this year, and will be at the store before 10:45 am to help anyone who needs directions. This might be a good time to coordinate a ride with another marcher. *hint*

…and we’ll be giving a little something to our volunteers in the parade.


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Heads up! Some of the order is missing this week … The rest comes tomorrow

UPS apparently mid shipped a box or two on us this week. They found it and we WILL get it tomorrow, but not until the afternoon. This includes Marvel’s Moon Knight #1 unfortunately.

The books take a little bit to sort, and if you can’t stop at the store twice this week, you may want to stop by later than usual tomorrow.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

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