High and Dry

We have gotten some calls asking if we are affected by the flood watch in West Pittston. The answer is no.

We are located on the highest part of West Pittston and this area was unaffected in 2011.

Some of the bridges may be closed though. Water Street bridge has definitely been closed but as of right now that’s the only one I am sure about.

So feel free to come into the shop today or tomorrow. We’ll be here unless something really crazy happens. 😀

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When Wolverine Returns

If you were wondering (these books are scheduled for January – we close the order on them this week. http://flip.it/_jej2t

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I’m glad someone finally asked!

LCSD is where we will have exclusive LCSD comics and graphic novels for sale on that day. The only rule for LCSD is that we cannot reserve these titles for our customers, so it’s first come/first serve. (I should note that a few of the Black Mask comics were missing on our shipment and we are not due to receive them until next week unfortunately.)



Well, now I feel like you’re just giving me leading questions because this one is obviously in honor of the Justice League movie that came out.

DC has sent us free temporary Justice League tattoos for you collect and wear or stick to stuff (I guess). Also, Rubber Mallet Comics will be running a special JUSTICE LEAGUE SALE!

All graphic novels, hardcovers, and trade paperbacks that are about the Justice League or any member of the Justice League – HALF PRICE!

All comics in the Back Issue boxes that are about the Justice League or any member of the Justice League are ONE DOLLAR!

To take advantage of the JUSTICE LEAGUE SALE, you must mention it at the register.

Thank you all for your time, and hopefully we will see you on Saturday!

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HCF is here again!

This Saturday (October 28) is the annual Halloween ComicFest (HCF) at Rubber Mallet Comics. We will have special HCF free comics on Saturaday, but we will be running a sale all week.

We will have 50% off all graphic novels in stock and on our shelves and our back issues will be reduced to $1 each!

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You should never worry about the issue number with a comic – especially with Marvel and DC. Every issue will catch you up to the important details in the first few pages and let you move on from there.

I only mention this because the ambitious MARVEL LEGACY initiative is using what they call “Legacy numbering” … that is, what issue number many of these books would be if they hadn’t moved to new titles or new volumes over the decades they’ve been printed. This message is a week late, but I wanted to wait until the conventions were over to find out as much as I can about the roll out.

Don’t fear it! Embrace it!

As of last week, the MARVEL LEGACY initiative begins new stories with your favorite heroes – classic and modern – and will write stories that respect the new and old in equal measure. We are actually in the second week of the MARVEL LEGACY launch, and I have been remiss to mention it here on facebook (and the blog and such).

To kick off the event, the first issues of the new stories have awesome cover swipe lenticular covers and the standard cover comes with a Marvel Value Stamp (like they did in the olden days) inserted into the binding.

Whether you’ve been looking for an opportunity to dive into the Marvel Universe, or if you’ve been away from it for a while and want to enjoy the adventures of your favorite heroes … now is the time to jump in!

Series started before MARVEL LEGACY will be ending at natural end points … this will continue every week until Marvel has slimmed it’s number of regular titles to less than 60 a month.

Last week, Marvel started a new story in these series:

SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #1 [OF 5] *new series*
VENOM #155

This week, Marvel starts a new story in these series:

FALCON #1 *new series*

Next week, Marvel will start a new story with these series:

CABLE #150

Let us know what stuff you want to jump into today!

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Just a quick note to all of you to let you know that Batman Day is THIS SATURDAY! What is Batman Day? Well, it’s a day where DC Comics gives the local comic shops some free comics and stuff for you to peruse.

This year there are THREE free comics for you to choose from. Batman, Harley Quinn and Super Hero Girls (for the kids) … all have at least a little Harley Quinn in them because she is apparently taking over Batman Day this year! The cover for Batman will be a cover swipe of the first issue of “The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller (you know the one … blue background with a leaping Batman silhouetted in the upper right quadrant). The interior of the comic is reprinted copy of the first chapter of “I am Bane”, with Harley Quinn bookend pages.

There are additional free comics with different iconic Batman cover swipes that now include Harley Quinn, but they will be in stores that aren’t comic shops. Check your internet machines to track them down, because I have no idea.

The Harley Quinn reprint is of the first chapter of “Joker Loves Harley”.

The Super Hero Girls is a sneak peek at the first chapter of Volume 4 of Super Hero Girls, on sale next week!

Collect all three with any purchase.

We will also have some Batman and Harley Quinn masks which we will give out free with any purchase. (If you were already in this week, you can pick these things up on Saturday … all purchases count this week ).

In honor of Batman Day, all of our graphic novels will be 30% off as well. 🙂

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Action Comics #987

So, there’s some controversy over the first chapter of “The Oz Effect” … and as usual this controversy is over in the world that doesn’t read comics and apparently never read Superman. Lol.

My two cents is that this was the best Beginning to a Superman story that I have read in years!

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Free Comic Book Day/5th Anniversary – May 6, 2017

Rubber Mallet Comics in West Pittston is one of the thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the largest event in the comic book industry on Saturday, May 6th: Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). Each year, thousands of participating stores give over six million comic books to millions of fans to introduce them to the wonders of comics.

“Free Comic Book Day is a great event for the whole community. Bringing everyone together, finding books for everyone to enjoy, and seeing people of all ages—children, teens, and adults—sharing our


Free Comic Book Day is coming!

passion for comics is incredible,” said Chuck Rowles, owner of Rubber Mallet Comics. “Even if you’ve never picked up a comic book, we want to welcome everyone to Rubber Mallet Comics on May 6th, because there are so many amazing comics this year and we can’t wait to share them.”

This is the sixth year Rubber Mallet Comics celebrates FCBD and their fifth year anniversary! They are offering the community a fun, family-oriented event where everyone can find a comic they’ll enjoy. Special guests this year will be the Suzuki School of Strings, who will be playing specially selected tunes for the event.

“With awesome titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman, Underdog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Riverdale, we’re sure there’s a comic book for everyone,” Rowles continued. “Comics are a fun and enduring form of entertainment for readers of all ages to dive into as imagination comes to life. Whether it be popular comics, film, television shows, or video games, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

Regular updates, information about comic books, and a list of participating publishers and their free comics are all online at www.freecomicbookday.com.

Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 10 AM and runs until 5 PM (or thereabouts) at Rubber Mallet Comics, 802 Wyoming Avenue, West Pittston. Call 570-655-5522, visit rmcomics.com, or follow us on facebook for more information.

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New Books for Wednesday, 3/29/17

Here are the new series – and oh, so many one shots – releasing this week:

After the events of the DEATH OF HAWKMAN miniseries, Adam Strange is blasted through multiple dimensions only to land on Earth! There, instead of super-powered beings and legendary crime fighters, he encounters a boy adventurer and his scientist father – and they’re the only ones who can help him return home. Jonny Quest, Hadji, Dr. Quest and Race Bannon have a plan, but it’s going to involve a dangerous trek through Dino Boy’s Lost Valley of prehistoric threats! And in the backup feature starring Top Cat, breaking out of prison is challenging enough for a cat, but sometimes it means stumbling through a cosmic portal to planet Earth… and right into the hands of Batman!

Batgirl and Supergirl must team up to break into Arkham Asylum! In this all-new Rebirth annual Batgirl must seek Supergirl’s help to solve a mystery that leads them to the heart of the most insane insane asylum there is! But what they discover – and who they discover – in Arkham will lead to a much, much bigger story!

Welcome to the 25th century, where the Earth is a polluted post-industrial nightmare, most animals are extinct, and reptilian aliens are invading cities across the planet! In their time of need, the world’s citizens turn to the time-traveling Booster Gold to save the day. To learn why these aliens are seeking revenge, Booster dives deep into the prehistoric past to see what happened the last time they hit the planet. In this bygone era, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble must help Booster learn the truth and return to his own time armed with the information that will bring down the invaders – if Booster can convince them to help him. No problem – we all know how persuasive Booster can be, right? Right?! And in the backup feature starring The Jetsons, in a new twist on an old twist about our future, The Jetsons live in a world of robotics and gadgetry. But how does dying change when grandma’s brain can be digitally imprinted onto a housecleaning robot?

1938: Amelia Earhart is missing, volcanoes are going off under US Navy bases, Silver Death’s Heads are trying to kill Doc Savage, and FDR is quite concerned about all of this. Return to the 1930s for a thrilling four-issue miniseries reuniting the Twilight Zone: The Shadow creative team of writer David Avallone and artist Dave Acosta!

Get the inside-scoop on one of the year’s most-talked-about debuts! Experience DOOM PATROL #1, presented in its original raw pencil form, along with behind-the-scenes details including preliminary art, process material and more!

Trapped in a strange rift in time, Green Lantern and Space Ghost are forced to battle a variety of foes – and each other! And even if they manage to survive, they will be thrown into a world with no concept of interstellar travel – or even what an alien is! Stripped of their weapons by a xenophobic culture, the duo will have to battle to regain them – but what happens when Space Ghost dons the Emerald Ring and Hal Jordan put on the Power Bands? And in the backup feature, Ruff and Reddy were once the toast of nightclubs, variety shows, late night chat fests and Broadway. Learn how they became the comedic duo of yesterday… before they hit rock-bottom today!

RESURRXION BEGINS HERE! In the wake of the awesome events of IVX – what will become of the Inhumans? In this oversized special issue – the trial of Maximus! The coming of Marvel Boy! And what is the dark secret of Black Bolt? A special bridging issue between the past of the Inhumans and their future – on Earth and in the stars! Rated T+

BRAND NEW ONE-SHOT SPECIAL! Jughead Jones has always had an insatiable appetite… but what if his hunger came from a sinister place? When a murderous menace is on the prowl, taking the lives of some of the most well-known and esteemed inhabitants of Riverdale, Jughead and his family’s dark legacy comes to light. Join writer Frank Tieri (Wolverine) and artist Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers) for this horrifying one-shot for TEEN+ readers.

The New York Harbor Patrol are in over their heads when a ghostly pirate ship appears on the Hudson River, and the Lobster’s hunt for a major mob boss may have something to do with it.

An ancient evil is gathering power throughout the cosmos, and it falls upon the legendary SPACE RIDERS to kick its a**! Having disbanded, the crew of CAPTAIN PELIGRO, MONO, and YARA must reunite for what may be their final ride! The cult comic that electrified comic readers in the brain RETURNS to blast your fragile human psyche into oblivion!!

An ancient evil is gathering power throughout the cosmos, and it falls upon the legendary SPACE RIDERS to kick its a**! Having disbanded, the crew of CAPTAIN PELIGRO, MONO, and YARA must reunite for what may be their final ride! The cult comic that electrified comic readers in the brain RETURNS to blast your fragile human psyche into oblivion!!

When Dick, Wally, Donna and Garth awaken in an unfamiliar place, they find themselves face-to-face with their mentors: Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman! Allied together against a common foe, the mentors and protégés must race against the clock to unlock the secret of their current predicament and save the planet from an alien invasion!

Every April, WrestleMania takes the world by storm as the biggest, most prestigious live event in Sports Entertainment.
What better way to celebrate the Granddaddy of Them All than with a collection of stories featuring the most exciting creators, the biggest Superstars, and the best moments through WWE history? WWE: WrestleMania 2017 #1 is an oversized one-shot that features a variety of stories showcasing the rich history and wealth of Superstars WWE has to offer. From the seminal ladder match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon, to the heart of the Attitude Era, all the way up through Daniel Bryan’s legendary tour de force performance at WM XXX, this special will have something for all WWE fans!

RESURRXION BEGINS HERE!  In the wake of their war with the Inhumans, the X-MEN are at a crossroads. Where do they go from here? Luckily, one beloved X-Men has the answer to that question: Xavier’s dream comes full circle as KITTY PRYDE returns to the X-Men, ready to lead them in their mission to protect a world that hates and fears them. The next chapter of the X-Men’s saga starts here!

But that’s not all! Read about these books and everything being released this week: http://rmcomics.com/NewReleases.html

Here is a list of books that are being released next week: http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/954 . Let us know if you want us to add any of these items to your order.
Thanks everyone!


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Wednesday, 2/15/17 – New Stuff and News

So, being open on Sundays was sort of a mixed bag in January but we will continue to be open from 12-4 whenever Matt is available.

As convention season starts up, Matt will not be there at least a few Sundays per month and so it is important you check with us so you don’t waste a trip.

If we know in advance, we will post it in our hours on Facebook, and on Sunday we will post on our blog, facebook and twitter (like this post, for example). If it’s a Sunday, just call the store at 570-655-5522.

Other than that, our regular hours will remain unchanged. Rain or shine, snow or ice. I don’t live that far from the store. 😉

Here are the new series starting this week:

Batwoman: Rebirth (One Shot)
Super Sons #1 – Robin (Damien) and Superboy (Jon)!
Wild Storm #1 – New York Times best-selling writer Warren Ellis (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, RED, PLANETARY) returns to DC to curate Jim Lee’s WildStorm world, with this debut issue resetting the WildStorm universe with new iterations of Grifter, Voodoo, the Engineer, Jenny Sparks and others.

Cerebus in Hell #1

Invincible #133 – Special 25 cent issue!

Doctor Strange #1.mu – A “Monsters Unleashed” Tie In! [One Shot]
True Believers: Wolverine Enemy of the State (reprints Wolveine #20 (2003))
True Believers: Wolverine X-23 (Reprints X-23 #1)

Forever War ! [of 6]

But that’s not all! Read about these books and everything being released this week: http://rmcomics.com/NewReleases.html
You can let us know if you want to add these books (or anything else) by responding to our email.
The links below will lead you to pages with more information about them and many other things!


Here is a list of books that are being released next week: http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/954 . Let us know if you want us to add any of these items to your order.

Thanks everyone!
Chuck Rowles
Rubber Mallet Comics, LLC
802 Wyoming Avenue, West Pittston, PA 18643



Wed-Thurs 10AM-7PM

Fri-Sat 11:30AM – 5PM



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