Welcome back! In this final installment of Free Comic Book Day offerings we take a look at the coveted Gold Titles. These are the ones that are available everywhere and are usually the cream of the crop. While the Silver Titles are nothing to overlook, these are the ones most people look for and after you see what’s being offered this year you’ll understand why so let’s get started!
*UPDATE: Marvel has released information on their FCBD offering!*
Publisher: BONGO COMICS
(W/A/CA) Matt Groening
Bongo rings in another Free Comic Book Day with a comical cornucopia of four-color comics and games. First, Bart becomes a model citizen for a day…with disastrous results. Then, Jimbo and the gang escalate and elevate their juvenile delinquency to new heights. Stick around for a bedtime tale with the dim but adorable Li’l Homer and go in search of the Happy Little Elves with Maggie.
STAR WARS/CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT/AVATAR[divider]
Publisher: DARK HORSE
(W) Joshua Williamson & Various (A/CA) Ryan Hill & Various
All-ages adventure! Star Wars joins fan-favorite villains Darth Vader and Boba Fett! Then explore the upcoming Dark Horse series Captain Midnight, where the search for the missing superhero is on! And the smash hit Avatar: The Last Airbender follows Mai as she deals with her broken heart . . .
IT’S AN UGLY DOLL COMIC & OTHER STUFF[divider]
Publisher: VIZ LLC
(W) David Horvath & Various (A) James Kolchaka & Various
Say, Friend. Do you need a hero? Then this comic isn’t for you. (Though being Ugly IS a super power–”ugly” means unique!) Do you need a cookie? Then this is your book!
Join OX™, Wage™, Babo™, Ice-Bat™ and all their friends in the Uglydolls’ first ever comic book adventure.
The Uglydolls may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but they sure will eat your candy!
And don’t miss the bonus features from other famous members of the VIZ Kids family!
KABOOM! SUMMER BLAST[divider]
Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT
An explosion of All-Ages awesomeness from KaBOOM! this Free Comic Book Day! Sure to be one of the most popular offerings this Free Comic Book Day, the KaBOOM! Summer Blast is 48 pages chock-full of the most popular all-ages comics on the stands today! Featuring excerpts from Adventure Time, Peanuts, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, Garfield, Ice Age and some brand-new surprises, these series will keep readers young and old coming back to your comic shop again and again!
MARVEL GOLD CLASSIFIED[divider]
Publisher: MARVEL COMICS
Prepare for the biggest event of the year with Marvel’s Free Comic Book day Gold Book. This 40-page book will contain an all-new story that leads into something epic later in the year as well as a requested reprint of a character’s first solo story. Finally, there’s a beautiful new cover by one of the industry’s top cover artists.
SESAME STREET & STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE[divider]
Publisher: APE ENTERTAINMENT
(W) Georgia Ball, Jason M. Burns (A/CA) Amy Mebberson
On side one, Elmo, Cookie Monster, The Count and Super Grover teach you about the magic of reading comics! It’s GUARANTEED to chase the clouds away!
On side two, join Strawberry Shortcake and friends on 3 berry sweet adventures!
Includes “The Blue Flu”, “The Hunt for Blackberry’s Treasure”, and “Blueberry’s Book Tour”.
It’s a bushel of fun!
SPONGEBOB COMICS FREESTYLE FUNNIES[divider]
Publisher: UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES
(W) Derek Drymon, Maris Wicks (A) Graham Annable & Various
United Plankton brings you a completely original collection of SpongeBob comics for FCBD 2013. In “Paint Misbehavin’” Squidward teaches SpongeBob and Patrick how to paint realistically–but how did they learn to bring their painted creations to life? Then in “Day of the Free Comic” SpongeBob must foil Plankton’s latest plan: invading the Krusty Krab inside a…giveaway comic book! Will funny books ever be the same? And: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy take on a new villain: the sultry Catfishstress. All this plus facts about the colorful cuttlefish, a fill-in comic, and a preview of this summer’s SpongeBob superhero-themed annual!
SUPERMAN: THE LAST SON OF KRYPTON #1 SPECIAL EDITION[divider]
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton #1 is a great jumping-on point for fans who can’t wait to see Warner Bros. Pictures’ Man of Steel major motion picture! This issue features the first chapter of the Superman: Last Son of Krypton graphic novel, written by Richard Donner and Geoff Johns and illustrated by Adam Kubert, featuring Superman’s epic battle with General Zod and the Phantom Zone villains.
In addition, it includes a special sneak preview of the blockbuster new monthly series starring The Man of Steel by the all-star team of Scott Snyder and Jim Lee!
(W/A) Peyo & Various (CA) Peyo
THE SMURFS return to Free Comic Book Day with two stories never-before-seen in the US! Gargamel has tormented the Smurfs time and time again, always vowing his revenge on the small creatures. But what happens when he is forced to tangle with someone bigger than him- a nasty Ogre? Will the Smurfs let the Ogre destroy Gargamel, or will they decide to help their oldest foe? Find out in “The Ogre and the Smurfs”! Also featuring comics from two of the hottest new Papercutz series-ANNOYING ORANGE and ARIOL, a new series from Emmanuel Guibert!
TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES[divider]
Publisher: IDEA & DESIGN WORKS LLC
(W/A) Various (CA) Dario Brizuela
Jumping from screen to page, it’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES! This unique series captures the heart of the smash Nickelodeon television show with brand-new stories. Full of action, excitement and laughs, this is the perfect all-ages comic to get you seeing green!!
THE WALKING DEAD SPECIAL[divider]
Publisher: IMAGE COMICS
(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn (CA) Charlie Adlard
This special Walking Dead issue contains a new Tyrese short story, who made his television debut in The Walking Dead Season 3! It also reprints short stories featuring Michonne, The Governor and Morgan. This special issue is a must-have for Walking Dead fans–none of these stories will be reprinted in the trade paperbacks!
WORLD OF ARCHIE DIGEST
Publisher: ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
(W/A) Various (CA) TBD
Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead! The world’s most famous teenagers for over seven decades are all here in this FREE digest! Packed with non-stop laughs and gaffs that the Riverdale gang is known for, we challenge you to find a Free Comic Book Day offering with more pages than this! The perfect introduction to the world of Archie and friends, this digest is a great primer to the double digests that Archie Comics are known for. Filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business, this is the one to pick up on Free Comic Book Day!
And there you have it, all the books being offered for Free Comic Book Day! Over the next few months we will have more information about Free Comic Book Day along with, hopefully, previews of some of these books and more information about the Marvel offering.