Media Release — “Atlas At Last” is a visual tour of the short-lived (or so it seemed) Atlas-Seaboard line of comics, which was originally published in 1974-1975 by Martin Goodman, the man who founded Marvel Comics. Although it only managed a combined output of 72 color comic books and black & white magazines, saw its longest-lived title reach only four issues, and included at least a few thinly disguised versions of established characters, the Atlas line stuck in the minds of collectors, dealers and pop culture historians.
The line featured a mix of strong concepts executed by both established and up-and-coming creators, and for a few months it stood toe-to-toe with industry giants Marvel Comics and DC Comics.
And then they were gone.
And now, like a familiar comic character who’s been declared definitively dead, Atlas is returning after a hiatus of just about 36 years with the March 2, 2011 debut of Wulf #1, written by 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles and his Spawn: The Dark Ages collaborator, artist Nat Jones. At the helm is Goodman’s grandson, Jason Goodman.
The first 50 fans who attend opening night will receive a SWAG bag with goodies including The Grim Ghost #0, Phoenix #0, all three new Atlas #1 issues (Wulf #1, The Grim Ghost #1 and Phoenix #1) and a T-shirt from Atlas and Ardden Entertainment, as well as the C2E2 Exclusive Variant Cover edition of Comic Book Marketplace #1 (limited to 400 copies and featuring Howard Chaykin’s unpublished original cover for The Scorpion #2 in color for the first time).
Also included in the swag are the deluxe hardcover book Pop Culture With Character: A Look Inside Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, a copy of The Overstreet Hall of Fame, and a copy of the latest Baltimore magazine (great for finding the hotspots and awesome food around town).
And speaking of food, the goody bags will also include a coupon for complementary beer with purchase of any food purchase at Baltimore’s Luna del Sea or Tony’s Hookah Lounge, along with cool information from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, The Hero Initiative, the Comic Book Collecting Association, ComicLink, Hake’s Americana & Collectibles, and more.
Admission for this special evening is $20.00.
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March 11, 2011 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore