The buzz that Kingdom Come generated left in its wake, plenty of merchandise for us, collectors, that even up to this date it keeps coming. Here's a list of what you need to complete your collection:
THE POSTERS: To promote this mini-series, these posters came out and were displayed on comic book stores all over the world. Top: Retail posters 1 - 3 as you can see #3 is a reprint of the full covers of issues 1-3 of the series. Bottom: This poster reprints the full cover of the trade paperback. IN MY COLLECTION: Poster #1, I don't care much for #3 or the TPB one 'cause they're reprints but the latter one looks pretty sweet so I might get it, eventually;)
THE T-SHIRTS: Two T-shirt designs were released in 1996-97 with new art by Alex Ross. None of them are IN MY COLLECTION 'cause they're so hard to find.
THE TRADING CARDS: Also that year, a set of trading cards came reprinting the art of the comic book but, there were 6 cards with new art by Ross. They featured the key characters (left to right: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Norman McCay and The Spectre) These are very hard to find, If you bought an entire box of this series, I doubt you'll find all of them. So my advice is track them down individually or buy the entire set like I did! IN MY COLLECTION: I have all the cards including those 6. I have scanned and posted them here.
THE MAGAZINES: Media coverage for Kingdom Come came in specialized magazines such as Wizard, they contained new artwork on their covers. Clockwise from top left: Wizard # 57; The Alex Ross Millenium Edition by Wizard, wich has an in-depth look at all things Ross and came in hard and soft covers with the same artwork of the KC Superman and Earth X Captain America; Wizard #2000, again Kingdom Come vs. Earth X; Wizard #191, Sep/ 07 issue which celebrates the return of KC Superman to the pages of JSA, check out our news post for the cover of JSA #11 featuring Supes; Overstreet's Fan #14; and finally Comicology #1, this magazine contains the most complete sketchbook of KC ever! with explanations by Ross and Waid, it was so thorough that DC Comics demanded it was taken off the shelves and all copies be destroyed, after a few days it was released, which makes it one of the hardest things to find for any collector, and yes the cover is by Alex Ross, he's just trying to emulate one of his heroes, the late Alex Toth, the legendary artist, creator of Space Ghost and other Hanna -Barbera cartoons. IN MY COLLECTION: All of these issues. Yes, even Comicology #1. We will expand this magazine covers section, later.
THE STATUES: Alex Ross sculpted these himself, the original Superman statue with the silver finish and the Shazam one in bronze, later smaller, colorized versions of these statues came out, these are hard to get because of the price, they go for US$200 to US$400. Later came the statues with 3 characters each, these were designed by Alex but sculpted by someone else, and they are also expensive, that's why none of them are IN MY COLLECTION. Next on part 3 we'll talk about the Kingdom Come action figures exclusively.
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