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George Perez and Steve Ditko to release new work via third party publishers

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The names of artists/creators George Perez and Steve Ditko invoke all sorts of images of the characters and franchises they helped from and craft over the years at both Marvel and DC Comics. However, now the landscape of the direct market has changed, with many smaller "third party" publishers rising to the fore and garnering both sales and attention. To this end, comic media website ICv2 has made two announcements today regarding the publication of new or previously unseen work by these two titans of the comic book world at from far different publishers than the two are best known for.

The first is "George Perez' Sirens", which will be published by BOOM! Studios and will mark the first creator owned work Perez has handled in a decade. The series launches on September 17th and features an all female team of cosmic heroes written and drawn by the master Perez himself. This marks the first major fruit from BOOM's signing of Perez to an exclusive contract last year. As always, multiple covers are part and parcel in the promotion of this. There will be two wraparound covers by Perez while a third variant one has been drawn by Cameron Stewart ("The Invisibles"). George Perez has been a fixture on the comic book scene for decades, best known for long runs on "The Avengers", "Wonder Woman", "Crisis on Infinite Earths", and "The New Teen Titans" and co-creating such characters as Starfire, Raven, Cyborg, and Silverclaw.

Meanwhile, it was also announced yesterday that IDW and Yoe Publishing would be releasing a new collection of work by enigmatic artist Steve Ditko. Best remembered for co-creating Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Squirrel-Girl, and the Question, he chose to avoid the limelight and has had a more eclectic body of work since the 70's and 80's; he mostly retired from major publishers in 1998. However, Ditko was also known for producing stellar comic book stories which were between one and three pages long, which has long become a lost art for most comic book artists in the U.S. Called "Ditko's Shorts", the 112 hardcover collection goes on sale November 26th. Many of these strips are from a variety of publishers, some uncovered for the first time.

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