Off-Panel: Superman and the Pussycats

Welcome to Off-Panel, your weekly digest of comics news, from the gutters and beyond.

Digital disruption has upended virtually every corner of publishing, but in the world of comic books, something curious is happening: Print sales are thriving alongside the rise of their digital counterparts.

Digital and print can coexist! This is great news for everybody. There’s nothing like kicking back with a favorite physical copy, but unlimited digital subscriptions are essential when it comes to getting new readers up to speed *cough* c’mon DC *cough*.

 The oversized Treasury Edition comic “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali,” released in 1978, was the inspired creation of Neal Adams, Denny O’Neill and Dick Giordano, and reflected the degree to which Ali’s Vietnam War-era public persona was morphing into the world’s beloved three-time champ.

The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna rounds up artistic remembrances of the late Muhammad Ali. The O’Neil and Adams Superman vs. Muhammad Ali can still be found on Amazon/comiXology. Speaking of Superman…

That’s right, the Man of Steel himself, Superman is finally going to appear on Supergirl. The producer of Supergirl, Andrew Kreisberg made the announcement this morning. “Greg [Berlanti], Ali [Adler] and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of Supergirl. Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!”

The Kryptonian elephant in the room is finally being fully acknowledged in the flesh. Here’s hoping he doesn’t overshadow his cousin (psshh Melissa Benoist’s got this).

A new Josie & the Pussycats comic series, featuring the exploits of Riverdale’s most popular all-girl rock band, will be out in September.

According to Archie Comics, the new series will feature Josie uniting the band to take their big shot at musical stardom, only to contend with the machinations of Alexandra Cabot, the ever-Machiavellian daughter of the Pussycats’ manager.

So many Panelteers have been waiting for a Josie and the Pussycats ongoing! A dear friend’s cat Josie is experiencing liver failure, so I like to think Archie Comics is doing this for her. Check out the interior decor on the Veronica Fish variant cover. An Archies poster on the wall next to a Run-DMC sticker? A Hedwig and the Angry Inch playbill? These musical influences bode well.

Yep, it’s that time of year. Comic-Con is coming! I haven’t been delving into all the specifics yet but as in year’s past there will be a ton of offsites, and this year, a NEW one involving kitty cats.

In other feline news, Cat Cafe Coffee and Kitties will be running a SDCC special. There are only fifteen available spots per day, so reserve yours now. (Oh, and Marvel is showing up to SDCC, but I doubt they’re bringing cats to cuddle with, so whatever.)

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