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Dark Knight III Master Race: TATE’S Variant Cover Announced!

September 13, 2015 Recent Fun

We are proud to announce that the one and only Kevin Eastman has agreed to create the TATE’S Exclusive variant cover for the upcoming release of Dark Knight III on November 25, 2015. Our exclusive cover will be available in-store (of course) and online in our lil tiny webshop.

As we are sure YOU are too, we are very excited to see Kevin Eastman’s take on the very first cover for this new Dark Knight storyline. It is sure to be a unique and really cool variant! There are going to be a pretty large number of variant covers for this issue and ours will be a standout among them.


About DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE, from DC Entertainment press release:

Icons Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson to Provide Art for Final Chapter of Dark Knight Trilogy, Book to Include Bonus Comic With A Host of Special Guest Artists

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 9, 2015) – DC Entertainment began Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015 with a blockbuster announcement, revealing today that artists Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson will be joining living-legend Batman writer and artist Frank Miller and acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello in bringing the final chapter of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga to life.

“THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE” is the epic conclusion to Miller’s 1986 classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS trilogy – heralded by TIME Magazine as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time – and its 2001-2002 follow-up series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.

THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE will be an eight-issue, comic book periodical, to be published monthly under the DC Comics imprint. Within each 32 page periodical there will be a special 16 page “Dark Knight Universe” comic affixed in the center. Each “Dark Knight Universe” comic will feature a rotating cast of special guest artists and characters.

“We went into this knowing that we had to give fans more,” said Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “We’re pulling out all the stops to deliver an amazing conclusion to this exciting body of work. We hope it inspires the next generation of writers and artists, the way it has already inspired us.”

According to Kubert, “Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello have crafted such an incredible story for DKIII, as I am truly honored to be associated with them, this project, and Klaus Janson. We, along with the fans, are in for a great ride!”

“Any opportunity to work with Frank Miller is a happy occasion for me,” said Janson. “When we add the talents of Brian Azzarello and Andy Kubert to the mix, we have the ingredients to achieve something truly memorable. This will be amazing!”

Marking the 30th anniversary of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS original series, this periodical is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.

As some of you may know, Kevin Eastman lived in South Florida for a short period of time and was a regular at TATE’S. Here are a couple old photos for posterity celebrating our friendship! 🙂

A young Tate and Kevin Eastman at Chiller Theater, horror convention in New Jersey, about 1994.

A young Tate and Kevin Eastman at Chiller Theater, horror convention in New Jersey, about 1994.



Sketches Kevin Eastman did as raffle prizes for our summer pizza parties in 2013.


Kevin Eastman, comic book artist and writer, best known as the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Eastman is also the owner, editor and publisher of the magazine Heavy Metal.

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