Monday, December 17, 2007

Sweet learning action...

Here's the cover for my new DK project coming out next month. It's a children's reader titled Marvel Heroes: Greatest Battles and covers most of the major fights of Marveldom, from the Richards' wedding all the way to the Civil War. Be sure to preorder it if you're a Marvel fan, or hoping to ruin some young, impressionable child's life by making him one.

See more info here.

And also, check out the Comics in the Classroom website for a quick review of my newest Batman Strikes issue. Thanks to John Norris for his continued support.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Riddler Strikes...

Be sure to head to your local comic store this week for The Batman Strikes! # 40. Here's what DC Comics has to say about it:

Written by Matthew K. Manning; Art by Adam Archer; Cover by Christopher Jones and Terry Beatty

The Riddler's on the rampage, trying to prove himself as the cleverest person in all of Gotham City! Can Batman outwit the Master of Riddles before Gotham burns?

Hey, DC Comics asked you a question. I'd answer him if I were you. Or, you know, just go buy the issue.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween...

The Red Hood will take all your candy. Sorry, that's just how he rolls.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

House Arrest...

The solicits are up on the DC Comics website for my first issue of Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century. This issue (# 10) stars Saturn Girl as she and Lightning Lad find themselves trapped alone inside Legion Headquarters when the Fatal Five attack. The comic features interiors and a cover drawn by Matthew Stewart and will be released on January 16th.

Oh, and ignore that synopsis on the DC site. The curse of the mis-solicitation is alive and well, and it's got my name tattooed on its neck.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Somebody tell MySpace not to sue...

Stop by ComicSpace (MySpace for comic fans, pros and those scary guys that wear Vampirella costumes to conventions) and check out my new page there. I'll be making an effort to check it regularly, so feel free to share your thoughts with me about any of my past or future projects, or just say hello. I'm not too picky.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Riddle me this...

What comic features the Riddler setting off explosions all over Gotham City to once again torment Batman and Robin?

(Um, don't look at the picture. That's cheating.)

(Or look. Whatever. I'm not your mom. I can't tell you what to do. But if I was, I'd tell you that comics build strong bones, and you should buy more of them. I'd also constantly remind you of how long I was in labor with you and insist that you clear the table, because honestly, you've been slacking at that lately.)

Any who, I'm talking about issue # 40 of The Batman Strikes! Released this coming December 12th, my newest issue of this series features art by Adam Archer with a cover my Christopher Jones and Terry Beatty.

Check out the solicit here on the DC Comics website for more info, and please, try to make it home by curfew. My blood pressure is high enough the way it is.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

It's like the future, or 1984 at least...

Recently I wrote a not-too-preachy-so-don’t-worry-about-it-it-probably-won’t-offend-you comic for the ACLU’s first venture into the world of comic books. The short story was illustrated by Mark Badger, and was published alongside another story which was written by Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Rick Burchett. The whole neat little package, titled Defenders of Freedom, was topped off with a Cliff Chiang cover and an Art Spiegelman back cover.

The comic itself was released yesterday in a guerilla marketing attempt of sorts to a few select cities, but it’s also now available online here at the ACLU’s website.

Also here’s an article on the topic if you think I’m lying. But keep in mind, you only get two challenges per set.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Seeing Red...

Be sure to stop by your local comic store this week to check out my first short story for Looney Tunes. The issue is # 153, and features art by Walter Carzon and Ruben Torreiro.

Without exaggeration, I can honestly say that this is the best $2.25 you'll ever spend in your entire life. Remember that bus fare you paid to visit your dying great aunt? This is better. Remember that lottery ticket you purchased that secured you and your family financial freedom for life? Better. Remember that load of laundry you did that inadvertently caused you to meet your soul mate sitting near the next machine over at the laundromat? Better than that, too.

It's truly one of the few modern examples of concentrated genius you will ever get lucky enough to experience.

Oh, and it stars Pepe Le Pew, too.

So that's cool.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Week 53?

During the few months that I wrote the Daily Planet articles on DC Comics’ 52 website, I was commissioned to write an article that tied in to the real-life death of the race horse Barbaro. The article was to serve as a follow-up to the original Bizzarbaro article penned by Bill Rosemann. The headline never saw the light of day, so I thought I’d post it here if for no other reason but the fact that I think it’s funny.

Funeral For a Friend
By Ajax McGilicutty, Daily Planet Contributing Sports Reporter


“It am greatest thing that never happened.” Those were the somber words spoken yesterday by jockey Cromano Clooney about her champion racehorse Bizzarbaro who passed away early this week due to problems with his hip. They were words paraphrased “out of the horse’s mouth” so to speak, as Bizzarbaro was not only known the world over for his speed and penchant to run backwards, but also for his ability to speak English, or something loosely resembling it.

Clooney was one of a dozen speakers who appeared at the horse’s funeral, a tribute ceremony honoring the animal’s achievements in the world of competitive racing. Not glossed over among the topics of discussion was Bizzarbaro’s record-breaking time at the Kentucky Derby this year of 1:37.19, a time crushing the record of 1:59 2/5, Secretariat’s 1973 showing.

Said Clooney, “We were always a long shot. But Bizzarbaro would just laugh in the face of adversity. He’d say, ‘Me am not terrified. Me love racing.’ But then again, he said everything backwards so, come to think of it, he probably was really miserable. Huh. Yeah, that horse hated me.”

Clooney’s use of the phrase “long shot” was an understatement at best. Measuring in at 6’4 and weighing an ounce or two short of 300 pounds, Clooney was easily the heaviest jockey in racing history. “Hey, people said the Hindenburg wouldn’t fly,” said Clooney. “It just goes to show you what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it. And if you have a super-powered horse. Yeah, the powers definitely help out.”

Also in attendance at the funeral was Senator Francis DuFonte, a longtime supporter of Bizzarbaro’s and a man infamous for proposing a bill to conduct all Senate hearings at a nearby horse track with periodic intermissions for betting and purchasing hot pretzels. Said DuFonte, “It’s just nice to know that in these hard times of war and economic strife, Americans can come together, united over what really matters in life: a once relatively fast, dead horse.”

Bizzarbaro is survived by his wife Gladys and their two kids Eduardo and Bitsy. Oh, um, actually Bitsy was just shot due to a bum leg.

Bitsy is survived by her mother Gladys and brother Eduardo. For now.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Well, at least he liked my story...

A friend of mine just pointed me to a review of the last issue of Meathaus at It wasn't the most glowing review Meathaus has ever received, but there were a few nice comments, including praise for my contribution to the anthology, a story illustrated by Rob Donnelly:

"The futuristic story by Matthew Manning & Robert Donnelly is perhaps the highlight of HEAD GAMES, a beautifully weird, futuristic murder mystery that's also a clever comment on consumer culture."

This issue marks what was probably my last work for Meathaus, so I guess we went out on a high note.

Well, according to that one guy. But that guy is totally in my will.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Love Stinks...

Although the solicit paints a different picture, I've recently discovered that my first Looney Tunes story will be featured in issue # 153. The story features Pepe Le Pew with a new love interest: a "husky American female." Available August 1st.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

52 Pick Up...

Now that DC Comics' 52 maxi-series has ended, my weekly Daily Planet articles for the 52 website have also come to close. Since I started writing the articles midway through the series, I thought I'd catalog all the articles I authored in one entry, to make it easier for the folks who missed them the first time around and still want to stay on my good side. I can't blame them. There are lollypops involved.

So here they are, in nonrandom order:

Infinity Inc. Foils Daring Halloween Heist
The Turkey Man Speaks
Madness at the Metropolis Mall
Drunken Magic Show Frightens Tourists
American Titan?
Dear Santa...
The Eve of Destruction - Part One
The Eve of Destruction - Part Two
Man on the Street
Teenager Arrested for Theft, Secedes from Country
Crazy Weather Confounds Citizens
Tourist Troubles in Kahndaq
The Fall of an Empire?
Your Valentine Horoscope
Fireside Reading
Remembering the Dibnys
Moments of Silence
In Pursuit of Death
Luthor in Lock Up
Ask Prof. Expert!
Man on the Street 2
Where are they now?
Doom Comes to Pisa
City Honors Fallen Hero
Interoffice Emails

So those are all the ones I wrote. Feel free to browse the others as well, but honestly, shouldn't you be getting back to work by now?

Friday, May 4, 2007

Final 52...

So DC Comics went and created this giant moth, who promptly ate the universe. Don't believe me? Well I don't blame you. But Click here anyway for my final article for the 52 website.

And try to hold back the waterworks, huh? You're only making a fool of yourself.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

And you thought Spider-Man week was fun...

For those interested in attending the funeral services of Paper Mache Guy, please click here.

For those just interested in mocking his life and tragic death by reading about him on DC Comics' 52 website, please click on the same link.

That is all. Thank you for your time.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Interview...

Here's a clip from DK Publishing's latest newsletter. It's an interview of me coducted by Daneil Brooks for the new Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide. I guarantee that it will not only change your life, but that of your children's children as well.

The interview:

As Marvel's greatest icon and signature character, Spider-Man has connected with generations of fans as the everyday hero with everyday problems. Not only does Peter Parker have to constantly save the world, he also has to pay the bills, get home in time for dinner, and make time for Mary Jane. Your Spider-Sense tingling? We've got the cure: DK's updated and revised The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide , a fully-illustrated and exhaustive history of one of the great heroes in modern fiction.

In this issue of Pop Cult, we'll be talking with Matthew K. Manning, comics scribe and writer of the new content for The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide, and will test your Spidey-knowledge with a Pop Quiz. 'Nuff said!

The Pop Cult Q&A With...The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide (Updated Edition) new-content writer Matthew K. Manning

Updating Tom DeFalco's bestselling Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide would be no easy task. So much had happened to Spidey since the book's original release (he joined the New Avengers, publicly unmasked himself, etc.) and DK needed someone who knew it all. Enter Matthew K. Manning, an exceptional comic writer and poet, with stints on Spider-Man Unlimited, Romance Redux, The Batman Strikes, and Justice League Adventures. Brooklynite Manning recently spoke with Pop Cult about how he got the job, how he did it, which are his favorite Spider-Man comics, and more.

The Book

Pop Cult: How'd you get involved with updating Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide?

Matthew K. Manning: A friend of mine who works at Marvel referred me. He'd read my past work, knew that I'd read everything related to Peter Parker since the Ultimate Guide 's first release, and figured I'd be a good fit for the project. When he got in touch with me, I jumped at the opportunity to finally get some use out of my countless hours of Spidey reading.

Pop Cult: Can you talk about what you added to the book, and how you decided what to add and what to leave out?

Matthew K. Manning: I basically contributed 16 all-new pages, with a sentence or two added here and there to a few past entries as well. It was quite a challenge to cram six years of Spider-Man comics into that small of a space, but I like to think I fared pretty well. There were quite a few major changes in Peter's life that needed to be documented. Spider-Man went through everything from being reunited with his wife, to dying and being resurrected, to getting an entirely different costume altogether. He also joined the Avengers for the first time, met a horde of new villains, and developed new superpowers. It was a pretty busy couple of years at the Parker household.

Pop Cult: What was your process for gathering the new information and then writing?

Matthew K. Manning: The gathering was the easy part. I'd read most of the material beforehand just because I love the character. Summarizing all of that information was the difficult part. But since I was working on Tom DeFalco's book, I modeled my writing off of his entries, and tried to match his style as closely as possible.

Pop Cult: How'd you find the experience? More challenging than you expected? Easier?

Matthew K. Manning: It was just more time consuming than I expected. There was a lot of rereading and fact checking involved. More than I thought I had to do. But since many of my friends are either comic fans or comic professionals, I know how people like us would react if any of my facts were wrong. So I took extra care to make the guide as accurate as I could.

Essential Spidey

Pop Cult: What's your favorite Spider-Man storyline and why?

Matthew K. Manning: If I had to boil it down to just one story, I'd probably say "Kraven's Last Hunt." It was a really moody tale and was full of unexpected turns. If I could choose an entire series, it would be Ultimate Spider-Man. Brian Michael Bendis has a great grasp on writing Spidey's personality, and has really captured the feel of the classic Stan Lee/Steve Ditko comics where Peter Parker's personal life is just as interesting as his life in costume.

Friday, April 20, 2007

I blame Mario...

It seems Black Adam has something against the Italians. Now I don’t know if there’s something about the culture or the local weather, or if maybe he just had a particularly bad ice treat at his local pizzeria, but for some reason, he’s got it out bad for our European friends.

Click here to read about his temper tantrum in my latest article for DC Comics' 52 website.

And you might wanna’ cancel those travel plans while you’re at it.

Friday, April 13, 2007

DC True Hollywood Story...

It's the nagging thought in the back of your brain. It keeps you up at night, tossing and turning. You can't eat, you can't relax. You break into a cold sweat when you least expect it. You just have to know, and you won't rest until you do.

What has Turkey Man been up to lately?

Click here to find out.

And then take a nap for god's sake. Your starting to worry your mom.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Missing a Diamond...

It’s about time the citizen of Metropolis had their voices heard.

Well, again, I mean. Click here to check out my latest article on DC's 52 website. Any similarities to actors from 90's Saturday morning dramadies are purely coincidental, and anyway, you should be ashamed to notice it in the first place.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Need advice? Ask an Expert...

This week I took a crack at writing my first Professor Expert column over at DC Comics' 52 website. Take a look here and maybe you'll learn something about yourself. Odds are against it, but you might as well give it a go.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Maybe now you can get that GED, Lex...

It's three in the morning on a Friday night and your husband says he has to leave to go "save a third world country" with Wonder Woman. You know Clark, that excuse doesn't really work when you come home smelling like Greek perfume with your "S" on all crooked.

Read about someone Lois hates even more than a seven-foot-tall Amazon in a tiara here in my latest article on DC's 52 website. Then someone talk some sense into Ms. Lane already. It's called neglect, Lois, and you don't have to take it.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Read your comics or no supper...

John Norris over at Comics in the Classroom wrote up a nice little review of The Batman Strikes! # 31. Check out his site and then buy some unsuspecting child an issue of something. But make sure it's a kid you don't know. That way the whole thing is extra creepy.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Black Adam strikes again...

Time for another serious article this week on DC Comics' 52 website. What'll that wacky Black Adam do next?

Probably kill many, many people.

Click here to read all about it.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Trust me, I wrote it...

While at the comic store yesterday, I was surprised to come across my new hardcover from DK Publishing, the revised version of Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide. Although Tom DeFalco wrote the text for the majority of the book, I supplied the updated text for this new version, explaining the history of the last six years of Spidey's life.

So if you're in a comic and/or books store anytime soon, be sure to check it out. If you bring a magnifying glass you might even be able to read my credit on the title page...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What the Batman does when he's unhappy with his working conditions...

My newest issue of The Batman Strikes! (# 31) is out now in comic stores nationwide. Here's the solicit info from the DC Comics website:

Written by Matt Manning; Art by Christopher Jones and Terry Beatty; Cover by Dave McCaig
Batman has only one night to solve a baffling kidnapping in Gotham. The problem? The police think he's the kidnapper! The catch? They're right!

Johnny DC 32pg. Color $2.25 US

Monday, March 12, 2007

At least they made a toy of her first...

So here's my latest Daily Planet article for the 52 website. It's a bit more serious this week since it deals with the death of Isis, a major character starring in this maxi-series. But come on, if you can't mourn for short-lived fictional characters, then who can you mourn for?

Nobody. That's who.

Friday, March 2, 2007

R.I.P. Ralph Dibny...

My newest article for the 52 series is up here on the DC website. They let me run a little long with this one, but I'm pretty happy with it. It's my farewell tribute to the Elongated Man, a minor DC hero from the sixties. And no, he's not called Elastic Man. You made that up yourself.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

If you're looking for fake books to not buy...

...then look no further than my latest article on the 52 website. Then write nasty letters to Amazon for not carrying these titles.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New York Comic Con...

I'll be at the New York City Comic Con this weekend at the Javits Center in Manhattan, so stop by and say hello. I won't have a booth or table or anything, but I'll be lurking around the DC booth since they were kind enough to give me a pass.

I'll also be lurking around that one guy that airbrushes people's pets onto T-shirts. Just because that guy rules more than the Cider House.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Your Valentine Horoscope...

Will that handsome guy at the bagel shop ask you out? Will your big presentation go well at work? Will that homeless guy on Lexington Avenue punch you in the face for looking at his cart too long?

Find the answers to your future by reading my new article on the DC Comics website. It's also jam-packed with hints about the rest of the 52 mini series for those of you who like those funny book thingies.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Lex Luthor, that ol' rascal...

My new article is up on the DC Comics website. It's a good day to be Lois Lane.

And as always, the fake poll.

Friday, February 2, 2007

My chia pet never worked either...

If you’ve ever been worried about customer service problems taking place in fictional countries, have I got an article for you.

Click here for my new 52-related Daily Planet column.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Another kind of love...

The fabled Marvel Romance Redux trade paperback was released today, featuring a short story that I wrote entitled "The Language of Love". It's in comic and book stores everywhere, so go out and buy it, or at the very least, read it in the store when the clerk's not looking. Or read it right there in front of him. What's he going to do? That guy's a wuss and he knows it.

Friday, January 19, 2007

New headline...

Here's a link to my newest fictional article on the 52 website. Any resemblance to people I know and/or am currently borrowing a DVD from is completely coincidental and should be ignored. Unless you think it's funny. Then you should send me a fruit basket.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

New things of stuff…

According to the Previews website, the trade paperback for Marvel Romance Redux will be in stores as of the 24th of January. It features (or is saddled with, you decide) a short story I wrote entitled “The Language of Love”. For those of you who don't know, Marvel Romance Redux comics are basically old romance comics from the sixties and seventies rewritten with new dialog, to make them funny this time around.

My newest issue of The Batman Strikes (issue # 31) will be in stores this March and features my first collaboration with regular series artist Christopher Jones. The issue looks great, and I hope you all enjoy it. Look for another issue featuring the Riddler around October or thereabouts.

In more Johnny DC news, I’ve just finished two Looney Tunes eight-page scripts for DC. One features Bugs Bunny and Elmer and the other is a Pepe le Pew short. I’ll keep you posted with the issue they’ll appear in and with other details as I find them out.

As far as Marvel Comics go, I’ve recently finished work on writing the updated text for DK Publishing’s Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide hardcover book. I wrote the revised section of the book, basically detailing everything that’s happened to Spidey in the last six years or so.

And for those of you who missed our show at Rocketship Comics in Brooklyn, Meathaus 8: Headgames has indeed finally been released. It features an eleven-page story that I wrote and Rob Donnelly drew, among other contributions from the likes of superstars James Jean, Tomer Hanuka, and Farel Dalrymple.


This year DC Comics has been publishing a comic entitled 52 in an experimental weekly form. The comic takes place in “real time”, or as close as a comic can get to real time, and spans a year not chronicled in the monthly comics. Since around November, I’ve been writing the weekly article on the 52 website ( under the names of several fictional Daily Planet employees. The articles tie loosely into the comics, but can be enjoyed by anyone who has good taste and/or spare time to kill at work.

Every Thursday afternoon, a new article goes up, so I’ll try to keep on top of this and update this blog accordingly.

Here are the links to the articles I’ve written so far:

I also write the weekly fake polls which go up every Friday afternoon. Here’s the latest:

So I have a blog...

Due to technical difficulties with my website (based solely on my infinite lack of knowledge), I’ve decided to cave in to peer pressure from the rest of the world and start a blog to keep people updated on my new projects and such. We’ll see how long it lasts.

But if you like old things, check out my website, last updated in May. Excitement!