Image Comics’s “The Bounce #1” Sells Out, Gets Second Printing

Image Comics announced this week that “The Bounce #1” (which we reviewed HERE), has sold out its 1st printing and will be returning to stores next month.

The issue received both praise and criticism for its portrayal of what Capeless’ own Jay Gabel called “Shazam for Stoners”. Given that Image has been the target of some amount of ire for its perceived mismarketing of the book as a “feel good hero”, despite the book’s MATURE READERS label, it will be interesting to see if 2nd issue sales meet with the expectations set by the first issue’s success.

You can read the complete press release from Image Comics below.


For Immediate Release
For more information, contact Jennifer de Guzman


THE BOUNCE #1 gets second printing


The first issue of Joe Casey‘s and David Messina‘s new series THE BOUNCE has sold out the same week of its release and will receive a second printing, to be in stores on June 26. THE BOUNCE is a comic about a new kind of superhero, infused with a psychedelic sensibility and definite sense of fun.


“All of us working on THE BOUNCE are more than gratified that people seem to give a damn,” said writer and co-creator Casey. “The first issue is just the beginning, though. Stick around and you won’t be sorry.  Meanwhile, there’s no better feeling in the world than selling out at Image Comics!”


THE BOUNCE #1 has been received with critical success:


“Casey and Messina have delivered a far more honest kind of superhero, and it’s a welcome change of pace.”



“…off to a strong start with fantastic art and enough zany ideas to make Stan Lee jealous.”

Unleash the Fanboy


“Casey has revitalized superhero comics in The Bounce #1.”

Geeks of Doom


The second printing of THE BOUNCE #1 is available for pre-order now (Diamond code APR138113) and will be in stores the same day as the second issue, June 26. THE BOUNCE #2 will feature a special variant cover by Sara Pichelli.


THE BOUNCE follows on the heels of Joe Casey’s hit new series SEX (drawn by Piotr Kowalksi), which has had multiple sell-outs and reprints of its first two issues.

Casey is part of of the creative studio Man of Action.



Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit

About Man of Action Studios

Man of Action Studios, the bi-coastal entertainment company started in 2000, created the megahit Ben 10, a three billion dollar boys’ action empire that has been called the most successful superhero launch of the past three decades and a hit across every platform making it the ultimate transmedia success story. Man of Action Studios consists of creators and acclaimed comic book writers Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle. The quartet collectively worked on the largest franchise characters in comics from Superman to X-Men before refocusing on creating worlds/characters for their own original comic books and graphic novels published through their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. They also created cult favorite series Generator Rex for Cartoon Network and are co-executive producers and writers for Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD, the network’s #1 rated animated show. In May, Disney XD previews Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, debuting this July, so they again called upon Man of Action Studios as the writers and executive producers for their biggest launch yet. Man of Action Studios are also executive producers on the new international Gormiti series as well as their upcoming original animated series, The 7Cs, produced by Sam-Zag. Beyond the world of animation, Man of Action Studios has created wildly successful video games, toy lines, comic books, stage productions, as well as forthcoming feature films and live action television shows, some of which are based on their own created and written comic book series and original graphic novels. Upcoming films based upon Man of Action creations include New Line’s The Great Unknown based upon Rouleau’s comic book series, and Big Hero 6, created by Rouleau and Seagle, announced as Disney’s first animated feature based on a Marvel property. Man of Action Studios is a creative collective that generates and adapts ideas into the highest-rated television shows and best-selling merchandise in the US and internationally. A large contingent of international content creators also seek the MOA expertise to bridge the culture gap on projects ranging from SpinMaster’s highly successful Bakugan franchise to Nickelodeon’s new series, Monsuno. Man of Action Studios has been called “The Beatles of boys’ action projects… minus the internal strife.”

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Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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