Celebrating its landmark 20th anniversary in 2021, Free Comic Book Day is the comic book specialty market’s annual event where participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to customers. Traditionally held the first Saturday in May but adjusted to August 14 for 2021, Free Comic Book Day is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic shops. From superheroes to slice-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!
Diamond Comic Distributors is proud to announce the upcoming release of this year’s Free Comic Book Day PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) collectible merchandise available during the event on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at participating local comic shops.
Playmates leads the way for Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2021 exclusive collectibles with their PREVIEWS Exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Elite Series Black & White 4-Pack (APR210052; SRP $110.00). The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originated in black and white comics in the early 1980s, and this August they come to life as an action figure 4-pack of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael in classic black & white designs. On sale at your local comic shop exclusively for FCBD, and limited to only 3,600 pieces, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Elite Series Black & White 4-Pack is a set that Turtles collectors won’t want to miss!
Based on the popular Real American Hero designs, this PREVIEWS Exclusive G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero Minimates Box Set (APR210053; SRP $29.99) from Diamond Select Toys includes Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Storm Shadow, and Cobra Commander. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure comes packaged in a full-color blister card and features 14 points of articulation and includes interchangeable parts and accessories.
Three years after its release, Sony’s animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continues to captivate audiences and fans. Mondo Tees celebrates the animated film with a PREVIEWS Exclusive Spider-Man: Spider-Verse 4-Piece Enamel Pin Set (APR210085; SRP $40.00) available exclusively at your local comic shop for FCBD and limited to only 3,000 pieces.
Like the classic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers figures of the 1990s, Lineage Studios’ special PREVIEWS Exclusive Power Rangers: Auto-Morphin Green Ranger Pin (APR210084; SRP $25.00), features the beloved “auto-morphin” spring-power action. This unique pin converts from the Green Ranger to Tommy, his civilian identity, with the press of a finger and is limited to only 2,000 pieces. The only place for Power Rangers fans to get this one-of-a-kind pin is at local comic shops on FCBD. Each pin features a signature by Jason David Frank, the actor who so memorably portrayed the Green Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
The PREVIEWS Exclusive Spider-Man HeroClix Figure (MAR210030) from WizKids/NECA features a brand-new costume for Spidey. This FCBD 2021 promotional item includes an exclusive HeroClix figure and character card in a polybag with a hangtag.
These PREVIEWS Exclusive collectibles will only be available in extremely limited quantities on Saturday, August 14, 2021 from participating Free Comic Book Day stores.
FCBD will once again be a single-day event, scheduled to take place Saturday, August 14 at local comic shops. The event, which traditionally takes place on the first Saturday in May, will be celebrated in August in 2021 in the hopes that much of the uncertainty and disruption related to COVID-19 will have passed.
The titles were curated by over twenty comic shop retailers who make up the FCBD Selection Committee. This year’s comic book lineup features something for everyone: from superheroes, to movies and video games, to beloved franchises, and all-ages favorites. The Gold Sponsor titles come from the industry’s top publishers, including Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios, Macmillan/First Second Books, Penguin Workshop, AfterShock Comics, Titan Comics, TOKYOPOP, and VIZ Media.
“This year’s lineup of titles has something for every kind of comic fan,” said Ashton Greenwood, Free Comic Book Day spokesperson. “We can’t wait to once again share the FCBD experience with fans, especially on our landmark 20th anniversary! We hope fans will safely visit their local comic shops to celebrate and to pick up a few of the great titles available this year.”
The full line-up of this year’s comic books will be released tomorrow, March 17, when thirty-nine additional FCBD Silver Sponsor titles are announced. A complete listing of all fifty-one FCBD titles can also be found in the April issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at comic book shops on March 24.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2021: GOLD COMICS
AfterShock Comics | WE LIVE: THE LAST DAYS
Archie Comics | ARCHIE: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE FUN!
BOOM! Studios | ENTER THE HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER
Dark Horse Comics | CRITICAL ROLE & THE WITCHER
IDW Publishing | STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC ADVENTURES
Image Comics | LADY MECHANIKA
Macmillan/ First Second Books| INVESTIGATORS: ANTS IN OUR P.A.N.T.S. SNEAK PEEK!
Marvel Comics | HULK/ VENOM #1
Penguin Workshop | WHO SPARKED THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT?
Titan Comics| BLADE RUNNER ONE-SHOT
TOKYOPOP | ASSASSIN’S CREED: VALHALLA & DYNASTY
VIZ Media | ZOM 100: BUCKET LIST OF THE DEAD/ DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA