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Free Comic Book Day 2013 gold sponsors unveiled

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Free Comic Book Day 2013's gold sponsors have been unveiled by Diamond Comic Distributors.

The company announced the 12 publishers and their promotional titles for the May event.

'Ugly Doll Comics' cover

© Viz Media

'Marvel Classified' cover

© Marvel Comics



DC Comics and Marvel Comics' offerings are listed as "top secret" and "classified", with the only information given that the former's title will be Superman-related.

Dark Horse Comics will continue its Avatar: The Last Airbender in-canon stories, alongside Star Wars and Captain Midnight offerings.

IDW Publishing will release a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures tie-in, with a Walking Dead special from Image Comics.

Archie Comics will release The World of Archie Digest and Bongo Comics a Simpsons-themed Bongo Comics Free-for-All featuring contributions by Matt Groening.

'The Walking Dead' cover

© Image Comics

'Avatar The Last Airbender' artwork

© Dark Horse Comics



BOOM! Studios' KaBOOM! Summer Blast will showcase the all-ages imprint's top properties including Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Peanuts and Garfield.

Ape Entertainment will offer a Sesame Street/Strawberry Shortcake flipbook aimed specifically at kids.

NBM Publishing/Papercutz has a free Smurfs comic on offer, United Plankton Pictures will release SpongeBob Comics: Freestyle Funnies and Viz Media has parodied the iconic Action Comics #1 cover with its Ugly Doll comic.

Top Cow Productions - which is not one of the gold sponsors - has already unveiled its Aphrodite IX #1 comic, which will launch a new ongoing series.

Free Comic Book Day is held every year on the first Saturday of May, giving comics publishers the opportunity to promote their hottest properties.

Free Comic Book Day 2013 will be held on May 4.

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