"Face It, Tiger
" (the debut single!): your new favorite comicbook band is the Mary Janes. Vocals by Mary Jane Watson, drums by the amazing Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman
After building fan buzz
for months with her striking costume
debuted this week in the comic Edge of Spider-Verse #2
, which you can preview here
. In this alternate universe, Gwen Stacy was the hero who gained superpowers from that fateful spider-bite. Spider-Gwen has drawn critical praise
, while her debut comic has already sold to a second printing
Meanwhile, Edge of Spider-Verse
is a miniseries prelude to Spider-Verse
, Marvel's forthcoming Spider-Family Crossover comicbook-selling-event that vows to feature (almost) "every Spider-Man ever
For more deeply nerdy spider-geekery, read on. [more inside]
Women Who Conquered the Comics World
Robbins knows something about the glass ceiling for women cartoonists because she first hit it herself in the early 1970s, when she tried to join the male-dominated “underground comix” movement based in San Francisco. After the men cartoonists shut her out, Robbins joined forces with other women cartoonists to create their own women’s-lib comic books. She went on to become a well-respected mainstream comic artist and writer, as well as a feminist comics critic who’s written myriad nonfiction books on the subject of great women cartoonists and the powerful female characters they created. Naturally, Robbins has spent some time hunting down the original cartoons from the women who paved the way for her career, and as luck would have it, she found the very first comic strip ever drawn by a woman, “The Old Subscriber Calls” by Rose O’Neill, practically in her backyard.
, lost 80% of his hearing in West Cost Avengers #1
. When a 4 year old boy refused to wear his hearing aids since no super hero wore them, this was used to help convince him
. Matt Fraction
has revived this story element and has dedicated the issue to Leah Coleman
of Signing Time
Marvel Announces New Thor
In an interview on The View, author Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman announced a new ongoing Thor
series. [more inside]
The Interactive Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline.
Are you a fan of the Marvel Cinematic universe? Ever scratch your head over what happened when and how events in the past link to consequences in the current times? Well wonder no more! A huge fan of the Universe, Anthony Norfolk created a nice picture filled timeline to pinpoint all the important elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. [more inside]
The greatest TV show never seen: "The Fantastic Four" (1963-64)
Every Sunday, Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men
, starting at the very beginning.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
is racing towards another blockbuster weekend
and another hit for the Marvel cinematic universe. With future films planned out as far as 2028
, can any other studio succeed in grabbing at Marvel's crown?
And as the stars chafe at their multi-film contracts
and grow tired of fame
, waht next for Kevin Feige, the man behind Marvel's success
You mean Prince JSON of Spartoi?
Marvel Comics has released in beta an API for access to part of its character and comic book database. Currently, it covers 30,000 comic books across 7,000 series and 8,000 characters in work by 5,000 creators, and provides results to queries in standard JSON format. [more inside]
DC vs Marvel: Kitchen Stadium Edition -- In The Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook
, "Mighty Marvel Superheros show you how to perform heroics in the kitchen creating meals that are out of this world!" Meanwhile.... The DC Super Heroes Super Healthy Cookbook
simply promises "good food kids can prepare themselves." Let the battle begin! [more inside]
"Now, nerds have a long memory. I am dead certain that somewhere out there in the great world there are fans who are looking forward to once again buying "real" Star Wars comics. There are probably even a few brave souls who entertain the notion that Marvel will simply pick up with issue #108 (in spirit if not in deed) as if the subsequent thirty years were just a bad dream. " -- As long expected, Marvel will start publishing Star Wars
comics again next year. Tim O'Neil looks at what this means from a fannish point of view
If you haven't hung your calendars for 2014 yet, why not take advantage of repeating dates
and use the 1975 Mighty Marvel Calendar
-- featuring important milestones like Sal Buscema's birthday, the exact moment fans started protesting Dr. Strange's first costume change, and all the Doctor Doom appearances a mortal mind can handle?
MediAvengers: Earth's Mightiest Gossip
is a blog of media parodies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
digs up "a February 1966 letter from then-Staff Writer Denny O’Neil
to Marvel fan Jay DeNatale, [which] includes what’s possibly the earliest insider account of Marvel from someone other than Stan Lee." (via)
How DC Contracts Work. Mark Waid
, author of Superman: Birthright
(drawn on heavily for the recent film Man of Steel
), "explains how professionals are generally compensated for working on company-owned characters".
"As near as I can tell, throughout DC Comics' more than 75-year history, the publisher has only ever hired two black women writers on monthly titles
: Felicia Henderson on Teen Titans and Angela Robinson on The Web, both in 2009. That should be put in some perspective: If those numbers are accurate, it would mean that DC has more white women writing monthly books for them right now than they've had black women in the same role in more than three quarters of a century. That said, they are potentially doing better than their principal competition: Try as I might, I cannot find a single black woman who has ever written a monthly ongoing comic for Marvel in the publisher's history." -- Joseph Hughes talks about the lack of Black comics writers at Marvel and DC both right now and historically. [more inside]
"It looks all but inevitable that Twitter, who acquired Posterous last year, will be eliminating the blog platform. This means that all my blogs
will vanish, which is a shame, because all my blogs are actually compendiums of very specialized comic book material
, meant to be permanent galleries, available forever."
! Be moved by his brief-yet-poignant award-winning animated film The Right Time
. Be charmed by his commissioned portraits of couples and
. Be inspired by his loose and fresh superheroes (Batman
)! And it wouldn't be Tumblr without an appearance by Sherlock Holmes
(not that one).
"That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons It’s clobberin’ time." Comics blogger Mike Sterling re-imagines the Fantastic Four in a Halloween mood
Mike's Amazing World of Comics
has a section called The Newsstand that lets you select a year/date/publisher and then view a collection of cover images from that time period. [more inside]
Photographer Senen Llanos likes profiles and costumes, so why not combine them both with The Faces Of New York Comic Con
2012 Part 2
is a podcast in which comics writer and former Rock Paper Shotgun journalist Kieron Gillen (X-Men, Thor, Phonogram
) talks to artists and writers about the process involved in writing a single issue of a comic. Decompressed 6
broke format and is instead a discussion with Mark Waid
and Matt Fraction
about scripting comics using the "Marvel Method"
, or "plot first" - in which the artist draws the comic from a story outline and dialogue is added later, rather than the writer supplying a panel by panel script. For a while out of favour even at Marvel, the method is seeing a resurgance. The podcast page contains visual aids, and embedded version of the podcast, the script of DEFENDERS #9 complete with B&W art and additional links, including links to Warren Ellis’ 3-part tutorial on writing comics (1
). Jamie McKelvie
and a vultue put in guest appearances. Further example comicbook scripts are available at the Comic Book Script Archive
Not content with having re-imagined the Justice League
, Cartoonist Dresden Codak reboots the X-Men with stranger mutations and more sci-fi backstory.
So The Avengers is a very successful movie
. This has lead many comics fans to express their concern over the treatment of original creators in the industry, specifically of Jack Kirby
. Creators' Rights controversy is nothing new, and there remains to this day ample reason to question the business dealings of The Big Two when it comes to how they compensate the men and women who work for/with them. Alan Moore has been and continues to be the victim of numerous shady deals at the hands of DC comics
. But no one, with the possible exception of Seigel and Shuster, has suffered more than Jack "King" Kirby. [more inside]
is a tumblr that provides comic book-inspired fashion based on Marvel comic book characters
. You'll find not only popular characters, like Spider-man
or Iron Man
. Some of the inspired outfits come from lesser-known characters such as Squirrel Girl
) and Molly Hayes
). Here is the full page version.
Lexi Alexander director of the so-bad
-it's-legendary Punisher: War Zone
gives an in-depth interview
with Paul Scheer (with Patton Oswalt) for his podcast, "How Did This Get Made?
" [more inside]
Their universe-wide reboot only weeks away, DC Comics has released 52 new logos for their books
; they've been met with some praise and much griping
. But what makes a good superhero logo?
Maybe the design history of Daredevil
), The Hulk
), The Atom
, (parts 2
), World's Finest
, ), The Legion of Superheroes
) or Superman
can shed a clue. [more inside]
was an arrogant doctor, until a car accident damaged his hands, leading him try every cure possible. Eventually he made his way to the East, where the story progressed, and now he's Doctor Strange
, master of magic! His thrilling tale is set to be the first Marvel superhero movie
since Marvel was purchased by Disney
. But there has been much history behind the latest movie, including a period when Guillermo del Toro was involved and wanted to include Neil Gaiman
, a draft script by Alex Cox
(1990, 5.1 mb PDF; review
), and a draft script by Bob Gale
(January 21, 1986, 3.5 mb PDF; review
). Along with these incomplete attempts, there was the 1978 Dr. Strange TV movie
, which you can watch online (full movie with Portuguese subtitles
, or YT playlist
). If you'd like another take, head to 1992 for the direct-to-video movie Doctor Mordrid
. Depending on who you ask, it's a more
or less entertaining/accurate take
(warning: spoilers) on Dr Strange. Modrid is also online
is an imprint of comic books published by Marvel Comics, featuring reimagined and updated versions of the company's superhero characters"
Today the imprint has introduced a new version of Spider-Man, Miles Morales
, a half black-half latino male teenager. Fans are already talking about why