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)
"The Fantastic Four is the Great American Novel
. It is therefore the modern Shakespeare
The Fantastic Four is an allegory of the most powerful nation in the history of the world, during its triumphant phase: from its first man in space (1961) to the end of the cold war (1988-9). A nation is understood through its art, and the superhero comic is America's unique contribution to art." [more inside]
Russian born composer and pianist Sonya Belousova
has begun a new series of performances in combination with Stan Lee’s World of Heroes
titled Cospay Piano
. Episode 1 was The Walking Dead
, Episode 2 is Batman
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
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
In 1992, comic book titan Stan Lee
produced and hosted an interview/chalk talk-type video series featuring some of the biggest names of the day and all-time greats: Todd McFarlane
! Rob Liefeld
! Sergio Aragones
! Harvey Kurtzman and Jack Davis
! John Romita and John Romita
! Will Eisner
! Bob Kane
! Whilce Portacio
! Jim Lee
! Be amazed as Todd, Rob, Whilce, and Jim create a comic book
! Be astounded as Rob and Todd, ably assisted by Smilin' Stan, create a comic book character right before your eyes
Smilin Stan Lee, co-creator of everyone from Spider-Man to Striperella
, is teaming up with Arnold Schwarzenegger for a comic and cartoon called The Governator
. According to the article, Athe Governator will have a fleet of super vehicles at his disposal, a closet full of “Super Suits” that allow him to fly and perform other super stunts, and a team of colorful sidekicks, such as Zeke Muckerberg, the precocious 13-year-old computer whiz who acts as the Governator’s cybersecurity expert. Naturally, there will also be recurring supervillains — including an evil organization called Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (or G.I.R.L.I.E. Men, for short).
There's an excerpt
on the EW site. Excelsior!
March: when the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, the NCAA Basketball Tournament begins and March MODOK Madness
returns! Everyone's favorite Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing
gets his yearly tribute of new fan submitted artwork
throughout the month, and this year, you can EVEN GET A T-SHIRT
! [more inside]
is the new movie Spiderman, meaning despite internet campaigns
and some lukewarm support
from Stan Lee we'll never see this: Donald Glover as Spider-Man
. Meanwhile the much delayed (and somewhat insane sounding) Spider-Man musical still stumbles on
Yes folks, it's March and that can mean many things. College basketball, allergies or MARCH MODOK MADNESS!
via Chris Sims at Comics Alliance
Feel like having some Uncanny X-Pasta
(PDF) or an Incredible Hulk Burger
for dinner tonight? Sadly, you'll have to time-travel
back to 1998 to visit Marvel Mania
, the short-lived Marvel Comics theme restaurant
(PDFs) that briefly graced Universal Studios
"I think we should get paid for it, don't you, Stan?"
"I'll do what I usually do: he'll do all the work and I'll take all the credit."
, comics legend, and Grant Morrison
, fan favourite writer, sparring with each other
Co-creator of Spider-Man
, Steve Ditko
is famous for weird
, distinctive art
, his 1966 departure from Marvel Comics
, and granting very few interviews in
the course of his decades
, preferring to let creations
such as The Creeper
, the Objectivism
-inspired Mr. A
, and Squirrel Girl
speak for him.
Okay, Squirrel Girl not so much.
turns the spotlight on the artist in the BBC4 documentary
, In Search of Steve Ditko
. Did they find him?
Well, that's The Question
, isn't it?
Galactus is Coming!
Galactus is coming to eat your planet, and nothing can be done to stop him! There is only one way to be saved!
Just Imagine Stan Lee's Watchmen!
Back in 2002, DC Comics extended an olive branch of comics industry peace to Stan "Excelsior!" Lee
, the founder of rival Marvel Comics. The result was the Just Imagine line
, wherein we find several DCU heroes reimagined
in one-shot comics as only Stan Lee could. Some titles were good
. Some were okay
. Most were just so
. But never in a million issues would DC have let him take on Watchmen
-- perhaps the most critically-acclaimed
series this side of Maus
. So since Stan couldn't or wouldn't, Kevin Church has
Excelsior True Believers!
I have to hand it to that old bastard. Marvel's been a bit late in the game and they're still rather overboard design-wise, but Stan Lee's little hole in the wall on the 'Net ain't none too shabby. 7th Portal is just as cheesy as Stan Lee's always been, and just as heartwarming for an old comic bum like me. Anyone else like 7th Portal? Or am I the only one who has a copy of "Contest of Champions" 1-3?