The recently announced 2010 Hugo awards nominations
include a semi-regular mefite appearance
, a fanzine nomination for a podcast (previously
) and, under Best Graphic Story, a nomination for Captain Britain And MI13
by occasional Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell
- a title which, um, Marvel have already canceled
. Oops. Still, you can read the first two issues of the nominated story online for free
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
The best thing about those Marvel Comics cartoons from the 1960s? The theme music
The Cloud Photographers
: "an artificial Wes Anderson soundtrack" by Nicholas Gurewitch, of Perry Bible Fellowship
Also has an interview with Gurewitch about the soundtrack and the story of
The Cloud Photgraphers
. More recently, Gurewitch is featured in
(scans about as NSFW as the median PBF comic) on the Truth and Beauty Bombs comics
Religious Studies 101: A Handful of Thorns - A Radio Play Crossover Event
, Act 1
, Act 2
, Act 3
). Producer and scriptwriter Greg Weisman
unites the characters of the critically acclaimed animated series Gargoyles
and The Spectacular Spider-Man
in a script originally performed at the 2009 Gathering of the Gargoyles
fan convention. Please be warned that the script contains spoilers for the aforementioned shows. [more inside]
Iron Mouse? Disney to buy Marvel for 4 Billion dollars
. This is good news for Marvel Shareholders
but is it good news for Marvel fans?
They've been rumoured to be an item
for some time, but in X-Factor #45 Rictor
, formerly of X-Force (the most 90s comic of all time), finally kissed
- giving the comics world two more confirmed gay superheroes
and making the X-Men Universe Relationship Map
out of date (Shatterstar creator Rob Liefeld
has however vowed to undo it
). Meanwhile over at DC flagship title Detective Comics is now fronted by the new lesbian Batwoman
- ironically a character who was introduced to make Batman seem more hetro
Marvel think that not enough of their readers are female. So they decided to hook them in
in a way that girls understand
Samuel L. Jackson inked a mammoth nine-movie deal
with Marvel. The actor will play
a supporting role in most of the movies
as character Nick Fury
Fans of both Dead Space
(and comic books in general), will be happy to learn that the first issue of the new comic book mini-series based on the game has been released online, in full, for free here
. Not a fan of Dead Space
but like comic books? There are lots of other comic books online that can be viewed for free, like stuff from DC Comics, Marvel
. There's also a few Buffy the Vampire Slayer
and Doctor Who
comics online for your viewing pleasure (in fact you can even make your own
with the latter).
The Punisher MAX #60
hits comics stores this week, marking the end of Garth Ennis's
run on the series. His earlier Punisher work on the series put the character
back on track after some disastrous wrong turns
, but it was the Marvel MAX
series that striped the Vietnam vet turned vigilante's war on crime of all extraneous elements and turned it into something dark and brutal
. The evocative covers
of Tim Bradstreet (also leaving the series
) matched the interior darkness, with Ennis toning down his humor to let the Frank Castle become a monomaniacal psychopath in a corrupt world. Adversaries included the resourceful and violent Barracuda
, a kind of anti-Punisher based on the song Stagger Lee
. It's not over for the Punisher - screenwriter Gregg Hurwitz
and artist Laurence Campbell
are taking over the series, and Ennis will be returning to the character with a miniseries
in the lighter tone of his Marvel Knights work or The Punisher Kills The Marvel Universe
For over the past year, John Seavey
has been reading through Marvel's Essentials
and DC's Showcase Presents
reprints in order to examine the title comic's storytelling engine
. From classic characters
, much of the bedrock of Silver Age heroes are represented in the column's archives
. [more inside]
Marvel vs. the BMI
(one-link, but fun.)
Back in 1983, before crossovers and limited edition covers ruined the industry, Marvel had a really great idea for a special month of comics
. [more inside]
"Marvel has put the power in the hands of the fans
by making thousands of comics—ranging from Golden Age classics to the most recent Marvel masterpieces—available online, including the first 100 issues of FANTASTIC FOUR and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN plus so much more." If Marvel's not your thing, you can always while away untold hours here
Scratchboard artist Scott McKowen
was a successful designer of theater posters when Marvel Comics hired him to create the covers
for Neil Gaiman's 1602
. He recently completed new covers and illustrations for old classics like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
. Surprisingly, he has no entry at Wikipedia
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?
The Official Marvel Character Bios
will clue you in on Marvel characters from the obscure
to the world famous
. To find out about the really, really obscure you have to visit The Appendix to The Handbook of the Marvel Universe
, where you can learn about such characters as Glowworm
(a.k.a. Race Killer), Thunderhoof
(part of Force Four
) and human/amoeba hybrid Half-Man
Hi, I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC.
A collection of videos on youtube targeting both the Mac/PC ads and comic book based movies. Ten videos
so far, with more coming "Soon. I promise."
Captain America, RIP.
Marvel kills off Captain America. Obviously this is Civil War
(previous post) fallout, but how long can they honestly expect this to last?
of Marvel Comic's Civil War
storyline is that after a hero-related disaster, the government decides to force all superheroes to register, causing a split in the hero community. While heroes debate and decide which side to join, fans debate
whether or not the cross-over series is actually any good. Clearly, Christopher Bird
falls squarely on one side and has attempted to "improve" the story by starting a project to edit the dialogue of the series. (1) (2) (3)
(4) (5) (6)
rings in the new year with the best
in comic book medicine from 2006. While this entertaining blog's subjects are not limited to four color minutiae, it is the source of some of the most entertaining posts. Please to enjoy Flatlining, Hippocrates, Originitis,
and the scourge of a generation, Metal-Eating Disease!
Peanuts Meets Marvel. Peanuts
characters as Marvel Comics superheroes.
David Cockrum has passed on.
The cause of death was apparently complications from diabetes; he died peacefully, in his sleep. Comics fans would know him from a number of projects, amongst them Giant Size X-Men #1
where he helped introduce Colossus, Storm and Nightcrawler to the world, his run on the Legion of Super Heroes, and possibly his self-published work The Futurians. You can find some nice retrospectives on his career
and what he did for Marvel and for DC Comics.
Election day 2006 - Whose side is your favourite superhero on?
"The Spirit of Vengeance, Ghost Rider is the ultimate protest voter. He always votes against the incumbent and anyone who endorses helmet laws. Vengeance is his." [via
IGN's top 50 Marvel Comics covers
including this wonderful farmgirl She-Hulk
(well, she DOES have two green thumbs!), this amazing Wolverine Origins
painting, and...umm...superhero zombies?
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
is a new site tackling the portrayal of women in comics, written in the same vein as Women in Refrigerators
and sequential tart
Lois Lane. Superman dies
. Batman's back is broken
. Robin dies
. Spider-Man gets married
. But one storyline taboo, revealing one's secret identity, has never been broken with a major comic book character. Until now
(big-time spoiler alert).
Jimmy Olsen is a Lutheran.
Really. And Clark Kent
? Methodist, it seems. Daredevil
and The Punisher
? Catholics, all of them, though I have to wonder when Frank Castle
last went to Confession. With about half of DC Comic's line-up heading to church
in the latest issue of Infinite Crisis
and knowing that Civil War
in the House of Marvel
, what better time than now to contemplate the particular faiths of our two-dimensional heroes.
, for many of us, has been a tried and true character which many of us have grown up with. For my fellow comic geeks, I'm sure many of you will agree at having enjoyed the stories for many years. However, the recent "The Other"
storyline has harped on a series of evolutions(literally, not figuratively) that our webslinger has undergone of late. Of which an upcoming costume change
is the least.
How Marvel convinced us to cut up our comics “The program destroyed the value of countless Marvel comics of this era, and missing value stamps are the bane of serious Bronze Age collectors.”
¶ I was ten years old and I collected all 100 Series A Marvel Value Stamps
, so I totally grooved on this remarkably comprehensive site. Ironically, the coolest artifacts are the empty collector’s books
, which show off the artwork best, in glorius black & white & red, without the crappy colour printing of the era.
Marvel Comics sues NCsoft and Cryptic Studios,
the makers of the online game City of Heroes
for player created content they feel infringes on their copyright. If Marvel wins the case, all game developers can expect to be held responsible for the behavior of their players. This case covers similar ground to the proposed Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act
, which is before a Senate Judiciary Committee. Introduced to crack down on illegal file sharing on peer-to-peer networks, the bill would hold technology companies liable for manufacturing products that encourage people to infringe copyrights. The language of the bill caused an uproar
among technology and consumer advocates who claimed it would kill innovation. If successful in their lawsuit, would Marvel be able to sue the makers of pens and pencils
for producing products that allow people to create pictures of copyrighted characters?
A particularly dark period in the life of Spider-Man.
Or, an insider's look at the infamous Clone Saga. Or, When Comic Book Marketing Executives Attack.
"We know one another, we Marvel boys."
Jonathan Lethem, author of DC-referencing "Fortress of Solitude"
ponders recent novels
inspired by comic books and notes more allusions to the "iconographic" superheroes of DC
even though Marvel
, with its messy, never-ending, teen angst plots and imperfect schlub heroes, was always somehow cooler. Why? [Thx to Not the Beastmaster
Enter ... the Rawhide Kid!
Marvel is about to unveil the first openly gay gunslinger. Name's the Rawhide Kid. Its creators say it will likely be campy. With a name like that, how could it be anything but?
Thai company employs Spider-man to deliver cooking gas. Marvel
sez: "use monkey suits because monkeys don't have intellectual property rights."
Captain America - Black Man.
Marvel has had its share of classics and stinkers this year - but this historical look how Captain America might have come to be sounds really smart.