Posts Tagged "spider-man"

Casting KRAVEN

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

KravenCASTING KRAVEN

The Hunter Should Take a Shot at Hollywood
By Jerry W. Vandal

Spider-Man is held tightly in the grasp of the Vulture as he flies low through the car packed streets of New York City. A news crew is bobbing and weaving through traffic as it attempts to keep up with the embattled foes. Vulture releases Spider-Man into the trunk of a car causing the arachnid hero to collide into and bounce defenselessly to the ground. The Vulture flies slightly overhead and grins victoriously. And then he looks up to see a silhouetted man barreling towards him. The burly man latches onto Vulture with a bear-hug like hold and drives the winged criminal onto the hood of a taxi (insert an appearance of Stan Lee as he peaks out of the window of his now wrecked cab). Vulture is out for the count.  

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Make It So: Classic Marvel Animation on DVD

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

X-MenMake it So: Classic Marvel Animation on DVD by Jerry Whitworth

 

Between the DC Comics Classic Collection and Warner Archive Collection, fans of classic DC Comics programs can have almost everything the company has produced for television on DVD for their collection. If you’re a fan of Marvel on the other hand, you’re not so fortunate. While Marvel has definitely become better about releasing older material such as the much sought after 1990s X-Men animated series, fans of their animated adaptations of yesteryear have eagerly awaited even more releases (unless you live in the United Kingdom, which has been pretty lucky with getting their fix). The while, Hasbro has made lucrative sales of DVDs for classic series like G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Transformers, and Jem, which was a collaborative effort with Marvel, so much so it would seem as we’ve seen DVD releases of Transformers seasons unaired in the US and of the DIC seasons of G.I. Joe. Lets take a look at some of the series Marvel fans eagerly await.

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Amazing Spider-Man: How to Make a Reboot Work

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Comic Art News | 3 comments

Amazing Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man: How to Make a Reboot Work by Jerry W. Vandal

Reboots are a commonality in today’s comic book industry. They’re often met by sighs from traditional comic book fans, though they do tend to show an increase in sales whether it be from collector’s or readers looking to pick up a book at the start of a story. In some cases they serve as way to take a floundering character, repackage them with new artist and writer and leave behind the stigmas of mundane characterization, lack luster stories and the avoidance of the last incarnation. Moon Knight is a very obvious example. Charlie Huston and David Finch took a crack at the character followed by Gregg Hurwitz and Jerome Opena and most recently by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. All were failed attempts, but each attempted to find a way to get the character to reach an audience and become an important member of the Marvel Universe. In a different twist to rebooting a series following Schism, Marvel opted to restart the long running Uncanny X-Men with a new #1 that stayed in line with its regular shipping schedule. Sales were down in 2011, from 2010, around 10,000 units so the decision to go back to an issue one, while publicized as being to keep the book seem more important than the other X-books following Schism can be assumed to be about moving books as well. And of course the line wide reboot of the entire DC Universe that was highly publicized last September. So there should be little doubt that when dealing with comic book franchise, Hollywood would take a similar course.

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Top 10: Avengers Members

Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Comic Art News | 11 comments

Top 10: Avengers Members by Jerry Whitworth

 

Avengers by George Perez

Avengers by George Perez

The Avengers are Marvel Comics’ premier team of heroes (though the X-Men and Fantastic Four could also meet criteria for this claim, with the idea in mind several from both groups have been members of the Avengers) combining together the best of the society of super-heroes that protect Earth from alien invasions, the folly of man’s science, mystical threats from beyond, and evil given birth upon Earth itself. Threats like the Kree, Skrull, Ultron, Kang, Dr. Doom, Thanos, Count Nefaria, and the Masters of Evil have traded blows with these heroes only for time and again these guardians to come out on top. Listed below are those considered the best of the many heroes to count themselves among the Avengers.

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Through the Ages: Transition in Comics – Part Four

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Through the Ages: Transition in Comics – Part Four by Jerry Whitworth

(see Part One , Part Two , and Part Three here if you haven’t already)

MODERN AGE

Flash Wonderland

Flash Wonderland

While Grant Morrison and Alex Ross helped nudge a new direction in the comics industry, they certainly didn’t get there alone. Two men who helped push this new direction to what it is today are Geoff Johns and Dan DiDio. Johns was an up-and-comer in the film industry mentored by legendary director Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon series) when he met DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza who offered Johns the opportunity to pitch ideas. One of those ideas reached fruition with Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., an update on the DC property Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy. However, his next two projects at the publisher would provide much more fanfare. The Flash, coming off a longtime critically-received run under scribe Mark Waid, needed a fill-in team to cover the book while an ongoing team could be established. Johns came aboard with the storyline Wonderland and fans enjoyed it so much, DC found their new ongoing writer. When James Robinson moved on to work on projects in Hollywood, Johns would replace his position as co-writer on JSA with David S. Goyer and he struck gold again. Meanwhile, Dan DiDio, who was a writer and story editor for Mainframe Entertainment (ReBoot, Beast Wars: Transformers), was hired as an administrator at DC, first as vice president of editorial in 2002 and two years later as executive editor for the DC Universe. It was around this time DC Comics vigorously pursued exclusive contracts for work at the publisher, including luring talent from Marvel.

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Top 10: Rogues Galleries

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Villains

Villains

Top 10: Rogues Galleries by Jerry Whitworth

For the American comic book, superheroes reign supreme. It doesn’t matter if it’s DC, Marvel, Image, or any of the indies. Throw a cape or mask on someone and you got a much better shot than virtually anything else. But, superheroes are useless without another key component: supervillains. Alien invasions and gangsters are great padding, but we read comics to see colorful characters knocking down buildings or placing loved ones in perilous death traps. Imagine a comic book without a Dr. Doom, Joker, or Lex Luthor or a superhero without some Rogues Gallery, Sinister Six, or Monster Society of Evil to battle him or her. It’s a rather depressing notion because what’s the point of dashing off of rooftops or barreling out of a exploding building if there’s no one to legitimately challenge our hero when they survive? Lets see what villains stand atop all others. Though, before we begin, a little disclaimer: I’m purposely sticking to superheroes. With villains for heroes like James Bond, Doctor Who, and Dick Tracy, the list would be too challenging for me to cut to ten.

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