Marvel has put out another one of its mysterious Summer 2015 teaser posters, and it’s a doozy for Spider-Man fans. Illustrated by Adam Kubert, the teaser is titled Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows and despite being a simple image, it’s absolutely loaded with callouts to some of the most controversial moments in Spidey history.
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The Superman of today and the Superman that first appeared in 1938 are very different characters. While some of the important stuff is in place—Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and the tights—one of the more well-known bits of Superman trivia is that most of the stuff strongly associated with Superman didn’t come along until later. Originally, Superman couldn’t fly, he didn’t have heat vision or freeze breath. (To be fair, a lot of modern Superman stories are strangely embarrassed by that power for some reason.) And much of what becomes familiar hasn’t quite taken its final form yet: Krypton and Metropolis are both unnamed, The Daily Planet is The Daily Star.
Oh, and Superman is a total prick.
Like most things made by people, the comics industry is rife with frustrating institutional problems that will probably never be solved in our lifetimes. If you ask five different people about the worst thing to happen to comics, you’d probably get five different answers (or one cheating answer: the 90s). But, as someone who writes about comics, here’s the one that I find the most destructive, the one that gets in the way of a lot of people reading and enjoying great work: the idea that comics are supposed to be collected.
Note how I worded that. There is nothing inherently wrong with collecting comics, but the idea that it’s what you’re supposed to do is what’s destructive, because of what it implies. First and foremost, comics are meant to be read and enjoyed. Collecting comics just sort of happens as a natural extension of that—they pile up, and since they’re serial narratives, you want to hold on to them while seeking out gaps—after all, who wants to have just part of a story?
No, this is about the other kind of collecting.
If you follow comic book news, you might’ve noticed something happening over at Marvel. You haven’t? Let’s review. There’s this: READ FULL STORY
Marvel published an ongoing Star Wars comic book for nearly a decade. The first issue went on sale in April 1977, and the series lasted until 1986, a time when it totally made sense for Lando Calrissian to wear whatever he’s wearing in this picture. In 2015, the Star Wars universe returns to Marvel, with the company launching a new ongoing Star Wars series in January 2015. Written by Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassaday, the series focuses on the original-trilogy gang of Han, Luke, and Leia. READ FULL STORY
This February, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men will be teaming up in Guardians of the Galaxy/X-Men: The Black Vortex, a cosmic comic-book adventure that will send the two teams into the far reaches of space on the hunt for The Black Vortex, an object of immense power.
So what is The Black Vortex? According to Sam Humphries, the crossover’s lead writer speaking in advance of his panel today at New York Comic Con, it is an immensely powerful object with the ability to unlock the cosmic potential that lies within anyone. “So if you play guitar,” says Humphries, “The Black Vortex can unlock the potential within you to play like Jimmy Page, and Jimmy Hendrix, and George Harrison all at the same time.” READ FULL STORY
For comic book fans of a certain age, few comic book stories are remembered as fondly as Marvel’s 1984 mega-hit Secret Wars. A yearlong series that birthed countless Marvel fans, Secret Wars was memorable, even if the story—standard rock ‘em, sock ‘em stuff—doesn’t hold up. Now, thirty years later, Secret Wars is happening again.
The news was announced Thursday night at the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit in Times Square at New York Comic-Con. Marvel exec Dan Buckley only had the scantest of details to share: the event will be written by Jonathan Hickman as part of the multi-year saga he’s been writing in the pages of Avengers and New Avengers since he relaunched the titles in 2012. The event will be drawn by Esad Ribic, who just wrapped up an absolutely classic run on Thor: God of Thunder, and will begin in May 2015. READ FULL STORY
In 2014, it’s quite common to know almost every detail behind the production of a superhero movie before the movie is even released. From the release date to the cast to the director to screenwriters, every detail is examined and disseminated across myriad blogs and social media sites, to the point where, if you’re even mildly interested, you could easily find out the names of those responsible for getting that film to your local cinema.
But how about the people who created the characters in the pages of comic books?
In the early days of comic books, the relationship between creators and publishers was often exploitative. Many of the people responsible for creating the heroes that would make publishers millions were freelancers, working from home, never making a regular salary outside of their normal page rates and often struggling to get back their original artwork, collect royalties, or even get the level of credit due to them. People create pop culture, not corporations.
Of all those people, few have gotten the short shrift like Jacob Kurtzberg, better known as Jack Kirby.
Comic books have some of the most active and involved fans of any medium, and comics conventions are a big part of that. Despite the immense popularity of comics-inspired movies in theaters every year, the majority of published comics don’t sell very many copies—the average number of copies a book at both Marvel and DC, the biggest names in the business, tends to sit at 50,000 or less, with the top 10 clocking in six figures and the rest less than half that. Because of this, comics heavily rely on the support of a small and passionate fanbase. Comic cons are an important part of the industry, and they just don’t happen in San Diego and New York.
Case in point: Nigeria’s Lagos Comic-Con. READ FULL STORY
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