If you ever wondered how Jerry Siegel’s 1970s lawsuit against National Periodical Publications would have turned out if it had been decided today, this week’s Second Circuit ruling in the Gary Friedrich case has your answer.
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Tweet When last we saw comics writer Gary Friedrich, he was badly losing a law suit to gain control of the character Ghost Rider and Marvel was telling him to pay back $17,000 in royalties for unauthorized Ghost Rider merchandise he was selling at cons. It was a dark day for creators, and everyone chalked [...]
TweetSpider-Man is hands down one of the most popular characters ever to leap from the pages of Marvel Comics, and is even a strong contender for one of the most popular comic characters produced by any comics publisher. He’s also displayed a particular trademark flexibility in successfully taking to the silver screen and flourishing through [...]
TweetWhile promoting the new Marvel Unlimited App over at Gizmodo, Marvel’s Peter Phillips indicated that Marvel was updating most of his major titles when they were six months old: The comics available through MU are all at least six months old, and while Marvel wouldn’t commit to every title making it into the service, SVP [...]
Following almost as much life-or-death drama behind the scenes as in the zombie-haunted woods of Georgia, The Walking Dead has named a new show runner, Scott Gimple, who takes over with season four from Glen Mazzara, who departed under strained circumstance sat the end of last month. Gimple served as Mazarra’s #2 guy for most of the last season, so he’s already been in the mix.
Oh yeah it’s the final countdown, as industry professionals from every walk of life pick out the biggest stories an dpersonalities of 2012 and look ahead to what’s in store for 2013, with plenty of news and art sneak peeks strewn along the way. Perviously: Part One, Part Two, Part Three
BTW, if you count up all the “biggest story of 2012″ answers, the most votes went to one partricular story: Karen Berger leaving Vertigo. It was truly the end of an era of comics.
Tweet§ If you were playing along on the Moore/Morrison stuff and can stand ONE MORE LINK, this piece on Moore, Morrison, Supergods by Emmet O’Cuana provides a fine coda. § DO NOT mess with The Oatmeal. § This piece on actors who have appeared in more than one comic book movie proved that I was [...]
Tweet Is this the week of new small publishers? Yes, everyone is doing it. Here’s yet another: Feral Planet a newish company started by Michael Friedlander, formerly of FPG, a fantasy art trading company. They have a new project with Mike Ploog and Joe Jusko involved….an oversized lushly illustrated book called Goliath which they are [...]
TweetDavid Goyer’s been off making movies and TV lately. He used to write comics, JSA with James Robinson and Geoff Johns. On the film/TV side, he’s been involved with the Nolan Batman trilogy, the Ghost Rider films and Blade the Series. Incidentally, Blade was a project with Geoff Johns. And it sounds like he’s getting ready [...]
The AVENGERS VS X-MEN crossover continues to dominate most of Marvel’s major titles in August, but this month also has the launch of two new titles – GAMBIT and HAWKEYE – plus the official 50th anniversary issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, and the start of Neal Adams’ FIRST X-MEN mini.
DC had a slightly greater share of the North American direct market this month. But it was close, leading Marvel by 36% to 35% in terms of units, and 33% to 32% in dollars.
TweetBy Todd Allen There’s a new wrinkle is the burgeoning battle of digital exclusives. Marvel has signed a digital exclusive with iVerse. I know, you’re thinking “Marvel has all their new comics with Comixology.” Yes… but that’s in English. Marvel just signed with iVerse for every other language. And that Marvel just handed a multi-year [...]
The programming schedule for this year’s New York Comic Con has just been released…but in a hard to read format. As we have in past years, organizers have supplied a complete text document of all the programming. You’ll note that there is a ton of great programming, but some of it is late at night — 9 pm Friday for “The Truth about the Hobbit”? Some of us like our nerd stuff AND have a social life!
One of the topics we’ve all had our eyes on here at Creator Watch 2012 is the Jim Starlin Situation. In brief, as you all know, Thanos was teased as a villain at the end of THE AVENGERS, and the announced Guardians of the Galaxy seems to be setting up some kind of cosmic menace for Marvel’s movie universe. And it just so happens that Thanos — and Gamora, who is a member of the GotG — were both created by Starlin as part of his run on Warlock.
In the case of Thanos, Starlin has posted evidence showing that he created the character prior to working at Marvel. And when asked about the character’s appearance in the third highest grossing movie of all time, it turned out that he had been in the dark about it. As if that wasn’t ominous enough, a Thanos miniseries to be written by Joe Keatinge was announced with great fanfare and then very hastily canceled, with no reason given, leaving room for all kinds of speculation that the character might be in some kind of ownership tussle.