Happy International Darkstar Day 2013!


Darkstar Day is here again! Once a year we gather to celebrate this character, first created long back in the 1970s by Tony Isabella and George Tuska, and which has weaved in and out of Marvel’s comics irregularly for the last thirty-odd years. Laynia Petrovna may not be the most well known character Marvel ever […]

There’s One Week until International Darkstar Day 2013!


The Beat is a notable website, a place where smart people gather and talk about book sales and publishing and all the parts of the industry nobody else quite reaches to. All sorts of academics, lawyers, screenwriters and journalists have written here – but, also, I write here too! And I balance out all that […]

Marvel to announce six new books at NYCC with Dan Slott, Mike Allred, Stuart Immonen, Bendis, Peter David and more


All week Marvel has been teasing their New York Comic-Con announcements with one word teasers. Just how much can be gleaned from a word and a font treatment depends on how closely you follow Team Marvel, but we’ve been making some guesses.

Joss Whedon says “brother-sister act” will be in Avengers 2 – but who?


Ooh, these premieres really make people loosen up about forthcoming projects, don’t they? Speaking at the premiere for Iron Man 3, Joss Whedon has perhaps in/advertently revealed that two new characters will be joining the cast of Avengers 2: I’ve got these two characters, two of my favourite characters from the comic book, a brother-sister […]

It’s International Darkstar Day!!

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The big day is finally here! Ladies and gentlemen of The Beat, gather your young ones and race onto the street. Proclaim for all to hear, TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL DARKSTAR DAY, AND I FEEL GREAT!!!!

One Week Until International Darkstar Day 2012!


You know how The Beat works now. While everybody else works hard on getting the best interviews, writing the strongest articles and the most incisive opinion pieces you could find, I run around in circles and yell excitedly about obscure D-List Marvel heroines. Which brings us to the imminent arrival of 2012’s International Darkstar Day! A […]

Russ Manning Award Spotlight: Dave Wachter

The fifth nominee for this year’s Russ Manning Award is Dave Wachter, the artist for Night of 1000 Wolves, That Hellbound Train, and several other less-ominous sounding comics.