Maybe it’s really RUNNING GAG FRIDAY here at Stately Beat Manor, as this interview with Craig Kyle of Marvel Studios brings up the Beat’s favorite punching bag:
But I think what’s fun about this part of this job at Marvel is the diamond in the rough. When Blade was first introduced who knew that he was going to be the juggernaut that he was in that film franchise. It just takes the right creative mind and the right take on the characters and I think that all characters, even Woodgod, could be something special.
UGO: No, not Woodgod.
CRAIG: Hey, I’ll tell ya. If you hand it to Grant Morrison, I think anything’s possible.
UGO: Well maybe if you give it to Grant Morrison. Sure.
And by the way, your eyes are not deceiving you. That Marvel Premiere cover really does say “The MAN-BRUTE called WOODGOD. The House of Ideas does it again! ALL-OUT ACTION in the Mighty Marvel Manner! The most BIZARRE super-hero of all! You MUST read…A BIRTHDAY NIGHTMARE!” Protean.
Hey, speaking of Marvel, their stock is undergoing the traditional pre-Spidey movie rise:
Shares of Marvel Entertainment Inc. neared a 52-week high on Thursday after an analyst raised his earnings estimates for the company, saying he expects strong toy sales related to the upcoming release of “Spider-Man 3.”
Sanders Morris Harris analyst David Miller said the comic book publisher should generate $225 million from toy merchandising revenue, helped by robust sales of Hasbro Inc.’s new line of Spider-Man-themed toys.
“It’s a whole brand new toy line from Hasbro that just came out about three weeks ago,” said Mr. Miller.
Profit-takers beware: Marvel stock dropped a bit after the last two Spidey films opened.