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Jae Lee Illustrates Stephen King’s Dark Tower Novel

Jae Lee Illustrates Stephen King’s Dark Tower Novel | Comic Books | Scoop.it
The Wind Through The Keyhole is an upcoming Dark Tower novel from Stephen King, out now in a limited illustrated version before its mass market version in April.


And he has recruited the artist of the Dark Tower comic books, Jae Lee, to provide illustrations. Probably what Lee was doing before Before Watchmen.
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Space Battleship Yamato 2199's New Promo Video Streamed

Space Battleship Yamato 2199's New Promo Video Streamed | Comic Books | Scoop.it

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1st BD/DVD volume on sale in May after theatrical screening/advance sales in April


The online retailer Amazon began streaming a 225-second promotional video for the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 television anime series and film project. Yutaka Izubuchi (RahXephon), the 53-year-old animator who worked on mechanical designs and science-fiction concepts on some of the earlier projects in the Yamato franchise, is serving as chief director of this remake of the first series.


Nobuteru Yuki (Escaflowne, Record of Lodoss War) is designing the characters, and the anime studios XEBEC and AIC are producing the anime. Mechanical designer Makoto Kobayashi (Giant Robo, Last Exile, Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection) revealed at Anime Expo in July that he is working on a Yamato remake for this year.


The first Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume will go on sale in stores on May 25, after first being sold at theatrical screenings on April 7.

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2012 Harvey Awards Nominations Open

2012 Harvey Awards Nominations Open | Comic Books | Scoop.it

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The Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con are proud to present the official Nomination Ballot for this year’s Harvey Awards. Named in honor of the late Harvey

Kurtzman, one of the industry’s most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art.


Ballots can be downloaded from HarveyAwards.org and completed forms can be e-mailed to harveyballots@hotmail.com.


Ballots are due for submission by Monday, April 16th, 2012. In addition to being available on the website, ballots will be sent to all major publishers and distributed at comic conventions. We look forward to your participation and input in this process, and we look forward to seeing you at the Baltimore Comic-Con and the Harvey Awards.


Returning for his fourth consecutive Harvey Awards, Scott Kurtz will be the Master of Ceremonies for the awards banquet, to be held Saturday, September 8th, 2012 as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “After Scott, Stan Lee, and the Fake Stan Lee brought the house down again last year, we had to have him back! We are thrilled that Scott agreed to come back to Baltimore and help to make the Harvey Awards ceremony as fun and exciting as the last few years have been!” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.


Scott Kurtz has been creating his own comic strips since he got hooked on Garfield in the 4th grade. In 1998, his comic strip, PvP, debuted on the world wide web (pvponline.com) with 700 daily readers. Over the last 10 years, PvP has grown into a genuine Internet phenomenon, growing in readership to an estimated 150,000 readers per day, a monthly title from Image comics, winning a Harvey Award in 2010 for Best Online Comics Work, and winning the Eisner Award for best digital comic in 2006. Scott co-wrote the book “How To Make Webcomics” and co-founded webcomics.com to help assist others in forging their own creative destinies.


Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected exclusively by creators – those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field. The Harvey Awards are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.


This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th. Additional details about the Harvey Awards and the awards ceremony will be released over the next few months.

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NEAL ADAMS & CARMINE INFANTINO ANNOUNCED AS GUESTS OF HONOR FOR FLORIDA SUPERCON 2012

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NEAL ADAMS & CARMINE INFANTINO ANNOUNCED AS GUESTS OF HONOR FOR FLORIDA SUPERCON 2012


South Florida's Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Video Game Festival returns to Miami, FL. June 29–July 2, 2012 for the largest geek event in South Florida history!


Miami, FL – Florida Supercon returns to Miami for its 7th annual show at the Miami Airport Convention Center. South Florida's Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Video Game Festival is set for Friday, June 29 through Monday, July 2, 2012. The 7th annual Florida Supercon will be the largest yet, with over 200 guest celebrities, artists, writers, filmmakers and bands taking over almost 150,000 square feet of convention space. Comic Book Legends Neal Adams and Carmine Infantino have just been announced as the 2012 Guests of Honor to the four day festival that includes celebrity guests, comic book publishers, artists, writers, vendors, Q&A's, parties, costume contests, anime programming, cosplay, panels, photo shoots, live music, video games and more. The event kicks off at 12:00pm, Friday, June 29 and the fun continues almost around the clock until 6:00pm, Monday, July 2.


Florida Supercon is proud to have two legendary Guests of Honor this year, Neal Adams and Carmine Infantino.


Neal Adams is one of the greatest comic book artists of all time! He helped revolutionize Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow for DC Comics. Neal Adams helped revolutionize The Avengers and The X-Men for Marvel Comics. He redefined comic book art in the Silver Age and continues to be a huge influence in the industry as an artist, graphic designer and creator rights advocate. He has been working with both Marvel and DC recently on both Batman and The Avengers.


Carmine Infantino is one of the most important comic book creators of all time and will always be remembered as the personification of DC Comics’ Silver Age. Infantino helped to resurrect a dying comics industry in 1956, as the artist who launched the Silver Age with his co-creation; the FLASH and remains the best-loved Flash artist of all-time. In addition to The Flash, he is also the creator/co-creator of dozens of top characters including: Batgirl, Human Target, Poison Ivy, Animal Man, Black Canary, Deadman and many more. Mr. Infantino’s appearance is health permitting and is made possible with the assistance of Vanguard Productions, publisher of The Amazing World of Carmine Infantino.


New guests are being added weekly as we lead up to the show. Some of the guests already lined up for Florida Supercon 2012 include:


Comic Book artists and writers: Tony Bedard (Blue Beetle, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Green Lantern Corps), Allen Bellman (Golden Age Captain America, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner), Howard Chaykin (Star Wars, Avengers 1959, American Flagg, Blackhawk), Olivier Coipel (Mighty Thor, Siege, House of M, Avengers vs. X-Men), Terry Cronin (Students of the Unusual, The Skinvestigator), Shawn Crystal (Deadpool, Deadpool MAX, Resident Evil, Wolverine/Deadpool), Jose Delbo (Wonder Woman, Transformers, Batman), Derec Donovan (Green Lantern, Rogue, R.E.B.E.L.S.), Steve Epting (Fantastic Four, Captain America, The Avengers), Rob Hunter (Red Lanterns, Green Lantern, Justice League of America), Greg Kirkpatrick (Living in Infamy, Mutants and Masterminds), Pat Martin (Students of the Unusual), Karl Moline (Fray, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, B.P.R.D.), Sheldon Moldoff (Golden Age Batman, Hawkman, Flash Comics), Rags Morales (Action Comics, Identity Crisis, Hawkman), Ariel Olivetti (Cable, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2.0, Namor), Denny O’Neil (Batman, Green Lantern, Detective Comics), Alex Segura (Archie Comics), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra, Batman, Moon Knight, Star Wars), J. David Spurlock (Vanguard Productions), Vinnie Tartamella (Hack/Slash, Female Force, Political Power), Roy Thomas (The Avengers, Conan, X-Men, Dr. Strange, Red Sonja, Alter Ego), David Uslan (Graphicly), Brad Walker (Heroes For Hire, Guardians of the Galaxy, Action Comics) and Mervyn McCoy (Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew).


Movie and TV Celebrities: Dino Stamatopoulos (Community, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, Morel Orel), Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, Morel Orel), Gregg Berger (Transformers, GI Joe, Duckman), James Duval (Donnie Darko, May, Independence Day, Doom Generation), Noah Hathaway (The Neverending Story, Battlestar Galactica), Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim, Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Angry Beavers), Scott Tepperman (Ghost Hunters International), Paul Bradford (Ghost Hunters International), Chad Lindberg (Supernatural, The Fast and the Furious, I Spit on Your Grave), Cindy Morgan (Tron, Caddyshack), Alan Oppenheimer (He-Man, Transformers, Star Trek, Mighty Mouse, Smurfs, Six Million Dollar Man), Krysti Pryde (The Tester, Sony Playstation Network), Rikki Simons (Invader Zim), Andy Sipes (Code Monkeys, Minoriteam, Archer), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Chowder, Squidbillies, Venture Brothers), Michael Uslan (Exec. Producer Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, Doug, Bugs Bunny), Lloyd Kaufman (Toxic Avenger, Troma) and Hershell Gordon Lewis ("Godfather of Gore").


Anime Voice Actors: Brittney Karbowski (Soul Eater, High School of the Dead, Xenosaga, Coyote Ragtime Show), Brina Palencia (One Piece, Hetalia, Black Butler, Spice and Wolf), David Vincent (Code Geass, Bleach, Naruto, Tekken: Blood Vengeance), Stephanie Young (Claymore, One Piece, Soul Eater),


Musical Guests: Chii Sakurabi, Critics & Skeptics,

Atrocitus, Cadillac Creeps, Crimson and DJ Noodle.


Additional guests and guest updates can be found at www.floridasupercon.com

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RIP John Severin

RIP John Severin | Comic Books | Scoop.it

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Hall of Fame artist John Severin, one of the last of the legendary EC artists, has died at age 90. Severin—whose sister Marie was also a famed artist and colorist for Marvel—was among the greatest draftsmen of the EC crew. He was especially well known for his Western comics, which were meticulously researched and elegant in their line, but he also excelled at barbarian comics (Kull was a Marvel hit) and humor: his work for CRACKED Magazine was inspired and almost singlehandedly made it a worthy competitor for MAD.
In recent years he had continued to work, notably on The Rawhide Kid in 2003, a controversial gay western; he also worked on The Punisher and B.P.R.D.


The family has released a statement:

Internationally acclaimed illustrator-­‐cartoonist, John Powers Severin (1921-­‐ 2012), passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012 at his home in Denver, Colorado with his family by his side.


He was 90 years old.


Throughout his sixty plus year career in comic illustration and cartooning, Severin gained world-­‐wide notoriety and is regarded by many fans, friends, historians, and colleagues as a truly distinctive and brilliant artist.


Long-­‐time friend and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee states,
“He had an art style that was uniquely and distinctly his own.The minute you looked at his artwork you knew you were looking at a John Severin illustration; it could be no one else. Besides his inimitable style, there was a feeling of total authenticity to whatever he drew, whether it was a Western, a crime story, a superhero saga or a science fiction yarn. Not only was his penciling the very finest, but his inking, too, had a distinctive Severin touch that made every strip he rendered stand out like a winner”.


Severin’s professional career was launched early in high school when he contributed cartoons for the Hobo News. Early in his career, his works were also published by Jack Kirby at Crestwood Publications’ Prize Comics. He co-created the long-running Native American feature American Eagle and continued drawing stories for Prize Comics through 1955.

Called an “artist’s artist”, Severin gained a reputation for his historical knowledge and detail in all genres, most notably war and western. Sharing a Manhattan studio with fellow classmates Harvey Kurtzman and Bill Elder from New York’s famed High School of Music and Art; Severin began drawing for EC Comics. His illustrations graced the covers and inside pages of several EC comic series’ including Two-fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. It was also during this time Severin’s colleagues, Harvey Kurtzman and William Gaines co-created MAD Magazine. Severin was one of the five original artists who played a part in launching the infamous magazine, illustrating features for MAD Magazine between 1952 and 1954.


Upon leaving EC Comics, Severin was sought after to help launch CRACKED Magazine, a new publication that would become the prime competitor to MAD Magazine. Severin, using the pseudonyms “Nireves”, “Le Poer”, and “Noel”, was the lead artist for CRACKED Magazine for an unprecedented 45 years.

Following the cancellation of EC’s comic book line in the mid-1950’s, Severin began working for Atlas Comics, the company that would eventually become Marvel Comics. After the transition to Marvel Comics, Severin contributed his illustrations to several popular titles including the Incredible Hulk, The Nam, Kull the Conqueror, Captain Savage, What The?!, and Semper Fi.


In 2003, Severin revived an outlaw character he created fifty years prior, for Marvel’s controversial Rawhide Kid in the groundbreaking edition Slap Leather. Also in the 2000’s, Severin contributed to Marvel’s The Punisher; DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, American Century, Caper, and Bat Lash; and Dark Horse Comics’ Conan, B.P.R.D. and Witchfinder. Severin’s final illustrations were for Marvel’s Witchfinder Lost and Gone Forever, published in early 2012.


“One of my greatest regrets, as an editor, was the fact that John was so busy doing other things that I couldn’t give him as many assignments as I would have wished. If it were up to me, I’d have kept him busy drawing for Marvel seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year,” states Lee.


Throughout his life, Severin received numerous honors, recognitions, and awards for his illustrations and contribution to the comic book industry. In 2003 he was inducted into the Eisner Comic Industry Awards – Hall of Fame. His other accolades include:
Best Western – Desperadoes
1967 Alley Award – Sgt. Fury
1968 Alley Award – Sgt. Fury of Shield
1998 American Association of Comic Book Collectors – Hall of Fame
1998 National Inkpot
Marvel Shazam – Conan
2000 American Association of Comicbook Collectors Hall of Fame – Historical Contribution
2000 International Inkpot
2001/2002 Charles M. Shultz “Sparky” Lifetime Achievement
Jules Verne Estate Lifetime Achievement
Marvel Shazam – Kull


“John Severin’s distinguished work is personified by the quality of the man himself. “John Severin was one of the nicest, most decent, honorable, straight-shooting men you’d ever hope to meet,” states Lee. “Truly, the art world has suffered a great loss with John’s passing – but so has the human race. To John’s friends and fans worldwide, he has been greatly loved and will surely be greatly missed.”

John Powers Severin was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. After attending the High School of Music and Art he enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He moved to Denver, Colorado in 1970. As a freelance comic illustrator and cartoonist, thousands of Severin’s illustrations have been published and admired by fans worldwide. John Severin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Michelina, 6 children, 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, a step great granddaughter and Severin’s sister, Marie Severin, who is also a comic illustrator and cartoonist.

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Gillen and Lanning "Exile" "New Mutants" & "Journey Into Mystery" - Comic Book Resources

Gillen and Lanning "Exile" "New Mutants" & "Journey Into Mystery" - Comic Book Resources | Comic Books | Scoop.it

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Gillen and Lanning Exile New Mutants & Journey Into Mystery


Marvel Comics' Next Big Thing extravaganza is back with live press conference calls throughout the week on Marvel's latest projects. Last week was a veritable cornucopia of announcements including Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley and Tom Brevoort on "Avengers Assemble" as well as the reveal of eleven "Avengers vs. X-Men" covers, including the "Avengers" #26 cover by Walt Simonson. Today, Marvel continued its announcement slate with a preview of "Exiled," a "Journey Into Mystery"/"New Mutants" crossover event with series writers Kieron Gillen and Andy Lanning.


"There's a history between New Mutants and Asgard," noted Lanning, who said Gillen had an "idiotic eureka moment."


Gillen noted some of what's happening in "Exiled" will hearken back to some of the things he's been playing with for some time all the way back to his time on "New Mutants."


"We really wanted to mess with that history and have characters travel to Asgard, so it is a little twist on how these stories have normally played out. We're trying to play it that there are some really cool reveals and surprises along the way," said Lanning.

The interior artist is Carmine Di Giandomenico, who both writers are excited to work with. His image of hell is "unlike any version of Hell I've ever seen in a Marvel book," noted Gillen.


"It feels good to do this," said Gillen, who previously wrote "New Mutants." "In the interim between the two books, there's a reason why I stole 'Magik' for 'Uncanny,'" he noted of his time between "New Mutants" and "Uncanny X-Men." According to Gillen, some of the events of "Exiled" spin out of the tie-in issues of "Fear Itself."


"This is fun, we found ourselves dealing a lot with stuff as we were locking thing down with this," said Lanning. "Kieron brings a great sense of fun with these heroic characters in an old-style traditional bardic sort of sense. There's a tone that Kieron struck in that book that’s quite easy and fun to pick up with and have a laugh with. We're basically just aping what Kieron does."


"He's got a very angular approach, and does the grayscale art that will look fantastic in color. His storytelling is absolutely spot on," said Lanning. "His body language and drawing has made me giggle a number of times."


In terms of crossing over "New Mutants" and "Journey Into Mystery," Gillen noted "It seemed like a natural place to go," saying he wanted to explore what the Dsir are really about. "I turned them from pure villains into something a little more morally greyer. The last issue of 'Journey Into Mystery,' Loki was a little distraught over betraying them. I have all this energy and that all came from the 'New Mutants' plotline. ... It was a great place to resolve that story and bring the Dsir to their big apocalyptic climax. ... The idea is putting the New Mutants into more of a protectoring role."


Gillen also elaborated on the Dsir's role in the upcoming crossover, saying the spirits are like "a ghost story to Gods." "Where we've left them is deep in the pit of Mephisto's hell. They're trapped forever unless there's old magic that nobody knew about. … Then, maybe there's trouble for everyone."


"I'd say look in San Francisco [for old magic,]" said Lanning.


Lanning also joked about the number of text boxes in Gillen's "Journey to Mystery." "Absolutely, that's something that Kieron insisted we did," said Lanning. "He also sent us templates and several words we had to use. It's part of his rider list for the crossover. We've had lessons on how to do bardic and Norse verse."


The crossover runs only in May as a five issue event, with a one-shot to start, then crosses from "Journey Into Mystery" #637, goes to "New Mutants" #42, followed by "Journey" #638" and "New Mutants" #43. "New Mutants" will also play a role in "AvX," being a part of the mutant population.


Lanning noted how the New Mutants will find the roles reversed from the times past when the mutants previously found themselves in Asgard. "That's where we've played the games tight. It's like Asgard coming into their backyard as it were. They're the ones taking charge here," said Lanning. Gillon noted the Asgardians find themselves in the position of being the younger ones in this particular instance.

"We're the palette cleanser, we're the light relief," said Lanning of the tone of the event, mentioning how fun was the focus of the book. "You don't get more fun than Asgardians and mutants running around trying to stop flesh-eating zombies in San Francisco."

"We've repeatedly be repaid with awesomeness by the guys," said editor John Denning. "They've managed to keep that tone by having these ghost villains and [having humor.] We couldn't be happier."

Gillen and Lanning have divided the writing chores, something Gillen noted as "casual and cool." The two writers have been co-plotting all the way through. "It's been a unique experience in my comic career," said Gillen.


As for the other Asgardians in the story, the writers mentioned Thor, Hela, the Warriors Three and Sif would all be making appearances.


The writers also spoke to choosing the name of the series, "Exiled." "The name of the series was probably the easiest thing we had to do," said Lanning.


"None of the names we initially came up with felt like it had the larger context for the event," said Editor Lauren Sankovitch. "The New Mutants are self-imposed exiles. They've gone out to live in San Francisco. For the members of Asgard, they'll be coming to San Francisco and out of their element and will find themselves in precarious elements. … For the Dsir themselves, these cannibal time bombs, they've been exiled this entire existence. They've been these fringe elements as parts of the God world since their inception."


Lanning also mentioned the old New Mutant crew, such as Cannonball and Wolfsbane, would not be joining this crossover. "No, unfortunately not in these issues. Once the story unfolds, you'll see why that is, but no we're just dealing with the cast that are living in San Francisco at this point in time."


With that, the call wrapped. "Exiled," written by Kieron Gillen, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with interior art by Carmine Di Giandomenico and covers by Stephanie Hans, kicks off in May with the "Exiled" #1 one-shot followed by weekly installments, finishing at the end of the month.

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Grace Randolph’s Between The Pages With Adventure Time’s Fred Seibert

Grace Randolph’s Between The Pages With Adventure Time’s Fred Seibert | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Grace Randoph and Exec Producer of Adventure Time, Fred Seibert talk about the new Adventure Time comic from Boom for Bleeding Cool’s Between The Pages video blog, part of Think About The Ink.


Seriously, how lucky are we?


Click thru to check out the video interview

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ARTIST STEVE PUGH TAKES ON ANIMAL MAN

ARTIST STEVE PUGH TAKES ON ANIMAL MAN | Comic Books | Scoop.it

via dcu.blog.dccomics.com (Josh Kushins)
 

Travel Foreman will be moving on from Buddy Baker’s ethereal adventures in The Rot, but ANIMAL MAN remains in good hands with artist Steve Pugh taking over illustration duties. Pugh is no stranger to Animal Man’s adventures, having drawn an extensive run of the character’s original series in the 1990s.


“For me, it’s awesome to be returning to a book that was such a milestone in my creative life and with Jeff, a killer writer who’s been punching ANIMAL MAN through the ceiling!” said Pugh. “Yeah, I was buying the book already but now I don’t have to wait so long to find out what happens next!”


Pugh joins the Baker family full-time with ANIMAL MAN #9, in May. Check out the cover by Travel Foreman right here at The Source.

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Friedrich Ordered To Pay Marvel $17K Over "Ghost Rider" - Comic Book Resources

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Friedrich Ordered To Pay Marvel $17K Over "Ghost Rider"

This week, the latest judgements were made in the long-running legal battle between "Ghost Rider" creator Gary Friedrich and Marvel Characters Inc., and by extension, the latest victory of a comics company over a disaffected freelancer was also handed down.


Blogger Daniel Best, who has followed the Ghost Rider case closely, posted a copy of the court documents defining the legal stipulation -- or agreement between Friedrich's lawyers and Marvel's -- as a result of the writer's recent loss to the multi-million dollar entertainment company over the rights to the flame-headed, motorcycle-riding hero.


Friedrich sued Marvel, Columbia Pictures, Hasbro and other companies in 2007, alleging the copyrights used in the first "Ghost Rider" movie and related products reverted to him in 2001 because, he alleged, the publisher failed to register the character's first appearance in 1972's "Marvel Spotlight" #5 with the U.S. Copyright Office. The case took a few turns, with Marvel countersuing in 2010, seeking damages for the writer's unauthorized sale of Ghost Rider posters, T-shirts and cards online and at comic conventions.

In brief, the agreement lay out that Marvel will drop its countersuit if Friedrich agrees to pay $17,000 in damages, and ceases not only selling Ghost Rider-related items of his own creation but also promoting himself as the creator of the character for financial gain. Marvel did note Friedrich's right to sell his autograph on Ghost Rider merchandise, but only that officially created or licensed by the company's subsidiaries.


Aside from the obvious and decided victory for Marvel being the latest in a long line of cases in which the company has successfully argued that legal language stamped on the back of freelancer checks constitutes a binding work-for-hire contract, this judgment also brings up questions to the regularly-overlooked, and often vital, revenue stream of convention sales by comics creators. Every year, hundreds if not thousands of writers and artists earn a significant portion of their income by selling sketches, art commissions, art prints and other self-made product featuring the popular corporate characters fans associate with them. This practice is often overlooked by comics companies -- and in the case of Marvel, the publisher has in recent years taken to aiding current freelancers in creating officially licensed prints to sell at shows -- but with the judgment against Friedrich, the door is open to a future in which publishers demand profits or damages based on freelancer convention business.

Best notes in the comments for his original story that Friedrich is likely to appeal the overall decision, even as the stipulation on the $17,000 comes attached with a timeline whereby Marvel can reassert its trademark counterclaims within 90 days of February 6 if the writer doesn't comply with the terms.

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The Wolverine Gets a Release Date

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The Wolverine Gets a Release Date


Despite some production delays, the highly-anticipated franchise sequel, The Wolverine, appears to be back on track and now has an official release date of July 26, 2013.


To be directed by James Mangold, The Wolverine will follow up 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and finds Logan beginning a forbidden romance with a Japanese woman whose hand in marriage is, unfortunately, promised to another man. Since Logan won't take "no" for an answer, it puts him into battle with her father and her samurai-sword-wielding brothers and Silver Samurai.


The new release date tentatively puts the project up against Lionsgate's Dirty Dancing remake and Walt Disney Pictures' Phineas and Ferb film.

Christopher McQuarrie provided the original screenplay with rewrites performed by Mark Bomback.
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New Clip From Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance Debuts

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Yahoo! Movies has debuted this new clip from Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance. The film, coming to 3D and 2D theaters on February 17, was directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and stars Nicolas Cage, Fergus Riordan, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth.
 

In this gritty new vision for the character, Johnny is still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter - but he may risk everything as he teams up with the leader of a group of rebel monks (Elba) to save a young boy from the devil... and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.
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Self-Publishers Stuff Nook, Kindle Comics Stores With Porn

Self-Publishers Stuff Nook, Kindle Comics Stores With Porn | Comic Books | Scoop.it

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Self-Publishers Stuff Nook, Kindle Comics Stores With Porn


Rogue self-publishers have been stuffing the comics sections of the Nook and Kindle online stores with an entirely different kind of graphic novel, turning Barnes & Noble's flagship device briefly into a "Nookie Tablet."


It's a rule of the Internet. Stop editing and moderating, just for a minute, and everything will turn to porn and spam. That seems to have happened on the Nook, and, to a lesser extent, the Kindle.
Self-publishing has turned bookstore shelves from "seller cares" to "buyer beware," with apparently no guarantees of quality or even that the content is what it says it is. With Barnes & Noble and Amazon apparently abdicating any preemptive editorial control, it's now a free-for-all online.


Looking for recent issues of Eric Shanower's award-winning Oz series on the Nook this weekend, I turned up a trove of XXX-men freely mixed in with the single-X variety. A hardcore "submissive erotica rape fantasy" was cuddled up right next to "The Last Unicorn" in Barnes & Noble's best-seller list.

What's worse is that a lot of the porn wasn't even comics; the graphic novel department had become a dumping-ground for ad-hoc collections of ripped-off hardcore JPGs and erotica with titles like "Attack From Behind!"


The Amazon Kindle Fire had less of a problem, but it's still there. Disturbingly, the number-one "comic" in the Kindle Fire's "Comics & Graphic Novels" department on Monday was a text-only chunk of erotica titled "Chili Peppers," which is indeed a graphic novel, but not the kind you'd be looking for in that section. (By Tuesday, it had dropped to number five.)


The Nook porn vanished as soon as I asked Barnes & Noble about it. They acknowledged it shouldn't have been there, and said self-publishers using their PubIt! Digital platform can simply pick whatever section in which they want their books to appear.
But Barnes & Noble would never let this kind of mis-shelving occur in its brick and mortar stores. Why should the online store be any different? Just because you have infinite shelf space doesn't mean the shelves must be poorly arranged.


Amazon did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


Barnes & Noble tried to frame this as a First Amendment issue, but the answer isn't all or nothing. I'm not calling for porn to be removed from online bookstores – just that it not appear by surprise, mixed in with the non-porn.


Barnes & Noble cautions that only adults should use its e-readers, because there are apparently no parental controls to filter this stuff. The company defends adult content as something adults should be able to read, and the company is right. But where to shelve your porn is completely under the e-bookstores' control, and it doesn't stop anyone who actually wants the porn from reading it.
Even porn publishers advocate parental controls and proper shelving. They know that if you're looking for porn, you're looking for porn, and if you're looking in the general interest section, you're probably not looking for porn.


It wouldn't hurt anyone, and it would help a lot of people, to put the porn in a special adult section of the bookstore rather than mixing it in with all and sundry. That's how every brick-and-mortar bookstore in the world works, including my local comics shop.


I'm assuming that there's porn scattered all around the e-book stores, just like there are porn podcasts hiding in the iTunes Store. But it's particularly visible in the comics section because Barnes & Noble's selection of comics is so poor. With relatively few compelling titles, the porn bubbles up to the top. That's a pity, because the comics-reading experience on the Nook is excellent. There just aren't many comics to read.


Most everything you'd want in a great comics store is missing. Instead, there's a weak collection of Marvel graphic novels, relatively obscure manga, self-published stuff, and some scans of old 1950s comics, along with a few gems like Vera Brosgol's "Anya's Ghost." It's hard to tell because the store isn't properly arranged by publisher as they are in most real comics stores. It's just a jumble.
The Kindle's editor-selected "Comic Books" store only has high-quality, non-porn stuff among its 108 graphic novels. Amazon's store also has a broader array of comics in general: 3,925 entries to the Nook's 977. But if you drill down to the full selection of "Comics & Graphic Novels," you'll still get text-only erotica in the top 10.

This is all part of a disturbing, lazy trend to think that "on the Internet" means "with no editors." Editors matter. Readers and shoppers don't want to have to slodge through giant dumpsters of low-quality content to find what they want. They appreciate an experience where the best stuff - or at least good-enough stuff - has been selected first.


It isn't just about porn. It's also about the huge burst of uneven creativity enabled by self-publishing tools. While self-publishing has enabled genuine talents like Amanda Hocking to rise to the top, the general lack of editing and selection means that there's a much worse noise-to-signal ratio among self-published works than among professionally published writing.
The e-bookstores could at least enable some check-boxes in the bookstore views, letting readers sort by target age (which would also prevent buyers of grownup comics from having to slog through kiddie stuff) or allowing them to exclude self-published material. But Amazon and Barnes & Noble appear to neither edit their stores aggressively nor empower users to do their own editing.


I'm hoping Barnes & Noble and Amazon get their acts together here and improve their online shelving, showing readers quality books first. Otherwise, there's a big opportunity here for Apple - the king of editing and content selection - to shake up the e-book market.


And to both Barnes & Noble and Amazon, would it hurt you guys to get a better selection of comics? The catalog of First Second Books would be a good start.

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New documentary about the secret history of Wonder Woman recruits Gloria Steinem and Lynda Carter

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New documentary about the secret history of Wonder Woman recruits Gloria Steinem and Lynda Carter


Director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan rounded up Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox, Lynda Carter and more to tell The Untold Story of American Superheroines, a title that specifically refers to the lady in red and blue, Wonder Woman. Watch how the superheroine changed over time and influenced all those around her!


WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation. WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male dominated superhero genre.

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines will be premiering at SXSW.


Hopefully, a new Wonder Woman can clean off her slightly tarnished image thanks to the ridiculous NBC show that never got off the ground.

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Pokemon Love Song

http://youtu.be/FufQ-tc6cqk

Sometimes I spent my Saturday nights writing love songs filled with Pokemon puns.

Lyrics:

I know I might be kinda of oddish
but I think it'd beedrilly cool
if it wasn't just by chansey that I met you
I'm seaking you

you leer me in then you blastoise me away
our love would be supersonic hope you don't fly away
be my geodude and I'll be your chikorita
I must be physic cuz in my future sight I see ya

I really hope I don't Jynx this, but I'd like to say,
you attract me and gust me away

my love for you is bigger than a snorlax
I won't be tentacruel so baby you can relax
just staryu and starmie
our love will evolve

I'll be your nidoqueen if you'll be my nidoking
you give me butterfrees and it's really haunting
You may say I'm exeggcute but I say you're exeggutor
you're rarer than mew two and I swear you've got a secret power

I hope it's not too farfetch'd
but you're so bellossom
you've got me under hypnosis,
you're so tentacool and what I really want to say
is you're hotter than a cindaquil and you can smoochum me any day

abra kadabra alakazam I choose you

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John Byrne Introduces One, Two And Three

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Homaging the Gil Kane cover to Giant Sized One, Trio #1 from IDW in May features the following;

ZAP! POW! BAM! — are sound effects you may actually see in this series, as John Byrne returns to his roots with a brand-new superhero series. Their code names are simple ONE, TWO and THREE, but the world calls them ROCK, PAPER and SCISSORS. Together, they are Trio.


With a variant cover penciled by John Byrne and inked by Joe Sinnott. For peple who like superhero comics. Or at least, used to.

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Moves Like Batman - Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger Parody

Lyrics:
When i press start, Arkham City
I feel like the star, and that's one hot kitty
I'm wearing a cape, alter ego Bruce Wayne.
And i'll save the day.
This city is hell, but i got my
Explosive Gel, Remote Control Batarang
So bring on the gang, you know i can hang.
And Hugo is Strange.
And i fight like this...
Drop a smoke bomb and i'll own you.
Do a Cape Stun and i'll show you
All the moves like Batman, i got the moves like Batman.
I've got the na na na na na na na na moves like Batman.
Call in some bats and they'll swarm you.
I just kicked your ass, but i warned you.
Got the moves like Batman, i got the moves like Batman.
I've got the na na na na na na na na moves like Batman.
Sometimes i Slide, but i love to
Grapnel and Glide, Dive Bomb you.
I throw a Beat Down. Perform a Take Down.
That ass sure is round! (catwoman)
Oh! I got my Batclaw for the Joker.
Phone calls from Zsaaz couldn't be weirder.
I'll fight the Penguin, shove his umbrella in...
I'd **** Harley Quinn
And i fight like this...
Drop a smoke bomb and i'll own you.
Do a Cape Stun and i'll show you
All the moves like Batman, i got the moves like Batman.
I've got the na na na na na na na na moves like Batman.
Call in some bats and they'll swarm you.
I just kicked your ass, but i warned you.
Got the moves like Batman, i got the moves like Batman.
I've got the na na na na na na na na moves like Batman.

how to move
how to dance
how to batman
how to catwoman

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Radical Publishing Drops Out Of Free Comic Book Day

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Radical Publishing Drops Out Of Free Comic Book Day


With Free Comic Book Day several weeks away, now it’s time to find out… the books you won’t be getting.


We already know that, after a cease-and-desist and the compliance of Antarctic Press, it’s doubtful you’ll get betting the Free Comic Book Day version of Diary Of A Zombie Kid. However the book is still listed on the Free Comic Book Day website, and its possible Antartcic Press may just replace it with a new title.


But one book has disappeared – and comparing the site and the Google cache sees it jump out. It’s still on the site, but links have been removed from the rest of the site.


UNDER THE FAERIE MOON
(W) Terry Rossio (A) Various (CA) Ryohei Hase
From the co-writer of Pirates of the Caribbean and Shrek comes an epic adventure set in the hidden land of Faerie. When the young faerie Weaver falls helplessly in love, she sets forth to prove her worth by recovering the lost Thrallstone of the Elves. But when Weaver sets free an imprisoned Wraith on the promise he will help, has she unwittingly triggered the second Great Faerie War?


Radical Publishing executives did not reply to emails.

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STAR TREK/DOCTOR WHO Crossover in May from IDW

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First Ever Star Trek/Doctor Who Comic Book Crossover Coming in May


Star Trek: The Next Generation crew and the Doctor face off 
against the Borg and the Cybermen


San Diego, CA (February 13, 2012)—In conjunction with BBC Worldwide Consumer Products and CBS Consumer Products, IDW Publishing will make history when two of the greatest science-fiction properties of all time come together in a comic book for the first time. The world’s most popular time traveler teams up with the U.S.S. Enterprise crew in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION2, taking fans on an adventure where no man has gone before.


“By joining these two sci-fi powerhouses, fans will be taken on the ultimate adventure through time and space,” said Liz Kalodner, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Consumer Products.


Launching in May, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION2 will feature fan-favorite villains the Borg and the Cybermen as they create an unholy alliance resulting in potential disaster for all humanity. Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise find themselves joining forces with the Doctor and his companions, with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance.


“We are excited about this new adventure for the Doctor and the fact that he will be travelling with Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his iconic crew. This is a perfect partnership for not only Doctor Who’s incredible fans, but also for the brand. We have just celebrated our most successful year yet. Doctor Who’s latest season delivered record ratings for BBC AMERICA and it was most downloaded full TV seasons of 2011 in the U.S. on the iTunes Store,” says Soumya Sriraman, executive vice president Home Entertainment and Licensing.


This eight-issue series will be written by Scott and David Tipton, the authors of critically acclaimed Star Trek: Infestation, with a helping hand from longtime Doctor Who writer Tony Lee, and will feature fully painted artwork by J.K. Woodward (Fallen Angel).


Fans are encouraged to ask their retailers about the rare wraparound photo cover. Plus, artist Joe Corroney (Star Trek Ongoing) will provide a variant cover featuring the Doctor and friends aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.


Doctor Who and Star Trek are two hugely successful franchises that began as television series, and have expanded into a number of other media, including comic books, which continue to captivate fans all over the world. Nearly five decades and 1,500 episodes in the making, this is the moment that both Trekkers and Whovians have waited for all their lives!

STAR TREK TNG/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION2 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in May 2012.

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Much Like a Zombie, The Walking Dead is Back From a Brief Hiatus

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Much Like a Zombie, The Walking Dead is Back From a Brief Hiatus

It's been over two months since the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, and while some folks may still be recovering from November's traumatic barn massacre, most viewers are ready to dive right back in to the undead bloodbath.


Picking up right where it left off, upcoming episodes deal with the aftermath of what happened on Hershel's farm, and the mounting tensions between Deputy Rick "Tortured Yet Trying to Be the Good Guy" Grimes, and Shane "I'm Not Yelling, This is Just the Sound of My Voice" Walsh.

Click thru for the trailer for a quick glimpse at the horrors to come, get updates from the show on Twitter and Facebook, and make sure to tune in for all-new episodes of The Walking Dead, this Sunday, February 12 at 9/8c-only on AMC.

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EARTH TWO Looks Second to None

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Not saying we want to live there, but Earth Two looks like a fun place to visit.

DC Comics released this variant cover for May’s Earth Two #1 by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.

Is Earth Two Batman wearing one of those tuxedo t-shirts? Either way, Earth Two Superman’s threads may actually be a step up from his New 52 counterpart’s. But I’m getting bogged down in fashion. Earth Two looks like kind of a scary place. Where just going to the Earth Two Wawa involves a walk on the Dark Seid. If you know what I mean. You do. You’re not new to this.

Earth Two #1 hits this May from James Robinson and Nicola Scott. Here’s Robinson on the otherworldly premise:

“Earth 2 is a world that’s very like our own, but at the same time vastly different. It has known great conflict and danger…a dark menace defeated but at a great cost both to the Earth and to its superheroes of that time. Now, in the present as new menaces emerge to attack the Earth, so new heroes must emerge too, learning to work as a team (or perhaps Society is a better word) while facing these new threats head-on. Who are these heroes? Will their powers include speed, bestial fury, and maybe even green light? Wait and see.”

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ARTISTS GENE HA AND CULLY HAMNER EXPLORE PARALLEL EARTHS IN ACTION COMICS #9

ARTISTS GENE HA AND CULLY HAMNER EXPLORE PARALLEL EARTHS IN ACTION COMICS #9 | Comic Books | Scoop.it

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ARTISTS GENE HA AND CULLY HAMNER EXPLORE PARALLEL EARTHS IN ACTION COMICS #9


With ACTION COMICS #9, two acclaimed guest artists will explore an alternate Earth and the story of its Kryptonian protector. Multiple Eisner Award-winning artist Gene Ha will be a guest artist for the primary plot, penned by regular series writer Grant Morrison. And fresh from his recent work on THE SHADE miniseries, artist Cully Hamner will illustrate the issue’s back-up story, written by Sholly Fisch.


Parallel worlds come to the forefront of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave,” with titles such as EARTH 2 and WORLDS’ FINEST exploring the adventures of heroes on alternate Earths. ACTION COMICS #9 sets up the multiverse with a standalone story of a Superman from another Earth, who must fight a monster from yet another parallel world. But this isn’t just any monster; it’s a Superman surrogate known as Superdoom, twisted into an unstoppable agent of evil.
 

The back-up story will also feature an adventure of this alternate Superman, set on his parallel Earth.

Regular series artist Rags Morales will return for ACTION COMICS #10 in June. In the meantime, check out Ha’s inks for ACTION COMICS #9.

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Tony Moore Sues Robert Kirkman Over "Walking Dead" Proceeds - Comic Book Resources

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Tony Moore Sues Robert Kirkman Over "Walking Dead" Proceeds


Robert Kirkman's longtime collaborator and childhood friend Tony Moore is suing "The Walking Dead" co-creator over the proceeds for the wildly successful zombie property. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moore filed suit today, claiming he was duped into signing his interest in "The Walking Dead" over to Kirkman in 2005. Moore co-created and launched "The Walking Dead" comic at Image Comics with Robert Kirkman in 2003, serving as ongoing artist from issues #1-6 before current artist Charlie Adlard took over. Moore provided cover art for "The Walking Dead" until issue #24 and also collaborated with Kirkman on "Battle Pope" and "Brit."


In the complaint, Moore alleges he initially signed a deal with Kirkman which would entitle Moore to 60 percent of "Comic Publishing Net Proceeds" and 20 percent of "motion picture net proceeds" for "The Walking Dead" and "Brit;" and 50 percent of "motion picture net proceeds" from "Battle Pope." In 2005, Moore claims he was informed by Kirkman a television deal for "The Walking Dead" was on the table, but "Kirkman would not be able to complete the deal unless [Moore] assigned all of his interest in the Walking Dead and other works to Kirkman," Moore signed the contract, believing the deal would not go through and claims Kirkman was attempting to "swindle" him out of his 50 percent interest in "The Walking Dead's" "motion picture net proceeds."

"Each of these works was prepared by [Moore] and Kirkman with the intention that their contributions be merged into inseparable or independent parts of a unitary whole," the complaint states. "[Moore] and Kirkman were thus joint authors and co-owners of the copyrights in these works."


Moore's complaint further alleges Kirkman and his company "have not issued a single statement or allowed access to their books and records in accordance with the reporting obligations of the agreement."


AMC's "The Walking Dead" launched in October 2010 to critical acclaim. The second season of the show premiered in October 2011 and its mid-season premiere, "Nebraska," airs this Sunday, February 12 on AMC. The show has become basic cable's highest-rated series, boasting as many as 7.3 million viewers. The trade paperback collections of the comic are a constant bestseller according to Diamond's monthly sales statistics, with "The Walking Dead" Volume 1 selling over 4,000 units in January 2012. The ongoing series is fast approaching its 100th issue, with "The Walking Dead" #94 in stores on February 29.

Kirkman's lawer Allen Grodzky called the lawsuit "totally frivolous," further stating, "Mr. Moore is owed no money at all. And Mr. Moore's contract has an attorneys' fees clause in it so we will be going after him to collect attorneys' fees. We are taking this matter very seriously."

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What is the Mark of the Spider-Man? Viral Website Hidden In New Trailer

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via superherohype.com (Silas Lesnick)

By now, you've most likely seen the midnight reveal of the brand-new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man (If not, check it out by clicking here). What you may not have seen, however, was the message hidden in the metallic webs at the end that read "Mark of the Spider-Man."


Collider managed to spot the clue and uncovered the viral website MarkoftheSpider-man.com which, at the moment, seems to consist solely of six static screens marked in the HTML as "cities." We're not sure what it means or if there are more clues out there to uncover, but you can click on the below image to check it out.


The film, meanwhile, is set for release on July 3rd and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. Directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man arrives with a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

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Guess who's coming back for Avengers Vs. X-Men?

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Guess who’s coming back for Avengers Vs. X-Men?

In Marvel Comics' forthcoming Avengers Vs. X-Men miniseries, we're promised some heavyweight superhero duels and the return of the Phoenix Force to Earth.


But in author Rick Remender's Secret Avengers, it appears as if another cosmic personage is getting a resurrection. Your eyes do not deceive you — that's Captain Marvel blasting off the cover of Secret Avengers #27.


But is it the long deceased Mar-Vell or a new Captain carrying the mantle? Also, what will Carol Danvers and Noh-Varr have to say about getting hopscotched over for the most Marvel-ous title? We'll see come May. Here's an exclusive preview of the issue's cover and plot synopsis:


SECRET AVENGERS #27
RICK REMENDER (w) • RENATO GUEDES (A)
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
• AVX TIE-IN!
• Captain Marvel reborn to unite all Kree!
• Captain Marvel, The Protector and Ms. Marvel vs The Avengers!
• Who is Minister Marvel and why has he drawn the Phoenix to the Kree homeworld?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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