Marvel Set to Conquer Television

Posted by Michael Sacco on Jul 24, 2011 in Animation, Comic Books, Television

The Hulk

Marvel’s film universe is working out pretty well for them, with all of the Avengers setup films released and the team-up flick ready to go for 2012, but Marvel’s not getting complacent. They’re ready to go after another media format: television! Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con that four live-action shows are currently in development: The Hulk, AKA Jessica Jones (otherwise known as Alias), Cloak & Dagger, and Mockingbird. Imprint fans will be happy to know that Luke Cage and Carol Danvers will indeed be making appearances in AKA Jessica Jones. But wait! There’s more! There’s also new Marvel animation hitting the small screen, like Ultimate Spider-Man, an animated version of Joss Whedon’s well-received run on Astonishing X-Men, and a Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H series. That last one will have pretty much every Hulk permutation imaginable, from Red Hulk to She-Hulk, all on the same team. Whole lotta smashin’ goin’ on. Read more…

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Magneto Waits For No Mere Elevator

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jun 21, 2011 in Animation, Comic Books

Here’s some hilarious clips featuring the 1978 Fantastic Four animated series with a cameo by none other than the master of magnetism himself. The show only lasted 12 episodes, no doubt due to the lack of the Human Torch — after all, he’s the only member anyone really liked. While there had been a long-running rumor that network executives were worried about kids immolating themselves, the fact of the matter was that Johnny Blaze had been licensed to NBC at the time for a potential pilot that never got picked up. Of course, with amazing scripts like The Menace Of Magneto here, I’m sure no amount of “flame on” could have saved it, and can someone please tell me why every 70’s cartoon villain felt the compulsive need to narrate everything?

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A Brand New Store to Marvel At

Posted by Tim Sheehy on May 3, 2011 in Comic Books

Marvel Store Logo

For all you true believers out there, Marvel’s launched a brand new online store that you might want to check out. is now host to a collection of toys, clothes and collectibles from the Marvel universe for all your fanboy needs. They also have a nifty section dedicated to home decore and accessories. While most of that stuff is geared to a younger audience — Spiderman sheets, and Ironman art supplies for example — the left hand margin allows you to easily sort the site by age group and category, making it easy to find what you’re looking for. Pretty awesome, right?  

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Stan Lee Biopic Screens This Sunday

Posted by Michael Sacco on Nov 5, 2010 in Cinema, Comic Books

Stan Lee

Any comic book fan worth their salt knows the name “Stan Lee” — the man behind Marvel Comics since its birth, the creator of Spiderman, the old dude with the mustache and the glasses. And now fans of the man himself can check out his new biography film, “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story,” this Sunday at the American Cinematheque in Santa Monica. The 80-minute film by Terry Dougas, Nikki Frakes, and Will Hess will be accompanied by a Stan Lee signing session. Read more…

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Marvel Comics’ 70s Rival Atlas Plans a Resurrection

Posted by Michael Sacco on Sep 15, 2010 in Comic Books

Atlas Comics

In the 1970s, Martin Goodman sold Marvel Comics, the company he had founded. He then promptly founded Atlas Comics with strong support for creators’ rights, hired comic heavyweights like Steve Ditko, created a stable of original characters, and … disappeared. But, channeling comic book characters, Atlas refuses to stay dead. Deadline reports that Goodman’s grandson Jason is relaunching the Atlas line, starting with two original characters: Phoenix and the Grim Ghost. Of note is the fact that the film and TV rights for all of Atlas’ characters are available — maybe this means we can stop rebooting Spiderman every ten years.

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