June 27, 1989 |
Lost and forgotten in the seemingly unceasing "Batman" hoopla is the name of the man who wrote the first Batman comic book stories. Bill Finger, who died in 1974, collaborated with artist Bob Kane on the original "The Bat-man" comic book that appeared in May, 1939, according to "The World Encyclopedia of Comic Books." Kane, the recognized creator of Batman, received a credit on the film as the creator of the Batman comic characters. Finger's name is nowhere to be found. "I'm annoyed at the whole thing because people should get what they deserve," said Lyn Simmons, Finger's widow, who asked Warner Bros.
November 17, 2005 |
ONCE upon a time, you could safely speak up at a dinner party and mock comic books as the empty calories of a juvenile diet, the brightly colored cotton candy of the magazine rack. Those days are gone. Comic books (sorry -- graphic novels) are now treated in some quarters as museum pieces -- that is quite literally the case at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum, which, starting Sunday, will co-host an exhibit that anoints and annotates the "Masters of American Comics."
September 8, 2012 |
First Person: Despite my prison term, it was my colleagues in Hollywood - yes, Hollywood - who gave me encouragement. In the summer of 2009 I was dragged into a federal courtroom in handcuffs and leg irons. I'd been looking for a sense of family my entire life, a journey that had led me to a street gang for a decade and a half. So the arraignment on extortion charges wasn't a surprise, but the timing was. I'd left the gang three years earlier and had just found out my film"ENMV0002398"> , "Little Birds,"was fully financed and we were set to begin shooting.
November 7, 2012 |
In a move that could provide a boost to the small but growing digital comic book business, DC Comics has signed deals to sell comics through online stores owned by Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Previously, comic book readers could only buy digital copies of issues to read on tablets or other digital devices through DC's own app, or an application controlled by the company ComiXology. While graphic novels have previously been available to buy for digital devices through a variety of stores, DC is the first company to offer single comic book issues through Apple's iBookstore, Amazon's Kindle Store and Barnes & Noble's Nook Book Store.
August 29, 1997 |
The late Marvel Comics editor Mark Gruenwald got his wish: His ashes were blended with ink and made into a comic book. "This is something that he really wanted because he really loved comics. He wanted to be part of his work in a very real sense," said Mark Harras, Marvel's editor in chief. The ashes of Marvel's senior executive editor were mixed at a printing plant in Canton, Ohio, for use in "Squadron Supreme," a reprint of a limited edition 1985 comic he wrote, Harras said Thursday.
April 11, 2010 |
Look, up in the sky! In case you haven't noticed already, our entertainment stratosphere has grown crowded with muscle-bound superheroes in almost every conceivable shape and size: the franchise-rebooted likes of Spider-Man and Superman, battle-armored warriors such as Robin Hood and Perseus. To whom do we owe our super-saturated superhero culture? It would be easy to lay all of the credit (or blame) at the feet of comic-book artists and Hollywood executives. But superhero roots go much deeper than that, and if you excavate long enough, you will inevitably bump smack into Richard Wagner, the 19th century composer whose four-opera cycle "The Ring of the Nibelung" is regarded by many as an important genetic mother ship for today's fleet of action heroes.