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January 12, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A colorful, easy-to-read version of the Koran in comic book form has won approval from some Islamic authorities, but one scholar has condemned it, calling the author "a new Salman Rushdie." "Si Le Coran M'Etait Conte" ("If the Koran Were Told to Me") is geared to readers aged 12 to 16, said its author, Youssef Seddik. The Koran is the sacred book of Islam. According to Islamic belief, it contains the words of God as revealed to the prophet Mohammed.
August 4, 1993 | Bloomberg Business News
Marvel Comics Ltd., the publisher of Spider Man and the Incredible Hulk comic books, has sued upstart rival Defiant over an action character Marvel introduces next month. "They are aggressive competitors and turf warriors," said James Shooter of the two firms he worked with as a principal executive at Defiant and former editor-in-chief at Marvel. The filing Tuesday in Manhattan federal court accuses Defiant of infringing on Marvel's trademark for "Plasmer."
July 25, 2007
Jenna Jameson's next new lover may be a demon. The porn icon, entrepreneur and bestselling author will be the star of her own comic book, "Shadow Hunter," which she will promote this weekend at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Jameson said Tuesday that she will have "a hands-on role" with the stories in the comic book, which will be published, beginning in December, by Virgin Comics, a company that also has creator deals with Nicolas Cage, John Woo and Guy Ritchie.
June 10, 1990 | BARBARA DENATALE
THOSE STILL FASCINATED with the real (that is, comic-book) Superman, Batman and Spiderman can thank Rick Werft, owner of the Comic Castle in Fullerton and Funtime Comics in Pomona, for keeping their larger-than-life heroes alive in all their original glory. Both shops stock impressive comic-book collections that date from the 1940s and '50s (the Golden Age of the comic book) through the '60s (the Silver Age), until present day.
December 25, 1986 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Question: Could you give me some information about Alex Schomburg, the famous comic book artist whose work appears to be demanding top dollars these days?--C.T. Answer: A number of readers have asked about Schomburg's artwork. The December issue of the Collectors Showcase auction catalogue (1708 N. Vine St., Hollywood, Calif. 90028), is offering a full-color cover painting by Schomburg in the $2,000-to-$3,000 range.
September 1, 1986 | DOUG BROWN, Times Staff Writer
Comic books, often frowned on by parents, ironically were what Larry Hackney of El Toro used to increase his son Josh's interest in reading. Last fall, when Josh experienced academic difficulties upon entering fourth grade, Hackney and Josh together began reading such comics as Spiderman, Superman and Elf Quest. Josh's reading skills have improved sharply, and he no longer refuses to read books.
July 30, 2001
Comic strips are closer to extinction than comic books ("The Disappearing Comic Book," July 17). The writing and artwork in monthly comic books are at a peak, whereas daily comic strips are underwritten and indifferently drawn. With its Vertigo, Wildstorm, America's Best Comics, Cliffhanger and Homage Comics imprints, DC Comics has the most impressive collection of talent in the industry. Marvel may have the big-screen projects coming out, but the comics that inspired them are in a messy state.
August 24, 1988 | T. W. McGARRY
Reading was sort of defended at opposite poles of the Valley Sunday. The eastern front was held by the little troops of the kingdom of the lurid and the bizarre, who massed in a pair of shabby garages in a tawdry section of North Hollywood. The western ramparts were made of money and good taste in Westlake Village. Not since Churchill and Stalin were on the same side have there been such mismatched allies.
December 8, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
As the creator of the comic book "Zen, Intergalactic Ninja" sees it, most of today's space aliens are either bad guys or wimps. Enter Zen, a short, muscular, blue-skinned space warrior, a no-nonsense sort of extraterrestrial. "Sort of the Dirty Harry of aliens," said his creator, Steve Stern. Rather than spattering small-time villains with a big revolver like the Clint Eastwood film character, however, Zen addresses the big questions.
The creator of a line of satirical comic books was found stabbed to death in Hillcrest home Thursday after his father hired a locksmith to open the man's door. Todd Stuart Loren, 32, publisher and president of Revolutionary Comics, was discovered in his condominium in the 4200 block of 5th Avenue, just three blocks from his business. Loren's father, Herbert Shapiro, vice president of the company, telephoned San Diego police at 2:40 p.m. to report the stabbing, authorities said.
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