July 4, 2005 |
When Marvel Comics' newest superhero flick, "Fantastic Four," opens Friday, Lisa Kirby hopes to see her father's name in big, bright letters. Her father was artist Jack Kirby, who, along with Stan Lee, created Marvel's flagship foursome. Comic book fans may also remember Kirby, who died in 1994, as the co-creator of such icons as the Hulk and the X-Men. Yet many accounts of the Marvel movies manage to focus solely on Lee's contributions to the Marvel universe.
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April 30, 2000
Steve Sherman, 50, is a puppeteer and writer who co-owns the Puppet Studio, a Hollywood company that creates three-dimensional characters for film, television and commercials. 1. "The History of Animation: Enchanted Drawings," by Charles Solomon It's a big book about cartoons. It's one of those books you can look at over and over again, with pictures and stories, like a big coffee table book. It contains all the different characters and styles dating back to the early 1900s.
September 21, 2009 |
Walt Disney Co. may not get full ownership of many of Marvel Entertainment's most famous superheroes if new copyright claims by the family of the late artist Jack Kirby have merit. Four children of Kirby, who co-created a number of Marvel's best-known superheroes in the 1960s including the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Thor and the Hulk, have served 45 "notices of termination" to Marvel, Disney, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures. The notices seek to regain copyright control of certain characters.
March 15, 1987 |
An embittered man, divorced from his parents, wife and children, arms himself to the teeth and becomes a soldier of fortune. In an attempt to lure those who do not ordinarily read comic books, Marvel Comics Group has introduced a new line that features superheroes trying to cope with the real world. "We're doing things that they say can't be done," said Jim Shooter, Marvel's editor in chief. The new line of 11 books was introduced in the summer to mark Marvel's 25th anniversary.
March 23, 2007 |
In the age of "Batman Begins" and "Superman Returns," the hatchers of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise must have seen a promising opportunity to re-imagine their heroes for a new generation. Toward that end, "TMNT" bids farewell to the jokey, cheesy guys-in-rubber-suits world of the '90s movies in favor of a more character-oriented approach, a grittier look and superb computer animation -- with decidedly mixed results.
May 8, 2005 |
When the Fantastic Four make their big-screen debut on July 8, nobody will have a bigger smile than their postman, Willie Lumpkin. As readers of Marvel Comics already know, the bespectacled Lumpkin delivers mail to the FF's headquarters -- that would be the world-renowned Baxter Building. In the newest Marvel Comics superhero flick, Lumpkin is played by none other than Stan Lee, who together with illustrator Jack Kirby created the Fantastic Four way back in the early 1960s.
May 6, 2007 |
DO gods ride surfboards? The upcoming "Fantastic Four" sequel features one of the most enigmatic and best-loved denizens of the Marvel Comics universe: the detached, philosophical and ultra-powerful Silver Surfer. "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" pits the superhero group against a creature who rides the crests of cosmic waves, exploring the mysteries of existence, bringing with him salvation ... or devastation.
August 30, 2009 |
In October, Haspiel will be one of 18 creators featured in the hardcover collection "The Act-I-Vate Primer," which brings to the printed page the inspired spirit of Act-I-Vate Comix, the routinely outstanding Web-comics collective. Haspiel's contribution is a story with his signature character, Billy Dogma, who this time around is reeling from a broken heart. It was a challenging and special story for Haspiel to put together but not a pleasant one. Last December, Haspiel's girlfriend of seven years boarded a flight to spend the holidays in her native England and ended up reuniting with an old flame.
June 23, 1989 |
For most of its 56-year history, the comic book has been treated as an unloved stepchild by critics of the graphic arts and literature. Ron Mann's "Comic Book Confidential," which is screening at the Nuart Theater, is the first documentary feature on the subject. Anyone who is interested in the comics should plan to see it, but anyone who knows much about them will probably be disappointed by its lack of depth. "Confidential" includes interviews with artists representing the superhero genre (Will Eisner, Jack Kirby)
November 27, 2006 |
Who's been the most lucrative creative force in Hollywood in this short century? You could make an argument for Stan Lee, the irrepressible P.T. Barnum of comic books who, in the 1960s, put pen to paper and came up with Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and the Hulk -- a colorful parade of properties that in the last six years has grossed $1.6 billion at the box office.