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November 28, 2006 |
Dave Cockrum, the illustrator for the landmark 1970s overhauling of the X-Men that turned a relatively obscure Marvel Comics title into a 1980s publishing sensation and eventually a major film franchise, died Sunday. He was 63. Cockrum, of Belton, S.C., died after a long battle with diabetes and related complications, according to a statement from Clifford Meth, a family friend and an organizer of fundraisers to assist the artist and his family during his protracted medical care.
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.
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 7, 2013 |
Kim Thompson, who since the late 1970s has been co-owner and co-publisher of Fantagraphics Books , has been diagnosed with lung cancer, it was announced Wednesday by the Seattle comics publisher. In a statement , the 56-year-old Thompson wrote: “This is still very early in the diagnosis, so I have no way of knowing the severity of my condition. I'm relatively young and [otherwise] in good health, and my hospital is top-flight, so I'm hopeful and confident that we will soon have the specifics narrowed down, set me up with a course of treatment, proceed, and lick this thing.” Fantagraphics has long been one of America's leading publishers of comics, showcasing both new work and old. Among its artists have been Jessica Abel (creator of the stunning “La Perdida” )
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.
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.
February 20, 1996 |
Can a group of mutant teenagers work together to avoid their own destruction and grab a TV following in the process? Fox, Marvel Films and New World Entertainment are betting $4 million they can. The companies are behind tonight's live-action TV movie "Generation X," based on the comic book of the same name, which is a spinoff of the "X-Men" comic-book series. Issues of "Generation X" comics routinely sell more than 200,000 copies worldwide.
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.
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)