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March 15, 1987 | DWIGHT OESTRICHER, Associated Press
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 11, 2000
After watching UCLA's impressive victories over California and Stanford, I have come to the following inescapable, undeniable, irrefutable conclusion: The Bruin players have finally begun listening to Steve Lavin. The Bruin players have finally stopped listening to Steve Lavin. Take your pick. RONALD LEVINE Van Nuys To all you fair-weather UCLA fans who have castigated Steve Lavin all season (and me for defending him), do him a favor. Stay off the bandwagon.
July 4, 2005 | Alex Chun
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.
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.
March 7, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
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” )
March 23, 2007 | Michael Ordona, Special to The Times
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.
July 27, 2008 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
Michael CHABON, the author of novels such as the exuberant, Pulitzer-winning "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" and "The Yiddish Policemen's Union," an alternate-universe story that recently won the Nebula Award, has long harbored a passion: to make the literary world safe for genre fiction, and to expand the notion of what a serious work of fiction can be.
November 17, 2005 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
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."
November 27, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
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.
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