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.
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” )
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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.
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.
September 13, 2009 |
Stitches A Memoir David Small W.W. Norton: 330 pp., $23.95 Since the first caveman drew images on walls, human beings have had an urge to document their stories in pictures. While that impulse made its way onto paper as comics by the mid-19th century, the emergence of fully rendered graphic stories didn't begin until the 1920s and '30s -- and the medium's artistic side wasn't completely realized until 1978, the year that both Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's "Silver Surfer" and Will Eisner's "Contract With God" appeared.