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July 13, 2000 | ROBERT L. FOUCH, NEWSDAY
Ryan Zacchio can hardly contain his excitement when he talks about the X-Men. The 15-year-old Huntington, N.Y., resident gushes when he describes the Marvel Comics world of Professor Charles Xavier and his band of good mutants, who fight to protect the humans who shun them. He can't help but grin when imagining what it will be like seeing the ferocious Wolverine, with his miraculous healing powers and lethal admantium claws, come to life Friday in "X-Men."
If the adage is true that the ultimate Hollywood art form is the deal, then the maneuvering to get "Spider-Man" to the big screen will never hang in the Louvre. As the biggest superhero character left unfilmed since the blockbuster "Batman" made the genre popular again, "Spider-Man" has been widely touted as moviedom's hottest property.
November 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Marvel is putting some of its older comics online Tuesday, hoping to reintroduce young people to the X-Men and Fantastic Four by showcasing the original issues in which such characters appeared. It's a tentative move onto the Internet: Comics can only be viewed on a Web browser, not downloaded, and new issues will go online at least six months after they first appear in print. Still, it represents perhaps the comics industry's most aggressive Internet push yet.
June 21, 1990
I am writing this letter in response to a recent article, wherein, as an active member of Alcoholic Anonymous, I agreed to give an interview regarding certain matters that took place more than 10 years ago and to include the present state of my life both from a personal standpoint and professional standpoint. It appears your reporter led me astray in not publishing the way "things are today" rather than the way things were prior to "getting my act together."
November 27, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
In the summer of 1977 I was handed my first comic book, a 35-cent issue of Detective Comics, and I was transfixed. There was a caped corpse on the cover and in grim letters it said, "Batman is Dead . . ." (he wasn't, to my relief). In the bottom corner a contest advertisement announced "YOU could be in the Superman movie" (I wasn't, to my disappointment). Three decades later, I still have that comic book, in all of its torn, spindled and Slurpee-stained glory.
February 25, 1999 | Michael A. Hiltzik
A trial has been scheduled for next week in the eight-year battle over the rights to make a live-action film based on the Marvel comic book character Spider-Man. However, a judge already has rejected the strongest claims, which belonged to MGM.
June 23, 2011
Marvel Studios had decided not to give a formal presentation at the largest venue at San Diego's Comic-Con International in July, the company said Thursday. In recent years, virtually every Hollywood studio has brought film clips and actors and directors to Hall H, the 6,000-seat room where fans, bloggers and journalists from around the world come to see filmmakers introduce and promote their upcoming spectacle movies. The leadership at Marvel Studios pointed out, however, that sitting out Hall H is not synonymous with sitting out Comic-Con, which runs July 21-24.
October 14, 2012 | By Laura Hudson
"Marvel Comics: The Untold Story" performs an act of what superhero comics fans might term "retcon" - or retroactive continuity - by returning to the beginning of the superhero industry and telling the tale again with a number of previously invisible heroes suddenly added to the story: the men and women who created superhero comics. Superhero comics has always been a bit of an oddball, a niche genre with a small but fiercely devoted fan base and a penchant for stories about flawed, outcast heroes who struggle not only to save the world but find their place in it. Sean Howe's book traces the byzantine histories of the colorful characters on the comics pages and in the Marvel offices, from the inception of the superhero in the 1930s through the modern era, and finds the real and the fictional equally laced with epic triumphs, tragic reversals of fortune, backstabbing and melodrama.
April 16, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"The Punisher" is that rare comic book movie that actually feels like a comic book. Which turns out to be mostly, but not entirely, a good thing. Though he is the namesake of one of Marvel's most popular books, the Punisher -- unlike cohorts Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Hulk and all those X-Men -- does not have any special powers. All he's got, besides extensive government training and heaping handfuls of combat experience, is the fierce power of revenge.
X-Men, on a trajectory to superstardom for 30 years, have finally arrived. They began as Marvel comic book characters and went ballistic two seasons ago on Saturday morning television. Then the marketing machine began to churn. Action figures, clothing, lunch boxes and video games have spewed forth with amazing speed. Now, the pinnacle of merchandising excess has been reached: X-Men are being emblazoned on bed sheets that will be in stores for the holidays.
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