July 19, 2003 |
Hugh M. Hefner and comic book creator Stan Lee have partnered to create an animated television series starring Hefner and various Playmates as a crime-fighting team combating "enemies of democracy." The series, "Hef's Superbunnies," will target an adult audience and will be produced by Lee's Pow! Entertainment and Playboy's Alta Loma Entertainment. Before founding Playboy, Hefner wanted to become a cartoonist, he said, adding that the partnership is "a match made in heaven.
October 14, 2012 |
"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 29, 2005 |
Marvel Enterprises Inc., which holds the rights to 5,000 comic book characters, settled a lawsuit with Spider-Man creator Stan Lee over film royalties and plans to start producing its own movies. The company said it had signed an eight-year agreement with Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., to distribute as many as 10 films, according to a statement Thursday. Merrill Lynch & Co. set up a $525-million credit line to fund production, a loan backed by limited rights to 10 Marvel characters.
October 28, 2010
Though only in its second year, the Long Beach Comic Con is quickly proving itself a worthwhile convention in its own right, and not just as a means of holding over comic book enthusiasts until the main event in San Diego. More than 100 exhibitors will be on site to fan the flames of geeky passion, Shiny Toy Guns will headline a combination costume ball-concert Friday night and a special guest appearance on Sunday by Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee will cap off the weekend's events. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.
March 16, 2008
"IRON MAN" looks great ["A Hero Complex," March 9]. Marvel Studios looks like a winner. But Geoff Boucher overlooked the single biggest reason for Marvel's rebirth in Hollywood: the highly rated, 1992-97 TV show, "X-Men: The Animated Series." For 30 years Marvel Comics had had no luck translating its "serious" vision to film or television. Networks and studios didn't get it, or it was dumbed down. Then Fox Kids TV executives Margaret Loesch and Sidney Iwanter pushed through and supervised the first series that respected the creations of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and their colleagues.
January 3, 2008 |
"Water can flow, and it can crash. Be like water, my friend." That was one of Bruce Lee's principles of combat, and it's the inspiration behind "The Nature of Water," an exhibit that opens Saturday at Nucleus ( 458-7477), the sleek gallery in downtown Alhambra. Four dozen artists channel the singular legacy of Lee, who died nearly 35 years ago at age 32. Daughter Shannon Lee will be at the opening, which includes a Bruce Lee look-alike contest. Sounds cheesy -- though I might change my mind if the winner can do push-ups on his thumbs the way Shannon's dad used to. . . . Building on a Lee theme, Tuesday is the start of "Under the Influence: A Tribute to Stan Lee," an exhibit of 100 artists dedicated to "The Man Who Made Marvel."
November 10, 2010
The Early Show Katie Nicholl; Katie Lee. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today George W. Bush; Julie Andrews. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Denzel Washington; Dierks Bentley performs. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Denzel Washington; Rainn Wilson. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Removing things from eye or ear. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Talk Jerry O'Connell. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Oprah Winfrey Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael, Geraldo Rivera, Ricki Lake and Montel Williams.
October 3, 2013 |
Dominic Purcell of "Prison Break" stars in "Vikingdom" as Eirick, king of Jomsborg. Exiled since his death and miraculous resurrection, Eirick is on a quest to prevent Thor (Conan Stevens) from opening the gates of Valhalla and connecting the earth with heaven and hell. Yes, that would be the same Thor character assumed by Chris Hemsworth in various Hollywood Marvel tent poles. The god of thunder turns villainous here, but that doesn't mean "Vikingdom" is any less removed from Norse mythology than is Stan Lee's take.