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A bucket of fun. And a big ole barrel of awesome. Hurray for superhero films that don’t take themselves seriously!
After more than two decades at Dark Horse Comics, Disney (which recently acquired the Star Wars licenses via their purchase of Lucasfilm LTD) has chosen to move the Star Wars comic book license to Marvel Comics (another recent Disney acquisition). Marvel previously held the license from 1977 t0 1991. This deal will be effective as of 2015.
More on this monumental decision after the jump.
With big Marvel movies hitting the multiplexes this summer, Hasbro is jumping on the bandwagon, releasing new lines of Spiderman (above) and Avengers (below) toys.
The Spiderman figures will be hitting store shelves on May 28th. The range with include 3.75″, 2″ and a special 13″ figure. The Avengers figures will appearing sooner, staring on March first. All the figures in this line will be 3.75″ will offer movie versions of Captain American, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Hawkeye and others. The line will also feature a nifty 3′ version of the S.H.E.I.L.D. Helicarrier. Who doesn’t want that?
Jim Shooter, one of the most interesting figures in comicdom, now has a blog. As a writer he’s been hugely influential. (He started writing Legion of Superheroes for DC Comics while still in High School.) As editor-in-chief of Marvel he became notorious. And as the creator o f superhero universes for independent companies ( e.g. Valiant, Defiant and Broadway Comics) he was ahead of his time.
On his blog, he answers questions on a wide range of subjects, and offers information on his latest projects. If you’re a Shooter fan (we are!) or just want learn more about the man, this blog is a treasure trove. Visit it here.
By the dread dormammu! Deadline offers this exclusive bit of news:
Marvel Studios has hired Conan scribes Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to write Dr. Strange, marking forward progress on a long-gestating superhero property which will likely be among the first Marvel films generated under the Disney banner. Aside from Conan–the Marcus Nispel-directed Lionsgate film that stars Jason Momoa–Donnelly and Oppenheimer also scripted a live action adaptation of the vidgame Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for Sony and producer Chuck Roven, and they wrote a draft of the Jon Favreau-directed Cowboys and Aliens for DreamWorks/Universal.
Doctor Strange, a character steep in psychedelia and mysticism, seems an odd choice for the first official Marvel/Disney collaboration.
Is he really blockbuster material?
We love Doctor Strange, especially the Ditko era, and would like to think he is. But we have our doubts.
One fact lost on most people covering the Disney/Marvel acquisition: Bob Iger (currently Disney CEO) is the descendant of a comic book pioneer.
His great uncle was Jerry Iger an important player at the ground floor of the comic book industry, and a very smart business man. Iger began producing comic books in the thirties with his company Universal Phoenix Features. His titles mainly reprinted material from daily comic strips, as did most early comic books. But they also included some originals. One of the artists he found for that task was future legend Will Eisner.
Looking at the quality of Eisner’s work, the number of comics on the newstands, and the limited amount of reprint material, Iger guessed that comic book publishers would soon run out of strips to reprint. So he came up with an idea, if he created a studio of artists he could produce material and sell it to the comic book companies at a profit.
Thus, in 1936, the Eisner and Iger Studio ( a.k.a. Syndicate Features Corp.) was born. One of the first “comic book packagers”. The studio was not only successful, making Iger and the young Eisner wealthy men, but it introduced many fine artists to the industry. In addition to Eisner, the studio also employed Mort Meskin, Lou Fine, Wally Wood, Bob Kane and Jules Fieffer. And the studio created a lot of characters. Probably it’s most lasting creations was “Sheena, Queen of the Jungle”. Eisner would leave the studio in 1940 to create “The Spirit,” but the studio continued under various names until 1955.
With this kind of person in Bob Iger’s family tree, we think the he has a better handle on this business than many may think.