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Marvel working on Ms. Marvel, Blade reboot scripts

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Marvel Comics

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While negotiations with Robert Downey, Jr. about returning for Iron Man 4 and more Avengers movies have proven to be challenging, Marvel continues to plan for an immense branching out of its comic book adaptation films. According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Marvel has a writing program it uses as a concept generator and has scripts for Blade and Ms. Marvel features, for example. Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Black Panther and The Runaways are other projects on the horizon. The company slowly has been reacquiring licenses to characters it lost during the 1990s, snapping up Blade, Ghost Rider, Power Man and Daredevil in the past year alone.

A Ms. Marvel movie has us excited, mostly because superhero movies that are centered on women are very few and far between. A new and improved Blade reboot would be welcome as well.

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My Name Is…Shazam!

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, DC Comics, Marvel Comics

Whiz Comics 2As you may have already heard, DC Comics is changing the name of Captain Marvel, a superhero who dates from the 1940s.

He’ll now be officially called by his magic word: Shazam! That’s the word that changes poor red-shirted newsboy Billy Batson into the fully-grown Captain Marvel.

That’s the equivalent of changing the name of Superman to “Up, Up And Away!” but DC says it has to be done. There’s confusion in the marketplace since Marvel Comics also has a Captain Marvel of their own.

Marvel’s Captain Marvel was created after DC Comics sued the original Captain Marvel’s publishers (Fawcett) and drove them out of business, leaving a Captain Marvel void in comics. Years later, DC acquired the rights to the Fawcett Captain Marvel, which they could publish, but only under the Shazam! name so as not to compete with Marvel’s trademark. Are you following all of this or do you need a moment?

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Weekend Reading: Watchmen, Shazam!, Archie and Image

Before Watchmen: Silk SpectreWatchmen! Shazam! Archie! Oh my goodness! Could a weirder week get any weirder? Oh, it can. It’s only February.

Here’s a few things to read until the Super Bowl fever hits you and, oh, wait. No one reading this cares about sports!

Well, of course DC was going to do Watchmen prequels and create more Watchmen-related graphic novels. The series will never be considered out-of-print (and now with online availability, you can get it digitally 24/7/365 so it will truly be “in print” in perpetuity). Since it’s a thing that can’t be stopped, I wish the creators well and I wish the original creators well as well (and hope they’re being compensated for the reuse of their creations). Forbes, the journal of the 1% weighs in with the “It can’t be wrong if everyone’s doing it” argument. Although Before Watchmen has to be one of the least grabby titles in modern comics history.

Michael Cavna at Comic Riffs, the Washington Post blog, collects various opinions on the coming new era of Watchmen prequels.

Here’s the Daily Beast on the behind-the-scenes soap opera at Archie. Once you realize that this is all about controlling the privately-held company, it starts to fall into place.

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Weekend Reading: Star Blazers, Shazam! And Monty Python

Star BlazersMovies, TV, and video games! This week had it all. And even some stuff about comic books. Let’s take a look:

Star Blazers: There’s a new live-action Star Blazers movie coming, and Forces of Geek has 7-minutes of it. You know you want to see it, twice.

Mike Grell: Here’s a short interview with the writer/artist on Warlord and Jon Sable Freelance. “Grell plans more with his popular Jon Sable character and has hopes that Starslayer may make its way to the movies.”

New Comics Friday: Gary Tyrrell at Fleen catches up on some webcomics he was previously unaware of.

Raven: Comic Book Resources is reporting that the CW is interested in a TV series on the mysterious Teen Titans character. This is a way better idea than Aquaman or Green Arrow. I also like it because that means my pal Marv Wolfman gets some checks (as does George Perez) for creating her.

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Comic Book Jobs: DC Comics

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, DC Comics

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Do you want to work in the hallowed halls of DC Comics in New York City?
 
This could be your lucky day. It’s rare for a job in Editorial to pop up on the radar, but DC is looking for an Editorial Scheduling Coordinator for their Editorial Administration department.
 
It is what it sounds like: shipping out artwork, reference docs and checks, tracking packages to and from their various locations, handling comp copies, and a couple of my favorite things: “works with department to review all incoming editorial materials for DCU and Vertigo” so you get to see what’s coming up and coordinating the “Editorial Assignment List” so you can track who’s doing what.
 
This is a young person’s gig - and the money probably reflects that - because you only need one year of experience in a business environment. You’ll also need the usual assortment of multitasking abilities, communication skills and computer knowledge.
 
But it’s a foot in the door and many folks before you have advanced from positions just like this.
 
Good luck, job seekers!
 
[Artwork: Captain Marvel and Superman fight over the last bagel in the break room, © DC Comics]

Weekend Reading: Disney, Marvel, Wolfman, Claremont, Starlin And The Lost Silver Surfer Novel!

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What a week, huh? Disney bought Marvel and everyone’s wondering how this will finally address their pet Marvel peeve. Before you get all fan-ish with what this means now and will mean in the future - they own the Ultraverse! They own Crossgen! They have to do this! They have to do that! They can hire Alan Moore! They’ll clean up Marvel! They’ll rollback prices!  You should run over and read Steven Grant’s very perceptive take on the buyout in his Permanent Damage column. He’s a sharp guy and he makes excellent points.

In the meantime, there was other stuff for avid lurkers to check out and peruse in their spare time. Let’s take a look:

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COMIC BOOK JOBS: Who’s Hiring? Northwestern University!

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials

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Okay, so you can’t get a job at one of the big East Coast or West Coast comic book companies. Oh well, there are plenty of other opportunities out there. Have you ever thought of Chicago? Maybe the Evanston Campus of a major university?

The Library at Northwestern University is looking for a Library Assistant to catalog their comic book and underground comix collections in their “Department of Special Collections and University Archives.” 

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WEEKEND READING: C.C. Beck, Winnie The Pooh, Comic Con International and The Simpsons!

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials

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Alrighty then! Lots of great stuff on the internets this past week. Good stuff for fans of Captain Marvel and C.C. Beck, Winnie the Pooh, some guy that used to write Aquaman and Comic Con International (it’ll be here before you know, don’t you know). Enjoy!

CAPTAIN MARVEL’S SCI-FI CLASSIC: C.C. Beck is best known as not just the main artist on Captain Marvel (the Shazam guy, not the Marvel Comics one known as Mar-Vell but also the co-creator. Once DC Comics sued Fawcett Comics into the ground, he did a little fiction writing and became a published science fiction writer. His short story, Vanishing Point, is over at Gutenberg and you can have a nice free-read of it. 
(h/t Mike Sterling at Progressive Ruin)

BENJAMIN HOFF, PIGLET AND WINNIE THE POOH: Benjamin Hoff is a successful published author of books like The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet. Based on the way he’s been treated by his publisher, you can see why more authors are self-publishing, and why the more you find out about how traditional book publishing is run, the more it resembles the dwindling auto industry.

SHAUN: My pal Shaun McLaughlin was at one time the writer for DC’s Aquaman. You can read all about his Aquaman years over at The Aquaman Shrine. After that, he became a producer at the WB where he was responsible for a number of the animated TV shows that we all love, including Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited. He once described his work on JLU as “doing everything Bruce Timm doesn’t do.” You can read all about his JLU years at Ugo.

He was most recently the producer/show runner on Beckett Entertainment’s “Gene-Fusion” which he describes as “THE sporting event of the 24th century!”

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WEEKEND READING: C.C. Beck, Winnie The Pooh, Comic Con International and The Simpsons!

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials

ccbeck
Alrighty then! Lots of great stuff on the internets this past week. Good stuff for fans of Captain Marvel and C.C. Beck, Winnie the Pooh, some guy that used to write Aquaman and Comic Con International (it’ll be here before you know, don’t you know). Enjoy!

CAPTAIN MARVEL’S SCI-FI CLASSIC: C.C. Beck is best known as not just the main artist on Captain Marvel (the Shazam guy, not the Marvel Comics one known as Mar-Vell but also the co-creator. Once DC Comics sued Fawcett Comics into the ground, he did a little fiction writing and became a published science fiction writer. His short story, Vanishing Point, is over at Gutenberg and you can have a nice free-read of it. 
(h/t Mike Sterling at Progressive Ruin)

BENJAMIN HOFF, PIGLET AND WINNIE THE POOH: Benjamin Hoff is a successful published author of books like The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet. Based on the way he’s been treated by his publisher, you can see why more authors are self-publishing, and why the more you find out about how traditional book publishing is run, the more it resembles the dwindling auto industry.

SHAUN: My pal Shaun McLaughlin was at one time the writer for DC’s Aquaman. You can read all about his Aquaman years over at The Aquaman Shrine. After that, he became a producer at the WB where he was responsible for a number of the animated TV shows that we all love, including Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited. He once described his work on JLU as “doing everything Bruce Timm doesn’t do.” You can read all about his JLU years at Ugo.

He was most recently the producer/show runner on Beckett Entertainment’s “Gene-Fusion” which he describes as “THE sporting event of the 24th century!”

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Shazam!

Posted by David Torres Categories: Editorials, DC Comics

Shazam

I just finished reading “Justice Society of America” #23.  Can someone please put Geoff Johns on a new Captain Marvel comic?!

This issue focused on the Marvel villain Black Adam and the resurrection of his wife Isis.  I’ve never been a big Captain Marvel fan, but Geoff Johns does it again; he makes me interested in characters that in the past I really had no interest in reading.  It’s such a shame that he’s leaving Justice Society.  Another great issue.  Pick it up if you’re a Marvel fan. 


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