A Gauntlet Down
Less than two weeks
ago, Marvel Comics and Neil Gaiman announced a plan to restore sanity
to the whole Miracleman
debacle. But the comics industry is nothing if not filled with guys
with big cajones.
announced that Miracleman would be appearing in an upcoming issue of
Hellspawn, Todd McFarlane files papers to trademark the name
today, November 13.
A trademark is
different than a copyright, a little loophole in legal language that
allows for different Captain Marvels to exist at the Big Two. (But kids,
this doesn't mean you can have your very own Captain Marvel. No. Because
I said so, that's why.) So while McFarlane could possibly have the trademark
on the name (and interested parties have 30 days in which to challenge
it), Neil Gaiman could still end up with the copyright on the character
older fans know and love.
Never mind that
a week ago artist Alan Davis suggested that he never gave up the rights
to his artwork from the early installments of the series. And it has
come to light that original publisher Dez Skinn may not have had the
rights to the character in the first place.
Ow. It burns. It
And all because
fans just want to be able to read some pretty nifty stories by some
of the giants in the business. How did it get this hard?
Enough Ultimate Spider-Man?
Marvel Comics agrees.
The company announced last week that in February (and apparently just
for February) Ultimate Spider-Man will be published bi-weekly,
still from the regular creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley,
and Art Thibert. Issues #17 and 18 will pit Ultimate Spider-Man against
Ultimate Doctor Octopus, with the winner facing Ultimate Warrior at
As far as we can
remember, this title has pretty much remained on time, so Marvel might
just pull this one off.
has accomplished a milestone in the industry. As of last week, they
have shipped 100 titles without missing a single deadline. Considering
the volume of high-level talent they have, this is quite an accomplishment,
and we do salute CrossGen for providing reliable quality books to the
Once upon a time
in the comics business this was called "standard practice."
Well, sort of.
While Mike Allred is busy wowing fans with his work on X-Force,
Oni Press has been negotiating to reprint Allred's early work on his
flagship character, Madman.
An amnesiac (and
possibly revived corpse) named Frank Einstein, Madman has both a hip
costume and a hip sensibility, alternately battling and embracing weirdness
in Snap City. Director Robert Rodriguez keeps promising that he will
do a film adaptation of the character right after he finishes the next
Spy Kids movie.
Oni Press will
release Madman: The Oddity Odyssey in February, followed by the
full-color Madman Adventures in June. Additionally, Madman
Adventures will include the first appearance of Frank Einstein,
long out of print.
For those new to
Allred's work, these collections will be worthy additions to your library.
Has Lost Its Authority?
Silver Bullet Comics'
Johnston reports that DC is ready to throw in the towel on The
Authority. Having already cancelled one special issue and indefinitely
postponed the next three regular issues of the title, it may have proven
more head ache than they thought it was worth.
Suddenly Bill Jemas
doesn't seem so crazy to offer to have Marvel publish it.
Just In Time
Sony Pictures released
new artwork for Spider-Man last week, this time unveiling Sam
Raimi's vision of The Green Goblin.
Fans are still
falling all over themselves trying to convince people that this isn't
really the final look, that somehow CGI will make it all better.
Guys, this is a
poster, not leaked conceptual art.
This is it.
He looks like a
Get over it.
The Money Is
Fox announced last Wednesday that writers/producers Chris Carter and
Frank Spotnitz have entered negotiations for The X-Files 2.
Intended as a stand-alone
story from the series' admittedly way too dense (and, if ratings this
week are any indication, now way too boring) continuity, the film would
be aimed for a Summer 2003 release.
have been contacted yet, both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have
stated that they would be glad to be involved in the film franchise;
it's the show that had them tired.
Month's Wizard Will Mention This On Every Other Page
Catch 23 Entertainment has optioned Black Bull Comics' Just A Pilgrim
for feature development.
Created by Garth
Ennis and Carlos Ezquierra, Just A Pilgrim spins a post-apocalyptic
tale of a religious fanatic wandering the wasteland of a scorched Earth.
If he cannot save other survivors' lives, he will at least try to save
The first mini-series
wrapped up a couple of months ago, with a second one announced for the
Spring. Black Bull has released a trade paperback, but without a "Soon
To Be a Major Motion Picture!" starburst.
No, no, NO.
Action Figures Come AFTER The Movie…
First, Todd McFarlane
and Clive Barker joined forces to create a line of action figures. The
result was the terribly twisted (but, okay, yes, cool) Tortured Souls
collection, each figure in the series coming with a chapter from a novelette
got the bright idea to send a set to movie studio heads for Halloween,
as a gesture to say, "hey, I'll forget about doing Spawn 2 if
Next thing you
know, somebody looked closely at these figures and said, "hey! Kids
love playing with these things. Let's make a movie."
And so, Universal
Studios announced this week that they have paid McFarlane and Barker
for the rights to Tortured Souls, with a piece of the merchandising
for anything after the initial six-figure set.
So when are we
getting that live-action Transformers movie, huh?
A Ragtag Fleet
Of…oh, never mind…
has pulled out of producing a Battlestar Galactica telefilm/pilot
upon the departure of director/producer Bryan Singer.
With his producing
partner Tom DeSanto, Singer had gotten USA Networks and Fox very excited
about the project, provided that he could fit it in with his schedule
on X-Men 2. This week, Singer decided that he couldn't do it.
But DeSanto is
still there, trying to keep the project alive. And to be quite honest
and in agreement with Harry Knowles at Ain't
It Cool News, DeSanto was always the real driving force here, just
as he really was on X-Men. Singer may think this stuff is cool,
but DeSanto is the guy who is one of us - a fanboy done good.
Keep your fingers
crossed that somebody with power will wake up to that fact.
Bryan Singer has
left the Battlestar Galactica TV movie project. Tom DeSanto remains,
but Fox is trying to pull out.
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