Satan Just Asked
Us To Turn Up The Heat A Little…
Joe Quesada has
extended the Marvel olive branch to the last man anyone expected…Jim
Shooter. The former controversial EIC has been asked to return to the
Marvel Bullpen to write an 8-issue Avengers mini-series, a sequel
to his classic Korvac Saga of the early '80's.
For the whippersnappers
pondering who Shooter is, he has had a career of tremendous highs and
lows, starting at the age of 13 (neglecting to tell DC editors his age)
when he took over the writing of the Legion of Super-Heroes feature
in the late Adventure Comics. Eventually he grew up and became
editor-in-chief of Marvel, where after some really great work as both
writer and editor, leading to Marvel's dominating market share, he wrote
Secret Wars I and II. He followed those by launching Marvel's New
Universe. And if you have no idea what that is, count yourself lucky.
Some of us are still suffering night sweats as a result.
After the laughter
died down, Shooter got booted from Marvel, going on to launch the Valiant
line of comics, which was actually pretty good and launched the N64
Turok, Dinosaur Hunter franchise. Game developer Acclaim bought
out Valiant and gave Shooter the boot. He moved on to start Defiant
Comics, then Broadway Comics, two good lines undone by lack of funding.
Though it's hard
to hide a guy as tall as Shooter (reportedly 6'7"), he has kept a low
profile in the last couple of years. Bringing him back to the Marvel
fold, according to Quesada, "…has ruffled all the right feathers," and
should bring this talented guy some deserved attention.
Is That A Sinestro
In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?
Last week, DC Direct
announced another insidious plan to separate you from your hard-earned
cash. As if their line of finely sculpted, ultra-cool but perhaps over-priced
action figures wasn't enough, next July they will be launching "Pocket
Yes, heroes in
your pocket. The name does actually hearken back to the days of Mego
and their first experiments with the now-standard 3 ¾" figures, though
these will be 3" tall. Retailing for $9.95, the figures will come in
two-packs, likely in a hero/villain configuration, with tiny accessories.
Can't wait? Tomorrow
will see the release of the regular DC Direct Solomon Grundy action
figure, which will come with a bonus Golden Age Wonder Woman Pocket
So. Are they really
cool, or really stupid-looking? If you can't make up your mind, take
heart. Derek not know, either. Let him know your opinion.
What Can We
Say But "Crikey!"
The Crocodile Hunter
will be hitting the big screen. After a fatal cameo in Dr. Dolittle
2, Steve Irwin gets to star in his own major motion picture, allegedly
based on his life story.
MGM has ponied
up the bucks for Crocodile Hunter - Collision Course, now shooting
in and around Brisbane, Australia, according to Daily Variety. The film
will also feature his American wife Terri, and a host of Australian
Legend has it that
Steve began handling crocodiles (or, as he would put it, "beauties")
at the tender age of 9, starting a career in zoology that would lead
to two concurrent series on Animal Planet (no relation to Fanboy Planet).
But Who Is Elektra?
The trades have
reported this week that little-known but heavily-hyped actor Colin Farrell
has been signed to play Bullseye in the upcoming Daredevil adaptation.
If you don't know
who Farrell is, you can check him out in American Outlaws and
Tigerland, two little seen films that have generated huge amounts
of buzz around the young actor.
He Told You
He'd Be Back
now has all its ducks in a row. The most expensive movie ever to be
green-lighted, the film has a starting budget of $170 million, $30 million
of which will go to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Though the big
guy once swore he would not make a third Terminator film without
James Cameron, $30 mil buys a lot of schnitzel, and so he will star
for director Jonathan Mostow (U-571).
will pocket $5 million.
has won distribution rights to the film, slated for a summer 2003 release.
To celebrate, Arnie went for a ride on his motorbike and cracked several
ribs. But he still could not be stopped…
Who Was That
Trying to duplicate
the success of Smallville, the WB has been scrambling for other
heroic properties to bring to its net. Rumored to be in the mill is
a young Tarzan series (Teenzan?), but formally announced is a
2 hour telefilm reviving The Lone Ranger.
No word on if it
will cover the masked man's teen years, but that would be stupid, so
don't count it out.
better known as The Human Blockhead, has died at the age of 94. His
popular carnival side-show act consisted of his hammering spikes into
a cavity behind his nostril.
A true artistic
genius has passed, begging the question: how bored do you have to be
to want to find out if you can hammer spikes into a cavity behind your
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