John Buscema Dead
The comics industry
lost another giant yesterday when artist John Buscema succumbed to stomach
cancer. He had been battling the illness for some time, but still continued
working, with an alleged 22 pages done of an upcoming series for DC.
An early stalwart
of the Marvel Bullpen, Buscema had a stellar run on The Avengers,
following in the footsteps of Jack Kirby. He was also the artist on
the original Silver Surfer series, written by Stan Lee. Fans
of Conan know Buscema's work from both the color series and the legendary
Marvel black and white magazine The Savage Sword of Conan. The
barbarian owes his image more to Buscema than Schwarzenegger. In addition,
he designed many of Marvel's images for licensing on toys, games, and
The artist's most recent
published work was a reunion with Stan Lee on Just Imagine Stan Lee
Creating Superman. Also in the works for release will be a poster
of The Avengers, with Alex Ross painting over Buscema's pencils. You can
see the black and white preview on the left, courtesy of Buscema's official
website. You can see the debt most modern comics artists owe to him, almost
as much as to Kirby.
For those who wish
to express condolences, or just learn more about this great artist,
visit the official John Buscema
Builds Whatever a Lego Can...
Just in time for
the Spider-Man movie, Lego will be releasing playsets featuring Spidey,
Green Goblin, and Mary Jane. They will be compatible with the Lego Steven
Spielberg Movie Maker set so that you can make your own digital movies
of the wallcrawler battling his arch-nemesis.
Available in April,
the two sets will include the major characters, a sound effects CD,
and special pieces that will allow Spider-Man to perform stunts, "...re-creating
key scenes from the movie."
Now I really
wish the DC Pocket Heroes' heads looked better...
one day after I report that *NSYNC had been given cameos in Episode
II: Attack of the Clones, both Joey Fatone and theforce.net
confirm that due to internet outcry, the boy band has been left on the
cutting room floor.
Fatone called in
to a radio station to make the announcement, complaining that "…everyone
made such a big deal." Graciously, he refused further comment.
As annoying as
the thought may have been, the cameo would have been less than two seconds
and probably not as noticeable as the E.T.s in The Phantom Menace.
So take no joy in crushing the dreams of Fatone and his compatriots.
After all, the only reason Mace Windu exists is because Samuel L. Jackson
pestered Lucas for a role as a Jedi, and that character will actually
affect continuity. He even got a purple lightsaber, the only Jedi to
have one, again because Jackson wanted his own color.
Yes, Jackson may
be cooler to us, but all the boy band wanted was the chance to
die onscreen. No special lightsabers, no musical numbers, not even a
This is like shooting
the neighbor kid's puppy.
Again, the day
after we publish rumors of The Tick being cancelled, The Hollywood
Reporter confirms it. January 24 will be the last broadcast date.
Ordinarily, I accept
these things. But emboldened by newfound power in having wiped the smirk
off of Lance Bass' face, I'm going to direct you to Comics2Film, where
Rob Worley has all the information you need in order to protest Fox
In a nutshell,
fans are being asked to send spoons. Metal spoons, plastic spoons, blue
spoons, whatever. Just let the network know that they are making a big
mistake and need to give the Big Blue Avenger another chance, maybe
on another night when there's a chance in hell someone might actually
be able to watch it.
this and more in the Fanboy forums.