Is Which, Again?
Always reprint Alex
On the heels of
last week's Superbaby cliffhanger, DC announced this week that 2002
is the year of Earth 3. (Or Earth 1, if you're a newbie and believe
everything that Grant Morrison tells you.)
July 10 will see
the release of Crisis On Multiple Earths, a trade paperback reprinting
the first four cross-overs between the JLA and the JSA from back in
the sixties. One of those crises, of course, introduced Earth 3 and
the evil versions of our favorite heroes known as The Crime Syndicate.
(Not to be confused with the Marvel evil versions, known as The Squadron
Sporting a cover
by Alex Ross, the paperback will sell for $14.95 , but that's not all…
On November 13,
DC Direct will release finely sculpted action figures of the entire
Crime Syndicate. Owlman, Superwoman, Jonny Quick, Power Ring, and Ultraman
all come in under 7" of evil. Put them up against the recently
released Justice League Gift Set, and you can actually re-enact the
battles from the trade paperback. Or you can quietly put them on a shelf
so as not to attract the attention of your wife, wondering just what
the heck is going on in there.
DC Direct makes
it easy to do either, or both, as these figures will also be debuting
the company's new resealable blister pack that allows figures to be put
back into near pristine condition. The details have been sketchy so far,
but it sounds like the packages will be similar to what McFarlane Toys
used for the first Spawn releases, back when they were Todd Toys. At the
very least, it sounds innovative, and will make my currently tacked up
Demon figure very, very jealous.
Take that, Man of
Me An Excuse To Run Another Picture of Black Cat
Kevin Smith will
be scoring a first on June 24. On that night he will appear on The
Tonight Show with the sole purpose of promoting Spider-Man/Black
Cat: The Evil That Men Do.
Though Smith has
appeared many times, both as guest and as a contributor of filmed bits,
this will be the first time that anyone has appeared on the late-night
show in the role of comics creator.
Oh, yeah, Spider-Man's
in that one, too.
"I'm as proud of
my work in comics as I am of anything I've done on film, so I thought
'Why not call up the folks at The Tonight Show'and see if I could
talk about Spider-Man/Black Cat on the show as a guest?" explained
Smith. "Thankfully, Jay (Leno) and co. were really up for it and found
me a slot on the show two days before the book hits the stands. What
better way to call more attention to comics than by waving one around
on late night's most-watched talk show? It's going to be a real kick
to run a clip of Terry and Rachel Dodson's awesome artwork for the approximately
six million folks who watch Leno each night. And the fact that it's
a historical first as well makes it kind of fun."
It's not the first
time someone has promoted comics on television, however, as Marvel EIC
Joe Quesada showed up on The Today Show a while back promoting
Heroes. DC remains sadly untelevised.
In an update to
a recent Planet Buzz piece on the Peter David/Bill Jemas/Marvel/Captain
Marvel fracas, Joe Quesada has weighed in and determined that the two
will be wrestling in an "I Quit" match at WizardWorld Chicago.
No, no, no. That
would almost make sense. Instead, Quesada has announced that he will
be editing and possibly drawing (his press release was somewhat unclear)
a series titled The Marvel Knight at the same time as Captain
Marvel and The Marvel compete for your bucks.
Pitched and written
by Ron Zimmerman (a sometime guest on Howard Stern), The Marvel Knight
will also be a six-issue mini-series. If it's as bad as Zimmerman's
recent Punisher fill-in, Quesada will be getting pie in the face.
Yes, pie. Because
last week Bill Jemas claimed that the losing book would not actually
be cancelled. Instead, the losing writer would have to submit to sitting
on a dunk tank at WizardWorld Chicago 2003, with proceeds going to ACTOR,
the charity that helps retired comic book creators. Quesada upped the
bet by promising to allow attendees a shot at throwing pies at either
Jemas, David, or himself.
Quesada also announced
that he will finish Jemas off with his signature move, The Editor's
Keith Giffen confirmed
yesterday what had long been rumored: his version of Suicide Squad
would end with issue number twelve. Fans of Giffen need not mourn too
long, as he has both a Legends of the Dark Knight arc lined up,
and of course, the Formerly Known As Justice League mini-series
Rumored also to
be on the chopping block is Deadman. Perhaps DC should stop naming
books so fatalistically. Doom Patrol, however, seems to be healthy.
The Man Without
Fear Comes To Life
I'm pretty sure Karen digs me..."
We have no reason
to run this other than stupid, giddy, fanboy glee. People magazine
this week ran the first picture of Ben Affleck and Jon Favreau in character
as Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson, respectively.
This picture reveals
no spoilers, no plot details, not even a tantalizing glimpse of red
long underwear. It's just two guys walking. And yet, somehow, we needed
the proof that it's really happening. Daredevil is underway.
Last week, in fact,
director Mark Steven Johnson brought in a little-known comic book writer
to play a cameo role as a lab assistant. Word has it that Kevin Smith
did not suck too badly, at least, according to Smith himself.
In The Summertime…
Last week Paramount
decided that it would belatedly join the flurry of movies about trips
to Mars. Most likely, they did the right thing, because instead of the
arid planet with either primitive or no life at all, Paramount's Mars
will feature flashing swords, strange and fierce aliens, and the beautiful
Princess Dejah Thoris.
up the rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars series,
with an eye towards turning it into a franchise. No leading man has
been sought yet, but already the rumors have begun that Matthew McConaughey
would be in the running.
If all this sounds
more Greek than Martian to you, here's the rundown: in Burroughs' classic
novel A Princess of Mars, Civil War veteran John Carter stumbles
across an old Indian cave, where he is overcome by strange vapors. He
awakens on the world of Barsoom (what we call Mars), a savage but technologically
advanced world filled with enough adventure to last 11 books (and one
Big Little Book).
Many studios have
flirted with the property over the years, as far back as 1936, when
animator Bob Clampett tried to get interest going in it as a feature.
Had he succeeded, he would have beaten Disney to the claim of first
feature-length animated film. All that remains of that project can be
found on the recent Beany
& Cecil DVD.
announced last week that they have bought the rights to the anime classic
Akira. To make a westernized, live-action film a reality, the
studio has hired Stephen Norrington to write and direct.
No stranger to
comic book adaptations, Norrington helmed the first Blade film,
and is currently lensing The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
with Sean Connery, from a script by James Robinson.
Before he can get
to Akira, however, Norrington is still attached to Ghost Rider,
a somewhat troubled project that may star Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze.
The only one who seems to be talking about that at this point is Marvel
Entertainment President Avi Arad.
So while it looks
like Akira could be in safe hands, don't get too excited yet.
Not only is it a long way off, but these words should chill fans' blood:
Jon Peters is producing. Because this is the guy who wants to make Neil
Gaiman's Sandman into a standard superhero flick, you can bet
that there will be a lot of behind-the-scenes weirdness going on in
this one. To Peters, if it's on a comic book page, it must have a cape.
Grappling Signifies The Sacred Smackdown
He doesn't look
a THING like The Rock.
What could possibly
be the oldest known sample of written language has been unearthed in
Egypt. If authenticated, this newly discovered tablet would shatter
linguists' beliefs that ancient Sumeria had the first written language,
and also mean that a united Egypt existed a few hundred years earlier
than previously thought.
But why mention
it here? Because among the hieroglyphics on the relic found are the
symbols of a falcon and a scorpion, long accepted to represent the mythical
King Scorpion, or as filmmaker Stephen Sommers prefers to call him,
The Scorpion King.
Considered to be
strictly the stuff of legend, King Scorpion was to Egypt what King Arthur
is to England, and the timing couldn't be better to release the news
of this find. It sort of makes you want to give The Rock more respect,
Didn't think so.
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