Of Sgt. Rock Dead At 87
Long-time DC writer
and editor Robert Kanigher passed away Monday, May 6. The first to take
over Wonder Woman after creator Charles Mouton let go of the feature,
Kanigher left his imprint (and a continuity headache) by creating Wonder
But the versatile
wordsmith will be far better remembered for his two major contributions
to DC of the '60's: the sometimes surreal Metal Men, created
with Ross Andru, and of course, Sgt. Rock. The latter Kanigher
worked on with the legendary Joe Kubert; the two collaborated on The
Viking Prince and Enemy Ace features as well.
As a side note,
though he never wrote the story, Kanigher insisted that Frank Rock was
killed in World War II, not Our Worlds At War. Those of us that
find Rock's revival in Suicide Squad hard to swallow will stick
with Kanigher's version.
The Worst Out Of The Way…
This week over
Bullet Comics, former DC Answer Man Bob Rozakis fielded the question
as to just when exactly we would be seeing The Dark Knight Strikes
Again #3. A reasonable question indeed, one on the lips of every
fan who didn't think the second issue blew chunks harder than Superman
on Ipecac. (I liked it, but I know there was a lot of negative reaction.)
does not bode well, and bear in mind that when originally announced,
the Frank Miller project was supposed to ship every six weeks. "I do
not believe that DC has set a new ship date yet," Rozakis writes, "but
that is not surprising since my spies tell me it isn't yet completed."
So will Miller
ever complete it, or has he secretly been paid by Bill Jemas to just
leave us all hanging? Time will tell, but as you can see in the next
piece, Jemas got troubles of his own...
Too Bad They
Can't Really Hire Matt Murdock
Tired of waiting
forever between issues of Origin? Brian Hibbs is not only tired
of it, he considers it a threat to his livelihood. As owner of the San
Francisco-based comic book store Comix Experience, Hibbs believes that
Marvel's constant delay in shipping comics makes it difficult to predict
stock and cash flow.
So Monday, Hibbs
filed a class action suit against Marvel, on behalf of the roughly 3500
comic book store owners in the U.S. He claims that Marvel consistently
violates its own Terms of Sale, which reads as follows:
"Orders for Marvel
Products cannot be canceled or reduced, except in the following circumstances:
more than thirty (30) days after the solicited on-sale date specified
at the time of purchase;
"(ii) Product contains
significant editorial or manufacturing differences from the solicited
(iii) Product containing
distinct seasonal or holiday content is delivered more than one (1)
week after the close of the season or holiday."
books that shipped either late or with different material than originally
solicited over an eight month period, Hibbs compared the results with
industry sales charts. He discovered that Marvel had produced almost
$6.2 million worth of product that violated their own Terms. The lawsuit
claims that despite the above Terms of Sale, Marvel has refused to honor
"I would have given
anything to have not filed this suit," Hibbs said, "but repeated queries
to both Marvel and their distributor, Diamond Comics, brought no satisfaction
in them living up to their Terms of Sale. What frustrates me is that
Marvel set those terms themselves, and they're not living up to their
most basic promises."
Joe Quesada has
not commented publicly, for legal reasons, but you can bet this won't
be the last we hear of it.
Speaks Exclusively To Fanboy Planet
New Fanboy correspondent
Bob Drinkwater had the opportunity to lob a few questions at everybody's
favorite alternate Slayer, Eliza Dushku. As she was busy doing a public
appearance for The New Guy,
he only got a little back. But let's let Bob tell it…
"Eliza was pretty
cool. And by cool I mean totally f***ing hot. She was wearing a see
thru shirt (no bra) that she kept pulling up as a nervous habit... and
everytime she leaned forward to play with her boots, I had full view
of... well, let's just say they're fake." (Let's just say we don't
Me: What can
you tell us about True Lies 2?
Eliza Dushku: I
can tell you a whole lot of nothing. I've heard a lot of rumors, but
I haven't seen anything with my own eyes.
Me: Would you
expect to be asked back for the sequel?
Her: I wouldn't
expect to be. I would be thrilled if I were asked back as long as Dana
is joining the family business. I want in on the action.
Me: What about
the rumors that you'll play Wonder Woman in the movie?
Her: Total rumor.
Me: Where did
that rumor start?
Her: Probably some
Well, far be it
from us at Fanboy Planet to start such rumors up again, but you know,
it wouldn't be a bad idea. Although by the time Warner Brothers made
a decision, Dushku would be 40…
Get In Line Yet…
On the heels of
Spider-Man's breaking box office records all over the place (Best
Single Day Opening Ever, Best Opening Weekend Ever, Best Monday Ever,
Best Movie To Overcome Some Idiot's Use Of A Laser Pointer Ever - that
last one bestowed by me after a visit to the AMC Mercado 20 on Tuesday),
Sony has already set the date for Spider-Man 2.
May 7, 2004.
That's right. Only
two years away. And still we have no solid DC projects on the horizon.
Not content to
rule the box office with Spider-Man, Sony has also moved forward
with a project from Image Comics. Daily Variety reported last week that
Frank Oz has become interested in directing Powers, based on,
of course, the single greatest comic book being published today.
Okay, Bendis probably
stopped reading after that.
Anyway, Sony and
Oz are "in talks," which doesn't mean a done deal. But the quirky director
and voice of Yoda does have the right sensibility for such a project,
and right now, comic book adaptations are not exactly low-prestige.
film adaptation was allegedly based on the
"Who Killed Retro Girl?" storyline, but Variety described something
a little different. The industry paper referenced it as involving a
team of superheroes getting killed off one by one, with Walker and Pilgrim
investigating. It could be a misinterpretation; mainstream press has
gotten such stuff wrong before. But then, so has the internet.
Brian Michael Bendis has long been attached as a producer on the project,
but is content to let someone else write it. If you want to know why,
& Glory, Bendis' adaptation of his own real-life Hollywood experiences.
No, we mean it. Read it.
Too bad Bendis
hasn't written anything for DC.
…And HE Only
Had A Four-Issue Mini-series
announced this week that he and producing partner Lawrence Bender are
stepping in to fast-track a long (ahem) dead Marvel adaptation: Mort
The Dead Teenager. Originally languishing at Dreamworks, it looks
like Tarantino's A Band Apart productions will place this at Miramax.
Mort The Dead
Teenager is one of those titles that pretty much says it all. Based
on a four-issue mini-series by Larry Hama, published in the 1980's,
the title character gets killed at the outset, but just won't stay dead.
With plenty of teen zombie action, creator Hama claims that he always
intended it to be a film project.
please. Right now you could even get away with doing Ambush Bug.
Think about it. That's all I ask.
Proxy They Have One Going
Sure, teen heartthrob
Shane West lost a TV series with the cancellation of Once And Again,
but if you were crying for him, stop it right now. (If you were crying
for him, we may have to kick you off the site anyway.) Variety reports
this week that he has landed the role of Tom Sawyer in the upcoming
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, based on Alan Moore's Wildstorm
(and by extension DC) book of the same name.
Tom Sawyer, you
cry? He wasn't in the comic book! True. But in James Robinson's screenplay,
Sawyer is an American Secret Service agent aiding the British government,
a liberty taken that satisfies both the spirit of Moore's work (Mark
Twain certainly implied that Tom Sawyer would follow a career in law
enforcement) and the needs of Hollywood Studiothink ("Where's the role
for a hot young actor?").
This week, 4Kids
Entertainment and Mirage Studios announced that they will be bringing
back those heroes on the half-shell. The Fox Network has tentatively
agreed to add Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to their Saturday
morning line-up starting in the fall of 2003, with a planned 26 episodes.
the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I am pleased to say that 4Kids will
be going back to the Turtles' comic book roots," said Peter Laird, co-creator
of the Turtles. "We anticipate that the new Ninja Turtles series will
contain the same irreverent contemporary humor and compelling action
sequences that the Turtles are famous for, updated for the 21st century."
We believe that
Vanilla Ice is available for cameo appearances and performing the Turtle
Lot Of Money Per Bleep
needs to find a replacement. MTV has gone ahead and signed The Osbournes
for two more seasons, at a rumored $20 million. Though the insanely
highly-rated show The Osbournes dropped in viewers last week,
MTV still considers it one heck of a cashcow.
The Osbournes themselves
will be doing their annual Ozzfest tour, starting in Europe on May 20
and ending in Moscow on June 16. In the U.S., Ozzfest will run from
July 6 to September 8.
And despite repeated
pleas from our readers, Goodson and I will not be doing our annual FanboyFest.
Actually, we will, but not so's you'd notice.
Chooses Evil, Then He Does Stand-up
After taking a
string of dark roles in movies to once again reminds us just how good
an actor he can be, Robin Williams is returning to stand-up comedy.
HBO will broadcast the special Robin Williams: Live On Broadway
at 9 p.m. on July 14. As the title suggests, Williams will be live at
the Broadway Theater in New York City, one of the stops in a national
tour this summer.
In his heyday,
Williams was one heck of a great stand-up, so I'm pretty jazzed. If
he goes back to being a mime, though, we may have a problem.
Feeling the urge
to try to make it as a leading man in movies, Will Ferrel announced
that this season is his last at Saturday Night Live. After seven
years, it may be time to move on, though Ferrel has not yet actually
proven he can carry a picture. (A Night At The Roxbury is not
proof either way.)
The former Groundling
has three films lined up after he leaves the long-running NBC show.
Of those, the one that sounds most promising is Elf, about a
human raised in Santa's workshop, dismayed to discover upon manhood
that he isn't an elf at all. After working with Chris Kattan, Ferrel
certainly has the experience.
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