June 23, 2014 | 5:06 p.m.
In October 1939, Marvel Comics (then known as Timely Comics) was born in New York City, from pulp magazine publisher Martin Goodman. This year, the little comics outlier will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a myth-making powerhouse. To commemorate the occasion, Marvel Entertainment will publish the “Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration” No. 1, a new anthology issue coming to comic shops and digital devices this October. The oversized collection will feature cover art from Eisner Award winner Paolo Rivera, who collaborated with his inker-father Joe Rivera on “Daredevil.” Inside, the collection continues to boast some of Marvel’s biggest names, including James Robinson and Chris Samnee, who will take readers back to the day when the Fantastic Four was born. Emmy- and Eisner-winning storyteller Bruce Timm will adapt “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge,” the very first Marvel Comics story from the legendary Stan Lee. The original text-only story from the former Marvel president was […]
April 20, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
In 75 years of stories, Batman’s greatest obstacle has always been his humanity, Kevin Smith told an applauding capacity crowd in a Bat-cavernous space Saturday at WonderCon. “That’s the only thing that stops him,” the filmmaker said, “and you see the frustration as he’s portrayed throughout every medium…. It’s only when he hits the ceiling of his humanity that he can possibly be stopped. And, as we’ve seen, even then sometimes he overcomes it.” Smith, who hosts the “Fatman on Batman” podcast, was joined on the Batman 75 celebration panel by his “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet” comic co-writer Ralph Garman, superstar artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee (“Batman: Hush,” “All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder”), essential Caped Crusader animator Bruce Timm (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”), longtime popular Bat-voice actor Kevin Conroy […]
Oct. 16, 2013 | 12:29 p.m.
Superman turns 75 this year, and the anniversary celebrations continue with a new animated video from “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder and DC animation giant Bruce Timm. The two-minute video, unveiled during New York Comic Con this weekend, looks at Superman’s evolution since his comic book debut in the June issue of “Action Comics,” published April 18, 1938. The video opens on that iconic comic book before the character bursts from the cover and soars through his history. The animated short goes on to reference the Fleischer Studios cartoons, George Reeves, Andy Warhol, “Super Friends,” Christopher Reeve, a Superman Atari game, “The Death of Superman,” the New 52, “Man of Steel” and dozens of other moments from Supes’ prolific past. DC published a second-by-second list of all the video’s references online. Fans of Superman’s big-screen appearances will recognize the […]
Dec. 11, 2010 | 7:16 a.m.
We suspect that a certain comic-book barbarian caused a lot of adolescent grief for little Conan O’Brien while the red-headed tyke was growing up outside Boston. This week , the grown-up O’Brien got some payback against the spinner-rack world. The talk-show host riffed on some of the sillier corners of DC Comics history (yes, Marvel, you got off the hook this time — but that Spider-Man musical should be good for months and months of material) and then sat with the great Bruce Timm (he’s far more than “an animator,” Conan viewers, just so you know) to get his own super-hero identity. The results are pretty flipping funny. – Geoff Boucher MORE SILLY VIDEOS How many Spider-Mans fit in a Jamba Juice? William Shatner climbs the Mountain of Love Star Trek meets…Monty Python? Iron Man v Bruce Lee They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard “Watchmen,” Saturday morning […]
Feb. 10, 2010 | 2:40 a.m.
Plenty of of fanboys are anticipating the new Justice League DVD “Crisis on Two Earths,” which premieres on Feb. 23, but that disc will also give birth to a new DC must-see home movie when the Dark Knight saga “Batman: Under the Red Hood” launches one of its first promos. Written by Judd Winick and based on his 2005 Batman comics story line, it’s Batman versus another vigilante, Red Hood, who doesn’t mind cleaning up Gotham by leaving dead bodies in his wake. Animated guru Bruce Timm exec produces this pretty violent look into crime on the streets, and it’s directed by “Superman Doomsday” co-director Brandon Vietti, with a cavalcade of stars as voice talent. It all starts with Bruce Greenwood (“Star Trek”) as Batman, then continues with “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your […]
Jan. 19, 2010 | 5:51 p.m.
Next month marks the 70th anniversary of “More Fun Comics” No. 52, which brought a strange and enduring apparition into the page of DC Comics: The Spectre, that scowling avenging force from beyond the grave. The supernatural being scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid; when I 5 or 6, I got a hold of a Spectre story in which the spooky hero turned some bad guys into wood and then ran them through a sawmill. Wow, if Superman had that kind of finish-the-job attitude, Lex Luthor wouldn’t keep breaking out of prison, would he? The core premise of the Spectre has changed through the years, but the most recurring concept is that Jim Corrigan, a hard-bitten cop, was murdered but then came back to the living world with a connection to a powerful undead spirit. That classic story foundation is back […]