July 28, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Who is the most important person in Marvel Comics history? Several audience members responded to Mark Waid’s question by shouting back “Stan Lee!” No, the Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” writer told the crowd gathered for a panel about Marvel’s 75th and the Man Without Fear’s 50th anniversaries. But they were close: It’s Lee’s wife Joanie, Waid said. In 1961, Lee “was starting to feel burned out” after 20 years and about 10,000 issues of various genre stories under the direction of publisher Martin Goodman, said Waid, an expert on comics history, and was looking to do something else with his life. “It was his wife Joanie,” Waid continued, “who said … ‘If you’re done with comics and go away and do something else, at least take one last shot and do something that you really want to do… And if it […]
July 25, 2014 | 12:16 p.m.
The Spider-Verse continues to expand – even before fans have seen it form. Marvel announced more tie-in books to the Spider-people-from-every-place-and-every-time event starting in November at a panel about the story line Friday morning at Comic-Con. “Spider-Verse Team-Up” and “Scarlet Spiders” join the previously announced miniseries “Edge of Spider-Verse” in adding to the main story that runs in “Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 9 through 14. Each of the three issues of “Team-Up” will feature two stories – the first in each by writer Christos Gage and art by Dave Williams, with the second stories written by different past Spider-writers, including one by Roger Stern and one by Tom DeFalco. “Scarlet Spiders” by writer Mike Costa and artist Paco Diaz features two Scarlet Spider-Men (Ben Reilly and Kaine) and Ultimate Jessica Drew – all clones. As for the main story, by writer […]
Jan. 11, 2014 | 10:33 p.m.
Peter Parker is swinging back from death in April with a new “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 1 by writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos. “We’ve gone over 30 issues without Peter Parker, so when we let him out of that box and he gets to put on that costume again and he gets to swing through the sky, it’s going to be the greatest feeling,” Slott told the New York Daily News in announcing the late wallcrawler’s comeback. “But there’s a twist. There’s always a twist.” Parker was seen dying in “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 700, which was also by Slott and Ramos and released in late December 2012. At the time, Slott told Hero Complex about writing the hero’s demise: “It was tough to do this. I’ve been a Spider-Man fan since age 8. Short of my father, this guy’s […]
Dec. 05, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.
Yesterday’s casting announcement that Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot will portray Wonder Woman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel drew a mixed reaction from the comics world. Gadot, best known for her appearances in three “Fast & Furious” films, competed in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant as Miss Israel. She also spent two years in the Israeli army. Gadot joins the previously announced cast of Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman movie, acting opposite Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman — a casting decision that also drew considerable ire from DC Universe fans. Snyder praised Gadot as an “amazing” actress who possesses “that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.” But some in the world of comics, including “The Adventures of Superhero Girl” author Faith Erin Hicks, weren’t so sure, criticizing Warner Bros. for making Wonder […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Marvel ended its parade of All-New Marvel Now title announcements Sunday afternoon during its “Superior Spider-Man” panel at New York Comic Con, revealing that 2014 will bring No. 1’s for a cosmic “Captain Marvel,” an independent-from-Daredevil “Elektra,” an L.A.-bound “The Punisher” and a reunited (and expanded) team of “New Warriors.” The first unveiling, though, dealt with the hour’s titular largely reformed-villain’s-consciousness-in-a-hero’s-body: The project from writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli that had been teased as “The End,” will be February’s “Superior Spider-Man” No. 27.NOW, in an arc called “Goblin Nation.” (Yes, before the end, later this year a new Green Goblin will arise. More on that later.) “Everything, everything that’s been happening in ‘Superior Spider-Man’ so far has all just been setting up dominoes,” Slott said. “Bam! They’re all going down. Everything leads to this. Green Goblin on this […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 8:16 p.m.
[Updated 6:35 a.m. PDT Oct. 13 with images from All-New Marvel Now announcements] It was code-named “Rad!,” and the crowd agreed that it was when the mystery All-New Marvel Now project from writer Dan Slott and artist Mike Allred was revealed to be “Silver Surfer,” greeting the news with sustained applause Saturday afternoon at Marvel’s “Inhumanity” panel at New York Comic Con. The writer said the series, about the “most [Jack] Kirby-ish of characters doing the most insane stuff in weird, cosmic, quirky places” will feature a notable new presence, a sort of companion for the alien hero (Slott has often talked and tweeted about being a “Doctor Who” fanatic). “When you think of the Silver Surfer, you think of the lone sentinel of the skyways,” Slott said. “He’s always very lonely on that board all by himself. And this […]