April 20, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

WonderCon: Mark Waid on ‘Original Sin,’ more from Marvel panel

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Marvel’s next big comics event is “Original Sin,” and the concept — the Watcher has been murdered and familiar superheroes have terrible secrets — could give some pause. Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” and “Hulk” writer Mark Waid would be one, if he wasn’t privy to the plans. The self-described “hard-core traditionalist” said his first instinct was to worry that the story line would make the heroes “look like jerks.” But that’s not the case, he told the All-New Marvel Now panel crowd Saturday at Wonder-Con in Anaheim. “I am proud of being part of a team of writers and artists and editors who didn’t take this opportunity to make the characters uglier, that ‘Original Sin’ is not about tarnishing the nobility of the Marvel characters, not about just screwing with and overriding stuff you already know just for the shock value,” […]
April 15, 2014 | 5:02 p.m.

Daredevil and Original Sin in comic book previews

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Find the best and the brightest of the comic book world right here, before the books hit the shelves. Thumb through the gallery above, and click on thumbnails below for larger images. We’ll update the post throughout the month so check back to see this growing gallery of covers and pages from upcoming releases from top publishers. To see more art from recent releases, check out our comic book news section and archive of comics-art galleries. Follow us @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED Afterlife With Archie: Francavilla cover, film details ‘Batman: Death of the Family’: Joker mask, Vol. 3 Black Widow, Falcon inspire ‘Project Runway’ ‘Ms. Marvel’: G. Willow Wilson, Sana Amanat on Kamala Batman at 75: Warner Bros., DC reveal Bat-plans ‘Hellboy: The First 20 Years’: Mike Mignola reflects ‘Flash’ 29: Is Barry closing in on his mom’s killer? Ales Kot […]
Nov. 07, 2013 | 9:17 p.m.

Marvel’s Netflix series: Nine heroes who deserve their own shows

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Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist are coming to the small screen thanks to a new deal between Marvel TV and Netflix. The on-demand and mail-in video provider has committed to at least four 13-episode live-action series based on the Marvel characters, culminating in a mini-series event based on Marvel’s “The Defenders,” Marvel TV announced today. The announcement follows Marvel TV’s first major foray into live-action television with this fall’s debut of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The blind superhero Daredevil, of course, has seen his share of screen time thanks to the Ben Affleck-starring “Daredevil.” Luke Cage is a fighter with super-strength and near-impervious skin. Jessica Jones is a former superheroine who has her own private eye firm and a tempestuous relationship with Luke Cage. And Iron Fist is a disciplined martial artist who happens to be Luke […]
Nov. 07, 2013 | 11:22 a.m.

Daredevil returns: Marvel teams with Netflix for comic book TV series

The blind superhero Daredevil  is leading a new charge of Marvel comic book characters heading to television. Marvel TV announced Thursday plans to team with Netflix on new, original live-action series centered on Daredevil, Jessica  Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, 13-episode series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters, Marvel TV said in a statement. “This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling,” said Alan Fine, president of Marvel Entertainment, in the statement. “Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty. This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to […]
Oct. 31, 2013 | 5:10 p.m.

‘Daredevil: Road Warrior’ takes hero west (and digital) with Mark Waid

Daredevil is coming to television. (Marvel)
Marvel is showing no fear in where it’s taking the Man Without Fear in his 50th anniversary year, moving Daredevil to the West Coast and digital frontier. The publisher announced Thursday that the print “Daredevil,” ending with No. 36 in February, will be succeeded by the digital exclusive “Daredevil: Road Warrior,” to be part of Marvel’s Infinite Comics line. Writer Mark Waid, who has scripted the entirety of ol’ hornhead’s most recent run, will continue with the character into the new format — fitting, given the Eisner winner’s innovative work in digital comics with his Thrillbent initiative. He will be joined by artist Peter Krause (“Power of Shazam”), whom he’s worked with on “Irredeemable.” “Daredevil: Road Warrior” finds blind attorney / costumed vigilante Matt Murdock packing his “I Am Not Daredevil” T-shirt (at least, we hope he’s taking it) and […]
March 16, 2012 | 5:42 p.m.

WonderCon 2012: Mark Waid buys into digital, sells off his comics

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Comics need to adapt to a digital medium if they want to survive, comics writer Mark Waid told WonderCon attendees Friday afternoon during a panel spotlighting his career. And to drive his point home, Waid announced that he is selling his extensive comic book collection to fund a weekly online comic series, which will launch in May. “This is in no way a hard-luck story,” said Waid, the writer behind Marvel’s relaunch of “Daredevil” and co-creator (with artist Alex Ross) of the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel “Kingdom Come.” “I’m a very lucky man. I don’t have to do this because I need a kidney. … I’m just doing this because it’s about the right time to let go of the past and really embrace the future.” A future for comics, according to Waid, means creating comics specifically for a digital […]
June 24, 2011 | 2:55 p.m.

Gene Colan, comic-book artist, dead at 84

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Gene Colan, the comic-book artist best known for The Tomb of Dracula and his work with characters such as Daredevil, Batman, Iron Man and Howard the Duck , died Thursday in New York after battling liver disease and cancer. The work of the Bronx, N.Y., native spanned 67 years and crossed multiple comics universes, with credits for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Eclipse and even Archie. His moody, atmospheric style stood in stark contrast to, say, the cosmic bombast of Jack Kirby or the kinetic realism of Neal Adams. Colan will be most remembered for an era-defining achievement in 1970s horror comics; he drew 70 issues of The Tomb of Dracula,” written by Marv Wolfman, creating the vampire-hunter character Blade that would lead to the first Marvel film franchise. (“Howard the Duck” also made history in 1986 as the first Marvel feature film, although its achievements beyond that are debatable.) […]
Feb. 05, 2010 | 11:05 p.m.

‘Daredevil’: David Scarpa looks for new Matt Murdock

Another Hollywood entity is trying the daredevil move — literally — of rebooting a superhero franchise that hasn’t really been away that long. The Fox-affiliated production company New Regency, which produced the initial “Daredevil” back in 2003, is making another go of a movie headlined by that character. The company is interested in restarting the Marvel franchise and has hired David Scarpa, a writer best known for the script of the 2008 sci-fi remake “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” to offer a new take. Former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin will also produce the project via his new production company. Fox/New Regency have been rumored for some time to be interested in a new “Daredevil,” but to this point had taken few concrete steps in that direction. The first “Daredevil,” which came out in 2003, starred Ben Affleck as […]
July 31, 2008 | 6:53 p.m.

Jason Statham: ‘I want to be Daredevil.’

Here’s one more Comic-Con International 2008 anecdote as I clean out my notebook from the long weekend: Could a British actor wear the red horns of the Man Without Fear? Jason Statham says, "Absolutely, just give me the chance, I would love to be Daredevil." Statham was in San Diego to promote "Death Race," his upcoming high-octane film, but after a long day "The Transporter" star was taking it easy with a beer downstairs at the Hard Rock Hotel. Also sitting at the table was filmmaker and comics icon Frank Miller, whose solo directorial debut "The Spirit" arrives in theaters on Christmas Day. Fans of comics know that Miller became a superstar for Marvel Comics with his work on "Daredevil" beginning in 1979 and many of his creations and innovations (not least among them, the character Elektra) added new depth […]
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