Mark Waid

Nov. 26, 2013 | 1:22 p.m.

‘World War Z’ author Max Brooks shares ‘Shadow Walk’ inspiration

“Shadow Walk” No. 1. (Legendary Comics)
With his novel “World War Z,” author Max Brooks won over a legion of readers, weaving an epic tale told from the perspective of the  survivors  of a global pandemic that saw the dead return to life. Now Brooks is bringing his realistic approach to fantastic storytelling to a paneled page with “Shadow Walk.” Available Wednesday, the new Legendary Comics release, co-created with comic creator-writer Mark Waid and artist Shane Davis, supposes that the Valley of Death from the Old Testament’s Psalm 23 does in fact exist, and it’s a place where anyone who ventures there is confronted by his or her deepest fears. In the first issue, John Raines, a soldier who allegedly killed his entire platoon after entering the Valley, leads a group that includes a priest and an astrophysicist back to the mysterious locale. Armed with two […]
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 […]
July 17, 2013 | 10:41 p.m.

Comic-Con: Mark Waid’s ‘Shadow Walk’ — ‘Indiana Jones’ meets ‘Aliens’

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At last year’s Comic-Con International, comic creator-writer Mark Waid, alongside Max Brooks and artist Shane Davis, announced an upcoming graphic novel titled “Shadow Walk.” Today, as fans gather in San Diego for Comic-Con 2013, Legendary Comics is unveiling the cover drawn by Davis in advance of the debut issue’s Nov. 27 release. The idea for the project was sparked by the famous Old Testament verse from Psalm 23 –”Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Legendary leader Thomas Tull approached Waid with the idea: What if the Valley of Death was not just a figurative term, but a physical place? The notion took hold. In “Shadow Walk,” Waid says the Valley is “a sort of nightmarish realm […]
April 12, 2013 | 3:27 p.m.

Carmine Infantino: An appreciation by Mark Waid

Comics legend Carmine Infantino's legacy (featured image)
Carmine Infantino, the comic book artist whose sleek, futuristic drawing style heralded the Silver Age of Comics, died last week at his home in Manhattan at the age of 87. Infantino began as a comic artist and went on to become DC Comics’ artistic director, then editorial director, then publisher. In a guest essay for Hero Complex, comics historian and Eisner-winning comic writer Mark Waid – who, like Infantino, enjoyed a long run on “The Flash” and created comics for both Marvel and DC – looks back on Infantino’s game-changing work. For most of us, his career stretched from comics we were way too young to care about to comics we were way too old to care about. We cared an awful lot about the ones in the middle. Carmine Infantino was, depending on your age, the Flash artist or […]
March 16, 2012 | 5:42 p.m.

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

Daredevil (featured iamge)
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 […]
March 01, 2010 | 10:47 p.m.

‘Stan’s Back!’ mystery solved: Stan Lee and Boom Studios will launch three comics [UPDATED]

The mystery of the “Stan’s Back!” ads is officially solved — yes, the indestructible Stan Lee has yet another business venture underway, this one with Boom! Studios. On Tuesday, Boom! will officially announce that Lee will “present” three new superhero series featuring costumed characters of his creation. One of the series will be written by the studio’s biggest name, editor in chief Mark Waid. For the other two writers, announcements are pending. The series will not launch until later this year. The cryptic ads – just the words “Stan’s Back!” in white letters against a black background — stirred a lot of interest, especially because the distinctive cursive signature on the first word matched the well-know autograph of Lee, whose name was synonymous with Marvel Comics in the House of Ideas’ glory days of the 1960s and the 1970s. Twitter was, well, all atwitter. Some hopeful souls wondered of Lee was […]
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