May 19, 2015 | 5:06 a.m.

Joe Casey breaks superhero mold with ‘Valhalla Mad’ and ‘Sex’

Joe Casey doesn’t remember a time when comic books weren’t in his life. A writer who has worked on some of the most popular characters in superhero comics, including Superman, the X-Men and the Avengers, Casey grew up as an unabashed fan of the medium, and the works of Jack Kirby were some of the very first books that caught his attention. During his trips to local drugstore spinner racks, Casey discovered Kirby’s work through random issues of “Eternals,” “Devil Dinosaur,” “Black Panther” and “Captain America and the Falcon,” and it made an impression that has significantly influenced Casey’s development as a comics creator. “[Kirby] was a bit out of fashion at that point, as I later learned, but … he was never not great, as far as I’m concerned,” Casey said. “Once I really dove into the medium — […]
July 21, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

‘Sex’: Joe Casey talks salacious Image series, Comic-Con plans

Joe Casey is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers. The long heralded scribe of such popular titles as “Uncanny X-Men” and “Adventures of Superman,” Casey began producing his own creator-owned work in 2001 at Image and made a name for himself as a writer unafraid to explore mature themes and taboo subjects. As of late, he’s been making waves with creations like “Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker,” about an all-too-realistic hero coming out of retirement, and “Bounce,” which stars a drug-using slacker-type, Jasper Jenkins, as the costumed protagonist. He’s also been busy with his work as a collaborator with the Man of Action collective of creators, which includes Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, who, as a team, created the wildly popular series “Ben 10,” and serve as producers and story editors on Disney XD’s  “Ultimate Spider-Man” […]
May 22, 2012 | 1:23 p.m.

‘X-Men’ gay marriage: Marvel superhero proposes to his boyfriend

Northstar, Marvel’s first openly gay hero, is going to tie the knot with his boyfriend in mainstream superhero comics’ first same-sex wedding in an upcoming issue of “Astonishing X-Men.” The announcement comes on the heels of DC co-publisher Dan DiDio’s revelation that an iconic DC character will reveal he is gay in a June issue, joining prominent lesbian character Batwoman beneath the rainbow banner. Northstar, whose real name is Jean-Paul Beaubier, is a Canadian mutant whose superhuman abilities allow him to move and fly at supersonic speeds. He’s also a professional skier, Olympian, novelist and businessman who made his debut in “Alpha Flight” #10 in 1984. He openly revealed his sexuality eight years later, in 1992’s issue #106, and officially joined the X-Men in 2002. In “Astonishing X-Men” #50, set to hit comic shop shelves Wednesday, Northstar proposes to his […]
Jan. 27, 2011 | 12:21 p.m.

Jane Fonda: I want to star in ‘Barbarella’ sequel

Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda is back in exercise videos, but she wants to get even more physical — the 73-year-old actress said she would pounce on the chance to return to the lusty universe of “Barbarella,” the 1968 sci-fi adventure that became a cult classic. “I have a dream – to do a sequel to ‘Barbarella,’” Fonda said. “Not a remake, a sequel! Look, I get shtupped by a blind angel, OK? Let’s just take it from there.” In the original film, Barbarella was bedded by a number of aliens — including a winged fellow who looked quite angel-like and lived in a bird nest — and was also threatened with death inside an orgasm machine. The movie, made in Europe and directed by Fonda’s then-husband, Roger Vadim, was called the “kinkiest film of the year” by Penthouse when the […]
Jan. 27, 2011 | 4:00 a.m.

‘The Incredible Hulk XXX: A Porn Parody’: A set visit with the big guy

It’s noon on a Wednesday and inside a Canoga Park soundstage, the latest film to star Marvel Comics’ storied character the Hulk is hours behind schedule. Crucial sets still aren’t finished – including the all-important gamma ray chamber — there’s an unforeseen problem with the Hulk’s makeup and the production needs to be out of the space by the following day. Despite these complications, producer Shylar Cobi takes it all in stride. “Typical porno,” he says with a shrug. No, this isn’t a companion project to director Louis Leterrier’s “The Incredible Hulk” or Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers,” this is “The Incredible Hulk XXX: A Porn Parody,” the latest production from the SuperXXXHeroes brand of comic-book-related porn parodies produced by adult-video powerhouse Vivid Entertainment. Instead of looking to the recent films starring Eric Bana and Ed Norton, “Hulk XXX” draws its inspiration from […]
Jan. 26, 2011 | 12:28 p.m.

‘Archer’: The sexed-up spy show returns Thursday night on FX

Michael Giltz checks in with a feature on “Archer,” the ribald FX spy show that might just as well be called “James Bondage.” Start with the unflappable cool of Matt Helm, add the rapid-fire dialogue of “Moonlighting,” mix in enough raunchy sex to make even the cast of MTV’s “Skins” blush and you’ve got “Archer,” the animated comedy that begins its second season Thursday at 10 p.m. on FX. Emmy-nominated for the voice work of lead actor H. Jon Benjamin, Archer sprang from the mind of creator Adam Reed (“Sealab 2021” and “Frisky Dingo“) who has given us a series about a spy, Sterling Archer, who pioneered the tactical turtleneck, repeatedly shoots co-workers when they get on his nerves, sleeps with his mom’s secretary but refuses to remember her name (in retaliation, she keeps changing it) and says things like, “Sure […]
July 06, 2010 | 12:05 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: Jim Mahfood’s visual mash-up of sex, pot, punk and funk

COMIC-CON 2010: JULY 24-29 The now-familiar complaint at Comic-Con International is that the event has become too much about movie stars and not enough about comic-book creators but, on closer inspection, there’s a new wrinkle at the massive San Diego expo: In-demand comic-book creators are getting the star treatment themselves and not just by their loyal readers. Consider, for instance, the rock-star schedule of comic book artist Jim Mahfood, a.k.a. Food One: On Saturday, he’ll be signing oversize prints from upcoming comic book “Marijuanaman,” along with his collaborator Ziggy Marley (yes, that Ziggy Marley) and that night he will be “freestyling” live art at the Soda Bar, flinging paint onto blank canvases as enthusiasts watch on. And, in case you’re holding on to that old mental image of a comic book illustrator as a bespectacled shut-in, you should know that Mahfood’s latest hobby is drawing his tough, street-chic […]
April 21, 2010 | 1:28 p.m.

‘Project Runway’ star Tim Gunn on Catwoman, Power Girl and ‘superhero porn’

Fashion fun with Tim Gunn, who says Star Sapphire looks like a trixie but Power Girl, well, she’s just owning it. — Geoff Boucher MORE RANDOM SILLINESS Top 10 vintage Batman toys … including a somewhat lewd watergun  VIDEO: Iron Man versus Bruce Lee “Scarface School Play” creator: “It was a lot of fun.” VIDEO: “SNL” superhero party, 1979 VIDEO: Batman’s bad day VIDEO: “Watchmen,” now Saturday morning safe VIDEO: “Watchmen” spoof about, uh, lower Manhattan George Lucas at 3 a.m.? Think Jar Jar Binks rubberwear
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