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ARCHIVE PAGE 1006 - March 2018

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March 16 News:

Interview: A conversation with comics legend Chris Claremont - Salute Mag

Luke Cage Season 2 Adds THE SOPRANOS Actress Annabella Sciorra In A Major Villainous Role - Comic Book Movie

Brian Wood, Mack Chater and Jose Villarubia’s Sword Daughter from Dark Horse Comics - Bleeding Cool

DC Comics to Reprint and Recut Chuck Dixon’s Batman: Knightfall for 25th Anniversary - Bleeding Cool

Make THESE Comics Into Movies (Podcast) - The Wrap

Ava DuVernay to Direct DC Comics Adaptation New Gods - Coming Soon


Review: Action Comics #999 - comicosity

"Jurgens last issue is as final as one could make it. Acting as a conclusion to everything that came before, Action Comics is primed and ready for issue 1,000...


Iron Man 1963

Tales of Suspence 39 original first appearance of Iron Man

Tales of Suspense #39, March 1963, cover by Jack Kirby and Don Heck

First appearance of Iron Man from 1963.

"...according to Jack, he created the next hero: Iron Man. He drew a cover for a bulky, gray-armored hero, discussed it with Stan, and then waited for Goodman to add "Iron Man" to the schedule. When March 1963's "Iron Man" appeared, in Tales of Suspense, however, Don Heck was the artist." - From Tales to Astonish, by Ronin Ro, published 2004 by Bloomsbury. Page 77 - Amazon - Tales to Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution

The more official origin story: Stan Lee's original concept of trying to deconstruct a 'capitalist' businessman into a (Marvel style) hero was co-parented by Jack Kirby and Don Heck who seem to have utilized ideas of armor-plated knights, Dumas' 'Man in the Iron Mask' and the very military idea of strong defensive armored plating.

AMAZON: Marvel Masterworks: The Invincible Iron Man Volume 1 (New Printing)



March 15 News:

Marvel Unveils 'X-23' Comic Following Wolverine's Return from the Dead - Hollywood Reporter

"The new series, which will see Laura return to the name she used when first introduced in a 2003 episode of the animated series X-Men: Evolution, will be written by Mariko Tamaki, whose work includes the award-winning graphic novel This One Summer as well as Marvel’s recent She-Hulk series, with art from All-New Wolverine’s Juann Cabal."


Lynda Carter - Wonder Woman - To Receive A Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame Next Month - Comic Book Movie

Hawkman will return to his own series from DC Comics this summer - Washington Post [Paywall]

Looking at Which Comic Books Deserve a TV Show - 411mania

‘Justice League’ 4K UHD review: Visual upgrade can’t save predictable story - Washington Times

DC Celebrating Over 80 Years Of Comics At WonderCon 2018 - Heroic Hollywood

Russo Brothers Tease MCU Ending Current Run After 'Avengers 4' - Comic Book Movie

Image Comics Publishes ‘I Kill Giants’ with a New Movie Cover - Bleeding Cool

Neil Gaiman's 'Likely Stories' Coming to Comics in August - Hollywood Reporter


Tomb Raider Reboot

Dull 'Tomb Raider' doesn't do its wonder woman Alicia Vikander any favors - USA Today

"The spark and personality Vikander shows early on when just hanging with her cycling crew disappears when she starts endlessly jumping, punching and kicking in a tank top and cargo pants. That works better when you’re playing a game, not sitting in a dark theater."

Tomb Raider Review: A Great Video Game Adaptation - Gamespot

"Like the 2013 game (which itself was a major series reboot), the 2018 Tomb Raider movie follows a younger, less experienced Lara Croft in an origin story that sees her transforming by necessity into the skilled adventurer who gamers know and love. The film does a great job providing plausible explanations for Lara's many talents; as a young bicycle courier and amateur MMA fighter in London, Lara has the reflexes and athleticism she'll later use to scale rock walls and parkour her way through ancient tombs."


How Alicia Vikander put on 12 pounds of muscle for 'Tomb Raider' transformation - Yahoo

“I lifted weights, probably for the first time in my life, to be able to put on that muscle,” Vikander told Yahoo Entertainment at the film’s Los Angeles press day (watch above). “And I had some really incredible women who I met who trained me in MMA [mixed martial arts] and boxing.”


Credulity ‘Tomb Raider’: Lara Croft is new and improved, but she strains our credulity - Washington Post

Tomb Raider: The Reviews Are In For TOMB RAIDER But Is It Another Video Game Adaptation Disaster? - Comic Book Movie


Harley Quinn #14

Harley Quinn #14 art by Chad Hardin

Harley Quinn #14, March 2015, art by Chad Hardin


Brave and the Bold 109 cover by Jim Aparo

Brave and the Bold #109, November 1973 issue, cover by Jim Aparo

"The Demon" was a Jack Kirby creation during Kirby's stay at DC Comics when he was working through his "Fourth World" ideas. Clearly patterned on the visuals of the earliest episode of Prince Valient by Hal Foster, where the titular character dresses up as a demon in order to frighten a group of people that Prince Valient wanted to manipulate (for example the ears, in which duck feet were used to make the appearance of ribbed, bat-like ears).

Jim Aparo provides a dramatic cover, Batman knocked out and some unnamed villain triumphant, and water pouring into an old wooden ship. The title, too, gives a sinister meaning to the potential reader (i.e., buyer) of this comic in the newstand days of comic book distribution "Gotham Bay, Be My Grave."


Bolland art - Batman the killing joke

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March 14 News:

The Killing Joke at 30: what is the legacy of Alan Moore's shocking Batman comic? - UK Guardian

When The Killing Joke was published, 30 years ago today, it was instantly hailed by critics as the greatest Batman story ever told. Written by Alan Moore, the comic won an Eisner award in 1989, hit the New York Times bestseller list a decade after it first came out, and was adapted into a R-rated film. The ripples have been felt across superhero comics ever since. It is an important comic book for many reasons, not all of them worth celebrating. The 46-page psychological slug-fest posits the ultimate standoff between Batman and his oldest foe, the Joker; the green-tressed villain wants to prove that all it takes to make a sane, ordered person slip into madness is “one bad day”.


Image Comics Publishes ‘I Kill Giants’ with a New Movie Cover - Bleeding Cool

It Sounds Like AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Will Be Quite A Departure From The Comic Books- Comic Book Movie

The hidden cost of Marvel's unbelievably cheap digital comics sales - IGN

Dark Horse Comics to Publish Sullivan's Sluggers - horrortalk.com

New Fantastic Four Costumes Revealed By Marvel Comics - Screenrant

Nicolas Cage to play Superman, Halsey is Wonder Woman in DC Comics' Teen Titans: GO! to the Movies - firstpost

Where Does Marvel Studios Go After ‘Black Panther’? - Slash Film


Wonder Woman #119

Wonder Woman 119 Cover Jose Garcia Lopez

Wonder Woman #119, March 1997. Art by Jose Garcia-Lopez.


Patrick Gleason Cover art

Patrick Gleason Batman and Robin 39 Cover art

The Patrick Gleason online art Studio page


Wonder Woman #43 by Jenny Frison

Wonder Woman #43 by Jenny Frison

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Harley Quinn #40

Harley Quinn #40 by Frank Cho

Scarecrow, Poison Ivy and Harley - Cover art by Frank Cho


March 18, 2018 News:

Black Panther now at $1,182,500,528 Worldwide - Here's how it ranks for the top earning comic book superhero movies:

Top Earning World Wide Superhero Films

List Updated March 19, 2018

*Currently in release in movie theatres

  1. The Avengers (2012 Marvel Studios) $1,511,757,910 Billion
  2. Avengers Age of Ultron (2015 Marvel Studios) $1.402 Billion
  3. Iron Man 3 (2013 Marvel Studios) $1,212,795,474 Billion
  4. Black Panther (2018 Marvel Studios) $1,182,500,528 billion
  5. Captain America Civil War: $1,153,294,011
  6. Dark Knight Rises (2012 Warners) 1,081,036,828 Billion
  7. The Dark Knight (2008 Warners Bros) $1,004,558,444 Billion
  8. Spiderman 3 (2007 Sony) $890.9 Million
  9. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony 2017) $880,166,924
  10. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice (Warners 2016) $872,662,631

The complete list of top earning super hero films


March 17, 2018 News:

Jack Kirby: The comic book artist finally gets the recognition he deserves - independent.co.uk

Every New Comic in Marvel’s FRESH START Relaunch - Screen Rant

Comic Book A new comic book anthology raises money for Puerto Rico, telling stories of history and fantasy - Washington Post

Ava DuVernay Will Direct DC Comic Book Movie 'The New Gods' - MSN


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