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July 2023

The coming new Joe Quesada project

The unexplained new project has sample page art at Comicsbeat

Some Box Office July 10, 2023

The example of The Flash and Indy V is really showing off the power of bad word-of-mouth preceeding a release of a film. Both titles are doing badly on a completely unexpected scale, and are probably a good hundred-million below most projections for "disaster" earnings numbers, so what these lower numbers mean is something that's a whole new world, as they say in that old Disney Alladin film.

This very polite article at Benzinga from few days ago says "Disney recently released the Pixar movie Elemental which has a box office revenue of $194 million worldwide. Recently released Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny has grossed $154 million worldwide in its first week, which puts it below estimates and likely out of reach of the $1 billion milestone..." 'below one billion' is turning into a different question, which is "can it reach even $300 million?"

Films ranked byInternational earnings:

  • $839,725,717 Worldwide - Guardians of the Galaxy III
  • $642,293,000 Worldwide - Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • $542,138,945 Worldwide - Little Mermaid
  • $403,041,495 Worldwide - Transformers Rise of the Beasts
  • $261,615,000 Worldwide - The Flash
  • $251,891,880 Worldwide - Elemental
  • $247,905,329 Worldwide - Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  • $38,846,000 Worldwide - Asteroid City
  • Recently finished in theatres:

  • $2,320,250,281 Worldwide - Avatar: The Way of Water
  • $1,307,168,400 Worldwide - The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • $721,294,128 Worldwide - Fast X
  • $463,616,575 Worldwide - Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
  • $427,259,159 Worldwide - John Wick: Chapter 4
  • $207,954,502 Worldwide - Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
  • $133,438,006 Worldwide - Shazam! Fury of the Gods
  • $25,326,625 Worldwide - Renfield

Jennifer Garner coming back as Elecktra for Deadpool 3Hollywood Reporter

Her involvement in Deadpool 3 hints at some sort of multiverse angle to the film that has long been rumored, and it is possible that other characters from Marvel films made by Fox could pop up. But this being Deadpool, one can’t rule out some meta, self-awareness either.

At auction: copy of 1940 Magno the Magnetic Man from Super-Mystery Comics #1

Story at Bleeding Cool

Page for the comic at Heritage Auction

First appearances of Vulcan and Magno the Magnetic Man. Water damage, mold, spine split half-inch from top, tanning, soiling.

Disney's 2022 box office numbers are pretty bad

Story at Bounding into Comics

ComiCon scheduleMSN Variety

Official Web Site for the July 20-23 ComiCon in San Diego

Army of VX Artists worked on turning eighty-year old Harrison Ford into a much younger Indiana Jones for Dial of Destiny

Story at comicbook

They say it was over one -hundred worked on the "de-aging" of Harrison Ford. There's iffy CGI in parts of Dial Soap of Destiny, but the de-aged Harrison Ford looked pretty good, much better than years past "de-aging" in other films on other actors.

Stan Lee estate net worthMoney Chronicles

"Hard R" for Deadpool 3MSN Superhype

The Flash had three different endings and a lot more cameo material, but James Gunn cut it outHollywood Reporter

This is a June 2023 story that I just learned about via BoundingintoComics

Promo for Suicide Squad ISEKAI Anime

Eternal Con on Long Island July 8 and 9Newsday

Official Eternal Con web Site

From Famous Monsters of Filmland to Comic Book CollectingWestword

Tim Collins is an independent comics reseller as well as a collector, and he jumped into that particular hobby business with both feet. His resale website, RTS Unlimited, was kick-started after he bought a huge collection seized by the State of Colorado — something that’s come to be called the IRS Collection, even if that’s a misnomer. But more on that later. First: Every good comic book tale deserves an origin story...."

Kryptonite Whistle of Lax Loother

More at the Theatre of Superhero Mockery

Indiana Jones V at $153,452,532 worldwide - not a good start. – The

Scottish man’s collection of DC Comics sells for twice its pre-auction estimate

Story at Fife Today

Covering the 1960s Silver Age through to modern day, the 225 lot single owner collection The Brave and The Bold sale at McTear’s Auctioneers on Tuesday included several thousand individual comic books, with full runs of famous heroes and villains, classic story arcs, first appearances and a number of seldom seen characters. It was one of the biggest collections of DC Comics to come to auction in Scotland and among the key lots were Aquaman No 2-28 from 1962 which sold for £640, a run of The Brave and the Bold from the late 1950s which fetched £560 and a number of early issues of The Flash which were snapped up for £440.

San Diego Comicon list of panels for the July 6 – 9 event

Story at SDCC blog

When the villain becomes more important than the hero, or even the story itself...

Story at el Pais

Villains have always been important in story telling because they have to generate the menace that makes the inevitable triumph of the "good guy" hang in some sort of doubt and to thus produce tension, which is another word for interest, or more accurately, saleability.

But the concept of making the bad-guy a hero has been done before, too, but it is a reflection of a society that questions that the good guy is actually a good guy and whether the bad guy is actually a rebel force for good up against a hypocritical, and therefore false, "good guy." The stories of Robin Hood work to balance out this dilemma in an acceptable way, but In effect, the concept demonstrates a crisis of confidence in the "establishment."

The Joker, Penguin, or Two-Face have kept him... Only a Dark Knight could defeat such tough opponents. Although, lately, the mission of the good guys seems to be getting more and more difficult. Because the bad guys have learned to capture not only cities, but also hearts.

In the past, they just stole money. Today, they’ve gained prominence: they have their own comics, movies, TV series, novels and essays. Along with legions of followers… and even tributes. A collection of comics — titled One Bad Day — is set to be published by DC Comics later this summer. It pays tribute to every different enemy that the Batman faced off against.

Cruella De Vil terrorized 101 dalmatians and many more children. And, thanks to this, she deserved an entire film just for herself. Darth Vader lost the lightsaber duel to Luke Skywalker, but he crushes his son in terms of fame, with his name generating twice as many search results on Google. And Hannibal Lecter had plenty of reasons to show his teeth: he’s the image that remains from The Silence of the Lambs.

“The villain is the key figure in the evolution of today’s cinema… we could say that he’s even more important within the story than the hero himself,” write Spanish cinema scholars Rosalía Linde and Ignacio Nevado, in a paper about the development of villains in film.

The article takes a look at famous literary, cinematic and comic book villains, such as MacBeth, Darth Vader, The Joker, Sauron, etc.

Steve Rogers birthday aka Fourth of July celebrated by Marvel

Every year, Marvel fans make sure that they remember this day, and celebrate this day for Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. Created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Captain America first appeared in the Marvel comics in 1941, and his first Marvel Cinematic Universe, played by Chris Evans was in 2011. So, whether you’re a long-time comic fan or just follow the movies, it’s time to wish Captain America a happy birthday.

Disney pulls Crater TV show after only a couple of months on Disney+comicbook

Indiana Jones was in development for five years so they have a bunch of alternative endings, like one where he turned into a robot that conquors Tatooine and meets a certain Solo space ship smuggler

Okay that last robot bit was not accurate

Story at CBR MSN

Marvel's Echo show is either going to be a Batgirl-ish write-off or a filler during the Writer's strike, because its "abysmal"Bounding into Comics

Secret Invasion won't include Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Story at Superherohype

The world of Batman changes "forever" because Commissioner Gordon gets a super power says ScreenrantScreenrant

"Forever" doesn't mean what you think it means.

Mattel has a lot more movie projects going besides Barbie

Story at New Yorker via

Eventually Hollywood will reach a stage of creative development when a Beanie Babies movie, excuse me I mean Film, will be made for adults and starring cinema superstars from many generations and guided by a director specializing in three hour epics and written by a noted playright who came from Broadway for this one chance to to be involved in a project forever near and dear to his/her/they heart.

2023 boxoffice is going to need a better second half, says CNBC

Story at MSN CNBC [Greek]

Domestic box office is at $4.46 billion which is 20% increase over the same period in 2022 but still not matchig pre-pandemic 2019. Ticket sales are down 21%, which means higher prices must be fueling the "better" box office totals, but are probably killing sales for some potential buyers.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny at $152 million worldwide - Boxoffice Mojo

Right behind Indy V is Spiderverse 2 with total woldwide earnings of $607,271,821 since the June 2 release, and then The Flash at $245,350,938 since it's June 16 release.

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Original page July 16, 2023