This not only gives you a great recap of DC and Marvel history, it explains why DC is so dark and serious now. And it’s on the money.
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This interview aired on Entertainment Tonight on October 28, 1982.
From my perspective the words are amazing, as are the pictures, but his Brooklyn accent, like all Brooklyn accents, sounds like a speech impediment. It is fantastic.
To be fair I have never heard Jack Kirby speak. I like the cut of his jib.
Today I went searching for the very first mention of Wolverine having an Adamantium skeleton, and not simply bionic claws, and it was a waste of time for a number of reasons, most notably that I could not find it.
I found the page from an archive of John Byrne’s Byrne Robotics Forum where the topic was literally “Wolverine’s Adamantium Skeleton & Claws” and that by itself is extremely fascinating as John Byrne talks about elements and aspects to the character that were his and the art and method of collaboration with Chris Claremont and the sheer amount of respect between the two regarding how their differences would work. There is a good deal of summary and recollection from fans, including the stuff that is definitively marked as “retroactive continuity”, artistic differences. I also enjoyed how one of the fans described how different artists and then media depicted how Wolverine’s claws were arranged and portrayed on his hands.
What I love is that everything I thought about Wolverine literally as a kid, every problem I had regarding the character in the nineties, was something that John Byrne agreed with. I thought bone claws were stupid because there was not only no reason for them, but no natural analogue. Hey look! A professional writer/artist agrees with a 14 year old kid!
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I’m feeling especially derivative here.
1. They (Jeff Loeb) canceled Spectacular Spiderman which was debatebly the best Spiderman show/adaptation to date.
2. Ultimate Spiderman, even though it has Ultimate in the title, has almost nothing to do with the Ultimate Spiderman comic universe.
3. Spiderman acts more like Deadpool than Spiderman (continiously breaking the 4th wall), not to mention the TERRIBLE jokes, compared to the cracking jokes from the comics (or Spectacular Spiderman/90’s Spiderman TAS)
I liked all Spectacular Spiderman episodes, only liked 3~4 episodes of the episodes aired thus far (First episode with Hulk as Guest Star, Green Goblin 2-parter and S2 episode with the Lizard).
I grew up with the 60’s spiderman cartoon (which aired during the 80’s too), but mostly the 90’s Spiderman (and X-men) cartoon.
For me it is now Spectacular > 90’s Spiderman > Spiderman Unlimited > MTV’s Spiderman > Ultimate Spiderman > 60’s Spiderman.
I mostly blame Jeff Loeb though. Ever since his kid died of cancer, it seems he has made it his job to cancel good stuff and replace it with crap.
Wolverine and the X-men, which was imo a great show compared to X-Men Evolution (But slightly less good than X-Men TAS)
Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with HIS new (ultimate) avengers show so it can be in the same continuity as Ultimate Spiderman. Plus Loeb is against “story arcs”. Heck, to save face he said that the new show will be a “continuation” of the previous Avengers:EMH and resolve some of the plot lines. Which fans of the 3 above shows know Loeb is lying about.
My reasons specifically is that
- I liked Spectacular Spider-Man and while I understand that Marvel/Disney/Loeb cancelled a successful cartoon show to make more money, assert creative control, centralize licensing, and have a Spider-Man show with Marvel guest stars, they did so by eliminating a program before the story arcs could be resolved. In doing so they also terminated a good program.
- Deadpool is a multifaceted character who has, as part of his schtick, a habit of breaking the fourth wall. Breaking the fourth wall is where the character is not simply narrating or thinking but addressing the viewer directly and taking his personal narrative out of the story. That schtick is not part of a Spider-Man’s repertoire. He doesn’t do that. Deadpool does do that. This Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon has Spider-Man making less wisecracks to the villain and telling less jokes. Instead he breaks the fourth wall for comedy. Many fans of the show, bless them for having whatever tastes float their respective boats, assume that that sort of comedy is inherent to the character when in fact this is a first for him. Deadpool is appearing on the cartoon show, taking his normal schtick with him. This will not help Spidey stay unique on his own show.
Michael Clarke Duncan was a “hulking” individual, and used his size and strength to his advantage for many roles, especially genre roles, including Daredevil, where he played the Kingpin of Crime.
He passed away of a heart attack.
Clarke died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack, said his fiancée, Reverend Omarosa Manigault, in a statement released by publicist Joy Fehily.
The muscular, 6-foot-4 Duncan, a former bodyguard who turned to acting in his 30s, “suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered,” the statement said. “Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date.”
Apparently trading meat for vegetables did not save him. Eating healthy and living a more healthy life is possibly a way to extend your life, but more important is that eating vegetables actually made his life more enjoyable and more comfortable.
So taking actions to extend the quality and quantity of life are both good, but enjoying and using the life as you have it, in a productive fashion or fun, is very important. I won’t mind-read but given how prolific Mr Duncan was I doubt he would dispute the quality of his life.
He played the Kingpin in the film adaptation of the Marvel Comic DAREDEVIL. He played that role again in the MTV-made SPIDER-MAN adult cartoon soon after.
Among the genre films Mr Duncan has made
“The Green Mile” and such other box office hits as “Armageddon,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Kung Fu Panda,”
and SIN CITY, an adaptation of Frank Miller’s noir series. his current project was a supporting role in the television series THE FINDER.
I think it’s pretty clear to everyone that Green Lantern tried to do too much and pack in too much exposition. But just in case you haven’t heard it enough: Why Iron Man Succeeded Where Green Lantern Failed.
“Heroes Are Made In America”
THAT’s what needs to be on the posters!
Isn’t it strange how during all the pre-production press, director Joe Johnston is out there talking about how it’s not going to be flag-waving and jingoistic (what, is the guy allergic to selling tickets?), but once it’s time to promote it in America they just give you trailers that make you say, “Hell, yeah!”?
When I was a child I owned a couple of Transformers Kids Stuff Big Looker storybooks. Sentimentality and giant transforming robots aside these particular books came with vinyl records playing the audio for the story.
I owned When Continents Collide which can be seen as fairly terrible. The visual of the oil drilling oil ship has been stuck in my head for over twenty years but for some reason I remember it being alien and cool and not human and incongruous to any plot or setting. Oh well. I’m not going to read it again so I don’t have to worry about nostalgia betraying me. My memory is so shot on this it might have come with an audio cassette tape and reconciling memory and reality does not bother me.
The first book, which does interest me, is The Battle For Cybertron, and that did come with a vinyl record. Despite some wacky scale issues the book has something I appreciate now more than as a small kid: the violence. Well, I loved violence in my fiction then but the graphic art presentation is something I appreciate more than then. When you grow up with a cartoon as the typical storytelling format you never see He-Man behead someone with his Power Sword and very rarely does and Autobot or Decepticon get a hole blown him or circuits torn out.
The man responsible for the violence in the art is Earl Norem. This interview reveals how he remembers almost none of that stuff because as an 81-year-old retired professional artist he has had a long life of turning in decent art in exchange for a living. He is also a World War II veteran; that is more impressive.
Here is a gallery on the Transformers wiki.
Well I already knew the answer:Wolverine Files 010: Landau, Luckman and Lake (and Jasmine Falls) | Wolverine Files.
Sometimes I think good ideas like this are best left to the stuff dropped for them in the decades they originated in because the contemporary writers’ elaborations often do not feel ‘true’ when set next to the context of the old stories.
Of course this is coming from someone who doesn’t care for Geoff Johns’ Hawkman, nor his Hawk and Dove.