Archive for June, 2003

New Primetime Animated Series On The Way

Friday, June 27th, 2003

Yahoo is reporting that UPN has ordered 6 episodes of Game Over, a computer-animated series, to run as a midseason replacement this upcomnig season. The show will be the first totally computer-animated series in primetime.

The comedy centers on the Smashenburns, an ordinary suburban family (husband, wife, teenage kids and a 300-pound pet creature – what, doesn’t every family have one of these?), who live in an alternate video game universe inhabited by action heroes, monsters and cartoon characters. Sounds like it could be fun.

McFarline Buys Bonds Baseball

Thursday, June 26th, 2003

Todd McFarline is on another buying spree. Yahoo is reporting that last night he paid $450,000 for Barry Bonds’ record 73rd home run ball. This is a bargain compared to the $3.2 million he paid for Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball in 1999.

With all commissions included, the official purchase price will be recorded as $517,500.

Another Celebrity Opening A Comics Store

Wednesday, June 25th, 2003

The WWE’s Rob Van Dam will be opening a comic book store, called RVD’s Five-Star Comics, in the Lakewood Mall in Long Beach, CA. He’s shooting for an opening in either the first or third week of July. Aside from comics, the store will also be selling unique wrestling collectibles.

Van Dam’s been a big comics fan since he was six or seven years old. Over the years he’s amassed, sold, and reassembled a major collection of his own. He’s also a huge Ghost Rider fan and has a “museum” of various Ghost Rider items.

For more info click here.

Can You SMELLLLLLLLL What Captain Marvel is Cookin’?!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2003

Cinescape – Home – Editorial

At the above link, Cinescape reports that WWE legend The Rock (The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King) is rumored to be cast as the Big Red Cheese in an upcoming Shazam! movie. I didn’t even KNOW plans were being made for such a film, so it comes as an even bigger surprise to me. As one who hasn’t yet seen either the sequel or prequel to The Mummy, I’m not sure what The Rock’s acting abilities are like… I hope if these rumors are true that he will do justice to the character and that this won’t be just some kind of Hollywood gimmick to get millions of WWE fans to see the movie.

Cinescape also discusses the production rights, as New Line Cinema has agreed to do the flick rather than Warner Bros. … Both companies are owned by AOL Time Warner, so a switcheroo could be pulled any moment, I guess.

Who will be his alter-ego, Billy Batson? Don’t tell me… Macaulay Culkin! No, even better… Leonardo DiCaprio! (Don’t worry, neither of those two have been cast — YET!)

BIRDS OF PREY #56 Sells Out

Monday, June 23rd, 2003

Gail Simone, new writer for Birds of Prey, reported at the Words of Prey Message Board (a message board dedicated to Birds of Prey and other female comic book characters) that Birds of Prey #56 sold out in one day. No word yet if DC plans on a second printing of the issue.

Congratulations to all involved.

Tarzan’s Best Pal Enjoying Retirement

Friday, June 20th, 2003

“Tonight, “Inside Edition” featured Cheeta, the Chimp from the
Tarzan movies of the 1940’s. He 71 years old, and 142 lbs, and is
the oldest living Chimp. He also played Bonzo in “Bed time for
Bonzo” with Ronald Regan in 1951. His last movie was the 1967
edtion of “Dr. Dolittle”. Today he lives in Palm Spings and is a
professional artist. He enjoys,T.V., playing the Piano and taking
walks.”

It may seem silly, but this story makes me feel good. I loved that Chimp growing up and it is very enjoyable to know he is alive and well and happy.

I just hope he has a little starlet Chimp he is seeing.

AQUAMAN Gets New Writer

Thursday, June 19th, 2003

Fantastic Four isn’ t the only book to get a new writer recently. The PULSE is reporting that Will Pfeifer, writer of DC Comics’ H-E-R-O, will take over the writing reigns of Aquaman with issue #15.

In other Pfeifer-related news, he recently signed an 2 year exclusive contract with DC Comics.

FANTASTIC FOUR Gets New Writer

Thursday, June 19th, 2003

Contrary to an earlier report by Mark Waid, Bill Jemas will not be taking over as the writer of Fantastic Four. As reported by The PULSE, that honor goes to young playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

You may remember Aguirre-Sacasa from earlier this year when he attracted Archie Comics’ attention for his play Archie’s Weird Fantasy, in which the Riverdale High gang’s all grown up. The story featured Archie as a gay man involved with two men, including real life spree killer Nathan Leopold. Other characters were based on Jimmy Olsen and Fredric Werthem. Archie Comics forced the production to change its name to Weird Comic Book Fantasy and the characters’ names also had to be changed.

CrossGen For Sept. – High Seas Adventure” Month

Wednesday, June 18th, 2003

CrossGen has released their solitications for September. It looks like, unofficially, it’s “High Seas Adventure” month.

Highlights include:

– The debut of Chuck Dixon and Steve Epting’s new Pirate book El Cazador.

– The next step in the Arwyn’s quest in Sojourn will include some high seas adventures.

– The release of the third Traveler for Meridian, Taking To Skies. (As an aside, I’ve turned on a new reader to CrossGen thanks to this Traveler format. Keep up the good work guys.)

– The release of the first TPB for The Crossovers, Cross Currents, and it’s in the Traveler format!

– The debut of the new creative team for Scion, writer Ian Edginton and penciler Luke Ross.

– The release of the fifth Sigil TPB, Death Match.

Overall, it looks to be another great month from CrossGen.

FANTASTIC FOUR Writer Update

Monday, June 16th, 2003

In the message boards under the Newsarama article regarding Mark Waid’s firing from Fantastic Four Waid states it’s his understanding that Marvel President Bill Jemas will take over the writing chores on the title.

Mark Waid Fired From FANTASTIC FOUR

Sunday, June 15th, 2003

Newsarama is reporting that Mark Waid has confirmed that he has been fired from Fantastic Four. Waid received a call from Marvel this past Friday informing him that Fantastic Four #508 would be his last issue.

Apparently this turn of events centered around Bill Jemas wanting to jettison the high-adventure approach in favor of making the FF a wacky suburban dramedy where Reed’s a nutty professor who creates amazing but impractical inventions, Sue’s the office-temp breadwinner, the cranky neighbor is their new “arch-enemy”, etc. Waid thought this “revamp” was too radical and declined it.

Whether Mike Wieringo will stay on as artist after Waid’s departure is still unknown. When confronted with a question regarding the situation at Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC he indicated that if Waid were leaving the title, he most likely would be as well. But nothing formal has been announced.

The Collaboration You Never Knew: Zappa/Ward

Thursday, June 12th, 2003

In 1967, at the height of the Batman TV show’s popularity, Burt Ward lent his voice to a track by Frank Zappa.

The result was… “Boy Wonder (I Love You)”. (There’s also a B-Side, but that’s neither here nor there.)

If you enjoy Zappa, the 60’s Bat-show, or off-the-wall humor… go check it out. It’s hilarious.

Live Action Transformers Movie

Wednesday, June 11th, 2003

Yahoo is reporting that Angry Films chief Don Murphy (whose next film is “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”) and writer-producer Tom DeSanto (“X-Men” and “X2: X-Men United”) have teamed to produce a feature-length, live-action movie based on the Transformers. No word if this movie follow the “classic” Transformers line (from the 80’s) or if it’ll follow the recent “new” Transformers line (“Armada” characters and mini-cons).

No info regarding production dates or release dates was provided.

SCION Gets New Creative Team

Wednesday, June 11th, 2003

CrossGen has announced that both Ron Marz and Jim Cheung are leaving Scion with August’s issue #39. They will be replaced by writer Ian Edginton and penciller Luke Ross, who will start with September’s issue #40 (a “Key Issue”). Ian Edginton is also replacing Ron Marz as writer of Sojourn. Luke Ross most recently filled in as penciller of this month’s Way of the Rat #14.

The taking on of additional CrossGen responsibilities, as well as developing new projects to write, lead to Marz’s decision to leave both Scion and Sojourn.

Jim Cheung is slated to start a new project for CrossGen, although no info regarding it was provided. Stay tuned for more info on this project as it becomes available.

Fantagraphics “fan buy-out” big success

Tuesday, June 10th, 2003

ICv2 is reporting that Fantagraphics’ appeal to fans for increased orders in order to save the company from ruin has really paid off. They’re not out of the hole, yet, though, so you can still help and get some great books about comics in the process!

If you haven’t gone to their website, or ordered a Fantagraphics book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble (use the links on this page and Monitor Duty benefits as well!)

Check out this neat Honda Ad from the UK

Tuesday, June 10th, 2003

This is way off-topic, but Honda’s New Accord commercial in the UK is absoluely amazing! I won’t say anything about it, except that there was no CG involved.

New Batman Animated Series Coming?

Friday, June 6th, 2003

Comics Continuum is reporting that a new Batman animated series could be in the works. This new series would focus on a younger version of Bruce Wayne/Batman instead of the current Justice League version. Although he’d be younger he wouldn’t be a teenager. It’d probably be more of a Year One approach.

Warner Brothers had no comment. Stay tuned for further details.

Yet Another Second-Tier Marvel Movie

Thursday, June 5th, 2003

Marvel, pushing its comic-to-movies agenda, has tapped Columbia Pictures to produce a film based on Luke Cage (Power Man of Power Man & Iron Fist), Superhero Hype is reporting today.

I’m kind of upset that the rights weren’t snapped up by Artisan Entertainment, who are developing a vehicle for Iron Fist. It seems unnatural to have the characters split up like that…they work so well together!

I mean, who doesn’t automatically add “& Iron Fist” when ever they hear “Power Man” ?

Scientists Develop Spider-Man Gloves

Monday, June 2nd, 2003

Spidey is made mention of several times in this Yahoo article about a new kind of tape developed at the University of Manchester from studying – no, not a spider – a gecko.

Soon, people could walk on walls like comic-book superhero Spider-Man, the university said.

Check out the article for the rest of the story!