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Ok, folks. It’s official. The zombie thing has gone on way too long. Time to stomp them back into the ground and move on.
Truth be told, and with all due respect to George Romero and Robert Kirkman, I was never much of a zombie fan. There’s not a lot you can do with the buggers, and even by stretching the rules and applying our contemporary wussification of the monster legends… there’s still not that much you can do with them.
There have been zombie stories that I’ve enjoyed, particularly Stan Lee and Bill Everett’s classic “Zombie!” from Menace #5, July 1953. Twenty years later this inspired something of a revival with Marvel’s black-and-white magazine Tales of the Zombie. Or, in other words, it took two decades and the combined talents of Roy Thomas, Steve Gerber, John Buscema and Tom Palmer to finally come up with a worthy sequel. »
- Mike Gold
Back in 2010, Marvel announced that it would be developing some live-action TV shows, and the comic book community exploded with discussions of what properties could possibly be in the running. We already know what the first series will be, the upcoming Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for ABC, which will see the return of fan favorite actor Clark Gregg reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson (how he’ll return after the events of The Avengers has been the subject of much speculation around the net).
But what about other properties? A few have been mentioned as being in development so far, including The Incredible Hulk, Mockingbird, A.K.A. Jessica Jones (which was passed on), Cloak and Dagger, and The Punisher (also passed on, thankfully). Some of these have sounded promising, others… not so much. But the Marvel Universe is an extremely diverse place, and the potential for quality »
- Percival Constantine
While you savored your colorful eggs, Marshmallow Peeps, and chocolate bunnies this past holiday weekend, many ventured out to their local theaters to cheer on the Joes in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Paramount Pictures’ Easter basket was overflowing as the action-figure fueled movie took in over $132 million across the globe. Here in the U.S. the Jon M. Chu sequel totaled in the $51 million range.
This isn’t the first cartoon franchise to hit the big screen and won’t be the last. When TV was king, Frankenstein, Jr. and The Impossibles, Pirates of Dark Water, Valley of the Dinosaurs teleported us to another place and the animation studio Hanna-Barbera reigned supreme in every kid’s universe.
Filmgoers have seen their beloved Saturday morning shows and comic book heroes transfer from the small screen to wildly, gigantic movie heroes. Whether you grew up with them as a kid planted in front »
- Movie Geeks
In what may appear to be an 'April Fools' joke, according to new reports, the home of 'Donald Duck' is supposedly bringing together Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios for a fresh live-action reboot of creator Steve Gerber's "Howard The Duck".
"With development now firmly underway on 'Star Wars: Episode VII', we feel the time is right to explore further opportunities within the Lucasfilm portfolio," said Disney CEO Bob Iger during the company's recent Easter, investor get-together.
'Howard the Duck' is a three-foot-tall anthropomorphic duck, who generally wears a tie and shirt, and is almost always smoking a cigar. In the 1970's, Disney originally threatened Marvel with legal action due to Howard's resemblance to 'Donald Duck', forcing Marvel to redesign the character.
His near-constant companion and occasional girlfriend is former art model and Cleveland native 'Beverly Switzler'. Howard found himself on Earth due »
- Michael Stevens
If you thought Walt Disney Pictures had plenty on its slate with Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the forthcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy, then think again. Having forked out a combined $8 billion to acquire Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd over the past couple of years, Disney is now now looking to capitalise on its investment by bringing the two companies together for a live-action reboot of the cult 80s comic book adaptation Howard the Duck.
"With development now firmly underway on Star Wars: Episode VII, we feel the time is right to explore further opportunities within the Lucasfilm portfolio," said Disney CEO Bob Iger during the studio's annual Investor Easter Egg Hunt as Disneyland yesterday. "Howard the Duck is a beloved character with a rich history in Marvel's comic book world, so it makes perfect sense that he takes center stage in our first co-production between Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios. »
- Flickering Myth
"With development now firmly underway on 'Star Wars: Episode VII', we feel the time is right to explore further opportunities within the Lucasfilm portfolio," said Disney CEO Bob Iger during the studio's annual Investor get-together. "Howard the Duck is a beloved character with a rich history in Marvel's comic book world, so it makes perfect sense that he takes center stage in our first co-production between Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios."
Created by the late Gerber and illustrator Val Mayerik, "Howard the Duck" debuted in Marvel's "Adventure into Fear" #19 in 1973, and by 1976 wasgiven his own title. George Lucas then produced a live-action version in 1986.
"'Howard the Duck' was the first Marvel adaptation to reach the big screen and now he's set to become an »
- Michael Stevens
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