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Take another look @ the first live-action adaptation of Marvel Comics' 'Thor' in the 1988 TV movie, "The Incredible Hulk Returns", written by Stan Lee and Nicholas Corea, produced by New World and aired by NBC as a 'backdoor pilot' for a potential "Thor" television series.
Thor's appearance differed from the Marvel Comics character created by writer Stan Lee and co-plotter/illustrator Jack Kirby, resembling a more realistic and divine version of the 'Norse God of Thunder' but still closely following the comic in that he is sent to earth to learn humility, the first and only time that magical, supernatural or otherworldly elements have been used in the universe of the "Incredible Hulk" TV series.
'Thor' was played by Eric Allan Kramer and 'Dr. Donald Blake' by Steve Levitt. In this version Blake does not become Thor, who is a separate character. By holding Thor's hammer 'Mjolnir' and shouting "Odin! »
- Michael Stevens
Our next Guardians of the Galaxy member may have you thinking you’re barking up the wrong tree, but rest assured, you’re not. It’s Groot! That’s right, Groot, the talking, walking member of the Guardians who only has three words in his vocabulary: “I Am Groot.” Played by Vin Diesel of Fast and the Furious and Riddick fame, Groot promises to be one of the more exciting to watch characters of the team as he’s a 12 foot tall piece of shrubbery and created completely from computer graphics. Groot is actually the oldest of the Guardians, both in age and in comic history as he was introduced extremely early on in Marvel’s history. Hit the jump for more info on the powerhouse of the Guardians/mode of transportation for Rocket Raccoon and click here if you missed our profile of Star Lord (Chris Pratt). I Am Groot! »
- Evan Valentine
Oh, ‘Murica. Land of the free, home of the… 25th ranking in math, 24th in reading, and morbidly obese. These are the stats touted in this extremely patriotic and totally depressing Captain America video that puts a subversive spin on the Marvel Comics character. The red-, white- and blue-clad Cap was invented to spread the patriotic cheer during World War II, but the Jack Kirby-created figure has seen a revival over the years — including Chris Evans' recent portrayal. This Animation Domination High-Def short creates a new theme song for Cap, using the (dire) world rankings as its guide. The drab ditty transforms the strong, heroic figure into a tragically unintelligent slob — you know, basically the way the rest of the world views...
- Alison Nastasi
They have delivered a petition to the Us judicial body asking that a ruling in favour of Warner Bros/DC Entertainment be overturned, reports Law360.
The Ninth Circuit Court previously rejected the same appeal, declaring that Shuster's siblings gave up the family's right to terminate the copyright on the legendary superhero in return for a payout of $600,000 and an annual salary of $25,000 each.
"The court of appeals' decisions cast a pall over the ownership of billions of dollars in copyrights," reads the petition.
"Other grantees, inspired by the rulings of the courts of appeals, will no doubt opt to litigate »
Born on the planet 'Hala', capital of the 'Kree Empire' in the 'Greater Magellanic Cloud', Ronan, as an adult, became a member of the 'Accuser Corps' military governors and jurists.
His rise through the ranks was extraordinary, and he eventually became the third-most powerful being in the Kree Empire. The 'Supreme Intelligence' appointed him 'Supreme Accuser of the Kree Empire', and in this role he is known simply as 'Ronan the Accuser'.
Ronan possesses superhuman strength, endurance, speed and reflexes, enhanced by devices in his suit of full-body exoskeleton armor. »
- Michael Stevens
An appeal filed by the heirs of Jack Kirby, aimed at terminating the studios' rights to the iconic characters he co-created, has gathered support this week from Hollywood guilds.
An amicus brief delivered by the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and SAG-aftra urges the Us Supreme Court to hear the appeal.
In August last year, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's ruling that Kirby's heirs could not terminate Marvel's rights to the iconic character, because Kirby's work as a freelancer was considered "work for hire".
This ruling makes Marvel the statutory author of his characters, meaning that Kirby and his estate have no termination rights.
The guilds state that the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruling "jeopardises the statutory termination rights »
(Cbr) Three organizations representing Hollywood actors, directors and screenwriters have thrown their weight behind an effort to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal by the heirs of Jack Kirby that could have ramifications far beyond Marvel and the comics industry. The case, as most readers know by now, involves the copyrights to the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Thor and other characters created or co-created by Kirby during his time at Marvel in the 1960s. The artist’s children filed 45 copyright-termination notices in September 2009, seeking to reclaim what they believe to his stake in the properties under the terms of the U.S. Copyright Act. Marvel responded with a lawsuit, which led to a 2011 ruling that Kirby’s 1960s creations were work for hire and therefore not subject to copyright reclamation. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision in August 2013, which brings us »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Sneak Peek the (hideous) new "Guardians Of The Galaxy Deluxe Adult Overhead 'Groot' Mask":
"...from 'Rubies', this 100% polyester, officially licensed 'Groot' mask, adapts the character from the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" with one size fitting most teens and adults..."
The character debuted in Marvel's "Tales to Astonish" #13 (November 1960), as an extraterrestrial, sentient creature, who was an invader intending to capture humans for experimentation.
The character was then reconfigured into a heroic, noble being in 2006, and appeared in the crossover comic book storyline "Annihilation: Conquest".
He went on to star in the spin-off series, "Guardians of the Galaxy", joining the team of the same name.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Guardians Of The Galaxy"......
- Michael Stevens
Marvel began life as a small-time comic book publisher called Timely Publications and released their first comic book in October of 1939 featuring the Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner. For over sixty years, they dealt with a rollercoaster of popularity and public interest, at times reveling in great success with properties such as Spider-Man and at other times barely making it by. In 1996, Marvel filed for bankruptcy when the industry slumped, but now, in 2014, Marvel is an absolute powerhouse and is leading not only the comics industry, but the film industry as well. Today we’ll look at the history of Marvel and the events that led them to a point where they could become a movie-making behemoth.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 1 of a four part special event as we explore where Marvel came from, how they rose to silver screen prominence, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
The bid by Jack Kirby's heirs to get the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal that could result in Marvel and other entertainment studios losing full control over Spider-Man, X-Men and Avengers characters continues to pick up steam. The latest is an amicus brief delivered by Hollywood guilds representing actors, directors and writers. Photos 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Mockingjay,' 'Spider-Man 2' As previously covered, courts have denied efforts by Kirby's estate to terminate copyright grants because the comic legend's work as a freelancer in the middle
- Eriq Gardner
"Ant-Man is still going to come out," said Feige. "We start filming this August. Edgar Wright, who I've known for many years, who wrote the draft with Joe Cornish - much of the movie will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point, but Peyton Reed has stepped in...
"Adam McKay, a very good writer is reworking parts of the script - not the entirety of the script, but some of it - and it's going to, we believe, come to life in the best version of'Ant-Man' that we could possibly make.
"Again Ant-Man is a very important character for us. We like that people don't necessarily know what it is, »
- Michael Stevens
The highest authority of the Us judicial system has received several friend-of-the-court (amici curiae) briefs supporting the case of the Avengers, Thor, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Captain America and X-Men co-creator, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
One comes from former director of the Us Patent and Trademark Office Bruce Lehman, who once served as chief advisor to President Bill Clinton on intellectual property matters. He writes on behalf of the Artists Rights Society, the International Intellectual Property Institute and more.
In August 2013, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's ruling that Kirby's heirs could not terminate Marvel's rights to the iconic characters, »
Jack Kirby was, without question, one of the most influential and formative voices in the comic book industry. His legacy is virtually unmatched, spanning across numerous decades and comic book companies, most notably with the two major comic book powerhouses, Marvel and DC. He played a major hand in creating such iconic characters as Captain America, the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Hulk, plus many others who are still popular today. His ingenuity and creativity helped mold comic books into what they are, and how they are read today.
That being said, however, he wasn’t completely perfect in his illustrious career. Every once in a while, his creativity did sometimes step outside the possibility of suspension of disbelief and into the realm of just plain weird. His infatuation with the strange and outlandish lead to some lesser known comic book characters, namely strange looking monsters and heroes with »
- Alec Belmore
Marvel pulled out an old letter from 1963 that Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin wrote to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The letter was in regards to Fantastic Four #17, and he praises the issue saying it's "greater than great." He then went on to say it's "absolutely stupendous, the ultimate, utmost!" When you read this letter, keep in mind that Martin was around the age of 14 or 15 when he wrote it. The guy definitely has a way with words, and he was destined to be a great writer. »
- Joey Paur
What the hell is King Star King? Is it genius or pornography? It's certainly the work of a mad man, its creator J.J. Villard. Adult Swim's latest series may be too hot for broadcast or cable, but its a hallucinatory cartoon acid trip - and the entire first season order of all six episodes will debut (Netflix-style) Sunday on Adult Swim.com. To some, this series will be quickly dismissed as mindless, scatological junk. Others will be turned on by the unrelenting sex, gore and pop-art references. Think Jack Kirby meets Rory Hayes, Big Daddy Roth, Peter Max, He-man, Yellow Submarine and Ralph Bakshi. Mix them all together and take LSD. That's King Star King. Having met J.J. several times over the past few years I can attest that this show accurately reflects the id of its creator. He's not trying to be outrageous, Villard Is outrageous. He's not an animation outlaw, »
- Jerry Beck
Concept Art by Ray Lai Jack Kirby Inspired Space Station Corridor Console Jack Kirby Inspired Space Station Air Lock Niche Machine Baxter Building - Jack Kirby Inspired Lab Machine Baxter Building - Jack Kirby Inspired Lab Machine Baxter Building - Jack Kirby Inspired Lab Machine Baxter Building - Jack Kirby Inspired Lab Machine Victor von Doom Statue Robocop Weapon Designs Inventor, astronaut and scientist Dr. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) is spearheading a trip to outer space, to the center of a cosmic storm. There he hopes to unlock the secrets of the human genetic codes for the benefit of all humanity. Reed’s crew for the mission includes his best friend, astronaut Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis); Sue Storm (Jessica Alba), Von Doom’s director of genetic research and Reed’s ex-girlfriend; and Sue’s hot-headed younger brother, pilot Johnny Storm (Chris »
Monsters are a symbol of man’s fears, used by story tellers all over the world and in every medium. Monsters represent the dangers we face as a species both real (predators and nature) and speculative ( the supernatural).
We have a biological imperative, a survival instinct to fear that which is inhuman.
The most frequent use of monsters in fiction is that of a challenge for the hero to overcome, a foe to vanquish. If the hero of most stories is a proxy for the audience then defeating the monster is our vicarious triumph over our phobias.
Ocasionaly though, the monster’s role in fiction is reversed. Sometimes the monster is the hero and even though the concept may not have originated there, no where is it as prevalent as it is in the world of comic books.
- Zachary Zagranis
"Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man 'Scott Lang' (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, 'Dr. Hank Pym' (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular 'Ant-Man' suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world..."
Scientist 'Dr. Henry Pym' invented methods for »
- Michael Stevens
Debuting in Marvel Comics' 'X-Men' #4 (March 1964), 'Quicksilver' was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, as the son of 'Magneto', twin brother of 'Scarlet Witch' and paternal half-brother of 'Polaris'.
"...'Quicksilver' is a mutant capable of moving and thinking at superhuman speeds. Originally capable of running at the speed of sound, the exposure to 'Isotope E' made it possible for the character to run at supersonic speeds of up to 'Mach 10', resisting the effects of friction, reduced oxygen and kinetic impact.
"The character's speed allows him to perform feats such as create cyclone-strength winds, »
- Michael Stevens
Over at the Marvel website right now, you'll find a new multi-part Black Panther character retrospective, starting from his initial intro in 1966, in "Fantastic Four #52" by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, through the present incarnation of the black superhero from the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Part 1, which was published on Marvel's website 3 days ago (June 2) takes readers "back to the formative days of T’Challa" (aka Black Panther) with an in-depth account from writer Don McGregor. And part 2, published yesterday (June 4) chronicles "T’Challa’s formative appearances and seminal 1970’s adventures." The end of part 2 promises a part 3 that will pick up »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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