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'Guardians of the Galaxy': The Comic Book Origins of the Bad Guys

12 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The heroes of Marvel StudiosGuardians of the Galaxy aren’t the only deep-cut characters that the movie rescues from relative obscurity. The villains of the piece — Ronan, Nebula and even Thanos himself — have lengthy and complicated histories inside the comic book Marvel Universe that Guardians wisely chose to ignore for the most part. The oldest of the villains in the movie is Ronan, better known to comic book fans as Ronan the Accuser. The creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he first showed up as an alien heavy in 1967’s Fantastic Four No. 65, two years

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- Graeme McMillan

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'Guardians of the Galaxy': The Characters' Comic Book Origins Explained

30 July 2014 4:13 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In many ways, the origins of Guardians of the Galaxy are unlike those of earlier Marvel Studios properties. For one thing, neither Stan Lee nor Jack Kirby is responsible in any way but the most tangential (Together, Lee and Kirby created Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and the Avengers, as well as the X-Men and next year’s Ant-Man; separately, Kirby co-created Captain America with Joe Simon and Lee co-created Spider-Man with Steve Ditko). For another, unlike earlier Marvel Studios movies, this one is based on a property that, for all intents and purposes, is less

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- Graeme McMillan

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Jack Kirby Heirs Blast “Indefensible” Marvel Over Scotus Copyright Petition

29 July 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

To quote the Thing from the Fantastic Four – “It’s clobberin time!” Just two days after Jack Kirby was honored at Comic-Con, lawyers for the heirs of the comic legend have replied to Marvel and Disney with a pummeling brief filed at the Supreme Court. “Respondents, although called to respond, do not address the legal issues. Instead, they focus on the wrong questions and the wrong court,” say lawyer Marc Toberoff and Tom Goldstein, a new attorney on the case, today. After failing repeatedly in lower courts, Lisa Kirby, Neal Kirby, Susan Kirby and Barbara Kirby petitioned the High Court on March 21 for a hearing. The heirs want Scotus to rule […] »

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SCOTUSblog Founder Joins Marvel Superhero Appeal for Jack Kirby Estate (Exclusive)

29 July 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In what might be yet another sign that Marvel should begin to fret that the U.S. Supreme Court could review a massive superhero rights dispute, the respected attorney Tom Goldstein is now co-representing Jack Kirby's family members. Goldstein is perhaps most famous for running the invaluable SCOTUSblog, which on July 21 highlighted Kirby v. Marvel Characters as its "Petition of the Day." The dispute started when the family of comic book legend Kirby sent termination notices to Marvel and its licensees Sony, Fox and Universal over such superhero characters as Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Iron

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- Eriq Gardner

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San Diego Comic Con 2014: Top 5 Image Announcements

28 July 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

On the “Zero Day” of this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Image held a mini-Expo and announced a dozen new titles from creators, both popular or relatively unknown , including some new to writing or drawing for Image. These comics show that Image is the place where creators can roam free and write and draw crazy and interesting stories in a variety of genres. This freedom paid off big time as Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ sci-fi love story Saga continued to dominate the Eisner Awards. Part of Image’s commercial success is due to Robert Kirkman, especially The Walking Dead and the popular AMC television series it spawned. San Diego Comic Con showed that his comics have cross-media potential even before the first trade of a comic he is writing comes out.

1. Robert Kirkman’s Outcast Gets a Pilot

Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s Outcast #1 sold out its initial print run, »

- Logan Dalton

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Ant-man Comic-Con Panel Recap: Paul Rudd Takes the Hall H Stage to Introduce a New Addition to the Marvel Universe and Preview Footage

26 July 2014 7:06 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

There’s a reason that Marvel Studios is always the last panel of the day on Saturday at Comic-Con.  It closes out the big movie panels of the week with a bang, and this year’s convention was no different.  The studio is no stranger to uphill battles (ie. launching Iron Man, convincing audiences a Cinematic Universe would work), but they faced a curious challenge in Hall H this Saturday by touting Ant-Man months after incredibly talented filmmaker—and Comic-Con favorite—Edgar Wright left the project. Nevertheless, Ant-Man is still moving forward full-steam ahead, and Marvel brought out new director Peyton Reed and cast members Paul RuddMichael DouglasCorey Stoll, and the now-confirmed Evangeline Lilly.  In addition to revealing a bit more about the film’s story and the roles the aforementioned actors will play, Marvel also unveiled some new footage that gave us a better idea of how »

- Adam Chitwood

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Marvel Studios: Comic-Con Live-Blog: 'Ant-Man,' 'Ultron,' and 'Guardians 2'

26 July 2014 5:47 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Ten minutes after the grand finale of Comic-Con is supposed to start in the 6,100-seat Hall H, a chant begins: “We want Marvel! We want Marvel! We want Marvel!”

They got what was coming to them.

The lights went down soon after, and the panel began with a reel of highlights from all the past Marvel movies, leading into a new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy (which comes out next Friday.) It ends with a long look at Josh Brolin as the cosmic villain Thanos in a throne that is free-floating in space.

“It always starts with you guys in this room, »

- Anthony Breznican

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"Ant-Man" Crawling To The Big Screen

25 July 2014 7:23 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige' continues to update the status of the prepping feature adaptation of  Marvel Comics' "Ant-Man", to be directed by Peyton Reed:

"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

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Stan Lee cancels Comic-Con plans

24 July 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Stan Lee won’t be making it to Comic-Con this year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the otherwise healthy Lee is canceling his appearances after losing his voice due to a case of laryngitis.

Lee created many of Marvel’s most recognizable characters—including Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four—with help from legendary artists like Steve Ditko and the late Jack Kirby. Over the years, his name has become synonymous with the comics industry.

As such, he’s become a staple both on the convention circuit and in superhero flicks—go see a movie with a Marvel character in it »

- Joshua Rivera

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Ant-man Poster Arrives

24 July 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Marvel’s Ant-man hits theaters next summer July 17, 2015 and as this is the week of Comic-Con, Marvel has unveiled the first poster for the film.

If you’re in San Diego, stop by the Marvel Booth (#2329) to pick up this epic concept poster art for Ant-man by Andy Park.

For more on the history of this super hero, read Here.

The film is directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On) and writer Adam McKay is contributing to the script.

Although the character of Ant-Man is somewhat overshadowed by Spider-Man and the mutants of X-Men he predates all of them and is one of the cornerstones of the ever-expanding Marvel universe. A few months after the debut of the Fantastic Four, the forerunner of Marvel, Atlas comics, published “the Man in the Ant Hill” in Tales to Astonish number 27. The title was frequently the home of invading giant “beasties” and monstrous creatures, »

- Jim Batts

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"Avengers: Age Of Ultron" - 'Quicksilver' Revealed

24 July 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ Marvel Comics' 'Quicksilver', aka 'Pietro Maximoff', as played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Kick-Ass") from the set of Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":

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'.

An example of a ruthless villain turned good, the character is first revealed cinematically in a mid-credits scene in Marvel Studios' "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".

"...'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

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The First-Ever ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Drawing is On Sale for $2 Million (Exclusive)

23 July 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are two million new reasons to take the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a little more seriously.

The characters’ co-creator Kevin Eastman is putting up for sale his first drawing of the pizza-loving crime-fighting turtles he first drew in 1984, and is seeking $2 million for the work, which can be seen below.

The timing of the sale comes as the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is celebrating its 30th anniversary, has a new live-action feature out in theaters on Aug. 8 from Paramount, has a successful animated TV series airing on Nickelodeon, and is still popular as a toy and comicbook line, along with videogames and other licensed merchandise.

Eastman co-created the turtles with Peter Laird.

Some of funds from the drawing’s sale will be donated to charity. “After 30 years of owning it, I think it is time to find a new home,” Eastman said. “We have a bunch of different charities we work with, »

- Marc Graser

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"Avengers: Age Of Ultron": The 'Scarlet Witch' Revealed

23 July 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ spoiler images of actress Elizabeth Olsen as Marvel Comics' mutant 'Scarlet Witch' on the set of director Joss Whedon's currently shooting "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":

The Scarlet Witch and her brother 'Quicksilver' were part of the 'second generation' of Marvel's "The Avengers" comic book team.

They were originally recruited by 'Iron Man', under the leadership of 'Captain America'.

Created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator Jack Kirby, the Scarlet Witch debuted in Marvel Comics' "X-Men" #4 (March 1964).

She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'.

The character has featured in four decades of Marvel continuity.

Scarlet Witch starred in two self-titled limited series with husband the 'Vision' and as a regular team member in "Avengers". 

Scarlet Witch has also appeared in other Marvel-endorsed products including animated films, arcade/video games, television series and merchandise, »

- Michael Stevens

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John Boyega as Black Panther?

23 July 2014 7:32 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Expectations of a Black Panther project were upped last month, after Marvel introduced 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. It provided a quick and tidy education for those of us not familiar with the character's background, and the Marvel universe he belongs to overall; and it also encouraged further speculation that Marvel published a retrospective on the character in anticipation of what might be an announcement of a Black Panther movie or TV project »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Learn The History Of San Diego Comic-Con In Just 4 Minutes

21 July 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

How did a basement event with 300 people sprawl to a sold out spectacular that dominates pop culture conversation across television and the internet for a solid week each summer? That's precisely the question the video above answers while giving us a look back at the history and earliest days of San Diego Comic-Con. Watching the Movie Clips video, you'll learn San Diego Comic-Con's start came in 1970 when comic-strip letterer/artist Shel Dorf, comic store owner Richard Alf, and publisher Ken Krueger decided to organize a three-day celebration of comics called San Diego's Golden State Comic-Con. For the inaugural event of what would become a fan-fueled phenomenon, the trio had secured legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury and Captain America co-creator Jack Kirby. So not too shabby a start! With panels, a dealers room (for comic books) and screenings, San Diego's Golden State Comic-Con was a rough sketch of what would »

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"Guardians Of The Galaxy": 'Ronan The Accuser'

18 July 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ Marvel Comics 'Kree' alien villain 'Ronan The Accuser' (Lee Pace), plus more new footage from Marvel Studios' upcoming comic book adaptation, "Guardians of the Galaxy":

'Ronan the Accuser' is a member of the alien race the 'Kree', debuting in Marvel Comics' "Fantastic Four" (vol. 1) #65 (1967).

The character was created by writer Stan Lee and co-plotter/illustrator Jack Kirby.

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

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Marvel seeks to deny Supreme Court hearing in Kirby case

17 July 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Marvel Entertainment has requested that the Us Supreme Court deny the petition by the heirs of Jack Kirby.

The company has insisted that the ongoing case over the rights to many of its classic characters does not "remotely merit" a review, according to Deadline.

The Kirby heirs have recently received backing from Hollywood guilds, trademark experts and comics veterans, who filed friend-of-the-court (amici curiae) briefs petitioning that the highest authority of the Us judicial system judge on the case.

The case concerns many of Marvel's best-known characters - including the X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four - which Kirby co-created with Stan Lee.

The case hangs on the reading of the ambiguous term 'work for hire' in relation to whether Kirby's family can terminate the rights to the characters.

Marvel claims the situation is such that there is no reason the Supreme Court should take a hearing on the rights case, »

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Cap’n Dinosaur Parodies the Comics (and Ads) of Yore

16 July 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cap’n Dinosaur

Written by Kek-w

Art by Shaky Kane

Published by Image Comics

Remember those old ads in comic books, like Charles Atlas muscle builders, Frankenstein masks, and of course, the infamous Sea Monkeys? Well, they’re back as the dastardly Carnevil of Crime in Cap’n Dinosaur, a one-shot making fun of all things Silver Age, including the characters, cheesy dialogue, the trope of characters getting extra superpowers to deal with threats and much more. Kek-w, a veteran of the famous 2000 Ad anthology, parodies the ads, plots, and characters of comics from 50-60 years ago while also telling an superhero/mystery/horror story with art from Shaky Kane that would make Jack Kirby smile. There are a few panels where the storytelling is unclear, but  Cap’n Dinosaur is mostly a hilarious, occasionally trippy parody and love letter to a time when comics cost twelve or fifteen cents and printed on newsprint. »

- Logan Dalton

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Thor Is a Woman Now in the Marvel Comics (No Big Deal)

15 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The Marvel universe is undergoing a seismic change -- the comics company announced this morning that Thor, the hammer-wielding god, will now be a goddess. Meaning, Thor will now be a woman.

No, he's not getting a sex change operation. Rather, as Whoopi Goldberg explained on "The View":

.@Marvel announces that Thor is no longer worthy of Mjolnir, and now a woman will be wielding the mighty Uru Hammer! #TheView

- The View (@theviewtv) July 15, 2014 We're not sure what Thor does that causes him to lose his name, power, and hammer, but it must be pretty bad.

The character is one of Marvel's oldest superheroes. He was first introduced in 1962 by a team consisting of Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby, and was based on the god of Norse mythology. Thor was sent to Earth by his father, Odin, to learn humility. There, he fell in love with a human woman, »

- Kelly Woo

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What A Shock: Marvel Doesn’t Want Supreme Court To Review Kirby Copyright Claims

14 July 2014 8:36 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Stunned, stunned we are:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/marvel-urges-supreme-court-deny-718426

With potentially billions of dollars at stake, Marvel told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to review Lisa Kirby v. Marvel Characters, concerning whether the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby can terminate a copyright grant on such creations as Spider-Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty Thor. »

- Glenn Hauman

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