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"Reefer Madness"

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Dark Horse Comics' "Reefer Madness" trade paperback, available April 2018, collects classic 'weed' comic book stories from the 1930's to the 1950's, from "Superman" creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, plus Jerry Robinson of "Batman" fame, illustrators Jack 'King' Kirby, Frank 'Conan' Frazetta and a whole lot more:

"...Degradation! Crime! Madness! Hysteria surrounded marijuana as a 'gateway' drug from the 1930's to the 1950's and beyond. 

"'Adventure Comics', by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and works by Frank Frazetta, Jerry Robinson, Jack Kirby, and many more...

"...reveal the social reaction to this era of 'Reefer Madness'....

"...from the wildly misinformed....

"...to the soberly concerned...

"...these comics lament the impact of weed on youth culture..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Reefer Madness"...
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10 Things About Heath Ledger's Joker You Never Knew

10 Things About Heath Ledger's Joker You Never Knew
The Dark Knight is widely considered one of the greatest comic book movies ever and regularly ranks toward the top in fan polls about the greatest movies, period. Part of the reverence for the film revolves around the legendary performance of Heath Ledger, who passed away before the release of the film that earned him an Oscar. It's well known that Ledger's commitment to the iconic role was complete down to the way he famously kept a Joker diary while developing the character in isolation. Today, we look through the history of his performance, and investigate ten things that most fans don't know about his role in the movie.

Heath Ledger was the only actor offered the role.

The arrival of Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime was teased at the end of Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan's well-received reboot of the Caped Crusader. Several actors pursued the role. Adrien Brody
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Scorsese Producing DC's "The Joker"

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According to reports, "Goodfellas" director Martin Scorsese will produce an 'origin story' feature, focusing on DC Comics' super-villain 'The Joker', with a screenplay by Scott Silver ("8 Mile") and Todd Phillips ("The Hangover"), to be directed by Phillips ("War Dogs"), set in a 'Gotham City' straight out of Scorsese's "Taxi Driver":

Created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, the 'Joker' debuted in the first issue of DC Comics' "Batman" (April 25, 1940)...

...inspired by the German Expressionist film "The Man Who Laughs", based on the novel by author Victor Hugo.

Actor Conrad Veidt plays 'Gwynplaine', whose father is sentenced to death and that Gwynplaine's face be permanently disfigured into a grotesque grin,  after offending 'King James II'. 

Gwynplaine becomes a traveling freak, showcasing his disfigurement to a curious public for money, while falling in love with a blind woman.

DC's 'Joker', is usually portrayed as a deranged, criminal mastermind,
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Mike Gold: Jack Kirby’s Moxie

Next Monday marks the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth. For one horrible moment, let us consider the following question: what if that birth never happened?

No Captain America. No Fourth World. Probably no romance comics. No Challengers of the Unknown. No Kamandi. No “Marvel Age of Comics.”

Think about that last one for a moment. The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Hulk, Nick Fury, Thor, Silver Surfer, Black Panther… most likely, they would not have existed; certainly not as the astonishing successes they were.

I will avoid suggesting the American comic book medium would have disappeared decades ago if not for Jack Kirby, although a case could be made for that argument. If Marvel Comics didn’t happen the way it happened, it’s possible that direct sales to comic book stores would not have happened, and that little phenomenon certainly has kept this racket alive.

Nobody put more power,
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What Zac Efron and Steven Yeun Look Like as Nightwing

Last week, it was confirmed that The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay will make his feature live action directing debut with a new Nightwing movie. As is the case with any anticipated movie, some have started "fan-casting" the role, including a few artists who have recently shared their work, showing what two different actors might look like as Nightwing, Zac Efron and Steven Yeun. While it's far too early to tell if these actors are candidates, or if they're even interested in the role, these images are certainly well-crafted.

The first image surfaced from artist BossLogic's Twitter account, showcasing Zac Efron as Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing. This artwork comes just one day after Supernatural star Jared Padalecki expressed his interest in playing the role on Twitter, although it remains unclear if he is a legitimate contender for the role either. The script is currently being written by Bill Dubuque (The Accountant,
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Supernatural's Jared Padalecki Wants to Play Nightwing

Just a few days ago, we reported that The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay will next tackle a live-action Nightwing movie. Now that we know this movie is actually happening, many are wondering who will actually play the title character. Over the weekend, one potential candidate emerged, with Supernatural star Jared Padalecki responding to a fan on social media, revealing that he would love to play Nightwing.

While this is far from a confirmation that he will take on the role the actor was asked by a fan on Twitter if he would consider playing Nightwing, with Jared Padalecki revealing that he "always wanted to" play this character on the big screen. Although this project is actually moving forward, it may be quite some time before they are ready to start casting, so it seems unlikely that the studio is actually looking to cast this title role quite yet.
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Nightwing movie coming from Lego Batman movie director

John Saavedra Feb 24, 2017

Add another movie to the DC Extended Universe, as Chris McKay is set to direct Nightwing...

THR is reporting that a Nightwing movie is in the works at Warner Bros, to add to the DC Extended Universe. Chris McKay, who most recently helmed The Lego Batman Movie, is set to direct the movie from a script by Bill Dubuque (The Accountant).

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Nightwing is one of at least three newly rumored DC projects to be in development at Warner Bros, a list that also includes Gotham City Sirens from Suicide Squad director David Ayer and Suicide Squad 2, which is currently courting Mel Gibson to direct.

Nightwing is, of course, Dick Grayson's alter-ego. Grayson was first introduced in Detective Comics Vol. 1 #38 in April 1940 as a member of the acrobatic Flying Graysons. After his parents were murdered, Grayson was
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Chris McKay in Talks to Direct Batman Spinoff ‘Nightwing’ for Warner Bros

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Chris McKay in Talks to Direct Batman Spinoff ‘Nightwing’ for Warner Bros
“Lego Batman” director Chris McKay is in talks to direct a standalone, live-action “Nightwing” film based on the DC Comics character for Warner Bros., TheWrap has learned. Bill Dubuque (“The Accountant”) is writing the script. Nightwing, aka Dick Grayson, is best known for being the original Robin. Grayson was the youngest member of a family of acrobats known as the “Flying Graysons.” He was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and illustrator Jerry Robinson, and first introduced in Detective Comics #38 in April 1940. After his parents were murdered, he was taken in as the legal ward of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
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Nightwing Movie Is Coming from Lego Batman Director

Warner Bros. and DC still has a couple of open slots on its impending release slate heading out of this decade. It has now been confirmed that Nightwing is one of those movies. And the live-action adventure will be directed by none other than Chris McKay, the filmmaker behind this month's hugely successful animated comedy The Lego Batman Movie.

Nightwing will revolve around the DC character of Dick Grayson, also known as Robin, and perhaps the best known member of the Batman family outside of Bruce Wayne. The movie will tie directly into The Batman, which was confirmed earlier today to still be moving forward with Cloverfield and Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves at the helm.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris McKay is currently in negotiations for the standalone DC movie, with The Accountant screenwriter Bill Dubuque tackling the script. In DC lore, Dick Grayson is the original Robin.
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Warner Bros. Plotting Live-Action 'Nightwing' Movie With 'Lego Batman Movie' Director (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. is plotting a new DC superhero film based on the Batman-centric character Nightwing.

Chris McKay, who most recently directed The Lego Batman Movie for Warner Bros., is in negotiations to helm the new live-action film, and Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) is writing the script.

Nightwing, aka Dick Grayson, is perhaps best known for being the original Robin. Grayson was the youngest member of a family of acrobats known as the Flying Graysons. He was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and illustrator Jerry Robinson, and first introduced in Detective Comics No. 38 in April 1940. After his parents...
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Mike Gold: The Comic Con Can-Can

This weekend, a whole bunch of us ComicMixers will be making our annual trip to the Baltimore Comic-Con. For the record, that’s Martha Thomases, Adriane Nash, Evelyn Krite, G.D. Falksen, and myself. Glenn Hauman and Robert Greenberger will be in New York at a big ol’ Star Trek convention, Emily S. Whitten will be at Dragon Con, and John Ostrander will be at several Michigan theaters watching Suicide Squad again. Glenn, Robert and Emily also are regulars at Bcc, but this year the show shares Labor Day weekend with these other two east coast shows.

Yes, life is truly one long and never ending comic book convention. I’ve been going to the “big” ones (big as relevant to its time) since 1968. That’s 48 years, which is longer than most of today’s convention-goers have been alive. That’s about five years longer than Kiss has been together,
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10 times the Joker almost killed Batman

Marc Buxton Aug 22, 2016

With the Joker back on the big screen in Suicide Squad, we celebrate the craziest plans of the Clown Prince of Crime...

He's the greatest villain of them all. He's the evil that tests Batman and makes the hero better. He's an uncontrollable force of chaos, more akin to a hurricane than a criminal, who strikes without warning. He believes that life is a chaotic farce and everything exists as part of a twisted game between him and Batman. He is the star of comics, television, cartoons, and film. He's the Joker, one of the most enduring symbols of evil in the last century.

The Joker is no match for Batman physically, so when he puts one over on the Dark Knight, when he 'gets' him, it has to be a masterpiece of chaos and violence. These are just some of the greatest moments where the Joker
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The Joker Adapted: A Retrospective On The Clown Prince Of Crime

In the world of comic books, there is villainy, and then there is supervillainy – and surely, such evil was first truly defined by The Joker of DC Comics. Created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, the criminal mastermind first appeared in the debut issue of Batman in 1940 and, though he has appeared in the stories of other characters, he’s remained synonymous with the Dark Knight ever since. The two are arch-enemies, with many regarding one to be the antithesis of the other. In truth, they are separated only by warped morality.

Neither has super powers and instead relies on augmented and specially designed props in order to achieve dominance in conflict situations. They are both highly intelligent and are shaped by past traumas and deep, psychological pain. Batman is a driven and relentless vigilante, while The Joker is an anarchic psychopath but, though the end goal for
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Joe Corallo: The Joker’s Name

This past weekend was WonderCon out in La. DC made many announcements about it’s upcoming Rebirth, some of which we already had some idea about. Now we were given information on creative teams, like Scott Snyder heading up All-Star Batman with rotating artists including Sean Murphy and Paul Pope, and James Tynion IV taking the reigns on the soon to be back-numbered Detective Comics. One of the other Bat family announcements was that they will soon be revealing the Joker’s name.

Why?

The short answer is that Batman found out his name when he asked that question on the Möbius chair in Justice League #42 (42, the answer to the ultimate question of life. Coincidence?). The long answer is a combination of figuring out how to handle a decades old franchise coupled with changes in audience expectations.

Now, I know what you might be thinking. Don’t we already know the Joker’s name?
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9 things you never knew about Batman's nemesis The Joker

9 things you never knew about Batman's nemesis The Joker
Smile everybody: Batman's arch nemesis The Joker is about to make a dramatic comeback in Suicide Squad, a villain-packed blockbuster about the worst scum DC Comics has to offer.

Jared Leto sports the rictus grin and shock of green hair, but there's much more to the Clown Prince of Crime than his iconic look - as these nine quick-fire facts demonstrate.

1. He's based on monochrome movie star Conrad Veidt

Batman comic book trio Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson are all credited with creating The Joker, but it was Finger who brought a crucial element into play: German screen actor Conrad Veidt.

When he produced an image of Veidt's pale-skinned, disfigured character Gwynplaine from the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs, lightning bulbs ignited and The Joker was swiftly born.

2. The Joker was once Bruce Wayne's mother

Geoff Johns's critically-acclaimed comic Flashpoint introduced an alternate reality in which
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Mark Wheatley Teams with Will Eisner for Cbm Retailer Exclusive

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For the conclusion of Diamond Comic Distributors Retailer Summit and for the opening of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum’s new exhibit 75 Spirited Years: Will Eisner and The Spirit on Friday, September 25, 2015 – four top creators were asked to provide their interpretations of a concept sketch that had been created by Eisner but never before finished.

One of those creators was Mark Wheatley, the Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning writer-artist perhaps best known for his successful and often cutting-edge collaborations with fellow writer-artist Marc Hempel. Wheatley will see his piece based on Eisner’s sketch featured on the cover of a limited edition of Overstreet’s Comic Book Marketplace Yearbook 2015-2016. This version will be given to retailers who attend the closing party for the Retailer Summit, which is also the official kick-off of the Eisner exhibit.

“I’m thrilled to have been asked to posthumously collaborate with Will Eisner on this project.
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Mike Gold: Alfred, Master of the Butlerverse!

When it comes to the world of heroic fantasy, there have been a hell of a lot of really great butlers. We’ve got such luminaries as Ram Singh (The Spider), Bernardo (Zorro), Cadbury (Richie Rich), Ianto Jones (Torchwood), Lurch (The Addams Family), Max von Mayerling (Sunset Boulevard), two different Smitherses (Veronica Lodge and the Simpsons), Fritz Brenner (Nero Wolfe), Birmingham Brown (Charlie Chan) and of course Edwin Jarvis (The Avengers or Agent Carter – take your pick). There were the Green Hornet’s Kato, but that dude was more of a partner/sidekick than a butler, and Jack Benny’s pal Rochester was only technically a butler. He was actually Benny’s arch-enemy.

But head and shoulders above all other butlers, the king of the mountain of butlers is Bruce Wayne’s own Alfred Pennyworth. You can tell from the actors who played him on film and television – Michael Caine,
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Gotham, Episode 1.16, “The Blind Fortune Teller” foresees good fortune for Gotham’s future

Gotham Season 1, Episode 16: ‘The Blind Fortune Teller’

Written by Bruno Heller

Directed by Jeremy Hunt

Airs Mondays at 8pm Et on Fox

The season returns in stride with this week’s episode that is full of Batman mythology nods, with fun character moments that build momentum for the season’s subplots that are showing lots of promising development. At the center of the episode is the relationship of Gordon and Leslie, which is budding in interesting ways and is well integrated with the case of the week. The case of the week addresses two iconic Batman characters in one fell swoop, a bold attempt for the series that could’ve easily been a misstep. However, it is done efficiently enough that it will hold interest in the long run, as there are more stories that they could mine with the characters introduced here.

Fish’s plot is developing very quickly,
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The Flash 75th Anniversary Variant Cover Art by Joshua Middleton

The 75th anniversary of DC Comics' The Flash is upon us, and to celebrate, artist Joshua Middleton created an incredibly fun piece of variant art. According to the artist, to mark the 75th anniversary of the superhero, DC has The Flash running through the covers of a bunch of other comics. The artist ended up using the the cover art from Detective Comics' 67th issue as his inspiration. He explains,

"I was asked to look through all of the classic Detective Comics covers to find a good one for The Flash to run through, and we wound up with issue #67. As soon as I saw that ostrich, I knew we had a winner. Man, comics used to be some crazy fun.

"So here is the original Jerry Robinson cover and my follow-up. I wanted to keep some of the classic feel of the old cover, so I played it pretty straight- pencils,
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Mike Gold: The Joker’s New Friend

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I always wondered how World War II would have turned out if only Joseph Goebbels had a sense of humor. After all, what’s the old adage – you get more with a smile and a bomb than just a bomb alone? Really, the whole concept of Harley Quinn is based upon this philosophy.

You know Harley Quinn. The Joker’s… ah, paramour? Quadramour? Well, hold that thought for a couple paragraphs.

This is the start of the new fall television series, not only in North America, but evidently in Iraq as well. A new program, The Superstitious State, is being promoted up in the land between two rivers. It’s tagged “satire,” but it’s not going to close on Saturday night. Here’s the premise.

There’s this big celebration somewhere in some desert. It’s a wedding, although the focus is on the consummation of this blessed event.
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