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Face front, true believers! Class is in session! Let’s call this “Doctor Strange 101”, an introduction to the newest member of the “Marvel movie-verse”, although, as you’ll soon learn, the sorcerer supreme is one of the oldest heroes. So, to get you up to speed before heading to the multiplex, we’re giving you a top ten list of facts about the “master of mystic arts”. First, a look at his lineage….
1. Doctor Strange Has Lots Of “Magic Hero” Predecessors Let’s go back over a 100 years, when magicians where a popular part of live entertainment. Many real-life stage performers like Houdini and Blackstone branched out into the printed page, starring in fictional exploits via booklets called “penny dreadfuls” which became the lurid pulp novels. In 1931 a radio show presented the adventures of the mysterious “Chandu the Magician” (one big fan was young Stan Lee). Edmund Lowe battled master »
- Jim Batts
From Arrow and Daredevil, to The Flash and Jessica Jones, the bumper crop of superhero TV shows around right now are bringing a whole host of comic book characters – both familiar and obscure – to life. Sometimes, though, the reams of source material out there just isn’t enough and the writers decide to create their own characters and add something new to the mythology. Surprisingly, these guys frequently end up being more vibrant characters than the ones taken from the page.
It’s a trend that goes back a long way. The 1960s Batman TV series asked DC Comics to create them a new female crime-fighter to assist Batman and Robin – the result was Barbara Gordon Aka Batgirl, who has since become a core member of the Bat-family. Interestingly, this is mostly a technique of DC television, though Marvel shows have done it, too. Just look at Firestar in the »
- Christian Bone
A little over a week since I had the chance to ask Stan Lee a question and wouldn’t you know it, I’m still jacked that I had a chance to speak with him. The man is a legend. One of the first cartoons I watched growing up was Spider-man And His Amazing Friends which Stan narrated for season 2. From there, it was The Incredible Hulk with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, arguably the greatest superhero show in television history. Stan’s creations have been a constant in my life since my earliest memories. The chance to speak with him is a memory I’ll never forget.
With that, I wanted to spend this week reading some of my favorite Stan Lee stories. What made his work stand out where others from his era aren’t as well known? For one, I’d say his instincts on what make characters tick was dead on. »
- Tim Jousma
With Comic-Con officially starting tonight with preview night we wanted to share the best panels we are looking forward too this weekend. If you are like the millions of others that couldn't get a ticket or make it out to San Diego this year you are in luck. Comic-Con has launched its own streaming network Comic-Con HQ and is live-streaming a lot of its panels online this year. The best thing of all it is free to stream this years Comic-Con. Along with the panels you can also stream, Comic-Con HQ offers its own original shows along with movies and tv shows from the 80's, 90's, and 2000's. After this weekend Comic-Con HQ you will be charged for a $5 monthly subscription. Here is a list of the Top 75 Panel we at Lrm are looking forward too. Let us know in the comments section if you agree or if there are »
- Michael Connally
The film and TV world lost another one of its beloved greats today, in a year where the deaths of iconic stars seem more commonplace than ever. Alan Young, who played Wilbur Post on Mr. Ed and voiced the iconic Scrooge McDuck for three decades, passed away this morning at the age of 96. The actor had been living at the Motion Picture and Television Fund facility in Woodland Hills, California at the time of his passing.
Alan Young was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England in 1919, before relocating to Edinburgh and later to Vancouver, British Columbia as a small child. He suffered from asthma as a young boy, which caused him to be bedridden for much of his childhood, when he took up a strong interest in radio. He had already become an accomplished radio performer by the age of 13, and at 17 years of age, he started writing and performing »
On the series, which ran from 1961-66 on CBS, Young played architect Wilbur Post, who was married to Carol (played by Connie Hines, who died in 2009) and kept a horse, Mr. Ed, in their suburban stable. Mr. Ed, voiced by Allan “Rocky” Lane, would speak only to Wilbur, but given Mr. Ed’s rather outlandish personality and the superbly mild affect of Young’s Wilbur, just who owned whom could occasionally be a matter of debate.
Young also voiced Scrooge McDuck and numerous other animated characters, as well as guesting on dozens of TV shows.
In 2005 “Mr. Ed” won a TV Land Award for most heart-warming pet-owner interaction. Young also directed four episodes of “Mr. Ed. »
- Carmel Dagan
Sony dropped two Spider-Man bombs at CinemaCon yesterday. Among them, they thrilled fans by announcing the title for Sony and Marvel’s Peter Parker reboot: Spider-Man: Homecoming. Their second piece of good news was that the new animated film featuring the web-slinger is apparently going to be groundbreaking.
“It’s a vision of Spider-Man that will take your breath away. Conceptually and visually, it will break new ground for the superhero genre,” says Sony.
That statement, while audacious, is still somewhat vague. Groundbreaking could refer to an innovative new style of animation or a different direction from prior Spider-Man features. Of course, it could simply mean the Spider-Man animated feature will follow a different path from the live-action version.
- Andy L. Kubai
It was always believed that the 2017 Spider-Man reboot would feature at least one or more characters from the McU. Now, producer and Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has confirmed this as fact. Though, he isn't specifying who, exactly, we'll get to see on the big screen alongside the web-slinger next summer. But he makes it clear that Peter Parker will probably also show up in several other Marvel and Disney releases.
"He is in the universe now, and the fun of the universe is that characters go back and forth."
As you've probably heard, Tom Holland's new take on the iconic Spider-Man will first be introduced as part of Team Iron Man in this summer's Captain America: Civil War. It was recently revealed that Sony had secured the URL domain name Spider-Man: Homecoming. This is the same title of a story arc in the Marvel comic books that »
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