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11 Is A Palindromic Number, and,
A Recusal

Please celebrate with Neilalien his 11th Blogiversary! Exclesior!

That's 1,111 in internet/weblog/dog years. You won't find a better combination of starting earlier and blogging longer in comics-blogging.

But alas, as of today, Neilalien is officially recusing himself from the news, entertainments, and expectations of the near-daily visitor to his website.

Now is a good time- 11 is a palindromic number, of course...

[25 Feb 02011: More...]

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Overheard in a comic con bathroom:

"We have a new character... named Dr. Strange... Twas Steve's idea."
- Stan Lee, letter to Comic Reader #16, 23 February 01963, as quoted in Steve Ditko's 32-Page Package v.5 Tsk! Tsk!

"I'm telling you, the only reason that Neilalien has lasted so long is because he kills younger, more innocent, bloggers and drinks their blood in some twisted Ditko-inspired mystical ceremony."
- Fanboy Rampage

"Is that the Eye of Yaphet Kotto?"
- A demon, Marvel Comics Presents #20

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New York Comic-Con is this weekend 3-6 Oct!

New York Comic Con [0]2019: Dates, Tickets, Schedule, Panels, And News [Den Of Geek]

The Insanely Big After-Party List Of New York Comic Con [0]2019 [Bleeding Cool]

[1 October 02019]

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DITKO: A Play Honoring The Spider-Man Co-Creator Hits NYC This October

Lenny Schwartz To Tribute Comic Book Legend Steve Ditko

Steve Ditko Play Coming To New York For NYCC Tie-In Dates

At Theaterlab in NYC, for two nights only, 1-2 October 02019, 7:30 PM, $15 advance, $20 at door [Tickets]

Kim O'Connor: "Steve Ditko dying sure did unleash a wave of projects that would have absolutely horrified Steve Ditko"

[21 September 02019]

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Marvel Launches "Doctor Strange: Surgeon Supreme" By Waid And Walker

Marvel December 02019 solicits include new Doctor Strange series, Annihilation Scourge event, and many Strange appearances

Mark Waid (W) Kev Walker (A)
Cover by Phil Noto
Variant Cover by INHYUK LEE
Hidden Gem Wraparound Variant Cover by Frank Miller
The impossible has happened! Doctor Strange's hands have been healed, restoring his surgical skills- but now he's being torn between his obligations as the Sorcerer Supreme and as a neurosurgeon. And when he's forced to choose which vows to uphold, who suffers most for it? After all, magic always has a cost... Be here for a brand new era of magic... and horror from Mark Waid (HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE) and Kev Walker (BLACK PANTHER)!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

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Out 11 Sept: Doctor Strange #19

Doctor Strange Just Got A Huge, Non-Magical Upgrade- At a Terrible Cost

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Out 1 Oct: Doctor Strange SteelBook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray [exclusively at Best Buy]

[20 September 02019]

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Bleeding Cool Gossip: A Dr. Strange Event In December To Relaunch The Series?

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Out this week 28 Aug: Doctor Strange #18

Doctor Strange #18: The Perfect Super-Hero Comic Book That You May Just Miss Today

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Out 14 Aug: Doctor Strange #17

Out 7 Aug: Black Cat #3

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Marvel's November 02019 solicits include Marvel Tales: Doctor Strange reprints

By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth, Doctor Strange works his magic as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the House of Ideas with the era-spanning MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of our most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, the legendary pairing of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko debut the incomparable Stephen Strange as Earth's Sorcerer Supreme in STRANGE TALES (1951) #110! Then, in DOCTOR STRANGE (1968) #169-170, Roy Thomas and Dan Adkins offer their take on Strange's origin - and serve up a rematch with his first foe, the dream-manipulating Nightmare! And the skillful spellcaster called Clea joins the fight against the nefarious Nicodemus, who's out to steal the sorcerer's soul in a memorable tale from MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #5 by Chris Claremont and Marshall Rogers!
80 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T $7.99

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'Doctor Strange 2' Is Marvel's Most Exciting New Movie (By Far)

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Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige's Involvement In 'Spider-Man'

Stan Lee's Daughter Sides With Sony Over Disney In 'Spider-Man' Split [TMZ] ["From day one, they have commoditized my father's work and never shown him or his legacy any respect or decency... In the end, no one could have treated my father worse than Marvel and Disney's executives."]

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Marvel celebrates its 80th Anniversary with Marvel Comics #1000 [YouTube launch trailer] [out 28 Aug]

Marvel Comics #1000 Graphic Policy review [YouTube]

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Marvel Removes Essay Critical Of America In 80th Anniversary Issue [Mark Waid essay alongside Captain America noted that "America's systems are flawed"]

Art Spiegelman's Marvel Essay 'Refused Publication For Orange Skull Trump Dig'

Art Spiegelman: Golden Age Superheroes Were Shaped By The Rise Of Fascism

Art Spiegelman Says Marvel Demanded He Remove Reference To Donald Trump As The 'Orange Skull'

Marvel bumbles through a political world and proves everything is political by trying to stay apolitical... Art Spiegelman introduction to 'Marvel: The Golden Age 19391949' collection nuked for calling Trump the "Orange Skull"... The book now carries an introduction by former Marvel editor and current Conan writer Roy Thomas... Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter is a big donor, advisor, and friend to Donald Trump.

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The Side Effects Of The Cocaine gets the Dangerous Minds treatment [mini-comic about David Bowie by Sean T. Collins]

[31 August 02019]

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Steve Ditko And The Comic-Book People [fascinating Ken Parille TCJ essay] ["In Ditko's work, the hero defeats the crime that is other people."]

[28 July 02019]

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Publisher IDW announces at SDCC 02019 Artist's Editions & More panel a 'Steve Ditko's Complete Mr. A', 'Volume One Coming In [0]2020]'

Steve Ditko's Mr. A. Will Be Collected Against His Wishes

A Mr. A IDW collection has been announced/in the works before, in 02017:

IDW C2E2 02017: 'Mr. A. complete series in two hardcovers authorized by Steve Ditko'

Publishers Weekly: Fall [0]2017 Announcements: Comics & Graphic Novels: "Ditko's Mr. A.: The 50th Anniversary Series: Book One: The Avenging World by Steve Ditko (Oct. 24, hardcover, $49.99, ISBN 978-1-68405-206-6). The cocreator of Spider-Man collects all 50 years of his Objectivist hero, Mr. A., in a complete authorized edition, for the first time."

Amazon stub/ghost page for the above

But it was nixed:

Snyder-Ditko Appreciation Society thread: "Your original announcement was correct. A book was in the works. Your new announcement is also correct. The Avenging World has been cancelled and will not be published. We have decided to work on other projects. We will continue to work on our own."

Snyder-Ditko Appreciation Society discussion of current news: the family says Steve wanted this; preserving his legacy

[Speculation only: Ditko nixed the IDW Mr. A collection when he was alive; now that he's passed, he's not around to stop anyone]

[27 July 02019]

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The Marvel Method: Why And How? Reactions From The People Who Used it [Barry's Pearls]

In defense of Stan Lee...

"With the Marvel Method, the writer and artist first collaborate on a plot and the pacing of the story. The artist then pencils the pages, before any script or dialogue is written. When the artist is finished he turns the pages over to the writer who then writes the dialogue. At this point Stan would often have the artist redraw some panels to better tell the story [which some artists did not like, due to ego and/or they had to redraw with no additional pay]... The Marvel Method of creating comics changed the traditional structure of writer and artist."

It was a way to pump a lot of content out the door without slowing down artists waiting for detailed 'Page 1, Panel 1' scripts and dialogue that would end up mostly just expositioning what the art was going to show anyway...

Many artists liked the freedom of working this way...

The paid job was producing finished pages of disposable entertainment... Future movie millions could not be predicted...

"Apparently, Stan's weakest attribute was coming up with a plot every single day for ten years. He did heavily rely on his artists in that regard. As an editor he succeeded and got the best out of the creative people he worked with. They often developed the plot and then he advanced the story in the dialogue, his greatest strength." Stan's dialogue added character personality, humor, and continuity...

(It still really sounds like the artists did a lot of the creating here too, and were not paid enough for it...)

Enjoying this line: "It would be difficult to read the Marvel comics of the [01960's] out of chronological order. But you could mix up a batch of DC comics from different years and it usually made no difference."

[26 July 02019]

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City Council Votes To Name Bronx Street 'Stan Lee Way' In Honor Of Comic Book Genius, Spider-Man [Co-]Creator

Portion of University Avenue in The Bronx will be renamed in honor of comics mastermind Stan Lee

[25 July 02019]

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Out today 24 Jul: Doctor Strange #16

Marvel's October 02019 solicits include a Doctor Strange Annual

Tini Howard & Pornsak PICHETSHOTE (W)
Andy MacDonald & Lalit Kumar Sharma (A)
COVER BY Ariel Olivetti
The Sanctum Sanctorum holds all of the bizarre and dark relics that Doctor Strange has accumulated on his journey as the Sorcerer Supreme. But when one of those relics awakens and begins wreaking havoc in the halls, will Doctor Strange be able to wrangle back control... or will his Sanctum be transformed into his own personal hell? Find out in this epic Annual from Tini Howard (THANOS), Pornsak Pitchetshote (INFIDEL), and more!
40 PGS./Rated T+ $4.99

[24 July 02019]

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San Diego Comic-Con 02019: Marvel announcement of huge MCU Phase 4 slate of movies and TV includes Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness sequel

"'We're going to make the first scary movie in the MCU,' Derrickson said, going on to detail its tone of gothic horror..."

Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch will also star...

Nightmare will be the villain...

Release date 7 May 02021...

Henceforth referred to by its acroynm "DSitMoM" (dee-sit-mom)...

Marvel Phase 4: Everything We Know About The Future Of The MCU [Vulture]

San Diego Comic-Con [0]2019: All The News From The Marvel Hall H Panel [Atom Insider]

SDCC [0]2019 Marvel News: Every Single MCU Reveal From Comic-Con [ScreenRant] [Marvel Is Retconning Scarlet Witch For Doctor Strange 2]

Updating: More links as found and as time permits...

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For San Diego Comic-Con Weekend, It's Time To Re-watch Galaxy Quest [20th anniversary!]

[22 July 02019]

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MAD Magazine Is Basically Dead [will mostly become reprints sold in the direct market; related to other DC closures like Vertigo]

MAD Magazine To Effectively Shutter After 67 Years

Evan Dorkin Twitter thread ["As institutions go MAD had an amazing run. It helped breed smartass cynical stupid-smart humor, pop-culture drenched... MAD still sells more copies than most comics... It's wild that Al Jaffee outlasted MAD as a living entity."]

Update: Sergio Aragones: MAD Magazine is not dying, just changing

[6 July 02019]

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Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light: one of Lee's final gigs when he died was working with co-creators Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert and co-writer Kat Rosenfield to create a superhero universe of audio content for Audible

Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light audiobook launched on Audible on 27 June
[first episode includes an intro by Lee]

Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light audio trailer on YouTube
["Remember when I created characters like the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men?" yeesh]

Stan Lee Audio Drama 'A Trick of Light' Introduces A Universe [Hollywood Reporter]
["It never occurred to us that he wouldn't be able to listen to the final recording of it"]
["the first of what could be a series of audio dramas... part of Audible's push into original content"]

Stan Lee's First Novel For Adults 'A Trick of Light' To Be Released Posthumously
["for adults"? wtf]

Stan Lee's Co-Creators On Alliances: A Trick of Light Hope To Turn Listeners Into Ditkos And Kirbys [Syfy Wire]

One Of Stan Lee's Final Projects Introduces A New Superhero Universe [Entertainment Weekly]

Audible Original 'Alliances: A Trick of Light' Features New Stan Lee Characters And Stories, With More On The Way [/Film]
["I think Stan really liked the elemental nature of audio storytelling and how it kind of harkens back to the radio serials he used to listen to when he was a young man."]

Audiobook narrated by Yara Shahidi [mini-trailer on Youtube] [Entertainment Tonight] [Black Girl Nerds] [Wikipedia: Yara Shahidi]

"Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light will be coming to life at San Diego Comic-Con 18-21 July as an immersive series of reality-bending light and sound-driven experiences, and a matrix-like 'light labyrinth', representing key moments of the story" [SDCC Unofficial Blog]

Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light print book to be released 17 September [Amazon]

[1 July 02019]

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Vertigo, Revered DC Imprint, R.I.P.

Creator-owned work for mature readers causes too many headaches for its corporate master...

DC To Replace 'Vertigo' And Other Publishing Imprints With Age Rating Labels [Hollywood Reporter]

"DC has announced that, starting in January [0]2020, it will close the DC Vertigo, DC Zoom and DC Ink imprints in favor of a new publishing strategy to release all published content under the DC brand... The three labels will be named DC Kids, focusing on readers aged 8-12; DC, for readers 13 and older; and DC Black Label, for content appropriate for readers 17 and above."

Bleeding Cool was on the case:
[After Twenty-Six Years, DC Comics Rumoured To Close Vertigo]
[Those DC Vertigo Comics Shuttering Rumors, The Day After]

"After a proud presentation amongst Warner Bros vice presidents, then-chairman Alan Horn asked why more Vertigo series weren't being turned into TV shows or movies. On being told that this was because many were creator-owned, he demanded changes to the contracts, that saw bankable stars such as Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman look elsewhere for new work and better deals."

DC Comics Kills Vertigo, The Imprint Behind Sandman, Swamp Thing, Y The Last Man, Preacher And More [/Film]

DC Comics Is Shuttering The Vertigo Comics Imprint [Polygon]

"In the past year, the Vertigo line has sparked numerous controversies for DC... DC has also struggled with public shock over 'mature content' in comic books. In the fall of [0]2018, a 'production error'... resulted in Batman's penis being visible in several panels of Batman: Damned #1..."

Vertigo Comics, [0]1993-[0]2019, An Obituary [Newsarama]

DC Comics Just Killed Its Vertigo Imprint [io9]

Karen Berger tweet: "Corporate thinking & creative risk-taking don't mix. DC nixing Vertigo was a longtime coming. But hey, we changed the game & we had a blast doing it! Honored to have worked with so many incredibly talented creators & editors & thx to all our fab readers!"

[30 June 02019]

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Marvel's September 02019 solicits bill issue #20 as "the last issue of Doctor Strange"

While being reported as a cancellation, hopeful fans see vagueness/phrasing that it might just be Waid's run/status quo ending/relaunch/new book title/renumbering shenanigans.

Although part of September's solicits, Marvel quickly announced #20's release will be pushed back four weeks from 4 Sept to 2 Oct [Newsarama] [Bleeding Cool]

An event so epic shakes Doctor Strange to the core and makes him completely reevaluate his life and role.
This event is so huge that it makes this the LAST ISSUE OF DOCTOR STRANGE!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

"Reevaluate his life and role"? Ugh, so wary of this...


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Marvel's August 02019 solicits include two issues of Doctor Strange

Bring on the Bad Guys Variant
Marvels 25th Tribute Variant
Stephen Strange is back on Earth after his Multiversal odyssey with Galactus and Clea.
But is the Multiverse done with Doctor Strange?
A truly terrifying villain is working their way into the Marvel U via a small house in Kansas, in the issue that will have people talking for years!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

Bring on the Bad Guys Variant
Doctor Strange's life was changed by a car accident in upstate New York.
A new accident is going to change Stephen's life in just as big a way.
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

"A new accident"? Ugh, so wary of this...

Black Cat #3 cover with Eye of Agamotto
Bring on the Bad Guys Variant Cover by INHYUK LEE
Variant Cover by Jen Bartel
Variant Cover by FRANK CHO
Surprising no one, Black Cat's heist of Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum has gone horribly wrong.
Felicia and her crew are under attack in a place where any wrong turn or opened door means certain death.
It would take an insane amount of luck to get out alive. How much luck would it take to get out alive with the loot?
32 PGS./Rated T $3.99

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Out this past week 26 Jun: Doctor Strange #15

[29 June 02019]

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Avengers: Endgame at $2.75 billion, but stalling out in second place [Box Office Mojo: All Time Worldwide Grosses]

No one's going to sit through another three hours of re-release with a crappy tiny two minutes added being done in a gambit to unseat Avatar.

Update: Neilalien was wrong to snark!: 'Avengers: Endgame' Passes 'Avatar' To Become Biggest Movie In History [Box Office Mojo]

Zoe Saldana as a green alien lady beats Zoe Saldana as a blue alien lady...

[28 June 02019]

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