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Stan Lee at Princeton, March 01966, Announcing Steve Ditko's Departure [earliest known/suviving audio recording of Stan Lee speaking in public] ["At 2:35 Lee announces that Steve Ditko has left Marvel. The audience boos and hisses."] [thanks Sean Howe!] [3 January 02014]
02014 has the same day-date configuration as 01975, so here's a high-quality scan of Marvel's 01975 calendar [February is Dr. Strange/Defenders themed] [via The Beat] [2 January 02014]
Happy Birthday today to Stan Lee! [28 December 02013]
For Doctor Strange, 02013 ends with lots of dud appearances:
Infinity: Doc punked and controlled by Ebony Maw (New Avengers #9); led Maw to Thanos's son Thane (New Avengers #10); some other dude removed a mind web "leftover from a possession" from Doc's head (New Avengers #11), i.e., Doc didn't even help himself. Talked big, summoned tentacles and survived Black Bolt in Infinity #6. Scared Wong with "Blood Bible" talk, said he's tired of watching others make choices of consequence while he does nothing (we can hope), in New Avengers #12.
Mighty Avengers: Also while under the influence of Ebony Maw, Doc summoned Shuma-Gorath to Earth (#2); Mighty Avengers defeated 'He Who Used To Sleep Before A Thousand Appearances' without Doc via mystical (White Tiger) and physical (Spectrum, Monica Rambeau, the light-based Ms. Marvel) means before full manifestation (#3). Kaluu makes an ongoing appearance in the series- wow! Also, The Wings of Needless Sorrow appear (someone's been reading the late 80's Strange Tales).
Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe: Doc punked again, got taken over by the white/order half of the In-Betweener along with Deadpool, Scarlet Witch, and Ghost Rider (#2); at least the In-Betweener is an extremely powerful entity, and said Doc is difficult to contain; nothing else.
Thunderbolts Annual #1/02013: Doc punked once again, and replaced by The True Fairy King Of The Old Ones; sad enough, but thankfully it's not actually Doc running around in his undies.
Daredevil #34: Follow-up appearance to "not being the biggest Darkhold expert" in #32; Doc seems to know more this time, but now he's pathetically walking with a cane and overly sensitive to NYC's materialism?
All New X-Men #18: Magik says she's under Doc's tutelage, but this must be related to when Magik goes back in time to before Doc was an Avenger or even knew Magik, in Uncanny X-Men #7.
A+X #15: Doctor Strange + The Beast; fun but kiddie.
Wiccan is shown to be the Sorcerer Supreme of the future, with the Eye of Agamotto, in Battle of the Atom #2 and Wolverine and the X-Men #37.
Highly-regarded altcomix publisher PictureBox to close shop [Dan Nadel statement] [Comics Reporter obit] [50% off sale] [Sean T. Collins: "The alt/art comics infrastructure depends on the heroic efforts of individuals"] [8 December 02013]
Alex de Campi's Grindhouse: Doors Open At Midnight at Dark Horse on the radar [ThinkProgress interview: "And, you know, my grindhouse books aren't ironic or a deconstruction of the genre or hipster grindhouse or whatever. Nope, they're straight-up tits and gore, the way nature (and Russ Meyer) intended... Spaceships make *everything* better..."] [CBR interview: "the reason the Comics Code was invented"] [Panel Patter interview: "We've seen so much ultra-violence and sexual violence and horror/darkness/paranoia in mainstream cape books, done so badly (as a vehicle to add 'excitement' and 'legitimacy' or 'grittiness' to a white male character's arc) that we forget how it was really used in these films. I'm making it a guilty pleasure again."] [preview chunk of #1; preview chunk of #3] [#1-2 Bee Vixens from Mars, already out; #3-4 Prison Ship Antares, women in space prison, out now; #5-6 Bride of Blood; #7-8 Flesh Feast of the Devil Doll] [7 December 02013]
Marvel to bring four live-action series to Netflix [13-episode series starting in 02015: Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Daredevil, along with a culminating miniseries event based on the Defenders] [Variety] [Hollywood Reporter] [CBR] [ground/street-level "gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell's Kitchen"] [a route for characters that were never going to lead their own big-budget movie] [best decision they've ever made] [a bet on diversity] [people are already saying the large interconnected world of Marvel live-action movies and TV is alienating newcomers] [PopWatch: Hell's Kitchen not that gritty anymore; DC's Batman vs. Superman movie better be really, really good] [10 November 02013]
Who the Hell Was the Conscious and Clever Brains Behind the Marvel Phenomenon? [01960s Marvel correspondence reveals peeks of who did what] [9 November 02013]
Dr. Strange is in Daredevil #32 saying Jack Russell (Werewolf by Night) is the expert on the Darkhold grimoire [page] [so is Dr. Strange ever going to be an expert on anything ever again? sigh] [at least there's some props that Doc can sneak up on DD, and the Sanctum doesn't map to his radar] [Sons of the Serpent arc; Legion of Monsters and Satanna appear] [highly-praised current Daredevil run by Mark Waid with Marcos Martin, Paolo Rivera and Chris Samnee ending with #36 just for a new #1?] [7 November 02013]
Jeet Heer interviewed by Comics Reporter [The Superhero Reader: edited by Heer, Charles Hatfield and Kent Worcester; "academia's first historical anthology of scholarly work on superheroes... long-needed collection is ideal for classroom use in courses focusing on superheroes, comics, or cultural studies... a trove of ideas and information for anyone interested in the superhero genre"] [4 November 02013]
DC Comics announces move from NYC to Burbank CA [as long rumored, an 80-year comics legacy in the publishing world's hub ends, to be further absorbed by Warner Bros., Hollywood, films, digital] [Bleeding Cool] [ComicsAlliance] [Newsarama; reactions] [Comics Reporter] [freelancers don't have to live near the offices anymore in our modern tech world] [expensive NYC lease/rent] [Disney has said Marvel stays in NYC; possible big changing of the DC guard if many veterans decide not to move] [good luck to staff who won't be moving with DC] [2 November 02013]
Those Comics in Your Basement? Probably Worthless [Businessweek article] [people are realizing investing in comics that aren't actually rare, desired, nor in perfect condition don't make good retirement plans] [related: "[Variant covers] exist for no reason other than publisher greed." [Eric Reynolds letter to CR]] [1 November 02013]
Captain America: New Deal Democrat, anti-fascist, internationalist [It Would Be Remarkable If Steve Rogers And Tony Stark Did Get Along; comment: "Marvel really missed an opportunity to tell this story in the Civil War arc"] [30 October 02013]
New Bill Watterson interview excerpt [full piece in the December print issue of Mental Floss] [update/found: Watterson interview from The Comics Journal #127, February 01989] [27 October 02013]
NY Comic-Con enrages attendees by hijacking Twitter and Facebook accounts to spam ads [VentureBeat]] [Mashable] [Boing Boing] [Polygon] [New York Comic-Con tweets for people without their "real" knowledge or consent: apparently, users who connected their social media accounts to the NYCC registration process clicked through a Terms of Service that allowed NYCC to send out shilling posts and spam from their accounts] [who are the shit-for-brains working for NYCC who thought this was an acceptable thing to do?] [11 October 02013]
New York Comic-Con this weekend 10-13 October! [weekend is completely sold out] [panels, screenings, events, sessions schedule] [party list] [Dynamite/The Beat/CBLDF party Thursday] [update: The Beat's Party Poop] [6 October 02013]
Stan Lee's open letter about Steve Ditko's role in the creation of Spider-Man, 01999 [Steve Ditko's response in The Comics, May 02001: "'Considered' means to ponder, look at closely, examine, etc. and does not admit, or claim, or state that Steve Ditko is Spider-Man's co-creator."] [25 August 02013]
Legendary comics creators dismiss sexism critiques [and dismiss any industry ambition to be leadingly less sexist than overall society] [Alyssa Rosenberg ThinkProgress report from the Television Critics Association press tour] [update: Some of the Greatest, Most Popular Comic Books Are Feminist] [8 August 02013]
Dormammu ends up doing nothing in his attack on Limbo except wussily get seemingly killed by Magik (and off-panel too) in Uncanny X-Men #7 [done with all the entertainment value of the Red Skull getting killed off-panel by Speedball with Captain America nowhere to be found] [7 August 02013]
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD on TV this fall [no, Neilalien is not putting in the periods] [on ABC of course] [Joss Whedon is executive producer: "It's about the other guys, the ones who are dealing with the fallout of the superhero world... It's not saving the world every week, it's more like we're saving that guy. We're trying to deal with the fact that they live in a superhero world and most of them aren't super. It's got some of the spectacle, but mostly it's a fun, funny human drama about this crew of people who are in this absurd situation." [TotalFilm quoted at CBR]] [Clark Gregg back as Agent Coulson; apparently died in Avengers; must have been one of Nick Fury's life model decoys] [YouTube official trailer] [ABC official website] [Wikipedia page] [21 June 02013]
Demystifying Doctor Strange [The Fifth Color column at CBR by Carla Hoffman] [love note to The Oath, and millionth call-to-arms that Doc doesn't need to be "fixed", just good magic-and-mystery stories] [20 June 02013]
Recent Doctor Strange and related:
Hank McCoy "is a name well-known in the great game of worlds", but Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange is beneath contempt, in New Avengers #5, sigh.
Doc useless in Age of Ultron #7; he has no clue the timeline has been changed; his ability to find the Invisible Woman trumped by Wolverine's sense of smell; then has a spell disrupted by a garbage can lid (Dungeons & Dragons spell-disruption rules; and while the Thing was supposedly protecting him).
Alt-Doc eats Iron Fist, then incompetently has one of his energy blasts deflected by USAgent's shield, killing Clea, in Dark Avengers #189.
Dormammu is making a play for Limbo and Magik in Uncanny X-Men #6 (nice touch about the Mindless Ones being immune to psychic attack due to mindlessness). At least Dr. Strange is mentioned as someone to be warned about an event like this.
X-Factor #256 concludes the Hell On Earth War story arc with Strong Guy as King of Hell!? The soulless one resurrects Monet. All the Lords of Hell, and Satana, shown killed and presumably reforming elsewhere.
The Ancient One apparently has a hidden library under Riker's Island in Deadpool #9. [Update: Deadpool #9: Scapie The Cat Talks The Ancient One]
Sales of long-doomed singles format showing signs of life ["so much for the death of floppies"] [singles have rebounded, $69.2 million in 02010 to $80.5 million in 02012] [fascinating: is writing now for the single digital unit instead of decompressing for the trade paperback making the paper single more satisfying again?] [last month's Jupiter's Legacy #1, a Millar/Quitely superhero tale on Neilalien's radar, is the first Image book other than The Walking Dead to top 100K singles sales in many years] ["Retrofit Comics is dedicated to publishing and distributing floppy alt-comics"] [11 May 02013]
Dan Adkins has died; Silver Age artist who worked on Dr. Strange, including classic Doctor Strange #169 cover [Mark Evanier announcement; with unfortunate Adkins swiping meme] [Redux: page from Doctor Strange #169 shown to be a swipe] [Redux: when Adkins himself was swiped; Strange Tales #167 art used for original Dungeons & Dragons box set] [Wikipedia page] [9 May 02013]
Uncanny Avengers #6 shows Kang The Conqueror recovering Jarnbjorn, a mystical axe Thor used before obtaining Mjolnir, from the skull of what looks like a long-dead Baron Mordo in a Brazil tomb in the present day? [18 April 02013]
Re-released at last! New Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment TPB coming out in August collecting the Stern/Mignola classic with Doctor Strange (01974) #57; material from Astonishing Tales (01970) #8, Marvel Fanfare (01982) #16, #43 [Amazon] [thanks reader Matt!] [10 April 02013]
Updating: Carmine Infantino, legendary comics creator and Silver-Age starter, has died at 87 [Wikipedia] [Comic Book Resources] [NY Times] [Comics Reporter] [collected links] [Mark Waid] [Hollywood Reporter] [Mark Evanier re: Infantino as Publisher] [The Awl] [A.V. Club] [How To Draw The Flash!] [7 April 02013]
His own hero's journey was already over: The Lee/Ditko Doctor Strange was very different from other Marvel heroes at the time, and Marvel's heroes of today, and the Doctor Strange of today [20 Feb 02011]