Neilalien : A Doctor Strange Fansite : A Comic Book Weblog  

December 02019

Stan Lee would have had his 97th birthday today! [Wikipedia]

Update: Kim O'Connor: "Still just absolutely blown away by how Marvel has built the myth of this man to obscure its long history of exploiting creators. The most important and lucrative character in the Marvel Universe by a mile."

[28 December 02019]

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Brian Hibbs Tilting at Windmills: A Leak, A Rosetta Stone, And One Path Forward [a leaked Diamond document reveals a peek into the size and dynamics of the Direct Market for Marvel Comics]

[15 December 02019]

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The Decade Comic Book Nerds Became Our Cultural Overlords [observing the fan backlash against Martin Scorsese's "the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not cinema" comment: fans of Rambo may have always seen Scorsese as an out-of-touch snob egghead, but unlike before, fans of today demand that Rambo be treated in the same art-breath as The Killing Fields; superhero movies can make you cry too!; Scorsese in no way threatens superhero dollars the way superheroes threaten indie-art-movies; "the response to Scorsese is a populist groundswell in service of the status quo, of corporations, and of power. In the case of Marvel Stans vs. Marty it's the expression of a vestigial inferiority complex and hypersensitivity to gatekeeping left over from the days when the culture at large couldn't look at anything comics-related that wasn't Maus or Watchmen without making jokes about Adam West's tights, but functionally it's a mass movement rising up to defend a Goliath against the impertinence of a David."]

Alan Moore: "Primarily, mass-market superhero movies seem to be abetting an audience who do not wish to relinquish their grip on (a) their relatively reassuring childhoods, or (b) the relatively reassuring 20th century... The superheroes themselves- largely written and drawn by creators who have never stood up for their own rights against the companies that employ them, much less the rights of a Jack Kirby or Jerry Siegel or Joe Schuster... are still very much white supremacist dreams... I think that a good argument can be made for D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation as the first American superhero movie, and the point of origin for all those capes and masks."

[14 December 02019]

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Marvel TV Division Folded Into Studio Unit, Layoffs Expected [the wall between Marvel's film and TV units knocked down; the new Disney+ TV shows are under Feige/films; Marvel's Netflix shows, now ended to stop giving content to a competitor, were under Loeb/TV]

Marvel Comics Closes Its New York Office And Moves... [A Few Hundred Meters] East

[13 December 02019]

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Out 11 Dec: Symbiote Spider-Man: Alien Reality #1 [Preview]

It looks like Symbiote Spider-Man: Alien Reality will have a lot of Doctor Strange and his accoutrements [including Hobgoblin in Eye and Cloak casting the Crimson Bands] [cover to #3 with Spidey in Eye and Cloak]

A "President Electro" story (what Neilalien calls it when they mix and mashup and What-If and Earth-X the characters in different combinations because no one wants to create new IP/characters under work-for-hire) but #1 was enjoyed

Update: Positive review: ComicBookMovie.com

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Update: Also out 11 Dec: Doctor Strange in Valkyrie: Jane Foster #6

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Update: Also out 11 Dec: A Cancerverse version of Doctor Strange is the bad guy in Annihilation-Scourge: Beta Ray Bill

Neilalien does not know much about the Cancerverse.

[12 December 02019]

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Rene Auberjonois, 'Star Trek' [Odo] And 'Boston Legal' Actor, Dies At 79

'Star Trek' Writer Dorothy Catherine 'D.C.' Fontana Dies At 80

[11 December 02019]

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Hulk Hogan Versus Marvel Comics: The Fight For His Name

Marvel Comics And The Money They Made Off Hulk Hogan

[10 December 02019]

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Marvel teases a Doctor-Strange-related magical-school comic coming in March?

Update: Or an election?

[4 December 02019]

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Out tomorrow 4 Dec: Sword Master #6 [preview]

Sword Master #5 [was out 6 Nov] and #6 involve Dr. Strange and Baron Mordo with Doc covers

What the heck is Sword Master? Part of a Marvel bid to build its brand in East Asia with Chinese partnerships, creators, and characters

Marvel Launches Sword Master And Aero Comics In July By Greg Pak

Marvel Talks Bringing New Heroes Aero And Sword Master Into The Comics

Chinese state news: Chinese Internet giant NetEase [Nasdaq: NTES] has reached a deal with Disney to publish 12 Marvel comics on NetEase's comic platform 163.com (including what looks like Sorcerers Supreme); the deal will also see new Chinese superheroes created to join the Marvel Universe

An Interview With Greg Pak About Marvel's New All-Asian Superhero Team 'Agents of Atlas' [Luna Snow and Crescent and Io, original Korean superheroes created for the Marvel Future Fight game... Aero and Sword Master, original Chinese super heroes created with NetEase for Chinese webcomics... the great Filipino artist Leinil Yu and I co-created Wave, Marvel's new Filipina super hero [with] water-based powers... "Oh, and just to clarify, Wong isn't in this particular story. But someday..."]

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Out tomorrow 4 Dec: Savage Avengers #8 [preview]

Savage Avengers has been involving Kulan Gath, many magical- and Doc-themed elements, "the Third Eye of Agamotto", Shuma-Gorath; Doc appeared in #7 [was out 6 Nov]

What the heck is Savage Avengers? A Marvel-license-reacquired Conan The Barbarian in the in-canon modern-day 616 Marvel Universe somehow (Avengers: No Road Home stranded him in the Savage Land) with stabby team Wolverine, Venom, Punisher, Elektra, and Brother Voodoo (Darth Vader to join soon? /s)

Conan The Barbarian Will Star In A New Avengers Comic Series

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Out 13 Nov: Marvel Tales: Doctor Strange [reprints only]

[3 December 02019]

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Marvel's February 02020 solicits include a Strange/Doom/Conan team-up vs. Kulan Gath

DR. STRANGE #3
MARK WAID (W) KEV WALKER (A)
Cover by PHIL NOTO
VARIANT COVER BY KEV WALKER
Tattoo removal isn't in a surgeon's job description, but when one man's heavy metal tattoos begin coming to life Doctor Strange will have to make an exception!
With the clock ticking down rapidly, will Doctor Strange be able to save his patient- or himself?
Find out as Doctor Strange gets drawn into the diagnosis- literally!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

TAROT #3 (of 4)
ALAN DAVIS (W) PAUL RENAUD (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY ALAN DAVIS
VARIANT COVER BY KEVIN NOWLAN
As the chaos and madness continues to spread, the Avengers and the Defenders find themselves confronted by the most unlikely characters in Marvel history! Would you believe- THE UNBELIEVABLES?
40 PGS./Rated T+ $4.99

SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN: ALIEN REALITY #3 (OF 5)
PETER DAVID (W) GREG LAND (A/C) [Cover]
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
VARIANT COVER BY ALEX SAVIUK
GWEN STACY VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
VARIANT COVER BY GERARDO SANDOVAL
CONNECTING CHINESE NEW YEAR VARIANT COVER (2 of 3) BY JIE YUAN
PETER PARKER: THE SPIDER SUPREME?!
After reliving one of the most horrible moments of his life, Peter Parker turns to one of his oldest allies for a magical helping hand. Don't miss the next history-shaking adventure of Peter David and Greg Land's landmark SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN Series!
32 PGS./Rated T $3.99

SAVAGE AVENGERS #10
GERRY DUGGAN (W) PATCH ZIRCHER (A)
Cover by Valerio Giangiordano
Dr. Strange, Dr. Doom and Conan the Barbarian set out to kill Kulan Gath before he grows stronger! The team-up you never knew you couldn't live without concludes. We hope you'll be okay.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory $3.99

SAVAGE AVENGERS #0: "The looming threat of Kulan Gath reunites Dr. Strange and Magik on Krakoa. The fate of the world will rest in what they discover. Re-presenting a pair of classics, UNCANNY X-MEN 190 & 191 by Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr, in the context of a great new sequence"

FANTASTIC FOUR: GRIMM NOIR #1: "What is Dr. Strange's nemesis D'Spayre doing on Yancy Street?"

DITKO IS... STRANGE! KING-SIZE HC
Collecting material from STRANGE TALES (1951) #110-111 and #114-146.
328 PGS./All Ages $100.00

[2 December 02019]

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Marvel's January 02020 solicits include Doctor Strange: The End, Alan Davis Avengers/Defenders

DR. STRANGE #2
MARK WAID (W) KEV WALKER (A)
Cover by MAX FIUMARA
Variant Cover by MIKE HUDDLESTON
MARVELS X VARIANT COVER BY OLIVIER VATINE
Enter: The Wrecker... of reality!
After being beaten, broken and at the end of his rope, how will Strange keep the Wrecker from tearing apart reality?
Plus, a familiar face from Strange's past makes a surprise return!
32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE: THE END #1
LEAH WILLIAMS (W) FILIPE ANDRADE (A)
Cover by RAHZZAH
Variant cover by FILIPE ANDRADE
THE FINAL DOCTOR STRANGE STORY!
The Sorcerer Supreme makes his final journey through a cyberpunk sprawl that forgot about magic! Reteaming the critically-acclaimed creative team of LEAH WILLIAMS (GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK) and FILIPE ANDRADE (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: IMMORTAL HULK)!
40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+ $4.99

TAROT #1 and #2 (OF 4) by Alan Davis!
Tarot: Alan Davis Pens Marvel's Next Avengers/Defenders Story

JESSICA JONES #2 (OF 6)
After being brutally attacked in her office, Jessica turns to Doctor Strange to help her find the target. But he may discover more than Jessica bargained for...

SAVAGE AVENGERS #9
GERRY DUGGAN (W) PATCH ZIRCHER (A)
Cover by Valerio Giangiordano
The Quest to Kill Kulan Gath Part 1
Folks, we won't mince words. Kulan Gath has got to go. If Conan The Barbarian, Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom can't do it, then it can't be done. Plus, what is the fate of Kulan Gath's guest, Doctor Voodoo?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory $3.99

SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN: ALIEN REALITY #2 (OF 5)
"GUEST STARRING DOCTOR STRANGE!"

VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #7 "teams up with Marvel's Mightiest Medics to save the life of the ultimate patient- Death herself!" [Doc shown on cover]

[1 December 02019]

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