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Monday, April 29, 2013

Ant-Man Movie Teaser Image Plus More Interesting Marvel Movie Pics!


Antman Marvel Comics image


The lucky fans at last years San Diego Comic Con got to see Edgar Wright's Ant-Man movie teaser, which was highly praised. A few months back that bootleg teaser went online...for about a minute before the studio demanded it to be taken down.

For those of you who haven't got a glimpse of the Ant-Man movie teaser image of the possible Ant-Man movie costume design, I decided to post it here. How long it's allowed to remain on here, who knows?

I can see why Wright's teaser was met with so much enthusiasm, because the costume actually looks pretty awesome and close enough to the costume in the comics!

Besides, visually speaking, this movie will be a blast to watch if done right, and it's the first movie to kick off Marvel's Phase 3 cinematic universe.

So far, there is no news of casting as of yet. However, rumors are circulating that our tiny Marvel superhero just may have an end credit scene in Iron Man 3.

Recently, Edgar Wright tweeted to his twitter account:

"Aside from 'The World's End', I directed one shot in another summer movie. But which?" 

After fans lit up twitter with the answer of Iron Man 3, Wright made a vague reply of, "Yeah, some of you got it right."

However, considering that no official news of casting has been confirmed, this just may be some added hype, or we'll possibly just see a nod to the Ant-Man at the end of Iron Man 3.

If you're wondering what comic boasts the first appearance of Ant-Man, just click the link to find out which and where you can get this key issue if you're on the hunt for it. 

Speaking of Iron Man 3, if you've been living under a rock somewhere and have not yet seen Ben Kingsley dressed up as Iron Man's arch nemesis, The Mandarin, here ya go.

To be honest, I'm not particularly impressed with The Mandarin's costume or look. I guess we'll just have to wait a few more days to see how Sir Ben Kingsley pulls it off.

I do admit, the Mandarin does look a lot better than the main villain in Thor's upcoming sequel The Dark World. I'm sorry, but Malekith The Accursed and a moody brood of Dark Elves just doesn't get me fan-boy excited.

I'm thinking a Tellytubby on acid when I look at this pic, and while some out there may think that's cool and funny in a twisted way, I assure you that I don't mean the comment to be such. However, the trailer to Thor The Dark World looks somewhat decent. You can check out the first look at Thor The Dark World movie trailer by visiting the link. Just scroll down a bit.

But let's talk about some cool possible spoilers. Well, I really should say speculations.

Did anyone notice the strange man in the tube during the scene at the Stark Expo in Captain America: The First Avenger?
Apparently that man in the tube is the original android Human Torch. No, he wasn't made by Stark Industries. At least not in the comics and was created by Professor Phineas T. Horton.

Well, of course, you know us fan-boys! When those caught on to this scene, many started to fuel the rumors of The Vision soon making an appearance in the Marvel cinematic world.

What does The Vision have to do with the original android Human Torch? Well, according to the often twisted timeline in Marvel Comics, The Vision was supposedly made from the parts of the original Human Torch. 

Thus, let the speculation begin! Whether it's true or if Marvel was just making a nod to the very first character that appeared on the cover of Marvel Comics #1 is as yet an X-File.

However, perhaps, Marvel was also making a nod to the character, because Cap and the original Human Torch did fight alongside each other in The Invaders. At least, they did in the comic books. 

I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Want more comic book movie news? Well, visit the link and you shall find some!
       
 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Marvel Spotlight 2 First Appearance of Werewolf By Night!

Marvel Spotlight 2 First Werewolf By Night comic cover image
 
Marvel Spotlight #2

First Appearance of Werewolf By Night
Intro Jack Russell
Published Feb 1972
  Cover Artist: Neal Adams   
Story Artist: Gene Colan
  Writer:
Marv Wolfman   


 Key issue located:

NewKadia - There were two copies available at NewKadia. One was a Very Fine, but that's gone now. The last copy available is a Fine - (low fine). I doubt that will last long either. 
Especially since if you're a new costumer to NewKadia, you can save 20% on your order if you use the code new4 during check out. 
If you're a returning costumer, NewKadia is also having a sale in which you can save 10% on this low Fine copy of the first appearance of Werewolf By Night in Marvel Spotlight #2. Just use the code 3week during check out. 
The sale ends May 6th! So if you're itching to add this sleeper key issue comic to your collection, now is the time to do it. Just visit this link or the link above to be taken to the page where Marvel Spotlight #2 awaits you.
I highly doubt this copy will last long at NewKadia!
Mycomicshop.com - If the copy at NewKadia has vanished like a fart in the wind, not to worry. mycomicshop.com has a copy available as well. Graded in at a FN/VF (Fine/Very Fine), this copy is a consignment item there.  
The copy isn't CGC graded but it's still worth taking a look at!  
ebay - If you're looking for higher graded CGC copies then there are plenty on ebay. So far I've seen a CGC VF 8.0 Signature Series signed by Stan Lee up there, as well as a 9.2 and 9.0.

They also have non-CGC, unslabbed copies of Marvel Spotlight #2 as well. Visit the blue ebay link above to be taken to ebay's search results for Marvel Spotlight #2!

WHY THIS KEY ISSUE  BRONZE AGE COMIC? 

The first appearance of Werewolf By Night? How can you go wrong with this horror comic character, especially since Halloween comes around once every year!

The horror genre has been around long before the superhero genre, and a love for the furry creatures with fangs seems to never die out.

This comic is a sleeper. It really hasn't been ramped up in high demand just yet, but it's starting to.  

Talk about a Werewolf By Night movie has been circulating around forever, but now may become a reality. As President of Production at Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, has said in a 2009 interview:

"I'd love to get into that supernatural element. I think that Doctor Strange could be a good lynchpin into that universe with 'Werewolf By Night'. Maybe with Blade again someday. I would like to see that side of the Marvel Universe on screen." 

Well, we all know now that Kevin Feige has confirmed that Doctor Strange will help kick off Marvel's cinematic Phase 3 along with Ant-Man, so a Werewolf By Night flick and Jack Russell just may get his due on the silver screen.

Also, Kevin Feige leaked that Werewolf By Night/Jack Russell just may make an appearance in the Doctor Strange movie.

What do I think? I think it's not a matter of if, but when Werewolf By Night will be turned into a film! And, it'll be wise to jump on this bronze age key issue comic long before it does happen! 

Looking for more key issues? Check out my Key Issue Alert section to find out more key issue comics you should check out!    

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Legacy of Comic Artist Carmine Infantino!



The Flash DC Comics image


Carmine Infantino picture



If there is a well-noted comic artist and individual who majorly influenced the comic book industry during his career, one would have to mention Carmine Infantino a few times. And then a few times more!

Infantino's influence and stamp on the genre reaches from the golden, silver, and bronze age of comics. Not only has his amazing artwork helped to revitalize the comic industry at certain eras, but also his work as a one time DC editorial director and publisher. His brilliance and creativity has also spawned many beloved comic characters as well.

Flash Comics #86 comic cover picThe Golden Age


While Carmine Infantino drew comics for Timely and other publications during the golden age, his first landmark contribution to DC Comics and the industry was made in Flash Comics #86. What was so important about this landmark issue?

Well, it has to do with a character that has become a fan-favorite for many females and the Birds of Prey storylines. Also, you won't go to a comic con without at least seeing one hot fan dressed up as her. Yes, she is one of the most popular DC Comics characters that's cosplayed by fans other than the mighty Wonder Woman. 


DC Comics Black Canary
This issue features the first appearance of the Black Canary, and it was writer Robert Kanigher and artist Carmine Infantino who created the blonde, bombshell superheroine back in 1947. The first incarnation of Black Canary was an exceptional hand to hand combatant and crime fighter who did not possess any super human powers. Her sonic scream would be later implemented during the silver age of comics.

The Silver Age 

Infantino freelanced for many publishers and drawing comic genres such as Westerns, mysteries, and science fiction comics, but when he became a regular artist for the golden age Green Lantern and Justice Society of America comic books, a door would be opened that would seal his fate as one of the most legendary comic book creators in the industry

Back in 1956, superhero comics had declined in sales and the core comic market readership leaned more towards non-superhero related books. However, DC editor Julius Schwartz assigned writer Robert Kanigher and Infantino to spearhead DC Comics first revitalization of the superheroes under their flag. 

Showcase #4 comic cover image
The first attempt and character to be revamped in the DC line was The Flash. Kanigher and Infantino completely remade the character with a new identity and a completely new look. In Oct 1956, Barry Allen as the new silver age Flash made his debut in Showcase #4, and the issue became a smash with readers.  Not only did the new Flash become a smash with fans during the time, his debut in Showcase #4 also marks the beginning of the silver age era of comics.

Infantino's design for the new red and yellow costume has become the classic and iconic look for the Flash, who later adopted the nickname the Scarlett Speedster. Every redesign of the costume has been based on Infantino's revamp of the character, securing his place as a legend in the industry. 

But the legend doesn't stop there. Infantino also co-created the character of Wally West as Kid Flash in 1959. Wally West would later become known as the third Flash.

Contributing even more to the Flash and DC Universe, Carmine would later draw for the extremely important and landmark storyline Flash of Two Worlds in The Flash #123. It was this issue that introduced Earth-Two and the concept of DC's multiverse.



Detective Comics #327 cover image


 The Flash isn't the only character Infantino would give a make over during the silver age. At the time, the Batman titles were also fading, and Carmine Infantino is credited with giving Batman a "new look" in Detective Comics #327. In reality the "new look" was basically a change in the logo on Batman's chest, which incorporated the classic yellow oval encasing the bat emblem.

However, the Batmobile was redesigned as well by Infantino. Under the direction of Julius Schwartz, writer John Broome and Carmine Infantino also junked sillier characters like Ace the Bathound, Bat-Mite and the original Bat-Girl, Betty Kane, who were giving the titled series a campier feel.  Broome, Infantino, and Schwartz brought Batman back to his more detective roots during the silver age.

Bat-Girl Barbara Gordon
Infantino also co-created the new and legendary Bat-Girl that we are familiar with today, Barbara Gordon, into the series. Her character, like the Black Canary, is also another one of the most popular and iconic female superheroes in the world of comics. Barbara Gordon's famous first appearance as Bat-Girl debuted in Detective Comics #359. Like the Flash, the design of her iconic costume by Infantino has been the basis for all those comic artists who would later draw the character. 

Let's not forget another important fan-favorite character that Infantino helped to create for the DCU. That's right, fans! Here's a shout-out to Deadman!

Deadman DC Comics artwork Co-created with writer Arnold Drake, the supernatural superhero, Deadman, made his debut in Strange Adventures #205. The issue was published in Oct 1967, and was the first comic issue to show narcotics that was approved by the infamous Comics Code Authority

Near the end of the silver age, Infantino was made an offer by Stan Lee to go over to the Marvel camp. Although DC couldn't or wouldn't match the offer, DC offered Infantino a promotion to art director. Reluctant at first, he stayed with DC Comics and when the company was sold to Kinney National Company, he was made editorial director.

As editorial director, Infantino made other artists like Joe Orlando, Joe Kubert and Mike Sekowsky editors and begun hiring new talents. The new talents hired under his direction would change the face of comics forever and make new legends in the industry.

One of the new talents that Infantino hired as an editor was a freelance comic artist for Charlton Comics by the name of Dick Giordano. This move by Infantino would prove be especially exceptional as writer Denny O'Neil and fellow freelance artist Neal Adams followed Giordano over to DC from Charlton.  

The Bronze Age

Because of Infantino's ability to spot new talent, the collaboration of Giordano, O'Neil, and Adams would prove to be one of the of the most, or perhaps the most, influential creative teams for DC Comics during the bronze age. 

O'Neil, Giordano and Adams' run on the Batman titles during the 70s is one of the most beloved and highly recognized. O'Neil continued Schwartz's determination to get Batman to his more darker roots, and O'Neil captured this. The team also brought the Joker back to his homicidal maniacal roots with the storyline The Joker's Five-Way Revenge! in Batman #251 (Sept. 1973). Before, the Joker was plagued by the Comics Code Authority and rewritten as more of a campy prankster, as we see from the 1960s T.V. series.

Not only did the team of Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams, and Dick Giordano revamp the Batman series, they also revamped other characters like the Green Lantern. The creative team brought more social issues and awareness into DC Comics. The most famous is the Green Arrow story in Green Lantern #85-86, which revealed Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy as a heroin addict.

In 1970, Infantino also hired legendary Marvel artist, Jack Kirby, to DC Comics. Although Kirby's stay at DC was brief, Kirby produced such series as OMAC, Kamandi, The Demon, and a new incarnation of the Sandman.

In 1971, Carmine was promoted to a DC publisher. The company's battle with rival Marvel Comics, who was quickly becoming the number one comic company on the market, resulted in declining circulation of DC Comics. He tried a number of changes to increase circulation, but his big mishap was raising the price of comics from 15 cents to 25 cents

However, during the bronze age he co-created The Human Target, which became a short-lived ABC television series in 1992 that starred Rick Springfield. Infantino also consulted with screenwriter Mario Puzio, the Godfather author, for the plots to the movies Superman: The Movie and Superman II. He also helped orchestrate the historic company-crossover publication Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man. 

When Warner Communications relieved Carmine Infantino and replaced him with Janette Kahn, a magazine publisher new to the comic book world, in 1976, he returned to freelance art work. He was hired on briefly at Marvel Comics. Such titles he worked on were Spider-Woman and Star Wars. He also co-created the comic character and mercenary, Paladin, who was first introduced in Daredevil #150.

Later Career 

Carmine would continue to freelance well into the 90s as well as teach at the school of visual arts before retiring.

In 2004, he sued DC for rights to characters such as Wally West, Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master, Bat-Girl, and many others. Infantino also wrote two books detailing his life and career -  The Amazing World of Carmine Infantino, and Carmine Infantino: Penciler, Publisher, Provocateur. 

Carmine Infantino pictureIt's easy to see why Carmine Infantino deserves the title of legend in the comic industry with all the landmark moments and characters he's helped created. Even all the contributions he made as an editorial director and DC publisher helped to impact and shape the world of comics as we know today. 

Carmine Infantino died this month of this year on April 4, 2013. He is not only a legend but legendary. He will be missed, but his legacy will forever echo in that mystical place where imagination can make anything magically possible. R.I.P Carmine!