In 1988, comic book movies were considered box-office poison.

The first, terrific adaptation of Batman, from Tim Burton, had yet to come out, and no one wanted any part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it was rejected by every major studio in Hollywood, and survived massive costumes that weighed 70 pounds, –and then to make matters worse, –the major studio that was going to produce the film, pulled out at the last minute. But the happy ending? The highest grossing independent film of all time, based on an underground comic book.

The budget for the film was $13.5 million, –that’s a pretty hefty chunk of change, –and it went on to be a huge box office success, gross $135 million after it dropped. And that’s without the benefit of Marvel or DC supporting it. The original comics came out in 1984, from Mirage Studios, –which been purchased by Viacom, as of 1990, –it sucks, actually. Now the original studio that produced the comic is sort of homeless, the future is unknown and who knows if we’ll ever see them again. What sucks most? The other comics that Mirage produced were full of beautiful art, great stories, and unfortunately, short. So… we’ll see. Read the full story on the source.


“If you’ve been wondering what to call what DC Comics is doing with its slew of TV and movie characters, we have an answer for you.”

The kid on the right looks like Bran, –how long do you think they’ll make us look at his horrible eyebrows before they let that dream die? Anyway, I do like their rationale for keeping the movie universe and story separate from the TV universe, –the reasoning is basically making sure that those telling the TV stories get their chance to tell the best possible story, –and the same theory applies to the people writing the films. 

DC President, Geoff Johns, makes that statement with a lot of elegance, –but the fact is, it certainly makes things easier to follow. Rather than combining hit TV shows and movies, and having to somehow mash together these two separate dimensions, he sees the value in their separation. The show and films would be vastly more expensive, and elaborate as well if their universes had to be combined anyway. 


My own son will see every superhero movie with me, but no matter how I strategically litter the house with comics, he won’t pick one up.

This is a good question, and one best answered by people older and more experienced in comic books than I am; I’m not a “true believer” –I’m not yet 30, and I’m more dedicated to literature, but I have to admit to seeing a certain amount of beauty in the complexity of each character. So much mythology is involved in each character, and it often stretches out across parallel universes, multiple dimensions of re-imaginings, and heroes do sometimes screw up… some are volatile, some are clear knock-offs of their more successful counterparts in the Marvel and DC universes respectively.

It’s a fantastic world where everyone is part of a continuous series of events, and Peter Bebergal, the author of this terrific narrative about his own personal history with comic books, and their impact on his life, struggles with whether or not to concede to a new era of video idolatry: comic books were once the exciting counterpart to classical literature, –not everyone could afford TV and films. Now comic books might as well be classical literature. Why bother to read when you can just watch? Check out the source article, it’s great; Bebergal shares his opinions and experiences, and is easily empathized with, whether you’re a true believer, or just have a long history of love for reading.


We are the best site for downloading FREE public domain Golden Age Comics…”  

This is so cool! Okay, now, I know a lot of you are dedicated Marvel/DC fans, but believe it or not, –and some of you are old enough to know the coolness of this, –there were comics books before that, –and there were comic books produced at the same time that were just as good, if not better, –but didn’t have the staying power of other publications. And a big reason Marvel and DC lasted as long as they did was their ability to market and make more money.

Other studios just didn’t have the scratch to stay in the game. But that’s beside the point. A lot of terrific comics from the old days, the public domain, and the even older days, are available for free download, and you can use a free reader, like CBR Reader, or ComicRack. I’m definitely passing this on to my comic-crazy roommate, –and probably checking out a few of these myself. The library of comics is huge, and a great place to read the golden oldies of graphic novels. You’re welcome!


The legendary Mark Hamill talks about reprising the role of the Trickster on the current version of The Flash.

All right y’all, I know it’s rotten, but isn’t it funny how some celebrities age and get even hotter… and some turn into monsters? Mark Hamill was such a good looking guy in Star Wars and now… he looks like someone I’d sleep with by accident. It’s cool though, since I doubt he hangs out in my town. Additionally, he scores extra cool points for being the Trickster twice, –first in the TV version of The Flash from 1990, and now he gets to play the villain again.

Irony, he sort of looks like a villain, –that might just be lighting and the weird pose he’s in though… Not too many old guys hang out sitting with their legs crossed like that. Not sane ones anyway. Check him out in the preview video on the source page. He looks completely wacked out of his gourd. Love it!


Ever since it was announced that Sony Entertainment will now be lending the well-loved web-slinger, Spider-Man, to Marvel Studios, countless rumours and speculations sprang out to say that there might be someone new behind the red and blue mask.

The big rumor that people are spreading around? Someone new is going to play Spider-Man! Gasp! Oh, big shocker. Considering the fact that the new movie is supposed to take place while Peter Parker is in high school, I’m not that surprised that the new movie is going to require a new leading man. For a while, a lot of people were hoping that Mike Morales would be the new leading guy, and add some ethnic diversity to the franchise.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like he’s going to be in the film. I think that would make sense, because superheroes are rarely different ethnicities, and we need more black heroes, –and more women heroes, more Hispanic, and Latino heroes, –shit, throw some Eastern Europeans in there, get creative. Just please, please hear our prayer: no more origin stories, we all know the story, we’re over it.


“NBC’s TV adaptation of the story of “Constantine” from the DC Comics “Hellblazer” is in danger of being cancelled, according to numerous reports. ”  

I love a good comic book-to-TV adaptation; I loved the Constantine movie, I loved the Hellblazer comic, but I gotta admit, the show doesn’t really scream “watch me”. I haven’t seen it yet, and I hear mixed reviews, even from close friends, who know that I can appreciate pretty much any film or show. I think the Keanu Reeves version probably spoiled me, and now I just -expect- better effects and acting. Oh well.

The show could be good, and maybe I’ll give it a chance, –but certainly not if they cancel it. I started watching “The Gates” and I liked it, and guess what? Canceled. Carnivale? Canceled. Yeah, no. Not getting screwed over again, left with hanging storylines and whatnot. I hope Constantine stays on the air just a bit longer, so I can find the time to watch it.


“Humanity hates and fears the X-Men in the Marvel Universe. In the real world, the genetically superpowered heroes have enjoyed incredible visual interpretations over the last 50 years.”  

There have been a number of amazing X-Men artists over the last half century, but who are your favorites? Who are the best and brightest? But what’s more important, –which ones are our favorites? You can click through to see the full list of 20 celebrated X-Men artists, but to keep things short and sweet, I’m going to give you my top seven from the list, in order of awesomeness:

  1. Barry Windsor-Smith; he might be at the bottom of the list, –or the top, I guess, but trust me, that’s only because someone has to be. 
  2. Mike Choi; beautiful work, but often a little too chaotic and mashed up for my taste. 
  3. Clayton Crain – His work on X-Force looked a bit like a promo poster from The Lost Boys  movie; heavy on the red and monochromatic tones. Bleak, stark, and dramatic.
  4. Olivier Coipel – Not my favorite, but still very attractive; details aren’t as precise but Coipel seems to focus on the “bigger picture” –fleshing out full panels rather than just one character at a time.
  5. Art Adams – He made his characters larger than life; they seem to have a punk rock glow, and his attention to facial details is moving.
  6. Frank Quitely – I love Quitely, and I mean this in the nicest possibly way, but only he can make Wolverine look like a Greek pimp from Brooklyn. 
  7. Marc Silvestri – Who can’t love this man? The lines, accuracy, and use of color to create a completely full, rich, almost overwhelming panel was, and is, completely unparalleled. 


Tyrese Gibson has once again teased the possibility that he will be Green Lantern, this time […]

God, I hope so… Tyrese Gibson is so incredibly hot, I just want to… um. Nevermind, let’s get back to the rumor mill. Dudes, let me back in for just a second. Now, in the original post, there was an update, –they misinformed us by saying first that Gibson tweeted the selfie of himself  in Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern costume, with the caption “see you soon” –but then at the end of the post, it said the selfie was actually posted on Instagram, –ugh, who can keep up.

Unfortunately, now the photo is gone! So does that mean that Gibson isn’t getting the role…? Or that he never was in the first place and doesn’t want to cause a big hullabaloo? Because I gotta say man, you probably should just quit all the Green Lantern teasing if you’re not really going to be the new Green Lantern. Gah! So confusing. Will someone please clear this up in the next week or so? I want to know so I can actually get excited about seeing Green LAntern (unlike the last one).


Things are going to get interesting…

Don’t you love it when people who know nothing about comic books ….write about comic books? I’m not one of those comic book elite nerdy geniuses, a la Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons –but come on. Deathbolt was like, a blip in the DC Comics universe; he rarely interacts with anyone important, he’s defeated pretty succinctly, returns once, and not even for a really big plot… he tries to kill Starman.

Big surprise, Starman was not killed by Deathbolt, he was killed by the Mist. So yeah… Deathbolt was not a “supervillain” –he was a minor villain, who was literally so unimportant, that there isn’t even really an established full story about where he ends up. He just fails to kill Starman and then goes back to being an obscure, low rent metahuman nobody. Presumably, he gets a job at Taco Bell with Wonder Woman as his shift supervisor, constantly on his ass about cleaning the slushy machines. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still going to be suuuuper cool to finally see someone with “powers” on Arrow –but let’s not get things twisted here.