I wasn’t expecting much from the “too-soon” remake of The Amazing Spider-Man. That might explina why I thought he film was decent. It might also play into the opinion that this new trailer for the sequel looks way cool.
Courtesy of Michael May’s (awesome) Adventureblog, I am reminded of how much comics were part of my early reading experiences. Not only did I have the super-size version of the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali boxing match, but I also had a read-a-long recording of Amazing Spider-Man #124, which featured J. Jonah Jameson’s astronaut son, John, and the creature he became: the Man-Wolf!
Now, through the magic of the Internets, I can re-live this magic moment from my childhood. And you can, too! Go, go, gadget YouTube!
Today we’re going to branch out from SFF comics and talk about a Boston-based artist who chronicles fans of mainstream SFF comics, movies, and TV shows with his black and white, single-panel, web comic, Our Valued Customers. Continue reading →
Did you know the high school hallway fight in the new film The Amazing Spider-Man was done entirely with digital effects? Check out how they did it in the behind-the-scenes making-of video… Continue reading →
Sergei Kravinoff burst onto the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man in 1964. Since then, he has hunted Spidey relentlessly in the hopes of proving to everyone he is the greatest hunter in the world. Collecting Web of Spider-Man #31-32, Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, and Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132, Kraven’s Last Hunt, written by J. M. DeMatteis and illustrated by Mike Zeck, brought Kraven and Spider-Man together for their final confrontation.
Driven mad by his inability to defeat Spider-Man, Kraven the Hunter launches his ultimate end-game and manages to defeat the web-head. He shoots him, and buries him. To further prove that he is the greatest hunter in the world, Kraven takes on Spider-Man’s mask and hunts his latest enemy, Vermin, and defeats him in a brutal attack. Two weeks later, Spidey wakes up (he was drugged, not killed) and has to dig his way out of his own grave. Kraven is no longer interested in him. Vermin, however, is out for revenge following the beat-down Kraven gave him.
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The Bronze Age: Cultural Innuendo, Relevance, and More
By Gina Misiroglu, author of The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes (Visible Ink Press / $24.95).
During the 1960s, Marvel Comics snuck up on DC Comics and usurped the industry’s number-one spot. DC’s editorial director, Carmine Infantino, started the 1970s with both guns blazing, vowing to regain DC’s market share. The biggest bullet in Infantino’s holster was the illustrious Jack Kirby, the veteran artist who co-created most of Marvel’s major superheroes, including Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, and the X-Men.
Patrick at Stomping on Yeti thinks the contents of Eclipse 3 look suspicious: “To me the ToC says ‘I got in trouble for not having enough women authors last year, this ought to shut them up’ instead of ‘Hey here are some really good SF&F stories, enjoy.'”