Ever since the “Marvel Now” initiative went into effect, The House of Ideas has been taking risk after risk with some of their most popular characters. They “killed” Peter Parker and replaced him with Otto Octavius, stripped Wolverine of his healing factor, brought the original 1960′s X-Men into the present time, and even did a Battle Royal style book featuring “C” and “D” list characters (Avengers Arena). Keeping with the recent tradition, Marvel has made some pretty massive announcements over the last week.
What has happened to Marvel’s resident bad boy? Remember the days when Wolverine would go into a bar, get drunk, fight some ninjas, and then sleep with the waitress? Those days are over my friends. Everyone’s favorite Canuck is now the headmaster of the Jean Grey School, he’s lost his healing factor, and Marvel has decided to kill him off. The question I ask you is this: Why? Wolverine is arguably the most popular character in comics today. Why mess with it? Who’s to blame? Is there any way to save Logan’s balls? I will try to answer those questions and give you some recommendations for great Wolverine stories.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the grass is growing, and Wizard World is making it’s return to St. Louis. That’s right fanboys and fangirls, Wizard World St. Louis is returning to the Gateway city on April 4-6 at the America’s Center.
With the amazing turnout from last year, Wizard World decided to make St. Louis a regular stop on their convention circuit. Last we were treated with guests Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), and Stan “The Man” Lee. This year will also feature a plethora of comic book and pop culture guests for you to see and meet – along with some con exclusives and great panels for you to enjoy.
As great as last years event was, this year is shaping up to be even better. Making their way to St. Louis this year will be superstar artists Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn, and Haunt), Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man), Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams(Batman & Green Lantern), and Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern: Rebirth & Flash: Rebirth). Those are just a few of the heavy hitters coming this year. Other amazing talent include David Mack (Daredevil & Kabuki), Carlo Pagulayan (Incredible Hulk), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies & Army of Darkness), James O’Barr (the creator of The Crow), and Mike Grell (Green Arrow & Warlord). This however wouldn’t be a St. Louis Comic Con if we didn’t have some home grown superstars of our own now would it? Also making appearances this year will be St. Louis’s own Cullen Bunn (Wolverine, Magento & the upcoming Sinestro), Chris Samnee (Daredevil, The Rocketeer, and Thor: The Mighty Avenger) Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun), and Matt Kindt (Justice League of America & Mind MGT).
David Mack also drew the Wizard World St. Louis exclusive variant cover of Wolverine and the X-Men #1. It will be given the first 3,000 VIP attendees at the show. There will also be a black & White sketch variant. That issue will be limited to 2,500 copies, and will be available at the Wizard Wold store on the convention floor.
This announcement is for all you Batman fans. This year, The Dark Knight is celebrating his 75th anniversary. And at St. Louis Comic Con, you will be able to meet the original Dynamic Duo themselves: Batman & Robin! Adam West and Burt Ward will be here, and are available for photos and autographs. And that’s not all! Making her very first convention appearance, we are proud to welcome Athena Finger, the only grandchild of Bill Finger, the uncredited co-creator of Batman and almost all of the “Bat” supporting cast. I’m sure you’re telling yourself: “Joe. I’m not a fan of these so called funny books, but I do love pop culture. Is there anything for me?” Fear not dear reader, there is. If the comic guests don’t do it for you – listen up you primitive screw-heads! Come to meet your favorite cult hero, Ash himself: Bruce Campbell! That’s right my friends, Bruce Campbell will be at Wizard World.
Also coming this year will be Nathan Fillion (Castle & Firefly), William Shatner (Star Trek), Karen Gillan (Dr. Who), Sean Patrick Flannery (Boondock Saints & Dexter), WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, Sean Astin (the Lord of the Rings trilogy), Manu Bennet (Arrow & Spartacus), Summer Glau (Firefly & Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Milo Ventamiglia (Heroes), Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Dollhouse), Alan Tudyk (Firefly & Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid) , John Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk)
This years show is shaping up to be even better than last year. If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, you can head over to the official Wizard World website. There you can pick up tickets for the show, find out how to get autographs and picture with your favorite celebrities, and a full list of everyone that will be at the con.
There’s been all kinds of Marvel movie in the last week. With the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer coupled with the announcement of the cast for the Fantastic Four reboot, one must ask, what else could Marvel Films have up their sleeves? Why not start pre-production work on the long talked about Dr. Strange feature film?
For this week’s Drawing Board, I wanted to give you fine people a look at my all time favorite superhero’s. I’m talking about The Man of Steel, The Last Son of Krypton, The Big Blue Boy Scout, Superman.
Over Superman’s 75 year history, there have been many interpretations of Kal-El. He’s been everything from an average looking man to a Arnold Schwartzenegger body builder style. The version I’ve always been drawn to is the more athletic style. Action Comics & Superman: Secret Identity artist, Gary Frank, once said: “Superman’s powers come from his physiology. Not his muscles.” That was something that rang true for me. Christopher Reeves didn’t have big muscles and he was MY Superman.
Enough of my opinions, let’s take gander at some of my favorite Superman artists.