Marvel unveils the secrets of Matt Murdock’s birth

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It seems there are still a few stories that haven’t been told in the Marvel Universe, and one of them is the tale of Matt Murdock’s mother—introduced as Sister Maggie in the Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli run. Although we know she abandoned Matt after his birth and turned to the church, it hasn’t been revealed why. […]

See 17 minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy footage in IMAX 3D free

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You know the first time I saw the Guardians of the Galaxy footage with the Blue Swede ooga-chuckkas it was so fresh and amazing. And now I’ve seen umpty zillion trailers and posters and this and that and all and I’m bored already. =( But that’s how ya gotta sell an unknown quantity in this […]

Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: May 2014—Original Sales

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Original Sin is Marvel’s big new event and it debuted at 147k and then dropped down to 92k. But is that good for a major event book? For fun I pulled the numbers for #1 issues of the last several big event books from Marvel to see how Original Sin stacks up. As you can see out of these 7 books it ranks 5th. I did better than Siege and Fear Itself, but worse than Age of Ultron, AVX, Secret invasion or Civil War. Two other interesting trends to note is that events have become more frequent and sell worse. I cherry picked these events because they fell around the same time of year as Original Sin and were Avengers-focused, but the last few years have been very event heavy and sales have been dropping overall on these events. They are still the best-selling books of their month generally but Marvel has yet to recapture the excitement and sales of Civil War.

Nice Art: Skottie Young, Paolo Rivera cover various Marvel comics

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Marvel is always generous with artwork in their emails, some of it quite notable. Over the last 24 hours they released this nice cover by Paolo Rivera for their Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1, an anthology celebrating the release of Marvel Comics #1 back in the day. The interior of the book includes Bruce Timm […]

Preview: 100th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – SPIDER-MAN #1

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Sean Ryan and In-Hyuk Lee predict where Spidey will be in 25 years as part of July’s 100th Anniversary event. “We’re jumping into a story already in progress for this issue,’” explains writer Sean Ryan in an interview with Marvel.com. “We’re treating this issue as if it was the last issue in a long arc […]

The Retailer’s View: On Art, Business, and Brian Wood

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by Brandon Schatz A few weeks ago, Marvel’s August solicitations revealed some alarming news: Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey would be leaving Moon Knight after a short run of six issues. For those who have followed Ellis over the past few years, this does not come as a big surprise. Ellis has been keeping his […]

Cebulski transitioning from talent scout position at Marvel

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World traveller, gourmet and beer enthusiast CB Cebulski is moving to an international business development role at Disney/.Marvel. In between tweeting and (in the past) blogging about eating everything from wagyu burgers to porcini larvae, and traveling the globe, Cebulski has filled the role of talent scout and developer at Marvel for years, going to […]

Against all odds, Marvel to publish a Fantastic four comic by Van Meter and Estep

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  But it is the previously announced 100th Anniversary special, which imagines the FF as they might be in 2061—written by Jen Van Meter and drawn by Joanna Estep. Call it twenty-five years later… This July, do the time warp and fast forward to the year 2061 as Marvel celebrates the upcoming 100th Anniversary of […]

Ant-Man? More like CAN’T-MAN!

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As triumph so often turns to tragedy, just as what is arguably Marvel Studio’s greatest achievement—the extremely well reviewed, successful and genre busting Captain America: The Winter Soldier—showed that they could take any old character and craft a taut, suspenseful narrative, and excitement was growing for Guardians of the Galaxy, along came the big Ant-Man […]

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. opening delayed

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On Thursday night, I attended the opening party for The Avenger’s S.T.A.T.I.O.N. an ambitious and impressive for display at Discovery Times Square which takes you right into SHIELD and the Avengers HQ with all kinds of interactive displays. Visitors are given an ID card and then led to a debriefing room and then various displays […]

The holiday in Marvel Movies: Days of Future Past prevails, Wright gets support; Daredevil gets new showrunner

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§ So X-Men: Days of Future Past lived up to predictions and crushed at the box office, making $111 over the holiday weekend, making it the fifth largest Memorial day opening, and surging to $302 million worldwide. (I should note that the $111 was below this optimistic Variety report’s $120 mil. Does that make it […]

Edgar Wright off Ant-Man

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WHOOPS here’s the bad news to get you off on the weekend — Edgar Wright has left Ant-Man the film he’s been working on for…like…EIGHT YEARS. Marvel released a short statement and Latino Review had a short mysterious addendum

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film,” a statement read. “The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.

Starlin: “all is good” with Marvel

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Here’s an upbeat note as we head into the three-day weekend. There had been some recent mini-kerfuffles between Marvel and artist Jim Starlin, whose cosmic comics and creations Thanos, Gamora and so on are so so integral to Marvel’s future movie plans. Starlin was back at Marvel happily working on a bunch of projects, including a Thanos original GN. All seemed wekkm but then a brief dust-up flared, concerning Starlin not getting a mini-series approved because of Marvel continuity issues, and then some pushback from Tom Brevoort and…yeah a mini kerfuffle.

She-Hulk v David S Goyer: Dawn of Timeline

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In case you missed the Flight 370 of the comics internet, here’s a post to get you totally up to speed on the latest developments! May 21st 12:10 pm Mary Sue contributor Alan Kistler posts a transcript of a podcast from the night before called Scriptnotes, a screenwriting podcast run by John August. On this […]

Marvel Month to Month Sales: April 2014 — Everything’s Coming up Spidey

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Welcome to the month of Spider-Man, the best-selling comic in over a decade. But with this one book breaking 500k, how is this the rest of the Marvel line doing? The last few months we’ve seen a lot of soft relaunches and some genuine new #1s, but while the new books like Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight are doing well, a lot of the new relaunches are floundering. Let’s break down a few overall statistics.

Incredible X-Men infographic helps you keep the teams straight

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Infographic Created by Shirts.com If such a thing can really be done—and let’s face it, around about NÜ Marvel it got a lot harder. Anyway Beat Contributor and Mistress of the Infographic Arts Kate Willaert has DONE IT AGAIN with a chart showing the evolution of various X-teams, and just how many times Professor X […]