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A Look Back At Wonder Woman’s 75 Year History

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As one of the founding members of the Justice League, Princess Diana of Themyscira has been one of pop culture’s most influential heroines for decades. In her years fighting injustice, she has taken on everyone from Hitler to Superman. With a new movie on the horizon bringing her story fully into the modern DC cinematic universe, Wonder Woman is as powerful a character today as she ever has been. This month marks the 75th anniversary of her first ever comic appearance. The Amazon princess and immortal warrior has become an iconic role model for woman the world over. (more…)

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Despite being one of the most talked about movies of 2016, it seems rather unlikely that we’ll see a sequel to the remade Ghostbusters from Paul Feig. The exact status of the franchise is in questions with Feig himself previously confirming no involvement on his part, while producer Ivan Reitman says that there are plenty of future Ghostbusters movies still in development. What they are and when they might come out, we don’t know, but how about something more immediate? For those of you that wanted more of a shared universe feel between the two Ghostbusters teams, you’re in luck because IDW is bringing it to you, in comic form. (more…)

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Long before Space Ghost was a Letterman-esque talk show spoof, he was a real space trotting super hero. From 1966-1968 Space Ghost had many (poorly) animated adventures; mostly his sidekicks would get captured or trapped by the villains, and Space Ghost would have to defeat the villains and save the day.

And now, after spending a few years in obscurity, Space Ghost is back! And he’s, for some reason, teaming up with Green Lantern. Whaaaaa?  (more…)

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This has been an interesting year for comic book crossovers. From Marvel, we got Civil War II and from DC Comics we got Rebirth. Both have been widely successful as they have gone across many different issues connecting various characters together. Rebirth has been credited in realigning the DC universe and has substantially increased sales for the publication. It looks like DC is not yet done pushing interesting storylines together.

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Given today’s precarious job market it may be quite incomprehensible for young people to think that they could be at one company for three-quarters of a century. It’s not impossible, you just would have had to be hired in 1941. Like Stan Lee. Lee is well-known for creating the entire Marvel Universe as we know it in the 1960s, but his career at Marvel – and it’s various previous identities – goes all the way back to the 1940s. The Walt Disney Company took time out recently to remember that, and remember the long career of the man that made the company they now proudly own. (more…)

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The relationship between Fox and Marvel Studios has been tumultuous, to say the least. After all, Fox owns the rights to all the characters in the in X-Men universe, arguably many of their most popular characters, including all the X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and all of the side characters associated with them. The success of the X-Men films has even impacted Marvel’s strategy related to their comic books, as we saw the rise of the Inhumans (instead of the X-Men) as their main “outcast” group. The Fantastic Four also don’t have their own monthly issues as a result.  The argument made is; why would Marvel promote characters they don’t own the cinematic rights to? That being said, the two film powerhouses aren’t completely at odds with each other and at times do negotiate in ways to make their business profitable.

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In 1975, Chris Claremont and John Byrne took over an under selling Marvel comic The X-Men taking the series to new heights in sales and popularity over the following 16 years. When the X-Men movies in early 2000 jump-started the superhero movement to the big screen, many of the characterizations and plot points were pulled straight out of the Claremont/Byrnes run. In a recent interview at New York Comic Con Claremont talked with Hugh Sheridan (via BleedingCool) and discussed the current state of the X-Men comics at Marvel. (more…)

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ to Get Comic Book Prequel

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Marvel announcing a Spider-Man comic is not news, but Marvel announcing a Spider-Man: Homecoming prequel comic is probably the best news of both worlds. Just when you thought you didn’t want to see another Spider-Man movie in your lifetime, Tom Holland swung into our hearts as the Friendly Neighbourhood Wall-Crawler in this past summer’s Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Comics, perhaps sensing that anticipation, is going to give us more about the Holland iteration of the character in a new comic that will fill in some of the blanks between Spider-Man’s appearance in Civil War, and his first big screen solo adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (more…)

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The greatest enemy of the crew of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation was the Borg, an anonymous species of drones serving a queen marching out into the universe to capture and kill others in order to propagate their race and get rid of anyone that’s a threat to them. So it looks like Picard and crew won’t be facing anything new they encounter the xenomorphs in the just announced Star Trek: TNG/Aliens crossover that will see Enterprise encounter the titular creatures of the film series started by Ridley Scott in 1979. IDW and Dark Horse Comics just announced the event called, Acceptable Losses. (more…)