Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics, now owned by Disney, has set a dangerous trend. With the firing of James Gunn for past tweets, Disney let the despicable trolls of the internet know that if they were loud enough, acted outraged enough, smelled bad enough in front of the noses of the right people, then they could control Disney’s (and therefore Marvel’s) social media policies, all without ever actually declaring an official social media policy. 6 years past since James Gunn made some vulgar tweets, which he then apologized for years later, only to be punished for this year. And now Marvel has caved to similar declarations made by similar trolls to who got Gunn fired from GotG Vol 3. The target of the anti-fans ire this time? Chuck Wendig.

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ComicsGate is a tangled web of people with different agendas and perspectives all being further convoluted by their echo chamber. Ask two ComicsGaters where the ComicsGate story begins and you’ll get two different stories, then they’ll tell each other something entirely different. Trying to unravel this web and apply logic and sense to it all is difficult for many reasons. Yes, there is a large lack of logic and sense when dealing with ComicsGaters, but when so many voices are going in so many directions, it’s hard to keep straight. Who’s in ComicsGate? What is ComicsGate?

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So you work at Marvel Comics, and it’s a pretty sweet gig as you get to fill the world with wonderful, adventurous, and colourful comics and characters. So after a hard week at work, it might make sense for you to relax with some coworkers on a Friday afternoon in July by enjoying a milkshake. You deserve it! Well this innocent moment, shared on social media, seemed to make a lot of deeply disturbed people angry, and they shared that anger with said Marvel editor? Why? It might have something to do with the fact that Heather Antos is a female that works in comic books.  (more…)

That’s right, 69 years. In an era when half of all marriages end in divorce, nearly seven decades of marriage is almost incomprehensible. Except to the Lees. Stan and Joan Lee got married in 1947, and were together through thick and thin. Without Joan, there would have been no Marvel Universe, because it was her challenge to Stan to write a comic he was proud of that resulted in the Fantastic Four. Otherwise, Stan Lee might have been another failed novelist instead of the godfather or a multimedia empire. It’s just one reason why we’re sad to report tonight that Joan Lee has passed away at 93.  (more…)

If you read comic books then you know that the major publishers are always shaking things up, Marvel and DC are particularly guilty of mega-event shake-ups that rejigger the status quo in an effort to get fans into a frenzy and into the comic book stores. So here we again, on the cusp of another huge Marvel Comics event, and one that has a simple goal: “We want fans to get fired up. Simple as that,” said Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso in a media release. But fired about about what? The eternal question of whether the Marvel Universe is big enough for two of every character… (more…)

Marvel Sees A Slump In Sales – Is Diversity To Blame?

Sadly, this is not an April Fool’s joke. You may not know it, but comic book sales have been taking something of a dive lately, especially for Marvel. It’s an odd phenomenon considering the fact that so many comic-related products are all over film and television right now. More and more people are being exposed to the likes of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Preacher thanks to media development, but it seems this is not translating to an increase in sales and Marvel’s Vice President of Sales, David Gabriel has something to say about it.

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Everyone seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story got to thrill at seeing the genuine bad ass that Darth Vader can be, but since Lucasfilm was absorbed by Disney in 2012, comic book fans have seen the dark Lord of the Sith at his best on several occasions, and now they will see it again with a new Marvel Comics series. The comic book publisher has announced today that an all-new series featuring Vader will be launched later this year, covering the previously unknown ground (in canon at least) of Vader’s post-Revenge of the Sith life as a newly minted Sith Lord. (more…)

Strange that in the process of talking about the end of Wolverine on the big screen in just a month’s time with the release of Logan, we get this news: Marvel Comics wants to bring Wolverine back. The character was killed off a few years ago in the creatively titled miniseries Death of Wolverine, but it seems that three years is enough in the afterlife for the mutant that’s the best at what he does. “Why?” you may ask. Well, it turns out that it’s part of a strategy to recruit and keep A-list talent at Marvel Comics, whose retention has suffered a little in recent years. (more…)

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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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Captain America, the Star Spangled Man, figure of recent controversy and (possibly) the most popular Marvel comics superhero right now thanks to two very successful movies from directing brothers Joseph and Anthony Russo, is more than something of an icon in the modern American myth. He’s considered (or supposed) to embody what is good and wholesome about the American spirit, even when America doesn’t feel very great. It only makes sense to honor the good Captain, given he’s now 75 years old, and what better to kick that off than San Diego Comic-con?  (more…)