|Klaus Janson Signs Exclusive with Marvel - 26/07/2005|
|Born in Germany and having transplanted himself to the US in the late 50s, artist Klaus Janson may never have truly realized the extent to which a career in comic books would take him. His list of projects tackled, creators collaborated with, and characters creatively captured is one that few other four-color illustrators could ever hope to compile.|
And now the distinctive inker and penciller has sketched up an exclusive deal with the House of Ideas, Marvel Comics.
Janson first worked for Marvel in 1973 on Black Panther, moving from there onto inks over Sal Buscema on THE DEFENDERS. His professional path from that point on diverged into many diverse and creative courses. When asked what he himself considers his past work that he’s most proud of, Janson promptly responded with “GOTHIC with Grant Morrison, BATMAN BLACK & WHITE, DAREDEVIL with Frank Miller, BATMAN: DEATH & THE MAIDENS, PUNISHER, and any job with John Romita, Jr.”
He may be most well-known for inking the award-winning BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS in 1986.
|Ultimate Annuals Rock the Marvel Universe - 24/07/2005|
|Annuals have made their way back to Marvel, and they have found their way to the Ultimate Universe. In August, all of the core Ultimate books will be offering annuals, including Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and the Ultimates.|
The Ultimate Annuals are stand-alone stories, which bolster the ongoing storylines of each of the regular titles at the same time. They also serve as landmark points in the history of the Ultimate Universe as Spider-Man gets a new girlfriend, Ultimate Crystal is introduced (and woos the Human Torch), Ultimate Juggernaut returns, and the next wave of Ultimates are brought together by Nick Fury.
“It was important that, although these annuals are stand alone stories, they tie into the events in the monthly Ultimate titles,” said editor Ralph Macchio.
“We wanted our annuals to count. And they do. And while I felt it was important for them to be written by their monthly scribes, this was a great opportunity to get pencilers on them who have done little so far in the Ultimate Universe. And we got a fantastic lineup including Tom Raney on Ultimate X-Men; Steve Dillon on Ultimates; Mark Brooks on Ultimate Spider-Man; and Jae Lee on Ultimate Fantastic Four,” added Macchio.
Once a yearly tradition for all Marvel books, annuals are being brought back to add onto the foundation of the Ultimate Universe through awe-inspiring stand-alone stories. Don’t miss Ultimate history in the making!
|Joe Quesada inks new deal with Marvel - 20/07/2005|
|Marvel Enterprises, Inc. announced today that it has extended its contract agreement with Joe Quesada, Editor-In-Chief of the company’s Marvel Comics division. As part of the new deal, Mr. Quesada will also take on the added role as the Chief Creative Officer, Publishing.|
Widely considered one of the comic book industry’s most recognizable and acclaimed talents, Mr. Quesada has helped spearhead a new golden age for Marvel Comics and solidified its leadership position in the comic book arena. “I’m thrilled to have Joe as a partner in this resurgence of interest in the comic book market,” says Dan Buckley, COO and Publisher of Marvel. “Joe has been invaluable in taking Marvel Comics into new and inventive creative directions, and the fans are responding to that. Thanks in part to his efforts, Marvel Comics has seen four straight years of revenue growth.”
During Mr. Quesada’s tenure, Marvel Comics has experienced a revitalization of the company’s most-renowned comic franchises, and has also attracted the best and brightest writers and illustrators from all fields including the literary, film, television and – of course- comic books.
“Over the next couple of years, my ultimate goals will remain further growing Marvel Comics’ leadership position and expanding our mainstream presence. I want comics to have the same consumer prominence as movies, TV and novels and in doing so continue to grow Marvel Comics as among America’s premiere storytellers,” said Mr. Quesada. “The success we have had is truly a team effort. The company’s senior management, including Avi Arad and Alan Fine, has provided me and our publisher Dan Buckley with the opportunity to build Marvel Comics into more than just a comic book publisher. With their continued support, and the hard working editors, creators and staff, I am confident that Marvel Comics will continue to flourish as one of the most innovative and exciting literary outlets.”
|Moon Knight is Back - 19/07/2005|
|Moon Knight, the dark and mysterious Super Hero first introduced by Marvel in Werewolf by Night #32 in 1975, will be reintroduced in February 2006 in a spectacular new series by acclaimed author, Charlie Huston, best known for Caught Stealing and Bad Things in his Hank Thompson trilogy, and the highly anticipated vampire novel, Already Dead.|
Huston, an avid comic book reader growing up with a penchant for darker material, will create a six-issue limited series entitled Moon Knight: The Bottom. The initial storyline centers on Marc Spector facing the idea that his time as a hero may be up. His knees are hamburger, his personal relationships are self-inflicted wreckage, and his god has abandoned him. But Moon Knight soon realizes he has a lot of unfinished business. Someone is gonna get their teeth kicked in.
Top 10 Artist David Finch, who helped catapult the New Avengers into the top spot of the sales chart since its debut, will illustrate the series! A member of Marvel’s “Young Guns,” Finch is one of the most sought-after artists in the market today, and working on Moon Knight is a dream come true for him.
“Moon Knight is a true cult favorite among Marvel fans,” said Joe Quesada, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics. “We are thrilled to reintroduce the series into the Marvel Universe. With Charlie’s powerful storytelling and love of the original story, the new run not only will entertain long time Moon Knight fans, but also create a whole new audience of comic book readers.”
Charlie Huston added, “I’ve always been a huge fan of Doug Moench’s original Moon Knight series. His dark themes tackled complicated issues and served up moral quandaries for the men and women in tights. I don’t think it can be done any better than it was by Moench, but I will certainly try to do Moon Knight justice. One thing I will promise fans – it will be dark!”
Moon Knight has been one of the Marvel Universe’s most unique heroes. Faced with certain death, the mercenary Marc Spector collapsed before a statue of the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu. In exchange for saving his life, Khonshu conscripted Spector as his instrument of vengeance on Earth. As Moon Knight, Spector employs multiple personalities and a violent, sometimes deadly, brand of vigilante justice in the darkest corners of New York City.
|Oni Takes Over the World with Armageddon & Son - 18/07/2005|
|Super villains and spies take over Oni Press this October with the release of ARMAGEDDON & SON, a new 96 page original graphic novel by John Layman (PUFFED) and Dave Dumeer. ARMAGEDDON & SON is a deconstruction of the spy genre that’s one part high-octane summer blockbuster, and one part twisted black humor.|
ARMAGEDDON & SON is the story of Alphonse Feeney, a James Bond style evil villain, who, after a lifetime of planning to destroy the world, is having a serious run of bad luck. His henchmen, who he’s treated in normal super villain style- namely killing them when they get mouthy- have shown an uncanny talent for surviving, and they’ve teamed up against him to get revenge and destroy the world- with Feeney’s own plan! Feeney is forced to team up with his nemesis, the super agent known as The Falcon, to stop his own assassination and save the world, but will he be able to overcome his own tendency for destruction to do it?
“I’d watch these action movies and see the villain ruthlessly dispose of one of his henchmen after being disappointed by him, or take one out so he wouldn’t have to share any of the glory—or profits, and I kept thinking, why would anybody possibly work for a guy like that?” commented Layman.
He continued, “We have these stereotypes of the megalomaniacal super villain, the suave super agent, the loyal henchmen; they show up in every spy movie and we never really think twice about them. It was fun to play with those, shake them around a little.”
Joining the unlikely alliance of Alphonse Feeney and The Falcon is Feeney’s son, Doon, a slacker screw-up who is reunited with the evil spy dad he never knew he had. As he gets swept into the world of international intrigue, the question remains: does the global destruction gene run in their family? If it does he’ll have to push it to the side; there’s a world to save!
|Hawkeye Returns in House of M - 18/07/2005|
|He’s back! He’s angry! He’s out for blood! Hawkeye makes his long-awaited return in House of M #3 as Marvel’s event of the summer kicks into high gear. |
Brian Michael Bendis could not wait until comic fans glimpsed the truimphant return of the long-time Avenger. Now, he can’t stop talking about it.
“I know no one believed me at the time but, as I said when we first started on Avengers, Hawkeye is one of my all-time favorite characters,” says Bendis. “As soon as he died, we started cooking a way to bring him back and I could not wait for this day. He's back, he's got a fist full of arrows and he is not happy.”
With his dramatic return revealed, the House of M #4 covers, as well as the cover to The Pulse #10, can finally be shown. These covers were under tight wraps, so as not to spoil the return of Hawkeye. The art by Esad Ribic, Brandon Peterson, and Mike Mayhew, show the Avenging Archer aiming to find out who is responsible for his untimely demise.
The twists and turns of House of M do not end with Hawkeye’s return. House of M #4 also introduces an important mutant in the House of M named Layla Miller. But what will this newcomer’s role be when the fate of the House of M is decided? How will the Marvel heroes react when they discover the truth? Will the combined forces be able to set the world right? What lengths will Wolverine go to to make those repsonsible for the House of M pay for their actions? Only Bendis knows and he’s not talking yet.
More revelations and more questions arise in The Pulse #10 as another shocking installment of the House of M event unfolds. Picking up on the events in House of M #4 and #5, Hawkeye sets out on a mission of vengence and validation. No Avengers fan, new or old, can afford to miss this issue.
|Oni and Lewis Steal Home This September With Peng - 8/07/2005|
|Oni Press is pleased to announce the September release of PENG, a new one-shot comic from Corey Lewis “The Rey.” Lewis, who took the comic industry by surprise with his breakout hit SHARKNIFE, turns his unconventional eye to the world of professional kickball, with high octane results. |
For Rocky Hallelujah and his friends, ADV Kickball is the meaning of life. It’s all they talk about, practice, and play. It’s not just a sport, it’s a way of life, and there’s no one better at it than Rocky Hallelujah. He’ll have to prove that, however, against three fierce teams at the ADV Kickball finals.
“Kickball, for those who don’t know, is played like baseball, but instead of a bat, you kick a large, inflated rubber ball with your foot,” Lewis explained. “In PENG, the game is Advanced kickball, which has more of a martial arts style, combined with sports rules and points and innings.”
Rocky Hallelujah heads up the Foot Knux, a team made up of diversely talented players, including Sassy Elmetto and Ven Morcada. They’re joined in the climactic playoffs by two rival teams, and the villainous team known as the Aroura Skeddos, fronted by the evil Jeeyuh Yeeauh.
|Meet the creators of AZERATH at Graphic Action! - 7/07/2005|
|The creators of the popular Australian comic book series, (Newcastle's own) AZERATH, will be appearing at an in-store signing and comic book launch at Graphic Action on Saturday July 16th.|
All comic book fans are invited to come along and be a part of the launch of 'Love. Honour and Obedience.', the sixth issue in the ongoing fantasy-manga series created by Newcastle's own Daniel Lawson (writer) and Ryan Wilton (illustrator).
A light-hearted adventure story, Azerath can be likened to Lord of the Rings, but it has much more humour to go with its journey (something akin to the popular series of Discworld books written by Terry Pratchett). In the story, the band of bumbling adventurers, reluctantly led by a half-demon named Kailyn, is eternally trying to climb to the summit of Mount Azerath to defeat the Evil Queen who lives there. The Queen is the mistress of all she surveys, including the forest of Azerath and the many wild and varied minions within it. As the adventurers make tracks through the forest they are beset by everything from fanciful Wood Nymphs to the fierce Fieshalon Demons, and it is not uncommon for them to make new acquaintances of the most unexpected kinds to join in with them on their quest.
AZERATH is released quarterly by Sydney-based publisher Phosphorescent Comics, through their Creatorline imprint for creator-owned comic book properties.
So come in to the store this Saturday the 16th and be a part of the fun and have your copies of AZERATH signed by Daniel and Ryan and possibly be among the lucky ones to have a personalized sketch drawn for them by Ryan. The creators will be signing copies of AZERATH in the store from 12:30pm.
|Alex Ross Returns to Earth X - 7/07/2005|
|Earth X is back, better than ever! To accompany the release of the deluxe hardcover edition of Earth X, Alex Ross has painted a breathtaking new cover for its release. Earth X, Jim Krueger and Alex Ross’s tale of a grim, future Marvel Universe where all ordinary humans are given superpowers, is being released for the first time in a full color, all-encompassing hardcover. |
The new Earth X hardcover captures the entire Earth X experience by including the entire twelve issues of the Earth X regular series, the #0 and #X bookends, the #1/2 issue, and the Epilogue. It will also contain tons of extras, including Alex Ross sketches of the Earth X characters.
Associate Editor of Special Projects Mark Beazley says, “Marvel is striving to put together the best possible HC collection of Earth X, pulling together materials from the Graphitti HC, Marvel’s TPB, and the Sketchbooks. Plus the story is presented in full color for the first time in HC along with the Earth X 1/2.”
The 592 page Earth X Hardcover (originally solicited at 528) will be released on August 31st and is sure to be the definitive edition of Alex Ross’s great series that explored the depths and heights of the Marvel Universe, from the roots of its humble beginnings to the peak of its ultimate potential.
|Last Hero Standing #1 Sells Out - 3/07/2005|
|Last Hero Standing #1 has sold out at Marvel and Diamond Comics, and writer Tom DeFalco could not be more thrilled. “Hoo-HA! Pat Olliffe and I had a blast while working on Last Hero Standing,” says DeFalco. “We both love the type of comics that are filled with action and angst in the mighty Marvel manner and it’s very gratifying to know that we’re not alone.” |
Taking place in the universe seen in Spider-Girl every month Last Hero Standingfinds friends turning against friends as some of the world’s greatest heroes become unwitting pawns of the Norse God, Loki, and is a throwback to the storytelling of years past. “Titles like Last Hero and Spider-Girl are part of a proud and glorious storytelling tradition and we’re just thrilled to share our love,” says DeFalco.
Spider-Girl and the MC2 Universe have earned a devoted fan-base as evidenced by the outstanding sales. Director of Sales David Gabriel says, “The Spider-Girl digest collections have outperformed our wildest expectations, with the first volume going into its second printing, and the series selling extremely well in the direct market, bookstore market, mass market and at book fairs. So expect to see further MC2 collections both later this year and into 2006—and keep your eyes peeled for a special one-shot comic in October highlighting Spider-Girl and the entire Spider-Man family!”
The five issue limited series has also been garnering rave reviews as well as impressive sales. Ray Tate of SilverBulletComicBooks.Com says, “It's all cool and all ages goodness in Last Hero Standing. The continuity sings, and the characterization of a wide-ranging cast never falters.”
Special thanks to retailers and fans for making this series such a success and allowing us to continue to revisit the MC2 Universe. The remaining four issues have very limited quantities available so retailers are advised to get them while they can.
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