Monday, August 31, 2009

BREAKING: Disney to Acquire Marvel for $4 Billion

BREAKING: Disney to Acquire Marvel for $4 Billion: The Walt Disney Company has announced it will acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. in a stock and cash transaction worth 4 billion dollars.

What makes this deal huge, as far as content goes, is the fact that under the terms of the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of not only Marvel itself, but also over than 5,000 Marvel characters. Disney will now benefit from any movie or a game based on characters such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men and many others; extending its reach to the young male population it had somewhat neglected will definitely be good for the entertainment giant.

Now Disney and Warner each have their own pet comic book company. NBC-Universal already owns Walter Lantz Productions, but don't seem too interested in it. Viacom-CBS-Paramount has a spectacular collection of properties, but again, little apparent interest in comics.

Disney has proven they can sustain and exploit legacy characters. Wonder if Marvel will start handling Disney comics? Or if Disney will start producing Marvel-character movies?

(via Mashable)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Great Price Increase of 1961

For most of their history, comic books had been priced at a dime. Oh, there were Nickel Comics, and the annuals were generally priced at a quarter, but these were definitely exceptions to the rule. Not that there hadn't been inflation anyway; that dime bought you a 68-page mag in 1940, a 60-pager in 1944, a 52-pager in 1950, and a 36-page issue by the time the Silver Age started.


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xkcd - Tech Support Cheat Sheet

Yes, it's true.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Alex Mitchell: “Jazz Age Justice League”

Surely DC has an Elseworlds to spare for this.

(Thanks to Google Reader, even a slug like me can keep his blog full of other people's content regularly.)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Obvious once you point it out

You may find this an odd suggestion at first, but I firmly believe that Gene Wilder (as he portrayed the role of Willy Wonka) would have made an outstanding Doctor Who. I realize he’s not British, but outside of that, he played the role perfectly. Next time you watch the 1971 version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, watch Wilder’s portrayal closely. He is brilliant, bizarre, spontaneous, and full of enthusiasm. He’s very Doctor-ish.

"So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it."

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

King of Crayons: The All New Adventures of Time Travelin' Heath Ledger.

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Actually, it was Virus X


No, man, Kryptonian appendixes (appendices?) don't get appendicitis. They have powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal appendices.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fantasies are healthy, right?

ADDENDUM: Well, actually, in Superman v2 #130, there was this Halloween party...

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