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May 3, 2002 | BY JEROME MAIDA, FOR THE DAILY NEWS
MOST TV FANS recognize J. Michael Straczynski as the writer behind the hit show "Babylon 5. " To comic book fans, he is the guy who saved "Spider-Man. " No, the web-slinger was never in any danger of cancellation, but after almost a decade of mostly mediocre stories, fans had dropped the character's titles in droves. By the spring of 2001, sales of "The Amazing Spider-Man" - the hero's flagship title, had slipped to 50,000 a month. That would be fine for most comics, but not "Spider-Man.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2012
Weeks    Per    Rank/Title/Studio Last Week   Total    Out   Location    1. Dark Night Rises (Warner Bros.) $62.1 mil.   $287.1 mil.   2   4,404    2. Ice Age: Continental Drift (Fox) 13.4 mil.   114.9 mil.   3   3,869    3. The Watch (Fox) 12.8 mil.   12.8 mil.   1   3,168    4. Step Up: Revolution (Lions Gate) 11.7 mil.   11.7 mil.   1   2,567    5. Ted (Universal) 7.4 mil.   193.6 mil.   5   3,129    6. The Amazing Spider-Man (Sony)
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May 2, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
AT THE box office and in the comic books that gave him birth, some signs are pointing to a slight decline in the popularity of Spider-Man, so Sony is hoping that "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (in theaters today) will juice audiences for a franchise that already has four more sequels and spinoffs planned for the next four years. The first "Spider-Man" film a dozen years ago had a then-unheard of opening weekend haul of $114 million, on its way to a massive $403 million total. However, each subsequent film has seen a drop at the domestic box-office, culminating in "Amazing Spider-Man," the first film in what many thought was an unnecessary reboot, grossing only $262 million domestically.
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May 16, 2002 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
As impossible as it sounds, Spider-Man is about to become even more popular. Kevin Smith, director of films like "Clerks" and a lifelong comic fan, has signed a two-year deal with Marvel Comics to write about the web spinner. "Kevin . . . brings a tremendous amount of fan influx into any title he does," said Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada. Indeed. Smith's first foray into mainstream superhero scripting four years ago catapulted "Daredevil" into the top 10. Last year, he scripted a new "Green Arrow" series, and the heretofore second-tier character became DC Comics' best-selling title.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2004 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
The Punisher has always blown his fans away. Ever since Frank Castle's first appearance in "Amazing Spider-Man" No. 129 ($280 market value) 30 years ago, the Punisher has been one of the more popular characters in the Marvel Comics stable. His appeal as a realistic, "Death Wish"-style vigilante grew with each guest appearance in other heroes' titles. In 1985, he starred in his first solo title, a grim-and-gritty five-issue limited series that was unlike anything comic book fans had seen before.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2016 | By Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
MEET BOB CAMP, who turned a psychotic Chihuahua and a dimwitted Manx cat into a cultural phenomenon. Camp was a co-founder of and director for Spümcø, the animation studio that created The Ren and Stimpy Show , which was a global sensation from the moment it premiered Aug. 11, 1991. He played a major role at the studio until Sept. 21, 1992. Camp continued to work as creative director on Ren and Stimpy through its run - no matter which company was producing it - which ended on Dec. 16, 1995.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2007 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
When the first Free Comic Book Day came after the opening of the first "Spider-Man" film, many comic store owners reported record-breaking sales. With the dates and the results varying since then, the industry is hoping lightning will strike again with this year's Free Comic Book Day coming tomorrow on the heels of "Spider-Man 3. " Indeed, Marvel's "Amazing Spider-Man: Swing Shift" leads the pack books that will be offered for free by comic shops. There is also Bongo's "Bongo Comics Free-For-All!"
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2005 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
J. Michael Straczynski, the guest of honor at Wizard World Philly this year, has become known for two things. First, everything he touches turns to gold. His first writing job was for the "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" cartoons in the late '80s, when an unsolicited pitch landed him a regular job on the series. It became a hit, as were other shows he proceded to work on - "Jake and the Fatman," "Murder, She Wrote" and "Walker, Texas Ranger. " Then, in 1994 Straczynski created the Emmy-winning sci-fi TV series "Babylon 5. " When he entered the world of comic books, nothing changed.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2002 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
With all due respect to Elvis, there's no question that right now, Spider-Man is king. With over $400 million in domestic grosses, "Spider-Man" the film has broken several box-office records and almost assuredly will be the year's top-grossing film, becoming the first picture to best a new "Star Wars" movie in terms of box-office receipts. Spidey also had four comic books in the Top 10 and seven in the Top 40. Initial orders for books hitting stores in July show "Amazing Spider-Man" - his flagship title - beating out "New X-Men," the most popular X-Men title.
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June 2, 2016 | By Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
MEET BOB CAMP, who turned a psychotic Chihuahua and a dimwitted Manx cat into a cultural phenomenon. Camp was a co-founder of and director for Spümcø, the animation studio that created The Ren and Stimpy Show , which was a global sensation from the moment it premiered Aug. 11, 1991. He played a major role at the studio until Sept. 21, 1992. Camp continued to work as creative director on Ren and Stimpy through its run - no matter which company was producing it - which ended on Dec. 16, 1995.
NEWS
May 5, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
NEW YORK - Here's an odd bit of trivia about Lehigh Valley-born Dane DeHaan : Thus far in his relatively brief career, the 28-year-old actor has had two major screen roles previously owned by James Franco . One is Harry Osborn - a.k.a. Green Goblin - the troubled scion of the founder of the sinister global conglom Oscorp, and Peter Parker's friend-turned-foe. DeHaan plays Harry in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 , which opened everywhere this weekend. Back in the aughts, Franco was Harry in the three Sam Raimi -directed Spider-Mans starring Tobey Maguire . In 2001, a year before the first Spider-Man , Franco portrayed James Dean in a much-lauded TV biography.
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
PERHAPS the fertile imagination of Stan Lee could conjure a villain with the power to bend time into a recurring loop. The fellow could use his Groundhog Day abilities to rob armored cars, or whatever, and while this was going on the rest of us could be forced to experience the same thing, over and over. Much as we now experience the "Spider-Man" movies, reboots of reboots of a character done to near-perfection, and very recently, by Sam Raimi. Case in point: "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," a long, low-energy movie, that begins with Spider-Man policing New York successfully, but failing in his relationship with Gwen (Emma Stone)
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"AMAZING Spider-Man 2" star Andrew Garfield recently stirred some controversy when he said he brought up the possibility that Miles Morales - the half-black/half-Latino teen who replaced Peter Parker as Spidey in Marvel's Ultimate comic-book line - could replace him as the movie Spider-Man once Garfield spins his last web. While many dismissed the idea, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso is not among them. "Yeah, I could easily see it happening," Alonso told Tattle Comics Guy Jerome Maida . "I'm excited by the prospect of seeing the world's most recognizable superhero peel back the mask and show a new face and how inclusive that would be and what a statement that would make - and I don't think I'm alone!"
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
AT THE box office and in the comic books that gave him birth, some signs are pointing to a slight decline in the popularity of Spider-Man, so Sony is hoping that "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (in theaters today) will juice audiences for a franchise that already has four more sequels and spinoffs planned for the next four years. The first "Spider-Man" film a dozen years ago had a then-unheard of opening weekend haul of $114 million, on its way to a massive $403 million total. However, each subsequent film has seen a drop at the domestic box-office, culminating in "Amazing Spider-Man," the first film in what many thought was an unnecessary reboot, grossing only $262 million domestically.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Reboots on the ground! If the 2014 summer movie season - officially underway with Friday's opening of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - will be remembered for anything, it could be its head-spinning deluge of giant-screen sequels, prequels, retreads, and franchise revivifications. Take the aforementioned Marvel-branded action romp starring the arachnoidal crime-stopper: a sequel to a reboot of an original franchise based on a comic book series. Shall we go on? If some enterprising soul out there has Final Cut Pro and time to burn, there's a great mashup to be culled from the trailers of S pider-Man, Godzilla, Transformers , and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2012
Weeks    Per    Rank/Title/Studio Last Week   Total    Out   Location    1. Dark Night Rises (Warner Bros.) $62.1 mil.   $287.1 mil.   2   4,404    2. Ice Age: Continental Drift (Fox) 13.4 mil.   114.9 mil.   3   3,869    3. The Watch (Fox) 12.8 mil.   12.8 mil.   1   3,168    4. Step Up: Revolution (Lions Gate) 11.7 mil.   11.7 mil.   1   2,567    5. Ted (Universal) 7.4 mil.   193.6 mil.   5   3,129    6. The Amazing Spider-Man (Sony)
NEWS
July 9, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF
If your Spidey sense tells you that your friendly neighborhood web-spinner has snared the weekend box office charts, you're right. Spider-Man spun himself a $65 million opening weekend and $140 million in his first six days at U.S. theaters. Overseas, The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, along with Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field, and Martin Sheen, added $129.1 million, raising its worldwide haul to $341.2 million since it began opening a week earlier in some foreign markets.
NEWS
April 29, 2012 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
By sheer numbers, the caped crusaders, masked crimebusters and spandex-ed superheroes lining up at the movie box office for the summer season — which begins Friday when The Avengers opens — has to be the largest gathering of comicbook-spawned dudes (and dudettes) in the history of summer movies. In The Avengers alone, there are, of course, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor, brought together by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to save the world from a demented Norse god (Thor's evil sibling, Loki)
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