May 30, 2003 |
In just three years, Joe Quesada has gone from prolific artist to one of the most powerful men in comics. When he took over the editorial duties at Marvel, the company that had dominated the comics landscape for decades was hurting badly, both creatively and financially. He immediately set out to fix broken books, make popular ones even better, make books accessible to new readers, recruit top talent and try new ideas. The results have been astonishing. For the second straight year, comic sales are up. Sales of the company's trade paperback collections are even better.
March 12, 2007
When a hero dies, do we all follow? Even when he's imaginary? On Wednesday, Marvel Comics issued the final panels of the colorful career of Captain America. In the midst of a civil war, Steve Rogers, the little-guy alter ego of the Captain, is gunned down on the steps of the Manhattan courthouse by a sniper. Captain America, like his country, has faded and come back before. A wartime creation, he first appeared in 1941, enjoyed popularity as a Cold War superhero, then dwindled.
June 2, 2006 |
Wizard World Philadelphia, the annual, family-friendly, pop-culture extravaganza, is once again at the Pennsylvania Convention Center through Sunday, with over 25,000 fans expected to attend. The convention will explore the worlds of comics, cards, toys, anime, manga, gaming and more, as well as feature some of the biggest stars in comics, film and television. While this will be the fifth year for the event, the key number for the weekend is two, as "Dynamic Duos" dominate this year.
May 16, 2002 |
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.
February 16, 2007 |
As "Ghost Rider" revs into theaters this weekend, Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada is planning for new fans to come to the character. "We wanted to make sure we had trade paperbacks out by the time the movie was released," Quesada said. "We started the [new solo] series a year ahead of time knowing the release date of the movie, which is the way we operate with these kinds of things. So we were prepared to have some 'Ghost Rider' material out there when the movie was released.
May 3, 2002 |
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.
September 24, 2002 |
MARVEL COMICS wants to know if Captain America fans - and America in general - can handle "The Truth": The first Captain America was black. This revelation will come in a six-issue mini-series ($2.99 each) that the comics company plans to issue beginning Nov. 20. "Everybody's talking about it," said Martin King, co-owner of Showcase Comics on South Street. "We're getting a lot of subscriptions for it. Everybody just keeps going, 'When? When? When?' " According to Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada, the idea for the new Captain America series first surfaced two years ago. "We were in the process of creating this new line of Marvel Comics called the Ultimate line, which is sort of a re-envisioning of our Marvel superheroes," he recalled, "and the idea of a black Captain America came out of that meeting.
June 2, 2006 |
This year, Philly again welcomes Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, commonly known as the "First Couple of Comics," to its annual Wizard Convention. Of the two, Palmiotti has the more prodigious output. His name can be seen on no fewer than six books: "Jonah Hex," "Battle For Bludhaven," "Daughters of the Dragon," "JSA: Classified," "Painkiller Jane" and "Ms. Marvel," as either a writer or artist. That doesn't even count his upcoming books, "Heroes For Hire" and "Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters.
July 1, 2005 |
Thanks to Marvel Comics, America's heroes got to read a special story starring their favorite heroes recently. In April, Marvel announced it had joined the "America Supports You" program, a Department of Defense campaign to showcase and communicate America's support of the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. As the centerpiece of the partnership, Marvel created a custom comic book featuring beloved and well-known superheroes in the storyline. More than 1 million copies of Marvel's "Salute Our Troops" comic book were distributed in May to the troops and their families in the United States and abroad.
June 3, 2005 |
This weekend, Wizard World at the Convention Center will draw out the sketchy underbelly of Philadelphia, and with it city natives Seth Green and Hugh Sterbakov. The dynamic duo have returned from Hollywood to their hometown to introduce a new comic, Freshmen, available in July from Top Cow comics. Freshmen's cocreators are a high-profile pair: Actor Green is providing the voice of Chris Griffin for Family Guy (both the revived Fox series and its coming movie) and a number of other voices for the Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken.