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June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
THE TERM "living legend" is thrown around pretty loosely these days. However, when it comes to Neal Adams, the description is more than apt - and richly deserved. It was Adams who defined the look of iconic characters like Batman, Superman and Green Arrow for the modern age. In other words, it was Adams who gave them the look that we associate with them today. "All I really did was bring Batman back to what he was supposed to be," Adams said with typical modesty. "I didn't really change him. " Nevertheless, it is Adams' look for Batman and the others that almost every artist who has drawn the characters since aspires to. That's pretty impressive, but it pales in comparison to Adams' advocacy for creator rights, which was seared into him when he saw scores of artists lose their jobs because of a congressional crackdown on comics in the 1950s that made horror and crime comics disappear and prompted a Comics Code Authority to establish guidelines on appropriate content.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD has had a long, accomplished career, but he still enjoys doing conventions - and he's particularly excited to be coming to Wizard Con Philly 2014. "The fans who come always have a lot of energy," Lloyd said by phone. "They're very enthusiastic. They've seen me on film . . . and it's an opportunity for them to meet someone who was part of these films and have a few moments to exchange pleasantries. "A lot of people have grown up with some of these films - particularly the 'Back to the Future' series - and they're really happy to come talk to me. It's a great feeling.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
FIRST THINGS FIRST. Here in Philly, we spell our signature sandwich in one word, not two. We sometimes shorten it to "steak. " You, know, like "Angel. " Or Whoopi. (We don't call it a "Philly. " You shouldn't, either.) Steak slingers operate all over town. They ply their wares "wit" or "witout" sauteed onions, with cheese - usually sharp provolone or gooey goldish "Whiz," as in "Cheez. " Add hot peppers for free. Here's a list of where to find 'em, in order of closest to the Con.   Really close * READING TERMINAL Gotta get one for breakfast?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
MARVEL AND DC may dominate the comic-book market, but one of the top independent publishers is based in Horsham. It's Zenescope, started by Upper Dublin's Ralph Tedesco and Abington's Joe Brusha, which is celebrating its ninth year in business and the 100th issue of its flagship comic, Grimm Fairy Tales . Growing up, Brusha was the comic-book fan, while Tedesco wanted to be an actor. The pair had written screenplays, but it was when Tedesco was home from California for a wedding that Brusha asked him what he knew about comic books.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
IF YOU THOUGHT Jason David Frank was an animated character as Tommy Oliver in "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," just wait until you ask him about Wizard Con Philly 2014. "I love Wizard . . . they're there for the fans," says Frank. "They're very organized and I know what I'm getting into. I'm doing a Q&A, I have VIP Meet and Greets and I have a karate class that's free on Sunday. " "It's just the best," Frank added. "You might have one or two actors from people's favorite shows from the '80s and '90s and then have people from current shows like 'The Walking Dead.' Even kids that show up on Sunday get a chance to have something to do because . . . there's stuff for kids.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
WHENEVER JOHN CENA - "The face of the WWE" and holder of a record number of championships - is determined to do something, he simply does it. Nothing can stop him. What Cena says he wants to do this weekend is "have fun ordering out a cheesesteak" and then take Wizard Con Philly by storm. "I have an appearance there from 1 to 2:30 Sunday and then . . . I have a show that night," Cena said. "I'm happy to be able to do it. I'd love to do all day. " Cena says he is "flattered" by those fans who call him a hero and understands why despite a clean-cut image, he is a polarizing figure.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
WIZARD CON PHILLY has a very special guest this year, as Philly's own David Boreanaz will make his first appearance at a Wizard show here. "Yeah, I'm excited," said Boreanaz, best known for major or lead roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and the still-going-strong "Bones. " "I'm looking forward to coming back home and spending some time with the fans that come out. And one of the things about Wizard in particular is not only is it great for fans of comic books, but I think they've evolved over the years to be more than just that.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
HIS LIVING ROOM was a bit disheveled, the victim of last-minute haste. An enormous stack of silver and red sat in the corner. At the top was the square, metallic-blue helmet of Optimus Prime, overlooking the house with its antennae-like ears pointed upward. It was just four days until Wizard World Philadelphia and Eric "The Smoke" Moran was making the final alterations to his new lineup of costumes with the same fervor and excitement of a believer on Christmas Eve. In the basement of his Chestnut Hill townhouse, all four walls are covered with film posters, drawings and action figures - most still in their original packing.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
FROM LEGENDS like Trish Stratus and Lita to current stars like Natalya and A.J. Lee, popular Divas are nothing new to the wrestling arena. However, there has never been a Diva duo quite like the Bella Twins. The unique pair, Brie and Nikki Bella, are famous inside the ring for their "Twin Magic," in which one of them will disappear under the ring during matches and then appear miraculously "revived" - having in reality switched places with her twin. They are so popular, they also star in the E!
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
THE FASTEST character being shown in Cineplexes this summer can't wait to zip into Wizard Con. "I'm super-excited to come to Philly," said Evan Peters, who has become a household name this summer portraying the mutant speedster Quicksilver in one of the biggest blockbusters of the season, "X-Men: Days of Future Past. " "I can't wait to meet fans and hang out," Peters continued. "I think it's going to be loads of fun. " Peters made it clear he also had fun playing the mischievous, super-fast mutant from the 1970s.
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