Thursday Runaround – The Origins Of Iron Man

Thursday Runaround – The Origins Of Iron ManThis is Computo the Comic Link Conqueror speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on.

Batman busted –

A 31-year-old Harbor Springs man who, police say, was on the roof of a business in downtown Petoskey, dressed as Batman was arrested early Wednesday morning for trespassing and possession of dangerous weapons, according to a Petoskey Department of Public Safety news release.

Graphic Storytelling – Introductions (Part 1) | The Art of P. Craig Russell

P. Craig Russell demonstrates how to set up the emotional dynamics of a story on the very first page.

Broadway's "Spider-Man" gets new trailer, more flying – Spider-Man –

After booting Julie Taymor to the curb for never being able to get the juggernaut show past  previews, the producers of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" spent another $5 million on the production for a complete overhaul. The new director, Philip William McKinley, was hired out of the circus, and now there are a bunch of new writers who actually know more about comic books than Wagner or Greek mythology.  So what can we expect with these differences?

Top 100 Comics April

The awakening of the Serpent and Odin's removal of the Asgardians from Earth set the stage for Marvel Comics' next cataclysm in Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen's Fear Itself #1, the first part of a seven-issue mini-series event and April's top selling comic book to comics specialty retailers.

DC Fixes Even More Mistakes In Geoff Johns' FLASHPOINT #1 Preview From FCBD

In addition to DC fixing its horrible colouring job of XS, Flash descendent from the Legion of Super-Heroes 31rst Century, comes some splash page fixes.
The biggies are that Batman is changed from Dick Grayson to Bruce Wayne and John Stewart has his Green Lantern costume updated. Plus, Wonder Woman is back to her original costume.
UPDATE: Mera also appears to be fading, almost like a ghost, in the "fixed" picture compared to her original portrayal.

Which character from Hostess Fruit Pie ads made it into comic book canon? – io9

Even though he debuted in 1979, Kurt Busiek resurrected the character in Thunderbolts 20 years later. After staying out of the limelight for another 12 years, Icemaster made an appearance in Fear Itself: The Home Front #2. In a story by Christos Gage and Mike Mayhew, Icemaster is one of the heroes who pounds the tar out of Speedball.

Are Marvel's $2.99 Comics Shortening to 20 Pages of Story? – ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews

While they haven't commented publicly on the issue, a number of recent $2.99-priced Marvel Comics titles have had a reduced page count of 20 pages of story from the previously-standard 22 pages. This change mirrors DC's recent decision to reduce the price of many of their $3.99 comics to $2.99 and trim those books to 20 pages of story.

(UPDATE – yes they are, ish, and Bleeding Cool told you this back in January)

20th Century Danny Boy: Original Art Stories: Don Heck – In His Own Words

I did the first Iron Man story.  They have it listed that Jack Kirby did the breakdowns, but that's not true. I did it all. They just didn't bother to call me up and find out when they wrote up the credits. It doesn't really matter. Jack Kirby created the costume, and he did the cover for the issue. In fact the second costume, the red and yellow one, was designed by Steve Ditko. I found it easier than drawing that bulky old thing. The earlier design, the robot- looking one, was more Kirbyish.  I didn't go into the office much at the time, and they were better at it, anyway, better at designing things like that. I did the character bits, the scenes with Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan, and Tony Stark, and all the other things like that. I did all that kind of stuff, and I did the origin story. But what happens with something like that is that the cover is due, like a month before, so Jack makes up a cover for Iron Man, and the character's design is right there on it.

ICv2 – Ten Cut Up Comics

ICv2 has obtained a list of the comics that were cut up for panel cards for Upper Deck's Marvel Beginnings trading card set (see "Cutting Up Expensive Comics").  Here are the deconstructed comics (now available via trading card at a rate of one panel at a time):

Comic book artist Kubert to visit Israel – Israel Culture, Ynetnews

In honor of his visit, his first exhibition outside the United States will be showcased at the Holon museum. During his visit, Kubert will meet with the wide public, hold a symposium for artists and take part in events at the city's Mediatheque complex.

Spider-Man Photos Reveal Practical Lizard Effects | Superhero Hype

The latest batch of images offer more looks at Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors. In the case of Ifans, the photos, as spotted by The Daily Mail, also reveal a practical effect that would appear to hint at early and partial transformation into the film's villain, the Lizard.

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Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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