SalesWatch: Are Marvel movies finally helping sales?
At Third Eye, owner Steve Anderson arranges the merchandise so Avengers fans will be directed to standalone books featuring Nick Fury, Hawkeye and The Incredible Hulk. He was also sure to highlight DC's New 52 when those came out.
"It made it easier for fans to jump in and start reading DC if they hadn't been already," Anderson said. "There were a lot of new faces (in those comics) and a lot of new fans came into the fold because of that. (But) Marvel is on a steady increase for sure."
LawsuitWatch: Hellraiser writer Clive Barker is being sued by a man who claims that Barker gave him HIV.
Emilian David Armstrong says in the suit … he met Barker in early 1996, and they quickly moved in together. Armstrong had a daughter from a previous heterosexual relationship. She also moved in.
Armstrong says in November, 1996, he was diagnosed with HIV. The suit claims Barker had tested positive and had urged Armstrong to get tested. Armstrong is convinced — Barker gave him HIV.
Armstrong says Barker confessed he had previously engaged in a sexual relationship with his own cousin, who had AIDS — and also engaged in sadomasochism in prior relationships that involved syringes.
SpinWatch: The National reports on Before Watchmen;
Sadly, the original writer Moore could not be involved because of a continuing dispute with the publishers over ownership rights of the Watchmen characters, and artist Dave Gibbons only appears in the press release announcing the prequel. So to craft these seven stories, the very best writers and artists were chosen. "Everyone loves the work of Alan and Dave, and we just want to do as good a job as Alan and Dave," says Wein.
That's… not why Alan Moore could not be involved. He could not be involved because he doesn't believe there should be a prequel. I wonder who gave them that spin…?
MovieWatch: Avengers money speaks. Look forward to a relatively disappointing Justice League film…
While Disney and Marvel were busy shooting "The Avengers" last year, Warner Brothers quietly began getting its own all-star superhero pic back on track, tapping "Gangster Squad" scribe Will Beall to write "Justice League," based on the WB-controlled stable of DC Comics superheroes.
Warner Bros. had no comment on the top-secret hire, which, due to its timing, was more in anticipation of — rather than a reaction to — the box office success of "The Avengers."
Beall has yet to turn in his "Justice League" script, though he has become a favorite scribe of Warners. He's writing the studio's "Lethal Weapon" reboot and its remake of "Logan's Run," which is expected to reteam "Gangster Squad" thesp Ryan Gosling with his "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn. Warners will release "Gangster Squad" on Sept. 7.
ClevelandWatch: Harvey Pekar's last interview.
DeskWatch: Anyone need a desk? An Avengers desk?
AuctionWatch: The first 444 copies of Amazing Spider-Man for auction… and Amazing Fantasy #15!
SecondPrint: Earth Two #1 and #2 second prints hit on July the 4th…