The Phantom art above is just one of five new Darwyn Cooke covers that appear on IDW’s first issues for the return of King Features greatest comic strip heroes.
Each hero will appear in his own five issue mini-series with the creative talent of…
- Flash Gordon will be written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, with art by Lee Ferguson.
- Mandrake the Magician will be written by Roger Langridge with art by Jeremy Treece. [Congrats Jeremy!]
- Prince Valiant will be written by Nate Cosby with art by Ron Salas. [Congrats Ron!]
- The Phantom will be written by Brian Clevenger with art by Brent Schoonover.
- Jungle Jim will be written by Paul Tobin with art by Sandy Jerrel.
Sources: ICV2 and Almost Darwyn Cooke.
Kevin Carr at Film School Rejects provides 41 Things We Learned from the Dracula commentary.
Here are five of my favorites…
16. Dracula’s infamous line “I never drink wine” was not in the book or the stage play. However, after it became popular from the film, it was added to the dialogue of the stage play.
20. Several scenes in the script described fangs for Dracula, however Lugosi never wears them. Even though the Count in Nosferatu had fangs, the vampires from the early Universal films did not have them.
25. Originally, Stoker planned to call the title character Count Vampyr. However, he stumbled upon the history of Vlad Tepis and his name Dracula (meaning “son of the Devil”).
32. The shot of Renfield crawling at the fainted maid is not as sexual or violent as it first appears. In fact, he is trying to catch a fly that has landed on her. This was edited out of the English-language version but left in the Spanish-language one.
34. Originally, Lugosi was not considered for the role in the film. Trade papers suggested Conrad Veidt (the sleepwalker in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). The studio wanted Lon Chaney, and they ended up offering him a three-picture deal which included a talkie sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. However, Chaney died before this could be done. After several other considerations, Lugosi got the role with a $500 per week salary.
If you’re a fan of Escape from New York or you’re diggin’ this cover [I qualify on both counts] then you’ll probably want to pre-order the new Escape from New York comic series coming from Boom! Studios. [I am.]
That’s the poster to Powers, the new television series based on the Powers comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis [writer] and Michael Avon Oeming [artist].
Powers focuses on two detectives who investigate super-hero homicides.
Source: Coming Soon.
These are just two of 15 One Sentence Facts That are Beyond Interesting. If you enjoy stuff like this, then click over.
The poster for We Gotta Get Out of This Place features are by Sean Phillips!
Since the poster was created the name of the movie title has changed to Bad Turn Worse which I like better. As for the trailer, I’m diggin’ it and Bad Turn Worse is now on my “must see” list.
Three Stooges completists are excited to finally be able to get a copy of their short Hello Pop!
It was believed that all copies of the film were lost in a fire on the MGM lot in 1967, but a collector turned up a nicely preserved copy in Australia last year.
You can get full details at the NY Post article by Lou Lumenick.
The Taken 3 trailer looks like what you’d expect. Not that is a bad thing.
CBR.com recently posted their master list for 75 Memorable Moments in Marvel History.
Normally I’d take their list and give you my top ten moments or I’d pick a nit [like why didn't Shang-Chi fighting either Razorfist or The Cat make the list] but this time I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the trip down memory lane.
The Autmata trailer looks interesting.
The fact that I’m not hearing much buzz about it worries me a bit.
I’m looking forward to Better Call Saul the spin-off from Breaking Bad. According to the AMC site….
The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut, a beloved character introduced in ‘Breaking Bad.’ The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “Criminal lawyer.” The series’ tone is dramatic, woven with dark humor.
Mike Mignola [Hellboy] is going to write a five issue Frankenstein mini-series for Dark Horse comics. Mignola says…
“This version of the Frankenstein monster has the same thirst for knowledge readers will remember from Mary Shelley’s novel… I’m trying to do something that’s true to the origin Mary Shelley created for the creature but also captures a bit of the feel that Boris Karloff brought to the role in the classic Universal films.”
Mignola’s mini-series will called Frankenstein Underground and will be part of his Hellboy universe.
Source: Outer Places.
The Omega Man was a movie I loved as a kid.
When I watched The Omega Man years later I found it quite a bit dated. Still there’s no denying that The Omega Man laid the groundwork for apocalyptic movies. That alone makes The Omega Man worth a viewing.
Scott Collura’s Why We Love the Omega Man at IGN.com got me thinking about The Omega Man.