|DC COMICS GREEN CHRISTMAS REMINDER AND UPDATE12/01/09 @ 6:32 pm EST
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“THEY WERE PEOPLE WHO BEHAVED AS MONSTERS.” – DAVID AVALLONE ON TWILIGHT ZONE / THE SHADOW #407/27/16 @ 6:07 pm EST
Don't forget - DC Comics' Green Christmas affidavit is included on the December 3 Final Order Cutoff list under item code OCT098160. Retailers participating in this program will have an on-sale date of December 30 for BLACKEST NIGHT #6 (OCT090176; 1:25 variant edition: OCT090177; 1:100 variant sketch edition: OCT090178). IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please note that UK retailers now will have a December 30 on sale date for this issue. As a reminder, to qualify, participating retailers must "sign" a DC Comics electronic affidavit at the Diamond retailer website acknowledging that they understand that copies of BLACKEST NIGHT #6 may not be sold, loaned, displayed, traded, scanned, stolen or in any other way released prior to Wednesday, December 30, 2009 for retailers in the US, Canada and the UK. Previously signed affidavits from Diamond and/or DC do NOT qualify retailers for participation. A new signed affidavit is needed to participate. A special item code will be assigned for these copies. The electronic affidavit may be accessed at the FOC page that includes BLACKEST NIGHT #6. The FOC for BLACKEST NIGHT #6 closes on December 3, 2009. This FOC is for all copies of BLACKEST NIGHT #6, including copies ordered by non-participating retailers. Qualifying retailers will receive BLACKEST NIGHT #6 on December 23 in separate boxes from the rest of that week's shipment. The BLACKEST NIGHT #6 boxes will be clearly labeled "Not for sale until December 30." Diamond invoices for December 23 will list BLACKEST NIGHT #6 as NOT FOR SALE UNTIL 12/30 BLACKEST NIGHT #6 at zero dollars. BLACKEST NIGHT #6 will appear on January 6 invoices at standard pricing. Retailers may offer BLACKEST NIGHT #6 for sale beginning December 30 at the start of normal business hours. Retailers with Tuesday delivery privilege will receive a separate reminder to hold BLACKEST NIGHT #6 until December 30. Any violation of this date will forfeit their future Tuesday delivery privileges for at least six months. This remains in force even if their competitors violate the on-sale date. DC Comics and Diamond will log compliance violations. Participating retailers who follow the December 30 on-sale date and receive no compliance complaints by January 7 will receive a FREE copy of the Diamond Retailer Summit BLACKEST NIGHT #1 Variant Edition or another short print run BLACKEST NIGHT Variant of DC's choosing. Retailers who do not participate in the program will receive BLACKEST NIGHT #6 on January 6, under a new item code. This offer applies only to copies of BLACKEST NIGHT #6 ordered by the Final Order Cutoff date of December 3. Only orders placed by FOC will be eligible for early shipping. All orders (including advances and direct ships) placed post-FOC will arrive for January 6, 2010 in-store. DC Comics and Diamond Comic Distributors will determine eligibility in this program, and may modify the requirements based on business conditions.
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EC COMIC AND MAD MAGAZINE ARTIST JACK DAVIS PASSES AWAY, AGED 9107/27/16 @ 5:59 pm EST
A Writer’s Commentary: David Avallone
talks Twilight Zone/The Shadow
#4, on sale today from Dynamite
. Cover by Francesco Francavilla
, interiors by Dave Acosta
When Francesco Francavilla was doing the cover for issue#3, he tweeted that he was listening to Bernard Herrmann’s soundtrack from Vertigo. (The movie, not the comic book imprint.) When issue #4 came around and they asked if I had any ideas for a cover, I said, “Why not a pastiche of Saul Bass’ famous Vertigo cover?” Francesco ran with it, and the result is a beautiful cover. The Twilight Zone spiral gets us already halfway there.Page one.
A little Serling-esque voice-over, and we’re off. Dave Acosta found that authentic Nazi propaganda poster online, and added it to this scene. We collaborated with a private Pinterest page, swapping photo references and ideas back and forth. After this commentary is published, I’ll make the Pinterest board public so people can see a little more of the process. Check my Twitter to see it. (@DAvallone)Page two.
I spent enough time researching the uniforms and rank-systems of American Nazis/Bund that I probably got on some NSA watchlist. I promise, guys, it was all for the comic. I hate these guys. “Kreisleiter” means “regional commander”, sort of. The name Penzler might be familiar to some old mystery fans.Page three.
The Shadow makes a snide reference to talented Nazi filmmaker/stooge Leni Riefenstahl. Penzler calls the Shadow a vigilante, and not qualified to invoke the law. I always think it’s a good idea to give the villain a valid point every now and again.Page four.
“Dallenbach’s” was the name of a popular swimming hole in my home town of East Brunswick, NJ. I’ve always wanted to use the name in something.Pages six and seven.
In the fourth issue, we finally see the Shadow use one of his “powers”. In this case, hypnosis… which reveals what evil that lurks in the hearts of men… or Hitlerjugend. These kids were real. They weren’t monsters. They were people who behaved as monsters. I gave this one, for our purposes, perhaps too simple a motivation… but it’s hard to get at a topic as big and nuanced as anti-Semitism in a 20-page comic book.Pages ten through thirteen.
In prepping to write this book, I ran through the synopses of all the original TZ episodes, looking for common threads, tropes, themes, etc. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure what I’d do for issue #4 … but as the story came together I realized that all the elements pointed towards this scene. The Shadow shows mercy to a Nazi youth, and introduces him to some new ideas… and the embodiment of those ideas in his long friendship with Moses Shrevnitz. I feel confident Serling would have approved of this scene. To me, this is what The Twilight Zone is all about: an arrogant man learns to apologize, and a young man consumed with hatred is shown another way.Page twelve.
“…but my old friend Moses Shrevnitz is a son of Abraham.” I thought long and hard about that sentence. “Jew” is thrown around with such hatred by the Nazi characters in this issue that it seemed wrong for the Shadow to use it, even benignly. In the period, he might have said “Hebrew”, but I had a feeling that would also read awkwardly to a modern audience. “Son of Abraham” seemed appropriately poetic and Old Testament for the Shadow’s particular manner of speaking. As a Son of Abraham myself, I felt it worked best, for the period and for today’s reader.Page fifteen.
Guns are loud. I love Moe putting his fingers in his ears as Margo bangs away with the .45 right over his head.Pages seventeen and eighteen.
There’s a pretentious writer cliché: that the characters take over the story. Originally, this scene ended with Peter’s sacrifice and the Shadow and company making good their escape. It was supposed to be the shocker that ends the sequence. I really wanted three pages for the final scene. But I swear… the Shadow wouldn’t let me do it. He would not run away after seeing Peter Dallenbach gunned down. I was prepared to move on to the next scene, the epilogue… and then the Shadow said, “Shrevvy, stop the car!” And machine-gunned a bunch of Nazis. This story was supposed to be about the Shadow learning mercy… and this final action muddies and complicates that. But people are muddy and complicated: even having just learned a lesson about mercy, there was no way the Shadow wouldn’t avenge Peter Dallenbach, and he insisted I give him another page to do it. And who am I to say no to the Shadow?Pages nineteen and twenty.
Epilogue at the Cobalt Club. The Shadow tries to understand the journey he’s just taken, and finds a little proof that it all was real. I considered making the “twist” more clear by including a little flashback inset of “Justice” slashing Allard’s hand, but decided to have a little more faith in the audience. As a Twilight Zone trope, it’s borrowed from episodes like “King Nine Will Not Return”: the dream/hallucination leaves physical evidence that it really happened.
I’ve said before that my favorite part of this series was the chance to write in the “voice” of Rod Serling. I rewrote this final narration quite a few times trying to wrap it all up, to get the voice right, and to suggest that this experience will maybe have a lasting effect on the Shadow, as he continues his war on crime.
I’d like to thank Dynamite, and Executive Editor Joe Rybandt in particular, for the unique opportunity to combine two of my favorite things, and tell this story.
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CONFIRMED: GEOFF JOHNS IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF DC ENTERTAINMENT07/27/16 @ 5:50 pm EST
Two and a half years ago, Wired Magazine reported that EC and Mad Magazine artist Jack Davis
was retiring, aged 90.
But Jack wasn’t having any of that, letting us know that he wasn’t even 90 yet, and was most definitely not retiring and remained available for work.
Sadly, as of today, that is no longer the case.
His local WGAU Radio in Athens, Georgia, reports that he passed away today, aged 91, commemorating his locally well known Georgia Bulldog cartoons and celebrating his contribution to local culture.
But for many readers, he will best be known for his EC horror work such as Tales From The Crypt
, and cartoons for Mad Magazine.
IDW recently published an Artist’s Edition of his work. (Via Bleeding Cool)DF News' condolences to Mr. Davis' family, friends and many fans.
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BOX OFFICE: 'BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE' MAKES A BUNDLE IN LIMITED TWO-NIGHT RUN07/27/16 @ 5:46 pm EST
It's official: Geoff Johns is now President of DC Entertainment.
According the The Hollywood Reporter,Johns was given the new title in May, when he was promoted to head of DC Films with Jon Berg.
In addition to serving as DC Entertainment president, Johns contributed to the "Wonder Woman" script, and is currently writing the Ben Affleck "Batman" movie.
CBR independently confirmed Johns' new position at DC Entertainment.
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"SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING" IS 'GROUND FLOOR' OF THE MCU'S HIGH-RISE, SAYS DIRECTOR07/27/16 @ 5:36 pm EST
The controversial animated film Batman: The Killing Joke made a bundle in its limited two-day theatrical run, grossing $3.8 million on Monday and Tuesday nights.
Warner Bros. and Fathom Events showed the movie in 1,325 theaters on Monday night, followed by an encore performance in 810 locations on Tuesday night, timed to The Killing Joke's release on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Last week, Batman: The Killing Joke caused a stir at Comic-Con when word got out that the R-rated, animated adaptation of the classic graphic novel would include an expanded backstory that sees Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (Tara Strong) and Batman (Kevin Conroy) have a sexual encounter. The Joker is voiced by Mark Hamill.
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GRANT GUSTIN WANTS JOSS WHEDON TO DIRECT "THE FLASH"07/27/16 @ 5:24 pm EST
"Spider-Man: Homecoming" director Jon Watts has opened up about Spidey's place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and how it offers a whole new lens into the comic book-based world that's yet to be explored. Speaking to ComicBook.com, the "Spider-Man: Homecoming" helmer compared the MCU to a high-rase, referring to the Avengers as the penthouse and Spider-Man as a more relatable entry point -- a "ground floor."
"I think of it as the ground floor, like, if the Avengers tower is like the penthouse, and we know what it's like to be a millionaire billionaire playboy or whatever, to be Tony or what its like to be a God on another planet, like, that's the penthouse level of the MCU. Spider-Man is the ground floor. Like what does it look like, what does a high school in the MCU look like, what does riding the subway in the MCU feel like."
Watts added, "Spider-Man seems like the perfect opportunity because he's the most relatable regular person in the cannon that I thought he was a great chance to just show what that angle of the MCU looks like."
Directed by Watts, written by Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Francis Daley ("Vacation"), and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr. and many others, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" hits theaters on July 7, 2017.
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[SPOILER] RETURNS IN "X-MEN '92" #5 AFTER ALMOST 20 YEARS07/27/16 @ 5:19 pm EST
"The Flash" will race back onto TV sets on Tuesday, October 4, and the season premiere of the CW superhero series will see the debut of a new timeline. But as the series progresses, there's one specific event "Flash" lead Grant Gustin would like to see occur offscreen; he wants to see Joss Whedon direct an episode.
While speaking with the press at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Gustin fielded a question about other directors he'd like to see direct an episode of "The Flash." After all, season two saw fan favorite director Kevin Smith take over for an episode. "Yeah actually," said Gustin, with a director already on his mind. "I met Joss Whedon last night. Yeah, that'd be really cool. He was a really nice guy and he loves the show. He's seen every episode of the show."
Whedon most recently directed the two Avengers films, 2012's "Marvel's the Avengers" and 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." And he's definitely no stranger to directing television shows; he directed dozens of episodes of his series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Firefly" and "Dollhouse." He's also directed episodes of "The Office," "Glee" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
And Kevin Smith, whose involvement behind the camera in season two of "The Flash" inspired the question, will also return to direct an episode in the third season. Smith is slated to helm episode seven of season three.
"The Flash" returns to the CW on Tuesday, October 4.
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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for "X-Men '92" #5, on sale now. BAY CONFIRMS ONSLAUGHT, COMBATICONS IN ‘TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT’ PHOTO07/27/16 @ 5:13 pm EST
Since it jumped from a digital-first "Secret Wars"limited series to a traditional print ongoing series, Marvel's "X-Men '92" has brought back a number of aspects of the X-Mythos that haven't been seen in 25 years. The team's gone up against Omega Red, the kids of Generation X are back in school, and everyone's dressed in their brightly-colored '90s suits. But there's one set of characters that have been absent from not only "X-Men '92," but all
of Marvel Comics for the past 18 years. That all changes on the last page of "X-Men '92" #5.
"X-Men '92" #5, written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims with art by Cory Hamscher, takes a breather from the main storyline and instead follows what happened with Cyclops and Jean Grey when they retired from the team following the initial limited series. The issue opens with the two of them enjoying their time off in Alaska, until -- as always happens when these two lovebirds try to get away -- they were pulled into a deadly adventure. The story pulls from a number of '90s storylines to retell Cable's origin story for the '92niverse, but that's not the big surprise. No, the big surprise comes on the last page when Cyclops and Jean Grey's tether to the far-flung future is cut and they wake up -- in the year 2099
. "X-Men '92" #5 interior art by Cory Hamscher
Cyclops and Jean Grey find themselves surrounded by the members of X-Men 2099, who starred in their own comic series from 1993 to 1996. Pictured in the page are Skullfire, Metalhead, Bloodhawk, Krystaline and Meanstreak. These characters haven't been seen since 1998's "2099: Manifest Destiny" OGN. Whenever this storyline picks back up, it will be the first time the X-Men of 2099 have played a role in a storyline in almost two decades.
"X-Men '92" #6, which picks back up with the rest of the '92 X-Men team, arrives on August 31.
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HAN SOLO ISN’T IN ‘ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY’07/27/16 @ 5:11 pm EST
The Combaticon character Onslaught has been confirmed to appear in “Transformers: The Last Knight,” as revealed in a photo from director Michael Bay showcasing the classic Transformers character in its truck form.
In the original animated series, Onslaught is the strategical leader of the Combaticons, an elite group of Decepticon soldiers. Because of Onslaught’s presence in “Transformers: The Last Knight,” we wouldn’t be surprised if other Combaticons like Swindle or Vortex show up.
Our first look at Onslaught follows similar unveilings for Bumblebee, Megatron andBarricade, Drift and Squeeks.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Jerrod Carmichael, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and Anthony Hopkins and others, “Transformers: The Last Knight” hits theaters on June 23, 2017.
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DAISY 'IS NOT IN GREAT SHAPE' WHEN "AGENTS OF SHIELD" SEASON 4 PICKS UP, SAYS BENNET07/27/16 @ 5:08 pm EST
It seems we’ll have to wait until 2018’s “Han Solo” movie to see Alden Ehrenreich’s youthful take on the character, as it’s been confirmed that Han Solo will not be appearing in the next “Star Wars” movie, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Speaking to Star Wars Underworld at Star Wars Celebration Europe, “Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards said, “I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do this, but I think I should…. Han Solo’s not in the movie.”
Because “Rogue One” is set just before the Battle of Yavin, which takes place in the original “Star Wars,” it would make sense that Ehrenreich’s Han Solo would be kicking around. Regardless, the Phil Lord and Chris Miller-directed “Han Solo” movie will be Ehrenreich’s debut.
Additionally, Kennedy confirmed to the outlet that Hayden Christensen won’t be coming back to portray Darth Vader in “Rogue One,” either. “No. That is not true. I can confirm that. He is not [in “Rogue One”].” Still, Vader will be in the film, and James Earl Jones is back to voice him.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters on December 16, 2016, while the “Han Solo” anthology movie is slated for a May 25, 2018 release.
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In the Season 3 finale of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", the show jumped forward six months and revealed a dramatically altered status quo. Perhaps most memorably, Daisy Johnson was revealed to be on the run from her former team and has added a new ability to her arsenal of superpowers. At Comic-Con International in San Diego, star Chloe Bennetweighed in Daisy's direction in Season 4, the character's new abilities and more.
"I'm not being monitored by S.H.I.E.L.D., and every step of the way through my transformation as an Inhuman... has been monitored by FitzSimmons and kind of containing and helping me grow my powers," Bennet shared. "And so, I think you'll see the repercussions of her kind of using these powers and abusing them in a way, abusing her body, and so physically she's in not great shape when we first see her in the first episode. She's not going to be doing well."
"She's in a darker place. She's mourning," she continued. "She cares about the team so much that she feels like she is protecting them by kind of pushing them away, because I think she feel like everything bad happens around her and she can't help but cause problems. Her way of taking care of the people she cares about is kind of pushing them away, which... is not the best thing. I don't think it's going to last long term, but… she's really sad."
Executive producer Jed Whedon expanded on that idea, saying, "We put a lot of things down at the end of last year. We closed off some storylines, and obviously some people died, tragically or heroically, so we need new stuff. We've seen that Daisy has moved into sort of a vigilante mode of operation, and so I think she's going to stumble upon new things in her adventures."
"It might be safe to say that Daisy and possibly Ghost Rider's paths… you know," Maurissa Tancharoen teased.
Starring Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" returns Tuesday, September 20 at 10 pm EST on ABC.