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Legal | New York City-based law firm Levi & Korsinsky on Friday filed a class-action lawsuit challenging Disney’s $4-billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment. Like the earlier lawsuit filed by Marvel shareholder Christine Vlatos, this one claims the proposed transaction undervalues Marvel’s stock. [press release]

Business | DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson continues her interview tour, assuring retailer-oriented website “we’re going to be looking for a real publisher” to succeed Paul Levitz as head of DC Comics: “This is not about replacing someone with a cyborg unit that will answer to me. We want a publishing expert.”

At MTV’s movie-focused Splash Page, Nelson highlights DC’s Vertigo imprint as “an area of great interest” that “could potentially offer amazing stories for our future television video game, digital and consumer products businesses.” [, Splash Page]

Tsubasa, Vol. 24

Tsubasa, Vol. 24

Publishing | CLAMP will end its six-year-old fantasy Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle with the Sept. 30 issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine. The 28th and final collected volume will ship on Nov. 17 in Japan. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | The Beano publishes its 3,500th issue this week. [Forbidden Planet International]

Publishing | Koh Hui Theng offers a brief snapshot of the Singapore comics industry. [Asia One]

Publishing | Tokyopop is looking for a business administration clerk. [job listing]

Events | Tommy Hill goes beneath the New York Comic Con tent at last weekend’s Brooklyn Book Festival. [Columbia Spectator]

Education | Emma Tower spotlights the masters-level creative writing course at Edinburgh’s Napier University, which will be the first in Britain to include comic books. [The Journal]

Retailing | John Tanasychuk profiles Lauderhill, Florida’s Tate’s Comics, winner of the 2009 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retail Award. “It’s like winning the best director Academy Award,” says owner Tate Ottati. [Sun-Sentinel]

Creators | Evan Dorkin discusses his collaboration with Jill Thompson, Beasts of Burden, and more. [Broken Frontier]

Nightmares & Fairy Tales #21

Nightmares & Fairy Tales #21

Creators | The Vancouver Sun has a multi-part profile of local artist Camilla d’Errico (Tanpopo, Nightmares & Fairy Tales, Sky Pirates of Neo Terra). [Vancouver Sun]

Comics | Ben Morse takes a fond look at the John Ostrander-penned (later with Kim Yale) Suicide Squad. [The Cool Kids Table]

Blogosphere | Alan David Doane launches a new blog with familiar names such as Christopher Allen, Johnny Bacardi, Alex Ness, Matt Springer and Diana Tamblyn. [Trouble With Comics]

Art | Daryl Cagle walks through his process for a pair of editorial cartoons. [Daryl Cagle]

Pop culture | Boneshaker author Cherie Priest puts together a steampunk primer while Sarah Hope Williams delves into the history of stitchpunk. [The Clockwork Century,]



It almost sounds as if she’s dissing Paul Levitz. He’s one of the most respected figures in the industry. Sounds like she’s going to pull someone from outside the comics industry into the position. That’s where Jeanette Kahn came from IIRC and she did a pretty good job.

The industry “respect” for Levitz mostly comes from his comics writing, and his long-term relationship with DC in general. However, his skills at publishing have always been suspect, considering how many new ventures under his tenure (such as Minx) simply crashed and burned, and DC’s continuing feud with the Siegel estate over Superman. The fact that Levitz still clings to the ever-shrinking Direct Market model means that he’s mostly 30 years behind the times, like a lot of other magazine publishers.

The lawsuit in the Marvel/Disney merger is a very common type of suit. They are always brought by shareholders of companies that are acquired. They never stop the merger (or at least I’ve never seen it happen), although I think that if Marvel had just waited until the release of Iron Man 2, they could’ve gotten a better price, but I’m sure that Disney said that it was now or never.

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