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Comics A.M. | Spider-Man musical returns Thursday; Noveck lands at Syfy Films

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Broadway | The $70-million musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will emerge Thursday from its three-week hiatus a vastly changed production, featuring five additional flying sequences, expanded roles for Aunt May, Uncle Ben and Mary Jane, a scaled back (and transformed) Arachne, new songs and a lighter tone. “There is still a ton of emotional complexity in the musical, and some of that original darkness,” says playwright and comics writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who was hired to help rework the script. “But we all also wanted a show that would honor the rich legacy and history of the Spider-Man story: the high school love story, the pretty girl next door, the science geek who is coping with new powers.” The new opening night is set for June 14. [The New York Times]

Publishing | Gregory Noveck, former senior vice president-creative affairs at DC Entertainment, has been hired as senior vice president of production for Syfy Films, a joint venture of Syfy and Universal. Noveck, who oversaw DC’s film and television ventures, left the company in August amid a massive restructuring. [Heat Vision]

Publishing | Rich Johnston reports Disney has decided that all Marvel superhero content must originate in the United States, which means that Panini/Marvel UK can no longer publish its own Marvel stories aimed at younger UK readers: “And since the US don’t generate this kind of content readily enough, a number of titles will be cancelled, repurposed or relaunched.” [Bleeding Cool]

G.I. Joe #1

Publishing | Writer Chuck Dixon and editor Andy Schmidt chat about IDW Publishing’s relaunched G.I. Joe line. [USA Today]

Digital comics | ComiXology CEO David Steinberger discusses his company’s comics app, its PullList app and the Guided View Authoring Tools program. [Big Shiny Robot]

Creators | Chew writer John Layman talks about taking his Eisner Award-winning series a year into the future, jumping from last month’s Issue 18 to this week’s Issue 27, which features Tony Chu’s sister Toni: “I thought, ‘Why not throw it out there?’ I’m always very aware of the monthly readers, because they pay our monthly rent. We get big checks twice a year from the trade-waiters, and I don’t begrudge them. But if we can do things to keep people interested on a month-to-month basis, we will.” [USA Today]

Creators | Sean Rogers interviews Chester Brown at length. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Christopher Irving profiles Jeffrey Brown. [Graphic NYC]

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Re: G.I. Joe:

Did I miss the decree stating that every instance of the words “Civil War” on the cover of a comic must now be set in Trajan?

Christopher Burton

May 10, 2011 at 10:32 am

How many times has G.I. Joe been relaunched anyway? Has it done any good? Also, is there an official continuity or does each licensee put its own spin on the story and characters? Outside of the comics and cartoons of the 80s, I’ve always been a little disoriented by this franchise.

The original continuity is the one written by Larry Hama that continues the old Marvel volume. It’s now up to issue 165/166. Everything else is set outside that volume and subject to the current holder of the license.

Oh boy! Now maybe Syfy will have a little more than movies that consist of stock footage of people screaming and “Insert Poorly Animated Animal/vegetable/mineral/urban legend Here” plots.

Syfy: Imagine Greater. We Can’t.

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