How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
Thursday may have started a bit slow in the news department, but it sure ended with a huge bang. Here’s a roundup of announcements that hit today from Comic-Con International in San Diego:
• Neil Gaiman announced via video that he will write a new Sandman miniseries that will detail what happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in The Sandman #1. J.H. Williams III will provide the art. “It was a story that we discussed telling for Sandman‘s 20th anniversary,” Gaiman said, “but the time got away from us. And now, with Sandman‘s 25th anniversary year coming up, I’m delighted, and nervous, that that story is finally going to be told.” The series will be published by Vertigo sometime next year.
• Legendary will also publish the Majestic Files by J. Michael Straczynski, which will feature art by Geoff Shaw and Matt Banning.
• Terry Moore will write a Strangers in Paradise prose novel to coincide with the comic’s 20th anniversary next year. He also plans to do an all-ages comic after Rachel Rising finishes in 30-40 issues.
• Books of Magic star Timothy Hunter will appear in an upcoming Justice League Dark storyline.
• IDW announced several new Artist’s Editions, including a MAD Magazine one from the Harvey Kurtzman era, as well as Gil Kane’s Spider-Man and Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic Tales.
• Jesse Blaze Snider and Jason Craig will write a new Evil Ernie series for Dynamite.
• KaBOOM! will publish a series based on the new Pendleton Ward cartoon, Bravest Warrior.
• Yen Press will publish a graphic novel adaptation of James Patterson’s Zoo.
• Archaia Entertainment has confirmed it’s partnering with Japan’s Ishimori Productions to publish a Western re-imagining of Shotaro Ishinomori’s classic sci-fi manga Cyborg 009.
• Abrams ComicsArts will begin offering their graphic novels through comiXology.
• Cyborg and Nightwing have joined the cast of Injustice, Gods Among Us.
• Josh Trank is directing the next Fantastic Four film.
• David Slade isn’t directing the next Daredevil film.
• Peter Panzerfaust, the Image Comics series that reimagines Peter Pan and his Lost Boys as resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France, is winding its way toward BBC television.
• Constantin Films has acquired the rights to Joe Golem and the Drowning City, the new illustrated novel by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and frequent collaborator Christopher Golden.
• Joe Cornish will direct Fox’s adaptation of Royden Lepp’s graphic novel Rust: Visitor in the Field.
• John “Derf” Backderf’s autobiographical graphic novel My Friend Dahmer is being turned into a film by Ibid Filmworks.
• Twilight took over Hall H one last time, giving fanboys one less thing to bitch about next year.