Kevin Melrose, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

Marvel titles now include Jack Kirby creator credit

kirby-marvelEagle-eyed readers may have noticed a new entry to the credits pages of several Marvel comics released this week: a line acknowledging the contribution of Jack Kirby.

All-New X-Men #33, Fantastic Four #12, Inhuman #7 and Wolverine and the X-Men #11 include the phrase “Created By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby,” while Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 states, “Captain America Created By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.” The credits pages can be found below.

Added with no fanfare, the credits follow a settlement agreement announced last month, ending the five-year-old fight between Marvel and Kirby’s children over the copyrights to 45 characters created or co-created by their father — among them, the Avengers, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.

Neither side has commented publicly on their agreement beyond the joint statement, issued even as the U.S. Supreme Court was expected to decide whether it would consider an appeal by the Kirby heirs: “Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”

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Marvel marks National Cat Day with kitty covers

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In many households, every day is National Cat Day (the furry fellas insist on it), but Oct. 29 is when it’s officially observed across the country, with a special emphasis on pet adoption. Taking the occasion “VERY seriously,” Marvel is celebrating by posting a selection of Jenny Parks‘ delightful animal variant covers featuring Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Wolverine.

But wait! There’s still more comics-related kitty cuteness: The Dodo profiles a dozen cats who make their homes in comic books stores, including the appropriately named Fat Cat Comics in Johnson City, New York. There are even some cat-themed reading recommendations. (Seriously, go read it; it’s my favorite thing today.)

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Ninth Circuit delivers another blow to Stan Lee Media

stan leeEven as Disney and Stan Lee Media argue their case in one appeals court, another has dealt a setback to the failed dot-com’s feud with its co-founder and namesake.

According to Courthouse News Service, a panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that a California federal judge made the right decision in 2012 when he dismissed a shareholder lawsuit against Stan Lee seeking millions in profits and ownership of his Marvel co-creations.

Stan Lee Media has long insisted that between August 1998, when Marvel terminated Lee’s $1 million-a-year lifetime contract, and November 1998, when he entered into a new agreement with the House of Ideas, the legendary creator signed over his likeness and the rights to all of the characters he co-created — Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men, among them — to Stan Lee Entertainment, which later merged with Stan Lee Media. That company in turned filed for bankruptcy in February 2001; it emerged from protection in November 2006, and within months, the first of numerous lawsuits (against Marvel, Lee, Disney and others) was filed.

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It’s Gotham on ice as hockey teams celebrate Batman

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When the Toledo Walleye and the Evansville IceMen next face off, it’ll be in a battle for Gotham City.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader, Toledo’s East Coast Hockey League team is holding a “Heroes Night” celebration Nov. 22 that will see its players don a limited-edition Batman jersey reminiscent of the classic ’60s TV costume. Not to be outdone, the visiting IceMen will dress as The Riddler (sure, Mr. Freeze might’ve been the better choice, but might not have translated as well visually).

The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, with proceeds going to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and the Walleye Wishing Well. A limited number of replica Batman jerseys will be available beginning Nov. 3 at the Walleye’s store.

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Watch the new ‘Age of Ultron’ footage recreated with LEGO

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By now you’ve likely seen the “special look” at Avengers: Age of Ultron that aired last night during Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but have you watched it recreated in LEGO? If not, you’ve come to the right place.

This LEGO fan, who last week gave the same treatment to the teaser trailer, has already turned his attention to this new footage, which opens with a lighthearted scene in which Earth’s Mightiest Heroes take turns trying to lift Thor’s hammer. Note the Spider-Man cameo at the 1:19 mark. (What, you didn’t see that in the original?)

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IRS tries to auction lotto winner’s comics, walks away empty-handed

Sage's collection featured a lot of '80s and '90s comics, including "The New Mutants" #98

Sage’s collection featured a lot of ’80s and ’90s comics, including “The New Mutants” #98

After Robert Sage won a $13 million jackpot in the Florida lottery in 2001, he said he planned to build a two-story house with a tennis court and enough room to store his 300 superhero statues and 14,000 comic books. But on Tuesday, he found himself in a Jacksonville hotel, looking for bidders to buy his now 24,000-comic collection and settle his $123,432.06 tax debt.

He didn’t find any.

Oh, the IRS auction attracted collectors, The Florida Times-Union reports, but none thought the 22 bins of comics were worth anywhere close to the $200,000 Sage said two independent appraisers found they were worth.

“It looks like they have a lot of ’80s and ’90s,” one collector told the newspaper, noting newer comics don’t hold much value. And as their storage in bins may indicate, Sage was more of a reader than a collector, so the books aren’t in pristine condition. (You can see photos of part of the collection at the link.)

In the end, the 22 bins generated just $5,100 in bids, which were rejected by Sage. The IRS closed the auction and will now search for another way to collect the debt.

Sage, who didn’t pay his income taxes for two years, agreed in 2001 to receive $345,000 annually after taxes for 30 years rather than take a $7 million lump-sum payment. He told the Times-Union he used the money as collateral, and now doesn’t get as much money as he used to.

They may not be Earth’s mightiest heroes, but they’re the cutest

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Illustrator Rocky Davies, who previously took us back to the ’80s with supervillain album covers, now delivers an overdose of cuteness with his “Kid Hero” series, depicting pint-sized versions of Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Leonardo (of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame) and more.

I know I should probably question teeny Tony Stark’s Van Dyke, but I’m too busy smiling about li’l Nick Fury chomping on a peppermint stick.

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‘The Marvel Experience’ tour reveals character lineup

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All 13 characters have been revealed for The Marvel Experience interactive tour, and at least a couple may surprise you.

As depicted in the above image, debuted by Yahoo, the usual suspects — Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk — will be joined by Wolverine, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, The Vision, She-Hulk, Iron Fist and Black Panther.

“This is the only place you’ll see them together, and we’re proud of that,” Rick Licht, CEO of tour producer Hero Ventures, is quoted as saying. That’s in part because the film rights to Wolverine and Spider-Man are held by Fox and Sony, respectively.

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McFarlane pulls back curtain on ‘Spawn’ #248 cover process

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Counting down to the landmark 250th issue of Spawn, Todd McFarlane has given fans a glimpse into the cover process for Issue 248 — “only two more issues until AL SIMMONS returns!!” — penciled by Syzmon Kudranski and inked by McFarlane himself, which goes on sale Nov. 5.

“It’s pretty COOL to see how it all comes together,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “There’s a lot of work that goes into this comic stuff.” He also offered a reminder about the art contest for Spawn #250, noting that he’ll start collecting submissions on Nov. 1.

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Print and wear these ‘Gotham’ Halloween masks

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If you’re one of those people who waits until the day of the big Halloween party to start thinking about a costume, you should probably go ahead and print these out now: Courtesy of Fox’s Gotham, they’re paper masks of The Riddler, Catwoman, The Penguin and Fish Mooney (although they appear somewhat older than they do on the television series).

Of course, if you don’t have a party to go to, or little trick-or-treaters to escort, you could always wear these while you watch the TV show, but that’d be creepy.

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‘Mark Trail’ fans want more poacher-busting, less Rusty

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With its glacial pacing, signature earnestness and freakishly out-of-scale wildlife, Mark Trail is a fairly easy target for mockery, but the 68-year-old comic strip does have its fans.

Cartoonist James Allen, who worked as Jack Elrod’s assistant for nearly a decade, thought he had a pretty good idea of what those fans wanted: the occasional window into Mark’s family life (with a giant dog or goldfish, perhaps?). So after he taking over the daily strip in April, he set the khaki-clad adventurer on a course to spend a little time with long-neglected wife Cherry and son Rusty. Boy, was that so not what fans wanted.

After receiving several letters from “annoyed” readers, the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, contacted Allen, who explained:

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Doctor Strange and Dormammu materialize in Mondo prints

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Could the timing be anything other than magical? Following word that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to play Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Mondo is offering prints from the We Buy Your Kids gallery exhibit that include two downright psychedelic renditions of the Sorcerer Supreme and his classic foe Dormammu.

The two takes on the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko creations look as if they should be rendered on black velvet, which may not be such a bad idea. Each18-inch by 24-inch print is $40, with Dormammu limited to 110 copies and Strange to 125. Keep the Eye of Agamotto trained on the Mondo Twitter feed, where they on-sale time will be announced sometime today.

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Jock and Francavilla help Mondo celebrate Batman’s 75th

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For those of us who can’t make it to Austin for Mondo’s gallery show celebrating the 75th anniversary of Batman, Slashfilm has rounded up all of the prints and paintings on display. It’s an incredible collection of works that draws inspiration from television, film and comic books, although more the first two than the list.

However, ROBOT 6 favorites Jock and Francesco Francavilla do stick close to home with their contributions: Batman: Year One (in regular and variant varieties), by Jock; Batman & Dracula: Red Rain by Francavilla; and Batman: The Black Mirror, a collaboration between the two of them.

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Tremble in the presence of 3A Toys’ Doctor Doom figure

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything about the Doctor Doom figure from Ashley Wood’s 3A Toys, but judging from this post on the company’s production blog, that’s about to change very soon.

While we wait, however, the company provides a look at all colorways for the 1/6th-scale figure: Classic Edition, Ghost Edition and Stealth Edition. 3A’s Iron Man figures are kind of pricy, and I’m guessing these will be in the same range. Still, they’re pretty amazing-looking.

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Sideshow Collectibles adds premium art prints

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Sideshow Collectibles, best known for its premium figures, has expanded into limited-edition art prints featuring Marvel and DC Comics properties, and its own Court of the Dead.

Its Premium Art Print line debuts with Gotham Sirens: Poison Ivy by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, Spider-Woman by Scott Forbes, and Kier: Call of the Forsaken Valkyrie by David Palumbo, with upcoming work promised from the likes of Ariel Olivetti, Kris Anka and Fabian Schlaga.

Priced at $79.99, each 18-inch by 24-inch print is hand-numbered, and includes a penciled artist signature and embossed seal of authenticity.

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