The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2
Comic Books, Film
BOOM! Studios released the solicitations for their August comics this week, and it looks like they might reveal two more comics that were part of the company’s deal with movie studio Fox Atomic. The first is Die Hard: Year One by Howard Chaykin and artist Stephen Thompson. Here’s the text:
BOOM! Studios is proud to present America’s greatest action hero translated into the sequential art form for the first time! Every great action hero got started somewhere: Batman Began. Bond had his Casino Royale. And for John McClane, more than a decade before the first DIE HARD movie, he’s just another rookie cop, an East Coast guy working on earning his badge in New York City during 1976’s Bicentennial celebration. Too bad for John McClane, nothing’s ever that easy. Join legendary industry creator Howard Chaykin on a thrill ride that’s rung up over $1 billion in box office worldwide and become the gold standard for classic action! Yippee Ki Yay!
Issue ships with 3 covers in a 50/25/25 split
COVER D (Incentive: 1 for every 25 ordered)
The cover above is cover D, a.k.a. the incentive cover. The other covers by Dave Johnson, Jock and John Paul Leon are after the break, but are marked “Not Final Art.”
• Variety reports that 20th Century Fox is closing Fox Atomic, the division created in 2007 to produce comedy and genre films.
The label, founded by Peter Rice, generated such movies as Turistas, 28 Weeks Later and the Hills Have Eyes 2. It also included a publishing arm called Fox Atomic Comics.
At WonderCon in February, BOOM! Studios announced a publishing deal with Fox Atomic for a line of comics set to kick off in June with another 28 Days Later series. It’s unclear at this point how, or if, the shuttering of Fox Atomic would affect that agreement.
BOOM! declined to comment.
• Canned Dogs has translations of creator Satou Shuuhou’s blog posts about the financial aspects of the manga industry, including a breakdown of his pay and expenses, the state of the Japanese market, and the treatment of authors and their assistants. Last week he announced he’ll make his comics available online, for a small fee, a month after they appear in print.
• Warner Bros. and Marvel came in third and fourth on License! Global magazine’s list of the 100 biggest licensing companies in 2008, behind perennial top dog Disney. Warner Bros. held steady at $6 billion from 2006 to 2008 while Marvel grew from $4.8 billion in 2006 to $5.5 billion in 2007 and $5.7 billion last year.
• Comics retailer Up Up & Away! in Cincinnati apparently is doing well, despite the dismal economy. “We’re not just surviving, we’re thriving,” owner Kendall Swafford tells The Cincinnati Enquirer.
• Judge Parker, cut from The Washington Post’s comics page in a recent round of belt-tightening, has won a reprieve thanks to the “intensity of feeling” among complaining readers.
At the Emerald City ComiCon this weekend, BOOM! Studios and Fox Atomic revealed the first comic coming out of their recently announced partnership — and its a project Fox Atomic fans are more than likely familiar with.
28 Days Later , the popular horror movie and one of the comics Fox Atomic previously published on their own, will return to comics in July as part of the venture BOOM! and Fox Atomic announced at WonderCon earlier this year.
No creative teams have been announced, but it looks like at least one of the covers for the first issue will sport a wraparound cover by Sean Phillips:
(Quick update: The second cover, shown after the jump, is by Tim Bradstreet).
Fox Atomic previously published 28 Days Later: The Aftermath in 2007, which was written by Steve Niles. The complete press release on the new book is available after the jump.
Brier Dudley with The Seattle Times reports that Zombie Studios, creator of the as-yet-unreleased game Blacklight, has signed a deal with Fox Atomic to turn the game into a movie and a comic series. Interestingly enough, the game itself does not have a distributor yet.
According to studio co-founder Mark Long, the game features a “covert ops team that is sent after an American CIA colonel gone rogue who has lost all sense of restraint in his pursuit of the enemy — you’re to either capture or kill him.”
At WonderCon a couple of weeks ago, Fox Atomic and BOOM! Studios announced a partnership where BOOM! would publish three titles this summer by the movie unit, which has previously published its own comics based on its 28 Days Later movie, among others. Whether Blacklight is one of these titles wasn’t clear in the article; I’ve emailed BOOM! to find out and will update this post once they respond.