"Supergirl" Casts its Lucy Lane
Legal | Inventor Stephen Kimble, who was dealt a final loss Monday by the Supreme Court in his years-long fight with Marvel over royalties for a Spider-Man toy, is of course disappointed by the 6-3 decision. However, he seems hopeful that there might be a legislative solution to the outdated patent law. “We can take this opinion, go to the legislators … and say, ‘Look, the court is saying that if this needs to be changed, you’re the guys to change it,’” he said. “And there is a huge body of evidence out there that this needs to be changed.” [Tucson Sentinel]
Manga | Kathryn Hemmann looks at the ways publishers courted female readers in the early days of manga, and how their strategies led to permanent changes in the comics landscape. [Contemporary Japanese Literature]
On the teeny-tiny heels of Hasbro’s Comic-Con International-exclusive Ant-Man box set, Marvel and Diamond Select Toys have unveiled a new Scott Lang action figure, available only from MarvelShop.com and Disney Store.
Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, and based on the upcoming Marvel Studios film, this Marvel Select Ant-Man kinda-sorta looks like star Paul Rudd. Standing 7 inches tall and featuring 16 points of articulation, it comes with two interchangeable heads (helmted and unmasked), six interchangeable hands, a 1.75-inch shrunken version, and a display stand.
LEGO has added one more item to the rapidly growing list of must-have exclusives from Comic-Con International: the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Sam Wilson Captain America minifigure.
However, you won’t simply be able to walk up to the LEGO booth and buy it. No, USA Today reports the limited-edition figure is one of the toymaker’s giveaways; winners will be drawn each day during the July 8-12 convention.
Manga | Is former manga powerhouse Tokyopop coming back? Once the largest publisher of manga in North America, the company stopped publishing new manga in 2011, but didn’t go bankrupt and never really went away. Tokyopop is selling many of its “global manga” titles digitally and in print, on demand, and it ‘s planning panels at both Anime Expo in Los Angeles and Comic-Con International in San Diego. On his blog, CEO Stu Levy drops a few hints, saying he’s “rebuilding” Tokyopop. [Tokyopop]
Digital comics | Rob Salkowitz analyzes the latest news from Amazon and comiXology and suggests there’s more to the story than meets the eye. While fans may view the renewal of Marvel’s deal with comiXology as a story about a digital comics service, Salkowitz says it’s really about bringing comics to the mass market through Amazon: “Kindle isn’t Amazon’s platform for reaching comic book readers. It’s Amazon’s platform for reaching all readers. comiXology counts its revenues in millions. Amazon counts its revenues in billions. Moving these titles from a superior specialty app to an inferior mainstream app isn’t a big deal for existing fans but it’s a huge potential expansion of the market.” [ICv2]
For its latest Comic-Con International exclusive, Gentle Giant imagined what it might’ve been like had Deadpool been around in 1984 for Marvel’s original Secret Wars. And then it thought even bigger.
The new addition to the company’s line of retro-style Secret Wars jumbo figures, the wise-crackin’ Merc With a Mouth stands 12 inches tall. Made from vinyl and ABS plastic, the figure features five points of articulation — hey, it’s based on the old Mattel seris — and comes equipped with a gun.
The Iron Man Mark VI armor is actually the result of an attempt by Tony Davis (not Stark) to scale up an earlier minifigure. He tells 3DPrint.com now that’s he successfully scaled the joints — “the joints get weird when you scale them up and down” — he plans to create for figures.
You may not like Bruce Banner when he’s angry, but you’ll undoubtedly love this BMW X6 when it gets wet.
It’s the work of German graffiti artist Rene Turrek, who used a blue paint that becomes transparent when exposed to hot water, revealing the (very angry) Incredible Hulk beneath. Think of it as a life-size Hot Wheels Color Shifter.
Marvel’s First Family is headed to Denny’s for, yes, the “Slamtastic 4.” Seriously, what else could it be called?
The home of the Grand Slam Slugger, the Grand Slamwich and Moons Over My Hammy has partnered with 20th Century Fox to promote the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot with not only new dishes inspired by the film, but also a sweepstakes.
On the heels of its Emma Frost statue, Kotobukiya has announced a Comic-Con International limited edition: the Deadpool “Chimichanga” SDCC Limited Edition ARTFX+ statue.
Sculpted by Junnosuke Abe, the 1/10th-scale statue stands — or, rather, crouches — 6 inches tall, grabbing his katana with his right hand and holding either Headpool or a chimichanga with his left. Hence, the name, I suppose. Deadpool also comes with a magnetic display base, which just happens to look like a tortilla.
Hasbro is gearing up for the July 17 release of Ant-Man by unveiling its final two Marvel exclusives for Comic-Con International in San Diego, both featuring the shrinking hero.
The first is a .75-inch non-articulated Ant-Man figure, based on Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. Priced at $9.99 (yeah, I know), it comes in a Pym Technologies matchbox.
Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, knows a good planetary buffet when he sees one, and he’s apparently willing to cross universes — and publishers — to get to it.
Among the covers debuted this afternoon by DC Comics to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Green Lantern is Wes Craig’s fun variant for The Flash #44, which depicts Barry Allen and John Stewart racing through space, just ahead of a battalion of Parademons. (Is that what you call them, a battalion? A sleuth? A murder?) Scattered throughout the background are tiny cameos by the likes of Ambush Bug, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman,
Starman Mister Miracle, Orion and even Mister Mxyzptlk. But that’s not all …
Frank Castle is a simple yet evocative character who would be as much at home in a pulp novel or in a ’70s action movies as in a comic book. He’s a man out for revenge, which is an age-old trope. However, the fact that there are three Taken movies proves we don’t care; we just want to see it. What was initially a throwaway Spider-Man villain has become a fan-favorite character, making The Punisher ripe for adaptation in other media.
Being so popular means you can survive a lot of bad ideas, like Dolph Lundgren or being an Angelic host. But what’s the best use of the Punisher?
As the clock ticks down to Comic-Con International — it’s less than a month away, start packing! — LEGO has announced a convention-exclusive Marvel Super Heroes playset: the “Throne of Ultron” from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, the 203-piece set features an Ultron minifigures and three Ultron Sentries. It’s priced at a reasonable $39.99, but you may have a devil of a time getting one, as they’ll parceled out in a limited number each day.
Countless thousands of Marvel fans likely would love to get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition, but how many are willing to pay in the high five figures for it?
One of those sweet, sweet red-and-gold smartphones sold Thursday for about $91,600 in an auction held by a China’s second-largest online retailer, JD.com. That’s just a little more than its suggested $1,079. So what’s so special about this phone that it would attract 92,429 bids, driving the price so high?
Although some companies have had to abandon plans for licensed X-Men collectibles, Kotobukiya pushes on with the unveiling of its Emma Frost ARTFX+ statue, the second in a series inspired by the mutants of Marvel Now! (Cyclops was announced last year at New York Comic Con, and will be released later this summer.)
Based on concept art by Adi Granov, the black-clad White Queen stands a little more than 7.5 inches tall on a magnetic display stand. Kotobukiya promises the rest of the Uncanny X-Men team are “coming soon,” which should provide more fodder for message board discussions.