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In an interesting analysis, Eriq Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter sees signs the U.S. Supreme Court might consider the five-year dispute between Jack Kirby’s heirs and Marvel over the copyrights to many of the company’s most popular characters.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in August upheld a 2011 ruling that Kirby’s Marvel creation in the 1960s were work for hire, and therefore not subject to copyright reclamation by his children. (They had filed 45 copyright-termination notices in September 2009, seeking to reclaim what they saw as their father’s stake in such characters as the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk; Marvel fired back with a lawsuit.) In their March petition to the Supreme Court, the Kirby heirs took aim at the Second Circuit’s “instance and expense” test, arguing that it “invariably finds that the pre-1978 work of an independent contractor is ‘work for hire’ under the 1909 Act.”
Gardner points out the the justices discussed the petition at a May conference, and then requested that Marvel respond (the company initially didn’t file a response). Those p0tential portents were followed by a pair of friend-of-the-court briefs: one filed by Bruce Lehman, former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on behalf of himself, former U.S. Register of Copyrights Ralph Oman, the Artists Rights Society and others, and the other by attorney Steven Smyrski on behalf of longtime Kirby friend Mark Evanier, Kirby historian John Morrow and the PEN Center USA.
Art dealer Sal Abbinanti has unveiled two new Alex Ross lithographs that will be available next month at Comic-Con International.
Ross, who’s been reaching back into Marvel history for a series of variant covers celebrating the publisher’s 75th anniversary, here depicts the 1970s X-Men lineup and a fairly timeless Captain America. The renowned artist recently tackled both subjects in a pair of variants, capturing Xavier’s first students in a later era.
This undoubtedly should be prefaced with the warning “DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME,” but considering it’s billed by U.K. garage inventor Colin Furze as “DIY X-Men Pyro,” that would be useless. So, yes, the manic mind behind those automatic Wolverine claws and Magneto shoes is back, this time with a device that will permit you to shoot 12-foot flames from your wrists, because … what harm could come of that?
Here’s hoping Furze follows that quickly with DIY Iceman or DIY Storm to diminish some of the damage this will very likely cause.
Conventions | MCM London Comic Con have announced that 101,600 people attended the May 23-25 show, which is being dubbed “the largest event of its kind ever held in the U.K.” That figure represents an increase of more than 31,500 from the May 2013 installment, and 13,600 from the October show. [MCM London Comic Con]
Creators | Kyle Anderson talks to director John Carpenter and writer Eric Powell (The Goon) about Big Trouble in Little China, the BOOM! Studios comic that picks up where the movie left off. Powell talks about renting the movie as a kid: “My sister and I would always go in there, and we’d always need to get a funny one and a scary one. Big Trouble kind of covered both of those situations.” The comic debuts on June 4. [Entertainment Weekly]
X-Men: The Last Stand was the last X-Men movie I thought I would ever see. I was so let down that I didn’t even want to watch X-Men: First Class when Fox tried to lure fans back with the promise of a clean slate. X3 was just too far. All the buildup and promise of the first two films was washed away with thoughtlessness and a complete misunderstanding of what made those adaptations great.
It’s easy to forget that the first X-Men movie really kicked off the revival of major comic-book adaptations that continue today. I know, Blade came first and was a big hit and really rekindled Hollywood’s love affair with comic properties, but X-Men was the start of the uniformed team, super-powers and the struggle between good and evil that modern audiences crave. The idea of peace and war for survival, the human-rights angle played as a mutant allegory portrayed by talented actors was all there comfortably next to stabby fight scenes, snarky quips and Halle Berry. From the first movie, we went to what could be debated as the best X-Men movie, X2: X-Men United. Themes were expounded upon, comic morsels were dropped for fans to pick up on, and the special-effects budget improved tenfold. After that, development problems, the wanton destruction of characters and the complete mishandling of the Phoenix storyline all combined to create a movie that nearly killed the franchise.
X-Men: First Class was a chance to get the audience back with a younger, sexier cast of mutant heroes and villains. For the most part it worked, but I didn’t want a new group of X-Men; I wanted the old one back. Everything in the first two X-Men movies still worked, and it didn’t feel right to just jettison it all because of one disaster. To borrow a phrase, just because one stumbles and falls doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.
If only we could go back in time and change X-Men: the Last Stand. ..
WARNING: SPOILERS for X-Men: Days of Future Past. I’ll try and remain vague, but I’ll definitely be talking about the final act because — short version — it’s worth the admission price to see if you’re a fan of the original films. For more, continue on, True Believers!
While Furze hasn’t figured out how to bend metal with his mind or hurl enemies with the wave of a hand (not yet, anyway), he has devised a magnetic shoes that allow him to walk on the ceiling. (OK, maybe he’s more Lionel Richie than Erik Lehnsherr.)
“Magnetic shoes, something it seems only NASA has done before me,” Furze writes. “Not even Ian McKellen used real ones in the X-Men films. I may not be controlling metal with my mind, but being ‘Magnetic’ is close enough for me.”
Just in time for the premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past, high-energy U.K. garage inventor Colin Furze has created fully retractable metal claws that will undoubtedly make him the envy of every Wolverine fan, and the prime suspect in countless watermelon stabbings. While we can take issue with his “adamantium” claim in the video below — unless he’s also invented that metal alloy in our universe — there’s little denying the claws are pretty amazing.
They’re 12-inch stainless steel blades activated by a Spider-Man-like palm trigger and powered by a compressed-air system housed in a backpack. Furze also shot a video that explains the entire process. Watch both below.
Following a round of X-Men-centric Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s commercials that attracted widespread criticism, the latest stop on the Days of Future Past promo train is AXE, the male-targeted grooming brand that for for years marketed its body spray with the overt promise that the user would become cartoonishly irresistible to the opposite sex. Like Carl’s Jr., AXE in the past has been accused of sexist marketing — including a 2012 spot centered on disembodied female breasts — but this commercial plays it pretty straight, with the film’s Havok (Lucas Till) outshining two less impressive mutants in a competition administered by an unnamed character unlikely to be found in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.
It’s all to promote the “AXE Limited Edition X-Men pack,” which can be found in “Phoenix, Dark Temptation, Apollo and Anarchy” varieties, and comes bundled with an “exclusive” Days of Future Past poster.
It’s not the first time AXE and comics have collided: In 2012, the company launched a digital comic, written by Scott Lobdell, to promote the “Anarchy” fragrance line.
With a $1.1 billion global box office and a certified-platinum soundtrack, Disney‘s Frozen is more that a blockbuster — it’s a pop-culture phenomenon. However, the folks at How It Should Have Ended found the animated film lacked a certain … something. Namely, an appearance by X-Men.
After all, where better than Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters for Elsa to learn more about her powers — and, of course, organize the joint faculty-student chorus?
On a day rife with fake announcements and Photoshoppery, this April Fool’s Day prank is real (or, rather, “real”): Wolverhampton Station, in England’s West Midlands, has been renamed Wolverine Station, if only for today. It’s a stunt orchestrated by Virgin Trains and Fox to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past.
London24 explains that the station’s 65 signs underwent the change, which was even reflected in the departure board at London’s Euston Station. Other signs (below) warned travelers about the potential threat posed by mutants. (Local radio station BBC WM even got in on the action, tweeting its opposition with a poster that reads “Mutant And Proud.”)
Marvel has partnered with developer Glitchsoft to develop a mobile game based on the seminal 1981 X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past.”
Appearing in The Uncanny X-Men #141-142, the story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne depicts a timeline created by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from assassinating a U.S. senator. In that alternate future, the giant robotic Sentinels have become the de facto rulers of the United States, where mutants are hunted down and placed in internment camps. To prevent that dystopian world from coming to pass, an adult Kate Pryde transfers her mind into her younger self in an effort to stop the event that triggers the anti-mutant hysteria.
Although the kind of comics Matt Bors is best known for are far removed from the superhero genre, the political cartoonist has an unabashed love for the characters — and that’s showing through in these great illustrations he’s releasing for Valentine’s Day. Bearing the subtitle “protecting a world that hugs and smooches them,” Bors’ X-Men Valentines really hit the mutant-loving hearts of X-Men fans, and show he really knows his characters.
On the heels of the proposed “Assault on Wayne Manor” LEGO playset there arrives on LEGO Cuusoo another massive comics-themed project for consideration (from the same designers, no less): the X-Men’s X-Mansion.
As with their previous proposal, DarthKy and Glenbricker don’t skimp on the details, delivering elements of 1407 Graymalkin Lane that will be familiar to longtime readers of Marvel’s mutant saga. Everything from Cerebro and the Danger Room to the headmaster’s office and Storm’s attic garden are included.
In the tradition of its Fantastic Four and Walking Dead “100 Projects,” The Hero Initiative has unveiled some of the first entries for its next venture, featuring contributions by Alan Davis, Khoi Pham, Mike Perkins and more.
This time, Marvel provided blank covers for Uncanny X-Men #12, and The Hero Initiative asked 100 artists to create a drawing on each of those covers. The original artwork will be auctioned on eBay; the organization will also collect the covers in hardcover and paperback editions.
Check out more of the art below, and see more still on the Hero Initiative website. Auction dates will be announced soon.
A love for the X-Men and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turned into a lifelong hobby for Jason Klein, a New York doctor who shares his home office with us today. Check out his collection, which includes several crochet pieces made by his wife, below.