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THE UKs LARGEST INDEPENDENT COMICS PUBLISHER Between 1984-1994 I worked freelance as a writer/artist/editor/agent in comics as well as comics journalism for MU Press,Blue Comet Press,Fantagraphic Books,Eros Comics,Dorne,Fleetway,IPC and others in the United States,UK and Europe. During this period I also produced large numbers of single panel gag cartoons for agencies in Germany such as Boiselle-Lohmann and Baaske Agency –these going to magazines and publications around Europe. I also worked as a freelance editor in comics and publications ranging from wildlife,astronomy and science fiction magazines. From 1984 to present I've been self publishing comics as well as publications on a wide variety of subjects under the Black Tower banner. I have also produced packages of work for companies in India,Hong Kong and China. I have also been working as an industry advisor for smaller companies in countries such as India,Canada,Singapore,China,Europe and the US. hoopercomicsuk@yahoo.com

Friday, 19 September 2014

Making Things Clear -and 'anonymous' flamers

For those who seem to think I'm after event freebies (thank you for the emails but have the balls to comment on CBO and give your REAL names) let me point something out.

Look to the right (that's THIS way---->) 1, 616, 997 views. Events publicised and reviews posted get a LOT of views which is why companies send me review books.   Now, for some reason Google+ views are not shown on this blog. I can tell you that as of this moment CBO postings have been viewed by 783, 666 -and I've only been posting there since May.

From CBO and Google+ most of the postings are picked up by other sites, bloggers and they in turn add extra views. 

You want better free publicity? You can look and good luck.

I have no objections to paying for tables at events.  Free entry? Yes, that is the norm in EVERY industry for people who promote or are considered "Press".

Just grow up and try to be professionals or at least pretend as best you can. Irritating 'anonymous' emailers...well, you just are not.  You really need to catch up on internet technology. 

Now go away.

NO Event Is "Exempted"

Comic Event Organisers Please Take Note!

I think the time has come to put a stop to absolute freebie advertising of events. CBO gets thousands of hits per day and comic event news are amongst the most popular items.  However, I am quite willing to sacrifice those views.

Do I get invited as a guest to these events? NO!
Do I ever get offered a table at these events for the promotional work I put in for them?  NO!
Do I ever succeed in getting a table at these events? NO!

What do I get out of all the work I put in for these UK events?  Absolutely nothing.  Organisers seem to think they are doing me a favour by deeming to grace me with their press releases.

No. It stops.  Time for me to be 'selfish' -I'm a person who publishes -biggest publisher of Independent comics in the UK.  Yes, but I don't know so-and-so.  I get invited to vote in the Harvey Awards and others -and I get invitations from outside the UK.

All my years promoting UK comics, the Small Press, my work, my publishing means nothing to a convention organiser which, let's put it mildly, is a bloody outright insult.  So why should their events mean anything to me?

From now on there are no more freebies -and please don't say you never saw this posting as its going out to you by mail also.  £20.00 a posting of a Press Release from an event organiser or you can pay £50.00 each year to have all your PRs on site rather than individual charges.

That's it.

Sad Day For Scotland

I think Stransky & Labatt were of the same opinion as myself so, when I got these yesterday they were scanned and ready.



Thursday, 18 September 2014

Machinima Lands Exclusive Animated ‘Justice League’ Series





Marc Graser
Senior Editor @marcgraser
 
Machinima, an online network that mostly targets younger males, has secured the exclusive rights to a three-part animated “Justice League” series from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.

“Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles” will launch in the spring of 2015.
“Chronicles” is said to revolve around a newly conceived reality in the DC universe where Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are much darker versions of the superheroes that people know.

The digital series is based on “Justice League: Gods & Monsters,” an original animated film executive produced by Bruce Timm and co-produced by Alan Burnett that will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment later in 2015. Timm and Burnett both collaborated on “Batman: The Animated Series.”

The “Chronicles” episodes will debut weeks before the launch of the film on home entertainment platforms.

The property is the first program the companies have collaborated on since Warner Bros. invested $18 million in Machinima in March.

It’s also the first project from Warner Bros.’ newly formed digital content production unit, headed up by Sam Register, president, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series — and, of course, comes as the film studio is filming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” for 2016, followed by a “Justice League” movie in 2018.

“Ever since we announced the Warner Bros. strategic investment, we have been looking for a new and exciting way to tap into the company’s unmatched content,” said Chad Gutstein, Machinma’s CEO.

Announcement comes just days after Machinima announced Daniel Tibbets as the first chief content officer of the online channel.

Added DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson: “We are committed to delivering DC Entertainment’s extensive line-up of world-class characters and stories to audiences across all platforms and formats. ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters’ is an exciting opportunity to bring alternate versions of DC Comics’ iconic Justice League characters to Machinima, and we look forward to bringing this new animated shortform series to life with our partners across Warner Bros.”

Machinima is looking to bolster its original programming offerings for its core 18-34-year-old demo after scoring with scripted series like “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist,” “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” and “Battlestar Galactica Blood & Chrome.”

Now come on –DC is killing itself with all this “darker” crap!  Can it get any “darker” at DC? Yes: the JLA go out murdering nurses, nuns, tramps and school kids “for the greater good”.

DC needs to wake up and I really do not give a feck if Bruce Timm is behind it: he’s doing this for the DC pay-cheque!

A Bath Comics Event This November!

There is, apparently, an upcoming comics event in Bath.  No real info yet but when I get the info you'll get the info!
www.bathcomicsandscifi.co.uk
 

 
bath com and scifi logo copy

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd

November 2014

 

The Invasion Earth Trilogy....?

Firstly a THANK YOU to Mark who got in touch.  He has purchased Black Tower books and is only the second person to actually contact me about them!

It's nice to hear from readers.

Steve and Dan were also asking questions about  Green Skies and other Black Tower projects.

Firstly, yes, there is still going to be a Green Skies book!  It's going to be an epic like Return Of The Gods so I decided that the publication date will be around January, 2015 which will celebrate 2014s BTC&Bs 30th anniversary.  I want to set a bit more groundwork in motion first.  It will be worth it.

Secondly, "What is the Invasion Earth trilogy?"

Well, back in 1987 I had plotted "Invasion Earth 1987 AD" which was a little title hommage to the 1966 Dr Who movie starring Peter Cushing -Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.


1966 -what a year!

Anyway, the series was put together as a proposal to Fleetway where a couple editors liked the idea but then panicked when they realised there was no existing title they could fit the story into.  Gil Page was Managing Editor and had the final "No" -Fleetway was a bit of a mess and merging with Maxwell Pergamon Publishing did not help.  On the occasion I met Maxwell he was very enthusiastic because he wanted to publish a line of successful comics -I understand that he had heard Rupert Murdoch might be thinking of publishing comics.

Multi-millionaires and their pissing up the wall competitions.  Quite messy.

Some of the plot has been used in other books -the parasitic menace of the alien Krale, Freelancer and so on. 

When I met Archie Goodwin at a UK Comic Art Convention (UKCAC) I outlined the idea to him (I still wanted to work for Marvel in those days).  He was thoughtful and very kind but, ultimately, he said neither Marvel nor DC would probably touch the idea because they both had to own character copyrights.  He suggested Eclipse. 

Please, never ever ask me about the response from Eclipse where I got a rant about the Germans and World War 2 --I still have no idea where that came from!!!

So nothing happened.

Then Print-on-Demand happened.  Black tower adventure was relaunched in a new, bigger format. And as I had artwork for Return of the Gods I used it.  When published as a "trade" it had 196 pages.  I wasn't happy because so much had been left out so I got to work -331 pages was the end result.

Some background info here:

http://hoopercomicart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/the-ultimate-game-and-return-of-gods.html

But lots of threads came together including the alien menace to Earth, which got invaded by-the-way.  All that rounded up part 1. 



Part 2 looked at the aftermath and what the heroes were up to -or not. It's a stand alone book -The Cross Earths Caper. It sets up a lot of things BUT you do not have to buy Return to understand it.  Nor buy the Cross Earths Caper to understand Return.



Then there is the third and ultimate part of this trilogy -Green Skies. Again, it is linked to events in Return, Cross Earths and Black Tower Adventure strips but you do not have to buy those books to understand what is going on.

Green Skies will see so much cleared up, mysteries revealed and open the door for future stories but it will be the epic story out of the way.  I'm not giving anything away.  Nothing.  But some aspects of the story seriously depressed me.

Because of the work involved, Green Skies should be out in January 2015 and will be the big 30th anniversary book from Black Tower.  I can then breath a sigh of relief and relax.

I hope that answers some questions?



Avengers Versus X-Men, Zenith Phase III and absolutely NOT a shameless plug for anything I've done.

Heroes on the run as super heroes become possessed by a dark force/entity.  The world changing about them as the heroes mount a last ditch resistance.  Using a pan-dimensional device to get from one point to the other. Eventually defeating the god-like opposition.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  Avengers Vs X-Men...2012.


What does Wikipedia say?

"Avengers vs. X-Men (abbreviated AvX) is a 2012 crossover event that was featured in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The event, consisting of an eponymous limited series and numerous tie-in books, involves the return of the Phoenix Force and the subsequent war between the Avengers and the X-Men. The 12-issue twice-monthly series was first published in April 2012, and features a storyline by Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction, with a rotating team of artists including John Romita, Jr., Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert."

Now, let me explain what happened.  I was walking through a book store in Bristols Union Street when I saw some, presumably, sale item trades.  One was Avengers Vs X-Men and had a price of £5.99.  The book has 372 pages and  collects Avengers Versus X-Men #0 and 1-12.  On Ebay some crooks are asking for £45-70 which is $73-122.00 or 57-97 E:-   Am I going to say "no"?

A clue to the answer is: (1) I've ready everything I have so many times its monotonous. (2) I bought the book.

So I sat down at 21:00 hrs and read the book in one long session --finishing about 01:00 hrs since I look at the art and don't just read through!  All the way through the book I kept thinking "I'm sure I've seen this all before?"  

Now, I have mentioned before that Avengers versus X-Men is not a new idea -1960s, 1970s, 1980s.  But this time round it was 'different' but let's not get into that.  Somewhere on this blog, if you can find it, you can read it.   But let's deal with the 'epic' itself.

Were this another comic company using its own characters then it might have all worked. In fact, part through I just switched off 'Marvel' and continued.  Then no real problem.  But, seriously, far from being a "landmark pop-culture event" it was more akin to a "landmark slap-it-all-together-and-see-how-it-turns-out" event.

Firstly, we have Prince Namor The Sub-Mariner.  I have a run of the 1960s series and just one story from that run wipes this AvX crap into the pan.  Namor is treated as one of the "big guns" of the X-Men since he was "Marvels First Mutant"  (no, I am NOT going there).  Well, in fact he is treated a little like Aquaman is said to have been treated -as a joke. 

The Thing and Luke Cage are smashing the crap out of Namor's face (UNDERWATER TO BOOT!!! W T F????) and what does the Scion of Atlantis do? He limply starts saying "Imperius Rex".  I am NOT kidding.  Cue another fight and Namor again getting the crap beaten out of him.  His response? "Imperius Rex" but it gets worse.  At another point he is transported by a pan-dimensional/Einstein-Rosenberg Bridge/Boom Tube type device to another location and as he looks up he says...."Imperius Rex". 

 I say there and, almost stunned.  This is the best that such 'Great' writers could come up with? Let me give you an equation here:

Luke Cage invulnerability/strength v Sub-Mariner. Invulnerable, flies, super-super strength =Luke Cage delivered home in a doggy bag.  Fact.

Ben Grimm aka The Thing -tough but has never beaten the Hulk.  Namor has pummeled the Hulk and even fought him to a stand-still underwater and on solid ground.  The Thing -again- has never beaten the Hulk. So...Thing v Sub-Mariner =Thing sent home in a doggy bag.  Underwater Cage + Thing =Sub-Mariner delivered back to Fishy Al's in Atlantis is a dogfish bag.

No FECKIN way!!

Namor is treated like some inferior third rate hanger-on. Even with the "phoenix force" he is.....crap.

Very very very poor characterisation.  However, as Bendis et al have shown they have no real interest in the characters what can you expect.  It's all ego massaging and pay cheques to them.

Dr Strange Master of the Mystic Arts is tricked in the most dumb-ass way by young Illyana and gets creamed.  This is, I assume, NOT the Dr Strange who defeated Nightmare, Mephisto and any other number of demons and supernatural threats? NOT the Dr Strange who was involved in the Sise-Neg Genesis? Or any of the major stories you'll find in his Marvel Premiere, Strange Tales or Dr Strange comics? Again, the Sorceror Supreme is a third rate character.

If you are going to throw in so many characters get a writer who CAN handle them --Kurt Busiek for one. Oh, I was forgetting that he has integrity.

The story-telling was very shaky and odd. I actually read this twice which is why it took me so long. Pacing seemed to be all over the place at times. I'll not mention characterisation again. Nova -another cast off character.  

In one scene, Wanda The Scarlet Witch is invited back to Avengers Mansion.  Here her 'ex'(?) husband, the synthezoid Vision, tears into her telling her it is no longer her home and she is no longer welcome.  Now, she was invited back there BY Avengers and Tony Stark (I assume he still owns Avengers Mansion?) stands by as one of his oldest friends is told to "go feck off" but just says to, after: "I get it. I just always liked them together"....well, feck you, Tony.

Oh, and the kicker to this is that (I'm sobbing now -see that tear running down my cheek?) the Vision has his back turned to the others and is 'crying' -how poignant.  No, not really. Just a bad...er..."hommage" to the famous "Even An android can cry" panel from Avengers v.1, no.58

When I saw that page (Avengers 58) first it really had an impact on me.  Even decades later I consider that to be one of the most iconic images from the comic.  In A v X it had no impact what-so-ever.  I'd call it "naff".



The art.  Well, there was not a great deal wrong there. Oddly, John Romita Jnr art shone through. Figures, colour -all seemed to work well.  Frank Cho -well, he's Frank Cho!  But this book showed the major problem if you have more than one artist.  Yes, pick a good artist for pencils (if they use pencils any more) and a good inker. Give them the script and get to work. Yes, I know, two books BUT it's not a race to see how many crises a year you can produce....is it?

I had to keep checking while reading as Illyana looked different depending on who drew her, Emma Frost -ditto. And what the Hell was this costume -lack-of-design that was going on? Okay, Emma Frost (the character with the odd, changing personality) doesn't wear that much BUT it looked like they were trying to outdo Cher's outfit from the "Turn Back Time" video!

The focus of the story, the character Hope, attacks the Serpent Society during a robbery and this line is part of the dialogue:

"You mean your friend with the tail and big spiky arms? Did you guys know those arms are cybernetic?  I didn't.  Until i cut them off."

And then I got it:



Above: page 61 (in sequence) of Zenith Phase III: War In Heaven, 1988

Coincidence?  

Hmm. The Lloigor defeat and take over the bodies of heroes.  Heroes from other parallels are fighting these creatures as the world changes around them.  They use an Einstein-Rosen Bridge to travel from one point to another.

Hey, Wikipedia -whaddaya say?

Zenith Phase III involved a multi-dimensional war against the Lloigor utilizing comic-book characters from other British comics from the '50s, '60s and '70s (using either the actual characters or analogs, depending on their legal status). The Lloigor, close to "ascending" and dominating the universe(s), were waiting for the infinite alternate universes to align and form a universe-sized crystal –- the "Omnihedron". The multi-universal heroes destroed several alternate Earths to introduce a flaw into the Omnihedron and prevent the alignment, but discovered that they had been betrayed by Maximan: the destruction of the worlds removed a flaw already present in the Omnihedron. Only at the last moment did they succeed by destroying the alternate Earth that the Lloigor were using to ascend. Due to the vast cross-dimensional body count incurred in this series, a surviving superhero commented that it may have been "...a pyrrhic victory".

Hmm. A bit like the end to the whole Avengers Versus X-Men thing, you mean?

Now, Zenith ran in 2000 ADand it was criticised by some as consisting of "scratchy" artwork.  Sheer and utter crap.  Steve Yeowell produced a comic strip and art that is truly "of the time" -Punk, New Wave, Acid House --it's all there.  Phase III, from which the art here is taken was probably the best of the stories.  Series writer, Grant Morrison described it, modestly, as "I think it is one of the greatest superhero crossover events ever."

Hmm. It is good. I'd say Crisis On Infinite Earth at #1 with Zenith at #2 but that's comparing it to American comics.  By itself I think Zenith Phase III can't really be beaten.  Yes, I know, there are certain people now calling me all sorts of names!  I am not a big Grant Morrison fan.  I like some of his books just as I like some of Alan Moore's...but, no, I just ain't getting into that arguement.


You know, there are so many comparisons that I keep thinking "What are the chances?"  Well, I have said it before, written it ad nauseum so let's add a bit more nauseum to the ad shall we?



There are in most genres, 6-7 story plots.  Or basic ideas.  The difference comes in how you develop and use those genre plots. Yeas, folk can say Zenith was "like" Crisis On Infinite Earths but it was also quite different.

The gathering of heroes to go on a quest or fight a powerful foe is millenia old -Jason and the Argonauts is possibly the most famous but you also have Homer's The Illiad, set in the last weeks of the Trojan War -sigh.  The movie "Troy" in case you don't read the Classics.  So that is part of story-telling -whether the ancient or Medieval (such as Arthur and the Round Table) or even the modern super hero.  The main hero in a group  is also a common theme -Robin Hood, Hector and so on.

Now, unless I want to get out all my old 2000 ADs and read the Zenith strips the difference is that Crisis was collected into a trade paperback so you can read it in one book.  Avengers Versus X-Men was collected into a trade (unbelievably there is a 140pp version with "expanded fight scenes"???).  Zenith, however, has only appeared in no longer available Titan Books (someone is 'willing to sell' one of these for £400!!). And Rebellion Studios released a very -VERY- over-priced collection, and I know there are plans for single volumes but....

Off topic.  Back to topic.





 Having read the entire Avengers Versus X-Men trade I can say that it is NOT that well written considering the writers are over-hyped as "Today's modern masters of comic book story-telling".  If that's true "We're fecked, mate!"  Characterisation is not good.  As I've already noted, if this were an Indie comic company book I'd be more impressed but it isn't.  This is from what used to be Marvel Comics.  And they still use the "House of Ideas" blurb?!

It's what happens if you have five hyped egoes who then get their stories turned into a script by one of their number -Bendis in this case.  And here is what I like as the punchline for a story that comes out as passable.

Two Assistant Editors
One Associate Editor
One Editor  (come on, Tom Brevoort -who I used to respect- couldn't edit his lunch!)
One Consulting Editor
One Editor In Chief
One Chief Creative Officer snicker
One Executive Producer

That's five -FIVE- editors!  "Chief Creative Officer" -if ever a job title said "Yes- man -free lunches"  it's that one.  "Executive Producer".....WTF???  Did he have the "casting couch" for the characters cus that might explain WHY Namor was treated like crap. He ain't biting the pillow for anyone.  He likes his women!  Executive Producer: "You don't put out you don't get, Namor"  Namor:"Im...per...ius....Rex"

I may be a bit cruel.  If you don't have any interest in the decades long history of the characters and a good read that won't challenge you then this is it.  I'm sure many did enjoy this book.  Really, people, do yourself a favour and go buy Avengers Forever by Kurt Busiek (a GOOD writer) and Carlos Pachecco -a great artist!  You'll see epic story-telling.

There's that other book.... a 330 pages thick epic somewhere -gods, sci fi, robots, super heroes, magic, alien invasion, Lovecraftian dark old ones...no. Can't remember what it's called again.

Ah -THAT'S THE JOHNNY!


Editor Terry Hooper-Scharf
Writer  Terry Hooper-Scharf
Penciller Terry Hooper-Scharf
Inker Terry Hooper-Scharf
Lettewring  Terry Hooper-Scharf   :-)
Design  Terry Hooper-Scharf
Publisher Terry Hooper-Scharf
Medication  Terry Hooper-Scharf
A4
Black & White
Paperback
331 Pages
STAND ALONE BOOK -no tie-ins to buy!!
Price: £15.00
It begins slowly with Earth’s heroes going about their daily tasks –fighting a giant robot controlled by a mad scientist’s brain , attackers both human and mystical -even alien high priests of some mysterious cult and their zombie followers and, of course, a ghost and a young genius lost in time.
 Pretty mundane. 
But there is a huge alien Mother-ship near the Moon and strange orange spheres chase some of Earth’s heroes who vanish into thin air –are they dead? 
Then black, impenetrable domes cover cities world-wide. 
Alien invasion of Earth! 
A war between the Dark Old Gods and the pantheons that followed! 
Warriors from Earth’s past having to battle each day and whether they die or not they are back the next day! 
And no one suspects the driving force behind the events that could cause destruction and chaos throughout the multi-verse —assaulted on all fronts can Earth’s defenders succeed or will they fail...is this truly the end?



And, crypticaly, might I add -Andrew Hope should remember this: The Wonderland Effect

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Disney Is Sticking It To Marvel Comic Buyers -And They Just Take It (again)

Now, when I publish this sort of thing people ask if I am joking. However, I am not.  Disney saw how much money they could make out of the Avengers movie and comics with anything "Avenger" in/on them.  So, amassing £370m in world-wide box office takings from Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney executives stopped flagellating themselves over the sales figures and came up with an exploitation idea.

And it is exploitation but I've gone over this before.

Anyway, two of the stars of Guardians Of The Galaxy-Rocket Raccoon and Groot will be taking over the covers of the releases for November, featuring art from some the premier artists working today. Yes, in November they will appear with NINETEEN VARIANT COVERS!


Marvel’s press release…
Build Up Your Variant Collection With Marvel ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT Variants!
New York, NY – September 17th, 2014 – The breakout comic book characters of the year are taking over the covers of your favorite Marvel titles this November! That’s right True Believer, ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT VARIANTS are coming, featuring some of the best and brightest talents in the industry! Not only will you get to see so many great artists putting their own spin on Rocket & Groot, but 20 of your favorite Marvel comics will feature these one-of-a-kind variants depicting some of the most classic of covers!
  • All-New Captain America #1
  • All-New X-Men #34
  • Amazing Spider-Man #9
  • Amazing X-Men #13
  • Avengers #38
  • Avengers World #15
  • Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #2
  • Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1
  • Deadpool #37
  • Guardians 3000 #2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #21
  • Hulk 8
  • Legendary Star-Lord #5
  • New Avengers #26
  • Rocket Raccoon #5
  • Spider-Verse #1
  • Spider-Woman #1
  • Superior Iron Man #1
  • Thor #2
  • Uncanny X-Men #28
“People everywhere can’t seem to get enough Rocket & Groot!” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “As soon as we came up with the concept to do Rocket Raccoon & Groot variants, the ideas just started pouring in. We couldn’t wait to get our hands dirty creating some really fantastic cover homages. This program is really the best of both worlds and we know it will really excite old and new fans everywhere.”


Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on these hotly anticipated variant covers as they hit comic shelves through the month of November. No fan will want to miss the chance to see these fan-favorite Marvel characters in a whole new way when the ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT VARIANTS hit store shelves worldwide this November!


Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier #2 (variant cover, Sandford Greene)
Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier #2 (variant cover, Sandford Greene)
Captain America & The Mighty Avengers  #1 (variant cover, Ulises Farinas)
Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1 (variant cover, Ulises Farinas)
Guardians Of The Galaxy #21 (variant cover, Dustin Nguyen)
Guardians Of The Galaxy #21 (variant cover, Dustin Nguyen)
image - Hulk #8 (variant cover, Tom Fowler)
Superior Iron Man #1 (variant cover, Tom Fowler)
Superior Iron Man #1 (variant cover, Tom Fowler)
Thor #2 (variant cover, James Stokoe)
Thor #2 (variant cover, James Stokoe)
Avengers #38 (variant cover, Chip Zdarsky)
Avengers #38 (variant cover, Chip Zdarsky)


And do you know something?  Fan-boys and girls are already counting their pennies in anticipation.  They are Disneys "Money Bitches".  This is just a sheer insult to Marvel fans.
I'm pretty sick of explaining all this to people. You stupid? Go buy ALL the books!

Doctor Strange...yes, The 'secret' movie I was talking about a while back.

Doctor Strange Release Date Set For 2016

Marvel are in “advanced negotiations” to film ‘Doctor Strange’ in the UK next year ahead of a planned July 2016 release date, according to reports.

Screen Daily believe that Marvel Studios is in the process of assembling a crew - led by director Scott Derrickson - which will move into Shepperton in late 2014 or early 2015 for a shoot tentatively pencilled in for May.

The 8 July, 2016 release date Marvel announced for an unnamed project has long been assumed to belong to ‘Doctor Strange’ given that it is the only forthcoming Marvel film beyond 2015’s Ant-Man and April 2016’s ‘Captain America 3’ with a known director.

'Doctor Strange' will tell the story of Marvel's sorcerer supreme, a neurosurgeon whose life is torn apart by an injury, but who soon becomes well-versed in the ways of magic and mysticism.

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Oscar-nominee Joaquin Phoenix has been linked to the starring role multiple times as Marvel continue their pursuit of a leading man. 

While not yet officially announced by Marvel, the ‘Doctor Strange’ film has been public knowledge since Variety broke the news of Derrickson’s hiring back in June. Since then the director has made numerous references to the film on social media, even mentioning it in his Twitter bio

The film’s script is being written by Jon Spaihts, who is working from previous drafts by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

'Doctor Strange' is set for release on 8 July 2016. 
Doctor Strange Movie Gets Sinister Director

Jon Pertwee being hilarious