October 1939 saw the debut of ‘Marvel Comics,’ only that was the title of the comic book series, not the publication company itself. Decades before Marvel became Marvel, it began as Timely Publications and shortly thereafter — for a time — Timely Comics. It would further re-brand itself as Atlas Comics in the 1950s and transition into Marvel Comics in the 1960s. And the rest — as they say — is history.
Marvel has provided us with a trailer for its upcoming event, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex, of which the first issue is now on stands. In the new series, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the All-New X-Men, Nova, Captain Marvel, Cyclops and more team up for a cosmic throwdown the likes of which have never been seen. On sale this week, the highly anticipated first issue in the upcoming crossover from fan-favorite writer Sam Humphries and blockbuster artist Ed McGuinness.
Amazon has begun listing Disney Frozen CineStory Volume One with a release date of November 25, 2014. The 376 page softcover title is being published by Joe’s Books and is one of several new titles featuring Disney characters. The official publisher’s description is as follows:
Just ahead of New York Comic-Con, comics publisher IDW today announced that they will be be teaming up with Disney to bring the lauded and revered Disney comics back to print in a number of exciting formats. Beginning in early 2015, fans can expect to see the first wave of these classic masterpieces featured in an array of award-winning and innovative publications from IDW:
- This monumental collaboration kicks off with multiple monthly series featuring some of the most iconic characters of all time: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and many more! Re-presenting acclaimed comics from the past and today, these series will highlight the best and brightest of Disney’s impressive comic catalog.
Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm today announced that three new titles will mark the return of the Star Wars franchise to Marvel comics beginning in January 2015. The new series will be considered canon and take place immediately after the events of Episode IV: A New Home.
The new titles begin in January with Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron, artist John Cassaday and colorist Laura Martin. Star Wars chronicles the days following the destruction of the first Death Star. Discussing the flagship series, writer Jason Aaron tells Marvel.com, ‘Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy.’
Although no official announcement has yet to be made by Disney Publishing Worldwide, if previous plans are in tact, Stan Lee’s graphic novel, The Zodiac Chronicles (January 27, 2015, available for pre-order) should have a presence at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. In addition to the availability of advanced reader copies (ARCs) of the title at Disney Publishing’s booth #929, a free eBook prequel is also expected to launch just in time for the convention. The title may also be teased during Disney Publishing Worldwide’s panel on Sunday at 12:30 pm in room 8.
UPDATE: Stan Lee’s Zodiac is now available as a pre-order for Amazon Kindle with a release date of January 27, 2015
This is the tagline found on a recently launched website (using the Tumblr platform) at DisneyZodiac.com.
The site, which also features some sample artwork, promotes ‘Zodiac,’ a new project from comics legend and pop culture icon Stan Lee and writer Stuart Moore with art by Andie Tong.
On Sunday, October 13, Disney Publishing Worldwide will formally announce its upcoming graphic novel series, Space Mountain, based on the classic, iconic attraction found in Disney theme parks around the world.
Written by ‘Arrow’ and Spider-Man writer Bryan Q Miller and illustrated by Batman artist Kelley Jones and Hi-Fi Design, Space Mountain is described as ‘the story of two kids, a miniature flying saucer and dangerous mission twenty-four hours into a twisted tomorrow.’
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces that for a limited time, every guest who purchases a ticket to Marvel’s Iron Man 3 in RealD 3D will receive a free Iron Man comic book. Beginning Friday, May 24 until Monday, May 27, more than 400 participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will distribute the special edition comic books, while supplies last.
‘ KA’ by Cirque du Soleil , the spectacular production at MGM Grand Las Vegas, and Marvel Custom Solutions team up to tell the story of this acclaimed live production through an all-new, collectible comic book. KA #1 will debut at the Marvel booth (#2329) during Comic Con International in San Diego, July 12 – 15, 2012.