Spawn: Don't you remember me? You had me burned alive.

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Todd McFarlane has certainly shown he knows how to talk up his directorial debut, “Spawn,” before a frame has even been shot. The comic creator has been eager to finally realize his own vision of his character on the big screen, and he’s been going on and on about how it’s gonna be soooooo R-rated. Enthusiasm is fine, but when you start taking shots at other comic book movies, ones that arguably paved he way for your film to be made, a little humility would probably go a long way.

Rolling through ACE Comic-Con, McFarlane once again talked up how super duper dark “Spawn” will be, and dumped on “Deadpool” in the process.

“It’s funny in Hollywood, if you say you want to do an R-rated movie, they go like ‘Oh like Deadpool and like Logan?’ For me, no. Deadpool, to me, was a PG-13 action movie. It just had some naked butts and a couple f-bombs. Other than that, I thought it was the same PG-13 formula,” he said.


By speaking the magic word "SHAZAM" Billy Batson can transform himself into a costumed adult with the powers of superhuman strength

We just added four classic 'golden age' Whiz comics to our online store so we thought it best to provide a brief history of Captain Marvel:

Captain Marvel, also known as Shazam, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker created the character in 1939. Captain Marvel first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 (cover-dated Feb. 1940), published by Fawcett Comics. He is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a boy who, by speaking the magic word "SHAZAM" (acronym of six "immortal elders": Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury), can transform himself into a costumed adult with the powers of superhuman strength, speed, flight and other abilities.

Based on book sales, the character was the most popular superhero of the 1940s, outselling even Superman. Fawcett expanded the franchise to include other "Marvels", primarily Marvel Family associates Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr., who can harness Billy's powers as well. Captain Marvel was also the first comic book superhero to be adapted into film, in a 1941 Republic Pictures serial titled Adventures of Captain Marvel.

Fawcett ceased publishing Captain Marvel-related comics in 1953, partly because of a copyright infringement suit from DC Comics, alleging that Captain Marvel was a copy of Superman. In 1972, DC licensed the Marvel Family characters from Fawcett, and returned them to publication. By 1991, DC had acquired all rights to the characters. DC has since integrated Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family into their DC Universe and has attempted to revive the property several times, with mixed success. Due to trademark conflicts over another character named "Captain Marvel" owned by Marvel Comics, DC has branded and marketed the character using the trademark Shazam! since his 1972 reintroduction. This has, in turn, led many to assume that "Shazam" was the character's name. DC later officially renamed the character "Shazam" when relaunching its comic book properties in 2011.

The character has been featured in two television series adaptations, one live action and one animated, by Filmation, and an upcoming New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Shazam! feature film scheduled for release in 2019 as part of the DC Extended Universe, with Zachary Levi and Asher Angel portraying the title role. Captain Marvel was ranked as the 55th greatest comic book character of all time by Wizard magazine. IGN also ranked Captain Marvel as the 50th greatest comic book hero of all time, stating that the character will always be an enduring reminder of a simpler time. UGO Networks ranked him as one of the top heroes of entertainment, saying, "At his best, Shazam has always been compared to Superman with a sense of crazy, goofy fun".

Now check these out:

Whiz #147 Fawcett Publications July 1952 Grade Fine

Whiz #148 Fawcett Publications August 1952 Grade Fine

Whiz #149 Fawcett Publications September 1952 Grade Fine

Whiz #145 Fawcett Publications May 1952 Grade Fine

You Can Forget Star Wars - This Is Ant Wars!

By Tim Knight

When military personnel spray an untested insecticide on ants in the Brazilian rainforest, the colony mutate into super-intelligent creatures with a taste for human flesh!

As the terrifying army head closer towards civilisation, Captain Villa and a young forest native race ahead in the vain attempt to warn a thoroughly unprepared world!

Written by Gerry Finley-Day (Rogue Trooper), with Art by Joe Ferrer (Robo-Hunter), Azpiri (Black Hawk) and many others, Ant Wars is an exhilarating take on classic sci-fi movies!
A vintage 2000AD story lives again in graphic novel form and is available to pre-order, ahead of its release on February 7.

I don't remember this story, but THEM! (the classic 1950's giant ant movie) is one of my favourite monster movies, so Ant Wars tickled my fancy.

This release also includes Zancudo, from Judge Dredd Megazine, another insect-themed adventure story:

2127 AD: High above the Peruvian rainforest, vast, eerie creatures fix compound eyes on a vessel transporting the notorious Fendito ‘the Bandito’ back into custody in the South-Am mega-city of Cuidad Barranquilla. For ‘Banana City’ judges Xavi Ancizar and Sofia Perez, the bug hunt is just beginning ...

Written by Simon Spurrier (X-Men Legacy) and featuring the art of British comics legend Cam Kennedy (Judge Dredd), witness all-out insect war with mankind in the middle!

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Yes, I'd like to order the new Emma Peel tape, please. And do you have one where she kicks really high?

From Slash Film

Shane Black has worked with one kind of Avenger in Iron Man 3, but he may be setting his sights on a different Avengers team. The Nice Guys director, who is currently knee-deep in post-production on The Predator, has reportedly co-written a script for a TV reboot of the British 1960s spy series The Avengers. And to be fair, they had the name first.

In a career retrospective with The Dark Side Magazine (via ScreenRant), Black’s frequent writing partner Fred Dekker revealed that he and Black are working on a script for a TV reboot of the beloved 1960s spy series The Avengers for Warner Bros. Dekker said:

“It’s The Avengers, with John Steed and Emma Peel. We’re setting it in Britain in the 60’s, and our approach is The Ipcress File meets Doctor Who. At this moment, it’s my favorite thing we’re working on.”

The Avengers, which premiered in 1961, was part of the first wave of the 1960s spy TV series craze. The phenomenon was kicked off by the intense popularity of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and the films that followed it, which created a slew of imitators on both TV and film, including beloved series like Mission: Impossible, Get Smart, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Hell, even the Adam West Batman series took some cues from the espionage wave of the ’60s.


Robot Apocalypse Update: Don't Date Robots!

From Yahoo!

It's been just short of a year since I locked eyes with Harmony, RealDoll's first sex robot, at her home in Southern California. It was an arresting experience that has remained cemented in memory. In that moment, I suddenly understood the uncanny valley, a theory posited by roboticist Masahiro Mori, nearly half a century prior. It attempts to explain the feeling of revulsion and eeriness that human onlookers experience when they encounter an artificial life-form that appears nearly, but not quite human.

Today, she's ventured out of the dimly lit R&D room at Abyss Creations to meet me at CES. On the eve of her debut, Harmony has ventured to the hotbed of consumer electronics with a new face, an updated AI and a few new friends.

When I first met Matt McMullen, Harmony's creator and human chaperone, he planned to launch what I've called the world's first commercially viable sex robot in late 2017. Harmony's AI would be customizable via an accompanying Android app, but with limitations. While he had plans for a male version and mused about other gender variations, Harmony would launch as an artificial female with porn star proportions.

Harmony failed to launch in 2017, but McMullen and his team have been hard at work, making improvements to Harmony's AI and the robotic head it's housed in. He's now targeting the end of this month for a release date, and while he's says he's still refining the pricing, Realbotix modular robotic heads should cost between $8,000 and $10,000 at launch.

Just minutes after the lights went out at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Harmony lit up in a hotel just across the street. Perched on a bust that could just as easily be used to display jewelry, she made small talk and recited a few dad jokes. After a year of contemplation, I no longer felt the same uneasiness I had during our first encounter. It could be that the novelty has worn off or the fact that Harmony was basically a head on a stick. It could have been CES AI fatigue, but the existential anxiety was gone.

Related: Do You Want A Real Reason To Be Afraid? The Robot Apocalypse Is Upon Us!


Black Widow: Is that love, Agent Romanoff?

From The Wrap

Marvel Studios has picked Blacklist Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to write “Black Widow,” the first solo film featuring the marvel superhero played since 2010 by Scarlett Johansson, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Schaeffer made her feature screenwriting debut with the 2009 Tribeca film “TiMER,” which she also directed. She wrote the 2014 Blacklist pick “The Shower,” a female-centric sci-fi action comedy with Anne Hathaway attached to star and produce, as well as “Nasty Women,” a remake of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at MGM set to star Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. Schaeffer most recently penned the Disney short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” which played before screenings of Pixar’s “Coco.”

Black Widow first debuted in 2010’s “Iron Man 2” and since then has appeared in both “Avengers” films as well as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.” She’ll also be seen in this year’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” Interest in a standalone outing for the character has consistently been high, with a 2016 Fandago poll finding “Black Widow” the top pick for the Avenger fans most want to see in a solo film.


Kitty Pryde: I'm stuck in a movie, this is a fantasy!


One of the most successful superhero movies of all time, Deadpool has also become one of the most influential. The R-rated Marvel Comics adaptation has proven not to be a fluke phenomenon, now that fellow Fox release Logan pulled off a similar feat without being very family friendly. So, understandably, Fox and other studios are trying to replicate those critical and box office victories with other edgier comic book properties.

Fox has a few movies in the same franchise coming out this year, including the X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, which might not similarly aim for an R rating from the MPAA but has a gritty horror-inspired story and tone. They've also got the R-rated Deadpool follow-up and the sequel X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the title of which implies a dark tone, as well. Beyond this year, Gambit is the only thing greenlit, but other potential installments are in development, such as James Franco's hard-R-aiming Multiple Man movie and an X-23-focused Logan spin-off.

Another one in the works, Collider has just confirmed, is a Kitty Pryde solo spin-off. The special-powered mutant character has appeared in four of Fox's X-Men movies in the past, initially with minor cameo appearances by different actresses, then portrayed by Ellen Page in X-Men: The Last Stand (see below) and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Deadpool director Tim Miller is actually the one leading this project, which may or may not actually go into production down the road.


Y'ever notice how we always seem to wreck where we live a lot more effectively than any bad guys we fight ever do?


From Dynamite Entertainment

Beginning with Vampirella #1 and Red Sonja #1, Dynamite scoured the internet for the best cosplayers in all of fandom! Now, a select group is presented here in their very own comic featuring those covers! Included are: Vera Bambi, Cervena Fox, Joanie Brosas, Ireland Reid, Deanna Davis, and more!

Bonus: Sheena cosplay by Ashley Du!

Krypton: What if Superman never existed?

From Yahoo!

Decades before Superman became the hero of Earth, his family was fighting for its survival. Krypton, a new show from Syfy that will act as a straight-up Superman prequel series, just got its first trailer on Tuesday, and it looks like long-time DC and Superman fans are in for a real treat with this one.

“The story of my family is one of triumph and sacrifice,” Seg-El, Superman’s grandfather, says in the new trailer. Seg-El will be portrayed by Cameron Cuffe (Florence Foster Jenkins) and looks to be in his mid-twenties by human standards in this series. Seg-El speaks about how his family previously “led a revolution against tyranny. And now it falls on my shoulders to save my world.”

When Adam Strange, portrayed by Shaun Sipos, shows up to warn Seg-El of an impending doom, Seg-El has to jump into action to save his world — and the universe at large.

“Someone from the future is coming to destroy Krypton because, where I’m from, your grandson becomes the greatest hero of the universe,” Adam tells Seg-El. In DC’s comics, Adam Strange similarly travels back in time to warn Superman’s grandfather of a plot to destroy Superman even before his birth. Adam Strange will be joined by Brainiac, a classic DC villain with, of course, ties to Superman. Brainiac will be portrayed by Blake Ritson.

What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, “Krypton” follows Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, who is faced with a life and death conflict – save his home planet or let it be destroyed in order to restore the fate of his future grandson. With Krypton’s leadership in disarray and the House of El ostracized, Seg finds himself in a difficult position. He must redeem his family’s honor and protect the ones he loves while being challenged by familiar DC characters Brainiac (Blake Ritson) and Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos).


Look Out Marvel Universe, Here Come The X-Men!

It Will Be Mutant Mayhem! Let's Get Ready To Rumble!

From The Gaurdian

When it comes to flawed big screen superheroes, Marvel has always been top dog. There’s Iron Man, the billionaire, genius and philanthropist who nevertheless struggles in his private life (and once almost accidentally caused the destruction of humankind with his techie meddling). There’s Spider-Man, the young hero who seems to find defeating bad guys a whole lot easier than negotiating the complexities of teenage life in the Big Apple. And there’s Thor, whose original concept of heroism clashed so badly with that if his dad Odin that he was cast out of Asgard for being a pompous gasbag.

Mistakes, for Earth’s mightiest heroes, seem to come with the territory. And yet ever since Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark first climbed into his shiny red suit almost a decade ago now, the studio behind the Avengers has refused to make any major blunders of its own. Apart from the odd early gaffe (The Incredible Hulk) and mid-period folly (Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man) Marvel has pursued the task of creating a credible universe for its superheroes with a remarkable knack for mostly getting it right. Even the dimmer instalments failed to knock the wider galaxy of shiny superstars off course, largely because Marvel always seems to have something bigger and brighter waiting to be released. Thor 2 was followed into multiplexes by the double whammy of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, while Ant-Man segued smoothly into the hard-hitting superhero smack down of Captain America: Civil War and the mesmerising comic-book head movie known as Doctor Strange.

Like a football manager who effortlessly integrates his latest £100m signing into an established team of champions, Marvel supremo Kevin Feige has gently introduced new heroes such as Strange and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to the ranks of the Avengers without risking the overall balance of the team. The key has been meticulous planning and a refusal to rush movies into production, two basic rules of engagement that rival DC has singularly failed to follow (and reaped the consequences).

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Prof. Charles Francis Xavier: Mutation: it is the key to our evolution. It has enabled us to evolve from a single-celled organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow, and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward.