Comics Great Neal Adams Dies At 80

Above, Neal Adams and yours truly at the 2012 Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles.


by Armand Vaquer

Very sad news!

It is the kind of news that forces one to shout, "Aw, f*ck!"

Comic book artist great Neal Adams has passed away at age 80. He was the man who created the definitive Bronze Age Batman for DC Comics.

Don Glut posted the following on Facebook:

I just heard the sad news that artist Neal Adams -- who  back in the 1960s changed the look of comics -- has died at 80.  Neal illustrated one of my earliest professional stories, "Goddess from the Sea," in VAMPIRELLA #1. What a thrill it was for novice me to open that magazine and find that Neal had done the art for one of  my stories - and made it so much better than it actually was. And I'm so glad that last year -- finally --  in his Crusty Bunkers comic book shop right here in Burbank, CA, he autographed my original copy of that issue.

He also posted:

FYI, I just received this email message from Jim Steranko: Yeah, I was the first that Chris Adams called with the bad news. No prolonged suffering; he died in his sleep about 2-3 in the morning. Don't believe I can accept it—just cannot imagine the Comix World without Neal. At last weekend's show, a couple fanboys mentioned stories about he and I being adversaries—completely fabricated for PR hacking. Even though we were both hard-headed, opinionated SOBs, we NEVER had a negative word between us. Never!!! And I attributed that mostly to Neal!"

I was privileged to meet Neal Adams at the 2012 Comikaze Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  

I heard he was in ill health in recent months, but this was totally unexpected, at least to me. This is a big loss for comic book fans.

My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. 

Big Trouble in Little China (1986) 20th Century Fox - Adventure - Comedy

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Truck driver Jack Burton arrives in Chinatown, San Francisco, and goes to the airport with his Chinese friend Wang Chi to welcome his green-eyed fiancée Miao Yin who is arriving from China. However she is kidnapped on the arrival by a Chinese street gang and Jack and Wang chase the group. Soon they learn that the powerful evil sorcerer called David Lo Pan, who has been cursed more than two thousand years ago to exist without physical body, needs to marry a woman with green eyes to retrieve his physical body and Miao is the chosen one. Jack and Wang team-up with the lawyer Gracie Law, the bus driver and sorcerer apprentice Egg Shen and their friends and embark in a great adventure in the underground of Chinatown, where they face a world of magicians and magic, monsters and martial arts fighters.

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Big Trouble in Little China (also known as John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China) is a 1986 American fantasy martial arts action-comedy film directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film tells the story of Jack Burton, who helps his friend Wang Chi rescue Wang's green-eyed fiancée from bandits in San Francisco's Chinatown. They go into the mysterious underworld beneath Chinatown, where they face an ancient sorcerer named David Lo Pan, who requires a woman with green eyes to marry him in order to release him from a centuries-old curse.

Although the original screenplay by first-time screenwriters Gary Goldman and David Z. Weinstein was envisioned as a Western set in the 1880s, screenwriter W. D. Richter was hired to rewrite the script extensively and modernize it. The studio hired Carpenter to direct the film and rushed Big Trouble in Little China into production so that it would be released before a similarly themed Eddie Murphy film, The Golden Child, which was slated to come out around the same time. The project fulfilled Carpenter's long-standing desire to make a martial arts film.

The film was a commercial failure, grossing $11.1 million in North America, below its estimated $19 to $25 million budget. It received mixed reviews that left Carpenter disillusioned with Hollywood and influenced his decision to return to independent filmmaking. It gained a steady audience on home video and has become a cult classic.

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 Crew:

Directed by John Carpenter
Written by Gary Goldman & David Z. Weinstein
Adaptation by W. D. Richter
Produced by Larry J. Franco

Cast:

Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a cocky, wise-cracking truck driver who gets involved in an ancient battle between Good and Evil when he makes a delivery to Chinatown, San Francisco.
Kim Cattrall as Gracie Law, a lawyer who is Jack's love interest.
Dennis Dun as Wang Chi, Jack's best friend and restaurant owner whose fiancée is kidnapped by Lo Pan.
James Hong as David Lo Pan, an ancient Chinese sorcerer who was cursed by Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
Victor Wong as Egg Shen, a sorcerer and old enemy of Lo Pan who also drives a tour bus.
Kate Burton as Margo Litzenberger, a reporter who briefly helps the team find Miao Yin.
Donald Li as Eddie Lee, a successful businessman and Wang's friend who helps them rescue Gracie.
Carter Wong as Thunder, an elemental master who can expand his body
Peter Kwong as Rain, an elemental master and expert martial artist with a sword
James Pax as Lightning, an elemental master who can shoot out bolts of lightning
Suzee Pai as Miao Yin, a girl and Wang's fiancee who was kidnapped by Lo Pan.
Chao-Li Chi as Uncle Chu, Wang's uncle.
Jeff Imada as Needles, a member of a street gang called The Lords of Death.

Technical:

Cinematography Dean Cundey
Edited by Steve Mirkovich, Mark Warner & Edward A. Warschilka
Music by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
Production company 20th Century Fox
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date July 2, 1986
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $19–25 million
Box office $11.1 million


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Big Trouble In Little China (1986)(20th Century Fox)


Originally envisioned by film maker John Carpenter, as a 'classic' western movie, then a 'modern' western movie, "Big Trouble in Little China", eventually evolved into action/comedy that pays homage to Kung-Fu cinema. After several studios balked at the idea of martial arts themed, 'cowboy' movie, screenwriter W. D. Richter was hired by Carpenter to 'modernize' the script. It would seem that Richter would have his own agenda in mind when developing a new story for "Big Trouble", the early drafts all tied in the film as a sequel to his 1984 film, "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!".

Carpenter, however, wasn't on the same page as Richter, wanting "Big Trouble in Little China" to be a stand-alone film, and not a sequel, so references to "Buckaroo Banzai" never made it into the final screenplay.

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Big Trouble in Little China Jack Burton Q-Fig Elite

Rough-and-ready truck driver Jack Burton talks a big game, but is he ready for the big trouble he is about to encounter? Inspired by the John Carpenter film, Big Trouble in Little China, the Jack Burton Q-Fig Elite presents the antihero just as he bursts into Lo Pan's headquarters to interrupt the mystic's wedding and foil his evil plans. Dressed in his iconic tank top, jeans and combat boots, Jack is armed only with a throwing knife to fight Lo Pan and the Three Storms. No problem, right? The Jack Burton Q-Fig Elite stands 5-inches tall from the display base to the top of the imposing skull diorama that serves as the portal into Lo Pan's den.

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Big Trouble in Little China Lightning BST AXN 5-Inch Action Figure

From the 1986 film, Big Trouble in Little China. This Big Trouble in Little China Lightning BST AXN 5-In Action Figure features an astounding 22 points of articulation. This weather-themed warrior includes interchangeable hands, accessories, and collector's cards. Comes packaged in a clear window box for more display options.

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Kurt Russell Looks Back at ‘Big Trouble in Little China’: Studio Execs “Did Not Get It”

Director John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China has become a cult classic in the 30 years since its original theatrical release. Hollywood festival BeyondFest screened the movie Wednesday night to an audience that knew the film by heart, cheering and laughing the whole way through. Russell, who played bumbling hero Jack Burton in the film, said reactions were different when studio executives watched the film for the first time in 1986.

“It was just too cool for school. It was literally terminally hip,” said Russell in a Q&A after the screening, moderated by James Gunn, who directed the actor in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. “It’s just great to see it, because, man, they did not get it.”

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The one role out of more than 500 that’s stuck with James Hong

“It’s no trouble for me to go from the benign grandpa to the villain, who is somewhat a version of Lo Pan,” Hong tells Polygon. “I always recall upon Big Trouble in Little China and Lo Pan. It was a great thing for me to be in that movie with John Carpenter and accomplish what I did. That character, of course, replays in my mind, and the creation [of him] jumped into other characters. There is almost always a facet of Lo Pan in other characters I play.”

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Why John Carpenter’s ‘Big Trouble In Little China’ (1986) Still Matters Now – Retro Review

For those who aren’t familiar with it, Big Trouble in Little China is a John Carpenter film that released on July 2, 1986, one that struggled and inevitably flopped in the box office but rebounded on home video release, eventually becoming a cult classic, loved by many, but especially this reviewer. Today, I’m taking a look into why it has resonated with so many people, and hopefully, by the end of reading this, those of you that haven’t checked it out will reconsider!

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Quotes:

Jack Burton: When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

Jack Burton: Just remember what ol' Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol' storm right square in the eye and he says, "Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it."


Jack Burton: What's in the flask, Egg? Magic potion?
Egg Shen: Yeah.
Jack Burton: Thought so, good. What do we do, drink it?
Egg Shen: Yeah!
Jack Burton: Good! Thought so.

Jack Burton: I don't get this at all. I thought Lo Pan...
Lo Pan: Shut up, Mr. Burton! You are not brought upon this world to get it!

Jack Burton: Like I told my last wife, I says, "Honey, I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it's all in the reflexes."

Jack Burton: You can go off and rule the universe from beyond the grave.
Lo Pan: Indeed!
Jack Burton: Or check into a psycho ward, which ever comes first, huh?

Egg Shen: Of course the Chinese mix everything up. Look at what they have to work with. There's Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoist alchemy and sorcery. We take what we want and leave the rest. Just like your salad bar.

Jack Burton: Well, ya see, I'm not saying that I've been everywhere and I've done everything, but I do know it's a pretty amazing planet we live on here, and a man would have to be some kind of FOOL to think we're alone in THIS universe.

Jack Burton: [tapping on the walls] Two, three feet thick, I'll bet. Probably welded shut from the outside, and covered with brick by now!
Wang Chi: Don't give up, Jack!
Jack Burton: Oh, okay, I won't, Wang! Let's just *chew* our way outta here.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956) Toho / Embassy - Science Fiction - Monsters


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When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off the coast of Japan, he comes face to face with an ancient creature so powerful and so terrifying, it can reduce Tokyo to a smoldering graveyard. Nuclear weapon testing resurrected this relic from the Jurassic age, and now it's rampaging across Japan. At night, Godzilla wades through Tokyo leaving death and destruction in his wake, disappearing into Tokyo Bay when his rage subsides. Conventional weapons are useless against him; but renowned scientist Dr. Serizawa has discovered a weapon that could destroy all life in the bay -- including Godzilla. But which disaster is worse, Godzilla's fury, or the death of Tokyo Bay?

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Wikipedia

Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (Japanese: 怪獣王ゴジラ, Hepburn: Kaijū Ō Gojira)[6] is a 1956 kaiju film directed by Terry O. Morse and Ishirō Honda. It is a heavily re-edited American localization, commonly referred to as an "Americanization", of the 1954 Japanese film Godzilla. The film was a Japanese-American co-production, with the original footage produced by Toho Co., Ltd, and the new footage produced by Jewell Enterprises. The film stars Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kōchi, Akira Takarada, and Akihiko Hirata, with Haruo Nakajima and Katsumi Tezuka as Godzilla. In the film, an American reporter covers a giant reptilian monster's attack on Japan.

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American reporter Steve Martin comes to amid the rubble of Tokyo, a city almost completely destroyed the previous night. After Steve is rescued and taken to a makeshift hospital, he thinks back to a few days before: On the way to a new post in Cairo, Steve flies to Tokyo to visit old college friend Dr. Serizawa, a prominent theoretical thinker. In the waters below Steve's plane, a ship bursts into flames and sinks, moments after sending out a distress signal. At the Tokyo airport, Steve is asked by security officer Tomo Iwanaga if he noticed anything unusual during the flight. Tomo sadly reveals that he does not know what they are dealing with, then takes Steve to the communications room of the company that owned the sunken vessel. As Steve and Tomo observe, it is revealed that a rescue ship dispatched to the area of the disaster sank in a similar manner. After eight ships are obliterated, the Japanese begin to panic as news of the disasters are broadcast throughout the world. A meeting of Japan's top officials is held and Dr. Yamane, one of Japan's greatest scientists, testifies as Steve looks on....

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Crew:

Terry O. Morse – co-director, writer, supervising editor
Joseph E. Levine – executive producer
Terry Turner – executive producer
Ed Barison – executive producer
Ira Webb – assistant director
Art Smith – sound
George Rohrs – sets, sound effects
Guy Roe – cameraman

Cast:

Raymond Burr as Steve Martin
Takashi Shimura as Dr. Yamane
Momoko Kōchi as Emiko
Akira Takarada as Ogata
Akihiko Hirata as Dr. Serizawa
Sachio Sakai as Hagiwara
Fuyuki Murakami as Dr. Tabata
Ren Yamamoto as Seiji
Toyoaki Suzuki as Shinkichi
Tadashi Okabe as Dr. Tabata's Assistant
Toranosuke Ogawa as President of Company
Frank Iwanaga as Security Officer Tomo
Mikel Conrad as George Lawrence
James Hong as Ogata and Dr. Serizawa (English voices)
Sammee Tong as Dr. Yamane (English voice)
Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla
Katsumi Tezuka as Godzilla

Technical:

Edited by: Terry Morse
Music by: Akira Ifukube
Production companies: Toho Co., Ltd / Jewell Enterprises
Distributed by: TransWorld Releasing Corporation (US, West)
Embassy Pictures (US, East)
Toho (Japan)
Release dates:
April 4, 1956 (New York City)
April 27, 1956 (United States)
May 29, 1957 (Japan)
Running time: 80 minutes
Countries: Japan / United States
Languages:Japanese / English
Box office: $2 million (US rentals)


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GODZILLA IS DEAD!

Our tale begins dramatically amidst the smoldering ruins of what was once a great city. Twisted girders, cracked, blistering sidewalks and the skeletal frames of demolished buildings paint a grim portrait of this smoldering memorial to the unknown. Tokyo, once a proud metropolis of six million people, is now a graveyard.

The mind is a curious thing. It takes so much for granted! Freedom, happiness, security....these are things we've lived with and accepted, but rarely appreciated. As I look across the crimson, still-smoking horizon, these ideals seem very far away, for what I see, and smell, and sense...is death. Perhaps I myself am dead, and this fiery, lifeless landscape is actually Hell! I don't know. I don't know anything anymore, except that I, as a man, as a member of the human race, have been dwarfed by a living nightmare. It has proven itself stronger, smarter...more powerful than the Earth itself! My world burns before me, and with it, my very soul.

My name was Steve Martin. I used to be a foreign correspondent for United World News. I was headed for a routine assignment in Cairo when I decided to stop off in Tokyo to see an old friend. But that was days ago...I was a man then.

Now I am part of the human wreckage, the rubble and blood and total destruction of last night. I am in a hospital, and all around me are the dead and the injured. Those who are alive are silent, thoughtless...they know it is only a matter of time before "It" strikes again.

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"Godzilla, King of the Monsters!" Released 55 Years Ago

Burr's scenes were filmed at tiny Visual Drama studios in Los Angeles on Vermont Avenue near First Street. The Frank del Olmo Elementary School now occupies the site and a commemorative plaque honoring Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is mounted at the school's entrance (above photo). The plaque was funded by fan contributions and co-sponsored by The Godzilla Society of North America and Platrix Chapter No. 2 of E Clampus Vitus. Terry Morse Jr. attended the plaque dedication.

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Comic Book Adaptations:

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1977-79)

For 24 issues, running from 1977 to 1979, Marvel Comics published Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which saw the title character marauding across U.S. soil for the very first time — long before Roland Emmerich's 1998 film effort and Gareth Edwards's 2014 reboot. But more than just an American odyssey, the comic series was also a sojourn through the Marvel Universe. Written by Doug Moench and illustrated primarily by Herb Trimpe (with Tom Sutton filling in for two issues), Marvel's Godzilla presented Toho Co. Ltd.'s biggest star in a manner that had never been seen before — and would never be seen again.

Note: The Marvel Comics series is not cannon to the Toho movie series.

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Godzilla Shogun Figures 3 3/4-Inch ReAction Figure

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound he pulls the spitting high tension wires down! The awesome Godzilla Shogun Figures 3 3/4-Inch ReAction Figure is lean, green, and mean - you can store it in the 6-inch by 9-inch cardback packaging, or you can pop him open to breathe radioactive fire on your desk. (It's plastic, so don't worry too much.) Ages 14 and up.

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Godzilla King of Monsters Japanese Release Speed Poster 1,000-Piece Puzzle

Which do you think can be put back together faster, a Godzilla-ravaged city or the new Toho Godzilla 1,000 piece puzzle? Based on the 1954 Speed Poster for Godzilla, this Toho Godzilla puzzle features graphics, language, and layout specifically for the Japanese cinematic release. You might think it would be a giant challenge, but to any cinephile or Kaiju collector, assembling this puzzle would be monstrously rewarding! We're sure you can piece together the reasons why this puzzle should be at the top of your shopping list for any Godzilla fan! Measures 40-inches x 20-inches.

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Godzilla 1954 Movie Poster Toon Tumbler Pint Glass

The Godzilla 1954 Movie Poster Toon Tumbler Pint Glass features a detailed graphic of the Japanese 1954 movie poster on the front. The glass holds 16 ounces of liquid.Hand wash only. Not dishwasher safe. Do not microwave.

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Alternate realities: 'Godzilla' vs. 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters!'

For a lot of diehard Godzilla fans, only the original Japanese language versions of Gojira (1954) will do. But, until 2004, when Rialto Pictures gave it a limited theatrical release in the United States to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the only version available officially to American audiences was the U.S. edit, Godzilla: King of the Monsters! But, through decades worth of television airings, theatrical screenings, and VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray releases, even this version has earned a beloved spot in the hearts of monster lovers. And some, seeing Godzilla: King of the Monsters! for the first time, might not even know there’s a difference.

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65 years ago, Godzilla: King of the Monsters did (mostly) right by the Japanese original

Godzilla, the monster, first attacked America in 1968's Destroy All Monsters, when he blasted the UN headquarters with his atomic breath while under alien mind-control. Godzilla, the franchise, however, came to the States just two years after the radioactive lizard debuted in Japan. Godzilla, (Gojira, in Japanese) premiered in 1954, while the U.S. version, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, opened in 1956. King of the Monsters is more than just an English-dubbed version of the original. The American re-edit of the movie changes some dialogue, cuts some of the runtime, and adds an entirely new main character.
 
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1956's 'Godzilla' has its shortcomings, but they don't take away from the film

I grew up on a postage stamp of a dead end in Ossining: Terrace Avenue. That became our OK Corral, Alamo, Iwo Jima, Yankee Stadium, even, on occasion, Ebbetts Field. During summer, the noise level could drown out a John Lee Hooker boogie-down stomp.

The only time it truly knew an eerie silence was when TV's great "Million Dollar Movie" ran the 1956 "Godzilla, King of the Monsters," five times each day, six days in one week. It a B-52 crash-landed on the dead-end street, only our parents would have noticed.

What we didn't know, back then, was we were seeing a "bowdlerized" version. Scenes with Raymond Burr playing newsman Steve Martin (huh?) were shot in San Francisco, surrounded by local Japanese/American performers. Burr even got a narration, which the movie didn't need. The awesome sight of Godzilla rising from Tokyo Bay spoke loudly and clearly for itself!

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Why You Should Watch the (Actual) Original Godzilla

As a boy, I adored Godzilla movies. This was in the days before ubiquitous VCRs (let alone DVDs, DVRs, streaming video, etc.) and Saturday afternoons that happened to feature a Godzilla flick were like minor holidays. Every now and then, the rest of the gang would show up, too: Rodan, Mothra, Ghidorah, Anguirus—even that shameless rip-off Gamera. Best of all were the rare, eagerly anticipated broadcasts of the kaiju free-for-all Destroy All Monsters.

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Superman Subscription: My First Issue

by Armand Vaquer

There are some things in one's life experiences that stick to one even after 56 years have passed.

Back in the 1960s, DC Comics (known then as National Periodical Publications) offered subscriptions to their comics. If I remember correctly, a year's subscription (10 issues) to their comics was $1.00. At that time, comic books cost 12 cents on the newsstand with 80-page giants costing 25 cents (they were called annuals before). The 80-page giants weren't included in subscriptions.

I subscribed to Superman back in late 1965 and the first issue of my subscription was Superman no. 182 (January 1966 cover date). Someone posted the cover of the issue in a Curt Swan Facebook fan page.

The cover was penciled by Swan and inked by Sheldon Moldoff. It appears Superman's face was re-done by Al Plastino (for whatever reason). 

This particular comic book is now considered a "key issue" as it was the first Silver Age appearance of The Toyman (Winslow Percival Schott). A copy of it is now listed at eBay for $89.99

I still have my copy.

This is the cover of that issue:


Godzilla vs Kong Sequel To Begin Filming In Australia


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Legendary Entertainment’s sequel to “Godzilla vs. Kong” will return to film in Australia later this year.

It is expected to film at Gold Coast and other locations in Southeast Queensland state marking the third time that a Monsterverse title has lensed in the region. “Godzilla vs Kong” filmed on the Gold Coast in 2019, while “Kong: Skull Island” filmed in the state in 2016.

The currently untitled sequel will receive A$16 million ($11.8 million) via the Australian federal government’s A$540 million ($399 million) Location Incentive Program. A further A$6.3 million ($4.66 million) of subsidy will come from the state screen agency Screen Queensland and its Production Attraction Strategy.

The two authorities said on Monday local time that they expect the new production to generate more than A$119 million ($88 million) into the economy, employ more than 500 local cast and crew, and use more than 750 extras.

“The highly skilled crews, first-rate facilities, and unique locations make filming in Australia a great experience. The support from both the federal government as well as Queensland has always been critical to our success in achieving a high level of filmmaking and an unparalleled audience experience,” said producer Eric McLeod.

Data from Box Office Mojo shows “Godzilla vs Kong” grossing $101 million in North America and $468 million globally.

The sequel is the 15th production drawn to Queensland by the state location incentive. Others include George Clooney and Julia Roberts-starring “Ticket to Paradise,” Ron Howard’s “Thirteen Lives,” Peacock’s “Young Rock” series and “Joe Vs. Carole.”

Currently filming in Queensland are Disney Plus series “Nautilus” and season two of Tim Minchin’s Foxtel Series “Upright.”

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Book: Curt Swan: A Life In Comics



by Armand Vaquer

Ever go to your bookcase to get a specific book to read and it's nowhere to be found?

This happened to me about a week ago when I went to get my copy of Curt Swan: A Life In Comics (2002, by Eddy Zeno) to read. It was nowhere to be found.

I hadn't read the book since I lived in California, so I didn't notice it was missing. Now I have. 

It may still be around somewhere, but since I wasn't sure, I decided to order another copy through Alibris (I already have an account with them). I ordered it last week and it arrived in the mail yesterday. The price was reasonable enough: $24.73 (hardcover). I think my original copy was the trade paperback.

Above, yours truly enjoying the book yesterday.

I started reading it as soon as I got home from the post office and the time passed quickly (about 2 hours) and, before I knew it, it was time to start dinner.

Even if my original copy turns up, I have no regrets ordering another copy. It is an excellent book with lots of examples of Swan's work. I highly recommend it.

The Top Ten Hottest Back Issue Comics For March 2022!

1. X-Men #1B (1991 1st Series) October 1991 Marvel Comics

48-page giant. Colossus/Gambit/Psylocke/Rogue double gate-fold cover. Cover pencils by Jim Lee (signed), inks by Scott Williams. Rubicon, script by Jim Lee (Co-Plot) and Chris Claremont, pencils by Jim Lee, inks by Scott Williams.

Magneto forms the Acolytes and proclaims Asteroid M a haven for mutants everywhere; But the rest of the world doesn't see it that way; Nick Fury cameo. 2-page pin-up: gallery of X-Men villains. X-Men Sketchbook by Jim Lee.

NOTE: Cover B connects to covers 1A, 1C, and 1D to form a single giant image.


2. Ultimate Spider-Man FCBD #1 (2002) May 2002 Marvel Comics Grade

At Osborn Industries, Norman Osborn is hard at work with his genetic technicians. They are using various subjects, such as spiders, on the OZ project. As Norman has to talk with his lawyer over the phone urgently, his assistant fails to cap the container on the spider case, and the arachnid escapes. Elsewhere, in Queens, Peter Parker reads a chemistry book in a mall food court. As he tries to study, some rowdy teenagers pester him by throwing food. A sympathetic red-head (Mary Jane Watson) looks on with sadness. Before the other teens can stir up more trouble, Peter's uncle, Ben Parker, shows up.


3. New Teen Titans #72 (Tales of ...) December 1986 DC Comics

The skies over head have turned red. Weather around the world is out of wack. All the signs point to the coming of Armageddon. Suddenly, a mysterious woman of power has come in search of Cyborg. What does she want, is she friend or foe? Plus, the Tamaran envoy has finally arrived and requests Starfire's return home (the envoy started for Earth back in issue #1.

NOTE: This story takes place between the pages of Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) #1-4.


4. Black Cat #3 Variant Cover C October 2019 Issue Marvel Comics

Surprising no one, Black Cat's heist of Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum has gone horribly wrong. Felicia and her crew are under attack in a place where any wrong turn or opened door means certain death. It would take an insane amount of luck to get out alive. How much luck would it take to get out alive with the loot? 28 pages, full color. Rated T


5. Daredevil #187 (1st Series 1964) October 1982 Marvel Comics

Cover pencils by Frank Miller, inks by Klaus Janson, script by Frank Miller, pencils by Frank Miller (layouts) and Klaus Janson (finished art), inks by Klaus Janson

"Overkill":
DD's hyper senses continue to get worse and he seeks out Stick for help; in a fight with the Hand, the Black Widow is poisoned; appearances by the Black Widow (in a new costume), Nick Fury, and ninja assassins.


6. Batman Family #1 (1st Series 1975) December 1976 DC

Barbara Gordon has summoned Dick Grayson to be her assistant for during the Congressional hearings. As the people at the Capitol Building prepare to celebrate the Bicentennial, the evil spectre of Benedict Arnold appears and starts creating havoc in order to rehabilitate his soiled reputation. Batgirl and Robin take action against the ghost of Benedict Arnold when he attempts to control Washington, D.C.. The heroes are lead to a place outside, where they fight the army of Arnold and they manage to overcome their enemies. However, they are eventually confronted by Arnold himself, who has help from a mysterious man that provides them with mystical swords.


7. Detective Comics #396 (1st Series 1938) February 1970 DC Comics

Rory Bell, as stock market whiz, is kidnapped for his knowledge but he manages to send a hidden message to Batman. "The Orchid-Crusher," script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Murphy Anderson and Gil Kane (page 1); Batgirl attempts to track down the Orchid killer thru a computer dating service. Plus a classic suspense reprint, "The Master of Mind over Matter!," script by Jack Miller, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by John Giunta; Derek Blake discovers the secret of Elmo the Great's powers.


8. Detective Comics #384 (1938 1st Series) February 1969 DC Comics

Batman comes across a young lady called Heloise Madigan and saves her from three men who sought to murder her. Batman then learns that Madigan has recently become the heiress of a big fotrune and that she has been targeted by the underworld. When Batman takes her to a safe place, he learns that the girl is not really Ms. Madigan, but a look-alike called Colleen Kiernan. When the truth about their identities comes to light, the real Heloise is attacked by some goons and Batman arrives in time to save her. In the meantime, Ms. Kiernan is conferring with Kenneth Rogers, the man behind the attacks and Kiernan's partner in crime.


9. Damage #4 June 2018 DC Comics

Unnatural Disaster: Part 1 of 3 - Written by Robert Venditti. Art by Cary Nord. Cover by Tony S. Daniel.

Poison Ivy attacks a group of fieldworkers, forcing Ethan to choose between transforming into Damage and saving them-or protecting his own sanity! And will Colonel Jonas and her squad capture him before he discovers the truth about what he really is? 32 pages, full color. Rated T


10. Spider-Man Venom #1 Free Comic Book Day Variant October 2021 Marvel Comics

Free Comic Book Day is the perfect chance to dive deep into the Marvel Universe with new stories and exciting adventures alongside some of Marvel's most acclaimed creators - and this year, Marvel is bringing you the biggest and boldest stories yet! In this issue: Spider-Man (Ben Reilly) in "Test-Drive" by Zeb Wells and Patrick Gleason; Venom in "Like Father, Like Son" by Al Ewing, Ram V, Bryan Hitch and Andrew Currie; and Wilson Fisk, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in an untitled story by Chip Zdarsky and Greg Smallwood that sets the stage for a Marvel epic coming later this year! Exclusive Original Material. 28 pages, full color. Rated T


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