Comics

Clever Posters for Imagined Superhero Movies From Hollywood’s Golden Age

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These days, the comic book adaptation feels like the engine that’s driving Hollywood; though we get fewer of them than you might think (Ant-Man is only the second of three this summer, for example), they suck up a disproportionate amount of our attention (to say nothing of studio budgets). Yet it wasn’t always so; in fact, in the grand scheme of movie history, our superhero obsession only goes back about a quarter-century, to 1989’s Batman (the first two Superman movies had been hits, but they were anomalies).
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Tilda Swinton Will Be Benedict Cumberbatch’s Psychic Mentor, The Ancient One, in ‘Doctor Strange’

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“We’re so far in talks we’re not talking anymore. It’s done!” Tilda Swinton said in an interview with Screen Crush regarding negotiations for her to play The Ancient One in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. And yes, that means exactly what it sounds like: Tilda Swinton will play Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. Tilda Swinton will be near-immortal.  Tilda Swinton will roam the globe, collecting knowledge of its many secrets. Tilda Swinton will be able to levitate and perform astral projection. Given that the pop-cultural tendency is to assume that Swinton already is/does all of these things, it’s doubtful anyone will have to suspend their disbelief for a second come the release of Dr. Strange.
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Archie Is a Punk Rocker Now in Crossover ‘Archie’/Ramones Comic

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Amidst all the superheroes, anti-superheroes, and stars from a galaxy far far away at this year’s Comic Con, a cross-over Archie and Ramones comic managed to go under the radar. “It’s gonna be a super-fun oversized one-shot, with covers by some truly amazing artists whom I can’t announce just yet,” said writer Alex Segura speaking on Saturday night at the “Comics & Pop Music” panel. “It’s really kinda like a dream come true to be doing this,” he added.
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Check Out Grimes’ Grotesquely Trippy Cover for ‘The Wicked + the Divine’

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While you counterintuitively ready for the “surprise” October release of Grimes’ Visions follow-up, you can now get lost in an image that looks like a Grimes album cover, but alas, is not. Grimes has designed a variant cover for the fourteenth issue (out September 9) of Image Comics’ The Wicked + the Divine — “the comic by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson, Clayton Cowles, Hannah Donovan and whoever else [they] rope into this mighty endeavor,” which follows a group of super humans called “The Pantheon,” each of whom formerly merged with the spirit of a god, and each of whom has only 2 years to live due to a cycle called Recurrence.    
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The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Comic Strip ‘Bloom County’ Is Back

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Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County, if you’re not among the initiated, was one of the great comic strips of the 1980s—hell, of all time. Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning, it began as a small-town slice-of-life strip before becoming one of the sharpest and funniest political satires of its (fruitful) era, a kind of Doonesbury with talking penguins and dead cat rock stars. Brethed concluded the strip’s run in 1989—with a storyline in which then-burgeoning tycoon Donald Trump bought out the strip and fired its cast—though most of the characters (including star Opus the penguin) reappeared in the Sunday-only spinoffs Outland and Opus.
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‘Archie #1′ Reboots — and Modernizes — the Iconic Comics Series Without Killing Its Charm

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Last week, Archie ended its streak as one of the longest-running comic book series with issue #666 — a cheeky number, considering the overwhelming wholesomeness that Archie Andrews and the gang are known for. It wasn’t an official end to the series, though; Archie swiftly returned just yesterday with Issue #1, a rebooted series by writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples, that feels both new and vintage in all the right ways.
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20 Great Comic Book Series to Read This Summer

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With Marvel and DC narratives increasingly taking over our movies and television shows, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there are tons of other comic book series to read — and what better time to do so than during a lazy summer full of unoriginal reality programs and questionable blockbuster movies? Plus, comics are lightweight and convenient to throw into a beach bag. Here are 20 series to check out, featuring everything from teen camp scouts to self-aware robots, and Golden Age of Hollywood noir to prison exploitation …Read More

8 Comics for Literature Lovers by Drawn & Quarterly

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This month — a special one for lovers of comics, cartoons and graphic novels — marks the release of Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels. To celebrate the book and Drawn & Quarterly’s 25th anniversary, we’ve asked creative director Tom Devlin to provide a “random list of his favorite comics” for our literary …Read More