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Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel – Reviewed by Richard Kirwin

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I’m old enough to remember Stan’s Soapbox and to have the Origins of and Son of Origins of Marvel trades on my shelf. I’ve known Stan Lee as the mastermind of my favourite comic universe my whole life. His trademark wit and that infectious grin have both been synonymous in my mind with the Marvel Universe since long before “The Man” started popping up twice a year in his Marvel Cinematic Universe cameos. To me, Stan Lee has always been as much a character as his creations, a larger than life fictional version of himself, not the very real and, dare I say, uncanny creative mind presented in fantastic detail by Bob Batchelor in his extensively researched biography: Stan Lee, the Man Behind Marvel.

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MARVEL LEGACY Unveils New Series: MAKE MINE MARVEL! Your first look at Captain America, Not Brand Echh, Thanos and Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows

 

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New York, NY – August 21, 2017 – This fall, a new day will shine on the Marvel Universe with your favorite heroes, your favorite creators… where every story is an event! More after the jump!

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MARVEL LEGACY Unveils New Series: MAKE MINE MARVEL!

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New York, NY – August 15, 2017 – This fall, a new day will shine on the Marvel Universe with your favorite heroes, your favorite creators… where every story is an event! Here’s your first look at Spider-Man/Deadpool, Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider, Guardians of the Galaxy and Power Pack!

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Marvel Primer Pages add All-New Content to MARVEL LEGACY!

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New York, NY – July 7, 2017 – Marvel Legacy is changing the way you read comics – and the future of the Marvel Universe. This fall, Marvel is proud to present MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!, three all-new pages of comic content written by Robbie Thompson (Silk, Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer Supreme) with a majority of art from acclaimed superstar Mark Bagley (The Amazing Spider-Man, All New X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man). These stories will draw all readers into the Marvel Universe like never before. And at no extra cost to the reader, what better way to change the way readers jump into a series!

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Who Is the Other Miles Morales? Your New Look at Marvel Comics’ SPIDER-MEN II #1

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New York, NY – June 16, 2017 – THIS IS IT, TRUE BELIEVERS! The moment five years in the making is finally here! The first time Peter Parker and Miles Morales met ended with a question – WHO IS THE MILES MORALES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE?! Now that the Miles you know and love is with Peter in the Marvel Universe, you’re finally going to get that answer to who the OTHER Miles Morales is! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as Brian Michael Bendis (Defenders, Spider-Man) and Sara Pichelli (Spider-Man) bring you the next heart-stopping adventure for both Peter Parker and Miles Morales with Marvel Comics’ SPIDER-MEN II!

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Expanding the Marvel Animated Universe

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The Marvel Animated Universe as presented on the Disney XD network has been focused on four different series, sometimes connected, and sometimes not, but now, with a series of shorts, they’re beginning to fill in continuity gaps and spaces between seasons.  Meet me after the jump as I look at how Disney XD is expanding the Marvel Animated Universe, and a sneak peek at what’s to come.

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Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again – and No One Is Safe!

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Deadpool just can’t get enough of killing the Marvel Universe. He did it once, but things have changed, so it’s time to do it again, and this time, no one is safe. So grab your chimichangas and meet us after the jump for your first look at the new series Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again by Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajic…

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15 Years of Marvel Legends and the modern age of Toy Collecting

I was so blown away by my first Marvel Legends action figure, Captain America to be precise, that I wrote a movie about it. Okay, so the figure was more of a McGuffin than a central aspect of the plot, but the point is I loved the thing. I should add, that while this may seem like a piece on a child’s nostalgia for a cherished play thing, but these are actually the reflections of a then 20 year old man that still bought toys.

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The Superior Spider-Man and the challenge of Marvel “Legacy” Heroes

If there are two things that I remember about comics in the 90s, they would be unnecessary pouches and DC heroes being “replaced” by a new character.

The idea of super hero identities as legacies have been explored on both sides of the eternal comics divide (DC vs Marvel), but DC really leaned into the concept with the transition from the silver age to the, then, modern age of their universe. Hal Jordan went nuts and complete new comer Kyle Rayner was given the last Green Lantern ring. Batman was broken and passed his cowl onto Azrael. Superman died battling doomsday, only to see four guys pop up with flowing red capes. The list goes on.

That isn’t to say that Marvel didn’t take a few swings at this device (shout outs to Beta Ray Bill and Jim Rhodes), but the idea of a “legacy” hero has always struck me as a very DC gimmick. And a gimmick, that I at least, have always enjoyed. Back when I bought issues instead of trades, I was totally dialed in each week to follow the decent of Jean Paul Valley as he tried to reconcile his programming as the assassin Azrael with his new role as the Batman. I followed in the background as Bruce Wayne battled back from his injuries and Robin and Nightwing struggled to make sense of their mentors decisions. I was a Kyle Rayner, Wally West and John Henry Irons fan. The idea that there needed to be a Batman, a Superman, a Green Lantern… this made for good stories.

Which brings me to what I thought was a really good story: the 30 issue run of The Superior Spider-Man by writer Dan Slot and artists Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos and Giuseppe Cammuncoli. I was a few years late to the table on this one, so I knew where the story was going but, thanks to the Marvel Unlimited App, I finally sat down last week and dove in.

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Trailer Time – Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Action is your reward, as the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer drops NOW! Let us know what you think!

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming is out July 7th, 2017.

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