Nerd Two Bits of Unrelated Comic-book Business
posted by August 19 at 14:00 PMon
First, The Beat reports that some idiot publisher is reprinting every single Stan’s Soapbox column that was published between 1967 and 1980. If you don’t know what Stan’s Soapbox is, it’s a monthly column by Stan Lee extolling the greatness of Marvel Comics. They were written in an exasperatingly breathless and alliterative style, like this sample below, taken from Matt Shepherd’s blog:
So basically, for $14.95, fanboys will be able to purchase a book of advertisements for books that were published forty years ago. This is kind of genius, even moreso since the cover is so atrocious.
Second, the Watchmen movie might not come out on time next year, because Warner Brothers maybe didn’t have the right to make a Watchmen movie at all:
Earlier this year, Twentieth Century Fox filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. seeking to stop Watchmen’s release (scheduled for March 6, 2009), claiming that it, not Warner Bros., held the distribution rights to any motion picture made from the material. Today, a judge declined Warner Bros.’ request to dismiss the lawsuit, setting the stage for a possibly ugly legal tussle.
For comics nerds, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.