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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Two Bits of Unrelated Comic-book Business

posted by on August 19 at 14:00 PM


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.

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Weren't all Marvel comics written in that exasperatingly breathless and alliterative style back then? Hell, they probably STILL are.

Posted by A | August 19, 2008 2:17 PM

I'm guessing that Warners/Fox will come to an one's going to throw away that much money AND risk the ire of the fanboys...they'll burn Burbank and Studio City to the ground.

Posted by michael strangeways | August 19, 2008 2:49 PM

Comic book fanboys would dig their own graves jubilantly if Stan Lee told them there was a cache of comics underground and then he shot them in the head one by one.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 19, 2008 2:52 PM

@3: Oh my God, you just made my day with that image.

Posted by Paul Constant | August 19, 2008 3:34 PM

@2 wins -- the movie will just be a co-production.

I was momentarily intrigued when I thought that Moore was trying to win back rights to his 22 year old miniseries in order to prevent the movie adaptation -- he's no fan of the director's last movie, "300", which Moore said he considered to be racist and homophobic.

Posted by Just Sayin' | August 19, 2008 3:47 PM

I'm glad that pleased you Paul.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 19, 2008 4:04 PM

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