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Marvel Drops “Stan Lee’s” Venus, More on Marvel Unlimited for Valentines Day

Marvel has added some new classic comics to Marvel Unlimited this week, ones which weren’t advertised in their February press release. Included are issues #2-9 of Venus, the 1948 Timely series which ran for 19 issues. Marvel was apparently spotty with their credits at that time. None of the issues have the creators credited on […]

Marvel Celebrates 25 Years of Marvels with Veritable Variant Cover Bonanza

Face front, true believers! Marvel Comics is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’s Marvels in the only way they know how: with a @#$%load of variant covers, baby! We already knew about Alex Ross’s Marvels 25th Anniversary variants launching in January, as well as the February release of Marvels Annotated, which […]

Now Marvel to Publish Dark Horse’s Conan Comics in New Epic Collections

It isn’t just new Conan comics and Marvel’s own classic comics that the publisher will be bringing to comic racks in the coming months. A new press release from the House of Ideas highlights a new idea: collecting the Conan comics Dark Horse published while they held the license, beginning with Kurt Busiek and Cary […]

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Kurt Busiek on Mark Millar “Crapping” All Over His Avengers Run

We always love it when Mark Millar rewrites history. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he recalls the origin of his Ultimates series with Brian Hitch. Brian and I pretty much ran the Ultimate line ourselves. He did Spider-Man and Fantastic Four, I did X-Men and Ultimates. It’s funny to look back on now, but […]

Astro City: FremantleMedia Secures TV Series Rights, Co-Creator Kurt Busiek to Pen Pilot

FremantleMedia North America is going from flawed gods to all-too-human heroes, with the American Gods producer having acquired the rights to develop writer Kurt Busiek and artists Brent Anderson and Alex Ross‘s superhero comic book series Astro City as a live-action television series. Busiek and Rick Alexander will pen the pilot; and executive produce alongside […]

Astro City to End as a Monthly Series in April; Graphic Novels on the Way

The DC solicitations will be out soon, but writer Kurt Busiek gave fans a sneak peak when it comes to Astro City, his creator-owned Vertigo series with Brent Anderson and Alex Ross. According to Busiek, April’s Astro City #52 will be the final issue of Astro City as a monthly series. Over a hundred issues of […]

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Josh Talks ‘Thunderbolts’ Part 2: New Thunderbolts Vol. 1 – One Step Forward

After looking through the comments and past the people who took umbrage with the fact that I admitted my favorite comic books series wasn’t perfect, I got the feeling that many in the comments wanted me to talk about Fabian Nicieza, Kurt Busiek, and Tom Grummett’s New Thunderbolts series from 2004. That’s fine, because, when […]


Josh Talks ‘Thunderbolts’, Part 1: In The Beginning

At last, I am getting around to devoting a series of op-ed/retro review pieces to my all-time favorite comic book series, Thunderbolts. And what better place to start than the beginning, when the Thunderbolts were created by industry veterans, Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley. First appearing in Incredible Hulk #449, the Thunderbolts were a mysterious […]

Why Marvel Should Bring Back The Thunderbolts

Jim Zub, Jon Malin, and Matt Yackey’s Thunderbolts is one of the best comics to come out in recent years. There, I said it. It’s the truth. Here we have a comic that perfectly balanced character and action, perfectly understood the characters and the spirit of the team, and had some of the most endearing […]

Kurt Busiek Fixes Superman And Batman

Last night, comics veteran Kurt Busiek entered a number of Twitter exchanges with followers over the characters of Superman and Batman. The idea was pretty straightforward: he wanted a relationship between Big Blue and the Caped Crusader that showed camaraderie and fun. When someone asked if he was suggesting that Superman and Batman do something […]

The Comics Industry Talks – Breaking Into Comics

Not entirely sure how this one started. Maybe people started talking about DC’s Creator Development Program again, or maybe one creator decided to share and then all the others jumped on. Maybe people just got bored and all had the same idea. At any rate, twitter is awash at the moment with various comic creators, […]

The Autumnlands: Tooth And Claw – 24 Trades Of Christmas

Back in the beginning of June I had the pleasure of sitting next to Kurt Busiek while attending the Phoenix Comic Con. I hadn’t met him previously, but really enjoyed talking with him over the weekend. He turned me on to his Image comic series The Autumnlands that he’s doing with artist Benjamin Dewey and […]

Kurt Busiek On Satire, Censorship, and Bad Little Children’s Books

Yesterday, Bleeding Cool told you about Bad Little Children’s Books, a collection of parody retro children’s book covers that often uses racial and ethnic stereotypes as the punchline of their “jokes.” “What does this have to do with comics?” asked several of our commenters, not seeing the obvious Frank Cho parallels laid out in our report. […]

Comic Cons And Tax Codes – Updated

I spent this past weekend at the Phoenix Comicon, one of my favorite conventions of the year. I will be writing up a con recap shortly. But something that bugged me this weekend about the show was something the convention had no control over and something that I think there should at least be a […]

Fanboy Rampage: When Is A Comic Not A Comic

It’s one of the oldest comic arguments going. And today on Twitter it was between Tony S Daniel, Greg Capullo, Kurt Busiek, Jonathan Ross and others. Here is a smattering of what went down. Feel free to follow individual timelines for nuance, comprehension and context. Consider these a few headlines… @ivygirl851 @ExcelsiorAward @CharlesSoule but I […]

From Strip To Script – Taking On Ultron

By Josh Hechinger Welcome to From Strip to Script, where I take a page of finished comic art and try to derive a script from it, to see what I can learn from the exercise. Sometimes…not always, but sometimes…it’s kind of pretty easy to figure out what this thing should be about this week, even […]

Busiek And DeCampi Take Up The Gauntlet

Comic book writers Kurt Busie, Alex DeCampi and friends had a conversation on Twitter. It started off so nicely. What place tasteful indeed. Well, DeCampi delivered. And so Kurt had to join in… So there you are, suitably shocked. Surely there’s nothing more that Kurt could do that… Egads. Let’s all have another look at Thanos shall […]