Marvel comics

Iron Man Introduces Blue Ear (Fri, 31 Oct 2014)
Iron Man: Sound Effects art by Karl Moline It all began simply enough with a loving mother and a son who wanted nothing more than to be a hero and thought his hearing aid meant he could not. “Over two years ago, Christine D’Allesandro wrote an e-mail to Marvel asking for help,” recalls Marvel Custom Solutions Creative Director Bill Rosemann. “Her young son Anthony Smith didn’t want to wear his hearing aids because he didn’t see any of our characters wearing them. In response I sent Christina a cover image of WEST COAST AVENGERS #1, featuring Hawkeye as team leader, and told her that Clint Barton wore them back in the 80’s after he injured his ears.” “[I told her] if Anthony wore his hearing aids—which he called Blue Ear, since they were made of blue plastic—we’d make him an honorary Avenger,” he continues. “Then, after I passed Christina’s e-mail around, Marvel’s Nelson Ribeiro and Manny Mederos were nice enough to create and draw the hero Blue Ear in two pin-ups, which I shared with Christina, and which made Anthony and his classmates very happy!” Not only did it make Christina, Anthony, and his friends happy, it made people everywhere excited to read the adventures of Blue Ear—except Blue Ear did not yet have any adventures. “I was determined to make this comic happen, so I asked Marvel Custom Solutions VP Jonathan Rheingold if we could find a partner to underwrite a story that would feature Blue Ear and show how children who are hearing impaired are true heroes,” explains Rosemann. “Jonathan reached out to the Children’s Hearing Institute because he knew someone whose daughter received a cochlear implant from Dr. Simon Parisier, the founder of CHI, giving her the miracle of hearing. CHI and its executive director Melissa Willis wanted to educate the world about the hearing impaired and also share a preventative warning about the dangers of loud audio—via ear buds—that is damaging the hearing of millions around the globe.” From there, the book needed a team to bring Blue Ear to life and Marvel turned to writer Marc Sumerak and artist Karl Moline for what would become IRON MAN: SOUND EFFECTS. “I had already heard a lot about Blue Ear due to coverage in the media, but I had no idea that he had only appeared on a few pin-ups,” confesses Sumerak. “I was pleasantly surprised and honored that I got to help build him as a character for this book.” Building Blue Ear meant creating an identity and world for him beyond his power set. After plenty of brainstorming, it all came together. “We kicked around a few different approaches before we settled on his identity: Dr. Pedro Perez, a scientist working for Tony Stark on top-secret projects involving super-hero-level sound technology,” Sumerak reveals. “Naturally, Dr. Perez's research had allowed him to upgrade his own personal hearing aid with all sorts of futuristic functions. But he didn't stop there! As Blue Ear, he also created a number of other gadgets that come in handy over the course of the story.” Of course, as any comic book fan knows, if something happens at Stark Industries, a certain Shellhead cannot be far behind. According to Rosemann, the inclusion of Iron Man just felt right. “We’re hoping to spread the word that cochlear implants and hearing aids are nothing to be afraid of or make fun of,” he points out. “In fact, they’re similar to Iron Man’s armor: incredible technology that helps people.” With two classic Marvel villains involved—including one familiar to fans of the “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series—Blue Ear and Iron Man need more help. Thus, one more hero joins the fray: the all-new Sapheara. “When I joined the project, I knew the basics of what the Children's Hearing Institute was looking for in this new character: a young female hero with cochlear implants,” remembers Sumerak. “From there, I worked with Bill to flesh out the rest of her personal details, including the origin of her powers [and] her background as daughter of a movie star. It made sense to have Samantha's dad, Jackson Farrell, always in the spotlight, yet for Sam to stay away from it because she felt different from those around her. The events of the story allow the perfect chance for Sam to overcome her insecurities and embrace her differences as personal strengths.” “She’s an inspiration to those who’ve been misjudged and underestimated by others, but refuse to sit on the sidelines,” Rosemann adds. “Sapheara is a fresh new star in the Marvel Universe, and it’s her turn to shine!” “Current research is proving that with today’s new technology such as ear buds/iPods, and media gaming consoles, a younger generation is experiencing some degree of hearing loss,” says Dr. Simon Parisier, Founder of The Children’s Hearing Institute. “Part of our message is to educate this population in an exciting way on the potential dangers of technological and environmental noises. What’s unique is that Marvel helps translate the impact of this message by partnering Iron Man with two super hero characters [that] use hearing aids and cochlear implants to hear.”      Looking at the project now, the editor feels certain Marvel stands to deliver the best possible debut for Blue Ear. “Marc Sumerak is an expert of weaving strong themes into an action-packed adventure, delivering all the drama, humor and thrills that readers expect in a Marvel comic,” Rosemann promises. “Karl Moline, who excels at drawing teen heroes, gave Sapheara the debut she deserved. Inker Manny Clark supplied crisp texture, colorist Javier Mena made the action pop, and letterer Joe Sabino made sure that readers of all ages could easily follow the story. Add on cover artist John Tyler Christopher and you have another Marvel Custom Solutions comic book that shows the world why the medium and characters we love are so powerful, fun, and cool.” “The Children’s Hearing Institute has been overwhelmed with requests for copies of the comic book on not only a national level but internationally as well,” says Children’s Hearing Institute Executive Director Melissa A. Willis. “Our collaboration with Marvel Custom Solutions has by far, exceeded everyone’s expectations. It’s truly rewarding for CHI to know that Blue Ear and Sapheara are inspiring children with hearing related issues all over the world.”
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Study Marvel Science with the Women of Marvel (Fri, 31 Oct 2014)
The Women of Marvel Podcast Episode 18 Join hosts Adri Cowan and Judy Stephens for the latest episode of the Women of Marvel podcast! In this installment, CERN Scientists Steven Goldfarb and Kyle Cranmer chat with Judy about their fields of expertise and how they can apply in the Marvel Universe! Listen to Women of Marvel - Episode 18 now!The Women of Marvel podcast will assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released monthly, every third Friday (or so), co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Social Media Manager Adri Cowan and Marvel.com Associate Producer Judy Stephens, along with Marvel Comic Editors Sana Amanat and Jeanine Schaefer. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes!Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about Women of Marvel to @AdriCowan, @Omg_Dj_Judy, @MiniB622, @J9Schaefer or @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel! And join in on the Women of Marvel podcast's book club! Each episode, the hosts will chat about a current female-led book and answer the Qs you send via Twitter (with the hashtag #WOMReads) and email – and ask you to join in on the talk with them. 25 first come, first served digital codes for each comic will be given away per episode, so make sure to listen to find out how to get yours and join in on the discussion! Visit the Women of Marvel Podcasts' Tumblr page, where they'll post extra info and more:  http://thewomenofmarvelcomics.tumblr.com
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Halloween Spooklight: Legion of Monsters (Fri, 31 Oct 2014)
Halloween Spooklight: Legion of Monsters Every day this week a new supernatural character from the Marvel Universe gets the spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween! The 1970’s saw a huge upswing in the number of ghouls creeping around the Marvel Universe. From Dracula and Morbius to Man-Thing, Werewolf by Night and Frankenstein’s Monster, a distinct rise occurred in the monster population. In an effort to give fright fans a one-stop-shopping experience, Marvel unleashed a black-and-white magazine called THE LEGION OF MONSTERS in 1975. It might have only lasted one issue, but the first installment offered a more stark and grown-up series of stories. Broken up into short stories, the issue shines some moonlight on Frankenstein’s Monster in a tale penned by Doug Moench with art by Val Mayerik, Dan Adkins and Pablo Marcos. After seeing a beautiful woman named Cynthia dressed as a princess pass by, the patchwork man followed her to a spooky old house only to discover that a costume party raged inside. Naturally disguised by the occasion, he proceeded, danced with his lady, fell harder in love and then met a jester claiming to have Cynthia’s best interest in mind. Without ruining the story, things didn't quite work out for Frankenstein’s Monster, but he did get to throw a gargoyle at a moving car and exact some presumably brutal off-panel vengeance. The next story, called “Vengeance Crude” teamed plotter Marv Wolfman with scripter Tony Isabella and artists Dave Cockrum and Sam Grainger to bring a pair of thousand-year-old humanoid aliens dubbed “Manphibians” back to the surface world. The more evil of the duo attacks oil Baron Aaron Fox’s wife, which sets off the second Manphibian who flashes back to the time when his prey killed his mate several centuries ago. The story ends with a surprise that proves that, even when strange beings walk the earth, man is still one of the most evil beings around. THE LEGION OF MONSTERS #1 also featured the next chapter of Roy Thomas and Dick Giordano’s interpretation of Bram Stoker's Dracula which originated in another black-and-white magazine, DRACULA LIVES! Thomas and Giordano finally finished their adaptation in a four issue limited series called STOKER’S DRACULA in 2004 and 2005. While the magazine only lasted that one issue, the Legion of Monsters name lived on thanks to a team consisting of Ghost Rider, Morbius, Werewolf by Night and Man-Thing debuting in MARVEL PREMIERE #28. The name also became an umbrella for four one-shots focusing on Man-Thing, Morbius, Satana and Werewolf by Night in 2007. Later the group that brought The Punisher back to life as Frankencastle and also built Monster Metropolis in the old Morlock tunnels used the name. Most recently, a four issue LEGION OF MONSTERS limited series written by Dennis Hopeless with Juan Doe art joined Morbius, Werewolf by Night, the Living Mummy and Manphibian back together! FRIGHT FACT: The costume party Frankenstein’s Monster attends in the first story is packed with famous characters from The Wolfman and Robin Hood to Mr. Spock and Spider-Man! Happy Halloween, all!
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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows -- Summer 2015 (Fri, 31 Oct 2014)
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows -- Summer 2015
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EXCLUSIVE: Relive Agent Carter's Greatest Adventures (Fri, 31 Oct 2014)
Captain America: Peggy Carter, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. cover by Siya Oum Before Marvel's "Agent Carter" debuts on ABC in January, find out where Peggy Carter got her start this December! CAPTAIN AMERICA: PEGGY CARTER, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. collects classic stories from over the past 50 years. Before you pick it up in December, see the cover by Siya Oum exclusively here on Marvel.com!CAPTAIN AMERICA: PEGGY CARTER, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN, ED BRUBAKER, STAN LEE & STEVE ENGLEHART Art by RAMON PEREZ, STEVE MCNIVEN, JACK KIRBY, JOHN ROMITA SR. & FRANK ROBBINS • Marvel’s Agent Carter makes the leap from the movies to the small screen this winter — and Marvel has you covered with this essential look at Peggy’s espionage career! • In the dark days of World War II, Peggy Carter — aka Agent 13 — works with the French Resistance to liberate Nazi-occupied Paris. When she meets Captain America, will their mutual missions blossom into romance? • And in the modern day, Peggy Carter, now an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., faces down the Red Skull! • Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FIRST THIRTEEN, CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #184-186, and material from CAPTAIN AMERICA (2011) #1-2 and TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #77. 104 PGS./Rated T+ …$7.99
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2014 Halloween Spooktacular - Watch Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?! Ep. 37 (Fri, 31 Oct 2014)
Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?! Ep. 37 All Hallow's Eve has fallen on the Marvel Universe once again, and Dracula has a wicked hunger! Will a visit to the Avengers Tower Halloween Party satiate his thirst or lead to hijinx? Well, it's What The--?!, so we're gonna say hijinx... Featuring Captain America, Ant-Man, The Vision, and an array of all-star guests and ghouls! Watch the latest Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?!
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King James Soars like Spidey (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
LeBron James by Miguel Sepulveda Although it may not initially occur to you, LeBron James and Spider-Man have a lot in common. One rises above the crowd to get the job done, inspiring many, moving with almost supernatural ease and grace. The other we know as Spider-Man. This month, however, Spidey and King James come together for the second time in the pages of “ESPN The Magazine.” Inspired by James’ triumphant return to his hometown of Cleveland and his first team, the Cavaliers, ESPN decided to revisit a 2010 cover homage to “Spider-Man No More!” that coincided to his moving to the Miami Heat. While merging comics and sports might not seem the most natural of fits at first blush, Marvel Custom Solutions Creative Director Bill Rosemann points out just how easy it can be: “Since we are all part of ‘Team Disney,’ Marvel and ESPN have been working closely over the past few years on a number of projects,” he explains. “We’ve created everything from single pin-ups to full comics together. They reach out, we discuss the overall goals of the assignment, we brainstorm talent, they share references and—BAM!—cool, sports-related art for ESPN and Marvel fans alike is born.” When it came time to decide on how to trumpet the return of King James to Ohio, the image referenced actually came from a suggestion by the sports side of the equation. “We had LeBron leaving Cleveland in a rather spectacular fashion, and, in fairness, the return was just as incredible for Cavs fans,” says “ESPN The Magazine” Deputy Editor Otto Strong. “The most recent image gave us an opportunity to close the loop on LeBron's time away.” “Otto suggested starting with the cover art from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, an image that would echo Peter Parker’s big return,” recalls Rosemann. “Then [artist] Miguel [Sepulveda] tried some different positions to echo the one-handed dunk pose that LeBron is known around the world for breaking out as he sails to the rim.” For Rosemann, tapping Sepulveda as the cover artist made sense immediately. “LeBron is an impressive, muscular player,” he argues. “So even though we were starting from a Spider-Man-ish pose, I wanted an artist who excels at establishing the size and mass of his figures. Miguel showed how well he could do that when we worked together on THE THANOS IMPERATIVE, so he was my #1 choice to deliver the power of the returning King.” Fans of comics and sports—or both—alike can pick up the latest issue of “ESPN The Magazine,” featuring the homage cover, in stores now.
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Halloween Spooklight: Man-Thing (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
Halloween Spooklight: Man-Thing Every day this week a new supernatural character from the Marvel Universe gets the spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween! One of Marvel's most fearsome creatures trudged his way out of the swamp in the pages of SAVAGE TALES #1 thanks to Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and artist Gray Morrow. The 1971 comic debuted the mysterious Man-Thing who soon set up shop in ADVENTURE INTO FEAR with issues #10 through 19. A monster comic reprint book up to that point, FEAR soon gave way to the silent, skulking protector of the Nexus of All Realities. ADVENTURE INTO FEAR #16 featured a story written by Steve Gerber with artwork by Val Mayerik. Much like his work in the pages of HOWARD THE DUCK, Gerber used the medium of comics to tell stories about some of the injustices going on in the world. In the case of “Cry of the Native,” which hit stands in 1973, the story revolves around a group of Native Americans defending their land against construction workers tasked with building there. In true Gerber fashion, the issue remains as complicated and diverse as real life with both sides expressing understandable points. In the end though, one of the workers went too far and tried to attack head on. Jake Simpson scooped Man-Thing up in a bulldozer, buried him under the earth and drove over the spot with heavy machinery. Of course, that’s no way to stop Man-Thing. He grew himself out of the soil, confronted Jake, made him burn with fear and then left him in the path of an oncoming dozer which quickly sealed his fate. Eventually, Man-Thing proved popular enough to earn his own series which launched in 1974. Steve Gerber wrote all 22 issues with regular artists Val Mayerik and Jim Mooney. Both artists returned when MAN-THING launched again in 1979. Michael Fleisher kicked off the new volume as writer, but Chris Claremont penned several issues as well. After popping up here and there throughout the Marvel Universe, Man-Thing reappeared decades later as a member of the Thunderbolts team lead by Luke Cage. But, as everyone including Jake Simpson knows, the Man-Thing will always creeping around some corner, ready to set ablaze those who know fear. FEAR FACT: Thanks to a flashback in this issue, readers understood that Ted Sallis, the man who would become Man-Thing, worked on a formula that would allow people to breath pollutants. An accident with the concoction resulted in the Man-Thing we know and love to this day! Come back tomorrow for another Halloween Spooklight on the Legion of Monsters!
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Download Episode 157 of This Week in Marvel (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
This Week in Marvel Episode 157 It's episode #157 of This Week in Marvel! Ryan and Intern Alex look at new print and digital releases including AXIS: CARNAGE #1, DEATHLOK #1, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #20, MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #11, and more! Plus, the latest news, including movies and TV from Marc and Patrick! Then Ben jumps in for the Unlimited Reading Club, featuring HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT! Read HOUSE OF M for the next This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and share your thoughts using the hash tag #TWIMURC! Download episode #157 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes, so you never miss an episode!This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases--from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom and Manager, Video & Content Production Blake Garris.We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @Agent_M@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
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Hulk: Future Imperfect -- Summer 2015 (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
Hulk: Future Imperfect -- Summer 2015
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Sabretooth Kicks Up Some Dust in 90's By The Numbers (Thu, 30 Oct 2014)
90s By The Numbers: X-Men #6 It's time to face facts, true believers – the '90s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome! With that in mind, we've pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one fresh fact at a time! This week we're singling out X-MEN #6 by Jim Lee and Scott Lobdell. Here's "Farther Still" by the numbers! 19 throwing knives on Longshot's bandolier   10 claws, 2 elbow spikes, 2 swords and a lot of dust   9 high tech Hand ninjas   5 captive X-Men and 1 brainwashed Psylocke   4 buttons on Sabretooth's snazzy suit   3 hastily fired laser blasts from Sabretooth's weapon   3 armored up C.I.A. agents: Wolverine, Sabretooth and Maverick   2 swords, 1 staff and a lot of dust   1 sucker punch from Omega Red   Check out Sabretooth's latest battle in DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #3
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Marvel 75: Evolution of the 90's Teen Hero (Wed, 29 Oct 2014)
Marvel 75: Evolution of the 90's Teen Hero From AMAZING FANTASY #15 on, Marvel could be counted on to deliver strong young super heroes and tales of being isolated and outcast to the masses. With each subsequent era, the House of Ideas would return to these themes and bring forth new creations, unique in appearance and temperament; reflections of an archetype updated for the present day. In the 90’s, Darkhawk and Sleepwalker undeniably became the latest avatars of these tales. Both heroes, before taking on their mantels of justice, lived their lives as young college students bedeviled by difficulties that had nothing to do with world-consuming cosmic beings or rage-fueled baddies. Chris Powell, the teen who would be Darkhawk, struggled to make sense of a world where he witnessed evidence of his police officer father’s corruption before his dad seemingly vanished, abandoning him, his mother, and his twin younger brothers. After suffering the side eyes of neighborhood gossips and a domestic life torn asunder, Powell’s subsequent adoption of the Darkhawk guise, becoming an obsidian skinned flying armored being, came as just another complication. A half hour west via the Jackie Robinson Parkway, Rick Sheridan also found himself balancing school and life with considerable hardship in Brooklyn. And, to be clear, this was Brooklyn circa 1991, a far different borough that we think of it today. Juggling a job as superintendent of the building where he lived with his dog, his academic career as a film student, a part-time job teaching English to recent immigrants, and a rocky romance with childhood sweetheart Alyssa Conover, Sheridan could only be described as besieged. Financially overdrawn and drowning in stress, being a hero who resembled nothing so much as an emaciated green alien with fly eyes seemed like the last thing he needed, but he had to be one anyway. For Powell and Sheridan, however, the true hook came from their alter egos, the things they became. Or rather, the things that took them. See, in both cases, neither Rick nor Chris were fully in control when they became heroes. Using the amulet that made him Darkhawk allowed Chris’s consciousness to remain, but his body would be deposited into Null Space as an android—later revealed to be part of an ancient alien race called the Raptors—assumed his place on the earthly plane. Powell ended up literally removed from his own life, replaced by something with a face so hideous even the hero himself could not gaze on what was beneath the mask. Sleepwalker, meanwhile, “emerged” from Sheridan while he slumbered. Rick could engage his heroic self on the so-called Mindscape but he, effectively, never really served as the body or brains behind the hero; only a vessel that Sleepwalker spent around 16 hours a day trapped within. Teen and college aged super heroes have, of course, always been metaphors for puberty. Mutant powers stand in for the plethora of changes in the body of an adolescent that come as both a delight and a distress to the individual living with them. With Sleepwalker and Darkhawk, however, the body horror and the sense of no longer being you became the focus. Powell and Sheridan felt isolated not only by way of their family situations, their financial issues, and their academic struggles, but also because, quite literally, they lost control of who they were. What the overwhelming rush of hormones might have been to a normal teen became recast as these late adolescents strung up in Null Space or the Mindscape while something else acted on their behalf. Chris and Rick not only could not control their feelings or gave themselves over now and again to poorly planned impulse; they could not control their very selves and had to give themselves over to immensely powerful aliens. For the 60’s, a sudden manifestation of eye blasts or the ability to stick to walls came as a shock but only in society’s reaction to such changes came hazard. In the 90’s, the danger lived within, a shadow that the duo sometimes fancied themselves in control of even as it consumed their lives and remade their lives before their very own helpless eyes. Therefore, unlike the teen heroes who preceded them, Darkhawk and Sleepwalker’s heroism came not from bravery in battle but in the willingness to let go; to allow themselves to become something more and less than who they had always been in the name of helping others. Celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary all year long at marvel.com/75
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Halloween Spooklight: Dracula (Wed, 29 Oct 2014)
Halloween Spooklight: Dracula Every day this week a new supernatural character from the Marvel Universe gets the spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween! Technically, Dracula entered the Marvel Universe with 1951’s SUSPENSE #7, but the vampire lord really made a splash in 1972 with TOMB OF DRACULA #1. Thanks to a slackening of the Comics Code Authority rules, comics could finally feature monsters in the title again, hence the man formerly known as Vlad scoring a new series penned by Gerry Conway with art by Gene Colan. TOMB OF DRACULA started off like many a horror classic with people driving around in the rain looking for a creepy castle. In this case, the group consisted of Frank Drake, his girlfriend Jean, and his friend Clifton who also happened to be Jean’s ex. Heading to Transylvania, Frank planned to cash in on a family castle that allegedly belonged to the legendary vampire Count Dracula. After arriving at the spooky locale, the shifty Clifton took a tumble through some old floorboards that inevitably lead him to Dracula’s tomb. Having removed the stake sticking out of the skeleton’s chest, Clifton inadvertently resurrected the lord of the vampires, getting thrown down a well in the process. Unleashed and hungry, Dracula presented himself to Frank and Jean, hypnotizing the latter. Frank brutally knocked Jean out to save her from becoming one of Dracula’s mindless minions, but their initial confrontation with the monster ended when a silver compact came into play. Not wanting the trouble, Dracula flew into town and tried to feast on a local, but did not enjoy her taste. Back in the castle, the Count came upon a sleeping Jean, but recoiled when he got closer to her gold cross. Frank then confronted him once again leading to another tussle. During the conflagration, Dracula revealed that Frank shared a curse with him that would eventually make itself known. Meanwhile, outside, the townspeople set fire to the castle which cut the confrontation short. Dracula made off with Jean for a moment, but Frank found himself next to her on the ground—only to discover that she had been turned into a vampire! TOMB OF DRACULA ran for 70 issues from 1972 to 1979 and introduced another vamp-related character: Blade. The series proved so popular that it spawned a concurrent black-and-white magazine, DRACULA LIVES, as well as a number of GIANT-SIZE DRACULA specials and even another black-and-white magazine called TOMB OF DRACULA that launched after the comic ended, running until 1980. The lord of the vampires went on to face off against the X-Men a number of times, co-star in a book called NIGHTSTALKERS in the 90’s and fight a powered-up Jade Giant in the FEAR ITSELF: HULK VS. DRACULA three-issue a limited series. Even when you least expect him, Dracula’s always waiting on the fringes, ready to make a meal out of the next pretty face to walk by. FRIGHT FACT: After a series of changing writers, Marv Wolfman took over TOMB OF DRACULA with issue #7 and stayed on until the book's conclusion. Every single issue boasts Gene Colan pencils. Come back tomorrow for another Halloween Spooklight on Man-Thing!
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Skottie Young Covers Coulson & Company for S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Wed, 29 Oct 2014)
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 variant cover by Skottie Young This December, Agents Coulson, May, Fitz, and Simmons come to the comic book Marvel Universe--and who better to welcome them than Skottie Young! Check out the acclaimed artist's variant cover below, then read S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 by Mark Waid and Carlos Pacheco in December!S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Written by MARK WAID Art by CARLOS PACHECO Covers by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO, MIKE DEODATO, SKOTTIE YOUNG & MORE! • High-tech weapons. High-stakes missions. High-octane adventure! For the men and women of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s just another day in the field! • Special Agent Phil Coulson brings together the best and the brightest, the gifted and the elite, normal people and superhumans from across the Marvel Universe on an as-needed basis to confront, combat and curtail dangers beyond the scope of any conventional peace-keeping force! • Writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL) and a rotating crew of mission-specific top flight Marvel artists make you one promise: Every issue: Twenty pages. One mission. Unlimited budget. Unlimited imagination. Six periods. And a helper monkey. Welcome to Level Eight. Welcome to S.H.I.E.L.D. 40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99 See upcoming MARVEL MAILERS for details on how to qualify for the S.H.I.E.L.D #1 LAUNCH PARTY! Plus, details on how to order the MARVEL 2015 CALENDAR!
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Age of Apocalypse -- Summer 2015 (Wed, 29 Oct 2014)
Age of Apocalypse -- Summer 2015
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Extra! Extra! 5 Noteworthy Journalists in the Marvel Universe (Tue, 28 Oct 2014)
5 Noteworthy Marvel Journalists By Rick Laprade With the world constantly at risk of being destroyed by one villain or another, the term “slow news day,” doesn’t exist in the Marvel Universe. Anderson Cooper showing up in the pages of BLACK WIDOW may be pretty darned monumental, but the media’s involvement in the lives of Marvel heroes and villains didn’t just start. In a universe chock full of danger and extraordinary individuals, it’s only natural that the press would be there to fill in the huddled masses—and get themselves involved in the process. Let’s examine a few notable newsies who have made a mark in the Marvel Universe. Frederick Foswell (Big Man)First Appearance: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #10 We fully embrace the fact that sometimes reporters have to do a little undercover work in order to break a story. In Foswell’s case, his undercover work was being a reporter. Assigned to cover Spider-Man’s antics at the “Daily Bugle”—because that’s kind of what you do when you work for J. Jonah Jameson—Foswell led a secret, more in-your-face life as criminal mastermind Big Man. His cover got blown after some sloppy mishaps and he’d be sent up the river for his schemes of trying to usurp Kingpin as crime boss numero uno. Upon being released, Foswell somehow got his job back as a reporter. Seeing as how “reporting the news” went hand-in-hand with “leading a double life as a prime time criminal,” Foswell created the identity of Patch, an underworld informant, and kept the illegal party rolling. Lester Verde (Dr. Bong)First Appearance: HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) #15 The man formerly known as Lester Verde made his mark as a tabloid journalist extraordinaire. Bullied as a child and finding his voice through the written word, Verde swiftly went from sleazy reporter and rock music critic to genetic engineering mastermind—and eventual psychiatrist to Deadpool—Dr. Bong. Bong proved a proverbial thorn in the side of Howard the Duck, the Secret Avengers, and She-Hulk, but information about his villainous, meteoric rise from journalist to castle owner and sonic weapons powerhouse remains mostly unknown. Seriously, where did this guy get that castle? Ethan Edwards (Virtue)First Appearance: MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN #13 Star reporter for the “Daily Bugle”—and an orphaned Skrull—Ethan Edwards does not fit the bill of “mild-mannered.” With amazing abilities that include shape shifting, super strength, and a keen eye for journalism, Edwards crafted the identity of Virtue to better mankind. His secret wouldn’t remain very secretive for long, and it proved only a matter of time before the storyteller would become the hottest story in town. Edwards later took his talents abroad to heal the less fortunate. He’d return and join Wonder Man’s anti-Avengers task force, the Revengers, but his legacy as a crack pundit would always remain intact. Eddie Brock (Venom/Toxin)First Appearance: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #18 A “Daily Globe” journalist with impeccable timing and tenacity to boot, Edward Brock quickly became a royal pain in Peter Parker’s life—in more ways than one. Brock started on top and would bust open breaking news stories such as the human testing scandal at Devlin-MacGregor Pharmaceuticals. From there, he become entangled in the case of the Sin-Eater crimes and achieved near stardom for his expose. Unfortunately, the facts Brock uncovered turned out to be a bunch of malarkey and misinformation, and Spider-Man—a journalist in his own right—blew the whistle on it. Crushed, disgraced, and brought to total ruin, Brock found a new goal in life: destroying the man who crippled his career. As Venom, and later Toxin, Brock entangled Parker in a twisted web of terror for years to come—pun firmly intended. Peter Parker (Spider-Man)First Appearance: AMAZING FANTASY (1962) #15 You can’t mention Marvel reporters without a nod to a certain webslinger. If you’re a reporter who also happens to be a super hero, getting an exclusive shouldn’t be very difficult. Peter Parker, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, made a career of covering, well, himself.  Parker’s gig as a photojournalist serves as the perfect foil to his secret identity as the wise cracking, butt-kicking Wallcrawler. This clever conundrum cements him as the only guy qualified to get the best shots of Spider-Man in action and remain a paparazzi mainstay. How’s that for job security? Will Anderson Cooper be the next media mainstay to turn hero—or villain? Find out in BLACK WIDOW #12
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Tune in to Lights on Episode 156.5 of This Week in Marvel (Tue, 28 Oct 2014)
This Week in Marvel Episode 156.5 Music superstar Lights visits Marvel and tells Blake all about meeting Stan Lee, her appreciation of Moebius, plus the latest on her new album Little Machines and more! Download episode #156.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes so you never miss an episode! This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases--from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production Blake Garris and Editor Marc Strom.   We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
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Halloween Spooklight: Morbius (Tue, 28 Oct 2014)
Halloween Spooklight: Morbius Every day this week a new supernatural character from the Marvel Universe gets the spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween! Though super heroes take center stage in the Marvel Universe, the darker corners house some of the creepiest monsters around. Morbius the Living Vampire remains one of the more complicated ghouls of the bunch. A scientist-turned-blood sucker, the character made his first appearance with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #101 in October of 1971 thanks to writer Roy Thompson and artist Gil Kane. Appropriately, the issue included a variety of classic horror references including a general mad scientist vibe and specific mentions of Frankenstein, Dracula and Alfred Hitchcock. Morbius first popped up as a scared, strange looking man traveling on a ship suspected of killing the captain halfway through the issue. He avoided the angry mob until night set in along with his vampiric powers and then spent the entire eve quenching his thirst on every last one of them. Feeling guilty, Morbius dove into the ocean and wound up sleeping through the day in Dr. Curt Connors’ house in the Hamptons. It just so happened that Spider-Man—sporting six arms thanks to a potion he took in issue #100 intended to cure him of his powers—had holed up in the same spot in an effort to cure himself. As night fell, Morbius stumbled down the stairs, set eyes on the Wall Crawler and attacked, looking to satiate his monstrous hunger. Luckily for Spidey, Dr. Connors appeared just in time to save him from becoming a snack—but the stress of the situation turned him into The Lizard! The knock-down, drag-out fight continued into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #102 as the Web Head watched the two monsters—both out for his blood—fight fang and tail. After knocking out the Lizard, Morbius planned to drink his cold blood before Spider-Man finally stepped in. Instead of wasting the night fighting or explaining himself, Morbius flew off, searching for less combative sources of sustenance. Back at the house, Connors discovered that the bite from Morbius contained a kind of enzyme that altered his transformation process, leaving his mind in the body of the Lizard. Thinking it might have a similar effect on Spidey’s limb situation they developed a serum and went hunting for Morbius—or more specifically, his blood. While resting again, Morbius reflected on how he came to be a Living Vampire. A Nobel Prize-winning European scientist, Michael Morbius experimented on vampire bats in order to cure his blood disease while at sea with his assistant Nikos and girlfriend Martine. In classic monster movie fashion, the experiment went awry, turning the sick scientist into a modern vampire in the process. After killing Nikos, Morbius jumped ship before hurting the love of his life. Morbius’ buffet ran into a brick wall when Spidey and Lizard showed up looking to stop his rampage and also get some of that precious enzyme. Connors took his first and quickly reverted back to his normal form, but Morbius escaped with the concoction in an attempt to cure himself. The Wall Crawler gave chase which lead them both towards the river. Thanks to a webbing mishap, Morbius fell in the water and Spidey had just enough for one last thwip. He aimed for the man, but got the serum instead. With Morbius seemingly lost to the sea, Connors administered the serum to the Web Head who returned to a more manageable number of appendages. Not nearly as dead as advertised, Morbius went on to appear in the black and white magazine VAMPIRE TALES and star in ADVENTURES INTO FEAR from issues #20 through to that book’s completion with #31. He gained his first solo series, MORBIUS, in 1992 as part of the Ghost Rider-centric Midnight Sons group. That series ended in 1995, eventually followed by another in 2013 penned by Joe Keatinge. FRIGHT FACT: That classic costume that has become Morbius’ signature look with the high collar and low cut front actually served a purpose. During an electroshock experiment on the boat, it acted as an insulation suit between his skin and the larger suit worn on top! Come back tomorrow for another Halloween Spooklight on Dracula!
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Unlimited Reading Extra: Hulk: Future Imperfect (Tue, 28 Oct 2014)
Unlimited Reading Extra: Hulk: Future Imperfect With INCREDIBLE HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT as the current feature of the This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club, Marvel.com caught up with writer Peter David to learn how this instant classic time travel story evolved. Marvel.com: How long had this story in particular been on your mind as one that you wanted to tell? Peter David: It hadn't been on my mind at all. It originated when [editor] Bobbie Chase approached me about writing a dystopian-based Hulk story that was going to be penciled by some Italian artist who specialized in that sort of thing. She proposed the idea and I thought, “Well, what if I inverted ‘The Terminator?’” That instead of having someone come from the future to change the past, we have someone go into the future in order to deal with stuff that went wrong then. And if we assume it’s The Hulk who goes forward, what could he possibly have to deal with? That’s where The Maestro came from and the story developed after that. Marvel.com: Did you ever consider tackling it as part of your regular ongoing INCREDIBLE HULK series or was it critical that this story be a standalone project? Peter David: No, it was designed as standalone, although I did work it into the ongoing. Marvel.com: Throughout your prolific career, you have worked with myriad extremely talented artists. But this particular story was a rare treat, teaming you with legendary artist George Perez. What do you most remember about getting to collaborate with Perez? Peter David: The situation under which it happened: I had taken my daughter to the local doctor’s office and sitting there was George. We started talking and he said how he’d love to work with me on a project. Since Bobbie still loved the story I’d come up with even though we no longer had the Italian artist, I pitched FUTURE IMPERFECT and George loved the idea.  I immediately contacted Bobbie and she of course was thrilled with the prospect of George as artist. Marvel.com: In the scene where Hulk walks into Rick Jones’ relics room, readers are given a great deal to take in, in terms of the decimation of Marvel’s universe. Am I right in thinking of all the reveals in that scene, understandably the loss that hit Hulk hardest was when he held Betty’s urn in his hands? Peter David: Yes. Understand that I didn’t specify a lot of what was in the trophy room. Aside from several specific items, all of which were involved in the big fight, the rest was George. But yes, having Betty’s ashes in there was my idea, and obviously it hit the Hulk the hardest. Marvel.com: What was the biggest challenge of trying to write the same character in the forms of Hulk and Maestro? Peter David: It wasn’t a challenge at all, really. The Maestro was quite simply the logical forward extension of Bruce Banner, and we’ve seen that the integrated Bruce [Banner] can sometimes be something of a [expletive]. So this was just an ultimate [expletive] version. Marvel.com: More than 20 years later, this story clearly still resonates with readers. Care to speculate why that is? Peter David: Uhm...it’s really good? Read INCREDIBLE HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT on Marvel Unlimited and listen to the This Week in Marvel podcast for the Unlimited Reading Club!
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A New Hero Takes Flight in All-New Captain America #1 (Tue, 28 Oct 2014)
All-New Captain America #1 This week, the hero formerly known as the Falcon soars once more, recharged, reborn and reinvigorated in ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1! Originally revealed on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report”and seen on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, USA Today, New York Magazine and many, many more – Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the gorgeous first issue! The creative team of Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen take Sam Wilson to new heights as part of Avengers NOW!, as he dons the stars and stripes and steps into the mantle of his closest friend. Drained of the Super Soldier Serum that gave him his strength, speed and endurance, Steve Rogers is no longer fit to wield the shield. But there must always be a Captain America – and his trusted friend and partner Sam Wilson is ready and able to take the job. With Steve’s son Ian at his side as the new Nomad, he’ll spread his wings as the new star spangled Avenger! “I’ve been having a lot of fun writing Sam,” says Rick Remender in an interview with Marvel.com. “It’s a completely different attitude. The fact that he’s not a soldier shifts thing up a bit. Sam’s not going to be Steve. Steve can be very rigid. That can be kind of joyless at times, whereas Sam is absolutely not that.” The threat of Hydra is growing, as the terrorist band has infiltrated the Marvel Universe completely. Even worming their way into the super hero community. Anyone can be a threat, and no one is to be trusted. But what is Hydra’s ultimate goal? United by this new and more vicious Hydra, Captain America’s rogue gallery prepared to strike – aiming at the new and untested Captain America and Nomad. Will their first day on the job be their last? Find out when ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 zooms into comic shops and digital devices this week! Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #AvengersNOW and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel! ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (SEP140810) Written by RICK REMENDER Art & Cover by STUART IMMONEN Variant Covers by ALEX ROSS (SEP140812), SARA PICHELLI (SEP140811),CARLOS PACHECO (SEP140813), & SKOTTIE YOUNG (SEP140814) Colbert Variant by KRIS ANKA (SEP140815) Rocket Raccoon & Groot Variant by PAUL POPE (SEP140816) Blank Variant Also Available! On-Sale – 10/29/14
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Spider-Verse is Here in Amazing Spider-Man #9 (Tue, 28 Oct 2014)
Amazing Spider-Man #9 The biggest Spider-Man event of all time is finally upon us as every Spider-Man from every universe unite in Spider-Verse! And it all begins this November in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 – the first blockbuster chapter of Spider-Verse from the star-studded creative team of Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel! Peter Parker and thousands of Spider-Men and Spider-Women band together to stop Morlun and his kin from exterminating spider-powered heroes across the entire multiverse! “The sheer scope of this event and the amount of Spider-Characters in it are mind-boggling,” shares Spider-Editor Nick Lowe. “But what’s crazy is that Dan Slott and Olivier have been able to squeeze everything but still have a story that has heart and truly counts.” Alone, Morlun was nearly enough to eradicate Peter Parker. How can Peter stand against an entire family of Morluns? This deadly family stalks the multiverse, exterminating spider-powered heroes as they go. It will take the combined powers of thousands of spider-powered heroes if they are to have a single hope of survival. Even then, they may not be enough… Who lives? Who dies? The answers are almost here. Find out when the biggest Spider-Man event of all-time kicks off this November in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9, chapter 1 of Spider-Verse! For more on Spider-Verse, join in on the conversation on Twitter using #SpiderVerse. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 (SEP140823) Written by DAN SLOTT Art & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL Variant by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (SEP140824) Interlocking Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (SEP140825) Marvel Animation Variant by JEFF WAMESTER (SEP140826) Rocket Raccoon & Groot Variant by RYAN STEGMAN (SEP140827) On-Sale 11/05/14
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Ultimate Universe: The End -- Summer 2015 (Tue, 28 Oct 2014)
Ultimate Universe: The End -- Summer 2015 Ultimate Universe: The End -- Summer 2015
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Jessica Drew Unleashed in Spider-Woman #1 (Mon, 27 Oct 2014)
Spider-Woman #1 This November, launching directly out of Spider-Verse comes a brand-new ongoing series starring the original Spider-Woman! Marvel is pleased to present SPIDER-WOMAN #1, the first issue of the new ongoing series from the creative team of Dennis Hopeless and Greg Land! Jessica Drew has been many things – Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent of S.W.O.R.D., Avenger and so much more. She’s a hero to her very core, but nothing could prepare her for the multidimensional insanity of Spider-Verse! War has come to anyone with spider powers and they’re being picked off one by one. The supremely powerful Morlun and his twisted family will stop at nothing to eliminate every Spider-Man and every Spider-Woman in every universe. The key to their survival may rest in the hands of Silk, the newest spider on the block, who’s on the run for her life! Who better to keep her safe than Jessica Drew? An experienced soldier, a fierce combatant, and someone who won’t quit – she’ll lead her spider platoon deep behind enemy lines on a dangerous, universe-spanning adventure if she wants to see tomorrow. “This is the start of something very big for Spider-Woman,” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “Yes, it’s a big part of Spider-Verse, but this is going to be a character defining first arc for the SPIDER-WOMAN ongoing series.” The one and only original Spider-Woman is a woman with a mission, and it will take all of her training if she wants to make it out of Spider-Verse alive. Who lives? Who dies? Find out as an all-new dimension hopping adventure explodes out of the pages of Spider-Verse in November’s SPIDER-WOMAN #1! SPIDER-WOMAN #1 (SEP140833) Written by DENNIS HOPELESS Art & Cover by GREG LAND FOC – 10/27/14, On-Sale – 11/19/14
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Inhumans: Attilan Rising -- Summer 2015 (Mon, 27 Oct 2014)
Inhumans: Attilan Rising -- Summer 2015
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Fightin' Fangirls: AJ Lee (Fri, 24 Oct 2014)
Fightin' Fangirls: AJ Lee After a tumultuous back and forth between herself and Paige for possession of the Divas belt, current champ AJ Lee sets off once again to retain the title against her most equaled opponent at Hell in a Cell this Sunday. We spoke with her prior to the event about the evolution of Divas, how Gamora would fare as a wrestler, her love for Pizza Dog and much more! Marvel.com: To begin, coming off your loss Monday at RAW, how are you regrouping to prepare for your match at “Hell in the Cell” this weekend? AJ Lee: Oh gosh. I think it’s kind of poetic because really the only person that kind of kicked my butt and is always the cause of my losses when they really count, when the title is on the line, has been Paige. So she’s the one that makes me have to prove myself all over again; gives me the biggest challenge. Every time that I've defended the title against her, I’ve lost. So going into Sunday I think I have a lot of prove. No one ever makes me feel that way except for her. So that’s kind of the interesting story going into that. I want to go in and leave as champion. Marvel.com: Do you think Alicia may come in and help Paige, kind of like the vice versa scenario of Monday? And if so, how do you think you’ll retaliate? AJ Lee: They’re playing the numbers game, which I guess karmically I have coming to me all those times having Tamina and Big E ringside with me. So I get it but I enjoy now just being a lone soldier -- one diva army -- one girl revolution. I’m gonna try to take them both out on my own but it’s not going to be easy. You know, two against one. Marvel.com: The rivalry has been going on for the better part of six months now. Besides obviously retaining the title, what would the dream scenario be for how this ends? AJ Lee: I don’t know. I think the fact that there’s two women who aren’t necessarily your standard of diva beauty, that aren’t your standard diva… to have these two women who are very different in myself and Paige in something for so long and people are invested for the entire time and want to see it keep going says a lot about how Divas have evolved and how fans have evolved and what they hold important and what they want to see. They just want to see good matches and good wrestling and interesting characters and I think that’s revolutionary and that’s really cool to be a part of. My dream scenario was for this to go as long as it possibly could and I think it’s been like four of five months now. I kind of want to see it keep going in some way and I want the story to continue to get creepy and weird. I just enjoy having those matches with her. Marvel.com: This is the third year that you’ve partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Can you talk a little bit about that? AJ Lee: We have all that merch out there where the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. My personal favorite is the “Support the Twins” shirt. I think that’s pretty solid. It’s really cool to see these big strong scary men but they’re wearing pink and they have a soft side. They just want to help out and help women. I think the fact that that’s such a contradiction is what makes it interesting and makes it warm your heart. I like that we are able to commit so much of ourselves during the month of October to that. Whether it’s the merchandise or the ramps or the ring ropes, we try as much as we can to get the word out there and it’s a really cool thing for us to do. Marvel.com: You use “The Black Widow” as a finishing move. What other Marvel characters would you want to borrow moves from? AJ Lee: Gosh. I don’t know. The perfect thing about the Black Widow is definitely kind of a little joke; a shout out to Marvel. I think I said it one time on commentary to pop my buddies over there and then it got such a good reaction with the fans that I was like “Okay we gotta keep this going. Keep it part of the repertoire.” We had the spider webs... it just all worked out really well. But I don’t know. I do have a very special love right now for Kate Bishop and my Pizza Dog. If I could somehow get a Pizza Dog with me on the way to the ring, I would be pretty psyched. Marvel.com: So you’re obviously into Hawkeye and we’ve spoken before about you being a fan of Spider-Man and the X-Men. Are those what you’re reading these days or is there anything else that you’re keeping up with? AJ Lee: I just got the last trade of Hawkeye where Kate’s going to LA and having all sorts of adventures so that was put in my bag this week which was really cute. I’m kind of just jumping all over the place. I know I’m way late to the party but I just got into The Sixth Gun. That’s really amazing. I’m kind of just jumping into that. I love Saga. I’m waiting to see what comes next with that. Of course, my Harley Quinn I always jump on board with but Hawkeye is my Marvel friend at the moment. Marvel.com: Have you seen “Guardians of the Galaxy” yet? AJ Lee: I did! It was so funny because I think that people always expect the big blockbuster to be a household name and something that they’re familiar with and then you have “Guardians of the Galaxy” come out. It’s the best one so far. It’s my favorite Marvel movie. I love those stories when it’s something you wouldn’t expect and it’s these characters who aren’t your ‘drink your milk’ super heroes. They’re little weirdos and I love that. Marvel.com: How do you think Gamora would fare as a Diva? AJ Lee: First of all, I would love to be her buddy. I would need to recruit her to fight against Alicia Fox. I think she would kind of kick all of our butts so I’d have to keep her on my side.  Follow AJ on Twitter here and catch Hell in a Cell live this Sunday, October 26 on the WWE Network or pay-per-view. Fightin' Fangirls: AJ Lee
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Follow the History of Deadpool Pt. 3 (Wed, 29 May 2013)
The History of Deadpool Pt. 3 By Brett White After making a bloody splash as an X-Force villain just over 20 years ago, Deadpool has grown from a cult favorite second banana to Marvel's most notorious leading mercenary. On June 25, 2013, comic book fans everywhere will get to experience life in the red and black tights when Deadpool's first ever video game breaks its way into stores. This marks Wade Wilson's first time headlining a game after appearing in other titles like “Marvel: Ultimate Alliance” and the Marvel vs. Capcom series. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we're giving you an in-depth look at Deadpool's history, from his humble beginnings as X-Force's snarkiest foe all the way to today. Be sure to visit the Marvel Digital Comics Shop and Marvel Digital comics Unlimited to brush up on your 'Pool history! What's a merc to do when the object of his affection needs breaking out of a mental institution? In X-FORCE #47, Deadpool answered Siryn's call for help after a failed mission landed her in the Weisman Institute for the Criminally Insane. But just as Wade busted X-Force's field leader out, he got left behind with all memory of his involvement removed from Siryn's mind by the manipulative Gamesmaster. When her memories returned in X-FORCE #56, Theresa went back to rescue Deadpool. With both halves of this odd couple finally free, 'Pool paid his rescuer back with a kiss which…didn't really please her. Better luck next time? 1997's DEADPOOL #1—kicking off DP’s first ongoing series—shoved a lot of Wilson's skeletons out of their cozy closet. The issue gave readers an unobstructed look at Deadpool's home life in a quaint San Francisco home with his elderly live-in prisoner, the cantankerous and feisty Blind Al. Wade took a mission to destroy a science outpost in Antarctica. Not a problem—until Deadpool discovered that Dr. Walter Langkowski—better known as Alpha Flight's Sasquatch—ran the outpost. The ensuing fight—because of course there was a fight—damaged the outpost's gamma core and threatened to irradiate half of Earth. Wade did the unthinkable to prevent a global catastrophe: he dove into the gamma core to fix it, saving the day and exhausting his healing factor. The intergalactic holding company Landau, Luckman and Lake claimed responsibility for DP's Antarctic mission, claiming they set him up to find out if he could be the hero their in-house prophets had said he would be. Wilson laughed off their offer to become a working good guy. With his healing factor broken, Deadpool tracked down Dr. Killebrew with Siryn's help. The former Weapon X geneticist wished to atone for the unspeakable horrors he did to Wade, so the doctor cured the merc's gamma irradiated healing factor with a healthy dose of Hulk-blood procured via impalement in DEADPOOL #4. This freed Wilson up to murder Killebrew, but Siryn convinced him otherwise, thus setting Deadpool on the heroic path that LL&L saw in his future. The path to true heroism included a few nasty pit stops. Getting involved in a bloody relationship with the deranged Typhoid Mary didn't help in DAREDEVIL/DEADPOOL ANNUAL. Temporarily posing as Spider-Man in the hero's early days and scaring Aunt May nearly to death didn't show great care for the time stream in DEADPOOL #11. Throwing Weasel and Blind Al in a dark room filled with knives, buzzsaws and razor blades just because the two communicated behind his back did demonstrate much heroism, and rushing headfirst into a battle with the psychopath T-Ray nearly got ‘Pool killed in DEADPOOL #14. All of those setbacks proved necessary to push Deadpool towards accepting LL&L's offer when agent Zoe Culloden pulled his broken body out of the snow. In DEADPOOL #17, the Merc with a Mouth learned his destiny as the Mithras with a mouth, a being charged with shepherding in the messiah. After coming to terms with his fate, Wilson prepared himself for his job, which turned out to just involve gutting an alien messiah-killer named Tiamat. The prediction became less than clear, though, as the messiah Deadpool pledged to protect turned out to be a celestial entity that robbed civilizations of their free will. After learning the truth in DEADPOOL #25, Wade turned against his mission and killed both his adversaries and the being he had been meant to safeguard. The world lost a "messiah" and gained continued free will. With his destiny destroyed and his entire support group gone, Wade fled San Francisco permanently. As far as he ran, though, his past came back in the physical form of ex-wife, Mercedes. Although he didn't initially remember being married, Deadpool’s memories of their life together and tragic end came back slowly. Mercedes had been murdered by T-Ray after the naive Wilsons took him in, an act that threatened to be repeated after T-Ray showed up again on DP's doorstep. DEADPOOL #33 dropped a bomb on the merc's backstory, as T-Ray revealed Mercedes to actually be his wife, Wade Wilson his true name, and the man who ruined their lives—Deadpool. T-Ray's magic left Wilson on the brink of death, and the reunited Wilson couple left Wade to rot and recuperate in hell. But does this revelation shake Deadpool's core sense of self? Not one bit! After all, no one should trust a psychopath with a band-aid for a nose like T-Ray! Check out DEADPOOL (1997) in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop, plus on Marvel Unlimited.
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Download 'This Week in Marvel' Episode 81.5 (Tue, 28 May 2013)
Download 'This Week in Marvel' Episode 81.5 Download episode #81.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com Ryan and Ben welcome their old pal "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels, Impact Wrestling star and one half of the tag team Bad Influence, to the show. Enjoy a free-flowing discussion of comics and wrestling, including Daniels' plans for Slammiversary, his thoughts on Marvel NOW! and much more! Download episode #81.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Zune, so you never miss an episode! This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases--from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse with Associate Producer Blake Garris and Associate Editor Marc Strom.  We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel! And if your message is longer than 140 characters, send it through fans.marvel.com!
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