Four Color Fury: What Do Marvel Comics Covers Say About Their Fans?

Nova #3 cover art

Well, after my survey of the April Previews for DC covers, I wondered what I would find when I looked through all the Marvel covers.

By my count there were sixty titles that qualified, leaving off stuff like the licensed titles, Marvel Adventures and so forth. I left out the Ultimate titles but kept in Marvel Knights titles, since I’m not even sure what Marvel Knights means anymore as an “imprint.” It used to be the place they sent titles that needed serious retooling, but now it’s for “darker” characters. That don’t swear, I guess. Because that would mean Marvel Max. I don’t know. Anyway.

Covers where blood was in evidence? A lot less. Only three. And two probably shouldn’t count, because they involve zombies. Those would be Black Panther #29 and Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #4. But fair is fair. The other one is Battling Jack Murdock #1, but that’s about a fighter. So. We should count our blessings they didn’t call it Jack Murdock: Born, I guess.

Oddly, there were no covers that featured heroes suffering or having been smacked down. At least not like over at DC. Instead the pattern I did see was ten covers that featured the new sales gimmick du jour at the Shack of Shite (formerly the House of Ideas): heroes smacking other heroes.


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Rio Bravo and The Cowboys Blazing a New Trail in Hi Def Glory

Debuting June 5th in time for Father’s Day

On June 5th Warner Home Video will release Rio Bravo and The Cowboys on HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc in honor of John Wayne’s 100th Birthday. Both films have been newly remastered and include commentaries, featurettes and theatrical trailers. Both will be available for $28.99 SRP.

Rio Bravo

Director Howard Hawks lifted the Western to new heights with Red River. He does it here again, capturing the legendary West with a stellar cast in peak form. Wayne is Sheriff John T. Chance, a small-town lawman enlisting the help of a ragtag team to hold a murderer in jail until the state marshal can arrive. On one side is an army of gunmen dead-set on springing the murderous cohort from jail. On the other are Chance and his two deputies: one a recovering drunkard (Dean Martin), the other a crippled codger (Walter Brennan). Also in their ranks are an unseasoned, trigger-happy youth (Ricky Nelson) and a woman with a past (Angie Dickinson) – and her eye on Chance. Rio Bravo will feature a new digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements.

The Cowboys

This deluxe edition has been newly restored and remastered, and features a new cast/director featurette. The Cowboys gave Wayne one of his juiciest roles as a leather-tough rancher who, deserted by his regular help, hires 11 greenhorn schoolboys for a cattle drive across 400 treacherous miles. When the dust settled, Wayne had given one of his best performances. “In The Cowboys,” Rex Reed wrote, “all the forces that have made him a dominant personality as well as a major screen presence seem to combine. Old Dusty Britches can act.” Co-starring the equally memorable Roscoe Lee Browne, Colleen Dewhurst and Bruce Dern, The Cowboys was directed by Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond).

Also available May 22 in standard definition will be Rio Bravo in both a Two-Disc Special Edition and Ultimate Collectors Edition, The Cowboys as a Deluxe Edition. WHV also will debut the John Wayne Film Collection, a six-disc set (also available individually) featuring six films never before on DVD: Allegheny Uprising, Reunion in France, Tycoon, Without Reservations, Trouble Along the Way and Big Jim McLain. Already released titles will be available for $12.97 SRP in commemorative packing including the 2006 remastered version of The Searchers and Stagecoach. The John Wayne Legendary Heroes Collection is also available for at a new price of $46.92 SRP

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Intergalactic Crime Fighters Soar as Two Hanna-Barbera Animated Classics Fly Onto DVD From Warner Home Video

Space Ghost and Dino Boy: The Complete Series
Birdman and The Galaxy Trio: The Complete Series
Debuts on DVD July 17, 2007

BURBANK, CA (April 10, 2007) — Two Hanna-Barbera animated classics are flying onto shelves this summer as Warner Home Video presents Space Ghost and Dino Boy: The Complete Series and Birdman and The Galaxy Trio: The Complete Series, each on 2-disc collectors sets featuring the episodes in the three-segment form as they originally aired along with plenty of great new extras. These original series’ of the popular Cartoon Network Adult Swim spin-offs, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, are each available for $26.99 SRP.


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ADV Announces June 12 Releases

HOUSTON, April 9, 2007 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to bring you the continuation of two titles. Volume two of the sci-fi masterpiece Kurau Phantom Memory and volume four of the insane Paniponi Dash! will be available on June 12!


“Great Visuals Complement a Story as Much About Relationships as Action…”
– Anime News Network

ADV Films is proud to bring you the second volume of Kurau Phantom Memory, the sci-fi saga that has critics applauding. The second volume will be available in both a regular edition and a special edition with a custom series art box on June 12.


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Well, Blow Me Down!



Original Fleischer Theatrical Shorts, Including the Academy Award-Nominated Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad The Sailor, Coming to DVD!

BURBANK, CA, (April, 10, 2007) – The most popular sailor in animation history is certainly “strong to the finish.” Nearly 75 years after his Silver Screen debut, he’ll bring to DVD for the first time the cartoons that first made him famous when Warner Home Video (WHV), Hearst Entertainment and King Features Syndicate release Popeye The Sailor 1933-1938 Volume 1. These classic Popeye animated shorts made Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto national pop icons and have been demanded by fans for generations. Available on July 31, 2007 for $64.92 SRP, the 4-disc Authorized Edition DVD collection includes 60 original remastered and unedited theatrical shorts created by the legendary Max Fleischer.

Popeye The Sailor was introduced to the American audience in 1933 and became one of the most endearing and successful characters in animation history, mainly because of his unique vernacular and hilarious catch phrases. His adventures were strange, humorous and often supernatural as he traveled all over the world to resolve conflicts with enemies. Much like the other animation icons of the 1930s, the Popeye plots invoked traditional values, possessed uncompromising moral standards and resorted to force only when threatened. A softie for his lady love Olive Oyl, Popeye usually embarked on conflicts with villains like Bluto and Sea Hag when they made a move on his “sweet patootie.” Popeye was usually clobbered at first, until he ate his spinach and gained superhuman strength to defeat his opponent. With his enormous muscular forearms and corncob pipe in mouth, Popeye was always victorious after he ate his spinach.


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Justine Cooper: Storage at the Museum

Justine Cooper at the museum

Justine Cooper went behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, as its first artist-in-residence, to take pics of lots of stuff that the museum has in storage. You get everything from 19th century circus seals sitting up in the attic to a dinosaur skull just sort of hanging out on a cabinet shelf. It’s the still photographic equivalent of that most excellent BBC series, Take One Museum. Check out some pics online here.

Found via We Make Money Not Art.

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Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies Present Laughs, Romance, Music – Just Add Water!


Bathing Beauty ~ Easy To Wed ~ On an Island with You ~ Neptune’s Daughter ~ Dangerous When Wet

Due July 17, First Ever Collection from America’s Favorite Mermaid Features Co-stars Fernando Lamas, Red Skelton, Jimmy Durante, Ricardo Montalban, Van Johnson, Lucille Ball, Cyd Charisse

Burbank, Calif. April 9, 2007 — The ravishing bathing beauty who pioneered a new genre of moviemaking — “Aqua Musicals” — will be seen in some of her splashiest roles when Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies showcase TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams on July 17. The Collection includes the DVD debuts of five Technicolor films from “America’s Favorite Mermaid” – Bathing Beauty, On an Island with You, Easy to Wed, Neptune’s Daughter and Dangerous When Wet.

Also included are special features such as TCM host Robert Osborne’s recent “Private Screenings” interview with Esther (featured on the Bathing Beauty DVD), Academy Award®-winning vintage shorts, musical number outtakes, and classic cartoons. The films will be available only as a collection in a collectible digi-pak gift and will sell for $49.92 SRP.


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See the Earth for the First Time in Spectacular HD and Blu-ray Disc Clarity in IMAX’s Film Blue Planet

Featuring the Bonus Film The Dream is Alive

Available on HD and Blu-Ray Disc June 19, 2007 from Warner Home Video

BURBANK, CA (April 3, 2007) – Take a journey into outer space with IMAX on June 19, 2007 when Blue Planet lands on two radiant new formats from Warner Home Video, a Warner Home Entertainment Company. Filmed by astronauts in IMAX’s signature 15/70 format, which provides astounding image sharpness and clarity, Blue Planet will be released in both the HD and Blu-Ray Disc formats, presenting the consumer with an unprecedented home viewing experience. Both versions will utilize advanced Dolby audio technologies, for the ultimate hi-def listening experience. The discs will include the bonus film The Dream is Alive, also filmed in stunning IMAX 15/70, and featuring the same incredible crisp imagery and sound. Both formats are priced to own at $28.99 SRP.

Blue Planet reveals the Earth to us as only few people have ever seen it: from space. Orbiting 200 miles above Earth’s surface, we can see familiar landforms: the majestic Himalayas, giant Namib Desert sand dunes, jewel-like Caribbean islands. From the unique vantage point of 200 miles above Earth’s surface, we see how natural forces — volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes – affect our world, and how a powerful new force – humankind – has begun to alter the face of the planet. From Amazon rain forests to Serengeti grasslands, Blue Planet inspires a new appreciation of life on Earth, our only home.

Blue Planet HD and Blu-ray Disc special features and technical specifications:

· Bonus Movie: The Dream is Alive – This exciting film takes the viewer on a journey into space alongside the astronauts on the space shuttle as they orbit around the Earth, floating as never before over the towering Andes, the boot of Italy Egypt and the Nile. Witness firsthand a tension-filled satellite capture and repair and the historic first spacewalk by an America woman. Video formats (both movies): 1080p Standard Definition 16 x 9 1.78:1

· Audio formats (both movies): HD: Dolby TrueHD; BD: MLP Lossless

$28.99 SRP
Street Date: June 19, 2007
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Run Time: 44 minutes + bonus movie run time 36 minutes
Catalog # X8150 (HD), X8154 (Blu-ray Disc)

With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment

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The Phantom 17: Invisible Children Part I Now Available for Preorder

First Issue of Moonstone Books’ Phantom Arc Benefiting Featured In Latest Diamond Previews Magazine

As previously announced, Moonstone Books is donating proceeds from the “B” covers for Phantom 17-19 to benefit the victims of the Ugandan Civil War. Readers can help simply by pre-ordering the “B” cover through their local comic book retailer or online comic vendor by providing them with the following Diamond Comics Order Codes:

#17 cover “A” – APR073868
#17 cover “B” – APR073866


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