Spider-Man to Join the Marvel Cinematic Universe In the event that you've been hiding under a rock, the Marvel machine and Sony have finally agreed to work on Spider-Man movies together. This brings web head back home and means he can now be seen in future Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies like "The Avengers" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" - and that MCU characters could possibly now show up in Spider-Man flicks as well. This is the most exciting comic book news story of the year thus far, even more awesome than Marvel's Phase Three plans which were revealed a couple of months back. Sony and Marvel's arrangement will most certainly change superhero motion pictures from here on out. Spider-Man in the MCU offers a viewpoint that hasn't been explored yet in the MCU. One of the reasons Spider-Man is such a hit as a comic book character is due to the fact that Peter Parker dealt with genuine issues, he wasn't simply a superhero. None of the current film heroes are normal in any way: Tony Stark manages a billion dollar business while thwarting baddies as Shell Head, Cap is the archetypical all American hero "re-born" to protect the free world and Thor is a god. Peter Parker, on the other hand, is still in high school for crying out loud, which allows for a very different kind of narrative that is lacking in Marvel's current films. The agreement between Sony and Marvel hasn't been completely revealed as of yet, so it is unclear if just Spider-Man will show up in the Avengers films or is Kevin Feige (Marvel Studios President) permitted to include other members of Spider-Man's entourage like Norman Osborn, Venom, or Electro into other Marvel pictures? I'm hoping that character swapping will be permitted and that the arrangement will be straight forward allowing for as much character cross-over as possible! Marvel's foray into television, especially the upcoming Defenders shows on Netflix, could benefit greatly from this new arrangement as well. The … [Read more...]
Buying Comic Books for Investment FAQs
Buying Comic Books for Investment - What to Look For When I started collecting comic books back in 1984, I wasn't interested in what the comics I purchased would one day be worth. The stories and the art work is what drew me into that world. Now don't get me wrong, there were comic books, even back in 1984, that were worth far more than the $ .75 cover price. In fact, I remember scrounging all of my pennies together to purchase Amazing Spider-Man 129 for $60. Nowadays, Comic Books for Investment really is part hobby and part investment and many enthusiasts are often shocked to find out how much some of their comic books are worth. In the following segment I am going to focus on the investment side of comic book collecting and answer some frequently asked questions pertaining to purchasing comic books for this reason. Which comic books are best to buy for investment? Newly published comic books will likely never garner the sort of return that golden age and silver age comics are now seeing. When looking for comics to buy, it is a safe bet that issues featuring the first appearances of key characters from the golden and silver age is the way to go. Comic books like Detective Comics 27 (1939, first Batman) and Amazing Fantasy 15 (1962, first Spider-Man) are two hot books that have consistently climbed in value over the years - so much so that even low grade copies are out of reach to the average collector. Bronze age key books in especially high grade have also now begun to climb significantly in value. No doubt, Hollywood's involvement in the industry has helped bring these third tier characters to the forefront. And, since their golden and silver age counterparts are unattainable to most, many have set their sights on these. 9.8 copies of such comic books as Ms. Marvel 1 (1977) and Nova 1 (1976) have started to sell for thousands of dollars online. Some modern books do increase in value, but will likely never be as valuable as their … [Read more...]
Batman Versus Darth Vader?!?
Holy Dark Side Batman!!! Recently on You Tube a fan made film popped up which saw Batman take on Darth Vader. It was epic to say the least. There, on the screen in front of me was Batman, flying towards the Death Star in a space modified Batwing, on his way to save Superman from the Empire. It was everything I had dreamed of as a kid. The detail was awesome in this video. The costumes and sets were solid, the actors were top notch and the whole thing was held together with solid sound effects and soundtrack. If you haven’t seen it yet go watch it now: The premise of this short was really cool. Superman is being held in the Death Star! Instantly my first thought was in what world could Superman be caught by the Empire? What kind of battle occurred between Superman and Vader? How did he take him down? I want to see that movie! If Vader took down Superman how is Batman going to stop him? All of this in the first minute. Batman gets aboard the Death Star pretty easily, but then again A New Hope taught us that security aboard this massive war machine is pretty sad. Han, Chewie, Ben and Luke didn’t get caught after they are brought into the hanger, Batman is going to have no problem here. Batman gets in and hacks the computer and is on his way to get to Superman. It’s here where he is discovered by Vader and the fun begins. Now, hopefully, you have just watched the battle and I don’t need to go into to much detail, but it is epic. When Batman pulls out the lightsaber and starts to battle Vader you can‘t help by but get excited. I had staged battles like this as a kid with my toys and now I was watching it. Batman is able to outsmart Vader almost ever step of the way. This back and forth battle is one you could watch this go on for hours! It just had these characters bring it all to the table and they stay true to what we have seen in the movies and comics. Then it ended (huge spoiler) and Batman was defeated. The geek in me was outraged. How could Batman have … [Read more...]