Marvel Comics is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. With a franchise as big as this, a special something ought to be made for longtime fans, and what better way to reward them than with a comics collection of epic proportions.
Book publisher Folio Society is releasing Marvel: The Golden Age, a compilation of some of the first Marvel comics. Originally released back in 1939, when the company was called Timely Comics, this gift compilation features classic characters and comics we know and love today, as well as some that don’t exist anymore. In addition, the book will also feature a 64-page replica of Marvel Comics #1.
The ultimate collection for any comic book nerd. | Image Via The Folio Society
This is Folio Society’s first foray into comic book territory, and many hope that this will eventually lead the company to publish special editions for all eras of Marvel Comics.
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Folio Society editor Tom Walker feels that publishing comics is very similar to not only the other works they publish, but also literature in general:
Marvel Comics have been one of the great literary influences of the past century, and as I started to explore that world, I found the comic form had inspired so many of my own favorite writers, from Neil Gaiman to Margaret Atwood.
The collection will be released on September 25th, but is available for pre-order now.
When it was first announced, The New Mutants sounded like a promising film. Staring Anya-Taylor Joy, Maisie Williams and Charlie Heaton. The first horror film in the X-Men franchise tells the story of a group of teenagers who discover their mutant abilities while being held captive in a secret facility. As time went on, it became clear that there was trouble with this film.
The poster with the original release date. | Image Via Wikipedia
The film was originally going to be released in April 2018, but was delayed to February 2019 to avoid competition with Deadpool 2. It was then delayed again to August 2019 to allow for reshoots. Then, when Disney acquired Fox, the release date was pushed back again to April 2020. X-Men producer Simon Kinberg explained why there are constant delays in an interview:
What’s happening is we’re gonna do reshoots this year on that film and it has a new release date from Disney. That’s really it. Part of it was figuring out what the reshoots were gonna be, the pick-ups, and the other part of it was getting that cast back together.
The recently announced cast for ‘New Mutants’ (Actors from Right To Left: Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Anya-Taylor Joy) | Image via Cellcode
The constant delays and reshoots haven’t impressed Disney, who are already upset about several Fox flops after their acquisition. According to Variety, the studio is unimpressed with the final film and thinks it has limited box office potential.
So, what does this mean? The most likely scenario is that Disney will release the film via streaming, either on Hulu or the upcoming Disney+. Or maybe the company will go with a theatrical release anyway and just see how it plays out. Either way, it has been a long, hard road for the final film in Fox’s X-Men universe.
Martin Casas has been collecting comic books for a long time. A long enough time to acquire over 3,000 of them.
We can only imagine the devastation when all 3,000 of these comic books were stolen from Casas’ storage unit one night, leaving only a destroyed padlock behind.
TheRiverfront Times reported on the story, and said that while Casas was deeply upset by the loss of comics that held great sentimental value, he never lost faith that the comic books would find their way back to him.
Casas owns a comic book shop of his own, Apotheosis Comics and Lounge, and he asked his employees to keep their eyes peeled for anyone selling a large amount of comics.
The inside of Apotheosis Comics and Lounge/Image via St. Louis Magazine
Within days of the comics being stolen, Apotheosis Comics received a call from a woman looking to sell a box of comics. The box was brought in for review, and the Riverfront Times reported that Casas knew the box belonged to him the moment he saw it.
[Casas] had written ‘Cap’ on the side, designating it as a box of Captain America comics. Inside, he searched for one particular comic, the third installment of the Captain America Truth series. He had gotten it years ago and knew his copy had a small red mark on the corner.
Casas found what he was looking for, and immediately informed the police. Casas also called the woman who brought the comics, and offered to buy them for a couple hundred dollars, an exchange she would have to come to the shop to complete.
Save for a slight delay, the woman arrived in the shop as planned. Unbeknownst to her, there was a cop hiding in the attic, another in the basement, and one more ready to arrest her boyfriend who had driven her to the shop. The couple were quickly taken into custody, with Casas waving unassuming customers the whole while.
Casas felt somewhat bad for the pair of burglars, the Riverfront Times reported. He stated:
No one ever wakes up and says, ‘I want to grow up and break into storage units…
Casas’ was simultaneously relieved however, when the pair told police where they could find the other boxes of comics that were stolen from the storage unit.
The recovered comics/Image via Riverfront Times
He was told to pick them up from the precinct, and all was right with the world, though Casas did state:
It was absolutely the most bizarre 24 hours of my life.
Like comics? Like queer stuff? Like awesome, beautiful, and well plotted stories? Here are some fantastic web comics featuring gay, lesbian, asexual, and trans characters. Weather you’re reading for the representation or because you just like good comics, jump in and enjoy.
It’s your favorite girl gang, coming at you from the Louisiana swamp. We’ve got parties. We’ve got blood magic. We’ve got developing lesbianism. We’ve got cute animals. Powerful witch families play off each other in this lush, grounded fantasy.
Oh my god, they’re roommates. They meet over the summer, and then find out on their first day of special agent academy that they’re roommates. Feuds, favoritism, and friendships, plus uneasy edging into trust. Not to miss.
We’ve got witches again, but who’s mad? The Mars colony wants to start growing plants, so a team is recruited to get water and trees going. A family that thinks it would be crazy to leave the forest is actually… all pretty into the idea. Space witches!
Do you love space? Do you love necromancy? The two meet in this story about a gay astronomy student and a gay ace necromancer. Gorgeously illustrated and gorgeously soft, this period piece is a must read for anyone who wants a feel-good story.
Dylan’s got a new name, a supportive family, and a new school, plus a cute new classmate. It’s adorable stuff, and aside from a bureaucratic mess up, there’s no fuss about him being trans. Plus he has an adorable baby sister, and the sibling dynamics are on point.
This is a little more emo. Something bad happens, and the character’s mother makes a support robot for her that she gets quite attached to. The robot starts glitching, or maybe just evolving? Deeply interesting art and moody pacing make this an engrossing ride.
After knowing each other their whole lives, these two stop seeing each other in college. When the younger one graduates, he goes to stay with his ‘big brother’. Talk about the friend zone. But don’t worry, they’ll see sense.
If you haven’t heard yet, WebToon is a platform for serialized graphic novels. Yeah, these are comics, and some are gorgeously drawn and deeply potted narratives that you don’t want to miss. Here’s our guide on how to get on board, starting by genre.
Webtoon has a website, if you want to see the art blown up, but it’s most alive on the app.
This comic tops the overall WebToon list with extreme regularity, and for good reason. The art is outrageously beautiful, the characters are complex and compulsively likable (or outrageously easy to hate), and the plotting is gorgeous. Persephone has left the mortal world to go to university on Olympus, but things get complicated almost immediately. This is a must read if you have any interest in myth, fantasy, or just really like fantastic graphic novels.
Alice Kruger has been through a lot. No spoilers, but she’s had a bit of a bad year, and now, her cat knocks a pot off a windowsill and hits her on the head. This gives her the power to see supernatural beings, including the monster in her closet? Most people would be understandably put off, but Faust’s alright, and he certainly has problems of his own. Read this if you like a quality combination of paranormal silliness and dire peril.
This comic has everything – an optimistic rookie paired with a cantankerous vet, a supernatural plague that erases your memories and makes you hard to kill, vaguely sketchy military organizations. The magic is seamlessly embedded in the world, the characters are compelling, and there’s plenty of running around stabbing and shooting people. It’s a classic model done in a very new and interesting way. And it has journalistic integrity.
Mei is pretty normal. She’s been selling her family’s apples since her brother died in the Blood King’s army. Then she accidentally saves the life of the new Blood King’s young brother, and gets taken to the capital. It turns out her family is more connected to the capital than she thinks, and she’s suddenly on the radar of the Blood King, his chief generals, foreign royalty, and the most fearsome criminal in the empire. Mei is smart and tough and way out of her depth (or anyone’s).
After being bullied in middle school, Jugyeong decides she’ll learn how to do ‘beauty’ and become popular at her new school, which kind of works. It’s an interesting examination of the weird contradictions of beauty standards, without getting too philosophical or stepping on the story. This comic is funny, heartfelt, and relatable, but watch out for the cliffhangers! This also regularly tops WebToon lists, which it deserves.
Camille’s whole family died in a fire when she was young, and she had to live with her very severe aunt, now head of the Severin witch family. Everything goes (more) wrong when she tries to summon a demon for a rite of passage, and can’t summon a bird like she should. The art is beautiful, and the setting, a manor house in Louisiana, is elegant and immersive. Alligators, gal pals, and family secrets make this a must read.
This is not your standard romance. Cati Abbott is the orphaned daughter of idealists who died in ‘Amazonia’. Taken home to some more industrialized country by her anthropologist mentor, she’s considered charmingly eccentric, at best. Enter the town’s tight laced doctor. Chaos ensues, and they realize all this petty conflict might be something else.
Lauren has always been able to tell when people are lying to her. After losing someone close to her, she becomes a police officer, but never stops trying to find out what happened. Her power makes her an effective officer, but when an assassin offers her information and help in stopping his boss, and maybe even with her mystery, it’s hard to turn down the opportunity to save lives and find answers.
Gwendolyn is a bit of an ugly duckling compared to her anime eyed sisters, but this doesn’t bother her or her family. Her very caring father decides that his three daughters will marry his BFF’s three sons, easy as it gets. The only problem is that Gwendolyn’s suitor is terrified of her. Running into the forest so her sisters don’t see her crying and boycott the whole thing, Gwendolyn meets a bunch of other princesses under strange curses.
WebToon also publishes foreign language stories translated by fans. Flawless is a strange, philosophical examination of relationships, blindness, and how we treat others. Mostly it’s just fun though. Elios grows up in an orphanage, and when his foster sister gets in trouble, he ropes in Sarah, a local girl who gets into a ton of fights, in order to retrieve his sister. They somehow become friends, and end up going to the same high school. A fun read. (originally published in Indonesian)