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Comic Review: Amazing Spider-Man #641
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Spider-ManAmazing Spider-Man #641
Written by Joe Quesada
Art by Paolo Rivera and Joe Quesada, Danny Miki and Richard Isanove
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Price: $3.99
Marvel Comics
Release date: September 9, 2010

At the time of its release, Marvel’s decision to make Peter Parker single again after years of being married to Mary-Jane Watson was met with mixed emotions at best. Many felt that the story told in “One More Day” was inconsistent with previous Spider-Man stories, especially the part where Peter makes a deal with Mephisto to rescue his Aunt May, which many thought was too cosmic, or out there a concept to appear in the more street-level Spider-Man. Others wondered why Marvel felt that an unmarried Spider-Man is so much more superior to a married one. Over the last four issues, we have been revisiting the “One More Day” storyline in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, with a story called “One Moment in Time,” brought to us by writer and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. Amazing Spider-Man #641 brings the storyline to a close, which is a good thing, because this was pretty much a completely unnecessary story that went on for three issues too long.

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Today Is ‘Read Comics In Public’ Day
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International Read Comics in Public Day 2010Avid consumers of graphic fiction, it’s time for you to grab a small stack of comic books or a good graphic novel and head out to a public park, coffee shop or other crowded venue. Today is international “Read Comics In Public” day and coincidentally also the birthday of legendary artist Jack Kirby.

The point of reading comics in public is to help end the feeling of embarrassment associated with reading comic books, explains Editor of The Daily Cross Hatch Brian Heater, who came up with the idea.

“Take to the streets. Be proud. If someone asks what you’re reading, say, “a comic book” (the phrase “graphic novel is also acceptable, but let’s face it, it sort of defeats the whole purpose). Heck, lend them a book, if you’ve got an extra—what better way to make a new friend and convert a new reader?,” Heater writes on the Day’s official blog.

To further the cause, there’s also a flickr pool set up for people to snap photos of what they’re reading.

I’m going to go a step further than these guys and say everyone participating should do more than just read comics in public. Ripping a page out of Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada’s book — once you finish reading those comic books in public, leave them for others to find and read. Of course for big time collectors, this might present a problem, but everyone has that stack of comics that they don’t want to file into their personal stash. Don’t throw them away (ever).

Read them in public, leave them in public.

Check out what the Geeks of Doom staff is reading below…

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C2E2 2010: Marvel Producing Four Anime Series
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Geeks of Doom Invades C2E2 2010

Marvel is producing four different anime series based on original superhero properties, according to the company, who made the announcement at their C2E2 Animation panel this weekend.

Each of the four series will have 12 episodes. Only two series were announced by name: one based on Iron Man and the other on X-Men/Wolverine, according to Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada.

Quesada also stated that the shows were being produced for a Japanese audience — not just anime-style superheroes for America, and promises more details will be announced soon.

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C2E2 2010: Disney XD To Air New Animated ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ & ‘Avengers’ Series
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Geeks of Doom Invades C2E2 2010

A new animated Ultimate Spider-Man series and the previously announced animated Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes series will air on the Disney XD television channel, according to Marvel, who made the announcement this weekend at the Marvel Animation Panel at the 2010 C2E2.

“It’s nice to be a part of Disney,” said Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada in reference to the first fruits of labor witnessed since his company was acquired by the Walt Disney Company in August 2009. [Read: Disney To Acquire Marvel Entertainment For $4 Billion]

The two new animated shows are just the first in what will likely be many more projects set to debut on the Disney XD network, which according to Quesada, was just one of the major benefits of the Disney deal.

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C2E2 2010: More ‘Super Hero Squad Show’ & ‘Iron Man: Armored Adventures’ On The Way
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Geeks of Doom Invades C2E2 2010

super hero squad showNew episodes of Marvel‘s Super Hero Squad Show are coming to Cartoon Network, according to Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief and show producer Joe Quesada, who made the announcement this weekend during the Marvel Animation Panel at the C2E2 2010.

“We are feverishly working on season 2,” Quesada said, adding also that “the lay of the land will change this season… it’s going to go cosmic,” which seems to pick up with the end of season 1 that saw the Silver Surfer volunteering to once again become a herald of the planet-eating Galactus.

While there won’t be an appearance by Spider-Man, Quesada did say fans would see plenty of new characters pop up, including Bucky, Hercules, Zeus, and Captain Marvel.

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Marvel Chief Joe Quesada Talks ‘Thor’; Kat Dennings’ Role Revealed
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Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada recently answered a pile of questions for Comic Book Resources, and among the topics, the Thor movie adaptation was naturally one of the prime topics covered. Quesada was asked how confident that he was in the the project and how he answers to those who remain skeptical of Thor’s ability to work as a movie and become the next mega-franchises.

While it’s obvious that Quesada wasn’t going to say anything negative about a property in which he holds massive stake in, it is still interesting enough to read what him and others like them are seeing from the film makers. He talks about how we the movie-goers — whether fans of Thor or not — will go in expecting one thing or another, and that none of us will get what we expect. He also goes on to talk about how unbelievably passionate director Kenneth Branagh is when he’s directing, and what he thinks while watching him work.

Click over and continue reading to check out the massive quote from Quesada. You can also head over to the link above to check out a bunch more questions and answers from the Marvel chief.

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SDCC 09: Mondo Marvel Panel
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Geeks of Doom's Exclusive Coverage of SDCC 2009

Mondo Marvel panel at SDCC 09Not a lot of news out of the Mondo Marvel panel at the San Diego Comic-Con (most of the big news came out of Marvel’s Cup O’ Joe panel). Marvel Mondo was mostly about answering fans questions and teasing some new stuff. The panel started off with some funny screens introducing the panel guests, as Marvel always likes to have a lot of fun at their panels.

We did get some news out of it…

Rick Remender will be writing a new on-going series featuring the new Sorceror Supreme, titled Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural (no one asked what Doctor Voodoo has a PHD in).

Captain America/Black Panther: Flags of Our Fathers will be written by Reginald Hudlin with art by Dennis Cowel and will show what happens in the past with a meeting between Cap and the previous Black Panther.

November will bring a new attitude to the Marvel Adventures line, keeping the done in one stories, but adding more subplots and making them a bit more cohesive as a line. It will be a great jumping on point for new readers who have not checked out the more kid-friendly line.

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SDCC 09: Marvel’s Cup O’ Joe Panel Report
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Geeks of Doom's Exclusive Coverage of SDCC 2009

Marvel ManMarvel Comics had a couple of big announcements today at the Cup O’ Joe panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, and one that frankly blew my mind. The big announcement of the day was that Marvel has apparently acquired the rights to Marvelman — or Miracleman as he may be better known as. (See SDCC 09: Marvel Acquires Rights to ‘Marvelman’.)

This news came as a shock to the audience, since the rights to the character have been tied up for many years in a long string of legal disputes. The announcement today states that they have purchased the rights from original creator Mick Anglo, who knows how this will work out with the other disputes, but publisher Dan Buckley went into a bit of how they were dealing with Mick Anglo and it sounds like they have everything lined up. I’m curious myself to learn more details on how this happened, but since I’ve never been able to read the work that Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman did with the character in the 80’s and 90’s, I’m very excited. Now specific publishing plans were announced, beyond a vague 2010 release, but Buckley said that they were talking with Moore and Gaiman, and the artists from the most recent stories, so it sounds like they are treating the character with a lot of respect. It will be interesting to see how much information comes out on this in the next few days.

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SDCC 09: Marvel Acquires Rights to ‘Marvelman’
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Geeks of Doom's Exclusive Coverage of SDCC 2009

Marvel Comics has acquired the rights to classic super-hero Marvelman, also referred to as Miracleman in the United States, from creator Mick Anglo. The company made the announcement during the last few minutes of the San Diego Comic-Con Cup o’ Joe panel.

Shortly after the announcement, the panelist, which included Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada, Publisher Dan Buckley, Jeph Loeb, Jim McCann, and C.B. Cebulski, donned blue t-shirts with the familiar “MM” Marvel Man logo on it.

Buckley stated that Marvel was talking with several creators who did Marvelman stories in the ’80s and ’90s. Both Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman are among those creators, but nothing has been announced beyond the acquisition.

Marvel hasn’t stated the full terms of the deal — whether they own just the likeness or if they can reprint past stories such as the unpublished Miracleman #25 that was written by Gaiman for the now-defunct Eclipse Comics, which was never published.

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NYCC 09: Marvel’s Cup O Joe Panel
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Geeks of Doom Invade New York Comic Con 2009Joe QuesadaEvery year at Con season, Marvel EIC Joe Quesada likes to take time out to connect with fans at the fan favorite Cup O Joe panel. Taking questions as well as making a few announcements, Quesada gives it to ’em straight and usually brings a few friends along.

At New York Comic Con this past weekend, Quesada thankfully did have a few friends in tow. Joining him on the panel was marketing maven Jim McCann, Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley, uber writer Brian Michael Bendis, and the world traveling talent scout/writer CB Cebulski.

Sitting down to a rousing welcome from the crowd, Quesada pre-ambled to the crowd that this panel is as fun as they make it, and luckily the fans decided on “fun” for the day by cheering their faces off. After introducing the rest of the crew, Joe directed everyone’s attention to the PowerPoint presentation for the announcements segment.

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