New York, NY (June 15, 2009) â€“It was the shot heard â€˜round the world. Following the most shocking and controversial event in comic book history â€“ the assassination of Captain America in the pages of Captain America #25 â€“ neither the heroes of the Marvel Universe nor the rest of the world have quite come to grips with this most traumatic of losses. From the moment he was taken from us until today, one fact has proven to be true: the world still needs Captain America. And now, the time has come! At long last, the legend, the hero, is back.Â Steve Rogers makes his triumphant return from the grave in the publishing event of the year: Captain America Reborn, a five part series from Marvel Comics beginning this July.
Marvel Comics has teamed up with Eminem and XXL magazine to celebrate his anticipated upcoming album Relapse with an all-new story featuring the renowned rapper and Marvelâ€™s notorious vigilante, The Punisher, in Eminem/Punisher: Kill You.
Back from a three-year hiatus, Eminem is set to grace two XXL covers posing as The Punisher for the magazineâ€™s June issue on stands May 5, two weeks before his fifth solo album, Relapse, hits stores May 19.
A special collectorâ€™s edition, the magazine also includes the first part of an exclusive collaboration between XXL, Shady and Marvel Comics — Eminem/Punisher: Kill You — a special edition Punisher comic book starring Eminem and created by Marvel Comics.
â€œMarvel Super Heroes: What The–?!â€ continues Marvelâ€™s tradition of comic book satires as made popular in the Marvel comic book series â€œNOT BRAND ECHHâ€ (from the 1960s) and â€œWhat The–?!â€ (from the 1990s). This time around, itâ€™s not only a new millennium but a new medium, with Marvel exercising its might in the world of stop-motion animation.
Are you going to Comic-Con International in San Diego? Will you be dressed as your favorite Marvel character? Then get your friendly neighborhood, star-spangled, best-at-what-you-do self down to the Marvel Booth at Comic-Con for The Marvel Costume Contest!
On Saturday, July 26th, make sure to be at the Marvel Booth (#2429) by 2:45 PM to participate in this exciting contest! All you need to do is wear a costume of your favorite Marvel character (but keep it family friendly!) and you could win the Grand Prize of a Marvel Omnibus signed by Stan Lee! All entrants may also be featured in a gallery on Marvel.Com! The winner will be determined by you, the fans, as you vote on who you want to be crowned this yearâ€™s winner!
So, True Believer, if youâ€™re at Comic-Con International in San Diego, donâ€™t miss the Marvel Costume Contest!
NEW YORK â€“Through a licensing agreement with The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., Marvel Publishing joins forces this fall with World Fantasy Award-winning writer Stephen King, long acknowledged as the master of modern horror, to bring to life in the graphic fiction format one of the most revered and influential novels ever published: The Stand. A strong influence on every major pop culture genre from Top 40 songs to the hit TV show LOST–this seminal work has been translated into twenty-two languages and has sold more than 4.5 million copies in the U.S. alone since its publication in 1978.
Details are sketchy at this time, but a S.H.I.E.L.D. spokesperson has revealed that Captain America’s shield has gone missing.
It’s unclear who has taken the shield as no photographic evidence exists, but S.H.I.E.L.D. has issued an artistic rendering of the accused along with this statement. “S.H.I.E.L.D. is following several leads and we are working with the cooperation of New York City authorities to resolve this matter.” Un-named sources have spotted several S.H.I.E.L.D agents in and around television studios owned by Comedy Central.
One of the biggest questions is “Why?” Few have shown the strength, let alone have had the training, to properly wield the shield, so its use as a weapon seems negligible. If it was stolen to act as a trophy, then it must be taken back and placed in a museum proper. Whatever the reason, whosoever has the shield now will have much to answer for, particularly in these tumultuous times.
With just one of the two shooters believed to be behind the killing of Captain America in custody, this new wrinkle in the Cap case has the country even further on edge and authorities scrambling to find the famous shield.
The shield, granted to Captain America by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 is composed of several virtually indestructible–yet classified–metallic alloys. Though not his first shield, Cap famously used this circular weapon as both a rallying force for U.S. troops, as well as to battle Nazis prior to his disappearance at the end of World War II. Upon his reemergence decades later, the shield followed with him.
More than 60 years after its creation, the shield remains a symbol of American strength and will. With the country still reeling from Captain America’s death, the location and security of the shield has become a priority for authorities from S.H.I.E.L.D. to local police.
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Ultimate Avengers and Iron Man composer spills the beans on creating Marvel soundtracks
Marvel.com spoke with composer Guy Michelmore about his work on Marvel’s animated features. A portion of the interview is here, and the link at the end will take you to a page where you can download four mp3s from the soundtrack.
Marvel.com: Who are your film composer inspirations? Guy Michelmore: I think every composer working in commercial films draws on landmark composers like Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer, all of whom have taken the genre forward in their own way. I’m a big fan of John Powell and Harry Gregson Williams who are both at the top of their game at the moment. Ennio Morriconne is one of the greatest living film composers, “The Mission” was a huge achievement. Most composers have also been influenced to some degree by minimalists like Steve Reich, Phillip Glass and John Adams.
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures #2 has sold out at Diamond and Marvel and the Dabel Brothers are rushing back to press for a second printing with an all-new second printing variant cover by Brett Booth. A series of novels by New York Times Best-Selling Author Laurell K. Hamilton having sold over 3 million copies, Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures is the story of the popular vampire hunter Anita and her adventure from the first of her 14 novels.
Legendary artist Richard Corben, artist of the Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe series, joins writer Daniel Way for a two-part Ghost Rider story beginning with issue #6! Learn the truth behind Johnny Blaze’s descent into Hell and latest escape back to the world of the living along with a four page sneak peek after the jump! More After the Jump >>
Magician: Apprentice has quickly become a hit as buzz continues to build in comic shops all over the country. Bringing the popular novels of Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar saga to the comics’ page, Magician: Apprentice is the story of young Pug who wishes to learn the ways of magic and his warrior friend Tomas as an invasion of unknown assailants invade their world. The last issue to hit stands, Magician: Apprentice #3, has sold out at Diamond as the series continues to wow Riftwar fans while making many new fans along the way.
Hunted, his identity exposed, and those he loves caught in the crosshairs; Spider-Man’s life has been a nightmare during Civil War, and the darkest days are yet to come. Now, the most recognizable character in comics finds himself donning one of the most controversial costumes ever as he goes underground and back to his black duds and must fight back to reclaim his life. SPIDER-MAN: BACK IN BLACK! Beginning this February, there is NO going back!