There have been nearly a dozen characters named Captain Marvel in the last seventy-five years of comics, but only one of them has headlined the best-selling comics franchises of a decade, and, indeed, one of the best-selling series of all time. And guess what? It wasn't the one who could make his arms and legs fall off.
The very first of these Captains Marvel debuted on this day in 1939, in Fawcett Comics' Whiz Comics #2, which was, somewhat counter-intuitively, actually the first issue of that series. The character was originally named Captain Thunder, but someone else already held that trademark. And so, in a story by Bill Parker with art by CC Beck — who would go on to become the defining artistic voice for the character — and with some hastily re-lettered word balloons reflecting the last minute name change, Captain Marvel zoomed toward his destiny in the last days of 1939 (issue cover dated Feb. 1940).
Captive of Friendly Cove by Rebecca Goldfield and Mike Short, published by Fulcrum, is a graphic novel based on the true story of British sailor John Jewitt, who lived as a captive of the Mowachaht people of Vancouver Island for three years at the start of the 19th century. The comic is largely inspired by, and draws upon, Jewitt's own memoirs of his captivity.
ComicsAlliance’s James Leask and J. A. Micheline sat down for an in-depth discussion of the book's themes, its intended audience, its treatment of history, and its representation of First Nations people. Their conversation begins with a discussion of context, and the assumptions made by the comic.
If you didn’t tune into Gotham tonight, you missed the premiere of the latest sneak peek at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — no worries if you didn’t catch it on FOX, because Warner Bros. has released the special teaser online, featuring new footage of the epic battle between Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight and Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel.
There’s no escape from all the DC TV crossover of late, with Flash-es and Arrow-s turning into Legends, even as Supergirl remains isolated at CBS for another seven episodes. We’ve heard what bosses have to say on bringing Kara Zor-El into Barry and Oliver’s world, and vice-versa, but despite a recent rumor, executive producers assure that Supergirl won’t be meeting The Flash just yet.
Last week Marvel debuted the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War, forgoing the usual mysterious teaser and “first look” images in favor of having Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans just drop the full preview during Jimmy Kimmel Live! As you might expect, the trailer broke at least one record, gathering the most views in 24 hours — for a Marvel trailer, anyway.
The Walking Dead has officially signed off 2015 by Sunday’s most recent midseason finale “Start to Finish,” but if you’re anything like us, the first half of Season 6 produced some strong reactions. Now, showrunner Scott Gimple defends the show’s credibility after the big Glenn fakeout, as well as its introduction of Negan, and what to expect in the 2016 return.
Both The Flash and Arrow will have quite a bit of ‘splaining to do in setting up Legends of Tomorrow through this week’s dual crossover, and we can officially check one item off the list. The source of Vandal Savage’s power is revealed in our first clip from The Flash opener “Legends of Today,” as outlined by our new Hawkman.
Though the landscape for DC Comics video games has been predominantly Batman-centric, particularly as of late, that doesn't mean the publisher isn't working in tandem with Warner Brother's other divisions to bring its comic properties to the interactive market. The Batman: Arkham series has been such a rousing success though, it's no wonder the efforts of WB Interactive have been solely focused on the Dark Knight. That all might change in the coming months and year.
According to new job postings listed by WB Montreal (via GamesRadar), the developer currently has two new DC Comics video games in development, and they might need your help in getting them made. Provided you're a senior animator, program developer or have the necessary skills and resume in the other applicable openings. Still, that the DC gaming universe is expanding is good news. Now we can rampantly speculate about what's to come from the developer behind Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Knight's Batgirl DLC.
Well, that didn’t take long. FOX’s Gotham will wrap up its 2015 run with tonight’s “Worse Than a Crime,” setting the stage for some serious Bat-baddies to make their debut next year, but why wait? Our first look at Mr. Freeze has already arrived, cold gun and all, because Gotham has zero chill.
It doesn't seem possible that consumer-friendly virtual reality is on the verge of breaking through the shackles of science fiction and into the real world, but we're entering into a brave new world of immersive interactivity with the release of Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear and even Google Cardboard. While each of those VR platforms has its own strengths and weaknesses, that there are multiple manufacturers vying for your attention in the same space (with more like PlayStation VR, SteamVR and StarVR still to come) speaks volumes about how viable virtual reality has become in the last few years.
Aside from the potential gaming aspects, virtual reality presents some interesting opportunities for narrative immersion as well. We've already seen Star Wars take advantage of that a bit with its recent Jakku tour, but the landscape is wide open for the likes of movies and animation to give fans and viewers an even closer look at the worlds being created on screen. Such is the case with the upcoming Ghost in the Shell VR short, Ghost in the Shell Virtual Reality Diver. Set in the world of Ghost in the Shell: Arise, the short will be an on-rails experience that lets you tag along with Major Kusanagi through some select scenes curated for VR.