Stan Lee’s influence on pop culture can not be understated. The late writer made characters such as Spider-Man, Thor, and Iron Man household names and his fame and notoriety shot into the stratosphere thanks to the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008. Millions of people of all ages who have never picked up a comic book, came accustomed to seeing Lee’s signature cameos in countless blockbusters and he remained one of the most recognizable celebrities in Hollywood due to this very reason.
Deadline is reporting that Kevin Durand is the latest actor to venture into the bog and join Swamp Thing. Durand will tackle the role of the Floronic Man, a creature that has the ability to mentally control plant life. In addition, the character can travel through the Green, create duplicates of himself and in dire situations, regenerate limbs.
Durand is known to horror fans as the character Vasiliy Fet in The Strain, and Carlos in 2004’s The Butterfly Effect. The actor also had memorable movie roles as The Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Barry Burton in Resident Evil Retribution, and Paul Shields in Dark Was the Night. His TV credits include Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel, Touching Evil, and Lost. read more
Alien 3, the sequel to James Cameron’s wildly successful and influential follow-up film to Ridley Scott’s Alien, entered theaters on May 22 of 1992 with great expectations. To say that those expectations were unfulfilled would be an understatement. First time director David Fincher (who would go on to make some of the greatest films of the past thirty years) did his best with material that he had, but countless re-writes, studio interference, and mismarketing doomed the picture and disappointed fans and critics alike. read more
Any fan of 70s horror comic staple Vampirella is familiar with the artist Buzz, the man who brought her back into the public consciousness in the 1990s, and inadvertently kicked off the ‘Bad Girl’ mania that swept through comic stores at the time. So when it was announced that Buzz would be producing an exclusive Rhode Island Comic Con variant cover for Dynamite Entertainment’s new on-going Elvira Mistress of the Dark comic book, long-time fans knew that the company made the right decision with their choice of artist. read more
The comic book anthology has been synonymous with horror comics since the days of Tales from the Crypt and The Haunt of Fear. While other genres have produced anthology collections, the horror anthology is still the one that most fans think of when the words “anthology” and “comic books” come up. It is also the one that writer Cullen Bunn (a multiple time HNN Comic Award Winner, most recently for his Dark Horse series Harrow County) thinks of and is why the prolific writer is attempting to get his own anthology in comic stores everywhere via a kickstarter campaign. read more
A beloved horror icon will travel from Cabrini-Green to the Louisiana swamps. According to Deadline, Virginia Madsen has been cast as Maria Sunderland, an original character created for the upcoming Swamp Thing series.
The official description of the character reads as follows: “Maria Sunderland traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland, but Avery’s life-time obsession with the swamp has driven a wedge between him and Maria. Her poised existence is shaken further when the return of Abby Arcane reawakens a deep grief over the loss of Maria’s daughter, Shawna, drawing her into the dark supernatural mysteries emerging from the swamp.” read more
It director Andy Muschietti has something new to terrify audiences with. According to Variety, the white-hot director will helm Attack on Titan for Warner Brothers.
Written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan premiered in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine on September 9, 2009. The comic series follows the story of humans who live in walled cities which protect them from giant man-eating humanoids called Titans.
The series has been referred to as Japan’s version of The Walking Dead in terms of commercial success. AoT received its own novels, was adapted into an anime series, video games, and even live-action films. To date, the manga has sold over 76 million copies, making it one of the all-time best-selling series. read more
Former Walking Dead actress Jeryl Prescott has signed on to play the role of Madame Xanadu in Swamp Thing, according to a report on Deadline. Prescott joins Derek Mears, Jennifer Beals, Crystal Reed, and Maria Sten on the series which follows a humanoid/plant elemental creature living in the swamp in a small Louisiana town.
Madame Xanadu is a DC Comics character that first appeared in 1978’s Doorway to Nightmare #1. The character is a supernatural heroine that uses tarot cards to help tell the future. She has assisted other supernatural characters in the past such as Constantine, Etrigan, Zatanna, Frankenstein, and Deadman. read more
Fans of comics, Halloween, and free stuff will want to check out this year’s Halloween ComicFest (HCF) which will feature 34 free comic book titles. The 8th Annual event will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at participating comic stores across the nation.
According to the official press release “Of the 34 titles available, 22 are Full Size and 12 are Mini Comics. All will be available for free at participating comic shops on Saturday, October 27th. The Mini Comics will also be available for purchase in packs of 25 for $4.99 at the beginning of October, which are perfect to give to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.” read more
This Halloween Ahoy Comics will be unleashing Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror, a horror anthology in the format of a magazine. A pretty bold move for the publisher in the digital age. The magazine presents itself as an anthology in the same vein as Tales from the Crypt. Your guide though the short macabre tales is none other than the godfather of goth himself, Edgar Allan Poe.
While horror anthologies are not new to comic fan, the retro formatting of the magazine may be new to a whole new generation of the darker side of comics. Mixed in with letters to the Editor, interviews and such, Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror is a fun read. The magazine will also feature Hunt Emerson’s take on Poe’s The Black Cat, which will be ongoing in each issue. read more