‘The Wolverine’ – First Image

I’ love this   set photos, or teaser photos during production.Most people who are fans of Marvel’s Wolverine are waiting relatively impatiently to see what will become of the latest film, The Wolverine. Jackman has always been a bad ass version of Wolverine. So enjoy the picture below.

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Synopsis: Wolverine travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior.

Director: James Mangold

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee and Tao Okamoto

Release Date: July 26, 2013

MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT -NEW “CASTLE” COMIC BOOK LIMITED SERIES

MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT & ABC STUDIOS ANNOUNCE ALL-NEW “CASTLE” COMIC BOOK LIMITED SERIES

Follow Up To New York Times Best-Selling Original Graphic Novel Based on ABC Primetime Hit Series Arrives December 2012

Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios are proud to announce Castle: A Calm Before A Storm, an all-new comic book limited series by the popular “Castle” television series. The first issue of this five issue series, based the titular novel from noted author Richard Castle, hits comic shops, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Web Store on December 5th,, 2012. Following issues will ship monthly through April 2013. Castle: A Calm Before A Storm is written by New York Times best-selling author Peter David (Stephen King’s Dark Tower, X-Factor), penciled by popular artist Robert Atkins (Amazing Spider-Man) and features powerful covers by Mico Suayan (Moon Knight).

Derrick Storm is looking forward to finally getting out of the game – stocking up his cabin cruiser and heading out into the open Atlantic for good. But his plans are put on hold when, on the eve of a UN summit, the severed head of a Russian diplomat is found bobbing in the backwaters of the Hudson. Storm’s CIA handler Clara Strike, enlists him to crack a plot of global proportions, pitting the uncanny PI against a legion of eastern bloc mercenaries, and an ex-KGB hit-man known simply as “The Fear.”

“The continued success by Marvel with these graphic fiction adaptations of my work is incredible. I’m thrilled to welcome Peter, Robert and Mico to the family,” said Richard Castle. “Derrick Storm is one of my favorite creations and it’s great to have such an excellent creative team join us with this new comic series,”

This is the third “Castle” graphic fiction adaptation to be released through a collaborative effort between Marvel, ABC Studios and the producers of “Castle.” In 2011, Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm dominated sales charts and garner worldwide acclaim. And on October 15th, 2012, Castle: Richard Castle’s Storm Season will be released on sale in comic shops, the Marvel Comics app, Marvel Web Store, iBookstore, Nook Bookstore and everywhere books are sold

“The partnership with Marvel has been a dream,” said Andrew W. Marlowe, “Castle” creator/executive producer. ‘Their extraordinary creative vision has given our audience a new and exciting way to enjoy Richard Castle’s work.”

“With the newest adaptation of the Derrick Storm novels it’s safe to say that Richard Castle’s work is a hit with comic book fans around the world!” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Entertainment Editor in Chief. “Castle: A Calm Before The Storm follows in the tradition of our ‘Castle’ projects full of great characters, international intrigue and packs every page with lots of action!”

CASTLE: A CALM BEFORE THE STORM #1

Written by PETER DAVID

Penciled by ROBERT ATKINS

Cover by MICO SUAYAN

13 & Up …$3.99

ON SALE DECEMBER 5, 2012

“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.

“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe is the show’s creator/executive producer, along with executive producers Rob Bowman, David Amann, Laurie Zaks and Armyan Bernstein.

ABOUT MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT

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Star Trek is Back with New Electronic Ships from DST

Art Asylum has been making electronic Star Trek ships since 2001, when they first made toys for the TV showEnterprise, including an electronic NX-01. Since then, Art Asylum has moved on to other Star Trek shows, including The Original Series and The Next Generation, and even feature films, and their miniature Starfleet now includes ten different models, all with lights and sounds. Lately, the line has been on hiatus, but AA partner Diamond Select has undergone a refit and is ready to start producing new ships again! The next two to be released are movie ships — the Enterprise-B and a Klingon Bird of Prey!

One of the most fan-requested Star Trek ships, the Excelsior-class U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-B starship is finally on its way! Based on the ship’s sole appearance, in Star Trek: Generations, the Enterprise-B features authentic sounds and dialogue from the film, as well as light-up weapons and engines. The ship measures 16 inches long and comes with a Starfleet-insignia display stand.

The Klingon Bird of Prey, as seen in multiple feature films, is their first non-Enterprise ship in the line. This version is based on the unnamed ship commanded by Admiral Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which could fire while cloaked, and it features authentic sounds and dialogue from the film, as well as working lights. With its massive wingspan, the Bird of Prey measures 12.5 inches long by 19 inches wide, and the wings can move up for a landing approach or down for attack mode! Comes with a Klingon symbol display stand.

Expect both ships to hit stores closer to the end of the year. What’s more, most of the older Star Trek ships have been put back into production, with release dates ranging from fall to spring of 2013. Check with your local comic shop or your favorite online retailer to see what’s available!

 

What’s Next For Captain America in The Ultimates Universe?

Captain America Elected President Of The United States of America!

Historic Story Begins in Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15, On-Sale Tomorrow

New York. NY—September 18, 2012—The people have spoken—and tomorrow Steve Rogers, the man known as Captain America, becomes President Elect of the United States of America! In Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15, from rising star writer Sam Humphries and fan-favorite artist Billy Tan, Captain America’s made his dramatic return and publically saved America from an insidious new enemy in one of his most harrowing battles yet. But when all the dust settles, Steve Rogers is about to get the biggest surprise of his life—he’s won the special election for the Presidency via write-in! What does this mean for his future as Captain America? Can he be a President who fights on the frontlines? You’ll find out when this landmark issue hits comic stores, the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices) and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop tomorrow!

“This is one of those stories that could only be told in the Ultimate Comics Universe, where the only rule is simple—there are no rules.” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “We’ve seen Captain America fight wars and battle super villains, but running a country is a whole new challenge—but don’t worry, this isn’t about political speeches and closed door meetings. This is exactly the kind of high-octane, super powered thrill ride you’d expect from a book called The Ultimates!”

Then next week, in Ultimate Comics Ultimates #16, Humphries and artist Luke Ross, Steve Rogers accepts the position of President of The United States- and not a moment too soon! A deadly villain with a personal tie to the Ultimates is about to enact his endgame, one which promises to leave no hero unscathed. Now Captain America must find a way to safeguard this country both as a President and as a super hero—but can he do both?

“Captain America was created in 1941, but this is the first time he’s been made Commander in Chief. It’s an honor to write a landmark milestone for such an iconic character,” explained Humphries. “We’ve made a commitment in Ultimates to show how epic events have significant consequences. President Cap is no different. This will have a lasting impact on Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and the whole team.”

With its inception in 2000, the Ultimate Comics Universe reimagined the world’s most popular super heroes for a new generation and has been critically lauded for its bold, resonant stories. In particular, the reinterpretation of Captain America in Ultimates Vol.1 is considered a watershed moment for the character and remains one of Marvel’s top-selling collections. With the August 2011 introduction of Miles Morales, an African American and Hispanic character who became the new Spider-Man, the Ultimate Comics Universe again became a hot topic among media and comic fans alike. Now, acclaimed-creators Humphries and Tan begin the next major chapter in Ultimate Comics Universe history with the release of Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15, giving readers a chance to see what happens when the Earth’s mightiest hero takes charge of the world’s greatest nation.

The biggest decision of Captain America’s life is coming tomorrow in Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15, the game-changing issue that fans can purchase at their local comic book store, on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices) and in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #15 (JUL120568)
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Penciled by BILLY TAN
Cover by MICHAEL KOMARCK
On Sale – 9/19/2012

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #16 (JUL120569)
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Penciled by LUKE ROSS
Cover by MICHAEL KOMARCK
On Sale – 9/26/2012

Hero Initiative Partners with The Walking Dead for First-Ever Image Comics “100 Project”

Hero Initiative Partners with The Walking Dead for First-Ever Image Comics “100 Project” Including original covers drawn by Charlie Adlard and (yes) The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 14, 2012) – The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic creators in medical and financial need, has drawn great acclaim for its “100 Projects” in recent years, in which 100 artists draw an original cover on a special anniversary issue.

Now, after running projects with Marvel Comics, DC and Archie, Hero Initiative proudly announces that its latest and greatest “100 Project” will feature the best-selling comic of 2012—The Walking Dead #100. This marks the first time Hero has partnered in such a way with Image Comics and Skybound.

Artists including The Walking Dead illustrator, Charlie Adlard, will contribute original covers, as will other top talents such as Dan Brereton, Ian Churchill, Kevin Eastman, Joe Jusko, Dale Keown and Whilce Portacio. And yes, even The Walking Dead creator/writer and Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman will contribute. (He can draw a little!)

“The Walking Dead would have never become the success it’s become without the trailblazers who put in the hard work to make this industry live on into the future,” said Kirkman. “Doing things like this for The Hero Initiative, which helps creators who have fallen on hard times, is a way for Charlie Adlard and I to give back to the community that has provided us with countless hours of entertainment and also a pretty cushy living. Simply put, it’s the right thing to do.”

“They say charity begins at home. Well, I can’t think of one closer to that than the Hero Initiative,” said Adlard. “It’s great to be able to give back to the creators who inspired me.”

A public viewing of all 100 covers will be scheduled for winter of 2012-13, along with auctions of all the original covers. A book collecting all the art will be available in 2013.

About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit http://www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354. For more information, please visit us at http://www.heroinitiative.org.

About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010. Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He’s the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-ratedbasic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. http://www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.

About Image Comics
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit http://www.imagecomics.com.

MACGYVER RETURNS IN “FUGITIVE GAUNTLET”

MACGYVER RETURNS IN “FUGITIVE GAUNTLET”

Image Comics publishes first new MacGyver story in 20 years

He can save the day with nothing more than a paperclip and a chocolate bar, but how will he fare with ink and staples? Yes, MacGyver is back —in a fast-paced comic book mini-series co-written by his creator, Lee David Zlotoff and published by Image Comics. The first MacGyver story since the television show ended in 1992 kicks off on October 10 with the first issue of MACGYVER: FUGITIVE GAUNTLET.

The series, co-written by Tony Lee (Doctor Who, Hope Falls) and drawn by Will Sliney (Farscape), with covers by Andie Tong (Superman, TRON), picks up Mac’s story as he gets tangled in a web of industrial espionage and murder. On the run across the globe, Mac has to escape his pursuers—which won’t be easy with a million-dollar bounty on his head!

“I’ve been a fan of the TV show since I was a kid, and whenever I was asked what my dream project would be at conventions, only one name ever came up,” said Tony Lee. Somediscussions and a meeting with his manager later, Lee was Skyping with MacGyver creator Zlotoff.

Themore he thought about the medium of comics, the more the idea appealed to him, Zlotoff explained. “In the last decade or so, the graphic novel and comics arena has simply exploded in terms of both the kinds of stories that are being told and the range of artistic styles now being explored. So as I considered the constant call from fans around the world to bring MacGyver back, it struck me that the simplicity and directness of comics might be the perfect place to start.”

The result? A five-issue mini-series that ups the ante for theeponymous hero, taking him to far-off places and embroiling him in trouble that only MacGyver could escape.

“The biggest issue the TV show had was budget, and comics don’t have that problem,” said Tony Lee. “We have MacGyver traveling to African jungles, Cairo, even Moscow in a globe-trotting adventure that—short of a big budget feature film—could never have been done before in such scale and scope.”

In addition to a story full of thrills and twists, MACGYVER will contain the history of the television show’s creation in the issues’ backmatter, written by MACGYVER creator Lee David Zlotoff.

Interview with the Sculptor: Marvel Select Venom’s Jean St. Jean

Press Release:

Interview with the Sculptor: Marvel Select Venom’s Jean St. Jean

The toy collecting community was thrown for a loop recently when Diamond Select Toys unveiled their upcoming Marvel Select figure of popular Spider-Man foe Venom. Instead of a decorative display base — a common accessory to most standard-sized Select figures — the early 2013 figure will come with a variety of interchangeable parts to re-create several of the anti-hero’s more popular looks over the years. With 72 different display configurations, it’s the most versatile Select action figure ever made, and each combination of parts is a masterpiece in its own right. The sculptor behind the figure is frequent DST collaborator Jean St. Jean, and he took some time out of his busy sculpting schedule to talk to us about the method behind the Madness.

Where did you get the idea of sculpting multiple looks for Venom, instead of making a diorama-style base?
JSJ: Chuck (Terceira, director of DST) suggested the idea while were talking about what to do for a base, since we had done the debris base with the exploding symbiote for Anti-Venom. I like breaking outside the established format once in a while just to keep things fresh.

What was the most challenging aspect of this kind of figure?

JSJ: The tough part was deciding what iterations would all work off one body. The best solution was to do the classic body type, which was the really big wrestler-type body, really more of a style-guide Venom, if you compare him to Spidey as originally conceived. Then, as I always do, I make sure he relates to other MS figures and also fits with the range of MS figures I?ve done in terms of scale. So, again I refer to the books and see how he should look next to Anti-Venom. So I came up with two sets of normal hands (open and fists), huge transformed claws, theLethal Protector head version with removable tongue, transforming Eddie Brock head, the Todd McFarlane-style head, and the attachable back enhancement for the Madness version with all the extra arms and heads.

Do you have your own library of Marvel reference at home, or do you rely primarily on the web?

JSJ: I have a ton of stuff. The irony is it?s easier to go to the comic shop and wipe out a section of trades and graphic novels than sift through my collection for reference, and the internet isn?t always the most comprehensive resource. Plus I like to re-read a lot of the old stuff to get my head into the character again while I?m working on it, so that there?s a logic to my decisions that is directly drawn from canon material.

Which one of the Venom looks do you like the best?

JSJ: I?m really happy with the diversity and the way they all turned out, but for some reason I think my favorite is the simplest: the Todd McFarlane one. The bulbous head with the huge creepy grin really grabs me, and I don?t think its ever been rendered accurately.

Which was the hardest to interpret?

JSJ: The trickiest was how to make the Madness version work as an articulated accessory piece that was removable. It needed to look good on its own and not affect the other versions of the body when not assembled. Plus, I wanted it to be very functional.

You’ve brought your own aesthetic to a lot of the figures you’ve done — do you enjoy the challenge of interpreting a specific artist’s style, like McFarlane?

JSJ: As a lot of people know, I worked for Todd for almost seven years, most of that as his head sculptor, so I?ve had pretty extensive experience interpreting his aesthetic. In general though, a comic drawing, as good as it may be, has to be interpreted to make it work as a 3-D sculpt. Also there are areas that, in my opinion, need to be enhanced to make the sculpture more interesting and that?s where I fill in the blanks with my own touches. Specifically on the symbiote clan, I?ve done Carnage as a statue and Anti-Venom as a figure, and I wanted to differentiate between all their textures when approaching the Eddie Brock Venom.

How do you decide what types of joints to include in a figure? Do you prefer joints that will preserve the integrity of the sculpt, or do you think about poses you want him to hit?

JSJ: Articulation is always a case-by-case basis, but lately I?ve been squeezing in as much movement as possible. In this guy we actually switched gears a little, in that no one was really thrilled with the usual MS hip ball joint look, so we decided on the compound hinge which we had used extensively in our Battlestar Galactica figures and was recently used on the Avengers Movie Hulk by Gentle Giant.

Is there another character you’d like to interpret in this format? Mr. Fantastic, Sandman, Iceman, Carnage, etc.?

JSJ: Obviously, Carnage would be awesome to round out the symbiotes in action figure form with my spin on it, but I?d LOVE to do Iceman, we could do something really sick with him.