Monday, March 8, 2010

Some assorted randomness

With the anniversary of the February 1935 issue of “New Fun”, DC Comics is now 75 years old !!

In February 1935, National Allied Publications was created by Malcom Wheeler-Nicholson created to publish a new comic book title, “New Fun: The Big Comics Magazine”. This was the first comic book to feature all original material as opposed to reprints of newspaper strips seen in earlier efforts by other publishers. Little did Wheeler-Nicholson know that this comic book would be the first of millions of comics published by what would become DC Comics.
If you would like to know more about the very early days of the Comic Book industry I highly recommend “Men Of Tomorrow Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book”, by Gerard Jones. It is a great read and a joy for any fan of comic books and their history.
Smallville is coming back for a TENTH season! The WB hit show that re-imagines Superman’s early days struck such good Friday night ratings that the network decided to bring it back for a 10th go around. Superman has always been extremely successful on TV, going all the way back to George Reeves and “The Adventures Of Superman”, but ten seasons is unprecedented for Superman and extremely rare in television today. The profitability of a TV show maximizes after five years because that is the “sweet spot” for selling an old show into syndication. Some very popular shows run as long as seven years as a “thank you” to the fans (see Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek the Next generation etc.) Even the wildly X-Files topped out at nine years, but (along with the Stargate franchise) Smallville seems determined to live on!

The Star Trek franchise has won it’s very first Oscar! The 2009 reboot of the venerated Sci-Fi franchise took the Oscar in the Makeup Category! In addition Star trek was nominated in the Visual Effects category but lost to Avatar, and in the Sound Mixing category to The Hurt locker.

It looks like fans of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, are in for a treat! Ever since the Joss Whedon created opus hit the internet, fans have been clamoring for more! According to Nathan Fillion, work on a sequel has already started. Fillion has already heard several of the songs. And he even hints that there might be more than a single sequel.
Fans might remember Nathan Fillion from Serenity and for his turn as the evil preacher in the seventh season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In one of my earlier posts I mentioned that one of the reasons that Golden Age comics are so rare is that many of them were destroyed in WWII paper drives. Below is proof that even Captain America was part of the push to send our comics off to the war effort!

Annnnd That’s 30!

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