Friday, October 27, 2006

Marvels both good and ill...

Marvel Comics is in the new this morning. On the one hand, some of their superheroes are to be honored on U.S. postage stamps, as the classic DC comic characters were recently. Several of the featured characters are the usual heavy hitters--Spider-Man, The Hulk, Wolverine, Silver Surfer, Iron Man, The Thing, Captain America--but there are a couple of b-listers (Daredevil, Namor), a character presumably only included because of a recent but already forgotten movie (Elektra), and...Spider-Woman? Really? Spider-Woman? Over, say, Thor? Luke Cage? Ghost Rider? Ant-Man? Weird. I can really only assume they wanted some female characters in their for whatever reason. However, the Wasp or the Invisible Woman would have seemed better choices.

Moreover, Spider-Woman really gets two stamps. The set includes a stamp for the featured characters, and then a separate second featuring a classic comic book cover of their respective series. (Except that Wolverine gets his own stamp, while the X-Man cover stamp features the old team before he joined.)

The stamps can be seen here (click on the small image).


As also reported at Cinescape.com, there is far stranger Marvel news afoot:

"According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Comics has partnered with CBS' daytime soap opera Guiding Light to produce an episode in which a character is zapped by an electrical current and becomes infused with superpowers, including the ability to levitate and to conduct electricity.

The episode, set to air Nov. 1, involves the show's Harley Davidson Cooper character, played by Beth Ehlers. As part of the deal, Marvel will produce an eight-page insert for some of its top comic titles that involves Marvel characters descending on Light's fictional town of Springfield to determine whether the new superhero is friend or foe.

"Joining forces with Marvel is such a natural fit for us because comic books and soap operas have so much in common," said "Guiding Light" head writer David Kreizman."


Er, yeah.

7 Comments:

At 9:10 AM, Anonymous ericb said...

Maybe Studio 60 can cure its current rating woes by teaming up with Battlestar Galactica, they're a perfect fit!

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Big AL said...

I had the same Idea about Desperate Housewives, only with real electricity.

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger David Lee said...

Soap operas and Marvel comics do have one thing in common - stories that never really end. The Guiding Light has essentially been telling the same continuous story since the forties.

 
At 4:35 PM, Blogger Henry Brennan said...

Actually, there were some soap opera elements in Stan Lee's "Who Wants to be a Superhero?"

 
At 5:27 AM, Anonymous John Nowak said...

They seem to be pushing Spider-Woman a bit -- I wonder why.

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

I have to admit, I don't quite get the Spider-Woman thing. As a member of the Avengers of late, I imagine her stock is higher than before, but still, how high is that?

 
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