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[Editorial] Hear me out on this, Toxie is an honorary member of The Avengers.

[Editorial] Hear me out on this, Toxie is an honorary member of The Avengers.

Growing up I loved comics, and I loved watching Troma movies back in the days we didn’t have a whole lot of superhero movies or shows and the ones we did have…well they were suitable for that time being. In the old days, we had cartoons such as Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, and even Batman.

Now and then we had some decent comic movies where given some of the films weren’t perfect, but we had no idea what the future will hold for us, so we just took it all in and were grateful for the movies which some of them still stand the test of time. One character in question is the Toxic Avenger. The plot is pretty simple if you never saw the movie “Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose”

However the movie is even simpler. Gore, blood, boobs, language and humor For some, this is disgusting, vile. For gore hounds and comic fans, this was perfect. So let’s breakdown why Toxie is an honorary member.

In my opinion! There’s some stuff that may say true.

1: Marvel released the comics for Toxic Avenger 91-92 ( but still it happened)

2: The Avengers primarily work out of New York which isn’t far from New Jersey. Plus a lot of the Avengers do work in areas of NY that need their help or even other states and countries “West Coast Avengers” “Alpha Flight” The Canadian Avengers, Big Hero 6 (yes it’s Disney but they’re still connected, Japan’s Avengers) Winter Guard (Russia’s AvengersLockjaw and the pet avengers (Believe it or not great comic. Plus they actually fight Thanos)

3: Stan Lee and Lloyd Kaufman are friends. Stan did the voice over for Toxic Avenger 4. So given a lot of the Marvel characters who are Avengers defend their turf and situations that need their help. Plus in some instances, many characters from Marvel had helped the Avengers in battle when the case called for it. So, why not Toxie? He watches over New Jersey and their first super hero! Given the chance he would go into battle if called upon. Plus for all, we know he probably helped cleaned up all the ashes from the decimation in Infinity War.




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Disney takes ownership of Alien and Predator!

Disney takes ownership of Alien and Predator!

 

Yes! You read that correctly Disney has taken ownership of Alien and Predator!

In a recent $71.3 billion deal back in December, Disney has now taken ownership of most of 21st Century Fox’s assets. Beating out Comcast in a huge bid to secure many of Fox’s biggest franchises, Disney has been scarce on information about the future of the more adult material they now own.

In all the acquisition includes 21st Century Fox’s renowned film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Family and Fox Animation; Fox’s television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21; FX Networks; National Geographic Partners; Fox Networks Group International; Star India; and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Tata Sky and Endemol Shine Group.

So what does this mean for film fans? Disney now not only already owns the rights to make the future Marvel films (including the Deadpool films, pledged to remain at their current R rating), and the Star Wars franchise. This means they now own Alien and Predator!

Yes you read that right!

Alien and Predator will now be Disney films, technically.

So, what does this actually mean will happen to the films? Will they become watered down shells of their former selves? Will more films be on the horizon?

Earlier this year Disney Chairman Bob Iger did inform the press that “They (Disney) plan on keeping Deadpool an RRated brand and plan to further include RRated film brands in their future product portfolio.”

Is this R-Rated portfolio set to include these two new acquisitions?

Fox’s movie studio is expected to be significantly downsized once the deal is the future and Disney seem already set to take over Fox’s two biggest film franchises, Avatar and the XMen.

Reports say they may plan to scale back production of costly movies that “don’t fit its family-friendly, franchise-focused formula”, people close to both companies have said.

Fox is under obligation to present themselves as though they will survive this acquisition regardless, according to Fox studio sources. This means continuing to make movies and develop new ideas with no certainty as to what Disney will decide to do with them once the deal is finalised.

Will Alien and Predator have a future with Disney? Only time will tell and the House of Tortured Souls will surely, like many horror fans, be keeping a firm eye on future developments.

 

 

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Marvel to plan new R-rated Blade movie?

Marvel to plan new R-rated Blade movie?

A source that is close to We Got This Covered says that Marvel is currently planning an R-rated BLADE movie, and it’s also said that Wesley Snipes is likely to be involved in this project. The studio evidently has a script which shows The Daywalker training his daughter Fallon Grey but this has not been confirmed yet. 

All of this should be taken as a rumor at this point, but it seems that all of these “rumors” regarding a new BLADE movie are really adding up to something. This is a quote from Snipes himself and what he has said about a possible new BLADE movie from a few months back:

There are a lot of conversations going around right now, and we’re very blessed to have the enthusiasm and interest in something coming from that world again. We’ve created two projects that fit perfectly into this world, and when people see them, I think they’re only going to have a problem with deciding which one they love the most.”





Here is Snipes’ view on Marvel’s involvement:

”All the main execs [at Marvel] and my team, we’ve been discussing for the past two years. Everyone’s enthusiastic about it, everybody gets it. But they got a business to run and they gotta figure out before they can get to it, I guess. In the meantime, we got a business to run and our own slate of things to do so…. But the next time you see something in [the Blade universe], mark my words: what we did before is child’s play compared to what we can do now. “

Hopefully, we will hear something more concrete soon. Until then, this is just a rumor but how cool would it be to see another R-rated BLADE movie with Wesley Snipes? I’m curious to see what Marvel could do with this, I saw previous comments and debates on numerous sites on how it should be left alone but I think Marvel could really run with this. 

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COMIC REVIEW: Creepy Presents Richard Corben (2012)

COMIC REVIEW: Creepy Presents Richard Corben (2012)

By Nick Durham

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Richard Corben is a living legend. Just saying or hearing his name conjures up images of his dynamic and horrifying artwork that has helped earn him the status of being a truly iconic figure in the medium. This collection published by Dark Horse Comics, who has also assembled wonderful collections focused on other comic legends like Bernie Wrightson, Alex Toth, and Steve Ditko, celebrates the legacy of a beloved industry superstar.

A large, hardbound collection, Creepy Presents Richard Corben features a shitload of Tales from the Crypt-esque tales illustrated by Corben that are written by a variety of industry stalwarts, most notably including Bruce Jones, Doug Moench, Gerry Conway, and Rich Margopoulos among others. This also includes a couple of Corben's Edgar Allan Poe adaptations (most notably "The Raven"); all of which are lovingly remastered and restored. Whether the stories are in black and white or in color, every line is crisp and clean and just plain fucking stunning to look at. Industry veteran colorist Jose Villarrubia restored the color elements (and also wrote the loving introduction) while Ryan Jorgensen handled the restoration of the black and white illustrations. Both of whom have done amazing work here. When I call this book a labor of love, I'm not overselling it one fucking bit.

As for the stories themselves, some of them are a mixed bag. Some are standard and predictable ("Bowser"), some are boring ("Bookworm"), and some are just plain fucking brilliant ("A Woman Scorned", "Bless Us, Father"). The qualities of the stories themselves do not detract from the artwork at all, so these are honestly only minor flaws at best. Corben's artwork is so intricately detailed and loaded with atmosphere and imagination that it takes on a life of its own when you look at it. This is what I'm talking about when I say what kind of icon Richard Corben is. Not every illustrator can pull that off, especially in the era where Corben began making a name for himself, even though his contemporaries were no slouches either.

So yeah, in case you haven't realized it yet, you should definitely check out this book, and the work of Richard Corben in general as well. Though he's done a lot of work for Marvel and such over the past few years, it was in titles like Creepy, Eerie, Heavy Metal, and more besides where he really made a name for himself, and what he's the most revered for, and with good reason. You need to check out this book, and Corben's work as a whole. You won't regret it.

Rating: 5/5

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COMIC REVIEW: Simon & Kirby Library

By Nick Durham

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Whether you really know it or not, you know who Jack Kirby is. That name may not have that instant resonance in your brain that say, Stan Lee does, but you've seen Kirby's work and probably never realized it. The medium of the comic book would not be what it is without Jack Kirby. Hell, it may not even exist at all to be totally honest. Jack Kirby co-created most of the Marvel Universe as we know it. Stan Lee gets most, if not all, of the credit for that, but Jack Kirby is as much a part of that is Stan is. His art style was like nothing anyone had ever seen before, and it inspired countless artists in the industry for generations to come.

Joe Simon may not ring a bell at first either, but he is the man that co-created Captain America with Kirby. Besides superheroes, the duo dabbled in many other comic book genres at the time; ranging from war comics, to science fiction, to even fucking romance (minus the fucking of course). They also played around with horror, to some really great effect as well. That's what we get here with this edition of The Simon & Kirby Library, which focuses on the duo's horror work during the Golden Age of comics.

1950s pre-code horror comics would get shit on quite a bit and were somehow attributed to "the delinquency of juveniles" according to a then Senate Committee which believed comic books were more evil than Hitler. The work of Simon and Kirby in the horror realm was no different, as what is collected here was, believe it or not, once considered evil and pornographic. Collecting their run on Black Magic, as well as some selected stories from their The Strange World of Your Dreams, this handsome hardcover collection is lovingly bound and features restored artwork, making Kirby's pencils look clean, crisp, and just plain beautiful. The restoration done on Kirby's art is worth the price of admission alone for this book.

The quality of the stories featured here varies, but Joe Simon's scripts were ahead of their time and provided some wonderful chills back in the day. Granted I believe the duo's best work was with the science fiction genre more so than horror, but their work here is just so damn ahead of its time that you can't help but admire it so damn much. The weirdness of the stories isn't anything you haven't seen already, but it set the stage for horror comics to come as the years would go by, and they have their place in history because of that.

All in all, if horror comics are your thing, particularly vintage ones, this needs to be in your collection. I wholeheartedly recommend every book from The Simon & Kirby Library regardless, but this horror edition deserves to be seen by your eyes. You won't be able to get enough of it, or of the legacy of Simon and Kirby.

Rating: 5/5

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